The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 16, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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US rivesio allmnll Man charged with

rape of two women

and armed robbery

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Tribune Staff Reporter
OVER 40 bus drivers are
expected to march to parlia-
ment this morning to demand
an audience with the Prime
minister and call for a "defini-
tive date" for a fare increase.
Their promise follows action
yesterday by about 30 bus dri-
- vers, who disrupted their morn-
ing rounds to gather-in their jit-
neys on R.M. Bailey Park to
protest, the as yet undelivered
price rise.
Jitneys drove in a motorcade
to downtown Bay Street only
to be turned away by police as
they attempted to station them-
selves in Rawson Square, even-
tually going on to park their
vehicles by Fort Charlotte and
march through the streets to the
Churchill building where they
unsuccessfully sought a meet-
ing with the Prime Minister.
According to bus and taxi dri-
ver Nicholas Jacques, who
describes himself as a
spokesman for the interests of
bus drivers as opposed to bus
companies, the government is'
"dragging its feet" on the issue
of a fare increase and bus dri-
vers are 'suffering.
"Ingraham is a Prime Minis-
ter who heads a government
who can do anything they wish
at any time. The increase is long
He also claims that the Public
Transport Association and the
United Transportation Compa-
ny, members of which have
been consulting with govern-
ment concerning the fare
increase, represent the interests
of bus company owners and not
those of drivers to the detri-
SEE page eight

Troyniko McNeil will 'soon' be deported
to Bahamas if regular procedure followed

IF REGULAR procedure is
followed, Troyniko McNeil -
wanted for questioning in the
murder of handbag designer Harl
Taylor will "soon" be deported
from the US to the Bahamas.
Chief Supt Glen Miller said
yesterday that under normal cir-
cumstances McNeil should soon
be deported to the Bahamas, but
added that he had no more infor-
mation about the matter at this
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he returns to the Bahamas.
Chief Supt Glen Miller yester-
day also said that he currently has
SEE page eight

the gold and bronze medals she won
in the wdmen's 200 and 100 metres
at the 12th IAAF World Junior Cham-
pionships in Poland last week. Fer-
guson and the team returned home
yesterday.See full story and more
pictures on page 11.
Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

A MAN was arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday on a long
list of serious charges, including
the rape of two women and
armed robbery.
It is alleged that Dax Pinder,'
36, raped a 17-year-old girl on
July 8 and a 27-year-old woman
on July 11.
It is further alleged that while
at Perpall Tract on June 17 and
armed with a cutlass, Pinder
robbed Eileen Cargill of a $1,500
gold wedding band, a $228 gold
bracelet, a $290 black Motorola
RAZR cellular phone and $100
Pinder opted to have the mat-
ters tried in Magistrate's Court.
He was not required to plead to

the charges. His armed robbery
case was adjourned to Septem-
ber 5 and the rape cases were
adjourned to September 17.
Court dockets also state that
Pinder during the latter part of
June, while at Mason's Addition,
assaulted Archeles Greent Court
dockets also state that Pinder
while at East Street South on July
12 was found in possession of a
quantity of marijuana which
authorities believed he intended
to supply.to another. It is also
alleged that the accused on June 8
threatened Jennese Stubbs with
death, assaulted her and stole her
$120 black Motorola cellular
phone, one pair of slave band ear-
rings valued at $75 and one pair
SEE page eight

THE BAHAMAS National Youth Choir took first place for their performance
at the International Youth and Music Festival and Competition in Vienna,
Austria on Monday. The choir will be looking to continue their success in
the fifth World Choral Games, also being held in Austria this week.
SEE 'THE ARTS' FOR MORE Photo: Donald Knowles

Morton Salt is
sold as part of
takeover of
parent company
Tribune Staff Reporter
MORTON Salt Bahamas Ltd has
been sold as a part of a multi-bil-
lion dollar takeover of its parent
company Rohm and Haas, which
was completed by the Dow Chemi-
cal Company.
At a sale price of over $18 bil-
lion, the deal acquires all of Rohm
and Haas' outstanding stock pur-
chased at a premium of $78 a share,
as the shares were originally listed at
$47 a share at the time.
Morton Salt Bahamas Ltd
employs more than 60 per cent of
Inagua's population, and it is
unknown whether or not these per-
sons will remain employed once this
deal is finalized before the end of the
SEE page eight

PLP official is

charged by police

with assaulting wife
A LOCAL lawyer and vice
chairman of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party has been charged by
police with assaulting his wife.
However, he did not appear in
court yesterday to be formally
arraigned, instead he sent a letter
requesting a new arraignment
Police have charged Craig
Franklin Butler, 41, of Sherwood
Drive with assaulting his wife Ter-
rel Butler on Friday, May 9. The
prosecution is proceeding in the
matter by way of a summons.
Butler was scheduled to be
arraigned on the assault charge
before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court 1, Bank Lane
yesterday. Butler, however, sent a
letter to the court stating that he
was unable to appear in court yes-
terday and requested that a dif-
ferent date be set for his arraign-

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Staff review 400
work permit
applications in
bid to 'clean
up' backlog
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN AN effort to "clean up"
the backlog of work permit
applications about 400 work
permit applications were
reviewed by staff and the Min-
ister of State for Immigration
on Monday and all will get a
response "in short order", The
Tribune has been told.
And while he would ulti-
mately like to see hotlines
through which members of
the public can find out the sta-
tus of their applications or
make reports relating to sus-
pected illegal immigrants,
Branville McCartney said yes-
terday that he is focusing ini-
tially on solving the perennial
problem of phones going
unanswered at the Depart-
"You can't get through to
immigration!" he said, adding,
SEE page eight

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promised that the beating of
Mario Vallejo outside the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre would be the focus of
an investigation, however
nothing was ever done about
At the time, a source inside
the Defence Force told The
Tribune that nothing would
ever be done suggesting that
the officer involved may be
politically connected.
Three weeks ago, The Tri-
bune sought to raise the mat-
ter with Tommy Turnquest,
the new FNM government's
Minister of National Security
for a little over a year.
However, both calls and
emails to his office were not
When Mr Turnquest was
approached in person a week
later, he admitted that there

was "no investigation" into
the matter. However, he also
said he had never even heard
of the incident and asked The

Tribune to provide him with
Despite sending being sent
11 emails with pictures, arti-
cles and the comments on the
matter by officials of the for-
mer administration, he has yet
to respond, not even confirm-
ing receipt of the emails.
On February 7, 2006, Uni-
vision reporter Mario Vallejo
was covering the reunion
between relatives and seven
Cubans rescued several earli-
er at Elbow Cay.
Mr Vallejo was hit in the
face with a baton while using
the public telephone outside
the centre, then dragged into
the facility.
The incident led to protests
outside the Bahamian con-
sulate in Miami, and calls by a
member of the US Congress
for a full investigation.

Investigation into death on

Long Island
Tribune Staff Reporter
NO SUSPECTS are yet in police custody in
connection with the death of Nicholas Knowles,
35, who was found'dead in the road in Simms,
Long Island over the weekend.
Mr Knowles, who was a crane operator, mason
and fisherman, was found dead at around 1.25am
on Sunday morning in the middle of Queen's
Highway by officers on patrol. He had extensive
injuries to the head.
Inspector Eugene Strachan of the Traffic Divi-
sion told The Tribune yesterday that the police
investigation is ongoing. Officers are attempting
to follow-up on some information, he said, but
nothing "substantial has materialized."
When asked if police are considering the death
as a possible case of manslaughter, Mr Strachan
said that they cannot make that determination
until they discover the motive behind the inci-
dent, and other information.
Investigators who went down to Long Island
after the discovery of the body returned to Nas-
sau on Monday. Mr Strachan said that they are
expected to return to deal with some other mat-

is 'ongoing'
ters, and the continuation of the investigation
Mr Knowles, a resident of Doctors Creek,
Long Island, was discovered in the vicinity of the
Blue Chip Restaurant and Bar. He was pro-
nounced dead on the scene by a local doctor
before being taken to the nearby morgue at
Mario Simms, owner of Blue Chip, told The
Tribune after the incident that Mr Knowles was
at his restaurant on Sunday night and he last
saw him at around 11.30pm.
Mr Knowles reportedly told Mr Simms that he
was going fishing on the North Side.
That-night, Mr Simms also said, Mr Knowles
was walking and not driving. He always walked
or caught rides, noted Mr Simms.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Hulan Hanna
has said that police suspect that Mr Knowles'
death may have been as a result of a hit-and-run
"Clearly, clearly, the indications are a vehicle
was involved but it has to be determined if it was
accidental, if it was criminal that is, you know,
it might have been maliciously done so that's
what the investigation is hoping to determine,"
he said.

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look into the 2006 alleged
beating of a US reporter by a
Defence Force officer, the
new minister of National
Security seems as uninterested
in investigating the matter as
his predecessor was.
Following the incident, the
PLP administration had

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0 In brief

US tourist

admits assault

on girlfriend

AN American tourist was
fined $500 yesterday after
pleading guilty to assaulting his
Aaron Williarn Maher, 31,
of Sacramento, California,
appeared before Magistrate
Derrence Rolle at Court 5,
Bank Lane yesterday.
He was charged with causing
harm to his girlfriend, Desiree
Dun Don, on July 12.
According to theta prosecu-
tion, the complainant told police
that Maher slapped her in the
face four times before! shoving
her to the ground.
Maher pleaded guilty to the
assault charge, but denied shov-
ing the complainant to the
He claimed that he had lost
his cool after his girlfriend
locked him out of his hotel
room at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort and damaged some of
his belongings.
Magistrate Rolle fined
Maher $500 and ordered that
he be deported after he pays his


money ordered

MORE than $11,000 wa.s
ordered confiscated from a mara
who admitted in the Magis-
trate's Court that he failed to
declare he was carrying the sum
while at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport last week..
According to court dockets,
Cortez Turner, 38, of East
Street South, while at the US
Customs Hall at the Lynden
Pindling International Airport
Son July 11, falsely declared that
he was not carrying in excess of
Court dockets also state that
Turner failed to declare to an
officer of. the United States that
he was carrying $11,370 in US
and Bahamian currency.
Turner who was arraigned
before Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One Bank
Lane pleaded guilty to the
charge and the money was
ordered confiscated.

Police probing

armed robbery

arrest man

A MAN wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with
armed robbery investigations
was arrested in the Cowpen
Road area by police.
Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans said officers from
the SWAT Team of the Internal
Security Division, acting on
information from the public,
travelled to an apartment in
Cowpen Road where they
found the man and four other
The suspect; with three men
and a woman, was taken into
custody just after 8pm on Mon-

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'I think my sister knew her killer'


Tribune Staff Reporter

THE SISTER of Michelle Le% -
less Storr, whose decomposing
body was found off St Vincent
Road, believe she was killed a ler
witnessing crimes committed bN
some of her associates.
Michelle's body was disco\ ered
in the back of a building under
construction on Vinspin Road
nearly two weeks ago by a male
passerby, according to reports.
Yesterday, Chief Superinten-
dent of Police Glenn Miller said
that while they have no suspects
in custody for the murder, police
are working closely with the fam-
ily to "back-track" her mo\e-
ments from the last time she as-
seen alive.
Monique and Michael Minns
told The Tribune the way their
sister was killed and the location
of where her body was found sug-
gests she knew her killer.
"I think it's something she
knew that got her killed, not
someone. Everybody lo\ed her
She was loud, she was funny she
was a very unique character, and
she was loved everywhere she
"I just think she knew some-
thing, I don't
know what that
something is but
that's what my
heart is telling me
people loved her
too much to do
that to her. It's -
something she
knew, something tirT
she had seen or
she knew," said
Monique, who last
spoke to her sister
oin June 25.
Her brother
Michael, who said
he last saw his sis- l d r
ter on June 12,
echoed Monique's
fee lings: "To

MICHELLE STORR (centre) with her sister-in-law Abigail Minns (left) and her brother Michael Minns (right) in December, 2007. Her
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MICHELLE STORR, 40,(l'eft) and family in December, 2007. Storr's decomposing body was found behind a building on Vin-
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Death of Kevin Jones still appears

to be case of suicide, say police

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALTHOUGH police have not yet officially
concluded their investigation into the death of
Kevin Jones, it still appears to be a case of sui-
cide, according to Glenn Miller, head of the
Central Detective Unit.
Mr Jones, an employee of Bahamas Food
Services who was known to his friends as KJ,
was found dead by his former girlfriend on
June 28 at his apartment at Margaret Avenue,
off Carmichael Road, just before 2pm.
He was discovered in his bed with a gun-
shot wound to the chest, believed to have been
inflicted by his own shotgun.
His girlfriend also an employee of BFS -
was sent to the apartment with another co-
worker by a superior of the company to look
for him that day after Mr Jones had failed to
show up to work for several days.
She and Mr Jones had recently broken up
after a long-term relationship.
According to friends, Mr Jones was upset
that the relationship had ended.

Mr MTiller said that his team still has to meet
to make' a decision on the death.
This must take place before the matter can
be forwarded to the Coroner's Court, if an
inquest ist to be held.
Mr Jones' death came only days after Gre-
gory Moxey, 39, of Skyline Lakes, was found
dead outside a Fire Trail Road apartment com-
plex at the rear of Bahamas Faith Ministries.
It is believed that he might also have com-
mitted suicide.
Like Mr Jones, Mr Moxey was said to have
been upset about a failed relationship with a
woman. It is: believed he shot himself in the
chest while sitting in his-vehicle in front of her
Mr Miller said that the investigation into
this death is iin a similar phase to that of Mr
He said that both appear suicides but police
have not officially concluded their inquiries.
Mr Jones,'whio is survived by his daughter
Aja and son Kevin Jr, was buried last Saturday
after a funeral service at Mount Tabor Full
Gospel Baptist Church.


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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LNG has transformed Trinidad

MR PAUL Thompson, former assistant
commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force, now retired, and currently consultant
to Wemco Security Company, suggests that
representatives of the press, and environ-
mentalists, including Mrs Sam Duncombe,
should go to Trinidad to find out for them-
selves the truth about liquefied natural gas
If they want to know about the potential
dangers, the environmental implications and
the possible threat to our fisheries, then
Trinidad is the place where the action is.
Mr Thompson, a native of Trinidad, grew
up in the small town of Point Fortin, head-
quarters for the United British Oil Fields,
where as a young man he was employed as a
messenger and filing clerk before joining the
Bahamas Police Force.
He said in those days it was just a poor
town grown up haphazardly around the oil
There was not much of a population, only
a few houses, no hospital, no schools, no
community centre, no paved roads it was
just a run-down oil drilling town. But not so
The introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas
has completely transformed the town.
Point Fortin today is prosperous, the peo-
pleare well,paid,.and business is booming: ie
said the towni has no poverty.
He was told on his last visit there that
"LNG is taking care of the economy." It was
no longer the little, dingy town he once knew.
"Workers in Point Fortin," he said, "are
paid much higher wages than they are paid in
the city."
Mr Thompson said that the LNG refiner-
ies are not far from the city, but because of
their safety record, Trinidadians don't seem
to be worried about their proximity.
Tankers from around the world are con-
stantly coming and going.
He said that on one occasion when steve-
dores went on strike, tankers lined up side by
side waiting to take on LNG looked like a
small city stretched out into the channel as far
as the eye could see.
On a visit to Trinidad, Mr Thompson was
taken on a tour of one of the LNG refineries.
"It was the cleanest industrial plant that I
have ever seen," he said.
"It was meticulously clean and I should
know because I have worked in industrial
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As a result of the LNG operation, he said,
Trinidad is growing industrially with manu-
facturing plants coming in from abroad to
open factories there, "all because of the cheap
fuel from LNG."
As for those who claim that an LNG hold-
ing plant on Ocean Cay could adversely affect
our fisheries, Mr Thompson gives the exam-
ple of the small fishing village of Cedros to
negate that argument. Cedros, he said, locat-
ed just across the channel from Point Fortin
- from which the coast of Venezuela can
be seen during the day, and its city lights by
night is teeming with fish.
"It is the biggest fishing industry in
Trinidad," he said. "Boats come in with tons
of fish and no one complains about LNG."
In fact when AES Corporation in the US
demonstrates the safety of natural gas to
marine life it does so with a tank filled with
A cup of LNG is poured into a 50 gallon
fish tank.
The gas immediately evaporates leaving
only a small disc of ice that floats to the top,
which the fish follow and peck at:'
There is no oil, no sheen, nothing only
the small ball of ice.
If a person puts. his finger into LNG his
finger feels cold, but when he removes it it is
completely dry there is no liquid, no oil,
everything has evaporated.
Mr Thompson said that while in Trinidad
he was told that car engines can be trans-
formed to use LNG instead of petrol.
However, he never saw an example,
although he was assured that all vehicles at
the LNG refinery were run on LNG.
Trinidad and Tobago is the largest exporter
of natural gas to the United States.
Production has skyrocketed in recent years.
In 2005 the country produced 1.1 trillion
cubic feet of natural gas up 14 per cent
year on year.
As a result Trinidad and Tobago has ben-
efited from much foreign investment.
Mr Thompson is convinced that the argu-
ment against an LNG pipeline into the
Bahamas would end if the doubting
Thomases could visit the refineries of Point
Fortin in Trinidad.

PM's failure to

remove Laing

indicts his


EDITOR, The Tribune.
ONCE upon a time in the
United Kingdom there was a
general election. At that elec-
tion the Conservative Party led
by Mr Edward (Ted) Heath
defeated the Labour Party. This
was in the 1970's. .
Mr Heath was asked by the
Queen to form the new gov-
ernment and among those
appointed to ministerial office
was a senior conservative fig-
ure called Reginald Maudling.
He was named Home Secretary.
While in opposition, Mr
Maudling served on the Board
of Directors of a private com-
pany controlled by one Mr
Paulson an architect by profes-
sion. Upon taking office as
Home Secretary, Mr Maudling
resigned as a director of this
Some time after this, Mr
Paulson was charged with fraud
in connection with the activities
of another of the companies in
which he had a controlling inter-
As soon as Mr Paulson was
taken before the courts, Mr
Maudling tendered his resigna-
tion to the Prime Minister. Mr
Maudling gave as his reason for
resigning the fact that as Home
Secretary he was titular head of
the police and having served as
a director of one of Mr
Paulson's companies continu-
ing as Home Secretary may give
the appearance that he was
using his position to influence
the police.
In Parliament, members of
the Labour Party declared that
they were satisfied that Mr
Maudling had done nothing
wrong and should not resign.
Mr Maudling's reply to them
was that while he appreciated
their expression of confidence
in his integrity, he was still quit-
ting ensuring that the public had
no doubt about the integrity of
the investigation.

