The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: June 24, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Onlookers clash with

members of media

A HOSTILE scene erupted
on Bank Lane yesterday when a
group of onlookers clashed with
members of the media who
were there to report the arraign-
ment of alleged drug kingpin
'Melvin Maycock Sr.
Maycock Sr, 42, who was cap-
tured on the airport road by'
officers of the police Drug
Enforcement Unit last Friday,
was taken to Court 8, Bank
Lane yesterday afternoon to,
face a long list of charges,
including weapons and drug
possession. In February he had
escaped from a holding cell at
Elizabeth Estates police station.
While Maycock Sr was being
taken to court and while he was
in court facing arraignment pro-

ceedings, a group of onlookers.
who appeared to be his sup- .
porters, shouted insults and
threias at news reporters and
photographers who were there
to cover the arraignment.
According to court dockets,
Maycock Sr of Joan's Heights.
had conspired on Saturday.
June 21, to possess a quantity
of marijuana with intent to sup-
ply and was found in possession
of the drugs with intent to sup-
ply. The prosecution alleges that
Maycock Sr was found in pos-
session of 20 pounds of mari-
juana on that date.
It is also alleged that on Sat-
urday, May 17, Maycock Sr was
found in possession of a .9mm
Baretta handgun, a 9mm Ruger
SEE page eight

Mother of boy killed in Sea Hauler
tragedy yet to receive payment
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net .
THE mother of a 14-year-old boy killed in the Sea Hauler
tragedy has spoken out about her frustration over not having yet
received the money government had allocated for her in its $1
million settlement.
Judy Johnson was among a small group of people who were
SEE page eight

Hanna-Martin hits

out at FNM chama
PLP Chairman Glenys Han-
na-Martin has strongly criticised
Johnley Ferguson her coun-
terpart in the FNM for mak-
ing "meaningless" and "aim-
less" statements about her par-
ty leader Perry Christie.
S "The, failed attempt of the
chairman (Mr Ferguson) to
belittle the contributions of our
leader in the House (of Assem-
bly) are nothing but weak and
ill-advised attempts to distract
from the monumental legacy of
failure of FNM policies in little
over one year in office," said
SEE page eight

SEE page eight

Judge could
I order 'stay'
Sof local govt
c elections,
LL .A SUPREME Court judge
could order a "stay" of this
week's local government elec-
'tions if arguments over an appli-
cation for judicial review are
not completed on Wednesday
when the hearing resumes.
Justice Jon Isaacs is hearing
the arguments of those persons
who have filed for a judicial
review of the actions of Local
Government Minister Sidney
Collie and Parliamentary Com-
missioner Errol Bethel in rela-
tion to the upcoming local gov-
ernment elections. The
claimants charge that the two
failed to comply in material
respects with the provisions of
the Local Government Act and
Parliamentary Elections Act.
Outlining the case for the
applicants, lawyer Damien
Gomez pointed out that the
notice of the Local Government
elections, which was published
in The Tribune on June 2, was
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff
armed and dangerous man
wanted for questioning in
the murder of Jamaican
waiter Marvin Wilson has,
been released by police.
The composite sketch
has been put together with
information from witness-
es who saw a 5ft 8ins dark
brown man running on
Collins Avenue and into
McCullough Corner on
the morning of June 3
after Mr Wilson had been
stabbed to death.
He was bare-chested
and appeared to be bleed-
The wanted man is
believed to be 19 or 20
years old, is of medium
build and weighs between
130 and 1401bs.
Supt Glenn Miller, lead-
ing the investigation into
the murder of Marvin Wil-
son, has asked anyone
with any information on
the man's whereabouts to
contact the Central Detec-
tive Unit (CDU) urgently.
Call the police emer-
gency on 919 or 911, or
call CDU on 502-
9930/9991. Calls will also
be taken by the police
control room on 322-3333,
or by Crimestoppers
anonymously on 328-8477.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Prime Minister
Perry Christie, with a number of
parliamentary colleagues, con-
ducted a walkabout yesterday
of the downtown Straw Mar-
Noting overcrowded condi-
tions at the "temporary" tent
site erected many years ago, Mr
Christie cried shame on the
FNM government for reneging
on plans his government left in
place to house the straw ven-
dors in a "proper facility."
Back in 2001, the original
straw market was destroyed by
fire, and since then, successive
governments have promised to
rebuild the facility. Now, seven
years later, the FNM govern-
ment has announced that draw-
ings were being prepared to
convert the Customs warehouse
building on Prince George
Dock into an "authentic
Bahamian craft market,"
This facility, it was said,
would create an "open" envi-
ronment with wide aisles to
accommodate pedestrian traf-
fic. Upon completion, the facil-
ity is expected to house between
300 and 400 vendors, depending
on the final size of the booths
However, this decision has
come in for harsh criticism from
the former PLP government
which had issued a $23 million
contract to rebuild the Straw
Market just three months
before the May, 2007, general
During his walkabout yester-

day, Mr Christie, accompanied ket are wonderful. Each time I
by MPs Dr Bernard Nottage, come, though, I do have con-
Fred Mitchell, Frank Smith and cerns for the workers. As you
Picewell Forbes, happened look at me now, I'm'isW&fing,
upon a two women tourists who and I'm from Florida, so I'm
shared their sentiments about used to heat, and I'm still sweat-
the working conditions at the ing."
Straw Market. Ms Julie Sash from Illinois
"I visit the market every time reiterated Ms Harris's concerns
I come to the Bahamas," said for the straw vendors under the
Ms Jan Harris front South Flori- dilapidatedlent. .
da, "and the people in the mar- "I'm so very disappointed in
,:"the government here. Tourism
is the leading industry here but
I come down the aisles and the
women are fanning them-
selves," she said.
Completing his tour of the
market, Mr Christie made a
brief walkabout of the old straw
market site where he told the
press that he was using this
ST opportunity to- show the straw
Vehicle Recovery vendors that they have his par-
ty's "full support".
It Back "We are demanding that gov-
ernment arrest this situation.
Now people are commenting on
the issue that we gave a warning
that the country will divide on
this clearly discriminatory posi-
tion that the government is tak-
---------. ing where they appear to be
facilitating the economic expan-
sion and interest of special

interest persons, which amounts
to about five families, and going
against about 600 vendors who
have traditionally been the
- foundation for tourists coming
to this place.
"That is unacceptable to the
PLP, and we want the country
to know that this is wrong and
that there is a moral imperative
for us to act to ensure that we
avoid what we said could come
about as a result of this," he
Mr Christie noted that his
party is now acutely aware of
the fact that the priority of the
government doesnqt.e &4,
include a proper placement..on
Bay Street for straw vendors
but rather creating.a new island
container port-'facility, on or
around ArawakCay.
"Straw vendors have made a.
tremendous, impact on the busi-
ness community of this coun-
try, and have been able to
derive a tremendous way of life
for themselves as evidenced by
the outstanding Bahamian per-
sonalities who have come from
straw vendor families.
"We cannot have a successful
tourism industry without hav-
ing straw vendors who are prop-
erly integrated into that indus-
"After all one must argue
that our culture is the basis of
our economy.
"In any event it plays a sig-
nificant role in it," Mr Christie


PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008


I Many Defence Force

marines believe sacked -

.f Eoff i c cer was victimised ['1 Fabulous

Man faces armed

robbery charges
A 39-YEAR-OLD man of
John Road was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
on a long list of armed robbery
Henderson Knpwles was first
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Rolle at Cdurt Five,
Bank Lane, on charges of
armed robbery and robbery.
According to court dockets,
Knowles on June 2 robbed
April Anne's Shoe Depot of
$130 cash. Knowles pleaded not
guilty to the charge.
It is further alleged that on
June 4 Knowles, while armed
with a knife, robbed Bay Side
Convenience Store of $100,
Mucka Mucks Clothing Store
of $309 on June 11 and Quality
Business Centre of $150 worth
of an assortment of phone
It is alleged that on June 16
Knowles robbed Synteshna
Percentie of a Motorola cellular
phone valued at $150. It is also
alleged that Knowles on Satur-
day, June 14, robbed Andre
McPhee of $24 cash.
Knowles was not required to
plead to the armed robbery
charges and was remanded to
Her Majesty's prison. The hear-
ing was adjourned to August
11 and 20.
Knowles was also arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel on similar charges. It is
alleged that Knowles on Satur-
day, June 14, robbed Radiant
Cleaners on Madeira Street of
$145 and, while armed with a
handgun, attempted to rob
Charlie Miller. Knowles plead-
ed not guilty to the charges. He
was remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison. The case was adjourned
to June 30.

MANY rank-and-file
Defence Force marines
believe sacked officer Zen-
nerman Sherman has been
victimised and should be rein-
stated, it emerged last night.
They claim he has been tar-
geted unfairly,'even though
an alleged rapist in the force
has been kept on.
Lieut Sherman was fired for
alleged "misconduct" by Com-
modore Clifford Scavella, but
claims his boss had no power
to do so under the Defence
Force Act.
In addition, Lieut Sherman
said the "misconduct" had
never been specified.
Now grassroots officers are
agitating for Lieut Sherman's
reinstatement, claiming he has
been the subject of a continu-
ing process of victimisation.

Former Petty Officer
Wayde Riley, who has now
retired, said rank-and-file
marines appreciated Lieut
Sherman's professionalism
and efficiency.
They believe he has been
singled out because his insis-
tence on high standards ran
counter to the slackness of
many other commissioned
"Commodore Scavella has
no authority to fire Lieut
Sherman," Mr Riley claimed.
"Only the Governor General
can do that."
He said Lieut Sherman had
been "very professional and
very helpful" but had been
constantly overlooked for pro-
motion during his 12 years in
the force.
"He has not been dealt with

fairly according to the rule of
law," claimed Mr Riley.
"We had one officer
accused of rape and causing
the girl to lose her baby, but
he was not dealt with. Anoth-
er was caught with a junior
girl .officer on his lap, but he
wasn't fired either."
Mr Riley said in his opin-
ion Lieut Sherman was being
victimised. "At the lower lev-
el, he has a number of sup-
porters. He should be rein-
stated because due process
was not done here.
"Also, we had people in the
force who have been caught
selling drugs and they have
been advanced repeatedly
while Lieut Sherman has been
consistently overlooked for
promotion," he alleged.
"The reason many officers
dislike him is because he holds
them to standards they can't

Lieut Sherman, 50, a former
member of the US Marine
Corps, told The Tribune that
he had found himself at odds
with a "banana republic" cul-
ture in which young marines
were deliberately held back
by senior officers who felt
"As far as I know, I am the
first commissioned officer
ever to have been fired," he
addejl, "but I still don't
know what I have been fired
"The official reason is 'mis-
conduct' but nothing has been
specified and nothing has
been put on paper."
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest said he
had spoken to Lieut Sherman
personally and was satisfied
the Defence Force had acted
in accordance with regula-
Lieut Sherman has consult-
ed lawyers with a view to tak-
ing action for "unfair dis-
missal", claiming other offi-
cers had been retained even
though facing serious accusa-
He claimed he had been tar-
geted for being outspoken.
Discipline in the force had
gone "out of the window," he

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FNM ritiism f th Gin

prjctdnunei Snt

Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM criticisms of the Ginn
project, signed under the PLP,
were denounced in the Senate as
a "tissue of lies" yesterday.
Laying out the benefits of the
Ginn Sur Mer project to the econ-
omy of Grand Bahama, leader of
opposition business in the Sen-
ate Allyson Maynard-Gibson said
that the FNM told "untruths"
about the development during its
time in opposition.
In particular, she said that the
FNM issued "propaganda" when
it claimed that the PLP was "giv-
ing away Bahamian land" to the
developers, said that the project
was not environmentally sound,
and said that the PLP had
allowed for the developers to
receive "unnecessary, unusual
and improper concessions."
"The evidence of the fact is
that the FNM is now enacting the
very same concessions approved
by the PLP," said Mrs Maynard-
She was contributing to a
debate on the amendment to the
provisions of the Stamp Act and
Tariff Act to enable the govern-
ment to fulfill the obligations
made in the Heads of Agreement
with the developers.
These Acts need to be amend-
ed in order to make legal the con-
cessions granted to the Ginn pro-
ject, which is being built in Grand
Bahama's West End.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that
although the bill to amend the
Acts "should've been brought last
year", it is "better late than nev-
er", and she supported it.
The PLP senator said that the
Ginn project was "designed by
the PLP" and was special for sev-

eral reasons, such as the "uplift" it
was expected to bring to Grand
Bahama's depressed economy,
the extent to which it integrated
the community, and the "special
concessions" it involved "so that
another part-of Grand Bahama
could compete with Freeport."
She explained that the PLP had
not "given away Bahamian land"
during the negotiations, because
the land that Ginn acquired was
already in non-Bahamian hands.
Meanwhile, Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son claimed that the fact that the
FNM has not made any modifi-
cations to the project's specifica-
tions shows that its alleged criti-
cisms of the Ginn development
being "environmentally unsound"
and not bringing any additional
hotel rooms to the Bahamian
inventory were baseless.
She also refuted suggestions,
attributed to the FNM, that Ginn
would not benefit the economy
of West End.
"The truth is that this was the
first project in decades that inte-
grated the community of West
End into its development," she'
said, before listing numerous
infrastructural upgrades that the
Ginn developers were involved
in implementing in West End.
Leader of government business
Dion Foulkes later refuted the
suggestion that the FNM ever
accused the PLP of giving away
Bahamian land to the Ginn devel-
opers and added that the FNM
"fully endorses" the project.
He added, however, that the
FNM "never knew what was in
the agreement because the agree-
ment was never tabled" by the
PLP during its time in office.
"The opposition was never in a
position to speak intelligently and
in an informed way about .the
Ginn agreement," he said.

