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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: February 16, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
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* By NATARIO McKENZIE
AN 18-YEAR-OLD youth of
Step Street, Fox Hill, was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday, charged with the Feb-
ruary 7 shooting death of Corey
Whyms.
Whyms, 23, of Theodora
Lane, off Tonique Williams
Darling Highway was reported-
ly standing with a group of men
on the western side of Adder-
ley Street, Fox Hill, after 8pm
on Thursday, February 7, when a
small, dark coloured car pulled
up and stopped near the group.
According to reports, there was
an argument between the car's
occupants and Whyms who,
after being shot, ran to the east-
ern side of the street where he
collapsed and died. Whyms was
the country's tenth homicide for
the year.
Jamaal Gibson, alias Eggy,
was arraigned before Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez at Court
One, Bank Lane, yesterday


charged with Whyms' murder.
According to court dockets, Gib-
son on Thursday, February 7,
caused the death of Corey
Whyms. Twelve witnesses are
listed on court dockets.
Gibson's attorney Ian Cargill
told the court that he had been
instructed by his client that while
in police custody a plastic bag
was put over his head and he
was beaten until he.passed out.
Mr Cargill told the court that his
client said he did not know who
the officers were who had
assaulted him, but could identify
them if he saw them again. Mr
Cargill also asked the court to
note that the deceased may have
relatives at Her Majesty's Prison.
Mr Cargill suggested that his
client be put in a secure area of
the prison. Chief Magistrate
Gomez told Mr Cargill that he
had made note of his complaints.
Attorney Eliezer Regnier,
while noting that several days
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FIREFIGHTERS yesterday rushed to the scene of a blaze on Claridge Road before it could spread to the JBR lumber yard on Wulff Road. The fire
started yesterday morning at around 9am in a shed adjoining the Sands family home on Claridge Road, located behindthe JBR lumber yard on Wulff
Road. The Sands family's 10-year-old daughter Lavonya, who wants to become a veterinarian when she grows up, kept rabbits, turtles, pigeons and
ducks in the small shed.
Before firefighters arrived at the home, the flames had already engulfed the shed. However, reports last night indicated that all of the animals had
miraculously survived the fire. Lavonya's family home had only minor damage, as did the JBR lumber yard, which had some damage to one of its walls
and the roof. I
The cause of the fire haslnot yet been determined.


Discussions in
wo police officers Trinidad ahead


charged in court

0 By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporters
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Two police offi-
cers on Grand Bahama were
arraigned on Friday in Eight Mile
Rock Magistrate's Court on
charges of burglary and causing
.damage.
Officers Cpl 749 Gustavis
Roker, 34, and PC 301 David
Glinton, 27, both attached to the
Eight Mile Rock division, were
not required to plead to the
indictable offence of burglary, but
pleaded not guilty to the second
charge of causing damage.
On the charge of burglary, they
were accused of being concerned
together with others at Bootle
Bay, Grand Bahama, on Monday,
February 11, and breaking and
entering the home of Larry Getty
at Larry Getty Resort with intent
to commit a felony.
On the charge of causing dam- "
age it is alleged that at the same
time, they and others, caused
material damage to a door and a
door jamb, together valued at
$409.47, the property of Larry
Getty.
Magistrate Gwen Claude
adjourned the case to May 22 at
10am for a preliminary inquiry
and granted the defendants $5,000
bail with two sureties.
They were also ordered to
report to the Eight Mile Rock Police Station every Friday before
9am.
Following their arraignment, the two officers were taken to the
Police Headquarteis in Freeport where they were relieved of their
duties as police officers, pending the outcome of their court case.


of CARICOM
Nassau meeting
By ALISON LOWE ;
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
CARIBBEAN leaders and senior officials
met with Trinidad and Tobago's prime minister
Patrick Manning on Thursday to hold discus-
sions in preparation for March's CARICOM
meeting in Nassau.
According to regional dews reports, CARI-
COM officials and heads oi government, includ-
ing the newly-appointed.Prime Minister of Bar-
bados, David Thompson, were welcomed by
Mr Manning at his Whitehall office in Trinidad.
The CARICOM delegation was headed by
Secretary General Dr Edivin Carrington and
included Deputy Secretary General Eddie
Greene and Chef de Cabinet Glenda Itiaba.
According to Caribbeani Net News, discus-
sions with Mr Manning took in a variety of
SEE page 11


cneigein visa process
N By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
BAHAMIANS may have moved a step
closer to being able to travel freely to Europe
without having to endure the "laborious"
Schengen visa application process.
The European Commission, the executive
branch of the European Union, announced
yesterday that it has submitted recommen-
dations to the European Council the high-
est legislative body of the EU that negoti-
ations to exempt six countries from the Schen-
gen visa requirement be allowed to get under-
way.
Countries that will benefit from that autho-
risation include the Bahamas, Barbados,
Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis,
Mauritius and the Seychelles.
Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Brent
SEE page 11


A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was
stabbed yesterday afternoon,
sustaining a "serious" wound to
his lower back.
The trend of violence among
teenagers continued yesterday
when a fight broke out at the
Queen Elizabeth Sports Cen-
tre where the Government High
School track meet was being
held.
According to reports, which
were still sketchy last night, an
altercation occurred at around
3pm'and resulted in a 16-year-
old boy being stabbed.
Police could not confirm if
the victim was a student of any
of the schools participating in
the sporting event.
While the teenager was still
being assessed at hospital yes-
terday, emergency medical per-
sonnel at Princess Margaret
confirmed that his condition
was stable.


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* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
POLICE are investigating two separate
incidents of armed robberies which occurred
in the capital Thursday night.
According to a statement by Assistant
Superintendent Walter Evans, two car thieves
robbed a Bahamian man of his vehicle while
outside his home in Eastern New Providence
on Thursday night. '
Around 8 pm Thursday, a 23-year-old man
was leaving his home in Marathon Estates to
get into his car when he was approached by
two masked gunmen who demanded his car
keys.


The robbers, who were dressed in dark
clothing, made their getaway in the stolen
vehicle, a white 2004 Nissan Maxima regis-
tration No. 169417.
Police are also investigating another inci-
dent of armed robbery, which occurred at
Angel's Variety Store on Montrose Avenue.
Employee reports say that shortly before 8
pm, two light complexioned men of slim build
entered the store and demanded money. One
of the men was armed with a handgun, police
said. The assailants robbed the store of an
undetermined amount of cash.
Before leaving, a patron who was present,
was also deprived of a small quantity of cash.
police said.
The culprits who wore blue jeans and light


coloured shirts fled the area in an unknown
direction. Police investigations continue.
Last year's crime statistics revealed an
alarming spike in the incidents of armed rbb-
beries. According to the 2007 statistics, there
were 819 cases of armed robberies reported
compared to 548 in 2006 resulting in a 49 per
cent increase.
Police reported a dismal detection rate of
11 per cent for armed robbery, however, the
detection rate for murders was 72 per cent.
Car theft also rose 10 per cent last year.
The recent statistics also revealed an
upswing in violent crimes throughout The
Bahamas with murders rising 32 per cent, rape
increasing by 86 per cent, and attempted rape
increasing 52 per cent.


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Youth Communication and




Leadership Symposium


THE third annual Youth Communica-
tion and Leadership Symposium gets start-
ed today under the partronage of Healing
Communicators Toastmasters Club 7178.
The club said it is using its leadership
ability to influence youth development and
create positive national change.
The event will be held from 9am to 3pm, at
the SuperClubs Breezes Resort. The theme
is "Empower to lead; inspire to achieve."
Speaking about the need for more posi-
tive activities for young people, Club 7178
president Glennette Reckley said: "The
future isn't what it used to be. Inevitably, we
must make it what we would like it to be.
This is the concept of umbrella's Club 7178
annual communication and leadership sym-
posium."
"Nationally we want our youth equipped
for future leadership of our nation. Toast-
masters Club 7178 is committed to educat-
ing, equipping and encouraging our young
people for communication leadership."
According to event co-ordinator Pamela
Rolle, "Communication leadership is a
process that prepares young people to meet
the challenges of adolescence and adult-
hood through a co-ordinated, progressive
series of activities and experiences which
help them to become socially, morally, emo-
tionally, physically, and cognitively compe-
tent."
Ms Rolle further explained that commu-
nication leadership can be defined as both
an internal and external process leading to
the ability to guide or direct others on a
course of action, influence the opinion and
behaviour of other people, and show the
way by going in advance.
She said it also allows one to develop the
ability to analyse one's own strengths and
weaknesses, set personal and vocational
goals, and have the self-esteem necessary to
carry them out.
"It includes the ability to identify com-
munity resources and use them, not only
to live independently, but also to establish
support networks to participate in commu-
nity life and to effect positive social change,"
she said.
At the seminar, 150 male and female 11th
and 12th grade students from public and
private schools in New Providence will inter-
act with a panel of professionals and discuss
issues pertinent to their development.
"With the momentum gathered so far
and all our continued efforts, we can trans-
form the way youth development is,Aone
and turn social and interpersonal youth
development from a good idea into a


tremendous accomplishment," Ms Rolle
explained.
"To ensure full youth access, this year
we sought the assistance of corporate
Bahamas to defray the cost of the sympo-
sium. The symposium features the latest
tools, research and media to help youth
connect with their leadership ability. The
event will revolve around five pillars of


youth leadership: Conflict resolution, effec-
tive communication, personal leadership,
sexual and social responsibility and pur-
pose management.
"Doubtlessly, participants will walk away
from the day armed with new mentors,
along with the tools and inspiration needed
to successfully engage their environment,"
she said.


Main Platform sessions will be for both male and female students. During focused ses-
sions, male and female students will be addressed separately.


