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Publication Date: June 20, 2008
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Volume: 104 No.174


FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008


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Media personality

moved by testimony

of ex-colleague at

sex harassment trial

POPULAR media personal-
ity Darold Miller was brought
to tears yesterday during the
testimony of a former co-work-
er who described him as a "gen-
tleman and consummate pro-
Judy Hamilton, director of
government relations for GINN
in Freeport and former ZNS
news reporter, was the only wit-
ness who appeared to testify in
Mr Miller's defence at his sexu-

al harassment trial yesterday.
Mr Miller is accused of impor-
tuning a female GEMS
105.9FM employee for sexu-
al favours between February 2
and March 22 last year.
Ms Hamilton told, the court
yesterday that she had a close
working relationship with Mr
Miller for some five years and'
claimed that during that time
he never made any improper
SEE page 11

Speculation that skeletal remains
could be that of Jake Grant, 12





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* Sixth anniversary of death of
Leslie Miller's son draws near

Tribune Staff Reporter
AS the sixth anniversary of
his son's murder draws near,
former Cabinet minister Leslie
Miller yesterday called on gov-
ernment to seek justice for the
boy he called "my only heir."
The ex-MP said his family
had been traumatized by his son
Mario's death and badly needed
to see those responsible dealt

with by the courts.
Speaking with The Tribune
exclusively, Mr Miller said the
agony his family feels for the
loss of their "son, sibling, grand-
son, uncle and nephew, Mario
Miller" is immeasurable.
June:22, he said, will mark six
years since Mario's brutal mur-
der, and yet there has been no
resolution to the matter.
"Five persons were initially
apprehended and charged," Mr
Miller said. "One suspect had
the charges reduced to a crime
not even involving the murder
and subsequently he was
released under quite unusual
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
A SERIES of court appeals
and re-sentencing issues are
indefinitely delaying the execu-
tion of hangings of inmates sen-
tenced to death, Attorney Gen-
eral Claire Hepburn said yes-
Senator Hepburn said the
reason capital punishment is not

currently being carried out on
those sentenced to death is
because they are entitled to due
process through the law and not
because of a moratorium on the
death penalty.
"Contrary to what is being
said by some about this subject,
the government does not have
SEE page 11

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT There is spec-
ulation that the skeletal remains
discovered recently in the Bar-
bary Beach area could be that
of 12-year-old Jake Grant.
Grant was the first of five
schoolboys who disappeared
five years ago on Grand

Bahama.between May and Sep-
tember, 2003.
Although Police are still
awaiting the results of an autop-
sy, sources have indicated that
the skeletal bones found on
Sunday at Barbary Beach
appear to be those of an ado-
lescent person.
SEE page 16

Court of Appeal raps

judge in murder case
THE Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that a judge took into
account "irrelevant considerations" in ruling that the alleged con-
fession statement of a man acquitted in the brutal murder of a nine-
year-old boy last year was "inadmissible."
The Attorney General's Office had appealed a ruling by
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Isaacs which had ultimately led to
the acquittal of Earl Connel Darville, 43, in the June 2004 murder
of Devaughn Knowles. The prosecution had claimed that the
young boy was lured away from a basketball court near his home
on Wulff Road and subjected to a brutal sex attack that killed
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right, was
the second
of four
involving gay
men. (File

No breakthrough in gay murders

inquiry despite new information

provided by Tribune source

0 Police look into male prostitute theory

Congratulations F

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for graduating with 11 awards as
deputy head boy from Head Start
Pre-School Class of 2008.
Job well done and keep up the
good work, with love from your
dad, Timothy Clarke Sr.

POLICE have made no major
developments in the investiga-
tion into the murder of four gay
men despite detailed new infor-
mation provided by a Tribune
source this week.
The investigation team headed
by Chief Superintendent Glenn
Miller welcomed the speculation
of a .well-placed source in the
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender) community that
Harl Taylor, Dr Thaddeus
McDonald, Wellington Adder-
ley and Marvin Wilson may have
been murdered by a male pros-
The source said they suspect
the killer is part of the so-called
"trades" culture of men who sell
their bodies for sex and drugs
but also have stable employment.
Police were given details of
the suspect's place of work and
told the man had taken time off
work after Taylor's death in
November and again took time
off after Wilson was killed two
weeks ago.
Mr Miller said the information
was very valuable and his team of
investigators were working with
the suspect's employer to estab-
lish his-identity nqWednesday.
However, he was not able to
confirm yesterday whether his
team had established the name of
the suspect.
With the four murders yet
unsolved, members of the LGBT

community are afraid the killer
will return to harm them in some
The first of the murdered gay
men to be discovered was Col-
lege of the Bahamas department
head Dr McDonald who was
clubbed to death with an iron at
his home in Queen Street, Nas-
sau. His body was discovered in
his home on the afternoon of Fri-
day, November 16,2007. He was
last seen by College of the
Bahamas staff around 11pm
Thursday heading home.
Handbag designer Mr Taylor
was found stabbed to death in
his home two days later on Sun-
day morning.
Mr Adderley, an AIDS
activist, was almost decapitated
with a knife in his Delancey
Street apartment last month, and
Mr Wilson, a Jamaican waiter,
was stabbed to death at his home
in Rusty Bethel Avenue a week
Assistant Commissioner of
crime Raymond Gibson thanked
The Tribune for bringing in
information from the public.
He said: "We usually get clues
from these stories, we get good
information so I hope you will
keep them alive."
Anyone with any information
which could assist investigations
is urged to contact the incident
room on 502-9938, 502-9953 or



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0 In brief

Optimism over

arrivals at

hotels in New


Tribune Staff Reporter
TOURIST arrivals to major
hotels in New Providence over
the next three months are set
to be much better than have
previously been forecast, exec-
utive vice-president of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
Frank Comito said.
Meanwhile, within the next
12 months there are likely to
be major improvements to
downtown Nassau, as new
businesses pop up and reno-
vations go ahead, spurred on
by the "visionary" City of Nas-
sau Revitalisation Act.
Mr Comito gave his upbeat
assessment at a town meeting
on Wednesday at the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort, where he
and other non-governmental
panelists were brought togeth-
er to give a "non-partisan"
assessment of the 07/08 bud-
They were also asked to
give their predictions for the
Mr Comito said that based
on reports from major hotels
in New Providence, stopovers
in Nassau and Paradise Island
for June, July and August will
be up more than expected.
He said that there are
"hopeful signs" that the next
six months will be much less
"dismal" than the downbeat
first quarter of the year in
terms of tourism.
"The second quarter of this
year actually saw a little bit of
a shifting in a more positive
direction, at least for Nassau
and Paradise Island and I
think that's a direct result of
the $12 million that was added
in the supplemental budget to
tourism advertising and pro-
motion. The private sector did -
some-matching and inFebru-
ary-that started to kick,:i.'"
-Qther.panelists.criticised the
bidglif or ltot showing evi-
dence or an aspirational com-
ponent" or long term goals for
thecountry. However, Mr
Comito said that the City of
Nassau Revitalisation Act -
which offers numerous eco-
nomic incentives in the form
of tax breaks and cuts for
those investing in the City of
Nassau is such a component.
"My personal view is that
this has set the foundation for
what will perhaps end up
becoming the second largest
private sector investment in
the country as we look now
over a generation, except for
(Atlantis)," he added.
Noting that there is a "direct
correlation" between how
much the Bahamas advertis-
es itself and tourism numbers,
Mr Comito added that while
the overall amount budgeted
to tourism this year is down
on the last, the amount going
towards advertising and pro-
motion directly, and at the
start of the year, has been
However, several other pan-
elists complained that the bud-
get did not reflect any com-
mitment by the government
to diversifying the economy
away from its dependence on
the dominant tourism sector.

Stabbing victim
has surgery

A man, stabbed on Wulff
Road in the early hours of
Thursday morning, had to be
rushed to hospital to undergo
emergency surgery.
Livingston Johnson suffered
his wounds near the Bamboo
Shack and was said to be in a
semi-conscious state as he was
taken to hospital.
Police investigations are


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'Budget suggests govt is not

serious about tackling crime'

Tribune Staff Reporter
CRIME is the most significant problem
facing the country but the numbers in the
budget suggest that the government is not
"serious" about dealing with it, Colina
Imperial president Lynden Nairn told a
town meeting on the 07/08 budget.
He said that the fact that there is not a
considerable increase in the amount allo-
cated towards crime-fighting, the courts
and the Attorney General's office, sug-
gests that the government is maintaining
the "status quo".
"What is very troubling is to take a look
at how the budget addresses really the
crime problem that we have. When you

RETRIEVED: Officers display the
confiscated goods.

OFFICERS from the
Carmichael Road police sta-
tion yesterday unveiled elec-
tronic items, jewellery and car
accessories which have been
confiscated following a num-
ber of burglaries.
Among the items were a 42-
inch black LG flat screen tele-
vision, a 16-inch iMac com-
puter, a host of desktop com-
puters, DVD players, ampli-
fiers and sub-woofers.
The items are together esti-
mated to be worth nearly
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Superintendent Wayne
Miller credited the hard work
of his team and the co-opera-
ti0hofthe public-for the cdon-
So far for the year, the
Carmichael Road Police Sta-
tion has received more than
200 reports of break-ins in the
Chief Inspector Kendal
Strachan said that three peo-
ple have appeared before the
courts in connection with the
confiscated goods, and seven
others are in custody and
assisting police with their

look at all the elements in the budget that
would bear on the crime problem ... the
Supreme Court the Attorney General's
office, the police et cetera, and look at the
allocations to all of those areas, what one
sees is that there is a projected increase of
about three per cent," said Mr Nairn.
"There is no real change."
Mr Nairn, a chartered accountant, was
speaking at the town meeting held at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, along with five
other non-governmental commentators;
including Bahamas Real Estate Association
president William Wong.
They were called together to give a
"non-partisan" assessment of this year's
While the insurance company boss
approved of the budget for many reasons,

THE POLICE STATION on Carmichael Road held a press conference
yesterday to show the amount of stolen goods retrieved.

including its commitment to lowering the
tax burden on lower-income families, he
was critical of what he suggested was its
lacklustre commitment to addressing the
crime situation.
Mr Nairn said he believes the crime
problem is "very, very serious" and the
legal system "dysfunctional", adding: "I
do not understand how it is that we do not
stop everything we're doing and address
this problem, I see nothing that is more
significant than this."
William Wong, president of the
Bahamas Real Estate Association, also
spoke passionately on the crime level and
its negative effect on investors.
He said that in his opinion "our country
is broken" and in need of fixing a fact
which he claimed is driving away investors

or stopping those who have already invest-
ed from fully participating in the Bahami-
an economy and society.
"We're talking about the budget, yes,
but we need to get this country fixed
because we have these investors who are
afraid, who want to move out.
"When you read the headlines in news-
papers about rapes, murders, these gangs
and our legal system in total chaos, some-
thing has to be done," said Mr Wong.
He added: "We can sell all the houses we
like but people aren't staying here, they're
afraid, they're afraid to leave their houses.
The government needs to address these
issues and address it now."

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Office of the Prime Minister
with responsibility for broad-

casting, moved to second the
budget, the electricity in the gov-
ernment building faltered.
Business in the upper cham-
ber was initially suspended for
15 minutes as technical person-
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However, the electricity
remained off for nearly an hour.

Power was restored around
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ing has a generator, it was out of
diesel at the time of the outage.
The electricity of the adjacent
House of Assembly and Magis-
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Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
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Public unhappy with judge's ruling

DAILY the public is becoming more con-
cerned about the number of persons being
released on bail for serious crimes.
The concern is that many of these accused
roaming our streets, continue to commit
crimes while awaiting trial for an earlier
Former police prosecutor Keith Bell, who
recently resigned from the force, disclosed
at a recent panel discussion at the College of
the Bahamas that "one third of accused mur-
derers are out on bail, including those accused
of up to 10 murders."
On Thursday the Court of Appeal ruled
that a Supreme Court judge took into account
"irrelevant considerations" when he decided
that an alleged confession of an accused in the
sex murder of a 9-year-old boy last year was
The judge hearing the case held a voir
dire --that is a hearing without the jury to
determine if the "confession" would be
admitted. At the end of the hearing the judge
ruled that the "confession was untrue and
inadmissible." When the jury returned to the
court room, the judge directed them to acquit
the accused. His acquittal decision was hand-
ed down before any evidence in the case was
heard. -
The matter should have ended there,
because on tV i4 ;nd committed of a crime,
the accusecan tat be 'tried again for the
same crime. In this case murder.
But the Attorney General was not satis-
fied. Alarmed by the ruling, the Attorney
General's office took the matter to the Court
of Appeal for a second opinion.
The question asked by the Attorney Gen-
"Whether in a trial on indictment a judge
charged with .the determination of the admis-
sibility of an alleged confession statement
was correct in law to take into consideration
the truthfulness of the statement, the motive
of the accused in giving the statement, the
consistency of the complaint, the forensic
evidence, the likely propensity of the accused
to commit the offence for which he has been
charged, evidence not relevant to the issue of
The obvious answer, even to a layman,
was: No.
In a 17-page judgment the Court of
Appeal found that the matters that the low-
er court judge took into consideration to
arrive at the conclusion that the statement of

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the accused could not be used against him
and therefore, he had no case to answer, was
The niceties of the law have now been
settled, but this is of no interest to the public.
All the public wants to know is was the man
guilty or wasn't he. With his confession gone,
did the prosecution have any other evidence
that the court should have considered?
Thanks to the first judge's ruling we shall
never know.
"The horse has already bolted out of the
gate," said Appeal Court Justice Emmanuel
Osadebay, "and there is not much that can
be done."
We sympathise with the position of the
Court of Appeal and the Attorney General,
but it is cold comfort to a concerned public.
The public is becoming more and more
concerned by certain lower court judges
whose policy seems to be to release an
accused on bail, regardless of his rap sheet
and seemingly ignoring the fact that he is
already on bail for other offences.
At the Chamber of Commerce's annual
crime seminar last year, Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall explained that it was the duty of
a judge "to do justice according to the law."
And the law is that an accused person must
have his case heard in a "reasonable time."
But what is a reasonable time? The Privy
Council ruled that a person held on death
row for five years or more could not be
hanged. His sentence would have to be com-
muted to life imprisonment.
And so five years was the presumed yard-
stick for measuring the time that an accused
could be held without a trial. If an accused
had not been brought to trial before that
time, he was to be released on bail pending
trial. But this is not happening. Persons are
now being let out on bail having been held for
less than a year.
Like former Cabinet minister Leslie Miller
who cannot get closure on the murder of his
son after six years and all, but one, of the
accused in that case are out on bail we
would like to know what is happening to the
person accused of the murder of one of our
staff members. Her throat was slit in broad
daylight in front of witnesses. The accused
spent a short 14 months in prison awaiting tri-
al. He was then released on bail.
No, gentlemen of the Bench, no matter
how this cat is skinned and no matter the
explanations, the public is not happy.

