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Store owner hits

out over blaze

A STORE owner claims that
the fire department's decision to
ignore calls from the public con-
tributed to the extensive damage
to businesses at Top of the Hill,
Mackey Street, over the weekend.
According to Mr Rupert
Roberts, owner of Discount Mart
and Super Value food stores, there
were about 10 phone calls made
by five witnesses to the Fire
However, Press liaison officer,
Waller Evans thinks fire fighters
who fought the fire did a "tremen-
dous job."
S Inspector Evans said that when
S the public judges the situation, it
should consider the dangerous
S conditions dthit the Fire Depart-
ment faces, and the task of attend-
Sing to other businesses that were
also affected, such as Book World
and Super Value Food Stores,
I, I. .ii ih, north western end of
the liopping piL.!.-i
Il ,:\.pl un.d h. the officers
ave their best in terms of pro-
im.c ih iL hiildinL'.- whilee risking
ithicir l'.cs O ne ,I the officers is
suffering heat exhaustive injuries,
' from smoke inhalation. The other
S has suffered a minor hand injury.
'We had to make some deci-
sions as to what would have been
tI,. he. i u j\ fo us to deal.with
il-- ii LI.niin, and I believe that
we have achieved our goal, in that
respect,' Mr'Evans said.
"These are very'huge stores,"
he said, "and then there is also the
office supplies store which is at
the northern -nd 1 SupF r Value.
We knew, tlht these stores,
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,- .S ldr ..C:l i.' llId'J e spread to oth-
er buildings and posed a tremen-
dous threat to (citizens) in the.
Shocked, yet relieved that his
'* L r i .t'-ore did not burn down,

Mr Roberts said the police wasted
precious time attempting to get a
fire vehicle at the rear of his own
store. By the time the fire truck
made it to the back of the store
hours had passed and flames were
In fact, he told The Tribune,
that after numerous 911 calls, the
flames were devouring the plaza.
After many attempts, the female
operator at the fire department
replied. "A superior officer on the
scene told me that the fire is under
She then told Mr Roberts that
the Fire Department does not take
calls about fires from the public.
Mr Roberts, who found this very
strange, said he replied: "If we
don't call, then who will?"
Mr Evans, claimed he had no
knowledge of tl his .,hkd,'. n in
communication c tm ee irt he Fire
Department headquarters and the
firemen on site. When asked by
The Tribune whether he could dis-
close the emergency calls about
this fire to the fire department, he
S"I feel that it would be inap-
propriate for me to release tapes
of the 911 calls that were recorded
because they are only for police
investigation purposes, and not for
(public disclosure."
Responding to what Mr Evans
said about releasing the tapes, Mr
Roberts explained that miscom-
Smunication was the major factor in
what he deemed was "mass
"This is the reason why they
don't want to release the tapes;
because they're trying to cover up
what really-: hppncLd," he
"How could they hide some-
thing that is public property? We
pay taxes, therefore, it is supposed
to be made available to us."
Investigations continue into the

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ried out," Inspector Simons
said. "But we do have
record of them doing the
graffiti and painting the turf
area, at this point and time.
But right now we have 24,
who ate at nine different
sites in St.'Cecilia who are
painting right now, and they
will move on to other
The operation is a part of
the Urban Renewal pro-
gramme and is expected to
expand to ,Ilice r c ,,iiri.ln uri-
ties throughout New Provi-
dence. ,
The Coconut Grove Clin-
ic, Super Value, Blue Hill
Road, Price Buster's Ware-
house, on Robinson Road,
are the first of many build-
ings expected to be paint-
The initiative started yes-
terday in St Cecilia and will'
move toiother communities
inarred by cryptic writings
and initials.
According to Inspector
Sinin- ii,. rl\ 100 juveniles
I' Ib, in. I1,1.1 responsible
for the lawless act most-
ly males between the ages
of 15 and 25. However, he
said, two girls were found
to be involved in the
destructive act.,
The investigation into this
crime, which carries light
penalties, began in Decem-
her, 2005.




SDoctor testifies

that murder

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co uld e found dead good health

approved ByROYANNE afterarrest

Tribune Staff Reporter.
THE Bahamais .couldJ Sc ino.'
only one, but two LNG teli ni-
nals built in the counn i n III
near future.
With negotiations for an
agreement between government
and the AES Corporation near-
ing completion, and Suez Ener-
gy North America still pushing
for a liquefied natural gas facil-
ity in Grand Bahama, it is pos-
sible that both could be
approved, according to Agri-
culture and Fisheries Minister
Leslie Miller.
Mr Miller told The Tribune
yesterday that an approval for build its LNG regasifi-
cation terminal on Ocean Cay
does not preclude the Suez' pro-
ject also being approved further
down the line.
"There really is no reason
why the Bahamas should not
SEE page 11,


THE.body of an unidentified
disabled black-male, was found
yesterday lying in. an awkward
position behind Wesley
Methodist Church Pre-school,
on Meadow Street and Blue
Hill Road.
During a briefing at the
scene, Press Liaison Officer,
Walter Evans, made a public
appeal for relatives or friends
to step forward, to help police
identify the body.
"We do not have informa-
lion on his identity, however we
have information that this indi-
vidual frequents this area and
between the park (on Meadow
Street)," Mr Evans said. "We
arc (asking) relatives and
friends to contact the police if a
sibling has been missing for one
or two days,.so that we can get
the identity of this individual,
who is believed to be in his late
SEE page 12

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A Bimini doc-
tor testified in the Supreme
Court on Monday that Frederick
Francis was in good physical and
mental health following his arrest
last year by police for the mur-
ders of two Austrian tourists.
Francis, 23, is accused of mur-
dering Barbara Frelln von Per-
fall, 32. and Bernhard Bolzano,
34, who were found shot to death
in a hotel room at the Bimini
Blue Water Resort on July 23,
In addition to the double mur-
ders. the accused is also charged
with armed robbery and the rape
of Ms von Perfall, who is a
duchess in her Austrian home-
Dr Apparao Kolli, a general
medical practitioner, practising
at the Bimini Community Clinic,
examined Francis on two sepa-
rate occasions on July 26, 2005.
SEE page 11

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The choice of a legacy faces

prime minister in LNG affair

L AST week Tuesday, Attor-
ney General Allyson May-
nard-Gibson told The Tribune that a
heads of agreement for a proposal to
pipe LNG from The Bahamas to
Florida was being negotiated and
could be approved before the end of
the PLP Government's term of office.
Mrs Gibson sought to justify her gov-
ernment's position with the assertion
that it was continuing the policy of
the FNM Government in this matter.
There are two things seriously
wrong with this. The first is that it is
most unusual for an attorney general
to be making announcements about
projects being considered or approved
by the government. Either the minis-
ter responsible for the particular pro-
ject or the prime minister should be
the one to do so. Mrs Gibson is nei-
ther, so why did she do it?
Before she became a cabinet min-
ister her law firm acted for the AES
Corporation which is seeking approval
of this project. It is not unreasonable
to assume that, in a matter which can
involve billions of dollars, the legal
fees would be considerable.
There is nothing wrong with that.
But since she became a member of
the Cabinet, first as a minister then as
attorney general, she should have
recused herself from further involve-
ment at any stage of this affair to
avoid the appearance of conflict of
interest. Prime Minister Perry Christie
should have instructed her accord-
Both of them should well remem-
ber the huge ruckus the PLP rightly
created over a conflict of interest scan-
dal involving the late Sir Stafford
Sands in 1965 which contributed con-





to two LNG projects, one for AES at
Ocean Cay and the other at Freeport,
but these were subject to the FNM
Government's being satisfied by the
findings of environmental impact
assessments that the projects were
environmentally sustainable.
The assessments were to be under-
taken by approved independent envi-
ronmental scientists and were to meet

"Progressive people are agitating
for governments, industry and
ordinary citizens to cut back on
the consumption of fossil fuels
and to mobilise resources -
money, science, technology,
magination In the search for
cleaner sources of energy.

siderably to the defeat of the UBP
Government in 1967.
The second thing wrong with the
attorney general's announcement is
the shameless attempt to shift respon-
sibility for this matter onto an FNM
Government which is no longer in
power. This is particularly laughable
in light of the PLP's habit of denying
some FNM achievements while, when
it suits them, trying to steal credit for
The truth is that the FNM Gov-
ernment gave approval in principle

all standards and requirements for
similar projects in the United States.
None of this was done before the
FNM left office in 2002.
The responsibility for whatever was
done subsequently and whatever deci-
sion is made now must rest squarely
on the shoulders of the PLP Govern-
ment, nobody else not the opposi-
tion, not the LNG corporations, not
the government's advisers, only the
Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Leslie Miller has been the

chief advocate for this project. He
had responsibility when he was Min-
ister of Trade and Industry and when
he was handed his present portfolio
that item incongruously remained
with him.
So it was not surprising that the
day after the attorney's general's
announcement he followed up with a
gleeful announcement to The Jour-
nal that the deal could be done as ear-
ly as today.
Maybe this is only the latest in a
succession of failed predictions by
Minister Miller. By Friday he had
modified this one when he told The
Tribune that approval could come
much sooner than his Cabinet col-
league had foreshadowed.

None of this is very comfort-
ing for the thousands of
Bahamians who are worried that the
PLP Government might give the
green light to this venture. In fact, it
was a shock for those thousands of
Bahamians who thought that months
of relative silence on the issue meant
that the government was having sec-
ond thoughts.
Nassau Guardian writer Andrew
Edwards spoke for them when he said
in the Weekender section of that
newspaper that "... it was hoped by
myself and countless others that the
silence ... was a strong indication that,
the topic was put to rest. The dismay
and disappointment at hearing such
an announcement is inestimable."
Mr Edwards expressed the hope
that this decision wasnot based pri-
marily on dollars and cents but it
looks as if that is exactly the case
because Minister of State for Finance
James Smith told The Tribune that
the LNG deal and the sale of the
Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany could together pretty much elim-
inate the projected $125 million bud-
get deficit.
So what do we do to make up the
next budget deficit? Invite the Amer-
icans to dump their toxic waste in our
,waters? Sell our.fisheries to the Kore-
ans? Give the next land developer
who comes along 100 thousand acres
in Cat Island for $300 an acre?
Despite Mr Miller's protestations
to the contrary, shipping liquefied nat-
ural gas into The Bahamas, regasify-
ing it and piping it to Florida would be
an extremely dangerous business.
Prime Minister Perry Christie him-
self put his finger on it when he rumi-
nated about how such an industry
might affect our image as a leading
tourist resort.
Mr Miller says that those few who
are opposed to his favourite project
are against anything progressive and
he complains about them attacking
him as the messenger of this suppos-
edly progressive proposal.
Mr Miller and his colleagues should
not fool themselves into believing that
only a few people are opposed. Fur-
thermore, nobody is attacking the

messenger. Mr Miller is the leading
champion of this cause and it is about
what he says and does, nothing more.
He has gone so far as to say what
"we" (he and the LNG people) are
going to do, and he insults the intelli-
gence of the Bahamian people when
he claims that the Floridians cannot
find a site somewhere in their own
Mr Miller obviously does not know
what progressive means. Genuinely
progressive people around the world
are becoming more and more con-
scious every day of the damage being
done to the global environment by
greed and callous abuse, especially
abuse by big, polluting industrial inter-
They weep as once-sparkling rivers
are turned into toxic cesspools not fit
for humans nor animals, as once-
refreshing rains are laced with acid
that scorches green leaves, as car-
cinogens are pumped into the ground
to contaminate the water we drink,
as even the mighty oceans are poi-
soned and overheated, and whole
species are being pushed to extinc-
But progressive people are not just
weeping, they are fighting to save the
planet and humankind along with it
- from the ignorance, greed and reck-
lessness of those who believe there is
no limit to the abuse they can heap
onto nature, and those who believe
that a dollar can compensate for
irreparable damage.
Progressive people are agitating
for governments, industry and ordi-
nary citizens to cut back on the con-
sumption of fossil fuels and to
mobilise resources money, science,
technology, imagination in the
search for cleaner sources of energy.
As people from all around the
world scramble to find pristine envi-
ronmental havens away from polluted
air and stagnant waters, as once-abun-
dant stocks of marine resources dis-
appear, the wonderful natural her-
itage that is The Bahamas takes on
even greater value ..
It is bad enough to give away or to
sell for a few dollars tens of thousands
of acres of Bahamian land; it would be
almost criminal to allow dirty and
dangerous industries to destroy our
coral reefs, marine resources and the
pristine environment with which we
have been blessed and which makes
us a wealthy little nation.
We have a solemn responsibility
to guard, protect and conserve these
treasures for future generations of
Bahamians to enjoy and share with
the rest of the world. Prime Minister
Perry Christie should consider
whether he would want that as his
golden legacy or whether he would
like to be reviled by future genera-
tions as the prime minister who risked
it all for a few dollars.

0 In brief
... .............................................. .....

Second man
is held over
sex case
THE second man sought
in connection with an allega-
tion of unnatural sexual
intercourse with a 10-year-
old boy is now in police cus-
According to Chief Supt
Marvin Dames, the man was
arrested Thursday night
after fleeing the scene of the
alleged act early Thursday
morning. The other man was
arrested at the scene.
The men, aged 22 and 23,
were identified by a con-
cerned citizen in the commu-
nity, leading police to make
the arrests.
"When the citizen actually
got a really good look at
what wos going wasn't
a good sight," Mr Dames
"This incident is of great
concern," he continued.
"One of the questions we
have to ask is why would a
10-year-old boy be roaming
the street around two or
three in the morning? Where
are the parents? He has a
mother and a father," Mr
Dames said.
Police have yet to release
the identities of the men who
have been arrested.

Police burn
seven -acre


field in

POLICE on Monday
burned down a seven-acre
marijuana field in western
Jamaica, and confiscated
4,000 kilograms.(8,800 ..
pounds) of the drug the
largest such bust this year,
authorities said, according to
Associated Press.
Police Superintendent
Carlton Wilson said authori-
ties were searching for three
men seen running from the
field in Westmoreland
parish, about 275 kilometers
(170 miles) west of the capi-
tal of Kingston, during the
raid a day earlier.
Wilson said the confiscat-
ed marijuana was found in
packages in a shed on the
field and appeared ready for
So far this year, police
have seized more than 9,000
kilograms (19,840 pounds) of
marijuana. In 2005, 15,000
kilograms (33,070 pounds) of
the drug was seized.


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0 In brief

FNM says
on highway
is neglected

THE FNM has accused the
Ministry of Works of neglect-
ing the landscaping on the
Tonique Williams-Darling
"After millions spent refur-
bishing this highway and nam-
ing it after one of our sports
giants, why has the government
failed to adequately landscape it
or keep the grass on the median
mowed, or regularly clean the
median from debris?" the party
"As of this writing half of the
grass is mowed, another half is
not, the roundabouts are over-
grown and trash continues to
litter the median," a statement
issued by the party yesterday.
The statement went on to say
That the transformation of thle
highway was originally organ-
ised by the former FNM gov-
"The FNM contracted for the
transformation of a section of
the former Harrold Road
(between Milo Butler High-
way/Bethel Avenue and Bail-
lou Hill Road) into a four-lane
"This was but one segment
'' of the 19-corridor New Provi-
dence road improvement pro-
"This segment was removed
from the project and built and
opened with much fanfare by
the present government who,
also with much fanfare,
renamed all of the former Har-
rold Road the Tonique
Williams Darling Highway."


ring is


by police

THE police say they cracked
Sagambling ring and made a
Snumberof arrests over the
According to press liaison
officer Inspector Walter Evans,
the operation was carried out
under the crime prevention ini-
Stiative known as Operation
Quiet Storm.
Mr Evans said officers exe-
cuted a search warrant at a
establishment on Mount Roy-
S al on Saturday.
During the search, he said,
Soffi :rs confiscated "several
gambling items and $15,000 in
"As a result several persons
Were arrested in connection
with gambling. The matter is
currently being investigated."
Also over weekend, Opera-
tion Quiet Storm executed sev-
en outstanding arrest warrants
and over 100 persons were
searched, Mr Evans said.

