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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: September 5, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Some are unable to

open or are closed early

DESPITE countless assur-
ances that all schools would
open on time regardless of
unfirushed work, several schools
in the capital and on the ii iuns
Family Islands were either.
unable to open today or were
closed early, leaving parents and
teachers angry for the second
Yellow Eider Primary and
Adelaide Primary Schools are
two of Nassau's institutions that
could not open today\ because
not enough repair work had
been done.
They are expectedto open
on Wednesday; .
In a release sent to The Tri-
bune, The Ministry of Educa-
tion, Science and Technology
boasted of a 98.7 per cent suc-
S cess rate of the 154 school pro-
jects they undertook. But one.
parent said that figure is incor-
rect because some of the 152
school's that are reportedly
complete are still being upgrad-
ed even as school starts, "so
they can't include those schoolss
in the success rate," she said,
"because they are not com-
According to Minister of
Education Science and Tech-
nology, Alfred Sears this has
been the best year for school
repairs in all the four years that
hehas served. Since he came to
office in 2002 this has been the
most extensive repair effort yet.
But even with all the work done
some angry parents and dis-
gusted teachers still don't think
enough was done.

"Despite the challenges and
breadth of the projects, 99.7 per
cent or 152 have been substan-
tially completed in a timely and
efficient manner," the statement
However, students from some
of the "completed" schools, on
the elementary and high school
level, were sent home early yes-
Lloyd Edgecombe, ;: -idr.. ni
of Bimini, said Bimini All-Age
School was not fit to send chil-
"The school is in a deplorable
state," he said. "Some teachers
are even thinking'of resigning
because of the poor state the
school is in," he claimed.
Mr Edgecombe, who was
graduated from the school sev-
eral. years ago, said the school is
old. He is disappointed in the
lack of attention the Ministry
has paid to his alma mater.
Bimini's all-age school is one
of two schools on the island, the
other is a private school and is
in much better shape, Mr Edge-
combe said, but not everyone
can afford to send their children
to Gateway Christian Acade-
The government school has
become an embarrassment, he
Principal Joel Rolle agreed
that the school was in bad
shape.However, he said, it is
in workable condition.
Mr Rolle said it.wouldn't
make sense foi'the government
to repair the. school, because
the financial implications would
SEE page 11

'Ninety' extradition EU may target Bahamas as tax havell Tropical
result of 'natural y KARIN HERIG depression
oInrsP of Stir'e.. Tribune Staff Reporter ,,vF

failure of attorneys to
move quick enough'
Chief Reporter
ACCUSED drug offender
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles'.
extradition was the result of a
combination of government
allowing the "natural course
of justice to ilo ,rnd the fail-
ure iot Knowles' attorneys to
move quickly enough to avail
themselves of all of the legal
manoeuvres open to them,
government sources claimed
Knowles is due to appear
in US courts today for his pre-
trial detention hearing at
which his defence team will
be present.'
However, his Nassau attor-
ney Roger Minnis said that
he did not know who
Knowles' defence attornc\ in
the US would be. Mr Minnis
said that he was still contem-
plating whether or not to
attend the hearing or the trial.
Knowles was extradited to the
US last Monday.
Meanwhile the debate over
the "legality" of his extradi-
tion continues..
An official statement on
government's legal position
on the matter has been
lacking g, some argue
SEE page 10

THE BAHALMAS may be targeted b\ the European Union in a
ne in itiatia e as one of the counties that ser\ess a a ta\ haven for
wealth\ Europeans.
The European Commission %esterda\ announced that it wants a
mandate tronm EU mEribei states tb open talks \\ ith Hong Kong.
Nlacao. Singapore, Bahrain. the Bahamas. Canada. Dubai, and
Jaipan on combatting ta\ avoidance and reco \ering Euros that are
ieing sheltered oHfhore. '
Local lawyers, however, said that theBahamas would be wise to
SEE page 10

FNM accuses ZNS f being

'crassly repoliticised

Tribune Staff Reporter
H I TT I N G out at the manner
in which ZNS is operated, the
FNM yesterday accused the
television station of having been
"crassly repoliticised" and
announced that the broadcast
company will become a public
network of the 21st century,
free of political influence, when
the current opposition regains
The FNM, in a press release
issued yesterday, laid out its
policies for ZNS and accused
the government of interfering
with the way news and infor-
mation is being disseminated to
the public.
"News is carefully edited to
promote the interests of the
PLP and coverage of the oppo-
sition is demonstrably biased.

:Much of this has occurred even
as key members of the govern-
ment lash put at certain ele-
ments of the press," the FNM
The opposition hit out at
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell a former journalist
with ZNS "who fairly recent-
ly lectured the press about its
responsibilities" for not join-
ing the chorus calling for greater
fairness and integrity at the tele-
vision station today.
The FNM also criticised Min-
ister of Tourism Obie Wilch-
combe, who has responsibility
for ZNS, for speaking out on
press freedom, but not acting
to restore the culture of balance
at the broadcasting company.
"Increasingly, his actions and
his words are running off in dif-
SEE page 11

1.^^^ Lu
to reach
storm status
IT IS too early to say for cer-
tain whether the latest tropical
depression expected to be
upgraded to tropical storm sta--
tus within the next twenty-four
l hur will affect the Bahamas,,
according to a meteorology
There are at this stage, how-'
ever, two possible scenarios.
"One possibility is that the
storm will take a northwest
track, which would keep the
storm parallel to the Bahamas
island chain, or alternatively it
may take a westward track,
with the potential to affect the
southeast Bahamas, causing
"some problems".
These forecasts were made
by chief meteorologist Basil
Dean yesterday.
Mr Dean stressed, however,
that these predictions are sub-
ject to change, and as such its
potential to affect the Bahamas
is uncertain.
At press time yesterday, the
centre of the depression was
located near latitude 16.3 north,
longitude 42.7 west, or about
1235 miles east of the Lesser
Antilles. The depression was
moving northwest at around 12
mph and maximum sustained
winds were at around 35 mph.

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Some worrying aspects of

Knowles extradition case

N 1958 William Lederer
and Eugene Burdick
wrote a book entitled The
Ugly American. It shook up
Washington, became a best-
seller and in 1963 was made
into a movie starring Marlon
Brando. The title entered the
language as a descriptor for
Americans behaving badly
Set in a fictional Southeast
Asian country, it told the sto-
ries of Americans trying to
serve the interests of their
country in a foreign land. One
of them was a physically unat-
tractive engineer who was try-
ing to do the right thing while
others, including the ambas-
sador, were mired in arro-
gance and incompetence.
The book was in the end not
about the ugliness of the tech-
nical man working in the field
but, as one commentator put
it, "the ugliness of short-sight-
ed, conceited, self-important
fools" at the official level.
The book prompted US
President Dwight D Eisen-
hower to review and reform
his country's military aid pro-
gramme in the fight against
Communism in Southeast
Asia, and his successor, Presi-
dent John F Kennedy, made it
required reading for his foreign-
service people.

he recent extraditionof
Samuel "Ninety"
Knowles, a Bahamian wanted
by the Americans on drug-relat-
ed charges, has sot off heated
discussion. One stream of that
discussion does not redound to
the credit of Bahamians, but
that is for another day.
There are other aspects of
this affair that law-abiding
Bahamians are concerned
about. The first is a widely-cir-
Sculated and up to now not
denied -report that Attorney
GeneraIAllyson Maynard-Gib-

son through the media brought
public pressure to bear on her
cabinet colleague, Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell,
to sign the extradition order.
If that is true then Bahamians
need to worry. It would be
another indication that the PLP
is grossly mismanaging our
affairs and that Prime Minister
Perry. Christie is utterly inca-
pable of enforcing the rules and
conventions of cabinet govern-
ment on his fractious colleagues.
It is wrong:
For members of the: cabi-
net publicly to debate one
another on policy issues;
For one member of the cab-
inet publicly to pressure anoth-
er to adopt a particular policy or
to take a particular course of
For one minister publicly

to interfere in any way in the
portfolio of another;
For members of the cab-
inet publicly to argue with
one another about who is
responsible for a particular
matter, and
For members of the cab-
inet publicly to curry favour
with any person or group at
the expense of his colleagues.
Yet ministers of the PLP
Government have violated
every one of these proscrip-
tions and in some cases
repeatedly and flagrantly.
Cabinet is the place where
policy matters are debated
and decided, where govern-
ment action is determined
and where any differences
between ministers are settled.
Once a decision is taken by
the cabinet then all ministers
are collectively responsible
and no minister should say
publicly that he did not agree
with a particular decision. An
attorney general, as the gov-
ernment's chief legal advis-
er, should not disclose what
advice he gives his cabinet
colleagues on any matter.
The only way a member of
the cabinet can publicly dis-
tance himself from a decision
of the cabinet is if he feels so
strongly about it that he is pre-
pared to resign. Under no cir-
cumstances should an attorney
general disclose the advice he
gives his colleagues on a partic-

It is wrong... for
members of the
cabinet publicly to
debate one another
on policy issues.

ular matter unless he is pre-
pared to resign. Even then his
public' disagreement should be
restricted-to the issue over
which he resigns.

T he reason for all this
is to ensure the
integrity of the cabinet and
that each and every minister is
able to speak freely around
the table and give his best
advice to his colleagues. If,
these rules are abandoned
then ministers would be free
to run off in different direc-
tions and cabinet government
would be undermined.
So it would be an unpardon-
able breach of cabinet etiquette
for an attorney general to take
credit or to deny responsibility
for any cabinet or ministerial
decision except in the context
of collective responsibility.
If anything like that hap-

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opened in the Knowles case,
then Prime Minister Perry
Christie has no choice but to
act. It should not be allowed
to stand that the Attorney
General takes personal credit
for a particular decision at the
expense of one or all of her
'Also, if it is true that a min-
ister of the government in
this case the Minister of For-
eign Affairs has been pub-
licly or otherwise pressured to
act prematurely, then the
country would not have been
well-served and, once again,
the Prime Minister has the
responsibility to act, at least
to say something.
S* *

One person seems to
think that he knows
exactly what happened in the
Ninety Knowles case, and that
is former US Ambassador to
The Bahamas Richard
The Bahamas is a democ-
ratic country where citizens
have freedom of speech. That
freedom extends also to resi-
dents and visitors who are all
free to speak their minds, even
to the point of being offensive
and meddlesome.
The bumptious Mr
Blankenship seems never to
miss an opportunity to do just
that, so it was not surprising
that he has once again suc-
cumbed to the temptation to
make a public spectacle of
himself by planting both of his
feet into an endlessly accom-
modating mouth.
During his posting here Mr
Blankenship frequently spoke
out of turn and succeeded, in
annoying-more Bahamians
than all of his predecessors
put together, going back to
days when the US was repre-
sented by consuls general. To
the relief of many Bahamians,
his accreditation as Ambas-
sador to The Bahamas was
abruptly terminated..
Mr Blankenship was quoted

in The Tribune last week as
crediting and praising Mrs
Maynard for her no-nonsense
approach to the Knowles

It should not be
allowed to stand
that the Attorney
General takes
personal credit for
a particular
decision at the
expense of one
or all of her

affair. It was Foreign Minis-
ter Mitchell who signed the
,deportation order but Mr
Blankenship seems convinced
that Mrs Gibson was respon-

t should be extremely
embarrassing to Mrs
Gibson that Mr Blankenship
has chosen her as a future.
prime minister of The
Bahamas. More than that, he
seems anxious for her to take
over from her colleague,
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt.
Most Bahamians would like
to believe that they are the
ones who choose their govern-
ment and their prime minister,
and that their prime minister is
the one who chooses ministers.
But, says this interfering for--
eigner, "Allyson may have set
the stage for her becoming
deputy prime minister. She
has certainly shown leadership
qualities and a capacity to
make difficult decisions."
This dubious expert on

Mr Blankenship...
succumbed to the
temptation to make
a public spectacle
of himself by
planting both of
his feet into
an endlessly

Bahamian politics sees the
whole picture, according to
him, and takes his meddling a
step further. "She no doubt
saw that Knowles could be a
political anchor round her par-
ty's neck at election time."
Then Mr Blankenship pon-
tificates, apparently oblivious
to the offence he may cause
many Bahamians: "This also
means the FNM will not be
able to tie the PLP to the drug
It is for the Bahamian peo-
ple, Bahamian political par-
ties and Bahamian candidates
to decide what the issues will
be in the next election and
who will be tied to what, not
this ugly American. Further-
more, Ninety Knowles could
turn out to be more of a polit-
ical problem for the PLP now
that he has been extradited.

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0 In brief

Man in

court faces

charge of

A 25-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in court in connec-
tion with rape and forcible
detention charges.
David Munroe was charged
with raping an 18-year-old
woman on Wednesday, August
It is also alleged that on that
day, he took away and detained
the woman with the intent to
have sex with her.
,Munroe, who was arraigned
at Court 10, Nassau Street, was
not required to enter a plea to
the charges.
He was granted $10,000 bail
with two sureties and the case
was adjourned to November 8.

Pair are

accused of

robbery and


TWO men appeared in court
yesterday in connection with
kidnapping and armed robbery
They were charged with kid-
napping a man and then rob-
bing him of cash and jewelry.
It was alleged that Donovan
Lightbourne, 38, and John
.Spence, 26, kidnapped Ray-
mond Albury while armed with
a shotgun.
It was further alleged that the
men robbed Albury of cash and
jewelry worth more than $3,500
in total.
The offences were alleged to
have taken place on Wednes-
day, August 30.
The two men, who were
arraigned at Court 10, Nassau
Street, were not required to
enter pleas to the charges and
were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.
The case was adjourned to
October 31.

