The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 5, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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The nrbune



THE BODY of 50-year-
old Stanley Robinson was
found on Thursday morn-
ing, washed ashore at
Mathew Town, Inagua.
Currently the police have
listed his death as "'suspi-
cious" and are .I\,ilinlg an
autopsy on the body.
Robinson is a native of
Mathew Town.


A WOMAN complainant
told the court in the Darold
Miller sexual harassment case
yesterday of several alleged
instances when Miller, a radio
talk show host, attempted to
either ha~ve;inter1eoursewt-wt-
her or have her perform sex
acts on him.
Miller's attorneys, howev-
er, sought to convince the
court yesterday that their
client was a victim of a politi-
cal conspiracy to keep him, off
the airwaves in the months
leading up to the May 2 gen-
eral election.
Darold Miller, in addition
to being a talk show host, was
chief operating officer of radio
station Gems.
The complainant told the
court that she did not official-
ly begin working at the GEMS
radio network until February
1, 2007. The woman claimed
that, prior to her attaining full-
time employment at GEMS,
she had been doing research
for the Turks and Caicos elec-
tions under Mr Miller's
She told the court that she
did her work after everyone
had left the offices, as Miller
did not want anyone to know.
The complainant testified that
Miller had stated that he want-
ed to test her "staying pow-
The woman told the court
that she was usually working
up until 4am. The complainant
testified that after she signed

her contract to begin working
at GEMS she went with Miller
to a casino on Paradise Island
to do "networking", which she
claimed Miller said was a way
of meeting people.
The woman told the court
that Miller taught her how to
use tie -slot-m~achines and she
subsequently wvon $1,500. The
woman testified that afte
leaving the Atlantis casino,
she and Miller went to the
Crystal Palace Casino where
Miller lost about $1,000 of the
When asked by lead prose-
cutor Calvin Seymour why she
had not left and gone home,
the woman told the court that
she could not leave because
Miller "was her ride home."
The complainant told the
court that after they: left the
Crystal Palace Casino, Miller
took her to his residence at
Millennium Gardens where in
the driveway of his home, she
claimed he unzipped his pants
and exposed himself to her.
The complainant told the
court that Miller then started
to reach for the back of her
neck and pulled her towards
his crotch. The woman alleged
that Miller told her that he
wanted her to take his "load
The complainant further
testified that she refused
Miller's advances and he sim-
ply laughed it off. The woman
claimed that Miller told her
that he was only testing her

SEE page eight

TriBRn STaf R~eporter
MP Alfred Gray hals announced
that he is taking legal action
against The Trlibunle and The
Punch, but no copies of the
writs were provided on behalf '
of the pla~intirf to say what Mr
Gray is contesting-
Mr Gray held a~ press confer-
ence at his law chambers yes-
terday morning, accompanied
by his son, lawyer Mar~io Gray,
and lawyer Fred Mitchell, who
is representing him in the
action. Mr Alfredl Gray and Mr
Mitchell real from~ prepared
statements, but neither would
answer questions during the
liews conference as to the con-
tents of the writs that they said
were filed on Tlhursday. N~or did
they name the media houses
they said they planned to sue.
The T'ribune published a sto-
ry on December 20th1 reporting
that police sour~ces co~nfirmed
that Mr Gray was foundl in n
car inl Novemuber with an
unidentif'ied womanl inl a church
parking lot in Yamarcraw. T'he
Punch published a similar story
on the same~ dlay, but did not
disclose Mr G;ray's name- .

t to

Inenta n th ema lrp ano s
take its course."
parts of h pulihee sto
Mr Gray takes issue-with as
and his lawyer both refused
make a copy of the writs av
able. The Tribune and T
Bahama Journal both request
a copy of the writs at the na
conference. However, they w
told to go the court to I
Gwendolyn House the i
chambers of Mr Mitchell -a
represents former Gene
Manager for the Water a
Sewerage Corporation (WI
Abraham Butler, who is su
his former employer. Wh
announcing his suit against
WSC, Mr Mitchell's chamb
sent out a press release to
media houses with a copy of
writ attached, yet they wi
unprepared to do this in 1
case of Mr Gray's intend
When reporters for The 1
bune and The Journal wenl
the Supreme Court Reg~istr\
get a copy of the writ to f
out exactly what Mr Gray \
contesting, a Registry emplo:

SEE page eight

LAYRFred Mitchell is repre-
senting Alfred G~ray in the action
"Tdy av aente e-
essary legal steps in the
Supreme Court, which I fully
expect: will clear my name, from
the vicious allegations, made
against me recently in the
mecdia," said Mr Gray who did
not name the two necwsplpers
he plans to sue. "I am certain
that my enemies have brought
Ine to it, but G~od will take me
through it. This is my f~inal statc-


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Woman complainant

testifies mn sexual 1

harassment case

Protest staged

at Department
on annigration
over return of

canadian citizen

Tribune Freeport
angry protesters staged a
demonstr ation at the
Department of Immigra-
tron on F~riday to protest
the return of a Canadian
citizen who was believed to
have been deported by
immigration officials on
Grand Bahama in Septem-
ber, 2007.
AQ small, rowdy group
gathered around 11am at
the Immigration Offices
downtown in the Churchill
Building with placards.
Union executive Lionel
Morley and another union
official at the B~ahamas
Hotel Catering and Allied
r Work~ers Union were also
The group, which is call-
ing for the resignation of
Freeport immigration offi-
cial James Rolle, demand-
ed an explanation concern-
.5ing Mr Bruno Rufa's return
b to Freeport following his
Departure from the
-8 Bahamas on Septembpr
E "4We want to know why
-mthis man (Rufa) is allbwed
E to come back to Freeport
F-after it was initially report-
ed that he was found in
violation of the immigra-
tion laws and subsequently
s dsekpeorted?" Mr Morley
The protesters also criti-
hat cised Mr James Rolle,
hie assistant director of Immi-
tto gration in Freeport, for
ail- denying inmtial reports that
'he Mr Rufa had been deport-
es "We want Mr Rolle to
ere, tell us why he is now saying
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"In Our Rahamas the nexgt

genefatdOR must understand
the Strategtc lOCatiOn Of the
Rahamas, as a transshipment
hub as weHl as the value of

the CCOlOgy, climate, agd

a topical envionment."

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The colonial expatriates
who crafted the economy and
lived as residents of the
Bahamas were transplanted
from England, Africa, Cana-
da and the USA. They under-
stood the power of the sea
lanes and the strategic link to
the development and expan-
sion of the western hemi-
During the prime time of
piracy in the West Indies, the
English colonists in the
Bahamas featured promi-
nently in the ambushing of
Spamish ships laden with gold
headed back to Spain.
At the dawn of the modern
era, shipwrecking and boot-

1e93 brobgh ww lth t thaes
As the local economy strug-
gled during the depression
and between the world wars,
shic ing energedo aF r cn
da, and southern ports in the
The Bahamas exported salt,
sisal, pineapple, sponge, shells
and exotic lore as a select sea-
sonal tourism warm weather
destination as late as the six-
Since that time the popu-
lar mass tourism market has
opened up, averaging around
four million people per year
for the past decade. Sixty to
70 per cent of the gross
domestic product of the
Bahamas or about three bil-
lion dollars came directly
from tourism.
From the 1950s to the
1980s, on smaller resorts like
Chub Cay, Lyford Cay, Cat
Cay, Walkers Cay, and Bimi-
mi, big game fishing attracted
wealthy anglers to these parts
of the Bahamas.
The calypso culture capti-
vated the travelling public as
news articles of the tropical
British culture mixed with
African, and European cul-
ture from Italy and Greece,
began to flourish in Nassau.
People began to flock to
these exotic ports in Puerto
Rico, The Bahamas, Cuba,
Jamaica, Bermuda and other
Caribbean colonies in the
region after World War Two.
The Gulf Stream, between
Florida and the Bahamas,
became a busy ocean high-
way after the Panama Canal
was opened connecting the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Bahamian ship captains
traded with Cuba and work-
ers went to Panama to help
build the famous engineering
marvel called the Panama
Later in the 1950s and
1960s tourism our chief eco-
nomic enterprise began to
expand as ocean liners and
airplanes came more fre-
quently to Nassau from Mia-
mi and New York.
The world's oldest com-
mercial airline, Chalks Air-
lines, travelled between Mia-
mi and Bimini, which is
roughly 50 miles, from l913
to today.

result transportation, com-
munications and accommo-
dations became three pillars
of modem society and vital
to the economic health of the
entire globe.
Strategic location created
port cities, mining towns and
farming communities. The
Bahamas has excellent strate-
gic geographic location and
we must continue to enhance
our value as a transshipment
From the time of Colum-
bus, the travel industry has
continued to increase the eco-
niomic potential of the
Bahamas, as well as it
increased our regional aware-
ness and cultural exchange.
As a small nation with little

more than 300,000 people a
100,000, square miles of war

TH~E muodern world was
nilt on some of the same
principles as the ancient
Tlr-avel. comimuniaicatins,
.:id transportation of goods
ad~t services are three impor-
nt~1 indlustries thlat helped the
. elopment' and success of

:s c~ivilisation spread,
.,wns b~ecamec cities, because
f thec imlportance of sea
uteics, roadcs. railw\ays, and
inlinee connections which
entilually\ increased travel,
r:adiing. and the production

People moved to remote,
mall outposts because of job
opportunities associated with
he lo~cal environment. As a

CRUISE SHIPS IN NASSAU HARBOUR: The tourism industry has been averaging around four million people per year for the past decade.
Sixty to 70 per cent of the gross domestic product of the Bahamas or about three billion dollars came directly from tourism.

