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Publication Date: January 12, 2008
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PLP launches

'radio reprisal

to discredit

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t= PLP insiders allege that the
haB bee entahsd on bd
the airwaves with negative
reports about now Independent-
MP Kenyatta Gibfson for pub-
licly leaving the party and for
lambasting its leader Perry
Christie, The Tribune can
reas eni h t, p srourbe PLP 1Mj for $ain and Chants
reverted to utilising its "manip- Town Dr Beirnard Nottage
ulation" machinery to sway resignedsto bdgcome an Inde-
public opinion on Mr Gibson's pendent MP for the same
now famous departure from the Kennedy constituency at that
party. time.
The last resignation from the SEE page 10
PLP ironically was in. 1998 when

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THE Marco City election court challenge will be held in Nassau
rather tl~an Grand Bahama if the motion to strike, out the petition,
launched by Zhivargo Laing, fails.
Senior: Justice Anita Allen made the azinourieement yesterday
during day two of the strike-out hearing before the election court.
"If the matter goes on," she said to the parties involved, "it
means you are going to have to be very organised."
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PLPleader Perry Christie ral-
lied his troops yesterday during
the party's observance of
Majority Rule Day, saying that
mc b~ge foorn arad t li h
the frontlines."
This came after a heated pub-
lic exchange between him and
former PLP MP Kenyatta Gib-
son, following Mr Gibson's sur-
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The former prime minister
told PLP members to "never
mind" because the party has an
open door that "swings both
"It opens inward to let all
men and women of goodwill in,
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Police net I

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inA high-speed boat chase enhde
largest drug seizure of the year
after police confiscated one
thousand pounds of marijuana
and hashish with an estimated

responded to a fire report around 11.18pm on
McPhee is listed as "ill" at Rand Memorial
Hospital, where he is being treated for first and
second degree burns to his body.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, assistant press liai-
son officer, reported that police responded to a
structural fire at the rear of the Village Tavern, a
SEE page 10

Tribune' Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 51-year-old West End man
who was pulled from a burning building by a
police officer is in hospital with severe burns to 85
per cent of his body.
Godfrey McPhee, of Bowleg Town, is alive
due to the heroic actions of an officer who

Tribune Staff Reporter
ONLY eleven days into the new
year, the country recorded its third
homicide after police found the par-
tially decomposed body of an
unidentified male in a deserted area
of Fox Hill yesterday morning.
This homicide also marks the sec-
ond unlawful death in a week and,
with three murders in a span of just
six days, many concerned citizens
are wondering if the 2008 murder
count will rival last year's unprece-
dented murder toll.
Shortly after 10.30amn yesterday,
police received information that a
body was found in bushes off Hanna
Road, Asst Supt Leon Bethel said at
the crime scene.
Officers confirmed the presence
of the body, found "lying in the bush
area" near Blue Water Cay, a canal
at the southern end of Fox Hill
Road. The victim, had a number of
gunshot wounds to the body, police
Investigators also found a trail of
blood leading from the unpaved por-

tion of Hanna Road, near the beach,
to the victim's body, said ASP
"An investigation has been
launched into this matter and a num-
ber of officers are conducting the
necessary preliminary investigation
to determine first of all the identity
of this man, and how he got to this
area," he added.
Police were unable to say how
long the victim may have been at
that location. The intense mlormngn
heat may have also sped up the
decomposition process, officers said.
The Tribune learned that the car-
casses of a dead dog and goat were
also found at the crime scene, which
appeared to be a popular disposal
area for trash.
When asked if this latest murder is
perhaps connected to another inci-
dent, ASP Bethel said police were
"'not sure" as of press time.
Avery Humes, of Joan's Heights,
became the first homicide victim of
2008 when he was found with gun-
shot wo~unds in the College Ga~rdens
SEE page 10

GRIM FIND: The body of a male was moved out of bushes in the
area of Blue Water Cay, Fox Hill Road South yesterday at around

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POLICE record their first major drug seizure for the year. They are pictured
contraband seized yesterday.

WeSt End man suffers 85 per cent burns

Murder probe launched after body found

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Slain P oli ce offcer is

remembered as a hero iY~~~?

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ficed the most

preCIOUS thing
She had to give
1iS life "

TO1T11y Turnquest

SMr Tulrnquest said he was
"touched by the courage of the
family" after visiting with the
lae con table's motherhJ cqe
Ruth Williams and Grand.
mother Lillian Williams as well
as other members of the family.
"I was heartened by the warm
family circle from whom you all
drew strength as you struggled
to come to terms with his
death," Mr Turnquest said. "It
became clear to me why Con-
stable Williams was considered
by his commanding officers and
colleagues alike to be
respectable, hardworkmng and
determined to stand up for those
who could not stand up for
"iIt has been said that death is
never the final chapter~in a life
lived with a sense of pfiipose.
Constabloollilliamst45nse of
purpose has etched his name


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lOSS aS 10 why
he would pick
thiS Specific

ship of the party, notwithstand-
ing their faults, the benefit of
at least discussing or thrashing
out anly concerns he had.
"I think the fact that that was
not done .. was a slap in the
face," he said.
Although Mr Gibson has stat-
ed that he will remain as an
Independent MP, Opposition
Leader Perry Christie has called
for his immediate resignation
from the House of Assembly.
In addition to the leadership
issue, Mr Seymour thinks that
there is something more behind
Gibson's resignation.
"We do have some problems
in terms of leadership. It seems
as if the party is at a rift because

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OFFICERS of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and
Defence Force and senior gov-
ernment officials were among
the large number of persons in
"i'";'ce t t""aCh~u h o h
to sain Police Constable Ramos
Constable Williams, who was
gunned down in the line of duty
on December 29, was laid to rest
at Lakeview Cemetery with full
military honours.
The young officer, who joined
the force four and a half years
ago, was hailed as a hero, and
was said to have been coura-
geous, respectable, hardwork-
ing and determined to stand up
for those who could not stand
up rtio am Seity Minister
Tommy Turn quest, who
brought condolences on behalf
of the government said, "In
defence of our country and our
people, Constable Williams sac-
rificed the most precious thing
he had to give his life.
"Constable Williams is not
tong us, btablhsh cour ceous
en off our streets'
(This must send a clear mes-
sage to the criminal elements in
eu outyaem tc a nte
a country and people, are fully
committed to a collective effort
to halh and re erse cie trends

TRIBUTES: MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turn quest addresses an overflowing Church of the Epiphany on Thursday as tributes were
paid to slain officer Ramos Williams (above, inset).

among those men and women
who served the Royal Bahamas
Police Force with distinction and
who gave service over and
above what was required of
them. He has fought a good
fight. He has finished the course
and he ha~s kept the faith. His
memory and contribution lives
"'On behalf of the prime min-
ister, the Right Honourable
Hubert A Ingraham, the gov-
ernment and people of an
appreciative nation and on my
own behalf, I extend sincere
sympathy to you. the family of
Constable Williamns.

"The senseless murder of this
young Officer was surely unex-
pected and difficult to explain
in a nation such as ours, which
prides itself` on Christian values
and in which the vast majority of
people are law abiding," Mr
T'urnquest added.
Acting Commissioner-of
Pohece Regmnald Ferguson said
members of the force gathered
at the Church of the Epiphany
Thursday with mixed emotions,
saddened at the sudden, tragic
passing "of a young, promising
police officers who wa7s cheated
out of the opportunity to ren-
der the kind of quality service to

his fellow men they so rightly
"We can somewhat take com-
fort in the fact that our colleague
was no coward," Mr Ferguson
said. "He epitomised the attrib-
utes of courage, loyalty and
integrity even in the face of
imminent danger, paying the
ultimate sacrifice.
"It takes a special kind of per-
son to serve in law enforce-
ment," Mr Ferguson said. "Most
people run from danger, law
enforcement runs towards it."
Born at the Clinic in Kemp's
Bay, Andros, on March 2, 1981,
Constable Williams was the sec-

ond of two sons born to Jacque-
line Williams Picket. He enlisted
in the Royal Bahamas Police
Force on July 8, 2003, fufilling a
life-long dream of serving his
country. He did so against the
wishes of his family.
"Destiny had called him and
he responded," Mr Ferguson
said. "Even though his tenure
in this organisation was a mere
four years, he left a positive
impact. A role model and leader
amongst his colleagues, Williams
always stood out.
"He wais iii~deed a man des-
tined for greatness,"' Mr Fergu-
son added.

we have not gotten together as
a family to thrash out what
needs to be thrashed out. On
that score, I could agree with
him, but we always should seek
to do things in decency and in
"I am at a loss as to why he
would pick this specific time. I
think there is something else
behind all of this and my
instincts tell me this is a mere
distraction in the event the
~Election Court case goes to the
Also weighing in on Mr Gib-
son's resignation, PLP member
Forrester Carroll said that he
does not think that his depar-
ture will negatively affect the
"I would be the first to
defend his right to leave or stay.
But given his colourful tenure, I
don't think it is a big worry for
the PLP, and we cannot worry
about people who come and go
for their own reasons.
"I don't believe that it will
have a tremendous negative
effect one way or the other
because people come and go
and political parties have sur-
vived that is life."
On the other hand, Mr Car-
roll, who was also a former
CDR member, said the PLP
should be prepared for anything
that happens. He said the PLP
organisation will continue to be
a strong party and will move on
without Mr Gibson.
Mr Seymour said: "I think the
PLP still has a solid support and
if anything this will probably
galvanise the party.
"But, I think it is important
that the party get together to
hash out what has gone wrong -
who is responsible, if anybody,
and how we move forward.
Nothing will happen until we
deal with those issues.
t'But, as a whole the PLP is
more solid than it has ever been
because Bahamians feel they
have been hoodwmnked based

oi the esdptonpoet
Seymour said.

