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Publication Date: December 13, 2006
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Claims of immigration

raid outside home

of murder victim


HAITIAN-BAHAMIANS
reacted with fury last night
after immigration officers
allegedly swooped on a group
of mourners outside the home
of a murder victim.
One woman said the gov-
ernment would lose "the
entire Haitian vote" for what
she described as callous treat-
ment by the immigration
department.
However, confusion fol-
lowed yesterday as a senior
official at the immigration sec-
tion of the detention centre
said he was unaware of immi-
gration officers being involved
in such a raid, and suggested
that police had picked up the
nationals.
Meanwhile, police press liai-


son officer Walter Evans said
he knew nothing of the
alleged incident.
The swoop allegedly hap-
pened after the brutal shoot-
ing of popular Haitian-
Bahamian Gepson Auguste,
47, at his home in- the
Cordeaux Avenue and
Charles Vincent Street area.
Three ,masked men bursi
into the house after someone
answered a knock on the
door. They shot Mr Auguste,
who died at the scene from
bullet wounds to the body. It
is thought by friends that he
was the victim of a robbery.
When Mr Auguste's killing
became known, fellow Hait-
SEE page 12


Rose Island set for $750m

luxury resort development
N By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITHIN three months, ground is expected to be broken for
the $750 million Ritz-Carlton luxury mix-use resort development
on Rose Island.
Prime Minister Perry Christie made the historic announce-
ment yesterday from his Cable Beach office with executives from
Gencom Group, who will be financing the project, and its
founder Karim Alibhai.
Also present were Financial Services and Investment Minis-
ter Vincent Peet, and the local attorney for Gencom Mr Valen-
tine Grimes. ,
Mr Alibhai, who through Gencom has invested in more than
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Government is urged to show

compassion to Sea Hauler victims


THE government was last
night urged to face up to its
responsibilities and show a touch
of Christmas compassion to ic-
tims of the Sea Hauler tragedy.
A lump-sum settlement is
needed now to "restore the liies
of these poor people," said social
*campaigner Clever Duncombe,
who has taken up their cause.
"Had these victims been relat-
ed to politicians, this would have,
been a done deal long ago," said.
MrDuncombe.
Mr Clever claimed that gov-
ernment seemed "more interest-
ed in protecting the boat owners
in this case," speculating that that
was so "because of their politi-
cal connections."
Four passengers died and 25
others were badly injured when
the Sea Hauler, a mailboat, was
struck by another vessel, the Unit-
ed Star, while on its way to the
Cat Island regatta three years
ago.
A rusting crane at the stern of
the vessel collapsed on impact,
creating death and destruction
among passengers sleeping on
deck.
One man, a father-of-six, had
his spine crushed in the tragedy.


Another had his leg sliced off and
lost his wife, who died in his arms
from her injuries.
But the aftermath of the crash
has brought even more misery
for the victims because they have
been forced to endure untold
hardship.
The government, meanwhile,
has done little or nothing to ease
their load, they claim even
though one man has been
reduced to begging in the streets
to keep his family afloat.
This week, victim Tenneson
Leslie, 26, whose wife Brunell
died on deck, received a $100
cheque from social services -
the first help he has received in
three years, he said.
Others have been receiving $70
a month in food coupons. ,
Mr Duncombe said: "This gov-
ernment believes in treating rich
people differently from poor peo-
ple, as was shown by the Anna
Nicole Smith affair.
"The owners of these two ves-
sels have been given more con-
sideration than the victims, which
all goes to show just where the
government's heart really lies."
What is being interpreted as a
hard-hearted approach to the Sea


Hauler victims could put another
spoke in the government's wheel
as election day approaches. ,
Mr Duncombe and Mr Lincoln
Bain, the victims' spokesman,
said it seemed a "cover-up" was
underway to protect those whose
negligence led to the tragedy.
"They are probably hoping
that the statute of limitation will
expire. They are hoping the peo-
ple responsible for this get away
scot-free," said Mr Duncombe.
So far, it is claimed that only
owners of the United Star have
made a compensation offer. That
amounted to about $400,000 for
nine of the victims.
But the victims themselves feel
the government itself should be
leading the way, especially as a
commission report found it guilty'
of negligence.
"It is time elected officials
addressed this injustice," said Mr
Duncombe, "I feel the govern-
ment is trying to dodge the issue."
Mr Cedric Hart, who now begs
for a living after being left badly
disabled by the crash, said he felt
victims were being ignored by a
political "clan" who were trying
SEE page five


Claim that
women allegedly
fast-tracked for
residency are
working at law
office of politician
TWO foreign women who
were allegedly fast-tracked for
residency through their high-
level connections are now
working in the law office of a
prominent PLP politician, it
was claimed last night.
The son of one of the
women is also employed as an
attorney in the same office, it
was claimed.
Information on the two
women and their swift climb
in Bahamian social circles
reached The Tribune from
high-level legal sources.
"The two women know
nothing about the law, but
they are just in there," said
one attorney.
Yesterday's Tribune high-
lighted the Anna Nicole Smith
style fast-tracking of the wom-
en' s residence status and an
attorney's bid to block their
applications for citizenship.
There is concern that the
women will be granted irrev-
ocable status, even though
they gained residency after
allegedly working in the
Bahamas illegally.
SEE page 12

Bahamians guilty
of drug crimes in
US no longer have
to be deported
By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS committing
drug crimes in the US no longer
have to be deported back to the
Bahamas after serving their
prison sentences.
This is the result of a recent
ruling by the US Supreme
Court, which determined that
non-citizens cannot be deported
for drug offences under state
law.
Bahamian deportees return-
ing to the Bahamas after engag-
ing in criminal activities in the
US have long since been con-
sidered a serious threat and pos-
sibly a factor in the country's
increasing crime rate by local
police and community leaders.
Observers are now saying
that this latest ruling could ben-
efit countries such as the
Bahamas, as would-be criminal
deportees could opt to stay in
the US rather than return to
their home country.
Up until now under US law
every non-citizen sentenced to a
year or more in prison is subject
to deportation, even if the sen-
tence is suspended. Deportable
crimes could be anything from
murder to petty theft.
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THE TRIBUNE


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New border control and identity



document system is announced


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas is aiming
beyond just machine readable
electronic passports, and plans
to establish a new expansive
identity document and border
control system for 2007, Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs 'Fred
Mitchell announced.
The current government has


been frequently criticised for
not yet having introduced
machine-readable passports.
However, Mr Mitchell said
he expects to sign a contract
before the week is out to reme-
dy this situation.
Addressing the press at his
ministry on Monday, Mr
Mitchell said he expects to sign
a contract with the US-based
company 'Indusa', which spe-


cialises in passport/visa issu-
ing systems as well as border
management control mea-
sures.
In addition to introducing
machine readable 'e-passports'
to the Bahamas, the US com-
pany will assist government in
establishing a system which
integrates passport issuance
with thejissuance of visas and
work pA" its.

Security

The minister said this inte-
grated system is designed to
"enhance security at the bor-
ders, to facilitate travel from
and to our country, and help
minimise our vulnerability to
identity theft which tends to
go hand in hand with illegal
migration and people traf-
ficking and drug smuggling".
"The idea is that you have a
fully automated and highly
secure identity document issu-
ing system and border control
management system. It is
anticipated, for example, that


immigration will be able to
check at the border when
someone comes in if they have
a document, and who the per-
son is," he said.
Mr Mitchell explained that
the new passport will contain
eye and machine readable
information, and will include
a chip embedded in the pass-
port cover which contains the
personal data of the passport
holder.
Only a limited number of
countries have introduced e-
passports so far, including the
US, Canada. the UK.,
Nlalaysia. Nigeria. Australia,
Belgium and Germany among
others, Mr Mitchell said.
Machine-readable passports
are part of the US's Visa Waiv-
er Programme, which allows
foreign nationals from certain
countries to be admitted to the
US under limited conditions
and for a linuted time without
obtaining a visa.
Although the deadline for the
new passports has been pushed
back until May, 2010, Mr Mitchell
said the Bahamas "needs to get


going" in an age where people
are becoming more and more
security conscious.
S"It's taken a long time, too
long in my view, and we've
been subject to public criti-
cism," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that, as
soon as the US passport com-
pany is "up and running", it
will take about six months
before the first e-passports can
be issued to Bahamians.
However, he emphasised
that there will be no need for
people to rush out and turn in
their old passports as soon as
the new passports are avail-,
able.
The old passports, he said,
will be valid until their regular
expiration dates.
Mr Mitchell also said that
the new passports will be con-
siderably more expensive than
the existing version .
"We haven't put a price on
it, but it is going to be a sig-
nificant increase in the cost of
the passport, but of course its
durability is going to be much
greater," he said.


No leads in burned body case


I
* By KRYSTEL ROLLE

THE police admitted yester-
day that they have no leads in
the case of a partially burned
body discovered through a
track road on Monday.
Officers say however that
their "intensive" investigation
into the matter is ongoing.
When the body was discov-
ered, it was reportedly so bad-
ly burned that the victim's fea-
tures were indistinguishable.
Press, liaison officer Inspector
Walte Evans said that the
police Lave not been able to
dete r e the age of the
womr ut believe shie was
between her late teens and ear-
ly 30s.
The body was found around
4pm in a low bushy area off
Cox Was, opposite Sparkling
Wash on East Street South.
It had suffered burns from


the waist up.
Inspector Evans described,
the victim as a dark female
with braids.
He said she was wearing
light coloured bermuda shorts.
"She possibly may be in her
late teens, maybe 20s. possi-
bly early 30s we could not
tell because of her condition.'"
he explained.
SMembers of the public are
asked to contact the police if
they know of a missing woman
who fits the description.
The discovery came just
hours after a man in his late
fourties was gunned down at
his home after being accosted
by three men who fled the
scene in the victim's car.
Mr Evans told The Tribune
on Monday that the shooting
took place in the area of
Cordeaux Avenue and Charles
Vincent Street just after mid-
night.,
According to initial reports,
the three men knocked on the
victim's door. One of the occu-
pants let them in.
The men reportedly then
opened fire on 47-year-old
Gepson Auguste.
He died at the scene after
receiving gunshot wounds to
his body.


* THE scene where (he
body of lhe unidentified
woman was found on
Monday

Assistant commissioner of
police Reginald Ferguson said
this matter is also under
"active investigation'? "
Last week, seniortpolice
officials warned that they
.Expect the crime rate to rise
during the holiday season this
year.


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US Virgin Islands
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reporting public
employee wages
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Charlotte Amalie
A US Virgin Islands senilator
seeks to ban the news media
from reporting the salaries of
Most government employees in
the Caribbearn territory.
The proposal would make it
illegal to publish a specific gov-
ernment worker's salary with-
out his consent, allowing excep-
tions only for the head of a
department or agency, elected
officials or members of the gov-
ernor's Cabinet.
Sen Juan Figueroa-Serville
added the proposal to a broad
spending bill that the 15-mem-
ber legislature was expected to
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*James O'Bryan, a spokesman
for Gov Charles Turnbull, said
he could not comment unless
the measure is passed and sent
to the governor, who could use
a line-item veto to eliminate the
ban while, adopting other parts
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THE TRIBUNE


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* In brief


Man charged
with raping
and detaining
27-year-old

A MAN was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
and charged with raping and
forcibly detaining a 27-year-old
woman.
It was alleged that Meteor
Bodie of Market Street had sex
with the 27-year-old woman
without her consent on Decem-
ber 10.
A second charge alleged that
on that same day, he took the
woman away by force and
detained her against her will.
Bodie, who appeared before
Magistrate Marilyn Meeres at
court five in Bank Lane, was
not required to enter a plea to
the charge and was remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison.
The case was adjourned to
March 13,2007.

Police officer
allegedly
assaulted
while on duty
CORMELLO Dorelin of
Andros Avenue was arraigned
before Magistrate Meeres on
the charges of obstruction and
assaulting a police officer.
It was alleged that on Friday,
December 8 he obstructed D/C
2723 Ferguson while he was
. executing his duties.
It was also alleged that he
resisted arrest by officer Fergu-
son and also assaulted him.
Dorelin pleaded not guilty to
:the charges and was granted
bail in the sum of $2,000.
The case was adjourned to
March 13, 2007.

Man denies
firearm charge
and resisting
arrest
A MAN pleaded not guilty
in Magistrate's Court yesterday
to charges of resisting arrest and
wantonly discharging a firearm.
Alexander Angelo Dillet, 31,
of Johnson Terrace was
arraigned on the charges before
Magistrate Marilyn Meeres.
It was alleged that on Friday,
December 8 he wantonly dis-
charged a firearm to the annoy-
ance of police officer D/C 2723
Ferguson. A second charge
alleged that at that time, he resist-
ed arrest by officer Ferguson.
Dillet pleaded not guilty to
the charges and was granted
bail in the sum of $5,000 with
two sureties. The case was
adjourned to March 13,2007.

22-year-old
charged with
possessing
drugs
AN Elizabeth Estates man
has been charged in Magis-
trate's Court with marijuana
and cocaine possession.
It was alleged that on Sun-
day, December 10, 22-year-old
Anwar Johnson was found in
possession of four grams of
marijuana.and two grams of
cocaine.
Johnson, who appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel on
Monday, pleaded not guilty and
was granted bail in the sum of
$5,000 with two sureties.
The case was adjourned to
May 8,2007.


Crisis in hospitals as blood




shortage affects operations


* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Blood donations are desper-
ately needed at both hospitals
in New Providence, it was
revealed yesterday.
Supplies are reportedly so
low that day-to day operations
are beginning to be affected.
At this time of year, when
blood needed most, the hospi-
tals always suffers from a short-
age of blood, Carolyn Scott-
Azikiwe, supervisor in the
blood bank at Princess Mar-
garet's Hospital, said yester-
day.
She explained that during
the Christmas season, when
accidents are more likely to
happen, blood is their most
precious resource. "It's usually
this time of year when people
stop coming in to give, so we


* PRINCESS Margaret Hospital


are very short on blood right
now, and the demand is great
during this time of the year,"


Mrs Scott Azikiwe said.
"It's definitely affecting the
day-to-day operations because


some people who need blood
Swill now have to wait until
blood becomes available. And
hopefully we won't have any
emergencies coming in," she
said. "Thankfully, no one in
critical need of blood, but we
have people who are on the
waiting list."
She explained that usually,
persons only come in to donate
blood for family members or
friends.
"We are in a mode where we
are trying to get away from of
replacement donors, where
people only come in for their
family of friends. But first we
have to educate our public to
do so."
The hospital has contracted a
blood donor recruiter whose
sole job is to develop a plan to
educate the public on the need


to give blood on a volunteer
basis rather than waiting on a
family or friends, the supervi-
sor said.
"We're hoping that a lot of
people will come out and give
blood because we are very
short. If we don't give it then
the people won't get it because
we can't buy it," said hospital
supervisor Mrs Scott-Azikiwe.
"People don't think about it
until it affects them personally,
but we have to get out of that
mode and donate when we
can."

