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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 25, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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* Officer fears for life

amid claims RBPF

Inspector and Corporal

issue death threat

A YOUNG police, officer is
frightened for his life after he
claimed an Inspector and a Cor-
poral within the Royal Bahamas
Police Force publicly threatened
to have him killed.
In an exclusive interview with
The Tribune yesterday, the offi-
cer, whose identity is being
withheld, outlined a multitude
of security measures he has now
had to implement to simply stay
alive even down to moving
his girlfriend and two-week-old
baby out of their home.
"I went to the Complaint and

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Corruption Uhit the other day
to find out if they have been
charged as yet and they said
they can't do anything until my
case is finished," the officer said.
This case to which the offi-
cer refers, has yet to come
before the courts, and is a mat-
SEE page 12

Tribune Staff Reporter
A FIFTY-year-old Haitian was arrested by Grand Bahama
police in connection with the seizure of more than $2 million from
a Freeport apartment, police said.
The cash $2,378,213 made up of Bahamian and US currency
- is thought to be the proceeds of illegal activity, although police
SEE page 12

THE NEW Minister of Environment Dr Earl Deveaux addressed the Region-
al Sustainable Energy Seminar yesterday at the Sheraton Cable Beach
Resort, where he said the gravity of the global energy challenge is par-
ticularly critical in a fuel dependent nation like the Bahamas.

Call for investment

in renewable energy
Tribune Staff Reporter
The Governor of Hawaii yesterday called on Caribbean gov-
ernments not to "sit idly by" in the face of rising oil prices but to cre-
ate policies that encourage companies to want to invest in renew-
able energy in their territories.
Her island state is as dependent as the Bahamas on foreign oil for
its energy needs being the most oil dependent state in the Unit-
ed States and its residents are paying similar amounts for their
power, Governor Linda Lingle told those gathered at the Caribbean
Regional Sustainable High Level Seminar yesterday.
SEE page 12

No request to

extend Justice

Nottage term


ANY request for an exten-
sion of Justice Rubie Nottage's
term on the bench "will be con-
sidered on its merit," Prime
Minister. Hubert Ingraham said,
'However, he told The Tri-
bune in an exclusive interview, *
that no such application has
been made.
"I have no request for any-
g thing. I don't have any request
a before me. I have not extended
n her. Whatever the law is will
take its course," he said.
E Appointed in April, Justice
SNottage will turn 65 the age
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Girls reportedly in custody
after escaping juvenile centre

Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE girls are reportedly
in police custody after a short
escape from the Williemae Pratt
Centre for Girls, it emerged yes-
According to Minister of
State for Labour and Social
Development Loretta Butler-
Turner, the girls were part of a
group of seven who appeared
at a court hearing Wednesday.
after which they were remanded
to the juvenile centre.
Three of them managed to
flee the compound before they

Concern over
state assets sell-off
Tribune Staff Reporter
explain to the country why it
intends to offload state assets
in "rapid haste", said West End
and Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe, in the wake of the prime
minister's announcement that
government is going to priva-
tise the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC).
Mr Wilchcombe told The Tri-
SEE page 12

were re-assigned to their dorms.
Two of the residents were
apprehended in the area while
one of the escapees managed to
make it to her mother's home.
Minister Turner said the girls
had a history of "disruptive"
behaviour and had just com-
pleted a stint at Her Majesty's
"The seven residents
SEE page 12

Late last night The Tri-
bune received unconfirmed
reports of a shoot-out
between police and an
unidentified man in a car
along Thompson Boulevard.
The culprit who police
were chasing was said to be
firing a handgun at the offi-
cers as he sped along the
main road. Attempts to con-
firm this report before press
time, however, were unsuc-

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Senator: Final Royal Oasis payment

'has now reached its final stage'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Royal Oasis severance pay-
ments are in the last stages and final
payments will be made to eligible
employees in "short order", Senator
Kay Forbes Smith told the Senate.
"The final Royal Oasis payment has
now reached its final stage and it is
envisioned that in short order final pay-
ments will be made to those persons
who would have responded to the ads
inviting them to fill out the requisite
complaint forms specifically designed
by the Department of Labour for that
"The Department of Labour, carried

out the final due dili-
gence when it
launched ads
through both the ,:-
print and electronic
media inviting Royal
Oasis workers with .
remaining com-
plaints to come in .',
and fill out specially -_
(drawn up) forms,
indicating the nature .
of their complaints
and any amounts
due to those employees," she said.
This exercise, Mrs Forbes-Smith said,
was carried out by the department over
several days, at the end of which, the
data collected was cross-checked by

the department with company records
and verified by company executives
still residing in the Grand Bahama com-
While giving her support to three
Supplementary Appropriation Bills,
Senator Forbes-Smith said government
officials carried out an extensive
process to assign workers with payment
complaints into three categories:
Workers who were paid money, but
whose payments were not made with
regard to the country's minimum wage
threshold; employees who worked up
to the time the resort discontinued
employment and had not received final
vacation pay and any other payments
due them at the time of the severance
of their employment; managers and

supervisors who were paid based on a
line-staff pay scale and not as managers
or supervisors.
During her contribution, the sena-
tor stressed the "need to have better
protection of workers" from compa-
nies who "demonstrate their lack of
interest in doing the right thing" as it
relates to proper employment prac-
tices. "When I talk about doing the
right thing, I'm talking about properly
paying people upon termination, redun-
dancies when a company closes its
operation. Since the Royal Oasis clo-
sure we've learned and heard about
the news of a similar incident with a
local shipping company which further
highlights for me the need for us in this
country to demand best practices as it

relates to how Bahamian workers are
dealt with," Senator Forbes-Smith said,
noting the recent closure of the Pio-
neer Shipping Company.
The Royal Oasis Resort closed in
September 2004 after three major hur-
ricanes ripped through Grand Bahama,
leaving many on the island without
jobs. About 100 employees were given
redundancy pay by the hotel's former
In December 2007, Royal Oasis
employees received close to $4 million
in redundancy payments from the gov-
ernment, but there were a number of
complaints regarding the payments.
The three Supplementary Appropri-
ation Bills were passed in the Senate on
Monday. The Senate resumes today.

First annual 'Super M odel of A third group of fishermen taken in for questioning

the Bahamas' competition

THE Super Model of the
Bahamas Organisation will host
its first competition for models
on Sunday, July 27.
The event will take place at the
Rainforest Theatre in the Wynd-
ham Crystal Palace Hotel at 8pm.
Four men and 12 women from
the islands of Bimini, Grand
Bahama and Nassau are vying for
the title "Super Model of the
Bahamas". The competition
begins the day before,'with a float

parade beginning at the Mall at
Marathon. Then, the models will
be interviewed by judges from
Paris, Atlanta and Jamaica. The
judges manage such international
events as Caribbean Top Model
Search and Elite International
Model Search.
"The Super Model of the
Bahamas final promises to deliv-
er some of the best looking men
and women the Bahamas has to
offer," one of the organizers said.

THE police have now tak-
en three groups of fisher-
men into custody for ques-
tioning this week in con-
nection with suspected vio-
lations of the Fisheries Act
in the northern Bahamas.
Yesterday morning, while
on routine patrol nine miles
off West End, Grand
Bahama, a joint force of
Defence Force and Fish-
eries Department officers
stopped and boarded a 15-
foot open motor boat.

They reportedly discov-'
ered 68 juvenile conch.
On Tuesday, a Defence
Force patrol stopped and
searched a 13-foot open
hulled fishing vessel.
Reportedly onboard was a
number of undersized craw-
fish. Crawfish of any size
are currently out of season.
On Monday, a Defence
Force patrol craft also came
upon a 15-foot fishing boat,
and found around 300

scaled fish onboard. The
occupants of the vessel were
reportedly not in possession
of the necessary documents
for commercial fishing.
In all three cases, the
crews and vessels were
turned over to the relevant
Several Bahamians and
one Haitian are now help-
ing the police with their
inquiries into the three inci-


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o In brief

Conspiracy to
commit murder
charge revoked
by AG's Office

Bahama man who was ini-
tially charged in June with
conspiracy to commit mur-
,der, had the charge against
,him revoked by the Attorney
General's Office.
Franco Miller received a
nollele prosequi' on Monday
which releases him of all
charges in connection with
-the murder of 39-year-old
Albert "Abby" Ellis, who
was gunned down on June 9
at Watkin's Lane, Freeport.
In the letter dated July 16,
the Attorney General indi-
cated that all proceedings
against Miller had been dis-
Miller, 32, a former profes-
.sional basketball player, was
charged on June 16 in
'Freeport Magistrate's Court
'with being concerned with
another person of conspiring
to cause the death of Ellis.
Lamont Cecil McPhee, 19,
'of Tasman Close, was
charged with attempted mur-
ider of Ellis. He was remand-
ed to Her Majesty's Prison,
Fox Hill, until August.26 for
preliminary inquiry.

Women to

receive self

defence tips

With the Bahamas leading
the region in reported rapes
and business crimes on the
rise, Kingdom Women in
Business is gearing up to
teach women ways to protect
themselves physically and
KWIB will address these
issues at its monthly meeting
at the British Colonial
Hijton this Saturday at 8am..
"It's a sad fact that crime
seems to be increasing as
criminals get bolder in their
quest to prey on the weak,"
said KWIB founder Melisa
Thompson Hall. "Unfortu-
nately, in many societies
women are perceived as easi-
er targets and when you con-
sider how many women walk
around carrying their lives in
their purses on a daily basis,
it's tragic. It's even more
horrific to hear that in the
past few weeks at least three
women were attacked in the
one place they should feel
safest their own homes. We,
need to do something to give
these would be victims a
fighting chance."
Jawara Pierre, a black belt
martial artist, is set to show
he group techniques they
an use to protect them-
elves in a variety of situa-
Meanwhile, Police Inspec-
or Sandra Miller will
enlighten the female entre-
preneurs on ways to detect
ounterfeit credit cards and
currency. Also contributing
o the event will be ASP
Clayton Fernander of the
Armed Robbery Unit who
,ill be giving business own-
ars some tips about securing
heir businesses.



