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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 9, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Cancer society
women undergo
in light of
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Tribune Staff-Reporter
IN LIGHT of increasing evi-
dence pointing towards younger
black women being genetically
predisposed towards getting an
aggressive variety of breast can-
cer, Bahamian women are being
encouraged to begin testing for
the disease at the age of 35.
Terry Fountain, president of
the Bahamas Cancer Society,
told The Tribune that studies
conducted by the Universities
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THE FEMALE driver of this car escaped with minor injuries yesterday afternoon, after one of the vehicle's
tyres blew, causing her to collide into a wall opposite Waterloo nightclub on East Bay Street.

Overwhelming majority vote
for strike at Morton Salt

Sir John


diesage 95

SIR John Templeton, a legendary
global investor and philanthropist,
died yesterday shortly after mid-
night after battling pneumonia at
Doctor's Hospital in Nassau. He
was 95.
Charles Sealy, CEO of Doctor's
Hospital, offered "great sympathy"
to Sir John's family.
"His contribution to the world
and in particular to the Bahamas
was truly honourable," Mr Sealy
John Templeton started his
career on Wall Street in 1937 and
went on to create Templeton Mutu-
al Fund, one of the most successful international investment funds ever
In 1999, Money Magazine called him "arguably the greatest glob-
al stock picker of the century."
To others like Mark Holowesko, who had worked with Sir John
since 1985; he was "not only a great investor but a great example of
Sir John created the Temple Prize for Progress Toward Research
or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities in 1972, as a way of rewarding,
each year, a living person who has shown extraordinary originality in
advancing human kind's understanding of God and Spirituality. Moth-
er Theresa was the first recipient, six years after she received the
Nobel Peace Prize.
It was important to him that his awards offered more money ($1 mil-
lion) than the Nobel Peace Prizes, as in his view advances in the spir-
itual doma .l ai ; no less important than those in other areas of human
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Union Wharf property on

Bay.Street listed for $22m

Tribune Staff Reporter
majority of unionised Morton
Salt workers voted yesterday to
strike over the dismissal of one

of the union's executives from
Morton Bahamas in Inagua.
Secretary-general of the
Bahamas Industrial Manufac-
turing and Allied Workers
Union (BIMAAWU) Jennifer
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BPSU president confident
he will win another term
Tribune Staff Reporter
AMIDST speculation that the opposition PLP is funding the campaign
of his opponents, president of the Bahamas Public Service Union John
Pinder is confident he will be voted in for another term after BPSU's elec-
Many political observers are watching the outcome of the elections to
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE potential sale of the
Union Wharf property on Bay
Street which is listed for $22
million may be one of the first
signs that downtown revitaliza-
tion legislation and the removal
of the container port facilities,
are about to spark re-growth in
the rundown city centre.
The 3.94 acre property, where
Pioneer Shipping was located,
has been exclusively listed for
this price with Bahamas Realty
for about a month. And already
two parties are seriously inter-
ested in the location, according
to Realtor Larry Roberts.
With the movement of the
container port facilities-to
Arawak Cay, "these properties
need to be redeveloped,"
explained Mr Roberts yester-
day in a brief interview with The
The highest and best use for
the property involves taking

advantage of the 826 linear feet
of waterfront according to the
listing overlooking Nassau
Harbour. Potential ventures
that take advantage of this, said
Mr Roberts, could be marinas,
condominiums, a condo-hotel,
restaurants or a hotel. "There
are any number of possibilities
as to what can be done there,"
he said.
"The overall objective is to
bring life back into the city,"
Mr Roberts, said, emphasizing
the decay that has spread on
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New Grand Bahama Island

Tourism Board elected

THE Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board has con-
firmed its new slate of members following elections held the
end of last month.
The names of the new members were announced at the
GBITB annual general meeting at the Our Lucaya Con-
vention Centre.
The AGM focused mainly on the major marketing and
promotional efforts over the past year and the new encul-
turation programme called, "The Grand Life", which the
GBITB is responsible for implementing with the support of
the Ministry of Tourism.
Magnus Alnebeck, general manager of Pelican Bay Hotel
at Lucaya, was elected chairman. He has served on the
finance committee, and was the vice president of the Grand"
Bahama Island for the Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA).
The other new members are:
Glyine Delancy, GM, Best Western Castaways Resort
Andrew R Barnett GM, Port Lucaya Resort and Yacht
Club secretary.
The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board assists the
government in the promotion of Grand Bahama Island as
a tourist destination and represents the private sector in
marketing properties which have a partnership with the
board and are members.
This is done through marketing campaigns which include
television and radio commercials, advertisements in pub-
lications (magazines, newspapers) and onshore promo-
tions such as familiarisation trips.
The affairs of the board are managed by the board of
directors, comprising of a chairman and directors, who
meet on a monthly basis.
The day-to-day operations are overseen by an execu-
tive vice-president.
The members' mission is to increase tourism for their
members and spur economic growth for Grand Bahama

0 In brief

Pair face weapon, ammo charges
A 32-year-old Amos Ferguson Street man and a 24-year-old
woman from Golden Gates have been arraigned on weapon and
ammunition charges.
The two were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
Court Eight, Bank Lane on Monday.
According to court dockets it is alleged that on Friday July 4, Nick
Kemp and Alicia Stuart were found in possession of a black and sil-
ver Inter Arms .380 pistol and a black and brown Charter .38
It is also alleged that the two were found in possession of four .380
rounds of ammunition and 11.38 rounds of ammunition, as well as
two grams of marijuana.
The accused, who appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethel at
Court Eight Bank in Lane, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
They were both remanded to Her Majesty's Prison and are
expected to return to court today for a bail hearing.

Bahamas youth choir ready

for Olympic performance

Local choristers to

compete in Austria

against singers

from 91 countries
Tribune Feature Writer

Youth Choir leaves for Graz,
Austria on Saturday to compete
against choirs from 91 countries
in the 5th World Choir Games.
T'he event is also known as
the Olympics of Choirs.
According to choir director
Cleophas Adderley, while the
choir has performed in a num-
ber of countries, this will be the
its most challenging perfor-
mance to date. However, the
choir leaves confident that it
will perform at its best.
"I feel that this is the kind
of exposure that the young peo-
ple in this country need. They
heed to see choral music at its
pinnacle. They need to see what
other countries are doing in the
world of choral music. And they
need to have an opportunity to
raise the bar.
"This competition will give
them all of those opportunities.
Whether or not they win a gold,
silver or bronze medal, the main
thing is that they perform at
their best," Mr Adderley told-
The Tribune.
The participating choirs will
demonstrate their abilities
before around 75 international
jurors in more than 500-perfor-
mances in 28 different cate-
gories. The Bahamas National
Youth choir participates in two
categories: Class 7 (classical
music), and Class 28 (folk
Aside from the competition,
the choir will also participate in
several friendship concerts that
will take place in Graz.
Bahamiap musician, Adrian
Archer, who recently graduated
Westminster Choir College
(Princeton University's musical

ON THREE!: Cleophas Adderley (far left) directs choir members during Bahamas National Youth Choir's 6th
Annual Concert Season, which was held under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Arthur Dion
Hanna and his.wife, Beryl. Mr Adderley was announced as the recipient of the Colour of Harmony's E Clement
Bethel Award during the opening ceremony for the College of the Bahamas' 17th Annual Colour of Harmo-
ny. (See more pictures on Pages 6C & 7C)

"Whether or not they win a gold,
silver or bronze medal, the main
thing is that they perform at their

Cleophas Adderley

conservatory) with a bachelor
of sacred music degree with a
concentration in choral con-
ducting and vocal performance,
was on hand at a recent practice
session to critique the choir.
Drawing from his knowledge
of university-level vocal com-
petitions, Mr Archer told The
Tribune that the National
Youth Choir has the potential
to do well in the World Choral
"I think that the ability of
this choir to have a Bahamian
sound and a classical sound is
one of the advantages that will
benefit the choir when it travels.
I think that one of the things
that Mr Adderley has done very
well is to emphasise proper
vocal technique and vocal

colour. I think that, along with
the expertise that [Mr Adder-
ley] brings to the choir will
cause it to medal, or to come
very high because most choirs
going into vocal competitions
are not as experienced as
national choirs. But once the
choir bears in mind that it is a
Bahamian choir that is able to
do myriad types of music, that is
going to be one of it's advan-
tages," said Mr Archer.
The Bahamas enters these
Choral Games with interesting
It is understood that Russia,
Germany and China are going
to delegate most of the partici-
pating choirs more than 100
each, followed closely by Aus-
tria, Hungary and South Africa,

which will be present with near-
ly 80 choirs.
However, Mr Adderley
would like the Bahamian public
to know that despite the
Bahamas being a small country
that is presenting only one
choir, it has a tremendous
amount of talent to showcase.
"We need to not be com-
fortable with being very good
or excellent in this small envi-
ronment in which.we live.
"We need to set global stan-
dards. And the Bahamas has
already shown in sports, in
tourism, in business areas that
we can compete globally," Mr
Adderley said.
"And I definitely feel that in
the arts, we can do so.
"All we have to do is work
harder and get more training,"
he added.
Before the choir performs at
the World Choral Games, it will
compete at the International
Youth and Music Festival and
Competition in Vienna.
The Bahamas National Choir
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o In brief

Airport terminal
'made in time for

THE Nassau Airport
Development Company says
improvements to the domestic
terminal at Lynden Pindling
International Airport have
been made just in time to
bring in the Bahamas' 35th
anniversary as an independent
NAD said it worked in col-
laboration with Bahamasair
and its stakeholders to give
the terminal a multi-coloured
Junkanoo theme, complete.
with Androsia decorations
and straw work souvenirs at
the ticket windows.
Ms Moorshead, NAD's
supervisor of contracts and
administrator of operations
and customer service, said
these improvements were all
made with the passengers'
well-being in mind.
Passengers reportedly love
the terminal's new look.
Alonzo Hinsey Jr com-
mented: "It's a lot different
from what was here before. It
used to be very drab but it's a
lot brighter now.
"Everything seems a little
more vibrant and inviting."
Yvonne Cartwright, a
Bahamasair passenger, added:
"The colours they have high-
lighted here at the counter are
"It's more outstanding and
it gives the background a bet-
ter look to me."
Other improvements were
made in the departures area,
in an effort to make the walk
from terminal to airplane
more enjoyable.
The upgrading team has
reportedly completely cleaned
and painted the ramp ways,
and beautified the enclosures
with tropical colours.
Other improvements in the
terminal include new signs,
baggage display systems and
in the near future, refurbish-
ments of washrooms, NAD

"It's a lot
different from
what was here
before. It used
to be very
drab but it's a
lot brighter

Alonzo Hinsey Jr



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If so, call us on 322-1986
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PRESIDENT of the Straw
Vendors-Woodcarvers Coali-
tion Telator Strachan called on
government yesterday to "cease
and desist" with its plans to put
a green space on the downtown
site of the old straw market.
During a press conference at
the entrance of the current
makeshift market, the former
senator and mother of PLP MP
Melanie Griffin briefed the
media about the vendors' aver-
sion to the green space idea -
and any temporary relocation
of the straw market to Prince
George Dock.
"We cannot allow the empty
lot where the straw market site
was to be turned into a place
for relaxation with trees and
benches," she said. "The for-
mer straw market site must not
used for any other means than
what it was designed for cen-
turies ago."
Mrs Strachan said that
according to the terms of the
Antiquities, Monuments and
Museum, Act, 1998, the old
straw market should be desig-
nated a historical site, and pre-
served for its cultural value.
Back in 2001, the original
straw market was destroyed by
fire, and since then, successive
governments have promised to
rebuild the facility.
The FNM government
announced in March that draw-
ings were being prepared to
convert the Customs warehouse
building on Prince George
Dock into an authentic Bahami-
an craft market.
"We have been displaced
since September 2001, through

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no fault of our own," she said,
"and have suffered and endured
much under this tent where con-
ditions deteriorate daily, for
almost seven years now."
Mrs Strachan claimed that
what separates the current gov-
ernment from the former
administration is the lack of
"open lines of communication."
"Even though we felt that the
rebuilding of the market was
taking long back then, at least
we were aware of the work
being done on the project,
which kept our hope alive."
The stand she and vendors
are taking is not a biased one,
she maintains, because "ven-
dors across the political divide
are experiencing the same con-
According to Mrs Strachan,
a meeting was arranged with
FNM National Security Minis-
ter Tommy Tu'rnquest, who
headed a Cabinet committee to
look at the straw market issue
and provide an assessment
report within 90 days.
"It was at that meeting that
we were told about relocating to
Prince George Dock," she said,

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE mood at Jones Communications was
described as "awkward" yesterday as most of the
newsroom staff returned to work after a sick-out
in protest of the firing of a co-worker on Friday.
"A quiet tension still remains," The Tribune
was told yesterday by a source who wished to
remain anonymous.
Jones Communications CEO Wendall Jones
reportedly met with several senior members of his
staff in an effort to bring harmony to the news-
room following the firing of Paige Ferguson.
Staff at Love 97 were so upset at the handling
of the situation that news director and editor
Candia Dames resigned that day, no newspaper
was produced for the following Saturday, and
senior news staff did not come to work on Mon-
day. Staff were united in the opinion that the ter-
mination was unjustified and that the way Ms
Ferguson was treated was urinecessary.
The dispute was over the Friday afternoon 5
o'clock TV report not airing. Staff assert that Ms
Ferguson was not at fault for the incident.

adding that vendors disap-
proved of the temporary relo-
cation based on bad experiences
they have had.
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
Additionally, vendors met
with the Earl Deveaus. former
Minister of Public Works and
Transport, who was responsi-
ble for the straw market.
Mrs Strachan said they
brought "certain matters" to his
attention and were made "-cer-
tain of promises" that ha\ e not
been fulfilled.
She added that vendors ha\ e
heard inothiig further about the
report promised by Mr Turn-
Mrs Strachan called on go% -
ernment to help "improve the
lines of communication." adding
that she looks forward to meet-
ing with newly appointed
Works Minister Neko Grant.

The Tribune has been informed that despite
the efforts of MrJones, other members of Jones
Communications staff may be so frustrated and
demoralised by the situation that others may
soon leave the company.
Increased competition in the broadcast media
market provides these journalists with more
options that existed as recently as five years ago.
"Mr Jones must understand that we will not
take conditions as they use to be anymore," The
Tribune was told by another source close to the
situation who also did not wish to be named.
"Journalists have to be respected. And we hope
that the response of the staff will send a message
to management."
News staff at Jones Communications have long
complained about the working conditions at the
company, including having to produce stories for
the newspaper, radio station and television broad-
cast all in the same day.
They are the only journalists in the country
that do this. The lost of Ms Dames and the ter-
mination of Ms Ferguson come after numerous
Jones employees left the company in April. Many
joined the new Nassau Guardian radio station
Star 106.5.

"The former straw market site
must not be used for any other
means than what it was
designed for centuries ago."

Melanie Griffin

'Quiet tension' at Jones Communications

after dismissal sparks newsroom protest




WITH climbing oil prices pushing the
cost of living to almost unaffordable levels,
liquefied natural gas (LNG) is now back in
the news.
Only this time instead of running a
pipeline just from Ocean Cay in the Bahamas
to Florida to supplement that state's fuel sup-
ply, AES now proposes to snake its pipeline
down through the Tongue of the Ocean to
BEC's plant at Clifton Point. The projected
savings in fuel costs to the Bahamas is esti-
mated at between $1.4 to $4 billion in fuel
costs over a 15-year period.
Government has been debating the pro-
posal for the pipeline into Florida from the
man-made island off Bimini for the past
seven years. Just before the first Ingraham
government was voted but of office in 2002,
AES Corporation was given an agreement
in principle, subject to the BEST Commission
agreeing that the proposal was environmen-
tally sound. In 2003 BEST approved the pro-
For the next five years it was on-again, off-
again with no decision being made by the
Christie government. During those years
there were protests by environmentalists,
especially about the terminal's potential dan-
ger. However, all forms of creating energy to
Provide electricity for our homes and busi-
nesses, cooking oils and fuel for our cars are
dangers, whether it be diesel fuel or propane
gas. Oil spills have been experienced off
Clifton. None of these supplies is safe, but
what they provide is essential to keep us from
slipping back into a stone age that had no
need for any of them.
Like all of the other energy-providers,
LNG is potentially dangerous, but Dr Marcus
Bethel,'the one man in the Christie cabinet
who understood its true potential, assured
the public that "in general, LNG is a safer and
more environmentally-friendly fuel than gaso-
line, diesel fuel or propane which we cur-
rently use on a daily basis." He said it is safer
than the corner gas station. One only has to
light a match when fuel is going into a gas
tank to know how quickly the fumes will
ignite and a dangerous explosion will follow.
"Under strictly controlled conditions," said
Dr Bethel, "a LNG regasification plant is
considered an acceptable environmental risk
for the Bahamas."
It is particularly safe when one considers
Ocean Cay is nine miles from the nearest
inhabited island, and any type of vessel enter-
ing its waters can be seen for miles around. If

there should ever be an explosion the radi-
ated heat could affect anything within a one
mile radius. At Ocean Cay there is nothing
within that radius.
"Ocean Cay," said Mr Aaron Samson,
AES Corporation's LNG managing director,
"is the most remote LNG terminal in the
world. It's nearest inhabited island is nine
miles away."
Bahamians have argued that if Florida
needs natural gas so badly then the terminal
should be located in the state of Florida. It
also has been claimed that Florida has passed
legislation prohibiting this type of plant in
the state. This is not true. And the reason
that the terminal cannot be located in Flori-
da is because there is no available site, cer-
tainly not a site as safe as Ocean Cay.
If government were to approve the new
proposals, the company estimates'that it
would take about eight months to connect a
pipeline from the Ocean Cay terminal to
Clifton. However, it will take at least three
years to build the terminal. If permission had
been given during the Christie administra-
tion, the terminal could have been built and
functioning. Now that it is feasible to con-
nect Ocean Cay with New Providence, had
the plant been functioning it would have tak-
en only a short time to have the terminal and
BEC connected. It would certainly have
made a dramatic difference to our current
cost of living. If approval is given now, it is
estimated that a plant could be functioning by
Time has always been of the essence, but
it is even moreso now because there is a sec-
ond company trying to get the Florida natural
gas contract. That company is proposing to
float a huge tanker in international waters
off the coast of Florida. It will be the LNG
terminal. However, hurricanes present a
major threat to this proposal. When a hurri-
cane is forecast, the tanker with the gas will
have to be moved to safe harbour. At Ocean
Cay the terminal remains with its stored
LNG, locked down only while the hurricane
is blowing. It will be back in business as soon
as the all clear is sounded. Not so the floating
LNG tanker.
Whichever of these two companies can get
in production first will get the business.
Two governments have had seven years to
consider what's best for the Bahamas and
the Bahamian people to bring down their
electrical costs. It is now up to the Ingraham
government to make a decision.

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three times for the same crime from wrong. This should help
committed. to curb them from getting into
If a first time offender is trouble while they are on
found in his/her possession an these breaks.
unlicensed gun/firearm he/she As for the grown men and
should be sentenced to prison women hanging out on the
without bail. blocks, who don't want to
Offenders who are eligible work, but rather rob and steal
for release in prison, after a from hard working Bahami-
period of time should be put ans by breaking into their
in a programme to prepare homes and businesses, raping
them for the outside, so when and killing person for no rea-
they do come out, they will son.
know how to adjust to soci- This needs to stop! Not
ety. tomorrow, not the next day,
Also a trade programme to not the day after, not next
prepare them for the outside week, not next month, not
when, they are ready to be next year, not years after. But
released. now! You need to go and find
So, while they are inside yourselves a real job. And
they will be working for a stop depending on other per-
fixed wage per day and will sons to support your habit.
receive upon leaving. If you are interested in a
Another prison needs to be real job you need to go to
built on one of the islands that Bahamas Technical Voca-
is not inhabited, which will tional Institution located off
house inmates that will be Soldier Road and take up a
serving a life sentence, rapist, different trade other than
murderers, etc. what you have now.
This should be built like So, that you can apply for a
"Alcatraz" the movie. Far real job. And make your own
away from the city. Surround- monmes.
ed by water and sharks.
Various workshops need to A CONCERNED
be set up before school closes BAHAMIAN
for summer, Christmas, East- Nassau,
er, mid-term breaks, so as to July, 2008.

with the Wall of Fame.
The wall was decorated with
well deserving athletes, some
who are displayed more than
once. Let me hasten to say
that every Bahamian who has
contributed great for this
country overseas gave equally
to the public relations for the
But there is one of the many
athletes that have been con-
sistently overlooked. I stand
to be corrected, but 1964 in
Montreal, Canada, a very
quite Bahamian named Kings-
ley Poitier won the Mr World
Body Building competition.
This was significant especially
given the time it was.
This feat meant more than
what has happened since
because like the Yachting
medals by Capt Durward

Knowles and Cecil Cook, the
Bahamas rarely had any men-
tion internationally.
So it stands to reason that
Mr Kingsley Poitier's photo
should be displayed just like
everyone else.
He did the Bahamas proud
and should not be ostracized.
He deserves and should get
his flowers while he is alive.
It is the least he should get,
even though some athletes
have got far more.
I have attempted to height-
en the awareness of this mis-
take for years and would not
stop until this wrong has been
corrected, nothing more, noth-
ing less.
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow me space in
your newspaper to touch a few
important topics in our coun-
try that needs "Urgent Atten-
tion". Below is a list of things
that should help to curb some
of the crime that we are expe-
They are as follows:
Offenders who have com-
mitted a serious offence or
crime should not be given bail.
Like rapist, murderers; etc.
Names of sex offenders
should be put on a list with
their name and the name of
the street they live on and
house/apartment number, so
persons who live in the com-
munity will be aware.
A curfew needs to be put in
place, especially for teenagers
under 21 years of age. If found
on the streets after 12 mid-
night more than three times,
they will have do some sort of
community service in their
Children found out of
school wandering the streets
in the day while school is in,
should be stopped and asked
why they are not in school by
the police on mobile
patrol/foot patrol.
The parent of the child
should be contacted and
The situation should be
dealt with.
Name of child and parent
should be recorded, so if
found more than three times
they will have to do some sort
of community service in their

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Bishop calls for Bahamians to

'recommit to God's covenant'

THE country is in decay due to
the "contemptuous" ways of soci-
ety and the fact that the Bahamas
has broken its covenant with
Christian values, Bishop Simeon
Hall said yesterday.
The religious leader is calling
on Bahamians to recommit to
God's covenant and develop a
new spirit of nationalism.
On the cusp of the country's
35th Independence Day celebra-
tions, Bishop Hall said that if the

Bahamas had stayed faithful to
the original vision laid out by its
founding fathers, Bahamians
would be "further on as a people".
"The current social, political and
religious downturn being experi-
enced on a national level is a result
of a broken covenant which the
Bahamian people have commit-
ted between themselves and their
"While our founding fathers
were imperfect, they placed on

paper a perfect vision of the
Bahamas that, had we been faith-
ful to the original vision, we could
be further on as a people," Bishop
Hall, senior pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church stated
in a press release.
He added that there are four
Christian references in the pre-
amble to the Constitution. This,
he says, "clearly establishes a
covenant with God" and "this
covenant was to have been the

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abiding respect for Christian val-
ues would have guided our nation-
al life.
"The glaring and almost con-
temptuous ways in which we as a
nation have broken the covenant
and strayed as a people, is at the
core of our national decay.
"What we need going forward is
a new spirit of nationalism. It is
the kind which appreciates the
greatness of the past but reaches
for the new possibilities of unfold-
ing the future.
"The new patriotic-nationalsim
is the kind that places service to a
greater cause greater than self-
interest. It seeks to recover the
spirit of those founding fathers,
who sought in all their human
frailty to establish a national
covenant designed to cause all
Bahamians to embrace each other
regardless of race, colour religion
or economic status," he said.