A National Blood Drive
being sponsored by the
Ministry of Health will be
held at the Mall of
Marathon on Saturday
from 10am to 6pnm.


Travel advisory issued after malaria cases in Jamaica


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SA JAPANESE cedar tree stands at the entrance to Cinchona
Gardens in the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. Creating a botanic
garden 5,000 feet up in an isolated, barely accessible area may
seem rather impractical, but Cinchona was originally devised for
the utilitarian purpose of growing cinchona trees, the source of
quinine, an extract used to fight malaria. Cinchona can nly be
grown in tropical highlands.
(AP Photo/Collin Reid)


TRAVELLERS to
Jamaica are being advised to
take added precautionary
measures against mosquito
bites as the island has report-
ed several cases of malaria,
the Ministry of Health
announced yesterday.
The ministry said it was
advised by its counterpart in
Jamaica that there are cases
of malaria in a defined com-
munity in Kingston.
The Bahamas government
has offered its assistance to
control the outbreak.
"The public is reminded
that malaria is transmitted by
the bite of the anopheles
mosquito which feeds from
dusk to dawn. The common
symptoms of malaria include
recurrent bouts of fever chills
body aches pains and
headaches. Malaria is not
transmitted from person to
person," the ministry said.
The ministry said that trav-
ellers to Jamaica are advised
to take added precautionary
measures against mosquito
bites by wearing long sleeve
shirts, pants and socks and


applying insect repellents when
out at night or early mornings.
The Ministry of Health and
the department of public health
further advised that anyone
developing a fever on their
return from Jamaica should
immediately seek medical atten-
tion at their nearest clinic or


health care provider.
The Ministry of Health of the
Bahamas is not recommending
the use of anti-malarial drugs
for travellers to Jamaica. If you
require further information you
are advised to consult your
physician or department of Pub-
lic Health at 502-4728.


New $50 note to be released today


THE Central Bank has
announced that it will release
a new $50 note into circula-
tion today.
It is the third denomination
in the CRISP series of ban-
knotes, which follows the new
$20 introduced in September.
It will be similar to the ear-
lier CRISP notes and incor-
porate the same new security
features.
In addition, it will bear a
denomination-specific water-
mark of Roland T Symonette
and the numeral 50 on the
left, the bank said in a state-
ment.
It said the new $50 will cir-
culate alongside the existing
version until the older notes
are declared unfit for circula-
tion.
"This exercise is quite
important to us, as we contin-
ue to improve the security of
our banknotes by making use
of new technologies and
processes," said Central Bank
governor Wendy Craigg.
As part of its public educa-
tion initiative, the Central
Bank has distributed to banks


0 WENDY Craigg


and other cash handlers, flyers
and posters which describe the
new security features of the
$50 banknote.
"Educating the public about
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US Ship of State hits rough waters


"THE CURRENT approach is not work-
ing, and the ability of the United States to
influence events is diminishing," said Lee
Hamilton, co-chairman of the Iraq Study
Group. "Our ship of state has hit rough
waters." The seafaring metaphor has
become the sine qua non of Iraq discus-
sions. "Stay the course" and "cut and run"
come to mind, the latter referring to the
days when you might cut your anchor chain
in order to save the ship. One is tempted to
call the Baker-Hamilton condemnation of
incompetence and bungling a shot across
the bow of an Iraq policy that is dead in
the water and sinking.
The one lifeline that both the Bush
,administration and the study. group are
clinging to is the concept that training an
Iraqi army can provide enough security for
the United States to withdraw without leav-
ing utter chaos. But the record so far, as
Iraqi president Jalal Talabani said, has been
to "move from failure to failure."
A year ago I visited some of.the Ameri-
can trainers in Iraq. They told me that train-
ing a soldier to stand and fight was the least
of their problems. Harder was getting the
logistics straight so that ammunition could
be brought up in time. soldiers fed, and per-
sonnel paid. But hardest of all, they said.
was something they had no control over:
the Iraqi civilian authorities who would have
to one day take responsibility. For if the
civilian authorities were warring with each
other, if sectarianism prevailed over a uni-
fied national purpose, then all the training in
the world would go for naught. In the end
the United States would be training sol-
diers to fight against each other or, per-
haps, the United States as well.
It may be too late to count on building an
Iraqi army to'defend and hold a unified
Iraq together, and the American presence
itself is a major incentive for insurgency.
Iraqi soldiers fighting in the service of a
puppet government will seem like puppets
even to themselves, and their very associa-
tion with the US occupation limits their
effectiveness. They will be branded as col-
laboratorsin the pay of infidels. I am haunt-:
ed by the remark Iraqi soldiers made to the
Washington Post's Anthony Shadid. We
know we are bad Muslims, they said, but we
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The president says he is disappointed at
the slow progress of success. But there isn't
going to be a success in Iraq, and the job
now is to manage and mitigate failure. The
Iraq Study Group understands that, but
there is little evidence that President Bush
does. He has commissioned other internal
reviews to lessen the impact of the study
group's conclusions. He apparently finds it
difficult to comply with so many distin-
guished, bipartisan Americans and senior
statesmen, several of whom served his
father, who understood what would hap-
pen if we occupied Iraq.
In the greater struggle against Islamic
extremism, the most important of the study
group's recommendations was that the Unit-
ed States appear actively involved in try-
ing to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Reacting against his father's and Bill Clin-
ton's efforts, President Bush removed
America from its role of honest broker in his
very first National Security Council meeting,
Ron Suskind reports in "The One Percent
Solution." Colin Powell warned Bush that
by not trying to limit Israeli violence against
Palestinians he was "reversing 30 years of
US policy." But Bush dismissed this, saying,
"Sometimes a show of force by one side
can really clarify things."
Since then, neither Bush's shows of force
' nor Israel's have clarified much other than
the limits to the use of force.
SAccording to co-chairman James Baker,
virtually everybody the Iraq Study Group
talked to said that the Israel-Palestine issue
was the single most important one stirring
up Muslim resentment around the world,
and that the best way to help moderate
Muslims combat extremism was for the
United States to get involved not neces-
sarily to solve the issue, but to seriously
address it rather than letting it drift in an
angry sea, as Bush has done for six years.
Does President Bush have the flexibility
to change his policies? Or will he be like our
War of 1812 naval hero, James Lawrence,
who was carried off the deck shouting,
"Don't give up the ship" leaving it to
others to deal with the wreckage on the
burning deck.
(This article was written by H.D.S. Green-
way of the Boston Globe c. 2006).


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for the FNM


EDITOR, The Tribune
KINDLY allow me but a
small space in your fine news-
paper so that I may share with
your readers various points
which I believe have consider-
able public interest.
In specific, the focus of my
few words will concern the
next general election and
weighing the chances of the
Free National Movement
(FNM) to unseat the ruling
Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) and in turn recapture
the government of The
Bahamas, which it lost by a
landslide in election 2002. .
Despite the fact that Prime
Minister Perry Christie has yet
to ring the bell for the next
general election, we Bahami-
ans all know that it is, as we
say, just a matter of time, as
the next election will be held
sometime prior to May, 2007.
In the meantime election fever
is building, as candidates jock-
ey for positions and cam-
paigning is moving full speed
ahead. No doubt, once the offi-
cial date of the next general
election has been set by Prime
Minister Christie the dog fight
will really begin, as the two
major parties, the PLP and the
FNM, prepare strategies and
ready their troops for what is
expected to be a hotly contest-
ed election.
Presently, the PLP govern-
ment is showing some serious
signs of cracks and self destruc-
tion, as it has been riddled by
an onslaught of well docu-
mented scandals involving any
number of PLP Cabinet Min-
isters and other high profile
PLP's. In effect, the impact of
these'bandals and controversy
have been rocking the core of
the PLP and would appear to
make it a relatively easy party
to topple.
However, by all accounts
from where I sit, and I am a
true FNM supporter, I do not
believe that the FNM has suf-
ficiently capitalised on the
PLP's blunders and troubles,
having scored but a few politi-
cal points. In fact, the FNM
seems to still be licking its
wounds from its election beat-
ing of 2002. As such, it would
appear to me that the FNM
lacks a plan towards achieving
election success in 2007.
Accordingly, I wish to share
just a few points which I
believe can serve as a road
map for success for the FNM.
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critical if the FNM is to wrestle
the government away from the
PLP, the FNM needs to project
itself as a party which is sensi-
tive to the needs of the small
man, the "grass root" Bahami-
an. That is, from the time the
FNM was established it has
been perceived by the average
Bahamian as a party which has
wealthy backers, in particular,
powerful, rich "White Knight"
business people. In effect, the
FNM is seen as the party which
caters to the 'have's' in our
society and the PLP as the par-
ty which caters to the 'have
nots'. Whether this perception
of the FNM is correct is not
the point, rather the point is,
perception is reality.
.Hence, in order to change
this perception the FNM must
be seen to be showing sensi-
Stivity to the plight of the small
Bahamian by doing things to
help small Bahamians.
One such initiative which
can be undertaken by the
FNM is for it to establish an
Education Foundation. The
FNM Educational Foundation
would target those academi-
cally strong Bahamian students
who attend public school, but
who do not possess the finan-
cial resources to afford a col-
lege education. This Founda-
tion would be formed so as to
reach out and help finance the
education of these students
who comic from low income
families.
No doubt, financing for this
Foundation would come from
supporters of the FNM, many
of whom possess the financial
means to jump-start such a
project; as well as from others
who wish to contribute. Thus,
as a sign of my support for this
programme, I pledge a mean-
ingful contribution, so as to
let's say, put my money where
my mouth is!
Such a Foundation would go
a long way towards improving
the image of the FNM and
would represent more than just
political rhetoric, but rather
something which would bene-
fit all Bahamians, especially
the poor Bahamian.
Another point which I
believe the FNM needs to
address is the format of its ral-
lies. For instance, just a few


weeks ago the FNM held a ral-
ly at the R M Bailey park; this
rally was well attended and
featured a number of speak-
ers. Each of these speakers
touched upon a number of
subjects, rather than concen-
trating on a particular issue,
such as health, education, pub-
lic safety, the economy, etc.
Due to each speaker taking
on so many issues, the impact
of their message was weakened
and lost; rather, I believe
greater effectiveness would
have been accomplished if
each speaker just focused on
a particular issue and that at
the end of the rally, the par-
ty's leader, Hubert Ingraham,
would wrap up by bringing all
of these points together. In
effect, Mr Ingraham would be
the closer, which would make
the rallies more focused, more
organised, more efficient, fea-
turing a specific, systematic
strategy.
The final point which I wish
to make concerns that of the
PLP's National Health Insur-
ance (NHI) scheme, which
today is not only a political hot
potato, but also a bone of con-
tention for Bahamians.
In principle, the NHI is very
appealing and is well intend-
ed, however, it is simply too
expensive at this time for most
Bahamians to bear. That is,
given the exploding cost of liv-
ing in The Bahamas, charac-
terised by excessive electrici-
ty costs, high gasoline prices,
skyrocketing food costs, out-
rageous real estate and housing
costs, etc most Bahamians are
struggling to just survive eco-
nomically. Instead, more
emphasis should be.directed
towards erecting a state of the
art hospital for The Bahamas.
The bottom line is that the
NHI is a tax, which is bound to
increase the economic burden
being faced by Bahamians, ulti-
mately forcing Bahamians to
lose their jobs and to drop out
of existing health insurance
arrangements, as there 'vcald
be little need to carry both ic.6
could most Bahamians afto rc
to carry both. Therefore, it c'
the moral and political duty of
the FNM to explain to the
Bahamian people that this plan
will hurt Bahamians across the
length and breadth of The
Bahamas.
OSWALD
GREENSLADE
Nassau
December 2006


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Sister of

victim is

arrested

THE sister of a Jamaican
victim of the Sea Hauler
tragedy ,a arrested yesterday
in %%hat friends described a' a
reprisal" measure.
Totah Richards was taken
to the Carmichael Road deten-
non centre. where she will be.
proLcessed for possible depor-
tlinon
Her arrest followed com-
ments made on television bM
26-%ear-old Tenneson Leslie.
who lost a leW in the Sea Hailer
collision three %ears ago
MIr Leslie is one of a group
of victims calling for compen-
sation for injuries suffered in
the tragedN
The Sea Hauler, a mailboat.
w.as in collision with another
vessel while en route to the Cat
Island regaitta Four people
died and 25 were injured when
a crane at the stern of the ves-
sel crashed on to the deck
Mr Leslie lost 1 leg and his
Bahamian wife Brunell in the
collision She died in his arms-
as he lay trapped under heay
metal.
Nir Leslie and his friend
Cedric Hart are among victimss
calling tor justice. having suf-
fered hardship since the
tragedy
Victims' spokesman LmncoLn
Bain said last night that Nis
Richards' arrest w as in
response to Mr Leslie's com-
ments on air.
One immigration officer
allegedly told her that her
brother had no status in the
Bahamas and was embarrass-
ing the country.
Mr Leslie, a self-employed
mason, told The Tribune that
he was on a work permit at the
time of the crash. Now that he
has a false right leg, he is
unable to work to full capacity.
He said he had no money to
renew his permit.
Mr Bain said friends were
now buying him a new permit
because attempts were being
made to throw him out of the
country.
Later, he said it was hoped
Ms Richards would be
released.


Campaigner

receives

death threat

7'ON1 of the campaigners
calling for justice for victims
of the Sea Hauler tragedy has
received a death threat.
A low whispering voice left
a message on his cellphone
telling him to "leave it alone."
Mr Lincoln Bain told The
Tribune last night: "They
threatened to take me out.
They said they would destroy
me. I am taking this serious-
ly."
He said he was on his way
to report the matter to CID
and had a recording of the
threat.
Mr Bain and fellow cam-
paigner Clever Duncombe
are calling on the government
to compensate the 25 victims
of the tragedy..
They have accused the gov-
ernment of protecting the
interests of the boat owners
instead of those who received
injuries.
The Sea Hauler was struck
by another vessel on its way
to Cat Island three years
ago.













