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: April 12, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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U Neighbour alerts

police over break-in

* Tribune on spot

to record drama

caught in the act yesterday
after a vigilant neighbour
alerted police and stood guard
with a shotgun until they
The Tribune was on the spot
as the drama unfolded, pro-
ducing a full pictorial record of
the would-be thief's arrest.
The lunchtime break-in
occurred at Palmetto Village,
where a man broke into a
small apartment attached to a
A bystander spotted the
crook, called police, and then
stood guard outside the home
armed with a shotgun until
police reached the scene.
Witnesses said officers from
Wulff Road police station
quickly responded with a pack
of police dogs and surrounded
the premises as neighbours
flocked to the scene.
The officers called for the

intruder to vacate the house
and when he didn't comply
they sent in police dogs to
draw him,out. He was hiding
under a bed.
He left the house unhurt,
witnesses said, and was taken
into police custody.
Home-owner Tessa Not-
tage, principal at the Centre
for the Deaf, was at work
when she heard about the inci-
dent and arrived on the scene
a few minutes after the police,
she said.
"The holy spirit was just
there, the angels had to be,
watching over the house
because the scary thing is my
daughter had just left home
about an hour before I got the
call, so she could have been
home during that.
"But I think he was watch-,
ing, waiting until all the cars
pulled out of our yard before
he broke in," she said, adding
she was thankful for her
neighbour's intervention and
quick police response.
She said she did not recog-
nise the intruder and did not
know if he was a resident of
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IT is an insult to the Bahami-
an people to allow Supreme
Court appointee Rubie Nottage
to be described as a "criminal
fugitive", according to a local
Carol D Misiewicz, who has
served as a stipendiary and cir-
cuit magistrate, in a letter to
editor said she is outraged at
the nature of The Tribune's cov-
erage of Mrs Nottage's appoint-
ment as a Supreme Court Jus-
"Mrs Nottage has not 'cho-
sen' to remain outside of the

US to avoid the US justice, sys-
tem, she lives and resides in her
home country, on the same
street she lived on when the
indictment was filed and n t in
SEE page nine

Anger over Harbour Island power failures
Tribune Staff Reporter
COMPLAINTS of "mass disconnections" on Harbour Island
on Thursday were part of company procedures for unpaid electricity
bills, BEC general manager Kevin Basden told The Tribune yes-
Outraged residents claimed yesterday they were still suffering
SEE page nine

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ARMED POLICE (above.and left) prepare to take on the
intruder during yesterday's drama.

PHOTOS: Franklyn G. Ferguson

Businessman indicted in alleged Radio talk show

$132 million fraud scheme
A BUSINESS owner with for the Eastern District of Vir-
property in the Bahamas has ginia relating to conversations
been indicted in an alleged he had with the chief legal offi-
$132 million scheme to defrafid cer of IPofA.
clients of funds he held in trust. The indictment also alleges
The indictment seeks forfei- that Okun instructed employ-
ture of all-funds-and-assets.. ..es to withdraw $15,000 in cash
owned by Edward H. Okun, 57, from rivestment Properties of
of Miami, that were derived America's (IPofA) bank
from or connected to the account, a company owned by
alleged misappropriation of Okun, and smuggle the cash to
about $132 million in funds held his personal yacht on Paradise
by, 1031TG and all funds and Island to avoid federal currency
assets traceable to the $15,000 in reporting requirements.
cash he allegedly ordered to be Okun was arrested and
smuggled to his yacht in the charged in an unsealed indict-
Bahamas. ment with mail fraud, bulk cash
The indictment further smuggling and making false
alleges that Okun made mater- statements, Assistant Attorney,
ial false statements under oath SEE page nine
before the US District Court

set for relaunch
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER being off the air for
nearly one year, a ZNS nation-
al radio talk show is set to be
relaunched, possibly as soon as
next month, The Tribune can
Michael Moss, chairman of
the Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas, confirmed to
The Tribune yesterday that
ZNS is set to bring the radio
talk show back to its line-up as
Immediate Response, or under
another name.
"Let me say this to you, ZNS
SEE page nine

Police attacked over missing man search

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE family and friends of a
Canadian man missing in the
Bahamas for the last year.say
they believe he was murdered
and have accused Bahamian
police of "letting the trail go

Darrell Cloutier was last seen
at his Sunrise Beach Villas res-
idence on Paradise Island on
April 10, 2007.
Friends who searched for him
when he failed to show up for
work found the front door to
the 34-year-old construction
worker's condo open and his
groceries still in his car.
"At this point, we're pretty

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sure he was, ah, taken care of,"
Stefan Cloutier, Darrell's broth-
er, told Canadian newspaper
The Calgary Sun in an article
published this week.
While the family told the
paper that police "acted quick-
ly at first", arresting and charg-
SEE page nine


,.SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008'

Judge okays
Anna Nicole
Smith book-
A US judge this week gave
the go-ahead for a contro-
versial new book about Anna
Nicole Smith to be published.
Authors of the memoir
"Anna Nicole Smith Por-
trait of an Icon", Pol Atteu
and his part-
ner Patrik
lost their
legal battle
against their
former pub-
lisher Jody
According Anna Nicole
to reports inm Smith
the US
media, the
authors tried to stop Ms Gib-
son's company, Corona
Books, from going ahead
with publishing the book.
They contended that they
only had a draft agreement
with Ms Gibson's publishing
The authors also told the
court that they published
their own edition to compete
with the one released by
SEE page nine

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The Declaration of Old Bahama Bay

Marina operators unite to make

the industry more competitive

Plans for new association to

help expand the sectorwhile

__protecting the environment

MORE than 80 participants,
representing a host of marina
operators from eight major
islands throughout the country,
ended the Bahamas Marina
Operators Forum at Old Fort
Bay in Grand Bahama with the
"Declaration of Old Bahama
These operators included
allied industry service providers
from throughout the Bahamas
and Florida who took part in
the special forum, which was
organised by the Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA) and
its Sustainable Tourism Entre-
preneurial Management and
Marketing Project (STEMM).
According to a press release
from the BHA, the "Declara-
tion of Old Bahama Bay"
reflected the consensus by par-
ticipants to incorporate a
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association to enhance the eco-
nomic competitiveness of oper-
ators and to "achieve more
growth for the sector while safe-
guarding the environment on
which the sector depends".
Over the next six months the
marina operators will meet to
plan this ambitious sustainable
development effort with the
support of BHA's new STEMM
project and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB), the

release read."During the forum,
participants collectively estab-
lished a Marina Executive
Steering Committee comprised
of 10 members representing
marina operators and industry
professionals to lead the associ-
ation's incorporation and for-
mal launching process."

According to the committee
chairman, John Bethell, a busi-
nessman and well known Abaco
marina operator, "Our associa-
tion will be able to address our
competitiveness as an industry
more effectively and it will also
provide a unified presence to
government to address issues
that affect the industry".
This is one of several techni-
cal assistance components of
the STEMM project, which,
according to the press release, is
geared towards building sus-
tainable tourism networks by
promoting quality standards
and utilising branding tools for
the managing and marketing of
pilot destinations in Cat Island,
Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera,
Grand Bahama, Nassau, San
Salvador, Andros, Long Island
and Bimini. All of these islands
were individually represented
at the forum.

Keynote speaker, Captain
Anthony Allens, Controller of
the Bahamas Port Authority,
applauded the Old Bahama Bay
Declaration,' and said he sup-
ported the need for an associa-
Captain Allens said he is
aware of further challenges fac-
ing the nation's marina industry
and the need for marina opera-
tors to be in compliance with,
government regulations as well
as local and international envi-
ronmental standards.
Central to the success of the
marina operators' association
development is the notion for
all stakeholders to be repre-
sented and to participate in this
timely process.
Marina operators and allied
industry service providers who
did not attend the forum were
encouraged to participate in the
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association by contacting the
STEMM Project at the
Bahamas Hotel Association to
request a marina development
toolkit, which includes hand-
outs and materials that explains
the marinaassociation process
and to ensure that they are
added to the mailing list.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Minister of For-
eign Affairs Fred Mitchell crit-
icised the FNM administration
for not quickly solving the
"problems" which have sur-
faced during its 10 months in
o The MP for Fox Hill also
questioned the government's
reasons for the proposed relo-
cation of the Nassau container
port from its current location
on Bay Street to Arawak Cay.
Speaking a PLP meeting in
Grand Bahama on Thursday
night, Mr Mitchell charged the
FNM with being too preoccu-
pied with finding fault with the
former administration instead
of fixing the country's problems.
These problems include
issues with the national flag car-
rier Bahamasair, frequent pow-
er outages and a lack of quality
service from telecommunica-
tions provider BTC and cable
provider Cable Bahamas, said
Mr Mitchell.
"(The country has) many
problems, problems that seem
easy to fix, but with a govern-
ment busy looking into holes,
rocks and caves to find some-
thing wrong, seeking to deni-
grate and sully the reputation
of the PLP, doing nothing for
10 months but seeking to line
the pockets of themselves and
their supporters, is it any won-
der that the problems cannot

be fixed?" he asked.
The Bahamas is touted as a
modern nation, however cellu-
lar phone service is unreliable
and land-line services are "dete-
riorating" and compounded by
power outages, which are espe-
cially frequent on Harbour
Island, said Mr Mitchell.
"If it is not the telephones
and Internet that are down,
then it is the cuts of electrical
power. Ask the people of Har-

"This is a
tourist Mecca
in the
reportedly the
home of 11
yet we cannot
keep the
power on
and without
the fear of a

bour Island tonight if they have
power and how their power is
off sometimes six or seven
hours per day.
"This is a tourist Mecca in the
Bahamas, reportedly the home
of 11 billionaires, yet we can-
not keep the power on consis-
tently and without fear of a
power failure.
"The government promises
relief not next week, not next
month, not this summer but the
summer after this summer, the
year 2009," he said.
Mr Mitchell also questioned
the government's motives for
the proposed relocation of the
container port in Nassau from
Bay Street to Arawak Cay, and
raised the issue of a possible
conflict of interest.
"The PLP knows that the
port has to move. We also know
that the best place to move it is
to south New Providence. What
we want to know is why is
Arawak Cay suddenly the spot
of choice?" he asked..