Large cargo ships plied the
north Atlantic offshore and
through the Bahamas, headed
to the Central and South
Americas, as well as North
The landmark Hawksbill
Creek Agreement in 1953
between the Bahamas gov-
ernment under the UBP Par-
ty, now defunct, and private
developers led by Wallace
Groves, brought a new era of

tures and beaches create a
top-class vacation destination.
The modern private utilities
provide fine water and elec-
tricity and cable companies,
The Bahamas telecommu-
nications Company BTC, a
government corporation, pro-
vides internet service as well.
It is interesting to note that
Freeport had a television
cable company 30 years
ahead of Nassau.

nd space created by the archi-
ter pelago which stretches for 500
miles from Grand Bahama,
to Inagua, we rely on ships
and planes to fuel domestic
travel and commerce.
In our Bahamas the next
generation must understand
the strategic location of the
Bahamas, as a transshipment
hub as 3vell as the value of
the ecology, climate, and
tropical environment.
Nassau serves as a trans-.
shipment hub for the bulk of
domestic travel and large tons
of foreign imports. Grand
Bahama has the largest facil-
.I ities for international trans-
shipment in the region.
sh om often the wr dtransh
illegal activities such as nar-
cotics traffic, gun traffic, as
well as illegal smuggling of
human cargo.

prosperity for the Bahamas.
Freeport was born as a
transshipment centre and a
heavy industry manufactur-
ing real estate and tourism
took root. Sir Roland Symon-
ette, Sir Stafford Sands, along
with the Christies, Kellys, and
Bakers, and other leading
families orchestrated the land
deals and developed this once
"magic city" called Freeport.
The Grand. Bahama Port
Authority and Development
Company was given unprece-
dented concessions and invit-
ed investors in industry,
hotels, real estate, utilities,
casinos and land and sea
At the same time a ship
registration and insurance
industry based in London
England, has vaulted the
Bahamas registered ship
industry to the third largest
flag carrier mn the world.
In 20 short years the popu-
lation and infrastructure of
Grand Bahama multiplied
exponentially with light
industries, restaurants and
condominiums and fine rest-
dential housing. Freeport was
created to become the com-
mercial capital of the
Freeport Lucaya, with 200
miles of paved roads, some
underground utilities, clean
communities and larger than
the entire island of New Prov-
idence became our second
One of the significant fea-
tures of Freeport is its fine
harbour facilities. Over the
past decade the container
port expansion has opened
up the Grand Bahama hub to
the rest of the world.
These facilities are expand-
ing and will eventually make
it the largest transshipment
facility in one location inl this
Today ships come laden
with containers from China
Europe, Africa, India and the
Middle East tobhestored and
transshipped to the U~SA and
around the world.
Wise planning has created a
ship repair basin that can
accommodate the largest ves-
sels in the world on dry dock.
In Lucaya, the hotel and
residential splendour rpee
with golf courses, water fea-

Grand Bahama once
refined oil at BORCO and
operated several chemical
factories and a cement facto-
ry in the industrial zone.
Aragonite production,
using the natural sand of the
Bahamas, closed down after
the raw product was exported
for 25 years from Ocean Cay
in the Bimini chain to Florida.
The sand was used to make
glass and other construction
products after being stripped,
mined and dredged from the
The northern islands of
Grand Bahama and Abaco
also exported citrus fruits.
papaya and vegetables to
international markets.
Nassau, our capital city,
became the social and cultur-
al hub for mass tourism, the
seat of government, banking,
financial services develop-
ment and old world charm.
The recent opening of Poly-
mers International, which
makes polystyrenlecups, has
been a boost to Freeport's
Freeport and Grand
Bahama have seen adversity
from the loss of jobs. Several
large investments, namely
Syntex and Franklyn Chemi-
cals and the cement company
closed down. To make mat-
ters worse, three major hur-
ricanes hit Grand Bahama,
destroying infrastructure.
including the airport's main
terminal power lines and
hotel properties, stores, busi-
ness houses and many resi-
Oil is still bunkered at East
End (BURMA). Oil along
with the offshore platforms
that service large tankers in
Freeport harbour at BOR-
CO. These facilities can
accommodate super tankers
from around the world.
Two companies have been
negotiating seriously to ship
LNG liquidl natural gas by
pipeline under water from
twa sites in the northern
Bahacmas, from Bimini and
Grand Bahama.
A~s a son of Bimini, and a
grandsonoef Grand Bahama, I
welcome the much-needed
LNG industries to invest in
our nation, which has become
an important transshinipmnt


TIhe Amnerican
applications for

Embassy is presently
the following:

ment ar chip elag o

tr ans

Realty AClssistant

Serves as the senior member of the GSO
Hlou1s i ng Office working .interdependently in
adm rIi n i sre ri ng and managing the complex
legalities and details of an interagency housing pool
tha~t spans. from- New Providence to Grand Bahama

Th ~is position is open to candidates with the
fo~llow-inlg qualifications;

An? Associate Degree in the area of Business
Administration, real estate or a related field.
T'wo years of experience in real estate
leasing/ contracting, property management
or- related field required:
Must have a good working knowledge of
gener-al office procedures, M~icrosoft Office
Suite and data base management.


Must have ability to meet deadlines in a
tim-ely manner and work, independently with
m~rinimum supervision


Th'le su~ccessful candidate will be offered an excellent
compnsaionpackage including performance-based
inrcentives, medical and dental insurance, life insurance,
pensio andl oppor-tunities for training development.

App~liennlrts s must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens
vvben ar1e eligible for em~ploymnent under Bahamian l~aws

Applcaton orms are available from 8:O0a.m. to
5:00pm. Monday through Friday at the security area
ofheAme rica~n Embassy, Queen Str-eet. Comnp leted
0 pi catiosli shuld be returned to the Embassy ad_
dIesse(d to, the HumII-an Riesources Office no later th-an
Frid~iany, Janucary 11, 2008.

*I brief Omar Archer: the PLP will win next

Police identify

\Ns.""nm h~oldiled election if I am elected, chairman

while diving

18 Fl0Pld8 j By TANEKA THOMPSON use the position of chairman to Yesterday he announced his responded to his suggestion for care enough about the issues

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If so, call us on 322-1986
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Everybody is talking about
Calypso Man.



strengthen the party. I also
want to use the position to
address national issues," he
"Being chairman affords you
a national stage to discuss a
number of political issues. I
would like to use that stage to
discuss a number of social
issues, such as the rampant sex-
ual violence and incest in the
over-the-hill area."
In two weeks, he said, he will
be putting forth his agenda out-
lining what he hopes to accom-
plish if elected PLP chairman.
"If I am elected chairman I
guarantee you in the next gen-
eral election the PLP will win
by a landslide," he added.
Only three candidates have
.publicly declared an interest in
running for PLP chairman -
Glenys Hanna-Martin, Paulette
Zonicle and Mr Archer.
However, former MP Keod
Smith, MICAL MP V Alfred
Gray and attorney Fayne
Thompson are rumoured to be
joining the fray.
Ms Hanna-Martin, who has
the support of West End and
Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe,
is the reported front-runner in
the bid for the PLP chairman-
In early December, Mr
Archer called for the candi-
dates to engage in a national
debate to declare their stance
on social issues.

withdrawal of the invitation
due to lack of response from
When asked why he felt
none of the candidates

an open forum, where candi-
dates would discuss their plat-
forms in the public arena, he
answered: "Either they were
afraid to or they just did not

to discuss them publicly.
"I've extended an open invi-
tation and I'm surprised that
no-one has accepted that invi-

Tribune Staff Reporter

IF ELECTED as party chair-
man at the PLP's convention
next month, former BDM
leader Omar Archer is confi-
dent he can help the party win
the next general election by a
In an interview with Thle Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Archer said
he hopes to reinvent the role of
party chairman if given the
opportunity. He spoke of pos-
sibly using the platform to
address social problems and
breaking the position out of its
conventional mould.
The new chairman will be
determined at next month's
PLP convention by party dele-
gates. Current chairman Ray-
nard Rigby recently announced
he would not run for re-elec-
"If the PLP wants to move
forward and are serious about
addressing the concerns of the
people, they need to make a
serious move in terms of chal-
lenging this existing govern-
ment and its policies. We need
someone who is not afraid to
speak out," Mr Archer said,
expressing confidence that he is
the candidate for the job.
"I want to expand the para-
meters as they relate to the
guidelines of being chairman
in the party. I don't just want to


ty Sheriff's Office has
released the name of a 51-
year-old Wisconsin man
who died Dec. 31 while
diving near Key Largo,
according to Associated
Authorities Friday iden-

Wilesad h of Mntte, Wis
Wilsand's dive buddy '
told authorities they had
been groudiving for ab t 25
minutes and were making
their way back to the sur-
face. When he got above
water, the dive buddy
noticed Wilsand floating
face down. Efforts to
resuscitate him were not
The county's medical
examiner has not yet
determined the cause of


8Ptist behind 'It's

a Small Worill Fr

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Disney ,-rtist who helped
create the idyllic universe
of singing children at "It's
a Small World" rides
across the globe, died at
home. She was 84, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Carlson died Wednesday
after long suffering from
cancer, The Walt Disney
C. said Friday.
In a 56-year career'with
Disney, Carlson went from
delivering paints and
brushes to animators to
inking films herself, but it
was her work on "It's a
Small World"' that is wit-
nessed by millions of visi-
tors each year.
Carlson was among the
creators of a miniature
prototype of "It's a SmaH
World" for the 1964
World's Fair in New York
and subsequently helped
bring the attraction to each
of its permanent locations:
Florida, California, Toykio,
Paris and Hong Kong.
Born in Racine, Wis., on
March 16, 1923, Carlson
moved with her family to
southern California in
1938. Within six months of
joining Walt Disney Stu_
dios, she was working on
"Cinderella "Peter Pan"
and other animated fea-
tures over 16 years.
She retired in 2000 and
was given a window in her
honor on Main Street at
Walt Disney World in
Florida. It reads, "Dolls by
Miss Joyce, Dollmaker for
the World."
Carlson is survived by a
sister, Veryl Jones, of
Tampa, and several nieces
and nephews

THE Court of Appeal in 2007 had to handle a
large workload with a reduced number of staff.
Dame Joan Sawyer said mn her annual message
Last ear whas a busy one for the Court of Appeal.
w ith the Justices bearing a total of 160 appllcatlons
for appeal.
Court of Appeal president Dame Joan explained
that, as a result of continuing changes within the sys-
tem, the court's workload had not diminished to
the extent hoped for.
"This has meant that while the court continues to
hear most appeals and applications within the time
limits we have set, this has required a greatly
increased expenditure of mental as well as physical
energy by a reduced number of judicial officers,"
Dame Joan said in her message in the Court of
Appeal's annual report.
newoc a e maa et sytem dw csh ws e nly
introduced will make the administration process
"far easier and more efficient and accurate."
Dame Joan also reflected on the cases brought to
the Court of Appeal following the Privy Council's
ruling that the death penalty is not mandatory in the
case of a murder conviction.
"As a result of a line of decisions by their Lord-
ships in the Privy Council starting with Pratt and
Morgan vs the Queen and ending with Forrester
Bowe Jr and Trono Davis vs the Queen, this court
has had a number of appeals in what used to be
.called 'capital' cases against a statutory background
that has remained virtually unchanged since 1958,"
she said.
The Court of Appeal, during the period from
November, 2006, to October, 2007, heard 47 crimi-
nal appeals from the Supreme Court. Of that num-
ber, 16 were dismissed, two allowed, 25 are pending
and two are awaiting judgment.
The court also heard 84 civil appeals from
the Supreme Court, of which 22 were disinissed,
11 allowed, one withdrawn and 50 are still
Some 24 direct appeals came from the magis-
trates courts. Of those, 11 were dismissed, three
allowed and nine are pending. One of the ma itrate
court appeal cases was not categorised.