Under the British Common-
wealth style of government we
are guided not only by written
constitutions but also by well
established conventions which
are as important as the consti-
tution itself.
Here in the Bahamas in 2007,
Mr Shane Gibson reluctantly
resigned from the Cabinet of
Prime Minister Christie for one
legitimate reason:
His handling of the resi-
dency application of Anna
Nicole Smith.
Shortly after his resignation
Mr Gibson appeared on ZNS
television, but did not give this
as his reason for resigning. In
fact he said that he had done
nothing wrong and suggested
that the Opposition FNM was
using the:Anna Nicole Smith's
matter to embarrass the gov-
ernment. He however, ended
by asking the Bahamian people
to forgive him.
The Rt Hon Perry Christie.,
the Prime Minister appeared oni
the same ZNS programme and
said that Mr Gibson had done
nothing wrong, this he said was
all FNM propaganda designed
to hurt the PLP. He however
agreed with Mr Gibson in his
decision to resign. This must
have been confusing to many
Bahamians. Mr Christie as a
trained lawyer and Privy Coun-
sellor at that, failed in his duty
to inform the Bahamian people
of the principles involved.
Now we come to the ,case of
Hon Zhivargo Laing. According
to Mr Laing his brother brought
to his attention that his broth-
er's wife a businesswoman was
not charged the correct rate of
duty on a shipment of goods
which she imported into the
On hearing this, Mr Laing

said he took steps to have the
situation corrected. Others
including two members of Par-
liament, and a recently retired
comptroller of customs disputed
Mr Laijng's version of events.
Mr Laing regarded their sto-
ry as.very serious and their fail-
ure to retract it led Mr Laing
to take legal action against
Let us forget for the moment
the two politicians involved and
look at the case against the
retired comptroller of customs.
To make a case against him
required the production of doc-
unients from the Customs
Department and at the trial wit-
ne:sses employed at the Depart-
mlent. As Minister of State for
Finance Mr Laing is responsible
for the day-to-day operation of
the Customs Department, can
Mlr Laing not see the conflict
between the court action he is
taking and his position as Min-
ister of State for Finance? Even
if he did not think it wise to
resign when allegations first
arose, he must have seen that
there was a gaping conflict, once
he decided to take court action.
The most important aspect of
this matter is the position of the
Prime Minister the Rt Hon
Hubert Ingraham.
Like Mr Christie, Mr Ingra-
ham is a trained lawyer and a
Privy Counsellor. He must have
known that Mr Lang did not
disqualify himself from contin-
uing as a Minister. Since the
buck stops with the Prime Min-
ister his failure, to remove Mr
Jamingi in my opinion anpdict-
ment on his administration.
No wonder our young peo-
ple are confused.
No wonder our prisons are
filled to capacity.
When we as leaders fail in
our responsibilities what do we
expect of our followers?
June 27, 2008

BEC's LNG supply would 'slash' pollution level

EDITOR, The Tribune.
In reading the Monday, June
30, 2008 Tribune Business sec-
tion I find it very interesting.
I'm still trying to understand
the reason why the Government
has not approved this project

NOTICE is hereby given,that TELECIA DATUS OF VESEY
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 16th day of JULY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
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or any other. The points that I
applauded from the article are
as follows:
(1) The reduction in the
amount of pollutants, (2,000
* tons sulphur dioxide, 2,000 tons
nitrogen oxide, 150,000 tons car-
bon dioxide).
(2) The reduction of the fuel
costs in the range of $80 to $210
million -based on current costs
(diesel vs LNG) annually over a
15-year period,.
(3) The.building of a LNG
undersea line from Ocean Cay
to Clifton Point in Nassau at a
cost of $150 $200 million.
The article does not in my
mind address the following:
(1) The Iratter of the retro-
fitting of the power plant as we
know that i.t takes a long time
for our system to make up its

This should be handled by a
JV with industry and Govern-
Government should be the
regulator, ensuring the require-
ments are met.
The project would change the
face of this country for the bet-
We need projects that add
long term value to the country
as these type of businesses bring
along new and other down-
stream plants.
That would increase the
employment opportunity for
those children who will be com-
ing out of school in the future.
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'Zero probability' of blasting

damaging Eight Mile Rock homes


wins award

for poem
A LONG time love of writ-
ing, reading and communica-
tion has led Swanee Davis to a
prestigious international poetry
Miss Davis, originally of Por-
gy Bay in Bimini and now resi-
dent of Freeport, has been nom-
inated for the past two years for
the International Society of
Poets' poet of the year award.
Now, she has won the soci-
ety's Editor's Choice Award for
her 2007 poem "My Old Man",
which has been published.
Miss Davis said she has
"always loved poetry and was
inspired by Maya Angelou,
Robert Frost and Langston
She will read some of her
work during The International
Society of Poets' annual poetry
convention and symposium,
which will be held in Las Vegas,
Nevada from July 24 to 27.
The award will help Miss
Davis expand her readership
with a $10,000 publishing deal
and a cash prize of $20,000, as
well as a medallion and trophy.
The prestigious award has
been recognized as a positive
achievement for poetry in the
A copy of the winning poem
can be read online at www.poet-
ry.com, along with the work of
other international winners.
The public can participate by
helping th'e artist tAkin"the
Bahamian flag centre stage in
Las Vegas by donating to
account that has been set up for
this purpose at ScotiaBank.
Asked about her next step,
Miss Davis told The Tribune,
"I hope to publish a book of



for Retired

Police Officers


THE Retired Police Offi-
cer's Association will celebrate
its fourth anniversary on Sun-
day at Wesley Methodist
Church on Baillou Hill Road.
Newly elected president
Grafton Ifill will give remarks
at the service which starts at
Executive members are also
planning a "souse-out" to raise
funds for the association and
are campaigning for a special
ward at Princess Margaret
Hospital for retired police,
according to a spokesman.


Tribune Freeport
"zero probability" of the
dynamite blasting at Bahama
Rock having a damaging
effect on the homes in the
nearby Eight Mile Rock com-
munity, it was claimed.
Walter Reed, general man-
ager at Bahama Rock, gave
his assurance to the media on
Monday during a tour of the
operation and a demonstra-
tion of an actual on-site
underground blasting exer-
Mr Reed explained that the
explosions carried out by
Bahama Rock are less than
one-third of the accepted US
Bureau Mine Standard vibra-
tion level of 0.75dB, which
carries a zero probability of
damage to structures.
"In 2005 and 2006, we were
not as refined on our tech-
niques in those days as we are
today. In fact, since 2006, our
blasting and vibrations have
reduced significantly," he
In August 2006, the gov-
ernment ordered the compa-
ny to cease the blasting after
Eight Mile Rock residents
expressed concerns about
strong vibrations, noise dis-
turbances, and damage to
their homes.
An investigation was con-
ducted and the company
installed seismic monitors in
the Eight Mile Rock commu-
Today, Mr Reed said he is
confident that the blasting
exercises are no longer a
problem or nuisance to the
residents in the area. He not-
ed that investigations have
been conducted and the
results were handed over to
the government.
"We have listened to Port
Authority, government and
the citizens and have reduced
our vibration levels by more
than half. As a result we feel
confident we can go forward
without major irritation to the
community," he said.
According to Mr Reed,
Bahama Rock has never
exceeded the 0.75dB accept-
ed standards for blasting.
"But, more importantly, we

have lowered our internal
standards because of what
can be defined as nuisance
standards," he added.
Although the company has
lowered its standard to 0.5dB,
blasting exercises are still well
below that at 0.20dB.
"That is less than one-third
of the known accepted target
that you can cause any dam-
age to any home. Our blasts
show a downward trend over
the last two years and we
have never exceeded 0.2 Our
average is 0.1 and that is low-
est anywhere," he explained.
Mr Reed said every blast is
measured by three permanent
seismographs that were
installed in Eight Mile Rock.
He said that measurements
of vibrations are transmitted
to them at Bahama Rock.
"We send the information
to DHS and they monitor our
(blasting activity) every day.
They also have portable seis-
mographs and we have never
had any complaints from
them in the last three years.
The information is submitted
to the Grand Bahama Port
Authority," he said.
The company has planned
two town meetings in Eight
Mile Rock.
The first town meeting will
be held on July 17 at Bartlett
Hill Primary and the second
on July 24 at Eight Mile Rock
Bahama Rock, which is
owned by Martin Marietta, is
a major aggregate supplier
and exporter. The company
in Freeport is one of 300
quarry plants owned and

operated by Ms Marietta.
The company has invested
$100 million at its plant in
Freeport, which also pumps
some $20 million into the

Grand Bahama economy
every year. It has played a
major role in the expansion
of the container port, ship-
yard, and the harbour.

The company has also done
much in the area of commu-
nity service, providing over
$200,000 of assistance to
schools and organizations in
the Eight Mile Rock and Pin-
der's Point area.
Bahama Rock is expected
to carry out a major expan-
sion of its operation in
Freeport, but is awaiting
approval of an environmental
impact assessment
"I cannot comment too
much on the EIA because the
review from the Port Author-
ity and other entities is not
yet complete.
"We have not seen any
adverse (environmental
impact) going forward in our
"We have done significant
investigations and various
experts have come over last
year and a half," he said.

Deborah Archer makes

debut as head of Pilot

Clubs International

BAHAMIAN born Deborah Archer, the first non-North
American to head the organisation Pilot Clubs International, has
made her debut before 1,100 members in Phoenix, Arizona.
She has been a member of the 10,000 strong organisation
for nearly 30 years.
In her maiden address, the newly elected president said: "My
challenge to you is for each club to bring in at least one member
this coming year. Only one!"
She stressed to those in attendance at the JW Marriott Desert
Resort and Spa that, "if you accept this challenge, we will have
had the opportunity to welcome 400 new members into our
great organisation."
Mrs Archer announced that the organisation's theme for the
2008 -2009 year is "Friendship and Service around the World"
and said members must look for avenues to establish the spir-
it of Pilot in more communities around the world.


The first Pilot Club was organised in Macon, Georgia in 1921
as a volunteer service organisation for business and profes-
sional women.
Other Pilot Clubs are located throughout the United States,
Canada, Japan and the Bahamas.
Congratulatory video messages were conveyed by the Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham; Minister of Works and Transport
Neko Grant; and former governors general Dame Ivy Dumont
and Sir Orville Turnquest.
Former Pilot scholarship recipient Zhivargo Liang, Minister
of State for Finance and Public Service, addressed the Pilot
Clubs International Council of Leaders on the value of "com-
Around 140 persons from the Bahamas flew out to Phoenix
for the event. One hundred were members of the Bahamas
district and forty were friends and family members of the new-
ly installed international president.
Businessman Sir Albert Miller and Lady Miller and Canon
Harry Bain and Mrs Bain headed the list of well wishers.
Other citizens of the Bahamas who were recognized by the
international body include Angela Burrows, Adviser of the
Year. The Anchor Club of Lucaya was runner up as club of the
Jeannie Hall-Campbell, governor of the Bahamas District, led
the Bahamian delegation.
Next year's convention is scheduled for San Diego,



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The fight against



SUSPECTED illegal immigrants take
whatever belongings they can carry
on to buses.

In an effort to
increase efficien-
cy in the fight
against illegal
immigration, the
Department of
now carries out
two deportation
exercises each
The Tribune was
invited to witness
one such exer-
cise, which began
at sunrise at the
Road Detention
More than 100
suspected illegal
immigrants all
Haitians were
loaded on to
three buses and
transported to
the Lynden Pin-
dling Interna-
tional Airport.
They were put
on a Bahamasair
flight for Haiti.

GB PLP vice chairman hits back at Laing

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama PLP vice chairman
Patrick Davis said he takes
"grave exception" to remarks
made by Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing, who

accused the PLP on Grand
Bahama of nit-picking and "cre-
ating political mischief".
"We respond today and take
issue with young Minister of
State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing's rebuttal to the charges
we made last Monday against
the government's handling of
the recent Customs tariff regime

changes, and the adverse affect
the increased rates of Customs
duties are now having and will
continue to have on the general
populace," said Mr Davis.
Mr Davis, a CPA and busi-
nessman, said the FNM gov-
ernment has merged the seven
per cent stamp tax with the
basic duty rates and then round-
ed that figure up by an addi-
tional three per cent for a 10
per cent increase.
"If, indeed, the concerns we
raised are in Laing's view nit-
picking and an attempt at cre-
ating political mischief, then we
are extremely fearful that this
youthful minister of state has
been given a portfolio he knows
very little about. And his insen-
sitivity to the struggles poor,
hard working Bahamians are
enduring at the moment, is
patently obvious."
Forrester Carroll, a senior
executive member of the PLP,
questioned the government's
legal right to enforce Customs
duty rates on some imported
goods under the Excise Tariff
Act, saying the Tariff Act, as
legislated by the parliament for
imported goods, shows that
those items are duty free.
"We cite for example; auto-
mobiles, their parts and acces-
sories under chapter 87; cigars,
and cigarettes under chapter 24;
perfumes and toilet water under
char.er 33 and some leather
goods under chapter 42," he
"We contend that the gov-
ernment cannot, legally, apply
the tariff rates designed for

goods produced domestically
(excise tariff) to imported
goods; which is essentially what
they are doing in this whole
exercise," he said.
Mr Carroll, a former senior
Customs officer, said the FNM
government have created a tar-
iff for imported goods (the Tar-
iff Act), and a tariff for domes-
tically produced goods (the
Excise Tariff). He explained
that these are unrelated in their
applications legally and the
rates under one cannot be
applied legally to the other or
vice versa.
"We are aware of the gov-
ernment's dilemma in trying to
avoid the probing eyes of the
WTO by pretending to comply
with their demands to reduce
or eliminate, altogether, high
tariff rates on all imported
"However, the PLP will nev-
er agree that a government of
the Bahamas should do so by
fraudulent means. This attempt
by the FNM to disguise what
they are really doing, in fact,
could create a legal nightmare
for the country," he said.
Mr Carroll said that the Bill
for an Act to make New Provi-
sions for the Imposition and
Collection of Custom Duties,
states "that an order imposing
increased duties under subsec-
tion (2) shall specify the date
on which it is to come into effect
and shall be published in the
Gazette at least five days before
that date."
Mr Carroll and Mr Davis said
the FNM government has failed

to publish the changes in the
Mr Davis said: "We challenge
Minister Laing and his substan-
tive minister of finance (Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham, or
anyone else in his government
to refute with facts not words
- that:
because of the recent bud-
get exercise, Customs duties
have increased between three
and 18 per cent
the government may have
reduced the 160 items classified
under the tariff headings in
chapters one to 21 by two per
cent, but, at the same time,
increased the duty by various
percentages on more than
160,000 items classified under
the remaining headings of the
tariff in chapters 22 to 97;
because of the government
cleverly merging the seven per
cent Stamp Tax with the base
duty rate and then rounding
that figure up by another three
per cent, returning passengers
by air or sea and those with bins
on Discovery Cruise Lines, will
all now have to pay, as of July 1,
10 per cent more in Customs
"Minister Laing contends that
the budget provides significant
tax relief to the.poor and middle
class. We disagree and chal-
lenge, not only him, but the sub-
stantive minister of finance to
show us where this significant
tax relief will come from, giv-
en the significant increases we
have already cited. We await
the FNM's response," said Mr

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Felix Stubbs

named GBPA

FELIX N Stubbs has been
named as the new chairman
of the Grand Bahama Port
Both Mr Stubbs and Erik
Christiansen were recently
appointed by the Supreme
Court of the Bahamas as
independent directors to
GBPA's board and the Port
Group Limited (PGL),
Mr Christiansen was also
recently named chairman of
GBPA is primarily owned
by Intercontinental Diversi-
fied Corporation (IDC) and
is responsible for the admin-
istration, management and
regulation of the City of
Freeport under the terms of
the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
PGL is also owned by IDC
and consists of a group of
companies, including the
Grand Bahama Utility Com-
pany Limited; Freeport
Commercial and Industrial
Limited; Bourbon Street
Limited (Port Lucaya Mar-
ketplace); Port Lucaya
Resort and Yacht Club, and
Corrick Limited.
PGL is also a joint venture
partner of the Grand
Bahama Development Com-
pan* Freeport H.irbour
Company Limited, Grand
Bahama Airport Company
Limited, and the Sea Air
Business Centre.
The board of directors said
it is "delighted" to have Mr
Stubbs and Mr Christiansen
as chairmen of GBPA and
PGL respectively, to assist
in charting the course for the
future -of Freeport and
Grand Bahama.


take another


for tamer job

THE space station's two Russ-
ian astronauts stepped outside for |
the second time in less than a
week Tuesday, taking a space-
walk that promised to be tame
compared to last week's work
with explosives, according to
Associated Press.
Although Sergei Volkov and
Oleg Kononenko had a lengthy
to-do list, none of the chores were
expected to be notably compli-
cated or dangerous this time
The job included installing a
docking target to be used when a
new Russian mini research mod-
ule. arrives next year, rearranging
some foot restraints, and installing
a new science experiment to the
outside of the international space-
station and bringing back inside
an experiment that looked at cos-
mic effects on bacteria and fungi.
The Russian Space Agency
originally planned just one space-
walk for Volkov and Kononenko.
But another spacewalk was added
and took priority to remove an
explosive bolt from the Soyuz
capsule parked at the space sta-
tion; the unprecedented work was

carried out successfully Thursday
by the pair.
The explosives in the bolt had
as much force as a big M-80 fire-
cracker and could have blown off
their hands. The bolt was placed
in a blast-proof cylinder and tak-
en back into the space station; the
two Russians will carry it with
them when they fly back to Earth
in the Soyuz in October.
Russian space officials want to
avoid the steep, off-course
descents that shook up the last
two returning Soyuz crews. Engi-
neers still do not know what went
wrong, but suspect some of the
explosive bolts may not have fired

Just Rush junkanoo parade

participants stranded at airport

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A large number of
Junkanoo participants.in the Just Rush
Parade were left stranded in the Grand
Bahama International Airport domes-
tic section on Sunday evening.
Members of New Providence
junkanoo groups claimed that no tick-
ets were left for them at the airport as
was promised to them by parade
organizers for their return home fol-

RBDF launches -

youth camp


TO KEEP youngsters occu-
pied during the hot days of
summer, the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force has launched
a six-week summer youth
camp programme.
The summer-long camp,
which is currently being con-
ducted at the Defence Force
facilities in Coral Harbour, is
the first ever of its kind to be
held. Approximately 130 chil- Marir
dren, ranging in ages from five ng a
to 16, are learning a variety of Ro
personal skills through char- su
acter building activities, sude
Some of the activities which ude
the students are expected to
learn more about in the com-
ing weeks include craft and
needlework, first-aid, fire and
safety, various types of ropes and ac
and knots used by both the dance.
military and mariners, and torical
academic subjects such as With
mathematics and English. being
Those students who cannot establs
swim will be taught to do so dren ar
by the marines at the Coral de nts
Harbour base. Defenc
The youngsters will also be program
taking part in other recre- nated s
national activities, which will and ma
include various sporting games run unt

lowing the parade in Freeport on Sat-
The members waited at the airport
up until llpm and were eventually
forced to stay overnight in Grand
Parade organiser Peter Adderley
issued a statement.on Monday apolo-
gising for the inconvenience.
"While the 2nd annual Just Rust
Parade was a huge success on Grand
Bahama this past weekend and
organizers wish to commend members
of Roots, Saxon, Valley boys, and

Swingers for a magnificent perfor-
mance we wish to publicly apologise
to the New Providence participants
who waited long hours at Freeport's
domestic airport and to those groups
members who were forced to
overnight," he said.
Mr Addeiley said that following a
bad weather forecast, organizers decid-
ed to have those junkanooers who
travelled to Grand Bahama by boat
to return to New Providence by plane.
"We thought it fitting to fly them
home. Unfortunately, this decision cre-

ated chaos at the airport, and because
of bad weather a significant number of
scheduled flights were postponed," he
"We truly share the pain of these
talented and dedicated cultural heroes
who were kept from their family mem-
bers, jobs, and were brutally inconve-
"It is our hope that the historic
and tremendous performances would
not be over shadowed by a number
of inexcusable delayed flights," he

LEFT: A participant at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
summer youth camp programme performing first aid.