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Mitchell criticizes the FNM forfa"iling to ffix country's problems




0 In brief

Bahamas joins


Work Country


MINISTER of Maritime
Affairs and Labour Dion
Foulkes announced the
launch of the Decent Work
Country Programme, an ini-
tiative of the International
Labour Organisation.
The Bahamas also official-
ly signed the articles of the
DWCP during the launch,
which took place at the Mar-
itime Affairs office.
Representatives from the
labour unions, the Bahamas
Employer Confederation as
well as ILO sub-regional
representative Dr Ana-Tere-
sa Romero and her deputy
director Mary Reid were in
Mr Foulkes said, "This
programme will promote the
idea that decent work is a
key component of national
development. It is also the
method by which the ILO
will deliver its support ser-
vices to the Bahamas."
He explained that the
DWCP has three main
objectives: strengthening the
Department of Labour;
ensuring that social dialogue
is central to the making of
public policy; strengthening
the labour legislation and
rights at work.
"This hallmark event in
our country's development,"
the minister said, "would not
have been possible without
the continued participation
of those organizations that
participated in the Tripartite
Forum on Labour held in
October 2007."
Following the forum, he
said, two meetings facilitated
by Dr Romero and her team
were held in the Bahamas,
resulting in what Bahamian
social partners regarded as
the essential elements for
achieving decent work for all
who live in the country.
Mr Foulkes said the Trade
Union of Congress, the
National Congress of Trade
Unions and the Bahamas
Employers' Confederation
worked hand-in-hand with
the government to make it
possible for the country to
sign onto the DWCP.
He said that the govern-
ment is firmly committed to
the belief that social dia-
logue is the best method for
dealing with labour rela-
It ?s my personal belief
therefore that all of the
groups represented here
today and the Bahamas as a
nation will benefit from the
ILO's DWCP," he said.
Dr Romero said discus-
sions concerning labour
issues will continue among
all partners (the govern-
ment, employers and work-
ers), and their findings will
be sent to the ILO.
The ILO in turn will con-
tinue providing input and
information so that all par-
ties can make informed deci-
She noted that while in the
Bahamas, the ILO team will
be working with the partners
to create a work plan that
identifies the areas where
concrete things can be
accomplished within the
next three to six months.
"We are going to sit with
you and have a discussion as
you are best placed to know
based on your own commit-
ments what is feasible and
what we can do together, so
we can really make some
concrete progress in the
areas we identified as the
priorities for this pro-
gramme," she said. National
Congress of Trade Unions
President John Pinder said
the Bahamas is the first
country in the region to sign
onto the DWCP.
Mr Pinder said the launch-
ing of the DWCP demon-
strates that the stakeholders

have done their job effec-
tively, ensuring that the
workforce in the Bahamas
will work in a safe and
healthy environment.
President of the Bahamas
Employers Confederation
Brian Nutt said, "This is
seen from the employer's
point of view as one of the
most comprehensive pro-
grammes put together by the
ILO in its three-tiered struc-
ture of institutional strength-
ening, social dialogue and
labour le slation."

GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna accepts credentials from Alfredo Garcia Castelblanco, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile'during a ceremony at Government House on

Bahamas and Chile to

boost economic ties


DIPLOMATIC ties between
the Bahamas and the Republic
of Chile are expected to
strengthen under the provisions
of the Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European
Union, said Governor General
Arthur Hanna as he officially
welcomed the Chile's new
Ambassador to the Bahamas.
The governor general accept-
ed the credentials presented by
Alfredo Garcia Castelblanco,
Ambassador of the Republic of
Chile during a ceremony in the
drawing room at Government
"You have pledged to
strengthen Bahamas/Chile bilat-
eral relations and ties, thereby
taking them to a higher level of
understanding and co-operation.
Your country's exemplary eco-
nomic performance demon-

states capacity in this regard,"
the Governor General said.
The Bahamas and Chile
established diplomatic relations
on December 4, 1990. Since
then, relations have grown
through bilateral exchanges in
areas of language training pro-
grammes, trade negotiations and
courses offered by the Diplo-
matic Academy of Chile.
"The Bahamas takes pride in
the fact that the longstanding
relations with the Republic of
Chile are reflected in meaning-
ful interaction within the inter-
national arena and the result of
the strong commitment of both
our countries to the principles
and ideals of multilateralism.
"This is especially as they are
defined in the context of the
purposes and principles of the
United Nations Charter and
their application in the priority
indicative areas of peace and
security, economic and social

"Over the past
15 years, Chile's
economic reforms
and prudent
policies have
delivered strong
growth and low

IMF survey

developments, human rights and
climate change," the governor
general said.
He said the Bahamas also
views the negotiations of the
new Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) with the

European Union as a chance to
ensure gains based on mutual
benefit, particularly given the
challenging global economic
environment that exists.
"Your country has been
unquestionably a leader in max-
imising multilateralism for
national benefit. This success
has been lauded and recorded
by no less than the Internation-
al Monetary Fund (IMF) and
World Bank," the governor gen-
eral said.
An IMF survey of January
2008 observed: "Over the past
15 years, Chile's economic
reforms and prudent macroeco-
nomic policies have delivered
strong growth and low inflation.
Per capital income has tripled in
US dollars terms and poverty
has been cut by two-thirds to 13
per cent."
The survey also revealed that
Chile helped to maintain its eco-
nomic competitiveness despite

Criminal Records Online Character

Certificate Request System launched


THE Criminal Records Office
has announced the launch of an
Online Character Certificate
Request System.
Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest called the
system a "great example" of
how e-government will be able
to make life easier for members
of the public who have to access
government services.
Mr Turnquest said the system
is part of the government's com-
mitment to keeping the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and oth-
er law enforcement agencies on
the cutting-edge of technology.
He explained that the Online
Character Certificate Request
System will allow Bahamians
and non-Bahamians alike who
are living, or have lived in the
Bahamas to use the internet to
apply for a Police Character
Certificate from the comfort of
their homes, offices, workplaces
or from a range of computer
devices, wherever they may be.
Mr Turnquest said it is antic-
ipated that the system will also
have a positive impact on pro-
ductivity in the workplace as will
lead to a reduction in the num-
ber of trips persons applying for
character certificates will need
to make to the Criminal
Records Office (CRO).
"This is a system that will not
only benefit employees of com-
panies applying for Character
Certificates, but will also benefit
the company itself (as) employ-
ees will no longer have to wait in
long lines for extended periods
of time during weekdays to
obtain a certificate," Mr Turn-
quest said.
"It will contribute significant-
ly to improving the efficiency
and productive capacity of the
officers of the Criminal Records
Office, allowing for the issuance
of a character certificate in the

shortest possible time," Mr
Turnquest added.
Mr Turnquest said the system
will not be limited by geograph-
ical borders, but has "interna-
tionalised" the CRO's capacity
to receive applications for Char-
acter Certificates from people
all over the world.
He said that for decades, the
issuance of police character cer-
tificates has been a "major and
distinguishing" activity of the
Mr Turnquest said he has
been assured that the Online
Police Character Certificate
Request System has been care-
fully crafted to build on the
office's past successes, while
meeting the current needs of the
Criminal Records Office and the
public at home and abroad.
"The government of the
Bahamas has committed itself

to keeping the Royal Bahamas
Police Force on the cutting-edge
of technology," Mr Turnquest
said. "Today's official launch of
the Online Character Certificate
Request System confirms that
we are keeping the commitment
we have made."
Acting Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson said
the new system is in keeping
with the strategic goals with
regards to information technol-
ogy that is outlined in his recent-
ly released policy statement.
Mr Ferguson said the need
for continuous upgrades and
modernisation is "ever present"
within every organisation and
the Royal Bahamas Police Force
is no different.
"It is my view that once more,
we are taking a step in the right
direction by continuously
improving our product by mak-

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

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES LOUIS of LUCKY
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 5th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

ing the paradigm shift that is
invariably required to simulta-
neously provide professional
service to our community and
combat the levels of criminality
within our society," Mr Fergu-
son said.
"The launch of this online
facility speaks volumes of the
partnership between the gov-
ernment and the police force to
not only enhance the method
by which the issuance of police
character certificates are made
to its citizenry, but also demon-
strates our level of commitment
in respect to the reduction of
crime within our nation.
"The Criminal Records Office
is the first of many facilities that
will be outfitted with this tech-
nology, accommodating this
kind of service to members of
the general public," Mr Fergu-
son added.

the high price volatility of cop-
per, Chile's main export product
and has provided added scope
to address social priorities.
Governor General recognized
Chile for contributing to the
Bahamas' human resources
training for national develop-
"There is scope for significant
mutual benefit between the
extensive fishing industry and
vibrant financial sector which
characterise both our-
economies," he added.
The governor general also
acknowledged that Ambassador
Castelblanco, 56, possesses a
wealth of diplomatic experience,
with professional and academic
emphasis on the policy and prac-
tice of trade relations.
According to Ambassador
Castelblanco, the new EPA
"offers renewed opportunities"
for investment and growth to
the Bahamian economy.

