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Facilities in Washington, DC,

put visitors to Great Exuma

on the 'no donation' list


N By PAUL
TURNQUEST
- Tribune Staff Reporter
TO SAFEGUARD against
receiving any possible malaria-
infected donations, blood
banks in Washington, DC,
have put donors who visited
Great'Exuma on the "no
donation" list.
Each year the blood banks
have turn away up to, 150,000
"would-be donors" on the
slight chance that they picked
up malaria while travelling to
any of dozens of countries.
However, according to the
Associated Press, despite the
fact that the Bahamas is not
classified as a malaria prone
or endemic area, "a May out-
break has just put tourists
returning from one island,
Great Exuma, on the no-
donation list".
In reference to the
Bahamas, the reports stated
that "safe" vacation stops may
not in fact be safe.
"Without a blood test,
there's no way to tell who
might be unknowingly incu-
bating the mosquito-borne dis-
ease," the AP reported.
As such, the Food, and.
Drug Administration (FDA)
is heightening its screening
regimen and requiring blood
banks to ask about the recent
travels of its would-be donors.
The "No donating for a year
after a short trip to a malaria-
prone country; for three years
for anyone who spent more


than a year in a malaria-prone
country or suffered malaria
symptoms.
"It doesn't matter if you
faithfully took anti-malaria
medicine; you could have for-
gotten a missed pill or be one
of the unlucky few infected
anyway. Staying in a cruise
ship or large resort is OK in
some countries, unless you
took even one trip inland,
even during daytime hours
when mosquitoes seldom.fly,"
the reports read.
Since a second American
tourist has been infected and
claimed as an "old case" by
local health officials on June
23, little information has been
released on the testing and
fogging campaign on Exuma.
The man was the 17th con-
firmed case to be discovered
in May of this year.
Initially Ministry of Health
officials advised the public
that the infection was rela-
tively contained. This infor-
mation was released before it
was revealed that one Haitian
national, who had been
"rounded up" in a raid on
Exuma and brought to New
Providence was infected with
the disease.
Since then all detainees and
security personnel at the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre have been tested but
have shown no signs of any
new infections.
Needless to say internation-
SEE page 11


THIS WALL and surrounding area are
prepared yesterday for the renaming of Nassau
International Airport to Sir Lynden Pindling
Airport. The name of the former prime minister of
the Bahamas will adorn Ihe wall from Thursday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


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Oil spill

in Abaco
BAHAMAS Electricity
Corporation officials yester-
day scrambled to contain an
oil spill in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco.
The spill occurred when a
truck belonging to a private
Abaco contractor overturned
while transporting fuel for
BEC.
However, as a result of the
quick action taken and the rel-
atively small size of the spill,
BEC anticipates no significant
environmental damage.
There were no injuries but
there was some minor spillage
on the verge of the road,
which was contained immedi-
ately.
To be completely sure that
it was totally contained, BEC
sent a crew to Abaco from
BEC headquarters accompa-
nied by experts from a New
Providence based company
with considerable expertise in
oil spill containment and
recovery.


Carmichael Road Detention Centre Man charged

'is operating without leadership' with shooting


* By MARK HUMES
WITH five more Cuban
detainees escaping from the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre, the person many
believe to be heading the insti-
tution revealed that the facility
has been and still is operating
without leadership.
In making this disclosure to
The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Edwin Culmer said he did not
want to be blamed or associat-
ed with anything that is
presently taking place at the
Immigration-run facility.
"I was appointed director of
the detention centre," said Mr
Culmer, "but I never took.the
appointment because I did not
have any staff, any equipment,
and there were no rules and
regulations in place."
After the most recent break-
outs, Bahamasuncensored.com
ran a commentary calling for
a change in leadership at thie
detention centre. According


to the commentary, Mr Cul-
mer, whom it claimed was
"shunted over to the detention
centre when it proved that his
leadership at the prison was
something less than spectacu-
lar," did not seem interested in
,his job as director.
However, Mr Culmer did not
seem affected by the commen-
tary saying: "Until government
decides what it is going to do at
the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre, as far as staffing
and rules and regulations,
escapes will continue, and I
cannot be blamed for some-
thing that is out of my jurisdic-
tion."
"I never had an office down
there because there is nothing
set up, despite them saying it is
ready," Mr Culmer continued.
As it stands, Mr Culmer said
there are both Defence Force
and Immigration officers sta-
tioned at the centre, each with
SEE page 11


of police

inspector


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
A SOUTH Andros man was
arraigned in the Magistrate's
court yesterday charged with
the shooting of a police inspec-
tor on that island last week and
the rape of a 14-year-old girl
among other charges.
Macdonald Rahming, 42, was
arraigned before Chief Magis-
trate Roger Gomez. He was
represented by lawyer Roger
Minnis. Inspector Althea Porter
was the prosecutor.
It is alleged that on Sunday,
June 25, at Andros, Rahming
caused grievous harm to Inspec-
tor Sidney Rolle.
It is also alleged that on Sat-
urday, June 24, Rahming raped
a 14-year-old girl. Another
SEE page 11


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Wish for a new world vision as



America celebrates birthday


Not like the brazen giant of Greek
fame, r
With conquering limbs astride
from land to land:
Here at our sea-washed, sunset
gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch,
whoseflame L
Is the imprisoned lightning, and P
her name
Mother of Exiles. From her bea-
con-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her
mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbour that twin
cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied
pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your
tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to
breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teem-
ing shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-
tost, to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden
door!"


T he great experiment that is
Sthe United States of Amer-
ica was barely into its second cen- A
tury in 1883 when Emma Lazarus
penned her powerful sonnet, The I
New Colossus. FO
These words were later inscribed I U
at the base of the statue, Liberty
Enlightening the World. No mythi- MI
cal god here, no fierce warrior, but a
woman, a woman with the broken
chains of tyranny at her feet and the
torch of liberty held high for all the Czech President N
world to see. ently saw it that
The statue, which came to be known 1997, "I belle\ e th
simply as the Statue of Liberty was a gift world, contempo
from France in celebration of the joint almost symbolic cc
revolutionary aspirations of both peo- best and the worst
pies. The French had rid themselves of He saw the best
an oppressive monarchy, and the Amer- found commitmer
icans, provoked by a haughty British liberty and to inai
king but supported by the French, had of its democratic
violently exchanged colonial status for fantastic develop
independence, technology which
But it is easier to aspire than to much to our well-i
achieve. The French betrayed their rev- Then he went (
solution in rivers of blood and for gen-
erations maintained a vast empire with "
colonies on several continents. "I belie
'The Americans became powerful r t o
very quickly and sometimes succumbed the rest o
to imperialhubris while at home black contempt
men and women were not allowed to nte
breathe free. Still, both countries con- America i
tinted to celebrate the revolutionary
objectives of freedom, equality and almost sy
brotherhood.
Today much of the world regards the concentr;
United States with some anxiety but
with a hope that the aspirations of the best a
many, represented by the lady with the worst of
welcoming lamp, will in the end triumph
-oyer the arrogance and stultifying ide- civilisatic
-Ology of the few who would trade in
the lady for a grotesque colossus.
P worst, including ti
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Vaclav Havel appar-
way when he said in
at, for the rest of the
rary America is an
concentration of all the
of our civilisation."
as including "its pro-
nt to enhancing civil
ntaining the strength
institutions, and the
nents in science and
have contributed so
being".
on to talk about the

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is an
mbolic
nation of all
nd the
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he worship of perpet-
vth and consumption,
environment and the
ormity and banality by


the mass media.
Today the worry is more about
American adventurism and double
standards in the world as well as the
erosion of civil liberties at home, huge
budget deficits, a skyrocketing nation-
al debt and tax cuts for the rich.

here is nothing new about
American adventurism, of
course. There is a long history of that,
especially in Latin America and espe-
cially during the cold war. Cold war
attitudes are still very much in evi-
dence among those who continue to
support the unjust isolation of Cuba.
The cold war was used to justify the
disastrous intervention in Vietnam that
resulted in the first major military
defeat for the US. Nearly all the policy-
makers who contributed to that costly
debacle have since confessed that they
were wrong some, like Robert
McNamara, with tears in their eyes.
The combination of ideological
conceit and military power can lead
even great men into trouble, and
trouble can become disaster if racial,
ethnic and religious considerations
are added to the mix.
The architects of the Vietnam
intervention were so blinded by ide-
ology and carried away by military
might that they could not see that
the Vietnamese struggle was more
about patriotism and national integri-
ty than ideology.
The Vietnamese had fought and
defeated the French who tried to
reimpose their imperial hegemony
after World War II and the Japan-
ese occupation. As their leader Ho
Chi Minh said, they would have fought
the Americans for 10, 20 or 100 years.
No doubt they would also have resisted
their ideological fellow-travellers the
Russians and the Chinese.

T he situation in the Middle East
today is different from that of
Indochina back in the Sixties. For one
thing, this region is far more complex
with its centuries-old religious and eth-
nic conflicts, imperial exploitation and
manipulation, unrealistic national
boundaries and the presence of rich nat-
ural resources.
But the same old toxic mix of ideo-
logical and military hubris led the current
US administration into another disas-
trous war, and on a thin pretext. That,
together with a worrying tilt towards uni-
lateralism and antagonism towards the
United Nations, is mainly why so many
people look anxiously at America today.
Fortunately, as in the case of Vietnam,
the American people are waking up to
the realisation that the invasion of Iraq
was a mistake and that it had nothing to
do with the war on terror and weapons of
mass destruction. Now, perhaps, friends
of America can hope for and help to
find a way out of that sink-hole.
The world desperately needs stability
in the Middle East. But it also needs a
strong, prosperous and just America,
an America with consistent principles
and in possession of its moral authority,
an America capable of producing lead-


ers with broad vision.
Only that kind of America can help
lead the world safely through one of
the great phases of human history, a

The American
people are waking
up to the that
the invasion of
Iraq was a
mistake and that it
had nothing to do
with the war on
terror

period fraught with danger but also
brimming with opportunities.
Many countries are struggling with
the stubborn legacy of recent colonial
domination and exploitation and new
Power centres are rapidly developing
in the world. These developments can-
not be positively influenced by the uni-
lateral exercise of military power and
economic coercion.

T he old way of the jungle is dan-
gerous for everybody, certainly
for small and developing nations but
also for big and powerful nations which
have the capacity to destroy one anoth-
er and the world along them.
America must arm itself morally and
intellectually to deal with the new order
of things. It can no longer portray to
its own people that problems and con-
flicts can be cast in black and white and
lend themselves to easy solutions. Nei-
ther can it pretend that some problems
do not exist, as in the case of global
warming.
The way forward must be based on a
universal system of law and order so
that all nations will see the possibility of
achieving justice and peace without
bloodshed. That is what the whole idea
of civilisation is about in the first place.
Americans, and other people who
enjoy democracy, tend to take their
.good fortune for granted, but they
should remember the long road they
travelled, the battles they fought, and
sometimes the sheer accidents of his-
tory and geography which led to their
happy state.
America and the other democracies,
acting primarily through the United
Nations and its agencies, can do a lot to
help other countries on their own jour-
ney to self-determination and fulfilment.
But it will take time and patience
because the circumstances, history and
culture of each nation are different.
As America observes another
anniversary of its independence and the
noble concepts upon which it was
founded, Bahamians join in the cele-
bration with a wish that the lady will
hold high the lamp at the golden door of
freedom for all the world to see.
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Anglican proposal from


archbishop is criticised


* NEW YORK
AFRICA'S largest Anglican
church is criticising a proposal
from the archbishop of Can-
terbury for two-tier member-
ship in the global Anglican fel-
lowship, a plan aimed at keep-
ing the group together despite
differences over homosexuali-
ty and the Bible, according to
Associated Press.
The bishops who lead the
17.5 million-member Church
of Nigeria announced their
stand in postings Sunday on a


pair of Anglican websites.
Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan Williams Anglicanis-
m's spiritual leader suggested
last month that two levels of
participation for the 38 branch-
es of the Anglican Communion
could be created.
Under that system, America's
Episcopal Church, which con-
secrated an openly gay bishop in
2003, would accept a lesser role
to prevent a total break with a
majority of Anglican churches.
But Nigerians also indicat-
ed that total exclusion of the


Episcopal Church may be
required: "A cancerous lump
in the body should be excised
if it has defied every known
cure. To attempt to condition
the whole body to accommo-
date it will lead to the avoid-
able death of the patient."
The Nigerians' statement is
noteworthy because their
church is the biggest Anglican
denomination outside the
Church of England and is
often seen as a leader among
Anglican provinces in the
developing world.


o In brief

Warning
bleaching
may damage
coral reefs

a US VIGIN ISLANDS
Charlotte Amalie
CARIBBEAN sea tempera-
tures have reached their annual
high two months ahead of
schedule a sign that coral
reefs may suffer the same wide-
spread damage as last year, sci-
entists said Monday, according
to Associated Press.
Sea temperatures around
Puerto Rico and the Florida
Keys reached 83.48 degrees
Fahrenheit on Saturday a
high not normally expected
until September, said Al Stri ng,
a scientist with the US Nat lal
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's Coral Reef
Watch.
"We've got a good two more
months of heating," Strong said.
"If it were to go up another
degree it would be pretty seri-
ous. That's what we had last
year."
High sea temperatures stress
coral, making the already frag-
ile undersea life even more sus-
ceptible to disease and prema-
ture death.
NOAA issued a warning,
alerting scuba dive operators
and underwater researchers to
be careful around the reefs,
which are easily damaged by
physical contact and land-based
runoff, Strong said.
Researchers fear another hot
summer could be disastrous for
coral still recovering from last
year, when up to 40 per cent of
coral died in abnormally warm
seas around the US Virgin
Islands.


CSME and

Haiti to top

CARICOM

talks
0 ST KITTS
Basseterre
THE Caribbean single mar-
ket and Haiti's return to the
Caribbean Community will top
the upcoming talks among the
15-member regional group, offi-
cials said Sunday, according to
Associated Press.
Six countries in the eastern
Caribbean were expected to
join the single market on Mon-
day opening day of the
Caribbean Community, or Cari-
com, summit in St. Kitts, said
Randolph Cato, Caricom's eco-
nomic affairs director.
The countries had delayed
their entry into the market by
six months from late Janivry
when six other Caribl in
nations launched the pact
designed to facilitate the move-
ment of goods, services and cer-
tain categories of workers
between members of the
regional trade bloc.
Haitian President Rene
Preval will deliver opening
remarks late Monday, signify-
ing his country's re-entry to
Caricom, which suspended
Haiti's membership shortly after
former President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide fled in 2004 after a
bloody revolt.
Caricom leaders will discuss
what kind of help the group
could provide Haiti, said
Leonard Robertson, Caricom
spokesman.
Caricom will also discuss
Venezuela's bid for a UN Secu-
rity Council seat, which the
United States opposes, an offi-
cial said Monday.
The Caribbean Community,
or Caricom, will talk about the
bid Wednesday during its sum-
mit, St Kitts Foreign Minister
Timothy Harris said.
Washington officials have
encouraged Latin American
and Caribbean nations to vote
for Guatemala for the region's
rotating seat on the 15-member
Security Council, which may
soon have high-stakes decisions
to make about nuclear moves
by Iran and North Korea.
If Latin American and
Caribbean nations cannot re Ah


consensus on a regional repre-
sentative, the UN General
Assembly will select one in
October.
The summit, which marks
Caricom's 25th anniversary,
runs through July 6.


