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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: March 1, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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'Neglect' key

cause of burns


Tribune Staff Reporter
AN emergency room physi-
- cian working at Doctor's Hos-
pital was condemned in the
Coroner's Court yesterday for
gross failure in attending to a
patient under his care, ulti-
mately contributing to his death.
Just over a year since the
inquest got underway, and close
to five years since he died, a
verdict of "natural causes with a
substantial and significant con-
tribution made by neglect" was
delivered in respect to the death
of 42-year-old burns patient
Christopher Esfakis two days
after he was admitted to the pri-
vate hospital in 2002.
Coroner William Campbell
left only this verdict open to the
jurors as he said all of the evi-
dence "points in one direction
over another."

Work on

new Craft


DRAWINGS are being
prepared by Ministry of
Works' technical officers to
convert the Customs ware-
house building on Prince
George Dock into an
authentic Bahamian Craft
Market, Minister Earl
Deveaux told the House of
Assembly on Thursday.
The design, said Minister
Deveaux, will create an
"open" environment with
wide aisles to accommodate
pedestrian traffic.
"The vendor stalls will be
congregated into rows, each
*row will represent a
Bahamian Island, commu-
nity, and street, e.g. Har-
bour Island 'Briland', Bain
Town, and Wulff Road. The
main entrance of the build-
ing will be at the southeast
corner of the building, this
location is near to where
cruise ship passengers enter
and leave Prince George
"The entrance portico is
designed to be built slightly
higher than the existing
building to delineate the
entrance, thus attracting and
appealing to the tourist and
those on the other side of
the shoreline. Upon enter-
ing the building, the
entrance gallery will show-
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s death

"It is no exaggeration to say
that (Mr Esfakis') 90 per cent
chance of survival was partly
frittered away by the cumula-
tive errors in his medical care,"
he said.
Family members expressed
relief outside the courtroom,
but vowed that this is not the
end of their fight for justice in
the wake of Christopher's
death. Leandra Esfakis, his sis-
ter, said she would file an offi-
cial complaint against the doc-
tor in charge of Christopher's
care, Dr James Iferenta, next
week. Dr Iferenta is currently
employed at the hospital, as an
emergency room physician.
She added: "For me the pur-
pose of (the inquest) was to put
on record the fact that serious
medical errors can occur and
that patients going to hospital
need to be vigilant. There may
be signs that you yourself as a
patient, or the patient's family
are ignoring because you rely
on the assurances given by the
medical staff."
Lisa Esfakis, the'deceased's
widow, said of the verdict: "I'm
okay with it, but I think there
should be more. You know, I
lost my husband, my best friend,
my everything...he should be
She said that Christopher had
specifically requested to be tak-
en to Doctor's Hospital rather
than Princess Margaret Hospital
after he suffered burns to his
face, neck, chest and palms
when his shirt caught fire at a
"He wanted to go there so I
took him there...and that he
receivedthe treatment that he
got is not fair, it's just not right."
In giving the reasons for
deciding to offer jurors only one
verdict, Mr Campbell noted that
when Mr Esfakis was admitted
to hospital at lam on Saturday,
April 20, 2002, he "walked in
without assistance."
He continued that of signifi-
cance was the fact that at the
time of his admission Mr
Esfakis was "slim", weighing
135 pounds. Meanwhile, when
he died at 7.10pm on Sunday,
April 22, he was 55 pounds
heavier a weight change that
he later stated was without a
doubt a result of him having
been administered an incorrect
amount of fluid.
Mr Campbell said evidence
had shown that in order not to
diminish the patient's high
chances of survival, decisions to
secure his airway in a "timely"
manner and to administer the
correct amount of fluid were
Evidence given to the court
supported the conclusion that
Dr Iferenta, as the doctor in
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TWO more persons charged in connection
with an incident that occurred in the Milton Street
area last weekend in which four police officers
were injured, were arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Police reports state that four officers were
injured and had to be taken to hospital when
they responded to a call of gunshots being fired in
Milton Street, off East Street, around 8 pm last
Four persons, including a 15-year-old girl, were

arraigned on charges stemming from the inci-
dent earlier this week. Basil Clarke, 31, of Wind-
sor Lane, and Stafford Bethel, 19, of Milton Street
were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethel
at Court 8, Bank Lane, yesterday on the same
Clarke and Bethel were charged with Anasta-
cia Thompson, 37, of Farrington Road, Demaro
Cooper, 24, of Fox Hill, Charles Rolle, 22, of
Milton Street and a 15-year-old girl, for disor-
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set to

move by


Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Shell Oil tanker cur-
rently grounded at Goulding's
Cay is expected to be moved by
Tuesday after thousands of bar-
rels of oil are taken from the
vessel, authorities confirmed
Port Controller Captain
Anthony Aliens told The Tri-
bune, that the special salvage
team hired by Shell Interna-
tional has organised for a barge
to travel to the Bahamas to
assist in removing some of the
120,000 barrels of oil, which
were being carried by the
tanker, "Ficus."
Without the barrels of oil to
weigh it down, Captain Allens
explained, it is thought it will
be easier to move the tanker
from where it ran aground on a
rocky underground peninsula
near Goulding's Cay on its way
to Clifton Pier Wednesday
The barge, organised by the
SMIT International company,
is.expected to arrive in the
Bahamas late Sunday or early
Monday morning to begin the
transfer of oil barrels from the
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target for


DR EARL Deveaux, Minis-
ter of Works and Transport,
told the House of Assembly
Thursday that by the end of this
year his ministry will complete
repairs to homes on which con-
struction had been stopped
because contractors had not
been paid.
In addition to this, Minister
Deveaux said that repairs will
be done on a number of poorly
constructed houses, and his
ministry will build additional
housing units and prepare sev-
eral hundred fully-serviced lots
for sale around the country, par-
ticularly in New Providence,
Abaco, and Exuma.
In the area of construction -:
improvements, Minister

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Minister urges

updates for

gaming laws

Minister of State for Tourism
Branville McCartney renewed
his call for the country's gam-
bling laws to be updated.
Speaking in the House of
Assembly on Thursday, Mr
McCartney noted that other
jurisdictions in the region are
"more progressive" in their
approach to casino gaming.
"For instance, the Turks and
Caicos Islands currently allow
residents,, who make a mini-
mum of $75,000 annually, to
play. Additionally they allow a
number of local bars to have
one or two legal slot machines,"
he noted.
Mr McCartney added that
destinations in the region with
tourism economies such as
Puerto Rico and Curacao have
taken a different approach to
the question of allowing resi-
dents to game. "They have
'local nights' when residents are
allowed to play."
Mr McCartney noted that
whenever the question of the
expansion of gambling comes
up in the Bahamas, as it does
from time to time, "decisive
action is effectively forestalled
by a strong lobby from the reli-
gious community".
He said the question of the
introduction of a national lot-
tery "appears to have been still
"However as an industry if
gaming does not move forward
the only other choice is to stag-
nate and die," he said.
"Nevertheless, as an indus-
try, casino gaming in the
Bahamas requires that we com-
mence a discussion with indus-
try stakeholders and the
Bahamian populace to deter-
.mine where we as a people wish
to take this industry."
"The time has come, in my
view, to formulate more pro-
gressive policies for the promo-
tion of gaming in the Bahamas

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and to review and update our
gaming laws in order to keep
abreast of technological changes
in the industry," he told parlia-
Mr McCartney pointed out
that in the early 1970s, the
largest jackpot was 150 coins on
a quarter slot machine about
$37.50. "Today you can win mil-
lions of dollars on the slots."

"As an indus-
try, if gaming
does not move
forward the
only other
choice is to
stagnate and
die. The time
has come, in
my view, to
more progres-
sive policies
for the pro-
motion of
gaming in the

"Clearly, new legislation is
needed to keep abreast of ever
changing automation and new
technology in gaming," he said.
"A case can be madftthat our
gaming--laws are archaic.
Despit.ihe advai e.nts of
the mternet and the prolifera-

tion of gaming on-line, the
Bahamas currently lack sub-
stantive laws to regulate inter-
net gaming."
Mr McCartney asked if we
should continue with outdated
legislation, or bring casino gam-
ing in the Bahamas "into the 21
He asked, for instance, if the
Bahamas should continue to
ban foreigners who qualify for
permanent residency permits
without the right to work
because they purchased a home
or condominium of a certain
price, "from gaming because
they are regarded as ordinarily
resident in the Bahamas?"
"These are people Mr Speak-
er, who have sufficient funds to
afford to purchase upscale prop-
erties in the Bahamas and else-
where and who reside here
without need of employment as
they derive their income from
off shore. There are an estimat-
ed 10,000 persons holding per-
manent residence status in the
"This is a growing market for
local casino operators in places
like Exuma, New Providence
and Abaco that we are not tak-
ing advantage of in the
Bahamas," he said.
- Mr McCartney said gaming
in the Bahamas continues to
play a key role in the develop-
ment of the number one indus-
"Our reputation as a well reg-
ulated gaming jurisdiction must
therefore continue to be pre-
served to protect tourism from
potential negative fallout.
Ensuring the integrity of casi-
no gaming is an essential
responsibility of the (Gaming)
Board. We must therefore not
compromise on issues relating
to this question inclusive of our
choice of persons appointed to
serve or employed by the
board," he said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas is currently facing significant
economic and social challenges on several dif-
ferent fronts a fact that has highlighted the
need for better education, Minister of Educa-
tion Carl Bethel told parliament on Thursday.
Giving his contribution to the mid-year bud-
get report in the House of Assembly this week,
Mr Bethel said that the challenges which the
country will have to weather in the near future
will, in the short run, have a negative impact
irrespective of anything that the government
does or does not do.
As one of the things that will be affecting the
Bahamas directly, Mr Bethel named the impact
of the United States' sub-prime mortgage cri-
sis and its resultant effect on bank liquidity
throughout the wider US and world economy.
The minister said that it is believed that this
crisis will lead to the re-manifestation of the
peculiar economic phenomenon which first
appeared in the mid- to late 1970s called
"stagflation" economic stagnation coupled
with inflation in prices.
In addition to a downturn in the US econo-
my, Mr Bethel said that the Bahamas will con-