Bahama PLP members said that
while there maybe a leadership
issue in the PLP, K~ennedy MP
Kenyatta Gibson's decision to
resign without discussing it with
party leaders was "a slap in the
"I would have thought that
he would go to the party lead-
er ship before going public
because everyone was caught
off guard," said Brian Seymour
of F eot
oKe yatla Gibson's shocking
resignation comes at a crucial
time for the party when it is
contesting the May 2, 2007 elec-
tion results mn three constituen-
cies in the Election Court-
Mr Seymour, a former CDR
member, said that every party
member has a night to agree or
disagree'about the leadership.
But he said that Mr Gibson, as
an MP, has recourse that the
average public does not have.
"I think they meet almost'ocn
a weekly basis, and first of all he
should have given the leader-


Church is packed

for final tribute to

Police Constable

Ramnos WCilliamns

Kenyatta resignation

is a'slap in the face',

say PLP members

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Pair detained after drugs
and an~ununition found

TWO men are in police custody after officers discovered
illegal drugs and ammunition during a routine car search.
According to police reports, around nine am Thursday
officers from the Grove police station were patrolling the Yel-
low Elder area when they stopped a vehicle.
Upon conducting a search of the vehicle, officers discovered
two plastic bags with a compressed amount of marijuana
and 10 live rounds of ammunition for a .357 handgun. Two
men, a 29-year-old male resident of Pinewood Gardens and
a 27-year-old male resident of Coconut Grove, were taken in
for questioning in connection with the incident and are cur-
rently in police custody.
"This is again another initiative and another example of
what teamwork does and the kind of good work that the
RBPF is doing in terms of suppressing crime and in terms of
eradicating drugs and illegal contraband from our streets,"
Assistant Superintendent of Police Walter Evans said yes-

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THE Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Company yesterday announced
that it is restructuring the own-
ership of the 534-acre Abaco
Club on Winding Bay.
The investor group of Peter
de Savary, founder and chair-
man of the club, sold its remain-
ing interests to an affiliate of
the Ritz-Carlton RC Abaco
Holding Company, Ltd how-
ever, Mr de Savary will remain
"":"\vde n thep Inub sa caira
"Singe the Ritz-Carlton's
entry into this secluded resi-
dential development in mid
2006 as both operator and a
financial partner, the property's
growth and service evolution
have been carefully planned to
raise the club experience to the
next level of island luxury, and
yet protect its unique charac-
ter," the statement said.
It said that with this transi-
tion, both signature Ritz-Carl-
"L oucedh eand ex anded rebal
"My wish to develop a sport-
ing retreat in the Abacos has
been fulfilled with the Abaco
Club," said Mr de Savary. "I
am very proud of what we have
created here, and particularly
of the wonderful team of people
who make the commitment
every day to provide an excep-
tional experience for our mem-
bers. Now, with the restructur-
ing, the Ritz-Carlton will con-
tinue with our plans and deliver
a luxury lifestyle as only they
c a.
"I will carry on in my role as
chairman. Though my team and
I are ~arrently developing sev-
eral other projects in the
Caribbean, I remain devoted to
the staff and members of the
club, as well as the Bahamas,
The country's allure kept me
here: for 31 years, and my pas-
sion for Abaco has grown
through the development of
The Club," Mr de Savary said.
"The Abaco Club is a stun-

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work in the coming months."

Chavez defends
Col0mblan rebels
SCARACAS, Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez,
emboldened by his success in a
hostage release, took the side
of leftist rebels in neighboring
Colombia's decades-old civil
conflict Friday, calling the guer-
-rillas "true armies'' who should.
n't be categorized as terrorists.
Colombia's U.S.-allied gov-
ernment, which has made erad-
icating the rebels a top priority,
reacted with outrage. Interior
Minister Carlos Holguin said
Colombia "cannot accept a
request of this sort."
Chavez's defense of the
rebels thrust him deeper than
ever into the thicket of Colom-
bia's conflict. He said the Rev-
olutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC,~ and the
National Liberation Army "are
not terrorists, they are true
armies ... They must be recog-
nized "
biFsRCe selt cheemitshp r~e'
fighters, mostly peasants it says
are fighting for a fairer distrib-
ution of wealth. It funds itself
mainly by drug trafficking, and
the government says it holds
some 750 hostages, either for
ransom or political leverage.
"Te yae insugn frces

that hae a oiia rjc
Chavez said in a marathon
speech to lawmakers. "I say it
bve rheoug someone could be
A spokesman for Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe later

FARCa s rr ima ae tetha is
because they "kidnap, place
bombs indiscrimmnately, recruit
and murder children, murder
pregnant women and the elder-
ly, and use anti-personnel mines
that have left thousands of inno-
cent victims."


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FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell
on Friday sought to downplay
the recent and abrupt departure
of Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gib-
son from the PLP saying that
party must continue to move
forward and not become side-
Speaking at a press confer-
ence on issues related to the
public service on Friday. Mr
Mitchell, in response to mIedlia
questions on his reaction to Mr
Gibson's resignation said. "I
don't think we: ought to side-
tracle ourselves in any way ovcr
the fact that individuals may
take a certain co~urse. T'ha's
their right, it's done, let's mo~e
forward. The party examines the
situation, it must remain rele-
vant to the times, we lost an
election, we have a convention

coming up. all the matters will
he reviewed anid we go for-
Most political observers say
the Progressive Liberal Party
was dealt a shocking blow on
Wednesday when Mr Gibson
officially announced lus resig-
nation from the party. and his
intention to serv~e as an Inde-
pendent MP.
"We regret it. but I don't
think there is any usefullness in
any continlued to andi fro over
it." M~r Mlitchecll said. "Our par-
ty is, a~t its coret al strong organi-
sationi. It represents more than
50) per cen~t of thet people of the
counotry in the sense that more
than 50l per centf of the people
voted against the FNMI in the
Ilast election although they did
niot all v~ote for the PL.P.
"Wec sitting in the opposition
benches have a responsibility to

serve: all of those people who
are opposed to the FNM which
is more than 50 per cent of the
country,"' Mr Mitchell said.
"Our work continues, I knOW
it's good for selling newspapers,
improving the ratings on tele-
vision and radio, the talk shows
will burn up the wires on it, but
look at the period 1962 to 1967
between that time the PLP lost
full! '50 per cent of its member-
ship~ in the House of Assembly
by resignation and in 1967 came
alonlg and won the government.
Iln l997 the Prodgressile Lib-
ernl Pry was re uced o six
and then later to five memberS
of Parliament and then in 2002
came and won the government
and 1997 was supposed to be
this massive landslide from
which we would never recover,
Mr Mitchell said.


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cated when or if they will hon-
ourr te commitment to pay,"
He also referred to the case of
Road Traffic officers whose con-
tracts were terminated. a deci-
sion which led to a lawsuit by
the officers.
Mr Mitchell said that the
Christie administration had
agreed to settle the challenges in
court on the basis of paying the
salaries lost and the hiring of
those officers who wanted to
return to work at the Post Office
at their previous salaries.
"Mr Ingraham is not honour-
ing the government's commit-
ment to settle this matter." Mr
Mitchell claimedl.
H-e aIlso referred to the catse of
the former general mianagecr of
thle Water and Sewerage Cor-
poration Abraham Butler who
was fired in August 200(7.
M/r Mitchiell then mntcnioned
thle case of prison officers who
he claims were laiwfully pro-
motedl by th~e government's own
description andi whose p~romno-
tions have b~een rescinded. .
Th'lese p~romlotions should be
restored forthwit.h and whatev-
or is necessary to regularise
them shoculdl he dlone." he solid.
Mr Mlitchl~cl urged goveri-
menit to settle the ma;~ttrs expec-
ditiously. "Tlhese peopic have
valid agireemelnts in law an1d are
enfoc.rcc;blle inr law andlc lhe gov-
ernment, whiich says that it sup.
p'orts the rule of la~w, should and
must honour these commit-
mnents. If thiey do niot they are
underminingg the basic relation-
ship of confidence And trust
be'wen i~ .oe nmnent and the
Mr/ Mitchell said he is confi-
dlent that there were Cabinet
decisions on1 ;1Il of thle matters

TIhe Triihwwrc attcmplted to get
a response on Mr Mitchell's
sLtll emnt ifio itinister o
Dion Foulkes, but he was saidl to
be out of' office yesterday.

FOX Hill MP and opposition
spokesman on pilblic affairs
Fred Mitchell yesterday called
on government to honour a
number of commitments made
by the previous administration,
claiming that the agreements
are valid and enforceable by
Speaking at a press colnfer-
ence on Friday on matters relat-
ing to the Public Service,
flanked by several retired prison
officers as well as former Water
and Sewerage General manager
Abraham Butler, Mr Mitchell
said that commitments made by
the previous government ar~e to
be honoured.
"Government is a contitnuos
exercise and contracts agreed
are not subject to partisan con-
cerns as to whether or not: they
are executed," Mr Mitchell said.
During his statement, Mr
Mitchell highlighted a number
of public service issues thuat he
said the Christie administration
had agreed to settle.
He first referred to the mlatter
of nine retired prison officers to
whom the government hrd
agreed to restore their lost p~el-
"There are nine retired prison
officers who retired froml the
.public service and were relured,
but during the time of their
rehiring their pensions were sus-
pended. On advice, the f~ormer
government agreed to restore
their lost pensions. The Ingra-
ham administration has decided
that they will not pay this mon-
hmsl Iwta a te o lecrbta
his salary and pension during
his time of retirement as p rime
minister," Mr Mitchell clawrlel.
He then referred to thle case
of operators at the Air T'ra~ffic
Control Division of the Civil
Avi %io Department.eety
approved the sum of $510,000 0
to pay the scarcity or certifica-
tin alloewancesto t ee people

agreed to provide certification
allowance for operators who
now perform both management
and line resp. sibilities. There
are some nine, of those officers,
TIhe governments hei r`l in~di

A plications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of
Head, University Centre, School of Continuing Studies, UWI, Behize

Re ortmn to the Director of the School of Continuing Studies who is
based at Mona, Jamaica, the appointee will be expected to administer
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Thle appointee should have:

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a background in developing and implementing continuing education

strong administrative and supervisory skills.

