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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 12, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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By MARK HUMES
DELIVERING a speech
barred by contradictions and
inaccuracies, Bain and Grants
Town MP Bradley Roberts
travelled to North Abaco and
took a swipe at the area's rep-
resentative and opposition
leader, Mr Hubert Ingraham,
calling him a "manipulator" and
"master distorter."
The controversial MP, in the
North Abaco district for con-
tract signing, used his govern-
ment-sponsored trip to rally
Progressive Liberal Party sup-
porters in the area by lambast-
ing Mr Ingraham and his return
as leader of the Free National
Movement.
1. "I call on all PLP's to set
aside any and all differences and
to lend your full support so that
the Constituency can have a
fresh start by soundly rejecting
Hubert Ingraham, who has
' become arrogant, dictatorial,"
S' aid Mr Roberts.
Taking aim at Mr Ingraham's
2002 "two term" comments, the
Minister sought to discredit the
former prime minister by telling
the listening audience:
-"Remember Hubert said that
he only wanted two terms. He
said no one should be Prime
Minister for more than two
terms ... here is Hubert again,
in 2006, seeking to become
Prime Minister another time.
"How can you trust a man if
his word is not his bond?" asked
Mr Roberts..


However, Mr Robert's recent
attacks ofMr Ingraham's trust-
worthiness seem ironic, as he
too, in 2002, pledged to spend
only a half of his term in office if
re-elected.
Meeting with members of the
press in August of 2002, Mr
Roberts said that his then
announcement was nothing
new, as, during the election
campaign, he had indicated his
intention to stay in office for a
half term and then "move off
the political scene."
At a Thanksgiving service fpr
Senator Reverend C B Moss,
Mr Roberts recommended the
Senate vice-president to his con-
stituents as his replacement say-
ing: "As my days wind down as
representative for the Bain and
Grants Town constituencies, it
is my hope that the people will
welcome Rev C B Moss as my
recommendation to replace
me."
However, midway through
his term, Mr Roberts
announced that he would not
step down as he had promised,
citing a request by the Prime
Minister to stay on as his justi-
fication.
Now, of Mr Ingraham's deci-
sion to assume the FNM par-
ty's leadership position after a
majority call for his return, the
MP said in his speech to North
Abaconians: "A lying repre-
sentative, who is double-mind-
ed, is as dangerous to your
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of BEWUO disobey
media 'gag order'
to criticise BEC.
management
SOME members of the
Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union yesterday chose to dis-
obey the media'"gag order" in
order to hit back at BEC's man-
agement.
In a press release yesterday, a
group, identifying itself as "con-
cerned members of the
BEWU"; said it finds it inter-
esting that BEC cannot afford
pay increases, but spends mil-
lions of dollars on renting and
buying over-priced generators.
' The group alleged that BEC
last summer spent some $8 mil-
lion to rentfqur generators.
The.uhion members said that
."if care and.attentioi were exer-
cised" the $8 million could have,
been used to purchase a new
generator. *
. They further claimed that
BEC has purchased a Diesel,
alternator at the Clifton Pier
station for.the cost of $22 mil-
lion.
"This engine's.market price
'is $17 million," the group said.
The union members also
asked why BEC, which has- a
full complement of maintenance
workers at the Clifton Pier pow-
er station,.needs to spend
between $20 to $40 million each
year to pay a foreign company
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COMPETITION for space at Potters Cay, pictured yesterday, is reportedly mounting to airport
between mailboat operators and commercial fisherman as a vacant docking spot is fast
becoming a prized commodity. SEE PAGE FIVE
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investigation into'
appointment of Port
Authority chairman
* By MARK HUMES
.CALLING for an investi-
gation into the appointment
of Mr Hannes Babak as
Chairman of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, Sen-
ator Philip Galanis challenged
the Progressive Liberal Party
administration to adhere to its
Bahamianization policy in
ensuring that foreign workers
are not getting work permits
for jobs that can be filled by
qualified Bahamians.
Senator Galanis' challenge
to the government came in
response to criticism levelled
at him for his attacking "the
two partners in the Port
Authority."
In a letter to the Editor of
the Freeport News, G Martin
criticised Mr Galanis saying:
"For Senator Galanis to attack
SEE page 11


agreement
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT'S negoti-
ating team has returned from
Washington, one step closer to
finalisiig the management
agreement -that is expected to
result in the complete transfor-
mation of Lynden Pindling
International Airport'(LPIA).
Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Transport and Avi-
ation ArchieNairn told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the team,
headed by Dr Baltron Bethel,
has returned from talks with
principals of YVARS the sub-
sidiary of Vancouver Airport
Services (YVR) and is cur-
rently compiling the new infor-
mation..
Althougli Mr Nairn could not
give a date for the completion
of negotiations which are sev-
eral months behind thle project-
ed deadline -- he said he
believes government is close to
reaching a final agreement.
S"Things took longer than
expected, but I can say that we
are now closer to'reaching an
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LOCALNW


Marking Independence

93-YEAR-OLD.
Teacher, Marjorie
Eunice Thurstoi:
chats with her r
representative Prime
Minister Perry
Christie at the
Bahamas 33rd
Independence
celebrations at
Government House
on Monday. Mrs
4. Thurston's parents
(John Dorsett and
Gertrude Dorsett)
who moved to 4.
LAcklins also taught
for many years. '
(Photos: Franklyn
G Ferguson)
F .iFOLLO _Wultting of the cake Deputy Prime
Minister, C ~ feeds Governor-General and
E OKEDA Commander-in-Chief, Arthur Hanna with the first'piece of
Robe cake
A mhiwqdab a1.4.UY-R


* EDIIiN Thompson, manager BTC, Antonia Maria Saunders, student,
University of Kent, Prime Minister Perry Christie, Elizabeth Rodgers,:,
senior executive, human resources ministry of Tourism. Commodore
Da%' Franklyn Rolle


* ASST Sup Philip Gibson Aide-de-Camp, Governor-General and Commander-in-
Chief Arthur Hanna, Commissioner of Police and Provost Marshall, Paul
Farquharson, and staff officer Inspector Stephen Adderley


OIn brief

Traffic
fatality is
identified
by police
POLICE have identified
the victim of a traffic fatality
over the weekend as
Bethany Philico of Meadow
Street.
She was one of four people
travelling in the green Nis-
san Sentra that crashed into a
lamp pole as well as the wall
surrounding the police train-
ing college on Thompson
Boulevard.
The Two other passengers
and the driver all survived
but sustained injuries.
No other details have been
released.

Killer of
masked
gunman: ID
unknown
POLICE are still declining
to name the person who shot
and killed one of three
masked gunmen in an
attempted armed robbery
that took place last week Fri-
day at CLT Communications
on East Street South.
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Man admits
breaking into
jewellery
store

A 39-YEAR-OLD man was
sentenced to five years in jail
after pleading guilty to breaking
into a Bay Street jewelry store
and stealing jewelry valued at
$500,000.
David Coakley pleaded guilty
to the charges before Magis-
trate Marilyn Meers yesterday.
It was alleged that on
Wednesday, May 24, Coakley
along with Ray Davis, 43, and
Edmund McKenzie, 35, broke
into the store.
Davis and McKenzie both
pleaded not guilty to the
charges and were remanded
until Thursday, when prosecu-
Stors are expected to indicate
how they will proceed in the
matter with respect to those
defendants.

Jamaican is
jailed after
$1.7m drug
offence

A JAMAICAN teen was sen-
tenced to three years in prison
and fined $30,000 after pleading
guilty to charges in relation to
$1.7 million worth of marijuana.
Kennoy Atkinson, 18,
appeared before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester at Court 11 on
Nassau street yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to conspir-
ing to possess a quantity of mar-
ijuana with the intent to supply
as well as possession of mari-
juana.
S The offences were alleged to
have taken place sometime
between January 2006 and
Wednesday, July 5 2006.
Failure to pay the fine will
result in an additional 18-month
prison sentence.
Bahamians Keith Bowleg, 31,
and Howard Rolle, 38, both
pleaded not guilty to related
charges.
.They have been remanded
into custody until Monday,
when they %ill return to court
for a bail hearing.
Atkinson also pleaded guilty
to possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of
ammunition.
It had been alleged that on
Thursday, July 6 he was found
in possession of an unlicensed
12-gauge shotgun and five live
rounds of ammunition.
On those charges, Atkinson
was sentenced to serve two
years in jail.

35-year-old
faces charge
of sex with
13-year-old

A 35-YEAR-OLD, man
appeared in Magistrate's Court
yesterday to be charged having
sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Bradley Smith was charged
with committing the offence
between July 2005 and Friday
August 7, 2005.
He was arraigned before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers at
Court five on Bank Lane yes-
terday.
", Smith pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was granted
$10,000 bail with two sureties.
The case was adjourned to
October 5.

Man in court
following
armed
robbery

A 32-YEAR-OLD man was
remanded to prison yesterday
after being arraigned on an
armed robbery charge in Mag-
istrate's Court.
Omar Butler was charged
with robbing Shelique Johnson
of a handbag valued at $100, a
drivers permit and $12 cash on
Tuesday, June 13 while armed


with a handgun.
He was arraigned before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers at
Court Five, Bank Lane.
Butler was not required to
enter a plea to the charge and
the case was adjourned to Octo-
ber 5.


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agreement signed




for nurses union


* By KAHMILE REID
NURSES are set to benefit
from the first industrial agree-
ment ever signed on their behalf
in the Bahamas:
The agreement will report-
edly cost $6.3 million over a
five-year period.
The contract signing, which
took place yesterday, was the
end-product of intense negotia-
tions between the Public Hos-
pital Authority and the
Bahamas Nurses Union.
Speaking at the signing, pres-
ident of the union Cleola
Hamilton said the agreement is
a major accomplishment for the
nursing profession as it is the
first and only one of its kind in
the Bahamas to date.
"This accomplishment epito-
mises the meaning of solidarity
among the nursing body," she
said.
In addition to salary increas-
es, nurses will also.get vacation
benefits and better working
conditions.
Although the agreement was


only' officially signed yesterday,
it begins from July 2005 and will
cost the government more than
$4 million in salary increases
alone.
Public Hospital Authority
nurses will benefit from a uni-
form allowance that will cost
more than $2 million.
Union members will also see
a 50 per cent increase in their
uniform allowance.
Nurse officers, who are nor-
mally not entitled to overtime,
will also get an increase in their
pay. Their salaries will increase
from $110 to $160/$180 (based
on a sliding scale) per eight-
hour shift.
Senior nurse officers' pay will
increase to $200 per eight-hour
shift.
Under the agreement, regis-
tered nurses will also get an act-
ing allowance. In the event that
a unit manager cannot be pre-
sent and a registered nurse has
to fill in, he/she will be paid for
acting in that capacity.
The agreement, Ms Hamil-
ton said, was designed specifi-


BPSU signs first


agreement with


hospital authority


First industrial


cally to address all terms and
conditions of employment for
nurses, including all aspects of
remuneration. The document
*also speaks to rights and oblig-
ations of all parties..
According to Ms Hamilton,
the signing of the agreement
may even attract persons to the
nursing profession and relieve
the nurse shortage in the
Bahamas.
This, she said, was the gen-
eral goal of all the negotiations.
The signing was witnessed by
Minister of Labour and Immi-
gration Shane Gibson, who
expressed his pleasure in being
present for such a historic occa-
sion.
Ms Hamilton said that while
she is of the opinion that nurses
can never be repaid enough for
their sacrifices, commitment and
dedication to the health of the
nation, she believes they should
be adequately compensated.
"We are trying to be as equi-
table as possible. We don't want
to so seem as if we are all about
the money," she said.


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Airport renaming goes international


NOTICE of the renaming of the Nas-
sau International Airport was sent out
to relevant international agencies last
week according to Permanent Secre-
tary of Transport and Aviation Archie
Nairn.
Mr Nairn was responding to an FNM
statement claiming that the renaming of
the airport would take as long as 18
months to be recognized.
''The airport manager advises that
notwithstanding the name change in
Nassau internationally, all civil avia-


tion authorities will continue to refer to
the airport as Nassau International Air-
port and ticketing and baggage tags
will continue to be tagged 'NIA' for at
least another 18 months," said the
statement.
Mr Nairn said that he is not aware
that it would take 18 months for the
change to take effect.
He said the fact that the airport is
now the Lynden Pindling International
Airport was communicated as a
NOTAM, or Notice to Airmen.


Third Terrace to be


renamed after the


'father of broadcasting'


* By REUBEN SHEARER
BY the end of the week,
Third Terrace will be no more
- as the street will be named
"Rusty Bethel Drive" during a
ceremony to be held at the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas.
The corporation announced
yesterday that the street will
be renamed on Thursday in
honour of the "father of
broadcasting," the late Har-
court (Rusty) Bethel:
According to general man-
ager Anthony Foster, the
event will be broadcast live on
Radio Bahamas ZNS-1 and
ZNS TV-13.
"As this is an opportune
time for celebration, we have
declared Thursday, July 13,
2006 as 'Rusty Bethel Day' at


the corporation," he added.
At the ceremony, all ZNS
staff members are expected to
wear T-shirts celebrating the
70th anniversary of radio
broadcasting in the Bahamas.
Mr Foster invited members of
the public to join in wearing the
T-shirts, which can be purchased
at ZNS, and promised a good
time with live entertainment by
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force Pop Band, the Farm Road
Marching Band, Ancient Man
and the ZNS choir.
Immediately following the
ceremony will be a special
reception.
The official renaming cere-
mony is scheduled to take
place at 4pm, and will be spear-
headed by Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe, who is
responsible for broadcasting.


Prime Minister' Perry
Christie is expected to address
the audience of dignitaries and
other guests.
Mrs Sheila Ashton, daughter
of Mr Bethel, will unveil the
new street sign.
Mr Foster said that honour-
ing outstanding broadcasters
while they are alive is some-
thing the corporation has spent
a great deal of time planning -
and many other names are
being considered.
"It is our hope that we can
memorialise others like Rusty
Bethel who have made manV
contributions to the Bahamas,"
he said.
Mr Foster said Rusty Bethel
will be remembered for his
dedication and commitment,
and as a pioneer in the radio
industry.


