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Publication Date: January 19, 2008
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Volume: 104 No.49 SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008 PRICE 750



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Tribune Staff Reporter
thrown out a record 110 votes
from the May 2nd Pinewood elec-
tion, setting the stage for a recount
on Monday morning to determine
the winner of the seat -
Pinewood MP Bryan Woodside
or Allyson Maynard Gibson,

Tribune Staff
THE Bahamas may soon
have its first after-school
rokcib ngd fclty too b
executives of Kerzner Inter-
national said yesterday.

high school students from
New Providence were the
first to participate in a spe-
cial rock-climbmng exercise
launched at the Ocean Club
Golf Course by Kerzner
The event was co-ordi-
nated in conjunction with
the 'Butch' Kerzner Memo-
rial Fund.
Executives said they
hoped to add "another
dimension to extra-curricu-
lar activity" by exposing
Bahamian children to the
"We'd like to see an
organised, systematic
approach to having the (chil-
dren) participate in this
sport. The intention is to get
a permanent home for the
rock-climbing units," senior
vice-president of adminis-
tration J Barrie Farrington
told The Tribune.
The venue will also fune-
tfon as an after-school facil-
ity where students can have
their homework monitored
and engage in rock-climb~
The facility may be ready

SEE page 11

The court on Bank Lane was
filled to capacity yesterday after-
noon, with PLP supporters seated
on the left, and FNMs on the right,
as Justice Jon Isaacs read the long
list of names of voters whose bal-
lots will be discounted.
He said mn the verbal ruling that
each of the discounted votes are
being set aside because those vot-
ers were not ordinary residents in
the Pinewood constituency for the
period prescribed mn law. After
Justice Isaacs read the long list,
visible shock appeared on the faces
of many who sat on the FNM side
of the court.
A scrutiny or recount was
then ordered by the court, as the
number of votes to be subtracted
frmthe M ofend resulo!Z f
side won. Justice Isaacs and Senior
Justice Allen then adjourned to
chambers with the parties and their
attorneys, also requesting the par-
liamentary commissioner join
them to discuss the recount.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in
the office of the Parliamentary reg-
istration department Sherlyn Hall
represented Errol Bethel in cham-
bers. .
When the court resumed, Semior
Ju tice Allen sai tha the recount
Pandemonium broke out as
Alyon Ma:."= -ib son snh:1
the Supreme Court. Scores of PLP
spaotes, wh ehad alned hard
mer MP as she enthusiastically
addressed the media.
"First of all, thanks to all of the
people who have supported me,
who firmly believed in what we
were doing," said Mrs Marynard-
Gibson. "To the people in the
Pinewood constituency who were
there with me 100 per cent; to my
entire legal team; to my family,
especially my husband who was
with me a 100 per cent; and also to
the judges, our Bahamian judges
who were so assiduous hard
working I say thank you."
Mrs Maynard-Gibson declared
that the decision yesterday "is a
victory for parliamentary democ-
racy" and the fact that a scrutiny
was ordered shows that "the sys-
tem was corrupted."
"And I'm hoping that we all as
Bahamians move quickly to
address that issue as quickly as
possible so that we can see the
integrity of the system restored,"
she said.
Lead attorney for Mrs Maynard-
Gibson, Philip 'Brave' Davis a
veteran of election court proceed_
ings confirmed yesterday that
the 110 votes is a record for an
SEE page 9

have become "desenssitised" to criminal acts,
suggesting that some would willingly "buy numn-
bers from the church hymnals".
Mr Ferguson was handed his instruments of
office during an official ceremony at police
headquarters, attended by the Prime minister,
deputy prime minister, minister of national
security, governor general and numerous com-
missioners and police chiefs from across the
Caribbeanl region and the US, as well as many
members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
During his address, Mr Ferguson said that
the Bahamlas "continues to see an unprece-
dented rise in the level of criminality", adding
that he intends to bring about a "redoubling" of
intelligence efforts to tackle drug and gun smug-
glinrg -- the "-higgest'* contributors to crime" -
SEE page 9

Tribune STAFFn Reporter

TAKING over the reins of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force yesterday, acting com-
missioner Reginald Ferguson called on Bahamni-
ans to reflect on what they might be doing to
contribute to criminality in thlis country. He
said "not enough" people conduct needed soul
searching, preferring to blame other sectors of
Mr Ferguson -- praised by Prime Minlister
)lubert Ingraham in his address as anl officer of
"imlpcccable credentials" called on the force
and the country to commit to a "zero tolerance
approach to crime and criminality."
He said that "'small crimes lead to bigger
crimes" and too many members of the public

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PUBLIC health orders will
soon be served on inhabitants of
the Hlaitian shanty community
in the. Excellence Estates area,
Ministry of Hlealth officials said
An investigation is also
planned to determine the true
owner of the land where the
shanty community -- consist-
ing of some 10 to 12 structures
is situated, officials said.
On Thursday, ministry offi-
cials toured the area to verify
gopim s frmresiden o teo
Michael Turner, under-sec-
retary in the ministry, said: "We
found a number of unsanitary
conditions that we are trying to
address as it relates to indis-
criminate dumping, lack of ade-
quate sanitary facilities, pigeons
and chicken coops that are with-
in the living areas, overgrown
vegetation and improperly con-
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Tribune Staff Reporter
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Ingraham congratulated Hol-
land American Cruise Lines
and its parent company Carni-
val for its excellent develop-
ment on Half Moon Cay at a
small ceremony marking its
10th anniversary yesterday.
Mr Ingraham said it hardly
seemed possible that it was 10
years ago that the facility was
first opened on Little San Sal-
vador -now called Half Moon
"Ten years ago we were
pleased at the great care that
Holland America had taken to
cause the development of an
environmentally sensitive pri-
vate cruise port on this histori-
cally significant cay.
"(Now, ten years later, we are
satisfied that Holland America
was indeed the right developer
for this special part of the
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Cabinet Ministers were giv-
en a first hand look at theories
of how to transform the country
into a more efficient and com-
petitive society, based on rec-
ommendations from senior pub-
lic officers.
Various perspectives on
human capital, the environ-
ment, infrastructure and e-gov-
ernment were outlined during
presentations at the British
Colonial Hilton on Thursday,
January 17.
The presentations by senior
officers were delivered in a two-
phased Applied Strategic Plan-
ning Exercise facilitated by the
Ministry of Finance.
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing commended the
senior officers on their efforts
and said the issues outlined
would be addressed by the gov-
ernment in a timely manner.
Financial Secretary Ruth Mil-
lar noted that the presentations
must be treated as building
blocks to achieving and main-
taining competitive equality, if
not competitive supremacy, as
"our survival depends on it."
She said the Bahamas could
become like Singapore, pointing
out that on its separation from
the Malaysian Federation in
1965, urban slums proliferated,
crime rates were high and only
half the population was literate.
Singapore, she noted, has
since become a model for eco-
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Chile was ranked the highest.
"As Chile, like the Bahamas
is a very open economy that has
been consistently considered
among the best location in the
region for Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI), we thought it
would be useful to hear from
the Chileans about the under-
lying strategy for their success
and accordingly invited them to
provide technical assistance for
developing a strategy for our
use," she said.
"We also recognized that if
we were to successfully satisfy
the government's obligations
we needed an anchor to hold
everyone together and to pro-
ceed in a deliberate and focused
way," Mrs Millar said.
She noted that strategic plan-
ning is not just beneficial for
the investment projects but also
for carrying out daily opera-
"We just needed to mine the
information and co-ordinate our
actions in a deliberate way,"
Mrs Millar said.
In this vein, several seminars
were held for the Oversight
Committee, which were facili-
tated by well-known Canadian
specialists and focused on
strengthening the administra-
tive system, developing and
implementing policy and lead-
ing and managing change.
As a result, a major initiative
was organised to expose a large
number of senior officials in an
applied training exercise, so that
rather than a few people at the
top trying to come up with all of
the ideas, many would do so.
A two-phased Applied
Strategic Planning exercise was
undertaken, to address major
mns to ec mc, ocia an
management success.
Audrey Ingram-Roberts,
facilitator for the initiative, said,
"The presentations speak well
for the kmnd of transformation
that the public sector seeks to
carry out.
'We have good group of peo-
ple here who are ready to lead
the transformation in the public

