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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: June 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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POLICE are frantically try-
ing to identify the badly decom-
posed body of a woman found
on a dirt road off Cowpen Road
early Saturday morning.
At this stage of their investi-
gations police are. ruling the
woman's death as suspicious.
However, investigators have
no indication of the person's
nationality or the cause of
death, which will not be known
until after an autopsy later this
week.
Police were able to determine


the woman's gender from "var-
ious body parts" and a dress still
.draped on her body.
E In other crime news police
have arrested a suspect who
they believe was involved in an
early morning stabbing that
occurred Friday.
At 1 am a man, 32, was
involved in an argument with
another man who produced a
sharp object and stabbed the 32
year old in the back.
SEE page 13


Bahamian pleads to govt to

get him out of Cuban jail
A FORMER Nassau bar owner who claims he was'"kidnapped" by
Cuban authorities is pleading with the Bahamas government to get him
out of his Havana jail cell..'
Roberto Lewis, 35, has already served six years ofa 25-year prison term
imposed for an offence he insists he did not commit.
Lewis, who once ran a restaurant and bar on Prince Charles Drive, says
he was picked up by Cuban police when he went to Havana to. lend
$1,000 to a friend called Rafael Bustamante.
However, Bustamante turned out to be an international drug trafficker.
wanted by the US, and the Cubans arrested Lewis on-suspicion of being
associated with him as part of an international drug ring.
"I have been kidnapped for political purposes," Lewis told The Tribune
from his cell, "I have never been into drugs and I have no criminal
record.
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FNM asked to disclose

contributions to election

campaign by Port Authority


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE FNM has been asked to
disclose all contributions made by
the principal and subsidiary own-
ers of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority to their 2007 general
election campaign.
During his contribution to the
2008/2009 Budget debate, former
attorney general and minister of
education Alfred Sears demanded
the FNM reveal any financial con-


tribution the company made
before and after the May, 2007
elections.
Mr Sears' statements came
after Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham told Parliament in an
earlier session that government
was prepared to purchase the Port
Authority and end the Hayward
and St George dispute over own-
ership of the company's shares.
"I might advise that I indicated
SEE page 12


OPPOSITION Deputy Leader
Cynthia Pratt, who was taken ill
on the Labour Day march Friday,
was admitted to Doctors Hospital
on Saturday.
SDr Conville Brown, her attend-
ing physician, described her con-
dition as stable. "She is in good
spirits, is worried about missing
the budget debate in the House,
but I advised later for that. She
has to take care of her health
first."
Mrs Pratt is expected to remain
in hospital for the rest of the
week.
Mrs Pratt, who had treatment
last week for thvrotoxicosis"- an
over active thyroid gland felt sc
well on Friday that she decided
to participate in the march.
She had completed about 90
per cent of the march when she
dropped out at St Barnabas, com-
plaining of a palpitating heart. Dr
Brown said it was a combination
of walking in the blazing heat that
set her heart racing. She was tak-
en home to rest. However, when
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PLP to start court
proceedings
against the Local
Government
Minister Collie
THE PLP will start pro-
ceedings in the Supreme
Court against Local Govern-
ment Minister Sidney Collie
to prohibit him from engag-
ing in a "fundamentally
flawed 'and unfair electoral
process in violation of the
cherished principles of free-
dom and democracy."
The announcement was
made over the weekend by
party chairman Glenys Hanna
Martin.
The opposition party main-
tains that the nomination
process on June 3 took place
without due notice and
SEE page 12


her earth continued to race, she
Called her doctor on Saturday
morning. He ordered her to the
Hospital's emergency room, where.
Sshe was diagnosed with atrial fib-
rillation and admitted.
Dr Brown said that her heart is
now back to normal and she is
being prepped for treatment for
thyrotoxicosis. She has also com-
plained of abdominal discomfort.
It is suspected that her gall blad-
'der "might be acting up."

291 positive

drug tests

on prisoners
By BRENT DEAN'*,
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THERE were 291 positive tests
for drugs among prisoners last
year, according to the 2007 Annu-
al Prison Report.
Her Majesty's Prison carried out
990 drug tests last year and the
number that were positive
amounts to 29.4 per cent of the
overall total. The largest number of
positive tests 64-were record-
ed in March. August recorded only
seven such tests, the fewest of any
month last year.
"All inmates testing positive for
drugs inclusive of new entrants, if
sentenced are recommended to,
enter the drug awareness pro-.
gramme," said the report.
"Inmates incarcerated for more
than three months and tested pos-
itive for drugs after being warned
by the superintendent, and violate
the substance abuse testing again,
are required to give up to three
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SA trade union leader has urged that Govern-
ment establish a National Redundancy Fund, to
Which all foreign and large Bahamian-owned
companies would make mandatory contribu-
tions, as a way to ensure workers received what
was due to them if their employer closed down
or relocated.
Giving his Labour Day address on Arawak
Cay. Obie Ferguson, the Trades Union Con-
gress (TUC) president, said that before compa-
inies were able to transfer all their assets and
funds outside the Bahamas when they ceased
operations, they should pay all "wages, vaca-
tions, pensions and notice pay" due to the
employees. In addition to calling for a National
Pension Plan and the implementation of Nation-
al Health Insurance (NHI), Mr Ferguson also
urged that foreign investors be made to pur-
chase fixed assets in the Bahamas that workers
would be able to claim against if they decided to
liquidate operations and leave this nation. The
TUC president also recommended amendments
to the Companies Act 1992 and the Employ-
ment Act 2001 to assist this cause.
SOther recommendations included raising the
minimum wage from $150 per week in the pri-
vate sector to between $250-$300 per week, giv-
en the rising cost of living, and amendments to
the process determining when a trade union
:'could-act as the bargaining agent for a specific
group of employees.
SMr Ferguson added that the Industrial Tri-
bunal was "not fulfilling its potential" when it
came to resolving labour disputes, alleging that
it was not readily disposing of general disputes
where the employers were failing to negotiate
with the union. In addition, the TUC president
said there was "no mechanism in place to receive
and resolve the impasse" created when employ-
ers refused to negotiate with trade unions.
"The Industrial Tribunal should be made the
industrial side of the Supreme Court. By doing
that it is our considered opinion that it would
solve a number of disputes which the Supreme
Court would be able to resolve by virtue of its
inherent jurisdiction," Mr Ferguson said.


Hundreds march in support of



death penalty for murderers
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net


HUNDREDS of supporters took part in a
pro-capital punishmentnarch and motorcade,
calling on government to enforce hangings for
convicted murders.
Waving placards reading "No Bail for Mur-
derers. Hang All Murderers" and "Stop The
Violence", the crowd of about 600 marched
and drove for over five hours, covering approx-
imately 18 miles.
The march was held in honour of slain 16-
year-old Khodee Davis, who was stabbed to
death last month while intervening in a fight on
Cabbage Beach. He died at the scene.
Davis' murder and the other 30 lives lost
this year by violence prompted demonstra-
tors to call for capital punishment for con-
victed murderers and to deny bail for murder
suspects. March organiser and leader of the
Workers' Party Rodney Moncur said parlia-
mentarians have "no solution" to the escala-
tion of crime and murder, prompting con-
cerned citizens to publicly call for the enforce-
ment of the death penalty to deter criminals.
"The message that we gave to the demon-
strators was that it appears that the 41 mem-
bers of parliament have no solution to the
escalation of crime particularly murder -
and we are going to demand that parliament
remove any and all impediment that prevents
the execution of hanging.
"We have also called upon parents to tell
their sons and daughters to leave their knives
and guns home and to make it clear to them
that if they commit murder we're going to
demand that they be hanged," he said.
The demonstrators left from the Fox Hill
roundabout to Poinciana Drive into Black Vil-
lage to Wulff Road east to Fox Hill Road and
west onto Romer Street at St Mark's Baptist
Church where Khodee Davis was buried.
"The march was very successful and we
would like to thank all of the marchers and


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THE PRO-HANGING MARCH AND MOTORCADE participants at the grave of Khodee Davis situated at the rear
of St Marks Baptist Church, Romer Street, Fox Hill. There they sang and prayed.


demonstrators for their peaceful participation
and the RBPF for their full co-operation.
"When we started from Fox Hill we had
about 200 persons and as the parade pro-
ceeded, other persons joined along Bernard
Road and Wulff Road along with numerous
vehicles. By the time we returned to Fox Hill
there were about 600 people taking part in
the march/demonstration either on foot or by
car," Mr Moncur said. The pro-capital pun-
ishment march was the third march held this
Labour Day the Trade Unions Congress
and the National Congress of Trade Unions
also organised separate labour day marches.,
Death penalty advocates will stage another
march to raise awareness on Independence
Day.


THE PRO-HANGING MARCH AND MOTORCADE heads
from Fox Hill into Black Village near the College of the
Bahamas.


inan arrested in connection with drug raid at Freeport apartment


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
Cmaycock@tribunemedia.net
PREEPORT Two high
, school students and a man were
arrested by Drug Enforcement
S Unit officers on Grand Bahama
in connection with a drug raid at
a Freepor apartment last week.


According to reports, the
male students were dressed in
their school uniforms when the
incident occurred, at around
11.30am on Wednesday.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said that the minors, both aged
14, were taken into custody
after a raid on an apartment on
Bonefish Street, Caravel Beach.
According to reports, DEU
officers on Grand Bahama went


to execute a search warrant at
the apartment, where they sus-
pected dangerous drugs and/or
firearms were being kept.
During a search of the
premises, 10 small packets con-
taining a total of 12.5 grams of
marijuana were discovered.
As a result, a 29-year-old
male ,occpant of the apartment..
was arrested and taken itol cus-.
tody.


The two minors were taken stolen from the Marsh Harbour
in for questioning when they Boat Yard this week.
arrived at the apartment. They are also appealing to
They are currently helping the public to assist them in
police with their inquiries, locating the vessel a white
and green 2002 Contender with
twin 250 hp Yamaha outboard
STOLEN VESSEL engines. According to reports,
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Harbour Boat Yard.
The boat, which bears regis-
tration number FL-1589 LZ, is
valued at $180,000. It is owned
by Dr Ron Dudan, a US citi-
zen who lives in Abaco.
SPersons are asked to contact
the CentraLDetective Unit on
Grand Bahama at 350-3107/8.


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o In brief


Shots fired in

attempted

FOCOL station

robbery
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT Shots were
fired during an attempted
armed robbery at the FOCOL
Service Station on Queen's
Highway and Yellow Pine
Street.
The incident occurred around
9.45pm on Wednesday when a
lone gunnian attempted to rob
FOCOL employee Toney Tay-
lor of the sales deposit.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said Mr Taylor had
just collected the sales deposit
from the establishment and was
getting into his vehicle when he
saw a gunman running towards
him from the eastern side of the
building. Taylor quickly got into
his vehicle and locked the
doors. The gunman fired two
shots at the vehicle as it drove
away.
Taylor was not injured. He
went to the Central Police Sta-
tion and reported the incident
to police. A spent round of
ammunition was discovered at
the scene. Mr Rahming said
police are investigating the inci-
dent.

Firearm found

at GB Airport

A firearm was discovered at
the Grand Bahama Interna-
tional Airport on Wednesday
afternoon.
Mr Rahming said that a
Bahamas Customs officer on
duty at the airport made the dis-
covery around 4.15pm when he
opened a box that was left
inside a room.
Inside the box was a speaker,
which contained a .38 revolver,
along with an empty magazirie
for a .45 pistol.
The Airport Police were con-
tacted and the firearm was
handed over to Central Detec-
tive Unit officers.

Construction

workers find

loaded pistol
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT A loaded
semi-automatic pistol was dis-
covered by construction work-
ers at the Ginn Sur-Mer Devel-
opment site at West End.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming reported that the dis-
covery was made around
1.30pm on Thursday.
West End Police were con-
tacted and a team of officers
was dispatched to the location,
where a Glock .9mm handgun
with 13 live .9mm hollow point
bullets was found buried under
the ground. 'Scenes-Of-Crime
officers processed the area. The
firearm was taken to the Cen-
tral Detective Unit in Freeport.
Supt Rahming said the .gun
will be forwarded to the Foren-
sic Lab in New Providence for
ballistic testing to determine
whether the weapon was
involved in any reported crime.

'Unacceptably

high' infant

mortality rate
THE infant mortality rate
(IMR) in the Bahamas remains
"unacceptably high", Minister
of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
said during his contribution to
the budget debate.
Since achiev-

12.7 per 1000
live births in
2001, the
a ; Bahamas saw a
S~ steady increase


in the IMR to a
high of 19.6 in
2005.
He said that
although there
was a small
decline in the
numbers in 2007, the infant
mortality rate today remains at
a high of 17.6 per 1000 live
births.
In an ongoing effort to reduce
the infant mortality rate, Dr
Minnis said his ministry has
strengthened and accelerated
its public health promotion and
education programmes with a
focus on the importance of ear-
ly and ongoing ante-natal care
and family planning.


RESIDENTS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT PLAN


Govt supports proposed Cat



Island Golf and Beach Resort


AFTER taking in the views of
Cat Islanders who overwhelm-
ingly and enthusiastically
endorsed the proposed Cat Island
Golf and Beach Resort, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham told
residents that government will
approve the project and give it
its full support.
Residents packed the New
Bight Primary School where a
town meeting was held by the
government and the Cat Island
Partners group, to inform resi-
dents of the details of the pro-
posed development and what the
project is expected to mean for
Cat Island.
"I came to listen to hear what
you had to say about the project,"
Prime Minister Ingraham said. "I
don't normally go around with
developers and I don't make
announcements on their behalf.
"I came with this group tonight
to listen to you because I am sat-
isfied they have the means to do
what they say they want to do
and I wanted to hear the extent to
which you are supportive of what
they desire to do, because it is
important for you in Cat Island to
decide whether you want the
development or not."
The proposed Cat Island Golf
and Beach Resort is set for con-
struttion on 1,906 acres of land
previously owned by private
developers adjacent to Fine
Bay/Union Estates, according to
Cat Island Partners principal
David Southworth.
The developers will spend a
total of $35 million for the sale
of the property.
Phase I of the project calls for
223 low density, single and multi-
family lots and a beach club. This
phase, Mr. Southworth said, is
expected to be completed in three
years. He added that his group is
"under a Letter of Intent" with
Marriott for the construction of a
200-room JW Marriott Resort
Hotel, adjoining branded con-
do/hotel and a 5,000 sq. ft. bou-
tique casino.
A "signed, sealed and deliv-
ered" deal with the PGA is also in
play for the project, which Mr.
Southworth said will result in the


construction of a PGA Village
with an 18-hole championship
golf course.
The resort's PGA Village; the
third such village in the world,
will include a PGA museum. Mr.
Southworth explained that signed
agreements with the PGA will go
into effect upon final closing of
the property in Cat Island.

Announcement
Prime Minister Ingraharn, who
recently met with the president
of the PGA, said the Association
is anxious to announce the Cat
Island project on CBS television
during one of its yearly events,
and that he is likely to accept an
invitation extended to him by the
president to attend the announce-
ment. The project, according to
Mr. Southworth, is expected to
create 244 full-time construction
jobs and 937 full time jobs "from
ongoing operations as the resort is
built up."
Mr. ngraham said, "The: devel-
opment can only go if it has the
necessary infrastructure too sup-
port it; whether that is essential
work at the airport, essential
upgrade of [the] electrical system,
the solid waste disposal system
and a long list of things.
"The developers are prepared,
they tell me, to begin first on the
basis that the government will live
up to the commitments which we
are making to the project. And
so I want to assure you that we
shall do all we can to cause this
development to happen and hap-
pen in the shortest possible time."
The Prime Minister indicated
that the proposed development
will be able to meet the employ-


ment needs of Cat Islanders,
adding that the government has
no great concern about the abili-
ty of Cat Island, Cat Islanders or
other Bahamians to satisfy the
employment needs and spin-off
services that will follow from the
project. Responding to concerns
expressed about the inclusion of a
casino in the proposed develop-
ment and how casinos might
impact the religious nature of the
island, Mr. Ingraham, who noted
his dislike for casinos as a mat-
ter of personal choice, said the
developers convinced him that
the-proposed boutique casino was
essential for their development.
"I told them that there had
been talk about another casino
for Cat Island, but that on my
watch there will only be one casi-
no for Cat Island, not two," he
noted. "And so if they start as
they say, they will have their casi-
no and anyone else will get none
while I am in office."
In his closing remarks, the
Prime Minister informed resi-
dents that the developers are in a
position to purchase the land for
the proposed development with-
out having to borrow monies
from the bank to do so.
"You've got a real live wire on
your hands," he advised. "I ask
you to embrace it and appreciate
it because I assure you, there are
many other places in The
Bahamas that would love to have
what you are getting."
Following the town meeting,
Mr. Ingraham expounded on the
desire of his government with
regard to the type of investors
seeking to develop projects in
The Bahamas. "We are seeking to
have monied people, not talking
people," he noted. "Monied peo-
ple who are able to invest now at
a time when it is as near to a
recession in America as one can
get, as opposed to developers
who want a piece of paper from
the Government, who want their
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this concession, that concession'."


