The Tribune
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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 8, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Tribune Business Editor
Tribune Staff Reporter
T~HE Grand Bahama Port Authority receivership was yes-
terday overturned by Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderley,
but with all other litigation stayed it is unclear whether the bit-
ter 17-month dispute over its ownership is any closer to reso-
Justice Adderley ruled that "in law", a receiver should not
have been appointed for an institution that exercised quasi-
governmental powers, such as the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA).
He said another factor behind the decision to remove the
receivers, BDO Mann Judd accountants Clifford and Myles
Culmer, was that the attorneys for the late Edward St George's
estate had not disclosed an earlier order by Justice John Lyons,
requiring all parties to be present for a hearing on the imitial
leceivearsehip pephctao~nO when the receivers.were finally appoint-
The receivership order was made by Justice Jeanne Thomp-
son at a hearing where only the St George estate's attorneys
were present, and Justice Adderley ruled that their failure to dis-
close the existence of Justice Lyons's earlier order was reason
enough to end the receivership by itself.
While Sir Jack Hayward and his fellow defendants are likely
SEE page nine

CO-operation with CARICOM
Heads of Government in

addressmng tourism challenges
Tribune Staff Reporter
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PRIME Mimister Hubert Ingraham yesterday urged CARICOM
Heads of Government to work towards more "focused and inten-
sified" co-operation in addressing regional tourism challenges.
F;or the third time since he was first elected as Prime Minister in
1992, Mr Ingraham addressed Caribbean Heads of Government as
CARICOM chairman on Friday at the opening of the 19th Inter-
cessional Meeting of: Conference of Heads of Government of the
Caribbean Community at the Sheraton Cable Beach resort.
Noting that the last time the community's chiefs met in Nassau
was in July, 2001, just before 9/11, Mr Ingraham urged that while
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Tribune Staff Reporter
ACTING police commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson said
for the Bahamas to effectively
curtail growing levels of crime,
it ha's to adopt "zero toleiance"
towards all types of crime.
Speaking of the fraction of
youth involved in criminal
activity, Mr Ferguson' said in
many instances, these children
are blatantly disrespectful of
people, their property and all
"If you listen to the young
people, that sector that is
involved mn crime, in a lot of
instances they are just careless;
they are just so blatantly disre-
SEE page nine

Police 'W111
tolerate any
,y PALS f tNQUe ST
POLICE will not knowingly
tolerate any form of corruption
within the organisation, acting
Commissioner Reginald Fergu-
son told The Tribune in an
exclusive interview yesterday.
Commissioner Ferguson's
comments came as officers are
expected to be charged shortly
before the courts for reportedly
allowing themselves to be
bribed by an alleged drug deal-
er who was wrongly released
from custody earlier this week.
-Speaking at Police Head-
quarters on East Street, Com-
missioner Ferguson said he is
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BOdy found.
man believed to

THE body of man,
believed to be a Haitian, was
found yesterday afternoon
near Holiday Drive, close to
the South Beach Pools.
Asst Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune that it's
believed the victim drowned
and was washed ashore.
However, an autopsy will
have to determine the exact
cause of death, he said.
so* Fg nssa d I elmnur '
the man was one of the pas-
se gers on a Haitian sloop
th t r aoud off otoh-
ern Ne wP oidence ualier
this week.
At press time last night,
police had not identified the

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HARRAH's has reportedly
pulled out of the deal to devel-
op the Cable Beach Resorts,
citing comments in the House
of Assembly this week ques-
tioning the ability of the pro-
ject to proceed, as a reason
for this decision.
The bombshell announce-
ment came in a press release
yesterday issued by Baha Mar,
which was in joint venture
partnership with Harrah's, one
of the world's largest casino
resort~ operators.
"Baha Mar Resorts ("Baha
.Mar") today said that it has
received a notice from Har-
rah's Entertainment ("Har-
rah's") purporting to termi-
nate their joint venture
arrangements," said the state-
Ha ha ta hd s not 2ed
rah's ability to unilaterally ter-
minate the arrangements.
Those arrangements were
affirmed by Harrah's as
recently as January 31 when
Harrah's, as Baha Mar's joint
venture partner, signed the
latest Heads of Agreement
with the Government of The
Bahamas "
The statement continues:
attempting to just fy its
actions, Harrah's referred to
comments made two days ago
in the House of Assembly
questioning the ability of the
project to ~proceed ahead.
However, just yesterday, the
House of Assembly voted :
unanimously to approve all of
;ithe Government's sale agrees
ments for key parcels of land ~
to be transferred to Baha Mar '
accompanied by numerous
positive comments about the
Baha Mar project from sever~

al key Members of Parlia-
This move by Harrah's may
bring to an end the $2.6 bil-
lion mega-projecct intended to
revitalize the Cable Beach
Strip, and may draw into ques-
tion whether the prime minis-
ter's comments this week in
the House might have con-
tributed to bringing this part-
nership to an end.
During the resolution to
authorize the transfer of land
in Cable Beach to the devel-
opers of the Resort, Mr Ingra-
ham said he doubted the abil
ity of Baha Mar to finance the
project, but was confident that
Itarrah's could do it.
"And today I am still not
satisfied that Baha Mar has
the money to undertake the
project. But I am satisfied that
if H~arrah's carries out what it
says it will do, that they have
the means to undertake the
project uf they do wha teg$
binding commitment to the
Bahamas. All of their agree-
ments are with Baha Mar,"
said Mr Ingraham in the
House earlier this week.
The development, when
completed would reportedly
provide employment for some
5,000 people. The large num-
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A FAlYHLY explores the area at Long Wharf yesterday. The Bahamas can expect an influx of tourists
throughout March as Spring Break gets underway.

L I PM urges more 'focused

POLICE are seeking two
men for questioning in connec-
tion with the robbery; of Fluid
Nightclub in late February.
The men are considered
armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information

about the suspects are asked to
contact police emergency at
919/911, the pohece control room
at 322-3333, the Central Detec-
tive Unit at 502-9930, or the
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 328-

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Withdraws; cites comments
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treats senior citizens

to luncheon

MINISTER of Lands and Local Gover-nment Sidney Collie said
the employees at his ministry were proud to be the servants for the
senior citizens whom they treated to lunch yesterday.
The lunch, held at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex, was
one of the activities planned for the Ministry's Awareness Month
2008. The theme for the month is "Building bridges to the future
through service to the community".
Senior citizens attending the lunch came from the Senior Cit-
izens Geriatric Hospital, the Demetrius Home, the Nurse Naomi
Christie Home, the Mary Ingraham Care Centre, and the Yellow
Elder and Soldier Road Senior Citizens Homes.
All of the senior citizens, whom the minister called "precious
pearls," received gifts and were treated to entertainment by the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band and Eric 'King' Gibson.
Harcourt Williams, 93, Stephanie Marshall, 60 and Eunice
Williams, 80, wowed the crowd with smooth moves as they
danced together.
One of special guests attending the lunch was Jenny Edge
combe, who turns 100 this month.
Ms Edgecombe thanked the ministry officials for their kindness.
She added, "Above anything I want to thank my Lord. He
promised me long life. He told me in the Psalms 31:24 'Be of good
courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope on the
Mr Collie said his ministry wants to be made aware of anything
it can do to help out the senior citizens homes, and will participate
in special events the homes plan for their residents.
"We just want to say to those senior citizens gathered here this
afternoon that we love you," he said. "We care about your com-
fort and we care about your well-being.
"If there is anything we can do, as a ministry, to assist in: mak-
ing life more bearable and enjoyable for you, we want to let the
matrons of the homes know this ministry is available."

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"Anyone who
SUggests that the EPA
IS the SaH10 as the
CSME shows a lack of

appreCMtOR fuf the
Subs~tant~~d Mer~ec
between the two. The'
EPA is a free t~rade

agreemICnt IRVOhl~n
the 810VCHICt Of
gOods, it involves
Services and trade

Zhivargo Laing
is the same as the CSME shows a lack of
appreciation for the substantial difference
between the two. The EPA is a free trade
agreement involving the movement of
goods, it involves services and trade related
"The CSME involves free movement of
goods, free movement of capital (and) free
movement of labour. It involves the pro-
posal to have a single currency. All of which
means that countries participating in the
CSME would have to essentially harmonise
their fiscal monetary policies and (there
would be) a lot more involved integration
than the EPA could ever fathom," he said.
Mr Laing said that he does not share the
"same alarmist" view of the EPA as Messrs
Thompson and Moss. .
"I do agree there will have to be adjust-
ments made when you sign onto these
things (but) the rollout period for the agree-
ment isof the order of15 to 25years ... so
there is sufficient time for us to ensure that
our adjustment is not a disadvantage to
ourselves as the government or as the pri-
vate sector."
Responding to the allegation that the

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government meeting at Cable Beach
became the setting for the country's first
public protest against government's antici-
pated signing of the Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European Union.
Attorneys and PLP members Paul Moss
and Fayne Thompson took to the Cable
Beach; strip outside the Sheraton with a
group of six placard waving protesters to
declare that the EPA is the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy (CSME) "in dis-
guise" and should, therefore, be rejected.
"Once the Bahamian people understand
what the details of this agreement are about
they will all oppose it," said Mr Thomp-
son. "This is the beginning of a protest, like
with CSME, that will continue until the
Bahamian people are informed about (the
The two criticised government for
allegedly "signing away the country's sov-
ereignty" by agreeing to have the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM)
delineate the agreement on this country's
behalf as all CARICOM countries have -
and for failing to "come clean" with the
public on the details of the agreement.
The EPA has been a major topic of dis-
cussion during a busy week of CARICOM
meetings in Nassau. The agreement has a
scheduled mid-April sign-on date.
The attorneys' demonstration occurred
shortly after Bahamas prime minister and
CARICOM chairman Hubert Ingraham
finished giving his opening address to
regional leaders attending the Intersessional
Meeting of Conference of Heads of Gov-
Placards reading "EPA = Recolonisa-
tion" and "Don't Sell Us Back Into Slavery"
were marched up and down the tourist strip,
attracting the attention of several curious
Inside, Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing denied the suggestion that
the two arrangements were essentially the
"There is a stark distinction," said Mr
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Bahamas had irresponsibly foregone the
responsibility for negotiating the deal to
the CRNM, Mr Laing said that in fact the
Bahamas had been an "active participant"
in many of the meetings held to discuss the
The minister said that government
"agrees" that the public ought to become
more informed and is making provisions
to enable that to occur. However, he also
emphasised'that discussions about the EPA
be an in 2002. "Five years would've been a
marvelous period of time to inform the
public," he said.
'the EPA negotiated with the EU will
allow the Bahamas and its fellow African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries,
should they choose to sign on, to maintain
duty-free access for their exports to the EU
market if they allow the same access for
EU ~goods into their markets. It will also
involve the liberalisation or opening up to
EU competition of up to 75 per cent of
Bahamian service industries,. according to
Mr Laing.

