The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: June 18, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE person responsible
for the murders of four
prominent gay men may be
part of an extensive culture
of male prostitution in the
Bahamas, according to mem-
bers of the GLBT (gay, les-
bian, bi-sexual and transgen-
dered) community.
A source within the gay



community and friend of the
late Harl Taylor, who spoke
with The Tribune on the con-
dition of anonymity, claimed
that members of the. GLBT
community suspect that the
killer is not only a male pros-
titute, but also an employee
of a popular hotel who has
already served prison time
for assaulting a gay man in
the past.
A well-placed source with-
in the police force confirmed
yesterday that officers are
"definitely" exploring the
angle of male prostitution in
their investigations of the
SEE page 11

Hotel Union executive council members file
contempt of court motion against president
Tribune Staff Reporter
MEMBERS of the executive council of the Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers Union have filed a contempt of court
motion against the union's president, secretary general treasurer and
financial controller, seeking that they either be fined or imprisoned
for violating a previous order of the court.
This action, filled in the Supreme Court last Wednesday, against
Roy Colebrook, president, Basil McKenzie, treasurer, Leo Douglas,
secretary general and Sandra Ferguson, financial controller, by
union trustees Kayla Bodie and lan Neely (the plaintiffs), further
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Two Detention
Centre escapees
are recaptured
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO of the Detention Centre
escapees' bid for freedom was cut
short in the early hours of Tuesday
morning when they were recap-
Honduran Ivan Lopez, 28, full
name Dredivan Galiano Lopez,
and 44-year-old Cuban Alberto
Diaz were found together by a
search team comprised of Defence
Force, police and immigration offi-
cers in the southern part New
Providence at around 3.45am.
Defence Force chief petty offi-
SEE page 11

LYFORD Cay resident
Darren Adler faced four
charges of allemprtnng to
defraud the Royal Bank of
Canada by nearly half a mil-
lion dollars in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
The 40-year-old head of
Humanitarian Operations
(HOPE) in the Bahamas, a
non-profit organisation
offering an exclusive means
of escape before a hurricane
strikes, pleaded not guilty to
all four charges.
Adler,,,an Englishman
who lives in Nassau, has
been charged with attempts
to defraud under false pre-
tences the sum of
$117,321.60 from the Royal
Bank of Canada in Lyford
Cay on March 19, $126,048
on March 20, $118,291.20 on
March 25, and $118.291.20
on March 26.
Adler arrived at court 11
in Bank Lane looking calm
and collected in a white shirt
SEE page 11

Chinese Embassy

theft: brother of

Cabinet minister

assisting police

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE brother of a Cabinet minister is now at the Defence Force
base assisting police in their investigations into the theft of more
than $4,000 from the Chinese Embassy off Village Road.
According to reports reaching The Tribune, the minister's broth-
er, who works as a Defence Force officer, was on guard duty at the
embassy over the weekend. During that time embassy camera's
caught a man breaking into the embassy.
While officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of
National Security, and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)
base remained tight-lipped regarding the matter, The Tribune has
confirmed that the officer is being held at the base as an investi-
gation is underway.
According to well-placed sources, either the Ministry of Nation-
al Security or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be making the
matter public "very shortly" with either a press release or news con-
As a result of the magnitude of this incident, Commodore Clif-
Sford Scavella, who was attending a conference in Trinidad and
Tobago, was reportedly asked to cut short his trip and return to the
Bahamas immediately to handle the matter.
Wasting little time, it is understood that the Commodore is now
back in the country and was stationed at the Defence Force base as
of yesterday afternoon.
Attempts to reach Foreign Affairs Minister Brent Symonette for
comment was unsuccessful. Also, messages left for the permanent
secretary of Foreign Affairs Marilyn Zonicle were not returned up
to press time last night.

Bahamians named in Queen's
Birthday Honours List 2008



THE annual Queen's Birth-
day Honour's List 2008 was
released on Friday, and a num-
ber of prominent Bahamians in
various sections have been sin-
gled out for their "exemplary
services to the country."
Three Bahamians were made
Commanders of the British
Empire (CBE) for their contri-
butions in the fields of finance,
business and retail, and tourism.

Wendy Craigg, current Gov-
ernor of the Central Bank of
the Bahamas, David Kelly,
owner of Kelly's Home Centre
and President of Nassau Motor
Company, and Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace, Secretary-
General of the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation, were all
selected for their outstanding
Meanwhile, more than 80
other Bahamians were also list-
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PM leads

tributes to

'role model'


police officer

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham, on behalf of his gov-
ernment and the people of the
Bahamas, yesterday expressed.
sincere condolences to the fam-
ily of the late Conrad Knowles.
The prime minister described
Mr Knowles, who served on the
police force for many years and
achieved high office, as "a truly
outstanding Bahamian gentle-
man, a dedicated public servant
and a loyal
"He main-
tained his
his long ser-
vice while
gaining the
Hubert respect and
Ingraham admiration of
his fellow offi-
cers as well as
the public. He was indeed an
officer and a gentleman and
those who follow in service in
our disciplined forces would do
well to emulate him," he said.
Mr Ingraham said Mr
Knowles was also "a shining
example of a good family man
and a role model for today's
"He was a loyal husband and
nurturing father to his children
and to other young people with
whom he came into contact. His
children are a testimony to his
loving care," he said.
After his retirement from the
public service, the prime minis-
ter said, Mr Knowles continued
to demonstrate his love for, and
commitment to, the orderly
development of his beloved
Bahamas as he took a keen and
active interest in public affairs.
"On behalf of the govern-
ment and people of the
Bahamas I extend sincere con-
dolences to Mrs Knowles, their
)- children and the extended fam-
ily. We share in their loss," he

Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER minister of foreign
affairs Fred Mitchell critised the
government for not yet appoint-
ing a new ambassador to Haiti.
He said such an appointment
would be a "tangible sign" of
the government's political com-
mitment to Haiti and would
safeguard Bahamian interests in
terms of illegal immigration.
Speaking from the Opposi-
tion Committee Room in the
House of Assembly yesterday,
Mr Mitchell told the media that
after Dr Eugene Newry retired
from the post of ambassador in
October, 2007 the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs failed to appoint
a successor.
"Our difficulty is we still don't
have an ambassador to Haiti
since Dr Newry left office last
October and to me Haiti is an
important political post; we have
lots of political issues to deal
with between Haiti and our-
selves and it seems to me it is
important for us to have that
post filled as quickly as possi-
ble," he said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE increase in the number of
Cuban escapees from the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre may be the
result of government dragging its feet in
the repatriation process, former minis-
ter of foreign affairs Fred Mitchell said
The bureaucratic red tape is an issue
that needs to be evaluated by the
Bahamas and Cuban governments to
mitigate the growing trend, Mr Mitchell
On Sunday, three Cubans and one
Honduran escaped from the centre. It is
believed they scaled a fence on the com-
pound while making their getaway.

Mitchell attacks government for failing to

appoint successor to Dr Eugene Newry

Mr Mitchell said the presence
of an ambassador is an impor-
tant issue, considering the num-
ber of immigrants who leave
Haiti to seek illegal asylum on
Bahamian shores.
"It is an important office for
us because obviously. .our

largest immigration issue is with
that country and we are also
seeking to assist in trying to sta-
blise its economy and its poli-
tics," he said.
While noting Jamaica and
Trinidad are seeking to estab-
lish embassies in Haiti, he point-

ed out that until recently the
Bahamas was the only CARI-
COM country with an office
After Dr Newry's retirement
last year, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette said his office
was reviewing a number of over-
seas posts and would soon
announce a full list of diplomat-
ic appointments.
Yesterday Mr Symonette said
his ministry is still reviewing the
appointments and although a
new ambassador to Haiti has yet
to be named, the Bahamas
Embassy in Haiti remains open.
'Relations are maintaining
very well. Our office down there
is still functioning. The next offi-
cer in charge has assumed
responsibility. I see the foreign
minister of Haiti on many occa-
sions, I saw him last week and,
we maintain discussions on our

"It seems to me that this is an issue
which needs to be addressed fully and in
particular from the (Ministry of) For-
eign Affairs prospective, we ran into
issues relating to how long it took us
to process Cuban nationals who came
here unlawfully and they were staying in
the Detention Centre too long.
"And the question is whether this is
still (applies) and whether the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs has in fact worked
these issues out with the Cuban gov-
ernment to the point where this is not
an issue and not the reason why you
have (Cubans) escaping from the
Detention Centre," Mr Mitchell said at
press conference at the Opposition
Committee, Room in the House of
Assembly yesterday.
The average length of detention at


level. Just recently we have
brought into effect an agree-
ment to abolish the requirement
for diplomats to have visas to
come into the Bahamas from
"We're still issuing visas for
persons who are first time visi-
tors to the Bahamas from IHaiti,
we do that in Port-au-Prince,
and we issue the repeat visitor
visas here in Nassau from our
consulate division, so relations
are maintaining very well," said
Mr Symonette who also serves
as chairman of CARICOM's
Board of Foreign Ministers.
Dr Newry, 72, served as
ambassador to Haiti for five
years and also served as ambas-
sador to the Dominican Repub-
In April, rising food prices
worldwide spurred riots and
protests in Haiti and left six
dead and hundreds injured.
Haiti's food crisis, coupled
with decades of widespread
abject poverty, caused specula-
tion that an even greater num-
ber of immigrants would flee the
nation seeking asylum in the
Bahamas this year.

the Bahamas Dentention Centre "varies Cubans Ariel Delgardo Rodriguez, 36,
significantly by nationality, willingness Felipe Espinoza Leon, 31, and Alberto
of governments to accept their nationals Diaz Maes, 45.
back in a timely manner, and availabil- Honduran Dredivan Galiano Lopez,
ity of funds to pay for repatriation," 28, also broke out.
according to the American Bureau of The escape spurred an island-wide
Democracy, Human Rights, and man-hunt netting two of the escapees,
Labour's 2007 report on Human Rights Lopez and Diaz, early yesterday morn-
Practices. ing. Escapes by Cuban nationals have
The report, available on the US State been a recurring issue at the Detention
Department's website, also said Centre for some time.
Haitians are usually repatriated within .In two separate breakouts last year,
48 hours, Cubans held for "much longer nine Cubans escaped the guarded com-
periods" and "illegal immigrants con- pound. Six escaped on August 21, 2007;
victed of crimes other than immigra- one returned the next day.
tion violations were held at Fox Hill--- --On November 5, 2007 three Cubans
prison, where they often remained for reportedly cut through a chain-link
weeks or months after serving their sen- fence before scaling a wall in their risky
tences, pending deportation." bid for freedom. None of them was cap-
Sunday's escapees were identified as tured.

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"... we have lots of political issues to deal with between Haiti and ourselves and it seems to
me it is important for us to have that post filled as quickly as possible." Fred Mitchell

Why no Haiti ambassador?

Detention Centre escapes linked to repatriation delays-



0 In brief

Teenage drug

use survey

is published

A SURVEY of drug use
among teenagers in. the
Bahamas has been pub-
lished in the first Bahamas
Secondary School Drug
Prevalence Survey by the
Bahamas National Drug
More than 2,000 sec-
ondary school students in
grades eight, 10 and 12 from
New Providence, Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera,
Cat Island, Long Island,
Exuma, Andros and Inagua
contributed to the survey
over a two-week period in
The United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime
and the Caribbean Drug
Abuse Epidemiology and
Surveillance System Project
sponsored the survey as
part of a regional initiative.
The results are intended
to serve as a critical refer-
ence tool to gauge drug use
among teenagers through-
out the Bahamas in future.
The printing of 2,500
booklets to be distributed
to high schools, libraries,
government agencies and
local drug and rehabilita-
tion centres throughout the
Bahamas was funded by the
Narcotics Affairs Section of
the US Embassy.
US Charge d'Affaires
David Elmo presented the
booklets to the Bahamas
National Drug Council
(BNCD) at the US
Embassy, thanking council
members for their continu-
ing efforts to assist those
affected by drugs, and
encouraging them to con-
tinue the good work and
excellent partnership with
the Embassy.

Five of 15


that escaped

have been

OFFICIALS say they have
caught five of the 15 monkeys
that escaped a facility in Polk
County, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Lex Salisbury, the director
of the preserve, said Monday
that the capture of the
remaining 10 monkeys is
imminent because trappers
know where they are living.
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission said the monkeys
apparently escaped their
island home by swimming
across a pond something
they're not supposed to be
able to do. The monkeys
escaped April 19 at the soon-
to-be-open Safari Wild pre-
Officials say the social but
calmiPatas monkeys are of
no threat to people.
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission says the search will
continue until the remaining
monkeys are captured.
a. ~ ll!/

Claims of underground

network for abortions

communications network
reportedly exists in the
Bahamas which directs persons
to doctors willing to perform
Sources say the hard cold
truth of the matter is that it is
easy to terminate a pregnancy
in the Bahamas once a person
knows which physician to see.
The Tribune has learned the
story of a 17-year-old girl from
a lower middle class family
unfortunately got pregnant
shortly after graduating from
high school.
Her boyfriend, after speak-
ing with an uncle, was able to
refer her to a local doctor who
would assist her with "getting
rid of the baby".

During her visit she told the
physician of her desire to ter-
minate her pregnancy.
The 17-year-old was given a
pill and was told after she start-
ed bleeding, she should go
immediately to Princess Mar-
garet Hospital to have a dilata-
tion and curettage (D and C)
The young woman reported-
ly remembers very little of the
ordeal after this point, but the
pill (the name of which we have
chosen not to publish) would
have caused hemorrhaging and
contraction of the womb, which
in turn causes expulsion of the
While at the hospital, doc-
tors would have performed the
D and C, dilating the cervix and
scraping out the products of
There are many reasons why
this procedure is performed -
not all illegal.



"I am aware of
the drug you are
talking about and
aware that there
are physicians
using the drugs for
that type of thing
you mentioned,'
inducing bleeding,
even though the
medication is
utilised and
manufactured for
something else."

Minister of Health
Hubert Minnis

Some women have miscar-
riages due to many things.like
trauma to the area, infection,
or a genetic defect which caus-
es the baby to die inside them
and therefore the contents need
to be taken out of the mother.
After the foetus has died,
infection can occur and it is
important to prevent this infec-
tion, which can be life-threat-

This is why our 17-year-old
was told to go directly to hos-
pital. She was also given'anoth-
er directive if questioned
about what could have caused
her miscarriage, she was never
to say where she got the med-
ication from.
Public Health officers do not
provide the means to terminate
a healthy pregnancy.
After receiving patients who
have taken pills given them by
outside sources, however, Pub-
lic Health workers are required
to prevent hemorrhaging.
and possible death from infec-
However, in the case of our
17-year-old, officials say she
could have been one of many
who have not even gone to a

provides that any act done in
GROUNDS ON good faith and:without negli-
WHICH ABORTION gence for the p~poses of med-
IS PERMITTED: ical or surgical treatment of a
pregnant woman is justifiable,
to save the life of the although it causes or is intend-
woman ed to cause abortion or miscar- I
to preserve physical riage or premature delivery or
health the death of a child.
to preserve mental Although the code does not
health define what constitutes medical
...or surgical treatment, in prac-
tice the law is interpreted very
GROUNDS ON liberally. Abortions are report-
WHICH ABORTION IS edly performed on the grounds
NOT PERMITTED of foetal deformity and rape or
incest although the law does
rape or incest not provide for this.
foetal impairment Leeway comes in, however,
economic or social where the law states that abor-
reasons tions may be performed to
on request maintain the physical or mental
S health'of thie:hother aid rape
or in est victims arguably fall
doctor but received the pills eint this aor ally
from a friend or family member Legal abortions areusually
whfrom a frienved orpills froamily ma previ- performed within the first
who saved pills from a pr trimester although they are
ous doctor's visit, often allowed up to the 20th
Performing abortions or week of pregnancy
assisting in the termination of a he portion ust be per-
pregnancy is illegal in the formed in a hospital by a
Bahamas except for cases
where it is done to save theta *ii l sitin 1e ovr
of the woman or preserve e e thie Pnoiainghe cpstafor
physical or mental health of th e ,ou, pi i ons e Er
patient. he .
aws action
in the Bahamas, the ability of a
Minister of Health Dr woman to choose whether she
Hubert Minnis said that, while wants to be pregnant or not is a
he is convinced that p sle e a
will normally follwv Ishe
of the Baham ~g to
worked in the hospit hands
he encountered many casesming
the one described above. the right to make that decision -
"I am aware of the drug you for themselves. I
are talking about and aware "In 2008 women should have ,1
that there are physicians using full determination over their
the drugs for that type of thing bodies.
you mentioned, inducing bleed- "There is no excuse for that.
ing, even though the medica- Before we can take a woman's
tion is utilised and manufac- right to make decisions about
turned for something else. her own body away from her,
"When I was there we tried we have to make sure she is j
to determine who was using it making informed decisions.. ;
with the intention of referring it "So it is Qur.place to inform
to the Medical Council to have .... q they make a
it dealt with appropriately,but 0 isoI l not our~place
in almost all cases the patients to make that decision for
never talk so we were at a them," she said.
standstill," Dr Minnis said. Pro-ie .tivists have nain-
He added that until individ- t i -tsr=spect
uals come forth with concrete the sanctity of human life and
information, all officials really deprive another luman being
have is hearsay and suspicion. of life.
Performing an abortion or However, Ms Greene said
intentionally terminating a the rights of the foetus do
pregnancy under Bahamian law not come from a scientific per-
is punished by imprisonment spective, but rather a religious
for 10 years (Penal Code Sec- one.
tion 316). "The truth is this is not an
However, there are certain issue to be determined along
cases where abortions are Christian or religious doctrine
allowed, or theological lines; as human
The penal Code of the beings should have full deter-
Bahamas of 1924 as revised mination over their bodies," she
(Sections 316, 330 and 334), said.

