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Privy Council rules that

case of pair convicted of

murder be sent back to

Bahamas Supreme Court

Chief Reporter
THE Privy Council yesterday
quashed another death sentence
and ordered that the case be sent
back to the Bahamas Supreme
Court""for consideration of the
appropriate sentence".
In keeping with its ruling last
month the court determined that
two men convicted of murdering
a police officer in 1997 should not
be subjected to a. mandatory
death sentence.
The Privy Council delivered its
decision yesterday on the case of
,Ronald George Simmons and
Robert Greene who were sen-
tenced to death by Justice Anita
Allen on April 2002 after a trial
lasting just under four weeks and
being found guilty of house-
breaking and the October 1997
murder of police officer Perry
The two men not only
appealed to the Council against
their convictions but also against
the mandatory death sentence to
which each was subject.
On March 8, 2006 the Board
gave its decision in Forester Bowe
vs the Queen advising that a
mandatory sentence of death in
the Bahamas was unconstitution-
al and did not allow for the dis-
cretion of the presiding judge.
The council determined that'
that section of the penal code
should be construed now as
imposing a discretionary and not
a mandatory sentence of death.
"These appellants (Simmons
and Greene) are in precisely the
same position as the appellants

there. It follows that these appeals
against sentence too should be
allowed, the death sentences
quashed and the case remitted to
the Supreme Court for consider-
ation of the appropriate sen-
tence," the Board said.
However, the Privy Council did
uphold their murder conviction,
dismissing that aspect of their
appeal because of the "over-
whelming weight of direct and
circumstantial evidence massed
against them".
Simmons and Greene are
cousins who at the time of Mr
Munroe's killing were in their ear-
ly twenties (Simmons the elder
of the two), were living together
in a house in Nassau.
On the morning of October 16,
1997 they flew from Nassau to
Mangrove Cay, Andros where
their uncle Kelly Greene owned a
restaurant the Fisherman's Club
at Little Harbour.
The uncle was in Nassau at the
time. On arrival at Mangrove Cay
both men were recognized at the
airport by several people who
knew them, including Constable
Rolle, one of only two police offi-
cers on the island, the other being
Constable Munroe, and Greene
was seen to collect a large black
bag measuring three or four feet
(described by another witness as
a medium-large black or blue bag
measuring about two feet) from
the airport baggage cart. Both
men then-walked off together in
the direction of Little Harbour.
At about 7.45 pm that night the
lights in the Fisherman's Club
SEE page nine

Cuban refugees
escape from the
detention centre
THREE Cuban refugees
escaped from the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre over
the weekend, according
National Security officials.
Even though Defence Force
officers have the responsibility
for the centre, Immigration
and police officers have taken
over the search for the
They are also expected
to launch an investigation
to determine how the escape
was planned and carried
Labour and Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson and
Immigration Director Vernon
Burrows were reportedly in
meetings all day yesterday
regarding the incident.

BUT president: nation has to
decide if education is important

TEACHERS are the ones who
will have to fight so that the coun-
try can change and children can
get what they need from the edu-
cational system, claims Bahamas
Union of Teachers president Ida
While the teachers' union
heads into negotiations once
again, the government is being
taken to task as public outrage
grows over an educational sys-
tem that appears to have hit an
all-time low.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mrs Poitier-Turnquest said
the nation has to decide if educa-
tion is important and stand
behind the teachers in their
Noting that teachers are only
seeking a better working envi-
ronment and wage parity, the

president says that teachers are
the ones in the public sector who
;are e aluated on a yearly basis,
'While being required to upgrade
themselves in order to receive an
increase in pay.
SAs it stands, a trained teacher
with a bachelor's degree and
teacher's certificate comes into'
the system earning $22,800.
Despite years of service, a
teacher's salary is capped at
$31,200 .
However, according to the
Bahamas draft estimates of rev-
enue and expenditures for 2005-6,
at the Ministry of Education, a
Head messenger receives $20,150,
which is a $400 increase from
2004-05. A senior driver receives
$20,450, also a $400 increase from
At the office of the Prime Min-
SEE page nine

Coroner's inquest
into prison break
deaths opens
A CORONER'S inquest into
the deaths of prison officer Dion
Bowles and prison inmate Neil
Brown, which occurred durigig
January's prison break, opened
Three scenes of crime officers
took the stand along with the wife
of murdered prison officer Bowles.
First to take the stand was
Detective Constable Lavardo
Sherman, a crime scenes officer.
He told the jury of three men
and four women that on January
17th he arrived at Her Majesty's
Prison and saw Assistant Coin-
missioner Reginald Ferguson who
gave him certain information..
He said that in the hallway of
maximum security at the pnson.
he observed the lifeless body of.a
SEE page nine ;

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0 DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt listens to the President of the Cable Beach East Straw Vendors, Sandra
Johnson, yesterday. Vendors who ply their trade on the Cable Beach strip or near Fort Charlotte and Fort Fincastle voiced their
concerns to the Deputy Prime Minister, who took a tour of outlying straw markets yesterday morning. SEE page five
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. I 11






We should lift ban on film

and stop scapegoating gays

A HALF centu-
ry ago in
December 1950, to be
exact the arbitrary ban-
ning of a movie by the
Censorship Board
caused an uproar in the
colony of the Bahama
Islands and unleashed a
chain of events that
helped to change the
social and political his-
tory of the country.
The movie, No Way
Out, was about racism in
America and featured
black Bahamian actor
Sidney Poitier in his first
major role. It was a per-
formance that launched
the brilliant career of the
22-year-old from Cat
Up to that time blacks
were given mostly small
and demeaning roles by
Hollywood, so Sidney
Poitier's breakthrough
also changed the history
of American cinema. To
his everlasting credit, Sir
Sidney never accepted a
role which conformed to
the racist stereotypical
image of black Ameri-
The local Censorship
Board, the white owners
of the leading movie
houses and the political
establishment known as
the Bay Street Boys
regarded No Way Out as
a dangerously inflammatory
movie for a society in whichh
blacks were routinely discrimi-
nated against socially, econom-
ically and politically.
So even if black Bahamians
desperately wanted to see their
boy Sidney inan important role
on the silver screen, the Bay
Street Boys decided they could
not risk showing a black actor in
such a performance, paricular-
ly one dealing with strong racial
themes. That was a mistake.



he protest spread and
a group of black
Bahamians, including Dr Cle\ e-
land Eneas, MaXwell Thoimp-
Ssbn and Kendal Isaacs, stated
an organisation to campaign not
only for a reversal of the ban.
but for social and political
retorm m the colony.
The Citizens Committee
achieved its immediate objec-
tive and the mo\ie tas finally
shown Although it ne'er



became a full-fledged
national political party,
the committee is regard-
S ed as the forerunner of
S the Progressive Liberal
Party, which was estab-
lished three years later.
Six years later dis-
crimination against
blacks in public places -
hotels, restaurants.
movie theatres -caine
to an end when Sir Eli-
enne Dupuch moved his
anti-discrimination res-
olution in the House of
Assembly. Then in 1967
the Bahamas got its first
government reflecting
the black majority.
It is not likely that the
banning of the movie
Brokeback Mountain
\lll have the same
impact on Bahamian his-
tory as No Way Out. but
the issues involved are
somewhat similar.
The first;is about
process and the second
Sis about the more com-
plex question of manag-
ing artistic expression to
protect the norms and
mores of a particular
society. s: e
SMost Bahamians seem
to accept the idea that
) some form of control
over plays and films is
necessary in our society.
However. very much in
question today is the
Bahamians,' have
always been deeply conscious
of the importance of process in
community affairs. It was inher-
ited from African social insti-
tutions which survived slavery
and consolidated by the formal
institutions of the former impe-
rial power. :
When church and opposition
political leaders got together to
attack constitutional amend-
Ients proposed by the FNMN
government before the last elec-

nave evolve a satisfactory way
in which both can live and work
together in the service, of the
However, it seems that in
recent years there has been a
growing tendency to upset that
balance and to blur the lines
between the two estates. Some
religious leaders apparently
want to dictate to the state and
some politicians seem willing to
accommodate them in the hope
that they will deliver their con-
gregations at election time.
In the long run, that will not
be to the advantage of either
and can only lead to more con-
flict in an already conflicted
society. The more: religious
leaders overreach, the more
likely they are to provoke a
backlash, so they should resist
the lust for temporal power.
Furthermore, it would be a
good thing to see whether the
law allows for appeal from deci-
sions of the board. If it does not,
then provisions should be made
so that citizens and theatre own-
ers can ask for judicial review.

In any event, the power of
I the board to ban a partic-
ular play or film should be
restricted to extreme cases. The
board should be about giving

tion, the rallying cry was about
process. This had resonance
throughout the country even
though the PLP Opposition had
implicitly approved the process
by participating in it without
Now it is time to examine the
process by which the Bahamas
Plays and Films Control Board
makes decisions about who sees
what in the Bahamas.

ress reports say that the
board had approved the
screening of Brokeback Moun-
tain, a film with strong homo-
sexual content, and then
reversed itself at the instigation
of the Bahamas Christian Coun-
cil. If true. that is quite worry-
Whatever the board.does
should be in accordance with
established guidelines, not by
its own arbitrary Nill, and much
less by the dictates of any reli-
gious authority.

Some homo-
phobic cru-
saders should
think again -
mouthing off
with astound-
ing hypocrisy
about their
detestation of

! I have said in thi column
before that the Bahamas is for-
tunate to have separation of
church and state but also to
1kn-v __I__ u a 5' d S-C-L -.y

the public guidance through the
rating system so that children
and young persons can be pro-
tected and mature citizens will
have notice of the contents of a
particular play or film.
Religious leaders are free to
advise their congregations and
anyone else who wants to lis-
ten about what they should
and should not see. But they
should not be able to dictate
what adult citizens can or can-
not see.
In fact, the whole idea of con-
trol over entertainment in this
technologically-advanced age is
Becoming more and more prob-
lematic, and responsible par-
ents are desperately trying to
see how they can protect their
Children from the avalanche of
trash now easily accessible at
the touch of a button.

The fuss over Brokeback
Mountain is probably
because it is a high-profile film
that has received critical
acclaim. It is not at all likely
that it portrays anything that
has not been exposed in
Bahamian movie theatres
before, more likely with far less
- artistic approach-.- --
Those who are inordinately
hot and bothered about the
phenomenon of homosexuality
might just as well get used to
the idea that it is here to stay.
Homosexuals are now out of
the closet and it is unlikely they
will allow any society to beat
them back into it.
Some homophobic crusaders
should think again before
mouthing off with astounding
hypocrisy about their detesta-
tion of homosexuality. Those.
who are confident in their het-
erosexuality should have noth-
ing to fear.'
Homosexuality has been
around for ages and has been
treated in ancient and modern-
theatre and literature. Gays are
everywhere: in government, in
the church, in business and in
the arts.
Incidentally, geneticists and
sociologists might have some-
thing to say about this but it
would appear that gays have
been blessed with more than
their share of talent in the arts.
It seems that the banning of
Brokeback Mduntain is part of
a strident campaign against
homosexuals and that should
not be allowed. Religious lead-
ers can preach all they want
against homosexuality or any-
thing else, but in this democra-
tic and pluralistic society they
should not be allowed to manip-
ulate the apparatus of the state
to force their views on other
Also, political leaders should
stop demonising homosexuals
and attempting to make them
scapegoats for the ills of our
society, ills for which we are all
accountable. Gay people are
here to stay and, like everybody
else, should be left to the judg-
ment of the God who created
all of us and knows us best.


H rill



OIn brief

Three men
on drug
granted bail

THE three men who were
arrested in connection with
a drug bust in the South
Beach area nearly two weeks
ago were granted bail yester-
Ian Porter, 35 and 25-year-
old Derrick White were
charged with possession of:
dangerous drugs with the
intent to supply in connec-
tion with the discovery of
several sacks containing more
than $1.3 million worth of
Yesterday, both men were
granted bail in the sum of
Elkin Butler, 54, who is
also charged in connection
with the-matter, was granted
$30,000 bail.
He was charged with pos-
session of dangerous drugs
with the intent to supply, and
was accused of having 14 and
3/4 pounds of marijuana.