* MAIN PLATFORM SESSIONS
* Minister of State Youth and Sports Byran
Woodside
Topic: today's youth; tomorrow's leaders
* Inspector Sandra Miller, Community
Policing Division
Topic: conflict resolution and anger
* David Foran, US Embassy
Topic: drugs, other narcotics and alcoholism
* Gerard Rolle, Texaco Road Safety
Spokesperson contest runner up
Topic: road safety; a way of life
* Ambrosine Huyler, Club 7178 vice pres-
ident .
Topic: effective communication
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* Leon Williams, president, BTC
Topic: responsible use of the internet and
other communication devices
* Pastor Dave Burrows, Bahamas Faith
Ministries
Topic: making wise choices
* Father Don Haynes, St Matthew's Angli-
can Parish
Topic: making it happen
* FOCUSED SESSIONS
* Dr Austin Davis aid nurse Judith Cooper,
Topic: contraceptives and responsible sex-
ual behaviour
* Eddie Thompsoniand Linda Thompson
Topic: protocol and social graces


Ministry advises


parents and


students on


school uniform


dress code


TOASTMASTER Clothie Lockhar as she delivers a motivational
talk to the enthusiastic group of teenage girls at the first
"Teen Girls Youth Leadership Forum" on March 11, 2006.
Shown seated at left are: Toastmaster Pamela Rolle (president,
2005/06, Club 7178) and former Minister of Education Alfred
Sears who was the keynote speaker.


FEMALES
skirts must be two inch-
es below the knees.
hairstyles must be mod-
erate with no wigs, exten- i
sions, hair pieces, rinses or 3
dyes.
female students may I
wear only one pair of knob of
earrings and no other jew- .
ellery except a wrist watch.

YOUNG MEN [
long trousers (pants)
must be properly belted at
the waist and not overlap-
ping shoes.
shirts should be neatly
tucked in at the waist and '
neck ties should be properly 1
tied.

students to school uniform rules'
was enlisted."
The ministry said this wav/
achieved through a campaigrDi
under which:
letters were sent to parents
announcements were made
at school assemblies go
inspection of uniforms weri
carried out during school
assemblies i
letters were given regard-
ing the proper wearing of uniA
forms during registration p
"The Ministry of Education,
Youth, Spdrts and Culture wish-
es to thank those parents anq3f
students who have respected4
and complied with the uniform/
code. We also encourage ant,
seek the compliance of parents
and students who continuous
break these rules. We urge your
assistance in the maintenanceT
of a disciplined, safe and coniro
portable learning environmental
for all," the statement said.


THE DEPARTMENT of Public
Health celebrated the 100th
birthday of client Rhoda
Johnson-Jackson on Thurs-
day at her home on Claridge
Road. Nursing officer Aneka
Johnson presented her with
a gift basket. Mrs Jackson's
daughter Ida Dean sits at her
right. Standing from left are:
community worker Anishka
Cartwright; retired commu-
nity hurse Corlette Klass;
principal nursing officer Glo-
ria Gardner; registered nurse
midwife, Shirley Smith;
health aid Coral Jackson;
registered nurse Braniska
Lewis; senior nursing offi-
cer, Sandra Colby; and clark
Delcie Rolle.


MAIN SECTION
Local News.............P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Editorial/Letters. ......................................... P4
SPORTS SECTION
Sports .........................................P1,2,3,4,5
Comics........................................................ P6
Advt ........................................................... P7
W eather......................................... ......... P8

CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES

USA TODAY WEEKEND EDITION 8 PAGES





Notice

Notice is hereby given that on 12 February
2008, by resloution of its Members, Caledonia
Corporate Management Group Limited went
into voluntary liquidation and Mr. Anthony S.
Kikivarakis of Deloitte & Touche, 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, The Bahamas,
was appointed as the Company's Liquidator.


Signed
Mr. Anthony S. Kikivarakis
Liquidator
P.O. Box N-7526
Nassau, Bahamas
242-302-4800


Coconut Grove Clinic ani
Public Health celebrate I
patron's 100th birthday,
* By LLONELLA GILBERT W
Jc;
NURSES from the Coconutf,
Grove Clinic and representatives,.
from the Department of PublicA
Health helped Mrs Rhoda John-
son Lightbourn celebrate he,'
100th birthday on Valentine's
Day.. j A
If one asks Mrs Lightbourn t6 -1
what she owes her longevity, shelW
will tell you it is the hard workiv
she performed from the age of
12. ;1
Her first job was at St.,
Matthews Anglican Church, but
she has also worked in the field,
hooked sponge, caught crawfislt.'i
worked in the tourism industry_'
washed clothes, cooked, and"'
baked. :
Mrs Lightbourn has 11 childredw
of her own, as well as five chiltc1
dren her deceased husband hadi.
from a previous marriage. Seven
of her 11 children are still alive.
Nursing officer Aneka John-/
son, one of the organizers of the
birthday celebration, explained
that she was surprised to learn"''
Mrs Lightbourn was 99 when sheikt
met her last year. 'fF
S"I was so excited to meet het
and to see that someone at her ,
age is doing so well," Nurse John,5!
son said. "She is absolutely amaz-,.
ing."
Nurse Johnson said she
promised Mrs Lightbourn that"0
the clinic and the Department of'"
Public Health would help cele-
brate her centenary.
"We want to look after ou
elderly," she said. "We need t
honour and celebrate them, an
to make sure they are taken car
Mrs Lightbourn said the nurses
from the clinic visit her at leas
once a month to check her bloo
pressure and to talk with her.


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THE Ministry of Education
has announced a zero tolerance
stance on school uniform
infringements.
Parents and students were
warned yesterday that failure
to comply with uniform guide-
lines as set out by each school's
administrative team will result
in "the appropriate sanctions
being taken against those who
breach the rules and regula-
tions."
The ministry said in a state-
ment that a person's attire con-
veys a message about them. "In
the school environment the
wearing of the school uniform
in the correct way is meant to
facilitate discipline, support
learning and to maintain a
scholarly atmosphere."
In an effort to maintain
appropriate behaviour and uni-
formity of dress in all public
schools, the ministry said it
wishes to advise parents and
students of the following:
the administrative team in
each public school determines
the colour of uniforms; exactly
what is to be worn and how it is
to be worn.
upon registration, parents
will receive copies of schools
rules, and are advised to discuss
these rules with their children.
students' uniforms will be
inspected daily and if necessary,
reminders will be issued about
the dress code.
parents of students who
are in breach of the school's
rules will be notified and the
appropriate sanctions will be
applied.
"The administration and staff
of each public school work dili-
gently to educate both parents
and students as to the ministry's
standards with regards to the
wearing of uniforms, said the
statement.
"This is especially true in the
case of R M Bailey Senior High
School, where parental assis-
tance in ensuring compliance of


Deloitte.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Our client, a leading Bahamian public company, is seeking applications for the
position of Chief Financial Officer.

Job Objective:
To provide financial leadership to the company by managing its financial resources,
providing oversight of the accounting function, and maintaining appropriate relations
with investors and regulatory agencies. The CFO will report to the Chief Executive
Officer.

Primary Duties:
Directs the organization's financial planning and accounting practices

Directs the organization's relationship with lending institutions, shareholders
and the financial community

Oversees and directs treasury, budgeting, audit, tax, payroll, accounting,
purchasing, real estate and insurance activities for the organization

Directs the Corporate and Accounting Vice Presidents in providing and
directing procedures and systems necessary to maintain proper records and
to afford adequate accounting controls

Consolidates and directs all costs accounting procedures together with other
statistical and routine reports

Directs and analyzes studies of general economic, business, and financial
conditions and their impact on the organization's policies and operations

Knowledge & Skills:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
A degree in Accounting or Finance and or a CPA, or equivalent required

Three to five years experience in a healthcare setting preferred

Excellent customer service, organizational, leadership and computer skills
required

Excellent written and oral communication skills

The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reflecting
the successful applicant's experience and qualifications, including a pension
plan, medical, life, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage.

Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before
February 29, 2008 to:
Mark E. Munnings
Partner
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
or
Email: mmun nings@deloitte.cor.bs



Deloitte.


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o In brief (Group calls tor govt to avoid "spectre o0

Police confiscate t*igat ga
ari.juana bias in investigation into sex allegations
five pounds ofn estlga o
wailtuana while A LOCAL activist group is P_0ple for Ethics in Government Y_ ______

n Poutine patrol calling on government to People for Ethics in Government
avoid any spectre of impro- I 1 1


POLICE confiscated
five pounds of marijuana
on Thursday morning
while on routine patrol in
the Pineyard Road area.
According to Assistant
Superintendent of Police
Walter Evans, shortly
before 11am, officers from
the mobile division saw a
"suspicious male" walking
with a multi-coloured pil-
low case.
Seeing the police, the
male dropped the package
and escaped the area by
jumping a fence, ASP
Evans said.
He was not caught.
Police examined the pil-
low case and found five
pounds of marijuana.

POLICE found an
illegal firearm near the
Queen Elizabeth Sports
Centre on Thursday.
DEU officers, acting on
a' tip, went to the QE
Sports Centre at around
10am.
They found an object in
a plastic bag near a cedar
tree.
It was a 9mm handgun
which contained six live
rounds of ammunition.
No arrests were made.


US Embassy

will be closed

on Monday
THE United States
Embassy has announced
that it will be closed on
Monday, February 18, in
observance of the U S
President's Day Holiday.
The embassy will
resume normal business
operations on Tuesday,
February 19, at 8am.


80-plus artists

express support

for Sanz in spat

with Venezuela

leaders
SNEW YORK

MORE than 80 per-
formers and other celebri-
ties have signed a state-
ment supporting Gram-
my-winning Spanish
singer Alejandro Sanz
after two Venezuelan con-
certs were canceled
because of his criticism of
Hugo Chavez, according
to Associated Press.
The letter, released
Wednesday, was signed by
performers including
Shakira, Ricky Martin,
Jennifer Lopez, Marc
Anthony, Penelope Cruz
and even soccer star
David Beckham. It said
the signers "believe in a
Latin America where we
are all free to express our
views."
Venezuelan organizers
last week announced that
Sanz's sold-out Feb. 14
concert in Caracas was
canceled because it lacked
"the appropriate condi-
tions." A.November con-
cert also was scrapped
when officials withdrew
permission to use a gov-
ernment auditorium.
Sanz's criticism of Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez led
Venezuelan officials to
declare he is not welcome
in the country though
ticket sales to fans might
indicate otherwise.
Sanz closed a Sunday
concert in the Dominican
Republic by dedicating a
j song to his Venzuelan
Sfans: "a bunch of people
in a country where I can-
not go."