:::50 held by
US officials
for travelling
to Cuba

San Juan
A GROUP of Puerto Rican
volunteers who traveled to
Cuba were detained by U.S.
immigration officials for sever-
al hours on Monday, authori-
ties said, according to Associat-
ed Press.
Fifty volunteers traveled by
Sferry to the communist-run
island, via the Dominican
Republic, to work in education
and agricultural projects, said
Isabel Berrios, a law student in
the group.
". -" US Immigration and Customs
Enforcement officials detained
the travelers for five hours in
western Puerto Rico after estab-
lishing that they had visited
Cuba without permission, said
Wendy Vallejo, agency spokes-
S woman.
SAgents were now conducting
a further investigation to deter-

mine if any laws were broken,
Vallejo said. The US prohibits
most citizens from traveling to
Cuba or spending money there.
The trip, organized by the
Juan Rius Rivera Brigade, is
made annually by some in this
US territory.
The US has maintained an
economic embargo against
Cuba for 45 years in an attempt
to force a change in the
Caribbean nation's communist
government under President
Fidel Castro.

Ministry silent on failure to

check health board reports


THE Ministry of Health
seems to be remaining silent
on its failure to table financial
reports from the Hospital and
Healthcare Facilities Licensing
Efforts to reach the Minis-
ter of Health, Dr Bernard Not-
tage and his permanent secre-
tary, Mrs Elma Garraway
proved futile. Numerous calls
were made and messages left
at their respective offices, how-
ever The Tribune got no
On Saturday, The Tribune
learned that as much as $9 mil-
lion might be unaccounted for,
as financial reports from the
HHFLB have not been tabled
for the past eight years by any

Minister of Health.
Jerome Gomez, chairman of
the HHFLB, confirmed that
his administration and that of
his predecessor submitted the
reports in question to the min-
He pointed out, however,
that he could not say with any
certainty whether they were
then tabled in parliament.
Section 28 of the Hospital
and Healthcare Facilities Act
states that "the minister shall
cause a copy of every such
report to be laid on the tables
of both Houses of Parliament".
The HHFLB is among a
group of advisory, technical
and administrative support
units in the Ministry of Health.
Its functions include: to issue
licenses for the use of build-

0 JEROME Gomez

ings as hospitals or healthcare
facilities; to regulate and
inspect healthcare facilities; to

initiate investigations into any
matter affecting tle manage-
ment, diagnosis or treatment
of a person within the hospital
or healthcare facility licensed
under the Act; and to appoint
qualified persons to be inspec-
tors for the purposes of the
The tabling of financial
records is not the first issue to
be raised about the HHFLB.
The Act that established the
board also requires that all
deaths be reported to the Chief
Medical Officer in the Ministry
of Health within 48 hours.
Section 24:5 states that: "Any
administrator who files to
make any record required by
subsection three is guilty of an
offence and is liable for sum-
mary conviction to a fine of

$5000, or imprisonment for
three months, or both".
Despite this fact, family
members of persons who died
in private institutions question
whether all deaths have been
One such family showed The
Tribune a letter from Chief
Medical Officer Merceline
Dahl-Regis admitting that a
private facility failed to report
the death of their family mem-
According to the family, the
facility in question has never-
theless had its licence renewed
by the HHFLB.
Mr Gomez told The Tribune
that no healthcare facility has
ever been denied a licence
since the board's inception in

FNM: PLP's concessions for foreign

investments 'do not help Bahamians'

M By TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER sider at this point in our develop- cial burdens on the average Bahamian tion programme.
ment," it said. have not been offset by a resurgent "Plans the FNM left in place to com-
THE unprecedented concessions giv- The party pointed out that the con- economy creating more wealth for plete the strengthening of sea walls have
en to foreign investors by the PLP gov- cessions deprive the Treasury of money increased numbers of our people. in New Providence and the Family
ernment have done nothing to help the which could be used to protect the bor- Instead, the types of projects Islands have only begun now, after four
common Bahamian, according to the ders from illegal immigration and pro- approved by the governing party, if they years of delay. And, much of this work
FNM. tect the streets from criminals, eventually come on stream, will create began almost on the same day this
In a statement issued yesterday, the "For all the talk of billions in new primarily low-end jobs and not the high- year's hurricane season began," it said.
opposition party said that while empha- investments, Bahamians do not feel it in er-end jobs needed truly to grow the "A really sensible, prudent government
sising the billions in new investments, their pockets or bank accounts. The economy. would begin seawall work early in the
the government had been downplaying poor have slipped further behind and "It seems that we cannot trust the year and not wait for the hurricane sea-
"massive and unprecedented" land and the middle class is being squeezed," the governing party to do the big things son to start."
tax exemption giveaways which over statement added. right, like telling us facts regarding the The statement continued: "Other
time may cost the Treasury over a bil- It said the "dramatic" increases in so-called billions in new investments, urgent projects are also being ignored.
lion dollars. gas prices, health care costs, electricity, "We also cannot trust them to get The front street of Cooper's Town; the
"The PLP government has given school fees, insurance and various con- small things right, like keeping our north Eleuthera dock; the gateway to
away millions upon millions in con- summer goods continue to wreak finan- islands clean or prepared to confront Harbour Island one of our premier
cessions with no tangible benefit to cial havoc on Bahamians with both annual summer storms." tourism destinations, all endure and suf-
Bahamians; levels of concessions moderate and above average incomes. The statement was referring to gov- fer from disgraceful negligence on the
which an FNM would not even con- The FNM said that additional finan- ernment's ongoing sea wall reconstruc- part of the governing party."

Still no update on

pritSO inveStigatiO I
prison investigation .

Tribune Staff Reporter
NO official information has
been released in reference to
an investigation of the grue-
some photographs released in
February which appeared to
show two Fox Hill prisoners
badly beaten in a blood-
smeared room.
Yesterday, The Tribune
attempted to receive an update
on the status of the report,
however all efforts were
However, a spokesman for
Minister of National Security
and Deputy Prime Minister
Cythina Pratt said: "Mother
Pratt would not be able to
comment on this matter."
Mark Wilson, permanent
secretary at the ministry, as
well as personnel from the
Prison's Public Relation's
office were also not available.
The photos, which showed.
the two men lying naked on
the floor of what appears to
be the prison holding room,
were e-mailed anonymously to
Nassau media houses in early
The men, both shackled at
the hands and feet, appeared

to have the remnants of yel-
low hospital gowns hanging
from their bodies.
With one lying on his side
with a full-length cast on his
right leg and a bandage on his
left shin, and the other lying
on his back with his knees up,
both were surround by what

"The ministry is
very concerned
about these
allegations and
is currently
investigating the
truth of these

Ministry of National
Security, February 2003

appears to be tracks of
smeared blood.
Immediately after the pho-
tos' release, the Ministry of
National Security stated that
a full investigation would be

launched into whether the
photos were, in fact, of two
Her Majesty's Prison inmates.
At the time it was also ques-
tioned whether or not the pho-
tos were of two prison escapees,
who had recently returned to
the prison mid-January.
In a past press release, Mr
Wilson said: "The ministry is
very concerned about these
allegations and is currently
investigating the truth of these
During the January prison
escape, prison officer Deon
Bowles was fatally stabbed and
four inmates Neil Brown,
Barry Parcoi, Forrester Bowe
and Corey Hepburn man-
aged to escape.
While Brown was shot and
killed, Bowe and Parcoi were
immediately recaptured just
outside the prison. Hepburn
was also later captured.
During a press conference
Prison Superintendent Ellis-
ton Rahming said that Bowe
and Parcoi had both being
injured during their recapture.
Bowe had been shot, while
Parcoi been "wounded".
As of yesterday evening, any
of the allegations had yet to
be denied.

New Act would allow for

replacement of jurors

THE Senate is set to debate
a proposed law allowing jurors
in certain trials to be replaced
if they cannot perform their
duties or are found unaccept-
ON Thursday the second
reading of a bill for an Act to
amend the Juries Act will take
place in the Senate.
The amendment requires
that three additional jurors to
be empanelled in murder or
treason trials.
According to the bill, the
alternates are to be available
to replace any juror who -
before a verdict is given is
"unable or disqualified to per-
form his duties."
The alternates will have the
same responsibilities and priv-

ileges as the original twelve
jurors, according to the bill.
On February 8, Lana Bain, a
juror in the Mario Miller mur-
der trial, was jailed for con-
tempt of court.
Justice Anita Allen accused
Bain of "gross interference"
with justice for not disclosing
her working relationship with
the brother of Ryan and Ricar-
do Miller, the men accused of
the murder.
Bain was imprisoned for 14
days for failing to reveal this
Justice Allen was expected
to give her summary of the
case that same week. She dis-
missed the jurors, and the case
had to be retried.
This meant the recall of
nearly 30 witnesses.
According to a legal source,
amending the Juries Act

should eliminate the need for
retrials where juries are con-
cerned because an alternate
juror can be called upon to
replace any original jurors, and
the trial can resume.
The proposed amendment
also prohibits employers from
"adversely affecting the remu-
neration" of a person serving
as a juror, or "threatening to
dismiss" an employee because
they have been called to serve.
Under the bill, anyone who
violates this will can be fined
up to $2,000.


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Immigration defers Marquis' permit

AT LAST the Immigration Depart-
ment has bestirred itself long enough to
reply to The Tribune's application for the
renewal of the work permit of its Man-
aging Editor, John Marquis.
As the department publicly informed
The Tribune of its decision through the
columns of The Nassau Guardian on
Monday morning, we shall reply to them
publicly in this column today.
On Sunday, a member of The
Guardian's staff telephoned Mr Marquis
for a comment on Immigration's deci-
sion about his work permit. Mr Marquis
had no comment. In fact he did not know
what they were talking about.
Hours after reading the early morning
Guardian yesterday, a buff coloured enve-
lope from Immigration arrived at The
Tribune. A Tribune staff member clears
The Tribune's post box every morning,
except Saturdays. On Friday when the
box was cleared the envelope with the
Immigration stamp on it was not there.
When the box was cleared Monday morn-
ing, there it was. Inside was the informa-
tion about Mr Marquis that we had
already read in the Guardian.
If our readers would note the dates of
this envelope's slow journey, they can
get a measure of this government's effi-
The letter deferring Mr Marquis' per-
mit was written on July 18. It was
stamped on July 20 as having left the
Immigration Department. It was stamped
by the Post Office on July 24 we are
not certain whether that stamp indicated
receipt, or departure from the sorting
It eventually found its destination, The
Tribune office, on July 30. That's effi-
ciency for you! Government can't even
deliver a letter from the walking distance
of its Hawkins Hill office, down the hill to
The'Tribune's offices on Shirley Street,
under 12 days! Nor can the post office
process letters any faster.
But late Sunday night Fred Mitchell's
former website expressed a hope that
what had been requested in Immigra-

tion's letter to The Tribune which at
that time had not yet been received by
The Tribune had been accomplished.
"Right now," said the former Mitchell
website, which seems to exist solely for
the promotion of Mr Mitchell and his
thoughts and ambitions, "we hope that
the Department of Immigration has got-
ten an explanation from The Tribune of
why they cannot have a Bahamian as the
Managing Editor of the newspaper and
why the need for all the foreign editors
that they have, to do the work at the
paper. What is the training programme
that they have in place to replace Mr.
Marquis and the others?"
. The following is what Immigration
wrote in its letter dated July 18:
"I'm directed to inform you that the
application has been considered by the
Immigration Board, but was deferred to
ensure what efforts have been made to
Bahamianize the position.
"Further, you are requested to sub-
mit a staff list indicating names, nation-
ality and positions held."
We feel sorry for Labour Minister
Shane Gibson, caught between Mr
Mitchell's determination that "John Mar-
quis' work permit should not be
renewed", and the inevitable outcry that
such a decision is going to,bring from
the press and all this just before an
However, if the Immigration Depart-
ment really wanted an answer to its ques-
tion it could have had it long ago. In Jan-
uary this year the Minister instructed the
Labour Department to send an officer to
The Tribune to interview Mr Marquis
and his replacement. The Tribune was
not informed of this until March. We
have been in touch with the Labour
Department. We are still waiting for
them to make an appointment for that
We no longer intend to keep this
behind closed doors- it will now be
played out in full view of the public.
SWe shall return to this subject tomor-


of festival is


EDITOR, The Tribune.
This is a touchy subject. I
must say something. Many are
talking about it but are too
afraid to address it. They scared
the politicians may victimize
them. But I am not afraid.
I must admit up front the late
George Mackey was one of a
few PLP who was accepted by
many Bahamians. The respect
and admiration for Mr. Mackey
stretched across the political,
social and economic divide. He
was a rare breed.
The upcoming Fox Hill Day
Festival is a "big" reason to cel-
ebrate; it commemorates a peo-
ple being free from slavery. This
is a significant milestone and
must be allowed to be celebrat-
ed without the influence of nar-
row-minded, selfish, overzeal-
ous politicians.
Imagine United States nam-
ing their July 4th after any past
prominent American. The col-

lege students would wreck the
country, because someone
would have been too overzeal-
ous. America would feel the
wrath of the objection of a peo-
ple that would not just swallow
any old foolishness.
The naming of the Fox Hill
Festival after George Mackey
has now prostituted the day,
when all Fox Hillians put aside
their political differences and
celebrate as a people. But no,
some imbecile decided to "get
smart" and politicize the day
when the people were emanci-
pated. This day is bigger than
any one person, even if his
name was George Mackey.
How dare the political retards
try to rob the Fox Hill people of
their day? This just goes to

show how very little the orga-
nizers think about Fox Hill peo-
The late George Mackey
himself would have seen this
asinine act distasteful. If, some-
one wants to name something
after Mr Mackey, then name
the National Building after him.
I think he literally had an inter-
est in the building, but no, not
the people's day, not all Fox
Hillians Day.'
' Someone must tell the per-
son/pe6ple responsible for the
stupid idea to gain political
mileage that this will only drive'
a wedge between a people that
usually has stuck close together
on Fox Hill day. Someone must
tell them that some things can-
rot be politicized: Fox Hill is
going to give them a good les-
son real soon.
July 24 2006

Saving our marine resources

EDITOR, The Tribune
As Mr Abner Pinder, who
knows as much about the
Bahamian fishing industry as
any man alive, pointed out in
his letter on July 24: "The real
answer to the fisheries problem
is to enforce the laws, stop
poaching, stop off season fishing
and stop undersized fishing.
These rules and laws, however,
must apply to all, not just to a
few select people."
In other words, if the whole
Bahamian population stands up
for the law and proudly bears the
responsibilities of a truly inde-
pendent, free society, there will
be more than enough resources
available for the government to
beat off the foreign poachers. If
you want to know who can save

this vital fishing industry, look in
your mirror. The responsibility
lies just as much with every mem-
ber of the general public as with
the fishermen.
Minister Miller has taken a
long-overdue step by curtailing
the 2007 crawfish season. He is
committed to protect the Nas-
sau grouper and the reefs as
well, and I congratulate and
thank him.
Mr Pinder closes his letter by
saying he is more than happy
to help in any way possible to
ensure that our ,grandchildren
and their grandchildren have a
better way of life. I have a sug-
gestion for him and an offer
from BREEF to put real money
in his way to help bring it about.
One of last year's (2005) win-
ners of the famous and valuable