Haitian is
charged with
having sex
with girl
A 26-YEAR-OLD Haitian
man was remanded to prison
yesterday after appearing in
court in connection with a
charge of having sex with an 8-
year-old girl.
Renald Pierre was arraigned
in Court Nine yesterday and
was not required to enter a plea
to the unlawful intercourse
It is alleged that the offence
took place on Wednesday,
August 23. The case was
adjourned to October 12.

accused of
A 51-year-old man was
arraigned in court yesterday on
an indecent assault charge.
Jeffrey Sturrup, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
William Campbell at Court
Nine, pleaded not guilty to inde-
cently assaulting a 22-year-old
The offence is alleged to have
taken place on Thursday,
August 31.
Sturrup was granted $5,000
bail and the case was adjourned
to October 17.

Man charged
, with stealing
" $15,000 of

A 32-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday in connection with
stealing and unlawful posses-
sion charges.
It is alleged that between
Monday, August 7.and Tues-
day, August 8, Sidney Ospin-
Joseph, being concerned with
others, stole a number of home
appliances worth $15,000 from
the home of Millicent Dorsette.
On the charge of unlawful pos-
session, it is alleged that on Friday,
September 1 Joseph was found
in possession of audio equipment
which was suspected to have been
obtained unlawfully.
Joseph pleaded not guilty to
the charges and was granted
bail in the sum of $3,500.

Cabinet is the
place where
policy matters
are debated and
decided, where
government action
is determined and
where any differ-
ences between
ministers are



0 In brief

High School
'should be

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Assistant
director of education Kingsley
Black believes that the Ministry
of Education should consider
reinstating a school like the old
Government High School -
which graduated the country's
greatest leaders.
"Government High School as
we knew it should never have
closed down," Mr Black said last
week at a town meeting on edu-
cation held in Grand Bahama.
He pointed that most of the'
country's cabinet ministers attend-
ed the old Government High.
Mr Black, who was appointed
deputy chairman of National
Education Conference Com-
mittee, said that the D+ nation-
al average is a sign of where the
country is headed.
He stressed the need to put in
place programmes where chil-
dren can select their own career
"We have some students who
want to be doctors and lawyers,
but there are some who simply
want to be the best wood carv-
er in the world, and others who
are interested in fixing cell-
phones and computers.
"We need to accept that there
is a range of interests and skills
required to maintain and
expand the economy," he said.
Mr Black believes that educa-
tion is everyone's responsibility.
"We need a culture shift and
we need to stop being so short-
sighted and stop just looking at
our families, neighbourhood and
ourselves, and accept that to
build a country, which must com-
pete in a global village; that we
need all hands on deck," he said.

Fight for UN
seat divides
Latin America !
Santo Domingo
VENEZUELA'S quest for a
UN Security Council seat, in
Sthe teeth of US opposition, is
approaching the decisive
moment and putting increasing
pressure on Latin American,
and Caribbean countries to
choose sides, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
T,.. United States is cam-
ppigning behind the scenes to
boost Guatemala and prevent
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez from winning a plat-
form to influence world affairs.
If the Latin American and
Caribbean countries have a con-
sensus, the Oct. 16 vote by the
U.N. General Assembly
becomes a foregone conclusion.
A two-thirds majority among
the 192 members worldwide is
needed to win.

Crash victim begins to s

Tribune Staff Writer
HE was given a one per cent chance
of survival after a horrific car crash near-
ly two months ago, but Kenneth Bethel
has crossed yet another medical mile-
stone and is now speaking, his mother
Joan Bethel told The Tribune yester-
"He is talking, he is eating, sitting up
but not walking because he had surgery
on a femur bone," Mrs Bethel said. She
said her son was yesterday expected to
start therapy.
Doctors initially gave "Kenny" a poor
prognosis, saying if he did survive, he
would be paralysed.
However, his family is celebrating
another remarkable step in a recovery
progress his mother maintains may not
have been possible, were it not for the
family's constant prayers and faith in
During a weekly visit on Saturday,
Mrs Bethel said her son started mum-
"We could not understand him, but
when he was given a pen and paper, he

* KENNETH Bethel

wrote down what he wanted to eat."
According to Mrs Bethel, Kenny's
menu consisted of: "Pepperoni pizza,
cheesy bread, vitamalt and a banana,
which he was denied because it is hard
to digest."
The next day (Sunday) around 2pm,

Mrs Bethel said Kenny spoke. Shortly
afterwards he called one of his friends,
with whom he worked at Multi-Dis-
count Warehouse.
Still haunted by memories of her son
lying lifelessly in a coma, Mrs Bethel
explained that Kenny appears to have
no knowledge of the accident or the
length of time he has been hospitalized.
However, she said, he is more cog-
nisant of family and friends.
"The point is he is recovering, he is
doing well and he is alive. All I can say
is that this is a miracle recovery."
Kenneth Bethel was injured in an
accident on Mackey Street. The space,
which should have contained an airbag,
was stuffed with newspaper.
But his mother, Joan Bethel, told The
Tribune she does not plan to sue those
responsible for the sale of the vehicle,
which lacked safety features.
"Suing is out of the question because
God has already given me his word to
trust him," Mrs Bethel said.
Good will come out of her son's
tragedy, Mrs Bethel said. "I just want
other young persons to learn from my
son's mishap. I am also hoping that once
Kenny has fully recovered he could talk

to younger persons."
Following the release of The Tribune's
story 'Family relief as tragic crash victim
,emerges from coma', many readers
called to express their concern. How-
ever, there were some who felt Kenny's
first major investment in the 1997
Accura, which lacked standard factory
airbags and other safety measures -
should have been in a "more substantial
cause like education."
Mrs Bethel, however, explained that
her son was a model citizen, whose next
step was to save up funds to attend
Bahamas Technical Vocational Insti-
But the mother said she remains opti-
mistic and open-minded about her son's
"Everybody has a mind of their
own... and we ( as parents) really should
not say what we believe should happen
when a mishap occurs or what could
have been done differently," Mrs Bethel
"This is a miracle healing. God's hand
was in this from the beginning. Kenny
didn't kill anybody, he wasn't selling
drugs. He was simply a person whose
desire was to achieve things on his own."

Boundaries Commission to remain silent

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH meetings have just begun, the
members of the Boundaries Commission has
already agreed on one point not to reveal
anything about their deliberations to the public
or the press.
The Boundaries Commission is established by
law before each election to review the number
of constituencies in the country.
The commission has as its chairman the
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Oswald
Representing the government is Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts and Pro-
gressive Liberal Party MP Philip "Brave" Davis.
Representing the official opposition is Free
National Movement MP Brent Symonette, and
the supreme court representative will be Justice
Stephen Isaacs.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Symonette confirmed that the commission

began meeting last week Friday, but would
divulge nothing further.
"We had a primary meeting on Friday and we
will be meeting again this Friday. One of the
things that vwe did discuss at the meeting was to
make sure that no member of the committee
discussed with the press or the public what were
our conversations, so that we avoid any mis-
chief that might be created by those who might
wish to cause mischief.
"So beyond that, I can only tell you that we
are meeting again next Friday," he said.
It is the work of the commission to ensure
that each voter and constituency is viewed as
being equal to all others.
Currently, there are 40 elected seats in par-
liament, and some political spectators believe
that this number could increase before the next
general election in 2007.
Changes are expected in New Providence,
Abaco, Grand Bahama and Exuma as well as
in the Mayaguana, Acklins, Inagua, Crooked
Island and Long Cay (MICAL) constituency.

GUNFIRE broke out in
Black Village yesterday in
what residents fear could be a
revenge attack for the killing
of a young man over the week-
Five or six shots rang out at
about 5am "apparently from
an automatic weapon," said a
long-term resident of the close-
knit community.
"People here are now in fear
of their lives because they think
someone is hell-bent on
revenge," he added.
The incident follows Satur-
day's killing of 23-year-old Jose
Lightbourne in Rupert Dean
Lane. He was the victim of a
drive-by shooting. He died
from multiple bullet wounds

to the body.
Police have described Light-
bourne's death as possible
retaliation for an earlier inci-
dent in which a man was shot
in the mouth at a party in Sta-
pledon Gardens.
The wounded man, Tevare
Dorsett, was said by informants
to have been the victim of an
attempted contract murder.
Yesterday, Black Village
sources claimed Jose Light-
bourne was a founder of the
Gundogs gang. They said some
gang members were now intent
on taking revenge on the
young people of Black Village.
"Yes, people here are
afraid," said a source, "and
they are claiming that police

are refusing to take the appro-
priate level of action."
In yesterday's Tribune, it
was stated that police patrols in,
the area had been increased.
During Saturday's incident,
bystanders gave chase after
shots rang out from a passing
They not only smashed a car
window by throwing rocks, but
also possibly wounded a man
inside with shotgun fire, it is
A man in his late twenties is
helping police with inquiries
into the Lightbourne killing
after being taken off a Miami-
bound plane at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport late
Saturday afternoon.


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Mr. Ritchie Wielson Sawyer, aged 63 of
Sandyport. Nassau. The Bahamas, died at
Doc-tors's Hospital, Collins Avenue,
Nassau, on Sunday. 3rd September. 2006,
after a short illness.

He is survived by his wiff, Wendy; his
son, Richard: two daughters, Cathy and
Jennifer; one brother, Craig; his grand-
children. Nicolette, Sage, Noah, Robert
and Laura and many other close relatives
and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at a time
to be announced,

Instead of flowers, donations may be
made to Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA). P.O.Box S.S.
6247, Nassau, in memory tf Mr. Ritchie
Wilson Sawyer.
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commercial growth of this country.
There are those who, like the chartered
accountant quoted recently in The Tribune,
believe that work permits should be abolished.
"I don't believe," said the chartered accountant,
"that they are necessary. I don't think you
should worry about work permits as much as
you do."
Instead, he said, Bahamians should ensure
that they are better than foreign workers -
that they have more education and greater
On the other hand, there are those, like Sir
Arthur Foulkes, who believe that.while the
Immigration Department is necessary, it should
not use its powers to hamper any organisation
that requires a work permit. When an applicant
satisfies all of the Board's requirements, the
granting of a permit should be automatic.
As we have already pointed out in this col-
umn, Bahamianisation was introduced by the
UBP. This party, unlike governments that fol-
lowed, was composed of businessmen and so
they understood the needs of business. They
also understood the importance of prompt
replies to business applications. However, they
also wanted to ensure that if a Bahamian qual-
ified for a position, he got preference over an
outsider. Hence their Bahamianisation pro-
gramme a programme crafted to assist, not
to hinder, Bahamians.
As Sir Arthur says; Immigration's require-
ments for obtaining a work permit should be
clear. If all the requirements are met, then the
permit should be issued.
Today, Minister Shane Gibson's admitted
lack of knowledge of the rules, has further
muddied already murky waters. The Minister
has admitted that man' of the department's
directives cannot be found in an\ written man-:
" ial. Therefore, how are members of the public
to know what is expected of them? "
For example, last week we were surprised to
learn that the renewal of Managing Editor
John Marquis' work permit would be recon-
sidered if we sent in certain information. What
surprised us was that we were being asked in
August for information that had already been
submitted to Mr Gibson's Ministry in January
of this year.
As far as we understand the procedure, if a
position is vacant, an advertisement is pub-
lished in three consecutive editions of a news-
paper, stating the vacancy, the skills required to
fill it, and where interested persons should send
their applications. At the same time a form -
A Notification ofVacancy is obtained from
the Labour Department, which asks a series
of questions, one of them being the number of
Bahamians in training for the position, their
names, the date their training started, and the
duration of the training. And so this question,
for which, in the case of Mr Marquis, the Immi-
gration Board is again asking. had to be
answered at the very beginning ot rhe process.
When the Labour form is filled out, the

newspaper advertisement is attached with $25
as a processing fee and submitted to the Labour
Department. The object of this application is to
discover if the Labour Department has anyone
on its register who can be recommended to
the applicant as a possible candidate for the
Still using Mr Marquis as an example, we
have never had anyone apply to any of our
advertisements for his position, and Labour
has always returned our form with the stock
"Please be advised that there are no
Bahamians for this position at this time. Please
be further advised that should a Bahamian
register as unemployed within a reasonable
time after this certificate has been issued, he or
she may be referred to you." The certificate is
then officially signed, stamped and dated.
What is of interest is that in the past such
forms could be collected from the Labour
Department within a week. Since Mr Gibson's
advent, they can take anywhere from six to
eight weeks, depending on which staff member
one deals with, although we have been assured
that notices on the walls of the Labour Depart-
ment say that replies to these forms should
take no more than four weeks. So even in this
small detail there is confusion.
When all of this information is collated -
three issues of the newspaper with the rele-
vant advertisement, the Labour certificate,
health and police certificates and photographs
with another $25 for processing the appli-
cation is submitted to the Immigration Board.
The applicant then waits for a reply.
As far as the applicant is concerned every-
thing required has been done. With no replies
to the advertisements, with the Labour Depart-
mli ituinfiable toieven suggest a nami to fill the
i''0sition- and with the applicant satisfying
the rliriidmenft' f If'ving staff in training --
what more could be expected to prove that to
carry on business the foreigner applied for was
essential? This is where, once all the require-
ments have been satisfied, the granting of a
permit should be automatic. But it is not.
Therefore, it can only be concluded that
Bahamianisation is being used, not just to pro-
tect positions for Bahamians especially if
they don't exist for positions being advertised
'but also to frustrate the smooth operation of
a private organisation in this case The Tri-
If that is what Bahamianisation is all about,
Sit should be abolished immediately. Howev-
er, if it is to sincerely protect job opportunities
for qualified Bahamians, then it should be
properly administered.
This was the very issue dealt with on August
15 on "Issues of the Day", a Love97 radio pro-
gramme. On that talk show Mr Paul Cumber-
batch, described as a small farmer, complained
that government's bureaucracy was "frustrating
farmers in the Bahamas."
We shall deal with these complaints in this
column tomorrow.