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priety and bias" in the inves-
tigation into the teacher-stu-
dent sex allegations that have
rocked the Ministry of Edu-
cation.
Earlier this week, officials
in the ministry confirmed that
a full scale investigation has
been launched into allegations
that a female teacher at a gov-
ernment school was having a
sexual relationship with a 12th
grade male student.
In a release issued yester-
day, People for Ethics in Gov-
ernment (PEG) said that it
has learned that there may be
"a major conflict of interest"
involving two senior govern-
ment officials and one of the
persons involved in the alle-
gations.
PEG said that if such a con-
flict exists, it is imperative that
any officials connected to the
persons in question recuse
themselves from the matter,
"to avoid the appearance of
further foul play."
The group is also calling on
the Ministry of Education and
the school's administration to


speaks out on issue ot alleged

teacher-student relationship


punish the student, if the alle-
gations prove to be true. This,
PEG said, would send a clear
message that the alleged
behaviour is inappropriate and
unacceptable.
"Failure to do so would risk
further erosion of the bound-
aries separating teachers and
students.
"This particular situation is
a very important case-study
that will serve to educate our
country's youth about the
moral and ethical standards
of our society," the group stat-
ed.
"The Ministry of Education
has forwarded the file on the
alleged incident to the office
of the attorney general. Acting
Director of Education Lionel
Sands confirmed this on
Wednesday in an interview
with ZNS TV news.


Though the reports indicate
that the boy is 16 that is, he
has reached the age of con-
sent and the teacher is in her
thirties, such a relationship, if
sexual, may fall under Section
14 of the Sexual Offenses and
Domestic Violence Act.
The law states that any adult
who has sex with a "depen-
dent child" with or 'without
the consent of the child, is sub-
ject to seven years in prison
on conviction, if it is the per-
son's first such offence.
In subsection 3, (d) and (e)
of the same section of the Act,
"dependent child of the adult"
means a minor who is not
related by blood to the adult,
but "(d) is in the actual cus-
tody; charge or control of the
adult; or (e) in relation to
whom the adult holds a posi-
tion of trust," the group noted.


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SIR ARTHUR FOULKES is sworn in as deputy to governor general by Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
yesterday at Government House.



WVHY YOU VEX?


* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net

"I WONDER when will the
government do something
about these companies that
have you working your
behind off from 8.30am to
5.30pm. This is (my) prob-
lem, you are given one
hour for lunch that is
unpaid, but yet we still
have to work an hour
more to make up for our
unpaid lunch hour.
"Mr minister of labour,
this is not right! Let us
have an eight hour-work
day that includes paying
for my lunch, so if I don't
feel like going for lunch I
,can feel more inclined to
work during my lunch break."
K D, frustrated worker
"I vex because someone
needs to do something with
this traffic! I have to get up
extra early in the morning to
get me and my children ready.
Time as I get off from work I
reach home 7 in the evening.
"How can I as parents be
more involved in our chil-
dren's upbringing when I can't
even concentrate to help my
children with their homework
after having to fight this traffic
after working my tail all day."
Sick and tired mother

"Bahamian people please
take some pride in your life.
We have tourists coming to
our country daily from all
parts of the world to enjoy
what we have sun, sand and
sea.
"Please stop the public
exposure of men (urinating)
on the side of the road. Like
the man I saw last week on
Hawkins Hill relieving him-
self on the main road. And


there was another man who
was polluting the waters at
Potter's Cay. And all the


homeless persons that are
always near the Paradise
Island area.
"Come on please remove
them and even the ones from
our downtown areas too. I
tired of seeing them laying all
around the place and it's so
sad some tourist taking pic-
tures of them."
Concerned citizen

"I vex at how disorgan-
ised the new white pages
are in the telephone book.
Some of the government
ministries are listed alpha-
betically and some of
them are listed under M,
for "ministry."
"It is very confusing and
not to mention time con-
suming. To add insult to
injury, when I finally find the
number I am looking for the
phone just rings and rings."
GiGi, Centreville


THE United States Embassy, in partnership with the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank, will sponsor the Bahamas Franchise Confer-
ence and Expo this month.
The event will be held on February 25 to 26 at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel.
On Monday, February 25, U S Embassy Charg6 d'Af-
faires Dr Brent Hardt, president of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce Dionisio D'Aguilar and chairman of the Bahamas
Development Bank Darron Cash will address the conference.
Dr John Hayes, franchise expert and Adam Ogden,
founder and CEO of JUICEBLENDZ, along with the oth-
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starting and running a successful franchise.

Encourage

"Franchising is a tried, tested and proven business model
and the embassy hopes the conference and expo will encour-
age potential Bahamian entrepreneurs to take the plunge
into the world of franchising," said the embassy in a state-
ment.
The franchise exhibits will be open to the general public.
A number of U S franchisors will participate in the event
and are reportedly seeking entrepreneurs in the Bahamas.
"While franchising is not a new concept in the Bahamas,
there is room for more business persons to buy and operate
franchise operations," said the statement. "Not only will
business owners become stakeholders in a proven enter-
prise, but all of the logistics and training required to make the
business successful are part of a franchise package."
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the Bahamian entrepreneurial community, and advised that
anyone who wants to make an appointment with a particu-
lar franchiser can contact the embassy.


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HELD UP by gun-lobby radicals US Attor-
ney Michael Sullivan has taken an even-handed
approach toward reducing the use of illegal
firearms while still respecting the constitution-
al right to bear arms. But that's not good enough
for some Republican US senators who have
fallen under the sway of the gun lobby and are
blocking his confirmation as head of the feder-
al Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives.
Senator David Vitter of Louisiana is leading
the charge against Sullivan. Vitter believes that
the ATF holds gun dealers and owners to unrea-
sonable licensing standards. And he lacks con-
fidence that Sullivan will address his concerns.
"... So I am going to hold this nominee," he
said in a statement to the Globe. It's not an
idle threat. A single senator can put a hold on
legislative action for months.
The only unreasonable position here is Vit-
ter's groundless attempt to undermine Sulli-
van. Guns used to commit crimes are often
stolen, trafficked, bought off the books, or
obtained from kitchen-table sellers, gun shows
or corrupt dealers. Sullivan has mounted an
attack on these weapons, not the Second
Amendment.
After President Bush appointed him US
attorney in 2001, Sullivan crafted good working.
relations with state and local law enforcement
agencies. His efforts are consistent with Bush's
Project Safe Neighbourhoods Initiative, proving
he can walk the line between politics and law
enforcement.
If anything, that skill has increased since his
appointment as acting director of the ATF in
September 2006. He is well-qualified by expe-
rience and temperament to take the permanent
post.
Sullivan is under suspicion for having the


WHAT was left of the septuagenarian Eng-'
lishman was discovered on a sofa in a Bristol flat.
on the second to last day of January.
The stench, which had prompted the discovery
by a cleaning crew, had lasted five to eight years,
because that's how long authorities believe he'd
been dead: five to eight years.
The man, Denis Pring, walked this earth,
crossed paths with people, shared words with
acquaintances and strangers and made transac-
tions with businesses for more than 70 years, but
he was dead for as long as eight years and, with
possibly one exception, no one knew it.
The exception, according to the British Broad-
casting Corp., which reported the story last week,
was the tenant of that flat, a man named Alan
Derrick, also in his 70s, who didn't report the
death because he suffers from mental problems.
Derrick was arrested but released, and police are
no longer treating Pring's death as suspicious.
Five to eight years? Can someone live a life so
isolated, so removed from the thoughts and con-
cerns of others that he can be dead for five to
eight years without anyone noticing his absence?
"How can any of us possibly understand how
there could be a dead body in somebody's flat for
five years, or maybe even as long as eight years,
and nobody know and nobody notices, and life
goes on as usual?" asked Labour Parliamentarian
Dawn Primarola.
The macabre circumstances surrounding the
demise of Pring's demise are less frightening than
his being forgotten. We want to be missed and our
absence noted. Memory should always outlive
the inevitability of death. We accept our mortal-
ity, but can we accept being forgotten?
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, but after the
dust has been scattered, shouldn't the flesh of
memories survive to affirm that we were here
and that our existence meant something?
This isn't to say that while he was alive, Pring's


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courage at his Senate confirmation hearing to
suggest that the ATF should share more of its
data. The agency maintains an excellent data-
base that checks guns used in crimes against
purchase records of federal licensees. Until
2003, the agency encouraged police and munic-
ipalities to use the data to scrutinize gun dealers
with histories of supplying illegal markets. It
led to effective gun enforcement strategies. But
the National Rifle Association, working with
US Representative Todd Tiahrt, Republican
of Kansas, stripped the trace data from the pub-
lic domain.
Bush's backing of Sullivan may suggest a
growing awareness of the link between the easy
availability of guns and the ongoing carnage.
Bush recently signed a law that gives incentives
to states to improve background check systems.
That should help to keep guns out of the hands
of some dangerous people. But the greater need
is to close the gun show loophole that allows
convicted felons, domestic abusers, and dan-
gerously mentally ill people to walk into gun
shows and buy weapons from unlicensed private
sellers without background checks.
Sullivan is a Republican who has the gun lob-
by's number. That's his only crime.
(This article is by the Boston Globe).
The attitude and influence that the Nation-
al Rifle Association has over Washington is
one of the reasons that the Bahamas is having
such difficulty keeping guns out of the hands of
its more irresponsible citizens. Despite all the
carnage around them, especially in US schools,
the Rifle Association's unreasonable protec-
tion of an American's right to carry arms is car-
ried to irresponsible extremes. The members'
right to swing a rifle on their shooting sprees
seems more important to them than human life.


life didn't mean something to others and that he
didn't create lasting memories in these people.
When he was no longer seen, there may have
been a time when people wondered about him
and inquired about his welfare and his where-
abouts.
But something changed, and he was dead for
five to eight years before anyone knew.
For the most part, we have no control over
when or how we die, but it's the quality and scope
of the life that precedes our death that creates our
legacy and the memories we leave with people.
Most of us want to leave our footprints in concrete
where they can be admired and remembered. We
don't want to leave footprints in sand to be
washed away by the waves of time.
An Englishman was dead on a couch for five to
eight years before anyone knew he was dead.
The Bristol Coroner's Court has begun an urgent
inquiry to learn how a corpse could have gone
unnoticed for so long. But a life that had meaning
to others should have generated an urgent inquiry
five to eight years ago.
Still, Pring's death has meaning because it
reminds us that once we're gone, we not only no
longer possess the power to shape our legacy, we
can't even guarantee we will be missed. How we
are remembered in death will reflect how we lived
and the lives we touched.
All of us misbehave and sin, but none of us
wants our misbehaviour and sins to be so foul
that our families are left to explain and clean up
the stench.
Few of us will be remembered by having our
names inscribed on buildings and street signs, but
most of us want to be engraved in the memories of
the people we knew and met.
Simply, we want to be thought about, missed
and remembered.
(This article was written by Cary Clack of the
San Antonio Express-News- c2008).