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Former~ ise

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas is currently undergoing a period of unprecen-
dented and "ugly" partisanship, former FNM minister Algernon
Allen has claimed.
Mr Allen, suggesting that "personalities" are to blame, said that
an increasing number of "passionate exchanges" are occurring in
parliament that are~ "irrelevant to our hives on the street."
He was speaking on G;EMS radio station's show "The Way For-
ward" on Thursday.
"I cannot understand: why we are in the midst of what is the most
bitter, the most divisive and the most ugly state of partisan politics
that I have experienced," he exclaimed, prefacmng this assertions by
claiming that both Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahinn and opposition
leader Perry Chnistle are men of "unimpeachable integrity" who
both have the "country's best interests at heart."
The attorney said he believes it is the place of party supporters
on both sides to push for their representatives to move beyond such
a manner of interactmng with their fellow parliamentarians on the
other side and "get on with the business of governance."
He said: "My goodness, man! I was able to call Sir Lynden (Pin-
dling) while I was mnumster and speak very openly and very humor-
ously...and we were all able to do things that moved the process a
bit more."
Asked why it may be that those in government today have been
unable to co-operate mn this manner, Mr Allen commented: "There
is a certain uglimess to partisanship that exists on both sides of
the divide.
."If Mr Christie is seen to talk to Mr Ingraham, Mr Christie
is labelled as being consorting with Mr Ingraham in a way
which may not be palatable to the political appetite of the more
sort of difficult members of his group, likewise if Mr Ingraham
embraces Mr Christie he's accused of facilitating Mr Christie's
Despite this, Mr Allen urged that both leaders should "embrace
a commonality of ideas and agendas."
"There are areas which will be outside of that, because some will
be strictly political, some will be highlighted by party's manifestos,
and we understand that and that will be part and parcel of the polit-
ical process, but there have to be some areas where both men will
syteh twee agree a bh each other on the urgent need to address
Mr Allen spoke of crime and concerns about the country's youth
as some priority issues.


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EDITOR, Th~e Tribune.

MY FRIEND Pat Strachan had a letter in the press on
Thursday, January 3, 2008 imploring the Government to
compensate victims of the Sea Hauler tragedy.
He asks the rhetorical question, "Why the I graham gv-
ernment seems unwilling to sit down and settle the claims of
the victims of the Sea Hauler tragedy is, in my opinion, totally
beyond any logical thinking as they recently took $4 million
from the Treasury to compensate ex-employees of Royal Oasis
where.there-w~sa~bspabsolutl no legal liability for government to
give this compensation?" -
On August 2, 2003 two mail boats collided, the United Star
and the Sea Hauler,
A crane fell as a result of the accident and four people were
killed and twenty-five people were maimed.
---It .was repo worsttragedy mg~~dy ir the history of mar-.._ .
time accidents mn The Bahamas.
The PLP government at the time, appointed a "Wreck
Commission" under the "Merchant Shipping Act, Chapter
268" to conduct a public inquiry.
A final report does not appear to have been released to
However, I'm not sure that government has a legal liability
in either the Sea Hauler or the Royal Oasis issues.
I do not see where government should be dipping into the
Public Treasury to compensate people in private sector mat-
Togiat's what the courts are for.
However, I'm willing to donate $100 to help start a
fund/foundation to assist the Sea Hauler victims. Of course
the foundation would be required to complete background
checks on those making claims to determine that they are not
able to help themselves.
It is time we all learned that government has no money
unless it takes it from the citizens first. If we all turn to politi-
cians to help us out each time we suffer a loss we can rest
assured we will all be mired in taxes that we will not want to
-On top of that, we will have a country burdened in more
debt than one can possibly imagmne.
A welfare state is not the answer for the Sea Hauler 'vic-
tims' or anyone else.


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and bugle take us to a place
where the rhythm takes hold
of us and transports us to
where we "get ourselves", in
the woids of Arlene Fergu-
son:, wie "see what we are
looking at", a favourite
expression of Jackson Burn-
tJun o 0 an fe ndaaiso
and cultural enlightenment
but the current expression is
weighed down with some bag-
gage that has to be ejected if
just fr te sake of the young
people we want to transfer the
culture to. If we do not see
what we are looking at, there
will come a day when we are
going to need shades to watch
the parades so that we are not
blinded by the glitter and
glam, and we will lose the sub-
stance of what junkanoo real-
ly means to us.
P.S. Has anyone ~ever
thought of using some of those


vacant buildings east of East
Street? The major groups can
each lease one of those struc-
tures and rejuvenate the
Tourist culture through a more
acciliatejireseritatiori of whlat
Bahamian culture is and do it
on a 24/7, year long basis. We
need the local production of
souvenirs. Providing a more
redeeming place for many of
the young persons who have
had to spend too much of
their school hours doing some-
thing that is very hard to say
so th.Comn dobH tahs gcrus
says, "turn right for T-shirts
and various souvenirs, turn
left for what you really came
to see "
The more adventurous of us
can find a street, any street,
between East Street and Blue
Hill and give the Bahamian
people a chance to participate
in the tourist product in the
way that they did many years
ago. Remember Jumbey Vil-
la e?

December 27, 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AGREE that there is a
need for our children to par-
t~icipate 'in and embrace the
..-cultural dynamic of Junkanoo.
I also agree that it can be used.
as an effective vehicle to draw
students into learning pro-
grammes and practices that
will enhance the educational
strategies in the school sys-
tem. However, I am afraid
that while the strategies and
plans are being "worked out",
a large number of high school

not good. We make a lot of
noise about the "D" average,
but if a lot of our students are
spending too much time in
junkanoo and actively partici-
pating in junior and senior
parades to the extent that a
formal education is neglected,
we are creating a problem for
them and a greater problem
for ourselves,
Junkanoo has a spiritual
dimension that takes many
Bahamians through a "renew-
al process" every time they
participate and even though
this is a laudable aspect of our
national festival, Junkanoo
will never be the "catch all"
for whatever is ailing us. This
national phenomenon must be
seen for what it is, a mirror
that rflreects the ongoing
national consciousness, it is
not a panacea.
We all agree that junkanoo
is a drawing card, especially-
for the young, it is an expres-
sion that can be carried out
by apy three petsggs, one with
a drum, one with~.a whistle and
the other with a set of cow-
bells; this mixture can really
be heated up if someone
comes on board with a bugle.
Presently, in spite of all the
glitter, junkanoo is struggling
for a true identity, and I am of
the opinion that we will never
see its true face until this
expression finds its true resi-
dence and sustenance in the
Bahamian consciousness.
Think of what will happen if
_.we begin to practice it as a
-~B~I~iahannan liiT Ttutat-does
not have to be sustained by
government allocations or cor-
porate sponsors. What can
. happen if_ we see it as our
responsibility, our privilege,
--so~hurit will be- payment
enough just to participate, no
bickering or waiting for
results, no excuses.
We often hear the purity
of the expression in a group
as the modern brass goes
silent and the pulsations cre-
ated by cowbell, drum, whistle

because he tapped into realities that other
Republicans have been slow to recognize. First,
evangelicals have changed.
jHuckabee is the first ironic evangelical on
the national stage. He's funny, campy (see his
Chuck Norris fixation) and he's not at war with
modern culture.
Second, Huckabee understands much better
than Mitt Romney that we have a crisis of
authority mn this country .
People havelost faith antheir leaders' ability
to respond to problems.
While Romney embodies the leadership class'
Huckabee went after it. He's criticised Wall
Street and K Street. Most importantly, he
sensed that conservatives do not believe their
own movement is well led. He took on Rush
Limbaugh, the: free market Club for Growth
Sand even President Bush. The old guard threw
everything they had at him, and their dimin-
ished power is now exposed.
Third, Huckabee understands how middle-
class anxiety is really lived. Democrats are good
at talking about wages and jobs. But real mid-
dle-class families have more to fear economi-
cally from divorce than from a free trade pact.
A person's lifetime prospects will be threat-
ened more by single parenting than by out-
sou,~rcing. Huckabee understands that econom-
ic 4r well-being is fused with social and moral
well-being, and he talks about the inter-rela-
W'7int~higflti Cwif~p no other candidate has,. ,
;;I;Injthat abasle, Huckabee's victory is noi 'a '
Sistp intd the past.
It threatens the Reagan coalition of libertar-
ians and social conservatives to be sure, but it
opens up the way for a new coalition.
A conservatism that recognizes stable families
as the foundation of economic growth is not
hard to imagine. A conservatism that loves cap-
italism but distrusts capitalists is not hard to
imagine, either. Adam Smith felt this way. A
conservatism that pays attention to people mak-
ing less than $50,000 a year is the only conser-
vatism worth defending.
Will Huckabee move on and lead this new
conservatism? Highly doubtful. The past few
- weekshaveexposed his serians~flawrs as a pres-
idential candidate. His foreign policy knowl-
edge is minimal. His lapses into amateurish-
ness simply won't fly in a national campaign.
So the race will move on to New Hampshire.
P omney is now ~grievously wounded. Romne
rsetes what's letof pRepu ~lans lex md
iterations of Reptiblicanism 2.0. Mly guess is -
Republicans will now swing behind McCain in
order to stop Mike.
Huckabee probably won't be the nominee,
but starting Thursday night in Iowa, an evan.
gelical began the Republican Reformation.
(This article was written by David Brooks of
the New York Times News Service c.2008).

OTTUMWA, Iowa I've been through
election rights that brought a political earth-
quake to the country. I've never been through
an election night that brought two.
Barack Obama seems to have won the Iowa
You'd have 'to have a heart of stone not to
feel moved by this. An African-American man
wins a closely fought campaign in a pivotal
He beats two strong opponents, mecluding
the mighty Clinton machine. He does it in a
system that favours rural voters. He does it by
getting young voters to come out to the cau-
This is a huge mofeiit. Ifs one o~f thise tisfiies
when a movement that seemed ethereal and
idealistic became a reality and took on political
Iowa won't settle the race, but the rest of the
primary season is going to be coloured by the
glow of this event.
Whatever their political affiliations, Ameri-
cans are going to feel good about the Obama
victory, which is a story of youth, possibility
and unity through diversity the primordial
themes of the American experience.
And Americans are not going to want to see
this stopped.
When an African-American man is leading a
juggernaut to the White House, do you want to
be the one to stand up and sa-YZ "'
"" ObBihBliatacahieved some e4 ~f~ aL ~~
At4 first blush, his speeches ar sc-
ular sermions of personal uplift filled with
disquisitions on the nature of hope and the con-
tours of change.
He talks about erasing old categories like
red and blue (and implicitly, black and white)
and replacing them with new categories, of
which the most important are new and old. He
seems at first more preoccupied with changing
thinking than changing legislation.
Yet over the course of his speeches and over
the course of this campaign, he has persuaded
many Iowans that there is substance here as
- -- He btuiltargreat-organiz~tion~. He-produced a
tangible victory.
He's made Hillary Clinton, with her wonkish,
pragmatic approach to politics, seem uninspired.
He's made John Edwards, with his angry cries
that "corporate~greed is.killing your children's
auture,issecom od fashioned. Edwards' political
Obama is changing the tone of American lib-
eralism, and mpaybeAmericanp~o~litics, too.
_ On theltepublican side, my message is: Be
not afraid.
Some people are going to tell you that Mike
Huckabee's victory Thursday night in Iowa rep-
resents a triumph for the rapture brigades, a
crusade for the creationists. Wrong.
Huckabee won not for his sermons but


