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 29, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
normalized irregular
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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man wanted in US

Shawn Saunders,

fighting extradition,

accused of reported

drive-by shooting

A MAN wanted for extradi-
tion to the United States as part
of an alleged cocaine smuggling
operation was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday,
charged with murder and con-
spiring to commit murder.
Shawn Saunders, 39, alias
Shawn .Bruey of Flamingo
Lane, appeared before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at Court
Eight, Bank Lane, charged with
the September, 2000, murder of
Timothy Janson Henfield and
conspiring to murder his broth-
er, Marvin Henfield.
It is alleged that Saunders

murdered Timothy Henfield on
Sunday, September 24, 2000.
Henfield, 18, was reportedly
gunned down in a drive-by
It is alleged that Saunders
conspired to murder Marvin
Henfield, 32, on Friday, Sep-
tember 1, 2000.
Court dockets state that
Saunders, being concerned with
another, agreed with a common
purpose to cause the death of
Marvin Henfield. Henfield's
body, which was reportedly
burnt beyond recognition, was
discovered last March in south-
SEE page 16

Dwight and Keva Major wait for
trial in Palm Beach County Jail
Tribune Staff Reporter
WAITING for their trial to start, Dwight and Keva Major will
remain incarcerated in Palm Beach County Jail at least for now.
The alleged drug conspirator couple had their second day in a
United States court yesterday as they appeared before Magistrate
Judge Linnea Johnson for their detention hearing.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday from his office in Florida,
the Majors' temporary counsel Troy Ferguson said it was stipulat-
ed that Dwight Major remain in pre-trial detention for now.
SEE page 16

head fails to
appear in court
A WARRANT of arrest
was issued yesterday for the
head of a local non-profit
organisation who failed to
appear in court on a drug
Police have charged Esau
Emmaneul McKenzie, 43, with
supplying dangerous drugs,
namely marijuana. The offence
is alleged to have been com-
mitted on Friday, April 18,
McKenzie was a 'no show' at
Court Eight, Bank Lane, yes-
terday morning and a warrant
was issued for his arrest.
McKenzie, head of Millar's
Creek Preservation Group, last
week claimed that police,
Defense Force and immigra-
tion officers used undue force
during an alleged raid at the
group's fund-raiser the previ-
ous weekend.
The Millar's Creek Preserva-
tion Group is alleging that
scores of unidentified officers,
some of whom wore masks,
invaded an event they had put
on for the Bahamian and Hait-
ian community at Millar's
Creek, which is off Bacardi
Road, on Saturday night.

POLICE ARE investigating
reports of thieves stealing
gas from vehicles' petrol
RISING gas prices are
being blamed for the latest
crime wave sweeping Nas-
sau theft of petrol from
Police are investigating
reports of thieves stealing gas
from the petrol tanks of vehi-
cles while they are parked.
Drivers parked across
from the Commonwealth
Bank in East Bay Street on
Thursday evening returned
to their cars to find the gas
tanks empty.
One man, whose car was
burgled, found thieves had
tried to pry the car gas tank
open, but did not succeed in
siphoning the petrol.
He said: "My gas tank was
open but the gas was still
there, just the stuff inside my
car was stolen.
"When the others came
back to their cars and were
trying to start them the gas
was just gone."
Criminals siphon petrol by
filtering a hosepipe into the
gas tank and sucking it out
with their mouth to enforce a
capillary rise.
One man who has stolen
petrol in this way told The
Tribune that, as a govern-
ment employee, he stole gas

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Sources claim an
immigration officer was arrested
by police on suspicion of bribery,
but was released yesterday.
It was claimed that the officer
was suspected of asking for and
receiving money for the release of
two Haitians. However, up until
press time yesterday, police were
silent on the issue.
According to reliable sources
who wished to remain anonymous,
the officer was taken into custody
last Thursday morning on Grand
When The Tribune made
inquiries yesterday, Asst Director
of Immigration James Rolle said
he could not comment and direct-
ed The Tribune to speak with
Chief Supt Basil Rahming, press
liaison officer, was unavailable for
comment and did not respond to a
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message left at his office yesterday.
The two Haitian men were said
to have been arrested on arrival
from New Providence last week at
the domestic section at Grand
Bahama International Airport.
It was claimed an officer
demanded $1,000 from the men for
their release, When they could not
produce the money, contact was
made to someone in New Provi-
dence to transfer the money to
Grand Bahama, the sources said.
They claimed the money was
sent by Western Union and picked
up by a third party, who allegedly
delivered the funds in exchange for
the release of the two Haitians on
April 24.
The sources said the officer was
in police custody since Thursday
and was released yesterday.
homes invaded
by poisonous
Tribune Staff Reporter

POISONOUS centipedes are
invading homes in a Nassau sub-
division, raising fears about health
and safety, it emerged yesterday.
Residents of Stevenson sub-
division, off Mackey Street, say
MISS HEIDI KEMP shows a the creatures some up to eight
reporter from The Tribune a cen- inches long are infesting their
tipede she caught in her home.
Tim Clarke/Tribune staff SEE page 16

Reflecting on govt's legislative

agenda after one year in office

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER one year in office, the
government's legislative agenda,
which has been more defined by
high-profile arguments with the
opposition rather than impactful
new laws, has been described as a
work in progress by some in the
FNM, and as unresponsive by oth-
ers in the PLP.
The May 2 election did not give
an overwhelming majority to the
FNM. The party received just
under 50 per cent of the popular
vote, winning 23 seats in the
House. The opposition, who won
just over 47 per cent of the vote,
gained 18 seats, a far fall from the
29 seats it held in the last House.

With such a narrow margin
between the two parties, both in
seats and in the popular vote, the
government has been unable to
lead an easy legislative agenda.
It has been forced to face an
opposition nearly equal in num-
bers, who have not willingly
accepted their role as no longer
being the government.
The government thus far has
spent most of its legislative time
debating the budget, the mid-term
budget review and a host of
spending bills from previous PLP
Instead of merely passing
spending bills in the subsequent
budget after the money has
already been borrowed and spent,
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Anti-porn campaign is

dubbed a 'political farce'

Wanted for questioning over armed
robbery, housebreaking claims

Marvin Keith Roberts
is wanted by the South-
eastern Detective Unit
for questioning in con-
nection with claims of
housebreaking and
armed robbery.
Roberts, 30, was said
to be of medium brown
complexion, five feet,
eight inches tall.
He was said to weigh
160 pounds and be of
slim build.
His last known
address was Malcolm
Road / Parker Street.
The police said that
Roberts is to be consid-
ered armed and danger-
Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts was
asked to call the police on: 919/911, 392-4333/4, the Police
Control Room at 322-3333, Crime Stoppers at 328-8477 or the
nearest police station.

Tribune Staff Reporter
A CHILDRENS activist has
hit out at the Minister of State
and Social Development for
pledging to protect children
from porn when there is no leg-
islation to protect them from
FNM Minister Loretta But-
ler-Turner said she was horri-
fied by the mobile phone videos
of school children having sex at
school to show the graphic
pornography to their peers.
In light of the videos, brought
to public attention by The Tri-
bune, Mrs Butler-Turner said
her department would orches-
trate a campaign to prevent chil-

to what is really going on in the
"It is more than likely these
children have been abused, or
their parents did not provide
the guidance they need. We see
them out there playing these
things, but they weren't born
that way, and whether they
were influenced by their family
or their peers, the relalityis-that
these things do exist."

Mr Duncombe is putting
pressure on the government to
put new legislation in place to
protect them from sexual abuse.
He said: "There is not only
not enough protection in school,
there is not enough protection
at home or in general. There is
only one way to protect chil-
dren and that is through legis-
lation and policies, and these
need to be enforced."
The 200 year old laws that
are currently in force determine
the maximum sentence for an
adult first time offender who
abuses a child is seven years in
Mr Duncombe insists that
laws need to be brought into
line with developed countries
by enforcing harsh sentences
for child sexual abuse, intro-

during a sex offenders register,
crime checks on all adults who
work with children, and an ear-
ly warning system for missing
children, as currently police will
not search for children until
they have been missing for 24
Mr Duncombe said: "These
politicians are talking rhetoric,
and while we do not have these
laws in the Bahamas, we have
no time for rhetoric.
"Since the FNM came to
office in May 2007, the number
of reported child abuse cases
has continued to escalate. With
an average of 520 reported cas-
es a year.
"Legislation written in
November 2006 has not yet
been brought into force, and
even that is not enough to pro-
tect them.
"This is not time to play pol-
itics, we are losing our children
and our children are getting
"Without these laws, people
are getting frustrated and they
are taking matters into their
own hands.
Minister for Health and
Social Services, Loretta Butler-
Turner, was unavailable for
comment yesterday, and her
under-secretary Alan Strachan,
failed to return calls from The
Tribune before press time.


Warning over possible loss of

foreign investment scrutiny
* By ALISON LOWE try." The Oxfam
Tribune Staff Reporter report said that
alowe@tribunemedia.net while foreign
investment can
THE Economic Partnership Agreement with be to the advan-
Europe could leave Caribbean countries without tage of a country,
the ability to make sure foreign investors operate in creating "decent
the best,interest of the local public. jobs", facilitating
A non-governmental organisation warned that if knowledge trans-
they formally sign onto the EPA in its current guise, fers and provid-
CARICOM states will lose many of their rights to ing "capital when
scrutinise and regulate projects coming into the it is scarce"
coimtry. ensuring such
Oxfam International scrutinised the deals ini- quality from for-
tialled by most CARICOM member states in eign investment "often requires the use of perfor-
December relating to the liberalisation of service mance requirements."
industries under the EPA and concluded that With this in mind, the NGO warns that if the
Caribbean governments "have given up many of deals proceed without adjustment "many govern-
their remaining rights to limit or screen foreign ments will no longer be able to limit the participa-
investment and to regulate investors once they estab- tion of foreign firms or apply performance require-
lish operations." ments, including requiring European companies to
"(The deals) tie the hands of ACP governments, .employ local personnel, or enter joint ventures."
forbidding them from using a variety of the trade and Thisis]iiust one of many reasons cited in their
investment measures that are needed to make open- report, entitled "Partnership or power play?" sup-
ness work to create decent jobs and livelihoods, porting the NGO's call for the EU and ACP states
And they give new rights to European investors at to renegotiate the "unfair" EPA agreements before
the cost of local businesses and public interest," they become legally binding, or else go on to put the
said the report. future development of the 76 ACP states at risk. The
The Bahamas was not among those states which study is highly critical of the deals currently on the
initialled this services element of the EPA at the end table, saying that while the EU's original stated
of 2007, having been granted, along with Haiti, a spe- intention was to "promote poverty reduction, sus-
cial concession by the European Commission (EC). tainable development and the gradual integration of
That concession means that the Bahamas now ACP countries into the world economy" the deals in
has until June to make its offer in terms of what their current form "not only fall short of this aim but
commitments it will make under the EPA in terms in some areas undermine it."
of liberalising investments and services. Oxfam claims that the deals that exist are the
Yesterday former minister of state for finance result of Europe having chosen "power politics over
James Smith said that the Bahamas is fortunate to be partnership" in its negotiations with the ACP coun-
in a position where it is among the last of the coun- tries. "Rather than development needs of ACP
tries to make its services offer, as it can learn from countries, the texts tend to reflect negotiating capac-
what is now being said about the deals already ini- ity and EU interests," said the report.
tialled by other countries. The.Tribune sought comment from minister for
"It gives us breathing room to make the necessary state for finance Zhivargo Laing on the issue yes-
adjustments," said Mr Smith. terday but as Mr Laing had yet to see a copy of the
He added: "If there are any possibilities of pitfalls report he said he would reserve comment until a lat-
now would be the time to scrutinise very closely er date. According to its website, Oxfam Interna-
what part of the economy they wish to liberalise... tional is a "confederation of 13 organizations work-
(the government) needs to be aware of what is being ing together with over 3,000 partners in more than
said about the agreement and be on the lookout 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty
for any possibility of adversely affecting the coun- and injustice."

dren from watching pornogra-
phy on television and the Inter-
net to stop them from mimick-
ing the reckless sexual behav-
However, the campaign has
been dubbed a political farce
by activist Clever Duncombe,
from the Bahamian Father's for
Children Everywhere cam-
paign, who has been pushing
for legislation to protect chil-
dren from sexual abuse and give
fathers the right to parent their
children for five "gruelling"
He said: "To say that these
children are just influenced by
television is turning a blind eye

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Grievous hat i
complaint /
Tribune Freeport
Bahama Police are investigat-
ing a grievous harm complaint
in which a 25-year-old man
reported being attacked by a
group of men at the Interna-
tional Bazaar.
According to Loretta Mack-
ey, assistant press liaison offi-
cer, police officers went to the
Rand Memorial Hospital after
receiving a call at around
3.48am on Sunday.
When officers arrived at the
hospital, they saw the victim,
who is a resident of Lucaya,
suffering from a wound to the
The man told police that he
was in the area of The Per-
fume Factory when a group
of men he recognized attacked
and beat him about the body.
He said one of the men was
armed with a shotgun and hit
him on the lower lip.
Ms Mackey said officers of
the Central Detective Unit are
conducted further investiga-
tions into the matter.

Arrest in


with firearm

POLICE arrested a 27-
year-old man in connection
with the discovery of a
firearm at the International
Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said offi-
cers were on patrol in the
area of La-kaye Barbershop
at about 2.55am.
After a conducting a
search, the officers seized a
P-11 calibre 9mm Luger pis-
tol along with one magazine*
containing eight live rounds
of ammunition.
The man who was taken
into custody is currently
helping police with their

Child injured

in accident

on Abaco
child who lost consciousness
after falling off the rear of a
pick-up truck in Abaco over
the weekend is listed in sta-
ble condition at a Nassau
At around 6pm on April
26, officers at the Marsh
Harbor Police Station
received information that an
accident had just occurred in
the area of The Mudd, in
which a child was injured.
According to initial
reports, Shitel Saintel, 32, of
Pigeon Pea, was driving a
white 1992 Chevy pick-up
truck when the eight-year-
old attempted to hop onto
the rear of the moving vehi-
Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said the
child lost his balance fell and
struck his head.
The victim was taken to
New Providence on Sunday
afternoon for medical atten-
tion and is listed in stable
condition at the Princess
Margaret Hospital. :
Investigations are continu-
ing into the accident

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IBahamas 'backward country'


THE Bahamas has been depict-
ed as a "backward country" as a
result of last week's court decision
to clear three men charged in con-
nection with the Paradise Island
toddler tragedy.
Readers of the London Daily
Mail and other British newspapers
hit back furiously when they heard
of the acquittal, urging potential
tourists to stay away from Nassau.
One said: "Vote with your feet
and avoid these backward, igno-
rant countries."
A Birmingham reader said:
"Brits should boycott The
Bahamas as a holiday destination
if neither safety and justice can be
properly guaranteed."
A Welsh woman added: "I
would never take my children

Tribune Staff Reporter
SUBWAY'S Madeira Street loca-
tion will remain closed until further
notice "to attend to the emotional
needs of its staff" following the
brazen daylight armed robbery in
which a customer was shot and
" killed.
The restaurant's management
issued a statement yesterday
expressing sympathy with the fami-
ly of the victim, Hubert Winters, 63.
The father of six was shot twice
while standing in line waiting to be
Said the statement: "The man-
agement and staff of Subway
Restaurant would like to extend its
deepest sympathy, prayers and con-
dolences to the bereaved family fol-
lowing Saturday's tragic event.
"While the investigation remains
ongoing we will continue to offer
our full and total support to the
police and will refrain from making
any further public statement at this
Customers and employees were
shocked when a gunman burst into
the restaurant, waving a sub-
machine gun and demanding cash.
An off-duty police officer having
lunch at the time attempted to dis-
arm the robber, and during the scuf-
fle two shots were fired hitting Win-
He died at the scene.
Police have reported a number
of recent incidents involving thieves
armed with machine guns who tar-
get low-security convenience stores
and restaurants during daylight
Chief Superintendent Glenn
Miller said while the suspect in Sat-
urday's shooting is still at large,
police are following some leads.
Mr Miller he did not want to
jeopardize the investigation by com-
menting further.
When asked if police think there
is a reason for the proliferation of
armed robberies perpetrated with
machine guns, he said: "We've seen
machine guns popping up sporadi-
cally over time. They are not easier
to get that might just be the
weapon they put their hands on."
Two weeks ago, downtown food-
store A Wong and Son was hit by a
machine gun carrying robber who
fired two shots at employees before
making off with an undetermined
amount of cash.
The gunman escaped on foot.
Yesterday store owner Eric

And a reader called George
from Luton said: "Having spent
some time in the Bahamas I can
vouch for the fact that it is a long
way from a tropical paradise."
Justice Elliot Lockhart direct-
ed the jury to acquit three defen-
dants on manslaughter charges
after hearing evidence and defence
submissions in the case. He said
there was insufficient evidence of
The British toddler, Paul Gal-
lagher Jnr., was fatally injured
when an out-of-control speedboat
careered up Cabbage Beach and
struck his pushchair during a tam-
ily holiday in 2002. His parents
battled for six years to get a hear-
ing before the Bahamas courts.

Wong said he has accepted that rob-
beries are part of the territory of
owning a small business, but added
that he has resisted employing an
armed security guard.
"My problem is I've always been
against (armed) security guards
especially for stores on Bay Street
because I don't think a customer
should have to walk around a pit
bull in the store and I am very
opposed to firearms because all you
do is encourage a shoot-out and I
don't want to risk the comfort of
staff and customers.
"What it boils down to is we've
sort of accepted that this is a part of
life in the country unless we get
some changes from the very top.
Unless the changes come from all
different directions we will see more
of the same".
Joe Mei, manager of Lucky's
Food Store on Market Street, thinks
stricter laws are needed to make
would-be thieves think twice.
His store was hit about three
weeks ago by two armed robbers,
one armed with a machine gun.
"Here it is that we are working
hard to try and offer the public
products at the lowest prices possi-
ble but when we get hit and hit
again it makes it much harder for us
to survive.
"The laws are not strict enough,
there's not enough punishment to
make people think twice about com-
mitting these crimes," he said.

