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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: May 28, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume: 104 No.156




Speculation rises that

homosexual murders

could be related

Tribune Staff Reporter
A THIRD gruesome gay
murder in six months has led to
speculation that a killer with a
grudge is on the loose in Nassau.
The horrific murder of
Wellington Adderley, whose
throat was slit during an attack
inside his home, bears striking
similarities to last November's
brutal killings of designer Harl

holds key to

Tribune Staff Reporter
IT is unclear if the alleged
"sweethearts" of FNM par-
liamentarians will be exposed
in the House of Assembly
during the budget debate, as
the tabling of such a docu-
ment requires the consent of
the Speaker of the House.
SEE page 16

Taylor- and
academic Dr
Mr Adder-
*;E inB ley's death,
which hap-
pened within a
few hundred yards of the other
two murders, has prompted
speculation that a vendetta is
SEE page 15

BOA dispute
meeting legal

EMBATTLED "former"
President of the Bahamas
Olympic Association Sir Arling-
ton Butler is encouraging mem-
bers of the BOA to turn out to
a meeting he has called for
tomorrow night at the Bahamas
Sports Museum on Tonique
Williams Darling Highway.
Sir Arlington, who spoke to
The Tribune yesterday, said that
he has been instructed to call
an election to resolve the
BOA's problems and thus avoid
the Bahamas from being sanc-
SEE page 15

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Tribune Staff Reporter
COOKING gas may be
scarce on the island within two
weeks because many distribu-
tors are incurring huge losses
due to the changes in the mar-
ket, Caribbean Gas part-owner
Tennyson Wells told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
Retailers are not -allowed to
increase prices to reflect mar-
ket changes due to price con-

trol restrictions which, he said, is
putting the country's supply of
propane in jeopardy while dis-
tributors find themselves grap-
pling with rising prices, import
costs, and government taxes.
As.a result many in the
propane industry may stop
importing the gas and close up
shop, Mr Wells said.
"I believe there is going to be
no cooking, gas in the country
in a week or two. I don't think
.SEE page 16. ..:

Marijuana haul: Man charged

Tribune Junior Reporter
A NEW device to save gas
has been developed by broth-
ers Bernard and Tyrone Miller,
aged 76 and 64 respectively.
Bernard is a retired auto-



matic mechanic, once recog
nised as the most outstanding
transmission mechanic in Nas
sau. He discovered online the
scientific formula for, distilled
water intended for their "Watei
SEE page 16

A JAMAICAN man plead-
ed guilty in Magistrate's Court
yesterday to charges stemming
from the seizure of 244 pounds
of marijuana following a high
speed police chase Sunday
Rorie Alistair Bennett, 27,
of St Anns, Jamaica, Taffron
Frazier, 37, and Edrico Frazier,
26, both of Carmichael Road,
were arraigned on drug charges
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court 8, Bank Lane
The three men were
arraigned on charges of con-
spiracy to possess dangerous
drugs with the intent to supply,
conspiracy to import dangerous
SEE page 16

Four in court on drugs charges


Timeshare owners protest

short cut access closure
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Timeshare owners at the Freeport Resort Club
are calling for the re-opening of the short cut access to the Inter-
national Bazaar which has been blocked off by developers of the
Royal Oasis Resort.
Jack Rabowski, president of Club Baha, the developers of
SEE page 16

FOUR men charged in con-
nection with the seizure of 576
pounds of marijuana from a
house off East Street on Sun-
day appeared in Magistrate's
Court on drug charges yester-
Marcus Kirkwood Mackey,
38, Winder's Terrace, Raleigh
Seymour, 37, of Sunset Park,
Gregory Seymour, 31, of Cow
Pen Road and Edmar Donovan
Johnson, 35, of Golden Gates
No. 2 appeared before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel in Court 8,
Bank Lane.
The men were arraigned on
SEE page 16

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Many distributors suffering
losses after market changes

JAMAICAN national Rorie Bennett
heads to court yesterday.

MARCUS MACKEY is escorted to
court yesterday.

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Richard Peter

a resident of Golden Way Drive,will be
held at The Mission Baptist Church, Hay
& EastStreet, onWednesdayat2:00p.m.
Officiating will be Rev. Dr. R.E. Cooper
Jr. & Other Ministers. Interment follows
in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road. He
leaves to mourn wife, Sharon Children,
Rishard, Finlandia and Bethany;
sisters, Rev. Ruby Ann Cooper -Darling
Rev. Irene Coakley, Fanny Pletka, Primrose Chase, Bertha Cooper-Rousseau
and Carmella Cooper-Colonnneaux; brothers, John James, Rev. Dr. Reuben
Edward Jr. and Nathaniel A. Cooper; nieces, Dawn Daise, Stephany Coakley,
Odessa Patton, Lynette Chase, Jakia Dixon, Kendra, Shamecka, Reunae
and Veronique Cooper, Alexandra Rousseau, Cassandra and Amanda
Colonneaux; nephews, Dwight Darling, Christopher and Sergio Gardiner,
Stephen Coakley Jr., Lysle and Hughron Chase, Jacoy and Reuben III
Cooper; grand nieces and nephews, Nia, Joshua, Ashley, Faith and David
Daise, Daryn Binns, Sean, Jamire and Sergio II Gardiner, Azaria Chase;
aunts, Daisybell Strachan, Winifred Dames and Naomi Munroe; uncles,
Dudley Cooper and Kenneth Dames.
In-laws, Stephen Coakley, John Pletka, Hugh Chase, Daphne Cooper,
Kaylesia Cooper, Lesley Purser and Dawn Purser Edwards.
Family Members, The Descendants' of Richard and Cecilia (nee Ferguson)
Cooper Gloria Dawkins, Shirley Rolle and Family, The Family of the Late
Cedric Lewis Jr., Rev. Charles Lewis and Family, James Lewis and Family,
The Family of the Late Iva Marshall,.The Family of the Late Freddy Marshall,
Alvah Marshall and Family, Oswald Marshall and Family, Brenda Marshall
and Family, Beryl Miller and Family, Beverley Woodside and Family, Reginald
Strachan and Family, Lionel Strachan and Family, Lester Strachan and
.Family, Marilyn Darville and Family, Pauline Winder and Family, Cleomie
Saunders and Family, Merle Jones and Family, George Cooper and Family,
Dorothy Cooper and Family, Perry Cooper and Family, Carol Cooper and
Family, Heather Humes and Family, Wendy Lee and Family, Kenneth Dames
Jr. and Family
The Descendants' of Peter and Cassandra (nee Tumquest) Edgecombe -
Bruce Carey and Family, Sybil and Gilbert Cassar and Family, Gloria Rolle
and Family, Lorraine Carey and Family, Carolyn Seymour-Kelly and Family,
Clara Edgecombe-Gibson and Family, Brenda Edgecombe-Major and Family,
Colin Edgecombe and Family, Mary Miller and Family, Reuben Miller and
Family, Peter Miller and Lennox Miller and Family, Vincent Edgecombe.
Other relatives including Maud Sturrup and Family, The Family of the Late
Maud Evans, Cleomie Forbes-Bethel and Family, Creswell Morley and Family,
Lean Clarke and Family, Paul Cooper and Family, Christopher Cooper and
Family, John L. Cooper and Family. Chester Cooper. George Cooper, Lean
Brice and Family, Obadiah, Kingsley and Nathaniel Edgecombe and Family,
Gladys Miller and Family, Corine Saunders and Family, The Family of the late
Sinclair Edgecombe, Janette Deveaux and Family, The Family of the Late
Thomasina Bowe and Philip and Terry Constantine and Family. God Father:
Leonard Dames Sr. and Family.
His Friends and Clients are too numerous to list. We acknowledge, thank and
are grateful to each and every one of you for your friendship and for your
business that you have entrusted over the years to Richard.
Friends ,may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market
Street, from Wednesday from 9-12 noon at the church from 1:00 p.m. until
service time.

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Advt ........................................................P6

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Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Police investi-
gations are now underway to
identify the three Haitians who
drowned in a suspected human
smuggling operation off West
Chief Supt Basil Rahming said
efforts are also underway to
determine and locate the owner
of the capsized speedboat, which
was discovered floating near the
bodies on Sunday. "An investi-
gation is underway to try identify
the three victims, the total num-
ber of persons onboard the boat,
and to identify and locate the
owner of the ill-fated vessel,
which is suspected to have been
engaged in a human smuggling
operation," said Mr Rahming. A
well-known Haitian Bahamian in-
Freeport believes that the victims
may have been from New Provi-
dence, and not from Grand
It is believed that the three vic-
tims were part of a larger group

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Clarke Domiicans outside court.

* Search on to find owner

of capsized speedboat

of Haitians onboard the 27 foot
white and red speedboat with
black hull that capsized in shark
infested waters about 13 miles off
Sandy Cay.
The bodies of two men and one
woman were recovered on Sun-
day evening. A fourth body,
attacked and partially eaten by
sharks, could not be retrieved.
It was thought on Monday that
the other passengers might have
all been eaten by sharks. "Due to
the large number of sharks seen
in the area and blood in the
water, it is believed that more
persons were aboard the ill-fat-
ed vessel when it overturned, but
were consumed by the sharks
before officials arrived on the
scene," said Supt Rahming.
Search efforts for more victims
at sea were called off on Monday
afternoon around 4pm. Supt Rah-
ming said BASRA and the police

conducted a four-hour search but
found nothing in the area.
As investigations continue into
the incident, the police are
appealing to anyone with rele-
vant information to contact the
Central Detective Unit at 350-
*Last month, there were only
three survivors and 14 bodies
recovered in another human
smuggling operation despite the
fact that there were said to be 26
passengers aboard the vessel.
The group was onboard a speed-
boat headed for Miami when the
tragedy occurred. The bodies
were retrieved from waters
between Bimini and New Provi-
The three survivors were: Hon-
duran Ivan Lopez, and Haitians
Johnny Boucher, 26, and Rodene
Fleresaint, 23. Investigations are
still continuing into that incident.

TEN Dominicans accused of fishing illegally in Bahamian
waters were arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Miguel Robinson,-31; Tabito Johnson, 42; Mario Lantigua, 47;
Daniel Ventura, 37; Amadres Green, 58; Santurnino Zapata, 48;
Miguel Ortiz, 48; Jose Ramirez, 40; Jose Acosta, 39 and Carlos
Benetez, 65 were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
Court Eight in Bank Lane.
The men were arraigned on the charge of illegal fishing in an
exclusive fishing zone.
According to court dockets, it was alleged that while near Guin-
chos Cay in the southern Bahamas, the captain and crew of the
fishing vessel "Mas O Menos" unlawfully took a quantity of fish.
According to the prosecution, the men were found in possession
of 30 pounds of fish, 12.5 southeast of Guinchos Cay in the Ragged
Island chain,
Robinson, the captain of the vessel, along with the other defen-
dants, were read the charges by an interpreter.
The men all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Inspector Ercell Dorsette objected to bail on the grounds that
the men have no status in the Bahamas.
The men were remanded to Her Majesty's Prison and are
expected to retutrnto court next Wednesday.

Company hails 'revolutionary'

high tech ultrasound system

A LOCAL health care com-
pany claimed yesterday that its
new "high tech" ultrasound sys-
tem is set to revolutionse med-
ical imaging in the Bahamas.
Bahamas Surgical Associates
Ltd acquired the machine from
GE Healthcare through its local
distributor, Bahamas Medical and
Surgical Supplies Ltd.
"The LOGIQ, 9 is a premier
ultrasound system designed to
quickly and precisely perform
general imaging, giving our clini-
cal team the ability to make clin-
ical decisions with unprecedented
confidence," said the company in
a statement.:
The machine employs a med-
ical imaging technique called Vol-
ume, Ultrasound, which will help
clinicians at Bahamas Surgical
Associates to precisely perform
general imaging in a broad range
of clinical applications from vas-
cular and abdominal scans to
breast scans.
"Volume Ultrasound produces
high definition, multi-dimension-
al images in any plane in real-
time modes," explained the com-
Dr Delton Farquharson, a vas-

cular surgeon with Bahamas Sur-
gical Associates and a consultant
at Princess Margaret Hospital,
said that with images created will,
for example, enable him to better
measure the size, shape, location
and volume of a lesion, helping
him to conduct a more thorough
evaluation of a patient.
With this volume of image
data, the company said its doc-
tors will be able to do additional
analysis "virtually" and create a
variety of images of the area of
concern after the patient has left
their office.

"Virtual re-scan allows us to
create 3D or 4D views, analyze
high-resolution zooms of anato-
my, or apply special reading
effects without the patient hav-
ing to be there or return for addi-
tional exams." explained Caro-
line Kokoski, the sonographer at
Bahamas Surgical Associates.
"This helps to reduce patient
visits, as well as being beneficial
for extremely sick patients or
those with difficulties when being
scanned," Ms Kokoski said.

"In addition, we chose the
GE's LOGIQ 9 because it pro-
vides a clearer picture to view.
"This greatly assists patients to
better understand what they are
looking at when doctors explain
their ultrasound exams.
"We are pleased that Bahamas
Medical and Surgical-Supplies
Ltd, the local GE Healthcare dis-
tributor, is able to provide ser-
vice support.
"This minimizes any equipment
downtime and helps to protect
our investment in this cutting
edge technology," she said.
The company said the patient
experience "gets even better"
with the help of LOGIQ 9's
ergonomic design, which gives
technicians the freedom to per-
form multiple tasks simultane-
"We're breaking barriers in
speed and accuracy of patient
exams and are now able to offer
new and enhanced ultrasound
procedures thanks to our new
LOGIQ 9 ultrasound system,"
said Dr Farquharson.
S"The technology is greatly ben-
efiting both our physicians and
patients of Bahamas Surgical
Associates Ltd.

o In brief

'Bahamas will

exceed its



THE Bahamas will exceed its
commitment to conserve at least
20 per cent of near-shore marine
resources across the country by
2020, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday.
He was speaking by way of
telecast to Caribbean Challenge
Convention on Biological Diver-
sity in Bonn, Germany.
Mr Ingraham said that sustain-
able financing is critical to the
Bahamas and other countries of
the Caribbean achieving their
conservation goals.
"By promoting the harmonisa-
tion of conservation policies
across the region, it also strength-
ens our collective commitment to
the protection of our shared
marine resources. The Caribbean
Challenge supports the initiative
to conserve, at a minimum,.10 per
cent of the Caribbean's terrestri-
al and marine habitat by 2010 and
2012 respectively," the prime min-
ister said.
Mr Ingraham said that this rep-
resents an unprecedented com-
mitment by Caribbean govern-
ments to build political support
and financial sustainability for'
protected areas.
The Bahamas government has
committed $2 million over the
next four years for the establish-
ment of the Bahamas National
Protected Area Trust Fund.
Funding has also been com-
mitted by the Nature Conservan-
cy and other international funding
"I call another Caribbean gov-,,
ernments to accept this challenge
to conserve terrestrial and marine
biodiversity throughout the
region. I especially encourage my
regional colleague heads of gov-
ernment who have not yet done
so, to take the necessary steps to
implement the challenge in their
countries and to facilitate the
establishment of sustainable fund-
ing arrangements for their nation-
al protected area systems," the
prime minister said.



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cost us key

revee face a criminal comp]
Tribune Staff Reporter Tribune StaffReporter PLP member Paul Moss points finger at Finance
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GOVERNMENT finance offi- THE Economic Partnership Minister over Economic Partnership Agreement
cials have denied that the Agreement's primary critic and
B aham as w il lose a k ey source m t vocal proponent t cam e .............................................................................................................................................................................................................
Bahamas will lose a key source its most vocal proponent came
of revenue if its signs onto the head to head on the airwaves
Economic Partnership Agreement yesterday- with one telling the
with Europe. yesterday with one telling the
Simon Wilson, director of eco- other to withdraw "threaten-
nomic planning at the Ministry of ing" comments or become the
Finance said that the total rev- subject of a criminal complaint.
enue impact of the agreement is Paul Moss, a PLP member -- r,." ,
"negligible." and founder of the organisation
"We quantified it as $2-3 mil- Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-
lion or thereabouts," said Minister erendum on Free Trade '. "
of State for Finance Zhivargo (BARF), called into talkshow ,
Laing, speaking on talk show The The Way Forward to make clear '
Way Forward yesterday. his stance on the EPA while .. .' .
At the same time however, Mr Minister of State for Finance" ,
Laing said that the government is Zhivargo Laing, and director of .ti
already looking at altering the economic planning in the Min- .
Bahamas' "tax structure" some- istry of Finance Simon Wilson, I U
thing which critics of the EPA were guests.
have said would have to happen He also accused Mr Laing of which formed the basis of Mr ally changed. He said that as
agreement having threatened him last Laing's comments on the news- the European Commission'
Some commentators have said week by telling detractors to cast that the livelihoods of "It 1i clear to me became more "flexible" in
that the government will need to "cease and desist" passing com- straw vendors and other that t s s a terms of how many sectors it
find ways to ensure alternate rev- meant on the EPA and claiming Bahamian retailers will be at tis s a would allow individual coun-
enue streams when others cui- that it will have a negative adversely effected by the EPA. threatening pos- tries to protect from the liber-
toms duties tied to the importa- impact on Bahamians. t g po
tion of goods from the EU "fall Mr Moss said: "On the news- Vrs tion coming from
away" as a byproduct of the cast (Mr Laing) used threaten- Vend
EPA's trade liberalisation condi- ing language ... if you don't a minister in a
tions. Responding to a question retract those comments it is my Last week BARF held a pub- democracy."
put to him by host Michael Pin- intent to go and file a criminal lic meeting with the straw ven-
tard about whether "fixing (the complaint against you. dors in which more than 60 ven- BI -t
Bahamian) tax structure" would "It is clear to me that this is a dors cheered and applauded as '
be a pre-requisite to signing the threatening position coming BARF chairman Mr Moss Paul MOSS
'EPA, Mr Laing said: "I am saying from a minister in a democra- called on them to rally against ... ---
to you that we are already doing cy." the EPA. two sectors that will not be -
that. So you can stay tuned and However, Mr Laing said that Mr Laing said of claims that opened up, to European com- '
listen and you will see how we are he did not recall using any such the deal will hurt vendors' liveli- petition as and when the EPA .
doing that. hat protecting language, but added that if he hoods: "When I hear straw vqn- becomes a reality.
reenue is amng the protting did, he did not intend to threat- dors saying please do not (sign Instead, the government has
concerns of any government ry en or offend. on); I hear them, but they don't designated them as "sensitive"
"Ithink you'd agree that. So "Iapologise. It was certainly have to beg us that way because sectors which will be protected, '
there isn't a possible chance that not my intention. I did make it's not true." Yesterday, Mr Laing
we would be there trying to sign the point that some misinfor- "I can't imagine the govern- described how despite thinking
on to anything having not done mation was going out there ment of the Bahamas past or when he first came to office that
that. I mean this is how we pay (about the EPA) and I really present who would do that kind it was unlikely the Bahamas
civil servants, this is how we pay regretted that that was the of thing. So I regret when peo- could sign onto the full EPA
for education, health and other case," he said. pie are sending that informa- "because of all the work that
services, so that has to be fore- During'the show, Mr Laing tion out." had to be done was not done to '
most in our mind when we make and Mr Wilson responded to The finance officials said that get us there" his mind eventu-
these kind of negotiations and it Mr Moss's specific claim wholesale and retail trade are "
is," he said. '
He explained that at present,
40 per cent of goods coming into :
the Bahamas from Europe~a
already attract no customs duty.
Under the agreement, 13-14
per cent of goods coming in would I ,
be "excluded" from liberalisation
demands and would therefore
continue to be taxed, while the 47 ..-
per cent that makes up the total ..
proportion of goods coming in
from Europe would ultimately
attract no customs duty, as per
the overall objectives of the agree-
ment. "We're talking about free- -A !
ing (the 47 per cent) up over 25
years at a trade base right now
which is less than, or around $60
million at a maximum," said Mr
Laing. Established in 1956 by an
"If we manage our exemption Parliament Street (near Bay St.)
policy its going to be a wash," ,. *Fax: 326
added Mr Wilson.
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tribute to slain
AIDS crusader
The Bahamas Human Rights
Network has extended condo- "j '
lences to the family of Wellington
Adderley, the AIDS activist who
was found murdered on Monday.
"I was first introduced to
Wellington, as he was affection- C A R S &
ately called, one and a half years
ago when a group of concerned
citizens got together to form
BHRN, a group dedicated to pre For the best de
serving the fundamental rights
and freedoms of all individuals 0 wned
within The Bahamas and in the
international community," said
Bahamas Human Rights Network N O
(B-IRN) acting president
Elsworth Johnson. "Wellington .,..::: '-- ,,
was a man of sterling character, W
who I personally came to respect "EPI'IET E S, VU PESTIC
and admire. He was. committed '
to defending the rights of women,E S T OK "
children, persons living with HIV '
and/or AIDS, the poor and mar- '
ginalised, persons in the immi- '00 HYUNDA
grant community and persons in 1 JZi"
the gay and lesbian community." -'01 HYUNDA
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a message of love for humanity,
and despised intolerance and Very low mileaa~

hypocrisy. "Wellington you are 0 I 01
loved andmissed." -/0 HYUNDAI EI
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alisation demands and the peri-
od over which "freeing up"
trade with Europe could occur,
the trade agreement became
more "doable".
"We were able to win, to pro-
tect those markets, the people
who have those markets now
and by the same token preserve
for the most part many, many,
many of the sensitive areas that
are closed to foreign participa-
tion," he said.
The EPA is a trade agree-
ment between African,
Caribbean and Pacific countries,
and Europe.
The Bahamas must sign on if
it is to maintain the traditional
beneficial access it has had to
European markets for its
exports such as lobsters and
polymers. However, detractors
have said we are giving away
too much and getting too little
in return.
The government has com-
mitted itself to signing on to the
agreement some time in June
or July.