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The successful candidate will be expected to assume duties by March
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The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica W.I.;
Fax: 876- 977 -1422 or e- mail oad min @uwimona.edu.j m

Further particulars of the post may be obtained from the Office of
Administration or by visiting the web page: www.uwi.edu

Closing date for the receipt of applications February 1, 2008.


Mitchell seeks to play

~~fdeatr fo LPP

Government urged to

honour commitments

Of past administration


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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swearr to Th~e Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Pulblisher/Edlitor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt .

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

EILEEN DPContrCuting Edr1C7.M. G9., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Lax gun control mn US affects Bahamas

The Public is hereby advised that 1, JESSIE MAY RUSSELL
nee DAVIS of Pond Court, Big Pond Subdivison, RO.Box
N-8561, Nassau, N.P. Bahamas, intend to change my
name to JESTINA MAE RUSSELL nee DAVIS. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
RO.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 we, SAMUEL BOOKIE JOHNSON of
the Western District of the Island of New Providence and CHERYL
SONIA MICHELLE ARMBRISTER SMITH of the Eastern District of the
Island of New Providence the parents of KATANGA ARMBRISTER
intend to change our child's name to KATANGA JltNSON. 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.

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX PIERRE of ZION BLVD, P.O.
BOX N-356, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12TH day of January,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that PATRICK VASSELL of COLLEGE
is, applying to the Minister resposible 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 12TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that HUGUES LOUIS of EAST
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 12TH day of January, 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N.
7147, Nassau, Bahamas,

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 6TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas. .



'who did not see things our way.
What we are going through
presently in our country may
be a result of us reneging on the
promises we made some forty
years ago.
th'I'bleme o memop ti t 1
religious or social grouping but
the blame can be placed on all .
of us who have profited from
the many inequities that have
their root in political expedien-
In a cruel twist we have used
our "freedom" to make slaves
of our brothers and sisters, to
such an extent that some of
them live and die holding views
that make them more danger-
ous than the first oppressors




ever were. How we treat our
brothers "who we see" should
bring shame upon us, but we
have a way of seeing ourselves
as being blameless.
It is time for the pastors and
preachers of this land to lay out
the possibilities of what is
before us as the 40-year dead-
line comes due. It may be diffi-
cult for some of them because

hie eaty ao d clue aeb e
their biblical calling and have
openly prostituted the gospel
that they were called to preach
without fear or favour. It is time
for the trusted expositors and
voices to come forward and
make their declarations as to
"whither goest thou, Bahamas'.

January 9, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
MAJORITY rule or One
Bahamas? Those of us who are
the children of the 1967-68 era
now bear the burden of mak-
ing this choice. As we came into
our "freedom" in the late sixties
our nation embraced the Moses
scenario, where we were being
brought into a new land that we
wHeo eer htory would bear
witness that we as a people
were not true to the "covenant"
that we as a people had made.
The biblical mandate was that
we were being freed to serve
and worship the Lord and that .
bond man and free would be in
a land where the playing field
was level for all.
It did not turn out that way.
We used the opportunity of
freedom to gather for ourselves
and take vengeance on those

heavily armed nation in the world. We
have 90 guns per 100 of us, nearly a third of
all the world's private firearms.
Other industrialized western nations
have gunl murders in, at most, the low 100s
annually. We had nearly 11,000 in '05. And
477,040 violent gun crimes. Guns are the
favoured means of suicide, too. Firearms
are our eighth leading cause of death,
Meantime, the gaping legal loophole that
allows gun-show sales without background
checks goes unplugged. Congress hustles to
protect gun makers: from lawsuits and
crooked or irresponsible dealers from
investigation and would limit local law
enforcement access to federal data that
could help trace crime guns.
And the new Virginia Tech law not withi-
standing, it will be ever thus, for however
Ion the gunhlobby ows sthehnRubl cn

fied into comparable servitude.
(This article was wYritten by Tomn Teerpen.
a columnist for Coxr Newspapers).

Proliferation of guns in Bahamas
As long as Americans believe it their
constitutional right to be amrmd. we will
b Sillegalrgunos onotuhrastreetsp n olice
investigating a link between some Bahami
an university students and the smuggling of

eaat monh th ntdS tms anod me-

res uroces tocmmatathreesemut pngoof e al
arms, light weapons and ammunition in
the Western Hemis here. Officials agreed
to improve import and export controls'
and promote the tracing of recovered
firearms and ammunition. They also advo-
cated the destruction of obsolete and excess
national stockpiles.
In November Jamaican police and their
US counterparts were trying to discover

hower d Jamaic M tofot he g ns anni
nledd m to dac are ienm codmth Amseria
drugs trade. The recent large illegal gun
and ammumition haul discovered here by
Customs and the police suggests that
Bahamians might be trying to muscle into
the trade.
If this is so, then we can expect our mur-
der rate to rise as rival gangs battle each
other for the streets.

OR a giddy moment there, sanity broke
out all around and Congress, i~vith biparti-
san support no less, enacted and President
Bush signed an actual, genuine gun-control
The federal government during the next
five years will provide $1.3 billion in grants
to gig the -states into perfecting their
records of individuals who are disqualified
by mental illness from purchasing guns and
then filing that information with the nation-
al database gun dealers use to check pur-
chasers' eligibility.
This patently should have been the case
all along, but the bill was opposed by the
gun lobby and flopped when it was intro-
duced in 2002. It took the deaths of 32 stu-
dents and faculty and the wounding of two
dozen more at Virginia Tech last year to
shame the ecalcitrant into concre den

adjudicated an "imminent danger" to him-
self and others by a state court but was
able even so to buy the two guns he used
for his massacre.
Even the National Rifle Association,
which ordinarily sees a wolf hiding in every
common-sense gun proposal, didn't cry its
practiced faux alarm this time. Anit~-he
Bush administration, which had plaed~he
key role in putting semi-automati ~`ssault
weapons back into civilian circulation, went

chch portents -well, absolutely noth-
Despite this rare lapse, the NRA and
the rest of the gun lobby are otherwise
busy about their usual business of working
- mostly through state legislatures, with
appalling success to put more firearms in
more hands and in more public spaces.
The noisiest reaction to the recent mur-
der of nine in a shooting spree in a Omaha
mall denounced the ban many malls have
on customers packing heat. If only shop-
pers had been armed, the complaint went,
thed culdchate so thath teorry' suck

of awm eurs blasting a ady in panic in a
Although the gun lobby is pushing for
more concealed weapons and to open
parks, workplaces, arenas and other public
spaces to them, we are hardly a disarmed
people even with those famnt inhibitors in
Reuters news service, in a piece last year,
reported that the United States ts the most

sumption is that all the dele-
gates for this all-important
convention will be driven from
Lynden Pindling Airport to
Paradise Island mn heavily tint-
ed limos, taxis, tour buses so
that none will see the horrific
eess we as re dents have to
Do you really think the
shooting on Bay Street is not
tho ght and md of b ye by
ers of ourttou is prdsuican
the Bahamas guarantee their
client's safety but of course we
are fortunate that such a high
percentage of them for their
three-day stay, stay hidden
over there on what is the arti-
ficial Bahamas Paradise
Sorry it is so evident that

both the Ministry and The
Hotel Association, although
they had over three-years to
prepare for this all important
convention, dropped the ball
and nowhere seems prepared.
Of course, we will go out
theredi~au~n g thrir's better,
blah, blah, glah ich we all
known it isn't and our arrivals

shOFttr las she tde o
going to Canada on a scholar-
ship we need a whole new
younger group of people man-
aging tourism as who are there
cannot see dirt from dirt and
ugliness from ugliness.
January 8, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

WITH the highest murder
rate in Bahamian history an
environment which is filth and
basic courtesy at the lowest
eyb~h this Caribbean Tourism
.iS e~tplace Co mention could
not have arrived at Nassau's
doorstep at. I suggest, the most

inea~ppopniate time.ninet

Our so-called shopping
street is a total mess, BEC can-
not keep their lamp-poles
painted or replaced when they
get rusted up or replace the
green traditional lamp-poles
which get knocked down. it
seems they have run out of
My only thought and pre-

of the people in authority have
become pi alyze dandhces no

except to yell from the
rooftops that they have every-
thing under control my
answer to that is "pathetic".
Our people have become
egotistical, spoilt and full of
self-importance, unfortunate-
ly, this will continue to breed
exactly what we have here in
our country today, murder,
rape, filth and increasingly bad
attitudes. A concerned citizen.

January 9, 2007.

It is quite obvious that the
govemnmentuor the policceame
that has been allowed to fes-
ter and has now blown com-
pletely out of control.
A shooting in broad daylight
in downtown Nassau with
tourists walking and shopping
the area. Unbelievable-
The government uses foreign
staff in most of the ministries,
why notbrn in utwainwd pol
be concerned with whose chil-
dren, brothers, uncles, etc,
have been caught committing
It would appear that crime
is so out of control, that most

EDITOR, The Tribune.

KNOCK, knock, is anyone
therein When is the government
going to stop being afraid of
losing votes and do something
to save our country concern-
ing the crim-e which is totally
out of control?