$500,000 MacArthur "Genius"
Awards was Ted Ames. His
family have fished lobster in
Maine for over years. As well as
being a fisherman, he is a
research scientist.
Let us try and get him and
Mr Pinder together and invite
him to come here to speak on
ZNS radio and TV and to have
town meetings with Mr. Pinder
in Nassau, Andros, Abaco,
Long Island and of course Span-
ish Wells so that these two gen-
tlemen can share their wisdom
and answer our concerns. :
Chairman, Bahamas Reef
Environment Educational
Foundation (BREEF)
July 25 2006

Disturbing view on statues

EDITOR, The Tribune
HAVING read your paper
today, June 27, 2006 and see-
ing a call on the front page to
have a statue of Sir Lynden Pin-
dling replace the statue of
Queen Victoria and also
remove the statue of Christo-
pher Columbus from Govern-
ment House, made by the one
and only Keod Smith had dis-
turbed me greatly.
Did the great Keod Smith go
to bed one night and have an

epiphany and was told to
destroy the history of the
Bahamas, or is he so shallow
and petty that he only sees the
last 30 to 40 years?
I believe that because these
two statues represents the Colo-
nial era, and also they are white,
upsets Mr Smith, regardless of
his statement he does not care
of their complexion, race or
where they came from, con-
cerning Bahamians.
At this time there are many
more serious problems in Mr

Smith's capacity as Ambassador
of or to the Environment ,-'-
whatever else he calls himseh
and here in our country than
the removal of statues.
Therefore, Mr Keod Smith
earn your salary from the peo-
ple, doing something good
instead of always trying to cause*'
mischief between the Black,
Brown and White Bahamians.
July 2006

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Plans to



'too slow'

THE government has been
criticised for being slow to
move ahead with the "grand
plans" for the redevelopment
for the northern waterfront
and the City of Nassau.
"In another exercise in
make-believe in Fantasy.
S Island- PLP style we have
been shown elaborate mod-
els, power point presenta-
tions and slide shows. We
have listened to countless
speeches and promises. But
no action," the opposition
FNM party said in a state-
It added that the redevel-
opment plans announced by
Prime Minister Perry Christie
were first launched by FNM.
"We are committed to trans-
- forming both the City of Nas-
sau from east to west and
north to south and the north-
ern waterfront," the party said
pointing out that "concrete
and specific proposals" for
both the redevelopment of
Nassau and the transforma-
tion of Arawak Cay can be
found on the FNM website.
"How are we to believe
that the governing party is
really committed to such a
redevelopment plan if it can-
not get urban renewal right,
keep the island of New Prov-
idence clean and maintain
public infrastructure through-
out the country?" the state-
ment asked.

accused over
trusts deals


EUGENE Melnyk, chair-
.man of Canadian drug mak-
er Biovail Corp. and owner
of the Ottawa Senators NHL
team, faces Ontario Securi-
ties Commission charges
over share transactions con-
ducted during the past
decade through trusts in the
Cayman Islands, the com-
Smission said Monday, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The commission's statement
of allegations names Melnyk
along with brokerage Watt
Carmichael Inc. and three of
its executives, including that
firm's president Roger Rowan,
who was a Biovail director
between 1997 and 2005.
Melnyk, a Canadian citi-
zen who has been a resident
of Barbados since 1991, is
accused of failing to file insid-
er trading reports and to
make other required disclo-
sures, and violating regula-
tions covering control blocks
of corporate shares.
"The disclosure contained
in Biovail's circulars for 2002
to 2006, in a material respect
and at the time and in light of
S the circumstances under
which it was made, was mis-
leading or untrue or did not
state a fact that was
required," the OSC alleges.

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New traffic regulations likely as

trucks put road users in danger


A MAJOR overhaul of traffic regula-
tions is needed to prevent further dan-
gers to the public from trucks overturn-
ing, according to authorities.
In the past three weeks, three freight
truck operators have lost control of their
cargo while travelling: one on West Bay
Street carrying 6,000 gallons of oil, anoth-
er on Paradise Island Bridge carrying
sand, and another near Adelaide carry-
ing fill.
Four months ago a truck carrying
7,500 gallons of fuel overturned after
hitting a lamp-post. "If there was one
flick or spark coming from the high ten-
sion wires we would have had a major
catastrophe on our hand," Inspector
Walter Evans said after that near "dis-
astrous" accident.
Concerning the most recent oil spill
where some 3,000 gallons of lubrication

oil leaked into the grassy area alongside
the road, parliamentary secretary at the
Ministry of Environmental Health Ron
Pinder said after cursory investigation:
"It is clear that improper equipment was
used because of the weight of the con-
tainer." He explained that the carrier of
the trailer needed to have a double taffy
instead of the single one that was used.
"There are indications that speed may
have been a factor and in addition to
that, given that the container flipped off
from the truck the container was not
properly secured," Mr Pinder said.
As a result of the spill, it was reported
that the entire area will have to be exca-
vated and a section of the highway will
have to be cut out and resurfaced because
oil can reappear in the event of rain.
Now the red flag has been raised, and
questions have arisen about whether more
serious traffic laws are needed to ensure
that mishaps like these do not happen.

Minister of Transport and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin was unable to say
what regulations there were dictating
how goods should be.transported and
how items should be stored although
she was sure that they existed.


"It's really an enforcement issue," she
said. "We need a heightened presence of
officers to ensure there is compliance.
And when there is a breach, there is a
swift and very firm response."
Currently, Mrs Hanna-Martin said,
the Road Traffic Act is being reviewed
including the gradation of driver's
licensee which includes who can drive
these vehicles. "Right now anyone with
a driver's licence can jump behind the
wheel and drive (but) there has to be a
special license for these drivers."

The issue is with congestion, the min-
ister said. "We need to manage traffic on
our streets such that we don't have these
gigantic vehicles on the roads during
peak hours when there's ordinary vehi-
cles are in heavy traffic."
She reported that the government has
engaged a company through the IDB
that is doing a congestion studies on the
roads. "They advanced to the third stage
(of their studies) and part of their rec-
ommendations, we anticipate, will be to
address issues of these big vehicles on
our streets during peak hours." Minister
Hanna-Martin said:
"Thankfully no one has been hurt yet
but the scenario is there."
Calls made to Road Traffic Con-
troller were not returned up to press
time. On Sunday, when The Tribune
initially attempted to contact him, he
reported that he did not have any infor-

Pinder: oil spilled from truck

is not harmful to humans


THE oil spilled from an over-
turned truck near Goodman's
Bay is."not harmful to humans"
Director of Environmental
Health Ron Pinder said.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Pinder explained
that lubrication oil is a "level
nine marine contaminant" -
which means that it poses no
danger to humans.
Mr Pinder said the focus of
at this point is still on removing
the oil from grassy areas.
Describing the accident as a
"surface-level spill" Mr Pinder
said the oil totally saturated the
area but did not seep into the
water table.
At around 6.30 pm on Friday,
a trailer-rig carrying 6,000 gal-
lons of lubrication oil was head-
ing west at the Goodman's Bay
roundabout when it flipped
over, rupturing the container
and spilling more that 3,000 gal-
lons of oil into the grassy area

* RON Pinder
alongside the road.
Reports from officials from
the Ministry of Environmental
Health, BEC, Texaco and the
Ministry of Works arrived on
the scene shortly afterwards to
assess the damage and extent
of the spill.
SMr Pinder said the Ministries

of Environmental Health and
Works met with environmental
clean-up company Bay Chem
yesterday to discuss the next
step in the effort to return the
area to normal.
The focus of the meeting, he
said, was the resurfacing of the
road. He also said the entire
grassy area will be dug up to be
replaced with fresh dirt.
Mr Pinder was unable to say
how much the entire process
will cost the government, as it is
too early to tell.
He also asked the public to
recognize that there because of
the spill, there is single-lane traf-
fic on the Cable Beach dual car-
riageway beginning at the
Goodman's Bay Corporate
Mr Pinder explained that
since Friday, several accidents
have occurred because of exces-
sive speeding, and drivers ignor-
ing the markings, barricades,
and safety features indicating
single-lane traffic.


* MOVING the container
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Rastafarian petition

to Governor General

planning to present a petition
to governor general today ask-
ing that he help them return to
The Ethiopia Africa Black
International Congress wants
to reach to Africa as a commu-
nity, and they are taking their
petition to the Governor Gen-
The group of priests, and
prophets, along with the wider
community of Rastafarians,
plan to present their cause to
His Excellency the Governor
General Arthur Hanna at noon
on Tuesday.
At 7pm, the church will hold
all night celebrations, and
reflections on the time of slav-
ery, which will carry through
until the early hours of the
morning, bringing in Emanci-
pation Day.

The approach of August 1
each year is a period for sober
reflection, according to priest
Rithmond McKinney.
"This is because August 1
every year and the day before it,
represent a very painful
reminder of the proclamation
of the black man's freedom
from an act most heinous and
cruel," he said.
Mr Rithmond said Bahami-
ans need to find out more about
the slave trade, the roles of our
ancestors in its perpetration,
and use it as a basis to under-
stand our brothers and sisters
in Africa.
He added that the knowledge
found could be used to find out
how to turn that tragedy into
something more positive for the
African Continent, the black
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New Act will make it easier for

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AN amendment to the Bail
Act could put potential wit-
nesses in criminal trials and
community members at ease
by making it easier to keep
the accused off the streets
while awaiting trial, a law
enforcement official said yes-
The Act to Amend a Miscel-
lany of Acts Relating to the
Criminal Law proposes to be
a good thing for law enforce-
ment and the entire justice sys-
tem as it helps to keep law and
order, Assistant Commissioner
of Crime Reginald Ferguson
Mr Ferguson said: "From
time to time people are given

Legislation aims to protect

witnesses and communities

bail while the police may have
various reasons to see that per-
son confined."
The amendment to Chapter
103 of the Bail Act, which will
be voted on by the Senate this
Thursday, allows the prosecu-
tion to appeal to the Court of
Appeals within 48 hours of
the accused being granted
"Be it intentionally or not,

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the perception that community
members see is a person who
may have shot or stabbed some-
one and the police lock him up,
then remanded him to Her
Majesty's Prison.
"Then a few days later he is
walking around in the neigh-
bourhood again," Mr Ferguson


In cases where witness pro-
tection is extremely important,
the presence of suspects on the
streets and in their own neigh-
borhoods can act as a means of
intimidation to witnesses, he
"He may not even be try-
ing to interfere with people
but the perception is there.
People look around and see
someone they recognise... in
their midst all over again and
they are concerned. That's
when persons come forward

and ask, what's going on?" he
"These persons have a right
to be out, but if they are out
there causing problems or
interfering or are involved in
similar crimes all over again,
the Act is an instrument that
may be used to take the per-
sons to court again and-make
the case that they ought not to
be on the streets," Ferguson
On the other hand, the Act
also allows for the accused in
a case who is refused bail to
appeal to the Court of
A second amendment in the
Act proposes to place longer
prison sentences and greater
fines for persons found in pos-
session of unlicensed firearms
and guns.
If passed, the amendment
will impose prison sentences of
up to ten years and fines of up
to $10,000 for convicted per-

* REGINALD Ferguson

WHILE government
is to be commend-
ed for moving to institute an
indigenous system of national
honours, the exercise will not
be complete and meaningful
until the present system of
Anglo-Saxon honours is con-
signed to history.
- Bahamians who do not trav-
el much, and therefore do not
often meet people from other
countries on an even footing,
probably have no idea how
simultaneously ridiculous and
unnecessary our long retention
of various trappings of empire,
including the imperial honours
system, actually is.
To most of us, the foreigners
we come across on a daily basis.
are either visitors or those living
and working among us. In
either case, they can be expect-
ed' either to have some smat-
tering of information about the.
Bahamas, or to view it only in
the context of a vacation, and so
to have little interest.
When you do travel outside
our region, what is perhaps
most striking about the
Bahamas' international image
is the extent to which (except
among Americans and those
from the English-speaking
Caribbean) it is virtually non-
existent. So few people outside
of our immediate region know
anything about the Bahamas
that many of us have memo-
rised all of the important dates,
facts and figures required for a
crash education.
Interestingly, it is neither our
small size nor boring stability



that explains the virtual inter-
national anonymity our coun-
try enjoys. Barbados, .with an
even smaller population, a
smaller economy and a far less

It is neither
our small size
nor boring
stability that
explains the
anonymity our
country enjoys.

interesting history, is so much
better known in our erstwhile
'Mother Country' that any
Bahamian who spends time in
England grows weary of
reminding people there that we
said 'B-A-H-A-M-A-S' when
we tell them our origin and face
the inevitable "I've always
wanted to go to Barbados".

R ather than small size,
what seems to lie at

the root of our low name-recog-
nition is a national diffidence, or
at least a disinclination to self-
promotion. Most Bahamians
dare not venture a thought
(much less a word) on how
impressive their country is
because they, firstly, uncon-
sciously accept a paradigm in
which the way things are done

simply hold \
onto the
vestiges of
empire in the
belief that they
confer some

in our northern neighbour rep-
resent the objective best way,
then proceed to rate us within a
field of candidates that includes
only ourselves and that same
northern neighbour. In other

words, far more than other
countries of our size, we hold
ourselves to a skewed and inher-
ently self-defeating standard.
A few months ago, Barbados
and Jamaica were rated (in all
likelihood simply reported
themselves to some lazy inter-
national body) highest in bur
region in terms of internet con-
'nectivity. The fact that we in
The Bahamas (thanks to Cable
Bahamas) far surpass the Unit-
ed States, much less anywhere
in the Caribbean, in domestic
broadband connectivity,
appears to have been too
heretic a thought for our
authorities to investigate, much
less acknowledge.
So they simply said or did
nothing while the ridiculous
notion that Barbados and
Jamaica come first was allowed
to slide.

It is out of this traumatised
and misguided self-image
that the relative slowness of.
Bahamians to embrace national
honours and to question the
appropriateness of colonial ones
arises. The sad truth is that
many Bahamians simply hold
onto the vestiges of Britain's
shambolic empire in the belief
that they confer some legitima-
cy that is not to be found (or
that we dare not seek) within.
Of course, how others see us
is only one part (the lesser part)
of the image problem generated
by our attachment to British
honours and regalia. The far
greater evil is the part this
attachment plays in the contin-
uing psychology of colonialism.
But the standard response of
foreigners is nonetheless
instructive, sinceit is attended
by the objectivity of an outside
It is particularly important
for Bahamians to understand
that we represent, to most for-
eigners, a clean slate, upon
which our solid national
achievements past and to come
will feature most impressively
when the slate is kept as clean
as possible of the interfering
trappings of English colonial-
ism. The Bahamas genuinely
deserves the respect of anyone
who knows it, and this respect is
generally forthcoming for rea-
sons that relate to no empire or
institution outside The
On the other hand, the
embarrassment of explaining to
bemused foreigners from nor-
mal countries (ones spared the
'logic' of a colonial hierarchy)
why we have the face of an
English Queen on our money
or why we take pride in the
trappings of an empire that
once lorded it over a quarter of
humanity (including ourselves)
is something any responsible
government should seek to
spare Bahamians.