Man faces

charge of



A 38-YEAR-OLD man
accused of stealing thousands
of dollars in cash from his
workplace was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
It is alleged that between
February and June 1999,
Lenix Rolle stole over
$12,000 from Nassau Flight
Services on John F Kennedy
Rolle, who was arraigned
on 13 counts of stealing by
reason of employment before
Magistrate Susan Sylvester,
was not required to enter a
plea to fthedItargeo gated

n e y g e n e r al .' c ..
Rolle was granted $5,000
bail and the case was''
adjourned to .June 19._ -

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and/or students should sub-
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once they graduate
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0 In brief

must wait
several days
for sentence

THE man who has been con-
victed of the May 2002 murder
of 16-year-old Donnell Conover
will have to wait several more
days before he is sentenced.
On March 20, a jury of 11
women and one man unani-
mously found Maxo Tito of
Nassau Village guilty of the
murder of Donnell Conover,
the first murder conviction since
the Privy Council ruled against
the mandatory death penalty.
Conover, a former student of
L W Young, reportedly died as
a result of a crushed skull and
lacerations to the brain.
Her partially clothed body,
which reportedly also had burns
on it, was found in a quarry pit
off Cowpen Road.
After Tito was convicted, Jus-
tice Anita Alien told the court
that in light of the Privy Coun-
cil's most recent ruling on the
death penalty, she would hold a
hearing to determine the appro-
priate sentence. Before the rul-
ing, the death penalty would
have been mandatory in the
case of a murder conviction.
Yesterday, attorney for Tito,
Wayne Munroe, told the judge
that he was not quite ready to
proceed in the matter as he had
only recently received notice of
what the prosecution intended
to make its submissions on.
The hearing was adjourned
to next Thursday.
Tito is being represented by
Mr Munroe, Roger Gomez and
Shaka Serville.
Bernard Turner and Calvin
Seymour are prosecuting the

US request
on Kozeny to
be heard
before Czech

BAH.AMIAN authorities will
only consider the Czech gov-
ernment's request to have Vik-
tor Kozeny extradited after they
settle a similar request from the
US, Czech Justice Minister
Pavel Nemec and his deputy
Roman Polasek told journalists.
The decision to first hear the
US case against Kozeny, an
Irish financier of Czech extrac-
tion, was conveyed by repre-
sentatives of the Bahamian judi-
ciary to a Czech delegation dur-
ing its trip to the Bahamas on
March 26-31, Nemec said.
According to the Czech News
Agency, the Czech Republic
asked for Kozeny's extradition
last May.
The United States wants him
extradited over corruption and
money laundering charges in
connection with the privatisa-
tion of the oil industry of Azer-
At America's request, Kozeny
has been in custody in the
Bahamas since last October.
The Czech Republic wants
him extradited to face charges
of embezzlement of property
worth 13.6 billion crowns.


in court on



A 28-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in court yesterday on
a drug possession charge.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, March 30 Dwayne Lock-
hart was found in possession of
five foil wraps containing five
grams of marijuana.
Lockhart pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was granted bail
in the sum of $7,500. The matter
was adjourned to October 5.

Airport staff end work-to-rule

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE airport workers union
yesterday afternoon ended its
work-to-rule after government
withdrew a proposed five per
cent pay cut during, the nego-
tiating process.
Approaching the two-year
mark without an industrial
contract, the Airport, Airline
and Allied Workers Union
(AAWU) which represents
Bahamasair employees yes-
terday made major strides

Government drops pay cut plan

towards reaching an agree-
ment by conceding minor
points in exchange for the
removal of a proposed pay cut.
"We have agreed on more
than three-quarters of all the
aspects of the agreement and
expect to resolve some of the
other outstanding matters when
we meet again with government
negotiators on Friday. At the

latest we expect to bring this to
conclusion by the end of April,"
union president Nerelene
Harding told The Tribune.
The proposed five per cent
pay cut, which has been on the
table since September when
negotiations first began for a
new industrial agreement, has
caused tension between the
union and the government and

THIS undated photograph provided by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administra-
tion shows a specialized radiation detector, known as a "modified straddle carrier," at
Freeport in the Bahamas. The vehicle scans cargo containers at seaports for evidence of
radioactive materials. The actual radiation detectors are the white panels mounted verti-
cally on the front of the vehicle.
(AP Photo/US Nuclear National Security Administration)

Pinder promises to investigate

complaints about police officer

Health parliamentary secre-
tary Ron Pinder has
promised to personally look
into complaints against a
police officer in the
Pinewood area who is
allegedly moonlighting as a
bush mechanic.
For years, residents claim,.
they have tried to convince
the officer to abide by the
law and remove the dilapi-
dated cars that litter their
street but feel that their
requests continue to fall on
deaf ears.
One resident said that he
has been to the Commission-
er of Police and Environmen-
tal Health on many occasions.
"They always say that they
are coming, but they never
seem to do anything with this
young man, and he feels that
he has the right to do
mechanic work in a residen-
tial area, and bring down the
area. I do not have a problem
with him doing mechanic
work. I have a problem with

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him bringing down the value of
my property and breaking the
law," said the resident.
The residents say that the
only conclusion that they have
come to is that the officer feels
as if he is "above the law."
The officer in question is
alleged to have carried out pro-
ceedings to have another resi-
dent bound over to keep the
peace after the resident per-
sonally approached him to
remove the cars.
Residents said that the rep-
resentative for Pinewood,
Allyson Maynard-Gibson, has
been made aware of the mat-
ter yet they still have not seen
any action. At this point, they
want to know if and why this
officer seems to be untouchable.
Contacted about the incident,
Mr Pinder appeared to be
knowledgeable about the officer

last week resulted in the intro-
duction of a work-to-rule.
Members of the AAWU last
Monday began with action that
included taking their lunch
breaks at the scheduled times
instead of waiting to accommo-
date the airport's operations.
"Standard practice is that
they work through their breaks
to allow operations to run
smoothly and are later com-
pensated for it. The work-to-
rule on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday resulted in 30-minute
to one-hour delays (in flight
operations)," Mrs Harding said.
The AAWU president said
she x ,;s \~ er happy that gov-
ernment finally withdrew the
proposed pay cut as this was a
negotiating point that union
members refused to concede.
"It was just inhumane to ask
people to take a five-per cent
pay cut in consideration of
Bahamasair's financial situation.
For some of our members who
don't use the bus, the gas alone
to come to work would not have
been affordable. It was simply
not an option we were even

willing to consider," she said.
Concessions on behalf of the
AAWU, which were agreed on
yesterday, included adjustments
to pay for employees who are
called into work on holidays
and the specification of over-
time for flight attendants.
Employees who were called
to work on a public holiday
were previously credited with
triple time.
The new agreement now
provides for double time pay,
with the exception of four holi-
days New Year's Day, Good
Friday, Labour Day and Christ-
mas Day on which employees
will be paid at double and a half
time and receive one day back.
In addition to this the union
has also agreed to government's
suggestion to uphold the 12-
hour work day, with overtime
beginning at 11 hours.
"This is in accordance with
the Employment Act, and we
are, as stipulated in the Indus-
trial Relations Act, an essential
service, so we had no problem
with that, we can work 12
hours," Mrs Harding said.
However, the number of
hours per month required to
receive overtime payment has
been reduced from 70 to 65
hours, she added.

in question, and said he would
look into the matter.
This is the most recent in a
series of incidents that has resi-
dents of Pinewood Gardens at
odds with members of the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force.
Last week, Pinewood resi-
dents called for answers in the
death of Deron Bethel who, as
a result of mistaken identity,
was shot by plain-clothes police
officers. This incident was close-
ly followed by a witness to the
Bethel shooting escaping death
after being fired on by men who
appeared to be plainclothes offi-
Over the weekend, CDU offi-
cers carried out raids on homes
in the Pinewood area. They
recovered several weapons and
rounds of ammunition, and as a
result, a 22-year-old man was
taken into custody.


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"Bird flu virus fears on Inagua" was the
heading not the usual banner headline -
on the front page of The Tribune on February
The Tribune in fact all the media -
was criticised for irresponsible journalism for
publishing that story.
Now let us look at the decision that a
responsible editor had to make that day.
On February 27, The Tribune received a
tip from a high level source that 21 birds -15
flamingoes, five Roseate Spoon Bills and one
Comorant (black bird) had been found
dead at Inagua. Mystery surrounded their
deaths as there was nothing to suggest the
cause. There was fear that it might be the
bird flu.
A Tribune reporter interviewed Agricul-
ture Minister Leslie Miller who feared the
worst, but hoped for the best. He also inter-
viewed Mr Glenn Bannister, president of
Morton Salt at Inagua, and president of the
Bahamas National Trust, who saw the dead
birds. Mr Bannister said he often dove
around the island and hardly ever saw a dead
bird. Such a large number of deaths was most
He went on to tell our reporter that
although the birds at Inagua were not migra-
tory, migratory birds, such as geese and ducks,
annually wintered in Inagua. They could
have, Mr Bannister reasoned, introduced the
virus to the local flock. The fear remained
that avian flu could possibly be the silent
killer of 21 of Inagua's birds.
Now for an editor's dilemma:
If it were in fact bird flu,, the newspaper
was duty bound to inform Bahamians. No
one could dither on this one. There had to be
an immediate quarantine of people, and
culling of the birds had to start. Citizens
would have to take precautions. It would
have been irresponsible not to have given
people the information they needed to pro-
tect themselves.
On the other hand tourism, the
lifeblood of this country, would be endan-
gered by such information. Either way
Bahamians would suffer. Should we suppress.
the information that could jeopardize peo-
ple's lives, or suppress it to save their liveli-
hoods? We came down on the side of peo-
ple's lives, believing that after the event while
lives could not be restored, their livelihood
If in fact it had been bird flu, and Bahami-
ans discovered that The Tribune had sup-

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pressed such vital information, they would
have never trusted this newspaper again. We
felt that people were intelligent enough to
manage information that was factual and in
no way sensationalised it was very clear
that bird flu was only a fear, not a reality.
The birds' carcasses were so badly decom-
posed that it was impossible to examine them.
As time passed there were all sorts of theories
- all pointing away from bird flu. According
to the Agriculture Ministry only five flamin-
goes were found dead, not 21 birds of three
different species. However, Bahamas Nation-
al Trust officials were sticking to their story.
More than five birds had died, they said, and
possibly of those 21 deaths, only five could
not be explained. And they still can't be
And so we do not agree that with the lim-
ited information that The Tribune had on
February 28 that it was irresponsible in its
decision to inform Bahamians that there were
bird deaths, and that there was also some
fear about the cause of those deaths. Waiting
several more days, as suggested by Tourism
Minister Wilchcombe, would not have
changed the information ... there was still
bird deaths, and there was still fear.
The US government continues to be
blamed from certain quarters for not sharing
more information that might have prevented
the 9/11 attacks. Since then Homeland Secu-
rity has decided to keep the American people
fully informed certainly more informed
than they were in the past. We now have all
levels of warnings for terrorists' threats -
green, blue, yellow, orange, red, black and
purple. Yes, it keeps ones nerves on edge,
and all terrorists have to do is to remain
holed up in their mountain hideaways and
issue threatening tapes of impending danger
to keep the world unhinged. Despite this
America has decided to keep their people
as fully informed as possible so that they can
make sensible decisions for their own pro-
tection. Very often this means that passengers
will cancel airline flights, and the airlines will
lose business. But, unfortunately, that is the
reality of today's world.
We subscribe to a policy of full disclosure.
And so, although we are delighted that the
bird flu scare was a false alarm, we make no
apology for our publication on February 28th,
alerting our people to a possible danger.
In our opinion to have withheld informa-
tion from the Bahamian people would have
been irresponsible.

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EDITOR, The Tribune

THE recent banning of the
critically acclaimed movie
Brokeback Mountain has
revealed a lot about the influ-
ence religion has on our soci-
Many people are terrified to
express their opinions on cer-
tain social topics for the fear of
being virtually slaughtered by
opinionated religious remarks.
Churches have become mini-
dictatorships where pastors and
reverends make ridiculous
demands on their congregations
from the pulpits. In many
instances if members do not
comply, the\ are \erbally and,
publicly persecuted in front of
the church, the sad thing is, that
this seems to be acceptable by
the public at large.
Practically everything and
every decision in our society is
influenced by religion and reli-
gious councils, there used to be
a time when the entertainment
venues in Nassau used to be
Our night life was the envy
of the Caribbean comparable
in some instances with New
York. Now tourists are seen
wandering the strip at night with
bored stares on their faces. I
find it amusing when tourists
ask local people about enter-
tainment options only to be
directed to a church service .
It's embarrassing to see that a
country as homophobic as
Jamaica and very violent to gays
would allow Brokeback Moun-
tain to play in its theatres; yet
the Bahamas, being so close to
the world's largest, opened
minded and free thinking nation
on the planet could be so back-
ward in its way of thinking
about everything.
The religious movement that
has swept this nation for the
past decade has practically dec-
imated every form of free think-
ing and intelligence that
remotely existed, everything is
now based on religious thought,
our music quality has suffered
due to the fact gospel music is
pushed in our faces constantly,
ninety per cent of reading mate-
rial in book stores is religious,
everywhere you turn religion,
religion, religion.
Despite all of this religion,
our world-wide ranking
amongst crime and AIDS are
alarmingly high, recently we
ranked 57th on the world's most
liveable places list, we fell flat
on our faces with poor family
structure, personal health, poor
and inhumane attitudes and
environmental health, Barba-

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dos ranked #1 in the Western
Hemisphere, European nations
who have little regard for
church, religion and God
ranked highest in the world.
It seems that every Tom,
Dick and Harry seems to be
some pastor, deacon or high
ranking church official. It's hard
not to notice the flashy cars,
homes and vacations these peo-
ple indulge themselves with
while their church members are
riding jitneys.