Ginn Sur Mer, announced in
2005, is a 2,000 acre resort com-
It is set to contain 4,400 con-
dominium and hotel units and
nearly 2,000 single family resi-
dential homes, as well as two golf
courses, a private airport, two
marinas, swimming pools and
waterpark facilities, a casino, ten-
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More Bahamians turning to the land

A BUSINESSMAN joked the other day that
his wife was having fun with her little compost
machine that was producing a handful of com-
post daily for the almost non-existent space
that is their backyard.
All she has space to grow are her herbs, and
small plants. But in their home nothing is being
Scraps of citrus rind, vegetables and other
food left-overs are being turned into productive
soil and little plants are now taking hold.
We have noticed that our gardener has tak-
en a small corner of our land to plant banana
trees, corn, beans and papaya. Already some
plants are bearing.
As for our maid she is busy growing okras on
her small lot. Everyone we meet these days is
trying to wring something from the soil.
If Sir Etienne Dupuch were alive today, he
would be overjoyed that the gospel he was try-
ing to preach more than 60 years ago has at
last found fertile ground.
We remember when he launched a tree
planting campaign in his district. He was then a
* member of the House for the Eastern District.
At that time he went from house-to-house in
certain areas of his district holding tree-planti-
ng ceremonies.
At least one citrus tree was planted in each
person's back yard, followed by a little speech
about the importance of families helping to.
feed themselves.
But, although his family was self-sufficient
in food production during the war years, the
idea never caught the imagination of the com-
Sir Etienne was promoting "domestic" farm-
ing and already Bahamians thought themselves
on a social rung above grubbing in the soil.
"At last," said Edison Key, at one time one
of this country's largest farmers, and now exec-
utive chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), "Bahami-
ans are waking up to reality. Everything is going
up the cost of living, the cost of energy.
Bahamians have now got to get serious about
food security.
"We have to move as quickly as possible,"
Mr Key said from his Abaco home yesterday.
"The world is changing so fast, that we'll never
"One day we could be sitting in plenty of
trouble if we don't help ourselves."
Finally, Bahamians understand what is hap-
They only have to go to the foodstore, go to
the gas pumps, read the newspapers to know
that if we don't take responsibility for our own
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us. The world's people have too many prob-
lems of their own what with global warming,
climate change, and the food supply shrinking as
agricultural lands are turned over to making
fossil fuels to keep our motor cars running.
Mr Key recalls the days when boats came to
Nassau from Eleuthera laden with fruits and
vegetables; when Abaconians and Long
Islanders built their own boats, and when Out
Islanders tilled the soil and fished the seas to
provide for their own tables. Those days are
But for Bahamians who are willing, Mr Key
sees tremendous potential for them to start
feeding themselves.
For example, he said, Abaco and Andros
have extensive fertile land. Both islands sit on 60
to 80-foot lenses of fresh water.
"There's no problem with the land," he says,
"we have the water and the climate, all we need
are the hands to work the land the labour."
This is the area in which the Bahamas has failed.
As a farmer he knows that if farming is to be
successful, Immigration is going to have to relax
its policies.
There are just not enough Bahamians to till
the soil.
For example in Abaco, he said, Owens-Illi-
nois left behind 18,000 acres of prime agricul-
tural land on which the company grew sugar
cane. BAIC holds 10,000 acres of that land,
1,000 acres of which the Corporation is now
dividing up into five-acre lots to be leased for
There is also extensive land at Andros in
addition to the 560 acres of land owned by
Atlantis, which government has purchased, and
is now laying out in lots, again for leasing.
There will be strict stipulation on all of these
leases with a period of time in which to get the
operation going.
No one will be allowed to sit on the land for
speculation. If a farm is not under production in
a certain time, the leaseholder will forfeit his
lease. BAIC also has plans to create an Indus-
trial Park, which will be laid out in 200-acre
plots. And with New Providence in such close
proximity, farmers will have a ready market
near at hand.
Mr Key should know. At the height of his
farming career, his 3,000-acre farm in Abaco
produced for export in a year five to 6,000
bushels of cucumbers and millions of bushels of
limes, persian limes, oranges, grapefruit and
other citrus.
Mr Key is confident that if Bahamians got
serious about farming, not only could they help
feed themselves more cheaply, but they could
relieve our foreign exchange debt.

What happened

to our Christian

regard for the

sanctity of life?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
co-hosted a talk show with
Juan McCartney on the Sanc-
tity of Life. The guests were
Ethegra Symonette, Canon
Kirkley Sands, both of the
Social Sciences Department
of the College of the
Bahamas, and myself.
Father Sands said, as Chris-
tians we regard life as a sacred
gift from our Creator, and no
one has the right to deprive
another of his life. There is no
endorsement in the New Tes-
tament of capital (or even cor-
poral) punishment.
If the punishments of the
Old Testament against adul-
terers and fornicators were
carried out, few of us would
be left standing. We might not
even have a quorum left for
Parliament, or the pulpits of
this nation.
At the end of the show Juan
McCartney asked for a
response to the following:
"The Authorities say that
most of the murders are crim-
inals killing other 'alleged
criminals', and so our murder
problem, is not as bad as it
might seem." (or words to that
If this is what "the Author-
ities" are saying, then it is an
admission that our Authori-
ties have relinquished their
authority over "criminal
behaviour" to criminals who
are minded to carry out extra-
judicial killings. Is this the
By the same token, if indi-
viduals can take out alleged

criminals, with impunity, then
we are saying there is license
for the general public, to
determine the "guilt" of
another, and carry out his exe-
cution no matter what the
alleged crime.
Are we willing to accept
such a radical departure from
the basic Christian regard for
the sanctity of life, and the
laws of this country?
If we accept this position,
then we are accepting a return
to the law of the jungle.
I said earlier in the show
that we have developed the
"National Shrug" that is,
the practice of blaming the
victim himself for his death,
by alleging that he somehow
deserved it, or at least was
complicit in it.
This occurs not only at the
level of street-gang deaths, but
at all levels, including attempts
to rationalize medical mal-
practice and hospital failure.
It is an attempt to deny
responsibility for depriving
another human being of his
As Ms Symonette said, our
situation suggests that as a
society, we are operating at
the level of a six or seven year
(Some six or seven year olds
might be offended by this
But the "National Shrug"
seems to provide a rationale

for us as a community to
accept unlawful killings, with
no real resolution.
It absolves our law
enforcers of their responsibil-
ity to detain and process sus-
This relieves them also of
the uncomfortable task, in
some cases, of bringing cer-
tain suspects to trial, because
the suspect may be well con-
nected to the police, civil ser-
vice, politicians, a "promi-
nent" family, or whatever.
Does this explain why, in a
number of recent notable
murders and "suspicious
deaths", no one has been
detained or brought to trial?
This is a an abandonment
of the Rule of Law. An unlaw-
ful death remains such, no
matter who the victim, or who
the offender.
Canon Sands is optimistic
that we can, as Christians,
address our problems, no mat-
ter what they are.
I have to endorse that opti-
mism. What is the alternative?
We are educated Christians,
living in a democratic coun-
try, under a rule of law. We
know what we ought to do.
We are capable of doing it.
We can plan, prioritise, and
allocate the resources to do it.
The question is whether we
will extricate, o. heads f om
the sand, and find the person-
al and political backbone to
do it, now.

June, 2008.

Environmental worries inspired this poem

EDITOR, The Tribune.
As a proud Bahamian, I felt
compelled to write this poem.
The environment and its pro-
tection is everyone's respon-
Together we can truly make
a difference!
Did you hear the baby tur-
Cry out the other day?
As it was being tortured and

In such a cruel and heart-
less way!
Tears of pain were rolling
down its face,
This inhumane treatment,
Such a disgrace!
As we portray the Bahamas,
As our happy place,
What's going on?
What have we done?
To our islands?
Have you observed the
Snappers, grouper and
In their oceans the other
If they could convey their
feelings to us,
I feel this is what they'd like
to say!
"Our fragile eco-system is
in a mess!
.Many of our reefs are
And in distress!
We are being over fished!
Our reproduction is now,
Being put to the test!

What's going on?
What have we done?
To our islands?
Let's put our minds togeth-
Think this through!
There must be another way!
Tourism is our pipeline,
Our economic lifeline!
We depend on it each day!
Eco friendly, going green,
Is the worldwide pulse!
Let's embrace this lifestyle,
Change depends on us!
Protecting our environ-
Is an absolute must!
Let's respect each other!
And our islands!
Let's respect ourselves!
And our beautiful!
God given!
Bahamian Islands!
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Companies to

meet regional


players at


BAHAMIAN companies and
entrepreneurs are set to meet
major regional players in
telecommunications next month
at the annual Caribbean Asso-
ciation of National Telecom-
munications Organisations con-
ference and trade exhibition to
be held on Paradise Island.
"We at BTC are sure that this
experience will be a one-of-a-
kind for all the delegates and
industry partners," said Marlon
Johnson, vice-president of mar-
keting at BTC in a press release
"We know that they will all
come away with a much wider
network within the industry and
the region, as well as an expand-
ed knowledge about the newest
technologies and how to best
implement them in their home
countries for their valued cus-
"We would like to see local
companies in the information
technology field take advantage
of this incredible opportunity.
There will not be many oppor-
tunities like this for Bahamian
entrepreneurs and businesses
to be up close to the regional
and international players in the
telecoms and informatics indus-
tries," Mr Johnson added.
CANTO was founded in 1985
as a trade association to serve
the needs of telephone operat-
ing companies in the Caribbean,
and its creation marked the first
time that these Caribbean bod-
ies had come together to inde-
pendently address a wide array
of telecommunications issues of
mutual concern.
Starting out with nine mem-
bers in nine countries, today's
CANTO boasts more than 100
full and affiliate members in
more than 30 nations in the
Caribbean, North and South
America, Asia and Europe,
including BTC. CANTO is now
recognized as a major telecom
trade association, not only in
the region, but globally.
The annual gathering, which
will take place this year at
Atlantis from July 13 to 16, is
comprised of Caribbean
telecommunications operators,
as well a full range of related
international service providers,
equipment suppliers, consul-
tants, representatives of gov-
ernment ministries and depart-
ments, educational institutions,
other telecommunications
organizations and major users
of telecommunication services.
This year's conference, under
the theme "Caribbean Unity
through Connectivity", will cen-
tre on the Connecting the
Caribbean initiative.
This was developed at the
CANTO 24th annual meeting
and First Connect the
Caribbean Face to Face meet-
ing held earlier this year in
Paramaribo, Suriname.
This initiative the
Caribbean's response to the
International Telecommunica-
tions Union's "Connect the
World Initiative" is based
upon a closer alignment of pri-
vate and public sectors interests
in digital connectivity.
It ultimately supports the
achievement of the objective of
the World Summit on the Infor-
mation Society to bridge the
digital divide.
The work done on the Con-
nect the Caribbean Initiative in
Nassau in July will form a major
part of CANTO's focus for the
next few years.

'Sweethearters and

bisexuals hijacking

family protection laws'

SERIAL "sweethearters" and
influential bi-sexuals are hijacking
the system and preventing family
protection laws being enacted, it
was claimed yesterday.
Damage resulting from this
failure is thwarting the nation's
social development, said the pres-
sure group, Bahamian Fathers for
Children Everywhere.
The Bahamas is the only coun-
try in the western world with no
proper family court, said group
spokesman Clever Duncombe.
This meant that responsible
fathers of children born out of
wedlock continued to be denied a
part in their offspring's upbring-
ing. And boys brought up in sin-
gle-parent homes were often left
on the streets at the mercy of
predatory homosexuals and bisex-
uals, he added. The fathers' rights
group is campaigning for the
Family and Child Protection Act,
passed two years ago, to be enact-
ed to tackle several continuing
problems in Bahamian society.
It particularly wants to pro-
mote increased involvement of
responsible fathers in their chil-
dren's lives in the hope of coun-
tering growing delinquency
among boys, in particular.
"But parliament is infested
with a lot of serial sweethearters
who are hijacking the system,"
Mr Duncombe claimed. Such a
law, if enforced; would oblige
them to confront their responsi-
bilities. A proper family court was
required to provide a structure
for fathers to pursue their rights,
he said, and also ensure that chil-




Nation's social development

being thwarted fathers group

dren born out of wedlock were
properly cared for.
"The Family and Child Protec-
tion Act is still somewhere in the
archives gathering dust," he said.
"The government has not even
apportioned any money for this.
This is the only jurisdiction in the
western world without any fami-
ly court."
He said some religious leaders
were also hijacking the system
"because many of them have
impregnated their own mem-
But he said the law was needed
not only to ensure payment of
child maintenance, but also pro-
mote parental responsibility.
"Children need guidance as
well as maintenance," he said.
Mothers forced out to work for
economic reasons were creating
social discord. "Who is raising the
children?" he asked.
"Right now our laws are archa-
ic and do not reflect the current
He said incest, child abuse and
impregnation of under-age girls
were rampant because of broken
families in which stepfathers and
mothers' boyfriends were having
sex with children.
"Stepfathers and boyfriends
are four-times more likely to
abuse children in their care than

7' '~

biological fathers," said Mr Dun-
"Politicians have to be mature
about this. Some have outside
children they don't support. Oth-
ers use public funding to support
their children fathered out of
wedlock. They put their sweet-
hearts on National Insurance and
social services. "I have been told
this by a former Speaker of the
House who said these people put
their wives on the public trea-
sury," Mr Duncombe claimed.
He added: "We have not had
reform in decades. It is a shame
and disgrace because so many
children who are the products of
our system suffer from parental
alienation syndrome.
"The church could so some-
thing about this, but they too
often find themselves compro-
mised on these issues and can do
"In Europe they are now peti-
tioning for the protection of the
foetus. We are still campaigning
for children already born. We are
well behind the rest of the world."
He said it was also impossible
to make politicians take a position
on the homosexual lifestyle.
Again, he said, many were com-
promised, even though such
action was critical for social and
national development.


AKA SORORITY is hosting a global synchronised walk for spiritual, men-
tal and physical health. The walk will be held on June 28 under the
patronage of Mrs Patricia Minnis, wife of Health Minister Hubert Minnis.
It will start at Goodman's Bay and continue west on the Cable Beach strip
to Super Value roundabout and back to Goodman's Bay. It will be followed
immediately with a health screening on Goodman's Bay. Pictured left to
right are: Mrs Joy Anne Archer, International Region Rep, International Pro-
grams Committee; Dr. Cindy Dorsett, president, Eta Psi Omega Chapter;
Mrs. Patricia Minnis, patron of the "ESP 1908 Global CentennialWalk."

Rotary Club of Nassau presents new

refrigerator to Soldier Road Home

THE Rotary Club of Nassau,
the Bahamas' oldest Rotary
Club, recently visited the Sol-
dier Road Home for the Aged
to present them with a new
The Home has been in oper-
ation since 1996 in this location
arid is one of several operated
by the Ministry of Health.
The Rotarians were very
impressed by the cleanliness of
the Home, and the well-cared
for residents. Able to hold a
maximum of 13 residents, the
Home currently has 12 resi-
dents, ranging in age from a
young 68 to a sprightly 95. The
Rotarians asked several ques-
tions about the running of the
facility and complimented the
Senior Supervisor, Janet Whyly,
on her dedication to her job and
on the pristine environment.
Ms Whyly informed the visi-
tors that although government-
funded, the Home is in dire
need of several additional items,
including chests of drawers,
mattresses, pillows and bedding.
She conducted a tour of the

Home for Rotarians could see
for themselves the poor, but
spotless, condition of the Home
and the items needed.
The residents are cared for
by 17 staff, who operate on a
shift system, providing 24-hour
care. The Home is currently
sharing the use of a bus, which
is utilised to carry residents to
podiatrists, dentists and doctors
and for the occasional outing.
Residents take part in light
exercise, they love to dance and
produce craft items that are
available for purchase at the
annual October Craft Open
House in October.
Ms Whyly and Social Ser-
vices public Relations Officer
Lisa Ingraham, thanked Club
members for their thoughtful-
ness and invited them to visit
at anytime.
The Soldier Road Home is
one of several institutions assist-
ed by the Rotary Club of Nas-
sau, these include the Persis
Rodgers Home for the Aged
and Elizabeth Estates Chil-
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Buyers happy with farmers

BAHAMAS Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Executive Chair-
man Edison M. Key demonstrates his skill at propagating limes during a
recent tour of North Andros farms.

ASSISTANT General Manager Arnold Dorsett (right) shows Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Executive Chairman Edison
M. Key (centre) and board member Philip Beneby the extent of BAIC's land
holdings in North Andros.

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BAHAMAS Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Executive Chair- man Edison M. Key (second right) examines potato vines during his
man Edison M. Key (centre) and surveyor Hubert 'Huey' Williams check recent tour of North Andros. Also pictured, from left, are board member
the plan of BAIC's property in North Andros. Also pictured are board mem- Philip Beneby, Assistant General Manager Arnold Dorsett and Lucayan
ber Philip Beneby (left) and Domestic Investment Officer Alphonso Smith. Tropical Farms sales and marketing manager Roger Rolle.