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A SELECT group of
experts met on Centre-
ville Hill last week to launch a
process that could change the face
of Bahamian broadcasting and drag
our antiquated communications
sector kicking and screaming into
the 21st century.
They included the head of the
Jamaica Broadcasting Commission,
the former chiefs of the Gibraltar
Broadcasting Corporation and
Radio Television Hong Kong, a
retired senior executive from the
Canadian Broadcasting Corpora-
tion, and Britain's top expert on
broadcasting law.
They were here because a
"strategic opportunity" exists to
transform ZNS from a hacked-out
state agency to an independent and
professional public broadcaster that
actually returns some value for the
millions that taxpayers spend on it
every year.
As Senior Deputy General
Manager Carlton Smith- a 22-
year ZNS veteran acknowledged
at the broadcasting workshop last
Thursday, "We are drifting some-
where in space. We are a sinking
ship. We are in trouble."
According to this candid assess-
ment, ZNS suffers from mediocrity
and has no respect for either its
advertisers or its audience. It has a
culture of complacency and enti-
tlement that protects a top-heavy
management structure and lets
employees wear their politics on
their sleeve. And it is governed by
laws that let politicians determine
the public interest.
"We have no performance stan-
dards and we take a cavalier
approach to our jobs," Smith went
on. "We are not providing a ser-
vice and there is nothing anyone
can do because then we will com-
plain to the politicians. That's why
we must change expeditiously to a
public service broadcaster.
"Wheether that change will hap-
pen is the million-dollar question. I
am an optimist. If we, the people,
want ZNS to change, then nothing
can stop it from happening. But it
takes courage to turn right thinking
into action."

the reforms that are needed to
bring our communications sector
into the modem world. Although
few other industry representatives
or policymakers showed up, by the
end of the first day the excitement
was palpable among ZNS managers
who were being asked to think for
themselves for the first time in a
long while.
Senator Kay Forbes-Smith, the
West Ender who has political
responsibility for the Broadcasting
Corporation, described the work-
shop as the first step in a pro-
gramme to educate Bahamians on
the transformation of ZNS. The
discussion will continue with
employees, as well as with parlia-
mentarians, cabinet ministers and
the public.
Two key reforms are required to
bring about change. First and fore-
most is the legal restructuring of
the Broadcasting Corporation to
provide for non-political gover-
nance and genuine editorial free-
dom. Second is the creation of an
independent regulatory system that
takes account of new technologies.
Both reforms are linked and must
be achieved within a limited time-
That timeframe is complicated
by two momentous events that will
take place next year. In addition to
the need to salvage ZNS, we must
also consider what will happen
when BTC is privatised and CBL's
monopoly ends. Going forward, we
will be dealing with a much more
complex and open communication
and information sector.
Internationally, there is wide-
spread recognition of the challenges
involved in persuading govern-
ments to relinquish their hold over
state broadcasting. According to a
STNESCO official who cnnsults on

been pricked...It takes about 20
years for results to show."
In our case the process began
16 years ago under the previous
Ingraham administration, when a
political decision was taken but nev-
er acted upon. One of last week's
workshop consultants, former CBC
vice president Harold Redekopp,
spent a year in Nassau recently
advising the Christie government
on how to transform ZNS into a
public broadcaster. And the cur-
rent administration says it now
plans to finish the job putting
us right on track with that 20-year
The remaking of ZNS will occur
in an environment where the tech-
nological distinctions between text,
audio and video are eroding. News-
papers, radio and TV stations can
all distribute information over the
web or a mobile phone. Cable oper-
ators can provide phone service and
phone companies can provide cable
Technology convergence pre-
sents regulatory issues in terms of
spectrum allocation, competition
policy, conflict of interest, the pro-
tection of plurality and the appli-
cation of media standards. At the
moment, the Public Utilities Com-
mission allocates spectrum after the
prime minister approves a broad-
casting license a politically driven
But once licensed, the 14 FM
radio stations plus ZNS (which also
holds the only AM license and the
only over-the-air TV license) are
essentially unregulated, except for
frequencies and transmitters. And
while the PUC can manage these
technical aspects, it has neither the
authority nor the expertise to deal
with media matters. A broadcasting
regulator was legislated in the
1990s, but never implemented.

these matters, "Sometimes our AN INDEPENDENT
THE COURAGE TO REFORM work is like pricking an elephant. REGULATOR
The w6rkshidp as an attempt to At firs'tdoesn't feel it, but some So the question now is, should
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the PUC be equipped with the completely open media and tele- we could not allow ourselves to be
expertise to handle broadcasting as coms sector encompassing some manipulated, so we decided to
well as telecoms regulation? In two dozen radio stations, 50 cable broadcast the fact that we had been
either case we must ensure that the operators, one of the highest cell instructed. The order was quickly
regulator is free from political con- phone penetration rates in the withdrawn because the government
trol and dedicated to protecting world, a liberal ownership policy didn't want to be seen as interfer-
freedom of expression and access and no state broadcaster, ing.
for a diversity of ideas and opin- In fact, Jamaica's equivalent of "If you put your faith in the
ions. ZNS was sold off almost a dozen politicians you are dead," he
"The trend today is for a con- years ago, and there are now moves advised.
verged regulator to monitor con- to set up a public broadcaster. "Put your faith in the people.
verged technology," noted Eve "Public service broadcasting is You want to be in a position where
Salomon, a British media lawyer distinct from government broad- there are no votes to be gained by
who consults on public policy issues casting," Green said. "The public attacking ZNS.
for governments around the world, interest is not synonymous with the "You as a broadcaster have to
She helped set up the UK's current government's interest, and politics be out there connecting with your
media and telecoms regulator, should be a miniscule part of psb constituents."
Ofcom, in 2003, which replaced five concerns." The workshop was closed by the
earlier regulatory bodies. His colleague, Chu Pui-Hing, newly rehired general manager of
"But there are downsides agreed. Chu is the retired head of ZNS, Edwin Lightbourne, whose
because broadcasting needs special Radio Television Hong Kong and personal experience reinforces the
attention and requisite in-house now' consults for the Common- need to break the endless political
expertise," she added. wealth Broadcasting Association. cycle at the Broadcasting Corpo-
"It is not something that tele- He told the workshop that "Public ration.
coms regulators find easy to switch service broadcasters live a danger- A former print journalist, Light-
to because it involves different skill ous life and will always be disliked bourne was named to head ZNS
sets. by the politicians, but that goes with by the previous Ingraham govern-
"Broadcast regulation is very the territory. ment, but was shunted over to the
much an exercise of judgment "Governments are not equipped Ministry of Tourism news bureau
rather than an engineering matter." to deal with creative people and by the Christie administration in
A consultation paper on con- newsrooms," he said. "And an arms 2003.
verged media and telecoms regula- length relationship projects the Meanwhile, James Catalyn, a
tion was drafted by British experts image of an open and liberal former Ministry of Tourism man-
during the Christie administration, administration." ager who was controversially dis-
but quickly shelved, missed by the first Ingraham gov-
But the current government's NO PAIN, NO GAIN ernment, was on JCN-TV this past
push to convert ZNS into a public All of the consultants agreed Sunday bemoaning our lack of
broadcaster has revived interest in that the public debate on gover- national pride and the unfortunate
regulatory issues. nance and funding will drive home tendency of Bahamian politicians to
the point that change is necessary, rip up the foundations laid by their
TO TRANSFORM OR but it certainly won't be painless predecessors to our mutual disser-
NOT TO TRANSFORM according to George Valerino. vice.
Although a modern, indepen- He ran the world's smallest pub- Let's face it, even after 35 years
dent regulator is required for ZNS' lic service broadcaster in Gibraltar of independence, and several
transformation, it is even more for 20 years, and was.president of changes of government, the chief
important to set out a legal frame- the Commonwealth Broadcasting criterion for contributing to nation-
work that guarantees the station's Association for six of those years, al development remains political
autonomy and good governance. "Public service broadcasting is as allegiance.
"You should not be looking at integral part of a democratic, plur- Some even declare it to be a cul-
incrementalism," warned Cordel al society and the Bahamas should tural standard.
Green, a.lawyer and former broad- be no exception," he said. Well, it's time to change all that,
caster who is now executive direc- "A transformed ZNS must pre- and the best place to start is with
tor of the Broadcasting Commis- sent a cross-section of views, meet ZNS the most politicised insti-
sion of Jamaica. set standards, and promote a better tution in the country. .
"There must be a complete informed electorate. If done right, it could have a
transformation of ZNS. "It should not be a mouthpiece knock-on effect throughout our
"You should have a frank dis- for the politicians, despite all their entire society.
cussion with your audience as to lobbying."
what their expectations are. Make To illustrate his point, Valerino What do you think?
the case for improving your station recalled being instructed by the Send comments to
and demonstrate that it is a viable Gibraltar government to make cer- larry@tribunemedia.net
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Brown told The Tribune that
73 out of 74 union members
who participated in the vote
yesterday, voted in favour of
industrial action.
"We are all elated," she said,
commenting on the mood of
Morton Salt workers last
Ms Brown explained that the
union chose to take this step
after Ken Rolle, the company's

Overwhelming majority vote

for strike at Morton Salt

master electrician and the
union's vice-president, was
allegedly wrongfully terminated
in May.
She said that Mr Rolle has
been employed at Morton Salt
for more than 30 years and is
now left with no other employ-
ment options.

"There is nothing else on
Inagua," she said.
Ms Brown said that Mr
Rolle, who is married with
three children, is struggling to
pay his bills, especially in these
times of rising food, gas and
electricity prices.
The union's secretary-gener-
al said that Mr Rolle is being
accused of going against man-
agement orders in a recent dis-
connection exercise.
She explained that because
Inagua is not connected to the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion, Morton Salt runs the
island's power plant.
Prior to Mr Rolle's dismissal,
she said, the company discon-
nected "half of (Mathew
According to Ms Brown, Mr
Rolle was fired from his job
after being blamed for recon-
necting the electricity supply to
an elderly Inagua resident who
had been disconnected in the
mass disconnection exercise.
However, both Ms Brown
and Obie Ferguson, president
of the over-arching Trade
Union Congress, are convinced
that there was "no evidence"
given to prove that Mr Rolle
did as he was alleged to have
done, despite the fact that the
master electrician had argued
in favour of the reconnect.
Mr Ferguson and Ms Brown
also both agreed that Mr
Rolle's dismissal was the latest
in a series of "union-busting"
tactics on the part of Morton
Morton Salt management,
however, said that Mr Rolle
was dismissed for violating poli-
cies laid down by the company
and for violating his contract of
Glen Bannister, managing
director of Morton Bahamas
emphasized that "at no time
was the company engaging in
union busting or anything like
Ms Brown said yesterday
evening that union officials are
scheduled to attend a meeting
at the Department of Labour
on July 21.
If that meeting does not lead
to the matter being resolved to
the union's satisfaction, there
will be a strike, she said.
Morton Salt employs 60 per
cent of the island's work force.


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As a devout Presbyterian, Sir
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The foundation encouraged
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July llth, 2008
11am. Burial will be
in the Church
Cemetery. Pastor
Daniel Simmons

She is survived by -'
one son: Chester
Sawyer; daughter-in-
law: Shanala Sawyer; six grandchildren:
Chester Jr., Canan, Sharisma, Patrick, Ira, and
Sharma Sawyer; one great-grandson: Chester
III, three sister: Ida Albury, Majorie Sweeting
and Nathalie Knowles: five nephews: Donnie,
Stanley and Arnold Albury, Standford and
Theodore Sweeting: ten nieces: Mary Roberts,
Mae Kemp, Lily, Sandra, Lavaughn and Tony
Pinder, Phyllis Perry, Dotsy Arguilla, Janet
Sturrup and Joanna Sweeting: many other
relatives and friends including: Rev. Irenee
Russell. Mr. & Mrs. Alex Pinder, Agnes
McIntosh, Brad and Andre Woods, Bishop
Ross Davis, Sister Dean and The Golden
Gates family, Pastor Dan Simmons, Majorie
Basden and The Carmichael Bible Church
family, the Butlers and the community of
Carmichael Road.

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gauge whether there is a quiet
movement against the govern-
ment, as Mr Pinder's loss would
follow the loss of former BUT
president Ida Poitier-Turnquest.

The significance of this lies in
the fact that the administrations
of both Mr Pinder and Ms Poitier-
Turnquest are seen in political cir-
cles as mimicking the positions of

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Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

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Sir John .h,
Templeton, long -
time resident of
Lyford Cay, .. .:
Nassau, N.P., The ,-
Bahamas died at
Doctor's Hospital,
Nassau on 8th "
July, 2008.

A Private
Funeral Service for Sir John will be held at
St. Christopher's Anglican Church, Lyford
Cay, on Saturday, 19th July, 2008 at 4:00

A Memorial Service will be held at a date to
be announced.

Sir John is survived by his sons, John M.
Templeton, Jr., known as Jack, and his wife
Pina, Christopher Templeton and his wife
Marian; stepdaughter, Wendy Brooks; three
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Ann
Templeton Zimmerman and his stepson,
Malcolm Butler.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to
The Lyford Cay Foundation, P.O.Box N.7776,
Nassau for the Sir John Templeton Memorial

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limdi~d, 22 Palmdale Aienue, Nassau, N.P.,

244 Market Street P.O. Box EE-16634
Tel: 322-2070 or 322-2072


of Carmichael Road
will be held on Friday,
July llth, 2008 at
10:00am at First Baptist
-A ,:. Church, Market Street.
i "- -- Officiating will be Rev.
Dr. Earle Francis,
assisted by other
Ministers. Interment
will follow in the Old
Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

Fond memories will forever linger in the
hearts of his Father, Kenneth Darville of
Long Island; (1) niece, Natasha Minnis of
Marsh Harbour, Abaco; (1) nephew: Andrew
Smith, Sr.; (1) Step sister, Gail Taylor; (4)
grand nieces: Skakinah & Trinity Minns of
Marsh Harbour, Abaco & Anoria & Andrea
Smith; (4) grand nephews, Leonard Jr,
Robert & Abraham Minns of Marsh Harbour,
Abaco & Andrew Smith, Jr; (5) Aunts, Olive
Dean, Mildred Bennett of Brooksville Fla;
Viola Telesmand, Patricia Rahming &
Roselyn Rolle; (1) Uncle, Ramon Major of
Clearwater, Florida other relatives and
friends and the staff of Male Surgical Ward

Viewing will be held at Clarke's Funeral
Home #244 Market Street on Wednesday,
July 9th from 12:00noon to 4:00p.m. and at
the church on Friday from 9:00am until
service time.

the FNM.
However Mr Pinder asserts that
he is a bi-partisan representative
for the union.
While the official nominations
will not be held until early August
with the election scheduled for
September, The Tribune under-

stands that former vice-president
Godfrey Burnside, former execu-
tive vice-president Michael Stubbs,
Kenneth Christie and Alexander
Burrows are all challenging Mr
Pinder's presidency.
Mr Burnside and former BPSU
assistant secretary general Rico

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Hamilton are former members of
Mr Pinder's executive team who
broke away to run against him in
the upcoming elections. Mr Hamil-
ton is reportedly running as exec-
utive vice-president on Mr Burn-
side's ticket.
Yesterday Mr Pinder expressed
his confidence going into Septem-
ber's elections adding that his ser-
vice record while in office should
help him to retain BPSU's presi-
"Certainly, I'm very confident,"
Mr Pinder told The Tribune dur-
ing an interview yesterday. "I'm
hearing that the opposition is help-
ing to finance some persons' cam-
paign but...I think my members
know my values, they know my
passion for them, they know I do
my best to help them and I move
around as best I can. They see me
all the time so I believe I've done
a good enough job to get another
"I've already started campaign-
ing and I haven't met much resis-
tance. I believe it is safe to say
that I probably'can maintain the
support I had in the past. There's
some things that need to be
cleared up and sorted out and I
believe they will all be sorted out
and cleared up on my behalf
before the next election. But to
God be the glory, if the Lord
wants me to have another term
it's his will and I think I've done all
I can to persuade our members I
deserve another term. If not, I can
only say he's preparing me for
something else."
Mr Pinder also recognized the
weight trade unions carry in gen-
eral elections.
"I think political parties have
now learned their lesson that the
labour force has a lot of influence
on the outcome of general elec-
tions. And when they don't treat
workers right, workers tend to
vote against them. So they will
always have a good relationship
with trade union leaders to ensure
that they are actually taking care
of the membership as best they
can so that they can be re-elected,"
said Mr Pinder, adding that he has
had a good working relationship
with successive governments.
Some issues expected to play
an important part in BPSU's elec-
tions include plans to strengthen
the industrial agreement put in
place by the current executive
team, strengthening the union's
medical plan, ensuring that civil
servants are paying the correct
NIB contributions.
The BPSU is the country's sec-
ond largest trade union, accord-
ing to its website. It is responsible
for some 5,000 members of all cat-
egories employed throughout gov-
ernment ministries, boards and

Regardless to their perfor-
mance we know that they will
make us proud by competing
to the best of their abilities,
and that the world will mark
the manner of their bearing
by the way they conduct
themselves on and off the
field of sports.
"Fellow Bahamians, wher-
ever you may be in New
Providence, in Grand
Bahama, and in our Family
Islands or in foreign lands I
wish you a happy and safe
Independence Day and pray
God's blessings upon our
nation and upon each and
every one of us," he said.

of Skyline Drive,
Nassau, The
Bahamas, who died
at home on 5th July,
2008 will be held at
the graveside, The
Western Cemetery,
Nassau Street,
Nassau on Tuesday,
15th July, 2008 at
6:00 p.m.

Rev. Charles A.
Sweeting will

PM pays

tribute to all


FROM page one

prime minister paid tribute
to all Bahamians.
"This year we celebrate 35
years of Independence, a sig-
nificant milestone in the life
of a young nation. I extend
best wishes for a happy
anniversary to Bahamians
"This year we mark the
anniversary of our nation-
hood during a period of con-
siderable unease in the glob-
al community. Indeed, exter-
nal challenges are increasing,
especially with regard to
trade issues, environmental
concerns, the supply of ener-
gy and the cost of food," he
However, Mr Ingraham
said that the Bahamas is for-
tunate to have a strong foun-
dation to build on.
"We are a talented people,
we are a resourceful people,
we are a cultured people; and
if we draw on all our talents,
all our resources and all our
cultural strength, we will be
able to meet the multitude of
challenges that face us from
without and from within. I
believe that if we as a people
delve deep into our positive
cultural roots we will suc-
cessfully meet and overcome
the internal challenges we
face," he said.
The vast majority of
Bahamians, he said, includ-
ing the country's young peo-
ple, "are on the right track
and doing the right things,
and I believe the future will
be safe with them."
"We must let them know
that; we must encourage and
celebrate them. So strength-
ened, we will also face exter-
nal challenges, craft and
implement programmes to
deal with them and to
together build a better future
for all our people," he said.
Mr Ingraham said it is
"right" for Bahamians to now
renew their commitment to
guard and defend our insti-
tutions and the principles that
give life and meaning to
"Our parliamentary insti-
tutions represent the will and
desire of the Bahamian peo-
ple to be governed by repre-
sentatives chosen from
among the citizens in free and
democratic processes.
"Our judicial institutions
represent our firm commit-
ment to the rule of law that
guarantees access to due
process and fair judgment for
all our citizens and, indeed,
for the stranger within our
gates," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that the
array of other social, cultural,
commercial, industrial, sports
and charitable organizations
and associations should also
be celebrated.
"These are indispensable
to the healthy growth and
development of a nation and
represent the best of a free
people at work and play and
"Then there are the
churches that flourish in an
atmosphere of religious free-
dom and bear eloquent testi-
mony to the spiritual dimen-
sions of our people," he said.
In his address, Mr Ingra-
ham said that he wishes to
pay special tribute to all those
Bahamians who, over the
years, have helped to put and
keep our country on the
international map by their
work and achievements.
"I speak of those who
work in our diplomatic,
tourism and maritime services
in the Americas, in Europe
and in the Far East. Most of
the service they render is qui-
et and little recognized but
vitally important. Most of
them will be celebrating inde-
pendence at their posts in for-
eign lands," he said.
In this Olympic year, Mr
Ingraham said that it is fit-
ting that people especially
celebrate the spectacular
accomplishments of Bahami-
an sports men and.women
and give encouragement to
those who will represent us
in Beijing next month.
"Naturally, we hope that
they will be the proud bearers
of medals on their return.

Mr. Bethell was pre-
deceased by his first wife, Hilda; his second wife,
Deidre and a daughter, Pete.

He is survived by his children, Johnny and Beth
Bethell, Sandy and Adrian Towning, Debby and
Donny Tomlinson and David and Janice Weir; his
grandchildren, John Harold and Aaron Bethell, Jeremy
and Bianca Towning and Geoffrey, Christopher and
Ashley Tomlinson; a grand daughter-in-law, Michelle
and a great grand daughter, Stella Margaret.

The family would like to thank the many care givers
who gave such wonderful love and attention to Dad,
including Pat Knowles, Beverly LaRoda, Jennifer
Murray, Louise Newbold, Yasmine Rolle, Cheryl
Wells and also Elsa Barret and Yasmine Sweeting.

The family request that in lieu of flowers donations
may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O.Box N.205,
Nassau in memory of Mr. John H. Bethell.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited,
22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas.




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Sports Reporter
while most
of the
shifts their
focus to
our senior athletes and their
bids for Olympic glory, the
Bahamas' elite junior ath-
letes are providing a glimpse
of the wealth of talent to
expect in the very near
On day one of the 12th
IAAF World Junior Champi-
onships in Bydgoszcz,
Poland, four of the 12 mem-
ber team took to the track,
with Sheniqua Ferguson
making the most profound
impact. Ferguson won both
her opening round races in
the women's century to
advance to the final.
In the opening heat, Fergu-
son cruised to the win in
11.59s, Melissa Breen of Aus-
tralia finished second in
11.66s while Maja Mihalinec
of Slovenia was third in
Tia Rolle finished sixth in
heat eight in a time of 12.29s
and did not qualify,for the

In the semifinal, Ferguson
improved her opening round
time to win in 11.56s.
Shayla Mahan of the Unit-
ed States took second in
11.66s while Breen finished
third in 11.70s.
In the final, Ferguson will
run out of lane five, heading
into the final with the fifth
fastest time.
Jeneba Tarmoh of the

THE Bahamas Govern-
ment Departmental Soft-
ball Association will host
"Miller Draft 3-2 Indepen-
dence Slow Pitch Tourna-
ment," July 12-13 at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
The Destiny Ladies
Team from Philadelphia,
Pennsylvannia will partici-
pate in the tournament.
The following teams will
take part:
Men: Hotel All Stars,
Bankers All Stars, BTC
Ringers, BTC Lases, Prison
Challengers, The Pros
Ladies: Destiny,
Gatorade Coolers BTC
Connectore, BTC Dials

United States was the fastest
qualifier in the field with her
time of 11.38s in semifinal
Ferguson's personal and
season's best time is 11.38s.

Great Britain's Ashlee
Nelson posted the second
fastest time of 11.43s in her
heat two win while Rosan-
gela Santos, Brazil (11.51s)
and Andrea Ograzeanu,
Romania (11.54s) went into
the final with the third and
fourth fastest times respec-
The final is scheduled for
7:55pm Bydgoszcz time,
1:55pm local time.
Quartermilers La'Sean
Pickstock and Juan Lewis
also took to the track on day
Lewis qualified for today's
semifinal with a second place
finish in heat one in a time of
Niklas Zender of Germany
won the heat in 47.34s while
Hungary's Marcell Deak
Nagy was third in 47.85s.
Lewis will run out of lane
four in the first semifinal
Pickstock failed to qualify,
finishing seventh in heat four
in a time of 48.54s.
In the semifinals, the first
two of each heat plus'the two
fastest times will qualify for
the final.
Lewis' semifinal is sched-
uled for 5:45pm, Bydgoszcz
time, 11:45 local time.
Also competing on day two
will be Nejmi Burnside and
Jeffery Gibson in the 400mH.
The hurdles are scheduled
for 3:25pm local time.

BSF's fast-pitch tournament to

mark Bahamas' 35th birthday

Sports Reporter
THE governing body for softball in the
Bahamas will celebrate the country's Inde-
pendence by assembling the top softball
talents in the country for an All-Star week-
The Bahamas Softball Federation
(BSF), in conjunction with the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture, will observe
the 35th Independence Anniversary by
hosting a fast-pitch tournament, July 9-12
during the holiday weekend.
The tournament will take place in Pal-
metto Point and Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera and will feature a men's and
ladies' team from the BSF's affiliated asso-
Over 200 players are expected to con-
verge on Eleuthera for the highly antici-
pated mid-season showcase.
Each organisation will assemble an all-
star team to represent their association.
The tournament consists of a Round

Robin styled format initially, culminating
in the Page System, single elimination to
decide the championship.
Roster size for each team will be 16,
inclusive of manager and coach.
Deadline for registration of teams is
June 23.
Burket Dorsett, first vice president of
the BSF, said Eleuthera eagerly antici-
pates hosting the tournament.
"Eleuthera is quite capable of staging
this tournament and the Federation chose
to have it at this venue for several rea-
sons," he said. "New Providence and
Grand Bahama have been hosting the
National Round Robin for quite some
time, and for another national tournament
of this relevance, we felt as if Eleuthera
would appreciate an opportunity to do
the same."
Dorsett, who also serves as tournament
organiser, said with Eleuthera's well
known affinity for softball and numerous
facilities, the tournament is anticipated to
be a success.

"Eleuthera is known to be 'the softball
capital of the Bahamas' and they have a
very vibrant league with a very supportive
fan base," he said. "There are four fields of
play, in James Cistern, Palmetto Point,
Governor's Harbor and Rock Sound, so
there should be adequate housing and
fields of play."
Dorsett said the tournament and the
remainder of the member associations'
seasons, will serve as a measuring stick
for young players seeking national team
"Hosting an All-Star tournament is in
the BSF's constitution but in the interest of
our upcoming national teams we will take
a more keen interest in our young talent
this year," he said.
"Next year begins the cycle of qualifi-
cation for the CAC and Pan Am games.
We are looking at an abundance of talent
in our 19-25 year olds and this tourna-
ment will be used to scout many of these
young players that will facilitate the fed-
eration's national team youth movement."


blazes with


AFTER a less than desirable
start to the 2007-2008 season,
Antoan Richardson has
rebounded to vitally contribute
to his team's ascension up the
double-A standings.
Richardson and the Con-
necticut Defenders have been
one of the hottest teams in
minor league double-A base-
ball with a 9-1 record in their
last 10 games, winners of their
last three.
During the 10 game stretch,
Richardson has been out-
standing, hitting .370 (10-27),
with one home run and four
The Defenders now boast a
45-44 record, nine games
behind first placed Trenton.
On the season, Richardson is
hitting .229 with a slugging per-
centage of .303.
He leads the team in stolen
bases with 24, with his nearest
competitor, fellow outfielder
Ben Copeland with 16.
He is second on the team in
triples with four and in base-on
balls with 35.
Richardson is third on the
team in runs scored with 34,
behind Carlos Sosa's 35 and
Copeland's 42 and third in on
based percentage with .350.
Thus far, two Defenders
players Sergio Romo and
Osiris Matos have been called
up by their parent organisa-
tion, the San Francisco Giants.

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work at The Tribune.
The Tribune is
my newspaper."


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Squash Club

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IN celebration of Ted
Smith's 70th birthday, fam-
ily and friends made dona-
tions to the Squash Club on
Village Road in order to
hold a Summer Camp for
nine children from the Ran-
furly Home for five days.
Ted Smith became a
member of the Squash
Club in 1975 during the
pre-construction of the club
and has been playing
squash ever since.
The children were taught,
by manager and coach Bar-
bara Albury and Jimmy
Lightbourn, the basic
squash racquet skills, rules
to play the game and prac-
ticed a variety of drills. The
final day ended with a bar-
becue of hamburgers and
hot dogs on the patio.



