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Kenyatta Gibson and

Keod Smith alleged

to have been

involved in scuffle


By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
PARLIAMENlARIANS
were in shock when two MPs,
after a heated exchange of insult-
ing words, were locked in physical
combat in the Cabinet room
Monday evening.
S Repopbils v. AcTh-, Cestcr-
day, but sources alleged that
''' Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson
and Mount Moriah MP Keod
Smith were involved in a fist fight
that lasted for several minutes.
The scuffle occurred Monda%
evening after a meeting of gov-
ernment parliamentarians held at
the Cabinet office.
.. According to reports both
Prime Minister Perry Christie and
Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia
Pratt had-left the room before
the fight started.
During the scuffle it was
reported that two windows were
smashed and the glass top of the


large mahogan. table in the Cab-
inet room %as broken.
It Is understood that Social Ser-
Nices Minister Melanie Gibson
took a few stray blow s as she tried
to part the two men. whilee
Tourism Minister Obi \\ ilch-
combe hurriedly left the room
"I don't have any conmi, ni -on
an) thing abnout"thait:I lhear \\hat
you say is being said, but I ha.L\
no comment on thatat this tune."
was all that Mr Smith would d Qa\
when contacted by The Tribune
yesterday.
The Tribune also made several
attempts to contact Mr Gibson
but he was unavailable for the
entire day.
Many claim that both men
have bruised faces. It is under-
stood that the dispute had noth-
ing to do with government busi-
ness, but was an: argument
between the two lawyers over the
handling of the sale of a house
for the client.of one of them.


FNM demands 'full accounting'
from PM over Anna Nicole
Smith permanent residency
E By ALISON LOWE
THE FNM lias demanded a "full and complete accounting"
from PM Christie of the circumstances surrounding the granting of
permanent residency status to Anna Nicole Smith.
S No-one has accused the minister of anything illegal but we do
accuse him of abusing his ministerial office in order to accommo-
date a personal friend," a press release from the parts said yester-
day.
As a result, the party has called on Mr Christie to respond by
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N By KRYSTEL ROLLE
ANGRY Sandals employees are
threatening to strike if the manage-
ment of the hotel continues to take
away their "fundamental right to
choose," it was announced yesterday.
More than 100 employees gathered
at Goodman's Bay parking lot on West
Bay Street yesterday in a show of
protest to an unwanted union that was
"chosen for them."
On Monday, the Management of
Sandals announced that it had granted
recognition to the Bahamas Hotel
Catering.and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU), however a union leader
alleged that the management:used its
own discretion aid did not consult the
workers of Sandals before making that
decision.
According to Lynden Taylor, presi-
dent of the Baliams Hotel Mainte-
nance and Allied w\ workers Union
(BHMAWU) and also a Sandals
emplo\ ce about 80 per cent of Sandals
non-managerial workers do not want
the chosen union to represent them.
Hosting signs that read, "stop insult-:
ing our intelligence," "our choice, our
country, our union," and "Sandals ,
employees are not fools" about 100
workers met in the parking lot, several
blocks away from the hotel,to hear
from Obie Ferguson the legal adviser
for BHMAWU. Another poster sug-
gested the managers (Stephen Ziadie
and Carolyn Major) step down from
their posts.
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Roge Watson found guilty

of 11-year-old's murder


ROGER Watson \ as found guilty by a
unanimous verdict of the murder of 1 -year-,
old Edison Curis Johnson.
"Justice has pre ailed with God's dillng,"
was the c.iction ot the \ictun's aunt Saman-
tha Johnson as she left, the courtroom after
the verdict was read.
Watson was remanded in custody and the
matter was adjourned to December 6 when
a sentencing hearing will. take place. *
Yesterday, both Crown and defence coun-
sel gave their closing submissions on the
matter.
Edison Curtis Johnson was shot dead on


January 15, 2003 while he was in a home on
Ferguson Street in New Providence.
Senior Justice Anita Alien in her direc-
tions to the jury advised that when judging
the witnesses of the case, they should use
their common sense and knowledge of the
world.
Justice Allen said that there were bound to
be emotions evoked by the circumstances
of a case involving the death of an 11-year-
old boy, but urged the jury not to allow any
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* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Bishop Reno Smith said
he is willing to drop the lawsuit against
Rev J C Wallace if he publicly apologises
and admits to wrongfully accusing him of
performing a same sex marriage on Grand
Bahama.
Bishop Smith, who was a guest on Love
97's Radio talk show 'Issues of the Day,'
said it is dangerous when a man of God
makes such public accusations without
facts or. evidence.


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He believes that Rev J C Wallace, for-
mer Grand Bahama Christian Council
president, should be asked to resign as a
spiritual leader in the community for giv-
ing in to gossip and making such false alle-
gations.
Bishop Smith confirmed that he has
started legal action against Rev John C
Wallace, pastor of New Olivet Baptist
Church, Eight Mile Rock.
However, Rev Smith said: "I am pre-
pared to hug Rev J C Wallace and shake
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Centre is estimated at $10.5m


THE Public Hospitals Author-
ity announced that it is currently
pursuing an active plan for the
redevelopment and refurbish-
ment of the ageing Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre.


In, a statement issued yester-
day, the PHA said a number of
development projects are cur-
rently underway at the centre,
including the construction of a
new child and adolescent com-


plex, the expansion and reno-
vation of the laundry depart-
ment, the installation of air con-
ditioning on a number of wards,
and the installation of the new 1
kilowatt generator.
"These new projects join oth-
er recently completed works
including renovations and sig-
nificant upgrading of the exist-
ing adolescent ward and the
acute male admissions ward.
The capital costs for these
development projects totals
$10.487 million," the statement
said.
It added that while the
improvements are taking place,
staff members are called upon
to assist by showing patience,
"and realising that not every-
thing can be done at one time".
The statement follows a
protest by around 40 Sandilands
staff on Monday, who said they
were angry about the "inhu-
mane conditions" at the facility.
Members of the management
at Sandilands and the PHA
Corporate Office called a meet-
ing to address concerns
expressed by what the state-
ment referred to as the "small
minority of employees" who
took part in the demonstration.
The statement said that rep-


resentatives of the Bahamas
Public Service Union also
attended the meeting and indi-
cated that many of the concerns
raised and the intention to
demonstrate had not been pre-
viously brought to their atten-
tion.
"It is unclear to the PHA,
why this demonstration was
necessary since it came just days
in advance of a meeting previ-
ously scheduled to discuss the
issues at question. In fact, Mr
Herbert Brown the, managing,
director of the PHA met ith
specific staff members less than
two weeks ago when concerns
came to light.
"Two days later by follow up
letter, each of these staff mem-
bers were advised that their con-
cerns were being investigated
and they would be apprised of
conclusions by month end," the
statement said.
It added that among the con-
cerns expressed during the ini-
tial meetings and the demon-
stration were mould on walls in
some areas of Sandilands and
prolonged power outages -
"both of which were and are in
the process of being dealt with".
"As soon as the problem with
mould came to light, immedi-


ate steps were taken by (Sandi-
lands) management to investi-
gate the matter and address the
fears of staff. The Department
of Public Health surveillance
team was also called in to
review the matter. A series of
environmental swabs were tak-
en and tests showed that the sit-
uation posed no health risks,"
the statement said.,
It said Public Health officials
are due back at Sandilands
today to meet with staff to allay
any further concerns.
'With regard to the power
;outages, the centre enjoyed
uninterrupted power supply
until July 2006. After a major
power outage, both of the cen-.
tre's generators failed despite
routine monthly maintenance.
Subsequently, two standby gen-
erators have been rented while
this problem is being
addressed," it added.
The statement said the PHA
and Sandilands are committed
to good relations with employ-
ees and assured staff that as
their concerns are brought to
thet attention of management,
"alli efforts will continue to be
made to address them in the
spirit of goodwill".


Permanent secretaries should be

shuffled often, says union boss


R By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
PERMANENT secretaries
should be shuffled on a regular
basis within the various govern-
ment ministries in order to pre-
vent potential "'power abuse."
This call went out from
Bahamas Public Service Union
(BPSU) president John Pinder
yesterday.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Pinder said that per-
manent secretaries should be
held accountable for thestate.in
which various ministries find
themselves.
Mr Pinder said that a major
problem plaguing government


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the rest of their staff is at their
mercy," he said.
The BPSU president said
that he feels that many perma-
nent secretaries overstep their
boundaries of power.
"A permanent secretary is
supposed to take direction
from the minister to policy pro-
cedure, keep the minister
informed what is happening,
that is all," he said.
Politically, he added, it also
would be wise to rotate per-
manent secretariesin order.
He suggest that legislation
should be put in place to allow
each party.that comes to pow-
er to appoint the people they
choose to the position of per-
manent ecretarn.


o Inbrief

Man faces
charge of
sex with
12-year-old
A 41-YEAR-OLD male was
arraigned before magistrate
Marilyn Meeres yesterday on
charges related to having unlaw-
ful sexual intercourse with a 12
year old girl.
Rodrick Delapenha Pryce of
Jubilee Gardens, was arraigned
at Court Five Bank Lane.
It is alleged that between
August and Thursday Septem-
ber 21 that the accused did hae
unlawful sexual intercourse with
a female aged 12 years old.
The accused was not required
to enter a plea. His bail was set
at $10,000.00 and the matter
was adjourned to January 16
2007.

Man
accused of
having sex
with girl


A 27-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in magistrate's court
yesterday on charges related to
having sex with a 16-year-old
girl without her consent.
John Lament Ash of Ethel
Street New Providence ,was
arraigned at Court Five, Bank-
Lane. '
It is alleged that Mr Lamont
on Tuesday, September 19 did
have sexual intercourse with the
girl without her consent.


Puerto Rico
company to
make tiles
from tyres

* PUERTO RICO
San Juan.
A PUERTO Rican manufac .
turer plans to produce rubber
tiles made from,used tires that it
hopes to sell in the Caribbean
and the United States, officials
said Tuesday, according to
Associated Press.
Sofscape Caribe will recycle
about 1,000 tires a day to man-
ufacture the tiles, which are pri-
marily targeted for playgrounds
and the equestrian market, Gov.
Anibal Acevedo Vila said at the
company's launch in Vega Baja
in northern Puerto Rico.
The company estimates that it
will sell US$7.7 million in prod-
ucts every year. It aims to expand
its market outside the Caribbean
and the United States.


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pnd its ministries at the
. moment is that there is no true
evaluation process for those
who hold the positions of per-
manent secretaries.
"Only from the under-sec-
retary down is there such a
process." he said.
The BPSU president said
that the post of permanent sec-
retary comes with a "tremen-
dous amount of perks," and
should therefore be evaluated
on a regular basis.
'They have'all this vacation.
and they very seldom take
vacation. Instead they take'
casualdays, and build up a
tremendous amount of vaca-
tion tige." he said, ..
Mr Pinder said that in addi-
tion to these perks, permanent
secretaries also receive consid-
erable financial benefits.
"The prime minister is eval-
uated every five years. and the
Cabinet ministers are evaluat-
ed every five years. If they
aren't doing a good job they
are voted out, so why aren't
the permanent secretaries eval-
uated?" he asked.
The union president claimed
that when permanent secre-
taries remain in one ministry
too long, they "set up little
kingdoms."
"Then they tend to have cer-
tain people they work with and


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In brief

Pilot safe

but plane

damaged

in landing

A CALIFORNIAN pilot
escaped with a scare when his
plane veered off the runway
during a routine landing in
Crooked Island.
According to reports, Don-
ald Moss, a resident of Califor-
nia, was attempting to land in
Pittstown, Crooked Island, at
around 1pm on Monday when
he suddenly experienced engine
and landing gear problems.
The twin-engine Chieftain
aircraft was found in an "bushy
area" close to the runway by
. local police officers, press liai-
S.son Inspector Walter Evans told
The Tribune yesterday.
Mr Moss suffered no injuries
during the incident.
However the airplane sus-
tained severe damage.

Woman

accused of

stealing

$4,000

A 34-YEAR-OLD female
was arraigned at Court 5 Bank
Lane for charges related to
stealing by reason of service.
It is alleged that Bianca
Symonette of Anthol Street,
Ridgeland Park West, between
Friday June 23 and Wednes-
day September 20 did steal
from Sherryann Scavella of at
New Providence cash in the
amount of $4,000, which she
had custody of by reason of
service.
The accused entered a plea
of not guilty. Her bail was set at
$5,000.00 and the case was
adjourned to January 16 2007.

US denies visa
request by
Cuban health
minister
WASHINGTON
CUBA protested on Monday
a US decision to deny a visa to
its health minister, who had
S planned to attend the annual
Meeting of the Pan American
Health Organization, according
to Associated Press.
Dagoberto Rodriguez,
SCuba's top diplomat in the
United States, said the US
action "violated the letter and
Sthe spirit" of the PAHO char-
ter. He said it was the second
year in a row that the United
States has prevented Cuba's top
health official from attending
the meeting.
In a statement to the open-
Sing session of the meeting,
Rodriguez called the US policy
a "vulgar hoax."
The State Department had
no comment, consistent with its
usual policy on visa decisions.
All countries in the hemi-
sphere belong to PAHO, whose
headquarters is located in
Washington.


Mitchell appeals for action




on cutting global emissions


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell yesterday
appealed to all countries, that
have not yet done so to sign
on to the Kyoto Protocol -
which is aimed at minimising
the air pollution blamed for
global warming.
Addressing the. 61st General
Assembly of the United
Nations in New York, Mr
Mitchell pointed out that for
archipelagic states such as the
Bahamas, it is especially sig-
nificant that global warming is
reduced as much as possible.


region even more frequently
as a result of global warming.
"In this connection, we look
to our partners to take further
action to reduce greenhouse
gases, and call on those coun-
tries that have not yet done so
to sign the Kyoto Protocol,"
he told the assembly.
Mr Mitchell further said it
is "imperative" that all mem-
bers of the UN commit them-
selves to the development of
alternative sources of energy,
"to make us less dependent on
the current polluting tech-
nologies that supply our ener-
gy needs but threaten our sus-
tainability."