BUSINESSMAN Rudolph King, who is
appealing a bankruptcy declaration, was back
in the Court of Appeal yesterday as his lawyer
Wayne Munroe tried to convince the court
that it has the jurisdiction to hear the appeal.
King, a Nassau events organiser who is also
known as Dr Rudolph King or Rudolph King-
Laroda, was declared bankrupt in the Supreme
Court in 2006 when he was being pursued by
Cavalier Construction Ltd for an unpaid debt.
King is claimed to owe the company $824,938.
His lawyer argued yesterday that the right to
appeal the bankruptcy declaration could be
found in sections 10 and 11 of the Court of
Appeal Act which gives a general right to
appeal to the Court of Appeal in civil matters.
Jason T Maynard, lawyer for the respondent
Cavalier Construction Ltd, argued, however,
that the appeal should be dismissed as the
court had no jurisdiction to hear it. Mr May-
nard submitted that it was not for the court to
create a right of appeal.
President of the Court of Appeal Dame Joan
Sawyer noted yesterday that there is no statu-

tory provision which gives a person the right to
appeal to the Court of Appeal a bankruptcy
declaration. She also noted that although the
Bahamas' Bankruptcy Act, had been adopted
from the English Act 1870, it lacked the right to
appeal to the Court of Appeal since the
Bahamas did not have an appellate court until
Following the mid-morning adjournment,
the court asked lawyers representing both sides
to make their submissions on the bankruptcy
Mr Munroe submitted that there were two
grounds for appealing the bankruptcy order.
He said that the respondents had failed to
serve the debtor's summons within the required
21 days and had failed to particularise their
Mr Maynard submitted, however, that the
summons was served within the required time.
He submitted that the appellant had not filed
the record of appeal in time and had not
applied for an extension of time to do so. He
also submitted yesterday that the record was
incomplete as it was missing nine documents.
The case continues at 10 am today.

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Attitudes are destroying the country

"THEY'RE just one more reminder of
what everybody knows that the com-
munity's immune system has broken down
almost entirely, weakened by drugs and
gunfire and despair; that despite the best
efforts of folks like Mac, a virus has taken
hold, and a people is wasting away."
No this was not written about the
Bahamas, it is a quote from Democratic
presidential candidate Barack Obama's
book, "The Audacity of Hope."
In his book Mr Obama describes the
success of one determined black restau-
rant owner to improve his "little corner of
the world" on Chicago's West Side and
help his neighbours climb out of their
poverty and despair.
Mr Obama contrasts this man's reac-
tion to life's challenges with that of blacks
living a few blocks further down the street.
Here, he writes, are the "throngs of young
men on corners casting furtive glances up
and down the street; the sound of sirens
blending with the periodic thump of car
stereos turned up full blast; the dark,
boarded-up buildings and hastily scrawled
gang signs; the rubbish everywhere..."
Again not New Providence, but infected by
Sthe same virus that now has this island sick
unto death.
And it is the attitude... the same fear-
less, defiant attitude of the youth that has
not only perplexed the Chicago police, but
also our Bahamian officers.
"See these kids out here," says Mac,
"they just don't care. Police don't scare
'em, jail doesn't scare 'em more than
half of the young guys out here already
got a record. If the police pick up ten guys
standing on a street corner, another ten'll
take their place in an hour.
"That's the thing that's changed... the
attitude of these kids. You can't blame
them, really, because most of them have
nothing at home. Their mothers can't tell
them nothing a lot of these women are
still children themselves. Father's in jail.
Nobody around to guide the kids, keep
them in school, teach them respect. So
these boys just raise themselves, basically,
on the streets. That's all they know. The
gang, that's their family. They don't see
any jobs out here except the drug trade..."
It's this same attitude that has shocked

residents of this island. Who would have
imagined just a few years ago anyone hav-
ing the nerve to drive a car down Bay
Street on a busy shopping day, firing shots
at a rival, but hitting and killing a young
schoolboy waiting for a bus home? Who
would have imagined young thugs, faces.
unmasked, walking into a busy bank, hold-
ing up staff, then emptying the cash till?
Who would have imagined a rival gang
engaging in a deadly fight on one of this
island's most popular tourist beaches, then
calling police and medics to take a teenag-
er away in a body bag?
These are young people who spumed
school, defied authority and seem to enjoy
taunting the law. These are the young peo-
ple who refuse to apply themselves to their
studies or to qualify for a trade.
Last week a young girl and her proud
mother came to see us. Cradled in the girl's
arms were two handsome trophies and a
small monetary prize from her school. One
of the trophies was for being the best in her
class in English; the other was for topping
her class in Social Studies. This teenager is
Haitian, her mother tongue is Creole, and
yet in her class at a government school she
outstripped her Bahamian classmates in
their own language a language that she
Jid not speak when she came to. this coun-
On the other side we hear Bahamians
grumble about too many Haitians in this
country, who will soon take over. Well
that's a pretty good deduction, especially if
their own Bahamian children are not pre-
pared to make the effort to prepare them-
selves to manage their own country. In
years to come they will find themselves
sidelined by default.
The problem with many Bahamians is
that they have the mistaken view that the
world owes them something; that they are
entitled to a top position in their own coun-
try, not because they are qualified for it, but
- just because they are Bahamian... and, of
course, if they are a black Bahamian they
have hit the jackpot. They consider that
this favoured colour should take them to
!he top of the queue for admittance into the
temple of entitlement. It is this attitude
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
Much has been said about
the Bahamian educational sys-
tem and the apparent lack of
sincere effort to ensure the
country's children are
equipped to enter the work
force or move on to tertiary
education with the skills to
This judgment is confirmed
by the BGCSE grades of a D
average for all schools.
In addition to this, employ-
,ers find that the majority of
applicants for entry level posi-
tions cannot complete a basic
employment application and
simple aptitude test. Recent
graduates stumble on ques-
tions like 20 per cent of $150,
for example.
Public School Budget
It certainly does not appear
that the failure of the educa-
tional system is the lack of
funding. The Bahamas Gov-
ernment has recently
announced that $282,357,775
will be spent on education this
year, broken down as follows:
Department of Education
Ministry of Education
Capital Development
Expenditure $31,390,999
Local Initiatives for Change
Recently, Minister of Edu-
cation Carl Bethel, announced
some improvements. Whether
they will ignite the fire for per-
manent change retnitfalnli"a
Apparently the Ministry of
Education has finally consid-
ered'ideas like longer school
hours for failing students, and
trimming the curriculum to
four key subjects, with elec-
tives for students that are
doing well.
The country must come to
grips with "social promotion"
that pushes underachievers
through the system to a pass-
ing-out grade of "F".
An alternative solution is
required for this group for
them to be equipped to enter
the workforce when they leave
Solutions from afar
John Templeton Founda-
tion meeting.
He brought some great
news on developments in edu-
cation in India.
Apparently the state gov-

ernments of Uttarakhand and
Uttar Pradesh have
announced voucher pro-
grammes for some districts.
Vouchers and School
In 1955 Milton Friedman
coined the term "school
vouchers" an idea that kick-
started the modern school
choice movement.
A voucher system
"...allow(s) parents to use all
or part of the government
funding set aside for their chil-
dren's education to, send their
children to the public or pri-
vate school of their choice. In
effect, this separates govern-
ment financing of education
from government operation of
schools. Most programmes
allow parents to send their chil-
dren to either religious or non-
religious private schools. Par-
ticipating private schools are
required to meet standards for
safety, fiscal soundness and
non-discrimination; some pro-
grammes also impose addi-
tional restrictions."
He notes that:
"Economic liberalisation of
the early 1990's has put India
on a new growth trajectory.
The popular image as the land
of snake charmers and ele-
phants is being replaced with
that of call centre and BPO
workers and the possibility of
the world's cheapest $2,500
car meandering on Indian
roads. The 'India Story' is cen-
tral to the World Economic
Forum meetings, UN Security
Council membership discus-
sions, and the Indo-US
nuclear treaty."
These reforms have left
large parts of India untouched,
but as a result of Templeton
Foundation Grants extensive
research and documentation
of the problems of the urban
informal sector has taken
place along with the launch-
ing of a School Choice cam-
He states:
"We run mass campaigns to
build grass root pressure for
change by increasing aware-
ness among poor parents
about the resources that gov-
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for genuine empowerment."
Mass programmes of 'My
Vote, My Voucher!' are con-
ducted in select states around
election time.
"The policy campaign
increases understanding of
school choice ideas and
reforms through meetings
with the people in govern-
ment, political parties, and
"We choose states that are
more amenable to choice
reforms and where we have
access to the top leadership.
We also run pilot projects to
test our ideas and design
strategies for implementation
and advocacy".
These initiatives have been
taken in a country that is
mired in government red tape
and regulation.
But, because they have
decided that Globalisation is
the most sensible route to
empowering the population of
India, they have begun taking
bold steps to improve their
educational system.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas
seems content to allow the
majority of its children to
leave school with the most
rudimentary literacy skills, and
only tweak the educational
system at the edges, in the
hope for reform and improved
Das believes that, if the
CCS and some of the state
governments in India continue
to build on their successes to
date "...India would become
a rising star not only in the
arena of economic reforms
and growth within a democ-
racy but also of the global
school choice movement".
Let's hope that The
Bahamas government consid-
ers school choice and vouchers
as one of the options to final-
ly improve education in The
It is their moral responsibil-
ity if they choose to continue
to control the educational sys-
tem in the country.

June 14, 2008.

Why the

silence on


EDITOR, The Tribune.
WHY has the Ministry
of Health or some appro-
priate consumer group not
addressed the toxic salmo-
nella tomato issue as it
may relate to us in the
How about the grocery
stores themselves?
It has proven to be
lethal in the USA.
Certainly we import vast
amounts of tomatoes from
the states weekly.
I have seen no mention
of it to the Bahamian pub-
We are no doubt, just as
susceptible to getting ill (or
dying) from the salmonel-
la toxin as anyone ingest-
ing in the US would be.

June, 2008.
PS: I see in this morn-
ing's paper (June 13th),
one of our local restaurant
chains (Subway) has
addressed the tomato scare
issue. How about the other
restaurants and all of our

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Senator Smith:
Urban Renewal
more than cleaning
up in a community
Katherine Smith insists
that Urban Renewal
means more than just
going into a community
and cleaning up.
She said the govern-
ment must do its part to
uplift citizens by reno-
vating the surroundings
and investing in
resources and expertise.
"However, real advance-
ment must include
empowerment of people
through community
"We as leaders must
motivate our own people
to become involved.
Development cannot be
done by the government'
alone, but only when
people put in the same
effort they can expect
from the government, I
think we can all be suc-
cessful," she said.

Her comments came as
she officially opened a
three-day seminar spon-
sored by Grand Bahama
Community Builders
The theme for the
seminar was "Creativity
for Economic Change -
Promoting Urban
Renewal." It was staged
at Xanadu Beach Hotel.
Mrs Smith said she
believes the Bahamas
can and will benefit
from "real Urban
Renewal and community
She said: "Our com-
munities will only be
enhanced if the govern-
ment and its people join
together in unity and' '
commit their resources'
commit their time,
expertise and hard work;
and only then do I
believe we really would
see true Urban Renewal
in this country.

"I think one of the
things that is eventually
going to have to happen
is the implementation of
legislation to further
strengthen and support
the initiative.
"And so in the
Bahamas I think we
have a lot of work to do,
as it relates to how we
influence people and
how we get people to
understand what Urban
Renewal means and how
it can transform not just
the community but the
individuals that live in
communities," she said.

Couple charged in connection with

theft of goods worth $100,000

Tribune Freeport
couple was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yester-
day in connection with the
theft of around $100,000
worth of stolen goods.
Phillip Cunningham, 40,
alias Phillip Marshall, alias
Shotta; and 29-year-old Lis-
handa Shanette Williams
were charged before Magis-

trate Debbye Ferguson in
Court One.
They were charged with
possession of an unlicensed
firearm and ammunition,
shop-breaking and stealing,
stealing from a shop, receiv-
ing stolen property and
unlawful possession.
The prosecution is alleg-
ing that the couple was
found in possession of a
firearm and ammunition at
an apartment at Garden Vil-
The accused were also

allegedly found in possession
of a large number of items
suspected of being stolen,
the total value of which
is estimated at about
Cunningham and Williams
were also charged with
breaking into the Depart-
ment Of Environmental
Health Services warehouse
and stealing a quantity of
chemical supplies, estimat-
ed to be worth $5,000.
Attorney Carlson Shur-
land represented the defen-

dants, who elected summary
Magistrate Ferguson
adjourned the matters to the
December 2, and March 2,
2009 for trial.
The pair were granted
$10,000 bail with three
sureties each on the stealing
and receiving charges, and
$2,000 bail cash each on the
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THE Food and Agricul-
tural Organisation is fund-
ing a $385,000, 22-month
project to assist the gov-
ernment with designing and
testing a garden-based
learning programme for pri-
mary schools.
Minister of Education
Carl Bethel said the agree-
ment is timely as the pro-
gramme is one that would
advance the education sys-
tem, and by extension the
He said the emergence of
food shortages and the ris-
ing price of staples such as
corn; wheat and rice !has
shown,,~the' need for a
renewed focus on-food pro-
duction at the national lev-
el and the effective use of
available land.
"The rising average age
of registered farmers and
the reduced numbers of
such farmers is a dire warn-
ing sign to Bahamians that
we are failing to optimise
the production potential of
our land, and consequently
are becoming more and
more helpless in the face of
global developments," he
Mr Bethel added that
governments around the
world are increasing
emphasis on the growth and
development of agriculture.
"It is envisaged that this
renewal and ongoing focus
would improve food secu-
rity, increase economic
growth, increase consump-
tion of fruits, vegetables
and ground provisions, con-
tribute to reduction in food
importation and hopefully,
through healthy lifestyle
initiatives, contribute to the
reduction of non-communi-
cable diseases such as dia-
betes, hypertension and
obesity which are causing
governments billions of dol-
lars in health care," he said.
He said that to-date, the

programme is being offered
in 29 schools including
three special schools, 14 of
which are on New Provi-
dence and 15 in the Family
Mr Bethel noted that only
a small percentage of pri-
mary schools have veg-
etable beds, due to limited
space and untrained agri-
culture instructors.
He said the School Gar-
den Programme and Tele-
Food Projects will
contribute significantly
to improving this






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of goals, according to Minster of Education Carl Bethel.
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farm to table
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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 Maribn 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.
SRUSSELL, 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.

(for) REGIS" RAR


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.



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.


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New executive

director at

the Bahamas

Humane Society

THE Bahamas Humane
Society has announced the
appointment of Stephen Turn-
quest as its new executive
Mr Turnquest has held the
position of chief inspector for
22 years and 16 of those years
as chief inspector/shelter man-
ager of the Bahamas Humane
Mr Turnquest has worked
with the Bahamas Humane
Society for 29 years, he
received his inspectorate train-
ing in Canada and England
and shelter management train-
ing in the United States.
"He brings to the position
a wealth of knowledge and
experience in animal welfare
to the Bahama Islands," said
the humane society in a state-
"For four years, the
Bahamas Humane Society has
had an executive director sent
to them through the kindness
of the Royal Society for the
Protection of Animals, in Eng-
land," the BHS noted. "Mr
Kevin Degenhard came to
Nassau with a mandate to
train Bahamians to take over
key leadership positions in the
BHS. Mr Degenhard returned
to the RSPCA in England last

President of the Bahamas
Humane Society Kim Aran-
ha, said "We are very happy
to see Stephen take over the
position of executive director,
I am confident that he will do
an excellent job. He has a
massive amount of experience
in animal welfare matters. He
has been involved in the BHS
for as long as I can remem-
Stephen Turnquest is grad-
uate of CC Sweeting Senior
High and the son of Coral
Turnquest and retired police
inspector Earlin Turnquest.
He is married to Chavez Turn-
quest, a client accountant at
Royal Bank of Canada Trust.
They have three sons.
"He and his family are very
involved with all facets of the
Bahamas Humane Society",
Mrs Aranha said. "You can
see them helping out at our
fundraising events, and they'
have a lot of adopted pets
The Bahamas Humane
Society has seen many
changes this year, electing Mrs
Aranha as its new president
in February, and now appoint-
ing Mr Turnquest to the posi-
tion of executive director.

Bahamas Academy's

graduation ceremony

BYRAN WOODSIDE, Minister of State for Youth and Sports, deliv-
ers the keynote address during Bahamas Academy's high school
graduation ceremony on Monday at the Wyndham Resort.
MR WOODSIDE makes a presentation to Valedictorian
T'Eoria Murray.