The airport manager was .not avail-
able for comment yesterday, but
according to other airport officials,
many codes that the airport uses inter-
nationally will have to remain the same
- despite the name change.
The airport's three-lette.:r code
(NAS), which is assigned by tfl e Inter-
national Air Transport Association, will
not be changed.
However during tower/pilot Interac-
tion, the facility will be referr',d to as
Lynden Pindling International MAirport,


according to an airport spokesman.
The FNM, however, believes that the
government forgot to begin the process
required to effect the name-change for
an international airport in a timely man-
ner.
"They could only have forgotten this
important step if the name change was.
in fact an after-thought, a staged event.
by a desperate prime minister anxious.
to whip up support for his flagging par-
ty in the run-up to a general election
next year," the statement said.


* HARCOURT c(Rusty) Bethel


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a By KAHMILE REID
The Bahamas Public'Ser-
vice Union (BPSU) and the
Public Hospital Authority
(PHA) sign their first indus-
trial agreement yesterday.
Speaking at the signing at
Docking Dale House Ruth
Miller, chairman of the
Board of Public Hospital
Authorities, said the agree-
ment provides for a frame-
work and sound policies, so
that parties involved can
work together in social part-
nership to foster an environ-
ment of high productivity.
John Pinder, president of
the Bahamas Public Service
Union, said that when the
Workers were transferred to
the PHA from public service,
ithe BPSU wanted to make
'sure that they receive the
,same benefits.
SIn fashioning the contract,
hie said, the negotiators tried
tq ensure that they got even
b(t tter benefits.
)Mr Pinder said he wanted
to ,ensure that the manage-
mc nt understood the con-
tratct agreement and how it is
to be administered. He also
said he wants employers
look at unions as being
friendly to their organisation,


* JOHN Pinder

rather than believe that
every time a union repre-
sentative is present will lead
to a result of a conflict.
Mr Pinder also said that a
performance clause was
placed in this contract to
assure employers that union
representatives want
employees to perform as
best as they can.
He maintains that the
BPSU wants to ensure that
employees give "a fair day's.
work for a fair day's pay."


WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2006, PAGE 3


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THINKING of Senator Philip Galanim
-to be made up of a bundle or contradic-
-g that be is guided by the principles at
-'phlosopher Voltaire, whlo said "I ma\
-with what you say. but I will defend to
your right to say It." Mr Galanis i,
tying to demonstrate that Tribune Man-
Editor John Marquis. an Englishman has
_ht to produce the type of columns he w rites
e in this country Mr Galanis has cen
tup the issue of Mr Marquis' work permit
Galanis infers that in this editonal column
"'ve also abused our right of tree speech
be is not so much offended b\ the %words
"although the\ were steeped in coniradic-
ccuracN and false generahties'. rather he
'not like the tone of the articles Of course.
-hard to debate a person \ho gi\es no ea',m-
Iof what he calls "contradictions. Inaccurac\
d false generalities" but onl\ talks of tones
-'However, by persistent probing of the Gala-
Sthinking, we believe our reporter Mark
tes unearthed the kernel of the problem
e now satisfied that Mr Galanis likes his
g*s served up as Pablum you kno" that
bshy cereal that is easy for babies to digest.
Mr Marquis, a brilliant craftsman of the Eng-
language. is too hard-hitting for lr Galanis
r Galanis eentually admitted that although
agreess with some of what NMr Marquis had to
in the article that caused his trst complaint to
Tribune, he disagrees with the as in hlich
I Marquis says it.
-. As an example. Mr Galanis. unlike Mr Mar-
i'~lsdid not think that our educational s\ stem is
A-,practically defunct." Instead of using those
-:c~lds he believes Mr Marquis should hate soft-
"- hed his comments b% sa ing that the Bahamas'
educational system is "extremely challenged '
.- What an understatement of the truth Our
F4Ilcational system is more than "extremel\ chal-
-lte'iged." It is m such crisis that the words "-prac-
.cay defunct" are nearer the mark
:- Listen to teachers talk of ha ing classrooms
,withr so many unruly children that these can hard-
2. teach those who are there to learn. Ho" many
i;.tiesdo we hear the comment: "They 'ust don't
Fito learn!" Yet these non-learners are mixed
t~rith those who want to achieve
.-Toreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell
ib unced at a recent PLP mmn-con\ mention that
irnment was trying to place 1.:2001 school,
1tS in the Public Ser ice at ta\paser'.
e.These were school leaIers \ho had not
e their exams.
e school leaving grade for Bahamian stu
Government schools fluctuates between
fian F average. And on all sides business;
-- including a member of NMr Galanis
government -are warning the nation thani
ans don't become trained in skills tha t
.portant to the future of the economy .
if foreigners will hate to be brought in
Tribune is not here to lull Bahamian,s
.fase hopes. We are here to waken then
't by feeding them Pablum. but b\ telling
ard facts in the hope that then ill take uip
nge, put their shoulder to the wheel and
n to nation building


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And ,.1 Mr Galanis doesn't like hard. cold
facts pr.: .cntid as ohbectiels as possible, then he
doesn't lia% to read The Tiibunc. Because we
ha% e ir intention of s opening anN thing lor him.
An attitude of condescension to tourists.
inv es o i. and e\ en Bahamians. so as not to hurt
their feelings has got this couiinr into a lot ot
trouble o in the past.
Foi cample, Sir Staltord Sands and mania
other Bjhaimians bought into the Flagler theory
that 11 persons ot colour were illlon ed into the
hoiel as guests. while Americans would sita
awa' Henr\ Flarler was the Ne" Yorker who
built ihe tirst Brish Colonial hotel
.', nld S-i to sa e our tourist industry L and
enc,..urage our In\csors. the doors oIt all public
plfa.:'e \\ere closed to black Bahamians That
p. nicious policy continued until 105h w hen the
I te publisher ot this newspaper. Sir Etienne
IIupuch. stood oin the floor ol the House. risked
'; rrest. and announced that It had to end And
e nd it did
Bahamians. both black and \ hite. quickly dis-
. oeied that we had been fed a myth Our toun.t
industryr nent from strength to strength -
tourists w anted the \\armth ot the Bahamas,
from both the climate and the people. The\ did-
n't care \ho sat ne\t to them in the hotel dining
ioom
ce told \ou in this column eiterdah how\
small delegajlons would take up Sir Etienne's
timc w"hen he %was editor trying desperately to
keep the word "shark' out ot our news columns
because it might frighten the tourists
But \hat might surprise you is the number of
coloured Baharmians who %would also take up his
time tr ing to get the %word -'black" in reterencec
to a person dropped trom our columns No
Bahatmian wa to be referred to as a black, the\
argued The only concession \as it the police
put out a report looking tor a black" man in
connection w ith a crim. In that case skin colour
could not be avoided.
One day a black Bahamian "as appointed to
a iop position It aj. a tremendous achiete-
ment Not onl\ was it the first time for a Baharm-
an. but it "as also th'e first time for a black
Bahamian Sir Etiennle was particularly, proud
because it seemed that his lite's \ork. and the
reason for the \ery founding ot this newspaper,
had been achieved And so The Tribune '- head-
line. in jubilation announced "First Black
Bahamian appointed ..'"
N.: sooner had The Tribune hii the streets
than a friend ot the [nan's Iamily came sweepingg
to Sir Etienne W,%%\. oh wh,\ had the \iord
"black" been mentioned. His tlrmril was% de\',.s-
tared A' matter of fact. certain members ot the
anuil 'topped speaking to Sir Elienne
Today. "'black" is beauttul as 11 should be
And if that same he adline had been published
today. Bahamians. including that man's jmnily,
wouldd hate ibeen \e.s proud
OCer the years this socie!N is shedding its
phobias The only problem is that The Tribune
has alw\as been \a ahead ot them Bahamian-
\ill e -ntiuall caicin up.
Anu so, to Mr G.alanis. either giet used to us.
or stop reading u' \\e hate no intention of
changing our policies


Haitian Bahamians




being disrespected


EDITOR. The Tribune.

THIS is not intended to be a
racial issue, but the facts will
bear out m\ opinion.
The Haitian Bahamian
community must be kicking
themselves in the seat of their
pants from the disgust ot the
way they ha'e been singled
out by the PLP government
and the Minister of Immigra-
tion in particular. In the recent
raid in Abaco. Haitians \ ho
"ere here legal\ wecre bun-
dled up with illegals and made
to endure humiliation like
none other. Haiman-Bahani-
ans \with passports and other
legal prool of being in the
Bahamas in hand. experience
the horror of being corralled
like wild bulldloes.
No right thinking Bahanuan
Should agree for this counitri t
become o e iburdencd b\ ille-
gal immigrants from ana part
of the world This is not con-
fined to Haitians. but to the
Chinese. Jamaicans. Ameri-
cans, Pakistan. Filipinos.
South .Americans and Cubans.
Regardless of \hat is said
about illegal nationals from
an\ other country\ none I,
hounded and treated so inhu-
manela as the Haitians. The
Haitian-Bahamians \ ho \oted
for the PLP must be angry
with themselves.
This rank display of dis-
crimination proves that we
have not quite \armed up to
the fact that Haiti is our neigh-
bour and brother country. \\e
have not vet admitted to our-
selves that man\ of our fathers
and mothers and friends arc
from Haiti. \e loreet ho"w
man\ of us have \er fond
memories of Haitil or man\
Sears. We behave as it
Haitians are less than \e are
We treat our Haitian broth-
ers and sisters "lust like hoes'
It is 'sckening to see ho\\ the\
are rounded up like animals
withoutt regard of age. gender
or their health conditions. W e.
in the Bahamas. especially
since we sa\ we are a Christ-
ian nation must mo\e with
haste to condemn the mis-
treatment of our friends and
family from Haiti Our pas-
tors, especially, the ones \\ho
appear to prostitute them-
sel'es to government ust to10
get on a board, must do c er\ -
thine in their power to stamp
out this practice.
Most Bahamians are hyp-
ocrites. \\e. through one side
of our mouth, talk against this
country going back to the
UBP da\s. but to my best rec-
ollection, the LIBP neTer
treated anyone the way the
PLP eo\ernment is treating
the Haitians. Today it appears


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that the blacks treat their
black brothers worse than an\
other race. Immigration is
harder on Jamaicans. Hjitianl.
and Cubans than the\ are \ith
Mlute Americans and an\ oth-
er race of the IIehier hue
Immigration \ill pressure
blacks from Lamaica to sdhit-
pro of o finances \while the\
are in the Bahamas, but this
practice is not consistent w lilt
' hilte'. (Ou) inmiL ition pohi-
c\ is to condemn the black \ is-


ilors and accommodate the
\hies. The attitude Immigra-
tion officers display is different
when a flight arrives from
Jamaica and Cuba.
Our immigration policy is
not consistent, to sa\ the least.
if it were, the playing field
would be le\el for black and
white: it would not matter if
the \ iitor came from a rich
nation or a poor country All
men should be equal, not onl\
in \iords but must be seen to
be equal.

IVOINE W INGRAHAMI
Nassau.
Jul\ 3, 2111ii .


Take a look at your


own problems

EDITOR. The Tribune.

I MUST respond to Sir Arthur' article and the opinions of
others \\ hl hha e written to the editor concerning America/Iraq
and her other problems
1 suggest ver\ strongly \ou take a serious look at \our o"wn ,-
country's serious problems.
In contrast to the Bahamas those parties who participated in
the prisoner abuse at Abu.Ghraib prison in Iraq "ere prosecuted
and are sen ing length\ sentences in a L'S military prison. What
about the felonious assault on Mario Vallejo the news reporter
from lint\ sion at the detention centre? We ha\e heard nothing
of that. What about the abuse of the two prisoners at the prison
after the escape captured on a cell phone camera? What about
the conditions at \our squalid detention centre captured inter- 4
nationally after the mishandling of the two Cuban dentists?
There ha\e been several reports ot abuse at both the prison and
the detention centre, but :a far as is known none ha\e been
in estimated.
Hotv about \our public school education mess? F+ is some-
thing to be ashamed ot and \\il not be addressed properly.
N.our crime rate is escalating at an alarming rate. Much of this
is the result of the failed public school mess. NMl father came
here in the 50 and tif's and there \\as not the crime there is
toda\. B\ the \\a\ our crime rate has come down dramatically y. ;:
A Bahamian \ as on channel 12 last night and I heard her
lamenting as to the out of control crime rate and she also drew
comparisons it the 51i's and 61's. Ma\ be this crime rate is sym-
bolic ot a government that spends $3.5 million on an airplane
and its pilots cannot f1\. No wonder they are sobbing and moan-
ing over MLr. Rumsteld's decision to pull the air assets from here.
This s lust the tip of the iceberg. Wh\ don't you ha\e the Chi-
nese forgo, the propaganda sports stadium and redirect the
monies for education. The last thing the Bahamas needs is an\
more emphasis on sports. while the education system fails and
crime escalates
Thi is tar trom a complete list. I strongly suggest Bahamians
lookk under your ow\n hood" and recognize your ow\n serious
problems. It's Iough to criticise the most successful 230-year-old
"experinment in the history of mankind and you should enjoy\
our success as you have greatly benefited from it. I think man\
Bahamians forget that.


CARL CLEVELAND
Miami, Florida.
Jul\ -4. 211116


Raynard Rigby's

comments to press


EDITOR. The Tribune.