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IN previous opinion pieces in
The Tribune, news editor Paco
Nunez and chief reporter Rupert
Missick Jr argued that, built into
the Bahamian social culture, there
are mechanisms which keep our
people docile and submissive.
S And for those old enough to
remember, there began a period,
post-independence, when tools of
intimidation and victimisation
were adopted and adapted by the
new black power elite, who
viciously used them to keep their
own "in-line" and under subjec-
As a mode of survival, the
unwilling Bahamian victims, as
Mr Missick noted, transferred
their deference for those in
authority from a "fearful rever-
ence of a white, foreign, colonial
Master" to this new black power
S elite who relied on tools similarly
used by the former "masters."
"Over time," continued Mr
Nunez in a follow-up to Mr Mis-
sick's article, "professionals and
politicians from across the politi-
cal spectrum have closed ranks
on the common Bahamian and
tacitly declared themselves to
constitute a privileged class...who
command an immediate, unques-
tioning respect in some cases
bordering on idolatry."
Imitating the expectations of
their former rulers, this new black
elite, too, demanded a measure
of unquestionable respect, and
anyone bold enough to speak out
or speak up against the wrong-
doings and ineffectiveness of
these new "gods" and/or their
cronies were hounded as if by the
Four Horsemen of the Apoca-
But now, the days of our par-
ents' "frightened society" seem
to be coming to an end, with the,
emergence of a young Bahamian
As has been evident in recent
years, more and more young
Bahamians are shedding the
cloak of intimidation and, armed
with knowledge, are standing toe-
to-toe with our leaders on matters
of national importance.
Unused to the warranted chal-
lenges; manyof o ur leaders are,
.' reverting to old tactics. But the

PUBLIC response to two 'Opinion' pieces by young
Bahamian Tribune journalists over the last few days
indicates that "the frightened society", or the age of
deference, could be nearing an end in the Bahamas.
Both news editor Paco Nunez and chief reporter
Rupert Missick Jr explored the theme that election
to office does not confer on politicians the right to
browbeat the populace and expect immunity from crit-
They also said elected politicians from the prime
minister down are public servants who ought to be
held to account, not superior beings whose office makes
them unassailable.
Readers have agreed wholeheartedly with their views
- and condemned anti-press critics like Foreign Min-
ister Fred Mitchell, PLP chairman Raynard Rigby and
Senator Philip Galanis as relics of a dark era in which
the people were subjugated by a self-styled elite.
Over the next few days, The Tribune will publish a
series of articles under the heading Turning Point chal-
lenging young Bahamians, in particular, to carry the
country forward into a new age of enlightenment in
which freedom of expression takes precedence over the
inhibitions of the past.
In this first item, reporter MARK HUMES inter-
views young Bahamians who feel the time is now right
for the people to get out from under the heels of their
leaders to express themselves fearlessly on issues that
affect their lives...

general consensus among the
young men and women con-
tributing to today's article, "the
new Bahamian intellectual will
remove the old guard from what
they are doing now."

Young Bahamians, suddenly
understanding what a democratic
society is about, have become
emboldened and are articulating
their understanding. More and
more, this Internet generation,
are bent on making elected offi-
cials accountable for their promis-
es, which so loosely flowed when
they sought "power" from the
Although admitting that the
fearful conditioning of "our par-
ents' generation is still alive" in
pockets of the youth population,
one contributor to today's article
said: "I do feel that after this next
election, we are going to see some
big changes in this country. There
is going to be a grassroots move-
ment that is going to sweep the
Bahamas, and ain't nothing they
can do about it."

Feeling the power enshrined in
free speech, many of our nation's
youth are taking a page from
Bahamian history and, joining the
ranks of the "Magnificent Six,"
Sir Lynden, Sir Milo Butler, Cyril
Stevenson, Clarence Bain, Sam-
my Isaacs, and Sir Randol
Fawkes, are demanding more
from the establishment.
"Some people, when they see
the Prime Minister, they bow or
whatever," said Kenisha B. "I do
not do that, and it is not because
I do not have respect or anything,
it is just that I do not feel as if I
need to do that, as they are the
people that we elected. And I feel
as if I am smart enough not to sit
idly by and just allow things to
Joining in the debate, Parris
Simmons added: "When you can't
speak out in your own country,
which is supposed to be a democ-
racy with free speech, you are not
living in a democracy. You are
living in a society where only the
economic elite are privileged to
speak on certain issues and any-
one else who dares to speak out
are affected."
He, along with friends Wayne

MORE and more, this gen
elected officials account

Johnson and Emmanuel Lewis,
demonstrated that they were
ready to be a part of the "new
These young men, like Cassius
Stuart, Omar Smith, Phenton
Neymour and Charles Maynard
participated in the last election,
seeking to add the youth voice to
the national scene.
However, in saying "When you
speak out in this country, and
speak on issues that actually
affects national development and
national life, you get nowhere.
They cut you off at the knees.
They cut your arms off, and if
they can take your eyes out, they
will take your eyes," Mr Lewis
spoke a metaphorical truth that
many in our societylonly secretly
"A lot of people do not like to
deal with the realities and the
truth," his friend Mr Simmons
Echoing one of the arguments
in Mr Missick's piece, these three
young men expressed an estab-
lished attitude among the nation's
youth, with Mr Lewis saying:
"The black leaders who came into
power, they didn't do anything
different from what the UBP
were doing, and furthermore,
they enriched themselves even
more. The black elite are no bet-
ter, and sometimes worse, than
the whites who actually led us."
But these young men see a
turning point coming, and Mr
Johnson said: "We see a lot of
kids coming back from school,
and they are seeing the frustration
level that we are seeing right now,
and a lot of them are ready to;
fight and get into the act."


over, we will have td cleanup the
Another of the "new intelli-
gentsia" alluded to earlier, Stanya
Stuart, like Ms Rolle, weighed in
S\ on the issue saying: "I do not
think people today are afraid to
give their opinions about politi-
S '--.cians and, with the right evidence,
I would certainly speak out.
S ."I wouldn't be afraid to chal-
lenge them," she said, "because I
think these days we are more
S aware of our rights and of the fact
That politicians are supposed to
work for us, the people. And
essentially, as their employers, we
S "have a right to say if we feel they
are meeting, exceeding, or not
Meeting our needs."
Eager to play her part in the
eration, are bent on ma g building of the nation, Sonya
ieration, are bent on makig Farmer said: "I'm proud to say I
able for their promises. have registered for the first time,
n w l a o l and I am looking forward to the
"When we look at our leaders day my voice matters in the elec-
in Parliament, those who we call tion. After all, our government
our leaders, we call them 'right gets to choose where and how we
honourable.' How can we call live, what our education standards
someone 'right honourable' who will be, what type of job and
lies, cheats, steals, and gives health care we can have, and even
everything to their businesses or who we can marry. At least we
their associates' businesses, can choose the government that
When the young people see that, will decide our fate."
they are saying, 'we have to Her questions, however,
change this'," said Mr Lewis. And express a genuine concern that
changing they are. more young people are not
becoming active and vocal in
Voice holding those who offered them-
selves for public service more
Adding her voice to the youth- accountable.
ful push in keeping politicians and "Why have we stepped down
elected officials grounded, Aniska and not questioned our govern-
Rolle said: "I think we should ment as a whole?" Ms Farmer
challenge politicians, now more questioned. "Why is there just
than ever' apathetic acceptance and silence?
Expanding on her point, Ms As a young and apparently edu-
Rolle added: "Once elected, they cated person...that is the best part
work for Bahamian people, and about being,..n such a revolu-
as one of their employers, I want tionary century."
to make sure that they have my "Lack of knowledge," says
best interest and the best interest Crystal C, is one of the major fac-
of my country at heart. If any tors contributing to the lack of
employer is unsatisfied with their youth involvement in the affairs
employee, it is their responsibili- of the country. "We rely on some-
ty to tell them. In the same vein, if one else who we think has more
they are doing a good job, we knowledge, sometimes thinking
could congratulate them, but we that our knowledge cannot
do not have to. It is our choice. amount to theirs."
"The point is they work for us And with most of today's con-
bottom line it's their job to serve tributors agreeing that lack of
the country. That is why they put knowledge and education keeps
themselves in that position. Obvi- the masses ignorant and depen-
ously, they are not going to please dent, it is no wonder that there is
everyone, but, as they say, major- a "pretence" that creating a func-
ity rules. We [young people] are tional education system in the
the future of this nation. We have Bahamas is a difficult task.
to look out for our best interest W E B Du Bois, in his Souls of
and make sure that things are in "':Black Folk, aiptll alluded to the
the right place, because if we SEE page 11
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Bahamians speak

on the importation

of derelict vehicles

ACCORDING to police,
there have been about 1,500
traffic accidents in Nassau
for the year. The importa-
tion of derelict vehicles has
been one of the contributing
With this in mind The
Tribune took to the streets
to ask the Bahamian public
the question "Is the
importation of derelict vehi-
cles an issue in the
The Tribune spoke to
local businessman and car



dealer Jay Allen about
proper procedures for
importing used vehicles.
"There is no real system
in place to insure the safety
standards of vehicles when
they enter port. Bahamas
Customs is only able to

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Cherished Memory:
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the entire Francis Family,.
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Godmother Mrs. Mary Churttlln.

"Gone But Not Forgotten"

issue a condition report,
which is determined by the
visible outside parts of the
"It is up to the dealers to
do a complete inspection for
things like signs of flood
damage and missing or old
parts," Allen said.
"Most American cars
have a car report, which
would provide a history of
the car. This aspect makes it
easier for most dealers to
pinpoint small problems
more easily and repair them
before the car can be
allowed on the lot."
Danya E said: "I think
it's an issue because it
becomes an unsafe situation
if you are not properly
informed about you car."
She added: "Maybe a sys-
tem should be in place
where someone can set
some kind of standard for
the overall condition of the
vehicle. Even when the cars
are inspected for the streets,
there should be a higher
"It's not fair to the
people and endangers lives
daily," said Lynette C. "It
may save lives if we would
only allow persons with gov-
ernment permiits to import
used cars. That way we
would know who to hold
accountable if anything hap-
pens. There should also be
qualified persons at the
docks that can check the
cars for any damage that
may not be visible on the
Mr Allen said in his busi-
ness a big concern had

always been the issue of
"unqualified" persons
importing used vehicles and
selling them without under-
going proper procedures.
He also noted that the gov-
ernment should "lean" on
licensed dealers to insure
"the safety of the people"
when Bahamians buy used
"It's not an issue," said
Cedric Moss, "they can be
repaired, it's just.up to the
company or person to repair
what needs to be fixed."
Commenting on "slack-
ness" in policies when
importing vehicles, he said
"almost anyone" can import
a car if the body of the vehi-
cle isn't badly damaged.
S. Woodside said:
"That's what persons want.
New cars cost too much.
But I agree that the buyers
should be informed about
any problems with the car
before buying it. If you buy
a used car you can't expect
the quality of a new one -
it's up to you if you'll take
that chance." She added:
"Even in the government
inspections, I think it's not
as fixed on standards as it
should be."

* DANYA E. said: "I think
its an issue because it becomes
an unsafe situation if you are
not properly informed about
you car."

* CEDRIC MOSS said: "It's
just up to the company or per-
son to repair what needs to be

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* LYNETTE C. said: "It
may save lives if we would
only allow persons with gov-
ernment permits to import
used cars."

* S. WOODSIDE said: "If
you buy a used car you can't
expect the quality of a new

Tuition boost for

public health training

BAHAMIAN profes-
sionals who wish to pur-
sue public health training
at the University of South
Florida and Miami Dade
College might soon be
able attend at the same
tuition cost as in-state
Floridians, according to
Minister of Health Dr
Bernard Nottage.
The arrangement will
be sponsored by the Min-
istry of Health and facili-
tated by the Pan Ameri-
can Health Organisation.
"Clearly, in the area of
public health we have a
need for specialists, nurs-
es, physicians and epi-
demiologists, who are I MINIS
trained professionally in Dr Bern
public health," Dr Not-
tage explained.
"This way we can better address typical
community health problems like hyperten-
sion and diabetes so that Bahamians can
stay out of the hospital." ,
Dr Nottage added that the administrator
of Miami Dade Hospitals, Ms Lillian Rivera,
also indicated her desire to arrange with
the Ministry of Health and Miami Dade


College training for
Bahamian allied person-
nel (pharmacists, med-
ical technologists, nurs-
He alluded to another
Possibility. "Our people
may soon be able to do
courses here at our local
institutions without hav-
ing to refer to the Inter-
net. Provided this, the
programme will include
occasional visits for lec-
tures at the University
of South Florida."
According to Dr Not-
IMAB tage, Secretary of Health
Rony Francois did not
a N i only suggest change but
Sof Health complimented PMH's
d Nottageat HIV/AIDS programme.
rd Nottage "What also stood out
to him is the hospital's
medical care system as well as the outreach
in seeking that HIV treatment is made avail-
able to everyone.
"Secretary Francois thought that Princess
Margaret Hospital, which we complain
about so much, was well organised as he
was impressed with the standard of care
that he observed," said Dr Nottage.

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PUBs Tribute


Bettye Stubbs

We the Family of
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. & UBS (Bahamas)
Trustees Ltd. Extend heartfelt condolences
Felix, Mario & Aaron Stubbs and Family
On the passing of your wife and mother,
Mrs. Bettye Stubbs

We mourn with you as we too have experienced

the loss of a great lady.

During her 37 years with us, Bettye became a

mother and a friend to all.

We have fond memories of her and will keep

her alive in our hearts and minds.

May the Peace of the Lord be

with you.

Rest In Peace Bettye.


Boti: November 26, 193.4 ied: August 1st 2005.

We cannot believe it'b been a vdar
Since we lost the husband and father we all held Jear.
We remember rhat day with ihock and re'ret
For it a day we ,ill never fort. d
Most men do not get to choo-e therr time to die
But you did with dignityv nd our htIad held high.
You just closed your eve. and quietly left iith a sigh
They say a, .am man Il'' o hall h die.
Iou went on before u,. bur oU %rt- never alone
For Jeius ar jiting to welcome you home.
Now iL ha been a year since ~ ere part
But your legacy and lo'e mill live on forever in our hearts.
So sleep on dear daddy, take your rest.
We are learning to cope. It's hard. but Ae are doing our he[t.
We have your strength. your pride and er're glad you're no longer in pain.
And we live for the day when we will all be together again.
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Shane Gibson defends

practice of daybreak

immigration raids

MINISTER Shane Gibson
defended the controversial prac-
tice or early morning immigra-
tion raids pointing out that his
officers have to operate "at
some point in time".
S Speaking in Freeport on Fri-
day, the new minister of Immi-
gration, who has instituted sev-
eral tough policies, acknowl-
edged that many persons have
' complained about the early
morning apprehension exercis-
"If we do it late at night while
everyone is awake, the minute
you go to one house the word
gets around," he explained.

Mr Gibson also pointed out
that immigration officers. do not
apprehend illegal immigrants at
schools, hospitals or churches.
"And, so if you say don't go
in the morning, don't go to
schools, churches, hospitals, on
the bus stop and on jobs, when
are you going to find illegal
immigrants? At some point in
time, we have to do it."
He also warned that rigorous
apprehension exercises will con-
"Now, the same energy I put
into regularise those persons
who qualify, I am hell bent on
putting the same energy into

dealing with those persons who
are here illegally.
"Now it doesn't mean that we
are going to go out there and
intentionally try to infringe on
anybody's rights," he added.


Mr Gibson said the govern-
ment is also concerned about
"undesirables" who take advan-
tage of immigrants.
"We are trying to weed out
those, undesirables who take
advantage of people, making
them pay $10,000 to get perma-

nent residency and $5,000 for
work permits and they can't
"We, are trying to weed out
those persons and we are going
to make the system so efficient
until you won't have to worry
about paying nobody no money
to go and get anything for you.
"Once you go to the depart-
ment, you will have a reason-
able turnaround time to get
whatever it is that you are enti-
tled to," he said.
Mr Gibson has promised to
return to Freeport to hold a sec-
ond more lengthy meeting with
Haitian residents.


