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Volume: 104 No.171





Police raid former

Mayfair Hotel

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER two exclusive Tri-
bune .articles, and 10 weeks of
police work, a brothel on West
Bay Street was finally closed
Netting eight alleged prosti-
tutes, officers from the Fort
Charlotte Police Station raided
the former Mayfair Hotel
around 10.30am. Looking
dejected, and somewhat humil-
iated, the women sat in the wait-
ing area of the Fort Charlotte
Police Station. They seemed
more concerned with their pic-
ture being printed in The Tri-
bune rather than their impend-
ing deportation.

SWhen The Tribune arrived at
the scene, one of the suspected
prostitutes informed Assistant
Commissioner of Police Oscar
Sands the officer of charge of
the Fort Charlotte Station -
that if her picture appeared in
the newspaper, she would pur-
chase a camera and take pic-
tures of all of her "important
and influential" clients and have
those images printed as well.
- "'ll expose all of them. I
don't sell p***y. I have a lot of
friends; friends who give me
their credit card and tell me to
go shopping, or they call me and
tell me to come by and pick up
Interrupting the woman, ASP
Sands asked the alleged prosti-
SEE page eight

Manhunt for Detention Centre
escapees is still underway
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MANHUNT is still underway by officials from the defence
force, police and the immigration department for four foreigners
who escaped from the Detention Centre on Sunday morning.
"We are actively conducting our searches for them," said Ralph
McKinney, force chief petty officer at the Defence Force, in an
interview yesterday.
The three Cubans and one Honduran who went missing from the
Centre, were believed to have scaled a fence in making their get-
away. The Cubans who escaped are said to be Ariel Delgardo
Rodriguez, 36, Felipe Espinoza Leon, 31, and Alberto Diaz.Maes,
45. The Honduran was identified as 28-year-old Dredivan Galiano
SEE page nine

Locals blame 'police aggression'
for incident at Nassau Village
LOCALS have blamed P1
'police aggression" for a rock
and bottle throwing incident at
Nassau Village over the week-
They claim officers fired 15
shots when they blocked off a
road and tried to halt a funeral
party for 15-year-old murder
victim Joel Simeus which was
already underway on the com-
munity basketball court on Sat-
Police "forced people to the
ground" at random after pulling
up unexpectedly and some of
those who questioned what had
prompted the intervention were
threatened with weapons, it was
alleged. GUIANNE PIERRE, the sister of
15-year-old murder victim Joel
SEE page nine Simeus, spoke to The Tribune.
(Photo: Tim Clarke)

Tribune Staff Reporter
and videographer of
Bahama Divers lost his life
yesterday in a boating acci-
dent off the eastern coast of
New Providence.
The body of Wilton Rus-
sell, 25, was brought to the
Defence Force's Harbour
Patrol base on East Bay
Street yesterday afternoon
at 2.45pm covered in a green
body bag.
. Grieving co-workers of
Mr Russell, who briefly
spoke to the media at the
Harbour Patrol base, said
that "nobody actually saw
him enter the water" when
the accident occurred.
He and the party on the
boat were a part of a diving
and snorkeling excursion
SEE page nine

Tribune article
inspires use of
profiling in
violent murders
Tribune Staff Reporter
A TRIBUNE article profil-
ing the psychology of a gay
killer has inspired police to use
psychological profiling to assist
investigations into the violent
murders of four gay men.
Dr Thaddeus McDonald,
head of the social sciences
department at the College of
the Bahamas and a known
homosexual, was clubbed to
death with a clothing iron in his
home in November, and sever-
al hours later gay handbag
designer Harl Taylor was
stabbed to death in his
Delancey Street home.
Known homosexuals Welling-
ton Adderley and Marvin Wil-
son were also stabbed to death
in their homes in recent weeks,
raising fears of a gay serial killer
in Nassau.
Drawing on the similarities
of the murders, leading psy-
chologist David Allen said the
killer, or killers, are likely to be
sociopaths with "violence tunnel
syndrome" who were launched
into an aggressive frenzy when
overcome with rage.
No one has yet been charged
in the investigations and police
have not publicly confirmed
whether they are seeking a ser-
ial killer or several killers.
Chief Superintendent Glenn
Miller said the investigation is
particularly challenging because
of the secret nature of homo-
sexual relationships in the
He said: "With homosexual
relationships you have the same
domestic disputes and domes-
tic violence, but because they
are so often secret, nobody
knows who they are in a rela-
tionship with, and you may have
a domestic murder and nobody
knows who they are."
Bahamas Police Assistant
Commissioner of Crime Ray-
mond Gibson, leading the inves-
tigation, told The Tribune that
they are likely to bring in a psy-
chologist to assist investigations
after The Tribune published Dr
Allen's psychological profile of
the killer or killers as the lead
story on Friday.
Mr Gibson said: "We will use
SEE page nine

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Power outages anger Nassau residents

Tribune Staff Reporter

SEVERAL power outages
across New Providence over the
weekend and early yesterday:
morning angered Nassau resi-
dents who said they were
inconvenienced by the disrup-
tion in BEC's service.
Caroline Brown was at a hair
salon in the Shirley Street area
when the power went off over
the weekend, she said.
"This was around 4 pm on
Saturday and my hairdresser
had just finished blow-drying
my hair and was about to hot

Disruptions in BEC's

service over weekend

curl it when the power went off.
"So the iron was only hot
enough to curl the ends of my
hair so I had to go out that night
with no curls. Thank goodness
the power didn't cut off before
my hair had time to dry, or
when I had perm on it:"
A Solider Road resident who
asked to have her name. with-
held said her power went of
Saturday morning around 10am
for 40 minutes and again yes-

terday morning around 5am.
"Saturday I was just getting
ready to leave the house so I
had to delay getting ready, I
was just about to go by a
friend's house to use their blow-
dryer when the power came on.
But it really is an inconvenience
aiid its a shame that I pay my
bills on time'but BEC can turn
the power off at their will," she
Yesterday a BEC official

acknowledged the utility com-
pany had experienced some
problems which contributed to
yesterday's outage but said
external circumstances beyond
the company's control were to
"BEC did experience a prob-
lem somewhere in the Churchill
Heights Subdivision (around
5.15am) when there was an
accident that affected our trans-
mission system and caused
some of our machines to come
"And that caused that out-
age that was experienced in that
The official said the power

was off for about 62 minutes.
When asked if the Bahami-
ans should brace themselves for
further interruptions in the
remaining summer months due
to load-shedding, the official
said load-shedding-because of
insufficient generation should
not be an issue.
"No, we'll be fine.
"We have sufficient spare
capacity but we can't stop peo-
ple from running into lamp
poles and stuff like that and
sometimes these problems will
get back to the power station
and cause the machines to shut
down. We don't have control
over things like that, and if

lightening was to strike say the
power station itself there
are things that can happen that
we don't have any control
"But in terms of load-shed-
ding because we do not have
sufficient generation, that
-should not be an issue".
On Sunday, BEC General
Manager Kevin Basden said the
weekend outages occurred in a
small areas of New Providence
due to a generator "tripping
'BEC was able to remedy the
situation quickly and power was
restored, Mr Basden said in an
earlier interview.

'Hot spots' incidents 'will

continue if breaches of peace

are not dealt with properly'


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Tribune Staff Reporter

A SOURCE close to the
police said yesterday that
incidents like Saturday's
alleged attack on police in
Nassau Village will contin-
ue to occur in trouble "hot
spots" if breaches of the
peace are noi dealt with
"How they deal with
breaches of the peace in the
first place will determine
whether or not we have
more incidents like that,"
said the source.
"It goes back to follow-
ing through at the court
process. *
"It goes to what is soci-
ety's response how we
deal with these matters, and-
what is the law's response
to deal with these matters,"
said the.informed observ-
er. *
On Saturday, police 'offi-
cers reported that bottles
and.rocks were thrown at
them by Nassau Village res-
idents when they allegedly
refused to allow community
members to continue with a
funeral party after the bur-
ial, of 15-year-old village
resident and murder victim
Joel Simeus.
Police stressed that the

incident was not a "riot"
and no injuries were sus-
It followed another bout
of confrontation between
police and residents in the
community last year, also
in part involving the family
of Joel, who was later
stabbed to death in a sepa-
rate incident on May 31 this
Locals in the Nassau Vil-
lage community yesterday
denied media reports that
police had only entered the
Village on Saturday
evening after gun shots
were fired claiming that
any bullets fired belonged
to the police.
Several also expressed
their anger about repeated
references to the "Haitian
community's" involvement
in the incident, which saw
police pelted with rocks and
bottles, saying that the
"majority" of those present
during the post-funeral par-
ty were Bahamians.
One local woman accused
The Punch of "typing
rh'etoric"'and called on the
tabloid to "get their facts
The Tribune left mes-
sages for several senior
police officers yesterday but'
the calls were not returned
Sup to press timb.

Bishop Hall urges tough

against Haitian lawbreakers

HAITIANS who break the law
have come under fierce attack by
a leading Nassau churchman.
Not only haye they been
accused of importing guns and
drugs into the Bahamas, but also
of ingratitude.
Bishop Simeon Hall of New
Covenant Baptist Church has
urged tough action against Hait-
ian lawbreakers, saying they ihust
not be allowed to believe they're
back in their "God-forsaken"
His strong words came as a
Haitian.family at Nassau Village
accused police of "aggression"
following a rock and bottle throw-
ing incident over the weekend.
They said police hadadopted
"anti-Haitian" attitudes.
Bishop Hall, urging Haitians
to obey the law, said citizenship,
permanent residency and work
permits are privileges extended
by the State.
"These are to be embraced.
They are not an automatic right
to foreigners, especially those who
come here illegally," said Bishop
"Some members of the Hait-
ian community seem cursed with
a spirit of ingratitude.
"The fact that some Haitians'
are engaging in the importation of
guns and drugs into the Bahamas
showclearly how ungrateful sonle

of them can be."
Bishop Hall added: "Haitians
are an awkward group to work
with, in that they seem to think
any kindness extended to them
is their right.
"The growing disregard for law
and order by some Haitians must
be met with a strong response
from the authorities, lest these
people come to think they are in
that God-forsaken place, known
for centuries of disorder, may-
hem and national chaos."
Law and order issues, as well as
,political unrest, have..been fea-
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became an independent nation in
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0 In brief


body: police

probe missing

man theory
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating
whether a man who disap-
peared more than a week ago
could be the same man whose
headless body was found in a
canal on Saturday.
Chief Supt Glenn Miller said
that his officers are following
up on some intelligence and
should know the identity of the
man "soon."
The missing man theory
would go against initial sugges-
tions that the body, whose death
police have classified as "suspi-
cious", may belong to one of a
group of Haitians who drowned
off New Providence earlier this
Several other bodies from
that group had previously
washed ashore in the southern
part of New Providence. At the
time, it was thought that sharks
may have eaten the bodies that
were not recovered.
The decapitated and badly
decomposed body was discov-
ered floating on the surface of
the canal close to South Beach
Pools on Saturday evening.
According to Mr Miller, an
autopsy, which will confirm the
cause of death, should be com-
pleted by the end of the week.
Contrary to initial reports,
which suggested it was found in
a nearby bush, Mr Miller said a
skull was in fact found by police
divers submerged on the floor
of the canal.
The senior officer noted that
while the head is believed to be
that of the man, this cannot be
known for certain at this time.
Police are now working with
those who came forward sug-
gesting that the body may be
that of the missing man, to
ascertaini whether this is the
Mr Miller said police must
show those people "certain
things" before this can be
known for sure.

Bills read in

the Senate

BILLS and resolutions passed
in the House of Assembly were
read in the Senate for the first
time yesterday.
The reading of the bills set
the agenda for senators who will
scrutinise the proposed amend-
ments to a number of acts in
relation to the government's
budget set out for the financial
year beginning July 1.
The Senate adjourned until
10am on Thursday, July 19, to
commence discussions.



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Civil union of gay priests in UK

heightens fears of church split

... but Archbishop of West Indies sees no rift at Lambeth conference

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE civil union of two gay Anglican
priests in England is expected to add fuel
to the fire of a feared split between the
conservative and liberal sectors of the
Anglican church, but Archbishop of the
West Indies Drexel Gomez does not see
a rift arising out of it at the church's Lam-
beth conference in July.
Archbishop Gomez said despite last
month's union in London between New
Zealander, Rev Dr David Lord and'hos-
pital chaplain Rev Peter Cowell, his
church still does not support same-sex
unions or marriages.
"Every 10 years we have the meeting
of the bishops, called the Lambeth Con-
ference, (which) takes place in the middle
of July. And the whole sexuality question
will be one of the issues that we will be
looking at. But this (civil union) will be
something that the Church of England

and the Bishop of London will have to
deal with first and investigate, but cer-
tainly our church does not permit the
marriage of same-sex people," Arch-
bishop Gomez said.
He said that in England as it relates to
certain cases provided there was no
sexual relationship involved there

would be what they call civil "partner-
ships" where people live together and
share expenses. This union was facilitat-
ed by a special Act passed by the English
Parliament which permits civil unions,
but not marriages, between same-sex
Anglican priests, he said.
"I was among the people who ques-
tioned that and (I) still question it
because when people go to that length
sometimes they make promises and then
they do not live up to those promises,"
the Archbishop said.
Despite the contentious debate over
the issue and the US diocese's ordina-
tion of an openly gay bishop, Archbishop
Gomez said there will not be an auto-
matic split come July.
The feared split stems from the con-
servative wing of the Anglican church,
which opposes same-sex unions, and the
group that is still opposed to the action of
the American church in consecrating a
gay bishop, said Archbishop Gomez.
"There isn't any indication that we will
be able to resolve any of those issues at

that meeting, though they will be
addressed. There will be strong differ-
ences of opinion but there will not be an
automatic (split)," Archbishop Gomez
Gay Rights Activist and spokesperson
for the Rainbow Alliance, Erin Green
said that the Anglican Church must pre-
pare itself for a new phase in its life and
reflect societal changes.
"This is not necessarily a negative
thing, you know, one thing that is guar-
anteed in this life is that change will
"And we must be prepared for it. So I
see the continued talks as a very posi-
tive thing because it indicates that neither
side of the discussion is prepared or will-
ing to split.
"It indicates that both sides see the
need for discussion, neither of the sides
want to split, and within these talks we
have to continue to recognize that the
church is affirming homosexuality. The
discussion is simply about the role that
homosexuals will play in the church."

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TWO men charged in con-
nection with the hold-up of
Commonwealth Bank's Gold-
en Gates branch last week were
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
Ethan Sharon Newry, 34, of
Cowpen Road and Marcello
Omar Hepburn, 29, of Haven
Road were arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
Court Eight in Bank Lane yes-
terday morning.
Court dockets alleged that
the two men, being concerned
together and armed with a
handgun, robbed Kristal Light-
bourne of $2,455.90, the prop-
erty of Commonwealth Bank.
Court dockets further allege
that the two men robbed
Javaughn Bullard of $3,109, the
property of Commonwealth
Bank. The two men have also
been charged together with pos-
session of a handgun while com-
mitting an indictable offence
and possession of a firearm with
intent to endanger the life of
Kenneth Turnquest.
The men were not required
to plead to the charges.
Court dockets also allege that
Newry received $28.70, the
property of Commonwealth
Bank. Magistrate Bethel told
Newry that although the mat-
ter was a summary offence he
was not required to plead to
the charge as it would be taken
into consideration with the oth-
er offenses.
The prosecution intends to
proceed with a Voluntary Bill of
Indictment in the matters.
Newry and Hepburn were
also charged together with steal-
ing and receiving.
It is alleged that on June 6,
the two men stole a green
coloured 1997 Honda Civic val-
ued at $3,000, the property of
Indira Wells. The accused have
also been charged with receiv-
ing the vehicle.
Both men pleaded not guilty
to the charges and opted to
have their case tried in Magis-
trate's Court.
Magistrate Bethel noted that
although the two men were
entitled to bail in relation to
some of the charges, they could
not get bail in view of the other
offences with which they had

been charged. The case was
adjourned to November 7 at
2pm for trial.
Newry, who was dressed in a
white T-shirt and a pair of paint
stained green trousers, told the
court that he had been beaten,
"plastic bagged" and terrorized
by police officers.
He implicated two police offi-
cers who were present in court
as being among those who had
allegedly brutalised him.
Newry claimed that he had
been in custody since last Thurs-
day and had not been allowed
to make a telephone call.

Magistrate Bethel made a
note of his complaints and
informed him that he would be
seen by a doctor at Her
Majesty's Prison.
She also ordered that Newry
be allowed to make a formal
complaint at the Central Police
Newry claimed that his attor-
ney was in the Supreme Court
at the time of his arraignment.
Neither of the men was repre-
sented by counsel yesterday.
They were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.