Bahamians are truly terrified
of change, only when something
drastic happens we are forced to
look at alternative measures,
other than that, we remain riv-
eted in our ignorance.
I truly believe that change
will come in this country; but it
will come at a drastic measure,
geographically we sit so close
to so much to be so backward.
We fear we may get taken
over by Latino, Haitian, Indi-
an, etc, cultures, this may be the
only thing to save us from our
March 28 2006

Trouble with China

and a Christian nation

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I REALISE that the practice of politics is what it is, and that
our economy is absolutely reliant upon foreigners spending
money here, especially by way of tourism.
I further realise that China is the new up-and-coming eco-
nomic world power, and will thus afford a great opportunity to
the economy of the Bahamas if we are able to capitalise on
the potential flood of Chinese tourists that is expected.
However, I still cannot get past the fact that in China today,
there are Christians being persecuted. And why should this be
a problem for us? Well, if you don't know the answer to that,
then you needn't read on.
The Bahamas is said by many Bahamians to be a Christian
nation. And if you read the same Bible that I do, as Christians
we are to pray for and, in fact, be mindful of fellow Christians in
prison (for their faith), in such a way as to share their burden
with them.
Yes, the economic possibilities via China are indeed enticing.
And I am sure that it can be rationalised that our interests are
the Chinese people and not their government/politics. .And
also our great western neighbour, the United States, admitted-
ly has a very big trade agreement with China.
However, I still have misgivings about aggressively seeking to
bolster a relationship with a country whose form of govern-
ment is diametrically opposed to our own. America can take care
of herself.
It is especially poignant to me that we are pursuing greater
relations with China, because we severed rather abruptly ties
with the democratic Asian nation of Taiwan in favour of a rela-
tionship with China, a communist country, thanks to the FNM.;
I admit that I am not a great political strategist, nor do I
aspire to be. Perhaps as we progress in our relations with Chi-
na, we can be an influence upon them as to their human rights
record, especially as it pertains to our fellow Christians.
I know I might sound rather simple, and perhaps silly. But this
subject is very important to me. I feel it is my duty to speak thus.
A small voice in the wilderness
March 30 2006

Some double standards

dealing with Cubans

EDITOR, The Tribune
AFTER we resolved the Cuban dentist matter in such a
very humanitarian manner although some may argue it all
took too long, it is important for us to witness that a Carnival
Cruise Line ship picked up 28 Cuban refugees sailing north of
Cuba and took them abroad.
The governments of Cayman, Mexico and Jamaica have
refused the,refugees,permission to land.
Not a single squeak from any of the noisy Cuban American
groups in Miami, not like what they dished out to us.
Interesting as soon as the Carnival boat returns to the Port
of Miami the US Immigration Department will be deporting
the Cubans back to Cuba.
March 20 2006

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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The body of a
man believed to be a Haitian
stow-a-way was discovered over
i the .weekend floating in waters
off Freeport.Container Port.
.,Police. Superintendent Basil
Rahming:reported that a secu-
rity officer at the port spotted
the body of a black man some
time around' 10am on Saturday
in water between the pier and a
large container vessel, MSC
Mr Rahming said the victim is
believed to be between 16 and
25 years old.
The body was dressed in
short khaki pants, a black belt, a
dark green pullover shirt and
black working boots.
It was retrieved from the
water by police. There were no
major injuries on the body -
only superficial lacerations to
the skin, Mr Rahming said.
Police are awaiting the results
of an autopsy before releasing
the official cause of. death.
While conducting inquiries
into the matter, Mr Rahming
said police received informa-
tion that a young Haitian man
was discovered at the container
port on Tuesday.
The man was a stow-a-way
onboard the MV Baltic Carrier
which arrived at the port from
Cape Haitien, Haiti.
He identified himself as 15-
year-old Jean Emmanuel of
Cape Haitien.
The man told Bahamas
Immigration officials that he
sneaked aboard the ship in
Cape Haitien along with anoth-
er Haitian man called "Junior".
On arriving in Freeport, he
jumped overboard and climbed
up onto the pier, leaving Junior
behind, he said.
Officers, along with the ship's
captain, Aleynikov Oleksandr
of the Vt'kaine inspected j.
,pace uiider bte nlain hou-ing
area, where they discovered a
numbeY' of u_;' d Styrofoam
places and small water bottles.
Investigations into the mat-
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fire on

board boat

POLICE are investigating a
boat fire at sea off Fortune
Point, Grand Bahama on Sun-
day afternoon.
According to reports, some-
time around 4.20pm police
received a call from a private
boater who reported that a 50
foot wooden vessel named Sea
,Venture One ran aground on a.
reef one and a half miles off
Fortune Point. The boat, the
caller said, was engulfed in
Boatersiin'the area did not
see' anyone jump from the burn-
ing vessel. A police go-fast boat
responded to the scene around,
5pm, but officers were unable to
locate, anyone who had been
aboard. :
Mr 'Rahming said investiga-
tions into the incident are con-
tinuing. .

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vendors in the Cable Beach area yesterday

* DEPUTY Prime Minister Cynthia Mother Pratt listens to concerns from the
president of the Cable Beach East straw vendors, Sandra Johnson, yesterday
(Photos: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

Straw vendors complain about publicity

STRAW vendors whb work'outside '' A ini :i'i'C-Impl:n voiced by ven- Street vendors, two bottles of sparkling cider.
the Bay Street market claim that they dor- on thei C.bli Btech Strip was that She said the construction of the new At Fort Charlotte, vendors echoed
their business is suffering because taxi drivers do not do enough to encour- straw market will represent the start of many of the concerns of their colleagues
tourists do not know about ihem. ..i'. tuI-t Ii ip 'visit the market. a new focus on the industry that will on Cable Beach.
Vendors who ply their trad;L on the ' rs Pi tt 'i'o' during the recent affect all straw workers. They said that there is very little busi-
Cable Beach strip or near Fort Char- Cabinet reshuffle was given responsi- "I want to put a credit union in place ness at that location partly because the
lotte and Fort Fincastle voiced their ability for straw markets, said that she for the straw vendors, as I know from market is not in plain sight from West
concerns to Deputy Prime Minister will do all she can to promote markets experience they need to plan for their Bay Street.
Cynthia Pratt, who took a tour of out- located outside the town centre. "What- future. Its not what you make, but what The vendors said taxi drivers could
lying straw markets yesterday morn- ever isn't right, we'll make it right. I you do with.what you make that mat- do more to help, by telling tourists on
ing. am here to address any concerns you ters," said Mrs Pratt, whose mother was their way to the fort about the market.
"The tourists don't know about the have," she told the vendors, a straw vendor. Mrs Pratt promised that she would
straw market in Cable Beach," said one Mrs Pratt assured them that they are The Cable Beach vendors showed address these problems and try to make
out-west straw vendor. "We don't have not "second class citizens" and are not their gratitude for the visit by present- business at the outlying markets the
as much business as down town." considered less important than Bay ing Mrs Pratt with a fruit basket and best it can be.
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Sandals staff go on strike in

protest over gratuities

EMPLOYEES of the San-
dals Resort on Cable Beach
yesterday staged a walk-out
in protest over lower gratu-
Following a decrease in
gratuities compared to those
of last year, resort workers
yesterday morning decided
to go on strike.
A caller to The Tribune
yesterday morning claimed
that the majority of the
resort's staff were partici-
pating in the strike, however
Sandals management said
that only a "small section"
of their staff joined the
"This has not adversely
affected on our operations
and all guest services are
being provided normally,"
Sandals said yesterday a
response to the protest.
Sandals said it is aware
that "a misunderstanding
about the all-inclusive
method of calculating gratu-
ities my have created some
The resort's manage-
ment explained that the
formula for calculating gra-
tuities which are 10 per
cent of paid occupancies -
is the same which is fol-
lowed by all resorts

throughout the Sandals chain.
"This is then shared up
among all team members. Gra-
tuities are influenced byfthe
applicable room rates at ia 'given
time as well as the level of paid
occupancies. As such, it is sub-
ject to fluctuation
"Given the competitive
nature of the travel business at
this time, Sandals Royal
Bahamian has been offering dis-
counted rates to the market-
place, in an effort to drive occu-
pancy levels. This is a deliberate
strategy to protect the jobs of
our employees. The alternative
of not discounting would lead
to lower occupancies and by
extension job losses," the
resort's statement read.
However, in recognition of
the fact that gratuities have
decreased compared to the pre-
vious year, Sandals said, man-
agement has committed to a 5
per cent across-the-board
increase to the base salaries of
all employees this year.
"This is significantly more

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" offered elsewhere in the indus-
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the resort said.
Sandals said that it is confi-
dent that it will be able to solve
the current matter "amicably"
and in the shortestsl possible

When The Tribune arrived at
Goodman's Bay, the site of thp
protest, the Sandals employees
had already disbursed.

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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The Freeport
Lion's Club, through the assis-
tance of the Lion's Foundation
of the United States, has made
it possible for two young
Bahamians to get much-need-
ed eye surgery in Florida.
Club president Charles Saun-
ders and Dotty Scherer, Florida
Lion's district governor,
announced that four-year-old
Terrano Rolle and two-year-old
Tawaro Bain of Freeport are
scheduled to have their surg-
eries this month at the Bascomb
Palmer facility in Miami.
Terrano, is having surgery on
April 5 to remove his left eye,
which is cancerous. Tawaro,
who had surgery on January 20

last year to remove cataract
from one eye, is having an oper-
ation performed on his other
on April 10. A lens will also be
implanted in his eye.
Ms Scherer commended the
Lion's Club for the "outstand-
ing" work it is doing with the
visually impaired in Freeport.
"We are very proud to have
Freeport a part of our district. It
is a wonderful club that is doing
wonderful work in eyesight and
their current two cases we are
working with are outstanding,'
she said.
Mr Scherer said Freeport is
part of District,35D, which:
includes Fort Lauderdale,
Titusville, Bell Glade and
She said the Lion's Founda-
tion has been instrumental in
providing the funding needed to

cover the cost of the surgeries.
"We are pleased to report
that one child has had cataracts
(in one eye) removed and is
doing fine. The second child is
in Miami, where he is being
treated for cancer of the eye
and then he will get prosthesis
through the Lion's," she said.
Vice governor Ed Dick, who
will take over as district gover-
nor in July, said after the
surgery the children will be
invited on a trip to the Lion's
Camp in Lake Wells, Florida.
The camp is for blind and
handicapped children, he
President Charles Saunders
urged Grand Bahamians to con-
tinue to support the efforts of
the Lion's Club. He stressed that
all the money raised goes to assist
the children of the community.

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He thanked the Lion's Foun-
dation and the district gover-
nor for their assistance with the
two candidates in Freeport.
"These are two very expen-
sive cases and we are going to
follow them through to the end
with the continued help of
Lions in Florida, who have giv-
en us a tremendous assistance,"
he said.
Mr Saunders said that Terra-
no has now undergone chemo-
therapy treatment at Jackson
Memorial Hospital.
"Fortunately, they discovered
that fhe cancer did not spread to
the right eye, but they would
have to remove the left eye.
"It is unusual for a young
chap at that age to have cancer.
This is first time in the Bahamas
in 35 years.
"It is unfortunate we did not
detect it early but after a doctor
in the Bahamas saw him he rec-
ommended that he go to Miami
'ior ftiither testing and discov-
ered it r as cancer," he said.
He said that Terrano is in
good spirits and that his doc-
tors have reported that there is
good response from the right
eye since the treatment.
Mr Saunders said the Lion's
Club continues to provide eye
Glasses to children through its
eye screening programme in
schools. J
"Just last week we got three
students eyeglasses at no cost to
them. We are scheduled to go to
Martin Town Primary School
soon to begin eye screening for
younger kids," he said.

Before you reach

for seconds...

LMANY homeowners are di \-
ing into second-home o"ner-
ship. tor a \ ariet\ of reasons It
you'\ e gi\en an\ thought to the
possibility. \ou ma\ hae _
already formulated a list of
questions and answers for your-
self and your family. If not, here
are some important considera-
First, if you are going to trav-
el between two residences, just
how far are you willing to trav-
el by air or boat? You can con-
sider a close-by destination if
you're planning to just get away
on the weekends, but a once-a-
year vacation destination could
be anywhere youth imagination
takes you. Your reasons for get-
ting away will impact the fea-
tures you'll look for: mountains,
beaches, "big city" entertain-
ment, etc.
Perhaps more importantly is
the question of how much you

* LION president Charles Saunders welcomes district governor
Dotty Scherer and vice district governor Ed Dick on their offi-
cial visit to Freeport.
(Photos: Denise Maycock)

are willing or able to spend.
Consider the equity you've built
in your current home, and the
impact a second mortgage will

have on your budget. The man-
ner in which you'll use the sec-
ond home will affect those fig-
ures, since you might plan it as
an investment, either for rental
or resale. If it would be for
retirement or recreation, then
you'd look at the financing dif-
Finally, don't forget who else
might be able to use that second
residence as well, like your chil-
dren or your parents, even your
friends. A professional BREA
agent's opinion never hurts, but
you'll benefit from bouncing the
idea around,with others. Happy
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Tenders to provide the Company with coverage for our Directors and
Interested companies/firms in Nassau may collect a tender package from
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Lions arrange for youngsters to

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Charlotte Amalie
PRODUCTION at the west-
ern hemisphere's second largest
oil refinery has fully resumed
after crews repaired a mechan-
ical problem that slowed gaso-
line output for three weeks, a
.company official said Monday,
according to Associated Press.
The mechanical failure
occurred March 11 in the Hov-
ensa oil complex's fluid catalyt-
ic cracking unit, which converts
semi-refined crude into gaso-
Alex Moorhead, executive
vice president of Hovensa LLC,
said the unit was repaired on
Sunday and gasoline produc-
tion resumed later that day.
The company had expected
repairs to be completed by
March 25.
The catalytic cracking unit,
one of the largest in the world,
is capable of producing 175,000
barrels of gasoline a day. Hov-
ensa has not said how much
production was affected by the
damage to the unit.
Operators of the refinery on
the southern coast of the island
of St. Croix have declined to
provide details about operations
in the past to avoid fueling mar-
ket speculation. Hovensa, a
joint venture of New York-
based Amerada Hess Corp. and
Venezuela's state-oil company,
processes about 500,000 barrels
of crude oil per day.


