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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: November 21, 2006
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AG's handling tif ruling may be.
referred to Ethics Conunittee
Tribune Staff Reporter
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard4ibson may have to
answer to the Bar Council for a possible breach of ethics in her han-
dling of the Justice Johzi Lyons ruling..
Bahamas Bat Association president Wayne Munroe yesterday
told The Tribune that he intends to refer the matter to the Ethics
stopos teebroe thto ee s a heah Manhe Go a
breached rule nine of the Bar code of professional conduct."
This statement by Mr Munroe came directly after a further rul-
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Chief Reporter
IF THE Cqurt of Appeals
finds that Justice John Lyods
has riot "misled" the Bahami-
ah public, Attorney General
Allyson Maynard Gibson
should resign, Justice Lyons said
vesterdal in another scathing
ruling from Grand Bahama.
Justice John Lyons criticized
the Attorney General for com-
mentsshe made in the House of
Assembly which accused the
judge of misleading the public.
"If the Court of Appeal and
Privy Council in considering
properly pleaded matters finds
that I have'indeed misled the
Bahamian people I am duty
bound to resign. Similarly, I say
to the Attorney General if it is
that the Court of Appeal and
Privy Council find that I have
not been guilty of such a bla-
tant disregard of my duty that

the Attorney General would
resign also. The proper course is
for this to go through the
appeals process.
Attorney General Gibson's
comments, the judge said, has
led him to move to increase his
personal security.
"I know the Bahamian com-
munity. I know Nassitu. I knon'
that at the moment it is elec-
torally charged. I know the
colour of my skin. I know that
Pm a foreigner. I know that you
cannot stand up ih Parliament
as the officer \vho is responsible
for the judiciary and as a leader
of the Bar and say that a judge
of my complexion and of my
foreign nationality has misled
the Bahamian people on a very
serious issue. That in my view
compromises or could compro-
mise my personal security. It
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AG fi CS appeal against
CORROVerSlal TUllng
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son has filed an appeal against Justice John Lyon's
controversial ruling, asking the Court of Appeal
to declare the independence of the high courts.
Following Justice Lyon's criticism of her
actions, Mrs Maynard-Gibson late last mght sup~
plied the press with a copy of the notice of appeal
against the ruling in the case of Charles J Moss vs
the Bahamas Reef Condomini .
The notice of appeal is date as having been
fil uddayment Justice Lyons ruled that the
executive had failed to coinply with the Judges
Remuneration and Pensions Act, thereby compro-
mising the independence of the country's judiciary.
In the notice, Mrs Maynard-Gibson, as the appel-
lant in the case, is asking the Court of Appeal to
declare "whether or not the Justices of the Court
of Appeal and the Justices of the Supreme Court
remain and are independent."
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Umon leader
Pat Bain 'on
LONG-TIME union leader
Pat Bain is on his "death-bed,"
according to his colleagues.
Mr Bglin, former president of
the Bahamas Hotel Catering
and Allied Workers Union, has
Been battling with colon cancer
for the last several years.
His fellow union leaders roId
The Tnbune last night that Mr
Baith was at Princess Margaret
Hospital, where he is surround-
ed by family and friends.
They said Mr Bain's condi-
tion had worsened, and that he
needed a respirator to assist him
with breathing.
One colleague said that Mr
Baill was "unconscious and
gasping for air" when he visited
SEE page 12

.Petiti0H RSICS 10f
government to slow
down health care
reform process
Chief Reporter
THE National Coalition for
Health Care Reform has
launched a petition asking gov-
ernment to slow down the
go, stes. segg
and effective health care plan.
The enabling legislation for the
National Health Insurance Plan
ev.:::t" ret.H sn
Perry Christie.
Winston Rolle, past president
of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and local consultant
engaged by the Coalition said that
at this early stgge the response
has been excellent.
"We have been getting a bit of
response for today in fact it has
coming fast and furious,
In addition to the,
where the petition can be found,
the organization has also reserved
the domain name whats-
Brian Nutt president of the
Bahamas Employers Confedera-
SEE page 12

Justice Lyons: Maynard-Gibson

Peett issue of alleged
bag of money is simple
and straight for war d
VINCENT Peet has responded to questions
raised by the FNM about an alleged bag of mon~
ey from which a former employee said he stole
In a statement issued last night, the minister of
financial services and investments said the issue.
is simple and straightforward and is a matter of
police record.
"It is surely a sign of desperation when a polit-
ical party seeks to appeal to the lowest denonu-
nator m hu an beings by attempting to turn
what was cle rly an invasion of my privacy imd a
criminal breach of confidence by a former
employee into an attempt to gain cheap political
points," he said.
"In November 2003, I had converted to US
currency $12,000 to pay my daughter's universi-
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II ~ r~r I I I

The Iraq war has drained off
hundreds of billions of dollars,
further destabilized the Middle East,
COSt the lives of tens of thousands of

Iraqis and nearly three thousand
American service men and women,
and maimed thousands more.


woman to be Speaker of the House..
Perhaps the most significant result of
the election was that it seemed to break
the back of the neoconservatives who
had so profoundly influenced Mr Bush's
foreign policy for the last six years.
So an extensive realignment is tak-
ing place in the Republican Party with
moderates like Senator John McCain
as a major beneficiary. It seems Senator
McCain.stands a good chance of get-
ting the Republican nomination for the
presidential race in 2008.
t was the right wing excesses of
the Bush administration that
brought disaster to th publicans.
Their chief campaign rMeeist Karl
Rove hgg forged a pott er fill alliance
liaEd primarily on conservative cultur-
al and religious fundamentalist issues.
The administration cuttaxes but has
been accused of abandoning conserva-
tive principles by running up huge bud-
get deficits and a skyrocketing national
debt. '
Democrats, moderate Republicans
and independents were alsd deeply con-
cerned about tax breaks for the rich,

Perhaps the most significant
TCSult of the election was that it
Seemed to break the back of the
RCOCOHSerVRtiVCS who had so

profoundly influenced Mr Bush's
foreign policy for the last six years.

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Third man

to appear in

A THIRD man is expected
to be arraigned in Magistrates
Court today in connection with
a murder in Montell Heights
earlier this month.
Rowan Dickinson, 21, was
murdered on November 2.
Nearly two weeks ago,
Ramos Richards, 24,.of Mon-
tell Heights, axid Joel Fleuri-
cort, 24, of Golf Course Boule-
'hd bwere t hoa cdd ahe
the attempted murder of Nim-
rod Thompson.
The two men also faced bur-
glary charges.

Me re ha nt
M 8 i n9 FS tO
host drive
at Hi Iton
; THE Society of Bahamian
Merchant-Marmers at SUNY
Maritune College will be host-
ing a recruitment drive on
November 23 and 24 at the
British Colonial Hilton.
According to the society, the
goal of the drive is to enhance
the Bahamas Maritime Cadet
Corps Programme in the high
schools in an effort to create a
steady flow of students into
maritime colleges like SUNY.
"The global economy heavily
depends on the maritune field
and with this m nund we hope
to attract more Bahamians to
take advantage of the lucrative
careers m this industry," said
the society in a statement.
It noted that the Bahamas has
the third largest ship registry in
the world, but that Bahamians
are not taking advantage of the
related opportunities.
"Our club has 17 Bahamian
students studying marine trans-
portation, marine engmeermg
and international maritime
trade and transpoil.
"Our school has lagieed to
give entrance scholarships to
qualified students amounting to
$11, 000 per year for a four-
year period and this can result
to an direct investment mto
the Bahamian education system
of more than $800,000," the
statement explained,
Society members will be mak-
ing presentations highlighting
the programmes at their college
from 10am to noon each day of
the drive.
, Government officials, college
alumni and industry partners
are to speak as.well.




HE mid-term elections in the
T United States did not go unno-
ticed in The Bahamas despite the fre-
netic activity on the local political stage.
Some Bahamian political aficionados
stayed up late into the night to get the
results and from all accounts there were
more than a few election night parties.
As it turned out, the polls produced
dramatic results with the Democratic
ha Mabn c n)rols tta v nat ta
changing the direction of American pol-
Itics at a critical point.
The Republican administration of
President George WrBush suffered a
serious setback and Democrats are
already salivating at the prospect of tak
ing the White House in 2008. One of the
leading contenders to carry the Demo-
cratic Party's standard in that contest is
African-American Sepator Barak Oba
ma of Illinois who has roots in Kenya.
Other black Americans like Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton have in the
past thrown their hats into the presi
dental ring but nobody thought they
had a chance of winning a nomination,
much less the presidency.
Mr Obama gained national promi
nence at the Democratic Party's con-
vention in 2003 and is regarded by many
as a credible candidate for the nomi-
nation. He is the first black American
since Senator Edward Brooke of Mass-
achusetts to be considered a viable
black presidential candidate.
Senator Brooke in 1966 became the
first black American to be elected to
the Senate by popular vote and he vis-
ited The Bahamas several times during
his tenure. Unfortunately, he ran into
ethical problems and in 1979 Iost his
seat and any hope of becoming presi-
Deval Patrick became the first
African-American to be elected Gov- the voters of Massachusetts
sent him to their State House. Another
African-American, Harold Ford,
seemed to have a good chance of being
elected Senator in Tennessee but was
badly hurt by negative television adver-
tising with strong racial and sexual over-
tones. Black Republican Michael Steele
came close in the Maryland senatorial

merican women also did well
A in the polls as their numbers
increased in both the Senate and the
House. Senator Hilary Clinton won a
lop-sided victory in New York State
and strengthened her prospects as a
possible Democratic candidate for the
presidency in 2008. And Democrat Nan-
cy Pelosi of California became the first

corporate influence in the political
process and what some perceived to be
a squeeze on middle-class Americans.
The issue which played the most deci-
sive role in the election was undoubt-
edly the Iraq war, which has drained
off hundreds of billions of dollars, fur-
ther destabilized the Middle East, cost
the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqis
and nearly three thousand American
seririce men and women, and maimed
thousands more.
US unilateralism and the invasion of
Iraq was the defining policy of the ide-
ological neocon cabal, led by people
like Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz,
but it caused much distress and alien-
ation among the nations of the world,
including traditional allies of the US.
Despite predictions of a quick victory
and a bright democratic future for Iraq,
the war has dragged on with no end in
sight and American and Iraqi casualties
continue to mount. So the American
- people apparently decided they have
had enough of these ideologues.
The neocons themselves are aban-
doning the White House. Some of them
are admitting that they were wrong to
promote the invasion of Iraq and others
are trying to put the blame on the
incompetence of the administration.

avid Rose interviewed some
of the neocons for the January
issue of Vanity Fair and has posted
some of their comments online. Mr Rose
recalls an interview with Mr Perle in
2003 when he declared, "Iraq is a very
good candidate for democrAtic reform."
Now, Mr Rose quotes jigr Perleaas
saying that total defeat aaAmerican
withdrawal that leaves Iraq as an anar-
chic failed state is not inevitable but
becoming more likely. "And then," says
Mr Perle, "you'll get all the mayhem
that the world is capable of creating."
Like Robert McNamara and others in
the case of Vietnam, Mr Perle has come
to the belated conclusion that those who '
opposed the war were right. .
If he were asked whether the US
should go into Iraq knowing what they
know today, he now thinks he would
have said:
."No, let's consider other strategies
for dealing with the thing that concerns
us most, which is Saddam supplying .
weapons of mass destruction to terror-
ists. ...Could we have managed that
threat by means other than a direct mil-
itaiy intervention? Well, inaybe we
could have."
Such is-the mind.of the utterly gon-
vipced ideologues whose arrogance and
fdlly has caused so much bloodshed,

waste of treasure and world-wide alien-
ation for America. Now others will have
to clean up their mess.
The most promising comment from
one of the neocons comes from Ken-
neth Adelman who tells Mr Rose that
neoconservatism itself is dead, at least
for a generation. Much of the world will
hope much longer than that, if not for-

ahamian politicians, perhaps
reflecting accurately the think-
ing of most Bahamians, are ambivalent
about the outc.onie of the US elections.
They prefer the progressive policies of
the Democrats and their generally mul-
tilateral approach to international
But they are aware that it was imder
a Democratic White House that the
OECD turned the screws on our finan-
cial services industry and that Republi-
can policies in this area are more to our
But there is another aspect of this
political turnaround that we should be
aware of. The Democrats are not likely
to be rushing ahead with the FTAA or
separate trade agreements with coun.
tries in the region. That gives The
Bahamas some much-needed breath-
ing space before having to consider dis-
mantling our existing tax system to .
accommodate so-called free trade.
In his column in this newspaper yes-
terday, Sir Ronald Sanders reminded
us of the experience of 191exico under
--Because Mexico had to drop its tar-
iffs on goods imported from the US, -
the government's tax revenue declined
adversely affecting its public expendi-
ture programme on education, housing
and other social welfare programmes,
"In the case of Antigua and Barbuda
and The Bahamas whose economies are
almost entirely reliant on services, par-
ticularly tourism and financial services,"
says Sir Ronald, "they would hardly
benefit from duty free entry to the US
market for goods. Conversely, their gov.
ernments would suffer a significant loss
of revenue from lowering tariffs on
imports from the US."
The only way to avoid that loss of
revenue would be to introduce other
direct forms of taxation such as value
,added and even income tax. Clearly,
we are not yet ready for a change like
that and whenever we do negotiate
trade agreements in the future we
should try to retain control over our
own methods of taxation. .

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A 29-YEAR-OLD Nassau
Villa e man accused of com-
Iti le house break-
mitting mu p a
ins on the same ay was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
Jermaine Ferguson appeared
before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester at Court 11, Nassau
Street on charges of house-
breaking and stealing.
It was alleged that on Tues-
day, November 14 Ferguson
broke into the home of Tal-
madge Bethel situated at South-
ern Heights.
There it is alleged that he
stole a black Maverick shotgun,

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It was further alleged that on
the same day, he broke into the
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There, he is alleged to have
stolen a ring, tennis shoes, a lap-
to computer and digital cam-
era together valued at $1,160.
Ferguson was also charged
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There, he allegedly stole
items together valued at $3,354.
Ferguson pleaded not guilty
to the charges and was remand-
ed into custody until Thursday
when he will return to court for
a bail hearing.

Youth who

died in

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nam ed
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man who was killed in a traffic
accident over the weekend in
Freeport has been identified by.
police as 22-year-old Kevin
Sears, a resident of Man-
a e oad in Hucdson Estate,
Sable when he lost control and
crashed into a concrete utility
The accident occurred on Fri-
day around 8.45pm on East
Sunrise Highway near the Sun-
rise Medical Centre.
.Sears was pronounced dead
on arrival by doctors at the
Rand Memorial Hospital at
aro nd 11.4 p .Jeshreal King,

21, was seriously injured and
airlifted to the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, where he is list-
ed in critical condition.
Inspector Loretta Mackey
said police are continuing their
investigations into the ninth
traffic fatality for the year on
Grand Bahama.
Agrime to

require ID of

DOMESTIC travelers and air
cargo customers of a small air-
line in Turks and Caicos must
provide proof of identification
under a new security measure to
combat shipping narcotics, a
company official told a local
newspaper, according to Asso-
dated Press.
Sky King, which serves the
eight-island, 40-cay archipelago
off the southern tip of the
Bahamas, said the new require-
Ini;nt for domestic customers
was made after drugs were
found on one of itsinter-island
flights, airline manager Brian
Lightbourne told the Sunday
Turks and Caicos Sun.

Lightbourne also told the
newspaper that the carrier had
been "taking things for grant-
ed in terms of ID of persons
traveling on the aircraft."
Identification to send air car-
gp or travel within the small
British Caribbean territory had
never been a mandated security
measure before, Lightbourne
Turks and Caicos, home to
roughly 21,000 people, is a
transshipment point for South
American narcotics destmed for
the US and Europe.