The Kyoto Protocol, an nature from the protocol. The Kyoto Protocol assigns
amendment to the United "The Bahamas is committed mandatory targets for the
Nations Framework Conven- to sustainable development. reduction of greenhouse gas
tion on Climate Change, To a small-island developing emissions to signatory nations.
assigned mandatory targets for state, there are few things Some 141 countries,
the reduction of greenhouse more important than securing accounting for 55 per cent of
gas emissions to its signatory the necessary assistance in greenhouse gas emissions, have
nations. order to build resilience against ratified the treaty, which
However, the country that the many hazards that afflict pledges to cut these emissions
emits by far the most green- the country on a consistent by 5.2 per cent by 2012.
house gases.- the United basis, including the violent In 1998 the Clinton admin-
States has withdrawn its sig- storms that pass through our istration signed on to the



Foreign Minister calls for


expansion of security effort


* By KARINHERIG,:
Tribune Staff Reporter
REPRESENTING the
Bahamas at this year's Gen-:
eral Assembly of the United
Nations, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell yester-
day called or all developed:
countries in the region to
remember their moral and
social obligations to stop arms
flow and fight drug traffick-
ing in small Caribbean coun-
tries.
Speaking at the 61st Gen-
eral Assembly held from Sep-
tember 19 to 26 in New.York,
MrMitchell once again called
on member states to expand
their global security interests
to societal and crime concerns.
Addressing the United
Nations Global Counter-Ter-


rorism Strategy, Mr Mitchell
said that although the
Bahamas renews its commit-
ments in this area, a broader
view of security issues would
be appreciated.
"However, as we have done
for the past four years we take
the opportunity to further
define our security interests
as not being limited to the
strategies defined by a narrow
view of counter terrorism.
"We believe that counter
terrorism strategies should be
informed by a much broader
definition, namely as ensur-
ing the stability of our soci-
eties as we fight the vullira-
bilities to drug traffickers nat-
ural and environmental disas-
ters, poverty, and our chal-
lenges with education and
health care," he said.


Mitchell sits on the fence

over Venezuela vote


AS Venezuela continues to
promote its controversial bid
for a temporary seat on the
United Nations Security
Council, the Bahamas yester-
day declared that it is com-
mitted to opposing extremism
"while at the same time let-
ting our voice be heard for the
dispossessed".
Veiezuela is seeking to rep-
resent Latin America and the
Caribbean as a non-perma-
nent member of the UN Secu-
rity Council for the period
2007 to 2008.
The United States whose
current administration has
been repeatedly criticised by
populist Venezuelan president
Hugo Chavez- is backing a
rival candidacy by Guatemala.
Guatemala is thought to
have support from Mexico,
Colombia and fellow Central
American countries, while
Venezuela is said to have the
support most Arab and


African countries, as well as
several representatives of
Latin America, the Caribbean
and Asia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell, addressing the
United Nations in New York
during the organizations 61st
General Assembly, said that
the Bahamas believes in peace
with all nations and seeks to
avoid ideological battles.
He emphasised, however,
that the Bahamas has a right
to voice its own views.
"We have the right to be
here, to speak for ourselves
and for those who cannot
speak. Our people have fought
for their voice to be heard and
they will be heard," he;said.
Russia, Argentina and
Bolivia .all .yesterday con-
firmed that they' will support
Venezuela in its bid to obtain
a non-permanent, seat on the
Security Council, in a vote
scheduled for October 16.


Mr Mitchell especially called
on all developed economies in
the region "to remember their
moral and legal obligations to
stop the assault on our soci-
eties of small arms, to co-oper-
ate in stopping the flow of
drugs through our region, and
to work together with us in
declaring the Caribbean Sea
and its environs a nuclear-free
zone."
"There must be a strategic
alliance between developed
economies and those in our
region to ensure that these secu-
rity vulnerabilities are min-
imised if not eliminated," Mr
Mitchell said.


Kyoto Protocol. At that time,
the United States committed
itself to a seven per cent reduc-
tion in carbon dioxide and oth-
er greenhouse gas emissions
from 1990 emissions levels, to


be achieved between the years
2008 and 2012.
However, in 2001, the Bush
administration withdrew the US
signature, claiming that the
treaty was "fatally flawed."


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MANCHESTER, England Prime Min-
ister Tony Blair, in his final address to his
governing Labour Party, said Tuesday that
being the United States' strongest ally can be
difficult but it is crucial to stay close to Wash-
ington in the fight against terrorism.
The man who walked on stage in Manches-
ter looked far different than the fresh-faced 41-
year-old who took over the party in 1994. His
hair is shot with grey, and the lines on his face
are more pronounced reflecting a turbulent
12 years that have seen British troops sent
into battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suicide
terror attacks on British soil.
"Yes, it's hard sometimes to be America's
strongest ally," he said. "At the moment, I
know people only see the price of these
alliances. Give them up and the cost in terms
of power, weight and influence for Britain
would be infinitely greater. Distance this coun-
try, and you may find it's a long way back."
This speech --his last to the Labour Party
faithful as leader- was a chance for the prime
minister to secure his legacy, to remind his
detractors of his accomplishments and to urge
his' party to stay on course when he leaves
office sometime in the next year.
Blair commented only briefly on an inci-
dent surrounding a speech a day earlier by
his possible successor, Gordon Brown, who
had declared it had been a privilege to work
with Blair.
A journalist quoted Blair's wife Cherie as
responding: "Well, that's a lie" a purported
remark that gained widespread attention in
Tuesday's papers.
Cherie Blair denied making the comment,
but the incident was another bit of bad luck for
Brown a man who is much admired for his
policy acumen but now seems fated to struggle
to replace Blair and may ultimately even watch
the post slip through his fingers.
As leader, Blair forced the traditionally left-
leaning party into the centre and reached out
to moderate, middle-class voters. His empha-
sis on such issues as health care, fiscal disci-
pline, and crime appealed to millions, and
when Britain next voted in 1997, Labour swept
into government for the first time in 18 years.
He was Britain's youngest prime minister
since 1812, and his election dovetailed with
the era of "Cool Britannia." In the early years,
he could do little wrong. Downing Street wel-
comed guests ranging from pop stars to world
leaders.
He was re-elected in 2001 in another land-
slide. But this was the term that foreign policy
overtook the domestic agenda, and Blair faced
severe opposition when Britain joined the


U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. But Blair
defended his decision to send troops into the
global fray.
Blair, 53, reminded the conference hall that
when he first led Labour to victory, domestic
issues dominated the agenda. Now, the chal-
lenges are global, he said, and include climate
change, organized crime, and religious extrem-
ism.
Michael Lauro, a Labour lawmaker from
Derbyshire in central England, was wiping his
eyes as Blair finished and said the speech had
"inspired me, as usual."
"He always does. He has his detractors, but
I'm not one," Lauro said. "It was a great
farewell, but a very sad one."
There was no heckling and no one stormed
out as happened during Blair's last address,
to an annual trade union conference this
month. The prime minister received a standing
ovation when he finished.
Blair and his wife then left the conference
hall while a "greatest hits" video was played.
They returned minutes later to work their way
through the crowd, who were still on their
feet. Accompanied by three of their four chil-
dren, the family shook hands with supporters
before leaving through a side door.
"I think it will remind people who are saying
'Tony must go,' what he has done, because
,you don't know what you've got till it's gone,"
said Kate Andue, a council member in Enfield,
north London. "We are losing a great leader."
' Blair's performance will no doubt be con-
trasted with that of Brown, whose speech was
considered to be very good, but Blair has.
always been considered a more polished ora-
tor.
"The contrast between Blair's performance
and Brown's reminds you why Blair got the
job and Brown didn't," said John Curtice, a
professor of politics at Scotland's Strathclyde
University, referring to the party's 1994 lead-
ership contest.
Because Labour won a majority in elections
last year, if Brown is chosen as party leader he
will become prime minister without having to
face voters until elections expected in 2009
against the currently resurgent Conservatives.
In his remarks, the prime minister singled
Brown out for praise, saying that Labour
wouldn't have won three elections without
the treasury chief's steady hand.
"He is a remarkable man, a remarkable ser-
vant to this country," Blair said. "And that is
the truth.".
(* This article is from The Associated Press
- 2006)


The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Blair's final address to his party


EDITOR, The Tribune
THERE is darkness in
Freeport today. It is unques-
tionably a time of crisis. There is
no use in pretending that it does
not exist. To do so, would pre-
vent solving the many problems
that swirl in our second city. To
be in denial about these trou-
bles will impede us from, once
again, bringing the magic back
to Freeport and restoring hope
and optimism to all its residents
who deserve a better future.
It would be all too easy to
point out a cause for these trou-
bles that plague Freeport. It
would be all too easy and not
very constructive to name a
scapegoat or single out a rea-
son for the public disquiet and
economic malaise. But, should
we take the easy way out and
choose one cause, I submit that
we would be in danger of miss-
ing the many factors that are at
work there today, combining to
create a pall of failure and
despondency in the many lives
of those who call Freeport
home.
I believe that, as a nation, we
need to examine all the com-
ponents that, when joined prop-
erly, could make Freeport truly
glorious again. I believe that we
should examine why these are
not working as they, were
designed to do and are, instead,
dragging Freeport down, eco-
nomically and socially.
We need to be more aware
of some of the wicked and-
despicable things that are going
on in the name of progress. We
need to speak out unafraid and
expose the things that are going
on today even now, in the dark
corners .of boardrooms, things
that outrage the souls of decent
men and women in Freeport.
We need to reveal all the dis-
honest deals that are being
made in secret, the rules that
are laid down in a clandestine
manner, rules that are more
intimidation than guidelines for
good business, the surreptitious,
underhanded methods that try
to pass for transparent business
practices. We need to shine the
strong and steady light of pros-
perity and honour into the shad-
ows and drive out all these prac-
titioners of dark deeds.
I have heard the complaints
of difficulties in trying to con-
vince potential foreign investors
that nothing is wrong in
Freeport. I believe it is time that
we 'stopped trying to do that
and started admitting that, YES,
there IS something wrong in
Freeport and that we MUST fix
,it and fix it once and for all so
that foreign investors would not


have to be convinced of any-
thing.
We need to band together,
Freeport licensees, residents,
Bahamians everywhere, and
work to restore the good name
of Freeport so that its future
becomes as bright as the rest


of our archipelago. We need
to work together, as one peo-
ple, to root out the problems,
to end this dark time that has
come to our second city and to
restore the good name of
Freeport and raise its shining
reputation to heights never
dreamt of before.
SENATOR PHILIP
C GALANIS
Nassau
September 24 2006


The trouble with traffic

and cellular phones


EDITOR, The Tribune
COLLEGE of The
Bahamas students seem to
feel that they have the right
to control the traffic flow on
Thompson Boulevard when
they cross between the main
campus and the Michael
Eldon annex, the old Pass-
port office complex.
Incredible to see...student
after student with cellphone
'stuck-to their ears' walking
slowly across this thorough-
fare absolutely unmoved by
the traffic waiting in-line
seemingly for their majesties,
the students, to cross.
I thought that the law was
simple at pedestrian cross-
ings...the pedestrian is
required to wait on the curb
- raise their hand and wait,
yes wait 'til the traffic gives
the pedestrians the right of
crossing.
The ambling, crawling
across the street with
absolutely no interest of
haste is irresponsible and
wrong.
Hoping between the COB
Faculty and the Police some-
thing will be corrected asap.


West Bay Street, by the
commercial area of Sandy
Port and First Caribbean
International Bank surely
where the customers are
parking off West Bay Street
on the grass verge and then
walking to the bank and then
backing onto the through
traffic on West Bay is an
accident ready to happen.
The food vendors in the cen-
tre of West Bay are another
problem.
This is occurring all over
New Providence where once
residential property is con-.
verted to commercial, but.
Physical Planning, Public
Works does not consider pri-
or to issuing the change of.
usage that there is now a
vehicular access problem,
especially if there are only
one or two parking spots.
It is dangerous enough
now but watch out once BTC
introduces-'blackberrys'-wv i
imagine the driv.ers:textingj -:
at the same time as trying to:
take a corner at 40 mph?
H HUMES
Nassau,
August 31, 2006.


Fed up with the way

that things work


EDITOR, The Tribune
AFTER a particular frus-
trating day at a government
office I started to think about
what' really works in our
country.
Police plaguedwith
corruption, inefficiency and
brutality.
Public transportation -
still no sight of the often
promised improved system.
Airport disaster area.
Electricity now and
again.
Telephones hello, hello,
is anyone there?
Traffic lights they flash
very nicely.
Education those poor
kids won't stand a chance.
Roads my car's sus-
pension is wearing out.
Immigration department
- watch out for the bully
boys.
Defence Force ask your
local fisherman how much pro-


tection he gets from poachers.
Water & Sewerage -
sometimes it is difficult to tell
which is which, that is if you
get a good supply.
Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal just don't get sick and
have to go to the Emergency
Room.
Judiciary hopefully you
will live long enough to get a
decision.
ZNS propaganda
machine
Bahamasair buddy can
you spare a dime.
Department of Environ-
mental Health why does
the public have to inform
them when there is a prob-
lem?
Post Office speedy
Gonzales they are not.
Have a nice day. Please
sign me:
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September 23 2006


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THE TRIBUNE


I


0 In brief

Bahamas to
host first
international
pageant

THE Bahamas will host its
first major international pageant
the 35th-annual Miss Inter-
continental Pageant on Octo-
ber 6 to 17 at the Kendal G L
Isaacs Gymnasium.
Gaynell Rolle, chairperson of
the Miss Bahamas Universe
Committee, announced at a
press conference at the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Housing
that more than 50 international
beauty queens will compete in
the event one of the world's
largest and oldest pageants.
The Miss Bahamas Universi-
ty Committee has teamed up
with the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing, the Min-
S. istry of Tourism and several pri-
vate companies to host the
international event.
"During our attendance at
the Miss Universe 2005
Pageant, while in discussion
with other national directors of
the Miss Universe Pageant, I
Mentioned what wonders await
persons visiting the Bahamas
and what a joy it would be for
us to have them in the
Bahamas," Ms Rolle said.
She said a regional president
S of the Miss Intercontinental
Pageant promised her: "One
day we will take you up on that
offer."
"We are indeed humbled by.
this opportunity to showcase
our beloved country to the
world and thankful to God for
the opportunity to put into
motion the talents he has given
us," Mrs Rolle said.