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CEDRIC HART, who once
worked round-the-clock in four
jobs to support his lfamil. is now a
beggar on the streets of Nassau.
With his crutches b\ his side.
and a hea"y weight in his heart.
he asks shoppers for help in keep-
ing his sL\ children ell-fed 'ith a
root o'er their heads.
It isn't easy. From being a man
who prided himself on his work
ethic and his tureless ability to keep
several jobs going at the same uime.
NIr Hart is now almost w hoill\
dependent on hand-outs
As Christmas approaches, the
dramatic decline in this man's tor-
runes stands out in stark rehef One
fateful nimht aboard the malbeoat
Sea Hauler changed e\eryihnmg
When it set off from Nassau
three years ago bound for the Cal
Island regatta. Nir Hart was one
of the passengers sitting on deck
near the stem.- A jubilant air was
evident as the\ anticipated the fes-
ti ies iocome.
Then. during the hours of dark-
ness, while some were alseep on
deck, the fortunes ot so man\ col-
lapsed dramatically.
From anticipatory joy they were
plunged into pain, despair and mis-
ery as another vessel, the United
Star, crunched into the Sea Hauler
as it headed south.
A crane at the back toppled
from its base, killing four people,
chopping the leg off another,
smashing Mr Hart's spine, and
leaving blood and devastation all
around.
Mr Hart, 34, who took the boat
trip to seek a little respite from his
life of toil, was struck so hard in the
back by falling metal that his spinal
cord was severed.
He was also plunged into a two-
year coma during which his chil-
dren's mother, Dominica, tried
desperately to scratch a living from
a part-time job while struggling to
care for her children.
As if.Mr Hart's injuries were
not bad enough, the crash had
another deeply devastating effect
on the family.
Dominica, pregnant with twins,
was so traumatised by news of his
injuries that she went into prema-
ture labour, giving birth to two tiny
babies who had to be incubated to
stay alive.
One suffered from an under-
developed kidney. The child's ill-
ness has added considerably to Mr
Hart's load.
He told The Tribune: "Before
this tragedy, I worked at four jobs
24 hours a day and grabbed sleep
when I could.
"I was just trying to make a liv-
ing for my family."
With a large family to support,
he always faced an uphill task. But
the slope got steepet when the
United Star crashed into the Sea
Hauler, for he was deprived of the
physical ability to continue working.
With only a derisory $70 a
month in food stamps from the
government to live on, he had no
option but to take to the streets in
the hope that others would show
compassion.
However, he doesn't see that as
a long-term prospect. He wants




FROM page one

to deny them justice.
And he charged Prime Minister
Perry Christie with failing to keep
a promise made at the time of the
tragedy, when he allegedly said
the victims would be compensated
within a year.
"We are looking for a once-
and-for-all payment," said Mr
Hart, "we are looking for justice.
Some of the victims are afraid to
speak out. One woman was
warned by her boss not to speak
out on the matter.
"The Department of Social Ser-
vices threatened to deport Mr
Leslie, even though he was work-
ing legally here right up until the
accident and had a Bahamian
wife."
Some victims have sunk so far
into debt that creditors are now
seeking redress from them
through the, courts.
"One woman could end up in
jail," said Mr Bain, "The credi-
tors are getting justice through
the courts, but the victims are
not."
It was claimed that, although
some victims hired lawyers, noth-
ing had happened. Some attor-
neys had backed off because no
retainers were forthcoming. As
far as the victims are concerned,
their matter is not even before
the courts at the moment. They
are hoping for an out-of-court set-
tlement.
Mr Hart said: "We are asking
the government for help. They
should have pushed the issue for
people to get straight We are ask-
ing for some compensation or
relief."
Mr Duncombe said the gov-


ernment's approach had shown
"blatant disrespect" for poor peo-
ple.


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the goernmnent to lace up to 11S
responsibilities and push for a set-
tlement for ill'. ictinims of the colli-
sion.
So far, he and others feel the
government has treated them
shabbily. lea ing them 1to sutlfer
untold hardship in what to them
appears to be an tion 1to protect
the boat-ow ne r s in olved
\\ i h $3.5i0i owinc to hi4 land-
lord. and an overall los ot I.23S.i:. N.i
in medical bills and other costs.
Mr Ha.irt taces an e\trmelN bleak
future unless a settlement is
reached soon.
He is ot course one of man\.
The aftermath of the Sea Haiuler
crash is littered w ith sad and often
harrowing stories
During his long conma. NMr Hart
was coaxed back to life b\ a tell%
victim a a'o-ear-old Jamaican
called Tenneson Leslie. whose
right leg wa' severed by the falling
crane
Nlr Lelie's ow.n e experiencee
matches MNr Hart's lor undiluted
suffering. Lying trapped under the
metal, his leg cut off above the
knee, he held his Bahamian wife
Brunella in his arms as she died.
"I was gasping for my life," he
said, "Everyone around me had
died. Blood was shooting out of
my leg. I felt I was dying. I was on
blood-drips for days and I couldn't
lift my arms because I was so
weak."
Before the tragedy, Mr Leslie
was a self-employed mason doing
well for himself and his young fam-
ily. "I was making a decent living,"
he said, "but it's different now."
With a false right leg, Mr Leslie
is technically unfit for physical
labour. In, fact, doctors have told
him not to place undue pressure on
what's left of his limb.
But Mr Leslie, with commend-
able courage, works when he can
until the pain gets too much. Then
he has to take a rest. The result is a
pay packet less than half what it
used to be.
During Mr Hart's long battle
back to consciousness, Mr Leslie
used to sit on his bed for hours
and tell him repeatedly that he was
not dead.
Adversity brought them togeth-
er in a real and lasting frieqidship.
"I think he saved my life," said Mr
Hart.
This week, Mr Leslie received a
$100 cheque from the social secu-
rity department the first in three
years, he said. In his efforts to get
justice, he has been threatened
with deportation, even though he
had a work permit right up until
that awful night.
He said he had kept a roof over
his head only by the grace of an
understanding landlord, who is
now owed more than $20,000 in
rent.
The grim stories of the Hart and
Leslie families are almost unbear-
ably poignant.
But so far, according to the men
themselves, they have failed to
move the hearts of the govern-
ment, whose promise of a speedy
settlement has not been kept.
There is also a suggestion that
some lawyers hired early on to rep-
resent victims lost interest when
no retainers were forthcoming.
Hence, a group of traumatised
and severely distressed poor peo-
ple find themselves at the mercy of
a social system which is less than
understanding.
How do they feel about the way
they have been treated? Amid the
disappointment is more than a
smattering of suppressed rage.
They find it hard to believe that
politicians who are supposed to


have the people's interests at beart
can be so callous
To add to their woes, the Sea
Haukler itselIt crucial evidence
should anN court hearing be forth-
coming has now reportedly] been
sold off. w ith rinone of the proceeds
being directed towards those
whose li es w'ere wrecked that
night on the high seas
You would have thought some
of that monev would have come
to the victim'." said Nir Clever
Duncombe. a social campaigner
w ho has now taken up their cause
"This is one of the worst
tragedies to happen in Bahamian
historic The government should
lead the charge mi negotiating com-
pensation It should liie up to its
part of the bargain."
Tomorrow, a group of victims
will meet to discuss their strategy in
tinduiin a wa% toward TheN have
decided that only b\ combining
their efforts will they ct the com-
pensation thev feel the\ deserve
"EverNone on board that boat
must get together," said Mr Dun-
combe. "It's the only way they will
get justice."


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* By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE empowerment of
women is significant but men


must also be encouraged to step
. up to their new roles as part-
ners according to Dr Sandra
Dean Patterson.
Dr Patterson's remarks, come


on the heels of a UNICEF
report that recommends that
eliminating gender discrimina-
tion and empowering women
will have a profound and posi-
tive impact on the survival and
well-being of children.
The report, called the "The
State of the World's Children
2007", states that gender equal-
ity produces the "double divi-
dend" of benefiting both
women and children and is piv-
otal to the health and develop-
ment of families, communities
and nations.
Dr Patterson, who is the
director of the Women's Crisis
Centre, said, "For us in the
Bahamas, where there has been
an increase in the number of
children born out of wedlock
or those born into families.
headed by singles mothers, that
statement is very significant."
However she acknowledged
that in many parts of the world,
women do not have the same
opportunities as their counter-
parts in this country.
This fact, she added, should


* DR Sandra Dean Patterson,
director of the Women's Crisis
Centre

not lead to Bahamian men feel-
ing intimidated.
"They must see the new role
of women as complimentary,"
Dr Patterson said. "We need
men and women to see each
other as partners. The old adage
of the man is in charge cannot
work today where productive
families require that both part-


ners receive sufficient incomes."
The State of the World's
Children 2007 suggests seven
key interventions to enhance
gender equality
Education abolishing
school fees and encouraging
parents and communities to
invest in girls' education
Financing investment to
eliminate gender discrimination
must be integrated into govern-
ment budgets and plans
Legislation property law
and inheritance rights should
ensure a level playing field for
women, alongside measures to
prevent and respond to domes-
tic violence and gender-based
violence
Legislative quotas a
proven method of ensuring
women's participation in poli-
tics
Women empowering
women grassroots women's
movements have been vocal
champions for equality and
empowerment and should be
involved in the early stages of
policy formation so that pro-


grammes are designed with the
needs of women and children
in mind
Engaging men and boys -
educating men and boys, as well
as women and girls, on the ben-
efits of gender equality and joint
decision-making can help nur-
ture more co-operative rela-
tionships.
Improved research and data
- especially on maternal mor-
tality, violence against women,
education, employment, wages,
unpaid work and time use, and
participation in politics
The UN report also found
that women do not always have
an equal say in crucial house-
hold decisions, which can have
negative consequences for chil-
dren, and that women's ability
to control their own lives and
make decisions that affect their
families is closely linked to child
nutrition, health and education.
Dr Patterson suggested that
mothers and fathers are doing a
disservice to young men by
teaching that "the man is in
charge,"


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AFTER eight years, the gov-
ernment is fulfilling its commit-
ment to build a home for the
Eugene Dupuch Law School.
Yesterday a ground breaking
ceremony was held on the
future site on JFK Drive oppo-
site the Ministry of Housing.
The school, which is present-
ly scattered over four different
locations, is in dire need of its
own facilities, as the locations
do not provide adequate space,
Minister of Works Bradley
Roberts said at the ceremony.
Once completed, the school
will be able to accommodate
150 students and faculty and the
site will allow for future expan-
sion.
According to Mr Roberts, the
project is estimated to be fin-
ished in 24 months at a cost of
about $10 million.
The school is named after the
late Eugene Dupubch, an attor-
ney, musician and statesman
who was also an editor of The
Tribune and the creator of the
famed column 'Smokey Joe'.


In September 1998, the
EDLS became the third law
school on the Council of Legal
Education in the Bahamas.
Attorney General Allyson
Maynard-Gibson said Mr
Dupuch was one of the nation's
"great jurists, and luminary".
Over the last eight years, the
school has prepared students to
practice law in the Caribbean
territories and has established
a reputation for excellence, Mrs
Maynard-Gibson noted.
According to Minister
Roberts, the new facility will
comprise of five buildings cov-
ering 43,000 square feet, which
will be constructed around a
central courtyard.
The institution will include a
two story library building, which
will be used for classrooms, a
two story administration build-
inrg, and a single story moot
court designed to replicate a
real court room.
Construction is expected to
begin in March 2007. Tariq
Q'Brien of the Ministry of
Works is the lead designer and
architect.


* FUTURE site for the Eugene Dupuch Law School JFK Drive
(Photo: Tim Clarke)


Bethel welcomes Bahama Rock's


decision to repair damaged homes


EIGHT' MILE ROCK,
: 4 Grand Bahama Energy and
pluNubEnvironmental Minister Dr
Marcus Bethel 'said he is
pleased with the decision by
Bahama Rock to begin repair.
work on homes that may have

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company's blasting at their
Lucayan Harbour facility.
Back in August, the govern-
ment called for a study to be
carried out on the impact of the
blasting at the Queen's High-
way based plant.
That call came after many
residents, particular those in the
Harbour West Subdivision,
complained about the vibrations
from the blasts and damage to
their homes'


Dr Bethel's ministry, which is
responsible for the study, broad-
ened the investigation to include
other environmental concerns.
During a town meeting at the
Bartlett Hill Primary School on
Friday evening, Dr Bethel told
residents that the results of their
investigations are in and will be
presented to the prime minis-
ter and his Cabinet for a final
decision.
During this meeting Walter
Reed, general manager-of


Bahama Rock spoke of the
need to co-exist and be good
neighbours.
He said the company will
begin to carry out repairs to
some of the homes affected in
January of 2007.
He admitted that his compa-
ny's blasting may have caused
some of the damage, but said
they still need to come up with
a formula to determine which
homes were in fact damaged by
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Thousands of supporters
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whose United Workers Par-
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incumbent :n Monday.
Some carried lighted torch-
es, the symbol of the oppo-
sition.
Compton, who came out
of retirement last year to
assume leadership of his par-
ty, was expected to be sworn
in later Tuesday for the sev-
enth time as premier. Con-
cerns about a violent crime
wave dominated the cam-
paign, and Compton
pledged to curb homicides
on the southern Caribbean
island of 165,000.
"We intend to let the
criminals know that there is
no place in St. Lucia for
their activities," he told a
cheering crowd.
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* BRADLEY Roberts on the podium in Inagua speaks to
Prime Minister Perry Christie using the new cable, while
he appears live on ZNS (right). Behind Mr Roberts is a map
showing where the cable runs throughout the Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos and Haiti.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)


MINISTER of Works
Bradley Roberts commissioned
the Bahamas Domestic Fiber
Optic Submarine Cable Net-
work in Inagua, making the first
official telephone call to the
Prime Minister Perry Christie
at a ceremony on Monday.
On August 2,2005, the prime
minister and Mr Roberts, in a
press conference at BTC's
boardroom, announced that
BTC had been given the go
ahead to contract TYCO to
build a fiber optic cable net-
work connecting 14 islands of
.the Bahamas in a "self-healing"
ring topology with a capacity of
10 gigabytes and 200 digital tele-
vision channels.
The islands were New Provi-
dence, Andros, Eleuthera, Exu-
ma, Long Island, Ragged Island,
Inagua, Mayaguana, San Sal-
vador, Rum Cay, Cat Island,
Crooked Island, Abaco, and
Grand Bahama.


Mr Roberts said that phase
one of this project was com-
pleted on time by December
31, 2005 and connected
Inagua to New Providence via
Ragged Island, Long Island,
Exuma and Eleuthera.

Expansion

Phase two began in January
of this year and was completed
by October. This included con-
necting Inagua to New Provi-
dence via Mayaguana, San Sal-
vador, Rum Cay, Crooked
Island, Cat Island, Abaco and
Grand Bahama.
Phase two also included
building a spur from Matthew
Town, Inagua to Port-au-Prince,
Haiti.
The network has allowed
BTC to begin building GSM
and I-Connect services in
Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island,


Ragged Island, Inagua,
Mayaguana, San Salvador, Cat
Island, Crooked Island and
Abaco.
Prior to this, the provision of
these services would have been
impossible.
Mr Roberts said that this new
platform would not only allow
BTC to build out its services
but would allow other govern-
ment agencies like ZNS to
improve its quality of radio and
TV transmission services in
these islands and will also facil-
itate the expansion of the gov-
ernment's data network and the
Royal Bahamas Police Force's
communications network.
"This is in keeping with my
government's philosophy that
every resident should have
equal access to telecommunica-
tions facility so that the resi-
dents are not marginalised
along the telecommunication
line," the minister said.