on Grand

Bahama rush

The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. D UPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

Immigration a threat to growth

EDITOR, The Tribune

ONCE again, this past
August Sunday pm/Monday
am, the people of Grand
Bahamna have "Felt the Rush!"
Thousands came from all over
the Bahamas and elsewhere (I
came from Boston, USA) to
witness a spectacular Junkanoo
The parade featured the
three top Junkanoo groups out
of Nassau, that is the Saxons,
Valley Boys and One Family.
A'fourth group with the home
court advantage was the Grand
Bahama All Stars which con-
sisted of an amalgamation of
most of the Junkanoo groups
on Grand Bahama. A special
treat was the participation of
Bernard Hanna and his friends
from "Sting" along with some of
the local "Bushwackers" and
"Victory Boys." Most people
had their favourite group, but
one thing that everyone would
agree on is the fact this year,
the groups were better than last
year both in terms of costumes
and performance.
The positive economic impact
on a depressed Grand Bahama
economy was obvious. Hotels,
taxis, car rentals, food venders,
liquor merchants, airlines, charter
flight operators, etc, all had a
banner August Monday week-
end, a rare occurrence here on
Grand Bahama. Clearly, "Feel
the Rush" was good for Grand
Bahama. However, the fact that
the number of hotel rooms, espe-
cially with the Royal Oasis still
being closed and airline seats to
Grand Bahama are so limited, it
took extra patience for the thou-
sands,who travelled here. Had
both dI tese facts not been a
limitiigifhctor, thefi truly. "Feel
the RuslPc'ould have been even
more successful in terms of its
impact on Grand Bahama.
Despite the obvious contri-
butions to a grateful Grand
Bahama by "Feel the Rush",
there are those sceptics who feel
that the event should either not
have happened or take place on
another day. The Bahamas
being the land of ironies, con-
tradictions and outright
hypocrisy, it is with great inter-
est to acknowledge the claim
"that in the good name of
Christianity, this Junkanoo
Parade should not be held" as it
was on a Sunday evening. This
day being the Sabbath, it should
have been kept holy as in the
Ten Commandments. Others
prayed that God would show
his displeasure with this event
by inflicting a punishment on
the event. Some thought that
their prayers were answered

when Tropical Storm Chris
began to develop off the coast
of Puerto Rico and on its origi-
nal projected path, it would
have hit Grand Bahama of the
weekend of the event. This crit-
icism was most surprising and
unexpected. I am of the opinion
that the good Lord would sup-
port our Junkanoo efforts. Fur-
thermore, the theme 'of the
parade "Paying tribute to Bimi-
ni" in the wake of Chalk's flight
#101 fatal crash that killed a
number of Bahamians was in
itself a solemn reminder of
God's great powers.
As in any contest, there must
be winners and losers. In this
event, the winners by a razor
thin edge were the Valley Boys.
They get the opportunity to
take home a significant amount
of the $90,000 purse along with
bragging rights for the next
year. For the groups that came
up short, there is always next
year as the cycle of anticipation
begins all over again. My only
complaint was that the regular
rules of Junkanoo, as far as cos-
tumes are concerned, appeared
to have been suspended. In par-
-ticular, as it relates to the imple-
mentation of penalties for the
excessive use of cloth in cos-
tume construction. Had the tra-
ditional penalty Rules been in
play, there is no way that the
Valley Boys would have won as
they were the group observed
with the most excessive num-
ber of persons whose costumes
were fabricated almost entirely
of cloth and'riot the traditional
crepe paper fringing. Almost
the entire Brass section of the
Valley Boys wore nothing but
cloth costumes. For "Feel the
Rush" to be a genuine
Junkanoo event, they must stick
with the Rules.
For the Grand Bahama home
group, the Grand Bahama All
Stars, despite their fourth place
finish; their performance can be
described as successful. For
example, on the Gloucester
Street performance, they were
second. Congratulations goes
out to "Radio" whose Lead
Costume (Atlantis) that was
conceived and constructed here
on Grand Bahama won first
place. A number of persons
indicated that the music of the
GB All Stars were just as good
if not better than most of their
competitors. The feeling is that
Grand Bahama will remain a
serious contender for the Nas-


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sau based groups and a victory
next time around cannot be
ruled out!
However, Grand Bahama
must get its act together and
work with each other. This is a
serious case of too many chiefs
and not enough Indians. As pre-
viously stated, Grand Bahama
All Stars is made up of most of
the Grand Bahama groups such
as The Swingers, Crusaders,
Rockers, etc. Notably absent
from this event were the Har-
bour Boys led by Junkanoo vet-
eran Miki Wright and the Clas-
sic Dancers who had won the
last New Year's Day Junkanoo
Parade, their Leader being none
other then Ken "Motorboat"
The non-participation of the
Classic Dancers in this event is
most disgraceful. They are sup-
posed to be one of the leading
Junkanoo Groups on Grand
Bahama and should have been
leading the charge. A crucial
mistake was made by the Public
Relations Officer for "Feel the
Rush" Peter Adderley, when
he appointed Ken "Motorboat"
Ferguson to chair the Grand
Bahama All Stars, with Antho-
ny "Huck" Williams of the
Swingers as co-chair and Father
Reggie Demeritte of the Cru-
saders as the Trustee. Regret-
tably, any person of reasonable
firmness would conclude that
judging by his lack of participa-
tion the previous year, "-Notor-
boat" had no real interest in
"Feel the Rush." This adverEe-
ly affected the initial organisa-
tion and momentum of the GB
All Stars and consequently, this
placed the group at a-serious
disadvantage. Lots of-precious
time was lost aid wastediin the
begihiiiifg a's"' f Itir6Bot's"
style of leadership conflicted
with that of other leaders. In
the.end, "Motorboat" just aban-
doned the GB All Stars and left
them to suffer whatever fate
awaited them. Many persons
expressed the view that this was
a most selfish act on the part of
"Motorboat", but thank: to the
hard work and committed ded-
ication of Anthony "Hutk"
Williams and Father Ref. ie
. Demeritte, the GB All Starjs. s
earned a great deal of respe;-
Hopefully, next year they wiL)
be the ones leading the GB All
Stars from beginning and I
promise you that Grand
Bahama will give Nassau a run
for its money.

August 10, 2006.



'This is a seasonal position from October of this year through May of 2007. Interested
persons must have a minimum of five (5) years experience in pastry. Plated restaurant
dessert presentation is also required. Diplomas from the Bahamas Hotel Training
College/College of the Bahamas must be presented:
The position of Chef de Partie will be seasonal initially, with the possibility of full-
time depending on satisfactory performance. The persons interested in filling this
position must have these attributes: a minimum of seven (7) years in the cooking
field, standard diplomas from the Bahamas Hotel Training College/College of the
Bahamas, pastry knowledge, garde-manger and most importantly fine dining
experience. Management skills and people skills are a must. This challenging
position will need flexible individuals, well-experienced in classical French cooking
and able to be at the forefront of new Bahamian cuisine.
We consider.this position more of a second job type (on-call or seasonal), that
someone looking to supplement his/her present income might fill as we welcome
a flexible schedule. The successful applicant must he well-experienced and have
a minimum of three (3) years experience in the cooking field with emphasis on cold
kitchens and buffets preparation. This position is ideal for someone willing to do
the extra mile and can be a plus for the person who wishes to be in an operation
where a chef can grow.
We are looking for a head cook to be attached to our Beach Restaurant from
November of this year through May of 2007. The person filling this position will
have to fill the grill or sandwich section. The primary requirement is that the
candidate must be well-experienced in high volume operations. A minimum of two
(2) to three (3) years experience in similar restaurants is a must. Industry qualifications
inclusive of the standard diplomas from the Bahamas Hotel Training College/College
of the Bahamas are required.
This position needs to be filled from October of this year through May of 2007.
The cook will be attached to the Pool Restaurant's sandwiches and salad section.
Those persons interested in this position must have industry standard diplomas. A
minimum of two (2) years experience is mandatory. Previous experience in lunch
casual restaurants will also be well-received.
Persons should apply by faxing resumes to:
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Lyford Cay Club
Lyford Cay
Nassau, Bahamas
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0 In brief

COB to

host Thai



BAHAMIAN chefs, students
of the College of the Bahamas
and members of the public will
benefit from special culinary
demonstrations of Thai cook-
ing by a renowned restaurateur
and chef.
Chef Vatchafin Bhumichitr
will be teaching at the College
of the Bahamas on September
11 and 12.
Partnering in the venture will
be the Thai Trade Center in
Miami and the College of the
Bahamas, in co-operation with
the Bahamas Hotel Association
and the Bahamas Culinary
Hands-on demonstration ses-
sions will be offered to three
target groups: professional
chefs, students and public on a
first-come-first-serve basis.
Each session will cover the
cultural and value aspects of
Thai dining, with demonstra-
tions of the best known Thai
dishes and organizers say Chef
Vatcharin will welcome feed-
"These sessions present us
with an opportunity to offer
more choices to our guests,"
said Chef Wayde Sweeting,
president of the Bahamas Culi-
nary Association. "Dining is
one of the essential elements in
a tourists' experience. That's
why Bahamian cuisine is popu-
lar and sought after by our vis-
"There is no Thai restaurant
in the Bahamas even though
some hotels have included in
their menu some Thai fusion
dishes," added Chef Sweeting.


plan to be


in Haiti


HAITI'S government and
U.N. peacekeepers will launch a
major campaign to disarm up
to 1,000 gang members with
promises ofln an exclusive
interview with The Associated
Press, special U.N. envoy
Edmond Mulet said officials will
begin airing'radio and televi-
sion ads in coming days to
inform the public about the dis-
armament plan.
The move represents the
most sweeping effort to per-
suade well-armed gangsters to
lay down their weapons and
rejoin society since U.N. troops
arrived in the troubled
Caribbean nation two years ago
to restore order following a
February 2004 revolt.
"We are ready to receive
1,000 armed people who would
willingly give up their weapons
and arms," Mulet said.
Last month, President Rene
Prevail warned gangs based in
the sprawling slums of Port-au-
IPrince to disarm or face death.

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The election predictions of Errington Watkins, by constituency

* Elizabeth
Malcolm Adderey PLP
Not sure
* South Andros
Witney Bastian Independent
Not sure
- Marco City
Pleasant Bridgewater PLP
* Carmichael
John Carey PLP
* Long Island
Larry Cartwright FNM
* Farm Road
Perry Christie PLP
* Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay
Philip Davis PLP
* St Margaret
Pierre Dupuch Independent
Win (if he runs)
* Golden Gates
Shane Gibson PLP
* Kennedy
Kenyatta Gibson PLP

Neko Grant FNM
Alfred Gray PLP
* Yamacraw
Melanie Griffin PLP
* Adelaide
Micheal Halkitis PLP
* Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin PLP
* North Abaco
Hubert Ingraham FNM
Not sure t
- South Eleuthera
Oswald Ingraham PLP
* South Beach
Agatha Marcelle PLP
* Pinewood
Allyson Maynard-Gibson PLP
* Blue Hills
Leslie Miller PLP

Fred Mitchell- PLP
* Exuma
Anthony Moss PLP
* Garden Hils
Veronica Owens PLP
* North Andros and the Berry Islands
Vincent Peet PLP
* Pineridge
Ann Percentle PLP
* Marathon
Ron Pinder- PLP
C nthla Pratt PLP

* Bain and Grants Town
Bradley Roberts PLP
* Eight Mile Rock
Lindy Russell FNM
* High Rock
Kenneth Russell FNM

Alfred Sears PLP
* Mount Moriah
Keod Smith PLP
- North Eleuthera
Alvin Smith FNM
Not sure
* St Thomas More
Frank Smith PLP
* Holy Cross
Sidney Stubbs PLP
* South Abaco
Edison Key (replacing Robert
Sweeting) FNM
* Montagu
Brent Symonette FNM
* Bamboo Town
Tennyson Wells
* Bimini and West End
Obie Wilchcombe PLP
* Delaporte
Neville Wisdom PLP

Election will be 'within seven

months', say political veterans


THE next election could be*
called as soon December and
may take place no later than
April, according to political
The Tribune spoke to two
veterans of Bahamian politics
yesterday, who identified the
economy, crime, and land as
the big campaign issues in the
next election.
"I would say we can look
-for the election in the next six
to seven months," said Erring-
ton "Bumpy" Watkins, a vet-
eran police officer, public ser-
vant and former independent
Speaking from his office at
the Bahamas Agriculture and,
Industry Corporation, Mr.
Watkins said that although it
is difficult to know what
another man is thinking, he
believes Prime Minister Perry
Christie is "politically astute"
enough to know when the
time is right for an election in
his favour.
He predicted that when the
time comes, voters will not
swing in favour of FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham.
"It is said that the Bahami-
an memory is short, but its not
so short that we can't remem-
ber the undignified manner in
which this man conducted
state affairs in the last half of
his two terms," he said, refer-
ring predominantly to the
'anti-money laundering legis-
lation that he and some others
feel Mr Ingraham rushed
through parliament.
Mr Watkins also comment-