Resolution' really
Governor General's Youth
Award participants took part
in the Anglican Diocesan
Youth Rally under the theme
"Christian youth for positive
chan e"
After hearing from various
speakers mecluding Rev Diana
Francis, Pastor Carlos Reid,
Theophilus Glinton and
Nurse MitzI Fernander, the
participants were divided into
four groups to prepare and'
act out skits dealing with the
All the participants attend-
ing stayed on to participate in
the GGYA annual "Camp
In" which concluded at 7am
the next day.
Additional activities includ-
ed a variety show, trivia min-
utes and team work to .!:s.
The GGYA i scif-devel;-
opment programme available
to all young people world-
wide. The programme is
designed to equip them with
life skills "to make a differ-
ence to themselves, their
communities and the world".
To date over five million
people from more than 100
countries have been motivat-
ed to undertake a variety of
voluntary and challenging


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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas tourism industry is
"ill and slipping into a coma", West
End and Bimini RIP Obie Wilch-
combe told parliament this week.
Speaking on the Baha Mar and
Albany resolutions in the House of
Assembly on Thursday, the former
minister of tourism said that Bahami-
ans do not have the right "to allow
the industry to fall any further or to
succumb to the aggressive and unre-
lenting efforts of our competitors."
Mr Wilchcombe said that he
believes that there is a lack of
urgency among Bahamians when it
comes to addressing the challenges
faced by the country in today's
tourism market.
"The way we believe at times, the
lethargy that compromises our sense
of urgency in this competitive global
industry suggests we are unfamiliar of
the level of dependency of tourism,"
he said.
Mr Wilchcombe pointed out that
the Bahamas is no longer without

ONE million dollars has
been allocated in the
2007/2008 health budget for
the redevelopment and
improvement of the Acci-
dent and Emergency Depart-
ment of the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital. .
Minister of Health and
Social Development D
Hubert Minnis made this
announcement to a group of
medical professionals, adding
that the review and planning
process for an upgrade of
medical facilities at PMH,
and the construction of a
new primary halthcare facl-
Bahama, are underway.
Dr Minnis said this is part
of the government's efforts
to give "due attention" to the
repair, upgrade and mainte-
nance needs of the primary
healthcare facilities through-
out the country.
Addressing the official
opening ceremony of the
Medical Association of the
Bahamas' 36th annual Sci-
entific Conference on
Wednesday, Dr Minnis said
the upgrades to the Accident
and Emergency Department
will include the implementa-
tion of a fast track system for
"non- urgent illnesses" that is
designed to deliver quality
care in a timely manner,
thereby decreasing waiting

He said the department
will also seek to improve the
efficiency of its patient flow
through the appointment of
patient care co-ordinators
and the implementation of
policies and procedures that
are designed to minimise
bottlenecks, thereby improv-
ing patient safety while
reducing overcrowding and
"Prioritising customer sat-
isfaction by the development
and initiation of the Patient
Advocate Programme and
communication systems that
are designed to facilitate
communication between
staff, patients and their fam-
ilies, thereby enhancing the
hospital's reputation as a
leading resource for urgent
care, are also among the
measures to be put in place,"
Dr Minnis said.
"The benchmarking, stan-
dardisation and implementa-
ton of daka c lleectio syns

times and utilization patterS
to enhance planning, and evi-
dence-based decision for the
continued development of
the Accident and Emergency
Department are also among

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Man detained in


Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A young man
is detained at a Nassau hospital
with serious injuries after bemng
attacked by another man w th a
cutlass earlybFriday morn ng
teer Drive, Fortune Cay, suf-
fered serious injuries to his
right arm, right wrist, and left
thumb, which was almost com-
pletely severed,
Forbes is presently detained
at the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital. His condition is not
kn nf aStu it ndent Basil
Rahming said the attack
occurred around 6.35am at the
Pepper Pot Restaurant on East
Sunrise Highway.
Forbes told police that a
young man, whom he knows,
chopped him several times
about the body with a cutlass
following ~a heated argument
Fov Ho imathe attack, the cul-
prit got into a white car and
fled the scene.
Central Detective Unit offi-
cers are searching for the sus-

number of saleable items at
their residence.
Supt Rahming said officers
fr~om the Central Police Station
in Freeport, acting on informa
tion, executed a search warrant
on a residence at Drake
Avenue around 6.30pm on
A large quantity of clothing
and other items, including
ldis ckeset, han bag skrs
tennis shoes and sweatsuits,
were being offered for sale to
the public.
Formal charges are expect-
ed to be filed against the couple
in the Freeport Magistrate's
Court early next week.

TOGnager in court

on robbery nanl

POCeiVing charges
Pinsevrod Car enM man
trate's Court yesterday on
robbery and receiving
According to court
'dockets, it was alleged
that on Monday March 3,
James Thompson robbed
Jamal Williams of a grey
Toshiba laptop valued at
$800 along with a wallet
containing $50 cash.
Thompson, who
appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez,
pleaded not guilty to the
robbery charge and to the
charge receiving the lap-
pThompson was granted
bail in the sum of $5,000
with one surety. The case
was adjourned to Miarch

man was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison yester-
day after being arraigned
on charges of raping'
forcibly detaining and
robbing a 34-year-old

wo~mrding to court
dockets, it is alleged that
while armed with a hand-
gun, Neko Kemp of Mal-
colm Road robbed a the
woman of her $235 hand-
bag which contained a
$135 wallet and a $30
Bahamian passport on
Tuesday, January 8 of this
It is further alleged that
on the same day, Kemp
had sex with the woman
without her consent.
It is also alleged that
Kemp forcibly detained
the woman with the intent
to have sex with her.

beemp, whoM apesede

Rnoe inBn nmneL ye er-
day afternoon, was not
required to plead to the
char es
In pector Althea Porter
objected to Kemp being
granted bail, saying that
the accused has a number
of matters pending before
the courtS.
Kemp was denied bail
and remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case
was a journed doMarch
court 10 in Nassau Street.

tect and nurture the tourism industry.
Giving examples of the increasing
competition in the Caribbean region,
Mr Wilchcombe said that over a 10-
year period, the Dominican Republic
built more than 50,000 hotel rooms.
In Cuba, he said, the government
teamed with Spanish hoteliers and
increased its inventory to almost
Both Jamaica and the Turks and
Caicos have seen robust construc-
tion in the tourism sector. In the
Turks Islands, the MP said, 8 five-
star hotels are under construction.
"I classifyr these countries our com-
petitors because like the Bahamas
the market share is 0.1 per cent of
global tourism. That is why I fully
support the Baha Mar project and
consider it to be missing link to cre-
ating sustainable tourism activity here
in New Providence.
"Baha Mar will bring added value
to the tourism sector," he said.
The Baha Mar development, he
said, will play a major role in reposi-
tioning the Bahamas tourism industry
and creating new excitement to the
tourism product.

competition in the region and must
therefore step up to the plate as soon
as possible.
"We are challenged to approach
this dilemma with a sense of urgency.
Lip service, finger pointing and fear
will only lead to the demise of the
industry. .
S"When we were the only show in
town with little or no competition
coming from our neighbours to the
north or to the south, we could afford
to take short cuts, deliver inadequate
service and move with a slow pace.
What we did yesterday will not suf-
fice in this new world order," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe again noted that
according to the World Tourism
Council, more than 67 per cent of
every 100,000 jobs in the B~ahamas
are tourism related.
"(Some) 38,000 Bahamians are
directly employed in the travel and
tourism sector which represents 25.9
per cent of the total work force.
"To break it down even further, it
means one in every 1.5 jobs in the
Bahamas is tourism related," .he said.
With those kind of figures, the 10iP
said, Bahamians are obligated to firo-

the measures to be put in
place," Dr Minmis said.
Dr Minnis said technolog-
ical advances that strengthen
the network of activities in
patient care "between and
among"' the healthcare facil-
ities will be further advanced
through the implementation
of two major initiatives.
"The first of these initia-
tives is the electronic inte-
grated Public Health Infor-
mation System (i-PHIS)
which will soon be intro-
duced to improve client
record management at our
primary healthcare facilities.
The i-PHIS will be opera-
t onyl d anlcnca s 1 s 8Ne
at all major Family Island
Clinics by December, 2008,"
Dr Minnis said.

The system will allow
health professionals at pri-
mary healthcare facilities (as
a part of a network) to gen-
erate reports in a timely
manner, reduce duplication
of diagnostic investigations
and drug treatment, improve
the overall management of
clients and providence evi-
dence-based healthcare plan-

nigle second initiative is the
Telemedicine Project that
w0771aunched in Decemlmr
and Emergency Department
and the Marsh Harbour Clin-
ic in Abaco.
"This new technology
allows specialty physicians in
the Accident and Emergency
Department of the Princess
Margaret Hospital to provide
real-time clinical consulta-
tions and diagnostic services
to patients at the Marsh
Harbour Clinic," Dr Minnis
"This is the first step in the
government's national pro-
gramme for use of telemedi-
cine to improve the overall
level of healthcare services
throughout our Family
Islands," Dr Minnis added.

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MINISTER OF HEALTH and Social Development Dr Hubert Minnis gets a briefing on a compact digital ultra-
sound console from sales representative of Bahamas Medical and Surgical Supplies T'Shera Gaitor, during a
tour of the company's booth at the Medical Association of the Bahamas' 36th Annual Scientific Conference
which opened Wednesday evening (March 5, 2008) at the British Colonial Hilton Resort. Dr Minnis delivered
!he opening address.


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MINISTER OF Health and
Socila Development Dr Huberl
Minnis addresses members of
the medical profession during
the opening ceremony of the
Medical Association of the
Bahamas' 36th Annual Scien-
tific Conference. Dr Minnis told
the healthcare professionals
that the Medical Association
of the Bahamas has had a rich
history of collaboration with
his minsr uan dha hne Iok
ing that relationship as they
both work toward the com-
mon goal of improving the
health status of the people they
all serve.

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Wilchcombe: Bahamas tourism

industry 'is slipping into a coma'

A & E to get $1 million for upgrades


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Being Boucnd to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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


Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991


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A hiver tr ansplant e asier in the south

NOTICE is hereby given the CHARLENE JOSEPH of TAYLOR
ALLEY, P.O. BOX N-8202, 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 8TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N 7147, Nassau,



TELEPHONE: 322-8219 322-8160


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persons who have contami-
nated the very core of the
most casual of economic trans-
actions. In other words, these
social terrorists have abused
their job, careers, or positions
by demanding "kickbacks"
before performance in the
work place. They make it
almost impossible for one to
execute a simple transaction
without being held hostage.

quRene oft crutin isnts
cheap in this country. Persons,
who practice corruption, must,
within the confines of their
Constitutional rights, be mdde
to 'pay severely for their
.actions. Sadly, but it appears
that there are two prices for
every ~ing i tnhi osrrce
at the institution that you are
doing business with or you can
pay a reduced price to some
unscrupulous persort at the
expense of the employer's
inventory or resources.
Seguing, although gambling
and corruption are not scien-
tifically linked, they do carry
the common elements of
greed and laziness. This is why
the belief that implemdentmng
a la cial d anacemmne sho or
not be entertained or why it is
difficult to agree with persons
who use ill-founded logic to
justify social shortcuts.
Clearly the erroneous con-
clusions arriveddat by thneasw

in their initial thought process.
These parties start with a fal-
lacy that asserts the belief that
because many persons in this
country are presently buying
11umb rst ileca that it
such activities. The mere
th uht of aqisn to
ne at ve becaauquescruadi in
ished will power to fight, is
unfathomably and resound-
Inl nie
inApurn fsom this, all institu-
tions, which were created to
benefit from the proceeds of
lotteries, bar none, has ended
up operating at a deficit.



