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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 6, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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W By KRYSTEL ROLLE
ABOUT 250 Defence
Force Officers are corrupt and
will be removed as soon as
possible, Commodore Clifford
Scavella said yesterday.
While maintaining that the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force is not "that bad," Com-
modore Scavella said only
about 50 per cent or about 500
officers are "good people -
dedicated, hard working, com-
mitted and willing to go.
"Twenty-five per cent can
go either v.hi depending, of
which way the pressure comes
from. And another 25 per
cent, are just products of our
society, and we have to seek
to deal with those," he said.
Commodore Scavella,
whose primary goal is to bring
prestige back to the force, said
in the coming months the.
Defence Force n ill be some-
thing Bahamians can be proud
of.
"Inevitably, one will find
that there are bad apples with-
in everything that we do, but
those are products of our soci-


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2006


ety. But the thing that this
administration will do is once
we find those bad apples we
will seek to remove them from
the good apples so that the
Bahamian people will contin-
ue to be proud of this Royal
Bahamas Defence Force."
Commodore Scavella was a
guest on Wendell Jones' talk
show "Issues of the Day."
Claims of corruption has
plagued the RBDF for years.
The most recent claim involv-
ing a civihan being attacked
by several defence force offi-
cers in Inagua further dimin-
ished the image of the RBDF.
Realizing .that the public
percephon of the force is not
as favourable as it should be>
the Commodore said the
Force has a lot of work to do
in terms of improving its
image. Once an outsider hun-
self, he often heard the low
view the pubhe had of the
Force. According to the Com-
modore the Force was known
primarily for inaction, situa-
SEE page eight


over the past three months on suspicion of trying to meel chil~
dren between 10 and 16 years old on the Internet for sex.
Police declined to conunent on the reports, but it was claimed
that officers have been workmg with the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Corporation, to motor and track suspected pae"
SEE e 12





M By SID McLEAN
TEACHERS at St Andrew's
School are becoming increas-
ingly concerned about their per-
sonal safety and identity theft
following a series of computer
thefts at the school.
Five members of staff so fax
have received crank calls by
persons claiming to be from the
Ministry of Immigration, Min-
istry of Defence and even The
Tribune,.with detailed knowl-
edge about them. i
The calls follow a number of
break-ins at the school this ternt
- the most recent on Sunday
night, when two security guai-ds
were locked in a staff room by
burglars. About 10 brand new
Dell computers have been tak-
en by the thieves so far,
The phone calls have typical-
ly taken the form of a supposed
government official calling the
SEE page 12


Teachers fear
,
school 'unsafe
after attack
By KRYSTEL ROLLE
AFTER Monday's violent
attack on a 14-yeitr-old female
student, teachers arid students
at Government High School
fear that the school has
become "unsafe." -
One twelfth grader claimed
that teachers even protested
yesterday resulting in the ear-
ly closure of school. However,
Principal Geoiffrey McPhee
said the decision to close
school at 1 pm was a collec-
tive decision made by the
executives of the school with
Education D'irector Cecil
Thompson.
According Mr McPhee, an
unidentified male came onto
the campus during break time
pretending he was a parent, .
"beat up the 14-year-old girl,
jumped in his car and left."
The brutal attack, which
SEE page eight


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Customs
officers raid
a second
warehouse
M By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
CUSTOM officers struck
again yesr erday, raiding a
downtown warehouse as part
of their ongoing effort to tar-
get big-time suppliers ofcoun-
[erfeir goods.
This comes just days after
Customs and police officers
seized fake designer brands
after they raided a large ware-
bouse on East Street South.
Working in a special under-
cover exercise yesterday morn-
Eng, Customs officers this time
carried our a raid on a ware-
house located onMarketStreet,
just off Bay Street.
Although they did not seize
quite the same "vast amount"
of fake luxury goods as they did
in last week's raid, Customs
officers nevertheless were able
to confiscate a large number of
SEE page 12

010se call for hundreds
of Bahantans after
South Florida radar
system crashes
HUNDREDS of Bahamians
exerties to or from sons
ahee m nrcaedd e
.
routed through MiamI sud-
denly crashed.
According to officials in Mia-
mi, a computerized air traffic
system experienced tempo-
rary outage in South Florida on
Monday, forcing controllers to
ground some flights and result-
ing in at least four stances in
which planes almost came too
close together.
The system crash was caused
by failure of a telecommunica-
tions cable linking high-altitude
air traffic control centres in Mia-
mi, San Juan, and Puerto Rico,
Kathleen Bergen, a Federal
Aviation Administration
(FAA) spokeswoman in
Atlanta, said.
As a precaution the FAA
grounded about 60 flights con-
trolled by the Miami Centre at
airports m Florida and in Nas-
sau. The average delay was
SEE page eight


'Several arrested' on suspicion of trying Computer thefts
to meet children on Internet for sex
M By CRYSTAL JOHNSON-COLLIE Spark concern
SOURCES claim the police have arrested several persons at St Andrew's


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*In brief :

Retrial of
murder
accused is

delayed
The retrial.of it man accused
of the April 2004 murder of Jer-
maine "Bobo" Thompson,
scheduled to begin yesterday,
had to be put off due to sched-
uling problems.
Thompson was stabbed to
death in Abaco in April 2004.
lan Knowles is accused of his
murder and is being represent-
ed by attorney Romona Far-
quharson.
Knowles' retrial was sched-
uled to begin yesterday before
Senior Justice Anita Allen,
however, it was revealed that
the trial conflicted with the
schedules of some jurors.
The matter has been put off. A
new trial date has yet to be set.

in mates flee
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rowed through a prison wall and
escaped in the latest in a string of
b o H ar p

Describing Monday's daylight
breakout, witnesses told local
media that prisoners waited for a
police patrol to pass before slip-
ping through the hole and flee-
ing the overcrowded National
Pemtentrary, just blocks from
Haiti's National Palace.
Police quickly cordoned off
- the area aild searched houses
for the inmates.It wasn't imme-
diately clear how many escaped,
but officials said up to 30 pris-
oners may be missing.
The prison was built nearly
100 years ago to house 800 pns-
oners but reportedly holds twice
that number, many of whom
have languished in squalor for
years while awaitmg resolution
of their case.


GOVERNMENT has been
challenged to hold a referen-
dum on LNG following the
country's first protest concert
against the proposed project.
In the wake of the event,
which took place over the
weekend, the government is
being accused of "completely
disregarding" the growing
opposition to LNG.
"It would behoove the gov-
ernment to remember that they
are telling 5,000 voters who
have signed the petition that
their voices do not count," said
Sam Dunconibe, president of
reEarth. "If the government is
so certain of their support for
LNG in the Bahamas, let them
prove it by holding a referen-
dum."
Controversy continues to
rage around the proposed pro-
ject, which would locate a liq-
uefied natural gas (LNG) facil-
ity at Ocean Cay off Bimini,
and create a pipeline from
there to service South Florida's
energy needs.
Mrs Duncombe has repeat-


edly criticized the government,
claiming it is withholding the
facts of LNG from the public,
therefore limiting their ability
to make an informed decision
on the matter.
"They should remember that
the former government tried
to brainwash the public into
believing that Clifton Cay was a
done deal in order to discour-
age support for the opposition.
This arrogant attitude was not
tolerated then and it will not
be tolerated now."
She also responded to Min-
ister of Energy and Environ-
ment Dr Marcus Bethel, who
said on Monday that "the gov-
ernment was elected to lead the
country and develop economic
policy and it's doing that in the
interest of the public."
Mrs Duncombe said: "This
is an archaic concept the gov-
ernment is elected to do what
the people tell them to do, not
to simply do as they please. We
are living in a democracy in the
Bahamas, not a dictatorship."
Her comments come on the


MTHE proposed LNG facility at Ocean Cay


"It is inconceivable that the
very same government that is
issuing bans on grouper fish-
ing, restricting foreign pleasure
boaters' catch, and getting
tough with poachers is allow-
ing a foreign company to pos-
sibly destroy one of the most
sustainable economies of the
country," she said.


heels of an admission by LNG
company Excelerate that they
do anticipate affecting fisheries
and the environment around a
proposed LNG facility 13 miles
off Gloucester, England.
The company agreed to pay
fishermen and local govern-
ment compensation to the tune
of $23.5 million in advance, for


the damage expected, Mrs
Duncombe noted.
"Here we have the most bla-
tant admission that LNG plants
kill fisheries, impact environ-
ments and harm marine
resources. Yet there is still
denial in our government that a
similar facility here will pro-
duce similar results.


gripping crime.riddle after a
book about the case was pub-
lished last year by a British bar-
rister, James Owen.
Murder in Paradise is based
primarily on his book, but the
film unit flew to the Bahamas
for local, and sometimes con-
trary, views on the mystery.
Mr Christie was, chosen
because he is nephew of the
late Sir Harold Christie, who
has remained the prime sus-
pect. Mr Adderley's father, A
F Adderley, was one of the two
prosecuting barristers in the de
Marignytrial.
The documentary, directed
by Matthew Wortmann, is part
of Channel Four's "High Soci-


ety" season, and will concen-
trate largely on the Duke and
Duchess of Windsor, whose
role in the aftermath of the
killing has long been the sub.
ject of debate.
The programme is expected
to attract a large audience as
the Duke, in particular,
remains a fascinating figure for
Royalty-watchers.
While here, the film crew
shot scenes associated with the
case, including Government
House, the site of Westbourne
(Super Clubs Breezes Hotel),
andtheBritishColoniallfilton,
once owned by Sir Harry.
Continuing interest in the
case is Inst-gauged by the brisk


MILLIONS of British tele-
vision viewers will this week
watch what has been described
as an amazingg" documentary
on the Oakes murder case.
Lion TV's Murder in Par-
adise, due for peak-time trans-
mission tomorrow night on the
UK's Channel Four, probes all
the angles in the most famous
"Whodunnit?" of the 20th cen-
tury.
A film unit was in Nassau
during September to shoot
local footage and interview
four key figures in the ongo-
ing Oakes debate reactor
Peter Christie, attorney Paul
Adderley, historian Gail Saun-
ders and journalist John Mar-


quis, whose book about the
case was published a year ago.
All are expected to feature in
what TV insiders are already
calling an amazing documen-
tary with some interesting new
insights into a murder mystery
which has gripped crime buffs
for more than 60 years.
. Sir Harry Oakes, then the
richest man in the British
Empire, was murdered at his
Nassau mansion, Westbourne,
on the night of July 7-8, 1943.
His son-in-law, Count Alfred
de Marigny, was tried and
acquitted at the Bahamas
Supreme Court in October of
that year.
Lion TV resurrected the


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Marquis and Leasor books have
been.offered in a joint package
on Amazon.
Tomorrow's documentary is
expected to boost interest even
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gun man

A RESTAURANT in Nas-
sau Village was robbed on
Monday night by a lone gun-
man who fled the scene on foot.
According to police press liai-
son officer Inspector Walter
Evans, at around 10.30pm, a
man about six feet tall and
armed with a handgun entered
the Castaway restaurant.
He said the gunman ordered
the employees and the patrons
to the floor and robbed the
restaurant of a small quantity
of cash
The suspect then fled the
scene on foot
Police are investigating the
matter

Ammunition
dis covered in
central New
Providence
POLICE say that around
9am on Monday a concerned
citizen who lives in the central
New Providence area turned
over a bag containing 87 bul-
lets for a handgun.
Police are investigating the
matter.