The Bahamas

will never be


in food

EDITOR, The Tribune.
A NUMBER of events over
the past few weeks has
prompted this and I do hope
you have space for publica-
The Minister for Agricul-
ture. and Marine Resources
recently suggested that the
Bahamian people should
embark upon a programme
for the production of rice in
The Bahamas.
This produced a response in
the form of a letter from Mr A
Loftus Roker, a former Mem-
ber of Parliament and Minis-
ter in the late Sir L 0 Pindling
administration, wherein Mr
Roker was critical of the Min-
ister's admonition to produce.
The more than remotely
ironical feature of this is that
for the first time in my life, I
find myself agreeing with Mr
You, too, madam Editor
lent some very sound and
informed input to the subject
in your editorial in the May
23, 2008 edition of The Tri-
We Bahamians should
remember that the then PLP
Government in its halcyon
days of the late 70's and early
80's consistently, through the
Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries, proclaimed "self suf-
ficiency" in food by (year).
This was their constant cry
until it was finally pointed out
to the Government and the
public that these notions were
nothing more than illusions
and pipe dreams.
The public was being mis-
led by people who should
have known better and have
been more sensitive to those
whose trust they enjoyed.
They knew that climatic and
geographic conditions in The
Bahamas made their proposi-
tion a nonsense.
Even the United States of
America with its unique geog-
raphy having land mass that
includes almost every global
climatic region at least
those that permit agriculture
production of some kind at
some time or another in each
calendar year cannot be
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to produce every type of food
at all times.
The slogan was later modi-
fied to convey a message that
we should be self sufficient in
so far as we could noble
gesture but hardly practical
given economics of scale.
A farmer growing two acres
of tomatoes in Nassau is
unable to compete in market
price with one growing 1000
acres in, say, Florida and the
scale is only one aspect to be
taken into account. We must
consider the cost of seeds, fer-
tilizers, pesticides, insecticides,
all more expensive here than
in Florida, and, in the case of
fertilizer, due to the poor qual-
ity of our soil, greater quanti-
ties to produce a crop equal
in quality and quantity of pro-
duction per acre to that of
Many of your readers will, I
am sure, remember when
growing up on islands such as
Long Island, Exuma, Cat
Island, Crooked Island and
Acklins that grits played a
very prominent role in the
everyday diet of the people.
What we call "native" corn is
one of the easiest crops to
grow in The Bahamas.
Its hardy as a plant and rel-
atively resistant to insects and
pests with relatively good yield
per acre.
It does not require very
much water or fertilizer.
It tastes, in my view, much
better than rice and is better
for your health not so much
More than one crop can be
grown a year on most islands
at least in the Central and
Southeast Bahamas.
I am not a farmer, never
was, but having been raised in
a farming family do have
some, limited, knowledge of
the subject and when coupled
with some common sense
enables me with some author-
ity to say:
1) We as a country will nev-
er be self sufficient in food -
so don't tell the public so.
2) For many years with the
passing of each farmer there
has been no replacement and
the group has dwindled to a
very small number.
3) Our young people refuse
to get involved in an industry
that requires so much sweat
and is so uncertain and risky
(farming has been likened to a
poker or blackjack game).
4) Even the crops that we
do produce are too often more
expensive and lower quality

than imports (sad to say) but
this is not to say that top qual-
ity crops are not and cannot
be grown here.
5) It is preposterous to think
that rice can be grown in any
commercial quantity and qual-
ity, if at all, in our country.
Water to drink, cook and
bathe is scarce much less to
farm rice. And please do not
try to tell the people any dif-
ferent it is not honest to
say so it's untrue.
6) Unlike fishing, in which
case the harvest lies in the sea
for the taking, crops must be
produced and production, in
addition to being risky, is very
expensive and while returns
can be meaningful at times
more often they are disap-
7) It is true that garden
crops can yield much pride,
joy, satisfaction and tasty veg-
etables and fruits but these
require a degree of dedication
and an amount of time that
not many of us are prepared
to devote or to give.
8) Successive governments
in the Bahamas have paid lit-
tle more than lip service to
Agriculture (Fisheries fairs a
little better); witness the small
budget allocations each year;
check the packing houses
(considered of dubious value
to the industry).
9) Grits is just as popular
(or would be if available) as
rice in The Bahamas and is
one of the easiest and most
resourceful crops to grow. We
should encourage the possi-
ble not the pipe dreams.
June 3, 2008.
(On May 23 we wrote an
editorial under the heading:
"Bahamians can feed them-
selves" in which we recalled
the successful farming of
tomatoes, both for local and
foreign consumption, by the
late Mr Alex (AC) Knowles,
father of Mr James F
Knowles. In referring to Mr
Knowles, Sr., we included
what we believed to be his
nickname Alex "Turkey"
Knowles. Mr James Knowles,
his son, informs us that "none
of his children ever knew him
to be called by the nickname
'turkey' or by any other nick-
name and a check with my 90-
year-old uncle who is the
brother of my mother and
who was very close to my
father knows nothing of such
nickname." If the family
knows no such nickname, then
obviously no such nickname
existed, and we have made a
mistake for which we apolo-
gise. Ed).



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Rotarians and
The Tribune
essay contest
STUDENTS from Nassau
and Eleuthera placed first in
this year's "Rotary 4 Way Test
Essay Contest" organised and
sponsored by the Rotary Club
of East Nassau and The Tri-
All students ages 10 to 17
were eligible to enter. Each par-
ticipant wrote an essay on
"What the Rotary 4 Way Test
means to me."
Essays were judged on the
basis of content, originality, and
The first place winner in the
10 to 13 age category was
Andre Delaney of Queen's Col-
lege, Nassau.
The first place winner in the
14 to 16 age category was Whit-
ney Kathleen Williams of Cen-
tral Eleuthera High School,
Hatchet Bay.
Both winners received a
check presented at their weekly
assembly and will also be invit-
ed to be a guest of the Rotary
Club of East Nassau for lunch
along with their parents.
The Rotary 4-Way Test is
one of the most widely printed
and quoted statements of busi-
ness ethics in the world. It was
created by Rotarian Herbert J
Taylor in 1932.
The Rotary Club of East Nas-
sau (RCEN) was chartered on
May 6, 1963 to promote high
ethical standards in' business
and "service above self."

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Fred Mitchell calls for boycott

of Ingraham in New York

Bahamians in New York should boy-
cott any meetings with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham while he is there,
according to Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell.
Mr Ingraham will be in.New York as
head of CARICOM in high level talks
on the future of the Caribbean. .
The conference was called to follow up
on the decisions taken by the CARI-

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell
yesterday called on Foreign
Affairs Minister Brent Symon-
ette to visit the passport office
and to make some desperately
needed changes to the issuance
The former Minister of For-
eign Affairs visited the passport
issue office on Thompson
Boulevard to talk to families
who had been waiting outside
the office since 5am that morn-
ing to register for their new E-
They were given ticket num-
bers at 8am, and then told to
wait for their number to be
called after their documents are
When he arrived at the pass-
port office at. 10.30am yester-
day, Mr Mitchell also met non-
Bahamians waiting identifica-
tion certificates, for which num-
.bers are distributed at 12pm.
Mr Mitchell said 40 tickets are
issued for passport applications
and 40 tickets for identification
certificates each day.
However, he said that he

COM heads of government in their
meeting last year with President Bush
in Washington.
Mr Mitchell said in a statement issued
yesterday afternoon: "The irony of this
meeting for Mr Ingraham is that it is
designed to reach out to the CARICOM
Diaspora in the United States, yet Mr
Ingraham heads a government that deliv-

ered a body blow to the Bahamian Dias-
pora when it refused to support the
financing of the Bahamian heritage
building in Harlem."
He said that Mr Ingraham himself dis-
missed the notion in the House of
Assembly "when he said he did not have
money to waste on foolishness".
Mr Mitchell went on to claim that

MP demands changes

to end issuance delays

believes there are only seven E-
passports actually processed
each day, creating a tremendous
backlog and an eight-week wait-
ing period for E-passports to be
issued. Mr Mitchell said: "Evefy
summer there is a rush of peo-
ple, but this is made worse by
the fact that each person is now
required to physically come to
the office to give a fingerprint
and be interviewed.
"All of that slows down the
He spoke to the crowd of over
80 people waiting outside the
office yesterday.
A mother, who had been
there since Sam with her two
young children, told Mr Mitchell
she had to spend the day there
in order to take her family to
Florida in August.
"I want a passport, so this is
the sacrifice I am going to
make," she said.
Bahamian passports must be

updated to the computer-read-
able E-passport by 2010, and all
expired passports are renewed
in the new format.
However, the lack of suffi-
cient staff and equipment led
Mr Mitchell to suggest yester-,
day that expired passports
should be renewed for a short-
term period, and updated to the
E-passport after the busy sum-
mer holidays.
He also suggested using a
booking system to manage the
queue and as a way of informing
people how long their wait will
be. "Part of the issue is the
approach to public service," Mr
Mitchell said. "People are frus-
trated, understandably, so they
need to take a more sensitive
approach. "It would'be good for
the current Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette to
come down and have a walk
through and see whether or not
he can make it better."

Brent Symonette, the government's Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs, recently con-
firmed that the FNM will not support
Bahamian student associations abroad
with subventions to assist in the promo-
tion of Bahamian Cultural Week at the
campuses of the University of the West


FORMER MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, PLP MP Fred Mitchell, speaks with
people waiting at the passport office on Thompson. Boulevard.

Solomon's Mines staff claim they did not receive pay cheque again
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Tribune Staff Reporter ping seven of its stores, is paid when four of its:Bay Street three months ago, but it has -F 3N V
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for the employees who claim
to have been hit by one blow
after another since the com-
pany was bought five years
A former employee who
lost her job when Solomon's

respect for the staff shown by
management in terms of the
inconvenience or frustrating
positions they have put the
staff in. This is not the first
time it has happened, and
probably won't be the last."
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Bell's comments on crime 'unfortunate'

Attorney General Claire Hepburn hits back after

scathing attack by former police superintendent

Tribune Staff Reporter
SCATHING comments by
former police superintendent
and lawyer Keith Bell on
crime and the state of the judi-
ciary were "unfortunate",
Attorney General Claire Hep-
burn said yesterday.
Recent comments by some
persons who have been
involved in the criminal jus-
tide system would give the
appearance that 'things are
falling apart and the centre
cannot hold' to quote the well

known African author Chi-
nawa Achbe," said the sena-
tor, who led the debate of the
2008/2009 Budget in the Sen-
"These 'Chicken Little' type
remarks are unfortunate
because, while valuable obser-
vations were made about the
values of some segments of
our society and its apparent
glorification (of a convicted
drug dealer) as a hero . .
those remarks became over-
shadowed by the references to
the criminal justice system".
Senator Hepburn was refer-
ring to comments Mr Bell
made during a panel discus-
sion at the College of the

Bahamas on "The Sanctity of
Life: Socio-Legal Responses
to Misadventures and Unlaw-
ful Killings in The Bahamas."
The senator acknowledged
that the legal system faces
"challenges" but said the gov-
ernment will "continue to
move systematically to address
these issues".
Said Mr Bell, in part: "One
third of accused murderers are
out on bail, including those
accused of up to 10 murders.
The statistics and reports are
all there. We know what is
happening. The only question
is who is going to be next.
"I can go out on the street
right now and buy machine





On the sixth June 2008, I took the
Veterinarian's oath at the oath-
taking ceremony for the 2008
graduating class of the School of
Veterinary Medicine%, University
of the West Indies, St. Augustine,
Trinidad and became entitled to the-
professional qualification of a doctor
of veterinary medicine.

This completed a long and challenging journey and the realization of a lifelong

It is my humble pleasure to publicly remember and say thank you to the many persons
and institutions which have helped me through many physical and educational
difficulties to this proud day.

In thanksgiving to God, I now dedicate this my' life that has been so preciously nurtured
by so many to the healing of and caring for all God's creatures great and small. To my
dad, Algernon Allen Sr., Who provided me love,

Strength and sustenance at all stages of my life, I say a heartfelt thanks. My
achievement is the greatest father's day gift that I can give and that he desires. I and
how can I thank my mom, Senior Justice Anita Allen, who not only gave me life, but
gave me love, support and encouragement, dedicating her life to my well-being and
the realization of my dream to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.

I pay tribute to her indomitable will. She never ever despaired, no matter how difficult
the problem we faced. She always believed in me, she believed I could accomplish
My goal.

In my pain, my tears and my disappointments, my mom was my balm and comfort. In
my successes and achievements, she is my greatest cheerleader and I give her the

To my brother and best friend Al Jr., And sisters, Allya, Amil and Phylicia, my aunts and
uncles, particularly Pauline Allen-Dean, Beryl Dillett and Stephanie Dean, my cousins
and friends, I say thanks for your love and support through all of these many years.

I also remember with love, my paternal grandmother Jestina Allen, now deceased,
who cared for me during my Infancy and continuously prayed for me through the many
rough days.

To all of the following persons who treated and cared for me through my health and
physical challenges, I remember and say thanks: Dr. E Achara, Dr. Da Vid Sands,
Dr. Patrick Roberts, Dr. Julie Wershing, the smile maker, Dr. Ralph Millard ( Plastic
Surgeon), the Pediatric cardiology department of Jackson memorial hospital, dr.
:Winston Campbell, dr. Robin Roberts, Dr Robin Nemery (Pediatric Endocrinologist),
Dr. Barry Russell, Dr. Kendal Major and Dr. Sparkman Ferguson.

To those who guided me through my educational journey, I say a profound thank you:
in particular, Ms. Gail Wisdom, (Academia), Mrs. Shawn Turnquest and Ms. Carol Fox,
Mrs. Linda Virgill and Ms. Andrea Gibson (Speech Therapists), Dr. Deborah L. Levy
( Development Resource Center, Hollywood, Florida), staff of St Andrews School,
particularly, Ms. Lesley Sands, Ms. Cathy Roach, Ms. Siddons, Ms. Judy Reiach, Mr.
Frank Coyle. Ms. Lanvin. Ms. Cole, Ms. Julie Arthur, the staff of Pickering College
(Ontario), Carleton University (Ottawa). Ms. Legell, Administrator of the Joyce, Innis
Gibson Hall (UWI), professors, clinicians, administrative, staff and the class of 2008 of
the School of Veterinary Medicine, UWI (St Augustine).