WOULDBE PLP chairman Omar Archer
yesterday hit back at what he considers to be a
"smear campaign" against his person and his
political aspirations.
Mr Archer told The Tribune yesterday that
there are certainn individuals" who are accusing
him of being an opportunist because he left the
Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM) to join
the PLP.
However, Mr Archer said that he is anything
but an opportunist and has simply chosen the
political path which will help him protect the
rights of all Bahamians, not just the "rich and
Mr Archer, who plans to offer for the position
of chairman at the PLP convention in February,
said that he was fighting for the Bahamian people
as a BDM and continues to do the same as a
member of the PLP.
He said that Blahamians who received support
fkom him, such as Desmond Key who was alleged-
ly beaten by police officers, and the families
Involved in the Stephen's Close scandal, can attest

to the fact that he is not an opportunist.
However, due to the BDM's inability to grab
any significant number of votes In the last gener-
al election, 1Mr Archer decided to make the move
to the PLP.
"LWhat do you do when your ship is sinking?"
he asked yesterday.
Mr Archer compared his decision to switch
political parties to life giving him a lemon and his
making lemonade out of it.
He added that he is not the fIrst person and will
not be the last to make a change in his political
career path because of uncontrollable circum-
Mr Archer is expected to present his platform
as the would-be PLP chairman on Monday.
The former BDM member said that his plat-
form will include focusing on party issues, such as
the need to inject more enthusiasm into the PLP,
and on national issues, with the crime problem at
the forefront.
However, his main focus, Mr Archer said, will
be on bringing economic equality to aHl people.

Fifth grade student Makarios Rolle won the
41st annual Catholic Board of Education Prima-
ry School Spelling Bee.
'lle event was held at Xaviers Lower School on
West Bay Street on Friday, January 18.
Eleven schools six from New Providence and
five from Grand Bahama were represented at
the spelling bee.
The official results are:
st Makarios Rolli:, 5th grade student at
Mary Star of the Sea, Freeport, Grand Bahama
*2nd Connor Lowe, 6th grade student at
Mary Star of the Sea, Freeport, Grand Bahama
*3rd Seymour, 6th grade student at Xavier's

Lower School
Elma Garaway, Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Education and member of the
Catholic Board of Education, was in attendance
at the spelling bee.
The Knights of Columbus as well as a member
of the National Spelling Bee Committee made
presentations to the first, second and third place
The Knights of Columbus will sponsor the win-
ner and the runner up to attend the Florida State
Spelling Bee, which is to be held on March 1 in
Kissimmee, Florida.

er nations seek to emulate. T~he
Asian nation exports technical
assistance and readily shares its
public sector expertise across
the world.
In 2005, when the ministry
was assigned responsibility for
liaising with the Baha Mar
Company on the implementa-
tion of Phase I of its Cable
Beach development project,
Mrs Millar said it was amazed at
the magnitude of the proposed
development and almost over-
whelmed by the thought of its
simultaneous implementation
with other major projects
throughout the nation.
"Simply put,"' she noted,
"assuring the successful imple-
mentation of the government's
obligations posed an enormous
challenge to the public sector
to meet the effective and time-
ly delivery and co-ordination of
supplementary investments and
public services across the entire
public sector and this would be
in addition to carrying out reg-
ular services."
Mrs Millar said the govern-
ment needed to take a hard
look at how it went about doing
its business and to develop both
a vision of where it wanted to
take the public sector and a
road map for getting there.
She noted that the govern-
ment became aware of an Inter-
American Development Bank
publication entitled, "A Fresh
Look at Development", which
rated 18 countries on the attrib-
utes of stability, adaptability,
implementation and enforce-
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"I vex at how dirty and
nasty the people living in this
country are. I can't tell you
how many cars I've driven
behind and seen
careless people
just throw their A
trash out the
"How hard is i
it to keep a lil' ;r
plastic bag in
your car to store
the garbage and
then just throw
yoit away whenhoe .t de-a

home? Itdos"
n't take that
much effort and
it saves someone else the time
of having to look at filth or
pick it up. I really would hate
to see some of these people's
homes if they are so nasty in
public imagine how they are
behind closed doors."
Spic and Span in Nas-

"Today I vex because the

garbage collection in Centre-
ville is still bad. I mean, I
don't know why those
garbage truck drivers can't get

thoe shsethillb o difr eae
"I still have to wait weeks
and weeks to get the stinky,
over-flowing trash picked up.
Say 'ivhat you
like about Ron
p Pinder, if the
garbage needed
11to get picked up,
-he would jump
on the back of
the truck and get
of the Re-elect
Ron Pinder
; Club.
(I vex because
GSM is a lousy, inefficient,
and unreliable service. And
what makes it worse is that
we have no viable alternative
to turn to when our only tele-
phone provider drops the ball.
"I am terrified that one day
I will end up in a life or death
situation and I need to call
919 and my cell phone won't
have a signal!"
Cindy M, San Souci

A MAN was sentenced to
serve four years in prison yes-
terday after pleading guilty to
charges of car theft.
Cassius Gibson, 45, of Mar-
shall Road appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
court eight in Bank Lane on
charges of stealing and receiv-
According to court dockets,
some time between September
and December 2007, the
accused stole a black 1995 Toy-
ota Windom valued at $8,500
the property of Autoplus.

Court dockets also stated that
on Wednesday, Oct~ober 17,
Gibson stole a white 1996 Tay-
ota Avalon valued at $65,300, the
property of Osphey Develop-
ers Company Ltd.
Gibson, who pleaded guilty
to the charges, was sentenced
to f our years in jail on both
counts. The sentences are to run
*TWO men accused of mar-
ijuana possession with intent
to supply were each granted
$15,000 bail on Friday.

Teko Pratt, 25, and Renardo
Knowles, 22, both of Simms,
Long Island were each granted
bail by Magistrate Carolita
Both men were arraigned
with two Jamaican ment and a
German woman last week on
the charge of possession of mar-
ijuana with intent to supply.
j It is alleged that the accused
were found in possession of 10
and a half pounds of marijuana.
It is alleged that they were
found in possession of the drugs
on Tuesday, January 8.

*AN 18-year-old and 17-
year-old of Christopher Street
were ordered to pay $1,000 or
serve six months in jail after
pleading guilty to a marijuana
possession charge.
According to court dockets,
on Wednesday, January 16,
Kendrick Ferguson and a 17-
year-old boy were found in pos
session of a quantity of maria
juana which police say amount-
cd to four and a half ounces.
'The accused were arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at court cight.

UNLESS the owner of these
two dogs can be found, a Vil-
lage Road resident says she will
be forced to, contact Animal
Control to cart them away.
The dogs were first spotted
in the neighbourhood a couple
of months ago.
It's possible they were fright-
ened by fireworks, ran away
and got lost. Both dogs are male
and when they first showed up,
they looked well taken care of,
but have become thinner. One
is wearing, a blue collar that
looks too tight. A small piece
of rope is attached to the collar.
The dogs travel in and out of
the bush at the back of Family
Guardian on East Bay Street
into the Village Road neigh-
bourhood. They are friendly,
but skittish after being discour-
aged by residents.
"We already have dogs and,
as adorable as they are, we can-
not take on any more. These
a I'm hopi g tedy' Isow te
pictures in the newspaper and
contact us," the Village Road
resident said.
Anyone with information
about the dogs is asked to call
393-8630 from Bam to S5pm
weekdays, and 393-2094 in the