SOME OF the youngsters at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force sum-
mer youth camp in Coral Harbour taking part in art and craftwork.

PARTICIPANTS AT the Royal Bahamas Defence Force summer
youth camp playing in the sand at the Coral Harbour base.

Progress Energy wins approval
for two Florida nuclear plants

CENTRAL Florida's largest
power provider, Progress Ener-
gy, won approval Tuesday from
a state regulatory agency to
build two new nuclear power
plants, according to Associated
It was the second time in four
months the Public Service Com-
mission has approved nuclear
expansion in Florida.
The PSC approved Progress
Energy's request for new reac-
tors in Levy County near the
Gulf of Mexico, about 10 miles
north of Crystal River and eight
miles inland from the gulf.
"They're encouraging nuclear
as part of Florida's energy
future which we think is a good
thing," Progress spokesman
Vincent Dolan said. "Nuclear
will provide a stable energy

source for the future."
Progress must still get
approval from environ- ..,tal
regulators -'. ,iie federal
Nucrl:, regulatory Commis-
Florida's largest electric util-
ity, Florida Power & Light, was
given the OK in March to go
ahead with plans for two new
nuclear generators at its Turkey
Point facility in South Florida.
Progress serves about 1.7 mil-
lion customers in Florida, most-
ly in the Tampa Bay area, the
Orlando suburbs and the Big
Bend region stretching along
the Gulf of Mexico.
The new plants will provide
energy for another 1.3 million
average residential homes using
1,200 kilowatt hours monthly
and meet Progress' energy
needs through 2023, the PSC

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FROM page one THE Queen's Certificate and I
Honour in the Queen's birthday
were awarded yesterday to the f(
no information about how persons as announced by Gove
long McNeil can be held by House yesterday:
US police without being offi-
cially charged with an offence. Rev Alpheus Woodside for
It has now been two Weeks and education
since McNeil was taken into Mr Carter Ronald for his cont
custody by US police, to civic organizations.
Staff at the Bahamas Con- Mr Henry Adderley for his l
sulate in Miami reportedly outstanding service in The Public
alerted the police after McNeil (retired).
applied for and received a new Mr Errol Bodie for his cont]
passport from their office. to education and athletics in The B
Bahamian police are cur- (retired).
rently still in Florida where the Ms Norma Headley for her l
21 -year-old man is being held. dedicated service in the hospitality
A person close to the matter and the community.
told The Tribune last week Mr Sydney Godet for his 36
that McNeil is being held in outstanding and dedicated service
Florida on matters related to ness.
immigration violations. Mr Joseph Sweeting for his out:
The source explained that
McNeil overstayed his time in Staff review
the US and did not have the Staff review
necessary travel documents to
return to New Providence. perm it ap
According to the source, pe
McNeil's family is watching
the situation very closely and is bid to 'clean
reportedly willing to sue the
Bahamas police force and the
United States government if FROM page one
their relative's legal rights are
violated in any way. "What we want to do firstly is
The family reportedly deal with the basics."
believe that the police are The work to enhance produc-
being too myopic in their tivity and responsiveness at the
investigation by not looking at department comes as the gov-
more plausible suspects. ernment announced major
The source claimed that increases in the cost of applying
McNeil had sprained his ankle for new work permits and
two weeks prior to Mr Tay- renewals from $25 to $100 -
lor's murder, and that he had and for the permits themselves
one leg in a cast and was walk- once approved.
ing on crutches at the time the The price rises came into
handbag designer was brutally effect along with the rest of the
slain in his Mountbatten budgetary changes on July 1.
House home last November. Yesterday the Bamboo Town
MP noted that there have not
been increases in the costs of
M an chaPrged these items in a "long time",
IIan chd adding that they came in a bud-
get which also offered a lot of
FROM page one "exemptions" in other areas.
Mr McCartney said that it
took staff at his Department
of gold earrings valued at $60. from 10am until 8.30pm on Mon-
Pinder pleaded not guilty to day to assess the hundreds of
the charges. The cases were outstanding applications. He
adjourned to August 29. received indications from staff
The accused who was that the process of informing
arraigned before Magistrate applicants on the decisions will
Derrence Rolle at Court 5, begin on Thursday.
Bank Lane was denied bail Meanwhile, the minister and
yesterday. Pinder was ordered his team will travel to Freeport
to be remanded to Her tomorrow to "do the same thing"
Majesty's Prison. Before being there.
taken away, the accused asked Mr McCartney said he has
the Magistrate to order.that he i personallysopht to fin~d out why
see a doctor at He r MLiiest \j .it is that somn appli'caffiions iav
Prison. taken mriont lo come before the

Certificate and Badge of Honour awards

Badge of

ong and
ong and
years of
in busi-

contribution in the field of
Mrs Mary Carroll-Johnson for her
extensive contribution in the field of busi-
Ms Ernesta Patricia Reid for her dis-
tinguished service in the field of educa-
Ms Katrina Livingstone for her long
and dedicated service in the hospitality
industry, community and church.
Ms Melanie Elizabeth Thompson for
her community service.
Rev Alonzo Hinsey for religion.
Mr David Major for his outstanding
service in the construction field for 50 years
Mr Laban Brown for his 50 years of
service in the field of nursing.
Ms Janet Adderley for her dedicated
private sector service.
Mr Thomas Cooper Sr for his dedicat-
ed service in the construction field.
Mr Dave Hamilton for his dedicated

v 400 work

lications in

L up' backlog
board for a decision.
Asked how many applications
now remain to be decided, the
minister said he is also waiting
for this figure.
"I have asked for the full list-
ing of backdated applications. I
want the full gamut."
According to Mr McCartney
his drive to improve the system is
motivated in large part by expe-
rience of dealing with the
Department as a citizen.
"I know the frustration and
I'm trying to rectify those frus-
trations that I felt prior to getting
The business community has
long complained about the
length of time that work permits
and renewals can take to be
decided upon by the govern-
Dionisio D'Aguilar, President
of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, has lamented in par-
ticular about the "uncertainty"
that currently prevails in rela-
tion to the waiting time for work
Yesterday Mr McCartney hes-
itantly claimed that he is aiming
for a one week processing time
for work permit renewals cou-
pled with around a two and a
half week assessment period for
new permits an even more
.optimistic projection than that
given by his predecessor Elma
..Campbell at a public forum in

community service.
Mr Cecil A Hepburn for his business
and community service.
Ms Alice Walkin for her business and
community service.
Mr Ronald R Bartlett for his business
and community service.
Mr Granville Lewis for his business
and community service.
Mr Neville C Knowles for his business
and community service.
Bishop Edward Nathaniel Missick for
religion and community service.
Ms Shelia Naomi Moss for her out-
standing contribution to the private sec-
tor and community.
Mr Hickwood Goshen Heastie for his
outstanding contribution to the private sec-
tor and the community.
Ms Gloria Yvonne Walkes for her out-
standing service to the community.
Mr Ronald Basis Charlow for his out-
standing service to the community.

Ms Jacqueline Turnquest for her out-
standing service to the community.
Ms Shelagh Strachan for her 42 years
of dedicated service in the field of educa-
tion (retired).
Mr Wilfred Butler for education and
community service.
Ms Laura Ritchie for her long and ded-
icated service in the field of education.
Mr Frank Preston Reid for his long
and outstanding career in the public ser-
Ms Gwendolyn Turner for her dedi-
cated public and community service.
Mr James Alexander Fernander, JP
for his meritorious service to the commu-
nity and The Bahamas, as well as his out-
standing contribution in the field of agri-
Mr Calvin Spence, JP for his meritori-
ous service to the community and The
Bahamas, as well as for being an out-
standing businessman.

Bus drivers
FROM page one
ment of the latter.
He claimed that in view of rising fuel prices
some employees "go home with nothing" once
they have given back cash to their boss and paid
for gas.
Responding to the demonstrations yesterday,
PTAB president Reuben Rahming told a local
radio station that while he understood the con-
cerns of the drivers, he.did not think they
expressed them in the right way.
Of this, Mr Jacques said: "I expect him to say
we went.in the wrong way because of his loyal-
ty to the government. He has a problem with
leading a demonstration against government of
the day which he supports."
The bus and taxi driver added: "It could be
PLP or FNM I would carry out a demonstra-
tion if government fails to deliver in a timely
Mr Jacques claims that a minimum $2 to $3
fare increase is necessary in the face of "soaring"
gas prices.
The Tribune attempted to reach Minister of
Works and Transport Neko Grant for comment
yesterday, however he was said to be in Cabinet
and did not return calls up to press time.

PLP official

FROM page one
ment. Police prosecutor Inspector Althea Porter
asked that the matter be adjourned to November 5
which is when Butler is expected to be arraigned on
the assault charge.
Butler, a senior partner in the law firm C.F
Butler and Associates, is the grandson of the late
Sir Milo B Butler, the first Bahamian Governor
Gefierai. He also writes a column in The Nassau
Guardian and hosts the weekly political talk show
Parliament Street on.Islhnd FM. He also series
as a director of the Rotary Club of West Nassau.

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Morton Salt

FROM page one
In acquiring Rohm and Haas, Dow Chemicals will
now control seven solar salt plants through its acqui-
sition of Morton Salt six in the United States and
one in the Bahamas- six rock salt plants and 10 evap-
oration salt plants throughout the US and Canada,
and six warehouses across the US.
In a statement released on July 10, Dow's Corporate
office informed its shareholders that the'acquisition of
Rohm and Haas will make Dow the world's "leading
specialty chemicals and advanced materials compa-
ny", combining the two organizations' best-in-class
technologies, broad geographic reach and strong indus-
try channels to create an outstanding business portfo-
lio with significant growth opportunities..
Andrew N Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO said:
"The acquisition of Rohm and Haas is a defining step
in our transformational strategy to shape the 'Dow of
Tomorrow' a high value, diversified chemicals and
materials company, creating the largest specialty chem-
icals company in the United States with a leading
global position in performance products and advanced
"The addition of Rohm and Haas' portfolio is game-
changing for Dow, enabling us to accelerate the growth
of our Performance business portfolio and affording us
a strong position in the global specialty chemicals and
advanced materials sectors. Rohm and Haas brings us
access to new and exciting technologies and offers an
extended reach into emerging geographies, all of which
are highly complementary to Dow's existing platforms
and value growth priorities," he said.
However,.the chairman's statements remained
vague about Morton Salt's future, especially its inter-
est in the Bahamas. In fact, it is understood that while
staff at the company has been notified of the sale, it is
still unclear whether employment at the salt producing
factory will be affected.
Despite this, however, the transaction has been
unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of
both companies, and remains subject to approval by
the shareholders of Rohm and Haas, as well as cus-
tomary conditionsand approval of appropriate regu-
latory authorities.




The Water and Sewerage Corporation is pleased to invite qualified
companies to submit Tender to upgrade and maintain CCTV equipment for the
Water and Sewerage Corporation.

Interested companies can pick up a set of documents at the Corporation's Main
Headquarters #87 Thompson for a fee of Fifty dollars ($50.00). A Pre-Bid Tour
of the facilities is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23" at 11:00am. All
completed Bid Documents and supporting information must be sealed and
submitted to the WSC by 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 30t 2008.

Tender are to be sealed in an envelope marked "Tender for
CCTV/Surveillance & Equipment Services" and to include service
replacement and repair of all equipment under warranty, repair of equipment,
and delivered to the attention of:

The General Manager
Water.& Sewerage Corporation
Administration Building
No. 87 Thompson Boulevard
P.O. Box N-3905
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mr. Godfrey Sherman
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Telephone: (242) 302-5504
Please note that the Corporation reserves the right to evaluate each proposal
based on merit and qualifications, and that award will not necessary go to the
lowest bidder. Proposals will be evaluated based on Price, Experience
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Storm brewing in Thrks and Caicos

A CATEGORY 5 hurri-
cane is brewing right
next-door to us in the Turks and
Caicos Islands, but most Bahami-
ans don't have a clue about what's
The governor there just
announced a commission of
inquiry to probe official corrup-
tion, a British warship is stand-
ing by, and there are fears that
London may be preparing to sus-
pend the islands' constitution -
for the second time.
The inquiry begins in Septem-
ber in the face of strong objec-
tioas from Premier Michael Mis-
ick, who was re-elected in a land-
slide last year. It will be headed
by Sir Robin Auld, a leading
British jurist who now serves on
Bermuda's court of appeal.
Auld's appointment follows a
report by British MPs calling on
the Foreign Office to investigate
the TCI government.
The call for an inquiry was
part of a wide-ranging review of
the state of Britain's so-called
overseas territories those
anachronistic hangovers from its
glory days as an imperial power.
In addition to TCI, the territo-
ries include the Cayman Islands,
the British Virgin Islands, Anguil-
la, Montserrat and Bermuda in
this part of the world.
In other corners of the globe
they include historical bits and
pieces like the Falklapd Islands,
Gibraltar, St Helena, the Pitcairn
Islands, South Georgia, the Cha-
gos Islands and the British
Antarctic Territory.
The House of Commons com-
mittee received dozens of sub-
missions from Turks and Caicos
residents many in confidence.
Their report concluded that "seri-
ous allegations of corruption are
already damaging TCI's reputa-
tion, and there are signs that they
may soon begin to affect the
islands' tourism industry. There is
also a great risk that they will
damage the UK's own reputation
for promoting good governance."
Referring to a "palpable cli-
mate of fear" in the territory, the
report accused the Foreign Office
of being "too hands off" amid
concerns about "rampant" cor-
ruption within the TCI govern-
ment and the suppression of free-
dom of speech by the Misick
administration. Concerns were
also expressed about money laun-
deringiandthecscale ofidilegal
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Haitian immigration. It's like a
throwback to the last days of the
Pindling regime in the Bahamas.
Finally, the committee warned
that it would take "all appropriate
steps" if there was any retaliation
against witnesses by the Misick
government. A recent series of
arson attacks on the islands' main
courthouse and the offices of the
attorney general have been seen
as attempts to intimidate the jus-
tice system.
Premier Misick, a lawyer and
former businessman, is at the cen-
tre of the corruption claims. He is
alleged to have built up a multi-
million dollar fortune since he
was first elected in 2003 with
declared assets of only $50,000.
And he has also vastly inflated
the cost of the premier's office.
According to official figures, the
premier's salary and expenses
have risen from $170,000 in 2003
to over $4 million last year.
In its report, the British par-
liamentary committee also noted
that Misick is currently under
investigation by US lawmen over
the alleged rape of an American
citizen. The premier's biggest
claim to fame so far is his 2006
marriage to American starlet Lis-
aRaye McCoy, which former
tourism minister Obie Wilch-
combe attended as a groomsman.
The allegations of sexual assault
against Misick hive sparked
rumours of an impending divorce.
For the past several years, TCI
has enjoyed a booming economy
similar to ours fueled by resi-
dential/resort development and
offshore finance but this has
apparently been part of the prob-
lem. The British report focused
on claims that Misick and his fel-
low Progressive National Party
ministers were enriching them-
selves from the sale of Crown
land to speculators. Misick has
dismissed the report as "unbal-
anced" and denied any wrongdo-
In a related matter, the colo-
nial authorities. recently hatted
construction' ofa huge artificial,
island in a national, park off the
',coast of Providenciales that critics

said was an environmental disas-
ter in the making. According to
Governor Richard Tauwhare, the
developer, Rodney Propps of
Provo's Leeward Group, did not
have planning permission for the
massive project.
Careful to avoid political
favouritism, the governor said the
inquiry will look at complaints
against both the current PNM

"Premier Misick, a
lawyer and former
businessman, is at
the centre of the
corruption claims.
He is alleged to have
built up a multi-
million dollar
fortune since he was
first elected in 2003
with declared assets
of only $50,000. And
he has also vastly
inflated the cost of
the premier's office."

administration and the previous
Peoples Democratic Movement
government under former pre-
mier Derek Taylor. The PDM
was the party that would have
taken TCI into independence in
the early 1980s had it not been
for the death of former Chief
Minister J.A.G.S. McCartney,
who was its leading proponent.
"The Commission is directed
to inquire into possible acts in
relation to elected members, past
or present, of the House of
Assembly," the governor
declared ominously. "This
includes members from either
party, and also those persons who
are no longer members or holding
ministerial office."
n .. He-said.thatin. addition to.
investigating corruption, the
' Commission would'also report on "
any "systemic weaknesses in leg-

isolation, regulation and adminis-
tration" which it may identify dur-
ing its proceedings.
But even before the commis-,
sion holds its first hearing, the
governor cited a number of
efforts to clean house. An inde-
pendent Integrity Commission
was being established, with exten-
sive powers to investigate cor-
ruption in the territory. Work is
also underway on measures to
improve the management of
Crown land, which lies at the
heart of many of the current and
earlier allegations.
The Turks and Caicos Islands
are geographically part of the
Bahamas and were politically
united with us under British rule
from the 1700s until the mid-nine-
teenth century, when they
became a dependency of Jamaica.
The islands were re-connected to
the Bahamas in 1962, when,
Jamaica became independent, but
chose to remain British in 1973,
when we gained our indepen-

The latest corruption con-
troversy is the biggest
flap in these islands since 1985,
when former chief minister Nor-
man Saunders and his minister of
development and commerce
Stafford Missick, a former offi-
cial of the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, were arrested in Miami
on drug trafficking and bribery
charges. They were both convict-
ed and imprisoned in the US, and
the British suspended the consti-
tution to impose direct rule.
After a revamped constitution
was restored two years later, the
Peoples Democratic Movement
under Oswald Skippings won a
landslide election victory. Inter-
estingly, both Skippings and
Nathaniel Francis, the man who
had replaced Saunders as PNP
leader, had been deemed unfit
for office by British investigators.
The PDM remained the dom-
inant party until the 2003 legisla-
tive elections, when the PNM
won 8 out of 13 seats and Misick
became chief minister. In Febru-
ary 2007 the PNP was re-elected
with 13 of 15 seats in the unicam-
eral legislature.
A look back at the 1967
Bahamas Commission of Inquiry
Sir Robin Auld, the British
judge who will be leading the TCI
.inquiry, happened to be a mem-
ber of the 1967 commission of

inquiry in the Bahamas, which
was part and parcel of the politi-
cal upheavals that took place here
in the late 60s. Since he will soon
be back in the neighbourhood,
it's worth recalling that earlier
The commission was formed
to probe payoffs by Freeport casi-
no interests to Bahamian gov-
ernment officials. It began meet-
ing in the now-demolished Royal
Victoria Hotel soon after the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party narrowly
came to power on an anti-cor-
ruption and majority rule plat-
form in 1967.
The investigation was pro-
voked by reports in the Wall
Street Journal and other publica-
tions of personal and political
payments to the former United
Bahamian Party government of
more than $2.5 million by the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
and its subsidiaries over several
These charges were credited
with the epochal defeat of the
Bay Street Boys, and ushered in a
quarter century of PLP rule under
the late Sir Lynden Pindling.
They also led to the self-imposed
exile of former finance minister
Sir Stafford Sands, once the most
dominant figure in Bahamian
public life.
Former UBP premier Sir
Roland Symonette had agreed to
an inquiry before the January 10
election, but it was not appointed
until March, by the new PLP gov-
ernment. Scores of witnesses were
heard over a 45-day period,
before the commission's 140-page
report was published in the fall.
The back story to this was a
change in the law banning gam-
bling to allow special exemptions
for resort casinos. This was done
in 1939 to legalise the casinos at
Cat Cay and in the Bahamian
Club on West Bay Street. In 1963
a third exemption was granted
for Freeport, which was under
development by the private
Grand Bahama Port Authority.
It was this decision taken by
the governor-in-council that
led to all the trouble.
The developers said Freeport
needed the casinos to help lure
investors and visitors to the
island. The idea was pursued
through Sir Stafford, who was
retained as the Port's lawyer. In
those days government leaders
did not receive a salary and con-
tinued to earn their Hiving from

the private sector. The Monte
Carlo Casino opened in Freeport
in 1964.
The inquiry found that the
police commissioner had allowed
undesirables to be employed at
the Monte Carlo. He had also
received a discounted house lot
and an investment license from
the Port. He was forced to resign.
The "undesirables" included sev-
eral US fugitives who were in
Freeport at the direction of
American organised crime chiel
Meyer Lanksy.