Two charged over Commonwealth

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More security needed at Detention Centre

WHILE police, defence force and immi-
gration officers hunt for four foreigners
who are believed to. have scaled the Deten-
tion Centre walls early Sunday morning
and disappeared into thin air, questions
are being asked as to what further security
measures have been instituted since the
last escape seven months ago.
Because of the efficient way that these
persons are disappearing when they escape
suggests that there is a well connected
underground network on the outside that is
spiriting them off to freedom presum-
ably the United States.
If this is in fact the case, the practical
cynic will scoff: "Why not let them go!
After all there are now four fewer mouths
to feed, and it saves the Treasury high
deportation costs! Can you imagine how
much this will save the Bahamian taxpay-
But suppose this is not so. Suppose they
have not left our shores. Will they just melt
in amongst the other thousands of undoc-
umented aliens who are keeping their
heads down and getting by in this coun-
try? A country should have a record of its
residents. Unfortunately, the Bahamas does
not, which presents a national security
After six Cubans escaped on August 21
last year a former assistant commissioner of
police, now retired, renewed suggestions he
had made to an Immigration Minister sev-
eral years ago as to how security at the
Detention Centre could be upgraded.
On August 27 last year, Mr Paul Thomp-
son, a graduate of West Riding Detective
Training School Scottish Police College,
who in his long career has worked with
Interpol in France, the FBI and DEA in
the US, and at the Police Training College
in Nassau, renewed his recommendations
by letter.
These were his suggestions:
Construct two eight or 10-foot fences
around the outer perimeter of the Deten-
tion Centre with razor wire around the top
and strong steel cable interlaced at the bot-
tom. The fence must be constructed about
three or four feet apart and properly sealed
to the ground to eradicate the problem of
persons escaping underneath.
Use attack dogs to patrol the area
between the two fences to deter intruders
from cutting the fences and detainees from
climbing through the fences.
Instal two two-way cameras on poles at
the corners of the centre and have a mon-
itor inside for viewing by staff at all times.

The cameras are used by many businesses
and resorts to monitor activity on their
property. They are not expensive.
. The area outside the fence must be
cleared of all shrubbery to improve visi-
bility for the cameras and the officers on
Have "No Trespassing" signs placed
on the outer fence and have officer enforce-
Instal "Patrol Stations" in strategic
locations to be visited by patrols. The patrol
stations are electronic boxes with tape sim-
ilar to a cash register..The patrol officers
would be provided with keys.
The patrol officer inserts the key and
the time, date and his identity number is
registered. The officer in charge of the
Centre would know by reading the tapes
from the stations if the officers are
patrolling as required. An officer would
have to explain if any of the patrol stations
are not visited at the time stipulated. In
other words it keeps personnel from sleep-
ing and not being alert.
According to Mr Thompson the cam-
eras, patrol stations and dogs are available
He also suggested that security guards
be changed frequently, so that no patrol
would remain long enough to form friend-
ships with any of the detainees.
He said he was not aware of any of his
recommendations having been imple-
mented during the early years of the
Detention Centre.
However, he said, as a security consultant
he was prepared to visit the Centre and
conduct a survey for the Ministry.
He made it clear that his services would
be free.
It should be one way, he said, of "giving
back to my adopted country."
Mr Thompson, originally from Trinidad,
was recruited for the Royal Bahamas
Police Force by the late "Gussie" Roberts,
himself a fine Bahamian policeman, in
Mr Thompson has been in the Bahamas
for the past 57 years.
Four months after his advice was given
a second time on November 5, 2007 -
three more Cubans escaped during the
And, of course, this weekend, four more
aliens have scaled the Detention Centre
walls to freedom.
It would be interesting to know what
part, if any, of Mr Thompson's recom-
mendations have been implemented.

How long

can we keep

shuffling the

same cards?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Praise is being heaped upon'
the FNM daily for a great bud-
get. They are said to be stimu-
lating the economy.
More confidence is placed in
the FNM than the last PLP gov-
ernment, but to paraphrase
Economist Russell Roberts: "If
governments can stimulate the
economy, why do we ever have
What the political elite seem
to be missing is that, in order
to create the so-called stimulus,
they are merely reversing bad
policy that slowed growth in the
first place.
Why enact those policies to
start with if you think you have

to remove them to stimulate
Consideration is never given
to permanently reducing the
size of the Government (pri-
vatising), or limiting govern-
ment spending and the debt lev-
els that have the country ham-
strung to a policy of printing
money for cash flow, which only
adds to the long term debt and
instability of the Bahamian dol-
lar and everything we work for.
In Britain, Margaret Thatch-

er ensured that civil servants
were not thrown to the wind.
Civil Servants can be part of the
solution with an equity stake in
the agencies that are privatised
if necessary.
The important thing is that
more enterprise is encouraged,
creating more wealth, and this
does not happen with restric-
tive government policy.
How long can we just keep
shuffling the same deck of
cards, all the while building a
national debt and monolithic
government that is unsustain-
June 6, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

HAVING just gone through
the facility thought it was appro-
priate to comment on the per-
ceived improvements that the
presence of YVS, Vancouver
Airports and NAD have
Toilets great improvement as
long as we the people do not
demolish them.
Tuesday basically no air-con-
ditioning it was hot! No
excuse there.
Souvenir areas on first floor
of International Departure
Lounge genuinely disap-
pointed as I cannot see a single
reason why two International
'T' shirt businesses Harley

Is anybody


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM writing this letter
to advise you and every-
one in Nassau that the
police emergency number
is 322-4444.
It is answered by a
recording machine which
advises you to leave a mes-
This is incredible, but
not as bad as knowing that
the number is not
answered at all, most of
the time. What else can go
wrong in our country?
June, 2008.

Davidson and Hard Rock
would be given this exclusive
The only thing on the 'T'
shirts that relates to The
Bahamas is the inclusion of The
Bahamas! Surely there is a local
producer of 'T-shirts' with a
basic Bahamas design?
The other concessions excel-
lent. The large wall billboards,
photographs of images from the
Family Islands hey how does
a visitor know that they are pro-,
moting the Bahamas Family
Surely somewhere there
should be a map of the islands
and the words.... Discover the
uniqueness of the Islands of the

Big beef with Nassau Flight
Services how they handle arriv-
ing baggage why do they
remove the bags and place them
to the side of the moving belt?
If they left the bags on the belt
the arriving passengers have an
easier task of recognizing and
collecting their bags.
Lighting around the immi-
gration area yesterday it
looked like the black hole of
Calcutta... NAD please replace
the broken light bulbs with tl .
new high-efficient ones.
Why no Immigration Inspec- -o
tor for returning.esidents? ,,
May 2008.

Thanks to the police for

an outstanding effort!

EDITOR, The Tribune.
With all the bad publicity the police here seem to be getting, here
is another point of view!
Commissioner of Police,
Reginald Ferguson QPM
Nassau Police Department
Nassau, Bahamas.
Dear Sir,
After a recent double robbery on our boat, the Phantom, in
Nassau, Bahamas, docking space at Marlin Marine, we asked for the
help of your local police department.
Let me begin to say that both times the officers and detectives
were there within minutes to assist in the matter.
Reason for this writing is to let you know that your police depart-
ment was not only very efficient and courteous, but solved the
robbery in a very short period of time. Special mention should be
given to detective Keno Demeritte and the team that he is part of.
They went above and beyond the call of duty to help us.
We both wish to thank the Nassau Police Department for their
outstanding effort!
May, 2008.


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0 In brief

Ministry set to address anti-social

Man in court '

accused o behaviour by 'small group o youths
teen's rape

A MAN accused of raping a
19-year-old girl was arraigned
in Magistrate's Court yester-
It is alleged that David Bow-
leg, 32, of Sea Breeze Estates,
committed the offence on Sun-
day, May 25.
Bowleg, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at Court 8, Bank Lane,
pleaded not guilty to the charge
and was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison until June 18
when he will return to court for
a bail hearing.

Second man
charged in
with homicide
Tribune Freeport
man was charged on Monday
in Freeport Magistrate's Court
in connection with last week's
homicide in the Watkins Lane
Franco Miller was charged
before Acting Deputy Chief
Magistrate Helen Jones with
conspiracy to commit murder.
It is alleged that Miller con-
spired to murder Albert Ellis,
39, also known as "Abby" of
Watkins' Lane.
Last Friday, Lamont
McPhee, 28, was charged with
Ellis' murder.
Miller, who was not required
to enter a plea to the conspira-
cy charge, was denied bail and
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.
Magistrate Jones adjourned
the matter to August 26, 2008
for a preliminary inquiry.


Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Educa-
tion will address a "myriad"
of anti-social behaviour dis-
played on and off school
campuses by a "small group
of defiant youths," Educa-
tion Minister Carl Bethel
This year, budgetary allo-
cations have been made to
support the launch of the
"Safety Net and Transitional
Alternative Programme for
Students" (TAPS) an inter-
vention programme for high
school students deemed "at
risk" in school.
"This proposed pro-

'Safety Net and Transitional

Alternative Programme for

Students' to be launched

gramme will be based on a
behavioral intervention
model and is expected to
provide both group and indi-
vidual counselling, basic aca-
demic instruction in core
subjects and an environment
for students to explore pos-
sible career options in a safe,
non-violent atmosphere,"
said Mr Bethel.
The programme will run in

conjunction with other pro-
grammes already in place to
address the behaviour of "at-
risk" students, at a time
when concerns about vio-
lence among school students
is at an all time high.
Meanwhile, Mr Bethel
expressed his concern that
some students might be inap-
propriately subject to being
labelled as "at risk" when

Six men accused of

stealing from BTC

SIX men, including a BTC employee,
appeared in court yesterday on charges of
stealing from the corporation and causing
damage to property.
According to court dockets, it is alleged
that on January 14, BTC employee
Rudolph Alvin Rolle, 43, of Faith Gar-
dens stole 36 Epic batteries and 28 Pana-.
sonic batteries, valued at $3,780, the prop-
erty of the Bahamas Telecommunications
Rolle was also charged with receiving
the batteries. He appeared before Mag-
istrate Derrence Rolle and pleaded not
guilty. The case was adjourned to August
Rudolph Rolle and 22-year old Patrick
Ricardo Brice of Fox Hill, along with
Peter Darren Farrington, 42; Rollington

Hanna, 38, and Travis Rahming, 20 all
of Faith Way off Baillou Hill Road were
also charged with stealing 1,000 feet of
plant aerial cable valued at $595.35, the
property of the Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Corporation.
The offence is alleged to have been
committed between June 2 and June 13.
The men pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Rolle was granted $7,000 bail. The oth-
er four defendants were granted $3,000
bail. The case was adjourned to August
Sharod Thompson, 24, of Cowpen
Road was arraigned on similar charges.
.It is.alleged that on WednesdayJune 2;
he caused damage to six 110-foot cables:

valued at $2,987 the property of the
.Bahamas Telecommunications Corpora-
tion cell site at Cowpen Road and Faith
It is further alleged that Thompson
stole six 110-foot cables valued at $990.
It is also alleged that on Tuesday, June
3, Thompson caused damage to six 110-
foot cables valued at $2,987 and stole
On June 10, court dockets claim,
Thompson caused $2,987 worth of dam-
age to six 110-foot cables, the property of
BTC and stole them.
Thompson, who was also arraigned
before Magistrate Derrerice Rolle at
Court Five in Bank Lane, pleaded not
guilty to the charge but was denied bail
when the prosecution objected.
'The case: has been adjourned to July
28. ':; .., ..

their performance might in
fact be hampered by other
curable health problems.
Mr Bethel said a recent
case in Abaco had led him
to "seriously doubt" whether
the ministry's programmes
"designed to 'cure' ill-adjust-
ed or at-risk students" were
adequate in all cases, and if
individualisedd focus and
attention upon the special
needs of each child
might work as well or even
The minister announced
that for this reason, all pri-
mary school students will be
subject to a full medical
examination at the start of
the new school year in Sep-
Mr Bethel said that he
does not want any child's
education prospects to suf-
fer as the result of any "sim-
ple, easily curable affliction"
not receiving the attention it
Contributing to the budget
debate last week, Mr Bethel
described how a Abaconian
primary school student had
been designated an "at-risk"
child, only for it later to be
discovered that the sole
problem impeding him was
that his ear canal had been
blocked by ear wax.
"He could hardly hear. It
was this minor infirmity that
caused him to be consigned
to the category of being 'at
risk'," the minister said.
"His problem, both in
terms of his ability to
behave, and .to learn was
solved merely by having a
simple treatment of removal
of excess ear wax using a
syringe," the minister said.
In the last year, schools
have been required to give
written reports detailing how
they have dealt with children
assessed as having learning
difficulties or being "at risk",
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year of Independence, and
under the theme "Celebrating
Our Past, Present and Look-
ing Forward to a Promising
Future", the College/Univer-
sity of the Bahamas is seek-
ing to create public awareness
of crucial issues in Bahamian
Plans are underway to stage
a wide spectrum of activities in
celebration of 35 years as a
sovereign nation.
COB will offer a "distin-
guished lecture series" featur-
ing a slate of eminent speakers
from all walks of life.
The first forum is scheduled
for July 1 and will be held
under the theme "35 Years
Later Independence and the
Bahamian Psyche."
The second forum, under
the theme "2008 and Beyond
- Empowering for Sustainable
National Development," will
be held on July 2.
Topics to be discussed on
July 1 include business; youth
development; politics, and
mental health.
On July 2 the subject mat-
ters will be: "The need for a

Spotlight to be turned on key

issues in Bahamian society

"The aim
this activity
to impact
enhance ti
mental ank
social well
being of al

shared national vis
need for a national
ment plan; empower
sustainable devel
through educatic
empowering for sus

development through entre-
of preneurship."
"The aim of this activity is
y is to impact and enhance the
and spiritual, mental and social
well-being of all viewers,"
he COB said. Panelists for the
COB lecture series include
Justice Jeanne Thompson;
Chamber of Commerce presi-
d dent Dionisio D'Aguilar;
Dean of School of Hospiality
and Tourism Studies Olivia
1 Saunders, and Dr Michael
Neville, consultant psychiatrist
at the Sandilands Rehabilita-
tion Centre, among others.
Other events and activities
COB leading up the July 10 cele-
brations include a student
essay/poetry competition; ath-
ion; the letic competitions; an Inde-
develop- pendence band showdown;
eiing for national pride day celebra-
opment tions; the Bahamas National
on and Trust family fun day, and the
stainable Police beat Retreat.


Southern China flooding

kills 57, more rain ahead

Massive flooding across a broad stretch of south-
ern China killed almost 60 people and forced 1.3 mil-
lion others from their homes, state media reported
Monday, according to the Associated Press.
People were forced to flee their homes across
nine provinces, including Sichuan, still reeling from
last month's earthquake that killed nearly 70,000
people, the official Xinhua News Agency said. At
least 57 people died and eight were missing, Xinhua
Heavy rain is expected to pummel the southern
region over the next few days, said a spokesman-at
the China Meteorological Administration who
refused to give his name, which is customary.
Water levels oh the swollen Wujiang River in
Guangdong province rose to nearly 79 feet, far sur-
passing the "dangerous level" of 20 feet, he said.
Heavy rain in Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan
Provinces will further raise water levels downstream,

especially inthe coastal manufacturing powerhouse
of Guangdong, Xinhua reported. Most of those
areas are expected to receive more heavy rain over
the next 10 days.
The worst-hit province was Guangdong, where
20 people died and eight were missing, and nearly 5.8
million people in 17 cities were affected, Xinhua
Streets and houses along the Xijiang River in
Guangdong were submerged in the worst flooding to
hit the Pearl River Delta region in 50 years, the
official China Daily newspaper said.
"A major flood is feared if rain continues," Huang
Boqing, deputy director of the Guangdong flood
control and drought relief headquarters, was quot-
ed as saying. Vegetable prices in Guangdong have
risen by 70 percent in four cities including
Guangzhou, the paper said.
Economic losses have reached $1.5 billion because
of the floods, it said. More than 45,000 houses col-
lapsed and 140,000 had been damaged.

THE first annual "Golden Conch" swim BREEF fundraiser took place over
the weekend at Old Fort Bay.
There were 47 swimmers who took part in the 2km- race, which was won b\
Paige Waugh in a time of 31 minutes, 51 seconds.
Mark Davies was second, just seen seconds behind the winner, and 14-
year-old Hannah Coyle finished 3rd.
The Ikm-race was won b. Aj)ssa Reid. and Sydney Ginns won the 500m race.
The e'ent is a fundraiser for BREEF. an en tronmental charity whose mis-
sion is 'to promote a sustainable relationship between Bahamians. visitorss
and the marine environment."
It is expected to raise several thousand dollars.
Event organiser and SWIFT coach Simon Frank commented: "I am excited
at the chance to link SWIFT Swimming (Club) \ which such a great en% ironmental
cause as BREEF, and I am sure it \iill become an annual fundraiser.
"Now that we ha\e the format down. we will be looking to inmite other
swim clubs next year".
Participant and co-organiser Christy Winner, who finished the race in sixth
place, added: "Old Fort Bay is the perfect beach for this race. The ocean was a
little choppy today but we are well pleased with the turnout." he said.




PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008



- 1 Thousands


is 'number one

concern of govt

and the public'
MINISTER of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest acknowl-
edged that the "serious" crime
situation in the Bahamas cre-
ated in part by transnational
crime is the number one con-
cern of both the public and the
He said government's collab-
orative approach to national
security yielded "significant
results" during the 2007/2008
budget year.
Mr Turnquest said the gov-
ernment is working "assiduous-
ly" to combat criminality
throughout the Bahamas in an
effort to reverse some of the
escalating crime trends.
Delivering his contribution to
the 2008-2009 budget debate, Mr
Turnquest said transnational
crimes, such as the illicit traf-
ficking in drugs and firearms,
illegal immigration and the ille-
gal smuggling of migrants, are
on a list of priority national secu-
rity issues facing the Bahamas.
He said that while the country
remains in a spiral of crime and
criminality, the statistics for Jan-
uary 1 through June 10, 2008 are
"instructive" in that while the
number of house break-ins, shop
break-ins, stolen vehicles and
rapes rose compared to 2007,
there were decreases in the mur-
der, manslaughter and armed
robbery rates.
Mr Turnquest said law
enforcement and security agen-
cies such as the Royal Bahamas
Police and Defence Forces, the
Department of Immigration and
Her Majesty's Prison, in addi-
tion to the Parliamentary Reg-
istration Department, have been
incorporated into a single port-
folio to fight crime.

shell out for

Andros Crabfest

THIS year's Andros Crabfest
attracted an estimated 10,000 par-
ticipants for the four-day week-
end, which has been described as
the island's greatest income gen-
erator of the year.
Benjamin Pratt, manager of
the Andros Tourism Office, said
Crabfest has become an event
that Andros residents look for-
ward to each year as a period of
unmatched income.
Hotels, car rental operations
and small businesses were able
to earn generous profits over the
weekend, he said.

"Hotel occupancies are 100 per
cent plus," Mr Pratt said. "Hotel
rooms run out very quickly this
time of the year. What happens is
thatpeople book hotels a year
in advance, so people have filled
the hotel-rooms. They stay with
friends and family and pretty
much anywhere else they can find
Mr Pratt said Crabfest is a
home-grown festival that can
serve as a model for other events.
He pointed out that Andros has
taken the indigenous activity of
crab-catching and built a festival
around it.
He said the 10,000 estimate is

based on ticket sales and air and
sea port arrivals.
Conrad Sweeting, manager of
Island Link sailing vessel, con-
firmed that thousands of people
travelled from Nassau to Andros
over the weekend. His vessel
alone was responsible for bring-
ing more than 300 to Central

On Thursday, the Island Link
brought 120 people to Fresh
Creek. Just after 10am on Satur-
day, the vessel arrived in
Fresh Creek a second time
with 181 passengers and 15 vehi-
Mr Sweeting said he noticed a
huge demand for travel to
Andros over the weekend.
His vessel was not able to
accommodate many of the peo-
ple who wanted to pay the fare.
"The demand is great," he
said. "We left about 200 people
on the dock when we came over,
but we just couldn't bring them.
The Port (Authority) only
allowed us so many."
Immediately behind the Island
Link on Saturday were the Sea
Link and'the West Wind, each
carrying hundreds of passengers.
John Nixon, director of Secu-

CROWDS OF people arrive in Central Andros aboard the Sea Link
for Crabfest 2008. .


rity in the Ministry of Tourism,
said special attention was given to
safety and security at the festi-
val site.
"As you walk through the
Crabfest site, you see a large
number of people," he said.
"So we have to be very careful
because we need to be able to
take special care of our visitors,

.' : v *. '. .-

especially those visiting Andros and Aviation Neko Grant
from other countries. (left) tries his hand at crab
"So we need to say a special catching along with Archie
thank-you to.the police, who con- Nairn, permanent secretary
trol the crowds very well for us." in the Ministry of Tburism
Crabfest organizers have and Aviation (centre), and
already begun assessing the Peter Douglas, Andros
weekend's events, hoping to get tourism manager for sus-
an early start on planning next tainable development.
year's festival.



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tute if she was "that good", to
which she replied confidently,
"Honey, I'm better than good."
The alleged prostitute went on,
claiming that the persons she
would bring down with her were
so influential, that ASP Sand's
career would be given such a Her-
culean boost that he could
become the Commissioner of
Police "overnight."
Outbursts such as this, Mr
Sands said, reveals.a darker sub-
culture within the country that
must, at all costs, be addressed.
In total, yesterday's early morn-
ing raid netted five Jamaicans,
and three Haitian women. Their
ages ranged from 25 to 45 years of
age, with a claim being made that
the oldest had been a "lady of the
night" for more than 20 years.
As these women were being
escorted out of the station with
their hands secured behind them
in riot-cuffs, one of the women
- seeing that a crowd had gath-
ered threw her arms into the
air, shrieked, and flung herself to
the floor.
Not fooled by the theatrics, a
woman immigration officer
grabbed the woman by the back
of her pants and dragged her to
her feet, exposing a number of
tattoos that ran from the middle.

of the woman's back, straight
down her exposed buttocks.
Finally after all were loaded
into the van, officers sped off to
the Detention Centre, followed
by a team of officers from the
Immigration Department. The
majority of these women were
expected to be deported yester-
However, despite the success
of yesterday's operation, ASP
Sands admits that they were not
able to capture all of the suspect-
ed prostitutes who frequented the
former Mayfair Hotel. With this
in mind, however, he is still
pleased with the fact that he was
able to close down this "brazen
brothel" that has plagued his sta-
tion for so long.
"With respect to the Mayfair
Hotel, that premises is officially
closed to the general public," Mr
Sands said.
The Harbour Side Restaurant
and Bar, along with the Daily
Grind coffee shop, which both
hold valid licences to operate will
remain in the building.
"This is an initiative taken after
being aware of the criminal activ-
ity in this area, and the immoral-
ity of this type of crime that
destroys the fabric of this country.
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Locals blame 'police aggression'

for incident at Nassau Village

FROM page one

In retaliation, youths began throwing
rocks and other missiles at three police
vehicles "in self defence", and officers were
described as having been forced to flee the
A group of concerned residents yesterday
claimed to have a 4.30pm meeting with
Commissioner of Police Reginald Fergu-
son scheduled to discuss their dissatisfaction
over the incident.
It was alleged by one Village local that a
young boy had to be taken to hospital when
he "fell out" at home after being "knocked
on the head" by police.
Guianne Pierre, 20, sister of Joel, told
The Tribune yesterday: "Police came here
looking for trouble. We were having a fam-
ily get-together and were doing nothing
"When they arrived they did not ask
questions. They just began slapping peo-
ple. Then they began firing guns, about 15
shots in all.
"The boys began throwing rocks and bot-
tles in self-defence. The police didn't treat
us with any respect."
The incident was the latest outbreak of
violence between police and locals in Nas-

sau Village.
Last year, a man was shot in the mouth in
a scuffle with police during what was
described at the time as a "riot".
Now the Simeus family claims it is being
targeted by police in an unfair anti-Haitian
"We are hard-working people. We don't
bother anybody," said Ms Pierre. "We were
having a funeral party after burying Joel,
and went into the park because our yard
was too small.
"Then the police arrived, blocked off the
road and began slapping people around. It
doesn't make any sense."
She claimed since last year's riot, police
had branded the family "The Riot Family",
"The Mob Squad Family" and "The Assas-
sins", when their only aim in life was to
work hard for a living and leave others
"It has got to the point where we can't get
jobs. That's why we run a restaurant in Nas-
sau Village. We have a mortgage to pay."
Ms Pierre said her mother, Clarisene,
having just lost a son, was deeply distressed
by the police action.
"She broke down in tears because she
has just buried her son," she said.
"We are trying to be patient and stay
focused, but these people keep messing

FROM page one
with customers of the compa-
ny and other divers when dis-
appeared earlier in the morn-
Officials from BASRA and
the Defence Force report
receiving a call about the inci-
dent at 11.30am. They arrived
on the scene and joined the
search for Mr Russell, which
had been underway since crew
members noticed that he was
His body was later discov-
ered in the water as a result of
the search and brought to land
in a Defence Force vessel.
Blood was visible in the
RBDF boat that brought his
body to shore.
Though it was unclear what
exactly happened to Mr Rus-
sell that is, if he drowned or
died in the water as a result
of other injuries there were
visible bruises to his face and
his right arm appeared to have
been broken.

with us. We don't bother the police or any-
one in the neighbourhood."
Another local man who saw the episode
unfold said that he could only assume that
police were "hatin"' on those in Nassau
Village, because nothing happened to elic-
it the allegedly heavy-handed police pres-
He said: "There wasn't no reason for
them to come here, man.
"The patrol car was to the church and
from the churchyard they went to the (bas-
ketball) court and there wasn't no prob-
lems, no gun shots. The problem when it
start was when (more officers) came and
create the problem."
Other eye-witnesses said that school chil-
dren Joel's school mates were in dan-
ger as shots were fired by officers.
A local woman said: "People were danc-
ing, there were not even any alcoholic bev-
erages there."
Meanwhile, the family has also rejected a
report that Joel was killed while trying to
rob another boy near Solomon's superstore.
"He went to the Mall one day and never
came back," she said.
The Tribune left messages for several
senior police officers yesterday seeking
comment on the matter but calls were not
returned up to press time.

Diver dies
Mr Russell was described
as "very helpful" by a co-
worker who was noticeably
shaken by the tragedy.
"And anything that he
could have helped with, he.
was always willing to give you
a hand even if he didn't know
much about it," he said.
"From the time I knew him,
I found him to be a very nice
person," he later added.
"He had a smile on his face
everyday," said another crew
member before she boarded
the boat to leave the Harbour
Patrol base.
Police detectives put Mr
Russell's body, which lay
under a Seagrape tree in a
green bag, in an official cadav-
er bag after taking pictures
and examining him. His body
was later taken away by an
undertaker in a white hearse
about an hour after being
brought to shore.

FROM page one

Last.year, in two separate
breakouts, nine Cubans escaped
from the Detention Centre,
according to The Tribune's
Six Cubans escaped the Cen-
tre on August 21, 2007. One
returned, however, the follow-
ing day.
On November 5, 2007, three
Cubans risked their lives dur-
ing a night-time escape. It is
believed that they cut through a
chain-linked fence before scal-
ing the wall to make their get-
away. None of these people
were recaptured.
Defence Force Commodore
Clifford 'Butch' Scavella has
taken an aggressive stance in
the past for escapes at the
Detention Centre.
In September last year, a

Guard Commander and Sentry
were both found guilty of
neglect in relation to the August
escape and punished by the
RBDF. To date, the RBDF has
not said specifically what pun-
ishments were given to the two
When asked yesterday if
additional punishments will be
issued for this latest escape, Mr
McKinney said: "Well, I think
what will happen is the report
will be completed and I guess
after looking at the report a
decision will be made as to
exactly what will happen."
Mr Mckinney also said that
authorities have also noticed
that the escapees are getting
assistance once they get outside
the Centre indicating that the
escapes may be planned. Once
they get out, the escapees seem
just to "almost disappear," said
Mr McKinney.

Tribune article inspires use of psychological
profiling in violent murders investigation

FROM page one
every investigative tool we have available to us and leave no
stone unturned.
"We have used this before, and we will continue to use this
approach because it is very important to get these killers off the
Mr Gibson said they are following some very good leads in the
investigation into all four murders but are not yet prepared to
make the details public.
Chief Supt. Miller added: "Once there is evidence to support
there is a serial killer we will investigate that, but we are now
approaching these matters with an open mind, and looking at an
offender profile is certainly something we will consider.
"We have done it before and in a case like this we certainly
would welcome experts in that area."

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Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER 72 holes of three
gruelling days of competition,
the Bahamas Golf Federation
has selected the national team
for the 52nd Caribbean Ama-
teur Golf Championships.
The trials were held over the
weekend with the first two
days contested at the Blue
Shark Golf Course at South
Ocean. The final day on Sun-
day was played at the Lyford
Cay Golf Course.
Based on the performances
turned in, the team will have a
mixture of youth and experi-
ence going to the champi-
onships in the Cayman Islands
in August.
And according to federation
president Glenn Archer, that
bodes well for the future of the
"We're getting back to the
days of the Young Lions," he
said. "We had quite a number
of players who came up
through the junior ranks, who
have made the team."
Because of financial con-
straints, Archer said they have
not been able to.host the qual-
ifying round of trials. But he
said the "one shot deal" this
weekend worked out perfectly.
All but one of the spots on
the team was complete.
Archer, however, said that
because only two ladies par-
tidipated, the selection com-
mittee will have to nominate
the third player to complete
the team for the George Teale
The two players who partic-
ipated were collegian Danielle
Robinson, who turned in a
score of 323 and national
junior champion Annamae
Adderley, who shot 325.
The Hoerman Cup team for
regular players was topped by
collegian Davon Robinson
with 291, followed by Richard
Gibson Jr with 300.
Veterans Peter McIntosh
and Vernon Wells from Grand
Bahama were third and fourth
with 312 and 322 respectively,
while 15-year-old Kyle king
from Grand Bahama rounded
out the top five with 324.
The alternates are veteran
Wayde Bethel with 327 and
collegian Ricardo Davis with
For the Ramon Baez Tro-
phy for mid-amateurs, the
team of Member of Parliament
Shane Gibson and Chris Harris
from Grand Bahama secured
the top spot with 278.
Tony Russell and George
Swann shot 281 for the alter-
nate spot.
The Francis/Steele-Perkins
senior team will be made up
of Kevin Marche and Steve
Williams. They shot 288.
The alternates are the broth-
ers combo of Sterling and Max
Quant, who shot 290.
And the Higgs and Higgs
senior team will be made up
of Craig Flowers and Prince
'Zorro' Stubbs with 281.
George Turnquest and Har-
court 'Coins' Poitier are the
alternates with 287.
Considering the time that
they had to pull off the trials,
Archer said they were still able
to attack a number of the top
"We didn't get to promote
it as early as we would have
liked. But all things considered,
it was still a pretty good
turnout," he said.
"This was geared towards
the more prominent golfers
because it was a gross tourna-
ment. There was no handicap
associated with this tourna-
ment. So it was geared towards
the better golfers," said
While he indicated that they

SEE page 12

Olympic trials' cash incentives

Senior Sports Reporter

With the action start-
ing to heat up for
the Scotia Bank
Olympic Trials, the
Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations have
announced cash incentives for A qual-
ifying standard performances at the
high quality two-day meet next week-
BAAA's president Mike Sands,
back from a trip to Cuba with some of
the other sporting associations and
federations delegations, said June 27-

28 will be hot at the Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium.
"And what we have decided to do is
add an incentive for athletes that
would make the A standard at the tri-
als, to be given a $1,000 incentive
bonus," Sands revealed at a press con-
ference yesterday at the Colony Club.
The incentives will be provided by
Scotia Bank, who are sponsoring the
trials through their promotions: "the
Road to Beijing."
Going into the trials, a total of eight
athletes have already attained the A
standard for their respective events
for the games in Beijing, China in
What that means, according to

Sands, is that in those events, if any
other athlete wants to compete in
those events, they will also have to
achieve the A standard.
Those events include the men's 100
metres where World Championship
silver medalist Derrick Atkins has ran
9.98 seconds to surpass the A stan-
dard of 10.21.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (11.15)
and Chandra Sturrup (11.27) have
both surpassed the A standard of 11.30
for the women's 100.
Ferguson-McKenzie has also pro-
duced the A standard in the 200 with
her clocking of 22.96. The standard is
The biggest feat so far is in the men's

400 where three athletes have reached
the allowable amount as they have
surpassed the qualifying mark of 45.55.
The trio are Chris 'Bay' Brown with
*a national record of 44.40; Andretti
'the Bahamian Dream' Bain with 44.62
as the new NCAA champion and
Andrae Williams with 45.52.
And the other qualifying mark came
from Leevan 'Superman' Sands with a
leap of 56-feet, 7 1/4-inches in the
men's triple jump.
To be eligible for the Olympics, in
any event where an athlete has
achieved the A standard, Sands said

SEE page 12

AFTER STEALING the ball in the final minutes against the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant dunks the ball in Game 5
won 103-98. See full story and more pictures on page 14...