SOMETIMES I ha-e io
wonder it the PLP party is
indeed a threat to our democ-
ra\c I iam referrine to the
threats made hb Mr Rainard
Riebh to the press and his
ob ious inahilit\ to accept crit-
icisin In a trce and democr.i-
ic society[ etvernment or par-
t\ members don't threaten the
citizens o1 the media. Mr Rig-
b\ and his parts seem to be
the exception to the rule
I read Nlr Marquis' article
in The Tribune. and to be
honest I did not quite agree
%ith him. I thought he "\as
\ery kind to the PLP govern-
ment. I think the present cab-
inet has man ni more okers
than Mr Marquis thinks. But
then. everyone is entitled to
his her o\\ n opinion.
I don't knIow Mr Rigby per-
sonall\ But from his public


statements I can only draw
t\o conclusions. Either he
shamelessly\ tries to tool the
Bahamian public about the
performance of the present
co ernment, or he refuses to
accept realist, lih ng in a so-
called state of denial.
Wh\ does MIr Rigb,
attempt so desperately to
silence an\ opposing views"
What is he so afraid of? Why,
instead of answering the ques-
tions. he tries to cloud the
issue?
Finally. I ha'e a question
for NIr Perr Christie..As a
leader of the PLP party., does
he agree with the statements
of his chairman' If he does
can he sa\ so publicly? If he
does not "hat is he going to
do about it'?


HARRY JOHNSON
Nassau,
June. 2Uii16.


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Man denies

causing

grievous

bodily harm

A 24-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in Magistrate Court
yesterday, charged with caus-
ing grievous harm to another
man.
It is alleged that on Friday,
July 7 Eugene Butler cased
grievous harm to Hannabol
Johnson.
Butler was arraigned before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge and was remanded to
jail until Thursday.


Police look

into spate

of armed

robberies


POLICE report that a spate
of armed robberies took place
over the past few days.
According to reports, two
.armed men in masks robbed a
Cow Pen Road establishment
S of an undetermined amount of
money around 10pm on Mon-
day night.
In an unrelated matter,
around midnight yesterday
-morning a woman living
through Evans Close off of
Carmichael road was
approached by two armed men
as she drove up to her home.
The men took her handbag,
passport, jewelry and other per-
-sonal effects, police said.
Another armed robbery took
place around lam yesterday
morning at a Sparkle Wash on
Blue Hill Road South.
A police spokesman said
some men robbed the estab-
lishment at gun point after pre-
tending to be legitimate cus-
tomers, but could not say how
many were involved.
No suspects have been
detained in these matters and
all are still under investigation.


Man left in

hospital

following

stabbing

FREEPORT A 25-year-old
man is in serious condition at
Rand Memorial Hospital fol-
lowing a stabbing incident on
Monday.
According to police reports,
Jules Memeus, 25, of Murchin-
son Drive, was standing outside
his residence at 6.45pm when a
man approached him. The two
got into an argument and the
man stabbed Mr Memeus in his
left side and left arm.
Memeus was taken to hospi-
tal, where he is detained in the
male surgical ward. Officers are
continuing investigations into
the matter.


* By ROYANNE
FORBES-DARVILLE

COMPETITION for space at Pot-
ters Cay is reportedly mounting
between mailboat operators and com-
mercial fisherman as a vacant dock-
ing spot is fast becoming a prized
commodity.
President of the Mailboat Associa-
tion Rapheal Moxey said the solution
is a simple one: "there needs to be
more space if boats are to continue
docking at the present location."
Yesterday officials from the Min-
istry of Works and the Port Depart-
ment met with officials of the Min-
istry of Transport and Aviation to
address long-standing issues plaguing
the dock and its facilities.
Transport Permanent Secretary
Archie Nairn told The Tribune that
"mostly, the concerns are raised by
the Mailboat Association. But we are
aggressively seeking ways to address
these concerns."
However, in the meantime mail-
boat operators and fisherman are
being forced to dock on a first come,
first serve basis.


* By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

CUMBERBATCH Alley
residents say they are afraid
that old cars and large
amounts of uncollected trash
in the area may be creating a
health hazard.
They claimed that neither
the Department of Environ-
mental Health or constituen-
cy office of St Cecilia,have
responded to reports.
"I have been living here for
about five years, and the
amount of filth, trash, and old
cars are just increasing," said
one resident. "I have made
numerous reports, but no one


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Jeff Maycock, a mate on the M/V
Sharice M, said the lack of space is
creating a potentially dangerous situ-
ations for passengers.
"The other day we had an elderly
lady who travelled from Bimini, she
needed to get off the boat, and in
order for her to get off the boat she
had to hop on three other boats to
get onto the dock," Mr Maycock
explained. "That is a basic concern
because a lot of the people on the
Family Islands depend on the mail-
boat," he said.
Loading cargo onto and off the ves-
sels is becoming a difficult task,
according to Mr Maycock.
"Sometimes you have cargo you
want to get off right away and what
happens is we cannot off-load,
because after doing our mail-runs, we
would meet a fishing boat tied up with
nobody at the boat to remove it,"
Mr Maycock said.
Lasada Moxey, of the M/V Captain
Moxey which services South Andros
and Mangrove Cay, said the situation
is one that will not go away by being
ignored.
Captain of the M/VCaptain C, Eti-


seems to care."
Another said: "I've con-
tacted Environmental Health
on numerous occasions, but
no one responded, I just wish
that someone would come
and help us get rid of this
problem," she said.
However, according to
Lester Newton of the St Cecil-
ia constituency office, no one
has reported any such prob-
lem.
He said that the matter will
be "looked into" but he is not
aware of "any such report."
Timothy Munroe from the
Environmental Health
SInspectors Division was
unavailable for comment.


enne Maycock, told The Tribune that
over the holiday weekend, he had to
anchor offshore.
"I have been on the outside of a
boat for three days trying to get a
space at the dock. I just got near the
dock this morning," Captain Moxey
said. "That is my biggest beef with
them. Some of the guys they will work
with you, but others would cause an
argument."
Captain Maycock continued: "Mail-
boats are the lifeline of the Family
Islands and it is imperative that
authorities find a solution to this prob-
lem because it seems to be getting
worse as the days go by.
The M/V Captain C travels to Exu-
ma and Ragged Island on a weekly
basis.
Earlier this year, officials
announced that they were seeking to
improve all infrastructure issues at
Potters Cay.
Assistant Port Controller Brent
Williamson had told The Tribune that
the aim is to develop a first class sea-
port, "to ensure the safety of our peo-
ple and the economy at the same
-time."


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Friction grows at Potters



Cay over docking space


Addressing


the problems


at Potters Cay


A NUMBER of issues continue op
plague the Potters Cay dock accord-
ing to those who use the facility on a
regular basis.
Officials from the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation, the Port
Department and the Ministry of
Works met yesterday to discuss the
most effective way to tackle these
problems while improving the mail-
boat industry, which brings in mil-
lions of dollars annually.
In the meantime, many Bahamimas,
are hoping that more safety measures
are implemented at the dock to avoid
the deaths that have occurred in the
past.
Last year, a pastor, his wife and a
close relative all died after driving off
Potters Cay into the sea.
At the time, police said poor light-
ing on the dock was thought to be a
factor.
Since then, a series of chain-link
fences have been erected in some
areas, and a six-inch barrier con-
structed around the entire perimeter
of the cay.
A security presence has also been
proposed to oversee the flow of traf-
fic and persons through the cay. This
measure has yet to be implemented.
Traffic markings were put in place
to encourage proper traffic flow,
along with a new lighting system.
However, this has not solved the
congestion problem.
Officials have yet to produce a
promised public relations package
explaining how the facility should be
used in the future.
Transport Permanent Secretary
Archie Nairn said that.as the infor-
mation becomes available, updates
will be given "forthwith."
The illegal sale of alcohol at the
dock continues to be a problem.
Environmental Health Director
Ron Pinder explained that while
there appears to be some compli-
ance, many vendors are still not
meeting the necessary standards to
be issued a permit to sell alcohol.
Officials say they will also seek to
enforce harsh penalties on vendors
whose stalls are in substandard or
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* By KAHMILE REID
Pirates of the Caribbean II:
Dead Man's Chest anchored at
Galleria Cinemas in Freeport,
Grand Bahama last Friday for a
special screening and brought
with it humour, action and
adventure.
Directed by Gore Verbinski,
the sequel to the 2003 block-
buster Pirates of the Caribbean:
Curse of the Black Pearl
reunites its original cast Johnny
Depp (Jack Sparrow). Orlando
Bloom (Will Turner) and Keira
Knightley (Elizabeth Swann),


for an adventure filled with
slimy, graphically-generated,
otherworldly monsters. -
With many of the key scenes
being filmed in Grand Bahama
and Exuma, the ministry of
Tourism and its marketing part-
ners report that the country's
tourism product enjoyed maxi-


mum exposure during the run-
up to the release.
Part 11 finds Will Turner and
Elizabeth Swan's wedding plans
ruined as they are'both arrest-
ed and face the gallows for help-
ing Jack Sparrow escape his
death sentence.
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the life of his beloved, Will is
forced to make a deal: if he is
able to retrieve the magical
compass owned by Jack Spar-
row and bring it back with him,
the charges will be dropped.
Thereafter, the film chroni-
cles the couple's adventures
with the pirate legendary Jack
Sparrow. The trio must find the
key of the mysterious box
known as the "Dead Man's
Chest which contains the bro-
ken heart of Davy Jones (Bill
Neigh).
This PG13-rated movie, like
most Walt Disney fantasy pro-
ductions, is saturated with
somewhat intense but comical
violence. The selfish, consistent
drunk, sneaky and cowardly -
but nonetheless lovable John-
ny Depp played the Jack Spar-
row character perfectly.
Verbinski unleashed an
expensive but impressive com-
puter generated special effect -
a hideous sea beast called the
Kraken no less than three
times, but with a $200 million
budget, everything in this movie
seems to be super-sized and
maybe even a touch excessive
for some tastes.
While the characters are not
complicated in their personali-
ties, they are quite interesting in
their design and appearance.
This aspect of the movie gives
stiff competition to films like
The Lord of the Rings. The vil-
lains make this film somewhat
more adventurous than the first.
While Orlando Bloom and
Keira Knightley added a
romantic subplot, it was the
Oscar-nominated Depp who
steered the ship to the box-
office treasure chest.
The movie broke a Holly-
wood record by being the first
film to ever gross more than
$100 million in two days, and
$132 million on its weekend
release $17million more than
the record, held by Spiderman.
The cinematography was
near flawless; scenes were blue
with the beauty of the Bahamas
and the camera shots and angles
flowed.
The movie is also very fun-
ny. Writers Ted Elliott and Ter-
ry Rossio, who are also writers
for Shrek, spiced up the pirate
genre as ably as they did the
fairytale.
Though the movie does not
have a complicated plot, watch-
ing the first installment will pre-
vent any confusion.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Dead Man's Chest offers lively
sword-fights, plunges into deep
waters, bits of witty dialogue,
awesome special effects, other-
worldly monsters and even a
girl-rescues-boy episode that
should please moviegoers.
Fans of the movie can look
forward to the third installment:
Pirates of the Caribbean: At
World's End, in 2007.


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Man faces

charge of
causing harm
to his family

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 31-year-old
man was arraigned in Freeport
Magistrate Court on Tuesday
on charges of causing harm to
his wife and her nine-year-old
daughter.
Donnell Rolle, a resident of
52W Gladstone Terrace,
appeared before Magistrate
Franklyn Williams in Court
One, where he Was charged
with two counts of causing
grievous harm.
It is alleged that on July 8,
SRolle set the bed on fire, caus-
Sing injuries to his wife and her
daughter, following a domestic
disagreement with his wife.
Rolle pleaded not guilty to
the charges and the was denied
bail. He was remanded in cus-
Stody until October 4 for trial.

Antigua says

US proposal

would strain

relations

ANTIGUA
St John's
A PROPOSED crackdown
by the US government on inter-
net gambling will aggravate an
already tense trade dispute with
Antigua, which has become a
worldwide centre for the fast-
growing industry, the finance
'minister said Monday.
The US House of Represen-
tatives plans to vote Tuesday
on a bill that would ban the use
of credit cards for paying online
bets and could padlock gam-
bling websites. The legislation
would clarify existing law to
spell out that it is illegal to gam-
ble online.
"I'm very surprised and quite
disappointed that the US Con-
gress would be pushing full
force ahead," said Antigua
Finance Minister Errol Cort.
A dispute has flared up
between the US and the two-
island Caribbean nation over
whether Washington should
drop prohibitions on Americans
placing bets in online casinos.
A World Trade Organization
ruling last year said that some
US laws were in line with inter-
national commerce rules, but
others were not.
Antigua was waiting to hear
from the WTO if it would con-
vene a tribunal to see if the US
had complied with the trade
group's ruling.
The United States contends
that internet gambling should
be prohibited because it violates
some US state laws.


Interpol

identifying

11 bodies

'from Africa'

BARBADOS
Bridgetown
A SECOND Interpol team
began work Monday to identify
11 bodies found on a boat off
the east coast Barbados in April
after drifting four months across
the Atlantic Ocean from Africa,
officials said, according to Asso-
' ciated Press.
The six-member team, which
includes a pathologist, finger-
print specialist, DNA specialist
and dentist, will take up to 10
days to complete their work,
Barbados Attorney General
.* Dale Marshall said.
Found by a Barbadian fish-
erman, the boat carried the bod-
ies of 11 young men mummi-
fied by the sun and salt spray.
Barbadian authorities believe
52 Africans were aboard the
rusty 20-foot boat when it left


SSenegal on Christmas Eve in a
bid to reach Europe.
Instead, the boat drifted more
than 2,000 miles west across the
Atlantic.
An earlier Interpol team
examined the boat and the bod-
ies in a bid to help identify the
victims.
Africans trying to reach Spain
traditionally have set out from
Morocco, but tighter police sur-
veillance has largely closed
those routes, forcing people to
set out further south in Africa,
from countries including Mau-
ritania, Cape Verde and Sene-
gal.


