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Volume: 102 No.219

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BEWU: we won't

be intimidated

THE Bahamas Electrical
Workers Union has urged gov-
ernment to stand down. It says
its members will not be bullied
by Labour Minister Shane Gib-
-.BEWU president Dennis
Williams said the Industrial Tri-

bunal has no jurisdiction in its
dispute with BEC management.
He claimed that no court
injunction can force employees
to work overtime or regulate
the pace of work.
"The Minister of Labour
must be reminded that we are
not illegal immigrants and we
will not be bullied or intimidat-

BEC senior union hits

out at corporation
BEC's senior union has joined in the fight against the electrical
corporation, claiming that the corporation's executive is misrep-
resenting the facts in a effort to preserve their positions.
Referring to management's claim that the recent power out-
ages were sabotage, Ervin Dean, Bahamas Electrical Utility Man-
agerial Union (BEUMU) president, said the outages did not start
last Thursday and Friday. "It is our view that the recent events are
merely a distraction from the executive management and its mis-
management of BEC and it's machinery," Mr Dean said.
The BEUMU, which shares the Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union's complaint of not receiving back-pay, is not speaking for the
junior union, but is adding its voice in an attempt to bring clarity to
the "myriad of problems that have led to the poor state of industrial
relations that has the Corporation on the verge of imploding."
According to BEUME president Dean, his union has been
observing with great interest what is taking place with its col-
leagues, the BEWU.
"We are concerned for our brothers and sisters in the labour
movement because we share some of the same interests and con-
cerns, and we experience similar trials and tribulations," Mr Dean
The dispute came to a head because of the continued existence
and practice of victimization and the exploitation of employees,
which resulted in unnecessary tensions and a lack of integrity at the
highest level of the corporation, Mr Dean said.
The union claimed that the corporation "chose not to comply with
the law", which resulted in managers of the corporation working
hundreds of extra hours.
SEE page 12

ed as the members of the
BEWU can do an infinite num-
ber of things to bring this matter
to a close. The union will work
along with the Bahamas Chris-
tian Council to resolve this mat-
ter," he said in a statement.
This comes after government
obtained a court injunction
ordering BEC employees to
end their industrial action and
return to work..,
"The union expresses its dis-
pleasure and disappointment in
the questionable actions of the
Minister of Labour Shane Gib-
son, especially because he was
once a part.-of, a. union
"Every union, including the
SEE page 10

THIS beached \es-
sel hes ruined after
apparently catching fire
over the weekend at
Last week, The
Tribune printed a picture
of the boat intact but
seemingly abandoned on
the rocks.
The Tribune contacted
officials of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force
yesterday and was
informed that there are
no current leads into the
(Photo: Onan
Tribune staff)

Chief Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie is discussing the idea
of an early general election in
an attempt to cut off the
momentum building for the
FNM, the opposition said yes-
The party said in a state-
ment that the public-should
get ready for an early election,
as government may not wait
for theMal\. 200-' Jeadline.
"As the Bahamian people
know, calling elections after
four years in oltice has not

been a part of our electoral
tradition. If Mr Christie goes
early, you can be sure that
panic has taken up residence in
the governing party's tent," the
party said.
The FNM also said that
some old boundary changes
can be expected, which are
designed to save extremely
vulnerable PLP MPs.
-"You-Crwill -ecall-that the
governing partf'has mastered
the art of cutting boundaries
in the Stl rngc -t ways, Howev-
er, when the Bahamian peo-
ple are ready to change gov-
ernments, no amount of cut-

Seventh Grand Bahama

homicide investigated
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama Police are investigating its seventh
homicide for the year, which occurred in Freeport over the week-
Randolph Wallace, 26, of No 137 Fawcett Lane, died at the
Rand Memorial Hospital around 11.16pm of gunshot injuries to the
According to police, at about 10.30pm police were notified by
EMS personnel that a man suffering from gunshot wounds had
Been brought in a private vehicle to the Accident and Emergency
SEE page 10 -

ting and pasting will change
their will," the FNM said.
The opposition said that
panic is tearing away at the
governing party's leadership
and Bahamian people are
abandoning them' in droves..
"They have begun a desper-
ate campaign to hold their sup-
porters and stem the exodus
of voters who gave them a
chance just four years ago.
"Years of indecision, com-
placency and confusion have
left this already '.hau-.ik gov-
ernment with little choice but
SEE page 10

Im migration


'does not have
a written

policy manual'

DESPITE the public debate
raging between The Tribune
and the Immigration Depart-
ment over its changing policy
requirements, Immigration and .
Labour Minister Shane Gibson
revealed yesterday that many
of the department's policy
directives are not to be found in
a written policy manual, but in a
series of internal department
In re-announcing a review of
work permit policies that began
several months ago, Mr Gibson
told The Tribune that there is
no manual that one can pick up
to say "this is policy."
"When I went in Immigration
as minister," said Mr Gibson,
"I told them to bring me a writ-
ten policy, and they didn't have
any. Even the ones that are
enforced are not written. I am
in the process of putting togeth-
er a policy document now."
However, in discussing the
department's "Bahamianisa-
tion" policy requirements for
the workplace, Mr Gibson said
that the requirement that would
see Bahamians being trained to
fill positions occupied by for-
eign work permit holders has
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Has the stage been set for a

world war or Armageddon?

When those of the
Northern Pole are united,
In the East will be
great fear and dread ...
One day the two great
leaders will be friends;
Their great powers will
seem to grow.
The New Land will be
at the height of its power:
To the man of blood
the number is reported.

THOSE words
from Nos-
tradamus and some
words in the Revelation
of St John, together with
current events, have con-
vinced some people that
we are on the verge of
World War m, the great
apocalyptic Battle of
Armageddon, the end
The two great leaders
of the Northern Pole, it
is said, are the leaders of
Russia and the United
States of America. The
New Land, the United
States, is certainly at the
height of its power. As
a matter of fact, it is the
only superpower in the
Both Russia and the
US, while not yet on the
very best of terms, have
a common worry about
the rise of an uncompro-
mising, and militant
Islamic fundamentalism
that is unalterably com-,

mitted to the destruction of
Western culture.
The US is also concerned
about the security of its ally,
Israel, in the middle of a hostile
Muslim region and; of course,
the possible interruption of the
flow of Arab and Iranian oil to
the West.,
Russia is concerned about the
Muslim states that used to be a
part of the Soviet Union and
are now independent, and
another state, Chechnya, which
it wants to keep as a part of the

Russia Federation.
Some people do not put
much stock in the prophecies
of Nostradamus. They are too
obscure and lend themselves to
convincing interpretation only
after the event. The sceptics are
equally unimpressed by the
modern prophets who claim
they can divine the timing of
the end from scripture.
It would appear from some
of his writings that St Paul
expected Jesus Christ to return
in his lifetime, but it did not

happen. There have
been many predictions
since the time of St Paul
and, up to now, all have
been wrong.
People have gathered
on hilltops to greet the
dawn of the last day and
some sold all their
belongings in prepara-
tion for the big event. It
is not clear what they
wanted with money if
the world was coming to
an end.
-But we are iot out of
the woods yet. There are
some prophecies that.
relate to beyond 2006. A
British group, the Lord's
Witnesses. predicts that
there will be a terrible
war and the end will
come in 2008.

She ancient
Mayans, who
were not Christians, also
mused over this problem
in their calendar of
events and gave us an
additional fotar years -
until 2012; and no less
an authority than Pope
Leo IX predicted in
1514 that the world had
500 more years to run -
until 2014.
* According to some
interpretations, the
Koran, the Muslim holy
book, is more generous
than all of them and
gives us until 2280. Oth-
ers are content with the admo-
nition that we know not the day
nor the hour.
The world may not be work-
ing up to Armageddon or the
end of. time but it looks very
much like the stage is being
elaborately set for World War
Nothing happens out of the
blue, and wars, like other com-
ing events, often cast their shad-
ows. But why is it that some
people can see these ominous
shadow ws and others especially

The world may not be
working up to Armageddon
or the end of time but it
looks very much like the
stage is being elaborately set
for World War II.

those in position to do some-
thing about it cannot, or will
The single shot that rang
out in the town of Sarajevo in
June, 1914, was heard around
the world, it is said; because it
was the beginning of the
Great War. But before the
assassination of Archduke
Franz Ferdinand of Austria
by a Serbian nationalist, the
stage had been set for World
War I.
In Europe there were terri-
torial disputes left over from
previous wars; the Germans
and the French were at odds
over Alsace Lorraine; the
Russians, the Austrians and
the Turks were competing for
control of the Balkans, and
the British and the Germans
were locked in a race to see

The history
we make
today will
almost cer-
tainly come
back to curse
us or bless us
sometime in
the future.

who would have the most
powerful navy.
Then there was the already
prostrate and despoiled cdn-
tinent of Africa over which
the imperial powers were
snarling, at each other like
hungry Wolves. So by the time
Adolf Hitler strutted onto the
scene, the setting of the stage
for World War II was already
much advanced.

here is one lesson we
humans never seem,
to learn-and it is that history is
always very much alive in the
present. The history we make
today will almost certainly
come back.-f curse us or bless
us sometime in the future.
After World War I the vic-
tors; more so the Europeans
than the Americans, humili-
ated and heavily penalised
Germany. Germany was
,stripped of its African
colonies, had to give up con-
siderable territory to its Euro-
pean neighbours and had to
pay ruinous reparations.
So they were ready for the
charismatic Hitler who took
aim at the hated Treaty of
Versailles, the instrument
'used by the Allies to impose
their will on the defeated
nation. Furthermore, Hitler
provided them with a very
convenient scapegoat the
Other things were happen-
ing as well. The League of
Nations had been created by
the Treaty to mediate
between nations and avoid
war, but it proved impotent
in the face of the Japanese
invasion of Manchuria in 1933
and Italy's invasion of
Ethiopia in 1936.
So Hitler went about build-
ing one of the most fearsome

war machines in the history
of humankind. When he start-
ed to gobble up territory, the
Europeans went from one
extreme to the other.
Those who had been so
exacting with Germany after
the World War I now col-
lapsed into an appeasement
mode. By the time Hitler got
around to Poland it was too
late to avoid World War II.
In the Pacific, the Japanese,
who had been eyeing the vast
resources of their neighbours,
took advantage of the Euro-
pean war to challenge Amer-
ican power in the Pacific and
Asia. So for six bloody years
the war raged, and when it
ended 50 million people had
lost their lives.

Now, more and more
observers are talking about
World War III. Are they
right? Has the stage been set
yet again for another global
The most obvious danger
is, of course, in the unstable
Middle East where territorial
disputes, racial, cultural and
religious differences and oil
- all combine to make a high-
ly volatile mix. There have
been any number of small
explosions over the last half
century and one of them
could easily spill over to the
rest of the world.
Disputes over dwindling
resources such as fish stocks
and fresh water are potential
causes of future wars, but if
the present crisis is not man-
aged with great wisdom and
skill, the world could be
enveloped in a conflagration
over oil.
Oil is a finite non-renew-
able resource but the demand
for it is growing by leaps and
bounds as a result of the rapid
industrialisation of the devel-
oping world, particularly very
populous countries like China
and India, and the inability,
or unwillingness, of the devel-
oped world to curb its con-
sumption and develop.sus-
tainable energy sources.
Make no mistake about
this: the developed countries
of the West will go to war to
protect the flow of oil. No
powerful country will stand
idly by and watch their indus-
tries grind to a halt, their
economies collapse and the
lights in their cities go out for
lack of oil.

ut it need not come
to that. After World
War II the Europeans and the
Americans took a lesson from
the mistake they made after
World War I. Instead of pun-
ishing their former enemies,
the Allies rebuilt their cities
and their economies and set
about creating a ndw Western
But there were great lead-
ers on the stage at that time:
Winston Churchill, Franklyn
Roosevelt, Harry Truman,
George'Marshall and Wen-
dell.Willkie. Maybe that kind
of leadership leadership with
vision, imagination, intelli-
gence and moral courage is
somewhere out there waiting
to walk onto the stage, waiting
to change the course of histo-



* THIS image from a
broadcast on Cuban television
station Cubavision shows
Cuban leader Fidel Castro in
bed at a hospital in Havana,
Cuba on Sunday. Castro
appeared tired yet alert in the
videotaped encounter, but
clearly enjoying himself as he
chatted with Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez
(AP Photo/Cubavision via
AP Television News)
CUBAN state television on
Monday aired the first video of
Fidel Castro since he stepped
down as president to recover
from surgery, showing the
bedridden Cuban leader joking
with his brother and Venezue-
lan President Hugo Chavez,
according to Associated Press.
Castro appeared tired and
pale, yet alert in the videotaped
encounter, speaking quietly but
clearly enjoying himself as he
chatted with Chavez, his close
friend and political ally. Acting
president Raul Castro was also
present for the encounter on
Sunday, his brother's 80th birth-
Until Monday, Castro had
not been seen publicly since
July 26, and Cuban officials
haven't released details of his
condition or disclosed where he
is being treated.


SIn brief

New US


system is


THE US Department of
Homeland Security has extend-
ed the first phase of the West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Initia-
tive by one-week, from Janu-
ary 1, 2007 to January 8, 2007.
This change, according to the
US Embassy, will ease the bur-
den of implementing a new sys-
tem during the busy Christmas
holiday season.
Said the Embassy in a state-
ment: "The WHTI will require,
with some exceptions, that citi-
zens of the United States, Cana-
da, Mexico, and the British
overseas territory of Bermuda
present a passport to enter the
United States when arriving by
air or sea from any part of the
Western Hemisphere, including
the Bahamas.
"During consultations in
Washington DC in June. US
Ambassador John Rood pro-
moted awareness of the travel
initiative within the United
States by securing approval for
placement of the Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism's posters
reminding travellers of the pass-
port initiative to be posted in
all US customs and passport
facilities in Florida."
The statement said US efforts
to promote awareness of WHTI
are ongoing.


for new

term begins

at college
FRESHIIM ANorientation at
the College of the Bahamas
begins today.
The college announced that "
there will be four days of new
student orientation beginning
at 8am, "with an exciting line
up of information-packed
events to disseminate the tools
our new students need".

Cuban TV
airs first
pictures of
Castro in bed



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o In brief

Young man

dies as car


in accident

A YOUNG man died over
the weekend in a traffic acci-
dent after his vehicle lost con-
trol and overturned on West
Bay Street.
The accident also left a pas-
senger fighting for his life in
Both victims are believed to
be in their 20s.
The incident brings the num-
ber of traffic fatalities for the
year up to 32.
The accident reportedly took
place at 4am, when the vehicle
lost control and collided with a
Press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans told The Tri-
bune that the two occupants
were travelling west in a green
Toyota Wyndham near Saun-
der's Beach opposite Kentucky
Fried Chicken.
"After losing control of the
vehicle, the car collided with a
cedar tree. Simultaneously, the,
vehicle catapulted into mid-air,
overturned and landed between
two other cedar trees.
"A special emergency team
was sent down to prize open the
.extensively damaged vehicle
with both men trapped inside,"
he said.
The passenger is presently
listed in critical condition. The
driver died at the scene.
Mr Evans said investigations
into the incident are continu-

NASA seeks
answers on
the birth of

EVERY hurricane season,
clusters of showers and thun-
derstorms aoll off the coast of
Africa andr head over the
Atlantic toward America. Most
of these 60 or so tropical waves
never do any harm. But about
10 eventually grow into tropi-
cal.storms or monster hurri-
canes like Katrina and Andrew,
according to Associated Press.
Researchers don't knock
exact l) why some of these
waves become menaces and
o hers peter out.
So starting this week. NA.SA
and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
will try to find out by, studying
these tropical systems as they
make their wa\ west from their
breeding ground in Africa.
Meteorologists know certain
basics are needed for hurricanes
to form: deep pools of warm
water; warm, moist air; low air
pressure. But those conditions
can be in place, and still a storm
won't start spinning.
While scientists have studied
the area off Africa before, this
will be the most in-depth,
research there, said Jeff Halver-
son, a NASA hurricane
research scientist.
The researchers hope their
work will help forecasters make
more accurate predictions of
hurricane intensity.