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Bahamians

urged to

display their

patriotism

ALL Bahamians were
urged by Culture Director
Nicolette Bethel-Burrows
to display their patriotism
during National Pride Day.
Rawson Square, New
Providence, will be the cen-
tre of activity on Friday,
July 7, and will be filled
with a kaleidoscope of
Bahamian culture as local
performers take to the
stage.
There will be colourful
display booths reminiscent
of an old Family Island vil-
lage, showcasing things
Bahamian.
"National Pride Day isn't
a Nassau thing," said Dr
Bethel-Burrows. "It's
something any Bahamian
anywhere in the world can
celebrate by wearing some-
thing Bahamian, eating
something Bahamian, lis-
tening to something
Bahamian or just being
Bahamian.
"We want to encourage
everyone who can to wear
Androsia or the Bahamian
Pride Day T-shirts, deco-
rate their home or business
with Bahamian flags and
share their culture with
someone," she said.
Activities will begin at
10am with live radio broad-
casts from Rawson Square.
A highly anticipated "cul-
tural explosion" will also
start at that time, and will
include indigenous Bahami-
an songs, dances, story-
Stelling, arts, crafts and
junkanoo.
Various Bahamian musi-
cians, including John Doe,
Jane Doe and Papa Mama
are scheduled to perform
some of their popular hits.
-. Free tastes of the
- Bahamas will be offered,
including a number of
uniquely Bahamian dishes
such as pastries, conch, fish,
peas 'n' rice or grits and
such drinks as Kalik and
switcherr".
Additionally, finalists of
the National Arts Festival
will perform.




Man is

arrested

over alleged

firearm find

A 45-YEAR-OLD male res-
ident of Freeport was arrested
on Sunday by police after he
was allegedly found in posses-
sion of a firearm.
According to reports, some-
time around 11.45am officers
from the Central Detective Unit
executed a search warrant at a
residence at Easter Avenue,
where they seized a black .25
Lorcin pistol along with a mag-
azine and 41.25 rounds.
The man was charged Mon-
day in Freeport Magistrate
Court.


Cuban in
Puerto Rico
tournament
seeks asylum

PUERTO RICO
San Juan
A CUBAN volleyball player
sough political asylum on Sun-
day in this US territory where
she was playing in the Pan-
American Women's Volleyball
Cup, according to Associated
Press.
Dulce Maria Tellez, 22, was


with immigration officials, said
Carlos Beltran, president of the
Puerto Rican Volleyball Fed-
eration.
Cuban team officials contact-
ed Beltran's organization after
they noticed Tellez was missing
on Sunday morning from the
hotel outside of San Juan where
they were staying, Beltran said.
The team has won its three
matches during the tournament,
which ends July 7.
Under the general U.S. "wet-
foot, dry-foot" policy, Cubans
who reach US soil get to stay,
while those caught at sea are
sent back.


CDU has no strong leads in





shooting death investigation


* By KAHMILE REID

THE Central Detective
Unit still has no strong leads
in their investigation into the
shooting death of ex-police
officer Marcian Scott in
Pinewood Gardens.
"We are still working and
trying to determine a motive
for the killing," Superinten-
dent Marvin Dames said.
"We have not gotten any pos-
itive information from mem-
bers of the public."
Though no motive has
been confirmed, sources told
The Tribune that Mr Scott
was to appear as a witness in
a murder trial.
This, the sources suggest-
ed, could have been a motive
for the killing.
However, police are unable
to confirm or deny these
claims.
Mr Dames said the specu-
lation that Scott may have
been killed because he was a
witness in a pending case is
an avenue investigators are
exploring.
The Tribune also contacted


* THE body of Marcian Scott is removed from his car last week.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater)


Assistant Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson, who is in
charge of crime, for comment
yesterday.
However, because of the
status of the investigation, Mr
Ferguson was reluctant to
give any information.
"There are no new devel-


opments," he said. "I'm not
going to speculate on
whether or not it was a hit -
we are still investigating".
The police have been ques-
tioning a number of persons,
but have made no arrests.s
According to press liaison
officer Inspector Walter


PLP senator could be




election candidate


ELECTION -


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
A PLP senator is one step
closer to being confirmed by
his party as a candidate in the
next general election.
Saying that he is not yet
aware what constituency he
might run in, Senator T
Ricardo Whylly yesterday
told The Tribune that there
was a possibility that he
would be a candidate in the
next general election.
"I could not say because
there are a number of dynam-
ics that go towards choosing
candidates and the candidates
committee has to make its
final decision as to where to
send me.
"However, I anticipate that
they will be sending me
somewhere in the not to dis-
tant future," the senator said.
Nevertheless, Mr Whylly
said that he has more than 20
years experience on how to
organise and run a campaign
in his favour.
"I do carry a lot of experi-
ence so it should be more or
less an easy road for me. I
would like to focus my exper-
tise on some of those seats
that are not already owned
by the PLP," he said.
This is the closest the vet-


eran PLP has ever tome to
an actual spot on a general
election ticket.
"I was.interviewed by the
candidates committee and
that is an exciting thing for
me because I have been in
the political arena for many
years as a young gentleman
working in the Grants Town
community with Shadrach
Morris who was a member
for Grants Town at that
time," the senator said.
Mr Morris died in Boston
in 1982 while serving as an
MP and was the fourth PLP
MP to die since the 1967 gen-
eral election.
Current Bain and Grants
Town MP and Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
Roberts followed Mr Morris
as MP for the area.
Mr Whylly has campaigned
with Mr Roberts right up to
the present.
Currently, however, Mr
Whylly works in the Farm
Road constituency where he
manages constituency busi-
ness for the prime minister.
"I have some 20 years of
experience in co-ordinating
community and political
activities. I have served as the


SENATOR
T Ricardo Whylly


first national chairman of the
Progressive Young Liberals
- in fact I was one of the
major architects," the sena-
tor said.
During that time, FNM
Senator Tommy Turnquest
was chairman of the torch-
bearers and he and Mr Whyl-
ly presently serve together in
the senate, he pointed out.


Evans, Mr Scott was sitting
in his car some time after
7am, when a white car pulled
up near his home.
An man got out of the car,
approached Scott's car and


opened fire, killing him on
the spot.
The gunman escaped in his
car. Mr Scott was pro-
nounced dead at the
scene.
Mr Scott served,the Royal
Bahamas Police Force for six
years in the Central Detec-
tive Unit as a detective con-
stable.

Employed
He left the force in 2000,
and was employed at Atlantis
as a security officer at the
time of his death.
He died leaving a four-
year-old daughter. Mr Scott
was not married.
His death is the 25th mur-
der of 2006.
The police are asking any-
one who may have informa-
tion about the incident to
contact them at 502-9991, or
to contact the nearest police
station.


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Justices to ponder climate change


THE U.S. Supreme Court will take up a
controversial case this fall that could dra-
matically alter the national discourse on
climate change.
In a suit titled Massachusetts vs. Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency, 12 states,
some cities and various environmental
groups are asking the court to rule on
whether the federal government must reg-
ulate carbon dioxide emissions as part of
the Clean Air Act.
Carbon dioxide emissions, the plaintiffs
claim, are one of the primary so-called
"greenhouse gases" responsible for glob-
al warming. As such, they add, C02 should
be considered a pollutant and subject to
federal regulation, much in the way that
smog-producing pollutants are regulated.
The Bush administration disagrees, stat-
ing that carbon dioxide emissions are not
a pollutant and that any regulation should
stem from the marketplace, through vol-
untary reductions.
Opinions on climate change are rarely
lukewarm, and one can find plenty of sci-
ence to support any position. But one thing
is certain: Members of the nation's highest
court have deemed this case worthy of
their attention.
That fact alone should be a testament to
the importance of climate change as one of
the most critical policy issues facing our
nation.
Lower courts have sided with the federal
government, although the legal rulings
have not been unanimous.
Also signing onto the suit are California,
Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode
Island, Vermont and Washington.
President Bush himself has been of two
minds on this issue.
While campaigning for the presidency in
September 2000, President Bush pledged
to reduce emissions of "four main pollu-
tants: sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mer-
cury and carbon dioxide."
Six months later, the candidate-turned-
president backed away from that pledge,
citing new information that carbon dioxide
is not a pollutant under federal law and
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Defence Council, one of the plaintiffs, the
Clean Air Act does identify C02 as a pol-
lutant, although it doesn't require federal
regulation.
As evidence, the council cites Section
103, subsection (g) of the act, which states,
in part, that federal officials should devel-
op non-regulatory strategies and tech-
nologies for preventing or reducing "mul-
tiple air pollutants, including sulfur oxides,
nitrogen oxides, heavy metals, PM-10 (par-
ticulate matter), carbon monoxide and
carbon dioxide, from stationary sources,
including fossil fuel power plants."
The EPA's online glossary of terms
identifies industrial air pollution as "emis-
sions of the following pollutants: sulfur
oxides, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and car-
bon dioxide. These air emissions con-
tribute to such environmental concerns as
urban smog; acid deposition; excessive
nutrient loads to important bodies of
water, such as the Chesapeake Bay; haze
in national parks and wilderness areas;
and global climate change."
Regardless of the eventual ruling, which
is expected this fall, the Supreme Court
hearing is a victory in the struggle to legit-
imize what has been portrayed as a con-
spiratorial bastion of liberal squawking.
"It is high time to stop relying on tech-
nicalities and finger-pointing to avoid
action on climate change," said Sen. Jim
Jeffords, I-Vt., after hearing the court's
decision.
Predictions about global warming are
not an exact science. Researchers piece
together models of'historical climates by
examining what still exists: tree rings, cores
taken from deep within the Earth, retreat-
ing glaciers and other "proxies."
Naysayers would claim that it's non-
sense to take action until we know more.
But isn't that a bit like saying we should
wait until we hit an iceberg before steering
our ship in another direction?
It didn't work for the Titanic, and it may
not work on global warming.
(This article was written by Rebeca Cha-
pa of the San Antonio Express-News
c.2006).
*


A


perspective




on situation


EDITOR, The Tribune
AS a Cuban/Bahamian, I feel
compelled to give the Bahamian
people my thoughts on the
Cuban situation.
Even if you do not know any-
thing about the history of this
country, you have to wonder
why whole families risk their
lives daily to escape from this
island.
Here in the Bahamas, we
were so lucky to have had a qui-
et revolution, whereas in Cuba
we had a bloody one.
The Cuban people wanted a
change from the dictatorial
Batista regime of the 1950's, but
we actually jumped from the
frying pan into the fire when
we welcomed this False Prophet
named Fidel Castro. I was a boy
when Castro came to power in
1959, but my parents told me
that as an atheist, he used to
dress his cronies as priests and
monks, and had them parade
the streets of Havana with pros-
titutes, in order to degrade reli-
gion as a whole.
There was no general racism
in Cuba. There was a class dif-
ferential, between the rich and


the poor. It is interesting to note
after the Bay of Pigs invasion,
Castro interviewed the prison-
ers he captured, and concen-
trated on a black man, whom
he asked: Why did you come to
fight us, when before you were
not able to swim in the rich
man's beaches? The prisoner
answered: I did not come here
to swim in the beaches, biut to
liberate Cuba from you Com-
munists. Since it was live TV,
they had to cut the program-
ming right away.
Castro tried to use racism to
promote his Revolution, but
soon realized that it would not
work, thus he promised the
poor people that if they backed
him up, after he took over
Cuba, everyone would be the
same. What he failed to tell
them was that everyone would
end up being poor, and a slave
of the state.
Picture yourself working for
20-30 years, and because of your


hard work, you own a home, a
business, and have a bank
account. Then you wake up one
day, and your business has been
confiscated, your bank account
frozen, and you no longer own
your house. And if you dare to
fight back, you will be shot in
front of a firing squad. In other
words, you are left with noth-
ing!
I could go on and on with this
subject, but it is better to look at
the positive side of things. Due
to this tragedy, the tourism
industry began to flourish here
in the Bahamas in the 1960's.
Thus the expression, "some-
thing good comes out of some-
thing bad".
And regarding the UN vote
to allow Cuba in the Human
Rights Council maybe this
will force them to change their
evil ways.
On the whole, the Cuban
people are kind, friendly, hard
working individuals; they just
need a radical change in their
governing system.
JORGE A MAURICIO
Nassau
June 17 2006


EDITOR, The Tribune
TODAY Minister Shane
Gibson, Immigration and
:Labour indicated in his Budget
contribution that The Depart-
ment of Immigration will in
future be requiring the apply-
ing employers to pay upfront in
advance the total work permit
fee before the matter is
processed.
This has to be hair-brained if
there ever was something pro-
posed. The only Ministry that
has its own chequing account
on which they can draw an
immediate payment is the Min-
istry of Tourism. All funds are
required to be deposited to the
credit of the Consolidated
Fund.
Okay generally the permits
will be approved, however,
would it be wrong of me to sug-
gest that the alleged corruption
of Immigration will now broad-
en its base from the procuring
of permits to possibly the teifing
of permit monies which in some
instances involve thousands of
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public for the ineptitude and
bad management of The
Department of Immigration? It
seems PM Christie you should
have fired the last minister


rather than promote him.
Has the Minister run this pro-
posal by the largest appliers for
work permits?
This is as described: hair-
brained to the fullest.
J WILLIAMS
Nassau
June 19 2006


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LOCAL0NEWS


*in brief Drivers union president demands

Man sought
after fight
reak out $4 billion from the government
at reception


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Police are searching
for an Eight Mile Rock man
in connection with a shoot-
ing at the Rock Island Bar
and Grill over the weekend.
Inspector Loretta Mackey
said that sometime around
10.45pm on Saturday police
received information about
a fight in progress at the
establishment.
According to police
reports, a male resident of
Seagrape was attending a
wedding reception and got
into an argument with a
worker. The man removed a
handgun from his waist and
fired shots into the air.
When police arrived at the
scene, the accused man ran
to the rear of the building
and escaped.
No one was hurt in the
shooting. Police are pursuing
the culprit.
In addition, a 22-year-old
Eight Mile Rock man is listed
in serious condition at hos-
pital after he was stabbed
with the knife in the back.
Sometime around 10.50pm
on Saturday, police went to
the Accident and Emergency
Section at the Rand Memor-
ial Hospital, where they
spoke with Mario Fred-
erique, who had a knife
impaled in his upper right
back.
Mr Frederique told police
that while attending a party
at the Rock Island Bar and
Grill a fight broke out and
She was stabbed in the back.
Police are investigating the
incident.