Jo.cuy.31 0.. ...,ay1%h rm... raa l ... .. s e Sta.,g F.......
New Pree Conununity Holines Baptist Church, Malcohn Allotment
Services at7:30Nigh6tly
Junuasy 20th January aMth 1 wedb savlrd Pstor Ch6B Poiter
Rasidng star Missionaryr Baputta Cherh, Plue HIll Read
serlfslat 3kPa tlt

Whither now

for Baam

It is tinue to

We ne ed a younger group

Of people managing tourism

WJhen will Government tackle crime?

Ball al
.WW W1


"I vex because I broke! Everything look like it goin' up
except my paycheck! I had to park my car last week and
start catching the bus, risking my life, because I can't afford
gas. And I won't even talk about the price of groceries,
things so tough I have to start packing grits and tuna for
lunch and drink water for dinner.
"I mean I have a job and I work hard, but with all my bills
I a't s!"' s""e w 'tohehe syng the US might have a
Broke and destitute in New Providence

"You know what is boil myblood?
How Bahamians can't get
good ser vi ce fr om
Bahamians. I can't tell
you how many times I
went in a dehi or a 1
food store and the(
girl behind the 0 ,-
counter won't'
evnlook i
te eye and say-
hello before she (
take my order
or cash me up.
"Half the
time they cut
they eye like
you do them
Bahamians nee
to learn to keep
their stink attitude
home and leave it
out of the work- 9\ -
Francis, Baillou Hill

"I vex because it's Januar and
bills piling in, but I ain' getting pay 'til the end of the
month. I should have known better than to spend my last
on gifts for my "loved ones" most of whom was too selfish
to even buy me a card,
"Now my light probably going to cut off soon, all because
I wanted to buy things for stingy people who don't appre-
ciate it. But I guess I learned my lesson for next year."
Doris T, Elizabeth Estates

The rising prices of gas, that's what have me vex. Every
time I go to fill up my car I scared I going to get a heart
attack or stroke. It cost me $40 to fill up my li' Sentra and
if prices keep goin' up soon it will be $50. I don't know what
I'll do if that happen."
Cedric Storr

... but many predict no realistic

turnaround for another two year s

"We gO Off 10 COllegeS and
UniveTSities and obtain

prfefSSional degrees and come
home to search for a job, when
we have the tools to launch out

Mark Smith




The University of the West Indies is embarking on the implementation if its
Strategic Plan 2007-2012 and one of the major strategic objectives is the
establishment of an Open Campus to service primarily the UWI-12 and other
underserved constituents. It is against this background that applications are
invited for the post of Bursar of the University of the West Indies Open Campus.

The ideal candidate will:

have a University degree,
be a member of a recognized professional body of Accountants,
have wide experience preferably mna University, of budgetary control,
marginal costing, and the application of modern accounting techniques, and
have acquaintance with financial control within an online environment.

Special responsibilities for the position include providing leadership with
respect to:

accounting and financial work of the Open Campus;
management, supervision and control of the Open Campus fnances;
work with the Umiversity Bursar to prepare annual and bienmial estimates,
quarterly financial reports and annual accounts, within the Financial Code.
of the University;
diversification of income to the Open Campus
supervision of the accounting offices of the Open Campus sites

Other key personal attributes for the position meclude:

Leadership skills in a distributed environment
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Familiarity with relevant law throughout the English-speaking Caribbean'

Send detailed applications giving (i) full particulars of qualifications and
experience, (ii) biodata, as well as (iii) the names, titles, mailing and e-mail
addresses, fax and telephone numbers of 3 referees (one of whomn should be
from your present organizations) as soon as possible to the University Registrar,
Office of Administration, The Vice-Chancellery, The University of the West
Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies. Fax number: (876) 977-
1422 or email: oadmin@uwimona.edu.j m.

The application forms and further particulars of the post and full details of the
remuneration package may be obtained from the UWI Website at
http://www.uwi.edu/jobs or from the Office of Administration by contacting
us on Telephone (876) 977-2407; or email oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm.

Applicants are advised to request their referees to send references under
CONFIDENTIAL cover directly to the University Registrar without waiting to
be contacted by the University.

Closing date for receipt of application is January 25, 2008.

Tr buce Feprt nd rter

FREEPORT Education
Minister Carl Bethel is in Grand
Bahama for two days of visits to
public schools as part of his mis-
sion to tour "as many schools
as possible in the Bahamas".
Mr Bethel, who was accom-
panied by local education offi-
cials, visited government schools
ma theHFr s ort areearonn~ Thus
schools in East and West Grand
Bahama yesterday.
Cecil Thompson, deputy
director of education in
Freot ad other ed cto
o ep ials ending Shool sprn
intendents Hezekiah Dean and
Sandra Mortimer, and other
senior education officials were

a he Trebue caught up with
Mr Bethel and his contingent
around 1pm during their tour
of the Jack Hayward High
School one of two over-
cr wded government high
than 1,200 students.
"We are continuing the prac_
tice I started in New Providence
with visiting as many schools as
possible and I wanted to visit
Bha a. hndoon FebnuaGy n
will probably go to the Family
Islands to Abaco, Eleuthera,
or Exuma," he said.
"It is important for the min
ise toohavxe a sense oss wtn i
we also took the opportunity to
meet with office staff at the
Ministry of Education here in
Freeport to look at some of the
interpersonal and personnel
isush r
Issn De ember, there had been
reports of "interpersonal rival
ries" at the Freeport headquar-
ters affecting staff and the over-
all efficiency of the office.
Mr Bethel said: "We are hop-
ing to provide a listening ear
and to resolve some of the
issues and get a good working
spirit here in Grand Bahama
aa n.
ag ile on Grand Bahama, Mr
Bethel was asked for an update



are taking a cautious but opti-
mistic approach to recent assur-
ances of an econonuc revival m
~Freeport during 2008.
And, many more believe there
will be no realistic turn around
for another two years, despite
the recent sale of Royal Oasis
Resort and Casino to a company
Despite announcements by
executives of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority Group of Com-
panies (GBPA) of a slew of for-
eign investments that some say
will prop up Grand Bahama's
ailing economy, many say they
are taking a "cautiously opti-
mistic approach."
Even with the Freeport Con-
tainer Port (FCP) spending more
than $2_50 million on its Phase V
expansion aimed at increasing
production and providing addi-
tional employment, some are of
the ~opinion that that is not
enough to effect change.
What is needed they say, is an
overhaul of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority itself, which they
blame for the downturn in
Freeport's once robust economy
following a prolonged legal bat-
tle between the estates of the late
Edward St George, and his for-
mer business partner Sir Jack
Many in Freeport feel that
while the multi-million dollar
investment by Ginn Sur Mer at
West End is providing some
relief it will be a considerable
time before people see visible
evidence of that investment.
"What is needed here is urgent
relief from unemployment and
an increase in long term and sus-
tainable investment," said one
local businessman, who wished
to remain anonymous. "We con-
tinue to here about mega foreign

season." Mr Francis is of the view
that "there is currently no lead-
ership at the Grand Bahama Port
Authority" and criticised gov-
ernment for a lack of foresight
following the three hurricanes
that assisted in causing the city's
economy to run aground.
Mark Smith, a small business-
man said that while he is opti-
mistic about the future, he feels
too much emphasis is being
placed on foreign investment
when there are many qualified
Bahamians with capital to invest
in the Bahamas.
"For some reason I do not
understand why more Bahami-
ans who have the experience and
capital to own and operate their
own businesses would not do so,,,
he said. "We have been taught
for too long that Bahamians are
not good at running their own
"We go off to colleges and uni-
versities and obtain professional
degrees and come home to
search for a job, when we have
the tools to launch out on our
My thinking is that if more
people become pioneers and
provide employment for others,
we can become our own mas-
"More Bahamians ought to
participate in Freeport's econo-
my if we are to create real diver-
sity here because there is room
for expansion.
"But while that is a fact," he
claimed, "one should always take
a cautious approach in the pre-
sent conditions, unless there is a
miraculous change at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority."


investment where a considerable
amount of land is given to a for-
eign investor but there is never
any real economic benefit.
"Therefore, while I am delight-
ed to here about what is planed
for us in 2008, I prefer to take a
cautious but optimistic approach
to anyr news about a miraculous
turn around in Freeport. At pre-
sent, all we are getting from the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
and the Bahamas government is
a band-aid approach to our econ-
"Neither our government or
the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity seem to know what to do
about turning Freeport's econo-
my around," he said. "They all
appear to be at a loss as to what
is needed here, and I believe that
is because the only person who
understood the uniqueness of
Freeport, Mr Edward St George,
is dead."
Late last year, Grand Bahama
welcomed a new business, the
$15 million Grand Bahamian

Brewery Company Limited-,
However, the multi-milhion
dollar International Grocers Dis-
tributors Association, which
should have begun operations
following a soft opening nearly
three months ago, remains
According to one taxi driver,
John Francis, having one cruise
ship make a call at Lucayan Har-
bour once a week, "is not enough
to improve the economic condi-
tions of Freeport."
"'What we need is a continuous
flow of traffic on a regular basis
so that all can benefit from the
industry," he said. "We have
much to offer our guests in
Grand Bahama, but if you were
to move about Freeport on any
given day, most tourist areas are
virtually empty."
He said while many hotels and
resorts, restaurants and other
businesses stood to benefit much
from visitors over Christmas,
"'the place looked like a ghost
town after the two week holiday

was no money for them to hire,
and so for years this problem
has drawn on," he said.
Stephen Plakaris, deputy
director of school security at the
Ministry of Education in
Freeport, said additional secu-
rity officers, perimeter fencing
and surveillance is needed to
ensure the safety of security
officers and school property.
The murder of 64-year-old
school security guard Vincent
Peia in 1g ter er ofdl s
additional manpower as he was
the only security on duty during
the midnight shift at Eight Mile
Rock High.
Mr Bethel said he intended
Iovisit Ei ht Mile Rock High
"I am seeking to have a co-
ordinated approach between all
relevant government agencies
to address the issue of security
ct pbhlet horls ei snwef aa
often assured me that whatever
the needs of education are, edu-
cation will get.
"And so we are working I
think we are quite close to
resolymng the problem. We are
looking at the question of both
manpower and making efforts
to improve and implement
where possible surveillance
technology," he said.