This condition is caused by a
contraction of the muscles in
the lung walls, inflammation of
the lung hmng, or a combina-
tron of the two.
Calls made to Dr Bethel yes-
terday were not returned up to
press time.

under review by health offi-
Dr Bethel noted that once
the review had been complet-
ed with the input of his min-
istry, the information would
he released to the public.
Howevernoprogress report
has been released.
were sparked when a letter
was sent to Environmental
parliamentary secretary Ron
Pinder by a local pulmonolo-
that the government launch an
investigation after two of his
patients including a child -
suffered serious breathing dif-

After examining both
patients, the pulmonologist said
they were exhibiting signs of
severe bronchospasm, a condi-
tion involymg a temporary nar-
rowing of the airways into the

GOVERNMENT has yet to
publicist any of its findings on
an alleged toxic gas leak in
Long Island despite a pledge
to launch a second round of
tests three weeks ago.
The decision to conduct
more tests reportedly came
after Minister of Energy and
Environment Dr Marcus
Bethel and Prime Minister
Perry Christie suggested that a
more thorough investigation
into the allegations be
It was claimed in September
that several persons in the
Mangrove Bush settlement

were suffering from severe res-
piratoryillnesses andsomeres-
idents suggested that a boat
building company on the island
might be producing poisonous
Although there is no con-
clusive evidence that a partic-
ular company is responsible
for the illnesses, many Long
Islanders reportedly believe
this to be the case.
More than a month ago, Dr
Bethel said officers from the
environmental management
and risk assessment depart-
ment of his ministry had com-
piled some findings during a
trip to the island.
He said this information was

ed negotiations, the union is
still experiencmg "problems
with the company.
"They have refused to come
to the table and.sign the indus-
trial agreement that we've
been negotiating for the last
two years," he said.
Mr Farquharson said that if
the issue is not resolved "in
the near future" the union will
be forced to file an official
trade dispute with the Ministry
of Labour and have the matter
taken before the Industrial Tri-
bunal. .
The union leader told The
Tribune that Cable Bahamas
is disputing some of the "finan-

cial points" in the contract.
He refused to go into fur-
ther detail about the issue.
The Tribute attempted to
contact Cable Bahamas for a
response to the union's
remarks, but calls were not
returned up to press time.
The BCPOU Iast made
national headlines in June,
when if joined members of the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas in a gathering
outside ZNS headquarters to
protest a decision made by the
corporation in connection
with the alleged physical
assault of an employee by a

UNION officials are threat-
ening. Cable Bahanias with a
trade dispute action, saying the
company continues to resist
signing off on an industrial
According to Robert Far-
quharson, president of the
Bahamas Communications
and Public Officers Union
(BCPOU), Cable Bahamas is
"stalling" the completion of
the contract between the cable
company and the union.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Farquhar-
son said that despite protract-

says that even though the gov-
ernment's proposed Child
Protection Act is a much
needed piece of legislation,
the morality and ethics of a
nation are virtues that cannot
be legislated.
Rev Moss told the other
me rshoatthe Seenatemye
assume the greatest share of
the responsibility for the rear-

ing of children.
He called on the govern-
ment to provide more finan-
cial and technical resources to
organizations that are
involved in protecting the
rights of children, and remind-
ed the relevant officials that
the key to the success of the
actM s r f c e *vices
and Community Develop-'
ment Melanie Griffin tabled

the proposed Child Protection
Act last month.
However, father's rights
activists have objected to some
.f theprovisionsof theactsay-
ag they are unfair to men-par-
icularly is cases when children
re born out of wedlock.

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.SENATOR Rev CB Moss yesterday
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

BPRA chairman named

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Petroleum
Retailers Association wel-
comed its new chairman
Byran)Voodside yesterday.
The BPRA consists of 33
local retailers in the petroleum
Accompanied by members
from the association at a press
conference yesterday, Mr
Woodside pledged to
strengthen the BPRA through
recruitment, and awaken
"what we feel is a sleeping
"In short the BPRA is sup-
posed to be both the watch
dog of the petroleum indus-
try and as well the voice of all
the retailers," he said.
Mr Woodside said para-
mount on his agenda would
be new initiatives to address
business operation issues.
These, he said, include brisi-
ness licence fees, security and
safety concerns at service sta-
tioils, ownership opportuni-
ties, financial performance of
service stations and employ=
ee training and benefits -
bearing in mind the possible
impact of the proposed

National Health Insurance
"The triembership of the
BPRA can expect that I will
provide the body with strong
and professional leadership
based on my experiences and
training of 11 years as a cor-
porate executive of Texaco,
five years as a retailer/fran-
chisee and also my back-
ground as a trained attoriley-
"My fellow executives,
council members and I look
forward to 100 per cent par-
ticipation from the entire
membership of the BPRA, as
we woik in setting goals and
making policies which relate
generally to our industry, and
more specifically to the con-
duct and success of our retail
businesses," he said.
The new executive team
consists of Shell retailer
Charles Johnson (vice chair-
man), Shell retailer Nikita
Curtis (secretary) and Texa-
co retailer Oswald Moore
The council members are
Freddie Russell, Danny
Knowles, Wilton Gibson,
Bruce Elliott, Clyde Pratt, and
Ethan Moss.

Government remains silent on

. 4 ey

1HVCStigation into toxic leak


R10on threatens dispute

Moss calls for parental responsibility

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

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914


Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

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Big Brother moymg mto our hves


based, in my view, on seeking to
score cheap political brownie
pomts as we lead up to the 2007
general elections. It may well
be nothing short of a diabolic
and costly exercise in an
attempt to prop up this crum-
bling administration.
How does Christie expect 40
members of the House and at
least 15 members of tl;te Senate
to sensibly make contributions
during the debate on the Bill?
With his legendary record of
being unable or incapable of
making timely decisions, what
will be the composition of the
National Health Insurance
Board; remuneration; adminis-
trative costs; salaries; terms of
condition and the actrial start
Rup date for this scheme?
Christie, during his first read-
ing of the Bill, waxed eloquent-
ly about a nurse who had to
hold a cook out in the parking
lot of the PMH to assist with
medical expenses. If this were to
be true, this is a serious indict-
ment on the Christie adminis-
tration and an indication that
the current (and former) Min-
ister of Health, Dr BJ Nottage,
is not the right man for this vital
By the way, who gave that
nurse permission to use public
property for a private event and
why is it that reputed million-


aires like Christie and Nottage
could not throw a blow for that
unfortunate nurse? Did she not
have insurance coverage pro-
vided by the Public Hospital
Authority or The Bahamas
Public Services Union?
One of the overt dangers of
this scheme is that persons who
may have pre-existing illness of
a serious nature will, automati-
cally, be covered. This is a cock-
eyed proposalif ever there were
This would mean that peo-
ple, who may be prone to heart
attacks, will be able to access
costly treatment, almost to the
exclusion of other potential
patients. Another unanswered
questions is: What will be the
ceiling costs and what bylaws
will be passed to facilitate the
the funds for this scheme?
Christie and crew had more
than four years to do what they .
now propose but had to wait
the advent of Dr Nottage to
finalist the bogus concept of a
mandatory National Health
Insurance Scheme?
The 'new' PLP seems to be a
socialistic orientated adminis-
tration, where one size fits all.
This assault on the meager
finances .of the ordinary
Bahamian will come back to
haunt the defunct PLP, in short
order. To God then, in all of '
these things, be the glory.

November 16 2006

EDITOR, The Tribune

I ATTENDED a session of
the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, November 15,
when Mr Christie introduced
the first reading for a Bill to
establish a National Health
Insurance scheme. It was done
with great fanfare and a slight
degree of theatrics and croco-
dile tears by the leader of the
'new' PLP.
While this proposed Bill
sounds good and may well be
good intentioned, we must be
very careful to dissect and digest
this fundamental piece of leg-
islation before we adopt it as
law of the land.
The concept of a natioi1al
health insurance scheme has
been implemented and tried in
tries and has failed, miserably,
in most cases. One need .only
look at the models used in the
United Kingdom of Great
Britain and in Canada to see
for oneself that the implemen-
tation and cost effectiveness of
such schemes tend to be prob-
lematic in the best of circum-
If it were to be implemented,
as proposed by Mr Christie, it
simply cannot be done until
some tinie after the next gexi-
eral elections. In fact, he stated
that his administration intended
to put the Bill through all of its
various stages in the House and
in the Senate on or before the
December 13, 2006.
This proposed timetable is

"Public-private partnerships have served
us welland brought progress in many areas of
national action," he told the House. "A simi-
lar partnership can also enhance our progress
in health."
And this is where he is wrong. There is no
partnership if there is no consultation. There is
no partnership unless and until each side
respects the views of the other. At present the
ingredients to form that partnership are just
not there- .
And it is at this juncture that politics is
going to muddy the waters. Even the simplest
amongst us realizes that this Bill is being
rushed through parliament to serve as the
golden bauble to be dangled as bait before
the grassroots for the soon-to-be-called elec-
tion and, of course, their vote. But, what
these poor, unsuspecting people do not under-
stand is that this is only a bauble it has no
And the next progression in the evil game of
politics, of course, will be to play on.poor peo-
ple's ignorance. The politician's lihe is going to
be: "Oh that's only the greedy businessman,
and the equally greedy doctor, they don't want
to give yinna nothmg it might hurt their
pocket books!"
This is not true. The businessmen, union
leaders and doctors who have formed a coali-
tion for health care reform, recognize that uni-
versal health care coverage is needed. The
Coalition supports major reform for the
nation's health care system. But this group -
made up of people with far more experience
than any government member maintains
that it can be done, but not with the Bill now
before parliament.
As Dr Robin Roberts, who heads the Coali-
tion says: "Everything is free, but nothing is
Government seems to think that two insur-
ance plans --- go operate in lande m. Th ey can't. Neither
employers, nor staff will be able to afford both.
It goes without saying that private insurance
which covers most working Bahamians, will be
ditched to be replaced by a medical sys-
tem that promises longer lines than now expe-
rienced at Out Patients, long waiting lists for
operations, and a general break dowzi in our
health service.
Britain's national health is so bogged down
in debt that it can't outsource its facilities fast
enough. Private health insurance is now big
business in the UK with insurers managing
their own hospitals as patients try to jump the
queue at government hospitals.
And, as was discovered in the UK, Bahami-
ans' demands on services will increase as they
will believe that because they have paid their
11ational insurance tax, they have an absolitte
right to the latest treatments and technology.
And, they will be right in their demands,
after all wasn't that what Mr Christie promised

THE BAHAMAS government obviously
believes that Bahamians are God's chosen
people. Where others with far greater
resources, experience and know-how -have
failed, this government plans to follow their
path of f allure, believing that somehow
Bahamians, being Bahamians, will succeed.
And so, in comes the'National Health Insur-
ance Bill for debate with those who are duty
bound to make it work, mounting a solid
protest. Prime Minister Christie has conceded
that a partnership is needed for the national
health plan to succeed. But at present gov-
ernment stands alone,.holding a document
containing coercive clauses to force a part-
nership on an unwilling group. The would-be
partners, now formed into a coalition, are
questioning the constitutionally of a proposed .
law that in essence would dictate to employers
how they rt1n their businesses.
Already the attitude of some Immigration
ministers is that they have the authority to
narrow the choice of what staff is best for an
employer's business. Now they plan to dictate
what health plan is best for all of us. Already
certain insurance companies have a roster of
doctors from which their customers are expect-
ed to choose.
In other words, Big Brother is moving into
our work place, our homes and becoming a
partner in our lives. Soon Big Brother will be
running the show.
Bahamians are so smart that they cannot
seem to learn from history. They only have
to recall the suffering of Eastern Europe to
understand how people are trampled under-
foot when they surrender too much to Big
Brother. It took bloodshed for many of these ,
countries to win back their human nghts and
;regain thir freedom aDd human dignity,
Socialist meJacine was failed in Canada.1t is
a colossal failure in England, and everywhere
else that it has been tried. These are all coun-
tries that in addihoffo firivate sector contri-
butions operate their national health pro-
grammes with the assistance of income tax.
The Bahamas, which claims no incozixe tax,
plans to make it a success solely with private
contributions, even leaning on pensioners to
throw their widow's mite into the common
National Insurance, which needs a com
plete administrative overhaul, is to administer
the fund. Already about 20 per cent of
Bahamians' National Health contributions go
towards NIB's administrative costs com-
pared to about seven per cent in the US.
Already we start out with failure ---- a hospital'
whose staff admit it is under seige, a public.that
loudly complains of its failure, and an admin-
istrative body that can't keep its own costs
within reasonable bounds. Yet this govern-
ment says it; cim build on this weak infrastruc-
ture and still succeed.
Prime Minister Christie is obviously relying
on the private sector to make it work.

EDITOR, The Tribune

P WOULD like to make this
short comment on the letter to
the editor printed in your
November 9, 2006 issue. While
I agree with many of the points
made by the letter's author on
the process of citizenship for
married couples, and also the
inappropriate behaviour of Mr
Gibson as an elected minister, I
must point out what I consider
to be inappropriate on his
behalf. I do not think that edu-
cational qualifications are rele-
vant when deciding citizenship
status. This would mean that
average working class couples
with one foreign spouse have
even slimmer to absolutely no
.chance of having their citizen-
ship requis upriroved. And

while it is important for any
government ministry to seek
after the greater good of our
economy, it is equally impor-
tant for them to seek after the
equality of our people, regard-
less of societal status. After all,
is that not the same discrimina-
tive attitude that Minister Gib-
son displayed?
On an entirely different, but
related note, it is my belief, that
our Government and our con-
stitution are iIi many ways prim-
itive. And I blame us, the citi-
zens of this "Democratic"
nation, for not pioneering
changes ourselves. It is our dtity
as citizens to press for the
change that will allow us to hve
. in a modern society. And it is
the duty of the elected Govern-
ment to amend us. .
Noty more than ever before,
we desperately need political
reform in our country. And it's.
not just the ministry of immi-
gration or the ministry of hous-
ing it's the ministry of edu-
cation and the financial services
ministry. The ministry of social

services and health and the min-
istry of national security, all m
their own. way cry out for
One of the things that always
amazes and equally appalls me
is the political charade that
takes place when we are nearing
the time of election. And what
further.angers me is tk fact
that so many persons so ;ill-
mgly sell their votes each elet-
tron penod for thernediorcracy
of small contrActs, low paying
Jobs, turkeys, t-shirts and emp-
ty promises without even
attemptmg to look at the big-
ger picture.
It's no wonder ouriministers,
are bold enough to tell us that
we have no nght to public infor-
matioil because we display
that level of stupidity on too
many occasions without
acknowledging that in our par-
liament, politics is just a game
they play!
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LOCAL musicians will be
featured on World AIDS
Day during "Remember" a
one day concert to be held on
Friday, December 1.
The concert will begin at
7pm, end at 11pm and will be
held at the New Providence
Community Church on Blake
Road and JFK Drive.
* Andrew Jones and his band
3 Spirit House, well known for
- their hits Can't Hurty Love
: and Billy Goat Drink Clear
CWater will play along with
other artists including Vision,
Mizpah Bethel, Christian
McCabe and Clergy.
Organizers say the event is
. a united effort by musicians,
artists, family and friends of
those living with HIV/AIDS
or those who have lost loved
. ones to the illness to com-
memorate World AIDS Day
in the Bahamas.
Sponsored by The US
,Ambassador's HIV/AIDS
Fund and the New Provi-
dence Community Church,
the concert and memorial is
open to the public (all ages
welcome) and will benefit the
Bahamas National Network
for Positive Living (BNN+), a
network and support group
for Bahamians living with and

HIV/AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas with $15,000 and
most of the funds have been
allocated to help underwrite
the concert in an effort to
promote awareness and edu-
cation about HIV/AIDS. .
"This.concert is a celebra-
tion that the entire family can
attend and enjoy," said
Andrew Jones. "It will be an
uplifting experience where
people can come ahd enjoy
great music, food, art and
refreshments but also take
time to learn more about
Attendees are encouraged
to bring flowers,,candles, pho-
los or other penanal items to
remember or pay homage to
friends and loved ones.