Patrick Hanna/BIS
MINISTER of National Security
Tommy Turnquest watches a
demonstration of the Online
Character Certificate Request

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The issue of fear and flying

If there can be any good teWs in hun-
dreds of thousands of passengers.being
stranded as airlines ground fleets of planes
for urgent inspection, it is thot the Federal
Aviation Administration isdoang its job.
Unfortunately, it is .ryineIto make up
for years of not doing its job in keeping
them safe, and travellers aqf the victims.
If the FAA had consistently monitored
safety instead of bein sha0.d into action
last month by whistle -blb' aiid an angry
Congress, the insp eWMit have been
better scheduled dr in s mne cases, even
Now, the agency says that.travel inter-
ruptions will be with .Ws at least through
June, depending .oi the 'results of its
stepped-up safety ai t ,,'[.: '.
We'd love to ab l. to suggest alterna-
tives to flying, but the same government
that allowed the airlines toget to this sor-
ry pass has been stiarvig the0passenger rail
system, and the constant rise id gasoline
prices does not make 1ong-distance driving
very attractive.
'American Airlines cancelled a. good
chunk of its schedule beginning Tuesday -
more than 2,000 flights ft maintenance
checks set off by concerns over wiring in its
fleet of MD-80 aircraft.
Alaska Airlines, -elta Air Lines and
Southwest Airlineds als had to conduct
inspections at the FAL'sedirection.
Four carriers as. yet identifiedd may
face fines for not following the agency's
safety directives: .' : .
The FAA's unacceofaibl, !aiskeiz-faire,:
system of safety enforcedit is: powerful
evidence of the damage done by kotiald
Reagan's ideological campaign of deregu-
lation .. . :
It came to light Inly 'wheh Southwest,
reported that it had missed inspections for
fuselage cracks..
That was bad enough, but it taied out
that Southwest had flown the planes in
question for nine months in 2006 and 2007.
It was hit with an. privately stiff civ-
il penalty of $10.4 on. d. .
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The airlines were allowed to undercut
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poor performance and because he would
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time he remains at the helm, he continues
to steer the agency toward increased regu-
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Editorial courtesy of The New York
Times News Service

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
EVERYONE who does not
want to blatantly lie to them-
selves must admit that before
and leading up to general elec-
tions, the whole Bahamas, ie all
of the sensible Bahamians, com-
plained about the way Perry
Christie was handling the
boundary changes and the late-
ness in which it was done. The
least informed of us knew that it
was simply not sufficient time
to complete the exercise so that
all of the necessary do dili-
gences could be done.
- Honest Bahamians must
admit that it now appears that
the PLP intentionally wanted
to perform a botched boundary
change exercise. The Boundary
Commission hardly met and
when they did, they came with
an agenda that spelled "confu-
Remember Brent Symonette
did not sign the report. But we
all remember what Bradley
Roberts said or what he did not
say to attempt to clarify the con-
Everything that was obvious-
ly planned by the PLP confused
the voter. This has also caused
frustration and a decreased trust
in the system, which could have
been avoided. The Boundaries

In need (
EDITOR, The Tribune.
CAN harmful, evil nature
people become good, loving
men and women. Just as many
persons, when posed this ques-
tion, would likely answer yes as
would those saying no. "It
would take a miracle" they'd
say. Yet nearly everyone no
longer believes in the existence
of miracles.
Technical/industrial advances
occur so fast even the richest of
nations can't keep pace and we
in The Bahamas are no excep-
tion. As 2007 ended, the politi-
cians were still engaged, as they
have been since last May in a
battle for control "of the gov-
ernment." Crime, murder
specifically, is on a terrifying
Now our legislators want to
address this savage act taking
place on our streets by resuming
capital punishment. Should it
work all the credit goes to them
and a few avaricious citizens
who defended its institutional
use. But it won't work but for a
while if at all.

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were cut and at the last minute
people were being transferred
willy-nilly. All in all, the PLP
were the architect of a disaster,
which was par for the course.
It is alleged that the trap that
the PLP were setting would
destroy the FNM. But the
Bahamians' right to vote was
destroyed. Innocent and law-
abiding Bahamians are now
accused as being dishonest of
voting where they were not eli-
gible. We are being made to be
Some have already concluded
that the PLP had a mass shuf-
fling of voters to gain advan-
tage, but the plan backfired. It is
safe to conclude that if the PLP
had won we would not have
heard one peep from the PLP,
regardless of the margin. They
must know who was placed and
who was not, so they should be
able to point who they think
were not legit. The PLP was in
charge of the election.
It is also alleged that the peo-
ple that were placed to gain an
advantage are the some of the

)f angel (
So how can this country pre-
vent persons from being sense-
lessly killed? The answer is a
simple one. Acknowledge the
problem as having already
done; then go ahead and fix the
grind. To treat it we must
understand its real cause. We've
always blamed the parents of
those perpetrators of crimes for
their lack of dedication in their
parental responsibilities. They
were supposed to rear nice boys
and girls to become the nation
builders of tomorrow. Then
again, without individual accu-
sation, influential leaders in pol-
itics and religion are labelled
culpable for this horror that
stalks everywhere and per-
ceived within this limited doc-
trine are significant sutures to
mend our bleeding communi-
Should we sit up waiting for
these powerful, but stubborn
men and women who lead us
to wake up out of their morass
of decay, we may find a new
century dawning upon us.
Hypothetically the people of
our islands are say...one body
with a makeup of several parts.
Each one of us, totalling hun-
dreds of thousands of elements,
compose the cells, tissues, limbs
and organs which make up the
Bahamas, we perform deeds,


The economic writing is

on the wall in Bahamas
EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE Editorial page of today, Monday, April 7, with the Edito-
rial header of: "Recession woes may be misplaced" and then a
letter with a header "How safe is your money?" totally contrasts the
reality of the market place.
I am in total agreement with Abraham Moss. Ex-Minister of
State for Finance James Smith has it wrong and I suggest even ex-
Governor of The Central Bank, T B Donaldson is wrong.
Quite naturally they hope it will be different. The thought that
we can convince ourselves into a recession is absolutely absurd -
reality is facing thousands.
The writing is on the wall.
There has been a substantial drawdown on our very small amount
of Foreign Reserves, primarily as a result of the extra cost of fossil
fuels and I am not sure how much are the foreign banks holding
back from paying their dividends which would wipe the remnants
of the reserves totally but that is a reality.
The Bahamas of 2008 is not like any previous time back
when you write and relate to there was no debt, in fact as I recall
under the UBP there was a reasonable surplus in the Budget and
the personal debt.
Your rub er ball, Madam Editor, might this time around bounce
the opposite ay to where everyone is suggesting sustainability
of Foreign Cu ency earnings can only be sustained if there is a con-
tinued active re estate market and millions flowing from stamp tax
Even Atlantis i ownsizing their middle management for obvi-
uos reasons. i
It is far better that our people be warned, rather than we wake up
one morning and We read a horrific headline or hear from the
House of Assembly that what we thought was good money is
worth nothing bush crack the bank gone!
April 7, 2008


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same persons who the PLP are
challenging, but some innocent
voters were thrown in the mix
to make their challenge look
This whole scenario of late
registration, late boundary
changes and late transferring of
voters was a trap set by the
PLP, but the powerful and flaw-
less campaign by the "master
politician" Hubert Ingraham
cause their plans to backfire.
They literally fell into their own
trap. The pain they are now
feeling is caused from self
inflicted wounds. The PLP com-
mitted "political suicide".
On another note, it is patent-
ly clear that the PLP are fearful
that Hubert Ingraham and the
FNM will not let them get away
with the damage that has been
done by the Christie led Gov-
ernment. The audit report that
Minister Earl Deveaux read in
the House of Assembly did pre-
cious little to allay the PLP
fears. The PLP are wondering
what next. Paranoia has now set
in and anxiety has taken them
over. But I say if you do noth-
ing, fear nothing
November, 2007.

of mercy
.bad anq ,good, that determine,
the overall health of this nation-
al body. '
Consider if: politicians are not
selfish or dictatorial; prelates
teach love instead of hate; doc-
tors treat those who in desper-
ation give their trust rather than
prolong or cause more suffer-
ing; lawyers dispense their tal-
ents as constitutionally pre-
scribed; financiers perform their
work with the faith and integri-
ty as required by their occupa-
tion; landlords and proprietors
charge fair rates.
Teachers teaching without
bias towards any student. As
well, policemen striving to pro-
tect everyone no matter their
ethnic origin. And yes mothers
and fathers together perform-
ing the spiritual roles to lead
their sons and daughters in the
direction to be the caring loving
souls like God intended. And
so on!
It would take a miracle for
all these things to exist together
working as a fully functioning
body. Do you believe in mira-
cles? As for those disbelievers,
the time to believe has already




ALL SMILES: Pictured (left to right) are Executive director of BAC, Rev C
B Moss, island administrator Mr Christie and a teacher with students in