S. nI

BTC faces comr

THE United States is
attempting to pressu-e the
Bahamas into becoming
more of a "yes" nation
according to attorney Paul
Mr Moss, who is president
of the group Bahamians Agi-
tating for a Referendum on
Free Trade (BARF), made
this statement in response to
US Ambassador John Rood,
who cited a drop in the pat-
tern of agreement between
the US and the Bahamas on
international issues.
Mr Rood said that cur-
rently, Bahamas/US relations
"do not reflect common
approaches to major interna-
tional challenges."
He revealed that whereas
the votes of the Bahamas and
the US at the United Nations
were in agreement 39 per
cent of the time in 2000, that
figure has now dropped to
11.9 per cent.
The ambassador also
pointed out that in terms of
votes on human rights issues
involving the Sudan, Iran and
Cuba, the rate of agreement
has dropped from 44 per cent
to 16.7 per cent.
Mr Moss applauded these
figures saying the Bahamas
should make decisions on the
behalf of its people and not
under the influence of any
foreign power.
Even though "might is
right" in some instances, Mr
Moss said, under interna-
tional law the Bahamas has
the right to self-determina-
tion; the right to make deci-
sions for its own interest and
the interest of its people.
Mr Moss also expressed his
disappointment at the fact
that the US ambassador went
to the press with this concerns.
This, he said, shows that
Mr Rood does not value his
relationship with the
"Neighbours do not go to
the press and bring their busi-
ness to the public; they work
things out," he said.

* PAUL Moss

However Brent Symonette,
deputy leader and spokesper-
son on foreign affairs for the
opposition Free National Move-
ment (FNM), said the govern-
ment should re-think its policy.
Mr Symonette said the pre-
sent government has main-
tained a foreign policy differ-
ent from that which the FNM
would follow.
He also asserted that though
the government has veered
away from the country's tradi-
tional relationship with the US,
they should take note of the
ambassador's statement and see
if there is a way to find a com-
mon ground between the two
countries that is acceptable to


both sides.
In his statement, Mr Rood
said that despite the statistics
showing a declining pattern of
agreement, there is a mutually
beneficial relationship between
the two countries.
The best example, he said, is
the mutual effort to stem the
flow of illegal drugs through the
Mr Rood also cited the US
pre-clearance facilities, which
allow Bahamians to travel to
the US without a visa, as well as
the "steady torrent" of visitors
between the two countries.
Calls to Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell were not
returned up to press time.

.on on

its landlines from Indigo

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS, for the first
time in the country's telecom-
munication's history, will soon
have the option of choosing an
alternative to BTC as Indigo
Networks prepares to launch
its new residential phone ser-
Within the next few months,
the traditional telecommunica-
tions giant BTC will receive its
first competition in the form of
Indigo Networks the coun-
try's only privately licensedtele-
phone service provider.
Indigo's chairman, Dr David
Allen, in a press release,
described the launch of this
new service as a "watershed in
the development of telecom-
munications in the Bahamas."
However, although Indigo
promises to offer substantially
lower rates than BTC,, its main
competitor remains uncon-
"We have been preparing
for competition for the past

year and a half. We've been
rebranding the company. And
we are confident that we will
remain dominant in the mar-
ket. Our goal is to be the first
choice for Bahamians," Leon
Williams, BTC's acting chief
executive officer, told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
In a statement yesterday, the
new telephone company
announced that it had success-
fully completed its consumer
trial of residential services,
making an "imminent launch"
of commercial phone services
to the public possible.
"We have conducted exten-
sive testing of our residential
service offering over the past
few months and our results
have been excellent. The test
groups advised that the service
was up and ready to use in min-
utes and they enjoyed excel-
lent call quality and reliability -
fundamental features of both
this service, and Indigo's whole
value proposition," the compa-
ny's president Paul Hutton-
Ashkenny said.

The launch of the new ser-
vice, Indigo said, is in direct
response to the growth of ille-
gal VoIP services which,
according to Works and Utili-
ties Minister Bradley Roberts,
were directly responsible for a
reduction of BTC's interna-

tional direct dialling revenue
in 2005.
-"The Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank (IDB) has stated
that possibly up to 70 per cent
of all international long-dis-
tance calls from the Bahamas
are being made using VoIP or
callback services from unli-
censed foreign operators with
no place of business in the
country. Now, with Indigo, res-
idents will be able to subscribe
to competing services from an
established and fully licensed
Bahamian telephone company,
with similarly attractive pricing
and even greater feature bene-
fits than they have been used
to," Dr Allen said.
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said
that the high cost of locally pro-
vided telephone services has
inevitably meant that foreign
VoIP services such as Vonage
have flourished.
Those who may have been
tempted by offshore operators
in the past will now have access
to a service that is not a for-
eign pre-packaged service, but

one that was built from the
ground up, designed with the
Bahamian consumer in mind,
he said.
BTC CEO Mr Williams said
that with a populace of just
over 300,000, it is difficult to
gauge how many phone
providers the Bahamian mar-
ket can support.
"Sometimes lower rates and
competing companies are good
in the short run, but in the long
run some companies do not
have the revenue to keep up
with the maintenance and to
remain on the cutting edge of
technology, and ultimately it's
the customer that suffers," he
Mr Williams said that while
he expects BTC to lose some of
its customers to Indigo, he fore-
sees his company retaining the
edge over the competition due
to the services it offers.
"Price will not be the main
factor. People will look at what
service packages are provided,
what kind of product is being
offered to them," he said.


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A rebuttal to Nicki Kelly's claim

IT HAS BEEN drawn to our attention that
in her "Between the Lines" column on August
8, Mrs Nicki Kelly claimed that "strong polit-
ical pressure" was brought on The Tribune to
discontinue her "My Turn" column in this
This is not true. Neither politics nor pressure
had anything to do with our decision.
"There is no question," wrote Mrs Kelly,
"that there was strong political pressure on
The Tribune to drop 'My Turn', a fact the edi-
tor herself admitted in one of her editorials."
It is true that much pressure wis brought on
this newspaper to drop the weekly column,
but to their credit no politician, neither FNM
nor PLP, was among the pressure group.
In this column on May 29, 2000, under the
heading, "Nicki Kelly, the Bahamian 'gadfly'",
we defended Mrs Kelly's right not only to her
own opinion, but her right to express those
opinions in the columns of our newspaper.
And this is what we wrote:
"Tribune columnist Nicki Kelly has her loy-
al readers. She also has her detractors. There
are those who at one time looked forward to
her weekly column on Tuesdays. Today they
don't want to hear about it. There are others
who don't want to hear about it, but would
not miss reading it.
"Readers have tried to persuade us to can-
cel her column; or 'talk to her', or discuss
issues with her to somehow influence her
thinking. Among these we do not include /
politicians. To their credit it can be said that
never once has any one of them suggested that
her articles be suppressed:"
We made special reference to this fact at
that time because frankly we were ourselves
surprised that at no time were we approached
from any political.corner about this column.
We presume many of them were not happy
with much of what she had to say, but they
were wise enough never to bring up the subject
with us. Obviously our defence a few years
earlier of our former editor, Athena Dami-
anos, and the opinions we expressed at that
time about such interference was taken seri-
Whether that was the reason for the silence
in this instance, we do not know. But we cate-
gorically deny that at any time were we
approached by any politician to silence Mrs
We admit that we had much pressure from
our readers. We also admit that the pressure
became so bad that there were times when we
hated to go out socially. A few readers also

cancelled their subscriptions. But we turned a
deaf ear to. all of it. And so when the end came
for "My Turn", we can honestly say that nei-
ther politics nor pressure influenced our deci-
Pressure, especially.if we consider it unfair,
has never influenced The Tribune in any of
its decisions. This pattern was established by
the first Dupuch at the founding of this news-
paper in 1903.
That good gentleman when anyone came
to his office threatening his editorial opinions
- was noted for grabbing them by the scruff of
their neck and the seat of their pants and
depositing them on the pavement outside. The
late Sir Walter Moore, who became president
of the Legislative Council and whose West
Hill Street home is now the Bahamas Nation-
al Gallery, got a taste of this treatment when as
a young man he threatened the feisty editor.
And Leon Dupuch's son, the late Sir Eti-
enne Dupuch, had his own way of dealing with
those who challenged his freedom of speech as
expressed in the columns of his newspaper. In
those days the business community thought
they could control The Tribune by threatening
to withdraw advertising.
. We remember a day when our largest
advertiser threatened to withdraw all of his
advertising if Sir Etienne did not change his
position on a certain issue. In those days The
Tribune did not have much advertising. It was
completely dependent on the little that it did
have to meet its small staff's payroll.
Almost before the gentleman could get the
words out of his mouth, Sir Etienne had can-
celled all of his advertising and ordered him
out of his office. The Tribune went through a
long period of belt tightening after that.
The only thing that has changed at The Tri-
bune today is that we don't throw anyone out
by the seat of their pants.
One day we had a most interesting conver-
sation.with a Chinese ambassador (not the
present ambassador) about Mrs Kelly's col-
umn. He could not understand why The Tri-
bune would publish her column, especially
after he had established that we did not agree
with much of what she wrote.
Our ideas of democracy and free speech
made no sense to him at all.
"But you pay her to write against what you
believe!" he said. "Yes, we do," we replied.
"That's democracy." He was incredulous.
We left him with the words of Kipling going
through our head: "Oh, East is East, and West
is West, and never the twain shall meet."

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In defence

of Christian

Council acts

EDITOR, The Tribune
IN direct response to Mr Gib-
son's article (Young Man's
View Religion has become big
business in the Bahamas Tri-
bune, August 4), I wish to share
the following with Mr Gibson
and his readership.
My response can easily
become a full page article but
I'll cut the chase and offer an
alternative perspective.
Firstly, religion is basically a
tool of the devil (in-depth analy-
sis available if so desired). God
has made man in the image of
Himself and with a void in his
spiritual being that could only
be filled by God himself. God
has also given man a will that
allows man to make decisions
about what he wants to do even
in accepting him as Lord and
Saviour. God in his sovereignty
would do nothing different from
his initial perspective as he has
admonished us that 'His Word
goes forth in power and does
not return to Him void'.
The separations caused by
religious indifference have
become a dividing factor rather
than a bonding one. The may-
hems and wars occurring in the
Middle East are all results of
religious indifference and ide-
ologies that are not tolerant of

each other.
The majority of religious edi-
fices springing up in the
Bahamas are not funded by
local membership, but by mega
rich associates from abroad.
Their external injections lend
to an air of successful ventures
thereby creating an influence
for local membership. You
allude to church membership in
the Bahamas and abroad being
at an all time low is a testament
to this.
Your attention to Jamaican
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-
Miller's appointment of Pastors
to head government commis-
sions is really a noble and wise
venture. Because of corruption,
influence peddling, drugs, etc.
on that island nation one must
not only seek but be seen in
doing the right thing.
It is unfortunate that you
view the Bahamas Christian
Council as being inept; the
scope in which you've judge
them 'film censorship' was real-
ly a commendable stand. The
sexual permissiveness, gay and
lesbian lifestyles have permeat-

ed these shores not through the
theatre but through cable tele-
vision and illegal programming
of 'wide open' satellite units.
None of the latter two falls
under the jurisdiction of BCC,
The Bahamas Christian
Council's mandate should be
vested in Psalms 33:12 Blessed
is the nation whose God is the
Mr Gibson there are some
real answers to the questions
you posed and it is not my
intent to babble on, however,
you indicated that you read the
same Bible as those pastors, so
I implore you to read 1 John
4:1-9 therein you will find the
plight of BCC, governments
and all nations. Your attempts
to verify has merit and is com-
mendable but remember that
religion is the biggest detractor
of Christendom, its influences
tear and divide, it is the spirit of
the antichrist which already is in
this world.
My prayer for you is Proverbs
16:3 Commit thy works unto the
Lord and thy thoughts shall be
August 7,;2006

Sad state of our housing

EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE don't get me wrong
the housing of the nation in con-
temporary and adequate hous-
ing is a vital issue, however, I
think we have done a horrible.
job in land utilisation and in fact
have created a potentially worse
urban slum for the future.
Yes it all started from the ear-
liest days under the UBP Yel-
low Elder when they used indus-
trial style housing and contin-
ued with the further expansion
of Yellow and into the period
that Hubert Ingraham was
Housing Minister, Elizabeth
Estates. There is no doubt Shane
Gibson has been the builder of
housing par excellence.
Just look as to how these
estates are laid-out?

We offer to the hard pressed
lower economic grouping, the
grass root people, what we sug-
gest is a "low-cost house" for
just under $100,000 and over
with a 30-year,mortgage at 6.7
per cent. It is known the. delin-
quency rate of The' Mortgage
Corporation is a disaster but
politics being what it is very lit-
tle is done to correct that.
Over the past 40+ years no
one, architects, planners or
politicians, realized that there
was then and moreso now a
land scarcity in New Providence
and the design of these estates
should have required a better
design with a mix of housing
rather than the "soldiers in-line"
as we see, of Terraced Houses
- townhouses and four-storey
apartment buildings and indi-

vidual lots.
If we had chosen this more
educated route the cost of the
housing units would have been
under $70,000 and therefore
much-more affordable- I... ,
..Can someone from Mortgage
Corporation confirm what actu-
ally these homes cost after the
usual financing? I doubt
whether they will confirm this
because it is a scandal.
Lastly has Government a dis-
pensation not to comply with
Town Planning regulations as
it seems the first thing Mort-
gage Corporation does is .o
bulldoze every living tree, bush,
etc, flat?
August11, 2006

Political hype in awards

EDITOR, The Tribune

THE letter from a Mr
Hutchinson concerning Nation-

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and certainly foreshadowed a
sly purpose for this current
debate with these Awards
being ratified and assented to
prior to Christmas, the Prime
Minister will award to the max
in all levels of Awards hoping
that this will soften the annoy-
ance that the PLP stalwarts
have and their argument that
since 2002 nothing has trickled
down to any stalwart, long serv-
ing party members of any sig-
Dealing with Senator Gala-
nis: I don't think I can be chal-
lenged but to say there are more
non-Bahamian consultants
working for government than in
history Canadian, American,
Spanish, Israeli, South Ameri-
can, British and so on.
Also will Mr Galanis stop at
immigration? Does he wish to
change and rewrite history
according to the PLP?
Why is Sir Lynden Pindling
more a Bahamian hero than
some of the first white settlers
on Dunmore Island (Harbour
Island) or since?
What countries retain an

Award that declares a person a
'National hero' other than a
nation in the throes of Com-
munism or Socialism? You see
it through Africa, of course!
Surely our greatest hero has
to be Jesus Christ, but do we
hear from anyone that we will
declare him one?
Come clean, Mr Christie, you
are saying one thing but deep
down this is all electioneering
- why is the PLP raising this
Immigration stance? Why are
they hyping Sir Lynden Pin-
dling? It seems that the PLP are
running scared that their once
assured, guaranteed grass root
voters are no longer so.
Does all of the above employ
a further single Bahamian?
Does all of the above add to the
benefits of the collective
Bahamas and any single
Bahamian? Not a single new
job will be created and not an
additional cent will be earned
so its all hot-air and pure poli-
tics and that's the honest truth.