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Air, was due to land in St Vin-
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a short flight from the tiny
island of Canouan,
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luxury home she used as the
basic for her applications now
being thrashed out before
the courts, and ex-lover Ben
Thompson claims she has "not
invested a cent" in the
Under Bahamian law, those
given residency status must
invest in a property worth at
least $500,000 and have the
means to support themselves.
They must also be deemed a
"fit and proper person" to be
given residency, with all neces-
sary background checks in


Mr Gibson, who is now dis-
tancing himself from earlier
claims that he was a close per-
sonal friend of Ms Smith, is also
faced with growing contro-
versy over building contracts
handed out while he was Min-
ister of Housing.
The Tribunehas a dossier of
information suggesting that
financial chicanery was wide-
spread during Mr Gibson's
tenure as housing minister.
Although Mr Gibson himself
was not implicated, he had min-

isterial responsibility for all
housing matters at the time.
With the Ms Smith and con-
tracts scandals gaining momen-
tum, political analysts are pre-
dicting disaster for a man once
considered one of the most
effective PLP ministers.
Yesterday, a Nassau attorney
joined the call for higher stan-
dards in Bahamian politics.
She said: "What is going on in
government? We the Bahamian
people are burnt out. We are
tired of scandalous behavior,
apparent cover-ups and a com-
plete lack of accountability."
And she added: "Many of the
people with whom I have come
into contact speak to a hunger
and dire thirst for the return of
checks and balances in gover-
nance undergirded by the very
independent judiciary whose
independence is at risk."
In yesterday's Tribune
INSIGHT section, Prime Min-
ister Christie was asked why Mr
Gibson was still a Cabinet min-
The article said Mr Gibson
was "woefully out of his depth
in the higher reaches of gov-
ernment and ought not to be
serving in the Bahamas Cabi-

A GROUP of Workers P'arty
officials will stage a "Gibson
niust go" protest in Nassau
today, insisting that Immigra-
tion Minister Shane Gibson step
down for his role in the Anna
Nicole Smith affair.
. The party hopes their letter of
protest to Governor General
Arthur Hanna and three-hour
demonstration outside the Post
Office building will encourage
others to call for the minister's
resignation or dismissal.
They claim that Mr Gibson
fast-tracked the residency per-
mit of Ms Smith without doing
due diligence and ensuring that
the stamp tax on her Eastern
Road home was paid.
Members will carry placards
saying "Shame on Shane",
"Gibson must go" and "Resign"
as they walk from Government
House to the Post Office..But
they insist their demonstration
will be peaceful and orderly.
Leader Rodney Moncur said:
"We will meet on the corner of
Huyler Street and Blue Hill
Road at 9am. We invite all
Bahamians who feel strongly
about this to join us.
"There is no doubt Shane
Gibson should resign, but as
things stand, his survival will

depend on the level of political
pressure that is brought to
Mr Moncur said in a democ-
racy, things often happened
only if there was a demonstra-
tion of public outrage.
"It is our intention to hold
this demonstration so that the
anti-Gibson campaign gains
impetus. Though the protest
group itself might be small in
number, it could be the start of
something big."
He added: "The prime minis-
ter will take a long
move, but I don't think he can
take the impact of a minister
resigning in the shadow of a
"It now needs an expression
of public indignation to force
the matter. Bahamians need to
abandon their lethargy and apa-
thy and say what they think."
The march will take place
only a few hours before an
FNM mass rally at RM Bailey
Park is held to expose a succes-
sion of scandals now facing the
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham will address what is expect-
e.d to be a large turnout of par-
ty supporters,
Mr Moncur said his protest

and, of course, his file has been
lost several times."
Mr Smith also cites two chil-
dren born to a Bahamian
woman who have waited for 17
years to have their applications
for citizenship concluded.
"In utter frustration, the
Bahamian woman has left her
homeland and created a life
with her husband elsewhere.
Both she and her husband were
professionals who could have
contributed to the desperately
needed professional human
resources of the community."
Mr Smith said Freeport itself
had been plagued by Immigra-

tion Department abuse since
the "bend or break" speech
,nearly 40 years ago.
In fact, he added, Freeport
was "brought to its knees" by
the Immigration Department in
the 1970s.
Now, he said, he wants
Freeport applicants to get the
kind of treatment enjoyed by
Anna Nicole, whose application
was processed in less than a

5 FREEPORT lawyer
Fred Smith

A HAITIAN who has been
working legally in the Bahamas
for 25 years is still waiting for
citizenship even though he has
fathered two children by his
Bahamian wife.
Despite Immigration Minis-
ter Shane Gibson's claim that
Anna Nicole Smith's fast-track-
ing was the result of a new era
of efficiency, hundreds of appli-
cants are caught up in govern-
ment red tape, it was claimed
In fact, some applicants -
includitig valued professionals
- have become so disheartened
by their lack of success in gain-
ing status that they have left the
Bahamas. .
Yesterday, lawyer Fred Smith
listed several cases of "dis-
graceful, inhuman and degrad-
ing treatment" of people who
have been waiting for years to
fit"L:;:s ed t the lmmigra-
"I know that many other
lawyers have hundreds of simi-
lar matters," he said. . .
And he added: "I challenge
the minister to contact me per-
sonally deal with my
clients' many applications as
expeditiously as he has dealt
with the application of Ms Anna
Nicole Smith." .
Mr Smith's dossier of exas-
perated applicants contains
many stories of family upset and
thwarted dreams. .
In some cases, committed and
valued workers have been sub-
jected to up to 20 annual work
permits while residency applica-
tions have been dealt with,
Mr Smith said: "Many of them
have contributed to civic, chari-
table and other local cultural and
community affairs. All of them
have supported themselves finan-
cially. None has been a drain on
our social, medical or education-
al institutions."
Mr Smith, who is basedin
Freeport, said he represents
many applicants for work per-
mits, annual residency permits,
permanent residence certificates
and/or citizenship.
"I have observed with utter
amazement and disbelief the
claim by Minister Shane Gib-
son, who has heralded a 'new
wave of efficiency' in handling
applications by his Immigration
"I challenge the minister to
deal quickly with the many out-
standing applicants from my
firm, Callenders .and Co in
Freeport, that are outstanding,

some for decades."
Mr Smith said none of his
clients were wealthy. "Some are
Asian, some black, some are
white, and some are of mixed
racial origin. Some are children
ofBahamians. Some are married
to Bahamians. Some have pur-
chased property.
"Most have lived in Freeport
for decades under the frighten-
ing annual spectre of not know-
ing Whether they will be per-
mitted to stay year after year
and not being able to properly
organize their lives or those of
their families." .
All, he said, had friends, rel-
atives and referees who wanted
them as part of the community,
and had written to the Immi-
gration Department in their
"Because of the intentional
historical inefficiencies, hatred
afoorexpgnjtsciandthPeL e oppho.
ticular), some of these clients
have left to find opportunities
and welcoming immigration
policies elsewhere, all to the loss
of the Bahamas."
One,:a physiotherapist, had
lived in Freeport since 1983,
bought property and applied for
permanent residency in 1991.
To date, the therapist still has
no status.
A croupier who had been in
the Bahamas since the 1970s,
and had 'dozens' of work per-
mits, was refused residency.
"Both the physiotherapist and
croupier recently left the
Bahamas in utter frustration'to
start new lives elsewhere after
having been in Freeport for a
totalof 47 years," said Mr Smith.
He also cited the Bahamian-
born child of two Americans
who has been waiting since 2001
for her citizenship, having
applied at the age of 18, as pro-
vided under the constitution.
This girl's stepfather is a well-
known Bahamian, yet she is
anxious abolit working here as
"she is afraid of being picked
up and locked away as an illegal
alien in her own country."
A Haitian who has been in
the Bahamas legally for 26
years, has bought property and
had work permits for every year
he has been here has beee wait-
ing since 1995 for a decision on
"Typically, he is subjected to
the torture of repeated inter-
views, production of transla-
tions, trips to Haiti to obtain
certified copies of documents

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1. (1) This Act may be cited as the National Health
Insurance Act, 2006-
(2) The provisions of this Act shall come into
Operation on such date as the Minister may, by notice
published in the Gazette, appoint and different dates may be
appointed for the several provisions-
2. (1) In this Act terms used have the same meaning
as in the National Insurance Act unless defined in this Act or
the context otherwise requires.
(2) Without prejudice to subsection (1), in this
Act -
"Commission" or "NHIC" means the NHI Commission
established pursuant to section 4*
dependentt" means in relation to an insured, his spouse
and children under the age of eighteen years, save
twenty-five years if pursuing full-time studies at
an educational institution, but does not include a
spouse living apart from the insured pursuant to a
separation agreement or an order of a court;
"diagnostic services" means services to identify a
disease or illness usihg analysis, examination*
laboratory and imaging services as prescribed by a
registered medical practitioner and delivered in a
registered health care facility;

"health care provide?" means a health professional

within the meaning of the Health Professions Act
or a health care practitioner within the meaning of
the Hospital and Health Care Facilities Apt or a
health care facility licensed under that Act;
"health care services" or "health services" or "health
care" includes medical, surgical, obstetrical,
optical, dental, diagnostic and nursing services,
and includes drugs, dressings, prosthetic
appliances and any other items or health services
necessary to or commonly associated with the
provisions of any such specified services but does
not include any health services excluded by
regulations made under this Act;
"income" includes save as may be prescribed any
superannuation benefits received under the NIB Act;
"indigent" means a person recognized by the.
Commission to be exempt in accordance with the
Regulations from paying the NHI contribution by
reason of his insufficiency of income; .
"Minister" means the Minister assigned responsibility
for national health insurance; .
"NHI beneficiary" or "beneficiary" means a person
entit led to health care services under the NHI in
accordance with section 8;
"NHI contribution" means the sum imposed upon and
required pursuant to section 9 to be contributed to
the NHI Fund by insured persons and employers and
"NHI contributor" shall be construed accordingly;
"Nill Fund" means the Fund established under section 6;

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(4) The Board shall maintain separate financial

records with respect to monies collected by the Board in
Ch. 350. conjunction with sums collected pursuant to Part III of the
NIB Act and on no account shall the monies of the NHI Scheme
be used for or shall form any part of the National.Insurance
(5) Without prejudice- to subsection (3) the
Commission shall not make any investments in or make any
loans to any person, company, NHI health care provider or
other entity that may be involved in the provisions of health
care services or any other service that may be provided under
the NHI.
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this Act subsections (4) to (6). of section 44, sections 45, 47
and 61 of the NIB Act shall subject to any Regulations or
Order made by the Minister mutatis mutandis apply to the NHI
Fund and the Commission as they apply to the National
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review and actuary approved by the Minister review the operation of the
reports. NHI upon the expiration of the period ending on the thirty-
first day of December 2008 and of the period ending on that
date in every third year thereafter and on such review shall
make a report to. the Minister on the financial
condition of the NHI Fund and the adequacy or otherwise of
payments of NHI contributions to support the NHI Scheme.
2) The Minister shall cause a copy of every
report prepared in accordance .with subsection (1) to be laid
before both Houses of Parliament.
Health 8. Health care services of the NHI shall subject
care bene- to such terms and conditions as are prescribed be provided
ficiaries, to-
(a) insured persons and their defendants;

charm a .0 (bl persons in revolpt of assistanpo urule:r
Ch. 350. Part I 01 the NIB Act and to whom
paragraph (a) may not apply; -
(c) children under eighteen years o age or'
if pursuing full time studies at an
educational institution, under twenty-
five years of age and to whom paragraph
(a) does not apply
(d) indigent persons; and
(e) such other persons or class of persons as
are prescribed.
NHI 9 (1) For t-he purposes of this Act an NHI
contri- contribution, which shall be the sum prescribed under
button. subsection (2), shall, subject to subsections (2) and(4) and
any Regplations, be payable by insured persons, employers and
any other prescribed category of persons.
(2) Regulations shall provide for the rates of
the NHI contribution, which rates be based don a reasonable
equitable and progressive system, to be paid by the persons
referred to in subsection (1) in the following manner-
(a) insured persons who are employed persons
and their employers shall have the sum
payable by the employed person as NHI
conti-ibutions deducted from his salary
and paid to, the Board for the benefit of
the NHI Fund as prescribed;
(b) NHI contributions from self-employed
persons shall be paid to the Board for
the benefit of the NHI Fund at the time
and .in the manner prescribed;

(0) voluntarily insured persons shall pay

of the NHI contribt
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"NHI Scheme" or "NHI" means the National Health

ore Insunnnce Scheme established dr section 3;
Ch. 350. "the NIB Act" means the National Insurance Act;
"Regulations" means regulations made, under this Act;
"wards of state" include children and persons in
Government rehabilitation institutions and prisons.
Establish- 3. There is hereby established a National Health
ment of NIff Insurance Scheme which shall be a financing and purchasing
Scheme. mechanism having the objectives of promoting a health care
policy to protect, foster and restore the physical well-being
of insured persons, persons in receipt of assistance and the
dependents of both such persons and to facilitate their
reasonable access to a defined package of health care
Establish- 4. (1). There shall be established a commission to be
ment and known as the National Health Insurance Commission,
incorp- (2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have
oration effect as to the constitution of the Commission and otherwise
of NHIC. in relation thereto.
(3) The Commission shall be a body corporate
having perpetual succession and a common seal and, subject to
the approval of the Minister, capacity to acquire, lease and
hold property and to make any disposal thereof.
Functions 5. (1) The Commission shall perform such functions as
of the may be necessary to give effect to the objectives specified in
Commission. section 3 and without prejudice to the generality of the
foregoing it shall have the functions to .
(a) monitor and administer the NHI;

(b) advise the Minister on the policies

relating to the health care needs of the
NHI beneficiaries;
(c) supervise and control expenditures from
the Fund;
(d) advise the Minister on the policies and
,directions concerning the use of monies
of the NHI Fund; and
(e) establish a quality assurance programme
for the functioning of the NHI through
its monitoring of the health service
being provided to NHI beneficiaries and
requiring that the participants in the
NHI submit the relevant information for
inclusion in the annual report to the
(2) The Minister, after consultation with the
Commission may give to the Commission such directions whether
of a general or a specific character regarding the .discharge
of the functions of the Commission as appear to .the Minister
to be requisite in the public interest and the Commission
shall give effect to any such direction.
NHI Fund. 6. (1). There is established a National Health
Insurance Fund which shall be under the control and management
of the Commission.
(2) The NHI Fund shall consist of -
(a) all NHI contributions paid to or
collected by the Board on behalf of the
(b) all sums properly accruing to the NHI ,
Fund whether by way of grant, donation or
(c) all monies paid into the Fund annually by

contributions at the time and in the
manner prescribed.
(3) Sections 18 and 20 of the NIB Act shall, as
they apply to contributions and insured persons under that
Act, apply mutatis mutandis to NHI contributions.
(4) NHI contributions for the following persons
shall- be paid on their behalf by the Government -
(a) persons to whom paragraphs (b) and (c)
and (d) of section 8 applir;
(b) any other class of persons as may be
10. (1) The Commission may enter into a contract
arrangement with any health care provider for the provision
by that person to NHI beneficiaries of health care services
upon such terms as are agreed and save as may be prescribed.
(2) A contract arrangement may provide for -
(a) the provision of specific types of health
care in specified circumstances to
beneficiaries for an agreed fee;
(b) the provision of specific health care
services to beneficiaries for an agreed
rate of payment for every service.
(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary
in subsection (1) it shall be the duty of all hospitals and
clinics under the authority of the Goverisment or the Public
Hospital Authority to make available its facilities, personnel
* and services to render and provide to NHI beneficiaries health
care services.
(4) Without prejudice to stibsections (1), (2)
and (3) where health care services are provided to a NHI
beneficiary by a medical provider with whom there is no .
contract arrangement the liability of the NHI Fund or the

Ch. 350.

care ,



term of three years save that no member shall be the
beneficiary of .three or more consecutive appointments.
5. The Commission shall meet at least once in
every quarter of the year and at such times as may be
necessary or expedient for the transaction of business and the
CEO shall be entitled to attend and take part in any meeting
but shall not be entitled to vote.
6. The Minister shall direct that the members of
the Commissibn be paid an honorarium out of the NHI Fund.
7. An appointed member may at any time
resign his office by notifying the Chairman in writing who
shall forward the same to the Minister and upon the date of
' the receipt by the Chairman of such document such member shall
cease to be a member.
8. The Chairman may resign his office by
notifying the Minister in writing and such resignation shall
take effect upon the date of the receipt of such document by
the Minister.
9. The Minister may by instrument in writing
revoke the appointment of the Chairman or any other appointed
member of the Commission if lie thinks it desirable or
expedient to do so ih the interests of the NHI.
10. The appointment, removal, death or resignation
of a chairman, deputy chairman or appointed member shall be
notified in the Gazette.
11. The Commission may sue and be sued in its
corporate name and may for all purposes be described by that
name and service upon the Commission of any notice, order or
other document of whatever kind shall be executed by
delivering the same to, or sending it by registered post
addressed to the Chairman of the Commission at the principal
office of the Commission, notice of which address or change in

address shall be published in the Gazette within ten days of
the location of the office.
12. The decisions of the Commission shall be by a
majority of votes and in addition to an original vote the
Chairman or other member presiding at the meeting shall have
a casting vote in any case in which. the voting is equal.
13. A member of the Commission who is directly or
indirectly interested in any matter which is beirig dealt with
by the Commission -
(a) shall disclose the nature of his interest
at a meeting of the Commission; and
(b) shall not take part in nay deliberation
or decision of the Commission with
respect to that matter.
14. Save herein otherwise provided in this .
Schedule, the provisions of sections 5 through 9.of the NIB
Act shall mutatis mutandis apply to the Commission as they
apply to the Board..