A 27-foot vessel that was
reportedly stolen in the Berry
Islands last week was discov-
ered by police officials at Sandy
Point, Abaco. :
Chief Supt Basil Rahming,
press hiatson officer, reported
that police detectives at Marsh
Harbour made the discovery
sometime around 5.30pm on
Supt Rahming said two offi-
cers attached at Marsh Harbour
Detective Unit received infor-
mation and proceeded to a
creek at the eastern side of
Sandy Point, where they dis-
covered the stolen boat.
According to reports, the

boat was reported stolen on
January 11 at Great Harbour
Cay in the Berry Islands.
Mr Fernando Delzaguerre,
the owner of the vessel, report-
ed to police that his 27-foot
white and green Contender with
blue Bimini top and twin 250
horse power Yamaha engines
valued at $100,000, had been
stolen from its mooring at the
Townhouse Marina.
Mr Rahming said police halve
impounded the vessel and a~re
presently conducting an inves-
tigation to determine whether
it was used in any recent drug
trafficking or human smuggling

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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editorl1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

~Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE issue of Majority Rule
Day has become a very salient
one in our country in recent
years. Each year there is an
ardent call within many sectors
of our community to make the
day a national public holiday.
However, others counter that
it is a political contrivance
designed to specifically high-
light and acclaim many early
founders of the PLP, in partic.
ular the late Sir Lynden Pin-
dling. Furthermore, many argue
that any observance of majority
rule within our country would in
effect spark anew divisive socio-
cultural aspects of our country.
Leaving those issues aside
however, today as I reflected
ItlehDame iengan toM wne
whether we have in fact ever
achieved the goals and ideals
that majority rule promised. In
fact I pondered whether we
ever truly achieved majority
rule in any tangible and rele-
vant manner. I arrived at the
conclusion that we unfortu-

During the post indepen-
dence days of our country when
"great men" had spread before
them the opportunity to embark
upon a new adventure and cre-
eoty danst ntdh iset led i
people a spirit of self determi-
nation theyl, whether through
Bwariinee p eutn eta ny
thtwould evenitumll pes tein a
and aath .
The dotion of majority rule
intimates a control of a coun-
try by a majority of the people
nraer 'cc nunls ier go e
Huowuereea TosteBe amisch
encouraged the population to
depend not on their own innate
drive or determination but
rather to delegate their deci-

today the government remains
the largest single employer in
the country and their manage-
ment of these companies has
seemingly not increased in effi-
ciency or profitability.
The end result is that we have
come to live in a paternalistic
society in which the government
controls virtually every aspect
of our basic day-to-daylives. If
the trash gathers on our streets
we complain that government
must do something about it, if
there is an over growth of bush-
es we demand that the govern-
ment do something about it, if
we are looking for a job we
demand that our MP find us a
job, if there is a straw market to
be built, so that we can engage
in a strictly private enterprise,
we picket and p ptst until the
This I am certain cannot be
the end result of the dream of
majority rule. We as a majority
of Bahamians regardless of
race, creed, religion or wealth
are not in effect actively ruling.
Instead, we have now a form of
elece dmonarchy decisions are

persons in government who,
"must certainly know what is in
our best interests".
At the very best we are left
with a system in which a major-
ity f persons elect a minority to

Majority rule in my view will
have no meaning until we as a
ve ope tak anraci d dei

oud oeme be tha i s nt h
government that rules us but
rather it is we who rule the gov-
ernment. For, quite practically,
the government is not a small
goup of elected officials who

be gon arhill but rather we are
January 11, 2008.

sions to the "greater wisdom" of
elected officials.
At some pomnt during the first
25 years of majority rule the
Bahamas became almost entire-
ly a welfare state. Politicians
secured tenure and power by
providing for the people all of
those things, which the people
could very well have and should
very well have provided for
themselves. When I was a very
young boy growing up in the
1980's I can remember vividly,
various family members receiv-
ing government jobs either as
favor m ttheis aep te or
the time I was too young to
think very much of it and over
time it just seemed like a natur-
al and ordinary state of things
that required no questioning.
However, such things we must
clearly question: Such a culture
alth ugh arguablydwellh ite -

populace a feeling that any
problem great or small must be
tackled by the government or
at the very least a member of
parliament. Those constituen-
cie that do oth have an MP

are seemingly ignored. As a
result during election time there
vs aftn r vtae i h i e b h

ninghpa ty whomever it may be
There was a time not very
long ago when the government
took the leading role in every
form of employment in this
countrhow hthierrscommunicar

u ter ies wemp argl su pfe
table and thus iromically a large
proportion of our taxes went to
pay our own salaries. Although,
there is more privatization

lot of perfectly safe, AAA assets that will
Ineotheb words, the United States was not,

te word's su s I undf It wamintad u
place where large sums could be and were
invested very badly. Directly or indirectly'
capital flowing into America from global
invehsttr b demau fnncn uath ush -ad
As I said, these consequences probably
tha rke bhr Worl vitm ft e sm
syndrome. The saving grace of America's sit-
nation as that our foreign debts are in our
own currency. This means that we won't have
the kind of financial death spiral Argentina
experienced, mn which a falling peso caused
eob loon n vau 1eatv t o doesi at.
But even without those currency effects'
.the next year or two could be quite unpleas-

Snob hosn bube wt o nj ers rite
But toemfate wer o r a nnt res
Although the last recession officially ended m
November 2001, it was another two years
before the U.S. economy began delivering
convincing job growth, and the Fed was right-
ly concerned about the possibility of Japan-
eethe rel sin doh of h e and of the

whe dul spra son ,oae rakt run
It wasn't just Alan Greenspan's unwilling-
ness to admit that there was anything more
than a bit of "froth" in housing markets, or his
refusal to do anything about subprime abus-
es. The fact is that as Amserica's financial sys-
tem has grown ever more complex, it has
also outgrown the framework of banking reg-
ulations that used to protect us yet instead
of an attempt to update that framework, all
we got were paeans to the wonders of free
Right now, Bernanke is in crisis-manage-
ment mode, trying to deal with the mess his
predecessor left behind. I don't have any
problems with his testimony on Thursday,
although I suspect that it's already too late to
prevent a recession.
But let's hope that when the dust settles a
bit, Bernanke takes the lead in talking about
what needs to be done to fix a financial sys-
tem gone very, very wrong.
(This articl was written by Paul Kruga1nan
of The New York Times News Service

Mexico. Brazil. Argentina. Mexico, again.
Th ilnd. Indonesia.teAr ehtina, again.

tim eag in ov'he p yst 0 y trs.imeoabnad
investors, disappointed with the returns
they're getting, search for alternatives. They
think they've found what they're looking for
in some country or other, and money rushes
But eventually it becomes clear that the
investment opportunity wasn't all it seemed
so cann h money rutshes gu mgain w
favourite. That's the story of multiple finan-
cial crises mn Latin Arixenca and Asia. And it's
also the story of the U.S. combined housing
and credit bubble. These days, we're play-
ing the role usually assigned to Third World
e or ra ns I'll explain later, it's unlikely
that Amenica will experience a recession as
severe as that mn, say, Argentina. But the ori-
gis :(poble ar pretty muo t

th goal oins of our current mess were
actually laid out by done other than Ben
Bernanke, in an influential speech he gave
early in 2005, before he was named "chilir-
man of the Federal Reserve. Bernanke asked
a good question: "Why is the United States,
ih he eiwor' tlearaet alcopot I bmorro -
---rather than lending, as would seem more
His answer was that the main explanation
lay not here in America, but abroad. In par-
ticular, Third World economies, which had
been investor favourites for much of the
1990s, were shaken by a series of financial
crises beginning in 1997. As a result, they
abruptly switched from bging destinations
-for capital to sources of capital, as their gov-
ernments began accumulating huge precau-
tionary hoards of overseas assets.
The result, said Bernanke, was a "global
saving glut": lots of money, all dressed up
with nowhere to go.
In the end, most of that money went to
the United States. Why? Because, said
Bernanke, of the "depth and sophistication of
the country's financial markets."
All of this was right, except for one thing:
U.S. financial markets, it turns out, were
characterized less by sophistication than by
sophistry, which my dictionary defines as 'a
deliberately invalid argument displaying inge-
nuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving
someone": e.g., "Repackaging dubious loans
into collateralized debt obligations creates a