: "

__. .. .- -

ed on the "the arrogant and
despicable" manner in which
he said the FNM dealt with
the Constituency Association
in 2001 of which he was
The former candidate said
he did not see the FNM being
able to win an election under
Ingraham, who he said is like
"a bull in a china shop".
"The first five years of his
administration, he 4 d well -
then a year laterp,,the sec-
ond term he went haywire. He
did nothing right," Mr
Watkins said.
As far as the key issues and
talking points, Mr Watkins
predicted the economy and
crime to be high on the agen-
da. "The economy will be
important; Hubert Ingraham
is shallow, he isn't coming up
with anything of any depth at
all," he said, adding that crime
is something that "no country
in the world can get away
However, unlike many oth-
er Bahamians, Mr Watkins
sees.the extradition of accused
drug trafficker Samuel "Nine-
ty" Knowles as a "non-issue".
"Everybody's jumping on it
looking for votes, but that's a
dead issue. Everybody knows,
even Ninety should've known,

that his departure from these
shores was a foregone conclu-
sion," he said.
Nonetheless, the victory that
Mr Watkins foresees for the
PLP will not be one based on
the ruling party's merits, but on
the greater shortfalls of the
opposition: "The average vot-
er is going to look at it and say:
'the PLP is bad, the
bad,' and will choose the lesser
of two evils and that will be
the PLP," he said;, ,. .,,.
However, journalist and for-
mer cabinet minister Sir Arthur
Foulkes told The Tribune he
believes the FNM has a "good
chance" of winning the election
- which he anticipates will be
called around April or May
Although there is "no rea-
son" for an early election, Sir
Arthur urged Bahamians to
start registering as no one can
know the future and voters
need to be prepared to make
their opinions heard.
"I detect a similar wave
against the PLP that occurred
against the FNM in the last elec-
tion," he said.
"Disarray, contrary policies,
ministers running all over the
place doing different things,
lack of direction and indeci-
siveness" this was how Sir

Arthur summed up the current
He said that as a result, many
areas of governance are now in
"The government doesn't
seem to be able to get anything
right and the bottom line is a
lack of direction," Sir Arthur
said, pointing to the state of dis-
repair at many schools that were
supposed to open yesterday.
Another issue close to Sir
Arthur's heart and important
to enough voters to make it a
major election issue according
to the former politician is the
question of land.
"Bahamians in Nassau have
done a little travelling in the
Family Islands, and I find that
that is something that concerns
Bahamians here in New Prbvi-
Sdence, and in the Family,
Islands. -
"People see land disappear-
ing; going into foreign hands.
And this wouldn't be so bad
perhaps, if Bahamians were sell-
ing the land to foreigners -
which they are but the big
complaint is that the govern-
ment is giving land to foreigners

for land development purpos-
es, which is unheard of," he
During its time as opposition,
Sir Arthur noted, the PLP crit-
icised the FNM for giving con-
cessions to foreigners.
However, he said the FNM
can be expected to benefit as
voters will be aware of the con-
tradictions inherent in PLP pol-
icy in this area, and the poten-
tial effect on the future of the
"They have given conces-
sions, more concessions as well
as land hundreds of acres in
cable beach and most of that
is not going to be for tourism
purposes. Most of that is going
to be for land development so
that the developers can sell to
wealthy foreigners. think~that's
wrong", he said.
While Sir Arthur declined to
say which MPs he thought
would re-win or lose their seats
in the upcoming election,
Watkins ventured to state his
predictions, adding that the PLP
would lose some seats unless it
fielded different candidates in
certain constituencies.

The Youth Empowerment & Skills Training Institute
seeks the employment of
a matured individual
as Administrator.
The successful applicant must possess superior
computer, leadership and communication
skills; an ability in accounting or
bookkeeping is an asset.

Letter of interest with resume must
be received by September 15th at:

P.O. Box N-8187, Nassau, Bahamas.


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Tenders to provide the Company with Motor Insurance coverage.

Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender Specification from the
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Drive, between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

Packages could also be collected from the security's desk BTC Settlers Way,
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The deadline for submission of tenders is Friday, September 15th, 2006.
Tenders should be sealed and marked "TENDER FOR MOTOR
INSURANCE" and should be delivered to the attention of the "Acting
President and CEO, Mr. Leon, Williams."

In Grand Bahama, packages could also be dropped off at the security located
at Settler's Way, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

BTC reserves the right to reject any, or all Tenders.




Katrina sealions make a new

home at Dolphin Encounters

* BRINGING a sealion into his new habitat

AFTER surviving Hurricane
Katrina, six California sea lions
have joined the marine mam-
mal family at Dolphin Encoun-
ters on Blue Lagoon Island.
The five females and one
male, who lived through the
destruction of their former
home at Marine Life Oceanari-
um in Mississippi just over one
year ago, arrived by private
charter transport from Sea
World Orlando.
They were transported by
boat from Nassau to Blue
Lagoon, where they were intro-
duced to their new all-natural
ocean habitat.
Having all been born under
human care, this is the first time
the animals have ever been in
an ocean environment.
Managers at Dolphin
Encounters said the sea lion
habitat is extremely large and
far exceeds international
"The transport went really
well," said Kim Terrell, marine
mammal director at Dolphin
Encounters for 10 years. "I am
so happy. to report that all six of

the animals are comfortable,
eating, swimming and relaxing
in their new habitat. In fact, to
watch their behaviour, you
would think they have lived
here all their lives."
The sea lions will spend the
next several weeks familiaris-
ing themselves with their new
ocean habitat and trainers. The
process should be an easier one
given their reunion with Kim
Ms Terrell, who transported
the animals and is currently
overseeing their care, is a native
At the former director of
training at Marine Life Ocea-
narium for 15 years, she trained
several of the sea lions she is
now reunited with.
It has been an emotional
journey for both the animals
and their former trainer who
closely followed their progress
throughout the storm from Nas-
"I was completely devastat-
ed by whaihappened in Gulf-
port, Mississippi my homee-
by Hurricane Katrina," said Ms
Terrell. "My family, friends and
animals I knew and loved were
affected. I had raised, worked
with and certainly knew most
of the dolphins and sea lions,
and it was terrible watching
what was happening and talking
to the trainers during and after
the storm. If the animals were
not going to be able to live in
their old home, then I wanted to
be sure that some of them
would find homes with me and
our team at Dolphin Encoun-
ters. I am so happy that they
are now with us on Blue
Lagoon Island." '
Donald J Jacobs, majority
owner of Marine Animal Pro-
ductions at Marine Life Ocea-
narium, said:
"It warms our heart that
some of the Katrina sea lions
will be back together with
someone as wonderful as Kim. I

* KIM and PJ

* THE sea lions enjoy swimming in their new home

am confident that the animals
will feel the love that she has
for them."
Managing director Robert
Meister said the entire team at
Dolphin Encounters is very
proud to welcome the animals.
"The sea lions have been
through quite an ordeal and will
be greatly missed by their pre-
vious owners, trainers and care-
givers. We take the responsibil-
ity of their care extremely seri-
ously, as we do the care of our
dolphin family.

"The animals are a symbol of
a community that survived a
catastrophic storm. It is our goal
to provide them with a reward-
ing and enriching life and it is
our honour and privilege to do
so," he said.
Some of the sea lions are
actually movie stars, like some
of their new dolphin friends.
Torey became famous por-
traying Andre in the movie
Andre starring alongside Kei-
th Carridine and Tina Majorino.
Kalika and PJ also had parts
in the movie. Two of the men-
tioned sea lions along with Mur-
ray starred in the movie Slappy
and The Stinkers and were also
featured in an ad for Reynolds
Since 1989, Dolphin Encoun-
ters has offered visitors from
around the world a unique
opportunity to interact with
Atlantic bottlenose dolphins,
including the internationally
famous "Flipper."
Home to 18 dolphins ranging
in age from two new born calves
to 39 years-old, Blue Lagoon is
a private island that served as
the location for the beach
scenes in the hit movie



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'from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


The Teachers and Salaried Workers
Co-operatve Credit Union Limited cordially
invites all 2006 College of the Bahamas
Teacher Education Graduates to attend a
special meeting at the head office on
Independence Drive and East Street.

The meeting will be held on Thursday,
September 7th, 2006 at 6p.m. All 2006
C.O.B. Teacher Education graduates are
encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the
requirement for membership and our Annual
Trainee Teacher Loan program.

Refreshments will be served.

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Appeal for
entries in

TOURISM officials in Abaco
are appealing to the public on
that island and the surrounding
cays to submit entries for the
upcoming Cacique Awards.
For the past 11 years the Min-
istry of Tourism has hosted the
Cacique Awards, which recog-
nise Bahamians throughout the
islands for their exemplary ser-
vice in the hospitality industry.
"Residents of the Abacos
have done very well in several
categories, in receiving this pres-
tigious award, and are the proud
recipients of 13 to date," noted
the Abaco Tourist Office in a
The office said wishes to
increase this count and is calling
for the names of persons or
employees who epitomise the
meaning of the word "Cacique"
(tribal chief) through their steady
contribution and excellent per-
formance over the years.
The nomination categories for
the Cacique Awards are: trans-
portation, human resources devel-
opment, sports, leisure and events,
creative arts, handicraft, sustain-
able tourism, the Clement T May-
nard Lifetime Achievement
Award and the Minister's Award.
Eligibility requires the nomi-
nees to be residents of the
Bahamas, whose products and
performance have a positive
impact on the quality develop-
ment of Bahamian tourism.
In addition, nominations
within the hotel sector must be
a member of the Bahamas
Hotel Association and meet
BHA criteria.

focus of
Abaco event
THE Abaco Tourist office
has announced that it %ill host
the second-annual Bridal
Extravaganza to focus on desti-
nation weddings.
The event will aim to educate
and certify persons who desire
to professionally capitalise on
the opportunities created by this
growing industry.
In 2005, 500 couples from
around the world chosethe Aba-
cos as the destination of choice
to, exchange their wedding vows.
This sector of the tourism
industry has generated a sub-
stantial amount of revenue for
the Abaco economy and has
provided business opportunities
for local people and proprietors.
Kendy Anderson, weddings
and honeymoons executive for
the Abaco Tourist Office, has
monitored the constant growth in
destination weddings and found
it appropriate to introduce work-
shops such as the extravaganza.
Last year's three-day event
brought many destination wed-
ding gurus from the Associa-
tion of Bridal Consultants Inter-
national and Weddings Beauti-
ful Bahamas and Caribbean -
who made presentations to
wedding consultants from Aba-
co other islands of the Bahamas,
local hoteliers, caterers, florists,
seamstresses, photographers
and general wedding vendors.
The second-annual Bridal
Extravaganza will reportedly
feature Ms Doris Nixon, presi-
dent of Weddings Beautiful
Worldwide (WBW).

Online travel

agency touts

Bahamas as



THE online travel service named the
islands of the Bahamas as one
of the top five "come back"
destinations after last year's
dramatic hurricane season.
This was the revealed in the
company's Third Quarter 2006
Off-Season Deals Report,
which reviews pricing of vaca-
tion packages for destinations
during peak versus off-peak
seasons and then reports per-
centage savings to travellers.
The report highlighted the
Bahamas as a destination
offering savings of up to
almost 30 per cent to visitors
during July, August, and Sep-
After sections of the coun-
try's northwestern region, par-
ticularly Grand Bahama, were
struck by high winds and the
storm surge of Hurricane
Wilma in 2005, recovery
efforts in The Bahamas have
been made to rebuild and
restore affected areas.
Marita Hudson, of
CheapTickets' Cheap Squad
stated, "Popular destinations
have put endless hours into
restoring their cities back to

where they were before the
2005 hurricane season. Trav-
ellers who believe that light-
ning won't strike twice in the
same place can enjoy a vaca-
tion at significant savings and
provide a valuable boost to
local economies."
Additionally, The Deals
Report states that while
restoration efforts in The
Bahamas are still underway,
visitors can still experience the
island's rich culture of music,
art and food, on Grand
Bahama and throughout the
destination. also
highlighted destinations such
as The Florida Keys (25 per
cent), Tampa, St. Petersburg,
Fla., (24 per cent) and New
Orleans (22 per cent), which
represented the greatest sav-
ings for hurricane impacted
regions in the United States.
Percentages were calculated
based on vacation packages
booked on
before July 13, 2006 for travel
during peak season in April-
June, as compared to packages
booked in July-September for
travel during off-peak season.

* OUTGOING Bahamian Ambassador to the US Joshua Sears met with Assistant Secretary of
State Thomas A Shannon Jr on August 30 to officially say farewell. Mr Shannon heads the
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and is responsible for managing and promoting US
interests in the region by supporting democracy, trade, and sustainable economic development,
and fostering co-operation on issues such as drug trafficking and crime, poverty reduction, and
environmental protection. Mr Sears is thought to have resigned his position as Ambassador ear-
lier this year to run for local office in the 2007 general elections. He will stay in Washington
until a successor is appointed by the Bahamas government.

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Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce president Dr Doswell
Coakley believes it is impor-
tant that an equal playing field
is available for all persons on,
Grand Bahama.
Last week, Dr Coakley
expressed concern about the
new policy changes and adjust-
ments affecting business per-
sons in Freeport.
He criticised the Grand
Bahama Port Authority for its
implementation of a new pol-
icy that now prohibits Bahami-
ans from purchasing commer-
cial land in Freeport.
' Pointing out that Bahami-
ans can only lease commercial
property for 20 years in the
first instance, Dr Coakley
wanted to know whether the
same policy applies to non-
Bahamians wishing to pur-
chase commercial land.
The Grand Bahama Port
Authority is responsible for
the development of more than
100,000 acres of land in the
Port area.