Bahamas Against
Crime visits
North Andros

0 In brief

Ministry of

Health backs

bank's bid to

spruce up the


* By Lindsay Thompson

THE Ministry of Health
and Social Development has
thrown its support behind cor-
porate sponsor FirstCaribbean
International Bank in its bid
to develop community parks
and round-a-bouts on the
Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister
of Health and Social Devel-
opment, said on Thursday that
the initiative is in keeping with
his ministry's overall plans to
ensure beautiful and,he, althy
environs for Bahamians.
"We all know that one's
environment has great impact
on one's behaviour. A park in
a housing community has a
similar impact in that once we
have families together, that in
itself helps to maintain family
stability and help to decrease
social issues," said Dr Minnis.
Also lending his support
was Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Dr Minnis said that his min-
istry has
o on a pro-
-. of beauti-
for the
island and
that other
come for-
ward, pointing out that anoth-
er proposal has been submit-
ted to transform the round-a-
bout at Independence Drive
and Baillou Hill Road.
FirstCaribbean has
announced a'plan to beautify
Dignity Park in Dignity Gar-
dens, to mark the fifth
anniversary of FirstCaribbean
Bank doing business in the
"It is important to us that
the country shares in our cel-
ebration and success in a very
tangible way. We wanted to
mark this milestone by making
a significant contribution,
which would be s lasting
impact to a community in the
Bahamas," said Sharon
Brown, managing director,
FirstCaribbean International
She said that the bank con-
sidered a number of ways of
giving back, and decided that
developing and beautifying a
recreational park in a new and
upcoming community would
be an "excellent way" to cele-
brate. The bank will add to
the existing play area for chil-
dren, create shade where nec-
essary, and add trees and
plants for an overall pleasant
atmosphere. Chan Pratt of the
Tree Depot will carry out the
work, estimated at $26,000.
A few weeks ago, First-
Caribbean adopted a round-
a-bout in Oakes Field. The
bank commits one per cent of
regional pre-tax profits to
community sponsorship and

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Opposition
Leader Perry Christie said that
his former PLP government
made mistakes and has also
paid the price for mistakes
made by the first FNM govern-
ment particularly in relation to
the Royal
Oasis Resort on Grand
While addressing supporters
at a town meeting in Freeport
on Wednesday evening at PLP
Headquarters, Mr
Christie blamed the FNM for
failing to put in attach financial
guarantees to the agreement
with the owners of the Royal
"If one looks at the agree-
ment that they entered into for
Royal Oasis, this was the only
.agreement where it was unlike
any other agreement -entered
into in the history of the
Bahamas that did not have in
place a guarantee," said Mr
"There was no insistence on
the part of the government that
the parent company provides a
guarantee for the operation of
the company here.
"There were no financial
accountable provisions in place
in the agreement it was a bad
agreement, it was a shoddy
agreement. It was done obvi-
ously to try and get them to
come in and we paid the price
for it," he said.
Mr Christie noted that the
FNM was very critical of the
PLP when Royal Oasis fell into
The Royal Oasis'matter has
been a very controversial and
critical issue on Grand Bahama.
The hotel closed in 2004 due
to hurricane damage and result-
ed in the laying off of more than
workers, as well as the loss of
one third of the island's room
inventory which severely
impacted the island's economy.
Although the Harcourt
Group purchased the resort last
November for $33 million, there
have been no signs of activity
at the property.
Mr Christie said the FNM has
been in power now for one year
and has done nothing for
Bahamians, except raise
He said the FNM is only con-
cerned about attacking the
PLP's policies and projects left
in place in 2007.
"What is important in Grand
Bahama is that you are now
able to judge us in the five years
that we gave this country, and
you are having the beginnings
of a contrast with this current
FNM government.
"They chose to begin their
governance of this country by
being suspicious of my govern-
ment and deciding to
stop all of the contracts that
we have entered into. This hap-
pened in New Providence,
Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and
it happened all over the
"And it happened to stop at
least $80 million of money com-
ing into the economy of the
Bahamas. And he (Prime Min-

sister Hubert Ingraham) is now
finding out how wrong he was,"
said Mr Christie.
Mr Christie said when the
PLP came to power in 2002 the
growth rate in the country had
declined from 6.8 per cent in
1998 to 0.8 per cent.
He said the PLP did not
increase taxes in the Bahamas
and still managed to grow the
economy and increase revenue
during its five years in office.
"When the FNM formed the
new government in 2007 they
indicated on the basis we left in
place that the
International Monetary Fund
had projected that the growth
rate of the Bahamas would be
4.5 per cent, in 2007.
"I can tell you that some
months after the election a del-
egation of my MPs met with
representatives of the
IMF and we told them that
Hubert Ingraham and his gov-
ernment had made a funda-
mental error by deciding to stop
all the contracts we have
entered into," he said.
Mr Christie also said that dur-
ing the course of the last elec-
tion the FNM criticised the
PLP's policies
and said the party was hurting
Grand Bahama. Since the FNM
has been in power, he said, util-
ity and electricity rates and
prices have increased.
"They said utility costs were
going sky high and that prices
were going sky high and this
was due to the
ineptitude of the PLP gov-
ernment. Well, what is the posi-
tion today in Grand Bahama
one year after they have come
to power? What is the position
with respect to the cost of elec-
tricity, what is the position with
respect to prices and jobs?" he
Mr Christie said Bahamians
must judge his government on
its five years in office. Under
the PLP, he said, Grand
Bahama saw the coming of
Associated Grocers, the
Bahamian Brewery Company,
and the expansion of the con-
tainer port.
He said the PLP was also able
to sign a deal with Ginn Devel-
opment for the $3.9 billion
development at West End.
Mr Christie noted that the
PLP approved many major pro-
jects in Nassau such as the third

Bhvor and [ Learning


phase of Kerzner, the Ritz Carl-
ton on Rose Island, a new
development at the Hilton, and
the $2.5 billion Baha Mar agree-
He said they also negotiated
the $300 to $400 million airport
expansion at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport, and
put in place the Albany and
New South Ocean Hotel agree-
ments. He also stated that
anchor resort projects we start-
ed in Bimini, Abaco, Mayagua-
na, and Eleuthera.
Mr Christie added that the
PLP's Urban Renewal and
housing projects were very suc-
"I hope the people of country
recognize that we recognize the
mistakes we have made, and we
admit that we learnt from those
"Everyone is talking about
'Christie time to go'. The point
I want to make is that it is their
effort to continue to destabilize
the PLP. But the leadership is
vested in the people of the
country. who support the PLP.
And a good leader knows when
that time is, and right now is
not the time," he said.

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THREE'S COMPANY: (left to right) are Island administrator, Mr Christie;
Principal of North Andros Senior High Ms Curry and BAC executive direc-
tor Rev C B Moss.

The Bahamas Against Crime campaign
was officially launched in Nbrth Andros
when a delegation led by the executive direc-
tor Rev C B Moss visited the island.
The delegation held separate meetings with
the faculty and the students of the North

Andros High School and later with residents
in a community meeting.
"The visit laid the foundation for an ongo-
ing collaborative effort to aggressively
address crime and criminality in North
Andros," said Rev Moss.

Christie: PLP

paid the price

for mistakes



Tribune Staff Reporter

"I think Bahamian women need to stop leading men on
for money and favours. It shows a lack of class and digni-
ty and makes me wonder what if the so-called feminist
movement was in vain.
"And aren't women supposed to be liberated? They
want equal pay and equal treatment in the workplace and
this and that but when you take them out on a date they
expect you to pay. It's a double standard that needs to
Angry black man

"Man I vex about all this horrible traffic. I have to make
a lot of- deliveries for work and it halting my productivity
because I spend most of my time sitting behind the wheel
stuck in the blazing heat. And don't let me try and take a
lunch break, it is take you an hour to get anywhere during
lunch time and ya' boss still mad.
"And to top it off, most of the time I behind I end up
behind one broke down jitney or trailer with so much
black,.Roke coming out I swear they ga' give me, cancer,
The police need to book these, drivers -who releasing..all
these toI s and emisgg-in the air. At least let nme breathe
clean air if I got to sit in traffic all day."
Vex driver

"Some of dese police officers don't know how to speak to
the general public and even their co-workers. No wonder
people don't like to call the cops when something happen
because when they get there, if they get there, they talk to
ya so bad and make you feel like you is a criminal and not
a victim."
Gary D, Blue Hill Road

"Gas prices keep rising, but yet, Customs still charge
you an arm and a leg to bring a motorbike into the country.
Dis time it take less gas to fill up a bike or scooter and it can
cut down traffic. I think the Custom rates should be high-
er on vehicles so people wouldn't bring in so many cars and
that would solve the traffic problem too."
Frank M, Sea Breeze



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SATURDAY, A RIL 12, 2008, PAGE 5




GB Humane

Society spay and

neuter drive

THE Humane Society of
Grand Bahama has
announced that its next major
field spay and neuter clinic
will be held on April 14 to 18
in West End.
The drive will be held in
partnership with the Kohn
Foundation's Bahamian Ani-
mal Rescue Committee.
The clinic will be held at
the Burrows Investments
building on Queens Highway
(the back road). The goal is to
sterilise at least 250 dogs and
cats during the five days of
The surgeries will be free
to pet owners, and the clinic
will include an educational
"Thanks to the generosity
and concern of The West End
Foundation, this clinic is fully
funded and supported," said
the organizers in a statement.
The project, called BARC-
ANEW (Bahamian Animal
Rescue Committee Animal
Neutering Education and
Welfare) will encompass
between two and four simi-
lar clinics per year in various
locations on Grand Bahama
over the next three years.
"In 2007 BARC-ANEW
allowed us to sterilise 600 ani-
mals in addition to the 400
surgeries done by Grand
Bahama vets through our
ongoing voucher programme.
The mission is to reduce the
number of stray, roaming and
unwanted dogs and cats by
sterilising as many owned ani-
mals as possible," the organ-
isers said.
The project also includes
educational opportunities and
initiatives to promote respon-
sible pet ownership and com-
passion for all animals.

