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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 16, 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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Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia. net
A PRIMARY school boy
injured another boy with a screw
driver during school hours yes-
terday, The Triburie has learned.
According to an eyewitness,
the male student at S~tephen Dil-
let prim ry school located oin
Wulff Road and Windsor Lane
- "jooked another boy with a
screw driver," however the wit-
ness was unable to say how seri-
ous the victim's injury was.

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Yesterday acting Assistant
Police Commissioner Raymond
~Gibson sought to play down the
incident between the nine and 10-
year-old children, stating that it
was a "very minor" incident
which he would not wish to call a
"stabbing" but rather "an injury
with a screwdriver."
He said that no one is in cus-
tody over the attack, whieh-he
claimed came as the result of an
argument between the two boys.
He said the school is dealing with
the matter.
"That is how minor it is," he
He said that "according to
information (he had) received"
the victim did not have to be hos-
pitalised for treatment of his
SEE page eight
epecte to be a brief sttintg o
o'clock this morning, members
will attend the annual parhia-

Seventh-Day Adventist Church,
Fifth Terrace
Members of both the Senate
and House are ex ected to
attend te 113amI service,
which was organised by the
Buadheamhaes1 ist an Couscil
President, Bishop John Hlumes.
Dr Leonard Johnson, Presi-
dent of the Seve~nth-Day
Adventist Church, will lead the

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dispute between Mr Gibson and
the PLP on Monday night while a
guest on the JCN television pro-
gramme, The Platform
"When he stepped outside we tant. because right now we're
should have stepped outside and hoping to be the government and
get him back. It's not for us to considering where we are and the
push him away, it's for us to bring
him back because he hasn't SEE pg ei ht
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Clergyman calls for GB Port Authority
partners to settle their differences
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Another public appeal has been made to the two
feuding partners in the Grand Bahamla Por~t Authol~ril. -- this time by
a prominent Bahamnian ekLrLp 1.mII-m to settle their differences for
the-benefit of F~reeport's stability.
SBishop Simeon Hall, senior pastor- of New Covenant Baptist Church
in Nassau, believes "the family feud" at the Port Authority is impe~d-
mng progress mn Freeport and the entire island of Grand Bahama.
"The family feud at the Port Authority is creating instability in
Freeport. The instability of the Port Authonity is threatening the sta-
bility of the entire Grand Bahama and Freeport region," he said yes-
ter ay. .
Rev Hall, chairman of the National Advisory Council on Cnime, was
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
workers at the Registrar Gen-
eral's department took action
yesterday by walking out of
their offices, complaining
abouto"h mn leesn -
and unhealthy working con-

clakheiletha 8i0 perscnourc
between 60 and 70 employees
at the Hilton-based office
were unionised, at the time
The Tribune arrived on the
scene shortly after 11.20am
there were between 20 to 30
employees away from their
des ed to comment on the
matter, Minister of State for
Legal Affairs, Desmond Ban-
nister, under whose portfolio
the department falls, stated
yesterday afternoon that he
wasomveey sur"risd and di;

thaocm ng toPublic Service
Union president John Pinder,
union members went back to
work in the early afternoon.
They had received an assur-
ance from the permanent sec-
retary in the Attorney Gen-
eral's office, Leila Greene,
that their concerns were being
attended to, he claimed.
Mr Pinder'explained that
employees are distressed
about Deputy Permanent Sec.
retary Eugene Poitier's
"micro-management" of the
department, where he is now
stationed. Another union

SEE page eight

THE PLP's legal chal-
lenge ovre apo etme

wih so eeew desert fra n'
ivnle i h case tolod T e
Tribune yesterday.
Lawyer Paul Adderley'
who represents the Progres-
sive Liberal Party in the Sen-
ate challenge, confirmed that
the matter, which was to
have opened yesterday
before Chief Justice Sir Bur-
ton Hall, had been cancelled.
Mr Adderley told The
Tribune that a date for the
SEE page eight


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Keod Smith

clanns Kenyatta

w~au gressor
in Cabinet brawl

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KEOD Smith, former PLP MP~
for Mount Moriah, claimed yes-
terday that Kennedy MP Keny-
atta Gibson was the aggressor in
their much publicised Cabinet
brawl. He said Mr Gibson
attacked him for failing to rescind
his representation of alleged drug
dealer Teron Fowler,
Fowler is now behind bars in
the United States on charges of
importing and attempting to disi
tribute cocaine into that country.
He was arrested in November last
vear on a sealed indictment dat-
ing from November 2006. At the
time of his arrest, Fowler was
travelling with a false passport.
Yesterday, Mr Gibson refuted
Mr Smith's claims.
"I do not have time for Koed
Smith's foolishness," he said. "He
started the Cabinet Room fight
and history has vindicated me in

SEE page eight

Smith: Kenyatta's
Win OW Of time
10 return 10 the

party has closed
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE window of time in which
the now Independent Kennedy
MP Kenyatta Gibson could have
returned to the PLP has closed,
according to former PLP parlia-
mentarian Keod Smith,
The former MP of Mount
Morot"Ms"M'Thin e erda o
Was sonad, saied ta snio
should not try to bring Mr Gibson
back into the fold.
Mr Smith who last year had
to resign as chairman of the
BEST Commission after the Cab-
inet brawl with Mr Gribson said
the Kennedy MP has gone
"beyond the point of no return"
when he personally attacked for-
mer Primne Minister Perry Christie
by calling him '.reptilian" and a
"washed up, has been. egotist."
"The window that was avail-
able to M~r Gibson in this partic-
ular way would hatve beenl the day
he made the announcement right
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which grants free movement
within a large bloc of western
European countries.
Governor General Arthur
Hanna welcomed the first
Ambassador of the Czech
Republic to the Bahamas, Vit
Korselt, during ceremony at
Government House yesterday.
"This is of significance for
the Bahamas given your coun-
try's membership in two
important institutions whose
policies and practices impact
the Bahamas directly, namely
the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) and
the European Union," said
the governor general.
"LWe, therefore, count on
.the Czech Republic to ensure
the OECD's regulation on
financial services is fair, just
and equitable for all," he said.
"It is also our hope that the
Czech Republic will play an
important role in ensuring that
European Union's .. invest-
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agement skills and new tech-
nologies, emphasised."
The governor-general also
pointed out that the foreign
service experience of Ambas-
sador Vit Korselt, 46, augurs
11llfor the exp sion0 o ela-
"Your country's support for
a successful completion of the
waiver negotiations for the-
Schengen Visa for the
Bahamas would be of special
importance for the Bahamas,"
he said.
The governor-general told
Ambassador Korselt that the
Bahamas is pleased by his stat-
ed intention to explore all
avenues in an effort to
improve economic and trade
relations in a mutually benefi-
cial way.
wAmlmssador Koo chhsaid he
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Republic to the Bahamas,
adding that his government is
desirous of strengthening and
expanding relations between
the two countries.
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seAmbaassado oKo sel also
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Republic in Cuba. He is mar-
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THE DRUG Enforcement Unit has issued an all points bulletin .for
three men wanted for questioning in connection with a case of pos-
session of dangerous drugs.
Corey Munroe, 34, also known as Corey Murphy, is said to stdnd
six feet tall and weigh 1801bs. His last know address is St Michael
Road, off Prince Charles Drive.
Gary Fox, 43, of Glendale Subdivision, off Soldier Road is also
wanted by police. He is listed at 5'9" and 2001bs.
Melvin Maycock, 41, is a resident of Joan's Heights south and he
is listed at 5'7" and 1651bs.
Members of the public who have information on the whereabouts
of any of these men are asked to contact the Drug Enforcement Uilit
(DEU) at 323-7139 or 397-3801; the Police Control Room at 322-
3333; Crime Stoppers at 328-8474; or the nearest Police Station.

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The forging of ties with the
Czech Republic signifies an
important step in the continu-
ing waiver negotiations for the
Schengen Visa, according to
the government.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, the government said
the opening of diplomatic
relations between the two
countries will also create ben-
efits in the areas of tourism,
business and financial services.
The government hopes the
EU will agree to allow
Bahamas citizens to travel to

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Two charged

with firearm,

FREEPOR'T Twoc men
were charged in Freeport
Magistrate's Court with
possession of a firearm and
ammunition on Monday.
Edwardo Cambridge, 27,
and Bertram Gaitor, 51,
both of Freeport, appeared
before Magistrate Debbye
Fer uson inl court one.
It is alleged that on Janu-
ary 12, the men were found
in possession of a 9mm
firearm containing 13 live
rounds of ammunition.
Both men pleaded not
guilty to the charges and
were granted $4,000 bail
with one surety.
The matter was
adjourned to June 16, for
trial -

Man, 24, in

A 24-YEAR-OLD man
is currently in hospital after
being shot by an unknown
asalnt early Tu sday
According to reports, the
man was walking mn the
area of Lobster Avenue off
East Street South around
3am when the occupant or
occupants of a grey Honda
CA nullbeer ofshots were
fired and the victim was hit

iHheei in hospital and his
condition is said to be seri-
ous but not life threaten-

Bahamas Diabetic

Association to liold

monthly meeting
THE Bahamas Diabetic
Association (BDA) will be
holding its monthly meet-
rrg stat ati g0m ntre
in Grosvenor Close off
Shirley Street on Saturday,
January, 19.
The guest speaker will be
Patti Symonette.
Members and interested
persons are invited to
Light refreshments will
be served following the

Sh Pea

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements mn the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

eventually, why not?" asked Dr
Deveaux yesterday.
He said that the plans are it
result of action on his part to
prioritise certain areas that fall
under the remit of his ministry
as it relates to the government's
intended "revamp" of Bay
Street and its environs.
Noting the fact that there is a
"strong and overwhelming
desire from all stakeholders" to
address the issue, Dr Deveaux
said he is interested in effect-
ing immediate changes, "either
by waymof regulation, public
improvement, in light of trying
to -lo something to address the
downtown issue while we con-
cetulse atoalpln.
Dr Deveaux suggested that
creating a more aesthetically
de=oihn cert=== old build
ings. repaving Shirley Street and
Bay Street. and attending to the

fall into this category.

Search underway for

man H11SSing at sea

AN INTENSIVE search is underway for a Bahamian man miss-
"Hat isethought to have fallen off a barge on its way to Nassau late
Monday night, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officials
reported yesterday.
Ther Thribue lear-ned the missing man is Clinton Turnquest. 35, of
san souci.
He is said to be a good swimmer and was last seen wearing a red;
shirt. Family members hope this will make him easy to spot by res-
cue teams.
Patrick Turnquest, his father, was one of seven volunteers who
joined rescue teams in the search for his missing son.
Although the search proved fruitless up to press time, Mr Turn-
quest said he was optimistic that rescue teams would soon find Clin-
Clinton Turnquest, a member of a construction creiv, was on his
way back to Nassau from Staniel Cay, Exuma. The crew were
aboard the vessel, The Renlegadec.
According to reports, passengers on Thle Renegadeti contacted
authorities when they noticed that Mr Turnquest was missing as
they neared Porgie Rocks some time after 11pm.
"We got a call yesterday evening at I1.2.5pm that a gentleman that
was on a barge called Thle Rene~gadec had fallen overboard some-
where between Porgie Rocks and the Exumas, (in the) northern
Exuma chain," RBDF chief petty officer Ralph McKinney told The
Tribune yesterday.
Starting on Monday night, RBDF vessels, with BASRA teams,
unsuccessfully searched the area until 4am Tuesday, he added.
On Tuesday afternoon a second, concentrated search of the last
known position of Mr Turnquest (four miles south, southeast of
Porgie Rocks) was underway involving a BASRA aircraft and
RBDF surface vessels.
Officials noted that Monday's calm sea conditions were optimal
for a search, however they do not know the exact location where Mr
Turnquest fell overboard. This presented an extensive search area
to canvas, Mr McKinney said.
According to the RBDF, officials continue a rescue mission for
at least two days before adjusting the search mode to canvassing for
a dead body.
There was early speculation that because no one saw Mr Turn-
quest fall overboard, he may be alive and in Nassau.
Chris Lloyd, operations manager at BASRA, dispelled this the-
"Unfortunately everybody was on the tug (boat) and he was
the only person on the barge. There was some speculation that he
may have come off the barge when the boat docked in Nassau, but
family and friends have confirmed he is not in Nassau."

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THE SITE of the old straw market on Bay Street. Minister of Works Earl
Deveaux has asked his ministry to prepare plans to temporarily beautify
the site.

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of works Earl
Deveaux has asked his ministry
to prepare plans to temporarily
beautify the site of the old straw
market, turning it mnto a green
space with benches and trees,
The Tribun~e has learned.
The minister confirmed infor-
mation that The Tribune had
received about the plans yes-
terday, adding however that the
project has yet to get the final
go-ahead from Cabinet.
"I instructed (the Ministry of
Works) to create some tempo-
rary plans to make a green
space there so we can take
down the boarding. They have
come up with a design wh ch I
now' have to precsent to my col-
leagues and hopefully we will
consider that next week," he
Ministry of Works planners
were mandated by the minister
to create designs to alleviate
stakeholder s dissatisfaction
with the current situation, which
finds the enormous and very
central empty lot roughly
boarded off with plywood:
Despite some foundational
work having taken place since
03 Prwmakt lblurnt dlw e

like an industrial wasteland,
shop owners in the area say.
The proposal is to protect the
foundation, but to lay down a
covering of gravel or bricks to
even out the surface for visitors
and locals alike to traverse.
On top of this, planters with
trees and information kiosks
will be erected, along benches
where pedestrians on Bay street
and Woodes Rodgers Walk can
sit and relax.
"If I can put some trees on
an idle piece of open space
where I intend to put a building

MiniStr has designs on

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Being Bournd to Swear to Thze D3ogmas of No Master

LEON E. H-. DUPUC'II, Pulblisher/Editor 190~3-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1 91 9-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Je OS an at'

EDITOR, The Tribune. those days, thought it best to
please "the King" by talking
IT is written in the Book of shaving cream rather than to
Chronicles (Chapter 17v3-4): tell him, plainly, thus saith The
"And The Lord was with Lord. As it was written, so it
Jehoshaphat, because he has come to pass.
walked in the first ways of his across, the board, appear to be And so, as we enter 2008,
father David, and sought not devoid of sensible solutions to the divine year of fulfilment
unto Baalim; but sought to the myriad societal, economic and completion based on the
Th; LoldeGdG dhshismf tahner ,,y olisti ar iss es whico dube eight el auebewee
ments, and not after the them appear to be, and act as King Jehoshaphat offered up
doings of Israel...." if they are insensitive towards to God: "O Lord God of our
As it was written in the days the hordes of the unwashed fathers, art thou not the God
of old, so it has come to pass and dis ossessed. They, in heaven? And rules not thou
today in the modern Com- indeed, only appear or act as if over all the kingdoms of the
monwealth of The Bahamas. they know or care about us heathens? And mn thine hand
2007 has been an eventful year during electoral cycles. After is there not power and might,
and one which has sorely them, Yahweh help us all, so that none is able to with-
taxed the collective psyche of least we perish. stand thee?"
our people. The bulk of our religious Yes, fellow Bahamians, we
Serious crimes against the and community leaders are were in "The Valley of
person and indiscriminate joined at the hip when it Jehoshaphat" during 2007, but
damage to private and public comes down to acting and I have been 'compelled', by
property have wreaked hav- behaving as shepherds and The Holy Spirit, to tell you
oc mn our land. With 79 alleged custodians of the rank and file that mn 2008 many of the bat-
homicides this year, it is clear Bahamian. Indeed, they love ties which we fought, mn vamn,
that Diablo holds consider- to sit at the head table, at the during 2007, we will not have
able sway in this nominal feet of the political Caesar, to fight again.
"Christian" nation. We used and to hell with the flock In the Book of Chronicles,
to be our brothers' keepers in entrusted to them. praises be to Yahweh, it is also
the distant past. Today, we are In the days of Jehoshaphat, written at Chapter 20 v15:
wont to work ourselves up the prophets and clergy were 'Thus saith The Lord unto
into a pathetic rage and inflict accustomed to telling "The you, be not afraid nor dis-
grievous harm on our per- King" what they thought that mayed by reason of this great
ceived "enemies" and, if nec- he wanted them to say to him, multitude; for the battle is not
essary, our brothers and sis- It was precisely because of this yours, but God's. The New
ters. "false prophecy" that when he Year is barely upon us, yet
Crime, and the fear of and his allies went down in several young Bahamians
crime, have paralysed our col- the "Valley of Jehoshaphat", have been slashed down
lective energies and foresight. contrary to what ~the true already. In any event, mn this,
We live in gated communities prophet, Micah,' had told in all things, to God be the
and barred up homes in a vain them, that the joint armies of glory.
and futile effort to keep "the Judah and Israel were utterly
bad men and women" out of destroyed and consulted. ORTLAND H BODIE JR
our living environment. Those "false" men and Nassau,
Our home grown politicians, women of the cloth, even in January 13,2008.

We Should address this incorrect

ap rOach to teachings of Christ

WHEN Hillary Clinton is good on the Sun-
day talk shows, she is really, really good. But
when she is bad, she's atrocious. When she
he ownk amtin ae wn the e, it' timla t
reach for the sick bag.
On "Meet the Press" Sunday, it was the
latter. Clinton refused to admit any real
errors. She implied that Barack Obama is
unfit to be president, without ever honestly
taking responsibility for what she actually
believes. She broadcast her own humility:
Yeotu know, 'mtvery otherhdire ted. I do'd
the centa rolo she saeys in the livesos all liv-
ing creatures in the universe: "The Iraqi gov-
ernment, they watch us, they listen to us. I
know very well that they follow everything
that I say."
But the Democrats' real problem is that
their candidates are caught m a trap, which
you might call The Identity Trap.
doB ebd ihen nnal oO iemaity 19t er
Clinton victory wouldn't just be a victory for
one woman, it would be a victory for little
girs everywhere. An Obama victory would
beabout completing the dream, keeping the
dream alive, and so on.
Fair enough. The problem is that both the
feminist movement Clinton rides and the civ-
il rights rhetoric Obama uses were con-
structed at a time when the eneidiy was the
reactionary white male establishment. Today,
they are not facing the white male establish- ~
ment. They are facing each other.
All the rhetorical devices that have been a
staple of identity plitics are now being
axoie sttche ot .t and Obama cam-
mg to play the victim. They are both accusing
dach ote h i srniti yby.The hr both
ments in order to somehow imply that the
o hth~rem hat o vr d thuggery that have
long been used against critics of affirmative
action, like Ward Connerly and Thomas Sow-
ell, and critics of the radical feminism, like
Christina Hoff Sommers, are now being
tune iCnwr i t ee democratic ero -run-
accused, absurdly, of being insensitive to the
Rev. Dr:Martin Luther King Jr. Bill Cinton's
talk of a "fairy tale," which was used in the
context of the Iraq debate, is now being dis-
torted into a condemnation of the civil rights
movement. Hillary Clinton finds that in
attacking Obama, she is accused of being
hostile to the entire African-American expe-

rience. Clinton's fallback position is that nei-
ther she nor Obama should be judged as re -
resentatives of their out-groups. They shou d
be gth aesnitr ther of identity politics
was that we are not mere individuals. We
carry the perspectives of our group con-
sciousness. Our social roles and loyalties are
defined by race and gender. It's a black or
female thing. You wouldn't understand.
Even in this moment of stress, Clinton
wants to have it both ways. She wants to be
emblematic of her gender and liberated from
r eseandng nde poishaAs heotold Tun
ning to break the highest and hardest glass
ceiling. I don't think either of us wants to
inject race or gender in this campaign. We're
running as individuals."
Huh? What we have here is worthy of a
Tom Wolfe novel: the bonfire of the multi-
cultural vanities. The Clintons are hitting
Obama with everything they've got. The
Obama subordinates are twisting every cri-
tique into a nicial outrage in an effort to
Inake all c iticisme morally o d-lts eOt
all of the Clintons' supposed racial outrages.
Bill Clinton is frantically touring black radio
stations to repair any wounds.
Meanwhile, Clinton friend Robert John-
son, a one-man gaffe machine, reminds us
of Obama's drug use and accuses him of
bemng like Sidney Poitier mn "Guess Who's
Coming to Dmnner." Another Clinton sup-
porter, Gloria Steinem, notes that black men
were given the vote a half-century before
mdniy np list tehlat In en emoig aro d
this country for decades. Every revolution
devours itseoflf ring, and it seems the multi-
The final two points I'd make are: First, this
wohe show seems stale a estranged todthe
recognize when they damped down the feud
Monday afternoon. The interesting split is
not between the feminist and civil rights Old
Bulls, it's between the establishments of both
mo ements, who empha izse eop-dwn
don't. Second, this dispute is going to be set-
tied by the rising, and so far ignored, minor-
ity group. For all the current fighting, it'll be
Latinos who end up determining who gets
the nomination.
At last, a bridge to the 21st century.
(Th s article was written by David Brooks of
the New York Tirnes News Service c. 2008).