Ricky Martin
testifies on
human
trafficking

WASHINGTON
RICKY Martin visited the
U.S. Congress Hill on Tuesday
.to talk to lawmakers about
human trafficking. which he,'
called -horrendous", according
to 4ssi tdtedPress .
The 34-year-old Puerto
Rican pop star's nonprofit
Ricky Martin Foundation aims
to prevent the exploitation of
children. One of the founda-
tion's programs, People for
Children, works toward the
elimination of human traffick-
*, ing, especially trafficking of
children.
The program was launched
when Martin met three Indian
girls living on the street. Martin
thought they were "maybe
days away from being sold into
prostitution," according to his
testimony before the House
.' International Relations Com-
mittee.
Martin has also served as a
goodwill ambassador for the
United Nation's children's orga-
nization, UNICEF.
He is best known to US audi-
ences for his dance hit "Livin'
la Vida Loca," and he is con-
sidered one of the most suc-
cessful Latin music crossover
acts.


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SEPT. 27TH
6:30am Cormunity Page 1540AM
8:00 Bahamas @ Sunrise
9:00 Underdog
9:30 Tennessee Tuxedo & his tale
10:00 Treasure Attic
10:30 Aqua Kids
11:00 Immediate Response
noon ZNS News Update
12:05 Immediate Response (cont'd)
1:00 Island Lifestyles
1:30 N-Contrast
2:00 Bullwinkle & and His Friends
2:30 The Fun Farm
3:00 Morning Joy
3:30 Ecclesia Gospel
4:00 Dennis The Menace
4:30 Carmen San Diego
5:00 ZNS News Update
5:05 The Envy Life
5:30 You & Your Money
6:00 A Special Report
6:30 News Night 13
7:00 Bahamas Tonight
8:00 Eye On Health
9:00 Labour Speaks
9:30 Caribbean Passport
10:00 Caribbean Newsline
10:30 News Night 13
11:00 The Bahamas Tonight
11:30 Immediate Response
1:30am Community Page 1540AM
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rih o aelstmnt
proram e hanes


Taxi drivers to stage protest over



dock's security 'double standards'


THE Prince George Taxi
Drivers' Committee is holding
a demonstration today in
protest against what it says are
double standards imposed
against them at the dock.
According to Mark Sawyer,
chairman of the committee,
security at the dock has
become a major problem for
them since the September 11
attacks and taxi drivers are
being targeted by measures
more than anyone else.
Mr Sawyer said: "We are ful-
ly in support of security mea-
sures. However, we feel that
port security at the dock has
over-reacted and has exagger-
ated in that they have imposed
some measures on us that is
making working out here at
the dock very difficult and
unbearable."
"Our freedom of movement
is being compromised, our
freedom of expression is being


compromised and we feel that
there exists some very serious
double standards," he said.
Mr Sawyer added that taxi
drivers are targeted as "tour
guides and limo drivers con-
tinue to do what they want to
do".
"Everybody could walk
through the doors with mini-
mal security checks but when it
comes to taxi drivers, we need
almost four pieces of identifi-
cation before we can go out in
the back of the pier to get a
job," he said.
He said that the government
is not paying attention to the
taxi drivers. "There are rules
and regulations that are in
place to govern the ground
transportation industry that
the government refuses to
enforce.
S "Whenever you are going to
implement anything that
affects us, we need to be invit-


ed to a discussion," he said.
"Do not just invite the union
because less than 10 per cent of
the taxi drivers are members
of'The Bahamas Taxi Cab
Union," he added.
The committee is also
expressed its disquiet on the
Duty Free Law for taxi drivers.
"The Duty Free law that
allowed us to bring in a vehicle
every five years will expire on
January 2008 because the gov-
ernment only put in place for 5
years," Mr Sawyer said.
"Why would the govern-
ment only put a law in place
that supposedly suppose to
help us and allows it to expire
with no hope of renewal? It is
funny how it will expire after
the general election."
The committee intends to
meet in Rawson Square at
10am to voice their concerns
and opinions on the ground
transportation industry.


N MARK Sawyer


Civil servant leaps to defence of Pindling


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A govern-
ment civil servant has branded
statements comparing Sir Lyn-
den Pindling with Samuel 'Nine-
ty' Knowles as "deliberately and
maliciously deceitful".
Stephen Plakaris, deputy
director of school security for
Grand Bahama, said the recent
statements in the media attrib-
uted to community activist
Rodney Moncur is sympto-
matic of a healthy democratic
society in which individuals can
publicly express opinions.
He said that he agrees with
Mr Moncur that people should
not be convicted based on
rumours and conjectures, but
on evidence presented in a
court of law.
In defending the constitu-
tional rights of Mr Knowles, Mr
Moncur said that he had heard
no judiciary within the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas
having declared hm a' drug
dealer or drug smuggler.
Mr Plakaris said that ihis is
implying that Mr Pindling was a


drug dealer or a drug smuggler
because he is alleged to have
been linked to drug smugglers.
"As far as I am aware, the
late Sir. Lynden Oscar Pindling
was never convicted or
declared a drug dealer by any
court of law within the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas,
or the US," he said.
He noted that in 1989, after a
special meeting of the Perma-
nent Council of the Organisa-
tion of American States (OAS)
as which the US outlined what
is called hard evidence of Pana-
ma's General Manuel Noreiga's
involvement in illegal drug traf-
ficking, the then US Secretary
of State, Lawrence Eagleburger
said that "there is no evidence
to prove that the Bahamas
Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pin-
dling, and former Jamaica
Prime Minister Edward Seaga,
were ever involved in the traf-
ficking of illegal drugs."
"No attempts by misguided
community activists and polit-
ical' hge-i'ts; who, eontipni'-to
prcom dispute rhi, tact. Let hisisoul
rest in peace," he said.


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attention of:

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IMPORTANT

NOTICE


In accordance with section 6(6) of the Financial
Transactions Reporting Act, 2000, all bank
account holders are advised that
customer accounts/facilities not verified
by October 1, 2006 will be frozen on
or after this date. Customers are strongly
encouraged to visit their respective banks) to
update unverified accounts/facilities.

The following documents, in addition to your
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Current valid passport;
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127 Haitian



migrants found



off Black Point


WHILE on routine patrol
in the Central Bahamas on
Sunday afternoon, the crew
members of the Defence
Force HMBS P-43 appre-
hended 127 suspected Haitian
nationals.
The group, which included
97 men, 29 women and a child, -
were discovered 14 nautical
miles'North West of Black e 7-. 4
Point, in the Exuma chain at -
7pm on Sunday evening. : d
The Defence Force said in a '
statement yesterday that
because of the large number ,
of suspected immigrants, they I
were taken into Black Point U SOME of the female detainees being escorted off HMBS
and housed at the regatta site Yellow Elder shortly after their arrival at the Defence Force
for the night. Base early Tuesday morning
HMBS Yellow Elder, which
was dispatched to assist in the
transport of the suspected
immigrants, reportedly arrived
at the Cay on Monday after-
non..
The detainees were subse-
quMel taken aboard the 103-
ft. patrol craft and arrived in
the capital early Tuesday
morning, the statement-said.
According to the Defence
Force, the detainees claimed
to have left Port-de-Paix last
Wednesday on their 30-ft ves-
sel, "enroute to a better life".
"With the exception of a
few cases of dehydration, the
migrants all appeared to be in E A DETAINEE being treated for dehydration by Defence
reasonably good condition. Force personnel, shortly after their arrival at the Coral Harbour
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processing," the statement on Sunday evening.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006, PAGE 7


THE TRIBUNE


L AN


0 In brief

Cuba 'has
failed to
improve its
human rights'


Scientists issue their biggest



coral reef warning this year


GENEVA
CUBA has failed to improve
its human rights record, a UN
expert said Tuesday, citing cen-
sorship, the imprisonment of
political activists and restric-
tions on rights campaigners as
particular concerns, according
to Associated Press.
"The situation doesn't seem
today to be anything that could
be described as improved, and
I'm putting it mildly," Christine
Chanet told the 47-nation UN
Human Rights Council.
Cuba immediately slammed
the report as libelous, and
accused Chanet of double stan-
S dards, selectivity and political
manipulation.
Chanet, a French lawyer who
reports to the council on a man-
date carried over from the dis-
continued Human Rights Com-
mission, said she had been ham-
pered in her work by the Cuban
, authorities' refusal to cooper-
ate with her..
However, Chanet said that
by working with other experts,
including the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights,
her mission had been able to
gather enough information to
be able to make recommenda-
tions.
These include stopping pros-
ecution of opponents of the
communist regime, lifting laws
on freedom of expression and
movement, and allowing rights
organizations to enter and work
in Cuba.

Former
environment
chief admits part
in conspiracy
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Charlotte Amalie
A FORMER chief of envi-
ronmental protection in the US
Virgin Islands pleaded guilty
7 Tuesday to charges of conspir-
: ac) to defrijuJ ihe islands' eov-
ernment of" more than a million
dollars, an official said, a, coi ,d
ing to Associated Press.
Hollis Griffin, 43, acknowl-
edged engaging in a five-year
bribery scheme that paid up to
US$350,000 in kickbacks to at
least four government officials,
whose names have not been dis-
closed, in exchange for consult-
S ing contracts worth a total of
US$1.4 million, Assistant US
Attorney James Carroll said.
Griffin pleaded guilty to con-
spiracy to commit bribery, mail
fraud and illegally structuring
currency transactions to avoid
taxes, Carroll said.
Griffin, who stepped down
from the US territory's top envi-
ronmental protection post in
September 2004, bribed gov-
ernment employees to win con-
sulting contracts for a sham
company he formed with two
coconspirators who have plead-
ed guilty to the same charges.
From 2000 to 2005, the US
Virgin Islands paid the bogus
company more than US$1.1
million for consulting work that
was never completed, Carroll
said.
Griffin, who will be sentenced
December 19, faces up to five
years in prison.



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* US VIRGIN ISLAND
Chalotte Amalie
SCIENTISTS have issued
their strongest warning so far
this year that unusually warm
Caribbean Sea temperatures
threaten coral reefs that suf-
fered widespread damage last
year in record-setting heat,
according to Associated Press.
Waters haie reached 85
degrees around the US Vir-
gin Islands and Puerto Rico -
temperatures at which coral
can be damaged if waters do
not cool after a few weeks -
said Al Strong, a scientist with
the U.S. National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's
Coral Reef Watch, in a tele-
phone interview Monday.
The warning issued Satur-
day by NOAA urges scuba-
dive operators and underwa-
ter researchers in the US
Caribbean territories to look
for coral damage and use cau-
tion around the fragile reefs,
which are easily damaged by
physical contact.
Coral, which provide a shel-
tered habitat for fish, lobsters
and other animals, die from
prolonged bleaching, when


the water temperature gets so
hjgh that it kills the algae that
populate and build the reefs.
The new warning follows
two watches issued since July.
Strong said the water was
not expected to become as
warm as last year, when sea
temperatures in the territo-
ries hovered near 86 degrees
for months at a time and as
much as 40 per cent of the
coral died around the US Vir-
gin Islands.
He said researchers were
monitoring how the heat
affects coral recovery from
last year.
"There is still so much to
learn about the physiology of
coral" and which species
recover fastest, Strong said in
a telephone interview from
Maryland.
Scientists have not pin-
pointed what is behind the
warm sea temperatures but
some speculate global warm-
ing might be the cause.
Millions of people visit the
Caribbean each year to dive
and snorkel over the region's
coral reefs, part of a multi-bil-
lion dollar tourism industry.


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MANAGER

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably
qualified individuals for the position of MANAGER/PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
in its Marketing Department.