on the plans for two new junior
high schools for Freeport which
are desperately needed to
relieve overcrowding at the Jack
Hayward High and St Georges
He explained that Cabinet is
still in the process of reviewing
the contract for the new junior
high school at Heritage and so
the project is at a standstill.
However, he noted that plans
are underway for a new junior
high school to be built near St
"We are happy and pleased
to note that investment in build-
ing what is in effect going to
become a new junior high
school next to St Georges is still

nin of hae netdsbh~ol eyr w
should be able to take the pre-
sent seventh graders who will
be entering eighth grade and
those incoming seventh graders

hsmntehw facil y t tt ltshenteo
and begin the construction at
that facility over time of a full
junior high school."
When asked about improve-
ments for school security on the
island, Mr Bethel said that the
ministry is working to address
all security issues.
."We ar~e working on that and
it will take co-ordination
between the different depart-
ments because I have seen
attempts by the former govern-
ment to deal with it that weren't
effective because there was not
a requisite co-ordination
between the various minustries
and there was -,nfusion, giving
permission to ,lire when there


Grand Bahama cautiously

optimistic about chances

of an .cnoi rev


I~t~lirl~ I

* L ie

Driver, 38, in

OVer brhige

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A 38-year-old

... ) inhosital:orob ereva
Thursday evening.
Ricardo Barrows was trans-
ported by ambulance to the
Rand Memorial Hospia srotme

ShUV he was driving went into
Assistant Superintendent of
Police Loretta Mackey, assis-
tant press liaison officer, said
police were called to investigate
a traffic accident that occurred
on Engrave Drive.
When officers arrived at the
scene, they reportedly saw a
White GMC Denali submerged
in the canal.
Asst Supt Mackey said the
driver, identified as Ricardo
Barrows, was noticeably shaken
and appeared to be in a state of
She said he was alone in the
vehicle at the time of incident.
Asst Supt Mackey said traf-
fic officials are continuing their
investigations into the accident.



Atlantis' Roderick

COlebrook releases

Second book
AFTER two years of brain-
storming, writing, edits and re-
writes, author Roderick Cole-
brook has released his second
book My Stories 2.
The book is a sequel to Mr
Colebrook's first work."My~i
Stories. published in Decem- a
ber 2005. o,.

boo kks a rspilbaton tohesn
ctorie iabbouth ralal nd o cur- ?
national settings which explore nL2
moral and social issues and Y


both rou n d hmrnou
tone and feature creative illus-
trations by several local artists. AUTHOR Roderick Colebrook
While admitting that writ- holds up a copy of his new book,
ing book is not as easy as it My Stories 2.
may appear, Mr Colebrook -
who is director of Casino Marketing at Atlantis said that he
was very pleased to release his second work.
He pointed out that there have been times when organising
his efforts proved "really tough".
"'I wanted to do something that would once again be
thought-provoking and something that could touch every-
body," said Mr Colebrook. "The stories are life itself, so in
writing, I could write each story with passion because I can feel
it. 1 can sense it and I can internalise them. It is my intention
to have the reader walk with me through the process and get
them right into the story itself."
When asked which story was most dear to his heart, Mr
Colebrook pointed to 'Good-bye World', the last story in his

ne eb td that although it was the shortest of his stories, it
was one of "the toughest to write," because of how personal
it was to him. In the story Mr Colebrook pays tribute to his
father, who recently passed away.

Worship Time: 11a.m. & 7p.m.

SPrayer Timle: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m.
Church School during Worship Service
SROViVa I Services
February 13-17, 2008

from Brade t~oena ee Aeh dls Chrch, Florida
Place: 7\vynamt Heights
qtrince Charles Drive
Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Box SS-5631
Telezphone number: 324-2538
Te~le tax number: 324-2587

Sunday School: 10am FUNDAJVIENTAL
Preaching.. liam & 7:30pm EVANGELISTIC
oay emHNS 2Pastor:H. Mills
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box 1\1-3622

SU NSWAY,~ J AN UAR Y 1 &FM, 298 8
11:30 a~mSpeaker: .


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Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street-
R.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-81 35


H1 1 :0 0 CAM l DR ie v M a k C r y
cl:eACMare DRev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
Bernard Road .
11:00AM Pastor Charles Moss
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Rev. Charles Sweeting
7:00PM Rev. Charles Sweetmng
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Rev. Charles New
7:00PM Rev. Charles New
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs-Anniversary Service
l 1:00AM Rev. William Higgs/HC

'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS I
Your Host: Rev. Phillip Stubbs
.'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Rev. Phillir Stubbs
***************** ***********************
Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Ye soldiers of the Cross
Lift high His royal banner
It must not suffer lodt
Franavict rshu~ntol ncodry
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord Indeed.

The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
SUN DAY, JAN UARY 13, 2008
7:00 am Sis. Nathalle Thompson/Sis. Tezel Anderson
11:00 am Bro. Ernest Miller/Youth
7:00 pm Bro. Jamicko Forde/Board of Property


Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807

WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.
beleclweP Boltl leaching
p5'3 ,, np l ('49 9 080 CIUIj J 10 ~I.
MillsIonefe; Girls Club) 3 -'y "'

FRIDAY at .7:30 p.m.
YOUth 11nisty IJleetlred
Sunday of 8:30 0.m. ZNS 1 TEMPLE TIME

Assembly Of God


reconcile career choices to
the particular demands for
skills in local and global
He pointed out that it is
also'accepted that no one
benefits from an overcrowded
curriculum, which does not
place rtpecifi o em h si o I
edge that produces literate,
numerate, and socially aware
graduates who can contribute
meaningfully tonthe advance-

In addition, Mr Bethel said
it is accepted by the depart-
ment thsit new i~and improved
methodologies are required
in the classroom, having
regard to the benefits that
accrue from incorporating.
technology in the teaching
and learning process.
"These new and expanded
strategies which will, hope-
fully, ive effort to the edu-
cation reform initiatives, will
be contained in a National
Strategic Plan for Education
for the Bahamas, and I would
like to assure you that they
have been designed to pro-
duce students who are~not
only able to compete region-
ally but internationally as

'IHE government is not
"turning a deaf ear or a blind
eye" to the difficulties faced
by the public school system,
Minister of Education Carl
Bet el said.
isMr B tshe sad his un nt
solutions, ideas and various
strategies recommended by
Professionals and education
prtnr at tpna rean sa i

thH~avinm sccessfully man-
aged to open every school
smoothly, on time, on the first
day of school, for the first
time since 2001, we in the
ministry immediately sought
to bring greater focus to what
I have called the content of
education," he said at the
17th annual Bahamas Busi-
ness Outlook Seminar on
Mr Bethel explained to the
senior government officials,
businesspersons, entrepre-
neurs and others present that
there is no overnight fix and
that improvements in terms
of examination results will be
"However, with the collec-

SENIOR government officials, businesspersons, entrepreneurs and other sectors of the Bahamian society lis-
ten attentively as distinguished local and international authorities address a wide spectrum of topics-

said, "despite the fact that
there have been and continue
to be incremental improve-
ments in education."
The minister noted that,
throughout months of sus
tained dialogue with the tech-
nical officers in the Depart-
ment of Education, it became
apparent to him that there is
a general acceptance of a real
and urgent need to address
the academic performance of
all students in schools, and to

tive brainstorming that we
have and continue to engage
in, the appropriate strategies
we have realized, it is envi-
sioned that some of the
reforms we will shortly under-
take will translate into a
noticeable and we hope, mea-
surable success in terms of
the quality of future gradu-
ates who will exit our nation-
al education system."
Mr Bethel acknowledged
that the fact that the country

is gravely challenged by mal-
adjusted, violent and crimi-
nal elements demonstrates
that the educational system
has not fully inculcated posi-
tive values in many young
Similarly, he noted that as
far as the business communi-
ty is concerned, the country's
system of education is not
adequately meeting their
needs or expectations.
"This is so," Mr Bethel

Grounded In The Past &r
~IIIII~Geared To The Futu e

Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am I I

Prayer time: 6:30pm
The Madeira Shropping
(Next door to. CIBC)

Rev. Dr. Franklin Kinowles

Bibe Class: 9:48a~ng. B~leaking ofB~ N1M~adlewa*104 ..
*Commn Our~each: 11:30 ~m. Etp* Leds 7:a00p~m.

flornlng wolrship Servilcr
Sunday Schoor;l fo~r all agis
4011JI Eillucnhrton
Worship Service ,..,...~....s....
Sponllsn' Servlce
F:sr,4ing WggypiP (q~lcE

8 30J amn
9 J15 m
9 *.5 om I
11.00 a~m.
8,00 0,m,
t, ji pm


Govt not ignoring diffculties in

- Bethel

public school system



108 Montrose Ave~nue
P.o. BoxEE-16379, Nassaru, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@hantelneths
(Father John Wesley).
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist
witness for Christ in The Bahamas"
COLLECT: Lord of all time and eternity, you opened the
heavens and revealed yourself as Father in the baptism of Jesus
your beloved Son: by the power of your Spirit complete the
heavenly work of our rebirth through the waters of the new
creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive and reigns
with you, mn the umity of the Holy Spmrt, one God, now and for
7:00 a.m. Sis. Cecelia Gardiner
11:00 a.m. Bro. Andrew Hunter
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. 7 a.m. Worship Leaders
10:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
6:30 p.m. Women Alive
(Rose Street, Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Congregational Stewards.
9:0am. Si Viaviene Huggmns/Providence Beacons
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
9:00 a.m. Sis. Cecelia Gardiner
5:15 p.m. Congregational Stewards
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Rhodes Prayer Band
C CH DIS MI SON CENTR (Quackoo St) -Thrift
Shop and other Ministries
St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
the Conference are urged to pray and tol fast for Justice to
prevail in the Methodist Cases and for an ernd to the upsurge
in violence. The fast begins weekly after the evening meal
on Thursday and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim
unswervingly: "My God and My Right."
"'Vision" On the Lord's Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns
of Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.;
"Family Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesdaiy, 7:30 p.m.; "To God be the
Gloiy" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.