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NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama


Held up by gun-lobby radicals


EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow the space in
your paper to highlight a
national concern that affects
our country to the core of its
economic survival.
During Hurricane Katrina a
then Lieutenant General by the
name of Russel Honore gave us
five words that changed the
mindset of handling any crisis.
"Don't get stuck on stupid."
I find it very disturbing that
we, the people of the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas, contin-
ue to allow successive govern-
ments, to render excuses as to
why our number one industry,
Tourism, continues to fail and
why we as a nation allow our-
selves to be "stuck on stupid."
Examine its present state, ask
ourselves why many young
Bahamians have not embraced
the nation's largest investment,
or played an intricate part in
fostering or promoting its
ideals. The operational aspects
of tourism and its lack of engag-
ing the inevitable change in the
region and the world, has been
more draining on our economy
and has failed to deliver the
desired results. We criticise so
many of our government insti-
tutions in which we find so con-
veniently to blame for daily fail-
ings. Why is it, our citizens
refuse to recognize failings and
never correct them, when your
car is running out of gas a sen-
sible person would find a gas
station. I can only assume,
based on our actions dealing
with Tourism, that we are a
nation that is "stuck on stupid."
When you equate the return
on investment, Tourism today
has been ineffectual and not the
best performing industry. By
far, the tourism industry has
undermined itself, embraced its
own failures, but has yet to
understand the social complex-
ities that undermine its very
existence. Every consultant in
order to truly learn about the
Bahamas, and before they pro-
duce "their" study or report,
must first talk to, or engage the
services of a Bahamian. The
consultants are paid millions to
render an opinion or produce a
report. This report enables us
to light this "Christmas tree",
which we call Tourism.
Unfortunately, they immedi-
ately find out that there is no
consistent form of electricity in
the Bahamas to keep the light
on. That failing light is the
Bahamas Government, both
past and present.
Tourism today does not need
any more studies. Tourism sim-
ply needs the Government of
the Bahamas to make some real
hard decisions that the Bahami-
an people have already paid for
again, again, and again. As a
nation I repeat, we cannot allow
our governments to come to
power and get "stuck on stu-
pid."
We must remember, not
because a person is elected to
Government, they are auto-
matically experts in the Min-
istry in which they serve. They
are not.
This is the cultural mindset
that contributes to so many fail-
ings in Government Ministries
and a prime example of


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"becoming stuck on stupid."
Instead of "window dressing"
the tourism product, we must
first ensure that we have elec-
tricity to light this "Christmas
tree", I call Tourism. As the
looters during hurricane Katri-
na stole televisions only to find
out they have no electricity at
home. The Ministry of Tourism
must act firm and fast and don't
get "stuck on stupid." Below
are only a few suggestions for
their consideration that came
from some young Bahamians
that we hope would be consid-
ered, and it's free with no con-
sulting fees.
Move the jitneys off Bay
Street so that we reduce the.
traffic congestion and the fumes
that give the first impression
when a visitor leaves the cruise
ship. No compromise.
Engage, not bully, the straw
vendors in Nassau to ensure an
amicable solution is reached.
Join hands with Urban
Renewal to spread your mes-
sage to the young people who
end up on Bay Street shooting
each other.
Give the taxi drivers back
their concessions providing they
bring in approved vehicles. On
Saturday, take them off Bay
Street to the side streets with a
more structured call up system
that does not promote fighting
and swearing (cursing) in front
of the tourist.
Move the container port from
Bay Street, and stop playing
"political football." The
Bahamian people cannot accept
the movement of the container
ports from Bay Street to
Arawak Cay. This is truly an
example of "stuck on stupid."


It is like taking a bath with no
water or being half pregnant.
We the people need to make
sure the government of the
Bahamas does the right thing.
Encourage and develop movie.
native entertainment and night
life on Bay Street.
Demolish or repair those
buildings that are not in tune
with the development of
tourism on Bay Street.
Encourage development up
to the Eastern Parade.
Reduce the American Fast
Food franchises and licensing
on Bay Street and in other
strategic tourist areas of the
Bahamas.
Deport all illegal nationals
unconditionally and remove the
Haitian sloops. Make them
dock like everybody else.
Ensure that Bahamians get
first preference at the Hotel
Training College because we
must remember our neigh-
bors in the region are here to
study why we are number one
in tourism. .It is evident that
they have caught on and realize
that bananas, coffee, bauxite
and rum will only go so far.
Grant tax concessions to
those businesses on Bay Street
that foster the tourist ideals 6f
the Bahamas by upgrading their
properties annually.
Educate our students froin
primary school on the impor-
tance of this industry.
Tourism in its current state
will be like "Christmas tree"
with no lights, and we as a peo-
ple would have proved retired
Lieutenant General Russel
Honore correct by not accoim-
plishing anything because we
chose to allow our government
to remain "stuck on stupid."
ANTHONY
BOSTWICK Jr
Nassau,
February, 2008.


The condition of most


govt maintained area$


EDITOR, The Tribune.


I READ with interest today's article concerning the run
down condition of Fort Fincastle and its immediate environs.
One doesn't have to look too closely to notice that this condi-
tion is common to most of the government maintained areas,
including roads, verges, public buildings, national monuments,
historical sites and cemeteries.
The present administration must have contracted a healthy
dose of ostrich syndrome from their predecessors as the current
thought process where these issues are concerned continues to
be, cover up or ignore the problem and it will go away.
In December of 2006 I wrote concerning the F words that had
been painted on the cannons of the Fort Charlotte lower battery
on West Bay Street and the dilapidated condition of the cannon
at the foot of Government house steps. Happily the graffiti
was painted out the day after the letter was published, but the
solution at that time for the Government House cannon was to
cover it with a very scrubby looking plywood box where it still
resides in all its glory more than a year later. This just typifies the
mind set mentioned previously.
Lamentably, I have to conclude that no matter who's running
the show, they are still unable to think outside the box.

IAN MABON
Nassau,
February 15, 2008




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0 In brief

PM had 'no

discussions

whatsoever'

with any Liquid

National Gas

representatives

SPRIME Minister
Hubert Ingraham told
the media during the
frneet-the-press event
kfhat he had "no discus-
"ions whatsoever" with
finy of Liquid Natural
,Pas (LNG) representa-
1Aives.
"I've had no discus-
sions whatsoever with
sany of the LNG persons
Sor projects or companies
- none whatsoever.
4'L "One of them has
written a letter to my
office. I'm aware that
whey have had some con-
otact with agencies of the
government and I
bxpect that the other
oine who hasn't yet
"made contact with my
office will do so, based
%n what I'm told.
"And we will look at
Xhe situation and make
,,ome judgments but it
jWas not a matter that we
came to office giving a
Thigh priority to," he
Said.

i' THE NATION'S
chief f said that while
there is no "immediate"
intent to remove
exchange control on
-urrent account activi-
ties, there will continue
'to be an "easing of
restrictions."
-o "There's no immedi-
ate intention to elimi-
%ate exchange control
-f
on current account
activitiess (however),
there will continue to be
an easing of restrictions.
"For instance, I
expect that the Central
Bank will make an
announcement in due
course about further
delegation of authority
eo banks to deal with
certain matters and that-
over a period of time we
?ill gradually arrive at
he point where we can
Cake that bold state-
ment that bar the capi-
tal account in the
Bahamas that there are
no exchange control
restrictionss for current
-iccount activities," he
.,aid at the meet-the-
,.ress event held at
the British Colonial
vHilton.

ol E THE GOVERN-
MENT will make "sub-
[taantial" road improve-
lments of more than $100
million within the city
itif Nassau that should
S.elp to relieve the grid-
dbck of the daily com-
liiute, Prime Minister
Hiubert Ingraham told
local media at the
recent meet-the-press
event.
"We're going to make
a major effort at sub-
stantial road improve-
ment here in Nassau,
more than $100 million
worth. We should sign
the contract not long
from now.
"Traffic management
also presents opportuni-
ties for us, the extent to
which the Bahamas con-
tinues to not have in
place any rules about
the importation of
wrecked cars, old tyres,
and other things that
other countries found
the means to deal with
(a) long time ago that I
can't speak to right now
but certainly they are all
issues that neea to be
tackled."
"The extent to which


the public service can
expand and increase its
flexi-hours for its work-
ers (can) all impact
upon traffic manage-
ment in the city," Mr
Ingraham said.


T-ROICAL
EXERMINAT91ORS


Collins House to be transformed




into major cultural, historical site


* By XAN-XI BETHEL

PLANS have been announced for
the restoration of the stately man-
sion Centreville, better known as
Collins House.
This building, located on Shirley
Street and Collins Avenue, was for-
merly the Ministry of Education and
the site of St Andrews School.
Before that, it was the home of
Ralph Collins a prominent figure
who came to the Bahamas from
Rhode Island in the early 20th cen-
tury.
The government announced yes-
terday that Collins House is set to
be transformed into a major cultur-
al and historical site.
A local team of architects has
teamed up with Newport Collabo-
rative Architects Inc, an architec-
tural group from Rhode Island, to
return the now dilapidated building
into the "stately structure" that it
used to be. Some of the old walls in
the building will be torn down and
electrical fixtures and plumbing will
be replaced.
Newport Collaborative Architects
has been in operation for 30 years
and is largely responsible for the
massive overhaul that Rhode Island
underwent between 1975 and today.


MEMBERS OF the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, Newport Collabora-
tive Architects and Minister of State for Culture Charles Maynard (centre) pose for an offi-
cial photograph at Collins House.


Their expertise is in restorative and
preservative work.
The project is a part of the reju-
venation of downtown Nassau and a


step towards what many Bahamians
have been calling for a total
facelift for the Bahamas' tourist
product.