"From what I can see, there
is no shortage of commercial
property in Freeport, so why is
there an obvious attempt to
keep Bahamians from buying
the piece of land that God
gave them?" asked Mr Coak-
ley at a recent town meeting to
discuss the Grand Bahama
Port Authority.
In an audio-taped interview
on the
Chamber president said that
his organisation is "engaged
in constant and deep dialogue
with the GBPA and govern-
ment to ensure that there is a
split level playing field for all,
and to ensure that the inter-
est of Grand Bahama is always
at the fore."
Despite the challenges Dr
Coakley remains optimistic in
Grand Bahama. He said the
Chamber has embarked on
several interesting initiatives
to educate and assist its mem-
bers and the wider community
of Grand Bahama.
"I believe what we have
been able to do over last year
is raise the consciousness of
all residents of Grand Bahama
as to the potential of this
region," he said.

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plans for the Bahamas to enter
into any treaties," he said.
He explained that the Bahamas
has enjoyed a thriving financial
sector, due to the tax laws the
country has in place.
"The government of the
Bahamas should not entertain
any suggestions to get involved.
And I suspect that they will in
fact not, but respectfully
"If the EU wants to put a -.
stop to this problem, then
maybe it should put laws in
place which forbids its citizens -
to hold accounts outside of the
EU," Mr Moss said.

FROM page one

unnecessarily so.
The Tribune attempted
numerous times to contact
Attorney General Allyson May-
nard-Gibson, but calls were not
returned up until press time last
Knowles' attorney, Mr Min-
nis, yesterday, however, vehe-
mently rejected a claim that his
client's extradition was a result
of an oversight on his part.
Mr Minnis said the Privy
Council, in its July 24 ruling,
acknowledged that there was
an outstanding habeas corpus
Because of this acknowledg-
ment, the defence attorney
argued, there should not have
been any question that his client
should have not been extradited
until the outstanding issue was
However, the argument for
many on the other side has been
that Knowles' lawyers had
ample time to file for a stay of
extradition, considering the fact
that his attorneys received
notice at midday last Monday,
and Knowles was not extradited
until 4pm.
Mr Minnis pointed out that
this move only afforded him
four hours and it would not
have been humanly possible to
complete the entireprocess in
that time.
"Before you can file that you
have to prepare the documents,
the client has to sign it, you have
to have someone to notarise it,
and then it has to be filed in the
Supreme Court, and you have
to get a judge to hear it. If a
judge can't hear it, it will be the
following day and after the
judge hears it you will secure
the order.
"You prepare the order and
the judge signs it and you serve
it on the Superintendent of Pris-
ons and Commissioner of Police
and a copy to the Minister of
Foreign Affairs. It is impossi-
ble to do it in that amount of
time. If you are lucky you can
do it in a working day," Mr
Minnis said.
Still, it is argued that
Knowles' attorneys had a
month between the Privy Coun-
cil ruling was banded down and
his extradition to complete the
Nevertheless, Mr Minnis said
he has been directed to pursue
an action that will hold govern-
ment iMcontempt of court for
sending Knowles off before his

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last matter was heard.
Mr Minnis said he had no
knowledge so far whether
Knowles' family has had an
opportunity to see him.
"I know that they attempted
to, but they could not have
because the time frame they
went, and there are a certain
number of things that have to
be done before he can receive
family visits," Mr Minnis said.
Knowles has already made
one court appearance without
counsel since his extradition
from the Bahamas on Monday.
This should be followed by
an evidentiary hearing where
his defence team will have an
opportunity to challenge any of
the evidence presented.
After this, a trial date should '
be set.
The US government has
sought Knowles' extradition
From the Bahamas to stand tri-
al on drug charges in Florida
since 2000. '
As a result two extradition
Requests were made by the US
authorities, which have led to a
number of proceedings in
Bahamian courts, resulting in
the two appeals to the Privy
The first extradition request
was made as a result of a Fed-
eral Grand Jury indictment, in
which Knowles, with others,
was indicted on charges of con-
spiracy to possess cocaine and
marijuana with intent to dis-
tribute and conspiracy to import
the drugs into the US.
An order was made for the
release of Knowles in Febru-
ary, 2002, which prompted the
US to make a second extradi-
tion request, for which a provi-
sional warrant was issued for
Knowles on February 6, 2002.
This was founded on an
indictment preferred by a fed-
eral grand jury on May 25, 2000.
It charged Knowles and oth-
ers with counts of conspiracy to
smuggle cocaine into the United
. States between June, 1995, and
The Privy Council pointed
out that the second extradition
request differed from the first in
two respects, in that it was
founded on an earlier grand
jury indictment, and in that it
related to an earlier period of
time. It also charged different
conspirators and depended on ,
different evidence.

Tax haven
FROM page one
respectfully reject any such "
requests by the EU.
The EU's Hungarian tax
commissioner LAszl6 KovAcs
has announced that he is eager
to eliminate loopholes that .!
allow Europeans to avoid pay- .,
ing taxes on savings they hold. :;
outside EU territory.
Spokeswoman Maria Assi- '. -
makopoulou told international ,
media yesterday that the corn-
mission wants to extend the EU ,
tax directive to cover European :,'
citizens' savings in the world's Y
tax-free financial centres.
"It is not a question of threat-
ening them (these countries),"
Ms Assimakopoulou said. How-
ever, there was a growing need "
for co-operation at internatioi-
al level to fight tax fraud; she
EU Tax officials were sched-
uled to meet yesterday to
debate the commission's pro- '.,
posal. *.
Speaking yesterday with The r '
Tribune, Paul Moss, co-chair- ,
man of BARF (Bahamians Agi- ;* .
stating for a Referendum on o
Free Trade), said that should
any requests be made by the ';'
EU to enhance the level of --*
cooperation in uncovering cases
of tax avoidance, the Bahamas *^
should decline.
"The Bahamas should not get
involved in other countries'
efforts to recover their taxes. '
We have difficulties collecting
our own taxes, we should not ,,
concern ourselves with those of "-
other countries," he said.
Mr Moss pointed out that
treaty-wise, the Bahamas is in "
no way beholden to the EU. :
"We don't have tax informa- **
tion treaties and agreements in
place with any other country
than the US. Nor are there any

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FROM page one
ferent directions," the opposi-
tion said.
Under an FNM govern-
ment, the party said, ZNS will
become a commercial-free
public broadcasting network,
as will Radio Bahamas.
"We are committed to end-
ing political interference in
and manipulation of the pub-
.lic broadcasting network.
Accordingly, we will put in
place mechanisms to ensure
effective oversight coupled
with limited and appropriate
government involvement," the
FNM said.
The opposition party said,
as it is also committed to cre-
ating greater access to the
public airwaves, an FNM gov-
ernment would not compete
with private enterprises in the
country's limited commercial
television market in the
"We believe there are
'national interests which
require. limited government
involvement in various media.
in an archipelago such as
"Among these interests are
the preservation and promo-
tion of Bahamian heritage and
culture, national unity, social
development, education, pub-
lic health and national secu-
rity, such as in times of nat-
ural .disaster," the FNM said.
To this end, the opposition
said, it would follow "a com-
plementary and mixed model
of government ownership,
operation and funding similar

to other countries, such as
Great Britain and Canada."
The FNM said it would
include features of stations
such as PBS in the US and the
BBC in Britain, "which both
provide quality journalism and
"We are also committed to
reducing the cost of govern-
ment where possible, and
freeing up resources for other
pressing national needs.
Accordingly, our funding
model will work towards
eventually allowing govern-
ment to reduce and then
remove its subsidies to ZNS,"
the FNM said.
The opposition said that it
has a vision of the "new ZNS"
not only being a "centre of

public service excellence", but
also an institution that will
help in the documentation of
Bahamian history and the
exposition of Bahamian cul-
"A Bahamian school child
in Cat Island as well as a
Bahamian child abroad will
be able to explore the lives of
our nation-builders on the
ZNS website.
"Both children will be able
to read Sir Milo Butler's biog-
raphy, watch scenes of his life
and find web links to other
aspects of Bahamian history.
Schools will be able to pur-
chase a DVD and other edu-
cational material on his life
and times from the ZNS
store," the party said.

Some are unable to

open or are closed early
FROM page one ,
be too great. He things that building a new school would be a
better solution.
Minister of Education Alfred Sears admitted on several occasions .
that more work needed to be done.
He repeated this opinion again in a telephone interview yester-
day. "I'm a bit disappointed," he said.
"But overall I'm pleased. Thi is the largest scope of work we've
ever taken on."
The ministry spent more than $20 million this year on repairs
alone, doubling the expenditure from the previous year.
According to Minister Sears, now that schools are open, uncom-
pleted,projects will be completed in the afternoons and during
weekends .

FNM accuses ZNS

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Executive Office of the Airport Authority at the Lynden
Pindling International Airport during normal working
hours commencing Tuesday, September 5, 2006 through
Friday, September 8, 2006.

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September 8, 2006. Those persons interested in attending
should contact the Authority via telephone 377-1759 no
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Family Island legislation

for Ginn's 2%0 Stamp ax

Tribune Busineess Editor
THE Government is exam-
iing whether to place the spe-
cial stamp duty incentives
granted to Ginn Development
Company for its multi-million
dollar West End project under
legislation designed to spur
economic development in the
Family Islands, rather than
amend the Stamp Act.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune that the Government did
not want to amend legislation
just to account for one devel-
oper or project.
*As a result, rather than
amend the Stamp Act, the
Government is considering
whether to incorporate the 2
per cent Stamp Duty rate
granted to Ginn on the initial
sale of undeveloped lots and
condominiums under the Fam-

Rather than amend Stamp Act for one project,

government looks to include developer's special

incentives under Economic Enterprise Zones Act
..... .

ily Islands Economic Enter-
prise Zones Act.
The latter legislation, also
administered by the Ministry
of Finance, seeks to encourage
the creation of economic zones
on designated Family Islands
through the granting of cus-
toms duty and Stamp Tax
Mr Smith indicated the Gov-
ernment was looking at
whether to designate both

West End and East End in
Grand Bahama as economic
enterprise zones.
He told The Tribune: "After
meeting with them [Ginn],
there was supposed to be some
accommodation pn Stamp Tax-
es, but it was felt that in meet-
ing that accommodation we
couldn't do it specifically for
the Ginn project."'
As a result, rather than
amend the Stamp Act, Mr

'Level playing field.

to help Bahamas

resist EU initiative

STribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas iill continue
to insist on a 'level playing beld'
for tax information exchange
before engaging with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) over its Sa\ -
ings Tax Directi'e. despite that
organisation's desire to incor-
porate this nation into that ini-
James Smith, minister ofstate
for finance, said yesterday: "The
current position has not
changed. We said to the EU we
insist on the agreed position of
a i'level pla\ ing field' before

looking at a wider Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreement
(TIEA)," .
Mr Smith was responding
after international press reports
yesterday detailed how the
European Commission, which
effectively acts as the E i's ctv-
il service, was keen to expand
the Savings Tax Directive to
include nations outside the
organisation and dependent ter-
ritories of its members.
Among the countries they
wanted to extend the Savings Tax
Directive to was the Bahamas.
The EU Savings Tax Direc-
tive initially called 'on all EU

members to exchange informa-
tion on non-resident savings
accounts held in each of their
countries, to ensure the benefi-
cial owners were not evading
taxes at home.
However, several jurisdic-
tions, most notably for the
Bahamas, Switzerland and Lux-
embourg. secured an 'opt out'
from the" information sharing
provisions. Instead, they will.
impose a wiihholding tax on
non-resident savings accounts,
starting at 15 per cent and rising
to 35 per cent by 2011.
SSEE page 3B

Smith said the Government
was looking at using theFami-
ly Islands Economic Enterprise
Zones Act.
Using this Act, the Govern-
ment can make Orders to pro-
vide for a series of duty free
and Stamp Tax incentives for
"The Giln project is likely
to come under the Family
Islands Economic Enterprise
Zones Act." Mr Smith.