EDITOR, The Tribune.
AS STATED in an earlier
communiquC to these
columns, this pen will avoid
publicly touching paper unless
solutions accompany the crit-
icism; therefore, it is hoped
that solutions can be gleaned
from these thoughts.
I have noticed that once
again our curious little country
has embarked on another
exercise of confusion. On one
hand, we are attempting to
formulate policies to address
the issues of crime and other
social deprivation while simul-
t nou ey eariecoontemplbat-

houses, web shops, or lotter-
ies. Even more disturbing is
that our primary reason for
considering the latter is
because it is considered an
accepted norm within our
ciShould ahdeseeillsoegical exera
political, spiritual, or eco-
nomical point of view; or
should we the public read
deeper into these decisions
and conclude that something 8
is seriously wrong with the
country's leadership?
Admittedly, it was initially
quite difficult to appreciate
why' a country so small would
have such overwhelming prob-
lems regarding policy making
atd bawde foremernt thin
seeing how both political par-
ties react towards each other
one ~can see why confusion
Diverting a bit, there are
ntw nao fctos uwhc aea
First off, our leaders are
bemoaning their inability to
enforce the laws on the books
concerning gambling or oth-

eSe ondy a 1 ths fault can-
not be attributed directly to
unssonileabpl fsa tha tere aan
hardly any institutions in this
country that are free of cor-

ru ftunately, most insti-
tutions, at every level, are
being held capti e by social
saboteurs. These saboteurs or
more aptly, social terrorists
should not be confused with
persons who perform blatant
er ubvuusptcrumnal atns,

These institutions are formed
with the best intentions to
fund public programmes, yet
after a short period, due to
expensive or extravagant
administrative outlays or due
to negligent or incompetent
handling of funds, they
become another bureaucratic
black hole. Therefore, the
funding justification becomes
a moot point because without
fail, the potential beneficia-.
ries receive substantial short-
falls from their benefactors.
Moreover, this red herring
has been thrown to the public
by successive governments
an i d sugne to vi more

try needs to face before it can
advance. Our main issue
should be that of coming to
terms with our self-worth as
a people. As strange as this
may sound, yet after giving it
some thought, one will see the
tuih ror the validity in this
Clearly, I am of the belief
that Bahamians are so fearful
of believing themselves wor-
thy of gambling in the local
casinos, that they will devise
any alternative avenue to
avoid the issue. It is discon-
certing that collectively we are
of the belief that we must
legalise a crass exercise by
making it fitting and accept-
able for our urban environ-
men andt bliefsn We prefer

lottery into a pseudo outfit
called freedom and
respectability rather than walk
down the road to self-actual-
ization. In this vein, we are
lunabashel endorsing our
tunately, this form of thiilk-
ing is pervasive in most post
colonial societies.
However, to see the day
when we as Bahamians can

igm our 1e drse in
evening wear and stepping out
to enjoy a r taxing evningan

and friends, then and only
then would the awakening of
ou ief-otnh as a people

? Yr I

LAURA Linehan's Web page depicts a
vibrant and vivacious young woman sur-
rounded by loving friends and family. In
many photos, she looks as if she is having
the time of her life.
Those images are in sharp but under-
standable contrast to the weary woman
on the telephone Thursday who has hiver
dis .g its ravages, the illness destroys
energy. She sleeps as many as 20 hours a
Lmnehan, a Melrose native, is in Jack-
sonville, Fla., awaiting her second liver
Even though she fell ill mna renowned
medical~centre and was treated at one of
the world's great hospitals, Massachu-
Ssetts General, her best chance now to
save her life is at the Mayo Clinic in
Northeast Florida.
da hashe m dgoo days add hmy b d
was feeling. "Some days I feel fine, and
some days I feel like I'm absolutely going
to die. Actually, I feel horrible today.
What on earth is she doing in Jack-
sonville? The answer is found mn the coun-
try's convoluted system of doling out
oNaew Enlnd i onically Ls@Edi
organs; Flonida has a far larger M~ipply.
So in January, Linehan and her dfrother,
Ann, moved to Flonida, leaving behind
family, an interior design business, and
their entire support network.
NeIt's jus tcrdazy tan Lo e ne to leta
week. "We have the biggest, best hospi-
tals in the world. It's just unbehievable.
Laura Linehan has not had a lucky life.
She was born with a metabolic-disorder
that required a liver transplant at age 2. In
the course of that transplant, she received
a blood transfusion. This was before
blood was screened for hepatitis, which
she later contracted. By her late teens, it
was clear that she would need another

livnern tea rmula used to apportion
organs, patients are assigned a score that
roughly approximates the degree of their
illness. Liver transplant candidates' scores

range from 6 to 40, and the lower the
number the healthier the patient is. The
problem is, in New England patients have
to be at risk of dying in a matter of
months to reach the top of the list.
The situation is even direr for some-
one, such as Linehan, who needs a second
transplant, because in these cases the new
h mhve to Flrid ,T weer th lstn
recipients is shorter, and the supply of
organs is bigger.
"Here, she would not be anywhere near
the top of our list,'' her doctor, Dr. Damiel
Pratt of MGH, said this week. "It would
be many, many months. In Flonida, she
should have a transplant in the next few
He added: "Our options were to let
her stay here, getting sicker and sicker, or
go to Flonida, knowing she could get an
Norta mchyon ha .he means to move to
another state to improve his or her trans-
plant prospects. That doesn't make it
easy. Linehan's father and two sisters are
mn Massachusetts, visiting as often as they
While the system of distributing organs
lavsemucht br eied h lage i
is done to recruit donors, and even some
15%ple who are willing to donate organs
find those wishes thwarted by relatives
after their death, Pratt said. Between
1,500 and 2,000 Americans die each year
waxiting for a 11iver trra plant.rulyal
her life, Linehan has seen what can hap-
pen to those forced to wait too long. Her
lifelong best friend died during transplant
surgery at 20. Linehan's outlook is far
brighter. It seems cruel, though, that life
and death can be decided so randomly.
All she wants is what she has seldom had:
a normal life.
"I want to go back to college," she said.
"I want to get a job. It's been so long'
antd I've beeensko sick,atchat I just want to

(This article was written by Adrian
Walker of The Boston Globe-c. 2007).

February 29, 2008.

nSmedrvigTeBhmianCommr itySince 1978

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Cxrcs XOC S Of

COn1 S 101

Grand Bahama, Abaco,

are immediate future for

CCOnomic development

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT CERTAINLY is reassuring that at least Hon Paul
Adderley has it right Grand Bahama and Abaco are the
immediate future for economic development of our country.
w Ion Paul dAdde~rley was the gus xon os pr eo hth s
few understand where the economic emphasis has to be.
This writer was surprised that Mr Adderley was not a lit-
tle more specific and even ventured to comment as to the
interest of the Fleming Family Group, an Equity Buyout
Consultancy as to whether Mr Adderley, in his opinion
thought that was best for Grand Bahama?
I am not interested whether the Treasurer of the Bahamas
held 7 per cent shares in the Port Authority and somewhere
down the road government sold them that is totally a red-
herring it is of no interest to me whether, today, and this
is not new, that the ownership is vested in a Cayman Com-
Anyone checking will find that that occurred under the
ownership of Benquet, the Philippine based company and
when the Haywards and St Georges purchased they pur-
chased a company that was registered in Cayman.
My reading of the Hawksbill Agreement does not restrict
where the ownership is required to be located.
There has to be concern in who acquires the future own-
ership as Grand Bahama now is the probably sole location
that could relieve the social problems of New Providence the
massive congestion and high density of population so who-
ever purchases the assets of Hayward-St George must be per-
sons with a new imagination, focus of creating something
extraordinary and not be a fly-by night, in other words a par-
tywho will simply acquire the assets and quickly dispose of

We need a party that will be able to work with Hutchison
Whampao for the betterment of the whole and be in there
long term and have deep pockets.
The principals and their legal advisers must wish this to
happen. Equity Buy people are not on my preferred list.
February 25, 2008.


5 CUBE $353.00

7 CUBE $445.00

9 CUBE $522.00

15 CUBE $650.00

25 CUBE $995.00

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Teacher says event is geared

toward 10 grade students

i: :

Miss s

Under the distinguished d

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them s -that they may be in a position to effect
"In the Ministry of Education, we have
embarked upon an ambitious plan of restructur-
ing the educational system," the permanent sec-
retary said.
She went on to explain the National Strategic
Plan for Educatioh, which includes: changes to
the curriculum; the designation of enrichment
subjects; the expansion of the Magnet Pro-
grammes; the introduction of a high school diplo-
ma; the establishment of homework centres; and
the introduction of standardised testing.
Mrs Garraway suggested that the student
teachers become team builders, constant learners,
nurtur rs and profession ls who areowell vr ed
teach children to become critical thinkers.

mentation of gender sensitive
policies and programmes at
the regional, national and"
local level that leads to a real-
isation of gender equality and
extipowerment of women.
"As part of a theoretical
and conceptual thrust
towards achieving gender
equality there has been a
focus on achieving gender
mainstreaming but there has
been much less focus on
women's empowerment. This
has led to reduced resources
for women's focus pro-
grammes and organizations,"
the statement said.
It said that generally,
strides in gender sensitive
approaches have been more
likely to be considered in the
social sector namely educa-
tion, and to some extent,
health but less in the "hard-
er" areas of finance, trade,
transport, rural infrastructure
and in the emerging areas of
focus for the Caribbean such
as sustainable development
iss'is, in no way, diminish-
es the progress made in some
areas of legislation and policy,
labour market participation
and increased access to public
"Yet, the fundamental
question remains how can
gender equality be achieved
in an asymmetrical social and
economic environment?
Restrictive macroeconomic
policies can exacerbate social
inequalities and thus, increase
the level of hardship that
women and girls and some
men and boys experience.
Economic policies .have
impacted disproportionately
on women and girls, espe-
cially the poor.
"Addressing women's
inequality in employment,
uneqsua aes eto poutvre
dens due to women's unpaid
work can help accelerate eco-
nomic growth and pro-poor
growth. Gender inequality
limits pro-poor growth."
The statement said that
aggressive attention to gen-
der inequality means a more
holistic and interconnected
approach to development.
"In this regard, the imple-
mentation of gender sensitive
public management reform
realized through the public
finance systems provides
opportunities to integrate a
gender perspective into the
process of social, economic
and political governance and
rights based rationales. It pro-
vides the connection between
economic and social policy
outcomes," it said.