MEMBERS OF the Antiquities. Monu-
ments and Museums Corporation. Newport
Collaborative Architects and Minister of
State for Culture Charles Maynard centrel
are shown during a press conference at
Collins House on Thursday. From left are
Dr Davidson Hepburn, Dr D Brent Hardt.
Mr Maynard. John Grosvenor, Alicia Oxley
and Dr Keitn Tinker


THE Bahamas must focus
"pharmacoeconimics" as part
of its effort to provide acces-
sible and better health care,
Minister of Health Hubert
Minnis said.
Pharmacoeconomics, or
the comparison of rival
forms of drug treatment in
an effort to maximise cost
efficiency, is one of the tools
used world wide to improve
the health care benefits avail-
able at affordable prices, Dr
Minnis said.
He said that with the con-
tinuous vertical movement
of healthcare costs, it is
essential for the Bahamas to
improve its understanding of
the clinical, economic, and
social implications of bud-
geting for the health care sys-
tem.
Dr Minnis was speaking at
the second annual Bahami-
an Health System Pharma-
cists Retreat, which was held
on January 25 and 26 at the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel
under the theme "First world
health care at developing
world prices", attended by
pharmacy leaders, health
care professional, and poli-
cy makers.
The event was organised
by the Public Hospitals
Authority, the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital's Continuing.
Pharmacy Education Unit
and sponsored by Bayer-
Schering Pharmaceutical
Company.
Portia Thurston moderat-
ed the evening's programme..
The event commenced with
opening remarks by Dr Min-
nis.
Dr Glen Beneby, medical
adviser to Public Hospitals
Authority (PHA) extended
greetings on the behalf of
PHA while Ellen Grizzle
extended greetings on the
behalf of Caribbean Associ-
ation of Pharmacists.


The guest speaker Dr
Daniel Sarpong, senior bio-
statistician and co-ordinator
of Jackson Heart Study Co-
ordinating Centre at Jackson
State University, Mississip-
pi, presented the topic
"Pharmacoeconomics and its
impact on health care".
According to the organis-
ers, the goals of this retreat
were to strengthen leader-
ship skills, to broaden the
scope of pharmacy practice,
and to deepen the involve-
ment of the public health sys-
tem's pharmacists in policy
making in an atmosphere
that encourages relationship
building and networking with
other health care profession-
als.
Thanks were extended by
Maureen Wharton-Adderley
for a successful evening.
She commended PMH
pharmacy staff members on
their hard work and "untir-
ing efforts" in organising the
event, particularly Belinda
Duncombe "for her creative
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Minster of State for Culture
Charles Maynard expressed his com-
mitment to the project and to the
redevelopment of Nassau. "It may
serve as a catalyst for a renewed
interest in Bahamian culture and
history," he said. "This project, the
adaptive re-use of an old building
is not new to the Bahamas. Many
of the old buildings and structures
have been redone and turned into
functional historical sites."
Work is set to begin on the build-
ing in about three months and the
project is scheduled to be completed
in two years.
The government is hoping that
just as the quality of life in Rhode
Island was improved by the restora-
tion of its buildings, the quality of
life will improve in the Bahamas as
a result of such projects. It was not-
ed that in Rhode Island, tourism
increased up to 40 per cent following
the restoration.
"This is an attempt to put some
pep into our tourism product and
also increase cultural interest among
locals," said Mr Maynard.
According to the Department of
Archives, Collins House stands on
the site of an older house, which
was destroyed in the Hurricane of
1929. Mr Collins, a prominent citi-
zen, politician and businessman,
built the present house shortly after
the hurricane on an estate that
stretches from Shirley Street to
Wulff Road.
The building, along with a portion
of the property, was acquired from
the Collins Estate in 1950 by Saint
Andrew's School Limited. It' was
purchased by the government in
1970 and %%as occupied by [he Min-
istry of Education.


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A LOCAL wholesale com-
pany has promised to donate
half the proceeds of future
events it hosts to a fledgling
effort to help young women
in need.
Prime Bahamas has been
sponsoring the Faith Village
for girls since its inception last
year.
Last week, the company
made the announcement of
its renewed commitment,
when Miss Bahamas Universe
contestant Sasha Scott, who
is being sponsored by Prime
and Nautilus Water, visited
the girls of Faith Village and
the Youth in Action group.
Youth in Action, which
shares a headquarters with
the Faith Village for Girls, is
headed by pastors Edison and
Mattie "Prophetess" Nottage.
Lamenting the lack of
attention to issues faced by
young girls in today's
Bahamas, Prophetess Nottage
said she decided to "take the
bull by the horns" and isolate
40 challenged girls for two
weeks, in an effort to help
them discover who they real-
ly are.
She started the ball rolling
out of her own pocket. When
Prime Bahamas heard about
the project, they jumped
onboard. The project has
since been deemed a great
success.
Sasha Scott said the oppor-
tunity to highlight this kind
of concern for the community
is what drew her to run for
the Miss Bahamas Universe
title.


She said she wants to take
part in the Faith Village pro-
ject, and thereby show the
girls what they can do if they
put their minds to it and nev-
er give up their dreams.
Sacha told the girls that she
didn't always have it easy, and
that some aspects of her life
have been a struggle.
She said that she managed
to overcome by staying
focused and committed to the
goals she had put before her.
She spoke about the need
to empower young women,
especially through education,
and told the girls to focus on
their strong points.
This year's Miss Bahamas
Universe contest will be held
on March 16 at the Wyndham
Crystal Palace's Rainforest
Theatre. A total of 16 young
ladies will vie for the coveted
title.
Asked about the competi-
tion, Sasha said: "I feel very
good about the contest apd I
feel that the judges' decision
will be the right one."
She went on to say that she
thinks, one reason young
Bahamians are suffering from
social problems is that peo-
ple have lost focus on what is
important and spend too
much time on material things
and having a good time,
and not enough on young
people.
Sasha said that if she wins
the contest, as an ambassador
for the Bahamas she will pro-
mote the country by telling
the world about the local
environment, culture, and


"beautiful Bahamian people".
Tiffany Evans, a represen-
tative of Prime Bahamas, said
that it is "a pleasure" to spon-
sor Sasha in this year'.s
pageant and that the company
has complete confidence in
her ability to represent the
Bahamas.
Ms Evans also applauded
Prophetess Mattie for her
efforts in helping challenged
girls and reaffirmed the com-
pany's commitment to the
programme.
After a few hours of inter-
acting and taking photos with
the girls, Sasha helped Prime
representatives distribute
fruits and bottles of Nautilus
water.


CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL
CHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17,2008.
11:30 a.m.Speaker
ELDER BRENTFORD ISAACS
NO EVENING SERVICE
Bible Class: 9-45 a.m. Breakdng of Brmad Service: 10.45 am.
*Community Outreach: 11:30 am. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
Midweek Service 730 p.m. (Wodnesdays)
Sisters' Prayer Meeting: ISadm. (a d Thursday of each month)


THE BAHAMAS CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH
Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
_____ P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
ili CHURCH SERVICES
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2008
SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
AGAPE METHODIST CHURCH, Soldier Road
D 11:00AM Rev. Mark Carey
ASCENSION METHODIST CHURCH,
Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH,
Bernard Road
11:00AM Pastor Charles Moss
CURRY MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH,
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Rev. Charles Sweeting
7:00PM Rev. Charles Sweeting
EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH,
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Rev. Charles New-Youth Service
7:00PM Rev. Charles New
GLOBAL VILLAGE METHODIST CHURCH,
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly
ST. MICHAEL'S METHODIST CHURCH, Churchill Avenue
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs/HC
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH H, Frederick Street
11:00AM Mr. Robert d'Albenas

RADIO PROGRAMMES
'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. Godfrey A. Bethell
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Rev. Godfrey A. Bethell
***************************************************
EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH will be holding a Walk For Peace
on Friday, February 29, 2008 assembling In the main car park of
Ebenezer at 6:30 pm. An Ecumenical Service of Prayer will be held
In the Sanctuary Immediately following the walk. Come out and
join us. Peace begins with me, begins with you. Together we can
make The Bahamas peaceful again.



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IBeallou HID Rd 8 Chapel aeet) P.O.Box CS-13041
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
(www.gtwesley.org)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2008.
7:00 a.m. Bro. Ernest Culmer/Sis. Katherine Rose
11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Youth
7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Franklyn
Bethel (HC)
"Casting Sou r p i hae .p or u(Pt hi Sii or He are or ug(i r


Sunday School: 10am
Preaching 11am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour:
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm


BAPTIST BIBLECHURCH
SSOLPIER ROAD & OLD TRAIL"


FUNDAMENTAL
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Pastor:H. Mills


"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
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Morning Worship Service ..,....
Sunday School for all ages..
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Spanish Service ..................
Evening Worship Service .......


8.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
9.45 a.m
11,00 a.m.
8.00 a,m.
6.30 p.m.


WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.
Selective Bti:e Teaching
Royal Rangers (Boys Club) 4-16 yrs.
Missionettes (Girls Club) 4-16 yrs,

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
Youth Ministry Meeting
RADIO MINISTRY
Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ZNS 1 TEMPLE TIME
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MISS BAHAMAS UNIVERSE contestant Sasha Scott, who is being
sponsored by Prime and Nautilus Water and Mattie "Prophtetess"
Nottage.


LIGHT AND LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Grounded In The Past &
3 .:' Geared To The Future


ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712
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fWftorship Time: lla.m. & 7p.m.

S Praver Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m.
Church School during Worship Service
Revival Services
February 13-17, 2008
Speaker: Rev. Steve Bell
from Bradenton Free Methodist Church, Florida
Place: Twvnamr Heights
offPrince Charles Drive
Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
PO.Box SS-5o31
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587
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sites on New Providence


In Days Gone By this week
takes a look at the historic
sites on the island of New
Providence which in recent
times have fallen into some
disrepair.
The Queen's Staircase and
the numerous Forts scattered
across the island were once
major attractions to tourists,
who took pleasure in navigat-
ing through our colonial his-
tory.
In recent times, however,
Public complaints have been
made about the maintenance
of these buildings and monu-
ments. The Water Tower for
example, which offers a
panoramic view of the entire
island, has been closed for
years.
A vendor at the Queen's
Staircase told The Tribune
several weeks ago that this site
is cleaned weekly rather than
daily. And, political activist
Rodney Moncur, who offers
tours of the Forts as a taxi dri-
ver, said that the tourists he
took to Fort Fincastle recent-
ly were not even able to use
the rest rooms.
The concerns about the
Forts and other historic sites"
come at a time when tourism
stakeholders are in talks with
government about the revital-
isation of the tourist industry -
in particular, a much needed
overhaul of downtown Nas-
sau.
The urgency of this over-
haul appears evident in the
wake of a comment a tourist
was overheard making last
Thursday: "Besides Atlantis,
there is nothing here."
A Bay Street merchant told
The Tribune on this topic that
> "the government needs to act
on remaking popular tourists
sites."
"If they don't, it coulctmean
big trouble for our number
one industry."
S Without atransforimation of
the city and its sites, tourists
will leave their hotels less and
less.