Spin will not tackle crime

0 0

interesting reactions
to the shocking
things that former
police prosecutor Keith Bell had
to say about crime last week.
In case you missed it, Bell to!d
a public forum that I attended
last Monday that our criminal jus-
tice system was "on the brink of
collapse", and we could look for-
ward to kidnapping and terror-
ism unless it was fixed. He then
reeled off a string of horror sto-
ries and statistics to support his
argument. "There are 100,000
matters before the courts, includ-
ing 11,000 criminal cases and
48,000 traffic cases," he
said."That's about a third of the
total population before the courts.
It's going to get a lot worse unless
we take the bull by the horns and
make some very tough decisions."
Bell said the only way to
address the problem was for the
political class as a priority to
agree on a common agenda for
crime reduction and comprehen-
sive legal reform. He also called
for an independent national
ombudsman to combat corrup-
tion, which he said had become
institutionalized in business and
government. His considered
opinion as the man in charge
of police prosecutions until just
a few weeks ago was that
although we have the capacity to
act, we lack the tenacity..
Strong stuff. But we were dis-
mayed at the official response.
When the Guardian questioned
National Security Minister Tom-
my Turnquest about Bell's com-
ments, he admonished the media
not to report such matters
because it could affect tourism.
"This is a small country and a
very small minority are commit-
ting crimes," Turnquest said. "We
have to work together and we
also have to let the tourists know
that we put hardened criminals
in jail when they are convicted
and sentenced. That should also
make headline news to bring
down the temperature in our
As for the forecast of kidnap-
pings' and terrorism, "If we get to
that stage, then yes, we'll worry,"
Turnquest said. "But we're not
at that stage...I don't think that
the system is going to collapse."
Bits and pieces of what Bell
had to say have been reported
before, but to my knowledge they
have never been related so com-


.. .4

"The prospect of judicial collapse is
not a matter of opinion, it is based on
simple mathematics."

prehensively and directly by
someone in a position to know
the dirty details.
In ah unusual display of can-
dour, Opposition MP Bernard
Nottage admitted that parlia-
mentarians shared much of the
blame for the country's spiraling
crime rate: "Could it be that we
politicians are part of the problem
rather than part of the solution?"
he asked his colleagues in the
House. Well yes, it certainly
could. And the attempt to down-
play Bell's remarks by, in effect,
saying we'll worry when things
do collapse was an entirely inap-
propriate and counterproductive
attempt at spin doctoring by the
National Security Minister.

Do the math

The prospect of judicial col-
lapse is not a matter of opinion, it
is based on simple mathematics.
There are currently 100,000 cases
before the courts, of which 11,000
are criminal matters that must be
tried by the supreme court. Each
one of these cases will take a cer-
Stain amount of time to dispose of
- two to three weeks for serious
matters, lawyers say. And there
are only three judges available
for criminal trials, who hold court
for only a portion of each year.
Clearly, it will take an eternity
for a handful of judges to process
thousands of criminal cases. And
the math does not take into
account the difficulties of sched-
uling witnesses, choosing juries
and pinning down ducking
lawyers on both sides.'And if
by some miracle the courts
were able to convict and sentence
a large proportion of offenders,
there wouldn't be enough jail cells
to hold them.
Furthermore, demands to
make more judges available for

criminal trials simply cannot be
met because of physical limita-
tions in terms of courtrooms and
support facilities. That is not my
opinion that is a fact presented
by the chief justice as recently as
a few months ago.
And, as many readers will
know, the political class has been
dithering about a new judicial
complex and other improvements
to the justice system for at least 10
years, with little to show for it.
As Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall also pointed out, "Crime
flourishes when we fail to enforce
our laws, particularly the small
laws. Chaos in any society pro-
vides the cover for criminal activ-
ity. We permit and encourage
But Minister Turnquest says
things are not really so bad: "The
police have a high apprehension
rate because we know who the
trouble makers are."
That may be so, but it doesn't
mean a hill of beans because once
apprehended they can't get time-
ly trials, which means they must
be released back onto the street.
According to Bell, those on bail
include a third of all murder
accused (including persons
accused of up to 10 killings) and
all the major gun traffickers.
"The statistics and reports are
all there. We know what is hap-
pening. The only question is who
is going to be next," Bell says.
Just a few days ago, for exam-
ple, the Ministry .of National
Security released a report show-
ing that over 1700 inmates (or 68
per cent of the total prison popu-
lation of 2,556) are on remand -
meaning waiting to be tried. Last
year only one of the inmates
admitted for murder was sen-
tenced, while 89 were awaiting
trial. And after a certain length of
time they have to be bailed.
1 would be willing to bet that

one year ago, an out-of-office
Turnquest would have sung a dif-
ferent tune. What is it that makes
him so defensive today? The fact
that he now bears some official
responsibility should not blind
him to the obvious.
As we have said before in this
space, a series of commissions
involving lawyers, judges, psychi-
atrists, criminologists, clergymen
and social workers have worked
hard on this subject over the past
20 years. Their reports have iden-
tified all the contributing factors
and suggested a range of reme-
dies. These can be divided into
three categories socialisation,
enforcement and justice.
Socialisation covers all the
things that produce new entrants
to our society the family, home
life, schooling, moral codes and
work. Enforcement is the way in
which society's rules are applied
or not applied. And justice refers
to the way we process those who
break the rules.
Of these socialisation is the
most difficult to address because
it requires long-term investments
in education, family counselling
and social programmes. Enforce-
ment is a no-brainer, but by itself
it will only lead to gridlock unless
the justice system is fixed. And
that is probably the easiest of the
three categories to deal with,
because the solutions are clear
and finite in scope requiring
only political will and money to
make them a reality. We know
the prison is overcrowded, so if
we want to keep criminals locked
up and deal with all the back-
logged cases we obviously need a
bigger prison or new jails for
various types pf offenders and
more prison officers. Once we
have places to put offenders we
can set about processing them -
and that requires more judges,
more courtrooms, more prosecu-
tors and more support facilities.
To those who would say we can't
afford all that, I say there are
ways to find the money. In fact,
our politicos can always find the
money to do what they want to
do. It's simply a matter of setting
priorities. And in an emergency
such as we are facing today, that
should be an easy task.


The second reaction to Bell's
comments involved the question
of accountability. One commen-
tator on the Bahama Pundit blog
questioned why Bell was only
now bringing this important infor-
mation to the attention of the
Another replied that "it's easy
to sit in judgment until you work
a year or two in the system. Bell
cannot be held accountable for a
system in which we are all pri-
vate and public alike responsi-
ble (private for willing ignorance,
general self-interest and massive
conservatism and public for
unwillingness to change policy).
"One of the major problems
with the entire system is that pub-
lic servants cannot by law speak
as Keith Bell has done here. One
has to leave the service to be able
to speak, thus ending one's abili-
ty to change from the inside. The
culture of secrecy is both perva-
sive and destructive. Civil service
reform is critical, and it is no joke
- it is fundamental to our future,
and to our very society."
To which the first commenta-
tor replied: "I do not buy the
argument that 'good people' like
Mr. Bell cannot do anything
about the system while they are in
it. They choose not to Gener-
al Orders or not. The points he
raised should be in a report some-
where; and this in turn should be
public knowledge. Pressure can
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inside and outside the system. If
they are not in a report, they can
be leaked to the press or other
sources that are willing to state
them publicly. I think they refer
to it as accountability?"
In a separate e-mail exchange,
one mid-level civil servant told
me that "Criticizing without hav-
ing any real idea of what it means
to work in the public sector, what
it means to be a public servant of
integrity, and what it costs to
maintain that integrity, and then
linking it glibly with party poli-
tics is a cop-out.
"But the real cop-out was the
asininity of last year's political
campaign, which was reduced to
name-calling, hero-worship, and
point-scoring, and which con-
tained absolutely no discussion
of public policy, no concept that
our country is on the verge of a
crisis, but which drowned in a sea
of red and yellow stupidity.
"The worst thing about our
country is that one's perceived
party affiliation (even if one has
none) curtails or even ends the
kind of work one can do from
within. That this may be true even
in our security forces is frighten-
ing to me."
We have mixed feelings on this
issue, so we asked Keith Bell a
direct question. Here is what he
said: "The Police Act prohibits
the police from speaking openly.
I have written tirelessly on all
these matters and much, much
more on how we can counter
these problems. All these mat-
ters were deeply researched and
carefully considered. Those in
authority who' are able to affect
policy change know fully that
they were given written proposals
from the areas that I was the offi-
cer-in-charge. I gave everyone the
opportunity to review the docu-
ments and consider the content; I
never received any responses.
Your article placed all those who
did not attend the forum square-
ly as though they had actually

What do you think? Send com-
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Summer Festival delves

deeper into culture I

THIS year's Junkanoo
Summer Festival will avoid
the heavy rains of June and
take the shape of a music
and heritage festival cel-
ebrating the roots of
Bahamian cultural activi-
The Ministry of Tourism
and Aviation, the principal
organiser of the annual
event, has delayed the start
of Junkanoo Summer Fes-
tival to July 12 August 2,
in order to begin during a
time that normally pro-
vides more favorable
This decision was taken
due to the festival being
marred several times last
week by torrential rains.
"Those attending
Junkanoo Summer Festi-
val this year will notice a
marked, down-home flavor
to all the festivities," said
Janet Johnson, director of
product and events strate-
gy in the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation.


"There will be lots of
music, and we have made a
concerted effort to provide
an acoustic sound. While
the electronic enhance-
ments of rake 'n scrape are
still popular, our visitors
and residents will have a
unique experience this
summer, listening to the
natural sounds of the saw,
the scrubbing board, the
tin tub, and the goatskin
The cultural festival will
be held at Arawak Cay
every Saturday from 2pm
to 8pm. Musical entertain-
ers will include Ed Moxey,
the Lassie Doe Boys, Traf-
fic Jam and Berkley Van
Ms Johnson said the
inclusion of Bahamian
dances will also be more
pronounced at this year's
festival. The festival site

will feature a cultural
dance workshop.
In the workshop, the
National Dance School will
demonstrate and teach tra-
ditional dances of the
"Through all this, we
cannot get away from
Bahamian cuisine," Ms
Johnson said.
"The bread-baking and
cooking demonstrations of
Junkanoo Summer Festi-
val have become very pop-
ular over the years.
"We're going back to
basics with instruction in
preparing crab 'n rice, peas
'n rice, macaroni and
cheese and other Bahami-
an favourites."
Ms Johnson also point-
ed out that the festival at
Arawak Cay will allow
patrons to take part in
many activities that
Bahamians enjoy for recre-
ation and identify as part
of their culture. Many of
these activities will take
the form of organised com-
petitions, she said.
Cultural competitions
will include: pineapple eat-
ing, crab catching, corn
shucking and onion peel-
In addition, backgam-
mon and domino competi-
tions will be organised.
The festival will also con-
tinue to present junkanoo
parades each week for the
enjoyment of audiences.
Fringe events of JSF will
include special presenta-
tions of ThoughtKatcher's
Da Spot comedy series at
the Dundas every Tuesday
from June 17 to August 19
and the Royal Poincianna
Tea Party at the British
Colonial Hilton on June.27
and July 25.
In addition, the National
Youth Choir will present
special concerts of tradi-
tional Bahamian music and
Broadway show tunes at
the Dundas on-June 21 and
28, at 8pm each night.

PICTURED (L-R) at the first Exuma Halsbury Chamber Free Legal Clinic is Dwight Hart of 98.3 The Breeze FM and The Exuma Breeze newspaper;
Amie Bowe of Mail Boxes Etc; Philip Simon, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce executive director; Dania Rolle, Halsbury Chambers attorney; Peter
Whitehead, president of Gunite Pools and Osprey Development; Wentworth Musgrove of British American Financial.

An economic slump

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for business start-up'

THE very best time to star
your own business could be in
the worst economic times
according to business leaders
Speaking to a rapt audience
at the first Halsbury Cham
bers Free Legal Clinic in Exu-
ma, one expert after another
echoed this sentiment say-
ing an economic slump could
be the most fertile ground for
They cited ideal conditions
for leasing space, finding good
employees who might have
been displaced, securing
affordable services or supplies
and building relationships at a
time that new entries into the
market are welcome.
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president of a large construc-
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start with a vision, study the
local market, find a product
or service no one else is sup-
plying, prepare a serious busi-
ness plan, get sufficient capi-
talisation, but don't be afraid
of economic markers.
"There is tremendous
opportunity for business
development right now, espe-
cially in Exuma, and Bahami-
ans should be taking advan-
tage of it," said Philip Simon,
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce executive director.
His advice: think the idea
through, understand risks as
well as benefits, determine
what it is you are trying to sell.
"If it's just the product or
service, then don't bother.
You have to sell the experi-
ence," he said.
Once launched, never stop
researching, networking,
improving. The single biggest
mistake new businesses make,
he said, is undercapitalisation.
Mr Simon was part of a pan-
el on "Empowerment through
Entrepreneurship" which
included event platinum.spon-
sor along with Bank of The
Bahamas International,
Dwight Hart of 98.3 The
Breeze FM and The Exuma
Breeze newspaper. Also on
the panel were Wentworth
Musgrove of British Ameri-
can Financial, Amie Bowe of
Mail Boxes Etc and Peter
Whitehead, president of
Gunite Pools and Osprey
"Exuma is filled with oppor-

tunities for those who want to
go into business," said Mr
Hart, a native of Exuma who
returned home aftdrtbeing
granted a radio licence in
2005, but not before trying
other businesses and-failing,
then putting his media experi-
ence to work in a market des-
perate for attention. "This is
the time to get creative and
provide those services that
people need."
Amie Bowe of Mail Boxes
Etc agreed, saying that hav-
ing a business is like having a
baby. "Your business has to
be nurtured," she said. "You
have to recognize the broad
range of responsibilities
required when owning your
own business."
British American's Mr Mus-
grove emphasised that
Bahamians need to make their
money work for them, instead
of simply working for money.
"Exumians need to make
smart investments in land, in
annuities, in things that if
bought today will pay off in
the future."
Peter Whitehead told the
crowd gathered at the St
Andrew's Anglican Commu-
nity Centre that Bahamians
need to think of themselves
as visitors.
"See what you see, and see
what's missing, and fill it," he
said. "The best time to invest
is in bad times, because good
times come back."
It was Mr Whitehead who
was sought after as a mentor
and whose words hit home

A NUMBER of interested Exumi-
ans attended the event and
received information on a wide
range of topics as well as free
legal advice from a team of Hals-
bury Chambers attorneys.

with many. Starting with a
truck, a telephone and a small
office (and a brother he says is
smarter than he is), Mr White-
head has grown Gunite Pools
and Osprey Development into
a company capable of han-
dling the largest construction
challenges developers can
throw at them, from sinking
the underwater observatory
at Coral World to erecting a
dome through ingenious bal-
loon-rigged means at Atlantis.
Success, he says, was the result
of setting an example in his
case by leaving for work at
6.30am, often putting in 12-
hour days and never expecting
an employee to work harder
than he does.
The Halsbury Chambers
Free Legal Clinic in George
Town was the progressive fir-
m's first clinic held outside of
Previous clinics in the capi-
tal have drawn more than 300
participants. The clinics pro-
vide opportunities for atten-
dants to meet with lawyers
without charge for limited ses-
sions, but also, says firm part-
ner Nerissa Greene, to help
reduce the perceived barrier
between the public and the
legal community.
"We were very excited to
come to George Town, our
sponsors were very support-
ive and the response from
those who attended was so
great that I feel confident we
will be back," said Ms Greene.
The event covered topics
from real estate and entrepre-
neurship to generation land,
quieting titles, wills and trusts
and was sponsored by 98.3
The Breeze FM and The
Breeze newspaper, Bank of
the Bahamas International,
British American Financial,
BTC, Colinalmperial Insur-
ance, Dillycrab Realty, Grand
Isle Resort and Spa, Mail Box-
es Etc and Seaside Realty.

Report: Hamas-lsrael truce to begin Thursday

* CAIRO, Egypt
ISRAEL and the radical Islamic group Hamas
have agreed on a truce to begin Thursday, Egypt's
state-owned news agency said Tuesday, according to
Associated Press.
A Hamas official in Gaza, speaking on condition
of anonymity because he is not authorized to release
the information, confirmed the truce.
Israeli officials declined to confirm a deal, but said
Israel's negotiator in the truce talks was rushing to
Cairo and that they were "cautiously optimistic."
Egypt's MENA agency cited an unnamed high-lev-
el Egyptian official as saying that both sides "have
agreed on the first phase" of an Egyptian package to
end the violence in the Gaza Strip.
The first phase is a "mutual and simultaneous
calm" that will start at 6 a.m. Thursday, MENA said.
The agreement is designed to end months of dai-
ly Palestinian rocket and mortar assaults on Israeli
border towns and bruising Israeli retaliation. Egypt
has been laboring for months to broker an agreement
between Israel and the Islamic militant Hamas, which
do not have direct contact with each other.
Gaza militants have been bombarding southern
Israel with rockets and mortars for seven years. The
rate of fire increased after Israel pulled its troops and
settlers out of Gaza in 2005 and stepped up further

last year after Hamas wrested power from forces
loyal to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud
Israel has responded with pinpoint air and ground
attacks that have killed hundreds of Palestinians,
many of them civilians. It has also imposed a strict
blockade on Gaza, letting in only limited amounts of
humanitarian aid, restricting fuel supplies and widen-
ing already rampant unemployment. Ending the
economic sanctions by opening Gaza's crossings with
Israel and Egypt has been a major Hamas demand in
the cease-fire talks.
Although the Rafah crossing lies on the Gaza-
Egypt border, Europeans monitoring the passage
require Israeli security clearance to operate. That
clearance has not been given since Hamas took over
Much skepticism has surrounded the talks, and
not only because past accords most recently, a
November 2006 deal have broken down fairly
Israel is suspicious of Hamas' motives, especially
since the militant group has declared it would take
advantage of any lull to rearm. Israel also is reluctant
to legitimize Hamas' rule in Gaza through a truce
agreement. Hamas rejects the existence of a Jewish
state and has killed more than 250 Israelis in sui-
cide bombings.