E A UN peacekeeper stands guard as a resident carries a mattress on his head fleeing the slum of '
Grand Ravine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday. Residents of Grand Ravine's slum fled their
homes Friday to escape fierce fighting between rival gangs.
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Minister pledges to speed up

process for school attendees

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Minister of
Labour, Immigration and Train-
ing Shane Gibson met with
Haitians on Grand Bahama to
. hear their concerns and to make
clear the government's stand on
illegal immigrants.
A large group of Haitian res-
idents gathered at the church
S at Dr Roop's Clinic on Friday,
where they raised various issues
pertaining to permanent resi-
dency, work permits and citi-
Immigration permanent sec-
retary Thelma Beneby and.
assistant director James Rolle
were also in attendance.
The granting of citizenship to
Haitians born in the Bahamas
was a focus of attention par-
S ticularly among those who
because they are still awaiting
regularisation, have not been
able to attend colleges abroad.
A 21-year-old Haitian man
born in the Bahamas told Mr
Gibson that he had been
offered a soccer scholarship at
,the, age of 17, but have been
unable to accept because he
has not received his Bahamian

"I cannot get a student visa
on a travel document, and my
life has been on hold for three
years. I wasted three years of
my life," the young man said.
Mr Gibson said the govern-
ment is doing many things to
make the system more efficient
and better at dealing with the
large number of outstanding

My life has
been on hold
for three
years. I wasted
three years of
my life

21-year-old Haitian
unable to attend college

immigration matters on a more
timely basis.
He said the government is
willing to accelerate the process
for those Haitians who need
their regularisation right way

to go off to school.
"We know of a situation like
that, such as Derek Atkins who
just broke the 100-metre record
the other day in the Bahamas,
we just had to give him his citi-
zenship about a year ago.
"And this Monday past, I had
to swear in a citizen who came
from Grand'Bahama because
she had to go to school and had
to get her visa, and didn't have
citizenship so we rushed the
"So, if there are individuals
who are going off to college,
representing the Bahamas, we
want those individuals to bring
it to our attention and we will
see how we can accommodate
them," he said.
At the same time, Mr Gib-
son warned that the govern-
ment will remain firm on its pol-
icy of ridding the country of ille-
gal immigrants.
On the Love97 Sunday talk
show with Earl Jones, Agricul-
ture Minister Leslie Miller
reported that the Bahamas has
more illegal Haitians than all
other Caribbean countries com-
He praised Mr Gibson for
what he is doing to address the

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Leg bone and clothing are

exhibited in murder trial

A LEG bone as well as several
articles of clothing, which report-
edly belonged to murder victim
Jamaal Robbins, were among sev-
eral items exhibited in the
Supreme Court yesterday.
Prosecutors in the Cordell Far-
Srington trial into the death of 22-
year-old Jamaal Robbins called
several police officers to the wit-
ness stand yesterday to identify
various exhibits.
Detective Corporal 2202 Jen-

nifer Rolle was the first to take
the stand yesterday. The officer
told the court that in October of
2003 she was attached to the
Criminal Records office in
Freeport. She testified that on
October 28 of that year, she went
to the morgue at the Rand
Memorial Hospital in Freeport
where she met Dr Raju and sev-
eral other police officers. The offi-
cer told the court that shortly
before 2 pm that day, Dr Raju
assembled skeletal remains which
were said to be human. Officer

FROM page one

have two LNG terminals. It all just depends on
Florida's demand for liquefied gas," he said.
The minister said that with the need for energy
-in Florida expected to double within the next 15
to 20 years, "i could very well be that government
would approve more facilities in the Bahamas."
Florida currently only has one source of natural
gas, which is transported through a pipeline from
New Orleans..
The sunshine state is in desperate need of a
second source to service the constantly increasing
demands for energy.
Mr Miller pointed out that should Florida's
demand increase, it would make more sense for
AES to add another pipeline to its facility, as
S-opposed to building an entirely new LNG ter-
He added, however, that should Suez for-
merly Tractebel North America meet all the,
necessary requirements in the future, there is still
the possibility that they may be allowed to build
a terminal at the proposed Freeport Harbour
"- "Two terminals are feasible in my view, it's
just a question of economics," he said.
However, at the moment, Mr Miller said, while

FROM page one Docto

Carlson Shurla~d, who is rep-
resenting Francis, had objected to sistible impulse
Dr Kolli being recognized by the asked.
Court as an expert general med- Dr Kolli saic
ical practitioner even though the no symptoms
doctor had been registered as a impulse, which
medical practitioner in the mental conditic
Bahamas since 1998. have "aggravati
However, given his credentials persons who cai
-and experience in the field since thoughts."
1985, Justice Stephen Isaacs He explained
-- declared Dr Kolli an expert wit- ical phenomenon
nes.-- ed with several
During his testimony, Dr Kolli ing extreme slfa
. told the court that two police offi- and hard. breat
-cers brought Francis into the clin- tion, he said, c
.ic around midday and later from two hours
around 7.30pm on Jily 26. sometimes a me
Francis, he said, consented to In such case
his examination. chiatrist would
He found no injuries, bruises or assess the patie
scratches on Francis' body. ness.
He also collected scalp hair, Under re-exa
combings of pubic hair, saliva, and ecutor Sandra
blood samples from ,the Kolli said he
accused unusual during
Dr Kolli said Frandis was very of Francis to g
Scalm and quiet duringithe exami- about his mental
'nation. He stated tha there was The bodies
no change in Francis. condition and Mr Bolzan
during a second examination, lat-: maid in room
er that day around 7.3pm. Blue Water Res
"He was normal ,and com- The couple w
plained of nothing," he said. their rooms. Pil
When asked during cross- by suspected
examination by Mr Shhrland.the found on top of
purpose of the examination, Dr The ioman
Kolli said the accused was brought bed with a guns
in for a general physical exam, stomach and a
-.. and to check for any aggressive The man was fc
or violent behaviour. F two beds. His ha
He also explained that the and he had been
examinations are conducted to The shotg
see whether a patient is depressed, allegedly used in
crying or hysterical, or has been recovered burie
abused while in police custody. of Francis's hoi
"Are you familiar with irre- Bimini.

FROM page seven

fact that education will "stamp out those, that in
sheer barbarity, deafen us to the wail of prisoned
--souls within the Veil, and the mounting fury of
Shackled men."
And as absurd as it may seem, those who con-
tinue to perpetuate the notion that educating a
nation's people is a difficult task rely on the igno-
-rance of the unknowing, for as Du Bois noted: "To
S-stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to
play with mighty fires." :
In reality, what this hew breed of intellectual
young Bahamians have demonstrated in their
answers is that an educated populace will be less
S"awed by title, wealth, social station, pomp and cir-
-. cumstance" and more willing to be critical of author-

Rolle told the court that she was
instructed to take swabbings from
the hip bone and ulna bone. She
testified that the remains were
photographed by Detective Cor-
poral 440 Dames. The swabbings,
she told the court, were handed
over to Detective Constable 1212
Sherman. Officer Rolle told the
court that she returned to, the
morgue at the Rand Memorial
Hospital on November 20 where
the same skeletal remains were
again assembled by a doctor and
then photographed. Officer Rolle

LNG facility
talks with AES are "99 per cent" complete, Suez
has yet to gain the approval of the BEST Com-
As government's talks with AES come to a
close, Suez representatives yesterday were expect-
ed to meet with the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity to discuss their proposal.
Paul Rockstroh, Suez' vice-president of com-
munications, told Tribune Business that the com-
pany remains very interested in establishing a
LNG terminal in the Bahamas and still see
Freeport Harbour as an ideal location.
Last week, both Mr Miller and Attorney Gen-
eral Allyson Maynard-Gibson said that they
believe that the AES contract is likely to become
a reality in the very near future.
Whereas Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that "there
is every reason to believe" that LNG will be
approved before the end of the government's
present term, Mr Miller said it could come much
sooner than that.
LNG terminals receive natural gas in a liquefied
form from ocean-going tanks, it is then converted
back into gas and pumped through underwater

Testifies at murder trial

e?" Mr Shurland
d Francis showed
of irresistible
he explained as a
on where persons
on of the mind, or
nnot control inner
d that it is'a med-
on that is associat-
symptoms, includ-
kiness, headaches,
thing The condi-
an last anywhere
to 24 hours, even
es, he said, a psy-
be brought in to
;nt for mental ill-
amination by Pros-
Dee Gardiner, Dr
found nothing
his examination
;ive any concern
l condition.
of Ms von Perfall
o were found by a
six at the Bimini
'as found naked in
allows, penetrated
gunshots, were
'both victims.
was lying on the
hot wound to the
round to the head.
bund between the
nds had been tied
i shot in the back.
un, which was
i the murders, was
d in the backyard
ne in Porgy Bay,

Sergeant Earl Thompson of
the Police Forensic Lab, said the
12-gauge "pump action" shotgun
that was discovered by police at
Porgy Bay was found to be func-
tioning normally, and had a trig-
ger pull of six and a half pounds.
"Nothing was wrong with the
gun and if fired, it was discharged
deliberately," he said.
Sgt Thompson said that micro-
scopic examination of both the
fired and unfired shotgun shells
recovered by police tested posi-
tive as being extracted from the
shotgun found at Francis' home.
He also testified that the four
led projectiles arind cardboard
wadding brought in for analysis
measure in diameter consistent
with those found in 12 gauge shot-
gun shell.
Sgt Thompson said that the
wadding found in a wound or in
the body cavity would indicate
that the target-distance was very
Close. He also explained that the
muzzle of the shotgun placed at:a
pillow would have dampened the
sound. ;
SWhen 'asked by Mr Shurland
whether there would be residue
from the gun on the skin, Sgt
Thompson said residue are usual-
ly found on hands.
He told Mr Shurland that such
tests are very costly and would
have to be sent off for analysis.
However, he indicated that it is
only carried out in some cases,
where the perpetrator is caught
soon after the crime because the
residue can easily come off by
putting hands in the pocket or it
can be washed off.
The trial continues today.

Turning point
ity. They will hold their leaders to a higher standard
of accountability, an accountability that many in
the black power elite have demonstrated that they
are not ready or willing to tolerate.
And as the white colonial masters of our Bahami-
an past depended on the "unstimulated" minds of
our parents to keep them in subservience, fear and
awe, so, too, do today's politicians. But if the com-
ments of the young people are any indication, the
days of.the frightened society are fast slipping away,
and those who come to the people, offering them-
selves up for political office in the future, will be
made to know that they are the elected "public ser-
vants," and not the other way:around. This, they
say, is the turning point.

told the court that the doctor
handed her a tibia bone which
she labelled and handed over to
Detective Constable 2332 Fergu-
son. The bone, which was sealed
in a clear plastic bag was shown to
the court yesterday. -
Officer Willie Ferguson then
took the witness stand to give
an account of his involvement in
the matter which is: before the
court. Officer Ferguson told the
court that on Tuesday, October
28, at 9.40 am, he and a group of
officers left the Criminal Records:
Office, Freeport, with the
accused, Cordell Farrington. Offi-
cer Ferguson told the court thial
the accused directed them to an
area off the Grand Bahama High-
way, three miles east o the %thier
towers. The officer said that Far-
rington directed the officers to
an unnamed dirt road through
which the\ travelled for about
one mile until the\ ere again
directed to an area in the bushes.
The officer told the court thit tt he
accused directed them to a tree
stump where several articles of
clothing were found. Officer Fer-
guson said' that., he. and
officer Sherman searched the
area and tound se\eial other
items. Officer Sherman pho-
tographed the area and the items
while he placed cones to each


exhibit, officer Ferguson told the
court. The officer said that he
collected, packaged and labelled
each item. The left foot of a blue
and white Nike tennis shoe,
a soiled multi-coloured Tommy
Hilfiger shirt, a faded blue pair
of short pants, and an item which
was identified as boxer shorts
were exhibited in court yester-
day. Officer Ferguson told the
court that several pieces of bone
were also found in the area, how-
ever these were not shown to the
The officer also told the court
that on November 28, 2003,

around 2pm he again left the
Criminal Records Office in
Freeport with several other offi-
cers and Cordell Farrington. He
told the court that the accused
directed them to Queens Cove.
The officer testified that the
accused pointed to a green inflat-
able mattress which was on a pile
of garbage and conch shells. The
officer said that he collected the
mattress and took it back to the
Criminal Records Office where
he let it dry before cutting out
three pieces which he said
appeared to have blood stains on
them. Two more pieces from that
mattress were also cut out as sam-
ples, he said. The deflated mat-
tress was shown to the court yes-
During cross-examination by
Farrington's defence lawyer,
,Romona Farquharson, officer
Ferguson admitted that the
accused had voluntarily directed
police to the areas where .the
items were found.
He also agreed that it would
have taken police a considerable
amount Qt time and manpower
to search the area off the Grand
Bahama Highway.
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Smith was also called to the wit-
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The body, clothed in a pair
of khaki-green slacks, a dark-
coloured shirt and white tennis
shoes, was lying face up. A
wheelchair, reportedly belong-
ing to the deceased, remained
amid overgrown shrubs
obstructing the view from the
road where reporters stood.
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been trapped between the
church and its perimeter wall.
Mr Evans said the body had
been there for a day.
"From looking at the body
there is the early signs of
decomposition, showing that the
body w-Juld have been: there
over the last 24 hours or so.
The Tribune spoke with other
disabled persons, who were sit-
ting at the intersection of Blue
Hill and Meadow Street, less
than 50 meters way from where
the body was discovered. The
three disabled persons two
men and a woman said they
did not known the deceased.
However they pleaded for help.
According to others in the area,
the three disabled persons, like,
the deceased, spend all day ask-
ing passersby for financial aid.
Police were alerted to the
scene just before noon.
Mr Evans said: "The body
was found at the rear of the
facility. At this point we do not
suspect foul
play and police investigation
into this matter continues."