JULY 20TH, 1974: The Queen's staircase, with its miniature waterfall, is a hand-hewn staircase of 66 steps
cut into solid limestone. It is 102 ft. high, and can be seen best from the water tower.


NASSAU, BAHAMAS 1985 A favourite
stop on surrey sight seeing tours in quaint
old Nassau is the "sixty-six step" Queen's
Staircase, carved out of solid limestone
more than two hundred years ago by
slaves. Once used as a route by soldiers
that garrisoned Fort Fincastle, the stairway
is now a popular short cut from the city to
the colourful native "over-the-hill" area,
for local residents.


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cation of the number of old historic.buildings in Nassau, capital of these 700
sunny Bahama Islands. At top left, is Government House, with the statue of
Christopher Columbus in the foreground. St. Matthew's Church, the oldest
church building in the Bahamas, is at the top right. At the bottom left, is the
Nassau Public Library, once a prison. At the bottom right, is Balcony House.
In the, centre of the montage is the famed Vendue House, once a slave mar-
ket. Now the head office of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, native straw
vendors display their handicraft outside its front entrance.


WALKING TOUR -1986 Nassau city has had a lively and colourful past.
Visitors may walk through centuries of history and encounter many inter-
esting facts about life in the modern Bahamas on a walking tour. The Min-
istry of Tourism organises Walking tours from the tourist information booth
in the Rawson Square area. (Photo: FRED MAURA)


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THE BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
CONFERENCE
OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN THE
S CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS
L'EGLISE METHODIST DANS LA CARAIBE
^ ET LES AMERIQUES -q
NASSAU CIRCUIT OF CHURCHES
108 Montrose Avenue -
P.O. BoxEE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@batelnetbs
METHODISM: RAISED UP IN THE PROVIDENCE OF
GOD, TO REFORM THE NATION, BUT ESPECIALLY
THE CHURCH AND TO SPREAD SCRIPTURAL
HOLINESS THROUGHOUT THE LAND
(Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist
witness for Christ in The Bahamas"
FIFTH LORD'S DAY BEFORE THE
RESURRECTION, FEBURARY 17, 2008.
COLLECT: Almighty God, you see that we have no power of
ourselves to help ourselves: keep us both outwardly in our
bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended
from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from
all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through
Jesus Christ our lord.
WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly (Holy
Communion)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (108
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
11:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
6:30 p.m. Class Leaders 8-13
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose Street,
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr. /Women's
Fellowship
PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Huggins
HERITAGE OF REDEEMING LOVE METHODIST
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Huggins
9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
METHODIST CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
8:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte
CROIX-DES-MISSIONS ALDERSGATE (Quackoo Street)
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Children's Commission
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METHODIST MISSION CENTRE (Quackoo St) -Thrift
Shop'~intther Minsffies
JOHN WESLEY METHODIST COLLEGE (28 Crawford
St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
PEACE AND JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: All Methodists of
the Conference are urged to pray and to fast for Justice to
prevail in the Methodist Cases and for an end to the upsurge
in violence. The fast begins weekly after the evening meal
on Thursday and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim
unswervingly: "My God and My Right."
RADIO PROGRAMS
"Vision" On the Lord's Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns
of Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.;
"Family Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; "To God be the
Glory" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.


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New chairman


at Scotiabank


(Bahamas)

SCOTIATRUST
(Bahamas) has announced the
appointment Dan Wright as
the new chairman of its .
board.
Mr Wright was formerly a
senior vice-president and
head of wealth management
for Scotiabank's internation-
al banking operations.
"For 50 years Scotiatrust
has been working with cus-
tomers internationally to pro-
vide the wealth management
products and services they
need to become financially
better off," said Mr Wright.
"I look forward to expanding
Scotiatrust and continuing to
work with our outstanding
team of professionals to pro-
vide our clients with the high-
'est standards of service excel-
lence."
Scotiatrust, which will be
celebrating its 50th anniver-
sary later this year, is based in
the Bahamas and has offices
in Grand Cayman and Hong
Kong.
"It is one of the oldest and
nost experienced trust com-
Xanies in the Bahamas and
,provides its clients a comprehensive range of discreet trust
services," said the company in a statement.
SFirst launched last year in Bahamas, Scotia Private Client
troup centres offer high net worth clients access to spe-
cialised and tailored wealth management solutions.
SServices include private banking, local and internation-
'al investment advice as well as trust services.
SScotia Private Client Group centres are currently locat-
ed in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and the Cay-
'man Islands with openings scheduled for Barbados
.(March), Turks and Caicos (May) and El Salvador (May)
'and.plans to expand into other select countries across the
;Caribbean and Latin America throughout the rest of this
'year.
"Scotiabank has been part of the Caribbean and Central
'America since 1889. It is now the leading bank in the
'region, with operations in 24 countries, including affiliates.
'The bank has some 11,689 employees in the region, serv-
.ng more than two million customers, with about 382
branches and about 903 automated banking machines,"
~aid the statement.
" With more than 60,000 employees, Scotiabank Group
and its affiliates serve around 12.5 million customers in 50
countries around the world. t i4',.-


Govt and Defence Force



'doing all it can' to stem



flow of illegal immigrants


WHILE noting the significant "chal-
lenge" that illegal immigrants, particular-
ly those from Haiti, pose for the Bahamas,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the
government and the Defence Force is
doing all it can "reasonably do" to stem
their flow into the country.
"We are systematically apprehending
and repatriating large numbers of illegal
immigrants. We are also intercepting them
at sea and we are apprehending them on
land.
Speaking at the meet-the-press event at
the British Colonial Hilton, Mr Ingraham
said that "major focus" is being given to
new equipment for the Defence Force.
"The expenditure for the Defence Force
is going to be tens of millions of dollars.
We have placed an order for two aircraft
for them. We got eight or more new crafts
for the Defence Force.
"We have a satellite facility now in


Inagua, there is going to be another one in
Grand Bahama. We are recruiting a hun-
dred additional Defence Force recruits
this year," he said.
The prime minister said that his gov-
ernment is further working on regularising
all those persons who have been in the
country for a long time and those who
were born in the Bahamas.
"Of course we have to upgrade the facil-
ities at the (Carmichael Road) detention
centre, but to that extent I think that we
are doing all that can be reasonably expect-
ed to do," he said.
Prime Minister Ingraham said that to
help curb the illegal immigrant problem,
Bahamians must not "engage the services
of illegal immigrants".
"Remove the demand and that will help
us considerably. They are here because
there are jobs; if there are no jobs then
they won't be here".


Canadian High
Commissioner
pays courtesy
call on minister
CANADIAN High
Commissioner to
the Bahamas Den--
nis Kingsley paid a
courtesy call on
Minister of Nation-
al Security and
Immigration Tom-
my Turnquest at
the Minister's
office on Wednes-
day.


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Transport


BAHA MAR COMMUNITY PRESENTATION






The Ministry of Public Works & Transport and Baha Mar will host

a joint Community Presentation on the Baha Mar Development.



Sheraton Cable Beach Resort

Independence Ballroom

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:00pm





ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ATTEND


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Husband and

wife hit the

right note on

Valentine's Day
VALENTINE'S DAY is
a day for lovers and Noil
and Leah Johnson are a
good example of how love
should be.
Every year, Mr Johnson
arrives at his wife's place -
of employment in a limou-
sine, and serenades her.
He is seen here singing
to her at the Ministry of ,
Education.


Car damaged as high

speed chase flies by


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THIS VEHICLE was one of several hit yesterday during a car chase, which ended up speeding in the
wrong direction down a crowded Shirley Street Thursday afternoon, between police, a citizen and an
alleged car thief. Eventually a man was taken into police custody.



Six killed, at least 40 hurt in

explosion at home of senior

Islamic Jihad activist, medics say


* GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
A POWERFUL blast went
off at the house of a senior
Islamic Jihad activist Friday,
killing him and five others,
medics and a spokesman for
the group said, according to
Associated Press.
At least 40 people were
hurt, including nine who were
in critical condition, Health


Ministry official Moawiya
Hassanain said.
Witnesses said the three-sto-
ry home of Ayman Atallah
Fayed was flattened by the
blast, and that six nearby
homes were badly damaged.
Islamic Jihad claimed Israeli
warplanes hit the house in an
airstrike, but Hamas police
said the cause of the blast was
not clear.


Islamic Jihad said Fayed
was among the dead, and that
the group would carry
out reprisal attacks against
Israel.
Fayed was a senior member
of the Islamic Jihad military
wing. Israel routinely targets
top militants in airstrikes, but
the Israeli military said it had
no knowledge of any strike in
Bureij.


THE DRIVER and a passenger of this car were taken to hospital Thursday after this crash on the
Sir Milo Butler Highway.

Deloitte.
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Our client, a prestigious educational institution, is seeking applications
for the position of a Financial Controller.

JOB OBJECTIVE:

To provide financial leadership for the school by managing the financial
resources, supervising the accounting staff, and reporting to the Principal
and Board of Directors.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Manage the financial affairs of the school
Supervise the accounting department
Ensure accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and annual financial
reporting in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards
Lead annual budget exercise
Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget
Coordinate annual audit process
Manage the cash flow of the organization
Review and evaluate internal controls and make recommendation
for improvement
Any other related duties, as necessary

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

A Bachelor's degree or higher in Accounting or related Financial
field. Professional accounting designation ACCA, CA, or CPA.
Seven to ten (7-10) years of experience in accounting.
Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports.
Very strong oral and written communication skills
Leadership, management, and direct supervision experience is
preferred.
Public accounting experience is preferred.
Bahamian citizen.