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in Freeport on Friday, was
arrested in Abaco late Satur-
day evening and accused of
attempting to smuggle illegal
immigrants to the United States
from the Bahamas.
According to reports,
Damien Fox, 32 of No 119 Sun-
ridge Road reported to Central
Police Station that his brother,
of the same address, was last
seen on August 5 around
2.30pm when he left to go on a
fishing trip with a friend he
knew only as "Timer".
Superintendent Basil Rah-
ming reported that at about
10pm on Saturday the crew of a
green tugboat, Eastern Order,
found Mr Fox's brother at the
wheel of a 25ft speedboat
named Monza drifting off Aba-
Also onboard were a 45-year-
old male resident of Columbus
Drive, Freeport, and 17 persons,
including 13 Haitians and four
The group was towed into
Marsh Harbour, where they
were taken into custody by
police and immigration officials.
The vessel was impounded.


to increase

oil supply

to Jamaica

Montego Bay
FRESH from his visit with an
ailing Fidel Castro, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez trav-
eled Monday to Jamaica, where
he pledged to increase'oil ship-
ments to the Caribbean nation
under a preferential trade deal,
according to Associated Press.
Chavez said he and Jamaican
Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller would sign an agreement
to boost Venezuelan shipments
of crude oil and other petrole-
um produces from 21,000 bar-
rels a day to 23,500 per day
under the Petrocaribe program.
Chavez also said his country
would provide assistance .to
Jamaica to help it expand
capacity at an oil refinery.
Under the Petrocaribe oil
supply agreement, Venezuela
sells fuel to Jamaica and 13 oth-
er Caribbean nations at market
price but requires only partial
payment up front and with the
rest financed over 25 years at
low interest. Governments can
also pay partly with services or
goods, such as rice and bananas,
while Venezuela helps provide
storage tanks.and docking facil-


Woman claims that government

delay lost her operation funds

Tribune Staff Writer
A CIVIL servant injured on the job
seven years ago has reached a dead-end
in her search for help and is appealing to
government to reconsider its position.
The mother-of-two told The Tribune
yesterday that government has failed to
help her, claiming that the injuries she
sustained on September 9, 1998 during
work hours on a pubic school campus -
were due to negligence.
"All I am asking government for is
to help me with my medical bills. There
is an operation I need that I can not
afford; that will cost me $36,000," said
the woman, who wishes to remain
The 34-year-old said that since the
mishap, she has had five painful opera-
tions two on her hand, which suffered
nerve damage, and three on her spinal
The woman explained how her
hand became crushed between met-

al security bars:
"I was reporting back from work and
there was a student playing on the secu-
rity bars. I told him to get off before he
hurts himself.
"He pushed it and when he pushed it
someone called my name to tell me
watch out, but it was too late my hand
was already caught in the bars at the
entrance of the door to the office."
Following the accident, the woman
was diagnosed by local and foreign doc-
tors with Reflex Sympathetic Dystro-
phy, a debilitating disease.
Experts say RSD is a complex, poor-
ly understood disorder characterized by
chronic, severe pain and progressive
changes in the skin, muscles, and bones
of the sufferer.
Although the precise causes of RSD
are unknown, it often occurs following
an injfiry, often minor in nature.
Some experts believe that RSD rep-
resents an exaggerated response of the
sympathetic nervous system to some
form of injury, resulting in chronic,

severe and sometimes debilitating pain.
Although the signs and symptoms of
RSD vary depending upon the stage of
the disorder, the one common feature is
"Sometimes I can't move, the pain is
so unbearable. I take medications, like
Valium, morphine all the strong stuff,"
she said. "I'll be driving and I would
just feel a burning sensation, or feel the
nerve jumping.
"Sometimes I'll be at work and the
pain gets so bad, I have to call my hus-
band," she said. "It is affecting my whole
life and government does not want to
help me at all. I got insurance after the
accident, but it will no't cover the
The woman said she has tried to take
the government to court, but that her
efforts were too late.
She said the government took years to
respond to her initial attempt to resolve
the matter outside court.
"I was waiting on their reply from
1998 to 2001. They took almost two

years to report to me and then told me
that the statute of limitations had run
out for me to get financial help from
"This is not fair for poor people like
myself. I have two kids that I have to
take care of, but I can't because of my
medical condition," she said.
Her monthly medical bill total is $595
- a fee she admitted she is unable to
"Do you know what it is to have a
headache on one side of your head, an
ear-ache on the other side? To have
your nerves burning and swelling up all
at once? I can't bathe myself at times.
"When I take my medication I am
not conscious of what is going on around
me. I have girls I don't worry about
the big one, but it's the little one I have
to worry about.
"When my husband is at work and
the older daughter is at work and only
she and I are home and the door bell
rings, I can't hear it because I am
drugged up," she said.

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FREEPORT More lay-
offs could be on the horizon
at the Our Lucaya Resort,
according to High Rock MP
Kenneth Russell who said
he was reliably informed that
two sections of the hotel may
soon be closing temporarily.
Mr Russell said he was
told by very "good sources"
that the resort would be clos-
ing the Lighthouse Pointe
and the Sheraton Hotel.
"We have had persons laid
off or made redundant by the
kOur Lucaya Group, and now
we understand that Our
Lucaya will be closing two
sections of the hotel:soon for
a few months," he told The
Tribune on Monday.
"I am told that the new
centre (Westin) resort will
still open but the rest will be
closed, said Mr Russell.
"I was surprised that the
prime minister was surprised
with this information he did
not even known that persons
were made redundant at Our
Lucaya, and that is not good
for Grand Bahama," he
About 14 hotel workers
were laid off in the steward-
ing department last Friday.
The resort's manager
Phillip Yu and the public
-relations director Earnestine
Moxyz were unavailable for
comment up to press time
Mr Russell said the FNM
is also very concerned about
the status of the sale of the
closed Royal Oasis Resort in
"The prime minister said
that Lehman Brothers is now
negotiating with one buyer. I
believe it is a group out of
Florida but that has not yet
reached the stage that it is
going to happen, or when or
how it is going to happen and

* KENNETH Russell

when people will be able to go
back to work, even if it is just in
the construction stage."
It is believed that government
could be very close to making
an announcement on the sale
of the resort in the next week.
Mr Russell claimed Grand
Bahama has gone from "bad to
worse" economically under the
In East Grand Bahama, he
said, there has been no further
filming at the movie studio in
Gold Rock Creek since Disney
completed the Pirates of the
Caribbean sequels.
"We were told that by now,
two more films would be shoot-
ing up there, but nothing is hap-
pening, he said.
Mr Russell said Grand
Bahama a has gone through a
great deal in the past few years
and the government must
ensure that the island survives
these times.
"I am hoping that the gov-
ernment would speed up what-
ever project they had on Grand
Bahama so that we could realise
some activities on Grand
Bahama," he said.

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Tihe Tribue In the light of last week's delays at the Princess

g ECIALJ Margaret Hospital pharmacy and complaints from

Srjc T angry patients, we examine the challenges facing

New Providence's only public hospital

Tackling the growing crisis at PMH

Tribune Staff Reporter
ON an average afternoon, the
Accident and Emergency sec-
tion of the Princess Margaret
Hospital is packed. While more
than three dozen people sit in
the waiting room, inside every
bed is filled, corridors are
clogged with stretchers and
equipment, and sick and injured
people are waiting to be exam-
ined by a doctor.
Last Thursday, the scene was
chaotic: one bed held a wailing
six-year-old girl who knocked
out her front tooth in a play-
ground accident, while a fright-
ened middle-aged woman in
another bed was vomiting after
having a seizure.
Nearby, a young mother cra-
dled her sickly, feverish new-
born. In the hallway, two beefy
paramedics could be seen wait-
ing for a gurney to become
available so they can transfer a
dased elderly man who suffered
a fall, and then leave for the
next emergency call.
Behind the nurses' station sat
an elderly woman and her hus-
band, who had been in a fender-
bender. Her forehead and lips
had been badly cut and her chin
and blouse were covered with
"Having them wait in chairs,
instead of lying down in a bed
isn't ideal, but we need to mon-
itor head injuries and there's
just no other place to put them
right now," explained the nurse
on duty.
One doctor recommended a
CT scan to check for possible
brain damage, but an hour
passed before the scanner
became available and a nurse
could escort the patient to the
hospitl imaging department
"The hospital is trying to be

as efficient as possible, but the
overcrowding keeps getting
worse," said one doctor.
The numbers bear him out:
between 1993 and 2003, the
annual number of Accident and
Emergency visits increased by
40 per cent. Today it is 60 per
cent higher than 13 years ago.
This growth is driven in part
by the expanding elderly demo-
graphic, the members of which
tend to have chronic medical
conditions which take more
time to diagnose and treat, and
by the nation's swelling ranks
of uninsured, which number
into the thousands.
But the real problem is that
during this same period, num-
bers of hospitals were fully pri-
vatised, leaving the Princess
Margaret Hospital, the nation's
government-owned hospital, to
serve, a larger volume of
patients than ever before.
Princess Margaret Hospital is
also being strained on other
fronts: the entire hospital has
been booked creating scarcity
of inpatient beds to which A&E
patients can be admitted, while
a dire nursing shortage means
that available beds are some-
times empty because there are
inadequate staff to care for
patients. The result is risky bot-
tlenecks in A&E, where
patients can end up stranded
for up to 48 hours waiting to be
taken to their designated wards.
.Furthermore, even as med-
ical costs skyrocket almost half
the care that PMH provides
never gets reimbursed. The gov-
ernment requires PMH to treat
everyone who comes through
their doors, regardless of the
person's ability to pay. Citizens
are furious and claims the hos-
pital is famous fi, patient
dumping' practice by which
a finmnciall unsecured patient

* PRINCESS Margaret Hospital

is not seen until they are regis-
tered and pay the required pro-
cessing fees.
When you factor in the chal-
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at the alreadycrowded hospital,
transferring a critical patient
from A&E to surgery can be
delayed by up to 6 hours.
Ultimately everyone suffers,
not just the people in outlying
areas or the poor and unse-
cured. Being affluent or having
excellent health coverage won't
help if the hospital is filled to its
capacity when your husband or
wife wakes up in the middle of
the night with a chest pain, or
your child has an asthma attack.
"This crisis hits everyone in all
cases equally," says a doctor at
the facility.
Unfortunately, and contrary
to the popular belief, PMH is
being overrun and unsecured
patients seeking treatment for
everyday ailments. "It is a huge
misconception that people come
to the hospital with minor ail-
ments the majority of patients

who have complaints are seri-
ous," said a triage nurse.


The overcrowding is particu-
larly worrisome for any critical-
ly ill patient headed to the hos-
pital by ambulance. Dispatch-
ers, who are plugged into a
computerised network, are rou-
tinely forced to reroute to get
patients immediate attention.
Many citizens say that the hos-
pital's frequent changes occur
even when lives hang in the bal-
ance. During the critical "gold-
en hour" after an accident and
emergency, such as a stroke or
heart attack, wasted minutes
waiting on an ambulance might
mean the difference between a
full recovery and permanent
disability or between life and
Once paramedics arrive at
the overloaded hospital, they
also have to wait longer to
unload patients, which means
they are unavailable for other
ambulance calls triggering a
chain reaction of possibly life-
threatening delays. In fact, the
equivalent of two ambulances
are out of service every day at
PMH, because paramedics are
waiting in A&E for an avail-
able gurney.
Overcrowding not only delays
cure but also increases the risks
of medical errors, that con-
tributes to employee burnout
and erodes morale, which can
make it difficult to retain com-
petent professionals. Emer-
gency departments are being
.asked to function at peak capac-
ity 365 days a year, which is like
flying a plane 24 hours 7 days a
week without doing any main-
tenance," says an emergency
physician. "You can't function
at over capacity on a continual

basis and not expect errors to
Tragically, but not surpris-
ingly, these errors too often
harm patients. One morning in
February 1998, Julie Minnis' 22-
month-old daughter Kayla
woke up with a stomach virus,
vomiting several times. Minnis
called her pediatrician, who told
her to go to the hospital if her
toddler's symptoms persisted.
As the day wore on, Kayla
couldn't keep anything down.
Worried that her child was get-
ting dehydrated, Minnis called
the hospital to verify that they
would see her child, and ferried
her daughter there about 5pm.
But as the toddler languished
in the waiting room until 9pm.
"As I watched the clock, Kayla
was getting worse and worse -
even vomiting blood", Minnis
The little girl was finally giv-
en some tests, but another 45
minutes elapsed before a doctor
came in to examine her, and
another 30 minutes before Kay-
la was given intravenous fluids.
Her electrolyte levels were dan-
gerously low. She was severely
dehydrated, gasping for breath.
Nurses frantically inserted an
oxygen tube to aid her breath-
ing, but it had not been con-
nected correctly, depriving her
of oxygen for almost an hour.
"The doctor finally told me,
'Your daughter is very sick and
we're extremely booked on all
wards right now, so we're going
to have to wait to see if we can
get her a space on the children's
ward"', Minnis said. "I was hor-
rified I thought I was in a safe
An emergency team was later
called, but by then it was too
late. Kayla died shortly after
11pm from severe dehydration.
A medical report based on
Kayla's autopsy later stated that
two of the three nurses who
attended to Kayla had not tak-
en required courses in emer-
gency pediatric care and that
the hospital's staff failed to
monitor her vital signs properly.
Had Kayla been correctly cared
for, her condition likely would
not have deteriorated so drasti-
More mistakes like this may
happen if the crisis plaguing
hospitals is not remedied. "Hos-
pital overcrowding is like the
canary in the coal mine," said
one doctor, "because it is sig-
nalling the entire health care
safety network is at risk."
When laws were passed many
years ago, it required PMH to
care for everyone, financially
stable or not. But the govern-
ment has made no'provision for

how the extra services mandat-
ed by the law would be paid for.
To make matters worse, insur-
ance companies often deny cov-
erage or refuse to pay full
freight when there members vis-
it hospitals; because of muddled
distinctions their plans make
between "emergency" and
"urgent" care. When reim-
bursements are not made, the
facility often must absorb the
This financial crunch threat-
ens the round-the-clock care we
have come to count on in times
of crisis. If an extraordinary
medical emergency were to hit-
such as a bioterrorist attack, a
natural disaster or even partic-
ularly contagious and virulent
flu outbreak it could over-
whelm the emergency care sys-
tem, and thousands might die
needlessly. "If we are faced with
a situation where we have a
surge of critically ill patients and
adequate resources to deal with
them, the network will break
down," claimed a senior physi-
cian at PMH.
The good news is that there
are ways to ease the hospital's
crisis. Many suggest that the
government build trauma cen-
tres, which are specialised and
equipped to deal with patients
with life-threatening emergen-
cies such as gunshot wounds or
cerebral hemorrhages and oth-
er serious head injuries.
Angry citizens say that the
country's doctors need to band
together with community
groups, business leaders and
hospital administrators to form
a coalition which will increase
public awareness and enlist sup-
port for legislative action to beef
up te nation's trauma carpsys-
tem. "The government can
spearhead an effit to d6 t is',
said Julie Minnis.
There are no easy fixes, but
pumping more money into the
hospital and making feim-
bursements for all the services it
provides would be a good start.
Hundreds of emergency physi-
cians, nurses, patients and con-
cerned consumers are planning
a rally in the near future to draw
attention to the growth crisis.
They plan to lobby lawmakers
to pass legislation that will
recognize the care PMH pro-
vides as an essential community
service and therefore allocate
appropriate funding.
The proposed bill would also
provide incentives for the hos-
pital to move from A&E beds
to inpatient beds."Emergency
physicians are can-do problem-
solvers", says a PMH official.
"But we can't do this alone. We
need the public's help."