Morale 'extremely low' killing yourself
working here
pris staffnd at the end

among some prison staff the day what-
ever it is you are

Tribune Staff Reporter
STAFF morale is "extremely
low" among some officers at
Her Majesty's Prison who have
not yet been fully regularised
and have had money withdrawn
from their salaries, The Tribune
has learned.
A source at the prison who
did not want to be named for
fear of victimisation said yes-
terday that the anger of officers
from the 2006 squad has esca-
lated at the prison since they
have been excluded from the
$62 public service raise associ-
ated with the new budget.
The officers discovered this
yesterday after receiving their
pay, said the source.
These officers, who have not
been regularised despite being
on the job for two years, were
already frustrated that $166 was
subtracted from their salaries
last month. The money still has
not been returned, said the
"You are killing yourself
working here and at the end of
the day whatever it is that you
are supposed to be compensat-

ed for, you can't get the monies
and everybody is taking it so
casually," the source said.
Sergeant Stephen Sands,
head of the staff association, in
an interview with The Tribune
on June 26, verified that the
$166 was taken out of the
salaries of officers in both the
2005 and 2006 squads.
"They are very upset over it -
they don't know why. But at
this point and time we are mak-
ing plans to meet with the
superintendent to deal with this
matter as quickly as possible.
We want to keep the morale of

those officers at a solid pace.
Right now the morale isn't as
we want it to be. So we don't
want it to really drop below the
average. So we're going to
move with this speedily," said
Mr Sands at the time.
But this meeting, according
to the source, did not resolve
the dispute.
. Other officers who were pro-
moted in 2006, The Tribune was
told, are also frustrated that
they have not received the
salaries associated with these
new posts.
Permanent Secretary in the

Jamaican jailed for four years for fraud

A JAMAICAN was sen-
tenced to four years in prison
yesterday after pleading guilty
to fraud involving fake cheques
that were used to obtained
thousands of dollars from local
Sheldon Brown, 32, a
Jamaican of Williams Street,
was arraigned in Court 11, Nas-
sau Street, before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester on fraud
charges yesterday.
It is alleged that Brown on,
or about, June 27 forged a
Commonwealth Bank cheque
drawn on'the account of Asian
Imports Moldings Company in
the amount of $1,600 and
uttered the fake cheque. It is
alleged that he conspired to
commit fraud on June 27. It is
also alleged that he conspired
to commit fraud between June
26 and 27, forged a Scotiabank
cheque in the amount of $1,600,


A MAN charged with killing
a mother and her son in the
course of dangerous driving was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
Hugh Jones, 31, of Apple
Crescent, Eastwood, was
arraigned on two counts of
killing in the course of danger-
ous driving before Magistrate
Renee McKay at court six in
Parliament Street.

uttered the cheque and
obtained the money from Sco-
tiabank, Rawson Square.
It is further alleged that
Brown forged a Scotiabank
cheque on June 27 in the
amount of $1,600, uttered the-
fake cheque and obtained the
money from Scotiabank in
Palmdale the same day. It is fur-
ther alleged that the accused
on, or about, June 26, forged a
Scotiabank cheque in the
amount of $1,600 and obtained
the money from Scotiabank
Palmdale the following day.
It is also alleged that the
accused forged a Scotiabank
cheque for $2,600 on July 18
and attempted to obtain the
amount from Scotiabank, Raw-
son Square on July 21. Court
dockets also state that the
accused attempted to obtain the
said amount from Scotiabank,
Rawson Square. Court dockets
also state that on Monday, July
21, Brown was found in posses-

It is alleged that Jones was
driving vehicle number T27191
around 5.50am on July 10 along
Prince Charles Drive in a man-
ner dangerous to the public,
thereby causing the deaths of
Ismae Mackey and her son
Ryan Rahming.
Mrs Mackey, 46, an employee
of the Ministry of Education
and her son Ryan, 17, were
reportedly in a grey Hyundai
Accent along with two others,
travelling west on Prince
Charles Drive on Independence

sion of two forged Common-
wealth Bank cheques in the
amount of $2,600 and one Sco-
tiabank cheque in the same
amount, all in the name of Kris-
tine Sweeting.
On a separate list of fraud
charges it is alleged that Brown
between July 9 and July 16
forged Scotiabank cheques for
$2,600 and committed fraud by
false pretences seven times by
obtaining the said amount from
Scotiabank, Rawson Square.
It is further alleged that
Brown between July 7 and 18
conspired to commit fraud by
forging Scotiabank cheques in
the amount-of' $2,800-and
attempted to' obtain that
amount from Scotiabank, Raw-
Brown was sentenced to four
years in prison after pleading
guilty to all charges. The mag-
istrate ordered that he be
deported after he has served his

Ministry of National Security
Missouri Sherman-Peter said
yesterday that her ministry is
aware of the issues these offi-
cers are facing and is "commit-
ted to resolving all of them by
the end of August."

morning when the 'incident
Jones was represented yes-
terday by attorney T'Shura
Ambrose who appeared on
behalf of attorney Murrio
Ducille. The accused, who stood
in the prisoners dock, pleaded
not guilty to both charges.
The prosecution made no
objection to bail and Jones was
granted bail in the sum of
$10,000 with two.sureties.
He is expected back in court
on October 15 at 10am.



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FRIDAY,,JULY 25, 2008, PAGE 3






THE HANDING over of Nassau Interna-
tional Airport now Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport to the new Canadian man-
agement team was not the smooth operation
that former aviation minister Glenys Hanna-
Martin would have us believe in her presenta-
tion in the House on Wednesday.
The bidding and selection process and even-
tual negotiations and signing took almost the
whole of the Christie term. The final contract
signing took place less than two months before
last year's May 2 election, and the handing over
on April 1, just 31 days before the election.
If there had not been so many delays, so
much running into "unforeseen snags", the Lyn-
den Pindling International Airport (LPIA)
would be nearing completion by now. Instead it
is just rounding out its first 15 months of refur-
bishment to bring the existing facilities up to an
acceptable standard. The new completion date
is 2010. Prime Minister Ingraham told the House
*that the project is on schedule.
On October 6, 2005 a senior Ministry of
Tourism official announced that the Christie
government hoped to finalise the airport man-
agement contract that would see a private sec-
tor operator take over "by the end of this year."
The year to which he referred was 2005. This
should have been possible because by the end of
2004 Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS)
had already been selected as government's pre-
-ferred bidder:"
However, as time went on the terms and con-
ditions of a contract on which YVRAS had bid
started to change.
On July 3, 2006 then prime minister Christie
announced that he was awaiting the return from
Washington of his negotiating team.
Its members were to deliver to him recom-
mendations "to enter into a management agree-
ment" with YVRAS. Earlier government had
announced that it hoped YVRAS would take
over the airport by April.
April come and went. It was now July, and
Mr Christie the eternal optimist was await-
ing the arrival of his team to bring him good
His cheerful spin on negotiations contradict-
ed information we were receiving from sources
close to the talks.
Our information was that because of the
interminable delays, and changes in terms,
YVRAS was on the brink of leaving the table.
Two days after Mr Christie's statement, the
Airport Authority's deputy general manager
was more candid.
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a Memorandum of Understanding in January
2006, the final negotiations had "hit some unex-
pected snags."
In the House of Assembly on the same day
- July 5, 2006 then Opposition MP Brent
Symonette speculated that the "snags" might
have been caused by "exclusive rights of certain
tenants at Nassau International Airport con-
trolled by supporters" of the PLP.
At the time it was speculated that the exclu-
sive rights referred to the retail and liquor con-
If the airport were to succeed and pay its
own way, it could not be crippled by any
favoured company's exclusive contract.
In the House of Assembly the year before,
Mr Symonette had recalled that when he was
chairman of the Airport Authority, he was
approached by PLP MP Bradley Roberts, then
in Opposition, who was upset that a Bahamian
woman was selling cooked food to airport
employees from the boot of her car in the air-
port parking lot.
He wanted Mr Symonette, as the man at that
time in charge of the airport, to put an end to
the kerbside business because it was interfering
with his company which had an exclusive food
concession at the airport.
For the first time Golden Isles MP Charles
Maynard revealed in the House on Wednes-
day that not only did Mr Robert's company.
have an exclusive food catering contract at the
airport, but his company's exclusivity encircled
the airport for a five mile radius.
When we heard that report many years ago
we discounted it.
We could not believe that a people's "pro-
gressive liberal party" would have been so cal-
lous as to grant one of its own such wide exclu-
sivity to the exclusion of so many "grassroot"
At last that exclusivity has ended.
Mr Ingraham announced in the House on
Wednesday that "following a lengthy and com-
plex negotiation with the existing exclusive food
and beverage operator, many more opportuni-
ties will be available for passengers within the
next few months."
Bahamas Catering Limited was incorporated
on October 30, 1972 36 years ago.
Presumably that was when the company was
granted the airport's exclusive concessions. And
presumably that was one of the "snags" delay-
ing the signing of the agreement with YVRAS.
At last the Ingraham government has cut the
Gordian knot and freed the new airport to grow
and prosper.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Snags that held up new airport