* THE body of a man was found in the Baillou Hill Road area
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

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Baha Mar


ment Company is
paying ground rent
of just $3,400 per
annum:for the first
43 years of its 99-year lease of the
Crown Land upon which the Nas-
sau Beach Hotel stands, secret
documents seen by The Tribune
However, although it seems
that the developers behind the $2
billion Cable Beach redevelop-
ment obtained a "sweet deal" in
leasing just over seven-and-a-half
acres from the Government,
sources have told The Tribune
this is not necessarily the case.
The details concerning the Nas-
sau Beach Hotel lease are con-
tained in a copy of the agreement
between the Prime Minister, act-
ing as the minister responsible for



Crown Land, and Baha Mar, that
was tabled in the House of
Assembly by FNM opposition
leader, Hubert Ingraham.
To acquire the Nassau Beach
Hotel lease from the Govern-
ment, Baha Mar paid $37,550.
The lease agreement shows
that up until December 31,2048,
Baha Mar will pay to the Gov-
ernment "a total annual rent of
For the final period of the 99-
year lease, starting on January 1,
2049, and ending on December
31, 2104, Baha Mar will pay to
the Government an annual
ground rent for the Nassau Beach
Hotel of $160,000.
In addition, every five years
from January 1, 2054, onwards,
Baha Mar will make lump sum
payments of $35,?000I) on top of its

annual.ground rent.
While the $3,400 per month
ground rent for the first 43
months of the Nassau Beach
Hotel lease may seem absurdly
low, several sources have told The
Tribune that is riot the case.
It is understood that the same
ground rent amount was being
paid by the Nassau Beach's pre-
vious owner, Philip Ruffin, and
that the Government just rolled
those, terms over into the lease
granted to Baha Mar.
It is likely that the $3,400 per
year ground rent was included in
the 99-year lease given to the
Nassau Beach's original develop-
ers, and that successive owners
have merely inherited those
Still, some are likely to argue
that the Bahamian tourism indus-

try has reached a stage in its
development where the Nassau
Beach Hotel ground rent should
have been increased.
The lease granted to Baha Mar
also included clauses committing
the developers to perform certain
obligations by specified dates.
Other sources told The Tribune
that leasing Cro" n or Treasury
land to developers for 99-year
periods, usually for a nominal
rent, was not unusual, as it
enabled the Government to step
back in if developers failed to per-
form or ran into difficulties.
And the reality is that in nego-,
tiations over most development
projects, the Government's main
concerns are to create jobs for

SEE page 4B

Fire-ravaged firms pick up the pieces

Tribune Business Reporter
AFTER fire iippe~d through
the Top of the Hill Mackc) Street
shopping plaza at the weekend,
the _dle t d businesses were yes-
terday slowly piecing together the
remains of their operations and
attempting to place a dollar value
on what-waslost..
Saturday's blaze is estimated
to have caused damages running
into hundreds of thousands of
dollars, as the fire raged through
a string of commercial premises
off Mackey Street.
Destroyed in the fire were Sun
Manufacturing, Adworks, Dis-
-count Mart, Fashion Hall, the
Paint Place, and the Delicatessen
of Super Value. The foodstore,
* itself sustained only smoke and
water damage.
Super Value's owner, Rupert
Roberts, told The Tribune yes-
terday.that all of the Discount
Mart employees will be relocated,
either to the store's sister loca-

tion,,the Bed. Bath and. Home
store at Harbour Bay, or other
Super Value food stores
Mr Roberts said it till be at
least 18 months before the store
can possibly re-open.
Yesterday he said staff mem-
bers were -til .sessing damage
to the deli '-ction o0 the Super-
Value food store, which also suf-
fered extensive- camage..
As for the rest of the store, Mr
Roberts said that during the
blaze, he ordered the electricity
and breakers to be turned off as
an additional safety precaution;
In addition, he ordered the scan-
ners and cash registers, which are
the most expensive equipment at
the store, to be removed and put
into storage.
Mr Roberts explained that as a
health precaution, all of the per-
ishable foods were thrown away.
Super Value plans to offer cus-
tomers 25 per cent off all non-

r FIREFIGHTERS battle Saturday's blaze

SEE page 4B (Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

Court ruling

aids telecoms


Tribune Business Editor
THE Court of Appeal yes-
terday ruled in favour of
attempts to strike out an action
brought by the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC), which had sought a dec-
laration that it was the only
provider licensed to use Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
technology for voice telephony
The verdict, which granted
the applications to dismiss
BTC's action by its only legal
competitor. Systems Resource
Group (SRG), and the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC),
overturned a previous decision
by the Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal verdict
is a victory for liberalisation and
competition in the Bahamian
telecommunications market,
albeit possibly a temporary one,
as BTC can now appeal yester-
day's verdict to the London-
based Privy Council.
Observers had viewed BTC's
action as part of its attempts to
marginalise SRG, which oper-
ates as IndiGo Networks, and
drive it out of the market and
business altogether.
IndiGo Networks' voice tele-
phony network, which current-
ly serves Bahamian business
customers only, although it
plans to attract residential cus-
tomers soon, is heavily reliant-
on the use of VoIP technology.
If BTC's action is allowed to
proceed, and the 100 per cent
government-owned carrier is
successful, IndiGo Networks.
would be unable to use VoIP.-
something that would strike at
the heart of its business.

Were BTC to succeed in an
appeal to the Privy Council, its
action would d be reinstated, and
the case would be remitted to
the Supreme Court for a trial
on the merits and substantive
issues of the case.
BTC's action was seeking
declaratory relief from the
Bahamian courts that it was the
only telecoms carrier in the
Bahamas authorised to use
VoIP in the provision of voice
telephony services. -
In turn, it was also looking
for a declaration that the PUC
did not have the authorisation'
under the Telecommunications
Sector Policy to allow IndiGo
Networks to use VoTP.
However, the PUC's attor-
ney, Ferron Bethell at Harry B
Sands; Lobosky and Company,
and SRG's attorney, Brian
Moree at McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes, both sought on
behalf of their clients to, dismiss
the BTC-action on procedural
They argued that BTC's
attempt to seek declaratory
relief from the courts was tan-
tamount to an attempt to
appeal the PUC's decision to
license IndiGo Networks to use
However, the prescribed
timeframe in which BTC could
--cattenrge-th PUC's decision
had expired, and they argued
that BTC was not going down
the statutor\ route but instead
using a declaratory action to
achieve its.purposes.
Then-Supreme Court Justice
Hartman Longley had ruled in
favour of BTC, but the Court of

SEE page 2B

'Strong' M&A levels to

continue in Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
THE "strong" level of merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the
Bahamas that has been seen over the past few years is likely to continue
due to the increasing economic activity this nation is experiencing, the
head of KPMG's Caribbean corporate finance practice said yesterday.
Simon Townend, who is based in the Bahamas, told The Tribune:
"Mergers and acquisition activity in the Bahamas has been strong
over the last few years, and I would probably expect it to continue giv-
en the economic activity we're seeing."
Mr Townend said the Bahamas was mirroring the rest of the world
in terms of M&A activity, adding that he expected to see a "continues
flow" of deals and disposals in this nation and elsewhere as had hap-
pened "over the last few years".
He pointed out that there were a number of international business-
es with interests in the Bahamas that would continue to buy or sell the
assets they held here.
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global politics

RECENTLY, while watching
local TV with my 11 year-old son
Leighton, who is an avid baseball
fan, we noted with great interest
the report of the groundbreaking
for the new national stadium. He
was particularly interested
because of the requirement to
relocate several baseball and soft-
ball fields. We were simply in awe
of the grandeur of the new com-
plex. Not lost in all of this was
the fact that the Chinese were
giving this fantastic stadium to
the Bahamas,
During our follow-on conver-
sation, my son asked: "Wasn't it
the Chinese who gave us the Sir
Kendal GL Issacs Auditorium?"
I answered: "Yes, it was the Chi-
nese who lived on the island of
Taiwan." While my son did not
probably have an appreciation for
the fact that there are two Chi-
na's, his next question was to the
point. "Daddy, why are the Chi-
nese giving us so many things?" I
thought to myself that this was a
good question, for which the
answer may be more complicated
than he was really looking for. I
brushed off his question at the
time, but I will revisit it for
today's column.
Sir Kendal GL Issacs
The Sir Kendal GL Issacs
Auditorium was funded for us by
Taiwan (Republic of China) in
exchange for the Bahamas sup-
porting Taiwan as the represen-
tative of Chinese people in the
United Nations (UN).
The United Nations officially
came into existence on 24 Octo-
ber, 1945. The purposes of the
United Nations, as set forth in
the Charter, are to maintain inter-

national peace and security; to
develop friendly relations among
nations; to cooperate in solving
international economic, social,
cultural and humanitarian prob-
lems, and in promoting respect
for human rights and fundamen-
tal freedoms; and to be a centre
for harmonising the actions of
nations in attaining these ends,
Today, the UN has 192 perma-
nent members,
When the Communists took
control of mainland China, the
then-government retreated to the
island of Taiwan (then called For-
mosa), and operated as an inde-
pendent state with the support of
the US. Taiwan sat as a member
of the UN for 22 years before
mainland China was voted back
as the permanent representative
of China in the UN.
Taiwan was, and continues to
be, on a crusade to regain full
membership in the UN, hence its
courtship of small UN member
countries with gifts. At the time
the Bahamas established diplo-
matic ties with Taiwan, it was one
of less than two dozen countries
that supported Taiwan's right to
be a full member of the UN. In
exchange for this support, Tai-
wan gave us a multi-purpose sta-
New National Stadium
Some years later, the govern-
ment of the Bahamas joined the
overwhelming number of UN
members in recognizing the Peo-
ple's Republic of China (Main-
land China) as the true represen-
tative of the Chinese people. In
recognition of our switch of alle-
giance, our 'new Chinese friends'
promised us a 15,000 seat Nation-
al Stadium. This was later

expanded to become a National
Stadium/Hurricane Shelter that
could accommodate up to 30,000
The reality
Last week, the Chinese Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs issued the
following release from Beijing:
"Ten Caribbean countries that
have diplomatic relations with
China signed a joint communique
on Wednesday reiterating their
firm commitment to the one-Chi-
na policy and support for the
efforts of the Chinese government
and the people to realise national
"The third round of consulta-
tions between the Foreign Min-
istry of China and the Foreign
Affairs ministries of Antigua and
Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barba-
dos, Dominica, Grenada,
Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suri-
name, and Trinidad and Tobago,
is ongoing in Beiling. It will last
from Tuesday to Saturday".
Collectively, I refer to these
countries as the 'micro ten', and it
is interesting to note that:
1. The population of the 'micro
ten' is-about six million or less
than 0.5 per cent of that of China.
2. The land mass of the 'micro
ten' is about 4 per cent of that of
3. The GDP of the 'micro ten'
is about 0.6 per cent of that of

Why are the Chinese giving us
so many things?
However, notwithstanding the
above, together these 10 coun-
tries represent 10 votes at the UN
(out of a total of 192 votes or 5.2
per cent of all eligible votes in
the General Assembly), while a
country as large as China has just
a single vote.
Therefore, while a $30 million
'gift' is enormous in the context of
the Bahamian economy, in the
context of an almost $9 trillion
economy such as China's, it is
most insignificant. Each of the
'micro ten' has received gifts from
China in one form or another in
recent years.
It is not unreasonable to antic-
ipate that we will be supporting
our friendss' in future UN votes.
However, it perhaps begs a far
larger question, which is: "Are
small island states systematically
compromising the spirit and
essence of their sovereignty at
venues such as the United
. Nations?"
Until next week..
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president Pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Colo-
nial Group International, which
owns Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are those of
the author and do not necessarily
represent those of Colonial Group
International or any of its sub-
shliar and'or affiliated compa-
nies. Please direct any questions
or comments to rlgibson@atlanti-

Court ruling aids telecoms competition

FROM page 1B

Appeal yesterday overturned that
by finding in favour of the PUC
and IndiGo's parent, SRG.
The ruling, for the moment,
stops BTC's use of this avenue to
further squeeze SRG, and pre-
serves the limited amount of
telecommunications competition
currently tolerated by the Gov-
The Government is currently
pursuing two parallel, but com-
peting, agendas in telecommuni-
cations privatization of BTC and

On one hand it is talking about
deregulation; allowing competi-
tors such as SRG into markets
such as fixed-line telecommuni-
cations, and on the other it is
attempting to preserve whatever
value is left in BTC to realise the
maximum possible privatization
Therefore, the Government is
trying to constrain the inroads
made by BTC's rivals to preserve
the latter's market share and prof-

The VoP issue has already cre-
ated tension between BTCiand
SRG, with the latter accusing the
state-owned carrier of non-coop-
eration on a variety of intercon-
nection issues.
Interconnection between
BTC's and SRG's networks is
vital to enable calls that originate
on one network to be seamlessly
transferred to another,
Barrett Russell, the PUC's
executive director, told The Tri-
bune earlier this year that the
organisation was having to nego-
tiate a "minefield" over the inter-
connection dispute.
He added that VolP was giving
the telecoms sector regulator a
"headache", as BTC was alleging
that SRG's use of the technology
would allow other, illegal VolP
operators to have a "bypass" on
to its system and steal customers
from it.
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Bahamas are Winn-Dixie, which
is in the process of selling its 78
per cent majority stake in
Bahamas Supermarkets to BSL
Holdings, a Bahamian investor
group, for $54 million.
In addition, Atlanta-based
Mirant has announced its deci-
sion to sell its 55 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Power Company
to enable it to focus on its core
US operations.
Mr Townend pointed out that
there were a number of "regional
issues" impacting the Bahamian
M&A market, not just relating to,
the Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME).
He said these were "from the
perspective of Bahamian compa-
nies looking to compete on a
more regional platform in the
same way we see Barbadian and
other CariCom corporations
looking at the Bahamas. We're
hoping to see some of the
Bahamian groups looking else-
where in the Caribbean".
In relatively mature markets,
Mr Townend said, companies
could always look to other coun-
tries and take the processes,
S knowledge and products they had

developed to deliver value else-
where in the Caribbean.
Among the Caribbean firms
seeking to enter the Bahamian
market are Barbados Shipping &
Trading, the proposed operator
for BSL Holdings' Bahamas
Supermarkets deal, and Banks
(Barbados) Breweries as part of
the Caribbean Bottling transac-
The Bahamian M&A market's
environment is somewhat differ-
ent from other nations, though,
given the exchange control
regime and National Investment
Policy, which supposedly restricts
certain areas of the economy to
Bahamian ownership only.
This means that in some indus-
tries, the pool of potential buy-
ers for a business is relatively thin,
while foreign investors and cor-
porations can be discouraged by
the ownership and capital move-
ment restrictions that are not in
place elsewhere.
KPMG's Global M&A Predic-
tor Survey, launched yesterday,
found that the world's main com-
panies had the chance to execute
deals that would push global
M&A value levels above the
record levels of 2000.
The analysis was based on
KPMG's Global 1,000, an index
of 1,000 leading multinationals'
net debt to operating income
ratios and price earning ratios.
Data from Dealogic showed

that the number of deals globally
was ahead of the previous six
months, and despite some signs
of deal fatigue, KPMG said sound
balance sheets and good debt
market conditions would generate
an increase in activity, although at
a slower pace.
Mr Townend said: "Despite
early signs that the pace of global
M&A activity is close to peaking,
KPMG's Global M&A Predictor
suggests that there is still consid-
erable scope for corporate to
forge intelligent deals, before the
cycle takes a pause for breath and
plateaus for a period.
"Corporate confidence is high,
balance sheets are strong and, giv-
en the astute management of the
corporate sector, there is plenty of
room for corporate to drive fur-
ther growth in profits from rev-
enue and cost synergies. In addi-
tion, macroeconomic conditions
are favourable.
"Now could be the right time
for any corporate willing to take
first mover advantage and do the
intelligent deal."
He added: "The emergence of
joint deals between private equi-
ty and corporate shows an inter-
esting trend that is likely to accel-
erate as a way of mitigating risk
and enhancing value. For a.cor-
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S Competitive salary and benefits

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons not meeting the minimum
requirements need not apply.

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas


equity may reduce a financing
burden. For private equity, part-
nering with the trade potentially
extracts greater value from an
investment better understood by
an industry player."
The Bahamas has already wit-
nessed an example of this tie-up
between private equity and com-
panies in the bid by Sol and Butch
Kerzner, Kerzner International's
chairman and chief executive
respectively, to take their com-
pany private.
Their bid is being financed by a
private equity consortium, the
group matching the Kerzners'
operating experience to the pri-
vate equity funds' financing pow-
Although there are no domes-
tic private equity funds, buyout
groups such as BSL Holdings
have been formed from institu-
tional and high net worth
investors to go after specific tar-
gets. Another example of a
Bahamian buyout group is its
rival, BK Foods.


But terfel I s Bahamian

'Strong' M&A levels to continue

Ciurist i Bahamasj i Limiled. a subsidiary of Citigroup, a leading financial institution with a
presence in over 100 countries ;id over 100 million customers worldwide, is seeking candidates
for ihe position o Area Manager GWS Technology.


Global Wealth Structuring forms the Cltigroup intemational offshore irusi companie-s servic-
ing non U.S. high net worth clients in Rahamas. Ca% man Islands. Switzerland. Jersey Channel
Islands, New Jersey and Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.
The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications of the business.