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"I I ha tt

T1ntrea a isara

sjut so T nEast t t

nie arsSt s xpo-
ersnExpeditions al
parked in these dirty

yardsir aroun homs s
fith atd lok ike they need
toaflls be dmoltis hed.
uler ir ut g teerand
doc cars msUsiv cean p of
ar, xpdin ba I -

"I vex i bhease dese
phtlolic riin' ohyndem
mtoral bes disa wred I
juthans them ghetto

to-umpe jongtraffi in
Moarmathon cand out of
nowhe rea I feel this thing
sn hak e thr back ofmy
car Wheitr Io chck my
mnirror In seea poheeon,

"(I mean my cars just
thtpolice kdn ock dmy
bmptier, dive away and
tain a ahe pep.No et
indatabe mide wof bup
knock hme I woulda
beethn behnd basTust o
mo~ee I got l his licence
numbr. and I ga epor m
mirror~ Porti a Gie~n :
a biColonye Vilage

"LI reall y wih ahami-
thmei own busiesso and
stop pokingtei hnolier-
tain-to nose in pepeo- l
d belong Tht' what
people who I wudontevn
kenowo behn arely know,
be livigo my lifeand
offberiang me theiorbd

"It istaeallmy enerBam-
gys toe holdm tongue
dhiront you spnendsome
stime ping thei gymloing
thantho big ell and less
tielog worryin what I
doing wit my. time'. I

woomahingeti my hife an
have tigme forhaeirs."
-I iSheniqe Rl Nassau

"I ve a howd laz tnu

I ook arou pnd at ow
blssdweae in the y ois
countrbgly, and howeasy
wie have itg here co-
prdon to ther places. I
Am nd ten Isee your
yougmenhe and wdomn

jueste wastin goo oppor-

tunities, hanging around
on the blocks, satisfied
working a dead end job
and pumping out baby
after baby.
"We need to show
more entrepreneurial
spirit. I want to tell
these kids to get out
there an'd make some-
thing of themselves
instead of sitting on a
street corner looking for
ways to tief what I work
so hard for."
Hard working in
Cable Beach




reasons for the rise in crime and vio-

be:::.- so many du go pocph ri
walking in a false sense of identity," he

M'r Thomas explained that young
people tend to umitate and aspire to
what they see on television.
He added that rap music and other
secular programmes are giving them
the wrong ideas.
"When they watch BET and MTV
they feel that mn order to be a man they
have to tote a gun or sell drugs, but my
message to them is to find out who God
has really called them to be and begin to
walk in that direction," he said.
Mr Thomas said that everyone has a
role to play in the proper shaping and
guidance of the youth.
He believes that the Church has
failed to make the gospel relevant to the
today's generation and many young
people are bemng lost.
"We (the Church) have to set the
standard in society, but the Church has
ceased to become relevant to this gen-
eration. And while we sit in the walls of
the church praising God, our children
are outside dymng and going to helll"
he said.

Trb ekFre port Reorter

FRsEpEuPRT iho tv leoneesonH thi
is reaching out to students by staging an
anti-violence symposium.
Teacher Frazette Gibson, grade 10
year head, said the symposium was
geared toward 10 grade students to
begin them on a path of empowerment
and positive decision making for the
next two years of their student life.
The deaths of two students in the
capital have raised concerns about vio-
lence at public schools around the coun.
t y
Mrs Gibson believes most students
are lacking moral guidance and need
social skills and training to make better
"That is why we want to try to reduce
high risk behaviour and help them
develop skills that lead to healthy
lifestyle choices," she said.
"When children are disruptive and
troubled it is a warning sign that it is
time to start looking . .to provide
proper social skills and training to lead
them back to a healthy path," she said.

"I believe now is the time to cause
change, but it has to start from the chil-
dren, but in order to do that they need
Mrs Gibson said the studentS were
given important advice during the sym-
posium from several speakers, including
youth pastor Duerre Thomas, school
psychologist LaKiska Russell, and fam-
ily life teacher and former police officer
Sidney Bain. .
Mrs Gibson encouraged parents to
also play a greater role in instilling
morals and values in their children.
Mr Bain said that violence in schools
has escalated and needs to be
He told students that negative behav-
iour can lead them to a path of vio-
lence, crime, and a life behind bars.
"Students are carrying weapons to
school and students are getting killed

and we must do something to reach out
to them," he said. "They must be taught
to respect authority, themselves and
Psychologist LaKiska Russell told
students that the decisions they make
now will determine where they end up
mn the future.
"Obviously, a lot of the difficulty we
see among our, youth is that they do
not know how to make good, effective
decisions. So, it is important that we
talk about making the right choices that
are going to get them somewhere pos-
itive mn life." .
Youth pastor Duerre Thomas said
that too many young people do not
know their purpose in life. He said
young people are losing their spiritual
identity and don't know who God has
called them to be.
"I am of the belief that one of the

have a higher incidence of
poverty than their male coun-
terparts, according to the
CARICOM Secretariat.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, the Secretariat also
pointed out that women's
participation in parliaments
itcross the region "continues
to be less than optimal, falling
short of the target.of 30 per
With these challenges in
mind, the Secretariat said it
was honoured to salute the
women and girls of the region
on the occasion of Interna-
tional Women's Day, 2008.
It said International Wom-
en's Day (IWD) is an occa-
sion to review and reflect on
the quest by women for
equality, peace and develop-
"It also affords an oppor-
tunity to celebrate women's
contributions to the strength-
ening of democratic gover-
nance, justice, peace, security
and qualitaroftl e, eit st- .

ing in Women and Girls, reit-
erates the commitments made
since 1995 on financing gen-
der equality and the empow-
erment of women a Millen-
nium Development IGoal.


"It has been asserted and
it remains no less true that
women's empowerment is
fundamental to the achieve-
ment of equality, develop-
ment and peace. To achieve
that, it requires identification
and mobilisation of resources
from all sources and across
all sectors," said the state-
ment. "There are a range of
factors which have impacted

eqlth an nemnpgoer r t
of women including econom-
ic growth patterns that
increase inequality between
and within countries, persii~
tent socioeconomic inequahi-
ties, social exclusion, youth
unemployment, and crime
and violence.
Violence still remains a
major cause of concern for
women and girls and boys, it
said. It is estimated world-
wide that one in five women
become the victim of rape or
attempted rape and one in
four women have been beat-
en or abused, or will be dur-
ing their lifetime.
"To achieve traction on
issues such as violence against
women, the prevalence of
HIV and AIDS among young
women, poverty and repre-
sentation in decision-makmng
bodies there is a need for
strong actors and even
stronger commitments by the
"It is essential then that
adequate resources are pro-
vided to support the imple-

THE College of the Bahamas hosted a onel-day
educational leadership confe~rence under the
theme, "Teachers as leaders for change."
The conference \ Eldon Comples. In attendance and bringing
remarks on behalf of nlhnister or Educ~ation Carl
Bethel was Permnentn Secrectar\ Elma Garraoway.
Mrs Garrawas~ said ho\t proud she \ students she had had a chance to transform
during her time at COB as a lecturer,
facilitator, and chairperson of the education divri-
Some of these students now work in education
as technical officers, school administrators and
Mrs Garraway commended.COB for playing a
part in shaping, moulding and defining of what it
means to be a teacher mn the Bahamian education
system for more than 33 years.
The permanent secretary encouraged the stu-
dent teachers to become agents of change, to
come up with creative ways of making educa-
tion accessible, and to help ensure that high stan-
dards are mamntamned mn all the 158 public schools
thrhestou e te wet avised to create a vision
map a course for progress, and develop the capac'
ity to harness the "wealth of knowledge" around

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sipp rValley State Un vers ty~i

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St Georges High to stage

Rtil-VIOlenCe S mpostum

WXomen in Caribbean

'have higher incidence

Of poverty than men'

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pa rna
The Hon. Charles Mlaynard
MIniStef Of State for Culture

8 fiUSical tribute to the late E. Clement Bethel

11:30 a~mSpeakrer

Mr. Gregory H.J. Bethel
Bible Clarss- 9-45 a.m. Brseaing of Bread Senrice: 10*.45 a.m.
*Community Outreach: 11-30 a~m. Evening Service: 7*00 p.m.
Miweerk Senrice 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdeas)
*Sisters' Prayer Meeting: 10-00 a~m. (2nd Thursday of each month)

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
h.O.nBo 9S3771206 9N ,FuBa T3%135
SUNDAY, MARCH 09, 2008

Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
Bernard Road
11:00AM Rastor Charles Moss
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Mrs. Minerva Knowles
7:00PM No Service
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Mr. Sidney Pinder
7:00PM Rev. Charles New
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs
11~~ll:00AM Rev. Charles New

'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your. Host: Rev. Charles A. Sweeting
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH present Music for lent A time
of reflection, meditation and celebration on Sunday, March 16,
2008 at 7:00 p.m. In their Sanctuary on East Street.

@rant'' EIotron Wes~leypt 3NEttlobInt alliurd)
(Basitou Hil Rd & Chapel StreeI) PO Box CB-130-se
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lavern Lockheart/Bro. Sherwin Brown
11:00 a.m. Youth choir/Dance Troupe Annivaersary/Youth (B)

7 00 p.m. Rev. caria Culmer/Board of Men & Women's Ministry


Grounded In The Past &
-.Geared To The Future


Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin~ Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807
Tel ~hone number 325-5712
.E 1IL lynnk@batelnzet.b~s

W/Tor~ship Timze: 1a.m?. &- 7p.m.

Pr~averi Time?: 10:15a1.m7. to 10:4-5a1.m1.