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The ghost of Neville Chamberlain

IT WAS President Bush who introduced
the ghost of Neville Chamberlain into the
2008 presidential election. Addressing the
Israeli parliament, Bush lashed out at those
who would "negotiate with terrorists and
radicals. We have heard this foolish delu-
sion before" when Nazi tanks rolled into
Poland, he said. "We have an obligation to
call this what it is: the false comfort of
appeasement, which has been discredited
down through history."
Generals are often accused of fighting
the last war. In this case, the president is
fighting the war two wars before the last
war. But the image of Chamberlain's
appeasement of Hitler at Munich has stay-
ing power, and is used again and again to
justify stands that have no relevance to
World War II, And although Barack Oba-
ma was never mentioned in Bush's speech,
the message was delivered.
Bush and the hard-liners around him
love to say: Never talk to evil. But in fact
the United States has been talking to both
the Iranians and the North Koreans, even
though they are in Bush's original "axis of
As for the Israelis, the next thing they did
After listening t q iushi. tos to sit down and
talk to Syria. a juniorpartner in Bush's
evil axis, because negotiatng \\ ith Syria is
very much in Israel's interest. .,._ ,,f.,, .
It was John Kennedy, in his inaugural
address, who said: "Let us never negoti-
ate out of fear. But let us never fear to
negotiate." When he met Nikita
Khrushchev, however, Kennedy was sub-
jected to verbal abuse. Khrushchev then
put up the Berlin wall and inserted mis-
siles into Cuba. The conventional wisdom
is that it was because of Kennedy's appar-
ent weakness that Khrushchev acted as he
did. But Khrushchev had other reasons to
do both. He needed the Berlin Wall to
stop East Berlin from fleeing to the West.
And the Bay of Pigs did more to influence
Khrushchev's gamble in Cuba than any
meeting. In any case it wasn't the fact that
Kennedy met with Khrushchev that mat-
tered. It was the way Kennedy handled
Likewise, it wasn't the fact that Neville
Chamberlain met Hitler that amounted to

appeasement. It would have been irre-
sponsible of him not to meet the German
leader. The appeasement came when
Chamberlain acceded to Hitler's demands
for Czechoslovakia. As Winston Churchill
said, Chamberlain had a choice between
war and dishonour. He chose dishonour
and got war. John McCain jumped on Oba-
ma for saying that the threat from Iran was
not the same as the threat from the Soviet
Union. McCain said that a willingness to
meet with Iran without preconditions
betrayed "the depth of Senator Obama's
inexperience and reckless judgment."
Obama countered by saying that
"demanding that a country meets all your
conditions before you meet with them (is)
not a strategy. It's just wishful thinking."
There is little question that McCain has
more experience in foreign affairs than his
rival, Obama. Yet it is McCain who sounds
out of touch on this matter.
"Rather like Mr. Bush, the Republican
standard bearer prefers black and white
to shades of grey," the Financial Times
recently editorialized. On McCain's Iraq
policy, the paper said: "The vision of his
first term he has just set out looks more like
a wish list than a programme." Obama "is
right that it is time to turn the page on fail-
, These are not the post-Jimmy Carter
years when the United States' foreign pol-
icy needed a little more coherence and
toughening up. The next president of the
United States will be following on a radical
and overly belligerent foreign policy that
sought, and failed, to impose democracy
in the heart of the Middle East with a war
that has proved to be an unmitigated dis-
aster. The task will be to rebuild America's
lost legitimacy and prestige as a bulwark
against extremism, not more intransigence
and blind toughness.
McCain needs to distance himself from
Bush in the foreign policy realm, not parrot
him. Exploring Iran's legitimate fears and
regional interests should be a first step, if
only to separate them from Iran's illegiti-
mate interests. After all, Winston Churchill
also said: "Better jaw jaw than war war. "
(This article was written by H.D.S. Green-
wayof the Boston Globe c. 2008).

Obama's vision

is of embracing,


EDITOR, The Tribune.

This is in response to N M
William-Should any Bahami-
an of sense vote for Obama
From a Bahamian perspec-
tive, support of Barak Oba-
ma outlined by your letter is a
moot point.
Reading your commentary,
it is really difficult to get the
full thrust of your thesis.
If however, we were to take
the approach of detailing your
misrepresented facts, perhaps
we will unveil the unexpect-
ed shallowness of a wanna-be
pretentious pundit.
Your reference to Prime
Minister Chamberlain appeas-
ing Hitler by talking is false.
Appeasement, as I know it,
appeasement is "the political
strategy of pacifying a poten-
tially hostile nation in the
hope of avoiding war, often
by granting concessions."-
Encarta Dictionary.
Further, it was President
Ronald Reagan (a very popu-
lar president in American pol-
itics) who himself had talks
with the then President of
Soviet Union Mr Gorbachev
that resulted in the eventual
collapse of Communism and
brought Democracy to many
of the Balkan States.
Mr Obama simply said that
he w9uld meet with enemies








The threat to our financial
services comes not so much
from the United States, but
more from the EU states,
more specifically, The Organ-
isation for Economic Co-oper-
>f the United States. ation and Development.
You are wrong again even I do not speak for Barack
s you say nebulous truths. Obama, nor do I feel that it
'he world is in fact different is my place to speak on who
low. the American people should
More dangerous, more elect as their President.
olatile, filled with terrorists I believe that the vision Mr
hat span the globe united by Obama has shared for Amer-
deology rather than nation- ica under his presidency is the
lism. You raised the question opposite of what you sur-
)f Hamas. mised.
Today, we know that the It is one that embraces
tate of Israel has been talking rather than isolates; one that is
o Hamas as well as Syria to less quick to engage military
ron out a Peace Treaty but action and welcomes diplo-
am sure in your world this is macy; one that sees the end
ppeasement. of USA predominance being
You are wrong on the ref- the only superpower and
rence you made of Cham- shares the spotlight with Chi-
>erlain and Pearl Harbour. na, India, Brazil, and South
'rime Minister Chamberlain's Africa.
alks with Hitler were in 1938 The Bahamas is part of this
nd the attack on Pearl Har- changing world. Our challenge
)or was in 1941! is to anticipate the vagaries of
And Churchill was Prime the time.
Vlinister. And the unprovoked We have always been a peo-
.ttack was by Japan, nothing pie of innovation and survival.
o do with your so-called Our future position is not in
.ppeasement. the hands of any US president
For the record, the appease- but in the lingering sagacity
nent that. you refer to, of our own people.
involved Czechoslovakia
ieing given to Hitler with THOMAS SMITH
lopes that his advances into Nassau,
Europe would be quelled. May 23, 2008.

Stop the graft and special favour

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I enjoyed your viral analogy
in your editorial of Monday,
May 26.
As true as it is, it also affects
the private sector, though not
directly by infection.
If this were to happen, busi-
nesses would die and cease to
function, thereby causing
unemployment figures to rise
Only the Government,
through civil service can afford
not to function, as they have
the revenue provided by the
private sector to spend, the
private sector which, if it did
not function, would provide
no revenue to the treasury.
So how is the private sector
affected but not infected?
We are forced to use the ser-
vices of these infected entities
known as the civil service.
As an analogy, consider the
latest BMW auto, with all the
latest creature comforts, elec-
tronic devices for navigation,

dual zone environmental con-
trols, etc.
But it has a 5 H.P. lawn-
mower-engine installed instead
of the usual 300 H.P. V8 fuel
injected engine. - .!
I would be surprised if it will
roll, never mind perform as
engineered and intended to.
Let us also consider the for-
eign investor, who we entice
and allow into our country and
economy to improve our GDP
and provide employment for
our citizens.
This foreign investor can see
the potential of this land, and
true to form develops his busi-
ness plan.
In most cases however, frus-
tration follows, as this purpose
driven entity or person, gets
hamstrung as cripplingly as
any Bahamian, as he must rely
on the same viral entities as
the native.
Of course, there are excep-
tions available to any business
or person willing to "pay" for
services rendered which,

unfortunately are becoming
the norm.
Graft, special access, exemp-
tions, in exchange-for favours,
kickbacks, and blind' eyes,
'which,-so much the norm, are
unaffordable for anyone in
business to consider as the cost
will be dear.
Total compromise and con-
flict of purpose is the
inevitable result.
Unfortunately too many
have taken this route, with the
obvious result all around us.
To inoculate? Yes, but for
future results, as the only
answer for the immediate is to
quarantine. Excise and stop
the pandering and breach of
Stop the graft, special
favour, and circumnavigation
of all that is right and moral.
It is the only answer.
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Think before you go

to the food store
EDITOR, The Tribune.
WE have little to counter the ever rising prices of everything
and trying to stretch the dollar somehow to cover what we
used to cover a few months ago.
Probably one of the biggest costs every week is the food
store may I suggest things which I have found to work.
Never go to the food store with young children.
Never go to the food store hungry.
Take this time to cut back on what you eat and lose weight.
Check the specials out some stores are telling us you save
even up to 50 per cent but in the real life it is far smaller. If they
can offer specials with 50 per cent off why not drop prices
across the stores?
Yes as Mr Roberts told his customers use your stamps -
don't be shy you are saving good money.
Get together with family or friends and buy detergents,
towels and toilet paper by the case from the wholesalers and
then share. Haven't you noticed when you buy these items
your bill shoots up over $220 in that week?
Do not use a credit card to pay for the bill at the food store
- in fact avoid using the credit card as much as possible.
Try to go to the food store when the traffic is least, save on
in-traffic driving.
Watch like a hawk the register many many items prices on
the item differ to what is in the scanning system. The law says
you pay the price on the item. Insist on this if challenged that's
the law.
Too many food stores constantly are changing prices call
Consumer Affairs 328-2700 that is against the law and the food
store people know it.
Electricity at night when it is hot turn on the a/c for about 20-
minutes then off and rely on a ceiling fan for the rest of the night.
Close your bedroom door so the cool air stays in the bedroom.
Change all your old lights to the new economy lights yes they
cost a little more but they will save in the long run. Turn off
lights where not necessary and all electronic equipment, TVs,
computers when left on continue to turn the meter.
May 19, 2008.

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Surrey drivers 'told to return home'

Tribune Junior Reporter
SURREY drivers in Nassau claim
they were not allowed to work yester-
day and were told to return home
when they arrived at Prince George
Although Surrey Association presi-
dent Vincent Woodside was alerted of
plans to renovate the surrey stand and

repave the cement, he said that the
drivers were not informed of the spe-
cific day.
Yesterday was a particularly bad
time for the government to choose, he
said, as business for the drivers has
been slow of late and Tuesday is one of
the few days of the week when there is
a solid stream of cruise ship passen-
gers from the wharf.
Mr Woodside said he was told by a
woman Road Traffic Department offi-
cer that "the horses would not be

allowed to work for a few days." How-
ever, the president said that senior
Road Traffic officials later told him
they had "authorized no such thing."
Mr Woodside complained of the lack
of respect that had been shown for his
He said they were treated as if they
"don't need the same food and water
as everybody else".
Mr Woodside also noted that when
the renovations are done, an emer-
gency gate is reportedly to be left

locked meaning that in the case of an
emergency, it will be difficult for dri-
vers to escape.
Steven Turnquest from the Humane
Society agreeing, saying: "there would
be a health risk for horses situated in
the centre" and suggested that the
emergency gate be left unlocked. There
is a surrey inspection the first Thursday
of every month, at which representa-
tives from the Ministry of Agriculture,
the Ministry of Tourism, the Humane
Society, and an inspector from Road

Traffic are all present. Mr Woodside
assured the public that his first con-
cern is for the horses, noting that the
animals' health is vital to the liveli-
hood of the drivers.
He shared a much-used saying
among the drivers "While the grass is
growing, the horse is starving" which
he said in this instance refers to the
fact that during the proposed improve-
ments to the port, they have no income
with which to feed either their families,
or their horses.

Tourists caught

climbing cruise

ship stern line

TWO young Danish tourists
who were caught climbing the
stem line of a cruise ship plead-
ed guilty to two counts of tres-
passing yesterday.
Andreas Langager, 21 and
Mathias Lindquist, 20 pleaded
guilty to the charges, admitting
that they trespassed on the.
premises of the Prince George
Dock, and that they were drunk
when they climbed the stern
line of the cruise ship Carnival
According to the prosecution,
the incident took place around
5.40am on Sunday.
The men, who were arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court Eight in Bank
Lane, admitted that they were
not passengers of the ship.
Langager also pleaded guilty
to possession of two grams of
marijuana which was found in a
plastic bag in his hotel room at
the Towne Hotel on George
Street, according to court dock-
According to the prosecution,
Langager told police that he
had bought the drugs for $20
but had no intention of smoking
In his clients .defence, attor-
ney Michael Kemp argued that
"boys will be boys" and asked
the magistrate not to deal with
them harshly.
r Mr Kemp told the court that
his clients had been informed
by some friends that there was
free food and drinks for every-
one onboard the cruise ship.
The attorney contended that
authorities were merely trying
to save face as the men had
gained access to the vessel.
Mr Kemp said that Langager
had bought the marijuana only

CHARGED: Danish resident
Andreas Langager arraigned on
drug possession and trespassing
PHOTO: (Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)
Because he had been hassled by
a man who hangs around the
Towne Hotel.
He told the court that Lan-
gager had told police that the
drugs was in his hotel room and
had been their for five days.
Magistrate Bethel took into
consideration the fact that the
men had not wasted the court's
time and fined them both $50 or
one week in jail on the tres-
passing charges.
She fined Langager $150 or
three months in jail on the drug

Princess Anne presents top nature

conservation award to Haiti's Wiener

Britain's Princess Anne has
presented one of the world's
top prizes for grassroots nature
conservation the Whitley
Award to Jean Wiener of
Haiti for his work to protect
his country's coral reefs and
mangrove forests.
Jean Wiener, 43, was one of
11 people honoured at the cer-
emony, held at the Royal Geo-
graphical Society in London by
The Whitley Fund for Nature
(WFN) the UK-based charity
which administers the interna-
tional awards programme and
which this year celebrates its
15th anniversary.
The award to Jean Wiener
recognized his work among
coastal communities where the
knock-on effects of wide-scale
deforestation, poor soils, and
flooding are damaging the
marine environment on which
many Haitians depend.
As the director of FoProBiM,
Jean Wiener leads his country's
only marine conservation NGO.
It takes a practical approach -
raising awareness, offering
training, rallying volunteers for
restoration work, building part-
nerships and acting as a media-
Recent initiatives include
producing an abridged version
of fishery laws, to make them
easier to understand and
observe; building an artificial
reef to improve fish stocks, and
installing mooring buoys-to
reduce anchor damage to corals.
Along the shore, mangroves
are being replanted to reduce
flood damage, and alternatives
to Haiti's main fuel, charcoal,
are being explored.
Speaking before the results
were announced, the fund's
founder, Edward Whitley, said:
"The aim of the Whitley
Awards is to find and support
the environmental leaders who
are helping to build a future
where nature and people co-
exist in a way that benefits both.
Once again, this year's finalists

Jordan Prince William class of

1986-87 give scholarship to student


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PICTURED from left
to right: David
Adderley, Aldeka
Thompson, Alva
Barnett, Juan Moss,
Aelia Rolle-Wilson
(head of home eco-
nomics department),
Timothy Walker,
Leslie Adderley (vice
principal) and
Eugene Bonamy

THE Reunion Class of 1986-87 of Jordan
Prince William High School have announced
that they will be giving a one year scholarship
to a deserving student of the school.
They also announced the donations of two
microwave ovens, three sewing machines, four
toasters, four, blenders and four can openers to
the Jordan Prince William home economics

department. In addition to donations mem-
bers of the class liave agreed to speak to the
students, in an effort to encourage them.
"This is our way of giving back to our alma
mater and society as a whole and showing our
appreciation for everything, 20-plus years lat-
er," they said.

have risen to the challenge.
They have impressed and heart-
ened us by telling us their con-
servation success stories, and
by demonstrating what can be
achieved when vision, passion,
intelligence and determination
are brought to bear. An added
bonus is that they give us hope.
The example given by people
like Jean Wiener is an inspira-.
tion for us all."
The awards ceremony was co-
hosted by BBC broadcaster
Martha Kearney and held in
front of a 350-strong audience
that included Sir David Atten-
borough, leading scientists and

environmentalists and celebrity
conservation supporters.
Edward Whitley added:
"They also become part of the
Whitley Fund for Nature's net-
work of past finalists which,
after 15 years, now takes in over
100 dynamic environmentalists
in more than 50 countries, mak-
ing it an invaluable source of
experience, ideas and best prac-
The Whitley Awards are
sponsored and supported by a
range of corporations and indi-
viduals including WWF-UK,
Sting and his wife Trudie Styler,
and HSBC Private Bank.

0 In brief

Thieves steal

copper wire

worth about



$70,000 worth of copper wire
was stolen from the Bahamas
Broadcasting Corporation's
site on East Settler's Way.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said the matter was reported
to police late last week.
He said Derek Sands, direc-
tor of engineering at ZNS,
informed police that a large
quantity of copper wire was
stolen from the corporation's
transmission site.
He said that the stolen wire
is valued at approximately
Mr Rahming said Central
Detective Unit officers are
presently investigating the




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Minister applauds the idea of

co-operative unions in schools

* By Llonella Gilbert
MINISTER of Lands and
Local Government Sidney Col-
lie praised the idea of co-oper-
ative unions in schools as "an
ideal vehicle for entrenching the
co-operative movement as a liv-
ing social and economic organ
in the community".
At a charter presentation cer-
emony for the St Anne's Blue
Waves Multi-Purpose Junior
Co-operative Society Limited,
Mr Collie said history has
shown that co-operative unions
are an integral component of
nation building for many devel-
oping countries.
He said that in the Bahamas,
the co-operative credit union
industry boasts bank savings of
$205 million.
However, for co-operatives
to go even further, Mr Collie
said, more youth involvement
is needed.
He said co-operatives serve
several purposes in schools; they
instill brotherhood, sisterhood
and teamwork.
Co-operatives also develop
managerial, vocational and
leadership skills, as well as self-
confidence, self-reliance and ini-
tiative, while encouraging mutu-
'al respect among its members,
he said.
Co-operatives can act as a
means of mobilising capital and
providing goods and services
withip the school community.
Through the selling of shares,
co-operatives reinforce the idea
of ownership and control of
national resources and entre-

MINISTER QF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT Sidney Collie (far left) presents the Anne's Blue Waves
Multi-Purpose Junior Co-operative Society Limited its charter, making it an official co-operative.

preneurship, Mr Collie added.
He recalled that when he vis-
ited St Anne's a month and a
half ago, the students told him
they were in the process of get-
ting their credit union up and
Mr Collie praised them for
, beginning with 50 members arid
for saving almost $1,000 and
encouraged the board of direc-
tors to make the organisation
one of the most active and
dynamic clubs'on the school's
The founder and secretary of
the Public Workers Cd-opera-
tive Credit Union Limited,
Arlington Miller, said his cred-
it union will adopt the school
as its junior partner and guide
the students as they work to cre-
ate a strong co-operative.
Mr Miller explained that a
credit union is an organisation
centred on people helping peo-
"You join the credit union
and your money helps me' and
my money helps you," he said.
Although members can bor-

PRINCIPAL of St Anne's, Cynthia Wells and founder and adviser of the
Anne's Blue Waves Multi-Purpose Junior Co-operative Society Limited Jyoti
Choudhury pose with student members

row twice as much money as
they have saved, he encouraged
the students to become savers
rather than borrowers.
St Anne's principal Cynthia
Wells said: "This co-operative
will give you the opportunity,
those who study business, to put
the book work into practice and
if you practice it now, when you

get into the real world you will
be ready and prepared."
Mrs Wells noted that the co-
operative was started by Jyoti
Choudhury; a faculty member
in the business studies depart-
ment, to foster a spirit of co-
operation and teamwork in the
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Man jailed for
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT One of the
three young men arraigned on
firearm charges in the Freeport
Magistrate Court was convicted
and sentenced to serve 18 months
at Fox Hill Prison.
Kevin Bizzard, 27, of Watkins
Lane; Clayton Christopher Rolle,
27, of 129 Triana Drive, Hudson
Estates; and Romeo Lawell
Degregory, 26, of Scott Avenue,
appeared before Magistrate
Andrew Forbes.
SIt is alleged that on April 23 at
Freeport, the accused men were
found in possession of an unli-
censed .25 Baretta semi-auto-
matic pistol. Kevin Bizzard, who
acknowledged responsibility for
possessing the weapon, pleaded
guilty to the charge. Rolle and
Degregory pleaded not guilty.
The magistrate convicted Biz-
zard and sentenced him to serve
one year and six months at Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.
The prosecution withdrew the
charges against Rolldand Degre-
gory, who were both discharged.
Man charged

over shooting
A 24-year-old male resident of
Freeport was charged in connec-
tion with a shooting on Grand
Michael Gibson, 24, of Shafts-
bury Lane, North Bahamia, was
arraigned before Magistrate
Andrew Forbes on Monday.
He pleaded not guilty the
charges of possession of a firearin
with intent to endanger the life
of a police officer, possession of
an unlicensed .357 Magnum
revolver, and possession of three
.357 bullets without being the
holder of a valid firearm certifi-
It is alleged that on May 18,
Gibson was involved in a shoot-
out with police at the Interna-
tional Bazaar.
Attorney Simeon Brown rep-
resented Gibson, who was
remanded to Her Majesty's
The matter was adjourned until
March 9.