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How holocaust survivor found God


A TIMELY message of the saving grace of
forgiveness was delivered in Nassau last week
by a young survivor of the Rwanda geno-
cide.
After reading her book "Left to Tell"
- one reflected on the growing division in
the Bahamas between Bahamians and
Haitians. The insidious division between the
Hutu and Tutsi of Rwanda had many simi-
larities, first a class distinction, later a racial
distinction -one race considered inferior to
the other. The Tutsi, tall with aquiline noses,
were the minority in numbers to the flat,
broad-nosed Hutu. And when the killing
came anyone tall with an aquiline nose was
automatically identified as Tutsi and cleaved
in two by a machete-wielding Hutu.
Rwanda's President Habyarimana, a Hutu,
had gone to Tanzania where he had signed a
peace agreement with the Tutsi rebels,
promising them a say in the governing of
their country in exchange for an end to civil
war. Angered, a member of Habyarimana's
military stormed out of the peace meeting
vowing that he would never make peace with
the "Tutsi snake." He returned to Rwanda
and declared "to prepare an apocalypse."
On his return to Rwanda on April 6, 1994,
President Habyarimana's plane was shot
down as it prepared to land at Kigali airport
and he and the Hutu president of Burundi
were killed. Hutu extremists were blamed.
As Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana
was preparing to take to the airwaves to send
a calming message to Rwandians, she was
assassinated. A wholesale slaughter was
unleashed to rid the country of every "cock-
roach" (Tutsi) in sight. Radio broadcasts
urged neighbour to kill neighbour. And if a
Hutu refused to kill his Tutsi neighbour, he
and all of his family were also to be killed. By
the end of the holocaust more than a mil-
lion Rwandans were dead, some of them
sympathising Hutus.
It was from this holocaust that Immac-
ul6e Ilibagiza survived to tell the tale. Her
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killers, but miraculously they never opened
the bathroom door, in the front of which
stood a large wardrobe.
"I believe," she wrote, "that God spared
my life, but I'd learned during the 91 days I
spent trembling in fear with seven others in a
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much different from being saved and this
lesson forever changed me. It is a lesson that,
in the midst of mass murder, taught me how
to forgive those who hated and hunted me -
and how to forgive those who slaughtered
my family."
It was that forgiveness that helped her
survive the news of the murders of her father,
mother, two brothers, grandparents, uncles,
aunts, and cousins. It was that forgiveness
that helped her survive being shown her
brother's skull and being told it had been
chopped open to see what a brain of someone
with a master's degree looked like. And when
she was brought face to face with her family's
killer, a now broken, but once successful
Hutu businessman whose children she had
played with in primary school, she felt pity.
Asked how she could forgive him, she replied:
"Forgiveness is all I have to offer."
In the end the power to forgive was the
secret of her own healing, her own spiritual
survival, her own peace.
And this was the message that she brought
to the Bahamian children to whom she talked
on Thursday morning in Loyola Hall. She
took them through her soul-wrenching desire
to seek revenge on all those who had
destroyed her family. The young people, sur-
rounded by the anger and killing in their own
small communities, could identify with her
anger. However, she explained how self-
destructive that anger could be. She explained
in the words of Florence Scovel Shinn how
"anger blurs the vision, poisons the blood,
is the root of many diseases, and causes
wrong decisions, leading to failure."
She took them through her own emotion-
al turmoil- her hates, her desire for
vengeance, her pain, until through prayer,
she found peace. That day was the day that
she learned to forgive. This is what she rec-
ommended to them. She tried to show them
that anger and a killer's knife solved nothing.
The meeting with the students in the
morning we are told was dynamic. The
evening lecture to a'packed St Francis
Xavier's Cathedral was less dramatic, because
due to a failing microphone, she could hard-
ly be heard.
However, we encourage our readers to get
"Left to tell discovering God amidst the
Rwandan Holocaust." It is a gripping tale of
inhumanity and eventual salvation.
immacul6e Ilibagiza's visit to Nassau was
sponsored by The John Templeton Founda-
tion. She was introduced by Dr John Tem-
pleton, Jr., son of Sir John Templeton.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE 2008 to 2009 national
budget, as presented by the Rt
Hon Prime Minister and Minis-
ter of Finance, Hubert Alexan-
der Ingraham, MP, PC (FNM-
North Abaco) is an excellent
one. If the FNM administration
were to successfully implenient
ttle same, not only would it
bring much needed "hope and
help" to the ordinary Bahamian
but it would cement it's place
in the anthropological history
of the nation.
For far too long, the rank and
fille Bahamian has been obliged
to eke out a meager living in
New Providence and/or Grand
Bahama.
From a casual reading of the
budget, it would appear that
those Bahamians who have not
yet been able to access an
affordable building lot or a


dwelling home will now be able
to move to a Family Island or
even to access property here in
New Providence so as to con-
struct a home, without the
direct intervention of the Min-
istry of Housing.
Over the course of the next
few weeks parliamentarians will
have an opportunity to critique
the budget and to demonstrate
to the nation their economic
conceptualization and/or knowl-
edge. Some will excel while oth-
ers will, again, demonstrate
their intellectual smallness.
I will await the conclusion of
the debate before I offer a
detailed and concise analysis of


the proposed 2008 to 2009
national budget.
It seems, however, that the
FNM administration is, finally,
coming to the star realization
that people are 'hurting' eco-
nomically; socially; culturally
and, of course, spiritually.
They are beginning to get
their act together and the PM is
now rising to the occasion.
For a time, I was starting to
lose faith in the abilities of the
PM to stand and deliver.
Thank you, Prime Minister,
for presenting what appears to
be a God sent national budget.
The ripple and direct effects of
this well crafted budget will be
like manna from Heaven. To
that same God then, in all
things, be the glory.
ORTLAND H BODIE JR
Nassau,
May 30, 2008.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
YOUR editorial "Bush should
study Nuremberg trials" (Satur-
day) was interesting and infor-
mative, but implied that Bush was
solely responsible for the war in
general and the detention facili-
ties. at Guantanamo in particular.
It overlooked the facts that the
entire war and detention centres
would not have been possible
without the help and assistance
of many of his compatriots and
of ]people at all levels in other
countries.
May I adduce a few further
fecits.
At the Nuremberg trials abor-
tioin and euthanasia were cate-
golised as war crimes by judges
representing the Western coun-
tries where abortion and euthana-
sia are now widespread. In fact, in
the seventies, famous BBC broad-
cas ter and author Malcolm Mug-
geridge observed sardonically: "It
only takes 30 years in our western
civilisation to transform a war
crime into an act of compassion."
.At the Nuremberg trials the
Nazi Master Race Theory was
regarded as a war crime. After
the: War, in 1948, South Africa
passed the Apartheid laws, legal-
ising the Master Race Theory,
with the full support of some
Western countries, and only end-
ed it in 1994. Thousands of non-
whites lost their lives or were
imprisoned in despicable condi-
tioias for their opposition to the
Apartheid Act.
in 1986 Nobel Peace Prize win-
ner Archbishop Desmond Tutu
(wlao spent nearly 30 years in jail),
called for sanctions against South


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Africa, calling USA and UK
"hypocritical" for their refusal to
apply these economic sanctions,
and British Prime Minister Mar-
garet Thatcher countered by
describing the African National
Congress as a "typical terrorist
organisation"!
Catholic Archbishop Hurley of
Durban, described by the UK
"Telegraph" as an "outspoken
and implacable opponent of
apartheid and injustice in South
Africa during the years of white
National Party rule even
received death threats from the
Government"! The same news-
paper report stated that his
Emmanuel Cathedral became a
"focal point for black protesters


and the starting point for march-
es and demonstrations. Hurley
himself led many protests."
British author Sir Martin
Gilbert in his book "Descent into
Barbarism" (A History of the
20th Century) compared the 1948
Apartheid Laws with the Nurem-
berg Laws of 1933 "whereby Ger-
man Jews were made second class
citizens".
It is sad to contemplate the fact
that nations who denounce evils
perpetrated by other nations sub-
sequently follow the example of
those very same nations!
HISTORIAN
Nassau,
June'2,2008.


Earle says 'thanks' to Earl
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM Earle Francis, Pastor of First Baptist Church. I wish to
express my heartfelt thanks to Minister Earl Deveaux, Minister
of Works who was recently responsible for paving Old Trail
Road between Prince Charles Drive and Soldier Road.
As a resident of that area for many years, Old Trail serves as
my entry and departure point. For many months this street
was in very bad need of repair and it gave rise to a daily dis-
comfort both to my physical being, as well as my automobile.
My, what a major relief and comfort to me and many more
motorists who frequent this thoroughfare on a daily basis.
Again, many thanks to Minister Earl Deveaux, Minister of
Works in our Government for a job well done.
REV EARLE FRANCIS
Senior Pastor
Nassau,
June, 2008.



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Widespread concern over impasse between main shareholders of Port Authority




Dispute leaves Freeport in limbo


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
THE Hayward Trust has made
numerous efforts to settle and
end the continuing ownership dis-
pute, which has left Freeport in a
state of limbo in the past two
years. A great deal of concern
has been expressed by leaders in
the private, public and religious
sectors about the situation that
currently exists between the two
principal shareholders of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority.
Following many public appeals
for the parties to settle, the Hay-
ward Trust has made offers to
buy out the St Georges.
A second offer to buy out the
St George at full market value
was rejected.
"Sir Jack's Trust offered to buy
the St Georges out at full market
value, without any deductions -
win or lose -just to get the court
case over with and get Freeport
back to work," according to a
spokesman.
The offer was renewed a num-
ber times. The last one, made in
August 2007, is still outstanding
and open for acceptance.
It is feared that the litigation
could last for years in the courts.
Court dates have been scheduled
for June and July of this year.
It is believed that the feud is
impeding progress in Freeport.
Roddie Fleming and Hutchison
Whampoa have both expressed
a keen interest in purchasing the
shares of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority.
The McKinney Bancroft and
Hughes law firm is representing
'the Hayward Trust, and Fred
Smith of Callenders and Co is
representing the St George estate.
In a letter dated September 20,
2007, from McKinney, Brancroft
and Hughes on behalf of Seashell,
the Hayward's modified the offer
to have the fair market value of
Lady Henrietta St George et al's
interest in Intercontinental Diver-

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sified Corporation determined at
the date immediately prior to Sir
Jack's public announcement of
his 75 per cent claim in IDC.
They also modified the offer to
include the payment of all of the
receivers' costs.

Judgment
There was a court hearing in
January, 2008, on whether or not
the St Georges's were obliged to
accept that offer. However, Jus-
tice Anita Allen has still not
handed down her judgment.
"Seashell made the many
O'Neil v Phillip offers to the St
Georges and they refused them
saying that they were not enough.
"The O'Neil v Philip is a stan-
dard way the law has developed
to solve such disputes between
shareholders in a company quick-
ly and efficiently in the best inter-
ests of commerce," said the
spokesman.
The St Georges rejected the
offers at the time because they
said "they were not sellers and
that they would never sell."
On March 11, 2008, both par-
ties were put in mandatory medi-
ation by Senior Justice Allen. The
mediation ended on April 19
when Senior Justice Allen
received a letter advising that the
St Georges had ended mediation
by announcing that they had sold
to Hutchison Whampoa.
The St Georges are now saying
that because of the court case
they do not have title to any
shares to be able to sell them, and
that they are being forced to sell
at less than market value.
However, in the House of
Assembly on June 5 Prime Min-
,. iter _Ubert Ingrahap, piade it
clear that his government was not
prepared.to wait much longer:
I .' ....


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Government's
willingness to purchase the Grand
Bahama Port Authority is a very
"pro-active attempt" that indi-
cates the need for resolution of
the ownership issues at the Port,
said a prominent local attorney.
Freeport lawyer Gregory Moss,
president of the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce, said the
current dispute between the Port
Authority shareholders has had
a very "detrimental" impact'on
development in Freeport.
He applauded government for
taking such an approach, but also
noted that there are areas of con-
cern when considering such a ven-
ture that would involve the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas.
Last Wednesday, Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham
announced in the House of
Assembly that the FNM govern-
ment is prepared to purchase the
Grand Bahama Port Authority,
and bring to an end the demoral-
izing business climate that has
developed in Grand Bahama as a
result of the ownership dispute
at the Port.
"I applaud the government for
making such a statement," said
Mr Moss. "I think it is a very pos-
itive move... and I am pleased to
see that the government is mov-
ing in that direction," he said.
The Chamber president said
that the dispute (between the St
George and the Hayward fami-
lies) has undoubtedly hampered
progress in Freeport.
"It has brought uncertainty and
the question of how Freeport will
be administered in the future. It
has not been good for business
planning and inflow of invest-
ments and capital into Freeport.
"And, the mere fact that we do
not have a functioning Board of
Directors at the Port has also
hampered future planning. We
have seen certain projects that
were widely forecast to come on
stream before this'dispute arose
that have not come on stream,"
'aiid'Mi Moss: .
."If there is willingness on the


part of the shareholders to bring
the issue to a close, and the gov-
ernment is willing to facilitate the
resolution of the issue by accept-
ing and purchasing, that is some-
thing to be applauded.
"I take some comfort in recog-
nizing that it is fairly consistent
with the call I made to the gov-
ernment...early at the Grand
Bahama Business Outlook this
year," said Mr Moss. However,
the attorney pointed out the
acquisition of the shares of two
disputing shareholders would
involve a significant commitment
in terms of cash and governmen-
t's involvement in Freeport.

Ownership
Mr Moss believes that the right
approach by government would
be to separate the ownership of
the PA from the other compa-
nies, which are owned directly
and indirectly by the sharehold-
ers. "There are only two areas of
concern or caution and one is that
the government should not itself
own those shares of the PA
because to do so would put it in
an unenviable position of gov-
erning the entire Bahamas
because the general governance
of the Bahamas is very distinct
from the rights and obligations
of the PA under the HCA.
"If government takes on the
direct role of governing Freeport
under the provisions of the HCA,
it would find itself governing by
very different standards that
would raise all sorts of questions
of fairness and discrimination,"
he said.
"What we don't want to have is
a competition between govern-
ment's direct ownership of the
PA on one hand, and local gov-
ernment would still be exiting in
Freeport and central government
obligation on the other hand.
"The government must ensure
that the right structure and prop-
er safeguards are put in place by
involving greater participation in
the ultimate ownership of
whichever entity it acquires of the
PA," he said.
Lawyer Rawle Maynard
believes it would not be in the


best interest of Freeport for the
government to buy shares in the
Grand Bahama Port Authority.
"The government is a party to
the Hawksbill Creek Agreement
along with the Grand Bahama
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IMMACULEE ILIBAGIZA EMERGED FROM THE RWANDA GENOCIDE WITH A MESSAGE OF LOVE


IMMACULEE LLIBAGIZA, a survivor of the Rwanda genocide speaks
to students about hoe she was able to forgive despite of all the lost she
faced.


How I forgave my






family's killers


EMEGAN REYNOLDS
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bloodiest holocausts. Immaculee
was 22 when she returned home
from college for the Easter holi-
days and Rwanda's Huti presi-
dent was killed.
Simmering tensions between
the Hutu and Tutsi tribes boiled
over, and as Hutu people were
called to take revenge on their
Tutsi neighbours, the country was
bathed in bloodshed for 100 days.
Immaculee was spared death
by hiding in the home of a Hutu
pastor, where she was crammed
into a tiny bathroom with seven
other women for three months.
As everyone around them was
brutally slaughtered in the killing
frenzy sweeping the country,
Immaculee and her group were
forced to hide silently through-
out the three months.
"I was angry," Immaculee told
the students.
"Anger completely confuses
the way you think.
"You see them as an enemy
and because of that thinking you
want to eliminate them. I thought
about all the things I could do to
get rid of them. I thought if I had
a gun, or if I could go out like
Rambo, I could just kill every-
body."
The 1,000 young people from
high schools and primary schools
across New Providence burst into
a knowing laugh.
Immaculee went on: "Anger
comes with a poison in your
blood, and my anger was just
growing inside of me.
"You flirt with it and it gives
you a sense of joy. But when that
anger sticks, it destroys your life."
She said the moment that
changed her life happened when
she was five inches away from
being killed.


"Every human
being has a piece
of God inside, He
created each of
you with love,
with a good pur-
pose, our job is
to love and care
for each other."