Church Scho~ol duzringo Worslhip Serv~ice

Place: TEv~nam H~cightls
fP,rnc~e Charle~s Driv~e

M~inister: Rev. HenleyJ Perrly

P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 3241-2587



"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phon~e: 393-0.5633 Box N-3622b



sculptors Max Taylor, Anto-
nius Roberts, Tyrone Fergu-
son, John Cox and Jessica

oiA odrinSa iqu Cle
"The ministry is committed
to encouraging a culture of
creative skilled craftsmen,
vendors, performers, and ser-
vice providers".
The work of each partici-
pant will be jtidged in the fol-
lowing categories:
*Authentic Bahamian
products -at least 80 per cent
of the input, inclusive of
material and labour, must be
*Bahamian products -
Bahamian input less than 80
per cent but more than 50 per
cent, but to be made in the

Bahamas or by Bahamians.
*Bahamian style products
- products with less than 50
per cent Bahamian input that
haremm to depict things
*Made in the Bahamas
products any product' made
in the Bahamas
Gifts and craft exhibitors
will be judged on overall
booth presentation and con-
testants in the Love 97FM
Fantasy Wedding will com-
pete for prizes as well.
Persons wishing to partici-
pate in the Spring Festival
2008 are asked to contact
Sanique Culmer, the Ministry
of Tourism's co-ordinator for
the Authentically Bahamian
programme on Grand

Visitors and residents of
Grand Bahama will be treat-
ed to a showcase of Authen-
tically "Grand" Bahamian
productsinduring the first

A variety of locally manu-
factured crafts and souvenirs,
food, drinks and music as well
as fine art and wedding cere-
monies will be presented dur-
ing "Spring Festival 2008" in
two locations between April 3
and 5.
On day one, selected gift
and craft manufacturers will
exhibit exclusively for cruise
passengers arriving at the
Lucayan Cruise Facility at
Freeport Harbour.
Days two and three will be
staged along the sandy shore-
Uine of Taino Beach.
Executive director of
tourism for Grand Bahama
Kerry Fountain said that the
Mimistry of Tourism and Avi-
ation is intent on creating
opportunities and providing
support for "Bahamians who
are delivering world class
products and experiences
reflective of the Bahamas; as
well as a sustained deepen-
ing of meaningful Bahamian
participation and ownership
in the tourism economy."
"Spring Festival 2008" will
featuie the combined works
of as many as 50 vendors and
artists representing Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and
the Berry Islarids and Nas-
sau. They will offer their
works for sale and exhibit in a
casual, tropical family atmos-
A bnief official opening cer-
emony is scheduled for Fri-
day evening, followed by the
Love 97 FM North Authenti-
cally Bahamian Fantasy Wed-


The exhibitors will be
grouped into two categories
at adjoining locations on
Taino Beach: gifts and crafts,
and fine art at Sculpture
Pointe and the Junkanoo
Beach Club.
In the gift and craft section,
"Spring Festival 2008" will
feature more than 15 cate-
gories of handicrafts including
aromatherapy, batik, gar-
ments, specialty foods, fine
art, ceramics, pottery, wood

.craft, glass art, straw and
woven products, and bas-
Among confirmed partici-
pants, noted craft artist and
Cacique Award 2008 winner
Grand Bahamian Cathy
Laing heads the list crafts spe-
cialists .
Participating painters, met-
al and ceramic artists include
Claudette Dean, Chantal
Bethel, Sheldon Saint, and
Nassau-based artists and

AT HIS annual organ recital, held as a fundraiser on January 31 at Christ Church Cathedral, Dr Sparkman Ferguson raised $5,000
which he has decided to donate to the College of the Bahamas Financial Aid and Scholarships Fund. The concert was attended
by nearly 300 people who generously supported the endeavor.
Shown here are Dr Ferguson (centre) presenting a cheque to Cheryl Carey, the college's director of financial aid and housing,
and college president Janyne Hodder.

Odrship time: 11am &~ 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm
The Madeira Shopping

(Next door to CIBC)

Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles

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

Pastor:Hi. Mills F.!;r

MiniStry to showcase authentically

'Grand' Bahamian cr afts and fine art

orn brief

Prince Charles

Cho 88tB, VISit8
cocoa estate

in~~~ st u
Charles sampled local choco-
late and broke ground for a
new cocoa factory wl ile vis-
itiang St. Luc a of ve-isa nad
Caribbean tour, according to
Associated Press
Charles and his wife,
Camilla, the Duchess of
Cornwall, toured cocoa
estates in the southwestern
town of Soufriere that after-
noon, where she practiced
grinding cocoa beans with a
manual mill.
The royal couple visited St.
Lucia aboard a megayacht to
promote environmental pro-
tection, sustainable develop-
ment and youth opportunity.
"We love you!" shouted
several British tourists, who
waved the Union Jack flag
when the couple alighted
from their boat. Charles and
his wife broke away ~briefly
from the official gathering to
chat and shake hands with
the crowd. It is the third time
Charles visits the former
British territory.
The couple stopped at
Fond Doux Estate and Plan-
tation Resort, where they
viewed cocoa trees and
observed the chocolate-mak-
ing process. At another near-
by estate, Charles broke
ground for a new factory
while accompanied by Agri-
culture Mimister Ezechiel

JCehpa es also announced the
creation of two organizations
aimed at helping youth,
including a mentoring pro-
gram for first-time offenders.
The couple expected to
leave Friday night for

Event~~~ tk pa o

121110 Beach, April

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I IMinister addresses


U S(l~i ~ rlS I ~~L ~~~ III~

I ~

Church hosts 25

vis itin g me mb ers

ofi the regional

Anglican diocese
THE ri~gfcan Chur~cif~df St Jude's proudly hosted 25 visiting
members of the regional Aliglican diocese who travelled to
Grand Behama to part~icipate in the local church's seventh Dis-
covery Weekend. The delegates were welcomed by Rector of St
Jude's, Anglican Church Father Curtis Robinson and Ms Carmeta
Miller. Sr manager of religious tourism for the Ministry of

108 1Montrose Avenue
P.O. Boxr EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephonte: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmrethod@batelnetbs
THROUGHOUT THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist witness
for Christ in The Bahamas"

COLLECT: Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love
for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that
we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour's
blood, Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive and reigns with you, in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Bro. Andrew H-unter
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
(H-oly Communion)
10:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
11:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly/ Sis. Kelli Jolly
(Holy Baptism)
6:30 p.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr./ Youth
9:00 a.mn. Bro. Arthur Chase
CHURKCH (28 Craw~ford St, Oakes Field)
9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
5:15 p.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte
5:301p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday
and other Ministries
Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
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 H-ymns of`
Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.; "Famnily
Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; "To God be the Glory" ZNS
1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.

_ __

': olrlnlng Ve3rsnap Service ....... 8.30 0 rn
Sunday School for all ages ... 9.45 0rn
Adult Education ,.............,..... 9.45arr

isporwn .;er\ce ,...,..............,.. 8.00 a rn
Evening Worship Service ..,...... 6.30 p l.

WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.
Selecfve BiblelTeochin .9
Royal ongrsar (&jyS Club) 4-16 yrs.
Missionettes (Girls Club) 4-16 yrs'

FRIDAY of 7:30 p.m.
Youth Ministry Meeting
Sunday of 8:30 a.m. ZNS 1 TEMPLE TIME

Assembly Of God



MINISTER of State for Social
Development Loretta Butler-
Turner speaks on Thursday
during the National Congress
of Trade Union's third annual
International Women's Day

presenter Kenneth Woodside, president of the
Grand Bahama Taxi Union; Jeritzan Outten,
senior director in the Ministry of Tourism; Greg
Smith, chairman of Community Tourism Trans-
portation and Tour Development; Stephanie
Rahming, assistant controller of Road Traffic;
Charmaine Hall, cruise operations manager,
Freeport Harbour Company.

MINISTRY of Tourism officials held a press
conference on Wednesday to announce a special
training programme designed to enhance the
transportation industry on Grand Bahama.
Shown above (1-r) are Harvey Roberts assis-
tant administrator; David Jones, treasurer,
Grand Bahama Taxi Union; Joyce Thomas,
general secretary, Grand Bahama Taxi Union;

LORETTA BUTLER-TURNER addresses participants of the conference at Workers House. Seated on her
right is Ida Poitier, trustee of National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU)

TIME is not on the side of
CARICOM in terms of meet-
ing a number of its goals,
according to CARICOM Sec-
retary-General Edwin Car-
Delivering opening remarks
at the 19th Inter-Sessional
Meeting of the Conference of
Heads of Government of
CARICOM at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Hotel in Nassau,
he said this was particularly so
with regard to safeguarding the
security of the community and
achieving the goal of a Single
Market and.Economy in the
agreed timeframe.
Recalling the unity that was
evident among member states
in the successful staging of
Cricket World Cup (CWC)
2007 in the re ion, Mr Car-
rington charged heads of state
and government "and all of us
to put our shoulders to the
wheel and redouble our efforts
and to take our integration
arrangements to a higher level.
And time is not on our side."
Some of the key agenda
items of the meeting are rec-
ommendations on the opera-
tionalisation of the CARI-
COM Development Fund
(RDF) and the Regional
Development Agency (RDA),
proposals on the alleviation of
the high and rising cost of liv-
ing, and suggestions on the way
forward regarding future exter-
nal trade negotiations.
Mr Carrington said that he
hoped the lessons learnt from
the recently concluded nego-
tiations for the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA)
between CARIFORUM and
the EC would strengthen the
region as it moves towards

upcoming new negotiations.
In his remarks, the secretary-
general also especially wel-
comed new leaders David
Thompson, prime minister of
Barbados and Dean Barrow,
prime minister of Belize.
"Their thoughts, perspec-
tives and contribution to the
way forward are eagerly'await-
ed, especially given the lead
responsibilities they will be
required to carry, given the
critical areas of community
endeavours assigned to their
two countries Barbados, the
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy and Belize sus-
tainable development includ-
ing the environment. Wel-
come, prime ministers.
"Ladies and gentlemen, in
welcoming these new heads of
government, I would like, at
the same time, to express the
gratitude of the community for
the significant contribution to
the integration movement
made by their predecessors,
the right honourable Owen
Arthur and the honourable
Said Musa," the secretary-gen-
eral said.
The 19th Inter-Sessional
caps a week of important com-
munity meetings including the
24th Special Meeting of the
Council for Trade and Eco-
nomic Development (COT-
ED) and the 12th Meeting of
the Council for Finance and
Planning (COFAP) both also
convened in Nassau.
A meeting in Kingston,
Jamaica, of the Reflections
Group that reviewed CARI-
COM's experience and its
approach to future external
trade negotiations, preceded
those fora.

International Women's

Day Conference

Ministry announces

training programme

designed to enhance GB

transportation industry


A Concert Featuring

Nikita W7ells, soloist,

Edward Cox, Guest Organist
Under the direction ofArchibald SimmS

Christina Pnince,
Guest Solo Violinist

Sunday, March~ 9th, 2008
6 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
George Street, Nassau, Bahamras

Ticket: $15


THE Spanish Wells Museum, commissioned in 1992 as the first Quincentennial project in the country contains artifacts tracing the early days
of inhabitants of Spanish Wells and nearby Eleuthera communities.

the early 1900s before fishing
became the its main source of
The museum charts the ear-
ly history of the settlement,
featuring a model of the
Lucayan Indians with speci-
mens of the Lucayan language
and five theories of Colum-
bus' landing for those
who dispute the textbook the-
Island administrator Abn-
er Pinder believes the island,
located off the northwest
coast of Eleuthera, has a lot to
offer domestic and interna-
tional visitors.
"We have a small tourist
industry here, compared to a
lot of other places but..
.tourism has been wonderful
here, I would say going back I
would say 10 maybe 12
years," Mr Pinder said during
a media tour of the island ear-
lier in the week.
"We have quite a lot of vis-
itors from Nassau that come
here throughout the year,
mainly in the summertime,.
and in the holiday seasons .
some of them come for two
to three weeks at a time," he
continued, adding the domes-
tic tourists frequent the island
for its immense fishing
When asked by The Tri-
bune what the most common
misconception about Spanish
wells is, Mr Pinder said that
contrary to popular belief
contemporary Spanish
wenls is not a "racial" com-
"Now years ago, the biggest
misconception was they con-
sidered Spanish Wells people
to be racial. But I think by far
and large the majority of sen-
sible people in the Bahamas
have now found out that is
not the case".
The idyllic fishing village
has one hotel the 23 room
Adventurer's Hotel and 40
to 50 rental homes which
enjoy an almost year round
tourist season, according to
There are three foodstores
on the island and six restau-
rants which offer seafood. The
quiet community is relatively
clean and traffic free; locals
zip around the island in golf
carts which are available for

A .