Workers
return to
Aruba refinery
after strike
5 ARUBA
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UNION workers at the
Valero Energy Corp. oil refin-
ery m Aruba returned to work
Tuesday following a weeklong
strike after ratifying a five-ye"
contract, according to Associat-
ed Press.
The contract received
approval from 95 per cent of
union refinery employees in a
vote Monday, the company
said.
Some 385 union workers,
about half the work force at the
275,000-barrel-a-day refinery,
went on strike November 28,
seeking higher pay and bene-
fits. Valero, based in Texas, and
the .Independent Oil Workers
Union of Aruba had been try-
ing to negotiate a new contract
since September. .
Valero, the largest indepen-
dent oil refiner in the'United
States, said workers would
receive a 47 per cent increase
in salary and benefits over the
five-year contract period.
Francis Croes, a union secre~
tary, said the package was one
of the best contracts on the
Caribbean island.
Neither side disclosed details
of the agreement.
Valero said the roughly
weeklong walkout did not affect
the refinery's output because
nonunion employees did not
Jom the strike.
The refinery is located on the
southern tip of Aruba, an island
some 20 miles north-east of
Venezuela.


revA e a Eh'NOa sN "a
on a drugs charge while inves-
tigating offences allegedly
committed by two sons of a
semor officer.
The senior officer in ques-
tion allegedly told her: "You
will go to jail before they do."
Her disclosure came after
the grief-stricken family of Cpl
Eddison 'Banny' Bannister
called for an inquiry into cir-
cumstances surrounding his
death and the allegedly
"trumped up" drug charges
laid against him.
Ms Mizpah Bannister, Cpl
Bannister's mother, said his
motor-cycle death last month,
and the drug possession
charges, were "highly suspi-
cious" and probably prompted
by his own investigations into
offences committed by the two
brothers. -
Cpl Bannister, a father of
five and an 18-year police vet-
eran, died at the scene when
his motor-cycle was in a
head-on collision with a car
near Coral Harbour. His
female billion passenger suf-
fered serious hip and pelvis
injuries.
At the time, Cpl Bannister
was due to appear in court to
face drug charges. But at no
point was he shown the drugs


he was supposed to have pos-
sessed, the family claims.
They believe the charges
were "trumped up" so that he
would be unable to give evi-
dence against the brothers,
both of whom have been in
trouble with the law before.

Determined

Cpl Bannister was described
as a conscientious officer who
believed in doing things right.
He was determined to take the
case against the brothers to
the limit, in spite of their close
connections to a senior offi-
cer.
Now a woman officer has
revealed how she, too, had
drug charges pinned on her
during an investigation into
the brothers' activities.
And she was allegedly told
by the senior officer in ques-
tion that she would go to
prison before they did.
Cpl Bannister's 54-year-
old mother and 36-year-old
sister, Daphne, are con-
vinced that the handsome
young officer was framed


or even a wreath and word of
sympathy.
In yesterday's Tribune, a
senior officer acknowledged the
seriousness of the allegations.
He said the force is still mvesti-
gating and will not tolerate any
form of corruption,
Yesterday, Daphne Bannis-
ter said The Tribune's story had
brought comfort to her family.
She was pleased that their sus-
picions had been brought to
light.
She said she would await a
satisfactory inquiry into her
brother's death and other sus-
picious aspects of the case.
These include the unex-
plained ransacking of his Coral
Harbour apartment and the dis-
appearanceofpapersherbroth-
er had been working on.
Cpl Bannister, 34, was off-
duty and riding a motorbike he
bought in August when he was
killed.
His family say the billion pas-
senger was struck by a jitney.
The bike veered out of control
and hit a car head-on.
A pastor passing the scene
prayed with the young officer
as he died.


MCORPORAL Bannister's mother, M~izpah, with his brother


because of his diligence.
And they are now wonder-
ing whether the fatal crash was
also deliberate instead of the
accident it appeared to be.


The family has complained
of the police force's apparent
- lack of concern over Cpl Bail-
nister's death, and its failure to
provide a proper police funeral,


THE new College of the
Bahamas president Janyne
Hodder has been praised
for bringing an end to
infighting at the institution
and fostering a sense of
direction and ptxrpose.
Franklin Wilson, the
chairman of the college
council, said he is pleased
with the college's progress
over the past year and
impressed by Ms Hodder's
approach to the job.
"Senior managers have
clear goals," he said. "They
know what's expected.
There is no need to be argu-
ing with each other about
whose turf it is."
Mr Wilson acknowledged
that the Ms Hodder arrived
following a bitter feud sur-
rouilding the resignation of
former college president Dr
Rodney Smith, "and an
often divisive leadership
race to find a new head."
Speaking at the council's
annual luncheon at the
British Colonial Hilton
Hotel on Friday, Mr Wil-
son said that "gone is the
bitterness" that divided the
college following the pla-
giarism scandal that brought
an end to Dr Smith's
tenure.
He noted that after
months of searching and
uncertainty, Ms Hodder, a
noted academic out .of
Canada, was chosen for the
job, but that difficult nego-
tiations with the college's
teachers union followed.
That fact that this issue
has been resolved, the
chairman said, is in itself an
indication of progress at the
college.
Mr Wilson said an agree-
ment concluded with staff
reflected "reAsonable"


dil5rN PATIC Thmsn lf)an oeyEdn suetso h


do more than teach," he said.
Mr Wilson thanked the Col-
lege's Lyford Cay Foundation
sponsors. "We really want to let
you know we are truly grateful
for you. Through all the noise in
the marketplace and the rest df
it, the Foundation never
wavered," he noted.
Also during the ceremony,
two COB students were recog-
nised for outstanding academic
achievement.
Patrick Thompson, a math
student, and Corey Eldon, a
bio-chemistry student, will con-
tinue their studies at the Uni-
versity of Rhode Island in Jan'
uary of 2007.


terms and conditions and
"reflects where the institution
is going." .
He added that a represeixta-
tive elected by the facility will
now sit on the college council in
an observer status to represent
the interests of the staff.
This, Mr Wilson said, is evi-
dence of the college's "concept
of inclusiveness." *
He said Ms Hodder has set
about healing wounds and that
now the college is headed in the
right direction with a vision of
reaching university status ahead
of it. .
Mr Wilson also pointed out
that opportunities are about to
open up for ambitious business
persons to provide student
accommodation for which
there will be a great demand.
He threw out a challenge to
professors at the college to do
more in the area of research.
"We expect our professors to


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school because most of us do remember that Abraham Lincoln,
I believe it was, once said: "You can fool all the people some of
the time and some of the people all of the time, but never all the
people all the time!" It appears BEC have got that last part
wrong, they think they can fool all of the people all of the time.
Last week I heard BEC say that the fuel surcharge would have
to rise again this month; Mr BEC please explain to us in words
of one syllable why this is the case, when everyone outside of
BEC has seen the prices of oil drop to levels equal to that of one
year ago, just in case those myopic generals of BEC do not
appreciate what I have just said, that is to levels almost six
months before the recent horrendous rises in crude oil prices
which caused these problems.
If BEC's answer is they signed long term contracts for the sup
ply of oil at the height of the oil price spike, then we, the long
suffering public, demand the termination of the whole BEC
management staff as they are quite obviously totally incompe-
tent and we, the people, will handle the running ofit ourselves;
it is highl unlikely we can make a bigger screw-up of it than is
already happening.
On another matter relating to BECs competence, or lack
thereof. We have been experiencmg in the western district of
New Providence, for some many months now, almost daily
power cuts to five to 10 minutes duration. These are the cuts that
can cause major damage to appliances, especially if you get
four, yes four, of these short power outrages in one day. I just
hope BEC's insurance policy is fully comprehensive and pre-
miums paid! In utter disbelief.
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ARMSTRONG
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It did not matter as far as I
was concerned because the
reporter would show up to my
office and I would explain the
error of the form.
The next day the reporter
showed up, I explained that the
Chief Housing Officer form was
an internal document and
showed him how the error was
madednthe or dhimtopick
any contract he wished to see
so that the contract amount
coldd be confirmed.
One of the contracts which
he picked was one where the
original contractor did not com-
plete the work and a second
contractor had to take over.
I explained to him that the
original contractor would
receive the retention for the
stages he completed and the
second contractor for the fifth
stage which he completed.
Later when we met with the
Minister and Permanent Secre.
tary, he posed the question
about the retention (I guess he
was hoping to solicit a different


THE TRIBUNE


AP GE 4 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2006


CANNOT


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THERE use to be a time that
you knew which paper to pur-
chase when you want to read
the news and current events or
when you just wanted to be
entertained.
Perhaps, it is as a result of
slumping sales or maybe there is
another agenda which forces a
paper and its reporters to stoop
to the depths of sensationalism.
There was a time when
reporters were regarded as hon-
ourable men and would not
allow their pen to be prostituted
to h ghh sOad e egone.
When I think of the term, 'the
pen is mightier than the sword',
the image is conjured of any
ordinary lierson being able to
stand up to injustice by having a
public medium to express them-
selves, or for reporters to take
up their cause.
. Today many reporters use
their pen as a sword to cut down
and destroy those who may
happen to be in the way of their
agenda, whatever that happens
to be.
The bigger the target the
greater the rush. Speaking of
rush, why is it that all of a sud-
den there is not enough time to
check the accuracy of a story
before it appears in priixt, what
is the rush?
The pen has become the new
phallus symbol.
My encounter with The Tri-
bune reporters has shown me
that as the saying goes "We will
not allow the truth to get in the
way of a good story."
When the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing met with
reporters on Noirember 8th
2006, I pulled The Tribun;
reporter to the side and said to
him that there was nothing ille-
gal there and his information
was 9 g.
la so tPold him I was prepared
for him to come to my office;
review any file that he chose so
that clarity could be brought to
this matter.
He showed me a form with
certain information. I immedi-
ately knew the information was
wrong so dismissed it as not
being one of our documents.
Later while I was talking to
two persons one of them was
the previous secretary of the
Chief Housing Officer, she
informed me that she had seen
the form and it looked like one
the Chief Housing Officer had
produced.
I was still insisting that this
was not so, and, I looked
through my folder to prove my
point. It was a very similar form.


answer) they told him the exact
thing that I had told him.
His claim is that it was not
what I told him. He obviously
does not know me if he believes
I would sit there quietly and
allow the Minister and the Per-
manent Secretary to give a dif-
ferent answer when I \.now we
had previously had this conver-
sation.
With all due respect, neither
the Minister now the Pernia-
nent Secretary knows the sys-
tem better than I do.
The Ministry of Youth,
- Spmrtlseand Housir ha en
with the Press, I do not know if
the same can be said for them.
When asked if we were able
to prove beyond a shadow of a
doubt that there is no ring of
corruption; there is no fleecing
of the contractors, would they
write that they found nothing
and apologize to the Ministry.
The answer was no, we can-
not do that.
GORDON C
MAJOR,
B Sc IBA
Director of Technical
Services
Nassau,
November 27, 2006.


A DAY SPENT at Princess Margaret Hos-
pital lost government one of its staunchest
supporters for its National Health Insurance
scheme this week.
This lady, a maid, has been listening to
the debates, reading the newspapers, trying to
absorb the pros and cons, but always coming
down on the side of government's proposal
for immediate implementation of a general
health care plan that is until Monday.
"We poor people need help," was her cry
whenever anyone tried to explain to her what
government's scheme would mean if the stan-
dard of health care were not improved before
a national plan were introduced. For a short
time she was inclined to Fred Mitchell's line
that "if you're against national health, you're
against helping the poor people and the mid-
dle class."
But no more. Her eyes were opened wide
on Monday. The lights went on in her brain,
the penny dropped and she understood exact-
ly what the doctors, the nurses, union leaders
and business persons were talking about. Her
verdict: "Ain't nobody going to take any-
thing out of my money to pay for dat!"
And, as she brought an angry fist down on
the kitchen counter top, "dat" was the end of
the matter.
This does not mean that she has changed
her mind about poor people requiring more
help with their medical needs.
But she no longer wants government to,
have any part in controlling those needs.
On Monday, she took her young son to
the hospital for tests.
She arrived at 7am and left at 6pm. During
that time she saw much.
In a waiting room filled with patients she
could see how short staffed the hospital was
in both doctors and nurses.
She now understood what it would mean if
the introduction of a national health insur-
ance scheme doubled the number of patients
waiting in that room. .
She now appreciated Iturses' fears when
they urged government to rethink their pro-
gramme, explammg that if extensive infra-
structural upgrades were not done before its
launch, it would "wreak havoc." The whole
system, the nurses predicted, would collapse.
Doctors agree with them. And from what
the maid saw with her own eyes at the hos- .
pital on Monday, she agrees with both the
doctors and the nurses.