Christie: public private

partnership working in

Eleuthera developments

* By Bahamas Information
THE government's concept
of "convergence" is shaping
up well on the island of
Eleuthera according to Prime
Minister Perry Christie.
Mr Christie said the two
major developments under
construction in Eleuthera are
showing how this concept -
which emphasises private and
public sector investment col-
laboration can go beyond
resort development to impact
the island as a whole.
"This is a magnificent
example of public sector/pri-
vate partnership. I indicated
something called conver-
gence, where private and
public sectors interests go
beyond the development and
make a contribution to the
well-being of the surround-
ing communities."
Mr Christie explained that
since ground was broken in
July 2005 on the $300 million
Cotton Bay Club estate and
villa complex at Rock Sound,
construction has begun on six
villas starting with the
27,000 square foot club house.
According to the govern-
ment, construction is to begin
shortly on the next 12 villas
and the 114 estate lots are
being prepared for purchase.
On Friday, March 31 Mr
Christie and other govern-
ment officials visited
Eleuthera and said they were
pleased at the level of
progress at two construction
sites the anchor project
Cotton Bay Club, and the
Cape Eleuthera Marina and
Powell Pointe projects.
Wim Steenbakkers, man-
aging director of Eleuthera
Properties Limited said that
the company is very happy
with the progress so far and~

Sound, Eleuthera, toured by government officials on Friday, March 31. Pictured are
Tourisi p~arhiamuerniarsecielar. John Carey; Wim Steenbakkers, managing director of
;. .... ...

[ AN ocean view fi'om one of the villas under construction at the Cotton Bay Club in Rock
Sound, Eleuthera, toured by government officials on Friday, March 31. Pictured are
Tpuris~al p arlianmeniar),secretar. John Carey; Wim Steenbakkers, managing director of
Eleuthera Properties; Prime Minister Perry Christie; Thomas Sands Jr, director of sales at
Cotton Bay Estates and Villas; Dr Marcus Bethel, Minister of Energy and the Environment;
and Oswald Ingraham, MP-for South Eleuthera.

that all is on schedule -
despite some challenges.
"We ran into a ridge of
flint rock, probably the hard-
est rock you can find; it's
almost steel. To get that out
of the ground has been quite
a challenge," he said. "There
are always challenges, as long
as you look at them that way
and not as obstacles, you can
deal with it," he said.
The developers of Cotton
Bay said they are out to set
very high standards in devel-
opment on the Family
Islands. They boast of a
"great" in-house team that
includes many Bahamians.
Starwood Hotels and
Resorts Worldwide and its
Bahamian partners,
Eleuthera Properties, are
seeking to recreate the 1950s
legacy of Cotton Bay.
Thomas.,Sands Jr, .director

of sales for Cotton Bay Estates
and Villas told the prime min-
ister that the construction is
having a very positive effect
on South Eleuthera.
"There are a number of
people involved here, from the
individual businesses, small
vendors, and various suppli-
ers," he said. "We focus on
opportunities for Bahamians;
that is why the government
has been so supportive of us."
Contractors and sub-coni-
tractors employ around 130
persons at the site.
According to Mr Christie,
what is most interesting about
the development is fow it will
impact the local economy
homes are being built and
developers are running out
of housing stock for workers.
And, he was equally
pleased with the level of
progress on the Cape

(BIS photo: Peter Ramsay)
Eleuthera Marina and Powell
Pointe development.
David Green, vice chairman
and managing director of
Powell Pointe, said that refur-
bishment work had also begun
on the 35-year-old marina,
which will be open for busi-
ness in July with 45 slips.
The company has entered
into a unique partnership
with the government for the
construction of a town hall,
and other recreational ameni-
ties such as a running track,
basketball court and play-
- The agreement also calls
for a dredging project in
Deep Creek, for bone fish-
ing, and for a 100-acre agri-
cultural park.
Cape Eleuthera's partners,
the Island School, is facilitat-
ing a high-tech farming pro-
ject on the property.

Chavez says

US spreading


of Antilles


Hugo Chavez called the Dutch
defence minister a "pawn of Wash-
ington" and accused the US gov-
ernment of spreading false rumours
that he is considering invading
nearby Dutch Caribbean islands,
according to Associated Press.
Chavez said Sunday that recent
comments by Dutch Defence Min-
ister Henk Kamp appear to be part
of a US-organised smear cam-
"It's part of a little campaign, an
orchestrated campaign, so that
Europe starts shaping the idea that
there is tyrant here making plans
for invasions of neighboring coun-
tries," Chavez said. "This is part of
a worldwide campaign by the Unit-
ed States against us."
During a parliament debate in
the Netherlands last month, Kamp
said Chavez was looking "with big
eyes at the couple scraps" close to
his shores that are part of the
Dutch kingdom. He reassured the
legislators that Venezuela's coast
guard was no match for the three
ships that the Dutch navy keeps in
the region.
"This could be perceived as if
Chavez has his eyes on the Antilles
to conquer them," the Venezuelan
president said.
Kamp also said, however, there
was no immediate military threat
and that the Netherlands wanted
good relations with Venezuela.
Chavez said he believed Kamp
was being manipulated by the US.
"He's without a doubt being a
pawn of Washington," Chavez said
in his weekly television programme.
The Venezuelan leader has pre-
viously suggested the Dutch islands
immediately off Venezuela's coast
could be used as a launching pad
for a US invasion.
Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot
was quoted as saying in Argentina
last week: "There is nothing to indi-
cate any hostile intentions on the
part of Venezuela toward the
Dutch Kingdom."

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GOLDEN Girl Debbie Fer-
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lending her name and her sup-
port to the St Andrew's School
"building for the future" cam-
According to the school, the
campaign is already providing
the school with new infrastruc-
ture, library and information
technology as well as additional
scholarships and faculty profes-
sional development.
"1 encourage people from all
walks of life to support this
campaign as I know from my

own personal experience the
very positive influence St
Andrew's School provides to
our Bahamas," Debbie said.
St Andrew's issued a state-
ment last week acknowledging
Debbie's support.
"Most Bahamians know Deb-
bie Ferguson as a gold medal
Olympian the smiling cham-
pion holding the Bahamian flag
high above her head after her
epic race at the 2000 Olympics."
"We should also know that
Debbie Ferguson is a proud
alumnus of St Andrew's School

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and continues to give back to
her alma mater, out of deep
appreciation for what the school
gave to her," the statement said.


Debbie attended public pri-
mary school in Nassau. While
grade eight she applied for and
won a four-year scholarship to
St Andrew's for grades nine
through 12.
Not just a gifted athlete, Deb-
bie made the honour roll in her
first semester and remained on
it throughout her four years at
St Andrew's.
"She thrived in the school's
atmosphere where teachers
really want to help students
learn and students really want
to be taught.
"She became known for her
leadership qualities and her self-
discipline and she took great
pride in performing her duties
as a prefect and deputy head
girl," the statement said.
While making her mark aca-
demically at St Andrew's, Deb-
bie was competing internation-
The honour roll student/pre-
fect turned in the fastest time
in the world for the 100 meters
in the under 18 group.
"I am where I am today
because of St Andrew's School.
My education there changed my
life it's as simple as that. It is
only because of my St Andrew's
education that I was able to get
a scholarship to the University
of Georgia where I advanced
scholastically and athletically
with some of the best runners in
the world," Debbie said.
Graduating from St Andrew's
in 1994, Debbie went on to the
University of Georgia. :
She had a spectacular college
career, winning 19 all-Ameri-

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I DEBBIE Ferguson signs autographs for children at St Andrew's

can honours, 4 Individual
national championships and
graduating with academic hon-
ours in Biology and Pre-Med.
'Debbie then went on to win a
World Championship as well as
Olympic gold, silver and bronze
The scholarship programme
that enabled Debbie Ferguson
and many others to attend St
Andrew's School was started
more than 25 years ago, "in an
effort to bring the school's qual-
ity education to a wider cross-
section of young Bahamians,"
St Andrews said.
The programme recruits pub-
lic school students with acade-
mic promise who lack the finan-
cial ability to attend the school.
The number of scholarships
offered has increased over the
years, reaching the present lev-
el of eight per year.
These have traditionally been
full scholarships, usually for the

three-year period covering
grades 10 to 12, but with the
introduction of the new year 13
and the International Bac-
calaureate programme, the
scholarships have been extend-
ed in some cases to four years.
The scholarships are avail-
able to all grade nine students in
all government schools (New
Providence and Family Islands),
who meet the age and scholastic
requirements and have attended
a government school for at least
two years.
Presently, 25 students attend-
ing St Andrew's are scholarship
Said the school's statement:
"Since its inception, more than
200 public school students have
attended and graduated from
St Andrew's through this schol-
arship programme.
"Many, like Debbie Fergu-
son, excel in the opportunity
becoming honour students and

prefects, and earning scholar-
ships to excellent universities
"All scholarship students
have gone on to university at
such respected institutions as;
Acadia University, Amherst
College, Beloit College, Lehigh
University, Molloy University,
University of Georgia, Univer-
sity of Waterloo, University of
Western Ontario, York Uni-
"Debbie is very positive
about her years at St Andrew's
and the impact those years had
on her life. She so appreciates
her scholarship, her education,
her many St Andrew's friends,
that she now eagerly gives back
to the school in any way she
"She talks with students,
addresses assemblies, presents
awards, supports events and
works closely with scholarship
students," it said.

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,:FROM page one

iter, a registry supervisor, in
005-06, makes on average
SIn the private sector, a young
lawyer entering the field may
ierage $35,000 per annum, while
physicians have the potential to
come in at an average of $60,000.
. Taking these figures into con-
sideration, Mrs Poitier-Turnquest
said it is a disgrace when one con-
Siders what teachers in the public
system make and the high stan-
dards to which teachers are being
asked to adhere.
"I do not begrudge anyone for
Nvhat they make," said the presi-
dent about a driver for one min-
ister who averages over $17,000.
7He is doing an honest job, and
he has to make living." "The dis-
graces comes," she continued,
'when you take into considera-
tion that teachers are asked to
upgrade themselves every year,
gt their own expense.
S"The disgrace comes when
teachers must purchase supplies
and build things for their class-
rooms because the government
does not provide them. It is dis-
graceful when schools must have
fund-raisers to purchase books
for a class of 40 students when
government only provides 10 to
15 of the required text. That is
the disgrace."
Former Minister of Education
Paul Adderley, speaking on the
issue, said the state of education
today is terrible.
"This deterioration is worse

FROM page one

BUT president

than anything that I had to con-
tend with," he said. "In terms of
the education of the Bahamian
people, it is the most important
function of the government. What
is going on is not right."
He said he does not believe the
BUT on its present matter is
politically motivated, as in many
other union matters, but he
echoed the sentiments of some in
the public: "I would have a dif-
ferent attitude toward teachers,
per se, if I saw better results."
Mrs Poitier-Turnquest said she
is saddened by Mr Adderley's
comments and would want the
public to know that there are
many variables that contribute to
a student's overall academic per-
formance, and teachers are only
one part of that.
"Education does not exist in a
vacuum," she said. "The condi-
tion of schools is a variable. We
must also consider the availabili-
ty of materials, the parents'
involvement and the student him-
self or herself." She feels too
much blame is being placed on
teachers for what is happening in
the educational system.
"There is a certain amount of
material that teachers must cov-
er," continued Mrs Poitier-Turn-
quest, "However, in many cases,
before a teacher can begin teach-
ing, he or she must deal with a
student who may be lacking sleep
because of hostilities in the home,
students who have not eaten


breakfast, students working to
afford materials, students who are
abused, or students who have not
been screened for academic defi-
Mrs Poitier-Turnquest said
these are only some of the things
a teacher must attend to before
they can begin teaching.
Both she and former minister
Adderley point to the increased
risks that the 21st century teacher
must face, as students, recognizing
the limited power of the teacher
to chastise, continue to become
unruly with authority figures.
"On top of that," Mrs Poitier-
Turnquest says, "Teachers are
being asked to perform the duties
of social workers, nurses, peace
officers and even parents in some
In January, 2000, the present
Minister of Health Dr Bernard
Nottage said: "We have to find
ways to retain better teachers."
This, he said, would depend on
how much teachers are paid.
Yet, six years later, there are
those in government who ques-
tion why teachers should receive
an increase in pay.
But Mrs Turnquest feels that
if the Bahamas government does
not recognize the wisdom in Dr
Nottage's words, then others will.
She specifically pointed to
increased recruitment .Ilorts b\
American school districts who
attract teachers from the
Bahamas with substantial reward
In the Miami-Dade County
School District, at the first step, a

were seen to be on and, Mr Kelly Greene being
known to be away, the police were alerted.
Constables Rolle and Munroe and a number of Green called out to him "Spar, hands up". Floyd
civilians went to the club, Constable Rolle going to Rolle saw this person put something down ("an
the rear of the building, Constable Munroe to the instrument") and move towards them. He was fright-
front. Constable Monroe told those inside to come ened and ran away.
out as they were surrounded. Later that night a small boat disappeared from its
Three shots were then fired from a twelve-bore mooring at Little Harboui; two days later it was
Maverick pump action shotgun, two of which struck found at South Beach Canal, not far from the appel-
Constable Munroe in the head and killed him. The lants' house in Nassau.
shotgun was licensed to Simmons. No other gun Also found after the killing was a black duffle-type
was fired that night. Greene (wearing white gloves) bag near the beach at Little Harbour and, on Octo-
was apprehended at the club by Constable Rolle ber 17, 1997, in bushes near the appellants' house,
but ran off when the shots were fired and the officer Simmons's Maverick shotgun with its barrel missing.
went to look for Munroe. By then, however, Simmons and Greene had fled
A short time later Greene was seen in the Pinder's the Bahamas, flying by way of Miami to Omaha,
Bay area by another prosecution witness he knew, Nebraska, where they remained for more than three
Floyd Rolle. Greene said that he had lost his mobile years.
phone and Floyd Rolle said that he would help him Finally, on March 27, 2001, they were.deported
look for it. As they walked along together Greene from Nebraska and, accompanied on the flight by
said that he "hoped that Munroe isn't dead, you US law enforcement officers and Detective Sergeant
know" and, when asked what he meant, replied, Thompson of the Bahamas Police Force, they
"me and my spar [partner] going to rob Kelly and arrived at Nassau Airport.
,Munroe got shot". They continued along the path There, at about 3 pm, each was arrested by DS
together until another person, in dark clothing with Thompson, cautioned, and told of his right to obtain
'a mask over his face and white gloves, appeared. legal advice.
.......................................................................... .