TO assist in fighting the social
ills facing the Bahamas after a
crime record breaking year,
Gems 105.9 FM will be airing
a series of programmes geared
toward helping the country as a
whole "appreciate the sanctity
of life".
Designating the series as the
first step on "A familiar walk"
towards "rekindling the spirit
of community through love",
programme host Mario Newry
said it was his belief that every
citizen has a role to play in cul-
tivating moral standards
throughout the country espe-
cially among the youth of the

tinue to be impacted by the "skyrocketing price
of oil, now over $100 per barrel."
"This will result in increasing leakage in for-
eign exchange reserves and significant price
increases due to increased production costs
and transportation costs due to the rapid and-
sustained rise in the price of oil," he said.
Mr Bethel also acknowledged that current
changes in Cuba could ultimately lead to that
country presenting serious competition to the
Bahamas in the tourism market.
Following the announcement of President
Fidel Castro's resignation last week, tourism
industry insiders conceded that Cuba could
soon overtake the Bahamas and become one of
the most sought-after vacation destinations in
the region.
"As changes in leadership potentially lead to
changes in approach, we are faced with the
prospect that in the not too distant future we
will have to weather the competitive allure of
Cuba in our major travel markets in the US,"
Mr Bethel said.
The minister said that in view of these chal-
lenges "the importance of education as the
means by which we equip our children with
the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to
enable them to contribute in a meaningful way
towards national economic and social devel-
opment can only be re-emphasised."

"My first thoughts in con-
structing a programme that will
reach all spheres of society were
to select a mentor that is loved
by many. My mind went direct-
ly to Dame Ivy Dumont, first
female governor general of the
Commonwealth of the
"It is with this thought that I
asked Dame Ivy Dumont to be
my special guest as we focus our
attention to several important
factors within our society today.
"This first programme is in
memory of the 79 homicide
loved ones of the Bahamas who

lost their lives in the year 2007.
My brother, Mardio, was the
43rd homicide victim of 2007
and I decided that I will develop
programmes that will positively
influence our country as a
whole to appreciate the sanctity
of life.
"I would also like to encour-
age those families who are
experiencing a loss of a loved
one through senseless acts of
violence," Mr Newry said.
Thanking Dame Ivy for con-
senting to his request to be the
first special guest of the pro-
gramme, Mr Newry also
thanked. the CEOs of Gems
105.9 FM, Cyprianna
McWeeney and Debbie
Bartlett, for allowing him to
produce the programme which
he hoped would be a "beacon
of light" in the community.
"I would also like to thank
Mrs Sonia Hamilton, human
resources director, Ms Shena
Carroll, programme director,
and our sponsors for partner-
ing with me on this timely topic.
"I would also like to thank
all of our media friends, and
production team for participat-
ing with us today and the entire
Gems family for assisting me in
this timely topic. I trust that this
would be the beginning of a
positive trend to assist in the
eradicating of the social ills
within our society today," he

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Bahamas set to create

one financial regulator

Tribune Freeport

FREEPORT The Bahamas
is currently engaged in major
modernisation exercises in both
the insurance and securities sec-
tors to meet the demands of the
new global services environ-
ment, according to an official
in the Prime Minister's Office in
Senator Kay Smith, parlia-
mentary secretary in the PM's
Office, said that this will put
"the country among the most
progressive jurisdictions in the
provision of insurance and secu-
rities services."
Senator Smith was address-
ing the Federation of Defence
and Corporate Counsel's 2008
winter meeting held on Thurs-
day at the Our Lucaya Resort.
In addition to enhancing the
securities and insurance indus-
tries, she said that an initiative is
underway as a joint public/pri-
vate sector effort to consolidate
the regulatory framework for
financial services.

"The future
remains posi-
tive as the
Bahamas rep-
resents an
attractive loca-
tion where the
are intact."

' "This integration will result
in the establishment of a single
integrated regulator similar to
the Financial Services Authori-
ty of the UK, and is set to take
place in two phases," she said.
'Senator Smith said the
Bahamas' success in financial
services has been and remains

A 27-year-old man accused
of having sex with a 15-year-old
girl was arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court on Friday.
Court dockets allege that
Jason Cartwright of Arawak
Avenue had unlawful inter-
course with the minor between
November and December 2007
.Cartwright, who appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at court eight in Bank
Lane, was not required to enter
a plea to the unlawful sex
Cartwright was remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill
and will return to court on

driven by a strong institutional
framework and a determination
to compete on the international
She noted that the Bahamas
has distinguished itself as a pio-
neer in the provision of inter-
national financial and corporate
"Although our traditional
strengths have been in private
wealth management products
and services, we have begun to
broaden our focus in recent
years to grow both our collec-
tive investment funds offering,
as well as participate more fully
in the global captive insurance
market," she said.
She noted that the Bahamas
has developed a thriving pri-
vate banking, estate planning,
asset management, fund admin-
istration and corporate services
business, built on a regulatory
framework that adheres to
international standards, risk
based regulation and a com-
mitment to ongoing dialogue
with the private sector.
"The consistent delivery of
quality service is complemented

March 5 for a bail hearing.
In other court news, two men
were arraigned in Magistrate's
Court on Friday on an armed
robbery charge.
Court dockets allege that
Darren Johnson, 28, and Geneo
Tynes, 22, alias Elkino Miller,
both of Montell Heights,
robbed Peter Cole of a gold
2005 Honda Accord valued at
$22,323 and a Rolex watch val-
ued at $4,500 along with $30
cash on Friday, February 8 of
this year while armed with a
The men were also charged
with receiving.

by market sensitive trusts, pri-
vate trust companies, founda-
tions, segregated accounts com-
panies, limited partnership and
international business compa-
nies, choice of domicile and
fraudulent disposition legisla-
"Our success is reflected in
the global institutions that have
chosen to conduct business
from the Bahamas, and the
diverse profile of these institu-
tions," she said.
"The future remains positive
as the Bahamas represents an
attractive location where the
fundamentals are intact, and
institutions and individuals are
encouraged to establish not only
their domicile, but to develop
thriving businesses staffed with
highly competent profession-
Senator Smith said since the
early days, when Nassau held a
monopoly on international busi-
ness services, there has been a
steady growth in respect of
these activities to other areas
of the country, such as Grand
Bahama and Abaco.

Federation's members

meet in Grand Bahama

By Simon Lewis
Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the
Prime Minister Senator Katherine Forbes-Smith
officially welcomed some 600 members of the
Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel to
Grand Bahama on Thursday.
With its headquarters in Tampa, Florida, the
FDCC is an international body with the majority
of the membership based in North America.
The federation was founded in 1936, originally
as the Federation of Insurance Counsel.
To reflect the broadening of their membership
to include corporate and claims professionals,
the organisation changed its name to the Feder-
ation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
The guiding principles of the FDCC are sum-
marised in three words on its logo: knowledge,
justice and fellowship.
Its objectives and purposes are to assist in
establishing standards for providing competent,

efficient and economical legal services; to encour-
age and provide for continuing legal education of
the members; and to use the knowledge and expe-
rience of its membership for the promotion of
public good.
The members and their families began arriving
on Grand Bahama last week Sunday and are
staying at the Our Lucaya Resort.
The actual meetings began on Thursday and
will wrap up this evening with a formal dinner and
This is the first time that the organisation is
meeting in the Bahamas and Senator Smith
encouraged the group to take advantage of sun,
sand and sea and experience the way of life and
culture of the Bahamian people.
Senator Forbes-Smith pointed out that the
Ministry of Tourism is developing a wide range of
experiences with native themes referred to as
community tourism to be listed as activities on
the lawyers' programme.

Due to the nature of the
charges against them, Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel informed
the men that they could not be
granted bail.
The men were remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.
A preliminary inquiry into
the matter has been scheduled
for July 15 and 16.


She noted that all major
accounting and legal services
are available in Freeport, Grand
"It is worth noting that your
meeting here is most opportune
as it coincides with a period of
positive transition and growth
for our international business
services industry," she told the
group of visiting lawyers.
She explained that the 230
square mile city of Freeport was
established as a free trade zone
50 years ago.
Senator Smith said Freeport
is the industrial capital, and the
main commercial hub of the

Bahamas, accommodating a
growing international services
industry, as well as a successful
maritime centre.
Sh6 said the maritime centre
includes a transshipment termi-
nal capable of moving over 1.5
million containers annually, the
Freeport Harbour Company,
the GB Shipyard, and Bradford
"Freeport has a unique situa-
tion in terms of the role of the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty as managers of the city, no
other island in the Bahamas has
that arrangement, and we per-
haps will never see such an
arrangement anywhere else in
the Bahamas again," she said.
She also told the group of vis-
iting legal professionals that the
Bahamas Bar Association is
similar to organizations that
exist in the United States.
Ms Smith said it is one of the
largest professional organisa-
tions in the Bahamas with more

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than 940 members. She noted
that it is larger than the associ-
ations of accountants, engineers
and bankers.
The senator said that the
members of the Bar Associa-
tion are expected to uphold the
highest standards of profes-
sional conduct and integrity and
are in fact mandated to do so by
the Legal Profession Act.
She noted that more than half
of the association's members
are women. "In Grand Bahama,
a group of female attorneys in
1994 formed a chapter of the
International Federation of
Female Lawyers known by the
acronym "Fida". Today, this
organisation has taken the lead
in providing opportunities for
continuing legal education for
members of the local bar," she
This is the first time that the
Federation of Defence and Cor-
porate Counsel held its winter
meeting on Grand Bahama.