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The two lowa earthquakes

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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE government should be
"bold" and eligage with gang lead-
ers and other street-level figures
if it is to address the youth "crisis" '
and further an "innovative" youth
agenda, a former FNM .minister
said yesterday.
Algernon Allen, former housing
minister, said that if the govern-
ment does not act now to forge "a
new way forward" as it relates to
youth policy the country will "lose
a generation."
He was speaking on GEMs radio
station's show, "The Way For-
ward" on~ Thursday.
The attorney said that while the
Bahamas has "boxed itself" into
"foolish~ moral and political con-
straints" when it comes to formu-
lating policy, this must change.
"I believe that we need non-tra-
ditional youth officers," he said.
"There are some fellas out there
who are soldiers who have tremen-

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judge has ordered the strictest
set of restrictions ever
imposed on the United States
Navy's use of mid-frequency
sonar testing off the southern
Californian coast, according
to international reports.
This decision is part of a
court battle between US envi-
ronmentalists and the US
Navy over the protection of
marine life from underwater
sonar testing.
The sonar testing in ques-
tion is similar to the testing
carried out by the US Naval
testing facility AUTEC in the
Tongue of the Ocean near
The testing facility has
undergone intense scrutiny
and harsh criticism from local
and international environ-
mentalists whoafealtthensonar

ruptions on Bahamian marine
However, AUTEC has
always maintained that any
tes ic} canrieda ut adhre t
On Thursday, US Judge

Florence-Marie Cooper
ordered the Navy to "refrain
from using the powerful sub-
marine-hunting sonar within
12 miles of the coast", an area
heavily populated by migrat-
ing grey whales, dolphins, and
other marine mammals, the
LA Times reports.
Among the restrictions
Judge Cooper ordered, the
Navy must spend an hour
searching for marine mam-
mals mn the area before start-
ing any training mission while
implementing continued ship-
board and air observation for
whales and dolphins while
sonar testing is bemng done.
According to the LA Times,
if any marine mammals are
spotted within 2,200 yards of
a ship using sonar the Navy
will have to cease its use
The judge also prohibited
the use of Navy mid-frequen-
cy sonar testing mn the Catali-
na Basmn, an area re orted to
hv ea high popu ation of


delght of Poshionts
Mf TAMPA, Fla.
IT WAS almost back to
normal in Florida on Friday
the skies were blue, the
sun was shining, shorts were
on and the iguanas were back
in the trees, according to
Associated Press,
Everything was just the
r way it should be mn the Sun-
shmne State.
di mprataurhe snTahurs sy
forcing Floridians to don win:
ter attire suitable for the
snow-covered streets of the
Midwest or Northeast. By
Friday, temperatures were
back up to the 60s and 70s in
central and southern parts of
the state much to the
delight of the residents and
In Miami Beach, people sat
at sidewalk cafes along the
tourist hangouts of Lincoln
Road and Ocean Drive.
Some patrons wore light jack-
ets, sweat shirts and even
scarves. But others wore T-
shirts, shorts and flip flops.
Cody Barbu and his girl-
friend considered leaving
Miami and returning to
Chicago after Thursday's cold
"Today, we looked at the
foe at2 ad decide dt astay
Ocean Drive. "It's no sense
to pay all the expenses just to
stay in the room."
South Florida's reptile res-
idents didn't appreciate the
cold temperatures either -
iguanas rained from the trees
of a Key Biscayne park dur-
ing the chill.
The cold-blooded reptiles,
which can grow up to six feet
long, go into a deep sleep
when the temperature falls
ino these ts. E prtstsaeytheir
their grip on the tree.
It is more like suspended
animation than sudden death.
Experts say the reptiles perk
up when the temperaturesrris-
es. Most of the iguanas were
once pets that' got released
when they got too big.
There was a slight drop-off
.in attendance Thursday at
Busch Gardens Africa in
Tampa, but visitor figures
rebounded Friday, said
spokesman Gerard Hoeppn-
He noted that tempera-
tures in the 30s and 40s may
chill Floridians to the bone,
but that's a light winter for
many reteso and Cdnaedwans
In the historic Ybor City
district of Tampa, a mild
breeze blew and many peo-
ple still opted to wear
sweaters Friday afternoon.
Pete and Mary Lou Linder
of Stillwater, Minn., said
friends and relatives back
home were looking forward
to temperatures in the 30s this
weekend. "They're so excited
about it, they can hardly
st and wif se prt
of Thursday, which broke sin-
gle day low temperature
records in parts of Florida, in
a swimming pool. It was heat-
ed, tey hneceded ut no
home without chipping
through a layer of ice.
Even natives who suffer
through Florida's stifling sum-
mr fudisdome relief in this

Johan me nri z ta Sosu
Beach resident
Farmers were glad to see
the mercury rise Friday.
Many spent Wednesday
night and early Thursday
carefully monitoring their
fields trying to protect their
crops from freezing tempera-
SCitrus crops weathered.the
cooldown largely unscathed.
But Plant City strawberry
growers continued to watch
Friday as some of their crops
shriveled, and tomato fields
farther south in Immokalee
were similarly affected.

Tomato growing firm Tay-
lor and Fulton suffered 30 to
40idperclentnlo s in itsh felh ,
worked as a grower and pack-
erwith the cma f or
epcaed thefez tohrhm r
the state's overall winter
tomato production.
A better picture of the
damage to vegetable crops
co"id com nepMondy, whenn
culture releases a weekly
progress report.

dous influence in their areas -
they are leaders of the gangs, lead-
ers of the band.
"Why can't we be bold enough
to embrace some of these, see if
we can get into them the right-
equsness of what we are about,
and say 'now guys you are our
workers, we need you now to be
our messengers'? (The government
should) drive the agendas through
the heads of the brothers," he


While noting that the electorate
m der the goen t iin
m auch of cr mino IT'm or it
ting down' talking to a bunch of
hoodlums" by bringing these per-
sons into the fold, the government
would be making the pcunt that
these persons can, if given the
chance, redeem themselves and
Even as we suggest this people
will say 'oh but these people ought

not to be in the mix', but we are at
a critical stage, we have to be inno-
vative and we have to embrace the
non-traditional to achieve
objectives because what is hap-
pening in the country is not the
traditional way of life," said Mr
He also suggested that the req-
uisite focus could be brought to
bear on the youth agenda if the
prime minister were to take
responsibility for the youth port-
"The prime minister could bring
all of the national resources and
he could shape the programmee"
said Mr Allen, suggesting that
whereas other ministers would
have difficulties "competing" for
funding with other cabinet mem-
bers, the priaine minister would not
struggle with this.
Mr Allen spoke of a need for a
"long term" youth programme.
"Th~e crisis that we are now facing
is of such urgency that the whole
focus has to be taken at the highest
possible level," he said.

"Yes, it is the Christmas season
but I wish they would concen-
trate on doing a good job all
year and less on a tip at the

:6 end of the year."

T~rbune Staff Reporter

"Listen, I am vex, vex,
because at this' special
time of year, when we ..
should be celebrating "J
the birthday of our ~:~
Lord, and enjoying ~'
our family at home,
when no-one
should be angry,
the people who are ~
in chre ofor:~

to burn it just as.
we are settling '
down for the' :
evening to have ';l~;:
our family time
together. And to
make matters
worse the dump
burned all night and
we could not sleep :
"Oh yes,.we got the :
same thing on the Fami-
ly Islands as Carmichael
Road in Nassau. Please print
this for me because I headed
to the Prime Minister next. He is
the only one these people respect
mcs che say wet hteonen and mean
even though I vex at this hour of the morning
when Ishould be sleeping,"
Can't Sleep in Eleathera

"You know what my problem is? Don't
garbage collectors get paid a government
salary like other civil servants? So why is it
around the holidays they blow their horn
loud or even more brazenly walk up and
knock on ya' door expecting a holiday tip? I
find that disgustingl

"I vex because
there are too many
illegal immigrants
'. on New Provi-
dence. If Immi-
gration would do
'ter job d
ous shanty
:~.:. towns in Fox

Farrington Road
and seemingly
everywhere else
there would be
:-.;. l.- only a moderate
.presence of this
` menace."
Dean, Fox HIll.

"P'm vex at all the dirty,
:T. homeless people hanging
around Nassau begin' people.
I understand they are homeless
ina unh the n takea in the sa onc
Disgusted In Elizabeth Estates

"I vex at Cable Bahamas! They offer
Bahannans crappy service but always have a
bill for ya.
"And tell me how,whealTpay my bill every
month, they charge me for a month out-
standing. You got to watch these people like
hawks to make sure yoix ain' getting ripped
SChester, Sea Breeze.


Former minister: govt should engage

gang leaders to address youth 'crisis'

New state-or-tne-art

SOftWare in COUrt Of

Appeal computer system
IN AN effort to reduce the time it takes to process cases, the
Court of Appeal has introduced new state-of-the-art software into
its computer system.
By far the most modern of the country's courts, the Court of
Appeal is now well on its way to becoming a high-tech court of the
21st century.
Two months ago new case management software was installed in
the Court of Appeal to assist mn managing open files.
The Court of Appeal Information System (CAIS) is a modem
database system using leading technology to track and record cas-
es on appeal from the lower courts, from filing the case to dispos-
alI its anua port, released on Thursday, the Court of Appeal
said that this system was originally developed for the Royal Courts
of Justice in London and has been operational there for over 10
Theyrimary objectives of this computer system are to increase
, the acdurasy of reg.oggig and procestifig of dad~ 'improving effi.
cien'cy and simpgi~ny data entry.
The system "encapsillates" the administration process of the
Court of Appeal rules, the annual report said.
The CAIS also features an extensive "document processing
engine" which allows documents in virtually any electronic format
to be stored then retrieved with a single mouse click.
"The wealth of information captured during case management is
presented to courts staff in a number of ways. Many reports are
available which allow court staff to monitor the progress of cases
and to take appropriate action when necessary," the Court of
Appeal said.
The installation of the new case management software is phase
four in the Court of Appeal's six-step plan to mecrease efficiency
through technology.

no ogy bnie te or n d ah hurdut o a ont ane syt
istration with the creation of a website in 2002.
The website, www.courtofappeal.org.bs, received a total of
234,505 hits in 2007 a 84.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

IA 1udge Oraers

feStrictions on US

NRVy mid-frequency

Sonar testing

Bahamas feels the cold -

but not for the fjrst timne


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"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street-
P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-81 35
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-7:00PM Rev. Gerald Richardson
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James NeillyH/C
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs/HC

T NTMY METHR WTI HURH Frederick Street
.7:00PM No Service


YRENEWL on Sonaya .1:0am on ZS lely
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Rev. Christo her H.Nel

Mrs. Kendis L. Carey, President; Rev. Dr. Laverne R. Lockhart Vice
President; Dr. Reginald W. Eldon, Secretary and Mr. Vincent A. Knowles'
Treasurer extends warm Christmas wishes to all Churches in The
Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church and to each and every
person in The Bahamas. We pray that God will bless each other and
everyone with good health, safety and joy at this special Season of the


Sunday, January 6, 2008
11:30 a~m. &Z 7:00 p.m. Speaker

PRStor Rex Major
man O m.94 nudh idd~s~ *us.