JOB SUMMARY

This position is responsible for directing, promoting, planning, coordinating and managing
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Manage:
* Manage and direct the Product Management staff for wireless, broadband, voice
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Plan and Implement:
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* By ALISON LOWE
A SPATE of armed robberies in Abaco this
month perpetrated by gunmen wearing Hal-
loween masks have culminated in the arrests of
two 17-year-old.youths.
On three separate occasions during the month
of September, individuals wearing the masks held
up employees in businesses in Abaco, and stole
money from the cash registers.
Police say that in the first incident, which
occurred on Friday, September 1, at around
10.35pm, two masked gunmen reportedly entered
the Shell Service Station on Don McKay Boule-
vard in Marsh Harbour.
Reaching into the cash register, the men stole
an undetermined amount of cash. They then fled'
on foot but not before firing two shots into the
premises. No one was injured.
At around 10.25pm on Thursday September



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sk, raided the Bay View Restaurant in, '
own, stealing cash from the register.
occasion, no shots were fired, police .,)
ite evening of the following day, the
nmen reportedly struck again.
entered the Texaco Service Station on ,
Highway, near Treasure Cay, the two y.,
shots into the building, and left taking,, a
aw with them. .
I reportedly escaped in a grey Chero-
rhich was later discovered abandoned -
tian Village of Sand Banks in Trea- i-s'
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accounting'
age one dency permit as "outrageous.
age one lies".
Earlier that day, Mr Gib-,,
s of "the whole son had denied that it is even,,
g dates of the possible for him to "interfere" r-
consideration to expedite applications. ,
the rationale However, yesterday's state- ,-
iroval, and to ment from the FNM, coun- r
e was delivered tered this, stating: "It is pos-
sible for him to interfere in,' ;.
:he opening of this process and the FNM is.-i~-'
ub-division on saying that that is exactly i-
Mhristie stood what he did.
son's position, "What we now want to-" ''
r Gibson had know is the full extent of that -
ance with gov- interference," said the party. '
Last week, Minister Gib-'"
ed claims that son claimed that the speed".r
n minister had with which Ms Smith was'"
received the granted permanent residency
Smith's resi- status was merely represen-,,-
tative of generally improved
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ciency. New systems are:being "
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effectiveness are being intro-
duced."
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high levels of efficiency he,"
that Mr. had implemented in the-'.
.V.. department.
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Christie.
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s) who ciency as "utter nonsense"
mentioned and stated that they are con--
fident that the Bahamian peo- r a i-
nas First ple do not believe this to be-
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iited are "We say it was because,- '.
Anna Nicole Smith is a per-- 'W
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006, PAGE 9


THF TRIBUNE,


What to do with ZNS


T HE QUESTION of
what tb do with ZNS is
once again on the front burn-
er.
Last week we traced the evo- 0
lution of Bahamian television
(you can read it
here: http://www.bahamapun-
dit.com/2006/09/reforming baha on Cable 12, but I have had no
m.html#more) and set the stage response."
for a look at the future. Mr Carter says he supported
Fact is, we'could have had privatization even while he was
cable TV here in the early chairman of the Broadcasting
1960s, but it was blocked for Corporation (from 1982 to
political reasons. With a popu- 1987): "I argued publicly for
nation of only 130,000 back then, private broadcasting and a spe-
the high cost and impracticality cific public broadcast status,
of a national lTV station didn't similar to the CBC, for ZNS.
make sense to some when we "There is a cultural and edu-
could watch Florida TV, but it national role that can best be
was insisted upon by "progres- served by such an entity that
sive" politicians and intellectu- should be editorially indepen-
als ostensibly to protect our dent and responsible, by char-
cultural identity. ter, to the total community. It
.-So we'iad to wait until 1977 should be funded by grant and
for the government to imple- its programming content should
ment TV,and privately-operat- reflect the needs, concerns
ed cable television was withheld and expectations of our devel-
until 1995. hoping society."
To make things worse, ZNS Ths is essentially the same
TV did little or nothing to pro- conclusion that the Ingraham
mote Bahamian culture, but a government came to in the
great deal topromote Bahami- 1990s, but balked at imple-
an politicians. meeting because of the political
The people who started TV- and financial implications. Mike
13 were all:trained in Canada, Smith, who chaired the BCB
where broadcasting was set up from 1994 to 2000, said a 1996
along theilines of the BBC, study recommended downsiz-
which was the United King- ing ZNS, selling off 104.5FM
dom's sole broadcaster until and running TV as a public
1955. That authoritarian model affairs service.
fitted in nicely with the inclina- "But money was a big prob-
tions of our local politicos lem," he told Tough Call. "The
with one big exception. The severance package would have
British' and Canadians were cost over a million dollars and
more scrupulous about fairness the government would not
and diversity, agree to pump any more into
According to its charter, the ZNS, so we ended up simply
BBC is to be "free from both transferring some staff to other
political and commercial influ- agencies. Back then ZNS was
ence and answer only to its ending $13 million year and
viewers fnd listeners". A $4 bil- spending $13 million a year and
viewe nd ist funded b license earning less. than half that
lion budget is funded by license amount."
fees and programme sales. The Retired journalist Nicki Kel-
CBC gets a billion-dollar-a-year ly, who spent two years on the
subsidy from the government, ZNS board in the early
which is supplemented by 1990s, recalled that the station's
advertising revenue, but it was financial condition "was sb pre-
also a monopoly until the mid- carious that it was touch and go
1950s. every month whether there
But things went a little dif- would be money to pay the
ferently in the UnitedStates, staff, let alone the pension plan,
where radio was fully commer- national insurance, utilities and
cial by the 1920s and television all the other expenses.
by the 1940s. In fact, there was "On top of that, there were
no US government involvement theflagrant abuss by staff who
at all until 1967 when the Cor-, thought'noithlig ofrrunning
portion fcOT Public Broadcaq-; [on \. bu.in s.
;:, their o%% n $1dl, Ult2Dl i sr cs n g
ing was created by' Congress. 'Corpor ion lime using Corpo-
As a private, non-protit ii gets a ration equipment, or the clever
yearly government grant, cur- ruses to run up overtime, or lat-
rently on the order of $400 mil- er the coterie of female broad-
lion a year, but most of its oper- casters who saw themselves as
eating budget is raised from pri- entrepreneurs and were heavily
vate sources. engaged in running their vari-
And, much like the British ous enterprises while working
and Canadians, the Americans for the Corporation."
legislated "strict adherence to These descriptions probably
objectivity and balance" and still apply, but we don't really
outlawed government interfer-
ence in broadcasting.
Today Bahamians can watch
hundreds of digital channels via
cable or satellite. And since SUNRISE MED]
ZNS runs mostly old movies
and foreign soaps, the question EMPLO'
that naturallycomes to mind is, OPPORT
.why do we need it? And more OPPORTI
to the point, .what value do we
get for thel $13 million plus a
year we spend on it?
,,-The answer for some, is PLASTIC S
because Bahamians must be
able to watch Junkanoo on TV,
as well as special events like Successful candidate must
state funerals, parliamentary
openings or political conven- specializing in Reconstruct
tions. But Cable Bahamas has a Surgery. Must be able to ad
community channel and a par-
liamentary channel that also do advice on all phases of Pla,
these-things at no direct cost
to the taxpayer. In fact, the and protocols.
obligation to do them is writ-
ten into its licence.
'According to Charles Carter, Requirements:-
the former ZNS boss whose pri- Minimum of 15 years exp
ivate radio station 'packages Mimum of 15 years e
news, and other shows for
Cable's community channel
"-B- t h or g a n iz a ti o ns Please send
are-extremely proud of this pro-
gramming, and neither compa- Human R
ny gets paid to produce it, nor SP.O.Box
do we charge each other for ser-
vyices. It's an investment. I Freeport, Grand B
applied t6 the government some
years ago for a commercial
license to run advertising


know because the BCB hasn't
provided audited statements to
parliament since the year 2000
- and that report wasn't tabled
until 2003.
Sir Arthur Foulkes was BCB
chairman from 2000 to 2002
when the last "comprehensive
evaluation of ZNS" was under-
taken. He told Tough Call that
"the study was done in collabo-
ration with Canadian consul-
tants and dealt with everything:
finances, viability of commer-
cial TV, radio, equipment, staff,
etc."
The conclusion was that
maintaining a multitude of
state-owned radio stations in a
privatised market was unneces-
sary and costly, so they should
all be divested except for ZNS
1, which would continue as a
national public radio service.
SMeanwhile, TV-13 would
become a public affairs service
funded by government grant,
with local programming encour-
aged by offering seed money to
independent producers. The
consensus was that 300,000 eye-
balls scattered over several
islands was not a big enough
market to fund TV commer-
cially, especially as the coun-
try's two biggest industries -
hotels and offshore services -
didn't need to advertise here.

But the 2002 general
election intervened
and, again, nothing much hap-
pened. Broadcast journalist
Carlton Smith summed it up
best when he spoke at a media
seminar last year: "Many felt
that with the coming of private
broadcasting, the Corporation
would be forced to change. But
more than 12 years later ZNS
remains a state-run organisa-
tion that, despite the intentions
of any government, cannot
work in the public interest."
So the question is, what do
we do about that?
Well, perhaps we should con-
sider whether we need ZNS at-..
all.,Ev.n if:it couldbe detachecd-
from dle'dt go' erntm-ent control,'
it would likely turn into a
broadcasting version of
Bahamas Information Services,
another pointless agency whose
Employees trot behind govern-
ment ministers to produce "offi-
cial" news of dubious value.
So if that's the objective, why
not just merge ZNS with BIS,
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with no ambiguity about what
it's supposed to do. Then we
could set about the task of
redefining the role of BIS.
To recreate ZNS as an
authentic public affairs service
would require strict legislative
guarantees of autonomy, and
the station would have to be
operated by a genuinely inde-
pendent authority, with a cross-
section of community represen-
tation. A massive firewall would
be needed to deter interfering
politicos, and, frankly, it's hard
to see any Bahamian govern-
ment acceding to this.
If we retain ZNS, the ques-,
tion of finance arises. And there
are really only four options here
- advertising sales, licence
fees, donations or tax subsidies.
Since we have ruled out ad
sales and there are likely to be
few donors until a reconstituted
ZNS proves itself, we are left
with public funding in one of
two ways. The government
could allocate a yearly contri-
bution for ZNS, as it does for
other government departments.
But without strict guarantees,
this would only deepen political
control.
An easier approach would
be to add a tax to Cable
Bahamas' monthly subscription.
Most of the 90,000 households
in the country are served by
cable, so a $5 a month fee could'
generate over $5 million a year,
which ought to be sufficient to
operate a slimmdd-down ZNS.
And at the risk of stating the
obvious, why don't we just man-
date Cable 12 to cover impor-
tant state functions and cultur-
al events, disband TV-13, and
license private stations? Wen-
dall Jones already has approval
in principle for his public affairs
station, which will come on
stream as soon as new broad-
casting regulations are in place.
And it is rumoured that Deb-
bie Bartlette may also get a
licence.
But unfortunately this
debate will soon be overtaken
by events, because the govern-
ment has hired a Canadian con-
sultant to advise on a huge
investment to replace TV-13's
old technology with new digi-
tal equipment. That means
funds may be allocated before
the way forward has been prop-
erly and publicly charted.
What do you think?
Send comments to
larry@tribunemedia.net
Or visit
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The Life and Legacy of

POLICE INSPECTOR
WHITNEY SHELTON
JOHNSON, SR., A. A., 45
WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY,
SEPTEMBER 25, 2006 AT 11:
OOAM AT KEMP ROAD UNION
BAPTIST CHURCH
INTERMENT WILL FOLLOW IN
WOODLAWN GARDENS
CEMETERY, SOLDIER ROAD.
OFFICIATING WILL BE REV.
DR. WESLEY L. THOMPSON,
ASSISTED BY DR. IVAN F.
BUTLER.
HE IS SURVIVED BY: WIFE: LOLITA JOHNSON; CHILDREN:
WHITNEY SHELTON JOHNSON, JR., WPC 2901 MELISSA
JOHNSON, ASHLEY AND LA'KITA JOHNSON; PARENTS-
KENNETH JOHNSON; SISTERS: ANTOINETTE YVETTE
JOHNSON FOWLER, LEAH AND PHYLLIS JOHNSON (NEW
YORK), JUDY BUTLER, BRENDA JOHNSON (MIAMI), JOANNE
WALLACE; BROTHERS: DEANGELO JOHNSON; NIECES:
AMANDA AND ANYA FOWLER, LITHERA KNOWLES, LORINDA
SMITH, BERNIQUE MILLER, CARLISA, RACQUEL AND T'CHA
WILSON, SALENA WALLACE, DENA, TIKA, ALECIA, LATOYA
JOHNSON, TAMIKA, TAMALIA AND YASMINE BUTLER;
NEPHEWS: DENRICK SMITH, JAMAL MILLER, EL-TAVIO BOWE,
STAFFORD STUART, JR., WARREM, KARON AND TRAVANTO
TAYLOR, D'ONTE HAMILTON, ASTON, SHERANO AND
TERANO WILSON, CARL, SAMUEL AND JULIAN WALLACE,
CHRISTOPHER, RICHARD AND TRAVAUGHN JOHNSON;
AUNTS: GLADYS FOX, KERNEVA MEADOWS, MYRTLE
DEVEAUX, LILLY FERGUSON, BARBRA FERGUSON, ESTHER
FERGUSON AND IVA FERGUSON; UNCLES: BRENVILLE
FERGUSON, BISHOP ARTHUR FERGUSON, CLARENCE
FERGUSON (CLEVELAND TENNESSEE); OTHER RELATIVES
AND FRIENDS INCLUDING: ORIAN JOHNSON, NELLY BROWN,
ZERLETTA FERGUSON, ESTELLA COBURN, HUEL JOHNSON,
ALFRENIQUE ROLLE, D'KWON RUSSELL, JORDAN PRINCE
WILLIAM CLASS OF 1978, MARILYN RUSSELL, FRED SMITH,
JOHNSON FAMILY,ELEANOR BRENNEN, RUBYANN
BRADSHAW (MIAMI, FLORIDA), TRACEY MOSS (FREEPORT),
ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE SQUAD OF 2000, RIDGELAND PARK
FAMILY, MR. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH, STAFF OF
COMFORT SUITE, SUPERCLUB BREEZERS HOTEL, VANESSA
LOCKHART, ELLSEWORTH MCKENZIE, JUDITH MAYCOCK,
ROSEMARY SIMMONS, ROSEMARY H. BUTLER, MILDRED
HIGGINBOTTOM, ROSEMARY FOWLER, FRANKLYN
CAMPBELL, CLYDE JOHNSON HURBERT RIGBY, ANGELINE
MOSS, ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE, STEPHANIE
DAWKINS, VIOLET KELLY, DORA LARRAMORE, RUTH CASH,
JOY ROS, LISA, DEBORAH SEYMOUR, MELVERN HALL,
SHARON SWANN, DORALEE BENEBY, MARSHA, BRENDA AND
PATRICE CURRY, LOUIS DEVEAUX AND FAMILY, MANY MORE
TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION.
Viewing will be held in the "SERINITY SUITE" at Restview Memorial
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from 11:00 am' uttit600pm and again af the church from 9:30am until
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"We need not to be apolo-
getic," Mr Ferguson said,
addressing the group of work-
ers. "We want the union, the
people want the union, so
that is the end of the story.
They will not determine what
union people want."
"This is something we can't
let happen. Like the Bahami-
ans say, 'that's completely out
of line.'" he said.
If the management of San-
dals fails to understand their
needs, workers have
promised to strike. "Get
ready," Mr Ferguson said,
referring to the management
of Sandals, "the officers are
ready to begin negotiations
on Monday at 9 am. If you
don't do it we will file a trade
dispute to strike you know
what strike means?" he
asked. "A withdraw of
labour," he clarified. "I don't
make threats, I make promis-
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Mr Ferguson claimed that
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FROM page one


threat
management decided to
choose a union for its work-
ers.
"We have rights and we
will not allow him or anyone
to come to the Bahamas and
do what they want to do.
Freedom of choice is funda-
mental."
The union's legal adviser
said if he had to, he would
call on his affiliates for assis-
tance, because "this isn't just
a threat to us, this is a threat
to all the workers in this
country."
According to Lynden Tay-
lor, the BHMAWU is wait-
ing word from the Labour
Minister Shane Gibson to
approve their union to be the
bargaining agent for Sandals
Employees.
"The minister will decide,".
Mr Ferguson said, "and I am
certain he will do the right
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found guilty


sympathy that they might have for
the victim or the accused to impair
their judgment.
The jury was also directed not to
consider that the accused had men-
tioned that he had spent some time
in jail in the past.
In her directions to the jury Jus-
tice Alien said that an accused per-
son is presumed innocent until.
proven guilty and that the prose-
cution has the burden of proving,
guilt.
She also directed the jury that
the standard of proof was beyond a
reasonable doubt or to the extent
that the jury had to be so satisfied
as to be sure.
The jury was also reminded that
the prosecution's burden of proof
never ever switches to the accused,
Justice Allen directed the jury
that the crux of the cage "a'as
whether it was the accused who
fired the shot that killed the victim
and whether or not when he fired
the shot he intended to kill the vic-
tim.
Representing the Crown were
attorneys Jacklyn Forbes-Forster
and Calvin Seymour.
The accused was represented by
his brother, attorney Wayne