Cynthia Pratt tight-lipped on successor 'choice'

* By

bune Staff Reporter

CYNTHIA Mother Pratt revealed yes- IE
terday that there is an individual who
she favors to follow in her footsteps as
MP for St Cecilia but she is keeping her ,
lips sealed for the moment.
Mrs Pratt said that while she does have
"her choice" of who she would most like
to see run in the next election on the
PLP ticket, she "is not really interested in
speaking about that at this point" because *
she is "not interested in causing any rift."
"The party decides who the next candidate will
be," said Mrs Pratt.
"Obviously people are trying to make something
out of nothing and I am not going to get involved in
that. What I will continue to do is to work hard to help
these people and make their lives better," she added.
"Mother" Pratt put to bed speculation that she
may stand for a fourth term in the St Cecilia con-
stituency in mid-February, during the last PLP con-

She made the announcement of her
intention not to offer herself in the next
election during her speech to the
party faithful on the opening night of the
PLP leader Perry Christie suggested at
that time that there would be party elec-
tions to determine a successor to chal-
lenge the seat for the party "soon".
Meanwhile, several potential con-
tenders have indicated their desire to
throw their hats into the ring, including
attorney and businessman Paul Moss,
who announced that he had officially
joined the party last year.
Mr Moss, so far the only person to have spoken
openly about his desire to run in Mrs Pratt's wake, has
said of his intentions: "I believe I will be successful.
"No doubt the party needs the kind of things that
persons like me can deliver. That is leadership, expe-
rience and wisdom to assist in the growth of this coun-
Meanwhile, businesswoman Paulette Zonicle has
also indicated an interest in representing the con-

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The case was widely reported
in the British press. And reaction
to the verdict was extremely hos-
tile, countering expensive promo-
tional efforts to generate more
Bahamas tourism business from
the UK and Europe.
The Gallaghers invested their
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The disturbing rise of daylight crime

THE killing of an innocent bystander dur-
ing a robbery in a Nassau restaurant over
the weekend will remind Bahamians once
again that, contrary to the complacent views
of some politicians, crime in The Bahamas is
not confined to drug dealers and jailbirds.
The lunchtime shooting of taxi-driver and
father-of-six Hubert Winters, 63, while he
was queuing for food in a Subway eatery is
further evidence that every one of us is at
risk as violent crime spins out of control in
this country.
Mr Winters just happened to be in the
wrong place at the wrong time when a gun-
man entered the premises and began
demanding money from customers and staff.
Two bullets struck him dead as the gunman
struggled with an off-duty policeman who
tried to disarm him.
All those who witnessed this tragedy were
left traumatised. Shocked crowds gathered
round the restaurant as Mr Winters' body
was carried away. "There but for the grace of
God..." they must have been muttering as
the latest sickening gun tragedy in Nassau
was being played out..
The death of Mr Winters is, of course, just
one of several crimes carried out since the
beginning of the year which indicate that
wrongdoing in this country is breaking new
bounds. Until a year or two ago, there may
have been some justification for thinking that
most crimes did, indeed, involve drug dealers,
hardened criminals and the like who were in
the process of eliminating each other over
deals gone wrong or out of revenge.
There was an unspoken rule that if we
mixed in our own circles, confined our move-
ments to certain areas, and stayed indoors
after a particular time, then we would be rel-
atively safe from the wilder elements in
Bahamian society.
In recent months, however, the brazen
effrontery of criminals acting in broad day-
light must make every one of us ponder the
harsh reality. We are all potential targets,
and we can be hit as we go about our pleasure
or business, whether it be breakfast, lunch
or teatime.
The killing of a schoolboy in Bay Street a
few months ago was described by The Tri-
bune at the time as "a new low" in this coun-
try's descent into lawlessness. This innocent
teenager just happened to be standing, like
the unfortunate Mr Winters, in the wrong
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stray bullet. Not long afterwards, an elderly
Bahamian woman was struck four times over
the head with a steel wrench as she prepared
to enter her car in Parliament Street.
Once again this was a daylight robbery,
committed in front of scores of tourists, right
in the heart of Nassau's main shopping dis-
trict. Visitors stood shocked as the victim's
blood spilled into the gutter.
Two weeks ago, a robber armed with a
machine-gun fired off rounds inside an East
Bay Street grocery store, terrorising staff and
customers in yet another daytime raid.
And last week, a Haitian worker was
robbed of $200 by two masked gunmen as he
stood in Shirley Street at 5pm waiting for a jit-
ney. His loss represented almost a full week's
wages. Only a few days before that, a
Jamaican woman was wrestled to the ground
in the same street by a man who fled with her
handbag. Again, this was not an after-dark
attack it was carried out at a time when she
had a reasonable expectation of feeling safe.
Daylight crime is no longer exceptional: it
is becoming so commonplace that every one
us needs to be on guard against the increas-
ingly desperate men who put our lives and
property in peril.
With the economy slowing, and jobs
become scarcer, it is likely that theft will
increase in the coming months. Bahamians
traditionally spend to the hilt in good times,
even to the extent of borrowing heavily, leav-
ing themselves badly exposed when things
get rough. It is at such times that gun crime
rockets and ordinary people feel endangered.
With the national economy now under
pressure, food prices rising, and mortgages.to
pay, it is likely that those of criminal inclina-
tions on the edge of insolvency will find
unlawful ways to pay their way.
It is unnerving to hear that "soft" targets
like fast-food restaurants and convenience
stores are now seen by the bandits as the
most productive sources of easy money. For
these are precisely the places we all frequent
as we go about our daily lives.
John Donne's memorable line "Ask not
for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee" is
one that should make us all think about
where our country is going, and whether we
are safe in it. For Hubert Winters, the routine
act of buying a lunchtime sandwich became a
death sentence. It is a chilling, distressing
and appalling thought that he should meet his
end in such a random way.

School violence

linked to bad

parenting and

the media

EDITOR, The Tribune.
SCHOOL violence has high-
ly escalated in the Bahamas so
much so that it has caused many
to question why children go to
school. Students have been
involved in so many controver-
sies, that it resulted in students
being injured and stabbed to
death. In The Tribune of Sep-
tember 12, there was a report
of a stabbing of a student at A F
Adderley junior high school.
On September 14, there was
another report of a stabbing at
the C I Gibson senior high
school. In that same edition of
The Tribune there was a report
of a principal and vice princi-
pal of a high school in Eleuthera
resigning in protest because a
student who was suspended
because he was "violent, aggres-
sive and posed a danger to the
staff and students" was rein-
stated after "the mother of the
boy complained to the new
FNM government." The gov-
ernment's response was that
"the principal had failed to
adhere to the policies and reg-
ulations as outlined in the
school manual."
For this year, the first mur-
der involved a C R Walker
twelfth grader being killed in a
drive-by shoot out on Freder-
ick Street; the other involved a
C C Sweeting twelfth grader,
Rico Farrington who was 17
years of age, being stabbed on
the school's campus by two oth-
er school boys; one occurred in
C V Bethel Senior High School
where another 17-year-old boy
was stabbed during a fight and
died on Thursday. Recently,
there was a violent eruption
between students at D W Davis
Junior High School last week
Thursday. Apparently the ninth
graders were in a study period
for the Bahamas Junior Certifi-
cate Examinations (BJC) inside
the school gymnasium yester-
day. Frankly, the other grades
used the time to retaliate with
other gang members, stemming
from incidents that may have
occurred in their community.
The altercation between the
intruders and the students even-
tually resulted in the entire
school being closed for the day.
Administrators quickly 'placed
the school on lock down and
after a semblance of order was
restored, the students were dis-
missed. The fight broke out
between two ninth graders. The
situation escalated when the
ninth graders started attacking
each other with rocks and pipes.
This altercation resulted in two
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teenagers taken into police cus-
tody...Ironically last week
Thursday's incident happened
during the time when the staff
of Her Majesty's Prison was on
the campus attending an at risk
youth programme. "Things
were really out of control here.
We have an outreach pro-
gramme at the prison where we
are going into the schools to
help deal with the school vio-
lence and as a result of the vio-
lence we set up an outreach
project with some. of the
schools," reported Corporal
George Bodie from Her
Majesty's Prison.
Also, there was an alterca-
tion on the school's campus of
Government High school, on
last week Friday afternoon. This
was so intense that police were
called to the school and the
altercation spread to the neigh-
bourhood of Yellow Elder.
Consequently, with regards
to the recent school violence, I
find it to be despicable by all
means, concerning the violence
that has occurred in our schools
recently. It seems that the
Bahamian students want to set a
record in the Bahamas.
However, a major factor con-
tributing to school violence is
bad parenting, as more and
more parents are working out-
side of their homes, leaving
their children with lack of
parental supervision. Many par-
ents today fail to provide disci-
pline and the right moral val-
ues in their children's lives
which give children the oppor-
tunity to freely to do as they
please. For example, whenever
there is a dispute today, chil-
dren feel they should settle it
by fighting, and in some cases
stabbing the other individual.
It is not like the old days, where
children adhered to discipline
and respected their teachers and
principals, because they have
parents who come to school,
ready to openly start an argu-
ment and in some cases a fight
with teachers. In essence, if a
child, especially one in their
teens sees his mother or father
always ready to tackle people
without using any form of rea-
soning, then the child will auto-
matically assume that is the way
he/she should be. Therefore,
some students come to school
pumped up and hostile each day
just looking for trouble. Also
parents are the reason that it is
necessary to have police offi-
cers guarding children in the
school environment, because of
their failure to instil discipline
and proper training in their chil-
dren's lives. As the Bible states,
"Train a child in the way he
should go and when he is old
he will not depart from it." Par-
ents must properly train their
children the right morals and
values today, for them to carry
it out throughout their lives free
from violent acts. We must be
aware that, many of this vio-
lence happened in the public
schools. I believe that if students
had to pay for their school fees
they wduld have not been acting
in such a manner, because their
parents would make sure their
children are learning.
Another factor that con-
tributes to the recent contro-
versies in the public schools is
the influence of the media on
children's lives. It can be confi-
dently surmised that most of
our young people spend several
hours every day watching tele-
vision, sometimes turning it to
those channels which feature
very violent scenes. Yes, it has
to be admitted that there are
far too many of our young peo-
ple who spend much of their
time watching violent films on
television. The valuable time,
which should be devoted to
homework, is consumed watch-
ing television shows, often with
an inordinate amount of violent
and sexually enticing scenes.
This cannot be for the good of
the youth, especially those in
our schools.
Children who watch violent
films on television every day
should instead be doing some-
thing else productive like home-
work or studying to reinforce
their learning abilities. Statis-

tics have shown that the average
child spends 64 per cent of his
time watching TV. By age 14,
he will have seen 18,000 mur-
ders on television. It has been
proven that by age 17, he will
have viewed some 350,000 com-
mercials many of which extol
the virtues of alcohol, sex and
party time. In this course of his
lifetime the TV set will have
accounted for and consumed
the better part of ten to twelve
years of his time. The television
is a powerful teacher and per-
petrator of an increase in indi-
vidual and collective violence.
With children so interested in
what they see on the television
they want to do the same thing
and it affects their daily lives.
Parents should not allow their
children to watch pictures that
have a bad influence and affect
their lives, but rather learning
programmes such as the Dis-
covery channel.
Finally, during the many
recent controversies in the
schools today, students' atti-
tudes have not shown any real
sign that they want to try to pre-
vent and stop the violence. The
students have only shown a
sadistic manner in the recent
controversies in the schools.
Moreover, their attitude
towards violence has helped to
contribute to the violence in the
schools. The saddest thing
about the violence is that stu-
dents talk about such events
with excitement and envy, as if
it were a pay-per-view special
event. Students and parents
have become accustomed to lit-
tle or no punishment for the
child's unacceptable behaviour.
Students will fight only to please
others, especially males who
want to show their friends how
manly they are and others place
it on websites such as on 'You
Tube' for others to view as an
enjoyment. Furthermore, chil-
dren are no longer afraid to
come home and tell their par-
ents how they "slapped down"
someone's child or how they
insulted a teacher. Back then
ho child could have approached
their parents about what they
did to someone else's child or
else they would have been seri-
ously punished.
In order to reduce school vio-
lence, in the Bahamian educa-
tional system, the government
must try to tackle and solve the
bad parenting in the homes
today by getting more parents
involved in Parents Teachers
Association (PTA) meetings at
school. Parents must know that
these PTA meetings are for
them and their children's bene-
fit. However, the school must
initiate a policy where parents
who fail to instil discipline in
their children must face some
consequences along the line
with their children. For example
if their children commit an
offence, it should be mandatory
for the parent and the student
to attend a week of counseling
where they are made to under-
stand the impact of the child's
action and penalties for the
future. The idea is to create a
deterrent by encouraging stu-
dents to be more responsible,
obedient and courteous, and
likewise forcing slack, irrespon-
sible parents to get more
involved with the affairs of their
children. It is also recommend-
ed that the government must
again recruit truancy officers
and observers, who would
ensure that students attend
school, implement policies to
ensure that all schools are free
of violence. Most importantly,
children must learn to attend
church and stop from hanging
on the block on Sunday morn-
ing. They must go to church to
hear God's word and what He
will like for them to do, in order
to be good young males and
females. Excellence in Educa-
tion must be restored. It is our
national imperative to educate
our nation. Cooperation with
social partners must be estab-
lished so as to insist that all par-
ents play a meaningful role in
disciplining their children. I
believe that education serves as
the gateway to many opportu-
nities in life and is the only
equalizer for economic and gen-
eral advancement.
April 9, 2008.



o In brief

Dolphin dies

after aerial

collision at

Florida park
A 30-YEAR-OLD dol-
phin named Sharky died
over the weekend at Dis-
covery Cove after collid-
ing with another dolphin
during a guest interaction
programme, according to
Associated Press.
About 32 visitors were
in the lagoon Saturday
afternoon interacting with
four dolphins when
Sharky and another ani-
mal swam into the deeper
center and leapt from the
water, park spokeswoman
Becca Bides said Monday.
The two collided and
Sharky died, she said. The
other dolphin appears to
be uninjured but is being
"This is a very unfortu-
nate and very rare inci-
dent," Bides said.
It was the first fatal acci-
dental death of a dolphin
since the park opened
eight years ago. Located
across from its sister park,
SeaWorld, Discovery
Cove offers visitors the
opportunity to swim with
dolphins, rays and tropical
The lagoon is about 175
feet long and 75 feet wide..
Guests were gathered
along the perimeter about
50 feet away in hip-deep
water when the dolphins
collided in the center,
which is about 9 feet deep,
Bides said.
A necropsy was per-
formed on Sunday, and
while officials say she died
from the collision, an
exact cause of death was
not immediately known.
Park officials were
reviewing their dolphin
training protocol "to
ensure that even such a
random incident like this
c6n't oc6ir'again," Bides

Crackdown on two separate

human smuggling rings

Tribune Freeport

tion officials have cracked
down on two separate human
smuggling rings on Grand
Bahama raiding several
alleged safe houses and
arresting a number of sus-
pected illegal immigrants.
Elkena Bain, officer in
charge of enforcement in
Freeport, told The Tribune
in an exclusive interview that
nine Jamaicans and six
Uzbekistanis were taken into
custody as a result of the
According to Mr Bain, the
operation was launched after
authorities were tipped off
about two groups of alleged
illegal immigrants awaiting
transport to the United
States. He said that such per-
sons usually pay anywhere
between $4,000 and $5,000
for a boat trip to Florida.
SIt was claimed that these
two groups had been lying
low in safe houses for three
weeks and were making
preparatory steps to leave
the island by boat.


Despite the tragedy last
week off Nassau in which 14
Haitian immigrants were
drowned, officials say immi-
grants are still risking their
lives to get to the US.
Mr Bain said that these
smuggling operations are
becoming very well planned
as safe houses are being
established at reputable
establishments on Grand
"What we are finding is
that these safe houses are
being set up at condomini-
ums and motels," he said,
adding that apartment units
are.alsp.,being rented by
Bahamians to house immi-
grants until arrangements can

be made to take them by
boat to Florida.
"They are not allowed to
leave these units and food is
brought to them by persons
who are assisting them," said
Mr Bain.
Human smuggling opera-
tions are said to be concen-
trated on the northern
islands, particularly Grand
Bahama, Bimini and Abaco,
because of their proximity to
Immigration raids over the
past several months have net-
ted large groups of suspected
illegal immigrants on Bimi-
ni. Most have been aban-
doned there by smugglers
after paying thousands of
dollars to go to Florida. Oth-
ers have been dropped off at
the island to await further
transportation by another
Smuggling, the authorities
noted, is a very lucrative
The vessels typically used
in these operations are go-
fast boats, and the trips are
usually made at night.
However, Mr Bain
revealed that yachts are also
now being used during the
day for illegal smuggling
He said there is no guar-
antee that smugglers will
take the immigrants where
they want to go.
"We have these guys in go-
fast boats that see it as a
money making thing and
some make promises they
can not fulfill, but it is very
dangerous now because peo-
ple are losing their lives.
"We want to appeal to the
families who want to get
their relatives to the United
States to go through the right
procedures because we are
losing too many lives out
there on the sea," he said.

Jamaicans and Uzbekistanis

are taken into custody

Mr Bain said cracking on
down illegal smuggling oper-
ations is very challenging,
particularly in Grand
Bahama. He appealed to the
public to continue to assist.

"The island is so wide and
we have limited resources
and manpower to run from
West End, East End, and

Eight Mile Rock. So, we are
really appealing to the public
and relying on them to assist
in any way possible by
calling our hotline or coming
in and giving information to
"The public has been very
helpful and immigration offi-
cials are following other
leads at this time, and we
have been successful because
persons have been calling
and coming in to report sus-

picious activity."
Mr Bain also warned that
persons found assisting in
smuggling operations could
face severe penalties, includ-
ing a $5,000 fine and two
years imprisonment.
"We have our eyes out on
these persons," he said.
Mr Bain did not say
whether any Bahamians were
arrested in connection with
the latest series of safe house

Environmental group delight

at US Ambassador statements

THE environmental group reEarth said it was
delighted to read statements by new US Ambas-
sador Ned Siegel on the need for renewable ener-
gy and caution on LNG.
ReEarth said that protecting the environment
does not stop at the ocean's edge and that "we
need to find new, clean energy efficient tech-
nologies, but more importantly, we have to find
renewable energy resources."
Apart from soaring energy prices created by
"insatiable" transitional oil corporations, reEarth
said the somber realities of climate change and sea
level rise stand to impact the Bahamas in a very
negative way.
Approximately 80 per cent of the Bahamas
landmass is within five feet of average sea level.
Sea level rise jeopardises the water lense, coastal
lands and communities.
According to a World Bank report: "When the
results are examined at the country level, one
notes very significant differences within the region
. .The Bahamas would experience the largest
percentage of impacted land: even with a three
feet SLR (sea level rise), approximately 11 per
cent of the land area of the Bahamas would be
impacted. This percentage reaches in excess of 60
per cent under a 15 ft SLR scenario. Cuba and
Belize would also experience significant impacts,
albeit at a much reduced scale when compared
with the Bahamas."
The report also indicates that the Bahamas'
agricultural-land 'exhibits the highest impact"

with a one metre rise in sea level impacting five
per cent of agricultural lands, and a five metre
increase impacting almost 40 per cent of agricul-
tural lands.
A one metre increase in sea level rise would
impact almost 20 per cent of the mangrove areas
and a five metre increase would impact almost 80
per cent of mangroves.
These figures rank the Bahamas as one of the
most vulnerable countries in the world to sea
level rise.
reEarth said siting an liquefied natural gas
(LNG) terminal in the Bahamas, as has been
proposed by several international energy com-
panies, is in direct contradiction to the very
"wise and welcomed words" expressed in the
"The bleak projections in the World Bank
report should give the Bahamas pause and not
allow-and LNG facility in our country, and the US
should be responsible and recognize the added
significant threat to the Bahamas in siting this
plant here.
The ... LNG terminal will be burning a fossil
fuel, which contributes to climate change, and
the drowning of our nation.
"Florida (the market the terminal would ser-
vice) should not take advantage of it's little neigh-
bour by foisting this plant on our backs, but rather
should be capitalising on its touristic name 'the
sunshine state' and go solar and help us get there
with them," said reEarth.


PICTURED FROM left are Undersecretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Alan Strachan;
First Assistant Secretary and Officer in Charge of BWA, Phedra Rahming; representatives of Counter-Traffick-
ing Unit of IOM (Washington), Amy Mahooney and Chissey Mueller; Minister of State for Social Development
Loretta Butler-Turner and Coordinator, Health Services, Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson.