Mitchell: I'm going to win in Fox Hill.


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOREIGN AFFAIRS Min-
ister Fred Mitchell said he is
confident that the FNM will
again be defeated in hotly con-
tested constituency of Fox Hill.
Mr Mitchell, the incumbent
for the seat, told members of
the media on Monday that his
campaign for the constituency
has been an ongoing one, and
has so far been met with much
success.
"We've had a continuous
campaign, we never stopped
campaigning," he said.
Mr Mitchell took the oppor-
tunity to emphasise that the
campaign is first and foremost
the PLP's campaign.
"I know my opponents are
trying to make this a personal
matter, but I've always said the
jnpiiipin in Foxi Hill i [he Pro-
gre-si\ e Liberal ParY's cam-
paign. iL not Fred Mitchell's
campaign. Although Fred
Mitchell is the candidate, this
is not about Fred Mitchell, its
about re-electing the Progres-
sive Liberal Party to the gov-
ernment," he said.
Mr Mitchell said that "con-
siderable work" has been done
by himself and his party in the
constituency throughout his
tenure as the MP for the area.
"I have a good relationship
with my constituents and the
opponents will get the votes
they got the last time and they
will be defeated this time," he
said.
Meanwhile FNM Fox Hill
constituency hopeful Dr Jacinta
Higgs said that she intends to
run for the seat in the next gen-
eral election because she feels
obliged to improve Fox Hill's
financial condition.
Although she is a nominee to


contest the seat in the next gen-
eral election, Dr Higgs has not


yet been ratified by the party.
Dr Higgs describes herself as


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the core," who is a proud prod-


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An FNM government would
have handled the Royal Oasis
situation differently with better
results, according to party
leader Hubert Ingraham.
Mr Ingraham said that emis-
saries would have be sent to
New York to talk with the prin-
cipals, who would have come
to the Bahamas and met with
the prime minister personally.
He said that at the meeting,
the overwhelming public inter-
est in the undertaking of repairs
and or sale of the property
would have been brought to
their attention.
"Failing positive action on their


part within a reasonable delivery
period, they would have been
advised that government agen-
cies to whom the property was
indebted would move to have the
owning company/companies
wound-up, a liquidator appointed
with a mandate to dispose of the
property to pay outstanding
debts," Mr Ingraham said.
He said had this been done,
the Royal Oasis would have
been sold a long time ago.
Mr Ingraham said the FNM is
ready to do what is necessary
to put Grand Bahama back on
its feet and moving forward "to
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policies for Grand Bahama



level of unemployment


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT FNM Leader
Hubert Ingraham blamed the
PLP's policies for the unem-
ployment and economic turmoil
in Grand Bahama.
"PLP policies are not creating
jobs for Grand Bahama; PLP
policies have made a mess of
Grand Bahama's economy," Mr
Ingraham said..
Speaking at an FNM rally on
Friday, Mr Ingraham told a
large gathering of supporters at
the Sunrise Shopping Centre,
that it is time to fire the PLP.
FNM party supporters par-
ticipated in a massive motor-
cade throughout the streets of
Freeport before assembling at
the shopping centre around
8am, where the six FNM can-
didates for Grand Bahama were
officially revealed to the pub-
lic.


Mr Ingraham said that the
FNM is the better choice for
Grand Bahama.
"We have settled and agreed
upon the candidates we will run
in the next election.
"Here in Grand Bahama you
saw our six candidates for your
six seats Ken Russell, High
Rock; Neko Grant, Lucaya;
Kwasi Thompson, Pineridge;
Zhivargo Laing, Marco City;
Vernae Grant, Eight Mile
Rock; and David Wallace, West
End and Bimini.
"After the Christmas season
we'll announce others from
time to time," he said.
Mr Ingraham noted that
underemployment in Grand
Bahama is rampant and that the
two and three-day employment
syndrome reminiscent of pre-
1992 days has returned.
"That is how it was the last
time the PLP was in office," he
said.


The FNM leader also pointed
out that after two and half
years, the closed Royal Oasis
Resort is still not yet sold.
Mr Ingraham said that a
number of announcements have
been made about the impend-
ing sale of the hotel, but still no
sale is in sight before the end
of the year.
"The prime minister
announced that an extension
had been agreed on the pur-
chase agreement which would
keep the principals involved in
negotiations through to the end
of December. Then we were
told that the sale will take place
next week December 12.
"Today, however, the
Freeport News reports the sale
won't take place on December
12. Why won't the people stop
talking? Why won't they do
something!" he asked.
Mr Ingraham said the gov-
ernment is clueless about how


to get jobs rolling again in
Freeport and Grand Bahama.
He accused them of resort-
ing to the "statistics game" by
stating that unemployment in
Grand Bahama is down to 8.4
per cent this year but the
number of discouraged work-
ers had risen to 28 per cent.
"These are the people who
have simply stopped looking for
a job. They know there ain't
any!" he said.
"Month after month we are
treated to a litany of the new
investments reportedly in-train.
"Some of you might remem-
ber an old advertisement from a
fast food hamburger chain dur-
ing the 1980s. The catch line
was "where's. the beef?"
"We gotta ask Mr Christie,
with all these announcements
of billions of dollars of invest-
ments, where's the beef; where
are the jobs?"


FNM candidate: PLP MPs' behaviour 'disgraceful'


MBy DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Lawyer Kwasi
Thompson, the FNM candidate
for Pineridge, said the PLP has
lost the confidence and trust of
Bahamians and investors
because of the "disgraceful"
conduct of its MPs over the past
five years.
Mr Thompson pointed to the
Keod Smith and Kenyatta Gib-
son brawl as an example of the
manner in which PLP members
have conducted themselves.
He went on to give a list of
disappointing incidents, includ-
ing the million-dollar bleacher
rental scandal; the Anna Nicole
"disgrace", the school repair
shambles and the Sidney Stubbs
bankruptcy issue.
Mr Thompson also criticised
the PLP for the state of Grand
Bahama's judicial system.


He said that not one single
criminal trial proceeded in the
Supreme Court in Freeport dur-
ing the final session this year.
"A lot has been said about
the justice system in Freeport. I
have been practising law in
Freeport for almost 10 years.
How can the Freeport econo-
my thrive when this adminis-
tration cannot get our judicial
system correct?"
"A lot has been said about
Justice John Lyons but here is
what the PLP does not want
you to know. The attorney gen-
eral requested this judge to
come to Freeport to deal with
the serious criminal cases in
Freeport for the final session
this year, but.not one case was
properly prepared by this attor-
ney general's office," he said.
"These are the indisputable
facts. ,. And they talking about
swift justice talking fool is a


* KWASI Thompson


very serious thing," Mr Thomp-
son said.
The young lawyer said that
the Supreme Court in Freeport
was built under the. FNM and
designed to have tvo judges.-,


The FNM, he said, also
moved the Attorney General's
Office in Freeport and put a
lawyer in that office. The PLP
has failed to do the same, he
said.
As the FNM candidate for
Pineridge, Mr Thompson said
he will be a representative who
is concerned about the con-
stituents and one who actual-
ly speaks in parliament.
"I have spent the past few
months walking and talking
with you. I have sat in your liv-
ing rooms and on your porches.
"Pineridge, I have heard your
cry and we will deliver better
for you. I have heard the cry
for more youth programmes,
and better infrastructure."
Mr Thompson said the FNM
plans to deliver a Youth
Employment Strategy (YES
Programme) to assist young
people with employment.,


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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2006, PAGE 9


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT FNM Leader
Hubert Ingraham reaffirmed his
party's support for national
health insurance in the
Bahamas, but says that the NHI
scheme proposed by the PLP
government is flawed and
doomed to failure.
The lack of attention to detail
and proper calculations in the
scheme, he said, prove that the
government was never really
serious about NHI, and only
interested in selling the promise
of it to the electorate.
"'Their plan has been
exposed. They never intended
for this bill to be passed into
law and to enter into effect pri-
or to the elections," Mr Ingra-
ham said at a mass FNM rally in
Freeport on Friday.
"Notwithstanding their cam-
paign promise to introduce a
national health insurance
scheme, it has taken them near-


* HUBERT Ingraham


ly five years to bring a bill to
parliament, not a national
health plan, just a Bill," he said.
Mr Ingraham noted that even
though the PLP has had the
report of their own Blue Rib-
bon Commission for almost
three years now, the bill was
brought to parliament at a late
date and without the necessary
regulations.
He said that the government
had not even prepared a pre-


liminary draft form for infor-
mation, and none is in circula-
tion.
"The national health insur-
ance scheme can't come into
effect without regulations, and
Alfred Sears let the cat out of
the bag in parliament. He said
that the national health insur-
ance scheme, the scheme that
the prime minister says is urgent
because "Bahamians, are
dying", that scheme won't be
ready to come into effect for
another year read after the
elections!"
Mr Ingraham recalled that
when Perry Christie was minis-
ter of health for five years in a
previous government, he never
spoke of the need for national
health insurance.
"I was minister for only three
months in that same govern-
ment when I first said that the
government had to embark
upon a path leading to national
health insurance for all."
The PLP government, he


said, resents those who have
studied the numbers arid attacks
those who question their calcu-
lations or miscalculations -
that demonstrate the pitfalls
that are likely to doom the
scheme if it is brought into
effect as proposed.
Mr Ingraham points out that
the lack of attention given to
the details of this programme
is evident in the pamphlet on
the scheme produced by the
government.
In the pamphlet, Mr Ingra-
ham noted, it is revealed that
more than 6,000 pensioners
receiving between $205 and
$230 in benefits will be required
to pay $30 per month, but
employed persons earning $800


per month will pay only $21.
"Clearly, someone didn't look
at the fine print. That someone
is the prime minister who was
only interested in selling the
promise of NHI to the elec-
torate in advance of elections
next year.
"We also know now exactly
what they think of pensioners,
and civil servants and children -
all now entitled to free health
care under the law, and all
whom this governing party pro-
poses to charge for health care
in the future."
Mr Ingraham said the FNM
agrees that the Bahamas
needs some form of national
health insurance and will seek
to fix "the mess" when it is


returned to office.
"We will convene a meeting
with all stakeholders the pri-
vately insured, the uninsured,
and the private and public med-
ical sectors so as to achieve a
consensus on the best and most
effective means of providing
health insurance for all.
"And, we commit to intro-
ducing a universal health insuf-
ance scheme that will take into
account the needs of the people
and provide for an appropriate
role for the private sector and
for providers of private health
insurance.
Mr Ingraham added that NHI
will come into effect under the
FNM; because the PLP won't
be in office next year.


Andros candidate: Peet has neglected us


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Shandrice
Woodside-Rolle, the candidate
for Andros and the Berry
Islands, said the PLP govern-
ment its MP Vincent Peet have
neglected the needs of the peo-
ple of Andros and the Berry
Islands.
She claims that there are
inadequacies at schools, health-
care institutions and other gov-
ernment facilities.
Mrs Rolle, who was speaking
at the FNM rally last week in
Freeport, said students at Lowe
Sound Primary school sit in
trailers for classrooms.
The residents of Red Bays,
she said, sometimes see a doctor
once a month.
According to Mrs Rolle, dia-
betic and hypertensive patients
have to send to Nassau for their
medication.


She also noted that in
Andros, immigration and cus-
tom officers are still working
out of trailers.
In the Berry Islands, Mrs
Rolle said, "it can't be right"
that residents are still banking
at the post office.
She said of the current MP
Mr Peet:
"For him this is his political
judgment day. He is about to
be called upon to give an
account for his many unre-
deemed promises. He is about
to be called upon to give an
account for his mediocre rep-
resentation."
She said that although Mr
Peet is trying his best to cling on
to his political life, "kicking and
screaming" while he self
destructs.
"My message to you Mr Peet
is you are now a broken com-
modity and we in North Andros
and the Berry Islands are not


in the business of patching up
broken commodities. We are
not in the business of rewarding
mediocre representation.
"I stand before you as one
who is willing to go forth and be
the voice of my people, I stand
as one who will go forth and
agitate for the needs of my peo-
ple, because for too long we
have delivered, we have sent
many, but few have came back.
Mrs Rolle said she also
empathises with Grand
Bahamians. She warned resi-
dents of that island not to be
fooled by the "sweet talks" of
the PLP government about of
billions of dollars of invest-
ments.
"Grand Bahama, we to have
had four and a half years to
reflect upon the many promises
made by this PLP government
and the only thing I can say for
their record is 'so sad, not
done'," she said. u. J


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A broad view of national health


W ITH ALL the fuss-
W ing and fighting
about government's proposed
national health scheme, we
thought a four-dimensional per-
spective might be useful.
Our existing social security
system was created in 1974,
when earlier welfare measures
- like workman's compensation
and old age pensions were
pulled together under a new
scheme called National Insur-
S ance.
*4Similar programmes had been
introduced by Jamaica in 1966,
-- Barbados in 1967, Guyana in


1969 and Trinidad in 1971. And
they trace back to the post-war
social consensus in Britain,
when politicians from all par-
ties in "the mother country"
began building a cradle to grave
welfare state.
The centrepiece of the British
consensus in the late 1940s was a
state-run system of social secu-
rity funded by payroll taxes,
together with a national health
service funded by general tax
revenues.
Currently, the British NHS
spends about $200 billion a year,
and ended 2005 a billion dollars
in the red. Although it retains


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Mr. Ralph McHardy; grandchildren,
Tameco, Omar, Ryan and Reanna
McHardy, Shanto and Latoya Simons; 1
great grand-son, Michael Antonio
McHardy; 1 brother, Mr. Valentine
Grimes; 5 sisters, Mrs. Maria McKenzie,
Mrs. Yvonne Isaacs, Virginia Idah,
Rebecca Grimes and Cassandra Grimes;
1 brother-in-law, Oswald Isaacs; 1 sister-
in-law, Josephine Simons, numerous
nieces and nephews and a host of other
relatives and friends including, Veronica
Mycklewhyte.