EDITOR, The Tribune.

AN aspect which seemingly
I have not seen or heard bemng
addressed is the incorrect
approach the Bahamas
Church advances to the teach-
ings of Christ. We probably
are one of the leading peoples
who can quote the Bible, espe-
cially the Old Testament, any
where but we tend, I suggest

not to read carefully and carry
out what is taught.
One quote from Isaiah
caught my attention: Isaiah 42
1-4 is of significance.
We switch the local TV
channel to the next and regu-
larly we see screaming, shout-
ing reverend gentlemen and
women, however, if you read
Isaiah 42 it teaches that the
Lord will come teaching with-

anger? Isn't it when you hear
a raised voice so by exam-

f wrd If Cis hr Rv
my thoughts teaching every-
t le tascyounh co no power
So the implication is nega-

tive and that anger prevails.
There are far, far too many
Revs teaching the innocent
that if you declare that the
Lord is your Saviour you will
benefit materially this is
totally incorrect as redemp-
tion is not on this material
world but in the life after,
This ideology is being used
to rake in tho sands of dol-
lars weekly by certain Revs,

If the Church has it all
upside down just how do you
crec eon he oth unc


January 12, 2008.

The remedy to this problem
would be for drivers to under-
stand that the traffic is
designed to flow, so that when
the traffic is backed up from
persons getting out of their
0 1l ma ee msen tth t 1t
ers at the round about leave

teo eatbud trfi o tht i
can flow.
Alternatively, there should
have been a road traffic
policeman at the roundabout
junction who would direct the
east bound traffic to flow, in a
similar manner.
It would be beneficial to
everyone if we do not have
traffic delays in Nassau.

January 10, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THIS morning it took me
an hour and forty-five min-
utes to get to work.
The cause of the delay being

about on Darling highway at
the turn off to Government
High School junction.
There we sat in traffic for
twenty minutes, which is not
yot ought to bre omnwn thth
Canada to Lennoxville, Que-
bec, in that time or from Mia-
mi to Fort Lauderdale return
to Miami and then back to
Fort Lauderdale within that
You would think that civili-
sation develops so things
move quicker, are easier, and
are more efficient.


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Tribune Staff Reporter
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POLICE are still actively searching for the whereabouts of two men want-
ed for questioning in connection with the murder of 12th grade C R Walk-
er student DeAngelo 'Patches' Cargill.
Last Tuesday, warrant of apprehension was issued for Jamaal Penn, 20,
of Kelly Lane, Fox Hill. Later in the week, police issued an all-points-bul-
letin for Struass Benedict Paul Edwards Jr, 20.
Both men are to be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
On January 7, Cargill was shot multiple times in the chest in a drive-by
shooting on Frederick Street. Reportedly, the bullets injured his heart,
lungs and liver. He died in hospital later that day. Police do not believe he
was the gunman's intended target.
Despite the highly publicised, island-wide search for the two suspects, up
to press time yesterday they were still eluding police capture.
"We are still actively in search of (the suspects)," Assistant Superinten-
dent Leon Bethel, officer-in-charge of the Homicide Unit, told The Tribwsre
yesterday. "Recently we have obtained no information as to their where-
When asked if there was any evidence to support the theory that the sus-
pects have fled the capital in search of refuge on a Family Island, ASP Bethel
replied, "We have no intelligence about them moving from New Providence,
even though we have expanded our search to Freeport and the Family
Police suspect the two men are being harboured by friends or family.
The police are asking anyone with relevant information to call: 919/911;
502-9930/9991; the police control room at 322-3333, crime stoppers at 328-
8474 or contact the nearest police station.
Investigators say they are following some leads in connection with the
nation's third murder of the year. The body of Kendrick Rolle was dis-
covered in the bushes near Blue Water Cay, Fox HilkHe had suffered mul-
tiple gunshots wounds. Police have yet to discover a motive behind his killing,
or that of Rena Burrows, the country's fourth homicide for the year, how-
ever they are "exploring the possibility of certain theories that have been
mentioned," ASP Bethel said yesterday.

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Rosales and two young children
were onboard the missing vessel,
was so "'despondent" when he
made his report to the US Coast
Guard. that officials thought he was
suicidal. Thle Miarull Herald report-
Mr Bazan, who chartered a
phune to search the Florida Straits
f~or his family, had to be confined to
a psychiatric ward for three days.
The US Coast Guard offcially
has the group of 40 Cubans listed as

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Tribune Freeport
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FREEPORT A vacation
trip to Grand Bahama foT an
American trio ended tragical-
Sly when a 68-year-old man
apparently drowned while
snor being.
The victim, Bob Vander-
Spool of Color ad 0, was
snorkelling along with a fami-
ly friend on Monday at around
11.19am near the Running
Mon Marina Resort when the
Incident occurred.
Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said police
i received a report that the
body of a white ma nwas
pule from te marmna.
She said officers were sent
to the scene to investigate.
According to police reports,
Mr Vanderpool, his wife and a
Family friend were vacation-
mng in Freeport this week.
iInitial reports are that the
victim was out with his friend
snorkelling when it appeared
that he was experiencing some
Difficultiess" said Supt Mack-
ey. -
She said the friend and two
Smen in a boat helped Mr Van-
Sderpool out of the water.
She said that paramedics
"provided service" to the vic-
tim, who was then transported
to the Rand Memorial Hos-
Mr Vanderpool was pro-
nounced dead at 1 2.25pm.
SSupt Mackey said police.are .
continuing their investigations .
into the incident.

""J.KAR Etf Geporter
HOPES that a group of 40
Cubans who disappeared at sea in
late November had safely reached
the Bahamas were dashed yester-
Immigration officials revealed
that they have no record ofthe miss-
ing persons coming on shore here.
A small fishing boat carrying 40
Cubans, including children, dis-
appeared in the early hours of
November 24 after leaving Cuba's
northern coast for South Florida.
The last communication with the
vessel was at around 11am when
one of the female passengers, 27-
year-old Yusmari Rosales, contact-
ed her husband Luis Bazan in
Hialeah, Florida.
The fishing boat -a 32-foot Well-
craft built to carry nine passengers,
not 40- was thought to have been
close to the Bahamas when it dis-
Relatives of the missing Cubans
travelled to Nassau yesterday and
visited the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion in hopes of finding their loved
Stail at the detention centre told
The Tribucne that the relatives pro-
vided them with names and pho-
tographs of the missing persons.
However, a search of the detention
centre's detainee files did not turn
up any matches.
Assistant director of Immigra-
tion William Pratt also confirmed
that no Cubans had been detained
in recent months
Despite this information, family
members are still holding out hope
that the group of missing Cubans
made it to one of the many unin-
habited islands of the Bahamas and
have not yet been detected by local
Speaking with The Tribu~ne yes-
terday from England, Clare
Rodriguez Mendoza whose hus-
band'9platives were passengers on
. the, missing vessel said they are
desperate for newy about the fate of
their loved ones.
Mrs Rodriguez Mendoza said

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MAYELIN MENDOZA and f our-year-old Danny Castillanos, two of the
Cubans said to be on board the vessel

that although official reports are
grim, relatives continue to hope that
some of the 40 missing persons
either made it safely to one of the
Bahamas' small islands or cays, or
are being held at a detention facili-
ty in the region.
The boat was never found. no
floating bodies were ever discov-
ered. They must be somewheree"
she said.
Mrs Rodriguez Mendoza said
that this incident is especially tragic
because so many children, including
two one-year-olds, were onboard
the small boat.
The grandmother of the two
infants, 55-year-old, Regla Jimenez,
suffered a stroke when she learned
that her grandchildren and,two
claughters-m-llaw~were missing at
sea. She died on Christmas Day in
Cuba following complications from
the stroke.

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Associated Press.
Insurance Commissioner
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Higgs, grade 10; LaShonda Hanna, grade 9.

SG Ham ros donates to

Scho ars up programme

SG Hambros is supporting
Our new scholarship
programme," said Mr
"It is hoped that many
more local companies will
realise the importance of
supporting and giving back

to the local community in
this way.
"The scholarship pro-
grammec enables merit
based scholars from gov-
ernment schools the oppor-
tunity to study the chal-
lenging International Bac-

calaureate diploma pro-
giamme nai r j-me, and
Ms Barrow, said, "SG
Hambros is proud to be
supporting the scholarship
programme at LCIS.
"iWe feel it is a7portant
to be able to give back to
t hetlal cominu its v

outstanding stuJdents to fol-
low the IB pr-ogramme
which will provide them
with more opportunities in
the futu~re.

Inde endent
An independent, non-
denominational day school
for nursery level through
12th grade students, the
Lyford Cay International
School offers the full Inter-
national Baccalaureate
diploma programme.
Lyford Cay Internation-
al School strives to chal-
lenge its students to become
respectful of self and oth-
ers? disciplined, ethical, and
healthy global citizens with
the ability to succeed in an
interdependent. challenging
and changing world." said
the school in a statement.

$7.500 donation to the
Lyford Cay International
School Scholarship Pr~-
gramme yesterday.
The money will allow out-
standing Bahamian students
to attend the secondary

school at LCIS regardless
of family income.
The chetque was present-
ed b~y Rcenc Barrow, man-
uger of human resources at
SG Hambros, to LCIS prin-
cipal Paul Lieblich.
'We are delighted that

FirstCaribbean International Bank
has announced the appointment of
Darron Cash to the position of chief
financial officer.
"A certified public accountant, Mr
Cash brings over 18 years of sound
financial management experience and
strong business leadership skills to this
position." said the company in a state-
His responsibilities will include
advising FirstCaribbean International
Bank's executives on the company's
financial performance, overseeing
investor relations and developing and
implementing strategies towards
achieving the company's financial goals
and objectives.
Welcoming Mr Cash to the team, the
bank's managing director Sharon
Brown said, "Mr Cash's wealth of
knowledge and expertise is certainly
an asset to the organisation and we are
very pleased to welcome him to
the organisation arid to our

executive team. .
A Fulbright Graduate Fellow. Mr
Cash earned a masters degree in
finance from Rutgers University, New
He also holds a bachelor of science
degree in accounting from Manhattan
College. an associate of arts degree in
accounting and management from the
College of the Bahamas. and is
licensed with the Bahamas InIstitut' of
Chartered Accountants.
Prior to joining FirstCaribbean Inte~r.
national Bank, Mr Cash wlas the CFO
of Doctors Hospital.
Earlier in his career. Mr Cash held
management positions at the account-
ing firms Ernst &r Young and KPMG,
both locally and abroad.
A former PLP senator. Mr Cash is
chairman of the board o'f directors of
another financial services institution
and director and honorary secretary
of the Bahamas Chamber of Comn-

Arawak Cay. In addition. free
glucose and blo~od precssurec te~st-
ing will be orffered.
"'The healthier w~e are. the
mreli p""rodctive our- wor~k force
will be," salid Eldcccc C'lar-ke, mnan-
ager inl Ministry of Tourism's
olympIIIC sold meant;\iSt. "iAnd or `
cour~se, theL more1. p`OdulctiveC we C
arec the becl~tte olur economy w~ill
per'form. "
Ms C'larke, one of thec co-ordi-
not~ors of the funl r~un/w'alk, sa~id
regularly exrcisca pr per dlc~ic t and
suff'iicint recst are the recoml-
mecndedrcclIi~e fora~chievingg ood
While the fun run/wn;lk is not ~
intenddcc to, fill the qluota of exer-
cise that is needed for a healthy
lifestyle, it canl be used a; s thec start l
of at commnitment to, regular exerl-
cise for 2008), sheC Sali.
Sophia Stranchanl co~-ord~inator ll

of theC C\even po~inted o)ut that
there haveL beenl a glrea dea~il of
recent resenrenL~( onL thei correla-
tion between health and produc-
In the Un~itdc Statcs. several
studies have shownir that~ healthy
popula'~tions prod~, uceL vibrannt
conomiiics. slle sniia.
"A\ report. by the Canlifornia
We~llnecss `center; show,~s that b~usi-
nesses tha~t inves inl the health
and1~ we;llne~ss of1 sta~ff memberhc~s
receive a boo,~st in~ outut anld effi-
cincyl\." shec said.
.'S< thle NTW' fun runl/wa;lk is

staffr health awa\;reneiss."
Iienefits of: a healthy\ lifestyles
includes a1 longrcl lif'e span~ anld a
better equality of life.

THE Ministry of Tourism is set
to kick off National Tourism
Week by emphasising the impor-
tance of a healthy workforce.
National Tourism Week will
be held January 26, February 1.
The annual event brings tourism
stakcholdecrs together to exam-
ine the industry a~nd crcate some, c
giecs to improve the product and
services orfferd by the Bahamnas,
Before discussions are held,
however,. there will bie a~ natlion-
wide focus on thle correlation
between health and the econ,-
The Ministry of Tourisml will
hold a healthy lifestyles event on
Saturday, January 26 to bring
greater awarecness to how~ heallth
issues affect the workplace arnd
the overall economy.
The event will include a fun
run/walk from Arawak Cay to
Goodman's Bay and back to

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A FEDERAL j udge
refused Tuesday to ehimmate
a possible life prison sentence
for Jose Padilla and two co-
defendants convicted of ter-
rorism conspiracy and mate"
nial support charges, accord-
ing to A csociated Press.
U.S. District Judge Marcia
Cooke rejected defense argu-
ments that there was little
proof linking Padilla, Adham
Amin Hassoun and Kifah
Wael Jayyousi to actual ter-
rorist attacks or groups.
Cooke instead found the
charges of which they were
convicted were sufficient to
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Without the federal ter-
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filled out a form in 2000 to
attend an al-Qaida training
camp in Afghanistan. His
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Soth thlo0riadnad rE~gpt to
Cooke did not buy it, sid-
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that Padilla intended to join
violent Islamic jihad in for-
eign lands.
th He was an instruhm en
said. "He responded to the
call to go overseas."
Cooke did agree with
attorneys for Hassoun and
Jayyousi that they did not
have leadership roles in a
worldwide conspiracy to sup-
port Islamic extremists and
that they had minimal crimi-
nal histories. But that did not
Ifng nhepotential maxi-
It was not clear when final
sentences would be imposed
ey dokek a~nu poi teeh o
scheduled the sentencing
hearing through Friday to
hear from character witness-
es and others.
The three hien were con-
victed in August of being part
of a North American support
cell for al-Qaida and other
Islamic extremist groups
around the world.
Padilla, a 37-year-old U.S.
citizen, was held for 3 1/2
years as an enemy combat-
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FREEPORT The new legal
year opened in Freeport this
week, but concerns linger about
whether the judicial system -
which has been criticised for
inefficiency will be able to
meet the demands of 2008.
Last year, lawyers expressed
frustration over the shortage of
magistrates and Supreme Cour~t
judges hearing matters in
Concerned residents and fam
ily members of murder victims
have been calling for the per-
manent appointment of prose-
cutors in Freeport to deal with
criminal matters more quickly.
in 2007, Freeport's judicial
system was plagued with long
breas beweensittnreof theh
lin magistrate's cort vcn

Ev s soe ner Estell e Ga
Justice Peter Maynard after ie
completed his tenure in Sep-
tember. Mrs Evans will deal
with civil matters in the
Supreme Court.

tem on Grand Bahama.
He stated that an additional
magistrate will be assigned to
the magistrate's court in Eight
Mile Rock.
There are three magistrate's
courts in Freeport. Two are now
occupied but one remains
vacant due to the departure of
Magistrate Subu Swain-LaSalle,
who was suspended from the
bench in June.
"In Freeport, there are still
some adjustments that we are
trying to make but we are not
unaware of the problems," Sir
Burton said in response to ques-

tions from the press concerning
the shortage of judges.
The Attorney General's
Office here is also faced with
the challenge of finding perma-
nent prosecutors to deal with
criminal matters.
Several families of murder
victims staged a protest in Octo-
ber at the AG's office in the
Regent Centre, where they
expressed their frustration and
concerns about the inefficiency
and lack of staff and prosecu-
tors at the office.
Attorney General Claire
Hepburn stated on Sunday that

in February a judge will be sta-
tioned temporarily in Freeport
to hear criminal matters.
She explained that prosecu-
tors have not been permanently
stationed in Grand Bahama
because there are not enough
judges permanently sitting in
Freeport to hear criminal mat-
"We just simply do not have
the work (load) right now,
where we can have prosecutors
occupied full time down here.
So we send theml in as they are
needed," she told the. press on

burn was present at the traditional
worship service for the start of
the legal year in Freeport

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Denise Mortimer, GGYA Y
national executive director,
made the announcement on
behalf of the GGYA board of r
trustees and the GGYA Nation- f-;
al Council. ..
Ms Mortimer said his duties -
will include:
GGco-ordinating several .,
organisingg the bronze level
adventuro~us journeys
securing all equipment
administrative duties
ensuring that the standard of the GGY A in ~the Ba~hamas is
in accordance with that of the International Award Association
Mr Lightbourne is no stranger to the G;GYA programme, hav-
ing achieved all three levels of the award bronze. silver and
He is a past member of the GGYA Advenlturous Journey
Panel and has completed training courses in the leadership
skills scheme and the adventurous journey.
He was a member of the GGYA 2003 contingent which
attended workshops in St Vincent and the Grenladines during
the Caribbean Award Scheme Council Expedition.
Mr Ligthbourne is a former constable in the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and is married to the former Ria
"The GGYA is an exciting self-development programme
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ter from employees calling for
the removal of Mr Poitier.
After initially expressing his
dissatisfaction with the action
taken, he then went on to say
that he would have to fully ascer-
tain the circumstances sur-
rounding the walkout before
speaking further on the matter.
"I want to be able to be fair
and evaluate the situation appro-
priately," said the minister,
adding that he had met that day
with Mr Miller and Mrs Greene.
He said: "There's a way to
have mature dialogue on man-
agement when you have differ-
ences. T~want to know if that hap-
pened before (the walkout)
occurred, if it did I want to know
why it wasn't addressed."
Messages left for Mr Poitier
and Mr Miller were not returned
up to press time yesterday.


source claims that Mr Poitier is
"undermining" the Registrar "mould spores
General, who is senior to him, respiratory pr
lay often issuing conflicting workers.
instructions to emlployees. During the w
This leaves workers "con- a source said th
fused," the source claimed, and health official~
unable to "be effective in how the office asses
(they) exercise (their) duties" to as result of
the public. ever, Winston
"'We are serious that we are director of env
committed to customer service services, was u
and we just need it to be reme- this yesterday
died," said the source, adding personally una
that employees, amongst whom plaints of that
"morale is low", would like to that office.
see Mr Poitier transferred. BPSU presi
In1 addition to these misgiv- that union mer
ings, employees are also report- to Registrar
edly condemning the conditions Miller about th
in the "cosmetically beautiful," the end of thr
but "unhealthy" physical struc- son." They clai
ture in which they are housed, to deal with the
claiming that the presence of ing was done.