To those who otherwise assisted me, and positively impacted my life and to whom I
owe a debt of gratitude, I remember and say thanks to: my guardians and confidantes
while at pickering college, mark (now deceased) and his wife Tricia Irwin, my guardian
Ms. Judy Rodrigues and her family (Ottawa), Dr. Godfrey Springer, Dr. Basil Sands, Dr.
Peter Bizelle, Dr.Mark Butler. Dr. Brigette Johnson, Dr. Kwesi Smith and Dr. Win'ston
Davis and last but no means least, i thar ': the sassoon heart foundation and the march
of dimes foundation, Miami Florida.

guns, ammo and bullet proof
vests. In fact, more than half of
our murders and two thirds of- ., -
armed robberies and injuries
are committed with firearms." -
Mr Bell, who spent 23 years .
in the police force and headed ,
the police prosecutions depart-
ment before retiring last
month, told the crowd com-
prehensive legal reform is
"There are 100,000 matters
before the courts, including
11,000 criminal cases and
48,000 traffic cases. That's
about a third of the total pop-
ulation before the courts, and
it is getting worse and worse,"
he said. HITTING BACK: Claire L Hepburn.

Lucaya International School graduates

receive diplomas at special ceremony

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Sixteen grad-
uates of Lucaya International
School received their Interna-
tional Baccalaureate (IB) diplo-
mas during the school's gradu-
ation ceremony held at the Our
Lucaya Resort.
Samantha Dickie was the
most outstanding student and
was chosen as valedictorian of
her class.
She delivered a speech to her
class on the significant role the
island of Grand Bahama played
in her high school career.
Miss Dickie has been accept-
ed to the prestigious McGill
University in Montreal, Canada.
Her consistent hard work has
enabled her to jump start her
university career as she will
receive a year's credit because
of her IB studies, which will
place her in the second year of
the pre-medical programme;
LIS director Mark Gifford com-

mended the students for suc-
cessfully completing their third
year of the IB programme at
This is the school's seventh
"Our current valedictorian is
a great example of the benefits
gained from the IB diploma
programme, in that students
earn college credits even while
they are still living on the island,
gaining that extra year of matu-
rity and experience," said Ray
Lee, head of LIS High School.
"In a class of high achievers
Samantha's (Dickie) achieve-
ments st-and out. She has
excelled in every academic area
as well as being a thoroughly
rounded and fun-loving stu-
dent," said Mr Gifford.
Awards were given to top
achievers in the individual sub-
ject areas including mathemat-
ics, English, geography, physics,
chemistry, biology and Spanish.
According to school officials,
the senior class leaves behind
an impressive legacy as one of
the strongest graduating classes.

Many have already received
offers from .well-known univer-
sities around the world.
Earlier in the year, the school
broke ground on an Interna-
tional Baccalaureate Study Cen-
tre, a 5,700-square foot build-
LIS is the only school in
Grand Bahama to offer the IB
diploma programme, which is
also taught at Lyford Cay and
St Andrews school in Nassau.
Mr Gifford said the school is
actively seeking students for its
high school, especially the IB
diploma programme.
Lucaya International School
began in 1994 in a one-building
Some 248 students are cur-
rently enrolled at the school,
which employs 28 teachers and
has an over 50 per cent Bahami-
an student body.
LIS offers the International
Baccalaureate Primary Years
and diploma programmes to
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Union problems continue as

efforts to hold meeting fail

Despite efforts by more than half of the
Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union's
executive team to hold a council meeting
yesterday, no meeting took place.
The concerned executive council mem-
bers want to resolve issues plaguing the
union and have a court order enforced.
The fact that no meeting took place
means that the non-payment of 70 union
employees, utility bills and all other union
related costs will continue.
A court order issued on May 22 by judge
Neville Adderley clarified that the secretary
general, treasurer and a trustee are to sign
all union cheques.
However the secretary general and trea-
surer are reportedly signing cheques but
the trustee has refused. According to their

attorney Keod Smith, this is because there
were a number of people who were on the
employee list they had to sign to be paid
that they were unaware of working for the
Yesterday, Kirk Wilson, first vice presi-
dent of the union who is on one side of the
dispute, while the president and secretary
general are on the other claimed that a
deadbolt was found on the door of the con-
ference room where the meeting was set
to take place.
This latest development suggests that the
union may have to wait for the outcome of
a contempt of court action taken against
the union's president, secretary-general,
and treasurer, before the union's business
can get moving again.

Union trustees Kayla Bodie and Ian
Neely filed the contempt of court motion
against the president Roy Colebrooke, sec-
retary general Leo Douglas and financial
controller Sandra Ferguson last week seek-
ing that they either be fined or imprisoned
for allegedly violating Judge Adderley's
May 22 court order.
Infighting between the two executive fac-
tions is rooted in allegations brought against
Messrs Colebrook, Douglas and McKen-
zie by the other members of the executive
council alleging misappropriation of union
The Tribune left messages for both Mr
Colebrook and Mr Douglas yesterday seek-
ing comment but calls were not returned up
to press time.

West End Primary staff enjoy

teachers' appreciation gift

Bahama In honour of
Teachers' Appreciation, Ginn
Resorts treated 10 staff mem-
bers from the West End Pri-
mary School to a fun-filled
weekend at the Ginn Reunion
Resort near Orlando, Florida.
The 10 staff members who
were treated to the four-day
excursion included Natasha
Bridgewater-Lockhart, K-3
teacher; Deidra Stewart,
teacher's aid K-4; Andrea
Roberts, grade one; Donnalee
Wildgoose, grade two; Angela
Simms, grade three; Navidia
Mills, grade four; Analita
Swann, grade five; Ramona
Symonette, grade six; George
Rolle, security, and janitress
Ida Rolle.
This is the second year that
Ginn Resorts has hosted West
End Primary School staff
members at Ginn Reunion
Resort. The 2,300-acre luxu-
ry resort, located minutes
down the road from Walt Dis-
ney World, has a water park
and swim pavilion, a state-of-

STAFF members of the West End Primary School enjoy a weekend stay
at Ginn Reunion Resort near Orlando, Florida.

the-art fitness centre, a full-
service spa, fine dining and
casual cuisine, kids pro-
grammes, lighted tennis courts
and three championship golf
courses designed by Arnold
Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and
Tom Watson. Accommoda-
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three-bedroom villas and lux-
ury homes.
"Everyone commented on
the breathtaking, uniformed
landscaping and the quiet and
exclusive ambiance," said Mrs

Bridgewater-Lockhart, a K-3
teacher and Teachers' Appre-
ciation committee chairman.
"The bedrooms were cozy
with exquisite furnishings, and
the staff was very courteous,
helpful and welcoming. Every-
thing was phenomenal."
Ginn sur Mer is a 2,000-acre
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the new general manager
at the Broadcasting Cor-
poration of the Bahamas.
Mr Lightbourne, a for-
mer journalist, has previ-
ously served as general
manager of ZNS and will
replace Anthony Foster,
who is retiring from that
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THE winners of the first National Coastal Awareness Com-
mittee Photo Essay Competition were honoured in a special
awards ceremony held yesterday at the Bahamas National Trust
Retreat yesterday.
The overall winner, 12-year-old Bianca Wagner of the Tam-
bearly School received round-trip tickets for two to London
donated by British Airways, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism.
For the competition, students throughout the Bahamas were
invited to enter the National Coastal Awareness Committees
Photo Essay Competition that focuses on the theme "Each of Us
Can Make A Difference."
This is the first time the National Coastal Awareness Com-
mittee of the Bahamas a group of stakeholders from the private
and public sectors with an interest in promoting the sustainable
development of the Bahamas has held a photo essay competition
and organizers encouraged students to learn more about the
importance of preserving the country's coasts and to share what
they have learned.
"Nature is filled with wonderful images that can inspire, provoke
thought and start discussion" said Charlene Carey, co-chair of the
competition and office manager and environmental educator at the
Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF).
"Our first photo essay competition is designed to promote an
appreciation for the coastal environment on which we depend,"
she said.
Students had to submit a single image or a grouping of up to
three images and accompanying text of no more than 250 words
based on one of the three themes along with an entry form.
In the age category 8-11 years, nine-year-old Kristina Curry of
the Lower Deadman's Cay Primary School, Long Island, won
first place. She won a waterproof digital camera.
Second place went to 10-year-old Shanthe McHardy, also of the
Lower Deadman's Cay Primary School.
Huiotes Duncanson, 11, of Temple Christian Schools placed
In the age category 12-13 years, first place went to 12-year-old
Abel Verghese Abraham of St Paul's Methodist College, Grand
He won the opportunity to participate in the 9th Wider
Caribbean Environmental Youth Eco-Camp in the US Virgin
Islands from July 7-12, sponsored by the Bahamas Hotel Associ-
Second place went to Michael Holowesko, 13, of the Tam-
bearly School, and third place went to Bianca Wagner, 12, of the
Tambearly School.
In the age category 14-15 years, first place went to Bronson
Roberts, 14, of the Forest Heights Academy, Abaco.
He also won the opportunity to participate the 9th Wider
Caribbean Environmental Youth Eco-Camp in the US Virgin
Karen Curry, 15, of the Agape Christian School, Abaco, placed
second, while third place was shared by Stephanie Sweeting, 15,
of the Forest Heights Academy, Abaco, and Keisha Sands, 15, of
the Spanish Wells All-Age-School.
In the age category 16-17 years, first place went to 16-year-old
Zinnia Miller of the Forest Heights Academy, Abaco.
She won the opportunity to participate the 9th Wider Caribbean
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Bamell T Gray, 16, of Government High School, came second,
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WITH the slow-down in the global econ-
omy and fuel prices on a steady rise, tourism
officials have warned that the success of
the Bahamian tourist product this summer
rests with the quality of service provided
by the industry's employees.
Earlier this month, Tourism Minister Neko
Grant told graduates of the Bahamahost
training programme that while people will
still take vacations to the Bahamas, they

are more likely to travel to destinations
closer to home.
According to straw vendors and hotel
employees on the Cable Beach strip this
prediction has held true so far for this year's
vacation season.
With only two months left in what has
usually been a lucrative time for the indus-
try, many question whether things will take
a turn for the better.


.T and PHOTOS:



Illegal foreigners

are invading the

Cable Beach

straw market

LLEGAL foreigners are
.invading the Cable
Beach straw market, Turkessa
Adderley told The Tribune.
She has been operating a
small stall and selling hand-
made straw products for five
Ms Adderley, who operates
from a stall right next to a
Jamaican, said: "The law is the
law. They are not allowed to
work here. I don't grade no-
"The things they settle for,
we won't settle for," she
"All of them trying to have
babies so they could get
Bahamian citizenship."'
She believes that the gov- .
ernment needs to take similar .
action as they did earlier this
month at the Straw Market -4".
downtown, by raiding the .
straw market in Cable Beach
for illegal nationals. .t ,


r The Tribune 81
will be publishing its annual

supplement in August/September. In preparation for the supplement, which will
feature all graduating seniors who will be attending university/college, whether
locally or abroad, we invite all parents, guardians and graduating seniors to submit
a profile on the graduate, along with a photograph and contact information.

Name of student
High School you are graduating from
Name of parents
Alist of exams already taken and the results eg Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC)
exams and Pitman exams
A list of exams expected to be taken Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) exams
The college/university they expect to attend eg College of the Bahamas, Harvard
University, University of Miami
Name of degree expected to be sought eg Bachelors degree in English, Bachelors
degree in biology
What career they expect to enter once their education is completed a doctor, Math
teacher, engineer
All extracurricular activities club memberships, team sports/track and field, church
A list of honours/awards/recognition stuJent has received
Please include your telephone/contact information and also note that photos will not be
returned. Forward all information to Lisa Lawlor, Tribune Junior Reporter at e-mail -
lisalawlor@gmail.com or features@tribunemedia.net -please note 'Back To School' in
the subject line. The information may also be hand delivered or mailed to:

Back To School
The Tribune
Shirley and Deveaux Streets
P O Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas.


The buzz has disappeared


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K EITH Sherman, main doorman at the Wyndham Crystal
Palace Resorts and Casinos, said that the summer season
has not proven lucrative for hoteliers in the recent months.
"This time last year was buzzing for us, but right now few people
checking in," he explained.
Higher management at the Wyndham, he said, has also felt the
consequences of slow business.
He said that staff members at the hotel are only working four
days a week.
According to Mr Sherman, earlier this year, when Harrah's
Entertainment terminated their joint venture arrangements for
the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project, managerial staff at Wyndham
Nassau Resorts offered long-standing employees "package deals",
providing them with lump sums of up to $6,000 to leave the com-
"They were trying to downsize employment, but for me, the
package deals were not sufficient seeing how long I've been work-
ing at this hotel."
Mr Sherman, who has been working at Wyndham for 10 years,
believes that spiking gas prices, and surcharges on airline tickets are
causing tourists who frequent the Bahamas to stay away.


Business is as good

as you make it

A taxi driver since 1949, John Cooper said "business is as
Sg good as you make it."
Mr Cooper explained that taxi drivers should learn to take the ini-
tiative to "market" themselves, and sell their services to guests.
He acknowledged that the normal influx of guests has decreased
this year.
However, he said this should spur taxi drivers on to be more
"Taxi drivers are complaining about the lack of guests, but they
need to take in the term 'survival of the fittest', and be more com-
petitive to get customers," he said.


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A trend of tourists staying only for weekend trips,
rather than taking week-long vacations, has been
noticed by Venilda Dean, tour agent at Majestic Tours in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort.
"Right now things are slow. Tourists are not travelling
because of the US economy.
"We'll be sitting here and can hardly make a dollar some
days," she said.
"Around this time last year, this hotel had many guests," she
said, attributing the lull in business to bad experiences some
tourists have during their stay.
She believes that the success of Bahamian tourism over the
years is affected in good ways and bad through word-of-mouth.
She said that many of her foreign clients complain about
there not being a exciting nightlife downtown.
T-."-They complain about the lack of things to do, and how
,the stores don't stay open late in the evenings."
Mrs Dean, who markets day excursions to the Family Islands,
powerboat trips, dinner cruises, and other excursions, explained
that the most popular offer tourists are currently booking are
trips to Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island.
She has been a tour agent for 19 years, and says that if busi-
ness continues at its current rate, she will consider finding
another career.

mere $100 a

T HE straw market adja-
cent to the Nassau
Beach Hotel has tampered
with the success of vendors at
the market opposite the Sher-
aton, Georgina Pennerman
told The Tribune.
Mrs Pennerman, who is a
former taxi driver, said that her
earnings are no where near to
what she made three years ago.


"I don't know what is the
cause of the lull in tourism
business," she said.
"Recently I have been hav-
'ing problems earning a mere
$100 at the end of the week."