Man sought
after fight
breaks out
at reception

A STABBING incident at
Garden Villas has left a 28-
year-old Pinder's Point man
in hospital over the weekend.
Errington Moseley, 28, was
visiting a friend at Garden
Villas around 10.50pm on
Sunday when he stabbed in
the stomach.
According to Inspector
Mackey, Moseley was walk-
ing to a neighbour's apart-
ment when a man, acting in a
disorderly manner and
armed with a knife, ran up
to him and stabbed him sev-
eral times in the stomach.
The victim was taken to
the Rand Memorial Hospi-
tal, where he was treated for
his injuries. Moseley is
presently listed in stable but
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* By REUBEN SHEARER

RICHARD Johnson, Sr, president
of the Public Service Driver's Union,
demanded at a press conference last
week Thursday that the government
allocate 4 billion tourism industry
dollars to his organisation.
The meeting was held at the Tri-
ennial Trade Union Congress on
Wulff Road.
According to Mr Johnson, as far
back as 1994 the PSDU has been
asking government to permit taxi
drivers to take control of their own
business. In that year, he said, the
then government took some busi-
ness from the PSDU and gave it to
the taxi union on Nassau Street.
"We were wronged in that
instance, and wish that they not
interfere in our business," Mr John-
son said.
In early March of this year the
PSDU asked government to give it
a proposed Heads of Agreement to
form a company to oversee the taxi
business. It seeks three concessions:


the outright ownership of the taxi
franchise, a minimum endorsement
of $100,000 on each franchise, and
full union responsibility for trans-
portation services from Prince
George Dock, the airport and hotels.
"We hope that the government,
through the office of the Prime Min-
ister will work with us in making this
a reality," Mr Johnson said.
According to him, the union's
focus has been on the economic
empowerment of taxi drivers based
on the contribution that was made to
their national development when
they led the 1958 general strike in
Nassau.
Mr Johnson insists that from the
"investment" made, they expect that
the dividends $4 billion from
this agreement would permit total
control of the transportation indus-
try.
He told The Tribune that bus dri-
vers who want PSDU membership
are eligible to join, however, he
thinks that "the legacy" taxi drivers
have left the country, grants them


the right to assume a role in spear-
heading.this initiative.
Mr Johnson said government has
claimed there are some $10 billion
worth of business coming on stream
and, out of that he says, four billion
revenue dollars can be earned from
the tourism industry.
His vision is that once government
supports the union's proposed Heads
of Agreement, bringing about the
economic empowerment of trans-
portation operators, the transporta-
tion business will move smoothly
into an organized, disciplined and
professional venture.
However, he said, this was only
possible with government's approval
of the proposed initiatives. Approval,
he said, would bring together the
various transportation bodies so that
the PSDU can go forward with its
plans.
He pledged that as long as it takes,
and no matter how the government
reacts to the proposal, the PSDU
does not intend to back away from
its position.


Organisation opened to help Haitians



and Bahamians in Grand Bahama


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A well-
known Bahamian doctor has
announced the establishment of
a new organisation aimed at
assisting Bahamians and
Haitians in Grand Bahama.
The now retired doctor, who
is known only as "Dr Roopi",
said the Positive Association of
Nonviolent Bahamian and Hait-
ian Residents (PANBAHR) is a
non-partisan organisation that
seeks to assist with housing and
healthcare, among other things.
"I want to stress that we do
not have a political agenda and
our only purpose is to help pri-
marily the children and older
people who are in need," he
said during a press conference
at his offices on Pioneer's Way.
Dr Roopi, who serves as pres-
ident, said the association con-
sists of Haitians and Bahamian
residents of Grand Bahama.
"The Haitian nationals have
been put on naioal stage by
Mr Gibson, and his ... activity,
which is why we have founded a
necessary entity. However, this is
not a Haitian uprising," he said.
Dr Roopi also announced the
renaming of his holistic centre,


N DR Roopi announces the opening of PANBAHR


formerly known as ABC Holis-
tic Centre.
It will now be called "the


Wyclef Arena" in honour of
renowned Haitian musical
artist, Wyclef Jean.


Another member, who was
only identified as Tommy, said
the association will promote lit-


eracy and assist Haitians in fill-
ing out legal documents, as well
as hold a health fair for needy
Haitian and Bahamian children.
Dr Roopi said the association
would also be assisting persons
with housing needs.
Despite government's recon-
struction programme following
two destructive hurricane sea-
sons, he noted that many people
are still in need of somewhere
to live.
"We are people helping peo-
ple and we are about providing
hope to the needy," he said.
"We have a very ingenious
programme to build new homes
in an inexpensive way to enable
Haitian-Bahamians and resi-
dents to gain a house of their
own once they have a piece of
property," he said.
Dr Roopi said a number of
activities will be held at the
Wyclef Arena on July 22.
He said a non-denomination-
al, holistic church meeting will
be held at 10am, a free lunch
for children at lpm and a beach
outing at 4pm. At 6pm, there
will be health fair.
Dr Roopi said the offices of
PANBAHR are situated in the
Wyclef Arena, and can be con-
tacted on 352-4673 (HOPE).


Judge temporarily bars Navy use



of sonar that may harm whales


* LOS ANGELES
A FEDERAL judge issued a
temporary restraining order
Monday barring the Navy from
using a particular kind of sonar
allegedly harmful to marine
mammals during a Pacific war-
fare exercise scheduled to begin
this week, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The order comes three days
after the Navy obtained a six-
month national defence exemp-
tion from the Defense Depart-
ment allowing it to use "mid-
frequency active sonar."
Environmental groups had
sued to stop the Navy's use of
the sonar in the Rim of the
Pacific 2006 exercise off Hawaii.
The use of sonar in the war
games was set to start Thurs-
day.
US District Judge Florence-


Marie Cooper wrote in her
order that the plaintiffs "have
shown a possibility that RIM-
PAC 2006 will kill, injure, and
disturb many marine species,
including marine mammals, in
waters surrounding the Hawai-
ian Islands."
The exemption would have
temporarily relieved the Navy
from the requirements of the
Marine Mammal Protection
Act.
The Natural Resources
Defense Council, which filed
the lawsuit, said the Navy had
more than enough room in the
oceans to train without injuring
marine life.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration,
which forged an agreement
with the Navy last week per-
mitting the use of the sonar,
concluded that the exercises


would have no significant
impact on the environment,
under the National Environ-
mental Policy Act.
NOAA's permit to use the
sonar was the first time such a
permit had been granted to the
Navy.
NOAA determined that the
exercise would cause no signif-
icant environmental impact, and


concluded that the Navy's use
of the sonar was not likely to
jeopardise the continued exis-
tence of threatened and endan-
gered species including the
Hawaiian monk seal in the
exercise areas.
But Cooper found, among
other reasons, that the Navy
violated NEPA requirements
by not giving "full and mean-


ingful consideration" to rea-
sonable alternatives, including
holding the exercises in less
densely populated marine habi-
tats.
Cooper's order was to remain
in effect until July 18, when a
hearing will be held on whether
to replace the temporary
restraining order with a prelim-
inary injunction.


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* RICHARD Johnson, president of the Public
Service Driver's Union


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The Tribune and COB in partnership for literacy


The Tribune and the College
of the Bahamas have announced
a new partnership to promote
literacy.
The venture is expected to
make significant contributions
to The Tribune's Newspaper in
Education Literacy Programme,
directed by marketing manager
Sean Moore.
The college's contributions
will be managed through the
Office of Institutional Advance-
ment, led by acting vice presi-
dent Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
and editor Gordon Mills.
"At The Tribune, we recog-
nise our responsibility towards
an informed and literate citi-
zenship, and actively sought to
develop a programme that fur-
ther supports reading," said Mr
Moore.
"The Tribune's NIE initiative
is another way to actively con-
tribute to our readers' contin-
ued exposure to worlds beyond


Reading series starts today


their immediate environment,
while enhancing their experi-
ence with our newspaper
through storytelling," he said.
Already this year, the part-
nership has produced Mrs Mei-
cholas' "One Room School-
house" stories, which served as
companion pieces to the reading
series, "The Secret School-- an
official selection of the Minis-
ter of Education's Book Club."
This summer, there will be
two further stories: Hurricane!
- the story of the effects of
Hurricane Michelle on one fam-
ily in New Providence, and
extracts from Out-Island Doc-
tor, the story of a peripatetic
Family.Island doctor in the
1940s and 50s, prepared by
senior lecturer Marjorie Down-


ie and senior writer Gordon
Mills, both COB personnel.
Additionally, there will be the
Breakfast Serials story, The
Secret of Smith's Hill, a ghost
story for younger readers.
Mrs Glinton-Meicholas said:
"The College of the Bahamas
is excited to collaborate with
The Tribune on this project. Co-
operative ventures of this
nature have the potential not
only to stimulate reading at all
ages and all levels in the coun-
try, but also to promote more
widely the rich treasure trove
that is Bahamian history and
culture".
See page 4C of today's Tri-
bune for the beginning of the
Tribune's Summer Reading
Series.


* GORDON Mills, senior writer, acting vice-president Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Marji
Downie, senior lecturer in COB, and Tribune marketing manager Sean Moore


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Tribune article on traffic jams


* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
AN article in The Tribune ob
Saturday caused Bridge Com-
pany officials to take action and
mail a toll booth that remained
incapacitated for more than a
month.
The booth is now being oper-
ated manually, in an effort to
alleviate the traffic that sparked
anger and frustration among
motorists attempting to. cross to
Paradise Island.
According to one bridge
user, the change is already mak-
ing a difference to the level of
traffic.
Bridge Company officials
admitted yesterday that they
decided to do something about
the problem after seeing the
article in The Tribune.
According to general manag-


er Dennis Mackey, his team is
now actively working to ease
the "bumper to bumper" traffic
on the bridge, by manually col-
lecting fees from motorists
before lifting the mechanical
barrier.
The lane has been blocked
for over five weeks, prompting
motorists to question the Bridge
Company's ability to adequate-
ly deal the problem.
In several instances, traffic
was so severe it was backed all
the way down to the end of the
bridge on the New Providence
side.
On Friday, the Bridge Com-
pany was also criticised for
allowing all drivers to use the
lane designated for Paradise
Island Pass holders only.
This, it was said, was the
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to the traffic problem created
by the closed lane.
However according to one
motorist, the practice of letting
"anyone and everyone" use the
PI Pass lane did not just begin,
but occurs year-round.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Mackey
explained that the lane only
became inactive after several
accidents severely damaged the
equipment.
"On that day we had three
accidents in the space of an
hour," he said, adding that one
accident involved a "heavy-duty
truck".
"We have all these heavy-
duty trucks coming over that
are not road-worthy and their
brakes are failing that's what
caused the damage."
According to Mr Mackey, the
lane was closed for so long
because parts needed to repair
the booth had to be ordered
from the US.
He added that the parts have
ndw arrived and that the booth
should be fully operational
within a few days.


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* A TOLL booth which has been shut for five weeks and caused huge traffic tailbacks has been
reopened by authorities after a Tribune article into the problem
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


Two organizations first




recipients of Tonique




Williams-Darling Award


TWO organizations with the
same goals to give young
Bahamians a safe haven after
school and a better chance at
life became the first recipients
of the Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Award.
SThe Olympic gold medalist
announced the creation of the
award in,April to honour the
memory of her first coach and


lifelong supporter the late Kei-
th Carey, who was gunned
down weeks earlier in a rob-
bery that stunned the nation.
Williams-Darling said she
would donate a portion of her
winnings from all 400-metre
meets which she finished in
under 51 seconds.
The awards, she said, were to
be reserved for bona fide char-


itable organizations registered
with the Registrar-General's
Office.
At that time, the awards were
$500 each. She has now dou-
bled them.
"When I reviewed the appli-
cations of these two organisa-
tions, I was so touched by their
energy, their ambition, dedica-
tion and the scope of their
work, I decided to increase the
awards," said Williams-Darling.
Awards went to the STRAW
(strengthening, transforming,
restoring, affirming young
women) center, and to Kids
Up!, an after-school and sum-
mer programme for youths
from Bain and Grant's Town.
"I am pleased to present this
check to STRAW," said
Williams-Darling, "to help sup-
port their efforts to protect
young women from a life of
crime and abuse and encourage
them to become responsible
members of society."
Open every day after school
and on weekends in a building
on Mount Royal Avenue,
STRAW, led by president Ter-
ri Cunningham, provides pro-
grammes and activities designed
to strengthen and transform
young girls, restore them to a
healthy environment, and
remind every participant of her
worth as a woman and her
potential as a productive citi-
zen.
Trained youth development
professionals and volunteers
serve as role models.
In facilities provided by St
Andrew's Kirk and generously
supported by the Lyford Cay
Foundation which equipped


it with classrooms, computers
and more Kids Up! offers a
safe environment from 3.30pm
to 6pm during the school year
and all day throughout six
weeks of the summer.
It costs about $1,000 per year
per child to operate the pro-
gramme.
"I am told that what began
as an attempt to provide a safe
harbour for. at-risk boys has
mushroomed into a learning
and nurturing environment for
dozens of boys and girls ages 5
to 12 from Grant's Town and
Bain Town, who might other-
wise go home to an empty
home or an unsafe environment
putting them at risk for devel-
oping delinquent behaviour,"
said Williams-Darling.
"Thanks to this programme
and to its dedicated staff, includ-
ing the tireless efforts of Timy-
ka Davis and her network of
volunteers, young boys and girls
now have a holistic programme
meeting their every need -
physical, psychological, emo-
tional and spiritual.
"They get Bible study, com-
puter training, tutoring, anger-
management, and leadership
training, along with healthy
recreational activities like dra-
ma, art therapy, karate, swim-
ming and choir."
Applications for the future
Williams-Darling Awards may
be found on her website and
submitted to Diane Phillips and
Associates, Lake Cottage,
behind Bahamas Realty on East
Bay Street.
Application forms are also
available at that address during
regular business hours.


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THE TRIBUNE


LOA NW


* In brief


Woman is

tied up and

robbed at

gunpoint

FREEPORT A 49-YEAR
female resident of Pinta Avenue
was tied up and robbed in her
apartment by two masked men
on Sunday evening.
According to reports, some-
time around 9.45pm, two
masked men, one armed with a
silver handgun entered the
woman's apartment and held
her up. The culprits then tied
the woman up and demanded
cash. They robbed the victim of
cash and fled the scene.
Police are investigating the
matter.



Women take
top positions
at Old
Bahama Bay

WEST END, Grand Bahama
Two Bahamian women have
taken senior positions at Old
Bahama Bay Resort.
Because of the mounting
demand, the resort has now
hiired wedding and group sales
manager Carmel Churchill to
respond to the "ever-increas-
ing" number of inquiries for
destination weddings and spe- .
cial group events.
"Carmel Churchill, formerly
'of the Garden of the Groves,
comes to us with vast experi-
ence in wedding co-ordination
making her perfect for this job"
noted Donald Glass, vice pres-
ident of human resources.
Churchill is well known in
,Grand Bahama as she was
,responsible for setting up. man-
aging and co-ordinating all wed-
dings at the Garden of the
Groves during her time as gen-
eral manager there.
Old Bahama Bay's growing
guest numbers have also called
for an experienced rooms direc-
tor to help co-ordinate the large
incentive groups and VIP
guests.
"We are thrilled to be bring-
ing on board on Malvise Bastian
as our new rooms director, with
over 27 years of service in the
hospitably industry and 18 of
those in hotel front desk ser-
vice we are confident she will
easily manage our growing
needs," noted Glass.
Bastian, a native Nassauvian
comes to Old Bahama Bay after
working with well-known hotel
names like Marriott, Sheraton,
Radisson and Wyndam.