Exhibition marks 80th anniversary of

Inter-American Commission on Women

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MINISTER BUTLER-TURNER, senior government officials and representatives from international organ-
isations tour the exhibition

* By Llonella Gilbert
Minister of State for Social
Development Loretta But-
ler-Turner opened a new
exhibition commemorating
the 80th anniversary of the
Inter-American Commission
of Women, noting that the
organisation has contributed
a great deal to the rights of
women in the Bahamas.
Mrs Butler-Turner
explained how women from
the Americas travelled to
Havana, Cuba in 1928 to
demand they be allowed to
participate in the sixth Inter-
national Conference of
American States, and that
the members of the confer-
ence ratify an Equal Rights
Although the treaty was
not ratified, the decision was
taken to create the Inter-
American Commission of
Women (CIM) and to
charge it with conducting a
study of the legal status of
women in the Americas,
which would be presented
to the next International
Conference of American
States, she said.

Mrs Butler-Turner was
speaking at the opening of
the exhibition in the foyer
of the East Street Post
Office on East Hill Street.
CIM is the principal forum
for generating hemispheric
Policy to advance women's
rights and gender equality.
It was the first official inter-
governmental agency in the
world created expressly to
ensure recognition of the civ-
il and political rights of
Mrs Butler-Turner said
that over the years, CIM has
adopted,several plans of
action, however its compre-
hensive strategic plan to pro-
mote the advancement of
women in the Americas was
the most significant.
The plan's implementation
was to span from 1995 to
2000 and four areas of pri-
ority'were to be addressed
within the first five years.
Mrs Butler-Turner said
these areas were: the partic-
ipation of women in the
structures of power and deci-
sion-making, education, the
elimination of violence, and
the eradication of poverty.

She noted that while a
degree of progress has been
made, work continues.
"Amidst these challenges,
we are now faced with the
view held by some that the
progress of women has come
at the expense of our men,"
she said.
"Simply, they feel that
women are 'taking over'.
"We must dispel this belief
that progress for women
means regression for men.
Men and women have both
contributed to the develop-
ment of this nation and
women should therefore
have a reasonable expecta-
tion to hold any position
they desire," she said.

Back home -

with a bang!

Ship crashes into New York City

pier following Bahamian cruise

Tribune Staff Reporter
An unpleasant surprise was
in store for thousands of pas-
sengers returning from a
Bahamian cruise to New York
City on Monday.
Their Norwegian Cruise Line
ship, the Norwegian Spirit,
crashed into the pier where it
was due to dock in the city's
West Side on Sunday at around
While there were no injuries
among the passengers on board,
United Press International
reported that the bow of the
boat and some railings on a low-
er deck were damaged as the
boat ground along the side of
the concrete pier.
The vessel can carry around
2,400 passengers. According to
the New York Post, those
onboard and ornthe pier heard a
loud metallic grinding sound
when the liner struck.
"You feel a jolt, and you
know you are back in New
York," said Jay Boesner to the
Post, describing the incident as
similar to the movie "Speed 2"
in which a hijacked cruise ship
crushes a pier before stopping.
on a street.
Dockworker Charles
Casquarelli, 53, said: "The ship
was coming right at us, but then

it managed to turn and run into
the pier."
The Tribune requested a
statement from NCL yesterday
about the incident but did not
receive one up until press time.
However, according to UPI,
the incident will not affect the
Norwegian Spirits' Bahamas
cruise schedule as the boat was
repaired later that afternoon
and is ready to be re-deployed.
The Spirit makes twice
monthly trips to the Bahamas
from New York City, stopping
at Orlando, Nassau and Grand
NCL recently announced that
it will be sending another of its
liners to the Bahamas to pro-
vide three and four day cruises.
The Pride of Aloha was
renamed the Norwegian Sky
earlier this year and will begin
travelling to the Bahamas from
Miami in July. after being
remodelled and refurbished.
Minister of Tourism Neko
Grant welcomed the move,
announcing that it will bring
millions of dollars into the
Bahamian economy over the
next year.
However, this comes after the
ship received some negative
press over the last few months,
having failed a US government
sanitation inspection in Decem-
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a little further
towards the abyss
recently as young
people began rioting in the
streets for no particular reason,
leading to the knifing of one
boy on Paradise Island and the
shooting of another on a public
Gangs of Junior high school-
ers also engaged in a rock-
throwing, after-school melee on
a busy Palmdale street, attack-
ing police who tried to stop
them. And this' follows fights,
riots and murders in the schools
One thing is clear this is
not crime. It is impending social
breakdown. And you don't
have to be a social scientist to
wonder what will happen when
these youngsters get a bit older.
"It's a terrible feeling," one
of Tough Call's correspondents
cried. "But for the first time I
believe that if we have not gone
beyond the point of no return,
we are very close. It seems that
everyone is despairing."
Meanwhile, the response
from the political class has been
to exchange veiled threats about
exposing each other's sexual
peccadillos (don't look it up -
just consider the way it sounds).
Or, as another correspondent
indelicately put it:
"Parliament is going to waste
time talking about some kid
that got a blow job in school
(like we all tried to do) and who
is being boungied by who, and
who is sweethearting who, while
accused killers and armed rob-
bers walk the streets commit-
ting more crimes."
The threatened debates have
so far failed to materialise, but
we have no doubt that each par-
ty is trying to put the frighteners
on the other. And both parties
continue to pretend that we are
still in the talking stage on crime
- trying to figure out what to
Despite all the work that has
been done on this subject over
the past 20 years, they have
agreed on two new commissions




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"... most of all we need a zero
tolerance policy for public nui-
sance crimes such as illegal
street vending, dumping and
littering, sign-posting, loiter-
ing, drinking and swearing,
not to mention drug peddling."

- one in Parliament (which will
spend another five months fig-
uring things out)sand another
led by Rev Simeon Hall (which
is an open-ended figure-it-out
But who needs further fig-
uring? The contributing factors
have all been identified. They
are divided into three categories
- socialisation, enforcement
and justice. there is no mystery
- and it is certainly not rocket


ocialisation covers all
the things that produce
new entrants to our society -
the family, home life, school-
ing, motal codes and work.
Enforcement is the way in
which society's rules are applied
or not applied. And justice
refers to the way we process
those who break the rules.
One suggestion for crime
reduction in the enforcement
category comes from John Issa
- the Jamaican hotelier who
operates Breezes on Cable

Beach. His recommendation is
for a national identity card to
catalogue people, but this is
likely to lead only to more gov-
ernment bureaucracy and less
freedom for law-abiding citi-
The authorities are sitting on
60,000 outstanding warrant files,
including 11,000 criminal mat-
ters, so we already have a cata-
logue of criminals lying dor-
mant. Curbing our constitu-
tional freedoms is not the
answer we all know that the
first victims of a police state are
ordinary citizens, who are much
easier to control and harass than
And we don't need new laws
either. As former Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce chief Chris Lowe says:
"Our laws have worked well in
the past, but seem not to work
"The laws have not changed,
nor have the rules governing
the police and courts. So what
has changed? Something must
have changed."
His answer? Today there is
rule by political and personal
favour rather than by law: "And

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The 16-year-old Fox Hill boy was stabbed to death on Paradise,
Island recently.

it follows that, if we observe our
leaders ignoring the law, why
then should we ordinary citi-
zens observe the law? And if
we no longer possess any stan-
dards, anarchy follows not
in one fell swoop, but in-an ever
accelerating progression right
before our very eyes."
What must we do in terms
of enforcement? Well, our lead-
ers need to set examples and
make examples of those who
breach the rules of behaviour.
We need foreign police officers
to bring some level of impar-
tiality and motivation to our law
enforcement agencies.
For example, British experts
are training police in Trinidad
to counter criminal gangs that
are terrorising local communi-
British officials have also
introduced measures like police
stop-and-search and metal
detectors at schools, pubs and
clubs, in an attempt to curb the
use of knives and other
weapons by young people. So
far this year, 28 teenagers have
been knifed to death in Britain.
.But most of all we need a
zero tolerance policy for pub-
lic nuisance crimes such as ille-
gal street vending, dumping and
littering, sign-posting, loitering,
drinking and swearing, not to
mention drug peddling.
We need to enforce traffic
rules and clamp down hard on
street violence and vandalism.
If we can't curb these lower
level abuses that cause so much
distress to most of us on a daily
basis, how can we hope to deal
with more serious crimes?
To put it another way, if
slackers and thugs see that they
can get away with spitting in
everyone's face, it sends a clear

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message that they can get away
with murder.


A nd just where do our
2000 cops hang out
these days? Other than racing
recklessly through the streets
carrying prisoners from Fox Hill
to downtown courts for the fur-
ther adjournment of their cases,
a patrolman or traffic cop on
duty is a rare sight indeed.
But improving enforcement
is no solution by itself. It will
only lead to gridlock unless the
justice system is fixed. And that
is probably the easiest of the
three categories to deal with,
because the solutions are clear
and finite in scope requiring
only money to make them, a
reality. A single budget exer-
cise could resolve most of the
bottlenecks in our courts and
prison within a year.
We know the prison is over-
crowded, so if we want to keep
criminals locked up and deal
with all the backlogged cases
we obviously need a bigger
prison or new jails for vari-
ous types of offenders and
more prison officers. Once we
have places to put offenders we
can set about processing them
- and that simply requires
more judges ,(preferably for-
eign), more courtrooms, more
prosecutors and more support
facilities. To those who would
say we can't afford all that, here
are two suggestions: create a
special crime tax that would be
earmarked specifically (and
transparently) to pay for prose-
cutors, courts, judges and a judi-
cial secretariat. Or, for those

who don't want to encourage
more taxation, sell Bahamasair
with the expressed object of
devoting the proceeds to
improving our justice system.
The liquidation of a non-per-
forming state asset is a small
price to pay for better security
and a more just society.
The third category social-
isation is more difficult to
address because it requires
long-term investments in edu-
cation, family counselling and
social health programmes. But
over the years experts have pro-
duced some agreed guidelines.
A 2005 report sponsored by
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank took a close look at
the 17 per cent of our popula-
tion who are between the ages
of 15 and 24. The report collat-
ed information from a variety
of studies and surveys under-
taken by government agencies
over the past decade, as well as
Not surprisingly, the report
confirmed that education and
employment are the the two
most important factors in youth
development. And the fact is
that 40 per cent of boys and 23
per cent of girls fail to achieve
passing grades in Bahamian
high schools, and about a third
of young people out of school
are unemployed.
Education, joblessness, anti-
social activities and poverty are
all closely linked, the report
said, and international experi-
ence shows that at-risk youth
benefit much more from
improving basic literacy and
numeracy than they do from
vocational training. This is
something that the private sec-
tor Coalition for Education
Reform has been seeking to
convey to government officials
for years.
One thing is clear about
young people in the Bahamas
today they are growing up
in a culture of violence that did
not exist in our day. According
to the IADB report, 35 percent
of boys and 13 per cent of girls
carried a weapon, ard a major-
ity said they ofteg felt like burt-
ing or killing someone.
So to a large degree, -
we already know the answers
to our problems. And we cer-
tainly know what the conse-
quences are if we don't address
TRthese issues. All that is need-
ed is the leadership to move the
nation in the right direction and
implement the required solu-
What do you think? Send
comments to lamr@tribuneme-
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Timothy Christopher Tompkins
February 24, 1947 May 21, 2008
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timothy Christopher ("TC") Tompkins, age 61, a member of Lyford Cay Club, died at his home in Atlanlta
Georgia, on Wednesday May 21 2008. He was born on February 24, 1947 in New York City, the son of
Jerree Talbot Smith and the author Peter Tompkins. TC moved to Atlanta when he was seven to live with
his paternal grandparents, Mary (Molly) Arthur and Laurence Tompkins the sculptor and portrait painter.
TC was the great-nephew of Henry Bethune Tompkins II, Chairman, for many years of The Robinson
Humphrey Company and the great grandson of Nora Palmer and Judge Henry Bethune Tompkins, a highly
respectedjurist in the Southeast in the post-civil war period and one of the original one hundred members
of the Piedmont Driving Club. TC attended elementary school at The E Rivers School in Atlanta and was
graduated from Avon Old Farms and the University of Denver. He served in the US Navy in Vietnam and
returned to Atlanta in 1973.
TC began his career in the financial services industry with the Robinson Humphrey Company, and
subsequently, Alex Brown 8 Co., but his entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own investment
management firm, Argonaul Investors, a franchise for Aaron Rents, and then to develop the Atlanta
franchise for Five Guys, a rapidly growing lost-casual hamburger line of restaurants. At the time of his
death, TC had opened four Five Guys locations in and around Atlanta and was in the process of opening
several more south of the City in Slockbridge and McDonough.
TC will be remembered for his abounding sense of humor, his easy generosity, his unfailing loyalty to his
friends, and his commitment to anything he undertook. He loved to dance, was a natural athlete and
competitor, and enjoyed hunting, sailing, fishing, and golf. He loved the beach and the water and visited
The Bahamas frequently. While in The Bahamas, he discovered his love for scuba diving and his passion
for the protection of its coral reefs. He was indefatigable and intellectually curious, an avid reader,
traveler, and photographer. He was also completely at home in his own company, on undeclared interior
designer who loved to create comfortable living places where he could retreat to putter, to fix up, to fin-e
tune both his house and his garden, and to relax. He adored his children and was never happier than
when he could share the things he loved with them. He will be remembered for his wonderful phone cells,
I his ability to stay in touch with more people than most of us meet in a lifetime, his impetuous spontaneity,
and his belief that life should be fun and lived to the fullest. He was deeply loved and will he greatly
S missed.
4 Ihe family will have a private burial service in Atlanta on Wednesday morning, May 28, 2008, and will
receive friends and colleagues to celebrate his life at 2PM that afternoon at the Piedmont Driving Club,:
S 1215 Piedmont Avenue Atlanta. TC is survived by hih children Henry Bethune Tompkins III end (1eC.tg
Wigton Tompkins of Atlanta: his former wife, Cynthia Wigton Mills of Atlanta; his mother Jerree
of New York City; his sister, Robin Tompkins Ray of Nassau, The Bahamas; his brother'WOlemy
of New York City; and a niece and nephew, Christie Ray Robb and Oliver. Ry. in T -e
contributions may be made to the Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation, (IEEF'1
Association for the Coral Environment (ACE), 5000 Fulton Industrlil looelverd, MAfalp, 033 or
through the Lyford Cay Foundation.- "

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Krissy Hanna off to Chile

for diplomatic training

* By Lindsay Thompson

KRISSY Hanna, a trainee
administrative cadet in the
international relations division
of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, was nominated to
attend the International
Course on Diplomacy in San-
tiago, Chile.
The course will be held
from June 2 to December 12
and Ms Hanna, 24, will study
with 39 other young diplomats
from the Caribbean and else-
where. She was nominated by
the ministry's permanent sec-
retary and received confirma-
tion from Chile of her selec-
tion as the Bahamas' repre-
The course, conducted in
Spanish, will focus on inte-
grating disciplines such as
political science, economics,
legal issues, free trade agree-
ments and international diplo-
macy from a Chilean and
Latin American perspective.
"I will be walking away with
knowledge that I can bring
back and further my career in
the foreign service," Ms Han-
na said. She received her ter-
tiary education at St Thomas
University in New Brunswick,
Canada where she was award-
ed a bachelor of arts degree
in political science with hon-
ours in Spanish.
What sparked her interest
in the diplomatic service was
an opportunity to travel to
Brazil as a Rotary Youth
Exchange Student while at the
St Paul's Methodist School in
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
"It was a defining moment
for me because it allowed me
to represent the Bahamas as
an ambassador," she said.
Mrs Roselyn Dorsett-Hor-
ton, deputy permanent secre-
tary and head of the techni-

Trainee in Foreign Affairs Ministry

picked to attend Santiago course

cal division said the ministry
"is always looking for oppor-
tunities to expose our young
officers to training in diplo-
macy, international relations,
trade and other skills that they
would be able to assist the
ministry in its objectives in
delivering the foreign policy
of the Bahamas."
She noted that Chile has
been a "very good" country
to the Bahamas, offering train-
ing opportunities to Bahami-
ans for more than 15 years.
Mrs Dorsett-Horton attend-
ed a diplomacy course in 1995.
"The programme is an
opportunity for Ms Hanna to
hone her language skills,
enable her to see Chile and
how they were able to negoti-
ate the North American Free
Trade Agreement (-NAF-
TA)," Mrs Dorsett-Horton
said. "So anything that she can
learn of their experience and
come back home and apply
would be of benefit to us."


Ms Hanna was interviewed
by a representative from the
Embassy of Chile in Jamaica
over the phone, in Spanish, to
determine her "suitability" for
the course.
Ms Hanna will be living in
an apartment in the commu-
nity, so she can learn more
about the Chilean people and
culture. "This will also allow
her to be one of our specialists
on Chile so when our ambas-

sador from Chile comes we
can have staff who have expe-
rienced their culture to speak
about it," Mrs Dorsett-Hor-
ton said.
The Bahamas and Chile
established diplomatic rela-
tions on December 4, 1990.
Since then, the Bahamas has
be Afited from bilateral
exchanges in language train-
ing programmes, trade nego-
tiations and courses offered
and sponsored by the Diplo-
macy Academy of Chile.
Similar courses are offered
by Mexico, India, Peru, China
and other countries with
diplomatic ties to the

"I will be
walking away
that I can
bring back
and further
my career in
the foreign

Krissy Hanna

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Sale of Machine Shop Tools and Equipment

The College of The Bahamas invites sealed bids for the contents of Room T-18 on the Oakes Field Campus at Thompson Blvd
and Poinciana Drive.

Contents of Room T-18 include (partial list):
Machine Lathes; Grinders; Milling Machines; Engine Testing Equipment: Brake Rotor Machine; Engine Cylinder Honer; Drill
Presses; Shapers; Sheet Metal Equipment; Bench Vises; Jacks; Machine Tools and Parts; Measuring Tools; Shop Furniture

An inventory list is available from the office of the Vice President, Finance and Administration. The College does not warrant
the accuracy of the inventory list.