The Tribune has learnt that
the'Heads of Agreement
signed between Ginn and the
Go\ er n me n t; which were
amendedd earlier this )ear fol-
lowing their original signing in
December 2005, grant'the
developer a 2 per cent Stamp,
Tax rate for the first five years
on all undeveloped lots that
,are sold for $250,000 or more.
SEE page 4B
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to$192m :

Tribune.Business Reporter :
TOTAL room revenues for
Bahamianf hotels increased by
10.2 per cent to just over $192
million for the first five months
in 2006, data from the Ministry
of Tourism has revealed.
Hotels included in the Min-
Sislr "'s sample experienced a 5.1
per cent rise in average daily
room rates (ADRs), the latest
statistics to May revealed, cre-
ating an'average occupancy rate',
of 75.8 per cent per cent, a 1.1
per cent rise on last year's 74.7
per cent.
For the first five months in -
2006, occupied room nights
across the Bahamas rose by 4.8
per cent to 1.049 million.
In Nassau'Paradise Island, -
total room revenues for the year
to Ma) 2006 increased by 7.1 '
per cent to $153.453 million,
with ADRs some 2.7 per cent
higher at $191.56, compared to
Average room occupancies..
in Nassau/Paradise Island rose
to 83.3 per cent from 80 per cent
the year before.
On Grand Bahama, total
Room revenues rose by 29.3 per,
cent to $28.944 million, com-
Spared to $22.39 million in 2005.
ADRs on -the island rose by
: 18.6 per cent to $142.38, com-
pared to $120.04, although aver-
age room occupancies were
down by 1.6 per cent at 65.6 per
In the Family Islands, total
room revenues rose by 11.3 per
cent to $9.927 million, com-
pared to $8.916 million the year
before. ADRs rose by 13.6 per
cent to $221.84, compared to
$195.21 in 2005, while average
occupancies were down 5.3 per
cent at 40.1 per cent, compared
to 45.4 per cent.
According to the Ministry of
STourism, for May Nassau!Par-
adise Island experienced an
average occupancy rate of 79.4
per cent, Grand Bahama, 55,5
per cent ( down 4:5 per cent)
and the Out Islands a 46.2 per
cent rate (down 0.6 per cent.)
SEE page 3B

Sliding scale' call

over 4% Stamp

Act amendment

STribune Business Editor
SA BAHAMIAN attorney has
called on the Government to
reduce the amount of Stamp
Tax levied on the assets of busi-
esses being sold in proportion

to the transaction's size, warn-
ing that it could otherwise
"financially strangle" 'mergers
and acquisitions in this nation.
Sticking to his argument that
the 4 per cent-Stamp Tax levy
SEE page 4B

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Develop the right culture

to ensure business success



L ast week, our chief
executive shared an
article that recently appeared
in the Harvard Business
Review, entitled What Holds
the Modem Company Together,
with our management team.
S-This article explores the-con-
cept of 'corporate culture',what
it is and its various types. I will
use that article as the basis of
today's column.
Understanding corporate

Life, Money. Balance both.

word, is community. It is an out-
come of how people relate one
to another. Communities exist
at work just as they do outside
the commercial arena. Like
families, villages, schools, clubs
and businessesrest on patterns
of social interaction that sustain
them over time or are their
undoing. They are built on
shared interests and mutual
obligations, and thrive on coop-
eration and friendships."
Dimensions of human

T he authors had this to he authors further sug-
say in defining corpo- gested that the 'pat-
rate culture. "Culture, in a terns of social interaction'

should be examined in two
dimensions, which they define
as sociability and solidarity.
Sociability was defined as the
measure of sincere friendliness
among members of a commu-
nity (in the case of a business,
staff). In business, it was recog-
nised that high sociability had
benefits such as the fact that
most employees feel working in
such an environment was enjoy-
able. This, in turn, is believed
to improve morale and team-
However, a drawback to high
levels of sociability was a view
that poor performance may be
tolerated because everybody is
chummy with each other, thus
resulting in the best compro-

mise being applied to problems
as opposed to the best solu-
Solidarity, on the other
hand, is a measure of a com-
munity's (staff) ability to work
together effectively, regardless
of personal ties. The article
opines that: "Solidarity gener-
ates a high degree of strategic
focus, swift response tocom-
petitive threats, and intoler-
ance of poor performance. It
can also result in a degree of
Also, an additional drawback
to high levels of solidarity was
stated as: "Strategic focus is
good as long as it zeroes in on
the right strategy. But if the
strategy is not the right one, it is
the equivalent of corporate sui-
cide. Organizations can charge
right over the cliff with great
efficiency if they do the wrong
things well."
Types of Corporate Cultures

he authors then went
on to identify four
types of corporate culture using
the dimensions of sociability
and solidarity, which were:
1. The Networked Organisa-
tion: (High Sociability, Low Sol-
In a networked organisation,
people frequently stop to talk
in the hallways. They tend to
socialise after hours and some-
times interact 'like family' out-
side the job place. Networked
cultures are characterized not
by a lack of hierarchybut by a
profusion of ways to get around
it. Their low levels of solidarity
mean that managers often have
trouble getting functions or
operating units to cooperate.
Finally, a networked organisa-
tion is usually so political that
individuals and cliques spend
much. of;theirtine, pursuing '
personal agendas.
2. The Mercenary Organisa-
tion: (Low Sociability, High Sol-
The mercenary organisation
is low on 'hobnobbing' and is
intensely focused on business
matters. In this type of envi-
ronment, individual interests
coincide with corporate objec-
tives, and those objectives are
often linked to a clear per-
ceptio4 of the 'enemy' and
the steps required for beating
Mercenary organizations are
also characterized by a clear
separation of work and social
life. Employees rarely frater-
nize outside of the office, and
when they do it is usually at a
business-related event. Such
organizations are generally
intolerant of poor perfor-
mance, and those not con-
tributing are fired or given
explicit instructions on how to
improve with a firm deadline
to change. People stay with
high solidarity companies for
as long as their personal needs
are met, and then they move
on. Employees are disinclined
to cooperate, share informa-
tion or exchange new or cre-
ative ideas.
3. The Fragmented Organi-
sation: (Low Sociability, Low

Employees of fragmented
organizations display a low
consciousness of organisation-
al membership. They often
believe that they work for
themselves or they identify
with occupational groups, usu-
ally professional. Asked at a
party what he does for a liv-
ing, for instance, a doctor at a
major teaching hospital that
happens to have this culture
might reply: "I am a surgeon",
leaving out the name of the
institution where he is
The lack of interrelatedness
extends to behaviour on the job.
People may work with their
door shut, be secretive about
their projects and progress or, in
extreme cases, they try to sabo-
tage the work of colleagues
through gossip, rumour or
unfair criticism.
4. The Communal Organisa-
tion: (High Sociability, High
Often found in small, fast
growing, entrepreneurial start-
ups, employees and founders of
communal organizations are
close friends, which usually
extends outside of the job.
Communal cultures can also be
found in mature companies in
which employees have worked
together for long periods of
Employees in communal
organizations tend to possess
a high consciousness of organ-
isational membership. For
example, it is said that some
Nike employees proudly have
swooshess' (the Nike logo) tat-
tooed on themselves. The high
solidarity of communal cultures
is often demonstrated through
an equitable sharing of risks
and rewards among employ-
ees, and such organizations
place a high value on fairness
and justice. In communal
organizations, employees are
very clear about competition -
they know their competitors,
what they do well, their weak-
nesses and very often what
they need to do to stay ahead
of the pack.

Is there one right culture
for every organisation?
It is not surprising that many
executives see the communal
organisation as the ideal. I
would venture to say also that in
many cases, the type of organi-
sation an executive manages
could be very different from the
type of organisation that
employees consider themselves
to be working in. This is pre-
cisely the reason why effective
internal and external commu-
nication within an organisation
is so important.

Clearly, there is no universal
(or correct) culture for every
organisation. It is also recog-
nised that because of the
dynamic environments in which
modern businesses operate,
companies very often have to
transform their corporate cul-
ture to keep pace with the
demands of their markets.
Companies that fail to recog-
nise and accept this reality often
One of the significant fail-
ures of modern mergers and
acquisitions has been the fact
the new management often
fails to understand that imple-
menting a new corporate cul-
ture for a new combined entity,
requires a lot more work than
simply stating what you wish it
to be. Decency and integrity
still matters to most employ-
ees and customers.
At the end of the day, man-'
agement's ultimate responsi-
bility is to allocate capital and
resources in a way that pro-
duces business success. The
corporate culture, therefore, is.
the environment in which
those results are produced. For
some companies, corporate
culture is designed, developed
and implemented strategical-
ly, while in others it is simply a
by-product of factors such as
the persona of the chief exec-
utive (or other senior man-
Studies continuously suggest
that managing your corporate
culture to suit your particular
type of business and its busi-
ness environment is critical to
long-term success. Managers
must know how to assess their
own culture and whether it fits
their competitive environment,
Only then can they develop
techniques and strategies to
transfori' dieir tiirfeffiir' f h-
better.-, '- -:
Until next week.. !m

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered 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 share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

Lenneth H. Brozozog

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GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 5th day of September, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
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Tribune Business Reporter
Total visitor arrivals to the
Bahamas for the 2006 first half
declined by 1.8 per cent to 2.595
million, with Nassau/Paradise
Island and the Family Islands
experiencing declines of 3.2 per
cent and 4.4 per cent respec-
Only Grand Bahama saw an
increase in total visitor arrivals
for the first six months to June

30, a rise of 10.5 per cent.
For June alone, the numbers
reveal that Grand Bahama
experienced a decrease in
arrivals of 7.4 per cent, from the
62,749 persons who visited in
June 2005 to 58,097 this year.
Nassau/ Paradise Island
showed a marginal improve-
ment of 0.9 per cent, from
227,672 air and sea arrivals in
2005 to 229,819 arrivals this
Family Islands arrivals for

June jumped 15.4 per cent from
103,923 to 119,976 persons.
In total, for the entire
Bahamas, arrivals jumped 3.4
per cent from 394,344 persons
to 407,892 this year for June.
Looking at the mode of trav-
el into the country, air arrivals
in June were up by 1.7 per cent
for the entire Bahamas from
149,679 in 2005 to 152,214. Air
arrivals were up in Andros by
35 per cent, the Berry Islands
by 13 per cent, Eleuthera 12

per cent, Abaco 10 per cent, Cat
Cay, 6 per cent, and
Nassau/Paradise Island, 1 per
Declines were recorded in
Long Island and Inagua, which
saw drastic declines of 100 per
cent and 84 per cent respec-
tively. Bimini declined by 8 per
cent and Cat Island declined by
7 per cent. Also showing a
decline in air arrivals was Grand
Bahama by 4 per cent and Exu-
ma, 2 per cent.
.............. ................. .......................... :........

FROM page one logue with the EU over the Sav- x ing that initiative would harm
ings Tax Directive, there would Exchange this nation's private banking
Mr Smith yesterday told The have to be a 'level playing field' sector.
Tribune that the Savings Tax in the Organisation for Eco- ............................................... Private banking and wealth
Directive "presupposes" that nomic Co-Operation and nations have negotiated better management is a much larger
nations such as the Bahamas Development's (OECD) 'harm- terms than others. component of the Bahamian
had a similar tax system to EU ful tax practices' initiative, Michael Paton, the Bahamas financial services industry than
members. "which up until now isn't hap- Financial Services Board's investment funds.
Yet this nation has no per- opening (BFSB) deputy chairman, told Mr Paton said Bahamas-reg-
sonal, income or corporate tax- "The EU Savings Tax Direc- The Tribune that the Bahamas istered investment funds had
es, meaning that if the tive. is merely a mechanism should take the same position been exposed to the EU initia-
Bahamas ever joined the EU under a TIEA, and you cannot on the EU Savings Tax Direc- tive unless they could show their
initiative it "would become tax get to a TIEA until you have a tive as it had with the OECD, offering memorandum did not
collectors for a foreign coun- 'level playing field'," Mr Smith using the 'level playing field' permit them to invest in debt
try, and that just runs against said. argument. instruments above a certain lev-
the grain of received practice The 'opt out' granted to While the Bahamian invest- el..
and theory". Switzerland and Luxembourg ment funds industry had "tak-. The Cayman Islands, though,
Mr Smith said governments on the Savings Tax Directive's en a hit" because of the Say- which as a UK dependency had
were only supposed to impose information sharing provisions ings Tax Directive, Mr Paton come to an arrangement with
taxes they were capable of col- has already made a major dent said the Bahamian financial the EU, had been able to take
lecting themselves. in efforts to achieve a 'level services industry had decided its hedge funds, dominated
He added that for the playing field', stalling the not to do anything about talk- largely be institutional investors,
Bahamas to consider' any dia- OECD's project, as these tw6 ing to the EU because embrac- out of the EU's sights.
......................................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................ ........................................

FROM page one
Nassau/Paradise Island saw
. an increase of 3.1 per cent,
recording 196,499 room nights
in May as compared to the
190,590 in 2005, with a revenue
increase of 11.1 per cent, up
from $23.992 million to $26.667
S. Grand Bahama, which had
experienced difficulties follow-
ing Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne and the subsequent clo-
sure of the Royal Oasis, :man-


aged to put up strong figures,
increasing available room nights
by 14.1 per cent.
That island went from 56,885
rooms in May 2005 to 64,909
rooms in 2006, which increased
their total room revenues by
24.5 per cent to $4.55 million
compared to the $3.654 million
received last year.
The Family Islands, howev-

er, saw a slight decrease of 2
per cent in available room
nights, down from 21,184 last
year to 20,758 this year.
The average daily room rate
for May increased by 4.8 per
cent for the entire country, up
to $164.80 from $157.32
In Nassau/Paradise Island,
rooms went from an ADR of
$167.37 to $170.94, a 2.1 per
cent increase, while in Grand
Bahama the figure jumped to
$125.99, a 17.9 per centincrease
from the $106.86 average in

2005. The Family Islands saw
an increase of 13.5 per cent-
$211.01 from the average of
$185.96 last year.


Nassau/Pl visitor

rritvals dec e

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Pursant to Section 4(2) (i) ~gfh financial. Intelligence Unit.Act, 2000 we
'hereby advise the public and financial institutions to be aware that there are
several fraudulent schemes being perpetrated via the Internet.

Please note that it has come to our attention that persons have had
their personal information, bank account details and or funds misappro-
priated from their bank accounts after providing their personal details/
information to person or persons'unknown to them over the Internet.

We hereby WARN the public not to disclose any personal banking
information to unknown.individuals and or entities especially in situations
where the person or entity makes the following representations:

1. Request to provide banking information in exchangefor a
promise to share a proportion of an inheritance/monies currently
being held within a dormant account, which has not been claimed
bythe next of kin as the deceased, who died tragically left no heir;

2. Payment for services, which have not been rendered, with a
promise that a portion of the money will be paid out upon
submission of bank account information.