Through a tiny window in the
bathroom, Immaculee saw over
300 armed men dressed for war in
banana leaves and horns rushing
towards the home in which they
were hiding with machetes, guns
and spears.
As they searched the pastor's
house for two hours they over-
turned furniture, opened suitcas-
es, searched the ceiling.
Immaculee believed she would
be killed within minutes.
Desperately praying, she asked
God to show her a sign that He is
there. She prayed and asked that
they would not find her.
At the end of their search the
killers hesitated outside the
wardrobe that concealed the
bathroom door.
Then they turned to the pas-
tor, a Hutu, and said they trusted
him.not to hide Tutsis. They left.
"There is no way 300 people
can search one home and not find
you," Immaculee said.
"From that time I started to
pray."
The pastor slipped Immaculee
a Bible, and as she read it, and


said the rosary her father had giv-
en her, she realized she had to let
go of the anger, and to forgive.
"When you want to forgive you
can only do it by realising what
hatred and anger is doing to you
and then it is the grace of God.
"When you are hurting people,
when you are angry, there is a
blindness in the soul.
"You want to satisfy something
that is evil that wants to see some-
body hurt.
"Then you ask, what happened
to me?
"I realized my anger was push-
ing me to be more like killers
than who I wanted to be."
The only choice for Immaculee
was to forgive. She met the peo-
ple who killed her family, people
she had known before they were
caught up in the killing frenzy,
and she felt compassion for them.
The 36-year-old mother of two
told the youngsters they will nev-
er regret a good deed but they
will always come to regret evil.
A Government High School
student asked Immaculee what
she would say to young people in
the Bahamas who feel like giving
up.
"Don't give up ever," she said.
"Every human being has a
piece of God inside, He created
each of you with love, with a good
purpose, our job is to love and
care for each other.
"Don't give up. As long as you
are breathing there is joy, there is
happiness, there is hope, always."
Dwayne Gibson of CI Gibson
told Immaculee, "I was inspired
by your speech."
Hundreds of schoolchildren
bought Immaculee' Ilibagiza's
book, "Left to Tell, Discovering
God amidst the Rwandan Holo-
caust."
The book is available from
Logos bookstore and Chapter
One at College of the Bahamas.
Then Ms Ilibigiza shared her
story with over 1,000 people at
St Francis Xavier Cathedral in
West Street, Nassau, on Thurs-
day evening.
Re-telling her incredible expe-
rience, she highlighted the impor-
tance of letting anger go and
opening your heart to forgive-
ness.
When she was in hiding it was
by reading the Bible and saying
the rosary that she realized she
had to let go of the anger that
was building inside of her and
open her heart to forgiveness.
She said: "I asked God if you
know how to forgive, help me
out, let me forgive them because
me, I'm incapable.
"Then I had an image, of Jesus
on the cross, dying. He said, 'for-
give them father, they know not
what they do'.
"That is the part that touched
me."
When Immaculee realized that
the killers, her friends and neigh-
bours who had turned into brutal
murderers, were not aware of the
evil they were doing, but caught
up in a craze.
"People who hurt you, they do
not know the consequences," said
Immaculee.
"The killers in the genocide
were acting out of anger, out of
hatred, they had in their heart.
They couldn't see where they
would be in three months from
then.
"I realized these people don't
know, they don't get it. That spir-
itual blindness is there, that does-
n't allow them to see the conse-
quences.
"When I understood that one
day they might regret what they
have done, I could let go.
"I was able to think of the
killers as human beings like me.
"I was able to wish them good
and send them love."
She added: "It was almost like
all that time I spent in that bath-
room was to learn that.
"I was in hell, and then I was in
paradise all of a sudden and I had
not left the room.
"I knew that no one could hurt
me, I was free."
When she emerged from her
hiding place after 100 days of
killing, Immaculee learned that
everyone she had left, had died -
except her eldest brother, who
was out of Rwanda studying in
Senegal. Her parents, two broth-
ers, grandparents, neighbours,
friends. Over a million people
were killed in the genocide.
Yet she carried that strength
in her heart, to forgive, and to
carry on.
Through sheer determination
she got a job at the United
Nations which took her to New
York. She is now married with
two children and has told her sto-
ry in the book, 'Left to Tell: Find-
ing God in the Rwandan Holo-
caust.'


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development Ingraham


* MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
TAX cuts for home buyers
and private residential devel-
opers provided for in this year's
Budget will spark housing
development throughout the
Bahamas, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said.
Presenting the 2008/2009
Budget in the House of Assem-
bly last Wednesday, Mr Ingra-
ham said first-time homeown-
ers will be exempted from tax
on purchase or construction of a
single family home or duplex.
There also will be tax-free
purchase of vacant land for res-
idential building, tax-free move-
ment of mortgages from one
lender to another, and reduced
import duties on construction
supplies.
"This will create an optimal
environment to spark construc-
tion," said Mr Ingraham.
"Especially as the exemp-
tions cover both lower and mid-
dle-income families, as they cov-


er dwellings up to a value of
$500,000."
Mr Ingraham said he
believes the plan will stimulate
growth and remove the need
for a large-scale, low-cost build-
ing programme like the one car-
ried out by. the previous PLP
administration
Highlighting the 42 per cent
increase in residential con-
struction between 1993 and
1999 under the FNM govern-


ment, the prime minister said:
"It was the robustness of the
economy and the prosperity
being enjoyed by Bahamians
that empowered private indi-
viduals to build their own
homes as opposed to having to
have the government build
them."
Funding also will be pumped
into the construction of gov-
ernment office complexes in
New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Central Abaco,
and two public gyms in Abaco
and Eleuthera, he added.
The Budget also provides for
infrastructure improvements
across the Bahamas, including
potable water supplies made
available for the first time in
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco;
Williams Town, Exuma, and
Current Island, Eleuthera.
Road works will be carried
out in Current Island, central
and north Eleuthera, and Aba-
co. A public playground and
public beach are also planned
for Treasure Cay, Abaco.


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of appreciation -authentically Bahamian gifts, a certificate signed by tourism minister Neko Grant and a
pre-paid visit to Dolphin Encounters- to the DeAbi family.


Chris and Joseph DeAbi of
Winter Springs, Florida, have
been visiting TheBahamas
since 1979, when Resorts
International managed Par-
adise Island's luxury hotel and
jackets and ties were an
absolute must to enter the
casino and all fine restaurants.
They've seen many changes,
from the buyout of Resorts


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familiarity, the
consistency,
which makes
for the comfort
of a real home
away from
home."

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International by Donald
Trump then Merv Griffin
Enterprises to the purchase
and expansion of the same
hotel property by Kerzner
International.
They've stayed at numerous
hotels on New Providence and
they've travelled to the Exu-
mas, Harbour Island, Grand
Bahama and Bimini and the
Berry Islands on many occa-
sions.
Since their very first trip to
The Bahamas, the DeAbis say
that each year they notice
many more improvements.
They are certain that the
Bahamian people have
changed tremendously, for the
better, and are so much
friendlier and more attentive
to visitors.
In fact, they insist that a
vacation in The Bahamas is a
whole different experience
than it was 29 years ago.
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back year after year.
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with The Bahamas that they
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Harbour Island, scuba diving
or a helicopter ride, the
DeAbis are right at home in
the islands of The Bahamas.
The couple and their daugh-
ter, Gina, will end their two-
week visit on June 14 and then
travel to their Bimini home in
July.


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to provide Abaco flights


AN on-demand charter com-
pany based in Florida has expand-
ed its services to provide sched-
uled flights to the Marsh Harbour
International Airport in Abaco.
Craig Air Center one of two
fixed-base operators at Craig Air-
port in Jacksonville will offer
round-trip flights to Marsh Har-
bour from Jacksonville Interna-
tional Airport on Fridays and
Sunday, and from St Augustine-
St Johns County Airport on
Thursday and Mondays, the air-
line's general manager Morgan


Miller said in a press statement.
The inaugural flights are sched-
uled to take off on June 12 from
St Augustine and on June 13 from
Jacksonville. The company will
use a 19-passenger Beechcraft tur-
boprop plane, which can make
the trip in about 85 minutes. Mr
Miller said that Craig Air Center
believes there is sufficient demand
to support such a service based
on feedback from customers.
The base round-trip fare is
$500. Tickets can be bought by
telephone and the company is


changing its web site to handle
ticketing also.
Flights will depart from Jack-
sonville at 8.30 am and return at
4.30pm on Fridays and Sundays.
Flights will depart St Augus-
tine-St Johns at 11.30am and
return at 4.45pm on Thursdays
and Mondays.
The general manager said there
may be variations to the basic
schedule from time to time, but
that they would be posted in
advance on the company's web
site www.craigaircenter.com.


THE As One Foundation, started by Bahamas
native and National Football League (NFL) Football
Player Devard Darling, today announced the third
annual Devard Darling Football Camp, taking place
at the Freeport Rugby Football Club on Settlers
Way, July 7th and 8th.
The goal of the As One Foundation, started in
2007, is to provide underprivileged youth both
nationally and internationally with more educa-
tional and developmental opportunities through
athletic endeavours, educational programming and
spiritual enrichment. Specifically, the Devard Dar-
ling Football Camp strives to encourage young
Bahamians ages 11 to 16 to pursue their athletic
dreams in American Football.
"We strive to make a difference in the lives of
each of the young people who attend our camps
and help them realize that their dreams are possi-
ble," said Devard Darling, Kansas City Chiefs Wide
Receiver and Founder of As One Foundation. "Last
year, we were able to attract over 150 participants to
our camp and with the best U.S. football coaches,
highly recognizable NFL Football Players, and the
backing of the local community, we expect this year
to be even more successful."
This year's camp will feature a new two-day for-
mat, and will be held from 8am to 4.30pm on Mon-
day, July 7th and Tuesday, July 8th. All participants
will receive free gifts and equipment, instruction by
some of the best U.S and local football coaches in
the game and an once-in-a-lifetime experience to
meet and receive autographs from NFL Players.
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and coach of Freeport's own Rico Forbes, Defensive
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parent will receive a fully paid trip to Kansas City,
Missouri during the 2008 NFL season to spend the
weekend with Devard Darling and his family. The
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Rico has gone, and so too has
over 40 per cent of the American
Eagle flights within the region.
The crisis worsened as other US
airlines followed American's lead.
United Airlines and Continental
announced reductions as have the
new Low Cost Carriers including
Spirit which has major operations
throughout the Caribbean.
To try to deal with the crisis,
Caribbean Tourism Ministers set
up four committees to develop
specific plans: on regional hub
airports; on revenue guarantees
for the airlines; on marketing; and
finally on the regional carriers -
specifically the way forward for
the government owned
Caribbean airlines. These plans
are to be discussed at a meeting in
Washington on June 21 and the
"crisis" is on the agenda of the
CARICOM Heads of Govern-
ment when they meet in July in
Antigua.
There is nothing that govern-
ments can do about the price of
oil except pray that it won't
increase even further. They can
look at regional hub airports to
improve flight schedule connec-
tions and they can improve their
tourism marketing efforts. On the
latter point, they will have to
determine whether they can
afford to continue subsidizing
flights by international carriers
into their airports a practice to
which they succumbed and which
the carriers now regard as a norm.
So what can be done with the
regionally based airlines? Year
after year, their government own-
ers and the taxpayers of the
Caribbean spend huge amounts
of money making up for their
losses.
Air Jamaica last year lost
US$171 million after losing
US$128 million in 2006 and
US$132 million in 2005. In its 40-
year history Air Jamaica has nev-
er made a profit. Earlier this year,
with the price of oil under
US$100 per barrel the official
forecast was a loss similar to last
year's, but with the oil price now
at US$130, that dream has evap-
orated.
In the case of Caribbean Air-
lines the government of Trinidad
and Tobago spent US$250 mil-
lion to close down BWIA, an
additional US$100 million to set
up Caribbean Airlines (on a
scaled down basis with no Euro-
pean service; and a further US$25


million to acquire Tobago
Express. The CEO of Caribbean
Airlines was quoted in January
of this year (when oil was at US$
80 per barrel) as saying that the
airline would break even this year
and make a small profit in 2009.
At US$130 per barrel for oil, that
forecast is also a pipedream.
LIAT received a US$ 16 mil-
lion bail out in 2006 and a fur-
ther US$60 million last year to
take over Caribbean Star giving
it a monopoly within the Eastern
Caribbean. It radically increased
fares, dramatically reducing intra
regional business and leisure trav-
el to howls of outrage from the
Caribbean people and the
tourism industry. LIAT's offi-
cials were speaking cautiously of
breaking even this year (again
when oil was at US$80 per bar-
rel). With a barrel of oil at
US$130, LIAT too will be looking
at a major loss to add to the
losses in each of the past 25 years
or more.

Strategies
Caribbean governments that
own these three airlines have
tried with different managements,
different business strategies, and
different ownership structures to
find a solution to consistent, large
losses stretching back half a cen-
tury. The one solution that has
been shunted aside by govern-
ments, even though it has been
recommended by experts time
and again, is a regional airline
comprising all three existing air-
lines. The most recent proposal
was made in 2005. The airline
would have one head office
instead of three, one ticket
counter at each airport instead of
three, greater economies of scale,
more bargaining power on terms
Sof purchases, and a larger net-
work to provide better utilization
of their aircraft.
The World Bank suggests that
if the government-owned
Caribbean airlines are not prof-
itable, they should be shut down.
The Bank argues that the
demand, if profitable, will be met
by non-regionally based airlines.
This has been the case in the
Dominican Republic which has
no national airline and the
Bahamas whose national airline
has Florida as its only interna-
tional destination.
The Jamaican government has
asked the World Bank to help


restructure and divest (if possi-
ble) Air Jamaica. This will prob-
ably be unsuccessful at this par-
ticular time as investors are scarce
for profitable airlines let alone
ones that have a consistent 40
year record of unprofitability.
But, the World Bank has a
mandate to promote regionaliza-
tion. It also has capital and access
to expertise that could create one
viable regional airline from those
that now exist.
The CARICOM Heads of
Government at their July meeting
should request the World Bank to
use its expertise to develop a
viable regional airline solution
and to put its capital behind that
solution to make it happen. The
objective should be a private sec-
tor regional airline, owned by
regional investors, responsive to
market demand and operating on
a c Immercial basis with the goal
of long term self sustaining prof-
itability and, where requested,
providing government-subsidized
service on non commercial but
'essential service' routes.
An" Airlines of the
Caribbean" could be the silver
lining in the cloud of oil at
US$130 per barrel that now hangs
darkly over the region's tourism
and transportation industries, and
the livelihood of its people. There
is need to put national pride aside
and to pursue a rational, regional
solution.


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boundaries were shifted arbi-
trarily without notice and polling
divisions unilaterally eliminated
without discussion or notice.
She said that Mr Collie failed
to publicly address the grave con-
cerns expressed by voters about
alleged procedural irregularities
under the guidance and oversight
of the minister in the local gov-
ernment elections.
"These concerns go to the
heart of the democratic process
and it was our hope that the Min-
ister would have seen the wis-
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PLP proceedings
these considerable concerns.
Instead he has remained silent
and appears intent on presiding
over elections in what are more
and more appearing to be ques-
tionable circumstances," Mrs
Hanna-Martin said.
Mrs Hanna-Martin maintains
that Mr Collie does not have the
legal authority to conduct elec-
tions in Bimini, Mangrove Cay,
Black Point, Harbour Island and
Inagua without regard to polling.
divisions.
"I have both personally spo-


ken and written to the minister to
urge him to abandon any such
course of action which, apart
from being unlawful, would go
contrary to the spirit and intend-
ment of the act and the underly-
ing principles of local govern-
ment and which would in fact
prove to be an embarrassment
to the democratic process.
"I urge the government to
oversee these Local Government
elections across this country in a
fair, lawful and transparent man-
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to one of the principal shareholders of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, Sir Jack Hayward, that the
government of the Bahamas cannot wait much
longer for them to settle their dispute and the gov-
ernment is willing to buy the Port Authority.
"We. cannot wait for an indefinite period for them
to settle their differences. The government of the
Bahamas is willing to buy the (Port Authority) and
get Grand Bahama moving again," said the prime
minister.
Mr Sears criticised these remarks and raised
questions surrounding possible donations to the
FNM 2007 election campaign from the Port Author-
ity owners.
"Mr Speaker, it is regrettable that the (prime
minister) departing from his prepared speech, yes-
terday (Wednesday) in this Honourable Parliament
threatened to expropriate the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and Port Group Limited if the share-
holders cannot settle the differences between them,"
said Mr Sears.
The member of parliament for Fort Charlotte
argued that the prime minister's earlier "reckless"


FROM page one
"I am being kept here simply
because I was a friend of Busta-
mante, who I did not know was a
drug trafficker. The Cubans have
offered no evidence against me."
Bustamante, a Colombian who
admits he has served five years in
the US for drug offences, is now
speaking out on Lewis's behalf,
urging the Bahamas government
to intercede on his behalf.
He told The Tribune that Lewis
was unaware of his (Bustaman-
te's) own drug dealings and had
visited Cuba for the sole purpose
of lending him $1,000.
Bustamante, who is now serving
life in Havana, even though he
maintains that he never dealt in
drugs while living in Cuba, said
he felt bad that Lewis was being
held only because of their associ-
ation.
"We have been held here for
six years and have been kid-
napped," he claimed, "We have
done no crime here, but the
Cubans want to make it political.
"Roberto was arrested only
because he was with me. I asked
this kid to bring $1,000 here to me,
and they gave him 25 years. I feel
we have been the victims of injus-
tice."
Bahamas ambassador Carlton
Wright has been informed of
Lewis's plight, but Lewis himself


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FNM asked to disclose
remarks amounted to judicial "interference" and
could weaken investor confidence in the country.
"First this threatened expropriation of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority amounts to an interference
in the judiciary, as this matter is presently before the
Supreme Court.
"Second has the (prime minister) taken into
account the damaging effects such reckless threats of
expropriation will have on foreign investors in the
Bahamas and attracting new foreign direct invest-
ment into the Bahamas?
"Third, has the (prime minister) taken any mea-
sure to protect the 7.5 per cent shareholding interest
of the Bahamian people in the Grand Bahama Port
Authority?"
"Fourth has the (prime minister) disclosed all
contributions and donations made by the principals
of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, its subsidiaries
and Hutchinson Whampoa to the Free National
Movement before the May, 2007 general elections
and thereafter, consistent with its commitment of
transparency and accountability?"