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN A recent editorial The
Tribune suggested that Har-
bour Islanders' complaints
about a "Haitian Mafia" were
little more than self serving
demagoguery. It claimed that
Haitians were overrunning
Harbour Island, in part,
because the natives refuse to
work.. Of course this com-
pletely ignores the fact that
'it's illegal to work in The
Bahamas without a permit.
According to your logic,
because Bahamians refuse to
work, Haitians are forced to
break our laws and work ille-
gally. Do I have that right?
Whatever happened to the
idea that people make choices
and must accept the conse-
quences of their behaviour?
Is this fact not worthy of com-
Wouldn't a law-abiding cit-
izen, or editorial writer,
respect the law and try to
. bring a halt to its blatant vio-
lation? Where are the weighty
expat sermons on the impor-
tance of law and order when
we really need them?
Perhaps your position is
acceptable because it focuses
on perceived Bahamian fail-
ures they are lazy you
know and ignores demon-
strable Haitian illegality. The
colonial mindset on display is

hard to ignore. Is this not the
same mentality that under-
mined Loftus Roker when he
attempted to do something
about the illegal immigration
problem twenty years ago,
when it was actually manage-
And what have been the
fruits of the past twenty years
of economic Darwinism?
Bahamians are now forced to
compete with a bottomless
pool of unskilled immigrant
labour, and in the process
have introduced social tension
and committed cultural sui-
Even more there is a grow-
ing suspicion among Bahami-
ans that they are losing their
country not only from above,
to rich investors, but also from
below, to the growing hordes
of illegal immigrants.
So, when does a twenty dol-
lar gardener cost more than
$20 dollars?
When he comes at the
expense of your laws, your
economy, your sovereignty
and ultimately your culture.
Bahamians must decide if they
willing to pay that price.
Greatness is not a singular

act, it is a habit;
You are, what you repeat-
edly do.
July, 2008.
(It was presumed that the
Haitians of whom we wrote
were in Harbour Island legal-
ly, hired by Bahamians and,
presumably by foreign resi-
dents, to do work glibly
referred to by Bahamians as
"Haitian work," which many
Bahamians refuse to do. We
presumed they were here
legally, because as the
Bahamian with whom we
spoke commented: The
Haitians and Bahamians cross
over on the ferry from
Eleuthera early every morn-
ing to work in Harbour Island.
If illegal, the authorities could
easily arrest and deport them.
The fact that they don't forces
us to assume that the Haitians
are going about their business
openly as legal workers. Our
contention is that even these
would not be necessary if
Bahamians would do "Hait-
ian work."
(It has always been The
Tribune's position that gov-
ernment should concentrate
on determining the status of
these people, and those found
to be here illegally should be
returned to Haiti. Ed).

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I was shocked, to say the
least, to have read a front page
article in The Tribune for Tues-
day, July 22nd, wherein Bishop
Simeon Hall launched a
scathing attack on the powers
that be to "keep black Bahami-
ans drunk."
Dr Hall has been around for
a long, long time and I am cer-
tain that he is more than aware
of the cultural aspects of social
drinking here in The Bahamas.
No doubt, he and other mem-
bers of New Covenant Baptist
Church would have had some
sort of close encounter with the
spirit demons which live in alco-
holic beverages.

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Every week or so, Dr Hall is
to be seen and heard in the
print media or on the radio
(where he is not subject to ques-
tions or comments by the lis-
tening audience) opining on any
number of societal issues. There
is absolutely nothing wrong with
this but, surely, the good Bishop
should appear on any one of
the numerous radio talk shows
to add the beef to what his com-
plaint of the day may be.
For Bishop Hall to make such
a ludicrous charge, that there is
"a covert policy to keep Black
Bahamians drunk" is beyond
the pale. Is it possible that he
has so much time on his hands
that he does not know what to
do with it?
Bishop Hall is the senior pas-
tor at a large, so called mega
church. He is also the putative
chairman of a number of gov-
ernmentally appointed com-
missions and committees.
Mind you, as far as we know,
none of his commissions or
committees have ever, publicly,
reported on what they are sup-
posed to be investigating, etc.
How come he is now opining
about drunkenness? I would
like to hear this man of the cloth
speak to the issue of chronic

unemployment and under
Speak to the issue of the lack
of affordable housing for black
Speak to the issue of needed
constitutional reforms and
Speak to the issue of the high
rates of unmarried women hav-
ing multiple children out of
wedlock and the societal con-
Speak to the issue of crime
and punishment, etc. Talking
about people who may choose,
voluntarily, to drink and even
abuse alcoholic beverages is
really a big waste of time and
media space.
The collective church is out
of touch with reality and condi-
tions on the ground.
While I have always loved
and admired Bishop Hall, there
are times when he, just like
most of our home grown politi-
cians, are able to prune to "run-
ning out and talking shaving
cream." To God then, in all
things, be the glory.
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Cardiac specialists meet for Atlantis conference

CARDIAC specialists are
meeting this week for the 23rd
Caribbean Cardiology Confer-
ence at Atlantis, Paradise Island
from July 23 to 26. On Wednes-
day night, the official opening
ceremony and welcome recep-
tion 'was led by soon to be for-
mer president Dr Conville
Last night, he turned the
baton over to former vice presi-
dent Dr Martin Didier.
This conference is a meeting
of 200 health professionals,
including cardiologists, cardiac


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technologists and supporters of
the industry from across the
He acknowledged the
Caribbean Cardiac Society
(CCS) to include all French,

Spanish, Dutch and English
speaking Caribbean territories,
and recognized this conference
as the forum in which they will
share ideas, practices, experi-
ences, research, as well as both
proposed and practice problems
and solutions, cross-culturally.
"The CCS has, should and
hopefully will continue to play a
strong role in helping to chart
the path for The Caribbean in
the management of this vexing
and burdensome problem of our
time," Dr Brown said.
Four persons being hon-

oured were named at the con-
ference, including Prof Charles
Denbow after whom the Inter-
ventional Cardiology Session
was named, the late Dr Ivan
Perrot after whom the General
Cardiology Session was named,
Prof Howard Spencer after
whom the Research Grant
Award was named, and Cynthia
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CCS's theme this year will
be "the six A's: Appropriate,
Affordable, Available, Accept-
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'Let's blow the whistle on

corrupt public servants'

FREEPORT The Court of Appeal in the Bahamas is in Grand
Bahama hearing four appeal matters.
Dame Joan Sawyer, Maurice Ganpatsingh, Christopher Blackman,
Hartman Longley, and Emmanuel Osadebay are the five sitting justices.
This marks the second time that the Court of Appeal has sat in
Grand Bahama. Many attorneys in Freeport attended the opening
ceremony on Tuesday held at the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre.
Dame Joan, who delivered brief remarks, said the purpose of the
court's visit is assure Grand Bahama residents that "justice is still
accessible" to all Bahamians.
She pointed out that it is costly for residents to hire lawyers to take
their matters to the Appeal Court in New Providence.
The Court of Appeal will be in Grand Bahama until Friday.

Tribune News Editor
BAHAMIANS everywhere
should not hesitate to report cas-
es of corruption in the public ser-
vice or anywhere else, Bishop
Simeon Hall said.
He said Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's declaration that his
government will prosecute all
public servants who break the law
should be met with a "quick and
overwhelming" response by all
upstanding Bahamians.
"The high incidence of crime,
fraud and corruption which per-
vades our country could not take
place without the complicity of
some public officials. However,
these practices of wrongdoing by
public officials have become so
much a part of our culture that
the act as well as the spirit must
be addressed," he said.
Bishop Hall said that in his
opinion, the prime minister did
not go far enough.
"Beyond individual acts of cor-



"The spirit of
corruption in
our Bahamas is
as Bahamian as
conch fritters
and it will take
our collective
will and effort
to turn the

Bishop Simeon Hall

eruption, the prime minister should
lead a crusade against years of
systemic corruption and institu-
tional negligence. We must
address not only the Custom offi-
cer who takes a bribe, but the
very system which produces that
kind of activity. The spirit of cor-
ruption in our Bahamas is as
Bahamian as conch fritters and it
will take our collective will and
effort to turn the tide," he said.
According to Bishop Hall, the
Patriotic response to this state of

affairs is "to blow the whistle" on
corruption wherever it exists, as
"evil always prospers when good
people do nothing."
He added: "I do not wish to
encourage baseless and vindictive
acts, but we should all stand on
the side of truth, right and basic
On Tuesday, Mr Ingraham
admitted that the problem of pub-
lic service corruption has been
mishandled in the past.
"There has been a reluctance
on the part of government to
prosecute persons engaging in
activities that are dishonest or
fraudulent, which includes a
minority of Customs officers.
That will change," he said.
He asked members of the pub-
lic suffering intimidation at the
hands of rogue officers to report
the situation immediately, and
"test whether or not the govern-
ment is willing to enforce the anti-
corruption laws I think they will
find that we are."
Mr Ingraham assured the pub-
lic that the identity of all com-
plainants will be kept secret. He
noted that this was the practice
for dealing with reports of ille-
gality under the first FNM gov-
ernment, when the authorities
even offered rewards for infor-
mation on public servants who
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'must be enforced'

addressed and Immigration
laws enforced to monitor and
control the continuous influx
of illegal migrants into the
Bahamas, the Civil Society
Bahamas maintained yesterday.
In a press conference at Chez
Willie restaurant on West Bay
Street yesterday, society presi-
dent Fred Munnings called on
the government to regularise
all those migrants who qualify
for regularisation and to deport
all others who are living in the
Bahamas illegally.
Although he praised new
Immigration Minister Branville
McCartney for clearing hun-
dreds of backlogged work per-
mit applications and oversee-
ing the deportation of illegal
immigrants since he came into
office two weeks ago, Mr
Munnings also .called for a
social change to keep immigra-
tion under control.
He put the responsibility on
Bahamians to refuse to hire
immigrants with no right to
work in the Bahamas and asked
for people working illegally to
report to the authorities and
allow the country to operate
The Civil Society is also call-
ing on the government to
implement their Immigration
Action Plan, which includes a
range of suggestions such as
introducing a system to monitor
who is coming into the coun-
Mr Munnings speculates
there are some 60,000 Haitians
living in the Bahamas they
are the largest migrant group
in the country and he esti-
mates around half of them are
illegal, but cannot be sure
because the migrants are not
properly monitored.
"It is a huge pressure on the
health system, the school sys-
tem and social services, but
especially when you look at the
crime and violence in the coun-
try and you have people who
have no record of being here
committing these crimes it is a

Civil Society Bahamas calls for

elimination of 'this problem

of corruption in the system'

serious problem," he said.
"We do not know who these
people are, what diseases they
may bring to this country, or
what is going on within the bor-
ders if we cannot regularise
Above all, Mr Munnings is
calling for the current immi-
gration laws to be enforced and
for the elimination of system-
atic corruption.
The Society's public relations
officer Terry Miller said: "Mr
McCartney seems to be coin-

mitted to some of the sugges-
tions and ideas we have made
in that he has made an effort
to start deporting people who
are not legal in the country, so
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"But of course, this problem
of corruption in the system is
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(BAIC) have upgraded their business
services skills as interest in entrepre-
neurship grows.
"BAIC is rebuilding its capacity to
deliver one of its core products the
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Through its Business Services Divi-
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and support services through its busi-
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grammes, and its agricultural develop-
ment and support activities," he said.