Puerto Rico
to implant
microchips
in volunteers

PUERTO RICO
San Juan .
FOUR hospitals in Puerto
Rico will begin implanting a
microchip the size of a rice grain
in patients who suffer from ill-
nesses that cause memory loss,
like Alzheimer's disease, a
newspaper reported Sunday,
according to Associated Press.
The hospitals will start using
the microchip, made by the
Florida-based Verichip Corp.,
in August, according to El Nue-
vo Dia. It is inserted in the fore-
arm, costs US$200 and is vol-
untary.
"It is a way to offer an addi-
tional service because the chip it
going to be used on a popula-
tion that has memory problems


... or great health problems,"
said Nelson Martinez, coordi-
nator of operations for Hostos
Medical Services.
, VeriChip is the only company
'with U.S. federal approval to
implant such chips in people.
The company has implanted
more than 2,500 people world-
wide with chips that give hospi-
tals access to their identifica-
tion, which is used to retrieve
'rniedical information from an
Internet database.


Road Traffic to introduce




licence for motorcyclists


* By ROYANNE
FORBES-DARVILLE
A SPECIAL driver's licence catego-
ry for motorcycle riders could soon
come on stream according to a top offi-
cial at the Department of Road Traffic.
In the wake of an accident over the
weekend that left one rider dead,
deputy traffic controller Errol McPhee
told The Tribune that the department is
also working along with a London-
based company to address and upgrade
continuing road safety issues..
The Bikers Association has been
pushing for the government to create
firm regulations in light of the number
of serious accidents that have occurred
over the years involving motorcycles
and bicycles..
Leaders of the association believe
that introducing an exclusive licence


for motorcyclists and implementing
stricter standards could save lives.

Research

Mr McPhee, who is responsible for
co-ordinating transport policy and plan-
ning, said that the Traffic Research
Laboratory (TRL) in London is seeking
to redefine the licence categories in the
Bahamas and coming up with new ways
to enforce them.
"We working with TRL on a number
of sub-projects and one of them is the
category of licences in the Bahamas -
mind you, we have licensee categories
in the Bahamas, but we just don't
enforce it," Mr McPhee said.
"Persons who, got a regular licence,
should not be allowed to drive heavy-
duty equipment, nor a motorbike, but


we are working in conjunction with tlhe
Bikers Association and the company
out of the UK, because they have the
expertise on the kind of licence need-
ed."
The motorcyclist who died over the
weekend reportedly ran into a parked
vehicle on Prince Charles Drive.
A passenger on the motorcycle
escaped with only minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Vado Culmer, president
of the Redliners Bike Club one of
many clubs governed by the Bikers
Association told The Tribune that
the aim is to encourage riders to
become more skilled.
He said authorities should move to
regulate under what conditions and at
what age a person should be allowed to
ride a motorcycle.
Earlier this year, an executive of tlhe
association, Gregory Maurice, lost his


life while riding on Carmichael Road.
"Most times it takes death to make
people understand the importance of
protecting
themselves while riding. But we (in
the association) are trying to prevent
young persons and other riders who
are inexperienced from becoming a sta-
tic," Mr Culmer said.
"Last year, a guy bought a motorcy-
cle after he graduated from A F Adder-
ley, and shortly afterwards got into an
accident (he did not die), but.he was
inexperienced, and most inexperienced
riders equate speed with being a good
rider and that is not so."
Last year, the government announced
that it would eliminate the 35 per cent
duty attached to the imports of protec-
tive gear like helmets and knee pads a
concession some motorcyclists said they
have used to their advantage.


* By REUBEN SHEARER
A LOCAL pastor and his
wife are hosting a regional
Christian dance conference in
the Bahamas in an effort to
channel Bahamian dancers
"back where they ought to
be."
Pastor Henry Higgins and
his' wife Dr Anne Higgins
decided to be the hosts of the
12th-annual, week-long
Caribbean Christian Dance
Network conference at their
home church, Creative Chris-
tian Arts Ministries.
The conference started yes-
terday, and will continue
through July 9. It targets
adults and children interest-
ed in Liturgical dance.
They will be instructed in
the day, and will hear from
various speakers at night ses-
sions.
Day sessions for children
are $40, and will be held from
9am to 1pm.
Pastor Higgins promised
that it will be an engaging
experience, that will include
special training sessions and
technical classes.
A concert will be held for
participants on Thursday
evening at the International
Centre for the Performing
Arts.
"During the adult simula-
tions, participants will learn
of spiritual warfare in the
dance, how to dress when per-
forming in church, using the
arts to enhance the ministry,
and the true purpose of men
in dance ministry," Pastor
Higgins said.
The cost is $60, and day ses-
sions will be held from 9am
to 1pm.
Night sessions are free, and
attendees will hear from
"dynamic" ministers, such as
Saskia Adoptie, Shelly
Richardson, and Yves
Desrouches.
Pastor Higgins said the


theme, "Caribbean: connect-
ing the world through the
arts," represents an effort to
enhance "the knowledge of
our nation and other coun-
tries about Liturgical dance."
"We want the Caribbean to
take the lead in uniting us as
one. By trusting God, we will
pull nations together and take
them back for Him through
this dance conference."
Countries such as France,
England, St Lucia, Trinidad,
Holland, the United States
will be represented; registra-
tion fees for each internation-
al participant are $135.
For this reason, Higgins
hopes for overwhelming
Bahamian support, as their
organisation is offering an
"impressive" discount.
"On Friday, there will be
an awards presentation where
a number of leaders who have
made a major contribution to
the Liturgical dance will be
honoured. This will take place
at the Crystal Ballroom in
Crystal Palace," he added.
Religious icons such as
Bishop Neil Ellis, Dr Miles
Munroe, will be there, along
with Ms Jewel Dean of the
Ministry of Education.
Tickets for this event are
on sale at Creative Arts Min-
istries, which is located on
Mackey Street.
On Saturday at 10am the
church will marry two inter-
national couples at Munroe
Castle on Dean's Lane, Fort
Charlotte.
It is expected to be a
Bahamian-themed wedding.
The next day, a special ser-
vice has been planned at Cre-
ative Christian Arts Min-
istries, which will close out the
week-long seminar.
According to Pastor Hig-
gins, all of the.dancers who
participate in the conference
will get a chance to be a part
of the Independence celebra-
tions that afternoon.


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PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2006


Slow start for Venezuela's oil





initiative in the Caribbean


* PUERTO RICO
San Juan
One year after 13 Caribbean
countries signed a deal with
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez to buy oil under prefer-
ential terms, a majority of them
have not received a single drop
of fuel, while those that have
are still paying high prices at
the pump, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Cash-strapped Caribbean
countries have welcomed the
pact known as Petrocaribe as a
way to counter soaring oil
prices. But eight nations say
they have not received fuel ship-
ments yet, largely because
they're figuring out how to han-
dle them.
The programme has become
bogged down because many
governments do not have state-
owned docking or storage facil-
ities, or the know-how of run-
ning an oil business a task they
previously left to private com-
panies.
While Chavez's critics say he
is using "oil diplomacy" to build
anti-US political alliances, many
Caribbean leaders say they
believe the programme will be
genuinely helpful and are deter-
mined to take advantage of it.
"We're charting uncharted
waters here. It has to be done
right," said Earl Bousquet, a St
Lucia government spokesman.
"You don't want to go into an
agreement and then you have
the Venezuelans knocking on
your door saying, 'Well listen,
we have all this oil, where are
you going to put it? And, how
are you going to get it from
Antigua to St Vincent?'"
Under the Petrocaribe plan
signed last June 29, countries
pay market price for Venezue-
lan fuel but are only required
to hand over part of the cost
and can finance the rest over
25 years at low interest. Gov-
ernments can also pay partly
with services or goods, such as
rice and bananas, while,
Venezuela helps provide stor-
age tanks and docking facilities.'
The deal is widely seen as a
bid by Chavez long at odds
with the US to make inroads
in the Caribbean, where the US
is a major trading partner.
Chavez calls his pact an alter-
native to US-backed free trade
deals, and he has sought new
oil markets worldwide to reduce
reliance on the US, which
remains his biggest customer.
Some nations are still negoti-
ating specific supply deals, while
the Petrocaribe pact has con-
tinued to grow, with Haiti
recently signing on as the 14th
recipient.
"It looks like a very real
attempt to find a regional solu-
tion to the problem of energy,"
said Anthony Bryan, a specialist
in Caribbean energy coopera-


Most countries have not received a single drop of fuel, largely because

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and International Studies in
Washington. But he added, "a
great deal is going to depend on
the capacity of Caracas to deliv-
er the programme effectively."
Six countries say they have
begun receiving fuel from crude


Venezuela, the
world's number
five oil exporter,
disputes
claims that its
production is
sagging and says
it has plenty of
output.


to diesel, while Venezuela has
also shipped asphalt to Domini-
ca.
Some leaders say they plan
to use eventual savings for
social programs, and have
warned their people not to
expect cheaper gasoline as
pump prices have soared on the


back of a surging world market.
"The gas price is tough! You
cannot make money with these
prices," said Steven Taylor, a
bus driver in Jamaica.
Jamaican Foreign Minister
Anthony Hylton said the deal
has allowed the island to assure
"a decent price given what is
happening on the oil market,"
Venezuela, which signed a
second round of more specific
deals with nine countries last
September, has pledged to sell
up to 190,000 barrels a day to
nations from Suriname to St
Lucia.
Venezuela does not have a
problem meeting the region's
needs since the volumes are rel-
atively small, said Asdrubal
Chavez, a cousin of the presi-
dent who heads PDV Marina,
the shipping arm of state-run
Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or
PDVSA.
He denied delays were due
to Venezuela overextending
itself or that private companies
were causing problems by hav-
ing a stranglehold on distribu-
tion.
"Basically, it's been storage.
The countries don't have stor-
age. And they don't have a cul-
ture 'of managing, administrat-
ing fuel," Chavez said. "That


has always been left to the
transnational companies."
Analyst Patrick Esteruelas,
of the Eurasia Group, said
PDVSA is increasingly being
used as a political tool "to buy
diplomatic support abroad."
Venezuela is seeking a seat on
the UN Security Council over
US opposition and could use
the Caribbean's support.
Esteruelas said Petrocaribe's
slow start seems due to "run-
of-the-mill logistical delays," but
also "Venezuela's over-
stretched production and deliv-
ery capabilities."
Venezuela, the world's num-
ber five oil exporter, disputes
claims that its production is sag-
ging and says it has plenty of
output.
Cuba buys about 90,000 bar-
rels of crude a day under an ear-
lier deal that has been folded
into Petrocaribe, while Fidel
Castro's government has sent
thousands of volunteer doctors
to Venezuela.
It could take three to four
years for all countries to be
online due to the infrastructure
problems, said Gilles Deal, an
analyst in the Bahamas' Energy
Ministry.
The task of storing and dis-
tributing fuel in the region has
previously been managed by
transnationals and other private
companies, which own a net-
work of small storage facilities
and port terminals. In some cas-
es, such as in Belize and
Antigua, authorities have
worked out deals with private
companies to use their storage
tanks.
Cuba, Jamaica and the
Dominican Republic have
refineries, but some countries
don't have their own terminals
for unloading oil.
Some also lack state-owned
storage tanks a dilemma that
led to one Cuban tanker sitting
off Belize's coast for nearly a
week last fall with 14,000 barrels
of Venezuelan diesel until
Belize worked out a deal with
Esso, an Exxon Mobil sub-
sidiary that controls the storage
tanks.
In Grenada, Energy Minister
Gregory Bowen said the island
has a shortage of storage tanks
and is hoping the private com-
panies Texaco and Sol will help,
though issues remain to be
worked out.
Dominica received a storage
tank from Venezuela last
November, but it has sat in
pieces on a dock while officials
searched for a proper location -
which they say they have found.
Eastern Caribbean countries
hope to see shipments as soon
as September now that Antigua
has been chosen as a storage
site, using a facility owned by
the West Indies Oil Company.
Many countries are still buy-
ing oil from elsewhere, includ-
ing the Caribbean nation of
Trinidad and Tobago, whose
prime minister has resisted
Petrocaribe and traded barbs
with other leaders over the deal.


ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA: Has not received
shipments. Authorities recently announced
that the country will store oil for other Eastern
Caribbean nations, using a facility owned by
the West Indies Oil Company.

BAHAMAS: Has not received shipments.

BELIZE: Has received one shipment of 14,000
barrels of diesel. Can receive up to 4,000
barrels a day under the deal. The government
formed a joint venture company with
Venezuela to help the country improve
infrastructure. Officials say the savings from
Petrocaribe will go to projects to fight
poverty. Fuel prices have risen since the deal
was signed as the world market has surged.

CUBA: Cuba buys about 90,000 barrels of oil
under an earlier deal that has folded into
Petrocaribe. The shipments have been an
economic boon to the communist country,
while it has sent thousands of Cuban doctors
to treat the poor in Venezuela.

DOMINICA: Has not received shipments.
Venezuela sent a storage tank to the island,
which has sat in pieces on the docks because
the government for a time had not found a
proper place to put it. Officials now say they
have identified an appropriate site, and the
tank will be installed soon. Dominica signed
an agreement with Venezuela's state oil
company in late June to form a joint company
to oversee fuel shipments. The island is to
receive fuel including diesel and liquefied
petroleum gas. Under the deal, Venezuela
already shipped 1.200 barrels of asphalt in
June to the island to pave its major roads.
Dominica is to receive such shipments
regularly.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Has received
between 40,000 and 45,000 barrels a day since
September. Gasoline shortages remain
frequent in the country, and prices have
continued to rise with the tight world market.

GRENADA: Has not received shipments.
Venezuela's state oil company signed a
supply agreement with Grenada in late June
to sell 340,000 barrels a year, including
gasoline, fuel oil and diesel. The countries are
discussing how the bill can be paid.
Venezuela is considering allowing part to be
paid in agricultural products like bananas and
nutmeg. A joint company will oversee
construction of infrastructure so that Grenada
can handle oil shipments.

GUYANA: Has not received shipments and
continues to buy from nearby Trinidad and
Tobago. It is to receive up to 10,000 barrels
per day from Venezuela.

HAITI: Joined Petrocaribe after the
installation of a new government this year.
The last country in the region to join the pact.
Has received 100,000 barrels from its first
shipment under the pact and is to receive up
to 7,000 barrels per day.

JAMAICA: Has received some 21,000 barrels
of crude oil daily since July 2005 and is
getting help from Venezuela in upgrading an
aging refinery. The Jamaican government
says the deal has helped moderate fuel price
increases to consumers.

ST LUCIA: Has not received shipments.

ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Has not received
shipments.

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: Has
received five shipments of liquefied
petroleum gas, which is used for cooking.
The government says the LPG cylinders from
Venezuela are sold cheaper than from the
other local suppliers. Their deal also provides-
for help with the installation of an LPG plant
and a fuel storage facility.

SURINAME: Has not received shipments
because officials are still setting up a
Surinamese-Venezuelan company to handle
the fuel. The government intends to purchase
5,500 barrels a day to help generate electricity
and says it will use the savings to finance
development projects.