Bahamian in jail
claims his own government had
failed to act, telling him they were
powerless to interfere in Cuban
affairs.
Now Lewis is asking that he be
given similar treatment to Cubans
in the same predicament.
In Cuba, he said, locals serve
one-third of their sentence and are
then freed on licence.
He wants to be allowed to
return to the Bahamas as a free
man when his own jail term is one-
third through.
"I have been asking over and
over for the Bahamas government
to intervene on my behalf. I am
asking them to find out why I am
in prison, what evidence there is
against me.
"We have had no witnesses in
this case. We have had no conver-
sations about drugs, and we had
no drugs, yet the Cubans claimed
we were trying to organise a drug-
trafficking ring.
"I have been here six years, and
am being left to suffer. I am com-


pletely innocent of this charge. I
am in prison because this guy is a
smuggler and I happen to be his
friend.
"But when I first met him in
Nassau I didn't even know he was
a drug smuggler."
Lewis said he had been badly
treated by the Cubans. They had
deliberately deprived him of sleep
for seven months in an attempt to
get information out of him.
Also, he claimed the food was
awful, consisting of soya mixed
with "animal guts" boiled with
white rice. Once a month, he was
allowed a very small piece of
chicken.
"It is like Guantanamo. They
stop you from sleeping, leaving
the lights on and opening and
shutting the door. You can't lie
down until they tell you to."
Lewis's girlfriend, Indiana
Cartwright, who is now mother of
his child, visits him monthly, when
they are allowed time together.
She told The Tribune that Lewis
was "wasting away" and that
something must be done to reverse
an obvious injustice.


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Bahamians excited


by Obama's message
By TANEKA THOMPSON Struck by his humility and gen-
Tribune Staff Reporter uine nature, Ms Pratt believes Sen-
with additional information ator Obama is this generation's
by Ruben Shearer answer to civil rights leader Martin
and Tribune Staff Luther King Jr.
"I am not supporting Obama
AFTER a hard-fought battle because of his race; but I am sup-
that lasted 16 months, Senator porting him because of his values.
Hillary Clinton ended her bid to He is a politician with a real sense
become the first woman president of humility. He is this generation's
in the United States and Martin Luther King Jr a man
announced her support for with a real purpose.
African-American Democratic "We can focus on him being the
candidate Barack Obama. first African American to have a
Her concession at the National real chance to win the presidency,
Building Museum in Washington but that is not what this election is
over the weekend gave way to the about. The 2008 presidential cam-
astounding possibility that for the paign will show the world who
first time in history, the United Americans really are at the core."
States could elect a black presi- Photographer Franklyn Fergu-
dent. son sees Barack Obama's historic
This possibility, coupled with candidacy as a culmination of sev-
Senator Obama's widespread eral key events that occurred in
appeal, has captivated American 1968.
voters as well as Bahamians excit- "1968 it was a very interesting
ed by his message of change. year for both black people in the
Nickara Pratt became an Oba- United States and the Bahamas.
ma supporter after hearing his 2004 In 1968 American women fought
motivational Democratic Conven- for equality (and) on April 10, 1968
tion Speech in Macomb, Illinois the PLP won the government
when she was a student of Western (without the aid of the Labour Par-
Illinois University. ty). That same year Martin Luther

Positive drug tests
FROM page one
months of his or her remission time back." The report indicates that 105
warnings were issued and remission time taken back in 83 cases.
Last year, the report also indicates that the prison housed children and
the elderly. Seven children between the ages of 12 and 14 were incar-
cerated; 408 people between 15 and 20; 773 people who were 21 to 29; 633
people aged 30 to 40; 313 people 41 to 50; and 83 older inmates aged 51
to 70 were incarcerated.
There were 2,379 Bahamians out of the number of people incarcerat-
ed in total prison population. This national group was followed by Hait-
ian-Bahamians (62); Haitians (50) and others (39); Americans (9). There
was also one Briton, African, Canadian, Dominican, Mexican and Puer-
to Rican, among those in prison. Nine of these foreign nationals were
handed over to the department of immigration for deportation.


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King Jr visited Bimini where he
wrote his 'I have a dream' speech.
Also that year Robert Kennedy
was assassinated, on June 5, 1968.
"When I used to visit the US as
a little boy there used to be a sign
up in certain places saying no
blacks, no dogs and no Jews and to
see that today that a person like
Barack who may have been a little
boy then when these things were
happening ascend to this level it
is encouraging. So when Barak
Obama threw his hat in (the race),
I knew right away I would support
him."
Although Bahamians will not
be able to cast a ballot for Mr Oba-
ma in November, many will feel a
kinship to the first candidate of
colour with the power to unite a
nation.
"I think.that from this race,
Americans will be united, and it


will change the perspective peo-
ple have of black folks," enter-
tainer Randy Deveaux told The
Tribune.
He added that he likes seeing
people of colour make it on top,
because "black leaders look out
for the blacks."
Sidney Darling feared that as a
black male-in America, Senator
Obama would be assassinated by
radicals.
"At first, I was afraid for Oba-
ma, because in 1968 when Martin
Luther King Jr was killed, I was
living in Washington. After that
I really thought that no black per-
son would've been successful mak-
ing it in American politics."
Now he predicts, that Senator
Obama will take it all.
"I feel he's going to do the right
thing, listening to his debates, I
think he's on the right track."


Woman's body found
FROM page one
He was taken to the hospital where he is listed in serious con-
dition.
New Providence recorded another traffic fatality-when a 28-
year-old man died after being hit by a truck.
At 4 am Saturday a man was travelling on East Street south in
the area of Calvary Deliverance Church in a Ford F250 truck
when he saw a group of people in the street.
He swerved to avoid the group, but struck two men in the
process.
One man died not long after arriving at the hospital while
the other is in stable condition.
The name of the deceased was not released up to press time
as his family had not yet been identified.




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* By NATARIO McKENZIE
TWO men charged in last week's hold-up
of a Super Wash Laundromat appeared in a
magistrate's court on Thursday morning.
Desmond Wilson, 22, of Ragged Island Street
and Cruz White, 19, of Arundel Street
appeared before Magistrate Linda Virgill at
Court 9, Nassau Street, on charges of conspir-
acy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery,
possession of a prohibited weapon and receiv-
ing.
According to court dockets, the two accused
on Tuesday, June 2, while armed with a black
flare gun, robbed Angela Pinder of $815.65 -
the property of Super Wash.
The two accused were also charged with pos-
session of a prohibited weapon a fiai e gun.
Court dockets also state that the accused on
Tuesday, June 2, conspired to commit the
offence of armed robbery.


The two accused were also charged with
receiving $210 in cash, also the property of
Super Wash.
Wilson and White were not represented by
legal counsel.
Magistrate Virgill informed the men that
although they could have elected to be tried in
a Magistrate's Court or the Supreme Court on
the charges of possession of a prohibited
weapon and conspiracy to commit armed rob-
bery, because all of the charges were joined
on one docket, they no longer had that option I
Wilson and White were remanded to Hi
Majesty's Prison.
The case was adjourned to July 1 when'
status hearing will take place.
At that time the prosecution is expected i
indicate whether it intends to proceed witht
Voluntary Bill of Indictment in the matter i
way of a preliminary inquiry.


Man charged with cocaine possession
A 30-year-old man of Ridge- June 4, was found in possession not guilty to the charge, but w
land Park West was last week of five and a half ounces of denied bail as he was alrea
arraigned in the Magistrate's cocaine with the intent to sup- on bail in relation to a simi]
Court on a cocaine possession ply. offence.
charge. Sands, who appeared before The case has been adjourn
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names new officials


THE Potter's Cay
Fish, Fruit and Veg-
etable Association
has announced the
names of its associa-
tion's newly elected
officials. Since the
first results from the
Association's elec-


tions were contested
last December, new
officials have now
been elected.
Matthew Rolle
was elected presi-
dent"Danny Scott
was chosen as vice-
president; Dwayne


Bastian was elect
as second vice-pre
dent; Oral Ambrc
was chosen as tre
surer; Antho
Heastie was elect
vice treasurer, a:
Tellis Curry was ct
sen as secretary.


Public forum on 'sanctity of


ASa pa oits gulae public
pres'eitatmiop|ny es of*urrent
social releviacei the School of ,
Social Sciences at the Ccllege of
the Bahamas will host a public
forum under the theme, "The
Sanctity of Life: Socio-Legal
Responses to Misadventures and
Unlawful Killings in The
Bahamas."
The event will take place
tonight, starting at 7pm, at the
Choices Restaurant dining room
at the Bahamas Tourism Train-
ing Centre on Thompson Boule-
vard. This public forum hopes to
give all Bahamians an opportuni-
ty to hear researched presenta-
tions on some of the pressing


issues embraced by the te|
sanctityy of life."
There will be presentations
homicide, euthanasia, aborti
and the death penalty. During
question and answer sessii
members of the public will be al
to state their concerns and a
their opinions.
Presenters on the pertine
and controversial topic inclu
college professors E'Theg
Symonette, Michael Stevensc
and Canon Kirkley Sands; lawy
Leandra Esfakis and legal counm
Keith Bell. This forum promise
to be extremely thought prove
ing and members of the pub
are urged to attend.


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* By REUBEN SHEARER
WITH the slow-down in the
global economy and fuel-pnices
on a steady rise, Tourism Min-
ister Neko Grant warned grad-
uates of the Bahamahost pro-
gramme that the success of the
Bahamian tourism product this
summer rests with the quality


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of service provided by the visitors are reluctant to travel his ministry sees this situation as
industry's employees, to the Caribbean in the coming an opportunity to showcase the
Mr Grant said that concerns months. He added that while Bahamas' advantages.
were raised last week at the people will still take vacations, "We will do what we can to
Caribbean Tourism Organisa- they are likely to travel to des- make the islands, of the
tion conference that due to a tinations closer to home. Bahamas and Grand Bahama
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destination," he said.
The minister made these
remarks in an address to the
graduates at their commence-
ment ceremony held at Our
Lucaya Resort in Freeport last
week.
This is the second graduating
class of the Bahamahost pro-
gramme for 2008.
The group is comprised of
participants from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force; the
PACE Centre; the SURE pro-
gramme; the Eight Mile Rock
and West End Community
Tourism Initiatives; Bahama-
sair, as well as former gradu-
ates who were re-certified.
Mr Grant urged the gradu-
ates to "raise the bar" through
their efforts in the country's
largest industry.
"We have taken hospitality
for granted for far too long.
These efforts will be in vain
unless we are able to deliver a
once-in-a-life-time experience
along with the world-class ser-
vice that I know we are capable
of," he said.
Patience
Mr Grant acknowledged that
providing quality tourism ser-
vice to visitors is not an easy
task, as it takes patience when
dealing with the difficult per-
sonalities of some visitors.
However, he emphasised that
it is important that industry
employees develop a good rap-
port with visitors to the
Bahamas, so that these visitors
will then recommend the coun-
try to others.
"News travels exceedingly
fast.
'"And with modern commu-
nication technologies, bad news
travels faster. .
"A message can be sent
around by almost anyone, in a
matter of seconds.
"We. don't want the highlight
of our visitors' vacations to be
the congested, polluted streets
or the harassing, loud, overly
aggressive vendors and rude
transportation providers, or
-street vagrants and hustlers
pushing illicit drugs," he said.
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"We have taken
hospitality for
granted for far
too long. These
efforts will be in
vain unless we
are able to
deliver a once-
in-a-lifetime
experience
along with the
world-class
service that I
know we are
capable of."


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gramme was instituted by the
Ministry of Tourism in 1978 to,
offer training to Bahamians
who work in the hospitality and
tourism industry.
SThe training programme
familiarises all participants wit6
current and accurate informa-
tion on the country's history,
geography,-civics, economics
culture, and the environment.
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Loggerhead

turtle returns

to the wild
THE wate features team
at Atlantis h ve successfully
helped return i a tortured
loggerhead t artle to the
wild. ,
Three months ago, the
turtle made 1 cal headlines
after having >een tortured
by its captor ; fishermen
looking to m ike a big sale.
The turtle pay on its back
for days on t e Montagu
Ramp upset ing many con-
cerned citiz ns who tried to
appeal to the fishermen to
either kill the turtle or let it
go.
After several days, some-
one purchased the animal
and turned it over to
Atlantis, wh ch has a repu-
tation for re cuing sick
marine animals, nursing
them back t health and
returning t m to their nat-
ural habitat.
In fact, v'ce president of
water feat res for the resort
Michelle u says, this is the
fifth logge head that they've
. rescued.

C serve
"Loggejheads are on the
'threatened' list and that's
because f our practices as
human beings. These ani-
mals hav been around for
thousands of years and it
would be a shame to have
them wiped out. So here at
Kerzne7y International we're
doing 6ur part to conserve
this species for future gener-
ations," she said. ?
Director of marine aquari-
um operations Dave Wert
says that when they got the
loggerhead, she was in real-
ly bad shape. "She had a
wound to the neck where
the local fishermen had
speared her. We treated the
wound and gave her antibi-
otics. At first she wasn't eat-
ing and was very lethargic
but within a few days she
showed signs of recovery
and was eating lots of squid
and sardines."
Mr Wert says they are
confident that the logger-
head is well enough to
return to her natural habi-
tat. And, so on Wednesday,
she was taken from the
Atlantis fish hospital by
boat to an area three miles
off the north side of Par-
adise Island.
It was there that the Log-
gerhead was hoisted off the
boat and back into the deep
blue sea.
Mr Wert said he is confi-
dent that she will survive
and believes that she hasn't
lost her ability to live in the
wild.
The water features team
tagged the turtle before
releasing her and said their
good-byes as she swam
around the boat before
heading out on her own.


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gramme has reached Chip-
pingham.
SStephen Turnquest, direc-
tor of the Bahamas Humane
Society (BHS), said that resi-
dents of the Chippingham
community can breathe a sigh
of relief, as the programme
will remain in Chippingham
for the month of June.
All persons who have un-
neutered dogs in Chipping-
ham are welcome to come
and have them spayed or
neutered at the shelter. There
will be walk-a-bouts through-
out the community by officers
from the Humane Society and
the Department of Agricul-
ture's K-9 control unit.
Inspector Percy Grant,
whose portfolio includes
humane education, said that
the spay and neuter pro-
gramme is also about educat-
ing the community on how to
be responsible animal own-
ers. :
Persons who do not want
their dogs can have them
removed by the Agriculture's


K-9 control unit.
This way, they will not be a
nuisance to their neighbours,
pedestrians or vehicular traf-
fic.
Mr Turnquest said there are
too many roaming dogs in
New Providence and the
problem is also becoming
common in the Family
Islands.
"People are just breeding
dogs and there is no market
for them, most of them end
up on our streets. We need
the government to seriously
look at and pass the new pro-
posed Animal Control and
Protection Act as soon as pos-
sible, so we can regulate and
control all the backyard dog
breeding in this country," he
said.
The Bahamas Humane
Society is asking for the pub-
lic's support and co-operation.
Mr Turnquest said dona-
tions towards this continuing
programme can be sent to the
Bahamas Humane Society P
O Box N-242 in care of "
Who Let The Dogs Out" spay
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Fighting trafficking in persons


* By US AMBASSADOR
NED L SIEGEL

N every country around
the world, including the
United States, there is evidence
of trafficking in human beings.
All countries face significant
challenges in fighting this affront
to human dignity. In. the
Bahamas, specific challenges
include identifying the scope of
the problem, enacting compre-
hensive anti-trafficking legisla-
tion, and providing greater assis-
tance to.potential victims. Train-
ing law enforcement and other
authorities, as well as non-gov-
ernmental actors, and raising
public awareness are areas
where progress already has been
made in the Bahamas.
In many other less fortunate
countries around the world,
however, the problems are
grave. Men, women, and chil-
dren are held in domestic servi-
tude, exploited for commercial
sex, forcibly recruited as child
soldiers, or abused in factories
and sweatshops. These forms of
human trafficking are, in fact,
modern-day slavery.
This year, America commem-
orates the bicentennial of the.
outlawing of the transatlantic
slave trade. The same lie which
underpinned the transatlantic
slave trade of the 18th and 19th
centuries, namely that some
people are less than human, is
the very lie that fuels human
trafficking.
Consider Nirmala Bonat, an
Indonesian maid who has relent-
lessly pursued justice in
Malaysian courts for nearly four
years since being brutally beaten
and burned on her breast with
an iron in 2004 by her Malaysian
employer, for which the employ-
er faces criminal charges.
Despite having to stay in Kuala
Lumpur sheltered by the
Indonesian Embassy to continue
with court proceedings and
being humiliated in court on
many occasions, she has stood
her ground, refusing to go home
and give up her case. In doing
so, she has become an inspira-
tion for abused trafficking vic-
tims worldwide seeking to claim
their rights.
Victims of sex and labour traf-
ficking include foreign nation-
als and US citizens, women and
men, and children and adults.
As reflected in current US law
and international standards, traf-
ficking in persons crimes do not
necessarily involve moving peo-
ple across borders. Trafficking
chiefly involves extreme
exploitation through force, fraud
or coercion, which can be both
physical and psychological.
Aye Aye Win is a perfect
example. A young Burmese
woman who dared to search for


work beyond her own tortured
country, together with some 800
Burmese migrants, many chil-
dren, Aye Aye was "placed" in
a shrimp farming and processing
factory. But it wasn't a job. It
was a prison camp.
When she was caught trying
to escape, she was dragged back
to the camp, refused food or
water, had her head shaved, and
was beaten. Beaten. Tortured.
Starved. Humiliated. Is this not
slavery?
Those who commit or facili-
tate the crime of trafficking in
persons-including fraudulent
recruiters, exploitative employ-
ers, and corrupt government
officials-must be held to
account. In the. last five years,
over 100 countries have passed
new laws or amended existing
law to toughen penalties for
human trafficking. Thousands
of criminals around the world
are now prosecuted when, just
five years ago, only a handful
wound up in jail.