'An amazing feat'

Tribune Feature Writer

THE Bahamas National
Youth Choir's winning of two
silver medals at 5th World
Choir Games in Graz and a
gold medal at the Youth and
Music Competition and Festi-
val in Vienna is being hailed as
"an amazing feat".
Cleophas Adderley, director
of the choir, told The Tribune
that to fully appreciate the
choir's achievement at the
World Choir Games, one must
first understand that the games,
also known as the "Olympics
for Choirs", is the largest and
most competitive choral contest
in the world.
Ninety-three countries, 441
choirs, and 20,000 singers par-
ticipated this year.
"But the Bahamas, a very
small nation, didn't merely par-
ticipate. There were so many
countries there that received no
medals but only received cer-
tificates of participation. There
were others that only received
bronze and silver diplomas, not
medals. However, in the case
of our small country, we
received two silver medals. So
in that sense, when you examine
the total picture, one gets to
appreciate the sheer magnitude
of this accomplishment," Mr
Addeiley told_ The Tribune.
As much as this Olympic win
is an accomplishment for the
choir itself, it is also evidence
that Bahamian choristers can
participate on a global level.
Mr Adderley said that he
agrees with regional cultural
icon and former vice-chancel-
lor of the University of the West
Indies, Professor Rex Nettle-
ford, who refers to the Bahamas
as a singing nation.
"However, with the Choir
Olympics, we are dealing with
standards to which we are not
normally accustomed to in the
Bahamas," said Mr Adderley.
He discovered that the con-
ductor of several choirs partici-
pating in the games this year
had a number of choir assistants
at her disposal. She comes in
later only to shape the aesthet-
ics of the music for competition.
All of her singers also read
music and have individual vocal
"So, a fortiori, I want to stress
that the Bahamas being a much
smaller nation, achieving two
silver medals and not having the
resources that say, the Hungar-
ian conductor has, is very
impressive and quite amazing,"
said Mr Adderley.
While he does encourage oth-
er Bahamian choirs to compete
in the 6th World choir Games in
2010 (they are held every two
years), Mr Adderley said that
it is unlikely that the Bahamas
National Youth Choir will com-
pete. He anticipates that the
government's resources will be

Praises sung for Bahamas National Youth

Choir after medal-winning performances

stretched too thin' with the
Bahamas already being com-
mitted to host the regional arts
competition, CARIFESTA,
that year.
However, Mr Adderley is
looking forward to the Bahamas
*having a much larger choral del-
egation in 2012.
"After all, 2008 was our first
time and I don't think we
should stop there. In 2012, I
understand that the United
States is bidding to host the
World Choir Games. If that
happens, I think the Bahamas
definitely needs to be there,
send more than just one choir,
and try to compete in as many
categories as possible to
increase our chances of winning
more medals," he said.
The countries with the most
participating choirs were the top
medal winners.
China, Russia, Austria and
Germany delegated most of the
choirs more than 170 alto-.
gether followed closely by
Indonesia, Hungary and Croat-
ia, which presented with nearly
90 choirs combined.
China won the most medals
in the competition, 37, followed

closely by. Austria which won
35 medals. Russia followed with
31 medals, and Indonesia won
24 (tied with South Africa).
Hungary won 21 medals, and
Croatia won 16 medals.
Mr Adderley told The Tri-
bune that the Bahamas Nation-
al Youth Choir will participate
in other international festivals.
Such competitions, he believes,
allow singers to gain a global
perspective, and reinforce the
need for global standards to be
adopted locally.
"The world is referred to as a
global village and it is time for
Bahamians to understand that
we can compete with the.world
in so many areas. We have been
doing so in sports, in business
and banking and tourism. And
we can certainly do so in the
"We just have to stress to our
people that one must be pre-
pared to work very hard, to
take ones discipline very seri-
ously, and broaden ones hori-
zons and exposure as much as
possible so that we would have
knowledge of how high the bar
has been set globally," said Mr

The Bahamas National
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ested persons between the ages
of 15 and 27 to audition for
the choir on Wednesday, Sep-
tember 24, at the St John's Col-
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a rare privilege in Haiti, where
parents are barely earning
enough to house and feed their
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Sunlight School in Port-de-Paix,
for $3,000 Haitian a year, have
to work part-time to help cover
the school fees by selling bead-
ed necklaces and paintings of
Haitian scenes to missionary
Childhood friends and neigh-
bours Hudson Daniel, 16, and
Boniface Pierre, 17, from Saint
Louis in the outskirts of Port-
de-Paix are focusing on learn-
ing languages so they may work
as translators for missionaries
and be prepared for opportu-
nities outside of Haiti, should
they arise.

A life saved

Tribune Staff Reporter

A HAITIAN man who lived in the
Bahamas for 31 years was filled with
pride when the Bahamas became an inde-
pendent nation in 1973.
Georges Renaud, 70, from Port-de-Paix
moved to Duncan Town in Ragged Island
with his uncle when he was just 11 and
worked on boats throughout the Bahamas
from age 14.
Having worked with shipping compa-
nies to take freight from Miami to the
Bahamas, he visited'many islands and
In'a thick Bahamian accent Mr Renaud
said: "I helped build the Bahamas.
"I felt so proud when they pulled down
the Union Jack and raised the Bahamian
flag'for the first time on Independence
But with Independence came national
changes, and when Mr Renaud went to
renew his US Visa as he did every five
years in order to travel to America with
his job, the US embassy officer detected a
slight Creole accent and ordered him to
return to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince,

In near perfect English Boni-
face said: "I speak six lan-
guages," listing French, Spanish
and Portuguese in addition to
his native Creole.
"I listen to the radio from the
US and from Cuba, that is how
I learn."
Boniface lives with his fami-
ly of nine, and only his mother
is working at the moment,
washing clothes and selling
Hudson hopes to be an engi-
neer, but with so few opportu-
nities to work in Haiti, he is
desperate to find a sponsor who
will adopt him and give him the
chance to make his dream a
"Haiti has too many mis-
eries," Hudson said. "The gov-
ernment has a'lot of problems.
"We finish school but we
don't have work, so I just pray
to God, and hope that I will
find a sponsor, so I can go to
the Bahamas, or anywhere, out
of Haiti."
Currently, Hudson shares a
three-room house with his
uncle, four cousins and a friend,
as his parents died when he was
a baby.
However, he is not willing to
risk his life, or his prospects, by
becoming an illegal immigrant
smuggled on a boat, especially
after his cousin died on an over-
crowded boat bound for the
Bahamas in November.
"I don't want to stay in
Haiti," Hudson said. "But if I
leave, I go by airplane."
Boniface agreed, if he had
the opportunity to leave Haiti
safely, he would go.
He said: "They don't have

HUDSON DANIEL (left) and Boniface Pierre (right) with their hand-
made jewellery and paintings.-

work in Haiti. They want to
work, but'there are no jobs. So
many people want to go to the
Bahamas on the boat.
"The government tell you it
has got better but they always
take the money. Many kids
can't go to school because they
can't pay, and if they are starv-

to renew his papers.
"I didn't to leave Nassau," he
"But on January eighth, 1978, I
returned to Haiti."
Mr Renaud's employer at Texaco in
Nassau sent a first class letter to, authori-
ties to renew Mr Renaud's visa, but it was
not accepted.
The former boatman decided to take up
residence in Port-de-Paix where he
worked as a plantain farmer, and now
lives with his family in the city.

HIGH School student Pedro Franqois
was rescued from the streets when he was
a nine-year-old orphan struggling to sur-
vive in Port-de-Paix.
Georges Renaud informally adopted
Pedro when he was a street-kid, and paid
for his education at a private school to
ensure he would have a chance in life.
Mr Renaud said: "It is difficult to get
an education in Haiti. Even if it is a public
school they have to pay lots of money.
"His school is not that expensive, but
they have got to find a way of making
money, so every Friday they tell them to
wear plainclothes and they make them
pay for it, and every few weeks they have
some kind of party or something to do
and you have to pay $40 or they can't go
-to school."

ing they can't pass, so they do
not make it through to the next
Anyone who wants to learn
more about their situation can
contact Daniel Hudson by
email d.hudson89@yahoo.fr or
Pierre Boniface at pierre-

HIGH SCHOOL student Pedro Frangois, 16, was
a street-kid when Georges Renaud took him in.

Yesterday's Tribune incorrectly car-
ried funeral notices for Benjamin Davis
and Bradley Moss. The announcements
should have been for Corine Hanna
Meadows and Nickulus Davoris Knowles.
We apologise to the families for the error.