"An impressive team has
volunteered once again.
HSGB board member and
local veterinarian Dr Owen
Hanna is providing local sup-
port, consultation and assis-
tance to the U S veterinari-
ans and veterinary technicians
and assistants who have gra-
ciously agreed to donate a
week of their time and exper-
tise to help alleviate the seri-
ous pet over-population prob-
lem on Grand Bahama," said
the organizers' statement.
"We welcome back again
Dr Robin Brennen, of New
York City, chief veterinari-
an for this project, and
founder of Pets Without
Vets, a non-profit organisa-
tion," it said.
HSGB managing director
Tip Burrows says "This clin-
ic will take us one step closer
to realising our dream of a
Grand Bahama with no
roaming, diseased, starving
dogs and cats and with more
responsible and concerned
pet owners."
She encouraged residents
to contact the Humane Soci-
ety to make appointments for
pets to receive free sterilisa-
tion during the West End
BARC-ANEW spay/neuter
The HSGB can make
arrangements to pick them
up and bring them home
again if necessary.
MS Burrows said volun-
teers are still needed to assist
in many areas, and that
school administrators, teach-
ers, civic groups and inter-
ested individuals are wel-
come to contact HSGB and
make arrangements to visit
the clinic for educational

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Fleming wants to

put $1 billion in GB

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Rob Millard,
director of international business
at Global Fulfillment Service Ltd
in Freeport, said that Grand
Bahama needs a modern and
diverse economy that is not
reliant on tourism.
Mr Millard, who is the consul-
tant here on Grand Bahama for
Fleming, said that Grand
Bahama has enormous potential.
He said that Roddie Fleming is
talking with new business.part-
ners about putting $1 billion into
"I think Grand Bahamehas "
similarities to Dubaih I don't
think many people realise just
how much it's got in common
with Dubai," he said.
Mr Millard was speaking to

the Rotary Club of Lucaya.
He said that Global Fulfill-
ment is in the process of con-
ducting specialist studies that
involve an economic impact
assessment, a manpower assess-
ment, and public consultation to
develop a new strategy for
Freeport that can be discussed
with the government.
He pointed out that Fleming is
interested in bringing a brand
new oil refinery that refines "21st.
century ultra-low sulfur fuel",
and LNG terminal, a retail mall,
a hotel and residential develop-
* Fleming is interested in acquir-
mg 100 per cent of the shares in
the Crand Bahama Port Author-
'il, and hW flTready signed an
agreement in principle with Sir
Jack Hayward's trustee to
acquire its 50 per cent stake.
Hutchison is also interested in
acquiring the Port Authority. It is

Sunday School: 10am FUNDAMENTAL' .
Preaching 11am & 7:30pm EVANGELISTIC
Radio Bible Hour:
Pastor:H. Mills
Sunday 6pmr ZNS 2 Pastor:H. Mills
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622 I

S Worship Time: 11a.m. & 7p.m. -
Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m. '
Church School during Worship Service

Place: Twynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive
Special Event
Spring Tea
April 26, 4-6p.m.

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587


Grounded In T
t Geared To Th

Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm
The Madeira Shopping
(Next door to CIBC)

'he Past &
te Future


Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles

also a 50 per cent partner with
the Port Authority in Grand
Bahama Development Compa-
ny, the Freeport Harbour Com-
pany and the Grand Bahama
Airport Company.'
Mr Millard said Hutchison
Whampoa has $1 billion in the
ground in Freeport and is one of
the key reasons why Grand
Bahama is so unique.
He said that Roddie Fleming's
strategy must be neutral to
Hutchison Whampoa.
"Fleming is talking together
with new business partners of
putting out billionn into this
place. Can he do it? I guess so, he
would have been able to fund
Hutchison's entire capital expen-
diture programme in 2006. The
entire capital programme he
could have personally funded
from his personal cheque book
and have change.
"He has been talking about a
billion dollars and that includes
what he has to pay to buy shares
from current shareholders. If he
does not secure the whole share-
holding it may change. His
assumption, (is that) if he owns
the whole PA, it would be a bil-
lion dollars which is of seed'cap-
ital. But that is not the only mon-
ey that will go in it that money

will encourage other money to
follow it in."
Mr Millard noted that Hutchi-
son has said that it has no "burn-
ing desire" to run the port and
that its main object is to protect
its interest in Grand Bahama.
He noted that Fleming wants
to diversify the economy so that
is not reliant on tourism by
developing and attracting a solid
component of knowledge indus-
tries that are globally competi-
Mr Millard said Grand
Bahama enjoys a wonderful geo-
graphic location, a fantastic deep
water port thanks to Hutchison,
and a tax-free jurisdiction which
makes it very unique in the
Western Hemisphere.
He noted that the infrastruc-
ture and the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement are also advantages
that other countries do not have.
"Grand Bahama has opportu-
nities that nowhere else on earth
has got," he said.
He said Fleming is interested
in developing a skills training
"We got people employed as
maids, gardeners, job workers,
and there should be lawyers,
clerks, entrepreneurs and
accountants," he said.


Morning Worship Service .......
Sunday School for all ages..
Adult Education ....................
Worship Service .....................
Spanish Service ....................
Evening Worship Service........

8.30 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
9.45 a.m.
11.00 a.m.
8.00 a.m.
6,30 p.m.

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

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


Assembly Of God

Te:32-34 Fx 2-49.P..Bx:N16

11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Speaker

,. Bible Clas: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:4A5 s
( Community Oubtreach: 11.30 an.m. Evening Serce: 7.00 p.
SMidweek Service 70 p.m. (Wdnesday)
Sisters' Prayer Meeting:1000 m.m (2nd Thursday o each month)


Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

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

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Weather experts from US, Canada and

Caribbean descend on Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT About 100
meteorologists from the
Caribbean, United States, and
Canada, are in Grand Bahama
for the 12th annual Bahamas
Weather Conference, where the
latest hurricane forecast pre-
dictions were released for 2008.
Dr William Gray, Professor
Emeritus at the Department of
Atmospheric Science at Col-
orado State University, predicts
that there will be more hurri-
canes than earlier predictions
Dr Gray and his colleague
Phil Klotbach updated their
previous 2008 seasonal hurri-
cane forecast for the Atlantic
He said: "Our first forecast
was in early December last year
when we called for an above
average year, and now today,

THE morning show
Bahamas@Sunrise has taken
to the World Wide Web with
the launch of its new official
web site.
"The site is designed to pro-
vide fans and newcomers alike
with a wealth of information
on the major topics discussed
during the live airing of the
show," said Bahamas@Sun-
rise in a statement., .
The unveiling of the web
site. took place on the March
31 broadcast of
Bahamas@Sunrise, featuring
an interview with Joan
Albury, both executive pro-
ducer of the show and presi-
dent of The Counsellors, Ltd.
Expressing her pleasure at
being a part of the site's offi-
cial inception, Mrs Albury said
she hoped that the venture
would prove to be "an innov-
ative and ground-breaking
achievement that will evolve
into a dynamic wealth of infor-
mation that is easily accessi-
ble to every Bahamian".
Web surfers are welcomed
to the front page of the site
by the smiling faces of the
well-known hosts Romauld

Ferreira and Tisca Pratt-Arm-
"Visitors will discover a
home page splashed with pho-
tos and captions highlighting
new articles and features to
be found within. Enhancing
the opening page are links to
various sections of the site cat-
egorised according to show
topics. These sections contain
articles on guests who have
appeared on the show, and
also give brief synopses on the
issues and points that had
been discussed," the statement
said. I
It said that immediately fol-
lowing the announcement of
the web site, e-mails began to
"pour in" from viewers excit-
ed at the prospect of being
Dwight Strachan, show pro-
ducer and the "brain" behind
the Bahamas@Sunrise web-
site project, said he is
impressed with the positive
feedback he and The Coun-
sellors team have received.
He also pointed out that
more features will be added
gradually as time goes on, in
order to keep the site fresh

April 9, we up the number," he
said in an interview with theba-
Dr Gray has been studying
hurricanes for 50 years.
"We are in this new era for
major storms that's the Saf-
ford Simpson Category Three,
Four, and Five storms, the ones
that have maximum sustained
winds of 150 mph or more," he
said. According to Dr Gray,
there have been 49 of these
major storms since 1995 which
averages just under four storms
per year.
He compared this to the pre-
vious 25 years from 1974 to
1994, there was only an aver-
age of 1.6 storms per year.
"So we are in this new era for
storms more like what we had
in the early 40s and early 60s,
where there are these periods
where you get more storms and
periods of 30 to 35 years when
you get fewer ones. And so we
come out of this period when

we had a great reduction of
storms and now we have a lot.
"People say it might be due
to global warming, but we don't
think so. The main thing that
cause the Atlantic
Basin, the Caribbean and the
Bahamas to be hit is the
Atlantic Ocean circulation-that
tends to flow fasterfor 30 to 35
years, and slower for 30 to 35
years, and back and forth, and
when it flows faster we tend to
get more major hurricanes," he
said. The Weather Conference
is being held at the Westin at
Our Lucaya Resort through
Sunday, April 13. Many fore-
casters, TV weather persons,
emergency managers and gov-
ernment officials are attending.
Dr Max Mayfield, former
director of the National Hurri-
cane Centre, was also in atten-
dance and gave an overview of
the conference. Minister of
Tourism Neko Grant delivered
the keynote address.