PARTY Businesman .'
Levi Gibson, standing at
centre, is pictured with
.ome friends after party ,
held in honour of Mr.
'iibson's 92nd birthday
onday 3rd April at
'Montagu Gardens. Stand-
ing from left are former
AMember of Parliament
,and fellow realtor
'Michael Lightbourn, Mr.
Gibson. and Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Pub-
lic Sern ice Fred Mitchell, "
;a Godson of Mr. Gibson; '
:seated are former Mem-
her of Parliament Bruce Braynen at left and 'Duke'
:Errol Strachan. Mr. Gibson and Mr. Braynen have
been friends for 87 years, by Mr. Braynen's count.
A committee of Mr. Gibson's friends chaired by
,Mr. Arthur Peet joined with the Kiwanis clubs of
Nassau to stage the luncheon party and a service of
*thanksgiving held earlier at St. Matthew's Angli-
-can Church. Close to 200 attended the events,
,among them some of the scores of Godchildren

mentored by Mr.
( Gibson.
For ign Aff.atrs &
Public Service Minis-
ter Fred Mitchell
gate remarks at the
luncheon, citing the
many areas of com-
munity service given
by Mr. Gibson. Mr.
Nitchell highlighted
She work of Mr. Gib-
son in founding the
Children's Emer-
ge ncy Hostel, his sup-
port of and involve-
me nt with the
Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associa-
tions (BAAA), his dedication to his home commu-
nity of Long Island and his educational support of
many, many young Bahamians over the years.
In a short response, Mr. Gibson said "I did every-
thing that I could for everyone that I could because
I enjoyed doing it". Honoured with a standing ova-
tion and the singing of 'Happy Birthday', Mr. Gib-
son thanked everyone for their kindness and atten-

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teacher with a bachelor's degree
takes home, before taxes, $34,000.
The cap on Dade County's scale
for a person with a bachelor's
degree is $62,225.
In the Atlanta Public School
System, teachers at the first step
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In addition to wages, teachers
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FROM page one
dark male whose feet were
bound. He also observed an
injury in the lower left chest area
of the body.
Mr Sherman said that a bus
registered to Her Majesty's
Prison was pointed out to him.
He said that he entered the bus
and observed suspected blood
stains. There he saw the lifeless
body of a male, which had an
injury to the lower left chest.
Jeanett Ann Bowles, wife of
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last time she saw her husband
was when he left for work on the
evening of January 16th.
Under examination, she was
asked if her husband complained
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James Colebrooke, a crime
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Mr Colebrooke said he
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lying on his back.
Kervin Jones, also a crime
scenes technician, said he visited
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BTC is doing it again partnering with the
youth via the Bahamas Swimming
Federation. BTC is sponsoring the Carifta
Swim Team in their plight to bring home
the gold during the Carifta Games to be
held in Barbados this upcoming weekend.
Mr. Leon Williams, BTC's Acting President
& CEO was present during the team's

special luncheon held at the Radisson
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the young team to do their best. The
Carifta Swim team extended their
gratitude to BTC by presenting Mr.
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polo shirt and towel.

BTC has partnered with the Bahamas
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athletes of the BAAA. The team which is
comprised of 50 members will be
traveling to Guadeloupe from April 14 -

17th to compete in the Carifta Games.
"BTC Team Carifta" is another one of the
many initiatives that the company will be
spearheading to strengthen its public
relations and its continuing efforts to
partner with the youth.

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The BTC Hip Hop Holla day was held on
Saturday, April 1st in the Mall at
Marathon's center court. The competition
was close and the competitors were ready,
willing and able to rap their way to a
Motorola Razr. On air personality Randy

C emceed the grand event and DJ Fines
kept the crowd hype by playing the latest
in Hip Hop & reggae music.
However by the end of the day Ms.
Diontish Dames (pictured left) was the
"biggie holla" winner and she took home
a brand new Pink Motorola Razr courtesy
of BTC. Mr. Elliot Sears (pictured right)
also won a Steel Gray Motorola Razr
courtesy of BTC as the judges pick for the
"biggie holla':
The winner of the "kiddie holla" was
Q'Chea Knowles and she won an iPod
Nano courtesy of Electronic Doctors and
the second place winner was Kyfer Smith
and who won a Nokia cell phone courtesy
of BTC.
BTC also afforded the audience an'

opportunity to participate in the"Holla
day"by inviting persons to sign up on the
spot to compete for a mini DVD player
and a 3.2 mega pixel Polaroid camera
courtesy of QBC. The winner of the mini
DVD player was Mr. Lavardo Dorsette for
the biggie holla and Mr. Daniel Saunders
won the mega pixel Polaroid camera for

the kidde holla.
The day was a grand success, but the fun
doesn't stop there. The second quarter of
the Hip Hop Holla will commence this week
on 100 Jamz when callers will have to"holla"
about BTC's SMS, text messaging service.

BTC's employees get ready to "walk the walk" during the Atlantic
Medical Center's 8th Annual Fun Walk. The walk will take place on April
8th, 2006 starting from'Montagu Beach at 6:30 am.This past Friday,
Atlantic Medical was on sight at BTC's Mall at Marathon location signing
up persons to participate in the walk. BTC will be donating two (2)!,
Motorola Razrs to the winners of the walk and encourages all staff to,;
attend this healthy lifestyle event.
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wholesaler is expect-
ed to break ground
on its Freeport-based
warehouse/ distribu-
tion facility within the next one to
two months, The Tribune was told
yesterday, with the Grand Bahama
Port Authority having "identified six
key sectors on which we will be focus-
ing our business development thrust".
Julian Francis, the Port Authori-
ty's co-chairman and chief executive,
described the agreement involving
Associated Grocers of Florida as "the
template" for plans to make the prod-
uct development and logistics sector
"one of the biggest areas of growth [in
Freeport] going forward".
He added that Associated Grocers,
which distributes its products to more
than 42 countries, was "expected to
break ground" within the next four to
six weeks.
Mr Francis said: "We've got one
business in particular that's been
approved and acquired 20 acres in

sectors' for Freeport's growth

Grocery wholesaler to break ground on new warehouse in next one-two months, talks held

on oil refinery re-start and Chinese firm attracted in as part of specialist manufacturing focus

the Sea Air Business Centre.
"That's going to be the template
for international distribution/logistics
activities. That is going to be one of
the most active sectors in this econo-
my over the next five to 10 years."
The agreement between Associated
Grocers and Hutchison Port Hold-
ings (Bahamas), which operates the
741 acre Sea Air Business Centre, will
initially see 20 acres set aside for a
30,000 square foot warehouse.
The company, though, has an
option over a further 20 acres and its
long-term goal is to expand its ware-
house to 100,000 square feet by the
fifth year of its investment.
Associated Grocers was attracted to
Freeport because it was cheaper to
import produce from China and oth-
er markets to Grand Bahama. rather
than its US distribution facilities,
enabling it to lower prices for its Latin
American customers.

Mr Francis told The Tribune yes-
terday that the Port Authority was
seeking to attract a "minimum" of 50
such businesses to Freeport, all being
"fairly large international distribution
businesses" capable of employing 10-
30 persons in their first phase of
When multiplied by 50 businesses,
he said the short-term employment
impact for Grand Bahama would be,
Many have long thought Grand
Bahama, situated just off the Florida
coast in the middle of the interna-
tional shipping lanes, and in the New
York timezone. to be ideally posi-
tioned as an international transship-
ment hub.
Although tourism would continue
"to be one of the principal sectors of
development", accounting for one
third of Grand Bahama's economy,
along with associated real estate and

land development, Mr Francis identi-
fied several other industries targeted
for growth.
The Port Authority was focused on
growing specialist light industries,
attracting "w whole range of busi-
nesses to use Freeport as a manufac-
turing platform".
Mr Francis said an early example of
this strategy bearing fruit was a medi-
um-sized Chinese company that had
been on the ground in Freeport for
four weeks, China Building Systems.
A manufacturer of residential hous-
ing components, such as steel frames
and other products required to build
a wide range of homes, Mr Francis
said: "They're already here, they've
already acquired warehousing space,
and already brought in containers
with the materials and equipment
they need to establish operations
On the wider possibilities for spe-

cialist light industry in Freeport, Mr
Francis added: "You could have a
range of small to medium-sized man-
ufacturing businesses of that type. .
"With the product
distribution/logistics, it's one of the
most exciting areas on the map for
Many of these businesses would be
exporting their products to the wider
Caribbean, Latin America and the
US, the GrandBahama Port Author-
ity co-chair said.
In the heavy industrial segment,
the Port Authority was "very, very
optimistic" that the liquefied natural
gas (LNG) project proposed for
Grand Bahama would be revived.
despite the two proposed sites having
been rejected by the Government on
environmental grounds.

SEE page 4B

'Enormous opportunity' for

Bahamas in tropical foods

* CROPS being grown at Lucayan Tropical Produce in New Providence.
(Photo: Felipe MajorlTribune Staff)

Tribune Business Reporter
THE BAHAMAS' geographical position, cli-
mate and water supply gives it an "enormous
opportunity" to be a huUe pla. er" in the glob-
al market for tropical truit, a leading farming
executive said yesterday. ,
This potential, once realized, could reap great
profits fot the Bahamas and bring it closer to
self-sustenance, Earl Deveaux,
senior director at Lucayan Tropical Produce.
To illustrate how profitable the industry could
be for the Bahamas, Mr Deveaux compared
Miami-Dade County's crop income of more
than $1 billion to the less than $450 million that
the Bahamas earns from livestock, poultry and
He added that Miami-Dade is comparable in
size to New Providence. However, that county
has over 850,000 acres under production, com-
pared to this island's 238,000 acres;even though
the climate is virtually the same.
Mr Deveau\ said the Bahamas had to focus

on niche products rather than trying to produce
a wide range of goods. This way, he said farnis
can produce enough to meet demands and
always have the product available year-round.
In Miami-Dade, the focus is on limes, toma-
toes avocados and winter tomatoes.
According to Mr Deveaux, prior to Hurri-
cane Andrew, 500 acres of mangoes were being
produced annually, 500 acres of limes and 300
acres of avocados.
However, today, only 50 acres of all three
crops are being produced each year.
That void has not been filled to date, said Mr
Deveaux, and due to the proximity of the
Bahamas to that market, this country was in an
excellent position to seize that opportunity, with
150 million Americans living in the southern
states alone.
"The only logical places to renew that is the
Bahamas and Cuba," said Mr Deveaux.
Items that Bahamian farmers would do well

SEE page 6B,

Bahamas account, card used

to evade taxes on $75,000

Tribune Business Editor

A NEW York real estate agent has pled guilty to using a
Bahamas bank account and credit card to evade US income tax-
es on $75,000, sending money to the account in this nation via
Federal Express packages.
Francine Blacher, a Manhattan apartment rental agent who ran
her own business, City Nest Realty Corporation, pleaded guilty
to using an account and credit card issued by Bahamas-based
Leadenhall Bank & Trust to
evade income taxes in the period S
2000-2004. SEE page 2B

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Ombudsman needed for

government transparency

E very now and
then an idea
'whose time has
come' emerges
in the public are-
na for discussion. One such
idea, in my opinion, was the
suggestion of the creation of
an Office of Ombudsman for
the Commonwealth of the
I first came across the con-
cept of an Ombudsman in the
publication of the FNM's 1992
Manifesto. Of all the promises
made, this one in particular
stuck with me as I thought it
was an excellent idea that had
the potential to create a trans-
forming entity in our society.
Almost 33 years after inde-
pendence, our culture remains
that all unresolved matters
must be taken to the sitting
Prime Minister'personally for
resolution. This seems to apply
to matters such as pending
industrial action, a delayed or
absence of approval from a
Government agency, unfair
decision making or whatever
grievance someone may have.
Such attitudes or approaches
to decision-making do not lend
themselves to true transparen-
cy in government, or to the
deepening of democracy with-
in an economy.
Transparency is an essential
part of democracy, and citizens

have a right to know how and
why decisions are taken. Simi-
larly, if unfair decisions are
made against citizens, they
should have an effective
It remains a complete mys-
tery to many why, after 10
years of FNM administration,
nothing was seemingly done to
create an office of Ombuds-
man. While the current PLP
administration did not explic-
itly promise one, they, too,
seem to be turning a 'blind-
eye' to this pressing need.
One area needing urgent
attention is the tardiness by
some government departments
in paying vendors for services
rendered. It is sad to say, but
the government has been a
large contributor to business
insolvency particularly small
businesses. Another disgrace-
ful situation is that you fre-
quently are told stories about
public sector .workers who
have been working for more
than six months (and many
times longer) before they are
finally put on the payroll.