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NICKULUS DAVORIS of the Knowles Burial Society of Simms Long Island, the entire
communities of Burnt Ground, Simms and Salt Pond Long Island, New
KNOWLES, 29 Providence and Grand Bahama.

a resident of Doctor's Creek, Long Island
will be held on Sunday July 27th, 2008
., at 3:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Market
Street. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr.
Joseph Knowles, assisted by othef
ministers of the gospel and Interment will
.. follow in the Old Trail Cemetery, Old
Trail Road. Services have been entrusted
,'. to GateWay Memorial Funeral Chapel,
Mount Royal Ave and Kenwood Street.
Left to cherish his unforgettable memory are his son, Torianno Dean-
Knowles; mother, Kathleen Knowles; father, Franklyn Knowles; foster
brother, Jed and Shawn Munroe; great-granfather, Clifford Knowles;
great-grandmother, Delma Knowles; aunts, Carriamae Adderley,
Eulease Halls, Gwendolyn Brown, Rubymae Rolle, Mary Knowles,
Janice Adderley, Mary Heir of Fort Pierce Florida, Martha, Emily, Sylvia,
Beatrice, Brendalee and Renee Knowles, Uncles: Cedric Rolle, Alexander
Knowles, Pastor Oliver Adderley, Itheal, Bradley, Delvin, Alfred Theopilus,
Rev. Dr. Joseph Ellis, Falcom, Alonzo Knowles and Edward Adderley,
Grand Aunts: Ethel Bodie, Malvese Knowles, Carrie Adderley, Rhona
Rolle, Ida Adderley, Al;fred, Alfred Thurston; (Godmother), Mary
Knowles, Priscola Hall, Sharmaine Knowles, Lorine and Lilian Knowles,
grand uncles, Leroy Adderley of Ft. Pierce Florida, Henry, John Wesly,
Earnest and Charles Knowles; cousins, Malvern Loretta Knowles, Don,
Ronnie, Dweren, Kenny, Gladstone, Mark, Patrice, Concheta, Tasha,
Shandia, Dania, Kimberley, Kadeisha, Ceilly, Marvy, Kaylisa, Teko,
Doyle, Troy, Hugo, Patsy, Ivamae, Eusene, Patrice, Hazel, Coreen,
Eugene, Maralyn, Arimenta, Nina, Marcus, Dencil, Indera, Michelle,
Sharese, Brandon, Faleane, Ramon, Demsey, Terrick, Andrea, Crystal,
Leapna, Tyrone Romer, Terrance Knowles, Ruth Bodie, Shirley Thurston,
Voila gardiner, Veronica, Karen Knowles, Mark Knowles of New York,
Wellington Smith, Neka, Charlotte, Owen and Terrance Bridgewater.
Glen. Shawn, Vada, Tiffany, Sophia and Wallace Rolle and Pastor
Lulamae Johnson; a host of other relative and friends including, Mario
Simms, Captain Emmit Munroe and staff of MY Sharice M and Island
Link, Dr. Nardia Forman, Nurse Inez Spence and staff of Simms Clinic,
Road Traffic North Long Island, Detective Unit Royal Bahamas Police
Force, Inspector Lockhart, Inspector Michelle, Corporal Bridgewater,
Dr. Bridgewater of Rand Morgue PMH, Sheniqua Dean, Arimenta Butler
and family of Oran Knowles, Linda Williams and family of Mariam
Smith, Keno Knowles, Mario, Albert Miller, Terva McPhee, Rennie and

Friends may pay their last Respects at the Funeral Home on Saturday
from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from 10:00 to 1:30 pm and
from 2:00 pm to service time at the church.

of Delray Beach Florida and formerly
Sof Spring Point Acklins will be held on
S Saturday July 26th 2008 at 12:00 noon
at Shuler Memorial Chapel, Delray Beach
Florida. Officiating will be Bishop Elrett
*V' 4.' D. Jossey and Interment will be made in
^ Delray Beach Memorial Gardens.
Left to cherish her memory are Granddaughter Katonya Josey; adopted
son, David Jerome Novle; adopted daughter, Denise Hanna; god-
dauglter/niece, Minister Lluma Rolle of Nassau; 2 sisters, Mrs. Mary
Cox and Ms. Myrtis Hanna of Nassau; 2 sisters-in-law, Mrs. Merline
Mott of Nassau and Mrs. Jestine Rolle of Exuma; numerous nieces and
nephews including, Mrs. Elizabeth Hanna and family of Delray, Mr.
and Mrs. Alonzo Belle (W.P.B.), Mrs. Maria Lolla and family oflndiana,
Mr. and Mrs. John Hanna and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Hanna and
family, Mr. Douglas Hanna and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Meadows
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Farilien Pierre and family of Nassau, Bishop
Elrett D. Josey and family, Jerick, Gary Jamine, Shamine and Cheryl
Hanna, (West Palm Beach) Caroline Deveaux, Erolene, Shantel and
Jeffrey King; host of other relative and friends including, Pastor
Eltamese Smith and family (Nassau) Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Quince, Alonzo
Quince, Shan Hopkins, Jessie, Sonny and Bubba Novle, Mr. Phillip Ring
(Delray), Miss Beatrice Cooper (Acklins), Mrs. Madlin Simms and
family (Delray), Hattie Wright (W.P.B.), Iva Ferguson Ferguson, Freda
Hart, lola Lynes, Mrs. Joyce Hanna, Mrs. Mavis Hanna, Mrs. Vivian
Johnson, Miss Grace Ferguson, Mrs. Marilyn Moss, (Nassau), Dr. Lillian
Quince and Pastor L.N. Quince and family of Delray Beach Florida and
Constance Rolle and family.



,FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008, PAGE 9



House of

Tribune Staff .Reporter

SICK and starving orphans
abandoned at the House of Hope
by parents who can no longer care
for them broke the hearts of the
Grace Short-Term Missionaries
in Port-de-Paix.
The orphanage and children's
medical centre run by the Union
of Evangelical Baptists of Haiti
(UBEH) next to one of only two
hospitals in North West Haiti
relies on donations to feed, dress
and medicate the children.
Nassau's missionaries at Grace
Community Church in Palmetto
Drive are now appealing for
donations to send food and cloth-
ing to the children.
There are currently 75 children
of all ages at the orphanage where
they receive care, shelter and are
sent to school while they hope for
Although there is much suffer-
ing, Linda Felix, director of the
House of Hope, is proud to tell
the success stories of children who
did not have a chance.
Two-year-old Ciliana was
brought in as a skeletal three-
month-old baby, with ribs pro-
truding from her tiny frame, when
bota of her parents died of AIDS.
After three months of intensive
treatment Ciliana was cleared of
HIV and is now a healthy tod-
dler at the House of Hope.
The day before the missionar-

ies' visit to the orphanage, 18-
month-old Valendjina Joseph was
brought in by her mother who
has AIDS.
Although Valendjina does not
have the HIV virus she is suffer-
ing from malnutrition and a fun-
gal infection covering her tiny
She will receive medical treat-
ment at the centre, and it is hoped
she will be brought to health and
given a chance in life.
"Their parents leave them here
because they don't have any-
where to keep them," Ms Felix
"We rely on people to send
clothes, food and donations so we
can take care of them."
The House of Hope director
has devoted the last 20 years of
her life to the mission.
"It's very difficult," she said.
"Children keep coming in, the
price of food is getting higher and
I need to take care of them. I
need to feed them," she sighed.
It was nap. time when the
Grace Church missionaries
toured the orphanage and around
15 children, at least seven of
whom are severely malnourished,
were sleeping on mats outside in
the centre's courtyard.
Co-team leader Jewel Major
was moved to tears when she saw
"I can't help it, when I see kids
lying out on the ground like that,"
she said.
Tina Kelly, 40, the other team


leader, picked up teary four-year-
old Pedro and held him in her
arms throughout the team's time
at the centre. Pedro's parents had
left him at the orphanage that day
because they are no longer able to
feed and care for him.
"He wrapped his arms around
my neck really tight and he just
kept sighing. I felt like I was an
angel for him," she said.
During their tour of the
orphanage the group met dis-
abled toddlers confined to their
cots, severely disabled children
who are learning to walk and
cope on their own, and a num-
ber of children suffering from
severe malnutrition.
At the end of the tour all of the
missionaries were in tears. They
are now keen to collect donations
of clothing, shoes of all sizes, bed
sheets, diapers, toiletries, craft
materials, toys, games and food.
The House of Hope was estab-
lished as a simple medical clinic in
1956, and expanded into a long-
term orphanage in the year 2000
to give children who do not have
a chance in life healthcare, edu-
cation and training to become
leaders in the community and
work with the mission.
Up to 100 children will live in
the orphanage at any one time as
the number of children brought in
far outweigh the number who are
To find out more long on to
ain.php or email

TINA KELLY cools off Pedro
at the House of Hope
Send packages to House of
Hope (CMB- La Pointe), do Lot-
more Shipping Co. Ltd, 3163 NW
South River Drive, Miami, FL
Cheques made payable to
'Crossworld' with a note desig-
nating funds to the House of
Hope should be sent to Cross-
world, Box 306, 306 Bala Drive,
Balacynwyd, PA 19004.

* Sisters Tonia and Adirona and their half-brother Sidney
make a heart-wrenching trip to visit their mother in Haiti

THE harsh reality of fami-
lies torn apart by borders was
evident as five-year-old Ton-
nia Petit-Frere and her sister
Adirona left their mother in
Haiti to return to her father
in Nassau.
It was the Bahamian born
sisters' first trip to Haiti with
their half-brother Sidney
John, 9, to see their mother in
Tortuga island after she was
deported from Nassau earlier
this month.
A teary-eyed Tonnia was

comforted by Grace Short-
Term Missions team leaders
Tina Kelly and Jewel Major
while waiting for her flight at
Cap Haitien airport under the
guardianship of Sidney's old-
er half-brother Almano John.
Mr John explained that
Tonnia and Adirona were liv-
ing with their mother and
father when police and immi-
gration officials called at the
house in East Nassau, asking
to see her immigration

He said: "Their father has
papers, and they were born in
the Bahamas, but their moth-
er did not have rights to live
there, so they told her to put
on her slippers and took her
to the police station. She was
sent back to Haiti from
A SIDNEY JOSEPH and his sis-
A ters, Tonnia and Adirona Petit-
Pierre, were comforted by Grace
Short-Term Missions Team lead-
ers Jewel Major and Tina Kelly at
Cap Haitien airport.
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Why we must weed out

rogue police officers


THESE days, a number of
bullheaded police offi-
cers abuse their authority and
adopt the misguided perception
that because they wear a uniform
and a badge, they are above the
I, like many other Bahamians,
can attest to the disrepute
brought to the force by belliger-
ent, ill-mannered officers, even
though many more are well-
meaning officers intent on culti-
vating an atmosphere of service
and respect while maintaining
their first-rate, commendable high
detection record.
Even more, throughout the
social spectrum, there are stories
about corrupt cops who accept
bribes, purposely fail to show up
for complaints or crime scenes,
or file reports on cases involving
friends, family or someone willing
to pay for their silence, inten-
tionally choosing to prevent jus-
tice rather than adhering to their
sworn oath.
I have been told of fiendish
officers who engage in racketeer-
ing and are paid off by persons
such as illegal number house
operators to thwart raids or alert
them of potential police activity.
A former police sergeant, who
is of Haitian descent, recently told
me of policemen who pick up ille-
gal Haitians, "tax" them and then
release them knowing that
because of their illegal status, they
would not report the crime. He
told me of a Haitian youngster
who was robbed of his earnings-
$1,500-after he had worked for
days/nights on a construction site.
Apparently, the young man was
arrested, searched and put in a
jail cell and given the option of
either being held, reported to
immigration authorities and
deported or being released with
the loss of his $1,500 pay. He
chose the latter and in doing so
was unable to pay his rent, buy
food or even catch a bus to work.
Furthermore, this retired
policeman also told of officers
who raid Haitian villages and rip-
off residents or even rob Haitians
of funds won during their Sun-
da lftX ioon cockfights.
Tfe royai sBahamas Police
Force has become too politicized.
The promotion exercises have
seemingly been usurped by politi-
cians and, in some cases, hardly
appear to be on the basis of mer-
itorious performances, but rather
on tribalist beliefs that prop up
second-rate officers who are polit-
ically connected or outright nepo-
Lately, I spoke to a few disil-
lusioned officers who are over-
looked for promotions no matter
"how hard they work" or even
after training some officers who
eventually outrank them because,
as they claimed, some supervisor
"had them in (dislike)" or they
did not "lie down on their bellies
(referring to speculation that
some high-ranking officers are
homosexuals)." These officers
also asserted that there's an
atmosphere of low morale in cer-
tain departments and spoke of a
distrustful public who have been