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swing, chefs ha\e been in high .
demand to provide their ser ices
for commencement programmes. 4
prom celebrations and banquets. .
she said .
iMs Persuad explained that the
US is the Bahamas' "b-read and but-
ter," noting ho:%e er. that the head
chefs at Cable Beach Resorts ha'e .
advised her and colleagues to '
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brought to tears

FROM page one
advances to her. She admitted that she never saw
M) Miller sexually harass anyone nor display any
slicknesss" towards female employees.
Ms Hamilton told the court that she worked at
th' Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas
from 1992 to 2006. She said Mr Miller joined the
corporation as deputy general manager in charge
of hews and sales in 2001. She told the court that
when Mr Miller became her boss he increased her
salary upon realising that it was significantly less
than the salary of those she was supervising. Ms
HElmilton said that Mr Miller never told her that
he iwas increasing her salary.
',He never asked me for anything, just to work
hard and make a name for myself," she said. At
this point Mr Miller began to cry and hung his
head while as his mother who sat on a bench
behind him consoled him.
Ms Hamilton claimed that Mr Miller left ZNS
shortly before she did in 2006. She told the court

that he had asked her to work on a format for
some programmes that he was to present to Turks
and Caicos Premier Michael Misick. Ms Hamilton
claimed that Mr Miller had offered her the post of
executive producer/news director. She claimed
that it was a very good offer. Ms Hamilton also
admitted that Mr Miller had recommended her
for her current position at GINN. She stated that
Mr Miller never asked her for anything in return
nor did he make her feel as though she owed
him anything.
During cross-examination by prosecuting attor-
ney Calvin Seymour, Ms Hamilton claimed that
Mr Miller had told her that he had wanted to
move on from ZNS and was not terminated to her
knowledge. She also admitted that she never saw
a contract between Mr Miller and the govern-
ment of Turks and Caicos.
Mr Miller's lawyer Michael Kemp indicated
yesterday that the defence intends to call its final
witnesses and close its case when the trial resumes
next month. The trial was adjourned to July 16.

Former Minister calls for justice

FROM page one
ITwo other suspects were subsequently also
relieved of the murder charges. One other suspect
was eventually given bail on the murder charge.
This was attributed to the fact that the length of
incarceration before the case being heard was
cruel," he said.
lr Miller pointed out that the last suspect in his
sori's murder was also given bail for the same
reasons, but he was unable to meet the require-
mdnts and was still "languishing in Fox Hill
There has been a trial that ended abruptly
because of a controversy where a witness had
been tampered with and at this point, six years lat-
er, no-one knows when the trial will be placed
back on the Supreme Court docket. '
'This particular case has some peculiar ele-
ments to it in that it has languished in the Attor-
ne' General's Office through the sitting of two

AGs in the former PLP government, and now
one AG in the present FNM government.
"Several appeals to reopen and recharge all
five persons originally apprehended have been
made to the former Commissioner of Police and
the present Acting Commissioner of Police," he
This appeal, he said, had been supported by
"high-ranking police officials" yet still "the agony
of unresolved justice prevails."
"My family's agony is likewise felt by far too
many Bahamian families who are in similar situ-
ations. So on behalf of those families and my
own, I again appeal to the government of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the rele-
vant law enforcement agencies to move post-
haste and with alacrity to bring the agony of far
too many families to a resolved end," he said.
Mario was stabbed to death in his car on Sat-
urday, June 22, 2002. His body was left in a grassy
area near the Super Value store at Winton.
SEE Monday's INSIGHT for more details
about the Miller family's plight.

qhristie slams punch story on gay murders

FROM page one

ire story which appeared on the front page of
tabloid's Thursday edition is "a malicious
icoction of lies and falsehoods, including in
references to my departed mother."
'I absolutely deny that I am in possession of
information that could possibly be helpful
;he police in relation to any murder or other
ninal investigation," he said.
While politicians in general decline to com-
nt on any stories that appear in the tabloid, the
.ner prime minister yesterday sought to set
record straight as it pertains to his. alleged
olvement in a police investigation.
*'The Punch should be ashamed, of itself for
tinuing to manufacture wicked and completely
e stories in order to sell newspapers.
"This kind of muckraking journalism need's

to be roundly condemned and rejected by all
responsible elements of our society," he said.
The statement does not indicate if the former
prime minister will be pursuing any legal action
against the tabloid..
While the Christie family is close to Mrs Bev-
erly Taylor, the mother of murdered handbag
designer Harl Taylor, there has never been any
suggestion of the former prime minister assisting
police in the homicide investigation.
Harl Taylor was found stabbed to death in his
home on November 18,2007.
It is believed that he is one of four victims of a
gay serial killer, who is suspected of also being
responsible for the deaths of COB lecturer Dr
Thaddeus McDonald, AIDS activist Wellington
Adderley and Jamaican national Marvin Wilson.
More than seven months after Mr Taylor's bru-
tal murder, police have yet to solve the crime.

Long legal process causing

death penalty delays

FROM page one
any form of stay or moratorium on the consider-
ation of whether mercy would be extended or
death warrants recommended by the Advisory
Committee on the prerogative of mercy, estab-
lished under article 90 of the Constitution," said
Senator Hepburn as she moved the 2008/2009
budget during the morning session of the Senate
"The simple fact of the matter is that there are
no cases of anybody under sentence of death in
The Bahamas who does not have some form of
judicial appeal or re-sentencing exercise to go
through. The due process requirements of the
law must and will be respected by this govern-
The escalating crime and murder rate coupled

- AG

with a spate of brazen killings has re-ignited the
call for hangings of those convicted of murder.
Last week, family and friends of slain teenager
Khodee Davis staged a pro-capital punishment
march/demonstration urging government to
enforce hangings.
About 600 people took part in the demonstration
and marched about 18 miles.
In April, while attending a Heads of Government
Summit in Trinidad, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said the death penalty would be carried out
once the court determines it.
"Speaking for myself and the Bahamas, we have
a number of appeals pending and should the
Appeals Court determine, that the sentence of
death be carried out, we intend to do so," said Mr

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Federaion plans


AMI-Star weekend

Sports Reporter

THE governing body
for softball in the
Bahamas will celebrate
the country's indepen-
dence by assembling the
top softball talent in the
country for a festive AIl-
Star weekend.
The Bahamas Softball
Federation, in conjunction
with the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture, will observe the
country's 35th Indepen-
dence Anniversary by
hosting a fast-pitch tour-
nament, July 9-12 during
holiday weekend,
The tournament will
take place in Palmetto
Point and Governor's
Harbour, Eleuthera, and
will feature men's and
ladies' teams from the
BSF's affiliated associa-
Over 200 players are
expected to converge on
Eleuthera for the highly
anticipated mid-season
Each organisation will
assemble an all-star team
to represent their associa-
The tournament consists
of a Round Robin-styled
format initially, culminat-
ing in the Page System,
single elimination to
decide the championship.
Roster size for each
team will be 16, inclusive
of manager and coach.
Deadline for registra-
tion of teams is Monday,
June 23.
Burket Dorsett, BSF 1st
vice-president, said
Eleuthera eagerly antici-
pates hosting the tourna-
ment. ,
"Eleuthera is quite
capable of staging this
tournament and the Fed-
eration chose to have it at
this venue for several rea-
sons," he said, "New
Providence and Grand
Bahama have been host-
ing the National Round
Robin for quite some
time, and for another
national tournament of
this relevance, we felt as if
Eleuthera would appreci-
ate an opportunity to do
the same."
Dorsett, who also serves
as tournament organiser,
said with Eletheura's well-
known affinity for softball
and numerous facilities,
the tournament is antici-
pated to be a success.
"Eleuthera is known to
be 'the softball capital of
the Bahamas' and they
have a very vibrant league
with a very supportive
fanbase," he said.
"There are four fields of
play, in James Cistern,
Palmetto Point, Gover-
nor's Harbour and Rock
Sound, so there should be
adequate housing and
fields of play."
Dorsett said the tourna-
ment and the remainder
of the member associa-
tions' seasons will serve as
a measuring stick for
young players seeking
national team selection.
"Hosting an All-Star
tournament is in the
BSF's constitution but in
the interest of our upcom-
ing national teams we will
take a more keen interest
in our young talent this
year," he said.
"Next year begins the
cycle of qualification for
the CAC and Pan Am
games. We are looking at
an abundance of talent in
our 19-25 year olds and
this tournament will be

used to scout many of
these young players that
will facilitate the federa-
tion's national team youth

BLTA set to host junior tennis tournament

Senior Sports Reporter

ONCE again, the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association is
gearing up to host some of
the best junior players around
the world.
It's the seventh annual
International Tennis Federa-
tion's Junior Tournament
that will get started on Sat-
urday at the National Tennis
Centre with the qualifying
The main programme for
the tournament will get
underway on Monday.
Paula Whitfield, a member
of the organising committee,

Over 100 players

may participate

revealed that they have a
draw of over 100 players par-
ticipating from 27 countries.
"We will have two days for
players to qualify for the
remaining spots in the main
draw," Whitfield stated.
"Once we have fulfilled all of
the spots, we expect the main
draw to be very competitive.
"We have a lot of players
entered in the main draw. We
had a ruling from the. ITF,
which had put some restric-

tions on players from Europe
and Asia. We thought it
might have affected the draw,
but we will have a large num-
ber of players entered."
If all of the players do, in
fact, show up, Whitfield said
they should have a very excit-
ing tournament as the fans
can get to see the local play-
ers matched up against play-
ers they only hear about
when they travel to compete

Playing as top seed in the
girls' division is Kerrie
Cartwright, who is pegged at
number 213 on the ITF com-
puter ranking. Grand
Bahamian Kalotina Klonaris,
who is ranked at 565, is listed
as the No 8 seed.
"We have two strong play-
ers in the girls' draw," said
Whitfield, of the two rising
stars, who recently repre-
sented the country at both the
Junior Fed Cup and the Fed
Cup teams.
The top seed for the
Bahamas in the boys' draw
will be Grand Bahamian
Rodney Carey, who is at No
5. He has an ITF ranking of
Jose Emilo Sierra-Short of

Puerto Rico is the top seed
in the boys' draw. He is
ranked at 321.
"We are looking for a great
tournament as usual," Whit-
field projected. "We have a
lot of players coming in town
for the event."
In addition to the main
draw for the boys and girls,
there will also be a 14-and-
under draw for boys and girls.
There are 24 competitors
entered in the boys' division
and eight in the girls.
"We have three countries
represented in the girls' 14
and four countries entered in
the boys," she summed up.
"So they will also get some
CORTEC points for partici-

D-Squad Summer

Cane to start

Senior Sports

OVER the next
month, basketball coach
Harcourt McCoy and a
few instructors will be
teaching the basic funda-
mentals of the game at
the D-Squad Summer
The third version of
the camp will get started
on Monday at 9am at the
D W Davis Gymnasium
and will run through July
19. It will run through
1pm daily.
"We will have another
coach from the primary
schools. Nikkita Taylor
of Claridge Primary will
be added to our instruc-
tors," McCoy stressed.
Along with McCoy and
Taylor, other campers
will be coach Marilyn
Toote of D W Davis and
coach Kenvon Spence
from Doris Johnson.
With the additional
instructor, we expect to
attract at least 75
campers because there
will be sufficient instruc-
tors to work with them.
"With more children,
we will try to do a lot
more things," McCoy
stated. "We expect to
havre Temple Christian's
entire team, we expect
Doris Johnson's entire
team come and we are
trying to get all of the
players who played in the
primary school trourna-
ment to come over."
The camp will be
geared to boys and girls
in the primary, junior and
high school divisions.
Each day. there will be
registration, followed by
devotions. After warm-
ing up, they will go
through the five funda-
mentals skills of drib-
bling, passing, rebound-
ing, shooting and playing
Once they have com-
pleted all of these skills,
McCoy said each group
will be divided so that
they can go through
4 game situations.
"A lot of the campers
don't have the opportu-
nity to play the game, so
we try every day to make
sure that they get some
game time," McCoy
pointed out.
McCoy said they want
to advise the campers
that, when they come
out, they should be aware
that they are not just
coming to play basket-
But he warned them
that they should be pre-
pared to come out and
learn the basics of the
game and they will do so
in a well structured for-

Tribune Staff Reporter

AN exciting competition between the
.country's best snipe sailors proved to be
another close race this year.
A total of ten boats set out from the
Royal Nassau Sailing Club for the Snipe
National Championships in Nassau Har-
bour on Saturday afternoon, and contin-
ued to with four races on Sunday,
High wind made for fast races on Sat-
urday, the first won by Jimmie Lowe and
his crew Chris Sands, with Fernando De
Cardenas and crew Megan Reynolds fol-
lowing closely behind.

Lowe was again the first to cross the final
mark in the second race of the regatta, with
Robert Dunkley and his crew Shaquille
Dean coming in second.
Although the wind had subsided on Sun-
day morning, determined snipe sailors
pushed on, and when thunderstorms broke
over Nassau the wind picked up for after-
noon races.
A triumphant Lowe won the first race of
the day, his wife Lori Lowe won the sec-
ond race with crew Michael Gibson, and
Gavin McKinney and his daughter Sydney
won the first race of the afternoon.
Dunkley came second in all three races,
before winning the final race, followed by
De Cardenas in second.
The finishing place determines the num-
ber of points allotted to each snipe team,
apart from first place, which takes 0.75
Each team then drops one race before
the scores are added.
Lowe, 60, and Chris Sands, 15, a junior
champion sailor, secured first place with
8.25 points overall, and Robert Dunkley
came second with 8.75 points.
Lowe will be presented with the Island
Adventure Trophy at a ceremony later in
the year.



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He has travelled the world to race in
regattas and won the trophy many times
before, as has Dunkley, his main competitor.
Lowe said: "It was really nice that I had a
junior sailing with me because they have a
chance to see what strategy takes place.
"Life was much easier when I got the
three firsts, that took a lot of pressure off.
Had it not been that way, it would have
been a lot closer between Robert and I.
"I would have had to really fight to try to
beat him because he's pretty fast, and he
was my main competition in the regatta."
Dunkley added: "I made some major
technical errors but that is the way it goes,
and Jimmie did extremely well.
"There were a couple of times when we
had an opportunity to get ahead of him and

we didn't capitalise on it."
Father and daughter team Gavin and Syd-
ney McKinney secured third place overall
with 15.75 points, followed by Lori Lowe
in fourth and De Cardenas in fifth.
Shane Deppe and Donico Brown came
sixth, Dylan and John Christie seventh,
Jason Robertson and Matthew Lawrence
came eighth, John Watson Galloway and
Kai Chaplain came ninth, and Tony Wallas,
The Sunfish Nationals take place this
weekend in Nassau Harbour, with com-
petitors from Abaco, Governor's Harbour
and Nassau.
Races will start at the Royal Nassau Sail-
ing Club in East Bay Street on Saturday
and continue on Sunday.