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Swimming: Torres shows

there's hope for rest of us

AP Medical Writer
Torres jokes that she had trou-
ble reading the scoreboard
after winning the first of two
events at the Olympic swim-
ming trials.
Her eyes just might be the
only part of her body showing
some age.
At 41, Torres is heading for
her fifth Olympics despite
taking several years off, giving
birth just two years ago and
undergoing two surgeries with-

in the past eight months.
Her remarkable feat has left
armchair athletes doing a dou-
ble-take. But exercise experts
say Torres' success at least
partly reflects advances in
training and that many of us
could come closer to similar
achievements.than we think.
- True, genetic makeup cer-
tainly has helped Torres com-
pete at an elite level so rela-
tively late in life. As Dr Kathy
Weber, director of women's
sports medicine at Chicago's
Rush University Medical Cen-
ter, puts it, she has the right


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Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bowles, 47

of Millerton, Long Island
will be held on Saturday,
12th July, 2008,,at 10:00
a.m., at The Church of
God of Prophecy, Burnt
Ground, North Long
Island. Officiating will be
District Overseer George
Thompson. Interment
follows in Culmer's
Cemetery, North Long

Left to cherish fond
memories are her husband:
Neval Bowles; one daughter: Shirleymae Bowles;
six sons: Neval Bowles Jr. (deceased), Howard, Kevin
Bowles (deceased), Dennis, Wellington and Patrick
Bowles; father: Pastor Garnet Rolle; stepmother:
Mary Rolle; four sisters: Rosemary Brice, Estermae
Knowles, Eloise Emile and Corporal 213 Annamae
Rolle; six brothers: PC 2190 Andrew Rolle, Jeffery,
Leon, Daniel, Timothy and Ezekiel Rolle; two aunts:
Agnes Francis of Nassau and Estelle Adderley of
Millerton, Long Island; four uncles: Alfred Dixon of
Burnt Ground, Long Island, Joseph Rolle of Devils
Point, Cat Island, Albert Adderley and Lucien Medius;
six brothers-in-law, eight sisters-in-law, sixteen nieces,
ten nephews, numerous cousins and special friends
including: Pastor Stubbs, Carmetha and Dorothea
Francis, Anthony, Andrew, Nathaniel, the Adderley,
Dixon, Bowles and Smith families, Hilda Glinton
and family, The Church of God of Prophecy Church
family, Pastor Ferguson and family (Minnie Street).
And special thanks to the Community Clinic Staff
in Simms Long Island and other relatives and friends
too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at
Newbold Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue &
Acklins Street off Market and East Streets on
Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday at
the Church in Long Island from 5:00 p.m. until service
time on Saturday.

She also has three other key
advantages opportunity,
motivation and incentive to
train hard, said exercise physi-
ologist Joel Stager, who directs
a science of swimming pro-
gramme at Indiana Universi-
And those things aren't
impossible to achieve, as Tor-
res has demonstrated.
"It shows us what we can
do," Stager said. "It's just that
most of us don't."
Torres qualified for the
Olympics by beating swimmers
nearly half her age in the 100-
meter freestyle Friday, then set
an American record Sunday in
the 50-meter freestyle trials.
Most of the other swimmers
on the US women's team were
born after Torres first com-
peted in the Olympics, at the
Los Angeles Games of 1984.
The youngest, Elizabeth
Beisel, was born shortly after
the Barcelona Games of 1992,
Torres' third Olympics.
Torres' regimen includes lots
of resistance training repeti-
tive exercises using external
force to push against muscles
to make them stronger and
increase their endurance.
This includes weight
machines, free weights, and the
type of simple floor exercises
Torres does several times
weekly: Lying on her back, she

DARA TORRES celebrates victory
and her US record-setting time of
24.25 in the women's 50-meter
freestyle final at the US Olympic
swimming trials in Omaha, Neb.

(AP Photo: J David Ake)

lifts and stretches each leg
while also pushing against it
with her arm.
These exercises also work to
strengthen "core" muscles in
the abdomen and back, which
gives arms and legs "a better
platform to work from," said

Carl Foster, former president
of the American College of
Sports Medicine.
Core exercises are a rela-
tively recent trend in sports
medicine, reflecting a better
understanding of how to
improve training to prevent
injury, said Foster, a professor
at the University of Wisconsin
in LaCrosse.
For athletes at any level, a
gradual decline in endurance
and speed occurs in the 30s and
40s, roughly half a per cent a
year, Stager said. And even
that's with continued training.
While it would be virtually
impossible for novice athletes
to start rigorous training in
their 30s and expect to reach
Olympic level by their 40s,
healthy people can significant-
ly improve their athletic per-
formance with the kinds of
exercises Torres does, doctors
The key is to avoid over-
training, and to take time to
warm up and cool down,
Weber said.
Torres' training has helped
her fight the typical slow
decline in muscle mass that
usually begins in the 30s, and
given her sculpted arms and
rock-hard abs that would make
any 20-year-old jealous.
Dr Andrew Gregory, a Van-
derbilt University sports med-
icine specialist, noted her

appearance has prompted dop-
ing speculation in some circles.
Tests against some drugs aren't
foolproof, so Torres' record of
negative tests and strong
denials won't be enough for
some people. Nor will her offer
to take a lie detector test.
But she has been a great
swimmer for so long that dop-
ing seems more unlikely than
for many athletes, said Dr Wal-
ter Lowe, sports medicine
director at the Baylor College
of Medicine.
Torres has retired twice from
competitive swimming, gave
birth in 2006, and was briefly
sidelined by shoulder and knee
operations, early this year and
in late 2007.
While other people might
view these as good excuses for
slowing down, doctors say it's
not surprising Torres was able
to bounce back quickly, given
her years of training.
Stager said he has worked
with Masters swimming, a
national competitive pro-
gramme for amateur adult
swimmers of all ages. Partici-
pants typically swim nearly
every day of the week, and
often look decades younger
than their years, he said.
Torres "is a benchmark" for
that kind of dedication, and
she shows that devotion to
exercise can help redefine
aging, Stager said.

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ENGLAND cricket team wicket-keeper Tirn
Ambrose-goes for a catch during a practice
session at Lord's cricket ground in London
on Tuesday. England play South Africa in
the first match of their test series which
starts at Lord's Thursday.

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NFL hires

police chief

for stadium


AP Football Writer
NFL hired Pennsylvania's state
police chief for a new position
that will cover all aspects of
stadium security from fan
behaviour to signal stealing.
But Col. Jeffrey Miller, who
begins work as director of
strategic security August 18,
said Tuesday there was far
more to the job than ensuring
no repeat of the episode last
year involving the New Eng-
land Patriots.
"I think it's safe to say that
the league is obviously sensi-
tive to any issue which could
affect the integrity of the prod-
uct that they put out on the
field," Miller said at a news
conference in Harrisburg, Pa.
"Obviously, I wasn't in the
room when they worked this
all out, but it is a new security
director position and it's going
to cross over a number of dif-
ferent areas."
Those areas will include
overseeing pregame security
screening, initiated by the
league after the September 11
terrorist attacks, as well as fan
behaviour, an area commis-
sioner Roger Goodell stressed
last spring at the annual league
The league has been trying
to get beyond Spygate since
last September after a team
employee was caught taping
the New York Jets' signals in
the season opener. Goodell
fined New England coach Bill
Belichick $500,000 and the
team $250,000 and took away a
fi- rrounid draft choice.

The issue, however, persist-
ed. Sen. Arlen Specter sug-
gested that Philadelphia Eagles
and Pittsburgh Steelers might
have been at a disadvantage in
postseason games against New
England, including the 2005
Super Bowl, when the Patriots
beat the Eagles. The Pennsyl-
vania Republican did not drop
the issue until last month.
Miller said he didn't want to
speak for the NFL and didn't
know.how much time he would
devote to any one task.
"I know that (Spygate) was
an important issue to the
league, but I think what people
need to understand is the NFL
takes great steps to ensure the
integrity of the product on the
field, just for instance the great
work they do with their offi-
cials," Miller said. "They just
approach things in such a well-
thought out way, you'd be
amazed at the steps that they
take to ensure the integrity of
the process."
The 45-year-old Miller has
been commissioner of the state
police since his appointment
by Gov. Ed Rendell in 2003.
Three years later, Miller
oversaw the investigation after
a gunman killed five girls at an
Amish schoolhouse before tak-
ing his own life. He was praised
for balancing the public's need
for information and the Amish
community's desire for privacy.
He graduated from Eliza-
bethtown (Pa.) College and
has a master's degree from
Penn State in public adminis-
Associated Press Writer
Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pa.,
contributed to this report.

strains on his way to win the fourth stage
of the Tour de France cycling race, an
individual time trial over 29.5 kilometers
(18.3 miles) with start and finish in Cholet,
western France, on Tuesday. Schumacher
(INSET) also took over the overall leader's
yellow jersey.


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undergo mammograms in light of studies in US

FROM page one
of Miami and North Carolina
show that a large number of
black women under the age of
50 are suffering from breast can-
Although there is no "hard
data" as it relates to breast can-
cer sufferers in the Bahamas,
Mr Fountain said that anecdotal
evidence shows that a high
number of younger women
seem to be affected by the dis-
Mr Fountain said he does not
want to cause a panic, but rec-
ommended that Bahamian
women undergo testing and
mammograms before the age
of 40 especially those with a

family history of breast cancer.
The cancer society president
said that far too few women are
actually getting themselves test-
ed for breast cancer.
Mr Fountain also lamented
the fact that mammogram
machines are not available out-
side of New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune last week, oncologist Dr
John Lunn said that random
testing has shown that an
unusually high number of
Bahamian women appear to be
carriers of the breast cancer
Dr Lunn explained that there
are around 700 mutations of the
gene, and that two specific ones
can be found in the Bahamas.

Union Wharf property on

Bay Street listed for $22m

FROM page one

Bay Street, especially east of East Street.
The potential sale of the Union Wharf property, and any others
in the downtown centre, has been catalyzed by the recently passed
City of Nassau Revitalization Act. The act provides:
Exemptions from customs duty on all materials necessary for
the investment imported into the country purchased or taken out
of bond.
Exemption from real property taxes on all buildings com-
prising the investment, all additions thereto and land upon which
the investment is situated.
And exemption from any Excise Taxes that might be levied.
These incentives are intended to work in conjunction with the
recent amendment to the Hotel Encouragement Act that extends
concessions under this law to tourism related ventures in designated
tourist areas such as Bay Street.
Mr Roberts said that the potential redevelopment of this prop-
erty, and others that may not necessarily occur at the same time,
over the next five to 10 years could mark "a major transformation
of that area."
The Union Wharf property is now one of the highest value
commercial properties listed in the Bahamas.
The property if transformed into a residential community with
medium to high-rise condominiums can bring permanent cus-
tomers to Bay Street.
The spin-off effect of this is a diversification within the retail sec-
tor downtown, away from mere T-shirt shops and jewellery stores,
to other ventures to service permanent residents such as dry clean-
ers, foodstores, and a wide selection of restaurants.
The Klonaris family is also in the process of upgrading the
nearby Moses plaza into an upscale shopping area.

One of the forms of mutation
is usually seen in West Africa,
the other mutation seems to be
unique to the Bahamas, Dr
Lunn said.
Mr Fountain said yesterday
he also recommends that
Bahamian women, who have
close family members who suf-
fered from breast cancer should
undergone genetic testing for
the BRCA1 and BRCA2

"Some people might say
'what good will knowing do
me', but I think its always
better to know your status," he
According to the United
States' National Breast Cancer
Foundation, most inherited cas-
es of breast cancer are associat-
ed with two genes, the BRCA1,
which stands for breast cancer
gene one, and BRCA2, or
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Jehovah's Witnesses to

hold three-day programme

JEHOVAH'S Witnesses in the
Bahamas will welcome thousands
on Friday to a three-day pro-
gramme centering on practical
guidance for all.
It will include encouragement
specifically for young people,
organizers say.
Friday will mark the start of
the 2008 "Guided by God's Spir-
it" District Convention of Jeho-
vah's Witnesses.
"People seek guidance and
advice in today's turbulent times,
and the Bible teaches that God's
holy spirit provides such needed
guidance," said the organizers in a
The programmes to be held
throughout the three-day event
will highlight that theme, they
The opening part on Friday
morning will deal with the sub-
ject "Why Be Guided by God's
Spirit?" Later, the keynote
address will explain the role of
the holy spirit in the outworking
of God's purpose for mankind
and the earth.
On Friday afternoon, a large
portion of the programme will
focus on information especially
helpful to young people. "Wit-
nesses believe that young people
will be safeguarded if they live
their lives in accord with the guid-
ance of God's holy spirit. They
also believe that God's direction
for young people can help them
to avoid many of the moral and
spiritual pitfalls encountered in
youthful years," the statement
The session will conclude with
a convention highlight, "Young
People Safeguard Your Rela-
tionship With Jehovah."
Saturday's programme will
highlight how individuals,
whether young or old, can be
empowered by holy spirit to resist
temptation, cope with discour-
agement, withstand harmful peer
pressure, and endure adversity,
the statement said.
The programme part entitled
"Bible Writers Borne Along by
Holy Spirit" will emphasise that
the writers of the Bible were
inspired by God's holy spirit to
record the contents of the Bible.
The beneficial impact of the
Bible's counsel and message on
the lives of millions of people will
be examined, particularly in
scenes and interviews throughout
the convention.
"This impact will be especially
seen on Saturday morning, when
local residents who studied the

Bible will publicly symbolise their
dedication to God during a bap-
tism ceremony. This ordination
of new ministers will include a
discussion of what it means to be
baptised in the name of the holy
spirit," the statement said.
On Sunday morning, a public
discussion, entitled 'Reap Bless-
ings Through Jehovah's Spirit-
Guided King" will focus on "the
one person appointed by God to
rule with true justice and love-
Jesus Christ".
A full-costume drama set in the
days of early Christianity will be
the feature of the afternoon pro-
Programme sessions start at
9.20am all three days of the con-
vention: July 11-13. Admission is
free, and no collections will be tak-

National Arts Festival

features on OFF AIR IV
THE new edition of popular
local DVD series "OFF AIR TV"
will focus on the Nationa; Arts
It features an interview with Dr
Nicolette Bethel on the develop-
ment and history of the festival,
which celebrates its 50th anniver-
sary next year.
In another chapter on the
DVD, a panel of Grand Bahama
educators explores the challenges
of parenting in today's society.
The episode asks questions such
as: Where do you draw the line? Is
it wrong to spank my child? Is my
child out of control? Are we losing
an entire generation because
we've lost consensus as qualified
adults? Are you a part of the prob-
lem or the solution?
The DVD is being released on
Independence Day, July 1. Pro-
ducer Frank Penn said a preview is
available on youtube.com.
According to Mr Penn, the pro-
duction has received the endorse-
ment of the National Arts Festival
Department, the Grand Bahama
Christian Council and Dr Myles
Munroe, whose comment upon
seeing the preview was: "Dear
brother Penn, great work ...
excellent. Bring me a copy".
The DVD also features the
OFF AIR's first sports feature -
the story of an 18 year old
Bahamian who graduated in 2008
as the all time number one
rebounder and scorer at his
former high school in Houston



US law firm set to

open Nassau office

Tribune Business Editor
the Lynden
(LPIA) are
set to rise by
20 per cent
"across the
board" from
August 1 this
year, the Air-r
port Authori-
ty's chairman
telling Tribune Business yes-
terday that such charges
would still be "a couple of
hundred per cent below" what
was levied by US and other
Caribbean airports.
In a move likely to cause
concern among commercial
and private charter carriers,
plus all other LPIA users such
as retailers, Mr Watson con-
firmed: "We are hoping for a
20 per cent increase across the
board, which will hopefully
take place by August 1 or
This increase will apply to
all fees, including aircraft land-
ing and.parking fees, plus- all
other terminal fees relating to
use of LPIA's facilities.
"We're just trying to make
them [the rates] up gradual-
ly. We couldn't bring them up
in one fell swoop," Mr Watson

* Airport Authority
chair says charges
still 'a couple of
hundred per cent
below' rival US and
Caribbean airports
* $400m airport
refinancing plan
awaits Cabinet
approval, with
hopes that first
tranche to go to
market before
month's end

"We are a couple of hun-
dred per cent below the
charges that are in effect at
US and Caribbean airports."
Tribune Business can reveal
that Bahamasair has already
budgeted for a 20 per cent
increase in the fees it pays to
use LPIA, although that does
not make the rise any easier to
The Nassau Airport Devel-

SEE page 9B

Car rental firms adapt

to spiralling fuel costs

Tribune Business
THE Bahamian car rental
industry yesterday said it had
to change its operating policies
to accommodate skyrocketing
fuel prices, particularly on the
amount of gas customers have
in the vehicles they return.
Tribune Business spoke with
representatives of several com-
panies, who said that while they
have not seen substantial drops
in rental business due to any
tourism fall-off, they were expe-
riencing the usual challenges of
rising overheads due to
increased fuel prices and the
current economic climate.
"Our light bill has gone up,
rent has gone up, the staff is not
able to get raises, but our
expenses have increased," said
an employee at one car rental
He said that while they are
trying not to increase their car

rental prices, which remain
between $50-150 per day, they
have changed their gas policy.
"We do not fill the tank any
more when customers come
back because it is just too
expensive so basically we are
telling them to return it at the
level they met it at, which is usu-
ally about a quarter tank," the
employee said.
A spokesman for another
company said they still pro-
vide the fill-up service, but have
increased the fees for filling up
the tank, which will vary
depending on the gas level.
Our expenses have not sig-
nificantly gone up, and we have
had no price increases," the
employee said.
Another car rental employ-
ee said his American customers.
are shocked when they see just
how expensive gas is in the
"They always ask how locals
make it when they have their
own cars and have to drive on a
daily basis," he said.

Tribune Business Editor
A Florida-based law
firm is set to open
a Nassau office
this August, the
attorney set to head .up the
operation telling Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday that there was a
"considerable market" in the
Bahamas for investor and inter-
national tax-related US legal
Ryan Pinder, a Bahamian
and attorney .with Fort Laud-
erdale-based Becker & Poli-

akoff, said there was a "sub-
stantial market" in the Bahamas
for the provision of such ser-
vices to foreign investors;
Bahamian law and accounting
firms, plus banks and trust com-
panies; and Bahamians
embroiled in legal disputes
before the US courts.
"Becker & Poliakoff, my law
firm, is going to open an office
in Nassau. I will be moving
down in August to head and
run the office in Nassau," Mr
Pinder told Tribune Business.
"As far as I know, it's going
to be the only US and Florida

law firm situated in the
Bahamas to provide US legal
services to Bahamians who
require US legal assistance, and
to assist Bahamian banks and
trust companies on US-related
international taxation matters. I
think the market can be rather
substantial on both sides."
Mr Pinder emphasised that
Becker & Poliakoff's Nassau
office would not be competing
with Bahamian law firms,
instead looking to help them
and their clients with any US-
related legal matters they may
be faced with.

Deloitte ruling blow to $483m

collapsed fund liquidation

Tribune Business Editor
THE liquidators of a Bahamas-based invest-
ment fund that collapsed owing investors $483
million are appealing a Supreme Court verdict
preventing them from examining Deloitte &
Touche (Bahamas), the fund's auditors, a devel-
opment that has potentially significant implica-
tions for all future controversial Bahamian liqui-
Justice Albury ruled in favour of Deloitte &
Touche (Bahamas), and against Olympus Univest
liquidators Clifford Culmer and Raymond Massi,
on November 22, 2007. The liquidators since
obtained leave to appeal the ruling to the Court
of Appeal on December 17,200, but the account-
ing firm has since applied to set this leave aside.
As a result, the Ol r1mpti Univest liquidation,'
and the recovery and return of assets to some
1,900 retail investors and numerous institutions
has been significantly delayed.
In their joint report to the Supreme Court on
the Olympus Univest liquidation, Messrs Cul-
mer and Massi said they had "attempted to exam-
ine a representative of Deloitte & Touche, the
former auditors of Olympus Univest, and to
obtain any documents and/or information relat-
ing" to the investment fund and its chief coun-
terparty, Mosaic Composite.
Supreme Court orders on October 4 and 9,
2008, permitted the liquidators to examine
Deloitte & Touche "through one of their part-
ners", and required the accounting firm to "pro-

* Olympus Univest liquidators
trying to appeal verdict
preventing them from
examining accounting
firm and its records
* Ruling has potentially
significant implications
for future Bahamas-
based liquidations
duce all books, paper records and documents"
relating to Olympus Univest and Mosaic.
Through a.September 28, 2007 summons,
Messrs Culmer and Massi alleged that they
applied for a further Supreme Court order to
enforce the earlier ones.
This, though, was "vigorously opposed" by
Deloitte & Touche through its attorney, Antho-
ny McKinney. And on November 22 last year,
Justice Albury "upheld Deloitte & Touche's
Legal sources said the ruling effectively sets a
precedent that could impact all future contentious,
court-supervised liquidations in the Bahamas,
and impede liquidators having access.to crucial


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SEE page.8B

City Markets financial

by end of the month

BAHAMAS Supermarkets,
operator of the 12 City Markets
stores in Nassau and Grand
Bahama, plans to publish its
2007 audited financial statements
by the end of July 2008, it was
revealed yesterday.
A July 7 notice sent to the
company's shareholders said the
accounts were likely to be pub-
lished some 13 months after the
financial year actually ended.
Bahamas Supermarkets
chairman, accountant Basil
Sands, a partner in the Bahami-
an arm of Pannell Kerr Foster
(PKF), previously said Bahamas
Supermarkets hoped to publish
its 2007 audited financial state-
ments by mid-July, with the tar-
get date being the July 11.

As previously reported in
The Tribune, the'delay in pub-
lishing the financial was caused
by the transition from the for-
mer majority Bahamas Super-
markets shareholder, Winn Dix-
ie, to the new owners, Bahami-
an and Barbadian group BSL
Holdings. This consortium
acquired the majority stake in
Bahamas supermarkets for $54
million, plus $2-$3 million in
acquisition costs in the summer
of 2006.
BSL Holdings investors
include Barbados Shipping and
Trading, Fidelity's private equi-
ty arm, the hotel industry pen-
sion funds and well known-
Bahamian wholesaler and busi-
nessman, Franklyn Butler.

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The office will be a US juris-
dictional provider, still regulat-
ed by the Florida Bar, and will
have a virtual link to the Fort
Lauderdale head office. Its first
base will be the Home Fabrics
building in Palmndale, using
space provided by the M P Law
Chambers, although premises
in the Lyford Cay/Old Fort Bay
area will also be sought.
"I think there's a consider-
able market," Mr Pinder said
of the likely demand for Becker
& Poliakoff's Nassau service:
"In excess of $40 billion in
foreign investment waste
approved by the two Bahamas
governments in the last six
years, and a substantial portion
of those approved projects have
some connection to the US,
either in the form of direct
investment or the investors in
the project. It trickles down to
real estate buyers.

SEE page 6B





Wire transfer regulations

under Government review


Fop the stopies

hehind the news,

p e a d bisOl

on Monday

this nation into line with inter-
national standards for regulat-
ing wire transfers, with the final

solution set to be "formally"
implemented by year-end 2008.
In its quarterly letter to senior
Bahamian bank and trust com-
pany executives, the Central
Bank said it had hoped to intro-
duce legislative changes that
would implement the Financial
Action Task Force's (FATF)
recommendations on regulat-
ing wire transfers by end-June
This had not happened,.
though, with the proposed

changes having "undergone"
minor changes for "clarity and
format" in the review by the
A key issue to be decided is
whether the draft provisions to
implement the FATF recom-
mendation are incorporated as
amendments to the Financial
Transactions Reportifig Regu-
lations (FTRR), or set out in
separate regulations specifical-
ly dealing with fund transfers
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tions Reporting Act.
The FATF recommendation,
and subsequent amendments to
Bahamian law, will require all
wire transfers sent from the
Bahamas to carry the name,
address and account number of
the person sending the funds
through all levels of the pay-
ment/transaction chain.
Many Bahamas-based finan-
cial institutions, though, have
already "implemented opera-
tional changes" to bring them
in line with the Central Bank's
proposed amendments on wire
transfer regulation.
Amendments passed by Par-
liament earlier this year to the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulation Act and the Central
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which were brought into effect
on May 2, 2008, and the Banks
and Trust Companies (Money
Transmission Business) Regu-
lations 2008, which took effect
on May 6, 2008, will also help
the cause.
These legislative changes
have brought non-bank money
transmission services providers
within the regulatory oversight
of the Central Bank of the
Elsewhere, the Central Bank
said it will no longer require the
Boards of Bahamian bank and
trust companies to meet four
times per year.
It has switched from a pre-
scriptive approach to one where
"the Board can now determine
how frequently it will meet,
based on the complexity, vol-
ume and condition of the
However, the Central Bank
may require, based on its bank
examination findings, that
Boards meet more frequently.
The Bahamian bank and trust
company regulator also remind-
ed licensees that foreign com-
panies (not International Busi-
ness Companies) offering nom-
inee services from or within the
Bahamas would have to be con-
tinued/registered under the
Companies Act 1992 to be eli-
gible for a nominee trust
Finally, the Central Bank said
it was reviewing its guidelines
on the minimum physical pres-
ence requirements Bahamian
bank and trust companies must
The regulator said: "In par-
ticular, we are reviewing the
record and record keeping
arrangements aspect of the
guidelines to ascertain how we
can further rationalise these
requirements, while at the same
time ensuring that we have ade-
quate access to records in the
Bahamas that will enable us to
fulfill our regulatory and super-
visory responsibilities.
"Related to this issue is the
matter of substance of opera-
tions to facilitate on-site testing
of the process of control of

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Freeport Reporter
Bahama PLP chairman Con-
stance McDonald has accused
the Government of raising tax-
es and increasing the cost of liv-
ing for poor, working Bahami-
Ms McDonald said the tariff
amendments in the new Bud-
get announced by the Govern-
ment had yet to be made avail-
able to the Bahamian public.
"In the short time since the
passing of the new Budget, we
are learning more and more
about its deficiencies and the
hardship it will bring to hard
working Bahamians," she said
on Monday.
"Suffering Bahamians
throughout the country are
being led to believe that they
can expect savings when they
go to the store or to Florida to
However, the Freeport attor-
ney said that while the tariff
amendments, which came into
effect on July 1, reduce customs
duty by 2 per cent on 160 items,
customs duties have been
increased by 3 to 18 per cent on
another 160,000 items.
Ms McDonald said that effec-
tive July 1, all passengers arriv-
ing at airports and harbours
throughout the country will pay
an increase of 10 per cent duty
on all their purchases.
To use the bins on Discovery
CruiseLine to bring refrigera-
tors, freezers, car parts, washing
machines and other household
goods will see an extra 10 per
cent duty levied by customs offi-
cers, Ms,McDonald said.
The PLP Freeport chairman
said the business community
was unable to secure copies of
the tariffs. She said changes
have not been gazetted, which is
a prerequisite to any piece of
legislation becoming law.
Ms McDonald said Bahami-
ans can expect a continuing rise



in the cost living. She noted that
gas prices were almost $6 per
"While the government elim-
inated the 17 per cent customs
duty on fuels for BEC, they
increase the import duty rate
on motor and other lube oils by
18 per cent, or from 27 per cent
prior to June 30, 2008, to 45 per
cent effective July 1," she said.
Ms McDonald said the cost
of construction will be driven
up, as developers will now be
required to pay 23 per cent

more for asphalt, used to con-
struct roads in the new subdivi-
sions, due to the rise in duty
from 22 to 45 per cent.
"First-time Bahamian home-
buyers should be aware of plans
to drive up the cost of con-
struction. They will also pay
more even for furniture to put
in that new house because of
the FNM government's 3 to 10
per cent increase in customs
duty on furniture and other
household appliances and sup-
plies," she said.