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. is pleased to invite qualified
companies to apply for tender for New Vehicle and Equipment.

Interested companies can pick up a specification document from BTC's
Administration Building, John E Kennedy Drive and The Mall Drive Freeport,
Grand Bahama August 9 to August 23, 2006 between the hours of,9:00am
to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Tender should be sealed in an envelope marked 'IEHICLE & EQUIPMENT
TENDER" and delivered to the attention of:-

Mr. Leon Williams
Acting President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas

Bids should reach the company's administration office on John F. Kennedy
Drive by 4:00pm Wednesday August 23rd, 2006.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend the bid opening on Thursday,
August 24th, 2006 at 10:00am at BTC's Perpall Tract location.

BTC reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.


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officer on duty at Grand
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shot in the back of the head by
gunmen who stormed the
offices of Guyana's largest dai-
ly has died from his injuries,
raising the attack's death toll to.
six, authorities said Monday,
according to Associated Press.
Shazeem Mohammed, 29,
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capital of Georgetwown, four
days after four of his co-workers
at the Kaiteur News were fatal-
ly shot, police spokesman John
Sauers said. The attackers also
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Police have arrested one man
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printing plant, just south of the
Authorities in the South
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:colony, which is preparing for
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rise in crime in recent years and
become a center of drug traf-
Guyana has erupted in
protests and violence sur-
rounding previous elections,
and the US State Department
has warned that it could see
similar conditions this year.

Three are


waiting for

Santo Domingo
POLICE arrested three men
who were allegedly waiting for a
plane carrying drugs from
Colombia to arrive at an airstrip
used by the Dominican air
force, authorities said Monday,
according to Associated Press.
The arrests on Sunday of
Colombian national Andres
Alvarez Silva, 38, and Domini-
cans Fernando La Paz Flori-
mon, 41, and Juan Linares
Berroa, 48, were the result of
an intelligence operation, said
Buenaventura Bueno Torres,
spokesman for the national
drug control agency. He did not
The men have not been
charged and it wasn't clear what
type of drugs they were expect-
ing to receive. Three other sus-
pects fled the scene amid gun-
fire during the raid at a runway
in San Jose de los Llanos, 44
miles east of Santo Domingo,
Bueno Torres said.
The plane was to depart from
' Colombia, but it never left due
to mechanical problems,
Buenos Torres said. The men
arrested were carrying six tanks
of fuel for the plane's return
None of those arrested were
in the military.

Family's relief as

tragic crash victim

emerges from coma

Tribune Staff Writer
THE teenager who was giv-
en a one per cent chance of
survival after a horrific car
crash three weeks ago has
regained consciousness.
Readers were shocked after
Kenneth Bethel sustained seri-
ous injuries an accident on
Mackey Street after the
space which should have con-
tained an airbag was filled with
stuffed newspaper.
But his mother, Joan Bethel,
now says that her son's condi-
tion is "remarkable" in what
she is calling a divine inter-
"He isn't quite out of it, but
he is doing remarkably well,"
Mrs Bethel told The Tribune
"The swelling has gone
down a bit in his brain. He is
trying to speak and Sunday
during a daily visit we asked
him if he was in pain. His lips
moved as if to say yes, but the
sound did not come out loud."
According to Mrs Bethel
her son is beginning to recog-
nise family and friends.
"He is focusing: he recog-
nises everyone who stood
around the bed during Sun-
day's visit. I would say to him,
'Ken look at Kendra' and he
would focus on her. Then who-
sever name I called, he would
focus in that direction."
Doctors initially gave "Ken-
ny" a poor prognosis, saying if
he did survive, he would be
"The Monday after the acci-
dent, his heart had stopped
beating for a few minutes, but
I am happy to say that he is
not going to be paralysed," she
said "He is moving his head
from left to right. He is moving
his right leg and hand up and
down. The left hand where the
brain had the most damage in
the right hemisphere...He

* KENNETH Bethel

starting to move slowly but
Call it divine intervention,
or a miracle, Mrs Bethel said
she never gave up hope that
her son's condition would
"The doctors have to give
the report, but the Bible says
whose report do you believe,
man or god? And 1 chose to
believe God," Mrs Bethel said.
"God gave me his word that
he would heal Kenny and I
trusted him." I also asked
everybody who I came in con-
tact with to pray for my son."
Meanwhile, Mrs Bethel told
The Tribune that she does not
intend to sue the person who
sold Kenny the car that lacked
safety mechanisms.
"We didn't have it in our

mind to do that, because
sometimes things happen for
a reason and just how God
got my son from a one per-
cent chance of life he will
continue to work things out,"
she said. "But what I want to
do is fix the wall near the Sal-
vation Army that he ran
Kenny graduated from CR
Walker Senior High School
last year and recently made his
first major investment in a
1997 Acura, which lacked seat-
belts and standard factory
airbags: safety measures that
could have soften the impact
of an accident.
While thanking the public
for its support and prayers Mrs
Bethel said "I know God has a
purpose for his life."


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Real urban redevelopment

presupposes a system of

municipal government

Much has been made
of the planned rede-

velopment of historic Nassau,
for which the now-completed
EDAW report was commis-

sioned. The hope among
tourism officials and merchants
alike seems to be that some-

thing akin to the historical rede-
velopments of Charleston,
Savannah and New Orleans'
French Quarter is in the footing.
But Charleston, Savannah,
New Orleans and any number
of Southern US cities that can
be cited as historical precedents
all differ from Nassau in one
massive, fundamental respect:
they all have city governments,
capable of carrying out and
maintaining the redevelopment.
By contrast, Nassau as a city
exists only in a geographic sense
(with even its residents being
in near-total ignorance of where
it physically begins and ends). It
has no management and no sep-
arate political existence. Con-
sequently, the many urban
renewal projects that have been
initiated in a post-independence
Bahamas have been left to the
management of central govern-
ment. Not surprisingly, they
have sputtered out after an elec-
toral cycle or two.




The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications
from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Senior
Associate/Network Operations IT in its Audit Department.


To perform audits and other engagement or duties for the Internal Audit
Department, thereby assisting the Company to achieve its objectives.
To plan, organize, conduct, and formally report on a scheduled
engagement in accordance with Internal'Audit's methodology as well
as the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and
the general standards for Information Systems Auditing. Provide
independent and objective appraisal of activities to ascertain the adequacy
of systems and controls.

Confidentiality under any and all circumstances is mandatory.


1. Direct and perform independent reviews and evaluations of the
Company's operations and activities.
2. Contribute to a number of internal audit reports of varying
complexity annually. Reports average 8-12 pages in length.and
usually support numerous recommendations. Recommendations
are thoroughly researched and discussed with responsible
managers. Recommendations are not necessarily bound by
Existing policy, and should affect controls, efficiencies and savings
on all.operational aeas.
3. Exercise discretion in the review of records to ensure
confidentiality of all matters that comes to the auditor's attention.
4. Facilitate Internal Audit's administration function including
presenting bi-weekly timesheets, weekly status reports, responding
to and issuing correspondence to external parties through Internal
Audit Department's Management, presenting reports and
promoting the Internal Audit Function, etc.
5. For all audit engagements.
Perform or assist in the performance of preliminary research
for assigned audits in accordance with the Internal Auditing
methodology, including conduction interviews with
operational managers, supervisors, and staff member; flow
charting audit operational procedures and conducting risk
Determine or assist in the determination of appropriate audit
approaches, scope and tools for assigned audits.
Perform test of controls using appropriate audit tools and
Compile findings in a clear and concise manner in accordance
with the internal audit guidelines and format;
Confer with management, consult reference materials and
other sources, and use knowledge and experience to devise
practical remedies for deficiencies noted and make
recommendations for corrective actions;
Document and compile audit evidence and working papers
in accordance with Internal Audit methodology and standards,
and present the same for review;
Other duties and tasks as required by Unit Manager or Senior

1. Bachelor's degree and four years related experience in a
telecommunications industry is desirable;
2. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
with all levels of staff;
3. Must be able to manage time effectively.
Must have at least one of the following certifications: CCNA, CISSP,
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F.
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modem, sophisticated metropolis
like London cannot be expected
to run organically without some
form of deliberate management
separate and apart from a cen-
tralised national government.
Of course, the extent to which
Nassau's city management has
been historically non-existent goes
far beyond anything seen in a
large first world city like London.
In fact, even by Third World stan-
dards, the lack of any governing
authority for a capital city the size
of Nassau stands out as odd.
Take a typical small colonial
city like Praia, capital of the
impoverished Cape Verde
Islands, off the western coast of
Senegal. Though smaller in pop-

Even by Third
World standards,
the lack of any
authority for a
capital city the
size of Nassau
stands out as

W while, in fairness, the ulation than the Bahamian cap-
present Prime Min- ital, Praia features municipal
ister seems unusually commit- authorities with specific munic-
ted to his own urban renewal ipal responsibilities and munic-
project, neither it, nor the ipal accountability.
planned harbour-front project Whatever budgetary or devel-
are likely to long survive the opmental restraints it may have,
politicians that pioneered them at least there is in Praia (as in
unless they are permitted to take Kingston, Jamaica) a specific
on an institutional life of their authority responsible for the
own. Not just local government, evolving needs of the city.
but specifically municipal gov-
ernment is required to manage
urban development of any kind. y contrast, Nassau not
WhenMrs Thatcher bravely only lacks any kind of
(and some say foolishly) decid- municipal authority, but its de
ed to abolish the left-leaning facto planners (that is, central
Greater London Council in the government politicians and their
1980s, she argued that, as the "town planning" bureaucrats)
hub of a massive central gov- operate according to no city-
ernment bureaucracy, the capi- wide, evolving plan of urban
tal city didn't require a sepa- development. In fact, they con-
rate layer of administration to tinue to utilise English-commis-
keep it running properly.. sioned plans and aerial pho-
The consensus, after a decade tographs from the 1960s as a tem-
of trial, was that she was wrong. plate upon which their ad hoc,
Even (or maybe especially) a planning objectives are based.


What is so galling in the case
of Nassau is that, by its defini-
tion, a tourist hub city (unlike
Kingston or Praia) has innu-
merable possible ways of raising
revenues. Hence municipal gov-
ernments in places as diverse as
Bruges, Belgium, and Orlando,
Florida, have all funded not just
their maintenance but their
growth by a host of revenue
generating initiatives, ranging
from concessions to city-owned
conference centres and casinos.
The possibilities for a rede-
veloped Nassau are exciting and
almost boundless. But with no
whisper made yet of the robust
municipal government that will
be needed to support it, it is
tempting to believe that some-
one is putting the cart before
the horse.

Napoleon's maxim
"never interrupt your
enemy when he is making a mis-
take" is not a good policy for
opposition parties. If one's seri-
ous intention is to one day
inherit the legacies of one's cur-
rent adversaries, it is both ethi-
cal and self-serving to nudge
them in the right direction from
time to time.
Of course the temptation
sometimes is simply to pretend
that the government, being tem-
porary, can be ignored when it
announces plans, and a set of
alternative (preferably very
alternative) plans announced.
The PLP were masters of this
art in opposition.
But the FNM, having taken
the first, pioneering (if pro-
foundly insufficient) step
towards local government in
The Bahamas, is in an ideal
position to offer a more robust
vision for local and municipal .
government in Nassau and all
that it entails (including the har-
bour front redevelopment).
Whether it falls to an FNM
or a PLP government to finish
it, it is in the interest of us all .
that a project of such long-term
importance to the country gets
off to the right start.


TEL. (242) 302-7000






The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program
S .., educates people about disasterpreparedness for hazards that may
I : f impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills,
Such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and
disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the
classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others
in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when pro-
fessional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT
members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active
role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
CERT is the community disaster response training component of the DIPECHO V project and
NEMA is the training agency for the course.

Date: August 21- 26,2006
Time: Monday- Friday 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road

To register for CERT and for further information about DIPECHO V contact:
Damario Barton (training officer) Diane Tumquest (training officer)
Bahamas Red Cross Headquarters New Providence Community Centre
John F. Kennedy Drive. Blake Road
Tel: (242) 323- 7370 /4 Tel: (242) 327 -1660

CERT course is free. Space is limited. Registration closes August 17, 2006.

Sponsoring partners for this course are:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Bahamas Red Cross ECHO
Urban Renewal NEMA
New Providence Community Centre

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Bank award funds centre renovation

* CYNTHIA Stanko, pictured working with some of the
many students in the Bahamas Infant Stimulation
Programme, a programme that she initiated 21 years ago
(Photo: Terrance Strachan)

THE building that houses the
Bahamas Infant Stimulation Pro-
gramme on Dean's Lane is under-
going a major facelift thanks to
programme director Cyntha
Ms Stanko won thousands in
FirstCaribbean's regional Unsung
Heroes programme in 2005 and is
using the funds to renovate the
She is also planning to equip a
room to facilitate a five-day pro-
gramme for physically and men-
tally challenged students which
would help speed up their inte-
gration into the mainstream
school system and to make the
building wheelchair accessible.
While working in concert with
the Bahamas National Council
for Disability 21 years ago, Ms
Stanko set up the Bahamas Infant
Stimulation Programme to bet-
ter address what she said was the
"dire need" in the Bahamas for
comprehensive care for mentally
challenged children from birth to
three years old.
Ms Stanko has since dedicated
her life to caring for these chil-
dren and ensuring that they are
better integrated into society with
a better chance of leading more
productive lives.
"This kind of unselfishness and
humanitarian work led to Ms
Stanko being the first runner-up in
FirstCaribbean International
Bank's regional flagship Unsung

Chef joins US academy

A PREMIER American culinary acade-
my has named Bahamian chef Edwin
William Johnson as an honouree and fel-
His induction took place during a formal
ceremony and dinner at the 2006 American
Academy of Chefs national convention in
Philadelphia last month.
The AAC is the honour society of the
American Culinary Federation (ACF), and
.fellows are said to be exemplary culinari-
ans or food service industry partners who
have dedicated many years of service to the
promotion of the culinary profession.
Chef Johnson, executive chef at Radis-
son Cable Beach, was one of only six indi-
viduals inducted this year.
He is a veteran with more than 30 years in
the hospitality industry. Born in Acklins, he
was 'a founding member of the Bahamas

Culinary Association in 1980, and pursued
his professional education at the C R Tech-
nical College, the Bahamas Hotel Training
College and Westminister College in Lon-
don, England.
During his career, Chef Johnson took part
in a chef tournament at Trust House Forte
Hunting Lodge restaurant in London, was a
lecturer at the Bahamas Hotel Training Col-
lege and was the executive chef at Le Meri-
dien Royal Bahamian Hotel.
He is a recipient of numerous awards
including a 2006 ACF Presidents Medallion i
and a 2000 Chef of the Year Award from
Clarion Resort, South Ocean.
The AAC, which recognizes individuals
who have made significant contributions to
both the culinary profession and the ACF,
was established in 1955 at the ACF nation-
al convention in Pi itburgh..
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Heroes programme in 2005 and
winning over $13,500 in cash to
be used to further her cause," said
the bank in a statement yesterday.
Ms Stanko said that her partic-
ipation in the programme has
greatly increased the visibility of
the work she is doing.