Another nail-biter at this year's

Snipe National Championships

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FREEDOM FARM How to become
SUMMER CAMP and live the life of a

THIS summer's baseball
camp is all set and ready to go
June 30. Over 40 youngsters
have reserved their spots so
far which allows less than 60
spots left open.
The deadline to RSVP was
Wednesday, so coaches still
have youngsters who are inter-
ested. they should come out
on Saturday at 10am. Players
will receive over 35 hours of
advanced baseball instruction,
an opportunity to meet and
learn from Freedom Farm's
current and past university
baseball players and a camp T-
This camp is designed for
players aged 7-12 and will run
from 8.30am-12 noon daily.
Campers will be separated by
age and skill level and rotate
through numerous fundamen-
tal skill stations. There will also
be scrimmage games during
the sessions.
You can expect to work on
while at camp: hitting funda-
mentals, fielding drills, pitch-
ing drills, catching drills,
throwing fundamentals and
instructional scrimmage


A mini-series revisiting Boxing yesterday, today and tomorrow


WHEN it is asked "what will it take for a young
man to become a boxer?" it seems the most com-
mon element in the answer is discipline.

Let me describe for you what the
answer should be through the experi-
ences of some successful boxers from.
the past.
There is hardly anyone familiar with
boxing who would disagree that the late
Sugar Ray Robinson could be consid-
ered, pound-for-pound, the greatest
boxer of all time. He was talented in
just about every aspect of the sport.
He virtually owned the welterweight
and middleweight divisions in profes-
sional boxing throughout the world for
as long as he was an active boxer.
His discipline played a very important
role in making him a great, along with
his natural God-given talents. But there
is more that made him the fighter he
Boxing is an individual sport. Unlike
baseball, where a player may hit a home
run but the team still loses the game, or
in basketball where a player may score
100 points and his team may still lose,
just one punch in a two-person fight can
put a boxer to sleep in less than one
minute, ending the match.
Furthermore, in boxing, a fighter may
win many fights, then lose, and if he
does not have the strength of character
or fortituide to overcome the fans' scorn,
or the confidence and pride to ignore
negative press, his career can be perma-
nently side-tracked.
I read a story a few years ago of a
very tall light-heavyweight boxer, Bob
Foster, who had 30 wins in his division
when he decided to switch to the heavy-
weight division, where he lost six fights
in a row.
Foster then came back with a long
string of victories when he returned to
the light-heavyweight division and won
the world championship.
There are those who believe that, to
become a boxer of greatness, all one has
to do is have talent and be a resident of

the USA.
They feel that this country has the
best quality training and offers opportu-
nities to give the boxer the best chance
to succeed. Many examples exist to sup-
port this.
Former two-time heavyweight cham-
pion Floyd Patterson was not a well-
behaved person as he got into boxing,
but on meeting his future manager, Dr
Cus D'Amato, a deep sense of under-
standing of each other grew.
They realized his greatest weakness
was having a "glass jaw" and in manag-
ing his career, the right opponents were
chosen for him to fight, which raised his
ranking to the point where this "small"
heavyweight's accomplishments are
now marked in the world history of box-
Former world heavyweight champion
Charles "Sonny" Liston came out of jail
and crushed the then world heavy-
weight champion Patterson for boxing's
most glorious sporting crown.
In the tiny island of Bimini, where
there were not many examples to fol-
low, two Biminites, William "Yama
Bahama" Butler and Gomeo Brennen
were world-respected and high-ranking
These two, along with world junior
middleweight champion, Elisha Obed,
were considered our country's best.
However, when you look at the hon-
oured sport of amateur boxing, the
Cubans dominate.
Cuba is not a free country compared
to the USA and other parts of the
world, nor is it as economically advan-
taged, but their amateurs, who basically
train among themselves, are still among
the best.
It matters not the economic or social
condition of where you come from or
where you live, to be a winner or cham-
pion is simply "A State of Mind".


WILLIE PEP, a former world
great, visited an amateur exhibi-
tion stages by the president of
the Grand Bahama Sports Con-
sul, Churchill Tener Knowles,
and his P.R. offices, Bert Perry,
just outside the Kentucky Mall
in Freeport.

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON was called best boxer in
the world, pound for pound. He excited Bahamians
as he danced to the music as the airport.

BUTLER came to Freeport and
visited this gym where Bert
Perry's office was located as a
consultant to amateur boxing.

GOMEO BRENNEN offered to
appear on Perry's .past radio
show, "Boxing today, yesterday
and tomorrow'..-


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you are raising funds for a
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If so, call us on 322-1986
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Nassau 'Nastics summer

programme set to begin

SUMMER is in full swing at
Nassau gymNastics.
An eight-week programme is
set to begin on Monday, June
23, and run weekdays until Fri-
day, August 15.
Current Nassau 'Nastics
members, as well as new stu-
dents, are welcome to join in
the fun.
According to Nassau 'Nastics'
coach Ramsey: "This summer
we are looking forward to intro-
ducing more new faces to the
sport of gymnastics.
"During our summer camp
we get new kids enrolling in the
programme and very often they
will enjoy themselves and learn
so much that-we-see them back
in the gym when school reopens
in September."
The summer camp will, of
course, offer gymnastics instruc-
tion along with other activities
such as arts and crafts, movies,
games and field trips.
This, programme is open to
students aged three through 18
at both the Oakes Field gym
(9am-2pm) and the Seagrapes
gym (9am-lpm) on Prince
Charles Drive.
Coach Ramsey added: "The
kids get to learn gymnastics, take
educational field trips and have
fun interacting with their peers in
a safe and fun environment."
Nassau 'Nastics has offered a

summer programme since its
inception in 1993. To date, over
1,000 children have enjoyed
tumbling and flipping in the
gym under the watchful eyes of
the team of coaches there.
This gymnastics club is hop-
ing to see children of all ages
and abilities take advantage of

this opportunity to tumble their
way through the summer holi-
days. More information is avail-
able at Nassau 'Nastics, tele-
phone 356-7722 or 364-8423.
For more info Contact Bar-
bara Thompson 395-5994 or
Trevor Ramsey 525-7279.

FROM left Thomea Evans, Zarya
Seymour, Palazia Saltelli and
Drew Wood stretch during
warm-ups for their gymnastics
class at the Nassau 'Nastics
Seagrapes gym.

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* Trophies For all categories
* IOC Certificates all finishers
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Robinson trio cleans up

junior golf tournament

THE Robinson trio made
their presence felt at one of
the country's top junior golf
Rasheed, Asif and Asiyah
Robinson took home top hon-
ours at The Spense Cooper
Junior Golf Classic on June
14 at the Fortune Hills Golf
Seventeen junior golfers
took part in the tournament
and impressed many golf
enthusiasts with their skill set.
Rasheed Robinson won the
senior boys' first gross with a
score of 81.
Robinson, who missed this
year's Caribbean Amateur
Junior Golf Championships
team by one shot, edged out

three current CAJGC team(,
members, Kyle King, Aleclj
Nabb and Charlie Butler, bygj
three shots. I
Asif Robinson, a current."
CAJGC team member, took,.
the intermediate boys' cham-
pionship with a nine-hole r
score of 46. 4
The intermediate goals;,
experienced a much tougher.^
contest as Asiyah Robinsoni.
and Danier Weech both shot f;
54 in nine holes. d
Robinson emerged as the
winner in a one hole play-off, n
The longest drive and clos-1
est to the pin awards were0
won by CAJGC team mem-/T
bers, Alec Nabb and Charlie ,,
Butler, respectively. I

Testimony to end Fridayi

in Sonics lease trial
* BASKETBALL NBA's smallest venue, as the
SEATTLE team's lease requires. 'B
Associated Press Courts are often reluctant"
to force parties to fulfill con-it
U.S. DISTRICT Judge tract obligations against their
Marsha Pechman has freely will; instead, they required
acknowledged she doesn't monetary damages to be paidli
follow basketball. to the injured party. But in2
But on Thursday she got a this case, the lease says either-,
glimpse into the -world of side may "specifically
wounded Seattle SuperSon- enforce" its terms, and the
ics' superfans, courtesy of city argues that the team pro-
author, poet, humorist and vides intangible benefits,
season ticket-holder Sher- such as civic pride, that can't
man Alexie. The city called 'be calculated or paid off as
him to describe the team's damages.
importance to the communi- Alexie, who won a Nation-
ty, or at least to Sherman al Book Award last year and
Alexie and that he did, wrote the screenplay for the
gushingly. 1999 movie "Smoke Signals,"
"I want two more years of frequently turns to basket-
the great gods," he pleaded ball and its importance to
during the federal trial to American Indian reservation
determine whether the life as a theme in his writing,
SuperSonics can move to and lie offered a unique per-
Oklahoma City or must hon- spective on the "intangible
or the remaining two years benefits" the Sonics bring to
of their KeyArena lease, Seattle.
Sonics owner Clay Bennett Before trial, the Sonics
is trying to relocate the team tried to exclude him from the
to his hometown. The city of witness list, arguing he had
Seattle has sued to force nothing relevant to say. The
Bennett's ownership group, team argues fans aren't aI
the Professional Basketball party to the lease, so they're
Club, to play the next two not legally entitled to con-,
seasons at KeyArena, the sideration.

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Signature Of Applicant

Fresno State wins again at CWS

Bulldogs move within one

Win for the championship

Associated Press
DON'T tell Mike Fox that
Fresno State is overachieving
at the College World Series.
The North Carolina coach
isn't buying it.
"I wouldn't describe them as
playing with nothing to lose,"
Fox said after the Bulldogs beat
his Tar Heels 5-3 to move with-
in a win of the championship
series. "Everybody is equal
once you get here."
For Fresno State, the trick
was getting here.

As a No. 4 regional seed, the
Bulldogs were supposed to be
packing up their equipment for
the year a couple weeks ago.
But they won a regional at.
Long Beach State and stunned
No. 3 national seed Arizona
State in the super regionals.
Now that the Bulldogs are
here, they're showing they
belong. They're batting .347
with six home runs, and they've
gotten solid performances from
starting pitchers Justin Miller
and Justin Wilson and their
The lowest regional seed to
make it to the CWS now con-
trols Bracket 2. Fresno State
opened with a 17-5 win over
No. 6 national seed Rice on
Sunday and followed it with
Tuesday night's victory over'
No. 2 North Carolina.
The Bulldogs (44-29) are
assured of playing at least until
the weekend. If they win again
Friday against the Tar Heels
(52-12) or LSU (49-18-1),
they'll be playing for Jthe
national championship next
North Carolina, the nation-
al runner-up the past two years,
will meet LSU in an elimina-
tion game Thursday, with the
winner facing Fresno State on
Friday. If the Bulldogs lose,
they'll play the same opponent
Saturday in an elimination
game. '
-LSU stayed alive Tuesday

with a dramatic 6-5 win over
Rice. The Tigers, down 5-0 in
the seventh, won on Blake
Dean's three-run double in the
ninth inning.
The CWS features a single
game Wednesday, with Miami
(53-10) and Stanford (40-23-2)
playing a Bracket 1 elimination
Fresno State closer Brandon
Burke doesn't quite know what
to make of his team's sensa-
tional postseason.
"You kind of don't have any
expectations going into some-
thing like this. None of us have
ever been here before," he said.
"We're kind of taking it from
pitch to pitch and game to
game and see where we go
from there.
"A lot of these teams -
Rice, obviously, North Carolina
- they've been here the last
few years and they kind of
know what to expect. And they
may take us a little lightly."
Alan Ahmady hit the go-
ahead single in the fifth inning,
and five Fresno pitchers com-
bined to hold Carolina score-
less for all but one inning.
"We come out and play hard
every game, and it's really spe-
cial," Burke said. "Every pitch
that every pitcher on our staff
throws is the most important
pitch they've ever thrown as we
get deeper and deeper into
The Bulldogs knocked out
Tar Heels starter Adam War-
ren (9-2) in the fifth after open-
ing the inning with three
straight singles. Brian Moran
came on and gave up Ahmady's
two-run single that gave Fresno
State a 4-3 lead.
Ryan Overland homered
leading off the second inning,
marking the first time North
Carolina had trailed in a game
since the fifth inning of its
regional opener against UNC
Steve Susdorf hit the Bull-
dogs' second homer of the
game and sixth of the CWS
- to pull Fresno to 3-2 in the
fourth. Then, Ahmady deliv-
ered his bases-loaded hit
against Moran in the fifth.

FRESNO STATE'S Danny Muno (16) avoids the tag at home plate by North Carolina catcher Tim Federowicz in the ninth
inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb.,-Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Fresno State beat North
Carolina 5-3.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008, PAGE 15



Speculation that skeletal remains

could be that of Jake Grant, 12

FROM page one.