Access to Room T-18 is available during normal working hours (9am 5pm) by contacting:

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"The programme is an
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of Kennedy Sub Division, and formerly
of Crooked Island will be held on
Wednesday May 28th, 2008 at 12:00noon
at Golden Gates Assemblies Outreach
Ministries, Carmichael Road. Officiating
will be Bishop Ross Davis assisted by
Pastor Alan Strachan. Interment will
follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Left to cherish fond memories are Sons:
Wilfred and Jamiko Smith; Daughters: Nurse Deborah Smith, Shevaughn
Smith, Shanice Taylor and Kim Woodside, Adopted Son: Clyde Williams
Jr., Stepdaughter: Sheva Rolle; Grandchildren: Aneisha, Deja, Edward,
Travis, Justin, David Jr., Eddie, Tyrque, Shameka, Vaughn, Keisha,
Naquita, Ashley, Shevonne, Ashton, Ashnique, Tavaris, Caaliyah; Great
Grandchildren: Delicia and Travis, Siblings: ASP Charles Walkine,
Vernice Walkine, Craig and Michael Walkine, Janice and Julianne Smith
and Emily Cornish; Sons-In-Law: David Taylor and Brian Woodside;
Aunts: Vivian and Marina Moss; Uncles: Cleveland Walkine and Cleveland
Nixon; Sisters-In-Law: Edith Smith, Lenora Clarke, Leotha Newton;
Brother-In-Law: William Smith; Numerous Nieces and Nephews
including: Jackie Woodside, Kayla Hepburn, Monique Lewis, 1445 Elvis
Williams, Franklin, Andrew, Christopher and Clyde Williams, Clifford,
David and Henry Daxon, Rachel Mackey, Pastor Anthony Flowers,
Melford, Cleo, Cleon, Nickola, Eloise, Portia, Kryn, Dave, 2416 Keno
Smith, Daisy, Esther, Millie, Irene, Jackie, Pete, Robert, Jay, Leslie, Jenny,
Arthur, Jeffrey, Steven, Alvin, Selly, Arthur, Nehemiah and Karen and
a host of other relatives and friends including: Gloria Moss, David Knowles,
Velma Moss & Family, Otis Cartwright, Wilbert Moss Jr., Marilyn
Saunders & Family, Romaine Nixon & Family, Gladstone Rolle & Family,
Pamela Walkine & Family, Pastor Berie Moss & Family, Renee Walkine
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Theodore & Tracey Dorsette, Christine Farrington, Christoper Ferguson,
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Tameka & Vaughn Smith, Mary Russell, Norman Rolle & Family, Rachel
Culmer, Clifford Mackey, Berado Gibson, Hepburn Family, Michelle
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from 10:30am until service time at the church.

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Sunday, May 18th, 2008, will be held
at St. Athamasius Anglican Church, ._
Grays, Long Island on Thursday May
29th, 2008 at 3:30pm. Burial will be
in Gray Cemetery, Long Island. Father ",
Earnest Pratt officiating.
She was predeceased by her
husband,Samuel Wells; survived by
one sister-in-law, Verna Knowles;
brother-in-law, Leon Knowles; nieces,
Ethelyn Cartwright, Agnes and Ruth
Knowles, and Linda Brown; nephews,
Harold, Raymond, McDonald, Everette,
Charlie, Douglas, Allan and Wilmore; cousins, Sylvia and Rosemary
Higgs, Lorraine, Joy, Trevor and Tony Pyfrom, Eric, Andrew, Wesley
and Troy Sturrup, Vernon and Osmond Moss, many other relatives and
Funeral arrangements being handled by Pinder's Funeral Home, Palmdale
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Butler calling for BOA electoral general assembly

Senior Sports Reporter

WHILE former president Sir Arling-
ton Butler is calling for an extraordi-
nary electoral general assembly of the
Bahamas Olympic Association, newly-
elected president Rev Enoch Backford
is saying the body has not authorised
the meeting on Thursday.
In a press release issued by Butler,
who declined to seek another term in
office at the elections held on March 6,
he said in compliance with the Inter-
national Olympic Committee's request,
"an extraordinary electoral general
assembly" of the Bahamas Olympic
Association will be held on Thursday,
The meeting will be held at the
Bahamas Sports Museum on Tonique

*I Butnewprsidnt ay Associa tion ha s n't Su hi meet ingI

Williams-Darling Highway, next door
to Sun Burst Paint at 6.30pm.
On the agenda will be the registra-
tion of delegates and the elections.
Backford, who was voted in unop-
posed as the new president, countered
in a press release that "past president
Sir Arlington Butler has once again
unilaterally summoned another elec-
tion of the Bahamas Olympic Associ-
Backford adamantly declared that
"no election meeting has been called
by the Bahamas Olympic Association;
and the discussions held last week with
Pan American Sports Organisation

(PASO) Secretary General, Felipe
Munoz, gave no credence to meetings
being unilaterally called by the former
president of the BOA.
"Indeed, Mr Butler was supposed to
send his renunciation of his claim of
president of the BOA to PASO with
Mr Munoz."
Mario Vazquez Rana, a member of
the IOC, responding to a letter from
Rev Backford, stated: "I have received
your letter dated today in which you
ask if Mr Arlington Butler has been
authorised to call an electoral meet-
ing. "With all due respect, I wish to
inform you that he (Butler) has not

been authorised to do so. However, if
the members of the Bahamas Olympic
Movement decide to gather and with a
majority of votes they decide to elect a
new executive committee of the
Bahamas Olympic Association, we
could then analyse the situation accord-
ingly and study the possibility of grant-
ing them recognition."
Backford said member federations
and executives are advised to disre-
gard this meeting and await the report
and recommendations from PASO
based on the findings of Munoz.
At the elections held at the Nation-
al Tennis Centre, Butler said he was

stepping down as president after 32
years in office, a matter that he said he
had discussed extensively with his fam-
But many in the BOA said Butler
never intended to step down because
of the perks that come with being the
president. He's afforded all-expense
paid trips with a stipend of $5,000,
either from the IOC or the BOA, to
attend meetings and the various games.
Butler, who has been in a court
wrangling with the executives since the
initial elections were called off in
November, 2006, is also a member of

New scholarship

foundation for

student athletes

Senior Sports Reporter.

IN 2000, businessman Harrison Petty was
approached by some local club coaches to
help their student-athletes in getting off to
A year later, the Bahamas Parents Associ-
ation of Track and Field Athletes was formed
and Petty, through coaches such as Rupert
Gardiner, Fritz Grant and Peter Pratt, helped
to get more than 40 athletes off.
Among them were sprinter Derrick Atkins,
who went on to win the men's 100 metres
silver medal at the IAAF World Champi-
onships last year, and quarter-miler Aaron
Cleare, who competed at the Olympic
The association's executive team, which
included Grafton Ifill, Donna Nichols and
Joy Petty, encountered problems with some
athletes, while quite a number of them went
on to achieve great success. .
"We had some problems with couple of
the colleges whereby some of the students
that we sent off had terrible behaviour prob-
lems, wouldn't compete, wouldn't study and
some were kicked off the team and some out
of the school," Harrison Petty revealed.
"We now have two colleges, which I won't
name, who won't accept any Bahamian stu-
dent-athletes anymore. So this year we have
formed a new association and we are looking
at new schools."
Now known as the Bahamas Scholarship
Foundation for Student Athletes, Petty said
two members, Peter Pratt and Vincent
McDonald, attended the NAIA Champi-
onships over the weekend with hopes of find-
ing new schools that will grant scholarships
for the coming year.
"It's a programme that we have set up with
Bernard Newbold as the recruiter," Petty
disclosed. "All of the coaches in New Provi-
dence are working with him to locate schol-
arships for whoever needs to go off."
Unlike the previous association, Petty said
this new body enlists all of the Carifta athletes
who are graduating and, with their grades
included, scholarships are sought for them.
Over the last two years, Petty announced
that the following athletes acquired athletic
Dickinson State Jamal Forbes, La'Sean
Pickstock, Kenisha Miller and Lavardo Sands.
Both Forbes and Sands are back home and
are training for the relay team for the
Olympic Games in Beijing in August.
Iowa Central Community College Carlyle
Thompson and Andrea Moss.
Missouri State University Deandra Rolle
and Laniece Rolle.
Hinds Community College Jonathan
Fisk University Rashaan Forbes.
Southwestern Christian Community Col-
lege Ryan Penn.
Park University Romona Nichols.
There were other athletes who obtained
scholarships, but for some reason, they didn't
fulfil them.
"So now we don't consider athletes achiev-
ing athletic scholarships until they have left
the island and are enrolled in school," Petty
"We've had some problems with athletes
who went off to college and got into prob-
lems. But they have to realise that they are on
a contract and they have to study, train and
Petty said all they expect them to do is live
up to their end of the bargain.
"The coaches do a tremendous job groom-
ing their kids, but some of them experience a
culture shock when they go off for the first
time," Petty pointed out.
"So instead of doing what they are sup-
posed to do, they adopt a party attitude and
can't expect to last for long because once
your grades fall and, you're not academically
eligible, they will send you home."
Petty said they decided to provide the
options for the NAIA and Junior Colleges
because the majority of the athletes are not
eligible for the NCAA 'Division One col-

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Distance runner's

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Senior Sports Reporter

HE missed qualifying while running for Bene-
dict College. But distance runner Oneil Williams
is home to give it one last try at the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations' Scotia Bank
National Open Championships.
While the focus will be on the sprints and the
athletes hoping to make the relay teams for the
Olympic Games in Beijing in August, Williams is
hoping to get the job done in the men's 800
He will have to run at least one minute and
46.60 seconds to surpass the B qualifying standard.
The A qualifying standard is 1:45.40, but he will
only have to do that if another Bahamian achieves
the feat.
When the Nationals, which serves as the final
trials for the Bahamas team, is held next month at
the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadi-
um, Williams said he's going to go for it for the B
standard as there's no other Bahamian close to
any of the marks.
"I know I can do it. I just need someone to
carry me out for the first lap," said Williams, who
came home on Monday and will be working on
using a 'rabbit' during the race to pull him through
the first 4-500 metres.
"After' that, it's all up to me. If I can get the
help, I know I can do it."

Before he returned home, Williams ran 1:54
in his heats at the Nationals, but he didn't advance
to the final. It was faster than the 1:47.39 he ran to
win the twb-lapper at the Southern Intercolle-
giate Athletic Conference Track and Field Cham-
For Williams, who was eventually awarded the
Scott Abbott Award for the most outstanding
athlete at the conference meet, said he was quite
pleased with his year before he'd produced a sea-
son's best of 1:52.
"I feel stronger than I did when I was running
in school. I feel like I can go under 1:50 right
now," Williams stated. "We will just have to see
what happens at the Olympic trials/Open Nation-
als. I want to run 1:47 or lower. I feel I'm strong
enough to do that because the weather here is
perfect. Unlike South Carolina, you never know
what to expect. But here at home before the
crowd, I hope I can do it."
Williams is working with coach Tyrone Burrows
to "fine tone" his training over the next few
weeks, so he's hoping to get in a meet in the
United States sometime before the Nationals.
"I think there's a good chance that I can do it.
I have my base. I have my strength and endurance
training," he stated. '"The only thing I need is
my speed and me and coach Burrows are working
on that now."
Meanwhile, Williams said he's also looking for
a summer job so that he can be a little more occu-
pied while at home.



vs. 'Pain'?

Senior Sports Reporter

IT could have easily been overtime period
or an extra inning at a ballgame on Saturday
night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
But it was professional boxing and another
showdown was in the making long after the
final bell had rung to signal the end of the
First Class Promotion's "Road to the Com-
monwealth" show.
As the fans started to leave, Quincy 'Thrill-
A-Minute' Pratt drew thb media attention to
Meacher 'Pain' Major and forced many of the
fans to stop and return for some more action.
Pratt noted how disappointed he was in the
manner in which Major handled American
Luis 'El Monstruito' Bolano.
And to add insult to injury, Pratt took a
jab at Major, telling him that he wanted to
challenge him to a fight, indicating that "if it
was me in there with Meacher, I would have
put him away.
"I know I can beat Major."
Major, who suffered a surprising first-round
knockdown, went on to pull off an unanimous
decision over Bolano, who claimed that he
felt if he didn't win, it should have been called
a draw.
While he cut Bolano over his right eye with
his vicious blows during the fight, Major
received a cut on his lip as a result of his oppo-
nent's counter-attack.
Despite the injury, Major wasn't prepared to
just allow Pratt to get away with his taunts.
He charged right back at Pratt, who was
taken aback and stepped away to avoid getting
"He scared of me. He's already running
from me," said Major as he continued to taunt
After Sugar Kid Bowe, a member of the
Bahamas Boxing Commission, intervened and
said: "Let's get it on. I don't see no reason why
the fight can't go on," the crowd thickened.
But before any blows were thrown, they
were parted and started to leave the gym.
However, as Pratt left with most of the
crowd jeering him, Major followed in pursuit.
They came face-to-face once again on the out-
Again, they were parted before any blows
were thrown as both fighters hurled insults
after each other.
But before everybody dispersed, Major
grabbed Pratt's hand and pulled him into the
gym, saying: "Let's stop talking and get it on
They actually got into the ring and it
appeared as if another match was going to
take place.
That only lasted with a face-to-face show-
down as they were once again parted.
Bahamas Boxing Commission's chairman
Pat 'The Centreville Assassin' Strachan, who
along with secretary Fred Sturrup watched
from outside the ring, said they don't have a
problem in sanctioning a fight between the
two lightweights.
"Quincy Pratt received a life-time ban from
the Boxing Commission under chairman Dr
Norman Gay," said Strachan, who served as
Gay's deputy commissioner.
"What Pratt has to do is resign from the
Bahamas Boxing Commission and then reap-
ply as a new member and then we will con-
sider his application. But we can't do it with
the lifetime ban that he received from Dr
Pratt received the ban from Gay after he
had three memorable fights with Ray Minus
Jr. Pratt, who at one time was Minus Jr's spar-
ring partner, lost all three bouts.
But ever since Minus Jr retired and Major
came on the scene, Pratt has-vowed that he
will avenge his defeats to Minus Jr by taking it
out on Major.
First Class Promoter Michelle Minus said
she doesn't have a problem putting the fight
on one of their shows, but it would be up to
the Bahamas Boxing Commission to sanction
it first.

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Detroit takes 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup

finals with 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH Penguins' Sidney Crosby (left), is. stopped by Detroit
Red Wing goalie Chris Osgood in the first period...

DETROIT Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg checks Pittsburgh Penguins' Ryan Malone into Detroit goalie Chris
Osgood in the third period of Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals in Detroit Monday...

DETROIT Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (left) scores on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
(29) in the third period...

* By The Associated Press
* Through May 26
Zetterberg, Det 18 12 11 23
Crosby, Pit 16 4 17 21
Hossa, Pit 16 9 10 19
Malkir, Pit 16 9 10 19
Datsyuk, Det 18 9 10 19
Ribeiro, Dal 18 3 14 17
Franzen, Det 12 12 4 16
Briere, Phi 17 9 7 16
Umberger, Phi 17 10 5 15
Morrow, Dal .18 9 6 15
Malone, Pit 16 6 9 15
Jagr, NYR 10 5 10 15
B.Richards, Dal 18 3 12 15
M.Richards, Phi 17 7 7 14
Hudler, Det 18 4 9 13
Prospal, Phi 17 3 10 13 '
Modano, Dal 18 5 7 12
Kronwall, Det 18 0 12 12
7 tied 11

DETROIT Red Wings' Brad Stuart (right) celebrates with Johan
Franzen (93), of Sweden, and Valtteri Filppula, of Finland, after
Stuart scored a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins...



* By The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 28
Detroit at Pittsburgh (8 p.m.
EDT). The Penguins are 8-0 at
home this postseason and have
won 16 straight there overall,
but return home down 2-0 in
the Stanley Cup finals.
Valtteri Filppula, Red
Wings, had a goal and an assist
as Detroit took a 2-0 series lead
in the Stanley Cup finals with a
3-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
CHRIS Osgood stopped 22
shots for his third shutout this
postseason and 13th of his
career tied for eighth most in
NHL history as Detroit took
a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup
finals with a 3-0 blanking of
Pittsburgh on Monday night.
Osgood is the first to post
shutouts in the first two games
of the finals since New Jersey's
Martin Brodeur in 2003 against
Anaheim. He hasn't allowed a
goal in 137 minutes, 33 seconds,
dating to Game 6 against Dallas
in the Western Conference
DETROIT forward Johan
Franzen returned to the lineup
for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup
finals Monday night and record-
ed an assist in a 3-0 victory over
Pittsburgh. Franzen, tied with
teammate Henrik Zetterberg
for the NHL playoff lead with
12 goals, hadn't played since
Game 1 of the Western Con-
ference finals because of recur-
ring headaches.
OF the 31 teams to win the
first two games of the finals at
home, 30 have captured the
Stanley Cup. Detroit took a 2-0
series lead Monday night with a
3-0 victory over Pittsburgh,
which returns home for Game 3
Wednesday night.
DETROIT is 12-1 when scor-
ing first and 13-0 when leading
after two periods following
Monday night's 3-0 victory over
Pittsburgh. The Red Wings lead
the Stanley Cup finals 2-0.
PENGUINS center Evgeni
Malkin notched eight goals and
nine assists in his first 10 playoff
games, but only one goal and
one assist in six games since.
Pittsburgh has gone 3-3 in those
HENRIK Zetterberg has 23
points this postseason, one shy
of tying Detroit's franchise
mark held by Sergei Fedorov
(1995) and Steve Yzerman
"He's a good actor. I know
our players are frustrated right
now. It's tough to play the
game, but Osgood did the same
thing against Dallas. Our team
never goes to the goalie. We
never did it, and we don't target
the goalie. You want to talk
about experience, he goes to
players, and he knows what to
do, I guess."
Pittsburgh coach Michel
Therrien on goalie Chris
Osgood drawing two goalie
interference penalties in Detroit's
3-0 victory Monday night.


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AP Sports Writer
gan (AP) Antonio McDyess
is relieved he didn't retire
when his knees and career
were in shambles.
The Detroit Pistons are, too.
Playing his best playoff game
in perhaps a decade, McDyess
had 21 points and 16 rebounds
to lift Detroit to a 94-75 win
over the Boston Celtics to even
the series Monday night in
Game 4 of the Eastern Con-
ference finals.
McDyess' banged-up left
knee limited him to 10 games
during the 2001-02 season in
Denver, none the next and just
42 the following season with
New York and Phoenix.
The former All-Star and
Olympian was tired of rehab-
bing his left knee after one too
many surgeries. McDyess told
his agent, Andy Miller, he
wanted to buy out of his con-
tract at least twice during the
2003-04 season.
But he didn't, and Pistons
president of basketball opera-
tions Joe Dumars, looking for
an affordable replacement for
Mehmet Okur, liked what he
saw in McDyess.
"No one can understand
where I'm coming from when I
felt how I felt at that part of my
career when I felt like it was
over," McDyess said. "I mean,
I was laying in the bed think-
ing, 'Hey, this is going to be
"And now, I've just rein-
vented myself coming to this
team. Joe gave me an oppor-
tunity, and I just try to take
full advantage of every sec-
The 33-year-old power for-.
ward often plays with the most
energy on a team that tradi-
tionally peaks and flops
depending on whether its up,
even or behind in a series.
"You only have so many

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Howard, Orl.
Bell, Phoe.
Diaw, Phoe.
Gasol, LAL
Kleiza, Den.
McDyess, Det.
Smith, Den.
Brewer, Utah

Howard, Orl.
Duncan, S.A.
Camby, Den.
Boozer, Utah
Jamison, Wash.
Nowitzki, Dall.
Okur, Utah
Odom, LAL
Horford, Atl.
Chandler, N.O.