"FirstCaribbean's regional
Unsung Heroes programme is a
great opportunity for any human-
itarian organisation or individual
to get more publicity, funding and
recognition for their works.
"What this has done is
increased our visibility and made
it easier for us to attract funding,
because once you're recognized
at this level, then other potential
donors take notice," she said.
This year, FirstCaribbean has
extended its deadline for Unsung
Hero nominations to August 31,
The bank's managing director
Sharon Brown said, "We extend-
ed the deadline to ensure as
broad a cross section of Bahami-
ans as possible was nominated.
We know .that there are lots of
Bahamians who are great human-
itarians and continue to give from,
their hearts to better our com-
munity and those are the kinds
of persons we are hoping will be

"We are also sending out a
plea to persons in the Family
Islands to nominate someone.
We believe that the Family
Islands have a wealth of inter-
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be held at Golden Gates Assembly,
Carmichael Road. On Tuesday at
11am. Bishop Ros Davis will
officiate. Interment follows in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left to cherish his memories are
his mother, E....... Maycock; two
sons, Robert Jr and Adolphus
Maycock; four daughters, Bianca,
Reisha, Reynia and adopted
daughters, Megan, Ashley, and
Kadesha; one grand daughter, Shamyra Lewis nine sisters,
Rev Faith Maycock, Grace Utah Maycock of freeport, Grand
Bahama, Ethel King, Eve Dorsette Mrs Lily Deveaux, Mrs
Scherry Robinson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mrs Charmaine
Jackson of Freeport, Gand Bahama, Mrs Elaine Garcia and
Patrice Darling; four brothers, Christopher, Brian, Dwayne
Maycock and Preston Darling; 11 uncles, Addison,Lincoln,
Moody, Noel, Merline, Deacon Dwight and Rev Patrick
Maycock, Will Smith of Ragged Island and Nat Smith, Hallan
Rolle of Farmers Cay and Anzel Johnson; 11 aunts Mrs
Mavis Rolle of Farmers Cay, Exuma, Ms Mary Wells, of
Sandy Point, Abaco, Maud, Maycock, Anita Latoya Johnson,
Mrs Janet Smith, Mrs Una Forbes, Paula and Sandra. Smith,
Mayfield, Princess and Brenda Maycock; brothers-in-law,
Patrick Deveaux, Ronald King, Davon Jackson, Robert
Robinson, Frankie Garcia; sister-in-law, Tia Maycock; four.
grand aunts, Eula Nixon of Farmers Cay, Exuma, Curlean
Higgs of Harbour Island, Elizabeth Cash of Lower Bogue,
Eugene Percentie of Farmers Cay, Exuma; 18 nieces Mrs
Leteasha Lord of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Alicia, Anishka
and Ava, Dorsette, Sarah Bethel, Cynetech King, Latoya
Deveaux, Cherice, Chanique and Shamara King, Robin
Robinson, Christen, Ebony, Briantia, Bethany and Brenay
Maycock, Devonica, and Shaday Jackson; 13 nephews,
Matisco Charlton, Eldecia, Chevron, Patrick and Prescott
Deveaux and Raymond Grant,,Frankie Garcia, Bradley,
Neville, Brayman and Matthew Bethel, Robert Robinson
and Darvin Maycock; nephew-in-law, Jason Lord; grand
niece, Jada Lord; grand nephew Jalin Lord; cousins, Mrs
Spindy Major, Miss Linda Smith of Philadelphia Pennsylvania,
Christen Donna and Theresa Smith of Miami Chuck, Wenzil,
Al and Darrol Smith; special friends, Keva, Latoya Smith,
Bradley Dorsette, Harris Pat Grant; Bishop Ross Davis and
Minister Althea Davis, Toote family, Mrs Louise Archer and
Family, Terrance Higgs &Ldane) Lopez

Friends may pay their respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home,
Market Street from 10am 6pm on Monday and on Tuesday
from 10am until service time at the church.

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Charles Michael
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of Nassau, and formerly
of Harbour Island, The

Michael, a well known Pharmacist and sports enthusiast
was pre-deceased by his parents, Jasiel George.
Thompson and Matilda Lois Thompson; he is survived
by his former wife, Linda Maria Thompson; his son,
Stephen Michael Thompson; his daughter, Rachel Maria
Assee; two grandsons, Luke James Thompson and Jake
Frederick Thompson; two granddaughters, Brooke
Elizabeth Assee and Danielle Maria Assee; one brother,
Samuel Mark Thompson; one sister, Diana Alberta
Pinder; one aunt, Adele Reese; one son-in-law, Sean
Curtis Assee; one daughter-in-law, Clare Thompson;
two brothers-in-law, George Pinder and James Lowe;
one sister-in-law, Debora Thompson; his mother-in-
law, Sadie Lowe; he was pre-deceased by his father-
in-law, Homer Lowe; four nephews, Cliff Pinder, Brock
and Sean Thompson and Jody Lowe; two nieces-in-
law, Susan Pinder and Beth Thompson; three great
neices, Lauren, Kylie and Nicole Pinder; one great
nephew, Ethan Sams Lowe and many other relatives
and friends too numerous to mention.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the
Christian Counselling Centre, P. O. Box SS-6106,
Nassau or The Champion Amateur Boxing Club, c/o
Mr. Ray Minus Jr., P. O. Box N-7547, Nassau in memory
of Charles Michael Thompson.

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Nassau on Friday, 18th August, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Smart
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BEWU: we

won't be


FROM page one

one he was president of had
strikes, but just because he
cannot control or influence
.us, he wants to try to bully us.
."What is most ironic," the
statement read, "is that the
Minister of Labour, who
recently announced that he
is still a member of the
BCPOU, was preparedto
tear down the town a few
years ago when the Govern-
ment did not offer him what
he felt was fair compensa-
tion for separation pack-
"Bay Street and Paradise
Island Bridge were blocked,
the House of Assembly was
charged, beer and peanuts
were thrown at the Prime
Minister in Rawson Square
and chaos erupted."
The union will not take
further oppression and will
not be intimidated by tactics,
the president said.
According to Mr Williams,
BEC workers have ceased
taking industrial action and
have returned to work. How-

ever, their placidity does not
come as a result of the
Industrial Tribunal's involve-
ment or the injunction that
was handed down by the
Supreme Court, he said, but
at the Bahamas Christian
Council's (BCC) insistence.
The BEWU has recently
joined forces with the BCC
in a combined effort to try
to bring disputes between
the union and government to
an "amicable resolution."
BCC has acted as a media-
tor for the BEWU since Sat-
urday when BCC
approached the union and
offered to help bring closure
to the dispute.
The BEWU started its
industrial action when it
claimed that contract nego-
tiations had failed. Almost
three years ago government
reduced the working hours
from 44 to 40 hours per
week. The union believes its
members are owed money
because its working hours
were not reduced at the
same time as the other cor-
porations, including Water.
and Sewerage.


"We are not begging for
money, we are asking for the
money that is owed to us.
We already-worked those
hours," Mr Williams said.
"The union has at its dis-
posal many trade disputes
and industrial matters (which
it can and if necessary will)
utilise to take lawful indus-
trial action. It is clearly not-
ed that no court injunction
can force any employee to
work overtime or regulate
the pace of work."
Referring to Attorney
General Allyson Maynard-
Gibson's statement that per-
sons failing to comply with
the Supreme Court injunc-
tion could face imprisonment
and/or fines, Mr Williams
said: "When we received the
letter workers came back to
"Once you fufil your con-
tractual obligations you can-
not force anyone to work
overtime. So Mrs Gibson is
misleading the public," he
Contrary to the reports in
The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Williams said that union
leaders advised all workers
to end the strike and return
to work. However, 'he con-
tinued, there are some peo-
ple in government and BEC
who are trying to mislead the
public.. "Since the meeting
on Saturday with BCC we
have returned to work ful-
"We made an agreement
with the BCC to return back
to normal and allow the
BCC to assist the govern-
ment and union to help bring
closure to the matter," he

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On arrival at the hospital, offi-
cers from the Mobile Patrol Unit
saw the victim, who appeared to
be in critical condition. The man
had sustained gunshot injuries to
both arms and the abdomen.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said information
obtained by police is that Wallace
was standing outside an apartment
building, located at the intersec-
tion of Weddell Avenue and
Murchinson Drive shortly after
10am when gunshots were fired in
that area.
After being shot, he ran in a
southwest direction and collapsed
on the porch of an apartment on
Police are appealing to anyone
who can assist with the investiga-
tion to call 350-3098 or 350-3106.


FROM page one

to govern recklessly in the hope
that it can reverse its fortunes," the
opposition said.
The FNM said that the public
can expect more massive give-away
of Bahamian land, rights and trea-
sure as the election gets closer.
"Expect more Heads of Agree-
ments. Expect more talk; and more
talk. The governing party'
nomic philosophy reminds us of
that old saying: Insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again
and expecting a different result,"
the opposition said.
The FNM said the governing par-
ty only talks and talks and abuses
people. But while in government,
the FNM effectively repatriated
thousands of illegals, but said lit-
tle about it, and abused none. The
record speaks for itself and the fig-
ures do not lie.
"After almost four years of the
most laid-back government in the
history of the Bahamas, the Prime
Minister is now trying to project
the illusion of being busy. Rather
than governing, making decisions
and co-ordinating his cabinet, he is
busy doing what he does best: talk-
ing and presiding at ceremony after
ceremony," the FNM said.



Murder accused Farrington

gives unsworn statement in court

MURDER accused Cordell
Farrington gave an unsworn
statement from the prisoner's
dock yesterday after prosecu-
tors closed their case against
"If I could have changed that
morning, Jamaal would still be
alive but I could not stop myself
right then," Farrington said.
He also told the court that
he intends to call a witness in
his defence.
Farrington said he met the
victim at the Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre in Nassau.
The accused claimed he and
Robbins became friends right
away and soon began a "pet-
ty" sexual relationship.
He went on to state that he
later moved to Freeport "look-
ing for a new life" and leaving
Robbins behind.
Farrington said he found a
job and began taking classes at
the College of the Bahamas in

While working at a foodstore
as a butcher, Farrington
claimed he got a message that
Robbins had tried to contact
Farrington said he met with
Robbins and they agreed to
continue their relationship.
He told the court that he pro-
vided Jamaal with clothing,
food and shelter at a Mallory
Lane apartment as Robbins
seldom stayed at his parents'
Farrington said their rela-
tionship became strained. He
said Robbins started stealing,
that they began to argue often
and that the victim threatened
to leave him.
"He knew where my heart
was," Farrington said.'
According to the accused,
Robbins said he was moving to
Farrington said he felt
betrayed, and that the two had
an argument the morning Rob-
bins was killed. "I did not want


himto go," Farrington said.
He told the court that he.
kept an iron plank beside his
bed, which he found on a beach
and used for his artwork. ,
"While Jamaal was lying
across the bed, I hit him across
.his head with it. I hit him as
hard as I could. I hit him again,
I hit him again, I hit him again,.
I hit him again," Farrington
repeated before pausing for a
few seconds.
He then explained how he
dumped Robbins' body off the
Grand Bahama Highway with
the help of Oterl io Flo\d
: Farrington then spoke of his
"I grew up in a house where
there was a lot of bad treat-
ment, yelling, cursing, ph-sicli
arid sexual abuse. NM\ mother
was an alcoholic She treated
us seeminglI without an\ con-
trol. I.grew up knowing that
the way I was.brought up,
somethingg \\;as i rong. As I got
Solder I just had to figure out
things out on nl\ o\\ n," he said.
Farmngton told the court that
\\ hen he confessed of the rtur-
der to police he as not think-
., ng ot the consequences of,his
.'I \_sn 't thinking about a.
court case, FoxHill or being in
chains. I have never been to jail
before and never arrested. No
one has ever suspected me of

committing a crime," he said.
"1 just wanted the opportu-
nity to say how I felt about the
situation that I put myself in. I
know I would not expect the
family of Jamaal to look atme,
but I am sorry.
"For almost three years I
have been sitting in jail waiting
for this trial to start," he said.
Speaking of the place he left
the body, Farringtion said:
"I went back just to look at
him. I sat down with him for
hours. I would run the black
birds 'that would eat his flesh."
The accused told the court
that he would pick the meat off
Jamaal's bones and take the
bones' \ith him.
"I didn't want to leave him
out there. I wanted him to be
i ith me' I know this is a great
loss. I al ays feels like Jamaal
Si- with me," Farrington told the

The jury was also allowed to
watch the accused man's taped
confession yesterday morning
Detective sergeant Presley
Rolle, the lead investigator who
conducted the interview, was
recalled to the witness stand.
He claimed that prior to Far-
rington coming to police and
Confessing to the murder, police
Shad id ntilled him as the prin-
cipal suspect.
The officer said police had
made inquiries jt the Mallory
Lane dpdrtment, the Interna-
tional Bazaar and Kelly's ware-
housein iFreeport,
1: Farrington's attorney
': Romotia Farquharson told offi-
cer Rolle that he had never
informed Farrington. about
those Inquilles and suggested
thai this .\;s because police had
did not ha\e ariy leads or sus-
pect_: pi ior to the confession.
Officer Rolle said this was
not true.
During re-c\amination by
the pioisecution, officer Rolle
slid it %j%'iii; t common practice
to mention to a suspect the
findings ot police investiga-
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
immigrants are "treated spe-
cially" by the Bahamas gov-
ernment, Minister of Immigra-
tion Shane Gibson said.
Mr Gibson, who is often crit-
icised by Haitians for his tough
policies, noted that immigra-
tion fees are significantly low-
er for Haitian nationals than
for other immigrants to the
He said that whereas
Haitians pay anywhere
between $500 and $1,000 for
permanent residency, all other
nationalities are required to
pay $10,000.
Mr Gibson explained that
Haitians who have been in the
country for less than 20 years
pay $1,000 and those here for
more than 20 years pay $500.
"No other citizen of any oth-
er country pays that kind of
money Haitians are treated
special and when persons say
we don't treat Haitians right,
that is absolutely not true," Mr

* SHANE Gibson

Gibson said while Grand
Bahama earlier this month.
He also said that hundreds
of applications by Haitians
Swho qualify for citizenship or
permanent residency are being
processed by cabinet.
"So while we are exercising
our right to rid the Bahamas
of illegal immigrants, the cabi-
net usually meets once per
month or a couple months to
give status to those who quali-
fy, and I am responsible for
signing off 6n briefs that go to

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cabinet,.where we actually
approve permanent residency
and citizenship," he said.
Mr Gibson also noted that
95 per cent of the new citizens
sworn in every Monday in New
Providence are Haitians.
He also pointed out that the
majority 'of the work permits
are granted to Haitian nation-
Mr Gibson revealed that 95
per cent of the applicants
approved for work permits in
Grand Bahama every two
weeks are Haitians.
"We are mindful of the situ-
ation in Haiti at this time and
the risk individuals take on to
come to the Bahamas, but
extra burden is placed oh our
society, particularly on the edu-
Scation and heath care system,"
he said.
"One of the things that
seems to get more attention
than the other is the attention
on illegal immigrants, but no
one is focusing on what we are
doing in terms of those indi-'
viduals who qualify for status.
in the Bahamas," he said.,