WideWeb. JoanA (right)ndso tAr

and innovative. "We're really
excited about bringing in a
whole new medium for our
fans and avid viewers," Mr
Strachan said.
"It's been tough getting
everything just right for the
launch, but I am happy with
the finished product and look
forward to improving it even
more as time goes by."
Site visitors are encouraged
to take a look at the photo
gallery featuring shots of
guests and crew members
alike. The gallery presently
includes snapshots of celebri-
ties such as movie star Antho-
ny Anderson (Romeo Must
Die, Two Can Play That
Game) and local musical
artists Stileet and K B.
Other notable features
include a weekly poll, a com-
ments section for opinions on
the show and website and a
soon-to-be introduced
"writer's corner" where per-
sons will be invited to share
their talents and have a chance
to be featured as a contribu-

108 Montrose Avenue
P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@Kbatelnetbs
THROUGHOUT THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist witness
for Christ in The Bahamas"
APRIL 13, 2008.

COLLECT: Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to
be the good shepherd, and in his love for us to lay down his life
and rise again: keep us always under his protection, and give us
grace to follow in his steps; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kenneth Huggins
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton

6:30 p.m. Western Zone
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr./ Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Sis. Patrice Strachan
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field
9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
Trail Rd)
5:15 p.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Rhodes Prayer Band
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 LWd' Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns of
Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.; "Family
Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; "To God be the Glory" ZNS
1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.

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Pastors of Prayer 5th Anniversary Service

Monday 14th April 2008 @ 7:30pm

Englerston Gospel Chapel

Watlins Street, Cordeveaux Avenue

Under the Theme

"Pastors Fighting for the Faith"

Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:10 18

Speakers: Pastor Joseph Knowles
Mr. Theo's Baptist Church

Pastor Roscoe Rolle
SDivine Praise Baptist Church

Pastor George Turner
Church of God Smiths Hill Andros
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Pastor Franklyn Lightbourne
Revival Faith Mission Church


Leaders in food distribution for retail and club packs are accepting applications for the

position of:


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have a firm understanding of Produce Purchasing, Standard Operating
Procedures and Merchandising. Must have past success in managing
loss and damage. Possessing excellent communication skills with proven
ability to build teams. Proficiency in Excel & Word programs is required
with a minimum of 3 years experience in Produce Management

We offer Great Benefits:
Growth & Advancement within the organization
A salary that will commensurate with experience
Group Medical & Pension Plans
Employee Discounts
Profit Sharing
A Supportive team environment

Interested persons should send their resumes to
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(1) Projects Manager. This position reports to the Vice President of Development
The successful candidate will be required to provide technical support and
guidance in the areas of super-structural and infrastructural developments and
rehabilitation works as necessary; perform condition survey on Company buildings
and infrastructure (including roadways) throughout the Lucaya areas when
required; plan, implement, and manage civil engineering capital works projects
undertaken by the Company.
BSc. in Building, Structural or Civil Engineering Postgraduate studies a
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* Minimum of three (3) years relevant supervisory experience
* Professional registration a plus
. Sound knowledge in road design and rehabilitation.
* Sound knowledge of construction techniques and safety parameters.
* Sound knowledge of engineering design techniques and the governing code
required in achieving internationally accepted standards.
Working knowledge of Contract Law.
Sound knowledge of established construction practices and related statutory
Sound knowledge of Contract Administration.
Competence in the application of project management techniques
Good coordinating skills.
Good human relations skills.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Computer literacy as evidenced by full working knowledge of Microsoft
Word, Excel, Auto Cad and Microsoft Projects.

Resum6s with supporting documentation should be submitted to:
The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Email: personnel@gbpa.com
On or before April 28, 2008.









Harbour Island

power failures

FROM page one

from intermittent power failures despite pledges by the government
and BEC to address the island's electricity issues. '
Power outages have been a sore point on the island for a few
weeks after residents complained that frequent power failures
affected the island's economy, drove away tourists, and damaged
household appliances. Last week, at a heated town meeting, Mr
Basden, along with Minister of State for Utilities Phenton Neymour
and others, met with Brilanders to assure them their plight was
being heard and promised a new power facility would be built.
However, many on the three and a half mile long island are not
convinced by these promises, including business owner and Harbour
Island native Martin Lee Grant who claimed his electricity was
turned off three times on Wednesday for hours at a time.
"All week we've been having outages. We thought they were
coming to bring us some relief (but) they came here and talked to
us like we were little children, promising this would be done and
that would be done but there is no relief," he said.
"It's a shame to see Harbour Island going in the direction it is. It
is like none of the (successive governments) care. The Brilanders
are outraged. Nobody was satisfied with (last week's) town meet-
ing it was just a political trip."
Mr Grant also claimed BEC employees arrived on the island on
Thursday to carry out "mass disconnection" without issuing advance
notice to Brilanders.
Mr Basden acknowledged BEC's power issues on the island
and said the corporation is "actively addressing" these concerns.
Asked if the corporation carried out a "mass disconnection" on
Thursday, Mr Basden said a team was dispatched to mainland
Eleuthera and Harbour Island to disconnect delinquent accounts.
The disconnections were not related to maintenance issues.
"The Corporation is addressing a number of things in reference
to Eleuthera. It's possible that we may have employees carrying out
disconnection procedures for non-payment of bills," Mr Basden
said, adding that whenever BEC performs disconnections for main-
tenance reasons the public is duly notified.
In respect to mounting frustration on Harbour Island, he said:
"We've heard the concerns from Harbour Island and we are active-
ly addressing (them)."
Last week BEC announced plans to construct a $25 million
facility which will provide an upgraded supply to Eleuthera and
Harbour Island. The government also intends to instal an additional
submarine cable and interim generator for the islands slated for
installation by summer 2008, Mr Basden said.

Police come under fire

FROM page one
ing a woman who had his bank card in her
possession and questioning another man who
was wanted in connection with the case, they
are "incredibly frustrated" that nothing more
has been achieved.
Stefan said he believes Bahamian police are
content to "let the file gather dust."
Yesterday, Chief Supt Hulan Hanna, who
was one of the officers active in calling for the
public to assist police in their investigations at
the time of Mr Cloutier's disappearance, said
he wished to assure the family that the RBPF's
probe "has not been discontinued and has not
been downgraded."
However, he explained that, with the passing
of time, it becomes harder for police to inves-
tigate the matter as memories fade. "This is
not an easy investigation. We've been talking to
any number of people including the family,
we've been following leads that we've had,
and at this point we're still unable to say with
any degree of clarity what has become of Mr
Cloutier," said the senior officer.
The Calgary Sun pointed to the fact that a
website posted by the RBPF asking for public
help has "withered on the vine" and two tip
lines "ring unanswered" as evidence that police
commitment to the case has waned.
"Police there do answer other phone lines,
but attempts to reach the officers in charge of
the case leads to multiple transferred calls, and
apparent confusion over who is investigating,"
said the newspaper. The family further alleged

Caught in the act

FROM page one

the "quiet" area. The tenant
who lives in Mrs Nottage's
efficiency was not home dur-
ing the break-in.
Photographer Franklyn Fer-
guson was on the scene and
produced a full portfolio of
pictures as police moved in.

Judge okays publication of Anna Nicole Smith book

FROM page one

Corona Books. However, a
judge this week ruled that Ms
Gibson was entitled to publish
the book. The former Play-
mate's ex-boyfriends, Larry
Birkhead and Howard K Stem,
have both threatened to sue

over allegations made in the
book. Publisher Ms Gibson,
who has served prison time for
running a prostitution ring, told
US reporters that the ruling has
"somewhat restored" her faith
in the judicial system.
According to the authors,
"Anna Nicole Smith A Por-
trait of an Icon" was written to

show that the former reality star
was a "not-so-dumb blonde",
but rather a smart and shrewd
Authors Atteu and Simpson,
who claim to have been Ms
Smith's best friends, said the
book's goal is to memorialise
and celebrate Ms Smith's life.

Lawyer defends Rubie Nottage

FROM page one

some third country, under an
alias, in hiding," she said.
Mrs Misiewicz said that in the
18 years since her indictment
was presented in a US court,
Mrs Nottage has maintained a
prestigious position as general
counsel to the board of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, in addi-
tion to several other visible civic
and religious duties.
"In these circumstances, the
application of the term 'fugi-
tive' to Mrs Nottage is simply
preposterous. It has been said
that her taking up the post
would be an insult, but the real
insult to the Bahamian people is
to attempt to make it appear
that Mrs Nottage is a criminal
fugitive," she said.
Mrs Misiewicz also expressed
concern about the United
States' reaction to Mrs Not-
tage's appointment.
Earlier this week, US Ambas-
sador to the Bahamas Ned
Siegel told the Bahamian media
that he did not know what his
country's response would be in
this situation until Mrs Nottage
is sworn in.