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The Iranian nuclear challenge

Energy Agency reported this week that
Iran has failed to answer questions about
suspicious work on the design and testing
of nuclear warheads, uranium conversion,
and development of high-explosive deto-
nators needed for a nuclear weapon. The
IAEA is highly credible on these mat-
ters. It has steered clear of political bias,
and the documentary evidence its inspec-
tors showed to Iranian officials came from
several different member states. Now Iran
has an obligation to rectify what IAEA
director Mohamed ElBaradei tactfully
called a "confidence deficit."
The IAEA report is likely to cause con-.
fusion, because it appears to contradict
a National Intelligence Estimate released
in November. That estimate a consen-
sus among the US intelligence branches
"judged with high confidence" that
Iran had halted weapons-design work in
fall 2003. The IAEA report suggests that
weaponization work continued beyond
that time.
But for the purposes of US policy, it
does not matter very much if Iran's
weapons research and development did or
did not persist after 2003. This is the eas-
iest part of a military nuclear programme
to hide and the one that can be complet-
ed quickest. Even if Iran did halt
weaponization in 2003, it could readily
resume such work, and swiftly complete it
once Iranian researchers master the
daunting challenge of enriching contami-
nant-free uranium gas in thousands of
temperamental centrifuges spinning at
extremely high speeds.
There is nothing in the IAEA report
to justify a rush toward military action. On
the contrary, the agency's steady insis-
tence that Iran prove its nuclear pro-
gramme is meant exclusively for peaceful
energy purposes ought to strengthen the
case for unyielding enforcement of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and
multinational diplomacy.
In polite yet pointed comments
Wednesday, ElBaradei called on Iran to
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documents, and "provide assurance, not
only that Iran's declared activities are for
peaceful purposes but that there are no
undeclared nuclear activities."
Iranian officials have insisted their
nuclear programme be addressed solely
through the IAEA and not at the United
Nations Security Council. But the IAEA
chief left no distance between the agency's
position and the council's requirement
that Iran suspend uranium enrichment.
Indeed, ElBaradei was emphatic in saying
that because Iran ran a hidden nuclear
programme for almost two decades, it
needs to assure the international com-
munity about "future intentions" for its
nuclear programme. And then he came as
close as he could come to writing a policy
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate called
for "comprehensive negotiations that
would lead to a durable solution." Such a
solution would require that Iran resolve
all doubts about its nuclear programme.
The recompense would be "a regional
security arrangement" and a "normal
trade relationship between Iran and the
international community."
This is advice that should be heeded in
Washington and in Tehran. And this week
there were tantalizing signs that both sides
might be edging toward just such a nego-
Shortly after the five permanent mem-
bers of the Security Council plus Ger-
many agreed on a third round of UN sanc-
tions on Iran, the European Union foreign
policy chief, Javier Solana, said those
same powers were discussing incentives
that might attract Iran into just the sort of
comprehensive negotiation ElBaradei
If such an avenue is to be followed, the
pragmatists in Tehran and Washington
will have to prevail over the extremists
and hotheads. But it would be the sound-
est solution for the world's most perilous
security threat.
(This article is by the Boston Globe -
c. 2007 The Boston Globe).

Bleak future

for tourism

beckons with

Castro's exit

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE recent resignation of
Fidel Castro should make all
thinking Bahamians shake in
their shoes. With the US facing
a looming recession which is
likely to be the worst in
decades, the prospect for
tourism could be a bleak one.
Nassau, in particular, may
feel the pinch, since our capital
city is in desperate need of a
makeover. It is seedy, unkempt
and unattractive. Locals avoid
the downtown area by day,
unless they work there; and by
night the city centre is a virtual
ghost town. For most tourists,
I'm sure that seeing Nassau
once is more than enough. Few
would want to return here,
when other destinations offer
so much more.
I don't expect anyone to pay
much attention to my own pro-
posals for improving a city
which was once the pride of our
nation, but I'm going to do so
anyway. I have to state at the
beginning, however, that any
cosmetic improvements will be
useless if we cannot curb the
current crime wave which is
swamping our country. If Bay
Street and its environs are not
seen to be essentially crime-
free, it will never be attractive to
anyone, whether Bahamians or
foreigners. If the government
and the police force do not get
serious about crime, instead of
paying lip-service to our laws,
there is no hope of recovery for
Nassau. Also, if the town cannot
be kept clean, neat and well-lit,
all will be lost. It looks dreary
enough now, and will only con-
tinue to deteriorate if steps are
not taken in the near future. We
need to see fresh paint and no
litter. We need to see more
police walking their beat in their
imposing uniforms, instead of
bums trying to beg or beat a
dollar out of frightened visitors.
That being said, here are a
few suggestions which would
almost certainly benefit our city,
and our Number One industry:
1) Relocate the Straw Mar-
ket to the eastern end of town!
No doubt many would object
to this move, but it seems to be
the most practical solution.
Merchants have been com-
plaining for some time that the
area from Elizabeth Avenue to
Church Street is dying. Placing
the new straw market there
would automatically bring
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for other businesses in the area;
and I believe that there are sev-
eral unused buildings nearby
which could be converted to
house the facility, or torn down
to make way for a completely
new structure.
2) Government must quick-
ly institute legislation aimed at
preserving Nassau's historical
integrity. There are too.many
derelict buildings, and generic
modem architecture which
tourists can find in any town or
city in the US and elsewhere.
First, designate which buildings
are of historic interest or impor-
tance. If they are derelict or
abandoned, owners must be
made to restore them. If they
are beyond repair, then it must
be stipulated that they be torn
down, and that the structure
which replaces them be built in
a style as closely resembling the
original as possible. If the own-
ers refuse to comply, they
should be fined. The interior of
any new building may be as
modern as the owners wish, but
the exterior must fit the historic
As an incentive for such his-
toric preservation/restoration,
all materials for such projects
should be duty-free, in order to
facilitate an endeavour which
is of such importance to our
heritage. If ownership of such
buildings is in dispute, the gov-
ernment should assist in deter-
mining who is legally entitled
to the property. Once this is
decided, that person should be
given a set period of time to
restore the property. If they
cannot, it should be sold or auc-
tioned at a reasonable price,
with the stipulation that the new
owner must restore it accord-
ing to the guidelines already
I would also urge the govern-
ment to clean up and restore
our three forts (and outlying
batteries, etc) They are cur-
rently in a deplorable condition.
When compared with fortresses
in other islands like Puerto Rico
and Cuba, they should make all
of us ashamed. Most of Fort
Charlotte is inaccessible to the
public, when it could be a major
source of interest and revenue;
and what visitors are allowed
to see is dirty and pathetic.
3) A multi-level parking lot
should be constructed some-
where on the eastern edge of
town as well. This should be no
more than three levels; and,
whatever the interior might be,
the facade fronting Bay Street
should conform to the sur-


rounding architecture, so that
it does not stick out like a post-
modern sore thumb. This
should surely be no problem for
one of our own talented archi-
tects to design!
4) Incentives should be giv-
en for the opening of new (and
different) stores in downtown
Bay Street. We have more than
enough T-shirt outlets and jew-
ellery stores. It is time that Nas-
sau be rescued from its current
tourist-trap status, where cruise
ship visitors are off loaded like
cattle, to be herded back onto
their ships a few hours later.
We desperately need one or
two good restaurants in the
heart of town not at the
extreme ends, which now seems
to be the case. These must not
be relegated to side-streets, as a
couple currently are, but promi-
nently on view with tables set
up against large glass windows,
well-lit and enticing to passers-
by. They need not serve
Bahamian food. The cuisine
could be French, Italian, Indian
or Chinese. That doesn't matter.
What matters is that they be
open not only for lunch but din-
ner as well and until at least
llpm. I'm sure if there was
good food available there, in a
friendly and relaxed atmos-
phere, there would be many
people eager to come out and
enjoy it.
5) In the same vein, I would
suggest that a covered stage be
erected on the northern side of
Rawson Square. It would be fit-
ted with professional sound and
lighting equipment. It could be
used for bands to greet cruise
ship arrivals by day. More
importantly, by night a roster
of local talent could be on dis-
play, attracting both visitors and
native Bahamians, especially on
weekends. Entertainment
should be exclusively Bahami-
an, including dance (eg the
National Dance School), rake-
and-scrape and Goombay
music, and theatre. If there's
anything on at the Dundas or
elsewhere, why not promote it
by having members of the cast
perform a scene or skit? Also,
church choirs, church bands and
liturgical dance troupes could
be featured at least one night a
week. They are part of our cul-
ture as well. There is no short-
age of talent in these islands, so
it should not be difficult to have
performers booked weeks in
Bahamians flock to the Mari-
na Village to see a sham repro-
duction of what Nassau once
was. Why shouldn't they flock
to Bay Street instead? At the
moment, there's no reason to
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ronmental Health Services
will begin twice-weekly
garbage collection services in
the more densely populated
areas of New Providence
within the next six weeks,
Minister of Health and Social
Development Dr Hubert
Minnis said.
Dr Minnis said the expand-
ed schedule should help to
lower the frequency with
which stray dogs overturn
garbage receptacles in those
areas a problem which can
result in an increased rodent
He said the department will
launch its rodent eradication
programme in March. The ini-
tiative will involve public edu-
cation and awareness,
enforcement and treatment.
Englerston has been selected
as the pilot for the project.
Addressing Parliament on
Wednesday, Dr Minnis said
the department, upon the
completion of a density study
already underway, will devel-
op and publish the schedule
for collection dates and times
for all areas, making use of
various media.
"We hope this will encour-
age individuals, rather than
storing garbage overnight, to
bring it out of their homes just
before we arrive so as to min-
imise the possibility of the
bins and garbage being
exposed to the elements and
the number of wild and/or
stray dogs that we encounter
today," Dr Minnis said.
"This is introducing an
orderly fashion to our system
while at the same time reduc-