Those people the traf-
fickers grossly exploit
and control-including men,
women, children, citizens,
migrants, and refugees-must
be accorded the same respect
for human rights and funda-
mental freedoms as is accorded
to all persons. Their dignity must
be respected and restored. One
of the central aims of US for-
eign policy-promoting democ-
racy and just governance-
depends on meeting these
imperatives. Our commitment
to building capacity and co-
operation between nations is
evidenced by $528 million in
international programmatic
assistance since 2001.
Human trafficking is a crime
that steals people's freedom and
dignity. On June 4 Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice released
our 8th annual Trafficking in
Persons Report to raise the lev-
el of awareness and to stimulate
action to address this crime. It is
an invaluable tool in drawing
the world's attention to the exis-
tence of modern-day slavery.
Millions more people are aware
of human trafficking as a result
of US efforts to publicize the
issue and warn potential vic-
tims.
This year's report highlights
the issue of demand, and the
role it plays in perpetuating the
phenomenon of trafficking. A
mirror must be held up to the
so-called "customers" of the


"sex industry" to realise how the
demand for commercial sex can
directly or indirectly fuel sex
trafficking. With respect to
labour trafficking, companies
can play an important role in


prevention by working to ensure
that the products they provide
for consumers are not derived
wholly or in part from forced
labour. Whether sugar cane pro-
duced with slave' labour in
Brazil, shrimp processed with
the forced labour of Burmese
migrants in Thailand, or appar-
el made in Jordan by migrant
workers under debt bondage,
consumers need to be aware of
the tainting of production chains
with this modern-day slavery.


As we continue to shed light
on emerging global trends for
trafficking in persons, we are
steadfast in support for coun-
tries including the Bahamas -
willing to partner with us in this
global fight.
Just as the transatlantic slave
trade was abolished many years
ago, so too can this form of
modern-day slavery be abol-
ished today. Let us remain com-
mitted to act as a voice for the
many voiceless victims of this


crime-the prostituted woman
or child, the exploited domestic
worker, the trapped agricultural
labourer.
Let us together restore the
human dignity of all those
affected by this dehumanizing
and horrific crime. Let us
together work to prevent traf-
ficking in persons, protect vic-
tims, and prosecute perpetra-
tors, whether in the US, the
Bahamas, or the wider
Caribbean region.


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RULING party militants prevented the opposition from holding
a rally in a Harare suburb Sunday, while police attacked support-
ers in Bulawayo and stopped them from putting up election cam-
paign posters, party officials said, according to Associated Press.
However, two other gatherings went ahead as planned in Harare
despite militants threatening and intimidating supporters at the
venue, Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Nelson
Chamisa said.
"The people are so strong and so courageous. It was very suc-
cessful," he said.
A court had struck down an indefinite police ban on opposition
rallies Saturday.
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai
faces off against President Robert Mugabe in a runoff set for June
27. Tsvangirai won the most votes in the first round in March, but
not enough to avoid a runoff.
Independent human rights groups say opposition supporters
have been beaten and killed by government and ruling party thugs
to ensure the 84-year-old Mugabe, in power since independence
from Britain in 1980, wins the second round.
The opposition says at least 60 of its supporters have been slain
in the past two months. Tsvangirai, who has been the target of at
least three assassination attempts, left Zimbabwe after the March
vote but returned in late May to campaign for the runoff.
On Sunday, Tsvangirai was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second
largest city, and also made a surprise visit to a small rally in Kwek-
we, where he urged supporters to go and vote, the party said in a
statement.
"The people have already won. The coming election would only
reaffirm this victory," Tsvangirai said. "Zimbabweans would
resoundingly defeat the regime and begin a new life with hope of
a better Zimbabwe."
In Bulawayo, the opposition said that police attacked supporters
and prevented them from putting up election campaign posters.
A team of four party members was putting up posters when
they were confronted by police and other security forces who told
them that "it was Mugabe's country and only Mugabe could put
posters on street poles and the MDC would not be allowed," the
opposition said in a statement.
The team continued on to the railway station, but were followed
by police in riot gear and on bicycles. The police assaulted the
MDC members with baton sticks; one person suffered a broken leg
and was admitted to a hospital, the party said.
Comment from the police was not immediately available.
Tsvangirai's spokesman, George Sibotshiwe, said Mugabe has
turned Zimbabwe into a police state.
"The regime is denying the people their fundamental rights in
order to steal the June 27 election and subvert the will of the Zim-
babwean people through widespread violence and killings, wanton
arrests and by closing political space for the MDC to campaign," he
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U.S. SECRETARY of Energy Samuel Bodman, right, speaks as Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and
Industry, Akira Amari listens during a press conference in Aomori northern Japan, Saturday, June 7, 2008.
Nations should fight rising oil prices by cutting subsidies and vastly increasing investment in energy, while
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SFACED with record-high oil
prices, the world's leading
economies and oil consumers
Sunday pledged greater invest-
ment in energy efficiency and
green technologies to control
their spiraling thirst for petro-
leum, according to Associated
Press.
In a joint statement, energy
ministers from the Group of
Eight countries, joined by Chi-
na, India and South Korea,
also urged oil producers to
boost output, which has stalled
at about 85 million barrels a
day since 2005, and called for
cooperation between buyers
and producers.
But with little prospect for
a surge in production anytime
soon, the focus of Sunday's
meeting was on what wealthy
nations should do to rein in
consumption, while reducing
carbon emissions blamed for
global warming.
"We also have to address too
the demand side of the equa-
tion," said John Hutton,
Britain's business secretary.
"We will do that through new
measures to improve energy
efficiency (and) accelerate our
moves to a new, low-carbon
form of energy generation."
The 11 nations, which
account for 65 percent of the
world's energy consumption,
grappled with oil prices that
have hit record highs. Prices
made a massive 8 percent gain
Friday to $138.54 on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
Energy experts say most pro-
ducers have little ability to
expand output. The exception
is Saudi Arabia, which is pro-
ducing about 9.4 million barrels
a day and has the ability to
increase by about 2 million bar-
rels a day, but has not done so.
The current president of the
Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries, Chakib
Khelil, has said that the cartel
will make no new decision on
production levels until its Sept.
9 meeting in Vienna.
While the nations meeting
on Sunday did not pledge spe-
cific amounts of money, they
said they would set goals in line
with International Energy
Agency recommendations for
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For instance, the G-8 coun-
tries the United States,
Japan, Russia, Germany,
France, Britain, Italy and
Canada pledged to launch
20 demonstration projects by
2010 on so-called "carbon cap-
ture and storage," which would
allow power plants to catch
emissions and inject them into
underground storage spaces.
While that technology is still
in its infancy, proponents say it
could eventually allow the
expanded exploitation of the
world's abundant supply of
cheap coal without polluting
the environment and speeding
global warming.
There were clear rifts, how-
ever, on how to approach
another technology promoted
by some as an answer to oil
dependence: nuclear energy.

Assurances
The carefully worded joint
statement called for assurances
on safety and security of
nuclear materials, but several
nations the United States,
Canada and Britain said
they were determined to build
new reactors. Japan also has
ambitious nuclear goals.
The IEA, in a report issued
last week, estimated the world
would have to construct 32
new nuclear power plants each
year from now until 2050 as
part of an effort to cut global
greenhouse gas emissions by
50 percent.
"I don't think it's an unrea-
sonable forecast or estimate,"
U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel
Bodman said of the IEA study.
"I think we're really on the
verge of a very substantial
increase in the number of
nuclear power plants."
Germany, however, said it
had no plans to join the effort.
Jochen Homann, Germany's
economics minister, said Berlin


had not changed its decision
to phase out the use of nuclear
power.
The ministers met amid ris-
ing concerns that soaring oil
prices could trigger global eco-
nomic troubles.
Fanning such fears, both
Japan and the United States
have announced higher unem-
ployment rates in recent
weeks.
"The situation regarding
energy prices is becoming
extremely challenging,"
warned Akira Amari, Japan's
trade and energy minister. "If
left unaddressed, it may well
cause a recession in the global
economy."
The Sunday meeting fol-
lowed a statement from five
top energy consumers the
U.S., Japan, China, India and
South Korea that warned
high prices were A menace to
the world economy and more
petroleum should be produced.
They argued the unprecedent-
ed prices were against the
interests of both producers and
consumers, and imposed a
"heavy burden" on develop-
ing countries.
The group, however,
diverged over oil subsidies. The
IEA has estimated that oil sub-
sidies in China, India and the
Middle East totaled about $55
billion in 2007.
The United States urged
countries such as China to low-
er oil supports, which buoy
demand, while poorer devel-
oping nations said removing
subsidies could trigger politi-
cal and economic unrest.
Even wealthier nations feel
the need to shield consumers
from skyrocketing prices.
South Korea on Sunday
unveiled a $10.3 billion plan to
help ease the burden of high
oil prices on low-income con-
sumers and self-owned busi-
nesses.


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FIRE swept through the historic Texas Governor's Mansion
early Sunday, causing damage that state officials described as "bor-
dering on catastrophic."
No one was inside the 150-year-old mansion at the time, said
Robert Black, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, according to
Associated Press.
The mansion had been undergoing a $10 million renovation,
and Perry and his wife, Anita, had moved out last fall.
The two-story mansion, home of every Texas governor since
1856, was blackened, the white columns at the front of the home
were charred, and officials said parts of the roof had collapsed.
About 100 firefighters were sent to the four-alarm blaze, Fire
Department spokeswoman Dawn Clopton said. Small hot spots
were still being extinguished more than five hours later.
The cause had not been determined.
"It is bordering on catastrophic," said Allison Castle, a Perry
Spokeswoman.
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* HOUSTON
TWO ASTRONAUTS
floated outside the interna-
tional space station Sunday
to tackle a variety of main-
tenance tasks during the
final spacewalk of the space
shuttle Discovery's visit to
the orbiting outpost, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The first and primary task
for shuttle astronauts
Michael Fossum and Ronald
Garan Jr. was to replace an
empty nitrogen tank. Nitro-
gen gas is used to push
ammonia through the sta-
tion's main cooling system.

Outfitting
They also planned to do
some final outfitting of the
space station's new lab and,
if they have time, retrieve
debris from a solar wing's
rotating joint.
The spacewalk, the third
of the mission, began about
30 minutes ahead of sched-
ule.
During the nitrogen tank
replacement, Garan was set
to go on the ride of his life.
While holding the old tank,
he would be attached to the
end of the space station's
robotic arm and be swung
from one side of the com-
plex to the other. He will be
about 80 feet above the sta-
tion during the maneuver.
After getting the new tank,
he would be swung back so
he can install it.
"It's going to be an amaz-


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ing view when he's doing
that swing through. That's
quite a trip," said Emily
Nelson, a space station flight
director.
They were also set to
remove insulation from
wrist and elbow cameras of
the robotic arm of the space
station's newest room: a $1
billion Japanese lab named
Kibo.
Fossum was given an extra
task for the spacewalk, if
time permits: collecting sam-
ples of small amounts of
dust-like debris detected on
a solar wing rotating joint
on the space station's left
side.
Engineers will analyze the
debris to see if the material
can help them figure out
why a similar joint on the
right side of the station was
clogged with metal shavings.
That clogged joint on the
right side of the station has
been used only sparingly
since last fall, hampering
generation of electricity.
The joints enable the space
station's solar power arrays
to rotate and track the sun.
The left side joint is work-
ing normally and engineers
are trying to prevent it from
developing similar prob-
lems. Fossum said he was-
n't worried about the joint.
It "looks to be in pretty
darn good shape," he said.
The spacewalkers were
also going to reinstall a tele-
vision camera that had a
faulty power unit replaced.
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moved Kibo's robotic arm
for the first time, slightly
maneuvering two of its six
joints.
Full deployment of the 33-
foot arm will be done after
Discovery leaves the station
next week.
However, it won't be used
for any actual work until
after the launch into orbit
next year of the lab's third
and final section a
"porch" for exterior experi-
ments and a second,
smaller robotic arm.

Successful
Japanese Prime Minister
Yasuo Fukuda spoke to
Hoshide and Discovery
commander Mark Kelly and
congratulated them on
Kibo's successful installa-
tion.
Kibo, Japanese for hope,
was delivered by the shuttle
and installed on the space
station last week.
Also Saturday, several
thermal protective panels on
Discovery's right wing that
the astronauts had pho-
tographed because of some
slight pulses in their embed-
ded sensors were given the
"all clear," said flight direc-
tor Annette Hasbrook.
The wing sensors are one
of NASA's many safety
measures put in place after
Columbia was destroyed
during re-efitry in 2003 as a
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1 Group of wild pirates (7)
5 Game many take to (5)
8 One fond of the girls puts
damsel in a turmoil (6,3)
9 Note with which one gains
admittance (3)
10 Drinks up on-board (4)
12 Institutions providing out-
lets after study (8)
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before one of the younger
generation (6)
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splash (6)
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18 A word for schooldays (4)
21 A celebration that spells
trouble (3)
22 Wheelwrights representa-
tive (9)
24 The rate at which oceans
recede (5)
25 Prospect denied the intro-
vert (7)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutic
Across: 1 Cribbage, 5 Keep, 9 Eas
10 Inertia, 11 Upright piano,
13 Hedged, 14 Poteen, 17 Property
room, 20 Earache, 21 Elite, 22 Dust
23 Students.
Down: 1 Crew, 2 Insipid,
3 Belligerence, 4 Geisha, 6 Extra,
7 Platoons, 8 Keep your head,
12 Shepherd, 15 Emotion, 16 Streel
18 Ogres, 19 Hens.


Down
1 Skins spelt
differently (5)
2 I am in the way, so
removed (3)
3 Time to change article (4)
4 Sign of status? (6)
5 See 6 Down
6 and 5 Down: Having a far-
away look? (6,3,4,4)
7 A long wandering tale (7)
11 Work in precise fashion
with an optical device (9)


13 Even agitato passages
may be so written (8)
14 Timber producers of very
high standing (7)
16 Oriental wrapper for a
book Kipling wrote on love
(6)
19 European capital focuses
on boom in skiing (5)
20 A favourite around the turf
(4)
23 A thousand circular let-
ters? Thats low (3)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Bestride, 5 Blur, 9 Shred,
10 Nonstop, 11 Face the music,
13 Assets, 14 Aghast,
17 Discriminate, 20 Cure-all,
21 Blaze, 22 Prey, 23 Ethereal.
Down: 1 Busy, 2 Surpass,
3 Red-letter day, 4 Dinghy, 6 Lotus,
7 Rapacity, 8 Unimaginable,
12 Handicap, 15 Actuate,
16 Amulet, 18 Serge, 19 Deal.


Across
1 An infectious
fever (7)
5 To jeer (5)
8 Pedantic and
boring (3,2,4)
9 Large cask (3)
10 Onionlike vegetable
(4)
12 Terrible (8)
14 Actually (2,4)
15 Bequest (6)
17 Protection against
spying (8)
18 Notion (4)
21 Reverential
wonder (3)
22 Loud clamour (3,3,3)
24 Subsequent (5)
25 Questionable (7)


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4 Writhe (6)
5 Lying (8)
6 Beyond control
(3,2,4)
7 In the end (7)
11 Competent (9)
13 Very hot day (8)
14 To set up for
use (7)
16 Be present (6)
19 Immeasurably
deep
gulf (5)
20 Humiliating rebuff (4)
23 Cry of a dove (3)


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words in
the main
body of
Chambers
21st
Century
Dictionary
(1999
editloat.


Target.
HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
TO)AY'S TARGET
Good 12; very good 18; excellent
24 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION
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blown bole bolero bowel bowl
bowler elbow enrol lobe lobo
lone loner loon lore love lover
lower noble nobler novel oleo
OVERBLOWN role rowel vole
vowel wool


Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


Test Your Play


1. You are declarer v ith the West
hand at Four Hearts, an, North leads
the three of diamonds. South wins
with the ace and returns the deuce of
diamonds to your king Assuming
that the trumps are divided 2-2, how
would you play the hand ?
West East
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2. You are declarer \with the West
hand at Three Notrump. North leads
the six of spades, and you win
South's jack with the q een. How
would you play the hand'-
West .East
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1. To assure 10 trick,;, draw two
rounds of trump, ruff dummy's nine
of diamonds and lead aiiow club. If
North follows low, finess e the eight!
Even if South wins the ei ght with the
nine or ten, he must h2,nd you the
contract, whatever he ret urns.
Thus, a club return inlio dummy's
K-J would permit you to eventually
discard a spade from dummy on your


ace of clubs; a spade return would
establish dummy's king; and a dia-
mond return would allow you to ruff
in your hand and discard a spade
from dummy.
If North happens to produce the
nine or ten when you lead a low club
toward the K-J-8, you simply cover
with the jack to create the same
impregnable position.
2. The contract is certain if you
play correctly. All you have to do to
ensure a favorable outcome is to
cross to the king of hearts, lead the
queen of diamonds and finesse. If the
queen loses to the king, North cannot
return a spade or a heart without
handing you a trick, after which you
can guarantee 10 tricks by driving
out the ace of clubs. If he returns a
diamond or a club instead, you sim-
ply establish clubs to assure nine
tricks.
If the diamond finesse wins at trick
three, you abandon the suit and shift
your attention to clubs, forcing out
the ace. Again you are sure of at least
nine tricks.
If you were to lead a club at trick
two, which is tempting, you could
wind up with your arm in a sling.
South might win with the ace and
return a spade, and the contract
would then be up for grabs.