A Grounded In The Past & Geared To the Future

Worship Time: 11amr & 7pm

Sunday School: 9:45am

PEryet 'une. 6:30~pstr

Place: T'he Madcreira Shoppin~g

(eachI Sun~tyn mtorninrg on
ov 11.9at :30~in Re~v. Dr. Frank~lin Knowles

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
P.O. Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712


LOW temperatures record-
ed over the past couple of
days in The Bahamas are rem-
iniscent of what Bahamians
called "the coldest day in Nas-
sau," according to Chief Cli-
matological Officer Michael
Temperatures were expect-
ed to plummet to the upper
30s. "This is the coldest it has
been for quite some time," he
In northern Florida, tem-
peratures were expected to
drop as low as 20 degrees and
meteorologists recorded 39
degrees in Miami on Thurs-
day morning.
The coldest day recorded in
The Bahamas occurred on
January 19, 1977, when the
temperature reached
remarkable 35 degrees.
Snowfall was reported in
various parts of the country
and, according to reports from
Grand Bahama that' year,
"that night there was a thin
layer of frost on the lakes in
the area."
The Tribune headline from
January 19, 1977, read:
BAHAMA'S Baby it's cold
outside!" Flights on that day
were grounded, the schools mn
the Bahamas closed early, and
there were power cuts due to
the extreme weather.
This was the first time that
such extreme cold tempera-
tures were experienced in the
recorded weather history of
the Bahamas.
That year Chief Met Offi-
cer Kenneth Lightbourne said:

m e reoly mnosr: rrayer-ulne number Is azo-14r
7:00 A.M. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Rosemary Williams
11:00 A.M. Rev. Caria Culmer/Sis. Nathalie Thompson (HC)
7:00 P.M Rev. Carla Culmer/ Board of Finance & Investments (H'C)

n, ::Ha~j~:~s.g eag .egy-SS~~
1977 In some cases trees were ripped up from their roots by
strong winds which accompanied a cold front which hit the Bahamas.
Inman i sta es the trees f Il across sre~etstcausin ojhicula trdt

power lines causing powercuts over most of New Providence.

slammed into others causing
chaos on the waterfront."
BASRA was kept busy with
assistmng over a dozen boats
in distress. A number of mail-
boats broke free of their
moorings and drifted to sea
and the 'Miss Beverly' and
'Air Swift' both sank. In addi-
tion, a small Cherokee plane.
was reported missing.
Across the islands, electric-
ity supply was interrupted and
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration was kept busy with
calls from all districts in New
Providence about powerlines
being down. Many areas,
including Eastern Road, East
Street and Chippingham were
without power for periods of
the day.
In addition to sunken boats,
missing planes and interrupted
power supply, trees were torn
down, and roads were littered

1977 Despite heavy coats, residents complained of the cold as
temperatures dipped to the 50s in New Providence and the 30s in
Freeport, Grand Bahama. Young man above trudges down street
bedecked in overcoat to keep off chilly winds.

with debris caused by high
Because of the extreme cold
and wind, schools were closed
early and businesses closed up
shop. It was reported that
straw vendors huddled togeth-
er in their stalls anadwatched
as their wares were tossed ~
about in the-market.
One man said: "My God,
this is the worst weather I've
seen. I mean, you can't even
stand in one place. You just
get wet up, I don't know
what's happening."
According to meteorolo-
gists, the reason for such

extreme cold weather was the
heightened speed of the cold
front. Usually, the warm
waters of the Gulfstream
would have regulated tem-
peratures, but as the front
moved so quickly, the
warrit Gulf waters .had little
effege.'-: :
"Also, a liid pressure' area
centred netf'?Bermuda, 920
miles north of here, deepened
and strengthened during the
night and this, along with the
frontal system, created the
cold and strong northerly
wmnds mn excess of 50 mph,"
the weatherman said.

"At least from all our avail-
able records this has shattered
them. Our records show that
this has never happened here

Normally, temperatures
around December and Janu-
ary are in the mid-60s to the
The 'unnatural' weather was
the catalyst for chaos in 1977.
Wind associated with the
extreme cold front was the
main culprit as there were
strong winds from 18-25 mph
with gusts up to 35 mph.
SThe warning from the Met
Office read: "Seas will be very
rough and a small craft warn-
ing is in effect for all areas."
Reports indicated that "sev-
eral boats were sunk, others
in Nassau harbour broke their
moorings and drifted away or

Sunday School: 10am
Preaching I 1am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour.
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm



1977 Hundreds of television
antennae suffered damage when
ston'o'bned~s ether blew the ie
and trees also were major casual-
ties of the weather.

M~oinig Worship Service ...
Sunday School or0 all ages ...
Acdut Education ... ........ .
Worshlp Service .. ..... .. .
Spantsh Sewlice .. ....... ....
Evening W~orship Service .... .

8 30 0.m.
9 45 m
9.45 0.m
11 00 a.m
8 00 0.m
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Kenya opposition seeks new

KENYA'S opposition party demanded new presidential elections
Friday as thousands of hungry slum dwellers swamped aid workers
after dayseof deadly riots over the disputed vote cut supplies of gro-
ceries and water, according to Associated Press.
A spokesman for President Mwai Kibaki said there would only
be a rerun of the Dec. 27 election if a court orders it. Kenya's
high court, which can annul the vote and force a new one, was large-
ly appointed by Kibaki.
"The government doesn't reject or accept this. Only the court can
calldfor the rerun of the election," Alfred Mutua told The Associ-
Kibaki won a second term it~ the election, but international
observers say the vote tally was flawed. His rival, Raila Odinga,
accused him of stealing the election.
Some 300 people have been killed and 100,000 left homeless in
a week of turbulence that took an alarming ethnic twist, pitting oth-
er tribes against Kibaki's Kikuyu people. Shopjs and homes have
been looted and houses and cars set ablaze, bringing chaos to a
country considered an island of stability in violence-plagued East
T country should prepare "for a new election of the president,"
said Anyang Nyongo, secretary-general of Odinga's Orange Demo-
cratic Movement.
"This is about a democracy and justice," Nyongo said. "We shall
continue to defend and promote the right of Kenyans so that the
democratic process should be fulfilled."


Trouble spread Friday from Nairobi, the capital, to the coastal
tourist city of Mombasa, where police hurled tear gas to scatter
more than 1,000 protesters.
"Kibaki has stolen our vote!" they yelled. "No Raila, no peace!"
In Nairobi, Odinga supporters vowed that street protests would
continue Friday, but none materialized. Instead, armed soldiers with
riot shields patrolled.
Fred Nguli, 24, said he was simply too hungry to march.
"As these rallies continue we are suffering because we are all
casual laborers," he said. "You need food for energy to work or
even demonstrate."
In Mombasa, food shortages caused price rises, with the cost of
a loaf of bread more than doubling to $1, said Michael Musembi,
who sells wood carvings.
"There is no kerosene to light lamps with. To travel round town
is difficult because transporters have raised fares," he said.



op partnerships that will
::,::,lybunfca rla onnd
ships and academic experi-
The government of Canada
offered scholarships as a part
of the Canadian Common-
wealth Scholarship Pro-
gramme to recognized Cana-
dian publicly-funded univer-
The goal of the Graduate
Students' Exchange Pro-
gramme (GSEP) is designed
to encourage Canadian uni-
versities and colleges to
develop or expand their
exchange programmes with
eligible countries like The

Baharmas10stoudent thahd:
government scholarships for
participation in a student
exchange programme.
Ms Bianca Dean and Ms
Dennise Newton are the two
COB students who have been
awarded funding for a short-
term study abroad pro-
gramme in Canada.
Dean, a junior studying
business administration, will
spend the spring semester at
St Francis Xavier University,
Nova Scotia, Canada.
St Francis has been ranked
as "the number one primarily
undergraduate instruction in
Canada" by Maclean's maga-

zine for five consecutive
Newton, a senior in tourism
and hospitality management,
will complete her academic
experience at Holland Col-
lege in Charlottetown, Prince
Edward Island, an interna-
tional leader in "hands on,
skills-based training."
Dean and Newton were
selected from a pool of about

20 College of The Bahamas
students in Nassau and
Freeport. The candidates
demonstrated a commitment
to academic excellence dur-
ing their individual interviews
and expressed a willingness
to serve as ambassadors of
COB and the nation.
Dean and Newton's indi-
vidual $10,000 scholarships
will cover travel, living and

other related academic
expenses. They depart Nas-
sau on January 11 and will
return in mid-May.
St Francis Xavier and Hol-
land College are two of the
Canadian institutions with
exchange agreements with
The college continues to
pursue a vigorous agenda for
internationalisation to devel-

announced the three top indi-
viduals selected to move on to
the final stage of the Scotia-
bank Change-Maker Chal-
The contest asked students
and young adults from
Jamaica, Trinidad and Toba-
go, Barbados, and The
Bahamas to share their vision
of banking innovation.
The finalists are:
*Earl Rennie from Trinidad
and Tobago, who proposed an
interactive online customer
management tool, which tar-
gets young adults.
*Latoya Campbell from
Jamaica, who proposed an
onlinetaecurity/fraud protec-
tion system.
*Sharene Gaitor from The
Bahamas, who proposed a
multi-phase mortgage pro-
gramme that is tied to an indi-
vidual's salary.
"We received more than 300
original ideas from young
adults across the Caribbean
region," said Pat Minicucci,
Scotiabank's senior vice-presi-
dent for.the Caribbean. "In a
field of outstanding submis-
sions these were the best of the
Contestants were asked what
fresi new banking servicetth y
were the CEO of a leading
financial institution like Sco-
tiabank. The three top submis-
sions were selected by a panel

of judges made up of business
and academic leaders from
throughout the Caribbean, as
well as senior Scotiabank exec-
utives. Summaries of the three
finalists' submissions can be
viewed at http://www.change-
The top three finalists will
be invited on an all-expenses
paid trip to Jamaica to present
in front of the panel of judges.
On January 18, 2008, the
individual with the best pre-
sentation and most viable,
innovative idea will take home
the US$10,000 grand prize.
The second and third place
entrants will take home
US$5,000 and US$3,000
respectively. .*
The winners will be
announced by the judging pan-
el at a press conference fol-
lowing the presentations.
The Scotiabank Change-
Maker Challenge was devel-
oped to reflect the importance
the bank places on its young
customers and their ideas. Sco-
tiabank is committed to help-
ing young adults achieve their
dreams by becoming finlancial-
ly better off.
Scotiabank has been part of
the Caribbean and Central
America since 1889. It has

oThebn ha ssooe 1237
employees mn the region, serv-
ing more than two million cus-
tomers, with about 380 branch-
es and about 852 ABMs.