Without the full support of the country's
medical team, national health coverage, as
now designed, cannot succeed.
The maid said that a very sickly lady joined
the waiting line for a 2.30pm appointment.
She was not seen before 4.30pm. By that time
the medication the doctor prescribed could
not be filled at the hospital pharmacy. It had
already closed.
"She was very sick," said the maid, "and
needed her medicine that night. She told me
she had no money to buy the medicine from
an outside pharmacy.
"The hospital pharmacy was already closed.
I felt sorry for her."
A hospital pharmacy that opens at 9.30am
. and closes at 4.30pm is certainly iio help to
the poor.
It certainly.does not help slow the daily
death rate, described by Prime Minister
Christie in the House of Assembly on launch-
ing his national health plan.
Mr Christie said the poor were dying for
lack of inedical care.
"There were three persons in that phar-
macy," the maid observed. "You would think
that management would stagger their hours
so that the pharmacy could stay open until the'
patients had been seen."
But what probably upset her the most was.
to w'ratch civil servants in uniform go up to the
pharmacy window and pay nothing to have
prescriptions filled for themselves and their
children.
"Imagine!" she exclaimed, "government
workers and children pay nothing!" She could
have added nor do senior citizens.
Anyway, she notified her employer, noth-
ing was to be taken out of her hard-earned
weekly salary for "dat foolishness!"
In her opinion if government's present
plan were implemented, the pharmacy could
never keep in stock enough medication to
supply the needs of everyone.
Mr Christie and his colleagues are
trying to rush this plan through parliament,
because, as Mr Christie hunself said, he made
a promise to Bahamians about "caring for
the aged, disabled and the needy" and he
wanted to be able to say at the end of his
tenure; "So said, so done."
If a legacy is the objective of this exer-
cise, it would be better to slow down and do
it right, rather than to create a colossal failure
that will be a credit to flo man's legacy.


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Dr Porter has helped to
establish research and treatment
programmes in Turkey, India,
Yemen, Brazil and throughout
Europe.
He is on the editorial board
of 13 scientific journals and
credited with more than 300
scholarly works.
A frequent spedket at uni-
versities and medical confer-
ences throughout the world,
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work relates to uses of radioac-
tive isotopes and treatment of
prostate cancer.
In 2006, the Cancer Centre
was accredited by ACRO, the
AmericanCollegeofRadiation
Oncology.
According to a statement


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Man jailed


,:",ddriun d

possession
A 36-YEAR-OLD man was
to sentenced to serve prison
time and fined $10,000 yester-
day after pleading guilty to drug
possession charges.
Dion Colin Johnson
appeared before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel.
He pleaded guilty to posses-
sion of marijuana and cocaine
with the intent to supply.
It was alleged that Johnson
committed the offences on Fri-
day, April 7.
According to police, Johnson
was found in possession of three
pounds of marijuana and two
and a half pounds of cocaine.
Johnson was sentenced to serve
18 months in prison on each
count.
He was also fined $10,000.
Failure to pay this will result in
an additional year in prison.

19-yea r-old
in court on
firearm
cha rg e
A 19-YEAR-OLD Union
's"' fte measnCwastanaigneddn
charges of possession of a
firearm with the intent to
endanger life, and assault with a
del %aswMe that on Friday,
December 1, Kevin McKenzie
was in possession of sa handgun
with the intent to endanger the
life ofwKeno Fer d that
McKenzie assaulted Ferguson
with the handgun.
McKenzie, who was
arraigned before Chief Magis-
trate Roger Gomez at Court
One in Bank Lane, pleaded
guilty to both charges.
He was remanded to prison
while prosecutors check on the
condition of the victim.
McKenzie will return to court
on Thursday. The matter was
transferred to Court Nine, Nas-
sau Street.

Haiti floods
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roads

5 HAITI
Port-au-Prince .
FLOODS triggered by nearly
two weeks of heavy rains have
washed away roads and bridges,
wiped out crops and killed at
least three people in western
Haiti, the International Red
Cross said Tuesday, according
to Associated Press.
The destruction has been
most severe in the rural depart-
ments of Grande Anse and
Nippes, along the impoverished
Caribbean nation's vulnerable
southwestern peninsula. Flood-
ing has also affected the north
western town of Port-de-Paix.
Haitian Red Cross workers
have been providing first aid to
injured residents and moving
flood-stricken villagers to tem-
porary shelters, the Interna-
tional Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies said
in a statement.


THE Ministry of Health is already struggling and vulner- and it shouldn't matter to us.
. spearheading, a new initiative able. "For many in the Caribbean,
designed to reduce the stigma "Fear of stigmatisation can there is fear at the root of their
and discrimination associated cause those engaged in risky prejudice. Fear that they too
with HIV/AIDS. behaviors to avoid testing. will contract HIV or die of
The effort is being undertak- New treatments can allow peo- AIDS, so lacking the facts
en in participation with the Pan ple living with HIV or AIDS to they reject those who are
American Health Organisation live productively, but being stig- infected, ostracising them from
(PAHO), the World Health matised can prevent these peo- the emotional support and val-
Organisation (WHO) and the ple from achieving their full ideation of society," Dr Not-
Bahamas' National HIV/AIDS potential in education, care, tage said.
Centre. support, treatment and in the He continued: "Perhaps it is
According to Health Minis- workplace," he said. the fact that we are looking into
ter Dr Bernard Nottage, "the the faces too like our own, faces
starting place is saying out Prejudice that belong to fathers just as we
loud that prejudice and dis- are fathers and mothers, just as
cririkination against people we are mothers, and sisters and
perceived to be HIV positive The minister noted that in brothers, and wives and hus-
is wrong, plain and simple. It is some measure, people feel jus- bands. Those living with HIV
wrong." tified in discriminating against are just like us, they work at the
Personnel from a number of or excluding someone perceived same jobs, attend the same
government ministries attend- to have engaged in risky behav- schools; they live next door to
ed the launch of the "Ouch! iour like drug use or homosex- us, and aspire to the same
Discrimination does not protect ual sex. dreams.
against HIV . It hurts" cam- He declared however that "We create a fictitious dis-
paign at the British Colonial this kind of prejudice must be tance between them and us, for-
Hilton on Monday. challenged. getting all the things that we
Dr Nottage said the dangers "In the Caribbean, most new share and have in common, and
of allowing stigmatisation to fes- infections are not the result of from the false safety of that dis-
ter are already painfully evi- IV drug use or same sex tance we look down on them
dent. encounters and vie face HIV conceahng our fear with dis-
He said it can lead to dis- and AIDS all the same. How dain. This is a comforting lie
crumnation, ostracism and even someone contracts HIV does- that we are telling ourselves and
5 DR Bernard Nottage violence against people who are n't seem to matter to the virus, it has to stop now."

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"It's a real privilege to be
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We are opposed to


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Thinking back to the period of




slavery and looking to the Exture


needed in the fabric of their
own societies.
"The 200th anniversary will
no doubt stress the unique char-
acter of this 'inhuman' experi-
ence when a comparable
transatlantic disaster followed
the potato famine in Ireland in
the mid-1840s and tribal geno-
cide on a large scale erupted in
post World War II Africal right
down to today
"In the case of the United
States, slavery did not end with
the formation of the country
because it was the 'deal breaker'
intheformationofthe'nation-
al union' itself. This issue was
addressed almost 100 years lat-

d'The high-volume
African slave trade
ended around the
world because of
the power and
commitment of the
British Government
to end it... for
which it gets no
Credit.",

er at a cost of 500,000 men.
How do we compensate them
for their sacrifice? Do we com-
pensate the descendants of
Union casualties only?"

o which the second
commentator respond-
ed... .
"It's interesting that (the first
correspondent) sees it as an
occasion to inflame hatred. Why
is that always the response from
some people at every attempt
to discuss the rape of Africa and
the enslavement of black people
in the West?
"This was the worst crime
against humanity in history. It
was different from every other
form of slater\ before or suice
because it was sustained for 300
yearsit was based on race and.
the supposed inferiority of black
people, it was brutally tense,
and because blacks still suffer
from the presumption of inferi-
ority many years after emanci-
pation.
"Why is it that nobody accus-
es the Jews of stirring up hatred
against the.Germans by their
their endless but justified -
commemoration of the suffering
of the Jewish people at the
hands of the Nazis? Is three
centuries of black suffering of
less value, and why?
*Furthermore (the first com-
mentator) should .know that
most of the problems of African
countries today stem from the
pillaging and depopulation of
that continent by the Europeans
during the slave period, their
continued subjugation up until
only a half century ago, and


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their manipulation and exploita-
tion up until today.
"I don't believe Lincoln's
main reason for fighting the civ-
il war was to free the slaves. As
a matter of fact, he said himself
that if he could have preserved
the union without freeing the
slaves, he would have done just
that. I have more respect for the
English abolitionists who acted
on the belief that blacks were
human beings and that slavery
was an abomination.
"I cringe when I read expres-
sions like 'in his time' and 'in
the world in which he lived'
etc. Then I know the bull is
coming fast and furious. Even
before Lincoln, the founders of
the American republic were not
ignortint men. They were edu-
cated, intelligent men, but they
were racists. They made the
times in which they lived."

o which the third com-
mentator added...
"My great-great grandmother
was black and I am proud to
say that. But the truth is that
we can blame no-one for our
problems but ourselves,
"The thought of the slave
trade makes me want to vomit
because of what the Africans
went through. But even though
slavery lasted 300 years, it's
been over 200 years since it was
abolished by the British and we
should not continue to use this
as a crutch for all our problems.
"I know many 'people of
colour' who want to get past
this, who only want to be

At least 17
... ... -ar* d
PCOp RICg:enS .
around the world
through bonded
labour, forced
marriage, FOfCeg
labour and human
tracking.

thought of as human beings, not
humans with a particular colour.
"If we are still having prob-
lems Ilay the blame at the feet
of too many black meri who
think they can behave like
teenage boys, doing whatever


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victory (that) inaugurated the
era of the grassroots human-
rights campaign," according to
American journalist and
author, Adam Hochschild.

merican slavery
began with the arrival
of 20 Africans in 1619 to replace
white indentured laborers in
Virginia. Later, a bloody civil
war led to abolition by consti-
tutional amendment in 1865.
But some transatlantic trade
continued until 1888, mostly
with Brazil. And the Saharan
and Indian Ocean slave trades
continued long after that.


In fact, Ethiopia did not abol-
ish slavery until 1932. And it
persisted in the Arabian penin-
sular until l962.
But although slavery has now
been officially abolished every-
where, in practice it still exists.
According to Anti-Slavery
International, at least 12 mil-
lion people are enslaved around
the world through bonded
labour, forced marriage, forced
labour and human trackmg.

What do you think?
Sendcommentstolarry@tri-
bunemedia.net. Or visit
www.bahamapundit.com


Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
Redemption Song by Bob
Marley

question is just who
O were those robbing
pirates, and what impact did
they have on the the way we
live today?
Turns out, the pirates were
most often Africans, under
whose authority the Atlantic
slavetradewasconducted.
According to Syracuse Uni-
versity historian Zayde
Antrim: "Not only was slavery
an established institution in
West Africa before European
traders arrived, but Africans
were also involved in a trans-
Saharan trade in slaves."
As a result of last weeks arti-
cle on the abolition of the
transatlantic slave trade, we
received three interesting com-
ments on the Bahama Pundit
website. And since one of the
declared aims of the abolition
bicentenary is to generate a dis-
cussion on slavery and race rela-
tions, we thought this would be
a good way to get the ball
rolling.
One commentator com-
plained that Tough Call
had missed some important
points because last week's arti-
cle was written from a Bahami-
an view. To avoid creating pre-
conceptions we will not men-
tron the names of the commen-
tators (they are identified on
the website). -

he first correspondent
listed six points of
issue:
"It is easy to dismiss the exis-
tence of slavery going back to
the origins of mankind. One
should note that at one time
halfofRome'spopulationwere
slaves azid the word itself is of
EasternEuropearrorigin.
"The slave trade across the
Atlantic was matched by a
simultaneous and equally large
North African and.Middle East-
ern trade that was most diffi-
cult to end.
"The high-volume African
slave trade ended around the
world because of the power and
commitment of the British Gov-
ernment to end it...for which it
gets no credit.
"The 200th anniversary is
likely to be yet another occa-
sion for the less developed
countries of the world to bash
the developed countries...no
doubt with the encouragement
of the UN and its NGO sib-
lings... another occasion to
mflame racial hatred. In this
way these countries can over-
look, for a moment, the causes
for their backwardness and the
social and political changes


they feel like and not taking
responsibility for their actions,
screwing everything in sight and
carelessly making children,
' Good, decent black men
need to have the courage to get
up and say 'you are not my
brother' when you behave is
such a way. All this talk about a
village bringing up a child is true,
but in the old country if you did
not take responsibility for your
children you were cast out,
"Respect is not just for your
children but for your women.
They are not chattel! You cannot
disrespect half the population
and think nothing of it and just
use brute force to subdue them.
"We need only look to the
rapid spread of AIDS and
understand that this has, in large
part, been caused by loose sex-
ual behaviour and a wife not
being able to tell her husband to
get lost when he wants to have
sex with her after other part-
ners (without him chopping her
to death).
"We need to have good black
men stand up for themselves
and say what they feel. Free
themselves from mental slay-
ery. It's not whitey that is doing
this to uk, it's what we are doing
to ourselves every time we
make this excuse for bad behav-
iour and gross irresponsibility."
,
nd now for a little his-
torical background.
Slavery has been practiced all
over the world for thousands of
years, and it took centuries of
strugglebypeopleofallracesto
end it.
Fr..nec .ia- the Inst country
10 A.Isli -1.0..9 Junny f lk
resolution -which led directly-
to the Haitian rebellion But if
w:,s mined in Napoleon in
1802, and mamtained tor anoth-
er 40 years. In 1807 the British
outlawed slave trading and end-
ed slavery throughout their
empire 26 years later. For
almost a century, the Royal
Navy was used to suppress the
slave trade around the world.
It took just over 50 years
from its formation by a dozen
men in a London print shop in
1787 for the British anti-slay
ery movement to overturn "the
atrocity that for med the so-
nomic backbone of the world's
most powerful empire...a moral