THE Bahamian economy will grow by
between 3.5 and four per cent in 2008 accord-
ing to a forecast supported by the IMF.
Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing said this estimate comes even though
some of the challenges presented by the glob-
al economy in 2007, such as high oil prices
and the broadening impact of the US sub-
prime mortgage crisis, will continue to present
some risks for the Bahamas.
"The growth will be underpinned by for-
eign investment projects both in the tourism
and industrial areas that will come on stream,
combined with a modest recovery expected in
tourism output and a robust public sector
capital development programme."
Mr Laing explained that these include
major road works, such as the New Provi-
.. dence Road Improvement Programme ($120
million), and the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport expansion and redevelopment
($400 millon).
A dominant global concern in recent times
has been the precipitous rise in crude oil
prices and the subsequent run-up in energy
and transportation costs, which resulted in
downward revisions in growth forecasts dur-
ing the course of 2007 across many national
economies, Mr Laing pointed out at the
Bahamas Business.Outlook Seminar on
The seminar, now in its 17th year, draws
senior government officials, businesspersons,
entrepreneurs and other sectors of Bahami-
an society to hear local and international
au hritie address a wide spectrum of tp cs
revised its 2008 forecast ~for world output
expansion down to 4.8 per cent from the 5.2
per cent expected mn 2007 and 5.4 per cent
noted in 2006.
In regards to the United States, he
explained that the IMF in October revised its
April estimate of forecast growth to 1.9 per
cent in 2008, down from an earlier 2.8 per
cent and in line with the growth expected in
2007. ,
"However, should the US economy move
towards a recession, or even to a position of
more marginal growth, and the odds appear
to be gaining, there could be implications
for US consumer spending hence the
'performance of o3uristIsI!ector.




The University of the West Indies is embarking on the implementation if its
Strategic Plan 2007-2012 and one of the major strategic objectives is the
establishment of an Open Campus to service primarily the UWI-12 and other
underserved constituents. It is against this background that applications are invited
for the post of Registrar of the University of the West Indies Open Campus.

Quliictinsand Eprec

The ideal candidate will possess:
Master's degree
Considerable experience in administration, particularly in a distributed
online environment
Substantial management experience
Tested leadership abilities

Special responsibilities

,The successful candidate will be providing administrative leadership w~ith respect
student admission, examination and graduation;
student welfare and student and alumni representation;
secretariat services for Open Campus management and academic bodies; and
maintenance of University records.

It is desirable for the successful candidate to possess:
Leadership skills in a distributed environment
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Send detailed applications giving (i) full particulars of qualifications and experience,
(ii) biodata, as well as (iii) the names, titles, mailing and e-mail addresses, faxc and
telephone numbers of 3 referees (one of whom should be fromt your present
organizations) as soon as possible to the University Registrar, Office of
Administration, The Vice-Chancellery, The University of the West Indies,
Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies. Fax number: (876) 977-1422 or
email: oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm.

The application forms and further particulars of the post and full details of the
remuneration package may be obtained from the UWI Website at
http://www.uwi.edu/jobs or from the Office of Administration by contacting
us on Telephone (876) 977-2407; or email oadmin@uwimona.edu~jm.

Applicants are advised to request their referees to send preferences under
CONFIDENTIAL cover directly to the University Registrar without waiting to
be contacted by the University.


Cleansing! Bodyv Heallag!
Life 1ransforming and Soul Restoring

Sunday, January 13th to

Frl 8as, January 18th, 2008

at 7.30 p.m. Nightly

Sat the East: Street T~abernaclt,

East S t. and S uni g ht Vil Iag a


Hear anointed Soloists:
Antomne Cunningham, Philip Simmons, Ger~ard
Butler, Graham McKinney, Sharon1 Chase &
Janeene Rahming

Be blessed by the National Pr-aise Tealm, the
National Crusade Choir, and the T'aber~nacle
Concer(t Choir
Ministers Terrance Forbes, Chevol Gray &r
Miriam Curtis



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MINISTER Of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing made the keynote address at the 17th annual
Bahamas Business Outlook seminar'

"From a policy perspective." Mr Laing
said, "we will seek to ensure that our tourism
marketing initiatives are able to tap into oth-
er markets, such as Canada, Western Europe
and to a lesser extent Asia, which have all
benefited from the sustained depreciation of
the US dollar "
He explained that to the extent that the
country is successful in this regad th an
shoul copimn onon itaiv
expand domestic tourism capacity and secure
improved tourism earnings in 2008
Mr Laing also noted that the construction
and tourism investment sectors are exspected
to be relatively strong in 2008. with the com-
ing on stream of resort and real estate pr,-
jects in New Providence (Baha Mar. Albany
and Kerzner Phase IV) and Grand Bahama
(Royal Oasis and the Ginn Development);
and the other Family Island projects (Royal
Island, Rose Island) and the continuation of
such projects, as the Baker's Bay Deve~lop-
Mr Laing also explained that with regard to
the monetary system, liquidity in the banking,
sector should strengthen in 2008S. supporIted

by foreign investment and tourism inflows
and stable interest rates.
"Consequently, the money supply and, in
particular, savings in the banking system
should grow at a healthy pace which, com-
bined with sustainable credit expansion '
should improve our foreign reserves perfor-

ma th reference to capital market develop-
ment, Mr Laing pointed out that the gov-
ernment supports the ongoing efforts to
enhance the growth and development of the
local capital market by making foreign cur-
rency resources available to local brokers
and dealers for the devel pet of Bah mi
an Depository Receipts and other innova-
tive securities.
This will foster greater diversity and avail-
ability of alternative investments to the
Bahamian investing public, and provide
another avenue for investors to participate in
the international capital markets.
"The government will continue to support
such efforts and anticipates that this will fur-
ther strengthen domestic savings in 2008."

Closing date for receipt of application is January 25, 2008.


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ANDREW ESFAKIS at St Vincent's Hospital, Pennsylvania doing hlis res-

Job Opportunity for a



An established Bahamian Company iS
seeking a Financial Controller.

Qualifications for the position are:

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in
Accounting or apphied finance from
an accredited and reputable university.
Certified Public Account
3-5 years Audit experience
Proficiency in Accounting Software
such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
Experience in preparing IFRS
compliant financial statements
The individual wil be responsible for
directing the overall financial planS
and accounting practices of the

Interested persons should
send risumis to:
P.O. Box CB-12707
Nassau, The BahalmaS


The Ambassador of the American Embassy is presently considering applications
for the following positions:


These positions are opened to candidates with the following qualifications:

A high school diploma is required.
Vocational or technical training in the r~espectivle fields or
Two years experience as a cook, food preparer, housekeeper, or
household assistant.


Persons must be able to work shifts and weekends when necessary.
Must be flexible, a quick learner and adaptable to change.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens wiho ar-e eligible f`or
employment under Bahamian laws and recgulations.

Please submit resume and three references via e-mail: fernanlderral~state.god
or address a resume to the Human Resources Offtice of` the U.S. Embalssy no latet
then Janluary 21, 2008. Telephone calls will not be accepted in Ireference to thi~



SBy looks back at the lifehi ek r asGn
of Dr Andrew Esfakis (1923-
1978) and at the medical practice
he founded on Market Street.
Andrew George Esfakis was
born on June 21, 1923 in Market
Street, north, in a dwelling which
shared the property with the
sponge houses in the back.
His parents, Olga (nee Boy-
adzi) and Christopher George
Esfakis, came from the island of
Crete. At the time of their births,
Crete was still a part of the
Ottoman Epipire, although in
1913, Crete became a part of
Christopher and Olga came
to the Bahamas in 1922 via
Cuba, where Christopher G
Esfakis's eldest brother, John,
was a successful sponge mer-
chant. Christopher G Esfakis left
Cuba to start his own business as
a sponge merchant in Nassau.
Olga and Christopher had three
children: A4ndrew, Ileana, and
mondrew Esf~akiS went to
school at Queen's College, then
iq Trinity Place, close to his
home in Market Street. In his
last years at school, he was influ-
enced by his then young biology
teacher, Dr A Deans Peggs, a
recent graduate from England.
He left Nassau to study medi-
cine at McGill University in
Montreal, in 1939, at age 16.
In 1948 he married Violet
Isabella Miller of New
Brunswick, an assistant night
nursing supervisor at the Home-
opathi eospitl Mbnteal He
Andrew Esfakis returned to
Nassau in 1949. In 1953 he start-
d acpra a dmthnMare nSitre
death in l978. Dr Walter Lorenz
joined the practice early on, and
D~r Halea Sh197thafter fnshin
From the beginning, though
to the 1980s, the practice bene-
fitted from the services of long-
serving staff nurses, including
Silvia Boyd Cole, Naomi Bethel
Albury, Ruth cI~ng Outten, and
Nurse Whitfieloi. among others-
In July 1978. Andrew and V'io-
let Esfakis wetnt to: London! to
th ".urrr; r\, re a <,... dPL a