ing the number of rodents
that we also face," the minis-
ter added. Dr Minnis said the
"improper and inadequate"
storage of garbage and trans-
port of waste continues to be
a "vexing problem."
The minister said the
department proposes to
launch a mini-recycling initia-
tive in May, 2008, in two con-
stituencies in New Providence
- one in the east and one in
the west to help reduce the
amount of litter and garbage.
"We will provide certain
bins designated for can col-
lection and we will assign one
of our older trucks to collect
those bins so that the cans
may be taken to a particular
location operated by Cans for
Kids," Dr Minnis said.
"The programme will be
implemented into other con-
stituencies beyond just those
two limited to the east and
the west and will be further
expanded into a full recycling
programme that will allow us
to move on to plastic contain-
ers and bottles," Dr Minnis
Dr Minnis said the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health "will initiate a
process" where individuals
breaking the country's envi-
ronmental laws will be issued
with Public Health orders and
taken to court as part of a
"zero tolerance" approach to
littering and illegal dumping.
He said the renewed focus
is evident in the issuance of
135 public health orders as of
February 2008 28 of which
have been submitted for pros-
ecution. There were 544 such
orders issued for the whole of

Garbage collection

to be twice-weekly I

Tribune Staff Reporter

If the Bahamas is to remain
competitive in the tourism mar-
ket, former minister of tourism
Obie Wilchcombe said the gov-
ernment must find new and
innovative ways to market the
Noting that the tourism
industry is the largest industry
in the world, worth about $4
trillion dollars annually, Mr
Wilchcombe warned parlia-
mentarians on Wednesday that
new markets are emerging
every day.
"New players have entered
the game, laden with oil money.
They created and built beaches
in the middle of the desert; they
have created islands that have
mystified the world; they have
built casino structures that have
overtaken the established Las
Vegas and Atlantic City.
"Caribbean destinations have
built thousands of rooms and
have reinvested in the product.
In the Bahamas we have sat on
our hands underneath our back-
sides expecting business to fall
from the sky. It does not work
that way," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe added that
as the tourism industry is a
booming business, every coun-

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try around the world, including
the United States is "beating
the pavement" to find new and
innovative ways to market their
"Sadly, we want to be in the
game but we refuse to give our
team the tools that are needed
to play with in the big league.
The Bahamas has always been a
leader in the tourism industry.
Many countries have come here
to learn. They take what we
have done and improved upon

the lessons learned.
"Everything we do is so
mired in politics that we make
decisions that stymie the
progress of the nation because
we are so small minded. The
Ministry of Tourism is losing
market share. We saw signs of
slippage in 2006. Some of the
slippage was expected.
"We knew that the loss of
inventory on Cable Beach
because of the renovations of
what is now the Sheraton would

create short term pain for long
term gain. As a result, Virgin
suspended its service to the
Bahamas," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe added that
the American government's
Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative affected travel by US
citizens to Caribbean destina-
However, he said, competi-
tors are investing considerable
amounts of money in promo-
tion, and the Bahamas must do
the same especially in the
United Kingdom and European
"Whilst we cannot reduce the
efforts in the United States, the
government should not under-
spend in Europe where the
Euro is considerably stronger
than the US Dollar," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe pointed out
to the House that as the Euro
continues to rise year after year,
the funds budgeted for promo-
tion in this area of the world
will not go as far as they did
"The government must find
at least $7 million to punt in the
UK markets to generate pres-
ence on radio, in magazine and
some television.
"The Bahamas has to go after
the strong economy and devel-
oped campaigns with British
Air and the other carriers that
serve the Bahamas and the
UK," he said.

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do so. Atlantis is clean, well
organised and crime-free
(except for the criminal prices).
There's lots of restaurants and
great entertainment. And it's
all arranged by foreigners! Are
our own people.so lacking in
imagination or will that they
can't do at least as well, if not
better? The only thing I would
urge is that no alcoholic bever-
ages be served in connection
with any performance on Bay
Street. That's not the kind of
atmosphere we want to encour-
age. Leave such things to Spring
The only problem I can think
of with using Rawson Square
might be the bust of Sir Milo,
which could obstruct people's
view of any stage show. I under-
stand, however, that the gov-
ernment is considering creating
a small park where the old
straw market stood (which real-
ly is a great idea). Why not
name the park after Sir Milo
and place his bust in a promi-
nent position at the entrance,
where it does not compete with
Queen Victoria. Or, failing that,
relocate Victoria to the park
and put Sir Milo in her place.
Just a thought.
6) I would also like to see a
better use for the old "horse-
and-buggy ride." At the
moment, these carriages are
used solely to take tourists on
monotonous and sometimes
historically inaccurate tours
of Nassau by day. Why not use
some of them at night, to take
tourists from their hotels to
popular restaurants, etc. They
could be fitted with small bat-
tery-operated lanterns, like
some 19th Century coaches,
and with prominent reflectors
or lights to warn approaching
motorists. They would have a
fixed and somewhat restricted
route, operating as far west as
the Esplanade and as far east
as Luciano's. I can imagine that
couples, especially honey-
mooners, would find a romantic
moonlit carriage ride one of the
highlights of their trip. We
might even consider restricting
downtown to pedestrians and
surreys only by night.
7) A small museum should
be set up on Bay Street to hon-
our Bahamian athletes and
entertainers who have achieved
international success. Bahami-
ans have won Olympic medals
and played on World Champi-
onship teams. We have received
Oscars and Grammy Awards,
and appeared on operatic stages

in the US and Europe. Many
tourists know of people like
Rick Fox or Sir Sidney Poitier,
but how many know that they
are Bahamians? Sports fans and
movie/music junkies would
undoubtedly be drawn to a
museum which celebrates
something they can relate to,
and someone they're familiar
with. These are Bahamians of
whom we can all be proud.
Since we have so much to boast
about, why not flaunt it to
everyone who comes here? The
Golden Girls, Sir Durward
Knowles, Calvin Lockhart,
Randolph Symonette,
Bahamen, Mark Knowles, Paul
Meers...and we could even high-
light the Bahamian "connec-
tion" with such figures as Al
Roker, Louis Gossett Jr, and
the late Esther Rolle and Roxy
Roker, to name a few. The
museum could include, in addi-
tion to photos and bios, signed
memorabilia relating to each
person honoured; and perhaps
a monthly tribute to a young
Bahamian at an international
college or university who is
achieving academic or athletic
success abroad. I would suggest
charging only a nominal fee for
admission. Money could be
raised by the sale of related
CDs, DVDs, posters, postcards,
etc. What should not be includ-
ed are political figures, etc, who
are in a completely different
(On a side note regarding
Bahamian music, does anyone
know whatever happened to
the wonderful Bahamian folk
opera, "Sammy Swain," by the
late Clement Bethel? Why is
there not a national, or, better
yet, international-touring ver-
sion of this classic work? Sure-
ly it would be possible to mount
a production in a small theatre
in London or New York? I saw
it performed for Queen Eliza-
beth at the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meet-
ing, although it was better done
at the Dundas some years pre-
viously. It's more suited to a
small-scale, intimate production
which doesn't try to turn it into
an inappropriate extravaganza;
but when it's well-done, it's the
equal of anything in Europe or
the US).
8) Finally, a word to most


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restaurant owners in the
Bahamas. Instead of charging
that notorious 15 per cent gra-
tuity, why no increase your
menu prices by 15 per cent
instead. The increase would go
to your staff, just as the gratuity
did. However, you could then
proudly display a sign (in a
prominent position) which
reads something like this: "We
do not require a gratuity. Our
customers' satisfaction is our
reward." You'd make the same
amount as before, but I feel that
your patrons would be much
more impressed. They'd also
feel less pressured to pay for
service which is often less than
satisfactory and food which may
or may not be appetizing!
These are just a few thoughts,
off the top of my head, so to
speak. Others probably have
better ideas. I don't suppose
that anyone will pay much
attention to this, in any case
least of all those in 4 position to'
do something about it. Most of
us are perfectly content with
the good old status quo. When-
ever some improvement is sug-
gested, the private sector will
generally pay lip service to it
without lifting a finger to pro-
mote it. The government, on
the other hand, will appoint a
committee to study the various
social, economic and political
ramifications of the scheme.
After two or three years, the
committee will issue its report,
which will automatically be con-
demned by whichever party is
in opposition, on the grounds
that they did not think of it
themselves; or it will be criti-
cized as being out of date, as
circumstances have changed
since it was tabled several years
before. It will then disappear
into political oblivion. This is
what is known as "democracy in

One last word to my fellow
Bahamians before I close: Some
have deplored the fact that we
depend on tourism, since it is a
"service" industry. They equate
"service" with "servility" and
slavery. That seems an odd atti-
tude for a country which prides
itself on being a "Christian
nation." Service to God and
others is the very essence of
Christianity. It is the heart of
hospitality and generosity. In a
materialistic society like ours,
such qualities are harder than
ever to cultivate, but they are
prerequisites for good manners
and civil society. Alas, the tru-
culence and sour attitude of
many Bahamians who deal with
the public only illustrates that
they are forced to be gracious
against their will.
Remember that nobody
wants to visit a grumpy old man
or a bitter old woman; and
nobody will want to visit oir
shores if they are not treated
with respect and courtesy. Just
as there's a proper pride, there's
an even more proper humility,
especially when dealing with
those whose patronage helps
keep bread on our tables and
a roof over our heads. May our
people learn this simple lesson
before it's too late!
I hope that this letter will pro-
voke at least some meaningful
discussion. Maybe we need to
all write a letter, or march, or
do something to get some
action from those who are in a
position to bring about the
changes needed for us to move
forward instead of going full
speed in reverse.