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says URP
THE agriculture and fisheries
sector is in a worse state than
ever before according to the
United Refonn Party.
URP president Prmce Stra-
chan, himself a farmer, said ma
press statement yesterday that
there is no vision for this sector
of the Bahamian economy.
"The closing of the season for
the preservation of the Nassau
Grouper is but an example of
our failure to properly manage
our resources," he said.
I was planting in pots for
years; produced the best mutton
in the country and best agricule
ture produce.
"There is not one major
Island m the Bahamas that is
producmg anything that can sus-
tain the Bahamas. All we are
talking about is housing, hous-
ing and anchor projects. What
about feeding ourselves? What
about feeding our visitors?," the
party leader asked.
Mr Strachan said the govern-
ment should be leading the
charge to ensure that Bahami-
ans have sustainable agriculture
and fisheries.
ch"R ovF nen shou d piu
each farmer a certain number
of livestock.
"When these livestock has
s d icveedtPt xt f rm
so that the production will go
on and on until we have a sus,
tainable stock on hand.
"The government should lead
the way and not wait for the
farmer's success and then piggy
back on the farmer's success.
Farmers are not getting
much in the way of leadership
ore ''st cSetr hmn i vern-

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dimin is h
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reqA e ennteakeUsha ,s
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drop in the standard of living
andanincreaseinillegalimmi-
gration.
The United Reform Party
leader said that despite the gov-
ernment's assurances that the
econonuc outlook is encourag-
ing, a drop in value of the
Bahamian dollar could be on
the horizon.
It is widely accepted that a
new policy requiring all Amer-
icans to possess a passport to
re-enter the US will adversely
"";:',th nBahanm 23,2007,ity
will apply to US citizens travel
'str idbed eM
Central and South America, the,
Caribbean and Bermuda.
"We agree that the economy
is domg well but this is not due,
. to any new initiative that thip
Progressive Liberal Party has
done or is doing. The mucle
touted anchor projects are only
announcements very little dol-
lars have been spent or realized
thus far," the party leader said


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amount of homes bemg adver-
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if we are domg well economi-
cally," Mr Strachan noted.


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THE TRIBUNE


THE United Reform Party
sees the present National
Health Insurance Plan pro-
posal as putting the "cart
before the horse".
However, the party's leader
Prince Strachan said the URP
believes universal health insur-
ance is a good idea in general
and something that the Bahami-
an people can benefit from.
"The problem we have with
the proposed plan is that not
enough information is being
disseminated about how the
plan will work," Mr Strachart
said.
The URP, he added, is of
the view that the proposed
plan will cost much more than
the $235 million the govern-
ment is suggesting.
He said the party also.
believes the plan will be run
like the National Insurance
Board, where the majority of


small business owners refuse
to pay or pay in arrears. .
"The Progressive Liberal
Party government lacks the
propensity and leadership to
ensure compliance with the
system fully and consequently
we will have the larger com-
panies and middle class citizen
funding a programme that will
benefit mostly supporters of
the PLP.
"We agree with the state-
ments by South Andros rep-
resentative R Whitney Bast-,
ian that this plan is more about
getting votes for the PLP than
health care for the Bahamian
people," Mr Strachall said.
The Bahamian people, the
URP leader said, deserve more
answers about how they will
benefit from this plan.
"This-plan will be a burden
to tax payers as proposed
because the government will


not be able to collect the con-
tributions and enforce the law.
The plan cannot be properly
managed by this inept PLP
government and its appointed
agents.
"The URP is of the view
that if the government intends
to utilise the current system
employed by the National
Insurance Board then it is des-
tined to fail and result in a bad-
ly mismanaged scheme.
"The URP also is of the
view that by using families and
individuals who has or has had
past medical difficulties ih an
effort to try convince the
Bahamian people of accepting
the plan in its advertising pro-
grammes is wrong and only
serves to stir up emotions and
give them the false hope that
this plan will be a panacea to
their medical problems," Mr
Strachan said.


the principal said.
The victim, who is in tenth
grade, was taken to hospital in
an ambulance and police were
called to the scene. Her pre-
sent condition was not
revealed.
One eye witness said the girl
was punched in her face and
experienced an asthma attack


.a
"to hta t n t enddj
tou t happening in the com
graA so enntwhtohe tswemh
when school closed eafly, the
principal and director did not
explain what was happening.
"They had us standing up all
day in the hot sun and they
didn't even address the issui
and tell us what \vas going on.
The Principal explained that
classes were cancelled due to a
meeting with the director of
education, the superintendent
and some stakeholders or
"everyone who takes care of
thT aerticula oo hat we
were going to do to make
school safe again and maintain
discipline and order. We decid-
led it woulddprob bly be spto
an announcement on the radio
and we all d them to leave
.
b db an ng
.
tohn campus mMc hoeeEa
cation did not promise, but
is suheTc ythentribue
property tightening proce-


dures."
Police said the matter in cur-,
rently under investigation, but
will give an update when
reports are complete.
School is expected to
resume today.




rohendcaEds
Of Bahamians
after South
FlOrida radar
SYStem crashes
I
FROM page one
about 30 minutes, Mrs Bergen
said.
Monday's outage affecting
the Miami Centre radar com-
plex lasted'about an hour, but
a backup system was activated
and flights in the air were not
in danger, said Mrs Bergen.
Mrs Bergen assured the
public that there "was never a
ht a m un iso d
,,
losHoh e st gae used
confusion and tension among
controllers in Miami, who
reportedly had trouble estab-
lishmg and maintalmng air-
craft identification because
sufficient flight plan informa-
tion was not available through
their Inputendteven ald
rna c ntr Henl
media.


NHI 'putting cart


Commodore

Scavella says
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250 officers wili
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soon as possible

FROM page one

i mm of sexual harassment and corrup-
"While that may be a few people, for
the most part the RBDF are hon-
ourable, hardworking people."
In his view the force is an impressive
One of dedicated committed and hard
working people. Commodore Scavella
believes that the Force is productive
and organized, "but perhaps we haven't
done enough to tell the public our good
stories as opposed to the negatives get-
g back valour and esti
pFoCi s twT is reo heburnh
the Force was inaugurated, he said.
"I am one of those persons who
believe that back m the days, the British
when they arrived brought us some very
good programmes, documents and
books and wherever those books hap-
pen to be, we have to take those books
back out and get back onto the road
of success," Commodore Scavella said.
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THE TRIBUNE


NATIONAL Health insur-
arice is a form of taxation and
will lead to "more corrupt con-
tracts" being given out. it was
claimed vesterday.
< Grand Bahania lawyer Fred
Smith said the prime numster
is talking "nonsense" when he
says that "contributions" under
tl e National Health Insurance
Fund are no1 a tax.
'Of course the National
Health contributions are a tax.
They are nothing less than a tax
on income: and a huge on at
that 5.5 per cent." Mr Smith
said.
-The Constitution, he said,
requires that all taxes are to be
paid into a consolidated fund
under Article 128 of the consti-
tution.
"The reason for that is to
ensure that the members of par-
liament which we elect every
five years determine on an
annual basis when the budget
is debated and passed what the
tax payers' hard earned money
isegoing to be spent on during
the next year," he explained.
"A political slush fund at the
expedient disposal of any party
ur power, whether FNM or PLP
is too tempting. History has
shown us that the National
Insurance Fund, into which all
National Insurance contribu
tions are paid, is used by the
government for all sorts of polit-
ical purposes as loans to other
government entities, while the
fund goes bankrupt and people
who need 'assistance' or 'bene-
fits' under the National Insur-
ance Act are plagued by delays,
red tape, resistance and chal-
lenges in receiving their entitle
nrents. There is no parliamen-
tary accountability or scrutiny
of the fund," Mr Smith said.
yThe lawyer said that when the
NHI "contributions" are paid
into the fund, they "too will dis-
appear into the deep well into
which Cabinet can dip at its arbi
trary will and pleasure and be
accountable and answerable to
no one about where and how the
$300 million in taxes are spent".
"There wilJ be more corrupt
contracts named political graft at
the taxpayer's expense. I regard
this as simply unacceptable.


WFRED Smith~


argued that it was not a tax
because they did not want the
court to hold that the insurance
fund was unconstitutional," Mr
Smith said.
On appeal, Mr Smith won on
the issue of "tax". The Privy
Council ruled against the gov-
ernmentandfoundthatNation-
al Insurance was a tax.
However, the PC ruled
against him as to whether citi-
zens were exempt from paying
it in Freeport.
The high court ruled that NIB
was still payable in Freeport
because "a <\as not an mcome
tax but tax on living employed
and as such did not fall within
sub clause (8) of Clause 2 pro-
victing tax exemption".
Mr Smith said that in the case
of National Health Insurance,
contributions are exclusively
calculated on income.
"You only pay if you earn
money. Then it is a tax on
income which is a tax on earn-
ings and it is therefore contrary
to the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment as well as being imconsti-
tutional," he said.
"It is contrary to clause 2 (8)
of the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
itsebt and is not payable in
Freeport even if payable in the
rest of the Bahamas.


Indeed it has the added benefit
of being unconstitutional and
illegal," Mr Smith said.
That such contribution is a
tax and nothing else was judi-
cially determined in the case of
Fred Smith v Minister of Hous-
ing and National Insurance
Board, at the time Hubert
Ingraham, the then Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance, in 1988.
At the Privy Council, it was
determined that national instir-
ance contributions were a tax
even though called a contribu-
tion.
In that case, Mr Smith,
claimed that the nationalinsur-
ance contributions were a tax
and contrary to the provisions
of the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment because it was a tax on
income and was not therefore
payable in Freeport.
"I lost at the Supreme Court.
At the Court of Appeal it was
held that contributions were a
tax. The Court of Appeal was
split. Some members of the
court held that it was payable in
Freeport by employees but not
the employer and confusion
reigned. The government, well
appreciating that if it was ruled
to be a tax was in jeopardy of
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M By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
ZHIVARGO Laing, former
FNM cabinet minister and cur-
rent candidate for the Marco
City constituency, said his deci-
sion to remove himself from
front-line politics in 2004 had
nothing to do with the leader-
ship of the party at the time.
As a guest yesterday on Real
Talk Live, Mr Laing said he
took the decision for his own
reasons, which were unrelated
to the fact that Tommy Turn-
quest was leader. .
"Mr Turnquest will tell you
that I tried to be as helpful and
supportive to him before and
after his election as leader, dur-


ing our campaign, after our
campaign. My thoughts about
him then is are as they are now.
"And whatever I may have
had in terms of concerns in our
situation with him and so forth
is upfront and open to him. I
really regret that there are peo-
ple in the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas whole believe that
a man or a woman cannot sim-
ply come to a decision about
the life they own," he said.
Mr Laing also said that FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham had
nothing to do with his decision
to make a comeback.
"He took almost two weeks
before he got back to me on the
issue. But I had already made
up my mind. My decision was


made. When I decided to come
back Mr In graham was
nowhere around, had not spo-
. ken to me, had not talked to
me about anything.
"I called his office to inform
him. His secretary told me he
was on leave on vacation. I
said is there a way I can reach
him and she said I'd have to
e-mail hini. I e-mailed him and
let him know. He said won-
derful Vargo, and do you know
where you would like to run?
And that was the end of it,"
he said.
The former minister did how-
ever admit that Mr Ingraham's
return to the leadership of the
party and what that meant for
the FNM's chances of winning


the next general election did
slightly factor into his decision
to run.
However, Mr Laing said the
single most important reason
for his return was the realisa-
tion that for him, politics is
where true fulfillment lies.