* The plan also is to provide for a special
Caribbean-wide US$50 million fund to support
health and education programs in the region,
similar to those Chavez has started at home
with rising oil profits.
Associated Press


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BRAZIL'S government-
,perated energy company will
,egin exploring for natural gas
n central Venezuela this year,
Venezuela's state-run news
agency reported Monday,
according to Associated Press.
Jorge Luis Sanchez, president
of Venezuela's state-run gas
company, told the agency that
Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or
Petrobras, would explore near
San Carlos, a small city 185
miles west of Caracas.
Venezuela the world's fifth
largest oil exporter has the
largest proven natural gas
reserves in South America with
147.5 trillion cubic feet, accord-
ing to the government.
Venezuela is developing its
gas fields in order to meet its
domestic needs and eventually
export. President Hugo Chavez
says Venezuela plans to become
the top supplier of natural gas
to fellow Latin American and
Caribbean nations.


* REV David Bastian said: "Our I CATHERINE Mcphee said: U tFKEIUEKLACK Major said: I HARKOLU ain said: lnere is
country is now suffering both "Issues at the prison and detention "Bahamians are not taking a desperate need for jobs in the
spiritually and morally." centre should be addressed." advantage of the opportunities that country."
are provided."



What are the most important




issues facing the Bahamas?


AS political season heats up, politi-
cians will increasingly seek to address
the issues that matter most to the gen-
eral public.
With this in mind, The Tribune took
to the streets yesterday to pose the ques-
tion: What are the most pressing con-
cerns currently facing the country?
According to some, the government
has been dealing with serious issues in a
timely fashion, but others say many
problems continue to go "unseen" and
unaddressed by both civic and political
leaders.
Most of the interviewees mentioned
issues that have made headlines in
recent months such as the recurring
escapes from the Carmichael Road
Detention Center: '
Others said they are worried about
reports of homosexual behaviour in
schools, unemployment, or the poor
work ethic displayed by some Bahami-
ans.
"The issue of poor work ethics needs
to be addressed," said one interviewee.
"Some persons don't take pride in what
they do for a living. They don't care
about what they do, they only want to
be paid."
Catherine McPhee said: "Issues at
the prison and Detention Center should


be addressed."
She said a wall should be built to
replace the fencing around the Deten-
tion Center compound, to prevent fur-
ther escapes from occurring.

Cubans

Her comment comes just days after
five Cuban detainees escaped from
the facility. Following a previous
break-out Minister of Immigration
Shane Gibson said the option of a wall
had been considered, but that it was
not adopted because the government
is still considering relocating the cen-
tre.
Mrs McPhee went on to cpmmeint on


security at Her Majesty's Prison: "The
prison needs to be monitored better
and properly trained personnel should
be put into place," she said.
"There is a desperate need for jobs
in the country," said taxi driver
Harold Bain. "The government is
announcing all of these jobs but unem-
ployment is still high. Who is getting
the jobs?"
Mr Bain went on to say that the issue
of illegal immigration also needs to be
addressed, because he believes that it is
one of the contributing factors of unem-
ployment.
"It is not because of my political
standpoint; I welcome the move the
government made when they started
denying work permits," he added.


Reverend David Bastian said: "Our
country is now suffering both spiritually
and morally; there is an uprising of gays
in our communities. Its now getting in
bur school systems. Society may accept
it but its wrong."
Mr Bastian suggested that the
Bahamian people should "restart from
the foundation," and learn fundamen-
tals from the Bible at the primary school
level.
This, he said, would prevent children
from being "drawn" into homosexuali-
ty.

Opportunities

"Bahamians are not taking advan-
tage of the opportunities that are pro-
vided," commented Frederick Major.
"Too many persons are looking for
handouts or just looking for jobs that
they are not fully qualified for."
He went on to say he thinks the gov-
ernment has done its duty by offer-
ing Bahamians good employment
positions whenever opportunities
appear.
"This government is doing its job it
is up to us now to act on the provided
opportunities," he said.
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All-woman team to lead


Toastmaster's club


The new executive of Healing
Communicators Toastmasters
Club 7178 says she is prepared
to build on a strong legacy and
to be "Excellence Driven-Pur-
pose Bound".
The all-female team is head-
ed by President Suncher John-
son, a committed toastmaster
whose focus is on the growth
and development of members
and the club as a whole.
"As president I am obligat-
ed to ensure that the voice of
the minority is heard and the
decision of the majority is
adhered to. I believe my pas-
sion for people, professional-
ism and personable attitude is
what the club needs," said Ms
Johnson.
Toastmasters is a worldwide
organization that moulds lead-
ers and effective communica-
tors. And having joined the
toastmasters' programme five
years ago, Ms Johnson served as
secretary, vice-president (VP)
of public relations and VP of
membership. She is an
Advanced Toastmaster Bronze
and has achieved Competent
Leader status.
The president's cabinet
includes: education VP Nicole
Williams; VP of membership;
Nadia Johnson; VP of public
relations, Nakera Cooper; sec-
retary, Sheryl Mackey; treasur-
er, Leana Ingraham; Sergeant-
at-Arms, Marjorie Munroe and
immediate past president,
Pamela Rolle.
"It is vital for Club 7178 to
have strong leadership and this
year the executive is a dynamic
team of young women. I
believe that we truly have a
team. that is excellence driven


E SHOWN from left to right are vice-president of public
relations, Nakera Cooper; vice-president of membership, Nadia
Cash; vice-president of education, Nicole Williams; immediate
past president, Pamela Rolle; secretary, Sheryl Mackey;
treasurer, Leana Ingraham and Sergeant-at-Arms, Majorie
Munroe. Seated is president, Suncher Johnson.


and purpose bound, which is
our theme for the year," said
the president.
In education, the team will
place emphasis on the mentor-
ing programme, while encour-
aging members to further devel-
op their communication skills
by embracing opportunities to
speak in and out of the club.
In relation to membership,
the new executives plan to sur-
pass the Toastmasters Interna-
tional requirement of eight new
members through innovative
membership drives.
"The membership and edu-
cation committees will also
combine their efforts to make
the new member transition peri-


(Photo: Anthony Longley)


od smoother with intimate new
member orientation sessions.
And in public relations we plan
to keep the community
informed of what's going on in
our club as well as promote our
members and their accomplish-
ments. We also plan on having
an updated website," the presi-
dent said.
Since its beginnings in 1997,
Club 7178 has won many
awards at the Division and Dis-'
trict levels.
Healing Communicators
Toastmasters Club 7178 meets
each Tuesday at The Cancer
Society of The Bahamas, 3rd
Terrace, Centreville, beginning
at 6 pm.


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Jennifer, Janetta,

Jenny, Dianna,

Aunt Jen,

Chicken...

DOUGLAS,

TYNES

October 24th 1949
To
July4th 2005





"To live in hearts we leave behind
is not to die"...

Beloved, It is a year already since you left us so suddenly on that
fateful Monday evening. Our hearts were literally broken, but
Gods grace is sufficient. The word tells us that in all things we are
to give God thanks, so in obedience to this admonition even in the
midst of our painful loss, we give him thanks and praise. We thank
God also for sending you into our lives, albeit for a short time.
What an impact, what a difference you have made, by your
expressions of love and acts of kindness to all and sundry. Your
going from us has left such a void. Jenny we will be looking for
you in the welcome party, with all our other loved ones when we
get home. Sleep on Chicken, We will love you forever, Joy is coming
in the morning.
Cherished memories are held by: Her loving children Sean N.M.
Tynes, Indira M.Y. Gibson; Mother: Jane Douglas; Sisters,
Brothers, Nieces, Nephews, numerous cousins, innumerable
friends, God children, St Georges Church family, entire Faculty
& staff of The College Of The Bahamas, The Monday evening
Hawkins Hill Crew, Jen continue to rest in peace and rise in Glory.


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information from the public'


SAYING that there were
no secret deals under the
Free National Movement,
Senator Tommy Turnquest
called the Progressive Liber-
al Party "arrogant" for its
continued practice of "hid-
ing" information from the
Bahamian public.
Making his contribution to
the 2006/2007 Budget debate
in the Upper Chamber last
week, Senator Turnquest said
that under the FNM,
policy was clear and trans-
parent, and the government
was accountable at all
times.
"Unlike what has been
happening on the watch of
the PLP government since
2002, there were no secret
deals on the watch of the
Free National Movement,"


Mr Turnquest told members
of the Senate.
Like Public Accounts
Committee Chairman Brent
Symonette, Mr Turnquest
turned his attention to mil-
lions of dollars allocated to
the Ministry of Education
which has yet to be account-
ed for.
"What I and the Bahami-
an public want to know," said
Mr Turnquest, "was how
much was spent on school
repairs and supplies for stu-
dents and teachers during the
2005/2006 fiscal year ending
April or May.
"Unfortunately, neither
the official opposition nor the
Bahamian people have access
to these figures," Senator
Turnquest said.
"They are hidden away in


secrecy, and unless we have a
change in government, they
might not emerge until we
are about to debate the
2007/2008 budget. Why can't
these figures be tabled in the
parliament the same time as
the budget?" he asked.

Figures
Mr Turnquest emphasised
that the figures should have
been seen and analysed in
order that parliament and the
people could make sense of
the 2006/2007 budget that the
government was proposing,,
and which was eventually
passed last week.
During his presentation,
Mr Turnquest also hit out on
the present administration's


investment policies, once
again saying: "there were no
secret deals under the FNM."
In 1994, the senator
reminded his colleagues, the
FNM government published
a National Investment Policy
which gave investors clear
guidelines on what type of
business they could invest in
and what was expected of
them.
Mr Turquest pointed out
that inder the previous
administration, each Heads
of 'Agreement that was
signed was made available
for public scrutiny.
"I ask the government
again," he pressed, "please
provide us with the informa-
tion on the secret deals made
with Baha Mar on the pro-
posed development for


Cable Beach.
"The public wants to see
the Agreement between the
prime minister, as minister
responsible for Crown Land,
and Baha Mar, concerning
the crown land being given
away.
He continued: "There is
truly no transparency and
accountability with this gov-
ernment. The PLP is not
practicing good governance,
and for all their talk about
consultative government they
are hiding information from
the Bahamian people, and
the Bahamian people have a
right to know what the gov-
ernment is doing on their
behalf and in their name.
They have a right to see how
taxpayers' money is being
spent."


Carmichael


Road Detention Centre


'is operating without leadership'


'TpI


MlM nao nno p resign, but he pointed oi


their own directors from whom they
take their orders.
'. "Before I would consider taking
responsibility for anything at the
*facility, they need to have rules in
Space which outlines my role as direc-
:tcr of the detention facility, along
with my officers and support team,"
continuedd Mr Culmer. "And all of
tles things need to go through par-
:litfient."
SMr Culmer said he heard a caller
Soh radio show saying that he should


ut that he is


being blamed for something that he
has no control over.
"I am not responsible for that,"
said the former Superintendent of
the prison. "When people came on
the radio and blamed me, saying that
I am corrupt and that I am letting
the Cubans go, or that I am getting
money from the Cubans, I am not
responsible for that. My office is at
the post office."
In February of 2005, in an act that
some considered a demotion, Mr
Culmer was moved from his post as
prison superintendent and trans-


ferred to head the Carmichael facil-
ity.
Mr Culmer publicly criticised secu-
rity problems at the prison, making
some astonishing disclosures
when Tribune reporters visited the
facility.

Prisoners
At the time Mr Culmer, revealing
that 700 prisoners were being guard-
ed by just 15 officers, said that he
was thankful that inmates have nev-
er attempted an organized uprising.


He blamed the staff shortage, among
other things, on a general lack of
funding for the prison.
He called for maximum security
to be demolished and be rebuilt,
while pointing out problems of over-
crowding in a newly built remand
centre. Several days after the revela-
tions, it was announced that Mr Cul-
mer was to be reassigned to head the
Detention Centre.
In January 2006, after a prison offi-
cer and a prison inmate died in a
breakout under new prison chief Dr
Ellison Rahming, a public row broke
out between the two when Dr Rah-


ming pointed out that there were
also numerous prison escapes under
Mr Culmer's watch.
"They said that I wasn't doing any-
thing up there," said Mr Culmer yes-
terday, "but you know to do some-
thing at the prison, you need funds
and staff, and I was asking for those
things, and I wasn't getting it.
"I thank God they moved me out
of there."
I don't want my name called in no
corruption cause I do not have any-
thing to do with that," Mr Culmer
said. "I am getting blamed for other
people's corrupt acts."


Man charged

with shooting

of police

inspector
FROM page one
charge stated that Rahming had
forcibly detained the girl intend-
ing to have intercourse with her.
Other charges included
possession of an unlicensed
shotgun. It is alleged that
on Sunday, June 25, while
at Andros, Rahming was
found in possession of an
unlicensed 12 gauge shot-
gun. Rahming was also
charged with possession of
a 12 gauge shotgun with
intent to endanger the lives
of three woman.
Rahming was also
Saraigned on two counts of
causing damage. Court
d6ckets stated that on Sun-
day, June 25, Rahming
caused $1,000 worth of
damage to a Chevy Silvera-
do truck belonging to
Anthony Rolle and $500
damage to a white Nissan
Areniz belonging to
Jacqueline Johnson. Rah-
rmng was not required to
plead to any of the charges.
Prosecutor Althea
Porter strongly objected to
granting bail to Rahming
due to the serious nature of
the charges against him and
Sthe fact that she had not
Shad a chance to check to
s"es if he had any
antecedents as she had
received Rahming's file
just a short time before his
arraignment yesterday. The
prosecutor said she also
needed to verify the condi-
, tio of the Inspector who
was shot.
SRahming's lawyer,
Roger Minnis, said his
client had been in custody
since last week and that
these days checking to see
'i Someone has a criminal
Shigtory does not take a long
Time.
Magistrate Gomez
denied Rahming bail. He
Svas remanded until Friday
when he will return to
SOqurt Five on Bank Lane
Before Magistrate Marilyn
1h'eers for a bail hearing.


facilities in Washington, DC,


put visitors to Great Exuma


on the 'no donation' list

FROM page one

al reports of a malaria "outbreak" in the Bahamas has done
little good for the touristic image of the country.
However, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said he
was thankful that the reports had made it clear that the infec-
tion was isolated to one specific island thus allowing
tourists to still visit one of the many other islands within the
archipelagic nation while health officials worked to put a
handle on the medical problem.
In spite of this, Mr Wilchcombe said that it is still unknown
.what kind of monetary effect the outbreak has caused the
country.