from the car, he asked for a glass
of water to take a pill. When she
returned, he collapsed over the
wheltoHe as taken bay ambu-
pital, but efforts to revive him
were unsuccessful. He was 55.
of 30yes ssV ltd byur sau he
ters, and two sons: Juliana,
Diana, Leandra, Marina,
Chis op er, ad Andrw; his
nieces Andrya and Alexya.
A native of Trinidad, Dr Hale
studied medicine in England,
qualifying in 1953. While study-
ing in England he met and mar-
.-ied his first wife A4lida, a Dutch
citizen. He also met at that time,
Alida's friend, Anneke van
Ruth. After Alida died, Dr Hale
married Anneke in 1986.
Dr Hale came to the Bahamas
in 1954. He completed a con-
tract with the Ministry of Health
at MHoin 19ud.He too sm
ate courses in dermatology,
obstetrics, gynaecology, and car-
diology to prepare himself for
general practice. He then joined
Esfakis and Lorenz in June 1958.
His keen clinical observation,
diagnostic skills and good judg-

ment, provided a superior level
of care that earned him the loy-
alty of many during the 47 years
of his practice mn the Bahamas.
Dr Hale was very private, and
no gvn yto suefcalacicdh a
matic, he enjoyed a sharp sense
of humour, and was passionate
about sports, particularly tennis,
and mn later years, golf. He was
instrumental in forming the
Bahamhas Lawn Tenmis Associa-
Although of a different char-

acter than Andrew Esfakis, Mal-
colm Hale was also unassuming,
practical, decisive, competent,
confident, and very committed
to his patients. He and Andrew
Efa ids h ldt siar vsahlaurs
great mutual respect, and a love
of tennis.
Dr Hale was an intellectual,
and had fine powers of observa-
tion, recall and an analytical
mind, w,)ich informed his forth-
right opinions on characters and
situations he encountered. He

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Please send Resume and two (2) references to:
The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P.O. Box N-4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in

Florence, Frankfurt, Genva, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London,
Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Nassau, Paris, Rome,
Singapore, Tokyo, Turin, Zurich


enjoyedd conversations on chal- amaze me was his restless ener-
enging subjects usually med- gy. He was one of those rare
cal issues, the human mind, or individuals driven by a need or
he workings of the universe, all obsession to fill every minute of
f which he studied quite exten- the day with some definite activ-
ively. ity, an obsession that I have no
He wrote and had published a doubt shortened his life.
ook of his study of the human He had strong opinions on
nind, which he subsequently almost every subject, often to
evised and re- published. For- the point of being heated and
unately, he was joined in the passionate in debate. His gener-
ledical practice by Dr Gerassi- al views were strongly conserva-
los in 1978, who could share tive. He had little patience with
these interests. socialistic cant, and human par-
A calm person with a philo- asites infuriated him. On the oth-
ophical outlook, Dr Hale was er hand, he had a strong sense of
nonetheless concerned about the social justice, especially for the
nset and rise of self-inflicted defenseless poor when he con-
lifestyle" diseases he saw sidered them to be victims of
mong his patients in later years, greed or neglect from any
nd on occasion, outraged by source.
obviously negligent medical He was some what casual in
~eatment that came to his atten- matters of dress, etiquette, and
on. speech. His legs were often on
After some years of battling his desk and his syntax was hit or
n his own, a chronic lung con- miss, but no one minded these
ition, failing strength forced Dr eccentricities.

I don't believe Dr Esfakis ever
saw a patient without giving his
fullest professional care and
knowledge, and I have seen him
agonize and worry over difficult
cases. He was also fearless in his
approach to medical challenges,
a trait that would be considered
hazardous today but which made
him a superior doctor at a time
when the general practitioner
was the medical authority of last
Because his patients knew he
was giving all of his skill and that
he genuinely cared for their wel-
fare he enjoyed a level of devo-
tion in his huge practice that was
almost unique. If things hap-
pened to go wrong there was
very little inclination to com-
plain, in stark contrast to pre-
sent-day attitudes. Consider, for
example, his habit of delivering
babies with a lit cigar in his
mouth. Not only would this be
unheard of today, but even more
unthinkable would be cheerful
acceptance by a patient of an ash
burn on.her abdomen.
He obtained his medical
degree at Montreal McGill Uni-
versity and on his return to Nas-
sau immediately entered, pRac
tice, at first in pailnershtip with
Dr Turner, then later with Dr

Hale to retire in January 2003.
Dr Hale died July 10, 2003 at
home, in Johnson Road, Nas-
sau. He was survived by his sec-
ond wife, Anneke, and his
daughter and three sons by his
First wife, Alida: Margaret,
re Roger, Pieter and Michael, and
;k11 grandchildren.
Dr Gerassimos continues the
practice on Market Street, assist-
ed by Nurses Butler and Wilson.
A short time before his death,
Dr Hale wrote the following trib-
a ute to Dr Esfakis:
I suppose I knew Andrew
Esfakis during the last 20 years
of his life as well as anyone out-
side his immediate family. We
occupied adjacent examining
rooms and conversed almost dai-
But he was also well known
to many people in all sectors of
the community through his large
medical practice and other activ-
ities. And there was nothing
obscure about his personality-
what you saw was what he was.
Never were any personality pre-
tension in his make-up.
Standing over six feet tall and
strongly built with his short
moustache and Greek featurls
11he was lbysiibal 'an imposing
figure, but what never ceased to



Walter Lorenz and myself.
Although he was the complete
general practitioner his main
interest was surgery. To further
his surgical knowledge and skills
he took a year's sabbatical and
with his whole family went to
Edinburgh Scotland.

death. I don't know if there is a
plaque somewhere in the school
crediting his contribution. 1f not
this brief must serve as a histor-
ical record.
Andrew Esfakis reached a
state of physical exhaustion in

HIS ACTIVTIES early middle age. The stresses of
Dr Esfakis' activities outside his way of life could not be sus-
his work are matters of record, tained without serious damage
and the list is impressive: Presi- to his health, and a few weeks
dent of the Medical Association, before his death he began to
Chairman of St Andrew's School experience ominous signs of an
Board, Honorary Greek Con- impendent stroke. The day he
sul, Rotarian (and past president returned from vacation he
of Nassau City Rotary), builder, looked tired and subdued. I
co-founder of the Sassoon Heart believe he sensed something was
Foundation, tennis player, man- seriously wrong. That might he
dolin player, swordsman. poker collapsed after a house call and
and bridge pla~yer. He was also lapsed into a coma and shortly
on one occasion a candidate for died
political office without success.
His most outstanding under- AN EPITAPH
taking was the creation of the His contributions to the com-
new St Andrews School. I esti- munity were enormous. Most
mate he carried at least 90 per importantly he, with the small
cent of the btiifd~n of this, as I band of doctors practicing at that
witriessed, and1I have no doubt .time, changed the ie~alth of the
strain contributed to his early ~'nation.



medical challenges


Is seeking to hire a qualified young Bahamian for the following
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Christie rallies troops

FROM page one

bu htalso swins out toilet outanll wlo anteto leave. This isaf

He told them not to lose heart over the failings of the few and to
fix their "eyes on the prize and keep on marching in unity."
He said: "The struggle is bigger than any one man. It is bigger
than Lynden Pindling was and it is bigger than Perry Christie is. It
is bigger than any one generation of men. It transcends personali-
ities and it transcends generations. It is a quest, a struggle, that is big-
ger and better than the men who lead it," Mr Christie said.
The struggle of the PLP, he said, continues with people of his gen-
eration and Dr B J Nottage's generation and continues with the gen-
eration right behind.
"The struggle endures. It is ongoing. It is never finished. Our
work is never done. One generation of leaders passes into anoth-
er. Some soldiers step forward from the ranks to take up com-
manding positions at the front.
"Some soldiers slip away. Some fall~by the wayside. Some soldiers
are seduced by the promise of life on the other side, so they slip over
to sleep with the enemy. Some soldiers turn out to be craven cow-
ards whose knees buckle under pressure. Others turn out to be
downright traitors," Mr Christie said.
In the PLP's current generation of leadership, Mr Christie said.
the PLP has crafted the foundation for success for the Bahamas'
economy for generations to come with the diversification of income
for the Family Islands through anchor projects, the plans for
National Health Insurance, the University of The Bahaynas and the
transformation of the City of Nassau.
"As we look to the future, it must be thd~t the average man,
making the average salary with children to educate to university lev-
et, It must be that in The Bahamas we seek to build that these peo-
ple can make ends meet," Mr Christie liaid.

Mr Franke is survived by his wife Brenda; son,
Patterson Roberts; daughters Giselle Baumann,
Donna Kepple, Denise Freund and Micheline
Franke; grandsons, Curt and Kent Freunid, Ryan
and Ian Ellis; granddaughters, Katie, Tennile and
Brittany Roberts; sister, Jackie Roberts; son-in-
law, Jim Baumann, Bradley Kepple; daughter-in-
law, Shari Roberts; brothers-in-law, Michael
Roberts, John Rigden, Geoffrey Laphan; sisters-
in-law, Margaret Rigden, Jean Tankard, Mary

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Jamie and Sally-Ann, Caroline, Stephen and Helen,
Duncan and Ruth, Troy Sands, Jenesse Roberts
and Teri Roberts and many other relatives and
close fr-iends.

Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to ARK (Animals Require
Kindness) P.O. Box N-291, Nassau, The
Bahamas in memory of Georges Franke.

~Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited.