Friends may pay their last respects at
Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street,
from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday
and on Thursday at the church from 9:45
a.m. until service time.


wide support, successive gov-
ernments have tried to inject
more choice and competition in
an effort to improve patient care
and efficiency. In fact, more and
more medical services are being
outsourced to the growing pri-
vate health sector.
Like the Bahamas, former
British territories in the
Caribbean relied on general tax
revenues to pay for their public.
health systems. But spiralling
costs and rising demand led to a
search for new sources of fund-
ing. In 1997 Jamaica rejected a
government proposal for a'.
social health insurance scheme
like the one we are introducing,,
opting instead for a more limit-
ed National Health Fund which
was set up in 2003.
This fund supports health
education, subsidies prescrip-
tion drugs and he lps finance pn-
mary care infrastructure. It is
funded by an excise tax on
tobacco, a 1 per cent payroll
deduction, and a contribution
from the public treasury. Stanley
Lalta, the consultant who has
been working on our national
health plan, was an economist
in the Jamaican planning
process, so he is helping to,
implement here \liait his own
country wouldn't agree to.

meanwhile, Trinidad is
in'the midst of a,.
major reform of ts publhtic health,
sector that ihnolhcs decentiali-
sation of medical sern ices and a
conversion of the Ministry ofit
Health into a planning and reg-
ulatory agency. A pilot national
health insurance schcni m is :daso
being phased in. Poseriv-stick-
en Guyana cannot afford a
national health insurance
scheme, and Barbados offers
public healthcare along ithe lines
we are familiar with, here, but,
funded b\ income taxes, .
That's ho\s things shape up
recionall Not\ let's take j look
at the local cone'
First, there is no lue.si'"n hal


many desirable social advances
were made after the Progressive
Liberal Party came to power in
1967, and credit should be given
where it.is due.
Until the mid-20th century
the Bahamas was a backward
and insecure society. According
to historians Michael Craton
and Gail Saunders, most
Bahamians were "economical-
lh hopeless.' lacking adequate
social servicee and education,
and subject to a "white creole


No consultant
or government
has the magic
bullet that can
produce a
perfect and
reasonably
sustainable
health system


agro-commercial oligarchy rein-
forced by racial prejudices."
Most readers should be able to
translate that.
Of course, there were miti-
gating factors. Our tiny, scat-
tered population and relatively
remote location on the fringe of
the British Empire had few
resources on which to draw
upon. And the country did not
take off economically until well
after the Second World War
\\b cn air travel, tourism and off-
sihoire finance began to play a
role. Political and social
advances soon followed.
SProdded by the International
Labour Organisation, the
Bahamian government decided
on a national insurance scheme,
in I N \1 partite committee
\\s appoiinLd to make recom-
inendaiioins, and legislation was
pJ ~J in i1972.


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Notice
NOTICE is hereby give that LONA HONORA 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 should 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,
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The benefits included sick
pay, maternity leave, disability
payments and pensions. Unem-
ployment benefits and health
coverage were deferred until the
scheme could be "consolidated
on a firm foundation."

A s with any big change,
there was opposition
to National Insurance from
employers, unions and politi-
cians. Some critics were opposed
to taking money out of people's
pay packets, others didn't trust
the government to manage the
programme, and.still others
were concerned about the lack
of information and consultation.
Sound familiar?
When the Bill was presented
to parliament, the opposition
Free National Movement want-
ed to send it to committee for
further consideration: "This Bill
has far-reaching ramifications,"
said FNM parliamentarian Dr
Elwood Donaldson, "and if the
government and opposition
could sit down together we
could decide how to deal with
it."
Opposition leader Cecil Wal-
lace-Whitfield complained that
the Bill did not present the costs
of the scheme and although the
FNM had no quarrel in princi-
ple, the details should have been
available for informed decision-
making. As is the case today,
the all-important.detailed reg-
ulations that govern the system
were nowhere in sight when the
National Insurance Bill was
being debated.
"If anyone is stalling it is the
government because they are
not yet ready to implement a
national insurance scheme," he
added. "What you have chosen
to do is to keep absolutely secret,
what your intentions are."

A nd he was right. It
took another two
years before National Insurance
was implemented in 1974 at a
time when the Bahamas was
reeling from the effects of a
global economic recession
sparked by the 1973 Arab oil
embargo. The embargo had a
pronounced effect on travel and
emplo% ment. .and produced
years of hyper inflation. Condi-
'tions that may be difficult to
recall today.
FNM spokesman Arthur
Foulkes said NIB had come at
the worst possible time: "Work-
ers can't stand the deductions and
many businesses will not be able
to absorb them in a depressed
economy without cutbacks."
But the government obvious-
ly considered a big social enti-
tlement programme to be polit-
ically advantageous. And
National Insurance was intro-
duced relatively painlessly, with
little impact on the private insur-
ance sector, as some had been
suggesting. The government
focused on the potential impact
of the NIB fund in terms of the
accumulation of capital, which
led to further criticism that also
proved correct.
In 1974, the FNM charged
that income from NIB would be
available to "squander and
waste...becausethe government
is broke and they are looking
for the money to bail them out.
Make no mistake, this national
insurance is as sure a method of
taxation as any other."
And that is exactly what hap-
pened. In 1990, opposition
leader Hubert Ingraham (who
had been in charge of national
insurance before he was fired
from the cabinet in 1984 for
speaking out against corruption)
told parliament that the gov-
ernment had borrowed all the
National Insurance pension fund
and was dipping into the med-
ical benefits fund, without prop-
er authority.
At the time, NIB chairman


Kendal Nottage (who was found
by the 1984 Commission of
Inquiry to have fronted for a
mafia figure, "whether he
realized it or not") was touting
the fact that the National insur-
ance fund totalled almost half a
billion dollars.

Turns out that, on the
basis of a simple "let-
ter of comfort" from the prime
minister, NIB had given $6 mil-
lion to Bahamasair, a state enti-
ty that has been effectively
bankrupt since inception. And
more than $200 million was dis-
bursed to other state corpora-
tions on secret terms which nev-
er come before parliament.
Readers will have to make their
own call as to whether this could
be considered prudent invest-
ing.
That brings us more or less
up to date. In the mid-1990s
NIB outgo actually exceeded
income for a time. And in 2001,
reserves of $1.1 billion were said
to be significantly less than "the
present value of total benefits
earned by contributors", accord-
ing to actuarial studies. The
experts projected a deficit of
$3.4 billion over the next 60
years, with the fund going bank-
rupt as early as 2034.
"Under all reasonable sce-
narios," the actuaries said,
"depletion of reserves is expect-
ed within 35 years unless
reforms are made (and) the con-
tribution rate in the future will
have to be much higher than the
present average combined rate
of 8.4 per cent if NIB is to meet
its commitments to future pen-
sioners." Critics are making sim-
ilar projections for national
health insurance today.

0Other recommenda-
tions to save NIB
included raising the insurable
wage ceiling annually, restricting
terms, improving investment
decisions, cutting administrative
costs, increasing compliance,and
raising the retirement age. In
2005, NIB income was $136 mil-
lion with outgo of $117.6 mil-
lion and reserves of $1.3 billion.
Administrative costs were over
20 per; cent, mostly going to
some 430 employees.
The Social Security Reform
Commission reiterated these
and other suggestions in its
report to Cabinet in 2005. But
the government decided to focus
on introducing another major
entitlement programme before
its first term in office comes to a
close by the middle of next year.
This will be an even more cost-
ly scheme that carries a lot of
teeth since it will radically
change the way our healthcare
system operates.
Although the commission on
national health insurance solicit-
ed information from a variety of
sources over its two-year term,
critics say there has been a decid-
ed lack of "genuine consultation"
and point to a number of disas-
ters waiting to happen as a result.
This is something which the gov-
ernment now says it wants to cor-
rect after passing the NIH Bill
in parliament and insulting all
who have expressed concerns on
this vital issue.
What is clear is that no con-
sultant or government has the
magic bullet that can produce a
perfect and reasonably sustain-
able health system. We should
be learning the lessons of other
countries and sectors, building
on the best ideas and avoiding
the worst. Making healthcare
work will require transparency
and the full co-operation of gov-
ernment, private industry and
consumers.
What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-
bunemedia.net. Or visit
www.bahamapundit.com


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name to RICARDO MAYOR MCPHEE. If there are
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to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalizationas a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 13TH day of DECEMBER, 2006 to the Minister
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Bahamians guilty


of drug crimes in


US no longer have


to be deported


FROM page one

Figures released by US
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement for the fiscal
year from October, 2005 to
October, 2006 fiscal year show
that more than 5000 immi-
grants were deported to the
Caribbean with 40 deport-
ed to the Bahamas during that
time.
The report by US Immi-
gration and Customs showed
that the majority of the depor-
tees had criminal convictions.
In an earlier interview with
The Tribune, assistant super-
intendent Christopher Rah-
ming, head of the new
Tourism patrol unit. said that
"any person w ho has been
deported hack to the Bahamas
is a threat to our safety
because of the type of crimes



Rose Island

FROM page one

100 hotel transactions over
the past 20 years, includ-
ing seven Ritz-Carlton pro-
jects, said that the project
will provide significant
employment opportunities
for Bahamians. He
thanked the government
of the Bahamas for its
work in bringing the vision
of the resort to fruition.
"We were very drawn to
this project as I mention
again by everything that is
happening here in the
Bahamas. With Ritz-Carl-
ton we are one of their
largest owners, and we
have a great partnership.
and their excitement could
not be contained for how
they felt about Rose
Island." he said.
Mr Alibhai noted that
the Rose Island Ritz-Carl-
ion resort will be the
largest project that Gen-
corn and Ritz-Carlion have
attempted to date.
"Ultimately with esery-
thing that has been done
around here. with the
expansion of the airport.
the Cable Beach project,
the redevelopment of
downtown, one can only
visualize how significant
Nassau. and the Bahamas
on the world map
becomes." he said.
Mr Christie, obviously
pleased by the project. said
that Gencom wifl be work-
ing hand in hand with
Kerzner International to
ensure that there is no
duplication of what
Atlantis offers and that of
the Ritz-Carlton. This way,
as MNIr Alibhai said, both
resorts can feed off each
others strengths to contin-
ue to develop the Bahamas
as a major player in the
hospitality industry.
At the peak of construc-
tion. 9)00 jobs will be creat-
ed, and when completed
the resort is expected to
create some 800 perma-
nent jobs, Mr Christie
explained. Before ending
the press conference, Mr
Christie used a light
moment to twist Mr Alib-
hai's arm to
contribute/sponser one or
two Junkanoo groups for
the upcoming annual festi-
val the Music Makers
and the Prodigal Sons.
"Atlantis does Roots,
Shell does the Saxons,
Bahamar is the Valley
Boys, Albany has taken on
One Family, so now as
Minister of Culture you
can appreciate that I'd use
this occasion publicly to
indicate that anything I ask
for-privately is all based on
the fact that one of the best
ways to introduce yourself
to the country is by making
a contribution to the cul-
tural development. And
Christmas is right around
the corner and those two
groups have told me that
they are broke," Mr
Christie said to much
laughter from those
attending.


they get into in the United
States."
"It has nothing to do with
race or nationality, but more
to do with whether or not if
they have a criminal intent
and that is what we have to
watch." he said.
Speaking as guest on Island
FM's Parliament Street last
year. Chief Supt Christopher
McCoy, head of the uni-
formed branch, said that
police have been challenged
by a significant number of
criminal deportees who have
returned to the Bahamas with
new criminal knowledge.
Mr McCoy said officers have
been forced to make adjust-
ments to their policing, due to
young men who have either
grown up outside the country
or have been imprisoned
abroad, where they have
picked up the latest in criminal
activity which they continue
on their return.
The problem of criminal
deportees and their impact on
crime in the Caribbean region
has been also been a subject of
discussion at several CARI-
COM meetings.
US Secretary of State Con-
doleezza Rice, during her vis-
it to the Bahamas in March,
said that although the US is
of the view that the deportees
are not necessarily responsi-
ble for the rise in crime that
has been experienced in
Caribbean countries, her gov-
ernment was "open to con-
versation" and awaiting a
report by CARICOM on the
matter.
Assistant commissioner of
police Reginald Ferguson,
officer in-charge of crime, said
yesterday that he does not
believe that this ruling will
have any great impact on the
level of crime in the Bahamas.
He pointed out that Bahamri-
ans who commit drug crimes
in the US still hold Bahamian
citizenship and are free to
return to the Bahamas at any
time they wish.
However, he said. the police
are thankful for any action
that could lead to some
decrease in criminal activity
in the Bahamas.
The highest court in the US
last week ruled that while the
drug crime may be a felony in
the state where it is prosecut-
ed, it is only a misdemeanor
under the broader federal law.
Therefore, the US Supreme
Court said that non-citizens
cannot be subjected to manda-
tory deportation under immi-
gration law after serving
prison terms for a drug
crime.


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*LOANiEWS


Officers

'swoop on

mourners'
FROM page one
lan-Bahamians and Haitian
nationals gathered outside.
This, a Haitian source
told The Tribune last night,
was a custorh among immi-
grants. '"It is a sign of
respect," she said, "espe-
cially for someone as popu-
lar as Gepson."
However, the officers
then reportedly arrived and
arrested several alleged ille-
gal immigrants. They were
taken away for questioning.
' Angry Haitians last night
accused the government of
a lack of respect.
One Haitian woman said:
'Uf.they think they are get-
timg the Haitian vote, they
must be crazy. They should-
n't treat people like that.
We are in a rage."
Gepson Auguste was
described as a "very popu-
lar" man and everyone who
Knew him wanted to pay
their respects by being
t re outside his home, she
When the officers arrived,
try showed no regard for
the solemnity of the occa-
sion, it was alleged.
4f it is confirmed that the
minigration department
was behind the raid, this
wI be the latest of a grow-
in number of complaints
alaut methods used sinIce
tastart of Mr Shane Gib-
soil's tenure as minister.
i3E September, the Grand
Bdfiama Human.Rights
Association called on the
dSartment to stop what it
detribed as "over-zealous"
apprehensions.
A number of individuals
from a diverse set of back-
grounds including
Haitians and English immi-
grants have been in con-
tact with The Tribune alleg-
ing that they have been
dealt with by immigration
officers who acted in an
unnecessarily forceful and
threatening manner.
Attempts to reach the
director, deputy director or
assistant director at the
department of immigration
for comment yesterday
went unanswered.


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The tale of the two women
Sis already working up a head
of steam and could turn into
the latest major embarrass-
ment for Prime Minister Per-
Sry Christie and his ministers.
SThe government is already
: reeling under a string of scan-
dals. But observers believe
this one could eclipse the lot.
It is claimed the "oppor-
tunistic" women ingratiated
themselves with senior figures
in a bid to stay in the
Bahamas.
They were granted status
although they had operated a


er women allegedly


eked for residency
business without proper bune: "This is a matter that will
authority, it was claimed, doubtless be raised on the floor
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Investor plans computer centre,




BTC wireless Internet link-ups


V By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The investor behind a
multi-million dollar
manufacturing plant for
Freeport yesterday told
The Tribune he planned
to become even more deeply involved,
in the Bahamian economy, helping
to establish a computer centre on
Grand Bahama and roll-out wireless
broadband Internet across the coun-
try in partnership with the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC).
Jasper Knabb, president and chief
executive of Pegasus Wireless, said
the company had just signed a lease
for its 20,000 square foot manufac-
* -turing plant, which will be located
"one or two streets back" off the
*., Queen's Highway.