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Opening


of


second


Annual Berry

N BULLOCKS HAR-
BOUR, the Berry Islands,
the Bahamas: The local
Church of God of Prophecy
Dance Troupe performing at
the opening of the second
Annual Berry Fest, in Bul-
lock's Harbour, the Berry
Islands, on June 30, 2006.
(BIS photo: Eric Rose)





N BELOW:
Ms. Andrunique Sturrup
singing a solo at the opening -
of the 2nd Annual Berry
Fest, in Bullock's Harbour,
the Berry Islands, on June
30,2006.
(BIS photo: Eric Rose)


Fest


* RIGHT: Minister of Financial Services and Investments and
Member of Parliament for North Andros and the Berry Islands Vin-
cent Peet bringing the keynote address at the opening of the 2nd
Annual Berry Fest, in Bullock's Harbour, the Berry Islands, on June
30, 2006. Also traveling to the island to bring remarks at the open-
ing were Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources and Mem-
ber of Parliament for Blue Hills Leslie Miller, Ambassador for the
Environment and Member of Parliament for Mt. Moriah Keod
Smith and Member of Parliament for Holy Cross Mr. Sidney Stubbs.
(BIS photo: Eric Rose)


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Courtesy call on Governor-General
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S THE High Commissioner of Nigeria Habib Elabor, along with his wife Mariam Elabor, paid a cour-
tesy call on the Governor General Arthur D Hanna at Government House on Monday July 3,2006.
(BIS Photo: Patrick Hanna)





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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Government eyes Bimini





Bay resort land exchange


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter


Abaco


Markets


planning


to sell


Cost


Right


Retailer launches,
9'zero tolerance'

campaign

against theft


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
ABACO Markets is plan-
ning to sell its Cost Right
store in Turks & Caicos as
part of a strategy to focus on
its core Nassau and Freeport
markets and return to prof-
itability, having completed
the $3.75 million disposal of
its Abaco-based Solomon's
SuperCentre on June 30.
Writing in the company's
annual report, Craig Symon-
ette, the BISX-listed retail
group's chairman and chief
executive, said that while the
foundations had been laid for
its return to profitability, this
goal "will continue to be
thwarted by non-performing
locations in Abaco and
Turks".
Explaining the rationale for
Abaco Markets' focus on
Nassau and Freeport as its
core markets, Mr Symonette
wrote: "It is clear that we will
not reach the scale of growth
in Abaco nor Turks com-
pared to other areas in Nas-
sau and Freeport, where we
have the infrastructure in
place to more effectively
manage our operations."
The Solomon's Super-
Centre on Abaco has been
sold to Price Right's Chad
Sawyer and his business part-
ner, Super Value's Rupert

SEE page 4B


* VINCENT PEET


put in place by the previous administra-
tion, but added that the current govern-
ment was in negotiations with the devel-
opers to exchange some of the land to
make the development more eco-friend-
ly.
He said the Government was working to
exchange the more environmentally-rich
land with smaller parcels of land better
suited for development. .
Mr Peet added that the Prime Minister
was committed to working with the
Bahamas Ehvironment, Science and Tech-
nology Commission (BEST) to minimise
the environmental impact on Bimini.
He added that environmentally friendly
investments have been a hallmark of the
current administration.
"All the projects which we have
approved have had strict environmental
and BEST conditions. At every stage of
development there has to be BEST
approval. There are no blanket approvals
given," said Mr Peet.
Mr Peet was also responding to criti-


cisms by Jonathan Tourtellot, the director
of the Centre for Sustainable Destinations
for National Geographic, during the
Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference held
last week in Miami.
Mr Tourtellot had warned that inap-
propriate development, particularly on the
island of Bimini, would cause the
Bahamas's rating as an eco-friendly tourism
destination to decrease.
Mr Peet said the Government was
always aware that a fine balance had to
be drawn between development and
tourism sustainabilty.
"It is always difficult, and we understand
that... it is at the top of our list and our
agenda. That is why it sometimes takes a
long time for these projects to get off the
ground, but we must be environmentally
sensitive," Mr Peet said.
Bimini residents and environmentalists
have expressed serious concerns about the

SEE page 5B


$12m Bahamas transfer at 'centre of litigation'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A $12 million transfer from a
Bahamian investment manage-
ment. company is at the heart of a
dispute between a Canadian ani-
mation company and its two
founders, with both claiming the
other party owes them money.
The transfer from Comprehen-
sive Investment Services (CIS), a
Bahamian company alleged to be
an affiliate of controversial Cana-
dian asset manager, Norshield
International, to Cinar is
described as being "at the heart of
the litigation" between the com-
pany and its two founders, Ronald
Weinberg and his late wife,
Micheline Charest.
A forensic accounting report
filed with the Canadian courts on
behalf of'Weinberg and his wife
detailed how the $12 million pay-
ment from CIS was received by
Cinar on November 19, 1999. It
was originally credited by Cinar's
accounting staff to the Weinbergs'


investment companies, but this
was later reversed in October
2000.
Pierre St Laurent, who com-
piled the report, detailed how
Cinar believed that CIS was an
affiliate of Norshield and the lat-
ter's two investment funds, Globe-
X Canadian and Globc-X Man-
agement.
The lawsuits in the wider Cinar
affair are continuing to fly in
Canada, with the dispute sparked
by $122 million worth of invest-
ments that the animation firm
made in the two Bahamas-based
funds, Globe-X Management and
Globe-X Canadiana, which were
allegedly carried out without
board approval.
Mr St-Laurent found: "Cinar
has taken the position that this
amount of $12 million'was trans-
ferred to Cinar as a short-term
advance against Cinai's invest-
ment with Norshield and Globe-
X.
"The defendants, except Panju
[Cinar's former chief financial offi-


cer] claim that these funds were
advanced [to two US bank
accounts] by CIS and were cor-
rectly recorded upon their receipt
by Cinar."
Disputing the assertions of
Cinar's accountants, Mr St-Lau-
rent argued that the initial record-
ing of the $12 mill;,-r, in the
accounts '., corrc Iri
He added that Robert Daviault,
Norshield's chief financial officer,
and Thomas Muir, 'a senior rep-
resentative" of CIS and Globe-X,
"have confirmed that the $12 mil-
lion transfer was intended to be
loans for holding companies of
Weinberg and Charest, and that
the share certificates belonging to
the defendants were held by
Globe-X as collateral for these
loans."
Cinar, according to Canadian
press-reports, has filed an amend-
ed statement of claim in its legal
action against Norshield in the
Quebec Superior Court. Also
named :i Jc fLndanils are Nor-
shield cluc e ccti\iiC John Xan-


thoudakis, and the man who ran
the company's Bahamian opera-
tions, Mr Muir.
Cinar, which is still seeking to
recover $40 million of the sum it
allegedly invested in the Globe-X
funds, has relied upon reports
filed with the Bahamas Supreme
Court by their liquidators, Price-
waterhouseCoopers accountants
Wayne Aranha and Clifford John-
son.
The reports allege that the
funds engaged in "fictitious" and
"sham" transactions, citing a series
of agreements, including a July
1999 'total swap return' involving
Globe-X Canadiana and a com-
,pany called Norshield Compos-
ite. The liquidators, in their
reports to the court, allege that
the transactions were designed to
"artificially inflate" Globe-X
Canadiana's balance sheet and
conceal a. $15 million payment to
the Norshield affiliate from audi-
tors and creditors.
Cinar is also alleging that some
$28 million of its money was used


to make redemptions to Globe-
X clients and pay Norshield-relat-.
ed companies.
However, Norshield and Mr
Xanthoudakis have responded by
suing Mr Aranh'a and Mr John-'
son for $10 million, claiming their.
reputations have been damaged
by the allegations, which were
negligent ..nJ reckless".
They have filed similar actions
against Cinar, seeking damages
of $82 million.
The Norshield debacle has
embroiled a far larger Bahamas-
based investment fund, the Olym-
pus Univest Fund, which it pre-
viously managed. Some Cdn$440
million was invested in that fund,
but so far liquidators have only
been able to locate about $40 mil-
lion.
Olympus Univest had stopped
returning monies invested in its
funds to investors following a run
of redemption requests sparked
by bad publicity Norshield had
suffered in relation to the Cinar
situation. ,


Sure you'll be the chairman one day!


Now what's Plan B?


Bank unveils $15m private

preference share offering


BANK of the Bahamas Inter-
national yesterday unveiled a $15
million private preference share
offering, which aims to raise funds
to broaden its capital base and
take on future growth.
The issue is priced at a rate of
Bahamian prime plus 2 per cent
but is not a public offering. It will
only be open to select investors,
usually institutions, and the bank
said it could close as early as next
week. Preference shares, which
are a form of debt instrument, are
currently the most popular way


for Bahamian companies to raise
capital. They allow companies to
raise funds without any of the
existing equity owners allowing
in new shareholders.
In return, preference share-
holders usually rank ahead of
ordinary shareholders if a com-
pany is wound up.
Commonwealth Bank last week
announced that it was seeking to
raise $24.125 million through a
private preference share issue,
and was expecting this to be fully
subscribed.


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The Bahamian government is
looking to exchange land with
the developers of the Bimini
Bay project in an effort to
minimise the environmental
impact their project could have on that
island, the Minister of Financial Services
and Investments told The Tribune yester-
day.
This move comes following intense crit-
icism of the development by environmen-
talists and residents that the Bimini Bay
project's size is inappropriate for Bimini,
and is damaging the eco-system, including
mangroves and fish-breeding grounds.
In the interview with The Tribune yes-
terday, Vincent Peet said that in the initial
negotiations with Bimini Bay's developers,
RAV Bahamas and its principal, Gerardo
Capo, the previous FNM government may
have been overly generous.
Mr Peet said the initial agreement was


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AS we enter July, we are just
past the halfway mark for 2006.
Before we know it, we will be
talking about Junkanoo and the
year will be behind us. Parlia-
ment has just passed the 2006-
2007 Budget, which is project-
ing revenues of $1.6 billion and
recurrent expenditures of $1.4
billion, plus further capital
expenditures of $0.2 billion. On
the face of it, government is
projecting a balanced budget
for the current fiscal year. Dur-
ing the past several weeks, both
Houses of Parliament allowed
their respective members to
debate the Budget and offer
their respective spin on what it
means for the country.
As I was off the island for
most of the Budget Debate,
and I have not yet had the
opportunity to review the Bud-
get Communication myself, I
will refrain from making any
specific comments.
My understanding of nation-
al budgets suggests that
through their allocations, they
provide a clear indication of a
government's philosophies and
policy initiatives for the ensuing
period. The cost of running a
government increases on an
annual basis, and taxes have to
be raised from time to time.
Increased taxation is never
popular, and incumbent admin-
istrations have to constantly


grapple with ways to fund new
programmes while maintaining
popularity by not raising tax-
es.
Elements of a
Good Budget
1. Sufficient Funding
A good budget will be real-
istic, in that it provides suffi-
cient funding to carry out con-
templated expenditures, with
necessary contingencies built-in
for modest overruns. For the
past 15 years at least, succes-
sive governments have always
started with the premise of no
new taxes. If this is to be the
case for prolonged periods,
then the logical consequence
of this policy is that govern-
ment will have no or very little
flexibility, (in the best case sce-
nario) in introducing new social
programs. (Last week I wrote
about the narrowness of our
tax base and the need to
advance our pressing need for
tax reform.)
2. Debt and Fiscal
Management
Debt and fiscal management
is perhaps the most important
element of a good budget in
the context of an economy like
the Bahamas. I say this because
our economy is almost totally
dependent on foreign direct


invest-
me n t .
Simply
put, if
interna-
tional
investors
do not 1 = &
invest in
t h e
Bahamas, our economy stag-
nates.
One of the most positive
things that has happened to the
Bahamas is the fact that it
sought a 'sovereign credit rat-
ing' (SCR) from Standard &
Poor's and Moody's. An SCR
is the credit rating of a country,
and it indicates the risk level
of investing in that country.
Investors pay very close atten-
tion to these ratings, which are
assigned by respected rating
agencies. Standard & Poor's
and Moody's are two of the
oldest and most respected rat-
ing agencies in the world.
The Bahamas was able to get
world-class ratings from both
agencies, and these have been


Financial

Focus

^^^^^^^^^^


a n per cent) is set aside.


extremely
important
factor for
n e w
investors
consider-
ing invest-
ing in the
Bahamas.


The real long-term benefit
the Bahamas has from these
coveted ratings is that no
Finance Minister would wish
the Bahamas to be downgraded
by either agency under his/her
watch. In this new environment
in which we live, where the
electorate is not afraid to 'vote
out' a government, Finance
Ministers are forced to be fis-
cally responsible in order to
our financial ratings.
In good times, we should be
setting aside funds for bad
times. It is no secret that we
are situated in a 'hurricane
zone', and I would like to see a
National Catastrophe Fund
established where a stated per-
centage of total revenue (say 1


3. Economic Stability
Finally, a good budget must
embody policies that promote
sustainable economic growth
and investor confidence. This
clearly starts with: an economy
that is not overburdened with
debt; an economy with well-
maintained public infrastruc-
ture; and an economy possess-
ing easily understood, trans-
parent and fair policies gov-
erning all investors. These fac-
tors obviously influence coun-
try risk and, to a lesser extent,
the magnitude of incentives
that we must grant.
Conclusion
I feel that we if we can have
more independent analysis in
the context of the above frame-
work, rather than extensive dis-
cussion on the fact that 'Min-
istry A' is creating three new
posts at $20,000 per annum, the
more constructive the national
debate will become.


Until next week...

Post Script
Its summer once again and
hundreds of young Bahamian
students are looking for sum-
mer jobs. I would like to
encourage all companies with
the ability to take on students
to do so.

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 Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany 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-
liouse.com.bs


Top Caribbean hotelier honoured


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter

ST LUCIAN hotelier Anthony
Bowen, the general manager of the
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach
Resort and Spa in Gros Islet, joined a
prestigious group of Caribbean hote-
liers, including George Meyers of the
Bahamas, when he was awarded the
Golden Conch Award as Caribbean
Hotelier of the year last week.

Native

Mr Bowen, a native of Barbados. has
worked in the hotel industry for more
than 20 years, moving through the ranks
of the profession, first as a food and
beverage manager and then eventually
to his current post at Windjammer
During his time there, he has changed


the sales and marketing strategy of the
238-room villa.hotel resort. which has
resulted in increased revenue over the
last three years
Award

The award recognizes superior hotel
management, as well as the ability to
nurture the intricate elements that lay
the foundation of success, not only for a
specific property, but the Caribbean
hospitality industry at large.
The annual tribute is sponsored by
Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Rus-
sell and American Express.
Mr Bowen was %oted by his peers as
'St. Lucian Hotelier of the Year' in 1995.
and rewarded for his outstanding con-
tribution to the industry in general and
the Association in particular.
Beyond his successful career as a


hotelier. Mr Bowen has just completed
two-and-a-half years as president of the
St Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association.
He was also president of the associa-
tion during 1996-1997. He has also
found time to represent the association
on The St. Lucia Tourist Board, The
Government appointed Tourist Advi-
sory Council. The Cricket World Cup
Accommodation Committee, and the
Caribbean Hotel Association.

Chairman

At one time, he was chairman of
CHA's Small Hotels Committee and is
a long-standing member of CHA's
Board of Directors. He is currently trea-
surer of the Caribbean Hotel Founda-
tion. and has raised funds for the Foun-
dation with a golf tournament at Cap
Estate in St. Lucia.


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Bahamian attorneys in derivatives study


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-'. ATTORNEYS from three large
Bahamian law firms attended a two-day
seminar on derivatives and other complex
financial instruments last weekend, a move
designed to give them and this nation's
financial servicesindustry a better under-
.. standing of such products.
Joined
Attorneys from Graham, Thompson &
Co and McKinney Bancroft & Hughes
joined partners and associates of Higgs &
Johnson at the latter's offices at Ocean
Centre, Montagu Bay, for the seminar.
"A seminar on derivatives is very time-
ly," says Higgs & Johnson partner,
Heather Thompson. "Derivatives are here
to stay, and as a serious international finan-
cial centre, we must grapple with and
understand the often complicated concepts
involved."
Schuyler K Henderson, a consultant on
derivatives law affiliated with the global
legal and financial industry training com-
pany, Euromoney Training, held the sem-
inar.