Child counter-trafficking

conference in Bahamas

The Power tSur
The Power to Surpriser

CHILD protection officials from several govern-
mental and non-governmental agencies met to bring
"focused attention" to international measures aimed
at countering the trafficking of children within the
The workshop was sponsored by the Interna-
tional Organisation for Migration (IOM), based in
Washington, DC, the Bahamas' Bureau of Women's
Affairs and the Department of Social Services.
Participants included officials from the Depart-
ment of Social Services, the Bureau of Women's
Affairs, the Department of Immigration, the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the Crisis Centre and a num-
ber of child protection agencies in the Bahamas
Minister of State for Social Development Loret-
ta Butler-Turner said the two-day workshop came at
an "opportune" time during National Child Protec-
tion Month.

"While the illegal trafficking of children is not
an issue in the Bahamas, actual research conducted
on the Bahamas which was invited to be one of
seven countries in the region to participate in a pro-
ject on the trafficking of persons indicated that the
Bahamas was fertile for facilitating trafficking in
human beings," Mrs Butler-Turner said.
"This phenomenon may not be a problem in the
Bahamas at this time, it is an area that should be
monitored extremely closely," she added.
The assessment of the Bahamas as "fertile for
facilitating the trafficking in human beings" was
made as a result of the large numbers of illegal
immigrants that pass through the country, in addition
to other illegal activities, such as gun and drug traf-
ficking, which are said to be "ingredients for human
Mrs Butler-Turner said the two-day workshop
allowed officials to be "proactive" in their approach
in dealing with the potential for human and
child/children trafficking, and provided ministry and

IOM officials with an opportunity to alert, inform,
advise and talk to the professionals working in these
areas so that if it does occur, those professionals
will be able to intervene.
The minister said the government must ensure
that child protection officials in the Bahamas are
"educated and informed about anything that has
the potential to interfere with the well-being of our
Mrs Butler-Turner said Bahamians have a legal
and moral obligation to ensure and promote the
safety and well-being of children and to respond
effectively to any form of child mistreatment or
According to Article 3(a) of the United Nation's
Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Traffick-
ing in Persons, Especially Women and Children,
trafficking in persons means "the recruitment, trans-
portation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of per-
sons by means of the threat or use of force or other
forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of decep-
tion, of the abuse of power or of a position of vul-
nerability or of the giving or receiving of payments
or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having
control over another person for the purpose of
This exploitation includes forced prostitution or
other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour
or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery,
servitude, or the removal of organs.
"Traffickers are usually very clever in recruiting
persons (and) appear as legitimate businesses offer-
ing jobs under the guise of model agencies, travel
agencies, employment companies, baby-sitting ser-
vices and others," the minister noted.
Mrs Butler-Turner said the IOM is partnering
with the Bureau of Women's Affairs, the Crisis
Centre, Department of Immigration and the Eugene
Dupuch Legal Aide Clinic to carry out an educa-
tional campaign "on this most important issue."
"Such work must continue. We hope to ensure
that all persons residing in the Bahamas are aware of
what trafficking in persons is, where they can seek
additional information ahd where they can obtain
help if required," she added.

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A passion for delivering a good education

T HE Nears ha'e rop
T passed. but mans
of the names on the ros-
ter at Head Start Pre-
School ha\e stayed the
"The adults \ho passed
through mN school \ears
ago. they're sending their
children here now." 4.
e\plalned itt founder. Mrs i
Catherine Cooper. "Our
reputation o a good edu-
cation from arl child-
hood has contributed
much to our success in the
Grore community. '. ,
IMrs Cooper. along h ith
her husband, started Head
Start in 1971 because of
their passion for educa-
ilon. and to help young
girls in their church who
dropped out of uhgh school
and did not ha'e the qual-
ifications necessary\ to get
a ob.
iMs Cooper, 75. who
lie, in Oakes Field. said
that %%hen the started first
started most of the stu-
dents %%ere from the sur-
rounding area, so she ,..
organized a bus pick-up
se r\ ice for them.


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W ITH a legacy of strength in the Grove
community. Faith Baptist church.
located on Market Street and Coconut Gro\e. has
touched the lies of man\ through its outreach
The church has 4-I-years of reputation for serv-
ing in the community, and is lead by Senior Pastor
Earle Francis. His daughter. Re\erend Diana
Francis was ordained in 1991 and started preach-
ing when she %was 22 Mrs Francis told Tlhe Tribune
that at last Sunday's service, a staff member who
was once a part of their Urban Renewal Centre
said. "It's powerful to see that our pastor is still
standing strong. and still e\emplarN in this nation
and in the country after all these years "
Mrs Francis said that it is encouraging to hear
messages like that from \isilors at Faith Baptist. as
the\ still "ha\e a fe\w persons that li\e in the Gro'e
%who actually sttll filter into the church."
She added that Faith Baptist has a soup kitchen
that has been going for a little o'er 10 \ears. They
ser\e those in need on Mondals and Thursdays
from noon to 1Ipm







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'People have closed

their eyes to the truth'

UPSET at the state ot young men in the country.
Re\erend Le i George McPhee said that the
Bahamas is "messed up because the people have closed
their eyes to the truth."
He blames parents and pastors for not rearing the young
people properly.
Reverend McPhee, who was greeted several times by
people in the street while he spoke to The Trilune. says that
he w\as once "the baddest thing in the Gro e.
"When God has turned sour life around, you ha\e to
stand up for the truth
"These pastors don't take time out for the young men in
their church, and fathers don't take time out for their sons.
The\ rather spend time in the clubs drinking liquor." he
He added that the ministers of today ha\e become too
comfortable. "They don't look about soul sa ing now:
they're in the money-making business."
Reverend McPhee., ho sa s that he does not have a
problem with the young men in his neighbourhood. does
ha e his lawn chairs chained do\ n to his porch.
"I do this so that if an\ of those bhos tries to steal them.
they'll 'walk awa\
He added -N"\ minismtiN i to pick up the fallen, feed the
hungry, gi\e them good counsel, and teach them how to be
good citizens."
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The view of Grove will be reversed

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P hsician-in-training Leonardo Cul-
mer has lied here for a year and a
half. and believes that that view of the Gro'e
as a poor area wdl be reversed in years to
According to Mr Culmer, this change in
mindset has already begun.
"If you look around the neighbourhood.
,ou will see that there are hfie or six homes
in a fenced in area." he explained. "They
have little behind-the-gate, closed in areas
right here in the Gro\e.
"On one side you'll see what one would
assume to be a crack house." he said. "But
night neex to it you'lll see this huge beautLfull\



plated gate, and behind it is a beautiful
house, nice steel electric gate. \wth a Mer-
cedes Benz to pull out.
"In years to come, more people are going
to move back in these areas." Mr Culmer
He believes that Bahamians are going to
discover the straleg% of buying property in
such areas at a low pnce. and then building
"their own environment."
Mr Culmer added that although there are
many derelict people walking in his neigh-
bourhood. "disputes and things are not a big
"They're not going to commit a crime on
each other unless there's a serious vendetta
,Ioin ,.on


'I learned a lot from Mrs Cooper'

"I learned a %whole lot from Mrs Cooper." she
said "She pointed me in a good direction: she gi es
you a lot of rope before you hang yourself.
Wearing a grin, she added, "I have a httle boy who
goes here, and I enjoy coming to work, I look for-
ward to waking up inwthe morning and coming to
Thirty-two year old Newbold says that her moth-
er, also a teacher at the school, introduced her to the
profession. "I've been doing it now for nine years, I
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has li.ed in the
and is still plaiting
FOUR yeai
old Rose McKenzie
has lived in the
Gro e for 33 years,
and is still plaiting
straw goods for pur-
chase, as she has
since she was a girl.
Rose grew up in
Exuma, and learned
the craft from her
You can tell I '
enjoy doing this. i
because I in the hot .,
sun." she laughed .
"The old people
always used to say, i, ..
you better ha\e that
plait right." she said
And the those
words from her
mother and others
have paid off in the
long run, she said.
Mrs McKenzie
gijes her calls to her
sister, who sells the
items on Paradise f' .
Island. iT
She showed The
Tribune straw mats.
handbags. and othci
knick-knacks that she
has put together
"Onl\ me onc do / -
all the plaiting." she
"I stay up late in
the night sometimes
after one o' clock.
watching the TV and



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trafficking is a

modern form of slave


T HE discovery of the bod-
ies of immigrants in
Bahamian waters near the Berry
Islands and recently off South
Beach indicates that The
Bahamas has become a major
transshipment point for ruthless
human smugglers/traffickers.
The Bahamas' close proximity
to the US 50 miles off south-
east Florida makes it a key
transit route for smuggling and
trafficking illegal human cargo
into the United States. These
days, well-structured transna-
tional cartels operate in the
Caribbean (even The Bahamas)
and profitably haul human beings
across international borders, pri-
marily on cargo ships, and go-fast
and fishing boats.
According to Wikipedia, an
online encyclopedia, there's a dis-
similarity between human traf-
ficking and people smuggling.
People smuggling refers to when
persons voluntarily seek out
smugglers, pay fees for their ser-
vices and are usually free upon
arrival at their destination. On
many occasions, this is the most
common form of illegal migra-
tion to the Bahamas, particularly
as Haitians, Cubans and other
illegal immigrants reportedly pay
excessive amounts to have rela-
tives or themselves smuggled here
or to the US. On the other hand,

human trafficking typically
involves the enslavement of
migrants, who are sometimes
deceitfully bonded with trumped-
up debt and are cruelly subjugat-
The United Nations, in its Pro-
tocol to Prevent Suppress and
Punish Trafficking in Persons,
states that:
"Trafficking in persons shall
mean the recruitment, trans-
portation, transfer, harbouring or
receipt of persons, by means of
the threat or use of force or other
forms of coercion, of abduction,
of fraud, of deception, of the
abuse of power or of a position of
vulnerability or of the giving or
receiving of payments or bene-
fits to achieve the consent of a
person having control over anoth-
er person, for the purpose of
exploitation. Exploitation shall
include, at a minimum, the
exploitation of the prostitution of
others or other forms of sexual
exploitation, forced labour or ser-
vices, slavery or practices similar
to slavery, servitude or the
removal of organs..."
Further, Wikipedia asserts:
"Victims are sometimes tricked

and lured by false promises or
physically forced. Some traffick-
ers use coercive and manipula-
tive tactics, including deception,
intimidation, feigned love, isola-
tion, threat and use of physical
force, debt bondage, other abuse,
or even force-feeding with drugs
to control their victims. People
who are seeking entry to other
countries may be picked up by
traffickers, and misled into think-
ing that they will be free after
being smuggled across the bor-
der. In some cases, they are cap-
tured through slave raiding,
although this is increasingly rare."

ocally, there have been
instances where migrants
have claimed to have been unlaw-
fully bonded as their passports
are withheld, they are threatened
and controlled by manipulation
and fear of immigration officials
and are forced to work as exotic
dancers in nightclubs, engage in
prostitution and pornography and
may be relegated to a life of invol-
untary servitude as virtual slaves
to their Bahamian masters.
The 2005 TV movie Human

Trafficking vividly depicts the
hellish existence of thousands of
young women, who are ensnared
by unsavoury human traders and
are barbarically forced to become
strumpets. Across the globe, there
are millions of men, women and
children who are trapped and
exploited in domestic servitude,
prostitution, forced labour and
for marriage, the harvesting of
internal organs for auction on the
black market, illicit adoptions,
religious cults and as child sex
workers and child soldiers (pri-
marily in Africa). Many women
trapped by human trafficking net-
works are usually conned and
subject to daunting, cruel cir-
A year ago, The Tribune
reported allegations by two Pana-
manian women who claimed that
they were strippers whose travel
documents were being withheld
by an unscrupulous Bahamian
strip club operator who allegedly
exploited, abused and threatened
them by declaring that he would
have them deported.
Dr Brent Hardt, the US charge
d'affaires in the Bahamas, states:
"Today, sadly, the world is wit-
nessing a new version of slavery.
Once again, human beings are
being recruited, transported,
bought and' sold into forced
labour or commercial sex
exploitation. Trafficking in per-
sons is the 21st century version
of human slavery, and it is alive
and thriving in countries on every

continent, including the United
States, and potentially the
According to a June, 2007, US
State Department Trafficking in
Persons Report, the Bahamas is a
country where men, women and
children are trafficked for labour
exploitation and may be subject-
ed to a state of slavery. Unfortu-
nately, the migrants killed during
last week's misfortune at sea
would have added to a consider-
able number of undocumented
Haitian immigrants, said by some
to comprise 25 per cent of the
Bahamas' population and num-
bering anywhere from 20,000 to
60,000, and possibly more.
According to the State Depart-
ment: "Many irregular immi-
grants who work in The Bahamas
find employment in the agricul-
tural or construction sectors and
in prostitution as a means of self-
employment and/or survival."
I find it repulsive that scores of
Bahamians partake in a modern
form of slavery, exploiting immi-
grants and treating them as dis-
pensable, cost-effective posses-
sions that they own ("my Hait-
ian") and use for monetary gain.
This is disreputable and, as a
Bahamian, I always feel ashamed
when my countrymen refer to
immigrants as if they are worth-
less chattels!
According to the Internation-
al Organisation for Migration, the
Bahamas is fertile ground for the
trafficking/smuggling of human




MATHEW TOWN You know you are
not in Nassau when the children bid you
good morning, say "please" when making a
request, and "thank you" when given some-
And, you know you are not in Nassau
when the air is fresh and clean and per-
fumed with bouquets of nature's most
exquisite aromas.
And you know you are definitely not in
Nassau When elegant Bahama parrots don
their best green and red, and flock to town to
greet you.
Of course, this could happen only in
Inagua, that southern-most gateway to the
Bahamas where the who's who in the avian
kingdom come to show off.
You know it is Inagua when you are
savoring spicy minced conch, or juicy
steamed native wild pork, or digging into a
slab of succulent 'kickin beef.
Last week, Inagua hosted the Director
General of Tourism Vernice Walkine,
Deputy Director General Ellison 'Tommy'
Thompson, Director for the Family Islands
Charity Armbrister, Executive Director of
the Bahamas National Trust, Eric Carey
and a horde of media people.
They came to investigate this "best kept
secret" Geno D and Ira Storr sing so much
While they headed for the salinas chasing
flamingos, I made a bee line for Momanez.
No visit to Inagua is complete without a
courtesy call the matriarch Inez Farquhar-
son. She celebrates her centenary in six years.
She seemed fit as a fiddle.
"So Mrs Farquharson," I began, "what
kept you in-"
"The Lord kept me here," she interrupt-
ed. "I am here by his grace."
"But I mean, what kept you in Inagua
rather than living in Nassau or Freeport or
Abaco or elsewhere?"
"I had no reason to because it was always
better in Inagua," she said. "And it is still
better in Inagua."

Her father Charles Alfred Grey was a
leading sea captain. He plied the waters
between Inagua and Haiti in his schooner,
the Katherine A.
The Inaguas Great and Little are locat-
ed approximately 70 miles northwest of His-
paniola, with Cuba 50 miles to the south-
west, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, 30
miles to the north east.
Great Inagua lies almost in the Windward
Passage, one of the busiest shipping lanes in
the Western Hemisphere.
Today it is holding on for dear life, thanks
to Morton Salt Company. Besides a few
hundred souls comprising the only inhabited
settlement, Mathew Town, the Inaguas are
the playground for hundreds of thousands,
some say millions, of flamingos, parrots,
egrets, herons, blue jays, cardinals, warblers,
hummingbirds, owls, doves and more. It has
its share of wild life from donkeys to boars.
Its seas teem.
Momanez is the aunt of MICAL Member
of Parliament, V Alfred Gray, whom she
described as "the image of my mother. My
mother was a black, good-looking woman
and Alfred looks just like her." She took
complexion from her father who was at the
other end of the spectrum.
She married Theophilus George Far-
quharson in 1931. They had eight children.
He died in 1983. She reigns as the oldest
person in Mathew Town.

"My childhood days were very good."
Momanez adjusted her colorful bandana in
a bow at her forehead.
"The children of those years were differ-
ent from the children of today." Her brows
furrowed pensively. "Because then, if the
children were misbehaving anybody could
have corrected them and the parents were
glad for it.
"Now-a-days if you try to correct some of
these rude children the parents want to take
you to the court. That's why the children
are in the condition that they are.
"Our parents were very strict. We weren't
allowed to run wild. We went where we
were sent and we came when we were
The path to the door of her 1890 home is
well worn by persons seeking her advice on
everything from religion to bush medicine.
"My husband loved people," she said. "A

"You know it is

Inagua when you

are savoring spicy
minced conch, or

juicy steamed

native wild pork,

or digging into a
slab of succulent

kickingn beef'."

lot of people passed through this house. Mis-
sionaries coming from north going south
found a haven here. In those days we had no
running water so they bathed in my old zinc
tub, and ate at my table."
Her face lit up as a flock of squealing par-
rots flew over. "During guinep season if you
stand under the tree, they would pelt you
with seeds."
"A parrot red and blue and green, was at
a farmhouse often seen," she said relating.
the tale of the parrot and the crows from the
Royal Reader series. "He flew about from
tree to tree as blithe and happy as can be."
"The cottage was a thatched one," I
chimed in, "the outside old and mean."
"Yet everything within that cot," she inter-
jected, "was wondrous, neat and clean."
"Would you come into my parlour," I
"Said the spider to the fly." She laughed.
And so on we went trading Royal Read-
er tales and talking about life in Inagua when
I realized that time had taken wings on me.
Mrs Drucilla Higgs must believe I was
not coming anymore. For 25 years she pro-
vided lunch for the students of Inagua All-
Age School. She watched children become
grand parents.
"You know Henry Nixon, the game war-
den here?" she said. "I served him. He still
owes me 50 cents for conch fritter. Now he
has grands. There are many others. I love
Her father, Benjamin Archer, was a fish-
Serman from Abaco. She was married to sea-
man, Franklyn Higgs, from the Turks and
Caicos Islands. "I had seven girls and five
boys, but in all I raised 18 children," she
Some things have changed; some have
remained the same.