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PRIVATE sector credit
growth declined by 8.9 pei cent
to $141.2 million during the
first five months of 2008 as the
economic slowdown started to
bite deeper, with mortgage and
consumer loan growth falling
by 18.1 per cent and 6.8 per
cent respectively.
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas' report on monthly
economic developments for
May, which was released yes-
terday, recorded that mortgage
and consumer loan growth
dropped to $88.3 million and
$48.4 million respectively.
The overall expansion in
Bahamian dollar credit "more
than halved" during the first
five months of 2008, the Cen-
tral Bank said, dropping from
$169 million in the 2007 to.
$71.6 million this year. This
was largely due to a net $72.8
million repayment by the Gov-
ernment, compared to a $71.9
million net borrowing a year
The Central Bank, in its out-
look for the Bahamian econo-
my, struck a markedly more
pessimistic tone. Previously, it
had said prospects for the 2008
second half looked reasonable,
although they depended on
major foreign direct invest-
ment projects coming to
Now, in its latest update, the
Central Bank said: "The slow-
down in the growth momen-
tum experienced during the
first five months is expected to
persist over the remainder of
the year, amid general weak-
ness in the global economy and
the reduced scale of foreign
investment activity. Prospects
remain highly linked to the
pace of execution of a number
of private and public sector
investments, as well as the
extent and duration of the cur-
rent downturn in the US econ-

Central Bank

more pessimistic

than before on 2008

full-year economic


Further warning on the like-
ly inflationary impact of the
rise in global oil and food
prices, the Central Bank
added: "Risks to domestic
price developments from the
upward trend in global food
and fuel prices remain on the
high side. The sustained
demand pressures and supply
constraints, which could be fur-
ther impacted by the recent
adverse weather conditions in
several agricultural regions of
the US, could exert upward
pressure on global food
With fuel accounting for 20
per cent of the Bahamas' total
imports, and oil prices spiking
upwards to $150 per barrel,
further price increases across
the board appear inevitable for
this nation. For the 12 months
to May-end 2008, the inflation
rate increased by 0.35 per cent
to 2.75 per cent, compared to
the previous year.
For May, the Central Bank
said lower construction indus-
try activity, coupled with
upward pressure on prices, had
also depressed economic activ-
ity. Foreign currency inflows
had also declined, leading to a
contraction in external reserves
and reduced banking system
On the tourism front, total
arrivals for the first four
months to April 2008 increased
by a marginal 0.2 per cent, with

the 1.5 per cent increase in
total air arrivals offsetting a 0.4
per cent contraction in sea
The Family Islands were the
chief drivers of tourist arrivals
growth, with visitor numbers
up by 13.5 per cent. New Prov-
idence visitor arrivals fell by
2.3 per cent, though, with
Grand Bahama off by 18.4 per
The Central Bank added
that "the potential for further
growth in European arrivals
has improved", given the 9.2
per cent decline of the US$
against the euro during the first
five months of 2008, although
the currency had stabilised
against UK sterling. Europe
currently accounts for 9.5 per
cent of total visitors to the
There was better news on
the fiscal front, where the Gov-
ernment's deficit for the first
10 months of the 2007-2008
Budget year fell by 29.3 per
cent against prior year com-
paratives, dropping to $77.6
million from $109.7'million.
This was largely due to rev-
enues increasing by 5.95 per
cent to $1.148 billion, com-
pared to $1.083 billion the year
before. Import duties had
increased by 7.43 per cent to
$432.3 million.
Recurrent government
spending was ahead by 4.83
per cent at $1.074.7 billion.

The United States Embassy
wishes to thank the following for their
generous support of our July 4th
Independence Day celebration:

AmbassadorJohn Rood
American Bridge & Skyline Steel Company
Anderson Architecture
Anheuser Busch
Artemis Strategies
Avis Rent-A-Car
Bacardi & Co.
Baha Mar Resort
Bahamas Food Services
Bahamas Supermarkets Foundation
Baker's Bay Resort
Baker Construction
Bernstein Funds
Brenner Architecture Group
British Colonial Hilton Hotel
Bristol Wines and Spirits
Broad and Cassel
Budget Rent-A-Car
Bums House Group of Companies
Butters Construction :
Cantor & Webb PA. and
Joel J. Karp PA Attorneys
Carey, Rodriguez, Greenberg & Paul, LLC
Caribbean Bottling Company (Bahamas) Ltd
Cat Island Partners Ltd.
Centreville Optical T/A Pearle Vision
Chevron Bahamas LTD
Club Land'or
Comfort Suites Paradise Island
Computer Sciences Corporation
Crowley Cavalier
D'Albenas Agency
Dairy Queen
Dartley Bank & Trust Ltd.
Disney World Services, Inc
Domino's Pizza

Dr. Feingold / MCNA Dental
Duty Free Americas, Inc.
Edgewood Properties Incorporated
ElectroCraft, Inc.
Esso Standard Oil Co.
Falcone Group, LLC
First Standard Corp.
Fred Steinberg M.D.
Friendly Ford
Fugazy International Travelj
American Express
Ginn La-OBB Limited
Grand Bahama Power Co.
Haagan Daz
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Hardrock Cafe
IBM Bahamas Ltd
Investments Limited
Jericho State Capital Corp of Florida
JM Family
JP Morgan
Joseph Jingoli and Son, Inc
Kentucky Fried Chicken
LEBCO LTD. DBA Tommy Hilfiger
Lynn and Ford Gibson
Mailboxes Etc.
Mars Realty Group
Mayaguana Island Development Ltd.
McRae, Cam (Crooked Island Real Estate)
Morton Salt Co.
Mr. & Mrs. Marc and Ruti Bell
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce and Michelle Bernstein
Mr. & Mrs. Rick and Gigi Bloom
Mr. Ronald L. Book, P.A.
Mr. Robert B. Chemin
Mr. Rick Coffin
Mr. Tim Delaney

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wishes to thank the following for their
generous support of our July 4th
Independence Day celebration:

Mr. Steve DePalma
Mr. Stephen S. Everhart
Mr. Simon Falic
Mr. Thomas M. Ferguson
Mr. Peter Fioretti
Mr. Barry W. Florescue
Mr. Marc Stanley Goldman
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Greenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Grundt
Mr. & Mrs. Fred E. Karlinsky
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Morris
Mr. Ronnie Pertnoy
Mr. CliffJ. Preminger
Mr. David Rancourt
Mr. & Mrs. Fred B. Rothman
Mr. Howard Schoor
Mr. & Mrs. Marc J. Siegel
Mr. & Mrs. Scott R. Silverman
Mr. Fred Steinberg, M.D.
Mr. Ari Storch
Mr. & Mrs. James and Debbie Young
Mr. Charlie I Weissman
Mr. Fred Ziedman
Nassau Dairy
Nova Biosources Fuels, Inc.
Odyssey Aviation
Omega Boca Corporation (Frank Zammiello)
Outback Steakhouse
Papa John's


Paradise Island Harbour Resorts
Pepsi Cola (Bahamas) Bottling Company Ltd.
Pizza Hut
Plastridge Insurance Agency
Promise Healthcare
Purity Bakery
RAV Bahamas, Ltd
RC Rose Island Hotel Company Limited
Robin Hood
Scheck Mechanical Corporation
Seaboard Marine Bahamas
Star Island Holdings LTD
Tavistock Group
SunTee-Embroid Me
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
A Ritz Carlton Managed Club
The Bowman Family
The Cheese Steak Grille
The d'Albenas Agency
The Fiorentino Group
The Honorable David A. Javdan
The Le Geis Group
The Leder Group
The Omega Group
TUDOG International Consulting
United Automobile Insurance Group
Verichip Corporation
Weiss, Handler, Angelos & Corwell, P.A.
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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay (A Ritz-Carlton managed property)
is accepting applications for the following positions:
(2) Room Attendant
Responsible for assisting the Director of Housekeeping, Assistant Director of
Housekeeping, Housekeeping Manager and all housekeeping supervisors in the
successful ownership and operational execution of the Housekeeping Department.
Responsible for assisting the Housekeeping Team Leader in providing genuine care
and comfort to the ladies and gentlemen of the respective departments and maintaining
a sense of urgency in handling all related matters.
(2) Wash Person/Linen Room Attendant
Process all soiled hotel linens, terry and food and beverage table linen by operating all
laundry/dry cleaning machinery in accordance with hotel standards.
Knowledge of laundry/dry cleaning equipment and chemical handling and knowledge of
finishing techniques for all types of fabrics and linen required.
High school graduate or equivalent vocational training required. Previous experience in
similar position would be an asset
(4) Server Attendant
Assist Servers in providing quality food and beverage services to guests courteously
and efficiently and according to hotel/club specifications. Maintain cleanliness of tables,
services areas and equipment. Stock all wares and equipment needed for service.
High school graduate with a food handling certificate and ability to communicate in
English with guests, management and coworkers; ability to count.
(1) Sales Administrator
Responsible for providing administrative support to Sales Management and taking
ownership of the Membership Gallery. Responsible for receiving all incoming calls
and responding to inquiries, processing and printing of daily reports and managing the
appearance of The Membership Gallery and golf carts.
Good communication and computer skills and ability to perform a variety of duties and
multi-task. Must be well organized and detail oriented.
(2) Concierge
Offer assistance and/or information to guests and visitors regarding the hotel and its
facilities as well as the island in general; make arrangements for dining, entertainment,
sports events, recreation, tours, shopping, meeting rooms etc.; keep accurate records
of all arrangements made; coordinate activity reports to track reservations; process and
notify guests of receipt of facsimiles, mail, and messages.
Thorough knowledge of all hotel services and amenities and basic computer skills are
a must.
(4) Greenskeeper
Responsible for maintaining a world class golf course, performing a combination of
duties as directed to maintain grounds and turf on golf course in optimum condition,
operating all types of motorized mowing equipment to cut a variety of areas of turfgrass,
identification of stressed and'diseased areas, identification of irrigation problem areas,
and preventative maintenance of all equipment.
Ability to apply and be exposed to insecticides, herbicides and pesticides and cleaning
chemicals; ability to continually bend, push, pull, kneel, reach and lift; ability to work in
extreme temperatures for prolonged periods of time; ability to understand and follow
oral and written instructions; ability to interact effectively with others and maintain a
cooperative working relationship with other employees and the public.
(1) Executive Administrative Assistant/Membership Coordinator
Provide administrative support for the Managing Director, Club Director and Director
of Member and Guest Services, including computer data input, verbal and written
Correspondence. Handling inquiries via telephone and overseeing key administrative
personnel. Ensure that all members receive a warm welcome tu tie Club. Compile
member information; supervise communication to the Members about activities and
events and ensure that all employees know who our members are and their preferences.
High School graduate, ability to communicate in English, ability to provide legible
communication, knowledge of Microsoft Office.
(1) Activities Manager ,., ,.
Responsible for overseeing the daily running and operation of the beach facilities
and recreational services, beach physical areas, and all group activities offered by
the Club in these areas. Responsible for the direction and supervision of staff in the
daily operations of the Recreation Department, including, but not limited to Ritz-Kids
programs, pool and beach programs. Oversee the coordination of all guest requests,
the coordination of all activities, and be directly involved in budgeting, forecasting,
payroll and scheduling, as well as product inventory and ordering. This position
executes and coordinates all guest requests for services courteously and efficiently
and attends to smooth running of the outside areas of recreation. Oversees, plans and
directs group activities and the staff associated with them (inclusive of Kid's Camp and
Tennis center).
Ability to communicate using proper grammar in English; ability to provide legible
communication; ability to compute basic mathematical computations; proven leadership
qualities; minimum of 3 years supervisory experience in a hotel/resort environment
with particular strengths and a minimum of one year experience in recreation/activities
(1) Spa Manager
Responsibility for providing leadership, support, direction and
supervision of staff in the daily operations of the Spa, including,
but not limited to, retail, membership, salon and fitness programs.
The Spa Manager is also responsible for ensuring that the Club's
standards are being executed by maintaining a well trained, efficient,
and professional spa staff whose focus will be on aggressive
hospitality and service. Total financial management duties
include budgeting, forecasting, payroll and scheduling as well
asproduct inventory and ordering.College degree; accounting and
budgeting knowledge; strong communication skills; proven leadership
qualities; certification from a recognized school of massage; minimum
of 3 years in Spa operations, programs and products; computer
literate; hospitality experience
(1) Food and Beverage Manager
Responsible for the management of all aspects of the Formal Dining
Restaurant functions, in accordance with hotel standards. Responsible
for directing,implementing and maintaining a service and management
philosophy which serves as a guide to respective staff. High
school graduate, some college; minimum 21 years of age to serve
alcoholic beverages; 2 years experience as an Assistant Restaurant Manager/
Supervisor, preferably in a 5 star restaurant; food handling certificate;
knowledge of various food service styles (i.e., French service, butler
style service); ability to communicate in English with guests, management and
co-workers to their understanding; ability to provide legible communication;
ability to compute basic mathematical calculations and familiarity with food and
beverage cost controls.
(1) Boat Captain
Responsible for managing the daily operation of the Boating Department including
the direction and supervision of staff. Responsible for meeting and greeting all
members and guests who board the boat; providing the highest level of customer
service to all those when aboard the boat; guiding and touring the guests along the
inland waterways; ensuring all pre-start checks and health and safety requirements
are adhered to; maintaining a clean and tidy appearance and presentation of the
boat, and surroundings and creating a 'can do, will do, will do, with pleasure' culture within all
aspects of the team. High school graduate with a Class A or B masters license with

at least five years experience in similar position; must be a mature 'people person'
who enjoys working in a team and is capable of delivering exceptional customer
service to high profile and valued clientele and is a proactive thinker who brings
solutions to the table for potential and current challenges; must have at least five
years boat engine experience and is capable of dealing with day to day maintenance.
Please e-mail or fax a copy of your resume to:
The Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
(A Ritz-Carlton Managed Property)
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 367-0392
Email: humanresourcesjtheabacoclub.com

Deadline for receipt of all resu! ies or applications is Friday, July 18, 2008.
Sorry, no telephone call will be accepted for these positions.


US law firm

set to open

Nassau office

FROM page, 1B
"There's a substantial mar-
ket to provide US legal services
to those investors coming in."
In addition, Mr Pinder said
numerous Bahamian companies
and residents were dealing with
matters before the US courts,
or involving US and Florida
law. This was another natural
market for Becker & Poliakoff
to tap, given the Bahamas'
proximity to Florida and the
heavily inter-linked economies
of the two.
Mr Pinder, who has been
among those leading the charge
to prevent Florida from repeal-
ing its 6.5 per cent sales tax
exemption, said the Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB) was "excited" about the

prospect of having a US law
firm in Nassau, based on talks
he had held with it.
Apart from banks and trust
companies, Mr Pinder said
Becker & Poliakoff's services
were also likely to interest
Bahamas-based private equity
and investment funds in rela-
tion to tax issues. These funds
attracted US investors and
made US-based investments.
He explained that the reason
why no other US law firms had
set up Nassau offices to provide
legal services for their home
country was the difficulty in
obtaining work permits for key
staff. As a Bahamian and
US/Florida-qualified attorney,
Mr Pinder is subject to no such
He added: "As we grow and

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need to be a Bahamian citizen
to do it. Getting work permits
for foreign attorneys is a bit of a
"I have actually spoken to
two US law firms who are
extremely interested in open-
ing a physical US law firm in
the Bahamas. The challenge
they face, and why they have
not done so before, is that they
need a Bahamian citizen who
has practiced in the US to start
While this meant growing the
Nassau office organically would
be "challenging", Mr Pinder
said Becker & Poliakoff hoped
to tap into the growing number
of Bahamian students who were
studying US law at college.
Already, there were "a couple
of attorneys and a couple of
Bahamian law students" inter-
ested in returning to Nassau
with the company.
Mr Pinder has practiced in
the US for seven years, in areas
such as international taxation
and international capital trans-
actions, and he said Becker &
Poliakoff had spent six to eight
months working on the Nassau
office concept, conducting due
diligence on this market. The
firm's main partner, Alan Beck-
er, had been heavily involved.


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Call for long-term food provisioning

Tribune Business
THE Government must act
quickly to adopt a National
Agricultural Plan that includes.
a strategy for long-term food
storage provision, an agricul-
turalist said yesterday, as the
Bahamas only had about one
month's worth of food
President of the Bahamas
Agricultural Producers Asso-
ciation, IG Stubbs, said that
given the current economic cli-
mate, and the increasing food
and oil prices, more had to be
done to ensure the country
becomes more self-sufficient.
"We need to determine
which items need to be
increased on a weekly basis,
like fruits, and then the long-

term crops such as grains," Mr
Stubbs said.
He pointed out that that the
Bahamas also needed to
increase grain production for
livestock feed, given the fact
that corn is driving food prices
up because it is being used in
ethanol production worldwide.
Mr Stubbs said the Bahamas
only has about a month's
worth of food it can fall back
on in the event a disaster
strikes, and fresh supplies can-
not be imported.
He added that every coun-
try trying to work towards
greater self-sufficiency had in
place some system for the
storage and processing of food.
This enabled it to increase the
amount of food it has in three
main areas on the tree or
vine, for sale, or in the pro-
cessing stage for future use.
Mr Stubbs said this was

something the Bahamas lacks.
Such a policy, he added, would
allow for greater planning and
eliminate current gluts in the
It would also help faciliate a
stronger export market, in that
with a national plan in place,
producers would be able to
market themselves based on
stronger consistency levels.
"A lot of times, producers
will approach persons a
month in advance when they
have a surplus and try to mar-
ket that. But with this plan in
place, they would be able to
predict months in advance that
they would have certain items
in place, and to ensure that
they are at the quality need-
ed," Mr Stubbs said.
He added that the Bahamas
certainly had the potential,
with proper planning, to
expand its food exports.

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Further, Mr Stubbs said that
while he was unfamiliar with
the exact science and steps
involved in fish and conch
farming, it was an option
worth exploring.
He added that he was not
against the idea of a foreign
company coming to assist in

the development of such a
farm, provided that there was
extensive training of Bahami-
Tribune Business reported
on Monday, that the Bahamas
would be among the world's
hardest hit economies if oil
and food prices increase by 20

Equity Side

per cent more than earlier pre-
The article stated that the
combined effect would be to
wipe out almost one month's
worth of this nation's import
reserves and widen the cur-
rent account deficit by 2.7 per
cent. .

No. 221

IN THE MATTER of Socimer International
Bank Limited
(In Liquidation)
IN THE MATTER of the Companies Act 1992


Name of Company:

Address of Registered Office:

Nature of Business:

Number of Matter:
Amount per B$:
First and Final or otherwise:
When Payable:
Where Payable:

Socimer International Bank Limited
(In Liquidation)
Charlotte House, Charlotte Street,
Nassau. Bahamas
Banking Company
Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
Equity Side
221 of 1998
8 cents
9th July, 2008
One Montague Place, Nassau,

Dated this 9th day of July, A.D., 2008
Paul F. Clarke



(In liquidation )

The Liquidator hereby notifies all Customers and Creditors of Dominion that he
has applied to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas for the determination by it of
the following questions:

a) whether any of the assets held by Dominion are trust assets and, if
b) whether any of the costs incurred in the course of the liquidation
should b'e paid from the trust assets and, if so;
c) the approach that should be adopted to the payment of those costs.

The specific questions that the Liquidator is asking and the Orders he. is
seeking are set out in the Summons and the Supplemental Summons filed
on the 18th May, 2007 and 19th June, 2008 and the facts upon which he
relies set out in the Liquidator's Affidavit filed on the 23rd June, 2008.
These documents may be accessed on the website www.bdomannjudd.com

The Liquidator's affidavit does not reveal any confidential information
relating to its customers or the assets which it holds for them.

On the 19th June, 2008 the Supreme Court of the Bahamas fixed the hearing of
the Liquidator's application for 10 am on Monday the 10th November, 2008,
however, it is possible that, if the Court's calendar permits, an earlier date for
the hearing may be set. Accordingly you are advised to check the website
frequently for updates. Anyone who has given notice to the Liquidator of
their intention to appear ( see below ) will be contacted if an earlier date is set.

If you intend to appear on the hearing of the Liquidator's application you will
need to serve on the Liquidator a Notice of Appearance in the proceedings or
to instruct an Attorney in the Bahamas to do so for you. The Appearance needs
to be filed in the Registry of the Supreme Court of the Bahamas and to be in
one or other of the forms shown on the website, depending on whether you
are claiming a debt owed to you (Creditor's Appearance) or that Dominion
is holding assets beneficially owned by you ( Customer's Appearance).

If you are a customer or creditor of Dominion and you need any further information
or clarification in regard to the application and the questions to be determined
please contact the Liquidator directly and he will do his best to assist you.

G. Clifford Culmer
The Liquidator of Dominion Investments (Nassau) Ltd.
(In liquidation)
BDO Mann Judd
P.O. Box N10144
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 325-6591
Fax: (242) 325-6592
E-Mail: cculmer(Sbdomanniudd.com


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provide the Company with General Insurance coverage. These

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Notice is hereby given that the Twenty-eigth
(28th) Annual General Meeting of THE PUBLIC
LIMITED will be held at The British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, West Bay Street, on Friday, July
4, 2008 commencing at 6:30 p.m. for the
following purposes:

* To receive the report of The Board of

* To receive the Audited Accounts for 2007

* To elect members of The Board of
Directors, and Supervisory Committee

* To discuss and

approve the budget for

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FROM page 1B

documents and records.
Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas) and its attorneys are

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 2nd day. of
June, 2008.
Suite 13, First Floor
Oliaji Trade Centre,
Francis Rachel Street,
Victoria, Mahe
Republic of Seychelles


Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law
Notaries Public

will be CLOSED


Friday, 11th July, 2008

due to the observance of the

Firm's Annual "Fun Day".

The office will



Monday, 14th July, 2008.

We regret any inconvenience


understood to have argued that
the company had a proprietary
interest in the Olympus Univest
and Mosaic documents, with
one legal source telling Tribune
Business that the ruling had
effectively held that there was a
"civil right" against self-incrim-
In their report, Messrs Cul-
mer and Massi alleged: "The
Olympus Univest joint liquida-
tors are very concerned with the
difficulties encountered in
obtaining the requisite books
and records necessary to prop-
erly complete the administra-
tion and liquidation of Olym-
pus Univest, and the possibility
that such books and records
were either removed and/or
Their second report to the
Supreme Court, filed in Febru-
ary 2008, detailed hoWv the
unaudited financial statements
for the year ended September
30, 2004, and other documents
related to Olympus Univest,
were provided by previous audi-

tors Grant Thornton and
Stephen Hancock, a former
director of the fund and presi-
dent of its former administra-
tor, Cardinal International.
The liquidators alleged that
Mr Hancock told them that pri-
or to Cardinal ceasing opera-
tions in 2004, he had provided a
copy of Olympus Univest's
accounting records to two exec-
utives at the fund management
company, Dora Santchi and
Matthew Smith of Norshield
Asset Management (Canada).
However, the liquidators'
report alleged that both denied
having possession of these elec-
tronic files.
"Hancock further stated that
Cardinal did not retain any
back-up copies of these elec-
tronic files, and any remaining
hard copies of the books and
records of Olympus Univest
were allegedly destroyed by the
storage company where they
were allegedly kept because of
unpaid storage fees," the liq-
uidators alleged.

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

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

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

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


Incorporated under the International Business Companies Act,
2000 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Registration Number 100371b
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in dis-
solution, commencing on the 7th day of July, 2008.

Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered by the Reg-
istrar. The Liquidator is Romildo Tavares de Melo. Persons
having a Claim against the above-named Company are required
on or before the 7th day of August, 2008 to send their names,
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquida-
tor of the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such claim is
Dated this 7th of July 2008.
Romildo Tavares de Melo

I q.


The Law Firm of

Harry B. Sands,

Lobosky & Company

will be closed on

Friday, July 11, 2008

for the Firm's

Annual Fun Day

C F A L"'
TUESDAY, 8 JULY 2008 ,,
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: A~CLOSE 1,821.61 | CHG 0.35 I %CHG 0.02 1 YTi -24 14 1 YTD% -t1g8 .
FINDEX CLOSE 870.39 I YTD% -8.t6% i 2007 28.29%
52wh.HI 5..A-Lo Securlr Pr.eviou Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol EPS S Div S PIE Yield
195 1'1 Abaco r.arkels 1 84 184 000 0135 0000 136 0 009
11.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.088 0.200 10.9 1.69%
9.68 9.30 Bank of Bahamas 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.643 0.160 14.5 1.72%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.030 N/M 3.37%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 18.7 2.58%
2.70 1.48 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 2.35 Colina Holdings 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.046 0.040 62.6 1.39%
8.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.440 0.300 15.9 4.29%
7.22 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.28 3.61 0.33 0.131 0.052 27.6 1.44%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.85 2.85 0.00 0.308 0.040 9.3 1.40%
8.00 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.728 0.280 11.0 3.50%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 100 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.65 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.65 11.65 0.00 0.550 0.450 21.2 3.86%
6.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.53 5.53 0.00 900 0.386 0.140 14.3 2.53%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
8.00 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.50 5.50 0.00 0.407 0.300 13.5 6.45%
12.50 8.60 J.S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.620 11.7 5.17%
1000 10 00 Premrrer Reao Estate 10 00 1000 00000 0 180 0 000 556 0 G00r
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52n~k.Hli 5r.A-.L.s ,rr .bcl Bid S Ask $ Last Pnce Weekly Vol EPS S Div S PiE Yield
1460 11 25 Banar.-.a S..erra Kes 14d 60 15 60 1460 1 160 0600 134 4 11:
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.35 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
.olfne Over-TheTCounter Securidea
4100 41i..:) ABDAB 4100 4300 4100 4 450 2750 90 6 709'.
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6.16%
O 55 0 40 RND l-.,=.a i.s 0 45 055 045 .0023 0000 N.M 0 00':
2" BISX UsTed Mutlul FUnds
52w .H 1i 52 k.-L.: Fu..3 13ar-.e r4.' VTD': Lasb 12 f.1orlth. Dlv$ Yielo'
1.3152 1.2485 Colina Bond Fund 1.315228"* 1.58% 5.47%
3.0008 2.7399 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.998763"* -0.07% 8.13%
1.3948 1.3458 Collna Money Market Fund 1.394847""" 1.44% 3.80%
3.7969 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6707.' -3.32% 14.65%
12.2142 11.6581 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.2142"* 2.35% 5.73%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00"
100.0000 98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603' -0.04% -0.04%
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00"
10.5000 9.6346 Fidelity International Investment Fund 10.0060"- -4.70% -4.70%
1.0039 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0039.--
1.0038 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0038-5"
1.0038 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0038...
IlTarket Terms . N.A.V. Key
52w-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity 31 Dece bor 2007
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colna and fidelity 30 May 2000
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daiy volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price ." 31 April 2008
Today Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week ... 30 April 2000
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths .... 20 June 2000
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 194 100
5) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effectve Date 8/8/2007
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FROM page 1B
opment Company (NAD),
which operates the airport
under a lease agreement with
the Airport Authority and the
Government, needs to increase
revenue streams to help finance
the $400 million redevelopment
at LPIA. This includes new US
and international departure ter-
Aircraft landing fees, for
example, have not increased at
LPIA since 1993, and NAD's
chief executive, Craig Rich-

mond, part of the five-strong
management team put in place
by the company's operating
partner, Canadian firm
YVRAS, has repeatedly point-
ed out that the failure of rev-
enue and fee streams to keep
pace with maintenance costs has
contributed heavily to the air-
port being in the state it cur-
rently is.
"We've got to raise the mon-
ey to meet the requirements of
the [$400 million project] loan,
and bring the rates into line,"
Mr Watson said yesterday.

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"We've spent $10 million on
refurbishing the airport, and
have to pay for that with mon-
Commenting on concerns
expressed last week by private
charter airlines about the
prospect of fee increases, Mr
Watson said those companies
and their officials were express-
ing fears about having to pay
arrears many of them owed, not
the new fees.
Meanwhile, the former
deputy prime minister told Tri-
bune Business that the plan to
raise the $400 million financing
required for LPIA's redevelop-
ment now just required the
Cabinet's approval, having.
received backing from the Air-
port Authority's Board.
Once Cabinet approval is
received, NAD and its main
financial adviser, Citibank, will
solicit the international and
Bahamian markets for financ-
ing, "hopefully before the end
of this month".
"The proposal from NAD,
supported by Citibank, is before
the Prime Minister at this
moment. What we are waiting
for now is for the proposal put
forward by Citibank and NAD,
and approved by the Airport
Authority, to be approved by
the Cabinet," Mr Watson
"Once we get the approval
fromthe Government on the
financing form, we shall be
eagerly seeking financing from
local and international sources.
"We shall know in a matter of
days when that will be happen-
ing. It will certainly be before
the end of the month, hopefully
Mr Watson said it was hoped

that the $100 million in esti-
mated spending in the Bahamas
that would be related to LPI-
A's reconstruction would be
denominated in Bahamian dol-
On the form the financing
would take, he added: "We're
going to look at several options.
Probably a syndicated loan for a
part of it, and we will probably
raise some via a bond. We will
use several different approach-
The new US departures ter-
minal will be the first building to
be constructed, and Mr Watson
said NAD and the Airport
Authority hoped to begin site
clearance for this project by
October 1, 2008.
The main construction con-
tract for the terminal was likely
to go to tender in September,
with construction proper start-
ing early in the New Year 2009.
"We will begin, all things
being equal, clearing the site
around October 1," Mr Watson
said yesterday.
"Currently, they are realign-
ing all the utilities and there's a
lot of work to be done in clean-
ing up the site environmental
matters and the like.
"We hope to go out to tender
by some time in September, and
award the contract by the end
of the year, so construction can
start in the New Year."


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


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the world's leading financial institutions in the
Caribbean. Through our Business Area Wealth Management International
we look after wealthy private clients by providing them with
comprehensive, value enhancing services. Our client advisors combine
strong personal relationships with the resources that are available from
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In order to strengthen our team in Nassau, we are looking to fill the
following positions:

Senior Client Advisor & Client Advisor for the Brazil

In this challenging position you will be responsible for the Advisory of
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portfolio management;
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investment products are key requirements. Fluency in English and
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Written applications should be addressed to:

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UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
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P.O. Box N-7757
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Sudoku Puzzle
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to


7 2
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Difficulty Level "*r* 7/09

Kakuro Puzzle

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

Sudoku Answer

16 84953
1 6 8 3 95 387
3 8 7 5 1 2 4, I

5 2 4 91861 1
8 3 1 712 9 51

842 987
1 2971 7948
312 97 89
372 1329
31 13
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98 15 79
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1 Be exceptionally kind to a
taxpayer? (6)
4 Private papers destroyed
9 Be match for Scottish king

Rita's out of step (5)
Stories that may be stale

12 He has a complaint, but is
prepared to wait (7)
13 Cautiously asking why the
plumbing is wrong (8,3)
18 He gets a call for an audi-
ence (7)
20 Surcharge for a special
edition (5)
22 Finishing off a cake? (5)
23 Expulsion got us in trouble
24 It limits the movement of
stock (6)

1 Hostility gives me tiny
upset (6)
2 Be best man? (5)
3 Don't stop the wrong per-
sons (5,2)
5 Like a receiver of certain
property (5)
6 High level? (7)
7 I tarry out of curiosity (6)
8 Innocent youngster who is
cruelly treated (8,3)
14 I'd eat no differently
though trying to lose
weight (2,1,4)
15 Change gears, points and
lubricants (7)


25 Man with stable employ-
ment (6)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Scherzo, 5 Hades, 8
Nerves of steel, 9 Alias, 10 Treason,
11 Trains, 12 Bridge, 15 Anemone, 17
Looks, 19 Starting price, 20 Tapes, 21
Down: 1 Sonia, 2 Hurricane lamp, 3
Reels in, 4 Oporto, 5 Haste, 6
Dressed to kill, 7 Silence, 11 Transit,
13 Relapse, 14 Dennis, 16 Oaths, 18

Economy that grows? (6) U
A touching type (6) -.
Cosy feature of a mountain N
glen (5) N
Test case? (5) 0


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Fuchsia, 5 Brass, 8
Chronological, 9 Sauce, 10 Gesture,
11 Duffer, 12 Spirit, 15 Foresee, 17
Sum up, 19 Noncompliance, 20
Exert, 21 Pegasus.
Down: 1 Facts, 2 Circumference, 3
Sincere, 4 Allege, 5 Bogus, 6
Accoutrements, 7 Salient, 11
Defence, 13 Passing, 14 Keep up,
16 Stout, 18 Press.


Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant v Simen
Agdestein, Gibtelecom Masters
2008. Arakhamia-Grant, a former
Georgian married to a Scot, is
the UK's best woman player. The
Edinburgh mother of one achieved
another important success when
she shared the women's award at
Gibraltar with three highly ranked
rivals. Today's puzzle, where her
opponent is a top Norwegian
grandmaster and former
international soccer striker, was
pivotal to her performance. As
White (to move) A-Grant has
obvious pressure thanks to her
well placed queen, but there seems
a long way to go. However, her next
turn proved a virtual knock-out, as

9"^ [ ^ | ^ ^112

1 Commend (6)

4 Outstanding Italian
tenor (6)
9 Exact copy (7)
10 Watchful (5)
11 Wide expanse (5)
12 Meantime (7)
13 Science of map-mal

ing (11)
18 14th century
English poet (7)
20 A cotton
thread (5)
22 Call up (5)
23 Much sought after (7)
24 Quick (6)
25 Eccentric (6)



1 To rot (6)
2 Abundant (5)
3 Small scrap (7)
5 Be in store for (5)
6 Dig up (7)
7 Punctually (2,4)
8 Redeeming feature
14 Fashionable (1,2,4)
15 Everywhere (3,4)
16 Means of entry (6)
17 Lethal (6)
19 Statement of beliefs
21 Form of protest (3-2)

Black was forced to concede decisive
material. What should White play,
and why is the move so strong?

Chess 8646:1 Nd51 wins at least rook for knight If
cxdS 2 QxdS* and 3 Qxa8. 81ack continued, but soon
lost on material










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HOW manywords of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here?
In making a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 25; very good 37;
excellent 50 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.
bluing blur bung burin burl
burling bum club clung crumb
crumbing CRUMBLING cubing
cuing culm cumin curb curbing
curing curl curling glum grub
incur lignum lung luring mung
numb ruin ruing ruling
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Contract Bridges

by Steve Bec :

Diabolical Duck

East dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
VQ 10 7



SJ 1064
The bidding:
East South West North
1 Pass Pass Dble
Redble 3 3* Pass
Pass Dble Pass 4
'Opening lead ten of diamonds.
As an abstract proposition, it
seems impossible for South to make
four clubs doubled in this deal. lHe
has four obvious losers consisting of
a spade, two hearts and a diamond.
But Peter Weichsel did make the
contract when he played the hand in
the 1984 national men's pair champi-
onship (won by Weichsel and his
partner, Mike Lawrence).
It all came about in strikingly
simple fashion after West led the ten
of diamonds, on which dummy

played the four, East the three and
Weichsel the deuce! When West con-
tinued with another diamond, the fat
moved irretrievably into the fire.
Declarer won East's jack with the
ace, led a low trump to dummy's ten
and ruffed the seven of diamonds,
felling East's king and establishing
dummy's queen as a trick. Next came
a trump to the ace followed by a
heart discard on the queen of dia-
Since Weichsel still had two
trumps in his hand to ruff two of
dummy's hearts, and since there
were still three trumps in dummy to
ruff the J-10-6 of spades, he wound
up making the contract, losing only a
diamond, a heart and a spade.
West could, of course, have
defeated four clubs doubled by shift-
ing to a heart or a spade at trick two.
To be fair about it, however, the fact
is that most defenders with the West
hand, not seeing declarer's cards,
would have continued with a dia-
mond at trick two after the ten held
the first trick.
The outcome was indeed more a
tribute to declarer's skill than the
result of a clear-cut error by the
defense. Weichsel had quickly
decided at trick one that on the bid-
ding and opening lead, East was sure
to have the K-J of diamonds, and he
simply hoped that what did happen
would happen.

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WHEN it comes to any celebration in the
Bahamas, food is front and centre. So
imagine the culinary possibilities that
abound when Bahamians celebrate the country's
35th birthday tomorrow.

There will be crab and rice, peas soup
and dumpling, guava duff, fish stew,
grouper fingers, chicken, pig feet and
sheep tongue souses, and all of the indige-
nous dishes that remind us of how proud
we are to be Bahamian. But it may be
time for home cooks to step out of the
box and experiment with more exotic
Bahamian preparations.
Edwin Johnson, executive chef and
culinary trainer at the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, told Tribune Taste that home
cooks should not be afraid to experiment
- even with indigenous Bahamian foods.
"It's true that the typical housewife
will try to stick to the traditional. But
over the past 15 to 20 years, we've had
Bahamian professional chefs taking
Bahamian cuisine to another level by
taking indigenous products that we don't
ordinarily use, like making seagrape
sauce to go with lamb, or taking guineps
and making a sorbet. The chefs are sort
of expanding on the basic tradition," Chef
Johnson said.
"So home cooks shouldn't be afraid
because by experimenting, it shows ver-
satility. It shows that we have these great
products in the Bahamas and there are
many things that we can do with them."

While using native products to create
unique recipes shows the versatility of
Bahamian cuisine, it also adds interna-
tional appeal. Chef Johnson noted that
the national culinary team has partici-
pated in competitions across Europe and
in the United States. Their dishes, a
fusion of local and international tastes,
are always well received.
"What the team does is incorporate
some unique Bahamian food products
in their competitions, with foods that the
international audience has an interest
in," Chef Johnson said.
Though Chef Johnson recommends
cooking outside of the box, he noted that
there is no substitute for the authentic
Bahamian taste.
"[Bahamians] have a unique touch
that's involved in our cooking. The herbs
and spices we use, and the techniqtle in
preparing the food are key elements in
our food. We use herbs like thyme, and
peppers red and green peppers, goat
peppers," he said.
Chef Johnson also highlighted the fact
that Bahamians have some unique cook-
ing techniques. Take for example, our
spin on the American grilling process.
"With grilled conch for example one

would think that you're putting conch
on the open fire grill. But in essence, the
conch is encased in a paper wrap or foil
with herbs and vegetables, then placed on
a flat top grill and cooked. And with the
heat wrap, the advantage is that all of
the nutrients and flavours are entrapped
in there," he explained.
For cooks in need of some culinary
inspiration, the Wyndham Nassau Resort
is presenting a 'Bahamian Independence'
celebration that is open to the public
tomorrow at the resort, 2pm to 7pm.
The event, which will feature booths
with Bahamian foods (Wyndham chefs,
and other employees will cook and have
food on sale), a Bahamian fashion show,
a Junkanoo rushout and live entertain-
ment, will be held poolside. The event is
free to the public. All persons will be
free to use the facilities at the resort dur-
ing this time, free of charge.

Tyrone Beneby, director of restaurants
at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, told Tri-
bune Taste that people will be able to
experience a plethora of native foods at
the event.
"It's safer and it's cheaper. You get to
experience our facilities and there is noth-
ing like it. It is unusual for a hotel to
open up to the public like this. But this is
an old idea that we're bringing back. We
did it several times years ago and it was
discontinued in 2005. But we've just
decided this year to re-visit it. And we're
expecting a big crowd," Mr Beneby said.
The poolside fashion show is an official
event of "Bahamas Fashion Week", featur-
ing 35 Bahamian and international models.
If you want to spend the Independence
holiday at the resort, call 327.6200 and ask
about the special room rates for Bahami-

Celebrating independence the delicious way


4 large conchs cut into small cubes
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced tomato
ltsp chopped cilantro
3 lemons (juice)
3 limes (juice)
Goat pepper (as much as you can handle)
Dash or 2 of sea salt
Mix all ingredients, and serve in a bowl or
carved out melon.
I like to serve mine with a touch of cilantro
which gives it a nice cool flavour, but you can
omit if you are a conch purist.

Makes about 40-50 fritters
4 large conchs
2 medium onions
2 green peppers
3 1/2 cup flour (all purpose)
4tsp baking powder
2 mangos
ltbsp blackening spice
3 cups ginger beer (or ginger ale)
8oz lime juice
1 small goat pepper
ltbsp fresh thyme leaves
ltsp sea salt
Oil for deep frying
1. Chop the conch, onion, green pepper,

mango and goat pepper as small as you can
(a food processor can be used, but it comes
out much better when you do it by hand).
2. Mix the ingredients from step one with
lime juice, blackening spice, and thyme leaf.
3. Mix the baking powder and flour in a bowl.
4. Add conch mixture to flour and baking
5. Slowly add ginger beer until mixture is
similar in consistency to that of a pancake
batter (you may not need all of it or you may
need more).
6. Heat 1 gallon of oil in a 3 gallon pot (this
helps with potential splattering).
7. When oil is hot (350F if you have a ther-
mometer), slowly drop fritter batter using a
teaspoon into the oil. Cook until golden
brown, and place on towel to drain any
excess oil from them.
8. Serve with rosemary, tartar or your
favourite sauce. Garnish with lime slices.


Best crab soup

in the country

Tribune Features Writer
line in
front of
week's h
Day at
begged to be noticed. Despite
the sweltering heat that day,
Bahamians and tourists alike
towed the line for a sample
of something authentically
Bahamian her now nation-
ally-famous crab soup.
Ms Brown, who was born
in Nassau, actually grew up
in Fresh Creek, Andros
where her mother was born.
That's where she learned how
to cook many traditional
Bahamian meals, including
her famous crab soup. The
recipe, which she served from
huge pots during the Rawson
Square event, was actually
passed down to her by her
mother. But as she got older,
Ms Brown added her own
"It's an old recipe, but I
added my love to it. They do
it in Andros a lot, but not
many people talk about doing
crab soup here in Nassau. I
know a few people cook it
here, but it's not done on a
large scale," Ms Brown said.
Ms Brown was invited to
cook at the event after one of
the .ve.t' s:organS'r tasted
some.o06elr cooking.
Ms Brown's crab soup
turned out to be a hit among
tourists and Bahamians at the
National Pride Day celebra-
tion. One tourist, who at first
had to be persuaded to have a
taste of the soup, ended up
coming back for two more
servings. And he still wanted
more. He said that he'd never
tasted anything like Ms
Brown's crab soup before.
Ms Brown shares her
recipe with Tribune Taste:

(Makes 4 servings)
1 cup of flour
4 crabs (cleaned, and fat extracted)
1 onion (sliced)
1 sweet pepper (sliced)
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
lib salt beef (previously scalded)
11lb spareribs (previously scalded)
11lb mutton (previously scalded)
Irish potatoes (chopped)
Cassava (chopped)
Carrots (chopped)
1. Add a few drops of lime juice
to the crab fat in order to cut
the harsh scent. Set the fat
aside, with the clean biters and
bodies of the crab.
2. Heat oil in a skillet, add the
flour, and heat on a low fire
until the flour is browned. Add
crab fat to the mix and heat.
3. Chop onion and sweet pep-
per, and add to the browned
flour mixture in the skillet.
4. Add the tomato paste to the
skillet and mix well.
5. Turn the browned flour mix-
ture, and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of
water into the pot you wish to
cook the soup in. Let mixture
6. Add the previously scalded
mutton, spareribs, salt beef, and
crabs (body and biters) into the
pot and let the mixture come
to a boil. (Beat the biters first to
make it easier to eat) Since the
scalding process has already
cooked the ribs, mutton and
salt beef, you are only waiting
for the crabs to be cooked.
7. Add salt and thyme to taste
8. To enhance the flavour of
the crabs, take whole allspice,
beat them in a cloth, and sprin-
kle into the pot as it boils.
9. Finally, add the chopped Irish
potatoes, cassava, carrots (or
whatever vegetable you
choose). Allow the mixture to

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The Dundas successfully

airs theatrical version of

the movie classic


DRIVING Miss Daisy,
the latest theatrical accom-
plishment of the Dundas,
completed a three-day run
last week with acting vet-
erans Jane Poveromo as
Daisy Werthan, David
Jonathan Burrows as
Boolie Werthan and
Anthony "Skeebo"
Roberts as Hoke Colburn.
The play was directed by
Philip A Burrows.
The three actors really
pulled off quite the feat,
portraying the story's
main theme of race and
prejudice with a knowl-
edgeable air. They each
delivered their lines with
complete familiarity,
evoking the sense that the
Bahamas has something in
common with a script that
emerged out of the south-
ern US.
Miss Daisy and her son,
Boolie, experience preju-
dice as Jewish Americans
who are stereotyped to be
cheap, and they also have
their temple bombed.
Hoke has difficulty finding
work as an African-Amer-
ican, until he's hired by
Boolie to drive his mother
around town.
The actors all successful-
ly steered through the 90
minute production, with
little to no props. They
even believably portrayed
driving a car, the principal
"vehicle" which moves the
story line forward, on two
Roberts' actions that

simulated shifting of gears,
braking, driving, and
pulling over,.all came off
as comical, but soon you
forgot that he wasn't actu-
ally in a car.
The make-up of the
actors successfully carried
them through 25 years of
aging, and of particular
note, was Poveromo and
Roberts' added theatrics
to their 95-year old charac-
ters at the end of the play.
Most importantly, Dri-
ving Miss Daisy showed
that change is possible. By
their interaction with each
other, the characters
developed into better peo-
Miss Daisy taught Hoke
to read at 73-years old,
and gave him financial
autonomy for the rest of
his life. Hoke taught Miss
Daisy acceptance and
humanity as we saw her
move from a stubborn old
lady to a joking, fun elder
who went to a Martin
Luther King Jr speech and
became more at ease with
someone she once consid-
ered a stranger.
Audiences in the
Bahamas could take a les-
son from such a move-
ment, and learn accep-
tance of new people in
their immediate surround-
Driving Miss Daisy was
written by Alfred Uhry in
1987, for which he won the
Pulitzer Prize. In 1989 it
was made into a movie
starring Morgan Freeman
and Jessica Tandy.

Peter Nygard turns up Ihe heat at Bahamas Fashion Week
AS the recipient of the Lifetime "This award is for the person who
Achievement Award, Peter Nygard will never says no. Who goes above and
be honoured for his endless support of beyond when it comes to fashion, adver-
the Bahamian community during tising and entertainment," said Kevin
Bahamas Fashion Week. Strakan, president and owner of Fifth
On July 9, Peter NygArd will be rec- Avenue Marketing & Modeling Agency.
ognized for all his efforts within the spec- "Peter NygArd completes the circle,
trums of fashion, business, and philan- putting the chain together no broken
thropy. The ceremony will be held at the links. Every year from this point forward
'Blue Skies' Fashion Show in the Rain there will be a recipient of the 'Peter
Forest Theater Crystal Palace. Nygard Fashion Award'.

Vote for Rhondi -
Bahamian entertainer

doing it big internationally

NO stranger to
the stage, Rhondi
Treco has been in
several talent
competitions both
nationally and
including talent
winner for the
Miss Teen
Bahamas pageant
in 1998 and Miss
FIU Caribbean
Students Talent
Winner 2001.
Now, the singing
sensation is doing
it big internation-
Rhondi com-
peted in a worldwide competition in Las
Vegas, Nevada in May where she won her
category, adult female solo. She was one of
179 contestants who were selected from a
pool of thousands from all over the world
to compete in the USA World Showcase
Ms Treco learned about the competi-
tion in January when she was searching
online for auditions and new ways to
expose herself internationally. Although
Rhondi won her category the competition
is far from over. The next step is for her to
obtain as many online votes as she can
over a specific time period.
Rhondi's performance can be viewed at
www.usaworldshowcase.com and Bahami-
ans are being invited to go online and vote
for her. The first show will air online
between July 13 16. The top 60 voted
contestants will move on to the third show
airing July 20 23. The top 40 contestants
will move on to show four which will air
July 27 30.
If Rhondi obtains enough votes to be
in the top 20, she will then move on to
the fifth show airing August 3 6. The
final show will consist of the top 10 voted
contestants August 10 13. The online
voting will only take place between the
specified dates and only the top voted
contestant will win the grand prize con-
sisting of cash prizes as well as CD distri-
bution and recording deals with several
record labels.
Let's all encourage our Bahamian enter-
tainers by supporting Rhondi during this
special time. The voting begins at 3am
Eastern Standard Time (12am Pacific
Time) and you can vote as many times as
you can and yes the voting is free!!