He added that Pegasus was "ahead
of schedule" on its plans for the facil-
ity, which will manufacture h variety
of high-technology wireless products
for distribution to the US and West-
ern Hemisphere markets. It is sched-
uled to open on February 1,2007.
Apart from Pegasus' manufacturing
plans, Mr Knabb said he would use
the 51 per cent majority stake the
company controlled in AMAX, a
computer distributor, to help establish
"a bigcomputer'centre" on Grand
Bahama.
He,added that this facility would
enable Bahamian businesses and con-
sumers to purchase computer hard-
ware at prices and quality similar to
those found in the US.
Mr Kriabb said he was also seeking
to "bring in computer networking,
technical and network support", say-
ing these services would enable busi-


nesses in the Bahamas to grow.
He added that he had already
"talked to a couple of people inter-
ested in running" a Bahamas-based
computer networking, and network
support, operation.
Among the products that Pegasus
Wireless plans to manufacture in
Grand Bahama are Cynalynx, the
company's video streaming technolo-
gy. This effectively cuts out the need
for a monitor cable, working with a
wireless monitor. ;
Other products Mr Knabb hopes
to build at the planned Grand
Bahama plant are wireless access
points, wireless bridging technology,
wireless cards for computers, and out-
door units that can be used at home
via computer tie-ins. Pegasus also
does contract manufacturing for
Motorola.
He told The Tribune that Pegasus's


wireless products would be a good fit
to work in partnership with BTC to
put in place a nationwide computer
inifrastucture and wireless, platform.
."BTC will put the access points on
their cellular towers, and tlen c will
be able to sell broadband wireless
Internet access via their towers," Mr
Knabb said.
Pegasus Wireless lih taken some
hits in recent times, having deli led
from the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in
the US at the end pf October and
gone on to the over-the-counter mar-
ket.
At the time, Mr Knabb said the
decision to delist from the Nasdaq
was designed to eliminate \olariliio
in the trading of Pegasus' stock.
resulting in price reductions and high
trading volumes.
Pegasus was also the subject of a
class action lawsuit filed in early


November by Kahn Gauthier Swick
(KGS), purportedly on behalf of the
company's shareholders. The lawsuit
emeiCeed after several articles had
aippeai ed on investing website, the
MotleN Fool, criticising the company
and its management.
Mr Knabb and Pegasus have denied
all the, allegations, and he yesterday
hinted that the MotleN Fool articles
and class action lawsuit were "no
coincidence" ,
He indicated that Pegasus' stock
had been targeted for short-selling, a
high-risk technique where investors
boirow stock and sell it, hoping to
huN it back later at a lower price, thus
pocketing the difference between the
' two. -
It can be, a highIly, risky strategy, for

SEE page 2B1


Investor signs lease for 20,000 square foot production plant


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE company behind a pro-,
.posed multi-nillion dollar man-
ufacturing plant in Freeport yes-
terday told The Tribune it had
-!signed a lease for a 20,1,U10
:square-foot facility, having
'.pent $250,000 on Grand
- Bahama to finance sta t-up
costs in the last two weeks.
Jasper Knabb, Pegasus presi-
dent and chief executive, said
the company was "looking at
opening right on February 1,
'when I anticipated. Everything's
fallen right into place on the
building".
Pegasus had initially been
looking atthe old Home Centre
building on Peel Street, or a
vacant 10-acre site off the
Queen's Highway,. for its plant
facility.
Several sources previously


suggested that Pegasus would
struggle to achieve its target
dates of beginning light assem-
bly by February 1, 2007, with
fully automated manufacturing
and production beginning via
its SMT assembly lines in March
and April, if these were the
locations it was targeting.
However, Mr Knabb yester-
doi\ s;id thle Loimpany was .
. hand ot schedule', on its
Giand Bahama plans, having
located a suitable "brand new
building" just off the Queen's
Highway.
He added that he "jumped
on f'it", working with his attorney
Pleasant Bridgewater, who is
also the P'LP MP for Marco
City. "I think everybody's sur-
prised at the pace I'm moving
at," Mr Knabb said.
The facility will start off with
assembly work, moving to full
production and manufacturing


by April 207.,
The Grand Bahama plant will
enable Pegasus to ship its wire-
less products to the US and
Western Hemisphere markets
much quicker than ifit had to
ship product from its Taiwanese
and Asian plants.
Mr Knabb said it would take
Pegasus one day to ship prod-
ucts to the US from Freeport,_
whereas'it would take one
month from Asia,
"It cuts my delivery turn-
around time by a month. That's
enormous," Mr Knabb said.
The company was working with
Federal Express (FedEx) to
develop an overnight shipping
service for its Grand Bahama-
manufactured product.,
He added that the high
demand for Pegasus products
in Asia meant that they fre-
quently sold out, making ship-
ping to the US extra difficult,


and creating a futhlIei need for
the Freeport facility.
And if problems developed
at the Asian manufacturing
facilities, Pegasus, being a US-
headquartered company, was in
a different timezone, nieaning
there was a 12-hour lag before it
could respond.
Mr Knabb said he had ini-
iall% b1, n 1looling toul> ; abli-h .1-
mtnifIi ctu ifii. tl.,cilit( fri 'lMle'-
"CO. hut hic -11b.i tnii [01 \i%,1' ui nCd
towards Grand Bahama after a
chance meeting with Prime
Minister Perry Christie, a.nd
minister of tourism, Obie
Wilchcombe, at Sir Lynden Piri-
dling International Airport in
Nassau.
They persuaded him that
Freeport would be a better loca-
tion for his operations, given its
standing as the industrial capital
of the Bahamas. In, addition,
PtFreeport offers extra tax.incen-


tives through the Hawkshill
Creek Agreement, and pro% ides
transhipment facilities through
the Freeport Container Port,
Harboui Cumpanv and airport.
Mr Knabb admitted to The
Tribune that -one area of con-
cern was where we would pull
the employees from, but we've
figured that out".
H : idddJ ilit Pegasus had
-rust lurIed te l-ri p.If rn inaigeti for
i'.s F[Lipi i facility, and
planned to send him to Europe
tor a month's training on the
"brand new" SMT assembly
lines the company will emp1oN
in Grand Bahama.
"We're finding the talent
here." Mr Knabb said. "I don't
really see us bringing anyone
from overseas for this plant;
even one will be from the


$EE page 4B1


Bahama resor


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
A KEY investor in a pro-
posed Bahamian resort pro-
ject has been charged with
fraud and misniusing his posi-
tion a5 Palmn Beach Count%
Commissioner to "enrich"
himself via land deals, with
thetiS authorities threaten-
ing to seize his interests in
the development,
The indictment against
Anthony Masilotti. issued by
the US District Attorney's
Office for the southern dis-
trict of Florida, said the US

SEE page 3B


Private trust firms

boost strong year


By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry is expected to
enjoy strong annual profits at,
the end of 2006, boosted
Tremendously by the recent
ammedments to the Banks and
Trust Companies Act 2000 to
facibtate the creation of private
trust companies in this nation.
S Andrew Law, president and
chief executive of the Interna-
Stional Protector Group (IPG),
said yesterday' the Bahamas has
not been left behind as finan-
cial services worldwide expand.
--- "The straw polls in the
13Bahamas have shown very pos-
itive feedback," he said.
Mr Law, who is chairman for
the upcoming Nassau Confer-
ence, said the sector would ben-
efit hugely from the private
trust company amendments.
"I think that most of the
S- organizations are excited about
the legislation," he added, with
the legislation becoming a mod-
: elother jurisdictions are seeking
to emulate.
Mr Law predicted that the
Bahamian financial services
Industry will find 2007 a very
S positive year.
Before the legislation was
amended, industry experts said
the private trust company
changes would attract quality
S-business to the Bahamas, bring-
ing it into line with rival juris-
,.% dictions and enabling it to target
S'high net worth individuals and
familiess with another leading
product.
The changes were incorpo-
Wated as an amendment to the


Industry mulls
proposals on
approving minor
bank and trust
company investors

Banks and Trust Company Act
200.
Earlier this year, Mr Law had
said the legislation's impact
would not be measured by
quantity but the quality of busi-
ness which was expected to
come into the Bahamas.
It was felt that since private
trust companies cater to high
net worth individuals and their
families, that there should have
been an initial increase in qual-
ity business.
Meanwhile, the industry and
Central Bank of the Bahamas
have been assessing two amend-
ments to regulations governing
licence apphcations by Bahami-
an-registered banks and trust
companies, believing they
would remove requirements
that were burdensome and not
cost effective,
The regulator has proposed
easing the information it
requires on the financial posi-
tion of investors seeking to
acquire a stake worth 10 per
cent or less in Bahatmian bank
and trust companies.
In addition, the proposed
amendments reduce the num-
ber of character references the
Central Bank seeks to approve
directors of Bahamian banks

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provided by the police record
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Pre-employment screening
and investigation can also be
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the candidate are authentic. If
it is discovered that the cre-
dentials are false after employ-


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This four part series will
delve into the process of pre-
employment screening, and
discuss in detail the critical role
this plays in company security.
It will identify some basic
information gathering tools,,
with a critical analysis of the


application form. Additionally,
the cost factor will be high-
lighted with examples provid-
ed.
Finally, there will be an
examination of the benefits of
teaming the human resources
department and the security
department, to provide a safe
workplace and reduce the loss
of assets.
The protection of property,
people, information and rep-
utation is a joint effort, and an
initiative that should begin at
the initial contact with poten-
tial employees for the compa-
ny.
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Investor plans computer centre, BTC wireless Internet link-ups


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2000, as Burrard Technologies with a focus
on software development,
In 2001, it discontinued this business
and became inactive until December 18,
2001, when it purchased a Swiss company
called Technocall. On April 2, 2002, it
altered its name to Blue Industries, becom-
ing inactive again in 2003 until it changed
its name to Pegasus Wireless in June 2005,
following the reverse merger acquisition of
Homeskills.
Since then, Pegasus has grown via three
acquisitions, the purchase price in two
instances being financed by a combina-
tion of cash and Pegasus shares. And in all
three deals, the cash portion was funded
by Mr Knabb buying stock in Pegasus, his
own company.
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rities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it
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FROM page 18B


if the targeted stock's price rises, then the
investor could be forced to buy the bor-
rowed stock back at a higher price with
money he doesn't have, leading to sub-
stantial losses.
To try and ensure a targeted stock loses
value, short sellers often spread informa-
tion across the market in a bid to under-
mine the company's value in the minds of
investors, and it was this that Mr Knabb
alleged was what had happened to Pega-
sus,.
He told The Tribune that delisting Pega-
sus from Nasdaq was "the single toughest
decision I ever made, but the Nasdaq list-
ing was at the root of the problem".,
Mr Knabb said that prior to listing on
Nasdaq, Pegasus had traded at a consistent
price and volumes, but then "we get listed


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on Nasdaq, the Motley Fool starts attack-
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out".
"I can't pay attention to what the Mot-
ley Fool and uneducated people write,"
Mr Knabb said. "It hasn't affected our
investors."
Since the Nasdaq de-listing and reverse
stock split, Mr Knabb said trading vol-
umes and the stock's price had stabilised.
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"You have to look at the full picture,"
Mr Knabb said. "While these attacks were
taking place, I've driven this company to
record profits. We had our best quarter
ever at the height of the attacks. The com-
pany has over $100 million in profitabili-
ty."
As a company, Pegasus Wireless has
bounced about a bit during its history. It
was incorporated in Nevada on April 5,


THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2006







THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2UUb, HAUi 3bt


Bahamas banking software



developer unveils new product


BAHAMAS-based International Pri-
vate Banking Systems (IPBS) yesterday
announced the launch of its new software
product, IPBS/Business Manager, which
integrates its specialist trust administra-
tion and compliance offerings and pro-
vides additional functions.
IPBS, which supplies specialist wealth
. management software to the private bank-
ing sector, said IPBS/Business Manager
provides the framework to manage Know
Your Customer (KYC) and anti-money
laundering risks presented by clients and


related parties.
In addition, the new software will doc-
ument the structures used by clients, such
as trusts, companies, partnerships and
foundations.
"IPBS/Business Manager is a response
to changes in the market, particularly the
KYC and AML regulatory requirements,"
said Bruce Raine, IPBS founder and presi-
dent.
"This new .NET solution delivers addi-
tional functionality and ease of implemen-
tation, ensuring that our clients keep pace


with market forces, business trends and reg-
ulatory initiatives, while enabling them to
continue to deliver a high quality and time-
ly service to their customer base," he said.
IPBS/Business Manager provides a
defined KYC risk rating system within the
client structure, enabling institutions to
assess the risk posed by different clients
and the relationship they have with them.
Other features of the software include
an interface with criminal watchlist
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list updates.


Bahamas resort investor hit by fraud charges


FROM page 1B

authorities may look to seize
his Bahamas-based assets if he
is convicted.
Among the assets threatened
with forfeiture is Mr Masilotti's
alleged interest in a Bank of the
Bahamas International bank
Account, numbered 1302557,
which is "held in trust" by the
Nassau-based Maillis and Mail-
lis law firm.
Other interests that the US
Attorney's Office may target
are two Bahamian Internation-
al Business Companies (IBCs),
For Boys to Girls Ltd and Boys
N Girls Ltd.
Both IBCs, and the bank
account, appear to have been
established to facilitate "a
development on Cat Island,
Bahamas, known as Bonefish
Creek Ltd".
Affiliates of that company
which Mr Masilotti may have
an interest in, and which the US
District Attorney is also threat-
ening, are entities holding the
project's marina, hotel, airport
and lot sales proceeds.


Private trust


firms boost

strong year


FROM page 1B


and trust companies, in cases
S where the director is either a
group director or a director of
the Bahamian subsidiary's par-
ent company.
Currently, investors seeking
to acquire more than a modest
shareholding in a bank or trust
company either when first
established or as part of a capi-
tal restructuring are required
to provide the regulator with a
statement of their net worth,
signed by a certified public
accountant (CPA).
This was done to reassure the
regulators that if a financial
institution ran into trouble, its
shareholders had the resources
to recapitalise it or provide
financial assistance.
The proposed amendments
will require investors seeking
to acquire less than 10 per cent
of a Bahamian bank's share
capital to submit a shorter net
worth statement, which will still
have to be signed by a CPA,
* and indicate the investor's net
worth at that date was at least
five times the value of the
shares being acquired.
The other amendment would
make it possible to condition-
ally exempt the proposed direc-
tor from the obligation to sup-
ply the bank with two character
references, instead enabling
them to present a letter of good
standing, provided they had
been approved to serve on the
Board in a country where regu-
lators exercised the same level
of supervision and due diligence
as the Bahamian regulator.