3. Request for assistance in transferring to you a foreigner a portion
of substantial sums of monies, as the claimants state that they can
not keep the money as their respective laws forbid ownership of the

4. Claims from unknown persons or entities alleging that your
name was selected in a lottery, for which you are aware your name
was not submitted. Stipulations are imposed, such as in order to
retrieve the prize a registration fee is payable and banking
information is required.

In the event that you are in receipt of correspondence relating to any of the
aforementioned fraudulent schemes, we advise that extreme caution be


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Fincancial Intelligence Unit
3RD Floor
Norfolk House
Frederick Street
P.O.Box SB-50086
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FROM page one
The normal Stamp Tax rate on
lots carrying such prices is 10 per
In addition, there is an increas-
ing scale for Stamp Tax paid when
undeveloped lots worth $250,000
or more in the West End project
are sold by people other than
If a lot is sold within one year of
being bought from Ginn, it will
attract a 3 per cent Stamp Tax
rate. In the second year, this rate
increases to 4 per cent; in the third
year, 5 per cent; fourth year, 6 per
cent; and 7 per cent in year five.
From then on, the normal Stamp
Tax rate applies to these undevel-
oped lots.
In addition, The Tribune under-
stands that condominium units
sold by Ginn .that are worth
$250,000 or more will also attract a
2 per cent Stamp Tax rate during
the 20-year period that starts when


the first undeveloped lot is sold.
And third party sellers of condo
units in the Ginn project, known
as Ginn Sur Mer, will face the
same increasing Stamp Tax rates
as those selling undeveloped lots.
On condo sales, the first year takes
effect from when Ginn sells the
first condo unit in the building.
Home sales on the Ginn pro-
ject worth $250,000 or more will
also face the same sliding scale,
The Tribune has been informed.
One Bahamian realtor, who has
been approached by Ginn to help
with real estate sales for the pro-
ject, told The Tribune on condi-
tion of anonymity that he felt the
Stamp Tax incentives offered to
Ginn by the Government were too
In particular, the realtor said
the increasing scale for Stamp Tax






IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Tides Act, 1959


The Petition of Harry Uriah Pratt Russell as'Personal
Representative for William Howard Russell Jr.


containing approximately Three and Eight Hundred Nineteen Thousandths
(3.819) acres and situate on Lubbers Quarters Cay one of the Abaco Cays
in the said Commonwealth of The Bahamas bounded on the North by
land now or formerly the property of Charlie Bethel and running thereon
Two Thousand and Sixty-four and Fifty-five Hundredths (2064.55) feet
on the East by the Sea athigh water mark and running thereon Ninety-two
(92) feet more or less on the South by land now or formerly the property
of William Cash, Jr. and running thereon One Thousand Nine Hundred
In.j Eighr\-\ti e and Fort)-seen Hundredths (1985.47) feet more or less
in the West b\ the. Sea .r high wswer mark and running thereo.n One
Hundred and Three and Ninert -nine Hundredths i 103 99,. (.et mr.rr or less
(hereinafter referred to as "the Lubbers Quarters property").


LAND containing approximately One and Twenty-six .Thousandths
(1.026) acres and situate on Elbow Cay one of the Abaco Cays in the said
Commonwealth of The Bahamas 'bounded in the North by land
formerly theproperty ofBritishAmericanInvestments Limited andnowthe
property of Chris Thompson and running thereon Seven Hundred
Fifty-one and Twelve Hundredths (751.12) feet more or less on the
East by land now or formerly the property -of Chatham Albury and
running thereon Sixty-three Fifty Hundredths (63.50) feet more or less
on the South by land now or formerly the property of Clifford Sawyer &
Others and running thereon Seven Hundred Fifty-five and Seventy-seven
Hundredths (755.77) feet more or less and on the West by the Sea at high
water mark and running thereon Fifty-nine and Sixty Hundredths (59.60)
feet more or less (hereinafter referred to as "the Quarry"


containing approximately One and Eight Hundred Thirty-two
Thousandths (1.832) Acres and situate atNigh Creek on Elbow Cay one of
the Abaco Cays in the said Commonwealthof The Bahamas bounded on the
North by land known as MarcelMaury's Subdivision and running thereon
Four Hundred and Eighty-nine and Ninety-eight Hundredths (489.98) feet
more or less on the East by Nigh Creek and running thereon One Hundred
and Fifteen and Fifty-one Hundredths (115.51) feet more or less on the
South by land now or, formerly the property of Charlie Bethel and running
thereon Four Hundred and Seventy-five and Sixty-three Hundredths
(475.63) feetmore or less on the WestbyBack Creek athigh water mark and
running thereon Two Hundred Twenty-six and Fifty Hundredths (226.50)
feet more or less (hereinafter. referred to as "the Nigh Creek property").

William Howard Russell Jr. claims to be the owner in fee simple of
the said land free from encumbrances and has made application to the
Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said 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 provision of the said Act.

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours in
the following places:

a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau;

b) The Office of the Administrator in Marsh Harbour, Abaco,

c) The Chambers of Callenders & Co., One Millars Court, Nassau,
Bahamas, Attorneys for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right of dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or
before the 25th day of the September A.D. 2006 file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a statement of his claim in
the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure
of any suchperson to file and serve a statement of his claim on or before the
said 25th day of September A.D. 2006 will operate as a bar to such claim.

One Millars Court
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorneys for Harry Uriah Pratt Russell

payments on third party lot sales
would assist land speculators. He
added that Ginn had acknowl-
edged that a number of their
first-time buyers would look to
.'flip';,or sell on real estate to oth-
er buyers.
While the Stamp tax incen-
tives granted to Ginn are likely
to be seized on by the Govern-
ment's critics, who will argue that
it is giving huge chunks of
Bahamian real estate away to
foreign developers and specula-
tors on the cheap, it is not as sim-
ple as made out where the West
End project is concerned.
Prime Minister Perry Christie,
in unveiling the original Heads of
Agreement, said that while the
Stamp Tax incentives were then
worth $318 million, the Govern-
ment would receive other taxes
that developers were often
exempted from paying.
For example, both Kerzner
International and Baha Mar
have been granted 10-year real
property tax exemptions on all
properties constructed in their
Paradise Island Phase III and
Cable Beach redevelopment
But in Ginn's case, real prop-
erty taxes amounting to $196.8
million under the initial deal will
be paid on all lots, condos and
homes in the development,
although not on resort ameni-
In addition, Ginn had also
agreed to pay occupancy taxes
amounting to almost $60 million
on homes and condos not includ-
ed in the hotel pool. All units in
the hotel pool have to Room tax-
es, with customs duty paid on
the materials used in the con-
struction of all homes and con-
And $2,000 from each resi-
dential lot sale will-help to create
a $10 million foundation to'rede-
velop West End.
While Ginn is more of a real
estate play than Paradise Island
Phase III, for example, the jury is
still out on whether it amounts to
a so-called 'give away' by the

Government, especially if it
delivers the expected economic
Ginn is understood to be seek-
ing to close some 190 lot sales
in the first phase, priced between
$850,000 to $1 million.
The realtor told The Tribune
that the 2 per cent Stamp Tax
rate meant that Ginn would be
paying the same amount of
Stamp Tax on a $250,000 lot as
someone who was selling a
$50,000 lot elsewhere in the
And on a $1 million lot, some
$20,000 in Stamp Tax would be
paid rather than the usual
$100,000. At 2 per cent for 190
lots priced at $1 million each,
this would leave Ginn paying a
hypothetical $3.8 million in
Stamp Tax rather than $19 mil-
lion, effectively a $15.2 million
tax break.
But the 'give away' arguments
do not account for the anticipat-
ed economic impact from the
Ginn development on West End
and Grand Bahama if the project
is completed.
Over 20 years, the project is
expected to have a $4 billion
cumulative gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP) impact, creating 4,000
permanent jobs; 3,700 construc-
tion jobs; and other spin-off and
entrepreneurial ventures.
And that was before Ginn said
the size of the project had
increased to $4.9 billion from
$3.7 billion, involving 4,400 con-
do hotel units and 870 home
The Government is hoping
that the Ginn project plays a vital
role in revitalising West End and
Grand Bahama. It will take place
in an economically depressed
area that was ravaged by storms
in 2004 and 2005.
And the Prime Minister had
to work hard to get Ginn back to
the negotiating table last year
after the developers almost
walked away from the project.
The near-breakdown came after
the Prime Minister was hospi-
talised with a minor stroke.

Michelmle Carter.


is no longer employed at British American

Insurance and is not authorized to conduct

any business on behalf of the Company

For further information please
call our Rosetta Street Branch
at 322-1801/2



Nassau 242-461-1000 Feeport 242-352-7209 Exuma 242-336-3035

Stam Act

imposed on the assets of com-
panies being sold was a new tax,
Fred Smith, an attorney and
partner in Callender's & Co,
said the amendment introduced
in 2005 was effectively a trans-
actions tax "whether or not land
is included".
Fred Smith said he was pre-
vented by confidentiality and
attorney/client privilege from
identifying mergers and acqui-
sitions that had been "torpe-
doed" by the 4 per cent levy's
introduction, be he added: "I
can say it has occurred.
"In almost every commercial,
business or real estate transac-
tion now considered by the buy-
ing or selling public, the Stamp
Tax is continuing to have a chill-
ing effect in many cases."
Fred Smith suggested that the
Government at least amend the
4 per cent levy so that "as the
consideration for a transaction
increases, the amount of tax
that is chargeable proportion-
ately decreases". He said that
such considerations had been
accounted for in nations such
as the US and UK.
"Otherwise it can effectively
strangle the financial opportu-
nities for a transaction, the abil-
ity of the marketplace to con-
duct such a transaction," Fred
Smith said.
But his namesake James
Smith, minister of state for
finance, had previously denied
claims that a Stamp Tax amend-
ment has had "a chilling effect"
on the Bahamian mergers and
acquisitions market, arguing
that if it had halted such trans-
actions then they were probably
not proper deals in the first
"I don't know that the
Bahamas is a bee-hive of merg-
ers and acquisitions activity such
that one happens every day,"
James Smith said.
"If a merger or acquisition is
stopped by the 4 per cent tax
on the underlying assets, its
probably not a proper acquisi-
tion in the first place."
He added that mergers and
acquisitions were initiated for
sound business reasons, with
purchase prices based on antic-
ipated future cash flows and
As such, James Smith said
merger and acquisition activi-
ties were not governed by con-
cerns over tax rates and what
tax was payable.
But Fred Smith returned to
the attack, saying: "In so far as
the Ha\ k-shill Creek Agree-
ment is concerned, I am waiting
with baited breath for a licensee
to challenge this tax.
"I urge the Government to
be more careful in passing leg-
islation without taking into
account the impact on the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement."
Fred Smith added that the 4
per cent levy's introduction
could well be why James Smith
had seen so few mergers and
He added that the Stamp Tax
was not only payable on the
transfer of real estate assets or
Spersonalty such as a leasehold,

BiSSI ,I ,n oia -' Goll
m Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday 31 Aulust 200 60
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.589.66 / CHG 03.24 / %CHG 00.20 / YTD 238.96 / YTD % 17.69
I-.i.'e.H. fT..- L.-.A l, ti F r- ...u. Cl'.I : T.-..,s s Clc. Cna.'e DEi.I, 1 EPS S D.. PE Ylel
! 8 M, '. -at o r.l ,i-.h1 1 74 1 0 ",) -0 109 i 0010C N,'.l 0 00'
12.05 9.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.50 11.50 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.1 3.30%
7.50 6.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.50 7.50 0.00 0.738 0.330 10.2 4.40%
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 .143 0.000 10.5 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.44 1.44 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.7 3.47%
9.60 8.80 Cable Bahamas 9.42 9.42 0.00 0.618 0.240 15.2 2.55%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 22,650 0.009 0.000 211.1 0.00%
11.25 9.00 Commonwealth Bank 11.05 11.25 0.20 5,050 0.943 0.600 11.9 5.33%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.54 5.60 0.06 0.130 0.045 42.5 0.81%
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 6.15 6.15 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.60 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.763 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.50 9.50 FirstCaribbean 13.50 13.50 0.00 0.885 0.550 15.3 4.07%
11.21 9.00 Focol 11.21 11.21 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.7 4.46%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 i 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%
8.75 8.27 J.S.Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 10,000 0.527 0.560 16.6 6.40%
8.08 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.08 8.08 0.00 0.160 0.000 50.6 0.00%
10 00 in no Premier Real E stte 1000 1000 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
Fidelltv Over-The-Countar Securitief
i52,. -1, 2.%1. L,'. S, m.r- ,1 i. LB.. *Pr. :e '.ee\kl\ ol EPS: DH. I- P'Et: Y-,II
14.13 1I2 a ah r5 n ,-,5, 5u:. rrl.esl 1- ", 1 .-, 1i ,' 7194 1923 0 960 79
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
n 4 0 20 RND Holding"- 0 29 0 54 0 00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colna Over-The-Counter Securities
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%
n e 0 3 RNO Holdinas 0 45 0 55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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NOTICE is hereby given that DELROY ANTHONY MORGAN,
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 29th day of August, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Freeport, Bahamas.