The position offers an attractive salary with a very good benefits
package, reflecting the successful applicant's experience and
qualifications.

Qualified individuals should submit, by post or email, complete resumes,
including references before Feb 29, 2008 to the following person:
Mark E. Munnings
Partner
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
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Thousands

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TBILISI, Georgia

MORE than 20,000 oppo-
sition supporters rallied in
Georgia's capital Friday, try-
ing to increase pressure on
President Mikhail Saakashvili
before parliamentary elec-
tions expected in May,
according to Associated Press.
The demonstrators gath-
ered in Tbilisi in front of the
parliament building. They
held a minute of silence in
memory of one of the most
influential opposition leaders,
billionaire businessman Badri
Patarkatsishvili, who died in
his home near London on
Tuesday.
Although preliminary post-
mortem results indicated the
cause of death was natural,
Koba Davitashvili, the leader
of the opposition People's
Party, told the crowd: "He is
a victim of persecution by
Georgia's current govern-
ment."
A British pathologist said
Friday that Patarkatsishvili
suffered severe heart disease.
Toxicology tests are also
being made.
The opposition groups are
demanding a recount of the
Jan. 5 presidential election,
in which Saakashvili won a
second term with 53 percent
of the votes, according to the
official results. They are also
asking for fair access to state
television and dismissal of the
interior minister.
In January, they gave
Saakashvili a deadline to
meet their demands, which
also included changes in the
current election system so it
becomes more transparent.
The deadline expired Friday.
"We are here! We must
show that we will not give
up," said Levan Gachechi-
ladze, who challenged
Saakashvili in the Jan. 5 elec-.
tion.
The opposition claims that
Saakashvili was pushed over
the 50 percent threshold for
an outright victory by fraud,
and wants him to face a
runoff against Gachechiladze,
who officially won about 25
percent.
Observers from the Orga-
nization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe called
the vote a "triumphant step"
for democracy in Georgia,
but pointed to an array of vio-
lations.
Since he was first elected
in 2004, Saakashvili, a 40-year
old U.S.-educated lawyer, has
helped transform Georgia
into a country with a grow-
ing economy and aspirations
of joining the European
Union and NATO.
But his popularity has
plunged. The government has
been accused of authoritari-
anism and criticized for failing
to ease poverty.
A brutal police crackdown
Nov. 7 on an opposition rally
in Tbilisi caused public anger
and drew criticism from
Western governments.
Saakashvili called the early
presidential vote to ease ten-
sions.


VISITORS PHOTOGRAPH themselves in front of the National Stadium, the main site of the 2008 Olympics, in Beijing Tuesday Feb. 12, 2008. Last week, world champion runners com-
plained about Beijing's dirty air. This week, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg quit as an artistic advisor to this summer's Olympics over host China's role in Sudan's civil war. Con-
troversies are piling up as the Beijing Olympics approach and world attention focuses harder on many of China's persisting ills.




Criticism mounting for the





organizers of Beijing Olympics


* BEIJING

AS CHINA prepares to
dazzle the world at the Bei-
jing Olympics, an uninvited
guest is showing up early and
threatening to mar the spec-
tacle: free speech, according
to Associated Press.
A political row erupted in
Europe when some Olympic
committees and officials tried
to muzzle athletes from
speaking out about human
rights and other sensitive
issues at the games.
Hollywood director Steven
Spielberg quit as an artistic
adviser to Beijing this week
because he thought China
wasn't doing enough to pres-
sure Sudan to end the conflict
in Darfur. Nobel laureates
and former Olympic gold
medalists added their voice
on China's role in the human-
itarian crisis by issuing an
open letter.
The developments illustrate
just how rocky the road to the
Beijing Olympics is likely to
be. With the event six months
away, the world is taking a
harder look at China's per-
sisting ills while the com-
munist government is hoping
the Olympics will redefine the
country as a welcome global
power.
The message China hopes
to convey: "Look at us, we're
a big friendly panda, not a big
scary dragon," said David
Wolf, a Beijing-based media


HOLLYWOOD DIRECTOR Steven Spielberg quit as an artistic
adviser to Beijing this week.


consultant.
The current discord has
challenged Beijing's meticu-
lous plans for the games. The
government has spent tens of
billions of dollars making over


the Chinese capital with archi-
tecturally stunning venues and
infrastructure. The Beijing
Olympics theme "One
World, One Dream" car-
ries a message of harmony.


But the combination of an
authoritarian government
with big Olympic ambitions
on one side and a plethora of
vocal critics on the other
seems likely to make this sum-
mer's games among the most
politicized in decades.
Politics has intruded before:
The United States led a boy-
cott of the 1980 Moscow
games to protest the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan. That
prompted a Soviet-led boy-
cott of the Los Angeles
Olympics in 1984.
"No matter Beijing likes it
or not, politics has been
important part of the games
from the very beginning," Xu
Guoqi, a China-born historian
at Kalamazoo College in
Michigan, said in an e-mail.
"The problem is that Beijing
hates to be cornered by the
critics of China who use the
games to score politically or
diplomatically."
And China's critics are
numerous.
Britain's Prince Charles
says he won't go to show sup-
port for the Dalai Lama,
exiled from Chinese-con-
trolled Tibet where he once
reigned. World-class athletes
have talked of wearing masks
to block out Beijing's chok-
ing pollution. Human rights
and media watchdog groups
point with dismay to the prac-
tice of jailing dissidents and
journalists on questionable
charges.
In recent days the British
and Belgian Olympic com-
mittees drew fire from rights
groups after trying to ban ath-
letes from making politically
sensitive remarks or gestures
during the Olympics.
The British Olympic Asso-
ciation backtracked, saying it
only wanted athletes to
respect the Olympic Charter,
which prohibits demonstra-
tions and "political, religious
or racial propaganda" at
Olympic sites.
On Darfur, where Sudanese
government forces and mili-
tias have fought rebels in a
conflict that has left more
than 200,000 people dead,
campaigners want China to
use it$ heft as a big buyer of
Sudanese oil to push the gov-
ernment to end the violence.
Spielberg said Tuesday his
conscience would not allow
him to act as artistic adviser to
the opening and closing cere-
monies.
Always prickly when it
comes to foreign censure, Bei-
jing has lashed out, accusing
critics of injecting politics into
sports.
In a typical comment. For-
eign Ministry spokesman Liu
Jianchao said Thursday that
some detractors of China's
policy on Darfur "may have
ulterior motives, and this we
cannot accept."
Preparations were pro-


gressing smoothly and "we
believe excellent ceremonies
will be presented to the
world," the Beijing Olympic
organizing committee,
BOCOG, said in a brief state-
ment. It noted that linking
sports and politics was "not
in line with the Olympic Spir-
it."
With half a million or more
foreigners expected in Beijing
this summer, organizers will
have to be alert for the unex-
pected. Groups critical of Chi-
na's rule in Tibet and religious
restrictions have said they
want to join the throngs.
Beijing must be ready for
the possibility of, say, "a
Tibetan monk setting himself
on fire in front of the Beijing
Hotel," said David Zweig, a
China expert at Hong Kong
University of Science and
Technology.
"They have to think about
it very seriously. They are not
very adept at handling street
protests by foreigners.
They've never done it," he
said.
In a sign of its nervousness,
Beijing has decided to restrict
media access to Tiananmen
Square the heart of a pro-
democracy movement
crushed by the military in
1989 especially for televi-
sion crews. International
Olympic Committee officials
say privately it's because of
concerns about demonstra-
tions. BOCOG officials worry
that the Olympic torch relay is
vulnerable, particularly out-
side China.
As the games approach,
even minor disputes are like-
ly to be magnified by the glare
of attention, potentially
knocking Beijing further off-
message.
"Can you ensure that the
sideshow doesn't move to the
center stage? That's always a
challenge for the Olympics
and that will be the challenge
for the Chinese this year,"
said Wolf. the media consul-
tant.
One advantage for the Chi-
nese leadership is its control
over the media in China. That
allows it to keep bad news
from ordinary Chinese, who
are largely supportive of the
Olympics.
News of Spielberg's exit
went mostly unreported for
two days, until after the For-
eign Ministry issued a
response defending China's
actions in Darfur. Beijing res-
idents, who are eager to show
off their city to foreigners,
shrugged it off.
"Spielberg's action will
have only very limited impact
on the games," said Zhang, a
64-year-old Beijing resident
who gave only his surname as
is common in China. "Maybe
he's an important figure in
U.S., but here his words carry
little weight."


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FROM page one
had passed since the incident,
suggested that for the sake of
caution, Gibson should be
allowed to see a doctor.
The case was adjourned to
May 23 and transferred to
Court 10, Nassau Street.
Inspector Don Bannister told
the court that the prosecution
intends to proceed with a Vol-
untary Bill of Indictment.
Dario Knowles, who is also
a resident of Step Street, Fox
Hill, was arraigned with Gib-
son on a housebreaking
charge yesterday. Knowles
was represented by lawyer
Eliezer Regnier. It is alleged
that the accused on Wednes-
day, February 6, broke into
the home of Lynette Burrows
at Mount Vernon, intending
to steal from it. Both defen-
dants opted for a Magistrate's
Court trial on the charge.
They,pleaded not guilty.
Knowles was granted $3,000
bail. Bail was not considered
in Gibson's case because of
the murder charge against
him. The case was adjourned
to May 1.

CARICOM

FROM page one
issues, including recent
changes to the political land-
scape of the region. In the
last 13 months, there have
been five changes in govern-
ment in the Bahamas, St
Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados
and Belize, and two further
general elections are antici-
pated in the coming year.
This most recent prepara-
tory meeting occurred in the
wake of a one-day session in
Barbados last week, led by
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette. Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham is the
Chairman of Caricom.
The Inter-sessional Nassau
CARICOM meeting will
take place March 7th to 9th.
The Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA), which has
a scheduled March 15th sign-
ing date, the Caribbean Basin
Trade Partnership Act and
escalating regional crime, will
be among the topics on the
agenda.