'Superman' Sands 'soaring to his old form'

Senior Sports Reporter

CALL this the comeback year for Lee-
van 'Superman' Sands.
After competing sparingly last year
because of a six-month suspension by
the IAAF, Sands has been soaring to his
old form.
He's already gone past the Olympic
Games' A qualifying standard for the
men's triple jump five times and he's cur-
rently ranked at number six in the world.
.Sands, home with his girlfriend
Danielle and his four-month-old son,
Leevan III, is gearing up for the BAAA's
Scotia Bank Olympic trials, June 27-28 at
.the Thomas A. Robinson Track and
"I've been consistent, but I really want
to jump the.17.10 (metres, the A standard
of 56-feet, 1 1/4-inches) at nationals
because I've never really had a chance to
jump over 17 metres at home," he said.
"With competition, I want to push the
little boys because I really remember
when I was a little boy. I just really want
to do the A standard here on the home
soil 17.10."
Sands was present for the announce-
ment yesterday at the Colony Club that a
$1,000 incentive will be offered to any
athlete who achieve the Olympic A cut at
the Scotia Bank trials.
Since arriving home on Thursday with
his family, Sands said he's been taking it
easy relaxing at home.
"I've just been training a lot, but I had
one day of training," he said. "I came in
on Thursday night, did some training on

of the finals Sunday. The Lakers


LEEVAN 'SUPERMAN SANDS (far left) speaks to the media during a press conference at the
Colony Club yesterday. Also shown are Sherwin Stuart, of the BAAA, and Michael Munnings
of Scotiabank...

Friday and I will do some training this
Having had to go through a very diffi-
cult time during his suspension, Sands
said he was glad to know that there were
some members of the media who really
supported him.
As a result of his suspension, Sands
was banned from competing overseas
and he lost his shoe endorsement.
But now he's back and, under the
sponsorship of Mizuno, Sands has found
a new lease on life. Plus, he's motivated
with the birth of his, Leevan III, four
months ago.
"Having my son. That made a big dif-
ference for me. I had lost my motivation
for track and field with all that I've been
through for the past two years," he insist-
"I was at the point where I wanted to
quit. For years, I've been telling kids
'don't quit, don't quit.' But it was hard for
me, being accused of something that you
haven't done and people talk all the time

about drugs and I know I would never do
drugs. It was a simply mistake."
While he turned the negative into a
positive and is now making his way back
up the ladder, one of.Sands' arch rivals,
Christian Olssen from Sweden, is cur-
rently nursing an injury.
All Sands has heard is that Olssen is
preparing to make his return at a meet in
Lausanne. But it's not certain if he will
compete at the Olympics.
Even if Olssen doesn't make it to Bei-
jing, Sands said there are enough com-
petitors out there that will provide all of
the competition that he need.
"Phillips Idowu from England just
opened up the other day. Arnie David
Girat from Cuba is doing well, Randy
Lewis from the Caribbean is doing excep-
tionally well and the Brazilian, Jadel Gre-
"I had a chance to jump against all of
those guys. Now I'm back in the flow,
competing with them, so it feels good.
I'm just happy to be consistent."

SPRINTER Debbie Fer-
guson-McKenzie almost
completed a sprint double
at a meet in Prague over
the weekend.
Ferguson-McKenzie, who
already did the A qualifying
standard in both the 100
and 200 metres, got a third
in the century and won the
In the 100, she won the
last of two heats in a time of
11.42 seconds for the third
fastest qualifying time for
the final.
But in the final, her time
of 11.26 was only good
enough for third place. The
Russian duo of'Yevgeniya
and Natalya Murinovich
were first and second in a
season's best of 11.21 and
a personal best of 11.26.
In the 200, Ferguson-
McKenzie easily topped the
field in her season's best
time of 22.88: Russian Yele-
na Bolsun was second in
23.22 and Belgium's Han-
na Marlen got third in

'This is not over yet!'


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Sports Reporter

IT'S just one
Conventional wisdom sug-
gests it takes a series of
moves to build a champi-
onship contender, but this is
the NBA, throw conventional
wisdom out the window.
This is the same league bat-
tling a betting scandal, where
players brawled with fans in
the stands and where Dennis
Rodman found a purpose.
Conventional Wisdom has
no place here, with that first
pick, one player can change
When the lottery ball
bounces the right way and a
team happens to get the top
pick in the draft on lottery
night, fans are as excited as a
kid on Christmas Eve.
Visions of hoisting the Lar-
ry O' Brian trophy run ram-
pant and everyone gets
amped about their franchise
landing "the next big thing,"
however for these dreams to
come to fruition that first
choice is crucial because its
the generally the first step
towards contention.
Of the last ten seasons, and
ten drafts, only two top selec-
tions (Michael Olowakandi
and Kwame Brown) have
been absolute busts, however
the one versus two argument
remains a yearly tradition.
Chicago has a classic one
versus two argument this
year with Michael Beasley
and Derrick Rose, both play-
ers by all accounts are
labeled as "can't miss"
The Blazers had the same
choice last year (Greg Oden-
Kevin Durant), the Magic
had the same debate in '05
(Dwight Howard-Emeka
Okafor), Chicago in '99 with
Elton Brand and Steve Fran-
cis, this draft is of that mold.
Basically there is pretty
much a no-lose situation for
the Bulls this year.
In scenario number one
you take Rose, the home-
town kid from Chicago who's
further ahead of the curve for
a point guard than anyone his
age should be.
Pair his size, athleticism
and decision making along-
side Ben Gordon, Luol Deng,
Drew Gooden, Joakim Noah
and deal Kirk Hinrich for
front court help, or take
Beasley and build a young
front-line with Deng and
Noah with Hinrich and Gor-
don in the backcourt.
With the Rose scenario, I
think the Bulls take a step
forward so he seems like the
logical choice.
With Beasley measuring
just 6' 7" at the combine, and
followed by character ques-
tions, the dynamic Rose
should be more of a differ-
ence maker from day one
with the ball in his hands.
His size will allow Ben

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Gordon to switch off and
guard the opposing team's
point guard a-la Allen Iver-
son, and with Hinrich being a
heavily sought after battle
tested guard, the Bulls should
be able to acquire some bulk
on the front-line from the
trading block.
Teams run into trouble
when the choice for number
one is a little less clear cut,
then you wind up with the.
busts, and those are the selec-
tions which set your franchise
back for years.
In those years, you wind up
with your Andrea Bargnani,
Andrew Bogut as your num-
ber one pick whilst passing
on players like Chris Paul,
Deron WIlliams, Brandon
Roy and Rudy Gay.

Top draft selections usually
fall into one a few archtypes:

The Tim Duncan
This is the best possible
scenario for any franchise. A
dominant franchise player
who makes and immediate
impact, capable of leading
fahchise to a championship.
(Lebron James, Dwight
Howard, Shaquille O'Neal,
Hakeem Olajuwon)

The Elton Brand
All star caliber player, a
few pieces short of contend-
ing. High trade value, team
leader. (Yao Ming, Allen
Iverson, Chris Webber,
David Robinson, James Wor-
thy, Magic Johnson)

The Ralph Sampson
Rushes into the league with
a head of steam. Heralded as

the next great thing. Side-
tracked a ferl \ears into a
career and places no long
term effects on the legacy. of
the franchise. (Glenn Robin-
son. Larry Johnson. Dann%
Manning. Brad Daughcrti.
Joe Barry Carroll)

The Joe Smith
Fails to live up to the
stereotypical top pick billing.
Eventually floats around the
league as a journeyman often
as an add-in player in a mutli
layered trade. No lasting
legacy. (Kenyon Martin, Der-
rick Coleman, Mark Aguire)

The Michael Olowakandi
Complete bust. Two weeks
into the season and the front
office has buyers' remorse.
Never turns into a service-
able player, unable to claim
at least a starting spot on a
contender and deserving of
an appropriate nickname.
(Pervis Ellison, Kwame

The jury is still out on the
last three number one picks,
Oden, Bargnani, and Bogut.
Beasley and Rose should
fall somewhere between the
Brand and Duncan
The real choices lie in the
remainder of the draft and
where teams like the a Spurs
and Hornets, Bulls and Blaz-
ers have built the core of
their franchises.
Perhaps the two teams in
the 2008 Finals aren't exactly
the poster children for build-
ing teams through the draft,
but those squads are aberra-

Our of both teams' starters,
onlN four players (Fisher,
Rondo. Pierce. Perkins)
%ere drafted by their current
teams. yet the draft played a
major role (Boston sending
the 5th pick and Delonte
West to Seattle for Ray
Allen, Charlotte sending the
rights to the Kobe Bryant
pick to the Lakers for Vlade
Divac and additional
In all fairness, it's impossi-
ble to judge a draft on draft
night and the winners and
losers of the upside giveaway
won't be determined for a
few years.
For every player of the
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce,
Al Horford, Brandon Roy,
Chris Paul, Dwight Howard
mold who made an immedi-
ate impact in their first sea-
There are dozens of others
of the Chauncey Billups, Tra-
cy McGrady, Jermaine
O'Neal, Travis Outlaw,
David West, Michael Redd,
Joe Johnson, Richard Hamil-
ton, Steve Nash mold who
take a few years to develop
and really blossom.
That being said, in just
under two weeks the Bulls
have a decision to make, and
that one decision could be
the difference between a
return to the NBA elite, or
leave them mired in NBA
One choice can turn a fran-
chise around, one choice can
deliver a championship, for
the sake of Bulls fans I just
hope that choice doesn't miss
his entire rookie season with
microfracture surgery (Yes,

Olympic trials' cash incentives

FROM page 11

the country is allowed a total of
three athletes, but they must
all surpass the A standard.
In the event that no one
makes the A cut, Sands said a
country is allowed to enter one
athlete in that event depending

FROM page 11

were very encouraged by the
number of newcomers who
emerged through the junior
ranks, he said they are hoping
tlat the public will come forth
and assist the federation finan-
cially as they try to groom the
team for the championships.
In addition to one more
lady, the selection committee
will also have to nominate a
coach and team manager to
complete the list before they
head off in August.

on whether or not they make
the B standard.
However, he stressed that
only one athlete will be
allowed to compete in any
event where there is an athlete
who achieved the A standard
and the other with a B stan-
Sprinter Sheniqua 'Q' Fer-
guson said her goal at the trials
is to make the A cut for the
women's 100 and 200. But
she's looking forward to com-
peting with her peers this
weekend at the BAAA's BTC
Junior Nationals.
Leevan Sands, who has
already attained the A quali-
fying standard with a sixth
place ranking in the world, said
he's excited to be competing
up to par and he's looking for-
ward to the nationals because
he could use "the $1,000" that
is being offered as an incen-
To ensure that the fans are
not robbed of the anticipated
match-ups, Sands said the trials
are mandatory for all athletes
wishing to make the Olympic
Additionally, he said that all
athletes must compete in the
events) they intend to com-

ALPHEUS 'Hawk' Finlayson (center) speaks to the media during a press conference at the Colony Club for the Scotiabank Olympic Trials. Also shown
are Mike Sands (far left), president of the BAAA, and NJCAA double sprint champion Sheniqua'Q' Ferguson...

pete in at the Olympics and
the CAC Championships.
Based on the final entries,
Sands said they will decide on
the amount of rounds that will
be contested in each event. But
he said they are looking for-
ward to running the trials as
an invitational one, running
"fast and furious" with a very
professional event.
With a star-studded field
expected for the nationals,
Sands said they are also nego-

tiating with Scotia Bank to pro-
vide some incentive for those
athletes who break a national
or regional record.
Michael Munnings, repre-
senting Scotia Bank, said they
are all excited about the trials
will bring home some of the
best athletes in the world to
"I'm excited about what they
are doing and I'm also excit-
ed about the opportunity that
Scotia Bank has to participate

in such a grand event, such a
grand occasion," Mullings stat-
"Sherwin (Stuart) and I were
just talking. Bahamian athletes,
no matter what you call us to,
we can compete and we can
compete at the highest level.
We can compete with the best
and bring home the gold."
Stuart, one of the members
of the organising committee,
revealed that in an effort to
ensure that the trials take on a

family atmosphere, children
under-10 will be admitted free.
But he noted that for a small
fee, there will be a "kiddies
corner" where they will be
entertained while the parents
take the time out to view the
action on the track and field.
Tickets for the trials are
priced at $20.00 for adults, gen-
eral are $10.00 and $5.00 for
school students all available
at Scotia Bank locations in
New Providence.

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Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER turning in a stellar perfor-
mance in her debut in college, NJCAA
double sprint champion Sheniqua 'Q'
Ferguson is excited about competing
at home again.
This weekend, Ferguson will be com-
peting against her peers in the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations'
BTC Junior Nationals at the Thomas
A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Back home from Southwest Missis-
sippi Community College where she
led a Bahamian connection at the
National Junior College Athletic Asso-
ciation's Championships with the sprint
double, Ferguson said she spent the
past three weeks preparing to display
her skills.
"I've already qualified for the Jr.
World Championships," said Ferguson,
of the meet scheduled for July 8-13 in
Bydgoszcz, Poland.
"So I just want to go out there and
run a good time and warm me up for
next week."
The Jordan Prince William Falcons'
graduate is expected to have her hands
full as she renews her rivalry with her
peers, including Nivea Smith, the high

school sensation from Grand Bahama.
"We haven't ran together since last
year, so it's going to be an interesting
race," Ferguson projected.
But she said she's more eager about
competing in the Scotia Bank Olympic
trials over the weekend of June 27-28.
"I really want to make, the Olympic
team, so I'm really looking forward to
performing very well at that meet," she
pointed out.
At the Olympic trials, Ferguson will
get the opportunity to compete against
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chan-
dra Sturrup, who both have already
qualified for Beijing in the 100. Fergu-
son-McKenzie has also done it in the
"I'm not intimidated or anything,"
Ferguson stressed. "I just want to go
out there and do my best and probably
run faster than my best."
At the NJCAA championships, Fer-
guson turned in her season's best of
11.39 and 23.32 respectively in the 100
and 200.
But in order for her to qualify for
the Olympics, she will have to run
under the A qualifying times of 11.30
and 23.10.
With the competition expected, Fer-
guson said she's confident that she can
accomplish the feat.

AFTER turning in a stellar performance in her debut in college, NJCAA double sprint
.champion Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson is excited about competing at home again...


FOLLOWING a valiant
effort in the opening round
qualifier for the 2010 FIFA
World Cup last month, the
Bahamas was unable to
continue their momentum
in round two against the
best in the Caribbean.
The Bahamas was rail-
roaded 7-0 by Jamaica in
,the first of a home-away
Game two is scheduled
for 4 pm June 18 at the
Trelawny Multi-Purpose
The winner of the series
advances to the next round,
regional qualification to
determine the three CON-
CACAF countries to
advance to the World Cup.
The fourth placed CON-
CACAF team faces a final
possibility of qualification
with a home-away series
against the fifth placed from
CONMEBOL, the South
American federation.
The Jamaican side exhib-
ited their wealth of experi-
ence and professional savvy
early and often in route to
the easy win.
Jamaica controlled the
pace of the match through-
out and stuck first on the
scoreboard with Ricardo
Gardener's deflected shot
found the net in the 17th
Demar Phillips scored
just five minutes later in the
22nd minute and Marlon
King padded the lead by
three with his goal in the
25th minute to give Jamaica
a 3-0 lead headed into the
In the second half, the
Jamaicans thrilled the home
crowd with four goals, run-
ning up the score against
the Bahamas to softball lev-
After the half, the
Jamaicans reached the
scoreboard quickly with
Luton Shelton's consecu-
tive goals in the 51st and
64th minute.
Andrew Williams shot
landed two minutes later in
the 66th and reserve player
Omar Daley, who entered
the game in the 65th
minute, capped the
onslaught in the 80th
minute with his goal.
Despite the lopsided loss,
head coach Nieder Dos
Santos voiced his optimism
in an interview with the
Bahamas Football Associa-
tion posted on the associa-
tion's website.
"Now we need to forget
that match and see how to
improve the performance
for the next game. For the
next game, our players will
be more confident and they
will know the real idea of
what they are up against,"
he said, "We will try to cor-
rect the mistakes and play a
better game than this first
Dos Santos said the team
expected a daunting task
faced against a much more
experienced squad.
"As we expected, it was a
very difficult game. Our
game plan was to hold
Jamaica as long as we could
to put pressure on them.
Around 15 minutes in the
first half on a lucky ball that
deflected on one of our
defenders scoring a goal."
he said.
"This changed our game
plan. We had problems
with the pace and the speed
Jamaica was moving the
ball, also the difference of

THE FOURTH ANNUAL Jackie Conyers "Back-to-Basics" Volleyball Camp, scheduled for June 21-25 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, will give young volleyball enthusiasts (shown)
an opportunity to learn the game from premiere volleyball coaches both at the local and international level.