Giant panda habitat

In western China

damaged by quake
AT LEAST 80 percent
of the habitat for giant
pandas in China's earth-
quake-hit province was
destroyed or damaged, a
forestry official said Tues-
day, according to Associat-
ed Press.
China's May 12 temblor
centered in Sichuan devas-
tated a vast area of wild
habitat for endangered
species, including the giant
panda, Cao Qingyao, a
spokesman for the State
Forestry Administration,
told reporters.
"We still cannot reach
some of the local habitats,
so it's impossible to assess
the exact losses," Cao said.
The endangered panda is
revered as a national sym-
bol in China, where about
1,600 pandas live in the
wild, mostly in Sichuan
and the neighboring
province of Shaanxi.
Another 180 have been
bred in captivity.
Forty-nine nature
reserves, including the
popular Wolong Nature
Reserve, were damaged
throughout Sichuan, Cao
said. The facility, which
used to house. 64 pandas,
was badly damaged by the
quake and one panda died.
The center remains
closed to visitors, and
might not open again until
next year. Six pandas have
been sent to another
reserve in Sichuan, and
eight have been sent to
Beijing for an Olympics
stay at the Beijing Zoo
that was planned before
the quake.
Another 2 million acres
were destroyed, Cao said,
but did not give any
The earthquake also
Badly damaged forestry
Resources in the affected
areas, Cao said. Direct
economic losses to the
forestry business were 23
billion y,uan (US$3.3 bil-
lion)and 232 forestry
I',- workers-were killed; he

or events planned for GB

independence celebrations

Tribune Freeport
independence celebrations on
Grand Bahama are promising
to be very exciting this year as
several major events have been
Senator Kay Smith, parlia-
mentary secretary in the Prime
Minister's Office in Freeport,
announced that BTC, the Rand
Memorial Hospital and the
Ministry of Tourism have come
on board with the GB Inde-
pendence Committee to make
this year's celebrations truly
She said the theme chosen for
this year is: "The Bahamas at
35 celebrating a proud past
and looking to a promising
"We are very enthused about
the plans this year and we have
planned activities in each area
of the island so that all residents.
are truly apart of the celebra-
tions," said Mrs Smith.

A West End GB indepen-
dence children's party is
planned for June 28 at the St
Stephen's Field at Eight Mile
Rock at 6pm. In East Grand
Bahama, a cultural extravagan-
za is set for July 5 at the High
Rock Primary School.
In Freeport, pre-indepen-
dence events will begin on June

19 with the 14th annual GB
Regatta Bahamian Entertain-
ers' Showcase at Taino Beach.
The Regatta will be held from
June 20 22.
As always, residents can look
forward to spectacular perfor-
mances by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force (RBPF), which will
put on two major events this
year in Freeport.
Assistant Supt Emerick Sey-
mour said that a "Beat Retreat"
is scheduled for June 28 at the
International Bazaar at 6pm.
The RBPF and Defence Force
bands will be performing
together for the first time, he
The police will also perform a
tattoo display representing var-
ious sections of the force on
July 9 at Independence Park.
The other activities include:
July 1-11 basketball tour-
nament for GB youths.
July 4 National Pride Day
(wearing of independence t-
shirts and judging of commer-
cial and residential areas dis-
playing patriotism

July 5 BTC blood drive
at 9am
July 6 ecumenical service
at St John's Jubilee Cathedral at
July 8 Wall of Fame relo-
cation and unveiling at Grand
Bahama International Airport
at 10am
July 9 Cultural show,
police tattoo display, flag
raising and fire works at Inde-
pendence Park from 7.30pm -
July 10 launch of Summer
Junkanoo at Taino Beach at
July 11 Independence Bas-
ketball Championships,
EBRHS Gym at 7pm.
Senator Smith said the cele-
brations will climax with the
Cultural Show at the Indepen-
dence Park.
She noted that prominent
Bahamian entertainers, includ-
ing Ronnie Butler and Johnny
Kemp are expected to be a part
of an event, which will show-
case a timeline of local enter-
tainment from 1973 to the pre-

BTC spokesperson Marsha
Cooper said the corporation
and the Rand Hospital have
teamed up to host the Every
Drop Counts Blood Drive on
Grand Bahama.
Mrs Cooper said that BTC
will distribute gifts, including
cellular phones and cell cards
to donors who qualify.
She said persons can register
on July 5 and donate blood the
same day, as well as on July 12,
19, and 26.
"BTC Independence Blood
Drive is an excellent way to
engage many volunteers while
helping the larger community.
Each pint of blood that some-
one donates saves three lives
and there is always a need for
blood in the Bahamas," she
Tourism executive Betty
Bethel said the Summer
Junkanoo Festival will begin on
July 3 and will run for five
weeks on Taino Beach.
Senator Smith encouraged
residents throughout Grand
Bahama to support the cele-

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Gay killings: male

prostitution theory

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A separate, unconnect-
ed source also confirmed
that the killer is believed
to be a male prostitute.
The murders of COB
department head Dr
Thaddeus McDonald,
prominent handbag
designer Harl Taylor,
well-known AIDS activist
Wellington Adderley and
Jamaican waiter Marvin
Wilson all have one thing
ini common, the victims
were killed in their homes.
According to The Tri-
bune's source, members of
the gay community
believe that these four
men may have invited the
killer into their homes.
Following the murders
of Mr Taylor and Mr Wil-
son, the man suspected of
being responsible for the
killings did not appear for
work at the hotel where
he is employed, the source
"When Harl was killed
he (the hotel employee)
did not show up for work
for two weeks, and when
the Jamaican man was
killed, his girlfriend called
in sick for him," said the
The source explained
that it is believed that the
murderer is part of the so-
called "trades" culture.
"Trades, are young men
who sell their bodies.
They trade their bodies
for weed, drugs and mon-
ey. We have a culture here
in the Bahamas where a
lot of young men are lazy
and do not want to work
and instead make money
by laying on their backs,"
the, source said.
The source explained
that a lot of gay men in
the Bahamas meet other
men through the dating
website adam4adam.com.
A perusal of the site by
The Tribune revealed
many registered users who
claim that they live in Nas-
sau- and who have
Bahamian sounding
online nicknames. Several
stated in their profiles that
they are HIV positive.
The source said that in
addition to meeting peo-
ple to date, this website
can also be used to meet
young "trades."
Another popular place
which "trades" frequent is
an over-the-hill bar off
East Street, the source
"If you walked in there
and saw the men you
wouldn't think that they
are gay. They all look
rough and hard. But when
a trade walks in he will
catch one of the (men's )
eyes and he will follow
him back to the parking
lot," said the source.
A lot of gay people, the
source added, are very
vulnerable to violent
attacks and other crimes,
as they often invited the
"trades" into their homes.
The source asked if
police had found any
"weed" or the victims' cel-
lular phones at the crime
"If they found weed that
would definitely point to a
trade. If they found the
cellphones, the last com-
mhunications on them
should be with the trade
to arrange (a meeting time
and place)," said the
The source further
explained that many of
these male prostitutes are
in fact heterosexual men.
"They lead double lives,
they have girlfriends who
do not know.
"Weed helps them to
(perform)", the source
With the murders of

four well-known gay men
still unsolved, members of
the gay community are liv-
ing in fear, said the source.
Family members and
friends of those murdered,
said the source, are afraid,
almost to the point of
paranoia, that the killer of
their loved ones will
return to harm them in
some way.
The source said that
none of these people can
rest easy while the killer
is still on the loose.

Bahamians named in

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ed as having had honours such as the
British Empire Medal and Queen's
Police Medal conferred on them for con-
tributions to areas of society, including
law enforcement, education, public ser-
vice and as community leaders.
Wendy Craigg is to be honoured for
her "outstanding contribution to the
growth and development of the finance
industry of The Bahamas."
After first starting her career at the
Central Bank in 1978, Mrs Craigg was
appointed Governor from June 1 2005.
She also serves as Chairman of the
Board of Directors of The Central Bank
of The Bahamas, as well as on numerous
others boards and committees.
A graduate of St Augustine's College,
Mrs Craigg's educational qualifications
are extensive. She is credited with her
efforts to enhance the delivery of domes-
tic banking services in the Bahamas. She
was unavailable for comment yesterday.
David Kelly and his wife, Nancy Kel-
ly, were in London yesterday but his
brother Godfrey told The Tribune that
David is "pleased as punch" with the
award and "Nancy is delighted."
David Kelly, 76, first got involved in
business after leaving school in Mary-
land, where he was also a state champi-
on wrestler, in 1951. He joined his father
at his business, Kelly's Hardware but
always had ambitions to be the best
retailer in the Bahamas.
"That was his life, from the time he
finished school," said Godfrey.
As he expanded the Kelly's store to a
multi-million dollar venture, eventually
renaming it Kelly's Home Centre, Mr
Kelly also took time to indulge in sailing,
and represented the Bahamas in two
Olympics and numerous other World
He is honoured on the list for his ser-
vices to "national development in the
field of business/Bahamian retail indus-
try and sports."
Vincent Vanderpool Wallace served as
Director General in the Ministry of
Tourism for 12 years before being
appointed to his current post as Secre-
tary-General of the Caribbean Tourism
He has been involved in the tourism
sector for about 30 years, serving in sev-
eral leading private and public sector
Mr Wallace was initially educated at
Government High School, but went on
to excel at Harvard University and the
University of Miami.
He is honoured for "long and dedi-

FROM page one

escalates the crisis within the
body, which has now led to the
finances of the union being
essentially frozen with workers
and bills going unpaid.
The plaintiffs are alleging
contempt in relation to an order
issued by Justice Neville Adder-
ley on June 2. The infighting
between these two groups, how-
ever, is rooted in allegations
brought against Messrs Cole-
brook, Douglas and McKenzie
by other members of the exec-
utive council alleging misap-
propriation of union funds. The
three were suspended by the
council with Ms Ferguson.
However, Justice Adderley set
aside these suspensions. The
hearing for this matter regard-
ing the funds in question is on
August 20.
Justice Adderley also barred
Mr Colebrook from signing any
union cheques or "otherwise
disposing of or dissipating the
assets of the union" in his ruling
and order. Executives, includ-
ing those who oppose Mr Cole-
brook, were at the same time
ordered to act in "good faith"
with him, however.
Pursuant to their respective

cated service to the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in tourism and the private
Also on the List, four Bahamians had
the "Order of the British Empire: Offi-
cer" (O.B.E.) conferredon them.
Dr George Sherman, Dr Davidson
Hepburn, Sylvia Scriven and Mr McGre-
gor Norton Robertson.
Gynaecologist and obstetrician George
Sherman, 71, has been granted an OBE
for his services to the medical profes-
Dr Sherman has delivered 4,566 babies
in Nassau, more than 2,000 of them at
the Princess Margaret Hospital where
he worked for 25 years.
The doctor and father-of-two said his
opportunity came when he became the
first "black boy from Bain Town" to be
hired by the US Embassy in 1956.
Through the inspiration and assistance
of the late Dr Cleveland Eneas and his
wife, Muriel, also from Bain Town, Dr
Sherman went on to Lincoln University
and Harvard Medical School before
returning to the Bahamas.
Dr Sherman set up his practice in
Poinciana Drive, Bain Town, in 1971
where he continues to practice.
He said: "I love it. I love it. If I had to
do it all over again I would do it in a
"There is only one thing I love more
than obstetrics and gynaecology, obstet-
rics and gynaecology twice.
"I love working with women and I

mandates under the union's
constitution, the defendants
were ordered to continue to
authorise payments of neces-
sary funds for the normal run-
ning of business of the union,
including salaries and other
bills. This included the payment
of unpaid salaries and
allowances of all executive
council members, including Ms
Bodie (trustee) and Mr Neely
(trustee), along with Kirk Wil-
son (1st vice president), Lionel
Morley (2nd vice president),
Francis Samantha Gray (assis-
tant treasurer), Quincy Munroe
(council member), Brian Col-
lie (council member) and Ray-
mond Wright (executive organ-
iser). The plaintiffs are alleging
that this has not been done.
The plaintiffs are also alleging
that the defendants, Mr Cole-
brook, Douglas, McKenzie and
Ms Ferguson jointly and in col-
lusion with each other dis-
obeyed various parts of the
court's order. The plaintiffs
Mr Colebrook violated the
prohibition to dissipate funds
of the union by "encouraging
and facilitating the signing of a
pay-sheet on 30th May, 2008 for
employees" of the BHCAWU.
That there was a refusal to

Lyford Cay resident charged

with attempting to defraud RBC

FROM page one

and blue chinos, supporting his left leg with a metal crutch.
He requested that his case be heard in the Magistrate's Court and
the trial was set for October 2.
Adler runs the Bahamas branch of international organisation
HOPE, which sells pre-booked flights for people wanting to evac-
uate the country in the event of a hurricane, and even take their
HOPE says it has access to a fleet of nearly 50 aircraft including
Boeing 747s and 727s, helicopters, airbuses and even a cruise liner,
all available to come to the public's rescue in the event of a category
four or five hurricane.

love babies. I love my job."
Dr Davidson Hepburn, of East Bay
Street, Nassau, will be made an Officer
of the British Empire for public and for-
eign services.
Dr Hepburn is chairman of the
Bahamas National Commission for
UNESCO, the United Nations Educa-
tional, Scientific and Cultural Organisa-
tion, and has been a member of the
UNESCO executive board since 2001.
He has also served as chairman of the
Caribbean Award Scheme Council made
up of representatives from 14 Caribbean
countries and served as chairman of the
executive board of the Ministry of Edu-
cation, Science and Technology, for sev-
en years until 2006.
Former St Margaret MP Sylvia Scriv-
en will receive an OBE for services to
politics and development.
Mrs Scriven, 69, was first elected to
Parliament as an FNM MP for Ann's
Town in August 1992 and then re-elect-
ed for St Margaret constituency in 1997.
The mother and grandmother's most
outstanding achievement as St Margaret
MP was the completion of the Kemp
Road Library and Reading Room, which
she described as one of the most signifi-
cant vehicles of social upliftment in the
She was the first woman to hold mem-
bership of the Kiwanis Club of Fort
Montagu in 1990 and the first woman to
head the club in 1997.
Macgregor Norton Robertson was
awarded an OBE for his services to the
financial industry.
Mr Robertson, 69, was managing part-
ner of Deloitte in the Bahamas for 15
years, and the Caribbean for five, and
was a founding member of the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He was also chairman of Bahamasair
and of the Bahamas Development Bank.
Mr Robertson is now chairman of the
Bank of the Bahamas.
When asked if he enjoys his work, Mr
Robertson said: "I love it. My problem is
that I am retired, but the Prime Minister
doesn't think so."
Those awarded the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire: Member
(MBE) were:
Marina Glinton for long and faithful
service in the private and public sectors
and outstanding and faithful service as
Director-General of The Bahamas Red
Cross. .
.John Campbell (Jack) Albury Fo#
business and dedicated service to the
community over many long years.
Frank Russell For business and ded-
icated service to the community over

convene or agree to convene
any meetings of the executive
council in order to give effect
to the judge's ruling and order.
That some or all of the
defendants invited or facilitated
the attendance of non-execu-
tive members of the union to
an executive council meeting
on May 29th, along with intim-
idating other members of the
They refused to convene
executive council meetings to
carry out the order to have a
forensic audit of the union's
books done by HLB Galanis
Bain Chartered Accountants,
Forensic & Litigation Support
Services; and obstructing their
And they organised a gen-
eral meeting of the union mem-
bership for the purpose of,
among other things, disobeying
the ruling and order of the
court, particularly relating to
the paying for professional ser-
vices rendered to plaintiff
trustees as well as the accrued
unpaid salaries and allowances
of the "injured executives."
The reason BHCAWU is
now unable to pay, its employ-
ees, its utility bills or other
financial responsibilities is
because the secretary general
and treasurer (Messrs Douglas
and McKenzie) are on one side
of the dispute and the trustees
(Ms Bodie and Mr Neeley) and
the assistant treasurer (Ms
Gray) are on the other side. The
signatures of the secretary gen-
eral, treasurer and trustees are
collectively required to dispense
funds from the union.
Mr Douglas told The Tribune
yesterday that workers have not
been paid since last week and
this is threatening the opera-
tions of the body. Utilities such'
as the electricity to union build-
ings can now be "cut off" he
The union has also been
unable to provide lunch for
employees, he said, and the day-
care facility at Worker's House

is now struggling to remain
functional in the midst of the
financial crisis.
Mr Douglas also said that he
has had to personally try to
assist certain union employees,
who themselves are being
threatened with the shut down
of their utilities for non-pay-
ment, as a result of not being
paid their salaries. The union
Shas between 50 to 70 people as
employees and more than 6,000
He, said that it is likely that
the union's leadership will have
to go back to the court to have
this issue of the dispersal of
union funds for daily operations
resolved. The union is in a "cri-
sis", he said.
Attorney for the trustees
Keod Smith acknowledged yes-
terday that the trustees stopped
signing the union cheques.
But, he said, what they dis-
covered that led to this is that
the last time they signed two
weeks ago, there were a number
of people who were on the list
they had to sign to be paid that
they did not know worked for
the union.
He also said that they saw
that some people's salary rates
seemed to have increased since
this problem "blew-up" in May.
Mr Douglas also suggested
that elections may need to be
ordered to clear-up the dispute
between the two groups. How-
ever, he acknowledged, this
may not be possible as the con-
stitution mandates three year
terms for elected officials and
this current term ends in May
With seven members of the
executive council against the
union's president Mr Cole-
brook, and only three members
being with him, it will be diffi-
cult for Mr Colebrook to con-
tinue to lead the union. Inter-
vention by the court to resolve
the pay dispute, and elections
to resolve the political war, may
both be necessary for this union
to return to order.

many long years.
Edwin Velock "Vikie" Brown For
service to politics
Oswald Marshall For outstanding
service as a trade unionist, hotelier and
Yvonne Isaacs For contribution to
community development and politics.
Rodney Wilbert Braynen For out-
standing contribution to the country as
an architect and educator.
The British Empire Medal (civil divi-
sion) went to:
Beryl Adam, Laurin Knowles,
Melvern Bootle-Cornish, Reverend
Newton Williamson, Barbara Darville,
Joanna Newton, Felamease Sawyer, Dol-
ly Mills and George Russell.
The Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
went to:
Christopher Noel McCoy, Willard
Minzo Cunningham.
Queen's Certificate and Badge of
Honour were awarded to:
Barbara Jean Clarke, Eloise Cooper,
Shelia Eloise Seymour, George Preston
Neely, Ephraim Morley, Welly Roberts,
Olga Wilchcombe, Shirley Hodge, Daisy
McPhee, Bishop Arthur Knowles, Rev-
erend Bernard McPhee, Revered Hosea
Lewis, Will Feaster, Deaconess Verna
Cooper, Reverend Ivan Laing, Deacon
Nelson Macintosh, Reverend Beacham
Bert Wilson, Elder Leonard Cooper,
Deacon Raymond Pinder, Robert Hall,
Deacon Bruce Mclnstosh, Felix Sey-
mour, Merrill Dorsette, Thaddeus Liv-
ingston Darling,
Burcil Arlington Williams, Sylvia
Deloris Russell, Kathryn Moree, Brenda
Major, Samuel Theophilus Rigby, Maria
Simmons, Eddrin Symonette, Captain
Harrod Turnquest,
Louise Pelecanos, Pastor Elise
Knowles, Maxwell Adderley, Deacon
Patrick Darville, Rudolph Pratt, Eugene
Moree, Orlando Turnquest, Granville
Donathan Cornelius Missick, Olive
Marie Seymour,
Emmaline Moss, Samuel Murphy,
Reverend Flora Robins, Reverend Clau-
dine Virgil, Daisy Scavella,
Reverend Linkwood Ferguson,
Pethrel Virgil, Charles Hunt, Edwin
Theodore Hunt, Ulric Jason Mortimer
Pastor Dion Gibson, Pastor Fred New-
church, Irene Burrows, Faye Wilkins,
Roland Lemuel Moss, Marilyn Rebecca
Rolle, Mildred Geneva Sands, Claudi-
na Conliffe, Roland McIntosh, Venencia
Thompson and
Erma Demeritte.