History of Ombudsmen
The first parliamentary
'Ombudsman' was established
by the Swedish legislature in
1809 to respond to public com-
plaints against government
actions. However, the concept


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can be traced back as far as
221 BC to the Qin Dynasty.
The Office of Ombudsman,
or their more recent incarna-
tion...Complaints Commis-
sions... exists in most countries
worldwide today. They also
exist in many non-governmen-
tal organizations as an effec-
tive tool and recourse to
achieve fairness. For example,
universities in the US began
appointing ombudsmen in the
1960s in response to the stu-
dent protest movement, and as
a way to better adapt to the
growing diversity of needs and
concerns within university

Principal Activity
of the Ombudsman
In its 2005 annual report, the
Commonwealth Ombudsman
of Australia summarises its

main objectives and accom-
plishments as follows:
"The core activity of the
Ombudsman's office is to han-
dle complaints and inquiries
from members of the public
about government administra-
tive action. The immediate
concern of the office is to assist
people in resolving their com-
plaipts. In doing, so, the office
is'io~~ ed f6 fos'tering'good-
public administration that is
accountable, lawful, fair, trans-
parent and responsive.
"Building on the expenence'
and insights gained from han-
dling complaints, the Ombuds-
man has been able'tO stimd--
late impryoveents across'the
breadth of government admin-
istration. Among the areas
beneficially improved are the
quality of decision making,
internal complaint handling,
transparency, record keeping,
communication with the pub-
lic, and, sensitivity to individ-
ual needs."

One of the Ombudsman's
most fundamental roles is to
foster good public administra-
tion. These offices are typical-
ly created to encourage gov-
ernment departments and
agencies to better serve the
public. It is an independent
Office, which answers only to
Parliament as a whole through
the Speaker of Parliament.
The Office investigates writ-
ten complaints made by resi-
dents against government
departments, ministries, port-
folios, authorities, statutory
boards, government companies
and agencies. The investiga-
tion, which is conducted in pri-
vate, will determine if injustice
has been caused to the com-
plainant by improper or unrea-
sonable conduct, or by inade,
quate administration.
There are no fees charged
for the services provided by
the Ombudsman.

'"Beiiefitsof an Ombudsman
A'''""t the cdiclusion of an
investigation, the Ombudsman
can recommend that correc-
ti. e action be taken by an
age-cy, or recommend changes
to relevant legislation, admin-
istrative policies or procedures.
However, a more important
benefit of an Ombudsman is
that the office provides an
independent alternative to
direct appeals to politicians.
To the extent that we can
remove politicians out of the
day-to-day activities of gov-

ernment entities, they will
eventually develop a culture
of providing the services for
which they were created in a
more consistent manner. Fur-
ther, smart thinking politicians
should embrace an Ombuds-
man's Office, as it would
relieve them of the need to
meddle in matters in which
they do not belong, thus giving
them more time to focus on
policy issues which should be
their prime focus anyhow.

I would recommend that
urgent consideration be given..
to placing an Office of
Ombudsman on the 'front
burner'. Ombudsmen have
been successfully used in Great
Britain and Canada with excel-
lent results. Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial 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
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

Bahamas account, card used

to evade taxeson $75,01

FROM page 1B

A statement from Manhat-
tan district attorney Robert
Morgenthau's office.said: "The
investigation uncovered that,
in 1997, Blacher set up a bank
account at Leadethall Bank &
Trust Company in Nassau, the
"Blacher used that account
to hide income of approxi-
mately $75,000 from her real
estate business that was earned
in New York. Blacher sent the
money to the Bahamas by use
of FedEx packages, the
charges for which appeared on
her American Express card.
"Blacher accessed the off-
shore account from the United

States by use of a debit card
that she used to make pur-
chases in Manhattan and else-
SMr Morgenthau's office said
the transactions involving the
Leadenhall account and credit
card were uncovered during an
ongoing investigation into New
Yorkers allegedly using off-
shore bank accounts to hide
taxable income.
Blacher, who pleaded guilty
to filing a false tax return in
2001, and admitted she under-
stated her company's income
in 2001 and 2002, has to pay
back all the taxes owed to the
Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) and New York State, in
addition to penalties and inter-

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Her total tax liability will be
about $400,000.
Although there is nothing to
suggest that Leadenhall or its
officers, directors and share-
holders did anything wrong in
the Blacher case, and they
have not been charged with
any wrongdoing, the episode
provides further evidence that
the bank's credit card business
was a liability for both its rep-
utation and- that of the
Bahamas as a jurisdiction.
Mr Morgenthau's office has
prosecuted and secured con-
victions of several New York-
ers who used Leadenhall's
accounts and credit cards tc
evade income tax in the US.
Leadenhall is currently iri'a
court-supervised liquidatidoi
with its liquidator, Craig 'Tony'
Gomez, having reported to
creditors that the bank's lia-
bilities may exceed its assets
by about $11.3 million.
This was because its balance
sheet included $6.6 million in
loans, and $6.3 million in past
due credit card receivables;
that were either unsecured or
did not have adequate c611at-
Apart from the ongoing liti-
gation Leadenhall is embroiled
in over the former credit card
business with ex-principals in
Axxess International, the firm
that administered and
processed the MasterCard
business, some 146 Bahamians
were issued unsecured cards.
This meant no deposit was
ever handed over to Leaden-
hall as security for the card bal-
Leadenhall, as at the date of
the first liquidator's report in
January this year, had 464
unsecured credit card holders
who owed outstanding bal-
ances woith a collective $1.452
Out of this, some $735,590
had been rung up by 105
Bahamians who held unse-
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'Healthy debate'

on how to launch

'Freeport rocket'

* By NEIL HARTNELL "Freeport has as good an opportunity as debate right now," Mr Francis said of
Tribune Business Editor anywhere else in the Bahamas to be the internal discussions on Freeport's future
host of these kinds of opportunities," he development. "I'm satisfied with the
THERE is a "healthy debate" taking added. results of that debate up to now. It's been
place within the Grand Bahama Port "Nassau has been very successful, a very useful."
Authority on devising the best strategy to growing rollercoaster of development pro- Describing the relationship with the
maximise Freeport's economic potential, pelled forward by success after success. I Hayward and St George families as "con-
with its co-chairman telling The Tribune think that after a couple of years, that will tinuing to be what it should", Mr Francis
yesterday that the city "is a rocket ready to be the Freeport story as well." said: "With our shareholders we want to
be launched" and emulate Nassau's Although Grand Bahama's economy see a very aggressive development of the
growth. has struggled in recent years, having to business here, and we intend to deliver
Julian Francis, the former Central Bank rebound from the impact of three hurri- that. We have a new business plan which is
governor who took over as the Port canes in 15 months and the prolonged ready.........."
Authority's co-chair and chief executive Royal Oasis closure, Mr Francis was The early signs detected by the Port
following the death of the late Edward St extremely upbeat, adding: "We will never Authority had "given us a great deal of
George, described Freeport as "an have a better opportunity than we have encouragement", and Mr Francis said:
absolute fallow field waiting to be devel- today in Grand Bahama. "When I stand here looking at the oppor-
oped". tunities and prospects, I think we're going
He added that the opportunity to take Launched to be OK. I'm very encouraged by it."
forward this development was better now He described as "first class" relations
than it was five years ago, with the "envi- "This is a rocket ready to be launched. between the Port Authority and the Gov-
ronment more conducive" to Freeport's It's only a question of whether it's evi- ernment, particularly those with the Prime
growth. dent that the launch has..happened. i' !,,Minister, Minister of Tourism and the
Among the changes were the lack of not sure it has been better than this. The Minister'of Financial Services and Invest-
available prime beachfront property in stage is set." ments.
south Florida, which had made Grand Mr Francis c~scribed the Port Authori-, The latter, Vincent Peet, visited Grand
Bahama and the rest of this nation prime ty and Freeport as having entered the third Bahama on Friday, and had delivered
targets for high-end real estate and second phase of its development, the first two already on some government approvals
home developments, involving the city's founding by Wallace that had been sought.
In addition, Mr Francis said there was an Groves and the second the; par tneriship 'i Mr Francis said the Port Authority was
abundance of investment capital "look- and vision shared between Mr St George also looking forward to working with Mar-
ing aggressively, desperate to find the right and Sir Jack Hayward. cus Bethel, the minister of energy and the
place, projects solutions. "It's absolutely critical we have that environment.

Top 'salesman' needed

to aid Freeport economy

TribuAi Staff Reporter
FREEPORT needs a clear
vision for the future, as it is
presently facing a "dying econ-
omy", Grand Bahama-based
attorney Fred Smith said yes-
Noting its present econom-
ic instability, Mr Smith said the
nation's second city "needs a
salesman like a Sol Kerzner to
sell the hell out of Freeport".
Mr Smith, who is a licencee
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and president of the
Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association, advised that the
Government should "stay out
of licensing approvals and land
purchase approvals" for the
area run by the Port Authority.
He also advised "stay
out of health, safety, environ-
mental" and related issues.
To encourage more finan-
cial investment, the attorney
suggested that the Govern-
ment look at "completely
relaxing" exchange control and
immigration laws.
"The Port Authority can
then promote investment and
make the place boom," he said.
"But at the same time, the
Government should focus on
making sure the Port Authori-
ty administers its regulatory
and administrative responsi-
bilities serious, "
He also wanted the Govern-
ment to make sure the Port
Authority "properly develops
and maintains the infrastruc-

ture throughout the next 50
years of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement". "This way,"' "he
said, "when the government
takes over in 2054, in consid-

eration of all the tax conces-
sions given to the Port Author-
ity, the country .irdi",the
Bahamian people would have
a beautiful, properly main-

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infrastructurally intact city."


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in WRITING or EMAIL before April 7, 2006 to:

Head Office, The Plaza, 2"' Floor, Mackey Street
P.O. Box SS-6263,
Nassau, Bahamas
SFaxn 394-0758
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the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's executive direc-
tor has warned.
Philip Simon told Bahamas
General Insurance Association
(BGIA) members that in the

NOTICE is hereby given that NICOLETT NATASHA HYLTON, 3120
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of MARCH,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of
dissolved and struck off the Register according to the
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General:
on the 24th day of March, 2006.

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Fiman House,
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World Trade Organisation
(WTO) and Free Trade Area
of the Americas (FTAA) talks,
these commitments would be
sought for the whole range of
insurance, reinsurance and
agency/brokerage services.
There are currently no
restrictions on foreign invest-
ment in the Bahamian insur-
ance sector other than at the
retail agency level, which the
national investment policy
reserves for Bahamians.


Foreign insurers face the
same capital requirements as
Bahamian companies. In order
to do business here, life and
health insurers must have

reserves of at least $3 million
and general insurers must have
reserves of at least $1 million.


About a dozen life and
health insurers and more than
three dozen property and casu-
alty insurers are registered in
the Bahamas. Many are for-
eign-owned and operate
through the 69 insurance bro-
kers and agents who serve the
domestic market.
Mr Simon said Bahamians
had to take serious account of
the several globalisation ini-
tiatives on the table or face
being dictated to or disadvan-
taged by more powerful coun-
tries. He pointed to the Eco-

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCIS JOSEPH OF HOPE
TOWN, ABACO, BAHAMAS,'is'applyirg to the Mirfister
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 28TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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West Bay Street
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nomic Partnership Agreements
with the European Union
(EU), which are already
halfway through a five-year
negotiating process. Through
CARICOM, the Bahamas is
currently engaged in talks on
new trade agreements between
the EU and former colonies in
Africa, the Caribbean and the
Pacific. These agreements are
supposed to be implemented
in January, 2008.


Mr Simon said the chal-
lenges for the Bahamas in
these talks would be safe-
guarding disadvantaged busi-
nesses, legislating for competi-
tion, liberalising immigration

policies, rationalising govern-
ment procurement and sup-
porting the development of e-


"Some local companies may
cease to exist in a globalised
environment due to competi-
tion of scale and scope," Mr
Simon said. "But the answer
to that is, we know our cus-
tomers better and can service
them better."
He said the Bahamas need-
ed a full-time trade secretariat
and urged businesspeople to
study the impact of globalisa-
tion in each industry sector in
order to develop strategies to
address the issues.

'Six key sectors' for

Freeport's growth

FROM page 1B
In addition, Mr Francis said
the Port Authority was in talks
with BORCO and the
Venezuelan government the
ultimate owner over re-start-
ing oil refining on Grand
Bahama after a 20-year
"We do intend to pursue,
and are already pursuing, the
regeneration of the oil refin-
ery that has been shut for 20
years," Mr Francis said.
"We have opened negotia-
tions and discussions with
BORCO and PDVSA, and
have every hope we will get to
the point where we will restart
refinery operations in
SHe added that-this would be
subject to the refinery meet-
ing all environmental regula-

Forth sores

The final two areas being
targeted by the Grand Bahama
Port Authority are financial
services and communications.
Freeport is already home to
an Oceanic Bank & Trust
branch, plus Lines Overseas
Management's (LOM)
SBahamas subsidiary and oth-
er financial services companies.
Mr Francis, the former Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas gov-
ernor, said the Port Authority
had "a very strong ambition to
develop a sub-sector" of finan-
cial services in Freeport, sub-
ject to the same regulators and
supervisory standards as Nas-
sau-based institutions.
"Financial services can enjoy
a far more efficient cost regime
here," Mr Francis'sM.d "Poten-
tially, communications is better,'
than New Provi'd'ence. We
believe that financial services
really holds tremendous
opportunities for us."
While Freeport first had to
develop a leading communica-
tions platform as required
infrastructure to attract inter-
national and Bahamian busi-
nesses, Mr Francis said: "In\
addition to that, we believe
Freeport can aspire to provide,
communications solutions to
the rest of the world and the\
Bahamas. That's one sector
we're absolutely focused on."