Jackie Conyers 'Back-

to-Basics' Volleyball

Camp this weekend

Sports Reporter

FOR the fourth consecutive
year, one of the countries' icon-
ic volleyball figures will con-
tinue her mission of imparting
fundamental knowledge to
future generations of athletes,
beginning at the core level of
the sport.
The fourth Annual Jackie
Conyers "Back-to-Basics" Vol-
leyball Camp, scheduled for
June 21-25 at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium, will give young
volleyball enthusiasts an
opportunity to learn the game
from premiere volleyball
coaches both at the local and
international level.
Following the Nassau-edi-
tion of the camp, it will also
conduct a three day camp in
Abaco, June 26-28.

Both camps are open to boys
and girls between the ages of
10-18 years of age.
Since its inception, the camp
was a means of recognition for
Conyers from the Bahamas
Volleyball Federation for her
long standing and valuable
contribution as a member of
the Bahamas' national volley-
ball teams.
Conyers said the primary
goals of the camp are to
increase peak performance of
the athletes through sharpen-
ing fundamental skills, devel-
oping in-game confidence,
increasing game concentration
and poise, turning weak skills
and attitudes into strengths,
improving mental toughness,
aggressiveness, second effort
and quickness.
"Our goal is to stimulate a
love for the game in young ath-
letes by showing them how to

accelerate their own progress
and success. By partnering with
our sponsor, and working with
the some of the best coaches
out of the USA, we are able
to offer an unforgettable
growth experience no matter
what your skill level," she said,
"We promise that you will
leave Our Volleyball Camp
with renewed energy, enthusi-
asm for the sport, and
improved self-confidence, all
keys to their growth as a play-
The former national team
stalwart said the camp focuses
largely on fundamentals of the
game, hence its title, "Back-to-
"We want to go back and
teach the kids the basic funda-
mentals of the game, which is
lacking," she said, "And we
have seen the level of play
improve each year."

Conyers said the success of
the campers has been evident
in their development of their
volleyball careers year round.
"We have seen the improve-
ments in the increased pro-
ductivity in the boys and girls,
particularly during inter-school
play where some of our
campers have went on to win
championships with their teams
so they were able to display
and demonstrate their high lev-
el of play and experience," she
said, "We have also had some
of these same kids go on and
become a part of the junior
national team programme."
Off the court, Conyers said
the development of the
campers' social skills will
become just as important as
their volleyball skills.
"The camp is at an interna-
tional level and is well struc-
tured," she said, "It is designed

to develop the character of
these campers and to learn
valuable life skills and make
new friends."
The camp will feature sev-
eral highly regarded interna-
tional coaches including, Del
Hughes Director/CEO of the
Atlanta Boom Volleyball Insti-
tute, Arlee Hughes Atlanta
Volleyball Board Member with
21 years of officiating experi-
ence, Vanessa Johnson for-
mer Bahamian National Team
member now coaching high
school volleyball in Georgia
where she took her team to the
state tournament Sweet Six-
teen in 2007.
A new addition to this year's
camp will be Gwen Rouse,
Senior Women's Administra-
tor, overseeing all athletic pro-
grammes at Benedict College
who also acts as head volleyball
and softball coach.-

size of players made things
more difficult. The players
tried their best but some-
times the difference of
experience made a huge
impact in the game."


F te t i

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008, PAGE 13


Lakers beat Celtics, force Game 6

AP Sports Writer

As purple-and-gold streamers
rained down, Lamar Odom
shook his head in approval,
Derek Fisher caressed the
game ball against his chest and
Kobe Bryant clapped his hands
before striding from the floor.
"I love LA" blared through
the speakers and "Not In Our
House!" flashed on the score-
The PA announcer cried,
"This is not over yet!"
The Los Angeles Lakers
aren't done playing. The NBA
finals are headed East.
Bryant scored 25 points,
including a decisive dunk in
the final minute and Odom
added 20 as the Lakers, playing
with pride on their star-stud-
ded stage, prevented the
Celtics from winning a 17th
title with a 103-98 win in Game
5 on Sunday night to close to 3-
2 in this restored rivalry.
"We didn't want to see any
champagne popping," Odom
said. "It wasn't easy. I wouldn't
expect it to be."
No team has overcome a 3-1
deficit in the finals to win a
title. The first 28 failed, and
now the Lakers, who blew a
24-point lead and lost Game 4
and nearly squandered a 19-
point lead in Game 5, have a
chance to do something extra-
They'll have to win on the
Celtics' parquet floor Tuesday
night to force a winner-take-
all Game 7, where anything is
Especially with Bryant, the
game's best player, on hand.
"In training camp if you told
us, 'We'll give you two games
that you have to win to win a
world championship,' we
would have taken it in a heart-
beat," Bryant said. "This is a
great opportunity for us."
The league's MVP and ulti-
mate finisher isn't finished yet.
On a night when Bryant did-
n't have his best game, the oth-
er Lakers came up big.
Pau Gasol had 19 points and"
13 rebounds, Odom had 11
reboUnds and four blocks,
Derek Fisher added 15 points
and Jordan Farmar came off
the bench to get 11.
"We were aggressive. We
played hard," Lakers coach
Phil Jackson said. "Not smart
all the time, but we played
Paul Pierce led the Celtics
with 38 points and played all

LOS ANGELES Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16), Boston Celtics forward
James Posey (left) and Celtics' Tony Allen (42) scramble for the ball in

but two seconds. Kevin Gar-
nett added 13 points and 14
rebounds, and Ray Allen had
16 points. But Boston's Big
Three couldn't close out their
first chance at winning it all,
and now will get two cracks at
Following the game, Allen
left the arena immediately
because of an undisclosed
health issue with one of his
The Celtics, trying to win
their first title since 1986, are
consoled by the fact they are
going home. They are 47-7 at
TD Banknorth Garden this
"We wanted to go back
home, but we didn't want to
play," coach Doc Rivers said.
"But now we have to play, and
we earned that right. That's
why the regular season is so
important. We fought for it all

year. We have Game 6 at
home, and that's not a bad
place to be."
After scoring 15 points in the
first quarter, Bryant went cold
from the floor and finished just
8-of-21. But he made a big
steal, poking the ball away
from Pierce and streaking
down to deliver a two-handed
dunk with 37.4 seconds left.
"I just was kind of reading
the play and I was able to get
my hands on the ball and get
out and get a dunk," Bryant
The Celtics called a timeout,
superfan Jack Nicholson
jumped to his feet and the
scoreboard in Staples Center
flashed: Not In Our House!
On Saturday, Bryant had
said "this is far from over," and
he could be right.
Accused of being selfish and
too tough on his not-as-talent-

LOS ANGELES Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) dunks the ball in the closil
half in Game 5 of the finals against the Boston Celtics on Sunday in Los A


ed teammates, Bryant can bow
to the other Lakers for sending
the series back across country.
Gasol, the 7-foot Spanish cen-
ter criticized for being pillowy
soft, didn't back down under-
neath and was able to get Gar-
nett into foul trouble.
But just as they did in Game
4, when they staged the biggest
comeback in finals history, the
Celtics pushed the Lakers to
the brink of summer with
another rally. This one fell a
little short, but the outcome
was still in doubt when Pierce,
who grew up hating Boston
like every other kid from LA,
made two free throws with 1:14

remaining to get the Celtics to
Fisher then missed a jumper
and the Celtics appeared to be
in business when Pierce fought
off two Lakers for a rebound.
But as he dribbled toward the
basket, Bryant reached around
and knocked the ball away to
Odom, who then fed Bryant
for his slam.
Still, the Celtics wouldn't go
After Bryant missed one of
two free throws with 16 sec-
onds left, Eddie House nailed a
3-pointer to make it 101-98
with 14 seconds left. House
then nearly stole the ensuing
inbounds pass, but Bryant,
sprawled out on the floor, got
the ball to Fisher, who drew a
desperation foul.
Fisher then made two free
throws and stole Boston's last
pass as Lakers fans, stunned
to silence a few nights ago, left
the building dreaming of see-
ing another improbable come-
This is the llth meeting -
and first since 1987 between
the league's two most stories
franchises; and it could be
headed for a crescendo befit-
ting the matchups between
Bird and Magic, McHale and
Abdul-Jabbar, and Russell and
Before the game, Lakers
coach Jackson said the only
way for his team to approach a
close-out game was to keep
"A lot of things can hap-
pen," he said. "We're young
enough and dumb enough to
Sbe able to do this."
With Bryant, they have the
smarts and skills to get it done.
He made four 3-pointers in




ng seconds during the second
Angeles. The Lakers won 103-

the first eight minutes and his
free throw gave the Lakers a
25-15 lead. The Celtics were
forced to extend their defense,
and Bryant made them pay
when he faked a long-range
shot and fired a pass under-
neath to Vladimir Radmanovic
to make it 29-15.
Odom, a model of inconsis-
tency in the series, drove the
lane for a hoop to put the Lak-
ers ahead by 16, and Gasol's
bucket in the final second
made the overhead scoreboard
read: Lakers 39, Celtics 22.
Most teams might panic. Not
the Celtics. They were in a big-
ger hole 21 points after
the first quarter in Game 4
when they staged their epic ral-
And, sure enough, back
Boston came.
When Sasha Vujacic scored,
the Lakers' lead bulged to 19
and the oh-so-trendy L.A.
faithful were carrying on like a
rowdy East coast crowd. That's
when the Celtics began chip-
ping away as Pierce scored six
points and Tony Allen scored
two quick baskets.
The Celtics' rally seemed
short-lived when Garnett
picked up his third personal,
but with the Lakers unable to
get anything to drop, Pierce
made a layup and 3 to make it
43-39 before Odom finally end-
ed Los Angeles nearly six-
minute scoring drought.
The Lakers briefly
regrouped but PJ Brown
scored on a putback and Pierce
hit another 3-pointer with 5.2
seconds left as the Celtics
closed to 55-52 at half and
bounded toward their locker
just 24 minutes from a title that
remains just out of reach.

Celtics look to close out 17th NBA title

AP Sports Writer

Pierce took the Boston Celtics to the
brink of another improbable come-
back and then let it slip out of his
The All-Star scored 38 points in
Game 5 of the NBA finals against
Los Angeles on Sunday night, but
twice in the final minutes let Kobe
Bryant slap the ball away as the Lak-
ers held on to win 103-98 and force
the series back to Boston.
"Kobe is a great player. He made
two big steals on myself there in the
fourth quarter that I shouldn't have
allowed," Pierce said. "It definitely
hurts; tough one to swallow, and we'll
just try to get the next one at home."
Game 6 is Tuesday night, and the
Celtics would have another chance

to close out their 17th NBA title on
Thursday night if they need it.
The Celtics overcame a 24-point
deficit to win Game 4 in Los Angeles,
and they fell behind quickly in Game
5, as well. The Lakers took a 41-22
lead with the first basket of the second
quarter, and again the Celtics mount-
ed a comeback.
"It's tough when you're always
fighting back from big leads of 16, 17
points," Pierce said. "That's not some-
thing we practice. But we're up one
game with two games to go at home,
so it still feels like we have the advan-
tage in the series, and I do feel like
we're the better team."
With Kendrick Perkins scratched
from the lineup and all of the other
starters resting or in foul trouble,
Pierce scored 13 of Boston's next 17
points. He also helped out on the oth-
er two baskets with an assist and a

steal as the Celtics cut a 41-22 deficit
to four points with a 15-0 run.
"Paul is one of my favourite players
in the league," Bryant said. "He's
tough. He has the whole package. I
enjoy watching him play, I enjoy play-
ing against him, and he's fantastic.
"Tonight, he did what a great play-
er does. He attacked and saw oppor-
tunities to keep his team in the ball-
game, and that's what he did."
That was the plan.
"When I'm aggressive, everybody
else is aggressive," Pierce said. "So I
just wanted to make plays, feel like I
have an advantage night-in and night-
out. That's all I do, try to get to the
rim and take advantage of my oppor-
An LA native facing the team he
followed as a kid, Pierce had 26 at
the half and finished with eight assists
and six rebounds while playing all but

the final 2 seconds. He was 2-for-6
from 3-point range and 16-for-19 from
the line.
"He was terrific," Celtics coach Doc
Rivers said. "I thought he was really
aggressive to the basket; getting to
the foul line 19 times tells you that. I
thought he really went for it, if you
want to put it that way."
Pierce also helped out covering
Bryant, shutting him down after the
NBA MVP scored 15 points against
Ray Allen in the first quarter.
"He's the whole focus for us,"
Pierce said. "He's a guy who can beat
you all by himself, so the whole game
plan is (based) on stopping him and
making other guys beat us. It's just
unfortunate that we let the other guys
beat us."
But with just over 3 minutes left
and the Celtics trailing 94-91, Bryant
slapped the ball away from Pierce to

make it a two-possession game. It was
97-95 when Pierce grabbed a rebound
and brought the ball across halfcourt.
Kevin Garnett came up to set a
pick, but Bryant lunged from behind
to poke the ball loose.
"We needed that because we need-
ed to get an easy hoop," Bryant said.
"Paul is such a big body and he pro-
tects the ball extremely well. As soon
as I noticed that the ball was exposed
just a little bit, it was important for me
to go after it."
The ball bounced to Lamar Odom,
who grabbed it and threw it upcourt
to the streaking Bryant for a clinching
"He made really a last-ditch effort
because Paul had him beat," Rivers
said. "It's not like he gambled; he had
no choice. He just came from behind
and got a piece of the ball. So give
him the credit."

PAGE 14, TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008



TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008, PAGE 15


UN chief: Saudi

Arabia to boost

oil production

* RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

SAUDI Arabia plans to
increase its oil production by
200,000 barrels a day next
month, the kingdom's oil min-
ister told U.N. chief Ban Ki-
moon on Sunday, according
to Ban's spokesman.
The U.N. secretary-gener-
al met with Oil Minister Ali
al-Naimi in the port city of
Jiddah during a one-day trip
to the world's largest oil pro-
ducer, according to Associated
Farhan Haq, a spokesman
who is traveling with Ban, said
in an e-mail that the U.N.
chief said.al-Naimi told him
Saudi Arabia would increase
oil production by 200,000 bar-
rels a day from June to July.
In May, the kingdom
increased its production by
By July, production should
be at 9.7 million barrels a day,
Haq said.
Ban also said Saudi Arabia
understands that the current
price of oil, which topped $139
per barrel earlier this month,
is not normal, according to the
official Saudi Press Agency.
"The king believes that the
current oil prices are abnor-
mally high, and he is ready to
restore prices to their appro-
priate levels," SPA quoted
Ban as telling reporters in Jid-
dah. The report carried by
SPA was in Arabic, and it did
not say what language Ban
spoke in.
Saudi Arabia is concerned
that sustained high oil prices
will eventually slacken the
world's appetite for oil, affect-
ing the kingdom in the long
The 200,000-barrel-a-day
boost is not insignificant it
will raise Saudi Arabia's daily
production by about 2 per-
cent. But to a market that has
been sending oil prices soaring
to record heights due in part
to strong global demand, the
move might be seen as mar-
The oil market largely
ignored Saudi Arabia's
300,000-barrel-a-day output
increase last month.
In electronic trading on the
New York Mercantile
Exchange late Sunday, crude
oil futures were down 54 cents
at $134.3' a barrel.
'The kingdiomhas called for
a meeting of oil producing and
consuming countries on June
22 in Jiddah to discuss ways
of dealing with soaring energy
The New York Times
reported on Saturday, citing
unnamed analysts and oil
traders briefed by Saudi offi-
cials, that a production
increase of about'500,000 bar-
rels per day was to be
announced following the
On Saturday, al-Naim's
adviser told The Associated
Press that the minister would
address the production
increase reports the next day.
But on Sunday, the adviser,
Ibrahim al-Muhanna, said
there was no meeting to
address the reports scheduled.
Further attempts to reach
al-Muhanna by phone later
Sunday went unanswered.
Saudi Arabia, the world's
largest oil producer, is con-
cerned that sustained high oil
prices will eventually slacken
the world's appetite for oil,
affecting the kingdom in the
long run.

RONALD BOLISAY, Mastering Digital Communications,
with Thelma Rolle, PR officer.

First Comprehensive


Workshop for public

healthcare system

THE Public Hospitals
Authority last week hosted
officials from the Ministry
of Health and Social Devel-
opment along with execu-
tives, administrators, direc-
tors, managers and health
professionals from the
Departments of Public
Health, Environmental
Health and Social Services
as well as the nation's major
hospitals at the first Com-
prehensive Communications
Workshop for the piblid
healthcare system.
The workshop was
designed to provide execu-
tives and decision makers
throughout the public
healthcare system, as well
as their communications
officers, with a solid foun-
dation in understanding
communications, public
relations and community
relations, said Mr Herbert
Brown, managing director
of the PHA.