Paul, N.O.
Williams, Utah
Nash, Phoe.
James, Clev.
Calderon, Tor.
McGrady, Hou.
Kidd, Dall.
Ford, Tor.
Rondo, Bos.
Bryant, LAL


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15 57 158 215 14.3
4 11 42 53 13.3
12 42 105 147 12.3
6 19 53 72 12.0
5 10 50 60 12.0
12 34 107 141 11.8
13 31 107 138 10.6
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Pistons blow away Celtics to even series

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* Through May 26


Bryant, LAL
James, Clev.
McGrady, Hou.
Nowitzki, Dall.
Iverson, Den.
Paul, N.O.
Bosh, Tor.
Stoudemire, Ph.
Anthony, Den.
Parker, S.A.
Williams, Utah
Hamilton, Det.
West, N.O.
Garnett, Bos.
J. Johnson, Atl.
Duncan, S.A.
Lewis, Orl.
Ginobili, S.A.
Howard, Orl.
Gasol, LAL


13 139 113
13 113 122
6 62 33
5 43 42
4 36 23
12 111 62
5 42 35
5 48 19
4 32 24
15 133 63
12 90 51
15 117 83
12 102 49
18 154 63
7 47 30
15 118 58
10' 71 32
15 93 65
10 72 45
13 99 46


412 31.7
366 28.2
162 27.0
134 26.8
98 24.5
289 24.1
120 24.0
116 23.2
90 22.5
335 22.3
259 21.6
322 21.5
254 21.2
372 20.7
140 20.0
295 19.7
195. 19.5
287 19.1
189 18.9
244 18.8

"They bumped us off spots
and were more physical and
aggressive all night," Celtics
coach Doc Rivers said. "Usu-
ally the winner is the team that
was more aggressive. They had
a no-layup rule and that's why
we made it to the line so
Richard Hamilton scored 20
points, Rasheed Wallace had
14 and five blocks, and Billups
added 10 points, seven assists,
two steals and no turnovers.
Reserve Jason Maxiell filled
in well when Wallace was in
foul trouble by scoring 14
points and playing tough
defense on Garnett, notably
on a come-from-behind block
on a dunk attempt.
"Max made an unbelievable
play," Billups said.
Detroit scored the first 10
points of the game and that
was the key to the game,
according to Garnett.
"Y'all don't know how
important beginnings of games
are with flow and what you
establish," he said.
The Celtics stayed in the
game by making 17 of 20 free
throws in the first half while
Detroit was 5-for-9. Boston
had more points from the line
(32) than from the field early in
the fourth quarter when it
pulled to 67-62.
"We didn't play well, but we
hung in there by getting to the
foul line," Rivers said.
"Then, we just couldn't
make plays."
Detroit improved to 5-0 in
games following losses in the
"No one likes it, the way our
team personality is," said Pis-
tons coach Saunders, referring
to his players penchant to play
their best when down or
The Celtics fell to 1-7 on the
road and 0-6 when trailing
after three quarters.
Notes: Boston reserve James
Posey had 11 points and
Kendrick Perkins scored 10
before fouling out.
Hamilton has had 20-plus
points in 71 playoff games
since 2003, trailing only San
Antonio's Tim Duncan by two
games during the same span.

ANTONIO McDyess (left) goes up for a shot against Boston
Celtics' Sam Cassell (front) and P J Brown in the third quarter

NBA Today

* By The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 28
Detroit at Boston (8:30 p.m.
EDT). The Celtics only loss at
home (9-1) in the playoffs was
to the Pistons in Game 2 of the
Eastern Conference finals. The
series is tied 2-2.
Antonio McDyess, Pis-
tons, scored 21 points and
grabbed 16 rebounds to lift
Detroit to a 94-75 series-
evening win over Boston.
AFTER a 94-80 home loss to
Boston on Saturday, Detroit
came back with a 94-75 win
against the Celtics in Game 4
of the Eastern Conference finals
on Monday night.
The win evened the best-of-
seven series at 2-2 with Game 5
on Wednesday night in Boston
and then Game 6 on Saturday
night in Detroit. The Pistons
are now 5-0 in games following
losses in the playoffs.
DETROIT guard Richard
Hamilton played in his 114th
postseason game Monday night,
breaking Bill Laimbeer's team
record, as the Pistons beat
Boston 94-75 in Game 4 of the
Eastern Conference finals.
Hamilton scored 20 points,
his 71st 20-plus point playoff
performance since 2003. Hamil-
ton trails only San Antonio
Spurs center Tim Duncan, who
has 73 20-point postseason
games during the same span.
DESPITE being down 2-1 to
the Los Angeles Lakers in the
Western Conference finals, San
Antonio is happy to be at home.
Following their 103-84 win on
Sunday, the Spurs are a perfect
7-0 at home in the postseason.
In its second-round series
against New Orleans, San Anto-
nio was also in an 0-2 hole, but
the Spurs won the next two
games at home before winning
the series in seven games.
"THEY bumped us off spots
and were more physical and
aggressive all night. Usually the
winner is the team that was
more aggressive."
Boston coach Doc Rivers
after the Celtics lost to Detroit
94-75 in Game 4 on the Eastern
Conference finals. Boston is 1-7
on the road and 0-6 when trail-
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Tamar Bodie isn't your

ordinary student-athlete

PURSUING a college edu-
cation alone can be an intimi-
dating venture for most young
people. Imagine the challenge
that is placed before the college
student, who, in addition to pur-
suing a full load of courses, is
expected to balance the
demands of competing on a col-
lege varsity team.
With the introduction of
intercollegiate athletics at The
College of The Bahamas three
years ago, student-athletes at
the institution are embracing
the opportunities to compete in
athletics on the local and inter-
national scene.
One such student-athlete is
Tamar Bodie.
Bodie, however, is not your
everyday student-athlete. In
addition to taking a full load of
courses and competing on the
women's basketball team, she
is a full-time employee at St
John's College, assigned to the
Physical Education Depart-
Bodie graduates with a bach-
elor's degree in physical educa-
tion this May, and with a cumu-
lative GPA of 3.03, she is the
role model to whom other stu-
dent-athletes look.
In fact, Bodie has been the
recipient of a Marilu Tolo Spe-
cial Scholarship since 2005.
Having made the Dean's List
every semester since the Fall of
2005, she automatically received
consideration for the scholar-
ship without having to apply for
Interestingly, Bodie credits,
her involvement with basket-
ball with the turnaround in her
"I had never made the
Dean's List prior to the Fall
2005 semester but working full-
time, taking a full load and play-
ing basketball have really forced
me to keep a strict timetable
for myself," she says.
"Because I knew I had prac-
tices at 6am and then work at

TAMAR BODIE graduated with a
cumulative GPA of 3.03 and is the
recipient of the Scholar-Athlete of
the Year Award.

8.15am, I knew I had to com-
plete my assignments by 11pm
most nights so I could get some
rest to be able to function the
next day. My life was my job
and COB.
"My social life was non-exis-
tent (laughs) because I didn't
have the time, and Dr Davis
(head coach) is very serious
about grades. If you don't make
the grades you can't play and, of
course, I wanted to play. So, as
you can imagine I am looking
forward to graduation when I
should be able to get some of
my life back (laughs)."
When she first entered the
campus of The College of The
Bahamas, Bodie certainly did
not envision herself as a staple
on the college's women's bas-
ketball team. She was deter-
mined to complete her degree
programme and pursue her pro-
fessional career.
However, she vividly recalls a
series of posters capturing her
attention about "try outs" for

the women's basketball team,
and with the urging of a COB
employee decided to pursue it.
It's a decision that she says she
has not regretted.
"I always wanted to go off (to
attend college) but the experi-
ence at COB has been a really
good one for me. I've met some
great people, established some
good friendships and through
COB I have gotten the oppor-
tunity to see other university
campuses and how their athlet-
ic teams operate," she stressed.
"I don't know about anybody
else but I had some really good
memories from some of those
basketball trips."
For a player, the ultimate
achievement is to gain the
respect of one's teammates,
coaches and competitors. Bod-
ie has been successful in doing
just that.
Some of her teammates
describe her as witty, down to
earth, intelligent and reliable.
Others, who played and worked
with her, couldn't agree more.
"I must say that she plays
hard but every time I look
around she's on the floor! She's
determined not to go home with
her uniform clean," said
Sharelle Cash, shooting guard
for the Cleaning Centre Angels
and an opponent of Bodie.
Noted Leah Rolle, COB's
team trainer: "On game nights
Tamar is one of the first players
I look for because I know she
has something for me to do. She
believes in keeping me busy,
either taping up her ankle or
fingers, wrapping her knee, ban-
daging a cut or something, and
then by half-time I have to do it
all over again because she's
already been on the floor sev-
eral times and thrown every-
thing out of whack."
Her team-mate Alyse Dean
added: "Tatmar is a hard-work-
ing and enthusiastic team play-
er, a positive person and reli-
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And her academic adviser,
Jenny Dotson-Isaacs said:
"Tamar is conscientious, intel-
ligent, and versatile and loves
physical education."
Bodie is often referred to as
the "Dennis Rodman" of the
team; that is, she does all ;the
small things that do not show
up in the statistics but are nec-
essary for the team's success.
She often guards the oppos-
ing team's best player, fre-
quently dives on the floor for
loose balls, and inspires team-
mates with her effort. She was
also referred to as the team's
chaplain as she uttered a prayer
before the start of each game, a
responsibility in which she took
great pride and one that she did
throughout her four-year tenure
with the team.
As a senior on the team, Bod-
ie leaves a tremendous void for
the women's team to fill next.
season, one that has coach Lin-
da Davis searching for answers.
"She may not have been the
top scorer or rebounder, but
that made no difference; instead
it was the team's goal and
accomplishment that mattered,"
said Davis.
Davis knows that to replace a
student-athlete like Bodie is
near impossible because of what
she has meant to the women's
basketball team specifically and
to the college's athletics pro-
gramme generally.
"Tamar represents the kind
of student-athlete coaches used
as a role model," noted Davis.
"A dedicated, genuine and
focused young woman with a
great deal of potential, she has
served her team and the college
athletics programme well.
"She undoubtedly under-
stood our purpose from the very
beginning as we charted waters
in search of a good fit for the
University of The Bahamas ath-
letics programme."
On May 17, Bodie received
the overall Scholar-Athlete of
the Year Award during the
Athletics Department 2007/08
Awards Ceremony. She was
also recognized for this accom-
plishment during the Graduates

Awards Breakfast on May 28.
As she embarks upon her
professional journey, Bodie
commends The College of The
Bahamas for the sense of prepa-
ration and confidence she feels.
She reflects on the physical edu-
cation programme and how,
even now, her lesson plans are
detailed and designed to cater
to the complexity of the stu-
dents; an accomplishment for
which she credits the college.
Coach Davis, however,
deflects some of that praise to
Tamar's ability and willingness
to commit to a greater goal.
"Tamar is a student athlete
who commits to the highest
ideals, both on and off the
court. I am confident that the
lessons she learnt will follow
her to the many successes she
will realise in her life," she stat-
"She will make a fine teacher
and will return many a young
woman, we trust, back to our
doors and courts to benefit from
what we continue to build at
The College of The Bahamas,
well-rounded individuals using
their many talents to achieve
personal and professional goals,
while building a nation, this
time through the medium of
Bodie expressed her gratitude
to The College of The Bahamas
for providing her with great
opportunities, especially Coach
Davis, the coaching staff, her
teammate and assistant profes-
sor Jenny Dotson-Isaacs for her
academic guidance.
She urged current and aspir-
ing student-athletes to be willing
to make the sacrifices necessary
for success. She especially.
points to "cutting out or down"
on some aspects of their lives
for a period and developing a
mentally tough mindset.
The friendships, the travel-
ling experiences, the networks
formed and the exposure will,
be fondly remembered by Bod-
ie. It is these friendships, expe-
riences, and exposures that she
will rely upon to assist in
cementing her professional

AP Sports Writer

PARIS (AP) Amelie
Mauresmo held her nerve
and her serve when it count-
ed Tuesday, reaching the
second round of the French
Open by beating Olga
Savchuk 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in a
match disrupted by rain.
Mauresmo, who missed
both the Italian and Ger-
man Opens because of a rib
injury, looked shaky much
of her time on center court.
"The problem was my
serve because I have a
minor injury," said Maures-
mo, who won the Australian
Open and Wimbledon in
The start of play Tuesday
was delayed 2 hours, 50 min-
utes because of rain, but
Russians Svetlana
Kuznetsova and Dinara
Safina reached the second
round before another rain
delay of nearly three hours.
When play resumed, No.
14 Agnieszka Radwanska
beat Mariya Koryttseva 6-
Among the men, fourth-
seeded Nikolay Davydenko
beat 2002 Australian Open
champion Thomas Johans-
son 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Each of the first three
days of the French Open has
been affected by rain, but
Tuesday was the worst yet.
At least 20 matches were
postponed, including top-
seeded Maria Sharapova's
encounter against Evgeniya
Mauresmo, who has never
gotten past the quarterfinals
at Roland Garros, was bro-
ken in her first two service
games, and then again while
serving for the first set at 5-
Leading 6-5 and again
serving for the set, the
Frenchwoman double-fault-
ed for the fourth of her nine
times to give her Ukrainian
opponent a break point, but
Mauresmo saved it with a
backhand winner. She won
the set when Savchuk sent a
forehand into the net.
In the second set, Savchuk
jumped to a 2-0 lead, but
Mauresmo got back to 2-2
before the rain. When they
came back on court, each
player held serve until
Savchuk broke Mauresmo
while leading 5-4.
Mauresmo dominated the
third set by winning four
straight games at the start.
The fourth-seeded
Kuznetsova defeated Aiko
Nakamura of Japan 6-2, 6-3
before the rain interrupted
Despite the soggy weath-
er, Kuznetsova didn't
appear to have any prob-
lems against the 71st-ranked
Nakamura has never
reached the second round
in four appearances at the
French Open.
Safina, seeded 13th,
defeated Kateryna Bon-
darenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-3.
"I'm really happy that I
could go through in two sets,
especially before the rain
started," said Safina, who
missed the Italian Open
with a back injury.

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Speculation that gay murders could be linked

FROM page one

underway against high-profile
Mr Adderley, the well-
known AIDS activist who lived
with HIV for more than 20
years, was found dead in a pool
of blood in his Delancey Street
home on Monday afternoon.
The discovery was made just
round the corner from Mount-
batten House, where Taylor
was stabbed to death, and only
a few hundred yards from the
Queen Street home of Dr
McDonald, who was blud-
geoned to death with an iron.
Though police have not yet'
revealed the cause of Mr
Adderley's death, sources indi-
cate that his throat was slashed
"almost to the point of decapi-
"He was gay," said a source
who did not wish to be named
yesterday, "and it would not
surprise me if these killings are
related because of how close
the three crime scenes are."
There were also similarities
in that all three suffered excep-
tionally brutal deaths inside
their own homes, and all are
thought to have known their
In the Adderley case, it
appears that the killer locked
the door as he left, leaving his
victim sprawled on the floor just
inside the premises.
Asked if there was a link
between the killings yesterday,
the head of the homicide squad
at the Central Detective Unit

did not wish to speculate.
"No, we cannot say that, we
cannot say that right now. We
are early in the investigation
phase and we cannot say at this
time whether there is any link-
age with the other two matters,"
Said Asst Supt Leon Bethel.
He added, in response to
another question, that Mr
Adderley was not questioned
by police in the Taylor and
McDonald investigations.
Police have been under pres-
sure to catch the killer of Taylor
and McDonald, with specula-
tion rife that someone is being
protected by high-level homo-
A few weeks ago, ASP
Bethel discounted the possibil-
ity that a psychopath was
responsible, and said Taylor and
McDonald were likely to have
known their killer or killers.
He expressed confidence at
that time that the culprit would
be caught, and appealed for
public help in their inquiries.
He said police forensic evi-
dence was good. All they need-
ed was the crucial "break-
through" to link the evidence
with the killer.
The Adderley murder will
undoubtedly lead to yet more
pressure for police investiga-
tors, especially if a link between
the three homicides is estab-
Yesterday, a source told The
Tribune that Mr Adderley's
home was left intact after the
killing. "No furniture was over-
turned or anything like that.

They left the house neat. It is
believed that Mr Adderley
knew the killer because they
locked the door behind them.
"Mr Adderley was left lying
on the floor with a cut across
his throat and he was almost
decapitated. There was no sign
of a fight or any rumbling and
tumbling about the place."
Describing Mr Adderley as a
former teller at Citibank on
Thompson Boulevard, the
source said: "He was definitely
gay. There is no doubt about
Police failure'to track down
the killer of Taylor and McDon-
ald has been attributed to the
secretive nature of the gay com-
munity in the Bahamas, and the
fear among its members of
being "outed" in a homopho-
bic society.
This community consists of
prominent and powerful peo-
ple in politics, banking, the
police force, the diplomatic
corps, the legal fraternity and
the church.
Anyone assisting the police,
and forced to go to court and
testify about the killings, risks
being outed and also outing
their gay partners from one of
these spheres, a source indicat-
Asked if police are having dif-
ficulty getting information from
the gay community, ASP Bethel
said: "Well, I know we did not
say that he (Adderley) is a gay
man." But he had seen pub-
lished reports suggesting this.
"Well, if he is a gay man, we

BOA dispute meeting legal

FROM page one

tioned at the upcoming Olympic
Games in Beijing.
However, according to Mr
Harcourt Rolle, vice president
of the BOA, Sir Arlington has
not, as he claimed, been
instructed to call an election by
the International Olympic Com-
mittee (IOC).
In reply Monday to Rev
Enoch Backford, president of
BOA, Mr Mario Vasquez Rafia,
president of PASO, said:
"I have received your letter
dated today (May 26) in which
you ask if Mr Arlington Butler
has been authorised to call an
electors meeting, with all due
respect I wish to inform you
that he has not been authorised
to do so."
Mr Rolle said Sir Arlington
is the only person he has heard
talking about sanctions. "No
one else has suggested it," he
If the Bahamas is sanctioned,
Sir Arlington told The Tribune,
the Bahamas will not be able
to have its flag represented at
the games. In addition to this, if
the Bahamas were to win a gold
medal, the Bahamian national
anthem would not be played,
and the team would have to
march behind the International
Olympic Committee's flag," he
"I am not going to sit around
and allow the Bahamas to be

sanctioned. Because if the
Bahamas is sanctioned, all of us
will lose all of our privileges in
the Olympic Association. I lay
this at the foot of all of the pur-
ported executives who say they
do not want to have an election.
I have certainly done my best,"
he said.
However, yesterday execu-
tives of the Bahamas Olympic
Association (BOA) called on
its member federations, and
executives to disregard the
meeting called by Sir Arlington
tomorrow night..
According to.the BOA, Sir
Arlington, the "past president"
has "once again" unilaterally
summoned another election of
the Bahamas Olympic Associa-
"Continuing the long stand-
ing confusion he created, Mr
Butler. is now attempting to
scare Member Federations to
attend an unauthorized meet-
ing with total disregard for the
rights of all members as stipu-
lated in a recent Bahamas
Supreme Court ruling," the
BOA news statement said.
The BOA, according to the
statement, has called no elec-
tion meeting, and the discus-
sions held last week with the
Pan American Sports Organi-
zation (PASO) Secretary Gen-
eral Felipe Munoz Kapamas,
have given "no credence" to
meetings being unilaterally
called by the former president

of the BOA.
"All I can say is they are
being encouraged to have elec-
tions which they have been
resisting," Sir Arlington said.
"We met with Mr Felipe Munoz
Kapamas this week. Mr Munoz
stated clearly that PASO, or the
IOC did not recognize the elec-
tions of March 6.
"I have also been told that if
we do not settle our problems
before the end of May before
he goes before the:executive
committee of the IOC on the
4th of June, the BOA will be
sanctioned,; Sir Arlington said.
However, in a letter from
Mexico to BOA president
Backford, on Monday PASO
president Mario Vazquez Raiia
I have received your letter
dated today (May 26) in which
you ask if Mr Arlington Butler
has been authorised to call an
electors meeting; with all due
respect I wish to inform you
that he has not been authorised
to do so. However, if the mem-
bers of the Bahamas Olympic-
Movement decide to gather and
with a majority of votes they
decide to elect a new Executive
Committee of the Bahamas
Olympic Association, we could
then analyse the situation
accordingly and study the pos-
sibility of granting the recogni-


certainly would want to talk to
some of the persons he associ-
ated with to see if they could
assist us with any information
with respect to his activities
before his death," he added.
Mr Adderley, administrator
at the AIDS Foundation and
president of The Network for
Positive Living, was not seen by
neighbours since Friday. After
police were alerted, a locksmith
was required to enter his apart-
ment at around 2.45pm, when
his body was discovered fully-
clothed in a pool of blood.
The locked door at the apart-
ment, which is just opposite the
old Buena Vista restaurant, and
the vicious way Mr Adderley
was killed, indicated that he,
too, may have been the victim
of a crime of passion, the sus-
pected motive in the other two
Erin Greene, spokesperson
for the gay advocacy group the
Rainbow Alliance, said it is too
early to jump to conclusions on
whether the murders are con-

"The Rainbow Alliance of
the Bahamas is very concerned
that we have had the deaths of
three prominent gay men with-
in the last year and we are hop-
ing to continue discussions with
the police to foster a relation-
ship that includes a level of
community policing with the
government," she said.
Ms Greene does not think
police are ignoring the crimes,
but she is concerned about the
lack of communication between
them and the community.
"We don't expect the police
to solve the murders overnight,.
but we would appreciate and
require for our general sense of
safety an open line of commu-
nication. You know, let us know
that you are still working on it,
but these things take time," she
said, acknowledging that
authorities may be waiting on
the results of DNA evidence to
be processed in the McDon-
ald/Taylor killings.
There is a perception in the
community at large, said Ms
Greene, that "those two mur-

ders will never be solved." After
the Taylor/McDonald killings,
sources indicated that a jealous
lover close to both men may
have played a role in their
Ms Greene said of the lack
of closure on the cases: "The
truth is the problem is that
there is no way to tell whether
the murders are not solved
because of a conspiracy by the
authorities just to ignore them,
or whether the level of homo-
phobia that exists in our com-
munity creates an environment
where people are just unwilling
to assist the police."
Bishop Simeon Hall, who
pressed police for an update on
the McDonald/Taylor killings
in recent weeks, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that he will
reserve comment on this latest
murder until he receives more
Bishop Hall was threatened
with death over his remarks
weeks ago. by an anonymous
telephone caller.