Clause 1 sets out the *title to the legislation
and for different dates to be appointed for the coming into
force of any of. its provisions.
Clause 2 makes provision for the meaning to be
given to terms used in the Bill and where no definition is

assigned to a specificc term. the meaning to be aiven to it, is
as set out in the National Insurance Act, Chapter 350.
-Clauses 3 and,4 provide for the establishment
of' a National Health Insurance scheme (NHI) and the National
de=.1Er Commission (the Commission) as a corporate body, the
c coHg t constituted in accordance with the tenns of the

Schedule to the Bill.
The Commission is vested by clause 5 with
several responsibilities including that to administer the NHI
and to advise the Minister responsible for the scheme.
Clause 6 establishes a fund of the NHI that
will be administered by the Commission and into which all
income of the NHI, including the contributions to the scheme
collected by the National Insurance Board (NIB) will be paid.
The clause also mandates the NIB to keep the contributions
collected by it for the NHI separate and apart from. its other
monies arid.empowers the Commission to exercise similar powers
of investment of its funds as are statutorily given to the
The Commission-is required by clause 7 to carry
out periodic reviews of its operations and to submit a report
of such to the Minister who shall cause a copy to be laid
before both Houses of.Parliament.
Clause 8 identifies the several categories of
persons who are to benefit from the services provided under .
NHI. These are all children, persons insured under the NIB
Act, persons receiving assistance from the NIB or who are in
government rehabilitation institutions and the dependents, as
defined in the legislation, of those persons.
To provide financing for the NHI, clause 9
provides for a sum to be paid as NHI contributions by persons
insured within the meaning of the National Insurance Act and

by their employers and any other class of persons prescribed
under this legislation at varying rates and in the same manner
and procedure the NIB Act and its regulations,
Under clause 10 the Commission is required to
list the health care providers contracted by the Commission to
provide to beneficiaries of the NHI the services to be,
rendered to them under the health insurance scheme while
mandating that health institutions managed by the Government
or the Public Hospital Authority shall make such provision.
Clause 11 enables a health care provider who is
not listed to appeal the decision of the Commission not to do
Clause 12 ties the time and manner for the
payment by insured and other persons of NHI contributions to
their liability to pay national insurance contributions under
the National Insurance Act and any failure to pay the NHI
contributions constitute and is enforceable as an offence akin
to that arising from the non-payment of the national insurance
Clause 13 provides for the appointment of a
Chief Executive Of f icer and other of f icers of the Commission
and for the approval of the Minister to be obtained in
relation to some of their terms and conditions of employment.
Clause 14 yests in an employer a right to
modify with the approval of the Minister any existing
obligation of his to make contributions in respect of the
provisions of his employees of health insurance so as to avoid
there being a duplication of services thereunder by reason of
the implementation of this legislation.
Clause 15 empowers the Minister assigned

responsibility for national health insurance to make
. Regulations for the several purposes specified in the clause

including for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of
this Act and to make Orders applying the NIB Act and its
regulations to the health insurance scheme. These Regulations
or Orders would not come into operation until approved by both
Houses of Parliament.
Clause 16 purports to effect consequential
amendments to the National Insurance Act in recognition of the
responsibility placed upon the National Insurance Board by
this legislation.

..., 'str exceed that which the NHI Fund or the
Nadvbeen liable to pay for those services to
trundet a contract arrangement.
arject to subsection (5) health care
As' to render services under the NHI shall
to the Commission to do so having regard to
ritsdria, and notice of those providers with
contractual arrangements shall be published
regulations may provide for the payment of
for services provided to NHI beneficiaries
by health care providers of adequate and
information and accounting records.
a hbaith care provider who is aggrieved by
commission not to list his name may appeal
sF torthe Minister who may confirm, vary or
ions ,,a
n appeal by the health care provider shall
cision of the Minister in accordance with
a judge of the Supreme Court whose decision

pkirpon who renders health care services
as bot'a beneficiary and to whom the other
ks'section and of section 10(1) would apply
Inf in. The Bahamas shall, save as may be
be. subject to those provisions.
eve as may otherwise be prescribed whenever a
yr ofqat person arises af ter the coming into
evi Abt he NIB,.'Act he shall have a like duty or

e. payment at the same time and in like manner

tiron imposed upon him under this Act.
failure to -comply with subsection (1) as
tribution shall constitute an offence as
inrrespect to a contribution under the NIB
Lohavof that Act and any regulations made
lyi tro the prosecution of such offence as
n:,re4pect of a contribution payable under
jeetite any Regulat ns mutatis mutandis
allaine _An respect to the NHI contribution.
drit prejudice to the other provisions of
isiops,.&f the NIB Act and its regulations
yetty phe Board in respect of the payment
onpributions due under that Act, including
estigation as to compliance with those
utatis mutandis in respect of the payment
>ysthe Board of NHI contributions.
GoYamisdion shall appoint a Chief Executive
Assiones(herein referred to as the CEO) and
other officers and employees. at such
..stich terms and conditions as it considers
agriate for the proper conduct of its

riglad that the Commission shall not without
ofstheeklinister -
assign to any. post .a salary, which is
above the highest level of that specified
in a general policy direction given to
the Commission by the Minister;
adake an appointment to any post to whi@
a salary mentioned in paragraph (a) of
'this proviso is attached;

inake any appointment of a legal adviser
to, or medical officer of, -the
rminace the employment of any person
tho.holds such a post; or ,
nake any provision for the payment of any
pensions or gratuities or other like
benefits to any officers or other
employees of the Commission by reference
to their service.
ect 06 the provisions of this Act, the
,any committee or officer or employee of
much -function as the CEO may determine:
t'hateevery delegation under this subsection
hy' the CEO and no delegation shall prevent
'CEQ<'ot*any function so delegated.
act t6; the provisions of any other
aqtiors or other legal proceedings brought
ion employee of the Commission or the Board
act done in pursuance or execution or
of this Act, the plaintiff shall not
13rkges.*Iin his pleading and proves at the
ta was alone either maliciously or without
Jertion;who has acquired information in his
ber,* officer, employee or, agent of the
thoutsthe express or implied consent of the
information relates (herein referred to as any, other person any such information
iderrtit assets, liability or medical
tentTetcept -

(i) for the purpose of the
performance of. his duties or
the exercise of his functions
under this Act, if any?
(ii) for the purpose of the
performance of his duties
within the scope of his
(ii when the Commission is lawfully
required to make disclosure by
any court of competent
jurisdiction within The
Bahamas, or under the
provisions of any law of The
(iv) to a person with a view to the
institution of, or for the
purpose of -
(a) criminal proceedings;
(b) disciplinary proceedings,
whether within or outside
The Bahamas, relating to
the exercise by -a counsel
and attorney, auditor,
accountant, value or
actuary of his
professional duties; or
(c) disciplinary proceedings
relating to the discharge
by a public officer of

::: .his duties.

(5) Every person who contravenes the provisions of
subsection (4) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be
liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty-
five thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not
exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
14. (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary
contained in any other law or contract of service, or any
agreement with the employees, every employer is entitled to
modify in such manner as may be prescribed, the. rate of
contributions payable under any health insurance scheme
instituted by him for the 1 benefit of his employees
(hereinafter called the "Occupational Health Scheme") for the
purpose of eliminating overlapping health care services and
thereby ensuring that the aggregate of the health care
services receivable under that scheme by an employee while in
the service of the employer and the health insurance benefits
receivable by the employee under this Act as an NHI
contributor are not duplicated.
(2) No employer shall make any modification
pursuant to subsection (1) without obtaining the prior written
approval of the Minister and for which purpose he shall submit
a copy of the relevant Occupational Health Scheme together
with suchoparticulars and information as may be required by
the Minister.
(3) Any person who is in breach of subsection (2)
or fails to comply with any lawful request, thereunder shall be
guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a
fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment f or
a term not exceeding five years or to both such fine and
(4) The Commission shall comply with reasonable
requests from aA employer to be furnished with information of

the health care services accessible by any of his employees
under this Act for the purpose of giving effect to subsection
15,. (1) The Minister may make Regulations for the
administration of this Act or where required by any of
its provisions or for carrying itb purposes and provisions
into effect, including without restricting the generality of
the foregoing, regulations may provide for -
(a) the time and manner of paying for the
rendering of health care services to NHI
beneficiaries whether within or outside
The Bahamas;
(b) the sharing between the Commission and a
NHI beneficiary of the cost of providing
. .
health care service to the beneficiary or
. .
class of beneficiaries;
(c) the establishment of criteria which
should be met by a health care provider
for registration by the Commission;
(d) the time from and the terms and
conditions under which health care
services would be provided to NHI
beneficiaries including the exclusion of
any type or class of those services;
(e) determining the circumstances in which a
person is or is not to be.deemed for the
purposes of this Act to be a dependent of
an NHI beneficiary;
(f) the issue by the Commission and the form
of issue of NHI scheme identification

(g) the procedure for a NHI beneficiary or
health care provider to appeal any
decision of the Commission by whichthe is
aggrieved other than s mentioned in
section 11;
) the procedure, to enable an NHI
beneficiary or health care provider to
seek redress from the Commission by
reason of any act or omission done by any
person operating under the NHI Scheme;
(i) the creation of summary offences in
respect of the breach of any regulations
and the imposition of penalties for such
(2) Save as this Act otherwise makes provision
for the Minist er may by Order apply the, provisions of the NIB
Act (which reference includes regulations made thereunder) to
the NHI Scheme subject to such modifications,, adaptations,
qualifications and exceptions as "the Minister considers
necessary for the purpose.
(3) The provisions of sections 31 and 32 of, the
Interpretation Act and General Clauses shall not apply in
relation to any Regulations or Orders litade by the Minister
under this Act, but instead all such Regulations or Orders
shall be subject to aiffirynative resolution of both chambers of
(4) In subsection (3) the expression "subject to
affirmative resolution of both chambers of Parliament" in
relation to Regulations or Orders means that any such
regulations or orders are not to come into operation unless
and until approved by a resolution of each of those chambers-

16. The National Insurance Act is amended by the
addition to sectick 4 of the following subsection
"(3) Nothing in .6his Act shall be
construed as precluding the Board from
discharging any statutory responsibility. in
respect to the National Heal th Insurance
scheme and for that purpose the Board may with
the approval of the M sister enter into -an
agreement upon such terms as agreed with the
National Health Insurance Commission."

tion of
with con-

Regulations .

10i ten




1. Members of the Commission shall- include ten
persons, seven of whom shall be appointed from .among those
categories of persons that would be regarded as representative
of the views of the Bahamian consumer, the medical and nursing
profession and the religious, commercial and labour sectors.
2. The Director of the.Board, the Chief Medical
Officer and the Director of Social Services shall be ex-
officio members with no right to vote.
3 The Minister shall appoint a Chairman from
among the appointed members of the Commission and, subject to
the provisions of this Schedule, the tenure of that office is
for a period of three years.
4. An appointed member shall, subject to the
provisions of this Schedule, hold office for a period of three
years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further


uiG( ECTS any amouno IN REL )

M S @ally entitled'An Actto Establish a National Health Insurance Scheme
Whereunder Persons Would be Provided With A Defined Package of Health Care
Services; And To Provide For Ancillary Matters'.

It entains 16 Clauses describing the purpose, objects, management, financing and
governance of the Plan.
The detailed provisions relating to the administration and operations of the Plan will be
presented in companion Regulations, which will be placed before the House at a later

> Oause 1 indicates the short title of the Bill which will now be referred to as the
National Health Insurance Act. Clause 1 also stipulates that the effective dates for
implementation of various provisions of the Act will be established by the Minister
assigned with responsibilities for national health Insurance.
> Clause 2 provides definitions of the various terms in the Act so that there is overall
consistency with provisions in the National Insurance Act as well as other relevant Acts
that peltain to health matters.

> The prime objective of the Scheme is specified in Clause 3 that is to establish a
financing and purchasing mechanism to promote the health of the population and
enhance their access to health sentices defined in the benefit package.

> The fourth Clause indicates the establishment of a new statutory body to be miled the
National Health Insurance Commission which will be charged with administering the
Scheme. Matters related to the composition of the Commission and guidelines for its
s govemance are spelt out in the Schedule to the Act.
> Clatise 5 describes the various functions of the Commission in its role as administrator
of the Scheme and its inter-relationship with the Minister in regard to overall
responsibilities for ensuring that these functions secure the Interest of the public.

> The specific tasks and activities in relation to management of the inflows, outflows
and investment of monies by the Commission are set out in Clause 6 dealing with the
establishment of a National Health Insurance Fund. This Clause (6) also draws on
relevant provisloris of the National Insurance Act in relation to the generation and use of
monies by the Commission.

? Clause 7 specifies the role and periodicity (or timing) of actuarial reviews to report on
the financial status of the Fund as well as the requirement that such reviews be laid
. Before both Houses for their consideration.
> the target members and beneficiaries of the Scheme are identified in Clause 8.
This group of members and beneficiaries includes all contributors and their dependents,
that is, their spouse and children. The group of members and beneficiaries also includes
other persons such as the indigent and other prescribed persons whose membership
and benefits will be secured through contributions by the government.
> Clause 9 outlines the contribution obligations of members and government on behalf
of prescribed categories of.persons. The specific contribution rates based on the
principles of reasonableness, equity and progressiveness as well as manner of
payment (as is the case for contributions to the National Insurance Fund) will be defined
in the companion Regulations.

> Clauses 10 and 11 define the role and scope of contractual agreements with public
and private providers for the delivery of health services to members of the Scheme. The
specific terms indicating the obligations of the Commission and the health service
providers will be defined in the particular contract. In addition, Clause 11 outlines
provisions for dealing with appeals by aggrieved providers.
> In Clause 12, the payment obligations of matributors as well as the treatment of
those who are non-compliant are defined. This is done so that there is congruence with
simliarabligations and treatment as for National Insurance.contributors,
> Matters relating to the day to day administration of the Plan by a duly appointed Chief
Executive Officer and other officers are dealt with in Clause 13. The broad terms of
employment and duties of these officers are also discussed in this Clause (13)
> Clause 14 defines the options and obligations of employers who already have or are
contemplating private health insurance benefits for their employees,

> Clause 15 indicates the various matters which require detailed specification in the
Regulations. Matters which require cleta.lea include 5uch as cpterjafor, m
registration of pro.aders, likely co-payments, of identification cards, offences,
procedures for appeals) and the role of the Minister in rnaking thbe Regtilatidris as MAll
as for placing them before both Houses for cons.deration. soa c.. .1
> Clause 16 provides for amendments in the National Insurance Act to include
responsibilities for the discharge of specified tasks under contract to the National Health
Insurance Commission.

Mr. ke
NatlSn ea Insurance is not just about getting more money. It is about money as
an instrument for sustained investment in the health of our people.

I say investment because too many treat the cost of providing health services as an
expenditure item, as a burden.
We can all agree that investment in health, like investment in education, strengthens
our human potential and brings benefits to individuals, to businesses and to the nation,
As with any investment where one weighs in the balance the costs and
benefits or returns, National Heath Insurance forces us to think not just about the cost
of providing health care to all, but also the benefits of good health.

an se e, rn t ens ea a ur 6% m ownh

onsal Health Insurance is not new and has had to contend with many detractors as

However, I am reminded of our experience with the National Insurance Board and our
bitter struggle in the 1970's against many other detractors.

Then, the purveyors of doom and gloom predicted the worst as we sought to secure this
crucial safety net for all workers and their families.

Tn une aM evTn ee aef tn anMbe fi i o Nado rious

I e hwe Mye learnt frodmnthat exper nce and clin approach National

The progress that we have made as a country in almost all areas of national endeavour,
with all the challenges of size, geography and resources, has been based on the
uniqueness of our public and private partnerships.
Ultimately my government has responsibility for the health of the nation.

Wetw not shirk ou responsibilities to guide and to take the leadership role in

But while it is a responsibility of government to take the lead it is also an obligation of all
parties to rise to the challenge of sustaining those health gains.
Public-private partnerships have served us well and brought progress in many areas of
national action.

A similar partnership can also enhance our pmgress in health.
Through National Health Insurance we can build a system that is good for all, felt to all
and which we can hold high as a symbol of a caring and progressive Bahamas.

n nipmve a b p r n nd
> We can generate more money to improve the quality & timeliness of health
> We can share the cost among all persons so that the burden is lighter on each.

Le me Isude as an, th a open nd I v o ig vs is

commitment of National Health Insurance as we continuously strive to enhance the
health of all Bahamians.

Indeed, with National Health Insurance, we can all put into practice the maxim that
health for all is good for individual welfare... Is good for business progress... and it is
good for national development.
Mr. Speaker,
it is the government's intention to begin debate of this Bill on W9dnesday 29*
November and pass it through all of its stages in this place by Wednesday December 6 .