February, 2008.

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College of the Bahamas
president Janyne M Hodder
and president of the African
University College of Commu-
nication Kojo Yankah said they
were both tremendously excit-
ed about the exchange agree-
ment they signed this month.
According to a press release,
this agreement will cement a
collaboration between the two
institutions that will lead to
meaningful and educationally
substantive academic experi-
ences for College of the
Bahamas students travelling to
study abroad in West Africa
and for African students who
will travel from Accra, Ghana
for exchange programmes in
the Bahamas.
Mrs Hodder welcomed the

willingness of the West African
institution to partner with the
College of the Bahamas and
president Yankah pledged to
do all he could to assist in a
successful outcome for the col-
Preliminary plans are under-
way for the summer of 2009,
so that students will be able to
deepen their understanding of
the trans-Atlantic slave trade
between Africa and the
Bahamas. They will take class-
es at AUCC and travel
throughout the West African
region for cultural activities
and programmes.
The West African journey
will take Bahamian students to
Accra, Kumasi, and the Cape
Coast while they explore arti-

cles and literature by notable
West African authors, such as
Atukewi Okai and Kofi Asare
The journey to West Africa
will be in memory of Dr Thad-
deus McDonald, former asso-
ciate professor and dean of the
School of Social Sciences, who
began to forge links with
AUCC on his travels to
The signing ceremony was
also attended by Dr Linda
Davis, vice president of
research, graduate programmes
and international relations;
William Godfrey Davis, attor-
ney and transformative media-
tor from Burbank, California;
and Valdez Russell, interna-
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'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Mr. Hartis E. Pinder
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Mr. Hartis E. Pinder
The Bahamas Methodist Nassau Regional Women's Fellowship
will be holding their monthly meeting on Monday, March 3, 2008
at Coke Memorial Methodist Church. Bernard Road, Fox Hill at
7:30 p.m.

Orant's Etohtn Weelep letloblist Clhurcll
:ealiu HFill rd S Chapel SLtrere PO BR, CB-130N6
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Rosemary Williams
11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/ Bro. Ernest Miller/ Ministry of
Help (H.C.)
7:00 p.m. Sis. Nathalie Thompson/Board of General Education
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11:30 am.Speaker:

Mr. Gregory H.J. Bethel

Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m.
Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service- 7:00 pJ-n
Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)
Sisters' Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month)

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

Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m.

Church School during Worship Service

Place: Twynam Heights
offPrince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry

P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587


Grounded In The Past &
r... -Geared To The Future

Worship time: llam & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm

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Equipping Sessions
Friday, March 7, 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
Saturday, March 8, 8:30a.m.-1:00p.m.
(A Precept Ministries Conference)


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WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
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Assembly Of God

The Madeira Shopping
(Next door to CIBC)

Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles


Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712
EMAIL lynnk@batelnet.bs




Chinese envoy departs

after three-

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of For-
eign Affairs Brent Symonette highlighted the
importance of the mutually beneficial relationship
between the Bahamas and the People's Republic
of China, as the country bid farewell to the Chi-
nese Ambassador after a three-year tour of duty.
During a farewell reception held on Wednesday
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on East Hill .
Street, Mr Symonette commended Ambassador
Li Yuanming for the "excellent stewardship" he .
rendered during his tenure for the "mutually ben-
eficial promotion of Bahamas/Chinese relations."
He said: "I am equally confident in saying with-
out fear of contradiction that, as you and your
family depart our shores, hopefully not forever,
you have also accomplished the unparalleled feat
of enabling 1.33 billion people to be endeared
to and embraced in the hearts of some 0.33 mil-
lion people."
The People's Republic of China (PRC) is being
touted as the world's fastest growing economy
with a World Bank projected gross domestic
product of 9.6 per cent for 2008, despite a slow-
down in 2007. Mr Symonette also noted that
despite developmental, environmental, social,
ethnic and ideological challenges, the PRC suc-
cessfully launched two manned spacecraft in 2003
and 2005, and orbited the moon in 2007.
"In spite of such international standing being a
permanent member of the United Nations Secu-
rity Council, and courted by all major powers,
the People's Republic of China has shown herself
to be a friend both to the Bahamas and the
Caribbean region," he said.
Mr Symonette added that, regionally, the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been
given preferred tourism and trade status by the.
People's Republic of China.
He credited the PRC for supporting a high pri-
ority CARICOM-led initiative at the UN for the
conversion of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on

-ear posting

International Co-operation in Tax Matters into an
international deliberative body of the UN's Eco-
nomic and Social Council.
"The success of this initiative goes a long way to
levelling the playing field, internationally, in order
for the Caribbean region to have a direct voice in
global decision-making on international finan-
cial matters, which are of economic importance to
many Caribbean economies, not the least our
own," Mr Symonette 'said.
The Bahamas has signed important accords
with the PRC relating to education, culture and
commerce. "On the basis of these, Bahamians
have benefited from academic, diplomatic and
Chinese-language training, as well as economi-
cally, due to increasing numbers of ordinary
Bahamians going to China for commercial advan-
tages," Mr Symonette said.
May 23, 2007, marked the 10th anniversary of
the establishment of diplomatic relations between
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Peo-
ple's Republic of China.
Last year, through the "diligent and skilled
intervention" of Ambassador Li, the Chinese
government agreed to modifications requested
by the Bahamas, including additional grant fund-
ing for the National Stadium agreement signed on
August 18, 2004, Mr Symonette added.
"As the ambassador makes his departure. he,
therefore, leaves behind a lasting monument
whose aesthetic and functional features will not
only forever cement Bahamas/Chinese friend-
ship, but proclaim the same td the world, given
the plans on the drawing board for the use of
the National Stadium .upon completion," Mr
Symonette said.
Ambassador Li said it was with "deep hon-
our" that he served in the Bahamas. He said that
he was also pleased to have witnessed the "most
successful" of bilateral exchanges between the
two countries.

Housing and infrastructure key government focus

FROM page one

Deveaux noted that the Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port (LPIA) will see the con-
struction of a new US Depar-
ture Terminal, the transforma-
tion of the present US terminal
into a new International
Arrivals Terminal; construction
of a new Domestic Departure
and Arrivals Terminal and the


to ease



TO help lighten the caseload
clogging up the country's crim-
inal justice system, Thomas
Evans and Elliot Lockhart have
temporarily been appointed as
Justices of the Supreme Court.
Mr Lockhart, a senior part-
ner in the" law firm Lockhart
and Munroe, will serve for six
months with effect from April 1,
Mr Evans, a senior partner
of Evans and Co, will serve for
nine months with effect from
October 1, 2008.
The Judicial and Legal Ser-
vice Commission yesterday said
that both men will be assigned
to the criminal division of the
Mr Lockhart is a former
member of parliament for the
Exuma constituency and for-
mer chairman of the Nassau
Flight Services and the Gaming
Since 1990, he has served as
counsel to the Disciplinary Tri-
bunal of the Bahamas Bar
Mr Evans has previously
served as an Acting Justice of
the Supreme Court from Sep-
tember to December 1989; July
to November 1996, and Febru-
ary to April 1998.
He also served as Stipendi-
ary and Circuit Magistrate and
Crown counsel in the Attorney
General's Office.
Mr Evans was a member of
the law firm Christie Ingraham
and Co from 1980 to 1986 and
has served as treasurer of the
Bahamas Bar Association and
chairman of the Bar's Ethics
He is also a former director of
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas and former chairman
of the Industrial Relations Arbi-
tration Tribunal.

upgrading of airside aid the
landside at LPIA.
In Marsh Harbour, Abaco, a
new airport, taxiway, terminal
and air traffic control facility
will be built. In Treasure Cay,
Abaco, Stella Maris, Long
Island, and in New Bight, Cat
Island, there will be improve-
ments to airport infrastructure.
Family Island road recon-
struction to repair damage
caused by Tropical Storm Noel

will be done on Cat Island,
Eleuthera, Exuma, Acklins, and
Long Island, Minister Deveaux
In addition to planned road
work, Mr Deveaux said that the
government also will focus on
the restoration of the city of
Nassau and complete the
process of bidding and con-
tracting for the dredging of Nas-
sau Harbour to accommodate
the arrival of super-sized cruise

ships in 2009.
In order to restore and main-
tain the essential characteristics
of Nassau, Mr Deveaux said his
ministry will work expeditious-
ly to improving downtown's
appearance and ambiance and
make it a "greener" area.
Also in the improvement of

downtown Nassau, the govern-
ment will be removing the ship-
ping storage facility from down-
town and give further consid-
eration to developing a con-
tainer terminal at Arawak Cay.
The government will also
complete the construction of
the Nassau Street Magistrate's

Court, and complete the con-
struction of the Registrar Gen-
eral's offices on Market Street.
Government will also demol-
ish the old customs building on
Arawak Cay, and decide to
either restore or demolish the
Adderley building, and the
Rodney Bain building.