FROM page one

in Grand Bahama to meet with pastors, civic and
community leaders, and police to inform them of
the oun ing w aso an opportunity for council
members to hear concerns on crime and to get
suggestions and recommendations to assist the
council in its work'
The economy of Grand Bahama has weakened
over the last three years thousands of jobs were
lost following the closure of Royal Oasis Resort in
September, 2004.
Rev Hall s urging for an end to the feud between
Port Authority principals is the second public call
for the parties to resolve their bitter ownership
In December, Freeport Container Port CEO
Chris Gray at the official ground-breakmng for
the $250 million Phase 5 expansion project -
strongly urged the St George and Hayward families
to quickly resolve their differences for the sake of
He said the dispute was "distasteful, disruptive
and destructive" to Freeport.

FROM page one
start of the nuntterr had not been fixed. When asked if there was a
reason(~I for the adjour~nmecnt, Mr Adderleyc simply repliedl: "Not

ihec T`riirrln attem tecd to get further commentn from Loren
K~lein. lead~~ counllsel for the re~spondentl s in the matter, Prime Min-
iste~r Ingrahaml and the Attorney General, but without success.
coppo'Sitionl leaderCI Perry~` Christle is challenging the appointment
of frme (.)llcl 'IntmberC' 1 of` CommerIcTe president 'Tanya Wright to the
Senatc;lll andI; sees d'claraitionl that the appointment of Mrs Wright
wa.;s unlconlstituti olnal on several grounds.
TIhe P'LP maintains that the appointment of Tanya Wright to the
Sena~te wa.~s unlawful. The PLP has argued that, in accordance with
Art~icle` 40( of TIhe Bahamas' constitution. Mrs Wright's seat should
have beehcn law'fully' given to a member of the opposition.
Thelc FNM contends, however, that under the constitution, the
prlimlc minister. has authority to make three appointments with or
without the consent of the opposition leader.

" has led to some
oblems amongst

walkout yesterday,
rat environmental
s were spotted at
;sing the situation
the action. How-
Sweeting, deputy
ironmental health
able to confirm
.He said he was
ware of any com-
nature regarding

dent Pinder said
mbers had spoken
General Shane
leir issues "before
e Christmas sea-
imed he promised
Smatter, but noth-

Mr wilchcombe said: "Well I'm
not sure that's the right thing to
do, because when we have a
member in the House of Assem-
bly you have an incumbent
member you don't allow per-
sons to set up shop mn the con-
stituency. And I'm told, I do not
know the facts, but I am told that
someone even staged a Christ-
mas party in the constituency as
a representative of the PLP in
this past Christmas."
The West End and Bumnun MP
also responded to criticisms he
has received from PLPs much
of which is on the party's offi-
cial website, myplp.com -' sug-
gesting that he is responsible for
the resignation of Mr Gibson in
an effort to overthrow Mr
"I support Mr Christie. I sup-
port the fact that Mr Christie is
the leader of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party,"' said Mr Wilch-
combe. "In fact, I have made it
very clear to him and others, if
you want to run against Mr
Christie, you gata go through
me." .
He continued: "The prime
minister of our country former,
the leader of our PLP present, is
the leader of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party. And we will not allow
him ousted out of office mn an
unceremonious way."

ty position in these circum-
stances. However. he was more
conciliatory in his language
towards the: Kennedy MP than
Mr Christie
When contacted yesterday by
The Tribune, Mr Wilchcombe
had not yet spoken to Mr
Christie. Attempts to reach him
and the PLP leader to find out
Mr Christie's decision were
unsuccessful up to press time.
When asked by the show's
host i/endall Jonesequ Monday
night why Mr Gibson left the
party, Mr Wilchcombe suggested
that the Kennedy MP may have
still been annoyed over having
to resign his position as chair-
man of the Gaming Board in
2006, after he and Keod Smith
were involved in the much dis-
cussed cabinet fight.
On the issue, Mr Wilchcombe
added that he has been informed
that after Mr Gibson received
the PLP nomination to run in
the last election, another PLP
member was canvassing the
Kennedy constituency, which
may have been another factor
behind Mr Gibson's decision to
leave the PLP.
Without blaming any party
officer for allowing this to occur,


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He said he "believed" that
the victim's injury was in the
back area, but was unsure of this
A source who witnessed the
incident claimed that the young
assailant brought the screw dni-
ver with him to school that day.
The Tribune tried to reach the
Principal of Stephen Dillet pri-
mary yesterday afternoon, but he
was unavailable.
A message left for him was not
returned up to press time.

Smith claims Kenystta

was the aggressor

in Cabinet Ibrawl

FROM pae one

this regard. He is simply trying
to resurrect his dead political
career by insinuating himself into
this matter," the Independent
Kennedy MP said.
On the programme, "The Way
Forward," with host Michael Pin-
tard, Mr Smith said he was
Fowler's lawyer when he was
employed as a Casino Inspector
at the Gaming Board. He said
that Mr Gibson could not stand
the fact that he was representing
this man who "happened to have
had a problem with him (Keny-
atta)" both in his capacity as an
attorney and as chairman of the
Gaming Board.
Fowler had been dismissed
from the Board on at.1east three
occasions, but was rehired
allegedly on the instructions of
former Prime Minister Perry
"My duty was to represent my
client," Mr Smith said. "He (Mr
Gibson) could not stand that -
he didn't like it. And so, there-
fore, when he demanded that I
rescind my professional services
from this young man I told him
"That's when he physically
attacked and I repelled and cer-
tainly defended myself. And I
have said publicly that if ever it
happens with anybody ever in life
again, I will do the same," Mr
Smith said.
On numerous occasions Mr
Smith has downplayed the inci-
dent calling it on one occasion a
"push and shove" match, and
then next an "inconsequential,"
"private" matter.
Mr Smith said he had suffered
severely because of the occasion
that occurred between him and
Mr Gibson. Only after he saw the
damage that the fight was causing
the PLP, Mr Smith said, did he
tender his resignation "without
any hesitation."
"This is a matter of fact and of
record," he said.
However while the incident
occurred on September 25, 2006,
Mr Smith did not tender his res-
ignation until October 19. More-
over, the former MP's letter of
resignation (from his Ambassador
of the Environment post) was
dated from October 3, 2006.
To date, only Mr Gibson has
apologized to the country for the
fight, and he also resigned from
his post as Chairman of the Gam-
ing Board on October 5, 2006.
The former MP said he did not
feel that he was responsible for
the now infamous brawl that-
resulted in $769 worth of dam-
age being done in the Cabinet
Mr Smith said, however, that
when he saw that his party was
being negatively effected by the
incident, he tendered his resigna-
"I didn't have to. I was not
requested or required to hand it
in, but I handed it in nonetheless.
Because in the Westminster sys-
tem when you begin to bring
ridicule upon your organization
you are expected to resign. So I
resigned what I had to resign,
which was my official positions
that Iheld.
"And Ididn't want to resign it;
I felt I was a good Ambassador
for the Environment. I enjoyed
it, I had passion for it, and we
were making headway in many,
many different regards. And so
therefore, when it was that I took
responsibility, then Mr Gibson
took responsibility.
"He can't now stand two years
or so later saying you know I
should not have been made to
resign. Back then he was sup-
posed to resign without question

and once he did it, it was sup-
posed to be the end of it. If it was
that he felt he was done wrong
or that it was nlot proper for him
to resign then he ought not to
have rnm under the PLP banner in
the past general election. If he
really felt so passionate about the
gPLP *, andhowhj"'sikd what
ple he talking' about who did this
and tha uni toor ycou to co< eo

leader what he called the leader.
he ought to not have run in the
last general election. He should
halve stayed out, and stay out."

'Mindnse ol Ig" o

the party.
"hes his notdab eKehneyat a
leaves and when he comes back.
There is a whole organisation, its
the organisation that matters, not
the person," he said.
Mr Smith said that Mr Gibson's
departure cannot in any wa~y be
compared to Dr Bernardl Nol-
tage's leaving the PLP in 2000.
"I am convinced in my heart
that il BJ Nottage was in the same
factual circumstances as Kenyat-
ta he would not have done it. You
can't swear for anybody, but I
can tell you in my heart of hearts
that if BJ Nottage knew that if
he left he would put the PLP in a
position that they couldn't win
the government if w'e won three
seats in the courts, BJ Nottage
would not have left the PLP. I
am convinced of it," he said.
Should the PLP win all three
election court cases, each party
would hold 20 seats in the House
of Assembly, with Mr Gibson
holding the powerful tie-breaker
Mr Smith said that he believes
that placing the Kennedy MP In
this potentially powerful position
was the intention of his "han-
dlers", but would not comment
any further on who these alleged
handlers within the PLP are.
The former Mount Moriah
MP, however, added that he can
say that he hopes Mr Wilchcombe
finds it in himself in future to
chastise Mr Gibson, "to make it
clear that what he did was wrong
in principle and just didn't make
any sense.
"Obie Wilchcombe is not enti-
tied, nor he is capable of speaking
for Kenyatta, so stop tryingi to do
it," he said.

FROM page one

upl to the~ point he made those
Jlsparlaging remarks about (Mr)
,(ithi pi tidMr Smith said,
heL would11~ r-espect the Kennedy
MP11 morec if he joined the FNM
inste ad of straddling the fence as
alI n ldep1"endent Joining the gov-
eming~ party! would show that Mr
CGibsonl untderIstands the country's
i`olitics, Mr Smith said.
Mlr Smith reiterated that the
pos'ition of the PLP. as declared
by\ its lea~der. is that Mr Gibson
should resign his seat in the
House of Assembly and allow a
by-election to be held.
In~ light of this official position,
MrI Smnith said he finlds it "curi-
ous"' tha~t We~st End and Bimini
. MP M~r Wilchcombe has
aInno~uncedJ plans to form a dele-
gationl to reanch out to Mr Gib-
Spea~inlg on the JCN TV talk
showl~ -The Platform", Mr Wilch-
co~mbe said that Mr Gibson has
niot yet --crossed over" and that he
w\ill ask; Mr Christic for permis-
stan to lead a delegation to talk to
the Kennedy MP.
At a time when the PLP could
wiln three election court cases and
even out the balance of power, it
n\ould be a mistake to close the
w-iu~ndo on Mr Gibson, Mr Wilch-
combhe said.
"I believe it would be a political
mistake to push him to the other
side because it takes us that far-
ther back from where w~e need to
go." he said.
MIr Wilchcombc also said he
has been~I inl contact with Mr Gib-
son andi the Kennedy MP is will-
ing to talk with the PLP.
How;ever. former Mount Mori-
ah MP Keod Smith said yesterday
that it is no longer up to Mr Gib-
son to decide if he will return to

BB POrt Authority

The St George estate has been declared 50 per
cent owners in the Po'rt Authority by a Supreme
Court justice. However; the Hayward estate had
claimed 75 per cent ownership.
The two families have filed other legal actions in
the courts.
The late Edward St George, who died in
December 2004, after being co-chairman of the
Port Authority for more than 20 years, were instru-
mental in Freeport's development.
Both men and their families had shared a close
business and personal relationship before Mr St
George's death
Rev Hall hoped that the families can now rise
above their own "selfish progress" and direct their
focus on Freeport
"Those who have once helped in the develop-
ment of Freeport have turned to their own selfish
progress instead of the (further) building and pro-
gressing of this community.
"I call on the parties to fix this and let Freeport
continue to enjoy the blessings," said Rev Hall.

FROM page one
circumstances with these elec-
tion court cases, we'd be mak-
ing a big mistake to allow Mr
Gibson to remain on the out-
side." said Mr Wilchcombe.
Mr Christie has publicly called
for Mr Gibson's resignation from
the House of Assembly since the
Kennedy MP left the PLP last
week. He suggested that running
for a party, winning a seat, and
then leaving the party. is an act
of political fraud. .
Mr Wilchcombe: said Monday
night that he supports Mr
Christie's call for the Kennedy
MP to resign his seat in the
House as it is a consistent par-


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same talk (whilc handing foreign
developers a license to take over
Athol and Rose Island), and just
this past weekend Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham spoke of the
need for environmental steward-
ship, improved town planning and
a pr~ogramme to "identify, label
and clear all public beach access
on New Providence."
T'he issues outlined above are
just a selection of the kind that
we are all familiar with, but just
haven't had the time, guts or
brains to deal with. They will con-
tinue to degrade our quality of
life over the near term. But look-
ing a little further ahead we can
begin to distcherrn some af the mre

That Sinking Feeling

T sne: t idsra co
lution has released enough car-
bo adioxid it he at f e
the potential to inflict serious
damage on the natural systems
that human civilisation relies
upon. The overwhelming scien-
tific consensus is that we must cut
these greenhouse gasl991i sior

by 2050 and be extremely
lucky in order to stabilise the
climate and avoid a global cata-

in ulhe lsa decde ohe12r

dobed tr a3temill re erssca nt t
is that a runaway domino effect
caused by global warming will
lead to an ice-free world and mas-
sive sea level rises. Some are pre-
clictingxa rise of 10rto 20 feet over

much lower estimates carry seri-
os i locations for our low-lying

According to Neil Sealey, who
is updating a regional geography
textbook for Macmillan

every coastal community in the
cuty at high tide an d aage
would be severest in areas like
the north coast of New Provi-
dence where man-made coastal
damage has reduced the natural
defences. "
Works & Utilities Minister
EarlUDnv x wh u~t o st ar in
on climate change in Bali last

month, says global warming
"would effectively submerge 80)
per cent of our islands."
He added that we can expect
stronger storms, more coastal ero-
sion and flooding of low-lying
areas, and the degradation of
ecosystems on which many
Bahamians depend.
SSo what are the appropriate
policy responses to these threats?
They include a strict building
code for shoreline construction,
restoring and protecting beaches
and dunes, avoiding construction
in flood-prone areas, and relo-
cating roads and other infra-
structure away from vulnerable
shoreline areas.

Which Way Will We Tip?

ut perhaps the biggest
Sshort-term threat to our

rising cost and consequences of

prime minister acknowledged that
the "dramatic impact of oil prices
gives validity to demands for the
development and use of alterna-
tive energy sources, including
soarnd hw signaled a renewed
effort to formulate an energy pol-
icy that will make it easier for
Bahamian consumers to access

moren eneg-fien dehoo

uThat is sbom thin tat this cole
time and it is something the
Christie administration was sup-
posed to have been working on
for years. Who knows when such
adp~olicy will ever be implement-
While all this may sound like a
lianythof woes, he good news i
lems are not rocket science and
are not out of our reach. In many
cases the information is already

able, people want to help, and
the hurdles are far from insur-

Our failure to address them
stems more from sheer indiffer-
ence and a gross lack of political
will, complicated by corruption
and self interest. But business as
usual is no longer an option. We
am adtoa tpping a n Ba whic
to tip?

population today of more than
225,000. And it is expededc to
reach 340,000 by 20)30 more
people than we have inl thec entire
country today. Vehicle numbers
on New Providence are increasing
by 35 per day or 7000O a year.
And there will be 21,000) more
drivers (those aged 16 to 6,5) by
2015, 35,000 more by 2020 and
50,000 more by 2030.
If you think those statistics are
depressing, you should reflect on
the areas of New Providence that
would be severely affected by
storm surge from a direct hit by a
major hurricane. A category five
storm would flood the entire
iln, IxCepol ftt catalridg
and the central ridge running

minhaM. Ad citcntit s ayu
are going to see more intense
storms more often
ouMeanwhil ,a uli icesi t
steadily, protective we lands are
being ds toye ov r t cm n

ever carclcss development takes
place. The two worst examples
on New Providence are Cable
Beach and Delaporte Beach
which offer a warning for the
p~endinbybiseectaon of A elaide
Sandyport was built on a wet-
land in 1989 andi the developers
cut a canal through Deluporte

acss, hrmoe dbec er

snd from the ncosa s h mn o

degraded north coast of New
Providence is a testament to poor
environmental management pro-
mo'ted by government indiffer-
encn Cable Beach, the ill-
advised construction of the garish
tChrystalePial~ace Hot nhdadp much
one of the country's most valu-
able assets. This once spectacu-
lar beach has been degraded,
pulc 1ces ha cncto'

lagoon. And if the Baha Mar pro-
ilect ever geets underway t ere ae
channel will be cut through the
beach, leading to further damage
and loss of access.
.Years ago there was a plan to
identify and protect "wmidows to
the sea ",so that Bahamians could

imot on snmoreieh oCuhrri ie
government talked much the

OVER the: holidays
Tolrl h Call spent tunle
in two of our fslest-gr wiing out
island boom towns -- Spanish
Wells and Marsh Harbhour. A~nti
for the past couple of years I ha'e
been writing about critical dvel\-
opment issues facing New Pr~ovi-
I am no expert (although I
play one in the media), but as a
reasonably close observer and a
concerned citizen I have con-
cluded that the Bahamas is reach-
ing a tipping point inl more
ways than one. Last week's col-
lumn ended withB a p mise t
ronment will look like in the
future. Well, the short answer is
that it will be shaped by what we
are doing today. .
For decades the family islands
hatre b en rural and remodte And

New Providence were not so
dauntn in thecent ntpaest o

many of the unpleasant side
effects of development and pop-
ulation growth because, by and
large, things weren't that bad.
But now the chickens aroe comn-

gr bt mhTt 1 yng andrgetems g
bigger and more mntractable. And
if we are not very careful, ve
stand to lose not only our qual ty

:fliebu our ob ex ence uas
-a few oftemr biu x

Eleuthera and Abaco-

The Wild, Wild West

h start with their let
W tat ver lte

i aily sln pomm niu e
where for the most part a wild

wit money osblnwstmn andptha 'those wihn

"f"E bare ahead ayddwhatj te
want with lotl consid ration for

has e ha hte js a ou a o Tim
vacant land and is rapidly con-
verting former farmland on near-
by Russell Island into a residen-
tial suburb shared with the
ubiquitous Haitian refugees, of
course. Nothing wrong with that,

un:" "'lt:dind"Itrial dteheo
ment on Russell Island too.