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his hands if he publicly admits that he is wrong
and apologise."
Same sex marriages are prohibited in the
Bahamas. The Registrar General's office, which
issues marriage licences, does not grant licences to
persons wishing to marry a person of the same
sex.
Bishop Smith said that while it is possible that
same sex marriages can be performed without a
licence, he denied performing any such a mar-
riage.
"I don't look at people's genitals. It is the job of
registrar to verify that these persons meet the
legal requirements in order to be married here.
And so, if the registrar is convinced that such a
person is a man and woman then a licence is
granted. The licence is addressed to any mar-
riage officer of the Bahamas," he said.
"To cover myself I simply ask them to pro-
duce picture IDs, as well as birth certificates to'
verify who they say they are.
"All I can say is that Reno Smith did not per-
form such a wedding. I know of no one who per-
forms such a wedding. But, if the good reverend
has the evidence that the Attorney General does
not have, or the Assistant Commissioner of Police
does not have, it would be good of him if he can
make such evidence available to these people so
he could have Reno Smith arrested."
"I know many would ask this man (Rev Wal-
lace) to resign because based on scripture anyone
who associates themselves with gossip is not fit for
spiritual leadership."
SReferring to Revelations 29:32, Rev Smith
pointed out that the scripture associates gossips in
the league of murderers and sexual deviants, and
persons who are out of fellowship with God.



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As for the eye witnesses pre-
sented by the prosecution, Justice
Allen directed the jur3 that the
question was whether ol not they
'were satisfied that the witnesses
were telling the truth. Justice Allen
: told the jury that if they did not "
believe the witnesses that would be '
the end of the matter because, there
was no other evidence that linked
Sthe accused to the murder. Justice
*'Allen said that the case against the
Accused depended on the truthful-
,ness of the witnesses and the cor-
.rectness of their identification of
the accused.
*'The 12 person jury retired at 1.30
-pm to deliberate on their verdict. '. ,
At 3 51' pm they returned to court
with a unanimous guilty verdict for ,
murder. ,
Justice Allen adjourned the case
to December 6 for the sentencing ',
hearing when she said she would
request a probation report and a
psychiatric report on the accused. .
The Crown told the court that it
would seek the death penalty at ,
the sentencing hearing. ''


Bishop lawsuit
"Those are grounds for him to be asked to,,
resign. We have taken out legal action, but I.,,
know someone will call and say but you are Chris- -.:
tian you should not sue a brother. The keyword is ,' ..'
brother. You don't sue brother and he is nobroth- -,
er of mine." ..
Although Bishop Smith's name was not pub- '
lished in a highly controversial news article by' '
Rev Wallace, he pointed out that a particular "
newspaper was advised after they interviewed
him based on the information they had received '
from Rev Wallace, that if they published Bishop
Smith's name or a photo likeness of him, they',"'
also would be sued. .:
Bishop Smith said that before the article was'' .
published, the Attorney General had sent actual
investigators to see him based on the information
they received from Rev Wallace.
"'He was not pleased with those investigations
and so he figured he had more information than,
the AG or Commissioner of Police, and again, if ,
he is listening he needs to publicly make the evi-
dence available to ACP Greenslade and the AG's', '
office in Freeport."
Mr Smith, who is the main person performing
destination weddings in Grand Bahama, said for
years persons have been trying to get him out of, '.
the business.
He said he started performing destination wed- '
dings 20 years ago for the Ministry of Tourism'"-,
before establishing "Bahamas wedding paradise.". -
Bishop Smith said he has been featured on US
television 13 times, British TV 3 times, and was, '
appointed on November 17,2005 as the first non-
resident minister to perform weddings in Wash-'
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New foreign service


officers at embassy


US OFFICIALS have
announced the arrival of three new
foreign service officers at the Amer-
ican Embassy in Nassau.
In a statement issued yesterday,
the Embassy identified them as Mr
D)avid Elmo, Mrs Virginia Sher
Ramadan and Dr Daniel O'Con-
nor.
A management officer, David
Elmo will be responsible for overall
business management of the
Embassy.
For example, he and his staff run
management operations related to:
logistics, finance, contracts, infor-
mation systems, facilities, human
resources, community relations, and g CLOCKWISE from above:
health care. Dr Daniel O'Connor, Mr David
Mr Elmo has over 20 years of Elmo and Mrs Virginia Sher
experience with the US government Ramadan
-and comes to the Bahamas from his
last assignment in Havana, Cuba. in 1999. Her next assignment was as
His other Foreign Service post- the countrywide fratd prevention
ings include: Washington, DC; La manager for Brazil, based out of
Paz, Bolivia; and Milan, Italy. He Rio de Janeiro, where she led a
speaks Spanish, Italian and some large team dedicated to combating
German. illegal entry into the United States.
A native of New York, David During the years outside the For-
graduated from Fordham College eign Service, Mrs Ramadan served
cithia bachelors of science degree in as an attorney with international
economics. He later received mas- law firm of Coudert Brothers in
ters degrees in management, from New York, as an immigration attor-
Webster University; in real estate ney with Catholic Charities in Vir-
development, from Columbia Uni- ginia, and was alaw professor for 14
versity, and in strategic studies from years at New York Law School,
the US Army War College. teaching immigration law, interna-
In addition to being a diplomat, tional business transactions, wills,
David is an Army Reservist. He trusts and future interests and prop-
was recently promoted to the rank erty law.
of Brigadier General. In his part- Mrs Ramadan obtained her
time military capacity, David com- bachelors of science degree in for-
mands units located in Puerto Rico eign service from Georgetown Uni-
and the US Virgin Islands. versity in Washigton DC and holds
He said that he is thrilled to be in an MBA from theAmerican Grad-
thle Bahamas and looks forward to uate School of International Man-
learning more about the Bahami- agement (Thunderbird) in Arizona.
an culture and people. She obtained her juris doctor
Virginia Sher Ramadan, the new degree from New York Law School'
chief of the Consular Section, is and her LLM (master's degree) in
responsible for all American ser- international law from Columbia
vices and Visa matters. Law School in New York.
Prior to her arrival this month Mrs Ramadan speaks TPor-
Mrs Ramadan served as the first tuguese, Spanish and Arabic. The
US public affairs officer in Libya statement said she and her husband,
Since bilateral diplomatic relations Wahd. and their four children look
-were established after a gap of more forward to the next three years in
.than a quarter century, and helped the beautiful Bahamas.
open the United States Embassy in Dr Daniel O'Connor, the new
.Tripoli in May of 2006. politicalleconomic/public affairs
Mrs Ramadan served in Sao chief, is responsible for managing
Paulo, Brazil and Tunis, Tunisia in bilateral relations with the go'ern-
Slier initial tours with the Foreign ment of the Commonwealth of the
Service. Bahamas as well as reporting to
Sh- leir the sqrieqiin 1981 to ashington on ongoing political
pursue career in, lwapd rejoined apd economic jde elopmepts.


In addition, the section is respon-.
sible for public affairs and cultural;
outreach programmes.
Prior to this assignment, Drf
O'Connor served in Santo Domin-
go, Dominican Republic and in
Washington, DC.
* Before joining the Foreign Ser-:
vice, Dr O'Connor was a presiden-
tial management intern at the
National Aeronautics and- Space;
Administration and at the Depart-,
ment of Justice.
He was also an adjunct profes-
sor of political science at the George
Washinigon Uni\ersity in Wash-
ington, DC.
Dr O'Connor holds a bachelor
of arts degree from the University of
Delaware and a Ph D from the
American University.
SHe has co-authored a book and'
several articles on US foreign poli-
cy..,
Dr O'Connor xas born in New
York but, now lives in Rockville.
Maryland.
The statement said that he and
his famul look forward to bringing
the Bahamas making friends. and
explonng .ll, Ithe. \ ondertut f ithi'
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summer break


By ANASTACIA MORE
Tribune Feature Writer
THAT Bahamian culinary
institution, the Sun And..., is
holding its grand reopening after
a summer recess on Friday night.
The Sun And... was founded
in 1956 and purchased in 1981
by Belgian couple Ronnie and
Esther Deryckere, who fell in
love with the atmosphere and
Bahamian flavour of this his-
toric landmark.
In its time the restaurant has
hosted many of the rich and
famous, among them Diana
Ross, the late princess Soraya,
first wife of the Shah of Iran,
the late Frank Sinatra, Sir Sid-
ney Poitier, and Eddie Murphy.
But Mr Deryckere says that
all of the restaurant's patrons
are treated the same.
"We treat all of our guest
with the same level of quality
service, regardless of social sta-
tus or international fame or the
amount of money one has,"
said Mr Deryckere.
"We do not rush our guest.
You set your pace once you
are greeted, you have the choice
of going to the bar or directly to
your table where you are greet-
ed with canapes.
Sun And... is entered from a
court yard with a waterfall cre-
ating a peaceful tropical setting.
The restaurant comfortably
accommodates 100 diners, with
each dining area lends itself to a
different theme.
But Mr Deryckere's pride is
in the food, vhich he says is pre-.
pared with fresh ingredients of
the highest quality, and includes
Andros crab cake in lemon
peeled scented virgin olive, oil-
and coconut and guava Grand
Marnier souffle.
The restaurant reopens at
_ 6.30pm this Friday.
See Women and Health next
Tuesday for a recipe from Sun
And.. chef Ronnie Derickere.


* FRIEND enjoy a meal


M THE setting at the Sun And...


* GRILLED Grouper with beets and an apple salsa


* ATLANTIS Sous Chef Er)ca Carey is pictured preparing a meal during training at Casa
D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. Casa D'Angelo will open at Atlantis this fall.


Work is underway



for new restaurant


Chefs have been undergo-
ing training in Florida in
preparation for the opening of
Atlantis's new Italian restau-
rant late next month.
The cooks are hoping to
delight the taste buds of Italian
food lovers dining at Atlantis'
Casa D'Angelo, which is due
to open in late October.
As a part of the resort's on-
going training efforts several
chefs recently travelled to the
exquisite restaurant owned by
award-winning chef Angelo
Elia, who actually began cook-
ing in his family's restaurant
in Italy at nine, moved to New.
York when he was 14 and
eventually graduated to the
big league by opening his very
own Italian restaurant in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr Angelo said that the
focus of the training was for
the cooks to 'work on the line"
and experience first hand the
food which will be featured in
Casa D'Angelo. "I wanted
them to see the food, that was
my priority," he said, "the way
the food will come out from


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* ATLANTIS cook. Nakima Mackey at left and Enca Carey.
a sous chef at Atlantis at right pictured along with chef Angelo
Elia owner of Casa D'Angelo at centre


the kitchen and the way the
team works together."
Atlantis' Villa d'Este ill


eventually be phased out with
the introduction of Casa .
D'Angelo


Karen Smith Eleanor Reilly Brian Johnson Patricia Damita Cornish Tiffany Smith Nathan Rolle Sr. Wilfred Jack Antony sawyer ;,
Llghtbourne

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


:To-thirds of Bahamians





face retirement timebomb


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

have no retirement sav-
ings other than their
National Insurance
Board (NIB) income, a
Central Bank of the Bahamas report
confirmed yesterday, indicating that
S an enormous pensions and social
timebomb is being built up in this
S nation.
The Central Bank's 2004 survey of
private pension plans in the Bahamas,
the results of which were released
yesterday, estimated the number of
S Bahamian workers participating in
such schemes at.39,554 out of an
employed labour force of 158,340.
While the estimated number of
i. Bahamians enrolled in private pen-
sion schemes increased by 3.9 per cent
S in 2004, compared to a 2.2 per cent
increase in the size ofsthe workforce,
S the Central Bank said private retire-
ment plans covered only 25 per cent
of Bahamian workers.