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If you have it, we want you.

We are growing!
Fidelity invites application for the position of:

Senior Human Resources Administrator

Bachelor's Degree in related area and/or HR Certification
Proficiency in Advanced Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access,
Outlook and Internet Explorer
Ability to work quickly and accurately and cope with
large volumes of work
Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills

Human Resources
Re: Sr. HR Resources Administrator

51 Frederick Street

P.O. Box N-4853

F: 328.1108


* Facilitation and meeting skills

* Assists the HR Manager
* Assists with HR duties and research projects
* Assists in the planning and execution of all social /
employee events
* Disseminates internal information to personnel as required
* Composes letters, memos and reports
* Tests, screens and interviews prospective employees
* Handles payroll, benefits, pension and insurance matters
* Provides monthly, quarterly and yearly HR statistics

An attractive compensation package, including a
comprehensive range of employee benefits, is
being offered.

Salary range subject to qualifications and

P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432;. FLX:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@batelnet.bs
(Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist
witness for Christ in The Bahamas"
MARCH 2, 2008.
COLLECT: Merciful Lord, you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives and overshadows our hearts, come to
our aid and turn us back to you again; through Jesus Christ our
9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
(Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Rhodes Prayer Band
11:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
(Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.
9:00 a.m. Bishop Dr Raymond R. Neilly (Holy
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.
9:00 a.m. Sis. Annette Poitier
8:00 a.m. Congregational Stewards
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday New Creation Fellowship
March 9, 5:15 p.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly (Holy
and other Ministries
St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
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."
"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.






Over 500

show they have

a real big heart



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"We Move Cargo"
Servicing the Family Island for over ten years!
We do Pick-ups from all your Favorite Stores.
* Walmart JC Penney Office Depot
* Brandsmart USA Office Max Best Buy
* BJ's 20"' Street Jettro Cash
* Big K Sears US Payments
Internet Orders and more
Also No Sales Tax (Using our Pick-Up Service)


The Anglican Central Education Authority
invites applications from qualified Bahamians for the
position of Vice Principal for St. John's College
beginning September 2008.

The applicant must have a Degree in Education
from a recognized TUniversity, with at least 5 years
accumulative experience. The applicant must also
be computer literate.

Key job functions and responsibilities include:

Assisting with staff supervision and evaluation
admissions and student orientation
-Scheduling (Timetables; examinations,
Assisting with discipline
Assisting with supervision of academic programmes
Assisting with Curriculum Development
Administration of School and External

Applicants should sumbit a cover letter,
Curriculum Vitae, copies of degree certificates,
three references and passport photographs to;

The Director of Education
Anglican Central education Authority
P.O.Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas

The Deadline for Applications is
Friday, March 14, 2008

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MORE than 500 patrons
gathered in the Crown Ball-
room at Atlantis to raise funds
for children with heart disease.
According to the organizers,
the 44th annual Heart Ball was
a "tremendous success."
Held on February 16 under
the theme, "Lighting a candle to
the future," the event paid trib-
ute to local and international
physicians who have given of

their time and talents to help
the Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
and heart patients.

According to chairman R E
Barnes, when the foundation
was formed in 1961, no one
could have anticipated the suc-
cess that it has had.
"When the foundation was
formed in 1961, we never could
have anticipated that the major-
ity of our surgeries would now
be performed here in the
Bahamas, and by Bahamian

"So let us pause and thank
all those marvelously skilled
physicians who have given of
themselves so generously over

the years to help the founda-
tion and our young patients.
"First a big thank you to all of
the foreign doctors who gave
so freely of their time and tal-
ents in our early years to assist
and to ensure that the founda-
tion's work would go forward
to this new millennium," said
Mr Barnes.
These doctors are: Dr Fran-
cisco Hernandez, Dr Henry
Gelband, Dr Otto Garcia, Dr
Caesar Castillo, Dr Stuart Got-
tlieb, Dr Grace Wolff, Dr Elliot
Rosenkrantz, Dr Richard Per-
ryman. Dr James R Jude, Dr
Gerard Kaiser, Dr Stuart Bowe,
Dr Villuer Jayachandra, Dr
Jane Somerville, Dr Ming-lon
Young and Dr Maude Steven-
And now, said Mr Barnes,
the local physicians who have
taken up the baton, "represent
our country's best and bright-
"As we move forward into
this new' century, they. have
been leading the way for those
who someday will follow in
their footsteps to help raise the
level of heart care for Sassoon
Heart Foundation patients."
They are: Dr Cecil Bethel, Dr
Jose Colaco, Dr Jerome Light-
bourne, Dr Mark Weech, Dr

Dean Tseretopoulos, Dr Steve
Lochan, Dr Branda DeSouza,
Dr Patrick Roberts, Dr Conville
Brown, Dr Duane Sands, Dr Sy
Pierre, Dr Alfred Alingu, Dr
Hank Coleman and Dr Luzvi-
minda Roble.
The highlight of the ball was
the presentation of the 2007
Lady Sassoon Golden Heart
Award to volunteer Mary Pro-
filo who was lauded for her
work with the Yellowbirds at
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Organisers had promised a
spectacular event and patrons

enjoyed an evening of fine din-
ing and dancing to the sounds of
the Ed Brice Orchestra, the
Soulful Groovers and the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force
Dance Band.
The silent auction, featuring
more than 30 gifts, netted the
Heart Ball Committee more
than $15,006. The most coveted
prizes were a four-day stay at
Echo Valley Resort won by Mr
Jim Rayburn; an original oil
painting, "The Gallery" by Clif-
ford Fernander, won by Dr
Conville Brown; and an original
Chan Pratt oil painting, won by
Dr Paul Hunt.
The room raffle was a
resounding success as well. The
top winner was Lynda Gibson,
who won two round-trip World
Traveller tickets from Nassau
to London, donated by British
airways; a 14-karat white gold
diamond pendant donated by
little Switzerland; an original
painting, "Orchids and Sep-
tember," by Eleanor Whitely;
a gift certificate from La Rose
Boutique, and a Tommy
Bahamas gift certificate from
Pat Paul.
Second prize winner Gerald
Sawyer won a Fendi lady's
leather handbag, an original
water colour painting, "Harbor
at Clarence Town, Long
Island," donated by Nick and
Fiona Maillis with complimen-
tary framing by Nassau Glass
Company; a 14-karat gold, dia-
mond and ruby necklace; A
pendant and earring set from
Colombian Emeralds, as well
as a skin consultation with Dr
Valya Grimes.
Claire Howard was the third
prizewinner. Her gifts included
a round trip ticket for two on
Bahamasair to any of its desti-
nations, a seven-night vacation
for two at Bluff Beach Hotel,
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco; din-
ner for two with Goombay
smash drinks at Miss Emily's
Blue Bee Bar; a gift basket from
John Bull, and an 18-karat
white gold, diamond heart pen-
dant and necklace donated by
The Colombian. -
Other raffle prize winners
were Jenny McDonald, Barry
Bethel, Portia Nottage, Dr
Mark Weech, Ramar Clash,
Gina Pinder, her husband Jef-
frey Pinder; R E Barnes and
Marvin Bethel.
The ballroom was spectacu-
larly decorated by Events by
Kasam. Table favours were pro-
vided by Chocolat A, and Marie
Antoinette Special Events. Bac-
ardi and Company donated
table miniatures.
The Heart Ball was co-
chaired by Lady Butler and Por-
tia Nottage. Other ball com-
mittee members were Zelia
Bethell, Michaelangelo Baccel-
li, Clover Bonamy. Marilyn
Cambridge, Nadia Campbell,
Claire Howorth, Inez Johnson,
Linda LaFleur, Diane Lockhart,
Alexandria Newbold, Susan
Riding, Thorson Rockwell. Bar-
bara Sawyer, Rochelle Sealey,
Ingrid Sears, Maria Symonette,
and Rose Marie Thompson.


NOTICE is hereby given that JUILIAN VILBRUN of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 23RD day of FEBRUARY
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given the JACKIE DEMPSTER of PRISON
LANE, P.O. BOX EE-17118, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 23RD day of February, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N 7147, Nassau,



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Salvage team to remove

tanker's large oil cargo

FROM page one
"Ficus", Captain Aliens said.
When the tanker is moved,
private and government-
assigned tug boats will help to
position the vessel, he added.
Captain Aliens explained
that the oil tanker was not
removed until now, because
Shell and the Port Department
first wanted to assess the situa-
tion in ord( r to avoid any dam-
age to the natural habitat
around Goulding's Cay.
"The worst thing we could
have done was to remove the
vessel when we didn't know
what the circumstances were
underneath (the water) and risk
causing damage to the natural
habitat," he said.
Environmentalists this week
expressed major concerns about
the incident, fearing a possible
oil spill and damage to the
endangered species of reef-
building coral which grow
around the Cay.