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In addition to the oil-fired
power plant, a heavy equipment
dump site sprawls along the main
access road from the single-lane
bridge linking Russell Island to
Spanish Wells proper. No attempt
is made to limit or hide this
unsightly mess and no effort is
made to prop rl diskpeosbeaof h z-
and oil. Just up the main road
from the bridge a window and
door factory has been built, while
nearby residents dredge and clear
large swathes of mangrove to
bui 1 olHd b ur's most con-
gested area is at the Crossings -
h kre a pis t l-wenedd fe
vice offs;hore communities like
Hope Town and Guana Cay sits
on a narrow isthmus separating
the town froml a residential com-
nmunity called Eastern Shores. As
devel pmen has accelerated, the

an impenetrable mass of vehicles
and luggage. A chaos that will
only get worse as surrounding

tried to restore and protect a few
years ago by planting sea oats and
other shoreline plants. A Nassau
developer recently bought the
adjacentdtinete-quartter-aicre prop
series of three-storey apartment

ovrsao in> the subli be
as well as the ferry free-for-all.
Incendiary town meetings
have been held over this project,
the p ntrco nis tonth ucth ia
man of the town planning com-

ar ady hal buln th rse a e
no easy ways to move the ferry
dock. The best option, some say,
involves dredging a couple of
miles of hard bottom at a cost of
up to $2 rrtillion
The crisis at the Crossings is
nmbnati bf theM knh rf dv

must deal w~ith, but it parles in the

face of the vast and totally unreg-
ulated Haitian squatter villages
that have sprung up around the
town and in the pine forest all
of which are growing exponen-
tially. These illegal communities
have the potential to unleash
deadly epidemics as well as vio-
lent ethmed cnflicts e rher c

nomic consequences for the entire
Meanwhile, a decade after the
government's IDB-funded waste
project for the islands got under-
wa ,Almeo' s nitr la nd a d
unused while toxic mounds of
nras brhsn 1ik Dant' Dn erdn
Town. And contractors are busy
excavating tons of quarry by raz-
ing the hills around Marsh Har-
bour at will, reportedly without
paying royalt es and with no plan-
nulo1 t suh, a venture capital
group out of Atlanta recently
bought 1300 acres from the Nihon
family to replicate yet another

scoun h om h e or h pi e

were bulldozed and tracks cleared
through the wilderness of the
adjacent national park.
In fact, Abaco's historic sites
are increasing thrlea ene b

opme'nt. BEC is planning a new
pote blantca h old hi son
little-known l9th century sisal and
pineapple plantations, whaling
stations, early settlements and
Luc yan India sie sh oa tr

preservation must be a part of

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Gunmen assassinated three police comn-
manders, along with the wife and two
daughters of one of them, in Tijuana
early yesterday morning, prosecutors in
Baja California said. The killings came
shortly after the police there had
arrested several men on charges of
organized crime.
Just after midnight, men with high-
caliber machine guns ambushed Jose
de Jesus Arias Rico and Elbert Escobe-
do Marquez, two high-ranking mem-
bers of the state police, as they

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fourth term

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The prime minister of Barba-
dos sought a fourth term yesterday
after campaigns dominated by cor-
ruption allegations and promises
by both major parties to combat
increased living costs, according
to the Associated Press.
Election authorities predicted

zens. Before the vote, Prime Min-
ister Owen Arthur's Barbados
Labor Party held 24 spots in the

30- opoito Democratic
Labor Party was expected to gain

majority. Arthur has accused his

China, which denies Taiwan's
independence. The opposition has
rejected that charge. The Democ-
ratic Labor Party, led by David
Thompson, in turn has suggested
that Arthur has had access to
undeclared bank accounts an
allegation the prime minister

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A 27-year-old Jamaican national
will spend the rest of his life in prison
for the stabbing deathoSEfateenager in
a King of Prussia mold( toom more
than three years' effo \Patrick
McCarthy showed no emotion as he
was sentenced in Montymaety Coun-
ty Court for the murdetoff9-year-old
Anna Nicole Fowler mn King of Prus
sia in October 2004.
McCarthy was convicted last yea;
of first-degree murder and robbery.
Prosecutors took the death penal-
ty off the table at the urging of the
family. The judge gave McCarthy an
additional seven to 20 years on the
robbery conviction.



Employment Opportunit
--- Network Adnunistrator III

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We: are comlnmtted to delivering superior quality' service, to
training and developing our employees. to creating value for our
shareholders and to promoting economic growth and stability in
the com~munity..

This position provides an excellent opportunity- for individuals
seeking a meaningful career in banking. The successful candidate
would be required to perform a variety of operational duties for
computer systems.

This position requires shift w~ork and is open to candidates with
the folOlowng minimum requirements: -

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
M~inimnum of an Associate's Degree in Computer
`Information Systems
A+ certification is considered a plus
Basic knowlledge various wvindow~s operating systems
Excellent command of the English Lan~guage, both
written and oral

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A-bility to troubleshloot and solve problems
Abhility to w'ork mndependently
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patrolled one of T'ijuana's main boule-
vards in a car, the officials told
A few hours, later, the officials said,
assassins broke into the house of Mar-
garito Perez Saldana, the police chief in
the Los Pinos district, and killed Perez
Saldana and his two daughters and
mortally wounded his wife. She died
at a hospital an hour later,
Another man, believed to be Perez
,Saldana's driver, was found shot to
death in his home as well.
The killings came hours after a task
force made up of army officers, feder-

al, state and local police arrested 11
people on organizedl-crimec charges. It
remainedl unclear if there was a con-
nection between the arrests and the
Mexico's drug cartels have retaliated
violently in the last year to the gov-
ernment's efforts to dismantle them.
More than 160 police officers, federal
agents and soldiers have been killed,
among them at least a dozen high-rank-
ing commanders,
Four federal agents, for instance,
have been murdered here in Tamauli-
pas state on the Texas border in the

last week, apparently in r-etaliation for
the arrest a week ago of 10 alleged
members of the Gulf Cartel after a
shootout in Rio Bravo.
Earlier this month, the chief of the
municipal police in the Centenario sec-
tion of Tijuana, Jesus Alberto Rodr-
mguez Meras, and his driver were tor-
tured and killed.
In Matamoros on the Gulf Coast,
the newly appointed head of the min-
isterial police, Luis Eduardo Rodr-
mguez Masso, was killed in a disco in
late December.

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MEL RETORN0, Colombia

learned to~walk and talk. According to
Elvira Cuervo, head of the child wel-
fare agency, "he is an open child who
establishes relationships easily and
likes to give hugs." Meanwhile, in the
jungles, a sequence of events began to
transform Juan David back into
In a 2(!06 book, journalist Jorge
Enrique Botero revealed that Rojas
bad given birth to a son. The rebels'
septuagem~rian leader, Manuel Maru-
landa, was quoted as saying: "The
boy is little bit of us, and little bit of
them." .
In early 2007, a police sergeant
escaped from captivity and disclosed
Emmamiel's name. And in Decem-
ber, afterithe rebels announced they
would release Rojas, her son and a
congresswoman, rebels sought out
Gomez, believing he still had the boy,
he told~ilwestigators.
"iHe was very nervous," said his
neigihbor Paula. "He dmank a lot more
than normal and was always in a bad
mood. ...N~ow we kn~ow why."' Gomes
went to the local ombudsman's office
to try to~get the boy back. But by then
military intelligence had begun to
piece together the story and sus-
pected that Emmanuel was in Bogo-
ta. On :Dec. 31, President Alvaro
Uribe announced that the rebels
couldn't hand over Emmanuel
b~causre they likely didn't have him. ts

later confirmed that Juan David was
Emmanuel. It was a huge embarrass-
ment for the guerrillas. Gomez fled
with his family in the nigiht-
"A lot of different men came
around looking for him," Carolina
told the AP. "They said they were
his friends, but kept on asking where
he went to. If he returns, the guerrillas
will kill him."
In a statement dated Jan. 2, the
guerrillas said they gave the baby
away because "Emmanuel could not
be in the middle of military opera-
tions." They didn't say why they had
entrusted an infirm 8-month-old to
man of dubious credentials.
Emmanuel was moved into a
group home 11 days ago to ready him
for a return to his mother. Child wel-
fare oilicials had only a week to pre-
pare Emmanuel, showing him photos
of his mother and maternal grand-
mother and teaching him his real
npme. Rojas, now 44. wans f reed
Thursday, and authorities say they
hope to deliver the boy to her care in
the coming days. On Sunday, they
were finally reunited for a sixu-hour
visit. "Throw me a kiss," a smiling
Rojas asked her son in video released
by authorities.
Rojas is now asking journalists for
privacy so she can build a new-life
with Emmanuel: But aleady.shesaid:
''Our hearts and souls are in tune."'

On Aprill6, 2004, an ur~bane lawyer
being hekldhostage in a guerrilla camp
deep in the Colombian jungle gave
birth to a boy. The child was delivered
byCaesarean section performed with
a kitchen knife.
Clara Rojas named him
Emmanuel Hebrew for "God is
with us" becase the thought of
him as a gft from God. The boy was
not yet a year old when Rojas' jailers
snatched the gift away.
Three years passed before Rojas
wasfreed last week and reunited with
her sonand now a portrait is emerg-
ing of a childhood odylssey anguish
r and hardship for the boy a tale
that for some Colombians symbol-
izes the heartache of their country's
decades-long conflict.
Rojas was kidnappedl in February
2002 alongside her boss, presidential
candidate Ingrid Betancourt, joining
the ranks of what the government
says are 750captives now held by the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC, Colombia's
largest rebel group.
Some time in 200)3, Rojas became
pregnant. She later said the father
was one ofber guerilla captors whom
she never saw again, and that he may
notknmow he isthe boy'sfSather-if he
is aliveat all.
Emmanuel's~l~fe was marred by
trauma from its very beginning.
According to Rojas, he suffered a
broken arm as a ma'e nurse among
the rebels delivered him via Caesare-

knfoad anetei Craed b cha
forts were rudimentary, and Betan-
court sewed him clothesfromblankets
and sang him French lullabies. The
baby developed leishmaniasis, a jun-
gle parasite.
The rebels took Emmanuel from
hismother onJan. 23,2005.
They handed him over to a peas-
rilla stronghold of Guaviare~ state, a
fumace ofvastplains and~densetro-
ical forests that is home to seas of
coca that fuel Colombia's conflict.
poor ranching town in a contested
region where the army forbids road
travel by night There is a saying here:
"The smaller the village, tebge h
Gomez shared his house, cramped
mand with a of of cor gtfdthme_ l
law and Emmanuel, according to two
middle-aged women interviewed last
week as they sat in the shadeofatree
just down a dirt track.
The women, who gave their names
only as Paula and Carolina because
they feared retaliation by the rebels,
told The Assodiated Press that Gomez
would sit on the porch drinking beer
and ignoring the wails of children
inside. Carolina said Gomez, 37,
would "buy marijuana and booze,
and let his children go hugr."
Asocial worker, in areportrecent-
ly released by the government, said
the boy was kept locked up alone,
without food or drink. No one in the
neighborhood had any idea of the
child's pedigree.
bu saw ehtpoord lie bab Coy,
olina said. "He let the boy's hair grow
long and he told us all that it was a
baby girl Can you believe it?"
Mh mPculd nt rac Gomz,

police protection.
He took Emmanuel to a nearby
hospital for a checkup in June 2005,
saying the boy was his nephew and
giving his name as Juan David
Gomez. Doctors found the baby's
arm still not properly healed,signsof
severe malnutrition and symptoms of
malri, n dukind t th pars ee
baby to a hospital, and that same
month the state welfre agency seized
the boy and placed him in a nearby

ou Apr e2006, he moved to Bogo-
ta, where foster parents took him in.
There, according to an August 2006
medical report, the child was healthy
and social but slightly behind in devel-
opment. At age 2, he was still unable
to walk,
"Durring the night, he uLsually wakes
up and calls for his mother and then
returns to sleep," the report said. His
life apparently improved, andi he


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Kenya's bloody election dispute has been in the
making for decades, its main components poverty
and tribal tensions.
The resentment springs to life at election time, but
never with the fury seen since President Mwai Kiba-
ki was declared winner of the Dec. 27 vote that for-
eign observers say had a rigged ballot count. More
than 600 people were killed as neighbor attacked
neighbor with machetes, burned homes, and even a
church. Almost since independence from Britain in
1963, Kenya's leaders have favored Iheir own tribes
at the expense of others among the 42 that make up
the East African nation's 38 million people.
International mediators have been unable to
break through the deep-seated animosity. The gov-
ernment has resisted foreign mediation, and oppo-
sition leader Raila Odinga has called for three days
of protests starting Wednesday in hopes of para-
lyzing the nation. Police who have fired bullets at
protesters say they won't allow the demonstrations,
setting the stage for more violence.
For more than 40 years, most Kenyans have felt




A KENYAN girl carries baby on her back at acamptfor the displaced
at the showground in3Idoret, Kenya.

If the opening session of the
parliament on TTuesday is any
sign of what iS to come, it's
going to be a long political year
m Kenya, according to the New
York Times News Service.
Parliament members, meet-
ing for the first time since
Kenya's election crisis erupted
last month, shouted at each oth-
er for an hour and half over
how to vote for a new speaker
-- whether in secret not and
then shouted some more when
it came time to decide where to
put the ballot box.
In the end, opposition leaders
won their first political skirmish
since the disputed election,
which Kenya's president, Mwai
Kibaki narrowly won, by
installing their candidate in the
influential position of the next
parliamentary speaker.
But it was not a pretty
process. It took three heated
hours and both sides hurled
what has now become a familiar
set of accusations at each other,
Hvith opposition leaders jump-
ing out of their seats to accuse
the president's party of rigging
the vote from the Dec. 27 elec-
tion and the president's party
yelling back that the opposition
had instigated the burst of e~th-
nically-driven violence that fol-
lowed the election. Red Cross
officials on Tuesday said the
nation-wide death toll had risen
to at least 612.
"You went into the elections
with secret ballots and you stole
the vote!" shouted William
Ruto, one of the more vocal
opposition leaders.
"Genocide!" the president's
party hissed back at him.
"Can we now proceed,
please?" an exasperated clerk '
asked. Kalonzo Musyoka,
Kenya's vice president, tried to
play the peacemaker.
"If we start the -10th parlia-

ment on the wrong footing, I
fear we will put this country on
the wrong footing," he said.
Musyoka was seen -- until
he accepted the job of vice pres-
ident as a member of the
opposition. After his remarks,
he was roundly booed.
The performance seemed a
mix of theatrics, stubbornness,
genuine outrage and good old
fashioned partisan politics with
the chamber split right down
the middle, half supporting the
president and half supporting
the opposition. In the end, the
Kenneth Marende, a lawyer and
member of the leading opposi-
tion party, the Orange Democ-
ratic Movement, won by a vote
of 105-101.
The battle in the scarlet-car-
peted, wood-paneled chamber
laid bare the political crisis that
has shaken Kenya, which up
until last month, was considered
one of the most stable countries
on the African continent. Nei-
ther side has been willing to
give an inch, with both Kibaki
and Raila Odinga, the top
opposition leader, claiming to
have won' the presidency.
Despite pleas from Western
leaders and their own people,
the two men have refused to
meet. Kofi Annan, the former
secretary-general of the Unit-
ed Nations, was expected to
arrive in Kenya on Tuesday to
help mediate but reports on
Kenyan television on Tuesday
night said that he had fallen ill
and was postponing his trip.
Meanwhile, opposition lead-
ers vowed to press ahead with
their plans to hold protests
across the country on Wednes-
day, which many Kenyans
feared would degenerate into
bloodshed and destruction.
The last set of rallies ignited
fighting in the slums between
ethnic groups loyal to the oppo-
sition and those loyal to the

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capital: Nairobi. Overall, more than half the popu-
lation struggles to get by on less than $2 a day.
Mgrginalized Kenyans voted in huge numbers
for q~dinga's party, pinning their hopes on its pronuse-
es ofia more equitable distribution of resources.
"Itksour turn to eat" was the campaign rallying cry
of many opposition politicians.
Fdr Kibaki's Kikuyus, whose dominance of busi-
ness Ed politics was entrenched after independence
undQr 15 years of government by Jomo Kenyatta,
being in power means government jobs that pro-
vide (space for corrupt enrichment, lucrative gov-
ernnient contracts and other business opportuni-
ties. W~hen land settled by British colonizers in the
lush central Rift Valley was returned to Kenyans at
independence, Kenyatta swamped the area native to
Kalenjin and Luo ethnic groups with his Kikuyu
people planting the seeds for some of the worst
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profits available to the Grand
Bahama Port Authority's
(GBPA) shareholders fol-
lowing 2007 were alleged to
be $34 million, a letter writ-
ten by the attorney for ousted chairman
Hannes Babak has alleged, with a pre-
vious dividend payment indicating they

* Lynden Pindling International Airport earns $1.5m in parking fees per annum, compared to Canadian airport's $7m
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A letter written on January 7, 2008,
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quest, the attorney for the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd's holding company,
Intercontinental Diversified Corpora-
tion (IDC), requested financial infor-
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tied to.
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receivers have indicated that the profits
of Grand Bahama Port Authority and
Port Group Ltd available to shareholders
were $34 million.
"A previous payment of a dividend in
August 2007 of $6 million suggests that
relevant profits may be at least $40 mil-
lion, and even higher if these figures are
conservatively stated."