PHOTOGRAPHS ON the walls highlight prominent Spanish Wells residents; antique relics donated by
residents of the community.


Substantial tourism market

emer 18g on S anish Wells

orn brie

Two die after

tornado hits

Laken Ct
A TORNADO ripped
through Lake City in north
Florida today, turning homes
om their sids ,acatt rng detbis

people, according to Associated
Pres. ~v
Officials say a woman was
killed when a tree fell on her
mobile home and a man was
killed while attempting to con-
nect a generator after the pow-
cr was knocked out by the
Ativucorities have not identi-
f'iedl the victims.
The tornado tore a swath
about 3 miles in the northern
part of Lake City and damaged
a few businesses and more than
20 homes. Power is still out in
much of the community.
The tornado was spawned
by a fast-moving storm which
raced across northern Florida,
producing high winds and
heavy rains.


enters federal

Six WOnths

behind bars

MARION JONES began her
six-month sentence in federal
prison Friday, punishment for
lying to investigators about
using performance-enhancing
drugs and her role in a check-
fraud scam, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The former Olympic track
star turned herself in before
noon Friday at Federal Med-
ical Center Carswell, located on
the Naval Air Station, Joint
Reserve Base in Fort Worth,
Bureau of Prison spokeswoman
Traci Billingsley said.
Under the terms of her sen-
tencing, she had until Tuesday
to surrender to prison officials.
iz 1hougehdthe rsnodn s~p tia
health services, it also has
inmates who do not require
such care. Billmngsley said she
could not comment on whether
Jones was receiving specialized
Jones won three gold and two
bronze medals in the 2000 Syd-
ney Olympics, becoming per-
haps the most famous and mar-
ketable female athlete in the
After frequently denying ever
having used performance- .
enhancing drugs, Jones admit-
ted she had lied to federal inves-
tigators in November 2003.
Jones also admitted lying about
her knowledge of the involve-
ment of Tim Montgomery, the
father of her older son, in a
scheme to cash millions of dol-
lars worth of stolen or forged

Tribune Staff Reporter

SPANISH Wells When
most Bahamians think of the
tiny community of Spanish
Wells, Eleuthera images of a
vibrant tourism destination do
not readily spring to mind.
However during a media tour
of the one-and-a-half mile
long island, The Tribune
learned that while the lucra-
tive fishing industry is still the
island's lifeblood, a substantial
tourism market is emerging.
Touted as the fishing capital
of the Bahamas, it is estimat-
ed the Spanish Wells brings
in around $30 million to $40
milliori a year in fisheries and
is responsible three quarters
of the crawfish caught during
each season.
Fishing enthusiasts will find
the island a rich source
for crawfish, grouper and
For those who want to soak
in some of the island's history,
a point of interest is the Span-
ish Wells' Museum. Located
in an old home, the museum
is filled with relics from the
past and tells of the origins of
the community.
According to its designer
Jane Day, the museum traces
the history of Eleuthera, from
the Lucayans to the Eleuther-
an Adventurers through the
1920s, up until the 21st centu-
ry. It serves as a tourist attrac-
tion as well as a learning tool.
''We did everything we can
to make it friendly not only
to tourists but it has a huge
educational component, it's a
very important resource for
local school children to see
that their history indeed is as
important as the history they
read in books about other
people," _Ms Day said follow-
ing a tour of the museum.
An American historian, she
was commissioned in 1991 to
design the museum along with
a group of scholars from the
US. It was opened mn 1992 as
the first quincentennial pro-
ject of the country. The late
Sir Lynden Pindling and his -
wife were some of the first to
visit the museum in 1992.
The museum houses a 17th
century pipe unearthed from
nearby Preacher's Cave
believed to have been used to
smoke tobacco by British loy-
alists who shipwrecked on a
nearby reef called the Devil's
Backbone in the 1600s.
The walls of the museum
are lined with early pho-
tographs of Spanish Wells
which illustrate that the island
was a farming community mi


FROM page one

spectful of people, institutions, and people's property, and life
is no longer sacred as far as they are concerned," he said.
In fact, Commissioner Ferguson said, these young people
are not even looking for any change-or avenue to improve
"That is where I often say the whole society has to come
together to address what is happening to us if we are going to
derail this train that is going full speed ahead. It is not just for the
police, it is for everybody; every well-thinking Bahamian has got
to feel that they have a stake in trying to do something about the
criminal situation in our communities.
"And that is why we talk about zero tolerance, and that is
what we have to move towards if we are going to make a success
of what we are doing. We have got to buy into the programme
of trying to fight crime, we can't just be talking. We have to find
meaningful programmes and we've got to invest in it. We have
to sacrifice to get it done.
"We've got to take the message all the time. That is the
approach we have to take. We cannot continue to be hypo-
critical and expect that we are going to effect the neighbourhood
positive~ly,"gr _Fergs,~on,,Mwarpe d.



Conterfeit Banknote And Introduction

To Crisp Series Seminar

Place: The Central Bank Of The Bahamas Trainiing Room,

Market Street And Trinity Place Entrance

When: Session

March 13, 2008

From 11:00 A.m. To 12:30 P.m.

Apply By: March 10, 2008.

The seminar is open to banks and banking institutions, gov-

910mn91 agenCieS and corporations, private companies and the

'general public. Applications will be taken on a first-come/first-

Served basis, as space is limited,

Kindly indicate if you wish to attend.

Contact No.

302-2734, 302-2636, 302-2629




ruption that is brought before
"A corrupt operation is
ineffective it's worthless.
We cannot deliver the quality
of service to the Bahamian
people that we are mandat-
ed to deliver if we are cor-
rupt. If corruption rules the
day. We cannot dehiver it, I
know that-
1 So you wtilh findtthat I will
a waystb tbere trying to
prmpthe kind afsu vice thamt
we are trying to deliver," he
When it was pointed out
that such a stand would not
make him a "popular" com-
missioner among some unde-
sirable elements within the
force, Commissioner Fergu-
son was unconcerned-
in t ave nabpay been n ak-
And I am prepared to stand
aoe if aet to.I h je no
that I have been given that

po'sitio" "'rb uh faths
an people. I'm not here to
serve myself, and I would
have done a disservice to the
Bahamian people to sit here
and allow this institution to
deteriorate by means of con-
doning corrupt practices," he
Commissioner Ferguson
'believes this open approach
will deepen the public's trust
in the force, and lead to bet-
ter co-operation between the
public and police. This, he
said, coupled with other pro-
grammes and initiatives, will
also go a long ay in curbing
the escalating crime wave.
"The police is the commu-
nity, and the community is
the police. Anything that we
do to enhance that type of co-
operation will all go well for
the relationship between the
police, and, like I said before,
that by itself is a crime pre-
vention measure. That is why
we have an obligation to sup-
ply that kind of service," he
said. '

out of office in May 2007, as
the developers were seeking
increased concessions due to
the increase in size of the
The overall investment had
increased from $1 billion to
$2.6 billion. Mr In graham
revealed this week that the
developers were requesting
some $255.6 million in con-
cessions for their increased
investment. This was not
granted by either the Christie
or Ingraham governments.
Former Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe, who was a

part of the PLP cabinet sub-
committee overseeing the
Baha Mar deal, expressed dis-
appointment yesterday upon
hearing the news of Harrah's
"Harrah's involvement and
inclusion in our tourism prod-
uct was intended to give our
product lift unprecedented.
It would have given us the
boost that we needed and
would have catapulted us to
a place that it would have
been very difficult for our
competitors to reach," he said
in an interview with The Tri-

"What we have done, I
think by our reckless state-
ments I'm sure they con-
tributed somewhat to the deci-
sion, I'm not sure but I sus-
pect we have in fact hurt
ourselves. And this is a classic
case where we appear not to
fully appreciate the delicate
nature of the negotiations, or
courting brands such as Har-
rah's, and of building this
industry of tourism where the
competition is so high, so
intense. And when we have
an opportunity, don't shut the
door on your own finger," said
Mr Wilchcombe who
expressed particular concern

result of this decision.

should ecsha ut too narmach
in an effort to attempt to bring
them back onboard with the
proj c.

Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune last night that the
prime minister is going to
address the issue of Harrah's
pull-out in the House on Mon-
day. And, the opposition PLP
will have a press conference
on the issue this weekend.
Several commentators have
told The Tribune off the
record that the deal is essen-
tially dead unless Baha Mar
can find other partners,
However, the press release
issued by Baha Mar yesterday
attempted to allay these fears.
"Baha Mar is committed to
moving forward with the Baha
Mar project and if necessary
n ewi txlr l optonsr
ment of the Bahamas, to com-

the people and economy of
TIe Bahamas," the statement

el of co-operation in areas such as product devel-
opment, service standards, marketing, eco-
tourism and sustainable tourism promotion and
"It is my hope that during our deliberations
over the next two days we might agree to con-
vene a special session on tourism, hopefully in
conjunction with our annual meeting mn July,
said the CARICOM chairman.
The 19th Intercessional Meeting which
began yesterday, and ends today comes at
the end of a week of intensive CARICOM meet-
ings that saw delegates from across the region
converge on the newly-renovated Sheraton hotel.
CARICOM secretary-general Edwin Carring-
ton and Barbadian Prime Minister David
Thompson also spoke at the opening of the
meeting. Attendmng that session alongside the
regional heads and delegates were Bahamian
parliamentarians, Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall'
opposition leader Perry Christie and Don McK-
innon, secretary-general of the Commonwealth,
among many others'
In addition to considering the need to tackle
waning tourism numbers, hot topics for the
Heads of Government conference were expect-
ed to meclude crime and the furthering of func-
tional co-operation among states.

exclusively yesterday in Tri-
bune Business.
Senior Justice Allen named
the mediator as Tony Willis,
a former partner in the UK-
based law firm Clifford
Chance. Mr Willis is an inde-
pendent mediator in com-
mercial busiriess and regula-
tory matters.
The rulitig also restricts all
parties involved in the Port
fight from speaking with the
media under the threat of
sanction. .
"That no party to this dis-
pute and no counsel involved
in this matter shall make any
further statements about this
dispute to the media," said
the ruling. "Counsel are well
aware that such conduct is
improper and possibly con-
temptuous. Such actions only
serve to stoke the flames of
discord between the parties,
which is counter-productive.
I expect my order to be
obeyed and anyone who
breaches it shall be subject
to sanction. "
The ruling orders that the
mediation process between
the parties begins on Tues-
day, March 11. All counsel
are required to attend the
process, while all parties in
the action, have the option
to attend also.
The mediation is to take
place in the large court room
on the ground floor of the
old Supreme Court building.
However, another suitable
location can be used if it is
to the satisfaction of all of
the relevant parties,
The stay and mediation
order is the latest attempt to
resolve the GBPA ownership
dispute, and litigation, which
was sparked by Sir Jack Hay-
ward's claim to 75 per cent
The stay order would

appear to halt yet again
attempts by Fleming.Family
& Partners to acquire the
Seashells Investments stake
in the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd. Flemning submitted its
application for government
approval for the purchase
last week, and its plans for
the GBPA and to grow
Freeport's economy, also last
It is likely that the appli-
cation will now be held up by
the court rulings.
The legal battle has been
deeply damaging for Grand
Bahama's economy, given
the uncertainty it has created
among investors.
A number of proposed
projects, such as the Morgan
Stanley Barb'ary Beach
development and the Raven
Group project, are thought
to have been put on hold
until the GBPA ownership
dispute is settled.
Recent efforts have
involved an "open offer"
submitted by the St George
estate to the Hayward side
to settle the litigation.
That was countered by a
February 21, 2008, letter
from Charles Mackay, Sir
Jack's attorney, to the
estate's attorney, Fred
In it, Sir Jack Hayward
offered to use his influence
with key companies in the
GBPA ownership structure
and to persuade them to drop
litigation over his claim to 75
per cent ownership, provided
that the estate agrees to sell
its shares to Fleming.
Apart from throwing a
temporary barrier into Flem-
ing's plans, the stay may also
relieve the pressure that
some felt was starting to
build on the St George estate
and Mr Smith to settle.