The former magistrate
claimed the fact that US author-
ities admit that this matter has
been pending in their system
for almost two decades without
any obvious attempt to bring a
case to trial suggests "a great
embarrassment" to their legal
system. Mrs Misiewicz pointed
out that it is not the obligation
or role of a defendant to see
that a case against him or her is
brought to trial. The onus of
bringing a defendant to trial is
solely on the prosecution in
this case the US government
and courts.
"As a citizen of a sovereign
nation bearing no resemblance
to an 'island backwater' as the
editorial of April 8 suggested -
I would decline to bow at the
altar of the United States and
kowtow to what Uncle Sam
desires or approves," she said.
Mrs Misiewicz said she fully
supports the decision of the
Judicial and Legal Services
Committee's to appoint Mrs
Nottage as a Supreme Court
judge and encourages that body
to stand firm.
As it concerns statements by
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest that he

would be in favour of a more
transparent process in appoint-
ing judges, Mrs Misiewicz said
she hopes he will have had an
opportunity to review the mat-
ter and come out to strongly
support the decision of the com-
mittee. Mrs Nottage was men-
tioned in the 1984 Commission
of Inquiry into drug-trafficking
in the Bahamas.
That inquiry said she "knew
or should have known who was
the principal beneficial share-
holder for whom she
was acting" when she operated
several companies in the 1980s.
Those companies were owned
by Salvatore Michael Caruana -
a New England organised crime
figure and drug-trafficker and
were involved in money-laun-
dering in the Bahamas. Her hus-
band, Kendal, resigned from the
Cabinet after the commission...--
According to the US Attor-
ney's Office in Boston,Mris Not-
ge .l as five criminal charges
p -dinggainst-her in the Unit-
ed Sates.
The charges against her, filed
in March 1989, include con-
spiracy to defraud the US (IRS)
and conspiracy to engage in

in the report that a private investigator hired
and sent down to the Bahamas was "basically
kicked out" by the RBPF.
Responding to that allegation, Chief Supt
Hanna said that if the family or investigator
"felt aggrieved by any person" on the force
then an official complaint should be made so
that it can be followed up by the complaints
and corruption unit. In contrast to the hostile
response which the family suggested their
investigator met when he approached the force,
Mr Hanna said that the RBPF "would wel-
come anyone who can help with clearing up this
matter because it's on our books and we need
to bring closure to it as well."
A friend of of Mr Cloutier's in Canada,
Dylan Murray, said that a lack of closure is
the hardest part of the" ordeal for Darrell's
nearest and dearest. "I feel horrible for his
family it must be excruciating," he told the
paper. Meanwhile, Jason Kinsale, a Canadian
who worked with Darrell, said he is angry that
his "killer remains free" and added that the
"apparent lack of a serious police investiga-
tion is the hardest part to accept."
"The people who comni: ted this crime need
to be charged someone is out there who has
gotten away with this," he said.
Chief Supt Hanna yesterday appealed again
to the public to'come forward if they have any
information relating to Mr Cloutier's disap-
pearance. "We continue to talk to people.
We've spoken to some people more than once,
we continue to try to see if we can find new
leads, new avenues that can help us," he said.

Business owner is indicted

FROM page one
General Alice S Fisher and US
Attorney for the Eastern Dis-
trict of Virginia Chuck Rosen-
berg announced. The indict-
ment stems from Okun's
alleged scheme to defraud and
obtain millions of dollars in-
client funds held by The 1031
Tax Group, LLP, (1031TG) a
qualified intermediary company
owned by Okun.
On March 17, 2008, a federal
grand jury in Richmond, Vir-
ginia, returned a three-count
indictment charging Okun with
one count of mail fraud, one
count of bulk cash smuggling,
one count of false statements
and forfeiture.
According to the indictment,
from August, 2005, through
April, 2007, Okun used 1031TG
and its subsidiaries, all owned
by Okun, in a scheme to
defraud clients of millions of
dollars through false pretenses.
Section 1031 of the Internal
Revenue Code allows invest-
ment property owners to defer
the capital gains tax that would
otherwise be due on properties
sold, dependent on the use of
the proceeds to purchase new
property in a specified time
To facilitate thi(exchange,
investment property owners

deposit the proceeds of sales
with qualified intermediaries
and sign exchange agreements
which include various promis-
es by the qualified intermedi-
aries to clients regarding the
safekeeping and use of
exchange funds.
Specifically, the indictment
alleges that 1031TG obtained
funds by promising clients that
their money would be used sole-
ly to effect 1031 exchange as
outlined in the exchange agree-
ments. After making such
promises, Okun allegedly mis-
appropriated around $132 mil-
lion in client funds, to support
his lavish lifestyle, pay operating
expenses for his various com-
panies, invest in commercial
real estate, and buy additional
qualified intermediary compa-
nies to obtain access to addi-
tional client&fguds.
If convicted of all the charges
in the indictment, Okun will
face a maximum of 30 years in
prison and fines. This case is
being prosecuted by the Assis-
tant US Attorney for the East-
ern District of Virginia Michael
S. Dry and trial attorney Jen-
nifer R Taylor of the Criminal
Division's Fraud Section. This
continuing investigation is being
conducted by the US Postal
Inspection Service, Internal
Revenue Service, and FBI.

The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following


Performs a wide range of janitorial duties throughout the Embassy.
Works alone, or as a part of a group, under the Facilities Manage-
ment Supervisor. Assist with other trades as required

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

Completion of elementary and secondary schools is required
At least one year expereince in the janitorial field is required


Must have basic knowledge of janitorial field and of products
used in the cleaning of buildings
Must have the ability to use all machinery and tools connected
with the job function.
Must have a friendly, pleasant personality

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

Application forms are available from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday
through Friday at the security area of The American Embassy, Queen
Street. Completed applications should be returned to the United States
Embassy: addressed to the Human Resources Office no later than,
April 21,2008


Abaco Markets Limited, a leading food distribution company with five retail and
club outlets is accepting applications for:


The Job
To grow the retail business through purchases that anticipates and provides
unlimited options to meet consumer demands. The candidate must have a
firm understanding of market trends, with a clear understanding of logistics
along with the ability to establish and maintain effective vendor relationships.

Minimum of 3 years experience, proficient in Word & Excel suites, Excellent
Oral and Written skills is a must. Marketing experience will be considered a plus.

We offer Great Benefits:
Growth & Advancement within the organization
A salary that will commensurate with experience
Group Medical & Pension Plans
Employee Discounts
Profit Sharing
A Supportive team environment

Interested persons should send their resumes to:
---_________________., ____

Talk show

FROM page one

is looking to bring back the talk
show Immediate Response or
something similar," he said.
"I know something is in the
developmental stages, and I do
know a number of talents are
being looked at with a view to
them becoming the host of the
talk show. I'm not able to say
anything more than that at this
stage unfortunately in terms of
who that talent will likely be."
Rumours about the show's
future hit the airwaves yester-
day on Issues of the Day on
Love 97 as callers speculated
that popular radio talk show
host Krissy Love was set to be
the next host of the re-launched
ZNS talk show. Immediate
Response was controversially
cancelled shortly after the elec-
tion. At the FNM's victory rally
on May 5, 2007, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham made the
famous remarks that signalled
the end of the career of Steve
McKinney the last host of the
show and Philippa Russell as
talk show hosts at ZNS.,
"All day Thursday they per-
mitted their lackeys to gather
all over the country to stir up
trouble among the people and
to tell their supporters they had
won the election.
"They (also) had a radio talk
show host, who I assume you
heard for the last time last
week. I assume that she and
Steve McKinney will find their
own ZNS," said.the prime min-
ister. Mr Ingraham was imme-
diately criticised for victimising
the two media personalities by
the new opposition PLP.
"Just hours after taking the
oath of office, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham went against
his word to civil servants, saying
he would not victimise hard-
working civil servants.
"Hubert Ingraham also
turned his angry attack on the
staff of the Broadcasting Cor-
poration of the Bahamas, telling
his supporters that 'You have
heard from them for the last
time'," said the PLP at the time.
Krissy Love, whose name is
Christina Thompson, is the pop-
ular co-host of morning talk
show The Morning Boil on
Island FM, along with Eddie
Carter. A source close to the
issue told The Tribune yester-
day that there are three other
people in the running for the
job. However, when asked
specifically if Ms Thompson was
on the list, the source did not
explicitly rule her out. When
contacted yesterday, Ms
Thompson said she had no com-
ment on the rumours.
Immediate Response was the
only national talk show in the
country. The radio signals of
other private stations, despite
their claims, do not reach the
entire country from Abaco to