Stella Maris airport reopens


* By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER a five-month clo-
sure, North Long Island's only
airport has now been re-
opened.
Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Long Island native
and airport contract holder
Bernard Knowles of Rowdy
Boys Construction explained
that the estimated $460,000
repairs to the Stella Maris Air-


port have been completed and
that the airport has been open
since last week.
However, according to Mr
Knowles, no large airplanes
are being allowed access to the
airport at the moment.
"From last week," he said,
"only small aircraft have been
flying in and out of the air-
port, but we expect the airport
to be fully running soon."
In late March, Mr Knowles
was awarded the airport repair


contract about a month after
the airport was deemed to be
in an "extremely hazardous"
state by the Department of
Civil Aviation and leading
independent US aviation firm
Edwards and Kelcey.
Earlier that month, Trans-
port and Aviation Minister
Glenys Hanna-Martin
announced that based upon
its inspection of the airport,
the US firm had advised that
"the decision to close the air-


port was justified," as the facil-
ity did not "meet the certifica-
tion requirements of either the
Federal Aviation Administra-
tion (FAA) or the Internation-
al Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICAO)."
She had also explained that
in a recent report conducted by
the firm, it was advised that the
airport's past condition placed
the Bahamian government "in
serious liability issues if an acci-
dent were to occur," as there


were dangerous potholes
throughout the entire length of
the runway, along with numer-
ous ridges, a sunken area, and
large areas of standing water
several inches deep.
Mr Knowles said yesterday
that all these problems have
been corrected, and the airport
is now "up and running".
Officials from the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation were
unavailable for comment yes-
terday.


THE sights and sounds of
Atlantis and the Bahamas will
come alive on Graffiti Street,
the Virgin Island's premiere
teen TV talk show.
The cast of Graffiti Street,
which is broadcast on the Vir-
gin Island's WTJX Television,
spent a week in the Bahamas.
The teenagers, who were
accompanied by their parents
along with crew members,
immersed themselves in the
pools, lagoons and water slides
at Atlantis.
The troupe was especially
intrigued with the Dig at
Atlantis and its underground
passageways and underwater


boulevards, which hold the
ruins of the lost city.
Vanessa Haley, assistant
manager of Discover Atlantis,
facilitated the tour which was
filmed for the television show.
The group's visit came about
as a result of collaborations
between the Bahamas Ministry
of Tourism and Kerzner Inter-
national.
Graffiti Street was estab-
lished as a vehicle for high
school-students on St Thomas
to address matters of interests
to persons in their age group.
The cast of Graffiti Street is
comprised primarily of high
school students between the


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-.B MONDAY i

* HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Conhmunity Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays'- 7:30pm to
8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is
available. For more info call 702.4646 or
327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hos-
pital conference room.

* CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach Club 3596 meets
at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at
7pm.

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

.TUESDAY

* PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at
Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been
dubbed 10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron is
allowed into the club absolutely free and is given
a complimentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday
nights also include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body
Competition. Hosted by Daddi Renzi and music
provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Master Chef
Devito Bodie provides scrumptious appetizers.

* HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to
7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323.4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor
approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register
for more info.

* CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road Club Cousteau
7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at 6pm
at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd Ter-
race, Centreville.

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

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
Tuesday, 6:30pm at the British Colonial Hilton.
Please call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

* THE ARTS

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
(NAGB) will host three Youth Summer Art
Camps beginning July 11. All camps are held at
NAGB from 10am to 3pm, and will have an hour
for lunch.

Camp One: Environmental Art
Four weeks Tuesday, July 11 Friday, August 4
Description: Students will participate in the
development of the NAGB's new Sculpture


Garden adjacent
to the GallerN'
grounds
Facilitator John
Cox


Ages: 12 years ilD: iday Jl I3thT "Ci
and older ... ..

Camp Two: Film ':1t Po E AGc AND OIJrmNIa *!
Making Li'k 'fnepmafi dynamite. City of G
Three weeks cipD'"d 3 jdieice" 10 Oi violent ep
Tuesday July 11 to rlfrend tdlld'en Who growv ..vei I
Friday, July 31 dji iuiis. and Irja survivors iin i
Description: This nCn'or.jitjsh lpn s ac0l, isell- appo
camp is an intro- ron Jl 3tha epense 01 l e '%;.)irurpwe
duction to the film uto p.i. ne1a~d debate land box-
making craft and L"or' 'dckle heir tsbloct head on,
allows students to a ,rt, rt. r, cIallmmrdiare--tat Cilt
experience writ- ,, ba., nil fiar Of siyhrI,,: .ud.irvy, t
experience writ- d" 'e Voulh llch, bid you can v
ing, directing, II Ih, u
shooting and edit-
ing.
Ages: 15 years and older

Camp Three: Textile Collage
Two Weeks Tuesday, July 11 to Friday, July 21
Description: This camp will encompass basic tex-
tile collaging techniques such as fabric prepar-
ing, cutting, pinning, and pressing.
Facilitator: Jan Elliott
Ages: 13 y ears and older

* Interested persons should contact the Gallery
for information 328.5800/1. Space is limited.

WEDNESDAY

* PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

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

* HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Wednesday -
7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group: Rosetta Street,
Wednesday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

* CIVIC CLUBS

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets
6:30pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pride Building.

TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-
8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-West High-
way. TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month at C C Sweeting
Senior High School, Oakes Field.

International Training in Communication,
Essence Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meet-
ings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each
month at Doctor's Hospital Conference
Room.

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

F THURSDAY

HEALTH

Free public health lectures featuring distin-
guished physicians are held at Doctors Hospital
every third Thursday of the month at 6pm in the
Doctors Hospital Conference Room. Free
screenings between 5pm & 6pm. For more infor-
mation call 302-4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm.to


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7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor
approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register or
for more info.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism
and related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm
the second Thursday of each month in the
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill
Road.

CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3956 "Destined for Suc-
cess" will present the theme "Forward, Upward,
Onward, Together". Thursday, July 6 at the
Ministry of Health & Environment building on
Meeting Street commencing at 7:30pm. Every-
one is welcome to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes.

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

The recently established National Insurance
Baord Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets
every fourth Thursday in the month, in the
National Insurance Board's (NIB) training
room, Wulf Road office complex, at 6pm. All
retirees are welcome.

K:: FRIDAY *

PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North, kicks
off every Friday night with Happy Hour,.. spe-
cial drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and
Nassau's first European Night Restaurant -
Open Friday night till Saturday morning 5am,
serving hot food/and take out music, drinks
and an English breakfast. Cafe Europa...the per-
fect place to spend your night out till the morn-
ing.

THE ARTS

Junkanoo Summer Festival, Street Party, will be
held on Woodes Rodgers Wharf every Friday
between June 9 and July 29, from 1 to 10pm.

HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm
& 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church Fri-
days @ 6pm to 7pm


New Providence Community Centre: Fridays @
7pm to 8pm.

* CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second
Friday of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Cen-
tre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info
call 325.1947 after 4pm.

- SATURDAY I

* THE ARTS

Junkanoo Summer Festival Heritage and Cul-
tural Extravaganza will be held at Arawak Cay
every Saturday between June 9 and July 29 from
2 to 11pm.

Junkanoo Summer Festival Box Cart Derby -
will be held on Marcus Bethel Way every Satur-
day between June 9 and July 29, from 2 to 6pm.


* HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings -
10am to 11am.

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

Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital
Community Training Representative at 302.4732
for more information and learn to save a life
today.

* CIVIC CLUBS

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling
are pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors
between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to
cycle. Parents interested in registering their chil-
dren should contact organizers at
jarcycling@gmail.com

SUNDAY

PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street,
features special entertainment Gernie, Tabitha
and the Caribbean Express every Sunday from
6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Mr Caribbean Bahamas competition will be held
July 15 to 23. Under the theme, "Seduction Sur-
render", the final night of competition will be
held on Sunday, July 23 at 8pm in the Rain For-
est Theatre. The show will be hosted by Olympic
medalist, Ato Boldon, America's Next Top
Model (Season Three), Eva Pigford, and
Bahamian radio personality, Krissy Luv. There
will also be an after party immediately following
the Mr Caribbean Bahamas Competition to
meet the winner of the competition, delegates,
the international judges, and celebrity hosts.


THE ARTS

Junkanoo Summer Festival Royal Poinciana
Tea Party will be held in Government House
Gardens, every Sunday between June 9 and July
29, from 3 to 6pm.

Junkanoo Summer Festival Old Town Jazz at
Sandyport will be held at the Olde Town
Sandyport every Sunday between June 9 July
29 from 4 8pm.


HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm /
8:30pm to 9:30pm.

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The Tribune
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2006, PAGE 9


The US is our chief geopolitical reality


AT A recent University
of the West Indies con-
ference here, a participant named
Maxine Seymour delivered a paper
exploring Bahamian attitudes
towards Caribbean integration.
She contrasted our relations
with Caricom and the United
States: "It is possible that the coun-
try (sic) that acts as the more influ-
ential external source may be the
one that the Bahamas is more inte-
grated with."
Ms Seymour compared the
many American fast food joints
here with the absence of West
Indian restaurants, the fact that
Bahamian kids played basketball
rather than cricket, and that we
declined regional participation to
set up our own replacement for
the British GCE, "usually accom-
panied by the SAT- a US exam."
Turning to economics, she not-
ed that tourism earns half of our
national income, and about 90 per
cent of our visitors are from North
America. More than a hundred
US-affiliated businesses operate
here and most imports of food and
manufactures come from the US,
which at its closest point is only
45 miles away.
The. United States and the
Bahamas co-operate closely on
matters such as law enforcement,
civil aviation, marine research,
meteorology and agriculture. The
US Embassy contributes about $26
million a year in direct inputs to
the Bahamian economy, not
including the $10.8 million from
the US Navy for the AUTEC facil-
i ty on Andros.
But despite all this Ms Seymour
was able to complain about the
Bahamian lack of assimilation with
,the Caribbean, while acknowledg-
ing that "the US boasts strong ties
and neighbourly cooperation."
Her contrarian conclusion was
that US/Bahamian relations "can-
not be sustained at the expense of
strengthening ties with the
Caribbean...the US and the'
'Bahamas may be friends, but the
Bahamas and the countries of the
Caribbean are family."
Quite how she arrived at this
inane bottom line is beyond us.
But her view points up the inabili-
ty of a large section of the local
intelligentsia to deal with reality. It
is the same difficulty that many
other nations of the world face, as
a celebrated book by American
foreign policy analyst Michael
Mandelbaum recently made clear.
Th.se who complain the most
aboutJnited States policies fre-


quently argue with satisfaction that
the Iraq War marks the limit of
American power and even heralds
an international backlash against
the US. That may be so, but we
should carefully consider what we
wish for and whether it is in our
own best interest.
In his book, the Case for
Goliath (published last year), Man-
delbaum says the enormous power
and influence of the United States
since the Second World War, and
especially since the end of the Cold
War, is the defining feature of con-
temporary world affairs.
But even more than that, he
argues that America has become
the world's government the most
open and democratic society on
the planet guarantees internation-
al security, acts as the world's mon-
etary authority, promotes free
trade and sustains global econom-
ic demand.


H e begins by describing
an image of the US that
could be recited by almost any
Bahamian politico: the foreign pol-
icy of the world's strongest country
resembles the conduct of a school-
yard bully who randomly assaults
others, steals the lunch money of
weaker students and generally
makes life unpleasant.
But he ends by noting that an
accurate judgment of the Ameri-
can role in the world depends on
whether that role is preferable to
the plausible alternative, which is
"not considerably better global
government but considerably less
of it, and the consequences are not
likely to be pleasant."
Mandelbaum's thesis is that the
US role as the world's government
is made possible by a modem con-
sensus in favour of three great
ideas: "peace as the proper aim of
foreign policy; democracy as the
best form of government; and the
free market as the only satisfacto-
ry way of organising economic
affairs."
The American role began with
the reconstruction of the interna-
tional order after the Second
World War and continued with the
security umbrella offered by the
US during the Cold War. Far from


acting as imperialist occupiers, the
reassurance provided by the US
military served as a hedge against
dangerous uncertainty.
"The United States has under-
taken broad responsibilities that
redound to the benefit of others,"
Mandelbaum says. "However, in
important ways the world's
strongest power does not act like
(Goliath). If America is a Goliath,
it is a benign one."


Without American reassurance,
it is likely that many other coun-.
tries would have armed themselves
with nuclear weapons. And "the
spread of nuclear weapons to
countries that do not already have
them is widely considered to be
the single greatest threat" to all of
us in the 21st century.
"The United States has made
the prevention of nuclear non-pro-
liferation one of its most impor-
tant foreign policies, and its efforts
to this end constitute, like reassur-
ance, a service to other members of
the international system."
And just as within countries it is
the government that provides the
secure framework for commerce,
"in the international economy
much of the confidence needed to
proceed with transactions and the
protection that engenders this con-
fidence come from the policies of
the United States...Thus in mat-
ters of international economics, as
with international security, the
world's strongest country functions
as the world's government."
Both of these functions intersect
in Iraq, where the American mili-


tary disarmed a dangerous rogue
state within three weeks while
simultaneously securing the
world's oil supply. For those who
prefer to paint this scenario in
Marxist or Islamist terms, we have
only to consider the consequences
of a major interruption in the avail-
ability of oil.
"Oil must move across sover-
eign borders in huge quantities for
the global economy to keep turn-
ing over," Mandelbaum points out.
"It is the United States that has
undertaken the principal respon-
sibility for safeguarding this move-
ment...in much the same way that
governments have the responsibil-
ity for delivering water and elec-
tricity within their jurisdictions."
There is no doubt that Ameri-
ca's global role has attracted wide-


spread disapproval and hostility in
the first decade of the 21st century,
something which Mandelbaum
attributes to fear and insecurity
caused by rapid and sweeping
social change around the world. It
is a resentment that spawns con-
spiracy theories blaming Wash-
ington for every confusion.
But despite the hostile criticism,
"Without the American role in
providing a secure political frame-
work for trade and investment, a
currency for global transactions, a
large market for foreign products,
and loans for countries in acute
financial distress, the economic
prospects of other countries would
suffer, and their governments knew
this even if they did not often say
so.".
In other words, because the US
does not threaten the vital interests
of other countries, and promotes
values that are widely shared while
providing important services to the
international community, there is
no serious opposition to its role in
the world.
In fact, Mandelbaum says, most


countries are willing "free riders",
because the costs of providing gov-
ernmental services to the world
are paid for by the American peo-
ple. Unfortunately, it is uncertain
just how long they will be willing to
foot the bill.
"The greatest threat to the
American international position
in the 21st century seems more
likely to come from the compet-
ing costs of social welfare pro-
grammes within the US, which
threaten to reduce public support
for any and every other public pur-
pose," Mandelbaum says. This
means that "in the course of the
new century the world may have to
do without some, or even most, of
the global governance the US was
supplying when the century
began."
What would the consequences
be? The world would certainly be
a less secure and less prosperous
place. And at worst there could be
a recurrence of economic and
political catastrophes on the scale
of the Great Depression and
World War 2.