It is anticipated that it will be read for the first tlme in the Senate on Monday December
11m and debate will begin in that Chamber on Wednesday December 13m

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker,
It is with mixed feelings that I place before Honourable Members of the House this Bill
to Establish a National Health Insurance Scheme.

I say mixed feelings because it is with some measure of regret that, as a country, it has
taken us so long to put in place a system of health financing that can secure lifetime
access to health services for our people.

It is also with feelings of genuine gladness and optimism that the privilege is now mine
to be the leader of a team bringing before the House this historic Blit that sets outle
transform our approach to health and the welfare of our people.

Mr. Speaker,
Before I get into the objects and contents of the Bill, I want us to reflect on three
aspects of this historic path, which we are carving for our country: -
Firstly, the close relation between good health and the well-being of our people;

Secondly, good health and the we sun of the natsun. and
Thirdly, good health and our collective sense of responsibility and compassion.

Mr. Spokere
It is an unqualified ourb Unal not one of us latners her- can cavalry assume that
good health will be a permaner.c reature of our
It is a fact that our progress in ruealth nov nicans treat the en emy, are expectancy of a
Sahamian is about 73 year=., this .5 only an a.renage some may be lower*
some higher

Without good health and the means to sustain that good health, the quality of our daily
itfe is weakened and the freedom to enjoy the frust=.of our long years of tail is

I know... In fact we all know that way too many people silitply do not have the meam
to pay for their health care,
Some people are faced with nuge bilis at one time

Many more people are faced with regular and mue=ssingly burdensome bills to treat and
manage a Chronic health condttlon that requires conunuing visitsto doctors, tests and
more tests; more drugs and sometimes a stay in h aspital
There are some people in our country who dig because they are unable to afford the
health care they need. In the fact of that fact, what rationale can be put that in moving
for National Health Insurance we are not doing the best thing for our muntry?

Without some form of health insurance, many people have to dip deep into their savings
or bormw or depend on help and of others.
Cookouts, church welfare actwitI or donanon sheets. all to find the cash to pay
people'stisantreate bt
Many who cannot get help or who don't have the savings to draWon have to live with
the r pain and sickness and the shackles imposed by that sickness on their daily Inves.

Many persons also, without adequate cash, IIve with the fear of getting sick and worry
about how they will manage.
What hard cholass will they have to make? What things will they have to do without so
that health care btils can be paid?

I am saying that in the 21a century Bahamas, we cannot allow so many of our people to
be excluded, to lack access to care, to suffer; when we know that by pooling our
resourms we can do better. .

We cannot leave the health of the population to individual luck or to charity.

As a caring society, as a caring government, as a muntry with the highest GDP per
capital in the Caribbean, we can do better than to allow so many to suffer in the midst of
This is what National Health Insurance is all about a mechanism to share the cost of
care and amess to the benefits of health case based on one's need.

M I oped and progressive society recognizes that good health in the
population is the bedrock a vital resource; a facilitating precondition for the creation
and enjoyment of wealth and for individual advancement; business advancement; and
indeed national advancement.

However, the growing burden of chronic diseases, the persistent threat of HIV-AIDS and
the unacceptably high incidence of violence and accidents have led to major concerns
over the impact on the young and our working population,

This concem is justified, because:
4 Good health is essential for productivity;
0 Productivity is essential for sustained production;
0 S action is esseMotlaI fo omic viable and

When viewed in the context of all the major developments and the plans for future
developments in The Bahamas, we need a healthy population to take advantage of the
opportunities being created.
We need to find and indeed we are finding the resources to make the investment in
health facilities and services to sustain the health of the population.

For, if I may paraphrase from another well-known source, what would it profit a .
business or community if it has all the gains from commercial development but the
availability and quality of its health services cannot match this level of progress?

Our approach to health reflects our cultural values in terms of Individual and social
responsibility as well as our sense of compassion
We know that we have made significant progress in improving the health of the

Many of you may remember the days when polio and smallpox ravaged our children,
When leprosy and typhoid fever and polio made our lives miserable from being bed-

f a Mu to car mou du atndNwm y TB ant isolation from

Today, many of these health scourges have been conquered. We can now expect to live
longer, our children can survive those difRcuit early years and the majority of our
mothers do not have to face childbirth with uncertainty.

But whlie we have made progress in reducing or eliminating most of these health
scourges, we are now faced with new health challenges'

High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cancer, depression.
These bring heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations; among a host of dire

And on top of these, we must face the spectre of HIV-AIDS and the growing burden of
injury and trauma caused by accidents and inter-personal violent"
Each day, the Ministry of Health and all private health care providers have to enfront
thousands of cases of chronic disease; of trauma, of HIV-AIDS.

Data for 2003 reveal that about 26% of the population (1 person in 4), has high blood
pressure; 17% (1 person in 6), has diabetes; 66% of the adult population (2 out of

every 3 adults), are overweight or obese with all the attendant co-morbidities, and the
incidence of cancer and mental IIIness remain at unacceptably high levels,

in addition to the human suffering, the disability and premature deaths caused by these
conditions, We have to confront the cost of cam' '

Confronting the cost of care means:
A Having to find the funds to keep improving our facilities;
> Having to find the funds to keep up to date with secunng the most effective
health technologies; 4
> Having to find the funds to keep abreast with advances in the pharmaceutical
industry and to purchase the most reliable and cost effective drugs; and finally
> Having to find the funds to train, recruit and adequately compensate our health
For all of us: Individuals, business firms, health care providers; and the health
authorities, there is the clear recognition that we can do better with
managing our health concerns***
We can do better with how we care for our health.
Mom fundamentatty, it takes cash to care. Finding the cash means
developing a SABASUMA solution.
The answer does not He in a solution for only the public or private health
sectors or business or private health insurance only,

A agggggyg solution means that we must bulki on clear principles, on
partnerships, on the shared values of Bahamian society, on blending personal
and social responsibility and on good stewardship by government'
National Health Insurance offers that collective solution.

National Health Insurance is a financing mechanism that pools the resources
and health risks of the community persons contribute on the basis of their
ability to pay and access care on the basis of their needs.

Mr. Speaker,
National Health Insurance is a plan to help all residents have ready access to health care
> On a timely basis;
> In a dignified manner;
> Throughout their lifetime; and
> Without hearing to face the financial worry and burden of having to find large
amounts of money to pay for the care they need,
AII residents, means:

> AII ages no one will be excluded because they are too young or too old;
> All workers, persons who are not working and pensioners;
> All income groups the poor, the not so poor and those who have plenty,
AII health conditions whether you are healthy or qik or disabled or have any
kind of pre-existing condition.
Alfthose who already have private insurance ang hose who dg not,
> AII 320,000 Bahamians living in all our islands and cays.

As members of NHI, citizens and legal residents will have ready access to all of the,
following health tinefits:

-Access to General Practitioner and Specialists when you need to visit a doctor;

-Prescription drugs when your doctor says you need medication;

-Laboratory tests and X-rays and other diagnostic services;

--Medical care, surgery and mom and boani when you need hospital care;
--Emergeno; transport to health facilities when needed this is especially for persons
who live in the Family Islands and who need to get quickly to the major health facilities
in Freeport and Nassau;
--Access to overseas care for those services that we cannot provide in The Bahamas.

In addition, we mcognize that a health plan must not only focus on 'sickness'
but also on 'wellness'. .

We know that 'prevention is better than cure'. So wee want to put aside some
money to promote healthy IIving,

To pay for all the health services we want to provide, to undertake all the necessary
tasks and activities in our health promotion programmes and in managing such a
national plan, it is estimated that about $235 million per year will be needed.

To help us to meet this cost of $235 million, we will be looking at that partnership I
spoke about the joint contributions by government, workers, employers and the
retired pophiation.
To find this money, we have worked out that we will need contributions from workers
and employers, the self-employed, pensioners and the government.
On this will work out to about 5.3% of their earnings
Pensioners, who have a substantial income, may also be asked to make a small
contribution of 2.65% of their pension.

And the government will be required to make contributions on behalf of the poor, the
disabled and on their share on behalf of public sector workers.

m n e phal r $m0nOM m t ill be asked to contribute
$13 per month;
> A worker ear g ,05000 pder month will contribute $ employer $40;

employers will contribute $133.
When we compared these contributions with what someone would pay for a private
health plan, we think that most persons will find that NHI Is very affordable.

This is much less than they would pay for the same package of benefits to a private
Insurer. Indeed there is no private plan that can match the benefits package.

Many people have also expressed concerns that the quality and availability of services in
the public health system will change to at ommodate the new demands made by
National Health Insurance, me say that there is already a plan being Implemented to bring about major
improvements in pubile health services. This includes:
+ A new hospital for Grand Bahama to replace the Rand Memorial;

+ Mini-hospitals to be built in Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera, Inagua

+ New Polyclinics and health centres in Freeport, Cat Island, Grand Cay, Abaco;
Rum Cay and more.

+ Upgrading of other polyclinics and public health centres throughout the Family
Islands and New Providence;
+ Training and recruitment of more staff;

+ Upgraded equipment;

+ Improvements in the supply of drugs;
+ A major Healthy Lifestyle Initiative so that we try to get people to think *
'prevention rather than cure'
AII these changes and improvements will not happen in a year, but it is an Indication of
the kind of transformation in health we are looking at, to ensure that NHI brings real











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The H Forbes Charteir
Company has expanded its
services to become a "one
stop shop" destination man-
.agement company, which
offers services in event play-
ning, and more compreheg-
st Tr transportat 1.q;a
service, including a meg-
and-greet service at the afr-
port for corporate group vis-
The company also offei-s
city tours, shuttle services to
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VIP transportation. Its fle&t
include executive coaches,
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it can (happen)."
Minister Wilchcombe said
that more Bahamians must
become involved in business.
He also stressed that banks
must make more opportuni-
ties available for Bahamians
to get access to capital.
Minister Hanna-Martin
said Mr Forbes' investment
demonstrates confidence in
the Grand Bahama econo-
She urged Bahamians
everywhere to step forward
and take advantage of the
various bilhon dollar invest-
ment projects signed by the
government which are com-
ing on sMream intthe count

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improved and modern trans-
portation vehicles in the
"I applaud the efforts of
the responsibility of this
industry have an awesome
duty to ensure that their con-
duct and performance influ-
ence the quality of experi-
elice the visitor encounters
from the beginning the to
end there is no leeway for
negative behaviour," she
Mr Forbes, who won the
Ministry of Tourism's
Cacique Award in 2000 for
excellence m the transporta-
tion category, attributed his
company's success in the
tran ortadt vn industry to his

Mr Forbes said that as a
little boy, it 11ras always his
desire and dream to be in the
ground transportation busi-
ness. He said Bahamians
must dream big.

"This building that I con-
structed was a vision I had a
long time ago as a small
boy...and I felt it fitting to
dedicate it in memory of my
sister, Priscilla, who cared for
me when I was
baby...because my mother
could not the first week I was
born," he explained.

an example that Bahamians
tbo can become successful
business owners in the
Bahamian economy.
"We are here to celebrate
many symbols; symbols of
courage, determination, chal-
lenge and success ...we all
must be owners of our land,
and the economy," he said.

"It is always good to talk
about forei investors; we
welcome them, work with
them, and embrace them, but
many Bahamians would want
to own more of, and want to
participate more in this econ-
Ad h
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Tribune Freeport
transportation proprietor
Hadley Forbes has taken his
business to new heights,
acquiring a fleet of five new
executive coaches and open-
ing a new corporate building
on Queens Highway.
Mr Forbes, owner and
operator of H Forbes Char-
ter Company, celebrated this
important milestone with his
family and friends on Friday
at an official dedication of
the new "Priscilla Forbes
Business Centre," named in
honour of his late sister.
th eT nT i sn se soe n

Forbes Charter Company,
which was started some 40
years ago by Mr Forbes.
His success is a real "rags
to riches" story of a young
man who started from hum-
ble beginnings, working in
the lumber yards of Piner-
idge, and then as a public bus
driver during the early 70's.
It was in 1973 that he
started his own charter ser-
vice company, which is now
one of the largest tour corti-
panies on the island.
Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe and Trans-
portation Minister Glenys
Hanita-Martin congratulat-
ed Mr Forbes on his achieve-
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larger than West End,
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might have been referring
to a proposed investment
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Tribune Freeport
M st Obie Wilcthcaom
announcement is expected
in a couple weeks about a
ma ordin stent in East
He disclosed that the

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of weeks we are going to make a major


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handling g of ruling
ship of the Grand Bahama Port
one Authority yesterday criticized
the Attorney General for com-
ons made ments she made in parliament
mornmg. last Wednesday in which she
g, Justice LY said that his initial ruling on
ised Mrs -- .4 the matter of the judiciary's
comments independence was "mislead-
ouse of ing" the Bahamian people.
e accused In that ruling the Supreme
ding the Court judge declared his court
l ruling no longer independent, stating
dence of that government had failed to
y. comply with the Judges Remli-
resident aeration and Pensions Act -
support- thereby making the judiciary
ular tak- .. beholden to the executive-
ttorney The Attorney General told
he forum parliament that she did not agree
ress this with Justice Lyons' ruhng and
I described the judgment as "mis-
hat Mrs M ATTORNEY-GENFRAL leading."
cognizant Allyson Maynard-Gibson ^ Justice Lyons said yesterday
s cannot that he is very concerned about
a similar the fact that the records of par-
kes the .1iament will always show asser-
ey Gen- to be defending the judiciary." tions by the Attorney General
Also speaking with The Tri- that he, as a Supreme Court
ond to a bune yesterday, former sena- judge, has mislead the Bahami-
in that tor, attorney Damian Gomez an people.
t get the called Mrs Maynard-Gibson's Bar Association President Mr
s get to comments in the House of Munroe said yesterday that he
t and run Assembly "an attack on a sit- approves of the stance taken by
ey don't ting judge in the performance Justice Lyons.
ministers of his office." "I think he is quite correct
tter per- He said that it constitutes the and the attitude that he takes is
lk-to the "most serious attack" on the the attitude that any responsi-
he abili- judiciary that a politician can ble judge would take if you call
es. carry out. their reputation and integrity
it is so "This really alarms me into question.
eone to because it goes to the root of "Clearlyl1e has a concept of
ey know, whether she is fit to be Attor- honour, he has a concept of
on, can't ney General and as long as she duty, and it's very sad that it
e said. continues, whether this gov- has becoming abundantly clear
hat the ernment is fit to govern this that not everybody has such a
e by the country," he said. concept. They only have it
commg Justice Lyons in his judg- when it suits their purpose," he
supposed ment in the case of the owner- said.

FROM page one

Mrs Maynard-Gibson is also
asking the Appeals Court to
declare the constitutionally of
"all trials conducted by, judicial
acts performed by, judgments giv-
en by or orders made by a Jus-
tice or Justices of the Court of
Appeal or Supreme Court.''
Further for the Court of
Appeal to declare that the
appointment of the new Judicial
review commission after October
1, 2006 is valid under the Judges
Remuneration and Pensions Act.
As grounds for the appeal, the.
Attorney General contends that
Justice Ltyonst"erred m law" in
dis ass co tt e in d en-
has been compromised because
the government failed to review
the salaries of judges every three
years, and because the executive
did not follow the recommends-
tions of the judicial review com
mittee under Sean McWeeney*
"The learned Judge erred in
law and on the facts in holding
that the judges of the Supreme
Court and Court of Appeal are
no longer dependent and can~
not fulfil their constitutional oath
to deliver a fair trial by an inde-
pendent tribunal and conse-
quently no Judge can now con-

duct a fair trial or hearing," she
Mrs Maynard-Gibson further
said: "The learned Judge erred in
law in holding that by neglecting
or refusing (it matters not which)
to nominate intended commis-
sioners (of a judicial review com-
mission) to the Governor-Gener-
al for appointment under section
four of the Judges' Remunera-
tion and Pensions Act (Ch 45),
t rC'abinetr tstripped the Ju
independence and plunged the
nation into a constitutional cri-
The Attorney General also
contends that Justice Lyons.erred
in law by "holding that every facet
of the legal provisions relating to
the terms and conditions of ser-
vice must be strictly complied
with for the judges to be inde-
The Attorney General said that
the Supreme Court judge erred
by ruling that the failure of the
Cabinet to act timely in relation to
the appointment of a judicial

review commission has resulted
in compromising the indepen-
dence of the judiciary "and the
judiciary is therefore at the will
of the government for the restora-
tion of its independence."
In the notice, the Attorney
General is asking it be declared
"that the Justices of the Court of
Appeal and of the Supreme Court
are qualified, entitledin keeping
with their office to perform their
juodx actions even t)hpoum
pursuant to section four of the
Judges Remuneration and Pen-
sions Act before October 1,
Further that it be declared that
"Justices of the Court of Appeal
and the Supreme Court are con-
stitutionally authorized and indi-
trials in accordance with the Con-
stitution and their Judicial Oath
even though the appointment ofa
Commission pursuant to section
four of the Judges Remuneration
and Pensions Act was not made
before 1st October, 2006."