"The people now are different from when
I was growing up but, Mathew Town is still
peaceful and quiet and you can leave your
door open. The people are very friendly. If
you don't have something you can always
ask somebody and get it.
"I don't think I could live in Nassau. I am
afraid of Nassau. I sleep in this house alone
and I feel contented. But in Nassau, the least
little sound I hear, I get up."
The Bahama parrots are no friends of
hers. "I hate them," she said sharply, point-
ing to the sprawling sapodilla tree in her
"They destroy all my dillies. Some years
when that tree bears heavily, I could earn
over $400 from what I sell, not to mention
what I give away.
"But when the parrots come down, they
destroy every bit of it. And there is nothing
you could do.
"They use to be afraid of smoke, now
when you make smoke they just laugh at
you. If I was able to use a gun I would have
gone to jail already for those birds."
"I haven't seen any donkeys yet," I said.
"Are they on the decline?"
"No, but I am glad they are not coming
around often. That's where I could raise my
potatoes here in the yard.
"They come in town among the people so
much, some of them are tamed. If you try to
chase them away, they would just blow at
"When they are really around, sometimes
you could count two dozen in this yard alone,
and they are heavy."
I bade Mrs Higgs good day, and wended
my way past the Inagua Union Society Hall,
1874, to St Philip's GUO of OF Lodge, 1891.
General contractor Tom Daxon was doing
some sprucing up. The lodge was opening its
hall as a community centre.
Opposite the lodge is Wesley Methodist
Church, re-opened in 1953, and across the
way is St Philip's Anglican Church, dedicat-
ed in 1855.
Mr Daxon traces his roots to Rev Thomas
Daxon who founded the Church of God of
Prophecy here. He remembers when Math-
ew Town was swinging. Celebrated clubs
like the Pride of Inagua, the Glass Bucket,
the Hideout Caf6, all once the stomping
grounds of super stars like Smokey 007 and
Count Bernadino, now lay in ruins.
"A lot of our people went to Nassau and
elsewhere because they didn't want to work
for Morton and there was nothing else here
to do for a living.
"But a lot of our people in Nassau now
want to come home," said Mr Daxon. "With
the crime rate the way it is in Nassau now,
they would come home and work for less
because they would be comfortable here.
"We have to stop depending on the gov-
ernment for everything. We have to get up
off our backsides and do some things for
ourselves. Come back to your island home
and do something," he said.
Inaguans are never short of relish. Fish
and conch are in abundance as are wild
cows, goats, hogs, chickens, and the island's
delight, 'kickin beef.

"Kickin beef?!"
"Yeh man," he said. "Donkey is a clean
animal. They are much cleaner than hogs.
Donkeys are vegetarians; hogs eat anything.
"I use to eat kickin beef a lot when I was
a child. It tastes like cow but milder and is
very tender the way the people fix it here."
As I searched for a meal of kickin beef, I
ran into historian Stephen Fawkes, Morton
Salt's marine superintendent.
He told of when Inagua was "the focal
economic point in the country. We were the
cosmopolitan, metropolitan, El Dorado of
the Bahamas. Nassau then was a glorified lit-
tle fishing village."
Mathew Town was named after George B
Mathew, governor of the then Colony of
the Bahamas, 1844-1848.
By 1907 Inagua had two newspapers -
The Record published by Alfred Mellot,
and the Searchlight by Lewis Duvalier, first
cousin of former president of Haiti, Francois
'Papa Doc' Duvalier.
And yes, he insisted, 'Papa Doc' was born
in Inagua. His father came from Martinique
attracted by the burgeoning trade with Haiti.
"My grand aunt, Hannah Ford who was
102, told me Papa Doc was born on Great
Inagua, but he left for Haiti with his father
when he was five," said Fawkes.


He boasted of Inagua's many firsts the
first planned town in the country, first port of
entry, first island where baseball was played,
first registered trade union, first resident
consulate for Haiti and the Dominican
Republic, and the first island that attempted
to secede.
He spoke with glee of Inaguans like
Theophilus Farquharson who founded the
West India Improvement Association, steve-
doring agent Wentworth Richardson, busi-
nessman and diplomat Arthur Symonette,
educator T G Glover, Dean of Christ Church
Cathedral William Granger, judge Maxwell
Thompson and others.
Inagua must have impressed Tourism's
Director General, Ms Walkine and her team.
They were all so excited.
"I was very pleasantly surprised at what I
discovered here," she said.
"I have never seen so many birds in one
place, and of all kinds, and the donkeys, and
the openness of the place has been unbe-
lievable. It is a beautiful environment. Very
"More people are discovering Inagua's
natural beauty and that is a very good thing.
It shows that Inagua certainly has the poten-
tial to develop along lines consistent with
its environment.
"We have here an opportunity to encour-
age small boutique-type hotels, allowing
more visitors to enjoy the natural environ-
ment that is here in abundance."
As Bahamasair winged us northwards, I
reached into my greasy brown paper bag.
"Ummmm. Kickin beef."


of illegal immigrants coming to
our shores and to preserve our
national identity and security.

freight. Of the 14 bodies recov-
ered after the latest maritime
tragedy, it was found that several
women, who reportedly form a
sizeable number of
trafficking/smuggling victims (80
per cent), had perished. For years,
poverty-stricken Eastern Euro-
pean countries such as Romania,
Ukraine, the Czech Republic and
Bulgaria have become known as
the hub for several well-connect-
ed, trafficking networks that
utilise government contacts, secu-
rity services and document fraud
to facilitate their activities.
The Haitians and Hondurans
that reportedly died in our waters
indubitably fled their native lands,
which are presently mired in
armed conflict, government cor-
ruption, high unemployment, a
widening gap between rich and
poor, organised crime (eg,
Zopound, drugs) and political
I was disturbed on Friday when
a police source told me about the
condition of the immigrants'
corpses after they were retrieved
from sea, particularly the disfig-
ured body of a woman who, as
my source said, "seems to have
been seven months pregnant and
lost a chunk of meat due to a
shark bite to her belly, which still
has the dead baby in it." The
police source's graphic descrip-
tion of the bodies of those at the
morgue, examined before an
autopsy, was stomach-turning.
Although human
smuggling/trafficking is a global,
multi-billion dollar trade for
which the Bahamas, like Mexico
and Turkey, is a major transit
country, no legislation has been
passed by parliament to curb the
booming 'industry'. What hap-
pened to the national committee
on the trafficking of persons and
its report that former immigra-
tion Minister Vincent Peet
pledged to take "to cabinet for
consideration and a determina-
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ndeed, these immigras
who fleelheirhalotic, -
lence ravaged hoinelands in
droves, stowed away aboard rick-
ety boats are assisted by treaso-
nous and corrupt Bahamians -
including shady politicians and
law enforcement officers who
play a central role in harbouring
immigrants and facilitating ille-
gal immigration. It is widely sus-
pected that crooked officials have
betrayed their nation and sought
to supplement their earnings with
pay-offs from illegal migrants in
return for turning a blind eye to
their unlawful status. Any raven-
ous Bahamian who undermines
the Bahamas' interests and overt-
ly violates our immigration laws
should be charged with treason!
In 2000, the United Nations
adopted the Convention against
Transnational Organised Crime,
which includes the protocol to
prevent, suppress and punish traf-
ficking in persons, especially
women and children and the pro-
tocol against the smuggling of
migrants by land, sea and air.
Although the Bahamian govern-
ment signed this document on
April 9, 2001, it has yet to ratify
any of the protocols.
Moreover, there's much more
that can be done to prevent traf-
ficking, penalise traffickers and
protect and assist victims.
The UN estimates that 700,000
persons become victims
of the $10 billion global
human trafficking market every
The government and non-gov-
ernmental organizations should
immediately embark on raising
awareness about human traffick-
ing/smuggling through posters,
films/commercials and by sensi-
tising law enforcement agents,
social workers and the general
public about this money-making,
criminal enterprise.
The government must intro-
duce strong, anti-human traffick-
ing legislation and rigorously
charge anyone participating, ben-
efiting financially or withholding
and/or destroying documents in
human trafficking/smuggling
The Bahamas must also enact
laws to protect migrant workers
and criminalise slavery and forced
Due to new communicative
technologies, globalisation and,
in the Bahamas' case, extensive
borders that facilitate smug-
gling/trafficking, it is imperative
that Defence Force marines be
posted at all gateways into the
In addition to addressing
human trafficking, the govern-
ment must now immediately set
about addressing the slackness,
inefficiency and corruption that
has plagued the Department of
Immigration and the RBDF in
order to effectively curb the flood








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'Reno' a win away from

qualifying for Olympics

Senior Sports Reporter

T aureano
Johnson is
now one .-
bout away from fulfill-
ing his long-time
dream of qualifying for
the Olympic Games.
Today, when he
competes in the semi-
final of the men's wel-
terweight or 69 kilo-
class against Venezue-
la's Omar Moreno at the second AIBA
American Olympic Qualifying Tour-
nament in Guatemala City, Guatemala,
all Johnson has to do is win his match.
If he does, he will advance to the

final where the gold and silver medal-
lists will both automatically earn the
right to compete at the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing, China, in August.
The last Bahamian to fight in the
Olympics was Andre Seymour, head
coach for the Bahamas' three-mem-
ber team in Guatemala. Seymour com-
peted twice in 1984 and 1988 when he
competed as a featherweight.
"I just want to give the almighty
thanks because it was him who brought
me so far," Johnson said from his hotel
room in Guatemala yesterday.
Johnson, 24, is making his second
appearance in the semi-final of an
Olympic qualifier, having achieved the
feat first in 2004 in Brazil where he
ended up with the bronze medal, but
was denied the opportunity to travel to
the Olympics in Athens, Greece.
This time around, Johnson said it

appears that not only a spot in Bei-
jing, but the gold medal, is right in his
grasp in Guatemala, having disposed of
Argentina's Diego Chavez and Brazil's
Pedro Lima with identical point scores
of 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday
Johnson, who credited his perfor-
mances to the work he put in with his
coaches in New Providence and Cuba,
said he's got over his biggest hurdles in
Chavez, who defeated him at the Pan
American Games last year in Rio de
Janeiro and Lima, the eventual games'
champion. "They were the two hardest
fights of the tournament, but we didn't
fight hard, we fought smart," Johnson
quipped. "We had a good game plan
and we went in there and did what we
had to do. We stuck to the game plan
and that was what got the victory."
With the way he's been performing,

Johnson said he expects nothing less
than a stoppage over his next oppo-
None of the other two Bahamians
got stopped, but they are done after
their matches on Sunday. But on Sat-
urday, Levar Stewart lost 27-7 to
Ecuador's Javier Folleco in the light-
weight division or 60 KG, while
Valentino Knowles was doubled up,
16-8, by Colombia's Leonardo Carrillo.
Seymour said although Stewart and
Knowles were finished after their first
bout, they were all cheering for John-
son in his bid to qualify.
"These guys are young, so it's a great
experience for them," Johnson said.
"They still have a couple more
Olympics to qualify for in the future.
"But once Taureano 'Reno' John-
son wins the gold, I think all of us will
be ready to cheer him on."

Derrick Atkins retains title in 100m

Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE the men's 4 xl00 metre relay
team tried to keep their hopes alive for a
spot at the Olympic Games in Beijing,
China, in August, Derrick Atkins took
:the time to test his skills in the sprint dou-
ble in Berkeley, California.
Atkins, the World Championships' sil-
ver medallist last year in Osaka, Japan,
returned to the Brutus Hamilton Memo-
rial Invitational on Saturday where he
opened up his season with a stunning
10.07 seconds to retain his title in the 100.
It wasn't as fast as the 9.98 run that
propelled him into the echelon of the
men's sprint field last year, but Atkins
said he was qiite pleased with the per-
formance, which also included a second
place finish in the 200 in a personal best of
Both times were well under the A qual-
ifying standards of 10.21 and 20.59 in the
100 and 200 for Beijing.
"It was good. It was just basically to
knock the rust off and get, going again,"
said Atkins, who is under contract with
Adidas. "I'm just trying to back into my
rhythm of running the 100 again.
"So I'm pleased with it. It's a decent
opener. It's not as fast as last year, but I
will take it. You have to start some-
With hardly anybody in the field to
push him, Atkins said she got a great
start, but he got caught in a headwind
mid-way through the race. At the end,
Atkins said he was able to breeze through
the line without any pressure.
Atkins' nearest rival in the race was
Jason Heard in 10.18, followed by Chris
Berrian in third in 10.29. Both Heard and
Berrian ran unattached.
In the 200, Atkins was beaten out by
Berrian as he won the event with the
fastest time in the timed trials in 20.37.
Competing in the same heat as Berrian,
Atkins got second in 20.44. Third went to

Tremaine Smith, a senior at Houston, in
"It was okay. I feel pretty.strong. It's
just that I have to be willing to run the
turn," said Atkins, about his 200 run. "But
I'm hoping that I should be able to run
down to the low 20s or below the 20s."
The 24-year-old Atkins, who is based in
GainesviUe, Florida, where he's trained by
Mike Holloway, said his focus this year is
the century. Anything he does in the half-
lapper will be a bonus.
On April 18, Atkins will compete again
in the Adidas Track Classic at the Home
Depot Center in Carson, California, as
he continues his trek towards Beijing.
He will then head to Europe to com-
pete in the first two legs of the Golden
League meets in Berlin at the ISTAF on
June 1 and Oslo at the Bislett Games on
June 6 before he return home for the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso-
ciation's Scotia Bank National Champi-
onships and Olympic Trials at the Thomas
A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
While he competed at Berkeley, the
men's 4 x100 relay team of Lavaro Smith,
Adrian Griffith, Jamaal Forbes and Jami-
al Rolle attempted to run a fast time at
the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
But a poor exchange between Smith
and Griffith blew their chances as they
never connected and the team didn't get
to finish the race.
When asked about the relay chances
of being one of the top 16 teams that earn
a berth in Beijing, Atkins said he was
confident that "we have a chance".
"But the important thing is timing.
These guys wait forever to get an opening
mark under their belt so we really know
who is doing what. Even though we got a
race in, it's going to be very difficult to get
another one because of the way every-
body's schedule is."
If the team can qualify, Atkins said he
will be delighted to make a contribution.
But he made it known that his focus will
definitely be on the century as he tries
for another medal in Beijing.

DERRICK ATKINS opened up his season with a stunning 10.07 seconds to retain his
title in the 100m at the Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational...

Mystic Marlins blow away Pacers, 25-11

Sports Reporter

THE Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
used an offensive outburst to make a
statement to other league contenders
while simultaneously positioning them-
selves for a postseason title run.
The Mystic Marlins blew away the
R.M. Bailey Pacers, 25-11, yesterday as
the GSSSA regular season continues to
wind down at the Blue Hills Sporting
The Mystic Marlins potent lineup
blasted Pacers' pitcher Wilfred Cul-
mer from the game's outset as they
took a 7-0 lead in the top half of the
first inning.
The Pacers responded with three
runs in the bottom half of the inning,
capitalising on a series of outfield
errors to trim the margin.
The Mystic Marlins widened the
margin considerably in the second
inning led by catcher Crandon Wal-
lace's lead off in the park home run.

Wallace, who finished 2-3 with three
runs and two RBI, blasted his second
home run of the day just one inning
The clean-up hitter said he took
advantage of the positing of the Pacer's
outfield for extra base hits.
"The way their outfield was setting
up I just saw I had to hit the ball the
opposite way," he said, "And it worked
out well today."
Wallace said his team's collective
effort at the plate was a single factor in
a well played game overall.
"Our hitting today was better than it
was over the last few games. We came
out to play the game the right way
today and that is why we are able to
come out with the win," he said, "We
let them get back into it, we started to
get a little tired defensively and played
sloppy but we were able to come
together as one and tighten that up."
Trailing 20-3 heading into the bot-
tom of the third inning, the Pacers ral-
lied for eight runs to trim the deficit
within nine, 20-11, However the Mystic

Marlins cemented the win in the top
half of the fourth.
The Pacers were defenceless against
a Mystic Marlins' lineup which plated
each of its nine hitters.
Randolph Cooper also homered
twice for the Mystic Marlins, includ-
ing his three run shot in the second
Cooper finished 2-2 with three RBI
and four runs.
Tyrone Miller was also perfect at the
plate going 3-3 with three runs and two
Shortstop Ashton Anderson was 2-4
with two runs and two RBI and Walter
Dean was 2-2 with three runs and one
Troy Bullard picked up the win for
the Mystic Marlins while Culmer was
tagged with the loss.
Marlins manager, Wesley Rolle said
his team was able to overcome a peri-
od of inconsistency because of their
massive run support.
"The thing about getting a big lead is
that you have to remember to play

your game and not to take your oppo-
nents for granted, so you really have to
stay focused and get that next batter,"
he said, "I just stressed to them that
they have to get the next batter out, not
to worry about the one that you just
missed. But we had a large enough
lead where we were able to overcome
some of those faults."
Looking ahead to the upcoming
playoff scenario, Rolle said his team
should continue to progress towards
their championship goal with basic fun-
damentals and improvements defen-
"We are looking for these guys to
come out and play basic softball, hit,
run and play good defence. Today we
got a little sloppy in the third inning but
because we scored a lot of runs we
were able to pull it off," he said, "We
will need much better defence in the
playoffs because those games are going
to be much tougher. We are running
well, we are hitting well, we have to
tighten up on our defence and that will
be the key."


is pleased

with growth

of regatta

on Exuma

Senior Sports Reporter
SINCE taking over as com-
modore of the National Family
Island Regatta, Danny Strachan
said he's been quite pleased with
the growth and development of the
major event being held in Exuma.
SStrachan said at the beginning of
the week they suffered a slight set-
back with the crane on the barge
that brought the boats to George-
But he said they eventually got it
sorted out with the help of the com-
munity, led by Rodney Burrows
and Cyril Rolle, so that they could
have all the boats in the water and
the 55th version of the regatta
turned out all that they had antici-
"This year's regatta was very
competitive in all of the classes,"
Strachan said. "We had 11 boats in
the A Class, 16 in the B Class and
about 20 in the C Class apd all of
them went right down to the wire.
"That is what we want. We want
these boats to be sailing close to
each other because there's no one
boat dominating the entire fleet.
When you have one boat dominat-
ing the fleet, the other boats some-
times, become discourageg..
S ver the-yearsStrachan said the
" ''.'C3pta3in Rollie 'The-'Grnd
Master' Gray discouraged a' lot of
people as his Tida Wave dominated
the A Class. In fact, Strachan said
Gray won a total of 21 national
titles in the A, B and C Classes
Although he died in February,
skipper Brooks Miller kept the
memory of Gray alive by sailing
the Tida Wave to another victory in
the A Class.
And if that wasn't enough, Lesie
'Buzzy' Rolle, another skipper who
came under Gray, repeated as tlie
C Class champion in the Bulla Reg.
Rolle and the Lady Sonia had.a
chance to keep the B Class title in
Exuma as well. But a dispute over
the withdrawal of a protest saw the
Eudeva, skippered by Lundy
Robinson, win their first national
title. The Eudeva hails from
Crooked Island.
Robinson, by the way, was hon-
oured this year by the organising
"Lundy Robinson is one of our
outstanding skippers from Black
Point, Exuma," Strachan stated.
"We call him the 'Quiet Storm'
because, like Rollie Gray. he does-
n't say much.
"Of course, people don't know
the family ties, but captain Rollie
Gray and Captain Lundy Robin-
son are families. Lundy has made
an invaluable contribution to this
Owner of the Silent Partner and
the Redstripe in the A Class,
Robinson has also sailed the Peace
Maker to a number of victories in
the B Class and he finally won the
first title for the Eudeva.
"This is his time in the spotlight
and he's earned it," Strachan
lamented. "Even though he didn't
win the A Class because of certain
things that happened on the race
course, he's walking away from the
regatta that was held in his honour
with at least one title."
Having assumed the role as com-
modore since 1992, Strachan said
there's a lot of work that goes into
pulling off the biggest sloop sailing
competition held in the country.
He noted that next month thev
will begin planning for the 56thlver-
sion of the regatta, to be held dur-
ing the final week of April, 2009.
"It takes almost $300,000 to pull
this event off," Strachan pointed
"When you think about having
60 boats here, that takes a lot of
money to bring them down, host
and feed the sailors and provide
the cash prizes and trophies for the
"But we have a committee thal
works tirelessly to ensure that
everything is in order and I just
want to praise everybody who has
played a role in the success of the
regatta year after year."