Energy security is the most
obvious potential flash-
point. It is one of the critical issues
of our day, because without a free
flow of the oil that powers the
world's industries, our economies
will grind to a halt. The prospect of
a reckless dictator controlling more
than 40 per cent of the global oil
supply was one of the main rea-
sons the US went to war against
Saddam Hussein twice.
And leading the transition from
an energy system relying heavily
on oil to one making greater use of
other sources of energy is "an
immense long-term undertaking
that involves replacing the very
foundations of the international
economy. A task for which a major
American role is necessary," Man-
delbaum points out.
So what has all this got to do
with the Bahamas? Well, in this
context the noises that Venezuelan
leader Hugo Chavez makes about
cutting oil supplies to the US are
more than just a joke. That country
supplies about 11 per cent of cur-
rent US oil imports and according
to a recent report, a Venezuelan oil
embargo against the US would
result in a significant increase in
crude oil prices and a reduction in
US gross domestic product, which
would feed instability throughout
the region.
Chavez is also using his oil mon-
ey to buy political influence in the.


Caribbean and Latin America, as
well as weapons from Russia and
China. He is co-operating with Iran
on nuclear technology and is seek-
ing to reconstitute a broad anti-
American front with Fidel Castro.
Yet the current Bahamian gov-
ernment seems content to join the
rest of Caricom in supporting him.

T he Bahamas and Caricom
voted to put Cuba on the
new UN Human Rights Council
in explicit defiance of American
requests. And more recently the
Bahamas and Caricom are sup-
porting Venezuela's bid for a seat
on the UN Security Council, which
will give Chavez a big opportunity
for disruption. There is also a
strong interest among PLP lead-
ers in joining PetroCaribe, Chavez'
regional oil financing cartel.
These are serious foreign policy
issues that should not be taken
lightly, although our government
has been less than open about
them. It is difficult to see what we
can possibly hope to gain by engag-
ing in such anti-American adven-
turism. Indeed, the, latest news is
that Caricom now wants to nego-
tiate a trade pact with the US and
doesn't see why the relationship
with Venezeula should interfere
with that.
Our politicos like to refer airily
to geopolitics when discussing our
supposedly "necessary and
inevitable" integration with Cari-
com. But, just like' Maxine Sey-
motr in her UWI paper, they are
really spitting in the wind. North
America is, and will remain, our
chief geopolitical reality. It would
be far wiser to simply acknowl-
edge that fact and work with it.
In the final analysis, our politi-
cos should recognize that any seri-
ous disruption to the present inter-
national system would have a dra-
matic impact on the Bahamas
because it would devastate the
world economy by restricting the
cross-border flows of goods, mon-
ey and people that we depend on.
To the extent that American
policies reduce this likelihood, the
US is performing a service of
"unsurpassed importance" for the
rest of the world. And we should
support that.


What do you think?
Send comments to
larry@tribunemedia.net
.Or visit
... , www.bahamapundit.com


"The Bahamas and Caricom voted to
put Cuba on the new UN Human
Rights Council in explicit defiance
of American requests. And more
recently the Bahamas and Caricom
are supporting Venezuela's bid for a
seat on the UN Security Council,
which will give Chavez a big
opportunity for disruption."






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L AN


Some members of BEWU disobey media


'gag order' to criticise BEC management


:FROM page one

to carry out maintenance tasks.
BEC yesterday would not comment beyond
saying that the press statement by the group of
SBEWU members was "distasteful" given the
agreement between the corporation and the union
to refrain from speaking with the media while
negotiations are continuing.
"BEC and the BEWU are under a mutually
agreed upon gag order while we are supposed
Sto be working together to resolve the ongoing
issues. This dispute resolution process is current-
ly being mediated by Bishop Neil Ellis, in whom


management of BEC has every confidence and
with whom both BEC and BEWU agreed on this
gag order," the corporation said in a press release
yesterday.
After union members walked off the job last
week interrupting services at the corporation's
main office management warned that if they
were to give into the pay demands of the BEWU,
BEC would be forced to raise its basic rate for
electricity.
General Manager Kevin Basden told The Tri-
bune in a recent interview that the union is seek-
ing adjustments to a number of issues that had
already been settled in BEWU's previous con-
tract.


Govt closer to airport management deal


SFROM page one

agreement than ever before,"
he said.
SMr Nairn said that after the
Negotiating team has completed
Sits review and reported to Min-
ister of Transport and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin, the pub-
lic will be informed of the
, progress status in the matter.
S"I believe we will have an
announcement to make to the
* public very soon," he said.
iWhile talks are being
wrapped up between the Cana-
dian company and the Bahamas
government, YVARS has sent


two well-known members of
Vancouver's airport authority
to be temporarily at the
Airport Authority offices at
LPIA.
YVARS was earlier this year
awarded a 10-year contract to
manage the airport despite
government having initially
advertised the contract for the
airport's management as a 30-
year lease.
Government in April 2005
first announced that the heavily
criticised airport would be
under new management within
a few months.
This new management is


)FROM page one

Stie choice of the two partners in the Port Author-
ity simply shows his naive political positioning
Sand a total misunderstanding of precisely who is
in'charge and is processing all applications to the
PQort."
S In response, Senator Galanis explained that his
cdnments concerning the situation at the Port
Authority, which saw Julian Francis and Barry
SMalcolm resign, stemmed from what he sees as
I M Babak's duel role as regulator and licensee.
"The reason I said what I said," Mr Galanis
told The Tribune, "has to do with Mr Hannes
B~bak as regulator in his capacity as Chairman
and also as a licensee. He owns companies that
compete with other persons in the port."
"How can you have the regulator also be in
Competition with other people who you are licens-
'ing?" the Senator wanted to know.
"I said, I could not believe that there was due
Process in the selection of the replacement for Mr
Franci-." continued Senator Galanis. "Immedi-
Sately on his retirement, they brought in Babak to
replace him. I do not recall there being any kind
of advertisement or job search made by the Grand
'Bahama Port Authority to find. a Bahamian to
Replace him."
*Senator Galanis was lost for explanations as to
why his administration would approve a work
permit that would allow Mr Babak to assume


expected to transform the air-
port into a first-class facility of
the 21st century.
However, more than a year
later, government and YVARS
have yet to sign the manage-
ment contract which transfers
operations to the Canadian
company.
Deputy general manager of
the Airport Authority Joseph
Reckley in a recent interview
with The Tribune said that
although both parties entered
into a Memorandum of Under-
standing in January of this year,
final negotiations had hit some
unexpected snags.


Senator Galanis
the position of the Port without a proper search
for a Bahamian replacement, only saying: "I am
still not satisfied that I have gotten all the answers
that I need to come to a conclusion to say that this
is what I understand to have transpired." I
What Mr Galanis said that he does know is that
Sir Albert Miller, Lady Henrietta St George, and
Sir Jack Hayward came to Nassau and met with
the Prime Minister. They, according to Mr Gala-
nis, essentially told the Prime Minister what their
intentions were.
"Between the time that that meeting was held
and the time that Mr Babak was given a work per-
mit to do the work," said Mr Galanis, "he was
working in the port without a permit."
"I would be the first to criticise the government
if they did not insist on implementing the Bahami-
anization policy that was established a long time
ago," Senator Galanis said, "but I am more qual-
ified than Mr Babak, and nobody asked me to
take it."
Mr Galanis said that he was not saying that he
would want to take the position, but he made
the comment to highlight the fact that there are
Bahamians as qualified or more qualified
to fill the position left vacant by Mr Francis
and other Bahamian officials at the Port Author-
ity.


RBDF apprehends 75 suspected


undocumented Haitian nationals

CREWMEMBERS of HMBS P-42 of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended 75
suspected undocumented Hait ian nationals attempting to make landfall in the Bahamas on
Monday evening.
The group, which consisted of 64 men and 11 women, was found aboard a 35-foot Haitian
vessel located just five nautical miles west of Bell Island. They Were transported to the
Defence Force's Coral Harbour Base during the early hours of Tuesday morning. A spokesman
for the force said the Haitians, who allappeared to be in reasonably good physical condition,
Were turned over to Immigration o!fI s for processing.






KIA MOTORS


Independence Extravaganza Sale!


FROM page one

health, wealth and welfare as it
wduld be if you had walked into
a lion's den, with a pork-chop
suit on."
Mr Roberts went on to criti-
cise the allowances that Mr
SIngraham has received for his
government services, telling the
audience: "Take a good look at
him today because ... he has a
'fa, Prime Minister's pension
'plus benefits, Leader of the
lOgposition salary, and a Mem-
'belof Parliament salary.
S'It was Ingraham's Cabinet,"
claimed Mr Roberts, "who gave
him the monstrous benefits.
However, when contacted,
"Mr Ingraham pointed out that
'the allowances that he received
.were not instituted for his ben-
efit, but for the benefit of Sir
Lytden Pindling in his retire-
iment, as indicated by Prime
;Mifister Christie in June of
91997.
In speaking to the House on
'the Prime Minister's Parlia-
:mentary Pension Bill, then
leader of the opposition, Mr
Christie admitted that it was his
"d' cision to recommend to Sir
iLynden that he move sooner
Srafther than later to his retire-
qiebt because I felt that it would
clear the way for the kind of
,leadership that I would wish to
extecise in the Progressive Lib-
,erf Party."
I -s a part of his negotiations

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Roberts

with Mr Ingraham for Sir Lyn-
den's retirement, Mr Christie
said "he never had any hesita-
tion in supporting provisions for
the benefit of Sir Lynden that
would enable him to enjoy the
twilight of his years with ...
comfort and dignity.
"In the case of prime minis-
ters," Mr Christie's address con-
tinued, "as I aspire to that office
also, let me just say that I:was
somewhat disappointed but
understood that they had a pro-
vision in this piece of legisla-
tion that made it difficult for
someone of my age, once I
became prime minister, to qual-
ify because it meant that I just
could not do five years as prime
minister, but I had to run for a
second term and put in eight
years."
Mr Christie concluded: "In
these circumstances it could be
... that a wise prime minister
- and I attribute the wisdom to
the Member for North Abaco
- would obviously have logi-
cally concluded that what he
does for the least of us will in
the fullness of time apply to
himself."
In light of this, and in answer-
ing Mr Robert's assertions, Mr
Ingraham replied: "I receive, as
did Sir Lynden, as will Mr
Christie if he gets a second
term, my salary as prime minis-


ter and my salary as a member
of parliament as my retirement
benefit," said Mr Ingraham.
"That comes to $114,000 a
year."
As he did in 2003, Mr Ingra-
ham again pointed out that he
has repeatedly declined to
receive his annual MP's salary
saying, "The law says I am enti-
tied to it, but it wouldn't be
right for me to accept it."
"I got the treasurer and the
financial secretary to both write
a letter confirming that I was
not receiving it," continued Mr
Ingraham. "Then they started
to send it, and I have sent it
back to the treasury every
month. While I was away they
sent a lump sum, which I still
have, and I committed myself
publicly that I will return it to
the treasury as soon as I am
allowed to by them, or by law."
Yet, hoping to play to the fac-
tual ignorance of his audience,
Mr Roberts went on to level
charges against Mr Ingraham
saying, Sir Lynden Pindling
"never once ever dreamt about
doing anything so selfish."
Mr Ingraham said that if Mr
Roberts and this present admin-
istration has an issue with the
agreed Prime Minister's pen-
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"Kerzners eye


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III


* By NEIL HARTNELL Food and beverage revenue to rise 51% by 2010
Tribune Business Editor
-w- -erzner Interna- Condo hotel's $400 daily rate more than $100 above Royal Towers


will earn a 13.5
per cent return
on its $730 mil-
lion investment in Paradise
Island's Phase III expansion
within two years of completion,
with the dolphin attraction gen-
erating almost one third or
$31.5 million of the projected
operating income increase.
The Atlantis and One &
Only Ocean Club owner has
also forecast that food and bev-
erage revenues will increase by
51 per cent within three years
of Phase III's completion.


The average daily rate
(ADR) for Kerzner Interna-
tional's new 600-room condo
hotel during 2007, its first year
in operation, has been pegged
at $400 some $101 higher than
the ADR charged for suites in
the Royal Towers during 2005.
The projections underpin-
ning Kerzner International's
risk/reward analysis, and
expected returns from its flag-
ship project's expansion, were


contained in an analysis per-
formed for the company's
chairman and chief executive,
father and son duo Sol and
Butch Kerzner, by a New York
merchant bank that was advis-
ing them on the $81 per share
deal to take the company pri-
vate.
Groton Partners recorded
that the "dolphin swim" attrac-
tion, when completed, would
generate some $31.5 million


per annum in extra operating
income. Phase III is projected
to add an additional $100 mil-
lion per year in operating
income to Kerzner Interna-
tional's financial performance.
By 2010, Groton Partners'
presentation showed that food
and beverage revenues per
occupied room night, "across
the entire complex", were pro-
jected to rise by 51 per cent
upon 2005 figures, growing


from $208 to $314.
To justify Kerzner Interna-
tional's optimism on food and
beverage rates, Groton Part-
ners pointed out that when the
Phase II expansion opened,
these increased by 13 per cent
from $147 to $166.
Apart from the increased
number of rooms and guests,

SEE page 4B


Kerzner concerns over Baha Mar deal remain


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International
has again raised fears that the
proposed $2 billion Bah Mar
project to revitalise Cable
Beach could split the high-end
luxury market for tourists, cre-
ating "excess supply" by going
'head-to-head' with Paradise
Island for a finite market
unable to sustain both.
An analysis performed by a
New York merchant bank
showed that when Baha Mar's
- project was completed, some
S60 per cent of all hotel rooms in
the Nassau/Paradise Island
Market would be targeted and
Priced at the high-end luxury
market.