His book, Henderson on Derivatives,
provided much of the instructional mater-
ial for the course.
Mr Henderson said a derivative was a
contract for the exchange of cash or deliv-
ery flows between two parties, each of
which is, in the eyes of the respective par-
ties, equal to the other at the start of the
agreement.
Derivatives were a financial arrange-
ment involving mutuality, and valued by
reference to current market rates, prices or
levels. The derivative structure has been
applied gradually across all lending mar-
kets, commodities, equities and other areas
such as insurance risk and credit.
They are used to reduce risk, manage
treasury exposure, reduce borrowing costs,
achieve accounting, tax and regulatory
results, and as a dealing instrument for
financial institutions.
Market
"The OTC derivatives dealing market
is global, everywhere and nowhere, with no
fixed location," said Mr Henderson.


"It is principally a wholesale market,
consisting of thousands upon thousands
of individually negotiated contracts, each
between two parties...at the end of 2005
the market was valued at $285 trillion."
The main advantage of over-the-counter
derivatives was flexibility, added Mr Hen-
derson:
Element
He said: "They are an ubiquitous and
significant element of global financing.
Since they are contracts between two par-
ties, there is great flexibility; two parties
can agree to anything they want. This flex-
ibility allows for the quick and easy taking
of positions, and allows the parties to have
each of their respective needs met.
"Lawyers will be called upon to advise
their clients who enter into derivatives.
The challenge is in lack of understanding
of the basic risks and the issues involved. In
addition, the complexities of some deriva-
tives and the way they are valued raises
some serious questions as to valuation and
transparency of pricing."


SOUTHWEST PORT JOINT TASK FORCE

Expressions of Interest for Consulting Services for a New Container and Freight Port

The Government of the Bahamas has approved the formation of a joint Public and Private Sector Task Force -
The Southwest Port Joint Task Force (SPJTF) to relocate container and freight activities on New Providence
to an inland site on the southwest part of the island. The port relocation project is a consequence of an
initiative of the Government of the Bahamas to redevelop the downtown waterfront area of Nassau. The
Bahamas wishes to develop an efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly marine container port.

The purpose of the SPJTF is to oversee the development of a marine container port to accommodate the
anticipated container cargo, break bulk, aggregate and fuel volumes in the region. This includes the
preparation of feasible designs for the new port; consideration of the location of break-bulk facilities and the
development of the associated infrastructure.
The SPJTF is requesting Expressions of Interest from consultants with extensive international experience and
qualifications in the design, cost estimation, management, and operation including preparation of financial
analyses, feasibility studies and business plans of ports. The immediate requirement is for the preparation of a


comprehensive business plan addressing:
1. the design of the port,
2. estimated capital costs,
3. estimated cargo volumes,
4. operating expenses forecasts,


5. revenue forecasts,
6. a phased port development program,
7. port ownership options, and
8. port management options


Following the completion and acceptance of the business plan, the selected consultant may be asked to
proceed with a design suitable for tender calls. Further involvement of the Consultants is neither promised
nor prohibited at this stage.
Interested parties capable of commencing work by August 14, 2006 should forward a statement of their
experience in comprehensive port development consulting, including similar work performed within the
Bahamas and the Caribbean along with their company profiles and the profiles of individuals who would be
assigned to the project. Firms should clarify whether they are affiliated or part of a construction/development
company. The Expression of Interest should not exceed 10 single spaced letter size pages and should be e-
mailed to arrive not later than 12:00, p.m., noon, EDT, Tuesday, July 11, 2006 to:
Southwest Port Joint Task Force
Ms. Camille Johnson, Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Energy and the Environment
Email: Camille Johnson" camilleiohnson()bahamas.qov.bs
Copies should also go to the task force co-chairs:
Mr. Paul Major (public sector co-chair) at paulmaiorabahamas.gov.bs and
Mr. Michael Maura (private sector co-chair) at mmaura@tropical.com.

The SPJTF will review the Expressions of Interest and will send out a more detailed terms of reference
(TOR) by e-mail to short listed firms by noon July 13, 2006. A response to this TOR will be due July
28, 2006. Firms submitting proposals will be interviewed on August 8 and 9, 2006. The successful
consultant will be notified at the end of that week.
Questions on this request should be addressed to either to Mr. Paul Major at 242-322-6005 or Mr.
Michael Maura at 242-322-1012.


1 .The Water & Sewerage Corporation invites firms interested in a Build,
Own and Operate (BOO) arrangement for small reverse osmosis facilities
in the Family Islands to complete a Pre-Qualification Form.
2. These small plants include but are not limited to the following
locations and capacities: -
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco 20,000 imperial gallons per day
Salina Point, Acklins 6,000 imperial gallons per day
Snug Corner, Acklins 8,000 imperial gallons per day
Albert's Town, Long Cay- 1,500 imperial gallons per day

3. Pre-Qualification Forms are available upon request beginning
Thursday, June 29, 2006 at a cost of $20.00
from the Engineering & Planning Division,
Water & Sewerage Corporation, No. 87 Thompson Boulevard.
Completed Pre-Qualification Forms must be returned to the
address noted, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 12, 2006.
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Henderson, lecturer, Euromoney, and author of Hen(lerson Ott Derivatives,
and Michael F Allen, partner, McKinney Bancroft & Hughes.
(Photo courlesY of Higgs 4 Johnson)


The Kidney Foundation of the
Bahamas cordially invites the
general public to
attend a lecture
On THURSDAY July 6th 2006 at
7:30 p.m. at The College of the
Bahamas, U.W.I Restaurant

Topic: -ADVANCES IN KIDNEY
TR4 PLANTATION and the
PROSPECTS FOR KIDNEY
TRANSPLANTATION IN THE BAH.AMAS"

Lecture: Dr. Phillip BELITSKY
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Medicine
Dalhousie University,
Nova Scotia, Canada.

EVERY dialysis patient, their families and
friends, as well as doctors, nurses, social
workers, counselors, health care providers,
MOH officials and the general public should
make a special effort to attend this important
event.

This is a groundbreaking milestone in
Medicine for the Bahamas, SO PLAN NOT
TO MISS THIS ONE!!!

Introductory remarks by Dr. Ada Thompson,
president of the KFB and Dr. Robin Roberts,
Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon
in the MOH.








THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2006


Bank of the Bahamas International to



launch contest for headquarters design


BANK of the Bahamas Inter-
national will tomorrow launch a
competition seeking ideas for the
design of its new multi-million
dollar headquarters and commer-
cial project on West Bay Street.

Project

"This project that will rise on a
very unique site almost six acres
with hills to the south and
panoramic views of Nassau har-
bour to the north has the poten-
tial to be a national landmark,"
explained Paul McWeeney, the
bank's managing director.
"Because of the site, the scope
of the work, the exciting possibil-


ities and because the bank truly is
a public entity, we wanted to open
up the design element to all
Bahamian architects and archi-
tecture students to cull, from a
wide range of talent, the best of
the best..........
He added: "This is a rare
opportunity to make a lasting dif-
ference in the skyline of Nassau,
to create an office complex that
takes advantage of the views, the
elevation and that takes into con-
sideration the vegetation, land-
scaping and lighting potential for
a dramatic gateway to the heart of
historic Nassau."
Project managers, DHP Asso-
ciates of Nassau, will oversee the


CUSTOMER SERVICES OFFICER



Duties: Candidate must be able to provide exceptional
customer services including but not limited to:
meeting and communicating with customers;
accurate and timely processing of customer
transactions; monitoring of transactions for
potential money laundering and deputizing for
Department Head whilst the latter is absent on
leave.


Requirements:


BA degree in Business or Finance
A minimum of five years Customers Services
experience within the Financial Services industry
Commercial Orientation
Excellent Communication Skills (Written and verbal)
Excellent Organizational Skills
Excellent Interpersonal Skills
Computer Literate (MS Office) .
Working knowledge of Money Laundering and
Financial Transaction laws and regulations
A Team Player


Fringe Benefits include:


Life and Health coverage
Pension


Interested persons should submit their Resume along with a,
police Certificate and two (2) Character References to:


Manager Human Resources
HSBC
P.O.Box N-4917
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 502-2566/2577


Application Deadline:


Friday, 07 July 2006


eight-week competition. All
entries will be considered anony-
mously by a panel of judges made
up of four architects from the
Caribbean and one Bahamian
architect.
The site of the new complex is
just west of Nassau Street. It is
bordered on the east by the Nas-
sau Palm Resort and on the west
by Dockendale House.
Plot

The plot, which rises to a high
elevation at its south end, faces
the harbour and will be within
clear view of the more than two
million cruise passengers whose
ships dock at Prince George
Wharf each year.
Information packages, includ-
ing entry forms, are available at
the Village Road and Harrold
Road (Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway) branches of Bank of
the Bahamas International.
First prize is the Bank of the
Bahamas International Gold Cer-
tificate of Excellence, and the con-
tract for the design of the head-
quarters complex. Second prize is
the bank's Silver Certificate and
$7,500. Third prize is the Bronze
certificate and $5,000.


FIRSTCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) will not
be impacted by the recent
announcement that its parent's
two controlling shareholders,
CIBC and UK-based Barclays,
had reached a definitive agree-
ment for the Canadian bank to
acquire the latter's 43.7 per cent
stake.
Sandra Brown, FirstCar-
ribean International Bank
(Bahamas) managing director,
told The Tribune that the
Bahamian operation will not be
affected because the acquisition
is at the holding company level.
"There will be no impact on
the Bahamas," she said.
According to the release
CIBC will pay $1.62 for each
FirstCaribbean share for a total
price of about US$1.08 billion.
This will thus enable Barclays
to achieve what it always want-
ed a complete exit from the
Caribbean.
Once the deal is completed,
expected to be by year-end,
CIBC will have to make a


mandatory offer to buy out
minority investors in First-
Caribbean's Barbados parent,
who will be left holding a com-
bined 12.6 per cent stake, at the
same price of $1.62 per share.
Meanwhile, under the defini-
tive agreement, CIBC has the
option of paying Barclays for
the transaction in cash, CIBC
common shares, or a combina-
tion of cash and shares, the rel-
ative proportions of which
CIBC will determine before
completion.
The parties have agreed to
structure the transaction in two
stages, with Barclays selling 90
per cent of its holding initially
and CIBC potentially acquiring,
at Barclays option, the balance
in its subsequent mandatory ten-
der offer.
CIBC will also pay an addi-
tional sum to Barclays, as well as
the other shareholders who ten-
der their shares to this offer, to
reflect dividends in respect of
their period of ownership prior
to closing.


Abaco Markets planning


to sell Cost Right


FROM page 1B


Roberts, for $3.75 million plus
the value of inventory on the date
the sale was completed.
Family Island businesses,
sources have told The Tribune,
function best when managed and
operated by a hands-on owner
who is actually based in that loca-
tion, rather than being run from
Nassau as Abaco Markets was
attempting to do.
Mr Symonette said the dispos-
als of the Abaco and Turks &
Caicos businesses, might have a
negative impact on the compa-
ny's results for the first half in
2006, but they represented the
"final phase" of Abaco Markets'
turnaround strategy.
Going forward, the Abaco
Markets chairman said the strat-
egy was to grow the company
organically through its existing
operations in Nassau and
Freeport, and address loss, dam-
age and shrinkage issues.










INSGH


B/51 Colina
31 SN Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
Monday. 3 July 200 6
--r2W ...S. .S 'XBAHAMAS.COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
fiH',,. .. ... .". | '1,1519.11 / CHG 00.00 / %CHG 00.00 / YTD 168.40 / YTD % 12.47
52ak-l-i 52ek-Lovw Symbol Preious Close Today's Close Change Dal cl. EPS i '. i P E
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.85 1.85 0.00 -0.019 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.00 8.70 Bahamas Property Fund 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.4 3.17%
7.49 6.35 Bank of Bahamas 7.49 7.49 0.00 0.738 0.330 10.1 4.41%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.45 1.45 0.00 0.143 0.060 10.0 4.20%
1.49 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.49 1.49 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.19 9.19 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.9 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.96 1.96 0.00 0.009 0.000 217.8 0.00%
10.80 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.80 10.80 0.00 0.931 0.600 11.6 5.56%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.91 4.85 -0.06 0.115 0.045 40.7 0.96%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.50 10.49 Finco 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
12.43 8.75 FirstCaribbean 12.43 12.43 0.00 0.885 0.550 14.0 4.42%
11.15 8.46 Focol 11.15 11.15 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.6 4.48%
1.27 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.532 0.405 17.9 4.26%
9.10 8.27 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.565 0.560 16.1 6.15%
7.98 5.30 Kerzner Intenational BDRs 7.92 7.91 -0.01 107 0.160 0.000 49.6 0.00%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 2036 0 55 d 9 585%
F dIfy Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ -S_ $. Lalt Pr.,:e '.,*vw, ..,i EPS i). f_ 'i.,IdE
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.0.0000 1 1 .:'0 1 -20J 7 0,
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0 54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
till, O -Tle-CouL er Securtlies
43 00 28.00 ABDAB 41 00j 43 00 41 00 i 4 ,","-,' I
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00' 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings .29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
Us Led Mutual Funds
1,~ k -l Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTDc La:l 12 .l,3nlh Di. i ';,,.,
1 95 12378 Colina Money Market Fund 1 294496q
2.8564 2.3657 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.78564 ***
2.3915 2.2487 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480"
1 1744 1 1246 Collna Bond Fund 1.174411.""
-. -6 'ro 4.1YTD I 1 oo2% 26.0o%
6 C -LL ..ARE INDEX 19 Dec 02- 1.00000 MARKET TERM;i ELC I. r 1 .-.:.1'.r. ,..' -.. 5 i .'13* :.. : ': .-.' r cE
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 23 June 2006
Previous Close Previous days weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 May 2006
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 April 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 31 May 2006
,., -7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 394-2503


Mr Symonette described the
company's level of shrinkage, loss
and damage as "unacceptable",
adding that it had eroded mar-
gins. Much of the loss was in the
company's perishable goods sec-
tions, and resulted from theft.
The company's overall net
margins fell 1.9 per cent to 27.8
per cent in 2005,
To combat this, Abaco Mar-
kets had reduced the size of indi-
vidual produce orders and
increased their frequency, work-
ing with a new supplier.
Mr S\ monette said "We are
aggres~iiel\ implementing
imprcbed s-curir) rechnoloi\ in
our locations, have launched a
'zero tolerance' campaign against
theft, and have activated an
anonymous hotline for customers
and employees to report suspi-
cious behaviour."
And he added: "Clearly, we are
faced with areas that continue to
hamper real growth for our
group. In particular, an unac-
ceptable level of write-offs and
sales that are below targets are


challenges that most impacted out
2005 results."
Looking back to fiscal 2005,
which ended on January 31, 2006,
Mr Symonette said the first three
quarters of that year saw same-
store sales decline, along with net
margins, as a result of shrinkage
and loss, plus other operational
challenges.,
Yet this situation turned
around in the fourth quarter, with
all stores bar Abaco enjoying like-
for-like sales growth, and this
trend has continued into the first
quarter of the current year. Ulti-
mately, Abaco NMarkets ge-nerat-
cd a $300,i01I0 loss compared to
the previous year's $3.3 million.
Abaco Markets has now intro-
duced a store incentive pro-
gramme, an initiative that links
staff bonuses to sales targets and
net margins.
Mr Symonette said the compa-
ny had recruited a clothing cate-
gory manager, and developed a
clothing distribution centre to
maximise buying power for all its
retail formats.