The letter emerged in court hearings
relating to attempts by IDC, and
Seashells. Investments, the investment
vehicle holding the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd shares owned by Sir Jack
Haywardls fainily trusts, to set aside a
December 19, 2007, order by Justice Ani-
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Tribune Business Editor

ANNUAL parking revenues
at Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport (LPIA) are less
than a quarter of what is col-
lected by similar-sized airports
in Canada, a senior airport
executive said yesterday, and
increasing these fiees will help
attract more airlines to service
the Bahamas by keeping land-
ing fees low.
John Spinks, Nassau Airport
Development Company's
(NAD) vice-president for com-
mercial affairs, told The Tri-
bune that Ottawa International
Airport in Canada earned about
$7 million per year from vehicle
parking fees.
Yet Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport had been gen-
erating just $1.5 million per
annum from this revenue
Mr Spinks added that the
parking fee schedule increase,
set to take effect from February
1, 2008, would bring revenues
"up close to $3 million", dou-
bling or increasing by 100 per
cent the existing total.
"Parking is a major non-aero-
nautical revenue generator for
an airport," he explained. Not
only did vehicle parking rev-
enues help fund maintenance
and capital improvements to an
airport, but they also lessened
its reliance on aeronautical-
related revenues, such as land-
ing fees.
Increasing non-aeronautical

revenues from sources such as
parking fees, Mr Spinks
explained, would enable Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port to keep its landing fees rel-
atively low and competitive.
This, in turn, would help
attract more airlines to the
Bahamas, boosting airlift and
potentially the Bahamian
tourism industry through
increased arrivals.
Mr Spinks agreed that a
major factor in Lynden Pindling
International Airport's gradual
deterioration had been that the
various fees it charged had
failed to keep pace with infla-
tion and the airport's infra-
structure and maintenance
The end result had been to
plunge Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport, previously
named Nassau International
Airport, into consistently heavy
annual losses, with little funding
available for upgrades to
improve the traveller experi-
"We're losing about $6 mil-
lion a year," Mr Spinks said of
the airport's financial position
when NAD took over its man-
"One of our mandates is to
change that and make it at least
a break even situation in five

years. We've got to bring in
more retail, and get the rates
up to date to bring in more rev-
Mr Spinks described the new
Lynden Pindling International
Airport parking fees as "on
par" with other major
Caribbean airports, but much
less than those charged at com-
parable airports in Canada.
The hourly rate for both reg-
ular parking lots -
domestic/international depar-
tures and US departures is set
to increase from $1 to $3 after
the first hour, with a $1 increpise
in the maximum daily rate fiom
$8 to $9.
After one day, the same daily
rate will apply for all subse-
quent days. Thus parking fees
for one day and one hour will
be $12, and for two day's park-
ing, the rate will be $18. A max-
imum weekly rate of $45 is also
being introduced.
Mr Spinks told The Tribune
these new rates "'are certainly
comparable to the downtown
[Nassau] rates".
"The rate at the Hlilton is $3
per hour, $8 per day, and
overnight $12, I believe," he
added, pointing out that
Atlantis charged $10 for valet
Meanwhile, Mr Spinks said

the Cabinet had approved
NAD's project document and
financing plans for the $400) mil-
lion upgrade of Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport,
including the construction of
two new terminal buildings -for
US departures and internation-
al/domestic departures by
"We did finally get approval
from the Government at Christ-
mas time to go ahead, and are
in the process of contracting the
detailed design team," Mr
Spinks said. "We're hoping to
have construction going by
May/June 2008. It's all systems
He added that NAD was
''working on" putting together
the final round of financing for
the airport project with its
bankers and advisers.
The Tribune understands that
Citigroup has an exclusive to
lead the financing for Lynden
Pindling International Airport's
Mr Spinks confirmed that
Citigroup would "probably"
take the lead in organising the
final round of project financing,
but pointed out that a consor-
tium of six banks had been
involved in NAD's last fund-
raising exercise. That number
was likely to increase for this

final round.
NAD is currently talking to
three car rental companies that
operate at the airport Dollar,
,National and Avis over plans
to move their maintenance
areas from the currentilocation
north of the United States
departures terminal to "near
where Hertz is on the Coral
Harbour Road".
This is because those main-
tenance areas are situated right
where the new US departures
terminal, the first building to be
constructed in the airport's
redevelopment, is set to go.
NAD is this week due to
"officially open" the six retail:
kiosks that have been installed
upstairs in the US departures
The six kiosks are operated
by vendors Hard Rock, Harley
Davidson, Sun Drops, Tortuga
Rum Cakes, My Ocean, and
Jewels by the Sea, which is run
by Cable Beach-based Andeana
"They're doing extremely
well," Mr Spinks said, "better
than I thought they would, and
better than they, the operators,
thought they would.
"We're looking to eventually
get some more food and bev-
erage and some more retail up

Tribune Business
'THE Bahamas must reduce
its tourism operating costs,
especially airlift taxes, if it is to
remain competitive, a deputy
director-general of tourism yes-
terday warning that visitors'
main criticism was the high cost
of' a vacation.
"We hlave to think about how
we get ou~r visitors here and
reducoe that cost," David John-
sonr said, pointing out that in
the last five years airport taxes
ha~ve risen from $12 per air tray-
clier to $98, compared to the
average $9 in taxes paid by
cruise ship passengers.
Ifle said this was despite the
falct that the average stopover
to~unst spends on average of
$r1,000 per vacation in the
Bahlamas, compared to the
much lower average spend of
cruise passengers during their
fecw hours in port, which is close
to $6 ] per' head.
"Itr is like we are penalising
ourr better customers," Mr John-
son said. He told Rotarians that
the Ha;hamas has to change its
thinking and adopt the policy
of c:;sino resort destinations
suchr as Las Vegas and Reno,
which pay major sums to bring
peoplle in b-ecause they were
well aware that they would
recoup' that a~s persons gamble.
Pointing to the high cost of
flyingp into the Bahamas, Mr
Johnllsonr salid ther-e were fares
ars low as $29) one-way from
So~uth I la r 1ds1 one of this coun-
try's strongest yearr-round mar-

"It stirs much interest to pur-
chase thousands of seats that
can be sold at that price, the
party of four thinking it will cost
$240 for four tickets, but they
swiftly learn that with airport
taxes and fees, the actual cost is
.$600," Mr Johnson said, adding
that this results in "much push
back and the cooling of their
appetites to make that impulse
The Bahamas had lost its
proximity advantage in many
markets due to a lack of non-
stop flights, and while the
Caribbean competition may be
further away, it takes less travel
time to travel there, he said.
Mr Johnson said exit survey
information indicated that while
most persons were happy with
the quality of the Atlantis expe-
rience, they thought some items
such as food were simply too
expensive. Similarly, those per-
sons staying at moderately
priced resorts were attracted by
the price at destinations such as
the Cable Beach Resorts, but
felt that the experience was sub
This, he said, was one of the
Bahamas' major challenges to
ensure that pricing and quality
were in balance, something that
in many cases the Family
Islands had a better handle on.
Mr Johnson said the success
of cruise lines in the Caribbean
was in sharp contrast to the per-
formance of land-based resorts,
which have and continue to
"Today the land-based resort
operators have re-launched

See TAXES, pg 4B

Airport parking revenues 'less than 1/4' of Ottawa's

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CABLE Bahamas has now
entered into contractual agree-
ments with "90 per cent of the
channels it broadcasts", a report
submitted to the US Congress
has revealed, the only holdouts
continuing to be the premium
enter tainment stations in a
copyright issue that has vexed
this nation since the turn of the
In its report to the US Con-
gr-ess on the Caribbean Basin
Economic Recovery Act, the
on -way preferential trade
agreement that benefits the
Bahamnas and other nations in
the region, the US Trade Rep-
resentative s Office again high-
lighted "concerns" it had over
this nation's protection of intel-
lectual property.
It said these concerns relat-
edl to the Bahamas' alleged
''failure to implement an
amendment to the Copyright
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This amendment, the US Trade
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IT pains me that our society is
so laid back and nonchalant.
Even worse is our dependency
on studies, research and com-
mittees. In other words, we like
to waste time because we are
not in a rush. This relaxed atti-
tude has caused a festering com-
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ernment blames the other, the
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Is there no man or woman in the
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The attitude is that it is not
my problem, or I am not getting
involved. That is why, in my
opinion, crime is at the level it is,
We refuse to be our brother's
keeper, and we have refused to
be the help, because we are too
concerned about ourselves.
Unless we get off our butts and
knees and take action, all of us -
Bahamians and tourists, from
Abaco to Inagua, will suffer.
So, now we are running
around like headless chickens in
an effort to correct the problems
that exist, not one that is devel-
oping. The reality is that, in the
minds of criminals, it is 'OK' to
shoot at persons on downtown
Bay Street during daylight hours,
and that it is 'OK' to kill a police
officer and burn down their
(publicly-funded premises)
police station. If this is not a
clear indication of the need for a
call to action, then I do not know
what is. I am again putting for-
ward the following recommen-
dations. These are action orien-
tated, which means they need to
happen NOW.
Conmmuniy Poking
It has become painfully obvi-
ous that our approach to com-
munity policing has failed. We
can play with this as much as we
want. The last five years of
Urban Renewal, despite the
numerous 'awards', has left us
with increased crime and a fear
that has seriously damaged our
quality of life. As we move for-
ward, an adjustment and change
is necessary for the delivery of
quality police services.
The community policing con-
cept has its contemporary roots
with the New York City Police
Department in 1994. It is from

this management concept where
many policing strategies, includ-
ing COMPSTAT, came from. It
is unfortunate, however, that the
true meaning of this concept has
been lost in translation, and thus
application. Community Polic-
ing really means the communi-
ty policing themselves, not sim-
ply the police in the community.
It was never intended for the
police to baby-sit/counsel the
community; that's what the
church, schools and civic groups
are for.
If citizens are note prepared to
correct/ report their own, then
the police, who will always be.
seen as outsiders. are up against
insurmountable odds. I say this
from experience, because after
the Bahamian delegation, which
included our current Commis-
sioner of Police, came back from
their observation of the New
York initiative, I, along with 13
other officers, were selected to
research and head the first Com-
munity Police Pilot Project,
based out of the Quakoo Street
Police Station. Our conclusions
The initiative could not be
sustained if the community did
not buy into the concept.
The Royal Bahamnas Police
Force, with all the best inten-
tions, was not the best salesper-
son for this concept.
A non-governmental organ-
isationlother government agency
(Social Services) should spear-
head the community policing
I invite you to read books such
as the COMPSTA T Paradigm
by Vincent E. Henry, Fixing
Broken Windows by George L.
Kellings & Catherine M. Coles,
and Urban Renewal: the Slaugh-
ter Cities by E. Michael Jones.
These books, to name a few,
speak to social engineering
experiments by governments to
create the ideal society.
1. Let the police do policing.
This is what they are trained to
do. Community policing, even
though it carries the word 'polic-
ing', is really a task, in my opin-
ion, best left to the churches,

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DESPITE the decline in
tourism head count, revenues
generated by the industry have
held at $2 billion it ws revealed
yesterday, largely due to the
growth in spending by high-
spending stopover visitors.
David Johnson, a deputy
director-general in the Ministry
of Tourism, explained that thle
1.5 per cent decline in tourism
arrivals for 2006 was a direct
result of lost room capacity, due
to several resorts closing for
In particular, room inventory
in the Family Islands, although
boosted by the Emerald Bay
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out since 2t0h4 Fn stospl e
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while stopover visitors, repre-
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fic, are generating almost 90 per
c useopaouegeurs cn ibueu 7
per cent of the traffic but only
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sales targets

* Develop marketing strategies

* Analyze, plan, implement, and control programs designed to create, build,
and maintain the prepaid targeted market


* A thorough knowledge of channel sales and marketing
* Initiative and ability to learn new tasks quickly
* Reliability, punctuality and good interpersonal skills are essential
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Team player
* Computer literacy, with a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Products Word, Outlook and Excel

indiGO Networks offers a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is
commensurate with experience and qualifications and is commission based.

Interested candidates should submit their r~sumbs in writing by
January 18, 2008 to:

Attn.: Human Resources Manager; IndiGO Networks;
P.O. Box N-3920; Nassau, Bahamas
.Fax: 242-677-1050
E-mail: hrDindigonetworks.com

Sbarro restaurant at the Nassau Beach Hotel on Cable Beach will be
CLOSED to the public effective Monday. January 21st 2008.

OftCh for our ads in the newspapers announcing the opening date of
the new location one mile west at the old City Market Building.

The Management and Staff of Sbar~ro wishes to thank all our valu-
able customers &( the Nassau Beach Hotel M~anagem~ent &~ Staff who
have made the Nassau Beach Sbarro Location a success over the past

***** -Thank yo u,

Sbarro Management


A prominent Bahamian company that operates a number of well known international
fast food and fine dining franchises, each having multiple locations, wishes to
acquire the services of a Director of Information Technology. The Group is looking to
expand its information Technology department to keep abreast of its rapid e~xpan-
sion. This position is at a senior management level and reports to the Vice President
and Managing Director of the group.

Bachelor's Degree in Information Management or Computer Science from an
accredited university
Microsoft Certifications in network &C systems engineering and database
administration will be a significant plus
A minimum of 5 years experience in a similar senior level of management
responsibility and experience in information management systems, local area
computer networks, telephone systems, video and data communications,
internet and intranet systems
A proven ability to manage and motivate an IT department is essential
*Strong leadership and management skills are essential
*Excellent written and oral communication skills are a fundamental requirement
for this position
A thorough knowledge of food and beverage operations is required
*A thorough knowledge of a high end point of sale system, preferably Micros, is
necessary. This knowledge should include menu design and report writing

Responsibilities will include:
Conceptualizes, evaluates and implements information technology strategies,
plans and priorities for a comprehensive group wide information technology
Directs the development and implementation of policies, procedures and
programs that support the coordination and growth of progressive, efficient and
cost effective information services to the group
Training and leadership of the IT staff through coaching and facilitating
employees working in a team environment
*Integration of the group's financial, point of sale, menu engineering and CCTV
systems software into a comprehensive and efferient unit which will provide
management with vital data in a timely manner
Evaluation of' the group's disaster recovery plan

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate

Applicants should submit resumes to
Human Resorcees Department
P.O. Box N-4942
Nassau, Bahalmas
Email: humanresources Orestaurantabs.com



and Port Group Ltd chairman,
was one of the reasons
advanced by attorneys for IDC
and Seashells as to why the div-
idend should not be paid.
In his letter, which was copied
to Mr Babak's Cayman attor-
neys, Maples & Calder, IDC's
directors and Brian Simms, the
Lennox Paton partner repre-
senting the receivers, Mr Feld-
man said that undgr his con-
tract, Mr Babak became enti-
tied on April 15, 2007, to pay-
ment of 25 per cent of the Port
companies' profits over $7 mil-
"As the receivers stated that
the profit was $34 million (plus
the previously paid dividend
amount of $6 million), this
means that Mr Babak is now
entitled to payment of $8.25
million (being 25 per cent of
$40 million minus $7 million)
together with interest, amount-
ing to no less than $275,000 (5
per cent per annum for eight
months)," Mr Feldman wrote.
"On behalf of Mr Babak,
therefore, I hereby make a
claim for his overdue compen-
sation and request payment of
at least this figure, or in the
alternative an undertaking that
an amount no less than this sum
is being held to the order of Mr
Babak, and will not be paid out
of IDC until such clarification of
thae financial figures takes

Mr Feldman added that fur-
ther alleged remuneration of
Mr Babak was due to occur on
April 15, 2008.
The Tribune previously
revealed that a multi-million
dollar debenture debt owed to
Hutchison Whampoa over the
Grand Bahama Airport Com-
pany was a key reason why Sir
Jack Hayward's family trusts
were arguing it was not prudent
for the GBPA to declare a $12
million dividend.
The Grand Bahama Airport
Company (GBAC) was $50 mil-
lion in debt as at August 1
2006, and Hutchison Whampoa
had loaned the airport company
some $30 million. The other
portion of the debt was a $20
million loan and "inter-compa-,
ny receivable" from Freeport
Harbour Company.
The Grand Bahama Airport
Company is owned 50/50
between the GBPA and
Hutchison Whampoa, and the
latter is claiming that its partner
now owes it a substantial debt
to reimburse it for the invest-
ments made.
Yet Mr Feldman's letter said
Mr Simms, acting for the
receivers, had argued before the
court on January 3, 2008, that
"the dividend was being paid
largely from profits which they
believed would not be the sub-
jch oed bhe poga action

erty Owners & Licensees Asso-
The Tribune understands that
the Port Group of Companies'
net income for 2007 more than
doubled the previous year's fig-
ure, increasing by over 100 per
Informed sources suggested
that their collective net income
had risen from around $5 mil-
lion in 2006 to almost $12 mil-
lion in 2007, all the income com-
ing from the Port Group Ltd
and productive assets' side.
In a December 20, 2007, let-
ter to Sir Jack, the receivers had
said: "We are holding back suf-
ficient funds for the moment to
cover a number of contingen-
cies, including the repayment
of the airport loan by Port
Group Ltd.
"We are taking legal advice
on the airport loan, and will
make a determination early in
the New Year on what position
to take in respect of this partic-
ular claim.
"Please note that Mr Barry
is of the view, with which we
agree, that the companies have
sufficient unencumbered cash
in hand to pay out a dividend of
approximately $12 million,
which we will do in accordance
with the court order."
Justice Allen has reserved
judgement on the dividend pay-
ment,ostxay ng the pay-out for


3 4m 11 ilPort profits

'aalal fo o-ne

FROM page 1B

million dividend to Seashells
and the late Edward St
George's estate.
The potential liability that
was the payment to Mr Babak,
under the terms of his alleged
June 1, 2006, contract as GBPA

tRXES up

FROM pae1B

their lobby to Caribbean gov-
ernments to place more emphad
'sis on growing lan -ase
resorts, and less on attracting
thyfee thea np taei y in
and Caribbean countries'
tourism," he added.
"To achieve growth in 2008,
in both yield as well as arrivals,
the islands of the Bahamas must
increase our share of the shrink-
ing travel pie from the US.
while penetrating even deeper
the European and Canadian
"This means a collaborative
effort between the Government
and private sector to attract
more qualified customers from
more markets, with competi-
tively priced four-to-five day
trips t tu would itnrs are a

L IrllMlll~h~

US programming outside the
territory of the US. The pro-
grammers refuse to deal with
the smaller nations in the
Caribbean. "
Under the terms of a 2000
agreement between the
Bahamas and the US, the
Motion Picture Association of
America (MPAA), its members
and other copyright holders
were supposed to enter into
good faith talks with Cable
Bahamas for commercial agree-
ments to allow the latter to pro-
vide English-speaking pro-
While many of their pro-
grammes can be picked up in
the Caribbean, the problem
occurs with the premium chan-
nels' such as HBO, because the
programme distribution and
royalty rights contracts they

Manager Needed

A retail clothing store has the need of
a Store Manager. You must be able to
make monthly sales target, supervise
staff, implement a marketing strategy,
and manage all operations of the store.
The successful candidate must have
retail experience, be computer liter-
ate and have the ability to complete
timely projects. Applicants should
submit a resume, passport, picture,
and valid police record to.

The Manager's Position
P.O. Box N-8929





J.S. John sons & Company Limited hereby noti-
fies all its shareholders that based on unaudited
results for the quarter ended December 31, 2007,
the Board of Directprs has declared an interim
dividend of sixteen cents (161C) per ordinary
share to be paid on January 28, 2008 to all share-
holders of record as of January 21, 2008.


(No 46of 2oo)

IBc No.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the
International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, Xeon Trading
Incorporated is in Dissolution.