* The National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB) has
invited the general public to
view its Fourth National Exhi-
bition (The NE4). The exhibi-
tion features an exciting
array of 51 works produced
within the last two years by
31 artists. This artwork rep-
resents a r. n diversity of art
and ranges from paintings,
sculptures, installations,
prints and mixed media
works to photographs and
alternative media. The exhi-
bition will be on display from
July 9 to January 30, 2009 at
the NAGB on West Hill
* The Bahamas Association
for Cultural Studies
(BACUS) is inviting writers.
cultural advocates, educators
and interested persons to
join them for an important
discussion on the state of
the literary arts in the
Bahamas during its first Lit-
erary Forum Thursday, July
17 at 6:30pm at the lecture
theatre, Bahamas Tourism
Training Centre, Thompson

* Art Educators from around
the Bahamas will participate
in an Independence Day
Show @ Sine. Qua.Norn
Gallery on Elizabeth Avenue.
The show opens Friday, July
11 at 6pm and runs for two
weeks, until July 25.
* Mur-mi-don: Marie Jeanne
Dupuch will be featuring new
paintings on Friday, July 18
from 6:30pm to 9pm at The
Hub, No 2 Colebrooke Lane
(Bay Street). She will also
participate in an Artist Talk
on Tuesday, July 22 at 7pm
@ The Hub. The exhibition
runs until August 19. For
more information check out
www.thehubbahamas org or
call 322.4333.
* JAZZ et al: Art therapist
Mark Redgrave is currently
exhibiting a number of works
at the Ladder Gallery, Blake
Road. The show runs until
July 14.

FROM page 16
organism in response to a stimuli,
will invite viewers to use their five
senses sight, touch, taste, smell
and hearing to experience the
"We use our kinesis everyday.
When you smell or see conch sal-
ad, your mouth waters; when you
come out of the movies, your eyes
shrink; if you touch something
hot; your hand rapidly moves
away it is how our sensory
organs respond to different stim-
For Scharad, Kinesis would
come together as he used the
medium of photography to cap-
ture different scenes using local
celebrities, including Bernadette
Christie, whose picture, Scharad
said, Bahamians may be a little
surprised by. "The way Bahami-
ans think or see things may not
fully prepare them for that pho-
tograph. Although there is no
nudity, the shot is raw, rugged
and definitely rebellious. You
have to come out to see it for
Also being featured are artist
John Cox, playwright Michael
Pintard, former broadcaster
Michelle Malcolm, Miss Bahamas
World 2007 Anya Watkins, triple
jumper Levan Sands, and enter-
tainer TaDa, whose images are
being used to convey different
messages. "The way that I select-
ed the subjects was to tie what
we know them as or what they
are famous for like DJ is to
sound what television personality
is to sight.
"Using the power of their faces
combined with my art, I figured
would really be the first punch in
putting on a show of this nature.
Having come up with the con-
cept for the show in November
2007, Scharad is currently still in
production, and expects to be
working right up until Septem-
ber 1. So far only six persons have
been photographed, and he has
another 48 different concepts to
capture before the launch of the
Beyond the beauty of his work,
the artist is also looking to use
the exhibition to create a greater
awareness about a disorder that
impacts the sensory abilities of
those afflicted. Scharad has part-
nered with Bahamas Wisdom
Development Centre, a school
for autistic children, to give voice
to the often debilitating, and emo-
tionally agonizing condition. The
school is headed by Michelle

Wildgoose, who is trained in
teaching methods to help kids
with the disorder.
"I wanted [to support a charity]
that would relate to something
that I was doing as an artist. The
way an autistic child relates to life
is the way I see my photography -
because I deal with the sense.
Autism was a platform that
almost directly related to what I
was trying to photograph.
"When you look at an autistic
child they have different behav-
ioural patterns, some have speech
impediments, others have a diffi-
cult time being logical, they would
kind of live in a bubble, and the
only concern they have is what
goes on in that bubble. So what I
did is I took the celebrities and I
put them into bubbles and all of
the subjects have been pho-
tographed outside or exaggerated
or in a comical way."
To his credit, not only will part
of the proceeds from the exhibi-
tion be donated to the school, but
the school itself its teaching
methods really will be part of
the exhibition. The audience will
learn what autism is and how the
disorder can be treated in an
effort to strip away the shame
that often accompanies learning
disorders, and allow Bahamians
to understand that there are treat-
ment centres for children who
have behavioral disorders.
Scharad also points to a num-
ber of amazing sponsors, and per-
sons who have committed money
and products for the exhibition,
including Duncan's Imaging, the
Ministry of Tourism, John Bull,
British American, Wyndham
Nassau Resort, the Montaque
Group and the KhanAali Media
Group. Supporting sponsors are
Ballys, Airbrush Junkies Signa-
ture Styles and Obsessions Bou-
"People believe that I'm a
young Bahamian male produ.Lng
something that will not only
impact Bahamian culture, but the
mindset of Bahamian youth. One
of the things that I wish to give
light to is the fact that if you work
hard at something it doesn't
have to be a traditional occupa-
tion if you work hard at some-
thing, put passion and dedication
into it, it will pay off and that's
what I'm hoping Kinesis will do."
For more information on the
show e-mail thekinesis-
show2008@gmail.com and check
out the "mouthwatering" website -
www.thekinesis.com that fea-
tures behind the scenes pho-


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Happy Independence Bahamas

The management and staff of
Scotiabank extend best wishes to
The Bahamas on its 35th Anniversary
of Independence.

* Trademarks of The Bank of Nova Scotia. Trademarks used under license and control of The Bank of Nova Scotia.







T HIRTY-FIVE years after
independence, The
Bahamas continues to face press-
ing social issues, notably an alarm-
ing and depressing rise in crime.
Though the new government
was quick to organise a special con-
ference on crime late last year, no
firm strategy for tackling the crisis
had been revealed up to late June.
Since the beginning of 2008, vio-
lence has taken on worrying new
dimensions, with ghetto feuds
spilling over into tourist areas, pos-
ing a potent threat to the national
The fatal shooting of a schoolboy
in Bay Street early this year
marked a new low in the country's
crime. The stabbing death of
another student at Cabbage Beach
over a holiday weekend demon-
strated once again that violence is
no longer strictly a ghetto phe-
A third killing of a schoolboy
outside a busy Nassau superstore
complex showed yet again that
Known "danger zones" were not
the only places where innocents
could be attacked.
To make the point even more
emphatically, a New Jersey police-
man on vacation in Nassau was
shot during a botched robbery on
Cable Beach once again, right in
the heart of the tourist area.
Crime watchers like the Rev C B
Moss have said repeatedly that
Nassau's violent crime would not
remain an Over-the-Hill problem,
and that one day it would spill over
into middle-class neighborhoods.
Well, now his prophecies have
come to pass. His other fear -
that Nassau will be like Jamaica
or Trinidad in ten to 15 year, with
crime running out of control on
the streets may also become a
reality sooner than that. Nassau's
per capital murder rates one of
the world's highest, and there is
no sign yet of the trend abating.

TOMMY TURNQUEST: conceded that
crime was the single biggest issue
facing the FNM after its first full year
in power.

Bad though all this has been for
public morale, the murders that
really caught the imagination in
the last few months are those of
four homosexuals three of them
quite prominent citizens.
In November, 2007, handbag
designer Harl Taylor and COB
academic Dr Thaddeus McDon-
ald were found dead within two
days of each other, both brutally
These killings were followed in
the late spring of 2008 by the mur-
ders of AIDS activist Wellington
Adderley and Jamaican waiter
Marvin Wilson. Again, both were
butchered by a frenzied killer.
Observers were left concerned
about the police's apparent inabil-
ity to find the culprit or culprits.
By mid-June, the theory gaining
most traction was that a male pros-
titute was responsible for all the

REV C B MOSS: said that Nassau's
violent crime would not remain an
Over-the-Hill problem.

murders, probably motivated by
HIV transmission.
The backdrop to the killings was
an influential gay ring which critics
felt was thwarting police investi-
gations. Both Taylor and McDon-
ald were considered to be active
participants in this twilight world,
facilitating "rent boy" services for
prominent undercover bisexuals.
Such people in the political,
legal, law enforcement and church
fraternities have been accused of
exerting undue pressure on police
inquiries, fearing exposure in the
event of an arrest.
As 2008 neared its mid-point,
Minister of National Security Tom-
my Turnquest was conceding that
crime was the single biggest issue
facing the FNM after its first full
year in'power.
His disquiet must have been
exacerbated by growing public

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HARL TAYLOR: handbag designer
was found brutally slain.

concern over the quality of the
legal system, which sags under the
burden of an enormous case back-
Former police chief superinten-
dent Keith Bell added substance
to widespread concern by disclos-
ing that 100,000 unresolved cases
were in the system, 11,000 of them
criminal matters.
Meanwhile, a host of suspected
killers are on the loose, many of
them on bail because the court sys-
tem is unable to process them in a
timely manner.
The fact that several senior legal
figures including the president
of the Court of Appeal, Dame
Joan Sawyer have expressed
alarm over the worsening courts
crisis is the best possible indicator
of the gravity of the situation.
A profession well-known for
closing ranks in troubled times has

"With vigilante
justice already
a reality, and
citizens growing
frustrated by
in the justice
system, observers
warn that civil
unrest may lay
just around the

been forced to concede that all is
not well, and that something dras-
tic needs to be done if the courts
are to regain their authority.
With vigilante justice already a
reality, and citizens growing
increasingly frustrated by defi-
ciencies in the justice system,
observers warn that civil unrest
may lay just around the corner.
The Bahamas has made impres-
sive strides as an independent
nation, and has certainly buried
many of the misgivings prominent
among anti-independence factions
before 1973.
However, it would be danger-
ously complacent to suggest that
all is well on this, the nation's 35th
birthday. Social trends, particular-
ly in relation to behavioral stan-
dards, parenting and attitudes
towards family, are not encourag-
The Bahamas needs to get a grip
if it wants to arrest the slide. That
ought to be the government's
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police commissioner to become the
Bahamas high commissioner in London.
of crime, replaced Mr Farquharson as act-
ing police commissioner.
journalist, diplomat and politician, cele-
brated his 80th birthday while still working
as head of Bahamas Information Services.
LEANDRA ESFAKIS, Nassau attor-
ney, successfully campaigned for an inquest
into her brother Christopher's tragic death.
began a series of Election Court challenges

which have only just been concluded more
than a year after the 2007 general election.
KENYATTA GIBSON, independent
MP, hit the headlines three times by quit-
ting the PLP, running his SUV through a
chainlink fence and having a police com-
plaint lodged against him (later withdrawn)
following a row with his girlfriend.
KIMBO SLICE (real name Kevin Fer-
guson), a Bahamian-born mixed martial
arts exponent. raised his sport's profile by
winning major fight on American prime-
time TV.
RUBIE NOTTAGE was appointed a
Supreme Court judge, despite protests, after
the US claimed there were outstanding

charges against her.
LESLIE MILLER, former Cabinet min-
ister, cried out for justice for his son Mario
- brutally murdered six years ago claim-
ing certain people were being protected
because of their connections.
DANIEL WILLIAMS, road crash vic-
tim, still awaits enforcement of a $900,000
Supreme Court judgment in his favour.
SIOBHAN REILLY, victim of alleged
medical negligence, awaits $211,000 pay-
out after the case went to appeal.
yet again in their six-year campaign for jus-
tice against the Baptist education authori-

ties, aim for the Privy Council.

tied the knot on Paradise Island in the pres-
ence of two former US presidents and a
host of celebrities. *
SHANE GIBSON, former Cabinet min-
ister, threatened to name and shame some
FNM parliamentarians for alleged 'sweet-
DANIEL SMITH, late son of Anna
Nicole Smith, was found by a Nassau
inquest to have died from drug use.
PAUL POAD, noted family doctor in
Nassau for many years before his retire-
ment, died in England.

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T'S been another whirl-
wind of activities for the
Bahamas since the last Inde-
pendence celebrations.
Perhaps the biggest came in
the courts where the Bahamas
Olympic Association found
itself battling out its election
Even after the Rev. Enoch
Backford was voted in as the
new president, immediate past
president Sir Arlington Butler
refused to step down.
He has gone to the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee and
the Pan American Sports Orga-
nization to have them intervene
in the long and drawn out saga.
Yet, with the Olympic Games
approaching next month, Back-
ford and his newly elected offi-
cers have been functioning as
they should, ensuring that the
Bahamas is fully represented in
Beijing, China.
While the BOA dilemma has
taken the spotlight, just about
every sport has had its share of
controversies amidst its suc-
cesses over the past year.
After seeing a slight decline
in the sport, De'Vince Smith
came on board as the new pres-
ident of the New Providence
Volleyball Association in Sep-

He said he was determined
to get the sport back to its level
of prominence and after their
first full season under his ban-
ner, it seemed as if they are
headed in the right direction.
The federation, meantime, is
preparing his national men and
women's teams to compete in
the Caribbean Volleyball
Championships this month.
Last year's Independence cel-
ebrations started with Derrick
Atkins winning the 100 metres
at the Athletissima in Lausanne.
But in August, Atkins had to
go through his tribulations with
the BAAA after he skipped the
Pan American Games in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil because of an
Atkins, however, shook it off.
as he showed up at the IAAF
World Championships in Osa-
ka, Japan in fine form in
August, winning the silver
medal in the 100 behind Amer-
ican Tyson Gay and just ahead
of Jamaican Asafa Powell.
Despite his performance,
Donald Thomas emerged as the
"cream of the crop" when he
soared over the men's high
jump bar for the championship
title, improving on the silver
medal he claimed at Pan Am.
Also at the championships,
the Bahamas had two finalists in

the men's 400, but unfortunately,
things didn't turn out as well as
expected for top contender Chris
'Bay' Brown as he faded down
the home stretch into fourth
place behind the American
sweep led by Jeremy Wariner.
The biggest story was the dis-
appearance of Tonique
Williams-Darling, who declined
to show up in Osaka to defend
her title.
Since then, Williams-Darling
has vanished from the public's
eyes, refusing to comment on
her condition and her partici-
She has not run in any meets
for the year and doesn't seemed
to be prepared to be a part of
the national team that will com-
pete in Beijing next month.
The Bahamas had a golden
opportunity to continue its
climb back up the ladder in the
men's Davis Cup play.
But in the second round of
the American Zone II, the
Bahamas ran into a well-bal-
anced Paraguay team that
pulled off a 4-1.decision in April
at the National Tennis Centre.
Although the team led by
Devin Mullings and including
Mark Knowles lost, the
Bahamas will remain in zone II
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next year by virtue of winning
its first round over Venezuela in
February at the same venue.
Over the past year, Knowles
also broke up with his long-time
partner Daniel Nestor from
Canada and joined forces with
Mahesh Bhupathi from India.
The duo opened the year
with a semifinal appearance at
the Australian Open in Janu-
ary, but didn't win until Febru-
ary when they captured the
back-to-back Memphis and
Dubai titles and came close to
duplicating the feat in Miami in
March and Monte Carlo in
The splash in the pool for the
Bahamas Swimming Federation
came this year as the first
female swimmers qualified for
the Olympic Games.
While Jeremy Knowles con-
tinued to do his thing.on his way
to his multiple qualification,
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace
broke the ice when she did her
qualifying mark in the 100
metre freestyle at the Missouri
Grand Prix in February.
Three months later, Alana
Dillette booked her ticket to
Beijing when she joined
Knowles and Vanderpool-Wal-
lace at the Ohio State Grand
Prix in the 100 backstroke.
The federation is still look-
ing for a few more qualifiers,
including a historic first for a
relay team.



THE Bahamas men's nation-
al soccer team was on a roll as it
marched through the 2010
World Cup qualifier.
After getting past the British
Virgin Islands in the two home-
and-away games at the Nation-
al Developmental Centre in
March, the team had to travel
on the road for their two match-
es against the Reggae Boyz in
The results were definitely
not what anybody expected as
the team was shut out 7-0 and 6-
0 last month and was denied the
opportunity to move on until
they try again in four years.
THE Bahamas Softball Fed-
eration missed out on its
chances to travel to compete
in any international tourna-
But in October at the Inter-
national Softball Federation's
23rd Congress in Manila, the
Philippines, four more Bahami-
ans were elected to the presti-
gious Hall of Eame.
They included players
Richard 'the Lion 'Heart' John-

son and Candice Culmer,
along with manager Godfrey
'Gully' Pinder and administra-
tor Austin 'King Snake'
Just before that trip, the Elec-
tro Telecom Wildcats and the
D's Truckers captured the
BSF's ladies and men's nation-
al crowns over their Family
Island rivals at the Baillou Hills
Sports Complex.
The softball fraternity, how-
ever, is still waiting on news
about the construction of their
new national stadium.
THE CR Walker Knights
were the shining armours of
high school sports, winning just
about every title up for grabs
in the Government Secondary
-School Sports Association.
The association, however,
had its share of turmoil and
despite some disgruntled mem-
bers over the manner in which
she operated, Edna Forbes was
returned as president.
On the Bahamas Association
of Independent Schools Sports,
the various titles were spread
around, but the key one was the

20th straight crown St.
Augustine's College claimed in
track and field in April.
THE Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion seemed to have lost some
of its luster in the eyes of the
public as not many of their
events were published by the
With a change in leadership, a
lot of restructuring took place
and the tournaments were far
and few in between.
But from the majority of
those contested, including the
recent national trials for the
Caribbean Amateur Golf
Championships in June, the
juniors took more of the spot-
THE Orray J. Sands Pros
defied the odds and emerged
once again as the champions of
the Commonwealth American
Football League.
But the biggest news came
off the field in March when
Devard Darling was traded
from the Baltimore Ravens to
the Kansas City Chiefs.
The financial terms were not
released, but the trade came
after Darling had his most pro-
ductive season in his four years
as the second Bahamian to play
in the National Football
THE Bafamas Association
of Athletic Associations took a

64-member team to the Carifta
Track and Field Championships
in St. Kitts and Nevis in March
and they returned home with
three records and a total of 22
medals, inclusive of eight gold,
four silver and 10 bronze.
Highlighting the Bahamas'
performance was the under-20
girls' 4 x 100 relay team of
Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson, Krys-
tal Bodie, Cache Armbrister
and Nivea Smith.
Other record breaking per-
formances from Nejmi Burn-
side in the under-17 boys 400
and Aaron Wilmore in the
under-17 boys 100 hurdles.
THE Bahamas Cricket Asso-
ciation selected what coach
Gary Brathwaite considered to
be a solid team for the Stanford
20/20 Tournament that was
played in Antigua in February.
However, the team got a bye
in the first round and ended up
playing Jamaica in the second
round. But for the second time
in two years, the journey was a
short one.
The association took another
step forward when it moved its
regular season games from
Haynes Oval to the Windsor
playing field, only to have a
match halted in May because
of a brawl between the two par-
ticipating teams.
WHILE Jermaine 'Choo
Choo' Mackey took his show
on the road, suffering, a tough

loss in August, a confident
Elkena 'the Punisher' Saunders
became the latest Bahamian
international champion.
Fighting for the vacant World
Boxing Association's FEDE-
Caribe middleweight title, Saun-
ders took advantage of his
height to use his jab effectively
to stave off a late challenge
from Floyd 'the Blade' Trumpet
from Trinidad & Tobago to win
on points.
In another decision on points,
Mackey fought at the Max
Schmeling Halle in Prenzlauer
Berg, Berlin, Germany and lost
to hometown favourite Kerow
Mackey eventually got a shot
at the British Commonwealth
title, but. each time the fight was
set, it was called off because of
some type of problem to his
But while he waited for the
title fight to come around,
Mackey took on Jeremy 'Car-
olina Kid' Yelton and he was
stunned with a first round
knockout before he went to
win the fight in a two-round
On the professional scene,
Taureano 'Reno' Johnson
became the first Bahamian to
qualify for the Olympic Games
since Grand Bahamian Floyd
Seymour and Arlington
Thompson did it in 1992.
But Johnson will be the first
to compete if he travels to Bei-
jing, China in.August since his
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IFTY years after the
Haitian diaspora began,
illegal immigration from that
benighted land continues to have
a resounding impact on Bahami-
an life.
When refugees from Franqois
Duvalier's cruel regime first
turned up on our shores in the
late 1950s, locals believed they
were witnessing, at worst, a tem-
porary phenomenon.
In those days, immigrants
were seeking jobs any jobs
that would keep body and
soul together.
They were happy to take on
the yard work that Bahamians
sneered at.
Gradually, Haitian gardeners
in their familiar crouched posi-
tion became part of Nassau sub-
urban life, offering a good work
ethic in return for modest finan-
cial rewards.
In fact, the Haitian refugee
problem has continued more or
less unabated since then, infil-
trating the culture to such an
extent that many observers now
fear wholesale "creolisation" of
Bahamian society over the next
w,. twor three decades.
Haiti's continuing unrest -
Sthe instability of its political envi-
ronment, and the dire state of
its economy continues to pro-

pel desperate people towards
our shores, and nothing hap-
pening there now offers any
prospect of improvement any-
time soon.
As recently as June this year,
US deputy chief of mission
David Elmo was calling for co-
operation from comrades in the
Bahamas and Turks and Caicos
Islands to help move forward
draft legislation on wooden-
hulled sloops potentially traf-
ficking drugs and guns.
New US ambassador in Nas-
sau Ned Siegel, with support
from President George W Bush,
regards such a law as a top pri-
ority item in the fight against
cocaine trafficking through the
In fact, the US's growing con-
cern reflects the changed nature
of the Haitian immigrant prob-
lem over the years.
In Duvalier's day, Haitians
were escaping political intimi-
dation and general poverty.
Most were from the northern
rural areas of Haiti and saw the
Bahamas as stepping stones to a
better life.
Since the downfall of the
Duvaliers in the mid-1980s, sloop
traffic heading northwards from
Haiti has undergone a gradual
Ruthless boat captains -

many of them Bahamians -
have capitalised on people's des-
peration and found rich pickings
among the poor, charging
refugees $2,000 or $3,000 per
person for an uncertain dash to
. To boost earnings per trip,
drugs have been loaded along-
side human cargo as Haiti has
become the prime cocaine trans-
shipment point for the
Hence, the sloops from Haiti's
northern shores nowadays have
a more sinister intent than their
predecessors of 40 or 50 years
What we now have entering
the Bahamas are not merely
Haiti's poor peasantry, but a
ruthless urban criminal element
who are heavily involved in
drugs and arms trafficking.
Hence, the "Haitian Problem"
is no longer about peasant work-
ers establishing themselves at
the bottom of the Bahamian
economic pile, it's about gang-
sters full of criminal intent who
are inveigling their way into the
ghettoes and bringing alarming
new dimensions to the local
crime scene.
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ping" with cutlasses is a Haitian phe-
nomenon. Nor is there any doubt that
the powerful gang network called
Zopound is striking fear into over-the-
hill communities.
Anyone who believes that the immi-
grants have no impact on Bahamas
crime is living in a fantasy land and
probably suffering severe mental
impairment to boot.
Concern about the Haitian impact
on crime was articulated only a few
weeks ago by Bishop Simeon Hall of
New Covenant Baptist Church.
He urged tough action against Hait-
ian lawbreakers, saying they must not be
allowed to believe they are back in their
"God forsaken" homeland.
Bishop Hall accused some Haitians of
importing guns and drugs into the
Bahamas and of showing ingratitude
towards their Bahamian hosts.
Haitians, in turn, accused police of
adopting anti-Haitian attitudes and of
behaving inappropriately towards immi-
grant families.
The bishop's words reflect a deepen-
ing concern created by fundamental
lifestyle differences between Bahamians
and Haitians.
Whatever the shortcomings of British
colonialism, it at least gave the Bahamas
a legal and governmental framework
which has served as a civilising influ-
ence for more than three centuries.
That framework remains in place
today, offering Bahamians a potential
refuge from chaos and disorder.
Haitians, on the other hand, come
from a society with no governmental
framework at all, having won its libera-
tion from a country France that
was itself living under a rampaging dic-
tator at the time.
Bishop Hall said: "The fact that some
Haitians are engaging in the importation
of guns and drugs into the Bahamas
show clearly how ungrateful some of
them can be.
"Haitians are an awkward group to
work with, in that they seem to think
any kindness extended to them is their
"The growing disregard for law and
order by some Haitians must be met
with a strong response from the author-
ities, lest these people come to think'

they are' in that God-forsaken place,
known for centuries of disorder, may-
hem and national chaos."
Differences also run to domestic life.
Haitian peasants are used to living in
makeshift shacks with no sanitary
They believe a house is something
you erect from boxwood and corrugat-
ed iron over a weekend not some-
thing you spend the rest of your life
paying for.
Inevitably this has led to tension in
areas like Joe Farrington Road, Nas-
sau, and The Mud in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, where Bahamian and Haitian
lifestyles sit cheek by jowl.
Relatively bourgeois Bahamians can't
understand why they should be made to
live alongside people whose lives have
more in common with 19th century
Africa than 21st century Nassau.
Gradually, some long-term Haitian
residents are assimilating into local life.
Others stand defiantly outside it. Mutu-
al resentment is inevitable.
Locals living next to the Joe Farring-
ton Road settlement have complained
endlessly about fires on the site. They
believe that Haitians burn their dead
on makeshift pyres.
The government has denied this, but
nothing has been done to quell local
Bahamians living near the site believe
their own standards are being savagely
undermined by an alien culture.
In religious terms, Haitians bear sim-
ilarities to Bahamians in that many are
devout Christians, mainly Roman
But belief in the supernatural via
voodoo and obeah are also prevalent,
giving rise to rituals transported from
Africa on the slave ships 300 years ago.
The blood rites of voodoo, the "fix-
ing" of rivals, do not sit well among
those who like to feel they have
advanced fully into western civilisation.
If all these considerations give rise
to disquiet, so, too, do the human
tragedies that accompany the trafficking
Many times in recent years, horrific
stories have emerged of sloops over-
turning in heavy seas, of traffickers forc-
ing non-swimmers to jump ship hun-
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of what they regarded as the promised
In fact, the human toll of the Haitian
trafficking business is incalculable. By its
very nature, the trade is bereft of
records: nothing is committed to paper
for fear of incrimination.
Hence, the true scale of the continu-
ing horror has to remain the subject of
All we know is that the toll is consid-
erable, and that ordinary Haitians are
the victims, their bodies washed ashore
or eaten by sharks.
In May this year, The Tribune report-
ed that US police were seeking two
Bahamian men who were part of a
smuggling ring launched in 2005 to cash
in on the Haitian refugee trade.
They were accused of the deaths of 30
Haitians sent overboard off the Florida
Each of these people, according to
press sources, paid $3,500 for what was
supposed to be a voyage to freedom in
the United States.
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Some Haitians have, of course, added
colour, vibrancy and vigour to the
Bahamian scene.
As a group, they are noted for hard
work, strong family values, and a cul-
tural tradition that mixes African and
European influences with often dra-
matic effect.
The best of them are gentle folk with
no ambition beyond being able to live a
peaceful life.
But the presence of a growing alien
culture undoubtedly has enormous ram-
ifications for the future of the Bahamas.
At a recent town meeting in Exuma.
Haitian immigration topped the list of
local concerns.
Minister of National Security Tommy
Turnquest and law enforcement offi-
cials got a first-hand look at immigrants
squatting in the bush.
In Abaco, many fear that Haitians
already outnumber Bahamians, with
many settlers erecting makeshift com-
munities in the pine barrens.
In Nassau itself, the Haitian strain is
seen running quite distinctly through
local crime statistics.