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won the support of Nassau whole-
salers Lucayan Tropical Farms.
"I like what I see and I see
opportunities to sell (North
Andros) products in Nassau,"
said Lucayan's manager Tim.
Hauber. "I think the Nassau mar-
ket would be happy to have more
locally grown products."
Added marketing manager

Roger Rolle, "From what we
have seen, we definitely would
be able to do business right
They were part of a Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC) team that visit-
ed North Andros recently, as
BAIC started laying out its agri-
industrial and greenhouse parks
Headed by Executive Chair-
man Edison M. Key, the team

included surveyor Hubert 'Huey'
Williams, BAIC board member
Philip Beneby, General Manager
Benjamin Rahming, Assistant
General Manager Arnold
Dorsett, and executive Joyce Tre-
Mr. Hauber said he was
impressed by North Andros'
"untapped opportunities" in agri-
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Mr. Hauber.
"We can buy from them and,
in turn, supply our clients with
more Bahamian grown products."
More Bahamians are becom-
ing aware of the need to buy
locally, as opposed to importing,
noted Mr. Rolle.
"First of all, you are getting a
fresher product and, secondly,
you would get it, most times, at a
cost less than the imported prod-
uct. So, you are getting better
quality for less."
Cecil Gaitor, president of the
Nortl Andros Farmers Associa-
tion, said farmers were inspired
by BAIC's interest in their wel-
"The interest the chairman,
Mr. Key, has shown has given us
new vigour," said Mr. Gaitor.
"We now believe that one day we
would be able to sell the quality
products that we produce."
BAIC is making land available
to the Association for its head-
quarters and farm shop.
"That is good news for the
farmers," said Mr. Gaitor. "That
is another example of Mr. Key's
concern for the farmers."
BAIC's North Andros Domes-
tic Investment Officer Alphonso
Smith agreed.
"There has been renewed
interest in farming since Mr. Key
took over," he said. "Farmers are
happy that finally something is
going to happen for them."
Surveyor Williams was
brought in to layout the agri-
industrial and greenhouse parks.
"It looks like the farmers here
are really serious," said Mr. Key.
"If we put everything in place to
support them, I think agriculture
in North Andros could be a great
success in the near future.
"We have the farmers' interest
at heart. We hope to attract more
young people into farming and
that should be a big plus for food
security in the Bahamas."


of BIS, ZNS to

improve level

of service

* By Lindsay Thompson

STEPS are underway to pro-
vide "more resources" for
Bahamas Information Services
to improve the quality of work
delivered to the public, said
Senator Kay Forbes-Smith in
her budget presentation to the
Senate on Thursday.
Senator Smith, the Parlia-
mentary Secretary in the Office
of the Prime Minister in
Freeport, Grand Bahama, has
responsibility for BIS and the
Broadcasting Corporation of
The Bahamas.
"The restructuring at BIS
was designed to resolve certain
anomalies, define responsibili-
ties more clearly, institute more
discipline and to re-order the
chain of authority, so as to
enable BIS to function at its full
potential," Senator Smith said.
The Bahamas Information
Services was established by an
Act of Parliament in October
1974 and is the official news
agency of the Government, with
responsibility for liaising with
the media on behalf of govern-
ment ministries and depart-
The general functions are to
inform the public of Govern-
ment policies and activities, to
provide a central channel for
the flow of information to, and
enquiries from the public, press
and other media; to advise Gov-
ernment in relation to the dis-
semination of information
about the work of Government,
and to take all such measures
as may be required to carry out
effectively the functions speci-
fied, according to the Act.
"Much progress was made
and restructuring initiated dur-
ing the past fiscal year at BIS,"
Senator Smith said.
Amongst those changes
being a new Director General
appointed with overall respon-
sibility for the control and direc-
tion of the department.
An additional Deputy Direc-
tor was appointed at BIS in the
Office of the Prime Minister,
"The two deputy directors
are responsible for the print,
broadcast and information tech-
nology divisions. The post of
Executive Director was regu-
larised to have responsibility for
the day-to-day administrative
operation of the agency," Sen-
ator Smith said.
"These efforts have already
resulted in a dramatic increase
in productivity, especially in the
timely distribution of news arti-
cles and photographs to the
media," she added.
Regarding ZNS, Senator
Smith said that its transforma-
tion "is critical" to the growth
and development of the coun-
She said that government is
addressing the challenges fac-
ing the corporation, particular-
ly in the face of global digital
In order to facilitate this
move, an executive manage-
ment team would be appoint-
ed to "provide the vision and

"Much progress
was made and
initiated during
the past fiscal
year at BIS."

Kay Forbes-Smith

leadership" required to trans-
form ZNS. "This team will
demonstrate the ability to better
manage its budget and bring fis-
cal prudence to an organisation
that has historically been con-
sidered a drain on the public
purse," Senator Smith said.
She added that the chairman
and the board of directors are
working with executive man-
agement to ensure the creation
of an organisational structure
that "causes the organisation to
become more efficient and pro-
ductive in the execution of its
In May, ZNS completed the
upgrades to the Northern Ser-
vice Antenna System, replacing
a condemned tower and
installing ground radials to re-
establish its signal pattern to
comply with internationally
approved directional array, Sen-
ator Smith said.
The 1540 AM portion of
ZNS network is in "dire need"
of an upgrade, she said. The
obsolete 50 kilowatt transmit-
ter is only producing 8 kilowatts
of power, making it "impossi-
ble to service" a portion of the
central and all of the southeast
The corporation is also
embarking on the New Provi-
dence Upgrade Project, Sena-
tor Smith said.
Already purchased are the
replacement directional tower
and the required material to re-
establish the signal pattern.
The new state-of-the-art 50-
kilowatt transmitter is sched-
uled to be delivered by mid-
July. A contractor has been
engaged to ensure installation
within the eight-week specified
"So we are optimistic that
before the end of the summer,
the AM network of the Broad-
casting Corporation of The
Bahamas will be fully restored
and providing the essential ser-
vice to the entire country," Sen-
ator Smith said.
Another budgetary provision
is the redevelopment of the
News Department and televi-
sion programming and produc-
tion, training of staff and other
infrastructural changes, she said.
There is also a move to trans-
form ZNS into a National Pub-
lic Service Broadcaster.
Discussions began in January
when the Government, ZNS
and corporate partners hosted
the 27th Biennial Conference
of the Commonwealth Broad-
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Oil trading

1 volatile

< despite Saudi

1 output pledge
VIENNA, Austria
OIL PRICES fluctuated
Monday as traders shrugged
off a pledge by Saudi Arabia to
increase its production and the
dollar gained strength in
Europe, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Saudi Arabia said Sunday it
would produce more crude oil
this year if the market needs it.
The kingdom announced a
300,000 barrel per day pro-
duction increase in May and
said before the start of the
meeting in Jeddah that it
would add another 200,000
barrels per day, in July, raising
total daily output to 9.7 mil-
lion barrels.
The announcement had
already been factored into oil
-prices, analysts said.
"The meeting was mildly
positive but it wouldn't really
m deliver anything that would
f give a heavy correction in oil,"
said Mark Pervan, a senior
commodity strategist at the
, ANZ Bank in Melbourne,
Australia. "They pledged pro-
duction increases that the mar-
ket thought was base case."
Light, sweet crude for
August delivery traded down
73 cents to $134.63 a barrel on
the New York Mercantile
Exchange by afternoon in
Europe, falling with the price
of gold as the dollar gained
c. Gold lost about 2 percent of
its value and the euro, which.
fetched $1.5529 early, quickly
slipped to $1.5474. The pound
also fell, from $1.9652 to
Saudi Arabia's pledge fell
[ far short of U.S. hopes for a'
specific increase. The United
States and other nations argue
, that oil production has not
kept up with increasing
demand, especially from Chi-
na, India and the Middle East.
But Saudi Arabia and other
OPEC countries say there is
no shortage of oil and instead
S.blame financial speculation
and the falling U.S. dollar.
Analysts said the meeting
helped provide some clarity as
to the size of spare OPEC
capacity available. Saudi Ara-
bia said it is willing to invest to
boost its spare oil production
capacity above the-current 12.5
million barrels per day planned
for the end of 2009 if the
market requires it.
"I think where the market
may be a little more comfort-
ed, which could see prices drift
lower in the medium term, is
more clarity and scope on
OPEC capacity," Pervan said.
Total worldwide crude pro-
duction is about 85 million bar-
rels per day, but analysts say
supplies remain tight amid dis-
ruptions to production from
Nigeria, Africa's largest pro-
I "The oil summit really has
not done much to temper oil
pricing," said Victor Shum, an
energy analyst with Purvin &
Gertz in Singapore. "It was a
modest output increase and
hardly really compensates for
the disruption out of Nigeria."
With expectations fading
that the Saudi moves would
drive the market downward,
analysts suggested present high
levels were here to stay, at
least for the short term.
"Bubble or not, one thing is
I for sure, while the market has
not gained any ground since
that historic $16.10 rally back
on June 05th/06th, it has not
yielded any ground either,"
wrote trader and analyst
Stephen Schork, in his Schork
"Thus, it is clear that the
market is certainly comfort-.
able with crude oil up around
these levels."
Royal Dutch Shell PLC said
Friday that it cannot meet con-
tractual obligations to export
oil from a Nigerian oil field fol-
lowing a militant attack Thurs-
However, the head of Nige-
ria's white-collar oil-workers

union denied reports of a
strike targeting Chevron
Corp.'s Nigerian operations.
While negotiations with the
company over staffing levels
were deadlocked, there was no
workers' action on Monday,
said Bayo Olowoshile, the
head of the union known as
"As of now, work is going
on and production has not
been affected," Olowoshile
told the Associated Press.
Strikes by white-collar work-
ers infrequently immediately
impact companies' oil produc-
tion, which is largely automat-
ed in Nigeria.

Police officers needed who have integrity

and professionalism, says Commissioner

POLICE Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said the
Royal Bahamas and Turks and
Caicos Police Forces need
police officers who subscribe
to the core values of integrity,
professionalism, compassion,
respect and accountability.
Speaking at the recent
Graduation Ceremony of E
and F Squads at the Police Col-
lege, Commissioner Ferguson
said the Forces also need
"those intangibles which may
serve the officers well like
courage, integrity and loyalty."
"To the graduating squads,
courage means believing in
yourself and that is something
no one can teach you," Com-
missioner Ferguson said.
"Some of you may be called
upon to enforce the law in the
very neighborhoods from
which you came and to which
you came and to which you
must return after duty hours.
"This prospect will pose for
you a daunting challenge.
Graduates, courage requires
that you meet and subjugate
this challenge fearlessly."

"Integrity requires that,
even when out of uniform,
the life you lead will always
bear powerful witness to the
wider community of the high
standard of conduct which
your office requires."

He also explained that
integrity requires that the grad-
uates always be true to and
guided by their oath of office.
"Integrity requires that you
will enforce the law equally,
without fear or favour, malice
or ill will," Commissioner Fer-
guson said.
"Integrity requires that,
even when out of uniform, the
life you lead will always bear
powerful witness to the wider
community of the high stan-
dard of conduct which your
office requires."
He said as new police offi-

cers, gathered from the widest
reach of our archipelagic
nation and the colony of the
Turks of Caicos Islands, each
of them brought with them
their individual and peculiar
values, attitudes and
The Commissioner added
that as police officers their loy-
alties are expected to be bound
to your respective country and
"That loyalty requires that
you will not compromise that
success of police operations
you are engaged in, even

though that may be directed
towards friends, acquaintances,
or even family members."
He said whenever other
affiliations hinder the ability
to be loyal to the police opera-

tions, it erodes integrity, sul-
lies and endangers the lives and
good names of colleagues
and potentially rocks the
very foundation of the organi-
Commissioner Ferguson
said as the graduates embarked
upon their policing career, the
nation's call for service above
self is more than urgent before.
"You come at a time when the
choice has to be made whether
policing is your first or last
"Certainly the forces repre-
sented here today are not enti-
ties for a last resort but a
blessed opportunity to serve
our countries and indeed to
serve humanity."
The Commissioner also
said, "Last resort decisions
often breeds corruption within
an organisation and sacrifices
the level of quality service that
is offered to a society and I,
my brother Commissioner and
the communities you have
sworn to serve and protect, will
not endure corrupt police offi-

Persons must come forward 'to help resolve crime situation'

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Acting Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Ferguson
stressed that even one homicide is one
too many, and that persons must come
forward with information to the help
bring resolution to the crime situation.
.While speaking with the media on
Grand Bahama on Friday, Commis-
sioner Ferguson expressed concern
about the number of homicides in the
"As policemen we don't want one
death. We would hope that there
would not even be one, but the fact
that there is more than one, you could
imagine the kind of impact that has
on us as law enforcement having the
responsibility to do whatever we can.
"And so, you will find that we would
be there flat out trying to bring clo-
sure because when a crime is commit-

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Twenty-three
bullet-proof vests were pre-
sented to the Royal Bahamas
Police Force on Friday by the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
GBCC president Gregory
Moss made the presentation at
police headquarters in Freeport
to Acting Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson and
Assistant Commissioner of
Police Eugene Cartwright, the
officer in charge of the northern
Mr Moss said the vests were
acquired from.n Protected Prod-
ucts International as a result of
direct contributions made by
members of the Chamber,
including Star General, the
Home Centre, Moss & Associ-
ates, and Deloitte.
He also noted further pledges
from other businesses, includ-
ing Dolly Madison and Colina
.Imperial, will be put toward
future efforts for the purchase
of additional vests for police
"We consider this very near
and dear to our hearts. We
recognize the sacrifice which
you make for this community.
We recognise...that you put
your lives at risk and sacrifice
your families for us," said Mr
The attorney commended the
police for keeping the commu-
nity safe. He said the Chamber
is willing to assist the police and
have appointed a police liaison

,ted, the negative affects and impact
on society is already there, the best
we can do is try to solve it and bring it
to closure," he said.
The Tribune asked Mr Ferguson on
Friday for comments about the male
prostitution theory, which has emerged
from members of the GLBT (gay, les-
bian, bi-sexual and transgendered)


Refusing to respond to the specula-
tion theory regarding the recent mur-
ders of gay men in New Providence, he
indicated that the police are investi-
gating all homicides, including the bru-
tal deaths of four prominent gay men.
"I don't want to speculate and I
don't deal in speculation," he said.
"We are investigating all homicides,
including the ones that involve the per-
sons you refer to and everything else.
"We are putting every effort into it

committee headed by John
"We are very serious about
assisting. We want to know how
we can assist you and we want
to be a part of assisting you.
You provide a safe environment
in which we can function and
we are grateful for it," said Mr
Commissioner Reginald Fer-
guson thanked Mr Moss and the
Chamber for their valuable con-
tribution to the Police Force.
"The environment in which
we do policing in the Bahamas
is dictating that we improve on
the welfare of officers out there.
"It is the intention and policy
of the RBPF to see to it that
every officer has a bullet proof
vest as part of his or her kit.
Mr Ferguson said they are
encouraged by the response of
corporate citizens, particularly
here on Grand Bahama.
"When we look at the whole
commonwealth in terms of the
support that we get from the
community throughout the
Bahamas, we have come to the
conclusion that citizens of
Grand Bahama are more dis-
posed to assisting the police
than anywhere else in the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas,"
he said.
Mr Ferguson noted that the
donation of vests is the first
since the police started its pro-
ject of ensuring that every offi-
cer is vested.
"We want to continue to part-
ner with you and I encourage
you to do whatever you can to
assist us in trying to deliver
quality service to citizens," he

and we are hoping to bring closure to
these matters. At this time, we have
made no arrests but we are working
feverishly on all the cases," he said.
Members of the GLBT believe that
COB department head Thaddeus
McDonald, prominent handbag
designer Harl Taylor, well-known
AIDS activist Wellington Adderley,
and Jamaican waiter Marvin Wilson
may have been killed by a male pros-
titute who they might have invited into
their homes.
Commissioner Ferguson stressed
that the entire citizenry has got to be
devoted to a zero tolerance approach
to crime.
"In some countries I saw pro-
grammes where they refer to 'not one
more drop of blood.'
"We got to have that kind of atti-
tude as citizens. We cannot be con-
tent with criminality taking place in
our community and waiting until it
knocks on our doorstep before we

come to the police.
"We must bring the information for-
ward and giving the police ammuni-
tion to work with, and work with the
police, to bring resolution to the situ-
ation," he said.
Commissioner Ferguson noted'that
the Bahamas is evolving and the police
look at new tactics and strategies when
dealing with crime. He said that they
must also be able manage whatever
resources and assets are available to
"I tell my officers that we have to be
the smartest managers that the 21st
century produces in trying to deal with
our situation.
"The question of resources, whether
sufficient or inadequate, is debatable
and the fact is how well we manage
what we have. That is part of my focus
while I serve, to more effectively man-
age what we have in terms of man-
power and also the assets we have,"
said Mr Ferguson.