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FREEPORT As the only
female candidate for the FNM
on Grand Bahama, newcomer
Vernae Grant says she is up for
the challenge of entering front-
line politics and the possibility
of being the first female MP for
Eight Mile Rock.
Mrs Grant, a businesswoman
and resident of EMR, is making
history as the first woman to be
ratified as the candidate for the
area, which has been contested
and represented by men for
more than 20 years.
FNM Leader Hubert Ingra-
ham, who was in Freeport on
Sunday, announced the six can-
didates running in the upcoming
general elections on Grand
Bahama.
Mrs Grant and lawyer Kwasi
Thompson, who is the candi-
date for Pineridge, are entering
the political arena for the first
time.
Former cabinet minister
ZhivargoLaingisthecandidate
for Marco City, former MP


David Wallace is the candidate
for West End and Binkini, and
MPs Kenneth Russell and Neko
Grant are returning as candi-
dates for High Rock, and
Lucaya, respectively.
Lindy Russell, MP for Eight
Mile Rock, is retiring from
front-line politics after more
than 10 years to fulfill his duties
as a Baptist minister,
Mrs Grant said she is very
happy to have been chosen by
the party to run as a candidate
in Eight Mile Rock, where she
was raised since birth, and con-
tinues to lives with her family.
Mrs Grant said the con-
stituency needs urgent atten-
tion in a number of areas.
"The Eight Mile Rock com-
munity has gone through such
devastation with the last three
hurricanes and we need suitable
shelters in this community. We
have no suitable shelters right
now that I am aware of."
She also stated that many
homes .are still in need of
repairs, and that some residents
are still displaced because
rebuilding is not being allowed


in some areas.
"My concern is for those res-
idelits and to get our people
back into their homes by assist-
ing them in securing permits
because we understand that
permits were being withheld in
certain areas on the south
shores," she explained.
Another pressing issue,
according to Mrs Grant, is the
need for another high school.
"As a matter of fact, in the
whole constituency of EMR,
there is no high school as EMR
High is actually on the Western
side of our constituency, so in
EMR proper we have no high
schooll" she said.
Mrs Grant said that flooding
at Fishing Hole Road is anoth-
er major matter that needs to
be resolved.
"It floods during the hurri-
cane season, and even in bad
weather. It is something that
meeds priority because it sepa-
rates us from East Grand
Bahama, and we need to have
access to the hospital in the
event of an emergency," she
said.


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.
who died at this home in Glemston Gardens on
Friday December 1st, 2006, will be hel at t.
Thomas More Church Maderia Street on Thunday
December 7th, 2006 at 1:00 pm. Burial will be in
Ebenezer Church Cemetery Shirley Street. Msgr.
Alfred C. Culmer offic1atmg.

He is survived by his loving wife, Camille; one sort,
George Patrick II; one daughter, Anna Patricia; one
granddaughter, Angelique; five brothers, Oswald
Isaacs, Justice Stephen Isaacs, Peter Isaacs, Gerald
Isaacs II and Michael Isaabs; four sisters, Elizabeth
Albury, Theresa Moss, Roslyn Neely and Soma
Isaacs; seven sisters-in-law, Yvonne Isaacs, Jean
Isaacs, Janette Isaacs, Dorothy Isaacs, Audrey
Statham, Pauhne Bryant and Esmee Perazzo; five
brothers-in-law, Michael Neely, Gary Moss,
Raymond Rego, Alex Rego and Patrick Rego;
twenty-one nieces and nephews, Gerard, Ann,
Brenda, Neil, Paul, Jeeny, Samantha, Leah, Chester,
Capn, Stephen, Christme, Tony, Gary, Lmda, Gerald
III, Juliette, Todd, Robin, Chip and Alex; four atmts,
Ultica Bethell, Lady Patricia Isaacs, Hillary Cancino
and Corita Desebrals; three uncles, Basil North,
Francis Cancino and Larry Forsythe, and numerous
cousins including, the Naomi Archer family, the
Joan Pyfrom family, the Ned Isaacs family, the
Sybil Thompson family, the Ulrica Bethell family,
the Basil North family, the Cecil Isaacs family, the
Olga Grant family, the lan Bethell family, the Patrick
Isaacs family, the Althea Huyler family, the Francis
Cancino family, the Forsythe family and the Nassau
Repair Shop family.

Arrangements being handled by Pinder's Funeral
Home Palmdale Ave., Palmdale.


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while such thefts have not
been a serious problem at
the school before, it is
understood that there have
been seven break-ins this
terA other staff member
said: "There% a bit of a feel-
ing tha0tlie school is being
d; .
targ ere'd a feeling of men-
h "
ac nice coaii ers are known
to hde been.on campus, but
staff say they have been
kept in the dark as to the
ongoing investigation,
One member of staff told
The Tribune: "The school
.says they are dealing with it,
but that's not good enorigh
when we're gettgag phone
calls at our homes.
The Tribune contacted
both St Andrew's and the
police, but both refused to
comment.


Commercial Crime Unit, said that the sale
of counterfeit items is a widespread prob-
lem in the Bahamas.
.He emphasized that in addition to being
illegal, transactions with fake goods also
diminishes the profits of merchants selhng
genuine brands.
Asst Supt Drexel said that police are
now increasingly focusing on large suppliers
and wholesalers who provide retailers arid
straw vendors, with the aim to deter
others from selling "knock-off" desigiler
goods.


At press time last night, police had not
yet made any arrests m connection with
this case,
Last (veek, Customs officers recovered
fakedesigneritemsincludingFendi, Coach,
and Gucci bags, even fake Michael Jordan
tennis shoes from Shan Ma, the operator
and owiler of the East Street warehouse.
Mr Ma claimed that he had no idea that
the items in his watelrouse were not the
fed brands. .
in an earlier interview with The Tribune,
Asst Supt Drexel Cariwright, head of the


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FROM page one

dophiles who wait iix cha r
rooms and online "messen-
ger" services to meet minors.
The officers, sources
said, want to get to the
predators before they can
get to their targets.
One parent spoke with
The Tribune about the
issue, saying her 14-year-
old daughter was not so
lucky as a young man she
met on a Bahamian
friend's network raped
her.
The woman said her
dmaaun nTnTatn ar-dold
conversation with him.
Online records show that
both the young man and
the young lady exchanged
seT om gl er, the
ou lad was asked to
mee with the man for a
date and to "spend a little
time gettmg to know each
oth ,)" ti ksea .er
mother's permission to
sleep over at a family
member's house that night,
was later picked up by the
mande took me to a private
beach out Yamacraw and
that is where it happened?
she said.
After a few minutes at
the beach, she said, the
Idhhaer that dwas
wanted her at that very
moment, b'ut she refused.
"He punched me in the
face and told me that he
t th as
dealing with before I came
there," she said.
The young lady was
raped, and is now expect-
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St Andrew's teacher many
of whom are employed at the
school on a work pernut and
asking them for further infor-
mation such as their passport
details.
One member of staff, who
asked not to be named, said:
They've known their
names and the fact that they
were on a work permit. How
do you know they don't
know addresses and bank
details? We are all expecting
one of these calls now.
While most information
about staff is saved on the
arAn tws ns d ls
have been saved onto the
missing computers' hard dri-
ves
"The staff are worried and
it's affecting our classes,"
the member of staff said.


Customs officers raid a second warehouse


FROM e one
2 8
counterfeit products, including fake Gucci
and Fendileather goods.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,
Asst Comptroller of Customs Clifford Fer-
guson said he could not reveal much about
the undercover operation. However, he
said, the seized goods are currently being
secured for later use when court charges are
brought against those who maintain the
warehouse.


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Enterprises, the
company that owns
the 3,500-acre Bahamas Film Stu-
dios where the two Pirates of the
Caribbean films were shot, have
been made, it was revealed yes-
terday. A decision on which one
to accept will be taken "within
the week".
Ashby Corporation, the
Bermuda-listed holding compa-
ny that owns Bahamas-domiciled
. Gold Rock Greek Enterprises,
said in a statement that the two
"capital investment" offers were
now being reviewed to see which
one was in its best interests and
those of the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios.
It was unclear last night
whether the offers were to inject


W Ely NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FREEPORT Oil Holdings (FOCOL) yes-
terdaydescribedas.an"oversight"itsfailureto
notify the market of a $3 million bond issue to
finance its acquisition of Grand Bahama's
Texitco-branded service stations, as market
regulators acknowledged that BISX-lisred
companies often fell down on timely disclo-
sures of material information relating to oper-
ationalchanges.
Franklyn Wilson, FOCOL's largest share-
holder, said of the failure to provide timely
information to the market: "It's an oversight,
that's all."
He pledged that FOCOL was taking imme-
diate action to ensure it never happened again,
adding: "We will certainly take steps in that
regard, and assign responsibilities to a clearly
designated individual to make sure it does,
n't happen again."
Mr Wilson said the affair would have no
impact on FOCOL's daily operations, nor the
process of integrating the Texaco Grand


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Bahamian banker Owen Bethel,
president of the Nassau-based
Montaque Group,
It is unclear whether this is one
of the groups referred to in yes-
terday's announcement. Sources
close to the situation previously
told The Tnbune that Mr Bethel
And his group had made an offer
to Mr Fuller that was still"active
and on the table". However, the
two sides have not reached an
agreement, and there was under-
stood to have been no meeting
of minds between them.
Mr Bethel and his group were
understood to be keen to invest
money directly into the Bahamas


Film Studios, which was the first
project to receive a signed Heads
of Agreement from the current
PLP administration back in 2002.
However, The Tribune has
since been informed that Mr
Fuller had resumed talking to Mr
Bethel's group.
In yesterday's announcement,
Mr Fuller said the Bahamas Film
Studios'.current Bahamas-based
management team would remain
in place, with new members
added.
It was unclear whether Mr

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fresh capital into the Bahamas
Film Studios, or a buyout of Mr
Fuller and existing shareholders.
Once the winning offer is cho-
sen, Ross Fuller, Gold Rock
Creek Enterprises' chairman, and
the existing Board of Directors
have promised to work with the
Bahamian Government to ensure
the transition is smooth, and all
necessary permits and approvals
obtained.
Describing the purchase price
involved as being "in the eight
figures", Mr Fuller said the buy-
ers would bring the capital invest-
ment necessary to take the
Bahamas Film Studios "to the


next level".
He added: "This capital invest-
ment will allow the Studio to
move forward with its plans to
complete the additions necessary
to make our Studio a fully-fune-
tioning, full-service facility, and
.assist us in promoting the
Bahamas as a destination for the
film and television industry, the
music recording industry and, of
course, as a sourist destination.
"We are fully committed to
adding a film school, a Bahamian
Cultural and Historical Village,
and to completing the work nee-
essary for the Studio: These por-
tions of the project will all assist


us iq becoming a viable, compet-
itivd and highly successful Studio."
Yesterday's announcement
confirms articles published by Tri-
bune Business earlier this year,
which revealed that Mr Fuller was
looking to either sell the Bahamas
Film Studios and exit his invest-
ment in the project, or alterna-
litels attract new investors and
capital with the ability to take the
development forward.
This newspaper pret iously
revealed that one of the groups
who approached Mr Fuller was
a mixture of new investors in the
Bahamas Film Studios and exist-
ing ones, brought together by


tion's completion. and the exchange warned
that the **dela\ in notification may have vio-
lated BISX disclosure rules, and the matter
will be referred to its listing committee for
review .
Under BISX rules, a publicly listed compa-
ny such as FOCOL must inform the exchange
-and mtesting pubbewithout delay of any
material changeinitsaffairs".
Ar the top of the list is "any proposed
change in capital structure", followed by "any
new issues of.delit securities I.1nlike a
straightforward bank loan, abond changes a
company's capital structure and is a debt secu-
rity, and it is these two areas FOCOL may
have fallen foul of.
Timely disclosure and transparency by
Bahamian public corispanies has long been
considered a weak point in the capital mar-
kets, but Keith Davies, BISX's chief executive,
yesterday said the Bahamas was no worse
than many other countries.