PA GE 1 U D P I 2 0T

Talib eager to get started

with the Buccaneers

AP Sports Writer
TAMPA, Florida (AP) Aqib Tal-
ib fielded question after question.
When he finally encountered one he
couldn't answer, the first-round draft
pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got
some unexpected assistance.
"My first name means the last to
come. I'm the youngest out of four
kids. My last name, I don't know," the
ballhawking cornerback said Monday
before being joined on a. podium by
Bucs coach Jon Gruden.
The two held up a No. 1 jersey with
Talib's name on the back.
"That name," Gruden said, "means
good corner, I hope."
The room erupted in laughter, but
Gruden was only half joking.
The Bucs selected a cornerback in
the opening round for the first time
since 1986, bypassing an opportunity
to upgrade the offense with the coach's
choice of any receiver in the draft.
They're counting on Talib to prove
they made the right call.
The starting cornerbacks for much
of the past decade have been Ronde
Barber and Brian Kelly. Barber turned
33 three weeks ago, while the 32-year-
old Kelly skipped town this winter as a
free agent.
Talib, who Gruden describes as a
"dynamic playmaker" at Kansas, will
compete with Phillip Buchanon for the
starting left cornerback job and play a
key role in nickel situations.
"We always let guys come in and
compete, especially first-round or sec-
ond-round picks. ... But that doesn't
mean that we just start them. They
have to earn it because we like who
we have right now," defensive coordi-
nator Monte Kiffin said.
"Last year we ran like 1,082 plays
on defense, and 42 percent of the time
we played nickel, which means three
wideouts in the game. So, we got to
match up with three corners. That's
why you need a really good third cor-
ner. He not only is one snap away from
being a starter, but is also going to play
right now .close to 50 percent of the
The ultra-confident Talib is eager to
learn the defense and contribute any he

He looks forward to learning from
Barber and others, like linebacker Der-
rick Brooks and safeties Jermaine
Phillips and Tanard Jackson, on a
defense that's ranked among the
league's best 10 of the past 11 seasons.
As part of the core of players that
helped put the Kansas football pro-
gram back on the map, Talib had 13
career interceptions in college. He also
made an impact on offense as a receiv-
er, averaging nearly 25 yards per catch
and scoring TDs on five of nine career
He doesn't anticipate his upbeat,
sometimes brash personality rubbing
teammates the wrong way.
"I'm on their team now. I think they
want me to come in and compete. They
want me to come in and help the team
win a championship. That's what we're
trying to do," said Talib, selected the
most valuable player in this year's
Orange Bowl after scoring on a 60-
yard interception return to help Kansas
beat Virginia Tech.
"If there's a player here who's going '
to help them win a championship, they
want him to do his hardest to be on
the field. I think I'll fit in perfect. I'm a
people person. I've never had a prob-
lem fitting in with a crowd."
On his first visit to the team's training
complex since being selected No. 20
overall, Talib also reiterated he doesn't
believe Tampa Bay took a risk by draft-
ing someone who reportedly acknowl-
edged to testing positive for marijuana
three times in college.
He has said his problems at Kansas
occurred more than two years ago.
"All I can say is my actions speak
louder than words. I'm pretty sure that
maybe after this season when nothing
happens, it'll die down. I'm not really
worried about it," he said. "I made a
bad reputation at Kansas from doing
that. I'm not dumb enough to do it
again. I learned from my mistakes."
The Bucs are confident the trouble is
behind him.
"It is not only our discussions with
him, which were extremely positive ... it
is his coaches that stand by him 100
percent," general manager Bruce Allen
said. "It is also his teammates.... Every-
one spoke very highly of him."

TAMPA BAY Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden (left) and 2008 first-round draft pick
Aqib Talib hold up a jersey during a news conference yesterday.




AP Sports Writer
ALAMEDA, California
(AP) The Oakland Raiders
released running back Dominic
Rhodes on Monday, two days
after using their top draft pick
to take big-play back Darren
Oakland had a glut at run-
ning back after the draft and
began addressing it almost
immediately by announcing
the team cut ties with Rhodes.
The Raiders still have two
backs with 1,000-yard seasons
on their roster in Justin Far-
gas and LaMont Jordan, as
well as last year's fourth-round
pick Michael Bush.
Rhodes signed a two-year
contract with the Raiders last
offseason after helping Indi-
anapolis win the Super Bowl.
He restructured his contract
earlier this offseason and was
expected to share the rushing
load with Fargas before
McFadden was drafted.
Rhodes was suspended for
the first four games last sea-
son for violating the league's
substance abuse policy. He
played sparingly until Fargas
went down with a knee injury
late in the year. Rhodes ran
for 237 yards the last two
games of the season. He fin-
ished with 302 yards rushing
in 10 games last season.
Fargas and McFadden are
expected to be the main backs
in Oakland next season, with
Jordan likely to be the next
running back cut loose.
Fargas ran for 1,009 yards in
2007 despite starting only sev-
en games. He signed a $12 mil-
lion, three-year contract that
guarantees him $6 million.
McFadden, the fourth pick
in the draft Saturday, was the
top-rated-running back after
rushinglfor 4,590,yards and 41
touchdowns in three seasons
at Arkansas.

I~anthr agreeto one-year deal With Walker
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IN THIS August 25, 2007 file photo, Chicago Bears Darwin Walker (99) and Mike Brown (30) cover cornerback Nathan Vasher (right) as he recovers a fumble from San Francisco 49ers running back Michael Robin-
son (not seen in photo), during the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Carolina Panthers added depth on their defensive line by agreeing to a one-year deal with free
agent Darwin Walker. Walker's agent, Al Irby, confirmed the deal yesterday. The Chicago Bears let Walker go in February.

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Helms' homer gives Marlins 3-2 win

MILWAUKEE, Wissconsin
Associated Press

WES HELMS was having
trouble catching up to Brewers
pitchers' fastballs. That's what
happens, he said, when you
spend much of the season sit-
ting on the bench.
Fortunately for the Florida
Marlins, he found his swing at
the perfect time Sunday.
Helms came through in just
his fourth start of the year, hit-
ting a home run leading off the
10th inning and lifting the Flori-
da Marlins to a 3-2 victory over
Helms hit an 0-2 fastball off
Seth McClung (1-1) about five
feet over the left-field wall for
his first home run since Aug. 10.
"All day I've been behind the
fastball," he said. "Without play-
ing every day, the timing just
wasn't there. ... I had a feeling -
I was really late on the second
pitch that he was going to
come back with it," he said.
His hunch was correct.
McClung went back to the fast-
ball, and Helms.connected.
"I cheated a little bit, got the
hands out there a little earlier,"
Helms said. "If he throws a
curve, I probably look like Bugs
Bunny out there."
McClung missed his spot with
the pitch.

Loney's RBI

single in 10th

gives Dodgers

3-2 wn

Associated Press

PERHAPS a three-game
sweep of the NL champion
Colorado Rockies will help
spark the Los Angeles
Dodgers after they spun their
wheels for the first four weeks
of the season.
James Loney singled home
the winning run in the 10th
inning and the Dodgers beat
the Rockies 3-2 on Sunday,
sending Colorado to its sev-
enth loss in eight games.
The Rockies had won the
final seven meetings between
the teams last season, includ-
ing a four-game sweep at
Coors Field during a 14-1 fin-
ishing kick that earned them a
wild-card berth and catapult-
ed them into the playoffs.
"Anytime you can sweep a
team at home, it's always a
positive," Dodgers center
fielder Andruw Jones said.
"We've been struggling a lit-
tle bit to score runs today, but
we came out here and took
advantage when those guys
made some mistakes and we
managed to sneak in a win."
It's the first three-game
winning streak of the season
for the Dodgers under new
manager Joe Torre, who used
his 24th different lineup in 25
games as he continues to
search for a consistent com-
Los Angeles has had six
different managers since win-
ning the 1988 World Series
under Tommy Lasorda, and
has won only one postseason
game since then. So turning
this team into a pennant con-
tender remains a daily chal-
lenge for Torre, who made
the playoffs in each of the last
12 seasons with the New
York Yankees.
"You're never going to find
the combination that you're
going to put out there day in
and day out," Torre said.
"The fact that we can bat so
many of our guys second or
seventh is just the versatility
of the type of players we
have, so I'm not really search-
ing for something that you
can sort of phone in every
It was the fifth extra-inning
game this season for the
Rockies, including a 22-inning
win at San Diego on April 17,
and a 13-inning loss to the
Dodgers on Friday night.
"We didn't come in here

thinking we were going to get
swept," reliever Matt Herges
said. "It's a tad demoralizing,
but there's no one in here
who's going to hang their
head. I think we were worse
at this time last year, so
nobody's panicking."
The Rockies' actually have
the same 10-15 record they
had last season after 25

"It was the right pitch and the
right mindset," he said. "It was
what I wanted to throw. It just
wasn't where I wanted to throw
Playing for injured first base-
man Mike Jacobs, Helms went
3-for-5 and drove in a pair of
- The right-handed hitter was a
reserve infielder for the Mar-
lins in 2006, played for Philadel-
phia last year, but signed in ear-
ly April with Florida.
"I did it in '06 and I feel like
I'm sinking back into that role,"
he said. "Sometimes, you've got
to find your role in this game
and this might be it for me. I
feel comfortable here and it
feels good to be back in that
role again."
Matt Lindstrom (1-0) pitched
the ninth, allowing a pair of
base runners before striking out
Ryan Braun to end the threat.
Kevin Gregg, the Marlins'
eighth pitcher, came on for the
10th inning and earned his
fourth save in five chances. He
struck out Craig Counsell with
a split-fingered fastball with
runners on first and third to end
the game. -.. ...- -L
"I'm not aifrfid to get guys
on, I always have somebody out
there," Gregg said. "Counsell, I
was able to locate some good
pitches on him. The last pitch
was a splittie that was exactly

you've got to
find your role
in this game and
this might be it
for me."


where I wanted it to be."
The Brewers again went
deep into their bullpen, using
seven pitchers in their eighth
extra-inning game this season.
Milwaukee fell to 5-3 in games
decided after the ninth.
"There were about four
instances of balls we hit right
on the nose that could have
changed the complexion of the
game, but we hit them right at
people," Milwaukee manager
Ned Yost said. "That's what
happens when you're struggling
to score runs. You just can't
find those holes."
Milwaukee took the lead in
the first when Corey Hart's sac-
rifice fly scored Rickie Weeks
from third, but Florida coun-
tered with two runs off Brewers
starter Manny Parra in the

Josh Willingham walked with
one out and scored from first
on Jorge 3,u's double, after left-
fielder Braun missed shortstop
J.J. Hardy with the cut off
throw. Helms followed with a
single, scoring Cantu and giving
Florida a 2-1 lead.
Bill Hall tied the score at 2
when he hit a one-out homer,
his seventh of the year, off Tay-
lor Tankersley in the seventh.
Florida starter Ricky Nolasco
pitched five innings, giving up
one run on two hits. He walked
four, struck out two and hit a
Parra wound up going 5 1-3
innings for Milwaukee, giving
up two runs on six hits. He
walked three and struck out

After the game, the Brewers
optioned RHP Dave Bush to
Triple-A Nashville. The move will
allow the team to activate CF
Mike Cameron on Tuesday, when
he comes off a 25-game suspen-
sion for testing positive twice for
a banned stimulant.... Jacobs
missed the game with a sprained
finger. He is day to day.
Brewers RHP Guillermo
Mota pitched the eighth, his
500th game in the majors.


ARIZONA Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb pitches against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning
of the Diamondbacks 2-1 victory during Sunday's game in San Diego. Webb raised his record to 6-0.


. _

FLORIDA MARLINS' Wes Helms is congratulated by Cody Ross
(left) after he hit the game winning home run against Milwaukee
Brewers in the tenth inning of Sunday's game in Milwaukee.

Webb outduels

Peavy to lift

D'backs past

Padres 2-1

Associated Press

BRANDON WEBB got a lit-
tle boost for his matchup with
fellow ace Jake Peavy the
return of regular catcher Chris
Webb outpitched Peavy in a
battle of the last two NL Cy
Young Award winners, Snyder
hit a two-run homer and the
Arizona Diamondbacks beat
the San Diego Padres 2-1 on
Webb (6-0), the 2006 Cy
Young winner, allowed just one
unearned run and twice escaped
bases-loaded jams before leav-
ing after six innings. He became
the first six-game winner in the
majors and lowered his ERA
to 1.98.
Snyder connected off Peavy
despite playing with the flu,
which sidelined him Saturday.
SHe also caught the entire game
despite an unseasonably high
91-degree gametime tempera-
ture, the hottest game in San
Diego in 2 1/2 years.
"I trust him totally," Webb
said. "To have him back there
just gives me a lot of confidence.
He sucked it up and battled for
me today, and I appreciate it."
Peavy (3-1) gave up four hits
in seven innings, losing at home
for the first time in 10 starts
since July. Peavy had gone 6-0
with a 0.68 ERA in that span.
"We had a chance to beat the
best team in the National
League, but I couldn't do what
I needed to do for us to win the
game," Peavy said. "I threw the
wrong pitch. Unfortunately, that
one pitch cost us the ballgame."
Webb became the first Dia-
mondbacks pitcher to win his
first six decisions since Randy
Johnson in 2002. Johnson holds
the franchise mark by winning
seven consecutive decisions to
start the 2000 season.
Peavy, whose ERA rose to
2.09, allowed more earned runs
Sunday than he had in his first
three home starts this season
when he gave up just one
earned run in 24 innings.
Webb combined with three
relievers on a five-hitter. Bran-
don Lyon pitched the ninth for
his seventh save in nine chances.
"I knew that there was not
going to be a whole lot of runs
because (Peavy) was throwing
well all day," Webb said. "I
knew there was not going to be
lot of room for error, so it
makes you focus in even that
much more."
Peavy and two relievers held
the Diamondbacks to four hits.
Snyder spent virtually all of
Saturday's game in the club-
house alternating between get-
ting sick and rcce ivin tif(;t'

Snyder had gone hitless in 11
career at-bats against Peavy.
"For Chris Snyder to even
play in that game, let alone
starting, is pretty amazing," Ari-
zona manager Bob Melvin said.
"At times he was getting dizzy.
To accomplish what he did
behind the plate and at the plate
today was huge for us."
Snyder connected on a fist-
ball with two outs in the'sec6nd
after Peavy walked Stephen
Drew. It was his first home run
since Sept. 16.
"I'm just glad it went quick
and I didn't really have to do
much," Snyder said. "There
wasn't a whole lot of running,
there weren't any plays at the
plate, there weren't any drag
bunts and I didn't have to block
many balls."
.Arizona raised its record to
a major league-best 18-7, break-
ing the franchise record for wins
in April. The Diamondbacks,
who won on opening day on
March 31, have won 17 games
this month, one better than the
club mark set three times.
The Diamondbacks also went
17-5 in a stretch of 22 consecu-
tive games against NL West
San Diego lost for the 10th
time in 12 games.
"Confidence-wise, it sets a
tone in our minds," Melvin said.
"But there is a lot of baseball
left to be played."
The Padres cut Arizona's
lead to 2-1 in the fourth. Adrian
Gonzalez walked and reached
third on second baseman Orlan-
do Hudson's error, allowing
Kevin Kouznjanoff to reach.
Jim Edmonds followed with a
sacrifice fly.
Webb struck out Kouzmanot'f
with the bases loaded to end
the fifth.
Khalil Greene and Tadahito
Iguchi hit consecutive singles
with one out in the sixth before
Webb walked Josh Bard to load
the bases. Webb struck out
Peavy and first baseman Conor
Jackson made a diving stop of a
grounder by Brian Giles before
throwing to Webb for the last

San Diego strani(l l ii

Webb raised his career mark
in March/April to 18-2 in 29

Peavy has pitched at least six
innings in 11 straight starts, dat-
ing to last season.

The game was the hottest in
San Diego since Sept. 5, 2004,
when it was also 91 degrees. The
last time it was hotter for n n'w-m
in S o" li , r :L

SAN DIEGO Padres' Jake Peavy strikes out with the bases loaded and one out against Arizona Diamondbacks
in the sixth inning.

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SPhoenix forces game 5
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Person close

to Riley says

he'll step down

as Heat coach

* Basketball
MIAMI, Florida
Associated Press

PAT RILEY'S worst sea-
son as coach of the Miami
Heat will be his last.
The Hall of Famer will
resign as coach Monday after-
noon but remain team presi-
dent, a person close to Riley
said. The person spoke on
condition of anonymity to
The Associated Press because
an announcement had yet to
be made.
As team president, Riley
will continue to oversee a
plan to halt the team's dra-
matic fall after it won the
NBA championship in 2006.
The Heat finished this season
with the NBA's worst record
It's believed Riley .could
name his replacement Mon-
day. He has been grooming
longtime assistant Erik Spoel-
stra for the job. That would
follow the path Riley took
when he previously promoted
Stan Van Gundy.
The decision, which Riley
said he would make after
meeting with Heat owner
Micky Arison, was one of
many major events awaiting
Miami this offseason. The
Heat could have the No. 1
pick in the draft, are assured
of a top-four pick and are cer-
tain to make several moves
in an effort to revamp a roster
plagued by injuries all year.
"One thing we know for
sure: He will be the presi-
dent,'Z1,jeat guard Dwyane
Wade said one day after the
most disappointing season in
Miami's 20-year franchise his-
tory finally ended this month.
"Whatever else happens after
that, we know he's going to
do what's best for the team."
Unless he comes back -
he has once before Riley
finishes his career with 1,210
victories, third most in NBA
history behind Lenny
Wilkens and Don Nelson. He
won seven championships in
all, five as a head coach, one
as an assistant and one as a
player, and was voted into the
2008 Hall of Fame class this
month. His induction is Sept.
The rebuilding process will
still be his primary focus.
Riley essentially began that
job in February when he trad-
ed disgruntled center
Shaquille O'Neal to the
Phoenix Suns. The move not
only rid the team of a player
who didn't want to remain in
Miami, but gave the Heat
some salary-cap room that
wouldn't otherwise have been
available until O'Neal's con-
tract expired in 2010.
"Regardless if Pat is coach-
ing or not, I think he'll still
have a lot of say-so in what
goes on around here," Heat
forward Shawn Marion, who
was acquired in that trade for
O'Neal, said this month.
Riley stepped down days
before the 2003-04 season
began, walking into then-
assistant coach Stan Van
Gundy's office one morning
and asking him, "You
Van Gundy remained as
coach for two-plus seasons,
resigning 21 games into the
2005-06 campaign. Riley
replaced his former protege
on the bench and engineered
Miami's march to the 2006
But the Heat have gone
59-105 in regular-season
games since, the second-
biggest two-year fall by a
championship team in NBA
He started his head coach-
ing career with the Los
Angeles Lakers, winning a
championship in his first sea-
son with a team led by Mag-
ic Johnson and Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar. He also took
the New York Knicks to the
NBA finals before coming to
Miami in 1995, where on the

day he was introduced he
famously talked about envi-
sioning a championship
parade down Biscayne
Eleven years later, that
vision became reality.

FROM left to right, Phoenix Suns' Raja Bell, Shaquille O'Neal and Armare Stoudemire laugh on the bench in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff basketball
series against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, April 27, 2008, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Spurs 105-86.