but also on the sale, transfer or
assignment of a business.
This meant that "any change
in the beneficial ownership of
the business" will attract 4 per
cent Stamp Tax, while corpo-
rate and trust transactions
involving the sale, issuance and
assignment of new shares was
also involved.
Adding that even the gifting
or voluntary transfer of'prop-
erty'was caught up in the 4 per
cent levy, Fred Smith said: "This
is not an amendment that sim-
ply plugs loopholes. It is a com-
pletely and dramatically differ-
ent new tax."
Companies with an annual
turnover of $500,000 or less and
those considered non-resident
for exchange control purposes
are exempted from this aspect
of the Stamp Tax.
Prior to the amendment's
introduction, when a Bahami-
an business was sold, stamp tax
wa's only paid on real estate
assets, involved in the transac-
tion, and levied at the normal
rates. Now, Stamp Tax at a rate
of 10 per cent is payable on the
real estate assets, with 4 per
cent levied on the other under-
lying assets.
Previously, companies were,
able to avoid paying Stamp Tax
on real estate assets involved in
mergers and acquisitions
through the sale and purchase
of the shares in one of the com-
panies involved, share transac-
tions not attracting any tax.
In addition, the Government
was also aiming to plug a loop-
hole where individual Bahami-
ans and residents created a
company to specifically own
their homes.
Under this structure, if the
home was sold it would again
be through the sale of shares in
the holding company, enabling
the vendor and purchaser to
avoid the payment of Stamp
Fred Smith had argued that
the Stamp Tax was causing
problems because of the busi-
ness model used for many
mergers and acquisitions.
Typically, he said, buyers had
a relatively minimal amount of
cash equity to inject into the
transaction and the business
being sold, especially in large
The "balance"' of tihepur-
chase price often-came from
debt financing, such as com-
mercial bank and preference
share issues, mezzanine financ-
ing and leveraging the target
company's own assets.
But Fred Smith argued that
the Stamp Tax amendment
meant that in addition to finding
equity, a buyer also had to find
the funds to pay the 4 per cent
levy. The selling company was
likely to require them to pay
this up front by including the
Stamp. Tax amount in the pur-
chase price, effectively raising
the costs of mergers and acqui-


NOTICE is hereby given that GUERLANDE BREUS, OF ST
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registratiQn/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 29th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



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Men's soccer

team enjoys

victory over

the Cayman



THE Bahamas men's
S.national soccer team won
their opening game at the
Digicel Caribbean Cup
qualifying tournament
pver the weekend in
Playihg against the Cay-
man Islands on Saturday,
the Bahamas pulled off a
3-1 victory in their opener
- of Group E in the tourna-
ment that will run
S.through the remainder of
' -the week.
'- The first goal for the
Bahamas came on a free-
S.bie from the Cayman
Island's goalie, who
scored an own goal. The
second goal came from
.Ryan Moseley and Sha-
mon Thompson added the
Kevin Davies, one of
S the members of the
coaching staff, said the
team performed excep-
tionally well, moving the
ball around and they con-
trolled the ball for at least
80-90 per cent of the time.
The Bahamas will now
play Cuba, although
Davies noted that there
are a couple guys with
. some nagging injuries.
But he indicated that they
should be ready to go.
On Wednesday, they
vill play their third and
final game against the
-Turks & Caicos Islands.
The top two teams from
this group will advance to
the next round of the
competition that will be
played in October at a
'venue and date yet to be
The (cam is.comprise'd
)- of a number of young ,,
players, eight of whom
have returned from col-
leges in the United States.
The coaching staff is con-
fident that the team they
have assembled will get
the job done in Cuba.
Joining Davies as
coaches are Bahamas
Football Association's
Technical Director Gary
White, Trevor McKenzie
and Harvey Millings.
Greg Dillet is the equip-
ment manager.

BBF adopts a two step

approach to basketball

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Basketball
Federation (BBF) is imple-
menting a two step approach
which is designed to move
them closer to their target of
improving all national pro-
Executive members are
quite certain that their two
point plan will bring improve-
ment and provide much need-
ed exposure for local based
The BBF has agreed to
work closely with an interna-
tional basketball agency,
which assists them with the
scheduling of top teams from
around the United States.
These teams, most of which
are college based, usually
travel to the Bahamas during
their pre-season or pre-train-
According to Edgar Pick-
stock, an executive member
in the BBF, the time allotted
to them by the teams is used

Hopes for improvement

and exposure for players

Pickstock revealed that
even though their main focus
is exposing the talent level
from the local players they
are really hoping to assist
some of the eligible players
with obtaining scholarships.

He said: "Well the initiative
is two folds really, this is a
great opportunity for both
parties involved. This is an
excellent opportunity for the
college based coaches to work
closely with their athletes
before the season starts and
also an excellent opportunity
for one or two of the guys
from the Bahamas to be
looked at.
"Most of the colleges aren't

allowed to scrimmage against
one another, so they are given
opportunities to put in some
scrimmage games against oth-
er teams, and it so happens
that the Bahamas is becom-
ing the backyard for most of
the teams, based on our close
"At the same time the col-
leges are looking for compet-
itive games and the local clubs
have really excelled in the
"At times it is difficult get-
ting most of the players to
come to the games on time,
but that is expected when the
players have their own agenda
which also includes some per-
sonal issues.
"The best thing about it is
when they do come, they
come prepared to play and

they represent themselves and
the Bahamas to the best of
their abilities."
Over the weekend, the BBF
played host to four division I
colleges, Wake Forest, Uni-
versity of Alabama at Birm-
ingham, Southern Mississip-
pi and University of Michi-
Two weeks before, four
more teams had carried out
their pre-season training in
the Bahamas, but at the DW
Davis gym.

This past weekend was the
first time a Bahamian played
with any of the teams who
were invited down.
Gijo Bain, a former player
from CI Gibson, plays with
the Southern Mississippi.
Pickstock reminded the
public that all the teams that
have done their pre-season
training in the Bahamas in the
past month are top ranked,
respectable division I schools.
"We welcome all schools to

the Bahamas, but for the past,
several weeks we have been
playing against some of the
United States' best players,"
said Pickstock.
"What we are hoping to do
is expose most of our younger
college players so if they are
able to obtain a scholarship
they are already aware of the
level of play the coaches will
be looking at.
"We are also concerned
about the academic standard
so work will be done in that
area as well.
"In the Bahamas not to
many games are scheduled for
our athletes, when compared
to the United States you have
the same age group playing
more games, so they are
more seasoned than our play-
Despite this, Pickstock said
that the exposure the Bahami-
an players are receiving from
the tournaments hosted will
assist with the national pro-
grammes, as the BBF looks
to scheduling some tourna-
ments around the national

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Senior Sports Reporter
DEBBIE Ferguson-McKen-
zie, making a remarkable
comeback after a year's
absence, said she still feels she
has a lot more left in her.
At age 30, Ferguson-McKen-
zie said she's normally one of
the oldest competitors to line
up on the track, but she's been
able to hold her own.
"For me, I started off very
decent, winning my only Gold-
en League meet, but I really
struggled through the other
five," said Ferguson-McKen-
zie, who closed out the series
with a third place in the 100
metres on Sunday.
"I'm not as strong and I
think I went back to my old
habits, which was in the blocks,
where I was still lagging in the
blocks with my reaction and
my start. But ht least I have
something to Irk on for next
Even though she will turn 31
on January 16, Ferguson-
McKenzie made it crystal clear
that she's not "old." She said
the tide has jut turned for her.
"I remember when I came
on the circuit,.! was one of the
youngest co er titors," said
Ferguson-?#i enzie, who
made her bre through as a
professional ilete in 1998
after graduati*rom the Uni-
versity of Ge ia.
"It's like mt of the people
I started out with are gone. I
mean Chandra (Sturrup) is still
there, but she hasn't ran that
much this year. I'm like the
oldest in the 100 and even the
200 when I step up to the line.
I'm loving it. I'm enjoying it."

As long as she's performing
the way she hae done this ,ear.
Ferguson-McKtenzie said she's
finding out more and more
each day from Ronnie Butler's
song that "age ain't nothing.
but a number."
"It's not a concern," she
reflected. "I just have to con-
tinue to get better and better.
I'm even morl pleased with
my 200 and marbe next year, I
will concentrate a little more
on running the 200.
"But in order for me to
make it on the circuit, I have to
run the 100, so there's a lot of
changes that I have to make, so
I will see what.happen."
Vintage Ferguson-McKen-
zie will be gearing up for
another appearance at the
fourth IAAF World Athletics
Final in Stuttgart, Germany
this weekend.
She will run in the 200 on
Saturday and the 100 on Sun-
day. In 2004 in Monte Carlo,
Monaco, she clinched a silver
medal in the 200, sandwiched
between Jamaicans Veronica
Campbell and Aleen Bailey.
"At one point before Brus-
sels, I wasn't ranked at all in
the 200, but I was glad that I
was able to get into Brussels
because I moved from not
being ranked to being ranked
number five," Ferguson-
McKenzie reflected.
"I know I haven't ran
enough 200s this year to be
consistent with it yet, but I'm
just happy that I will be at the
starting line to race on Sep-
tember 9 and then run in the
100 on September 10. It's
always good to go into an
event, running the double."
When she won her silver in
the 200 in 2004, Ferguson-

McKenzie was entered in the
100 aswell, but she didn't per-
form as well as she anticipated.
As she looks ahead to
Stuttgart, Ferguson-McKenzie
said she's just trying to develop
a rhythm in the century race.
"I'm just going to go out
there and run from the start to
the finish in the 200," she stat-
ed. "As for the 100, everytime
I try to set up my race, I don't
run as well, so I just want to
"I just want to finish the sea-
son on a good note. No matter
what happens, I would still be
pleased because I had a good
season. I couldn't ask for
Even though she have the
World Athletics Final this
weekend, Ferguson-McKenzie
still has another meet after that
when she go to Athens, Greece
for the IAAF World Cup in
Athletics, September 16-17.
.As she returns to Athens,
where she competed in the
2004 Olympic Games; winning
a silver in the 200, Ferguson-
NMcKenzie said the goal is just
have some fun.
"I'm glad to run the relay
and hopefully we can put
together a good team to repeat
(as champions).".said Fergu-
son-McKenzie, who is origi-
nally expected to team up with
Chandra Sturrup and Camp-
bell and Bailey from Jamaica.
With injuries to Sturrup and
Campbell, the Americas Cup
women's 4 x 100 relay team
will more than likely include
Bailey and Sheron Simpson
from Jamaica and Cvdonie
Mothersill from the Cayman
Ferguson-McKenzie, holw-
ever, said she's confident that
Frank 'Pancho' Rahming, who
will serve as the relay coach,
: will put together a tea that.
will be competitive against the
United States and France.
"It will all come down to the
* footspeed and we feel that we
have that," Ferguson-McKen-
zie pointed out. "It's going to
be a lot of fun. I just want to.
end my season on a good
While the season will offi-
cially come to a close at the
Shanghai Golden Grand Prix
on September 23 in Shanghai,
China, Ferguson-McKenzie
will' travel to Lausanne,
Switzerland to participate in
the IAAF World Anti-Doping
Symposium from September
30 to October 2.
As an athletes representa-
tive,'Ferguson-McKenzie will
be speaking on the topic:
"Optimising Effectiveness in
the Anti-Doping Fight."
"Drugs have been rampant
this year, so I think we have
to let the IAAF hear what we
have to say about it," she
stressed. "You are innocent
until proven guilty, but at the
end of the day, we're trying to
protect those athletes who are
"In my opinion, we are not
protected because we're the
ones who have the bread taken
out of our mouths when the
cheats come and they win. It's
just not right when they are
caught and those persons who
are clean do not get the recog-
nition that they deserve."
As an advocate against per-
formance enhancing drugs,
Ferguson-McKenzie said she
would recommend to the
IAAF that "those athletes who
are caught should be served
with a lifetime ban. They don't
deserve to still be involved in
the sport."

Christine looks

ahead to 400m

Senior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH she didn't have the
type of year she anticipated, Christine
Amertil is pleased to be included in the
field of competitors for the women's 400
metres at the IAAF World Athletic
Amertil, 27, will go into the two-day
meet this weekend as the eighth and
final qualifier for the one-lap race that
will be run on Saturday in Stuttgart, Ger-
Trying to put her season into perspec-
tive, Amertil admitted that it's been "up
and down", considering that her focus
was on the indoor season,
"After competing at the Common-
wealth Games, I took some time off and
it was. a lot of trouble trying to get
focused again," she noted.
"I actually experienced some prob-
lems as the season progressed, mainly
in my back. So I had to try and work
through that the entire season. So I've
had my ups and downs."
Even though it's been a roller coaster
for Amertil, she just missed out of com-
peting in the 400 for the Americas team
at the World Cup. That spot belongs to
Jamaican Novlene Williams.
But Amertil said she's not too disap-
pointed, considering the fact that it was-
n't the best season she could have put
Despite what she experienced, Amer-
til said she's still thrilled to be attending
the World Athletic Final, which comes a
week before she heads to Athefis,
Greece to run on the Americas team for
the women's 4 x 400 relay at the IAAF
World Cup..
"We're going in as the defending
champions," Amertil noted. "So it's
going to be an exciting time for us. We
hope to go out there and have smne fun.
"But we know that everybody will be
putting their best foot forward. So we
just wait and see what happens
when we get there."
Amertil said she had originally decid-

ed to take a light schedule and not com-
pete in too many meets this year, as
Olympic and World champion Tonique
Williams-Darling did.
However, Amertil said: "This season
didn't go as well as I had planned for it
to go, but tomorrow is another day and

next season is another season, so I just
have to prepare for it," she summed up.;.
With the focus on the IAAF World.
Championships in Athletics next year,"
Amertil said she will just take these two
meets in her stride and build on her per-
formances for the future,

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