The requirements and responsibilities For all aspects of the Area Manager Role include (but are
not limited to) the following:

-Lead or facilitate decisions affecting long-range organizational goals and strategic planning.
-Manage large-scale strategic/critical projects or applications, or global projects or
application .
Manmae nmuhliple project managers or projects leaders.
Develop strategies to reduce costs, manage risk, and enhance revenues or services.
Follow Citigroup Private Bank "people practices", including long and short-term career
development for enplo ces. mobility process, and diversity.

Client Management
Build relationships: manage/partner with multiple senior level clients.
Set strategic technology direction (6-24 month horizon)
Participate in initial meetings with clients; delegate projects to Projects Managers.

Risk Management
S Manage audit reviews; execute corrective actions plans.
Impllement and monitor compensating controls for risks.
Execute crisis management action plan.
Responsible for application of corporate information security policies.

Resource Management
Fi n.ncmal budget management.
Staffing Plan (employee, consultant, temp).
Expense Control.
Human Capital Development,
Training, mobility, diversity, communication.
Manage the technology infrastructure (hardware and software)

Routine Audit/Citigroup Technology Standard policies.
Support Legal and Compliance initiatives.
Ensure all dedicated resources meet legal and compliance standards.
Monitor overall project management tracking, using the firm's standard tools.
Communicate, monitor and enforce all technology policies and procedures.

Strong management skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendors.
Influencing and leadership skills.
MS Office Oracle. SQL, VB (historic programming experience with language and web
Crystal Reports; Imaging technologies, financial systems, 4Series application.
Project Management and Reporting.
Minimum Bachelor's degree required with at least 4 years experience as a Senior
Technology Manager in a similar role
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:

Technology Unit Head
GWS/Bahamas Technology
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P. O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR

Deadline for application is August 5, 2006. .

The Public is hereby advised that I, MICHAEL EDWARDS.
of Peter Street West, P. O. Box GT-2551, Nassau Bahamas,
intend to change my name to MICHAEL MUNNINGS. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this

The Embassy of the United States in Nassau, The Bahamas
has launched via the internet, a solicitation to require op-
eration and management of Local Guard Services for the
U.S. Embassy Nassau, and the Frederal Inspection Station
(FIS) Pre-Clearance Unit, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The
Bahamas. The contractor shall furnish mangerial, admin-
istrati\e and direct labor personal to accomplish all work
as required in this contact. The estimated number of hours
lor guards is 153,833 per year. Performance is for a one
(1) year base period and four (4) one-year periods. Major
duties and responsibilities are to perform access control
to limit entry onl) to authorized personnel or visitors, the
operation of walk-through metal detectors, hand-held de-
tectors and special monitoring devices.
All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall
be considered. The government has issued the solicitation
on the FEDBIZOPPS site at This
requirement will be issued only via the internet. No hard
(paper) copies will be mailed. Once on the FEDBIZOPPS
website, Click on "Vendors" button under browse
agencies, choose "STATE", scroll down to "Western
Hemisphere Posts", double click on "locations". You
will locate all documents related to this solicitation under
American Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas. Questions can
be addressed to Karen Wiebelhaus, Contracting Officer by
phone: (242) 322-1181 ext 4415, or by FAX (242)
328-7838 or at



The Public is hereby advised that I,BRADLEY JEAN JACQUES
of West End Ave of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, intend to
change my name to BRADLEY MONDESTIN. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDRE ANDREW WARD OF
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 1ST day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MONIQUE TOUSSAINT, OF
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 1st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Grant Thornton,

Chartered Accountants,

would like to advise our

valued clients that our

office will be closed on

Friday, 4th August, 2006

to observe our firm's

Annual Fun Day

Regular office hours will

resume on Tuesday, 8th

August, 2006.




Baha Mar land deals revealed

FROM page 1B
Bahamians, potential entrepreneurial spin-
off opportunities for Bahamians, and a world-
class tourism product that will benefit the
country's economy and society for the long-
The amount of rent the Government earns
from leasing these lands is thus likely to be of
secondary importance. And The Tribune was
told that the various agreements the Govern-
ment signed with Baha Mar were all conclud-
ed as arm's length transactions, with proper
scrutiny and on commercial terms.
Apart from the Crown Land agreement,
the FNM has also been demanding to see
copies of agreements signed between Baha
Mar and the Hotel Corporation and the Trea-
surer of the Bahamas respectively, criticising
the Government for its secrecy.
The Tribune, though, has obtained copies of
both these sales agreements, which are
described as "confidential".
The Treasury sale involves three parcels of
land one known as the 'Old West Bay Street
parcel', then the land upon which the Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield Centre and the police sta-

tion currently rests, and a parcel described as
the 'JFK Connector' corridor.
Baha Mar, according to the terms of the
agreement, purchased fee simple interests in
all three parcels for a total of $5.963 million.
In addition, the agreement with the Trea-
surer said the Government and its agencies
would transfer to Baha Mar, "for no addi-
tional consideration", property used by the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC),
including its substations. Other parcels to be
transferred include land owned by the Water
& Sewerage Corporation.
The actual Heads of Agreement document
between Baha Mar and the Government state
that 103 acres owned by the latter and its
agencies would be incorporated into the devel-
opment's golf course and for residential devel-
Lands used for the golf course would be
leased to Baha Mar for a "nominal rent", and
some of them would be owned by BEC, Water
& Sewerage, the Government and the Crown.
The Hotel Corporation agreement involved
the sale to Baha Mar of freehold interests in
the Cable Beach Golf Course, the land on

which the Radisson resort stands, the land
parcel that previously sited the Hobby Horse
Race Track, the Gaming Board and Bahama
Development Bank land, and land hosting
the Radisson sports centre, tennis courts and
laundry facilities.
Baha Mar also purchased the "remainder
interest" in the land upon which the Wynd-
ham resort rests, and the Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) site.
The purchase price for the Radisson and
all the Hotel Corporation land was not
revealed, although Baha Mar paid a $2.34
million deposit into an account with its then-
escrow agent, SG Hambros Bank & Trust
The agreement reveals that Baha Mar and
the Hotel Corporation entered into a 99-year
lease for the Wyndham.
For the period until December 31, 2039,
Baha Mar is paying an annual ground rent of
$120,000 per year, with lump sum payments
every five years of $25,000.
After that, the ground rent increases to
$240,000 per annum, with lump sum payments
every five years of $50,000.

Fire-ravaged firms pick up the pieces

FROM page 1B
perishable goods until the entire
inventory of the store is exhaust-
ed. The store remained closed on
Monday until 5pm, when clean-
up efforts were completed and
the scanners and cash registers
reprogrammed and replaced.
Beverly Hilton, of Adworks

Advertising and PR agency, not-
ed that the fire was a very difficult
blaze and said the firemen
seemed to be working at full
force. At present, the company
has relocated to the former 100
Jamz building on Deveaux Street.
Ms Hilton said employees were
still in shock over what had hap-



SCounsel and Attorneys-at-law
Notaries Public

Is seeking an ambitious
For its Nassau Office

Candidates with a minimum of five (5) years
experience must possess the skills and the
ability to work independently on various
commercial/corporate transactions.


For its Exuma Office

Candidates must have at least five (5) years
experience and must have the skills and the
ability to work independently on varied
commercial/litigation matters.

Attractive salary and benefits are available to
the applicants with the right aptitude and skills.

Applicants should send resumes to:

P. 0. Box N-979, Nassau, Bahamas or
By facsimile (242) 393-4558 or

"I dashed down there, hoping
to be able to retrieve something,
but they would not allow us to
get close," she said.
"We can't even begin to esti-
mate the financial loss. This is
particularly when you think about
how much the relocation costs
will be."
Ms Hilton said that despite the
fact that all of the physical com-
ponents of the business were
gone, they are not starting entire-
ly from scratch.
' "Some work is lost, particular-
ly all of the files that.were three to
five years-old, and we have at
least a week of reentering data,
but we have been able to transfer
our phone number and we are

online," she added.
Ms Hilton said the company
received tremendous support
from other advertising agencies
and various media outlets. In
addition, their clients had been
Helpful and encouraging. She will
be meeting with her insurers
sometime today.
The Tribune was unable to
reach the other business owners
or the owner of the complex,
Troy Darville, for comment.
Unconfirmed reports claim that
the fire was started by someone
welding at the back of Sun Man-
ufacturing. However, up to press
time. Monday, Police Inspector
Walter Evans of the Fire Depart-
ment said they were still investi-
gating the cause of the blaze.

NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON DOJOIE, OF MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 1st day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and,
Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that GINETTE B. CIREUS OF
UNION VILLAGE, 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 25TH day of JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

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 1ST day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Ten Vacant Parcels of Land

Bahama Sound of Exuma

No. 16 Great Exuma s

The Bahamas

Best offer in writing to:

P. 0. Box N-1085 or

Fax: (242) 323-7745

For further information call

(242) 322-8396 (ext. 232)

' SM- v

-Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
Monday 31 July 200 6
52.'k-H. 52vk-Lo-, Symbol Previous Close Todsa'- Close Change Daily Vol EPS DI. PE _I.lld
1.85 0.59 ArDacc, Markets 1.78 1.78 O0 0- 0 109 r.1 0
12.05 9.00 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 1.48 1.48 0.00 0.143 0.000 10.3 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.49 1.49 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.7 2.64%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.96 1.96 0.00 12,083 0.009 0.000 217.8 0.00%
10.99 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.99 10.99 0.00 12,000 0.943 0.600 11.7 5.66%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.75 4.74 -0.01 0.115 0.045 41.3 0.95%
2.88 2.10 Doctors Hospital 2.70 2.70 0:00 0.283 0.000 9.5 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.49 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.00 9.05 FirstCaribbean 13.00 13.00 0.00 0.885 0.550 14.7 4.23%
11.15 8.91 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 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.532 0.405 16.3 4.68%
9.10 8.27 J.S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
8.01 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.99 8.00 0.01 0.160 0.000 50.0 0.00%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 000 2036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
,- Fitdeiy w-ThqIJ jnu Sectrttd
52k-Hi 52wk-Low SymDol BiOa Ask $ Last Price .Veekly Vol EPS 0 D.', P,_ Yeld
14 00 12 25 Bahamas Supermarkels 14 00 15 00 11 00 1 923 0) 90 8 6 40',.
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85/
054 0 20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43 00 1 00 2 220 0000 19 0 00'1
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0 60 0 35 RND Holdings 0 29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
5;.'k-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD'". Last 12 Months D I 5 Y.oie :
1 298 1.2414 Colina Money Markel Fura 1 298262"
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038**
2.3915 2.2487 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480"
1 1820 1 1246 Colina Bond Fund 1 182038^"
' : E. LL SH RE INDEX 19 Dec02= I000U ':": r... ET TER.S v.ELD .al 2 r;r.or. I..dends .ael .,: ,:
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 14 July 2006
Previous Close Previous days weighted price for daily volume Last Price Lest traded over-the-counter price
Todays Close Current days weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 May 2006
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths 3 006
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 June 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P E Closing plnce dlldea b ire las 12 ..: r ..,.-. FIlrDE X Tr.e F(.el.r. BaSr. a SI:c Ir.e j..u ., 139 I l 0) . June 2006
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4 To become an RAF ace, you rneFd
bottle (6)
7 Be flourishing, thanks to a high fibre
diet? (8)
8 Uke radio and TV, ley' worth
having (6)
10 Go quietly,as a bglar may do (5)
13 Onesidelof Manchester (4)
14 Might climbing It make you breathe
badly? (4)
15 See a person with a comet (4)
16 Make amend so sound (3)
17 In this, there's verdure (4)
19 Arole to make real (4)
21 Damage totally, with
evident regret (9)
23 Ught to raise, say? (4)
24 Periods of camera shyness? (4)
26 Women bring them a certain amount
ofwoe (3)
27 Go and crack a nut outright! (4)
29 Chills off in the police
station? (4)
32 The learner has ways to get things In
focus (4)
33 What a beauty-and only a penny a
timel (5)
34 Themroney'slnthe back ofthe
drawer (6)
35 A door lke the one in the centre
maybe (8)
36 Translate Proust in a daze (6)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS:1, M-all-et7, Escalate 8, Call 10, Shove-L 11,
Be-adle 14, Dee 16, Risen 17, S-pa-S 19, Penal 21,
R-uses 22, Petty 23, Ford 26, Straw 28, M.-ad 29, Tailor
30, Fi-DD-le31, Iris 32, Freddes 33, Highly
DOWN: 1, Miss-us 2, L-eaves 3, Tell 4, Came-ras 5, Hands
6, Seven 8, Cod-a 9, Lee 12, Al-L 13, L-Eve-R 15,
Rests 18, Pia 19, Pu-T 20, NE-Y 21, RE-works 22, Pal
plans ) 23, Fa-d&ig 24. Odds 25, Drea-m-y 26, Stuff
27, R-ile-d. 28, MIr 30, Fish

1 Embarrass seaman Wood (5)
2 Animal Biggles could handle airily (5)
3 Start act in a film centre (4)
4 D.s: storeshave
ironmongery? (5)
5 Ruddyoptimisticl(4)
6 One said to be comparatively
advanced in parenthood? (6)
9 She scatters salt around parts of a
meal (6)
11 A hint of extremism? (3)
12 A narrow route to bowlalong (5)
13 Chests, yes; but not those said to
need a cough curel (7)
15 Not the only one in cardiacarrest! (3)
16 Sally's utterlackof money (3)
18 Time of a noted bloomer? (6)
20 Female eels wriggling
around India (5)
21 Beat Nat up (3)
22 Vesselonlyhalfan hourat central
Greenwich (3)
23 Change your mind about being on
loan? (6)
25 Like some house caret (3)
28 Possibly start undressed the lower
30 No mug Is like a tinl (5)
31 Kind of anchor on the bed? (5)
32 Figure n a circuit
(possibly electric) (4)
33 Drink a sailormay tumto(4)

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4 Meal(6)
7 Vocal work (8)
8 Mythical creature (6)
10 Hard work (5)
13 Ursine
mammal (4)
14 Ring of light (4)
15 Group of
countries (4)
16 Sphere (3)
17 Knowledge (4)
19 Charged particles (4)
21 Benefit (9)
23 Ascend (4)
24 Wooded hollow (4)
26 Mountain pass (3)
27 Flightless bird (4)
29 Listening organs (4)
32 German river (4)
33 Decree (5)
34 Warder (6)
35 Protective
nothing (8)
sel 36 Signal fire (6)


Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Charge 7, Deserter 8, Vase 10, Raisin
11, Polite 14, Son 16, Venus 17, Scan 19, Paled 21, Mis
22, Lento 23, Pass 26, Siren 28, Pal 29, Create 30,
Finale 31, Apes 32, Reckoned 33, Ensure
DOWN: 1, Chorus 2, Reason 3, Eden 4, Recover
5, Stain 6, Tries 8, Visa 9, Sin 12, Led 13, Tunes 15, Pas
18, Choir 19, PRn20, Leo21,Mentlon 22, Lea 23,
Panels 24, Alas 25, Swerve 26, Scare 27,
Reach 28, Pip30,Fade

The Rabbit-in-the-Hat Trick

West dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
+A 10 9 7
*843 K Q 1.0 9 7 5 2
VQ 10964 VAJ82
*QJ102 *5
+3 +6
+KQJ 8 5 4 2
The bidding:
West North East South
Pass 1 34 44
Pass 54+
Opening lead three of spades.
One does not have to do some-
thing brilliant in every deal to
acquire a reputation as a good player.
On the contrary, the best players
achieve their high standing primarily
because they play right down the
middle and make very few errors.
It is true that what might seem
like a simple play to an expert may
appear to be brilliant to a lesser
player. But most of the good plays
made, when examined closely, turn
out to be only well-reasoned actions
necessitated by the circumstances of
at particular deal.
In this hand, for example, declarer
)made a somewhat unusual play that

enabled him to make five clubs. West
led a spade, on which declarer, hold-
ing a singleton jack opposite the'ace,
played low from dummy, losing to
East's queen!
Of course, South could have
avoided the loss of a spade trick by
playing the ace, but he had a very
good reason for ducking. It did not
matter to him that he lost a spade
trick unnecessarily because he knew
he could later discard a diamond
loser on the ace of spades. He merely
swapped a nonexistent spade loser
for an otherwise certain diamond
The difference, however, was that
as a result of this play, South was
able to make the contract. East
returned a spade at trick two,
declarer discarding-a diamond.
After leading a trump to the king,
South cashed the K-A of diamonds
and ruffed a diamond. A trump to the
nine allowed South to ruff another
diamond, establishing dummy's fifth
diamond as a trick. One of declarer's
heart losers was later discarded on
the nine of diamonds, and South fin-
ished with 11 tricks.
Observe that if declarer had won
ihe .opeiirrg lead .withlthe ace of
spades he would inevitably iave
gone down, losing two hearts and a
diamond. By substituting one loser
for another, he found a virtually fool-
proof way of preventing West from
gaining the lead and returning a heart
through dummy's king.