It contrasted this with rival
mega resort destinations, Las
Vegas and Orlando, where only
18 per cent and 5 per cent of
the room inventory respective-
ly was targeted at the luxury
high-end market.
The analysis, by New York
merchant bank Groton Part-
ners, was performed for Kerzn-
er International's chairman and
chief executive, father and son
duo Sol and Butch Kerzner, as
they prepared for their $81 per
share bid to take the company
private.
Defining luxury tourists as
those willing to pay more than
$200 per night for their room,
Groton wrote that when the
Baha Mar project was com-
pleted, "the company estimates


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Analysis shows 60% of Nassau rooms targeted
at luxury market when Cable Beach completed,
compared to 18% in Las Vegas, 5% in Orlando


that 60 per cent of the hotel
rooms in Nassau would be
priced at the high-end, leading
to substantial competition and
likely excess supply.
"By comparison, only 18 per
cent and 5 per cent of Las
Vegas and Orlando, Florida,
hotel rooms respectively com-
pete in the luxury segment of
the market."
'Kerzner International has
long advocated that 'any rede-
velopment of Cable Beach
should focus on the mid-mar-
ket, with prices to match, rather
than compete with it for luxury'
high-end tourists.
Fears about the conse-
quences of having to directly
compete with Baha Mar were


articulated in June 2004 by Paul
O'Neill, the Kerzner Interna-
tional (Bahamas) chief execu-'
tive, who told.a Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce lun-
cheon that the two resorts
could "split" the market and
replicate the 40 per cent loss
in business suffered by the
Royal Oasis casino when Our
Lucaya opened its competitor.
Mr O'Neill said at the time:
"For us to go head-to-head, to
go after the same customer, is
not a good idea....... What-we
don't want to do is split what
we've got."
Baha Mar countered through
a study that it commissioned
from HVS International, which
concluded: "With only Atlantis


and its 2,300 rooms, the benefit
of first class and luxury mega
resort operations within the
local market has only been
minimally captured when com-
pared to the potential devel-
oped in destinations such as
Orlando and Las Vegas.
"Orlando, with over 26,000
luxury and first class guest
rooms in 18 mega-resorts
(those with 1,000 rooms or
more), and Las Vegas with
64,000 guest rooms in its 21
first-class and luxury mega-
resorts, reflects considerable
depth.
"Baha Mar had also argued


SEE page 4B


Mirant to
auction
off 55%
shareholding

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
UNITED States energy
giant Mirant yesterday
announced it planned to sell
its 55 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Power
Company through an auc-
tion, with the disposal to be
completed by mid-2007 at
.latest.
Mirant, which recently
emerged from Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection and
was previously known as
Southern Energy, holds a
55 per cent majority stake
in Grand Bahama Power
Company through two sep-
arate holding vehicles.
i'TPi ds 50 per cent of
Grand Bahama Power
Company's shares through
its wholly-owned subsidiary,
Mirant Grand Bahamas
Company, while the
remaining 5 per cent is con-
trolled through its 10 per
cent stake in ICD Utilities.
The latter is the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) listed
vehicle for the remaining

SEE page 4B


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* JAMES SMITH


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government is draft-
ing securitisation legislation to
provide a further boost for the
Bahamian capital markets and
wider financial services indus-
try, the minister of state for
finance told The Tribune.
James Smith said moves to
develop securitisation legisla-
tion were part of the Govern-
ment's strategy to broaden the

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The British Colonial Hilton
funded the rent for the substa-
tion and sponsored its location.
"Crime and safety is one of
the most important factors that
will influence the success of the
city of Nassau as a prime
attraction" said Michael Hoop-
er, the Hilton's general man-
ager. "We are pleased to con-
tribute to this important initia-
tive. We believe substations in
key areas of downtown, such'
as east of East Street, will help


make visitors downtown feel
safe and secure as they experi-
ence Historic Nassau in its
entirety."
Visibility
"The sub station has added
to the high visibility concept of
having uniformed officers, par-
ticularly in the East Bay Street
area and back streets, for the
safety and security of the com-
munity," said ASP Christopher
Rahming, who heads the


Tourism Police Unit.
"The Sub Station, opened in
April 2006, is continuing to
enrich the quality of life for cit-
izens and visitors alike. It was
highly welcomed by the down:
town business community."
The Ministry of Tourism and
the Royal Bahamas. Police
Force spearheaded the initia-
tive to combat crime in the
downtown area in late 2005,
and invited private sector
organizations such as the Nas-
sau Tourism and Development
Board, the Bahamas Hotel
Association and the Chamber
of Commerce to participate in
the development and imple-
mentation of the Bahamas Vis-
itor Safety and Security Board.
The Board's mandate is to
address visitor crime and safe-
ty issues, which include every-
thing from harassment to
crimes of a more serious
nature. The Royal Bahamas
Police Force has increased
manpower in tourist areas,
including Paradise Island
beaches and the downtown
area, to help achieve this goal.
The development of an advi-
sory Board and a Secretariat is
currently underway as part of
an overall strategic plan
designed to engage the public
and private sector in a cooper-
ative approach to fight crime.
The strategy also hopes to
speed-up processing of tourist-
related incidences, while pro-
viding an effective reaction and
follow-up for crime victims and
their families.


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Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
18th day of May 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau Bahamas.






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Telecoms services



hit by lightening


4 By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter
ABACO and Grand Bahama businesses were
without phone services for most of yesterday
after lightening struck some of the Bahamas
*Telecommunication Company's (BTC) equip-
Sment during early morning.
SBTC issued a statement to apologise for the
situation, which occurred at 8.30am when light-
ening struck equipment in Chub Cay, the Berry
Islands and Fox Town, Abaco. The storm
caused telecommunications across the entire
northernn Bahamas to go down, which affected
cellular and fixed-line service on Grand
Bahama, and totally disrupted long distance
calls to and from Abaco and the Berry Islands.
According to the release, technicians were
immediately dispatched to the various locations
to effect repairs.
They were able to restore services to all land


lines and the majority of cellular services at
around 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.
The incident comes on the heels of a power
failure that plunged Abaco into darkness a week
ago.
The power cuts, which occurred during the US
Independence celebrations on July 4, inter-
rupted a number of holiday activities and forced
residents to endure 42 hours without electricity.
Pointing to the situation in the House of
Assembly, former prime minister and Abaco
MP, Hubert Ingraham, said that were it not for
the power cuts, the holiday weekend would
have been a bonanza as the resorts were filled to
capacity.
According to BEC's general manager Kevin
Basden. the.outages were caused by unfore-
seen faults that developed in two generators.
He said a new power plant was expected for
Abaco and could be up and running in the next
three years.


Blue Hill roadworks project moves forward


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH recent bad
weather has caused some
delays in the Blue Hill round-
about redevelopment project.
Francis Clarke, an engineer
at the Ministry of Works, yes-
terday said the project was
still expected to be completed
before the Back-to-School
sales begin.
Mr Clarke said the con-
tractor on the project has mit-
igated the delays h\ placing
more resources on site.
"Every effort is being made
to ensure that the project is
substantially completed," he
said, explaining that this
meant the road would be sig-
nificantly completed for use.
Noted
He noted that in another
week and a half. crews are


expected to begin paving the
road as soon as the cross
ducts are completed.
Pleased
"We are very pleased wlth
the quality of the ,vork being
done, and although we have
had some delays and unfore-
seen challenges, we are pro-
gressing very well."
NMr Clarke said the initial
w orks in this stace of the $3.3
million project the area by
the Town Centre Mall. and
the roundabout by the Texa-
co gas station %will be done
on schedule by the middle of
next month.
The news that the project is
still on schedule is good news
for merchants in the area,
who in the past ha\e com-
plained that the hea\y con-
gestion from the road project
has caused a significant loss in
sales.


In March. Cost Right man-
ager Kelsey Mckenzie told
The Tribune that the store
has probably lost between 10
and 20 per cent of its sales
due to the traffic and conges-
lion.
Other stores expressed that
while consumer traffic inside
may have been shghter less. it
\'as difficult to determine if
sales were impacted.
Stores
Stores in the Mall ha\e
been encouraged to imple-
ment new marketing and
ad\ crtising strategies to
attract and retain customers.
Begun in No\ember of last
year. the road construction
project includes improve-
ments at the roundabout at
Baillou Hill Road and a new
roundabout at the intersec-
tion of Robinson Road and
Baillou Hill Road.


This is to inform


the general public that





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FROM page 1B

the completed Marina Village and
new Nobu restaurant has ensured that
Kerzner International customers also
have a wider variety of dining options
from which to choose, further driving
food and beverage revenues.
In addition, the projected $400
ADR for the 600-room condo hotel is
well in excess of the $247 rate charged
to guests who stayed in the Coral
Towers in 2005, and the $235 per
night charged to Beach Towers
guests.
Compared to the projected 13.5 per
cent return on investment from Phase
III, the Groton Partners analysis
showed that Phase II produced
returns of 11 per cent on an outlay
of $670 million. Phase II increased
operating income on Paradise Island
from $58.1 million to $128.3 million in
2000, a $70 million increase.
The Groton Partners analysis pro-


jected that the compounded annual
growth rate (CAGR) in Paradise
Island's revenue per occupied room
night, which between 1998-2005 had
been 3.6 per cent, would increase to
7.7 per cent between 2006-2010 as a
result of Phase III.
Food and beverage revenue's
CAGR was projected to rise from 5.1
per cent between 1998-2005 to 8.6 per
cent from 2006-2010.
Meanwhile, the Groton Partners
analysis showed that Kerzner Inter-
national was pinning its hopes on
Phase III to reverse the negative trend
in casino win per occupied room night
that had been experienced since
Phase II. Since Phase II opened, casi-
no win has fallen from $224 to $188, a
16 per cent decrease.
While the CAGR for casino win
per occupied room night decreased
by 2.5 per cent between 1998-2005,
Phase III was projected to reverse
this decline by generating CAGR
growth of 1.9 per cent between 2006-


2010.
Meanwhile, a separate analysis by
Deutsche Bank Securities placed the
value of Kerzner International's Par-
adise Island assets at more than $3
billion.
Atlantis and the One & Only
Ocean Club were valued at between
$2.578 billion and $2.792 billion, with
an operating income value from the
condo hotel pegged at between $192.2
million and $209.6 million. A further
$144 million in value came from con-
do hotel and Ocean Club Residences
sales.
In addition, Deutsche Bank valued
Kerzner International's other Par-
adise Island landholdings, which could
be used for a future Phase IV expan-
sion, at between $320 million and
$500 million. The lower valuation val-
ues the land at $4 million per acre,
the higher $6.25 million per acre.
A filing that Kerzner International
lodged with the US Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC) showed


that Kerzner International had paid
$15 million, or $2 million per acre,
for 7.5 acres of beachfront property
owned by John Melk that lay next to
the Ocean Club Estates on Paradise
Island. That deal was completed in
July 2005.
The June 2005 purchase of seven
acres next to Hurricane Hole Marina,
part of a total $24 million deal, valued
this land at $14 million or $2 million
per acre again.
And the company had also sold
nine acres at its Ocean Club condos
property in February 2005 for $18
million, again $2 million per acre.
In terms of the company's finan-
cial performance, Kerzner Interna-
tional is projecting that for its 2006
financial year, net revenues will come
in at $716.9 million, with net income
between $107.1 million and $130.1
million. Earnings per share (EPS)
would fall between $2.78 and $3.37.
Kerzner International's revenues
would break the $1 billion mark in


either 2008 Or 2009, with net income
in 2010 lying between $204.8 million
and $245.8 million.
The company's shareholders will
be asked to approve the $81 per share
offer by the Kerzners and their pri-
vate equity partners to return the
company to the private, sector in
August.
If the transaction is approved and
completed, the Kerzners will see their
combined stake in the company
increase from 11.71 per cent to 24.76
per cent, giving them greater com-
pensation for their endeavours and
risk-taking.
In the SEC filing, the Kerzners and
their partners said the subsidiaries of
Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank had
given commitments to provide $2.38
billion in debt financing to complete
the transaction through a combina-
tion or mortgage and mezzanine
loans.
The buying group will itself be pro-
viding $860.5 million in equity.


and PR firm when this news-
paper called seeking comment.
The auction process and ulti-
mate sale will have no impact
on the company's operations
or 178 employees, although it
may create some uncertainty.
The key for Grand Bahama
Power Company will be the
identity of the buyer, and what


Legal Notice


NOTICE

LAUTAKA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) LAITAKA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 6th July,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd., of
Pasea Estater, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 12th day of July, A.D. 2006."


Verduro Associated ILtdi '-
Liquidator : .,




NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

ROHILL INTERNATION LIMITED


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of
2000, the Dissolution of ROHILL INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Registrar. The date of completion of the dissolution
was June 23. 2006.



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For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator


its plans for the firm are.
Edward Muller, Mirant's
chairman and chief executive,
yesterday said the auction
process would be launched
"immediately", and the com-
pany had already received
expressions of interest from
companies looking to acquire
all its Caribbean assets, includ-
ing Grand Bahama Power
Company.
"We expect these sales to be
completed by mid-2007,
although in a number of cases
we see realistic prospects for
completing them sooner," Mr
Muller said in a conference call
with Wall Street analysts.
Mirant believes an auction
is the process that will enable
it to realise the best price for
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany and its international
operations, although it did not
speculate on the price it was
seeking.
On whether Mirant was like-


ly to find a single buyer for the
Caribbean assets, or sell them
off individually, Mr Muller
said: "We are open to whatev-
er produces the highest value,
but we expect the assets to be
sold to one buyer.
"We have had many expres-
sions of interest from buyers.
They have uniformly expressed
interest in having all the
assets."
Writing in ICD Utilities 2005
annual report, Mr Dunbar said
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany's net earnings in fiscal
2005 increased by 28.6 per cent
upon hurricane-ravaged 2004,
rising from $4.9 million to $6.3
million.
Mr Dunbar attributed the
increase to a 4.2 per cent rise in
sales to 370 gigawatt hours.
Yet sales were up against low
2004 comparatives as a result
of the hurricanes, and contin-
ued to be affected by the Roy-
al Oasis closure.