Commissioner encourages





iligence in crime prevention


* By XAN-XI BETHEL
COMMISSIONER of Police
Reginald Ferguson had crime
prevention on his mind when
he spoke at the Chevron
Bahamas awards luncheon yes-
terday.
The Commissioner encour-
aged the employees to continue
to be diligent in crime preven-
tion within and outside of
their work sites. "You must con-
stantly be the vanguard for your
respective organization's vision
in an attempt to safeguard your
working environment, inclusive
of your customers and employ-
ees," he said. Focusing on pre-
vention of crime in businesses,
Mr. Ferguson outlined physical
techniques and devices that


could be employed to facilitate
crime prevention.
He said that businesses
should employ "target harden-
ing" which would be visible
deterrents such as locks and
security bars on the premises.
Visible security, he said,
decreases the chance of robbery
by up to 50 per cent.
"Closed Circuit television has
been employed in the successful
and timely conclusion of armed
robbery and credit card fraud
investigations."
He also cited several
instances where cameras played
a pivotal role in the capture of
criminals mentioning the
2005 London terrorists who
were brought to justice because
of evidence found on a number


of security cameras. "Potential
Criminals may be less likely to
engage in illegal activity if they
perceive a greater risk at being
apprehended," he said.
"Many businesses have ben-
efited from the neighbourhood
policing initiative. It encourages
a continuous partnership
between police stations, busi-
nesses and citizens," he said.
The advantages are the sharing
of pertinent information which,
in many cases, leads to the swift
apprehension of criminals. This
cooperation between business-
es, the police, and civilians must
be forged deeper in order to
combat the issue of crime. He
also explained the importance
of being "innovative" when it
comes to crime prevention.


The commissioner also spoke
about personal theft and how
to prevent it. He said that mark-
ing and tagging property
reduces the chance of theft
because it would make it diffi-
cult to sell. It also makes prop-
erty easily identifiable.
In light of the recent upsurge
in serious and petty crime, Mr.
Ferguson emphasized the
importance of personal reform
to effect positive change in the
society.
"We need to effect positive
change on a personal level.
Then, society will follow, even-
tually leading to a marked
reduction in crime," he said.
Crime that is typically report-
ed is only a fraction of the big
picture in the Bahamas. In a


Bahamians could be closer to European



travel without Schengen visa process


FROM page one

Symonette said: "This (announcement)
obviously shows that there's some move-
ment in Brussels with regard to the abo-
lition of the Schengen visas and we hope
we'll be successful in trying to meet what-
ever conditions they try and put on it."
The Schengen visa allows most non-
European Economic Area (EEA) citi-
zens to obtain one visa for travel lasting
up to three months to any of the 15 coun-
tries in the zone. Those countries are
Austria. Germany. Belgium. Denmark.
Finland, France, Greece, Iceland. Italy,
Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal. Spain,
Sweden and The Netherlands.
Noting that the application process is
extremely "laborious" and "impractical".
requiring individuals to send their pass-
port away for verification or even pre-
sent themselves in person at consulates


abroad. Mr Symonette said that the
Bahamas has been "tugging and prod-
ding" the EU and any diplomatic
"friends" in the community over the issue
for a long time.
EU Justice and Home Affairs Com-
missioner Franco Frattini told the Asso-
ciated Press he "intends to open the nego-
tiations on the visa waiver with the six
countries" as soon as the E.U.'s 27 gov-
ernments give their backing to the pro-
posal, which could happen in the next
few months.
"The next step will be (for the EU
negotiators) to sit down with those six
countries and negotiate the agreement
and sign it and then the visa abolition
will come into effect after that, all things
being equal." said Mr Symonette.
With the EU commission stating that
the security of travel documents issued by
those countries under consideration for
visa-abolition will e one of the criteria


investigated before any final decision is
taken, Mr Symonette said that the fact
the Bahamas has initiated the imple-
mentation of e-passports will be a "great
plus."
In early 2007, former foreign minister
Fred Mitchell spoke of how the expecta-
tion that Switzerland would join the
Schengen system this year made the need
for visa-abolition more pertinent, in light
of the traffic in banking sector profes-
sionals that records show takes
place between the Bahamas and Switzer-
land.
The EU had first announced its inten-
tion to begin negotiations towards drop-
ping the visa requirement for visitors from
the six countries in 2006, however action
was delayed due to the Cricket World
Cup in 2007, when some of the six coun-
tries introduced a temporary special visa
regime for the national''r severatmW '
ber States. J iJI, gnL


press release issued by the Roy-.
al Bahamas Police force on Feb-,
ruary 5th, it said that there had
been a notable increase in thce
major categories of crime. It,,
included murder, rape, armed
robbery, assault, and petty theft.,,
The commissioner believes the
task of combating crime "will.,
not be achieved if we are not
fully aware of the benefits of,
being cognizant of our sur-:
roundings and the importance:
of our individual role in respect 1
to the reduction of criminality
within our society."
Discipline within our envi-;
ronment goes a long way in the
creation of an atmosphere that.,
is conducive for production and
not criminal behaviour. Pre-:
vention of crime must also;
employ methods such as youth
mentoring and the creation of.
government or private pro-
grammes that can be done at,
the community level. He said
citizens must take an active role-
in the prevention of crime.
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EVENTS


CAPTURED ON CAMERA


Retirement party for Comptroller




of Customs John Rolle


1. (1-r) Gregory Mortimer,
senior Customs officer;
Shercel Mortimer; Auditor
General Terrance Bastian

2. (l-r) Attorney Ferron
Bethel, Magistrate Carolita
Bethell; Acting Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald
Ferguson and Mrs Fergu-
son with Sophie Cason of
the United States Embassy

3. (l-r) Wifred Horton, for-
mer comptroller of Cus-
toms; Frank Watson, for-
mer deputy comptroller
and deputy prime minister;
John Rolle, retiree; Antho-
ny Adderley, acting comp-
troller of Customs and
Caleb Horton, former
comptroller of Customs.

4. (l-r) John Rolle's son-in-
law Ivan James, daughter
Anya James, son lan
Rolle, daughter-in-law
Barbara Rolle, wife Sandra
Rolle; John Rolle and
Diveanne Bowe, the
adopted son.

5. (l-r) John Rolle; Crystal
Thurson; Sharon Lewis
and Wallard Johnson

6. (1-r) Coderro Edge-
combe, Customs officer
grade one; Tyrone Sands,
chief Customs officer; Gur-
ney Armstrong, Chief Cus-
toms Officer and William
Brown, chief Customs offi-
cer.

7. (1-r) Medina Taylor,
Comptroller's secretary;
John Rolle, and Donella
Conliffe, former secretary.

8. Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham; John Rolle, and
James Greer, former own-
er of the Grand Hotel now
RIU, and Chub Cay.

9. (1-r) George Myers.of
the Myers Group; Sir
Albert Miller, or the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority; John Rolle;
Governor General Arthur
D Hanna; Sandra Rolle,
wife of John Rolle; Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
and Gordon "Butch" Stew-
art, owner of Sandals
Resort.


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THE event was held at the San-
dals Royal Bahamian Resort -
Cable Beach on Wednesday, January
30,2008.
On display in the foyer area of the
ballroom, was a "then and now" painting
on canvas depicting the honoree as a
trainee Customs officer in 1960, and as
Comptroller of Customs 2008.
Nestled in a corner of the area was
an original sculpture of John Rolle sitting
in a boat catching a fish. World-
renowned Bahamian artist John Beadle
created the sculpture.
The painting and the sculpture were
conversation pieces throughout the night
as persons remarked about their uncan-
ny likeness to the man in the flesh. Per-
sons tool photos beside the sculpture all
night.
The banquet started with cocktails at


6.30pm and a rake and scrape band
entertaining guests while they
snacked on fruit, cheese, and fresh conch
salad.
Upon the arrival of Governor-Gen-
eral A 3 Hanna and Prime Minister
Hubert ingraham, the guests were ush-
ered into the ballroom of the Sandals
Royal Bahamian Hotel to the sounds of
the Ro3 al Bahamas Police Force Pop
Band.
The master of ceremonies was
Bernard "B111" I anna. who entertained
the guc is with his humour all night.
The key speaker at the banquet was
Prime Minister Ingraham, who brought
remarks about the excellent character
and perl ormance of Mr Rolle during his
tenure as comptroller.
Mr Ir graham also took the time to
place the old guard of Customs on notice
that smart, educated officers in the low-


er ranks may pass them on the promo-
tions ladder.
He also announced that 50 new
trainees and 25 new guards would also be
engaged in short order to alleviate staff
shortage problems.
Guests at the event were treated to a
buffet dinner that included conch chow-
der, crack conch, fried snapper, steamed
conch, steamed mutton, fried shrimps,
beef tenderloin, ham, turkey, and fried
chicken.
A heartfelt rendition of "It's so hard to
say good-bye" was performed by the
Customs Golden Boys a group of four
senior male officers. Their performance
brought down the house.
There was an awards presentation seg-
ment where officers came up and pre-
sented gifts to Mr Rolle.
These gifts ranged from plaques, crys-
tal, and resort vouchers to an original


handcrafted miniature sailing sloop by
Mr Veetrum Lowe of Green Turtle Cay.
Mr. Rolle closed off the formalities
for the evening with a thank you address
in which he stressed that that he is first
and foremost a son of the Bahamas.
He ncied that he was hired under the
UBP, trained under the PLP, and
appointed to comptroller under the
FNM.
Mr Rolle acknowledged the staff that
supported him throughout the years, and
were responsible for collecting $7.9 bil-
lion in revenue during his tenure. He
also thanked Sandra, his wife of 40 years,
for her unwavering support.
Guests were the treated to a junkanoo
rush-out by the Music Makers, and then
dancing music was provided by the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force Pop Band. and
Dr Lutz.
In attendance at the function was the


Comptroller of Customs from the Cay-
man Islands Carlon Powery; Gordon
"Butch" Stewart, owner of Sandals
Resorts; Sir Albert Miller; Speaker of
the House Alvin Smith; Tommy Turn-
quest, Minister of National Security; Sir
Orville Turnquest; J Barrie Farrington;
George Myers; Jim Greer of Chub Cay
and Texas; George Mosko; Ben Frish;
Joe Lleida: former police commissioner
Paul Farquharson: former deputy com-
missioner John Rolle; Acting Commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson; former
Defence Force commodore Davy Rolle;
Commodore Clifford Scavella; Immi-
gration Director Vernon Burrows.
Also present were a wide cross sec-
tion of Customs officers and staff mem-
bers including many who came in from
the Family Islands.
The hotel estimated that they served
up to 500 persons.


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