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THE Bahamas
International
Securities
Exchange
(BISX) today
will achieve
another "mile-
stone" when
Freeport Oil
Holdings
(FOCOL's).
$9.143 million preference shares
become its first active secondary


nicest srifs egnahcxE ary securities issue to statt tra ng to ay
* Facility to nicet market demand for more transparencytprice certainty and listing on regulated exchange
* BISX head says more to corne, including first bond listing, new thember and mutual fund listing


securities issue, as Bahamian
investors increasingly demand
transparency and price discov-
ery as pre-conditions for invest-.
ing.
Confirming the listing of
FOCOL's April 2008 Class B
preference share issue, Keith
Davies, BISXks chief executive,
said investors and fund man-


agers were increasingly
demanding that securities be
listed on the exchange as pre-
requisites for investing in them.
Apart from the enhanced
transparency arid price discov-
ery a BISX listing provided, Mr
Davies said it also created a
market for all types of sec-
ondary securities bonds, pref-


erence shares and new classes of
equity where investors could
actively trade them.
This, in turn, helped give
these securities a current mar-
ket value, enabling investors,
accountants and fund managers
to better value their preference
share holdings during audits and
balance sheet assessments.


"We've got our first listing on
the secondary issues facility,"
Mr Davies told The Tribune.
"We have the listing of the
FOCOL Class B preference
shares on the exchange. They've
chosen to.list their latest offer-

SEE page 5B


New car sales off 43 Specialist food retailer planning key expansion


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
NEW car sales are down 43
per cent year-on-year for May
2008, a senior auto industry
executive told The Tribune,
providing a further sign that the
economic downturn and soar-
ing living costs are taking there
toll on expensive, luxury goods
sales.
Rick Lowe, operations man-
ager at auto dealer Nassau
Motor Coripany, told The Tri-
bune that with just one dealer to
report, May 2008 sales year-on-
year amounted to only 57 per
cent of 2007's total industry per-


Bahamian auto industry hit
by declining 2008 trends
formance.
Then, he said, Bahamian auto
dealers sold more than 317 new
vehicles, but so far have sold
less than 200 for May 2008.
This fits into the declining
trend experienced since early
2008. While January sales were
flat to slightly up, February's
new car sales were off 24 per
cent; in March down 54 per
cent; and in April-(gaining a

SEE page 4B


* By NEIL HARTNELL *
Tribune Business Editor
A PREMIUM provider of specialist food
plans to move to expanded premises later
this year, part of a plan to separate retail.
operations from its catering business, which
has enjoyed 25 per cent and 15 per cent
sales growth in its general aviation and
yachting lines respectively.
Jeffrey Beckles, managing partner at
Gourmet Market, said the company was
exploring "a couple of options" for moving
from its existing base at Caves Village, the
western New Providence retail and office
complex, later in 2008.
Describing the project as "really in the
works", Mr Beckles told The Tribune: "Part
of that expansion includes the separation of
our total catering and retail sections. We
have outgrown the space [at wavess Village],
so we're looking to access more space for


* Gourmet Market targets 30-40 per cent in-flight catering expansion
* Business grown 25 per cent in 12 months, with yachting
catering up 15-17 per cent year-to-date


retail."
Gourmet Market currently employs 26
staff, having added between four to six
employees within the last year, and Mr
Beckles said that number would "grow a lit-
tie bit as well" by end-2008.
"On our immediate drawing board, we
are going to capitalise on our in-flight cater-
ing business for general aviation," Mr Beck-
les told The Tribune. "Our immediate plans
are to expand that by 30-40 per cent."
He added that Gourmet Market had seen
this arm of its catering business grow by 25
per cent in the past 12 months, and "we
see that continuing. That's been a huge
market for us".
G Oourtet Market only provides in-flight


catering services to private jets and aviation:
companies, not commercial flights.
Yet Mr Beckles, who owns Gourmeti
Market in partnership with Bahamas Waste!
chairman Peter Andrews, said the company
had also been experiencing similar success!
with its yacht catering business.
He said: "We are certainly doing a hefty:
business in yacht provisioning. Even in spite'
of rising fuel costs they continue to come.;
We're very strongly placed inrthat market toi
capitalise on it. The relationships we havei
been able to form have been fantastic.
"We've seen a 15-17 per cent increase in.

SEE page 6B


Albanyhopes to close real

estate sales in '30-45' days


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE $1.3 billion Albany pro-
ject's developers are hoping to
close their first real estate sales
"in the next 30-45 days" after
receiving subdivision approval
for the last Phase I section last
week.
Christopher Anand, Albany's
managing partner, told The Tri-
bune the developers had invest-
ed $100 million into the devel-
opment to date and hired more
than 150 Bahamians, with work
on the South-West Bay Street
road re-routing and marina site
clearance "well underway".


Developers invest more
than $100m to date, with
over 150 Bahamians
employed and contracts
signed with 20 Bahamian
construction firms

"We're beginning to crank
up," Mr Anand.said. "Where
we're at right now is that work
on the road is well under way,
and the marina site is cleared.

SEE page 7B


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
SUPREME Court Justice
Anita Allen will today hear an
application by the late Edward
St George's estate to rectify the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and Port Group Ltd
share registers, so that the
shares are placed directly into
its name and that of Sir Jack
Hayward, thus cutting com-
pletely through the existing cor-
porate ownership structure.
Arguing that the hearing's
outcome could be the "silver
bullet to settlement" of the bit-
ter GBPA ownership dispute,
in which Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham has threatened the
Government will intervene if it


is not resolved shortly, Fred
Smith, the St George estate's
attorney, said Justice Alien had
continued the injunction pre-
venting the Hayward family
trust's investment' vehicle,
Seashells Inivestments, from sell-
ing its GBPA stake to UK
banker Roddie Fleming.
On tomorrow's hearing, he
'added: "The estate is asking the
court to rectify the share regis-
ters of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, and to have the
shares in these companies be
issued directly to the estate and
Sir Jack for his 50 per cent. It is
the silver bullet to settling this
case."

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Currently, the St George
estate and the Hayward family
trust own the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd through a complex,
convoluted ownership structure.
Both companies are owned
directly by Cayman-domiciled
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC).
In turn, this entity is 50 per
cent owned by Frobisher Invest-
ments, a wholly-owned vehicle
for the Hayward family trust,
with the remaining 50 per cent
owned by Cayman-based Fidu-
ciary Management Services
(FMS).
FMS is the source of the own-
ership dispute. The Hayward
side is alleging that because
FMS is beneficially owned 50/50
by Sir Jack and the late Mr St
George, he owns half the 50 per
cent IDC stake it holds. Yet the
St George estate is alleging that


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FMS held its 50 per cent IDC
stake on trust for Mr St George,
and that its beneficial owner-
ship did not translate directly
into the assets it holds.
Some in the legal profession
are likely to query whether the
St George estate can alter the
share register without going to
the Cayman Islands legal sys-
tem, given that IDC and FMS
are both domiciled there. In
addition, the Cayman Islands
courts are unlikely to recognize
any ruling in the Bahamas
impacting IDC and FMS's asset
ownership.
Legal scholars are also likely
to be assessing the impact of
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's threat to intervene in the
Port ownership saga, which is
understood to have been con-
veyed to Sir Jack a week ago
today at a Nassau meeting.
Many observers believe that he
has given the principal players
between 30-60 days to resolve
their differences before the
Government moves to make
good on his threat to buy out
the two sides.
Whether he can, or will, is
still the subject of debate, with
Alfred Sears, the PLP MP for
Fort Charlotte (who is also
FMS's attorney) criticizing Mr
Ingraham for intervening.in: a
legal dispute and.sending a.chill-..
ing message to foreign investors.
Many GBPA licensees are also
likely to view the prospect of
government control in Freeport
with dread.
For its part, Fleming remains
determined to purchase the St
George estate's interest and
take over the GBPA, while an
'open offer' from the Hayward
family to buy out its former
business partner still stands.
In a statement, Geoffrey
Richards, who is working with
Mr Fleming on the project, said:
"We are determined to see this
matter through. We believe
strongly in the future of
Freeport and Grand Bahama .
We have a number of blue chip


partners who will assist as in
seriously lifting the game for all
concerned on the island.
"We have made a number of
offers to the St. George estate
and have behaved honorably in
all our meetings with them and
their advisors. We will continue
to seek to find a solution which
satisfies all of the members of
the St. George family. The liti-
gation is time-consuming, wear-
ing and bad for business and
the image of Freeport and
Grand Bahama."
It is understood that Mr
Ingraham may not be overly
keen on Fleming or the other
prospective GBPA purchaser,
Hong Kong conglomerate
Hutchison Whampoa, hence his
announcement last week.
Meanwhile, the St George
estate is objecting to a sugges-
tion by James Chapman, the
Cayman-based attorney for
IDC, that shareholders' and
Board meetings for Port Group
Ltd be arranged.
In a June 5, 2008, letter to
Carey Leonard, the GBPA's in-
house counsel, Mr Smith wrote:
"The only reason we can imag-
ine to create the apparent
urgency for these meetings
without proper notice was the
direction by Justice Allen J
Thursday, May 29,2008, to have
.a hearing on June 9, 2008,
regarding the Estate's applica-'
tion to rectify the registers of
GBPA and PGL to reflect the
Estate's 50 per cent interest.
"IDC.have refused to recog-
nise the St George estate as 50
per cent shareholders in IDC
despite a Supreme Court Ruling
by Senior Justice Anita Allen
on August 30,2007, and repe4t-
ed written requests.
"Therefore, the request to .
hold a shareholders meeting
with such unseemly haste is like-
ly to be yet another attempt to
exclude the St George interest
from exercising their rights as
a principal shareholder in ID@
Cayman dating back to its for-
mation in 1984."


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Bank opening





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Cat Island


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
BANK of the Bahamas Inter-
national has made history by
opening the first bank on Cat
Island, a move that aims to
empower island residents in
their financial affairs and assist
the island's economic sustain-
ability.
The bank's opening on
Thursday can be seen.as a
building block for the island's
economy, Philip Davis, the
island's MP said, noting that its
presence will certainly change
the culture of saving and invest-
ing on the island..
"The opening of this bank is
one more sign that Cat Island
has begun the long struggle
towards economic and com-
mercial viability. It is but one
more sign that many of the long
awaited basic services which we
have been asking for, for years,
are finally beginning to come
our way," Mr Davis said.
"This is a great day, and we
all share in the pride of this
milestone, something that
Cat Island has been waiting
for for a long time."
Mr Davis noted that the
bank's presence will signifi-
cantly change the island's cul-
ture by inspiring residents to
invest in savings, rather than
the old practice of hiding mon-
ey in their homes, under mat-
tresses or under rocks.
"Having this banking facility
will now make a world of dif-
ference to the people of Cat
Island," the MP said.
He explained that before this
opening,, Cat Island residents


had to travel to Nassau to per-
form even the most.basic trans-
actions, such as sending or
receiving money, cashing
cheques or, in the case of civil
servants, cashing their pay
cheques. Government
offices'business transactions
were also difficult to perform.
"Not having a banking facili-
ty meant that the culture and
habit of savings became diffi-
cult. It is not mere humour
when we speak about persons
keeping their savings in mat-
tress or under rocks. It is real;
there was just no place to put
your money," Mr Davis said.
Now, he'said residents will be
able to apply for loans to
expand or start a business, pur-
chase vehicles or supplies and to


gain mortgages.
Mr Davis told bank officials
that as economic opportunities
expand for residents, the
bank will experience new
business and solid growth.
"I believe that Cat Island is
on the rebound, and for the
bank, this is a golden opportu-
nity to be in on the ground
floor," he added.
Paul McWeeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's man-
aging director, said the bank
was excited to be a major part
of the growth and development
of the island. He explained that
the bank first investigated the
potential of the-island way back
in 1987, but it took several years
before their economic evalua-
tions justified the risks to share-
holders.
He said the bank balances the
responsibility of serving as
many communities as possible
with financial prudence for its
shareholders.
"In the case of Cat Island, I
think that we will be able to sat-
isfy both roles and that the.pres-
ence of Bank of the Bahamas
will help the island develop,
serving a national as well as
local goal," Mr McWeeney said.
The Cat Island branch is a
3,325 square foot facility locat-
ed in the Neighborhood Shop-
ping Centre on Queen's High-
way. At present there are six
employees (all native
Cat Islanders), who are led
by veteran banker Elma Bain.
She was previously the assistant
manager of the Thompson
Bouelvard Branch.
This is the bank's 12th
branch, and opens on the heels
of the Bank's historic Miami
opening in March..:.


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This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

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Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are eligible for
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Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through
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This Is To Advise The Public That
In Accordance To The Fourth Schedule Section 18(1)
Of The Industrial Relations Act


The Industrial Tribunal Of The Bahamas
Northern Region Will Conduct Hearings
In Abaco From Monday 16th June Through Friday
20th June, 2008 At Marsh Harbour Court House
As Follows:


Presiding: Mrs Jethlyn A. Burrows,
Vice President



CASE DATE DAY TIME

Sarah Swain V Abaco Markets 16 June, 2008 Monday 9:30 A.M.
(DBA) Bellevue Business Depot

Kevin Jones V Ricardo Arnold 16 June, 2008 Monday 2:30 P.M.

Henry Williams V Abaco 17 June, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 A.M.
Hardware

David Bienamie V Abaco 17 June, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 A.M.
Hardware

Leroy Davis V Bahamas Hot 17 June, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 A.M.
Mix

Vernon Russell V Treasure Cay 18 June, 2008 Wednesday 9:30 A.M.
Beach Hotel & Resort

Debbie Jones V Colina 19 June, 2008 Thursday 9:30 A.M.
Imperial (Abaco)

Romando Fawkes V Bahamas 19 June, 2008 Thursday 2:00 P.M.
Hot Mix Co. Ltd.


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boost from the Car Show at the
Mall at Marathon), total new
car sales were only off 9 per
cent industry-wide.
Mr Lowe described new car
sales trends as "flat and declin-
ing", adding: "I think we've all
been bracing for it. The country
had eight to 10 good years of
growth, and it's a natural thing
to go through these cycles. It's
how the Government responds,
with-policies to increase invest-
ment and pay down the Nation-
al Debt, that matters."
Mr Lowe cited a number of
factors impacting new car sales,
including the ever-increasing
competition from the rising
number of used cars imported
into the Bahamas. These cheap-
er vehicles were especially
attractive at a:time when
Bahamians' disposable incomes


ier cent to


were being reduced through ris-
ing energy and food costs, cou-
pled with potentially shorter
work weeks in key industries
such as hotels and increasing
unemployment.
Other issues affecting the
industry, Mr Lowe said, were a
seeming reduction in credit
availability, where "the spigot
seems to have been turned off",
and the pricing of new vehicle
imports.
Increases
Increases in manufacturer
pricing and shipping costs
meant that some new car mod-
els, through their higher prices,
had been pushed into higher
customs duties brackets. "It has
certainly happened in our case
with one or two models," Mr
Lowe told The Tribune. "We
have suggested, although not
formally in the last couple of
years, that the bands be adjust-


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Ninth Annual Public Service Week. The
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ed for inflation.
"When you have an increase
in prices, it always takes con-
sumers a while to adjust. When
a deposit, which previously used
to be $5,000, goes up to $7,000,
people have to save up more
for the downpayment. That
always takes a while."
Currently, the customs and
stamp duty brackets are 45 per
cent plus 7 per cent respective-
ly for vehicles valued at
between $0-$9,999; 50 per cent
plus 7 per cent for those
between $10,000-$19,999; 65 per
cent and 7 per cent for vehicles
valued at between $20,000-
$24,999; and 75 per cent plus 7
per cent for vehicles valued at
$25,000 and above.


May


"If the cost of living has risen
to the point where consumers
can't afford a new car any more,
they're going to look at used
cars," Mr Lowe told The Tri-
bune. Some consumers, though,
were wedded to new cars and
would always buy them.
Used
Increasing used car sales had
been "a growing trend for a
long time", Mr Lowe added, but
this imposed a different kind of
burden on the Bahamas, in
terms of rising amounts of
wrecked vehicles and the
increased taxes the Government
would demand to dispose of
them.


Established

company seeks

Talented and innovative marketing and
graphic arts candidate for entry level
position.

Good hours, good benefits.

This individual should possess:

Good work ethics,
A positive upbeat attitude,
Team player with leadership skills and
willingness to learn.

If this sounds like you

Please forward resume inclusive of contacts
to the following email for review
marketingtalentwanted@yahoo.com

All submissions must be received by June
12th, 2008 for consideration.

Viable candidates will be contacted to
schedule interviews being conducted on
the 13th and 16th of June.


I II


New car sales off


UMEN


VICE PRINCIPAL



NEEDED
The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Bahamians for the position of
VICE PRINCIPAL of Bishop Michael Eldon School
beginning September 2008.
The applicant must have a Degree in Education from a
recognized University, with at least 5 years accumulative
experience. The applicant must also be computer literate.
Key job functions and responsibilities include:
- Assisting with staff supervision and evaluation
- Admissions and student orientation
- Scheduling (Timetables; examinations, invigilations)
- Assisting with discipline
- Assisting with supervision of academic programmes
- Assisting with Curriculum Development.
- Administration of School and External examinations
- Inventory
- Requisitions
Applicants should submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae,
copies of degree certificates, three references and passport
photographs to:
THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
ANGLICAN CENTRAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY
P.O. BOX N-656
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
The Deadline for Applications is
Friday, June 27th, 2008


THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4B, MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008
















FOCOL $9.1m pref issue


another BISX


'milestone'


FROM page 1B

ing. They were very keen to
press ahead with it, and.met all
the requirements. FOCOL were
very proactive, so the credit
rests with the company."
The BISX chief executive
added that it was relatively easy
for its primary issuers, such as
FOCOL, to meet the
exchange's requirements when
it came to secondary issues
because they were already sub-
ject to its rules and regulations.