THE Bahamas Against Crime Project has received assistance from two local businesses.
Executive Motors, agents for Toyota, loaned a vehicle for the duration of the project, while The
Sign Man provided lettering on the car, making it a virtual moving billboard.
Rev C B Moss, executive director of the anti-crime campaign, thanked the firms on behalf of
the board of directors and the entire project.
Mr Freddie Alburyr of Executive Motors and Mr Peter Bates of The Sign Man expressed plea-
sure at being able to contribute. .-
Pictured from left: Rev C B Moss, Mr Freddie AlburJF!as (fg Peter Bates..-

Large Slupment of Used Cars


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COB students awarded. '10,000

Canadian govt scholarships

AllR agIvesy


THE University of
the West Iqdies (UWI)
has declared Monday,
January 7, 2008, to be
UWI Day, signalling
the start of the year of
celebration of the
regional icon's 60th
Celebratory events
will take place across
the English-speaking
Caribbean and the
Caribbean Diaspora in
the US, Canada and
the UK throughout
According to a UWI
press statement, the
lulc igade holds srpe-
the institution.

Jam aica. y7 97
"th warsat others frs
meetin tha the dniecsi-
sion wa taen th the Ws
landis atCI) Mona
sutble for etstabirshe-
ing i the fis cmuse of th

Crts Ommcitt g

"Th relase stateds fi
mei that seerl ca dcm-
mittee will work toa th
pland clbatiMons o a
aational ee, w hile a s
cen tral plning com-u o

mitte chaied yUI

fhessrENel Harris, *
wille cooriat UWIk t
staff sertudents and
60ntha panniversary
mThere willd be sevral

.ing hacermnwillr be at :
thel UWorI Cave HWi
ctampsus int Barbdoon
Sndayu, Jaginuay 2.It
wil ncud an intesr-
fathserv icl e atte St
e sblihau obf u t 6h
Gon Prce ssiony wl a
truhthe streCaet of
withu an open air con-

:?:da, Jnury2 Inte
plait ece at the UIs od

hase pl ane its aninh
renown and csonfeec

Otherog tsreunios of te
enigieering law and n

agriculturealmoni are
calson e plannedthoh-
out te ya at the UI od
UWI campuss in St a
dosic. Th eia
Atun theculinationof

teuions an blck-te galA
docinne ill e hosted i
buy then SatAuutines M
U IoTO sa nimes ary t
eninitiaives wil becan-
nels led nto a special
UWI Regional Endow-
will bae Hlaunched

dueyermlone 00 celer-

The fund will facili-
tate infrastructural
projects across the
region, such as a com-
muting students' facili-
ty for students at UWI
Mona; a new hall of
residence to accommo-
date 800-1,000 stu-
dents at UWI St
Augustine; an Inter-
faith Chapel at UWI
Cave Hill and a Cultur-
al Studies Institute for
the UWI's 12 territo-

BHSilOSSOS assist Bahamas Against Crime Project

re mises

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NOTICE is hereby given that HUGUETTE LOUIS of SUNRISE
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 5TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby iven that NIXON CEPOUDY OF
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 29TH day of DECEMBER,
2007 to the Minister res onsible for' Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-/ 147, Freeport, Bahamas.

P 4#Ll.Ibe N IC.

The Public is hereby advised that 1, PHILUIP NATHANIEL
SMITH of Southern District in the Island of New
Providence, intend to change my name to PHILLIP
NATHANIEL MAJOR. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, R.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, CREIGHTON
DONALD CURRY of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to
change my name to MARIQ DQNALD CURRY. If
there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.


FROM page one

told hen tdlatttle do

been served. The Tribune
canl confirm that it has not
yet received any writ of sum-
mons from Mr Gray, Gwen-
dolyn House or Fred
Mitchell. Nor had a writ
been delivered to its lawyers
by the close of business Fri-
At the news conference, I
Mr Mitchell said:
"Yesterday 3rd January,
two writs of summons gen-
erally endorsed were filed in
the Supreme Court of the
Counmonw alhf of Ahee

Gray te member of parlia-
ment of Mayaguana, I agua
Crooked Island, Acklins an]
Long Cay (MICAL) seat in
the House of Assembly. The
writs come as a result of cer-
tain allegations made, which
Mr Gray asserts are false,
misleading, defamatory and
injurious to his reputation as
a member of Parliament and
as a counsel and attorney of
the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of the
Mr Mitchell also used the
occasion to caution media
houses about publishing
what he termed "unchecked
allegations" aais cto b t
upon the p ess to understand
that in playing its needed
role in society it ought to
refrain from repeating sala-
co andcuni excke hega
tons s3.c ijr h eu

is now for the courts to adju-
dicate these matters."

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her pants saying: "Let me eat
it, let me touch it."
She claimed that, follow-
ing a struggle with Miller, he
passed out and she packed
what she could in a backpack
and left.
She told the court that she
saw Miller at work the next
day and Miller told her that
he didn't know what had hap-
pened and promised not to
do it again
The woman claimed that
she did not want to bring any
embarrassment to the GEMS
company, but following a
prayer meeting at GEMS on
March 21, she broke down
and spoke to Debbie Bartlett,
CEO of GEMS, about all that
had occurred,
The woman told the court
that arrangements were made
for her to see a psychologist
the very next day.
The woman testified that
before she was able to see the
psychologist that day, how-
ever, Miller came to where
she was living, even before
she had taken a bath and
brushed her teeth, and took
her to work.

The woman told the court
that while at work Miller told
her that he needed money.
She told the court that she
gave him $200. The woman
testified that she had a press
conference to attend that
morning and Miller told her
that she "didn't look good"
and took her to his house
where most of her clothes still
The woman told the court
that she had been reluctant
to enter his home. While
inside she alleged that Miller
told her that he was the boss
and that she was not going
The woman alleged that
Miller began to undress her
and when she resisted him
they got into a "tussle" during
which her bra was torn. The
bra was submitted in evi-
dence yesterday.
The complainant also told
the court of how she was sub-
sequently taken off the radio
station as the news anchor.
The woman also claimed that
she attempted to resign from
GEMS three times, but her
resignation was not accepted.

During cross-examination,
Miller's lawyer, Michael
Kemp, said his client hag
been a "Good Samaritan" to
the complainant.
Mr Kemp also suggested
that it was someone else who
persuaded her to make a
report against Miller. It was
never her intention to make
the matter public.
The woman admitted that
was not her intention initially,
but after speaking to the psy-
chologist, it was he who said
that it was his duty to report
the matter to the police.
Mr Kemp also suggested to
the woman that she had beeri
a part of a conspiracy to keep
Miller off the air for thq
months leading up to the May.
2 general election. The
woman denied this. *
Sergeant Mark Anthony
Barrett told the court that
when he interrogated Millei,
about the complainant's
claims, Miller told him he hadi
nothing to say and that hi$
investigation was based on
baseless accusations.
The case was adjourned toI
January 14.

eral hours she went home.
She testified that that night
she called Miller and offered
her resignation beca e her
living conditions had gone
The woman testified that
Miller told her "we are a
team" and that she should not
resign because of that. She
said that Miller told her to
move because her family was
basically a distraction and
when she told him that she
had nowhere- to go, Miller
said she could stay with him
until they found an apart-
The woman claimed that
she moved into Miller's home
for what was only supposed
to be a few days, but ulti-
mately became a few weeks.
The complainant denied ever
consenting to any sexual
favours with Miller. She told
the court that she slept in
Miller's bed while he slept on
the couch.
The woman told the court
that on March 5, while falling
asleep in Miller's bedroom
Miller, who she claimed
appeared to be drunk, came
in and began pulling down

tion like that unless he had certain
documentation in his possession."
Mr Rolle said Mr Rufa had made.
certain requests of the immigration
department since leaving the coun-
try, and has been allowed back to
"On the basis of the action we had:
taken in September, we are satisfied'
that those actions were sufficient to.
merit whatever position we were in:
initially. And so he has been allowed
to come back in the country by virtue
of his ownership of a condo unit, and
his position as an elected executive
board member with certain obliga-
tions.~and responsibilities of being on
such a Board.
"I am aware of complaints filed
against Mr Rufa which has a lot to do
with interpersonal relationships and
conflicts with a few employees and
one or two owners.
"I also understand that there are
legal matters before the courts
regarding certain activities and indi-
viduals and the board.
"The department can only act with-.
in the rights and duties of the guide-
lines of the law, our reaction cannot
be based on expressed opinions as to.
what the department should or
should not do.
"Right now, Mr Rufa is here as a
visitor that is the only status he
has. And that is what precipitated'
our actions because we wanted to
ensure that he abides by that status
while he is on the island," said Mr

Hotel, said he was shocked to
learn that Mr Rufa was back on the
"If Mr Rufa was not deported, then
why was he taken into custody by
immigration officials, jailed and sent
out of this country?" he asked.
Mr Morley said the union is very
concerned about threats allegedly
made by Mr Rufa against some work-
ers at the Coral Beach Hotel.
He said there is speculation among
workers that Mr Rufa may have con-
nections with some very influential
contacts in Freeport.
When The Tribune spoke with Mr
Rolle at his office, he confirmed that
Mr Rufa has been permitted to
return to Freeport as a visitor.
He explained that immigration offi-
cials in Freeport executed a "super-
vised departure" of Mr Rufa in Sep-
tember 2007.
"That means we took Rufa into
custody and we saw him out of the
country," he said.
Mr Rolle also stated that Mr Rufa
was not charged because there was
insufficient evidence against him at
the time.
"At the time, we were not com;-
fortable ~with his presence in tlie
country seeing that we found him at
that particular location (at the old
CIBC) and we cancelled his visitor's
stay," he explained.
"We saw him out of the country
and gave him certain instructions that
he was not supposed to come back
in the country and be found in a posi-


Woman complainant testi tes

in Sexual harassment case

FROM pae one

to see if she was easy. She tes-
tified that Miller claimed he
wotdld not have hired her if
she were.
The complainant said that
on February 8 she went to the
Turks and Caicos Islands to
cover the elections with sev-
eral other GEMS reporters.
She testified that, while cov-
ering elections in The Turks
and Calcos Islands, Miller
told her that the MP with
responsibility for lands was
the only one she could sleep
with, as he claimed that the
Turks and Caicos economy
was booming. The complaint
told the court that when she
returned to New Providence
on February 13, 2007, Miller'
who had returned on an ear-
lier flight, was waiting out-
side the airport.
The woman alleged that
Miller told her to get into his
car. When asked by prosecu-
tor Calvin Seymour why she
had got mnto Miller's car, the
woman replied: "When Mr
wM ler tohd eo o s cel"
of a choice, he did what he
had to do to make you do
what he wanted." She also
admitted that, in fact, she did

that sahy andnMilehwee= t
the Green Parrot where they
ate and drank and after sev-

Protest s ~ed at the

Dept of Inunigration over

return. of Canadian citizen

FROM page one

that Mr Rufa was not deported when
he reported in the newspaper back
in September that he was deported?"
asked an angry female protestor, who
identified herself only as a concerned
"We want answers and we want Mr
Rolle to step down because he seems
to be contradicting himself by say-
ing one thing in September, and then
saying something else this week in
the newspaper," she said.
Canadian Bruno Rufa, a condo
owner at the Coral Beach Hotel and
Condominiums, was escorted by
immigration officials onto an Amer-
ican Eagle flight at the Grand
Bahama International Airport on
September 24.
Mr Rufa, who entered the Bahamas
as a visitor at the time, was allegedly
found by immigration officials at the
old CIBC Building on Queens High-
way where he was suspected of
engaging in activities "outside the
scope" of his visitor status.
Additionally, Mr Rufa, who is an
executive board member of the Coral
Beach Hotel Condo Board, has been
embroiled in an ongoing conflict with
several employees, and Bahamian
condo owners and shareholders at
the resort.
Several complaints and petitions
against Mr Rufa have been filed with
the Immigration office in Freeport.
Moses Daxon, one of the owners
and shareholders at Coral Beach

" 'rt Ric .