"I have been told of fiendish
officers who engage in
racketeering and are paid off
by persons such as illegal
number house operators to
thwart raids or alert them of

potential police

mistreated, in some instances, by
some dishonourable officers, so
much so that they are hardly able
to distinguish the bad apples from
the good.
As former Police Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson suggest-
ed, officers accused of miscon-
duct should be marched before
the courts and not sheltered by
the in-house activities of the
police tribunal.
Frankly, it appears that only a
handful of officers are indicted
and even more, that over the
years some case files have delib-
erately been lost or selectively
prosecuted, depending on a per-
son's social stature.
For some time, members of
the public and some officers have
called for independent-even
civilian-oversight and review
boards, that do not consist main-
ly of police officers as is the cur-
rent setup, to assist with nonpar-
tisan promotional exercises, fol-
low-up complaints of police mis-
conduct and carry out internal
investigations. These oversight
boards should report to Parlia-
The recruitment and hiring of
police officers have also been
called into question, particularly
as some potential recruits alleged-
ly fail to pass the entrance exams
but yet are employed-many
times through tleir MP's persis-
tence. Recently, a respectable,
high-ranking officer went a step
further and told me that the
entrance exams are being "dumb-
ed down" to accommodate failing
high school graduates-particu-
larly males-who have an interest
in joining the force. Furthermore,
the vetting process is allegedly
flawed, with several alleged crim-
inal record recipients and gang
bangers being licensed to carry a
firearm and wear a uniform after
slipping through the purported.
fractures in the selection process.
A former policeman recently
claimed in an interview that I
would be surprised to "how many
young officers actually smoke
dope and steal more money, just
like street thugs."
Is there any wonder why the
criminal element feels embold-


Five months ago, social activist
Rodney Moncur addressed cor-
ruption in law enforcement,
declaring his belief that "corrup-
tion is rife in the police force."
Mr Moncur said: "It had been
alleged-by trustworthy sources
in the know-that certain police
officers have guarded the beach
side estates of certain drug deal-
ers. Several of these suspected
officers should be pulled before a
Commission of Inquiry, whereby
their bank accounts and land
holdings could be examined. If
the salary doesn't match the
lifestyle, then is there any ques-
tion as to what may be going on?
"Just look at the disappear-
ance of some 50 kilos of cocaine
that was on the Lorequin and the
poor investigation that followed.
The 1984 Commission of Inquiry
revealed much about corruption.
If established politicians could
easily fall for drug money, unless
a young police or defense force
officer is strong and from a solid
family, he won't be able to resist
the drug culture. And we all know
that the family structure today is
broken!" said Mr Moncur.
Last August, the Bahama
Journal reported that an investi-
gation into a "slew of allegations
made against a senior officer
accused of involvement in sys-
tematic and widespread corrup-
tion and the most egregious
breaches of ethics" had been
The high-ranking officer was
accused of shaking down persons,
overseeing a protection racket
and losing important files for a
fee. The investigation com-
menced following a letter sent to
the then police commissioner and
the press supposedly from the
"loyal officers of the North East-
ern Division of the police force"
who suggested that the officer's
alleged misconduct had damaged
the standing of the police force.
At a press conference last
year, although now Acting Assis-
tant Commissioner Hulan Han-
na reported that the investigation
into the allegations had conclud-
ed, I don't believe there has been
a follow-up report.
As Mr Hanna claimed that
the file was sent to both the Police
Services Commission (PSC) and
the Office of the Attorney Gen-
eral (OAG), what recommenda-

tions were made as to what
should have happened? What
directives were given by the PSC
and the OAG to the Commis-
sioner concerning this officer?
Did investigations recommend
that charges be brought against
him and, if so, have those charges
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says he fears

for his life

FROM page one
ter involving one of the two senior officers which resulted in the ver-
bal threats.
"You can't get no justice in this country. You go to the police, you
can't get any justice. I can barely go out of the house. I can barely
go out because I'm so afraid.
"Everytime I come home, I have to call my brother (who lives
with him) and ask him to come outside on the porch to watch me
get inside safe. And I don't think I should have to be doin' that," he
According to the officer's brother, two days ago a red car and a
red Jeep were parked in the driveway of their home. Inside the
Jeep, the officer said, was a man who flashed a handgun in the air.
"After he told me that, I saw a Fox Hill police car driving in the
area and I informed them of what my brother told me. Since then
I haven't slept home. And today I-went to the Corruption Unit to
find out what is going on with these officers and they can't give me
any satisfaction," he said.
Currently the officer said he does not own a shotgun. However
he is determined to apply for one as soon as possible.
"I know that. I have to apply for one, because I can't take noth-
ing for granted. You know how scared I was when my brother
told me about this red jeep and red car in my driveway? I asked him
if he know how these people look and if he got a license plate num-
The two senior officers who issued the threats against the young
officer were both reported to the Commissioner of Police when the
matter was first officially reported. At the time, sources indicated
that these officers' names have been brought to the attention of the
Commissioner in other similar matters.

No request to extend

Justice Nottage term,

says Ingraham

FROM page one

justices are constitutionally required to retire in October.
According to the Constitution, a justice's term can be extended
until his or her 67th birthday by the governor general, if the prime
minister makes such a recommendation after consultation with
the leader of the opposition.
An extension can also be granted allowing time for the conclu-
sion of all live cases before a justice who is due to retire.
The wife of former PLP MP Kendal Nottage, Justice Nottage's
appointment by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission was
met with both criticism and support from a cross-section of the com-
While some believed that she should not have been appointed
until a court indictment against her in the United States from the
1980s had been cleared up, others felt she was eminently qualified
for the position.
Mrs Rubie Nottage was mentioned in the 1984 Commission of
Inquiry into drug trafficking in the Bahamas and almost 20 years
ago, she was indicted in the US on drug money-laundering charges.
However, US authorities have 'never acted on the indictment.
Justice Nottage, who has 38 years of legal experience behind her,
has served as general counsel to the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity and chancellor and legal adviser to the Anglican Diocese of the
Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos.

Haitian is

arrested over

the seizure

of $2.3m

FROM page one

are unclear whether it is a product of illegal gambling or drug
. According to Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan
Hanna, on Monday the Grand Bahama Police Control Room got
a tip regarding the activation of a security alarm at No. 2 Royal
Palm Apartments, Fortune Drive in Freeport.
Uniform, CDU and DEU officers responded and found the
front door of the apartment removed from its hinges and a quan-
tity of bundled US dollars strewn across the yard near a fence, act-
ing ACP Hanna said.
"A short time later, a 50-year-old male of Haitian origin'who
turned out to be a tenant arrived at the location. Officers con-
ducted a further search of the residence aind the surroundings and
discovered four suitcases all filled with US currency which was
seized as suspected proceeds derived from criminal conduct. As a
result, this male resident was placed under arrest," said acting
ACP Hanna.
The activated alarm and the nature of the scene suggested forced
entry into the apartment by thieves.
"There's every indication that the place was broken into crimi-
nally and that (a) person or persons perhaps may have known
what was in that complex," said acting ACP Hanna.'
Of the seized cash, $18,495 was in Bahamian banking notes the

remainder being US currency, police said.
Investigations into the matter are continuing and the suspect is
expected to be arraigned on charges this week with additional
arrests likely, acting ACP Hanna said.
"We are following some additional lines of inquiries hopefully
that should yield to us some further information as to where these
funds came from, number one, and where they were likely to be
going because there was money also found in the yard it seems
as if the persons who intended to move the money, in their haste
they dropped money in the area of a fencing where it is believed
they eventually escaped in a vehicle."
The man arrested is believed to be employed in the construction
field and apparently had legal status in the country, police said.
Last year police netted the largest cash seizure in RBPF history.
In June, 2007 a police operation in Grand Bahama confiscated $7
million in addition to 105 kilos of cocaine, 70 pounds of marijuana,
$51,000 in counterfeit money and a stash of weapons during an
investigation in Freeport.