- Any person having a Claim against the Xeon Trading Incorporated is
required on or before the 31lst day of December 2007 to send their .
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the liquidator
of the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultants Limited, of 2nd Floor Ansbacher House,
Shirley ah~d East Streets North, is the Liquidator of Xeon Trading

CFA Society of The Bahamnas

Krlstina M. Fox, CFA
cr'r Holdings Ltd
PO Box SS-19140. Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 363 1501 Fax: (242) 363 1502
Email: kfacit.co.uk
David Ramirez, CFA
Pictet Bank r 'Itust Ltd.
Po Box N-4873, Nassau Bahatmas
Ph: (242) 302 2217 Fax: (242) 327 6610
Email: dramirez(pictet.com

ChIs opher Dorsett, CFA
Citigroup Corporate &1Investment Bank
P: (o2x4) 30 86N8 Fa: 22) T3028569
Email: ChristoDher-a.dorsett~3,citiatoupocom

Scnl Bneby, CFA
Po Box N 3016. Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: (242) 502 5700 Fax: (242) 326 0991
E-mail: son ia~benebv~iscotiatrustsom

',,5, amtung, CFA
EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
PO Box SS 6289, Nassau, Bahamas
Ph: 242o oo2 b4 Fx 2)502 542s
Pamela Musgrove, CFA
ColinaFinancial Advisors. Ltd.
21 Bo CB1407, 8Nasau2Baharnu77
Email: pmusgrove~cfal.com
Warren Pustem, CFA
Pictet Bank & IBust Ltd.
PO Box N-4873, Nassau Bahlamas
Ph: (242) 302 2222 Fax: (242) 327 6614
Email: w Dustam(~blotmail.om
Geneen Riviere
Pearl investment Management Limited
PO B2 N 9P2 ONassuBahanas2 08
Email: :ceneen.rivierc~!ctpearlinvestmrent.
m)1ana RCement .com
Past President
DavidGSlatter, CFA
PO Box N-123, Nassau, Bahamns
Ph: (242) 393 2007
E~mail: dslatter~ikome .com .bs


PTOSOntation: Beyound Behavioral Finanlcet The Neuroscienxce of
IRVestinent Behavior: Modern financially theory postulates rational
expectations and effircient markets. For almost 20 years now, behavioral
finance has shown that the conduct of the players in the financial markets is
by no means always rational. However, like behavioral psychology~, it limits
itself here to a descriptive approach: a stimulus is folloowed bry a (frequently
irrational) response. Behavioral research cannot know and does not wish to
know w~hat happens in between, within the black box that is our bratin.Th'le
new imaging techniques used in brain research now allow thought and
sensation processes to be tracked, opening up the way to the discovery of first
causalities of behavior. From this devolve seven ideas that will be of interest
to inves ors.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Henschel, longtime managing director of WestLB
Research Gmb~H, now is a senior consultant for WestLB AG. From 2000 to
2003, he was the founding president of the German CFA Society and
cuIrently serves as the board's liaison chair and as a President's Council
Representative for the EMEA-West region. Dr. H~enschel served on the
investment committees of a number of investment funds, was a member of
the board of INQUIRE (The Institute for Quantitative Investment Research,
Europe), and served on the CFA Institurte Global Council and Corporate
Governance Task Foorce. H~e is the author of three books and numerous
articles on economics and investment r~eseaurch, is a frequent speaker on
methodology of investment research and current investment strategy, and is
actively involved in the discussion of regulatory issues with thle Germlan and
European regulatory authod~ties. Dr. Henschel studied economics, business
administration, and political science at Freie Universitact in Berlin and Kntox
College in Galesburg3, IL. a~s well as in Paris anld Bochulm, Ger~manry. Hei also
served as a part-time lecturer at various universities.

The Entrance Examinations for all

An li can schools will take place
on Saturday, February 9, 2008
at 9:00a.m.

The Examinations will take place
at all of the Anghican Schools and

Applications Forms can be
collected at the respective Schools
and returned no later than

Wednesday, Febrary 6, 2008 along
with the Application Fee of $25.00



hold do not allow them to
broadcast outside the US.
The legal fees incurred by the
programmers in changing these
contracts are seen as exceeding
the revenues gained from small
markets such as the Bahamas.
Other concerns expressed by
the US Trade Representative's
Office in its report were that
"pirated and counterfeit goods
are widely available in Nassau".
However, the Bahamas was
not a mass exporter of such
products, and this nation had
"made significant progress" in
enforcing intellectual property
rights, including the creation of

an investigative unit.
Between January-September
2007, the Bahamas exported
some $100.97 million worth of
goods to the US under the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI), some 28.7 per cent of its
total $352.292 million worth of
total exports to the US.
The Bahamian exports under
the CBI entered the US duty-
The 2007 figure represented a
7.9 per cent increase on the
$93.609 million worth of goods
the Bahamas exported to the
US under the CBI between Jan-
uary-September 2006.

said that the fees held in escrow
are insufficient."
Although declining to com-
ment on the US Trade Repre-
sentative's Office's 90 per cent
figure,. something T'he Tribune
under~staunds to be broadly accu-
rate, Anthony Butler, Cable
Bahamas president, said yes-
terday that the company con-
tinued to work towards reach-
ing contractual agreements with
all the channels it carried.
"We've been actively work-
ing towards it, and have been
successful in a number of
areas," he told The Tribune.
"'The market size in the
Caribbean continues to be a
challenge. But MTV, seeing the
Caribbean as a market, made
the programming available,
including Tempo, in 2007, and
that is encouraging a number
of premium programmers to
look at the Caribbean as a
potential market for them."
Mr Butler denied the allega-
tion, contained in the report to
the US congress, that the sig-
nals from US premium enter-
tainment channels were being
"pirated", adding that it was
incorrect to state that Cable
Bahamas was placing fees in
"escrow" for them,
Instead, the fees are being
paid to the Government's
Copyright Royalties Tribunal,
which is holding them as it waits
for the US premium entertain-
ment channels and program-
mers to collect them.
So far, they have not done so,
even though The Tribune
understands that Cable
Bahamas pays $400,000 to the
Tribunal per annum. The Tri-
bunal is now thought to have
"'in excess" of $3 million in
funds awaiting collection by
these US copyright holders.

"We've been paying since the
Act was in place to the Copy-
right Royalties Tribunal to cov-
er those fees," Mr Butler told
The T'ribune. "The premium
guys thought the fees were not
at the rates they should be. The
Copyright Royalties Tribunal
contacted them, but no one has
met with them. I don't know
where the negotiations are."
It is thought that the US pro-
grammers and copyright holders
may be refusing to collect the
fees because to do so would
imply recognition of the com-
pulsory licensing regime.
The US Trade Representa-
tive's Office removed the
Bahamas from its Special 301
copyright watchlist last year,
due largely to the Governmen-
t's efforts at intellectual prop-
erty rights enforcement and
Cable Bahamas' attempts to
achieve commercial agreements
with the US programmers.
In this effort they were assist-
ed by the US Embassy in Nas-
sau, and Mr Butler yesterday
told The Tribune: "This year,
we've already entered into dis-
cussions with the US embassy,
and the embassy is taking the
lead in pushing discussions with
these programmers who have
refused to deal with the
"The direction in this area
has been going positively for
three to four years, and we're
looking for it to continue in
2008 with the help of the US
But the key issue remains. Mr
Butler said: "It's basically the
continued refusal to offer the

CABLE, from 1B

was supposed to "narrow the
scope of the compulsory lice~ns-
ing regime for the reception and
transmission of copyright works
broadcast free over the air.
"Iln the absence of such
implementation. the compulso-
ry licensing plan contains pro-
visions that allow\ Bahamian
cable operators to retransmit
any copyrighted television pro-
gramming, whether or not
transmitted from the Bahamas
or outside of the Bahamas, and
whether or not encrypted."
Given that Cable Bahamas is
the only cable television
provider in this nation under its
monopoly agreement with the
Government, and the existence
of the compulsory licensing
regime, it is not surprising that
the US Trade Representative's
Office zeroed in on the compa-
It reported to the US Con-
gress: "Cable Bahamas claims
that it has entered into individ-
ual licensing contracts with 90
per cent of the channels it
broadcasts, and places fees in
escrow for the remaining 10 per
cent of charinels.
"iCable Bahamas claims that
its actions with respect to those
remaining channels the US
premium entertainment chan-
nels are justified because, as it
contends, those channels are
allegedly unwilling to provide
a level of services that is com-
parable to that provided in the
United States (for example,
with respect to when movies are
"US premium entertainment
channels have not agreed to
enter into hecensing contracts
with Cable Bahamas and have

Senior Trust

PrOfeSSlonall Technical

Fiduciary Counsel

The successful candidate will provide in house
technical fiduciary guidance to the trust team and
manage book of complex fiduciary structures for our
High Net Worth clients.

The successful candidate should possess the following:
* A university degree in Law
* Professional designation, such as TEP, which is
related to the provision of fiduciary services
* Knowledge of trust and estate planning
techniques for North American, Latin and
European high net worth individuals
* Excellent knowledge of international fiduciary law
* Minimum of 3 years experience servicing high
net worth clients in the offshore financial services
. Prvnou ability to deliver the highest quality of
service to high net worth individuals
* Excellent communication skills

Interested persons should apply by
Monday, January 28, 2008.

Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company
(Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N-3024
Nassau, NP, Ballanas
Attention: Fiona Sirra

Via Email: fiona~sirra~rbc.com

Only applications from suitably qualified candidates
will be acknowle ged.

"Beyond Behavioral Finance the Neuroscience of
IRVeStment BehaVIOr"
Friday, January 18m 2008

To plc:


12:00 pm
12:30 pm

General Meeting:

PleaSE & TriVe promptlyr!
British Colonial Hilton
D~r. Helmut Henschel
Senior Consultalnt for WestL]B AG
Wuppertal, Germany
Mem bers $25.00 Non-M~embers $35.~00
(If paying by cheque, please make cheque payable to: CFA
Society of The B~ahamas)
Jarry 6 2008
Ka~oren Pinder, CFiA
ka ren. pi nder@e fgha nk.com
*Pea~arment required thtruughl one orfthe Boartd Afiembers








a part to play in keeping their
streets and communities safe.
2. The police must be seen as
service providers who deliver
timely, consistent and impartial
maintenance of law and order,
dealing with offenders ranging
from the person who litters to

CRIME, from 2B
schools and civic groups. These
units must sell the need for polic-
ing. They must convince the gen-
eral populace that the police are
their friends, and more impor-
tantly, that they the public have

Job Description ..
General administrative duties including calendar
management, travel coordination, expense
reporting and securing various permits and

Must be flexible to handle miscellaneous
Must have excellent IT skills, honest, absolutely
conscientious and able to work on own initiative.
Absolute confidentiality is required
Must have a minimum of 3 years experience as
a personalladministrative assistant

Please send resume and contact details to
easternrdiamily~yahoo.com before January 18.

Only qualified Bahamians candidates need apply.

Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of VCO
INVEST~MENT FUND I TD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dis-
solution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off th
Register of Companies.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was thel1th of December


The Public is hereby advised that 1, LAVELLE EXENTISSE
of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to NANNELL EXANTUS. If there are
ary ob action to ti cang tohenameuby Dee 1ol you

Officer, P.O.Box F-43536, Grand Bahama, Bahamas no
Iater than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.

Applicants must be 30 years
old or older, honest, flexible, reliable and
customer service oriented.
Expe ience is an asset.
Serious enquiries only.
Tel: 325 5488 Mon-Fri 9a~m. 4p.m.
Fax: 328-5498



Interested, then call for an interview 356-451


NOTICE is hereby given that JACKLIN JONASSAINT
BAt A AS isada ynns tfhe Mi isttr tir spnial r tor
aS a Ci~tiZen of The Bahamas, and that anyL person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturaliziation should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau. Bahamas.


We are a growing retail company, we are offering:
Base Salary, Bonuses, Pension Plan, Training and lots of FUN!! I

REQUIREMENTS Must be Energetic, Out Going,
Stable, Hard Working, Well Groomed, Honest and Reliable;
between the ages of 17 25 years, but mature.

NOTICE is hereby given that JONEL JOSAPHAT of SAMSON
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/haturalization 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 9TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, R.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

(No.460of 2000)
IBC NO. 47,648B
In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 of the Inter-
national Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000, Highwood Investments
Limited is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the HFIGHWOOD INVESTMENTs
LIMITED is required on or before the 31st day of December, 2007 to send
their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of
the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

Penleigh Limited of Wickrhams Cay 1, P O Box 3085, Road Town, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands is the Liquidator of HIGHWOOD INVESTMENTS

Dated this 6th day of November 2007

C'ar and tin lbeha of
remergh umutd

Legal Notice




Nntc osherb gi s that in scordance with sec in IR7 oT the
HOLDINGS LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 15th November
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of STARFRUIT
HOLDINGS LTD.All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their address and particulars of
their debts to the Liquidator before the 15th December 2007.



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allOWed to sit: the Entlrance Exam.

blind. He is also being exposed
to cultures and behaviours that
are not his own, as the music
and lyrics of the Jamaican and
American artists speak of the
Jamaican and Amlerican expe-
rience. T'he Bahamian male
hears this reality and attempts
to make it the Bahamian expe-
rience. Finally, what the statistics
do not tell us is that the Bahami-
an woman has a tremendous
influence on how the Bahami-
an male behaves. Through her
naivety and negative role mnod-
els, she glorifies and exalts the
'Bad Boy' and 'Ruff Neck'
images that her Jamaican and
American counterparts do.

These youth groups should be
invested in by the Government
and private entities so that their
work can be given more teeth
to bite into the effects of social
ills. Efforts should be directed
to booth the young men and
women, need to be directed and
guided along clear paths. *

NB: Gamal Newry is the pres-
ident of Preventative Measures,
a loss prevention and asset pro-
tection training and.consulting
company, specialising in policy
and procedure development,
business security reviews and
audits, and emergency and crisis
management. Comments can be
sent to PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas, or e-mail
or visit us at www.preventative-

Because the law will be
enforced. Zero tolerance should
immediately be made policy, not
some new scheme.
2. All strect-side vendors
should have the proper licence
and credentials to sell their
items, from peanut vendors to
fruit and fresh vegetable ven-
3. All nightclubs/bars must
check patron IDs. If minors are
found in the establishment, fines
must be imposed.
4. Parents must be held
accountable in some form for
the actions of their children.

National Crime
Reporting Network
There needs to be a real
demonstration of a united front
against criminality, not just lip
service. My experience in law
enforcement, especially in tight-
knit communities such as Fox
Hill, Nassau Village and Bimini,
has seen the unprecedented
communications networks that
exist. When the police came into
those communities, within a few
seconds the entire community
was made aware of our pres-
ence. A positive example of this
is Little Blair off Village Road.
Their crime watch operation is
one that the entire island of New
Providence should model itself
1. The accessibility of cell
phones should be taken advan-
tage of. If a crime is committed
(especially stolen vehicles), a
text message should be sent free

of charge to all persons who
have a phone, advising them to
be on the look out for suspects
and report it to the police.
2. BTC, C'able Bahamas, BEC
and taxi.drivers all have radio
communications. Similarly, when
an incident occurs, they can be
advised/alerted and communi-
cate their observations to the
3. Harness the numerous secu-
rity companies and departments
that exist in the country. These
groups outnumber the police
and can be the additional eyes
and ears for the reporting of

National Youth Service
In my opinion, the infrastruc-
ture for this already exists
through the Boys/Girls Brigades
and Scouts, the Pathfinders and
the other numerous church and
civic groups. We see this demon-
stration of youth power only
during the Remembrance Day
Service, yet year-long these
organizations are doing their
part to save and direct Bahami-
an youth.
Statistics will show that the
traditional crime offender is the
male aged between 15-30 years-
old. What the statistics do not
show, however, are the causa-
tion factors. The young Bahami-
an male is not lacking in role
models; in my opinion he just
has the wrong role models. He is
being educated on the street by
peers who themselves have not
been directed properly a classic
example of the blind leading the

the person who commits mur-
3. The police must be held
accountable for their failures
Zero Tolerance Policing
As stated earlier, the modern
Community Policing concept
was born in New York in the
mid-1990s. Rudlolph Giuliani,
the newly-elected mayor, and
William Bratton, then Commis-
sioner of Police, never intended
for the police to not police. In
fact, it was just the opposite. The
police were to police vigorously.
This meant that police success
depended on addressing with
professionalism minor infrac-
tions consistently and impartial-
ly. This is outlined in great detail
in their book, Fixing Broken
Windows, by George L. Kellings
& Catherine M. Coles. We have
moved from this, but such is the
culture of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. Generally, police
officers are more concerned
about ~the big drug arrest and
murder investigation than
improving the quality of life.
There is a lack of apprecia-
ti~on and understanding that fail-
ure to enforce the law on a bro-
ken tail light usually leads to
more complex forms of crimi-
nalit, on the one hand, and a
reduction/ reluctance to commit
more serious crimes on the oth-
1. Every police officer should
be equipped to handle traffic
infractions by issuing tickets
(fixed penalties). Why do we
buckle-up in the United States?


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THE Bahamas has a compet-
itive advantage because through
its significantly-improved
tourism product, which will
greatly assist it in coping with
the challenges posed by a soft-
ening US economy, a leading
international hotehier said yes-
Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness on the floor of Caribbean
Marketplace, Peter Odle, pres-
ident of the Caribbean Hotel
Association, said the region was
bound to face challenges in 2008
due to the US economy.
"There will be some chal-
lenges this year. We have the
meltdown from the mortgage
situation in the States, you have
the US election and a number
of things happening in the mar-
ketplace, but it is incumbent on
each destination to try and find
a way to get their market
share," he added.
Mr Odle said that despite

GN 630

Ministry of Works & Transport

The Public is hereby notified that the Minister for Urban and Island Planning is considering making an Order in
accordance with section 5 of the Town Planning Act, Chapter 255 to prescribe the usage of the land described in
the Schedule to this Notice.

The area described in the Schedule is to be designated land upon which no buildings shall be constructed
except for wetlands preservation or enhancement as this area is being considered to be prescribed as wetlands
or green space or both.

Interested persons are invited to submit their comments and views, in writing to Director of Physical Planning on
or before Friday, 25th January, 2008. Further information on the matter may be obtained from the Department of
Physical Planning at P. O. Box N 1611 or via telephone number 322-7550/2.


ALL THAT certain lot piece or parcel of land containing by admeasurement SEVENTY ONE AND FOUR
HUNDREDTH THOUSANDTH ACRES or thereabouts being Parcel "OJV3" "WL4" shown on a Plan on record
in the Department of Lands and Surveys as Plan numbered 4017NP of New Providence situated 1 ,455ft south
of West Bay Street and on the western side of Malcolm Avenue in the Western District in the Island of New
Providence in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas ABUTTING AND BOUNDING towards the NORTH partly on
Chapman Estates Subdivision and partly on Westward Villas Subdivision towards the East on 100ft wide road
reservation known as Malcolm Avenue towards the South on Twin Lakes Subdivision towards the West partly on
a fifty (50) feet wide road reservation and partly on Westridge Estate Commercial Subdivision or however else
the same may abut and bound which said lot piece or parcel of land is more particularly delineated and shown
coloured pink on the plan attached.

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questions of aviation and prod-
uct development in the region,"
Mr Odle said.
He pointed out that the
Bahamas had some advantage
here because it had a lot of
improved product, whereas
many other Caribbean coun-
tries needed to work on this.
"So I think at the end of the
day, each destination needs to
take stock of whether tourism is
where they want it to be or
not... and take a proactive
approach to try and develop,
secure and increase their ma7r-
ket share." Mr Odle: said.
Bahamian tourism director-
general Vernice Walkine told
The T'ribune yesterday that her
ministry was looking at how it
can repackage itself in 2008.
"One thing that the Prime
Minister has promised to assist
us with is the requisite funding
for a new ad campaign with our
new ad agency, Arnold DC,"
she said.
"We have to be everywhere
and as frequently as possible,
because the environment
demands it. The economy of the

United States is such that in
order for us to break through
and say to people you can still
afford to come here, we have
to have lots of ads conveying
the message."
Ms Walkine said this will
include a substantially increased
presence on the Internet, as it is
one of the most cost-effective
advertising mechanisms.
She added that the latest
interim ad campaign was
launched yesterday, and is tar-
geted especially at the north
east US.
The campaign, she explained,
will feature two types of music,
a junkanoo sound track and the
song 'Winter Wonderland', with
pictures of the Bahamian beach
as an escape to another type of
Winter Wonderland.
Ms Walkine said softness in
the US economy was already
having an impact in some of the
core markets, particularly Flori-
"So we are going to have to
do some things to repackage
ourselves at a particular price
point," she said.