E==" = W
eral has all o ced e
nation in the parliament that he
"I am greatly disturbed by
this," Justice Lyons said.
The parliament, he said, is
not the place for those types of
"What the Attorney General
has done has gone to the people
of the Bahamas in an emotion-
ally charged matter denying me
totally any right of defence or
any right of hearing. She is the
person who defends my rights,
and she has said to the people
of the Bahamas that it is her
assertion I have lied to them
and misled them. There was no
"The thmg that concerns me
greatly, counsel, is this is that
when all of this dies away there
will remain on the record of
your parliament for posterity
an assertion by the, Attorney
General of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, the officer con-
stitutionally charged with the
political responsibility of the
judiciary and the leader of the
Bar, that a judge of the
Supreme Court, that is myself,
misleads the people of the
Bahamas," Justice Lyons said.
The place for that type of
allegation, he said, is the courts
of appeal.
The judge recused himself
from all matters until such time
that this issue is resolved.

measures to protect myself in
that respect," Justice Lyons
Things, said the justice, have
become "more serious" than he
could ever imagine.
Two weeks ago, Justice Lyons
ruled that his court was no
longer independent, stating that
government had caused a "con-
stitutional crisis" and shown a
"manifest disregard for the rule
of law" by failing to conduct a
review of judges' salaries and fail-
ing to implement the binding rec-
ommendations of the judicial
review committee.
He ruled that government had
not complied with the Judges
Remuneration and Pensions Act
- thereby making the judiciary
beholden to the executive, effec-
tively taking away its indepen-
In a statement to the House
of Assembly the Attorney Gen-
eral said that Justice Lyons' rul-
ings were misleading-
At the time Attorney Gener-
al Gibson said that government
had already filed an appeal to
the Appeal's Court, however,
Justice Lyons said yesterday
that this had not been done.
"I call on the Attorney Gen-
eral to immediately file a notice
of appeal and to plead in that
notice of appeal ith particu-
larity those matters that the
Attorney General considers

that I have misled the Bahami-
an people on. I call on her to,
do that without delay," he said.
Justice Lyons said that if the
Court of Appeal fields that he
has misled the Bahamian public
as a "matter of honour" he wiH
"You cannot expect to have
sitting on your bench a judge
who deliberately or even reck-
lessly and carelessly misleads
the Bahamian people in crucial
judgments," Justice Lyons said.
The judge said the thing that
concerns him the most is the
impact on his integrity and rep-
"To say that a judge has mis-
led is to impute the possibility
that a judge has untruthfully
represented something as to be
what it is not. To make such
an allegation sorry an asser-
tion this was not an allege_
tion. This was an assertion that
goes to the very heart of what a
judge is about and that is that a
judge must always truthfully
represents matters," Justice
Lyons said.
The Attorney General's com-
ments he said not only impacts
on the course of his reputation,
but his career.
"You can hardly expect any
foreign invests who come
here and have litigation and
come before my court as the
senior commercial judge to

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s devastated to find that
he confronted his former
o stealing the money, at
id he immediately referred
that the driver was dis-
ve been prosecuted and

agreed to have him repay
that is where the matter


FROM page

ing by Mr Justice Ly
in Freeport yesterday
In this latest rulin
Lyons harshly critic
Maynard-Gibson for c
she made in the H
Assembly in which sh
the judge of mislead
public in his initial
regarding the indepen
the country's judiciary
Bar Association p
Mr Munroe yesterday
ed the ruling, in partic
mg issue with the A
General for choosing t
of parliament to add
He said the fact t
Maynard-Gibson is c
of the fact that Justice
defend themselves in
public fashion ma
actions of the Attorn
eral "despicable."
"You do not resp
judgment by a judge
fashion. Justices don'
ability that minister
stand up in parliament
off at their mouths. Th
get the ability that
get, and for that ma
sons like me get, to ta
press. They don't get t
ty to defend themselves
"And that is why
despicable for som
attack a person who th
as a matter of convent
defend themselves," h
Mr Munroe said t
matter is made wors
fact that the attack "is
from someone that is s

FROM page

ty tuition in Atlanta, G
"When I then went t
to my daughter, I wa
some $10,000 was miss
He said that when
driver, he confessed t
which point Mr Peet sa
the matter to the polic
The zilinister noted
missed and could ha
"Upon his request, I
the funds stolen and

Vincent Peet
rests," the statement said.
Mr Peet said the theft has always been a matter
involving his private funds to be used for the pur-
pose of maintaining his daughter at university.
"It is a matter which I reported immediately to
the police two years ago in 2003. The police have
dealt with the whole unfortunate affair from the
start," he said.
"I have been violated by a former employee
and I take grave exception to the Free National
Movement's low and cheap attempt to make pol-
itics out of a theft in which my property was
stolen," Mr Peet said.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 40-year-old
auto-mechanic business oper-
ation on Queen's Highway was
incinerated in just two hours
on Monday.
e roxo? b aedGsrm e rd
rTt adh ttonoMt I
officials said that the smoke
caused no disruptions to air-
craft flying in te area or o
flight operations at.the airport.
On the ground, traffic east
and west of Kent Motors was
diverted for about two hours
along the busy industrial/com-
mercial stretch, disrupting the
usual noon commute for
motorists in the area.
Inspector Loretta Mackey,
acting press liaison officer,
reported that police received
a report at 11.47am of a fire at
Kent Motors.
Two fire units were dis-
patched to the establishment,
where a vehicle that was being
worked on in the paint shop
had caught fire.
Workers tried unsuccessful-
ly to extinguish the fire, but
were able to escape unharmed.
When The Tribune arrived
at the scene around noon, a
large crowd of onlookers had
already assembled in the area
watching as firemen battled
the ferocious flames that had
engulfed the building.
Business operator/manager
Dave Atkinson was not at the
premises when the fire broke
out, and arrived a short time
"How it started I really
couldn't say... my brother
tried along with some staff
niembers to contain the fire
and out it, which they thought
they had controlled, but appar-
ently there was still fire-under-
neath the car and it continued
burning and spread rapally
resulting in (this tragedy)," he
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to vehicular traffic .around

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pieB according to another
umo eaaderstheoptresidetnc of
and Allied Workers Umon is
still "up in the air'' because a
resolution for the dispute is
The union leaders did not
want to comment on the
impact Mt Bain's death would
have on the presidency dispute
of the nation's largest union,
but one of the labour leaders
told The Tribune that the
NCTU would hold a general
meeting this week to discuss
Mr Bam's condition and the
status of the NCTU.

FROM page one

hiTWe as a labour movement
have accepted the harsh fact
that Pat's time left is very
short," said another.
Mr Bain's condition was
described as "grave" and one
union leader said he did not
expect the veteran union leader
to "last the day."
Following the hotel union's
general election in May this
year, Mr Bain of the Rainbow
Team, and Mr Roy Cole-
brooke of the I Fa Justice
Team, were tied for the top
post of the hotel umoul
Controversy loomed over


5 KENT Motors was destroyed by fire yesterday

she said, are still investigating
to determine the cause of the
Mr Atkinson said Kent
Motors have been in operation
since 1962. His father took
over the company in 1996.
"We are insured and we will
have to check with the insur.
ance company and go from
there. But, I am just thankful
that no one was hurt, and the
loss was not more severe in
terms of persons' vehicle as
only a few vehicles and mainly
the operating building was
destroyed," he said.

noon. A stream of cars were
diverted through various
periphery roads off Queen's
Highway. Traffic heading east
was re-routed through a side
road near Solomon's Whole-
Inspector Mackey said the
building, which comprised of
a mechanic 'and paint shop,
and three vehicles had been
completely destroyed.
Though the fire was extin-
guished around 1pm, Ms
Mackey said fire officials were
still busy making sure to extm-
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the results, which revealed that
the Justice Team had won 10 of
the 12 executive posts, while
the Rainbow Team had won
only the general secretary's
Mr Bain, who is also presi
dent of the National Congress
of Trade Unions, claimed that
the election results were "irreg
ular", so he called for new elec-
tions for all posts.
At the moment the consti
tuition of the hotel union states
that the first vice-president
shall assume the presidency
until union elections are com-

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"There was an eight page summery of the report
on National Health Insurance that was published
by the government's steering committee on nation-
al health insurance. That eight page executive sum-
mery, which has information that is not backed
up by the full report is being forced down the
throat of the Bahamian public," the BECon pres-
ident said.
Mr Nutt said that a full report of the review was
never given.
"Government response is one of 'we have done
our homework'. We have not seen that homework,
ive have not seen what they have done or come up
with," he said.
Many now assert, however, that with the intro-
duction of this legislation in the House, that Nation-
al Health Insurance is an inevitability. .
"Government wants to make it an inevitability.
There should never be inevitability in legislation in
a democratic society.
"Our philosophy is what is the rush let's get it
right," Mr Nutt said.
Despite all of this, Mr Nutt said, there is a medi-
andt at tnhe coalit nbaond t ment n reach
of the flaws in the current system.

FROM page one

tion (BECon) said that it was very disconcerting
that this legislation is currently.before the House.
BECon is a member, along with 15 other orga-
nizations, of the National Coalition for Health
Care Reform. The organization includes members
of the business community, heads of unions, and
medical professionals.
Among BECon's concerns about how the plan
will operate is the issue of fines and prison terms for
contravention of certain sections of the act. .
"If we take government at its word, NHI is
something that is going to be accessible to all
Bahamians and provide comprehensive benefits
yet they want us to continue to pay for private
health insurance while we are paying for national
health insurance and that seems very wrong and
then to have a fine of $10,000 and a prison term up
to five years for contravention of that section. It
seems very excessive," Mr Nutt said.
This he said, puts the mimster in charge of run~
ning business and government should not be
involved in makmg decisions as to how a business
is run-
There has not been any true or mearnngful
consultation. From the beginning there have been
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THE Paradise Island Harbour Resort and
Nassau Palm Resort on West Bay Street
have both been sold to Karim Alibhat, an
International hotelier and principal of tlie
Gencom Group, for an undisclosed amotint.
Valentine GrimesMr Alibhai'sBahami-
an attorney, yesterday said the sales of both
properties and alidetails have been com-
pleted, although a public announcement
had not been made.
He said this marks the first time Mr Alib-
bai, who owns Ritz Cariton-branded resorts
in Key Biscaine and the Turks & Cacios
Islands, has isivested in the Bahamas.
However. Air Alibhai is also currently
involved in another '"more substantial pro-
ject" in the Bahamas, which Mr Grimes said
is "40 times' bigger" than two Nassau prop-
erties he has just purchased.
Mr Grimes is also representing Air Alib-
has m that venture, which he declined to
identify. .

Subcontractor woes

at Chub Cay resort

drive Dewon loss

Tribune Business Editor
ALLEGED defaults by some subcontractors working on the
multi-million dollar Chub Cay resort in the Berry Islands increased
costs for Devcon International's construction division during the
2006 third quarter, helping to drive it to a $2.8 million operating loss.
While an improvement on the previous year's $3.3 million loss,
Devcon admitted this year's loss was "larger than anticipated".
It said in its results'statement that a key factor behind this was
"the lack of performance and default of various subcontractors,
which increased our costs to install underground improvements at
a resort development project under
way on the island of Chub Cay .
Bahamas". SEE page 2B t22.2205 f422.03


asset growth prospects in the
sector"." .
Liquidity refers to the surplus
assets and cash within the com-
mercial banking system that
Bahamians banks look torede-
ploy as loans, usually through
mortgagesor coilstimer lerid-
ing, to generate a higher rate of
When there is excess liquidi-
ty in the system, this ofteri
means thKt the commercial
banks are holding too much
cash, depressing borrowing

rates and profits.
However, when liquidity
tightens, as in the current situa-
tion, it means that Bahamian
commercial banks have rela-
tively less surplus assets avail-
able for lending, something Ihat
tends to drive borrowing rates
higher as potential borrowers
compete for scarcer resources.
Explaining that the current
liquidity tightening was not a
crisis. or inajor problem, Mr
McWeeney said the crunch had
been caused by a combination

of seasonal trends and robust
credit growth in the banking
sector as a result of the Bahami-
an economy's buoyancy.
The Bink.of the Bahamas
International managing direc-
tor said that "during this time of
year, there's always a righten-
ing" as businesses and con-
suriters prepare for the busy
Christmas shopping season.
Consumers withdrew cash
and took out loans to finance
the purchase of Christmas pre-
sents, including foreign

exchange for overseas trips,
while businesses ordered extra
inventory in preparation for a
season in which demand was
traditionally higher.
' In addition, Mr McWeeney
said this year's tightening had
been "exacerbated by such
strong credit growth over the
last 12 months".
He pointed out that his own
bank had grown its loan book



He noted that a final decision has not
been made regarding whether or not the
two Nassau resorts will operate usider their
existing names, new names or whether they
willbe branded,
According to the Gencom Group web-
site. Mr Abbhai is the founder and principal
of the company. He has more than 20 years'
experience in the hospitalary mdustry, and
oversees all the investment activity, includ-
ing acquisitions, disposals, developments,
repositioning and financing. He founded
the company in 1987.
The company has invested in more than
100 hotel transactions over the past 20 years,
with the investments generating in excess of
two times' a return of capital. Gencom has
received more than $2 bdhon in financing
from Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse
First Boston, among other fmanciers.
Lehman Brothers' private equity arm pre-
L iously had an ownership stake in the two
Nassau resorts, with Driftwood Hospitably
Management the former operating partner.
Lehman Brothers provided the financing

for the i-esorts, and the same pair were also
involved in the Royal Oasis Hotel on Grand
Bahama until it closed.
Through various affiliates and partner-
ships, Gencorg Group and Karim Alibhai
hold significant ownership interests in
numerous hospitality and residential-relat-
ed projects. Currently, Air Alibhai has the
company focused on the development and
acquisition of luxury mixed-use hotels,
including Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt proper-
ties.nithancillary residentialcomponentsin
ket resort and urban markets.
Gencom Group is currently involved in
seven Ritz-Carlron projects in various stages
of development, including the first of its
kind. Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Cariton
Reserve. in the Turks and Caicos.
A Gencom division continues to make
investment in portfohos and single assets
within the hotel industry.either directly or
through sponsored vehicles.
Gencom is headquartered in Miami, with <
regional offices m Houston, the company's
website added.

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$175 million Baker's Bay Golf
& OceimClubonGreatGua-
na Cay are hoping to begin
work on the home sites
around the project's marina
village by either the end bf
the 2007 first quarter or
beginning of the second, a
move that could ultimately

generate up to 500 construc-
tion jobs depending on
intestor demand.
Dr Livingstone Marshall,
Discovery Land Company's
senior vice-president for envi-
ronmental and community
affairs at Baker's Bay, said
the current goal was to
employ between 200-300 peo- .
ple as construction work on


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mercial banks
Bahamian com-
may soon find it
more difficult to
grow their asset
base by the traditional routes
of mortgages and consumer
lending due to tightening liq-
uidity, a situation caused by a
combination of consumer
demand, seasonal trends ahd
corporate needs.
Paul McWeeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's man-
aging director, yesterday wrote
in his report to the institution's
shareholders on the fiscal 2007
first quarter, that while "gener-
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prevail, a weakenmg m system
liquidity may challenge core

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manager of the Cable Beadh
branch until February, when ite
was promoted to senior maxi-
agement, said he never tires of
interacting with customers.
"I love to see our customers
leave happy," he said. "I am
able to meet their needs, listen
to their wants, and as a result,
offer feedback to the bank's
executive team as it relates to
new or improved products and
Commonwealth Bank's mid-
die and upper level mariage-
ment have attended courses at
the University of North Caroli-
na and at the Richard Ivey
School of Business, University
of Western Ontario, Canada,
Earlier this year, two other
Commonwealth Bank employ-
ees, Monique Mason, manager
of corporate.accounts, and
Daria Bain, semor assistant
manager, credit inspection
department, graduated from
Nova Southeastern Umversity
with Master's degrees.

A SENIOR Commonwealth
Bank executive has been award-
ed a Master of Business Admin-
istration degree from the Um-
versity of Miami, yet another
qualification earned by man-
agement at an mstitution well-
known for supporting educa-
tion and leadership training.
Maxwell Jones, currently
Commonwealth Bank's senior
manager for credit risk
obtained the degree after a 25-
year career with the bank.
He has worked as a customer
service representative, accounts
control supervisor, and manag-
er of six branches, including
Grand Bahama, Marsh Har-
bour and, most recently, Cable
"we congratulate Maxwell
Jones for his outstanding
managmg not only career and
education, but social responsi-
bilities and family life," said
William B Sands Jr, president
and chief executive.