Neither Bank of the Bahamas
International, -nor Maillis &
Maillis, have done anything
wrong in relation to the allega-
tions against Mr Masilotti.
The Tribune revealed back in
July 2006 that Mr Masilotti was
an investor, along with eight
other partners including devel-
oper James Knight and Repub-
lican party supported and cat-
tleman, Billy Bowman, in the
Bonefish Club project.
At the time, Vincent Peet,
minister of financial services
and investments, said an appli-
cation for a Heads of Agree-
ment to the Bahamian govern-
ment had been made, but he
did not know how far it had
progressed.
The Bonefish Club project
involves 252 acres on Cat Island
incorporating the former Cut-
lass Bay Club, an abandoned
'clothing optional' or former
nudist resort.
Cutlass Bay closed its doors
in 1999, after then owners
James and Sandy Robertson,
alleged they were beaten in
their bedroom by a group of


intruders. The couple launched
a website that outraged Cat
Islanders, who claimed it was
designed to smear their repu-
tations, and wrote a book about
their alleged experiences.
The US indictment against
Mr Masilotti alleges that he
used his position as Palm Beach
County Commissioner to
"enrich himself, his family, and
his secret business partners in
a series of land deals in Palm
Beach" and two other counties,
and his relationship with a
developer.
He is alleged to have voted
on these land deals without dis-
closing his secret financial inter-
ests, "which ultimately netted
him millions of dollars".
One deal involved the sale of
a 50 -acre plot in Royal Palm
Beach belonging to the Diocese
of Palm Beach, and Masilotti
was alleged to have had an
undisclosed interest in an
acquiring group.
The US Attorney's Office
alleges that on February 6,2004,
some $50,000 was wired by the
developer involved to a bank


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that CORINA VALLEJO GUZMAN
OF EAST ATLANTIC DRIVE, TIVOLI GARDENS, P.O. BOX F-
42331,FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 13TH day of
DECEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice
NOTICE
TABANE LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TABANE LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 11th December, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit
Suisse Trust of Geneva, Rue de Lausanne 17 Bis,
1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 13th day of December, A.D. 2006



Credit Suisse Trust Geneva
Liquidator



Legal Notice
NOTICE

INTERFLIGHT AVIATION
SERVICES LTD.



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) the International
Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), Notice is hereby
given that Interflight Aviation Services Ltd. is in dissolution
and the date of commencement of the dissolution is
22 November 2006


Blue Seas Administration Limited
Liquidator
Bahamas Financial Centre,
Shirley & Charlotte Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas


account "which serviced the
Atlantis Hotel & Casino" on
Paradise Island, as payment for
Mr Masilotti clearing up traffic
issues relating to the property.
The developer and Mr
Masilotti then travelled to Nas-
sau on February 6, 2004, "to
effectuate the transfer of the
money which represented part
[of his] financial interest in the
property transaction".
There is nothing to suggest
Atlantis did anything wrong in
relation to this case.
And the US Attorney's
Office also alleged that Mr
Masilotti received free air trips,
worth $100,000, from another
developer who he approved the
sale of country-owned property
to.
The indictment detailed that
Mr Masilotti, his associates and
family used the air trips to make
six trips involving flights to Nas-
sau between May 18, 2003, and
October 16, 2005.


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NOTICE

ESTATE OF NANCY OAKES FREIFRAU VON
HOYNINGEN-HUENE of Queen's Street Nassau, The
Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their names,
addresses andparticulars ofthedebts orclaimscertifiedinwritingto
the undersigned on orbefore the 15th January2007. and if required,
to prove sue debts or claims, or in default be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made
before such debts or claims are proved; after the above date the
Executors of the above Estate will
distribute the Estate assets having regard only to the proved debts
or claims of which they shall have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or 15th Janu-
ary 2007.



John Fritzgerald Wilson
McKinney Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Executors
Mareva House, 4 George Street
P.O.BoxN-3937
Nassau, Bahamas







7~~GOLF at OEAN CLUB1

As part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on
our project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply
for the position of:

Spa and Fitness Activities

Coordinator

Responsibilities will include:

. Must have 8-10 years experience as a Spa and
Fitness Activities Coordinator with a proven track
record
S Must have a Bachelors Degree in related field
4* Must be Computer Literate
+ Must be willing to live on an out island
<* Ability to work on own Initiative is Important

Salary and benefits will be based on experience and will
Include health benefits. Only qualified applicants need
apply.

Applications can be directed to:
Indira Edwards
Director, Human Resources and Training
P.O. Box AB20766 -
-: Marsh Harb6tir,"Abaco ;i0U f:
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S Atlantic Medical

Clinical Administrator

Atlantic Medical Insurance (AMI), a subsidiary of Colonial Group
International Limited (CGI) headquartered in Bermuda, is seeking a
Clinical Administrator.

CGI, with offices in Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and
the BritishVirgin Islands, offers a complete range of premier financial
and insurance services to both local and international clients. This is
an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing innovative company,
focusing on providing clients with first class service and access to
competitive products.

Reporting to the Operations Manager Designate, the position of
Clinical Administrator will be responsible for a variety of medically
related issues such as reviewing local and foreign medical claims, pre-
certifying patients for off-island air evacuations and hospitalization
and maximizing medical aims efficiency in a demanding and rapidly
expanding environment. Other duties will include but not be limited
to:

Periodic review of medical enrolment forms for eligibility
Reporting to re-insurers regarding large and potentially large claim
losses and coordinating reserves
Liaising with doctors, social workers, medical facilities (local and
foreign) regarding dient and claim queries
Dealing with walk-in and telephone queries, assisting enrollees and
their families with medical and claims related queries
Reviewing in-patientlout-patient authorization and following up as
appropriate
It is essential that applicants possess the following qualifications,
experience and attributes:

Registered Nurse currently registered with the Bahamas Nursing
LicensingiRegistration Authority and on their "Active" Nurses List
Minimum of 5 years' practical nursing experience
Knowledge of CPT ICD-9CM, HCPCS coding
Strong customer service skills including confidence in dealing with
dients in a professional manner to assist them with their enquiries
Proven communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills
Superior proficiency in MS Word; knowledge of email and electronic
calendar software; accurate typing at 45 wpm
Experience in creating reports and as well as composing
correspondence
Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and meet deadlines


THE TRIBUNE


Conference to focus on 'Taxing World'


* By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE third annual Nassau Conference for the
financial services industry is to be held on February
6, 2007, with organisiers hoping the one-day forum
will expose Bahamian sector employees to the
challenges and opportunities facing them in the
tax arena.
Andrew Law, conference chairman, said the
theme for this year is: Wealth Management: Deliv-
ering Evpertise in a Taxing World, which he said
wvs ai very timely and a relevant topic.
Mir Law said that given the importance of glob-
Ail events tor the Bahamian industry, it was impor-
tant that persons become aware of what is going on.
Hie added that the organizers were hoping to
increase the numbers of persons who attended last
year's conference 150 to at least 200, and said the
important thing for organizers was to know they
have reinvested sponsors' money into educating
delegates.
Jan Mezulanik, chairman of the Association of


International Banks and Trust Companies (AIBT),
which is the founding partner of the conference
said: "We believe the conference agenda strikes
the right balance on technical information and
competitive market issues.
"As a leading international financial centre, it is
important for us to not only continually sharpen our
technical skills but also to understand the dynam-
ics shaping global markets. We believe the con-
ference accomplishes this goal, and hope our pro-
fessional community will take advantage of this
opportunity."
Mr Law added that the goal of the conference
was to educate as many persons as possible, par-
ticularly the future leaders of the industry, which is
why there was a special discount for persons attend-
ing the conference who are under 25.
In addition, a select number of students will be
able to attend the conference under the patronage
of the conference sponsors.
Wendy Warren, executive director of the
Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB), added
that the country's financial institutions have invest-


ed tremendous resources in training opportunities
for their staffs. Among the topics of discussion will
be Tax Models and their implications for financial
centres, and tax models in Europe and their impli-
cations for Bahamian Structures.
Other topics include wealth management and
the Bahamas, a discussion which will be led by
Bahamian Carmen Butler; Financial Services is .
there room for cooperation; are there lessons to be
learnt from the region's tourism industry to be led
by Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; structures and
products, commodities and currencies; exchange
Controls are they good or bad; and financial cen-
tres in the Caribbean: a true picture.
Sponsors for the event include: Pictet, Ans-
bacher, Butterfield Bank, Graham Thompson and
Co and Lennox Patton.
Conference registration fees are:
*Before January 6,2007- $650 per person group
discount- five or more attendees $550 per person
After January 6,2007- $800 per person group
discount for 5 or more persons $700 per persons
*Under 25 years old discount- $450 per person.


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As part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on
our project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply
for the position of:

Oolf Course Construction
Manager
Responsibilities will include:
Attributes:
S Must have 15-20 years experience in Golf Course
Construction and Management at leading Golf Club
S Must have knowledge of all phases of Golf course
design and construction activities
Must have a thorough understanding of all phases of
maintenance and repair to courses, practice range and
equipment
- Must have a thorough knowledge of local government,
codes and regulations for permitting and construction of
existing and new golf courses
S Must have extensive experience working with
government officials, golf course planners, engineers
and architects
- Must be knowledgeable in all phases of construction
contracts related to golf projects
Must be detail oriented, a skilled planner and prioritizer
and have excellent communication skills
.' Must be computer literate
S Must be willing to live on an out island
** Ability to work on own initiative is important
Salary and benefits will be based on experience and will
include health benefits. Only qualified applicants need
apply-
Applications can be directed to:
Indira Edwards
Director, Human Resources and.Training
P.O. Box AB20766
Marsh Harbtour, Abaco
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NOTICE

In The Estate of Ann Evangeline Franks a.k.a.
Evangeline Franks, late of Sutton Street,
Nassau, Bahamas Deceased


NOTICE is


hereby diven


that all


persons having any claim or demand against
or any interest in the above Estate should
send thie same duly certified in writing to the
undersigned on or before 12th January, 2007
2006 after which date the Administrator will
proceed to distribute the assets of the
Estate having regard only to claims, demands
or in(terests of which he shall have notice.



TLECA ROLLE & COMPANY
Attorney for Administrator
P. 0. BoN N-9578
Bacardi Road
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 362-1021


FROM page 1B


island."
Pegasus has hired seven
employees on Grand Bahama,
and was set to advertise for
workers on Monday in a bid to
get the message out that it was
seeking Bahamian staff who
wanted to get into electronics,
and was prepared to train them.
The Grand Bahama facility
will eventually employ 280-300
workers, and Mr Knabb said


previously that Pegasus was
talking to FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas) to
arrange $15-$20 million in
financing.
Mr Knabb told The Tribune
that Pegasus' application to the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) for the necessary
licences to operate in Freeport
was "in process".
He praised the Prime Minis-
ter and the Government for the
assistance they had given him
so far.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the loss of Bahamas
Government Registered Stock Certiticate as follows:

Stock Interest Cerificate Matury Date Amount
2mt' No.
Bahamas Government Registered 1.125 APR 52-245 15 Oct 2015 125,000
Bahamas Government Registered 1.875APR 52-248 15 Oct 2016 30,000
Bahamas Government Registered 1.875APR 52-247 15 Oct 2016 100,000
Bahamas Government Registered 1.125 APR 50-224 22 May 2015 100,000

I intend to request The Registrar to issue a replacement certificate.
If this certificate is found, please write to:
P.O.Box N7788
Nassau, Bahamas
APR -Above Prime Rate
HIGGS & JOHNSON
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nasssu, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Registered Holder


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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.675.09 / CHG 01 30 /%CHG 00.08 / YTD 324.38 / YTD % 24.02
5. ;l,.1 -. 2.%,.L-OW SecuriNt Pre..,ous, Close Toaa,E Clo-0e ChIange Da3.l. ',ol EPS DL.1 $ P.E Yield
1.86 0.59 Anaco Markets 0.65 u.C5) 0.-, .109 0 O0 N.M 0009
12.05 10.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.00 11.00 0.00 1.689 0.380 6.5 3.45%
8.03 6.920 Bank of Bahamas 8.00 8.03 0.03 3,000 0.796 0.260 10.1 3.24%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.265 0.020 2.6 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas waste 1.72 1.72 0.00 0168 0.060 10.2 3.49%
1.49 1.10 Fideiity Bank 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.170 0.050 7.6 4.75%
9.99 9.05 Cabie Bahamas 9.99 9.99 0.00 6,600 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.40%
2.20 1.64 Colina Hodings 1.91 1.91 0.00 0.078 0.000 24.1 0.00%
12.40 9.00 Commonweith Bank 12.40 12.40. 0.00 875 0.943 0.660 12.4 5.32%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.99 5.08 0.09 0.134 0.045 37.2 0.90%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 5.79 5.79 0.00 0.552 0.240 10.5 4.15%
1202 10.70 Finco 12.00 12.02 0.02 4,000 0.779 0.570 15.4 4.74%
14.15 10.05 FirstCaribbean 14.15 14.15 0.00 0.927 0.550 15.3 3.89%
12.55 10.00 Focol 12.25 12.55 0.30 1,000 1.476 0.500 8.5 3.98%
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.55 0.55 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.20 ICD Utilities 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.532 0.135 13.5 1.88%
9.10 8.52 J. S. Johnson 8.60 8.60 0.00 0.582 0.560 14.8 6.51%
10nn 0 100n Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.269 0.195 7.9 1.95%
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linked to performance. AMI offers an attractive benefits package that
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life and long term disability coverage.

If you have a keen commitment to quality results arid want to
contribute your talents to a dynamic company, contact us about this
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P.O.Box SS 5915
Nassau, Bahamas

Closing Date for applications is December 21, 2006


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THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS


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SUPREME COURT


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00506
Whereas DAVID CUNNINGHAM, of 830 N.W. 110th
Avenue, Plantation, Florida, United States of America,
ANTIONETTE CUNNINGHAM of 1340 N.W. 196th
Terrace, Miami, Florida, United States of America,
FREDERICKA CUNNINGHAM, of 2901 S.W. 67th Lane,
Miramar, Florida, United States of America and DAHLIA
CUNNINGHAM, of 1340 S.W. 196th Terrace, Miami,
Florida, United States of America, have made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
STANLEY CUNNINGHAM late of 2901 S.W. 67th Lane,
Miramar, Florida, United States of America, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof. *
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/0000672
In the Estate of NANCY S. WARD, late of 29 Farrington
Avenue in the City of Gloucester in the County of Essex
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United
States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application wil be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Division by EARL A. CASH of Marlin Drive in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
Sfor obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate of Will without
Sureties in the above estate granted to DOUGLAS H.
WARD, Executor, by the Trial Court, The Probate and
Family Court Department in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, on the 11th day of February 2003.
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/0000683
In the Estate of KATHLEEN MARIE REGES, late of 698
Moulton Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90031, U.S.A.,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Division by C. YVETTE McCARTNEY-
PEDROCHE of Skyline Drive on the Western District on
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Testamentary in the above
estate granted to LEONARD PATE, Sole Executrix and
Trustee, by the Superior Court of the State of California,
United States of America on the 2nd day of August 2006.
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006


Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/0000698


In the Estate of ELIZABETH M. DOLLERY, late of 430
Hackett Boulevard, City of Albany, County of Albany,
State of New York, U.S.A.,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in its Probate
Division by MARVIN B. PINDER of Madeira Street, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Letters of Testamentary granted to JAMES V.DOLLERY,
Executor, by the Surrogate's Court in and for the County
of Albany in the City of Albany New York, United States
of America, on the 18th day of February; 2003.


Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006

Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/00701
In the Estate of MARY ALTAMORE, late of the City of
Fort Lauderdale, in the State of Florida, one of the States
of the United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in its Probate
Division by STEPHEN B. WILCHCOMBE of 429 Grenada
Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law,
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration (single
personal representative) in the above estate granted to
ANNETTE ALTAMORE DAVILA, the Personal
Representative, by the Circuit Court for Broward County,
Florida Probate Division, on the 11th day of October,
2005.
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O.BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006


Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/00702


In the Estate of GRETA MARGARETA WALTERS, late
of Third & Parnassus, 670 8th Avenue, San Francisco,
California, one of the States of the United States of
America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in its Probate
Division by PETER D. MAYNARD of Windsor Avenue in
the Eastern District on the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Order Appointing Administrator
in the above estate granted to MARGARETA
ENGSTROM, the Administratrix, by the Superior Court
of the State of California for the City and County of San
Francisco, on the 9th day of January, 1975.
Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00703
Whereas PENELOPE ANNE WINNER, of Las Cabrillas,
West Bay Street, in the Western District on the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of
the Real and Personal Estate of ALLAN JAMES WINNER
late of Las Cabrillas, West Bay Street, in the Western
District on the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days.from the
date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00704
Whereas AGNES ROSE SWEETING, of Governor's
Harbour, Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of DAVID
BRADLEY SWEETING late of Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PRO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
December 6, 2006
Probate Division
2006/PRO/npr/00705
In the Estate of JOHN ZIKAKIS, late of 3430 Gait Ocean
Drive, No. 1402 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, one of
the States of the United States of America,
deceased.


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its
Probate Division by PAMELA L. KLONARIS of Edgewater
Drive in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, and MIKE A. KLONARIS
of Sunnyside Estate in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, are
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Letters of Administration (single personal.
representative) in the above estate granted to ANGELIKI
ZIKAKIS, the Personal Representative, by the Circuit
Court for Broward County, Florida, Probate Division, on
the 13th day of March, 2006.

Signed
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00707

Whereas HARRY NAPOLEAN CARROLL and ENID
ELIZABETH CARROLL, of Leeward Road, Imperial Park,
in the Eastern District of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, have
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of YVONNE CARROLL CARTWRIGHT late of
Leeward Road, Imperial Park, in the Eastern District of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00709

Whereas NADIA A. WRIGHT, of Sunset Drive in the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed of the
Real and Personal Estate of DONALD KENNETH
DELAHEY late of Ridgeway Drive in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth., of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at thd expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00711

Whereas NEVILLE BERNARD WILCHCOMBE II, of
Chancery House, the Mall, in the City of Freeport on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the Will Annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of PAUL EUGENE RUESS late of the
Municipality of Au, in the Canton of St. Gallen in the
Confederation of Switzerland, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
December 6, 2006
No. 2006/PRO/npr/00712

Whereas MARLENE THOMPSON BARTON, of 32
Grosham Close, Turtle Drive, Bel Air Estates, in the
Western District of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of HENDRICK SHANE FRANCES ANTHONY BARTON
late of 32 Grosham Close, Turtle Drive, Bel Air Estates,
in the Western District of New Providence, one of the


Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar



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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Lawn Ten-
nis Association has changed
its format for the selection of
next year's Davis Cup team,
giving more players an
opportunity to try out.
Starting on Friday and run-
ning through Sunday, the
BLTA will hold a pre-trial
for 12 players at the Nation-
al Tennis Centre. The top
three players will advance to
the main draw next week.
Invited to the trials this
weekend are Matthew Sands,
Jamaal Adderley, Jyles Turn-
quest, Robert Smith,
Jonathan Hanna, Larry
Rolle, Jason Rolle, Jacob
Fountain, Paul Aranha,
Cerone Rolle, Kweku
Symonette and Koeche
Smith.
"The pre-qualifiers will be
playing for three spots in the
main draw," said Bradley
Bain, chairman of the com-
mittee responsible for putting
the team together.
The 12 players will be
divided into three pools,
which have not yet been dis-
closed. Each player will play
three matches in best-of-
three tie-breaking sets.
The winners will be deter-
mined by the best win-loss
percentage. The winners
from the three pools will
advance to play in the main
draw against last year's Davis
Cup players Devin
Mullings, Marvin Rolle,
SH'Cone Thompson, Chris
Eldon and Bjorn Munroe.
Once the three players
emerge from the pre-quali-
fying tournament this week-
end, they will join the five
players above, who will be
placed in two pools of four
players each next week.
'The main draw will start
Lia-pi4 December .9: continue
on December 7Ti and 21
before they wrap up on
December 22 when the
BLTA will determine who
will play on next year's Davis
Cup team.
"We've always had trials,"
said Bain, in trying to explain
how the selection process is
determined. "Normally we
just had a bigger main draw.,


w format in place




)avis Cup selection


'M POOL winners will get a chance to play in the main dra%% against last year's Davis Cup players, including Marvin Rolle


which meant that the better
players had to play more
matches.
"So what we have decided
to do is keep it compact and
allow the up and coming
players, who feel they have
a contribution to make for
the BLTA, to see them in
action because we haven't
had that many open match-
es."
Bain said they've decided
to match the "best of the
rest" against each other and
put them against the "very
best that we have."
While he said all of the
players in the pre-qualifying


are good, not all of them
have the ability to play
against the players already in
the main draw.
But Bain said if they can
prove themselves in the pre-
qualifying trial and they can
advance to the main draw,
they would have proven their
ability to compete against the
best.
"This is an incentive for the
younger players to prove that
they are worthy to get a shot
against the very best," he
pointed out. "So they will
have to prove that they
deserve to play against the
best."


As for the players already
in the main draw, Bain said
they are excited about com-
ing back home next week to
show the public what they
have done since they played
on the last Davis Cup
team.
"For the local fans, to see
them play, this should be a
great treat," Bain stated.
"This will give them an
opportunity to see live the
players who will actually go
out there and represent the
country at Davis Cup."
The top five players from
the main draw are expected
to be selected to the team


that will be captained by
John Farrington.
In June, the Bahamas
played in San Salvador, El
Salvador, finishing tied at 2-1
with Puerto Rico in Pool A.
But the Bahamas lost to
Cuba in the playoffs and was
denied the opportunity to get
promoted to Zone II next
year.
The Bahamas will also be
playing against seven other
countries in a round robin
tournament next year when
the American Zone III Davis
Cup tie is held.
However, the venue has
not yet been disclosed.


Cobras strike for championship win


ho 0 CC SWEETING Cobras' Ebony .
Delance goes up for a kill against a CV
Bethel defender yesterday. The Cobras won
in tivo sets to take the championship.
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BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE St. Cecilia Urban
Renewal Project will be the
first beneficiary of the Ama-.
teur Boxing Association of the
Bahamas' new initiative train-
ing programme.
The association introduced
the programme to about 12
members of the St. Cecilia's
Urban Renewal Project yes-
terday. However, it will not
implemented until the new
year.
"We are taking it around to
all of the Urban Renewal Pro-
grammes around the country.
This means a lot to us," said
association-president Welling-
ton Miller.
As a result of the pro-
granmme, which will be run by
a number of coaches, Miller
said they are hoping that they
can develop young men
through the discipline that will
be applied during their train-
ing sessions.
"This programme to us
means a lot and these coaches
here are going to the Urban
Renewal Projects and offer at
least two hours a day setting
*. up a programme."
The first. four coaches
involved in the programme
are Quincy"'Thrill-A-Minute'
Pratt, Andre Seymour, Steve
'the Heat' Larimorte and
Prince Ferguson.
All four coaches took the
opportunity to address the
participants, relating how box-
ming has helped them over the
S years, not just in their disci-
pline, but in affording them
*-the ability to travel around the
world representing the coun-
try,

Opportunity
Seymour. Who fought at two
Olympic Games, said they are
excited about tapping into the
Urban Renewal Programme
because it gives them the
opportunity to scout out some
new talent.
"We are also going to teach
them the benefits of amateur
K boxing while we go through
the programme," Seyminour
stressed. "It will only take
about two hours for us to do
that.
"So this is a plus for the
amateur boxing programme.
Hopefully in the near future,
you will see young amateur
bbxers coming out of this pro-
gramnme because we are look-
ing to take amateur boxing to
the next level."
If they can get the pro-
gramme going into the next
three to four months, Sey-
mour said they feel they can
help to curb a lot of the social
ills that are currently affect-
ing the young meni in our
country.
"We're looking for females,
but we are leaning more to
the young men because we
know they are the ones who
are going to stray more," he
pointed out. "So we will lean
more to getting more young
men into the programme."
From the programme, Pratt
said they hope that they will
discourage the participants
from taking their frustration
out on their peers in the street,


* FORMER amateur boxer Inspector Robert Simmons shows Danlelle Bates how to box as he through a light exchange with coach Prince Ferguson at the
St. Cecilia's Urban Renewal Project. Looking on are coach Steve 'the Heat' Larimore and Wenzal Sands.


and utilise their energy in the
gym training.
"I'm hoping that, from this,
we can have some competi-
tion among the Urban Renew-
al Centres," Pratt projected.
"And hopefully next year
when we go to Carifta, we will
have some members of the
programme on the team."
Former amateur boxer
Inspector Robert Simmons,
who is in charge of the St.
Cecilia's project, encouraged
the participants to get
involved because he said it
was through sports that he
developed his discipline as a
member of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
Before the introduction was
over, Pratt and Larrimore
allowed some of the boxers a
chance to go through a light
exchange of blows. Danielle
Bates, one of two girls pre-
sent, also took some shots.
Bates, a 15-year-old ninth
grader at CH Reeves, said she
wasn't surprised at how well
she did because she's an avid
boxing fan.
"I want to get involved
because I watch boxing on TV
a lot of times," she stated. "So
I hope that I can get a chance
to see if I can do it too."
Speaking on behalf of their
peers, Jason Rolle, a 12-year
old seventh grader at SC
MePherson and Wenzal
Sands, a 18-year-old 12th
grader at CC Sweeting,
thanked Miller and the coach-
es for providing them with an
alternative programme to get
involved in.


* FORMER pro boxer turned coach Quincy 'Thrull-A-Minute' Pratt demonstrates to Jason Pratt how to box as he Joined the Amat
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VOLLEYBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junio i Sports
Reporter
THE CC Sweeting Cobras
entered the Government
Secondary School Sporting
Association (GSSSA) with
Sone thing on their minds, a
S- nior tirls championship
t ite.
For the past three years
the team walked t\\av as
* runners-up, but that streak
of bad luck came to an end
yesterday as the Cobras eas-
ily got past the CV Bethel
Stingrays.
It took the team two sets
Lo sweep the Stingrays 25-
19 and 25-21.
The jubilant Cobras team
admitted that they never
thought the Stingrays would
step in the way of the title
hunt, even though they were
able to knock-off the CR
Walker Knights.
The Cobr, canime to the
\\ D.,i. -\nm yesterday
.ujniinf to close the series
-. .'iii The team, w which opted
1%, recei e the first ball in


the game opened up a 5-0
lead over the Stingrays and
never looked back.
The Cobras' opening lead
gave them the edge over the
Stingrays. who in turn were
capitalising on their oppo-
-nents' service errors.
The inconsistency on the
sen-ice line by the Cobras
brought the Stingrays within
fihe points, their closet mar-
gin iSince the opening ser-
vice. ,
Even though the Cobras
had made consecutive
errors. Ruthann Simms said
her team still wasn't worried
about the Stingrays.

Worked
Simms said "Winning this
championship feels great, it
is about time We won. We
worked hard at it all year.
. With a team like this, we
knew we would have made
it all the way and win cha-n-
pionship.
"Our coach told us that
since we haven't won a
championship in the past
year or so that we needed


to seal this one especially
for those who are graduaLi-
ing. I think we really
deserve winning this chanm-


other teams in two sets.
According to Cobri as'
team captain Ebony
Delancey, this year's team


"Togetherness is the key,
that is why we won this
championship. The team has
grown, everyone has accepted
their role and this made us
better than the other teams."


Cobras' team captain Ebony Delance


pionship this year.
".Most of the girls on the
team worked hard, we
played together, even
though we had a rough time
in the first came."
The Cobias had a shakey
season opener, needing
three sets to pull off the win.
This game would be the only
three setter for the team -
they then disposed ofi all the


is the best since she has
been a part of in a while.
Delancey believes the
team's lean winning streak
was due to the commitment
by the squad, who vowed
they would go the extra mile
to win the championship
Delancev -aid. 'Togethei-
ness i- the ke\. thai is wh\
we \\on this championship.
The iteim has grown. eery-


one has accepted their role
and this made us better than
the other teams.
"We knew what it-took to
win, we've lost so many
championships to the other
teams in the past.
"Taking this champi-
onship means a lot to us.
Everyone played the w"a wee
wanted them to play, we
knew that CV Bethel would-
n't have been too much
competition for us.
"We were actually hoping
to play a school like RM
Bailey or CR Walker.
Although they weren't the
team we Were expecting to
play they still gave us a good
game."
But before the Cobras
could celebrate the
Stingrays made one final.
push at forcing a third
set.
The Stingrays rallied back
behind the tough senr ices of
Glenderia Oliver.
The Cobras needed onrie
point to close thile game
when Oliver stepped to the
line. With pressure'miount-
ing. Oliver's first servi,:t


barely went over. scrapping
the tape of the net.
The short net service got
the Cobras off guard and
fell onto the team's front
court.
Having to take another
shot at the service. Oliver
placed the ball deep into the
corner. The Cobras, who
had adjusted to the first ser-
vice, were unable to move
to the ball.

Served
Oliver said: "I wasn't
scared at all today at the ser-e
vice line. I knew if I had'
served the ball over the net::
that my teammates would
have huddled up and try to
win,.
Elen though We lost.,-it
feels great to know that we
made it to championships.
We give up in the last point
after we saw they had 24'
points."
Championship games will'
continue today at the DW
Davis gym with play action
in the junior girls and boys
division.


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