However, the scale of the problem
has been allowed to develop largely
because of the ambivalence of Bahami-
ans towards their black brothers from
the south.
Local employers have often encour-
aged Haitians because they offer reli-
able labour for a relatively low cost.
For years now, these considerations
have been allowed to over-ride what is
becoming an unacceptable reality: that
the Bahamas might soon be a Creole-
speaking nation in which the original
native inhabitants become a minority.
If that happens, it is unrealistic to
expect the incomes to embrace the
laws of the hosts.
Ultimately, Haitian culture will pre-
vail, with possibly horrific consequences.
If the Bahamas becomes an annexe of
Haiti, a country which has been politi-
cally dysfunctional for more than 200
years, there will be little to cheer about.
As the Bahamas celebrates its 35th
birthday as an independent nation, Hait-
ian immigration remains right at the
top of its list of troubles, with a growing
crime rate closely aligned with the con-
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SHANE GIBSON: You would expect
the former immigration and housing minis-
ter to keep quiet about the Anna Nicole
Smith affair, but he seems intent on keeping
it before the public eye.
Still smouldering from the indignity of
being pictured with the late cover girl on
The Tribune's front page, Gibson is now
threatening to expose the love lives of FNM
Defying pleas from his own party col-
leagues, Gibson has compiled an alleged
FNM 'List of Shame' naming parliamen-
tarians and their 'sweeties'.
However, this list has yet to see the light
of day and the smart money is on the Speak-
er refusing to allow it to be tabled in the
House of Assembly.

It's been a bad
year all round for
the political Gib-
sons. Alyson May-
nard-Gibson lost I
her parliamentary
seat in the 2007
election, Shane .
Gibson helped .'
bring down the
PLP government
with the Anna
Nicole scandal, and Kenyatta Gibson (who

left the PLP to become an independent)
continued to live chaotically.
Following on from his involvement in the
infamous Cabinet Room brawl, Kenyatta
Gibson lost control of his SUV and drove
straight through a chainlink fence on East
Bay Street, then got mixed up in an incident
with his girlfriend which led to a police com-
plaint that was later withdrawn.
Since taking that drop-kick from kung fu
fighter Keod Smith, Kenyatta has never
been quite the same man.
He is said to be pondering lifestyle

deputy prime minister under the late Sir
Lynden Pindling, covered his political life in
the first volume of his autobiography.
Among other things, the book describes the
origins of the "All for me, baby" quote
which has haunted him and other former
senior PLPs for many years.
Critics felt Sir Clement's work was
less self-serving than most political mem-
It certainly gave some interesting insights
into politics before and after 1967, and will
stand as a valuable'contribution to modern
Bahamian history, though some of his rec-
ollections have already been challenged by
former opponents.

Former PLP
chairman Raynard
Rigby was the first
to come out
strongly against
the continuing
leadership of Per-
ry Christie. .i
He believes the
party would be
foolish to face the
2012 election
under the same leader, who managed to
lose in 2007 despite a buoyant economy.
Rigby's outspokenness has helped
towards his political rehabilitation following
his calamitous threats to the press two years
ago, when he was slapped down so brutally
by The Tribune that he seemed to disap-
pear temporarily from the public scene.
Former Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
combe and former Health Minister Dr
Bernard Nottage remain favourites to suc-
ceed Christie, but their admirers warn that
the ex-PM will become more entrenched
in his position with every month that passes.
An outside bet for the leadership is Frank
Smith, son-in-law of PLP moneyman
Franklyn Wilson, though when that prospect
was discussed in The Tribune's INSIGHT
section, scorn poured forth from all quarters.
Rank outsider Fred Mitchell listed at
100-1 in a Tribune poll is now seen as

having no chance of fulfilling his prime min-
isterial dreams.
Having failed as Minister of Foreign
Affairs, and having changed allegiance so
often on a roller-coaster ride of oppor-
tunistic posturing, Mr Mitchell is now seen
as a yesterday's man with no tomorrow.
Mr Christie himself has managed to stave
off calls for his head, using the election court
challenges to extend his tenure and fudge
the reality of the PLP's defeat.
However, now that the FNM is bedding in
for the long haul, he can expect his leader-
ship rivals to declare themselves in time for
the 2012 poll.

Former police chief superintendent
Keith Bell caused ructions by declaring what
Tribune readers already knew that the
Bahamas judicial process is in an unholy
Bell's comments, made at a public forum,
were nonetheless significant because he was
the first top cop (ex top cop, to be precise)
to really give the lowdown on the unpalat-
able reality.
Having just left the police to go into the
private sector, Bell was emboldened to
expose detailed evidence of the courts'
depressingly long case backlog and call for
urgent action to retrieve a nightmarish sit-

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tunately, one of the biggest over the past
year was the kind no-one really wants to
The collapse of Baha Mar's $2.6 billion
plans for Cable Beach was the biggest eco-
nomic jolt of 2007-2008, scuppering prospects
of hundreds of new jobs and leaving the
developers in a quandary.
The withdrawal of Harrah Entertainmen-
t's financial commitment to the casino resort
scheme left Baha Mar itself with the daunt-
ing prospect of finding another investment
With the US economy on the slide, the


dollar tottering, and food and oil prices rock-
eting, finding such a creature was never going
to be easy. This was not an environment for
rash, or even merely adventurous, gestures.
Worldwide, the emphasis is now on belt-
tightening, and the Cable Beach project
seemed destined to become a victim.
For locals, the Baha Mar debacle left the
Cable Beach strip sadly denuded, not only of
the popular Sbarro and Johnny Canoe
restaurants, but also the popular Nassau
Beach Hotel, a feature of the area for near-
ly half a century,
The Nassau Beach, once THE hotel of
Nassau, is now closed. Several small inde-
pendently-owned businesses closed with it.
The flagging US economy was also behind


the shelving, by Kerzner, of the Hurricane
Hole Plaza redevelopment scheme.
The original idea was to build luxury con-
dos on the site of the plaza's shops and
Instead, an open grass area will now be
laid, at least until financial prospects look
Sadly, several good local businesses -
including the popular News Cafe and its sis-
ter eatery Gigi's fell victim to the plaza
Fifty-seven jobs were lost at the restau-
rants alone.
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of Joe Lewis, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
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Providence, where a new gated resort is
expected to create hundreds of jobs.
Lavish condos, a large marina and a fine
18-hole golf course are incorporated into an-
upscale community in which a fantastic pent-
house is for sale at $42 million.
Albany is looking for "nice" people with
the wherewithal to invest in its splendid
resort. Lively interest is anticipated.
Environmentalists fear severe beach ero-
sion, while locals have protested about the
proposed re-routing of the coast road, but
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bour Island has now appeared after seven
long years of writing and research by
authors Jim and Anne Lawlor.
With copious notes and references, the
book The Harbour Island Story is
likely to be viewed as the closest there will
ever be to a definitive work on the subject.
This was a labour of love in every sense.
For the book completes a project first
begun by Anne Lawlor's father, the late
Dr Paul Albury, who combined dentistry
with his work as an amateur historian.
Anyone with an interest in 'Briland -
and especially those born and bred there -
will find much to inform and entertain them
in this solidly compiled work.
From its days as a pirates' hideout,
through its settlement by loyalists fleeing
the American Revolution, right up to its
bustling present as a successful upscale
resort, 'Briland's history is traced with care
and commitment in this attractively pre-
sented volume.
ANDROS, the biggest and in many
ways most mysterious of the Bahama
islands, featured in a book by Cynthia Fer-
guson Fowler, who grew up there between
the 1940s and 1960s.
Its title, Life on the Lumber Farm, The
Forgotten Industry of The Bahamas, indi-
cates the extent to which Andros's natural
resources have remained unexploited over
recent years.
Once it boasted sisal, sponging, oil and
lumbering industries, charcoal manufac-
turing as well as handicrafts and fishing to
keep its inhabitants busy.
It was also home to the world's biggest
cucumber farm and, incidentally, a man
who would one day play an unenviable role
in British history, as the prime minister
who tried to appease Adolf Hitler and paid

the price.
Neville Chamberlain
(pictured) spent some of
his younger days on
Andros pursuing his fam-
ily's sisal interests. Like
Munich much later,
Andros had few happy
associations for him but

he is still remembered among older
islanders, who were told of his exploits by
their parents and grandparents.
Ms Fowler's book is short only 72
pages but captures the spirit of Andros
well, and is a worthwhile contribution to

island history as well as a testimonial to
the virtues of the simple life.
THE almost forgotten, but eternally
fascinating, case of David Knox the
Bahamas director of information charged
with spying in Haiti in 1968 was revived
in a book published at the end of 2007.
Papa Doc: Portrait of a Haitian Tyrant by
John Marquis used the Knox case as the
basis of a story aimed primarily at exposing
the evil of the Franqois Duvalier regime
between 1957 and 1971.
The book was well-received, even by
Haitians eager to know more about the
recent turbulent political history of their
own country.
Having met Duvalier face-to-face, the
author was well-placed to offer a personal
perspective, and this was seen as one of
the book's most appealing aspects.
SIR Clement Maynard (pictured), one
of the stalwarts of the Pindling regime,
offered a highly personal view of modern
political history in his
book, Put on More
It covers the pre- and
post-1967 eras and
explores the dynamics
behind the radical move-
ment which evolved dur-
ing the 1950s and even-
tually unseated the white merchant clique
known as the Bay Street Boys.
Sir Clement's book explores the divisions
that quickly developed in the PLP following
the 1967 election, and the machinations
behind the scenes that led ultimately to the
defection of the Dissident Eight.
Most important of all, though, is his laud-
able personal mission to disprove the extra-
ordinary findings of the notorious UBP-
commissioned Peter Knaur Report, which
claimed that blacks "lacked the talent and
confidence" to govern.
"I thought he should be proven wrong
and I concentrated some effort to do so," he
said, heralding the subsequent change of
power as "a bright new dawn for the under-
In a review of the book, The Tribune
said: "Like most political memoirs, this
book is at least twice as long as it needs to
be, but it is less self-serving than most and
adds much detail to well-publicised events
that historians of the future will find irre-
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The Tribune's Woman section created a stir
among Bahamians in 2008 with its Ageless Beau-
ty Campaign. Bahamian women, age fifty plus,
were invited to share their beauty secrets and
timeless wisdom for maintaining both inner and
external beauty.
Emerging as the winners of the fabulous at
any age campaign was Sophie Cason (59), who
was crowned the Silver Fox for a healthy head of
silver tresses; Victoria Same (68), who was
crowned Body Beautiful for being slim, trim and
in fabulous shape, and Frances Young-Doyle
(58) who was crowned The Athlete for her
commitment to all things athletic and sporty.
She is a diver, swim instructor, equestrian, a boat
captain/mechanic, and...she bikes.
Another fabulous beauty, 21-year-old Tinnyse
Johnson captured the
Miss Bahamas World
Moving beyond
beauty, May 2008
marked the 80th
anniversary of the Inter-
American Commission
on Women, an orgahi- an
station that has con-
tributed a great deal to
the rights of women in
the Bahamas.
In 1928, women from
the Americas travelled to
Havana, Cuba to demand they be allowed to
participate in the sixth International Conference
of American States, and that the members of
the Conference ratify an Equal Rights Treaty.
While the treaty was not ratified, the decision
was taken to create the Inter-American Com-
mission of Women (CIM) and to charge it with
conducting a study of the legal status of women in
the Americas, which would be presented to the
next International Conference of the American
Bahamian women also celebrated 45 years of
the Women's Suffrage Movement in 2007 and
Tribune Woman looked at some of the issues
still facing women in this country. Attorney Mar-
ion Bethel noted that among the issues still to be
tackled, Bahamian women needed to move into
positions of real power, taking on the mantle of
power brokers and decision makers.
Other stories that emerged for women includ-
ed the cost of being beautiful, which looked at
how much women were willing to spend on keep-
ing themselves looking good, the issue of female
friendships, and the full-figured, confident beau-
ty. And with the rise in crime, Bahamian Woman
also looked at the lives of men, and what
issues/factors were affecting them.
Also making headlines was a new woman's
group, Kingdom Women in Business (KWIB),
that looked to open new doors for Christian
women in business. Led by attorney Melisa Hall,
the group provides opportunities for networking,
and also provides inspirational and educational
A first for Bahamian television, former Tribune
Features Writer Regina Whylly launched a new
show on ZNS 'The Whole Woman'. The show
was gearedtowards informing, educating, encour-,
aging and uplifting women.



Perhaps the biggest health story to emerge in
2008, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, during
the 2008 budget debate, informed Bahamians
that the Government is set to institute a cata-
strophic health insurance scheme and drug plan.
He also said that with the sale of the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company, the Government
planned to use some of the proceeds to construct
a new, and long awaited, hospital.
The everyday health of Bahamians remained at
the forefront during 2007/2008. Keeping our bod-
ies fit by adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes
proper exercise and healthy eating habits that is
more servings of fruit and vegetables and reduc-
ing the amount of sugar and fats.
Minister of Health and Social Development
Hubert Minnis also encouraged the fight against
obesity, as more and more Bahamians were find-
ing themselves suffering from chronic diseases
like diabetes and highblood pressure.
Unafraid to share his story, Marcquel Bethel
opened up to readers about his extraordinary
efforts to lose weight. After coming in at just
over 500 pounds, Marcquel made the decision to
have gastric bypass surgery and by January 2008,
he had lost a whopping 214 pounds.
For Marcquel, a sales executive at The Tri-
bune, the significant weight loss continues to pro-
vide a different outlook on life and has opened up
a world of new opportunities for a man who was
always conscious of the limitations his weight
placed on him.
News also emerged on other illness. Vincanna
Godet Harvey .shared her struggle with
fibromyalgia (FMS), a chronic condition char-
acterized by widespread pain in muscles, liga-
ments and tendons. Individuals with fibromyalgia
also experience fatigue and multiple tender
The B1ahmian arts community suffered a trag-
ic loss in thie person of Vincent D'Aguilar, own-
er of the world's most extensive privately held
collection of Bahamian art, in February 2008. A
longtime patron of the arts, Mr D'Aguilar was
both a supporter and inspiration to artists and the
* country's arts community.
As a memorial to their loved one, the

;Ia j D'Aguilar family estab-
lished the D'Aguilar Art
Foundation and the Glob-
-, al Discovery Programme,
i ..-in an effort to continue to
S. support the visual arts in
,, fthe Bahamas as Mr
D'Aguilar did in his life-
Part of the Founda-
tion's aim is to'create a
permanent home on Vir-
ginia Street to house his collection, which dates as
far back as the 1970s. The foundation will also
provide deserving young Bahamian art students
at the tertiary level with an opportunity to visit
museums and galleries abroad.
A businessman and entrepreneur who died in
February at age 75, D'Aguilar is credited with
making it possible for Bahamian artists to be
serious, disciplined and dedicated to their craft by
investing in their work and offering criticism and
Art continued to play a vital role in Bahamian
society as evidenced by the growing number of
spaces dedicated to the arts.
Several new galleries opened in the Bahamian
market in 2007/2008. Bahama Art and Handi-
craft opened on Shirley Street, also opening was
Anthaya's Gallery, West Bay Street, whose vision
is to give established and up and coming Bahami-
an artists, and artists throughout the Caribbean
and the wider world, the opportunity to show
Among the more exciting spots to open was
The Hub, Bay Street, which is described as a
unique, collaborative space where ideas and
resources are shared across disciplines.
Stirring up some controversy late last year,
the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas hosted
a Youth Workshop, led by artist Allan Wallace,
that resulted in a graffiti-inspired mural along
the museum's outer walls.
The gallery fielded a number of questions con-
cerning what the mural might symbolize or gen-
erate, especially in view of the fact that many
Nassau businesses have had the unhappy expe-
rience of having to clean their buildings after
"artists" tagged their property.
Among those exhibiting work this year,
Maxwell Taylor emerged once again as one of the

country's preeminent artists with his first solo
exhibition in more than a decade in, "The Other
Side" at Popopstudios: Centre for Visual Arts,
during the Transforming Spaces Annual Tour.
Maintaining his presence in the country's art
scene, Antonius Roberts celebrated a 'milestone'
birthday with the unveiling of a new exhibition -
Sculpture Pointe on permanent display at
Junkanoo Beach Club in Grand Bahama. The
tall, carved monuments
stand proudly on either
side of the pathway
entrance into the Club.
Roberts said the exhi-
bition marks the initial
steps of his Grand .
Bahama journey, "which
is symbolized by the sys-
tematic removal and
transformation of the
remains of Casuarinas lin-
ing the picturesque Taino Beach, that were
uprooted during the hurricane season of 2004."
Reflecting his international appeal, Roberts
was also invited to showcase his work at the
Caribbean Summer Festival in Germany, and to
participate in the Changchun International Sculp-
ture Conference in China.
Both Taylor and Roberts were part of the
Transforming Spaces Annual Tour. The tour
included eleven stops and featured more than a
dozen artists.
Galleries on the tour included:
New Providence Art and Antiques Kishan
Munroe and Allan Wallace
Third Eye Gallery Paulette Mortimer
Popopstudios Kim Riedel, Kendal Hanna,
Toby Lunn, Marie Dupuch and John Cox
Sine.Qua.Non Gallery Samantha Sara
The Hub, where Jonathan Murray, Holly
Parotti, Lynn Parotti, Jackson Petit, Arjun Wat-
son, Margot Bethel and Kareem Mortimer show-
cased their work.
K Smith Art Studio, where students revealed
their artists efforts.

Also on the tour were:
Doongalik Studios Jackson Burnside
Stingrae Studios, home of the artist Malcolm
Rae, featured art by Rae and artists like Roland
Jessica's Tile Works showcased work by
owner, Jessica Colebrooke; Imogene Walkine,
Mary Deveaux, Neko Meicholas and Andret
John and Daniel Bastian of Abilities Unlimited at
St Alban's Drive.
The Ladder Gallery featured Lemero Wright,
Arjuna Watson, Sabrina Lightbourn, Del Foxton,
Lavar Munroe and Jan Elliot.
Post House Studio and Gallery
Following news of a devastating food crisis in
Haiti, artist Chantal Bethel revealed that nei-
ther time nor distance could remove her from her
'origins, and her work reflected her continuing
dialogue about her birthplace and an ongoing
commitment to give voice to a people often aban-
doned to the darkness of an unforgiving ocean.
Other Haitian-born artists that rose to the top
in the Bahamas art scene in 2007/2008 were
brothers Bernard and Jackson Petit and photog-
rapher Antoine Ferrier
Other highlights included the Conference on,
SEE page 21

J RBC Royal Bank of Canada celebrates its 100th Anniversary on November 2nd, 2008, of working side by side
with Bahamians to build a better Bahamas. This is a very historic and important milestone for RBC and an
achievement unmatched by any other financial institution in the history of banking in The Bahamas.

RBC Royal Bank of Canada and RBC FINCO have been privileged to grow and partner with generations of
Bahamians helping them to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Mk' have helped to build communities
through corporate sponsorships and donathns for nearly 100 years. We are proud to see Bahamians succeed
and for the opportunity to be part of the creation of a modern and successful Bahamas.

RBC congratulates The Bahamas on its

35th Anniversary of Independence.



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OVER the years, The Tribune's Inde-
pendence supplements have tracked the
fortunes of the nation, offering insights
into Bahamian life from one anniversary to
the next.
Trawling through the files, it's interesting
to see how some hopes for the new nation
came to fruition, and how
others were dashed on the
rocks of history. .
Take, for instance, this
comment by writer Nicki
Kelly (pictured) from The
Tribune's files for 1975:
"The two years since inde-
pendence have seen a signif-
icant turnabout in grassroots loyalty to the
governing Progressive Liberal Party.
"Rising unemployment, an upsurge in
crime, disillusionment among the young,'
the alienation of organised labour and
widespread corruption at the higher levels
have contributed to the general disen-
chantment with the PLP.

"The government's response has been
to blame the nation's economic woes on
world conditions, which it claims have pre-
cipitated recession at home.
"At the root, however, is a sociological
phenomenon that has portentous implica-
tions for the future.
"With the second highest growth rate in
the hemisphere, more than two-thirds of
the Bahamian population is under 30. In
the past 20 years the population has more
than doubled to nearly 200,000 and is
expected to double again to 400,000 in the
next 15 years."
In fact, that final projection turned out to
be wrong, for the Bahamas' population in
2008 33 years on stands at around
330,000, 70,000 short of that 1990 target.
In most respects, however, Ms Kelly's
article sounds eerily familiar to those who
follow modern politics.
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Referring to the PLP's convention
slogan of 1974 "Steadfast with sta-
bility" she remarked:
"Events at the convention revealed
all too clearly that supporters are nei-
ther steadfast nor the party stable.
"Since 1968, when the Prime Minis-
ter Mr Lynden Pindling faced the first
challenge to his authority, these annu-
al gatherings have acted as a safety
valve for the disaffected few. In 1974,
however, there was no keeping the lid
Having referred to a union chief's
call to "solve the nation's ills or resign
from office", Ms Kelly went on:
"More surprising was the rousing
ovation given the Minister of Health,
Mr Loftus Roker, when he challenged
the PLP leadership to 'wipe out the
corruption which is rocking this organ-
isation to its very foundation'.
"How strongly the matter of cor-
ruption weighs on the public mind was
demonstrated by the fact that the Min-
ister's remarks elicited the only spark
of enthusiasm displayed throughout
the week of meetings.
"In varying forms, the issues of
'greed, political ambition and petty
jealousies' dominated the convention,
and for the first time there was open
recognition that the party could well
lose a number of seats, if not the gov-
ernment, in the 1977 general election."
Reading all that, it's astonishing to
note that the PLP continued in power
for another 17 years, even though all
the faultlines were already in place for
a full-scale collapse.
And, instead of getting better, the
'greed and corruption' issue got worse
- culminating, of course, in the
Colombian drug era of the 1980s.
Just a year and a half into inde-
pendence, the Bahamas enjoyed a 24-
hour whirlwind visit
from Queen Elizabeth
and Prince Philip. '.
The Tribune noted
that the visit brought
home to many
Bahamians the unique .
bond between the sov- Kenneth
ereign and her people. Kenneth
"This bond, personal Kaunda
and pleasing, was seen
to be lacking later in the year when
the Bahamas played host to two
African heads of state the first
African leaders to be so honoured.'
The visits by Kenneth Kaunda of Zam-
bia and General Gowon of Nigeria did

not excite Bahamians. "The infectious
enthusiasm that surrounds a royal vis-
it was more than noticeably absent dur-
ing these two visits," said The Tribune.
Since independence in 1973, crime
has been an increasingly worrying issue
for the Bahamas.
In its 1989 Independence supple-
ment, The Tribune featured an article
by Athena Damianos on the violent
death of the respected Dr Meyer
Doctors Hospital assistant adminis-
trator Joey Knowles was quoted as say-
ing: "Everybody's just torn apart with
what's happening in the country right
now. These things (murders, armed
hold-ups, rapes and burglaries) are
happening too often and everyone's in
The Rev Dr Charles Saunders,
leader of the Baptists, called for the
return of the cat o' nine tails.
He said people were being felled by
guns throughout the nation "as if they
were trees for lumber."
Psychologist Dr Timothy McCart-
ney even called for a curfew for every-
one under 18 as a short-term measure
until other long-term solutions could be
Today, of course, crime is at far high-
er levels and still society is struggling
for solutions.
Also in 1989, The Tribune high-
lighted leadership and financial prob-
lems in the Free National Movement.
A series of major setbacks had sent
the party into a tailspin, wrote Athena
Damianos including a near-crisis
when the ailing leader Cecil Wallace-
Whitfield went into "political hiberna-
tion" in the fall of 1988.
Temporarily without a home, deeply
in debt, and with Mr Wallace-Whit-
field struck down by lung cancer, the
FNM was in a sorry state. The follow-
ing year, its leader died, never having
succeeded in his mission to topple the
In 1992, the FNM led by Hubert
Ingraham finally achieved that goal
and held power for ten years.
The 1988 supplement recalled the
trial of drug kingpin Carlos Lehder,
during which the late Bahamas prime
minister Sir Lynden Pindling was
accused in court of accepting money
from drug traffickers, a claim he
An interesting sidenote was the
claim by former US charge d'affaires in
Nassau Andrew Antippas that when

he tried to alert Sir Lynden to drug
activities on Norman's Cay in the Exu-
mas, he was asked to identify his
sources and then fired.
He said he met Sir Lynden in 1981 to
discuss written complaints he had
received from Americans living on the
At a hearing in the US, it was
claimed that Lehder bribed Pindling
to allow him to use the cay as a trans-
shipment post for his cocaine operation
into the US. The drug lord wanted to
make the isle a private nation.
Lehder, allegedly a prominent fig-
ure in the infamous Medellin drug car-
tel, used the island for large-scale drug
operations between 1979 and 1982. He
ended up in jail.
The 1986 supplement recorded the
death aged 66 of Carlton Francis,
finance minister in the original Pin-
dling Cabinet.