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not published on notice
boards in the Family Islands
and was not in compliance
with the Parliamentary Elec-
tions Act.
He also noted that nomi-
nation day was also slated
for June 3. According to Mr
Gomez this was not enough
time as Parliamentary Elec-
tions require a particular'
time frame. Another ground
of contention, he said, was
that several polling divisions
had been closed. He noted
for instance that Bimini,
which has five polling divi-
sions, now has only one. Mr
Gomez also pointed out that
the order set out in the
notice was not tabled in the
House of Assembly until last
Wednesday. He said that it
should have been laid within
14 days of making the order.
According to Mr Gomez the
order was made on May 26.
The hearing did not pro-
ceed yesterday as attorneys
from the Attorney General's
Office, who represent the
respondents requested an
adjournment, claiming that
they had not had enough
time to receive proper
instructions on how to pro-
Attorney Dawn Lewis,
who appeared with Leif Far-
quharson, said that the
Attorney General's Office
had only received notice of
the issue on Thursday. She
said that they would need at
least two more days to
receive instructions and to
prepare to argue on the
issues Mr Gomez had raised.
The matter was
adjourned to Wednesday at
,9 am. Justice Isaacs noted
that if arguments on the
matter are not completed on
hMt&'d y, the court'will stay
the local government elec-
tions. '

FROM page one

Mrs Hanna-Martin in a statement
released late Sunday.
She was responding to comments
made by Mr Ferguson in a press release
at the end of last week. In the statement
Mr Ferguson criticised Mr Christie for
the language he used in condemning the
FNM for its plans to move the container
port to Arawak Cay and build a park
on the old straw market site.
Mr Christie, while speaking in the
House, called the move of the container
port to Arawak Cay "madness and fool-
ishness" that will divide the country.
"The free national movement is con-
cerned about the angry, divisive and
inflammatory language being used by

opposition parliamentarians in express-
ing their disagreement with policy deci-
sions of the government. Clearly, it is
the intention of the opposition to incite,"
said Mr Ferguson
"It is disappointing but not surprising
- that the PLP leadership should attempt
to spread discord among the Bahamian
people. It is a shameful display of imma-
turity and a terrible example of the fail-
ure of that party to provide the kind of
leadership needed in our country at this
time. Fortunately, the good people of
the Bahamas made the sensible decision
not to renew their contract in govern-
ment in May 2007," he added.
To this Mrs Hanna Martin said: "The

Mother of boy

killed in Sea Hauler

tragedy is yet to

receive payment

FROM page one
left sorely displeased on May 14 when they,
with other Sea Hauler victims, went to the Min-
istry of Labour and Maritime Affairs expecting
to receive their portion of the ex-gratia pay-
ment made available by the government to
those involved in the 2003 collision, but got
She broke down in tears describing to the
press how she was told that day that she could
not receive the long sought after funds when
others did because she would have to bring
proof in the form of a probate showing
that she was the mother of the 14-year-old vic-
tim, Lynden Johnson.
Meanwhile, her vexation has since escalated
because of what she described as "different sto-
ries" coming from the Attorney General's Office
about what is required from her in order to col-
lect the funds.
"Why is it that one saying one thing and the
other saying the other?" she asked in an inter-
view with The Tribune yesterday.
"I'm trying to figure out what's going on -
it's very frustrating."
Mrs Johnson claims she was informed by
Director ofPublit Prosecutions at the Attorney
General's Office, Cheryl Grant Bethel, later on
on the first day. that the cheques were to be.
handed out that -she did not need a probate

because her son was still a minor and did not
have a will. On the advice of Mrs Grant Bethel
she claims she waited to hear what "simple doc-
uments" she would be called on to bring in
order to pick up the cheque.
However, she said that after calling back a
number of times she spoke to another employ-
ee at the Attorney General's Office who again
said that she would need proof from the court in
order to collect the funds.
The government announced in January that it
would make the one-off ex-gratis or "out of
kindness" payment to the 29 Sea Hauler victims.
It later revealed that the one million dollars
allocated for those who suffered in the nighttime
crash would be split according to the severity of
the injuries that each received.
Relatives or spouses of those killed in the
crash, of which there were four in total, were set
to receive the largest portion of the funds -
$96,250 each.
Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs
Dion Foulkes told the victims in May that they
are still free to pursue the matter in the courts
and if the court rules in their favour, and the
amount is higher than that already provided
for the victims by the government, it will pay the
The Tribune attempted to reach Mrs Grant
Bethel and other staff in the Attorney General's
office for comment yesterday, but calls were
not returned up to press time.

chairman of the Free National Move-
ment must have forgotten that it was no
less a person than the prime minister
himself who set the standard in divisive-
ness on a national level and in the use of
inflammatory language in the manage-
ment of public affairs on the very first
night of his return to office by drawing
first blood against persons he believed to
be PLP supporters."
She said that it was Hubert Ingraham
who "fanned and encouraged the flames
of division" when, early in the FNM's
administration, people were fired from
the public service and millions of dol-
lars in contracts were cancelled, wors-
ening the current economic downturn.
"As a former teacher surely Mr Fer-
guson should turn his attention to
addressing the great challenges faced in

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pistol, a 9mm Browning pistol,
21 live rounds of 7.62 ammuni-
tion, 39 live rounds of .357
ammunition, one .357 magnum
round and 63 live rounds of
.9mm ammunition.
It is also alleged that on May
17, Maycock Sr conspired to
possess a quantity of marijua-
na with intent to supply and was
found in possession of the drugs
with intent to supply. The pros-
ecution alleges that Maycock Sr
was found in possession of 1,250
pounds of marijuana on that
date. The drugs, estimated at a
street value of $1.2 million was
reportedly seized when police
searched an apartment on
Bougainvillea Avenue, West
Bay Street.

our public schools on a daily basis, and in
particular, the problems of sexually inap-
propriate behaviour among our children
in schools and the problems of violence
and failing grades on campuses all over
this country," she said.
Mrs Hanna-Martin also repeated the
call made by her leader for the govern-
ment to disclose the rationale for moving
the port facilities to Arawak Cay rather
than following the scientific advice
received by the PLP by consultants.
"In short we say to the chairman and
to his leader, save your uninvited advice
to the Progressive Liberal Party and
instead turn your minds and your efforts
to addressing the very serious woes fac-
ing our country and to govern in a fash-
ion that will withstand objective scruti-
ny," she said.

Maycock Sr, who is repre-
sented by lawyer Dion Smith of
the law firm, Lockhart and
Munroe, pleaded not guilty to
all charges. Magistrate Carolita
Bethel adjourned the matters
to July 7 for report and fixture.
Maycock Sr was remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison yesterday.
He was not arraigned on the
escape charge yesterday.
In February Maycock Sr
made headlines when he traded
his Elizabeth Estates police sta-
tion prison cell with his son,
Melvin "Lil Mel" Maycock, 24.
US authorities, seeking May-
cock Sr's extradition, allege that
hheeads a drug gang that smug-
gled marijuana and cocaine into
the United States through the
He is wanted in the US to
face those charges.

Gay murders: three arrested, released
FROM page one
of men who sell their bodies for sex and drugs.
He could also be linked to the murder of AIDS activist Welling-
ton Adderley who was murdered in his Delancey Street home last
The three men were questioned about all four murders and
DNA samples were taken and sent away for testing. However,
without sufficient evidence to charge them, all three were released.
Police were grateful for:the detailed information of the suspect
obtained by The Tribune, however officers did not provide an
update on the investigation until yesterday when the composite of
a man wanted for Marvin Wilson's murder was published.
Mr Miller said he does not believe the wanted man is connected
with the suspects who were just released.
He said: "The description of the composite that we have just
released does not fit the description of the people who supplied
information over the weekend."

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Launch of the

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DIONISIO D'AGUILAR, President of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, and son of the late Vincent
D'Aguilar looks on as artist and architect, Jackson Burnside III addresses scores of art enthusiasts at
the recent launch of The D'Aguilar Art Foundation on Thursday, June 19 at The British Colonial Hilton.

BEVERLY WALLACE-WHITFIELD takes a close look at one of art.pieces featured at the recent launch of
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MARKING yet another his-
toric moment in Bahamian art
and history, family, friends and
art enthusiasts paid tribute to
the late Vincent D'Aguilar
with the official launch of the
much anticipated D'Aguilar
Art Foundation and its 'Glob-
al Discovery Programme' as a
selection of 25 private family
art works were featured at a
cocktail party and art exhibit at
the British Colonial Hilton on
Thursday, June 19.
The Foundation, which hon-
ours the legacy of Mr
D'Aguilar, an outstanding
patron of Bahamian art, who
died in February this year, will
continue to promote Bahamian
art through the creation of a
permanent home on Virginia
Street in which more than 700
pieces from his collection, dat-
ing as far back as the 70's will
be displayed for Bahamians
and visitors alike. The founda-
tion will also provide deserving
young Bahamian art students
at the tertiary level with an
opportunity to visit museums
and galleries abroad.
Attending were Marina
D'Aguilar, his widow and wife
of 50 years, Dayne D'Aguilar,
his eldest son and wife Linda,
Dionisio D'Aguilar, his
youngest son and wife Saskia,
and his two grandsons, Alexan-
der and Vincent Oliver in addi-
tion to more than 300 other
family members and friends,
including the Minister of State
for Culture Charles Maynard,
Senator Tanya Wright, former
Governor General Sir Orville
Turnquest and Lady Turn-
quest, and United States

SASKIA D'AGUILAR, wife of Dionisio D'Aguilar is pictured with
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D'Aguilar Art Foundation on Thursday, June 19 at The British Colo-
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Ambassador Ned Siegal.
Speaking on behalf of the
D'Aguilar family, Dionisio
D'Aguilar began by reading
his father's will which stipulat-
ed that his art collection be
preserved and not separated.
The younger D'Aguilar stated
that his father feared that all of
the time and effort and pas-
sion that had gone into the cre-

ation of this substantial art col-
lection would be lost, if he did
not seek in a meaningful way
to keep it together.
"He wanted his art collec-
tion kept together as an his-
torical illustration of the style
and talent of Bahamian artists
during the period that he was
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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations' much talked about
Scotia Bank Olympic trials are finally
here and there are quite a number of
intriguing match-ups to look forward
to this weekend at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Perhaps the most intriguing will be
the showdown in the men's 400 metres.
But the clash of the titans in the wom-
en's 100 metres should be just as keen-
ly contested.
On the field, both the men's high
jump and the long/triple jump, as well
as the women's long jump should be
the focus of attention as the BAAA
look at putting together the team to


One of six


advances to

second round

Sports Reporter
DAY one of the Security and Gen-
eral International Tennis Federation
tournament produced less than desired
results for the first Bahamians to take
the courts. However, with the higher
ranked seeds still awaiting their first
matches, title hopes remain afloat.
Five of the six Bahamians competing
on the opening day of the main draw
failed to advance to the second round
yesterday at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association National Tennis Center.
Twenty first ranked Rashida Robin-
son was the lone second round entrant
after her hard fought three set win over
fellow Bahamian Tashelle Burrows, 6-1,
2-6, 6-3.
Burrows was the 19th ranked player
in the draw.
Twentieth ranked Chelsea Powell lost
in straight sets to American Alina Jer-
jomina 6-1, 6-0.
Elanqua Griffin, ranked 17th, also
suffered a straight set defeat to Trinida-
dian Lee-Anne Lingo, 6-3, 7-5.
On the boys' side of the draw, Jason
Rolle lost to American Zach Jiganti in
straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
Javano Thompson also fell in straight
sets to Devard Wharton of Barbados, 6-
The under 14 draw features a pre-
ponderance of Bahamians, many of
whom faced each other on opening day.
Up to press time last night, the list
of winners included Nicoy Rolle, Justin
Roberts, Shaquille Taylor, Christian
Cargill, Treajh Ferguson, Danielle
Thompson, Yanick James and Kevin
Kerrie Cartwright is the top seed on
the girls' main draw, and along with
fourth ranked Katolina Klonaris, has
received a bye into the second round.
The seventh Bahamian in the field,
Gabriella Moxey, is ranked 18th.
In the boys' side of the draw, Rodney
Carey is the top ranked Bahamian play-
er at number five.
Jason Rolle, 23rd, William Fountain,
24th, Javano Thompson, 25th, and
Justin Lunn, 26th round out the
Bahamian contingent in the Boys' draw.
Play resumes today at 10am.

represent the Bahamas in Beijing, Chi-
na in August.
Add the fact that Scotia Bank is
putting in an additional $1,000 for any
athlete that attains the A qualifying
standard for the Olympics, the BAAA
is also expected to host a visiting team
from Haiti and members of the
Bahamas' 14-member team going to
the IAAF World Junior team going
to Poland in July will also be on dis-
Here's a look at the top five match-
ups as the trials get set for Friday and
1) Men's 400 metres.
This will definitely be the marquee
event of the two days, considering the
fact that Chris 'Bay' Brown lowered
the national record to 44.40 seconds
when he finished second to American

Jeremy Wariner in Oslo on June 6.
But in addition to Brown, two other
quarter-milers Andretti 'Da Bahami-
an Dream' Bain and Grand Bahamian
Andrae Williams have both went
Under the A Olympic qualifying time
of 45.55.
Last weekend, Bain became just the
fifth Bahamian to crack the 44-second
barrier and the second to win both the
NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champi-
onships with his winning time of 44.62
in Des Moines, Iowa.
The time should have ranked as the
fourth fastest in the world this year,
but it's not listed in the IAAF's latest
The best time posted for Bain is his
45.22, which surpassed the Olympic
Not too far behind is Williams with

his May 17th time of 45.52.
And sitting just outside of the
Olympic cut is Michael Mathieu with
The only problem that the quarter-
milers will face is the fact that only
three can compete in the Olympics.s
So going into the trials, Brown, Bain
and Williams have the upper hand.
The rest of the field, including Math-
ieu, former world champion Avard
Moncur, Nathaniel McKinney, Ramon
Miller and Aaron Cleare will be look-
ing for an upset, as well as a spot on
the men's 4 x 400 relay team as the
top six will automatically qualify.
The preliminaries of the men's 400
is on Friday, starting at 8:25 p.m. The

SEE page 14

FAMILY TIES Mark and Dawn Knowles hold their new baby boy, Brody...