This action is no big news. It
has hapliened a few times since
1973 and we recall Hon Pierre
Dupuch, Hon Tennyson Wells
and Hon Irwin Knowles who
changed the side in the House
where they gave their support.
We must not muddle up the
incident involving Rt Hon
Hubert Ingraham and Rt Hon
Perry Christie both were
'fired and expelled' from the
PLP by Rt Hon Sir Lynden Pin-
For better understanding we
need to look at the process that
takes a non-aligned person
entering politics. He/she decides
whether they will go it alone as
an independent or apply for rat-
ification as an official candidate
of a particular organised party.
Okay my choice is the FNM so
I apply to the Candidates Com-
mittee and get ratified and
thereafter qualify to use the
FNM mantra, able to call on the
party organisation in all senses
of the word. I am from then on
Election day comes and the
official ballot is prepared which
will name me and show a "sym-
bol" for those who might not
be able to read my name. The
party that accredited me as one
lof sheireot csaheasnd idt
my party of choice next to my
nan No doubt that I was the

So I have applied to be an
official candidate of a party -
they approved and now I
appear on the official ballot that
surely indicates that my candi-
dacy is in my thinking trans-
ferred from a personal one to
that I now totally represent the
party that has accepted me
rather than me a candidate on
behalf of a party.
This is important. It has to be
exceptionally difficult for the
residents in Kennedy as in as

short a time as eight years twice
their chosen MP has turned his
back on them and switched
their personal allegiance to in
one case, Dr B J Nottage to cre-
ate a new party totally which
fought the PLP toothe and nail
through election 2002 and now
Kenyatta Gibson to an Inde-
pendent, but resigning from the
Certainly Kennedy voters
have got the rough end of the
stick twice certainly one
could go much further as ethi-
cally in both cases the fair and
rational position or process
should have been that the elect-
ed FNM or PLP MP should
resign. Dr B J Nottage as a
CDR nominated for Kennedy
and against a slate of competing
candidates he lost badly mn 2002,
mn fact lost his deposit.
Whatever is the closet story
of Mr Kenyatta Gibson is, time
will see if the truth rises to the
surface, certainly ethics are not
showing themselves and that is
wrong as a candidate having
approached a political party for
nomination is then nominated
and presents himself as a FNM
or PLP or X-Y, Z the process is
that they identify with that par-
ty and no longer personally. If
thre isaa qnuesto sorta tres hae
their membership surely ethi-
an prhoaase hi cosee ite
and get their support or do the
rightful thing resign. When a
candidate is presented as a can-
didate of a political party I
suggest the moral and ethical
position is if they are disillu-
sioned then they resign but
don't deceive the electorate for
the pay and position.

January 14, 2008.

EDFITOR, The Tribune.
ONCE again the proprietary
and ethical practice of Mem-
bers of the House of Assembly
are seriously being challenged
with the announcement of
Kenyatta Gibson, elected Mem-
ber for Kennedy will become
an Independent MP rather than
supporting the PLP.

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"What they need here is a
heavy hand," Padilla said Fri-
day while surveying blood-
soaked streets and a bullet-rid-
den police truck. "The authori-
ties need to be strong, very
Padilla spent the shootout
hiding in the closet with her 19-
year-old daughter. As they
crouched in the dark, they start-
ed to think they wouldn't
escape alive. Gunmen across
the street shouted that they
would drop bombs unless police
backed off.
"The gunfire was terrible,"
she said. "It made the walls
shake. I really didn't think we
were going to get out."
A day earlier less than two
block down the street, police
rushed children from a school
vulnerable to gunfire from men
holed up on the roof and top
floors of the besieged safehouse.
Some of the children were
carried by officers who
crouched and pressed them-
selves up against the building
to avoid the bullets. Other chil-
dren ran out onto the sidewalk
in groups under armed guard,
their eyes wide with terror,
"I could hear the hail of gun-
fure, and it was really strong,"
Rico said. "I didn't feel fear

Rock leaving the island. This is
how critical the project is," he
told the Rotary Club on Thurs-
Bahama Rock has already
invested more than $100 mil-
lion, and is carrying out a num-
ber of tests and studies pertain-
ing to the project.
"We are currently conduct-
ing an extensive environmental
impact assessment study and we
will continue to meet with vari-
ous groups to discuss our plans
here on Grand Bahama," he
said when contacted on Friday
He said the benefits of the
project are "limitless" in terms
of maritime developments, such
as the Freeport Container Port
and the Grand Bahama Ship-
Mr Reed noted that the con-
struction of a new mega-port
will bring Freeport Harbour up
to world-class standards, and
allow the world's largest ships to
dock there.
He further noted that the
project will include the con-
struction of a 24-foot waterway

bridge at the Warren J Levarity
According to Mr Reed, the
Panama Canal is presently
undergoing a mega-port expan-
sion of its facilities.
He said the expansion, when
finished, will allow the world's
largest ships, which cannot pass
through the canal, to access the
"Once the canal's expansion
is completed the vessels will be
able to enter the Caribbean for
the first time, but in order for
them to dock at the Freeport
Harbour, it will have to increase
its capacity some 52 feet," he
Bahama Rock, which is a
rock mining plant, is interested
in duplicating the project in oth-
er parts of the Bahamas.
Mr Reed said the company
will leave Grand Bahama once
the project is completed.
"The idea is to duplicate this
success somewhere else, and
our first choice is to duplicate it
somewhere else within the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas," he said.

Tribune Freeport

FREEPORT An environ-
mental impact assessment study
is underway for a proposed $1
billion expansion project at
Bahama Rock which, if
approved, would include the
construction of a mega-port at
Freeport Harbour.
Walter Reed, general man-
ager of Bahama Rock, told The
Tribune yesterday that the com-
pany is conducting an extensive
EIA study for the proposed
He believes that such a pro-
ject would provide significant
benefits to the maritime related
industries on the island.
The proposed plan has not
yet been approved, but Mr
Reed said the company is hop-
ing that approvals will be grant-
ed some time in the third quar-
ter of 2008.
"Honestly, if the plan is not
approved, you will see Bahama

COLDWELL Banker Light-
bourn Realty has bounced into
the New ;Year with'the appoint- '
ment of Ryan Cash as its Hope
Town, Abaco, sales associate.
A former trust officer and
team leader with Butterfield
Bank (Bahamas) Limited in
Nassau and Bermuda, Mr Cash
has a background in investment
and monetary matters.
"He's extremely well suited
to the job and we're delighted
to have him on board," said
Mike Lightbourn, president of
Coldwell Banker Lightbourn
The appointment brings to
four the number of sales repre-
sentatives Coldwell Banker
Lightbourn Realty has in Aba-
Lightbourn Realty currently
has offices in Marsh Harbour
and Green Turtle Cay with sales
representation at Cherokee
SoudMan o-War Cay and
Mr Cash followed his roots
to Hope Town, Abaco, in July,
2006, and became office man-
ager of Abaco Construction
Ltd, adding a new dimension to
his management and people
Mr Lightbourn noted that a
real estate purchase or sale is a
complex transaction, requiring
in-depth knowledge, experience
and attention to detail.
"Ryan's past experience in
private banking/wealth man-
agementlestate planning gives
him an advantage when it
comes to patiently gathering the
facts you deserve and putting
together transactions," Mr
Lightbourn said.
"He applies the knowledge,
understanding and dedication
necessary to achieve a success-
ful transaction."
Born in Nassau, Mr Cash
obtained his bachelor of science
degree in business administra-
tion fr~om the University of Cen-

tral Florida, Orlando, in 2000.
He went on to earn a sec-
ondary degree (with distinction)
from the Society of Trust and
Estate Practitioners of London,
England, in offshore trust man-
In 2004, he was admitted as a
member of STEP.
His father's family hails from
Hope Town and he has visited
the island his entire life. His
mother's family is from Green
Turtle Cay to the north,
Mr Cash said he is excited
about the future of real estate in
Hope Town. He feels the mar-
ket is unique in that it seems to
weather outside economic con-
ditions better than many other
areas whilst offering buyers a

little piece of what the Bahamas
is all about the beauty and
serenity of the Family Islands.
Mr Lightbourn agreed, say-
ing: "Ryan's a hard worker who
is very motivated, self disci-
plined and dedicated to his
"He will undoubtedly be a
success in his new chosen field.
We are delighted to have him
on board."
Lightbourn Realty is part of
the huge, international Cold-
well Banker network.
It has offices and sales rep-
resentatives in Abaco, Andros,
the Berry Islands, Bimini,
Eleuthera, Exuma and Long
Island, with head offices in Nas-

until we had evacuated all 65
kids that were under my care,
and then my legs started to
Residents said soldiers, sent
in to help overwhelmed police,
swarmed rooftops. The gunmen
refused to back down, shouting
obscenities at the police and
taunting them.
Four men were eventually
arrested, including a state police
investigator and another Tijua-
na police officer. They were tak-
en to Mexico City, where they
were being questioned by fed-
eral prosecutors. Another gun.
manl was killed.
Once authorities entered the
home, they found the bodies of
the six men who were being
held hostage. All had been shot
in the head.