Welcoming the work-
shop's participants, Mr
Brown said: "It is clear that
one of the areas that has
virtually exploded in the
Bahamas has been the
realm of communications
(and) the public healthcare
system often has to deal
with the increasing com-
plexities of a growing, com-
petitive mass media com-
munity and the new fron-
tiers of the ever-expanding
virtual world."
MP for Montagu and Min-
ister of State for Social
Development Loretta But-
ler-Turner opened the two-
day workshop by reminding
participants of just how far
communications technology

had progressed since the
first-radio signals were
transmitted and received in
the 1920s.
She emphasised that the
Bahamas now employs a.
tele-medicine link that
allows doctors in Nassau to
examine patients in Abaco
via a high-speed internet


This technology will be
available in clinics through-
out the Bahamian archipel-
ago in the future, bringing
the highest quality patient
care to even the farthest
corners of the nation.
Communications has
become an increasingly
important aspect of the pub-
lic healthcare system as pre-
ventative care continues to
be a very high priority for
the Bahamas.
Participants were also
encouraged to remember
that as-the country and pub-
lic continues to progress,
health care messages must
go out via all media plat-
forms so that the commit-
ment to provide citizens and
visitors the highest level of
healthcare will never be
The workshop was held at
the PHA's new Corporate
Center at 3rd and West Ter-
races, Centreville, in one of
the state-of-art training
rooms. More than 100 par-
ticipants heard from experts
in topics including strategic
communications planning,
crisis communications man-
agement, communications
and disaster management,
mastering digital communi-
cations and ethics in profes-
sional communications.

SOLDIERS digging through
the wreckage of a hot spring
resort buried in a landslide dis-
covered the body of one of the
missing Monday, bringing the
death toll in the weekend
quake to 10, news reports said,
according to Associated Press.
Rescuers kept up their
search for the 12 remaining
missing from Saturday's pow-
erful quake in northern Japan,
but hopes dimmed that any of
them would be found alive.
The body of a man was dis-
covered at about noon at the
hot spring inn that was inun-
dated by a torrent of mud,
rocks and trees early Saturday,
the Kyodo News agency
reported. Fire and self-defense
forces refused to immediately
confirm the report.
Three bodies were recov-
ered from the resort's wreck-
age Sunday, and there were at
least another three victims still
buried there.
More than 1,000 rescue and
disaster officials including
military troops and aircraft -
have joined the search. They
braved loose ground, after-
shocks and darkness, and so
far have had good weather -
a major factor since rain would
hamper airlifts and possibly
spark more deadly landslides.
But the rescue efforts have
been slowed by bad roads.
Several major points of
access to the hardest-hit spots
were virtually unreachable by
ground with tons of debris cov-
ering them. Soldiers using
backhoes were trying to dig
their way to the hot spring
area, but had to start 5 miles
Soldiers caked in mud and
using hand shovels recovered
the bodies Sunday of the inn's
80-year-old owner and two
others buried when the 7.2-
magnitude quake struck, trig-
gering several major land-
Nine other people were
missing in the quake-hit area.
Another 100 living in a hamlet
nearby the resort remained
stranded, some without water,
and had to be slowly airlifted
out by police and military heli-




JAPAN'S SELF-DEFENCE Forces troopers make their way through
a mountain road with cracks caused by Saturday's earthquake at
Kurihara, northern Japan, on Sunday June 15, 2008. Soldiers fight-
ing through a torrent of mud and rocks dug out three bodies at a
hot spring Sunday, bringing the death toll from a magnitude 7.2-
earthquake that hit the mountains of northern Japan to at least
nine, with more than 200 injured.

copters. -
The two-story hot spring
resort was inundated when the
hill behind it came crashing
The people at the resort
were probably having break-
fast or preparing for the day
ahead when the quake hit a
8:43 a.m. local time, and were
not likely to have been
bathing, said Shinsuke
Yamauchi, a local disaster
relief official. Yamauchi said
it was a small, family-run inn.
A series of powerful after-
shocks hampered search

efforts. More than 470 after-
shocks were recorded since the
quake hit and officials warned
more landslides were possible.
The quake was centered in
the northern prefecture (state)
f Iwate, and was located
bout 5 miles underground.
It was felt as far away as
Tokyo, 250 miles to the south-
The most recent major
earthquake in Japan, one of
the world's most seismically
active countries, killed more
than 6,400 people in the city
of Kobe in January 1995.

Report: Jpan quak

. I

Club Land'or reception

for the US Ambassador

Land'or International, wel-
comed US Ambassador to the
Bahamas Ned Siegel to Club
Land'or's Blue Lagoon
Mr Holt owner of Club,
Land'or, recently hosted a pri-
vate reception for the Ambas-
sador at his resort on Paradise
Members of Parliament, sev-
eral government officials and
local dignitaries attended the
dinner function held in the
resort's Blue Lagoon.Restau-
Mr Holt stressed that Club
Land'or is committed to being
a good corporate citizen in the
Bahamas and is grateful to the
people of the country who
have supported them for 30
Land'or International, cor-
porately based in Richmond, US through its travel, cruise and has contributed signifi-
Virginia, operates resorts in and exchange divisions. cantly to the image and
Virginia and has for over two Mr Holt serves as Chairman reputation of the resort devel-
decades serviced a member of the Bahamas Vacation opment industry in the
base scattered throughout the Ownership Council (BVOC) Bahamas.

Education's role in CARICOM

development to be discussed

at New York conference

THE critical role of education in the devel-
opment of CARICOM will be among the main
issues participants of the New York Conference
on the Caribbean will consider when they meet
in an open session in Brooklyn this week.
The New York Conference on the
Caribbean, which coincides with events to mark
Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the
United States, is being held June 19 and 20.
The conference will include discussions on
education, trade and investment, and high lev-
el meetings between heads of government and
key officials including Congressman Charles
Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means
Committee of the House of Representatives;
David Paterson, New York Governor; Michael
Bloomberg, Mayor of New York; Marty
Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, and
top executives of Wall Street.
Strengthening collaborative ties between
New York and CARICOM higher educatiori
institutions is the focus of an education sym-
posium to be held at the Marriott New York
Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday.
CARICOM heads of government, delega-
tions from regional capitals, and representatives
of banks and the academic community will be
among the participants at the event, which is
being hosted and sponsored by Medgar Evers
The symposium is expected to highlight the
advantages of existing collaborative models,
and discuss the role of the Diaspora in expand-
ing ties between educational institutions in
CARIOM and North America.
Education and the role of the Diaspora in the
sector were among the highlights of the first
Conference on the Caribbean held in Wash-
ington DC last year. That conference took the
format of three concurrent fora a private
sector dialogue, an experts forum, and a Dias-
pora forum. The latter two focused heavily on
The experts forum deliberated on issues that
were considered critical to the creation of a
level of international competitiveness including
education, health and gender, and security.
It was recognized that education, in particu-
lar, paid a critical role in the process of devel-
opment. Participants highlighted the need to
upgrade teacher education, introduce improved
teaching methodologies and correct the gender
imbalance regarding output at the tertiary lev-
el based on the predominance of female grad-
It was proposed that in order to respond to
the challenges in the regional education sector,
greater emphasis should be placed on trans-
forming curricula to meet labour market
demands and to ensure that education con-
tributed to the competitiveness of economies of
the Caribbean.
The Diaspora forum concluded that a well-
educated young population, both in the
Caribbean and the Diaspora, is the most criti- Youth Exchange Programmes through link-
cal requirement for a sustainable future of both ages between universities and colleges in the
communities and that building knowledge and Caribbean and like institutions in the US, and
creativity among the youth should be the high- for the utilisation of information communica-

est priority of regional governments, the Dias- tion technologies (ICT) to promote linkages
pora and the United States. between Caribbean youths and those in the
Roles for the CARICOM Youth Ambas- Diaspora.
sadors Progamme were identified. Recom- The symposium in New York is expected to
mendations were made for the development of follow up on these recommendations.

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BISX unveils its global

market 'launching pad'

Tribune Business Editor
rT he Bahamas
Exchange (BISX) yes-
terday put down its
"marker to let the world
know" its international
expansion plans, unveil-
joint venture that will
act as a "business origi-
nation unit" to marry
leading investment
houses with cutting-edge capital mar-
kets products.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief execu-
tive, told The Tribune that the
exchange was looking to "round off"
membership in the consortium of lead-
ing investment banks and asset man-
agers that will act as its joint venture
partner within the next three months.
The joint venture, the first step in
reviving BISX's initial business plan to
target the global capital markets for

* Exchange puts down 'marker' with BISX GLOBAL joint venture

* Partner is group of major global investment banks and asset

managers that will be 'closed' in next three months

the bulk of its business and revenues,
aims to combine product development
and investment specialists from around
the world to use the Bahamas, using
the exchange as the business/transaction
Mr Davies told Tribune Business yes-
terday: "This is our marker we are
putting down to let the world know we
are embarking on something new in
the Bahamas.
"We will be seeing, with BISX
GLOBAL, a unique relationship
between an exchange and a financial
services provider."
The BISX chief executive has worked
with David Philipp, a global financial
services and investment specialist of 15
years standing, over the past nine

months to develop BISX GLOBAL as
a concept and live company.
M Mr Philipp, a permanent resident of
the Bahamas who has worked for blue
chip banks such as Merrill Lynch,
Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, told
Tribune Business that the momentum
leading to BISX GLOBAL's creation
was sparked after he was approached
by a consortium of major investment
houses who were "looking to set up an
international exchange to access prod-
ucts they were looking to launch".
He described BISX and the Bahamas
as "a nice combination", providing a
"domestically-focused exchange that
has all the right attributes for interna-
tional expansion, combined with a juris-
diction that was very attractive from a

location perspective, regulatory frame-
work and a government clearly looking
to grow the financial services indus-
Given these attractions, the last six to
nine months had been spent developing
BISX GLOBAL as a "business origi-
nation unit. It's a launching pad for
capital markets activity".
Mr Philipp said BISX GLOBAL
would work with the major investment
banks and investment management
houses on product development, and
how they could use BISX as an
exchange to facilitate their business
plans, listings, trading and product

SEE page 2B

Judge blasts

Appeal Court

* Senior Justice Allen
removes herself from
Port Authority dispute
* Says case 'bedevilled'
by hearings before
Justice Adderley
* Hits at case's attorneys
for 'judge shopping'

Tribune Business Editor
SENIOR Justice Anita
Allen yesterday recused her-
self from hearing all court cas-
es related to the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) ownership dispute,
launching a blistering attack
on the Court of Appeal, a fel-
low Supreme Court judge and
attorneys involved in the case.
In her written ruling, Justice
Allen accused the Court of

SEE page 4B

Businesses irate South Ocean resort developer

at '20 year-old'

tax demands

Tribune.Business Editor
anger at the
efforts by gov-
ernment agen-
cies, including
the Business
tion Unit and
National Insurance Board
(NIB), to attempt to collect
taxes and fees allegedly over
a decade old by refusing to
issue new licences.
Glen Saunders, owner of A-
1 Signs and A-1 Enterprises,
said he had only been issued
with one business licence,
instead of the customary two,
because the Business Licence
Unit were insisting that he pay
fees allegedly owed some 17
years ago.
He described the insistence
that he pay the sum allegedly
owed as "totally unfair", as he
did not keep financial records
going back that length of time,
and therefore could not dis-
pute the Government agency's
"I'm at their mercy," Mr
Saunders told The Tribune.

"It's totally unfair the way the
Government appears to be
going after people [to com-
pensate] for their own negli-
gence. If I did not pay my busi-
ness licence fee or NIB contri-
butions, why not shut me down
within a year or two? Why go
back 20 years and say you've
got to pay all those back tax-
'He added that he renewed
his business licences every two
years for the two companies,
having been in business since
1985 and now employing
three-four people.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president, yesterday
confirmed to Tribune Business
that he had been hit with a
similar demand when, in his
capacity as president of the
Superwash laundromat chain,
he applied for its business
licence renewal.
When he did so, he was hit
with a demand that he pay
business licence fees that were
allegedly owed from the year
"Who keeps records going
back that far," Mr D'Aguilar
asked, describing the demand
as "absolutely ridiculous", "sil-

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THE developer behind the
"$1 billion-plus" South Ocean
redevelopment told The Tri-
bune it plans to spend $100
million on upgrading the site,
outside the project's hotel com-
ponent, over the next 12
months in preparation for the
main vertical construction.
In an exclusive interview
with this newspaper, Roger
Stein, The New South Ocean
Development Company's mas-
ter developer, said the compa-
ny now employed 75 persons
on-site in the Bahamas, includ-
ing personnel at the Greg Nor-
man Golf Course, "99 per cent
of them Bahamian".

Development now '$lbn-plus', and
getting 'bigger, not smaller' as hotel
component set to start in 12 months

Adding that he. hoped to
'start construction on the South
Ocean hotel component in a
year's time, Mr Stein said: "In
addition to the land purchases
and completion of the Greg
Norman golf course, we intend
to spend $100 million on the
site over the next year, outside
the hotel.
"The overall development is
a $1 billion-plus project, and
it seems as if it's getting big-
ger, not smaller."
To kickstart the redevelop-

meant, Mr Stein said" the devel-
opers, led by his New York-
based firm, RHS Ventures,
were set to demolish the old
hotel buildings that formed the
South Ocean Golf & Beach
Resort "imminently".
Some $100 million has
already been spent to date on
land purchases, the golf course
revitalisation and other devel-
opment project costs, and Mr

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Tribune Business Reporter
BAHAMIAN retailers yesterday
welcomed a proposed amendment to
the Price Control Act which would
eliminate the need to place a price
tag on every single item on sale on
the shelves, thus significantly reducing
the cost and time involved in stocking
The proposed amendment, a copy
of which was obtained by Tribune
Business, would allow merchants two
options for price display posting the

Retailers welcome move

price immediately below or above the
article, or by marking the price on
the article.
The reasoning behind the proposal,
according to the amendment, "is to
provide for *alternative ways of indi-
cating the price by allowing a retailer
to also display the price". The amend-
ment also provides for retailers to dis-
play prices via bar-code scanners at
point-of-sale check-outs, as City Mar-

kets currently does.
The amendment states that
Bahamian merchants may, prior to
the place of checkout, put electronic
bar code scanners on display.
Whichever option is used, the law
requires that the price is clearly legi-
ble to the customer.
The amendment said a retailer can-
not place more than one price on an
item, unless it is to offer the item at a

lower price. If there are two prices
on a single item, then the merchant
must sell the item at the lower price.
Any prices marked on the article by
the manufacturer or exporter may be
The new amendment will make it a
criminal offence for any retailer who
contravenes the provisions of the Act,
and persons would be liable on sum-
mary conviction to a fine not exceed-
ing $2,500.
Speaking with Tribune Business
yesterday, a representative of a major
food store chain said this would cer-

tainly save the company time and
money involved in the purchase of
the price stickers and the time it takes
to price hundreds of individual items.
She noted that this would allow
staff to focus on the tracking bars,
which are used to scan the items,
rather than price stickers. "Of course,
this means that the shelves will have
to work extra hard to ensure that all
the items are lined up with the corre-
sponding prices so that customers are
not confused," she said, adding that
there might be some reduction in
costs passed on to the consumer.

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the demands for greater trans-
parency and regulation, which
were leading investors to push
for products to be listed on a
well-regulated exchange, and
demands for 'jurisdictions such
as the Bahamas to be catalysts
for product development" and
serve clients from the major
onshore markets.
Independent price discovery
and a well-regulated exchange,
situated in a jurisdiction with
tax advantages, were further
compelling reasons to choose
the Bahamas for the venture,
Mr Philipp said.
Given its history in financial
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albeit focused on.jrivate
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characteristics to be a major
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product range as "pretty
broad", although declining to
divulge specific details, Mr
Philipp told The Tribune: "We
have some specific ideas, and
are waiting for the consortium
to finalise what they product
lines they want to prioritize."
He also declined to identify
members of the consortium
acting as BISX's joint venture
partner in BISX GLOBAL,
although they were all "top tier
global investment banks and
asset management firms".
Mr Philipp said global capi-
tal markets trends had helped
spur the development of BISX
GLOBAL and its business
plan. Chief among these were

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Port Authority management under pressure

Tribune Business Editor
SIR Jack Hayward is allegedly
"determined" to remove Carey
Leonard as the Grand Bahama Port
Authority's (GBPA) in-house coun-
sel, and also initially proposed remov-
ing Albert Grey and Tan Barry as
directors of that entity and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate.
Court documents filed by Sir Jack-
's opponents in the GBPA ownership
battle, the late Edward St George's
estate, alleged that key Port Author-
ity management executives were once
again feeling Boardroom pressure fol-
lowing the removal of the receiver-

Anthea Parris-Whittaker, an attor-
ney with the estate's legal represen-
tatives, Callender's & Co, alleged that
a May 20, 2008, agenda for GBPA
and Port Group Ltd Board meetings
that was drawn up by Sir Jack pro-
posed, at Items 12 and 14, to seek
"the removal of Ian Barry and Albert
Grey as directors, and Carey Leonard
as general counsel".
The proposal was never followed
through, Ms Parris-Whittaker alleged,
after Justice Neville Adderley said

there were to be no changes to Board
membership when attorneys Fred
Smith and Sir Orville Turnquest -
respectively representing the St
George estate and Intercontinental
Diversified Corporation (IDC), the
GBPA and Port Group holding com-
pany appeared before him to clarify
the receivership discharge order.
Sir Jack's Cayman attorney, James
Chapman of Bodden & Bodden, via a

June 3, 2008, e-mail, allegedly "con-
firmed that Sir Jack no longer pro-
poses to seek the removal of Mr
Leonard and Mr Grey, although he
still seems intent on removing Mr
Barry, contrary to the undertaking
given by Sir Orville that IDC would
not do so, and contrary to Justice
Adderley's intention by his order".
Meanwhile, Ms Parris-Whittaker
alleged that another letter from Bod-
den & Bodden, this time to registered
Port Group Ltd shareholders, hinted
at an attempt to press for ousted

GBPA chairman Hannes Babak's
reinstatement as the Board's ninth
"In doing so, it runs contrary to the
intent of Justice Adderley's order that
there should be. a balance on the
boards of directors of Port Group
Ltd, with the chairman having the
casting vote. By seeking to appoint
Mr Babak as the ninth member of
the Board, it will mean that the bal-
ance which Justice Adderley sought to
strike will be avoided," Ms Parris-
Whittaker alleged.