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venture re ortedil withdraws

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ber of construction jobs the
project would have created
was also thought to be a buffer
for the Bahamas against the
slowing US economy, which
many analysts already! believe
is inrecession.
The Christie administration
signed the first heads of agree-
ment with Baha Mar in April
2005. However, the then gov-
ernment was unable to con-
clude a supplemental agree-
ment with the developers up
to the time they were voted

PM UrgeS more 'focused' co-operation

with CARICOM Heads of Government

in addressing tourism challenges

FROM page one
today's challenges are not so "dramatic" they are
"Lcertainly...just as serious" for Caribbean popu-
lations with tourism slippage a major concern.
While most Caribbean heads would be aware
that "a viable ahd sustainable tourist industry" is
critical to the economic well-being of most
CARICOM member states, the region's tourism
sector is currently "stalling," said Mr Ingraham.
As tourism globally continues to grow by as
much as seven per cent a year, the Caribbean on
the whole has only seen a two per cent growth
rate, with more than Ihalf of that growth "report-
edly accounted for by expansion in regional, but
not CARICOM, tourism destinations," he not-
He said: "The economic downturn in the US,
the result of any number of issues, including the
high and increasing cost of fuel (trading at $105
per barrel yesterday) is negatively impacting all
of our tourism economies and increasing the
cost of living for our people. And the sub-prime
meltdown and the related collapse of the US
housing market will further impact travel to our
The prime minister said there exists space for
CARICOM member states to improve their ley-

GB Port Authorit

receiver ship

is over turne

FROM page one

td' have been elated at the
receivers' removal, their
delight is likely to have been
tempered somewhat by Jus-
tice Anita Allen's separate
decision to stay all other liti-
gation and order them and
the St George estate into
SIn addition, Justice Adder-
ley set a number of condi-
tions as to how the GBPA
and its Port Group Ltd affil-
iate were to be run now that
the receivers were removed.
One of these is an injunc-
tion stipulating that Hannes
Babak cannot return as
chairman until the St George
estate's oppression action is
Meanwhile, in a separate
ruling yesterday explaining
her reasons for ordering the
GBPA ownership parties into
receivership, Justice Allen
said the legal battle had con-
sumedd an inordinate amount
of judicial time. She stayed
all litigation relating to the
dispute, and sent the relevant
parties into mediation.
"It has been 17 months
since the commencement of
this litigation and I am
extre 7ely disappointed with
the .ce at which it is pro-
ceec lg, with no resolution
in s ght," said the Justice.
P"h s matter has consumed
aln inordinate amount of judi-
cial time. It has been very
costly of Freeport and the
Bahamas as a whole, and the
pubhec is anxious for it to be
The full written ruling in
the dispute between the St
George estate and Hayward
defendants provides further
information on the mediation
order that was reported

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regiStrationinaturaliZation 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-elght days
ffom the 1ST day of MARCH, 2008 to the Minister responsible
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IRAQ'S president insisted
Friday that Kurdish rebels
would not be tolerated inside
its borders as he sought to allay
tensions following neighboring
Turkey's eight-day military
mission inside Iraq,.according
to Associated Press.
Speaking during a visit to
Turkey, Jalal Talabani said
Iraq was continuing to put
pressure on Kurdish rebels to
lay down their arms and said
the two countries would dis-
cuss wide-ranging security mea-
sures to combat their threat.
The visit by Talabani, him-
self a Kurd, reflected diplo-
matic efforts to ease tensions
after an operation that some
hbad feared could spill into a
wider conflict between two
U.S. allies. The Turkish mili-
tary ended its offensive a week
-ago against Kurdish rebels who
launch attacks on Turkey from
bases in northern Iraq.
"'Iraq wants strategic and sol-
adbre ains with Turkey," Tal-
"We have exerted pressure.
Either they should lay down
arms or they should leave the
area," Talabani said. "We are
going to discuss wide-ranging
security agreements."

will never tolerate those who
eligage in terrorism.
In response to a question
Friday about whether Turkey

rebels, Gul said: "'Whoever has
a gun in his hak~d should lay his
weapon down; the state will
never tolerate this."
In latest reported violence,
suspected Kurdish rebels killed
a civilian and took another
hostage Friday in a southern
Turkish province near the bor-
der with Syria, a local official
told state-run media.
Rebels hiding in a moun-
tainous part of Hatay province
killed the man after forcing him
to bring them provisions, Gov.
Ahmet Kayhan told the Ana-
tolia news agency. Rebels
accused the man of informing
security forces of their where-
abouts, Kayhan said.
A friend of the slain man
was kept hostage by rebels and
security forces were trying to
locate the insurgents, Kayhan
told Anatolia.
Along with military ties,
energy cooperation and other
economic issues are on top of
the agenda between the two
countries, Gul's office said.
The Iraqi delegation includ-
ed the country's ministers of
finance, oil' and industry, as
well as the deputy foreign min-

pedent Vics fItraq new
Several other senior politi-
cal figures were accompanying
Talabani, who was making his
first trip to Turkey since his
2005 election, the news agency
Turkey's previous president,
Ahmet Needet Sezer, declined
to invite Talabani to visit amid
tension over the activities of
Kurdish rebels based in north-
ern Iraq. Some in Turkey
accused Iraqi Kurdish leaders
of not doing enough to curb
the rebels.
Turkey launched its cross-

agin urees rm nh Kr
on Feb. 21. It pulled out eight
days later.
Turkey is concerned that the
example set by the Iraqi Kurds,
who run a virtual mini-state
within Iraq, could encourage
Turkey's own Kurdish popula-
tion to seek a similar arrange-
During Turkey's ground
incursion, Iraq demanded an
immediate withdrawal and
warned of the potential for
clashes between Turkish troops
and security forces of the semi-
autonomous Kurdish region in
northern Iraq.
Talabani was greeted by the
Turkish deputy prime: minister,
Cemil Cicek, in a low-key
arrival at the airport in Ankara.
No honor guard was present,
and no military ceremony was
held when he arrived at the
presidential palace.

elis nt in recent m s

nal iviC d Political Rights, h

He had been provisional pres-

same faces, and the same poli-
cies that led Cuba to its miseries
in the first place."

Th e Sn w a y fo a ti n t

gOVernment there to pave the
way for free and fair elections,
release all political prisoners and
respect human rights "in word
an de.
"What needs to change is not
the United States; what needs to
change is Cuba," the president
Sald. "Cuba's government must
begin a process as peaceful
democratic change."
For years, lawmakers of both
parties have been trying to chip
away at the United States' Cold
War-era trade, travel and home
visit restrictions aimed at under-
mining a hostile government just
90 miles from U.S. shores-
They argue that last month's
change mn leadership provides the
Opportunity to lift the embargo-
The Bush administration, how-
ever, has been adamant that a
neW CaStro in power doesn't
mean a new Cuba.


PRESIDENT BUSH meets with Miguel Sigler Amaza, a former Cuban political prisoner and founder Movimiento Independiente Opcion Alternativa (Independent Movement for
an Alternative Option), as his wife Josefa Lopez Pena, his wife and founding member of Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) look on in the Oval Office of the White House in
Washington, Friday, March 7, 2008.

Bush pus es democracy or Cu a

cafls or improved uman r gts

PRESIDENT Bush chastised l 6F srlppiPaaC~ 'flsos
most other countries Friday for
"a sad and curious pattern" of -
domng little to speak out against
human rights and political abus-
es in Cuba, according to Associ- '" ~i~~*.
ated~~~~~ Pes l~
"Unfortunately, the list of ..
counties supporting the Cuban ;a
people is far too short and the .
democracies absent from that list .
are far too notable," Bush said at ,..
t Wi HueThe "small band of brave .. .
nations" speaking out for free- p
dom in Cuba include, Bush said, ';
his own administration as well as .
former nations that were in the sB~~~ss
Communist bloc but are now -0..BB .igg 'gllBI a arreib~"Ps:-jgh~iB
democratic such as the Czech .1813~8 ~tsiII a~d 1889
Republic, Estonia, Hungary, .~l "- ie~'Bs 8ssliB Ilr monip -tais rss ,
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slo- .. .
vakia and Slovenia.
"'The United States has not
been silent, nor will we be silent," :.~ ~nB IP IllsP l ss1811
Bush said. "When a new day
finally dawns for Cubans, they 15a ~ 8 18sg1 BB IIII~ I
wioremhemsbeodth fth brave' CUBA'S PRESIDENT Raul Castro, right, reviews an honor guard along with Mozambique's President Armando Emilio Guebuza, unseen, at the
the many that did not." Revolution Palace in 'Havana, Monday March 3, 2008.
Bush spoke after meeting in
the Oval Office with Miguel ..^
Sigler Amaya and his wife, Jose- remamn in prison for their partic- dozens of young Cubans wear- said. "The international commu- ident since his brother, who led
fa Lopez Pena. ipation in peaceful activities, ing "change" bracelets were nity applauded Cuba for signing a the nation for nearly a half a cen-
Five years ago this month, in including Amaya's brothers, arrested, as Cuban authorities piece of paper -but on the abus- tury, underwent emergency
what Bush called "a tragic Ariel and Guida Sigler Amaya. raided a Catholic church to spray es that same week, much of the surgery in July 2006.
moment ini the history of Cuba," "For Miguel and Josefa, the parishioners with tear-gas and world was silent." But Bush said any speculation
Amaya was among scores arrest- horrors of life in Cuba are behind drag them away. Bush has renewed his focus on that the leadership shift would
ed for offenses against the them, but millions of others are Last weekend, activists dis- Cuba since Fidel Castro official- affect U.S. policy toward Cuba
regime. He was released in 2006 still trapped in the tropical tributing copies of the U.N. Dec- ly stepped down last month after ''is exactly backward."
and ordered to leave the coun- gulag," Bush said. "Yet most of laration on Human Rights were decades ruling the island. "So far, all Cuba has done is
try with his wife. But 75 pro- the world says nothing." pushed and beaten. Fidel's brother, Raul, took replace one dictator with anoth-
democracy activists sentenced in The president said the global "'That same week, Cuba signed over as president i'n the ailing er," the president said-
that 2003 crackdown to 20 years community has largely remained the International Covenant on leader's place. "This is the same system, the