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -
Rosalba Padilla thought the first
shots were nothing but con-
struction in her quiet, upper-
class Tijuana neighborhood. It
wasn't until she looked out her
window and saw a sea of police
that she realized the noise was
Down the street, at the
Preschool of Happiness, direc-
tor Gloria Rico activated the
school's alarm, prompting
police to rush into the building,
their guns drawn. Rico said the
children were terrified by the
"Some were crying, one vom-
ited and another wet his pants,"
she said Friday, adding that the
police quickly put away their
weapons and started evacuat-
ing the children.
The fighting erupted as fed-
eral agents raided a house near
the U.S. border Thursday that
authorities say sheltered gun-
men linked to drug traffickers.
Soldiers and police joined skir-
mishing that became a chaotic
three-hour battle. A federal
agent and a gunman died and
four officers were wounded in
the latest outbreak of violence
across the border from San
Diego. Inside the house, author-
ities later found six slain kid-
nap victims.
The gunbattle and killings
shocked even crime-weary
Mexico. Many argued President
Felipe Calderon should step up
a yearlong crackdown on drug
traffickers and other organized
criminals that has sent soldiers


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Couples Resorts, head-
quarters in Montego Bay,
Jamaica, owns and operates
four properties in Jamaica,
West Indies Couples Ocho
Rios, the first-ever couples
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ples Sans Souci, Couples
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"Pioneered by the leg-
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Couples Swept Away,
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received an overall score of
Couples Sans Souci, known
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vice, received an overall rat-
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This accolade starts us off on
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distinguishes the average

for First customers and Gold
Executive Club members will
feature "The Gold Bar" which
is covered in gold leaf and is lit
by a Swarovski crystal chande-
The Galleries Club Lounge
will include a movie theatre
where major televised events
will be show~n.
In addition, Bahamians tray-
elling across the Atlantic will
be pleased with the no hassles
aspect that T5 brmngs to travel.
BA estimates no more than
twio persons on a line at any
tie. I ulln wl e e insalt
which they believe 80 per cent
of their customers will use.
Check-in time will also be sig-
nificantly reduced by a baggage
system that will be the most
advanced of any major global
fipr n ~vl luse up to 18 km
The state-of-the-art tracking
system means that at any time
BA will know where their cus-
tomers' baggage is.
nBag wl eb I aded int lift
highly sophisticated baggage
system w'hic~h will deliver them
to their specific flight.
Thle baggage system is capa-
ble of handling up to 12,000
bags perhIour.
T15 will also be environmen-
tally sound.
More than 30.000 woodland
plants and 4,000 trees and
snhrus are being planted around
the termninal.

BA hopes that the terminal
will bring luxury and excitement
back into travel. It does so first
with the view from the massive
glass windows.
On a clear day customers will
get an outstanding view of the
English countryside along with
Windsor Castle and Wemblley
There is more than 20,000
square feet of retail space hous-
ing 112 medium to high end
stores and restaurants includ-
ing Tiffany's, Harrods, Paul
Smith, Mulberry and Vecrsace

nBontgth hr vn jewel in BA's
mission to spark a1 renaissance
in air travel, returning the ele-
gance it once had, is T,5's six
The lounges some outfitted
with spas, others with cham-
pgne bar n clpr vate rooms
caters to all passengers travel-
ling from coach and business to
first class.
The lounges, collectively
know a galeis e e cpble
and include the Concorde
Room, the first class lounge,
three club lounges and an
arriVRIS lounge.
The Concorde Room, avail-
able for first class passengers
and VIP guests, offers ;an inti-
mate restaurant, fireplaces, a
cocktail bar, a boardroomn anld
three hotel style rooms known
as The Cabanas.
The Galleries First Lounge,

LONDON Bahamians will
be treated to what British Air-
ways is describing as the return
of stress free, class and luxury
air travel when the first flight
from Nassau arrives at the nev-
ly constructed multi-billion dol-
lar Terminal 5 at London's
Heathrow airport.
T5 boasts the largest airline
lounge complex in the world
and is the largest airport devel-
opment in British history.
TS will open on March 27 this
year and the flight fromt Nas-
san, it is hoped, will land at the
tenninal b the lld o A Irl we

exclusively used by BA cus-
tomers and will be capable of
handling 30 million passengers a

The new terminal is five times
the size of terminal 4 which cur-
rently hosts flights from the
Terminal 5 will eventually
consist of a main termlinal build-
ing (T5A) and two satellite ter-
minals T5B, which will accom-
modate arrivals from the
Bahamas, and T,5C, all linked
by an underground track transit
The move to T5 will be the
most complex in the airline's
igro than We per aet of BA
The first flights to T5 will be
from Hong Kong and the first
departing flight will be to Paris.

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The Ministry of Tourism, the Department of
Culture and Coconuts Bahama Grill have part-
nered to bring Junkanoo to the Western
Esplanade this weekend.
The first parade was held on Friday evening,
and the second will take place tonight at 8pm.
The Ministry of Tourisml's tours, enter~tain-
ment and business development general man-
ager Raymond Harrison said the initiative is
one of several responses to the reality that there
are "'a good number" of cruise passengers who
find themselves in this area~ with nothing to do.
"The owners of Coconuts realisedl this and
decided to try to capitalism on this incremental
market,"' Mr Harrison said. "I envision that aIs we
work together in developing a proper pro-
gramme for the area, it will be financially bene-
ficial to the businesses in that area and beneficial
to the Ministry of Tourism and the Department
of Culture, as we would be able to create an
atmosphere to where our visitors will be able to
come and be entertained and exsposed to our
culture in an environment wheret we would be
able to offer so much."
Department of Culture representative and
manager of the National Junkanoo Museum of

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"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist
witness for Chr-ist in The Bahamas"'

JANUARY 20, 2008.

COLLECT: God of all mecrcy. your Son proclaimed good news
to the poor, release to the captivet~ anld freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to
praise you in Christ our Lord.
7:00 a.m. Bro. Andrew~ Hu~nter
11:00 a.m. Sis. Katic Carter
Montrose Ave. near Wualff Rd)
7:00 a.m. 7 a.m. Worship Leaders
10:00 a.m. Prayer Band
I1:00 a.m. Sis. Patric~e Stra~chan
6:30 p.m. Men of Action
(Rose Street, Fox Hill)
11:00 n.m. Congregational Stew\ardls.
9:00 a.m. Sis. Cecelia Gardiner
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
7:00 a.m. Sis. Katie Canrter
9:00 a.m. Bro. C'olin Newton
8:00 a.m. Youth
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.mn. Sunday Children's Commission
CIRCUITI, JANUARY 10-21, 2008.
Shop aInd other Ministries
St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
the Conference are urged to pray and to fast for Justice to
prevail in the Methodist Calses and for an end to the upsurge
in violence. The fa~st beginls weckly after the evening meal
:n'Thurs a an eddu a on on tapi~ This weproclaint

"Vision" On the Lord's Dany, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "G~reat Hymns
of Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.mn.;
"Family Vibes" Z:NS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m1.; "'To God be the
Glory" ZNS 1. Tuesday, 7:45 P"m.