Bank completes $2.2bn RBTT purchase

Royal Bank of Canada
(RBC) yesterday announced
the completion of its $2.2 bil-
lion acquisition of the Royal
Bank of Trinidad & Tobago
(RBTT) Financial Group.
In a release yesterday,
RBC said the transaction cre-
ates one of the most expan-
sive banking networks in the
Caribbean, with a presence in
18 countries and terrorities
across the region.
With more than $13.7 bil-
lion in assets, the combined
operations will have 130
branches across the
Caribbean, with 7,000
employees serving 1.6 million
"The completion of this
transaction affirms RBC's
position in the Caribbean

region and advances our
strategy to continue to grow
our banking operations out-
side Canada," said Jim West-
lake RBC's head of interna-
tional banking and insurance.
"RBTT's network comple-
ments our Caribbean retail
banking operations perfect-
The release noted that
RBC's expanded Caribbean
retail banking operations will
ultimately be headquarted in
Trinidad and Tobago.
"The combination of these
two organizations is all about
growth and expansion, which
creates new opportunities for
our stakeholders," said Peter

July, RBTT group chairman.
"It has brought enhanced
value to our shareholders,
who in addition to receiving a
premium for the RBTT
shares, can now invest in our
of the most stable and suc-
cessful banking entities in the
In the coming months,
Suresh Sookoo RBTT group
chief executive, and Ross
McDonald, RBC's current
head of Caribbean banking,
will share responsibility for
leading a smooth transition.
Senior management from
both organizations will be
integrated and Mr Sookoo
will become chief executive
of RBC's Caribbean retail
banking operations, following
the integration.

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Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the llth June, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Ltd. of Geneva, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis,
1211 Geneva 70

Dated this 17th day of June, A.D. 2008

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(a) SENSO 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 llth June, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Ltd. of Geneva, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis,
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Dated this 17th day of June, A.D. 2008

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FROM page 1B

Appeal of "interference" with
her independence as a judge,
adding that the case had been
"bedeviled" by Justice Neville
Adderley hearing matters
related to the ownership dis-
pute in his court.
This, Justice Allen ruled, had
"resulted in a game of musical
chairs or 'judge shopping' by
the parties, which is repugnant
to our system of justice".
Quite how her ruling and
decision to remove herself
from the court proceedings will
impact the GBPA ownership
dispute remains to be seen.
While the Hayward side will
no doubt be pleased, the Chief
Justice will now have to assign
another judge to hear the case
and all related litigation.
While Justice Adderley
would appear to be the prime
candidate, appointing another
judge would leave that person
with masses of documents and
court records to read to enable
them to become familiar with
the case.
Whatever the appointment,
it is likely that resolution of
the deeply-damaging GBPA
ownership battle is likely to
experience further delay. And
that can only be harmful for
the Freeport and Grand
Bahama economies.
Noting that the case was

being controlled by the par-
ties' respective attorneys,
something that had hampered
her case management efforts
and bid to move the dispute
forward, Justice Allen said:
"This matter is of national
importance, and its resolution
critical to the economy of
Grand Bahama and the
Bahamas as a whole. I trust
the parties and their counsel
will commit themselves to the
fair and speedy resolution of
this matter."
Yet to date, "there appeared
to be no commitment on the
part of the parties and coun-
sel to resolve the dispute on
the basis of the real interests of
all concerned".
Yesterday's ruling resulted
from applications made on
behalf of Sir Jack Hayward
and two Cayman-based com-
panies central to the GBPA
ownership dispute Fiduciary
Management Services and
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation that Justice
Allen recuse herself from the
case because she was allegedly
"biased against the defen-
Complaints of this nature
had been made by the Hay-
ward defendants' since April
2007, but Justice Allen said it
was "regrettable that I was not
informally invited by counsel
beforehand to recuse myself".
She added: "Given the
seniority and experience of

counsel involved, I would have
expected no less. It would have
been the courteous and
respectful thing to do."
The recusal applications
were made on Monday, June 9,
2008, the date originally sched-
uled to hear an application by
the late Edward St George's
estate for the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd share registers to
be rectified to show it and Sir
Jack as the beneficial owners.
That same day, the Court of
Appeal heard an application
by Sir Jack and two fellow
defendants, and gave an oral
judgment that stated: "What
we say is that wisdom would
dictate that the learned judge
[Justice Alien] thoroughly con-
sider the application for recusal
before proceeding with any
other hearing in this matter."
Taking offence to that, Jus-
tice Allen wrote yesterday:
"Respectfully, I say that what
the Court of Appeal said in its
oral judgment was astonishing
and particularly ominous, and
I interpreted it to mean that
the court had found the appli-
cations to have merit, and I
should therefore thoroughly
consider them.
"I consider that an interfer-
ence with the independence of
this judge to hear and deter-
mine the applications. The
foundation of judicial inde-
pendence is the freedom of a
judge to hear and decide mat-
ters without undue influence,

pressure, threat or interfer-
ence, direct or indirect, from
any source on for any reason."
In a reference to Justice
Adderley, she added: "This
matter has been further bedev-
iled by a court of equal juris-
diction entertaining and deter-
mining interlocutory and sub-
stantive matters, while this
court had carriage of the case."
Justice Allen also hinted that
she felt the timing of the
recusal application was not
coincidental, given that the St
George estate had filed an
application seeking to enforce
her August 2007 judgment that
found in its favour.
That judgment found that
the GBPA was owned 50/50
between the estate and Hay-
ward family trust, not 75/25 as
the latter had claimed, but
"that application hasnow been
successfully delayed".
Justice Allen said she had
decided to recuse herself
because of the Court of
Appeal's actions, and the need
for the public to perceive that
justice was fair and impartial
She added: "Suffice it to say
that I have always respected
and adhered to the oath I took
to discharge my judicial func-
tions 'without fear or favour,
affection or ill will', and the
conduct of this case was no
exception. I pursued the reso-
lution of this matter in accor-
dance with that oath and my
appreciation of the law."

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Stein expressed optimism that
the South Ocean redevelop-
ment would not be impacted
by the global liquidity/credit


The development is being
backed by a major hedge fund,
and Mr Stein said the devel-
opers were looking to attract a

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9.68 9A0 Bank of Bahamas 9.43 9.43 0.00 0.643 0.160 14.7 1.70%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.647 0.030 N/M 3.37%
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6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.55 5.55 0.00 2.213 0.386 0.140 14.4 2.52%
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1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
8.00 6.79 ICD Utilities 6.79 6.79 0.00 0.411 0.300 16.5 4.42
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Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today
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more international tourism
client base to mitigate any lin-
gering impact from a decline
in US visitor arrivals.
However, he explained that
one advantage held by the
South Ocean project was that
it was hotel-oriented, rather
than a mixed-use resort reliant
on residential real estate sales
to drive cash flows and financ-
The fact that the project was
being constructed during a
'down' period in the global
economic cycle, rather than
going to market for tourists
and buyers now, would also
enable the development to
'ride out' any effects from the
global credit crunch, Mr Stein
"We are about to spend a
bunch of money fixing the
beach," Mr Stein told The Tri-
bune. "We are in negotiations
with multiple hotel and casino
operators, and we hope to
unveil them in the near



The South Ocean project is
slated to include a 140-room
five-star and 400-room foiur-
star resort, a 40,000 square foot
casino, fractional villas, 180
timeshare units, second homes,
a convention centre, marina,
tennis facilities and spa.
The draft economic impact
study for the South Ocean
development projected that it
would create 1,358 full-time
jobs when fully opened, plus
1,200 direct construction jobs
at peak build-out.
During its first full-year in
operation, the revitalised South
Ocean was projected to inject
$172 million in extra visitor
spending into the Bahamian
economy, and produce a $3.7
billion GDP impact over its
first 20 years, generating $1.5
billion in direct salaries and
wages for employees.

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(a) WILLOUGHBY 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 1lth June, 2008 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393

Dated this 17th day of June, A.D. 2008

Mr. Michael Low

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Half of Wall Street bank profits gone

c.2008 New York Times
News Service

ONLY a year ago, Wall
Street reveled in an era of
superlatives: record deals,
record profit, record pay. But a
mere 12 months later, nearly
half of the profits that major
banks reaped during that age
of riches have vanished.
The numbers are staggering.
Between early 2004 and mid-
2007, a period of unprecedent-
ed wealth on Wall Street, sev-
en of the nation's largest finan-
cial companies earned a com-
bined $254 billion in profits.
But since last July, those
same banks Bank of Amer-
ica, Citigroup, JPMorgan
Chase, Lehman Bros., Merrill
Lynch, Goldman Sachs and
Morgan Stanley have writ-
ten down the value of the
assets they hold by $107.2 bil-
lion, gutting their earnings and
share prices. Worldwide, the
reckoning totals $380 billion,
much of which reflects a
plunge in the value of tricky
mortgage investments.
More downbeat news is
expected this week, when sev-
eral big banks, including the
ailing Lehman Bros., are
scheduled to report results for
the latest quarter. As the tally
of losses keeps growing, many
bank executives and their
shareholders keep asking
the same question: When will
the pain end?
But the finish line just seems
to keep moving further away.
Even when the losses end,
bank executives are looking
toward a new era of lower
returns, thinner profits and
fewer jobs. Greater scrutiny
from regulators is forcing Wall
Street firms to reduce their use
of leverage, or borrowed mon-
ey, which had fueled profits in
good times but backfired when
the credit crisis struck last sum-
mer. Nearly every finance

company is cutting jobs and
battening down.
"They are going to have to
build a new business model,"
Richard X. Bove, a financial
services analyst at Punk Ziegel,
said of investment banks. "I
do not believe those business-
es have the ability to generate
the kind of profit they did in
recent years without all the
The threats to the broader
financial system have receded
in large part because of the
extraordinary government-led
effort to rescue Bear Stearns.
And Wall Street seems to have
the ability to come back from
just about any downturn with
new ways to churn even
greater riches. That new, new
thing may already be brewing
across Bloomberg terminals
and trading desks.
For now, investors are not
holding out hope. They have
dumped bank stocks with each
round of bad news, and recent-
ly the financial sector lost its
perch atop the nation's stock
market. The combined value
of technology shares, those
darlings of yesteryear, has
eclipsed that of financial
stocks. And the energy sector
is not far behind.
Lehman Bros. sent shock
waves across Wall Street last
week, when the bank disclosed
that it expected to post a quar-
terly loss of $2.8 billion. The
bank, which has been strug-
gling to win back investors'
confidence, is scheduled to
provide more details of those
results on Monday.
Lehman executives gathered
at the bank's Manhattan head-
quarters over the weekend,
fueling speculation that the
bank might try to raise capital
from investors or even seek a
buyer. A Lehman spokesman
declined to comment.
Lehman, which for months
had assured investors that it
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said last week that the loss
reflected $4.1 billion in write-
downs of its investments.
Goldman Sachs is scheduled
to report results on Tuesday,
followed by Morgan Stanley
on Wednesday. Bank of Amer-
ica, Citigroup, JPMorgan and
Merrill Lynch release results
in July.
Goldman Sachs and Morgan
Stanley are expected to have
fared better than Lehman did
in the latest quarter. They are
more diversified than Lehman,
which has traditionally focused
on fixed income. And the two
banks' commodities traders
may have profited handsome-
ly in recent months as the
prices for oil and foodstuffs
have soared. Even so, many
investors are anxious to see
whether Goldman, which
made money last year even as
many of its rivals lost big, has
continued to dodge trouble.
The latest round of results
is likely to draw special scruti-
ny because Wall Street firms
are disclosing capital levels
under new international bank-
ing standards known as Basel
II. And Merrill Lynch, Citi-
group and UBS are also
expected to suffer from the rat-
ings downgrades recently
issued for MBIA and Ambac,
two bond reinsurers.
The more that banks take
write-downs, the more they
are, in a sense, shredding
through the record profits they
made when times were good.
Citigroup, for example, has
written down its mortgage and
other loan investments by
$37.3 billion, or a full half of
the handsome profits the glob-
al giant pulled in during the
boom years.
Merrill Lynch, much smaller
in size, has taken write-downs
of $32.6 billion, or a whopping
153 per cent of its profits from
2004 through last summer.
Even if Merrill is given credit
for the money it earned in the
past year, the bank still had
write-downs that translated
into losses of $14 billion, and
that is two-thirds of its profits
in those three and a half years
that ended with a pop last July.
"It's a fairly unique situa-
tion, that you would give so
much back," said Alec Young,
global equity strategist for
Standard & Poor's Equity
Research. "The industry did
enjoy real salad days over that
period, but now the write-
downs and losses have been so
huge. It's a significant per-
centage of the money gener-
Even the winners in this
cycle JPMorgan Chase and
Goldman Sachs have had
to pull out giant erasers to
work through their loan books.
JPMorgan, which had the
financial heft to buy Bear
Steams, wiped out 15 per cent
of recent profits by lowering
the values of its loan and mort-
gage assets. At Goldman, the
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The banks are supposed to
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Administrative Assistant (Projects)
Reporting to the Vice President, Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations, the
Administrative Assistant (Projects) serves as the central.communications point for the Office of
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and providing research and international relations-related assistance as directed.
Specifically, the Administrative Assistant (Projects)

works with designated members of the Research, Graduate Programmes and International
Relations team to develop processes, procedures and schedules for meeting project deliverables
and client needs

ensures that a master schedule is developed and maintained of deadlines and deliverables and
that all project members are aware of their responsibilities on the schedule

provides information and support and keeps project team members informed of any potential
project problems

tracks the budgets of various projects; monitors project progress and coordinates multiple

assures project compliance with internal and external requirements

establishes and maintains the College's registrations in electronic/Internet based funding agency
grant submission systems

coordinates organisational meetings with faculty and staff, as directed, to discuss guidelines,
generate ideas and design projects

ensures that grant funds are maximised and that funds are awarded and spent in accordance
with the guidelines provided by the funding source

works with various project team members to ensure that files and records of projects are properly
kept and maintained

works closely with the Finance Office to provide financial oversight of funded projects, including
setting up a tracking system for accoun-ts and monitoring expenditures from grant budgets

assists with the preparation and/or submission of project budget reports

maintains the Research, Graduate Programmes & International Relations contact database,
mailing lists, tracking system, and project management system and prepares periodic reports


Baccalaureate degree in accounting or related business experience is desirable. Grant-writing
experience and experience in grant and contract negotiation, grant and contract administration, or
financial administration would be advantageous. The Administrative Assistant (Projects) provides
a key support role and ensures that projects are well managed and implemented effectively within
the college/university environment. This position requires a high degree of initiative, organizational
and problem-solving skills, and ability to meet high pressure deadlines.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

The successful candidate will have the proven ability to meet goals and expectations, demonstrate
excellent speaking and writing skills, typing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively
interact with all levels of university personnel and the public in addition to demonstrating the ability
to effectively communicate with corporate, not-for-profit, and government clients. Candidates should
be self-starters who are able to work with interruptions and able to quickly prioritise work while
maintaining a positive presence, be conscientious, extremely detail-oriented, creative and proactive
in assisting the Research, Graduate Programmes & International Relations Team members, programme
participants, faculty and the public. Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook,
Publisher and PowerPoint are required. Experience using project management software is a plus.