Chief Superintendent of Police Basil Rahming,
press liaison officer, could not be reached for
comments up to press time to confirm the infor-
mation or for an update on the matter:,
Rev Glenroy Bethel, founder of Families for
Justice, said the mother of Jake Grant is willing to
submit to a DNA test to confirm if the remains
are indeed those of her missing son who disap-
peared on May 9, 2003.
"We are keeping our hopes up high that the
remains they have found on Barbary Beach could
be Jake Grant," said Rev Bethel. "The commu-
nit\ knows that he too was missing and still has
not been found."
Re\ Bethel held a press conference at Zion
Baptist Church on Thursday to announce that
the Attorney General has finally released the
remains of the four murdered boys to their fam-
ilies for burial in Freeport.
Claudette Mitchell and Vol\ ick Louis, the par-
ents of Mackinson Colas, 11: Charlene Smith,
the mother of Desmond Rolle, 14: and Marilyn
Davis. the maternal grandmother of DeAngelo
McKenzie, 13. However. NMt rthi Jean Tinord,
the mother of Junior Reme, 11, was not present.
Cordell Farrington has been charged with the
murder of the four boys, however, four minors
charged with manslaughter in the death of Jake
Grant, were discharged in the Magistrate's Court
due to insufficient e% idence.
Rev Bethel said that Bridgette Grant is also
seeking some closure and is hoping for some
word soon.
While Mrs Grant is happy that the four moth-
ers can now have some closure and bury their
sons, she too, hopes that she will receive some clo-

"I heard a little sip-sip (about the skeletal
remains)...but no one has come to me to tell me
that they have found anything or that it could be
Jake," s he said.
"In my heart I am praying and asking God to
let it be Jake so I can get some closure because for
five years I am still wondering if Jake is dead or
"I have not gotten any information to know
what happened to Jake. The other four mothers
have closure and I thank God for them, but it
hurts me to know that Jake was the, first that
went missing and I ain't hear nothing,'" she said.
"I need closure to get on with my life because
it is still tearing me up inside 'wondering what
happened to Jake. I pray that someone could
come and tell me something to make me feel
better. I can't eat and sleep and I need some clq-
sure," she said.
The mothers thanked Rev Bethel foil assisting
them in getting the remains of their loved ones.
Four weeks ago, Rev Bethel made an urgent
appeal to the Attorney General's Office on behalf
of the mothers for the release of the remains of
the four murdered boys.
Rev. Bethel said the remains are at Restview
Memorial Mortuary. He said funeral costs are
being handled by the Grand Bahama Port
He thanked Lady Henrietta St George and Sir
Albert Miller at the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity. One funeral service will be held for the four

Court of Appeal raps judge in murder case

FROM page one

him. Knowles' body was found in bushes near D
W Davis School off Wulff Road.
Darville pleaded not guilty to the murder
charge. At the opening of the trial, the defence
made known its intention to object to the admis-
sibility of a confession statement that the prose-
cution claimed had been obtained trom the
accused. A voir dire, which is a trial %within a tri-
al without the jury, was held to determine the
admissibility of that statement. Darville had"
alleged that he was handcuffed to a chair, his
feet tied to another chair and that a plastic bag
was placed over his head. Darville alleged that he
.was stomped on, kicked and beaten to the point
of passing out before he signed the statement
confessing tolhe riurder of the young boy.
At the end of the voir dire the judge ruled that
the confessionr.statement -as unLrue and inad-

missible. The judge directed the jury it acquit
.Knowles before any evidence in the case was
heard. Knowles cannot be tried for the murder
again having already been acquitted by a jury. In
the appellate court's ruling, which was handed
down by Justice Emmanuel Osadebay, the court
stated that it would appear that the reasoning
behind that judgment -was because Darville. under
oath, had confessed or admitted to previous pet-
ty thefts. it was unlikely Lbat he had committed
the alleged murder and sexuaToffence because if
he did he would have confessed' The appellate
court, however, found that reasoning to be absurd.
"'The horse has already bolted out of thegate
and there is not much that can be done," Justice
Osadebay said yesterday. t,',
The Tribune has learned.. however, ithl
Darville is now back behind bars. DaWille'fs
being held on remand at Her Majesty's Prison
having been charged with stealing in Inagua. He
was brought to Nassau on remand-yesterday.-

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008
iii .

EU 'list'

threat to



* Bahamas'
exclusion could
place it at
and cost sector
clients and
business, by
subjecting it to
increased due
* Attorney says
scheme trying
to undermine
Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian financial services
professionals yesterday reacted
angrily to the European
Union's (EU) decision to
exclude this
natio' from its
listot those that
have 'equivalent'
anti-money laun-
regimes, a lead-
ing attorney
telling The Tri-
bune it again
appeared to be
y an attempt to
undermine the
Bahamas' com-
The EU's 'White List' of
countries that it considers to
have anti-money
laundering/anti-terror financing

SEE page 2B

Life insurers urge EPA offer change


Fear exchange controls and limited domestic investment options
place them at competitive disadvantage if sector opened up

Tribune Business Editor
The Government has been
urged to amend its services offer
over the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) to protect
all domestic insurance sectors, a
minister yesterday confirming
that life and health insurers
feared they would be placed at
a competitive disadvantage by
limited domestic investment
options and exchange controls.


gives RoyalStar

71%0/0 of profits

* Insurer sees 2007 profits rise
almost 17% to $6.752m, but
refusing to yield to market push
for reduced property premiums
* Share capital to increase by $5M,
with 50% interest in former
Coca-Cola property deal

Tribune Business Editor
RoyalStar Assurance will
resist market pressure to reduce
property and casualty rates fol-
lowing several hurricane-free
years, its chairman said,, the
Bahamian general insurer hav-
ing generated 71 per cent of its
2007 profits via its underwrit-
ing business.
Even though net income for
the 12 months to December 31,
2007, increased by 16.9 per cent
to $6.752 million, compared to
$5.776 million' the year-before,
Franklyn Wilson, RoyalStar's
chairman, said the company

Film Studios chair denies

'hiding assets'allegations

Tribune Business Editor
A US judge is deciding
whether to dismiss a lawsuit
brought by the liquidators of
an "insolvent" insurer that re-
domiciled to this nation, the
Bahamas Film Studios' chair-
man yesterday denying their
allegations that he helped to
craft a scheme designed to
keep that company's assets
away from creditors.
Ross Fuller, who also heads
the Atlanta and Nashville-
based investment bank, Stock-
ton, Fuller & Company, told
The Tribune yesterday via e-

mail that he "took no part in
the structuring or formation"
of Condor Guaranty, the
Bahamas-based insurer, which
the liquidators are' alleging
was created primarily to
receive the assets of Nevis-
based Condor Insurance -
alleged to be $313 million -
and keep them away from
Mr Fuller also denied claims
by the Condor Insurance liq-
uidators, Richard Fogerty and
William Tacon, that shares in
Ashby Corporation, the
Bahamas Film Studios' ulti-
mate parent company, which
were once held by Condor
Insurance, had been trans-
ferred to an entity he con-
trolled, called Finpac.
"No shares of Ashby stock
that were previously owned
by Condor have ever been
transferred to any Finpac
account or any other account
in which I have an interest,"
Mr Fuller told The Tribune.
"There has. been no trans-
action designed for my bene-
fit. You will find that these
statements are contained in
my reply to the receivers'
complaint in court, and that I
have charged the receivers
with pursuing an untrue and
unconstitutional effort
designed to give them an inap-
propriate foothold in the US
"You will also discover that
there was a hearing yesterday
(Wednesday), wherein the
court was asked to dismiss the
entire case, the decision of

SEE page 5B

would not compromise its con-
servative risk underwriting and
balance sheet approach.
Writing in the company's
2007 annual report, Mr Wilson
said the strategy of remaining
well-capitalised, with a strong
balance sheet and cash reserves,
meant tJiat RoyalStar would not
submit to industry pressures for
a decline in property and casu-
alty premium rates, following
several hurricane-free years.
"There is no doubt that pric-
ing of original property insur-
ance rates is reducing, and the
temptation is there to follow the
SEE page 6B

for a better life


Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, confirmed to'
The Tribune that the Bahamian
insurance industry had urged
the Government to amend its
EPA offer and leave the entire
domestic sector 'unbound'.
This means that general
insurance, life and health insur-
ance, and agency and broker-
age businesses will not be
opened up to EU firms estab-
lishing a commercial presence
in the Bahamas. Previously,

only brokerage and agency
businesses were going to be
placed in the 'unbound' cate-
gory, protected from EU firms.
"We've had some discussions
with the insurance sector about
what they thought was an
appropriate offer to make, and
what they've suggested is that
the sector should be
'unbound'," Mr Laing said.
"That is what they suggest-
ed, and this is why we are hold-
ing these consultations. We'll

go and reflect on that."
While the Government has
taken no final decision on
whether to accept the insurance
industry's suggestion in its
entirety, Mr Laing emphasised
that the National Investment
Policy had always provided for
the general insurance and life
and health insurance carriers
sectors to be open to foreign
SEE page 6B

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company's (BTC)
privatization committee will
this coming Friday and Mon-
day interview the four candi-
dates for the contract to act
as investment/financial advis-
ers to the. process, with
sources close to the process
telling The Tribune that the
committee wanted to select'
the winning bidder by mon-
th's end.
Tribune Business can reveal
that the four bidders are Roy-
alFidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust, KPMG (Bahamas) and,
Credit Suisse, along with a
group that is represented by
Chris Hetherington, the for-,
mer Cable & Wireless (C&W).
chief executive for the
Caribbean and Americas
region, who was replaced by
the telecoms earlier this year.
The BTC privatization
process is understood to have
been temporarily 'stalled' until

the investment adviser is
selected, but the committee's
desire to select a winner by
June-end indicates its deter-
mination to move as rapidly
as possible towards concluding
the project. That would be in
keeping with the Govern-
menit's mandate, which is to
complete BTC's privatization
by year-end.
Tribune Business under-
stands that, effectively, all
options are open as far as the
Government and privatization
committee are concerned,
with the administration pre-
pared to sell possibly as much
as 75 per cent of BTC if the
terms and conditions are right.
The privatization commit-
tee, which is headed by Com-
monwealth Bank chairman T.
B. Donaldson, and BTC exec-
utive chairman Julian Francis,
met last month with Bluewa-
ter Communications Hold-
ings, the bidder that still has
an exclusivity period with the
Government, having reached
a deal in principle with the

former Christie administra-
Under the terms of that
agreement, Bluewater had
agreed to pay $260 million for
a 49 per cent stake in BTC.
Payments were to be spread
over six years, with $225 mil-
lion due up front. A further
$30 million was to have been
paid after Bluewater's five-
year cellular exclusivity
expired, with the $5 million
balance due in year six.
However, Philip Davis, of
Davis & Co, Bluewater's
Bahamian attorney, told The
Tribune last monih that his
clients would be prepared- to
modify the agreement reached
with the Christie government
if the terms were "-mutually
There are many pressing
reasons for the: Government
to privatise BTC now, apart
from the almost $200' million
spent over the past decade on
the process with nothing to
SEE page 5B


'9 ,.'

investment management

ED get sound investment advice
C have a lucrative portfolio
r- make good investments
fall of the above



BTC privatization adviser

selected by month's end

* Four candidates RoyalFidelity, KPMG, Credit
Suisse and.group led by former C&W regional
chief to be interviewed today and Monday


PAGE 2B. FRIDAY,'JUNE 20, 2008


Budget just provides 'band aid' solutions
BETHEL -- Lynden Nairn, president of

Tribune Business Analyst: Long-term planning needed Colina General Insurance
Reporter Agency, added that any Bud-
....-. opt neelde to have a visionary

The 2008-2009 Budget pro-
vides a 'band aid' solution to
the Bahamas current economic
problems, and fails to deliver a

long-term plan for the country's
overall development, several
financial commentators have
Speaking during the Finan-

cial Voice programme, Anthony
Ferguson, CFAL's president,
said that while the Budget was
designed to reflect the current
economic climate, he felt that

a long-term strategy to increase
Bahamians' savings and
improve the country's overall
financial resources was missing.
Mr Ferguson pointed out that
once again, the Government
had allocated significantly huge
sums in subsidies to various cor-
porations that had always been
a major drag on the public
purse typically ZNS, Bahama-
sair and the Water & Sewerage
He said that over the past five
years, those subsidies totalled

more than $330 million, a bur-
den younger generations of
Bahamians will have to bear.
Mr Ferguson said that in real-
ity, after taking into account
public service salaries and recur-
rent expenses, the Government
was only left with 15 per cent of
its revenue to "play with".
He added that he would have
liked to have seen more invest-
ment and busine.ssin.centives
targeted at Bahamians, which
would help to drive the econo-
my and reduce the dependence

component to it. The problem
with this year's Budget was that
it does not set many goals for
the economy, he added.
Economist and COB lectur-
er, Rupert Pinder, said he also
felt a national development plan
was missing from the Budget.
He pointed out that this plan
had to be separate from what
is included in a political party's
manifesto, as this just outlined
promises given during an elec-
tion campaign.

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during and anti-terror financing regimes.
"We feel there ought to be no good reason
why we are reported by any other country or
person as not doing so."
Questioning the criteria used by the EU, which
along with others had in the past made "pre-
sumptive assumptions" about the Bahamas and
other international financial centres, Mr Delaney
added of the 'White List': "One has to appreciate
it might be more about business competitiveness
that any legitimate regulatory concerns.
"Without referencing any particular country
[on the White List], those of us who work in or
practice relating to the financial services industry
know the credibility of such statements is called
into question when you compare their regulatory
regime to ours.
"We happen to know that in one or two of
these countries, especially when it comes to their
regimes that seek to identify beneficial owners of
companies, their regime is sorely lacking and
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regimes on a par with that of its members includ-
ed international financial centre rivals to this
nation, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and
the US, plus UK Crown dependencies the Isle of
Man, Guernsey and Jersey.
Membership of the so-called 'White List' means
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clients referred to EU countries by their institu-
tions, will be subject to less due diligence.
This effectively means that transactions origi-
nating in the Bahamas, and the referral of clients
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The additional red-tape and bureaucracy
involved could place the Bahamas at a competi-
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"The inclusion of a jurisdiction on the list
means that a credit or financial institution based
there is in a non-EEA state that imposes equiva-
lent requirements to those laid down in the Third
Money Laundering Directive," the EU list stated.
John Delaney, managing partner at Higgs &
Johnson, said the Bahamas' failure to make the
'White List' would "not be welcomed", given
that this nation's anti-money laundering/anti-ter-
ror financing regimes were far more rigorous
than those in many EU states.
Unlike the 2000 'blacklisting' of the Bahamian
financial services sector by the Financial Action
Task Force (FATF), when the Bahamas was hurt
by inclusion, this latest effort by the EU seemed
intent on driving business away from this juris-
diction through exclusion.
While one attorney described the EU list as
"rubbish", Mr Delaney added: "Anything of this
kind is something the Bahamas will not welcome.
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and the Government, are unlikely to welcome it
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Chief executive pay rises despite economy