Dominican Republic
Alvaro Uribe said Friday that
Colombian rebels helped
Ecuadorean President Rafael
Correa get elected, citing as
evidence a rebel's letter seized
during a cross-border raid that
has sparked an international
crisis, according to Associated
Correa walked out of the
20-nation Rio Group summit
after the finger-wagging accu-
sation, then returned and
demanded the opportunity
denounce the accusation as
" infamy." .
Uribe said his forces seized
a letter during their raid Sat-
urday on a rebel camp just
across the border with
Ecuador in which Raul Reyes
a rebel leader killed in the
raid told the guerrillas' top
commander about "aid deliv-
ered to Rafael Correa, as
Uribe also said that he did-
n't give Correa advance warn-
ing of the attack on Ecuadore-
an soil because "we haven't
had the cooperation of the
government of President Cor-
rea in the fight against terror-
ism." -
That prompted an angry
exchange between the two, as
other presidents sought to
keep the dialogue civil.
Correa, who has broken off
relations with Colombia and
sent troops to the border over
the incident, denounced Uribe
as a liar, portrayed Ecuador
as a victim of Colombia's con-
flict, and proposed an inter-
niatiorial ficacekeepiing farce
to guard their border.
'llI~reject this infamy that the
government of Rafael Correa
has collaborated with the
FARC," Correa- bellowed into
the microphone. His com-
ments drew loud applause
from other leaders, who met
Uribe's speech with silence.
The summit was to have
focused on energy and other
issues, but those were over-
shadowed by the diplomatic
crisis in the Andes after the

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deadly Colombian cross-bor-
der raid into Ecuador on Sat-
urday that killed a senior
Colombian rebel and 24 oth-
It began quietly, with the
host, Dominican President
Leonel Fernandez, appealing
for unity. Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez said it was
time to cool tensions and pre-
dicted the summit "'is going to
be positive."
"People should go cool off a
bit, chill out their nerves,"
Chavez said before the sum-
mit started. "I think the meet-
ing today is going to be posi-
tive, because it is going to help
the debate. We have to
debate, talk, and this is the
first step toward finding the
But the accusations began
quickly, with Correa criticizing
"the aggression of Colombia"
and Uribe saying that Correa
is a dishonest partner in the
fight against the Revolution-
ary Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, or FARC.
Other leaders called for
calm. After talk of imperial-
ism, communism and terror-
ism, Mexico's Felipe Calder6n
advised leaving aside the
adjectives in hopes of reaching
a solution. Guatemala's
Alvaro Colom proposed that a
reconciliation commission vis-
it both countries. And
Argentiha's Cristina Fernan-
dez called for a return to
"legality," rejecting unilateral
actions by any country.
Latin American foreign
ministers on Thursday drafted
a statement saying national
sovereignty must be respected.
The draft, to be submitted to
the presidents on Friday, mir-
rors one earlier in the week
from the Organization of
American States, said Chilean
Foreign Minister Alejandro

Chavez has ordered thou-
sands of troops and tanks to
Venezuela's border with
Colombia and threatened to
slash trade and nationalize
Colombian-owned business-
es. Correa has also sent troops
to the border, although Uribe
has said he won't do the same.
The summit marked the
first face-to-face encounters
between Chavez, Correa and
Uribe since the international
crisis began.
Uribe is hugely popular
among Colombians for crack-
ing down on the FARC, which
finances itself through kid-
napping and drug trafficking.
Nicaragua, a leftist ally of
Venezuela and Ecuador,
broke relations with Colom-
bia on Thursday, and the
denunciation of Colombia by
its president, Daniel Ortega,
also brought applause.
The attack also cut off all
contacts between the rebels
and France, where the free-
dom of French-Colombian
hostage Ingrid Betancourt has
become a national cause,
French Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner said Fri-
Uribe has refused to rule
out future military incursions
into Ecuador or Venezuela,
saying he first needs assur-
ances from Correa and
Chavez that they are not har-
boring rebels-
One of the rare regional
voices offering support for
Colombia was Salvadoran
President Tony Saca, who said
the Colombian government
should be able to defend its
"We need to understand
Colombia has the legitimate
right to go after terrorists ...
wherever they may be, of
course without harming the
sovereignty of another couns
try," Saca said.



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session of the 20th Rio Group Summit in the Dominican Republic at a bus station in Medellin, Colombia, Fri-
day, March 7, 2008. Ecuador broke off relations with Colombia and sent troops to the border after Colombian
security forces killed a senior rebel commander in Ecuadorean soil.

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Developer sets
aside land for

eaglles, praised by

THESE feathered residents
have the best lot in the neigh-
borhood high atop a dead
pine tree overlooking a lake
and surrounded by acres of
nothing but nature, according
to Associated Press.
Amid construction of one of
his latest multimillion-dollar
ventures several years ago, lux-
ury golf course community
developer Bobby Ginn came
up against what some would
have found to be an obstacle -
a nesting pair of bald eagles.
Ginn turned it into an
opportunity and redesigned the
project to set aside about 120
acres for the birds that had
built a nest along the develop-
ment's only waterfront prop-
erty, a lake surrounded by
trees, full of fish and wading
It also would have been~the
Tesoro community's most
expensive property, up to $40
million worth of home sites in a
neighborhood where houses
are selling for up to $5 million.
It's now preserved as nature in
perpetuity as a conservation
easement controlled by
Audubon of Florida.
Ginn has partnered with the
group to protect the eagles, and
is paying for outreach and
monitoring programs out of his
own pocket.
"A lot of time we get polar-
ized," Ginn said. "Environ-
mentalists take one position.

er.dhveopr se o be a

cooler heads and work togeth-
But it s not just altruism that

af:ral, bsnsm d
good for business.
"There's no question about
that," -Ginn said. "Wildlife
doesn't have to suffer. It can
coexist with development.
There's got to be a mix, par-
ticularly as we're more and
inore crowding the planet.
"For me, it's as big an ameni-
ty as golf or tennis or a pool,"
he added. "People want to see
and enjoy wildlife and they
should be able to do it from
home.' '
Audubon of Florida has
praised Ginn as an example of
how the environment and
development can indeed coex-
is"Whenever we talk to local
governments, other develop-
ers and land owners, we cite
Bobby Ginn's development as
an example of someone who's
really done the right thing,"
said Charles Lee, the group's
director of advocacy. "These
are the techniques that if Flori-
da's environment is going to
survive in the face of popula-
tion growth that is coming
here, more and more develop-
ers are going to need to adopt."
The effort has so far been a
resounding success. Two
eaglets were born to the nest-
ing pair about eight weeks ago.
Earlier this week, scientists
working with Audubon
attached a satellite tracking
device to one of the eaglets in
hopes of learning more about
migration patterns once the
bird takes flight in afew weeks.
The public will also have rare
opportunity to view what the
scientists see by monitoring the
eaglet's movements online asit
leaves the nest for the first time
and flies as far north as Cana-
A Web camera aimed their
nest already allows the public
to watch the eagles in real time.
The American bald eagle
was removed from the federal
endangered species list last
year after a four-decade fight
for survival. Today, there are
nearly 10,000 mating pairs of
bald eagles in the contiguous
48 states, compared to a docu-
mented 417 in 1963 when the
bird was on the verge of extinc-
tion everywhere except in
Alaska and Canada where it
has continued to thrive.

But experts say scientific
study of their behavior and
migration patterns is key to
keeping them on productive
"The more data we have as
to where these birds go the bet-
ter off we are protecting them."
said Lynda White, EagleWatch
coordinator for Aud~ubon of
"And we've got to find a
way to strike a balance
between development and pre-
serving the species, since now
that they're de-listed, we don't
know what is going to happen."

ON FRIDAY, February
29, the US Embassy com-
memorated Elack History
Month in a special celebra-
tion held at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel.
The event, highlighting
African-Amer ican/B ahami-
an heritage, was held under
the theme, "A common
past, a future together".
Embassy staff, Bahami-
an governmer t representa-
tives and a cro~ss-section of
the Bahamiani community
attended the t wo-hour cel-
The Governor's Ball-
room of the Hilton was
transformed idito a cultural
display of African and
Bahamian artifacts, music
and paintings.
The prograrame included
welcome re:markts by
Charge d'Affaires Dr D
Brent Hardt, who noted
that the embassy wanted to
celebrate the rich threads
of African-American cul-
ture in the beautiful and
strong fabric of America's


Such a celebration, he
added, offered an opportu-
nity to reflect. not only on
the common heritage
shared by the US and the
Bahamas, but also on our
interwoven histories.
He observed that as we
celebrate our shared histo-
ry and culture I commonal-
ities, we mus look to the
future to encourage litera~
cy, guide the youth to a
productive path in life, and
fight the scourges of drugs'
guns, and gangs.
Dr Hardt called on the
Bahamas ane the United
States to face: these chal-
lenges together.
The eveninX progressed
with rich and lively enter-
tainment and the spoken
word. Lydia Ferguson of
the Africar.-Bahamian
Association of Ghana. gave
an overview on African
Heritage, wlile Arlene
Nash-Ferguso 7, director of
"Educulture" spoke on the
African influence on
Bahamian society.
Well know 1 Bahamian
entertainer anid recording
artist Jay Mitchell brought
the crowd to t leir feet with
two of his popular tunes,
"Another Place and Time',
and "Fire in t ie Hole".
Fred Munnings. Jr gave
a soulful rend tion of "Lift

Every Voice and.Sing".
Known as the Negro
National Anthem "Lift
Every Voice and Sing" was
composed by Bahamian
sons James Weldon John-
son and John Roasmand


Audiences also enjoyed
"Rake 'n Scrape" and a
powerful drum perfor-
mance by Reuben Dele-
veaux, also known as
The Black History Month
celebration climaxed with
a spectacular junkanoo
rushout performed by the
Atlantis Marina Village
Junkanoo Group.
The event was made pos-
sible through the patron-
age of Ambassador Ned
Siegel and Mrs Stephanie
Siegel, who were unable to
attend. but who embassy
staff said activ'ely supportd-
ed the Black History
Month cultural celebration.

Deleveaux "Rumpapumpum"
performing a powerful drum
session at the Black History
Month Celebration.

US Embassy observes Black

History Mont in s ye