Francis, a respected educator, was
a leading government figure following
the 1967 election, but he fell foul of
the prime minister because of his oppo-
sition to casino gambling.
He died on December 9, 1985, fol-
lowing a long illness resulting from a
diabetic condition.
Another prominent figure whose
death was recorded the same year was
Godfrey Higgs, defence counsel at the
famous trial of Count Alfred de
Higgs, who died on May 4, 1986,
made his name by successfully defend-
ing de Marigny on a charge of mur-
dering his father-in-law, Sir Harry
Oakes, in July, 1943.
He was also a well-known parlia-
mentarian, ending his Senate career in
Final note from the files records
two tragedies involving prominent

Nassau folk on successive days.
The 1983 supplement reported that
Mark Bethel, president and publisher
of The Nassau Guardian, died in a Mia-
mi hospital after being taken ill on a
trip to Japan.
Bethel, honorary consul for Japan
in the Bahamas, suffered a stroke in
Miami and underwent an operation to
remove a blood clot on his brain, but
didn't survive.
The day after his death, Mrs Shirley
Oakes Butler daughter of Sir Harry
and Lady Oakes was involved in a
car crash on the Lyford Cay road.
She remained an invalid for years
after suffering a broken neck and was
still in hospital when her mother died
at her Prospect Ridge home aged 87.
In the 1987 supplement, Tribune
writer Gladstone Thurston described
the hold drugs had on the Bahamas as
a result of the infamous Colombian
cocaine trafficking era.
Apart from describing the disturbing
level of addiction in the country itself,
he also highlighted the moral bank-
ruptcy of young people who saw drug
dealing as the most desirable career
In a school essay, a ninth-grader
wrote: "When I grow up I would like to
be one of the richest drug dealers in
Freeport. In that way, I would get rich
very fast...being a dealer you can make
more money in one night than some
people can make in a year."
The 1987 supplement also record-
ed the retirement from politics after
19 -years of controversial PLP minis-
ter Loftus Roker, a man who was
admired and reviled in equal measure.
Roker was admired for his stand
against corruption in the PLP, and for
being the most outspoken critic of the
drug trade.
But he was disliked for his over-zeal-
ous approach to immigration matters.
This helped to play havoc at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas and caused much
suffering among the illegal Haitian
Criticism of the Bahamas' legal
system is nothing new.
In the 1987 supplement, The Tribune
reported an "unprecedented" level of
major legal blundering from the PLP
government of the day.
"The boo-boos provided gleeful
opposition MPs with ammunition
against an embarrassed government,
and gave the newspapers a field day,"
wrote reporter Athena Damianos.




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ABACO'S half-hearted bid for indepen-
dence from The Bahamas in 1973, when cam-
paigners tried to retain crown colony status,
still strikes a nostalgic note among some old-
An island whose loyalist settlers always had
strong ties with Britain, having turned their
backs on the American Revolution, really felt
it could make its own way in the world without
Nassau's help.
Whether that was true is still the subject of
occasional debate, but there is no doubt that
Abaco's economy even in today's
depressed climate is more buoyant than
And die-hard loyalists on the island still
strongly believe that Abaco will be flourishing
when everyone else is in the doldrums.
The story of Abaco's short, sharp and ulti-
mately salutary bid for a breakaway is not
one many of the former campaigners like to
The Bahamas' relative success in the post-
colonial era has reassured most doubters and
made them reflect on whether Abaco could, in
reality, have survived outside the archipel-
Though Abaco makes sizeable contribu-
tions to The Bahamas treasury every year, it
also has to accept that it has benefited from
central government support over the last near-
ly four decades.
Even so, there are still some Abaconians
who believe that the island's second-home
economy, its well-known work ethic, its noted
efficiency and its direct relationship with Flori-
da make it unique among the Bahama islands.
There is nowhere else, they say, where such
a coalescence of circumstance, sound charac-
ter and good fortune make prospects so good.
"In many ways," an island realtor told The
Tribune, "this island is probably the best place
on earth because none of the usual economic
rules seem to apply."
The second-home factor is obviously crucial.
This brings wealthy Americans into the island
on a regular basis, and ensures a more or less
constant infusion of renters who spend pretty
lavishly at local shops and restaurants.
Even more importantly, Abaco retains
many of the old world attitudes that Nassau, in
particular, has lost.
People still leave doors and windows
unlocked in many parts of the island, and
crime is virtually a non-issue, though there
are always concerns that outside influences
will spoil the Abaconian idyll.
A Nassauvian who visits Abaco often said:
"I find it hard to adjust to Abaco thinking
when I go there. I always think firstly of secu-
rity locking doors and windows, looking over
my shoulder, being generally vary.
"In Abaco, none of these things are appro-
priate, though I always tell them not to take it
too much for granted. Anywhere in the world
nowadays there's the chance someone could
come through the door with a gun."
S,, Fortunately for the Bahamas government of
the day,, London was in no mood to enter-
tain a maverick colony in the 1970s. Britain


had economic problems of its own and the
trend was towards dispensing with dependent
remnants of the old empire.
Though Abaco campaigners were con-
vinced right-wingers in the British parliament
would support them in their bid to retain
colony status, there were never enough of
them to make a real difference.
One or two eccentric extremists backed
Abaco's "freedom" bid, but the British gov-
ernment scuppered the breakaway plans with-
out ceremony.
Bahamian premier Lynden Pindling
breathed a sigh of relief and The Bahamas
achieved nationhood with no further dissent.
Meanwhile, Abaco's prospective military,
leader, the American mercenary Mitchell

Werbell, was never required to fire a shot in
anger. In many respects, though, Abaco's
thwarted campaign had a certain logic to it.
Its foundations were always solidly con-
nected to the breakaway movement in the
American colonies before the revolutionary
When the United States was born in 1776 -
just 13 years before the French staged a rev-
olution of their own crown loyalists want-
ed nothing to do with the new order.
Sidelined by history, the unhappy monar-
chists took their slaves and chattels to the
nearest British-owned rock they could find,
encouraged by British incentives.
Hence, Abaco became a loyalist outpost
only a hundred or so miles off the Florida


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coast a defiant little rebel whose sympathies
always lay with King George and the moth-
When Pindling lobbied for independence
from Britain in the early 1970s, he was very
much at odds with what traditional Abaconi-
ans stood for.
He was doing, in effect, what the American
revolutionaries had done two centuries before.
For many old Abaco families, it was natural to
respond as they did in the 18th century by
turning their backs on those who no longer
wanted to live under the Union Jack.
The problem was that the British Empire
itself had undergone enormous convulsions
during those two centuries.
Despite King George III's calamitous loss of
the American colonies in the 18th century,
British influence elsewhere blossomed over
the next century and a half.
During the 19th century, Britain had an
unprecedented level of world dominance that
has never been repeated. The sun never set on
its empire, and the English language spread
across the earth like undergrowth. Today,
along with legal and parliamentary traditions,
the language remains the empire's most
enduring legacy, the preferred language of
commerce throughout the world.
By the Second World War, however, the
British Empire was on the wane. The loss of
India was followed in the 1950s and 1960s by
the gradual dismantling of the African
colonies. All that remain now are a few specks
on the map that still answer London's call.
In Abaco, settlers fleeing the newly-liber-
ated American colonies in the 1780s were not
immediately welcomed. They brought a brash,
unsettling vigour into island society that did
not sit well with the laid-back locals.
Eventually, however, they assimilated into
island life and contributed enormously to
what Abaco has become today.
With several direct flights a day from Marsh
Harbour to Florida, Abaco sees itself as a
Family Island with international connections.
A constant infusion of money from wealthy
Americans who see Abaco as their offshore
refuge helps to maintain those traditional
links with the mainland that were put under
severe strain by the revolutionary war.
"Today, Abaco sees West Palm Beach as its
major shopping centre," one islander told The
Tribune. "Though Nassau is the headquar-
ters of central government, it is surprising
how many Abaconians rarely, if ever, go there.
"Their natural inclination is to see Florida as
the place to visit. It's one of the many things
that make Abaco different."
So, having failed to break away from the
Bahamas in 1973, Abaco has become a worthy
and productive component of the new nation,
proud to fly the turquoise, black and gold
But it depends heavily for its livelihood on
the country its settlers rejected 230 years ago.
History has taken some interesting twists and
turns on this straggly isle in the north-eastern
Bahamas, but its people have never lost their
defiant spirit, or their robust individuality.







Prince Charles hand-
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swimming trophies to
sporting Bahamians
when he was in Nas-
sau for the 1973 inde-
pendence celebra-
Here he is seen
meeting the late Basil
Kelly, with his son
Gary (photo 1), Ken-
neth Rolle from
Staniel Cay (photo 2),
and Rolly Gray. a
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road crash.

Siobhan Reilly still awaits
$211,000 awarded by a
court against a Freeport
doctor. The matter is now
the subject of an appeal.
Greg and Tanya Cash,
who have been battling the
Baptist education authori-
ties for six years, still await
their Privy Council hearing
after vital documents were
lost in transit to London.
And, of course, former
Cabinet minister Leslie
Miller has yet to see closure
in the case of his son Mari-
o's murder in 2002.
Mr Miller, 60, claims that

"happiness died" the sum-
mer day his 28-year-old son
was butchered in his own
car, then dumped on grass
near a Winton foodstore.
Mr Miller claims that five
young men should be
charged in relation to Mar-
io's death, but only two are
on the docket to date.
He claims a conspiracy is
at the heart of the problem,
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within a legal and political
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the Abolition of the British Transatlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story held in
February. Also, photographers Roland Rose and Fleur Melvill-Gardner came
together to show their "Motion & Emotion" during an exhibition at the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery."
Abaco artists Marjolein Scott. Robert Zwickel and Jeep Byers displayed their
combined talents in an art show entitled "True Colours", which opened at Doon-
galik Studios Art Gallery. Marina Village.

The Bahamas entertainment scene continued to be a hot one, with a slew of
emerging artists showcasing their skills in the "242".
From the surprisingly funk-da-fied, soulful rap of one Daddi Whites to Sam-
mi Star's 'Good to Know You', Puzzleman's 'Sour Vibes' and Bodine Johnson
and her Bahama Hot One's hit 'Good Lovin', it was perhaps in music that
Bahamians saw the creative talents of the youth of this country best.
Seemingly everywhere in 2007, Terneille 'TaDa' Burrows, produced and per-
formed in the 'Takin Ova' concert at Pure Nightlife which featured an all-female
lineup to the delight of Bahamian audiences. Joining the musical lineup were
NCity; 21, Sheki and Lady Mills.
Bahamian soprano JoAnn Callender, considered by many a national treasure.
released a Chi istmas CD titled, Christmas Joy, to the thrill of many.
Widely known for her incredible talent, Sonovia Pierre, best known as thez
voice of Visage, came out with het fiist solo. "Nandiko0ngs".
NCity's Skyy and Believe stepped up their game with the release of their
sophomore effort, Mood is Right. The single reflects a softer, more artistic, more
marketable side of the duo.
In the first of its kind, nominees for the 2008 Marlin Awards were announced
during a special concert held at the Diplomat Centre. Nominees included
Manifest, Mr Lynx, the Dunamuz Soundz Crew and Christian Massive.
After five years of mentoring young Bahamian artists, and giving them
much needed on-stage exposure, and recording time in the studio, The Young
Bahamians Music Society was being forced to close its doors due to lack of spon-
sorship. This was an incredible blow to young men and women, aspiring
artists, who struggled to find somewhere to turn for their creative outlet.
One musical outlet that was able to maintain its position however, was
Make 'Em Listen. Founder Patricia Chatti was able to help a number of young
artists, Muh Buiy Dem, Ra Soul, Lady G, B'Marie, Bo-BQ Ken, Smoothe and
Shadow Hand, to name a few, bring their talent to the fore.
Among the international names to hit Bahamian soil in 2007/2008 were
Miss 'Single Again' Katrina and Reano "Busy Signal" Gordon. Collie Buddz and
Junior Reid also touched down in Nassau. The reggae all-stars concert brought
Tessanne Chin and Kamani Marley, while the opening of the Marley Resort
brought in Shaka Demus & Pliers. And joining the ranks of Bahamians whose
music videos are now on rotation on Tempo, Apollo Butler, also known as Apol-
lo Kre-ed, was able to take his rap/hip hop/R&B sounds to the world.

Driven by a flood of violent crimes, epidemic levels of horrific social ills and
injustices, and an ever increasing cry for help, the Bahamas religious commu-
nity seemed to find itself in a difficult position both leading the attack against
rising levels of crime and societal/individual immorality, and defending its
position as a relevant voice, moral compass, and pace setter and change mak-
er for the nation. In 2007, a number of religious figures either came before the
courts for various offences from stealing to unlawful sex with a minor or their
actions were somehow made embarrassingly public. There were cases of inter-
denominational skirmishes, infighting, church breakups and other attacks
again organised religion. Among the highlights however, were an international
dance conferences, the annual Big Harvest Tent Rally in the Alley, and the
explosive prayer sessions in Rawson Square. In the final analysis, those called
to share the Good News maintained a very public presence in the nation.
Among the concerns tackled by the religious community was the issue of the
single Christian how to live holy, how to find your purpose, how to con-
trol/redirect your sexual urges, should you date an unbeliever and what are the
ground rules for dating, were all questions being put to the 21st Century
With more and more adults waiting longer to get married, and an increase in
divorce and second marriages in the church, the question of sexual purity was
at the forefront for many believers who were struggling with their singleness.
Mount Tabor and Bahamas Harvest Church and Trinity City of Praise all
released CDs. Religious tourism was also big for the Bahamas, with the Walk-
ing in Victory Conference at Atlantis and Myles Munroe's Kingdom Leader-
ship Summit.






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DID you know that iguanas were
once staple fare in Nassau, and that
locals used dogs to hunt them?
In North Callahan's 1967 book,
." Flight from the Republic, Nassau's
food supplies towards the end of the
18th century are discussed in some
"Cows and goats were kept for milk
along with sheep and hogs, but there
were not enough good pastures for
much growing of livestock. Instead of
beef, the natives ate turtles and igua-
nas, the latter being some three feet
'A., long and caught by trained dogs in
.. lthe wild areas.
I 'hese fearful looking animals
could be stored alive for weeks by
sewing their jaws together with needle
*\ g gand thread."

A former attorney general of the
Bahamas, William Wylly (a name
which later became Whylly) formed a
private guard of armed slaves after
the House of/Assembly accused him
of plotting with England to end slav-
cry here.
The slaves surrounded his elegant
mansion when local officials ordered
Wylly's arrest.
His father, Alexander Wylly, was
at one time speaker of the colonial
assembly of Georgia. The family fled
to the Bahamas after the American
Revolution, choosing to remain under
Britain's rule rather than support the
Source: Flight from the Republic by
North Callahan

Between 1783 and 1786, more
than 5,000 loyalists and their slaves
fled the American Revolution for the
Bahamas. They had taken refuge
behind British lines in East Florida,
but moved on when Florida was ced-
ed to Spain after the Versailles Treaty
of 1783, which formally recognized
the United States of America.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 loyalists
sailed from New York to Abaco.
In Nassau, the mixing of loyalists
and old inhabitants was the source of
much friction. The new arrivals not
only outnumbered the existing popu-
lation, they were wealthier and better
educated, believing they were the
colony's natural leaders.
Source: The Harbour Island Story
by Jim and Anne Lawlor

Newspapers have always had a
major influence on Bahamian poli-
tics. It was particularly true of the

Bahama Gazette, published by John
Wells in Nassau between 1784 and his
death in 1799.
The our-page paper supported the
Tories, the conservative loyalists who
had fled the American Revolution to
settle in Nassau, and particularly their
attempts to secure better representa-
The Gazette was heralded by an
admirer as a "sustained beacon of cul-
ture in an environment which had
long been indifferent to the rest of
the world."
The paper had good coverage of
American and European news. Its
subscribers wet, spread throughout
the major Bahb.i= islands, and also in
Charleston, Savannah and Bermuda.
Wells, who died aged only 47, was
praised as a popular, benevolent and
good-humoured person. His writings
were described as "energetic and
forcible as well as correct and ele-
gant." He was buried in the small
graveyard at the eastern end of the
Eastern Parade outside St
Matthew's churchyard.
Source: Flight from the Republic
Nassau was originally called
Charles Town after King Charles the
Second of England when he was
crowned in 1660. Thirty-five years lat-
er, the Bahamas governor Nicholas
Trott renamed the town Nassau to
mark the ascension to the throne of
William the Third, a Dutch aristocrat
who had several titles, including
Prince of Orange-Nassau.
Source: The Bahamas Handbook

Between 1811 and 1841, some
6,000 Africans bound for a life of slav-
ery in the New World ended up as
free men and women in the Bahamas.
They were rescued by the British Roy-
al Navy, which was enforcing the 1807
legislation passed by the London par-
liament ending the slave trade in the
British Empire. Slavery itself contin-
ued until emancipation began in 1834,
when a four-year apprenticeship
scmine began in the colonies. Source:
* The Bahamas Handbook 2008'
In 1695, when Nassau was given
its present name, there were only
about 160 houses, the original Christ
Church Cathedral and Fort Nassau
with its 28 guns on the site now occu-
pied by the British Colonial Hotel.
Source: The Bahamas Handibook










INTERNATIONAL fraudster Robert Vesco (above and below), who lived in Nas
sau for several years.

WHEN Hartford arrived on a private plane from a nursing home in New York
City, he met author John Marquis (right), managing editor of The Tribune

LADY CASH, 82, known to
all her friends as Dorothy, was the
Jamaican-born widow of Sir Gerald
Cash, former Governor General
of the Bahamas and a rioted local
lawyer. She died in May.
Known for her good humour and
easy charm, Lady Cash was a pop-
ular figure in Nassau over many
She was active in the Girl
Guides, field hockey, the Red
Cross and as a keen gardener.
In 1950, she married Gerald
Cash. When he became Governor
General in 1979, they moved into
Government House, where they
remained until 1988.
Sir Gerald, 84, died in January,
2003, after failing to recover from
a massive stroke.

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the A and P store heir who managed
to get through a $600 million fortune
during his riotously eventful life, died
at Lyford Cay aged 97.
Hunt, as he was known to friends,
bought Hog Island from Swedish
industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren in
1959 and renamed it Paradise Island.
However, all Hartford's lavish plans
for the island came to nought.
The UBP government refused him
a casino licence and said 'no' to
his plans to build a bridge to Nassau.
Eventually, he sold out at a massive
loss to Resorts International in the
mid-1960s, only to see his ambitious
schemes come to fruition under the
new PLP government.
Resorts sold out to Sol Kerzer in
the 1990s for $250 million, clearing a
massive profit.
"I made a lot of people million-
- aires," Hunt sighed ruefully.
By then, Hartford had lost his for-
tune including at least $40 million,
and probably as much as $100 mil-
lion, on his Paradise adventure.
He e% entually ended up living as a
recluse in a Manhattan brownstone,
from where he was rescued by his
daughter, Juliet, who brought him
back to the Bahamas in 2004.
Hunt's stated ambition was to die
He almost made it. though his fam-
ilh claimed an $11 million trust fund
lav between him and destitution.
ROBERT VESCO, 73, the inter-
national fraudster who lived in Nassau
for several years, is thought to have
died in Cuba last November.
The news did not break, however,
until mid-May, when burial records
appeared to confirm his demise.
One of his many scams was to pose
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ment after a long career in the
Bahamas. A former naval doctor, Dr
Poad was well-known in Nassau med-
ical circles and popular among
patients for his straightforward, no-
nonsense manner.
His mother was a member of the
Higgs family of Harbour Island and
his father was the late Rev Frank
Poad of England.
Relatives said he always retained
fond memories of his Bahamas years
and wanted his ashes scattered here.
popular Nassau businesswoman, died
in 2008 to the shock and dismay of
her many friends.
"She was such a wonderful
woman," said one close friend, who'
said her death was a tremendous loss
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S lipping. Losing
ground. Just a
small sample of
the language being
used to describe
the Bahamas' economic com-
petitiveness in 2008 by,
among others, Raymond
Winder, managing partner at
the Deloitte & Tohche
(Bahamas) accounting firm.
And he is not alone.
Take tourism, for instance.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's decision to bring Vin-
cent Vanderpool-Wallace
back to the Bahamas as min-
ister of tourism and aviation
was last week being hailed as
a masterstroke. And rightly
so, particularly from a politi-
cal standpoint and, it is to be
hoped, a business one as well.
Yet it also betrays the
Prime Minister's deep con-
cerns about the competitive-
ness of the Bahamian tourism
product, the economic
lifeblood of this nation.
There are few better quali-
fied than Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace to revitalise the
tourism industry, but to do so
he will need the assistance of
Others to counter the deep-
rooted problems that have
been exposed to a greater
extent by the global econom-
ic downturn.
The Bahamas' problems lie
chiefly with its infrastructure,
both human and physical. On
the human side, there is the
low productivity and poor
customer service demonstrat-
ed by too many, at least when
compared to the five-star pre-
mium experience this country
is supposed to provide for its
guests. Apart from Lynden
Pindling International Air-
port (LPIA) and the roads,
there is the condition of the
L: hotel plant. Sol Kerzner
T showed the way for hoteliers
i when it comes to refreshing
Sthe product with the Atlantis
Phase II and Phase III expan-
sions, yet few have'followed"
his lead. Besides Kerzner, it
is hard to think of any hotel
owners who have invested in
upgrading their product, or
launching new ones for that
And therein lies the prob-
lem. Since Atlantis came on
the scene in the mid-1990s
and matured into the world-
renowned luxury destination
resort it is today, there has .
been nothing else. Nothing
comparable to make the cus-
tomer sit up and take notice.
Outside Paradise Island, the
'wow'. factor has been absent.
This was what the $2.4 billion
Baha Mar project was meant
to cure, and still might, if the
Izmirlians are able to find a
partner to match Harrah's

"...On the human
side there is the
low productivity
and poor customer
service demonstrated
by too many, at least
when compared to
the five-star premium
experience this
country is supposed
to provide for its
Tribune editor

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Mr Vanderpool-Wallace's list
of 'to do's' will involve infus-
ing the Bahamian tourism
product with more local cul-
ture to differentiate it from
the pack and make it stand
out; airlift; marketing; and all
.'the local mattds particular to
every island. He is likely to
have a free rein in imple-
menting the solutions, given
that the key lies not in the
problems (we all know what
they are) but in how to solve
The 'how to' is a phrase'
that should be applied to oth-
er parts of the Bahamian
economy, namely 'how to' fix
them. Financial services, the
so-called 'second pillar',
while holding its own since
the much-debated 'blacklist-
ing' laws were passed in 2000,
has not really been growing.
E-commerce remains some-
thing of a dream. Too much
lip service is given to deepen-
ing and broadening Bahami-
an ownership of the econo-
my. There is still too much
bureaucracy, red tape and

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham's decision to bring Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace back to the Bahamas as minister of tourism and
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other impediments discour-
aging Bahamians from
becoming entrepreneurs. The
education system is still fail-
ing to produce enough talent-
ed, highly-skilled Bahamians
to meet employer demands.
And so on and so on.......
Yes, much remains to be
done in economic terms. The
Bahamas has come far, yet it
remains stuck at the econom-
ic crossroads it arrived at
some five to six years ago. In
a world that, in the past year
has been dominated by talks
bf 'sub prime' mortgage
woes, collateralized debt
obligations (CDOs), and
soaring oil and food prices,
the strong suspicion is that
the status quo will no longer
do for the Bahamian econo-
my. Land and incentives for
jobs as a developmental mod-
el must be changed, with a
greater focus on targeted,
niche investments in the
Family Islands. Out of the
box thinking is required, as
well as some good old-fash-
ioned political will.
For starters, the marathon
10-year attempt to privatise
the Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company (BTC)
must be completed before it
costs the taxpayer any more
millions and creates further
international embarrassment.
Tough decisions must be
made about Bahamasair and
the other loss-making utili-
ties. Alternative energies
must be sought out. Corrup-
tion, wherever it rears its
head, must be tackled swiftly.
Transparency (yes, that
'modern buzzword, as it was
described by the Chief Jus-
tice) must become the order
of the day on all public works
contracts. Greater scrutiny of
incoming international
investors, coupled with a
review of the land and invest-
ment incentives they are
granted, must be undertaken
if large swathes of Bahamian
land are not to be lost,
unused, for ever. Unleash
Freeport's potential (present
situation at the Port Authori-
ty excepted), and remove the

A VIEW of the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island...(INSET) Raymond
Winder, managing partner at Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas) accounting

shackles of government con-
trol. The Government should
get out of business altogeth-
er, and instead just focus on
regulation and creating a
competitive culture in which
the private sector can thrive.
Education and health reform
must be on the agenda, too.
Last but not least, the entire
justice system needs a com-
prehensive 'head to toe'
overhaul, for inaction will
only lead to anarchy and a
nation where crime runs ram-
But don't just look to the
Government for solutions.
Nor international trade
agreements, which seem like-
ly to force the Bahamas to
adopt practices and laws it
should have embraced of its
own accord years ago.
Whether it's the EPA, CBI,

a wonderful collection of
acronyms), the Bahamas will
be forced to take some tough
decisions on whether to inte-
grate its economy more
closely with the rest of the
world. There are likely to be
winners and losers, yet noth-
ing has been done to prepare
the people for the adjust-
ments that will have to be
Change from the bottom
up is required, and that
includes investing in the
nation's youth to make sure
they choose the right path.
Every Bahamian has his or
her part to play in steering
their country along the cor-
rect course economically,
socially and spiritually. The
solution lies within; it lies
with us all.






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