Given that the Government funded
a non-contributory scheme for 17,000
civil servants, the Central Bank esti-
mated that about 36 per cent of the
Bahamian workforce is currently cov-
ered by private pensions or some oth-
er form of retirement plan.
The report's findings confirm the
frequent warnings given by Bahamian
investment managers and retirement
planners, and the conclusions reached
by the Social Security Reform Com-
mission (SSRC) on the NIB. .
The findings mean that not enough
Bahamians are preparing financially
for their retirement, and how they
will fund and maintain living stan-
dards when no longer working.
Too many Bahamians are spend-
ing all they earn on current con-
sumption, running up large amounts
of debt and not saving enough, mean-
ing they are storing up major prob-
lems for themselves and the wider
country.
Too often,: many Bahamians.
depend on friends and family to help
them during their later years, pre-


Only 25% of workforce covered by private

pension scheme, Central Bank survey finds


senting a heavy burden for younger
generations to care for. And they may
not be able to rely on the NIB for
too much longer, given that the SSRC
has recommended numerous reforms
to save it from bankruptcy by 2029.
The Central Bank report struck an
optimistic note, saying that participa-
tion in private pension plans and
assets growth should increase as a
result of economic expansion in the
Bahamas.
It argued thlt while this should
increase pensions coverage of new
workers, existing employees in small-
er Bahamian businesses were also
expected to participate in increasing
numbers. This was because invest-
ment management and insurance


firms were devising more retirement
plans suited to individual needs, and
which were portable when workers
changed jobs.
The Central Bank added that the
creation of a formal regulatory struc-
ture for private pension plans in the
Bahamas, something which has long
been talked about but never acted
upon, "could also stimulate and
increase the level of domestic savings
and the proportion of such savings
which support productive investments
and capital markets developments".
Such regulation could include
portability of pension savings, and
whether it should be mandatory for
all private employers to provide a
pension plan for their employees, as


the SSRC is recommending.
The Central Bank estimated that
total assets in Bahamian private pen-
sion plans were $833 million in 2004,
an amount equivalent to 14.7 per cent
of Bahamian gross domestic product
(GDP).
The Central Bank estimated that
private pension assets grew by 4.8 per
cent in 2004,a slightly lower rate than
the 6.3 per cenrtachieved in 2003.
The communications and utilities
sectors, meaning public corporations
such as BTC and BEC, held the
largest total share of private pension
plan assets, some 32.8 per cent, fol-
lowed by the financial services indus-
try (24 per cent) and tourism (23.7
per cent).


'Pregnant moment'

on National Health

Insurance scheme


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
DEBATE over the Gov-
ernment's proposed Nation-
al Health Insurance (NHI)
plan has reached a "preg-
nant moment", a leading
physician told The Tribune
yesterday, with many believ-
ing the Blue Ribbon Com-
mission's initial plan "isn't
going to work".
Dr Duane Sands; a car-
diovascular surgeon and
leading member of the Med-
ical Association of the
Bahamas (MAB), said that
while most stakeholders
agreed with the Government
on the need to reform the
Bahamian healthcare sys-
tem, "the big question is
what that reform is going to
look like".
The Tribune understands
that industries and associa-
tions that will be affected,


* B J NOTTAGE, Minister
of Health/National Insurance

pr are concerned, about the
Government's existing NHI
proposals are planning to
form themselves into an
organisation called the
National Coalition for
Healthcare Reform.
The Coalition, if formed,

SEE page 4B


Higher returns Agriculture


attract pensions

to capital

markets

S By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CAPITAL appreciation
rewards and higher dividend
yields encouraged Bahamian
. private pension plans to
increase their investments in
stocks and other capital market
instruments as a percentage of
their investment portfolios, a
Central Bank of the Bahamas
report released yesterday found.
The survey of private pension
plans for 2004 found that while
Bahamian government securi-
ties, such as government-regis-
tered stock and Treasury Bills,
remained the largest portfolio
allocation, accounting for 40.4
per cent of total investments as
opposed to 36.4 per cent in
2003, capital market invest-
ments moved into second place.

SEE page 5B.


needs

legislative

agenda

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
:: THE absence of a legislative
agenda for the education sys-
tem and Bahamian agriculture
has left both sectors unable to
meet the needs of a growing
national economy, a former
FNM minister has warned.
Earl Deveaux, in an address
to the Abaco Business Outlook
Conference, said the agriculture
industry's limited resources had
been exposed by the Citrus
Canker crisis on Abaco two
years, which wiped out 90 per
cent of the island's agricultural
exports and "he largest jewel in
the nation's agricultural crown".
The Ministry of Agriculture's
response to the disease had
been late, and outbreaks of Cit-
rus Canker on the island had

SEE page 5B


Morgan Stanley in Freeport project talks

U By NEIL HARTNELL .dence other projects have been impacted by the
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Sribune Business aEdior
THE Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) is in talks with a major New York
investment bank over a major resort and
commercial development at Barbary
Beach, sources have informed The Tri-
bune.
Few details on the proposed project,
which is still in its infancy, have been
released, but this newspaper can confirm
that the Port Authority is in talks with
Morgan Stanley on the development,
which is anticipated to impact Freeport
in the same way that Atlantis and Par-
adise Island have boosted New Provi-


The Barbary eacn proJect is unaer-
stood to involve resort hotels and the full
range of amenities, including retail and
golf courses.
Despite e-mailing a lengthy list of ques-
tions to Hannes Babak, the Port Author-
ity's.chairman, which included a request
for details on the Morgan Stanley project,
The Tribune has not received a reply.
Sources have informed this newspaper
that Mr Babak and the Port Authority
are also working hard on projects that
include the relocation of Grand Bahama's
cruise ship terminal.
It is unclear whether the Morgan Stan-
ley discussions, cruise ship terminal and:


uncertaintv created oy me itree-way ugnt
over the late Edward St George's estate.
The estate includes his 50 per cent stake
in the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and
this and his other assets are being fought
over by family members in a battle for
control and money.
Mary St George, his former second wife,
has launched a legal action in the New
York Supreme Court seeking confirma-
tion that she is entitled to 50 per cent own-
ership of the late Mr St George's estate.
Given that Mr St George owned a 50


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Tribune Business Editor
SEVERAL "minor things" need to be
completed before Kerzner International's
Bahamian Depository Receipts (BDRs)
are finally delisted from the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange (BISX),
The Tribune has been told.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief executive,
said the Kerzner BDRs were no longer
listed or traded on the exchange, "pending
final removal".
Mr Davies said: "There are minor things
that need to be done to close off their
account, but trading has ceased with a
view to ending their listing on BISX."
Trading in Kerzner International's
BDRs was suspended as a result of the
$81 per share buyout of the company,
which meant its ordinary shares ceased to
trade on the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE).
BISX Rules require that trading in any
listed BDR mirrors that of the underlying
ordinary shares' on their primary
exchange. :
Kerzner International's BDRs are deriv-
atives of the company's NYSE-listed ordi-
nary shares. Trading in Kerzner Interna-
tional's ordinary shares ceased on 'that
.exchange on Friday, September 1'.
Sol and Butch Kerzner, Kerzner Inter-
national's chairman and chief executive
respectively, backed by their privateequi-
ty partners, completed the $81 per share
purchase of Kerzner International on that
date, returning the company to the private


* KEITH DAVIES
(FILE photo)


sector.
Explaining the reasons for taking Kerzn-
er International private, the Kerzners and
their private equity group partners had
previously said they felt the company's
share price had peaked, with the market
having built in the expected value benefits
from Paradise Island Phase III and other
expansion projects.
They wrote: "In light of the fact that
the shares of Kerzner International were
trading at an all-time high immediately


prior to the public announcement of the
proposed merger, the investor group
believes that the stock market fully valued
Kerzner International's contemplated pro-
jects and developments, and therefore the
potential for future increases in the trading
price was limited.
"The investor group believes that it is
best to operate Kerzner International as a
privately-held entity. As a privately-held
entity, Kerzner International will have the
flexibility to focus on continuing improve-
ments to its business without the con-
straints and distractions caused by the
public equity market's valuation of Kerzn-
er International."
The Kerzners also felt their sharehold-
ing in the publicly traded Kerzner Inter-
national was not enough reward to com-
pensate them for the risk they are taking
with their various expansion projects.
Now, the Kerzners' combined stake has
risen from around 12 per cent to about
25 per cent as a result of the buyout con-
templated by themselves and their private
equity partners.
The equity contributions by the Kerzn-
ers' partners in the almost $4 billion buy-
out are:
Istithmar $85.5 million
The Related Companies $60 million
Whitehall Street Global Real Estate
Partners and related entities $372 million
Colony Capital -
$218 million
Providence Equity
Partners $125 million


FROM page 1B

per cent stake in the Port Authority, she is
alleging that she owns 25 per cent in the
private sector company that also has qua-
si-governmental responsibilities to devel-
op the 230 square miles that constitute
Freeport.
This, she alleged, would make her the
Port Authority's second largest share-


holder if the court action succeeds.
Mary St George warned companies that
had invested in Freeport since Mr St
George's death that that their agreements
with the Port Authority "may be later
challenged in court".
This prompted Caroline, the daughter of
Mr St George's first wife, to publicly con-
firm previous Tribune reports that she
would launch legal action to safeguard
her interest in'the estate, alleging that Mr


St George had part paid for his Port
Authority stake using money that had
been placed in trust for her and her sister. '
The three-way battle over Mr St
George's estate could not have come at a
worse time for, Freeport and Grand
Bahama, as it has dented investor confi-
dence just as a number of potential invest-
ment projects lie on the drawing,board-to
.revitalise the island from its depressed -
post-2004 hurricane season state', "', "'' 1,'."


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PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006


BUSINESS









THE TB ED S ,S E E2I


Hotel chief: Is the




SBahamas adequately




preparing workers?


By NEIL HARTNELL
S Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation's (BHA) president has
questioned whether this nation
is "sufficiently preparing" its
students and workers to take
Advantage of opportunities pro-
ided by the tourism industry,
which has 1,000 different types
of job available.
In his address to coincide with
today's World Tourism Day,
Earle Bethell said young
Bahamians had to realise there
were "endless" opportunities
they could seize in this nation's
tourism industry, which was the
main driver of the economy.
Mr Bethell said: "Tourism
has been the primary instru-
ment for our nation's growth
and prosperity. The dollars
spent by tourists have fuelled
our treasury, built our infra-
structure, created our jobs and
Spawned thousands of Bahami-
an-owned businesses reaching
to all areas and sectors of our
economic life.
"Young people, in particular,
--'must realise that the opportu-
nities in the industry today are
endless. There are over 1,000
different types of jobs available
in tourism in the Bahamas
S' today. Gone are the days when
'our thinking was confined to
.' tourism being restricted to just a
Sfew types of jobs or the stereo-
typical thinking of it being a
dead-end career.
"The job and business oppor-
tunities are as wide as our imag-
inations, and the dollar power
of tourism extends to every oth-
er area of our economic life -
to those of us in medicine,
'. banking, retailing, service busi-
n esses, government every one
of us depends on a healthy
tourism industry."


N EARLE BETHELL


The BHA president said
tourism had enriched Bahamian
culture and the environment,
helping to expose this nation's
music, food, arts and heritage
to the world.
The industry had also gener-
ated revenues enabling the
Government to restore monu-
ments, open museums and
establishnational parks.
But tourism was also chal-
lenging Bahamians to look at
how they fulfilled their respon-
sibilities to their own people
and environment, and how they
treated their countrymen and
tourist visitors.
"Serious questions are raised
and asked: are we as a people
taking ownership for our sur-
roundings all of us in respect-
ing the God-given beauty which
we are given to steward? Are
we sufficiently preparing our-
selves, through our schools and
our willingness to learn and
adapt, for the many opportuni-
ties which are available?
"Tourism enriches, without
question. We've gained so


much, and for such must be
grateful. How much more it
enriches is left to us as a peo-
ple."
The BHA was one of the
organizations behind the Coali-
tion for Education Reform, the
private sector/trade union group
that produced a hard-hitting
report on the Bahamas' dys-
functional educational system,
and the urgent need to reform
it.
The Coalition's report, pub-
lished in December 2005, found
that students from public high
schools in New Providence who
sat BGCSE exams in summer
2004 achieved an average grade
of 'F+', something it described
as a "truly disturbing" perfor-
mance.
The statistic was taken from a
confidential report prepared by
the Ministry of Education's
Testing and Evaluation Unit,
which also found that the 'Mean
Grade' achieved by students
from New Providence private
high schools in the 2004
BGCSE exams was just 'D+'.
Describing both mean grades
and the gap between them as
"truly disturbing", the report,
entitled Bahamian Youth: The
Untapped Resource, drew on
the Ministry of Education doc-
ument, which said: "Were it not
for the private schools and a
few public high schools in the
Family Islands, the mean grade
for the country would have
been an astounding E [rather
than D]. This [level of academ-
ic achievement] is totally unac-
ceptable."
SThe results for English were
slightly better, with a mean or
average grade of 'D-', but again,
only three per cent or 130 out of
the 4,281 who took the exam
achieved an 'A' grade:
The Coalition report quite


rightly described this data as the
"brutal facts", showing how the
education system was failing
future generations of Bahami-
ans and the country at large.
"This analysis suggests that
the education crisis in the
Bahamas has deep roots. Edu-
cation reform will be success-
ful only with a sustained 'com-
mitment of every element of
society, every stakeholder and
every political party. Education
reform must stand high on the
national list of priorities over
the long haul," the Coalition
report concluded.
The economic implications of
this situation are obvious. Frank
Comito, the BHA's executive
vice-president, said then that
the Bahamas could become
"one of the least competitive
economies in the Western
Hemisphere" in 20 years' time if
it failed to comprehensively
reform its education system to
produce graduates with the
skills and knowledge to com-
pete in the global economy.
And Winston Rolle, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's past president, was
more blunt. He explained that
there were two different eco-
nomic impacts resulting from
the failings of the Bahamian
education system that on the
Bahamian economy as a whole,
and the other on individual
Bahamians.
He explained that by not hav-
ing enough adequately quali-
fied Bahamians to fill key posts,
businesses and developers were
increasingly forced to look out-
side this nation for expatriate
labour.
As,a result, Mr Rolle said:
"You develop an environment
where Bahamians become mar-
ginalised. or second class citi-
zens in their own country."


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that WENDY FRANCIS, OF CEDAR
WAY, CARMICHEAL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE



















The Public is hereby


notified that the Chambers


of James M. Thompson


will be closed until


further notice due to a fire.