"Having joined Common-
wealth Bank in November 1981,
Maxwell has been an exemplary
individual and has made his
mark on every branch and
department in which he was
assigned. This latest achieve-
ment is highly admirable."
Mr Jones, who served as

Devcon had earlier this year planned to sell its
construction division to a private group led by the
Sy monet te Group, the holding company for
investments made by Craig Symonette, chair-
man of Abaco Markets and Bahamas Ferries,
in a $12.2 million dgal.
Devcon said last week: "The transaction was
subject to the negotiation and execution of a
definitive- agreement. On August 29, 2006, the
Letter of Intent expired, and the company
announced that negotiations with the Symon-
ette Group were not expected to resume and
that the company intended to own and operate
the Construction Division for the foreseeable
' Stephe*n RWzikit;Devcon's chief executive,
said ma short statement at the time "After
flumerotts meetings with representatives of the
private investment group, it became apparent a

transaction could not be structured that would be
in the company's best interests."
Apart from acting as the holding vehicle for Mr
Symonette's investments in Abaco Markets and
Bahamas Ferries, the Symonette Group is also
the financial backer for Lucayan Tropical Pro-
duce, the agriculture producer located near Nas
sau International Airport.
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ty fund/venture capitalist on behalfof Mr Symon-
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National Coalition for Health-
care Reform, the group formed
to propose alternative ways the
Government can achieve its
healthcare objectives, of only
being interested in themselves,
"not the 'small man'".
"There is no doubt that
employers have to be con-
cerned about their businesses
or they will not have the
opportunities for employment
themselves, nor the people
employed there," the Nassau
Institute argued,
"Every individual is con-
cerned about his/her self inter-
est, including those (politicians
and bureaucrats) now promot-
ing the NHI. It's how they get
paid, and without the NHI
they will have to find work
elsewhere. The so-called 'con-
sent' of Bahamian taxpayerS
will be achieved by convincing
them that there are large num-
bers of people suffering with-
out medical care or the insur-
ance to pay for it."

The Nassau Institute said in
a statement: "The Bahamas
economy is one of the
strongest in the region, so most
employed Bahamians can.
afford to purchase private
health care. Yes, it might be
necessary to priorities person-
al spending, but it is possible
for many of the uninsured to
protect themselves without
inviting the intervention of the
"For those that are legiti-
mately too poor to purchase
private health care insurance
or may have been disqualified
for one reason or another,
there may be a role for gov-
ernment supplementing the
"Based on the evidence from
first world countries that cur-
rently offer state-controlled
health care, it is more impor-
tant that Bahamians have a
less than perfect health care
industry rather than a failed
system run. by the Govern-
The economic think-tank
argued that statements by
politicians, claiming NHI
would mean an end to
Bahantians having to hold
cookouts to finance medical
care or that a $60,000 opera-
tion would cost $2.65, were cre-
ating "misperceptions" and
false expectations among the
Bahamian people.
The Nassau Institute said
NHI's advocates waldraccuse
employer groups and doptprs,
who feature prominently m the

THE Government's pro- citizen has a responsibility to
posed National Health Insur- pull his one weight in this
ance (NHI) scheme is contin- .regard."
uing to attract mixed reviews, As for the argument that
with some businessmen prais- more time was needed to
ing it as "the single greatest .ensure NHI was got right, Mr
initiative for the Bahamian Moss said this view always sur-
people in the past 30 years", faced when major social and
and others criticizing it for econoniic changes ,.were
eliminating freedom of choice. planned by the Government.
Paul Moss, head of Domin- ""The more time nestled'
ion Management Services, a people will forever be with us,
financial services business, said since they perceive that the
NHI was necessary to preserve change will hit them in their
the lives and health of less-for- pocket book or change the
tunate Bahamians who were social class structure," Mr
unable to afford, or excluded, Moss added.
from private health insurance "So I say thanks to Prime
and therefore could not Minster Christie, and I am sure
finance essential treatments. that I speak for tens of thou-
Responding to NHI critics sands of Bahamians that have
who alleged that it would cost lost loved ones due to the
too much, and that the Gov- inability to pay for medical
ernment should take inore care, and those that can now
time to implement it, Mr Moss see light at the end of the tun-
said: "My response to the for- nel.
mer is: 'So what?' Welcome to "You have embarked on the
nationhood. Many people are single greatest initiative for the
of the view that the country Bahamian people in the last 30
must be run like a business. I years. Surly this is what, gov-
do not share that view. The ernment ought to be about;
country should be run for the assisting all in the society, and
betterment of its citizenry and not the special interest groups.
to do otherwise is failure. National Health Insurance will
"What kind of father says to be your legacy ranking above
his child that because his sick- Urban Renewal."
ness is going to cost so much in Yet the Nassau Institute, the
medical expenses or because economic think-tank, argued
it was not budgeted for, the that Bahamians should be left
child must die? Very few, if free to choose who their
any. The way to pay for it is healthcare provider and insur-
through being taxed, and many ance carrier should be, rather
in this country need to under- than face the disruptivee path"
stand that it is through taxes proposed by NHI's mandatory
that we enjoy seivides. Each ,nature.

Please fax resume to: 394-7659

As part of our continued e...pansion, in out offite in Bahamas, we are looking for a number of malitated

(Senior) Fund Accountants

who are capable orprepating inancialreportsin an imernational and dinamic environment. for our clients
who consist of international intestment nunagers.and institutional intestors within those Hedge Funds.
The Fund Accountant is the main contact for the int estment m manager. adt isors, shareholders and third
parnes. as appropriate .

lour most important asks and responsibilities are:
preparing periodical financial reporting for the Hedge Funds, induding the determination of "Net
Anot V due" and preparing the StatementofAssets and Liabilities and Profil and loss Statement
niaintiiining conidw ith Im estment Managers. Iniestors Banks ad Brokers
monitoring of irregularities and developments through ad-hocreports
handling pay meni transacnons
liaising with international clients and other Citco Offices twrldw ide. to ensure that client needs

The successful candidates should meet the following criteria:
a CPA or CA designation, a CFA candidate or another equivalent professional qualification
ateam player, able to cope with individual responsibilities
*. workingexperienceinthefinancialateaoratanaccountingfirmisanadvantage

We offer you: a challenging job in a rapidly expanding international companti, with an informal company
culture. You will have the opportunity to broaden your job specific knowledge with excellent prospects for
a further international career in one of our worldwide offices.

if y6u are interested in this opportunity, please send your curriculum vitae and covering letter via e-mail
to: Citco fund Services (Bahamas) Ltd., att. Managing Director ('
You can find more information about our organization, on our website:



Pr op ose d NHI

Mar eaneans who membune summ SERVICE

The succession applicants must meet at least the following
. Eq erience in the fast food or fast service restaurant

Know edgr computers and windows soilware, par-
licallark word & excel
Motivated to ackleve success
. Sound communication and "people friendly" skills
* Asolidteamplayer
. Ability to manage and direct a group of junior slow
. A secondary education
. Flexibility to work weekends and holidays
. Possessaufutransportation
Salary is based on experience and motivallon, bonus is
available and is based on performance of your unit.

Send resumes to or fax #356 0333





Core responsibilities:

* Build an effective training and development program.
+ Design and select relevant training programs for all levels
within the Bank.
+ Evaluate effectiveness of traifting programs.
+ Manage the Bank's Training Centre and related resources.
+ Coordinate leadership development and mentoring programs.
+ Oversee training conducted by the Training Officer.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

+ 'Sound knowledge of Human Resources Management and
Orgamzational Development.
+ Detail oriented, excellent facilitation and problent solving
skills. -
+ Superior organizational, time management, interpersonal and
\\nt ten commumention skills. ..
+ Creative, self-motivated and able to work independently.
+ Knowledge of adult learning principles.
+ Knowledge of Microsoft Office Programs particularly Word
and PowerPoint.
+ Ability to use audiovisual equipment such as LCD projectors,
video cassette players, and video recorders.
+ Bachelor's Degree in Htunan Resources Management, Training
& Development or related field.
+ 3-5 years experience in a training and learning capacity.
Experience in a banking environment.
Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes e
and vision) and life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than 30 November
2006 to:

The Senigr Manager, Human Resources & Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P. O. Box N-7118
Nassau, Bahamas

Pricing Information As Of:
Monday 20 November 200 6
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.669 05 / CHG OS 61 / FoCI-IG 00.52 / VTI"I 318.34 / VTD% 23.17
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Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 October 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value "* 31 October 2006
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A well established hospitality company is seeking to
hire the following individuals


An individual to assist with the maintenance and repair
of all cortipany owned mechanical equipment.


Include but are not limited to the following;
* Installation, repair and maintenance of diesel
* Maintenance of generators.
* Supervise maintenance and repairs of company
owned vehicles.
* Prepare necessary records pertaining to work

The position requires a ininimum of five (5) years
experience working with heavy and light mechanical
equipment with particular emphasis on diesel engines.
Knowledge of Caterpillar engines would be a plus.

Hi h school diploma
Evidence of having completed skilled crafts or trade
school in the mechanical field


An individual to assist with Children's Education

Include but are not limited to the following;
Scheduling and preparation of all education
Organization and implementation of special on-
Site or off-site events for the Education Department.
Seek corporate sponsorship for Marine Education

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Associate degree with a science major
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7+ years in the financial services industry with 5+ years in the bank card
and/or electronic banking services and card operations management -
A Bachelors degree with concentration in Business or Process Engineering.
MBA is a plus

Establish operating policies, procedures & controls
Responsible for daily management of card product operations and electronic
banking delivery systems
Work with internal departments, external vendors and card
associations to assure cardholder services and compliance
Output and delivery of statements, plastics, letters and supporting
IT infrastructure
Support the development of new card and electronic banking
products and services
Team with Marketing to execute product and sales plans,
marketing strategies, customer loyalty programme
Oversee payments and application processing, maintenance of
databases, cards support training, account posting and reconciliation
Resolve cardholder disputes and process chargebacks
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Operations /financial focus with technical background
Demonstrated project management experience
Strong communication (verbal and written), organizational, and
supervisory skills
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Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to effectively interact with all levels
of management and employees

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Supreme Court verdict by Act-
ing Justice Norris Carroll in
their favour. The judge had
refused the applications by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion, which was attempting to
overturn the Government's
approval of the project and
bring it to a halt. ,
attorney, last night said he
would file an appeal against
Acting Justice Norris Carroll's
ruling, which dealt with the sub-
stantive issues and merits of its
case, with the Court of Appeal
within the next few days.
Dr Marshall said that
although he could not provide a
precise number, about 100
workers weye back on the Bak-
er's Bay site. He added that the
impact on employment in Aba-
co as a result of the resumption
had been "positive and is look-
ing up".
"We're working on our ser-
vice pier, with a view to getting

that completed and operational
by December 1," Dr Marshall
said. "It allows us-to bring in
big pieces of equipment and
materials, and opens up the
.entire island to enable goods to
come in and out, not just for us
but Guana Cay residents, too."
Discovery Land Company
was also clearing areas for
roads, grading the sites for the
hotel and restaurants, monitor-
ing the environment and remov-
ing plants from area that were
being cleared to the site's nurs-
ery. The golf course construc-
tion was also.being planned.
"I think we're quite satisfied
with it. We have a nicely laid
out set of plans that.we're fol-
lowing, and we're pleased with
the way it's coming together,"
Dr Marshall said.
"We've had a nice, steady
flow of investors commg dovyL
to look at the projealtEhnd ann
to build the best project the
country.has ever see MP

the project ivent "full steam
The developers wanted to
begin development of the home
site as quickly as possible next
year, and Dr Marshall said:
"Depending on how things go,
and investor demand for indi-
vidual units and custom homes,
[this number] could swell to
He explained that Baker's
Bay Golf & Ocean Club, which
is intended to be a private mem-
ber's club, would be built out
in phases over a period of sev-
eral years, lasting for at least
five years and possibly up to 10.
He added that Discovery
Land Company "anticipated"
putting in the major infrastruc-
ture, such as roads, utilities, the
marina, hotel and private club-
house within "the next two to
Tir 11arshall said the devel-
opers had resumed work about
three weeks ago, following a









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(a) LOPPER LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 17th November, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is
Credit Suisse Trust Ltd of GenevaRue de Lausanne
17 bis, 1211 Geneva70.

Dated this 21st day of November, A.D. 2006 '

Credit.Suisse Trust Ltd.

Legal Notice


is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions -
of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 17th November, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town'
Tortola, B.V.I.

Dated this 21st day of November, A.D. 2006

Verduro Associated Ltd'

To: All Members of The Public Workers
Co-operative Credit Union Limited
Say mg s Distributions

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lS T1 U 1011

An immediate vacancy exists for an Imaging Technician/

-Experience with CT, Ultrasound and Mammography
Please forward resumes to:

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCIS JOSPEH OF
TREASURE CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
regittrationinaturalization 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 11th day of November, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Eleuthera, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDY ANDRE OF MACKEY
STREET, 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 21ST day of
NOVEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LEORIS JOHNSON OF
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registrationinaturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that .any person who kriows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
arid signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14th day of November, .2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Abaco, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that BENNY LORFILS OF.
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 14th day of
November, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Abaco, Bahamas.

is applying to the Minister responsible .for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 218T day of NOVEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Equity Side ,.
IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land
comprising 2,581 square feet situate on the South side of
Pitt Street in Dunmore Town in the Island of Harbour Island
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act 1959


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Jane Helen Louise Sawyer .

The Petition of JANE HELEN LOUISE SAWYER Dunmore
Town, Harbour Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in respect of:-

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 2,581 square feet
situate on the Sciuth side of Pitt Street in Dunmore Town in the Island
of Harbour Island and bounded as follows on the NORTH by Pitt
Street and running thereon Thirty-three (33) feet on the EAST by the
property of the Estate bf the late EarE Johnson and running thereon
Sixty-six and Forty-six hundredths feet (66.46) feet on the SOUTA
by land now or formerly the property of Peter Clifford Neilly and
running thereon Thirty and Fifty and Five hundredths (30.55) feet
and on the WEST by an easement or right of way and running there-
on Eighty and Thirty hundredths (80.30) feet and which said piece
parcel or lot of land has such position shape marks boundaries and
dimensions as are shown on the plan filed in this matter and thereon
coloured Pink."

Jane Helen Louise Sawyer claims to be the owner in fee simple in
possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has made
application to the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have
her title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be grarited
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
A plan of the said land may be mspected during normal office hours
m the following places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the said City of Nassau:

(b) The Chambers of McKinney, Bancroft.& Hughes, Mareva
House, 4 George Street in the City of Nassau, Attorneys for
the Petitioner; and

(c) The office of the Island Administrator at Dunmore Town,
Harbour Island.