Birthday Honours List 2008

Hotel Union executive council members file

contempt of court motion against president


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cer Ralph McKinney said the
pair were found outside and
were "on the move."
Mr Lopez ended up in the
Detention Centre after he
was plucked out of the ocean
off western New Providence
in April.
He was one of only three
survivors of the mass Haitian
drowning incident, believed
to have been a human smug-
gling operation gone wrong.
He was also the sole non-
Haitian survivor of the tragic
event, which was thought to
have claimed the lives of
more than 25 Haitians, and
attracted international media
The Honduran man
alleged his involvement with
the group arose when he saw
them in trouble and tried to
help them pump water from
their sinking boat, only fo'r
their boat to go under.
Mr Lopez described how
his small fishing vessel also
sank when it was then
swarmed by fearful Haitian
migrants, leaving everyone
swimming for their lives in
the open water.
Searches continued yester-
day for two other escapees,
Cubans Ariel Delgardo
Rodriguez, 36, and Felip6
Espinoza Leon, 31.
It is hoped the where-
abouts of these other men
will become clearer as ques-
tioning of the two recaptured
men continues.
The group was first found
to have fled the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre on
Sunday morning. It is
believed they scaled a fence
to get out of the compound.
Their break for freedom
was the latest in a growing
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team possible' at the Olympics

Senior Sports Reporter

hris 'Bay' Brown --
kept the momen-
tum on his side
when he lowered
the national
Bahamian 400m record to
44.40 seconds a couple weeks
But over the weekend,
Andretti 'Da Bahamian .;
Dream' Bain put the pressure
on Brown when he won the
NCAA Outdoor Champi-
onships with his personal best
of 44.62.
Bain, who now holds the
fourth fastest time in the world
this year just behind Brown, .. -
said he's excited about coming .:'
home next week to compete .
in the BAAA's Scotia Bank .'
Olympic trials.
"The guys, as quarter-mil-
ers, are looking forward to run-
ning before our supporters and
trying to get the best six guys
out there so that we can take
the strongest team possible to
Beijing," said Bain, referring
to the men's 4x400m relay
team that is trying to qualify
for the Olympics.
"We know that everybody
wants to make the team, so we
have to be at our best at the
meet. At the same time, it's
nothing personal. We talk W
almost every week and before
and after the race, we will con-
tinue to talk." .
But Bain said for those 44-45
seconds that they are actually .....'"
on the track, it's going to be
all business.
"It's nothing personal. Our
main goal is to run well and
complete the trials healthy so 3.
that we can just take the
strongest team into Beijing so
that we can get this gold medal .:r''" ",
for the Bahamas." ,
While the 4x400m team will
have their work cut out for
them, having to attain one of
the top 16 times in the world
by July, Bain said his ultimate
goal is to secure his spot in the
400m for Beijing.
"That's another goal that I
have right now, to make the
final for the 400m in Beijing
and then our 4x400 to medal," n
he said. "That's my final two
goals for the year. "If I can do
that, then I can really say that I
had a terrific season."
By all measures, Bain has
nothing to complain about his
season so far.
After winning the NCAA
Indoor title earlier this year,
Bain came back on the week-
end and closed out his colle-
giate career by winning the
NCAA outdoor title.
He became only the second
Bahamian to.achieve both "
feats, following in the footsteps
of Avard Moncur, who did it
when he attended Auburn
Bain, 22, also became just
the fifth Bahamian to dip nI
under the 45-second barrier, .
joining Troy McIntosh, the .;
pacesetter, Moncur, Brown
and Andrae Williams.
With the exception of McIn- :-" ".':'
tosh, who has since retired, all ". ,
of the quarter-milers men- _,." *
tioned above will be lining up .
at the Nationals in.the 400m : :'-
next weekend. .
In what will definitely be the ,
top event of the two-day tri- -.
als, the event will also include
Aaron Cleare, Douglas Lynes- S".-
Bell, Nathaniel McKinney,
Michael Mathieu and Ramon ..
Miller, all of whom are aiming .
to make the relay team. .-' '," :
Williams, by the way, has
joined Brown and Bain in sur-
passing the A-Olympic stan-
dard for the 400m.
Another key event will be
the men's 100m where there
are a host of competitors ...,
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Sports Reporter
WITH their
tenth show of
the year,
Boxing Club
continues to
offer a forum
for the devel-
opment of
boxing in the country.
"Summer Slugfest" is
scheduled for June 21 at the
Blue Hills Sporting Com-
The card will be high-
lighted by a pair of welter-
weight bouts to close out
an evening of exhibition
boxing in the squared cir-
Rashield Williams and
Rashard Morley will be the
main event in a highly antic-
ipated rematch of their
memorable fight earlier this
Ray Minus Jr, event
organiser and Champion
Amateur Boxing Club
executive, said the main
event will settle the score
between the two up-and-
coming fighters.
"These two guys had a
fight that a lot of people
thought was the best one
we had all year," he said.
"A lot of people want to
see these two guys go at it
again to really determine
who is the better fighter.
They are evenly matched
and it should live up to all
The other welterweight
bout will feature Danish
Dames versus Ricardo
Dames is a young and up-
and-coming fighter who has
shown great promise
recently and will be pitted
against the veteran McKen-
Also on the undercard
will be 11-year-old Rudolph
Polo, last year's Most
Improved Fighter.
Minus Jr said Champion
Amateur Boxing Club con-
tinues to give fighters the
opportunity to improve by
granting them fights against
the best competitors.
"We have Lion Heart
Club participating and
Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club participating so
the fighters always have an
opportunity to go up
against the best from
around the country on a
monthly basis. It keeps
them sharp and gives them
an opportunity to improve
and see where they are at,"
said Minus Jr.
"Staging the monthly
shows goes a long way in
making sure we have a new
generation of fighters and
they receive as much repe-
titions as possible. The
more they fight, the more
seasoned they will become
and it will definitely help
the country in the long
run," he said.

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Quarter-milers want

'strongest team possible'

at the Beijing Olympics

attempting to join World
Championship silver medalist
Derrick Atkins as a qualifier.
Among the list are Jamaal
Forbes, Rodney Greene, Adri-
an Griffith and Jamial Rolle,
all of whom are hoping that
they can get the men's 4x100m
relay team to qualify for Bei-
The men's high jump should
provide a treat as well as a
number of competitors, includ-
ing world champion Donald
Thomas, Trevor Barry, Jamaal
Wilson, Edgar Lightbourne,
Romel Lightbourne and James
Rolle, who are expected to
take the bar well over seven
Leevan 'Superman' Sands is
well above the field in the
men's triple jump, but he's


. expected to enter the long
jump where the competition
should be stiff with Osbourne
'Oz' Moxey, Christopher
Wright and Nyles Stuart.
On the women's side, the
100m should be the highlight
with defending champion
Chandra Sturrup, Debbie Fer-
guson-McKenzie, Timicka
Clarke and Lisa Mortimer tak-
ing on a young field that com-
prises of Sheniqua 'Q' Fergu-
son, Krystal Bodie, Tia Rolle
and V'Alonee Robinson.
Kristy White, who resides in
Florida, is expected to be
entered in the field as well.
Cacha Armbrister and
Grand'Bahamian Nivea Smith
are only entered in the 200m.
The women's 400m is
expected to be minus Olympic
and world champion Tonique
Williams-Darling. But Chris-
tine Amertil will lead the
charge against the field that
includes Shakeitha Henfield,
Sasha Rolle, Crista Strachan
and Alfreepha Stubbs.
A dual is expected in the
long jump with defending
champion Jackie Edwards tak-
ing on collegiate standout
Bianca 'BB' Stuart. The other
events are all expected to have
a limited line-up of top spots.

* By The Associated
Wednesday, June 18
No game scheduled.
Game 7 of The NBA finals
will be in Boston on Thurs-
day night if the Lakers win
Game 6.
Boston will be playing its
record-setting 26th game
'this postseason Tuesday
night in Game 6 of the
NBA finals against the Lak-
ers, leading the series 3-2.
The Lakers are trying to
become the first team in
NBA finals history to over-
come a 3-1 deficit to win a
title. Los Angeles cut the
Celtics' lead to 3-2 with
Game 6 in Boston on Tues-
day night.
Boston center Kendrick
Perkins missed Game 5 of
the NBA finals with a
shoulder injury and is not
expected to be ready for
Game 6.
The prognosis for Yao
Ming's left foot is "very
good," but it remains uncer-
tain whether the Rockets'
center will be cleared to
play in time for a pre-
Olympics, tournament, his
agent said Monday.
Television ratings for the
NBA finals Sunday were up
from the last time the series
went five games. The Lak-
ers' 103-98 win over Boston
averaged a 10.1 fast nation-
al rating on ABC, the net-
work said Monday. That's
an 11 percent increase over
the 9.1 for Game 5 of the
Dallas-Miami series in 2006.
The city of Seattle's
lawyers argued in court that
the SuperSonics should stay
at KeyArena until its lease
expires in 2010. In his open-
ing statement Monday,
Seattle lawyer Paul
Lawrence said the city only
agreed to renovate the old
Seattle Coliseum now
KeyArena at a cost of
more than $80 million in
the. mid-1990s because the
team agreed to stay until
2010. Sonics owner Clay
Bennett gained the league's
approval to move the team
to his hometown of Okla-
homa City and is hoping to
pay the city no more than
$10 million in lost rent for
the next two seasons.
Utah Jazz owner Larry
Miller is hospitalized with
health complications relat-
ed to diabetes.
"It's going to be like com-
ing into the Amazon, into
the jungle. I look forward
to coming home and play-
Boston forward Kevin
Garnett on returning home
for Game 6 of the NBA
finals against the Lakers on
Tuesday night, leading the
series 3-2.

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responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/raturalization 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 18TH day of JUNE,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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BAAA hoping to field team for the

women's 4x100m relay in Beijing

Senior Sports Reporter

Junior nationals set for this weekend

THE Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations (BAAA) is hoping
that, with such a quality list of sprint-
ers, they will be able to field a team to
compete in the women's 4x100m relay
in Beijing.
While the focus of attention will be
on the Scotia Bank Olympic trials
next weekend, the BAAA is sched-
uled to stage the junior nationals this
The two-day meet at the Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field Stadium
will actually host a larger field of com-
petitors with some greater match-ups
than the senior nationals.
The trials, which will run from Fri-
day to Saturday, will serve as the final
trials for the team heading to the
IAAF World Junior Championships
set for July 8-13.
Although there are a few athletes
who have achieved the qualifying
standards, the event is expected to
produce a few more.
Among the match-ups are the
showdown in the women's sprinters,
featuring collegians Sheniqua 'Q' Fer-
guson, Cacha Armbrister and Krystal
Bodie against Grand Bahama high
school sensation Nivea Smith and
New Providence's Tia Rolle.
With such a quality field of sprint-
ers, the BAAA is hoping that they
will be able to field a team to compete
in the women's 4x100m relay.
At the Carifta Games in St Kitts
and Nevis, the team of Ferguson,
Bodie, Armbrister and Smith clocked
a blistering 44.36 seconds to erase the
old record of 44.42 that was set by
Jamaica in 2003.
Their time was faster than the 44.52
that the team of Timicka Clarke, Deb-
bie Ferguson-McKenzie, Jackie
Edwards and Chandra Sturrup ran at,
the Penn Relays in April.
But the BAAA is hoping that with
a combo from the Carifta team and
the elite athletes, the Bahamas would
get a chance to put a team together to
run in another meet in order to post
one qf the top 16 times in the world

before July in order to qualify for the
Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The junior and senior athletes will
compete together at the BAAA's
Scotia Bank Olympic trials set for
next weekend at the Thomas A
Robinson stadium.
- While Armbrister and Smith are
only entered in the 200m for the
junior nationals, Ferguson will lead
the charge in the 100m along with
Bodie, Rolle, Sparkyl Cash, Krysten
Black, Vashti Colebrooke, Ashley
Dorsett and Ivanique Kemp, just to
name a few.


Not too many events, beside the
sprints, are that highly prescribed for
the women.
On the boys' side, events from the
100m to the 800m are well stacked
for the junior nationals.
Warren Fraser, who was undoubt-
edly the top competitor this year
before he suffered an injury, is not
expected to line up to compete this
But in his absence, there are a num-
ber hotly contested races expected
between a host of competitors from
New Providence and Grand Bahama
in the men's sprints.
Athletes who represented the
Bahamas at Carifta in both the under-
20 and under-17 divisions are expect-
ed to clash in the 100m and 200m,
both heavily stacked with competi-
The 400m is similar to what is being
anticipated at the senior nationals
next weekend.
And both the long and triple jump
events are also loaded with competi-
tors trying out for a spot on the
national team.
Among the list are Raymond Higgs,
Tehniel Babbs, Jerome McDonald,
Rashad Moxey, Preneko Murray and
Diego Smith.


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AMONG the match-ups are the showdown in the women's sprinters, featuring collegians Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson (shown), Cacha
Armbrister and Krystal Bodie against Grand Bahama high school sensation Nivea SiTith and New Providence's Tia Rolle...

Germany beats

Austria, 1-0

AP Sports Writer

GERMANY got the win it
needed, and a German-born
player got the start he craved
at the European Champi-
The three-time champion
Germans beat co-host Austria
1-0 Monday night in Vienna
to ensure they will play in the
quarterfinals, getting a 49th-
minute goal from Michael Bal-
lack at Ernst Happel Stadium.
Germany will next face Portu-
gal on Thursday in Basel,
Ivan Klasnic, who plays for
Croatia but was born in Ger-
many, started for his team and
scored the lone goal in its 1-0
win over Poland in Klagenfurt.
Klasnic is the first player to
take part at the Euros after a
kidney transplant, and his goal
kept the team's record intact
with three straight wins ahead
of Friday's quarterfinal match
against Turkey in Vienna.
"I'm happy that I'm here at
all," Klasnic said. "As I said
once, this is like a bonus from
God. It's like a dream. I thank
God that I'm alive and that I
can play football."
Ballack scored with a fast-
moving free kick from 25
yards, sending his shot into the
top corner and out of the reach
of goalkeeper Juergen Macho.
"Sensational," Austria coach
Josef Hickersberger said of

Ballack's goal. "World class."
Germany could have scored
another, but Mario Gomez
missed a simple chance in the
fifth minute, standing in front
of the goal but somehow chip-
ping the ball straight into the
air instead of kicking it into
the net.
"We should have taken the
lead early. It would have been
easier," Ballack said. "We
haven't been so convincing so
far, but this will give us a push,
for sure."
The Austrians, who finished
the tournament with one point
after a 1-1 draw with Poland,
created several chances, but
again failed to convert.
"We have a very young team
and they're all depressed in the
dressing room right now,"
Austria team manager
Andreas Herzog said. "With
two years of hard work we've
been able to show that people
can play good football in Aus-
Both coaches were involved
in a bizarre scene on the side-
line, bickering with the fourth
official until both were ejected
by Spanish referee Manuel
Mejuto Gonzalez. Germany's
Joachim Loew and Austria's
Josef Hickersberger slapped
hands as they walked to the
stands, where Loew briefly
spoke to German Chancellor
Angela Merkel, who was in
Vienna for the match.
"The coaches should be free

to do whatever they want in
the coaching zone," Loew said
in an interview with German
television. "I said the fourth
official that Hickersberger and
me have to be allowed to do
our coaching ... inside the
coaching z me."
Klasnic gave Croatia the
lead in the 53rd after Danijel
Pranjic set him up for a low,
left-footed shot that got past
goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
"We are really glad that we
have him in our team after that
harrowing experience of his,"
Croatia coach Slaven Bilic said
of Klasnic. "It is amazing that
he came back to such a high
professional level so quickly.
"It's a dream ending of a
.horror story," Bilic added.
Croatia, which had already
qualified for the quarterfinals
as the group winner, rested
several senior players, allow-
ing the 28-year-old Klasnic to
play. He was replaced by Niko-
la Kalinic in the 75th.
In January 2007, Klasnic suf-
fered kidney failure and
received a transplant shortly
after. His body rejected the
kidney donated by his moth-
er, but he received one from
his father a few months later.
Nine months later, the
Werder Bremen forward made
an emotional return to the
"I hope my coach will think
of me when we play the quar-
terfinals," Klasnic said.