Clownish Tory

threatens Ken's

hold on London

mayor's office

transport and hi
* By GREGORY KATZ cies. But some p
LONDON benefiting from
the May 1 vote r
Boris vs. Red Ken. "Boris may w
For Londoners these days, it's the greatest work very hard
show on earth, a clash between two heavyweight colm Duff-Millh
individualists battling to be their mayor, accord- ered to hear Jol
ing to the Associated Press. Club last week.
Ken Livingstone, the incumbent, is an old and I think he's
socialist who is fond of Fidel Castro, thinks sons he gets in tr
George W. Bush is the biggest threat to the believes. But his
world, and raises great crested newts in his free Ken has been al
time. worse and worse
His challenger, Boris Johnson, is a shaggy- Adding to the
haired, party-loving Tory, a product of Britain's Brian Paddick,
most snobbish schools, famous for his gaffes, mer police comic
his wit ... and for being famous. pop giant Elton
For all the eccentricities and entertainment chance, but his
value, the vote has national implications in the draws attention.
struggle between Prime Minister Gordon Class conflict
Brown, whose Labour Party government seems sionally nasty ca
to be losing momentum after 11 years in power, Livingstone p:
and David Cameron, the up-and-coming Con- people while rui
servative Party leader, for whom a Johnson vic- have allowed Le
tory would give the Conservatives a valuable capital. Johnson
power base in London. vative weekly SE
Livingstone, 62, had initially been expected to Parliament, pick
cruise to re-election on the back of his leadership elite boarding sc
after the 2005 terror attacks on London public sity. "The data s

s environmentally friendly poli-
olls put Johnson, 43, in the lead,
voter fatigue with Livingstone as
well win, though we'll have to
to make it happen," said Mal-
er, one of 30 supporters gath-
hnson at Ealing's Conservative
. "He's intelligent, he's funny
truthful. That's one of the rea-
ouble he always says what he
s heart is in the right place, and
abysmal. His egotism has gotten
e. It's time he went."
e spice is third-party candidate,
an articulate, openly gay for-
mander whose backers include
n John. Polls show he has no
focus on crime and policing'
is a key feature of the occa-
resents himself as a man of the
inig pro-business policies that
ondon to flourish as a financial
, a former editor of the conser-
pectator and now a member of
:ed up his upper class accent at
;hool Eton and Oxford Univer-
;hows the minority ethnic com-

munity is more likely to be Ken supporters, so
inner London is very much for Ken and outer
London is very much Boris territory," said Mar-
tin Boon, a spokesman for the ICM polling
company that has gauged voter sentiment in
recent weeks. Both candidates have made mem-
orable and career-imperiling gaffes.
In a 2002 article in The Daily Telegraph,
Johnson referred to Africans as piccaninniess"
(he apologized); he once offended Liverpudlians
by saying they were wallowing in "victim status"
after one of their own was taken hostage and
killed in Iraq (he apologized), and he described
the people of Papua New Guinea as cannibals
and chief killers (he was sorry about that, too).
One of his biggest challenges, analysts say, is
convincing voters who know him as a frequent
guest on TV comedy shows that he would make
a serious mayor for a city of 7.4 million people
that is a world financial center and the host of
the 2012 Olympics.
Livingstone, a throwback to the heady days of
the late '60s when revolution was in the air and
on the airwaves, has welcomed Islamic extrem-
ists to London, and was suspended from his
post for a month after comparing a Jewish
reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
When the U.S. ambassador claimed diplomatic
immunity from having to pay a "congestion
charge" on cars entering central London, Liv-

ingstone called him a "chiseling little crook."
There's sex too.
Livingstone recently acknowledged fathering
three children with two women in addition to the
two children he has with his longtime partner.
Johnson, a father of four who has made fun of
his own marital infidelities, has declined to crit-
icize the incumbent.
"The mayor's private life is his private life,"
Johnson told the Associated Press. "I want to
concentrate on the issues that matter to Lon-
Johnson is focusing his campaign on Lon-
don's outer boroughs, where many affluent vot-
ers who own cars resent the $16 daily congestion
charge. Mindful perhaps that London conserv-
atives are stereotyped as rich white English
males, he has spoken mangled ancient Greek to
Greek voters (he learned it in school) and told
Muslims that his great-grandfather studied the
Quran (Johnson has Turkish roots). And in
leafy west London, he assures voters that he
will protect their precious gardens.
Even Livingstone's critics praise his work in
the tense hours and days after the 2005 terrorist
attacks, but he has recently been hurt by crony-
ism allegations related to funds handled by the
London Development Agency, a branch of the
mayor's office devoted to developing business
opportunities and infrastructure.


Zimbabwean police ban political rallies as crisis deepens

HARARE, Zimbabwe

Police banned all political
rallies Friday as the southern
African nation's political crisis
deepened nearly two weeks
after a presidential election
that produced no official win-
Opposition leader Morgan

Tsvangirai says he won the
vote outright and has been
traveling- the -regi, to& try to
persuade neighboring leaders
to pressure Preqflcent Robert
Mugabe to step down. South-
ern Africa's leaders are to
meet in Zambia on Saturday
to discuss the crisis.
Zimbabwean police
announced Friday that all

political rallies were canceled,
according to state radio. No
explanation for the ban was
given. The opposition has
accused security forces and
ruling party militants of engag-
ing in a wave of violence
against perceived opponents
since the vote and of clamping
down on the opposition.
Opposition spokesman Nel-
son Chamisa said the Move-
ment for Democratic Change
party had planned a rally for
"You can't be a political
organization and not hold a
rally, that is what makes us
who we are, how we commu-
nicate with our supporters,"
he said, adding that they had
not decided whether to go
ahead with the rally.
"We cannot accept a decla-
ration of a police state.
"People have just voted for
change, for democracy and
what do they get? This is
unacceptable. This is ridicu-
lous," he said.
Official results from the
March 29 election have yet to
be released. Independent
observer tallies suggest
Mugabe, the nation's ruler for
the past 28 years, lost the vote,
but that a runoff would be
necessary because no candi-

date won the majority needed
for outright victory. The High
Court was to rule Monday on
an opposition request
demanding the release of the
results. The electoral commis-
sion said in a statement Fri-
day that it will not comment
on the status of the results
until the court rules.
Tsvangirai met with South
African President Thabo
Mbeki on Thursday to press
his case, opposition
spokesman Nqobizitha Mlilo
"The meeting went well,"
Mlilo said. "We're cWuliously
optimistic about the out-
come." Mbeki's spokesmen
could not be reached for com-
The opposition party accus-
es Mugabe of delaying the
results to orchestrate a runoff
and give ruling party militants
time to intimidate voters and
ensure he wins a second
Information Minister
Sikhanyiso Ndlovu insisted
Mugabe was not preventing
the results from being
The ruling party and
Mugabe "are also eagerly
waiting for the (election com-
mission) to complete its ballot

"You can't be
a political
and not hold a
rally, that is
what makes us
who we are,
how we
with our

Nelson Chamisa

votes verification freely with-
out any interference and with-
out pressure not to release the
results," he said in a state-
ment, according to the state-
run Herald newspaper.
Mbeki has been the chief
regional mediator in Zimbab-
we's economic and political
crisis, and other African lead-
ers have deferred to his strat-
egy of "quiet diplomacy." But
that strategy has been criti-

cized by some in the region
and the West. Zambian Pres-
ident Levy Mwanawasa, the
only southern African leader
to publicly criticize Mugabe's
policies, called an emergency
summit of regional leaders for
Saturday to discuss the crisis.
Zimbabwe's Deputy Infor-
mation Minister Bright
Matonga had earlier con-
firmed Mugabe would attend
the summit. Media reports
Friday afternoon said Mugabe
had changed his mind,
But Matonga said no firm
decision had been made on
whether Mugabe would
accept the invitation, saying
"the request is now being con-
Mlilo said Tsvangirai
received a direct invitation to
the meeting and that he would
be a full participant in the
summit, claiming the election
outcome meant the opposi-
tion leader was now a "head
of state."
Mugabe has traditionally
enjoyed the support of other
African leaders, using past
meetings of the Southern
African Development Com-
munity as platforms to
denounce his opposition and
Western leaders he accuses of
plotting to topple him.


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

for the late


Gerald T.L.
T.D., 91

of the Eastern Road,
Nassau, The
A Bahamas, and
formerly of Bird
Cay, Berry Islands, who died at Doctor's
Hospital, Nassau on Saturday, 29th
March, 2008, will be held at St. Anne's
Church, Fox Hill Road, Nassau on
Monday, 14th April, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.

Archdeacon Keith Cartwright will
officiate and interment will be in the
Church cemetery.

Major Leonard is survived by his wife,
Maureen; his son, Carey Leonard; his
daughter, Keren Ramsay; grandchildren,
Christopher and Marlena Leonard and
Kia and Alex Ramsay; his sister, Patricia
Francis; nephew, Craig Francis and
son, James; niece, Kim Aranha and
sons, Paul and Scott.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to The Bahamas Humane Society,
P.O.Box N.242, Nassau in Memory of
Major Gerald T. L. Leonard, T.D.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas.


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Chinese Ambassador presents credentials from left to right Copral Montgomery Brown; Chief of Protocol Andrew McKinney, BEM; Madame Xluling Xie; Dingxaing Hu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China;
Arthur D Hanna, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and Lady Beryl Hanna; Brent Symonette Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hyacinth Pratt secretary to the governor general and
Inspector Kirk Duglass, aid-de-camp.

Frederick Mitchell,
MP and former
Minister opf Foreign
Affairs; Ms Sheila
Carey, Permanent
Secretary of the
Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, His Excel-
lency Dingxian Hu
and Carl Bethell
Minister of Educa-

Members of
the Govern-
ment House
hold Ms
Sandra Cur-
ry, Ms Cyn-
thia McKen-
zie and NfS

DiE r. ofi u ISL4.JU Fergu~iUson beomest1U f~irst Bahaian prmesJIi[dent 5of WJ IMM

Contemporary African American Surgeons Dr Wright Lassiter III, Chief Executive Officer, Alamaeda Coun-
ty Medical Centre; Dr Rollington Ferguson, Dr Cornelius L Hopper retired neurologist from 1971 to 1979,
who served as vice- president of health affairs for the University of California Health Science Systems, one of
the largest in the United States of America.

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Bahamian becomes President Dr Rollington Freguson is a board certified cardiologist and internal medicine
specialist with a large private practice in Oakland, Califonia. He was elected president of Sinkler Miller Medical
Association last November and took office in January. He is the son of Cetia Darling-Ferguson, formerly of
Chester's, Acklins and the late David Ferguson of Delectable Bay, Acklins. Dr Ferguson is pictured here with fel-
low Bahamian Dr William Conrad Sweeting, retired urogyenecologist.
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