Notice is hereby given that any persons having or a right of
dower or a right or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the 22nd day of December,
2006 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed form,
yenfied by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such
person to file and serve a statement of his claim on or before the
said 22nd day of December, 2006 will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated the 31st day of October, A.D., 2006

Attorneys for the Petitioner
Mareva House
Ge Stre t
Nassau, Bahamas



FROM page 1B .

by 40 per cent year-on-year,
adding: "In general, credit in
the sector has been extremely
robust over the last 18 months."
Mr McWeeney said that
while he did not know the cur-
rent liquidity level in the
Bahantian banking system, due
returned to the island, wheri he
last checked a week-and-a-half
ago, it was "hovering" just
below $100 million.
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas did not return The
Tribune's phone call of yester-
day seeking comment on what
the latest liquidity figures were
Yet in its report on monthly
economic devel-

that Commonwealth Bank and
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional had raised $24.1 million
preference share issites, effee-
tively redeploying capital by
taking money out of the system
to strengthen their capital base
and then relenting it.
Meanwhile, Katherine Gib-
son, First Caribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas), con-
firmed to The Tribune that the
bank's $20 million bond issue,
. which closed on November 3
was fully subscribed.
And a source yesterday told
The Tribune that the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
was likely within the next few.
.days to close a $100 millioil
bond issue, some $47 million of
that being raised in Bahamian
"With all these issues coming
together with the peak of the
consumer cycle in the holiday
season and Christmas shopping,
if you put them all together,
while there is some real activity,
there is some drying up of cash,
and it's probably going to tight-
en liquidity further because
you've got more deals coming,"
the source said.
"Par.t of the drying up of liq-
uldity could be an issue on the
corporate side. A lot of local
companies have been coming
to market lookmg for cash to
confirm or close business trans-

opments for September, the
Central Bank recorded that
excess liquid assets in the
Bahamian banking system
stood at $162.6 million for that
month, compared to $266.31
million a year earlier, a decline
of more than $100 million,
Bahamian$ credit had also
tember 2005 to just over $5 bil-
lion for this year. Mortgage
loans had increased from $1.83
billion to $2.161 billion, with
consumer loans in Bahamian$
up from $1.583 billion to $1.819
Mr McWeeney described the
situation as "a double-edged
sword", adding: "The one posi-
tive impact it [liquidity tighten-
mg] will have will be to force a
sinwdown in credit growth."
It was a reason for the bank-

ing sector "to be cautious at this
point in time", and Mr
McWeeney said Bank of the
Bahamas International was
responding by expanding its
range of short and long-term
deposit growth products to
encourage more savings.
It was also seeking to extend
and Mr McWeeney said:
"Banking is going to change
dramatically over the next sev-
eral years, and I'm optimistic
that exchange controls will be
liberalized and eventually elim-
. He added that the Bahamas
also needed to eliminate barri-
ers preventing banks getting
. into other types of financial ser-
Yet a capital markets source
identified the corporate sector's .
demand for financing, to com-
plete mergers and acquisitions,
and raise capital to fuel further
growth, as another f actor
behind the liquidity tightening.
The $54 million acquisition
of Winn-Dixie's 78 per cent
stake in Bahamas Supermarkets
by BSL Holdings had involved
$24 million in bank debt and a
$5 million preference share
issue some $29 million plus
$15 million in Bahamian$ equi-
ty, while the. takeover of
Caribbean Bottling by Walter
Wells and his group had taken
more capital out of the system.
In addition, the source said







November 13 Novemberl7, 2006


Thereafter, dividend cheques will be distributed until

Liquidity crunch may


Children In Need At Christmas
Charity Committee
From left to right Freddie Lightbourn Ray Gibson, Chris Darville, Errol Brown(Patron), Agatha Delancy, John Gold, Fred Lunn:
Takes this opportunity to thank the sponsors of the 2005 ovent for their support and continuing support

The Abaeo elub on Winding Bag, trown Jewelors, World Fuel Corvies. Diamond International,
Now Providenes Development Co., Island Morehants. Mr. e Mrs. Jasproot Dhaliwall,
The Harod Foundation, Insuranes Management.

Mekinney Baneroft a Hughos, Bahama Wall, The Tribune, Cardiae Carth at Doctors Mempital, Poop Dock Candgport.
Jack Isaac Real Estate, Quantum DWy From Couthwest Ma no a Aviation, One Conres
Aerospace, Grageliff, Bahamas Wholocalo Agoney Korznor International, Price Waterhouse Cooper,
Jet Colutions e.A. Christic Proportion, tradit Aqricolo Ruisco Bahamas, thris Darvilla Real Enfate.
Millionaire Nassau, Island import, Bahamasair, Jet Blue Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines. The Bahaman Experiones.
Rtorm Frame Windows, FML, Blackboards 8ay.

The Blue Noto, tolumbus Tavern, Etave Watson, Bahaman Realty, Exceutive Motors. TaJ Mahal ladian Guisino, Mr. Mrs. thow How.
Ansbachor(Bahamas Ltd.) Britifol Wines a Opirits, John Bull, Leather a Things, Tyroflox Ctar Motors, Bahamas Cupermarket Ltd,
twoot Delight (N.I.A)

The Childron In Nood at thristmas 2005 charity Donations want to:

The Cehool for the Deaf, The Priness Margarets Hospitals Children's Ward, The 9ehool for the Montally
challenged, The Aids Foundation, The Bahamian Association for the Physically Disabled, The Old Blight
Children's Home on Caf Island, The All Raints Canip (the Aide camp)
The Magaguana Island After abool Projoet, The Cehool for the Blind, The Elizabeth Estate Childron's Homo,
The Children's Emergency Hostd, The Binioy Lano Children's Home.

"Stapleton School" "Centre for the De af"
Errol Brown, Agatha Delaney and Paul Major with children at the school for the mentally Errol Brown, Tessa Nottage (Principal), AgathaTretancy (President of The Bahamas Golf
challenged where six computers with printers were donated by the charity Federation) and Paul Major Six computers and printers were donated by the charity.
Thanks to tafe Matisse, Bally Cgm. Villagio, Indigo, Cable Beach Golf course, The Geoan Club Golf tourse
Blackboards Cag and Carah's Roerots for their prize donations.
This gear's event will take plaeo on
Doeomber 16th at The Ocean Club Golf course.
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MIKE Sands' executive
board for his full three-year
term as president of the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associatioxis was
completed on Saturday.
During the annual general
meeting, the election of offi-
cers was conducted and
those positions that were not
decided by acclamation at
the end of the nominations
deadline were voted on at
the Colony Club.
The others who went in
unopposed at the end of the
nominations were second
vice president Anita Doher-
7'resident of the Grand
Bahama Athletic Associa-
tion; assistant secretary Julie
Wilson and technical direc-
tor Frank 'Pancho' Ral4-
Elections were held for six
of the 10 positions, but there
were really no surprises, with
Just one upset taking place
in the secretary general spot
as Foster Dorsett dethroned
Livingstone Bostwick.
Dorsett, a former presi-
dent, first vice president and
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track and field and I hope
to be around track and field
for another five to six years
because my second son,
Christian, who made the
Carifta abd Jr. CAC team
last year, has moved up to
the under-20 running the 110
hurdles and possibly the 200
and 400 metres," Taylor
"And my daughter, Mon-
alisa, who is 13 and in grade
eight, she is alsq into track
and field, so I intend to be
around for a while and I'm
excited about making my

During his tenure in office,
Ta 1 d h h t
y or sai e opes
ensure that there is more
coverage, especially live, for
the athletes whenever they
compete in the regional and
major international meets.
And be also will ensure
a tee -
who continuously make
presence it, are proper y
recogmsed and lauded for
their achievements.
Rounding out the elec-

tions were the 12.council
posts. Returning were Dex-
ter Bodie, Doyle Burrows,
Rahming from Gr rand
Bahama, Dr. Cyprian Stra-
chan, Carolyn Young and
Angela Rolle.
They were joined by
Grand Bahama businessman
Basil Neymour, and former
BAAA's executives Ralph
McKinney, Sherwin Stuart,
Doris Wood and Rupert
The BAAA had a total of
15 votes, while the council
had 12. The Grand Bahama
association, BACO and at
least 10 different clubs from
New Providence and Grand
Bahama also cast their votes.
The elections were
presided over by Bahamas
Olympic Association's sec-
retary general Dr. Larry
Davis. The BOA is next on
the list to hold their elections
on Thursday, November
30 at the Nassau Yacht
Davis is expected to seek
another term in office, as~
will Arlington Butler, wk
will be going for his eighth
term a.s president. Bostwick
serves as Davis' assistant

was also nominated for first
vice president, but just
before the elections got
started, he declined.
That leff a tw6-way race
between former statistician
Rupert Gardiner and high
school administrator Curt
Hollingsworth. The former
Grand Bahamian, now at St.
Anne's High School, won
the position over Gardiner,
who returned home after
serving a one-year coaching
stint in the Turks and Caicos
In the other positions
elected upon Saturday,
Rosamunde Carey was
returned as treasurer, beat-
ing out challengers Carl Cul-
mer and sprinter Lisa 'Jett'
Her assistant Deborah
Smith was also returned as
she won over track
club executive and
businesswoman Laura Pratt

Track coach Tyrone Bur-
rows was returned as statis-
tician as he won over
BAAA's data personnel
Bernard Newbold and track
coach George Cleare.
And with Ralph McKin-
ney not seeking another
term in office as he wants to
concentrate on his role as an
officer of the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Certified Officials
(BACO), radio announcer
Kermit Taylor won over
track club officer Marco
Taylor, a bodybuilder and
personal trainer, said he's
excited to take up this new
role, particularly since he got
involved in the sport when
his son, Kenton, who is on a
partial track sponsorship at
Missouri Baptist University,
started competing.
"So I'm excited about
going to this next level in

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A LARGE cross section of
public and private schools
showed up on Saturday to partic-
ipaAe mt Bah asoAmo ad"
Club National High School Cross
The championships were held
at Fort Charlotte, but took on a
slightly different course as race
co-ordinator Steven Murray tried
to make it a little more .
interesting for all of the partici-
There was alsoan added
I stloo di t r rs
and Mackey Williams, all got a
chance to compete.
They finished the six kilometre
and three lap race in that
But the surprise behind them
came from CR Walker's basket-
ball player Renardo Baillou. He
beat out Anwar Thurston and
Kenardo Thomas for the top
high schools ot
ers from CR Walker and CI Gib-
son used the event as a part of
their conditioning training.
As a result of theirparticipa-
tion, CR Walker won the under-
20boysdtitle bthoR daileysec-
In the under-20 girls division,
which covered a 4K or twolaps,
Ashley Hanna won with Monica
Woodside second and Lavarda
CC Sweeping, however,
emerged as the divisional winner,
with CR Walker second and CI
Gibson third.*
In the under-17 boys division,
which also ran a 6K, Lacquardo
Newbold was first with Zicrnen
Serzeus second and Jefferson
Louis third.

CC Sweeping claimed the divi-
sional title, while CR Walker had
to settle for second. RM Bailey
got third.
Lexi Wilson captured the
under-17 girls' 4K race with
Glendina Dean second and
Kashieka Bain coming in third.
However, Conzelez Caine's
North Andros High team pulled
off the surprise as they took
home the divisional title. RM
Bailey were second and CR
Walker came in third.
In the under-15 boys division,
which covered a 2K or one lap,
Zharizo Thompson won the title.
1 martin Hanchell had to settle for
second with Marvin Minnis third.
CH Reeves clinched the divi-
sional title with CC Sweeting Jr
second and SC McPherson third.
In the under-15 girls division,
Herrique Rolle won the title with

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Augustine's College got second
and CC Sweetmg Jr. came in
third. *
Patrick Davis won the under-
13 boys division with Lopez
LaFleur second and Andre Mar-
shall third. They ran a 2K race.
CH Reeves won the divisional
title with CC Sweeting Jr second
and SC McPherson third.
And in the under-13 girls divi-
sion, Stafaia Lewis was the first
place finisher in their 2K race.
Veronica Rahming got second
and Eyissan Darville, a primary
school student, was third.
AF Adderley captured the

Certified Officials (BACO) offi-
ciated at the championships,
which also drew a large crowd of
The event came on the heels of
the BAAA's annual general
meeting and election of officers
that was held at the Colony Club
during the morning.

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THEIR spirits were high, being the
first team in the history of soccer in
the Bahamas to qualify for the second
round of play in a high level conypeti-
tion, but when the final whistle blew on
Sunday, the nien's natiotial team suf-
fered a heartbreaking loss. n
Even though the Bahamas faced off
with the higher ranking Barbados in
their opening match at the Digicel Sec-
ond Round Soccer competition on
Sunday evenmg and lost, the game will
be used as a learning experience for
the team.
The Bahamas' first appearance in
the second round finished 2-1.
The Digicel Second Round Soccer
competition, being held in Barbados,
saw the Bahamas men's team jump to
a strong starf in the opening stages,
warding off attacks by the Bajan team.
Tight defensive play by both teams
wasn't broken until the 40th minute,
when Barbados took the lead
With the home crowd celebrating,
Barbados broke through the Bahamas'
defence to score again. Their second
goal came from an in-swinging free


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The Bahamas super
middleweight title holder
was hoping to add the
North American Boxing
Organisation's title to his
collection, but instead
Mackey got an invitation
to showcase his talents in
A German promoter
extended a fight invita-
tion to Mackey, the pro-
posed match-up is
December 15th,
Mackey currently has a
fight record of 11-1 with
eight knockouts.

KRVSTAL Bodie offi-
cially signed her letter of
intent to attend the
evemng. ..
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Armbrister who signed
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"I'm not just going to do it
for myself, but for the
Bahamas," he stressed. "Fm
going to make everybody
proud as Ilet the whole world
see what the Bahamas is all
Williams said this will be the
first of two fights that Silver
Hawks Promotions intends to
host in the Bahamas and he
encouraged the public to
come out and view him in
"This is a fight you won't
want to miss," he stated.
"Whether you are in Bimini
or you are in leagga, you can
be as far as north or as far as
"Make it your business to
be in the Bahanias on Janu-
ary 27. We're calling it Dra-
ma in Bahama and I promise
to deliver the same quality
fight and cdmmitnfent as if 1
was fighting in Las Vegas or
New York."
Through the fight being
staged here, Williams said
hopefully it will serve as an
inspiration to the many yoxmg
boxers coming up m the ranks.
"I think this will be the best
thing to hit the Bahamas since
Johnny Cake," he charged.
"It's going to be a big bang
and everybody in Las Vegas is
looking forward to it, so let's
get it on."

Senior Sports Reporter
SHERMAN 'the Tank'
Williams said he's excited to
be back in the Bahamas fight-
ing again this time for the
National Boxing Association's
world heavyweight title.
The Grand Bahama native
who has been fighting out of
Florida, will be appearing on
the main event of the Silver
Hawks Promotions' show,
scheduled for January 27 at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
. It will be a live televised
fight in the United States with
a tape delay in four other
countries, according to
weekend to finalist the deal
with the Ministry of Tourism
and the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing.
"It's a big deal for me, so
I'm very excited." said
Williams, who will be taking
on Gonzalo Basil, the heavy-
weight champion of Argentina
and the World Boxing Coun-
cil's Latin American heavy-
weight champion.
Williams, ranked number 30
in the WBC, said he saw the 6-
foot-6 Basil 6ght at least twice
and he considers him to be a
basic fighter with a strong jab.
"What I'm going to do is get
back into training camp in
Vero Beach and continue
where ITeft off in Germany,"

said Williams, who cante
home after spending the past
three weeks sparring in
"We have two good spar-
ring partners coming in next
week 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-6
guys so I should get in some
quality workouts. I going to
work on the Tank special -
over hand .right and a left
hook and I think I will be
successful come January 27."
Silver Hawks Promotions
have commissioned a televi-
sion compaily from California
to film the fight, according to
Williams, and they are hop-
ing to attract between 4-5,000
Williams said they original-
ly had intended to fight on
Boxing Day in St. Thomas,
but he encouraged Silver
Hawks to bring the fight tp
the Bahamas.
He said he was hoping to staged in Grand
Bahama, but after the hotel
the site in New Providence
with the Crystal Palace Casino
as the sponsors;
"The Bahamas A be in for
a big treat, seeing one of their
own fight in a championship
fight as if I was fighting under
the bright lights in Las Vegas,"
Williams stressed.
For Williams, who fought a
couple of times in some minor
achievement for him to take
on a fight of this magnitude.


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out the year as the num-
ber three ranked team in
the world. .
The ATP rankmgs, as.
released yesterday,
showed Knowles and
Nestor in third spot with.
825 points. American
twin brothers Bob and
Mike Bryan ended up as
the top team with 1,180
pomts. They were fol-
lowed by Jonas Bjorkman
and Max Mirnyl m second
with 1,115.
Bjorkman and Mirnyi
demed Knowles and .
Nestor their opportunity
to win their first Tennis
Masters Cup title on Sun-
day in Shanghal, China
when they won the final
in two straight sets 6-2, 6-
It was the third time
that Knowles and Nestor
played in the final and
lost. They also lost 2004
and 2005.
The Bryans brothers
were eliminated durmg
the round robin segment
of the tournament.

The goal was scored by Nesley Jean.
The Bahamas team will play against
Bermuda todafr.
. Bermuda also lost their opening
game in the tournament, falling to St
Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0.
The Bahamas are playing in group
G, against Bermuda, St Vincent and
the Grenadines and host country Bar-
bados, qualified for the second round
of play in the tournament by finishing
second behind Cuba in the first round
held in September,
Teams qualifying for the second
round of play in group H are Antigua
and Barbuda, Dominican.Republic,
Guadeloupe and Guyana. CubA and
Martinique have secured their spots
in the 2007 Digicel Caribbeari Cup.
The two top teams in each group
will qualify for the 2007 Digicel
Caribbean Cup finals.
Assisting Jean on the Bahamas' ven-
ture for qualification are Dwayne
Whylly, Torin Ferguson, Bernard Rah-
ming, Happy Hall, Deron Swaby,
Gavin Christie, Daron Beneby,
Damion Neville, Julian Smith, Kamal
Degregory, Leslie St. Fleur, Nesley
Jean, Cameron Hepple, Ryan Mosely,
Vaughn Bethel, Sean Neville, Villard
Fenelus and Dallas Nassies.

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