Brody makes 'mama

and dada' proud

FORMER World No. 1 doubles
star Mark Knowles is free to play his
17th consecutive Wimbledon after
welcoming the early arrival of his
second son on Friday in Dallas,
His wife, Dawn, presented
Knowles with the couple's second
child, Brody Mark, three weeks
ahead of her due date and then gave
her blessing for Knowles to head to
Wimbledon Sunday night to partner
Mahesh Bhupathi in the gentlemen's
"It's been a little stressful lately
and if Dawn didn't have the baby
early I don't know what I would have
done," said Knowles. "The timing is
truly a blessing. And first and fore-
most we're so happy to see our sec-

ond son born."
Brody weighed in.at a robust 9 lbs.
6 oz. and 21 1/2 inches.
Knowles has not played since
. Roland,Garros, where he and Bhu-
pathi took an unexpected first-round
loss. Knowles reached the second
round of the mixed but withdrew
from the event to be with Dawn, who
encountered some complications.
"I was kind of hoping Brody would
come early but I was starting to won-
der if the gods didn't have a plan for
me to miss two Grand Slams,"
Knowles said. "Dawn would have
been extremely disappointed to see
me miss another one, and she prob-
ably would have let me play. I want-
ed to be with my wife for the birth
and play a supportive role, but I also

had my doubles partner to think
about. I didn't want to let Mahesh
down. It would have been different if
I was just playing singles."
Knowles, who with Bhupathi, is
fourth in the Stanford ATP Doubles
Race, plans to return to Dallas imme-
diately after his Wimbledon cam-
paign. "Straight after Wimbledon I'll
take a few weeks off because this
special time with the family is time
you'll never get back."
Knowles has been to the Wimble-
don quarterfinals or better for five
consecutive years, dating back to his
lone runner-up finish (w/Nestor) to
Todd Woodbridge and Mark Wood-
forde in 2002. The Knowles' first son,
Graham, will turn three in Septem-

1 i


The final


meet before

Olympic team


SOME 300 young athletes
with aspirations to one day
make the Bahamas Olympic
Team will compete at the 37th
RBC Bahamas National Swim-
ming Championships this
The swim meet, set for the
Betty Kelly Kenning National
Swim Complex in Oakes Field
June 26-29, will be the last
qualifying swimming event
before the selection of the
Bahamas Olympic team to
compete in Beijing, China this
Three Bahamian swimmers
have already qualified for the
2008 Olympics.
They are 26-year-old Jere-
my Knowles, who holds 13
senior records; 18-year-old Ari-
ana Vanderpool-Wallace, who
holds five senior records; and
20-year-old Alana Dillette,
who also holds five senior
All three recently performed
well at the Charlotte Ultra
Swim meet in North Carolina,
which was the last big Ameri-
can swim competition before
the US Olympic trials. Ten
Bahamian swimmers compet-
ed in that event out of a total
of about a thousand entrants.
A few more Bahamian
swimmers may qualify for the
Olympics during the Bahamas
Swimming Federation cham-
pionships, which have been
sponsored by Royal Bank
every year since 1983. This
year the event will be televised
live on Cable 12 from June 26-
29 and live on ZNS at 8pm on
June 27 and 28.
According to BSF President
Algernon Cargill, "The rela-
tionship between swimming
and the Royal Bank of Canada
is one of the most loyal, stable
and mutually rewarding part-
nerships in national sports.
We thank and salute RBC
for its commitment to the suc-
cess of young Bahamian swim-
Supporting youth develop-
ment remains a core area of
focus for Royal Bank's com-
munity involvement pro-
grammes, says RBC Country
Head Nat Beneby: "We sup-
.port the BSF because we
believe that athletic training is
critical to helping young peo-
ple realise their full potential."
The bank's sponsorship orig-
inated from a concern by gov-
ernment officials that many
Bahamian children could not
swim. A corporate
partner was enlisted to sup-
port broad-based swimming
In fact, RBC spends in
excess of $25,000 to support
the federation each year.
This long-term partnership
has succeeded in dramatically
expanding the popularity of
the sport. Early swim champi-
onships included no more than
40 children, compared to the
300 who will compete this year.

Basketball camp to 'jump off' next week at C I Gibson

Senior Sports Reporter
FOR the 11th year, Kevin 'KJ'
Johnson and his instructors will be
imparting the knowledge of basket-
ball to a number of enthusiastic
The camp will get underway on
Monday at the CI Gibson Gymnasi-
um and run through Friday, July 18
with daily sessions held from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m.
A number of collegiate coaches will
also be in town to participate in a free
clinic from July 7-11 as they also seek
to provide athletic scholarships for
the deserving players.

"That's what the camp is all about,
teaching the basic fundamentals and
about God and trying to help them to
further their education through bas-
ketball," Johnson pointed out.
Among the coaches expected in
town are Kevin Carr, the director of
Player Personnel in the NBA, who
will be advising the young players
with aspirations for college, the dos
and don't of their amateur status.
"Ignorance is no excuse. This year,
we just want to let everybody know
that they need to come out and par-
ticipate and learn as much as they can
from the instructors," Johnson
Also expected in for the camp are
Dan Anderson of Northeast Junior


I K v n J h s oI

College; Lisa Deano from Cleveland
State; Randy Nesbitt, and Russell
"These coaches will be here to look
at our players, so all they have to do is
just perform and scholarships will be
available for them," Johnson pointed
Players between the ages of 5-18
years are invited to come out and par-
ticipate in the camp.
"We will be teaching the kids the
fundamentals of basketball. That's
first and first most because a lot of
our kids are not disciplined," gaid
Johnson, coach of the CI Gibson Rat-
tlers senior boys and girls basketball
"Discipline takes you through life.

We have a lot of talented players in
the country, but they are not disci-
plined. That's why a lot of them fall
by the wayside. So we want to teach
them discipline."
Local personnel assisting Johnson
with the instructions at the camp are
returning collegiate players Jeffrey
Henfield and Gio Bain, as well as
local coaches Mark Hanna and Thur-
ment Johnson.
"Our ratio, we want to have 15-20
students per instructor because we
want them to learn," Johnson insisted.
"We don't want any of the kids to
lose out.
"So we are structuring it so that
every kid can learn so that they can
get better. That's what it's all about."


Serena reaches 2nd round

ROGER Federer in action

(AP Photo)

Federer beats

Hrbaty in

straight sets

(AP) Roger Federer has
opened his bid for a sixth con-
secutive Wimbledon title with
a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Slova-
kia's Dominik Hrbaty.
Federer won the first eight
points Monday to set the tone
in the opening match on Cen-
tre Court against his former
doubles partner and dominat-
ed throughout the 1-hour, 19-
minute match.
Federer extended his win-
ning streak on grass to 60
matches. He has not dropped a
service game on grass this sea-
son, including his title run at
Halle, Germany.

(AP) Two-time champion
Serena Willi.amin hasI opened
her Wimbledon -s:iilnca ign ~ ith
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(AP Photo: Alastair Grant)

Venus Williams looking for 5th Wimbledon title

AP Sports Writer
(AP) Venus Williams is
already thinking about how a
fifth Wimbledon title might
change her.
She thinks it might even be
more emotional than her first.
"I'm definitely not a crier.
I'm the most happiest winner

ever," she says, describing the
big smile and pirouette that
have followed her previous
titles, "but maybe I would even
She flashed a smile as she
pondered that celebration for a
while Sunday at a news con-
ference for the defending
champions on the eve of the
tournament. Then she quick-
ly snapped back into profes-

sional mode.
"But that's so long from
now. Two weeks is a long time,
especially if it rains. So my
main focus is most certainly
that first round."
The women's champion will
get a Tuesday start on Centre
Court against Naomi Cavaday,
a British wild-card entry with a
No. 199 ranking.
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getting the Court 1 programme
started Monday against Esto-
nia's Kaia Kanepi at the same
time as Roger Federer was to
start his bid for a sixth consec-
utive Wimbledon title'against
Dominik Hrbaty on Centre
Court, the traditional start to
the tournament.
Ana Ivanovic, who ascended
the top of the rankings when
she won her first major at, the
French Open two weeks ago,
was to follow Federer on Cen-
tre Court in her first-round
match against Rossana De Los
Ivanovic's fellow Serbian
Jelena Jankovic, ranked No. 2,
and No. 3 Maria Sharapova are
on the bottom half of the draw
with Venus Williams on a side
that will be challenging to sur-
Wimbledon 2000 was Venus'
first Grand Slam title, coming
off a brief clay court swing
after four months out with
wrist tendinitis, she beat top-
ranked Martina Hingis in the
quarterfinals, her sister in the
semis and defending champion
Lindsay Davenport in the final.
She won the US Open a few
months later replacing Ser-
ena as champion and suc-
cessfully defended both titles in

2001, giving her four wins in
six majors.
Her two Grand Slam tri-
umphs since then have been at
Wimbledon, in 2005 after a
stretch of five losing finals to
Serena from the '02 French
Open to Wimbledon '03 when
the Williams sisters were at the
peak of their powers and in
It's little wonder she likes
coming back to the manicured
lawn courts at the All England
Club. "I just think it's the ulti-
mate place to play your best
tennis," she says. "The most
wonderful tournament to win
would definitely be here.
"I've been blessed to do well
a few times here, so that feels
obviously very good. I just love
it here. It's good for my game,
She would likely have to get
past Jankovic in the quarterfi-
nals and 2004 champion Shara-
pova in the semis to make
another final and maybe that
chance she'll allow herself to
tear up a little.
"Of course I think about
that," she said. "But I know
that I'm going to have to work
for it. I'm willing to pay that
price. '"
The Williams sisters have

entered in the doubles at a
major for the first time since
2003, hoping to add to their six
Grand Slam doubles titles and
maybe rehearse for the Bei-
jing Olympics.
Being on opposite halves of
the singles draw, they can't
meet until the final. And that's
a good thing, as far as Venus
sees it.
"I have the most respect for
Serena as a player on tour.
Definitely I see her as a player
who can produce any shot at
any time from anywhere," she
"So I would say that obvi-
ously it would be great to meet
her in the finals, but we have to
work at it."
Of the other, younger con-
tenders 20-year-old
Ivanovic's name is mentioned
- Venus, who turned 28 last
week, is less forthcoming.
"I mean, obviously she's
playing well. No particular
observations," she said. "I real-
ly don't know much about the
favourites or what have you
going into this year. I've been
really just head to the ground,
just practicing and training.
"Ultimately the best player
will win. I'm going to aim for
that to be me.".

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For first time in 88 years, Spain

beats Italy in penalty shootout

Associated Press Writer
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -
Spain took a big step toward
shedding its underachiever rep-
utation against World Cup
champion Italy, no less.
The Spaniards finally sur-
vived the quarterfinals in a
major tournament and beat the
Italians for the first time in 88
years, taking a penalty kick
shootout 4-2 Sunday night
after a 0-0 draw in the Euro-
pean Championship.
Iker Casillas saved two
penalty kicks and Cesc Fabre-
gas scored the winner, sending
Spain into a semifinal matchup
with Russia, which it beat 4-1
in the opening game of group
"We're always talking about
not being able to pass the quar-
terfinals. But now we're in the
semifinals," Spain coach Luis
Aragones said. "I'm happy for
my country and for my play-
ers...and ultimately for myself,
because it's my profession and
winning is beautiful."
Spain lost shootouts to Bel-
gium at the 1986 World Cup,
to England at Euro 1996 and
to Soutlh Korea at the 2002
World Cup all in the quar-
terfinals. Casillas made sure it
didn't happen again.
"We finally had the luck that
we have been missing," Casil-
las said after stopping Daniele
De Rossi and Antonio Di
Natale. "We deserved this."
The last time Spain made
the final four in a major event
was the 1984 Euros, losing to
France in the final. The last
major win over Italy? At the
1920 Olympics.
"We didn't play great foot-
ball and Italy didn't either.
Italy couldn't score on us and
we had about three good
chances," Aragones said.
"The rhythm of the game
was slow: If we had moved the
ball with more speed maybe
we would have had more
Spain ran its undefeated
streak to 20 games and is the
only group winner to advance
to the semifinals in these
Euros. Germany and Turkey
play Wednesday in the other
semifinal in Basel, Switzerland.
David Villa, Santi Cazorla
and Marcos Senna beat Italy's
Gianluigi Buffon in the
shootout. Fabio Grosso and
Mauro Camoranesi connected
for Italy, but Casillas was .the
"Losing is always bitter, but
when you.lose on penalties it
burns even more," Italy for-
ward Alessandro Del Piero
said. "'But let's not talk about
bad luck. It's not anyone's
Spain created more open-
ings, but neither team per-
formed at anything like its
peak. Spain's best opportunity
*came in the 81st minute, when
Buffon dropped a fierce long-
range shot by Senna. The ball
squirmed out of his hands and
rolled back to hit the post
before landing softly back in
his arms.
David Silva shot inches wide
early in extra time.
One close call for Italy came
when substitute Camoranesi
had a goal-bound shot blocked
by the legs of Casillas in the
61st minute. Otherwise, with
key midfielders Andrea Pirlo
and Gennaro Gattuso sus-
pended, the world champions
seemed content to stifle a
Spain team that had shown
some of the best attacking soc-
cer in the group stages.
"Clearly losing on penalties
after working so hard doesn't
leave us happy," Italy coach
Roberto Donadoni said. "We
all spent a lot of energy.
You've got to recall those who
didn't play tonight. They've
got to be the most disappoint-
ed, and I'm sorry for them."
One of those who didn't
play, Gattuso, wouldn't com-
plain about how Italy's Euros
"We're very bitter, but we
still have a lot of pride," he
said. "Losing on penalties hap-
pens. We won the World Cup
on penalties."

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Olympic qualifiers Vanderpool-Wallace,

Dillette to take plunge for second event

TWO young girls are seek-
ing to qualify for additional
Olympic events at this mon-
th's Bahamas Swimming Fed-
eration National Champi-
onships sponsored by RBC
Royal Bank of Canada.
They are 18-year-old Arian-
na Vanderpool-Wallace and
20-year-old Alana Dillette.
Both girls hold five senior
swimming records and have
already qualified for one
Olympic event each Arianna
will swim the 100-metre
freestyle and Alana will swim
the 100-metre backstroke.
But both are trying to quali-
fy for a second event at the
Nationals, which takes place
at the Betty Kelly Kenning
National Swim Complex from
June 26-29. It will be the last
qualifying swim meet before
the Bahamas Olympic team is,-.
finalised to compete in China'
this August.
Arianna qualified for the
Olympics at a swim meet in
Missouri last February. Alana
qualified at an Ohio State Uni-
versity event in April.
They joined 26-year-old
Olympian Jeremy Knowles,
who qualified for the 100 but-
terfly, 200 butterfly and 200
individual medley at the 'World
Championships in Melbourne,
Australia last year.
Some 300 swimmers are
competing in this year's
National Championships, and
there is a chance that a few
may qualify for the Olympic
This event has been spon-
sored by Royal Bank of Cana-
da every year since 1983. It will
be televised live on Cable 12
from June 26-29 and live on
ZNS at 8pm on June 27 and
This year will be Jeremy
Knowles' third time compet-
ing in the Olympics. He has
--been swimming'compet.tively
since the age oldye And was.
|L swim team captain at Auburn

EIGHTEEN-year-old Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (above left and in action above) and Alana Dillette (above
right). Both girls hold five senior svwftiffing records arid'have already qualified for one Olympic event each
- Arianna will swim the 100-metre freestyle and Alana Will swim the 100-metre backstroke. Also shown in
.action (top inset) is 26-year-old Olsiaptft Jeremy Knowles...

to compete."
Alana Dillette was chosen
as the nation's best female
swimmer in 2007.
She is the daughter of Al
and Kathryn Dillette and is
studying hotel management at
Auburn University. Alana has
been swimming competitively
since she was 11 and won 10
gold medals at the CARIFTA
Games in 2005.
She was also the first
Bahamian woman to win a
medal at the Pan American
"There are way too many
Bahamians who do not know
how to swim," Alana says,
"And it is a big concern seeing
as we are surrounded by water.
I think being comfortable in
the water and just being able to
hold your own if you had to is
very' important for everyone
to know."
Arianna Vanderpool-Wal-
lace is the daughter of
Caribbean Tourism Organisa-
tion chief Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace and Tietchka.
She has been swimming
competitively for 12 years and
will aJso be attending Auburn
University in the fall. She is
excited to have a chance to
compete in the Olympics and
says that, despite the dedica-
tion required, swimming is an
enjoyable sport.
This year marks the 25th
time that RBC has sponsored
the swimming Nationals.
According to Vice President
and Country Head Nat Bene-
by, the bank's ongoing support
is part of a tradition of giving
back to the communities it
"This is a way for us to con-
tribute to youth development
and to help aspiring Bahamian
athletes. And we are excited
to note that this year's cham-
pionship is an Olympic quali-
fying event, which will make
the matches even more com-

On your mark, get set...go!