He added that Grand
Bahama Power Company
again suffered "a continued
increase in expenses to restore
the electricity system" after
Hurricane Wilma in 2005,
upgrading and restoring the
power lines to western Grand
Bahama.
Some 50 per cent of Grand
Bahama Power Company's
almost 19,000 customers were
back on line four days after
Hurricane Wilma passed, with
90 per cent of customers
receiving power some six days
later.
In 2004, Grand Bahama
Power Company suffered $12
million in losses from the dam-
age inflicted by Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne $7.9 mil-
lion in repairs, and $4 million
in revenues.
The decision to dispose of
its majority stake in Grand
Bahama Power Company is
part of a wider strategy by


Mirant to sell-off all its inter-
national operations and focus
solely on its home market of
the US.
SThe move is unlikely to
come as a total shock to
observers, given Mirant's
recent financial troubles. The
company said yesterday that
proceeds from the sale would
be returned to shareholders as
cash.
Apart from three generating
facilities in the Philippines, all
Mirant's international opera-
tions are in the Caribbean.
They include an 80 per cent
stake in Jamaica Public Ser-
vice Company, a 39 per cent
interest in Power Generation
Company of Trinidad & Toba-
go, and a 25.5 per cent stake in
Curacao Utilities Company.
All are up for sale via auction.
JP Morgan will be handling
the auction process for Grand
Bahama Power Company and
the other Caribbean assets.


Kerzner concerns over Baha Mar deal remain :


FROM page 1B


that it would target a different


type of customer, childless cou-
ples and singles, and be more-
oriented towards the Las
Vegas-casino style model with
its partners, Harrah's and Star-
wood, as opposed to Atlantis


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Tuesday. 11 July 2006
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: X ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.519 43 1 CHG 0 00 / O"CHG 00.00 / YTD 168.72 / YTD 12.49
52 ik-H 52wk-Low S m crnsi-l P .F.:. u l:-.i T.:.._1. -.:. .: r.r.r L,;ai.all', EPS D. $ P E Yield
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.82 1.82 0.00 -0.019 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 8.70 Bahamas Property Fund 12.05 12.05 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.5 3.15%
7.49 6.44 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 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.143 0.060 11.1 3.77%
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 9.18 9.18 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.9 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.96 1.96 0.00 C.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 4.89 4.87 -0.02 0.115 0.045 42.6 0.92%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.49 2.49 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 i 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%
1.15 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 International BDRs 7.92 7.92 0.00 0.160 0.000 49.6 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
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with its emphasis on families.
It argued that Atlantis was
closer to the Orlando themed-
resort model, and together the
two would grow the high-end
luxury market as opposed to
splitting it. Tourists would also
have the opportunity to visit
both resort campuses during
their stay, and could, later
return to stay at the other des-
tination.
The Groton report also
pointed out that Kerzner Inter-
national and Baha Mar, under
the terms of their respective
Heads of Agreement, had
pledged to collectively create



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at least 6,500 new jobs from
the relatively small Bahamian
labour market.
:!S6me 3,000 of these would
,be taken on by Kerzner Inter-
iniational's Phase III, the
remaining 3,500 by Baha Mar.
The merchant bank's report
added that when Cable Beach
was first developed as "head-
to-head competition" with Par-
adise Island in 1989, when the
Crystal Palace opened, "the
new supply had a substantial
negative impact on Paradise
Island operations".
Occupancy levels or; Vi'r-
adise Island fell from 80 -'r
cent in 1989 to 63 per cent li
1993, with average daily rates
dropping over that period from
$127 to $95, and revenue per
available room declining from
$102 to $60.
However, that data is slight-
ly misleading, as the declines
were probably also caused by
the economic downturn expe-
rienced in the early 1990s by
the US, Bahamian and world
economies, plus the fact that
the Bahamas tourism product
was run down and looked
shabby.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that PEDRO ERMILIS OF MUTTON
FISH DRIVE CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows.any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 5TH day of JULY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ERNST JEROME OF CHARLES
VINCENT ST, ENGLESTON, 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 5TH day of JULY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JONAS JEAN OF GARDEN
HILLS #1, 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 5TH day of JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


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chief executive, and his assis-
tants yesterday referred The
Tribune to Mirant's head office


Legal Notice


NOTICE

MAMANUCA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MAMANUCA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 6th July,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd., of
Pasea Estater, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 12th day of July, A.D. 2006.



Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator


PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2006


THE TRIBUNE






WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2006, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


Securitisation plan to boost capital markets


FROM page 1B

rarige of products and services the
Bahamian financial services industry
could offer, moving it forward and
SIbeyond the fall-out from the 2000
'blacklisting'.
"Right now, we don't have tight
enough regulations to handle that part
ofcorporate finance," Mr Smith said.
Securitisation is a process that
S involves turning assets into a security,


issuing an instrument such as shares
or bonds against them to raise capital
from investors. In turn, the assets that
have been 'securitised' act as collat-
eral for their investments.
Example
Mr Smith gave as an example of
securitisation mortgage-backed
bonds. He explained that a commer-
cial bank, if it sought to raise or bor-


row more funds for consumer loans,
could take an asset such as its mort-
gage portfolio and issue.bonds against
it.
In return for their capital, the bond
holders receive a regular interest pay-
ment from the securitisation issuer,
and regain their full principal invest-
ment when the issue reaches maturi-
ty.
The enactment of securitisation leg-
islation could thus act as a stimulant


for further development of the
Bahamian capital markets, and attract
institutional business to the interna-
tional side of the financial industry.
Expands
"It expands your capital markets,"
Mr Smith said of securitisation's ben-
efits. "It gives more flexibility to buy-
ers and sellers, and expands the bor-
rowing options, as people don't


always have to go to the bank."
In addition, securitisation also
helped to transform illiquid assets
into liquid ones.
Apart from securitisation legisla-
tion, the External Insurance Bill and
amendment to the Banks and Trust
Companies Act to facilitate the cre-
ation of Private Trust Companies are
on the Government's agenda as it
aims to further modernise the finan-
cial sector's legal framework.


a: ,t. GN-368


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
July 13, 2006

NO.2006/PRO/NPR/00349

Whereas DEGRANDO FRANKS of 2315 Atlanta
-Street, H ollywood in the State of Florida, U.S.A.,
the Only Son has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the real and personal estates of ANN
EVANGELINE FRANKS a.k.a. EVANGELINE
FRANKS late of Sutton Street, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Signed
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
July 13, 2006


PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00351


IN THE ESTATE OF JEAN WEBMAN late of 483
SLake Dora Drive, in the County of Palm Beach in
Sthe City of West Palm Beach in the State of Florida,
one of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after.the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
: its Probate Side by KEVIN M. RUSSELL, of No. 14
Doubloon Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant
Sof Letters of Administration (Single Personal
Representative) in the above estate granted to
BARBARA BERGER the Personal Representative,
by the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, Florida,
Probate Division, on the 6th day of August, 1991.1


D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
July 13, 2006

PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00352

IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLCIA POOLE (a.k.a)
CHARLICA POOLE late of 2536 East 81 Street in
the County of Cuyahoga in the City of Cleveland in
the State of Ohio one of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of


SUPREME COURT

fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by KEVIN M. RUSSELL, of No. 14
Doubloon Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant
of Letters of Authority in the above estate granted
to PAMELA JOHNSON the fiduciary, by the Probate
Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on the 23rd day
of July, 2003.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
July 13, 2006

PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00353

IN THE ESTATE OF PAUL HALLINGBY JR., late of
One Sutton Place South, Apartment 7A, in the City
of New York, in the State of New York, of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
,fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HUBERT ALEXANDER
INGRAHAM, of Croton Avenue, The Grove, New
Providence, The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of Letters Testamentary in the
above estate granted to JO ANN DAVIS
HALLINGBY JR, the Executor, by the Surrogate's
Court of the County of New York, on the 3rd day of
August, 2005.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
June 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00354

Whereas ELVITA ARMBRISTER-LEWIS, of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the real and personal
estate of DEMETRIUS ANDRE SMITH late of No.
13 West End, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
June 13, 2006


PROBATE DIVISION


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00357

IN THE ESTATE OF LAWRENCE J. WAYNE late of
4206 Monserrate Street, in the City of Coral Gables
in the County of the State of Florida, U.S.A. America,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HEATHER L. THOMPSON, of
Pilot House, East Bay Street, Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed
of Successor Grant of Letters of Administratin (Single
Personal Representative) in the above estate granted
to KATHRYN GERTH BYRNES, the Successor
Personal Representative, by the Circuit Court for
Dade County, Florida, Probate Division, on the 12th
day of December, 2005.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
June 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00361

Whereas FEDNER DORESTAL of St. Alban's Close,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
estate of WILLIAM THOMAS TYNES late of Peach
Street, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
July 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00362

Whereas LORI E. LOWE of Lakeview Road, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will annexed of the real and
personal estate of EDWARD J. KUMNEN late of,
57 Bellview Street in the Village of Chagrin Falls in
the State of Ohio, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar








PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2006


SPO-


E BAHAMIAN Alex
Smith (second left) and
his Stanford University
team-mates, who are all
playing in the NFL,
stopped over to partici-
pate in a camp for young-
sters on Saturday at St.
Augustine's College.
Joining Smith are Stanley
Wilson of the Detroit
Lions; Leigh Torrence of
the Atlanta Falcons and
OJ Atogwe of the St.
Louis Rams.

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The Stanford connection





brings NFL to the Bahamas


. FOOTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
IT'S very rare that four play-
ers from the same college would
wind up playing in the National
Football League at the same
time.
Alex Smith helped to give the
Bahamas a rare opportunity to
see all those players from Stan-
ford University together at the
same time when they came
together to assist him in his first
football clinic.
Smith, who is heading into his
second as a tight end with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, host-
ed the one-camp on Saturday
at the St. Augustine's College.
The camp was arranged by his
father, who broke the barrier
for Bahamians in the 1970s as a
defensive end with the Denver
Broncos.
For the past six years since
they enrolled at Stanford Uni-
versity before playing in the
NFL, Smith said when he decid-
ed to put on the camp, he insist-
Sed that his long-time friends,
Leigh Torrence, a defensive
back with the Atlanta Falcons;
OJ Atogwe, a defensive back
as well with the St. Louis Rams
and Stanley Wilson, a defensive
back with the Detroit Lions, all
join him.
"I really appreciated having
them here," said Smith, who
noted that they have worked in
camps together in Atlanta and
Detroit. "I had them here
before when we just hung out
together in college.
"But now that we have all
made it, we thought it would be
nice to come back out here and
just give back to the communi-
ty. I think it was a success. I
think the kids had fun and that
is what we wanted to do. Give
them a chance to hang out with
some NFL players."
Having enjoyed an impres-
sive rookie season, starting 10 of
the 16 games he played in,
Smith said it was a good sea-
son, but he's looking forward
to shining even more in the
upcoming season.
Smith's father, Ed, who set
the pace as a defensive end with
the Denver Broncos, said he's
delighted to see how his son was
able to follow his dreams.
"Alex is a kid who just


E TRAINING at the Alex Smith Camp at the weekend (Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


worked hard in whatever he put
his mind to. Being a former
football player and athlete, I'm
really excited to see him per-
form and play at this level," he
reflected.
As for the camp, the elder
Smith said they just scratched
the surface with the amount of
talented young players who
showed up and they intend to
provide a follow up programme
so that the diamonds in the
rough won't go unpolished
again.
"We are putting some pro-
grammes in place right now to
get them some scholarships and
see how we can move the pro-


gramme to the next level," he
projected. "But we will talk a
little more about it because we
want to make sure that we get
the best results."
Looking at the Stanford con-
nection, the elder Smith said it
was a pleasure to watch the
players all develop from the
"skinny kids" to young men
who are "putting on the pads"
to play in the NFL.
"One thing that is very inter-
esting is that my sister,
Bernadette Moss, came up for
their graduation and she men-
tioned to all of them that they
all will be playing in the NFL,"


the elder Smith reflected. "It
was a prophecy that God placed
on her heart and she shared it
with them. Here they are, all
playing in the NFL."
For Torrence, it was just one
of those things that meant to be
and they can give back to others
who are following in their foot-
steps.
"It's a really great opportu-
nity to be here," said Torrence,
who just hosted a camp of his
own with his friends in Atlanta.
"Just to be here to see kids who
had so many questions to ask
and to get the opportunity to
teach them something that they
were striving for."
Unlike Smith, who was draft-
ed to play with Tampa Bay,
Torrence was drafted by the
Green Bay Packers, but was
dealt to his home town with the
Atlanta Falcons, fulfilling
another dream.
"Very few people get that
opportunity to play football in
the hometown that they grew
up in," he pointed out. "So the
last year was just incredible for
me and I'm hoping this year to
build on what I did last year.
"I have a lot of goals in this
league and I'm just going to
continue to work hard because
I know if those things are for
me, I will be able to get them."
Atogwe, drafted to play with
the Rams, said he's enjoyed his
experience so far in St. Louis
because "it's been a blessing
doing something that I've been
dreaming about since I was a
kid. I couldn't ask for anything
better.
"Last year I had some goals,
but things didn't go as I
planned, but I know God
always have a plan to get you to
where he want you to go. So I
enjoyed my first year experi-
ence and I know it's just the
beginning of a long process to
where I'm going."
As for being back in the
Bahamas with his pals, Atogwe
said when he was growing up,
"although I had the dream of
playing in the NFL, it was hard
trying to make it tangible.