S ir Stafford (who was
finance and tourism min-
ister at the time) received over
$1.8 million in consultancy fees
from the Port between 1962 and
1966. Other officials who received
payoffs included the premier, Sir
Roland Symonette; Dr Raymond
Sawyer; Exuma MP Freddie
Brown; and House Speaker Bob-
by Symonette.
Payments were also made to
other individuals and groups in
the colony some of them
strong critics of casino gambling
--in an effort to soften opposi-
tion to the project. The Port also
paid over $320,000 to the UBP
via Sir Stafford "to keep that par-
ty in power", according to chair-
man Keith Gonsalves.
But the PLP did not come out
unscathed either. Premier Pin-'
dling was questioned on his close
ties with Mike McLaney, an
unsavoury American who ran
casinos in Cuba until the 1959
revolution. McClaney contributed
over $60,000 to the PLP in the
expectation of getting a casino
licence if the party won power.
In January 1968, after publi-
cation of the commission report,
the PLP passed a motion of cen-
sure in Parliament against those
UBP leaders who had accepted
payoffs and threatened them'with
criminal prosecution.
The government also intro-
duced salaries for public officials
and drafted a code of ethics pro-
hibiting ministers from accepting
substantial gifts from persons
doing business with the govern

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World juniors welcomed home

Senior Sports Reporter

DECORATED with her gold and
bronze medals, Sheniqua 'Q' Fergu-
son returned home to a welcome cere-
mony by the Ministry of Sports, the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations and her family and friends.
Calling her performances the great-
est individual feat achieved by any
Bahamian at an international meet,
the BAAA president Mike Sands said
they were proud of Ferguson and the
rest of the contingent at the 12th IAAF
World Junior Championships last
The team, which produced four indi-
vidual finalists along with two relay
finals, touched down on their Ameri-
can Airlines flight shortly after 4 pm
yesterday at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport.
Once they disembarked where they
were greeted on the tarmac by Sands
and Archie Nairn, the permanent sec-
retary at the Ministry of Sports, the
team flocked into the VIP lounge
where a small welcome home ceremo-
ny took place.
Ferguson, the 200m champion and
100m bronze medalist, was greeted by
her parents and other family members
who displayed placards congratulating
her on her performances.

SOME MEMBERS of the Bahamas' team to the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships are shown on their arrival home from Poland
yesterday at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Seated (I-r) are Mike Sands, president of the BAAA, world junior champion
Sheniqua'Q' Ferguson, Archie Nairn, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sports and team manager Doris Wood. In the back row
are some of the other team members.

"This is certainly an exciting time
for all Bahamians," said Nairn, who
offered remarks on behalf of Minister
of Sports Desmond Bannister, who is
currently abroad.
"It is with a sense of pride that I wel-
come home the management and staff
that represented us at the 12th World
Junior Championships in Poland last

Nairn, who congratulated the
BAAA for the positiveness that they
continue to provide for the country,
said since competing in the champi-
onships in 1986, the Bahamas has nev-
er seen a team as successful as this one
in Poland.
"I encourage your association, Mr
President, to continue to push your
athletes to higher heights," he said.

"To the athletes and management and
staff, let me express the gratitude of a
proud and gracious nation."
While the spotlight was on Fergu-
son, Nairn mentioned the women's
4xl00m relay team that just missed
getting a medal in the final when they
were nipped at the tape.
But he noted that they should be
commended for setting a national

junior record in the preliminaries.
And he also commended the men's
4x400m relay team that finished sev-
enth in the final, Krystal Bodie, who
was fifth in the women's 100mH final
and Raymond Higgs, who got seventh
in the men's high jump final.
But he noted that Ferguson demon-
strated to the world that the Bahamas
is preparing the next group of "Golden.
Girls" and she should be highly com-
mended for surpassing the highest lev-
el of any Bahamian athlete at the
Sands said while they congratulate
the team, he noted that this was just a
small indication of the celebration that
they will receive.
Team manager Doris Wood took
the time out to thank God for allowing
them to go to Poland and return with-
.out any harm.
She also praised the parents for
entrusting their children in their care,
noting that the team performed excep-
tionally well and she was very proud of
And assistant manager Wayne Smith
said the trip was an exciting one
because they got to learn a lot more
about each athlete individually.
"The whole team performed excep-
tionally well," he said. "On behalf of
the parents, your athletes are all very
proud of you. Thank you for allowing
us to travel with them."

'Our Golden Girl'

Senior Sports Reporter

THE trip to the 12th IAAF World Junior
Championships is one that will linger in Sheni-
qua 'Q' Ferguson's mind forever.
The 18-year-old came home yesterday with
the greatest performance ever achieved by any
Bahamian at a major international meet when
she won the gold in the 200m and the bronze in
the 100m in Poland last week.
"I wanted to get the gold in the 100m, but
that didn't happen, so going into my 200m, I
said I needed to get this gold medal," said Fer-
guson as she reflected on her performance.
"But I was extremely tired about the rounds.
I had three rounds of the 100m, two rounds of
the 200m and then one round of the 4xl00m.
So I was extremely tired. But I said let me just
run and let God do the rest."
The rest was history as Ferguson added the
national junior title to the double title she
claimed last month at the National Junior Col-
lege Track and Field Championships.
"I knew that I would do it for sure because
God got me this far and I knew he wouldn't
leave me," said Ferguson, a member of the
Christ the King Anglican Church. "I just want-
ed to go out there as the team leader and set
the example for everyone else."
As the team returned home yesterday at the
Lynden Pindling International Airport where
they were greeted in the VIP lounge by family

ss. '

SHENIQUA 'Q' FERGUSON is flocked by her family and friends as she displayed the gold and bronze medals
she won last week...

members and friends, Ferguson thanked the
management team for the role they played on
behalf of her teammates.
"For my teammates, I thank you for sup-
porting me, Krystal (Bodie), Nevia (Smith),
Raymond (Higgs), Brandon (Miller), Juan
(Lewis) for supporting me in my 200m," she
"Even though everybody didn't get a medal,
this medal is for all of us."
The somewhat shy and soft-spoken Fergu-
son said they really wanted to win a medal in
the women's 4xl00m relay, but they fell short
in the final when they were nipped by Brazil at
the finish line.
"We set a new national record (in the heat),"
said Ferguson, referring to the make-up of the
team that included herself, V'Alonee Robin-
son, Tia Rolle and Nivea Smith.
"Krystal (Bodie) didn't run the heats because
she had the hurdles. But in the final after her
hurdles, she came running over and she was so
hyped to run that we put her number on back-
Despite the mix-up, Ferguson said they went
out and they gave it their best, only to fall
short of third place.
"I still think to this day, Nivea nipped that
girl," said Smith of the photo finish for third
place with Brazil.
Because she's not a person who shows her

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Team members pleased with their performances

Senior Sports Reporter

DESPITE the fact that only
Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson
emerged as a medalist at the
12th IAAF World Junior
Championships, her teammates
were just as pleased with their
performances in Poland.
The team returned home yes-
terday where they were greeted
at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport by the Min-
istry of Sports, the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associ-
ations and their family and
"My trip was good overall. I
was very excited that Sheniqua
got a gold in the 200m and a
bronze in the 100m," said Krys-
tal Bodie, a teammate of Fer-
guson at Southwest Mississippi
Community College.
"I was also excited that I was
a finalist in the 100m hurdles
and I didn't false start this year.
So I was very happy with
As for the women's 4xl00m
relay team that just missed get-
ting the bronze when they were
nipped at the finish line by
Brazil, Bodie said she was ready

to go out and run after she
watched her peers break the
national junior record in the
"I was so hyper that I had my
number put on backwards," she
said. "But I will be ready for
the next time."
Nivea Smith, the Grand
Bahama high school sensation
who didn't get into the final of
the 200m and ran the anchor
leg as they missed the medal in
the relay final, said it was a pret-
ty good trip.
On her individual perfor-
mance, Smith said: "I guess my
legs gave up on me coming
down the end of the season.
Hopefully, next year I will do
a lot better."
Looking back at the relay,
Smith said she still feels that "I
beat her."
"But whatever God has
planned for us, whatever he has
for us, we will get it. It just was-
n't for us this time."
And Raymond Higgs, who
didn't perform as well as he
expected in the men's high
jump, said it was still good
because he made the final.

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SHENIQUA 'Q' FERGUSON (far left) and her teammates, including Raymond Higgs, Nivea Smith and Krystal Bodie, walk off their American Airlines
flight yesterday as they arrived home from the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland...





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Seppi pulls

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(AP) Top-seeded
Andreas Seppi withdrew
from the Austrian Open on
Tuesday shortly before the
start of his first-round
match against Nicolas Dev-
ilder of France.
The 24-year old Italian
didn't give an explanation,
but said the tournament
director would release a
Seppi, ranked 34th, had
headlined the tournament
after the top three seeded
players Paul-Henri
Mathieu, defending cham-
pion Juan Monaco and Juan
Carlos Ferrero withdrew
last week with injuries.
Seppi was replaced in the
draw by Matthias Bachinger
of Germany, who will play
Devilder in the opening
Juan Martin del Potro
defeated Josselin Ouanna
of France 6-3, 6-3. The sev-
enth-seeded Argentine,
who won last week's Mer-
cedes Cup for his first ATP
title, was in control through-
out the match.
Victor Hanescu also
advanced, rallying from a 5-
3 deficit in the third set to
defeat Pablo Andujar of
Spain 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (2).
The 26-year-old Roman-
ian, who won his first ATP
event at the Swiss Open last
Sunday, trailed 2-0 behind
in the tiebreaker, but won
seven straight points to
close out the match.
No. 8 Olivier Rochus
became the first seeded
player to be eliminated after
Ivo Minar of the Czech
Republic rallied to beat the
Belgian 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. No. 4
Potito Starace, No. 5 Eduar-
do Schwank and No. 6 Jur-
gen Melzer all had straight-
sets victories.
Also, Daniel Brands of
Germany defeated Eric
Prodon of France 6-3, 6-4;
Brian Dabul of Argentina
cruised past Stephane Bohli
of Switzerland 6-1, 6-1;
Daniel Koellerer of Austria
defeated Philipp Oswald 7-
6 (5), 7-6 (4); and Sergio
Roitman of Argentina beat
Martin Fischer of Austria
6-4, 6-2.


BasebH Tod

* By The Associated Press

Wednesday, July 16
No games scheduled

Justin Morneau, Twins,
won the Home Run Derby,
beating Texas' Josh Hamilton
5-3 in the final round.

Rangers slugger Josh Hamil-
ton hit a record 28 homers in
the first round of the home run
derby at Yankee Stadium on
Monday night. Hamilton, who
later lost to the Twins' Justin
Morneau 5-3 in the final round,
eclipsed the single-round mark
set by Bobby Abreu in the first
round at Detroit's Comerica
Park in 2005. Hamilton has 21
homers this season and leads
the majors with 95 RBIs.

Cleveland's Cliff Lee and
Milwaukee's Ben Sheets were
selected as the starting pitchers
for Tuesday night's All-Star
Game at Yankee Stadium. NL
manager Clint Hurdle of Col-
orado tabbed Sheets, who is 10-
3 with a 2.85 ERA. Several oth-
er NL All-Stars pitched Sun-
day, making the well-rested
Sheets a logical choice. Lee was
picked by Boston manager Ter-
ry Francona to start for the AL,
highlighting a remarkable resur-
gence for the left-hander after
he was demoted to the minors
last year. He is 12-2 with a 2.31
ERA this season.

Barry Bonds' agent Jeff Bor-
ris said Monday the slugger has
not received a single offer and
was unlikely to play in 2008.
Borris dismissed recent reports
of interest from Arizona, the
New York Mets and Boston.
"I'm an optimistic guy by
nature," Borris said, "and I've
told Barry that the prospects
look bleak." Bonds, who turns
44 in two weeks, led the majors
last season with a .480 on-base
percentage. He finished the
year with 762 career home runs,
tops on the career list, and
became a free agent when the
San Francisco Giants did not
bring him back.

Red Foley, the most cele-
brated official scorer of his time
in major league baseball, died
Monday at Booth Memorial
Hospital in Flushing, N.Y,
according to his family attor-
ney, Kevin Brosnahan. Foley
was 79. From 1981 to 2001,
Foley was an official scorer in
10 World Series, more than any
other scorer in modern history.

That included the Series of
1985, 1987 and 1991, which did
not involve New York teams.
Foley was a sports writer for
the New York Daily News for
34 years before retiring in 1981.
He began working as an offi-
cial scorer in 1966 and contin-
ued to do so until 2002, scoring
more than 3,000 games.

Nationals outfielder Wily Mo
Pena will have surgery on his
left shoulder. Pena has a small
tear in his left rotator cuff and
fraying of the labrum in his left
shoulder. He was examined
Monday by Nationals team doc-
tor Ben Shaffer and is expected

to have the operation within
seven to 10 days.

Yankees left fielder Johnny
Damon had his first hitting off a
tee session pushed back at least
a couple days because of sore-
ness in his injured left shoulder.
Damon, on the disabled list for

Twins' Morneau wins

All-Star Home Run Derby

Sergio Garcia has a clear view of the claret jug

SERGIO GARCIA, of Spain, plays from the 11th tee during practice for the
British Open Golf championship at the Royal Birkdale golf course in Southport,
England, yesterday...

AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) In
betting parlors and inside the ropes, Ser-
gio Garcia has never had better odds of
winning a major.
No one has more top 10s in the British
Open this decade than Garcia, who has
gone into the final round within four
shots of the lead six times in the last sev-
en years. He is considered among the
best ball-strikers in golf. He is not lacking
imagination or creativity for the variety
of shots required on links courses.
And it sure doesn't hurt that Tiger
Woods isn't around.
"When you don't have the No. 1 play-
er in the world playing here and obvi-
ously, we know how good he is and how
well he's done in the majors it gives
you a little bit more of a chance," Garcia
said Tuesday. "But it doesn't mean that
it's yours to win."
The British bookmakers believe oth-
Woods had season-ending knee
surgery after winning the U.S. Open at
Torrey Pines for his 14th career major,
leaving the British Open up for grabs.
Bookies have installed Garcia as the
favorite at Royal Birkdale, with odds as
low as 8-to-1.
There was a reason for such high hope,
even before Woods began to wobble on
one leg.
Garcia ended a three-year victory
drought in May when he captured The
Players Championship in a sudden-death
playoff over Paul Goydos, despite taking
18 more putts in regulation. Two weeks
ago, he finished strong to finish runner-
up at the French Open.
"I feel like my game is probably as
good as it's ever been," he said. "I don't
feel complete, but I feel like I'm closer."
Among majors, no place feels like
home more than the British Open.
Garcia has felt the affection of these
galleries since he was an 18-year-old ama-
teur at Royal Birkdale in 1998, when he
tied for 25th. The Spaniard thrives on
emotion, and the reception he gets

throughout Britain only makes him play
"They've been very good to me," he
said. "And that always helps."
But he has given them only close calls
to celebrate, especially the last two years.
Garcia was one shot behind Woods
and played with him in the final group at
Royal Liverpool in 2006. But consecutive
three-putt bogeys, followed by an eagle
from Woods, the Spaniard was five shots
behind just five holes into the last round
and never caught up.
A year ago was the most devastating of
Garcia took a three-shot lead going
into the final round at Carnoustie, and
despite struggling on the greens, he still
had a 10-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to
win the claret jug. The putt dipped slight-
ly into the cup before staying out, and
Garcia stared at it in disbelief.
Then came a playoff against Padraig
Harrington, who made up a six-shot
deficit in regulation. Garcia took bogey
on the first of four holes in the playoff,
had a 3-iron bounced off the pin on the
par-3 16th and wound up one shot
Distraught over his misfortune, he
blamed everything and everybody but
"Sunday night and Monday were a lit-
tle bit tough," he said. "Other than that,
you think about the week, you think
about everything you did, and you realize
that you did the best you could."
Putting remains a problem, despite his
work the last six months with putting
guru Stan Utley, but there is less demand
on the greens at the British Open than
other majors because the contours and
speed are not as severe as a Masters or
U.S. Open.
Garcia is considered among the best
players to have never won a major, but
perhaps not for long.
The title used to belong to Phil Mick-
elson, who was far more accomplished
before he finally broke through at the
2004 Masters. Mickelson understands the
hollow feeling of coming so close, having
watched Payne Stewart in the 1999 U.S.

Open and David Toms in the 2001 PGA
Championship make par putts on the
final hole to beat him by one shot.
"A major championship is very close in
his realm," Mickelson said. "And the fact
that he came close last year in the Open
Championship and didn't win, I don't
think it's something to really worry too
much about. I think that his major cham-
pionship is coming very soon."
Ernie Els, whose six top 10s in the
British Open this decade include a victory
at Muirfield in 2002, said he wasn't the
least bit disappointed that Woods was
not at Royal Birkdale. Even so, Els
knows as well as anyone that winning a
major is never easy.
He was challenged over the final 40
holes at Royal Troon in 2004 before los-
ing to Todd Hamilton. And even in his
victory at Muirfield, Els went into a sud-
den-death overtime after the four-hole
playoff to hold off unheralded Thomas
Els believes the bouncy British Open is
where the chances are a little more level,
even with Woods in the field. It is the
only major played on links courses, and
Garcia has been playing on this turf since
he was 12.
Take Woods out of the equation, and
the odds get better.
"Let's face it, Sergio is very much a
factor over here," Els said. "He feels
very comfortable here."
But the Spaniard is not so comfort-
able that he feels he only has to show
up on Thursday. Opportunity abounds
this year for Adam Scott or Steve Strick-
er to win his first major, for Justin Rose
to live up to his dynamic debut at Royal
Birkdale in 1998 when he tied for fourth
as a 17-year-old amateur, or for Vijay
Singh to capture a major he figured he
would win long ago.
Still, the odds start with Garcia in the
first major without Woods since the 1996
PGA Championship.
"It doesn't mean that it's going to help
me, like my chances are going to be bet-
ter because of that," Garcia said. "I still
have to perform and give myself a shot at
winning the trophy."

the first time in his career,
sprained the shoulder when he
ran into the left-field fence
while attempting to catch a ball
on July 4.

A baseball cap worn by New
York Yankees slugger Babe
Ruth has been auctioned for a
record $328,000 on Monday.
The sweat-stained cap from
around the 1920s sold at an auc-
tion of Yankees memorabilia in
New York. Hunt Auctions s.ys
the cap is one of only three
Yankees hats in existence worn
by Ruth during games. It says a
hat used by a player had never
sold for more than $100,000.