Apart from broadening and
deepening the wider Bahamian
capital markets, Mr Davies said
of BISX's secondary securities
platform: "It will provide
investors with greater trans-
parency and price discovery."
He added that issuers would
benefit "for future fund rais-
ings", while investors would be
able to buy and sell secondary
securities issues much more eas-
ily.
Mr Davies said momentum
for the secondary securities list-
ings tier had come at the "urg-


Legal Notice
NOTICE

CORALIA INC.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) CORALIA INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced
on the 2nd June 2008 when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Lynden D.
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 4th day of June, 2008.

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company



Legal Notice

Notice

CORALIA INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East
Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole
Liquidator on or before the 23rd day of June, 2008. In default
thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidator.


Dated the 4th day of June, 2008


LYNDEN MAYCOCK
LIQUIDATOR


ing of many investors, as well
as fund managers. How do you
value these securities? We've
had many investment houses
and accountants provide differ-
ent valuations. How do you
determine which is correct? A
market-driven model can do
that.
"Investors want avenues o
transparency in these securities,
but they also want certainty in
value...... Accountants, rather
tl an guess the value of securi-
ties, can access the exchange's
facilities and put a value on the
investment."
Apart from the enhanced
price discovery, Mr Davies said
BISX's secondary listings tier
would also give additional com-
fort to potential investors solicit-
ed when preference shares and
corporate bonds were brought
to the market.
He explained: "Right now,
investors are telling persons
seeking capital that unless and
until they list the security, then
they can't invest with them.
They understand the trans-
parency and certainty a listing
brings."
Additional investor 'peace of
mind' came from BISX's regu-
latory oversight, and long-
standing relationship with the
Securities Commission. The
additional due diligence per-
formed by BISX on all its listed
issuers "provides an added lay-
er of protection" for Bahami-
an institutional and retail
investors, Mr Davies said.
FOCOL's listing is expected
to be the first of many on
BISX's secondary securities tier,
Mr Davies adding: "It is our
expectation that we will have
the first corporate bonds listed
on the exchange as well. There
are a number of others we are
speaking to."










lIGHTErr


This listings tier is also
designed to exploit what Mr
Davies believes is increasing
market demand for "alternative
investments", as listed issuers
seek to originate their own pri-
vate deals with select institu-
tional investors, or sell off some
stock-
"We see this as a growth sec-
tor in terms of the type of secu-
rities coming to the market-
place," Mr Davies said. "We see
an expansion in the future of
this type of security coming to
market."
Apart from additional sec-
ondary securities listings, the
BISX chief executive added
that he was also working on
"another potential fund listing,
with some very interesting fea-
tures" and a new broker/dealer
member.
FOCOL's $9.143 million pref-
erence shares will start trading
on BISX today under the sym-
bol 'FCLB'. The April 15 -
April 30 issue, intended to raise
$15 million for FOCOL, has
been left open to give CFAL
and Royal Fidelity Capital Mar-
kets extra time to place it, and
Sas additional shares are sold the
amount listed on BISX will be
:m erease'ad.iv' ,. ,*.:.*-
"It's another milestone," Mr
Davies said. "Any time we are
able to do this, it has an impact
on the market. Creating anoth-
er level of securities for people
to trade in benefits the capital
markets as a whole.
"If you add another type of
security, the capital markets
broaden, and with the value of
the new listing, it gets deeper."


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that VOLVICK DORMEUS of
PALM BEACH STREET, PO. BOX N-1072, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
9TH day of JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.



Major firm in the financial and legal services industry
invites applicants for the following positions:


LEGAL SECRETARY

Ideal candidate must have minimum five years
legal experience in Commercial and Litigation
areas; ability to draft legal and court documents;
knowledge of the litigation process, possess
excellent typing, shorthand and communications
skills; ability to multi-task and prioritize.

Professional qualifications or training would be an
asset.

LITIGATION PARALEGAL

Ideal candidate will be required to perform a full
range of litigation paralegal tasks from case
inception through discovery process, trial, post-
trial proceedings and case closure; ability to draft
pleadings and motions and research case law;
support supervising attorney in the preparation of
legal arguments and trial preparation.

Bachelor's degree in law and 3 years experience
preferred; must have knowledge of MS Office;
Westlaw and/or Lexis Nexis.

Compensation: commensurate with qualifications
and experience.

Reply in confidence to:vacancy50@gmail.com


,L 'Legendary Past... Glorious Future!'

Now accepting applications for teachers for September, 2008
for the following areas:


PRIMARY SCHOOL (Grades 1 -6)
Physical Education (including teaching Swimming )
Modern Languages (to teach French and Spanish) Special Needs
Music

HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 7- 12)
Biology, Mathematics,


Application forms are available from the Human Resources Office at the school or may be downloaded from
our award winning website ,::'." q-n~rlncfnrth rorri. The completed application, together with a covenng
letter, a statement of educational philosophy and a recent photograph must be sent to:
The Principal
Queen's College
P.O. Box N7127
Nassau, Bahamas
Or faxed to 242-393-3248, or emailed to dlynch@qchenceforthcom and should arrive no later than
June 13, 2008 Candidates short-listed will be contacted by telephone, fax or email for an interview.

QIJnr's COLLE.cI
P.O Box N-712'
Nassau, Bahama
Tel- (242)393.1666i.'393-21533 -2646 @ Fax: (242)393-3241
Htbstll. www.qclienceroithom EnisiL queensijgqchncefunhC.onm


KINGS REALTY

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

King's Realty Limited is in search of a select individual to join our team.

SUMMARY:

Successful candidates will be innovative drinkers and have the ability to "Titnl: outside the box"
you will also need to demonstrate excellentoommunication skills, proven leadership abilities and
previous construction management skills is a must. Candidate must brig strong :.**nia'ornal
skills and be able to manage multiple fastpaced projects at a time.

QUALIIRCATIONS

Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree
Proficiency in Microsoft software mainly Word, Exced and 'anlrliarily with Project
Management software.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT NOT UMITEDTO

Prepar action Of bid packages, budgets, estimates and cost analysis as well as overseeing of
the purchase of the necessary materials
Manage proJects and ensure successful execution of work ar establish communication
procedures inldudirg the appropriate chain of command for all communications for
projects and set up an appropriate tracking system for necessary approvals
Establishmeeting procedures and timetabl-,
Ensure project documentation is accurate and coordinated
Provide updated pi cgr ess reports on projects
Oversee construction activities including coordination of Contractors
Conduct design : cor dlnatron meetings, pre-construction meetings, site inspectfons and
pinch I;st reerirN/coordination
Review all requests for information, charge requests, etc. and issue appropriate response

Interested persons should submit appl[ckarjon. in writing to P.O. Bcx N -10414, Nassau, Bahamas
Re: Construction Manager or via e-mail to baharas@kirgsrealty.comn


CRI IERIA FOR EMPLOYMENT

* A minimum of a Bachelors Degree from a
recognized university confirmed by a
certified copy of certificate
* A post graduate certificate in education or a
teaching certificate confirmed by a certified
copy of certificate
* 'i iilln 'rr.. *' support the school's
Accelerated Programme, including teaching
advanced courses such as Advanced
Placement and Advanced Subsidiary.
Experience in teaching advanced courses is
preferred
* Two professional references
* Successful applicants will be expected to
make a commitment to work in hanrmony
with Christian principles and to support the
emphases of the Bahamas Conference of
The Methodist Church of which the school
is a part.


Q01EEA'S CO L EGE...

* Is the oldest private school in The Bahamas
* Ensures a seamless continuity of education
and a strong sense of community
* OfTers a rich curriculum
* Is stafTed by a talented and dedicated
teaching staff
* Is a place where excellence is respected and
pursued, where teaching and learning are
innovative and where caring for others is
intrinsic
* OtTers a competitive benefits package,
including gratuity, pension, health and
dental insurance, discount on children's
tuition
* Queen's College was established in Nassau
in i18o by Thne Methodist Church and is a
member of The International Association of
Methodist Schools, Colleges and
Universities (IAMSCU)


MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE









PUMA U 9H IB


Specialist food retailer




planning key expansion


:NM
ST -'Tm


Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)


CONQUEST INTERNATIONAL LIMITED


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000), CONQUEST INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED has been dissolved and struck off the Register
according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 21st day of May, 2008.

SGG Services Generaux de Gestlon (Suisse) S.A.
Rue de I'Arquebuse 7,
1204 Geneva,
Switerland
Liquidator



Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

CONE MANAGEMENT LIMITED
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), CONE MANAGEMENT LIMITED is in Dissolu-
tion."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 19th day of
May, 2008.
JUSTINE MARY WILKINSON
1st Floor, 17 Bond Street
St. Helier, Jersey
Channels Islands,
JE2 3NP
Liquidator



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/equ/ 1436
Equity Division


IN THE MATTER OF all that piece parcel or
lot of land situate on the Southeastern corner of Union Village
and Wulff Road in the EasternDistrict of the Island of
New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas being 9,424 sq.ft

AND

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Betty Strachan


considering all the challenges
yachts are facing these days."
The final strand to Gourmet
Market's catering business is its
Home Catering Department,
something Mr Beckles said had
also been targeted for expan-
sion, given the "great need" to
provide such a service,
"It's picking up," Mr Beck-
les said of home catering.
"We've seen some incremental
increases in that this year alone.
That's catching on with our res-
idents. In Europe they do a lot
of that, and in high-end mar-
kets in the US and Canada."


Gourmet Market was initial-
ly formed in 2003 to target a
specialist, high-end market and
provide premium quality food
brands to discerning, health-
conscious consumers. But Mr
Beckles, who came on board in
2006, said that "in the last year,
the dynamics and demographics
have changed in respect of
dietary needs".
As a result, the company's
consumer market had broad-
ened beyond its initial high-end
and expatriate focus to encom-
pass a growing army of Bahami-
ans from all walks of life, inter-


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, NICHOLAS SANCARAS
PIERRE of Avacado Street off Pinewood Gardens, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to NICHOLAS SANCARAS
P. LARAMORE. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

KINGS BROWN CORP. LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) KINGS BROWN CORP. LIMITED is in voluntary
Dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 28th May, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. of Road Town, Tortola, British
Virgin Islands

Dated this 6th day of June, A.D. 2008


Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator


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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that TELUCIA DORMEUS of
PALM BEACH STREET, P.O. BOX N-1072, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is. applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
9TH day of JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ROTNEL RENA of INFANT
VIEW ROAD, P.O. BOX GT-2557, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of
JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


ested in eating healthy, premi-
um quality, foods.
"Bahamians are becoming
more conscious of the quality
of food we are eating, and we
are finding our demographics
are expanding to ordinary
Bahamians, who are coming to
the store looking for organic,
home-grown food," Mr Beck-
les added.
Gourmet Market was look-
ing to further cement its repu-
tation as a known supplier of
premium, gourmet and special-
ist foods,.and planned to add
an Everyday Kosher section
and Glutton-free food section
in its retail store next month.
German and Dutch food sec-
tions were also planned.
Dairy and meat are being tar-
geted for premium distribution,
with specialist flour, pasta and
sugar-free candies also part of
its product range. "Confec-
tionaries are a huge, huge hit,"
Mr Beckles added.
Gourmet Market had also
signed up for membership of
the Certified Angus Beef Pro-


gramme, and planned to hire a
Sous Chef, in addition to
expanding its space and product
capacity.
"We're looking at ways to
maximise the square footage in
the store, improve our retail
offering," Mr Beckles said.
"Now that we understand the
food trends and needs of our
client base, we are finding we
can expand the space where we
arc, and offer more food choic-
es.
"We've been pleased with the
way we've been operating over
the last 18 months. We continue
to do a hefty lunch programme.
We serve healthy, freshly made-
to-order lunches every day, and
that business is very strong."
"Value for dollar" was one
reason why Gourmet Market's
business had expanded despite
soaring food and energy costs,
Mr Beckles said. He described
operational costs as the firm's
"biggest enemy", with front-end
costs containers and customs
duties having "just gone
crazy".


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that BENSON JOSEPH ISMY
of No 19 Flamingo Gardens, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible foi 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
Sthe facts within twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of
JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau; Bahamas.

















NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ARNOLD JOSEPH of 2ND
ST. GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of JUNE 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LASHANTE SYDNEE
ROSHAE ROLLE of IMPERIAL PARK, P.O. BOX
FH-14670, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of JUNE 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


FROM page 1B
yachting business this year
alone. I think that's pretty good,


NOTICE


BETTY STRACHAN, the Petitioner claims to be the
owner in fee simple possession of the piece parcel or lot of land
hereinbefore described and has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3
of the Quieting Titles Act to have the title to the said piece parcel
or lot of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
Copies of a diagram or plan showing the position boundaries
and shape marks and dimensions of the said pieces parcels and
lots of land may be inspected during normal working hours at
the following places:

(a) The Registry.of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street in the City of Nassau, New
Providence, The Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Davis & Co., British Colonial
Hilton, Centre of Commerce, 4th Floor Suite 400,
One Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas, Attorneys
for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having a right of Dower or an adverse claim not recognized in
the Petition shall within thirty (30) days after the appearance of
the Notice herein file in the Registry of The Supreme Court in
the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the Petitioners or the
undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement
of claim within thirty (30) days herein will operate as a bar to
such claim.

Dated this 7th day of May A.D., 2008


DAVIS & CO.
Chambers
4th Floor, Suite 400
British Colonial Hilton
Centre of Commerce
One Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas


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PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008


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MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008, PAGE 7B


'30-



FROM page 1B



All the long-term items are basi-
cally underway."
Knowles Construction and
Bahama Hot Mix were the two
contractors working on the road
re-routing, two of more than 20
Bahamian contractors that Mr
Anand said Albany had signed
contracts with. Among the con-
tractors involved with the mari-
na is Bahamas Marine.
Many of the projects begun
to date were machinery-heavy,
Mr Anand added, and the num-
ber of Bahamian construction
workers employed on Albany
was set to rapidly increase once
Cavalier Construction began
work "imminently" on the
development's hotel and cot-
tage component.
"Where you're going to start
seeing a lot of jobs is on the cot-
tages and the amenities," Mr
Anand told The Tribune.
"When Cavalier goes, the num-
bers will expand.
"The situation in New Provi-
dence has helped us in an unfor-
tunate kind of way, with Cable
Beach~being shelved and Hur-
ricane Hole being placed on
hold. For us, it's meant that a lot
of quality people in New Prov-
idence, who can work on
Albany, are available.
"What we have found'is that
people who, for the last 10
years, have had a solid platform
of work driven by Paradise
Island and other projects, which
is allowing us to employ a large
number of Bahamians. It's a
win-win for us, as well as the
Bahamas. We get to build a
quality project with Bahami-
ans."
Mr Anand added that there
was "a lot of pent-up demand
on the real estate side that we
want to come to fruition in the
next couple of months".
He added: "We have just
received subdivision approval
for the final section of Phase I.
We have a number of prospects,
and we're hoping to close [real
estate sales] in the next 30-45
days."
During Phase I construction,
which involves Albany's roads,
infrastructure, amenities, mari-
na and hotel, some 1200-1500
workers were likely to be
employed during the six-month
peak. That is due to run from
late 2008 to mid-2009, covering
a six-month period.
When Albany moves on to
Phase II, which includes the
condos and residential options
surrounding its marina, the
developers are now projecting
that between 3,000-3,500 con-
struction workers will be on site
between 2009-2011.
Albany's first phase, accord-
ing to the Heads of Agreement,
will involve the construction of
the boutique hotel, its size rang-
ing from a minimum of 10 lux-
ury cottages with 30 bedrooms


















011,:1


45 (



to 65 cottages with 160 bed-
rooms minimum. Other facili-
ties developed at the same time,
in a phase scheduled to last
from now until 2010, would be
the Ernie Els-designed 18-hole
golf course; beach club house,
20 beach club villas, fitness club,
marina able to cater to yachts
240 feet in length, shops and 75
single family residential lots.

Phase

During the first phase, the
Albany developers whose
principal shareholders are Mr
Els and fellow world-famous
golfer Tiger Woods, plus the
Tavistock Group, the holding
vehicle for worldwide invest-
ments made by Lyford Cay bil-
lionaire Joe Lewis are sched-
uled to spend $117 million,
according to the Heads of
Agreement.


lays



Purchasers of the develop-
ment's property were expected
to bring the total spend to $335
million, meaning that real estate
sales and associated construc-
tion activity will produce $218
million or the lion's share of
Albany's value.
The second phase, according
to the Heads of Agreement, will
involve 325 additional residen-
tial lots, 200 condo-style units
that may be incorporated ias
part of the hotel, a 16-acre
equestrian centre with at least
eight horses, a golf course club-
house and commercial space
around the marina.
Servicing of the residential
lots, which will be priced
between $2-$20 million, will
start on June 2010 and be com-
pleted by December 2013, with
the condo units at the marina
pre-sold and completed by
December 2015.