As the American economy
slowed to a crawl and stock-
holders watched their money
evaporate, CEO pay still
chugged to yet more dizzying
heights last year, an Associated
Press analysis shows, according
to the Associated Press.
The AP review of compensa-
tion for the heads of companies
in the Standard & Poor's 500
index finds the median pay
package added up to nearly $8.4

million. That's a comfortable
gain of about $280,000 .from
The 3 1/2 percent pay
increase for CEOs came even
as the landscape for both work-
ers and shareholders darkened
considerably and the economy
was choked by a housing mar-
ket in free fall, layoffs and soar-
ing prices for fuel and food.
At the top of the AP list:
John Thain, who took the reins
of Merrill Lynch on Dec. 1,
2007. His $83 million pay pack-

age was supercharged by a sign-
ing bonus and other entice-
ments that lured him from the
New York Stock Exchange to
lead the investment bank as it
was suffering its worst-ever loss-
Collectively, the 10 best-paid
CEOs made more than half a
billion dollars last year. Yet half
the members of this stratos-
pheric club were leading com-
panies whose profits shrank dra-
The AP examination of CEO

pay in 2007 mined data from
the 410 companies in the S&P
500 that filed compensation dis-
closures with federal regulators
in the first six months of this
The AP's formula, based on
data from the past two years,
adds up salary, perks, bonuses,
above-market interest on pay
set aside for later, and company
estimates for the value of stock
options and stock awards on the
day they were granted last year.
That provides a clearer pic-
ture than pay totals required by
the Securities and Exchange
Commission, compensation
experts say, because the SEC
totals include expenses compa-
nies book during the year for
previously granted stock com-
pensation and retirement bene-
The value of stock and
options given to CEOs may
turn out to be significantly high-
er or lower if they are ultimate-
ly cashed out, but the numbers
in the AP formula do reflect the
board of directors' estimate of
the likely eventual payout.
The median salary figure of
about $8.4 million means half
the CEOs in the AP analysis
made more than that and half
made less.
There were some signs com-
panies were pulling back on pay
at the top: Out of the 316 com-
panies in the AP survey that
had the same CEO two years
running, about two-fifths low-
ered the total pay package for
their CEOs. However, the pri-
mary culprit for some was
falling stock prices that cut into
the value of the shares included
in pay packages.
In many more cases, overall
pay ballooned.
Rick Wagoner, chief execu-
tive of General Motors Corp.,
announced earlier this month
the company had to close four

plants that make trucks and
SUVs because of lagging
demand as fuel prices soar. That
followed the posting of a $39
billion loss in 2007, a year when
its stock price fell by about 19
percent, without adjusting for
And Wagoner? His pay rose
64 percent, to $15.7 million.
Last year was rocky for the
economy and the stock market,
making it a useful test of a con-
cept called pay for performance
- a term companies use to sell
shareholders on the idea CEOs
are being paid based on how
well the company does.
According to this concept,
trotted out frequently by the
compensation committees of
corporate boards in their proxy
statements, a big chunk of CEO
pay is considered "at risk,"
meaning it could disappear if
CEOs don't meet established
But the AP analysis found
that CEO pay rose .and fell
regardless of the direction of a
company's stock price or profits.
Take KB Home, battered by
the subprime lending crisis and
the weak housing market.
According to the Los Angeles-
based homebuilder's proxy
statement, CEO Jeffrey Mezger
is entitled to a cash bonus based
on a percentage of KB's profit.
The problem was there was
no profit. KB Home lost almost
$930 million in 2007 and its
stock lost 60 percent of its value.
But Mezger still made $24.4 mil-
lion, as valued by the AP,
including a $6 million cash
He pocketed that bonus
because he exceeded certain
objectives the board had set out
for him. Among them were
improving performance on a
customer satisfaction survey and
developing senior leadership in
his first year as CEO.

"Compensation has become a
shell game," said Richard Fer-
lauto, director of pension and
benefits policy for the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, a Wash-
ington labor group represent-
ing government workers.
"So they take away the
bonus," he said, "but then they
still come tip with ways to make
sure the executive gets a big
Pay packages were somewhat
smaller in the financial indus-
try last year banks, invest-
ment firms, mortgage compa-
nies, insurers and other institu-
tions, all were roiled by the sub-
prime lending disaster.
For companies in the finan-
cial sector that had the same
CEO two years in a row, medi-
an pay dropped 4 1/4 percent
to $8.7 million in 2007. But that
was still a smaller decline than
the 6 percent drop in earnings
and 15 percent slump in stock
prices before dividend adjust-
ments, according to Standard
& Poor's Capital IQ data ser-
In some cases, companies
appeared at first glance to have
kept their promise to base pay
on performance only to have
a different picture emerge on
closer inspection.
For example, Washington
Mutual Inc.'s stock took a nose-
dive last year almost 70 per-
cent because of fallout from
the housing and mortgage
crises. The Seattle-base bank-
ing and mortgage lender lost
$1.87 billion in the fourth quar-
ter alone, and $67 million for
the year.
WaMu's board decided not
to give CEO Kerry Killinger a
bonus for 2007. But board
members also eliminated real-
estate foreclosures and mort-
gage defaults as factors in
whether to award him a bonus
this year.
After a shareholder revolt,
the board decided to revise the
formula, though it has not yet
announced what metrics will be
Profit at insurer XL Capital
fell more than 80 percent last
!year,, and its stock price
slumped' about 30 percent. But
Chief, Eecutive Brian O'Hara
made $7!5 million, a raise of 23
In its proxy statement, the
company called its profits
"unsatisfactory" but said oper-
ating earnings, which exclude
certain factors, were better than
O'Hara, who plans to retire
later this year, was also given
62,500 shares of restricted stock
and 250,000 stock options,
which were not included in the
calculation of his total compen-
The company said that was
to "reflect the importance of
Mr. O'Hara's role in the CEO
succession process."

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Julius Baer executive

passes Series

7 exam

A Julius Baer Bank and
Trust executive, Keva Ingra-
ham-McPhee, has passed the
Series 7 exam for registered
representatives in the securi- .r*a"
ties field.
Mrs Ingraham-McPhee has ... ,
six years' experience in the ,
international banking sector,
and is currently with the Italian
desk of Julias Baer's private
banking team.
The company, formerly
known as Ferrier Lullin Bank
and Trust, has been present in
the Bahamas since 1979 as a
subsidiary of the Julius Baer .. ..
group, which is a leading ded-
icated wealth manager in
Switzerland. It concentrates on
asset management, and the
management and distribution
of investment funds.
Mrs Ingraham-McPhee is ..
pictured with Reece Chipman,
managing director of the Nas- '
tac Group (The National Asso-
ciation of Securities Training
and Compliance).4,1

Film Studios chair denies

'hiding assets'allegations

FROM page 1B

which is now pending with the
judge, and most likely to be
favourably decided.",
In their amended complaint,
filed with the US Bankruptcy
Court in the southern district
of Mississippi, the Condor
Insurance liquidators alleged
that the company's "econom-
ic condition was weakened by
a transaction primarily under-
taken for Fuller's.benefit".
The lawsuit described had
Condor Insurance guaranteed
a $9.5 million debt owed "by a
company controlled by
Fuller". Condor Insurance
pledged about $7 million to
back its insurance obligation,
but when the Fuller company
defaulted on the debt, that
sum was taken.
Although the lawsuit does
not name the "affiliated com-
pany", The Tribune under-
stands that it is the Bahamas
Film Studios and its immedi-
ate parent, Gold Rock Creek
Enterprises. They obtained a
loan for that amount from
FirstCaribbean International
Bank to construct the Grand
Bahama complex's water
tank, and when there was a
loan default, Condor.Insur-
ance was forced to repay the
However, Mr Fuller yester-
day denied the guarantee pro-
vided for the Bahamas Film
Studios tank was designed to
benefit him.
He added: "I have had
nothing to do with any of the
allegations made by the
receivers, except that I repre-
sented (in my capacity as an
investment banker) the par-
ties that had already estab-



selected by

month's end
FROM page 1B

show for it.
Besides the benefits privati-
sation and liberalisation of the
Bahamian telecoms market will
bring, in terms of improved ser-
vice, lower consumer prices and
product innovation, selling BTC
now and assuming the price
remains at $260 million would
provide an immediate foreign
exchange windfall to boost the
external reserves and wipe out
the 2008-2009 Budget deficit.
James Smith, CFAL's chair-
man, who as minister of state
for finance oversaw privatisa-
tion efforts under the former
Christie administration, said
selling BTC at the currently
agreed price would generate an
economic stimulus of between
3-4 per cent of gross domestic
product (GDP).

lished the Friendly Society
and I introduced them to Mr
Milam of Condor Guaranty."
However, the liquidators'
lawsuit alleged that he was an
active participant in a plan to
transfer Condor Insurance's
assets and place them out of
reach of its creditors, some
transfers being void because
they took place after the com-
pany's winding-up had been
The liquidators alleged that
in mid-November Condor
Guaranty was "incorporated
and then set up as a member
company of the Professional
Benefits Association, a
Bahamian friendly society.
Fuller introduced Milam to
this concept, and assisted Mil-
am with making contacts with
the Professional Benefits
Association (and assisted Mil-

am with other manoeveres
intended to 'confuse the heck'
out of creditors".
Describing Mr Fuller as
Condor Guaranty's
broker/consultant, the 'con-
fuse the heck' quote is taken
from an e-mail allegedly sent
by Mr Milam to Mr Fuller on
October 10, 2006.
The e-mail allegedly dis-
cussed how to set up the
Bahamian friendly society, Mr
Milam saying he needed an
attorney to give a legal opin-
ion on its structure and legal-
ity, and how Condor Insur-
ance could be merged into it.
. "It appears that Fuller intro-
duced the idea to Milam, that
he made the introduction Mil-
am and the Friendly Society
leaders, and that he assisted
with setting up the new entity
to receive Condor Insurance's

assets and business," the law-
suit alleged.
"A business that offers
insurance within a Friendly
Society is apparently not sub-
ject to insurance regulations
because the service can only
be offered to members. It
appears that Condor Guaran-
ty has been able to avoid
insurance regulators with this
manoevere by simply having
all of its insureds become
members of the Friendly Soci-

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Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 18th day of June 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. 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 VOLOS LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

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reports in credit areas of all branches and departments.
* Performs audit reviews and audit testing for any major new system
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* 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.

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* Ability to communicate regulatory compliance information to internal
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* Computer literate Ability to use Electronic Working papers, MS Word
and Excel.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
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Interested persons should apply no later than
June 27th, 2008 to:

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

Commercial Division


NOTICE is hereby given that a Petition for the winding
up of the above named Company by the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas was, on 12th Day of March, 2008
presented to the said Court by Anthony M. Wright of
45 Brighton Drive, of The City of Freeport in the Island
of Grand Bahama.

AND that the said Petition is directed to be heard before
Mrs. Donna Newton, a Registrar of the Supreme Court,
sitting at Nassau on the 2nd day of July, 2008 at 12:00
o'clock in the afternoon, and any creditor or contributory
of the said-Company desirous to support or oppose the
making of an Order on the said Petition may appear at
the time of the Hearing in person or by his Counsel for
that purpose; and a copy of the Petition will be furnished
by The undersigned to any creditor or contributory of
the said Company requiring such copy on payment of
the regulated charge for same.

Dated this 4th day of June, 2008

Anthony M. Wright
No. 17 Baldwin Avenue (Off Farrington Road)
P.O. Box N-197
Telephone: (242) 323-6759
Nassau, Bahamas

Note: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing
of the said Petition, either to oppose or support, must
send notice of his intention to the Petitioner, within the
time and manner prescribed by rule 25. The notice must
state the name and address of the person, or, if a firm,
the name and address of the firm, must be signed by
the person or firm, or his or their attorney (if any) and
must be served, or if posted, must be sent by post in
sufficient time to reach the Petitioner not later than 4:00
o'clock in the afternoon of the 1st day of July A.D.,

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008, PAGE 5B


PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008


Life insurers urge EPA offer

FROM page 1B community as taking a protec- British American Financial. E
tionist, retrograde step back- They had been joined in their e
wards towards closing off exter- efforts by other financial ser- v
competition. That had not nal competition. vices professionals and, later,
changed, and Mr Laing said the The main concerns, he con- Family Guardian. h
Government had been con- firmed, had been held by Bahamian life and health to
cerned that, if it followed the Bahamian life and health insur- insurers need to make long- ii
insurance industry's recom- ance carriers, chiefly Colinalm- term investments to enable d
mendations, it would be seen perial Insurance Company and them to match long-term assets u

by the international investment



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALLTHAT" piece parcel or Jot of land being Lot situated of Golden Isles
Road situated in the Western District on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon
is a Single Family Residence consisting of 3 Bedrooms, 2Bathrooms.

Property Size: 22,600 sq ft
Building Size: 1,175 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 9568". All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008.



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT" piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.711, Golden
Gates#2 Subdivision situated in Western District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (4) four
bedrooms, (2) bathrooms.

Property Size: 6,000 sq ft
Building Size: 1,300 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 0091". All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT" piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Approx 2.1 mile of
Blue Hill Road situated in the Western District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is a Duplex Apartment consisting of (2)Bedrooms,.
Property Size: 5,500 sq ft
Building Size: 1,754 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal BankCollections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 8101". All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008.



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT" piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.100, Ridgeland
Park West Subdivision situated in Southern District on the Island of New
Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Situated thereon is Vacant Land.

Property Size: 5,880 sq ft
Building Size: 1,760 sq.ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage

with long-term liabilities, but
the limited capital markets and
investment options in this
nation, coupled with exchange
controls, mean they are severe-
ly restricted when it comes to
diversification. These issues are
not faced by Caribbean and EU
life and health insurers, leading
some in the Bahamian sector to
fear they would.be placed at a
competitive disadvantage if the
industry was opened up to
European commercial presence
via the EPA. "The life and
health insurance people have a
concern about a competitive
disadvantage related to others
because of exchange control
regulations," Mr Laing said.
"Those insurers said there is a
competitive disadvantage they
might have in relation to non-
Bahamian companies because
of their inability to diversify risk
beyond the borders of the








Bahamas because of the
change control limits they
xould have."
The Government, though,
ad been concerned that "to
ake it off the table", as the
industry wished in making
domestic insurance 'unbound'
nder the EPA, could "send a
ignal to the world" that the
Bahamas and its economy were
going backward" when it came
o openness, competition and
foreign participation.
Mr Laing added that the
change control issue would
have to be dealt with in talks
between the insurance compa-
ies, the Government, and the
Central Bank. However, he
pointed out that any EU or for-
ign company establishing itself
n the Bahamian domestic
insurance industry would be
subject to the same exchange
control regulations, as it would
be considered 'domestic' for
uch purposes. The Govern-
ment has yet to submit its ser-
'ices offer on the EPA to the
CARICOM Regional Negoti-
iting Machinery (CRNM), Mr
Laing saying it still had to be
inalised. It has until the end of
une to do so.



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the followiAg:

"ALL THAT" piece parcel or lot of land being Lot #17,Blk#27, Shirley
Heights situated in the Western District on the Island of New Providence
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Two Storey Multi family Dwelling consisting of'l-(2) two
bedrooms, (1) bathroom, 1-(2)Bedroom, (l)Bathroom, l-(3)Bedroom,
(2) Bathroom.
Property Size: 5,000 sq ft
Building Size: 3,042 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 2864". All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALLTHAT" piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No.747, Garden
Hills Subdivision situated in Southern District on the Island of
New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is Vacant Land.

Property Size: 6,000 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 3786". All offers
must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th
June, 2008.