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Formula for saving gas

FROM page one
Converter" project less than two months
ago. He quickly ran to Tyrone, a retired
science teacher, with the suggestion that
they both pursue this idea to save what was
primarily only their own family's gas mon-
Tyrone jumped at the idea, as he said, he
loves gadgets and discovering how things
work. After installing their promising device
into nearly two dozen' cars belonging to
family members and testing it for six weeks,
they, applied for, and were granted yester-
day a business license to install this device
into fellow Bahamians' cars, with hopes of
servicing the entire Bahamas.
While the brothers are the first to devel-
op this device within the Bahamas, Bernard
said that "other countries already have this
formula at work, there are 9,000 drivers
throughout the world who use the Water
Converter technology."
And while the results will be different for
each individual depending on the size and
make of their car, as well as the frequency
and distance they drive, the Millers' own
improvements are reported as follows:
Tyrone's 4-cylinder Sundance Plymouth
was previously able to run for 10 miles per
gallon of gas, but with the "Water Con-
verter" can be driven for 30 miles. In

Bernard's case, his Diamante Mitsubishi's
mileage increased from 11 to 27 miles with
one gallon of gas.
In both cases their mileage more than
doubled with this gas saving device. What's
more, Tyrone adds, it is harmless, absolute-
ly non-explosive and environmentally
friendly. In explaining the hydrolyzed water
system, he simplified the process saying
that "the water is converted into hydrogen
and oxygen, it gets into the system and stops
gas from overworking."
The quart sized reservoir of "Formula
4X", the name of their newly developed
gas saver, can be installed for a one time fee
of $250, in a period of 30 minutes or less,
leaving customers to simply refill their car
with "Formula 4X" cheaply. The price, they
report will be very affordable, at $5 for 20
ounces, or $10 for one gallon.
"The people that know about it are clam-
bering for it," Bernard said, "and we're let-
ting the public know now that we picked up
our business licence today," added Tyrone.
In their past careers, both brothers were
contented with the jobs they did everyday;
but reported that this development is a true
God-send as people feel the gas shortage
the world-over. "It is a very timely gadget
and a family business now," said Tyrone.
Two of Bernard's sons are also involved in
the project.

Cooking gas running out

FROM page one
there will be because the cost to land (propane) and get it to
customers is more than the dost of the gas itself.
"All of the companies in the business now who are selling the
cooking gas are selling it at a loss and have been doing so for
a couple of months or just breaking even at least that is what
I gather," he said
He said distributors are planning to approach government on
aminified front to demand the current fixed price controls on the
gas be increased and put on a sliding scale to adjust with inter-
national events.
Minister of Lands and Local Government Sidney Collie
said he has been approached by one propane dealer for a
price control review but he can't address the matter until the
distributors produce a unified proposal.'
"One of the dealers tried to make representation for a price
review and a possible price increase to me and I said to that
dealer, 'Get together with the others in the industry and when
they are ready to make their case, I will be ready to listen.' I
don't know what their case is, I imagine it is like you said
they are losing money but they will have to make their case
"Well when they do I'll see what their proposal is and sit
down with them," said Mr Collie.
In 2005 propane price controls were increased from $65 to
$70 for 100 cylinder delivery in New Providence and Grand
Bahama and $73 to $79 for 100 cylinder delivery in the Fami-
ly Islands, Chief Price Inspector Sidney McKenzie said yes-
Effective 2005, bulk delivery in New Providence and
Freeport was $2.25 a gallon for suppliers and $3.26 a gallon for

Man charged over drugs haul

FROM page one
drugs with the intent to supply, possession of dangerous
drugs with the intent to supply and importation of dan-
gerous drugs. According to initial reports, around 8 pm
Sunday, police noticed items being off-loaded from a
go-fast vessel on to the back of a black Ford Ranger
Truck at a ramp in the East Bay Street area. A chase
followed between the officers and three occupants of
the truck, which ended at the Town Centre Mall.
Upon searching the truck, police found 244 pounds of
marijuana wrapped in crocus sack bags and in coolers.
Lawyer Roger Gomez Jr appeared for Taffron Fra-
zier who hobbled to court on crutches with a cast on
one of his ldgs. The other two defendants were not
represented by counsel. /
Bennett pleaded guilty to all drug charges while
Taffron and Edrico Frazier pleaded not guilty to the
drug charges. Inspector Ercell Dorsette told the court
that the prosecution was not in a position to address the
court on bailwith regards to Taffron and Edrico Frazier
and asked that the matter be adjourned to next Tues-
day when a bail hearing and fixture will take place.
The prosecution at that time is also expected to address
the court with the facts regarding Bennett who plead-
ed guilty to all charges. The three men were remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison yesterday.

Timeshare owners

protest access closure

FROM page one
Freeport Resort, and several owners held a
demonstration at Ranfurly Circus on Tuesday,
near the entrance of the Royal Oasis.
The demonstrators passed out flyers between
the hours of 7.30am to 9am, and again at 4.30pm
to 6pm.
The issue of access is one of several concerns of
timeshare owners, who claim that they are also
being denied access to other amenities by Royal
"Our timeshare owners have been without
short cut access to the Bazaar and they have to
walk seven times as far now," said Mr Rabowski.
The Freeport Resort is situated on an adja-
cent lot near the Royal Oasis, and owners
enjoyed easy walking distance to the Bazaar for
many years:
Mr Rabowski said they have also lost the golf
privileges in Bahamia Beach Club that were
promised to timeshare owners.
"We feel that the government, the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, and in particular, Har-
court, have ignored our concerns. We wrote many
letters and we decided to hold a public demon-
stration," he said.
Mr Rabowski said the owners will continue to
hold demonstrations periodically. "We have got-
ten a lot of support from the public today and our
next step is to take it internationally," he said.

Four appear in court

FROM page one
charges of conspiracy to possess dangerous
drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to
import dangerous drugs, possession of dan-
gerous drugs with intent to supply and impor-
tation of dangerous drugs. The offences are
alleged to have been committed on Sunday,
May 25, according to court dockets. Accord-
ing to initial reports, officers from the drug
enforcement unit raided a Winders Terrace
home on Sunday and discovered 11 crocus
sacks, and four taped packages of marijuana.
SMackey was represented by Sir Arlington
Butler while the other three defendants were
represented by lawyer Willie Moss. The men
all pleaded not guilty to the charges. The
prosecution was not in a position to address
the court about bail and the case was
adjourned to next Tuesday at 10 am for a
bail hearing and fixture. According to Inspec-
tor Ercell Dorsette, Edmar Johnson had a
warrant outstanding with regards to another
drug matter. Johnson is expected to be
arraigned on those charges before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez. All five men were
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison.

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Speaker Alvin Smith told The
Tribune yesterday that "it
wouldn't be;proper" for him to
comment on what will be done
in the House by the chair
regarding this issue, as he does
not know how it may be raised.
"Because I don't know how
he, would wrap such a thing you
know, because the House pro-
vides a latitude, so much lati-
tude, and depending on how
you would have crafted doing
certain things," he said. "So I
wish not to preempt and to say
what will be allowed, or what
should be allowed, or what can
be allowed or what is allowed. I
don't want to do that."
Mr Gibson, the PLP MP for
Golden Gates, made the threat
to expose the secret lives of
members of the governing par-
ty last week while debating a
conveyance' resolution in the
Lower Chamber.
He said "he will do this
because of the fuss that was
made by the FNM during the
Anna Nicole Smith controversy,
when it was thought that "some-
thing was going on." Mr Gib-
son also claimed that the move
is relevant, as those in govern-
ment should be held to a higher
standard while in office.
"We always hold government
to a higher standard. And since
they think it is a big deal about

immorality and all that stuff,
then we'll see you know, once
the names are disclosed, how
much of a big deal they make
about it then," he said last
If the Speaker refuses Mr
Gibson's request to table the
document, he could attempt to
read the information live across
the airwaves. However, if he
does this he will not be.protect-
ed by House privilege. A mem-
ber cannot lay anything on the
House table without the Speak-
er's consent. If he attempts to
do so he will lose all privilege
and could lay himself open to
an action for defamation.
The budget debate will be
transmitted on both television
and radio, which means that
thousands of Bahamians will
hear whatever information Mr
Gibson attempts to read.
Although the Speaker could
expunge from the record what-
ever Mr Gibson might say, thus
preventing the print media from
publishing it, it will have already
been spoken to a television and
radio audience.
Internet sites, however,
ignore traditional defamation
issues and publish whatever
they wish. The name of the
FNM parliamentarian whose
son was involved in a sex scan-
dal at a private school has been
published on cyber-space, along
with the name of the school and
the names of other prominent

people involved in the affair.
Two retired parliamentarians
both told The Tribune yester-
day that publicizing such a list is
not in the best interest of the
country. "It seems to me as like
both parties are blackmailing
each other now," said former
Bamboo Town MP Tennyson
When asked if this material
is debate worthy, Mr Wells said,
"No, I think they should deal
with the people's business in the
House." Mr Wells added, how-
ever, that the FNM did the
same thing to Mr Gibson during
the Anna Nicole affair.
"And what they did to him
during the matter with Anna
Nicole I thought was totally
improper. The way it was dealt
with in the House, I thought it
was improper, because it was
all politics nothing to do with
what was right or what was
wrong," he said, adding that the
media should move on from this
issue and discuss something
more related to the concerns of
the country. George Smith, for-
mer PLP MP for Exuma said
that politics should be about
something more noble than the
infighting between individuals.
"I think it is unfortunate that
matters like that are discussed
in Parliament to begin with,"
he said. "I think it is unfortu-
nate. It doesn't advance the well
being of the Bahamian people."





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FOCOL's ship purchase

to save $3-4m per year

Tribune Business Editor

the BISX-
listed petroleum prod-
ucts supplier, will use
part of the proceeds
from its $15 million
preference share issue
to acquire.a ship for
its inter-island fuel
deliveries, a move it
believes could save $3-
$4 million in operat-
ing costs by the third
Franklyn Wilson, FOCOL's largest
shareholder, who speaks for more one-
third of the company's shares that are held
in his name, and those in Sunshine Hold-
ings' name, told The Tribune yesterday
that he was "not in a position to confirm or
deny" the plan when it was put to him
Yet multiple industry and market

Preference share proceeds to

finance acquisition of vessel

inter-island fuel deliveries
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sources confirmed to The Tribune that
FOCOL planned to use part of the capital
proceeds from its latest preference share
issue to acquire a vessel that would handle
inter-island fuel deliveries to its whole-
sale and retail facilities throughout the
Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.
It is unclear whether this vessel would
also be used to bring petroleum products
and refined oil from Curacao to the
Bahamas, but sources said that by pur-
chasing its own vessel and not outsourcing
this role to third parties, FOCOL believed
it could cut operating costs.
The Tribune was told that FOCOL
management and its Board of Directors
believed that going this route could save
the company $3-$4

million per annum by the th
the company's operations.
Such an acquisition would
with FOCOL's vertical integr
announced at the time of the
share issue, with the company
ly able to handle its own shipp
delivery needs.
Just over $9 million some 6
of the preference share issue w
CFAL and Royal Fidelity C
kets by the closing deadline, w
having obtained Securities C
permission for its agents to col
ing to place the remainder ov

SEE page 3B

Port holding firm selling

'in entirety' to Fleming

Tribune Business Editor
THE late Edward St
'- >

ueorge s estate was yesterday
given leave to apply for an
el order that would commit Sir
help Jack Hayward, his son Rick,
Roddie Fleming and others to
for prison for alleged contempt of
court, claiming that through its
holding company they are
Attempting to sell "the entire-
ty" of the Grand Bahama Port
................... Authority (GBPA) to Mr
lird year of In the order obtained from
Supreme Court Justice Anita
d also fit in Allen yesterday, the estate was
ration plans given leave to apply for an
preference order committing Sir Jack and
increasing- fellow directors of Interconti-
iing and fuel nental Diversified Corporation
(IDC), the GBPA and Port
50 per cent Group Ltd holding company,
as placed by to prison for allegedly breach-
7apital Mar- ing the court's September ?007
ith FOCOL order preventing Seashells
Commission Investments, the investment
ntinue seek- vehicle holding the Hayward
ver the next family trust's IDC stake, from
selling its interest to Mr Flem-
ing and Fleming Family &

* St George estate given
leave to apply to commit
Sir Jack, Roddie Fleming
to prison for alleged
contempt of court
* Estate agrees with
Hutchison not to sell
GBPA, Port Group stake
to 'any third party'

The order was made at an
ex-parte hearing, meaning that
only the St George estate was
An affidavit by Anthea Par-
ris-Whittaker, an attorney at
Calfender's & Co, the law firm
representing the St George
estate in the GBPA ownership
battle with the Hayward side,
alleged that Fleming was
"seeking to acquire the estate's
interest [in IDC, and by exten-
sion the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd] without having to
pay for it, or in any event with-

SEE page 4B

US airline taxes wiping Colinalmperial faces 'tough'

out pre-clearance boost year as Q1 income off 40.5%

Tribune Business
A TOP Caribbean tourism
official yesterday asked the US*
government to lower its taxes
on international flights to the
Bahamas, arguing that they
eliminated this nation's pre-
clearence advantage because
they were more than four
times' higher than those levied
on domestic routes.
Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation's secretary-gen-
eral, and a former Bahamian
tourism director-general, asked
the US Embassy to partner
with the Bahamas in request-
ing that airline ticket taxes to
the Bahamas be lowered,
because this was putting up the
'entrance cost' for tourists
coming to this nation.
He explained that earlier this
week, he had priced tickets to
both Nassau and Miami from
New York on American Air-

The prices, he said, were
comparable given that the dis-
tance is roughly the same, with
the Miami ticket costing $233
and the Nassau ticket $238.
The fundamental difference,
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
explained, was that US taxes
added to the Miami ticket
totalled $21, while the Nassau
ticket taxes came to $100.38.
He pointed out that pre-
clarence was a major benefit
for all travellers leaving the
Bahamas for the US, because
it allowed Lynden Pindling
International Airport to be
treated as a US domestic ter-
minal. This allowed visitors to
enter the US at any airport
they wished, and not only
those with international clear-
ance facilities.
However, Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said the difference in
taxes could well mean that this
destination loses out on airline
traffic and seats into the desti-

SEE page 2B

Building materials supplier ordered

to pay damages in lumber accident

Tribune Business Editor
A LEADING Nassau-based
building materials supplier has
been ordered by the Court of
Appeal to pay damages to a
pilot who was struck by a piece
of lumber that fell from a fork-
lift truck on its premises, the
case highlighting what appear
to be more shortcomings in the
judicial and legal professions.
In overturning the initial rul-
ing and ordering that the
Supreme Court Registrar
determine the level of damages
awarded to Shaun Miller,
Court of Appeal Justice Hart-
man Longley said the pilot's
appeal had "undoubted mer-
This was because the
unnamed judge who handled
the Supreme Court case had
based her decision to dismiss
Mr Miller's case on "unproven
allegations" contained in a
defence filed on Premier
Importers' behalf that she her-
self had ordered be withdrawn.
In addition, the Supreme
Court judge "disregarded"
admissions made in a previous
defence submitted for Premier
Importers, which was the com-
pany's only legal defence when
the case was tried.
The Supreme Court judge,
in her ruling, also said her deci-
sion might have been different

Court of Appeal
overturns ruling
that backed Premier
Importers, finding
firm admitted pilot
was injured by
lumber that fell
from forklift

if the facts of the case were as
detailed in Mr Miller's State-
ment of Claim.
Yet the Court of Appeal said
the facts were exactly the same
as those contained in the State-
ment of Claim, and were
proven because Premier
Importers had admitted them
in its defence.
"Therefore, there was no
issue at the trial as to how or
when the injuries were sus-
tained," the Court of Appeal
In its judgment, Justice Lon-
gley said the case was sparked
on June 13, 2002, when Mr
Miller filed a writ claiming
damages for personal injuries
he suffered on June 20, 2001, at
Premier Importers' premises.
"He alleged that while visit-
ing [Premier Importers]

SEE page 7B


Tribune Business Editor
SCOLINAImperial Insurance
Company yesterday said the
sluggish economy meant it was
facing a "tough" 2008, as indi-
cated by a 40.5 per cent drop in
first quarter net income to
$1.071 million, with total rev-
enues off 7.4 per cent.
The. largest Bahamian life
and health insurer said a 6.8
per cent or $2.6 million decline
in first quarter gross written
premiums to $36.198 million,
coupled with a more than $1
million drop in net investment
income, were the key factors
deflating top-line growth.
Catherine Williams, Coli-
nalmperial's vice-president of

* Premiums and total revenues off by around seven per
cent, negating improved medical claims experience and
six per cent policyholder benefits and expenses fall
* G&A expenses set to be higher for 2008, with first
quarter sales 'sluggish' and investment income
down due to economy

finance, told an analysts' meet-
ing that the company had
encountered a mixed first quar-
ter, with "some positive and
some negatives", the former
involving an improved medical
claims experience arid a 6 per
cent decline in total benefits
and expenses to $38.847 mil-
Ms Williams said medical
claims, which proved a signifi-


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cant drag on Colinalmperial's
2007 financial results, "as per-
centage of policyholder bene-
fits were down by a couple of
percentage points" in the 2008
first quarter.
Total gross policyholder ben-
efits-were down by 15.4 per
cent at $24.6 million for the

SEE page 4B


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(In Compulsory Liquidation)


Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIEN that an amended petition for the winding up of the above-
named company by the Supreme Court on the 261 day of May, 2008, has been presented to the
said Court by Corsaire Limited, the petitioner.

And that the said petition is directed to be heard before the court sitting at the Supreme
Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas, on the 16' day of June, 2008, and any creditor or
contributory of the said company desirous to support or oppose the making of an order on the said
petition may appear at the time of hearing in person or by his attorney for that purpose; and a copy
of the petition will be furnished by the undersigned to any creditor or contributory of the said
company requiring such copy on payment of the regulated charge for the same.

Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

Note:- any person who intends to appear on the hearing of the said petition must serve on
or send by post to the above-named, notice in writing of his intention so to do. The notice must
state the name and address of the person, or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm, and must
be signed by the person or firm, or his or their attorney (if any), and must be served, or if posted,
must be sent by post in sufficient time to reach the above-named not later than 4:00 o'clock in the
afternoon of the 13 day of June, 2008.

chairman, T.B. Donaldson,
told shareholders at the bank's
annual general meeting
(AGM) that it has provided
the best return on investment
in the history of domestic
Bahamian stocks.
"A shareholder who pur-
chased 1,000 shares for $6,000
in May 2000 at the Bank's.IPO
would now have 3,000 shares
after the November 2007 Stock
Split," said the chairman.
"Those 3,000 shares would
now be worth $22,320; and in
the period since the IPO the
shareholder would have
received dividends of $3,490,
a total return of $25,810 on the
original investment of $6,000."