W~shiany words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word. No plurals or verb
forms ending in "s", no woids with initial capitals
and io words with a hyphen or apostrophe-
permitted. The first word of a phrase is permitted
(e.g. inrlet in inldet printer).
Good 18; very godd 27; excellent 35 (or more).




abort bairn barn baron boar
born brain bran brat bravo
iron orbit rain rani rant ratio
ration riot roan robin rota
tam taro torn train trio trivia
vibrant VIBRATION vibrato

1 Hard-wearing (5)
2 Deadly (5)
3 Chimney dust (4)
4 Riding display (5)
5 Fruit (4)
6 Tracks (6)
9 Ethnic (6)
11 Uncooked (3)
12 Creases (5)
13 Mixer (7)
15 Undergarment (3)
16 Number (3)
18 Exaggerate (6)
20 Leered (5)
21 Afflict (3)
22 Beverage (3)
23 Turn (6)
25 Curve (3)
28 Wading bird (5)
30 Passageway (5)
31 Hidden store (5)
32 Of theears (4)
33 Nobleman (4)





John Emms v David Ledger,
Wood Green v, UK
4NCL league 2006. Wood Green
retained the national-league
title by a single game point
from Guildford-ADC, so former
England captain Emms needed
to squeeze out a win from
today's position against a
lower-ranked opponent. If you
follow openings you might
think that White's impressive
attacking formation comes via
the Ruy Lopez 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3
Nc6 3 BbS, but no, this is from
the Bishop's Opening 1 e4 e5 2
Bc4, which used to be thought
old-fashioned but is now
viewed as a way to build Ruy-
style king's side threats
without allowing Black to gain
queen's side space. Emms

AUGUST 1, 2006

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
It's time to finally mike a decisi
on that proposal, Aries. These si ,
tactics are doing nothing but hurting
your reputation. Make a choice,
regardless of the consequences.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Dream big, Taurus, because if you
put your mind to it, you can certainly
accomplish anything. There will be
doubters, but you. will prove them
wrong in your endeavors.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
You can't always be in control,
Gemini, so relinquish the reigns
to someone dear to you, whom
you trust. Giving up a little power
will teach you humility.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
You're losing touch with someone
who was close to you, Cancer. It hurts
that the friendship is fading. Do your
part to rekindle this relationship the
extra worth it.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Hold your temper, Leo, even when
,someone purposefully-pushes your
buttons. Anger and harsh words'will
not remedy the situation, so be the
bigger person in all of this.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You will feel the need to help out
someone at work this week, Virgo,
Resist the temptation to do so
because it may put your job in jeop-
ardy if you interfere.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Take a moment to plot out your.
immediate future, Libra. Considering
you haven't been as happy as you'd
like to be with your career path -
make a change now.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
There will never be the perfect time
to make a drastic career change, so
stop complaining about your current
situation, and do something about it.
Just realize the pluses and minuses.
You've recently made it through a
rough patch, Sagittarius, and have
come through no worse for the
wear. File this experience away and
move on to more positive things.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
A person's good humor can only be
pushed so far. Think before you speak
when confronted with the individual
you've been teasing, Capricorn. It
could come back to bite you.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Having taken financial investments
into your own hands, Aquarius, you
may have found you're more in the
red than in the black. Consult with
an expert to turn things around.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar20
A special project at work requires
creativity and imagination two
traits that you have in abundance.-
Show off and enjoy the rewards.

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WITH the cycling sea-
son in its peak, cyclists
throughout the country
are beginning to turn in
top notch performances.
The New Providence
Cycling Association host-
ed its short course pre
warm up cycling clash on
Sunday July 30th at the
South Ocean Cycling
Despite the hot and
humid temperatures at the
course, cyclists endured
through the harsh condi-
tions to successfully com-
plete it.
This course was unique
because both junior and
senior cyclists started the
race simultaneously, which
added excitement and cre-
ated a quicker'pace.
The pace lasted through-
out races in both divisions
as the athletes produced a
pair of exciting finishes.
The juniors had the most
thrilling finish of the day
with their race not decided
until the final few metres
and seconds.
In the end, Tre's "Sprint
King" Smith solidified his
nickname by outlasting
Anthony Biggie Coole-
brook in a heated sprint
for the finish line.
The seniors had an
equally close finish as just
one tenth of a second sep-
arated the first and second
place finishers.
Barron Turbo Musgrove
was able to capture the
win over Tim Hauber,
posting a time of 1:10.19
Up next on the cycling
calendar is The Bertram
Cowboy Musgrove Cycling
Tour "Tour De New Prov-
idence "
The race will take place
August 19th and 20th and
is perhaps one of the most
anticipated cycling events
of the year.

(4 laps of a 5 mile course)
1st Turbo Musgrove
VMG 1:10.19s
2nd Tim Hauber 1:10.20s
3rd Robert Bethel
4th Shawn Fox
(covering 3 laps)
5th Sam Brown
(covering 3 laps)

(2 laps of a 5 mile course)
1st Tre's Smith
Warriors 37.51s
2nd Anthony Colebrook
Warriors 37.52s
3rd Rakeem Colebrook

(covering 2 laps
of a 5 mile course)
1st Justin Minnis
Warriors 49.48s
2nd Jacoda Johnson
Warriors 49.49s
3rd Joseph Brennen



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* THE SWIFT Team heading to the Masters World Championships

Swift Swimming Club

heads for FINA event

Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas' junior
swimming program has expe-
rienced astounding success
over the past year with per-
formances at the Carifta
Games, Caribbean Island
Swimming Championships,
Commonwealth, and CAC
Games, now the Masters divi-
sion looks to follow suit.
The Swift Swimming Club
is fielding a 12 member team
to represent the Bahamas at
the 1lth F.I.N.A World Mas-
ters Championships in San
Francisco, California at the
Avery Aquatic Center on the
campus of Stanford Universi-
It is a first for Swift and the
Bahamas attending a Masters
World Championships.
The championships will host
over 7,200 athletes from over
75 countries competing in five
aquatic disciplines including,
synchronised swimming, open
water swimming, water polo,
diving and speed swimming.
Among the thousands of
athletes competing includes
many Olympic champions,
World Record Holders, and
National Champions such as

Al Allen
Andy Knowles
Nancy Knowles
Percy Knowles
David Morley
Susan Morley
Allan Murray
Sean Nottage
Cameron Roach
Dorian Roach
Raymond Simpson
Coach: Dominic Latella

The swimmers will also compete in 3 age
group relays including the 4 x 50 freestyle, 4
x 50 medley and mixed relays.

the United States' Gary Hall,
a three time Olympic gold
The Masters World Cham-
pionships begin with a mini-
mum age group of 25-29 year
olds and increasing in five year
groups to swimmers 90 years
and older.
The Swift Swimming Club
has competed successfully at
other meets, most recently, at
the U.S. National Champi-
onships in May.
The team is lead by the
standout performances of Per-
cy Knowles in the 75-79 age


Allan Murray
Al Allen
Dorian Roach
Cameron Roach

David Morley
Sean Nottage
Raymond Simpson
Andy Knowles

Percy Knowles
Susan Morley
Nancy Knowles
David Morley

group, David Morley in the
40-44 age group and former
Olympian Allan Murray.
Murray captured a gold
medal in 50 free at the U.S.
National championships.
National Team Head Coach
and team member Andy
Knowles said the popularity
of Masters swimming is con-
stantly growing on a local and
international level.
"It's has become a major
sport throughout the world
and particularly in the Unit-
ed States now," he said, "So
the Bahamas is really enjoying

catching up to the rest of the
world on the Masters scene."
He said the Swift Swimming
Club has worked relentlessly
to increase its membership,
which now includes over 50
"The fact that we started
pushing it and making it more
available brought about a
greater interest in the sport,"
he said, "It is a way for people
to remain in shape as they
become more health conscious
and it is also a way for previ-
ous swimmers who have
retired to get back together

and enjoy camaraderie of get-
ting back into competition
Knowles said he expects the
team to perform well despite
the high level of competition,
proving that the Bahamas can
compete with the world's best.
"These championships
should be great for others who
want to get back into the sport
and enjoy getting in shape and
competing at the highest lev-
el," he said, "It is a lot of fun
being there together, hanging
out and competing and sup-
porting each other. You'll find
that even at the Masters meet
you will have some really fast
times being produced, but we
should turn out some very
good performances."
The Masters program at the
Swift Swimming Club has
grown exponentially in the
past year and offers not only
an opportunity to renew old
'friendships, enjoying compe-
tition and also the benefit
of improving health and fit-
As the team motto displays
on team shirts says: "Age ain't
nothing but a number," -with:
the roles now reversed, the
Masters hope to turn in per-
formances similar to their
younger junior competitors.


"This was just a great
showing for the
Bahamas. We got a
medal on the women's
relay, that was a
breakthrough for us, so
I think swimming on
the whole in many ways
is on the move this
year, having done well
at all their big meets."

Andy Knowles

Junior Sports Reporter
SWIMMING coaches are pleasedby
the overall performances of the 10 par-
ticipants who competed in the Central
American and Caribbean (CAC) cham-
Andy Knowles, one of the coaches on
the CAC coaching staff, told The Tri-
bune yesterday, "This year was one of
the busiest years the Bahamas Swim-
ming Federation (BSF) had in a long
time having to name five teams that
were all up to the challenge of competing
at international events."
The BSF sent teams to represent the

Bahamas at five international meets,
Carifta, CISC, the Commonwvealth
Games, the Short Course World Cham-
pionships and the recently held CAC
According to Knowles, the most mem-
orable of the five meets will be the CAC
games, as the team secured five medals,
one in a females' relay.
"It was a first in a lot of ways for the
Bahamas," said a Knowles about the
team's overall results at the CAC games.
"It was the first time we were able to
win medals, coming away with five is
even more impressive, especially at the
CAC level. I think swimming was able to
get five of the ten medals won by the

"This was just a great showing for the
Bahamas. We got a medal on the wom-
en's relay, that was a breakthrough for
us, so I think swimming on the whole in
many ways is on the move this year, hav-
ing done well at all their big meets."
He also believes that since the
Bahamas was able to put on such stellar
performances at the international meets,
the numbers will increase in the clubs.
Knowles, the father of Jeremy
Knowles, also commented on the final
round appearances at the games.
Noting that Jeremny made it through to
the finals of one of his events at the Short
Course World Championships, Knowles
confirmed that swimming in the
Bahamas is on the move.

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IT WAS business as usual for
the recently crowned WBC
Caribbean Boxing Federation
Super Middleweight champion
Jermaine 'Choo-Choo' Mack-
Mackey wasted no time in
getting back to his regular rou-
tine, returning to his paying job
on Saturday morning, hours
after he slammed Marvin 'Mar-
velous' Thomas to the canvas.
The Super Middleweight
Bahamian title holder described
Friday night fight as a sparring
match, one that didn't shake
him or force him to request Sat-
urday off from his job.
The confident boxer pro-
claimed his fitness to all in the
S arena, saying he was ready to
go another two or three rounds
with another opponent.
In an interview yesterday
with The Tribune, Mackey
admitted that he wasted no time
in getting back to his daily
"I won't class the fight as an
easy fight, but I can say after
the second round things opened
up," Mackey said.
"If he wants a second chance
at it I will give it to him, but I
don't think he deserves it. He
was supposed to be champion

Boxer wastes no time

getting back on schedule

and you step into the ring and
"So if he wants it I will give it
to him, it will be great to have
another win underneath my belt
again. If a fight does come off I
would like to do it in front of a
larger Bahamian crowd so they
can see what a real champ is
supposed to look like.
"Yes the victory has more
than sunk in, I was to work on
Saturday and today (Monday) I
will be heading back to the gym
for training."
A focused Mackey said that
the training schedule of a pro-
fessional athlete should never
stop, and now he has sealed his
signature as a serious profes-
sional boxer, Mackey said his
relentlessness will be in full
The boxer, who becomes seri-
ously nervous before a fight,
finding comfort in jogging,
admitted that he takes it to
another level in training.
He said: "I know where I
want to reach, I have goals, I

know what it will take to obtain
it so I am confident and ready
to take them all on.
"I know that I will have to
get some assistance from the
government, so hopefully they
will be able to step in and give
some support to the good pro-
fessional boxers, we are work-
ing and training and we know
what we want so if we can get
some assistance that will be
Mackey, who will be going
through intense training, has
expressed interest in vying for
the British Commonwealth title
which will place him in a great
position for a shot at the World
Title in the Super Middleweight
Currently Mackey has an 11-
0 win-loss record and is willing
to take on anyone to improve
his record gaining experience
and exposure at the same time.
Mackey works-out everyday
at the Balliou Hill Road Com-
plex with former national stand-
out Ray Minus Jr.

* WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation Super Middleweight champion Jermaine 'Choo:ChoO' Mackey.
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THE Bahamas ended the 20th annual
Central American and Caribbean (CAC)
games with 10 medals and a 17th place
The athletes represented the nation in 11
disciplines, claimed six silver medals and
four bronzes five coming from track and
field and five from swimming.
Winning the championship was Cuba
with 285 medals, followed by Mexico with

'27 medals and host country Colombia
wAil h 21) medals.
in the English-speaking Caribbean, top
country was Jamaica with 22 medals, Bar-
bados with 19 medals and Trinidad and
Tobago with 21, but just one gold.
Team participation was seen in track
and field, swimming, baseball, men and
women's softball, tennis, bowling, sailing,
cycling, wrestling, racquetball and bowling.
Persons claiming medals were Derrick
Atkins, Trevor Barry, Lavern Eve, the
men's and women's 4x100m teams, Jeremy
Knowles and the women's 400m individual

medley relay team.
Knowles left the games as the most dec-
orated Bahamian athlete, capturing tvo
silver medals and a bronze medal. His two
silver medals came in the 200m butterfly
and 200m individual medley while the
bronze was won in the 100m butterfly.
Atkins followed Knowles' feat by set-
ting a new national record in the men's
100m dash clocking 10.08 seconds. He also
won a silver as he was a member of the
men's 4xl00m relay team.
The men's softball team missed out on a
medal, finishing the tournament with a 2-

3 win-loss record.
As a teamr they had a bailing average of
.114 off 18 hits. On the field the team had
nine errors. Pitching wise, the team col-
lected 42 strike outs, 15 based on balls,
giving up seven doubles and two home
On the women's side the Bahamas had a
batting average of .120 off 18 hifs. They
had one double and triple with no home
.Defensively, they made 13 errors, while
their pitchers give up 46 s including g our
doubles a triple with just nine strike outs.

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