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of OAKSLANDING
COMPANY LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of EVER TREASURE
INVESTMENT LTD. has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


THE United States is likely
to demand full market access
and national treatment com-
mitments across the entire
breadth of the insurance indus-
try in free trade negotiations,

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Pricing Information As Of:
3 April 200 6
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7.24 5.88 Bank of Bahamas 6.96 6.95 0.00 0.643 0.330 10.8 4.75%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.1175 .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%
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Q: Has a contract been awarded for the post of President of The College of The
A: The Council can say unequivocally that no contract has been awarded for the
presidency of The College of The Bahamas.
Q: What is the Council's reaction to the issues cited by the faculty and student
unions as the foundation of the recent dissension?

A: It appears that there are three main issues which have been indicated by the Union
of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB) and The College of The Bahamas
Union of Students (COBUS): The record is as follows:
First Issue Advertise or Not?
At a stage in the leadership process, after the Council had advertised for interested parties
to apply for the post of President and the deadline for such applications had passed, UTEB
wrote the Council with two recommendations.
The first recommendation was that the search for a new president be extended. This
recommendation along with the Council's consideration of the concerns expressed by other
groups representing various sectors of the College community, allowed the Council to*
accept this recommendation. The second recommendation of UTEB was that the post be
advertised. Council did not accept this second recommendation for several reasons. The
most significant reason was the reality that one of the candidates had ad\ ised the CoLUicil
that re-advertising would be so humiliating to the said applicant that he: resignation was
likely. By formal vote, every Council member, except the UTEB representative, agreed
to refrain from public advertising out of consideration for both; iandiidatei"
At no stage, prior to public announcements by COBUS and UTEB did the president of
either of the two bodies advise the Council that he or she had hada; chani-ie in posil iou or
that he or she would be a part of a public campaign targeted at!seeking to effect a change
in the Council's position on the matter.
The obvious question arises: What is the obligation of individual members of Council to
respect and uphold the democratically reached decisions of the Council, when the individual
members have participated in the decision-making but supported a minority position?
The Council has elected not to pursue this issue for the moment. However, it has become
clear to the majority that such an obligation has to become a precondition to the achievement
of collegial governance in the academy.

Second Issue Breach of Protocol?
As the Council understands it, the second "breach of protocol" occurred when Ms. Janyne
Hodder arrived on the island and two members of the Council stated that they did not know
of an invitation to Ms. Hodder. Again, the question of whether to extend an invitation to
explore the possibility of the latter's candidacy was fully discussed at a Council meeting.
All Council members, except two, the UTEB and COBUS representatives, have a clear
recollection that the decision was to extend an, invitation and achieve the visit is ",-in .,s
practicabFl. The.two members recall the discussion, but do not remember a finrmal nl oe.
It appears that the supposed breach of procedure occurred when Council, as is usual, took
its vote by oral consensus; rather than by a show of hands. There is no dispute that, for
years, the Council has generally used this approach.
It appeared as though two members of Council, prior to the arrival of Janyne Hodder on
the island had already framed the view that her visit would constitute a breach of protocol.
There is no record that either the Council Chairman or Council Secretary had been given
notice that the aforementioned parties had formed such a view.
Third Issue Reveal Full Report of Stakeholders?
(Note: "Stakeholders" refers to the following groups, which represent the whole spectrum
of the COB community: the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Council,
College Cabinet, Middle Managers/Staff, the Quarter Century Club, Students, Alumni. In
terms of consultation during the leadership process, it also includes persons external to The
College of the Bahamas in the private and public sectors.)
UTEB wishes to have revealed to its membership the full report of the stakeholder groups
who participated in interviewing the two local candidates. Sample comments from such
groups were read at a Council meeting. It would be inappropriate for the private comments
of individuals to be exposed to the general membership of any stakeholder group. Apart
from having negative ethical implications and breaching confidentiality obligations, revealing
such information would risk discouraging open and forthright commentary from the College
community in the future and could reduce COB's chances for attracting quality candidates
for senior management positions in the short term. Of particular concern is the potential
for inflicting irreparable damage in cases where that commentary might have been less
than complimentary.
Q: Another question has arisen that the Council may wish to clarify Whether
or not the Council gave Ms Hodder an unfair advantage in inviting her to
address a general meeting of faculty and staff. Some have claimed that the
other candidates should have been given a chance to address a general meeting
of faculty staff. Has this comment any merit?

A: Three points must be made in this regard.

1. The three candidates were exposed to all the same stakeholder groups-in several
cases, to the same members. It was notable that the third individual was subjected
to far more rigorous and frank questions and comments than the others had been.

2. Faculty and staff not only had the opportunity to interview the internal candidates
formally at the beginning of the current leadership search, but would al o\
seen them in their day-to-day administrative functions, would have interacted with
them for years, in many cases, and would have been addressed by them ingeneral.
meetings on numerous occasions. Ms Hodder had not even been able to bheilh her
introduction, when the general meeting was disrupted. When she was able to begin,
it was to a reduced audience..

3. In introducing the third candidate, the Council desired to follow the same procedure
as with the other candidates; that is, expose Ms Hodder to representatives of the
same College groups. However, the official representatives of the faculty for
whatever reason, found it inconvenient to attend the meeting organized specifically
for them. Not wishing to deprive the faculty and others who might have wished
an opportunity for contact with the candidate, the Council issued a general invitation,
which members of the College community were free to accept or not accept.

Q: What influenced the timing of the visit of the third candidate?

It should be emphasized that, as Ms Hodder is an active senior official in a major
university, the organization of her introduction to COB stakeholders had to fit
within the boundaries of available time. For this reason, the meetings had to fit
within a four-day period. Nonetheless, Ms Hodder was, as were the other candidates,
exposed to representatives of all stakeholder groups-College Cabinet, the Quarter
Century Club, Middle Managers/Staff, Students, Alumni, Faculty. She did not
travel to Grand Bahama, but the Vice President with responsibility for Northern
Bahamas Campus came to New Providence to meet Ms Hodder.

The record will show that Ms Hodder spent more time interacting with the COB
community than had the four Bahamian candidates who came from abroad to
participate in the 2004 search. As the four in 2004 were serving professors on the
faculty of US institutions, the time they could spend in The Bahamas at that point
was constrained by available time.

Q: Has there been lack of transparency?

A: There has been no lack of transparency on the part of the Council. In fact the
Council worked extremely precisely to be transparent to and with stakeholder
groups within and outside of the academy. Additionally, it is relevant to consider
that the Council is comprised of, inter alia, representatives from the faculty, the
students, and the alumni.


Q: How important is The College of The Bahamas' current leadership search?

A: The College's fourth president will have the immense task of leading the
transformation of The College of The Bahamas into The University of The Bahamas.

Q: What makes the task so challenging?

A: The College is important to the definition and quality of the future The Bahamas
and its people will enjoy. The pace and quality of national development will depend
, heavily on the quality of our education and training system and The College of
The Bahamas stands at the top level, having the greatest responsibility in this
regard. If The Bahamas is to compete successfully in the global economy, we must
be able to compete with countries of all sizes and levels of development. In order
to do so, The Bahamas must transform its workforce. We must produce a workforce
that is knowledgeable, informed about how the world works and possessing high
levels of appropriate skills and professional acumen to be proactive and increase
productivity and efficiency. The country, through the agency of a high-functioning
tertiary institution, must have a greater capacity to assess challenges and propose
solutions. In its present form, The College is not best suited to serve the needs
described. All of these needs are best addressed in the setting of a comprehensive
Q: What is needed to transform COB into a university?
The Council has, by various means, sought the views of faculty, staff and students
on this question and has been advised that to transform to university status and
serve the needs of a developing, archipelagic nation, The College must:
Develop a coherent strategic plan of action
Transform its organizational structure
Build cohesive teams, especially in management
Increase the quality of its partnerships with its unions, its industry sponsors,
Govermnent and the public and private sectors generally
o Expand its collaborative networks in the wider world, especially with respected
S universities .* :
Pro\ ide inoie and better development opportunities, for.faculty, staff and students
E'pandt its research capacityandpublic advisory functions
Create a better fit between national needs and institutional programmes,
especially in academics and training mechanisms
Expand its physical plant
Raise substantial funds to support the various aspects of transformation and
forward movement.

Q: What qualities, abilities and experiences must the University of The Bahamas
A: Again the Council has, by various means, asked this question to faculty, staff and
students and the stakeholders have spoken clearly on this point: The leader of The
College/University of The Bahamas, for this present phase of its development,
Have experience in the processes and management of a university at first hand. It
is best if that person has led a respected university for a number of years
Be a team-builder and demonstrate the ability to bring out the best in people and
encourage them to buy into a common vision
Have demonstrated skill in fundraising at significant levels
Possess a wealth of international experience to lead The College to greater
international participation
Bring a rich network of colleagues in tertiary institutions worldwide to
increase development opportunities for faculty, staff and students through
attachments and exchanges.
Have a profile that will attract significant funding and top quality faculty and
students and bring in more international students to increase the institution's
diversity and revenue base
Demonstrate the ability to raise the substantial funds The
College/University needs for its advancement
Be able to command public respect and confidence.
It was further recommended that the Council not constrain itself to citizens of
The Bahamas, to academia or to holders of doctorates. What appeared to be an imperative
was a proven track record of success in administration at university level. What was viewed
as essential was clear evidence of potential to transform The College of The Bahamas into
a respected university.

Q: What is the response to concerns that the COB leadership process has taken
too long?
A: The quality of its leader is vital to the success of The College. The College's
success is important to the development of the nation. It stands to reason that the
leadership process should require great care and reflection. It is common knowledge
that The College has experienced significant difficulties in its leadership over the
past ten years, giving rise to disharmony that has considerably retarded the progress
towards university status.

There can hardly be anything more important to the future of The College of The Bahamas
than what we say and do and the decisions that the Council and all other College constituents
make over the next few days and weeks. This is the reason that the Council has consulted
stakeholders within the College and the equally important constituency in the public and
private sectors. The Council has consulted continuously with the Minister of Education,
Science and Technology. If such consultations have not been fed to the media, it is out of
respect for all parties involved and a desire to protect the integrity of the process.

When Council is satisfied that there has been sufficient consultation, the body will meet
again to review the facts and make a final determination, with the approval of the Minister,
as to who will become the next President of The College of The Bahamas. All stakeholders
may be assured that the Council will make every effort to ensure that 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 transforming The College into the University
of The Bahamas, while meeting the needs of its constituents and stakeholders and national
needs for tertiary education. A decision of such great importance should not be forced by
any political agenda or, indeed, any agenda save for that of the promotion of the common
good of The College and, by extension, The Bahamas.


PDUCAJ ; "& ThWB & M4IMWlf

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NOTICE is hereby given that ALVAREZ MARIA OF P.O. BOX
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that MAGDELINE ROSE D. DILOT,
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 28TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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FROM page 1B

with, he said, included those
previously mentioned, as well
as strawberries, mangoes, can-
taloupes, honeydew, okras, hot
peppers and citrus and other
tropical fruit.
Taking limes as an example,
Mr Deveuax explained that the
fruit sells for about $90 per
box, but only costs about $15
per box to produce and pack-
"Individual farmers could do
well focusing on exotic things."'
said Mr Deveaux.
The Bahamas' high-income
population, demand for a great

variety of foods, and the new
demand for exotic things,
offered great potential for
farmers, he added.
But Mr Deveuax said that
proper land, production tech-
nology, irrigation, pricing, mar-
keting and packaging was nec-
essary for the product to suc-
ceed, along with the ability to
have the products en masse for
, the buyer year-round.
SAt-LPtuayan Tropical, the
business had been able to "do
well in just a year-and-a-half"
by focusing on specific prod-
ucts for the market, namely
orange, yellow and red pep-
pers, and grape and cherry
tomatoes foods that are in
high demand by restaurants,
which would normally import
those products.
"Unreliability, poor quality
and inconsistent supply are
among the three top issues for
farms now in production," said

Mr Deveaux.
For those seeking to get into
farming, he mentioned several
obstacles they will face, but he
believes it is still one of the
best industries to invest in.
First, Mr Deveaux said that
agriculture is "not the voca-
tion of choice for a number of
people because it is not big in
the country or evident to the
vast majority".
In the Family Islands, he said
the culture is different in that
there are hardly any homes
that don't grow some kind of
food, but the production is not
for commercial use.
In metropolitan areas, Mr
Deveaux said fairs focusing on
improved agricultural tech-
niques and ongoing demon-
strations in the schools and
at the College of the Bahamas
- were needed.
For those already in the
business, Mr Deveaux said:

NOTICE is hereby given that NATASHA TIME OF MACKEY
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, fo'r
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 28TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DEBINS JOSEPH OF P.O. BOX
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

is.applyhig to the! Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration naturalization should not be granted, should send'
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

The Public is hereby advised that We, FRID JEANTY &
JASLYNE JEANTY NEE FELIX, of Grant Street in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence, P.O. Box N-356,
intend to change the name of our infant child FRIDNER
FELIX to FRIDNER JEANTY. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.