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tunities for them to purchase more products
and providing opportunities for the straw ven-
"These plans will continue to develop as we
seek more long-term initiatives in the area with
all the area on board," Mr Harrgison said.
"There are a lot of inmtiatives going on to cre-
ate some excitement in the downtown area and
this is something that will be a part of that," Mr
Ferguson added. "We are definitely looking
forward to this experience."
"We are trying to ensure that the culture goes
as far and wide as possible and to totally saturate
the islands with things that are Bahamian," Ms
McKay said.
She added that she hopes other private sector
entities will follow Coconuts Bahama Grill and
the other area businesses and take an interest in
Bahamian cultural initiatives because there are
many artists, musicians and craftsman in the
country who could flourish with their assistance.
"One of the other things that the Department
of Culture hopes for vi that we do get the support
of corporate Bahamas in being able to forge
additional relationships because the government
cannot do it alone," Ms McKay said. "We need
the support of the community in order to
advance the development of culture within the

the Bahamas Angelique McKay said the new
initiative is a natural partnership because the
department previously worked with Coconuts in
a programme to promote the sale and use of
Bahamian art in local businesses.
"'We use junkanoo to promote the Balgamnas in
almost every single advertising campaign,
whether it is visually or by audio and we do not
always have the opportunities for persons to
experience it," Ms McKay sai.
"One of the tling~s that1 C`ocut)II s hais deccided
to do iis to offer that junkanoo experience."
President of Coconuts Bahamna G;rill Eldin
Ferguson Ill. said the r~esta~urant is "looking for-
waurd to fulfilling the vows."
"As a young Balutmian entering the work-
force, I alm looking f~orwardc to seeing how this
will play out. I think it is going to be very excit-
ing," he said. "I think there are going to be a lot
of high points for the restaurants, a lot of high
point points for the Ministry of Tourismn and
the Department of Culture.
Mr Harrison added that he has been charged,
in the Ministry of Tourismn.with the responsi-
bility of creating new tour programmecs anld live
enterta.;inment to improve thle visitor experi-

To that end. he has been working with the
sm-all Bahamian-owned businesses located oppo-

site the Western Esplanade to do just that.
"The purpose is to create an exciting place
filled with activities, entertainment and an
opportunity for visitors to purchase and experi-
ence Bahamian cuisine, ideally on the beach or
in either one of these restaurants and to be able
to purchase authentically Bahamian made prod-
acts," Mr Harrison noted,
"'Coconuts Bahama Grill owners have been
truly committed to helping to make this hap-
pen and ha~ve been trying to drive this on their
own," he added.
"By working with them we will be able to
develop an appropriate action plan that will tru-
ly bring that entire area back to life. In addition,
we have Mr Willie Armstrong of Chez Willie
and Ms Mona Lisa Thompson of the Daily
Grind Cafe', who are also playing their role in
trying to bring back the area."
Mr Harrison said that there will be live music,
Junkanoo, arts and crafts, and authentically
Ba\hamian made products at the event.
"'This then, provides more for our cruise pas-
sengers to do and we can then offer a1 great
walking tour which will end there at the facilities
and the: beach where the visitors can then eat,
shop, be entertained and when returning to the
ship they will be able to stop in the straw market
as well, there again providing additional oppor-

They visited the Children's
Emergency Hostel, where they
performed a myriad of tasks.
Along with cutting and
removing trees and branches,
they were also busy painting
various sections of the home

A GROUP of Royal
Bahamas Defence Force offi-
cers celebrated a milestone by
doing what they could to help
the less fortunate in the com-
The officers and marines of

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Sunday School for all ages ...
Adult Education ..,.,.....1.,.....
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8.30 ar~m.
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Entry 26 marked their 18 years
on the force by donating a vari-
ety of items to the senior citi-
zens of Unity House.
The 27 men, who all joined
the Defence Force on J;~nu~ry
8, 1990, decided to donate food
goods and sanitary items to the
residents. The administration
section of the force was also
busy playing a generous role in
a local community.

and making repairs to some
parts of the building.
"These are just some of the
projects which the officers and
marines of the Defence Force
are involved with, as al small
gesture of lending a helping
hand wherecver possible, as they
continue to protect the ter-ritor-
ial sovereignty of the
B~algamas," said the force in "



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Sbarro restaurant at the Nassau Beach Hotel on Cable Beach will be

CLOSED) to the public effective Monday, January 21st 2008.

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

The Mana ement and Staff of Sbarro wishes to thank all our valu-
able customers &( the Nassau Beach Hotel Management & Staff who
have made the Nassau Beach Sbarro Location a success over the past

el egg year
Thank you'

Sbarro Management




These positions are opened to candidates with the following qualifications:

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


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

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are eligible f or
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Please submit resume and three references via e-mail: fernanderra@state.gov
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THE late Winston Saun-
der~s will become synonymous
with the craft he treasured as
theC local theatre community
pay~s homage to his memory
with the Winston V' Saunders
Repertory Season.
Mr Saunders (pictured
above, inset), immortalised in
literature and performing arts
with his play You Can Lead A
Horse To Water (main pho-
to), was hailed as one of the
most prolific icons in Bahami-
an culture when he died in
November 2006.
The new season in his hon-
our is set to launch at the
Dundas Centre for Perform-
ing A-rts at the end of January.
Director of Culture Dr
Nicolette Bethel said that the
Winston V Saunders Reper-
tory Season will resurrect the-
atre in the Bahamas and
breathe life back into the per-
formance culture all year
She added that naming the
season after Mr Saunders is a
way to say "thank you" to the
man who dedicated over 30
years of his life as chairman
of the Dundas.
"`Winston was a teacher, an
artist and friend," said Dr
Bethel. "He was also a vision-
aryi and pioneer in Bahamian
theatre and culture. Winston
often shared his desire to see
theatre re-established to such
a level that we could present
original works and revive clas-
sics to the stage within an

organised theatre season.
"With so many up and com-
ing companies aspiring for
many of the same goals in the
performing arts, we feel that
we will maximise the poten-
tial for Winston's vision by
having everyone come togeth-
er in a culminative effort."
The renaissance in Bahami-
an theatre will see perfor-
mances from some of the top
theatre groups, including
Scribes Ltd, Track Road
Foundation and
ThoughtKatcher Productions.
The first play in the new
season will be the put on by
Ringplay Productions, which
is spearheaded by Dr Bethel
and veteran director Philip
Educator, attorney, per-
former, director and play-
wright were just a few of the
many roles Mr Saunders
played in his lifetime filled
with accolades.
He was chairman of the
Dundas Civic Centre from
1975 to 1998 and is credited
with supervising renovations
of the theatre and establish-
ing a thriving repertory sea-
Mr Saunders was the recip-
ient of a number of awards,
including several DANSAs
for playwriting, the Meta, a
special DANSA for Excel-
lence in Theatre, the Chamber
of Commerce Distinguished
Citizen Award for contribu-
tion to Culture, and the Sil-
ver Jubilee Award for Culture
given by the government of
the Bahamas in 1998.



LOCAL artist Antonius
Roberts has started an ambi-
tious project on Grand Bahama
with the launch of a new per-
manent exhibition.
On Friday, January 11, Mr
Roberts celebrated a milestone
birthday surrounded by close
friends, colleagues, and family.
The event was held at Sculp-
ture Pointe at the Junkanoo
Beach Club (the former Tran-
quility Shores).
Upon arrival guests walked
through an outdoor exhibition

area, where tall carved monu-
ments stand proudly on either
side of the pathway entrance to
the club.
"On display this evening is a
preview of the initial steps of
my Grand Bahama Island jour-
ney, which is symbolised by the
systematic removal and trans-
formation of the remains of
casuarinas lining the pic-
turesque Taino Beach, that
were uprooted during the hur-
ricane season of 2004," Mr
Roberts explained.
Inspired by the indomitable
spirit of the Grand Bahama
community, he said the work
celebrates the graceful images
of the "Original Bahamians" -
possibly the Siboney Indians, a
stone age hunter/gatherer peo-
ple 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 thle Spanifsh
arrived in 1492.
"The spirit of the casualrinas
which bowed respectfully to
gale force winds are now trans-
formed into the historic graceful
stance skin to Ariel of William
Shakespeare's 'The Tempest':
a classical welcome to this won-
derfu sspace,"naid Mr Roberts.