Persons may call


telephone numbers:


322-1490 or 356-7400


for further information







COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 1999

IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 111

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY SIDE


BETWEEN


BRIAN COAKLEY
Plaintiff

AND

DOCTORS HOSPITAL (1986) LIMITED

First Defendant
AND

MUNIR RASHAD
Second Defendant



NOTICE OF ADJOURNED HEARING



TAKE NOTICE that the hearing of the Notice of
Taxation of legal costs issued herein on the 11th day of
November, A.D., 2003, on behalf of the First named
Defendant, Doctors Hospital (1986) Limited, which
was set down for hearing on Wednesday the 4th day
of February, A.D., 2004 at 10:00 o'clock in the fore-
noon before The Honourable Mr. Ernie Wallace Deputy
Registrar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, in Chambers, situate in the Ansbacher
Building, East Street North, Nassau, The Bahamas will
now be heard on Thursday the 5th day of October, 2006,
at 11:30 o'clock in the fore-noon before the aforesaid
Honourable Mr. Ernie Wallace Deputy Registrar
of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, in Chambers, in the Ansbacher Building,
East Street North, Nassau, The Bahamas.



DATED this 8th day of August, 2006



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)IEISTY


PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2006


THE TRIBUNE.


'Pregnant moment on National Health Insurance scheme


FROM page 1B

will include organizations such
as the Bahamas Employers
Confederation, Bahamas Hotel
Association, Small Business
Association, insurers, the
MAB and others.
It is hoping to provide the
Government with alternative
recommendations that it
believes will enable Prime
Minister Perry Christie's
administration to accomplish
its healthcare objectives in a
better fashion than the Blue
Ribbon Commission plan.
Dr Sands yesterday told The
Tribune that last week's meet-
ing between Dr Bernard Not-
tage, minister of health and
national insurance, and the
medical profession appeared
to have established some
"common ground" on the
desire for healthcare reform.
The meeting, he added, saw
participants acknowledge that
much work remained to be
done if reforms to the current
Bahamian health system were
to be effective.


"I think there's recognition
that the Blue Ribbon Com-
mission's version of the
National Health plan isn't
going to work," Dr Sands said,
"and there's significant oppo-
sition to the originally stated
NHI.
"That said, a substantially
modified plan is being created
by people charged with creat-
ing the plan, but with signifi-
cant input from others."
Dr Sands said last week's
meeting had given him cause
for "guarded optimism", as it
now appeared that serious dia-
logue was taking place with the
Government over NHI for the
first time.
"We are at a pregnant
moment," Dr Sands said.
"That moment can either be
nurtured or developed, or rot
on the vine.
"We left the meeting believ-
ing there's going to be a num-
ber of working committees to
look at various aspects of the
NHI plan, and come up with a
real, proper plan on how we
can make this thing live and


Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that ESTHER DOCILMA, OF LINCOLN
BLVD, P.O. BOX N-10326, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within tWenty-eight days from the
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,Nassau, Bahamas.






BAHAMAS



P.O. Box N-4827 Nassau, Bahamas




DIVIDEND



NOTICE


TO ALL SHAREHOLDERS


The Board of Directors of

Bahamas Waste Limited has

declared a Dividend for Ordinary

Shares,to all shareholders of record

as at October 11th 2006

of 6C per share.


The payment will be made on

October 20th 2006 by Colina

Financial Advisors Ltd., the

Registrar & Transfer Agent,

in the usual Manner."


David B. Donald
Corporate Secretary


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breathe."
Apart from physicians, den-
tists, nurses, administrators and
healthcare users, Dr Sands said
employers, trade unions and
insurers also had important
contributions to make to the
NHI debate.
"If we don't listen to these
individuals, we are going to
wind up with disaster," Dr
Sands said.
Concerns over the NHI have
been varied, and have included
whether the comprehensive
benefits package it will pro-
vide is sustainable, given that
the population will age plus
fears that the 5.3 per cent con-
tribution rate will act as a drag
on the economy and individ-
ual businesses, raising costs
and reducing take home pay
for workers.
The insurance industry has
raised concerns that by trans-
ferring the burden of health-
care provision and financing
to the public sector through
NHI, inefficiency will result


and jobs will be lost in the
insurance sector.
Dr Sands said the project .
was looking at a "fundamental:
revamp of everything we do in
health", and pointed out: "The.
Government cannot do it-
alone."
He added that the Govern-
ment appeared to be realising
that it was "not terribly far off
from achieving healthcare,'',
reform", and that by initiating' -"
consultation with interested'
groups, it might be able to take
many along with it.
The expertise of the various
groups involved, Dr Sands
said, was likely to help create
"a project of which we are all
proud".
"Perhaps we'll have some-
thing we can say is not only
Bahamians, but is realistic, sus-' -.
tainable, affordable, and'
achieves the end points we set
out to achieve," Dr Sands said.
"That's a tall order, but I
think we've got the talent to
achieve it."


Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that NADIGE TIMOTHEE, OF NO
#17 CROMWELL DRIVE, LUCAYA, P.O. BOX F-42498,
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
20th day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,Freeport, Bahamas.



LEGAL NOTICE



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act,(No. 45 of 2000), PLYMOUTH
COMPANY LTD., is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC.
is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market Square;P.O Bu\ 1906,
Belize City, Belize. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their
debts or claims to the Liquidator before October 26, 2006.





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Por: Conlinental Liquildators, Inc.
Liquidator





Executive Motors Ltd.

PARTS DEPARTMENT

At the Auto Mall, Shirley Street


Will be CLOSED for

STOCKTAKING

SEPTEMBER 28 to

SEPTEMBER 30.

[Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

i We will re-open for business
^ on Monday, October 2

We apologise to our valued customers and
regret any inconvenience this may cause. All other
departments will be open for business as usual.


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(opposite St. Matthew's Church)
MOTORS LTD Open: Mo. to Fri. 8 am 5:30 pm
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NOTICE

LANGFORD MANAGEMENT CORP.

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act.
2000, LANGFORD MANAGEMENT CORP. is in
dissolution as of September 21, 2006.


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Agriculture needs legislative agenda


FROM page 1B


continued to occur.
Mr Deveaux said the sanc-
tions imposed on Florida by the
US Department of Agriculture
"should have been a wake up
call for the Bahamas" given that
S- the state, which had failed to
eradicate the disease, was the
main market for Abaco's Cit-
rus.
He said: "In the Bahamas, the
response to Canker was slow
and inadequate, exacerbated by
a lack of trained technical man-
power resources.
"The question arises: Why
did the Bahamas allow this
Golden Goose to be put at risk?
The answer is the limited
resources for the sector, partic-
ularly technical resources. This
naturally leads us back to edu-
cation. We must provide our


people and institutions with
training and resources."
He added: "Where we have a
competitive advantage, we need
to ensure that we do not lose
it. Such advantages can be lost
not just through misfortunes
such as canker, but also by not
looking carefully at regional
agreements that we sign in
order to best protect our inter-
ests."
Mr Deveaux said sound poli-
cies, solid investments and an
educated and trained workforce
were needed for the Bahamas
to exploit economic opportuni-
ties.
He gave examples of two
such opportunities as the tran-
shipment potential of the
Freeport Container Port, and
the $8 million investment there
by Florida-based Associated
Grocers, establishing a distrib-
ution facility to ship product to
the rest of the Caribbean and


Latin America.
However, Mr Deveaux said
Bahamian human resources
were "limited", while the level
of technology usage was below
industry standards for countries
with similar living standards and
wages.
Research and development
investments in the Bahamas
were low, while no system exist-
ed to test and evaluate new
technology.
Mr Deveaux said: "The per-
sons working directly in agri-
culture are generally old and
use traditional, inefficient meth-
ods of production. Those advis-
ing or mentoring them are gen-
erally ill-equipped and poorly
assisted. As a consequence, the
level of motivation is low. The
result is the poorest and most
vulnerable in our society are
left behind.
"The College of the
Bahamas, the Ministry of Edu-


cation and the Ministry of Agri-
culture do not offer pro-
grammes of applied agricultur-
al research in any of the core
areas of agriculture, agronomy,
horticulture, food technology,
agricultural economics, and ani-
mal science."
He added: "Research and
demonstration, rural infra-
structure, marketing, extension
services, plant quarantine, inter-
national trade, food regulations,
pest and disease infestation,
water rights, transportation,
communications, credit, input
supplies, farm labour, interna-
tional trade, property rights,
taxes, conservation pro-
grammes, land use, are all part
of the policy agenda which
effect development and our
quality of life.
"Together, they form the
agenda for action to shape
future development in agricul-
ture and other related sectors."


I ihrrtrsatatpnsost aia akt


FROM page 1B


These investments, made in
instruments such as mutual
funds, bonds and equities, rose
to an average 25.3 per cent of a
private pension plan's invest-
ment portfolio, compared to
21.3 per cent the previous year.
- In contrast, lower-yielding
bank deposits fell from 24.6 per
cent of a private pension plan's
investment weighting to 20.2





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per cent.
The Central Bank found:
"Remaining assets, which
included investments in real
estate, employers' business,
loans to participants, mortgages
and contribution arrears, also
occupied a reduced portfolio
share of 14.1 per cent, com-
pared to 17.7 per cent in 2003."
Report
The report said pension plans
sponsored by "communications


and utilities firms", which usu-
ally means public corporations
such as BEC and BTC, were
most heavily invested in gov-
ernment and public sector secu-
rities, accounting for on aver-
age 44.5 per cent of the invest-
ment mix.
The 2004 survey discovered
a 6.3 per cent increase in pri-
vate pension plan investments
outside the Bahamas, totalling
'$114.5 million or some 13.7 per
cent of total private pension
assets.


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Most of these funds were in
pension plans sponsored by
financial sector institutions, and
the amount invested in'capital
markets instruments had risen
from 55.1 per cent in 2003 to
63.3 per cent in 2004.


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* Minimum 5 yrs experience in construction or related
field such as Architecture or Engineering
* Working knowledge of timber and masonry construction
methods
* Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
* Proficient in performing material take-offs and placing
material orders
* Working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
* Good communication skills


Construction Manager-Utilities


* Minimum 5yrs experience in construction or related field
such as Engineering
* Working knowledge of methods of installation of water,
sewer, communication and electrical infrastructure
* Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
* Proficient in performing materials take-offs placing material
orders
* working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
* Good communication skills

Resumes should be mailed to Nick Sims, Development
Department, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
P.O.Box AB20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
or Faxed to 242-367-2930.


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that JUDITH ESTIME, OF P.O. BOX
N-10461, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why' registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20th
day of SEPTEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahm'as.


Bloch International is the leading provider of specialty dancewear. It is
currently based in Sydney, Australia with sale and distribution to specialty
retailers irl the U.S. and Europe in addition to a manufacturing operation
in Bangkok, Thailand. Bloch International is in the process of setting up
operations in The Bahamas and is seeking a

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the operation of
Bloch International through offices in The Bahamas. This will entail providing
leadership and direction to the Brand Strategy to ensure that all business
functions perform to their maximum potential and efficiency Reports to the
Board of Directors.
Duties and responsibilities: .. ... ,,, .: ..

Global Band Development

Develop the Global Business Calendar from concept through to delivery to
market. Drive forward the development of the Business and Brand Strategy
into the marketplace.

Develop and implement strategic Business Plan in conjunction with Senior
Management in Australia to capitalize on all market opportunities.

Ensure the prediction of development strategy through accurate and early
feedback rather than reaction so as to ensure new product and new business
in accordance with the Global Business Calendar.
Work alongside Head Office team and CFO to develop the infrastructural
processes and specific systems to ensure maximum efficiency and
communication, and to instigate clear reporting and analysis function so sales
reporting become a seamless function and available to all relevant personnel.

Product Development

To execute, monitor, communicate, manage and confirm all product
development processes against a critical path tied into the Global Business
Calendar.

Ensure Design integrity is executed efficiently and accurately to strengthen
the overall product mix of the business in accordance with both market
feedback and innovative creative practice.

Management of the Design team and oversee Design Process, Marketing,
Promotion, Delivery, Education and Quality of Product.

Marketing

Implement necessary structure and procedures with the Marketing Manager
to establish a total Market Research Infrastructure for the Company. This will
include but not be limited to US Sales Teams/Retailers/Distributors/Product
Testers/Focus Groups.

Implement and monitor annual budget for all internal and external marketing
functions and ensure all departments are accountable and on plan throughout
the year.

Cultivate key relationship and implement specific marketing programs to
realize the full potential of the Brand to penetrate the Dance Market. This is
to extend to all segments of the market from grassroots through to Company
Business.

Education and Experience

The role will suit someone with a demonstrable tract record of success
gained as a Managing Director or General Manager. The successful candidate
will also have a proven track record in Business development and Project
delivery.

Educated to degree level or above.

Compensation

Substantial package for the right candidate dependent on experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resume by 10 October 2006
to:

Clifford A. Johnson
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House, East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwcbs@bs.pwc.com


To Our Valued Customers

Please be advised of the

following:




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bridge authority will no longer

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0 FOOTBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
IT'S official, the Common-
wealth American Football
League (CAFL) finally has a
field to play on.
The league will use the
.Windsor Field for the first
half of their season, until
improvements are made to
the AF Adderley field.
Although they still won't
be able to call the Windsor
Field their home, the most
important thing is, they will
be able to get league play on
underway.
"Yes a few wrenches have
been thrown into the wheel
of progress," said league
chairperson Michael Foster,
yesterday, "but our biggest
problem faced has been
resolved, despite the rumours
surfacing."
The Windsor Field was
closed for a much needed
facelift in March of this year,
with no scheduled opening
date. But Foster, along with
committee members, was
able to get the assistance of
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Housing to agree to the
re-opening of the field until
the AF Adderley field is
cleared.
Since the agreement was
made, workers have been
labouring to get the field
ready.
Foster did reveal that the
field has been leveled and
that the workers are waiting
qn the grass to arrive.
Since it will take two weeks
for the grass to arrive and an
additional two weeks to set it
in place, the committee had
to re-schedule the league's
opening.
The initial opening set for
October 14th, was pushed
back to Saturday, November
4th.
Foster said: "We are opti-
mistic, the grass will arrive
tomorrow (Wednesday) and
it should take two weeks for
the workers to put it down
and an additional two weeks
for it to set. So we had to
look at November 4th as the
opening date.
"The overall plan is that
the Ministry of Education is
also preparing the field down
there at the AF Adderley,
which was promised to us by
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Housing as our final
home.
"The first part of the
promise to the CAFL is being
carried out, that is the closing
of the field so they will only
have to prepare the field for
us."
Early January has been
pencilled in as a completion
date.
The opening game in the
league will see the Orry J
Sands Pros take on the
Porkies Scorpions, one of the
newer teams in the league.
Five more teams will join
the Pros and the Scorpions in
this year's league confirming
their participation yesterday.
The committee is still await-
ing confirmation from the
Nassau Sunburners and the
Eight Mile Rock Crusaders.
Foster added: "We are
tackling the problems before
the opening game. One of the
problems is making sure that
all the teams'were registered.
"We believe that we are
well on our way, now that we
have confirmation from
majority of the teams. Most
of the teams have confirmed
last week and since the sea-
son has been pushed back to
weeks we still have time to
work on other teams.
"The committee has con-
tacted the head of the Nassau
Sunburners and they were
happy to learn that the sea-
son has been delayed two
weeks. This gives them an


opportunity to field a team
and get in at least one or two
practice sessions.
"But we are anticipating
four teams, including the
Nassau Sunburners from
New Providence and three
teams from Freeport."
Even though the commit-
tee wanted nothing more
than to kick off the league on
October 14th, Foster said the
extension of the opening date'
in the league will allow them
and other teams to workout
the kinks.