MBOGOTA, Colombia

DNA analysis indicates a 3-
year-old boy living in a Bogo-
ta foster home is the child of a
woman held captive by leftist
rebels for nearly six years,
Colombia's top prosecutor
said Friday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The results suggest Presi-
dent Alvaro Uribe was right
and that the leftist rebels
misled Venezuelan President
i'l-ugo Chavez and the world
when they promised to release
the boy named Emmanuel
along with his mother Clara
Rojas and another hostage
from their jungle camps.
"The conclusion of the sci-
entific experts is that there's a
greater probability the boy
belongs to the Rojas family
than to any other family,"
chief federal prosecutor Mario
Iguaran announced, citing an
"'absolute" match between the
mitochondria DNA of the
child and that of Rojas' moth-
er and brother.
The Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia, or
FARC, promised two weeks
ago to release the boy
fathered by a leftist rebel,
along with Rojas and former
congresswoman Consuelo
Gonzalez. Chavez assembled
a team of international
observers and invited film-
maker Oliver Stone to partic-
ipate, along with a media
horde. He named the mission
after the boy "Operation

But the rebels never told
Chavez where to pick them
up, and blamed operations by
Colombia's U.S.-backed mih-
tary when it called off the lib-
;,. eration gdhe three hosstags
on New Year's Eve.
Uribe meanwhile said the
rebels could not keep their
promises because they did not
have the boy, who had been
living in a Bogota foster home
under a different name, Juan
David Gomez, for more than
two years.
The mix-up is a major
embarrassment for the FARC',
possibly exposing its pla~n to
release the three hostages as
either an elaborate ruse or the
result of internal disarray in
the` communications between
rebel commanders and the
decentralized units
where the hostages are being
Iguaran said it would take
another two weeks for a Euro-
-peag-laboratory to confirm the
preliminary DNA analysis,
after which child welfare
agents would determine
whether the Rojas family
should be granted temporary
Ivan Rojas, brother of
Clara, told reporters gathered
outside his office in Bogota
that "I'm sure the boy is my
nephew" andwthat hish voil

hBut heidhis family's top
priority right now remains
eking thheefreehdoonsofb t

held hostage for more than six
"If anybody has any doubt
about the boy's paternity, then
Clara should freed so we can
do a direct exam between

wish everyone a Ha~ppy New Year.


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MARIO IGUARAN, Colombla's top prosecutor, speaks during a press
conference In Santa Marta, northern Colombia, Friday, Jan 4, 2008
Iguaran said that DNA analysis Indicates a 3-year-old boy Irving In a
foster home In Bogota Is the child of Clara Rolas, kidnapped nearly six
years ago by leftist rebels.

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COlOmbia says DNA indicates

foster child was rebel hostage


Puerto Rico

61AbA FEDERAL corruption
roecan be career-ending for
U.S. politicians but in Puer-
fo Rico it could help Gov. Ani-
bal Acevede Vila hold onto
jower by stirring a nationalist
backlash, according to Associ-
qted Press.
SAs a U.S. grand jury investi-
gates alleged campaign finance
violations, the governor insist-
ed Friday in an interview with
The Associated Press that he is
a victim of persectitiotr.~ Hir
complaints against the federal
governmentt taps into deep-
tooted nationalism on the
Caribbean island, whose resi-
gents are U.S. citizens but gen-
erally consider themselves
eurto Ricans first.
"It is clear to the Puerto
itican people, number one,
that this is a politically moti-
Sated investigation," Acevedo
said at his office~inside a Span-
igh colonial mansion. "It is also
elear to the Puerto Rican peo-
p1e that nobody and nothing
a ginoftgo k n ne frm o
'co."k gvri Pet
C Pro-independence activists
liave deplored the grand jury
probe, even though the small
trinority favoring indepen-
dence for this island of 4 mil-
lion are not natural allies of
Ace edo's Ppu Dense at
Puerto Rico's semiautonomous
Resentment of the investi-
gation could end up boosting
Acevedo just when he needs
it most: opinion polls suggest
he could lose a November re-
election bid because of dis-
content over crime and unem-
Arevedo dismisses the
probe as Washington's retri-
bution for his criticism of a
September '2005 FBI raid in
which a fugitive militant inde-
pendence leader was killed
when agents came to arrest
him at a remote hillside farm-
hf'saCon tie islahid., 4
Aceved-o also says Rosa
Emilia Rodriguez, the top fed-
eral prosecutor on the island, is
aligned with one of his main
opponents in this~ year's race
for governor, a candidate from
the party that favors making
Puerto Rico the 51st U.S. state.
Justice Department and FBI
officials decline to respond to
Acevedo's criticism, saying
tpey cannot discuss an open
A Harvard-educated attor-
itey and career politician,
Acevedo, 45, served in Wash-
ihgton as the island's nonvot-
ing delegate to Congress, and
\vas elected governor in 2004
after campaigning on an anti-
corruption platform.
SBut Acevedo hasn't been
immune to scandal state
guthorities.launched an ethics
p~'`rolie a~ftertis-party bought
him tailored suits worth
$40,0 Ao di ofc al u
said he had better relations
with Washington than any pre-
vious governor, he has openly
criticized U.S. authority since
the Justice Department probe
began, for example by chal-
lenging federal death penalty
cases in Puerto Rico, where
loeal laws ban~capital punish-
The Justice Department has
tnes t gtin.dBu 1 the qus
tioned by the grand jury have
said the wre askek daout te
race for governor and his suc-
cessful 2000 bid for resident
commissioner. Dozens of peo-
enluhd g m f hisstclos t
The indictment threat does-
n't seem to have cost Acevedo
popularity among his party's
faithful many say he should
remain in office even if he is
ihdi ehn public figures in
Puerto Rico place themselves
in the position of a victim, the
reaction of people is 'Ay, ben-
dito,' 'Poor him,"' said psy-
c~hlndalystaand Inunentator
Still, Acevedo's bid for re-

election in November appears
t'o be a long shot amid overall
dissatisfaction over his perfor-
mance as governor.
Trailing two potential rivals
from the pro-statehood party
in polls, Acevedo has seen his
approval ratings drop below
30 percent amid.high crime,
unemployment and a sales tax
gtstoalemt tht tle er a bud-
6ilgovernment shutdown in
Increases in water rates and
highway tolls haven't helped
him eit er.


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PUBLIC relations and mar-
keting company, The Counsel-
lors Limited, hosted a press con-
ference in their studios to
announce the 17th Annual
Bahamas Business Outlook
The one-day conference will
be held on January 9 at the Sher-
aton, Cable Beach Resorts,
beginning at 8.30am.
President of The Counsellors
Limited, Joan Albury, explained
the objective of the conference,
citing that it is the only one of its
"The primary objective has
always been to let people know
the projections for the major eco-
nomic sectors and also to address
key issues facing our country for
the upcoming year. This is the
only conference where this is
done, where we examine all the
major issues, iircluding health and
Also preserit were three of the
main speakers slated for BBO,
chairman of the Bahamas Med-
ical Council Dr Duane Sands,
partner at KPMG Simon
Townsend and president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
Dionisio D'Aguilar.
Mr D'Aguillar said,at this
year's BBO he will be touching
on certain issues affecting the pri-
vate sector.
He referred to the fact that the
private sector is very concerned
about the quality of employees
entering the workplace. "I shall
be touching on how that affects
us," he added.
Mr D'Aguillar also expressed
his dissatisfaction with the bank-
ing sector which, he said, is not
keeping up with the times, as
most Bahamians are now shop-
ping online and bringing things
in because the banks don't offer
the services for shopping online
with Bahamian businesses. This,
he said, is also a concern for the
private sector.
The Bahamas International
Stock Exchange, he said, has not

FROM LEFT: Simon Towrnsend, partner at KPMG, and Joan Albury, president of The~ Cou .;kmi~ ; i united, at the press conference held to announce Bahamas Business Outlook
as well as introduce three speakers.

had a share issue of Bahami~n
stock since 2001. This is one of
this issues Mr D'Aguillar promis-
es to touch on at BBO, while giv-
ing insights on possible solutions

Simonl I(\ Tw endcr~ rewac~l~le thlt
thec ma~in are~as hec \\ill bec addltress ~
ing included Tlhe Bah~:unas~ poss-
tionl in term-ns of Chribbeanc:~r omrl-

poution.;uul < n 4mds to
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be a;nalysing this at length in his
,Iddre~ss to BBO. in addition to
thec financial services, hospitality
a~nd infrastructure.
Helt stressed that infrastructure
\\ill prove to be the most impor-
tanti aInd expensive falator if the
cocunltry's hospitality and finan-
cia~l serviices are to improve and
bcc~me above average.
"The~c cost of that infrastruc-
ture,' julst pure estimates, is in the
hilio~ns. and the Bahamian GDP
is only about five billion, the
social infrastructures are need-
ed: hospitals, schools, physical
infr-astr-uctures: roads, ports," Mr
Townsen~~~d said.
Dr D~uane: Sands said he willbe
talking about where ~we are
in health and where we want to
"Any successful economy
relies on several fundamentalpil-
lars to succeed.
"'Those pillars include educa-
tion, health and welfare of the
people, and the security of the
country both internally and exter-
"'1 will be addressing the man-
power needs and the re-deploy-
ment of health care personnel.
We need to move away from a
Nassau-centric model and move
to, an archipelagic model.
-'Righit now you can find a
hecart surgeon in Nassau and
dloze~ns of obstetricians, but try
andl find someone in Ackilns to
declivecr a baby or to even provide
mo~rec than~ rudimentary health-
an:l e. Tlhese are some of the issues
lh;at need tp be addressed," Dr
Sanids sai.
In closin~g. Mrs Albury gave a
f~ief' synopsis of the speakers
\\i \\il a ticild and thanked
(01'"Z" 15015 of e event.
'()II1 tIlltill s eaker this year
is hiliister of State for Finance,
%Ii\;lfgO~ Laing, WilO will be dis-
ICON~ih'1 tile ihclel1 Of OUTCOnfer-

ence, he will be sharing with us
the government's projections for
Christopher Anand, managing
partner of Albany, willbe speak-
ing to the expectations of foreign
investors when they invest in The
Bahamas and the Caribbean. He
will be highlighting some of their
issues and concerns.
CEO of the Nassau Airport
Development Company (NAD),
Craig Richmond, will discuss
redevelopment of Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport and
the fact that, upon completion,
the airport will be setting new
standards for the rest of the
Vernice Walkcine, director gen-
eral of tourism, will be addressing
tourism the main engine of our
economy including issues in the
industry, as well as the way for-
Charles Klonaris, chairman of
Nassau Tourism and Develop-
ment Board, will be addressing
Bay Street, the vision for it, how
it can be made into a historic city,
in addition to what is being done
to accomplish this.
Rhodes Scholar Desiree Cox
Ph.D will be speaking under her
own sub-theme "My Bahamas."
Secretary general in the
Caribbean Tourism Organisation,
VincentVanderpool Wallace,
will tell how The Bahamas com-
pares to the rest of the Caribbean
from a tourism viewpoint.
"Iwould like to thank the Cen-
tral Bank, Bacardi, British Amer-
ican Financial, KPMG, First
Caribbean, Bank of the
Bahamas, Ansbacher. Bahamtas
Electricity Company, Baha Mar
Bakers Bay and Sun Oil.
"We are looking forward to an
exciting conference, where there
is always the opportunity for
attendants to network," Mrs
Albury said.