RoyalStar Assurance Ltd. (Incorporateo under the laws of the Commnonwealth of The Baramas,
' RoyalStar BALANCE SHEET RoyalStar STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
SAssurance AS OF 31 DECEMBER 2007 ,, Assurance FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2007
.Vsua c ,,wts' p-et~~ etes J in a W~a ltol:


ASSETS
Cash in hand and at bank (Note 3)
Term deposits (Note 3)
Due from agents (Note 4)
Due from reinsurers
Accounts receivable, prepayments and other assets
Investments in securities -- fair value through profit or loss (Note 5)
loans and receivables (Note 5)
Property, plant and equipment (Note 6)
TOTAL ASSETS
LIABILITIES
Genera insurance funds:
Unearned premiums reserve
Outstanding claims reserve (Note 7)
Deferred commission reserve

Other liabilities:
Due to reinsurers
Sundry payables and accruals
Cash advance from reinsurers (Note 7)
TOTAL LIABILITIES
EQUITY
Share capital:
Authorized, issued and fully paid:- 10,000,000
ordinary shares of $0.30 each
Authorized:- 1,000,000 (2006: 500,000) Issued and fully paid:
500,000 preference shares of $10.00 each (Note 8)
Contributed surplus
Retained earnings
TOTAL EQUITY
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
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REVENUE
Premiums written (Note 9)
Premiums ceded to reinsurers
Net premiums written
Change in unearned premiums reserve
Net premiums earned
DIRECT EXPENSES
Net claims incurred (Note 7)
Net commrissiotr., in('urre(d (Note 10)
Catastrophe and excess of loss reinsurance
Total direct expenses

Underwriting gain
OTHER INCOME
Interest, dividends and other income
Net realized gain on investments in se-curities (Note 5)
Net change in utn' eahzed gainsliosses on i!,vestmrenrts in securities (Note 5)
Total other income
OPERATING EXPENSES
Personnel costs
General arid administrative expenses
Deprecialton arid amortualtion (Note 6)
Directors' fees


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CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income
Adjustments for:
Interest and dividend income
Net realizedd gain on investments in securities
Net change in unrealized gains-losses/investments in securities
Depreciation
(Increase) Decrease in current assets:
Tirrnt drepositr
Dle trom agents
Due from reinsurers
Sundry receivables. prepayments and other assets
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Unearned premiums reserve
Outstanding claims reserve
Deferred commission reserve
Due to reinsurers
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Cash advance irom reinsurl's
Net cash from operating activities
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
inieiest and dividends received
Purchaire of invesltn: ert!, in sreirities
Proceeds from srale/raturlty of investmrntlsi in securities
Purlihase of property plain and eqluipmenin
Net cash used in investing activities
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Payment of dividends on preferred shiires
Payrnent oi dlvidentdsii. ori orirdriy shares
Net cash from financing activities
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalenirs as ,of beginning :of year
Cash and cash equivalents as of end of year (Note 3)


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(1,286.483)
(653,076)
103,891
4,916,039
681,761
14,971
(1,246,151)
(156,199)


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(68,965)
(760,862)
176.076
4.130,408
(4,501,802)
(1,530,381)
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(87,183) 5!1,405
1,576.869 907.464
669,491 173,382
(833,308) 39,944


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Wanted: a truly great president


FROM page 10B

England was forever anchored
to its past.
Given all that, it's no wonder
that my generation was pre-
pared to acknowledge that, all
things considered, the USA
was entitled to its pre-eminent
status in world affairs.
Of course, there were faults.
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Rock, Arkansas, seemed dra-
matically at odds with what the
country was supposed to be
about, but even these were
being addressed. It was clear
that the rednecks and KKK
were about to be consigned to
history.
Martin Luther King and the
civil rights movement helped
define the age, while a young
braggart from Kentucky called
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and deal a decisive blow to the
racial bigots who tried to
thwart him.
However you viewed it, this
was one heck of a nation.
Great, in fact, was not too
strong a word for it.
The question now is whether
the USA can reaffirm its great-
ness after the grievous depra-
dations of the George W Bush
era.
Bush has managed to under-
mine its moral authority


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through Guantanamo and Abu
Ghraib, he has left a huge
question-mark over its judg-
ment as a result of his Iraq
adventure, and made us all
wonder about the quality of
American democracy, espe-
cially as he gained power on
the back of a questionable vote
and retained it with the sup-
port of Bible-bashing wackos.
And I haven't even begun
to address the sliding econo-
my, rising unemployment and
the crashing dollar. Far from
being the know-it-all nation,
America now appears pretty
clueless, not knowing very
much at all.
Suddenly the USA, once the
all-seeing, all-knowing global
leader of popular renown, has
been exposed as a nation with
gaping flaws, not least of which
is a deep-rooted parochialism
a breathtaking naivete -
which does not sit well along-
side its international obliga-
tions.
Americans, remember, real-
ly do believe that baseball is
the world's most popular sport.
Watch their TV news any night
of the week, and you could be
forgiven for thinking that
places like Zimbabwe, Kenya,
Burma and Somalia don't
exist. Fewer than 20 per cent of
,them have passports. A huge
number have never crossed a
state line. An old Texan once
asked me if we English still
wore metal breastplates,
plumed helmets and rode
around on horseback. "Only if
we're in the Household Caval-
ry," I replied patiently, hardly
able to believe my ears.
"The fact is," a Bahamian
colleague intoned, "that Amer-
ica in many respects is a very
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backward country." How
many of us have thought of it
like that before?
To re-establish its creden-
tials, America needs a great
president in the Washington,
Roosevelt, Lincoln mould. It
needs someone to convince us
once more that, whatever its'
current economic woes, the
dire state of the dollar, the
paucity of its moral stock, and
the challenge of fast-develop-
ing eastern economies, it can
rise and regenerate with the
vigour and determination for
which it is famous.
It needs a true statesman
with an authentic world view
who understands the people
and countries he is seeking to
influence, putting behind it for-
ever distasteful memories of
the swaggering, bow-legged
cowboy who took the country
to war on the back of ill-
informed braggadocio and lit-
tle else.
The question now is whether
either Barack Obama or John
McCain can meet the awesome
task awaiting them at The
White House.
Obama certainly has the
youth, energy and charisma for
the job. Whether he has any-
thing else and be able to
overcome the immense dam-
age caused by his erstwhile
spiritual adviser, Rev Jeremiah
Wright remains to be seen.
If he becomes president, my
first impulse will be to assess'
those he has around him,
which could tell us all we need
to know in the first week and a
half. If he has any sense, he
will steer clear of Hillary Clin-
ton. Enlisting her as running-
mate would also mean enlisting
by default her husband Bill, a
boorish liability who wouldn't
know a principle from a bag
of prunes, and whose indiscre-
tions helped to sink his wife's
nomination dreams.
McCain has the experience,
plus the good fortune not to
be tainted by the bull-necked
far right of the Republican
movement. But will he be able


backwoods of middle America
have had their disastrous day
in the limelight and must now
have the grace to back off and
leave the nation's future in the
hands of those with less-tram-
melled minds.
Bush himself no doubt hopes
against hope that history will
judge him kindly when if -
the entire conundrum of the
Middle East is eventually
solved. Meanwhile, he will
spend his retirement pondering
the 4,000 American troops, the
tens of thousands of Iraqi lives,
and countless billions of dol-
lars of taxpayers' money
expended in a cause that was
never entirely clear, even to.
him.
James Buchanan, America'si
only bachelor president, trig-''
gered the American Civil War:
by indecision and over-reliance:
on the country's legal system.1.'
While he declared it illegal for
the slave states to secede from
the Union, he also declared it:
illegal to stop them, leaving
everyone in a quandary and&'
offering sustenance to the rebel:
cause.
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hoped desperately for com -
promise when it was clear t'i
everyone else that no compro.l
mise was in sight. His pro-slavy-
ery attitudes were at odds witi!
the times, and the Union wai5:
plunged into a disastrous andi
bloody conflict lasting four ter-
rible years.
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true man of substance ---
Abraham Lincoln was wait'
ing to pick up the pieces at the&3
end of Buchanan's brief bul
calamitous presidency. Hi:
maturity and judgment ulti
mately prevailed, and thlP
Union was put together again
when the Confederacy wa
defeated.
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too, will leave a nation not sq
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though there is a fair measj'
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disaster (Sex revelation threats)


SHANE GIBSON has no hope of
causing a sensation with any disclo-
sures about the FNM's "sweetheart-
ing" activities.
'For a start, sweethearting ain't
seen as anything special in The
Bahamas. If you ain't got a sweet-
heart, you ain't seen as a man.
Observer
GIBSON is still sore over the
Anna Nicole thing. Why don't he
just get over it? This "sweetheart
list" will bounce right back on him.
Levarity
YOU'RE right, sweethearting is
at the heart of many of our family
problems. Fathers set no good


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examples to their sons, and women
are seen as chattels to be abused.
No wonder we're in such a state.
Grenville Stubbs
SHANE GIBSON'S threat brings
parliament to a new low. Will he be,
allowed to get away with it?
GH, Nassau
DEAR Mr Marquis
Your recent article about Shane


Gibson was right on the spot. What
amazes me is Mr Gibson's inability
to comprehend what he did wrong
with Anna Nicole Smith. The Anna
Nicole Smith fiasco was one major
blow that contributed to the loss of
the 2007 election for the PLP.
Yet Mr Gibson keeps reminding
us of the issue. I think some of his
PLP colleagues begin to realise that
Mr Shane Gibson is doing more
damage than good to their party.


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iour because his daddy loves his
sweehearts more than he loves us.
Nassau Mother
IS Shane Gibson able to give us
just one reason why he should be a
Member of Parliament?
He has already proved he has no
judgment. I have always seriously
questioned his level of intelligence.
Now he appears to have no com-
monsense.
Why is he there? And why was he
ever considered for a Cabinet posi-
tion? Please, someone, tell me...
-MH


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TOO many Bahamian men have
sweethearts, and this has done a lot
towards destroying the family as a
unit for good in this country.
If a man has no respect for his
wife, and no respect for his family,
then it follows that the family will
have no respect for themselves. This
can lead to anti-social behaviour as
children, in particular, try to work
through their misery.
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AS the wife of a "sweethearting"
man I can tell you that his behav-
iour has caused much unhappiness
over many years. One of my sons is
into drugs so bad he can't get a job,
and I blame it on his daddy's behav-


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The stories behind the news


Wanted: a truly great president


* By JOHN MARQUIS
Managing Editor

ing fool whose presidency
plunged America into civil
war, can rest easy in his grave
for the first time in nearly a century
and a half.
Early next year, he will no longer
be listed as the worst United States
president of all, ridiculed along with
Warren Harding a close runner-up -
as a man clearly unfitted for the job.
Bottom place out of all 43 incum-
bents to date will go, without serious
argument, to George W Bush, a man
who did more than plunge the US
into war, he actually changed the
world's view of the great union,
wrecking its moral authority, under-
mining its morale, and even casting
doubt on its credentials as leader of
the western world.
Eight years ago, the US's admirers
were able to make reassuring assump-
tions about the world's leading nation
that can no longer be made today.
Bush's successor will have to be extra
special to rescue America from its
downward plunge, and convince the
thinking world that it still has what it
takes to set the agenda for the rest
of us.
Bush will always be remembered
as the president who took the United
States into an expensive war on the
basis of false information and.in pur-
suit of the wrong people.
But his dismal legacy will actually.
stretch far beyond that. The reckless
lunacy of his presidency actually
changed millions of America's sup-
porters around the world into
doubters and altered their perception
of the country and its people.
Europeans have always been some-
what ambivalent about the US. They
envy its wealth, have a sneaking
regard for its vibrancy and vigour,
but despise its gauche excesses. They
acknowledge its merits, but mock its
shortcomings. They are susceptible
to its culture, but resistant to its crass
naivete.
Yet every European, myself includ-
ed, recognizes that this remarkable
nation, founded on the greatest of
ideals by men of true vision, is
absolutely vital to our well-being, the
last best hope we have of ensuring
that western civilisation prevails in
the 21st century.
It's because it is so important that
the more intelligent of its critics are
beginning to wonder whether the
Americans themselves are qualified to
carry the burden they bear.
Until George W Bush came along,
most of us were prepared to believe
that, all in all, the Yanks were as suit-
ed to the task as anyone could be.
With a burgeoning economy, enor-
mous wealth, a democracy founded
on the most wholesome of principles,
and a relatively egalitarian society
offering fantastic opportunities to
most if not all of its people, America
set an example most felt they should
follow.
Somehow, in two terms, Bush has
reduced the USA from omnipotent,
unassailable superpower to something
considerably less than that in the eyes
of outside observers a country
whose political destiny lies in the
hands of voters who are depressingly
unfitted for the awesome responsi-
bility they bear.
When Bush was re-elected in 2004,
a very sharp, incisive cartoonist on a
Los Angeles newspaper said on tele-
vision: "It's all down to those people
in the flyover states, the people we


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don't want to know. They are dumb,
dumb, dumb."
A young Bahamian media execu-
tive said much the same thing as the
full horror of the Bush presidency
began to unfold. "This guy was elect-
ed by one-tooth banjo players in the
mid-West," he said. "People who've
never been outside their own state
and know nothing about anything."
If that were all, it would be bad
enough. But these same banjo players,
hillbillies, rodeo riders, snake-oil
salesmen and hell-and-damnation
preachermen who live out in the
boondocks have a mindset that most
Europeans would find laughable if
the consequences of their ignorance
weren't so serious.
Not only did they swoon when


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Bush announced he was "guided by a
higher father" while sending young
Americans off to war, they really do
believe that non-Christians fry in hell,
much as Islamic fundamentalists
believe infidels should be stoned to
death or have their heads lopped off.
Bush's own father, George H W
Bush, is on record as saying that non-
believers should never be allowed to
become citizens of the United States.
These people have minds that are not
merely pre-medieval, they are pri-
mordial, utterly bereft of the quali-
ties required to draw rational conclu-
sions, and hopelessly at odds with the
secular ideals of the Founding
Fathers. Yet Bush Senior was US
president for four whole years, and
his hapless son twice as long.


Contrast all this with the wholly
positive influences which have mould-
ed our view of America over so many
years and you begin to understand
how perceptions have changed over
the last decade.
I first became aware of this incred-
ible country in the 1950s, when my
mum's employer used to pass on
copies of the National Geographic
magazine.
Not only did the magazine's won-
derful photography show off the
country's spectacular topographical
diversity its vast deserts, wide
Plains, rolling pastures and spectacu-
lar mountain ranges its advertise-
ments hinted at a lifestyle unimagin-
able to a schoolboy in grim post-war
Britain.
While even relatively well-off Eng-
lishmen were still driving around in.
cramped little Ford Prefects or Stan-
dard Vanguards all painted black,
no other colours being available -
Americans were smooching their girl-
friends in commodious pastel-shad-
ed Cadillacs, Studebakers and
Chevrolets with more fins, and more
shine, than a whole shoal of yellow-
tails.
While my mum was still trying to
prolong the life of a bottle of milk by
storing it on a cold.stone slab in a
dark, north-facing pantry alongside
pathetically rationed portions of
streaky bacon and soapy cheese,
American housewives were cramming
hams, turkeys, cream and yogurt into
fridges big enough to house a British
family of four.
While we wan-faced British kids
made do with Vimto or dandelion
and burdock, having been force-fed
through babyhood with National
Dried Milk, our American counter-
parts were quaffing a chilled exotic
drink called Coca-Cola from curvy
bottles.
American airmen based in Britain
would throw us packets of gum as
they zipped past in their Firebirds
and Elderadoes. To be given some-
thing so lushly and extravagantly non-
essential like gum, while we were offi-


cially rationed to life's bare necessi-
ties, was to be permitted a glimpse
into their glorious land of plenty.
Sometimes I'd cycle out to their
base and watch their huge moth-like
B-52 bombers fly in from the west
just before sunset, and wonder
whether I'd ever be lucky enough to
see the magical place from whence
they came.
Everything about America seemed
bigger and better then. While poor
old bankrupt Britain was pinched,
deprived and underfed, America was
a bountiful wonderland with cars like
spaceships which used more fuel in a
day than an Austin Ruby consumed
in a year.
Everything about America was
colourful, exciting and stimulating set
against the drab conformity of 1950s
England. And it was also the place
where most of our heroes lived.
Apart from Tom Sawyer, Huckle-
berry Finn, Superman, Geronimo,
Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickock, Billy
the Kid and The Last of the Mohi-
cans, it was also home to John Wayne,
Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers, Hopalong
Cassidy and whoever it was who
dressed up as The Lone Ranger.
Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley,
the heroes of my youth, lived there,
too. Dustin Hoffman and Meryl
Streep were, still are, my favourite
actors and my entire writing life
was founded on examples set by
America's 20th century literary greats,
like Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzger-
ald, John Steinbeck and William
Faulkner, not forgetting Sinclair
Lewis, John O'Hara and, a bit later,
the incomparable J D Salinger, whose
prose style I aped for two or three
years.
The music of George Gershwin,
Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein,
Scott Joplin and many more
enlivened our lives from early on.
Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Ella
Fitzgerald and Fats Domino were
woven into our souls. Then along
came Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran,
Bill Haley and The Beach Boys at
the point where the world began rock-
ing.
However you viewed it, this place
was cool a word that was, inciden-
tally, introduced to us by a TV char-
acter with slicked-back hair called
Cookie Burns in a programme called
77 Sunset Strip, American of course.
To cap it all, in 1960 the USA pro-
duced John F Kennedy, a handsome,
youthful president with a gorgeous
wife and a smile reminiscent of a
Steinway keyboard.
To see him alongside Britain's
prime minister of the day a dod-
dering old Edwardian called Harold
Macmillan, with his clipped mous-
tache and gold watch-chain was to
confirm what I always suspected, that
America was riding the flowing tide of
history into the future while poor old

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