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
NEW PROVIDENCE
SUPREME COURT


2005
CLE/Qui/00475


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
KINGSLEY EDGECOMBE

AND

IN THE MATTER of ALL THOSE Two (2) tracts of
land totalling 83.219 Acres being portions of Crown
Grants D-44, D-87, D-90 and D-137 situate on the
Northeastern Foreshore in the vicinity of Black Point
and approximately 0.5 Miles Northeast of McKann's
Settlement, Long Island, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that Kingsley Edgecombe is applying
to the Supreme Court to have his Title to the following
investigated under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, and
the nature and extend thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the said Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

"ALL THOSE TRACTS OF LAND comprising
portions of Crown Grants D-44, D-87. D-90 and D-
137, comprising 83.219 Acres situate on the
Northeastern foreshore in the vicinity of Black Point
and approximately 0.5 Miles Northeast of McKanns
Settlement, Long Island, Bahamas."

Copies of the Plans may be inspected during normal office
hours at the following places:-

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in
the City of Nassau, N.P., Bahamas; or,

2. The Chambers of James M. Thompson, Terrace House, First
Terrace, Collins Avenue, Centreville in the City of Nassau,
aforesaid.

3. The Local Administrator's Office at Simms, Long Island.

Any person who objects to the granting of the said Certificate
of Title is required to file in the Supreme Court and serve on
the Petitioner or its Attorney a Statement of his, her or its
Claim in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit and
other related requirements to be filed and served therewith by
the 18th day of August, 2006. Failure of any such person to
file and serve a Statement of his, her or its Claim by the 18th
day of August, 2006 will operate as a bar to such Claim.

ANDREW J. THOMPSON
ATTORNEY FOR THE PETITIONER


* PAUL McWEENEY


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McVean elected to serve Caribbean Hotel Association


* By CARA BRENNEN Caribbean tourism partners.
Tribune Business Reporter "Of equal importance, we must also
become more responsive to the needs of
BAHAMIAN hotelier Jeremy our own members."
McVean has been elected to serve as a Mr Odle said communication and con-
second vice-president of the Caribbean sultation are the only ways the associa-
Hotel Association (CHA) for the 2006- tion can be a stronger voice in Caribbean
2008 term, as that organisation seeks to tourism. In addition, he vowed that CHA
increase inter-Caribbean tourism. will revisit the concept of the small hotel
Mr McVean will work closely with the retreats.
newly-named president of the Caribbean "One decision we must have when we
Hotel Association, Peter Odle, who took do meet will be how to remain viable in
over the helm during the closing award the midst of such fierce competition, not
banquet of the Caribbean Hotel Industry only within the region but extra- region-
Conference in Miami, Florida, ally as well, Mr Odle said. He added that
During his acceptance speech, Mr Odle the big challenge in the coming years will
said one of the first steps the organisation be the issue of tourism sustanibilty.
needs to do is to become a more effective "One answer is training at all levels,
leader in regional tourism, while strength- and covering all aspects of how to operate
ening its relationship with other, a successful property without spoiling the


informality that we are know for."
The new president said the CHA will
be launching an intensive membership
drive to properties all over the region.
He said: "It is fair to say that the
Caribbean is not generally seen as a
region of separate resorts by travellers,
nor by industry buyers. It is seen as a
holistic destination. Therefore, we too
must stop seeing ourselves as a frag-
mented group of individual islands and
begin to be more integrated."
Mr Odle suggested the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market & Economy (CSME) could be
a framework for accomplishing this.
He added that given the escalating
price of oil and the subsequent scaling
back in the region by some cruise lines, it
will be important to open up meaningful
dialogue with cruise lines so that "we cre-


ate a win-win situation for all stakehold-
ers."
"Both sides need to understand and
respect each other, and to value their
inter-connected roles" he said.
"As far as air travel is concerned; while
we remain largely dependent on interna-
tional visitor arrivals to fill our beds and
dine in our restaurants, the time has come
for us to vigorously promote inter-region-
al travel... by marketing ourselves to our-
selves."
Mr Odle noted that key to this will be
finding a solution to the age-old prob-
lem of how the industry assists in either
having a single regional carrier or
attempting to make the existing carriers
profitable. "The bottom line is moving
people within the region in the best way
to facilitate business trade and leisure," he


said.
Mr Odle said that the CHA will be
working to resolve the complex chal-
lenges posed by international trade nego-
tiations, including the current negotia-
tions to achieve an economic partnership
agreement with Europe and the World
Trade Organisation.
Mr Odle succeeds outgoing president,
St Lucian Berthia Parle.
In addition to Mr MacVean, the elect-
ed officers include: Allen Chastanent, St
Lucia, first vice- president; Richard
Doumeng, the US Virgin Islands, third
vice-president; John Lynch of Jamaica,
fourth vice-president; Enrique de
Marchena, Dominican Republic's fifth
vice-president; Jag Mehta of Jamaica as
treasurer. Mrs Parle will take the post of
chairwoman.


Government eyes Bimini Bay resort land exchange


the construction of a wall at the
entrance of the 700-acre resort,
which they claimed initially left
them confined to just over two'
miles of the 17-mile long island
Environmental groups have
claimed that the destruction of


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that VIOLA CHARLES, OF
PINDER'S POINT, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
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 27TH day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISE EMILE CHERISME
BEAUBRUM, 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 JULY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that WEINCE JOSEPH ERME OF
BAHAMA AVENUE, 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 28TH day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ANDRE MENES CHERISME,
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 JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


mangroves and reefs will have a
serious negative impact on marine
habitats in waters off Bimini.
However, Mr Capo, a Cuban-
American property developer,
who built the Treasure Cove
community in Nassau, has been
very critical of the environmental
groups, claiming that none of the
"so-called critics of the environ-
ment" had called his company to
investigate the environmental
reports.'
Mr Capo has consistently refut-
ed criticism of his project, saying
environmental reports and assess-
ments have been submitted to the
Government, and that none of
the critics has ever visited the
development to see what is going
on first hand.


He said in October 2005 that
Bimini Bay would make the
island "a real jewel".
Mr Tourtellot had warned
about the sustainability of cur-
rent Family Island developments.
"New Providence and Grand
Bahama have already cast their
lots," Mr Tourtellot said, "but my
concern is that that kind of devel-
opment be contained so it stays
on Paradise Island and it stays on
Cable Beach, but does not start
popping up in places like Bimini
and Cat Island."
Mr Tourtellot said he also had
some reservations about the Fam-
ily Island 'anchor property' mod-
el, which has been highly touted
by the Government as a means
of economic development.


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registered by the Registrar General.
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"I question that approach," he
said. "It is based on an assump-
tion that you have to have an
anchor in order to improve infra-
structure, and that is not neces-
sarily true. You can look at other
places.
"It is kind of like treating an
island like a shopping mall, where
you've got to have a big depart-
ment store to anchor the shop-
ping mall. But an island is not a
shopping mall; it is a place, and I
think rather than a big develop-


ment, a series of smaller bou-
tique-style hotels with the maxi-
mum amount of involvement
from local people, which may
mean training, is quite possibly a
safer way to go because once you
have an anchor, how do you com-
plain?"
Mr Tourtellot said he was con-
cerned that once a property had
such a large interest on a Family
Island, there may not be enough
stewardship on that island by the
residents and government.


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Last year, residents staged a
massive demonstration to protest


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 1999
IN THE SUPREME COURT NO. 31
EQUITY SIDE

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel
or lot of land containing 2,609 sq. ft. situated
at the Northwestern junction of White and
Oasis Roads approximately 885 Feet Westerly
from Kemp Road on the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE Quieting Titles Act, 1959.

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of WENDY HAYNES.


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that Wendy Haynes is applying to'
the Supreme Court td have her title to the following investigated
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, and the nature and
extend thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of
Title, to be granted by the said Court in accordance with the
provisions of the said Act.

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land containing
2,609 sq. ft. situated at'the Northwestern junction of
White and Oasis Roads approximately 885 Feet
Westerly from Kemp Road on the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas."

Copies of the Plans may be inspected during normal office
hours at the following places:-

1. The Registry of the Supreme court, East Street
North in the City of Nassau, N.P, Bahamas; or,

2. The Chambers of James M. Thompson, Terrace
House, first Terrace, Collins Avenue, Centreville
in the city of Nassau aforesaid.

Any person who objects to the granting of the said Certificate
of Title is required to file in the Supreme Court and Serve on
the Petitioner or its Attorney a Statement of his, her or its
Claim in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit and
other related requirements to be filed and served therewith by
the 18th day of August, 2006. Failure of any such person to
file and serve a Statement of his, her or its Claim by the 18th
day of August, 2006 will operate as a bar to such Claim.

ANDREW J. THOMPSON
ATTORNEY FOR THE PETITIONER






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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Housing
Neville Wisdom said plans for the destruction
of the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium and
the Churchill Tener Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium are right on target. '
The two venues, along with the Tony Curry
and Anthony McKenzie Little Leagues, will
all be demolished after the ground breaking of
the new stadium is held on Monday, July 10 at
6pm.
Wisdom said Tommy Robinson, the chair-
man of the new stadium committee, informed
him over the weekend that the Chinese Gov-
ernment will have its technical personnel in
town between July 6-8.
"The idea is that we want to sensitise the
people about the gradual process that will
include some demolishing and excavation of the
site," Wisdom stated.
Before the construction of the new stadium
that will be built by the Chinese Government,
Wisdom said they hope to create access to the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium,
one of the two facilities that will remain in its
present location.
The new stadium, when completed in 2007, is


expected to sit in between the TAR Stadium
and the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic
Center.
"We are right on target. But when the chair-'
man speaks on July 10, he will give the details,
as to how the construction of the new stadium'
will take place," Wisdom pointed out.
As a result of the demolition of the facilities
at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Deputy'
Permanent Secretary, Bruce Walker, said they
have identified the sites for the relocation of the
sports affected.
For instance, all baseball games will be
played at the Freedom Farm Baseball League,,'
in Yamacraw and the newly constructed base-'. -
ball field in Pinewood.
Walker also disclosed that softball is expect- 7
ed to be relocated to the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex. However, he noted that they are
also looking at the possibility of returning the
sport to JFK Drive where there are already
lighting fixtures available.
Even the Bahamas Hot Rod Association will-',
Shave to be relocated from its present site to the"
Strip of road that is south of the Police College
on the old airport road.
Walker said the changes will take place
immediately following the groundbreaking of -
the new stadium on July 10.


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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MARK Knowles and
Daniel Nestor are just three
matches away from winning
their first Wimbledon Grand
Slam doubles title.
On Monday, the duo
marched into the quarter-
finals with a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5
victory over the team of
James Ackland and Jamie
Delgado from Great Britain.
The number three seeded
team will now go on to play
the No.8 team of Simon
Aspelin of Sweden and Todd
Perry of Australia in the
quarters today.
But Knowles said it won't
get any easier.
"It was tough," said
Knowles, referring to their
third round match. "We had
to go three sets, but every
match on grass is extremely
tough, especially in the late
rounds because every one is
confident."
Knowles and Nestor gained
their confidence after they
pulled off the first set. Riding
the momentum, they came
back in the second set and
broke at 2-1 and managed to
hold serve the rest of the
way.
Having gained control of
the best-of-five set match,
Knowles and Nestor broke a
5-5 and were able to secure
the set to pull off the match.
"After winning that first
set, we kind of broke their
backs in the second set and
we went on to take the third
set," Knowles stressed. "We
had a few chances early, but
just didn't capitalise."
All in all, Knowles said he
and Nestor were able to play
the big points much better
than their opponents and that
resulted in them being suc-
cessful.
As they look ahead to the


quarters, Knowles said
they're feeling quite well
about their performance so
far in the tournament.
"We haven't played our
best tennis yet," he admitted.
"But we have put ourselves


in a position where we will
be ready to play the rest of
the way."
Knowles said he and
Nestor are looking forward
tb playing in the quarters
today. He's even more pre-


pared if himself and veteran
American Martina Navratilo-
va have to play their mixed
doubles third round as well.
"We're getting deep into
the tournament, so we have
to be prepared to play,"


Knowles pointed out. "We
have put ourselves in this
position and at this point,
everybody is playing well to
win."
While their men's doubles
opponents are set, Knowles


and Navratilova are still wait-
ing to see who they get next.
They will play the winner
between thd team of Andy
Ram/Vera; Zvonareva and
Chris Haggard/Claire Cur-
ran.


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By BRENT STUBBS \ho has ran a season's best of 11.14. Sunday. September ajt the ISTAr-


STILL in line for her share of the
$1 million jackpot in the IAAF
Golden League, sprinter Debbie
Ferguson-McKenzie returned to
Europe where she suffered a loss
over the weekend.
S Competing in the Athens Super
Grand Prix in Athens, Greece
on Sunday, Ferguson-McKen-
zie clocked 11.17 seconds for
second place.
The race was won by
American Torri Edwards
in a time of 11.14. Geor-
gia Kokloni of Greece
was third in a season's
best of 11.33. Ferguson-
McKenzie's American
training partner Lauryn
Williams had to settle for fifth in
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uoes not attect ner attempt at the
$1 million jackpot.
Sunday's race %,as not a part 'of
the IAAF Golden League.
Ferguson-McKenzie, the only
Bahamian to compete in the.meet
since the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations hosted its
BEC National Open Track and
Field Championships last month, set
herself up for the remaining five
races with her victory in the opening
meet at the Bislett Games in Oslo on
Friday, June 2.
She will compete in the second
race of the series on Saturday at the
Meeting Gaz de Francis in Paris St.
Denis.
The remaining four races are Fri-
day, July 14 at the Golden Gala in
Roma; Friday, August 18 at the
Wetklasse in Zurich; Friday, August
25 at the Ivo Van Damme Memori-


in Bcrlin.
\While the inner of all -six races
w\ll earn a share of the heft\y $1 mil-
lion jackpot, the IAAF Golden.
League has modified the prize moi- .
ey this year to make the run through
the series a little more exciting..-
Athletes who win at any five bf"
the six meetings will share a purse of
$500,000, thus allowing more ath-
letes to retain an interest in the jack- -
pot for longeriduring in the Goldeii,'
League season.
An additional $500,000 will then
be shared by athletes'who succeed in:
winning a sixth time.
Two years ago, quarter-miler
Tonique Williams-Darling split the-
$1 million jackpot with. Sweden2s
triple jumper Christian Olsson. At
the time, the athletes were only
allowed to compete for the $1 mil-
lion jackpot.


* DEBBIE FERGUSON finished second in the Athens Super Grand Prix at the weekend (FILE Photo)


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* DYNAMIC DUO: Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor (AP FILE Photo)


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