"You always look at the NFL
and NBA players and say that if
they can do it, I know I can do it
too. But one of the things that I
do when I cpme back to these
camps is I let these kids know
that we were just where they
were.
"So its attainable for them
because we are all living prod-
ucts of that. So I really like to
impact that to the kids because
sometimes they feel it's way to
far out there for them. But I
want them to know that it's
attainable once they allow the
Lord to lead them."
All three players have vowed
to go back to the United States
and work hard during the off
season to ensure that they are
ready for the challenge of play-
ing in their second season in the
NFL.



SPORTS



INBRIEF

FOOTBALL
CAFL MEETING
THE Commonwealth Amer-
ican Football League will hold a
very important meeting today
at 6:30 pm at the Starbucks
Cafe, Prince.,George Wharf. All
teams are urged to attend the
meeting, which will be chaired
by Anthony 'Skeebo' Roberts.

FOOTBALL
CAFL TRY-OUT
THE Commonwealth Amer-
ican Football League will hold a
try-out camp at 10am on Satur-
day. The camp is specifically for
young men between the ages of
16-25 wishing to play American
football in the Bahamas and
possibly abroad. All players are
urged to bring their football
shoes.


* CRICKET
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

ALTHOUGH the Bahamas Cricket Asso-
ciation (BCA) provided team members with
several opportunities to play in "under the
lights" games last month the real test for the 13-
member team started yesterday in the histori-
cal Stanford 20/20 Cricket tournament.
The tournament got underway yesterday at
the Stanford Cricket Ground, in Antigua &
Barbuda. The Bahamas was set to play their
first game in the tournament at 7pm against the
Cayman Islands team. Results from the game
were not available up until press time.
The Bahamas will have one shot of advanc-
ing to the next round of the tournament, three
teams were expected to be eliminated in the
preliminary round matches yesterday and
today.
After the first round of elimination, four
more teams will be knocked out with the semi-
final rounds set to get underway on August
1lth.
The tournament sees 19 teams from through-


out the Caribbean sign-up to take part includ-
ing Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas,
Barbados, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands,
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica,
Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
Trinidad & Tobago and the USVI.

Prize

There will be 18 matches played over a six-
week period, each team will be vying for the
cash prize of $1,000,000. The second place team
will be rewarded $500,000.
The Stanford 20/20 tournament was designed
to improve the sport and increase the involve-
ment throughout the Caribbean.
As a result the top two winning team's asso-
ciation will receive an additional $200,000 and
$100,000 respectively.
The man of the match in every game will
also be rewarded $25,000, the man of the match
in the championship game will receive $100,000.
Cash prizes will also be given o the fastest
bowler in each game.


First annual

Alex Smith

Camp is a

huge success


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* FOOTBALL
By RENALDO
DORSETT
Sports Reporter

FOOTBALL in the
Bahamas continues to
build a greater fan base,
but with the efforts of the '
Smith family and their
rich football heritage, the
best is yet to come.
The 1st Annual Alex
Smith football camp took
place on Saturday at the
St. Augustine's College .
field, with over 100 eager
beginners on hand to
participate.
Smith, now entering
his second season as
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
tight end, is the son of
the first Bahamian to
play professional foot-
ball, former Denver
Broncos defence end Ed
Smith.
The camp is the first of
its kind to place a strong
emphasis on enhancing
football skills of the
youth with a star studded
cast.
Also on hand at the
camp were fellow Bucca-
neers Mark Clayton and
2005 NFL Offensive
Rookie of the Year Car-
nell "Cadillac" Williams,
as well as other players
from various teams
around the league includ-
ing the Atlanta Falcons
Leigh Torrence, The
Detroit Lions Stanley
Wilson, the St. Louis
Rams' Oshiomogho
Atogwe and others.
The campers moved
through a cycle of sta-
tions, learning the differ-
ent aspects of football
basics and the correct
way to play different skill
positions including
defensive back, defensive
lineman, and wide
receiver.
Several campers said
their highlights of the
day including the route
running and pass catch-
ing drills.
Smith said he was
impressed with the level
of raw talent seen from
the beginners.
"The thing that really
sticks out is that a lot of .
these guys have a lot of
talent and skills for the
game, without having
any real experience other'-
than watching on televi- ..
sion."
He also said that one '
of the camp's main goals '
was to add some expo-
sure to the game of foot- .
ball throughout the coun-
try and have the campers
learn from those who
have succeeded at the
game's highest level.
"I know football is not.
very high in demand here
or very exposed so that's-.
the one thing I wanted to
do was bring the game
here to some younger
players," he said.
"When I came out here
after the season I saw
that there were a lot of
people really excited
about football and that's
not something I had real-;
ly seen before or knew
about," he said.
"I tried to see if there
was a way that I could
give back, and that's one
of the things I'm trying to
do with this camp."
The Alex Smith Camp
is one of the initial steps :
towards what Ed Smith,
the camp's co-ordinator,
said will be a lasting
presence of sports pro-
grammes for Bahamians ".
to have opportunities to "
interact with successful ',
professionals, while
learning fundamental
values of life and football
skills.
Hopefully these skills -
wound be used as a vehi- .
cle as a means to achieve ."
higher education and
give back to the commu-
nity in different ways.
Smith says the one day;, <
clinic definitely has plans
for expansion, but this '


initial step was indeed a
success, with bigger
and better plans still to
come.


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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS


Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas will
begin its quest this week
to qualify for the 2007
FIFA Under 20 World
Cup, set to be held in
Canada, by first facing
regional competition.
The talented and experi-
enced U-20 squad will be
competing in St. Croix, the
U.S. Virgin Islands in a
regional 'group qualifica-
tion tournament against
the best of the Caribbean.
The team will take on
Bermuda today in game
one of the tournament, fol-
lowed by matches against
the British Virgin Islands
on Friday, and concluding
against the hosts, U.S. Vir-
gin Islands, on Sunday.
Accompanying the team
will be Team Manager
Ricardo Bowe, Head
Coach Tony Singh, Assis-
tant Coach Stephen Bel-
lot, Team Trainer Garvin
Christie, and Equipment
Manager Kilroy Farring-
ton.
The team was selected
by the Bahamas Softball
Federation's Technical
Committee after a lengthy
training and preparation
process.
Composed primarily of
college and promising high
school players, the team is
expected to perform at a
high level in this tourna-
ment and advance well
into the qualification
process.
As a warmup for the
tournament, the team
recently competed in two
friendly matches against
select senior men's teams
and won both matches.
Qualifying for the FIFA
Youth Championships
would be a major step in
the country's soccer pro-
gram.
Trinidad and Tobago's
success in this year's World
Cup has made the interna-
tional community aware of
the high talent level of soc-
cer in the Caribbean and
the Bahamas hopes to take
strides in a similar fashion.
The FIFA World Youth
Championships is the
world championship for
soccer players under the
age of 20.
Some of the most recog-
nised names in the sport
have made their initial
impact on the world stage
at this competition includ-
ing Argentinean great
Diego Maradonna in 1979,
and Brazilian striker
Ronaldinho in 1999.




MEN'S U-20
NATIONAL TEAM

Goalkeepers:
Shari Clarke
Suave Rolle

Defenders:
Darryl Beneby
Demetri Darville
James Virgill
Bernard Rahming
Shemond Thompson
Dana Veth
Kyle Williams
Dwayne Forbes

Midfielders:
Michael Bethel
Cameron Hepple
Damont Mitchell
Craig Smith
Alecks Vanderpool
Lesly St. Fleur

Forwards:
Happy Hall
Jarrell Hall


Sp oPin community hailsi;








list steps for stadium


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
SPORTS Ambassador Tommy
Robinson called it a "wonderful"
Independence Day as the ground
breaking for the new national sta-
dium by the government of the
People's Republic of China was
held on Monday at the Queen
Elizabeth Sports Centre.
"It was a wonderful gesture
that the People's Republic of Chi-
na is giving us," said Robinson,
who heads the committee that is
responsible for overseeing the
plans for the stadium.
"I've been around for so long
that when you think about the fact
that we were at the Eastern
Parade, then St. Augustine's Col-
lege and then some 40 years ago to
move here and now to still be
around to see what is going to be
the ultimate national stadium, I'm
so overwhelmed with pride."
Robinson, who the current
track and field stadium is named
after, said when he and his com-
mittee started planning for this,
the stadium presented by the Peo-
ple's Republic of China was noth-
ing that they had envisioned.
"Our committee is excited
about what is happening and the
people of the Bahamas will be
excited once they see something
starting to happen," he charged.
"It's a wonderful lifetime experi-
ence that we are involved with.'"
Former sprinter Iram Lewis,
appointed by the Bahamas Gov-
ernment as the project manager
for the facility, said while the
ground breaking ceremony was
held on Monday that the work will
now be ongoing.
"We have to do a lot of under-
ground works in terms of water,
power and even cable. These all
have to be in place first because
this is a heavyweight and steel edi-
fice," Lewis charged.
"So it's going to take a lot of
time. I know a lot of people dri-
ving by won't see it. But once that
is completed, over a period of 4-6
months, I can say that you will see
some good progress."

Project
As to when the project will be
completed, Lewis said it's hard to
put a time frame on it. But he indi-
cated that the first phase, which
will include the construction of the
new national track and field stadi-
um and both the softball and base-
ball stadiums, will be completed
within a year and a half to two
years.
Prime Minister Perry Christie
said the project has finally reached
the stage where people can see
something happening.
"That's how it is all around
the world. People would want to
go beyond the talking and see the
commencement of the project,"
he said. "This now symbolises the
commencement of the construc-
tion of the stadium.
"The difficulty we are now
faced with is how many Bahami-
ans we will find available to work
on these sites because we will com-
mence the construction of nation-
al stadium, the baseball stadium
and the softball stadium, all at the
same time when construction is
going on at Paradise Island and
they will soon start at Cable
Beach."
Christie further noted that it's
a great time to be in the Bahamas
when there are a lot of jobs avail-
able and persons will soon have
the luxury of sitting back in style
and watching our athletes perform
against the best in the world.
"This is no time to half step.
The only way to be successful in
sports is to put the resources into
sports," the prime minister stat-
ed. "And we will ensure that our
athletes will not only have the
right facility, but access to the best
coaching and the best equipment
and the right advice."
Bahamas Olympic Association
president Arlington Butler said
that, while the current track stadi-
um has a nice surface, he know
that the new stadium will bring
more comfortable to those watch


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and it will not be a hindrance for
those who have to drive in and
out of the QESC.
Dianne Woodside, a former
athlete turned coach, said she's
excited about what is going to hap-
pen for athletics with the con
struction of the new stadium.
"I think we will have a lot of
people who will want to come to
our country to compete in this big
environment. I think it will be a
boost for track and field in this
country," she reflected. "I think it
will really be a big boost for the
economy of our country as well."
Another sprinter, Rendward
Wells, said he's delighted that the
People's Republic of China has
decided to grace the Bahamas with
this gift.
"This is what we need a first
rate stadium for a first rate peo-
ple," he insisted. "I think this will
go a long way towards our nation-
al image and for developing the
need for our people to keep strid-
ing towards excellence because we
will have something of excel-
lence."
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Association's president Mike
Sands, who served as master of
ceremonies for the ground break-
ing, said the new stadium will
enable the Bahamas to host more


IAAF certified and sanctioned
events in the future.
"The facilities will meet all of
the IAAF requirements, which
means that we will be able to offer
ourselves to all of the meets that
we can handle in this region," he
said. "We will definitely be moving
in the first world with the first class
facility that is being built."

Demolished
Bahamas Softball Federation
president Rommel Knowles said
that once the Churchill Tener
Knowles Stadium is demolished, a
lot of memories will go down with
it.
"But finally we will be getting
a true national stadium where we
can host international competi-
tions, so we are elated about that,"
said Knowles, who mentioned to
the Minister of Youth, Sports and
Housing Neville Wisdom, that the
new facility will be a gem in. the
Caribbean.
On what he's seen on paper,
Knowles said, "I've been all over
the Caribbean and Central Amer-
ican region and, when we came
into office, we have been trying
to pursue those countries to come
here.


"With the new facility in place.
We will be able to do that because
when our national teams travel,
we always have to travel to Latin
America and most of the times we
have to go those countries for the
coaching clinics. Hopefully that
will change with this new facility as
we make a quest to get back into
the top three in the world."
But New Providence Softball
Association president Steve 'Gar-
bo' Coakley said he was a little
disappointed that a portion of the
wall at the Churchill Tener Stadi-
um was knocked down during the
ceremony and they are still using
the stadium to-play their regular
season ganes.
"But I understand that they
are going to give us a temporary
place to have our games. We
haven't gotten that yet, so in the
meantime, we will still be here
until they provide an alternate
site," he pointed out..
"But from what I gathered, it's
going to be a world class facility
with,a lot of amenities that we
presently don't have, so it's going
to be well accepted by the softball
community because we can bring
in more softball tournaments and
teams to train here."
Veteran female player Neres-
sa Seymour said it should be a


very nice softball facility when it's
completed, but her only regret is
that "I may not be around by then
to play on it," indicating that
she's leaning towards retirement
after this season, having played
since 1983.
Jeff 'Sangy' Francis, president
of New Providence Amateur
Baseball League, said he's excited
about the new stadium because of
the direction that the sport is
heading with some many young
players participating in the game
today.
"I think this new complex will
be the ideal thing for us," he said.
"I hope we get it within the year.
But I'm impressed with the com-
plex that I see on paper and I
think the level of performance by
the young players will come on
line with the facilities."
Charles 'Chuck' Stubbs, a for-. .
mer coach in the Little League
programme in the Bahamnas'
Baseball Association, said the
new baseball facility couldn't
have come at a more opportune
time.
"I think it's going to be great
for the country and the young peo-
ple," he stressed.
"It's a magnificent stadium on
paper. It's going to be great when
it's completed."


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