PHOENIX, Arizona
Associated Press

Phoenix on the brink of elimi-
nation, another brought the Suns
back to life.
Boris Diaw fell two assists shy
of a triple-double Sunday and
the Suns avoided a first-round
sweep at the hands of San Anto-
nio with a 105-86 rout of the
Diaw, starting in place of
injured Grant Hill, had 20 points,
10 rebounds and eight assists in
one of the best playoff perfor-.
mances of his career.
"I trust him. I always have,"
Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.
"I think he's a heck of a basket-
ball player. He's been maligned
here a little bit, but he can play.
He stepped up big."
Diaw also played tough
defense on his good friend and
fellow Frenchman Tony Parker,
who scored 18 points after a
career-high 41 in San Antonio's
115-99 victory Friday night in
Game 3.
"I think they kind of relaxed
being up 3-0," Diaw said, "but
we came out and played, too.
We didn't come out like the
series was over. We came out
fired up."
No one was more aggressive
than Raja Bell, who scored 21

Diaw's near triple-

double leads Suns'

105-86 rout of Spurs

of his 27 points in a dominant
first half to help Phoenix bring a
one-sided end to the defending
NBA champions' nine-game
playoff winning streak. The Suns
were 11-0 in the regular season
when Bell scored at least 20.
. "I was really embarrassed by
my play and the team's play after
the last game," Bell said. "It was
hard to sleep. I was restless. I
couldn't put it to bed."
Phoenix still trails the first-
round series 3-1, with Game 5
on Tuesday night in San Anto-
nio. No NBA team has come
back from 0-3 to win a series, a
fact that wasn't lost on the Spurs'
Tim Duncan.
"We didn't expect to sweep
these guys," Duncan said.
"We're excited in the situation
we're in, up 3-1. We've got to
win one more game, and we get
to go home and try to win it
there. Those are a lot of things
that are in our favor."
The Suns won in a blowout
even though Amare Stoudemire

scored just seven points and
Steve Nash had four assists.
Nash and Leandro Barbosa
scored 15 apiece for the Suns.
Shaquille O'Neal had 14 points
and 12 rebounds.
D'Antoni drew two technicals
and was ejected with 3:38 to play
and his team up 104-80.
"I don't know where the sense
of humor has gone," D'Antoni
said. "There's no use comment-
ing on it. It was kind of silly."
Bell figured it was a good sign
that everybody was emotionally
into it for Phoenix.
"We were fired up from the
beginning. We were fired up yes-
terday," he said. "It was good to
see Mike get fired up, too."
Duncan scored 14 and Manu
Ginobili 10 for the Spurs. Park-
er shot 7-of-17 and committed
five turnovers, then said Diaw's
defense was nothing special.
"They always think that's
going to bother me but I had my
shots," he said. "It didn't bother
me at all, I just missed my shots."

Spurs coach Gregg.Popovich
threw in the towel by benching
his three stars late in the third
"You lose by two and you
play all those minutes, or you
lose by 20 and you get some time
to rest," Duncan said. "I guess
you can find a positive there.
You don't want to lose any
games like this, but it happens
and we'll be r6ady to go the next-
SPopovich had little to say
"Both teams want to play
hard, both teams want to win
just as badly as the other," he
said. "They played better than
we did, and they were more
aggressive right out of the gate."
After watching the Spurs play
to near-perfection Friday, the
Suns were the aggressors from
the start on Sunday. Phoenix led
by 21 after oje quarter, by as
many as 24 in the second and by
30 in the third.
Nash's 15-footer gave the Suns
a 79-49 lead with 5:50 left in the
third quarter. With Parker and
Duncan on the bench, San Anto-
nio cut it to 22 late in the quar-
ter, but it was 93-65 entering the
Bell shot 6-of-7, 3-for-4 on 3-
pointers to lead Phoenix to a 65-
43 halftime lead. Diaw scored
10 points in the half.
The Suns never led in Game 3,

but built big advantages early in
the first two games, only to lose
at the end. Their first-quarter
start Sunday was their best yet.
Diaw's shot over Ginobili
inside made it 11-1, and it was
20-9 after Barbosa's driving
layup with 5:41 left in the first. It
was 34-13 after one.
San Antonio was 4-for-19
shooting with six turnovers in
the first two quarters.
The Spurs cut it to 12 three
times in the second quarter, the
last at 49-37 on Ginobili's 15-
foot bank shot with 4:55 to go.
Phoenix, though, scored the next
12 six on free throws by Bell
- to go up 61-37 on Diaw's
layup with 1:33 left in the half.

Hill sat after being slowed by
a sore right groin in the first three

The 22-point lead was the
largest in any playoff game this

San Antonio shot 38 percent
in the first half (16-of-42).

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim
were in the crowd. Krzyzewski is
head coach of the U.S. Olympic
basketball team. Boeheim and
D'Antoni are assistants.

West powers Hornets

past Mavs, take 3-1 lead

* Basketball
Associated Press

DAVID WEST and Chris
Paul were on the bench, smiling
as they watched thousands of
fans headed to their cars.
They'd already seen Jason Kidd
lose his cool and get tossed, and
saw police take away a ref-bait-
ing loudmouth a few seats from
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
They were soaking it all in
because it might be their last
glimpse of Dallas for a while.
West let out his pent-up frus-
tration over a poor Game 3 with
a determined effort in Game 4,
scoring 10 of his 24 points in a
quick stretch early in the sec-
ond half to help the New
Orleans Hornets pull away for a
97-84 victory Sunday and a 3-1
lead in the first-round series.
West had 24 points and nine
rebounds, Paul had 16 points,
eight assists and seven rebounds
and the Hornets ended an 0-
for-14 drought in Dallas that
dated to January 1998. Now
they're headed to New Orleans,
hoping to win Game 5 on Tues-
day night and avoid coming
back to Big D until next sea-
son. The Mavericks are on the
brink of a second straight first-
round exit.
"It's a great feeling to be up
3-1, but it doesn't mean too
much right now," Paul said. "It's
tough to close out a team, to
get that fourth win. That's what
coach has been preaching to us.
We feel pretty confident going

back in front of our fans."
Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points
and 13 rebounds and Jason Ter-
ry scored 20 points, but they
didn't get much help. Josh
Howard was 3-for-16 and Kidd
had only three points, three
assists and four rebounds before
getting ejected with 7:16 left for
a flagrant foul on Jannero Par-
go. The exodus in the aisles
came soon after, even before
Hornets coach Byron Scott
pulled his starters.
"At that point, we'd done
close to what we needed to get
the result we wanted," West
The Mavs went from scoring
30 points in the first quarter to
14 in the second quarter, then
40 in the entire second half.
Dallas' meltdown in this
game, in this series and since
being up 2-0 on Miami in the
finals two years ago might
end up costing coach Avery
Johnson his job. Nowitzki
already was using the past tense
in his postgame comments, say-
ing they just didn't have enough
offense in the series.
"I don't really have an answer
for it," said Nowitzki, exhaling
loudly and running a hand
through his hair in frustration.
"All season long, we've lost
leads way too quick. ... Every-
body has to be in attack mode.
You have to make shots to win
iL this league."
lew Orleans did, hitting 50
percent. Peja Stojakovic scored
19 points and Julian Wright
added 11, including a tremen-

dous dunk off a midcourt steal
of Jerry Stackhouse, a play that
emphasized the difference in
the age and agility of these
"I thought Julian was athletic
enough to match up with Josh
and Jerry," Scott said. "He did-
n't play like a rookie. He's
active, he runs the floor. He's a
pretty good player."
Pargo also scored 11 and
Morris Peterson had 10.
West was 10-of-21, but the
most important part came at the
start of the second half, when
New Orleans turned a 48-44
halftime lead into a 64-51
West made all four shots he
took in that spurt and added a
pair of free throws. All came
against Erick Dampier, includ-
ing a 1-hander that prompted
an immediate timeout by John-
son and a huge chest bump
from Paul. West never hit any-
thing like that in Game 3, when
he started 3-of-14 and finished
The big guy was practically
silent since then, stewing over
his performance. Scott consid-
ered that a good thing.
"Everything was stirring up
in him," Scott said. "He wasn't
going to play the way he played
in Game 3. We were banking
on that. He was in an aggres-
sive mind-set from the start and
he came up big."
Several Hornets said Satur-
day they thought they'd taken
Dallas' best shot in Game 3 and
could handle it from here.

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NEW ORLEANS Hornets David West (30) defend Dallas
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), from Germany, in
the second half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round
basketball playoff series in Dallas, Sunday, April 27, 2008.





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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008, PAGE 15



Free of protest,
Olympic torch
relay begins
North Korea leg

North Korea
ASSURED of a trip free of
anti-Chinese protests, the
Olympic torch made its first-
ever relay run Monday in
authoritarian North Korea,
according to Associated Press.
An attentive and peaceful
crowd of thousands watched
the start of the relay in
Pyongyang, some waving Chi-
nese flags, footage from broad-
caster APTN showed. The
event was presided over by the
head of the country's rubber-
stamp parliament, Kim Yong
Nam, who often acts as a cere-
monial state leader.
The torch relay has been a
lightning rod for anti-China
demonstrations. At other
stops, such as in London and
San Francisco protesters have
focused their ire on Beijing's
recent crackdown on anti-gov-
ernment riots in Tibet.
But communist North
Korea, an ally of neighbor Chi-
na, has been critical of disrup-
tions of the torch relay else-
where and has supported Bei-
jing in its crackdown against
violent protests in Tibet.
North Korean leader Kim
Jong II was not seen ath's
Olympic committee, according
to a report by Japan's Kyodo
News agency from Pyongyang.
North Korea is one of the
world's most tightly controlled
countries, where citizens are
not allowed to travel freely and
civil rights are restricted by the
iron-fisted regime.
"We express our basic posi-
tion that while some impure
forces have opposed China's
hosting of the event and have
been disruptive, we believe
that constitutes a challenge to
the Olympic idea," Pak said,
according to Kyodo.
Tideology of "self-reliance"
created by the country's late
founding President Kim II
Sung, father of current leader
Kim Jong II.
At the start of the run, Kim
Yong Nam passed the torch to
Pak Du Ik, who played on
North Korea's 1966 World
Cup soccer team that made a
historic trip to the quarterfi-
nals. As he began the 12-mile
route through Pyongyang,
thousands more cheering peo-
ple lined city streets waving
pink paper flowers and small
flags with the Beijing Olympics
logo and chanting "Welcome!

A lesson in junkanoo for

Carnival Learning Centre

AHIGH COMMISSIONER for the Bahamas to London Paul Farquhar-
son (left) receives a plaque from the Chairman of the Isle of Wight
Council Councillor Arthur Taylor


PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham was on
hand April 22 at UBS Bahamas Ltd to take part
Sin the groundbreaking ceremony for the 25,00.0
square foot two-storied class A office building.
Pictured from left are: Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette; Minister of Works and Public
Utilities Earl Deveaux; Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing; CEO of UBS, Richard
Voswinckel; Minister of State for Social Devel-
opment Loretta Butler-Turner; Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham; Director, Andreas Rentschler,
John P.

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National Youth Council courtesy call on Minister of State

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AMR JAMES "BUPSY" FRAZER of the One Family
Junkanoo Group beats a drum high above the
audience at the launch of the Carnival Learning Centre

4 RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND High Commissioner for the
Bahamas to London Paul Farquharson (left) watches the recorded opening
remarks by Bahamian Minister of State for Culture Charles Maynard, at the
launch of the Carnival Learning Centre on April 25. The centre is the United
Kingdom's first dedicated Carnival and Celebratory Arts Learning Centre
and a team of junkanoo artisans and performers are the first cultural group
to undertake a residency programme and perform there.

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EXECUTIVES OF The Bahamas National Youth Council (BNYC) pay a courtesy call on the Minister of State in
the Ministry of Legal Affairs Desmond Bannister, on Monday, April 21, at the Attorney General's Office. Pic-
tured from left are Deputy Permanent Secretary in the AG's Office, Eugene Poitier; chairperson for Interna-
tional Affairs, BNYC, Tanya McFall; Mr Bannister; president, BNYC, Tyson McKenzie; and vice president for
planning and development, BNYC, Christopher Higgs.

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Petrol theft

FROM page one

from the tank of the govern-
ment vehicle he is responsible
He maintains he was driven
to do it by rocketing gas prices.
An associate said: "People
have been doing it for a long
time, but it has gone up now the
gas prices are going up."
Police are investigating the
surging crime and urge anyone
who falls victim to petrol theft to
report it by calling 322-4444 or
call Crimestoppers anonymous-
ly on 328-8477.
Drivers are advised to secure
their gas tanks when possible
and to park in well-lit areas.

FROM page one

Rita Burrows, 73, has lived
comfortably in her quaint
home for over 40 years but
claims for the last year she and
her two immediate neighbours
have been plagued by the six to
eight-inch long pests.
The constant "apprehen-
sion" of finding centipedes dur-
ing a night-time visit to the
bathroom or kitchen has cre-
ated a "psychological" fear in
her own home, she said.
"My home and the two hous-
es immediately next to me for
the last 10 to 12 months have
had centipedes in the house.
I've got one in the house now
that's about six inches long and
we have the babies (cen-
tipedes) scuttling around the

n alur ofe grahcr edruM wanted In IS FROM page one

FROM page one
ern New Providence in a burnt-out Honda Accord.
Saunders, represented by attorney Roger Gomez Jr., was
not required to plead to the charges. He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison and his case was adjourned to September 8 and
12 for the start of a preliminary inquiry.
Saunders, who has been fighting extradition to the US on sub-
stantial drug charges since 2003, is charged along with Austin
"Ozzie" Knowles Jr, the alleged leader of a major cocaine
smuggling organisation, Edson Watson, Nathaniel Knowles
and former police officer Ian Bethel.
Watson and Saunders face charges of conspiracy to import,
attempting to import, possession of a US vessel with intent to
distribute, and import into the US five kilos of cocaine.
Austin Knowles faces another importation charge, in addition
to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and pos-
session with the intent to distribute five kilos of cocaine. Bethel
has been charged with conspiracy to import five kilos of cocaine,
while Nathaniel Knowles was charged with conspiracy to import,
attempting to import and possession of a US vessel with the
intent to distribute five kilos of cocaine.

house all the-time and the bites
are not fun," said Ms Burrows
She claimed an attempt to
expunge the six-inch centipede
from her home took her about
25 minutes and nearly a whole
can of the insecticide Baygon.
She called health officials
who told her they did not
respond to calls regarding cen-
tipedes and recommended she
contact a private exterminator.
"This is why I am so darn
mad, I spoke to (an official) at
the Department of Environ-
mental Health who said that
the ministry doesn't do any-
thing about centipedes, only
rats and mosquitoes. (They)
said that they would make a
note of my call and wait and
see if any other people call with
"I don't see why the health
people should pass this off to
the private sector. It's like the
fact that you have a worry
about getting bit by a big one is
not good enough (but) if some-
thing can bite with a venom
that's poisonous it has to be a
health hazard," she said.
She has stocked up on anti-
histamine in case she or her
son gets bitten.
Neighbour Heidi Kemp told
The Tribune she and her hus-
band periodically exterminated
their home for about a year
after their then eight-year-old
daughter was bitten.
"I think someone should
look into it because they are
now breeding in our houses.

Our houses and our yards are
quite clean so it's got to be
something (else). We have a
vacant lot behind us and I
believe that's where they're
breeding and they're coming
through the walls."
Assistant Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Carlton
Smith said the department
received one complaint about
centipedes in Stevenson sub-
division but believes it is a
localisedd" case.
Because centipedes are not
"vectors for disease" like
rodents and mosquitoes the
department has "no reason at
this stage with this one call to
believe we have a problem,"
he said.
"We received the call a while
ago...it's a situation that is very
strange for us because we don't
get calls about centipedes being
a problem in that area.
"Anytime you just get a call
of this nature for something
that is not the norm, you would
give it some attention, but the
question is who would be
responsible, us or (the Depart-
ment of) Agriculture?" he said.
"We'll monitor (the situa-
tion) to see if something devel-
ops," he added.
Centipedes are common gar-
den arthropods that have an
unpleasant bite similar to a
wasp sting but some of the larg-
er centipedes can be danger-
ous to humans, especially chil-
dren, according to the website
w w w k e n d a 1 1-
They are also beneficial crea-
tures which prey on root feed-
ing insects.

However, the lawyer said
that his client reserved the right
to re-open the matter of deten-
tion in the future.
In the case of Keva Major,
Mr Ferguson said that she
received a $250,000 bond.
He explained that, hypothet-
ically, if Mrs Major meets the
$250,000 bond and fulfils all the
other immigration stipulations
imposed on her, she could be
released with a travel restric-
tion until the trial starts.
However, Mr Ferguson said
that Mrs Major being able to
meet the bond and the other
immigration requirements is
"It's a bunch of 'ifs'. A
$250,000 bond is quite a hur-
dle to meet," he said.

Dwight and Keva

The US government also
reserved the right to ask for
pre-trial detention for Mrs
Major in the future if warrant-
ed, the US Attorney's Office
said yesterday.
Both of the Majors also had
immigration holds placed on
An immigration hold allows
the Department of Homeland
Security to take a person into
custody and move them to a
holding facility.
"Bottom line, both defen-
dants will remain incarcerat-
ed," the US Attorney's Office
Mr Ferguson said yesterday
that he doubts that the Majors'

FROM page one

the prime minister has decided to debate the mat-
ters beforehand, along with instituting a mid-year
review to ensure that the government and public
officials keep the country aware of how money is
being spent.
Though this process enhances the transparency
in the management of public financing, some sug-
gest the government has not used this year in
office to tackle the slowdown in the economy and
high rates of violent crime.
"Well, the reality is if the FNM had passed every
piece of legislation in the world the PLP was going
to say they didn't do anything, or they didn't do
enough. That's a given," said FNM chairman John-
ley Ferguson yesterday in an interview with The
"But in reality, the government has done quite
a bit to restructure and change some of the things
that were happening in this country."
The biggest flare-up between the two parties
has been over the Amendment to the Juries Act,
which reduced the number of jurors required in
non-capital cases from 12 to nine people, along
with reducing the number of challenges attorneys
can make to potential jurors. ,
The government advanced the position that the
amendment would help to speed up the process of
bringing cases to trial, and by consequence help to
reduce the backlog in the criminal justice system.
The opposition protested at the time, arguing
that the government did not consult with stake-
holders, and that the purpose of the bill was to give
the impression that they were acting on the crime
problem, when they were not.
"Legislation would not correct a crime prob-
lem because crime is something that comes out
of the heart of a man or a woman. And legislation
can't correct the heart," argued Mr Ferguson. "But
legislation can do things in terms of speeding up tri-
als and bringing them to justice apparently the
police are bringing them before the courts and we
must decide what we are going to do with them
with stiffer penalties and those kind of things.
"Those things the government will continue to
review and deal with. But in terms of crime itself,
the committing of crime is something that comes
from inside of a person basically."

will be moved from the Palm
Beach, County Jail to another
holding facility during their pre-
trial detention.
The Majors were scheduled
to be arraigned in the Florida
Southern District Court on
May 5, but that date has been
pushed back to May 14.
They will then appear before
US Magistrate Judge Ann E
The Majors, both 39 and par-
ents of four young children,
were taken to the US on April
19 after they lost a nearly five-
year battle against extradition.
The US alleges that the hus-
band and wife were part of
drug conspiracy between
August5 2002, and January,
2003, involving the transport of
hundreds of pounds of cocaine
and marijuana.