The Cincinnati Reds have
finalized an agreement to move
their spring training facility
from Florida to Arizona in 2010.
The Goodyear, Ariz., city coun-
cil unanimously approved a
binding agreement with the
Reds on Monday night. The
Reds will join the Cleveland
Indians at a $108 million facili-
ty, which will include a 10,000-
seat ballpark and will be the
centerpiece of a $1 billion devel-
opment with offices, shops and
restaurants. The Indians, who
previously trained in Winter
Haven, Fla., will move there in
February. The Reds plan to
hold one more spring training in
Sarasota, Fla., before joining

Tigers outfielder Magglio
Ordonez was 1-for-4 with a run
scored in a rehabilitation
appearance with the Class-A
West Michigan Whitecaps on
Monday night. He singled,
reached base on a fielding error,
popped out and grounded out.
The Tigers say Ordonez, on the
15-day disabled list for a
strained oblique muscle in his
abdomen, could return when
Detroit resumes play Thursday
at Baltimore.

"These young guys today,
today they're bigger. I don't
know if they're stronger. (Har-
mon) Killebrew, Frank
Howard, (Willie) McCovey,
Dick Allen, (Willie) Stargell,
Rico Carty, (Mickey) Mantle,
Lou Gehrig. Go back as far as
you want there were some real-
ly strong people. There's no one
playing today that's stronger
than Jim Rice. There's no one
playing today who hit the ball
farther than Gorman Thomas."
- Hall of Famer Reggie Jack-
son, at the Home Run Derby
at Yankee Stadium on Monday

MINNESOTA TWINS' Justin Morneau swings at a pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Home
Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in New York on Monday. (INSET) Morneau poses with his trophy
after winning the derby...
(AP Photo: Kathy Willens)


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'Choo Choo' to go pound for

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Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER waiting for almost a
year, Jermaine 'Choo Choo'
Mackey will finally get his
chance to fight for the vacant
British Commonwealth super
middleweight title.
The long-awaited and much
anticipated showdown against
Michael 'The Amazing' Gbenga
is scheduled for Saturday night
at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
It's scheduled for 12 rounds in
the main event of the First Class
Promotions' show and will mark
the first time in 21 years that a
British title fight will take place
in the Caribbean.
The last time a British fight
was held here was when Ray
Minus Jr defeated Michael Par-
ris for the British bantam weight
crown on March 10, 1989.
Minus Jr, who officially
retired on March 31, 2001, is
now the coach of Mackey, who
is eager to get into the ring on
Saturday night.
"I'm just waiting on that time
to pass because it has been

almost a year since I've been
preparing for this," Mackey
said. "I'm excited and ready to
One would think that after
having the fight called off on
more than three occasions and
having had partners switched
with just about every delay,
Mackey would have been some-
what discouraged.
"It was pretty hard. I won't
lie to you," said Mackey about
the setbacks. "But I know
what's at the end of the rain-
bow. That is what I've been
working towards and so I'm try-
ing to remember what it's -all
With the title on the line, the
undisputed Caribbean and
Bahamian champion said
there's nothing more he would
like than to add the prestigious
title to his collection.
"I'm going to go out there
and fight my hardest," he said.
"I want this title more than any-
thing else."
And with his mentor as his
guide, Mackey feels that he's in
the best position to accomplish
that feat.
"We haven't had a Common-

AFTER waiting for almost a year, Jermaine 'Choo Choo' Ma
finally get his chance to fight for the vacant British Commonwe
middleweight title.

wealth champion in 21 years in
the Caribbean. Hey, that was a
whole different era," Mackey
pointed out. "But Jermaine
Mackey is prepared to go back
out there and bring another
Commonwealth title to the
Having the fight in his back-
yard makes it even more excit-
ing for Mackey to go out and
achieve his ultimate goal.
"The crowd will definitely
help because they tell you if you
are winning or losing and they
help to change the momentum
of the fight," Mackey said.
"They help to give you that
extra push to go out there and
fight harder. So I'm really look-
ing forward to taking advantage
of the home crowd."
While it's a title fight and
Mackey expects Gbenga to
come prepared to go the dis-
tance, Mackey said he's antici-
pating making it a short night so
That he can celebrate.
"I'm going to go out there
V and fight hard," he said. "If it
doesn't go pass six (rounds), he
ackey will will be in for a surprise."
alth super Gbenda, who was originally
scheduled to fight Mackey on

May 24 but didn't make it to
town because of some visa
problems, is not expected to
arrive in the Bahamas until
First Class Promotions' pro-
moter Michelle Minus said they
are finally going to bring the
British championship back to
the Bahamas after a 21-year
hiatus. And she noted that her
organisation has been working
extremely hard to ensure that
everything is in place for what is
anticipated to be a great night
of boxing.
Highlighting the undercard
will be Meacher 'Pain' Major,
who will be fighting Elvis 'El.
Burrito' Martinez of Santiago,
Dominican Republic, in an
eight-round super feather
weight bout.
Ryan 'Big Youth' McKenzie
will take on Jasqn 'Iron Man'
Dietrich in a six-round light-
weight, while Aplachino
'Banger' Allen faces Sean
'Patches' McPhee in another
six-round welter weight bout,
and Richard 'the Hammer' Pitt
against Anthony 'Syco' Woods.
in a six-round welter weight

'Our Golden Girl'

FROM page 11

emotions, Ferguson said she accepted it
and acted as if nothing had happened.
She said she will just wait for whatever
celebration is planned by her family.
As the only junior going to the 2008
Olympic Games in Beijing, China, next
month, Ferguson said she knows that she
will be nervous, but she's confident that
sh'e will be able to compete at her best.
She said: "I did what I had to do at my
meet. I'm just going over there to run and to

get the experience. If I make it to the final
and get a medal, so what."
Her mother Daphne Ferguson, who pre-
sented her daughter with a bouquet of flow-
ers as they embraced, said she was pleased
that she won a medal in the 100m, but she
advised her to put it behind her and con-
centrate on the 200m.
"I was watching the race on the comput-
er and I saw where her name came on top.
I called my daughter and asked her what it
meant," she said.
"She said Sheniqua was on top. I said
Sheniqua won the race? I got up and I

prayed to God because I know it was God
that brought her through."
Now that she's back home, Daphne said
it's just starting to sink in that she's the
world junior champion and as she prepares
to leave for Beijing, she noted that she's,
confident that she will do well there as well.
"Sheniqua is the type of person, when
she steps on the track, she's going to do
her best no matter what," her mother point-
ed out. "She's not someone who likes to
give up. So in Beijing, she's going to do
well because that's the type of person she is.
So I'm looking forward to that."

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SHENIQUA 'Q' FERGUSON holds up the gold and bronze medals she won
in the women's 200m and 100m metres at the 12th IAAF World Junior
Championships in Poland last week. Ferguson and the team returned
home Tuesday.
(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)

Team members pleased

with their performances

FROM page 11

"I went there to try my best
and qualify for Beijing, but I
just jumped bad," he said. "I
still have two years to work
hard. This just wasn't my meet."
Although he will not be going

to Beijing, he congratulated
Ferguson who will be making
the trip next month.
"We were all excited for her.
We knew she was going to win,"
he said. "We were just there
cheering her all through the
race. We are very proud of her


sprinter on


Olympic list

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -
Doping-tainted sprinter Kate-
rina Thanou has been included
in Greece's provisional team list
for the Beijing Olympics.
Greek Olympic committee
vice president Isidoros Kouve-
los says Thanou met the 100-
meter qualifying time when she
ran 11.39 seconds at a Greek
track meet on Monday night.
But the list is provisional and
does not guarantee Thanou's
participation at this year's
Thanou served a two-year
ban after missing a doping test
before the 2004 Athens
Olympics. She and fellow
Greek sprinter Costas Kenteris
were accused of staging a
motorcycle accident after miss-
ing the test.
Both were forced to pull out
of the games and were later sus-

Tour de France rivals have mixed fortunes

AP Sports Writer

- Cadel Evans overcame injury
and pain to take the yellow jer-
sey on the 10th stage of the
Tour de France. His main rival,
Alejandro Valverde, fell apart
in the race's hardest climbs so
Having fallen hard on his
shoulder the day before, Evans
had been expected to struggle in
the Pyrenees. Instead, it was
Valverde who wilted Monday
up the daunting passes of Tour-
malet and Hautacam.
,Veteran Italian rider Leonar-
do Piepoli won the stage. Kim
Kirchen lost the yellow jersey
to a determined Evans, who was
grimacing with pain from his
fall the day before.
"It's a bit an emotional roller
coaster to say the least," Evans
said. "I'm lucky that I've been
very well looked after. My own
osteopath who travels with me
put me back into pieces."
If the 31-year-old Evans is a
superstitious man, then he will
'e buoyed to know that every
our de France contender who

has finished in the yellow jer-
sey after conquering.the Hau-
tacam pass has gone on to win
the race itself.
Evans became the fourth
Tour rider to wear yellow after
completing the Hautacam,
which rose for 8.9 miles and fol-
lowed on from an even longer
ascent up the Tourmalet. The
others to finish in yellow after
the Hautacam were five-time
Tour winner Miguel Indurain
in 1994, Bjarne Riis in 1996 and
seven-time winner Lance Arm-
strong in 2000..
That fact was not lost on
Evans, a day after he thought
he had lost the race.
"I thought my Tour was fin-
ished yesterday," Evans said.
"Like the others who took the
yellow jersey on the Hautacam,
I hope I can continue in it."
With his cuts still stinging
from his spectacular crash,
Evans rode through the pain to
finish one second ahead of
Frank Schleck of Luxembourg
overall. Better still, he is four
minutes, 41 seconds clear of
Valverde, his big rival.
"It's finished for the podium,"
Caisse d'Epargne sporting

NEW OVERALL LEADER Cadel Evans (right) and Robbie McEwen of
Australia train on the rest day of the Tour de France cycling race near

Pau, southern France, yesterday...

director Eusebio Unzue said of
Valverde's chances even of a
top-three finish at this year's
Tipped as Evans' main rival
for Tour victory, Valverde was
dropped so heavily that he
trudged up to the finish line
nearly six minutes behind
Piepoli, who dominated the
final climb with his Saunier
Duval teammate Juan Jose
Cobo Acebo of Spain. The day
before, Riccardo Ricco had giv-

en Saunier Duval another stage
This time, Ricco did not have
the legs to attack. Wisely, he
stayed close to Evans in a small
group including other Tour
challengers such as Denis Men-
chov of Russia, Carlos Sastre
of Spain and Christian Vande
Velde of the United States.
"From now on, everyone's
going to be playing off each oth-
er," said Vande Velde, who is
third overall. "This is not the

top 10 that I would have expect-
ed by this time. I didn't expect
Valverde to be this far back."
None of Evans' group man-
aged to take time off each other
- all finishing two minutes, 17
seconds behind Piepoli but
they left Valverde way back
down the mountain, and he fin-
ished 3:35 behind Evans' group.
A crushing blow to
Valverde's pride was that he
could find no teammate to drag
him up the mountains:
At 6.2 miles from the finish
line he had a problem with his
back wheel and needed a spec-
tator to shove him along the
road. Valverde soon found him-
self alone, feeling the isolation
First Evans attacked, then
Ricco, then Menchov. None
could sustain the attack, but
quickly realized the weakest
link was indeed Valverde -
who appears resigned to defeat.
"We will analyze the situa-
tion now," Valverde said. "The
road is still long to Paris. But I
think that, as from today, we
should go for stage wins and
stop thinking about the overall

Evans, last year's Tour run-
ner-up to Alberto Contador of
Spain, wore the Tour yellow jer-
sey for the first time.
"I couldn't believe it now and
I couldn't believe it then on the
podium," he said. "I'm defi-
nitely worthy of defending my
number here. I feel great."
Unlike Armstrong, who ben-
efited from strong US Postal
and Discovery Channel teams,
Evans largely fights alone.
"I admit that we don't have
the strongest team in the race,"
he said. "But right now, I'm just
satisfied about the work I've
done today."
He'll be keeping a close eye
on Schleck, who was close to
taking the yellow jersey Mon-
day, but was dropped by the
Saunier Duval pair near the top
of the Hautacam and finished
28 seconds behind Piepoli.
Kirchen, the overnight leader,
fell to seventh overall.
Vande Velde is 38 seconds
behind Evans. Menchov is 57
seconds back in fifth, while Car-
los Sastre is sixth, 1:28 back.
"It's going to make for an
interesting Tour," Vande Velde

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Jackie Edwards






Age: 37.

Birthday: April 14.

Height: 5-feet, 8 1/2-inches.

Weight: 140-pounds.

High School: Queen's College High School.

College: Stanford University.

Major: Psychology.

Event: Long Jump.

Personal Best: 6.80 metres.

Coach: Brooks Johnson.

Favourite Colour: Blue.

Favourite Food: Oxtail and Conch.

Favourite Song: Fallen f'm the
Pretty Wbman Soundtrack.

Favourite Movie: American Gangster.

Hobbies: Surfing the web, reading and
watching reality TV.

Interests: Interior design.

Idol: Jackie Joyner Kersee.

Parents: Lois and Rev. Nymphas Edwards.

Sibling: Dr. John Edwards.

Status: Single.


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r The Bahamas
association of pri-
mary care organi-
zation formed in November
of 2006, recently hosted a
reception of its first patron,
Dame Ivy Dumont at Willa-
gios, Cove Village. It is an
official local chapter of the
Caribbean College of Fami-
ly Physicians (CCFP) a mem-
ber of the World Organiza-
tion of National Colleges.
The organization's Mission:
To establish and maintain stan-
dards of practice for physicians
in primary care and to empow-
er our patients to become
active partners in their care.
The association consists
mainly of Family Physicians
dedicated to the advancement
of health care in The Bahamas,
but is also opened to all physi-
cian practitioners involved in
primary care practice inclusive
of General Practitioners and
Public Health Practitioners.
Our organization works in
close collaboration with the
CCFP which endorses the Dec-
laration of Port-of-Spain of
September 15th, 2007 'Uniting
to Stop the Epidemic of Chron-
ic Non-Communicable Dis-
eases' as well as our local
'Healthy Lifestyle Initiative'.
We feel that there are many
areas in which we can make a
difference and improve health
outcomes in our Bahamas.

MAHASE, President of the
Bahamas Association of Prima-
ry Care Physicians, presents
Dame Dr. Ivy Dumont, former
Governor General of the
Bahamas, with a plaque of hon-
our as the first Patron of the
Association, June 20th 2008.
Councillor of the BAPCP, greets
Dame Dr. Ivy Dumont.
second Vice President of
.BAPCP, Dame Dr. Ivy Dumont
and Dr. Catherine Conliffe,
Assistant Treasurer BAPCP.
President Medical Association
of the Bahamas, Dr.Alexya
Dorsett Williams, Public Rela-
tions Officer BAPCP, Dr. Cheri-
lyn Hanna-Mahase, Dame Dr.
Ivy Dumont, Dr. Jahzreel
Thompson, Secretary BAPCP
and Dr. Graham Cates, third
Vice President BAPCP.
SON, first Vice President
BAPCP greets Dame Dr. Ivy
Councillor BAPCP greets Dame
Dr. Ivy Dumont.
meets Dr. Mystee Spencer,
Assistant public relations officer

SI '~ :8. DR. MYLES POITIER, mem-
ber BAPCP greets Dame Dr. Ivy
Treasurer BAPCP greets Dame
S..., .,Dr. Ivy Dumont.

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Business Editor
A MAJOR university is
seeking to establish a School
of Medicine in Grand
Bahama, informed sources
yesterday told Tribune Busi-
ness, a development that if it
comes to fruition will pro-
vide a major economic boost
to the island and herald the
possibility of developing new
Tribune Business under-
stands that Ross University
is looking to establish a cam-
pus for its world-renowned
School of Medicine in

SEE page 5B

Business Editor

pesident taxoldes
S at a time

Tribune Business yesterday,
questioning when the
an economy is
vulnerable was
"not wise", the
Chamber of
pr resident told
Tribune Business yesterday,
questioning why the Govern-
ment felt it needed to increase
duties when it was already
earning more from the
increased price of imports.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, who is
also Superwash's president,
said his own business was not
immune from the economic
downturn sparked by global


* Superwash president says sales for 2008 first half down 4%, while
squeeze is on from 18% increase in electricity price over same period
* Questions why Government increased many import tax rates in Budget, given
that it should have been earning more because cost of products had risen

woes and soaring energy and
food prices, telling this news-
paper that sales were down 4
per cent for the 2008 first half.
Superwash's sales were off
10 per cent for June, Mr
D'Aguilar said, and he and the
company were "trying to fig-
ure out why".
"It seems to be, according to
my people on the ground, that
a lot of people are not coming
in. It's filtering down. People
are washing at home, and only
coming into dry," Mr
D'Aguilar said.
"It's definitely not a good

year. There's nothing to sing
praises about. But it is what it
While top-line growth has
proved elusive, Mr D'Aguilar
said that in common with oth-
er Bahamian companies,
Superwash has been squeezed
by increased propane, electric-
ity and gasoline costs.
Using electricity as an exam-
ple, the Chamber president
said prices had increased by 18
per cent over the first six
months of the year, growing
from $0.33 per kilowatt hour
to $0.39 per kilowatt hour.