Bahaina business and Shell Bahamas retail
and distribution business, which it acquired in
a separate $32,7'imilhon deal. with the rest of
its operatioris.
He added that the company was due to
publish its is test hnancial results shortly, say-
ing: "Hopefully, the public will see evidence of
an increasingly well-run company. ---
FOCOL said in an announcement pub-
Eghed t esterday that it luifcornpi$ed the
$5 25 million purchase of G All Teimigals,
The owner and operator of the two Texaco
stadons at Eight Mile Rock and Lewis Yard,
*for 55.25 million on October 31, 2006. .
Yet it had failed to disclose iMmediately
to the market that the purchase was part-
funded by a $3 million bond issue, with a fixed
interest rate of 8 per cent, that was purchased
entirely by Colina Financial Advisors on
August 11 this year.The bond can be called in
by FOCOL after the first year with 90 days'
notice, matures on August 10, 2016, and pays
interest quarterly,
FOCOL advised BISX of the issue on
November 30, 2006, And the GAL transac-


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Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and Port Group Ltd'
leaves court on Monday with has attorney, Brspas Simms of Lennot
Poton. (Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)


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case with his late business part-
ner, Edward St George.
The St George estate has
accused Sir Jack and Mr Babak of
mounting "a corporate coup",
seeking to claim hole their inter-
est in the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd, and removing them from
participating in the companies,
acting against their interests.
.In his latest affidavit, Sir Jack
confirmed Tribune Business's rev-
elations on Page 4B of its Monday
edition earlier this week, telling
Prime Minister Perry Christie on
Sunday, November 26, that he
was willing "to either purchase
the estate's interest or allow a
third party to do so".
Mr Christie told him that Lady
Henrietta St George had also
assured him she wanted to settle
the dispute with Sir Jack, and was
willing to negotiate a settlement,
too.
Sir Jack added that he had
offered to meet with Lady Henri-
etta on several occasions to nego-
tiate the purchase of the St
George estate's interest in Fidu-
ciary Management Services, the
Cayman-domicilied company that
owns 50 per cent of Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation,
the holding company that in turn
owns the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd.
However, Lady Henrietta had
indicated "she is not willing to
sell those shares".
Meanwhile, Mr Culmer said in
his affidavit: "As both of these
companies play a pivotal rile in
the Freeport community, and [the
GBPA] is a quasi-public authori-
ty which, amongst other services,
provides and regulates some util-
ities and sanitation facilities to
the Freeport community, we are
mindful, if at all possible, not to
disrupt these companies' business,
thereby allowing their reputations
to be maintained."
As for compliance with Justice
Lyons' order, Mr Culmer said fail-
ure to produce documents might
"damage the companies' good-
will, which we have been appoint-
ed to protect".
"The difficulty faced by the
companies is that they are unable
to disclose documents which are
now under the control of the
receivers and managers without
our assistance," Mr Culmer said.
"We are of the view that we
should protect the companies
from being exposed to contempt
proceedings, and thereby preserve
the goodwill of the companies,"
he added.


5 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Grand Bahama Port
Authority's (GBPA) receiver has
found "no evidence....... to indi-
cate any misappropriation of the
companies' assets" despite the
allegations made against chair-
man Hannes Babak by the late
Edward St George's family.
In an affidavit filed with the
Supreme Court, Clifford Culmer,
the BDO Mann Judd accountant
who is the joint court-appointed
receiver for the GBPA and its
affiliate, Port Group Ltd,
acknowledged that he had no
time to start investigating the alle-
gations against Mr Babak, hav-
ing been appointed only on
November 26 by Justice Jeannie
Thompson,
He said: "In carrying out our
duties thus far, it appears that
both of the companies are solvent
and reasonably well-run. No evi-
dence has come to our attention
to indicate any misappropriation
of the'companies' assets.
"We are aware of certain alle-
gations concerning the handling
of the companies' business. We
have, however, not had sufficient
time to commence investigations
into these allegations."
The receivers, through their
attorney, Brian Simms of Lennox
Paton, have applied to the
Supreme Court for directions on
"the receivership and manage-
ment" of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd.
And in a separate application,
they are also seeking directions
on whether Justice John Lyons
November 2, 2006, order "directs
or compels the receivers", and/or
the GBPA and Port Group Ltd,
to provide the information that
was ordered to be disclosed to the
St George estate and their attor-
neys.
. The Culmers and Mr Simms
. are also seeking directions on
whether they should assist the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd in
complying with Justice Lyons
order.
Both applications were seek-
ing a hearing, according to court
documents, today at 9.30am in
Justice Anita Allen's chambers.
These moves come in the con-
tinuing battle between Sir Jack
Hayward and the St George
estate over the former's claim that
he owns 75 per cent of the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd, rather than
the 50/50 split most people had
long thought to have been the


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meeting we have what is called
the Nassau Declaration, from
which the following quote is
taken:
"Extraordinary vigilance and
co-ordination in the future, to
ensure that our territories, our
institutions and our citizens, are
not used in any manner to facil-
itate the activities of terrorists
or to undermine our national
and regional security"
It goes on to state: "We are
concerned that the attacks and
subsequent developments have
been especiallyq devastating to
our tourism, aviation, financial
services and agricultural sectors,
which are the major contribuT
tors to our GDP, foreign
exchange earnings and to
employment m the counties of
our region."
More than five years later,
one asks the question: "What
has happened since this reali-
sation, and admission of the crit-
ical state we find ourselves in?
Well, there has been a lot of
talk but very little action, and
the action that has transpired
has been focused on fighting
terror financing. What about
. wh dises cThenwp t
Given that tourism is our
majogsource or re eme"e
to protect it. The economic
importance of tourism is unde-
moble. According to the World
Tourism Organisation (WTO)'
ten r4 t ur m ge rua.
that accounts for roughly one-
ten of g t athtaT t
domestic revenue, current total
thourismd en could be as
This report done by Jonathan
Essner in 2003 for the World
Tourism Organisation- Secu-
rity and Development, and
states that: "For many countries
in th'@ developing world,
tourisxit is a critial source of
reventae generation, and there"
fore a major componelit of eco"
nomic development, a relation-
ship that rewards states when
positive conditions such as a
strong global economy exisst'
But what happens when nega-
tive conditions exist, such as ter-
rorism?"
Yes, what happens, especial-
ly when the proverbial writing is
on the wall? As we prepare for
95 my t valued n the
Bahama in the north to Ingaua
inn etd to e tooa tect
investment and investors.
As the Romans conquered
the.known world one critical
element continued to follow
lta ;t iT@ dr i
and secure their stewly-acquired
assets. It is a widely agreed fact
that new acquisitions demand
iNestm t inasecu gg
involvement in the tourism
industry can be compared to the
s in a tth
greased into central and south
ern Europe, even northern
Africa. Even though today we
face different challenges, th
principles remain the same,
It must be emphasized that
in this investigation, Preventa-
uves Mtgas usesp idion isilon
which for us equates to asset
protection. Terrorism is the loss


IN an article which appeared
in the April 27, 2005, edition of
the Washington Post, it was stat-
ious international terrorist inci-
dents more than tripled last
year, according to US govern-
ment figures, a sharp upswing in
.deadly attacks that the State
Department has decided not to
make public in its annual report
on terrorism due to Congress
this week "
If this is to be taken seriously,
what implications does it have
for the Bahamas? I now take
you back to October 11-12,
2001, when the CARICOM
Heads of Government met in
Nassau in a Special (Emer-
gency) Session due to the Sep-
tember 11, 2001, terrorist
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than done, as the general con-
sensus among terrorism experts
is that the phenomenon is multi-
national and knows no borders.
This complicates matters, espe-
cially when we corisider the fact
that just as the investor attempts
to stay away from potential high
risk areas, the terrorist will be
attracted to large-scale invest-
twent. An attack on these loca-
tions will be most beneficial to
the terrorist cause or statement.
This not only affects the deci-
sions of the foreign investor, but
also those of the domestic
investor. Additionally, the small
investor like the individual
tounhst -Bwi consider the trth
local, foreign, small and big
inv t a e2d003 report
for the World Tourism Organi-
sation, said: "The burden upon

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of articles, The asset being pro-
tected is the Bahamas remain-
ing a viable tourist destination,
inclusive of investor (internal
and external) interest.
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2005 report, entitled Terrorism
and the World Economy,
Abadie and Gardeazabal write
that from an economic stand-
point, terrorism has four major
fallouts.
1. The capital shock
2. Uncertainty

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THE TRIBUNE


IllVeStilent contiunity's pricing concerns 'news' to corporation


M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Electricity
Co oration (BEC) yesterday
sai7its $100 million bond had
been "fully subscribed" and was
likely to be wrapped up "by Fri-
day this week", despite the
Bahamian investment commu-
nity's belief that the issue was
incorrectly priced.
Numerous sources in the
Bahamian banking and invest-
ments world had told The Tri-
bune that the interest rate
attached to the BEC bond issue,
and which Avas payable to
investors who bought in, was
only slightly higher than that
obtained on government-regis-
tered stock and Treasury Bill
issues.
They pointed out that while
Government guara ed its
Bill issues, meaning that it had
given a binding undertaking to
make the interest and, ultimate-
ly, the principal payments on
them, the BEC bond was not
government-guaranteed.
As a result, potential investors
viewed the BEC bond issue as
representing a higher risk invest-
ment, yet the interest rate was
not sufficient to compensate
them for the risk in investing in a
debt instrument that was not
government-guaranteed.


ty much finished. Everything will
be finally completed by Friday
this week".
When asked whether the BEC
bond issue had been a hard sell,
not fully subscribed and that its
pricing had been an issue, Mr
Sweeping replied: "That didn't
come through to me. Everyone
wants a better rate, but it's
something you negotiate at the
early stages in the process."
Several sources had suggested
that the pricing issues arose
because the lead placement
manager for the $100 million
bond had been Scotiabank's
Trinidad office, which was not
familiar with the workings of the
Bahamian capital and debt mar-
ke ut Mr Sweeting said BEC
had only dealt with the bank's
Bahamian operation, which had
been supported on. the bond
issue by Scotiabank in Trinidad
and Canada.
As for the absence of a gov-
ernment guarantee, Mr Sweeting
said BEC had previously
obtained loans that were not
guaranteed.
He added that the bond issue,
BEC's first ever, was done
"because BEC feels strong
enough to stand on.its own two


.feet".
The issue will finance new tur-
bme plant and expand BEC's
network to meet increased
demand on New Providence.
Apart from expanding BEC's
transmission and distribution
capacity on New Providence,
proceeds from the bond would
also be used to clean-up the Cor-
poration's balance sheet by pay-
ing off short-term loans.
The month-long bond issue,
targeted chiefly at institutional
investors as well as some high
net-worth individuals, is split
into two separate components -
a Bahamian dollar-denominat-
ed one, worth $47 million, with
the remaining $53 million
de n end ItheqiSsdolli two
currencies, BEC's bond issue
was designed to draw less heav-
ily on existing liquidity in the
Bahamian commercial banking
system understood to be stand-
ing at $55 million preventing
this from becoming too tight.
The bond will also enable
BEC to pay off a number of
short-term loans for amounts
such as $5 million and $10 mil-
lion, making its balance sheet
and loan repayments less
unwieldy and easier to deal with.