on my 50th birthday, in this siml-
ple setting of fine art, nature, a
variety of all-Bahaminn record-
edimsauic s blachla sofr anut

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She is sur~vivedl by her sons, Floyd, Leo,
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Linda, Carmetta, Jacqueline, Valeria,
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abilities, everyonelc demand s and l
expected an ilinneldiate sollution
to the problem," hie noted,
before pra'ising Mr Ferguson as
a manl qlualifiedl to take up the
M~r Ferguhon whio has
senedcrthe force for 42 years -
toldl those gathered[ that the law
w~ill be.^upp~llie~d equally, with-
out fear anld irresp'etive of sta-
tus, c~oloulr or creed" under his
Echoing the words of his pre-
decessor, who noted in his
adldress hris rsupport for efforts to
p~revenlt. detect and deal with
corrupt~iolln ithlin the force dur-
ing: his terrm. Mlr Fergulson said
tha~tlr the pblic caln expect a con-
tinluedl and strong effort on his
part to, "dctcct and eradicate
this unn~cec~ptabl~e practice."
Primec Mlinister Ingraham
thankeicd Mlr Enrquhlarson for his
"dvted\ltt" service,. starting that -
her w~ill longl he re~memlbered for
has4 conltributfionl tol the develop-

pirit of tranlsparncyc and
aIcccountabliit\ to the RBPF.

He added that it is "note-
worthy and an indication of our
maturing democracy". that Mr
Farquharson, having been
appointed by him under the
FNM administration in 199'9,
served throughout the PLP
administration and "is now
scheduled to assumre new
important duties during a new
term of my administration."
Following his 41 years of police
work, Mr Farqluharson is set to
serve the Bahamas as high com-
missioner to London.
Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham
acknowledged Mr Ferguson as
a "no nonsense officer"' who is
highly regarded in police c~ir-
cles, both domestically and
To laughter from the crowd,
Mr Ingraham said that it w~as
thanks to his "'impeccable cre-
dentials" that hle "craused himl to
be appointed."
"He is honest and straight-
f'orward, to a fault. I dares ~"
quipped Mr Ingrahamn. Mr Fe~r-
guson has held the position of
acting commissioner since
Nor~embler 211last year.

and the implementation of
"Operation Restore Pealce."
In his last official speech ts
commissioner, a position he hts
held for just over eight years,
retiring Commissioner Paul
Farquharson said that his tenure
had been a challenging one "to
the end" but that he still holds
the same "'passion and enthu-
siasm for law and order" as he
did when he' first took up the
Looking back over his time
at the helm of the force, M~r Fur-
quharson said that he reallised
early on in his administration
that fighting crime wvould
require a "Lcooperative"
approach, and he had strived to
foster "community based"
policing approaches. For this,
he noted, the Royal Hahamuas
Police Force received numler-
ous international policer ac~o.
lades during his tenure,
"The office of comlmissionew
constitutionally comecs wvith
great challenges and re~spons~i-

sald hc wa;I nlot at all surprised by the number of
\ ates discountedd by the court, and he maintains con-
fidence that his client will remain the MP for
P'inewo~od whelcn the scrutiny is completed.
"We'll see what the results (are) on Monday momn-
ing." he said. "I feel fairly confident that I don't
think the Iresults of the election will change. But we
will know that on Monday."
Laura Williams, a PLP supporter, rallied the party
faithfid outside the court with the cry: "PLP...all the
way. PLP...all the way"' as opposition members
r~ejoiced over what they oasstue is the beginning of the
process to returnl Mrs Maynard-Gibson to the House
of Assembly.
On Monday, the court will remove the votes of
the I 10 individuals named yesterday, record who
They voted f~or, and then suLbtrac~t the votes from the
total of each candidate. Then, the true and lawful
winner focr the Pinewood constituency will be declared
by the court.
C'urrntly, the FNM have 23 MPs in the House, the
PLP have 17. and there is one Independent member,
Kenyatta Gibson.

listed by residents of Excellence Estates who for-
warded a petition to the ministry last week.
Among complaints, residents.claimed they
were living near "safety hazards"' of endless
garbage burning, unhygienic waste disposal, and
the threat of disease spreading from the site.
Ministry officials also discovered that residents
of the shanty town never received proper
approvals for construction of the structures in
which they are living, Mr Turner said.
Earlier in the week Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis told The Tribune he planned to
personally visit the sub-division.
However, representatives from his ministry
said he had an unexpected pressing engagement
and was unable to attend the survey.

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Pinewood vote set for recount

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election court in the country.
"This is the first time in the histor-y of` election
court in the Bahamas that so many votes have been
disallowed," said Mr Davis. Of the 1 10 discounted
votes, Mr Davis said that at least 90 of these nameILs
were solely challenged by Mrs Maynard-Gibson,
The current MP for Pinewood Byran Woodside,
gave only a few comments as he was chased down by
ZNS TV and The Tr-ibune for comment after the ver-
"I'll give you all the comments you need on Mon-
day," said Mr Woodside as he attempted to leave
the chaotic scene.
"We were victorious, and we will be victor~ious
on Monday as expected," added Mr Woodside. When l
asked if he had any message for his supporters alier
the court's ruling, Mr Woodside said: "~Only to say
that I continue to thank them for their suppor-t and
their prayers. And so Monday you will get a tiall
statement from me. Thank you, God bless."
Lead lawyer for Mr Woodside, Michael Bar~nett

Health orders being readied

FROM page one

structed septic tanks.
"We intend to serve public health orders, we
have due process that we've got to follow and we
intend to serve public health orders in the first
instance on the occupants of the structures. Then
we are also trying to ascertain exactly who owns
the lands that they are living on."
SThe public health orders should be served with-
in a' week, Mr Turner said, and inhabitants will
have a specified period under the law to rectify
Mr Turner confirmed the existence of a Hait-
ian shanty town that was the centre of complaints



NOTICE is hereby given that SIDNEY NOEL of PEAR DALE
Rd., P.O. Box SS 6360 NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 19TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

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

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

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

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12.50 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.50 12.50 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.1 1.9%
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2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.3 0.87%
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CR 56777, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
feSposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
natUra iZation as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
Who knows any reason why registrationlrhaturalization should
nOt be granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 19TH day of January
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizensh).P
P O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


.as a lovrer of nature himself, the
island is so beautiful and
untouched that he prefers to
keep it that way.
Noting that as new vacation
destinations and cruise tourism
continues to expand, Prime
Minister Ingraham said that it is
critically important that the
Bahamas ensures that its prod
uct and services remain inter-
nationally competitive.
"I want to acknowledge the
contribution of Half Moon Cay
to our cruise industry wel-
coming more than a quarter of
a million cruise guests to this
island getaway annually. On
p ehl f te Bo e nen nd
my own behalf I offer best wish-
es for your continued success
here in Half Moon Cay. I also
take this opportunity to recog-
nise your contribution to cruise
calls on our capital city, Nas-
sau, where some 34,1083 passen-i
c rs saing wh Hollanad Amer
"Let me say that following
dramatic fall-off in calls to Nas~
sau last year, we look forward
to more frequent and increased
calls by Holland America at ouI1
principal port-of-call, Nassaui
111 te coming years. You mayi
be aware that we are about to
embark upon a programme o~
focused redevelopment an~
upgrade of our capital city wit~
a view to making the city
more habitable place for resi~
dents and a more comfortable
and attractive 'destination foi
our visitors," he said.
Mr Ingraham said he wasal
excite to be exp oring wi
Carnival a new partnership
Grand Bahama which,
brought to fruition, will augu
well for Carmival, for Grand~
Bahama and for the Balhamas.