Concern over state assets sell-off

FROM page one

bune yesterday that Bahamians
need to know if the sale of these
assets is coming about because
the country needs to find funds
for debt servicing, or if there is
a deficiency in foreign reserves.
He also questioned if the sales
result from the poor perfor-
mance of high performing sec-
tors in the economy.
The manner of such a pri-
vatisation was also an issue of
concern for Mr Wilchcombe as
he questioned what role, if any,
Bahamians would have in such
a process.
"How are Bahamians going
to benefit and are Bahamians
going to be allowed to be a part
of the purchase," he asked. "Or
are we going to give one

monopoly to another."
If done properly, the MP said
these types of sales can be
opportunities to "turn public
entities into Bahamian wealth
where more Bahamians could
use these entities, if they are
able to purchase into the enti-
ties, and they could generate
new wealth for Bahamians and
also new opportunities."
In an exclusive interview with
The Tribune on Tuesday, the
prime minister said BEC would
need to borrow "anywhere
between $300-$500 million over
the next three years" to expand
its infrastructure and power
generation capacity to meet
national demand..
"BEC is probably going to be
the next one to be privatised,"
Mr Ingraham said. "It is almost

beyond the capacity of the state
to continue to provide the kind
of generation capacity that is
required for the operations of
When asked when efforts to
privatise BEC would begin, Mr
Ingraham replied: "As soon as
BTC is finished. BEC is a much
easier corporation to privatise
than BTC. It has never had all
of BTC's bad habits, never had
the excess of employees BTC
has had."
Government has already
committed to privatise BTC by
the end of the year. This means
that the process to sell BEC
would begin no later that the
start of 2009.
The sale of BTC will, in part,
finance the construction of a
new hospital and a judicial com-

plex. The government under the
original formulation for the sale
of BTC was only offering a 49
per cent stake in the company -
it owns 100 per cent of BTC.
However, the FNM government
is now willing to go beyond that
stake. It is unclear at this stage
how much of an interest in BEC
the government is prepared to
sell. Mr Wilchcombe said yes-
terday that the FNM needs to
provide the country a compre-
hensive plan regarding the sale
of these entities. This statement
echoes the remarks of Bain and
Grant's Town MP Bernard Not-
tage who criticised government
in the House of Assembly on
Wednesday for bringing for-
ward major legislation regarding
the airport in a disorganized

Girls reportedly in custody after escaping juvenile centre

FROM page one

appeared in court yesterday
afternoon. They were being
housed up at Her Majesty's
Prison. They were the disrup-
tive ones whom we were having
problems with over the last few
weeks (and) we could not con-
tain them at Williemae."
"They were downtown yes-
terday for their review and the
magistrate obviously conclud-
ed that it was time for them to
return to Willaemae. They had-
n't even gone back into (the
centre), they were just waiting
to be greeted and spoken to by
the Superintendent they
were in the reception area wait-
ing to be received.
"They became very disrup-
tive, they did not want to be
back at Williemae and so three
of them managed to escape the
compound, two of them were

in the immediate area and they
were apprehended by our secu-
rity and the police. And one
young lady...She went home to
her mom and her mom subse-
quently returned her to us
She said because the centre
is not a prison, security is "ade-
quate" and residents considered
a security risk were often
remanded to a secluded section
of HMP. The Tribune spoke to
a father of one of the escapees
whose name was withheld to
conceal his daughter's identity.
He said his daughter openly
told authorities she would
"rather go to Fox Hill" than
return to the juvenile detention
"Apparently there was anoth-
er uprising and they say (some)
of them escaped, one of which
was my daughter who showed
up at her mother's house

around 11 pm (Wednesday)
When asked how the group
managed to escape the rehabil-
itative centre the father said: "I
have no idea, I have no idea
how seven of them walked out
of there (Wednesday) night."
His daughter's mother took
their child to a police station,
where reportedly officers said
because they had received no
report on the escape the child
should return home, he said.
The next morning his daugh-
ter was taken to a police station
by her mother where officers
said she had to return to court.
He thinks the conditions at
the centre are a detriment to
his daughter's rehabilitation and
would like to see her returned
to family custody.
"I want them, if they can't
deal with her, to release her
back to me and her mother

because I don't want to bury
my child. She's talking about
suicide now, you understand.
(Being there) is making (her)
worse." However, Minister
Turner said while the centre is
focused on rehabilitation there
are some residents who are
intent on being "destructive."
"At the centre they do have
time to go through certain reha-
bilitative processes. They're
supervised and monitored and
given certain things to do at
Williemae. They're going to
school, they're doing all the
things that teenagers are sup-
posed to do."
Press Liaison Officer Assistant
Superintendent Walter Evans
said he was aware of "some
activity" occurring at the cen-
tre on Wednesday night, but
directed The Tribune to offi-
cials at the centre for detailed

Call for investment in renewable energy

FROM page one

But in 2008 it committed to having at
least 70 per cent of its energy needs met
by renewables, like wind, solar and wave
power, by 2030 and have some of the
state's islands 100 per cent powered by
these alternative sources by that time.
And while the seventy per cent target
may be the "most ambitious in the world",
Gov. Lingle told Caribbean leaders that
Hawaii believess it is doable and (they)
have a pathway to get there."
A concerted effort over the last few years
to reduce the state's dependence on oil
through the introduction of certain envi-
ronmentally-friendly laws, the removal of
bureaucracy and the signing of key agree-
ments with U.S. agencies and private com-
panies, is yielding positive results.
"I hope in my heart that (Hawaii) can
serve as a model for other islands and oth-
er island nations," she said.
The renewable energy seminar ended
yesterday after two days at the Sheraton
Cable Beach hotel. It was attended by
Caribbean government ministers and offi-

cials, U.S. government officials, business-
people, and representatives from multilat-
eral organizations. .
The second day of the meeting was
focused on raising awareness of how part-
nerships between the public and private
sector can be a vehicle to bring renewable
energy to the Caribbean, whose members
are suffering more than many in the face of
rising oil costs. Gov. Lingle said that in her
experience partnerships between govern-
ments or government-run utilities anrl pri-
vate companies must be "critical" to
progress in island nations towards clean-
ing-up and securing their power sources.
"The technology is not an issue anymore.
It is there. The investment is there based
on my experience of people flooding into
Hawaii who want to invest money into new
indigenous clean technologies."
With these two fundamental require-
ments for progress accounted for, Gov. Lin-
gle said that there is just one other necessi-
ty for governments "to make sure that
when money comes together with technol-
ogy it is not stopped by bureaucracy."
. She noted that in Hawaii, businesses com-
ing to invest "don't need to wonder where

to go" to obtain the various permits, licens-
es and other things that they need to get
started they have "one point of contact
our Office of Economic Development."
The state leader emphasised that the time
for country's to send huge portions of their
, forpeign reserves abroad to purchase oil to
service their power needs has come.
"Places that continue to do that will be
economic backwaters of the world. In
Hawaii we export $7 billion a year to buy
oil, we have only 1,2 million people. We
tear (the money) out of our economy. We
give it to foreign governments. It doesn't
create more jobs, it doesn't bring about one
new company. It does nothing."
"When I think about (the cost of) our
transfer (to renewables) it seems like such
a small amount compared with this $7 bil-
lion," she said.
She called on leaders to be "passionate"
and not "casual" in their approach to solv-
ing the problem of oil dependence.
"We have a tremendous opportunity to
reduce the cost to our people. To create
jobs, to reduce the impact on the environ-
ment and to control our energy futures."

Weed out these rogue police officers

FROM page 11

been filed? And, what is the
accused officer's current employ-
ment status with the police force?
There are other investigations
into the conduct of certain offi-
cers that the public would like to
know about.
Indeed, while there are rogue
officers in various branches of
local law enforcement who
employ shady, bully tactics, these
thorns must be weeded out
before they ruin and totally dis-
credit these agencies in the eyes
of a more informed, discerning
The National Insurance Board!
Recently, Pioneer shipping
closed its operations and termi-
nated several employees, who
were later shocked to discover
that their national insurance pay-
ments were not up-to-date
although they claim deductions
were being made from their
wages. The case has been the
same for several other employ-


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ees working at various businesses
throughout the Bahamas. For
such outrageous episodes to
recur, even after the much publi-
cized Royal Oasis debacle, the
blatant ineptness of the National
Insurance department and their
failure to verify payments, cou-

pled with the company's alleged
noncompliance, is inexcusable.
Now that the National Insur-
ance Board has once again failed
to ensure that contributions are
paid on time, I'm curious to know
why NIB officers haven't been
dispatched to companies that

default on payments and why
these business haven't been dealt
with by NIB.
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many of whom barely earn above
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anti-doping laws

* Senior Sports Reporter
enacted any anti-doping laws
and the Bahamas has fallen
behind in the Caribbean and
rest of the world in terms of
sporting legislation, Desmond
Bannister, the new minister of
youth, sports and culture,
revealed yesterday.
"The Bahamas has fallen
behind in the region and the
rest of .he world in terms of
sporting legislation and we
haven't enacted any anti-dop-
ing legislation.
"Jamaica has just done it this
year, but the Bahamas needs to
consider it. So I want to be able
to sit with the sporting leaders

and get their feedback so that
we can move ahead on that,"
he told The Tribune during an
exclusive interview.
Minister Bannister said he
intends to meet with sporting
leaders during a summit imme-
diately following the comple-
tion of the Beijing Olympic
Games in China next month.
He also said that sporting
facilities need to be created
throughout the islands of the
"We also have to create and
enhance our sporting facilities
throughout the country and be
able to establish parks and
sporting recreation activities
and not just have open spaces,"
he said. "So it's going to be a
challenge that we will have to
deal with."

"The Bahamas has fallen behind in
the region and the rest of the world
in terms of sporting legislation and
we haven't enacted any anti-doping
legislation. Jamaica has just done it
this year, but the Bahamas needs to
consider it. So I want to be able to
sit with the sporting leaders and get
their feedback so that we can move
ahead on that."

Sports Minister Desmond Bannister

Olympic Swimming

Hardy tests positive for a banned substance

AP Sports Writer
Hardy's first trip to the Olympics could
be over before it began. The swimmer
tested positive for a banned substance,
leaving her just two weeks to pursue
any appeals before the Beijing Games
Hardy's "A" sample from the recent
US Olympic trials tested positive, a
person familiar with the test results told
The Associated Press on Wednesday
night. The person, who requested
anonymity because he was not autho-
rized to speak publicly, said the banned
substance was a stimulant but did not
provide any other details.
In Beijing, Hardy was expected to
be a medal threat in the 100-meter
breaststroke, and to play an important
part on the US 400-meter free relay
team, and possibly the 400 medley

USA Swimming spokeswoman Jamie
Olson declined to comment from the
team's training camp at Palo Alto, Cal-
ifornia, where Hardy left to return to
her family's home in Southern Califor-
nia, the swimmer's agent said.
Agent Evan Morgenstein told the
AP that during a brief phone conver-
sation with Hardy, she told him, "I nev-
er did anything wrong. I never cheat-
Morgenstein said he heard there
were conflicting results from Hardy's
tests, though he didn't have any details.
"I'm very, very concerned about the
confusion of her test coming up posi-
tive-negative-positive," Morgenstein
said. "She's the one person I would
never believe would do anything any-
thing to cheat. Ever."
Swimming World magazine's Web
site first reported the positive doping
test. The Web site nbcolympics.com
reported Hardy's backup "B" sample
also tested positive. .