To illustrate the impact,
when prices were lower earlier
in 2008, Mr D'Aguilar said
Superwash was paying $52,000
for its electricity in the month
mid-February to mid-March,
but this had risen to $60,000
for mid-May to mid-June.
With many Bahamas-based
companies facing revenue and
cost pressures, and consumer
sentiment and spending trend-
ing downwards, Mr D'Aguilar
said it was "bad timing" for the

SEE page 7B

Morton hopes to 'catch up' to normal harvest next year

Tribune Business Editor
MORTON Salt (Bahamas) is hoping
to "catch up" to its normal 1.2 million
tonnes per annum salt harvest in 2009,
its managing director telling Tribune
Business yesterday that the more than
$18 billion takeover of its US parent
had created no negative impact for the
Inagua-based operation "so far".
Glen Bannister said the multi-billion
dollar takeover of Morton Salt
(Bahamas) parent company, Rohm and
Haas, by the Dow Chemical Company
had not impacted the Bahamian com-
pany's operations or employees to date,
although it was still very early in the
acquisition process.
"There hasn't been any change that
we know of yet," Mr Bannister said.
"The sale is subject to the regulatory
agencies in the US. and the Rohm &
Haas shareholders have to approve it. I
don't think there will be any problems
Mr Bannister did not think the con-
tinuing industrial unrest at Morton Salt
(Bahamas), the latest episode of which
has seen its trade union members vote
in favour of a strike over the alleged
termination of a union officer, would
negatively effect Dow Chemical's view

Managing director says 'no impact' yet on Bahamian operation from parent's sale to Dow Chemical

of the Bahamian operations.
Industrial action has been stayed, with
both sides due to meet at the Depart-
ment of Labour on July 21, 2008.
"I'm hopeful that this matter can be
resolved," Mr Bannister told Tribune
Business. "I'm a little surprised that the
Department of Labour has taken so
long to deal with this, as I thought the
Minister would have referred it to the
Industrial Tribunal for resolution.
We've been going back and forth to the
Department of Labour for the past
Meanwhile, since Morton Salt
(Bahamas) full workforce, consisting of
104 non-managerial staff and 26 man-
agers, returned to a full five-day work-
ing week in March, "harvesting has
been going very well".
Weather conditions, particularly the
rainfall experienced on Inagua, had
returned to normal levels, enabling
Morton Salt (Bahamas) to resume nor-
mal harvesting and rebuild its salt stock-
pile and inventory levels.
However, Mr Bannister said Morton
Salt (Bahamas) was unlikely to recover
to normal salt harvesting levels this year,

due to the late start in March and loss of
two month's worth of salt.
"We started late, but hope to do a
substantial amount of tonnes this year,
and the following year catch up to
where we were before the rainfall," Mr
Bannister said.
He added that the Bahamian gov-
ernment did not have to approve the
transfer of Morton Salt (Bahamas) to
Dow Chemical's ownership, as all the
action was taking place outside this
nation. The Bahamian company is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Morton
International (Chicago), which in turn is
owned by Rohm & Haas.
"We had a letter that came down
from the [Rohm & Haas] chairman,
which was placed on the bulletin board
for employees to read," Mr Bannister
"All the employees know the parent
company has been sold, but we don't
think there will be any negative impact
on us. We're part of the salt division,
which has companies in the US, Canada
and the Bahamas.
"I guess we'll know at a later time,
but right now there is no impact that

affects us here. So far, there is no indi-
cation there would be any negative
impact on us whatsoever."
Once the acquisition is approved, it is
likely that Dow Chemical will take six
months or so to assess the Rohm &
Haas business and decide on future
strategy and direction. It is possible the
new owner could seek to spin-off the
entire salt division, including the
Bahamas operation, to another buyer,
or sell-off individual units.
Therefore, the Government's plans
to make Inagua a niche, eco-tourist des-
tination, are likely to assume added
importance and urgency, given that
Morton Salt (Bahamas).accounts for 60
per cent of direct employment on
Inagua, with virtually all other economic
activity a spin-off from that.
Dow Chemical is offering Rohm and
Haas shareholders a $31 per share-pre-
mium, offering to purchase them at $78
a share, as opposed to the $47 market
price when the deal was struck.
In acquiring Rohm and Haas, Dow

SEE page 2B


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Company says products

lower building costs

' Freeport Reporter.
Bahama-based company said
the cost of aggregate materials
for construction in this nation
could be three to four times
more expensive without the
materials it is supplying, with
the firm pumping $18 million
per annum into the Bahamian
Bahama Rock general man-
ager Walter Reed said the com-
pany was playing a leading role
in the expansion of the Freeport

Container Port, Grand Bahama
Shipyard and Freeport's har-
bour, which is poised to become
one of the largest ports in the
Mr Reed added that Bahama
Rock was presently carrying out
excavation operations in the
harbour at depths.of 16 and 18
"Super Panamax vessels can
only berth in Freeport because
Bahama Rock has provided sig-
nificant depths for these ships to
arrive," he said.
Mr Reed said Bahama Rock
had invested $100 million in its
operations in Freeport. It
employs 115 Bahamians and
pumps $18 million annually into
the Grand Bahama economy.
"We are providing aggregate
products that are used, and at
the same time we are excavating
the harbour and stimulating
economic growth on Grand
Bahama," he said.
Mr Reed added that the com-
pany's products are shipped to
Bimini, Abaco, Eleuthera and
New Providence. He said
Bahama Rock provided all the
materials to the Mosko Group
for the Atlantis Phase III con-
struction, and was also provid-
ing materials for the Ritz-Carl-
ton Rose Island development
"We are providing all the
materials to stimulate construc-
tion. Without Bahama Rock the
cost of the material could be
three or four times what peo-
ple are currently spending for
it," he said.
The media was taken on a
tour of the Bahama Rock plant

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seriously" in
any trade talks
unless areas
such as compe-
tition policy
and intellectu-
al property
rights s are
placed on the
table, the Trade Commission's
co-chfiairman telling Tribune
Business that not signing on to
the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) will increase
the costs associated with creat-
ing institutions to monitor these
Raymond Winder, who is
also senior partner at the
Deloitte' &Touche (Bahamas)
accounting firm, said signing the
EPA agreement with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) would force
this nation to implement insti-
tutions and-laws --such as a
watchdog that it should have-
introduced years ago.
Their introduction would
only be further delayed if the
Bahamas did not sign the EPA,
Mr Winder suggested, and such
delays would only cost the
country more financially.
The EU agreement was also
requiring less stringent compe-
tition, data protection and intel-
lectual property rights regimes
than most developed countries,
making their implementation
terms less onerous for the

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Pictet executive

to head Bahamas

analyst society

PICTET Bank & Trust's
David Ramirez has been elect-
ed to serve as president of the
CFA Society of The Bahamas
(CFASB), the non-profit pro-
fessional society for financial
Christopher Dorsett, of
Citibank (Bahamas), will serve
as vice-president. Each will
serve a one-year term, which
officially began on June 27.
The CFASB elected six oth-
er members to its Board for
one-year terms. The additional
CFASB leaders are:
CFASB Treasurer: Sonia
Beneby, ScotiaTrust
CFASB Secretary: Karen
Pinder, EFG Bank & Trust
CFASB Programme chair:
Jeremy Dyck, LOM Securities
CFASB Education Chair:
Velma Miller, Royal Fidelity
Merchant Bank & Trust
CFASB Membership Chair:
Pamela Musgrove, Colina
Financial Advisors; and
CFASB Scholarship Chair:
Warren Pustam, EverKey

Global Partners.
The CFASB's mission is to
advance the interests of the
investment community, and to
maintain the highest standards
of professional excellence and
The CFASB Board of Direc-
tors is composed of nine invest-
ment professionals, all of whom
are elected by CFASB mem-
bers for a one-year term. Mem-
bers of the board represent a
cross-section of the CFASB
and CFA Institute membership.
"I look forward to working
with the other members of our
board, CFA Institute, and oth-
er local societies," said Mr
"All of the diverse talent in
the CFASB's membership will
help to carry out our chief man-
date, advancing the investment
profession by establishing and
maintaining the highest stan-
dards of professional excellence
and integrity."
Commenting on his election
to vice-president, Mr Dorsett
added: "As CFA Institute and
its member societies and chap-

ters around the globe continue
to set the standards for excel-
lence in the investment man-
agement industry around the
world, I am eager to work
closely with David and the
CFA Institute to continue to
elevate our commitment to
strong ethics, continuing edu-
cation and consummate pro-
The CFASB is a member of
CFA Institute. CFA Institute
is the global, non-profit profes-
sional association that adminis-
ters the Chartered Financial
Analyst curriculum and exami-
nation programme worldwide,
publishes research, conducts
professional-development pro-
grammes, and sets voluntary,
ethics-based professional and
performance-reporting stan-
dards for the investment indus-
CFA Institute has more than
95,000 members in 134 coun-
tries and territories, including
the world's 82,000 CFA char-
terholders, as well as 135 affili-
ated professional societies in 56
countries and territories.

General names new

development manager

GENERALI Worldwide has
named Alana Bethell as busi-
ness development manager for
its Bahamas operation, with
effect from July 21, 2008.
Mrs Bethell most recently
worked as an account execu-
tive in the marketing depart-

ment of a leading health insur-
er, and has gained extensive
experience outside the
Her initial focus will be to

manage Generali Worldwide's
new benefit plans, and to devel-
op its Bahamian broker and
client relationships.
In addition, Mrs Bethell will
roll-out a comprehensive prod-
uct training programme for
-'enerali's partners. -:'"

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en solar salt plants through its
acquisition of Morton Salt (six
in the United States and one in
the Bahamas), six rock salt
plants and 10 evaporation salt
plants throughout the US and
Canada, and six warehouses
across the US.
Andrew Liveris, Dow's chair-
man and chief executive, said:
"The acquisition of Rohm and
Haas is a defining step in our
transformational strategy to
shape the 'Dow of Tomorrow' -
a high value, diversified chemi-
cals and materials company,
creating the largest specialty
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with a leading global position
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advanced materials.
"The addition of Rohm and
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accelerate the growth of our
performance business portfolio
and affording us a strong posi-
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chemicals and advanced mate-
rials sectors. Rohm and Haas
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Tenants increasingly

unable to meet rent

Business Reporter
economy has left many land-
lords with properties they can-
not rent, and with more com-
mercial and apartment com-
plexes being placed into fore-
"The current economic cli-
mate has currently left many
tenants in arrears, and they are
unable to meet their monthly
payments, which means that

more and more landlords are
having to evict those persons," a
Bahamian realtor, who did not
want to be named, told Tribune
Business yesterday.
"If you look in your newspa-
per or any other newspaper,
you will see that there are a lot
more properties for rent, both
apartments and commercial
properties, and more properties
in foreclosure, because the
landlords are dependent on the
rent income to meet their own
mortgage obligations. When
they have tenants who cannot

afford to pay them, they either
have to absorb that cost or they
will lose their property."
He said the effects of the cur-
rent economic climate, includ-
ing soaring gas prices and a
tourism decline, has caused a
trickledown effect in all sectors
of society.
The realtor said that although
landlords would obviously pre-
fer to have the properties occu-
pied rather than not, reducing
rent is not often an option
because a set amount has to be
made to help meet their finan-

cial obligations.
Leslia Miller told Tribune
Business that the Summerwinds
Shopping Plaza, owned by her
father Leslie Miller, had not
seen any of their tenants express
difficulty. However, she did
note that the complex's tenants
are larger Bahamian companies.

* By CARA BRENNEN- Mr Neymour said the recent-
BETHEL ly-installed and launched
Tribune Business Bahamas Domestic Submarine
Reporter Network, which allows for con-
nection between 14 Bahamian
The Caribbean is looking to islands, provides underwater
remove any barrier that would links that eliminates the possi-
impede the transfer of informa- ability equipment could be dam-
tion, knowledge, disaster assis- aged and communication lost -
tance and the development of in the event of a hurricane.
regional economies. Mr Neymour said the Gov-
Speaking at the CANTO con- ernment remained committed
ference on behalf of the minis- to ensuring that there was 100
ter of state for finance, Zhivar- per cent Internet access for
go Laing, who was unable to Bahamians, and to increase the
attend, Phenton Neymour, the online registration of businesses
minister of state for the envi- and applications for govern-
ronment, said telecommunica- ment services.
tions in the Bahamas was He said the remotest islands
impacted by the fact that the were now benefiting from tele-
country was an archipelago, medicine services, which allows
which meant there must be a Bahamians access to expert
duplication of infrastructure medical care in a timely manner
and equipment on all the without them having to leave
islands. their island.
He added that the more vex- Also speaking at the opening
ing problem for the session was Ian Blanchard,
Bahamas,was ensuring that tele- CANTO chairman, who said
coms connectivity was main- globalisation was changing the
trained in the evengof a natural world and it was critical that
ctisaster such as hurricanee. ,..-.CANTO members ensure they

provide the resources that will
enable the region to stay in
Dr Ekow Spio- Garbrah,
chief executive of the Com-
monwealth Telecommunica-
tions Organisation, said that to
ensure connectivity requires the
four p's a public, private, peo-
ple's partnership.
Frederick Morton, chiefexec-
utive of the Caribbean cable
channel, Tempo, spoke of how
the telecommunications indus-
try can grow an economy by
creating new opportunities. He
outlined how his own company
had broadened awareness of the
Giving the feature address
was Hamadoun Toure, secre-
tary-general of the Internation-
al Telecommunications Union,
who pointed out how vital com-
munications and technology will
be to save lives and improve
responses for emergency situa-
tions, given the challenges the
world faces from climate
change, rising sea levels and the
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supermarket chain in The Bahamas. As a market leader,
the Company prides itself on delivering premier service
through its City Market supermarkets, having a strong
commitment to its customers, associates and community.
An opportunity for a Senior Accountant to join this market
leader has arisen. The Senior Accountant will report to the
Chief Financial Officer.
Ensure that assigned accounts are reconciled with
variances from prior period and budget
Ensure that the period end reports are prepared in a
timely manner
Assist in providing data and analysis required by
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Assist in system upgrades and/or conversions
Special projects as assigned from time to time
Ensure the consistent application of organization
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"If the EPA was demanding that the
Bahamas set up a competition regime
equivalent to the US and UK, I would agree
that it would be outlandish and excessive,"
Mr Winder said.
"But there is nothing in the EPA that
demands the Bahamas put in place infra-
structure to that level. It speaks to the initial
setting up of a competition regime [five
years after the agreement takes effect]. It's
very preliminary, and does not involve the
same level of detail one finds in developed
Mr Winder added on competition issues:
"This is a problem only for the Bahamas,
because the likes of Barbados, Trinidad
and Jamaica all have competition policies.
The fact is that we have delayed our
progress to this point.
"Will it cost less today, or more tomor-
row. It's going to cost us even more money
to put these institutions in place five, six,
seven years from now. I don't see the situ-
ation getting better for the Bahamas. It's
going to cost us more by delay."
Responding to EPA critics such as lead-
ing Bahamian attorney Brian Moree, Mr
Winder said he and other sceptics "cannot
point to any trade agreement outside the
WTO that does not address these soft issues
of competition policy, the environment,
intellectual property rights, data protection
and social issues".
Mr Moree and others had argued that
the Bahamas, and other CARIFORUM
states, did not need to include these issues
- plus services and investments in the EPA,
and only needed to secure a 'goods-only'

deal with the EU for it to be WTO-compli-
"These are part of any current trade
negotiations," Mr Winder said. "For the
Bahamas to get real serious about trade
without addressing these areas, it's not
going to happen. We can't be taken seri-
The Trade Commission's co-chair ques-
tioned why this nation would have difficul-
ty implementing environment-related laws
and obligations, given that its hotel and
tourism industry relied on a pristine envi-
ronment for their business. The Govern-
ment had itself recognized this by reforming
the Ministry of the Environment.
Mr Winder also took on Mr Moree over
the latter's assertion that by signing the
EPA, the Bahamas would compromise the .
relationship with the US its largest trading
partner by immediately handing to Wash-
ington all the trade preferences and benefits
granted to the Europeans without even hav-
ing to ask for it.
Not signing the EPA, Mr Winder said,
would alter nothing when it came time for
the Bahamas to negotiate replacements for
the existing Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) and CARIBCAN one-way prefer-
ence regimes that today govern this nation's
trade with the US and Canada respectively.
"The new CBI is going to be similar to
the EPA. I don't see how us bowing out of
the EPA will enhance the negotiating
process with the US and Canada. Even if
the US wants to sign a special agreement
with the Bahamas, they can't," Mr Winder
"We're whistling in the dark if we think
we could opt out of this EPA situation, and
enter into agreements that are less liber-

alised and offer the Bahamas the choice
where it doesn't have to put certain things in
Mr Winder said Mr Moree and others, in
relation to the EPA, "have not identified
any real, legitimate issues that cause us con-
cern. They cannot point to any aspect of
the Bahamas' draft services offer and say in
which particular sectors liberalisatipn would
cause tremendous problems for the
Even if the Bahamas had to reform its
taxation system as a result of EPA-related
tariff liberalisation, with some 85 per cent of
tariff lines set to be liberalised for Euro-
pean goods over a 25-year period, Mr
Winder said this nation would have plenty
of time to adopt a value-added (VAT) or
sales tax.
A key factor, he added, was the impact
any EPA-related changes would have on
"the average Bahamian citizen". When it
came to this nation's tax structure, Mr
Winder said it was likely to be positive.
"The average Bahamian citizen will ben-
efit from changes in the tax system from
duties to VAT. Those who are poor will
not be taxed as heavily as they currently
are," Mr Winder said. "As far as I'm con-
cerned, the impact on the average Bahami-
an will be a good one."
The Government was also working on
switching the National Investment Policy
into a National Investment Act via law,
something Mr Winder said "will enhance
tremendously the quality and transparency
of the Bahamas in attracting investment".
"The more clarity we provide around
these issues, the better position we put our-
selves in to attract quality investment," Mr
Winder said.

Company says products lower building costs

FROM page 1B
at the Warren J Levarity High-
way on Monday.
The plant, which is owned
and operated by Martin Mari-
etta, is a major supplier and
exporter of aggregate products.
Of the 300 quarry plants oper-
ated by Martin Marietta in the
US and Canada, the Freeport
plant is the most profitable.

Mr Reed said Bahama Rock
has the largest dragline excava-
tor in the Caribbean, and has
made many new industries pos-
sible in Grand Bahama.
"In six short years, the har-
bour has nearly doubled in size
because of our excavators. But
we also have a market to get
the material out of the way and
let businesses come in," Mr
Reed said.

"The transshipment port is
uniquely positioned for growth
in the future, and they are
uniquely positioned because of
Bahama Rock. When we finish
the port, it is truly going to be a
mega port and that is what
makes Bahama Rock so impor-
tant to (Grand Bahama)."
Bahama Rock is also supply-
ing material to one third of the
Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, and

the Atlantic seaboard. He
added that it had purchased
1,000 acres of property on
Grand Bahama for future
expansions that could create
further industries for economic
growth on the island.
Mr Reed pointed out that an
environmental impact study is
presently being reviewed by the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
and the Government.



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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is pleased
to invite qualified Companies/Firms to submit a proposal to
provide the Company with General Insurance coverage. These
policies include Employers Liability, Money, Group Personal
Accident, Open Marine Cargo, Fidelity Guarantee and
Public/Products Liability.

Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender Specification
from the Security's Desk located in the Administrative building on
John F. Kennedy Drive, between the hours of
9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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NOTICE is hereby given that IRMA TASSY OF PALM TREE
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
16th day of JULY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


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Bahamas Supermarkets Limited operates a leading
supermarket chain in The Bahamas. As a market leader,
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BAHAMIANS Jobina Bain,
Carlene Carey, Florence Green,
Jessica Sawyer and Fiona Sirra
have been awarded scholarships
to the Chartered Financial Ana-
lyst (CFA) programme through
the CFA Society of the
Bahamas (CFASB), a non-prof-
it organisation for financial
The CFASB's scholarship
program has enabled the five
to take the CFA exam for a
reduced registration and enrol-
ment fee of $220. Candidates
normally pay up to $1.780 to
take the exam, depending on
when they register and where

Government to increase taxes on many
imported items because this could further
depress economic activity.
"At the end of the day, it is a tax increase
on many items," Mr D'Aguilar said of the
changes introduced by the 2008-2009 Bud-
get, which 'rounded up' many combined
Stamp and customs duty rates.
"It's not wise to do that when your econ-
omy is vulnerable...... The timing wasn't
right, and there's always those theories that"
tax increases.,yve n the eqonqmy is turning

they live.
"More and more investment
professionals are seeking the
CFA charter as a confirmation
to clients and employers that
their investment knowledge and
ethics meet the highest stan-
dards, no matter where in the
world they practice," said Kristi-
na Fox, the CFASB president.
"As a member of The CFA
Institute, we are pleased to offer
financial assistance to these out-
standing candidates who are
committed to pursuing this pres-

tigious designation."
With an overall pass rate of
42 per cent, some 8,669 candi-
dates passed the third and final
exam in the three-year exam
series last year.
That brings the number of
CFA charterholders worldwide
to more than 95,000, including
55 in The Bahamas.
CFA Institute continues to
award additional charters week-
ly as candidates who have
passed all three exams meet all
other requirements, including
the completion of at least three
years of professional investment
experience and the submission

down is the worst thing to do. Theory tells
you that in a downturn you decrease taxes
to stimulate the economy, but the Govern-
ment thinks this is a revenue-neutral bud-
Mr D'Aguilar said there were also ques-
tions over why the Government needed to
raise import tax rates at a time when, due to
the fact that duties were levied proportion-
ally, it should have been gaining increased
revenues due to the fact import prices had

of a statement committing
themselves to adhere to the
CFA .Institute code of ethics
and standards of professional
To apply for a CFASB schol-
arship, candidates must belong
to the CFASB or be a fourth-
year or graduate student at a
college or university within 200
miles of the Bahamas. Candi-
dates must have earned a bach-
elor's degree or equivalent by
September of the year they take
the first level of the CFA exam.