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FROM page one

always been a requirement.
In the past, said the minister,
administration of this "policy"
was not consistent and/or close-
ly adhered to, but since he took
over at the helm of the agency,
it has been a requirement of all
companies hoping to obtain a
work permit for any individual.
As that requirement was not
a new one, according to Mr
Gibson, he pointed out that one
of several new policies that the
department is reviewing has to
do with time limits.
In a press release last week,
the agency said: "The govern-
ment is reviewing its work per-
mit policy to determine the pru-
dence of limiting the period of
time that one individual may
hold a work permit."
According to Mr Gibson, the
department is looking at a five-
year limit on work permits, but
before any determination is
made, the department will first
,bring the matter to a public
forum to facilitate widespread
debate, ensuring that it is the
right thing to do.
The proposal to put a time
limit on the permits, said Mr
Gibson, is to make sure that one
person does not remain for
extended periods of time,
expecting permanency in their
"If you can't find a Bahami-
an, you can bring in someone
else," said Mr Gibson. "But we
don't want the same person, giv-
ing them unreasonable expec-
tation to acquire status. They
would be expecting to become
permanent if you leave them
too long."
The issue of work permits has
suddenly taken centre stage in a
public feud between The Tri-
bune and the Immigration
department and Senator Philip
Galanis and the Grand Bahama
Port Authority over the status
of John Marquis and Hannes
Babek, respectively.
.After writing several articles
in The Tribune which were
highly critical of the present

government's performance in
its first four years, Mr.Marquis,
The Tribune's managing editor
whose work permit was up for
renewal, was informed by the
Immigration Department that
a decision on his status would
be deferred until it could be
determined that a Bahamian
replacement was being trained
to fill his position when his per-
mit was up.
However, with many calling
government's latest act a return
to the days when victimisation
was seemingly synonymous with
the past PLP administration, Mr
Gibson said there was nothing
vindictive or ironic in the deci-
sion to have Mr Marquis's and
another Tribune staffer's work
permit deferred, as his request is
just a matter of department pol-
Tribune publisher Eileen
Carron said she was not aware
of any other Tribune staff mem-
ber's work permit having been
deferred. To her'knowledge
only Mr Marquis' permit was
However, it was the same
policy of "Bahamianisation"
which drew criticism from PLP
Senator Philip Galanis, who
called for the government to
investigate the granting of a
work permit to the newly-
appointed chairman of the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty, Mr Hannes Babek, an Aus-
In his request to government,
Senator Galanis questioned the
granting of the work permit to
Mr Babek before a proper
search was conducted to find a
suitable Bahamian replacement.
But Mr Galanis's calls have
been knocked down by several
within his own party, as both
tourism minister Obie Wilch-
combe and Minister Gibson
called the request a "stretch."
"I am not sure what my col-
league's arguments are," said
Mr Wilchcombe. "The Grand
Bahama Port Authority is an
organisation that has worked
with the government, and if
there' is an interest by the
Bahamas government, we cap

invite the Port to discuss it. But
an investigation? I think that is
stretching it a bit."
Mr Gibson said yesterday
that Mr Galanis's request would
not be one that government
would consider because Mr
Babak, as chairman of the Port
Authority, is the "owner's rep-.
Sresentative," and as the own-'
ei's representative, his position
did not fall under the immigra-
*tion's Bahamianisation policy,
where a Bahamian replacement
would need to be identified.
Likewise, where foreigners
are being employed in upper
management positions as "own-
er's representatives", such as
chief executive officers, chief
financial officers, and manag-
ing directors, companies that
are foreign-owned and operat-
ing in the Bahamas, in some
cases, do not necessarily need to'
show a training scheme to
ensure that the position will be
turned over to a Bahamian
replacement in order to obtain
or have a work permit renewed.
As Mr Gibson explained, the
requirement for one company
is not a requirement for all com-
panies "straight across the
board," as the immigration
board makes this determination
depending on the size and the
type of a company's investment.
When asked how Mr Mar-
quis's position as managing edi-
tor, the most senior position at
the paper, differs from other
companies "owner's represen-
tative" positions, Mr Gibson
said he was unsure; as he was
not familiar with The Tribune's
employment structure.
"Not only that," continued
Minister Gibson, "they never
applied for anybody to be own-
er's representative. It can only
be considered if you applied,
and The Tribune never
Mrs-Carron said The Tri-
bune has never applied because
this is the first time in her more
than 40 years of submitting
applications to Immigration that
she has ever heard of
an "owner's representative per-

BEC senior union hits

out at corporation

FROM page one

The BEWU started its industrial action after
contract negotiations failed. Almost three years
ago the government reduced the working hours
from 44 to 40 hours per week. As a result BEWU
and BEUME members believe they are owed
money as a result of not having their hours of
work reduced at the same time as other corpora-
The managerial union has not yet taken any
serious action against BEC and hopes it will not
come to that.
In a statement the BEUME's president said,
"The law of the Bahamas was amended in 2002,
but did not become effective until February 2003.'
Law-abiding institutions like National Insurance,
the Water Corporation and other private sector
companies immediately conformed to the amend-
ed law. The Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany worked for almost one year before they
complied with the amended work hours, but they
negotiated and paid their employees for the extra
hours worked."
However, the president claimed that BEC

failed to comply with the law and now owe thou-
sands of dollars in back pay.
The law states: "Except or otherwise provided
by or under this Act, no employer shall cause or
permit any employee to work in excess of eight
hours in any day or forty hours in any week, with-
out the payment of overtime pay in respect of any
such excess in accordance with section 10."
In June 2005, Mr Dean said, the corporation
failed to request a promised judicial review. How-
ever, after being advised by lawyers that the cor-
poration is in fact liable for extra hours worked
and should pay, the corporation refused, the
union president claimed.
In order to resolve the problem, the govern-
ment, or its representatives should conduct inter-
views with persons below the executive manage-
ment level if they want to get the truth, the
BEUWU advised.
"It is our view that a number of persons are in
self preservation mode, and should not be expect-
ed to admit their guilt for the present state of
chaos that exists at BEC.
"Our approach is one based on facts and not
the misrepresentations that are prevalent in the
various new media," Mr Dean said.

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Tribune Business Reporter
Bahamas-based light industri-
al and manufacturing com-
panies have been feeling the
pinch from high electricity
bills, with the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation's
(BAIC) assistant general manager yester-
day revealing that a number of tenants at
its Soldier Road Industrial Park have
either failed or had difficulty in meeting
rent payments.
Arnold Dorsette said light industries
and manufacturers have complained that
the high Bahamas Electricity Corporatiqn
(BEC) bills, driven up by increased global
oil prices that have resulted in higher fuel
surcharges, were affecting their business.
.He said a number of companies based at
BAIC's Soldier Road Industrial Park have
either been unable to or had difficulties
in paying their rent due to the high elec-
tricity costs.
"It may be ultimately wise for govern-
ment to consider ways to offset the cost,"
Mr Dorsette said.
He added that both large and small com-
panies had to pay the same rate for their,
electricity. and reminded smdll businesses
of concessions and ucenti\ es such as those,
in the Investment Encouragement Act.
Meanwhile, Bahamian hotels are finding
ways to combat the ever-increasing and

Government encouraged to look at

measures offsetting high costs


fluctuating electricity prices.
Jeremy MacVean, general manager of
Comfort Suites, who sits onthe executive
board of the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion, said that over the years, Bahamian

hotels had learnt to adapt by implementing
an energy surcharge that is added on to
guests' bills.
Mr MacVean added that despite the
impact high electricity prices have on hotel
operating bills and other businesses that
are high users, it was doubtful these prices
would adversely affect the overall Bahami-
an economy.
He felt the economy more dependent
on what happened with the US. "We tend
to head into a recession when the US econ-
omy goes down," he said.
Mr MacVean said that hotels had to
adapt and finds ways to reduce costs. For
example, he explained that at his-resort,-
they had to incorporate energy-saving
management techniques such as using only
fluorescent light bulbs, adding solar panels
and a solar heater to heat the bulk of their
"Once you make the initial investment,
the sunshine is free," Mr MacVean said.
He noted that for smaller properties,
such as the Taino Bay resort on Andros, it
was different because that hotel runs sole-
ly on its own resources with no supply
from BEC or the Water & Sewerage cor-

FOCOL Holdings is
preparing to acquire Texa-
co's Grand Bahama petrole-
um business for $1.25 million,
it was revealed last night, fol-
lowing closely behind its
$5.25 million purchase of the
company that operates the
two Texaco-branded gas sta-
tions on that island.
The purchases will make
FOCOL Holdings, which is
listed on the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
(BISX), "the exclusive dis-
tributor of petroleum prod-
ucts in Grand Bahama",
according to Fidelity Capital
Markets.----- ----
In its Bahamian stock mar-
ket commentary issued to
investors last night, Fidelity
Capital Markets said a whol-
ly-owned FOCOL Holdings
subsidiary, Grand Bahama
Terminal, was today set to
acquire "all rights, title and
interests" in Chevron
Bahamas (the former Texaco
Bahamas) Grand Bahama-
based assets for $1.25 million.
The BISX-listed company

Two deals worth
$6.5m to make
'exclusive distributor
of petroleum
products in
Grand Bahama'

had yesterday finalised the
agreement to purchase the
entire share capital of GAL
Terminal, owner and opera-
tor of the Texaco-branded
service-stations-at Eight Mile
Rock and Lewis Yard.
The two purchases make
sense for both parties. Its
Grand Bahama-based opera-
tions are likely to represent a
non-core part of Texaco's
worldwide empire, and the
disposal is likely to ignite
speculation that the company
may choose to follow Shell's

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$5m project to boost tax revenues and real estate

Tribune Business
THE Government has hired
a US-based consultant to help
it implement a Land Use Poli-
cy and Administration project
that aims to enhance real prop-
erty tax collection and the
process for real estate pur-
A $3.5 million loan from the
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) is helping to
finance the scheme, which aims

to enhance the ability to
research deeds and title docu-
ments for real estate purchases.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie said: "The specific,
objective of the consultancy is
to begin the modernisation of
the geodetic (or measurement
of earth) infrastructure of the
Bahamas, modernise and
expand the land administration
services provided by those gov-
ernment land agencies respon-
sible for the cadastrel surveying
of Crown Land and the record-
ing of private property surveys,

the recording of property rights
and property transactions, and
the assessment of properties
for taxation purposes, as well as
completing studies and analysis
of land issues and preparing
land policy recommendations,
options and guidelines,"
explained Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie at the contract sign-
He said the project will assist
the Government in planning
the development of the
Bahamas, something he was
determined that his govern-

ment will do effectively.
Iwan Sewberath-Misser, an
IDB representative, said the
project will be significantly
important to administrative
planning and for the long-term
improvement of land use
Franklyfi Kemp, controller
of inland revenue and the chief
valuation office, said the pro-
ject will allow the Government
to be more effective in its col-
lection of real property tax.
Through the digital mapping
of land, the Government will

have a clear and updated view
of every parcel of land, as well
as improvements made to:
building structures, which will
allow the Government to
determine who they tax and
The IDB-financed project is
also intended. to help persons
who are purchasing land to get
proper deeds and titles through
the formation of land policy.
The project will be carried
out,in three separate but relat-
ed components: Land Admin-
istration Modernisation, Land
Information Management, and
National Land Issues and Pol-
icy Guidelines. This involves
creating a new geodetic infra-
structure on the islands of New
Providence, Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Andros and Great
Inagua. It will see the installa-
tion of a computerisied Parcel
Information Management Sys-
tem (PIMS), including about
70,000 properties on the islands
of New Providence and Grand
Bahama, in the offices of the
Departments of Lands and
Surveys, the Registrar Gener-
al's Department, the Real
Property Tax Department and
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority. _

Other areas to be addressed
include a comprehensive analy-
sis of overriding land issues,
including land tenure security
reform and modernisation of
land legislation; rationalisation -
of land institutions; develop-
ment of an integrated land use
planning process; and the
improvement of land valuation
and real property tax adminis-
In addition, the project
includes a series of land policy
recommendations, options and
guidelines that will aid the -
development of a national land
policy by the Government.
The Government has
engaged the consultant firm
International Land System
(ILS) of Silver Springs, Mary-
land, to assist them.
The government has IDB loan of $3.5
million to execute the project,
and the total cost is $5 million.
The project officially began in
June 2005, and its duration is
36 months.
The Grand Bahama Port
Authority and its associated
companies will contribute up
to $450,000 over a three-year
period to develop a system on
that island.

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The external forces over

which we have no control

TODAY, I wish to discuss
three external factors that can
possibly derail our economy
in the near term, namely glob-
al terrorism, rising oil prices
and hurricane activity. These
are all threats over which we
have little control, and if they

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occur in combination, they can
cause significant dislocations
to our economic growth and
national prosperity.
While the current economic
indicators for the Bahamas are
very positive and driven by
actual (to date) and future
prospects of more than $10
billion in new investment dur-
ing the next five years, exter-
nal events can alter or even
postpone this positive out-
look... and there is little that
we can do about it in the
While we will never be able
to insulate ourselves fully from
the effects of any of these con-
ditions, as a small, service-
based economy we will be
constantly challenged by
I. Global terrorism
Last week, we were revisit-
ed once again by the ugly
spectre of a massive terrorist
threat against the US, one
which fortunately was thwart-

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ed before any harm could be
done. However, a by-product
of this episode that will remain
with us for many years to
come is the fact that airport
screening/security will be fur-
ther intensified in order to
enhance the safety of the trav-
elling public.
In this latest plot, the three
US airlines allegedly being tar-
geted were American, Conti-
nental and United Airlines,
while the destination cities
were New York, Washington,
Los Angeles and possibly oth-
er hubs, such as Boston and
The relevance of this to the
global travel industry and the
Bahamas, in particular, is very
significant. This latest
reminder of our vulnerability
to global terrorism will invari-
ably cause many travellers to
reconsider and/or postpone
travel plans.
Importance of tourism
Tourism accounts for more
than 40 per cent of the
Bahamas' Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) annually.
GDP is a measure of the size
of the economy, and is defined
as the market value of all final
goods and services produced
within a country. The
Bahamas GDP is estimated to
be about $6 billion. Therefore,
in dollar terms, tourism has
an annual value to the
Bahamian economy of some
$2.5-$3 billion per year.
All three targeted US air-
lines American, Continental
and United (through Gulf-
Stream Airlines) service the
Bahamas, providing important
airlift capacity, while New
York, Washington, Los Ange-
les, Boston and Chicago are

important gateways for travel
to the Bahamas for these and
other international airlines
servicing these islands. Should
we be concerned about this
latest threat? The answer is
Clearly, this is an external
event over which the Bahamas
has no control, but its effects
can be enormous.
I. Rising oil prices
Another looming near-term
concern for the Bahamian
economy is the fact that oil is
currently trading at around
$75 per barrel. I can assure
you that when businesses were
preparing their budgets for
2006-2007, I seriously doubt
the price of oil was being pro-
jected at current levels. This
translates directly into higher
costs...higher gas prices, high-
er electricity costs, higher costs
for manufactured goods. Take
the hotel industry, which is a
massive consumer of electric-
ity, for example, or the airline
industry. Higher oil costs
immediately erode operating
margins and profitability.
Factors driving oil
prices higher
There are several factors
that are driving the price of
crude oil 'through the roof'.
These include:
Rising Demand The
demand for energy is at an all-
time high, with India and Chi-
na having almost insatiable
appetites for energy. Both
countries have 'billion person
populations', and both are
experiencing rapid growth as a
result of being the world's
lowI-cost producers.
India has been averaging
annual GDP groPth of 7 per
cent per annum for the past
several years, while China has
been averaging 9 per cent per
annum. The rest of the world
continues to consume energy
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Instability in oil producing
regions There are concerns
that global supplies could be
interrupted due to unrest in
Iraq; Iran's push to expand its
nuclear capabilities; Venezue-
la's increasingly leftist lean-
ings; and ongoing problems in
Nigr ria's oil producing region.
This really leaves Russia and
the Arab states as stable sup-
pliers for the moment.
Lack of new supply For
years, the major international
oil companies have been
acquiring new reserves on
'Wall Street' as opposed to the
old fashioned way...drilling
for reserves.
Some analysts are projecting
that oil.could reach $100 per
barrel before it starts to
decline. At $75 per barrel, the
full ramifications have not yet
filtered completely through
our economy. However, when
it does, it will go straight to
our pocketbooks. I am now
beginning to hear certain busi-
nessmen suggest that a reces-
sion may be a possibility if
there is no easing in oil prices.
III. Hurricane activity
Hurricanes cause damage,
and catastrophic hurricanes
can shut down our economy
for months on end. Just image
our airports and docks being
out of action for several
As this article has already
exceeded its usual length, I
will not belabour this point,




Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
10th day of August 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



This is to inform the general public that
all that private thoroughfare or roadway on
Cherokee Resort Limited property located
on Great Abaco Island in Cherokee Sound
and known as The Hill in the Bahamas
will be closed to the public from 7:00 am
on Saturday 26th of August 2006 til 8:00
am on Sunday 27th of August 2006 to pro-
tect the right of ownership.