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Security agents hoping to prevent
displays of defiance jogged alongside
Olympic torchbearers Tuesday as the
flame began its journey through Chi-
na's restive West, drawing cheers from
carefully controlled crowds, according
to the Associated Press.
Police and troops closely watched
thousands of onlookers, hand-picked
by officials, as they waved the nation-
al flag and shouted "Go China!" from
behind metal barriers in Urumqi, the
capital of the predominantly Muslim
Xinjiang region. Sniffer dogs patrolled
Muslim areas while torchbearers high-
fived each other as they passed the
Organizers urged aC'safe and order-
ly viewing of the relay" through a state-
run newspaper.
Although the Olympic torch has had
a smooth run in China uninterrupt-
ed by the protests over Tibet and

human rights that hounded parts of its
international tour stops in Xinjiang
and Tibet are the most sensitive, and
the precautions underscore Beijing's
Overseas activists have criticized
China for using the relay to show its
control over the restive areas.
Like Tibet, Xinjiang is a region vith
a culture that is distinctly different
- from that of China's ethnic Han major-
.The. Muslim, Turkic-speaking
Uighurs have long sought indepen-
dence, waging a low-intensity struggle
against Chinese rule.
SMany have been sentenced to long
prison terms or death on separatism
charges. The Han dominate the
region's economy and government.
On at least three occasions this year,
authorities say they foiled plots by Xin-
jiang separatists that targeted the
games either directly or indirectly,
including alleged attempts to crash an
airliner and kidnap athletes and jour-

nalists. A Uighur activist said Tuesday
that authorities had threatened severe
punishment to anyone who talked to
reporters about "sensitive issues."
The Olympic flame began its trip
through Xinjiang after a minute's
silence for the May 12 earthquake that
devastated Sichuan province. Over 200
torchbearers will carry the flame across
the city, 12 of them Muslim women.
A Uighur boxer started the relay
and another torchbearer performed a
traditional Uighur dance during her
turn Beijing's way of showing it is
sensitive to the region's culture.
But authorities also were strictly
monitoring the event, with armed
police patrolling Urumqi's Muslim
quarter on Monday night and sniffer
dogs checking the 7.8-mile route
through the city. f
Roads surrounding the route were
closed early Tuesday and all buildings
and hotels were told to keep their win-
dows closed during the day to prevent
unwanted displays of defiance.

"On the day of the relay, over
100,000 chosen citizens will be shouting
and cheering on the streets," Li Guang-
ming, party secretary of the Xinjiang
Sports Administration, was quoted as
saying in Monday's Xinjiang Daily
"However, given that too many peo-
ple will cause the rise of unsafe ele-
ments, we suggest that everybody else
watch the relay live on TV at home."
The Urumqi Evening News listed
suggestions for behavior during the
torch relay.
"Do not shout slogans that under-
mine the image of the nation or of the
city," urged one.
"Respect the national flag and flags
with the Olympic torch logos," said
Activist Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for
the Germany-based World Uighur
Congress, said in an e-mail Tuesday
that authorities had issued a notice
warning that anyone who voluntarily
spoke to reporters "about the coun-

try's sensitive issues will be severely
dealt with."
"If the circumstances are serious,
they will be charged with leaking state
secrets," he said without elaborating.
The vague charge is one Beijing often
uses to detain dissidents.
Telephone operators at the Xinjiang
and Urumqi public security bureaus
said officials were not available for
comment Tuesday because of the torch
SDuring its three-day trip, the torch
will travel to the far western city of
Kashgar, once a stop on the ancient
Silk Road of China, and two other
cities in the region before moving to
Before it returns to Beijing on Aug.
6, two days ahead of the opening cere-
mony for the games, the torch will have
crossed every region and province of
A separate torch reached the summit
of Mount Everest early last month.

China: Floods kill at least 63 this month

Forecasters warn more heavy rain could

trigger flooding on second-longest river

LOCAL RESIDENTS paddle past containers at the flooded Nangang Dock in Sanshui in south China's Guang-
dong province Monday, June 16, 2008. Flood waters began receding Tuesday in parts of southern China
after killing at least'6*3 people,,swamping 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares).of farmland and causing bil-
lions of dollars in damage, the government said.




Soldiers scrambled to shore
up soggy levies with sandbags
yesterday in southern China as
forecasters warned that more
heavy rain in the central region
could trigger flooding on the
country's second-longest river,
according to the Associated
Press. At least 63 people have
died in the past month, a disas-
ter official said. China's overall
flood death toll for the year
stood at 171.
The high waters swamped
crop land in the south, forcing
farmers to wade into their fields
and harvest unripe cucumbers,
bitter melons and other vegeta-
bles before they spoiled in the
water. The natural disaster was
driving up food prices that were
already soaring before the
heavy rains began last month.
Authorities have long been

worried that inflation might
spark social unrest. The central
government Tuesday ordered
inspectors to be on alert for
price gouging in food markets in
areas ravaged by some of the
worst flooding in five decades.
More torrential rain fell Tues-
day afternoon.
In hard-hit Guangdong
province, officials were rein-
forcing embankments in nine
cities, including the provincial
capital, Guangzhou, the official
Xinhua News Agency report-
ed. Local television showed sol-
diers in green camouflage uni-
forms lugging big sandbags on
their backs as they hurried to
build up,levies in Guangdong,
one of the nation's biggest man-
ufacturing bases.
Shop owners in the south-
central Guangdong city of
Huizhou tried to salvage soaked
goods -from the floors of their
stores. Local television showed

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employees of a bank using
brooms to push out a thick lay-
er of watery brown muck from
their establishment.
State broadcaster CCTV
reported about 30,000 people
were evacuated in Zhaoqing, a
city along the Xijiang River in
western Guangdong.
Some residents said they felt
like they were trapped in the
flood zone because they could-
n't afford to move. One mid-
dle-aged farmer, who wasn't
named, told Hong Kong's TVB
he was afraid his brick house
was ready to collapse in the dis-
trict of Sanshui, about an hour's
drive west of Guangzhou.
"There's nothing I can do
even if I'm afraid," he said. "If I
had money, I'd immediately
buy a flat and move. What can I
do without money?"
Meanwhile, forecasters were
worried about rising waters on
central China's Yellow River,
the nation's second-longest after
the Yangtze River. The Meteo-
rological Administration
warned that flood prevention
efforts were entering a "crucial
phase" because heavy rain in
the next few days would raise
the threat of flooding on the
Yellow River, the state-run Chi-
na Daily reported.
Provinces on the lower and
middle parts of the river, includ-
ing Shanxi, Shaanxi, Henan and
Shandong were in the most dan-
ger, the report said.
At least 63 people have died
in 10 provinces and 13 more
were missing in the flooding
triggered by heavy rainfall that
began last month, an official in
the Disaster Relief Office of the
Ministry of Civil Affairs told
The Associated Press. The offi-
cial asked not to be named
because he was not authorized
to speak to the media.
So far this year, flooding in
20 provinces and the western
Xinjiang region has killed 171
people, Xinhua said. At least
1.27 million people have been
relocated, and crop damage was
reported on 2.12 million acres
(860,000 hectares). The hard-
est-hit provinces included
Guangxi, Jiangxi, Hunnan,
Hubei, Guangdong, Guizhou,
Yunnan, Zhejiang and Anhui.
The most recent flooding hasn't
been as severe as in 2005, when
at least 536 people died nation-
wide. In 1998, flooding during
China's summer season claimed
4,150 lives.





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18, 2008

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PM asks

Ex-business partners row indust,

intensifies over tax probe to delo

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas-based head
of an insurance company
yesterday said it had done
nothing wrong in provid-
ing services to a $208 mil-
lion Canadian charitable foundation
coming under increasing scrutiny from
tax investigators, as his estranged for-
mer business partner accused him of
trying to "draw me into the web".
Hywel Jones, who heads the
Bahamas-based Britannia Consulting
Group and its insurance affiliate,
Hampton Insurance Company, said
everything the latter had done on

* Ex-FNM MP rebuts claims made against him in relation to $208m regulation

charity initiative under scrutiny from Canadian tax authorities nnnnnoal

* Former financial services colleague says he and Bahamas-

controlled company did nothing wrong, with scheme

and all transactions lawyeredd to death'

Jones told The Tribune. "Everything
we did was totally legitimate, and in
one instance we got a Revenue Canada
letter saying it was totally legal before
we did the [$77 million] transaction."

behalf of the Banyan Tree Foundation
had been lawyeredd to death" to ensure,
it complied with Canadian tax law.
"We have not done anything wrong.
We are not being investigated," Mr

Fidelity fund

fully subscribed

Tribune Business Editor
ROYALFidelity Merchant
Bank & Trust yesterday said
its $1.9 million international
equities sub-fund had been ful-
ly subscribed by the May 15,
2008, close, and had achieved a
small $0.037 upside in the two
weeks to month's end.
Michael Anderson, its pres-
ident, told The Tribune that
the equities sub-fund -
launched as the second sub-
fund to its international invest-
ment fund now contained
"just over" $2 million in assets
under management.
From starting with a net
asset value (NAV) of $10, Mr
Anderson said the equities
sub-fund had closed on May
30, 2008, with an NAV of
$10.0369 per share.
"We had a small upside in it
at a time when the markets
were not doing too great," Mr
Anderson told The Tribune,

Generates small
upside in two
weeks to May-end

adding that RoyalFidelity had
selected markets and stocks for
its investments that it believed
would perform better than
When it came to RoyalFi-
delity's next allocation of
around $2 million in foreign
currency from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas, due to
be released some time before
the 2008 second quarter's end
in June, Mr Anderson said it
would not be used as seed cap-
ital to launch any new sub-
"We're going to remain
focused on the equities sub-
fund and see what interest we


Yet his former business partner, ex-
FNM MP Lester Turnquest, who is

SEE page 4B

Low savings rates inhibit Bahamian

participation in key privatisations

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIANS are unable
to play a significant role in the
privatization of government
corporations and other public
assets because this nation's
long-term savings base is not
large enough, a leading banker
and capital markets executive
told The Tribune yesterday.
Michael Anderson, Royal-
Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust's president, said that
apart from the National Insur-
ance Board's (NIB) $1.3 bil-
lion reserve fund and govern-
ment-sponsored employee
pension plans, the Bahamas'
entire long-term savings base
consisted of a relatively small
number of private schemes.
As a consequence, their rel-
atively small size and asset
base meant that Bahamian pri-
vate and public pension plans
could not be major players in
privatization exercises, forcing
the Government to sell public
assets to foreign entities pos-

sessing the necessary capital.
The Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) is
the first public asset on the
auction block, and seems like-
ly to be sold to the Bluewater
Communications Holdings
consortium later this year -
possibly for as much as $260
million if the Government
makes good on its privatisa-
tion commitment.
Yet the absence of any
meaningful participation by
Bahamas-based pension funds
and capital markets players
means that assets, which could
contribute to wealth creation
and transfer into Bahamian
hands, will instead go into
ownership overseas via pri-
Mr Anderson said: "If we
have to privatise a lot of assets,
a significant amount will have
to be sold outside the country
as there is not a large enough
pensions, savings and capital
markets base to pick it up
domestically. There is a limi-
tation in local savings and local

capital markets on the privati-
sation side."
Building long-term savings
capacity in the Bahamas would
allow Bahamians to "pick
these things up" and have
more meaningful participation
in their economy, he added.,
Fidelity will tomorrow hold
a seminar on pensions and sav-
ings reform at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, starting at 4pm,
entitled 'Impending Retirement
Among the speakers is Secu-
rities Commission executive
director, Hillary Deveaux, who
will address the value of
mandatory pension plans when
it comes to driving capital mar-
kets growth.
"It's critical on the retire-
ment side to implement some
sort of national savings plan,"
Mr Anderson told The Tri-
bune. "The sooner we start,
the better.
"Virtually the entire savings



Tribune Business Editor
THE Prime
Minister has
asked a group
services execu-
tives to devel-
op proposals
on legislation
to regulate the
Bahamian pri-
vate pension
industry and
encourage a long-term 'savings
culture' to dispel "the
approaching category five hur-
ricane" on retirement financial
Anthony Ferguson, CFAL's
principal, yesterday confirmed
that himself, Kenwood Kerr,
Providence Advisors' chief
executive, and Larry Gibson,
head of Colonial Pension Ser-
vices (Bahamas), were among
those who had grouped togeth-
er to create an informal com-
mittee that aimed to craft a
proposal onpension regulation
for the Government.
Although the work had "not
got very far" to date, Mr Fer-
guson told The Tribune: "As
an industry, we've been push-
ing for pension legislation.
We've just been reviewing
some of the legislation in other
jurisdictions, particularly the
Caribbean, and the ones that
have social security systems."
While the Bahamian pension
and 'investment manage-
ment/administration industry
"all know what we would like
to see" in terms of regulation
and the encouragement of


Marley Resort shrugs

off 30% increase in

operating costs

Tribune Business
THE newly-completed Mar-
ley Resort and Spa on Cable
Beach shrugged off a 30 per
cent increase in operations
costs since it was conceived
and overruns on the contrsuc-
tion budget to officially open
on Sunday as a 16-suite bou-
tique resort and spa.
The resort seeks to marry

Reggae star's wife
targets seven-star
rating, as construction
goes over-budget

the legend of Jamaican reggae
icon, Bob Marley, and his fam-
ily with a spiritual and tranquil
retreat for its guests.
Rita Marley, wife of the late
singer, told Tribune Business
yesterday that this combina-
tion will set the resort apart
from other hotels on New
Providence, and is the perfect
example of the direction new
resort developments in the
Bahamas should go.
"I think that privacy is what
most people are looking for.
You know, that quaint sort of
private home surrounding, not
at all like the ordinary hotels. I
think that that.is what the mar-
kets are going after now the
boutique resort. There is a
need for these types of
resorts," she said.
Mrs Marley said the new
resort, which is on the site of
her family's long-time summer
residence, was a dream come
While she would not disclose
the full cost of the project, she
noted that the original budget
was nowhere near what was
"We are just thinking about
the money now, because we
have gone over budget, but it's


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COLUMBUS Communica- tions, Cable Bahamas' largest shareholder, yesterday signed a

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Vacancy for
Sr. Area Director, Development & Construction
A minimum of twenty (20) years experience in the Construction industry with specific documented
experience in project and/or construction management.
A minimum of ten (10) years experience leading project teams on multiple projects in remote,
international locations with single-point accountability for capital budgets and schedules.
Professional degree in technical field from an accredited university
Strong leadership, management, and communication skills providing the ability to work in a
dynamic, multi-functional matrix management environment, as a "Team Player". Pro-active,
assertive, motivated and disciplined.
Experience in leading, managing, and coordinating design, construction, and other professionals.
Experience in qualifying, contract negotiation, recommendation, and administration of
Professional and Contractor Agreements.
Proven ability to understand the business goals of stakeholders and implement a partnering
relationship that will enable mutual success.
Experience in legislative/jurisdictional approval processes.
Proven ability to comprehend, and critique design and contract documents.
Lead and coordinate resources to achieve complete technically acceptable design and contract
documents within Design Guides, Construction Operations Manual, project scope, schedule, and
Computer literacy on Microsoft Office products, Primavera P3 or Suretrak (or other scheduling)
and, Primavera Expedition (or other Project Management) software applications.
Ability to reside full-time in Abaco for the full duration of the project.

deal with Sigma Systems for
high speed data services and
According to a release yes-
terday, under the terms of the
multi-year license agreement,
Sigma will extend its existing
deployment, which automates
the fulfillment of high speed
data services and applications,
to cover broadband voice over
Internet Protocol (VoiP).
This will further enhance the
company's ability to serve a
diverse and growing customer
base in the Bahamas, Jamaica,
Grenada and Trinidad and
Tobago, the companies said in
the release.
"With Sigma's advanced IP
service fulfillment solutions,
the company has proven its abil-
ity to grow to meet our require-
ments to power a double- play
service offering for our sub-
scribers," Andre Foster, the
vice-president of information

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technology for Columbus Com-
munications, said.
He added that in the past,
Sigma provided his company
with a high level of customer
support, both in terms of func-
tionality and technical support.
Columbus Communications
plans to use.its Sigma deploy-
ment to extend subscriber self-
care integration to manage tele-
phony call features and feature
preferences. Sigma's solution
for the company is to provide
advanced IP service fulfillment
of high speed data, and VoIP
services, including end-to-end
automation, and also includes
customer premise device pro-
"Deregulation and the gen-
eral adoption of voice telepho-
ny services are evident in the
Caribbean and Latin America

(CALA) region. This, coupled
with the quality of upgraded
digital networks, is enabling
operators like Columbus Com-
munications to truly differenti-
ate themselves by expanding
services beyond video and high
speed Internet," said Tim
Spencer, president and chief
operating officer for Sigma Sys-
"We are proud to be work-
ing with Columbus Communi-
cations to power a double -play
offering as the company
evolves towards an all play envi-
ronment, in which any service
can be delivered over any net-
work technology to any device."
The new technology will
enable Columbus to accommo-
date different deployment sce-
narios, package new features
and services on a regional/ per
country basis, and support niul-
ti-vendor integration from com-
mon OSS platform.