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By Steve Becker

Famous Hand

West dealer, strength his reasoning power.
Both sides vulnerable. Take this case of ancient vintage
NORTH where an expert declarer made an
+ AK astonishing play to bring home his
VJ 10 9 64 contract. West led the diamond ac
SJ 9 and shifted to a spade. It wasn't dif-
4 Q8 74 ficult for South to recognize that the
WEST EAST diamond ace was a singleton, since
+ Q 10 7 5 4 3 2 & 8 6 East had signaled with the eight for a
V Q3 V diamond continuation.
4 A K 8 765 43 2 Declarer won the spade, led a
+A 9 3 +J 10 2 trump to his ace, returned to dummy
SOUTH with a spade, then led the jack of
& J 9 hearts and let it ride!!!
VAK8 7 52 The jack lost to West's queen, as
Q 10 South knew it would, but the deliber-
+K 6 5 ate loss of the trick enabled him to
The bidding: make the contract.
West North East South If West returned a club, whether
1 + Pass 2 + 2 V the ace or a low one, South would
24 49 acquire three club tricks, allowing
Opening lead ace of diamonds. him to eventually deposit his other
diamond loser on dummy's fourth
There are relatively few opportu- club. If West returned a spade
nities for brilliant play at the bridge instead, declarer would ruff in
table. The best cardplayers acquire dummy and discard a club from his
their reputation not so much by inge- hand, lose the king of clubs to West's
nuity as by their consistently good ace and then establish dummy's last
performance in everyday situations. club via a ruff to take care of his dia-
nhey are experts mainly because mond loser.
they make fewer mistakes than their Had declarer played normally
adversaries. and cashed the A-K of trumps, he
Bowever, therelt no question that ultimately would have lost two clubs
every once in a while the expert has and two diamonds to go down one.
A)n opportunity to make a bid or play Strangely enough, West could
that simply wouldn't occur to a lesser have defeated the contract by drop-
mortal. Such a bid or play may cap- ping his queen of hearts under the
ture the attention of others because of ace, thereby robbing South of the
its inherent brilliance, but this would opportunity to play the hand as
not really reflect the expert's greatest ingeniously as he did.

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JAN 16

AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
A fitness plan still hasn't material-
ized, Aquarius. Devote some energy
.to drawing up a way you can get mn
shape. All it takes is a little effort for
big results.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Matters of business are what will
consume your attention this week,
Pisces. They will allow little time for
fun or relaxation,
ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You're not to be taken seriously this
week, Aries, because you're not
thinking properly. Don't make any
major decisions or financial moves
without consulting others first.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
A piece of interesting information
finds its way into your lap, Taurus.
You know what to do with the new-
found knowledge. Use it to your
advantage, but be careful.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
IAa sik nyo f ewel -eo 1d plan
some time out to recoup and rethink
your strategy to cope with the road-
block. You'll overcome the problem.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
Help from a stranger is in your
imi diat futuned Caneer. Put you
offered it's no scam. Expect oth-
ers to act reserved.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Advice from a family member
should be heeded, Leo. Put aside
your bravado and adopt a submissive
posture on this point. This person
actually knows what's best.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
A misunderstanding with someone
close leads to a screaming match.
The unpleasantries shared hurt your
ego and you go on the attack. It will
take a few days to rectify.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You know what's best for you, Libra.
So when a friend tries to give you
advice on a romantic matter, say thank
you and then do your thing. Expect big
changes in the days ahead.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You crave structure and control,
Scorpio, but this week your entire
schedule will be out of whack. Don't
let it put a chink mn your armor.
You'll rebound and get things done.
SAGITI'ARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
Stop trying to rekindle a romance that
has no future, Saginarius. Direct your
energy toward finding a new mate. If
you're already attached, devote some
alone time to your spouse.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
An argument at work will put you in
foul mood for most of the week,
Capricorn. A day off may help you
resolve your feelings faster. Aim for a
break on Friday.


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1 Shown the way to be a good (Zcots)
2 Very serious complaint about a
student lark (6)
3 Bridge by which one can leave Spain? (4)
4 One whoisnotdoggedly
steady-going? (7)
5 Figure I have a way to stir
things up (5)
6 Pain will pass in any case (5)
8 Knocks "23 Across" silly! (4)
9 Start thinking ahead a lot (3)
12 He'ligive you a bright beam (3)
13 Proclamation predictably included (5)
15 Gained entry so as to leave acan (3,2)
18 Outcome of an argument? (5)
19 On the whole, maybe toofar to go(3)
20 Denial of a hitch, we hear? (3)
21 Where,in london, a race finished? (4,)
22 Passed a girl at the end of the road (3)
23 Such people seem to have suave
charm (6)
24 Very impressed when we appeared
in anadvert (4)
25 Did it help the harvest to go with a
swing? (6)
26 Cost of public relations to keep
things cool (5)
27 Soft music for the twins (5)
28 The washerwoman? Not she!(3)
30 One used in boxing, for example (4)

1 Free a deserter held by the U.S.
military (6)
7 Reading of land to found the
praises of2 ()
8 Solong,and thanks
again (2-2)
10 Creature imagined to baubbings
along? (6)
11 Hide or show (6)
14 Just the number for this sort of
money? (3)
16 Very accessible Haydn
composition (5)
17 A record, perhaps, but literally
incredible! (4)
19 Funny rhyme, but it's sweet (5)
21 Drive circuitously to Rome,
almost (5)
22 Figure to appreciate the thing in
question (5)
23 An Irishman's butter? (4)
26 An opening in optkcs (5)
28 The way to look at a showpiece (3)
29 Your book? (6)
30 At a crunch, it's lacking in celerity (6)
31 Like the desert in which
Romeo needed help to
get out (4)
32 Lerssthan kind hearts? (8)
33 Expire, being no longer
healthy (6)

HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 23; very good 35; excellent
1ouo t omotorrow.

Michael Adams v Jan Werle,
Staunton Memorial, Simpsons in
the Strand 2007. England nme
one Adams won the tournament
with an unbeaten 9/11 and played
in the relaxed style of a man
enjoying a new taste of freedom.
s pe det d t pow et hah been
world elite grandmasters,
computers with massive hardware
and deep calculation programs, and
ambitious teenagers. Facing a
slightly weaker field, the
Corni hman r y zoerdz wis I' t

won the best game award and was
widely admired. White (to move)
has sacrificed a pawn, but his rooks
command the valuable dl-d8 line
while his queen and rook are within

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10 Type of coat (6)
1 rfss r (3)
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22 SD su~!(5)
26 Shi bn(5)
28 Number (3)
29 Husky (6)
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32 Drivel (8)
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1 One wit ut
2 Take temporarily (6)
3 Long journey (4)
4 Brndtisuar (7)
6 Viper (5
8 Be an omen of (4)
12 Mutan pas (3)
15 Sree 5)
18 Wireleres (5)
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21 Disease (7)
22 Tree (3)
23 Shoots from cover (6)
26 Alows

27 Outbuildings (5)
28 Mineral (3)
30 Small bird (4)

easy attacc'lg range of Werle's poorly
guardedl black king. In fact, the
position is classticlly ripe for a
winning tactic. How did Adams force

Yesterday's ryptic solutions
ACROSS:1, Paras 6, A-l-tch 9, Current 10, Paste ll, Dents 12,
5W-arm 13, The-rein l5, leg 17, Rats l8, C-icer-o. 19,
5-C-old 20, Caddie 22, Demo 24, Eye 25, Mate-lot 26, Steer
27, V-ague 28, Tim-ed 29, Me-nag-es 30, Heron 31, Atlas
DOWN: 2, Aga-tha 3, Actors 4, Su-E 5, D-r-awn 6, Android
7, I1-em 8, Cutter 12, 5-ince l3, Trace l4, Etude l5, Level l6,
Glodot 18, Clear 19, 5-IX-t-een 21, Aye-aye 22, Des-ist 23,
Mod-Ena 25, Me-T-al 26, Sum-0 28, Tea

Yesterday'seasy solutions
ACROSS:1i, Edict 6, Douse 9, Harrier 10, Titan 11, Fable 12,
Civil l3, Section lS, Bet 17, Errs l8, Kimonol19, Great
20, Repeat 22, Mute 24, Sat 25, Mariner 26, Bleak 27,
Genie 28, Funds 29, Lookout 30, Aspen 31, Nears
DOWN: 2, Driver 3, Charts 4, Tan 5, Train 6, Deficit Oral
8, Sullen l2, Court 13, Seers l4, Crept 15, 80sun l6, Tower
18, Kayak l9, Galleon 21, Easels 22, Minute 23, Tender 25,
Masks 26, Bile 28, Fun

Chess: 8523:1R xe6! fxe6 2 Qxgb+ Kh18 (if Kf8 3
Nxce6 wins Black's queen) 3 Qh6+t Kg8 4 Ng, 097 '
ARd8 Kf7 6 Rf8+ wins the queen and soon mates.








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petition as they create similar music.
Barnes, who also manages Bodine "Be"' John-
son and Kiara Sherman, believes that today,
Bahamian artists share a unity that is able to
accomplish much.
"I think that through working together, every-
one sees that we can really get somewhere. This
is the most unity we've seen in 10 years and I
think that generally speaking, and through Make
'Em Listen, there is a good jump off for younger
artists. And Make .Em Listen is a good institu-
tion to get these artists out there and heard.
It's a good organisation for artist development
because it offers them time on stage," he added.
Sammi, whose trademark is his ability to sing
R&B on a reggae beat, is working on his debut
album to be released later this year. It will be an
album of 13 to 15 tracks. Barnes noted that the
release date all depends on how much "steam"
is behind his "Good to Know You" single.
Barnes' ultimate goal is to promote Sammi's
music in the Caribbean first, then take it to
Europe where there is a strong fan base for
Caribbean style music, and then to the Ulnited

States beginning with Miami Beach.
Though Sammi is not being paid for the songs
that are played on the radio, Barnes says that for
now, the radio stations are just a marketing
tool. However, he suspects that this will change
once demand for Bahamian music is big enough.
"But I think that Bahamians will buy Sammi's
music once it is marketed well and once we put
out the product we know that Sammi can put
out there. I've seen that done with one Bahami-
an artist so far; Dibo on Clapboard Records.
We just need the correct formula and I know it
can be done," said Barnes.
The music showcase will also feature other
Make 'Em Listen artists: Bobo Ken, Slu~ggs.
Lady Millz, Porter da Poet, Briscoe, Renee,
Krimpster, Puzzle, The Dodge Squad and Dirt
*Make Eml Listen Concert: Saturday, Janurary
26 @ Clutb In~finiti on Elizabeth Avenule. Event
host: Shadow Vado. Music by DJ HYPE and Mr
Gully. This event is sponsored by Bacardi, Cia-
mlonet Jew~elry\, Davis Cartronics and Gian~os
&C Gadg1ets.

Tribune Feature Writer

monthly artist showcase by
highlighting the smooth
sounds of Samuel "Sammi
Starr" Poitier. Marlon Award
winner and Summer Junkanoo Festivail Song
Competition winner.
Despite all'of his accolades though, all audie-
encee members need to know is that he is a very
talented musician who has a mature singing
voice, a sound that can compete with any inter-
national R&B artist... and the look to match.
His debut single, "It Will Stay" which is fea-
tured on the Copy Cat Riddim compilation CD
that was produced by Buff Boo Music, has been
blazing the airways. Personally, my CD is vir-
tually stuck on that track when I play the CD.
On Saturday, January 26 @ Club Infiniti on
Elizabeth Avenue, Nikolas Barnes, Sammi's
manager, promises that the artist will wow the

Staniel Cay

crowd as he presents that song as well other
top singles. Barnes describes "It Will Stay" as
Summi's break out song, though the artist has
been in the music business for a long time.
"I've been his manager for about eight
months, but Sammi has been recording all his
life. He's been writing music for a good while,
but he just took off after the Copy Cat Rid-
dim." he told Tribunelr Entecrtainmenrrt.
At the music showcase,-Summi will alst be
performing his "Gouod to Knlow.You", which is
being played on local FM Stations. and a flew
song, "Can't be Without You"- not yet on the
Barnes suspects that the Make 'Em Listen
organisation made Sammi the first artist out of
the blocks this year because of his stellar success
thus far. His songs are in high rotation on local
stations, and Sammi enjoys the number one
spot on Randy C's "Bahama Hot Ones"' on 100
Jamz. Sammi's music also made its debut in
Grenada on Hot FM 98.5 recently. He said that
as it stands, Jah Hem, the Freeport artist who
sings "Come Here Girl", is Sammi's only com-


IT is a telling tribute to Staniel Cay
when both Vernice Walkine, the
director general, Ministry of Tourism
and Charity Armbrister, Tourism offi-
cer in charge of the Family Islands,
spend their New Year's holiday on
the island of Staniel Cay, in the heart
of the Exuma Cays. They were joined
by yachtsmen from all corners of the
world and returning family and
friends who visit Staniel, marked as a
permanent fixture on their calendar.
Staniel Cay's magic blend cannot
fail to please, Ms Walkine went so far
as to say that it was her "favourite
place in the world", and she is not
alone in this sentiment. The dozens of
boats moored at Big Majors Cay, the
constant stream of arrivals at the
Staniel Cay Yacht Club and the many
rental homes dotted about the island
are proof that Staniel is doing excep-
tionally well. From the last week of
December through to the New Year
there are activities ashore and afloat
which keep people coming back again
and again to this island jewel.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Long Drive competition
There is no golf course on Staniel
Cay but a wide and beautiful bay, so
golfing takes on a whole new concept
over the holidays with locals and
sailors queuing to drive a ball the fur-
thest possible out into the shallow
blue. A sea based crew verifies the
longest strokes and the winners get a
generous tab at the bar of the Ya~cht
Club. Although disappointed with his
second place this year H-ans Albert-
son of New York, local David Moxey
had the pleasure of socing his 14 year
old daughter G;abriella Moxey take
first place in the ladies division,

Annual Mixed Doubles
C class races
The idea of Dave Hocher of Staniel
Cay Yacht Club, the Annual Mixed
Doubles C class event, now in its

Under the marginal conditions, the
Tida Wave with Nioshi Rolle again at
the helm, swept into the lead from
the start and showed the visitors how
it should be done. The race, conceived
by the late Kenneth Rolle, challenges
cruising vessels, many with no racing
experience, to a race around the bay.
'The 2007 winner, 47ft sloop 'Dif-
ferent Drumumer' did extremely well
in the heavier conditions of last year
but couldn't get near the Tida Wave
this time, much to the delight of
Brooks Miller wlho was more than
happy to return a very special trophy
to members of the Different Drum-
mer cr~ew. The cruising retgatta. with
no handicaps and a focus on fun
rather than stiff competition, attract-
ed an array of boats: the picturesque
gaff rigged Heart's Desire, yetllow-
hulled .32ft Antigone,, 24ft trimaran
Green F~lash to name but a few.
Claimning to have the oldest and
youngest crewn me~mbers. from11 age
three to 82, was Staniel based boat
Senrcne. The fleet wa~s made up of
12 mionohulls and three multihulls,
with separateIIC Cate~or.ieS for)1 the two
and prizes for all challengers.
'Tida Wa~ve camet in at tune of one
hour aund twenty-nine minutes, with
the first multihull 'Free Style' of Sat-
suma, Florida, following in two hours
and eight minutes. Mal;in monohull
contendler Different Drummer was
only three minutes behind.
With a few beats f'indling it hard to
consider a second round w~ith dying
wiindls, the ra~ce wa~s called off with
the last five trailing boats being given
estimatedl finish times. There were no
pro'teStS allowed. but some enthusi-
~atic brothe~rly riva~llr did lead tc~o eta-
maran 'Tlonga T~ime'.owl~ned byi Bryan
Sarandrena of Castle. Rocck, (clolorado,
being squeeczedl onlto theC firSt ma~rk
by brother Bruce Sara'; ndren~ on 'D~il'-
ferent Drulmmer' with a loss of sevcra~l
minutes. Eve~n so, 'Tlongh TIimec' came
in a respectable secondc position in
the multihulls, just a minute behind
'Free Style'.

Awards presentation
and pig roast
The public beach overlooking the
bay of Staniel was a fitting venue for
the awards presentation soon after
the end of the race.
Opened with a prayer. led by Pastor
Burkie Rolle, MC Steve Smith
declared 2008 the Year of the
Woman". With Joan Ma'nn as Com-
modore for the event, Nioshi Rolle
bridging the Tida Wave in first. as
well as her success in the C class race.
it seemed the women were on top.
Jack Swanton for the race commiit-
tee gave a summary of the race onl
behalf of the remaining committee
members Hele~n Smith Burke Smith
and Joan Mann.
Following on with the girl-power
theme. Oliver "Slick" Munroe read
a moving poem entitled 'The Girls ofC
Staniel Cav' and the assembled crow d
finished off the e~vening w\ith a gecn~r-
ous pig roust dinner. T'he onshore
committee making sure all wecnt
smoothly was ma~de up of manny of
the girls of Staniel Cay: Veronicu
Rolle. Rhonda; Miller. Rene Tlhomp-l
son, Ivy Smith and Millicent Kelly.
So whait is it that keeps visitors
coming back to Staniel Cav veaur after
year?) To get a tr.ue unlderstanding11 of
the secret ingredients thait brings peo1-
ple back to these shores. it wals nce-
essary to ask somleole w'ho has m~any
years of experience sailing.
A\ native of Alaska. Chuck Sussur~a's
first memories of the Bahanmas stretch
back to 1937. "I w'as seven veurs old
anld myI fa\therl br'ought melc anld my1!
youngILer brother to Bimini and
Andros camping. We had nj ;11ope
skiff. a hand held compass a~nd a~ glass
bottom bucket as a depth sounder.
'Since then I have sailed all over thle
So, in his later life. whatl brings
Chuck back to the' Stanie~l Cay in par-
ticular? His anuswer was swift: "Tlhe
big draw has always been the peo-
TIhat says it all.

ninth year, is unique to the island.
Names are drawn to allow visitors a
chance to crew on C class vessels from
Staniel and Black Point.
With six: boats out on the water in
mild conditions, 18 visitors were able
to join experienced captains over
three r-ounds of sailing on the morning
of New Year's Eve. There was some
stiff competition, with just one point
dividing each of the first three places
with 'It's Magic' (Leander Pinder)
in third position and 'Smashie' (Van
Ferguson) in second. However, the
Black Point contenders lost out to
Staniel's own 'Termite', helmed by
Nioshi Rolle, who has a well deserved
repultation f'or freqluently being on
the winning boat.
T'he inexperienced crew members
did leadl to one memorable scene;
Dave Mxery's 'White Ghost' tried
for- a quick tack tha~t led to him taking
on water and sinking fast the crew
not quite nimble enough to react in
time. It made entertaining viewing
and was taken with good humour, but
did retire 'White Ghost' out in the
second round.
Steve Smith on 'Woodpecker' took
fourth position, with Jason Rolle's
'Slaughter' in fifth place. None of the

contenders went home empty handed,
with generous cash prizes for all,
including the sunken 'White Ghost'.
At the awards ceremony which fol-
lowed the races, MC Brooks Miller
thanked committee mcmbers Tony
Grey, Walter Robinson, Jim Sher-
man and David Hocher for their hard
work nlaking this again a successful
and enjoyable experience for so

Annual Staniel Cay New
Year's Day Cruising Regatta
The winds were light on the morn-
ing of January 1. After several adjust-
ments, Tony Grey and Brooks Miller
had the course set. Committee boat
'B~ullet' provided the perfect vantage
point for viewing the course, and own-
cr Rob Roy Rice of H-ouston, Texas, .
had his hand on the trigger. to start the
race with a blast f'rom his shot gun.
With the breeze dropping by the
hour, it took the skill and knowledge
of the local boat, 'Tlida Wave', to get
ahead and stay there with an impres-
sive 38 minute lead over the rest of
the fleet, lapping several of the 14
boats up for the challenge of' Ircing
the local A class 28ft sloop on her
home ground.