Richard Curry

other than to repeat com-
ments made in my July 4,
2006, column entitled Budget
analysis must be more con-
In good times, we should be
setting aside funds for bad
times. It is no secret that we
are situated in a 'hurricane
zone', and I would like to see
a National Catastrophe Fund
established where a stated
percentage of total projected
revenue (say 1 per cent ini-
tially) is set aside annually as a
segregated reserve fund.
Further, as foreign reserve
conditions permit, this Fund
should be maintained in hard
currencies and not the local
currency. The reason for this is
simple; in a catastrophe we
,would need hard currency to
purchase essential supplies.
While it remains imperative
that we pursue domestic poli-
cies that provide opportuni-
ties for sustainable long-term
economic growth, the reality is
that we are a part of a larger
global community that simply
overwhelms our capacity to
be 'masters of our own affairs'.
Until next week...
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
SThe views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group Internation-
al or any of its subsidiary
and/or affiliated companies.
Please direct any questions or
comments to rlgibson@atlanti-



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' INDIGO Networks yesterday said it
would soon launch its fixed-line voice tele-
phony services to residential Bahamas-
Sbased consumers, creating legal competi-
tion to the Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) and giving Bahamians
choice for the first time.
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, IndiGO Net-
works' president, said the company had
completed consumer trials of.its residential
services, and was ready to launch to the
General public.
He said in a statement: "We have con-
ducted extensive testing of our residen-
tial service offering over the past few
months, and our results have been excel-
"The test groups advised that the service
was up and ready to use in minutes, and
they enjoyed excellent call quality and

FOCOL, from 1B

lead and sell-off its remaining
Bahamian service stations and
distribution business.
Meanwhile, the acquisitions
further cement FOCOL's grip
on the Grand Bahama petro-
leum wholesale and distribu-
tion industries, and increase
'Bahamianisation' of the sector
from an ownership point of
It held a monopoly on sup-
plying petroleum products in
Freeport until a 2004 Supreme
Court ruling said a particular
station could buy from rival
suppliers. FOCOL also oper-

IndiGO said its residential service was
being introduced to combat the growth
of illegal Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) services, which have been con-
stantly and rapidly eroding BTC's inter-
national fixed line revenues.
Dr David Allen, IndiGO's chairman,
said: "The Inter American Development
Bank has stated that possibly up to 70 per
cent of all international long-distance calls
from the Bahamas are being made using
VoIP or callback services from unlicensed
foreign operators with no place of business
in the country."
He added that the services IndiGo Net-
works was offering were now common-
place in jurisdictions that competed with
the Bahamas' tourism and financial service
industries, particularly the Cayman Islands

ates several service stations
through its Grand Sun Invest-
ments subsidiary.
The acquisition of Texaco's
Grand Bahama business adds
to a list of acquisitions that
have rapidly grown FOCOL
Holdings from a company
based.exclusively on that island
to one with a footprint
throughout the Bahamas and
At the turn of this year, the
company completed the $32.75
million purchase of Shell
Bahamas retail and distribu-
tion business in the Bahamas
and Turks & Caicos, a deal
that more than doubled the fir-

NOTICE is hereby given that GERALD FORRESTER c/o
P.O. Box AB-20409, 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 8TH day of August, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, GLOBAL UNION
INTERNATIONAL, INC. is in dissolution.
The date of commence of dissolution was 15th March, 2006.
Chaundra Longley of Lewis & Longley, East Bay Street, Nassau,
Bahamas is the Liquidator of GLOBAL UNION INTERNATIONAL,


m's size.
FOCOL took over 60 retail
service stations and five depots
in the Bahamas and Turks &
Caicos as part of the Shell deal.
As a wholesale distributor of
petroleum and LPG products
on Grand Bahama, it already
supplied 20 service stations and
marinas on that island.
The Shell brand has


and Bermuda.
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said: "IndiGO is
offering consumers a better, Bahamian
alternative. For too long, the high cost of
locally provided telephone services has
inevitably meant that foreign VoIP ser-
vices such as Vonage have flourished, but
IndiGO's residential service will change all
"Those who may have been tempted by
offshore operators in the past will be able
to bring their business back home, and
those who waited on the day that com-
petitive services were available locally
have no further to look than IndiGO."
The service has been designed to be
consumer friendly and straightforward to
setup. Customers will simply hook up their
existing touch-tone phone to the connec-
tion equipment provided by IndiGO.

remained on all the gas sta-
tions involved in the deal, with
FOCOL continuing to use it
under trademark agreement.
Shell West is supplying prod-
ucts at the wholesale level to
the stations.
FOCOL Holdings had also
bought Shell's liquefied petro-
leum gas (LPG) business on
Grand Bahama back in 2002.


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 8th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Minimum Job Requirement
S5+ years experience
Strong work ethic and communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Must be computer literate
Commensurate with both qualifications and experience
Assurance of Confidentiality
SAssurance is given that every applicant will be treated in
the strictest of confidence
Interested applicants must apply only in writing to:
Human Resource Manager
Arawak Homes Ltd.
P. O. Box N-3180
Nassau, The Bahamas
Kindly include two references
All applications are to be received at Arawak Homes Head
Office, East Shirley Street at Highland Terrace no later than
August 23rd 2006


Common Law and Equity Division

CLE/qui/No. 00443

or lot of land comprising 1.012 acres and situate at
Major's Cay Settlement, Crooked Island, one of the
Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act of


IN THE MATTER of the Petition ofJapheth Edison


Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 27th
day of June, A.D. 2006.

The Petition of Japheth Edison Deleveaux of Imperial
Park in the Eastern District of New Providence, one of
the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
showeth in respect of:

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate at
Major's Cay Settlement in Crooked Island, Bahamas,
and comprising 1.012 acres being a portion of Crown
Grant 1-49 and bounded Northerly by another portion
of the said Crown Grant and running thereon Four
hundred and eighty-four and forty-five hundredths
(484.45) feet and Easterly by the Queen's Highway
and running thereon One hundred and twelve and
fourteen hundredths (112.14) feet and Southerly by
another portion of the said Crown Grant (formerly
incorporating the old Major's Cay Public School)
and running thereon Four Hundred and eighty-two
(482.00) feet and Westerly by another portion of the
said Crown Grant and running thereon Seventy and
eighty-two hundredths (70.82) feet.

The Petitioner, Japheth Edison Deleveaux, herein
claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession
of the said piece of land and has made application
to The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of
The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles
Act 1959 to have his title to the said piece of land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate Of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the.
provisions of that Act.

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries
shape marks and dimensions of the said piece of land may
be inspected during normal office hours at the following

(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street
North, Nassau, Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of Joseph C. Ld6ee, Suite No. 6,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(c) The office of the Administrator, Major's Cay
Settlement, Crooked Island.

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower
or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30)
days after the final publication of these presents file at the
Registry of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas, and serve on the Petitioner or on the undersigned
an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before'the expiration of Thirty (30)
days after the final publication of these presents shall
operate as a bar to such claim.


Suite No. 6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioner

II h e

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(a) GIMMLI LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business'Conpanies Act

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 9th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General

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

Dated this 15th of August, A. D. 2006

Verduro Associated Ltd.

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 15TH day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Colina pr
Financial Advisors Ltd.
pricing Information As Of:
Monday, 14 August 200 6
S. BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.561.15 / CHG 00.00 / %CHG 00.00 / YTD 210.44 / YTD % 15.58
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.74 1.74 0.00 -0.109 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 9.25 Bahamas Property Fund 12.04 12.04 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.5 3.16%
7.49 6.50 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 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.143 0.000 10.5 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.48 1.48 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60 8.73 Cable Bahamas 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.7 2.64%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.99 1.99 0.00 0.009 0.000 221.1 0.00%
11.00 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.943 0.600 11.7 5.66%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.04 5.40 0.36 0.130 0.045 38.7 0.89%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.49 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.10 9.30 FirstCaribbean 13.10 13.10 0.00 0.885 0.550 14.8 4.20%
11.17 8.91 Focol 11.17 11.17 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.6 4.48%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.532 0.270 16.3 3.12%
9.10 8.27 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
8.05 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.03 8.05 0.02 0.160 0.000 50.3 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
52wk-Hi 52*k-Low Symbol Bid 5 Ask $ Last Pnce Weeki, V.:l EPS $ Di, $ P E Yiel,
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 13.50 850. 1.923 0.960 7.8 6.40%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
Nor R- J 4%; A
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
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%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3009 1.2442 Colina Money Market Fund 1.300892"
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038**
2.4415 2.2528 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.441484"
1.1820 1.1246 Colina Bond Fund 1.182038'***
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price ln last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 28 July 2006
Previous Close -Previous dy weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Currnt days weighted rice for dlly volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 June 2006
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value J 30 June 2006
DIV $ Divdends per share paid n the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price dided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 "". 30 June 2006


State Bank of India

Annual Report 2004 2005


The President of India,

1. We, the undersigned Auditors of the State Bank of
India, appointed under Section 41 (1) of the State
Bank of India Act, 1955, do hereby report to the
Central Government upon the Balance Sheet, Profit
& Loss Account and the Cash Flow Statement of
the Bank.
2. We have audited the attached Balance Sheet of the
State Bank of India as at 31st March, 2006, the
Profit and Loss Account and the Cash Flow
Statement of the Bank for the year ended on that
date annexed thereto. Incorporated in the said
financial statements are the accounts of:
(i) The Central Office, fourteen Local Head Offices,
Corporate Accounts Group (Central), Mid-
Corporate Group (Central), Stressed Assets
Management Group (Central), Leasing Strategic
Business Unit (SBU) and forty two Branches
audited by us;
(ii) Eight thousand Six hundred seventy eight
Indian Branches audited by other auditors;
(iii) Twenty five Foreign Branches audited by the
,local Auditors; and
(iv) Four hundred fifty seven other Indian Branches,
the unaudited returns of which are certified by
the Branch Managers. These unaudited branches
account for 0.20% of.advances, 0.59% of
deposits, 0.08% of interest income and 0.37%
of interest expenses.
These financial statements are the responsibility of
the Bank's Management. Our responsibility is to
express an opinion on these financial statements.
based on our audit.
3. We conducted our audit in accordance with the
auditing standards generally accepted in India. Those
standards require that we plan and perform the audit
to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the
financial statements are free of material misstatement.
An audit includes examining, on a test basis,
evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures

in the financial statements. An audit also includes
assessing the accounting principles used and
significant estimates made by Management, as well
as evaluating the overall financial statement
presentation. We believe that our audit provides a
reasonable basis for our opinion.
4. The Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account
have been drawn up in Forms 'A' and 'B' respectively
of the Third Schedule to the Banking Regulation
Act, 1949 and these give information as required
to be given by virtue of the provisions of the State
Bank of India Act, 1955 and Regulations thereunder.
5. In our opinion and to the best of our information
and according to the explanations given to us and
as shown by the books, of the Bank, read with
paragraph 2 above, we report that:
(a) (i) the Balance Sheet, read with the Principal
Accounting Policies and the Notes on
Accounts, is a full and fair Balance Sheet
containing all the necessary particulars and
is properly drawn up so as to exhibit a
true and fair view of the affairs of the Bank
as at 31st March 2006;
(ii) the Profit and Loss Account, read with the
Principal Accounting Policies and the Notes
on Accounts, shows a true balance of Profit
for the year ended on that date; and
(iii) the Cash Flow Statement annexed to the
Balance Sheet as at 31st March 2006 gives
a true and fair view of the cash flows for
the year,
and are in conformity with the Accounting
Principles generally accepted in India.
(b) where we have called for any information
and explanations, such information and
explanations have been given to us and we
have found them to be satisfactory;
(c) the transactions of the Bank which have come
to our notice have been within the powers of
the Bank; and
(d) the returns received from the offices and
branches of the Bank have been found adequate
for the purpose of our audit.

(om omitted)

CAPITAL AND LIABILITIES Schedule As on 31.3.2006 As on 31.3.2005
No. (Current Year) (Previous Year)

US $ US $

Capital 1 117,965 120,311

Reserves & Surplus 2 6,078,177 5,382,521

Deposits 3 85,183,471 83,906,167

Borrowings 4 6,867,924 4,385,487

Other Liabilities and Provisions 5 12,448,317 11,333,612

TOTAL 110,695,854 105,128,098

ASSETS Schedule As on 31.3.2006 As on 31.3.2005
No. (Current Year) (Previous Year)

US $ US $

Cash and balances with Reserve Bank of India 6 4,853,234 3,842,800

Balances with banks and money at call & short notice 7 5,134,438 5,146,135

Investments 8 36,430,403 .45,056,100

Advances 9 58,644,298 46,262,305

Fixed Assets 10 617,042 616,686

Other Assets 11 5,016,439 4,204,072

TOTAL 110,695,854 105,128,098

Contingent Liabilities 12 51,301,441 36,437,834

Bills for Collection 4,815,702 3,835,252

Principal Accounting Policies 17

Notes to Accounts 18

(O0Os omitted)

Schedule Year ended 31.3.2006 Year ended 31.3.2005
No. (Current Year) (Previous Year)

'US $ US $

Interest earned 13 8,023,070 7,412,962
Other income 14 1,656,099 1,627,593

TOTAL 9,679,169 9,040,555

Interest expended 5S 4,518,500 4,225,255
Operating expenses 16 2,628,062 2,302,931
Provisions and contingencies 1,544,896 1,528,367

TOTAL 8,691,458 8,056,553

Net Profit for the year 967,711 984,002
Profit brought forward 76 78

TOTAL 987,787 984,080

Transfer to statutory leeres 657,576 567,402
Transfer to other reserves 141,822 244,781
Transfer to proposed dividend 165,150 150,388
Transfer to Tax on dividend 23,163 21,431
Balance carried over to Balance Sheet 76 76.