"I would have thought that it would not
be necessary. Because the cost of items is
going up, the Government should be getting
increased taxes anyway because importers
are paying the same rate on a greater
amount," the Chamber president explained.
"The value of imported items has gone up
because costs around the world have gone
up, so the Government is getting more from
paying the same rate on greater value. Items
imported are worth more, so more tax. is
being.paid.". .. .

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through its City Market supermarkets, having a strong
commitment to its customers, associates and community.
An opportunity for a Senior Accountant Financial
Reporting to join this market leader has arisen. The Senior
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Financial Officer.
Verify and analyze departmental and store level operating
Respond to store inquiries regarding store level profit and
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Experience in auditing is preferred
Must be proficient with MS Office and Outlook.
Must be detail oriented
Requires good analytical and problem solving skills
Requires good organizational and interpersonal skills.
Must be able to interact with auditors and various levels of
Human Resources Director
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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

1 45 8

2 877 9 1
9 3 5

91 2
6 1

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Difficulty Level 7/5

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

Kakuro Answer


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7 Inquisitive (4)
8 French apple brandy
10 Without deception
12 Begin again (6)
13 Moderately (6)
15 Covert (10)
18 Southem tip of the
Americas (4,4)
19 A bore (4)
20 Illuminated (3,2)
21 Socks, stockings (7)

1 Swings round to attack or
starts running (5,2)
4 Went round or moved
sideways (5),
7 Fiddlesticksl (4)
8 It returns before five in a
city business (8)
10 She may be found highly
entertaining (3,7)
12 It has no big clientele (6)
13 Tone adopted by doctor
coming in weary (6)
15 Some doubt in a judgment
18 Carefully examined any
leads broken (8)
19 The end of the game for
one's partner (4)
20 One who believes in
Scottish industry (5)
21 Tums red, this shows
uncertainty (7)

Yesterday's Cryptic Soluti
Across: 1 Night porter, 9 Impound
Vogue, 11 Axle, 12 Left wing, 14
Dacron, 16 Anchor, 18 Overpaid, 1
Anil, 22 Irate, 23 Brazier, 24 See
Down: 2 Impel, 3 Haul, 4 Padres,
Riveting, 6 English, 7 Gin and tonii
Ledger clerk, 13 Compress, 15
Cremate, 17 Disbar, 20 Neigh, 21

1 A bit I broke in my leg (5)
2 Altered one's expression?
3 Fastidiousness for exact-
ness (6)
4 The demon drink? (4,6)
5 Case to hold one's atten-
tion (4)
6 Tide may change between
sunrise and sunset (7)
9 I'd rather not express it
more politely (2,5,3)
11 Abandon royal dignity (8)
12 One should drive clean
away from it (3,4)
14 Cause a capital loss (6)
16 Requirements of necessity
17 Bill turned in a murderer

yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Armed forces, 9
Abysmal, 10 Plato, 11 Deny, 12
Definite, 14 Number, 16 Make do,
18 Lambaste, 19 Dash, 22 Venue,
23 Arizona, 24 Foot the bill.
Down: 2 Rayon, 3 Emma, 4 Falter,
5 Reprisal, 6 Evasive, 7 Hand in
glove, 8 Come to a head, 13
Decadent, 15 Memento, 17 Attach,
20 Atoll, 21 Limb.


A urown V N iJranviae, Inter-Luu
match game 2008. Standard reader
Nigel Granville, who sent in today's
* puzzle, tells it as a story against
himself. He was on the verge of
defeat for most of the game, only
for his opponent to blunder in
sight of victory. The white player
still retained a lively queen, and
here, with Black's army awkwardly
placed, it seems impossible to
avoid perpetual check with Qc8+-
Ka7 Qc7+ Ka8 QcS+ and so on. So
White offered a draw, and Black,
still under the stress of defending lor
so long, accepted. rhis Is a common
psychological trap, and you have to
try to keep your emotions in check so
that if your position suddenly turns
worse or better you can adjust to the
new situation. If Black (to move) had
the diagram presented to him as a
puzzle, I'm sure he would have solved
it quickly. How does Black force an
instant win?

1 Madness (5)
2 Reaction (8)
3 South American river
4 Conflicting (2,8)
5 Compelled (4)
6 Declare under oath
9 Skillof a good sailor
11 To cross (8)
12 Fundamental (7)
14 Quest (6)
16 A form of football (5)
17 Location (4)




'Chess: 8652: 1..Rh7+1 2 Kxh7 Rd7+! 3 Qxd7 Nf6+
followed by Nxd7 and Black queens his d4 pawn.
Black could do it the other way round by 1...Rd7+
2 Qxd7 Rh7+.


HOW many words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word. No plurals, or verb
forms ending in "s", no words with initial capitals
and no words with a hyphen or apostrophe
permitted. The first word of a phrase is permitted
(e.g. inkjet in nlet printer).
Good 19; very good 29; excellent 38 (or more).
Solution Monday.
dehorn dehored denote denoted
dent dented dethrone
DETHRONED done drone droned
ended enter hereon heron hone
honed horn hoed hornet need
nerd nether node north note noted
redden redone rend rent rented
rodent teen tend tended tender
tenor tern then thereon thorn
throne throned tone toned torn
trend trended trodden








East dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
V K74

*J 105

The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead live of spades.
Assume you're declarer with the
South hand at three notrump and
West leads a spade. You can count
eight sure winners consisting of three
spades, two hearts, two diamonds
and a club. How would you proceed
so as to give yourself the best chance
for a ninth trick?
When the deal occurred, South
won the first spade in dummy and led
a low club to the jack, losing to
West's queen. Declarer took the
spade return in dummy and led
another club to the ace, learning to
his dismay that East held the K-9 of
clubs over dummy's 10-5.

Since he still needed ninth trick,
South next led a low heart to the king
and took a heart finesse. But when
the jack lost to West's queen,
declarer had to go down one.
South had the right idea about
trying to get his ninth trick from the
club suit, but he went about it the
wrong way. The correct way to play
this combination is to start by cash-
ing the ace of clubs on the first round
of the suit. This guarantees a second
club trick regardless of how the suit
is divided.
In the actual case, \est's queen
falls, after which the ten or jack
becomes declarer's ninth trick. The
same result is achieved ifa singleton
honor falls from East's hand.
If an honor does not appear on
the first round, a low club is next led
toward the ten. If West started with
any number of clubs including the K-
Q, he can win with the queen, but
this assures that the ten or jack \will
later become the game-going trick.
The same result accrues if East
holds the K-Q-x-x(-x) of clubs.
Dummy's ten forces an honor, and a
later club lead toward the closed
hand establishes the jack.
Of course, if the clubs turn out to
be divided 3-2. as they would- he
two-thirds of the time, the safety play
of cashing the ace first proves to be
unnecessary. But it's always better to
be safe than sorry.

Tomorrow: The pursuit of excellence.
200X King I .ilturlr Syndicate Inc


1 2 3 4 5 6


12 13




-Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Covering Every Possibility

Grand Bahama eyed for

medical school project

FROM page 1B

Freeport, with sources telling
this newspaper that it would

ultimately by located on part of
a 600-acre site known as the
Britannia property.
That site is also being eyed

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.

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 16th day of JULY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, KENDERA THERA
ALBURY of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my
name to THERA ANDREA SEYMOUR. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

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.

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.


as the potential location for
Grand Bahama's new cruise
port by the Government, Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and Freeport Harbour
It is thought that there is
enough room for both the Ross
University development and
new cruise port to co-exist on
the same area of land.
Details on the proposed Ross
University School of Medicine
campus remain sketchy,
although one source told Tri-
bune Business that the project
had received all the necessary
approvals from the Port
Authority and was now just
waiting on final permits from
the Government in Nassau.
The medical school proposal
for Freeport is nothing new, but

Tribune Business understands
it has been revived. This news-
paper revealed last year that the
idea was contained in an affi-
davit sworn by Rick Hayward,
son of GBPA co-owner Sir Jack
Hayward, which was filed in
relation to the ownership dis-
pute with the late Edward St
George's estate.
Mr Hayward at the time
detailed a plan to construct a
medical school and educational
facility in Freeport that had
been proposed by DeVry Uni-
versity, an institution with a
presence in 24 US states and
Mr Hayward alleged that
such a project could create "a
tremendous advantage" for
Freeport by aiding the devel-
opment of tertiary education

It is not known whether the
Ross University and DeVry
University projects are one and
the same, but the benefits to
Freeport and the Bahamas are
Apart from giving Freeport's
economy, and its construction
and property rental industries, a
much-needed shot-in-the-arm
through the initial build-out and
influx of students, it would pro-
vide the Bahamas with badly-
needed economic diversifica-

It would also place the
Bahamas on the globe's educa-
tional and higher-learning map,
possibly attracting other tertiary
education institutions, and could
lead to the development of an
offshore medical services indus-
try in Freeport given the highly-
skilled cadre of medical gradu-
ates it would produce.
Ross University already has a
School of Medicine campus
located in Dominica, and its
website says it has graduated
more than 5,700 physicians over
its 30-year history.

Lh,.. GN-710




It is hereby notified that the undermentioned item
has been fortified to the Crown following breaches
of the Laws of The Bahamas and will be sold by

42 ft. Sailboat "Norois"


This vessel may be inspected by contacting the
Officer-in-Charge, Royal Bahamas Police Force,
Police Harbour Patrol Division, Bay Street between
the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to

Tender Forms for submission are obtainable from
the office of the Financial Secretary, Ministry of
Finance, 3rd Floor, Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre,
Cable Beach, Nassau.

Tenders should be submitted in SEALED
ENVELOPES to the office the Financial Secretary,
Ministry of Finance, Nassau, Bahamas.

The face of the envelope should bear the words:-


Tenders submitted with the foregoing should be
received by 12:00 noon, July 17th, 2008.

The right is reserved to reject any or all tenders
and the vessel is being sold "as is where is".

The successful bidder will, on making full payment,
assume all risks for the item sold and for making
arrangements for its removal within seven (7)
days after payment.

For vessels that are not registered in The
Bahamas, no guarantee is given as to their
eligibility for registration elsewhere.

Colin Higgs

Kingsway Academy is seeking applicants for
teaching positions in the following areas:

Teachers for Grades 2 through 6

Clothing Construction and Craft/Needlework
Music (Part-time or full-time)
Home Economics/Art and Craft
Carpentry and Joinery
Physical Education/Health Science
Laboratory Technician

High School applicants should be qualified and
willing to teach to the BGCSE, S.A.T.II, and
AP level with at least a Bachelor's Degree, or
equivalent, with 6 years experience at the High School
level in the particular subject area along with a
Teacher's Certificate. A Masters Degree in
education, in teaching and learning. or the content area,
would be an asset.

All successful candidates should have the following:
* An Academic Degree in the area of specialization
* A Teaching Certificate
* Excellent Communication Skills
" A love for children and learning
* High standards of morality
* Be a born again Christian

Letters of application together with a recent
color photograph and detailed Curriculum Vita
(including the names and addresses of at least three
references, one being the name of one's church
minister) should be forwarded to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road

Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications
and experience.
Deadline for Applications is
Monday July 14, 2008


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2.70 1.48 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.055 0.040 42.7 1.70%
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Tribune Feature Writer

URING visits to any number of the country's Family
Islands for The Tribune's Travel section, the oral tradi-
tion provided by residents was largely all that I had to
rely on for an historical perspective of the island. Often
dates, details, and sequence of events had become lost
forever as someone's memory faded or as generations
filtered in their own version of history. As a result,
most Bahamians would agree that the Family Islands
need a written history.
Thanks to the work of Jim and Anne Lawlor, Harbour
Island's history is being immortalized in literature. Just
two weeks ago, 'The Harbour Island Story' was released
to the public. This is a well documented, informative and
entertaining account of Harbour Island once second in
significance to New Providence.
Drawing on new material from official, church, oral
and private sources, 'The Harbour Island Story' adds
greatly to the knowledge of Harbour Island making it
a significant addition to Bahamian historiography.
p While the Lawlors are the authors here, they have
dedicated this book to the memory of the late historian
Har- Dr Edwin Paul Albury, Anne's father, and author of
a d both 'The Story of the Bahamas'.(published in 1975),
land 'and the 'Paradise Island Story' (published in 1984).
is a Dr Albury, also a dentist and former senator, died in
for 1987. He vas 64 years old.
Even before Dr Albury began work on the Paradise
ins, Island Story, he set out to write the story of his beloved
)r Harbour Island. But as fate would have it, he never
ars, got to complete work on the book before he passed
S away.
fntS "It was always [Dr Albury's] dream to write about
the Harbour Island, his home. He had me researching for
r al the chapter on religion in 1982, and he had 40 topics on
Harbour Island laid out to research. But he got stopped
*off to write the Paradise Island Story which was pub-
lished in 1984. Then he got stopped off to write a book
about Columbus which he never completed. So through
all of that, the Harbour Island story got put to the back-
burner," Mr Lawlor recalled.
In 1998 however, Anne took a sabbatical from work
Dr. Gail [she is a lecturer at the College of the Bahamas] in
Saunders order to work on the book. The couple split up their
S s research responsibilities; Anne researched from 1647 to
the 1800s and Jim, a retired teacher, researched from
1800 to date. Anne's research took her to Boston, Mass-
achusetts where she sought history about the Puritans.


'-- .

Jim's research took him to the School of Oriental and
African Studies in London. In London, he also found
Royal Navy records about pirate chases in the Public
Records Office.
The couple also travelled to Florida and found infor-
mation about the Andrew Deveaux raid in the libraries
of the University of Florida, and additional information
in the library of the University of Miami.
Packed into the 15 chapters of this book is history that
dates back to the time of the Eleutheran Adventureis up
to the hurricanes of 2004, and everything in between.
"The Harbour Island Story is an illustrated book that
examines how Harbour Island was founded, its early
days, piracy and the island's role in Deveaux's recapture
of New Providence. It also describes Dunmore's and the
Loyalists' contribution and vividly recalls privateering
and the raising of Royal Island," Mr Lawlor said.
The Lawlors also descije slavery and emancipation
and recount the history of a free society including the
prosperous days of the 1850s, shipbuilding, wrecking
and the experiences of hurricanes.
And after spending four years in the publisher's
hands, 'The Harbour Island Story' is now available to
the public. The 320-page book is available at Book-
world & Stationers Limited on Mackey Street, the Dil-
ly Dally, and Tip Top Bookstore in Harbour Island,
through amazon.com, and the publisher's website -
While Mr Lawlor's believes that the entire book is a
must-read, he would like all readers to take notice of the
final chapter in the book, The Enchantment of Har-
bour Island. In the introduction to this chapter, he notes
that the enchantment of Harbour Island is more than the
land and sea.
There is 'something in the air'. The cool gentle breezes
off the Atlantic Ocean are unpolluted by fetid vapours
from bog and swamp. Rather, on passing over the island,
their fragrance is enhanced. There is a slight taste of salt,
a faint awareness of aromatic medicines, a hint of per-
The appeal is not to the cortex, but to the deeper and
older brain. There is the stirring of ancient memories of
an elemental association of man with the earth and sea....
they write.

WRITE ON! Authors
Jim and Anne
Lawlor, who have
immortalised Har-
bour Island's history
with their book, the
Harbour Island Sto-
ry. Its cover is pic-
tured below.

It Finally Vh--g y
Now Available

Dilly Daily
and ,
Tip Top

.r. .. .'

In the book's foreword, Dr Gail Saunders,
director general of Heritage, noted that the entire sto-
ry of Harbour Island is told in a free flowing style and
the chapters on ship-building, wrecking and hurricanes
are particularly enjoyable, incorporating some of Dr
Albury's wonderful stories.
"This book adds greatly to our knowledge of Harbour
Island specifically and the Bahamas generally and is a
significant addition to Bahamian historiography. It is also
important as it stands among the few detailed histories
of the Bahamas' Family Islands.
"The Harbour Island Story is a must for Bahamians,
visitors, scholars, students and the general public. In
spite of many difficulties, Anne and Jim prevailed and
are to be congratulated for completing the book which
will serve as the standard text on 'Briland' for many
years," Dr Saunders writes.
'The Harbour Island Story' is Anne and Jim Lawlor's
second book in memory of Dr Albury. In 2004, the
Lawlor's also completed an update of Dr Paul Albury's
'Paradise Island Story' in 2004.
"I just love history. And Anne is a superb writer.
You can say that [Dr Albury] inspired us," Mr Lawlor
'The Harbour Island Story' is now available to the
public. The 320-page book is available at Bookworld
& Stationers Limited on Mackey Street, the Dilly Dally,
and Tip Top ]Bookstore in Harbour Island, through
amlazol.comln, and/ the p1l lisherA, irebsite, irww.macmil-



VERSATILE art exhibition

After an exciting sales contest
recently, Festival the number
one multi-purpose cleaner in the
country gave away three big-
screen televisions to the following
lucky customers-Javan Tanis,
Benton Barr and Sherlinda McK-
enzie. Bahamas Wholesale Agen-
cies congratulates the winners.

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Fu 'c Cia i

THE PUBLIC is invited to the
opening reception of Versatile,
featuring the new works of Edrin
Symonette, Lemero Wright and
Ryan Turnquest on Friday, July
18 at the Central Bank of the
Bahamas Art Gallery, Market
Street, from 6pm to 9pm.

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Bahamas Association for Cultural Studies (BACUSI

The public is invited to the
opening reception of Versatile,
featuring the new works of
Edrin Symonatte, Lemero
Wright and RyanTurnquest on
Friday, July 18 at the Central
Bank of the Bahamas Art
Gallery, Market Street, from
6pm to 9pm.

SCRIMMAGE 08: Popop-
Studios/Centre for the Visual
Arts invites one and all to their
ongoing summer exhibition
showcasing a rotation of artists
and artworks. The exhibition is
open a.l summer long. Gallery
hours are Tuesday Saturday
from 11am to 7pm.

* This July & August, The
National Art Gallery will be
hosting its first Summer Con-
cert Series! Come and enjoy
great performances by talent-
ed Bahamian musicians.
Dicey Doh Singers & The
Ancient Man
Friday, July 18 at 7:30pm
Ronnie Butler & Elon "The
Crab Man" Moxey
Friday, July 25 at 7:30pm
Terneille "Ta Da" Burrows &
Ithalia Johnson
Friday, August 8 at 7:30pm
Kim Welcome & Pam Woods
Friday, August 15 at 7:30pm
Tickets are available at the
NAGB Store: Contact Noel
Thompson. manager at
328 5800/1 or at nthomp-

The Bahamas Association
for Cultural Studies (BACUS)
is inviting writers, cultural
advocates, educators and inter-
ested persons to loin them for
an important discussion on the
state of the literary arts in the
Bahamas during its first Liter-
ary Forum Thursday, July 17
at 6:30pm at the'lecture the-.
atre Bahamas Tourism Train-
ing Centre, Thompson Boule-

Art Educators from around
the Bahamas will participate in
an Independence Day Show
@ Sine. Qua.Non Gallery on
Elizabeth Avenue. The show
opens Thursday, July 17 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 par-
ticipate in an Artist Talk on
Tuesday, July 22 at 7pm @ The
Hub. The exhibition runs until
August 19. For more informa-
tion check out www.thehubba-
hamas.org or call 322.4333.