FROM page 11 lher 22.88 she posted in
FROM page 11 'Zhuovskiy on May 15 to go
under the A Olympic cut of
Howeyvrfthere are a num-
final is set for Saturday at 8:25 ber of competitors that are fol-
p.m. lowing her, including Grand
2) Women's 100/200 metres Bahamian high school sensa-
This will definitely be the tion Nivea Smith, who won the
event to watch on the wom- Carifta title in St, Kitts on
en's side, especially considering March 24 in 23.01.
the fact this represents the best Not too far behind is Chris-
chance for the transition tine Amertil, who may have to
between the veterans and ris- move down to the half-lapper
ing young stars. ,for some competition with
Going into the trials, the top, ''World and Olympic champion
contender is Debbie Ferguson- Tonique Williams-Darling not
McKenzie at 11.15, posted oAt expected to compete in the 400
April 12 in Coral Gables, Flori- at the trials.
da. Not too far behind is Amertil has ran the next best
defending national champion ,,time of 23.07 and is on the bor-
Chandra Sturrup in 11.27 in 'der-line of qualifying for two
Hengelo on May 24. individual events like Fergu-
Both have done the A son-McKenzie.
Olympic time of 11.32. Auburn University's fresh-
Coming off her double vic- man Cache Armbrister ran
tory at the Junior College 23.07 in Athens, Georgia on
National Championships, April 19 before she went on to
Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson is the run in the NCAA Outdoor
next sprinter to look out for as Championships earlier this
the BAAA starts to close the month for the fourth best time.
Sgap with the third retirement And Sheniqua Ferguson has
of Golden Girl Sevathada done 23.32 in Levelland on
Fynes. May 17.
Ferguson has had a season's With all these competitors
best of 11.44 on April 12 in and others entered, both
Baton Rouge, but she has a sprints should be highly con-
wind-aided time of 11.39 in tested.
Levelland, Texas on May 17. Out of the field, the BAAA
The women's 200 might be is hoping to put together a six-
" where all the fireworks will member team that will attempt
: take place as Ferguson- to remain in the top 16 in the
McKenzie leads the pack with world for the Olympics.

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the showdown in the men's 400 metres...Chris Brown (top left) and Andretti Bain will be competing...

The team of Sheniqua Fer-
guson, Krystal Bodie, Cacha
Armbrister and Nivea Smith
already ran 44.36 in winning
the title at the Cairfta Games
in March.
The preliminaries of the
100 is set for Friday, starting
at 7:30 p.m. with the final at
9:20 p.m. The preliminaries of
the 200 will be on Saturday,
starting at 66:10 p.m. with the
final at 8 p.m.
3) Men's 100 metres
Even though Derrick Atkins
is head and shoulders above
the rest, this will be an event to
watch as there are a number
of sprinters trying to close the
gap in their bid'to at least get a
team qualified for the 4 x 100
Atkins, the World Champi-
onships' silver medalist, has a
legal time of 10.07, which he
ran in Berkeley, California on
May 26. But he went to Oslo
and produced a wind-aided
9.98 on June 6.
Had the latter time held up,
it would have placed him fifth

on the performance list.
But Atkins has secured his
berth for the Olympics where
the qualifying time is 10.21.
The field for the men's 100 is
well stacked with the likes of
Adrian Griffith, Jamial. Rolle,
Dominic Demeritte, Jamaal
Forbes, Jacobi Mitchell, Omari
Francis, Warren Fraser and
Karlton Rolle, all making a
It's just a pity that Ravanno
Ferguson got injured as has
been eliminated from the pic-
The Bahamas will once
again have to produce one of
the top 16 times by July in
order to qualify.
The men's 100 preliminar-
ies will take place on Friday,
starting at 7:40 p.m. with the
final at 9:15 p.m.
4) Men's High Jump
It looks as if the fans can be
in for a real treat with the
men's high jump as the bar
could be raised higher than 7-
feet, 5-inches for at least two
competitors for the first time

since the era of national record
holder Troy Kemp and the late
Ian Thompson back in the
Heading the list is world
champion Donald Thomas,
who is making an adjustment
to his new jumping shoes. He
opened up with a 2.25 metres
on June 8 in Eugene, Oregon.
Not too far behind is Trevor
Barry, now training in Boise,
Idaho with Kemp. He did 2.23
on April 26 in Des Moines,
None have managed the A
cut of 2.30, but expect them to
surpass that mark with the
competition anticipated from
James Rolle, Edgar Light-
bourne and collegian Jamal
Raymond Higgs could add
some excitement to the mix.
The high jump is sched-
uled for Friday at 7:30 p.m.
5) Men's triple/long jump.
Leevan 'Superman' Sands is
back, having surpassed the
Olympic A cut of 17.10 at least
five times this year. His best

mark posted was 17.25 on
April 19, which has him listed
at No.8 in the world.
No other competitor is close
to those marks, but Sands is
looking forward to getting
some push from collegian
Rudon Bastian, who just com-
peted in the NCAA Champi-
onships in Des Moines. Jason
Edwards, a physical education
teacher at Queen's College,
and Nyles Stuart, are both
expected to make his return.
If that's not enough, Sands is
also looking at entering the
men's long jump where he
should go head-to-head with
Osbourne 'Oz' Moxey and
Bastian. Antonio Saunders,
another physical education
teacher, is entered in the field.
Moxey has the best mark of
7.91, recorded on May 9 in
Athens, Georgia.
The A cut for the Olympics
is 8.20 and the B is 8.05.
The triple jump will be
contested on Saturday at 7
p.m. The long jump is set for
Friday at 8:30 p.m.


PAGE 14, TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008


DIONISIO D'AGUILAR, President of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, and son of the late Vincent
D'Aguilar is pictured with Minister of State Charles Maynard at the recent launch of The D'Aguilar Art
Foundation on Thursday, June 19 at The British Colonial Hilton.

PICTURED FROM left to right is Tobias along with his brother businessman Michael Diggiss, Krista
Thompson and Maggie Carey at the recent launch of The D'Aguilar Art Foundation on Thursday, June
19 at The British Colonial Hilton.

Launch of D'Aguilar

Art Foundation

FROM page nine

alive. He also wanted his art
collection to be kept as one, so
that it would form the nucleus
of a collection that would con-
tinue to expand and grow in
its quest to document the
development of Bahamian
art," his son commented. He
said that his-father "wanted his
collection which numbers over
700 pieces, to be kept together
so that its many and varied
pieces could be viewed and
appreciated by Bahamians and
non-Bahamians for genera-
tions to come."
"And so we are here this
evening to launch the
D'Aguilar Art Foundation.
The goals of the foundation
are to preserve and stabilise
my father's collection, which
presently includes approxi-
mately 450 art works by
Bahamian artists. The collec-
tion will be accessible to art
students, scholars, collectors
and other visitors on an
appointment basis, once The
Foundation's new premises,
which will be on Virginia
Street, and should hopefully
be finished by the end of this
year," said Mr D'Aguilar, who
currently serves as President
of his family-operated business,
Superwash Limited, as well as
President of The Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce.
"The other goal of the Foun-
dation is to continue to sup-
port Bahamian art and aspiring
artists by selectively purchasing
art works that complement and
expand the current D'Aguilar
art collection. Another goal of
The Foundation is to loan art
works from the D'Aguilar col-
lection to suitable art exhibi-
tions and other appropriate
venues, especially those that
promote The Bahamas and
Bahamian art."
He stated that another pur-
pose of The D'Aguilar Art
Foundation is to establish a

Travel Grant Programme to
expose young Bahamian artists
to original works of art around
the world. "In this connection,
the D'Aguilar Art Foundation
will launch its Global Discov-
ery Programme to provide
travel grants to Bahamian art
students at the tertiary and
post graduate level. The grant
will contribute to the cost of
airfare and accommodation so
that young artists have the
opportunity to visit museums
and galleries abroad."
While paying tribute to Vin-
cent D'Aguilar, artist and
architect, Jackson Burnside III,
owner of Doongalik Art Stu-
dios on Village Road and Par-
adise Island commented, "I still
get choked up when I begin to
realise how valuable Vincent
thought the creativity of the
Bahamian people was and why
that was so important to invest
in, and to invest in at the level
that he did. This is extremely
important for us as a country
and certainly extremely impor-
tant for us as artists, at a time
when few people thought that
we ought, as artists in this
country, to be given the level of
respect that they ought to
spend serious money on our
"It gives me great pleasure
to speak about Vincent, about
why he was so special, and not
only to myself, my wife, and
my brother as artists, but to all
the Bahamian artists. He dug
deep into our heads and tried
to understand the way that we
were thinking, and we thank
him immensely for it. And we
are so pleased and we con-
gratulate the D'Aguilar family
for launching the D'Aguilar
Art Foundation and I do
that on behalf of all the artists."
While recalling her life with
her late husband and why they
got involved in art, Marina
D'Aguilar said it did not hap-
pen overnight. She recalled
that they grew up at a time

when there was not even an
"art school" in The Bahamas.
She recalled on their first visit
to Italy in the Sistine Chapel
how they saw such awesome
works of art. Mrs D'Aguilar
admitted that because they
were raising a family, she and
her husband could not afford
to purchase authentic art
pieces at first.
She said, however, after
numerous trips around the
world, their interest in art
increased. This passion was fur-.
ther realized when they noticed
that very few Bahamians, par-
ticularly those with wealth,
exhibited art works in their
Mrs D'Aguilar said that once
their children had completed
their education, her husband
declared, "We have to help our
country, culturally. And he got
involved in art." She issued a
challenge to all Bahamians to
invest in Bahamian art in order
to promote our culture. Minister
of State for Culture Charles
Maynard commended the
D'Aguilar family for their efforts
in promoting Bahamian art.
"I am very pleased to see
that the D'Aguilar family is
carrying on the tradition that
Mr D'Aguilar had started
many years ago, and they are
now carrying it to a next level
with the establishment of the
foundation, which will provide
young artists who have the
potential to become successful
artists the opportunity to grow
and develop," he said. "And
so we can see a lot coming out
of our art work in the future, as
a result of what's happening
here tonight."
Young artist Tamara Rus-
sell was one of the many artists
whose work was featured. "It's
definitely a privilege. I honest-
ly did not think that. I would
be one of those, but I am grate-
ful for that privilege for them
to actually exhibit that," she


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Bahamas has 'by far most NIB faces

to do'

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas is "by far the
one with the most do to
do" in the Caribbean
when it comes to ensur-
ing its labour laws meet
CARICOM's 'Model Laws', a former
Chamber of Commerce president
telling The Tribune yesterday that a
regional workshop produced 40 rec-
ommendations for where this nation
could improve.
Winston Rolle, who attended last
month's Caribbean Regional Tripar-
tite Workshop on Labour Legislation,
held in Tobago, said that while CARI-
COM was looking to more closely har-
monise its members' labour legislation
as the region moved towards the
CARICOM Single Market & Economy
(CSME), it was "absolutely not"
intended to force the Bahamas to join.
Mr Rolle explained that the devel-
opment of CARICOM Model Labour
Laws was not intended to create a 'one-

on labour reforms

size-fits-all' model for the Bahamas and
the region, but instead produce consis-
tency among nations, with each country
allowed to adapt and tweak them to fit
its own circumstances.
Nevertheless, the seminar, with its
focus on harmonisationn', again demon-
strates how Bahamian laws are likely to
be increasingly influenced, pressured
and amended to conform to CARI-
COM's regional integration agenda.
This agenda is something that several
commentators have suggested may not
necessarily fit the Bahamas' national
The former Chamber president said
the seminar was intended "to not only
harmonise labour laws across the
region, but make countries met the cri-
teria of the International Labour
Organisation Conventions they have
While the Bahamas and other CARI-
COM nations had no legal obligation to
comply with the CARICOM-Model
Labour Laws, Mr Rolle said many
countries had "not implemented any

legislation in local laws to facilitate
what they committed to do when they
signed" various ILO conventions.
In his report on the meeting, Mr
Rolle noted: "Ratified Conventions,
however, do not automatically become
law in the Bahamas, and must therefore
be incorporated in domestic law.
"Also of note is the fact that the
Bahamas has not yet.ratified ILO Con-
vention Numbers 158, 17 and 18, which
relate to Termination of Employment
(158) and Occupational Safety and
Health (17 and 18).
"Additionally, the two most impor-
tant Conventions relating to Occupa-
tional Safety and Health, Nos 155 and
161, are also not yet ratified by the
The report added: "It became very
obvious with the Bahamas analysis that
much work needs to be done to align
the Bahamian laws with the CARI-
COM Model Laws.
. "Based on the analysis for the
Bahamas against the previously out-
lined background, the final analysis pro-

vided some 40 recommendations that
should be considered to address the
gaps in the four areas of focus."
These four areas were:
Equality of opportunity and treat-
ment in employment and occupation
Occupational safety and health and
the working environment
Registration, status and recogni-
tion of trade unions and employer
organizations -
Termination of employment
"We" were by far the ones with the
most to do, so to speak", in complying
with the CARICOM Model Labour
Laws, Mr Rolle told The Tribune, say-
ing that while this country was given
40 recommendations to.implement, oth-
er nations only had four to five to deal
He'explained that the CARICOM
Model Labour Laws were intended to
be a "minimum standard", designed to
ensure that when the CSME came into

SEE page 4B

Employment agency fears Benchmark not 'disturbed' by

Tribune Business Editor
* THE Bahamas Employers
Confederation's (BECon)
president yesterday expressed
concern that some employ-
ment agencies, whusc r niibers
have increased rapidly in
recent times, are "not compli-
ant with the labour laws"
because they fail to pay
National Insurance Board
(NIB) contributions and sev-

Employers chief says
some 'not compliant with
labour laws', and fail to
pay contracted-out workers
NIB and severance payments
. Part-timegcasual work
in Bahamas 'widespread
and rowing'

Commenting on findings in
the report on the Bahamas
Decent Work Country Pro-
gramme, a joint venture
between Bahamian employers,
trade unions, the Government
and the International Labour
Organisation (ILO), Brian
Nutt told The Tribune that it
was the agencies not the com-
panies workers were 'out-
sourced' to who had to accept
full responsibility for those
"Some people who set up
these agencies do so without
fully realising their duties to
their employees," Mr Nutt told
The Tribune.
"If you're collecting a fee
from a company utilising these
contract labourers, you [the
agency] have to be responsi-
ble as the employer to ensure
all laws are abided by."
Mr Nutt, explaining that it
was the employment agency,
not the contracting company,
who was the 'employer' of any
contract workers, cited as an
example a case he knew of

market-induced $794k net loss

Tribune Business Editor
president yesterday told The,
Tribune be was not "dis-
turbed" by the 2008 first quar-
ter correction in the Bahamian
equities market that reduced
the price of many stocks,
despite this having pushed the
company into a $793,933 net
loss for that period.
Focusing on the positive,
Julian Brown said BISX-list-
ed Benchmark (Bahamas) had
still managed to generate a
$42,330 net operating profit for
the three months to March 31,
2008, its net loss chiefly related
to the $836,263 decline in the
unrealised value of its invest-

ing the securities involved.
Given its reliance on the
Bahamian equities market, the
company's 2008 first quarter
-performance is unlikely to,
come as a surprise to many
Benchmark (Bahamas) total
first quarter revenues dropped
by 20 per cent to $308,232,
while expenses remained flat
at $265,993. Alliance Invest-
ment Management, the com-
pany's international
broker/dealer subsidiary, suf-
fered a $71,862 net loss.
Yet Mr Brown described the
downward correction experi-
ment.portfolio. enced by many B1SX-listed
This is the paper loss that
Benchmark has not realized on'
its investment portfolio by sell- SEE page 6B


Tribune Business
Bahamian has petitioned the
Supreme Court to wind up the
National Insurance Board
(NIB), telling Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that the action
was a last-ditch attempt to col-
lect the "millions" of dollars
he is allegedly owed in com-
pensation for being injured on
the job almost 30 years ago.
Anthony Wright originally
filed the petition on March 12,
2008, and it was gazetted in
The Tribune yesterday. While
it seems unlikely that the
courts would order that NIB
be wound-up, if this scenario
came about it would throw this
nation's $1.3 billion social secu-
rity system into chaos, and
potentially jeopardise the insti-
tution that hundreds of
Bahamians rely on for their
retirement income.
He told Tribune Business
that the action was the result of
an injury he allegedly sustained
back in 1982, while an employ-
ee at Franklyn Chemicals, a
company then-based on Grand
Mr Wright said he had suf-
fered a fall that left him with a
ruptured disc and damage to-'
the soft-tissue-of his back.
The National Insurance
* Board, he alleged; declined to
pay for him to receive medical
treatment abroad, saying it
would be more affordable for
him to receive treatment at a
Bahamian hospital.
Mr Wright said he has had to
live with the ramifications and
health challenges resulting
from the fall, including pain, a
month-long hospitalisation in
1994, and many subsequent
out-patient visits since.