TOTAL 987,787 984,080

Basic/Diluted Earnings per Share 1.88 1.87
Principal Accounting Policies 17
Notes to Accounts 18

The interested parties may obtain a copy of Annual Report from the bank, located -.t
201 Saffrey Square, Bank Lane, Nassau/ Ph: 326-2485 Fax: 326-3969

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1. In accordance with the applicable legislation, we present our Audit Report on the
financial information included in the Annual Report of the Board of Directors and in
the accompanying financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2005, of
Banc Espirtto Santo, SA., which comprise the balance sheet as at 31 December
2005 (showing total assets of Euros 44,643,I73 thousand and total equity of Euros
2,392,007 thousand, including a profit for the year of Euros 190,169 thousand), the
statements of income, of cash flows and of changes in equity for the year then ended
and the corresponding Notes to the accounts.


2. The Board of Directors is responsible for.
a) the preparation of financial statements in accordance withthe NCA's issued by the
Bank of Portugal, that present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position
ofthe Bank, the results of its operations and its cash flows. The NCA's are based
on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS') as
adopted for use in the European Union, with exception of the issues defined in no.2
and no.3 of Regulation no. 1/2005 and no. 2 of Regulation no. 4/2005;

b) maintaining historical financial information, prepared in accordance with generally
accepted accounting principles which is complete, true, current, clear, objective
and lawful as required by the Stock Exchange Code ("C6digo dos Valores

c) the adoption of adequate accounting policies and criteria;

d) maintaining an appropriate system of internal control; and

e) the communication of any relevant fact that may have influenced the activity of the
Bank, its financial position or results.

3. Our responsibility is to verify the financial information included in the above referred
documents, namely as to whether it is complete, true, current, clear, objective and
lawful as required by the C6digo dos Valores Mobiliarios, in order to issue a
professional and independent report based on our audit.

4. Our audit was performed in accordance with the Technical Standards, and Guidelines
issued by the Portuguese Institute of Statutory Auditors ("Ordem dos Revisores Oficiais
de Contas"), which require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable
assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatements.
Accordingly our audit included:
verification, on a test basis, of the information underlying the figures and its
disclosures contained therein, and an assessment of the estimates, based on the
judgements and criteria defined by the Board of Directors, used in the preparation of
the referred financial statements;
assessment of the appropriateness of the accounting policies used and of their
disclosure, taking into account the circumstances applicable;
-verification of the application of the going concern principle;
-assessment of the appropriateness of the overall presentation of the financial
statements; and
assessment of whether the financial information, is complete, true, current, clear,
objective and lawful.
5. Our review also included the verification that the financial information contained in the
Annual Report of the Board of Directors is consistent with the financial statements

6. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

7. In our opinion, the financial statements refe~ed to above present fairly in all material
respects the financial position of Banco Espirito Sato, S.A. as at 31 December 2005, the
results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with the
NCA's issued by the Bank of Portugal, and the information contained therein is complete,
true, current, clear, objective and lawful.

Lisbon, 24 February 2006

KPMG & Assoclados, SROC, S.A.
Represented by
Ines Maria Bastos Viegas Clare Neves Girlo de Almeida
(ROC nO 967)

A copy of the Annual Report & Audited Accounts may be obtained from Ansbacher (Bahamas)
Limited, Arisbacher Houe, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER sailing the high seas
as one of the most successful
Regatta sloops, Eleazor 'the
Sailing Barber' Johnson and
his Lady in Red, Campari Lady
Nathalie will celebrate on Fri-
day night.
Johnson has indicated that
he will honour Burs House as
the sponsor of his B Class boat
ior the past 16 years. Butler &
Sands will be recognized as the
first sponsor.
And because of the tremen-
dous support they have
received from the general pub-
lic, Johnson said they are invit-
ing everyone to join him in the
"party in the backyard" at
Floyd's Restaurant on East
Street South.
"We're giving out a lot of
gifts and surprises," said John-
son, who has developed a
knack for luring the fans out
to watch the regattas. "It's
going to be a Campari Night,
all sponsored by Burns
Johnson said he was disap-
pointed that he didn't get to
travel during the last regatta
over the holiday weekend,
claiming that he decided to stay
home because of the inclement
It was one of te the few times
that Johnson has missed a
regatta. Anytime he takes to
the water, he's been one of the
top boats to watch.
You name the regatta held
in the Bahamas and over the
past 16 years that he has been
participating, Johnson would
probably have won the title.
He called it a remarkable
feat because he doesn't believe
that any other boat can hold
that distinction.
Additionally, Johnson's Lady


IN THIS file photo, veteran skipper Eleazor 'the Sailing Barber' Johnson shakes hand with then Governor General Dame Ivy Dumont
at Government House as he is presented with the Governor General's Cup from the National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exu-
ma in 2005.

Nathalie has been successful in
winning just about every cup,
race held at least once. His tro-
phy case at home, in his bar-
ber shop and on Burns House
shelves all tell his success story.

Over the years, Johnson has
staged the St. Valentine's Day
Massacre, the biggest regatta
currently held in Montagu Bay.
The event.provides a challenge
for the Class A boats to catch

Lady Nathalie in a handicap
This year, Johnson held off
the fleet to hold onto bragging
rights until next year.
"I've had a long and a good

career, so I just want to cele-
brate with Burns House and
the Bahamian public," John-
son stressed. "I'm looking for-
ward to winning so more next

pleased with

baseball showing

Senior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH the team took a
nosedive after stunning Cuba in their
opening game at the third World
University Games in Havana, the
Bahamas Baseball Federation said
they are pleased with the team's per-
The team, managed by Lionel Fer-
guson Sr, had the Czech Republic
on the bubble, but they eventually
blew the game and lost in a heart-
breaking 9-7 defeat on Sunday.

Bahamas and did what those guys
The team suffered two setbacks in
Cuba when Geron Sands and Greg
Burrows both suffered injuries. And,
before the team left, they were hit
with the biggest blow when Albert
Cartwright couldn't make the trip.
"The opening day we were very
strong and it showed when we beat
Cuba," Burrows stressed. "But we
let Italy get away from us and then
Japan blanked us. However, I think
we showed that we are real strong at
this level."
Jeff 'Sangy' Francis, who returned
home on Sunday after helping to
coach the team, said the team defi-
nitely showed that they can play at
such a high level.
But he admitted that if it wasn't
for Ferguson Sr's decision to ensure
that everybody got a starting nod in
each game, they could have a couple
more games.
"We got to see who was able to
play at that level and who wasn't
able to play," Francis reflected. "I
think that was the difference in the
"I think had we stayed with the
starting lineup that we played against
Cuba, I think the results of the tour-
nament would have been a whole
lot different."
The Bahamas finished fifth in their
division. They ended up with the
same 1-3 win-loss record as
Nicaragua, but by virtue of losing 3-
0 to Nicaragua, they had to settle
for the last spot.
Even if the Bahamas had beaten
Italy, they would have finished third
and crossed over to play Taiwan in
the playoffs. Instead, they had to go
to the consolation round.
"We had the ability to win that
game, but the manager felt that the
player on the team who didn't pitch
a game yet should have gotten the
start," Francis noted.
"He ended up walking in six runs
and we eventually lost 9-7."
The team will complete the tour-
nament against the Virgin Islands
today. They will return home on

It was the team's third straight loss
since beating the Cubans 2-1.
Federation president Greg Bur-
rows said, based on the report he
got from Cuba, if the Bahamas had
at least more position players and
two pitchers, they could have easily

turned the record around.
"We learn as we went along," said
Burrows, who didn't travel with the
"But I thought we played well. As
long as I can remember, this was the
first time that any team left the

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Associated Press
ENGLISH Premier League team Aston Villa
agreed to a $118.8 million takeover Monday by a
group led by Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lern-
Lerner's group, Reform Acquisitions Ltd., offered
$10.37 per Aston Villa share, the principals involved
in the deal announced to the London Stock
Exchange. That represents a premium of about 47
percent over the closing price on Sept. 16, 2005,
the last day before the beginning of the offer peri-
"It is my belief and the basis for my bid to acquire
Aston Villa Football Club that it can compete at
the highest level within the Premiership and in
Europe," Lerner said.
Lerner, former chairman of credit card company

MBNA, would be the second U.S. National Football
League owner to buy a Premier League
Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer
purchased Manchester United in 2005, sparking
protests by fans worried Glazer would be more
devoted to making money than to winning.
The board of Aston Villa recommended the trans-
action to shareholders, and said owners of 56.85
percent of shares had already committed to the
Villa chairman Doug Ellis, who has owned the
club since 1982 and has a 39 percent stake, put the
club up for sale a year ago.
"It has been my sincere pleasure to have been
involved with Aston Villa these many years, both as
chairman and as a substantial shareholder," Ellis
"The club has been an enormous and immensely.
enjoyable part of my life."


















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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas' 14-member
team is adjusting to the extreme
heat in Beijing, China as they
get set to start competing at the
IAAF World Junior Champi-
onships today.
Team manager Rosie Carey
said the athletes have all settled
in after spending the last week
at a training camp in Beijing
and are eager to begin compe-
"Where we are is much better
than where we were at the
training camp. But we needed
that extra time at the training
camp to get the athletes accli-
matised," Carey stressed from
"The weather here isn't good,
although it's very hot. It's humid
and it's sticky. It's like LA (Los
Angeles). The air is so thick.
But, so far, everything is going
okay. Nobody had any prob-
lems. Everybody is ready to
Carey said while the team has
made the adjustment to its envi-
ronment, they have been able to
foster their relationship with
some of the other Caribbean
countries like Jamaica and
Trinidad & Tobago.

THE Grand Bahama
Amateur Softball Associa-
tion continued its regular sea-
son action over the weekend
with the following results
BTC Communicators 21,
Borco Flames 6: Latoya
Humes picked up the win
over Alvere Hall on Friday.
For the Communicators,
Cheyenne Bain was 3-for-4
with a home run, two singles
and four RBI's and Towanna
Romer was also 3-for-4 with
a homer, two singles and two
Triple Play Pearls 21,
Bahamasair Flyers 9: Nerissa
Lockhart got the win with
eight strike-outs and Michelle
Culmer was tagged with the
loss on Friday as well.
For the Pearls, Nerissa
Lockhart was 3-for-4 with a
triple, two singles and three
Raquelle Cooper led the
Flyers with a 2-for-4 day with
two home runs.
Police Enforcers (formally
Pepsi) 9,Me N' U 5: Craig
Wallace won the win in this
co-ed game on Saturday,
while Hansel Collie suffered
the loss.
Police Enforcers 20, Coop-
em Destroyers 14: Brian
"Ninja" Neely got the win in
this game Saturday and Leon
Cooper Jr. got the loss.
Kak Panthers 19, Winn
Diale Packers 5: Ricardo
Lightbourne secured the win
in this men's slow pitch game
and Jermaine Smith was the
losing pitcher.
Police Enforcers 18 Winn
Diie Stakers 5: Brian 'the
Ninja' Neely secured the win
in is co-ed game and Heral-
do Miller was tagged with the
For the Enforcers, Renal-
do Rolle was 3-for-3 with
three homers and his brother
Ricardo Rolle was also 3-for-
3 with two homers and a dou-
Softball action will con-
tinue on Wednesday at 7 pm
with the Triple Play Pearls
taking on the BTC Commu-
nicators (LFP) and at 8:30
pm, the Hong Kong Cuisine
will take on the Chances Pan-
thers (MFP).

' "Our physiotherapist did-
n't make it and Jamaica does-
n't have a doctor, so we've
been trading with them,"
Carey noted. "And Trinidad
has a couple of jumps coaches
and Bianca Stuart and Rudon
Miller have been able to work
with one of their coaches." :

Although the preliminaries
won't be held until Saturday,
Carey said the Bahamas relay
teams are all excited about
their chances of winning a,
However, Carey said head

coach David Charlton and his
assistant Dexter Bodie have
not yet revealed who will run
and how the teams will be set
Also traveling with the
team are Anita Doherty, the
chaperone; Myles Poitier, the
physician and Doyle Burrows,
the head of the delegation.
"It's going to be very tough
because the USA and Jamaica
are both here with very large
contingents," Carey pointed
out. "US has 150 athletes
alone. They have four persons
entered in every event."
Carl Stuart was scheduled
to get the ball rolling for the
Bahamas in the third of 10

heats in the men's 100 metres.
He was due to run from lane
The first two of each heat,
plus the four fastest times,
qualify for the semifinal in the
evening session.
On the women's side,
Sheniqua Ferguson was set to
run out of lane seven in the
third of eight heats and
T'Shonda Webb was due to
run out of lane five in the sev-
enth heat.
On the field, Rudon Bast-
ian was the sixth of 12 com-
petitors entered in Group A
of the men's long jump quali-
fying round. There are two
groups with the automatic

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Senior Sports Reporter

FRANK Rutherford currently has three
promising Bahamian basketball players in
his programme in Houston, Texas. Like
all the others who passed through his
doors, they have received assistance from
NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.
Rutherford said Olajuwon, who had 18
years in the NBA, spent a part of his sum-
mer vacation in Houston working out with
Alex Cooper, Winston Barry Jr and
McHale McClean.
While Cooper, a 6-foot-6 14-year-old,
has been in his programme for the past
two years, 15-year-old Barry Jr and 14-
year-old McClean just recently joined.
All three players will be playing for
Westbury Christian Academy High School
that featured Andros native Jeremy Barr,

who is now in his sophomore year at the
University of South Carolina.
"Hakeem gave them some skilled train-
ing on how to play basketball, but more
specifically how to play the post position as
a power forward or a centre," Rutherford

"We all know of Hakeem's storied career
as one of the top 50 of all time basketball
players, he was a basketball player who
was unique in his moves and is considered
the best big man who ever played because
of his moves with his patterned dream
shake and his tremendous foot work."
Olajuwon spent the first 17 years of his
career with the Houston Rockets before
he was traded to the Toronto Raptors in

ons"hip S

standard set at 7.60 Lewis replaced Ramon
at least the best 12 Miller, who opted not to com-
sted advancing to pete in the 400 because, after
coming from, the Central
amian females were American and Caribbean
i the women's 400 Championships, he wants to
ies, but two males be a little more cautious as
o see action today. he preparesito return to col-
imn S Back on the field, Jamal
mes. Wilson was entered in the
men's high jump preliminar-
wis was set to run ies. He was the 17th out of 18
e five in the fourth competitors in Group A.
ats, while Jameson Group B also comprised of 18
was to compete in competitors.
n the seventh heat. The automatic qualifying
vo in each heat plus height was 2.18 metres
astest times qualify or at least the best 12
xt round, advanced.

"It's just been a tremendous experience
because they've all had the opportunity to
work with Olajuwon and Emeka Okafor
of the Charlotte Bobcats," Rutherford
"They've been going head-to-head
with Olajuwon and Emeka during the
time that Hakeem has been working with
"He's a NBA legend, so it's just tremen-
dous that he comes to Houston every sum-
mer and gets together and works with the
Bahamian players."
Rutherford said the Bahamian players
also got the opportunity to work with John
Lucus, a former NBA player turned coach,
during the summer.
As they prepare for the upcoming season
at Westbury Academy High School,
Rutherford said the three young Bahami-
an players should play a key role in their

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NBA star Olajuwon works out wit

Frank Rutherford programme players


* NBA star Hakeem Olajuion has been working out with Alex Cooper, WVinston Barnr Jr and McHale McClean.

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