"You are constantly dealing
with people who see agricul-
ture as a hobby, or they grew
up in the-business, or they see
it as a last resort.
"Access to technical assis-
tance, markets and the impetus
needed to make good decisions
are things they only acquire
after a lifetime of trial and
error, and it makes it very
risky, and it makes',predicting
profits very hard." '
'Otfiher' ajor hurdles for
farmers include getting land to
farm, clearing that land and
getting the banks to lend the
farmer money for Crown Land
leased from the government.
"For the entry level farmer,
it is very difficult getting start-
ed, whether it be in crops, live-
stock or horticulture," Mr
Deveaux said.
"If a small farmer is beset
with financial and technical dif-
ficulties and he must also find
the market for his product,
something is going to fall
through the cracks."
Whereas these issues are
drawbacks for farmers, they
also create an opportunity for
them to tackle those problems
together through an associa-
At Lucayan Tropical Pro-
duce, Mr Deveaux said the.
company came up with a'list
of items that are in high.
demand at hotels, restaurants
and among retailers.
He added that tomatoes that
can be used at fast food restau-
rants such as McDonald's or
Quiznos are in high demand,
and can be used once the stan-
dard for colour, texture and
quality is met.'
Looking at the two leading
industries inthe Bahamas, Mr
Deveaux said stable gover-
nance, training and infrastruc-
ture.was in. place to make
tourism and banking in the
Bahamas thrive.
But in faiming, 'infrastruc-
ture was a major hurdle, as
many farmers had to bring
electricity-to their property.
Communications such as tele-
phones and the Internet were
not easy to access for mdst
farms, he added, and the farms
were usually difficult to access
without proper roads.
"But food is vital to our sur-
vival," said Mr Deveaux, and
an "enormous opportunity for
farmers definitely exists".
Giving some final insight on
the subject, he said spices being
imported from New York can
be grown here, while in South
Florida, the Latin community
has introduced boniatas (white
sweet potatoes), now a $23 mil-
lion annual crop.
Ian Goodfellow, of Good-
fellow Farms, told Tribune
Business last week that his
company succeeds, like
Lucayan Tropical, by focusing,
on exotic products.
He added that tourism and
agriculture could be brought
together for the future success
of the industry.

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By the Sweat of the Brow

East dealer
North-South vulnerable.
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The bidding:
East South West North
14. 1 2+ 3? 3
Pass 4V
Opening lead two of diamonds.
It may at times seem amazing
how some declarers are able to figure
out what to do when they are faced.
with a difficult decision. While many
might attribute this to a mystical
quality known as "table feel," in real-
ity it is simply the ability to place the
cards from clues gleaned during the
bidding and play.
Consider this deal where South
got to four hearts as shown and West
led the diamond deuce. East won
with the ace and returned the eight of
clubs, a play that had all the ear-
marks of a singleton.,
Given this development, declare

realized thai the contract vas m sen-
ous danger. East's play of the ace of
diamonds had marked West with the
king and simultaneously indicated
that East had to have the king of
hearts (as well as the king of spades)
for his opening bid. There was con-
sequently a strong possibility that
whenever East gained the lead with
the king of trumps, he would lead a
diamond to West's king and get a
club riff to defeat the contract
But South worked out a sly solu-
tion to this problem. He took East's
club return in dummy, led the four of
spades to the queen and cashed the
ace of spades. He then led the queen
of trumps to the ace and returned the
jack of spades, discarding his
remaining diamond when East cov-
ered the jack with the king.
SBy thus exchanging his diamond
loser for a spade loser, declare
assured that East could no longer put
his partner on lead to return a club.
As a result, South lost only a dia-
mond, a spade and a trump and so
made his.contract:
In effect, declarer played the entire
hand as though he had seen all 52
cards from the word "go." In a sense,
he did after East's first two plays
- but that is typical of any declare
who makes the effort to read the
cards from the clues he obtains. The
critical information is frequently
right there if declarer simple stops to
think about it.


HOW many words of
four letters or more 1
can you make from the
letters shown here? In S I I
making a word, each
letter may be used once
only. Each must contain
the centre letter and D W
there must be at least
one hine-letter word. No
plurals or verb forms
ending in 's',no words I I I
with initial capitals and
no words with a hyphen
or apostrophe permitted.
The first word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inkjet in
inkjet printer).
Good 11; very good 17; excellent 22 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

CRYPTIC PUZZLE 1 2 3 14 5 6 17 8

The swimmer's silver or bronze (5)
People with land (5)
The chap grew old but could still
run! (7)
Only one place is perfect (5)
It's smart to be exceptionally fit in
New York(5)
It grows on a rugged cape to the
north (5)
Sr" beat Ron to apulpl (7)
The it e woman (3)
Unsealed letters from
Schopenhauer (4)
A good month, note, with the
National Theatre (6)
City love to singabout (5)
Mind-broadellng letter to a
composer (6)
A lady may appear quite wrapped
up init (4)
Cry becauseHettys no
teeotaller? (3)
A good read? Don't you
be lteve i(7)
With a cut? (5)
She can treat a ash (5)
One sets out to book them,
aps (5)
heters n a Solent storm (4-3)
Having run only slowly, I'd taken
the lead (5)
It can lead us to finish
in penury (5)

2 The policeman carped
unreasonably (6)
3 Aman holding up a weight for a
woman (6)
4, Diminutive male forename (3)
5 It shows where to insert a key In a
vehicle (5)
6 Threatens men playing cards (7}
,7 The brooding deity? (4)
8 Profit on a ticket (6)
12 Like the servitude of
a penman? (5)
13 Stall a couple out of love (5)
14 Return to the Republic
some day (5)
15 Strait I mean to rediscover (5)
16 Mark can take a bit of a pasting (5)
18 Land in the can (5)
19 Sat and fished? (7)
21 Payment returned to the drawer (6)
22 Emphasise the pressure (6)
23' He's going from bad to worse! (6)
25 To be honest, gives a fathead
social status (5) ''''I
26 The demand for ales, maybe (4)
28 Thus a bit of luck brings very little
money (3)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 4, French 7, Car-nlva-l 8, Abacus 10, Fash 13,
PI-es 14, Fast 15, Pu-rr 16, Set 17, Opus 19, Egad 21,
Frightful 23, Pe-EP 24, Kite 26, Jay 27, Pain 29, Stop 32,
Sign 33, Stool 34, Bovine 35, Numerals 36, Aspect
DOWN 1, Scoff 2, Arias 3, R-sh 4, F-L-air 5, Eras 6,
Ca-use-d 9, Bere-f. 11, L-ad. 12, St-O-re 13, Push-kin
15, Pug 16, Sal 18, Pippin (Cox's) 20, Guest 21, Fey 22,
Tin 23; Patols-25, Loo 28, A-gent 30,To-yah 31, P-lush
32, Site 33, See-m
Yesterday's easy solutions
DOWN 4, Engage 7, Estonian 8, Sailor 10, Drift 13, Gust
14, Sari 15, Frel 16, Web 17, Brie 19, User 21, Protested
23, Seem 24, Then 26, Sew 27, Prey 29, Sort 32, Lead
33, Refer 34, Parody 35, Ordinary 36, Deepen
DOW 1, Weeds 2, Stair 3, Gnat 4, Ensue 5, Gait 6,
Grocer 9, Astute 11, Ret 12, Fibre 13, Greeted 15, Fit 16,
Wed 18, omped 20, Sense 21, Pew 22, Shy 23,
Sesame25, Ore 28, Rayon 30, Offal 31, Trays 32, Loop

Channel (5)
6 Musical
drama (5)
9 Regain (7)
10 Opponent(5)
Allowance (5)
- '2 perspire.(5)
13 Crustaceans
15 Offer(3)
17 Of the ears (4)
18 Separate (6)
19 Reasoning (5)
20 European
sea (6)
22 Unaccom-
panied (4)
24 Crack team (3)
25 Skin
pigment (7)
26 Chose (5)
27 Party,
Informally (5)
28 Song (5)
29 Hold(7)
30 Pale(5)
31 Intended (5)

2 Stature (6)
3. Very sad (6)
4 Slippery
5 Stores (5)
6 Ofliving
matter (7)
7 Saucy (4)
8 Rotting (6)
12 Cutlery lteri(5)
13 Settees (5)
14 Telephones (5)
15 Buffalo (5)
16 Devil(5)
18 Cubed (5)
19 Satire (7)
21 Artists'
stands (6)
22 Salty (6)
23 Hear (6)
25 Encounters (5)
26 Formerly (4)
28 Dull(3)

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ARIES March 21/April 20
Teamwork is essential this week,
even if you're one of those Aries
who prefers to Work alone. You'll be
surpnsed how much fun it can be.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
The most important thing you can do
now is forgive yourself for any mis-
takes you've made. Perfection is
impossible, remember? Focus on
being yourself, and your drive and
determination will help you succeed.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Without self-confidence, you'll
never achieve your goals. It's time
you start analyzing every move you
make a little less, and doing a little
more. Let loose and have fun!
CANCER June 22/July 22
This is not a good week to borrow
or lend money, Cancer. Whatever
your needs, make do with what you
have. There's a life lesson here if
you look for it.
LEO July 23/August 23
Almost everyone you meet this week
will be just a little too nice to you. If
you're reticent to go for it, good for
you. These "friends" might just be up
to something after all.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
At some point this week, you'll
have the chance to do something
very special. Don't hesitated This
opportunity won't linger very long.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You're so enthusiastic this week,
Libra, you want to do everything at
once. Hopefully, common sense will
be around to restrain you. Think
twicebefore you do something
rather silly.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't be possessive when it comes
to business affairs. There's enough
work for everyone this week. There
are other people just as talented as
you are.
SAGITARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Things just don't seem to be going
your way this week, Sagittarius. It hap-
pens to everyone. Don't take these few
flubs to heart. A sexy stranger says
hello on Friday in an unexpected way.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
An important question has been in
the back of your mind all week. If
you don't ask it, you'll never be
able to relax. It's likely to be good
news anyway.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't try to force your views onto
others, Aquarius. You're right, and
others will come to understand in
their own way.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Once again you seem to be worrying
about things you have no power to
change. It's a habit you have tc
break if you ever hope to have an)
peace of mind.

CH SS by LonardBarde

Staff v DutchmaninBerin, game 2006. In
televised football when one team
scores you will often see the
Camera switch to the scoring side's
manager. Usuay he will not be
jumping up and down in
celebration but instead tapping his
head and gesticulating sternly to
his players urging them not to lose
concentration. The message is
dear, suddenly gaining a big
advantage makes you
psychologically vulnerable, and
you can be caught off guard by a
sudden counter-attack. It's like
that at the chessboard, too. Here
Black has just wiped out his
opponent'sking's side so that his
own passed pawns can charge
down the board in the style of



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Former NBA star visits

Xavier's basketball camp

FORMER National Basket-
ball Association (NBA) star
Gerald Wilkins recently visited
Xavier's Lower School where
he worked out and talked with
the students there.
Every Saturday from 3:30-5
p.m., St. Augustine's College
coach John Todd hosts a basic
fundamental basketball camp
for both boys and girls in
grades 2-6 wanting to learn the
game at Xavier's.

One of the parents who
helped to coordinate the camp,
Philip Davis, said when he saw
the demand for players to learn
the game the correct way, he
decided to contact Todd.
Davis said this was quite evi-
dent when coach Nelson
Joseph cut the team for
Xavier's and certain players
were left off. More than 60
players tried out for 12 spots.
On Todd's involvement,
Davis said he started in Sep-
tember. "And now we have
about 20 kinds coming out

every.Saturday looking for-
ward to the workout," he said.
"Coach Todd takes them
through the basic fundamen-
tals and, at the end of every

semester, each kid improves
their game 100 per cent. We
also found out that most of the
younger kids tend to learn bas-
ketball from watching the ball

players on TV."
Davis said they didn't have a
problem with that, but they
wanted to have somebody that
the players could identify with

and hopefully improve on their
Wilkins, a former guard with
the NBA's New York Knicks
and brother of soon-to-be Hall-
of-Famer Dominique Wilkins,
was able to come in and mix
and mingle with the local play-
"This was a smashing suc-
cess and even Gerald Wilkins
enjoyed himself. He was very
impressive with what coach
Todd is achieving with the
kids," Davis stated.
"He felt that, maybe some
time in the not so distant
future, we ought to attempt to
raise enough funds to build a
gymnasium on Xavier's Lower
School site and we will then
see much greater success in the
Wilkins has promised to
return with some of his NBA
pals to monitor what progress
was made during the camp.
The last camp for this semes-
ter will take place right after
the Easter holiday break, April
29-June 10. It will not resume
until the completion of Todd's
swimming and basketball camp
at St Augustine's College from
July 3-14.

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Whether you can ride 10 miles or 100 miles
Whether you pedal slowly or like the wind
Whether you can raise $50 or $5,000

Ride for Hope is your opportunity to do something
inspiring, something uniquely rewarding, to honor
loved ones touched by cancer.

Ride for Hope is a unique event with a meaningful
purpose. It is a charitable bik -a-thon which will occur
along the spectacular island leuthera It is open to
anyone who enjoys cycling a r ants tIontribute to
one of the most important cqmm
enhanced cancer r I proceed b t
the Cancer Caring Ceniteef 'ao Cd~8~cer
Society of the Baharoas ; ~. '

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those who RIDE FiOHORPOlE .

April 29, 2006

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Big Red

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Mind bumps the ball for the
return against St John's Col-
Rudolph Turnquest returns
a ball.
SAC non the game 17-16,
17-10. See sports front.

(Photos: Felipi Major/
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