Captain Aliens yesterday
reported that so far there has
been no breach in the oil
tanker's double-hull.
Nevertheless, the Bahamas
Humane Society (BHS) yester-
day announced that it is offering
its services and will be on stand-
by in the event of an oil spill.
BHS Executive Director
Kevin Degenhard said he has
approached Tim Thomas, an
acknowledged international
expert on cleaning wild birds
following oil spills.
"We are on standby for pos-
sible pollution and subsequent
oiled birds and other marine
life, but are assured the ship is
not leaking right now and
attempts are continuing to get it
afloat. It is less than one mile
from its destination where it can
be unloaded safely. The arrival
of the Royal Terns, seen in the
vicinity of this stranded vessel,
reminds us this is the beginning
of the bird breeding season,"
he said.

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A Memorial Tribute to

Born: February 5th, 197.
l..vi, r e h s k t te

through. Sleep on son, in Jesus
keepinE, I am. missing you so miuch, I
am countinL the days until we meet
again from Mother Selena Smith.

Love always Selena mother, sisters
Grace, Ann, Joy, Samantha, brothers
Andrew and Michael brothers-in-law
Geno, Kevin, lan; sister-in-law Brea.
Nephews Joe, Mark, Tye and Joshua
and neices, Selena and Asia

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

1930- 2008

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A Memorial Service will be held at 3pm on I st March,
2008 at The Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel for the late
Hugh John Arthur Cottis, aged 77 years, of Dundas Town,
Abaco, The Bahamas and formerly of Essex, England,
Long Island and Exuma.

He was born on 15th October, 1930 in Tolleshunt D'Arcy,
Essex, England, and died on Thursday, 14th February,
2008 at Doctors llospital. Nassau. The Bahamas.

Hugh Cottis was an ouslanding man of many talents who
dedicated much of his life to community service.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia, his son
Gregory, sister Roma, aunt Margaret, brothers-in-law,
Derek and Ernest, sisters-in-law, Jean and Olive, nephews
Timothy, Michael, Colin and Paul, nieces Beverley,
Lynda, Anne and Jane and their children. Olivia Knowles
and family, members of The Presbyterian Kirk of The
Pines, Marsh Harbour, The Cancer Society, The Rotary
Club of Abaco and friends in The United Kingdom. Long
Island. Exuma, Abaco and Nassau.

Donations in his memory may be made to The Abaco
Branch of The Cancer Society, of which he was President,
or to the building fund for The Presbyterian Kirk of The
Pines, Marsh Harbour, of which he was an Elder.

May he rest in peace.

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a resident of Murphy Town, Abaco, will be held at Church of God Cathedral,
Dundas Town, Abaco, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor
Alphonso B. Lewis, assisted by Rev. Nathaniel Hield and Rev. Alonza
Dawkins. Interment follows in Murphy Town Public Cemetery.

Left to cherish her memory are mother, Dolly Davis; 3 sons, Elvis and
Tavaris Edgecombe, Stephen Woodside; 2 daughters, Shakera Forbes
i and Sarantha Sweeting; 2 grandchildren, Lazario Cornish and Kaitlyn
Woodside; 5 sisters, Karen Antonio, Petral and Margaret Williams, Mary
Mckenzie and Justina Reckley; 3 brothers, Vernal Reckley, Anderson
Wilmore and David Williams; 23 nieces, Carla, Sonia, Patrona, Samantha, Lanette, Sanovia, Dolly,
Latanya, Sherry, P.C Claudette, Shantell, P.C Latoya, Lateisha, Melonie, Michelle, Carla, Antoinette,
Alvina, Ashley and Gerraine, Crystal ,Mary, Latara; 17 nephews, Nathaniel, Jackson, Christopher, Pedro,
Pablo, Nigel, Theodore, Prince, Trinity, Rolando, Vernal Jr., Dennis, Garvin, Anderson Jr., Antonio,
Ashton and Frisco,1 sister-in-law, Marie Reckley; 3 brothers-in-laws, Wilton Antonio, Leslie Mckenzie,
and Elgie Reckley; 3 aunts, Louise Swain, Catherine Davis, Petral Williams; 2 uncles, Roland Swain,
Henry Davis; 2nieces-in-law, Shaka and Tamika; 5 nephews-in-law, Dario, Kevin, Bernard, Isiah and
Paul; 90 grandnieces and grandnephews; 4 godchildren, many special relatives and friends, Ann
and Terry Russell and family, Erica Albury and family, Dee Dee Roberts, Marie Pinder and family, Gurth
Russell and family, Carol Russell and family, Doris Ericsson, Frippy Swanson, Earl Russell, Eulease
Dawkins and family, Alliason Miller, Steven and Catherine Russell, Cora Sawyer, Rhonda Hull and
family, Rosie Lowe, Cheryl Clarke, Mike and Glenda Bethell and family, Shannon and Theresa Albury,
Carla Fox and family, Ken and Dawn Sawyer, Randy and Henry Key, Lease Thervil and family, LaQuita
Russell and family, Allan Poiter and family,Aunt Ivy of Man-O-War, Maggie Cornish and family, Pastor
Samuel and family, Pastor A. Lewis and The Victory Tabernacle Church family, Amanda Davis and
family, David Rolle and family, Lynne Rolle and Family, Milton and Ivy Swain and family, Mae Calma,
Monique Serritte, Paul, John, Sammy, Clement, Ricardo, Greg, Monica, Portia, Marrina, Artis, Sonia
Deloris, and Agatha Williams, John King, Columbo, Veda, Sheena, Barbara Rahaming and family, Charles
and Joan Symonette, Cynthia Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thompson, Kirk and Rhoda Thompson,
Sharon Rolle, Dr. Munroe of the Bahamas Chest Centre,'Petra Burrows, Richard and Angie Sweeting,
John Rahming, Beverly Knowles, Judy and Billy Higgs, Charlie and Thea Thompson, Sidney Campbell,
Adrian Thompson and family, Wellington Taylor, Helen, Debbie, Margo, Susan, Phillipa, Philip, Deandra
Forbes, Philip, Sheena and Philena Styles, Sean and Nadia Minns, New Destiny Baptist Cathedral Church
family, Sherlyn McKenzie and family, Pastor Silbert Mills and family, Friendship Tabernacle Church
family, Omega Miller and the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Joycelyn McIntosh and family, The Crew
of Bahamasair and Continental Airlines Marsh Harbour, The Staff and Doctors of the Female Surgical
Ward at P M H, The Staff of Kimley Horn and Associates of West Palm Beach, The Staff of the Marsh
Harbour Government Clinic, The Murphy Town Community and a host of relatives and friends too
numerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00
p.m. on Thursday and on Friday at the church in Abaco from 12:00 noon until service time on Saturday.
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a resident of Finlayson Street, will be held at St. Agnes Anglican Church,
Baillou Road, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Archdeacon I.
Ranfurly Brown. Interment follows in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Left to cherish his memory are his nieces and nephews, Sylvia Wallace,
Jack White, Rosemae Francis, Portia Francis, Anthony Forbes, Michelle
Sands, Leroy Carey, Ed Carey, Miriam Lightfoot, Josephine Davis, Layman
Davis, Majorie Taylor, James Sweeting, Katherine Ferguson, Casandra
Forbes, Shany Rose Thompson, Tedana, Nicole, Dwayne Hanna and Louise
Edgecombe; and a host of other relatives and friends including, Betty
Saunders, Carolyn Bowe, Drucilla Ropper, Sandra North, Dr. Bernard J.
Nottage, M.P., the Finlayson Street and the entire Bain Town community.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 1-6:00 p.m. on
Friday and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and at the church from 2:00 p.m. until service time.


a resident of Miami Street, will be held at Greater Bethel Cathedral, Faith
Way, Blue Hill Road South, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be
Rev. Christopher N. Minnis, assisted by other ministers. Interment follows
in Fox Hill Cemetery, Fox Hill Road.

Left to cherish her memory are her only child and spouse, Mrs. Ellen
and Mr. Donnie Rolle of Freeport, Grand Bahama; 7 grandchildren, Mrs.
Kym MacDonald-Laramore, Linda Davis of Miami Fls., Donna Paul, Mrs.
S Rochell Thurston, Mrs. Kayla Basden and Demetrius Rolle both of Freeport,
Grand Bahama; 18 great grand children, Kennuth Knowles Jr., Narkiesha
'Darling, Jenawade Paul, Leronnieka MacDonald, Zhivargo (Ted) Saunders,
David Grant, Kelven and Celina Davis of Miami, Fla, Ricky,.ie Cox,
Mickeya Percentie, Traves Thurston, Rakaya Dean, Tevin Thurston of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Laurentzia
and LaShantique Smith, Rhodesha Thurston, Matt-Dillion Basden of Freeport, Grand Bahama and Miguel
Taylor; 3 great great grand children, Aldonique Rolle, Kaden Paul and Chad Miller; 2 sisters, Mrs.
Arrabella Burnside and Mavis Thompson; 2 grandsons-in-law, Mr. Kendal Laramore and Mr. Bobby
Basden of Freeport, Grand Bahama; adopted grand daughters, Krystal Brown and Renae Frazier; 7
nieces, Mrs. Tessarina Bodie, Betty Ramsey, Audrey Capron, Bridgette Burnside, Miriam Rolle, Betty
Smith and Maryann Smith; 7 nephews, Lawrence, Ronald, Jeffery, Franklin, and Rex Burnside, David
Smith of Abaco and Alphonso Smith; 15 grandnieces including, Mrs. Ruthmae Knowles, Mrs. Linda
Amott, Ethel and Telly and Head Pastry Chef Mrs. Valarie Gray; 7 grand nephews; her long time friends,
Mrs. Maria King-and family, Evangelist Annette Cooper and family, Bro. Rodney Butler and family,
Barbara and Sylvia Brown, Faye Russell, Judy and Ruth Mitchell and family, Dr. Ahmad Mumir Rashad
and family, Mrs. Helen Major and family, Wilmar Brennen, Mrs. Mary Whymms, Christine Robinson
and family, and Rebecca Munnings and family; other relatives and friends including, The Old Camp
Ground family, Bishop Godfrey and Minister Iris Williams and family of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Mavis
Roker and family, Deacon Cheryl Bain and family, Patsy Sweeting and family, St. John's Cathedral all
of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Helen Johnson, Cedric Jewels of Miami, Fla, Mrs. Jackie Sweeting of Port
St. Lucie, Dennis Lesburd of St. Kitts, Patsy Clarke and family, Patsy Knowles and family, Shelia
Ferander and family, Dorothy Laing and family, Madlyn Thompson and family, Greater Bethel family,
Suff. Bishop Christoper N. Minnis and family, Bishop V.G. Clarke, and Calvary Deliverance Church
family, Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP for Englerston, The Miami Street family, especially South
Side Miami, Fox Hill community, One Love Soldier Junkanoo Group, Doctors. and Nurses of the Trauma
Room, the Ambulance Attendants and Demeritte's Funeral Home.