According to Mr Donaldson,
the bank has pegged dividend
payouts to the benchmark of
65 per cent of all net earnings
attributable to shareholders in
the form of quarterly dividends
and extraordinary dividends,
a figure he said the bank
planned to maintain.
In March, shareholders
received the largest dividend
in the bank's history. The fol-
lowing month, the bank paid
an extraordinary dividend of
$.06 a share, payable on April
30, 2008, an increase of 50 per
cent over the extraordinary
dividend paid in April 2007.
More than 6,000 Bahamian
shareholders received those

US airline taxes wiping

out pre-clearance boost

FROM page 1B

Mr Vanderpool-Wallace was
speaking at a business educa-
tion and development seminar
sponsored by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce, the
US Embassy and the Bahamas
Development Bank yesterday.
He said he hoped the US
embassy would agitate on the
Bahamas's behalf to change
Mr Vanderpool was speak-
ing on the topic of tourism as a
tool in business and entrepre-
neurial development.
He pointed out that there
were many creative ways to

develop tourism-based small
businesses, such as selling
authentic fruit baskets with
native fruits like sugarapples
and dillies, and more tour
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
added that the Bahamas has
great potential'to have the
biggest school in the region for
hospitality training, and to
increase its presence in agro-
He' said tourists were very
concerned about getting food
as fresh as possible, and in
reducing the carbon footprint
of that food, which made a
great opportunity for Bahami-

Speaking at the conference
for a second year was the pres-
ident of the Rhode Island
Chamber of Commerce, Keith
Mr Stokes said the Bahamas
had great untapped Bed and
Breakfast market potential,
particularly in areas near
downtown Bay Street, where
there were a number of his-
toric homes: He suggested this
could be a good alternative for
persons seeking cultural and
heritage tourism, particularly
European travellers who were
very familiar with this type of
Mr Stokes said that as the
Bahamas looks to increase its

tourism potential, particularly
in the downtown area, it might
be helpful to change the
appearance of stores on the
water's edge to store fronts,
rather than store backs, create
proper signage highlighting the
area's major attractions, shops,
dining and history, and ensure
that items such as sidewalks
and pedestrian crossings are
maintained and up to standard.
He pointed out that the
stores themselves should do
more to attract persons to
come into their business
through creative measures,
such as benches in the front of
their stores, passing out water
.and provide awnings for shade.

have provided the best

returns on investment




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* Proficient in reading and understanding survey plans
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
* Good communication and organizational skill

The Land Surveyor's responsibility will be to execute all phases in basic surveying,
designing and laying out of subdivisions, levelling of roads from engineering plans,
supervision and training of chainmen and have projects completed within estimated
Typical work activities include:
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Preparation of survey plans
Recording of survey plans

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* Must be a team player
* Creative
* Patient
* A good Listener
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* A thorough understanding of the issues involved in subdivisions surveying
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* Ability to develop good relationships with other professionals
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Credit Suisse Group, Bahamas
Graduate Training Program

Credit Suisse Group, Bahamas has operated an Apprenticeship Training
Programme in The Bahamas since the early 1990's. Credit Suisse Group, Bahamas
is now pleased to announce the launch of its Graduate Training Programme, with
the first intake intended for July 1st, 2008. Full details and an application form can
be obtained from:'
The Graduate Training Program Administrator
Credit Suisse, Nassau Branch
The Bahamas Financial Centre, 4th Floor
Shirley & Charlotte Streets
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax No.: 242-356-8148
Application forms should be returned NO LATER THAN JUNE 9. 2008
Credit Suisse Group, Bahamas is cofrnfitted--to identifying and developing the
-best young talent in The Bahamas. Credit Suisse Group, Bahamas is offering
one (1) year Graduate Training Contracts to College of The Bahamas graduates
or graduates returning to The Bahamas from accredited colleges abroad.
The program will accommodate three (3) graduates. Successful applicants will be
awarded a one year contract of employment during which time the graduates will
rotate between or within different business units or departments of Credit Suisse
Group entities. Permanent employment opportunities will be evaluated at the end
of this period.
1. The candidate is required to have a Bachelors Degree in one of the
following or suitably similar disciplines:
Banking and Finance
Economics & Finance
Computer Information Systems
2. The candidate must have graduated with a minimum grade point average of
3. The candidate cannot be an immediate family member of a person employed
at the Bank.

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* By CARA BRENNEN- secure funding for a project. nesses safe from crime, such a
BETHEL The most important, they hiring security guards, keeping
Tribune Business said, was a clear, realistic and limited cash on site and
Reporter well thought-out business plan, installing surveillance cameras
which gave income projections. In the final panel discussion
PARTICIPANTS in the Mr Pinder said the three successful businessmen Barr
self-starter programme, which things most likely to affect a Malcom of Scotibank, Cheste
sees the Government provide positive loan application would Cooper of British Americai
assistance of between $1,000- be experience in the chosen Financial, Mario Cartwright o
$5,000 to aspiring Bahamian business, a good personal Flying Fish Marina, Long
entrepreneurs aged between investment in the project, and Island, Andrew Wilson of Johi
18-30 to help them buy equip- good management skills. S George and Chris Mortime
ment and tools, yesterday ben- Accountant Ronald Atkin- of Galleria Cinemas encour
efited from the experience of son, of Ronald Atkinson and aged future business owners ii
financial providers and suc- Company, warned business setting up their business.
cessful businessmen during the persons to use common sense Mr'Cartwright told them to
third annual business educa- in the starting their businesses, never be discouraged by the
tion and development seminar. He said confidentiality was pitfalls that are likely to befal
The event was jointly spon- vital, particularly in a small them, such as government
scored by the Bahamas Devel- community such as Nassau. delays.
opment Bank (BDB), the US He suggested that persons He said he had a five-yea
Embassy and the Bahamas only borrow up to 40 per cent wait for approval for his pro
Chamber of Commerce. of the cost of their project, so jects and said he had to lean
During a panel discussion on as not to have too much lever- not to take it as a persona
Maximising and Protecting age, and diversify their client attack.
investments, bankers Jerome base as much as possible. Mr Malcom and Mr Coope
Ferguson and Jerome Pinder, Inspector Sandra Miller, of encouraged entrepreneurs to
from the Bahamas Develop- the Royal Bahamas Police have confidence and focus
ment Bank (BDB) and Royal Force, showed surveillance while Mr Wilson and Mr Mor
Bank of Canada respectively, tapes. of actual robberies and timer urged them to find
discussed the best ways to provided tips on keeping busi- mentor along the way.

FOCOL's ship purchase

to save $3-4m per year

FROM page 1B

few months.
The preference share issue was designed to
give FOCOL extra working capital; strength-
ening its balance sheet at a time when fuel prod-



uct inventory costs have shot through the roof as
a result of the spike in global oil prices to more
than $130 per barrel.
The FOCOL preference shares were priced at,
Bahamian PRIME plus 1.75 per cent, meaning
that they have an attached interest rate coupon
of 7.25 per cent with PRIME at 5.5 per cent.


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Procurement of School Computers, Printers & LCD Projectors

1.0 The Department of Education, (hereafter called the "Purchaser") now invites
sealed bids, from Suppliers for the procurement of school computers, printers
and LCD projectors for Ministry of Education School.
2.0 Interested Bidders may collect the bidding documents from the Purchasing/
Supplies Section of the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
Headquarters, Thompson Blvd. from Friday, 23rd May, 2008, and obtain further
information, at the second address given below.
3.0. Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a sealed
envelope bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed with the subject bided
on (e.g. "School Computers, Printers").
4.0 Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided, at the first address, on
or before Friday, 13t June, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. (local time). It will not be
necessary to submit bids in person since they may be sent by mail. Late bids
will be rejected and returned unopened.
5.0 Bids will be opened at the public ceremony, in the presence of those Bidders or
their representatives who choose to attend, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 17th
June, 2008 at the first
address below.
(1) The Chairman Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242)327-1530

(2) Purchasing/Supplies Section
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
P.O. Box N-3913/4
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 502-8571

The Department reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders



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- --

Colinalmperial faces 'tough'

year as Q1 income off 40.5%

FROM page 1B

three months to March 31, 2008, com-
pared to $29.118 million the previous
As a result, net policyholder bene-
fits dropped to $22.3 million, a sum
equivalent to 66.7 per cent of net pre-
mium revenues, an improvement on
the 75 per cent ratio achieved in the
2007 first quarter.
Although Colinalmperial, whose
parent is BISX-listed Colina Hold-
ings (Bahamas) remains safely in the
black, its 2007 and 2008 first quarter
results are likely to cause some share-
holders to question how long it will
take before the company realises the
synergies and economies of scale from
integrating Colina, Canada Life,
Global Bahamas and Imperial Life
into one..
The Imperial Life purchase, which
was the last acquisition, was com-
pleted more than two years ago, yet
Colinalmperial is today still consoli-
dating the life and health product
portfolio it inherited, plus their vari-
ous information technology platforms.
It was pointed out by analysts yes-
terday that Colinalmperial's chief
rival, Family Guardian, while much
smaller in terms of market share and
size, was performing better when it
came to profitability and translating
top-line revenue into the bottom line.

In response, Ms Williams said it
was not "apples for apples" when
comparing the two, given Family
Guardian's home life focus and Coli-
nalmperial's concentration on ordi-
nary life.
Monty Braithwaite, Colinalmperi-
al's president, added that the compa-
ny would realise additional efficien-
cies and cost savings when the prod-
uct and technology platform conver-
sions were completed, saying it hoped
to move on these "as swiftly as possi-
Meanwhile, Michele Fields, Coli-
nalmperial's vice-president of group
and corporate administration, who
has overall responsibility for the com-
pany's health insurance division, said
the improved claims experience, cou-
pled with strategies the company had
implemented to deal with the prob-
lems experienced in 2007, were
behind the better 2008 first quarter
Mrs Fields said: "In 2007, one of
the issues was that there were some
residual claims from 2006 that would
have been received in 2007. That
would have been primarily as a result
of the acquisition [of Imperial Life].
"We had some old outstanding
claims that we had to book in 2007,
and internally we have improved our
processes. We have been more time-
ly in our processing.
"The claims experience has been a

bit better, and hopefully that will con-'
tinue throughout the year."
On the revenue side, Ms Williams
acknowledged that life insurance sales
were "trailing a bit lower than in the
first quarter" of 2007. However, she
added that Colinalmperial's agent
force "do have some tough sales tar-
gets to meet, so we're hoping it will
turn around in the second and third
Ms Willianis attributed much of the
sales and gross premium revenue
declines to the "sluggish" Bahamian
economy and rising cost of living,
which was forcing many consumers
to determine where they spent their
dollars more carefully.
"A lot of the agents have indicated
that it's been a challenge in getting
their money," she added. "They feel
strongly that we should be able to get
back to what our target rates are."
Ms Williams said there had been
no increase in Colinalmperial's poli-
cy lapse rate during the 2008 first
quarter, although the reinstatement
rate for life insurance policies that
had 'previously lapsed was not as
strong as the company had hoped.
"We always see in the first quarter
that sales are really sluggish," Ms
Williams said. "A lot of the agents,
when they qualify for Million Dollar

Roundtable status, are coming off a
"It also has to do with people's dis-
posable income. There's a lot of
things to do after Christmas. The first
quarter is tough for us, and the second
and third quarters are always better
indicators for us as to where the
trends are going.
"The sales targets for the agents
and our sales team are set a little bit
higher than what was set for them
last year, and given the external fac-
tors and the economy, it's going to
be tough for them to achieve that."
Colinalmperial saw its net invest-
ment income drop from $7.5 million
to $6.4 million year-on-year in the
2008 first quarter, Ms Williams saying
that it did not expect to realise the
2007 gains it enjoyed in this area, with
equity markets not performing as
Among the investments that suf-
fered a drop in first quarter value
were Colinalmperial's investments in
BISX-listed banking stocks; plus its
holdings in Freeport Oil Holdings
One area where Colinalmperial's
2008 first quarter costs did rise was in
general and administrative expenses,
which increased by 20 per cent to
$7.427 million, compared to $6.186
million the year before.
The company attributed this to not
only the initiatives taken to curb

increased medical claims, but research
and development costs associated
with the development of an annuity
product scheduled for launch in the
2008 first quarter.
"That comes with a lit of upfront
costs for development. It's part of the
administrative expenses we have to
incur and are expending now," Ms
Williams said.
Acknowledging that Colinalmpe-
rial's general and administrative
expenses were likely "to be higher
this year than last year, because of
all the things we are doing", Ms
Williams added that it was possible
this line item could also breach the
company's target ratio that it be'no
more than 20 per cent of gross written
premiums. It exceeded this level for
the 2008 first quarter.
Other areas pushing general and
administrative costs higher were the
development of a risk management
plan, and training aimed at improving
customer service.
Ms Williams said Colinalmperial
had reduced the more than $12.69
million in cash it had on the balance
sheet at March 31 after the quarter
She explained that many of the
company's term deposits matured at
that date, and since then at least $5
million of that amount had been re-
invested in new term deposits and

Port holding firm selling 'in entirety' to Fleming

out having to pay proper mar-
ket value".
To support this allegation,.a

NOTICE is hereby given that SAU ON SZETO of NO.
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/ nataualization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the'facts within twenty-eight days;from the
21st+ day of May 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,



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Qualified & Personable Individuals to
deliver Quality Care & Services in the
hospitality industry.

A minimum of35 years experience in the
following positions would be ideal.
An open mind to learning more about
service care delivery is essential. All
applications are appreciated, but only
qualified individuals will be considered to
ill the following positions:

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Public Area Attendants
Laundry Attendants
Guest Experience Coordinator
Personal Concierge
Front Desik Associates
Restaurant Manager
Spa Coordinators
Spa Therapist
Spa Attendants
Nail Technicians
Retail Supervisor
Engineering Maintenance Technicians
Beach/Pool attendants

Please submit your resume no later
than Monday, June Znd, Z008.
Our e-mail address is
luxurLresortiobs@gmail.com, or you
may fax it to (24+2) 527-45-).

May 20, 2008, letter from
IDC's Bahamian attorney, Sir
Orville Turnquest, to Sir
Albert Miller, the GBPA's
chief executive, was attached.
In the letter, Sir Orville
wrote that.IDC had "entered
into an agreement to sell the
entirety of its interest in GBPA
to Fleming Family & Part-
The word "entirety" is what
is likely to have alarmed the
estate and given rise to MsaPar-,
ris's affidavit, given that it pre-
viously obtained a Supreme
Court ruling (now under
appeal) that it holds a 50 per
cent interest in IDC and, by
extension, the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd.
The St George estate has

been fighting to have the IDC
share register, and that of fel-
low Cayman Islands company,
Fiduciary Management Ser-
vices (FMS), through which it
allegedly holds the IDC stake,
transferred from Edward St
George's name into that of the
It is alleging that it has so
Sfarbeen unable to do this
Because the Hayward side has
obtained Board control of IDC
and FMS. Apart from Sir Jack
and his son Rick, the others
that the St George estate is
seeking to have committed to
prison for alleged contempt are
fellow IDC directors, Ian Box-

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Tel.: 393-4996/ 359-3850

The Public is hereby advised that I, CHANTAL PROPHETE of
Podoleo Street, P.O. Box SS-19753, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to CHANTAL AGENOR. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
the publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARCEL ST. FLEUR
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28th day
of MAY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Applications for the position of

Experience in managing people
Must have excellent organizational skills,
excellent customer service and sales skills
Please mail
Resume and photograph to:
Assistant Manager Position,
P.O. Box N-523,
Nassau, Bahamas

all and Clive Harris.
In his May 20 letter, Sir
Orville wrote: "Fleming now
wishes to commence its due
diligence in connection with its
*proposed acquisition of IDC's
shareholding in GBPA, and in
this regard would wish to have
all necessary co-operation,
assistance and material at the
premises of GBPA and Port
Group to conduct this exer-
In reply, Ms Parris alleged
*in her affidavit that this move
appeared to have been
prompted by the St George
estate possibly selling its IDC
stake, and by extension its
GBPA and Port Group Ltd
interests, to Hutchison Wham-

Yet because it had been
unable to change the IDC
share register, Ms Parris said
the estate had nothing to sell to
She added: "I should make it
clear that the estate has been in
negotiations with Hutchison
for the possible future sale of
that interest. "Those negotia-
tions have resulted in;an agree-
ment whereby the estate ha's
agreed not to engage in nego-
tiations for the sale of its inter-
est to any third party. Howev-
er, the estate is not contractu-
ally bound to sell its interest
in IDC to Hutchison or any
other person or entity."

NOTICE is hereby given that RUTH PIERRE-FRANCIUS
AB-20669, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28th day
of MAY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box.N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

kitchen/ Bar Helper

Health and police certificates required.
Apply in person to:
Athena Cafe,
Bay / Charlotte Street.

NOTICE is hereby given that MICHEL PIERRE of #37
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that anyperson 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 28th day
of MAY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Legal Notice
(a) SAPIN INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP. is in dissolution un-
der the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on May 27, 2008 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 8th day of July, 2008 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded ftom the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
May 28, 2008

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
GROUP LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dis-
solution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register.


Temple Christian Elementary School
invites applications from qualified teachers
for the 2008-2009 school year for:

Applicant must:

A. Be a born-again practicing Christian who
is willing to subscribe to the Statement of
Faith of Temple Christian Schools.

B. Have an Associates and or Bachelor's
Degree in Education from a recognized
College or University in the area of

C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or
D. Be willing to contribute to the school's
extra cumcular program.
Application must be made in writing with full
Curriculum Vitae, a recent coloured photograph
and three references should be sent to:

The Principal
Temple Chrisitan School
Collins Avenue
P.O.Box N-1566
Nassau, Bahamas

has appointed Denise Turn-
quest as senior vice-president
with responsibility for credit
Mrs Turnquest, who has 23
years of banking experience
and been with Commonwealth
since September 2006, will be
responsible for ensuring the
effective and prudent manage-
ment of risk/reward relation-
ships, and controlling and min-
imising credit risks.
She will handle credit quali-
ty, profitability, security, cred-
it administration and reporting
requirements. Her portfolio
will also include the manage-
,ment of the bank's Collections

"My new role promises to be
challenging, as we continue to
grow our credit portfolios pru-
dently by continuously review-
ing and refining existing prod-
uct offerings, and working with
the business development team
to introduce new products and
"At the same time, our over-
riding objective is to maintain
and, indeed, improve the qual-
ity of the portfolios. I am
thrilled to take on these chal-
lenges," said Mrs Turnquest.
She most recently held the
post of vice-president of mort-
gage and commercial lending
with Commonwealth Bank.


A leading P.I. resort is seeking a qualified
Customer Relations Officer. The ideal candidate would
possess a four years business degree, have five years
experience and the ability to fluently speak a second
language (preferably French). Candidate must have
computer skills and be able to travel extensively to
other corporate facilities. Serious inquiries only.

Interested persons should submit by May 31st, 2008 a
detailed resume and reference letter to:
pellis@clublandor.com or mail to:
Club Land'Or
Paradise Island
P.O. Box 6429 SS
Nassau, Bahamas

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of PLUME GOLDEN ROD LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the





FRIDAY, MAY 30,2008

For Our


Nassau Chambers
Sassoon House
Shirley Street & Vctoria Avenue
P.O. Box N-272
Nassau, New Providence,
The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 322-4130
Fax: (242) 328-1069

Freeport Chambers
The First Commercial Centre
3rd Floor, Suite 9
P.O. Box F-42451
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 351-7474
Fax: (242) 351-7752


Sealed tenders for B$79,100,000.00 of 91-Day Treasury Bills
will be received by the Banking Manager, The Central Bank of
The Bahamas, Frederick Street, Nassau up to 3:00 p.m on Fri-
day, May 30, 2008. Successful tenderers, who will be advised
should take up their bills against payment on Tuesday, June 3,
2008. These bills will be in minimum multiples of B$100.00.

Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas or Commercial Banks.

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
cent) and should be marked 'Tender". The Central Bank of the
Bahamas reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.

Essay Competition

Ninth Annual

Public Service Week

The Department of Public Service will host
an Essay Competition as one of the activities
for the Ninth Annual Public Service Week.
The Competition is open to Junior and Senior
School Students.

Students interested in participating should
write a 250 300 words (Junior High), and 450
- 500 words (Senior High), essay on the topic;
"The Public Service Focused on Improving
Customer Services".

The deadline for entries, which should be
referred, to the attention Of .1sl. ;Ahtoinette
Thompson, Deputy Permanent Secretary,
Department of Public Service, is Friday 27th
June, 2008.

A Dell Desktop 2400 computer system will be
awarded to the winner in each category.

The winners will be announced during the Ninth
Annual Public Service Week Awards Ceremony
scheduled for 11th October, 2008.

Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading supermarket
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 a Chief Accountant to join this market leader
has arisen.
Reporting to the Financial Controller, the successful applicant will
need to hold a professional accounting qualification (CA, CPA, ACCA
or CMA) and have previously led a high-performing accounting
team in a diverse accounting environment Key selection criteria
Sound technical and practical experience in financial
accounting, and financial management controls and
Strong business acumen with the ability to creatively
solve problems
Ability to manage, with a strategic focus, all aspects of a
high-volume accounting environment while providing
quality and meaningful financial information
Manage relationships within the business encompassing
budgeting, forecasting, reconciliation and analysis of all
operational accounts, cash flow and asset management
Ability to lead and motivate a dynamic financial team
Ability to identify system, control and process
Have superior communication and interpersonal skills
with the ability to mentor a team
SSolid functional computer skills with working knowledge
of Microsoft applications and automated financial and
distribution reporting systems
If you have what it takes to succeed in this challenging role,
forward your resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources Director
Bahamas Supermarkets Limited
East-West Highway P. O. Box N 3738 Nassau, Bahamas
Or e-mail to: humanresources@bahamassupermarkets.com
No telephone inquiries please

Ct' '~rM


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S--I- -. 6 ... . .. .