The National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas (NAGB) has invit-
ed the general public to view
its Fourth National Exhibition
(The NE4). The exhibition fea-
tures an exciting array of 51
works produced within the last
two years by 31 artists. This
artwork represents a rich diver-
sity of art and ranges from
paintings, sculptures, installa-
tions, prints and mixed media
works to photographs and
alternative media. The exhibi-
tion will be on display from July
9 to January 30, 2009 at the
NAGB on West Hill Street.

Tribune Feature Writer

THE Bahamas
A National
Youth Choir claimed
first place honours
following their performance at
the International Youth and
Music Festival and Competition
in Vienna, Austria on Monday.
With the international win firm-
ly under their belt, choir mem-
bers are now looking to medal
in the 5th World Choral Games,
also being held in Austria,
Today however, choir mem-
bers continue with the celebra-
tions as they take in the sights of
Graz, Austria before moving on
to participate in a friendship
concert along with choirs from
Korea and Hungary at "Kirche
der Barmherzigen Brueder"
(Church of the Merciful Broth-
ers) in Graz.
Tomorrow, the choir will take
an excursion to the mountains,
and later compete in its first
performance category. In this
category, the choir will perform
Bahamian folklore songs from
its repertoire. "Miss Lucy and
Unle Lou", "O let 'em Go to
Bimini", "Y O To Mango", and
"Gov'nor Gate/Jerry Rocker"
round out the choir's 20-minute
performance requirement.
All songs are arranged by
choir director Cleophas Adder-
On Friday the choir will par-
ticipate in the classical category.
Mr Adderley's "One A Twen-
ty", Franz Schubert's "The Lord
is My Shepherd", Moses
Hogan's "Ezekiel Saw the
Wheel", and Hennigan's
"Walking on the Green Grass"
are the four competition pieces
the choir will perform.
Later that night the choir will
also perform in a friendship
concert with regional choirs in
Eibiswald. The event is dubbed,
"Grenzlandhalle Eibiswald".
According to Cleophas
Adderley, while the choir has
performed in a number of coun-
tries, the World Choral Games
is the choir's most challenging
performance to date.
"I feel that this is the kind of
exposure that the young peo-
,ple in this country need.
"They need 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,

Youth choir claims first place r

in international competition

silver or bronze medal, the main
thing is that they perform at
their best," Mr Adderley told
The Tribune.
And what exposure the
Games are turning out to be -
with 441 choirs from 93 coun-
tries and regions, a total of
about 20,000 people participat-
ing in this 11-day international
competition (The Games began
on July 9 and end on July 19).
Mr Adderley also wants the
Bahamian public to know that
despite the Bahamas being a
small country that is presenting
only one choir, the nation has a
tremendous amount of talent
to showcase.
"We need to not be comfort-
able with being very good or
excellent in this small environ-
ment in which we live.
"We need to set global stan-
"And the Bahamas has
already shown in sports, in
tourism, in business areas that
we can compete globally.
"And I definitely feel that in
the arts, we can do so.
"All we have to do is work
harder and.get more training"
Mr Adderley told The Tribune.
Bahamians will soon find out
if the choir's hard work has paid
off with a medal.
Whether that happens or not
though, the experience of
singing in a competition of such
magnitude is intangible.
Moreover, the choir also
remains confident in the fact
that it was fast tracked to the
Olympic round of competition.
After reviewing tapes of the
choir's previous performances
before the competition, World
Choir Games officials exempted
the'choir from having to go
through elimination rounds.
The World Choral Games
was originally called the Inter-
national Choir Olympics.
It was established by the Ger-
many-based Inturkultur Foun-
dation in 2000 with hopes that
the old Olympic idea could be
used in choral competitions and
performance exchanges
between nations.
Since 2000, the World Choral
Games have been held every
two years.
The first four Games were
held in Linz, Austria; Pusan,
Korea; Bremen, Germany, and
Xiamen, China.
The 6th World Choral Games
will be held in Shaoxing, Chi-
na in 2010.

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AFTER months of record-
ing, mixing and mastering
with some of the Bahamas'
best writers and recording
artists, BuffBoo Records has
released its second reggae
compilation album as
promised. The album, titled
The Promise Riddim', is the
follow up to 2007's CopyCat
Produced by Ray R Ewing,
'The Promise Riddim' fea-
tures a number of Bahamian
artists-such as Landlord, Ta

Da, BoBo Ken, Christian
Massive and many others, in
addition to a few internation-
al artists. While the entire
lineup has not been
announced as yet, reggae
lovers can rest assured that
each artist is able to deliver
on their promise ie, soulful,
well written and honest
music from the heart.
The album itself is a jour-
ney into the bittersweet
Depths oflove and life. And,
Mr Eving said, the calibre of

artists featured on the
Promise Riddim shows a
maturity in Bahamian music
and a level of professional-
ism the Bahamas and
Caribbean can be proud of.
Pre-releases from the
Promise Riddim include
'What.Kinda World' by
Kiara Sherman, 'Badness
Outta Style' by Peter Runks,
and 'I Don't Want You' by
Be (Bodine Johnson). The
latter two are now in rota-
tion on Bahamian radio sta-

RIDDIM' fea-
tures a num-
ber of Bahami-
an artists such
as Landlord,
Ta Da, BoBo
Ken, Christian
Massive and
many others,
.in addition to a
few interna-
tional artists.

tions and have been released
to international media as
BuffBoo Records is an
entirely Bahamian owned
and operated music compa-
ny, with its members having
worked with a score of
Bahamian and international
recording artists for over 15

Look for the Promise Rid-
dim in local music stores and
on iTunes.

The Tribune P

N will be publishing its, annual

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

* Name of student
* High School you are graduating from
* Age
* Name of parents
* A list of exams already taken and the results eg Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC)
exams and Pitman exams
* A list of exams expected to be taken Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) exams
* The college/university they expect to attend eg College of the Bahamas, Harvard
University, University of Miami
* Name of degree expected to be sought eg Bachelors degree in English, Bachelors
degree in biology
* What career they expect to enter once their education is completed a doctor, Math
teacher, engineer
* All extracurricular activities club memberships, team sports/track and field, church
* A list of honours/awards/recognition student has received

Please include your telephone/contact information and also note that photos will not be
returned. Forward all information to Lisa Lawlor, Tribune Junior Reporter at e-mail -
lisalawlor@gmail.com or features@tribunemedia.net -please note 'Back To School' in
the subject line. The information may also be hand delivered or mailed to:


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

Nu New Tour makes

an Abaco ambush

AS the warm days of sum-
mer rolled in Abaco celebrated
the beginning of the season
with a blowout cortcert in
Marsh Harbour at the
Junkanoo Summer Festival
grounds of Goombay Park.
Featuring some of the coun-
try's leading entertainers, the
singers, musicians and artists
showcased a variety of Bahami-
an music for the hundreds of
residents and visitors on the
island in search of a good time.
Recently finishing up a series
of appearances and perfor-
mances in Eleuthera, where he
promoted his new compilation
of music named 'JunkaPOP',
budding entertainer Munks
was invited to become a part
of the festivities in Abaco.
Landing at-the Marsh Har-
bour Airport, Munks quickly
discovered that he would not
be working alone at the
planned event.
Representative for the Min-
istry of Tourism in Abaco
Malinda Williams met up with
Munks at the airport and
informed him that he would
actually be live on stage with
Bahamian celebrities Avvy and
Geno D later that night.
"Yeah man, we do it real big
in Abaco. Every year we have
different live performances by
some big name performers, and
Abaco is very supportive of
Bahamian artists," Ms Williams
Later that evening, as the
sun made its way south of the
horizon, a small crowd of per-
sons were found at Goombay
Park sipping cocktails and eat-
ing native foods while tapping
their feet to live music being
'performed by Impact, one of
Abaco's leading bands.
Literally hundreds of people
packed Goombay Park as the
night carried on in good fun
with children running around
and playing, while police offi-
cers patrolled the already
peaceful area.
Shortly after the clock struck
10pm, Avvy and Geno D
arrived at the party and iin-
gled with the many fans they've
earned, having showcased their
music to Abaco in the past.
Kicking off the concert was
newcomer Munks, who intro-
duced himself to the crowd,
then divided it into three sec-

tions which were known as the
Pigeon Plums, the Mangoes,
and finally, but certainly not
the least, the Guineps.
Munks unleashed an out-
standing array of energy, as he
opened the show performing
an all out set of three singles
from his LP 'The Red One 2.0;
JunkaPOP Da Fusion.'
Beginning with his newest
single to hit local radio in June,
"The Way I Feel", Munks fol-
lowed it up with the hit singles
"Hey" and "The Art of Woo
(Shake That Thang Girl)". The
crowd was very enthused and
responsive to the artist and his
alternative style of Bahamian
fiusic. ". '"" .
Hitting the stage after
Munks was Avvy, who gave a
fierce performance of his hit
singles "Roach On My Bread",
"Wine Grammy Wine", "Jack
and Jill", and "Ghost Move".
Moving along swiftly with no
break in between Geno D was
introduced and wrapped up the
show performing crowd
favourites, like "Drunk Again"
and "Mosquito Bite."
Ms Williams told the
Vendetta Group that Abaco is
an awesome stop this summer
for anyone in search of some
royal 'R & R' and a real good
time to never forget.
For more information on
upcoming events in Abaco con-
tact Malinda Williams at the Min-
istry of Tourism office in Abaco

The blind pursuit

of the good life

FROM page 12

It can be hit or miss, but it is this
blind drive that leads to their
downfall and occasionally their
success, but at what cost?"
The unflattering comparison
to ants that humans are dealt in
Marie's work, comes as a result
of her study of human behav-
iour. Unlike ants who are guided
by biology, human beings, she
said, have the ability to see the
end of the line to determine
beforehand that a certain course
of action will lead to a pre-
dictable end. But for some rea-
son, it is as if an irresistible drive
that pushes some to act blindly,
without regard for what will
come, is put in motion:
Despite the ability to antici-
pate an undesirable outcome,
human beings, by and large,
choose "to ignore the repercus-
sions and relentlessly seek instant
gratification. It is this connection
that I am exploring in my work,"
she said.
"People have no idea why they
are driven to these things cars,
jewellery, money, religion, and
politics. We just see what every-
one else is doing, therefore it
must be good.
"We have become myrmidons.
Lackeys to our own desires, like
drones we set out to be better
than the Joneses, three satellite
dishes and a Hummer. What
motivates us as human beings to
desire such things? Ants are pre-
conditioned to help build the

colony, help it prosper, where as
human beings, we seem to be
taking all of the steps to destroy
our civilization and serve our
individual, immediate needs,"
Marie said.
In terms of the actual con-
struction of her work, Marie said
that she decided to paint each
ant individually because she felt
that the effort that goes into each
ant represents the same monot-
ony of life. "By producing the
ants by hand there is still the
human element present, each is
different, only slightly but there is
still a 'fingerprint' on each. I find
this to be extremely relevant to
the context of my work."
As she explores social conflict,
stereotypes and life experiences
through her art, Marie said that it
is through the use of simple
forms and a minimal colour
palette that she is able to con-
struct a visual experience that
creates an inner tension.
For the viewer of [mur-mi-
don], the individual is forced to
question the source of this anxi-
ety, and in doing so dialogue -
that can move society forward is
[mur-mi-don] opens Friday,
July 18 and runs to August 9 at
The Hub, No 2 Colebrooke Lane.
On Friday, July 18, the exhibit is
open from 6.30pm to 9pm, and
from July 19 to August 9, it can
be seen by appointment. The
artist will give a presentation at
the Hub at 7pm July 22.

Buff-Boo Records releases

Promise Riddim




Tribune Features Editor

OKAY, I am going to say it. lan Mills,
personal chef to US Ambassador Ned
Siegel, is as easy on the eyes as his
food is pleasing to the palate.

Now that we've got that out
of the way, let's focus on both
his tantalizing a.id innovative
culinary skills, and his ability to
serve masterfully over the
organised chaos that is often
found in busy kitchens, where
he emerges triumphantly from
with a meal fit for...well, an
ambassador, a prime minister
or any high ranking diplomatic
Stepping into the kitchen at
the US ambassador's residence
for the first time in January
2002, Chef Mills, a graduate of
the prestigious Johnson and
Wales University he has a
Bachelors Degree in Applied
Science, Culinary Arts would
begin a remarkable culinary
journey preparing extraordinary
meals for Ambassador Richard
His ability to think quickly on
his feet, readily adapt to chang-
ing palates, and blessed with an
amiable personality would mean
not only being returned to the
position of personal chef to the
US Ambassador twice, but.
would also result in Ambassador
Blankenship inviting him to
come to the United States with
him when he left office. He
would return home shortly after
however, saying that he missed
home to much.
Of Blankenship, Chef Mills
said, "when he came in through
the gate, he was a totally differ-
ent person. He would walk in
the kitchen and talk to you. His
bodyguards would come in and
drink beers, smoke cigars,,and
just have fun. I can't complairr,-
he was a good boss, very down
to earth."
While he might not be able
to say that he has fed the five
thousand at a single seating,
Chef Mills has directed a

menu planning to Chef Mills.
Ambassador Siegel also has
a sweet tooth. According to
Chef Mills, the Ambassador,
unbeknownst to his wife, some-
times sneaks into the freezer at
night. "Once I come to work I
can always tell when he goes
into the ice-cream. We crack a
joke that I have to put a lock on
freezer when I go home."
Chef Mills also recounted the
story of when he learned that
Ambassador Siegel, who came
to the Bahamas in 2007, was
Jewish. He sent him a letter ask-
ing him where he could learn
how to make kosher meals, but
Ambassador Siegel's wife, who
found his concern a little fun-
ny, told him that they are not
that strict about food.
As part of his routine, Chef
Mills said, once Ambassador
Siegel walks in the door he
wants a vodka on the rocks with
three slices of an orange the
Ambassador says they are for
good luck in his hand. He also
likes homemade pigs-in-a-blan-
And what would life be as a
personal chef if he had not inter-
esting food experiences. In an
attempt to introduce Bahamian
fare to the US residence, Chef
Mills said, he took on the task of
cooking a hog snapper for
Ambassador Blankenship. It
would be a harrowing experi-
ence however, when at mid-
night, Chef Mills found himself
in some pain, and praying that
what was ailing him was not the
hog snapper that he had also fed
to Ambassador Blankenship.
"I guess it was poisonous. At
12 that night I was in some
pain. I was like, please don't
tell me it was that fish. As soon
as I got in the next day he start-
ed screaming at me and only

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great chef


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you must love

what you do and
have a passion for
it. To me, prepar-
ing and present-
ing food is like
making love, I put -IAN MIL
my all into it, and I treat each
dish like it was my first girl!

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* Roasted Duck Breast served
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kitchen staff that has served din-
ner for 200, 250 and even 350
persons current Ambassador
Siegel had a "small" party for
US and Bahamian friends.
Chef Mills has also fed top
senior diplomats, including US
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice during her visit to the
Bahamas in 2006. And if his
memory serves him correctly, it
was surf n' turf that evening.
John Rood, who Chef Mills
said likes hog snapper, was the
US Ambassador to the
Bahamas at that time.
And then there was the time
that he served Jeb Bush, former
Governor of Florida. Accord-
ing to Chef Mills, his food was
such that the Governor thought
they had flown in a chef espe-
cially for him.
With all this hobnobbing and
getting standing ovations for his
food (seriously), Chef Mills' one
complaint is that he has no
social life.
Literally at the beck and call
of the Ambassador at one
point Chef Mills lived at the res-
idence he is on hand if the
Ambassador and his family
want breakfast, lunch, dinner, a
peanut butter sandwich or a
chocolate souffle. And with each
new family in the US residence,
Chef Mills, has to learn their
unique personalities, wants and
About Ambassador Siegel,
Chef Mills said that sometimes
he will come home and say that
he just wants a hamburger, oth-
er times he is happy to leave the

because I was also sick he did-
n't do anything to me."
Other attempts at cooking
Bahamian fare have proven far
more successful however. Chef
Mills said that Ambassador
Siegel likes conch fritters and
conch salad. And to give it an
added twist, he said he might
put the salad in a martini glass.
Undoubtedly, a day in the
life of a personal chef to the
US ambassador to the Bahamas
can be very hectic at times.
According to Chef Mills, his
day really begins the night
before, when finds out if the
ambassador and his family want
breakfast. A daily schedule also
comes out that highlights any
lunch or dinner meetings sched-
uled for the next day.
"If the prime minister comes
or some minister, you have to
get the detail work, the prep
work done early. If it's just
[Ambassador Siegel] I write out
what I want to do. I usually
start cooking about 1pm, and
every other day I have a func-
tion," he said.
"Last night I had a dinner
with Minister of Environment
Earl Deveaux and his Minister
of State, Phenton Neymour. It
was stressful, also because at
the end of every dinner they
call you out into the dining
room. You can imagine cook-
ing a bad dinner and having to
walk into the dinning room -
normally I get a standing
applause most people can't
believe my age or that I'm a

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served with a Chocolate Rum
Sauce with Fresh fruits


* Grilled French Veal Chops
served with a Parmesan cheese
Risotto & a cherry Tomato



In celebration of five years as, "your choice for the
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.' Celebrating Sye5ars




Versatile opens at the Central

Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery

See page ten

A GERMAN man poses next to "A Rosie Bahamian Woman", a sculpture being completed by Antonius
Roberts during the Caribbean Summer Festiva at the Westphalenpark in Dortmund, Germany.

Roberts makes his mark at the

Caribbean Summer Festival

MAKING his mark on the
international scene, Bahamian
artist Antonius Roberts recent-
ly participated in the Caribbean
Summer Festival at the West-
phalenpark in Dortmund. Ger-
Bringing with him indigenous
materials from the Bahamas,
Mr Roberts also incorporated
indigenous German wood in
order to create a sculpture that
speaks to a cultural union.
"That is exciting for me and
important to me because this
work [A Rosie Bahamian
Woman] speaks to the whole
issue of cross-fertilization and
collaboration and cultural
"I am so pleased because I

can say that the work that I'm
sharing internationally are
indigenous to the Bahamas.
These are works that are inspir-
ing by using authentically
Bahamian material; that is
things that are grown and found
out in the earth of the Bahamas
like wood and stone," Mr
Roberts told Tribune Arts.
Organisers of the festival first
met Mr Roberts during a tour
in Grand Bahama earlier this
year during the unveiling of his
Taino Beach project, 'Original
Mr Roberts noted that this
.most recent installation, while
inspired by the 'Original
Bahamians' is not an exact
replica because as an artist, he

tries not to reproduce the same
"The works that I do actual-
ly are inspired by the space that
the work will be in," Mr
Roberts said. "And that's par-
ticularly why I find that people
are interested in the work that I
am doing because of the indige-
nous and unique nature of the
Along with Mr Roberts'
work, the festival included per-
formances of steel drum orches-
tras, the youth steelband Pan
Gang, percussion workshops
for children and adults, stage
performances and games, as
well as a marching procession
of Junkanoo costumes through
the park. t

Recipe for

See page eleven