Explaining that the BEC bond
issue's pricing of "just a few basis
points" above that for govern-
ment paper had left investors
perceivmg it to be 'high risk, low
reward', one source said the
bond should have had an
attached interest rate at least 2
per cent higher than that obtain-
able on registered stock.
The source pointed out that
without the Government guar-
anteeing the issue, banks and
insurance companies could not
use the BEC bonds as part of
their liquid asset ratios or capital
structure, reducing the issue's
attractiveness to them.
Another investment adviser
told The Tribune that the unse-
curded bond issue's attr ivene
absence of a secondary market
for trading them, unlike for gov-
ernment-registered stock.
It is understood that none of
Fidelity Capital Markets, Colina
Financial Advisors or Provi-
dence Advisors recommended
strongly to their institutional
clients that they should buy into
the BEC bond issue.
Yet Everette Sweeting, BEC's
chief financial officer, yesterday
told The Tribune the issue had
been "fully subscribed and pret-


He added: "There is a desire


disclose information to the mar-
ket.....
"It's in that category that we
have a breakdown here at home.
Where people fail to recognize
they have a duty to disclose, or do
not disclose information to the
extent they should." '
Mr Davies said BISX had hired
a listings filanager, Holland
Grant, "whose job it is on a daily
basis to communicate with listed
issuiers and ensure compliance
with the rules. They are going to
see a better level of communica-
tion from the exchange".
BISX staff were also working
on providing listed companies
with guidance and interpretations
of BISX rules, ensuring there was
a continued flow of information,
particularly in "areas where we


see weaknesses in the market".
Mr Davies declined ment directly on the FOCOL sit-
uation, saying BISX was m the
early stages of investigating the
affair. The exchange's staff will
review the matter and provide a
report to the listings committee,
which then analyses and deter-
mines what, if any, sanctions
might be imposed against an
issuer in conjunction with Mr
Davies.
Acknowledging that timely
material information disclosures
were keen to maintaining an
orderly market and enabling
investors to make informed deci-
sion, Mr Davies said BISX took a
proactive approach, working with
companies to ensureynistakes
were not repeated,


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FOCOL 'oversight' on $3m bond issue


FROM 1B

He pointed out that there were
two types of disclosure, those that
were mandatory and those that
related to "market operational
type disclosures", where some-
thing happened in the company's
operations that did not falling line
with quarterly and annual report
dates, and "someone in the chain
of command" failed to realize
there was a need to inform the
market.
"That tends to be a failure from
a compliance perspective," Mr
Davies said. "Companies need
someone withingheir organisa-
tion to inform management or
directors that it is their duty to





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NOTICE
TALCO ALPS INC.


(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in.dissolution, which commenced on
the 20th day of October 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.






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NOTICE


BABI VALLEY ENTERPRISES INC.


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 1st day of December 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.






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(Li dator)




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NOTICE


AHVAZ INC.


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOtiCC iS hereby given that the above-named
COmpany is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 1st da of' December 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.






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bWho Chambers of Andrew C.'Allen Law
..5. 204 Lagoon C ourt, Olde Towne,
'8000. Wassau, The Bahamas.

,
c) The Administrator's Office Cooper s Town
Abaco. The Bahamas.


Any person who objects to the granting
of the :wid certificate of Title is required to file
8 the Sr vi--M. Court and serve on the Petitionel
or their attorney a Statement of undersigned a
Statement of his, her or its C:laim in the prescribed
-
form venfied by an Affidavit served therewith
by failure of any such person to file and serve a
'Waunne lit of his, her or its Claim aforesaid non
com/moco with this Notice will operate as a bar to
sisch claim.



Andrew C. Allen Chambers
204 Lagoon Court
Olde Townes, Sandyport

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approximately two (2) miles east of Wood Cay settlement on the
northern coast of Little Abaco Island, one of the islands in the
in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and comprising of
two imnow
AND


HIGGS & Johnson has
named John Delaney as its man-
aging partner, in a succession
planning exercise that divides
leadership of the law firm
between himself and current
senior partner, Philip Dunkley.
The move, which takes effect
from January 2007, will allow
Mr Dunkley to spend more time
on senior and equity manage-
ment issues. Mr Delaney will
concentrate on all aspects of the
delivery of client services and
management of attorneys and
staff.
"The addition of an indepen-
dent role of managing partner
is natural evolution to meet
the needs of the growth of the
firm," said Mr Dunkley, who has
carried out the roles of both
senior and managing partner for
the past seven years,
"John is a talexited attorney,
and my partners and I are
pleased that he has accepted the
appointment. This firm's future
depends on the hard work of


more than 100 dedicated Higgs
& Johnson staff members in
three offices around the
Bahamas, and I am confident
John will enhance our team's
ability to operate as one inte-
grated partnership to build
stronger client relationships in
the years ahead."
Mr Delaney added: "I am very
excited to have this opportunity
to continue the success of one
of the leading law firms in the
country. Higgs & Johnson has a
strong foundation laid by excep-
tional leadership over the past
58 years, and I hope to foster an
environment that advances the
legendary service that our clients
have come to expect from our
team of dedicated attorneys and
support staff."
Mr Delaney is a member of
the Board of Directors of RBC
FINCO, Burns House, Com-
monwealth Brewery, and Hot-
tinger Bank & Trust, and a
member of the Senate of The
Bahamas.


IN THE M \TTER of a Ometing Titks
\ct my

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petitom of
Arthur H. Lowe


Notice is hereby given that Arthur Havelock
Lottle .h. is applying to the Supreme Court of.the
Conunonwealth of The Bahamas to have his title
to Un Blowing investigated under Section 3 of the
Qm Iin g Titles Act 1959 and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
. ul me to be granted by the Court in accordance
avids Use provisions of the said Act. A plan of the
-
said land may be inspected during normal working
hours at the following places:


JOHN DELANEY


I "ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land situate on the northern and
southern side of S.C. Bootle
highway, approximately two (2)
-
miles east of Wood Cay settlercent
on the northern coast of Little
Abaco Island, one of the
.
islands in the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas and comprising of
two-hundred and eighteen (218)
acres of land"


of the same may be inspected during
Mice hours at the following places:


clear definition that has created
inadequate management of the
threat. Second, after this is
done, specific penalties/legisla-
tion that will codify all actions
associated with tourism terror-
ism 'is needed. Finally, an
agency/department mandated
to police this threat is required.
. Sounds a bit far fetched, you
think? I then refer you to the
2000 Financial Intelligence Unit
Act. This newly-formed policing
agency was developed to moni-
tor crime in the financial ser-
vices 1indduest se a yd.m

ease with which, in my opinion, .
this unit was formed and legis-
lated was primarily because of
existing legislation, which orig-
inated from clear and accepted
definitions of what constituted
financial crimes:
D.ggs tourism need such a
specific unit. If it is the prima-
ry/fundaniental'bread and but-


ter' industry, then the question
should be: Why haven't we
done so yet? Ironic, isn't it? We
are well-prepared to monitor
our wealth and that of our
guest, but not our personnel
safety, nor that of our visitors.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and


asset protection training and
consulting company, specialis-
ing in policy and procedure
development, business security
reviews and audits, and emer-
gency and crisis management.
Comments can be sent to PO
Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas
or, e-mail gnewry@preventa-
tivemeasures.net or www.pre-
ventativemeasures.net


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Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Cory:oliriated Wave RPRs
Doctors Hospitai
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete .
ICD Utilities
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Premier Real Estate


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THE TRIBUNE


I)elaney named as Higgs &




JOhnson managing partner


NOTI CE


Securing our primary industry paramount


FROM page 2B




a state managing a terrorism
problem may be enormous,
serious and unmanageable, par-
ticularly as terrorists seem unde-
terred by an underdeveloped
set of global norms and inter-
national laws againstterrorism."
This idea is scary, but is it the
reality of the situation? Is the

"d t h r d tuitpar
overwhelmed. It has become
apparent that a more aggres-
sive approach to combating ter-
rorism is necessary, if we are to
be serious about prevention.
Three immediate steps should
be taken the first of which is
to define the terrorist threat
specific to tourism. It is'the
absence, in my opinion, of a


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NOTICE is hereby given that LONA HONOR OF PINDER'S
POINT, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization shot)Id not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 6TH day of DECEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


C





CO M PUTE RS LIM ITE D

Setting the Standard



"

Custom Computers Ltd., a leading Bahamian
technology provider since 1987, is looking for a
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER.

This is an exceptional career opportunity to join a
dynamic team of highly skilled professionals and
.
participate in the company's long term development.

The successful candidate will display outstanding
personal qualities, have an impressive professional
track record and be a team player. Naturally,
proficiency in computers is essential.

Custom Computers offers a comprehensive benefits
package and the salary will be based on qualifications
and experience.

If you are ready to take on this challenge, please
email your resume-to controlled-customcomputers.bs.
AII applications win be strictly confidential.

The Know How Team







Information Technology
A reputable financial institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in
The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guemsey, Switzerland arid the
United King.1.,m, Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to loctil and
international dients.
An exciting opportunity currently exists fo'r a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Information
Technology team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of
Information Technology.


Core Responsibilities
Develop, maintain, support and optimize the *Ig a ll:.=n*.*s. 5 netWork
infrastructure, server infrastructure, data communications, and
telecommunications systems.
Ensure hardware and software is maintained and data Is secured through
proper back-ups and staff training..
Prepare and maintain technical specifications and related documentation
to secure procedures and prevent system failure. This includes IT Disaster
Recovery / Business Consinur, punnern;
Provide management and direction for end-user support function in
support business operations, inclusive of management of the Help-
Desk function.
Manage and direct software, hardware, network, telecommunications
and web providers to enhitnce operational efficiencies and ROI based on
the bank s business objectives.

Desired Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Computing or related discipline from a well
recognized university.
A ndinimum of five ars gessive professional IT experience preferably

IT based training or qualifications (MCSE, CISSP and CCNA) from
accredited Institutions will be advantageous
Proficient In computer systems and network reen.ne::un:n' LANs, WANs;
telecommunications, Web-based applications, client-server uppin lace.
and PC-based software applications.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Wlndows Servers, Microsoft Windows
XP, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Exchange
server systems.
Strong Interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project
management and customer service skills,
Closing Date: December 10, 2006

Contact
Human Resources
Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited


m

N0tme

NOTICE is hereby given that DALMA BIENAIME OF
RUPERT DEAN LANE, C/O GT-2935, 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 frorti the 29TH day of NOVEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



N Of ICO

NOTICE is hereby given that LOUDIEN ONEUS OF
ROBINSON ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to

gisMr i n nz tn Ni anhde nm an
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 29TH day of NOVEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.






Trust & Corporate ServiceS

A reputable financial n titution headquarterpd in Bermuda, with offices in
The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guemsey, Swirzerland and the
United Kingdom, Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to local and
intemational clients.

An exciting opportunity :urrently air, for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Trust & Corporate
Services team. The successful candidate will report alreaty to the Senior
Relationship Manager.


Core Responsibilities

Manage a large porthilr. of complex accounts including trust, estates
and agencies.
Provide financial information to clients as requested.
Act on clients'behalf in matters dealing with lawyers, beneficiaries, etc.
ExtensWe experience with all aspects of trust administration.

Desired Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Business or related discipline from a well recognized
university.
A minimum of five years progressive Fiduciary experience in the Financial
Services industry,
STEP training or other suitable qualifications will be advantageous.
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products.
Strong interpersonal, communication, problem soWing, project
management and customer service skills.



Closing Date: December 10, 2006


Contact
Human Resources
Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242
Nassau, Bahamas


* Minimum of five years IT experience
* Bachelor Degree in Computer Science/
Information Systems '
* Demonstrated Proficiency in Microsoft
Office Products, Microsoft Server 2003,
Exchange 2003, Linuz, and ACCPAC
* Analytical possessing strong leadership
skills
* Excellent communication and
t at skill
organza lon s

To apply for this position please e-mail
your resume' to:
CShumanresources@aol.com






Operational Risk Management
A reputable financIal institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in
The Bahamas. Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guemsey, Switzerland and the
United Kingdom, Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to local and
international clients.
An excitlhg opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Operational Risk
Team. The silecessful candidate will rep..in alre.:ny to the Assistant Manager,
Operational Risk Management,


Core Reisponsibilities
* Assist with the development and implementation of the Risk
"i sne..y .ne nt Framework within the bank and to deputize for the
Assistant Manager, Operational Risk Management in her absence.
* Assist with the monitoring of the company 5 adherence to the group's
ORM policies and procedures by providing service and support to all
business lines.
* Assist with identification of risk and completion of risk rating analysis
within the unit
Assist in the creation of the bank s risk database using Methodware
Software
a Manage the timely recording and reviewof incident reports and ensuring
timely resolution and reporting.
Assist in the preparation of training sessions and briefings relating to any
Group wide Operational Risk Procedure roll-outs.