Gov's legislative agenda

Aside from this piece of legislation, the gov-
ernment has only enacted one other procedural bill
regarding crime. This is the Amendment to the
Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act,
which makes more explicit the procedure and
power of the Supreme Court for the purpose of
giving effect to a request for assistance in a foreign
criminal investigation.
Another Amendment to the Supreme Court
Act is still pending that will allow assistant regis-
trars of the court also to function as Masters of the
Mr Ferguson said it must be remembered that
the government's agenda is a five-year agenda,
and the FNM is committed to fulfilling the pledges
it laid out in the 'Trust Agenda.'
PLP chairman Glenys Hanna-Martin so far
reads the FNM performance in parliament as
"The government has been non-responsive in
addressing the relevant issues plaguing the coun-
try," she said yesterday.
"When you look at the ambitious legislative
agenda that was set out in the speech from the
throne, it certainly has not manifested itself not
even a hint of it in the first year of their admin-
istration," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
She said the government, in regard to the Juries
Act Amendment, merely pushed the bill through
the House to give the public the impression that
they were doing something about escalating levels
of crime.
And of the numerous money bills that have
consumed most of the legislative time of the par-
liament, she said:
"I think they were also political shenanigans.
It was the government's attempt to throw aspira-
tions on the previous administrations.,And they
spent a lot of time doing that."
In terms of issues that face the economy and
country, the PLP chairman said she does not see
"what legislation has been presented in the first 12
months of their administration that addresses any
of those issues."
"It has been politicking at its worst, and in my
view very unproductive," she said.

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ban rogue



Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN financial ser-
vices regulators should not
provide "specific cooling-off
periods" after which persons
prohibited from operating in
the industry be allowed to re-
enter it, a supervisory sub-com-
mittee recommended, adding
that all legislation should be
amended to provide a "com-
mon scheme" for banning

SEE page 3B

Royal Fidelity unveils $1.89m

international equities sub-fund

Tribune Business Editor
Royal Fidelity Merchant
Bank & Trust yesterday
launched a second $1.89
million sub-fund for its
international investment
fund that provides Bahamian investors
with access to global capital markets, a
senior executive telling this newspa-
per that it was expected to be "fully
subscribed" in just over two weeks.
Michael Anderson, Royal Fidelity's
president, told The Tribune that the
Royal Fidelity Bahamas International
Fund's equities sub-fund would target
solely stocks and equities across world
With a minimum investment of
$2,000 and a May 15, 2008, closing date,
Mr Anderson said of the fund: "It
launched today, and will close in two
weeks' time. Really, it's expected to
be fully subscribed with the initial base
of Fidelity clients.
"I kind of anticipate it will go really

Bank expects second fund to be 'fully subscribed' in two weeks

quickly, so if anything is left after May
15, those shares will become available
at the end of next month."
Royal Fidelity will initially launch
the equities sub-fund to its brokerage
clients only, then open it up to wider
participation by other Bahamian retail
and institutional investors later on.
Once the offer period closes on May
15, any subscriptions to, and redemp-
tions from, the equities sub-fund will
take place at the end of all subsequent
months, with investors then buying in
at the prevailing net asset value (NAV)
To ensure the fund has acquired
equities before the offering period is
over, Mr Anderson said Royal Fideli-
ty had "front ended" matters by loan-
ing the equities sub-fund capital to
make acquisitions up front.
Acknowledging that the equities sub-
fund's launch did not coincide with the

best time to invest in international
stock markets, due to low investor con-
fidence and uncertainty over the US
and world economy's outlook amid
spiralling oil and food prices and the
financial system credit crunch, Mr
Anderson said there were still "pock-
ets" of stocks continuing to appreci-
ate in value.
The equities sub-fund, he added,
would attempt to select stocks able to
"weather the downturn better than
others" and provide a greater return to
Bahamian investors than stocks listed
on the Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX).
Data released by BISX yesterday
indicated that Bahamian equities had
been on a general downward trend
over the 2008 first quarter, with the
exchange's All-Share Index which
measures the total value of listed stocks
- down 103.35 points or 5 per cent for

the three months to March 31, 2008.
This compared to a 105.04 point or
6.02 per cent rise during the 2007 com-
parative period, and while the total
volume of shares traded on BISX dur-
ing the 2007 first quarter had risen by
57 per cent, the total value of shares
traded had dropped by $1.685 million
or 18.21 per cent. This indicated the
downward pressure on prices.
Mr Anderson said Royal Fidelity's
FINDEX index, which measured total
returns on all Bahamian public stocks
- share price movement and dividends
- had dropped by about 3 per cent for
the 2008 first quarter.
SNoting that stocks such as FINCO
and Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) had been
sold down substantially from their 52-
week highs in recent weeks, Mr Ander-

SEE page 7B

Britannia unwinds 'Three million cubic yards' to

Cotswold merger

fill more needs in downtown

Tribune Business Editor
BRITANNIA Consulting
Group, the Bahamas-based
financial services provider, is
unwinding its merger with the
Cotswold Group and re-estab-
lishing itself as a standalone
company again due to "funda-
mental differences" over busi-
ness strategy and direction.
The Tribune was yesterday
told that Cotswold's principals
and Britannia, which is headed
by UK citizen and Bahamas
permanent resident Hywel
Jones, wanted to target differ-
ent markets and business
opportunities and had decided
to part ways "amicably".
Cotswold's principals, for-
mer Ansbacher (Bahamas)
managing director Ian Towll
and Todd Callender, were said
to be looking at "huge deals"
related to Venezuela, looking
to exploit demand for interna-
tional financial services by
high-net worth Venezuelans
and companies interested in
keeping wealth and assets out
of President Hugo Chavez's
populist hands and his 'Social-
ism of the 21st Century' revo-
Britannia and its affiliates,
on the other hand, which spe-
cialise in structuring tax-com-
pliant financial planning solu-
tions for high-net worth indi-'
viduals around the world,
wanted to focus on its business
and continue to do business

with American and Canadian
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation said Cotswold was
unhappy about doing business
with US clients, given the
tough tax and regulatory envi-
ronment surrounding them.
Mr Jones yesterday declined
to comment when contacted by
The Tribune about the de-cou-
pling from Cotswold, or alle-
gations that Britannia was
under scrutiny from Canadian
tax officials over services it had
Provided to a Canadian-based
charitable foundation and gift
programme, called the Banyan
Mr Jones indicated he had
effectively been 'gagged' by
Justice John Lyons from speak-
ing to the media due to the
ongoing court battle he and
Britannia are engaged in with
his former business partner and
ex-FNM MP, Lester Turn-
The Banyan Tree is being
sued in the Ontario Superior
Court of Justice by former
clients in a class action lawsuit,
who allege that the scheme's
investment advisers, promot-
ers and attorneys misled them
about its tax benefits..
The lawsuit alleges that
Banyan Tree participants bor-
rowed money to make a chari-
table donation, putting up min-
imal equity themselves, and in

SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Editor
"JUST under
three million
cubic yards" of
fill will be
dredged from
Nassau harbour's
floor beginning
in September-
October 2008, *
the minister of
works and trans-
port told The Tribune, adding
that unless the work was com-
pleted the Bahamas capital will
"not be able to accommodate
the next generation of cruise
Dr Earl Deveaux said the
dredging would take eight to
hine months to complete, with

* Nassau harbour dredge to start in
September-October, with 'drop dead'
completion date of September 2009
* Minister says without work, Nassau unable to
'accommodate next generation of cruise ships'
* Consultants determine scope of works and
area to be dredged, with fill to boost Arawak
Cay and Woodes Rogers Wharf

September 209 acting as the
"drop dead" date for when the
project had to be finished, giv-
en the demands imposed by the
cruise lines' itineraries.
The Government's consul-
tant engineers, Cox & Shal, had
completed the scope of works

for the project, Dr Deveaux
added, and in conjunction with
the cruise lines pinpointed the
exact areas within the harbour
where the dredging will take

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The Bahamian Stock Market

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FOCOL Holdings (FCL) has declared a dividend of $0.03
per share, payable on May 13, 2008 to all shareholders of
record date April 30, 2008.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared an extraordi-
nary dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on April 30,2008, to
all shareholders of record date April 15, 2008.
Consolidated Water Company Limited BDRs (CWCB)
has declared a dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on May
7, 2008, to all shareholders of record date March 31, 2008.
Bahamas Waste (BWL) announced-that it will be holding
its Annual General Meeting on May 22, 2008, at 6pm at the
National Tennis Centre, Nassau, Bahamas.
Commonwealth Bank Limited (CBL)announced it will be
holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May
21, 2008, at 5pm at SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street,
Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

SI'A1 I I II iii1 ir r 1 i' 1 1

* By Royal Fidelity Capital

IT was another active week
in the Bahamian stock market
with investors trading in 12 out
of the 19 publicly traded com-
A total of 106,061 shares
changed hands, representing a
handsome increase of 36.5 per
cent in the exchange's trading
volume in comparison to last
week's activity of 77,702
Freeport Oil Holdings Com-
pany (FCL)led this week's
market rally with 13,555 shares
trading, recapturing some of
its loss from last week's
It climbed by $0.27 to close
at $5.32.
Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) led the volume
with 33,000 shares, rising by
$0.11 to end at a new 52-week
high of $3.
Colina Holdings (Bahamas)
followed with 21,622 shares,
closing unchanged at $2.87.
Finance Corporation of the
Bahamas (FIN) declined the
most, with 1,950 shares trad-
ing, plummeting by $0.42 or
3.3 per cent to end the week at
Consolidated Water Com-
pany BDRs (CWCB) came in.
second, with 1,684 shares trad-
ing, decreasing by $0.13 to end
the week at $4.84.


Earnings Releases:

Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) released its audited
financial results for the year
ended December 31,2007.
CBL reported a net income
of $49 million, representing an
increase of 23 per cent over
the prior year.
Net interest income of $89.9
million rose by $10 million or
13 per cent over the prior year.
Earning per share grew from
$0.35 in 2006 to $0.43 in 2007,
an increase of 22.9 per cent.
Net income available to com-
mon shareholders stood at
$42.6 million.
CBL continues to report
strong performance ratios with
return on equity (ROE) and
return on assets (ROA) of 35.5
per cent and 3.84 per cent
respectively, compared to 34.4
per cent and 3.72 per cent at
year-end 2006.


Emerging Market Fund

AN emerging market fund
is a mutual fund that invests
the majority of its assets in the
financial markets of developing
countries with superior growth
prospects. Some examples of
emerging markets are Eastern.
Europe, Latin America, and
One-of the advantages of
investing in an emerging mar-
ket fund is that it can provide
diversification and high growth
potential, particularly during
a downturn in the investor's
home country.

International Markets

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On the other hand, invest-
ing in an emerging market can
be very risky because markets
in developing countries are still
in the early growth stage, and
is normally characterized as
being vulnerable to political
and economic instability.

Offering Notice:

FOCOL Holdings. (FCL)
announced, following its annu-
al general meeting on March
27, 2008, that the Directors
were granted shareholder
approval to offer 35 million
preference shares representing
$35 million.
The directors subsequently


resolved to offer a private
placement of 15 million class B
perpetual preference shares,
representing $15 million, with a
minimum subscription of
$100,000 pending regulatory
The preference shares will
pay a dividend rate of prime
+1.75%, payable semi-annual-
ly. The offering closes on April
The proceeds from this
offering will be used to
increase working capital and
other business opportunities.
Royal Fidelity Capital Markets
will be acting as one of the
placement agents for the offer-

'Three million cubic

yards' to fill more

needs in downtown

FROM page 1B

Cox & Shal, which will oversee the project
and supervise the company that wins the dredg-
ing contract, is currently conducting an Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and work-
ing out where the fill extracted will go.
The dredging's total cost will not be known
until the contract goes out for bid, and prospec-
tive companies submit their offers. Once the
EIA is completed, the tender for the actual
dredging contract will go out to bid,
"We have an agreement with the consulting
company, Cox & Shal," Dr Deveaux told The
Tribune. "They've completed the scope of
works, met with the cruise industry and defined
where the dredging will take place. They're
doing an EIA and scoping out where the fill
will go.
"We're eagerly anticipating having all the
work ready for the start of dredging in early
fall. Our timeframe for having the dredging
completed is early September 2009."
Dredging the harbour and expanding its turn-
ing basin, coupled with improvements to Prince
George's Dock, are designed to give Nassau's
port the ability to receive and handle the newly-
emerged largest cruise ship class, the Liberty

If the upgrades are not done, or completed on
schedule, Nassau's reputation as a port of call
will be severely damaged in the eyes of the
cruise industry.
Given that Nassau receives some 1.8 million
cruise passengers per year, accounting for at
least 50 per cent of all cruise arrivals to this
nation, the city would also lose for several
years, at least the ability to grow this number
through the expanded passenger capacity of the
Liberty Ships.
"If we don't do this work, we will not be able

to accommodate the next generation of cruise
ships," Dr Deveaux told The Tribune.
"They [the cruise industry] need us to confirm
we'll be ready for them by September-October
2009, so we have to be finished by then. That's
our drop dead date."
The Nassau harbour dredging, Dr Deveaux
explained, was deeply intertwined with the Gov-
ernment's other infrastructure upgrade plans,
and the strategy to relocate the downtown Nas-
sau shipping facilities and revitalise Bay Street.


For instance, the three million cubic yards of
fill extracted from Nassau harbour will be used
to extend Arawak Cay westwards, enlarging
the site for the proposed new port, as well as
helping to accommodate a new road corridor to
serve the port. This road corridor will be part of
the New Providence Road Improvement pro-
Dr Deveaux added: "We will use the fill to
extend Woodes Rogers Wharf and Arawak Cay
in a comprehensive plan to improve downtown
Nassau, as well as accomplish our goal to move
the container traffic out of Nassau."
The fill will be used to extend Woodes Rogers
Wharf eastwards and create an attractive water-
front for both Bahamians and tourists alike. By
removing the shipping companies and improv-
ing waterfront access, both the Government
and private sector are hoping it will stimulate the
revival of retail, restaurant, commercial, resi-
dential and entertainment development.
Dr Deveaux said the Government was "using
this necessary investment in dredging Nassau
harbour to accomplish other things that are nec-
essary", adding that "these key physical
improvements will underpin the strategic direc-
tion" of downtown Nassau's redevelopment.
Cox & Shal is a joint venture between a
Bahamian engineering company, started in 1964
by George V. Cox, a chartered civil and struc-
tural engineer, and SHAL Consulting Engi-
neers of Toronto, Canada.

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BISX unlikely to produce

20%-plus returns in 2008

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS International
Securities Exchange (BISX) list-
ed stocks are "unlikely" to pro-
duce the 23-24 per cent returns
investors enjoyed over the past
two years, a leading investment
executive told The Tribune yes-
terday, the forecasting that the
general economic climate made
"low double digit returns" more
Kenwood Kerr, Providence
Advisors chief executive, said
the main question analysts were
asking in relation to the BISX
equities market was: "Can the
Index repeat the gains its had
in the last two years, 24 per cent
in 2006 and 23 per cent in
Data released by BISX yes-
terday indicated that Bahamian
equities had been on a general
downward trend over the 2008
first quarter, with the
exchange's All-Share Index -
which measures the total val-
ue of listed stocks down
103.35 points or 5 per cent for
the three months to March 31,
This compared to a 105.04
point or 6.02 per cent rise dur-
ing the 2007 comparative peri-
od, and while the total volume
of shares traded on BISX dur-
ing the 2007 first quarter had
risen by 57 per cent, the total
value of shares traded had
dropped by $1.685 million or
18.21 per cent. This indicated
the downward pressure on
Mr Kerr told The Tribune
that the returns produced by
listed equities in 2006 and 2007

'Low double digit returns' likely, rather than

23-24 per cent achieved in 2006 and 2007

were "against the backdrop of
a more buoyant economy".
"We can't conclude that the
Index will do now what it did in
previous years," he said. "I sus-
pect that it could probably
achieve double digit growth,
but it will be low double digit
growth. I don't think it will be
anywhere near 23 per cent."
On the 2008 first quarter
data released by the exchange,
he added: "My guess would be
that already in the first quar-

ter you're seeing the impact a
softening economy could have
on the Index, as it's linked to
share price performance."
The BISX All-Share Index's
decline, and the drop in total
value of shares traded,
appeared to be linked heavily
to adjustments in the price of
Commonwealth Bank's stock,
following the bank's three-for-
one stock split late in 2007.
Following a period that saw
the price run up to $8.50 per
share, something that would
have valued Commonwealth
Bank at $25.50 pre-split, the
overvalued shares were recog-
nised by the market and cor-
rected to what is currently a
more stable price of $7.13.
Commonwealth Bank led
both the volume and value
stakes in the 2008 first quarter,
with some 466,554 of its shares
traded, accounting for 39 per
cent of total volume.
In the value stakes, it
accounted for 46.45 per cent of
total value traded at $3.514 mil-
Mr Kerr yesterday said insti-
tutional and retail investors in
the Bahamian market often
had different objectives, the lat-
ter trading on sentiment and
the need to cash out for liquid-
ity, and the former where the
'smart money' is taking a
longer-term view and buying

to hold.
BISX yesterday said its 19
listed stocks had a market cap-
italisation of $3.78 billion.
Trading volume for the first
quarters was 1,196,953 shares,
with a total value of $7.566 mil-
lion. Volume was up by 57 per
cent or 434,202 shares, while
value was down from $9.25 mil-
lion in 2007 a difference of
$1.685 million or 18.21 per cent.
. On volume, coming in
behind Commonwealth Bank
in descending order were:
Doctors Hospital with
258,338 shares traded, account-
ing for 21.6 per cent of total
FOCOL 122,589 (10.25 per
Abaco Markets 73,510 (6.15
per cent)
FirstCaribbean 60,678 (5.07
per cent)
On total value of shares trad-
ed, the second to fifth places
FirstCaribbean $841,575 in
total value of shares traded,
accounting for 11.12 per cent of
the total
FOCOL $633,616 (8.37 per

'Common scheme'

urged to ban rogue

financial operators

FROM page 1B
rogue operators.
The final report on Cooling-
Off periods for Persons
Deemed to be unfit to provide
Regulated Financial Services,
which was presented to the
Group of Financial Services
Regulators (GFSR) at its
meeting last week, said the leg-
islation underpinning and gov-
erning the operations of all
Bahamian supervisory bodies
should be amended to provide
the "common scheme".
The report, which was pro-
duced by a GFSR sub-com-
mittee featuring representa-
tives from the Central Bank of
the Bahamas, Department of
Co-Operatives, Securities
Commission and Registrar of
Insurance, recommended that
the Bahamas adopt and modi-
fy the powers contained in the
UK Financial Services and
Markets Act 2000 to achieve
its objectives.
The report said: "The sub-
committee recommends that
the legislation of the various
domestic regulators be amend-
ed to include a common
scheme for the prohibition of
individuals regarded as being
unfit to provide regulated
financial services, and to per-
form functions related to the
provision of such ser-
"As regards specific cooling-
off periods, the sub-committee
is of the view that specific time-
lines for cooling-off periods
ought not to be included in the
"Further, the sub-committee
recommends that regulators
have a discretion as to whether
a prohibition order should
state a cooling-off period or
timeline within which the reg-
ulator might be minded to con-
sider varying or revoking the-
order, on the application of the
affected person."
Among the legislative
amendments suggested were
to empower Bahamian finan-

cial services regulators to issue
orders preventing a person
from providing financial ser-
vices or any related function,
and the setting out of who
could be subject to such an
order, when a regulator could
issue it, the procedures
involved, when it could be var-
ied and revoked, penalties for
breaching an order and the
appeals process available to
those subject to the order.
The GFSR sub-committee
said the "uniform framework"
was needed to deal with per-
sons who had committed "seri-
ous regulatory breaches" and
failed to meet a "fit and prop-
er criteria", and provide a
mechanism for reinstating
those individuals.
Central Bank governor
Wendy Craigg was the driving
force behind the 'cooling-off'
sub-committee, the report not-
ing that the Central Bank had
"denied an application for
exchange control approval to
facilitate a money transmission
business because the applicant
had materially breached pre-
vious exchange control
"Governor Craigg further
advised that the Inspector of
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vice Providers had refused to
renew the applicant's financial
and corporate service
provider's licence in 2006, as
the applicant had similarly
failed to meet certain require-
ments for renewal of the
"The development of a
range of cooling-off periods is
designed to allow prohibited
persons to expunge their
records and possibly become
eligible to engage or re-engage
in the provision of regulated
financial services."
In its examination of existing
Bahamian legislation, the sub-
committee found "that all reg-
ulators have discretion to
refuse to grant a licence or reg-
istration, or to renew a licence

or registration on the basis that
(1) it is in the public interest or
(2) the applicant, licensee or
registrant is not a fit and prop-
er person to provide or con-
tinue to provide regulated
financial services.
"Additionally, regulators are
all empowered to impose con-
ditions on, vary or revoke a
licence or registration in cer-
tain legislatively prescribed cir-
"With respect to cooling-off
periods, with the exception of
the Securities Industry regula-
tions' reference to suspension
for a specified period, no pro-
vision is made for cooling-off
periods for a person who has
been refused a licence or reg-
istration or who has been
removed from his/her position
in a regulated entity."
Another issue discussed at
last week's GFSR meeting,
The Tribune can reveal, were
concerns raised by a Compli-
ance Commission inspector,
Stephen Thompson, regarding
a website, www.bahamasba-
hamas.com, established by a
Thomas Azzara.
The Tribune can confirm the
website exists, and Mr Thomp-
son said neither the site nor
Mr Azzara held a financial and
corporate services provider's
licence despite purporting to
offer financial services.
The Compliance Commis-
sion said there was no evidence
of a Business Licence fee being
paid, either.