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charge, had committed a "gross
failure" when he chose not to
secure Mr Esfakis' airway after
he exhibited "very clear" sig-
nals that he was suffering from
an inhalation injury known
to cause swelling of the airway
- stated the coroner.
Furthermore, the doctor was
responsible for the "gross over-
estimation" of the amount of
fluid Mr Esfakis should have
been administered to counter
the loss from his burns, "result-
ing in overhydration."
"It is not in dispute that it was
this excess fluid that caused his
'weight gain'...and would have
put a serious strain on his car-
diovascular system," said the
Leandra Esfakis, told the
court last year that on the morn-
ing of the day he died her broth-
er was "completely unrecognis-
able" as he had "swollen to a
grotesque figure."
A US burns expert, Dr
Arnold Luterman also testified
about the critical importance of
monitoring burns patients for
signs of an inhalation injury and
acting on those signs.
"Dr Iferenta said that in his
experience he had not intubated
other burns patients (putting a
tube down their airway to
secure it) and they survived,"
said the coroner, adding: "I
think it would have been more
reasonable if he had based the
treatment of Christopher
Esfakis on the requirements of
medical sense, not on the sur-
vival rate."
Continuing to summarise the
evidence, the coroner noted
that Dr Iferenta recommended
a fluid replacement regime
which saw Christopher take on
board 28 litres in the first day -
a huge increase on the amount

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case various Bahamian authen-
tic craft and artifacts that will
hang from the ceiling and be
placed on a curved wall.
"The entrance lobby will
serve as an information area as
well. The other purpose of the
curved wall is to direct the flow
of visitors to the general ven-
dor stall area. Thereree two
main aisles that run perpendic-
ular and converge at the centre
of the building. At this central
location, a gazebo style stage
will be built for local Bahamian
bands to play and various tal-
ents can entertain visitors and
vendors," he said.
Minister Deveaux explained
that an interior paint colour
scheme will be done with
"vibrant colours" to create an
ambiance of "excitement, cheer
and happiness."
"The architecture of each
vendor stall will be similar to
that of a 'Bahamian style porch'
with wood like columns and
friezes. The administrative and
security areas will be placed on
the mezzanine levels to have
full view of the craft centre. The
vendors will enter the building
through the east roll-down
"The Craft Centre is sur-
rounded by water on the north,
south and west of Prince
George Wharf. This inspired a
nautical theme to be incorpo-
rated into the design of the
south and north elevations, by
constructing a curving canopy
that cantilevers five feet on both

that he should have been
administered, according to an
internationally accepted for-
mula. He was urinating at an
average rate of 500c an hour
and up to 1000c per hour at one
point, while this figure should
have been between 30 50 cc,
according to expert witnesses.
"Dr Iferenta admits there was
a serious miscalculation,"
acknowledged the coroner,
going on to ask, however, how it
was not corrected at any point
during Mr Esfakis' stay at the
hospital. "How did Dr Iferenta
get it so wrong?" he asked,
describing as "inexplicable" the
fact that the doctor did not rec-
tify his initial mistake at any
point, based on monitoring of
the patient.
The coroner said that
notwithstanding Dr Iferenta's
testimony that no data was
available, his "ignorance and
lack of curiosity" in not seek-
ing to find out Mr Esfakis' urine
output was "worrying" and, in
conjunction with other evi-
dence, showed he had provided
"insufficient monitoring."
He said of Mr Esfakis'
decline as a result of being
administered an incorrect treat-
ment programme: "The signals
and the warnings were very
clear...it was never picked up,
(the errors) continued down to
the last, it was never correct-
Forensic pathologist Dr
Govinda Raju carried out the
autopsy on Mr Esfakis. The
April 25,2002 report stated that
he died as a result, firstly, of
cardio respiratory arrest, acute
pulmonary congestion and
oedema (swelling due to the
retention of fluid in the tissue);
secondly, airway obstruction
due to inhalation injury; and
thirdly, the burns for which he
was admitted to Doctor's Hos-

Two remanded

to the prison

FROM page one

derly behaviour, assaulting a
police officer, obstruction,
throwing missiles, resisting
arrest, using obscene language
and causing damage.
Court dockets state that the
accused assaulted Detective
Inspector Bonamy, Detective
Corporal 2369 Bowe, Detective
Constable 519 Outten and
Detective Corporal 1059 Far-
rington. It is further alleged that
the accused caused damage to
Detective Corporal Bowe's

$79.95 Tommy Hilfiger shirt.
Bethel and Clarke pleaded
not guilty to the charges. Bethel
faced an additional charge of
causing $3,512 worth of dam-
age to a 2008 Crown Victoria
vehicle, the property of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Bethel pleaded not guilty to the
Demaro Cooper was also
arraigned on the charge earlier
this week.
Both men were remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison and will
return to Court on March 4 for
a bail hearing.

sides of the building to provide
protection from the elements
for the visitors and vendors,"
he said.
Upon completion, this
authentic Bahamian Craft Cen-
tre will accommodate between
300 to 400 vendors depending
on the final size of booths
The Centre will accommo-
date all manner of handcraft
items, including wood carvings,
straw work, jewellery, and food
and beverage items, Mr
Deveaux added.
"Ancillary spaces include thd
entrance gallery, visitors
restrooms, vendor restrooms,.
and vendors cafeteria/lounge,
administrative staff offices and
lounge, security staff office and
lounge. The plans were
reviewed by the Ministry of
Tourism and valuable insight
gained into the design of a suc-
cessful Craft Market along the
lines of the Market at the Wel-
come Centre. This project is
currently out to tender and it is
anticipated that bids will be
received on Tuesday, March 4,"
he said.
The original Straw Market
site between Bay Street and
Woodes Rodgers Walk will be
converted into a temporary
green space, Mr Deveaux said.
The site, which is approximate-
ly one and one quarter acres,
has structural pilings that exist-
ed from the previous Straw
Market structure.
"These piles are being pre-
served for use in a future design
of the New Straw Market struc-
ture," he added.

Drawings readied for

Prince George's site





as the National Arts Festival gets underway

Mr Callender demonstrates the importance of playing a piece
with feeling

Photos by Eric Rose


NOTICE is hereby given the EUNISE ST. JOHN of MARKET
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why regisfration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of MARCH,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



BASRA Headquarters,

March 15, 2008 7:30p.m.

All members are urged to attend

Refreshments will be served.

Bahamas Academy students
listen to E Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival music
adjudicator Lee Callender
during the New Providence
music adjudicationphase on
S2 February 27 at the National
SPerforming Arts Centre. The
drama and dance adjudication
exercises were taking place at
: "the same time at different


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Chinese ambassador's farewell

Republic of China to the
Bahamas Li Yuanming offi-
cially bid farewell to the
Bahamas during special events
last week at Breezes Super
Club and the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs.
Mr Li Yuanming officially
ended his stint as Chinese
Ambassador to the Bahamas
and left the country on Friday,
February 29. He was appointed
to the post on January 17,
2005, when he replaced former
Ambassador Jiao Dongcun.

SHOWN (I-r) are Dr Brent Hardt, United States Charge d' Affaires, and his wife Saskia Hardt, Swedish Ambassador Thomas Thornquist, Ingrid Iremark, Mrs Li Yuanming, Ambas-
sador Li Yuanming, Cuban Ambassador Jos6 Luis Ponce, Brazilian Ambassador Tomas Guggenheim and Haitian Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph.

GANSHENG ZHENG (far left), Governor General Arthur Dion Hanna
(centre) and his wife, Beryl, and Ambassador Li Yuanming.

SHOWN (1-r) are Acting Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson, Anthony Capron, owner of 'The Bugle", Ambassador Li Yuanming, Zhong Xin-
min, first secretary at the Chinese Embassy, Max Gibson, honourary consul to South Korea, and Andrew McKinney.

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette (far left), Ambassador Li
Yuanming and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell.

SHOWN (I-r) are Vernon Burrows, of the Department of Immigration, Mrs Li Yuanming, Ambassador Li Yuanming, Sheila Carey, the permanent
secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador-at-large Joshua Sears.

AMBASSADOR Li Yuanming (far left), former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Janet Bostwick (centre) and Gansheng Zheng.


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(242) 357-8472

P.O. Box N-4659,
Nassau, Bahamas

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