Underwriting gives

RoyalStar 71% of profits

FROM page one

rates down at the expense of longer-run viability," Mr Wilson
"I can assure our shareholders that RoyalStar will not engage in
this practice, and additionally that it will adhere to its very con-
servative investment profile, maintaining a large degree of liquid-
ity in its investment portfolio."
By maintaining premium rates that are consistent with the level
of assessed risk, the plan is for RoyalStar to be well-reserved to cope
with any hurricane-related claims it may experience, given that
storms are increasing in power and frequency.
Further emphasising the insurer's philosophy, its managing direc-
tor, Steve Watson, said that while its conservative reinsurance
strategy might reduce profitability in hurricane-free years, it would
remove financial performance volatility and provide extra protec-
tion in hurricane years.
With 2007's return on equity standing at 27 per cent, Mr Watson
said the $6.752 million in net profits was comprised of $4.812 mil-
lion in underwriting net income, and $1.94 million in investment
"There are many pleasing components of the 2007 result, with
one of the most important being the fact that the earnings are of the
highest quality," Mr Watson said.
"By that, I mean that 71 per cent of the profit emanates from the
underwriting result, with the balance coming from investment
In what some in the market might feel is a 'dig' at RoyalStar's
chief competitor, Bahamas First, which gained a big boost to its 2007
financial from its Commonwealth Bank shareholdings, Mr Watson
added: "It is very important for a property and casualty insurer that
underwriting profits provide the bulk of earnings, with investment
income being the 'icing on the cake'.
"Relying on investment income alone to generate profits is not
a sustainable way to run a general insurance business. The excellent
underwriting results show that our core business is very strong, with
underwriting profits being made in every class of business."
Mr Watson added that RoyalStar's conservative underwriting
approach had been further vindicated by achieving a record low lev-
el of incurred claims in 2007, this number having dropped by
$715,000 or 13.2 per cent to $4.698 million.
For 2008, the RoyalStar managing director said the company
planned further marketing promotions and the installation of a new
computer system. The latter, he added, would aid product devel-
opment, data management, customer service and boost efficiency.
Meanwhile, RoyalStar said it was set to form a new company,
RSA Properties, to act as the vehicle for acquiring the former
Caribbean Bottling (Coca-Cola franchise) warehouse on JFK Dri-
ve in a $3 million deal. The acquisition is a joint venture with a relat-
ed company, Sunshine Holdings, which is controlled by Mr Wilson.
The annual report said both companies had paid $150,000 each
towards a $300,000 or 10 per cent deposit on the property, which is
likely to ultimately become RoyalStar's new corporate headquar-
And hinting at a future capital raising, the notes to the 2007
annual report noted that RoyalStar's shareholders decided on
November 14,2007, to increase its authorised share capital from $8
million to $13 million through creating an extra 500,000 preference
shares, valued at $10 each.
RoyalStar's 52 per cent majority shareholder is SunStar Ensure,
which is itself 50/50 owned by Sunshine Holdings and Star Gener-
al Holdings.



RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:

"ALL THAT" piece parcel or lot of land being Lot situated
northernside of Lancaster & Victoria Street situated in the
Western District on the Island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is
Single Family consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathroom

Property Size: 12,600 sq ft
Building Size: 3,104 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage

All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box
N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 1871". All offers must be
received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 6th June, 2008.


C FA L'"
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: A CLOSE 1,852.58 I CHG 0.14 | %CHG 0.01 I YTD -214.17 | YTD% -10.36
FINDEX. CLOSE 870.05 I YTD% -8.61% I 2007 28.29%
52 1.1'HI 652t,'.L:,n. Se.:u.ritf pPre.tc.us Close Tc.Oa,'s Close Cr.ar.ge Dailyl EPS 5 D.. $ P E VYie-
1.95 1.18 Abaco Markets 1.84 1.84 0.00 0.135 0.000 13.6 0.00'r,
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 3.20 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.42 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 0.00 655 0.046 0.040 62.4 1.39%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.28 7.28 0.00 0.440 0.300 16.5 4.12%
7.22 3.23 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.43 3.56 0.13 0.131 0.052 27.2 1.46%
3.00 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.90 2.90 0.00 0.308 0.040 9.4 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 PFnco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.79 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.79 11.79 0.00 0.651 0.470 18.1 3.99%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.55 5.55 0.00 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 0.620 11.7 5.17%
1000 ') 10 '.0 Pramier Re.. Eslate Ir. c.)I 0 0.:. u .30 0 180 0000 5 6 000-
Fidelity Over-ThB-Counier Securitlies
52.K.-1-iH 52-.LOA S-rr.t.,-. Bai 5 Ask I Las Price 'aee.-M .c.i EPS DI. 5 PE yVilla
14 60 14 25 Barar.a SSupermar-eis 1460 5 's0 e id 60 I sr, CO .134 11'.
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 35 0.40 035 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
Collna Over-The-Counler Seounities
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00C .11.00 -1 050 2 750 30 6 70.'
1460 1400 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
C'55 '40 RND 4-,..,,r._ 0 45 0 ..0 0 ,0-..'23 C.00 N 1.1 ... 0.N00
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV Y-rD% Last 12 Mntn. D..i V.e1a :
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%
1.3940 1.3451 Colina Money Market Fund 1.394008**.**. 1.38% 3.82%
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"** 2.35% 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 500Jc r. F.oaeI, ir.ler. ,.. r....eslmornl Fu.-. 1 C-.060 .4 70'. .d 70
Market Terms N.A.V. Key
BIcs -- _. 5.-...... .1..-.. 1-'n :' .--,:..- -:.. 5'. ,-s1 I. -:. J j= ..... d by closing price 31 March 2008
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid Buying price of Colina and Fidelly 31 December 2007
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Collna and fidelity 30 May 2008
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Lost Prce Last traded over-the-counter pric -31 April 2008
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 April 2008
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mhse 13 June 2008
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1. 1994 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
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All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-
7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked "Tender 7561". All offers must be
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Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
.3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to

6 75 82 4

9 2 7

2 6 3 1

7 4_ 5 9

1 _9 3_

8 54 17 6
Difficulty Level *** 6/19

Kakuro Puzzle
1 ^ ~ Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sudoku Answer

Kakurb Answ.r-

26113 97
1938 8951
291 896
986 39 75
2341 7284
16 39 162
5 9 8 4-1 5
4798 4792
13 2 3 51


1 Aggressive advertis-
ing (4,4)
5 Defect (4)
9 Take exception (5)
10 Small
ornament (7)
11 Made callous (4-8)
13 Innumerable (6)
14 Fit for
cultivation (6)
17 Lavishly staged show
20 Unlawful (7)
21 Hurl (5)
22 Catch sight of (4)
23 Generous (8)

1 Amount of insurance
allowed for bedspread (8)
5 Song that gave a false
impression (4)
9 Breathtakingly restrained
10 Still out of tune? (7)
11 He's not himself! (12)
13 It's held musically to follow
the wrong tune (6)
14 They fly and can also navi-
gate (6)
17 Not much gain,
we hear, for Malachi
maybe (5,7)
20 Do some spelling? (7)
21 Take part in a running
match (5)
22 The way to travel to gain
time (4)
23 Being late last month was
a relief (8)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solutit
Across: 1 Unguarded, 8 Aroma, 9
Cordite, 10 Putrid, 11 Letter, 12
Demerara, 15 Islander, 18 Rattle, 2
Worlds, 21 Maligns, 22 Irene, 23
Down: 2 Noose, 3 Update, 4
Retarded, 5 Danube, 6 Doormat, 7
Card table, 11 Lie in wait, 13 Marrie
lines, 14 Gloried, 16 Nudges, 17

1 Solid figure may take root
2 It comes after five but
before morning in part of
our diet (7)
3 It adds a colourful note to .
the calendar (3,6,3)
4 Pass directions around the
circuit (6)
6 Sluggish interchanging (5)
7 Stride about on the ship
when there's trouble (8)
8 Battle area is part of
book's first picture (12)
12 Stock reaction to panic (8)
15 Oppressive individual with
sour disposition (7)
16 Squirm, and turn whiter (6)
18 Cuts with no sound (5)
19 Have the best part of the
play (4)

Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 First-hand, 8 Ebony, 9
Costume, 10 Ferret, 11 Cyprus, 12
Postpone, 15 Tanzania, 18 Balzac,
20 Garish, 21 Harvard, 22 Taste, 23
Down: 2 Ivory, 3 Saturn, 4
Homespun, 5 Deceit, 6 Bourbon, 7
Synthetic, 11 Castigate, 13
Seaboard, 14 Engross, 16 Answer,
17 Cloven, 19 Arras.

Marie Sebag v Teimur Radjabov,
European Club Cup 2007. Sebag,
France's best woman
grandmaster, chose to play for a
male team in search of top
opposition and made an
excellent score. Even her defeat
in today's position came only
after her elite GM opponent
dodged a nasty trap. Radjabov
has the edge due to White's
hanging c3 and d4 pawn duo,
which are menaced by Black's
rooks on the open c line. It looks
simple for Radjabov to cash in on
his advantage by Rxc3, but to the
surprise of onlookers the Azeri
thought for a while, then offered
a queen exchange by Qf5,
eventually scoring after a long
endgame. What happens if Black
captures Rxc3?

1 Keep out of sight (4)
2 Growing unchecked
3 Close watch (12)
4 Deadly (6)
6 Compare (5)
7 Took back (8)
8 School for the very
young (12)
12 infallible (4-4)
15 Fantastic (7)
16 Accomplished expo-
nent (6)
18 Bulbous flowing plant
19 Influence (4)


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East dealer.
1Both sides vulnerable.
VK 98
+K 102
*J 10742
VJ 3

*.1 975
46 4

JJ8 73

VA 10
+A Q95
The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead four of spades.
The declarer should always begin
the play of a hand by forming a ten-
tative plan of what he intends to do.
In making this plan, he usually
begins by counting his winners if he
is playing i notlrimp contract, and
,counting his losers if he is in a suit
Thus, in this deal, after a spade
',L, Ic led, South can count seven
ini.: ,uate winners two spades,
two hearts and three clubs. Since his
goal is to make nine tricks, declarer
must formulate a plan to develop two
additional tricks.
He notes that he can dcfinitcelv
gain a diamond trick simply by lead-
ing toward the K-Q, at the same time
concluding that two diamond tricks

solo-of J IM
Chess 8565:t..1Rxc3?2 Rxc3 Rxc3 3 x061 exf6(else
Qg7 mate) 4 ReS mate.


words in
the main
body of

HOW many words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once
only. Each must contain the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 22; very good 34; excellent 45
(or more), Solution tomorrow.
ache acme acne ahem amen
ante anthem came cane cent
cheat each echt enact etch
hame hatchet HATCHMENT
hate heat heath hetman mace
mane mate matte mean meant
meat name neat neath tacet.
tame teach team teat tech
tench tent tenth thane them
then theta

are certain if West was dealt the ace.
South also notes that an additional
club trick is possible if the suit is
divided 3-3, or if the singleton or
doubleton jack was dealt to either
opponent, or if he chooses to finesse
against the jack.
Since there is no hurry about test-
ing the clubs, South takes East's king
of spades with the ace and leads a
diamond to the queen. East wins with
the ace and returns a spade, on which
declarer plays the eight. He does this
for two reasons he wants to
exhaust East of spades, and he is
curious to learn how many spades
West started with.
West wins and returns another
spade to South's queen as East dis-
cards a heart. Declarer leads a dia-
mond to the king, hoping the jack
will fall, but East shows out, discard-
ing another heart.
South now has only one hope left
- to score four club tricks. But
before tackling the suit, he cashes the
A-K of hearts. When both defenders
follow suit, the contract becomes a
West has thus far shown up with
five spades, four diamonds and two
hearts, and therefore cannot have
more than two clubs. Accordingly,
South leads the ten of clubs to the
ace, a low club to the king and
returns a low club from dummy.
When East plays the eight, South
finesse; the nine with absolute assur-
ance that the finesse, will win and
provide him with his ninth trick.

Tomorrow: Bidding quiz.
<02008 King Features Syndicate Inc.










Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Assembling the Necessary Clues

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008, PAGE 7B



Analyst: Use privatization

to fund long term growth

Tribune Business Reporter
The Government must create a long-
term development plan for the Bahamas
that could be funded by the privatization
of public corporations such as the
Bahamas Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), a leading financial analyst sug-
Speaking during the Financial Voice
seminar on the 2008-2009 Budget, Antho-
ny Ferguson, CFAL's president, said it
was time that more Bahamians had a say

in the way the country's money was spent.
Mr Ferguson said .the Bahamas should
by now have in place funding that would
help manage the Bahamian economy.
He specifically noted that during his
Budget communication, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham had alluded to the fact
that funds raised from the the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company's privati-
sation could be used to finance capital
investment and infrastructure projects.
Mr Ferguson suggested that the BTC
sale proceeds be placed into a fund that
was set aside to finance a long-term devel-

opment plan for the Bahamas. Rupert
Pinder, a Bahamian economist, added
that while there had been much talk on
diversification of the economy, agriculture
development may not be, the way to go,
considering that this nation's soil may
not be suited for massive large-scale farm-
He pointed out that the Bahamas
should focus on educating its citizens and
the economy's services sector, which is
where the Bahamas had a comparative

Ex-PLP Senator wins valuation designation

Former PLP Senator Philip
Galanis has obtained the Certi-
fied Valuation Analyst (CVA)
designation, after completing the
certification process with the
National Association of Certified
Valuation Analysts (NACVA).
The NACVA is a global asso-
ciation that supports the business
valuation, litigation support, and
fraud deterrence consulting dis-
ciplines within the Chartered
Accountants and professional
communities. NACVA chief
executive, Parnell Black, said:
"The designation is an.indication

to the professional community
that Mr Galanis has met the
Association's rigorous standards
of professionalism, expertise,
objectivity and integrity in the
field bf business valuation, liti-
gation support and related valu-
ation consulting disciplines."
Requirements to earn the Cer-
tified Valuation Analyst desig-
nation include being a licensed
Certified Public Accountant,
completing NACVA's training
programme and successfully pass-
ing the Association's examina-
tion. A business valuation is

much more than an appraisal.
Although the value of the physi-
cal property is considered, a Cer-
tified Valuation Analyst also con-
siders the intangible assets
(including goodwill) and share-
holdings not traded on any stock
exchange for the purpose of
determining the value of a busi-
ness or its assets.
John S. Bain, the forensic and
litigation support services part-
ner at HLB Galanis Bain, said:
"This is a significant qualification
for Philip to have attained, par-
ticularly as HLB Galanis Bain

continues to offer specialist,
expert advice to attorneys and
other professionals in litigation,
dispute resolutions, business val-
uations and forensic investiga-
HLB Galanis Bain is a member
.of HLB International, a world-
wide network of independent
professional accounting firms and
business advisors. The network
comprises member firms in over
100 countries, who collectively
have more than 1,750 partners
and 13,400 staff in over 440

Tony Ferguson


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