The National Insurance Board

will corndrtct free
Seminars for Employers & Self-Employed Persons
for the remainder of 2008 as follows:

Tuesday, June 24
Tuesday, September 30

-m1uesday, October 28
Tuesday, November 25

Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Training Room of
N.I.B.'s Wulff Road Complex, Wulff Road at Minnie Street

Refreshments will be served

Seminar Description
For everyone -from the self-employedperson who works alone, to the employer of a
few persons, to theperson responsible for the payment of contributions on behalf of
an employer of thousands. The Seminar will give an overview of the National
Insurance programme, inclusive of its benefits and assistance programmes, and
explore the scope and impact of the National Insurance Fund on the economy of
the country.

Questions and/or concerns about the monthlypayment of contributions or other
administrative/compliance issues, will also be addressed

Persons interested in attending a Seminar
should reserve a space by calling the
Board's Public Relations Department
at 356-2070, ext. 236/234/232

Please send resume to the attention of:

Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Email: humanresources@theabacoclub.com

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Media Company seeks young persons

who are computer literate and have

some experience in QuarkXPress.

Please apply to:


c/o Tribune

P.O. Box N-3207

Nassau, Bahamas

or fax to (242) 328-2398

Financial Intelligence Unit


Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Document
SImaging Clerk at the Financial Intelligence Unit (the "FIU").

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and executing the
daily processes of prepping, scanning, indexing and verifying documents, managing
and maintaining high volume scanners and adhering to deadlines assigned by

The successful applicant must have:
* Strong Data Entry and keyboarding skills;
* A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Power
Point etc.);
Pay attention to details, and takes pride in their work;
Good interpersonal skills;
Ability to effectively work individually or in a team environment;
Competence in performing multiple functional tasks;
Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

Responsible for retrieving files and returning them for filing;
Assemble and prepare documents for imaging;
Scanning and indexing of documents for up to eight hours a day;
Review imaged documents as a quality control measure to ensure
acceptable image was captured;
Independently operate scanning hardware;
Maintain all logs and reporting documentation;
Adhere to organizational procedures and guidelines;
Perform other tasks as assigned by manager.

Minimum requirement: An Associate Degree from an accredited tertiary
Related experience is preferred but not required.

Interested persons should submit their applications and resumes in writing along
with the relevant certificates by 27" June 2008 to:

Anthony M. Johnson
Financial Intelligence Unit
P.O. Box SB 50086
Frederick Street
Nassau, Bahamas




Sales remain

strong at the

Marley store

Tribune Business
AFTER four years in oper-
ation, the Marley Boutique is
still experiencing steady sales
from the Bahamian and inter-
national markets, and has not
seen any declines despite the
current economic slump many
businesses are experiencing.
Denise Reynolds. manager
of the boutique, part of the
Marley Resort & Spa, said
they can have as many as 50
persons visiting the boutique.
"Of those persons, just about
everyone will buy at least
something," she said.
The boutique features a
clothing line by Cedella Marley
- Catch A Fire and quality
arts and crafts by African, Jam-
ican, Bahamian and Carribean
artisans, as well as Bob Marley

Ms Reynolds said there has
been an excellent demand
from Bahamian customers.
"We have, in particular, a lot
of Rastafarians who come in
for like the headware, and we
see a lot of people around
regatta time, when they are
looking for something differ-
ent to wear," she added.
Ms Reynolds said the bou-
tique has an extremely diverse
international clientele from all
over the world.
"We have a lot of Asians
and Latinos who love Bob
Marley and come into the

shop," she said.
Ms Reynolds added that
many of the visitors have either
heard about the boutique or
read about it in local tourist
attraction guides.,
It is located just in front of
the newly-opened Marley
Resort and Spa on Cable
Ms Reynolds said that the
boutique is doing well in this
current economic time, partic-
ulary since it is speciality store
with somewhat novelty items.
"Nothing has changed," she
said of recent months.

I A T i

All candidates for the LLB degree with the University of Huddersfield/Holborn Col-
lege are invited to register for review sessions scheduled for June 30 July 2.
All sessions will be conducted by a senior professor from the university. Candidates
who are preparing for upcoming exams are especially urged to attend.
Call Success for registration information. 324-7770

Quality for a high-paying job as an office as-
sistant in just a few short weeks. Enroll in a
certificate course at Success Training College.
Day, evening and weekend courses are avail-.''
able. New classes are forming now. Call for -
registration and program details. 324-7770

Field Assistant Wanted

for Kirtland's Warbler

Research Project

The Kirtland's Warbler Training and Research Project is
seeking to employ a biology or environmental science
major as field assistant for. its next field season beginning
October 2008 thru April 2009.

Unique opportunity to work with distinguished
ornithologists on a broad spectrum of bird research issues.
Excellent training opportunity in field research, public
education and community-based conservation.
Opportunities to travel to other Islands and also to the
United States to conduct research and make scientific

Through a special arrangement with COB, students can
earn college credits for participation in the project.
Scholarship opportunities may also be available for students
successfully completing the project.

Comfortable stipend offered to successful applicant.

Duration: 9 months (October '08 April '09)

Location: South Eleuthera, Bahamas and
Michigan, USA

Send letter of interest and CV to:

Bahamas National Trust
P.O. Box N4105,
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: bnt@bnt.bs



Nassau Airp
Development Comp

IT Technician

The Nassau Airport Development Company
is seeking an energetic IT Technician to join
our dynamic IT & Electronics Team.

Reporting to the Manager, It & Electronics,
the ideal candidate will be responsible
for providing It and Electronics support to
equipment and assets of Nassau Airport
Development Company.
Key Responsibilities will include:
* Maintaining computer network, hardware
and peripherals
* Managing the installation of cabling and
networking infrastructure
* Assisting with repairs and maintenance of
Automatic Doors & Gates
* Overseeing communication technologies
such as radios, cell phones and desk
* Maintaining the operation of building
information systems such as fire alarms,
public address, flight information display
systems and baggage information display

Qualifications and Skills:
* High School Diploma
* Post Secondary Education in Electronics
and/ or Computer Technology
* 3- 5 years experience in a related field
* Experience in working with Microsoft
products and network administration in an
Active Directory Environment
* Working knowledge of TCP/IP protocol
and WAN/LAN equipment
* Promptly resolve computer hardware and
applications issues
* Understanding of basic Electronics
* Knowledge and experience working with
building management systems such as
fire alarms, PA, IFIDS, and BIDS
* Excellence in both written and oral
A competitive salary and benefits will be
offered to the successful candidate.

If you are interested in joining our
dynamic team, please submit your
resume by June 25th 2008 to:

Nassau Airport Development Co.
PO BoxAP59229
Nassau, Bahamas

Only those applicants short listed will be

The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following

Commercial Assistant

Assist with promoting all trade events locally and in the U.S.

Maintains all commercial subject files, including newspaper clipping files, US
company database, and investments database.

Drafts and distributes commercial newsletter and maintains database of
Econ-Commercial contacts.

Assists with research for major reports including the Country Commercial Guide,
the Investment Climate Report, and other special reports.

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

Associates Degree in Business Management, Economics or Finance.
Three years job experience in economic research, business management,
Marketing, investments, trade promotion or other related business


- Some knowledge of the business climate and rules for doing business in
The Bahamas.
- Good organizational and computer skills, particularly word-processing and
- Good writing skills


The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation package
including performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance, life
insurance, pension and opportunities for training and development.

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

Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday at the security area of the American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed
applications should be returned to the United States Embassy: addressed to the
Human Resources Office no later than, June 24, 2008. Telephone calls will not
be accepted.

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Ex-business partners row

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FROM page 1B

embroiled in an increasingly
bitter legal battle with Mr
Jones and his former Britan-
nia colleagues on matters sep-
arate from Banyan, yesterday
reacted angrily to suggestions
from the Canadian founda-
tion's president that he was the
one who "initially structured
the deal" for Hampton.
Robert Thiessen, in a June 5,
2008, letter written in response
to the increasing media cover-
age on the Banyan Tree Foun-
dation and the plight of its
3,200 donors, alleged: "My first
contact, and person whom I
initially structured the deal
with, was Lester Turnquest.
"Six of our seven annuity
contracts issued by Hampton
Insurance Company bear Mr
Turnquest's signature. It is
shocking to believe that Mr
Turnquest now has no recol-
lection of these facts."
In response, Mr Turnquest
said that while his signature
did appear on the annuity poli-
cies in question, they had been
"signed in good faith". He was
not responsible, he said, for
structuring the annuity-based
role that Hampton played in
the Banyan Tree structure.
"There were, on any given
day, a number of [insurance]
policies that I signed once the
account managers confirmed
everything was OK," Mr Turn-
quest told The Tribune.
Yet he alleged that neither
he nor Roshon Noronha,
Hampton/Britannia's former
financial controller, saw any
asset and money flows related
to the Banyan Tree scheme
pass through the two compa-
nies' accounts.
"This is just.an attempt to
draw me into their web," Mr
Turnquest said of Mr
Thiessen's letter. "I have nev-
er been to Canada. Canadian
tax law is not my expertise.
How would I have been able to

structure the transaction?
"I have no knowledge of
Canada, I've never been to the
place, and have not taken a
course in Canadian tax law."
Mr Thiessen, in denying that
he and Mr Jones were "associ-
ates", having met only three
times in six years, alleged that
prior to splitting from Britan-
nia, "all of my contact" was
with Mr Turnquest or his "con-
tract consultant", Brad Heney.
Since then, Banyan Tree's
dealings had been with
Stephen Dickson at Hampton.
Mr Turnquest again denied
that he was the principal con-
tact point for the Banyan Tree
Foundation, and added: "I met
Robert Thiessen once. Bob
Thiessen was always engaged
in the Boardroom with Brad
Heney, Stephen Dickson and,
to a lesser extent, Hywel Jones.
"It is easily verifiable that I
have never been to Canada. It
would be stupid for anyone to
believe that a Bahamian who
has never been to Canada
would link Brad Heney to Bob
Mr Turnquest also disputed
Mr Thiessen's assertions that
no Canada Revenue Agency
investigators had ever been to
the Bahamas to investigate this
nation's, and Hampton's, links
to the Banyan Tree Founda-
He confirmed to The Tri-
bune that he had been inter-
viewed by Canada Revenue
Agency investigators, who
came to Nassau earlier this
year, over a three-day period.
Mr Turnquest described the
plight of Banyan Tree Foun-
dation donors as "shameful",
adding: "There are 3,500 peo-
ple messed up in this. Roshon
Noronha, the former financial
controller, and I had no idea
who these persons were."
Both he and Mr Noronha
have since been interviewed
by Canadian television and
other media outlets about the

Banyan Tree affair, although
the programme has yet to be
screened. A Canadian TV
crew also 'doorstepped' Mr
Jones as he left a restaurant in
an attempt to obtain a com-
ment, although he declined to
The Banyan Tree Founda-
tion programme has effective-
ly been frozen after the Cana-
da Revenue Agdncy (CRA)
described it as a tax 'sham',
disallowing the charitable
donation tax credit that its
donors received in 2003.
The Canadian tax authority
has since moved to disallow all
tax credits provided for 2004-
2007. Among the Banyan
donations being investigated
is as $65 million payment to
the University of West Indies
(UWI) Mona campus in
According to a class action
lawsuit filed against the
Banyan Tree Foundation and
other Canadian-based partici-
pants in the scheme, donors
borrowed money to make their
charitable donation and obtain
tax credits. Most of the bor-
rowed money was loaned by
another defendant.in the
action, Rochester Financial
The Banyan Tree Founda-
tion then invested a significant
percentage of the donations
into Hampton annuity policies,
whose beneficiaries were the
charities designed as the end-
recipients of the funds.
The class action lawsuit
alleged: "Participants bor-
rowed substantially all of the
funds donated, and actually
paid in cash only a small por-
tion of the total donation
As a result of the Canada
Revenue Agency probe,
donors have been hit with a
collective $100 million demand
for back taxes plus interest
charges, in addition to expos-
ing them to Rochester's

demands that the loans be
On the other side, the chari-
ties that were once the recipi-
ents of the Banyan Tree Foun-
dation's largesse are now strug-
gling financially, the well hav-
ing dried up after the Canada
Revenue Agency turned off
the spigot.
Mr Jones told The Tribune
that the Hampton annuities
were variable annuities, mean-
ing that the insurer domiciled
in the British Virgin Islands,
but managed from the
Bahamas with a branch in this
nation was not liable to pay
money to the charities unless it
received funds from the
Banyan Tree Foundation. No
revenues are currently flowing
because of the tax probe.
"Those charities would not
have had the money in the first
place, had it not been for
Banyan Tree," Mr Jones
"Banyan Tree has to dis-
pense of what revenues it
receives for charitable purpos-
es. It bought the annuities from
us, and all the annuity benefi-
ciaries are the charities.
"As regards Hampton's part
of it, we issued annuities. They
are variable annuities. We have
no liability to pay out on them
unless we receive money from
Banyan Tree. It's not our fault
that we can't pay out now
because of the court case."
In his June 5, 2008, letter,
Mr Thiessen said Banyan Tree
had acquired $120 million in
annuities from Hampton, of
which $65.7 million had been
transferred to Canadian chari-
"The Canada Revenue
Agency has met with a major-
ity of these charities and con-
firmed their receipt of these
funds from Hampton," Mr
Thiessen wrote, .. ,,
"The Canada Revenue
Agency has been provided all
documentation to support that

no money, to the Banyan
Tree's knowledge, was sent by
Hampton to any participants
in the Banyan Tree Gift Pro-
gramme, with the exception of
the annuity holders or
Banyan Tree is contesting
the Canada Revenue Agency,
appealing the tax reassess-
ments levied on its donors and
insisting the scheme complies
with Canadian income tax law.
The case is chiefly one
involving Canadian tax klw,
and is a civil matter, not a crim-
inal one. No charges have been
made against Mr Jones, his col-
leagues, Britannia and Hamp-
Yet the whole episode, and
high media profile it is receiv-
ing in Canada, will again not
help the Bahamas' reputation
as an international financial
services centre. It is also likely
to make Bahamian financial
services regulators extremely
Meanwhile, Mr Turnquest
also disputed Mr Thiessen's
assertion that he was the ben-
eficial owner of a company
known as West Pointe Ven-
"I never owned West Pointe
beneficially," Mr Turnquest
told The Tribune. "Hywel
Jones asked me to own the
shares because he was travel-
ling a lot."
Adding that he wag merely a
trustee/nominee for West
Pointe, Mr Turnquest ques-
tioned how, if he was the ben-
eficial owner, the company
remained under the manage-
ment and control of Mr Jones
and his colleagues.
Meanwhile, many' of Mr
Turnquest's assets remain
frozen by an injunction
imposed by Supreme Court
Justice John Lyons in his legal
battle with Mr Jones over who
owns/controls companies con-
taining up to $80 million in
client assets.:

Mr Turnquest, and the com-
pany he formed after splitting
from Britannia, the Bonnycord
Group, had themselves previ-
ously sought orders to stop Mr
Jones allegedly interfering in
his business affair. He was also
claiming damages for "con-
spiracy to defraud" and for
alleged "fraudulent misrepre-

get from the market," he
While the equities sub-fund
and RoyalFidelity's index-
linked TIGRS I sub-fund pro-
vided "opportunities for
,Bahamians to access interna-
tional markets", Mr Anderson
said many investors had so far
been reluctant to take advan-
Given that many Bahamians
were "risk averse" to start
with, Mr Anderson said he felt
investor interest in the prod-
ucts had so far been muted
because of the glut of bad news
stemming from the global equi-
ties and capital markets.
Meanwhile, Mr Anderson
said the TIGRS I index-linked
sub-fund had bounced back
from- the hits it had taken on
international markets earlier
in the year, now standing at an
NAV of $10.006, off 4.7 per
cent since its launch.
"At one stage we were down
to an NAV of 9.63 at the end
of March, and now we're back
over $10," Mr Anderson told
The Tribune.
"The emerging markets are
the ones that have done best,
and we have seen some good
performances in Asia since we
bought the investments. Where
we got crunched was the Euro-
pean market anheif Nikkei."

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Public meeting will feature a presentation on the
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will teach you how to cook and clean
FISH, a delicacy in the Asian kitchen.

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"Becoming the Employer of Choice in The Bahamas!"

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Intesa Sanpaolo S.pA.