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the week at a new 52-week low
of $11.79.
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declined last week with 2,000
shares trading, dropping by
$0.11 to close at $3.49.


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FirstCaribbean Internation-
al Bank (CIB) released unau-
dited results for the six months
ended April 30, 2008. CIB
reported net income of $74.6
million, a decline of $41.3 mil-
lion or 36 per cent compared to
the adjusted $115.9 million for
the prior period in 2007.

For the most recent quarter-
end, CIB reported net income
of $32.9 million compared to
$57.3 million (restated) for the
2007 second quarter, a decline
of $24.4 million or 43 per cent.
Net interest income of $113
million for the quarter was up
by $9.9 million, while operating
income of $15.3 million was
significantly down by $23.4 mil-
lion or 60 per cent from the
$38.7 million reported in the
2007 second quarter. Operat-
ing expenses of $85.5 million
were up $8 million or 10.3 per
cent from $77.5 million in 2007.
CIB's total assets and liabil-
ities were $11.7 billion and
$10.3 billion respectively, com-
pared to $11.9 billion and $10.5
billion at the previous year-
end. Total customer deposits
stood at $9.9 billion, while net
loans/advances to customers
were $6.3 billion.

Private Placement Offerings:
FOCOL Holdings (FCL)
announced it will be extend-
ing the deadline of its private
placement offering. The pre-
ferred shares will be paying a
dividend rate of prime + 1.75
per cent, payable semi-annu-

EMPLOYMENT, from page 1B

involving an unnamed hotel. not compliant with the labour
An employment agency had legislation."
obtained a contract to supply
contract staff to the hotel, but President
the property, dissatisfied with
the performance of these The BECon president
workers, terminated the rela- added: "The employee works
tionship. When this happened, for the agency, he doesn't work
the employment agency for the company where he goes
allegedly did not have the to work. That agency is respon-
funds to pay the workers sible for the employee, and has
involved their severance pay. to ensure the law on all aspects
"Sometimes, these agencies of the Employment Act, Min-
don't have any substance imum Wage Act and National
behind them when they're hir- 'Insurance is applied.
ing out these workers to larger "A lot of the problems we
firms," Mr Nutt said. have [stem from the fact] that
"When it comes to NIB pay- laws are not applied proper-
ments and paying severance to ly."
workers in the event their Employment agency con-
employment is terminated, cerns, expressed in the
some of these companies don't Bahamas Decent Work Coun-
have the capital to cover the ..try.Prgramne, reportarose..
costs. In a lot of cases,-they're in the context of an increase

in part-time, casual and tem-
porary work among members
of the Bahamian labour force.
The report noted that
Bahamian employment agen-
cies, despite expanding rapidly
in number, were operating in
an environment where their
were no specific guidelines,
regulations or statute laws to
govern their operations.
"One of the issues that
emerged during the discussions
concerned the changing
employment relationships," the
Bahamas Decent Work Coun-
try Programme report said.
"Sort-term, part-time, casual
work, temporary and on-call
work were said to be wide-
spread and growing. There was
a proliferation of private
employment agencies for
which there were no agreed

guidelines governing their
Other employment issues
identified by the report were,
that while there had been a fall
in the number of persons aged
34 years-old and under who
were unemployed, workers in
the 35-64 age group were those
most impacted by unemploy-


The number of unemployed
persons with secondary, tech-
nical and vocational, and col-
lege/university educations had
also risen, while the percent-
age of long-term unemployed
and those recently laid-
offiwaiting to start a new job
had also increased in relation
to total unemployed persons.

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Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) (FBB) has declared a quarter-
ly dividend of $0.02 per share, payable on June 25, 2008, to all
shareholders of record date June 10, 2008.

Commonwealth Bank (CBL) has declared a quarterly
dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on June 30, 2008, to all
shareholders of record date June 13, 2008.

Cable Bahamas (CAB) has declared a quarterly divi-
dend of $0.06 per share, payable on June 30, 2008, to all
shareholders of record date June 13, 2008.

Consolidated Water Company BDRs (CWCB) has
declared a quarterly dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on
August 7, 2008, to all shareholders of record date June 30,

Cable Bahamas Limited (CAB) announced it will be
holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June
25,2008, at 5.30pm at the British Colonial Hilton.

Doctors Hospital Health System (DHS) announced it
will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday,
June 26, 2008, at 5.30pm at the British Colonial Hilton in the
Governors Ballroom.

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) (CIB)
announced it will be holding its Annual General Meeting
(AGM) on Friday, June 27, 2008, at 5.30pm at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort Salon C, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

.* FamGuard Corporation (FAM) announced it will be
holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 30,
2008, at 4pm at the British Colonial Hilton.

Abaco Markets (AML) announced it will be holding its
Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 18, 2008, at 4pm at
the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, the Bahamas.




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Cable invests S$mto

absorb revenue rise

Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas spent $6
million on capital projects dur-
ing the 2008 first quarter,
including the expansion of its
Nassau head office and new
Freeport facility, as it moves
to upgrade infrastructure to
cope with subscriber and rev-
enue increases.
In his quarterly report to
shareholders, Brendani Pad-
dick, Cable Bahamas' chair-
man, said Internet subscribers
had increased to more than
41,000 by quarter-end on
March 31, 2008.
Revenues from the Coral-
wave Internet service grew 12
per cent year-over-year to $6
million, and Mr Paddick said
this growth had forced Cable
Bahamas to invest in network
enhancements to maintain cus-
tomer service and experience

On the data side, the com-
pany's year-on-year revenue
growth was even more impres-
sive, soaring by a collective 23
per cent during the 2008 first
Caribbean Crossings saw
total circuit sales to third par-
ties, such as international tele-
coms carriers and Bahamas-
based companies increase by
$500,000 during the 2008 first
quarter, rising from $2.2 mil-
lion to $2.7 million.
The wholly-owned Cable
Bahamas subsidiary, which
owns and manages the fibre-
optic cable network linking the
Bahamas with the US and the
world, also saw monthly recur-
ring revenue rise from $0.7 mil-
lion to $0.9 million, a 29 per
cent rise.

Maxil, the BISX-listed com-
pany's data centre, which pro-
vides webhosting and disaster
recovery services, saw its year-
on-year first quarter revenues
increase by 27.4 per cent from
$95,000 to $121,000, primarily
due to growth in disaster
recovery customers.
Meanwhile, Cable Bahamas'
core cable television segment
reported a 7 per cent revenue
increase, with income rising
from $10.4 million to $11.2 mil-
lion during the 2008 first quar-
Mr Paddick added that the
company believed its digital
set-top box rental programme,
initiated in New Providence
and Grand Bahama during the
2008 first quarter, would
"remove a barrier to entry" for
many Bahamian households
when it came to accessing
Cable Bahamas' digital TV ser-

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sity of Huddersfield is currently accepting students for the September session. To
learn more plan to attend an information session Wednesday July 2 at 6 p.m. at the
British Colonial Hilton Resort. Prof Michael Newns from the university will be in
attendance. Call Success Training College at 324-7770 to register.

For the 2008 first quarter,
Cable Bahamas' net income
rose by $0.5 million or 10.9 per
cent to $5.5 million, while rev-
enues increased by $1.9 mil-
lion or 10.5 per cent to $20 mil-

lion, compared to $18.1 mil-
lion in 2007.
Operating income grew by
$1.3 million or 14.2 per cent to
$10.3 million, compared to $9
million the year before.



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REVENUE MANAGER Will be responsible to assist with overseeing the Reservation Department and maximize
overall hotel revenue through development and implementation of effective transient/group inventory and pricing
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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.,

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Colina Holdings,

Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited
Class "A" Preference Shares

The Board of Directors of Colina Holdings
Bahamas Limited (CHBL) is pleased to
announce that a Preference Share Dividend
for the period April 1, 2008 to June 30,
2008 at the annual rate of B$ Prime +2.25%
will be paid to the Class "A" Preference
Shareholders of record of CHBL on the
30st day of June 2008.

Payment will be
Company's Registrar
CFAL Ltd. within 10
record date.

made through the
and Transfer Agent,
business days of the


Applicant must have demonstrated experience and ability
to develop new business for non-resident, high net-worth
Excellent knowledge of private banking products and
services; fluency in English, Spanish and any other language
skills would be an asset; 10 years' private banking &/or
professionally-oriented client services role; knowledge of
Bahamian regulatory requirements; university degree and/or
related professional designation.
Marketing of private banking and portfolio management
services extensive traveling; acquisition and development
of new clients.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants must submit applications to:
Human Resources Manager,
(Re: Client Relationship LC Position),
P.O. Box SS-6289,
Nassau, Bahamas
by 30th June, 2008 or fax to (242) 393-1161

FROM page 1B

effect, companies moving from
their own territory into anoth-
er country would come into
contact with labour laws simi-
lar to the ones they were famil-
iar with.
Yet the regional integration
theme remains the predomi-
nant one underlying the
regional labour law seminars
that Bahamians are participat-
ing in.
A report submitted to the
Bahamas Employers Confed-
eration (BECon) on the 11th
roundtable for Caribbean
Employers Organisations said
bluntly: "The Bahamas is the

only country among partici-
pants, however, that had not
signed on to CSME.
"Even without CSME par-
ticipation, the Bahamas is
expected to continue to
endorse and practice the fun-
damental principles of free
trade and regional and inter-
national integration and coop-
eration, particularly through
CARICOM, EPA, and other
regional and international
trade liberalisation agreements
in effect or to be negotiated.
"The Bahamas can fully par-
ticipate in this new operating
environment without signing
on to CSME, but must avoid
the impacts and risks of
becoming insular."

NIB faces

wind-up petition

FROM page 1B
Mr Wright said that while
NIB did make about $17,000
in payments to Doctor's Hos-
pital on his behalf, it never
paid him his worker compen-
sation benefits.
He claimed that he won a
judgment from the Industrial
Tribunal for NIB to pay him
the workers compensation in
1994, which the nation's social
security system has never hon-
Additionally, he explained
that he also did not receive any
benefits that Franklyn Chemi-
cals had promised him before
the company went out of busi-
ness, despite winning judg-
ments against them as well.
Mr Wright said he remains
committed to seeing the matter
through to the end.
"Until I die, I won't stop
fighting," he said. While he
admitted that it was difficult

taking on a huge government
corporation without the ben-
efit of legal counsel, Mr Wright
said he sees filing the petition
as his final means of forcing
NIB's hand.
"I just want them to pay me
the money, they owe me," he
He added that it had been a
difficult journey, as he was
unable to find an attorney will-
ing to take on the Govern-
"I am learning as I go," he
said. Mr Wright said that col-
lecting a settlement from the
Government was always a
challenge because "it's like you
are at their mercy."
The Tribune spoke with a
representative from -the legal
department pf NIB,.and was
referred td&acting director
Anthony Curtis, who was
unavailable for comment and
did not return this newspaper's
phone message.

NOTICE is hereby given that DARREN DELVECCHIO
P.O. BOX F-44935, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/ naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization'
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 17TH day of JUNE,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



Manager for Superstore:
Must be Self-motivated & Sales oriented
5 years experience required
Fax Resume to: 328-8798
by June 30th, 2008.

NOTICE is hereby given that DIANA VALERIE
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 24TH day of JUNE 2008 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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out tor y interests.
The Tribune is my


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Tribune Business Editor

BAHAMAS Supermarkets'
failure to hold an annual gen-
eral meeting (AGM) since
October 2006 may have left it
in non-compliance with its
Articles of Association, a
source told The Tribune yes-
terday, with its'directors not
properly elected for the cur-
rent financial year. .
A copy of the company's
Articles of Association, sent to
Tribune Business, stipulate that
1 AGMs "shall be held once in
each and every calendar year at
such time and place as may be
prescribed by the directors.
"At these meetings, the
directors shall be elected for
the ensuing year, and the gen-
eral business of the company
Public company AGMs, such
as those for Bahamas Super-
markets, are held to approve
the minutes of the previous
year's AGM, the company's
financial and actions during
the financial year in question,
choose and approve directors
for the upcoming financial
year, and appoint the external
Due to the absence of a 2007
AGM, none of the above
actions has been possible. The
situation, which is becoming
increasingly embarrassing for
Bahamas Supermarkets, owner
and operator of the 12 City
Markets stores, and the wider
Bahamian capital markets, is
directly tied to the company's
ongoing failure to publish its
audited financial statements for

fiscal 2007, with the end of fis-
cal 2008 just days away on June
30, 2008.
The last financial informa-
tion released by Bahamas
Supermarkets was published in.
August 2007, providing an
update on its 2007 third quarter
performance, during which net
income dropped by $0.3 mil-
lion from $1.9 million to $1.6
Since then, the company has
failed to publish its financial
for the 2007 fourth quarter and
year-end, which was June 30
last year, in addition to its 2008
first and second quarter audit-
ed statements. The third quar-
ter financial are due to be pub-
lished before June-end, given
that public companies have 90
days after the period ends with-
in which to publish interim
statements, a deadline that
appears likely to be missed.
The timely filing and disclo-
sure of public company finan-
cial information is key to main-
taining an orderly market in
their shares, through ensuring
that all investors have access
to the same data at the sarpe
time. The longer Bahamas
Supermarkets' financial remain
unpublished, the greater the
opportunity that some
investors will have to access
'inside information' and exploit
that to their advantage.
The delay in the 2007 finan-
cial statements and audit has
been caused by the transition
from the former majority
shareholder, Winn-Dixie,. to
the new owners, Bahamian and
Barbadian buyout group, BSL
Holdings, the consortium that



The Board of directors of In House Investments Limited
has declared a quarterly dividend for Preferred Shares to
all shareholders of record at June 16, 2008 as follows:

Preferred Shares 7.25% per annum (payment

The payment will be made June 30, 2008 through
Royal Fidelity Share Registrars & Transfer Agents
Limited in the usual manner.