Smart move by the





softball association


RASTIC situations
call for some dras-
tic decisions.
That was the dilemma that
the New Providence Softball
Association found them-
selves in when they were
forced to vacate the now
demolished Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball
Stadium.
The association was inac-
tive for almost two months
as they waited for the reno-
vations to be completed on
the Banker's field at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex.
But after waiting and still
no date in sight to resume
play on their new temporary
grounds, the NPSA decided
to go to afternoon games on
the modified pitch field at the
complex.
It turned out to be.a smart
move. So was the decision to
cut the regular season and go
right into the playoffs.
Obviously, it doesn't
appear as if the Banker's
field will be ready anytime
soon for play, so, had the
NPSA decided to continue
to wait, they probably would
not be able to get ready for


STUBBS


OPINION


the Bahamas Softball Feder-
ation's National Round
Robin Tournament.
Now, president Steve 'Gar-
bo' Coakley can be assured


of not just having the post-.
season completed, but their
champions should have
enough time to get them-
selves ready for the nationals.


men's team travel to the
World qualifying tournament
in Mexico next week.
The men's national team
comprises of a number of


"By using the modified pitch
field, the NPSA came cose to
completing its playoffs and
have the championship series
set up over the weekend."


By using the modified pitch
field, the NPSA came close'
to completing its playoffs and
have the championship series
set up over the weekend.
While the women's picture
could be completed on Sun-
day when the Electro Tele-
com Wildcats take their 1-0
lead against the Whirlpool
Eagles to determine who will
play the Bommer George
Swingers, the men will have
to wait a little longer.
The NPSA have been
forced once again to suspend
play in the men's division as
the federation's national


players who are currently
involved in the playoffs. It's a
team featuring a mixture of
youth and experience.
Of course, the national
team will have their hands
full, taking on Cuba,
Guatemala, Venezuela,
Canada and the Dominican
Republic in Pool A.
SThe Bahamas is attempt-
ing to qualify once again for
the World Tournament that
will be held in 2009 in Saska-
toon, Canada. .. .,
But 'how well they will do
will depend on how far they
can go in the pitching depart-


ment. Ace Edney 'the Heat'
Bethel will be relied upon
once again to lead the
charge.
But if the Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Games in
Colombia in July was ariy
indication, .Burnside will
need more than Bethel to
carry his load.
The Bahamas participated
in the World Tournament
before and so it would be
good to see. them get back
there again. The team will
': have to finish in the top five
Sto advance.
It won't be an easy road
for the team.
If they move on out of
their pool play. they should
face one of the seven teams
coming out of Pool B
'between the United States,
El Salvador. Argentina, Mex-
ico. British Virgin Illands,
Ecuador or Puerto Rico.
It's a pity the NPSA could
not have resumed play earli-
er so that they can keep the
national team players a little
more active.
:- Hopefully.. they \voua' be
too affected b lthe long la\ -
Soff when they plny neut.
week.


Three teams lose their





undefeated records


* SOFTBALL

IT WAS a day of defeats
for three undefeated teams
on Saturday as the Baptist
Sports Council continued its
Deaconness Joann Webb
Softball League at the
Charles W. Saunders High
School.
In the Mother Webb Divi-
sion on the men's side, New
Bethlehem made their debut
with a 13-11 victory as they
handed St. Paul's their first
loss in three games.
And in the Rev. Dereck
Munroe Division onthe oth-
er draw on the men's side,'
Calvary Deliverance came
up with their second victory
in a 14-6 decision to spoil
Calvary Bible's perfect 3-0
record.
Meanwhile, Golden Gates
ruined Macedonia's bid to
stay unbeaten with a 7-5 win
in the 19-and-under division.
Also on Saturday, Trans-
figuration's men got in the
win column with a 22-1 rout
over Faith United and St.
Paul's co-ed also redeemed
themselves with another vic-
tory as they slugged Faith
United 17-8.
Here's a summary of the
games played:
New Bethlehem 13, St.
Paul's 11 (Men): Franz
Anthon enjoyed a perfect 3-
for-3 day with a solo home
run, finishing with two RBIs
and two runs scored to lead
New Bethlehem and ace
pitcher Val Munroe to vic-
tory.
Herbie Brown went 3-for-
4 with an RBI and two runs;
Alcott Forbes was 2-for-3
with an RBI and two runs;
Richard Bain had a two-run
homer; Mardechee Simon
had a two-run single and
Dwayne Stevens had two
hits with an RBI and run
scored.'
Marcellus Hall went 3-for-
3 with a three-run shot, scor-
ing three runs to lead St.
Paul's. Bradley Sands was 2-
for-3 with three runs and
Clement Rolle and George
Burrows both scored twice.
Peter Morris suffered the
loss.
Calvary Deliverance 14,
Calvary Bible 6 (Men):
Dwayne Mortimer went 2-
for-3 with three RBIs, scor-
ing twice in the win and Jef-
frey Beckles had two hits
",,E n RBI and four runs.
Winning pitcher Danny


TEAMS W L PCT. GB

Men's Division (Mother Webb)
New Bethlehem.......................1.... 0 1,000 -
St. Paul's .......................................2 1 .666 1
Golden Gates No.1.......................1 1 .500 1/2
Mt. Tabor .....................................1 1 .500 1/2
Macedonia...........................0 1 .000 1
Mt. Calvary....................................0 1 .000 1

Men's Division (Rev. Munroe)
Calvary Deliverance.....................2 0 1,000
Calvary Bible ..............................1 1 .500 1'
Temple Fellowship......................1 1 .500 1
Transfiguration............................ 1 .500 1
Faith United.................................0 2 .000 2
Golden Gates No.II ..................... 0. 2 .000 2

Co-Ed Division
Transfiguration............................ 0 1,000 -
Golden Gates................................2 0 1,000 -
St. Paul's ........................................2 1 .666 1/2
Faith United...................................1 2 .333 11/2
Mt. Tabor ......................................0 .2 .000 2

15-and-under Division
Golden Gates............................... 0 1,000
Macedonia....................................0 0 .000 1/2
Faith United ..............................:.:.0 0 .000 1/2


Stubbs helped his own cause
by going 3-for-4 with two
RBIs and two runs.
Terrance Pinder was 3-
for-4 with a run scored; Mar-
vin Nairn and Anthony Stu-
art were both 2-for-3 with a
run and losing pitcher Basil
Miller was 2-for-3 with two
RBIs.

Golden Gates 7, Mace-
donia 5 (19-and-under):
Fabian Greenslade came up
with an RBI double and
Vernon Hart added a RBI
single in the fourth inning
as Golden Gates pulled
away for the win.
Hosea Wallace had two
hits, scoring twice and
Claude Lesbott also scored
twice for Golden Gates.
Bernard Ferguson had
two hits, scoring twice;
Davario Rahming also
scored twice and Prescott
Wilson was 3-for-3 with two
RBIs and a run scored in the
loss.
Addie Finley was the los-
ing pitcher.
Transfiguration 22,
Faith United 1 (Men): Her-
mis Sands had a perfect 3-
for-3 day with a solo homer
as he finished with three
RBIs and three runs to lead


Transfiguration to victory.
Corey Burrows also went
3-for-3 with three RBIs and
three runs; Dennis Johnson
had three hits with four
RBIs; Charlie Gaitor had
two hits with two RBIs and
three runs and winning
pitcher Nelson Farrington
had one hit with two RBIs
and a run scored.
Steven Russell scored the
lone run for Faith United.

St. Paul's 17, Faith
United 8 (Co-Ed): Anthony
Brown, Chryshann Percentie
and Antonio Pratt all went
2-for-3 in the loss. Brown
and Percentie both scored
twice and Pratt came home
once.
Colin 'Troppy' Knowles,
whohad A two-run single,
scoring a run, suffered the
loss.
Here's how they will
play on Saturday:
10 a:m. Faith United vs
Golden Gates (Co-Ed); 11
a.m. Mt. Calvary vs New
Bethlehem (M); Noon
Transfiguration vs Temple
Fellowship (M); 1 pi.m.
Macedonia vs Faith United
(15); 2 p.m. Transfiguration
vs Faith United (19); 3 p.m.
Faith United vs Golden
Gates No.II (M).


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* RUGBY
By KELSIE
JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
THE Bahamas Rug-
by Football Union has
added a little spin to
their season and are
counting the days for
the first game.
Unlike the past sea-
sons, when the league
opened with traditional
15-aside matches, this
year's season openers
will be a seven-a-side
contest, featuring some
of the country's top
players.
With two games
scheduled, the opening
snap is set for Saturday
at the Winton Fields.
Matches will be played
between the President's
XV and the Vice Presi-
dent XV, starting at
2pm.
The seven-a-side
games were designed to
test the agility and
strength of players and
are scheduled to run for
seven weeks, late Sep-
tember to the end of
November.

Programme
It is being used in the
opening weeks, instead
of the regular 15-a-side
game, to assist the
national programme,
which will be heading
to international
competition in Novem-
ber.
According to Andrew
Davis, these matches
are intense and will test
the strength of all the
players.
Davis said: "The idea
of the seven-a-side
matches is to get the
players in shape.
"These matches are
pretty intense and
it will test the fitness
level of all the
players.
"We are also trying to
use this as a warm-up
for our national team,
but in order to that we
will need continuous
play from them in the
league.
"It doesn't make
much sense having
them play on a sporadic'
basis, play this week
and then they won't
play until the next three
weeks.
'If we want'them to
be in shape we will have
to have continuous
play."
Play in the 15-a-sides
will start.early next year
and conclude at the end
of March.


* VENICE Bay president Roosevelt Whyms (second left) makes a cheque presentation to BSF first vice president Burkett Dorsett (second right) to assist the men's,
national softball team as they head to the World Qualifying Tournament in Mexico on Friday. At left is Paul Gouin, former partner in Venice Bay and at right is
Kurth Wallace, chief financial officer at Venice Bay.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


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* SOFTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas national
softball team will have their
work cut out for them when
they travel to the VII Pan -
American Men's Softball
Championship this weekend
in Hermosillo, Estado De
Sonora, Mexico.
The team has been placed
in Pool A with Cuba,
Guatemala, Venezuela,
Canada and the Dominican
Republic in the' week-long
tournament that will get start-
ed on Sunday.
Their first game will be
against Cuba, who they lost
to at the Central American
and Caribbean Games in July
in Cartegana, Colombia.
The Bahamas qualified for
this tournament by virtue of


task


so

finishing fourth at CAC. The we can
Bahamas will need to finish in for it,":
the top five in Mexico in out thal
order to qualify for the World please
Championships in Saskatoon, Whyms
Canada in 2009. steppe
them,
Travel Why
.Venice
one of
As they continue their Bahamn
preparation to travel on Fri- sports i
day, the Bahamas Softball "We
Federation received sponsor- our po
ship from Venice Bay, the assist
prestigious Ocean, Canal and federal
Lakefront Community off wealth
Carmichael Road. Whyms
Federation's first vice pres-
ident Burkett Dorsett, who Kurte
will travel as head of the del- finance
egation, said the donation Bay, sa
couldn't come at a better them tc
time. because
"This trip will cost in excess those t
of $40,000 and any donation "We


a


get, we are grateful
said Dorsett, pointing
t they are particularly
d that Roosevelt
and Venice Cay has
d forward to assist
ms, the president of
Bay, said Dorsett is
those persons in the
as who has pledged to
n the country.
will do everything in
wer in the future to
him and the softball
ion in the Common-
of the Bahamas," said
, who wished the team
access.
h Wallace, the chief
al officer at Venice
aid it's important for
o assist the federation
She knows how costly
*ips are.
are always looking for


money (for sports)," said
Wallace, who is actively
involved in regatta sailing.
"But it helps the young peo-
ple also to have something to
look forward to when they
are a part of the national
team. Without the young peo-
ple, the national team can't
go forward."

Success
Wallace joined Whyms in.
congratulating the members
of the national team and
wished them success in qual-
ifying for the World Tourna-
ment.
Dorsett said it won't be
easy because,.not only do,
they have to play Cuba, but
they have to contend with
Venezuela, the champions at
CAC.


"We have faced these
countries before, but I think
we will be up to the task,"
said Dorsett, about the teams
they are stacked against in
their pool.
Coming out of Pool B are
the United States, El Sal-
vador, Argentina, Mexico,
British Virgin Islands,
Ecuador and Puerto Rico.
Unless -there are any
changes when team manager
Godfrey 'Gully' Burnside
attends the technical meeting
before the tournament starts,
the Bahamas will open up
against Cuba on Sunday.
On Monday, they will face
Guatemala before playing.
Venezuela and Canada in a
double header on Tuesday.
The Bahamas' final game will
be played on Wednesday
before the playoff gets under-
way on Friday.


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