Desired Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline from a
well recognized university.
A mininium of five years experience in the Financial Services industry.
The ability to learn new software programs speedily.
a Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word & Power Point)
The ability to work with minimal supervision and to work accurately and
effectively under pressure.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management and problem
solving skills.
=

Closing Date: December 10, 2006

Contact
Human Resources
Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242


9


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2006, PAGE 5B


undergone a number of recent
changes,
Their president, Paul Quigley,
the last of the three founding
partners who negotiated the
Heads of Agreement for the $76
million project with the Govern-
ment, was "relieved of all duties"
and his Board seat in Septem-
ber/October 2006.
His two fellow founders, Hans
Schtitte and Michael Collyer, had
both tragically passed away, and
Mr Quigley had come under
increasing pressure from the pro-
ject's financial backers to produce
profits and a return on their
investment.
It was thought that the
investors were not as 'emotion-
ally attached' to the project as
the three founders, and were
keener on seeing a return on their
money. The Bahamas Film Stu-
dios had previously obtained a
$10 million loan from First-
Caribbean International Bank to
excavate the water tank where
the two Pirates of the Caribbean
movies were filmed.
Mr Quigley is now working on
an independent project, an action
adventure television show that
will be an all-Bahamian produc-
tion, based on the exploits of
BASRA.
The Bahamas Film Studios
have also been the subject of legal
action. Engineer Keith Bishop,
of Islands by Design, has filed a


writ with the courts alleging that
the Bahamas Film Studios
breached the final stage of a
three-part agreement with him
over the environmental.impact
assessment (EIA) he prepared
for the project.
However, Mr Fuller countered
buy saying that the balance had
not been paid because Islands by
Design had not provided the
company with the EIA, violating
their contract.
. Another lawsuit was filed
against the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios m the Miami courts, this time
by an alleged investor in the pro-
ject, Bjorn, Monteine, and his


company the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios Inc.
That firm is not connected to
the Bahamas Film Studios or its
holding company, Gold Rock
Creek Enterprises,
Mr Fuller had previously
described Mr Monteine's allega-
tions as "lacking merit", and he
was confident they would be
thrown out. Mr Monterne had
alleged that the Bahamas Film
Studios had been faihng to make
lease payments on the 3,500 acre
site it is leasmg from government'
something Mr Fuller had demed'
adding that all payments were up
to date.


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FROM page g

Fuller would remain with the
Bahamas Film Studios in any
managerial or Board capacity
once a deal is done, although the
hint was that he would not. A
reply to The Tribune's e-mailed
questions on this and other issues
was not returned before press
deadline.
Mr Fuller added: "It is busi-
ness as usual at the Studio. We
are working with many clients
who are interested in filming
here. This investment will allow
the Studio to attract many more-
productions and provide the con-
tinuity necessary to grow our
indigenous film and television
industry. Through this develop-
ment, we hope to. promote
Bahamian produced and directed
products.
"We are very happy with the
prospect of adding new capital
investments to this project, and
looking forward to working with
the Government of the Bahamas
to see this project through to its
fruition."
The Bahamas Film Studios,
which are seen as.having tremen-
dous potenual for Grand
Bahama's economy and the wider
Bahamas, due to the tourism-
related spin-offs and economic
diversification they providehave








PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2006


TRIBUNE SPORTS


W WATER POLO
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Regiorter

MICHAEL Farrant has
inherited the players from a
Bahamas junior national
water polo team that hadn't
saw too much success in its
three years of existence.
But based on the improve-
ment's he has seen so far,
Warrant is convinced that the
team will have a remarkable
turnaround starting next year.
Farrant, the coach and trea-
surer of the Bahamian Man-
tas Water Polo team, said
they recently returned from a
three-day exhibition in
Kingston, Jamaica.
From the series of games,
an average of two per day
against the Jamaican senior
and junior national teams,
Warrant said the players have
certainly gained some expe-
rience that should have pre-
pare them for the Carifta
Games next year.
"I looked at the Trinidadi-
an team, the Jamaican side,
the Curacao side and the Bar-
bados side, which is not very
good, and there's no team
like the Bahamas in its pro-
gression," he declared.
"I say that because we
haven't won a game in three
years at Carifta, but with that
said, I can guarantee you that
we will be medal contenders
in this year's Carifta."
Warrant, who played on the
national water polo team for
Great Britain before he came
to the Bahamas, said the
junior national team players
playe a great with deal of
enthusiasm, which should
only help them next year.
The water polo competi-
tion is expected to be hosted
separate and apart from
swimming, but no official
venue has been confirmed.
Whenever, water polo is
played, Farrant said they will
be ready to travel to compete.
While in Kingston for the
exhibition series, Farrant,
Chris Illing and Paul King
teamed ixp with members of
the junior national team to
play.
And even though it was


ft: Robert Hamilton, coach Paul
In front from left are: Darman

(Photo: Tim Clarke)
team that has come along so
great as the Bahamas junior
national team," Farrant
summed up. "It's just phe-
nomenal progress."
Warrant said the Bahamas
can be proud of the junior
national team, especially
Chadsaw Wilson and Verron
Dar y ill e, t wonames
that should become house-
hold ones next year at
Carifta.


SPICTURED above are members of the Bahamian Mantas Water Polo Team. In back row from lel


junior national team has a full
compliment of 15 players and
through the sponsorship they
haw raised from private citi-
zens, they are hoping to bring
in a professional coach to
work with the local players
by September.
Discussions are currently
underway for a coach to
come in from Hungary. If
that happens, Farrant said the
focus will be on preparing the


Bahamas to have represen-
tation at the junior
Olympic Games in the near
future.
But he said that as soon as
they come out of the Christ-
mas holiday, they intend to
go full steam ahead into
preparing the junior national
team for Carifta.
"I've played for Great
Britain and for Harvard Uni-
versity, but Pve never seen a


only an exhibition, Farrant
said they didn't win, but the
Maritas team showed a
tremendous amount of
improvements from the last
Carifta Games.
The Mantas team was
sponsored by Ansbacher
(Bahamas) Limited, headed
by Director Paul Winder,
along with King's King & Co.
law firm.
Warrant said the Bahamas


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n the country." federation is expected to welcomee
representatives from the Bimini the Pinewood Baseball League to
e League, Exuma Baseball their list of affiliations, bringing their
ciatioxi, Spanish Wells Baseball total to 13.
citation, Grand Bahama Ama- The federation has more leagues
Baseball Association, Grand and associations affiliated with it
ma Little League, Legacy Base- than the Bahamas Baseball Associ-
League from Grand Bahama, ation, yet the latter is still recog-
Island Baseball League, nised as the governing body.
a Baseball Association, Inagua But Sweeting said that won't deter
League, Freedom Farm Ease- the federation from its plans to pre-
eague, Junior Baseball League pare teams to participate in the 11-
assau and New Providence 12 Little League World Series and
teur Baseball League are all the Commonwealth Championships
cted to be in attendance. series as they secure a date for its
meeting also revealed that the completion.
Sweeping said they encountered a
problem this past year with the
championships not being complet-
ed because of the fact that some of
the players playing in the final had
to leave to go back to school.
However, he said they will hope to
ensure that the date they select
won't result in the same scenario

x-mornally, Sweeting said they
ill also be discussing the re-con-
. struction of the Andre Rodgers
. Baseball Stadium. He said it's their
. . . hope to make their recommenda-
trons to the government.
The stadium was dismantled along
with the Churchill Tener Knowles

roviders::'tohnic td
- *- - a national stadium.
* m e. mm No word yet has been released by
* .the government as to when con-
struction on the new baseball stadi-
.. um, which is expected to erected
son ** between the Thomas A. Robinson
Track and. Field Stadium and the
Bahamas Hotel Training College,
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of the meeting, he said they will host
a press conference at 4pm to dis-
close their plans for the next year.
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amendments that we have to rati-
fy," Sweeting disclosed. "We're
going to look at the Junior National
Championships, which next year we
are trymg to move the 12-and-over
categories to play with the wood bat.
"And we want to extend the
senior league in the nationals to 25-
and-under so that we can have a bet-
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the senior national team from all of
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Baseball Federa-
tion will meet this weekend to dis-
cuss the way forward at its annual
general meeting.
The AGM will be held on Satur-
day at 10am at the Holy Cross Parish
Centre and will attract membership
from 13 affiliated leagues and asso-
ciations,
Secretary general Theodore 'Ted-
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RICARDO Moultrie rose




loss record to a perfect 4-0
on the season.
Moultrie, the game's top
scorer, ended the game with
27 points, 15 rebounds and
three steals. He was 11-for-
20 in field goals and 5-for-13
from the free throw line.
Leading the way for the
Aces was Keith Russell with
20 points, two blocks and
three steals.

M VOLLEYBALL
THE Government Sec-
ondary School Sporting
t location continued with
Monday with five games on
schedule.
In the junior girls division
the DW Davis Pitbulls took a
bite out of the AF Adderley
Tigers, 17-8 and 17-14. The
SC McPherson Sharks were
also able to satisfy their
hunger, feasting on the HO
Nash Lions. The Sharks won
the game 17-13 and 17-15.
In senior boys action the
CV Bethel Stingrays got past
the Doris Johnson Marlins,
25-20, 17-25 and 15-10. CR
Walker Knights would take
out the RM Bailey Pacers in
o str gthhtesets 2S5 and 25-
Cobras handed the CI Gib-
son Rattlers a 25-17 and 25_
1910ss.

a TENNIS
THE Gatorade Senior
Nationals being hosted by
the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association are in full swing.
The tournament, being
held at the Gym Tennis Club
in Winton Meadows, contin-
ued play in the 45 division.
Winning the first match was
Ralph Cash over Gabriel
Sastre 6-2, 6-7 and 6-4.
Steve Thompson defeated
Charlton Knowles 6-3 and 6-
1, while the team of Ricky
and Diane Chea took care of
Barrie Farrington and Susan
Sargent 6-0 and 6-2.

A VOLLEYBALL
AS THE New Providence
Volleyball Association gears
up for playoffs, teams are
trying to secure one final
place.
In Monday night's action
the Scotia Bank Defenders
routed the Shorlette's Hor-
nets 25-20, 25-19 and 27-25.
The Diamonds Interna-
tional won their second game
over the Passe, by the fault.
Playoffs m the NPVA will
start on Monday at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gym. All
games set for today will be
played at the Sir Kendal
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By KELSIE.JOHNSON
-- -- Junior Sports Reporter

THE championship picture is set in the
girls division of the Primary School Volleyball
Championships.
Both Garvin Tynes and Columbus prima-
ry schools sealed their spots in the champi-
onships yesterday with two straight set wins
over their opponents.
After finishing in the top two in their pool,
-- Garvin Tynesi prevailed with scores of 15-7
and 15-12 to defeat Sir Gerald Cash; and
Columbus Primary beat Centerville Primary
15-10 and 15-12.
The two teams will square off with each
other immediately following the playoff
games in the boys division and the third place
game for girls, which will be played between
5 C : .Sir Gerald Cash and Centerville Primary
Schools. All games will be played at the Sir
Kenda) Isaacs gym.
Although all games are expected to be
thrilling, the girls championship will take
centre stage.
While Columbus Primary will lean towards
Patrice Ferguson, Garvin Tynes will look to
Regime Curtis to assist them in clinching the
title win.
Ferguson admitted that she would prefer to
play Garvin Tynes instead of Sir Gerald Cash,
because of the level of play by the team mem-
bers.
The team leader on the Columbus Prima--
ry squad said: "I don't nund playmg Garvin
Tynes, they're a good school and if we play
them in the championships we will have to
play hard and that's what I want.
"I think I played fine today, but tomor-
row I would like to'play better. I feel happy
knowing that we made the championships, we
all played good.
"I don't think we will have a problem in the
championships as long as we play hard."
Even though Janice Williams, Garvin
Tynes girls' head coach, knew they would
play Columbus Primary before the end of
( girl's game, advancing to-the playoffs was a
feat for her team.
Williams praised their level of play, and
said that the championship won't be an easy
game if both teams play the way they did
esterda
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She said: "I am not going to underestimate
any team, Garvm Tynes have a good team so
does Columbus Primary. The championship
will be won by the most consistent team.
"I must admit that the Columbus Primary
have a good player, Patrice Ferguson, but
di -, wb have an outstanding player as well in
Regirie Curtis. Now Patrice will put up some
c. tough services, but my girls will be ready to
: pass them.
"I am not going to put any pressure on the
team, in my eyes the are all winners, making
it to the championships is an accomplish-
ment."
The championship game will start at 12
noon
The boys playoff picture includes Garvin
Tynes taking on Stephen Dillet and Colum-
bus Primary facing off with Sadie Curtis.
The first ball in the boys playoffs will be
served at 10am.
The two playoff games will be followed by
5 KATIE ST CHARLES tries to flick the ball over the net for Columbus Primary the third place game in the girl's
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