Administrative Assistant II

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Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, AND at least five (5) years post-qualification work experience at
AS 2 level.
Salary Scale: AS-3a $28,700 x $700 $42,000
Interested candidates should submit thefollowing items no later than June 20, 2008 to the address
1. A cover letter of interest along with an up-to-date Resume.
2. Completed application form and
3. All items requested on the applicationform, which include copies of academic qualifications,
police certificate, medical certificate, etc.
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3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to

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geometry (5,6)
9 A lubricant made specially
for locks (4,3)
10 A habit sociably accept-
able and wise (5)
11 Said to have
regretted being
impolite (4)
12 One trial after another sets
a precedent (4,4)
14 Possibly means
a sailor (6)
16 Listen out for bays (6)
18 Sure, it will show you in
your true colours (8)
19 Keen to help a number
inside (4)
22 Given material backing?

23 Surely bound to come
unstuck (2,5)

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1 Of great renown (11)
9 Lacking imagination
10 Do without (5)
11 Require (4)
12 Portable automatic
weapon (5,3)
14 Difficult situation (6)
16 Assemble (6)
18 Portuguese
d. 1521 (8)
19 To praise (4)
22 Din (5)
23 Foreword (7)
24 Having good inten-
tions (4-7)



2 The dailies held back this
story (5)
3 Eye-catching gadget (4)
4 Friends show Capone:js
untruthful (6)
5 Their fare is too mulh (8)
6 Issue call-up to rising
Greek character (7)
7 It doesn't take
long to provide a deficien-
cy (5,6)
8 Free time for a convict
13 A mammoth beast dis-
posed to stand and moo
15 Charges are made for the
articles stored in it (7)
17 A meeting-place in the
road (6)


24 Scottish family needs it 21
made secret (11) ,

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Bunker, 4 Clippers, 9
Almost, 10 Agnostic, 12 Reef, 13
Smear, 14 Stun, 17 Clears the air, 20
Above average, 23 Beth, 24 Asked,
25 Trip, 28 Extremes, 29 Adhere, 30
Suspense, 31 Passes.
Down: 1 Boat race, 2 Numbered, 3
East, 5 Luggage label, 6 Prod, 7
Estate, 8 Second, 11 Empty vessels,
15 Probe, 16 Libel, 18 Fairness, 19
Helpless, 21 Abbess, 22 Status, 26
Mete, 27 Edna.

0 Agitate a liquid container
1 I'd turn in at the entrance
to a mine (4) -

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Sydney, 4 Ecstatic, 9
Lessen, 10 On record, 12 Tart, 13
Toxic, 14 Once, 17 Distribution, 20
Take one's time, 23 Moot, 24 Cycle,
25 Feat, 28 Agitator, 29 Depict, 30
Keepsake, 31 Appeal.
Down: 1 Solitude, 2 Distress, 3
Even, 5 Consistently, 6 Trek, 7
Thorny, 8 Cudgel, 11 Gobbledygook,
15 Freak, 16 Boast, 18 Likewise, 19
Teetotal, 21 Embark, 22 Docile, 26
Bass, 27 Deep.

Dibyendu Barua v Peter Wells,
Gibraltar 2004. Rook against bishop
and two pawns should be about
level, but the Indian grandmaster
playing the white pieces felt
optimistic. There is no.route for the
rook to attack White's pawns, while
White has a clear plan of Kg2-h3,
gS and Kg4 when he threatens
both to advance the g and h pawns
further or capture the f4 pawn.
Unfortunately, there was a massive
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2 Free from restraint
3 Western US state (4)
4 Business magnate
5 Notorious (8)
6 Honourable (7)
7 Promising future suc-
cess (2-3-6)
8 Oppressed (11)
13 In confused haste (4-
15 Style of piano jazz
17 Specimen (6)
20 Once more (5)
21 To incline (4)



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the main
body of

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
Good 30; very good 44; excellent
59 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Famous Hand

North dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
4A75 4
SA109 +K
VJ 10832 V5
*4 *K
Q 1086 *K
SA 1098732

The bidding:
North East South
Pass 14 2
Pass 24 3
4* 44 5*
Opening lead ace of spade
This hand was played in 19
ing the world championship
between Italy and the United
At the first table, the Ar
East (Charles Coon) opened t
ding one spade. South (Pieti
quet) overcalled two hearts,
West (Eric Murray) double
penalties. Coon, having open
sub-par values, couldn't allow
double to stand and retreated
Forquet then bid three dia
and continued on to five dia
after North (Benito Garozzo)

the suit.
There was nothing much to the
play. The ace of spades was led, and
that was the last trick for the defense,
so the Italians scored 620 points.
There were lots of fireworks at
the second table, where the North-
kST South cards were held by the Ameri-
S8653 can pair of Ron Von der Porten and
Lew Mathe. The bidding started in a
highly unusual fashion when all four
S932 players in turn bid spades!
North East South West
Pass 24 34 44
5 Pass 6* Dble
The two-spade opening by Walter
Avarelli, playing the Roman Club
West system with Giorgio Belladonna,
Dble indicated a hand containing at least
3 4 five spades and at least four clubs.
Mathe showed a powerful hand
s. by cuebidding spades directly. Bel-
ladonna raised his partner to four
62 dur- spades in an effort to cramp the bid-
match ding, and Von der Porten then bid
States. five spades, asking Mathe to bid a
nerican slam in his best suit.
he bid- Mathe obliged by bidding six dia-
ro For- monds, which Belladonna doubled.
which Von der Porten, showing complete
ed for faith and confidence in Mathe's ear-
ned on lier cuebid, redoubled.
ow the Belladonna, knowing his partner
to two had club strength, decided to lead a
club. As a result, Mathe made all 13
imonds tricks to score 2,180 points, produc-
imonds ing the largest single gain of the 144-
raised board match.

Tomorrow: Structural bidding.
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cxd3 aS, 3 Kf2 a4. 4 bxa4 b3, S Ke2 b2 and Black
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ly" and "not right".
"They mentioned 1977 or
something like that," the
Chamber president added.
"That's complete rubbish. It's
not something I can check or
verify. You can't bring up
something from 26 years ago
that I can't verify.
"It's absolutely ridiculous to
deny me the right to do busi-
ness in 2008 because of some-
thing that happened in 1977."
Mr D'Aguilar, too, ques-
tioned why the .Business
Licence Unit had kept renew-
ing Superwash's licence for
more than 30 years without
either previously refusing its
application or making any
demands for the allegedly-
owed fees.
Although threatening to
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for back-taxes proved success-
ful in ensuring the matter was
dropped, Mr D'Aguilar said
the situation almost amount-
ed to harassment of busi-
nesspersons to pay bills they
may not owe in the first place.
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they're going back so far.
There should be a statute of
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Having hired an accountant
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decades due to the amount of
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NOTICE is hereby given that DARREN DELVECCHIO
P.O. BOX F-44935, GRAND BAHAMA, 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 17TH day of JUNE,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

Common Law and Equity Division
IN THE MATTER of the Conveyancing & Law of Property Act Chapter
138 Statue Law of the Bahamas.
AND IN THE MATTER of an indenture of conveyance dated the 5th
July, 1989 A.D. between David Higgs & Jennie Higgs as Vendor and
beneficial owner of the one part and Steve Stubbs as purchaser for valuable
consideration of the other part recorded in Volume 6612 at pages 552 to
558 at the Registrar General's Department, Nassau, Bahamas.
1st Defendant
2nd Defendant
To: The Defendants, David Higgs and Jennie Higgs
Pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court in this matter dated the 18th day of March,
A.D., 2008 TAKE NOTICE that:
1. Further to the Notice of this action served on you by way of substituted service on
the 27th & 28th of August 2007 you are hereby notified that:
a) The Court has approved the draft confirmatory conveyance annexed to the Affidavit
of Alexandria Ferander and filed in this matter on the 21st February 2008.
b) The Defendants, David Higgs & Jennie Higgs, are ordered to execute the said
confirmatory conveyance from the Defendants of the one part to Steve Stubbs one
of the Plaintiffs predecessors in the title of the other part in further assurance of the
title conveyed by the Defendants' as Beneficial Owners to Steve Stubbs a purchaser
for value in the form of the draft annexed to the said affidavit and marked Exhibits
"AF-8 and "AF-9" pursuant to Section 7 (1) (a) of the Conveyancing & Law of
Property Act and under the Inherit Jurisdiction of the Court.
c) The Registrar of the Supreme Court or some other fit and proper person be and is
hereby authorized to executive the said confinnatory conveyance on behalf of the
Defendants should the Defendants fail to execute the said confirmatory conveyance
within fourteen (14) days of the Plaintiff giving them notice of this Order.
d) That the Defendants pay the cost of and occasioned by this application the same to
be taxed if not agreed.
2. Publication of this Notice hereby constitutes service of the said Order upon you.
The Defendants may execute the said conveyance at the Chambers of Cedric L. Parker
& Co. during normal office hours.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTCE that unless you the Defendants, David Higgs and
Jennie Higgs enters an appearance by filing the same in the Registry of the Supreme
Court within fourteen (14) days of the date hereof the Court may proceed in this action
in your absence and make such Order as it deems just.
Neil's Court
No. 9 Rusty Bethel Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Plaintiff







JUNE 19, 2008

ZEIGLER, late of 73 Oak Ridge A venue in the
City of Summit in the County of Union in the
State of New Jersey, one of the States of the
United States. of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by HEATHER
L. THOMPSON, Pilot House Condominiums,
Eastern District, New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing of
Letters Testamentary in the above estate granted
to PAUL L. ZEIGLER the Executor of the
Estate, of the Superior Court, Chancery Division,
by the Probate Part, in the county of Union, in
the State of New Jersey on the 16th day
of January, 2008.



JUNE 19, 2008

BOGGIANO, late of 8 Marion Avenue in-the
Borough of Cliffside Park in--the County-of
Bergen and State of New Jersey, one of the States
of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by A.
PAMELA THOMPSON, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealing Grant of Letters of
Administration with the Will Annexed, in the
above estate granted to RICHARD
BOGGIANO the Executor of the Estate, by the
Probate Division, in the Superior Court for the
county of Bergen in the state of New Jersey on
the 28th day of May, 1992.



JUNE 19, 2008

Late of 525 Highland Avenue in the County of
Malden in the City of Middlesex in the Sate of
Massachusetts, one of the States of the United
States Of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by KEVIN M.
RUSSELL, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealing of Probate of Will Without Sureties,
in the above estate granted to THOMAS C.
Executors of the Estate, by the Probate Division,
in the Probate and Family Court Department,
The Trial Court, Commonwealth of
Massachusetts on the
30th day of March, 2007.



JUNE 19, 2008

of 51 Riverview Heights in the city of Winterport
in the County of Waldo in the gtate of Maine,
one of the States of the United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by KEVIN M.
RUSSELL, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealing of the Certificate of Appointment, in
the above estate granted to SANDRA BLAIS
the Personal Representative of the Estate, by the
Probate Division, in the County of Waldo, in the
state of Maine on the 12th day of February, 2007.



JUNE 19, 2008

of No.4919 Hollywood Boulevard in the City
of Hollywood in the State of Florida, one of the
States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof; application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by ANDREW
DWAYNE FORBES, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealing Grant of Letters of Administration, in
the above estate granted to JOSEPH A. BRITT
the Personal Representative of the Estate, in the
Circuit Court for Broward County, in the state
of Florida, Probate Division on the 5th, day,of
February, 1976.

...- "-'~ (for) REGIERi RAR

JUNE 19, 2008


MANN, late of 218 S. Royal Street, Alexandria
in the State of Virginia 22314 one of the States
of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is.hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof: application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas in the Probate Division by RICHARD
George Street, McKinney Bancroft & Hughes,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealing Grant
of Resealing Certificate/Letter of Qualification,
in the above estate granted to ANITA LYNN
MANN the Executrix of the Estate, by the
Probate Division, Circuit Court of the City of
Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia on the
8th day of May, 2007.


JUNE 19, 2008
No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00299

Whereas HOWITT (a.k.a HOWETT
MUNROE) of, Ridgeland Park, in the Southern
District one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of BEATRICE MUNROE, late of Fleming
Street in the Southern District of New Providence,
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the
expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.




Top insurer ousts second

chief in last three years

c.2008 New York Times
News Service

FOR the second time in
three years, the board at Amer-
ican International Group, the
giant insurance company, has

responded to its falling stock
price and to regulatory con-
cerns about its accounting by
replacing its chief executive.
Martin J Sullivan, who was
named chief executive in 2005
after "an accounting scandal
claimed his predecessor, was
removed by the board at a

closed-door meeting on Sun-
day, according to a person
briefed on the board's deliber-
Robert B Willumstad, chair-
man of the company's board
and a former top executive at
Citigroup, was named as Sulli-
van's successor, this person

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The board also named
Stephen F Bollenbach, a mem-
ber of the AIG board and a
former chief executive of
Hilton Hotels, as the board's
lead director, this person said.
The change at the top comes
as pressure has mounted on the
company to respond to a
steady stream of bad news,
including record losses, that has
pounded down the stock price
more than 40 per cent since
December. AIG's shares closed
at $34.18 on Friday, down from
$57.05 in December.
In 2005, Sullivan's predeces-
sor, Maurice R Greenberg, was
asked to resign by board mem-
bers unnerved by news that
regulators had sent the compa-
ny subpoenas. Sullivan's depar-
ture comes just weeks after
AIG confirmed that it was the

subject of new investigations
by regulators and the Justice
Investors had every reason
to hope that Sullivan's tenure
would be free of such turmoil.
Months after he took office,
AIG restated financial results
covering a five-year period and
went on to negotiate settle-
ments with regulators. There
were supposed to be no more
Instead, the mortgage crisis
ensnared the company. It has
had to revise its accounting for
complex transactions involving
securities backed by home
loans, generating huge paper
losses and leading investors to
worry that other companies
that made similar investments
might also adjust their account-
ing methods. The removal of
Sullivan is an attempt to calm

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fears of new surprises from the
Three years ago, when the
board asked for the resignation
of Greenberg, it was amid a
widening accounting scandal.
Regulators had identified a
financial transaction that
Greenberg had struck in 2000
and 2001 that made AIG's
financial position look better.
The company ultimately
acknowledged that its account-
ing for several transactions was
faulty. In February of this year,
five former insurance industry
executives, including one from
AIG, were convicted in feder-
al court in Connecticut of con-
spiring to manipulate the om-
pany's financial statements;
AIG had already paid $1.6 bil-
lion in 2006 to settle federal
and state investigations of the
The company's board turned
to Sullivan, who had risen to
co-chief operating officer at
AIG and who had already
been chosen by both the board
and by Greenberg to take over
leadership of the company if
not quite at the time that he
Sullivan succeeded in steady-
ing the ship, and did so with a
personal style that was kinder
and less combative than his
predecessor's. Investigations
were resolved and settlements
negotiated. And for the past
several months, the board has
stood behind Sullivan.
But pressure to make
changes in personnel has
increased steadily. The losses
reported by AIG this spring -
and perhaps more important,
how the reporting of those loss-
es was handled raised dam-
aging questions about Sulli-
van's stewardship.
In December, Sullivan said
that the turmoil in credit mar-
kets was "manageable" for
AIG Then in February, the
company disclosed that its
auditor, PricewaterhouseC-
oopers, had identified "mater-
ial weakness" in the accounting
for AIG's swaps portfolio. A
few months later, the company
announced that it had lost $5.3
billion in the last three months
of the year. And in May, it
reported a loss of $7.8 billion.
Never before had AIG
reported back-to-back quar-
terly losses.
The company has had to
mark down the value of com-
plex investments called credit
default swaps, which essential-
ly guarantee the performance
of other securities in this
case, securities backed by home
loans, whose value has plum-
meted in the ongoing credit cri-
Then earlier this month,
AIG confirmed that both the
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission and the Justice Depart-
ment were examining how the
company had come up with its
valuations for the swaps.
In May, the company
announced a plan to raise $12.5
billion it ultimately raised
$20 billion in an effort to
"fortify" its balance sheet, as
Sullivan put it in a conference
call with analysts. But at the
same time, in a puzzling move,
the company increased the size
of its dividend.
Sullivan is not the first casu-
alty of AIG's latest crisis. In
February, the company
announced the retirement of
Joseph Cassano, who headed
AIG'Financial Products, the
unit that focuses on sophisti-
cated financial instruments like
credit default swaps. Cassano
had estimated in December
that AIG would lose $1.1 bil-
lion in its swap portfolio, not
$11.1 billion $7.2 billion
after taxes as the company
later reported.
In May, the company
announced that it was looking
for a new chief financial officer.
These steps have not placat-
ed shareholders. Last week
three investors Eli Broad,
Shelby M C Davis and Bill
Miller, who together hold more
than 100 million AIG shares
- sent a letter to the compa-
ny's board, complaining that
management had not been held
accountable for missteps at the
"Significant and immediate
changes at both the manage-
ment and board level are clear-
ly called for," they wrote. They

proposed that a search com-
mittee be created immediately
to identify a new chief execu-

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