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IN KEEPING w~ith its operational
mandate. Commander of the Defence
Force. Commodore Clifford Sca e~lla.
made an historleal routine patrol on a
Defence Force patrol craft.
HMlBS Bahama,lr under the com-
mand of Lieutenant Commander Tellls
Bethel, left Nassau on December 27,
2007, with the commodore onboard to
conduct a seven-day routine patrol
in the southern and south-w eSt
The 60-metre craft opened the New
Year on the high seas, and returned to
harbour on January 3, 2008.
While on patrol, Commodore Seas el-
la maintained observation of the ship's
crew, as they executed their duties in a
professional manner by conducting
boarding and searching of other \resiels
while maintaining a lookout for poac-h-
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Business outlook announced

Veil ba is orwe in Igl dt

Of Baqouba following bomb attacks


IRA\Ul AUTHORITIES ordered a one-day vehicle ban in
IB;youba: on Friday in response to a series of deadly suicide bomb-
th'N$ mIdc otherC1 attacks by al-Qaida in Iraq against predominantly
Sunlni fighters that have allied with the United States, according to
iASSOchcile11c~ PI'ESS.
TIhe U1.S. military also stepped up operations against al-Oaida
colls ;a~lk nectworks in Diyala province, of which Baqouba is the cap-

Tlhe .U.S. military announced it had killed a local leader of
;il-Onida~ in Iraq. M/uhamma d Khalil Ibrahim, during a
I)cc. 'S arstrike in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad,
ill 81 area known as the "Triangle of Death" just south of
BilgillhL .
IB;ayoubal police chief Brig. Hasan al Obaidi said the ban was
imlposed bcac~use of the "increased violent events during last week."
IChe lIan in the city about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad also
;timed 10 protedt WOrshippers going to mosques for Friday prayers.
it wa;s to la~st until late afternoon.
/\ cic of' suicide attacks have targeted members of the bur-
gemnlng Sunni tribal movement, including one attack in down-
town'I Hayoubnll~ on Wednesday that police said killed seven people:
the I.S. Illilil~tl~ S;id four people died.

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Researchers to

coanuct Ragged

Island group


THE Ragged Island
group is isolated, sparsely
populated and located in
the southern Bahamas.
Because of the islands'
remoteness, it is very dif-
ficult to travel to or
manoeuvre around them.
As a result, there has
been insufficient scientific
surveying done to identify
the ecological features of
this area.
To help fill such infor-
mation gaps in scientific
knowledge, The Nature
Conservancy (TNC)
Northern Caribbean Pro-
gramme in Nassau, along
with Shedd Aquarium in
Chicago, Illinois, will be
supporting a diverse team
of researchers on a 14-day
expedition to conduct a
rapid ecological assess-
ment throughout the
The Coral Reef II, the
vessel researchers will be
traveling on, will allow
them to stay in close prox-
imity to most of the
islands and conduct broad
surveys of organisms
found there.
In addition, srtialler
boats will be used to tray-
el between each island.
The researchers
involved include: Ethan
Freid: Terrestrial Botany
(lead researcher); Sharrah
Moss, dive safety officer,
former BNT Parks Out-
reach Officer; Caroline
Stabala, ornithology, US
Fish and Wildlife Service;
Alan Bolten, Archie Carr
Centre for Sea Turtle
Research, University of
Florida; Felicity Burrows,
TNC Northern Caribbean
Programme, Marine
Diversity and Ecology;
Heather Mason-Jonepenew,.J .
Marine Diversity and -
Ecology; MikelIiaylor,
Marine Diversity and
Ecology; LaKeishia
'Anderson, Bahamas
Department of Marine
Resources, Marine Diver-
sity and Ecology; Apollo
Butler, The Bahamas
'National Trust, park war-
den; Lynn Kimsey: ento-
mology; Abel Valdivia,
Marine Diversity and
Ecology; Cheryl Mell,
Shedd Aquarium repre-
sentative, Marine Diversi-
ty and Ecology; Jim Robi-
nett: Shedd Aquarium
representative, Marine
Diversity and Ecology.
Information gathered
during this expedition will
meclude a list of marine
and terrestrial habitat and
species types, significant
features of the islands,
areas where natural
resources may be facing
the greatest threat and,
GPS co-ordinates for the

breeding and feeding

areerall, the team's goal
is to enhance datasets to
improve scientific knowl-
edge and geographies,
and develop more
advance maps of the
Bahamas to include eco-
logical information identi-
fied during the project.



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ABACO'S talent and
beauty have once again
positioned the island for
international recognition
through a week-long pho-
to-shoot by Limited Too.
Since 2004, Limited Too
has been clothing children
and yoting teens in appar-
el, sleepwear, swimwear,
sportswear, accessory
items and personal care
The Limited Too team
was introduced to the
Abacos when they became
interested in 12-year-old
Bahamian model Blair
Johnson, of Green Turtle
Cay, who is daughter of
Lyn Jhs 1,e eneral
Club and Marina.
The model's interview '
not only sealed the deal
for the young talent, but
also secured Green Turtle
Cay as backdrop to their
spring edition catalogue.
Shooting for the cata-
logue brought young mod-
els, producers, photogra-
phers, hair and make-up
artists and wardrobe co-
ordinators to the island.
Their visit to the Aba-
cos made history as it was
the first international pho-
to-shoot for the catalogue.

said producer Sid Kelly.
Although the trip
brought some uncertainty
it turned out to be more
than they expected as they
discovered gorgeous
beaches, friendly people,
charm and beautiful
The producers sought
further talent to model
their new spring line by
holding a local audition.
Twelve girls presented

themselves and three wetre
chosen to be included in
the catalogue along w~ithl
Ms Johnson and the other
models that travelled.
Their week-long shoot
involved two days at
Green Turtle Club and
Marina in Green Turtle
Cay, one day at V:illa
Pascha in Green Turtle
Cay and tw'o day~s at
Bahama Beach Club in
Treasure Cayl.

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PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Finance H-ubert Ingraham met the Chief Justice of Australia at the Cabinet Office. Pictured fromi left) are Mrs Robyn Gleeson; AntlImmi 01ee-
son, Chief Justice of Australia; Prime Minister Ingraham; Sir Burton Hall, Bahamian Chief Juistice and Indira Francis, registrar of thel Court of Appeal.


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27th gathering

In 1980 a group of special friends,
namely Valentine and Thelma Grimes,
Sir Garet and Lady Finlayson, Bradley
and Hartlyn Roberts and Franklyn and
Sharon Wilson, welcomed New Year at
the Lyford Cay Club.
Over time the group expanded to
include: Donna Smith, Dr Anthony and
Ella Davis, Andy and Sheryl Gomez,
Alex and Jackie Reckley, Drs Conville
and Corrine Brown, Patricia Mortimer, r
Ormod Stan Davis, Samuel and Inez .
Johnson, Paul and Jan Major and M~ae 4
Curry, as well as Ambassador Sidney
Williams and his wife, Congresswoman
Maxine Waters.
This year's gathering was held at the
Princess of Wales Room, Atlantis Hotel,
and special entertainment was provided a
by Patrice Ferguson.
LEFT: Former Ambassador Sidney
Wilams, former educator Ms Thelma
Grimes, attorney Wilie Gary of the law
firm Gary, W~illiams, Parenti, Finney,
Lewis, McM~anus, Watson and Speran-
do, P.L, of Stuart and Fort Pierce, Flori-
da, Congresswoman Maxine W~aters,
architect Gastavaus Ferguson, and attor-
say Lorenzo Williams of Fort Pierce,
Sawyer, manager of the policy and
research division at the Securities Com-
mission, is pictured with an acquaintance,
attorney Algernon S PB Allen, Jr., an
associate with the law firm Allen and
3. FROM left, Antoine Bastian, man-
aging director of Genesis Fund Services
Ltd., Lisa Bastian, Cheryl Gomez and
Psal Andy Gomez, managing partner
of Grant Thornton.
4.DR GREG PINTO and his flancbe
Dr. Valya Grimes
5. LIQUOR. BOSS Leroy Archer,
managing director of Burns House, with
his wife JoyAnne
6. ELEGANTLY, gracefully poised at
the 27th gathering of the New Year's
Group are accountant and attorney Rosel
Wison and attorney Sharlyn Smith


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and her husband, former US ambassador Sid-
ney Williams, were hosted to a dinner party at
the Eastern Road home of Franklyn and
Sharon Wilson. The event was in three phas-
es cocktails in the lower gardens, dinner
around the pool and dessert with after-dinner
drinks on the upper patio.
Entertainment during dinner was provided
by the Chorale Singers under the direction
of Mr Andrew Curry and dancing music was
by Troy Seymour Jr.
L. ATIORNEY and former senator Sharon
Wison with United States Ambassador Ne~d
Siegel, .Congresswoman Maxine Waters and
Ambassador Williams
2. ED FIELDS, senior vice-president in
charge of public salations at Kerzner Interna-
tional, admires the moonlight on the ocean
with his wifle, chartered accountant Michelle
3.DON BARDEN, chairman of Ftzgerald
Properties, and his bride, of Detroit. Mr Bar-
den is the largest Afkican-American opera-
tor ofcasinos.
4. FRANCIS CANCINO and his wife
Hilary and businessman John Bethel and his
wife Bleth join Franklyn R Wilson in the hol-
Iday cheer.
dkector of Sun 011 (Shell) and his wife Chris-


of New Year's Group