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
1.38(8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of KURGAN VENTURES
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice



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


acquired the majority 78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Super-
markets for $54 million, plus
$2-$3 million in acquisition
costs, in summer 2006.
The audit problems have
stemmed from the fact that
Bahamas Supermarkets shed
Winn-Dixie's operating sup-
port and technology systems in
early 2007 the second half of
its financial year without any
replacement accounting system
being in place.
This has forced KPMG audi-
tors to have to rely on manual
records when verifying the
financial, requiring them to
have gone through hundreds
of Point-of-Sale records from
the company's 12 stores to
build a sample large enough to.
be able to-support their con-
clusions and give the Bahamas
Supermarkets accounts an
unqualified opinion. Given that
Bahamas Supermarkets gener-
ates between $130-$140 million
in annual sales, this is no small
One source said Bahamas
Supermarkets had been "penny

wise and pound foolish", as its
eagerness to exit a transition
agreement with Winn-Dixie -
some'thing that would have
caused it to pay $1 million over
a one-year period, plus a 5 per
cent mark-up on all goods pur-
chased via.the US retailer -
had left it without replacement
The e~rly exit from the Tran-
sition Agreement saved
Bahamas Supermarkets
$500,000, but that could easily
be sucked up by extra audit
Investors will also be eager
to see whether Bahamas Super-
markets has remained prof-
itable, given that its BSL Hold-
ings majority owner is reliant
, on dividends upstreamed from
the company to service the $5
million preference shares and
$24 million in bank debt (from
Royal Bank of Canada) it took
on to finance the acquisition.
BSL Holdings' investors
include Barbados Shipping &
Trading, Fidelity's private equi-
ty arm, and the hotel industry
pension funds.

Legal Notice.




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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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



MONDAY, 23 JUNE 2008 .
pSK ALI. SHAYRE INDIEX 'VC L,OSE 1,852.57 | CHG -0.10 | %CHG -0.01 YTD -214.18' YTD% e-O.104. -
S. ..... NDEX:A CLOSE 870.25 I YTD% -8.59V6 | 2007 28.29% '
52wk-Hi 52k.-Lo. Security Prevous Close Today & Close Cl'C..noo Da.', V.ol EPS S Div S PE Yeild
1 95 1 18 Abaco f.taretls 1 84 1 4ld C.:, .0 135 0000 136 0.00%
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%
3.99 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 0.046 0.040 62.4 1.39%
3.50 4.80 Commonwealth.Bank (81) 7.28 7.28 0.00 0.440 0.300 16.5 4.12%
7.22 3.23 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.65 3.55 -0.10 0.131 0.052 27.1 1.46%
3.00 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.90 2.90 0.00 0.308 0.040 9.4 1.38%
3.00 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.728 0.280' 11.0 3.60%
13.01 12.50 FInco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.79 FIrstCarlbbean Bank 11.79 11.79 0.00 0.651 0.470 18.1 3.99%
3.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.55 5.55 0.00 0.386 0.140 14.4 2.62%
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%
5.00 6.79 1CD Utilities 6.79 6.79 0.00 0.411 0.300 16.6 4.42%
12.50 8.60 J. S.Johnson 12.00 12.00, 0.00 1.023 0.620 11.7 5.17%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 0-180 0.000 55.6 0.00%
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14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0 40 RND HOldings


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0.480 NM 7.80%
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52wk-Low LOWesl closing price n last 52 weeks Ask $ Soling prico of Colinn Ind fidolilty 30 May 2008
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daolly volume Last Prico Lnst traded over-ltho-coOtar prico ***- 31 April 2008
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weeookly Vol. Trnding volume of thei prior wook *" -30 Aprl 2008
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(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007

Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Collna MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity international Investment
FG Financial Preferred Income F
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund





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$794k net loss

FROM page 1B
stocks during the 2008 first
quarter, especially Common-
wealth Bank and First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas), as "healthy" for
the Bahamian capital markets.
He explained: "If you just
look at the price activity in the
local market for the first quar-
ter, you will see a lot of the
stocks that closed 2007 very
strongly gave something back
in the first quarter. That's
where the bulk of the losses
came from.
"It's healthy that they do.
It's an indication that they can
come off their high and find
support at a lower level. It
doesn't disturb us any that
there's been some correction."
Mr Brown added: "The mar-
ket gives it, and it takes it
away. We expect these things;
and anyone invested with us
expects these kind of swings
as well."
He suggested that major
institutional investors in the
Bahamas, such as pension
funds and insurance compa-
nies, realising some BISX-list-
ed stocks were overvalued, had
engaged in "profit taking" dur-
ing the 2008 first quarter, liq-
uidating a portion of their
holdings to receive the benefits
from capital appreciation.
"We had a good perfor-
mance on the domestic side
last year, and really felt that in
the 2007 first quarter that there
was some profit taking," Mr
Brown said.
."The volumes to date indi-

cate it was more institutional
than retail. All the portfolio
managers had these profits on
their accounts, and started to
book them and take a portion
off the table."
Benchmark (Bahamas) has
some large exposures to Com-
monwealth Bank and First-
Caribbean in its investment
portfolios. In the aftermath of
its three-for-one stock split,
Commonwealth Bank saw its
share price rise from the post-
split price of over $5 to more
than $8, valuing the company
at $25 per share if the pre-split
price was used.
Several analysts at the time
told Tribune Business that
Commonwealth Bank was not
a $25 per share stock, and the
market seemed to have adopt-
ed that view in the 2008 first
quarter, selling it down to a
more realistic valuation level.
Mr Brown told Tribune
Business that Commonwealth
Bank closed 2007 at $8.53 per
share, yet ended the 2008 first
quarter,at around $7.3 per
share, a drop of around $1.25
or 14.4 per cent.
Meanwhile, FirstCaribbean's
stock had slipped from a high
of around $13.75 per. share at
2007 year-end to $11.79 per
share, a drop of almost $2.
Following the first quarter
price corrections, Mr Brown
said: "There's been some con-
solidation [in value] as it
relates to the domestic portfo-
lio, with the exception of First-

"That stock has come under
a lot of pressure as of late. I'm
not quite sure why the earn-
ings of the company, I guess,
although the exposure to US
interest rates could be a factor
as to how the market values
their earnings.
"I don't know if there's any
justification for that, based on
the balance sheet and earnings
to date."
As at March 31, 2008,
Benchmark (Bahamas) net
assets stood at $1.552 million,
with book value down $0.33
per share since the 2007 year-
end at $0.31 per share.
The 2008 first quarter net
loss was $0.16 per share, com-
pared to a $0.02 per share or
$81.745 profit in the 2007 first
Meanwhile, Mr Brown said
Benchmark (Bahamas) had
not yet been able to write back
any portion of the $5.616 mil-
lion bad debt provision taken
by Alliance at year-end 2007,
something that wiped out its
retained earnings and plunged
it into a $3.208 million net loss
for the year.
"We're aggressively work-
ing to find a resolution for
that," Mr Brown said of the
bad debt provision. "It's a top
priority for us."
He added that if Benchmark
(Bahamas) was able to write a
portion of that back into its
books, it would not be until
2008 year-end, and would first
have to be reviewed and
approved by its external audi-

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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
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5 A part of speech (5)
8 Explicitly (13)
9 Dynamic quality (5)
10 Hostility (3,4)
11 Custodian (6)
12 Proper (6)
15 Hearing range (7)
17 Expel from property
19 High artistic
skill (13)
20 Piece of
ground (5)
21 An oval (7)

1 May be licked, but he
doesn't give.up (7)
5 Kind of bulb to recommend
about the middle of July
(5) ,
8 Where the hands are on
watch, it would seem
(2,3,4,2,2) .
9 They're not blind to the
future (5)
10 Rogue at variance causes
great offence (7)
11 China's new restrictive
measures (6)
12 It's extremely small and in
favour of putting on weight
15 Get ready and shave
beforehand? (7)
17 Somewhere to graze all
the horses in a race (5)
19 It cuts both ways (3-5,5)
20 Its fruits are not for the
working classes (5)
21 At length speaks of details

Across: 1 Whine, 8 Shadrach, 9
Limbs, 10 Emotions, 11 Bleak, 12
Ash, 16 Monkey, 17 Orator, 18 Rip, 23
Grape, 24 Hopeless, 25 Berth, 26
After all, 27 Flush.
Down: 2 Heirloom, 3 Nebraska, 4
Shamus, 5 Adits, 6 Jason, 7 Ghost,
12 Ayr, 13 Hop, 14 Fair deal, 15
Competes, 19 Insult, 20 Cheap, 21
Spots, 22 Alarm.

1 Pauses to put the marks
up (5)
2 Sharing common troubles,
like shipmates (2,3,4,4)
3 Continues to look after
one's offspring (5,2)
4 A cause to argue (6)
5 The first heartless crime
6 Not right from the start?
7 Be nice to a dog and a
bird, for example (7)
11 Money invested in London,
perhaps (7)
13 It has no meaning (7)
14 Give protection, though fed
up before the finish (6)
16 Mountains in the Arabian
desert (5)
18 There's point in clothes for
dandies (5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Kayak, 8 Heathrow, 9
Spire, 10 Bona fide, 11 Forte, 12
Tap, 16 Calico, 17 Random, 18 Way,
23 Coach, 24 Progress, 25 Stork, 26
Autogiro, 27 Comet.
Down: 2 Approval, 3 Airstrip, 4
Pelota, 5 Steam, 6 Train, 7 Sweet,
12 Tow, 13 Pry, 14 One or two, 15
Concorde, 19 Absurd, 20 Spray, 21
Booty, 22 Dregs.


Peter leko v Vishy Anand, Cap
d'Agde 2003. India's reigning world
champion Anand first made his
markbyhit-exceptionaliyfast play.
He would only take minutes on the
clock for a game while opponents.
pondered for two hours or more.
Now rapid, blitz and lightning
tournaments are frequent, and
even Anand's title defence in
October 2008 against Russia's
Vladimir Kramnik will have speed
tie-breaks if the slower classically
tied games are tied. For success at
speed, you need to develop a fast
eye for tactical opportunities for
which the daily Evening Standard
puzzles are good training. Here
Anand (Black, to move) has
gambited a pawn, but although he
has an obvious attack it is unclear '
how he breaks through. What was
Black's winning move?

1 Strike repeatedly (5)
2 US aviatrix, lost 1937
3 Compress (7)
4 Empty (6)
5 Outspoken (5)
6 Canadian air ace,
WW1 (7,6)
7 Constancy (7)
11 Patella (7)
13 Everlasting (7)
14 Thwart (6)
16 Cage for
rabbits (5)
18 Pith helmet (5)

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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 12; very good 18; excellent
24 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
abhor aboard abode abroad
adobe adore adored boar board
boarded bode boded bore
bored broad dado deodar doer
HEADBOARD hero hoar hoard
hoarded hoed horde horded
oared obeah odder orbed redo
road roadbed robe robed rode

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

There's Only One Right Play

East dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
4QJ 10
4A42 4Q987
V9832 V10654
*8 *A63
+K8752 +63
The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead live of clubs.
One of the most common failings
of many declarers is the tendency to
deal with each suit separately rather
than assess the play of the hand as a
Take this case where declare won
the opening club lead with dummy's
ten and played the K-Q of diamonds,
hoping the defense would take the
ace. But East uncharitably ducked
both diamonds, leaving South with
an impossible task.
When he tried leading the ten of
spades from dummy, East covered
with the queen, and the king lost to
\Vest's ac- A spade was returned,
and South co'.: now do no better
than cash eight tricks.

Declarer lost the contract on the
very first trick when he should have
won the club lead with the ace
instead of dummy's ten.
South should realize that the con-
tract is not likely to be made unless
the diamonds can be run, and should
not rely exclusively on the hope that
the opponents will take the first or
second diamond lead. He should
allow for the-possibility that either
defender might have been dealt three
or four diamonds to the ace and
might not take the first two diamond
The purpose of playing the club
ace at trick one is to ensure a subse-
quent club entry to dummy in case
the diamond ace is held up. Thus, in
the actual case, South leads three
rounds of diamonds after winning
the opening club lead. East takes the
ace and can do nothing to injure
declarer. If he returns a club; dummy
automatically acquires an entry to
cash the good diamonds.
If East returns a heart instead,
declarer wins and leads a club to
force his way into dummy and again
has 10 tricks. And if East chooses to
return a spade, South plays low from
his hand to obtain the same result. "
It all goes back to what declared
does at trick one. If he mechanically
follows low from his hand and then
starts to think, he will soon learn to
his sorrow that the opportunity to
make his game has already passed
him by.

Tomorrow: Solving a defensive problem.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008, PAGE 7


Debit card launch eyes cashless society

Tribune Business

TRANSFER Solutions
Providers and the Public Tran-
sit Association of the Bahamas
(PTAB) yesterday launched
the new Mango payment card,
which its developers hope will
start the transformation of the
Bahamas into a cashless soci-
ety. .


employee passes

the Series 0

A Butterfield Fund Services.
(Bahamas) employee has passed the
Series 6 examination after preparing
for it with the Nassau-based Nastac
Christina Bethell, a shareholder
services administrator with Butter-
field Fund Services (Bahamas),
passed the exam, which deals with
investment companies and variable
contracts products. Ms Bethell is
shown with Reece Chipman, the
Nastac Group's managing director.

Speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness following the official
launch, Dr Jonathan Rodgers,
president of Transfer Solu-
tions, explained that Mango
was a reloadable pre-paid deb-
it card, designed to assist the 70
per cent of Bahamians with
bank accounts who do not
have access to a line of credit.
The card, which costs $5, can
be loaded with a minimum of
$5 and a maxmium of $99. As
of yesterday, the only mer-

chant at which the cards can
be used are public buses that
are members of the PTAB.
However, Dr Rodgers said
that within the next six months,
Bahamians can expect to see at
least a dozen more companies
come on stream as accepters
of the Mango card as a means
of payment for goods and ser-
He added that the benefits
of using this card, as opposed
to other debit cards in the

Bahamian market, is that it is
really a card that can be used
by anyone no matter their
income level.
"You don't have to go
through an application process
or have a bank account to have
a card. You can just purchase a
card and you are immediately
ready to go," Dr Rodgers said.
He added that unlike other
denit cards, which charge high
service charges, the fees for
Mango are very low for both

merchant and user.
Dr Rodgers said that when
customers use a MasterCard
or debit card, merchants pay
up to 4 per cent of the pur-
chase value. With the Mana-
go card, the cost to the mer-
chant is between $0.10 and a
maxmiunt of $0.50 per trans-
action, depending on the pur-
chase value.
The fees to the card users
are very minimal, he said, for
loading the card and for mak-
ing purchases on the card.
Harvey Morris, Transfer
Solutions' chief financial offi-
cer, added that the Mango
cards can assist Bahamians
with budgeting and financial
"Think about this. A parent
can buy a card for their child
who catches the bus or who
needs to purchase lunch. They
can load it up and then they
know that those funds are
secured. They don't have to
worry about overspending, and
if the card is lost, once the
number has been registered,
the card can be blocked and
no one else will be able to use
the card.
"Charity organizations can*
also use the cards to donate to
persons in need. It can be
adapted to suit any Bahamian
based situation," Mr Morris
Ken Bodnar, Transfer Solu-
tions' chief technology officer,

said the company is using the
most current and up-to-date
technology for the multi-mil-
lion dollar initiative.
He explained that the soft-
ware programming is written
in the Bahamas by Bahamians
with the support of the highest-
qualified experts in the US,
who among them have over
100 years of experience.
"Over the next six months,
we will change the face'of the
Bahamas," Mr Bodnar said.
Rueban Rahming, president
of the PTAB, added that the
new initiative will drastically
help reduce the amount of cash
that is used in business trans-
actions and help reduce crime.
He said that already this
year there have been five
armed robberies on public bus-
es. This new service is only the
beginning of the measures the
PTAB is looking to put in
place to transform the industry.
Transport Minister Earl
Deveaux explained that while
the cards have been launched,
amendments to the laws have
to be gazetted regarding the
payment for public trans-
The cards are now available
for purchase and reloading at
Omni Financial Services, on
Frederick Street and Robin-
son Road, through the PTAB,
and in Mango bus routes and
at Shalom Discount. There will
also be roving field agents.