Consolidated Interim Financial Statements of

Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited
Three Months Ended March 31, 2008

- V Holdings Bahamas


Message from the Chairman

Dear Shareholders,

On a consolidated basis, net income attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders for the
period January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2008 was $1.07 million or $0.03 per ordinary share,
compared to net income of $1.8 million or $0.06 per ordinary share or the same period in the
, prior year.

First quarter gross premium revenues have decreased by 6.8% or $2.6 million. Returns on the
investment portfolio are lower than in the same period in the prior year with net investment
income for the quarter at $6.4 million compared to $7.5 million for the same period in 2007 net
investment income in the prior year was positively impacted by gains on equities in the portfolio
which were significantly lower in comparison for the first three months of 2008 due io market

Gross policyholder benefits have decreased by 15.4% to $24.6 million from the same period in
the prior year due to a reduction in medical claims experience which had a significant impact on
2007 operating results. Net policyholders' benefits for the first quarter have decreased to $22.3
million, representing 66.7% of net premium revenues, compared to 75.0% of net premium
revenues for the same period in 2007.

Earlier shareholder reports indicated that the Company has directed resources to improving the
performance of the health division. Included in general and administrative expenses in the first
quarter are consulting costs and other expenses related to these efforts which have resulted in an
increase in total administrative costs for the quarter to $7.4 million, compared to $6.2 million for
the same period in the prior year.

Our balance sheet remains well positioned as total assets have increased to $464.9 million
compared to $462.8 million as at December 31, 2007. Invested assets remain a significant
proportion of the asset base, comprising over 81.8% of total assets. Total ordinary shareholders'
equity stands at $55.4 million at March 31, 2008 compared to $54.8 million at December 31,

Terence Hilts

A complete copy of this report can be obtained by contacting our Corporate Communications Officer at
our Corporate Offices at 308 Bay St. 2" Floor, Nassau The Bahamas by phone (242) 396-2100 or by
e-mail at financials@colinaimperialcom'

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Balance Sheet

As at March 31, 2008 with comparative figures as at December 31, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Term deposits
Investment securities
Mortgages and commercial loans
Policy loans
Investment properties
Investment in associate
Total invested assets
Cash and demand balances
Receivables and other assets
Property and equipment
Other intangible assets

Total assets

Provision for future policy benefits
Policy dividends on deposit
Total policy liabilities
Bank loan
Other liabilities
Total liabilities
Ordinary shares
Share premium
Revaluation reserve
Retained earnings
Total ordinary shareholders' equity
Preference shares
Total shareholders' equity
Minority interest
Total equity

Total liabilities and equity

$ 10,343,240


$ 7,155,623

$ 464,897,321 S 462,772,032

$ 288,917,204


S 464,897,321

$ 284,084,514

S 462,772,032

Unaudited Consolidated Interim Income Statement

For the three months ended March 31, 2008
with comparative figures for the three months ended March 31,2007
(EBpressed in Bahamian dollars)

Premium revenue
Less: Reinsurance premiums
Net premium revenue
Net investment income
Other income
Total revenues
Benefits and expenses:
Policyholders' benefits
Less: Reinsurance recoveries
Net policyholders' benefits
Changes in provision for future policy benefits
General and administrative expenses
Premium and other tax expense
Finance costs
Other expenses
Impairment of goodwill
Total benefits and expenses
Net income for the period
Net income attributable to:
Equity shareholders of the Company
Minority interest
Net income for the period

Basic earnings per ordinary share (Note 4)


$ 36,197,669


$ 1,182,231

$ 1,071,546
$ 1,182,231

S 0.03


$ 38,826,731

S 1,912,302

$ 1,801,992
S 1,912,302

S 0.06

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the three months ended March 31, 2008
with comparative figures for the three months ended March 31, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by/(used in) operating activities:
Change in unrealized loss/(gain) on fair value
through income securities
Increase in provision for future policy benefits
Changes in loss provisions for loans and receivables
Depreciation and impairment/amortization charges
Net realized gain on fair value through
income securities
Net realized loss/(gain) on sale of available-for-sale
Interest income
Dividend income
Interest expense
Operating cash flows before changes in operating
Sassets.and liabilities
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
(Increase)/decrease in other assets
(Decrease)/increase in other liabilities

Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities



$ 1,182231 $ 1,912,302













Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the three months ended March 31, 2008
with comparative figures for the three months ended March 31, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars) ..

Cash flows from investing activities:
Increase in term deposits with original maturities
greater than 90 days
Increase in restricted cash
Fair value through income securities purchased
Proceeds on disposal of fair value through income
Available-for-sale securities purchased
Proceeds on disposal of available-for-sale securities
Decrease/(increase) in loans to policyholders
Net (increase)/decrease in mortgage and commercial loans
Interest received
Dividends received
Additions to property and equipment
Net cash provided by investing activities

Cash flows from financing activities:
Interest paid on guaranteed investment contracts
Payment of bank loan interest
Dividends paid to preference shareholders
Repayment of bank loan principal
Net cash used in financing activities

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period (Note 3)



S (2,633,435)

S 10,175,623




S 11,933,482


Unaudited Consolidated Statement of'Changes in Equity

For the three months ended March 31, 2008
with comparative figures for the three months ended March 31, 2007-
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Share Share Revaluation
Capital Premium Reserve

Balance, Jnuary 1,2007
Net gain on remeacsement of
availablc-for-sale securities
to fair value
Net fair value gain transferred to
income on disposal of
available-for-ale securities
Net income for theeriod
Preference share dividends
Balance, March 31, 2007

Balance, January 2008
Net loss on remeasuremnt of
available-for-sale securities
to fair value
Net fair value loss transferred to
income on disposal of
available-for-sale securities
Net income for the period
Preference share dividends
Balance. March 31,2008

S Capital

Retained Mi'rity Total
Earfnip latert Equity

$ 24,729,613 S 5,960,299 S 1,913,806 $ 20,000.000 S 17,764,425 5,764.212 S 76,132,355

S 1,261,385


(72,603) (72.603)
-- 1,801,992 110310 1,912,302
_-- (387,500) (387,500)
$ 24,729,613 S5,960299 S 310288 S 20,000,000 S 19,178,917 S S74,22 S 78845939

$ 24,729,613 S 5,960,299 5 5.070,701 S 20,000,000 $ 19,032,632 $ 6,092,120 S 80,85,365


4,882 4,882
1,071,546 110,685 1,182231
(387,500) (387,500)
S 24,729,613 S 5,960,299 S 5,003,515 S 20,000,000 S 19,716,678 S 05 S 81,612,10

Selected Explanatory Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

For the period ended March 31, 2008
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

1. General Information
Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited ("the Company") was incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas on July 6, 1993.
The Company acts principally as the holding company of Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd.
("Colinalmperial"), a wholly-owned life and health insurer incorporated and registered to operate as
a life and health insurer in The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, The Turks and Caicos Islands, and
the United States of America.
The ordinary shares of the Company are listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange.
At March 31, 2008, approximately 58.1% of the Company's issued ordinary shares were owned by
A.F. Holdings Ltd. and 41.9% by the Bahamian public.
The registered office of the Company is located at St. Andrew's Court, Frederick Street Steps, P.O.
Box N-4805, Nassau, The Bahamas and its principal place of business is located at 308 East Bay
Street, P.O. Box N-3013, Nassau, The Bahamas.

2. Significant Accounting Policies
The significant accounting policies and methods of compuit tion followed in the preparation of
these interim consolidated financial statements are the same as those followed in the preparation of
the annual consolidated financial statements of the Company for the year ended December 31,
2007. The annual consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and under the historical cost convention, as modified by
the revaluation of certain financial assets and liabilities and investment property that are required to
be remeasured at estimated fair value.

3. Cash and Cash Equivalents
For the purposes of the consolidated statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents are
comprised of the following:



.1', ,


Term deposits
Less: Deposits with original maturities of
greater than 90 days
Short-term deposits
Cash and demand balances
Less: Restricted cash balances
Less: Bank overdraft
Total cash and cash equivalents

Net income attributable to equity shareholders
Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding

Basic earnings per ordinary share

March 31, March 31,
2008 2007
$ 10,343,240 $ 16,961,375
(10,343,240) (16,561,375)
12.690,215 14,283,841
(734,924) (716,115)
(1,779,668) (2,034,244)
$ 10,175,623 $ 11,933,482

3 months
March 31, 2008
$ 1,071,546
$ 684,046

$ 0.03

3 months
March 31, 2007
$ 1,801,992
$ .1,414,492

$ 0.06

Rated A- (Excellent) by AM Best & Co, Colinalmperial (a wholly owned subsidiary of Colina
Holdings Bahamas Limited) has more than $460 million in total assets and over $80 million in
total equity, enabling it to stand on a solid foundation as the prenier insurance company in The
Bahamas. The Company remains steadfast in its commitment to more than 100,000 life and
health policyholders whose coverage through Colinalmperial gives them Confidence for Life.



Procurement of School Computers for the Districts Homework
S--Centres/Study Hall programme

1.0 The Department of Education, (hereafter called the "Purchaser")
now invites sealed bids, from Suppliers for the procurement of
school computers, printers and LCD projectors for Ministry of
Education School.

2.0 Interested Bidders may collect the bidding documents from the
Purchasing/Supplies Section of the Ministry of Education,
Science &Technology Headquarters, Thompson Blvd. from
Friday, 23rd May, 2008,and obtain further information, at the
second address given below.

3.0 Bids must be in English and shall be enclosed in duplicates in a
sealed envelope bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed
with the subject bided on (e.g. "School Computers, Printers").

4.0 Bids must be deposited in the'tender box provided, at the first
address,on or before Friday, 13th June, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. (local
time). It will not be necessary to submit bids in person since they
may be sent by mail. Late bids will be rejected and returned

5.0 Bids will be opened at the public ceremony, in the presence of
those Bidders or their representatives who choose to attend, at
10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 17th June, 2008 at the
first address below.

(1) The Chairman Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N3017
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242)327-1530

(2) Purchasing/Supplies Section
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
P.O. Box N-3913/4
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tele: (242) 502-8571

The Department reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders

tI I I r I / I i

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I Ila oo u tc l

502=237 today.





DIONISIO D'Aguilar has
been re-elected unopposed as
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president for a
second consecutive one-year
Addressing the Chamber's
annual general meeting
(AGM), he thanked its mem-
bership for their confidence in
his leadership, and promised
to continue to advocate on
their behalf and that of the
wider business community.
Mr D'Aguilar expressed par-
ticular thanks to the Board of
Directors for their support and
work over the last year, and
welcomed the newly-elected
members to the Board,
The 2008-2009 officers and
Board of Directors of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce includes the following:
President Dionisio
D'Aguilar (Superwash Ltd.)
First vice-president Khaalis

Rolle (Bahamas Ferries)
Second vice-president Ger-
shan Major (Mail Boxes Etc.)
Treasurer Chester Cooper
(British American Financial)
Secretary Darron Cash
(First Caribbean)
Michelle Rassin Doctors
Merrit Storr Chancellors
Yvette Sands Bacardi
Toni Gad Diamonds
Dr Sophia Rolle -
Sojourner Douglas
Ed Fields Kerzner
Cameron Symonette -
Stirling Partners
Hubert Edwards Bank
of the Bahamas
Osbourne Stuart Adler
Crestwell Gardiner -
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)

Caroline Moncur -
Providence Technology
Marlon Johnson -
Small Business Association
Michelle Patterson -
Bahamas Employers
William Wong Bahamas
Real Estate Association
Tanya Wright World
Cooperation Group
(Immediate past president)
Winston Rolle TPM
Raymond Winder -
Deloitte & Touche
Felix Stubbs IBM
D. Neil McKinney

Building materials supplier

ordered to pay damages

in lumber accident

FROM page 1B Mr Miller and his attorneys
alleged that Premier Importers
premises to.inspect lumber that was liable for his injuries
he wanted to purchase, heIwas because it occupied the premis-
stfuck bya'iwpiece of lumber es where the accident occurred,
which fell:frdmt'a forklift b'eigig' had invited him to come there,
operated at the time by a ser- and owed him a "duty of care"
vant or agent of [Premier as the occupier.
Importers]," the Court of He also alleged that the
Appeal found. forklift driver had "negligently
The case quickly encoun- operated" the forklift, resulting
tered a bizarre twist, though, in.the injuries he had suffered.
when two separate Bahamian' Mr Miller and his attorneys
law firms filed Memorandum also placed reliance on the
of Appearance on December 4 legal doctrine, res ipsa loqttitur,
and 13, 2002, on Premier which essentially means that
Importers' behalf. "How that the case 'speaks for itself', with
happened is not explained," the proof self-evident and no
the-Court of Appeal conclud- further evidence being neces-
ed. sary.
Then, compounding the con- The Supreme Court, though,
fusion surrounding Premier ruled in favour of Premier
Importers' defence, on Decem- Importers, finding that Mr
ber 20, 23, and 31, 2002, the Miller "did not prove that the
same two law firns filed sepa- forklift was operated negli-
rate defences and an amended gently".
defence on Premier Importers' The judge also found that
behalf. the res ipsa loquitur doctrine
A July 9, 2003, Court Order did not apply because Mr
- filed on October 8, 2003 Miller had not proven that he
gave leave to withdraw the was struck by a piece of lumber
December 4, 2002, Memoran- falling from the forklift, "so it
dum of Appearance and the was uncertain how he came to
defence and amended defence get his injuries".
filed on December 20, 2002, However, the Court of
and December 31, 2002, Appeal ruled: "Once the
respectively, pleadings are carefully consid-
That left in place the ered, the only issue left for the
December 13, 2002, Memo- determination of the court is
randum of Appearance and whether the servant or agent of
December 23, 2002, defence [Premier Importers] had fore-
filed by McKinney, Bancroft warned the appellant of the
& Hughes. danger of being hit by falling

lumber', as pleaded in the
defence. Ad since [Premier
Importers] called no evidence,,
it meant that there was no evi-
dence to support that aver-
merit.-?''""' c11, O f '
"It followed, therefore, that
all the judge had before her
were the unchallenged evi-
dence and admissions from the
defence that the appellant was
struck by lumber falling from a
forklift being operated by [Pre-
mier Importers'] servant or
agent at a time when the appel-
lant as lawfully on the premis-
es as'an invitee.
S"n those circumstances, in
the absence of any explanation
from [Premier Importers] as
to how the accident occurred,
the learned judge was entitled
to rely upon the doctrine of res
ipsa loquitur, and draw the rea-
sonable inference that the
injuries were caused by the
negligence of [Premier
Importers], its servant or agent
in the operation of the fork-
The Court of Appeal found
that Premier Importers had
admittedin its defence that Mr
Miller was struck by lumber
from the forklift, meaning that
the res ipsa loquitur doctrine
should have applied.
* The court said this was a
"compelling inference" that
the injuries were caused by
negligence on behalf of Pre-
mier Importers, its servants
and agents.

Selected Explanatory Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements
For the period ended March 31, 2008
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

4. Basic Earnings Per Ordinary Share
Basic earnings per ordinary share is calculated by dividing net income attributable to ordinary
shareholders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares issued and
outstanding during the period, excluding ordinary shares of the Company acquired by
ColinaImperial held ........... smris:




US home prices

drop at sharpest

rate in 20 years

AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) UNITED States home prices
dropped at the sharpest rate in two decades during the first
quarter,'a closely watched index showed Tuesday, a somber
indication that the housing slump continues to deepen.
Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller said its national home price
index fell 14.1 per cent in the first quarter compared with a
year earlier, the lowest since its inception in 1988. The quar-
terly index covers all nine US Census divisions.
Prices nationwide are at levels not seen since the third
quarter of 2004, according to Maureen Maitland, a S&P vice
president. However, the index is still up 60 per cent versus
2000. Two narrower indices set record declines in March ver-
sus the previous year. The 20-city index tumbled 14.4 per
cent, the lowest since that index was started in 2001. The 10-
city index plunged 15.3 per cent, a record in its 20-year history.
"There are very few silver linings that one can see in the
data. Most of the nation appears to remain on a downward
path," said David Blitzer, chairman of S&P's index commit-
Nineteen of the 20 metro areas reported annual declines,
with 15 ofithem posting record lows. Six metro areas lost
more than 20 per cent.
Las Vegas had the worst performance in March, falling
25.9 per cent from a year earlier, followed by Miami and
Phoenix. Only Charlotte, N.C., stayed above water, gaining
less than one per cent over the previous year.
Last week, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Over-
sight said home prices fell 3.1 per cent in the first quarter, the
largest drop in its 17-year history and only the second quarter
of price declines recorded.
The OFHEO index is narrower in scope and is calculated
using mortgages of $417,000 or less that are bought or backed
by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. That excludes properties
bought with some of the riskier types of home loans.

May consumer

confidence falls to


AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Soar- *
ing gas prices and weakening
job prospects left shoppers
gloomier about the economy
in May, sending a key barom- 4
eter of consumer sentiment to
;its lowest level in almost 16
The New York-based Con-
ference Board said Tuesday '.
that its Consumer Confidence
Index dropped to 57.2, down
from a revised 62.8 in April.
Economists surveyed by
Thomson Financial/IFR had
expected a reading of 60. HOLDI
The May reading marks the
fifth straight month of decline track
and is the lowest since the in Brai
index registered 54.6 in Octo-
ber 1992 when the economy grow
was coming out of a recession. short-
Economists closely watch deple
sentiment readings since con- dence
summer spending accounts for the ei
more than two-thirds of the direc
nation's economic activity. Board
"Weakening business and Cente
job conditions coupled with Fra
ries a
other ii
my, sl
he do
an on

16-year low

ING her list of groceries and their costs in order to keep
of spending, Gloria Hufhagle shops at a Shaw's supermarket
intree, Mass., Hufhagle's weekly grocery bill averages $60...

ng pessimism about the
term future have further
eted consumers' confi-
in the overall state of
economy Lynn Franco,
tor of the Conference
d's Consumer Research
er, said in a statement.
nco said consumers' wor-
bout inflation, fueled by
asing prices at the gas
', are. now at an "all-time
and are likely to rise fur-
n the months ahead. She
d that based on con-
rs' outlook on the econo-
he believes there's little
hood of a quick turn-
rk Vitner, senior econo-
vith Wachovia Corpora-
agreed, saying that as
1 as these numbers" look,
Doesn't believe that confi-
has bottomed out yet,
linous sign for consumer
gher gasoline is of imme-

diate concern," Vitner said. "A
lot of the extra money is going
toward gas and food." And he
doesn't see consumer senti-
ment improving until gas prices,
start receding.
The Conference Board
index that measures shoppers'
current assessment of eco-
nomic conditions declined to
74.4 in May from 81.9 in April.
The index that gauges their
outlook over the next six
months declined to 45.7 from
50.0 in April.
The downbeat news came as
investors received mixed news
about the housing market (see
Investors have been uneasy
about soaring gas prices and
its impact on the economy and
consumer spending. Gas now
costs more than an average of
$3.80 per gallon nationally -
peaking well north of $4 a gal-
lon in major coastal cities -
and is expected to keep fol-

lowing oil higher. Higher prices
for gas as well as for food are
leaving shoppers with less
money to spend on apparel
and other non-necessities,
depressing sales at mall-base
apparel stores and other retail-
Such mounting economic
problems are dampening
hopes among retailers and ana-
lysts that shoppers will be using
their stimulus checks for any-
thing but debt reduction and
food and gas.
Analysts are also closely
watching the job market, which
has been softening in recent
months. Job security is key to
consumers' willingness to
According to the Confer-
ence Board report, the per-
centage of consumers surveyed
saying jobs are "hard to get"
was virtually unchanged at 28
per cent from 27.9 per cent in
April. Those claiming jobs are
"plentiful" declined to 16.3 per
cent from 17.1 per cent.
The outlook for the labour
market remained pessimistic.
The per cent of consumers
expecting fewer jobs in the
months ahead declined mod-
erately to 32.4 per cent from
32.9 per cent, while those antic-
ipating more jobs was virtually
unchanged at 8.7 per cent com-
pared with 8.8.per cent in
April. The proportion of con-
sumers expecting their incomes
to increase declined to 13.4 per
cent from 15.5.
The Consumer Confidence
report, derived from responses
received through May 20 of a
representative sample of 5,000
US households, has a margin
of error of plus or minus 2.5 -
percentage points.

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