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AS OF 31"s DECEMBER 2007

Bahamas Property Fund Limited
(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)

Consolidated Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


Non-current assets
Investment property (Note 4)
Current assets'
Other assets
Trade receivables (Note 3)
Cash with banks

Total assets
Non-current liabilities
Borrowings (Note 5)
Security deposits from tenants

Current liabilities
Bank overdrafts
Trade payables, accrued expenses and other liabilities
Unearned rental income
Borrowings (Note 5)

Total liabilities
Share capital.(Note 6)
Share premium (Note 6)
Retained earnings
Total equity
Total liabilities and equity

(Note 12)

46,507,000 45,340,000











Director /Director

22 April 2008

Bahamas Property Fund Limited

Consolidated Income Statement
For the Year Ended 31 December 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


Rental and parking revenue (Note 8)
Net gain from fair value adjustments on investment
property (Note 4)
Interest income

Parking maintenance
Management fees (Note 8(a))
Professional fees
Business licence fees (Note 12)
Directors' fees
Maintenance cost of vacant rental space
Provision for doubtful accounts (Note 3)
Other operational expenses




993 574


Operating profit
Interest and bank charges
Coupons on preference shares

Net income

(Note 12)







The successful candidate will be required to meet the following criteria:-

* Supervise all staff, providing general staff management and allocating staff
resources while monitoring professional development.
* Lead financial oversight including budgeting, growth modelling, cash flow
management and related functions.
* Provide leadership and oversight for all operational functions.
* Contribute to strategic decisions as a member of the firm's leadership team.
* Develop systems and processes that support the firm's business development

* Bachelor degree or higher
* CPA designation

* At least five years work experience in a consulting business or comparable busi-
ness or firm.
* Significant experience in overseeing and implementing operations functions,
managing complex projects and supervising staff..
* A proven track record of entrepreneurship.

* Strong leadership and management skills.
* Excellent communication skills
* Outstanding skills in analysis.
* Ability to manage and advance multiple tasks and responsibilities at the same
* Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills,
qualifications and experience.

Deadline for Submission of Resumes is April 30th, 2008

Please forward cover letter and resume via mail, fax or email to:-

Human Resource Department
Global United Limited
P.O. Box CB-13838
Nassau, Bahamas
Re: Chief Operating Officer

Fax: 242-377-1261


Core responsibilities:

Develop/promote/support, on an ongoing basis, improvements
to credit processes/procedures which will ensure the delivery
of the most cost-effective and efficient services to customers
without compromising effective management of risk.
Ensure compliance with the Bank's credit policies and
Adjudicate Credit Proposals within delegated authority.
Adjudicate/recommend and present Credit Proposals in
excess of delegated authority to appropriate Credit Committee.
Remain current on macroeconomic factors within the local
economy and their potential effects on the Banking Industry
in general and any specific Bank customer business.
Ensure that the Bank's delinquency and non-performing
ratios are maintained within the established guidelines.
Monitor quality of Bank's asset portfolio via relevant
Oversee the conduct of/reviews of the Credit Portfolio to
Ensure that the integrity is being maintained.
Assist in the development of training courses for Consumer
and Commercial Lending Officers.
Manage the Bank's Loan Loss-Provisioning and Write Off

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Bachelor's Degree and five or more years of credit experience.
Strong accounting and financial analysis skills.
Strong negotiation skills.
Detailed knowledge of Credit and Collections.
Core knowledge of legal practices and documentation.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental
and vision) and life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than May 2, 2008 to:

DA #62008
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N3207
Nassau, The Bahamas
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22 April 2008



Bahamas car dealers

'prepare for the worst'

Tribune Business Reporter
FACING a slow down in consumer
floor traffic, Bahamian car dealers
yesterday said they were preparing
for the worst but hoping for the best
when it came to new car sales for
Fred Albury, of Executive Motors,
said the industry was facing numerous
challenges, including skyrocketing
fuel costs, a weakening US dollar and
the recent decision of government to
cease the tax exemption on taxi vehi-
"March was down considerably

Sales down in March, with consumer floor traffic lighter

compared to last year, but it can be
attributed to three things the down-
turn in the economy, the fact that
Easter weekend was in March, and
the fact that the car show was held
at the Mall at Marathon the week
after Easter," he added.
Mr Albury explained that the show
was now in its 17th or 18th year, and
many people had gotten "hip" to
holding off on their car purchases
until the. show because banks and
insurance companies offer special

rates for it.
Mr Albury said that when taking
those things into consideration, April
sales were better than March. "How-
ever, in all fairness, floor traffic has
been lighter," he added.
Mr Albury said he had noticed a
trend of persons looking to purchase
smaller vehicles, and that used cars
sales has picked up as people tried to

stretch their budgets.
The Bahamian new car dealer
industry had adjusted its annual fore-
cast to reflect a possible further down-
turn, he added
"In particular, we are noticing a
decline in sales of the vehicles that
are used for taxis, probably because
those vehicles can no longer be
brought in duty free," Mr Albury said.
He added that the consensus in the
industry was that it was preparing fdr
the worst scenario, but hoping for the

best. '
"It's like a banker told me: 'We are
preparing for a hurricane, but hop-
ing that we only have a tropical
storm'," Mr Albury said.
The industry is still dealing with all
the factors affecting costs as a result of
skyrocketing fuel prices and the weak-
ening dollar, particularly as dealers
exchange the US dollar for the yen to
purchase vehicles, which will ulti-
mately be reflected in consumer

Britannia unwinds Cotswold merger

interest charges on their
income tax assessments, while
their security deposits have
been "severely compromised".
Canada Revenue Agency
investigators have interviewed
Mr Turnquest about Britanni-
a's role in the Banyan Tree
structure, given that the
Bahamas-based company pro-
vided financial services to the
charitable scheme when he was
with the company.
The tax authority is espe-
cially eager to obtain any doc-
uments relating to dealings
between the Banyan Tree and



Creditors having debts or claims against the above-
named Company are required to send particulars
thereof to the undersigned c/o P. O. Box N-624,
Nassau, Bahamas on or before 16th May, A.D.,
2008. In default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.,

Dated the 24th day ofApril, A.D., 2008.

MaryBeth Taboada
16945 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

Banca del Sempione (Overseas) Ltd.

Employment Opportunity
Assistant Portfolio Manager

Banca del Sempione (Overseas) Ltd. is looking for an
Assistant Portfolio Manager to join its select team of


-Asset allocation for customer accounts
- Application of investment strategies
- Trading of securities
- Review of performance of portfolios
- Liaison with clients and external portfolio managers

Minimum qualification:

- 5 years experience in a similar position
- excellent knowledge of European securities markets
- English and Italian written and spoken fluently
- Bachelors degree or similar
- Knowledge of other foreign languages is an advantage.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested
candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:

Human Resources
Banca del Sempione (Overseas) Ltd.
P.O. Box N-8159
Nassau, Bahamas

Only persons being interviewed for this position
will be contacted.

Britannia and its affiliate,
Hampton Insurance Compa-
Banyan Tree's 2006 audited
financial statements show the
charitable, non-profit founda-
tion made a number of invest-
ments in Hampton Insurance
annuity policies between
December 31, 2004, and
December 31, 2006, totalling
$53.42 million.
It is understood, through,
that the investigators have nev-
er called or met with Mr Jones
or any current Britannia exec-
utives, and that everything the

company did was in accor-
dance with tax advice received
from Canadian attorneys.


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NOTICE is hereby given that ETTA HAYDEN of 16
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 day from the 22nd day
of ApriL At 8 te the Minister. respeisib.i ,for Nationality.
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SIREN WAERLAND
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 22nd day
of April 2008 'to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


LIMIT ED -----

Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading super-
market chain in The Bahamas. As a market leader, the
Company prides itself on delivering premier service through its
City Market supermarkets, having a strong commitment to its
customers, associates and community.
An opportunity for Management Trainees (Future Leaders)
exists in New Providence and Grand Bahama to join this
market leader.
Reporting to the Head of Retail Operations, the successful
applicants will;
Be self-motivated and highly energetic.
Have effective supervisory skills
Be highly flexible and mobile and prepared to work
evenings, weekends and holidays
Have a clean police record, drivers license, good
character references and be physically fit
Have a university degree or currently in final year
Have good communication (verbal and written) and
interpersonal skills
Be numerate and analytical with the ability to
derive information from financial reports
Be a strong problem solver
Have the ability to multi task
Solid functional computer skills with working
knowledge of Microsoft applications
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and
If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging role,
forward your resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway P. O. Box N 3738 Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: humanresources@bahamassupermarkets.com
No telephone inquiries please

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N 0 T I C E IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

BISSAU LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 23rd day
of April, 2008 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is MaryBeth Taboada, 16945
Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.

Dated the 24th day of April, 2008.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

Client Accounting Department
A reputable financial institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in
The Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland,
Hong Kong, Malta and the United Kingdom, Butterfield Private Bank
offers a wide range of services to local and international clients.
An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter
with a record of professional achievements to join our dynamic Client
Accounting team.

Core Responsibilities

Manage the client accounting department
Review of Financial Statements
Preparation of monthly reports for senior management
Ensure the implementation of standard practices relating to all
accounting matters
Ensure full awareness of and adherence to all applicable laws,
regulations, bank policies and procedures
Provide training to client accounting staff

Desired Qualifications

At least five (5) years experience in the Trust Industry
Professional Designation of CA, CPA or relevant experience.
Excellent working knowledge of accountancy
Client driven background, including good understanding of deadlines
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products
Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project
management and customer service skills

Closing Date: May 7, 2008

Human Resources
Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 393 3772
E-mail: recruit

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Tribune Business

the Bahamas Hotel, Catering
and Allied Workers Union and
the Bahamas Hotel Employ-
ers Association (BHEA) over
a new industrial agreement
should not be impacted by the

union's present infighting, its
secretary-general, Leo Dou-
glas, said yesterday.
Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness, Mr Douglas said he was
confident that the current
problems the union is experi-
encing will have no impact
whatsoever on the union's
negotiations with the BHEA.
"The persons who are hav-
ing the difficulties were never

the ones who sat in on the
negotiation table. The chief
negotiators were always the
president and the secretary-
general, and the persons that
were asked to join us. We've
negotiated many matters, and
in fact we are expected to put a
major matter to bed next
week," Mr Douglas said.
It is understood, though, that
BHEA negotiators, led by

Kerzner International vice-
president of administration, J
Barrie Farrington, Baha Mar's
senior vice-president of gov-
ernment and public affairs,
Robert Sands, and BHEA
executive Michael Reckley, are
concerned that the union's
infighting could disrupt and
delay the industrial agreement
talks by distracting union exec-

Royal Fidelity unveils $1.89m

international equities sub-fund

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son said: "The local markets is very much
linked to the US market, in that it is very
susceptible to downturns in tourism and a
lack of foreign direct investment. This
economy eventually slows down, and the
upside to the market is very limited."
The equities sub-fund is being launched
,with Royal Fidelity's quarterly allocation
of just over $2 million in US$ denominat-
ed funding granted as part of the last
exchange control reforms unveiled by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas.
Those reforms make available to three
Bahamas-based broker/dealers, at quar-
terly intervals throughout the year, a total
of $25 million for use in investment funds
that provide Bahamians with access to
international capital markets without hav-
ing to pay the 12.5 per cent exchange con-

trol premium.
With three broker/dealers competing
for the quarterly $6.25 million allocation,
it is effectively split three ways into just
over $2 million each.
The Tribune has been told that CFAL
has also applied for, and obtained, its quar-
terly allocation for its three funds the
CFAL Global Bond Fund, CFAL Global
Equity Fund and CFAL High Grade
Anthony Ferguson, CFAL's president,
did not return The Tribune's call last night
seeking confirmation of this.
Royal Fidelity initially launched its
International Investment Fund with an
index-linked sub-fund, its TIGRS I. Mr
Anderson said the bank had reached no
decision on where it would allocate its
2008 second quarter US$ spend, adding
that it might launch another index-linked

Established Bahamian Company in Construction,
Service and Retail
Is looking to hire an energetic and ambitious Bahamian person as


Salary plus incentive scheme. Also possible share
purchase option. Reply in writing with resume

"MANAGER", P.O. Box CB-11541

For family of four based in London, United Kingdom

Are you an EU citizen or do you have the right to live and work in the
UK? Are you trustworthy, reliable and do you have a zest for life?

Professional couple seeks mature individual to form a part of our
growing family and make a difference to our everyday lives.
A minimum one-year commitment is expected.

Primary responsibilities include care of infant, companion to elderly
grandmother and general housekeeping.

Possible start date August 4th
Salary commensurate with chlldcare experience;
Foreign language a plus but not essential;
References, police certificate and medical required.
***Must qualify to live and work legally In the UK/EU*.

Our preference is to receive initial communication via email.
Please submit a *brief 'personal profile and an expression of
your interest via e-mail to: ourfamilyneeds@yahoo.com no
later than May 31st. If you are unable to do this, please send
your details to P.O. Box CB-11257, Nassau, N.P. Applications
that are post-marked later than May 23rd will not be considered.

Only serious applicants need apply.


The position of Island Manager for Nassau is
open. A brief summary of the position is described
below. If you are interested in applying please
provide, by mailing to P.O. Box EE-15043 or call
424-0633, please include in the application a
detailed description of how you are qualified for
the position.

Management oversight of all activities in the
Nassau operation, administration and sales areas.
Responsible for the profitability and growth of the
Focus on team and staff development
Cost analysis and cost control
Ensure compliance with all ISPS, Super carrier
and local security initiatives

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in the maritime
At least 5 years of management experience in
the shipping industry
Excellent interpersonal, analytical,
organizational, and customer service skills

sub-fund or invest it in the equities sub-
fund "depending on the demand".
Year-to-date, the TIGRS I sub-fund has
delivered a -8.24 per cent return to
Bahamian investors, largely due to the
state of global stock markets. Mr Ander-
son said the bulk of the decline had been
felt in January and February, with the
fund's performance flat in March and
April looking like it might provide some
The Royal Fidelity president urged
investors to take a long-term view of their
investments in the international funds,
adding that their main benefit was to pro-
vide portfolio diversification, access to
foreign currencies with great upside
against the US dollar, and access to poten-
tial returns that were greater than those
available in the Bahamian capital mar-


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what is happening within the
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"We will to continue to
monitor it, until and if at such
time we feel we need to make

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industrial agreement, are seen
as the most important deal in
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tone for other industries giv-
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the economy.

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), SAN-
DOKAN HOLDINGS LIMITED is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 26th day of March,

23-25 Broad Street,
St. Helier, Jersey

Assistant Manager

Position Available Immediately


Domino's Pizza

You should have a High School Diploma
Past managerial experience
Certificate in Management is a plus
Must be available for day and night shifts, including
You should demonstrate strong communication,
leadership, motivational and people management
You should have a valid driver's license
You must have a GREAT attitude towards customer

Basic responsibility to include:
Maintain product, service and image standard
To assist in supervision of all phases of production.
To maintain a high level of efficiency &
productivity in all areas of store operation

Please send r6sum6 on or before

May 12, 2008

Attention: Human Resource Department
P.O. Box SS-6704
Nassau; Bahamas
Or Fax 356-7855


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prestigious private island resort in the Bahamas. Minimum
of 5 years of professional experience in U.S.iCaribbean
resorts/private clubs. Qualifications should include experi-
ence with power plants, reverse osmosis water generation
systems and general construction skills and management.

Excellent benefits package based on experience level,
including housing.
Interested persons should fax resume to 242-347-5004
or email to tstewart@catcayyachtclub.com

professional person, Mut becompuI I

literte an havegood custom reltions

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executive completes

two more courses

LESS than five years after
joining Bahamas Realty as a
junior sales associate, Carlyle
Campbell has climbed anoth-
er rung of the industry ladder
with his completion of the
'International Real Estate for
Local Markets' and 'Europe
and International Real
Estate' CIPS courses.
The courses, which togeth-
er fulfill an educational
requirement of the Certified
International Property Spe-
cialist (CIPS) designation
awarded by the National .
Association of Realtors, add
to Mr Campbell's growing
alphabet of real estate desig-
Earlier this year he
attained both his appraiser's
license and his broker's
license with a certified resi-
dential specialist (CRS) des-
ignation, and in December he
took Bahamas Realty's first-
ever Most Exclusives Listings
Award, presented by the firm
to the agent or broker who
secures the most exclusive
listings during the year.
Mr Campbell credits his
success with a number of fac-
tors, not least of all hard
work and persistence to suc-
ceed. "The current healthy
state of the Bahamian real
estate market is definitely an
asset," he says. "I also can't
express my gratitude enough
for my mentors at Bahamas
Realty. Without their guid-
ance and constant support I
can't imagine how I would be
where I am today.
"We're so proud of Car-
lyle," says Mario Carey, man-
aging director of Bahamas
Realty and Mr Campbell's

former swimming coach.
"Not only is he an affable
young man, but he is also

proving himself to be a very
successful real estate profes-

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