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Bahamas. You have proven to
be good stewards of the cay,
excellent business partners in
the tourism sector, and steady
employers in the private sec-
tor," he said.
Mr Ingraham also mentioned
that 10 years ago the company
had projected that they would
create some 85 new jobs for
Bahamians. To date, they
employee 96 Bahamians, four
Jamaicans and three Guyanese,
"I have also been especially
pleased, but not in the least sur-
prised, to learn that the service
an ainenitie otfoere ddt tis
by the cruising public, rating
their island experience here at
Half Moon Cay at 8.4 on a scale
of onle to nine.
"Your reputation has not
been idly earned. I am also
advised that for five years in a
ro:, te Po ah Ie dC 1seMM~ao
Cay its prestigious Editor-in-
Chief Award for 'Best Private
Island'. Congratulations," he
Half Moon Cay or Little San
Salvadot, was purchased in 1996
Sby the Holland America Line
fr013 SeVeral Ballamian owners
fOr $6 million. The cruise line
made an initial investment of
$111 milliOI On 55 of the 2,400
aCTOS Of the Island.
According to Holland Amer-
i CEO St 'n Kre a ddi-
tional $15 million has been
IITVeSted into the island creat-
ing the authentic, eco-sensitive
rCSort that is being run and
managed by Bahamians.
While only cruise guests can
use the facility, Mr Kruse said
(flat they aTO alWayS in discus-
sions on further developing the
island. However, Mr Kruse said

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FROM gage one
bythe next school year, said
anessa K~erzner, widow of late
erzner International CEC
owrd'Butdli Kerzner.
S"We're talking to people nov: ;
find out where we can house
two walls first. Initially i~t
ayjust be these two walls bry
eventually it would be a proper
gym facility," said Mrs Kerzndr
of the foundation's future plas i
for the proposed facility. Being
the largest single employer ip
the nation was the prime mot).
vation for the company to give
back and invest in the Bahami-
an community, Mrs K~erzner
sShe also told Jd he rble
that the sport wilk one of her

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seventh ranneal Michel Jordaei
Celebrity Imbational golftorr-
Michael Jonrda, retired(
Chicago Ballsshootlag ga
donated $5~0,00 to the th
Ke~rzner Memorial Fead 'dar*
Ing the event.
Si~ce it inception, the BuitchI
Kenner Mcmorial Fand has
assisted a number of local aurs. .
es, inclalding the recent con*
straction of a statesof-theciart
$60~0,00, 2 ahette, eigWht-ss
swirmming pol at St Aame's
Hig~h School in Fox HIII, palicl
relationsr representativs salk.
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killed on Octobir 11fl, $106, la a
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husband's passions.
"He always said that roeck*
climbing was not just a physical
challenge but also a mental
challenge...and a sport where
you compete against yourself.
He was very passionate about
it...at some point he used to
(rock) climb every day and that
was how he de-stressed."
Groups of students def l
climbed the two portable rc
walls, donated by the Michael
Jordan Foundation, after an
instructional briefing by rock.
climbing experts. The sport is
credited with assisting stidlents
in enhancing their creativity and
decision-making skills, organtis.
.ers saidi,
Over 100 students from 10
-government schools pdaticipat-


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ACTUAL development of the new
national stadium is expected to begin
"within the ensuing weeks," says Min-
ister of State for Youth and Sports
Byran S Woodside.
In a summary report on the state of
sports in the Bahamas, he said the
stadium would be built "almost three
years after the agreement was initial-
ly signed for its construction.'
Said Minister Woodside: "I wish to
advise that without contrived fanfare,
months have been expended to evolve
long term plans which rationalize a
scheme for replacing prematurely
demolished stadia, simultaneously
renovating and developing additional
indoor and outdoor sports facilities
in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center,
in Grand Bahama and in the remain-
der of the Bahamas.
"From a logical standpoint, all these
matters had to be factored into phys-
ical planning for such a massive devel-
opment which the new National Sta-
dium represents. In the absence of
such thorough planning previously,
actual development of the new sta-
dium will only commence within the
ensuing weeks, almost three years
after the agreement was initially
signed for its construction. Develop-
ment of this facility is directly related
to the hosting of the Sixth Bahamas
In addition, Minister Woodside
acknowledged the physicall transi-
tion" of a number of outstanding
Bahamian sports administrators and
athletes who retired in 2007.
"Among other sports heroes of the
past, I wish to acknowledge the rich
contributions made to the develop-
ment of sports in the Bahamas by the
late world champion bodybuilder,
Tony Carroll, the late outstanding
basketball coach, Godfrey McQuay,
international Hall of Fame Softball
Administrator, Arthur Thompson,
the late manager of the Winnie Ann
Reds/Schlitz Malt Liquer/100 Pipers
Baseball Club, Allan Jackson, and
the late Bahamian professional base-
ball player, Roy Bethell.
"The fond affection which these
sporting giants created in the hearts of
the Bahamian community will cause
each of them to remain permanent
fixtures in the annals of Bahamian
sports," he said.
Mr Woodside said Bahamians
should "stand proud and grateful" to
know that, "on a per capital basis, no
other country has been able to match
what we havP achieved over the past
decade and- ': terms of the
World and Oi 'lampions that
our country has y. .ed."
"In fact, the Bahamas has become
the yardstick by which many older
and larger countries measure them-
selves, referencing our small size and
limited resources against our dynam-
ic world class achievements," he said,
Mr Woodside said the Bahamas'
"sterling achievements of the past
were a product of the timely
encounter between proper prep~ara-
tion and ripe opportunity."
"For just as no successes could have
been had without the visionary effort
and the limitless sacrifices of scores of
Bahamnians, so too are the odds that
our international achievements could
have occurred without the otpportlu-
nities afforded under the policies of
the Ministry responsible for sports,
complemented by strategic support
provided by the Bahamas Govern-
ment." -
He said the Bahamas' outstanding
achievements in 2007 were rooted in
an ideal combination of effort from
athletes and their coaches, from pub-
lic and private sector agencies and
from the dedication and leadership
exhibited by the national federations
which govern sport in the B~ahamlas.
"I am therefore pleased to note that
much achievement evidenced itself
during the past calendar year, with
Bahamian athletes and sports teams

are universally attributed to sport as a
tool for adding value to the lives of
"As a consequence of the desire to
assist such an effort, attention is
drawn to the fact that in the current
national budget, allocations made for
Sports Development have exceeded
that of all previous years, with one
item alone, the National Sports
Endowment fund doubling in size
from the previous high of $1,000,000
to $2,000,000.
"Such a development is clearly
demonstrative of the conviction of
this government to elevate sports to
its rightful place as an intpottiint
instrument for nation building. Fur-
thermore, within the first several
months of the current fiscal year, con-
siderable effort has had to be expend-
ed to arrest administrative drawbacks
that evolved in the recent past."
Minister Woodside also noted "the
significance of the decision" to return
regatta sailing to the Department of
"Such a logical initiative has per-
mitted the commencement of a for-
mal exercise to develop a compre-
hensive national policy on regattas.
The intended outcome is to establish
a national calendar for regattas one
year in advance, which would permit
the development of a proper annual
budget for the sport.
It should also be noted that the
Ministry is prepared to entertain argu-
ment for identifying workboat sail-
ing as the national sport of the
Bahamas," he said.

excelling in territories as diverse as
! ~: neighboring Caribbean and the
.astant Czech Republic; from capri-
cious Brazil to mirthful Australia;
from historic France to a modern
"In all these foreign spaces and
international places, the name of the
Bahamas was emblazoned into the
firmament of time, affirming the
proven capacity of this small nation to
influence the world order in interna-
tional sport," the minister said.
Currently, he said, organised sports
in the Bahamas is in "robust health, so
much so that our country appears to
be entering a new golden age of
Said Minister Woodside: "Such a
view is supported by the tremendous
international advances in youth soc-
cer, youth golf, youth baseball, youth
cricket, youth gymnastics, youth bas-
ketball, youth rugby, youth swimming,
youth lawn tennis and youth track
and field. At the senior level, much
the same kind of international
advances were made in boxing, body-
building, cycling, swimming, soccer
and track and field.
"The accomplishments by all these
national teams constitute ample evi-
dence of the progressive work being
done by the local coaches and sports
administrators of the Bahamas."
Minister Woodside said notwith-
standing these successes, "the fact
remains that more national effort is
required if the Bahamas is to realize
the maximum benefits from all the
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