1. We have audited the consolidated financial statements of Intesa Sanpaolo S.pA. and its
subsidiaries (the Intesa Sanpaolo Group) as of and for the year ended Decemnber 31, 2007,
comprising the balance sheet, the statement of income, changes in shareholders' equity and
cash flows and* the related explanatory notes. These financial statements are the
responsibility of the Company's Management Board. Our responsibility is to express an
opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.
2. We conducted our audit in accordance with the auditing standards and procedures
recommended by CONSOB (the Italian Stock Exchange Regulatory Agency). In
accordance. ith such standards and procedures, we planned and performed our audit to
obtain the information necessary to determine whether the consolidated financial
statements are materially misstated and if such consolidated financial statements, taken as a
whole, may be relied upon. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, as well as assessing the
appropriateness and correct application of the accounting principles and the reasonableness
of the estimates made by the Management Board. We believe that our audit provides a
reasonable basis for our opinion.
The consolidated financial statements include the comparative data of the preceding year.
As described in the explanatory notes, the comparative Information related to the
consolidated financial statements of the preceding year, on which we issued our auditors'
report on March 29, 2007, have been modified pursuant to the International Financial
Reporting Standard 5. We have examined the methods adopted to restate the comparative
financial data for the same period of the preceding year and the information presented in
the explanatory notes in this respect for the purpose of our opinion on the consolidated
financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31,2007.
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31, 2007 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards as adopted by the European Union and with the measures issued to implement
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give a true and fair view of the financial position, the results of operations, the changes in
shareholders', equity and the cash flows of Intesa Sanpaolo S.pA. (the Intesa Sanpaolo
Group) for the year then ended.
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30 Securitesssued
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50 financial liabilites designated at far value through profit and loss
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3.806 1.474
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PENSION, from page 1B

greater long-term savings by earnings to NIB if it is to con-
Bahamians, Mr Ferguson said tinue to be solvent," Mr Fer-
they wanted to develop some- guson told The Tribune.
thing that would work both in Actuarial studies have pro-
the present economic environ- jected that unless it is
ment and the future. reformed, demographic
As a result, the groupwould changes caused by an increas-
"anticipate what the economy ingly ageing population will
will look like, and what the ensure NIB's current $1.3 bil-
Bahamas will look like, in the lion reserve fund is totally
next 10-15 years", so that any depleted by 2029.
proposals they craft will And in any case, Mr Fergu-
account for Bahamians' pre- son said NIB payments the
sent and future needs, maximum being around $800
Mr Ferguson described as per month were totally inad-
"critical" the need to encour- equate to maintain Bahamian
age more Bahamians to save living standards in retirement
for the long-term and their in today's economic climate,
retirement, and not rely so where soaring oil costs were
heavily on the National Insur- sending energy and food prices
ance Board (NIB) to provide out of control.
for them in old age something In today's Bahamian con-
it was never intended to do. text, Mr Ferguson pointed out
"In 15-20 years, if we don't that $800 million per month
change our savings habits, we would be just enough to pay
will have to contribute the BEC bill.
between 15-20 per cent of our "I think it's critical that we

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 12th day of June 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice




(kI voluntary Liquidation) ,

Notice is, hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
3rd day of April 2008. The- Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Baharmas.


Legal Notice



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


have oversight and that we
educate the people," Mr Fer-
guson told The Tribune. "I
don't know how you get peo-
ple to save. The savings rate is
so small, it's difficult to get
people to save for the long-
The CFAL principal said the
low personal savings rate in
the Bahamas could be gauged
from the fact that most bank
accounts in this nation con-
tained less than $1,000, while
the average salary was $21,000
per annum.
"If we're saving 2 per cent
of our incomes, that's a lot,"
Mr Ferguson added. "That's
low. In some Asian countries,
China, the savings rate is 25-30
per cent [of personal
Further impediments to
Bahamians engaging in long-
term savings were the 'con-
sumer consumption' culture
prevalent throughout this soci-
ety, and the relatively large
credit card and consumer loan

debts run up by many Bahami-
"It's consumption that is
consumer consumption. it's
not even investment consump-
tion," Mr Ferguson said of
many Bahamians' spending
He added that CFAL had
calculated that, on average,
Bahamians owed credit card
balances worth $5,000-$7,000,
and consumer debt totalling
"That means many people
are screwed," Mr Ferguson
said. "We have a category five
hurricane approaching and we
are not doing anything."
He added that the Govern-
ment, private sector and civil
society needed to "work out
where we want to be" on
retirement planning.
When it came to the com-
mittee's likely proposals, Mr
Ferguson said the options fac-
ing it where to recommend
that either the Government
make personal pensions

Legal Notice

(a) ARTEMISIA LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on June 17, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 15th day of July, 2008 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
JUNE 18, 2008

Legal Notice


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LAKE GREECE INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


-- --4
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
STRAMBROSTAV INC. has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the

' I I I l II I I I II I

mandatory, or compel Bahami-
an companies to set up
portable pension plans for
their employees.
"We will face a lot of oppo-
sition from businesses not
wanting to contribute to sav-
ings plans for their employ-
ees," Mr Ferguson told The
"Businesses have to pay a
business licence fee to the
Government, and one of the
things we may recommend is
cutting the business licence fee
in half and letting companies
use the money saved towards
retirement plans. Or we could
force the individuals to do it."
Mr Ferguson acknowledged
the need to make Bahamians
take more responsibility for
their own financial futures, and
suggested there were measures
the Government could take,
such as fiscal incentives in the
Budget, to make people
change their consumption
As an example, to counter

the impact soaring gasoline
prices were having for Bahami-
an motorists, Mr Ferguson sug-
gested the Government
impose 10 per cent import duty
rates on three-cylinder vehi-
cles, and 100 per cent for six-
to-eight cylinder vehicles.
This, he added, would
encourage Bahamians and
auto dealers to import more
fuel efficient vehicles. Cur-
rently, it took $100 to fill an
SUV's tank for a week, some-
thing Mr Ferguson said meant
the owner spent $5,200 on gas
per year.
"Buy one of those smaller
cars, and you could almost pay
for it from fuel savings in about
three years," Mr Ferguson
He added that improving
regulatory oversight of the pri-
vate pension fund sector was
also crucial, given that collec-
tively with NIB, assets in such
plans accounted for around $2
billion in a $5-$6 billion econ-



(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
(No.45 of 2000), KITEN PRODUCTS, INC. is in
dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at Winterbotham Place, Marlborough
& Queens Streets, Nassau, The Bahamas. All person
having claims against the above-named company are re-
quired to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the JUNE


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
CHIRINGUITO INC. has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 24th day of April 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of WESTBROOKE VALLEY INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
LOVATENS VALLEY INC. has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the


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Marley Resort shrugs

off 30 per cent increase

in operating costs

FROM page 1B

too late to turn back and we
will do what we have to do to
make it a complete package,"
Mrs Marley said.
She added that she would
like the resort to achieve a sev-
en-star designation, as it has
already surpassed the five-star
"Our concept is not just a
Bahamian or a Caribbean con-
cept, but for the globe, because
we are supported by people all
over the world. We are pre-
pared for that market; we want
the world to come and see,"
Mrs Marley said.
"The Bahamas is fortunate
to have us here, and we have
been fortunate to have been
welcomed here, because this
has always been a second
home and it was here that my
husband came to live when he

got shot."
Mrs Marley said that despite
the current state of the world
economy, she is confident the
resort will ride out the storm .
In particular, she said that
since the idea of the resort was
first developed, operations
costs have increased by 30 per
However, she pointed out
that when you are seeking to
be the best you have to be will-
ing to pay the cost of main-
taining the standards you have
"Maintenance is very expen-
sive... No matter what, survival
is the game and you are going
to find people who can afford
to come here and stay," Mrs
Marley said.
She added that what makes
her resort so special is that per-
sons can experience it in a vari-
ety of price ranges, whether
they stay in the most expen-

The Public is hereby advised that I, VERNAE JANELL
HENFIELD of #4 Carissa Street intend to change my child's
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that GALEN WILLIAM
JOHNSTON of NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of JUNE 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that OMAX PIERRE
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 18TH day of JUNE 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of RAHIN VALLEY INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 12th day of June 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


sive suite for a week, have a
.spa treatment or a meal or buy
a small item in the boutique.
"It's really what you can
afford to spend, and anyone
can experience it," she said.
Mrs Marley said marketing
the resort had been easy
because her family's name is a
brand all on its own. "We are
the Marleys, we are not just
anyone. We are royalty. The
name alone triggers an interest
for people."
That interest is what inspired
her to fill the property with
special mementos of her fami-
ly such as her wedding photo
in the honeymoon suite so
that visitors can feel a Marley
"That's just us. We are not
selling ourselves, but at the
same time we are giving to the
public at large what we would
want," Mrs Marley said.
She added that she would
like people to take away the

memory of being given impec-
cable service in a family atmos-
"I want you to go away feel-
ing feel like I was a a guest at
Nana Rita's home," she said.
There are 16 suites at the
Marley resort, and all but three
are named after a Bob Marley
song. The remaining three
rooms are royal suites Leg-
end and Royal Rita, named
after the famous couple, and
the One Love suite, which is a
honeymoon suite. Rates start
at $450 a night, which includes
personal concierge service..
There are 30 staff members,
all Bahamians, employed at
the resort.
The property also features
the exclusive Natural Mystic
Spa, the Simmer Down
Restaurant, the Marley Bou-
tique, the Stir It Up Bar and
Lounge and a music gallery
which features memorabilia
from the family's life.

NOTICE is hereby given that LIANE DANIELLE COX
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 18TH day of
JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, GARIECE MONIQUE
NAOMI BUTLER of Saint Vincent Road in the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence intend to change my name to
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice




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


SAVINGS, from page 1B

base of the Bahamas sits in a
few pension plans and NIB.
There's not a significant base
of money."
He contrasted the Bahamas'
long-term savings picture with
that of the Cayman Islands,
where Fidelity also has opera-
There, Mr Anderson said
that total assets invested in pri-
vate pension schemes were
"not dissimilar" to the Nation-
al Insurance Board's (NIB)
asset base in the Bahamas.
This had been achieved with
a 50,000-60,000 population in
the Cayman Islands, compared
to the 300,000-plus population
in the Bahamas something
that should have generated a
much greater savings base
Arguing that the Bahamas
needed "mandatory pension
legislation to force people to

start saving", Mr Anderson
said: "We've seen the Cayman
Islands implement a similar
scheme that's been going over
the last 10 years."
Cayman's Superintendent of
Pensions is among the speak-
ers at the Fidelity forum
tomorrow, and Mr Anderson
suggested of his island's
scheme: "It's a model for what
the Bahamas should put in
The introductory speaker for
the seminar will be Zhivargo
Laing, minister of state for
finance, and Mr Anderson
said: "The primary reason for
holding the event is for it to
act as a catalyst to try and form
a solution to a problem loom-
ing ever larger for us. There's a
reality, a problem, that people
are not seemingly dealing with.
The option is not sitting and
doing nothing."

NOTICE is hereby given that YVENEL BROWN of
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
11TH day of JUNE 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

Legal Notice

(a) SOLUNA INVESTMENTS LTD. is in dissolution under the provi-
sions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on June 16, 2008 when
its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the Registrar

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 30th day of July, 2008 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.

June 18, 2008


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 4th day of March 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


FR L,9rROYAL oFIDELITY O Aa aovasowsavtcs
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MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2008 ..
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: 'CLOSE 1.885.33 I CHG -011 i %CHG 0.01 I YTD -181.42 I YTIl% 8 :- '.
FINDEX: ACLOSE 884.85 i YTD% -7.06% | 2007 28.29% .
5-k-HI 2s'K.-Lc.r Securit Previous Close T,.da S CIose Cr.ange Dailn Vo, EPS 5 Div S PIE Yield
1 95 I 1 8 AbaCO r.ar els. I 1 84 000 0 135 0000 138 000
11.80 11.59 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.086 0.400 10.9 3.39%
9.68 9.40 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%
3.74 3.15 Bahamas Waste 3.60 3.60 0.00 0.209 0.090 17.2 2.50%
2.70 1.30 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.055 0.040 42.7 1.70%
14.10 10.60 Cable Bahamas 14.00 14.00 0.00 1.121 0.240 12.5 1.71%
3.15 2.21 Colina Holdings 2.87 2.87 0.00 0.048 0.040 62.4 1.39%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.30 7.30 0.00 0.440 0.300 16.6 4.11%
7.22 3.23 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.40 3.30 -0.10 0.131 0.052 25.2 1.58%
3.00 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.95 2.95 0.00 0.308 0.040 9.6 1.38%
8.00 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.728 0.280 11.0 3.50%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 12.30 FirstCarlbbean 12.30 12.30 0.00 0.651 0.470 18.9 3.82%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.55 5.55 0.00 2.213 0.386 0.140 14.4 2.52%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.820 11.7 5.17%
10 00 1000 Premier Real Estate 1 00 1000 0 0 0 180 0000 556 000%
SFldelty Q ver-The-Couter Securle.q .. .- .
5 '..LR-HI 2P-L C.. 5 mbO.l 1,1 *S LasI Prie ,ee.kl 31 EPS S DIS S PE Yield
14 60 14 25 Bar.a.C.a: :-..1 .rr.arr e:I 14 60 15 6. n 14 .i 1 160 0 600 134 4.11%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean C(.a wings (Pref) 8.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0 5. 020 RND r*-li.-.aJs *. 35 0 .: 0 35 -0 023 0000 NtM 000%
Coline Over-The-Couner Sec.uritles ',. '~, ,;",
So1 00 ai, I O. BDAB 41. 0 4j .0 ..l 41 0 4 50 2 750 80 870%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
0. 55 '. JIC RNC. HlIair.,S .u5 05 5 -5 .0023 0000 NM 000%
BISX Lisled Mulual Funds .
52.,x-HI 2-I.LC,,L, Fund N-.1,a r.I., YTD-: Lasl 1; ir. nit DI'S Yield%
1.3152 1.2485 Colina Bond Fund 1.315228-* 1.58% 5.47%
3.0008 2.7399 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2 998763** -0.07% 8.13%
1.3932 1.3427 Colina Money Market Fund 1.393169"***** 1.31% 3.76%
3.7969 3.2920 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6707** -3.32% 14.65%
12.2142 11.6049 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.2142"-* 375%' 5.73%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00""
100.0000 98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603' -0.04% -0.04%
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00*
10 5000 9 1346 FIdelit-, International Investment Fund 10 0060"*" .-4 ~nO .4d n0
Market Terms N.A.V.; (y. -;;.:
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000 00 -O.**.. l51 1: It"- i1 . I *. .. 31 LMa.n 20P L
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in lost 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colln. and Fidelity *. 31 Oeemb.r 2007
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask 5 Selling price of Collno and fidelity 30 May 2005
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 31 April 2008
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the pdor week ** 30 Aprl 2008
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths ...... 6 June 2008
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DtV $ Dividends per share pald in the last 12 months N/M Not Meanlngful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnlngo FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamo. Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 818/2007
S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Data 711/2007
TO TRADE CALL CFAL 2,.02-17010 | FIPDELIT 242.36&B-784 ; FO CAPtTAL MATa .y94IM 1 r



Core responsibilities:

* Prepares loan portfolio balance, loan repayments and loan payoff
reports using the Banks banking software.
* Prepares accounting entries for posting via the Accounting Department.
* Processes Loan applications for two main entities.
* Prepares letters outlining loan portfolio balances as well administrative
fees debited from accounts.
* Liaises and answers all queries from various portfolio holders.
* Audits work on a daily basis.

Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:

* Core accounting/math skills to calculate, reconcile reports or files.
* Basic knowledge of Bank operations to advise and/or correct
reconciliation errors.
* Oral and written communication skills to interact with associates and
external persons.
* Computer literate Ability to use Electronic Working papers, MS Word
and Excel.
* Associates degree, or Institute of Financial Services Certificate.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medidal (includes dental and
vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than
June 27th, 2008 to:

DA 63503B
c/o The Tribune
P.O. BoxN3207
Nassau, Bahamas

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Lyford Cay International School seeks a Maintenance Manager starting in
mid-July 2008.

The Job
The job includes overseeing the maintenance of the school's facilities and
grounds, management of a crew of 7 workers and the orderly and effective
support of school activity. Candidates must be prepared to work unusual hours,
be on call as needs arise, and carry out maintenance duties when necessary along
with the maintenance crew.

The Qualifications
Candidate must be high energy, fast hard workers who are patient, good humored,
articulate, good at planning, efficient in their work, good at communicating, and
knowledgeable in use of computers and software related to maintenance work.

In addition, the success candidate must have experience managing work crews
and maintenance, projects and supporting others in getting their work done. The
individual must also possess a wide knowledge and experience in using the tools
and materials necessary for building maintenance and small building projects.
Finally, the individual must be willing and interested in learning about building
materials and be keen to learn new techniques and act on constructive criticism.

Inquires can be made to 242 362 4774
Applications should include: 1) letter of application,
2) curriculum vitae,
3) digital photo of the candidate.

Application should be sent to:

Core responsibilities:

Performs operational and compliance audits and prepares comprehensive
reports in credit areas of all branches and departments.
* Performs audit reviews and audit testing for any major new system
implemented by the Bank.
* Reports any suspicious activity or-possible fraud discovered.
* Reviews and verifies the Bank's weekly and monthly consolidated
financial reports.
* Assists with special audit reviews, projects and investigations.
* Assists external auditors during year-end audits.

Knowledge. Skills and Abilities:

* Detailed understanding of the credit (loan) process of the Bank.
* Strong written communication skills, in particular of audit terminology.
* Ability to communicate regulatory compliance information to internal
* Bachelor's degree along with relevant professional certification or three
(3) to five (5) years of banking experience.
* Strong accounting and auditing skills to analyze financial statements.
* Computer literate Ability to use Electronic Working papers, MS Word
and Excel.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and
vision) and Life Insurance; Pension Scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than
June 27th, 2008 to:

DA 63503A
c/o The Tribune
P.O. BoxN3207
Nassau, Bahamas


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Eric Carey Anthony Ferguson William Wong
Stephen Wrinkle

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Reviewing the Proposed National Budget
For the Benefit of Ordinary Bahamians
The Proposed 2008/2009 National Budget Is the proposed new
national budget the best budget ever, "a day late and a dollar short",
or something in between?

We Need to Have Some Questions Answered...
* What will it mean for the future of tourism, education, financial services,
construction and the environment?
* What will it mean for us? For jobs? Fighting crime? For the price of food,
electricity and gas? We need to know.
* Come hear from private sector experts. Come be heard.

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