Make 'Em Listen to 'Sammi Starr'

- Her 'favourite place in the world'


VERNICE WALKINE presents the first place and Blanche Grey trophies to captain
Nioshi Rolle of Tida Wave.

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MUNKS no stranger to the~ entertainment scene spoke with local and
world famous actors, directors, producers, and screenwriters whose
films were on display.

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TI'lli Un~hamu~s Interna~tional
F:ilmi Iestival (BlFF). in part-
nerlship' w\ith the Ministry of
TIourism. hosted the Bahamas'
4th A~nnuarl International Film
I'estiva;l at the Atlantis Resort,
Paradise Island last month.
Mlunks no stranger to the
ente~rtainment scene spoke
w~ithl local and world famous
actors, directors, producers,
andi screenwriters whose films
wereT on display.
Going to BIFF for his first
time ever, Munks spent an
e~ntir-e Sunday at the Galleria
C'inemnas theatre on John F
Kennedy Drive where he
found himself waist-deep in
heaps of heart throbbing, spine
chilling, and hilariously funny
"\When we got there I wasn't
to sure~ what to expect. There
wcrenl't even that many peo-
ple around at first. The first
film weL watched was Summer
Scars. filmed in the United
Kingdom and directed by
Ju~lan Richards. I really, really
took a liking to that movie, it
was solid." Munks said. -
This action-thriller tells the
story of six 14 year-old chil-
dlren (five boys and one girl)
w~ho play hookie in the woods
w\ith a stolen moped and are
be~friende~d by a drifter named

Peter who eventually becomes
increasingly aggressive towards
them. The children are then
forced to settle any differences
they had and embrace a da-k
side of human nature if they're
going to survive.
The rest of the day was spent
engulfed in other plots like;
'I'm through with white girls'
featuring Bahamian actress Lia
Johnson; 'Wednesday' directed
by Rob Sorrenti; 'Coyote'
directed by Brian Petersen and
'AWOL' directed by Jack
Swanstorm featuring Emmy
award nominee David Morse.

A~s if things weren't already
e~xciting enough for the young
songwriter watching such
beautifully made movies and
meeting Such big names, things
got even better. Walking into a
theatre that was completely
packed with people, Munks
had to quietly sit himself on
the floor in the middle of the
theatre's aisle just as any other
person interested in watching
this film had to do. What was
the next film that had the room
stuffed from wall to wall? An
all Bahamian-made film called
'F'loat.' This film, written and

directed by the Bahamas' very
own Kareem J Mortimer, told
the story of a passionate love
affair with a controversial twist
that had the audience glued to
the screen.
A young, obsessive-compul-
sive, white Bahamian homo-
sexual faces losing his scholar-
ship at a local arts university
if he can not live up to his
teacher's expectations of him.
Inspired by a challenge and
wanting to get away from
homophobic bullies and an
alcoholic father, he chooses to
escape for a weekend in
Eleuthera where he meets a
mysterious young man named
From that brief description,
one need not say how many
Bahamians flocked to theatres
to watch this increasingly pop-
ular independent film.
One by one Munks intro-
duced himself to the different
people wlho had a hand in the
making of the films. He took
pictures with actors, actresses.
producers, directors, writers,
and so many other different
entities that were all available
at the theatre for Q & A's after
the showings.
On the eve of the festival's
lastlday, Munks put on a spe-
cial performance at 'Da Island
Club' mn Nassau Beach Hotel

where he showcased different
songs from his LP, called "The
Red One."
"We did the show to get a
chance to show patrons of the
creative arts that I have a new
sound I'm pushing. The more
people I met, the more I told
them about 'Junkapop', my
vision for a new, more inter-
national sound of Bahamian
music, and they were all very
interested and were turned on
to witnessing a live show to see
what I got. So, we gave it to
them," Munks said with a grin
on his face.
Staff and guests of the festi-
val filled the club to watch the
show, and there were also rep-
resentatives from the Ministry
of Culture who, for the first
time, were hearing about this
new Bahamian genre.
The festival's closing cere-
many at the Atlantis theatre
was a red carpet event where
everyone who participated felt
like royalty.
Awards were presented,
accolades were bestowed, and
some behind the scenes per-
sonnel were finally unveiled
followed by the festival's clos-
ing film 'Juno.'
This brilliantly funny come-
dy told the story of a ip-
smart teen confront g an
unplannedipregnancy by her

classmate. Juno has the total
support of her, parents as she
faces some tough decisions,
flirts with adulthood, and ulti-
mately figures out where she
"First off, I only paid $5
admission to sit down and
watch a whole bunch of great
movies from not only Bahami-
ans, but from around the
world, that in itself is anincred-
ible deal, not to mention the
festival was extended from
four to seven days" Munks
"Seriously speaking, BIFF's
exposure is going to inspire tal-
ented Bahamians to consider
the many different careers and
a future in the film industry.
BIFF promotes and builds on
the skills of local filmmakers
and budding producers, and
this can only have a positive
impact on the Bahamas' grow-
ing film and television indus-
"Thank goodness I have pic-
tures from the trip," Munks

*To watch the short films
accompanying stories written
by The Vendetta Group log
wvww.myspace. com/

SHOWN (I-r) are Munks, Leslie Vanderpool, founder and executive director of the Bahamas International Film
Festival and Christopher "Kazi" Rolle

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"Cea ire~ais ex ob tont Te Gnuarant Bk ,Lkyfrd
Susan Cohen, Christa Dunn, Ann Greely, Bo Guirey,
Annabefl'Hammond, Brooke Laughlin, Sue Katz, Melissa
Maura, J~acline Mazard, Siobhan Mc~lory, Victrila
McGrath, Fleur Melvill-Gardner, Karen Pilkington-Miksa,
Rosemai~ry Rathgeb, Elodie Sandford, Susan Sargent, Anne
Smith andNora.
This art exhlibition will remain hanging until February 26.
It may be viewed on week days, between 9 am-4 pm. Or by
appointment with Princess Guirey, call 362.4506 or
4 7.4593. Thie "Art International, 08" exhibition opens

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the ancient art of hand papermaking
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reception office in the annex building on the Gallery prop-
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The rebeption office and staff has now been moved to the
second floor of the main Gallery building at the top of
the stairs to your left.
The other Gallery spaces are still open to the public
where our exhibition "Bahamian Art: Pre-Columbian to the
Present"iid still on view for all to see.
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culties getting through to us. You may still call on our
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BAHAMIAN ARTIST Antonius Roberts
stands among some of his sculptures, the
"Original Bahamians", at Sculpture Pointe,
Junkanoo Beach Club. The sculptures were
made from the remains of Casuarinas lining
Taino Beach that were uprooted during the
hurricane season of 2004.

mNO U Rboens claebra aa a
11 surrounded by close friends, col-
leagues and family at Sculpture Pomnte,
Junkanoo Beach Club, the former Tran-
quility Shores, in Grand Bahama.
Upon arrival, quests were greeted and
walked through the exhibition area
which is outdoors where tall, carved
monuments stand proudly on either side
of the pathway entrance into the
Junkanoo Beach Clulb. Th exhibition is

"On display this evening is a preview
of the initial steps of my Grand Bahama
Island journey, which is symbolized by
the systematic removal and transforma-
tion of the remains of Casuarinas lining
the picturesque Taino Beach, that were
uprooted during' the hurricane~ season of
2004," Mr Roberts said.


Call for Artist Participa-
tion The Conference on the
Abolition of the British.
Trans Atlantic Slave Trade:
Telling The Story, invites all ,i~l
artists to submit up to three
art works executed mn any
medium for showing at the
conference on February 21-
The opening night for the
exhibition will be Friday, '
Fbdruamr 15 at6:3C0epm atthe
the College of the Bahamas,
Oakes Field campus.
All artwork should be sentF
or brought to the Pro Gallery
which is located in the S
Block at the College of the Sil
Bahamas, Oakes Field cam- comfy
pus one week prior to the togrs
opening of the exhibition. cate
Please address all art works hsl
to Mrs Joann Behagg or Mr "T
JOhn Cox, School of Commu- ga
nication and Creative Arts, orpm
Telephone 302-4650 or 302- ad
4484/5. tht
If 3D pieces are submitted, 50s,
artists must give an medication Ther
of how they would wish their was t
3D pieces to be displayed. and 1
Photographic images would tiona
assist us mn determining your told
display needs. Of
Foreign artists are wel- piec~
comed. However, all costs taker
are the responsibility of the old \
artist (xe packing, shipping, and I
customs duty) to and front' of th
the Bahamas.alp
The final decision for work watpe
submitted and exhibited will tg
be up to conference commit- At
tee. ed fo
For more information con- "I
tact Mrs Joann Behagg, assis- have
tant professor, School of phot
Communication and Creative ad
Arts @ telephone: 302-4650 Fleu:
or 302-4484/5 or Mr John "F
Cox, assistant professor, ec
School of Commumication make
and Creative Arts @ tele-ths
phone: 302-4484/5.

Inspired by the indomitable spirit of
the Grand Bahama community, this
work celebrates the graceful images of
the "Original Bahamians" possibly the
Siboney Indians, a Stone Age
hunter/gatherer people who entered the
Bahamas and Caribbean about 4,000
years ago; the Taino Indians from South
America at the time of Jesus Christ, and

the more recent Lucayan Indians who
were here when the Spamish arrived mn
The spirit of the Casuarinas which
bowed respectfully to gale force winds
are now transformed into the historic,
graceful stance akin to Ariel of William
Shakespeare's 'The Tempest': a classical
welcome to this wonderful space.

Fleur doesn't like the photographic spot-
light but she chuckles now when people come
to her house asking who took her amazing
Both photographers are self taught and
emphasize that they have no formal educa-
tion. They also see photography as an art
form that goes beyond beautiful stills. To
them, photographs are powerful because they
canl trigger a memory or an emotion.
Thus the title of the show.
"If you look at music, people have heard
something anld seen something and they want
to try and capture it in a song. If you look
through art, we do it with the camera. St> to
say that photography is not an art form is a
continuing debate. What we want to do is
basically capture a moment, a look, some-
thing that will remind us of something," Fleur
Fleur's describes the show as spanning
decades of photography, and the photos
"unfold like a snowball that rolls and con-
tinues to build momentum and capacity".
Born in England, Fleur came to the
Bahamas with her father who was ADC to
Lord Ranfurly in the early 1950s. She said
that her father fell in love with the Bahamas
and never left. He opened the Sun And...
Restaurant which was very~ popular in the
late 50s and early 60s.
"So I grew up with sand between my toes."
she said.
F~leur left for boarding school at 11 years
old then returned to the Bahamas at age 18
after which she began her world travels.
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nce then, the name Roland Rose has
e to be synonymous with Bahamian pho-
aphy as he has long since been an advo-
of capturing the Bahamian story through
'he prime reason for having a photo-
hic department (at the Bahamas Devel-
ent Board) was to advertise the Bahamas
build the tourism industry because at
time, that is during the late 40s to early
there was only a three month season,
e was no summer season then. The goal
to build tourism into a year round event,
photographs went a long way in promo-
l1 campaigns for the Bahamas," Roland
Tribune Arts.
her 40 pieces in the show (this is a 80-
e show), Fleur leads with a photograph
n of a Namibian woman. The 35-year
woman in the picture looks weathered
much older, which adds to the fascination
e exhibition. From her photos of funer-
ocessions in Indonesia, to Thai women at
r markets, Fleur has brought the world
their in this show.
:first, her photographs were not intend-
,r exhibition purposes though.
just wanted to go and see the world,
a little bit of adventure and go and take
ographs. It was actually Diane (Phillips)
Roland who said that I do good work,"
r told The Arts.
'leur is in an amateur stage but is an
optional amateur who has the potential to
e her living from photography now after
show," Roland interjected.


Tribune Feature Writer
IN 1440 when German
businessman Johannes
Gutenburg invented the
printing press, he probably
had no clue that he was
endangering an ancient art-
form. It was the convenience
of printing that the world
needed, driven by a demand
for more and more fast
paper, which meant the need
for less and less of the paper
produced from the slow
process of hand papermaking.
Nevermind that. Del Foxton still sees the
virtue of hand papermaking, a discipline that
was developed in China before reaching K~orea
and then Japan in about 600 AD. These days she
uses her handmade paper as a canvas upon
which she adds other natural elements to eate
art pieces that are, truly, as close to nature as any
art can get.
"With Gutenburg's printing press, the hiero-
glyphics in Egypt and calligraphy in China
became obsolete, instead, the world began print-
ing out a lot of books and manuscripts. Because
of the need for paper faster it brought about the
paper mills and pretty soon the whole hand-
made art pretty much just went by the way-
side," Mrs Foxton told Tribune Arts.
But Mrs Foxton, a member of the Interna-
tional Association of Papermakers and Paper
artists, is helping to bring this art back to the
forefront. Tomorrow, she presents the "Coming
Out" exhibition at the Smne.Oua.Non Gallery on
Elizabeth Avenue.
Mrs Foxton's introduction to papermaking
really came as an environmentally conscious
experiment of sorts. When she and her hus-
band moved into their home in Grand Bahama,
Mrs Foxton thought that it was irresponsible
to simply discard old paper without even a
thought about the environment.





made them out of the bills, letters and flyers
that we got." she told Tribune Arts.
Tlhe process of hand papermaking is labouri-
ous. but easy to follow. All of Mrs Foxton's raw
materials come from what surrounds her. She
and her husband have planted a large garden in
;their backyard with lots of banana trees, scavola,
and hibiscus plants, the leaves of which are used
to make her paper. Recently, she began planti-
ngl mulberry bushes which were used in China
and papyrus which was used in Egypt for paper-
First, the paper and/or plant material is shred-
de~d. then soaked in water for weeks or months,
depending on what materiel she is using. Scav-
ola and banana leaves for example take longer
than hibiscus leaves to soak. In her studio, Mrs
Foxton has coconut husks soaking for the past
six months and they still are not ready to use.
As you might imagine, the scent of anything
steeped in water worse yet, any living thing left
to r~ot in water for long periods of time would
not be pleasant to the nostrils. But Mrs Foxton
has mnade so much paper that she is all but
immune to the scent.
The elegant euphemisms that papermakers
use to describe this process makes it more palat-
able to the ear, at least. To them, the materials
aren't rotting, but rettingg'. Mrs Foxton, a Cana-
dian by birth, does a fine old English accent to
express how rettingg' rolls off the tongue like
sweet, warm honey.
But she is the first to admit, "No matter what
You call it. It still stinks."
After soaking, the materials are washed over
and over again to remove all cellulose and
debris, leaving only the fibres that can be used
for papermakmng. Then comes the cooking
process, which she said smells even worse than
the soaking process.
"I just make sure that my husband is out play-
ing golf when I do it because it really doesn't
smell good," Mrs Foxton laughs. .
W'hen paper mills make paper, they add
chemicals to expedite the cooking process. But
Mrs Foxton prefers to let nature takes its own,
slow course. Thus, it can take up tol12 hours for

her to cook the plant fibres.
The mixture is then rinsed, blended into pulp
and then swirled around in large vats of water.
Afterwards, Mrs Foxton manually pulls screen
frames through the mixture to collect the pulp
which is then left to drain.
The longer she lets it drain, the easier it is
for her to reverse onto boards. The pulp is then
patted dry with a towel and left in the sun to dry
for a few days.
It's a time consuming process, but Mrs Foxton
loves the fact that she can creatively help the
environment while creating art. Even after all of
that work of blending and straining, the paper
she creates is still a mere canvas.
While the pulp dries into paper, Mrs Foxton
adds her artistic touches. These touches can be
inclusions of driftwood, locks of hair or petals
and leaves that are embedded into the piece. For
example, in "The Hibiscus", where Mrs Fox-
ton took hibiscus leaves to create her canvas, she
used additional hibiscus pulp, hibiscus branches
and its leaves to 'paint' on her canvas.
Mrs Foxton uses shell inclusions in many of
her pieces. She began collecting shells from the
beach near her home for home decorations.
However, after she did some research on con-
chology (the amateur study of shells) she began
to see the potential mn brngngg shells to her art-
"Shells have been collected and used since
prehistoric times not only as jewellery, but also
for money... So it's a very old, ancient artform.
And I thought that because it was nature's
untouched way that I use the leaves for the
handi papermaking and include these beautiful
shells from nature. It is a good marriage," she:
*"Coming Out" opens tomorrowv at
Sine.Qeua.Non Gallery. The afternoon vernissauge
is from 1pm 4pm where Mrs Foxton will parr-
ticipate in a papermaking demonst~raion. There~
will also be anl evening vernissage fromr5:30pml to
9pm. This is Mrs Foxton's first solo shrowt. Sh2e
has shown her wvor~ks at various congresses for
papermaking in Canada and Eigngland.

uses the technique of 'pulp painting' to create wall
sculptures like this one. While this particular piece will
not be shown in the exhibition, there are many oth-
er examples of how Mrs Foxton uses different
coloured pulp to craft into paper,
"I was still involved in corporate life and
receiving all kinds of letters and I didn't want to
throw them out. So I bought a shredder. went
online to see how paper was made and then I

in Indonesia and Bali to funer-
als scenes here in the Bahamas
(specifically Milo Butler's
funeral), we just want to show
the contrast. So basically we've
been following the same pat-
tern with totally different styles
but the ideas are exactly the
same. So we're compatible and
we're also good friends and
we'll just see how this show
goes," said Fleur with Roland
nodding in agreement.
In this show, Fleur takes pic-
tures in colour while Roland
displays work in black and
white. However, he is quick to
tell you that these days he
prefers to work in colour.
This collaboration of work

relates to car racing and regat-
ta saihing, funerals and por-
traiture. Fleur's work ends up

being a photostory of her per-~
sonal travels throughout the`
far east including Indonesia,
Thailand, and across thle
African continent to countries
like Namibia-and Ethiopia.
Roland's workr on the other
hand highlights life in the
Bahamas and is an accumula-
tion of some 51 years as a pho~-
tographer in the Bahamas.
An Itabian, Roland came to,
the Bahamas in 1946 at the age
of nine. He had taken up pho-
tography as a hobby and got
relatively~y good at it". Tlhen.,
after leaving school at age 15..
Roland joined the Ba~hama~s
Development Board as a pho
tographer. That organisation

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Tribune Feature Writer
Roland Rose and Fleur
Melvill-Gardner came togeth-
er on Friday night to show
their motion and emotions
wihen they presented their first
joint exhibition at the Central
Banik of the Bahamas Art
On Ilecry. This exhibition,
" Motion & Emotion", is
F-leur's very first and Roland's
lifth shoY.
While Ihe phtotographers
tooki their photographs indc-
penclent of eacht other, it is
quite the coincidence that

themecs though their style of
photography is quite different,
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