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and stand for his morals and
"I find it very hypocritical
on the PLP's part because
when Mr Gibson was involved
in that fight, they came to his
rescue and scolded the peo-
ple for speaking out against
Mr Christie's silence. So if
they didn't see anything wrong
in what this gentleman did in
ratifying him then, why is it
they find so many things
wrong with him now?" he
Mr Duncombe said he will
be attending what is expect-
ed to be a heated session of
the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, and he hoped to
present Mr Gibson with tw~o
pieces of legislation that he
hopes the Independent MP
will push in the lower cham-

cle in the PLP is being blamed
on the West End and Bimini
MP to hat. Mr Wilchcombe's
chances of winning the PLP
leadership if and when he con-
tests it.
Mr Wilchcombe has already
publicly announced that he
Swill not be contesting the par-
ty leadership at its conven-
tion in February.
Bain and Grants Town MP
Dr Bernard Nottage has also
expressed his desire for the
top post, but it is unknown if
and when he will make a push
for the position,
Yesterday, the former Inde-
pendent candidate in the 2007
elections, Clever Duncombe,
said he found it rather strange
and disappointing that the
PLP would unleash such an
onslaught on Kenyatta Gib-

"If those comments in his
(Mr Gibson's) press release
are to be believed then
Kennedy would be given their
just reward in terms of him
being an Independent instead
of a partisan politician. I
would like to challenge the
constituents of Kennedy to
challenge him because I'm
sure that any number of them
had concerns he could not
commit to because of his com-
mitment to his party.
"I will also be challenging
him on any issue, particularly
the Child Protection Act, and
the Sexual Offences and
Domestic Violence Act," he
Mr Duncombe applauded
Mr Gibson, saying the country
needed more people like him
who are willing to stand up
against "the establishment"

allowed the voters to defend
themselves against the allega-
tion, and seek judicial relief if
they contested the subsequent
ruling on the issue.
Mr Smith spent a large part
of the day arguing that Ms
Bridgewater's prior knowl-
edge of the supposed ineligi-
bility of the voters should
negate her right to now
advance this petition. Howev-
er, at one point, Senior Jus-
tice Allen asked how prior
knowledge made something
unlawful lawful.
Mr Davis also challenged
Mr Smith's claim that Ms
Bridgewater knew of the inca-
pacity of voters before the
ebi~tion. He said thiaf this sug-

peon wiihis what is being'arf th
debated in this hearing.
Rather, he said, Mr Smith's
complaint is with a support-
ing affidavit.
Mr Smith also argued yes-
terday that insufficient state-
ments of fact exist in the peti-
tion pertaining to the claim of
non-citizenship. He said it is
not enough to merely assert

that individuals are not citi-
zens. Rather, he suggested,
Declarations such as where the
individuals were born, or oth-
er additional claims of fact,
should have been made.
To this argument, however,
Senior Justice Allen said to
Mr Smith that what he is sug-
gesting should be included in
the petition.
Mr Smith even questioned
whether election court chal-
lenges were ever intended to
relate to citizenship. He said
as far as he is aware, no elec-i
tion court in the Bahamas has.
ever made a judgment against
an individual on this issue.
As a result of the length of
-thistharing, and the impend-
ing Pine iood Itiing, ~fie ofi~-
cial date for the beginning of
the Marco City case if it
continues has been
Mr Davis was accompa-
nied yesterday by attorneys
Wayne Munroe, Damian
Gomez and Thamara Saun-
ders, and he is set to make"
his submission to the court
when Mr Smith concludes.

chambers to discuss the logis-
tics of the case, but it appears
the decision of the justices is
The hearing for the strike-
out motion began on Monday,
with the court sitting for only
half a day. Mr Smith ended
that session informing the
court he had about an hour
remaining in his presentation.
However, he spent the
entire day yesterday continu-
ing his submission before the
court, and is now scheduled
to conclude when the hearing
continues on January 22.
Mr Smith argued that it is
an abuse of power for Pleas-
a~nt Bridgewater~lg to w peti-
., tion the o

and did not challenge them at
that time or on the day of the
Prior to the election, said
Mr Smith, voters could have
been challenged, making them
parties to the allegation before
the parliamentary commis-
This, he argued, would have

of Woodland Road,
Nassa u, The
Bahamas will be
held at St Annes
Anglican Church,
Fox Hill, Nassau on.
Tuesday, 15 th
January, 2008 at

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police were very pleased with a seizure of
this magnitude and credited DEU officers
fr t eir fie work
"If this amount of drugs would have
reached our streets we believe that it may
have had a significant impact on the lives
of (Bahamians) and so we are very
pleased with this find."
While noting Exuma officers seized
one kilo of cocaine earlier in the month,
ASP Evans said this latest seize was the
largest drug bust of the year.

Island. Four persons (three Bahamians
and one Jamaican) then escaped the ves-
sel, but were soon caught with help from
Cat island police.
In the vessel, officers discovered more
than 20 crocus sacks containing more
than 900 pounds of marijuana and 100
pounds of hashish, ASP Evans said. A
handgun and ten live rounds of ammuni-
tion were also confiscated.
At a press conference held at the
Marine Division base on Bay Street yes-
terday, ASP Evans, flanked by DEU
Commander Anthony Ferguson, said


MP Kenyatta Gibson faces

backlash after resignation

FROM page one

Other notable faces who have
resigned and returned to
the PLP include Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell and party leader
Mr Christie.
Along with the call' centre,
rumours abound of Mr Gib-
son's personal life, the possi-
bility of a deal with Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham, or
a larger conspiracy involving
sitting MPs of the PLP to oust
Mr Christie from the leader-
Sources believe that Mr
Gibson, who is said to be close
friends with PLP MP for West
End and Bimini Obie Wilch-
combe, may be in cahoots to
oust Mr Christie.
However, there are also
reports that this latest deba-

Election court challenge will be held.

HMFSMElMLll0MELIMffEl) in Nassau if strike-out motion fails
2 2 P l dale Avenue Palmdale

FROM page one

"If the matter goes on," she
said to the parties involved,
"it means you are going to
have to be very orgamised."
The proceedings in the
Pinewood election court case
lasted ten weeks. In that case
there was an initial combined
list of 189) voters in question
between both the PLP and
Yesterday PLP lead coun-
sel in the Marco City chal-
lenge, Philip 'Brave' Davis'
indicated that the petitioner's
list will comprise some 136
voters and the first respon-
dent's Zhivargo Laing's -
.97, totalling- 233: voters.
Though, he told there may be some common
names on the lists.
Both Mr Davis and Fred
Smith, Mr Laing's counsel
indicated that having the tria
in Nassau if the strike-out
motion fails will be chal-
The parties are scheduled
to meet with the justices in

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FROM page one

(DEfJ), Cat Island police officers, as well
as OPBAT officials netted the contra-
band, which was shipped to Nassau yes-
teda mrig
eA si ant Spt Walter Evans said just
after 7pm Thursday, DEU Marine Divi-
sion officers along with officers
attached to the strike force and OPBAT
- spotted a 34-foot "go fast" vessel in the
Exuma area.
Officers became suspicious and gave
chase, pursuing the vessel to north of Cat

Police launch Fox

Hill murder probe

FROM page one

2008 when he' was found with gunshot wounds in the College Gar-
d~ens area on January 5. He died of his injuries before police
arrived on the scene.
TWo days later, DeAngelo Cargill, a senior student at C R Walk-
er, Was shot while waiting for a bus on Frederick Street by drive-by
killers. He died a short time later in hospital.
There were three classified homicides mn the first ten days of 2007
and five murders recorded for that month, it was reported. The first
Victim was gunned down on January 1, 2007, and the following 364
days were filled with regular reports of bloodshed and violence.
Last year police recorded 79 murders and five "suspicious"
deaths that have yet to be classified.

FROM page one

10 a structural fire at the rear of the Village Tavern, a two-
TOOM WOOden structure.
McPhee, owner and resident of the building, was the only per-
SOll Inside at the time. When police arrived, the building was
engulfed in flames.
Supt Mackey said witnesses reported that the officer rushed
(O the burning structure and pulled the victim from the fire
and took him to safety.
She said a fire en ie arrived at the scene around 11.27pm and
extinguished the blaze before it could spread to other nearby
WOoden structures.
The cause of the fire is unknown and officials are continuing



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FORMER Director of Legal Affairs and former Acting Chief Justice, and current
Consultant to the Law Firm Sharon Wilson & Co., Mr. Neville L. Smith. Attor-
ney Angela Watson of J.P. Morgan, Mls. Sonia Longley, Appeal Justice Hartman

It was all light- hearted and fun as distinguished ladies of the. Legal Profession took, to the stage modelling busi-
ness and evening attire. Joining the models on stage was Ms. Anesta Weekes QC from London, England.
The models were dressed for both scenes in beautiful attire from the signature collection of the Mademoiselle
Attorney former Senate President Sharon Wilson, commentated for the show which was applauded and enjoyed
by all.
Pictured left to right are Lady Camille Hall, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Sir Burton H~all,
Governor General His Excellency Arthur D. Hanna, the Honourable Anthony M. Gleeson, Chief Justice of
Australia and Mrs. Robyn Gleeson.

FORMER Chief Magistrate, Former Senate President, Sharon Wilson, Sharon Wil-
son & Co., Agustine Hall and Ms. Anesta Weekes QC, London, England.

ATTORNEY Terry North Alexiou, Knowles & Q~o., Carol 0'Brien, Partner
Andrew O'Brien II,lGlinton, Sweeting & O'Brien, Partner Elliott Lockhart,
Lockhart & "rnroe.

MELINDA MAYNARD of the LaviHFirm Glinton,
Sweeting and 0'Brien; and husband, Jason May-
nard of the Law Firm, Peter Maynard & Co.

ATTORNEY Lesley Isaacs is flanked by Governor General Arthur D. Hanna,
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall.

ATTORNEY Cheryl E. Bazzard of the Law firm Cheryl IE. Bazzard Law
Chambers on Harley Street; Attorney Rachel Culmer, Knowles, Mct~ay
a' fie& Culmer, Attorney Leila Green, Permanent Secyjtary, Attorney Gener-

"~P~ATTORNEY Tonyaii Galni -
ATTORNEY, Marie Cargill, law firm of Lecture, Eugene Dupuch Law ATTORNEY, Stephanie
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