IN THIS June 30, 2008 file photo, Jes-
sica Hardy swims in women's 100-
meter breaststroke semifinals at the
US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha,

If she chooses, the 21-year-old swim-
mer can pursue appeals with both the
American Arbitration Association and
the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
With just two weeks to spare, Hardy
could appeal directly to CAS, whose
ruling would be final and binding.
Typically, a first-time doping offense
results in a two-year ban.
Hardy earned spots on her first
Olympic team in her best event, the
100 breast, and the 50 freestyle and 400
free relay.
"I don't think if you had told me a
month ago that I would make it in all
three of these events that I would have
believed you," she said at the trials.
"I'm expecting good things for sure."
Mark Schubert, head coach and gen-
eral manager of the US team, and Dave
Salo, Hardy's personal coach at South-
ern California, did not return phone
messages left by the AP.
The US squad departs Friday for a
pre-Olympic training camp in Singa-

Hardy's name was among the 596
athletes officially entered into the Bei-
jing Games on Wednesday by the US
Olympic Committee. If Hardy appeals
and loses, the US could not add to its
swimming roster because the deadline
to do so was July 21.
That might leave 41-year-old Dara
Torres in the 50 free and Megan Jen-
drick in the 100 breast as the sole
American entrants in those events. It
was not immediately clear if the US
could move a second swimmer already
on the team into those events.
Hardy burst onto the international
scene at the 2005 world championships
in Montreal, where she broke the world
record in the 100 breast. Her time of
one minute, 6.20 seconds still stands as
the American record.
She swam at California for two sea-
sons, winning the 100 breast at the 2006
and 2007 NCAA championships before
turning pro.

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008, PAGE 13


Minister's outlook: We must get our

athletes ready for 2012 Olympics

Senior Sports Reporter
DESMOND Bannister, the new
minister of youth, sports and culture,

says attention must be given to the
development of an effective four-year
programme to get our athletes ready
for the 2012 Olympic Games.
He said the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations (BAAA)

"haven't been as successful as they
should with their programme in bring-
ing athletes along at the right time
and enhancing their talent."
In addition, Minister Bannister said
the training facilities in the Caribbean

James: 'I will be ready once we hit the road'

AP Sports Writer

States forward LeBron James
seems certain his mildly sprained
right ankle will be healed by the
time the Beijing Olympics open.
James likely will miss Friday's
exhibition against Canada, and he
did little more than shoot at Valley
fHigh School on Wednesday. James
Might not do much running before
the squad leaves this weekend for
China, where it opens an exhibi-
R tion tour against Turkey on July
t "I have enough time because we
have this full week and then we
have two days of travel where
we're going to have a lot of rest
time and down time to prepare me
to get ready for the exhibition
games," James said.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said
James could have played Friday if
the US needed him. But it's not
worth risking the Cleveland Cava-

IN THIS June 30, 2008 file photo, US men's
Olympic basketball team member LeBron
James speaks to fans and media during a
team promotional event in New York's
Rockefeller Center. James left a practice
session Tuesday with what the team
described as a mild right ankle sprain.

liers superstar in an exhibition.

"We're just cautiously giving him
time to come back from the
injury," Krzyzewski said. "He did
well. He shot afterwards. He's
walking well. If the gold medal
game was tomorrow, he'd play,"
Krzyzewski said. "But we're not
playing the gold medal game, or a
medal-round game right now. So
we would rather be cautious right
James injured his ankle when he
landed on Kevin Durant's foot
during a Tuesday scrimmage
between Team USA and a select
squad of young NBA players.
James said it improved overnight,
and he moved without a limp after
reporters were admitted to the
gym at the end of practice.
"It's a lot better today than it
was yesterday," he said.
Asked if he thought he could
play against Canada, James said,
"Right now it's probably a 'no,'
just for precautionary reasons. But
I will be ready once we hit the

region are not being utilised.
"Plus, we have not been utilising
the training facilities in the region and
the contacts available in the region.
I'm fortunate to still have some con-
tacts that we can fall on. But we have
a regional training center in Jamaica
where we don't have any Bahamians."
That, according to Bannister, is one
of the reasons why Jamaica has been
dominating the sprints and will be rep-
resented in all four relays in Beijing
while the Bahamas will only contest
the men's 4 x 400m.
And he said the Bahamas has "a
number of really good young swim-
"Swimming has a number of really
good young swimmers coming along
and we need to focus on their oppor-
tunities to succeed at the internation-
al level," he said.
. "For some of the athletes, it will
mean putting behind the American
colleges and having the government
try to look at a scheme where they
can get the kind of financial assistance
that they need to train properly and
maintained and monitored so that
they can get to the next level."
Bannister said more investment
must be made in the athletes.
As the Olympics are fast approach-
ing, Bannister is preparing to make
another trek to China, having just
came from there before he officially
took office.
Bannister pointed out that the
Bahamas has a chance to do very well
at the games.
"This time around, it seemed as if
our men, in track and field have the
best chances to medal," he predicted.
"But going into 2012, I think that it's
important that we set up a programme
where it's not just track and field (and

boxing where Taureano Johnson have
a chance) that is a favourite for
"The Bahamas ought to be able to
do what other countries in the region
like Jamaica are doing and be able to
have athletes in swimming, boxing,
track and other sports like cycling
where we are favorites for medals."
But Bannister said the focus will
have to be placed on a vibrant junior
programme where the Bahamas gets
back to succeeding at the Carifta lev-
el which is the next step to the senior
international level.
As his job is not a long-term one,
Bannister said he wants to ensure that
the mechanism is put in place so that
the sporting programme can grow.
"We also have to find ways for the
sporting federations to find money to
finance their programme because no
government can do it," he declared.
"We will try to build some parks
and gymnasiums, but we have to find
a way to focus our attention on bring-
ing some money to the sporting bod-
Case in point, he said yesterday he
was giving out cheques for four Fam-
ily Island Regattas, but he hopes that
the successful businessmen and
women from those communities will
find a way to give back to help their
islands. "We have to get Bahamians to
reinvest in their communities, espe-
cially in the Family Islands. If you go
into a Family Island during regattas,
you will see what it means to those
Despite the challenges that lay
ahead of him, Bannister said he's real-
ly excited about being the new sports
minister and he has pledged his sup-
port to the improvement of all sport-
ing bodies.

Miller BOA president: Clean slate of officers elected

FROM page 13

pwitcheql just before the elec-

tions to go with the federation
executives, Miller said they
bring a wealth of experience,
from their various disciplines to,
'* ** ' 4 '*

the new board.
"We should be more mature
because all of the federations..
are represented," Miller

As the 2008 Beijing Olympic
-.Gmes are fast approaching,
Miller said they will discuss
whether or not itere:caif'be any
changes made to'The' nanage-
ment team and if they can,
wherever they can, they will
make the necessary changes.
But Munoz, who addressed
the newly elected board after
the elections, said it will be a
difficult process because the
Chinese are very strict and they
probably won't allow any
Munoz was also asked about
the possibility of whether or not
long jumper Jackie Edwards,
who made the B standard last
year, but was not included on
the team ratified by the past
executives, will be allowed to
make the trip.
His only solution was that he
can make any effort to try and
he will see what he can do, but
he can't make any promises.
Regardless of what transpires

at Beijing, Rev Hall said it's a
great day for sports in the coun-
try. and he's delighted that his
member is now at the helm.
"We're always elated when
democracy is at work," stated
Hall, who hoisted Miller's hand
in the air as they celebrated.
"Welly has been a stalwart
member of our church and with
that comes a great degree of
sacrifice and a sense of stability,
so I commend that," said Rev
Hall, the senior pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church.
Butler, who will remain on as
the immediate past president,
said the new board will defi-
nitely need some guidance, but
he's sure that they will be effec-
tive because they are leaders in
their own organizations.
"I saw hundreds of years. of
experience go out the door, but
I remain on the executive board
and I intend to work and give of

my energy to make sure that
the new team does well," Butler
As the immediate past secre-
tary general, Davis said .the
r0&cess went the way it 'ghdld
have been with everybody hav-
ing a chance to vote.
"I'm disappointed because I
wanted to carry on, but I'm glad
to a certain extent that it's
over," he charged. "I'm relieved
that I can now get on with
something less stressful."
Davis said changes are
inevitable but now that the table
has turned, they will have to
work with the new board in
pushing sports further in the
A number of sporting organ-
isations and personalities,
including retired "Golden Girl"
Pauline Davis Thompson an
IAAF council member and
former IAAF council member
Alpheus "Hawk" Finlayson,
attended the closed session of
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Minister: 'Bahamas

needs to consider'

anti-doping laws

Seepage 13

Millp BOA pesaid entaboutnew

role, future

Clean slate of officers elected chl enges

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* By BRENT STUBBS t .Senior Sports Reporter
Senior Sports Reporter -:.". bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

St took just over an hour
and a half for Welling-
ton "The Peacemaker"
Miller for a four-year
presidential term and
a new slate of officers to be
elected at an historic Bahamas
Olympic Association (BOA)
election last night.
In what was probably the
most highly contested elections
of any kind held in the
Bahamas, Miller edged out Rev
Enoch Backford 12-11 to begin
the process that saw the feder-
ation executives oust the entire
executive board that was voted
in office in May.
The process last night at the
Nassau Yacht Club was con-
ducted by Felip6 Munoz, who
represented the Pan American
Sports Organisation (PAHO),
which was called in by immedi-
ate past president Sir Arlington
Butler because of the alleged
discrepancy that resulted since
the saga began in November,
Joining Miller on the board
are vice presidents Roy Cole-
brooke (cycling), Algernon
Cargill (swimming), Mike Sands
(athletics), Anton Sealy (soc-
cer), David Morley (basketball)
and Don Cornish ( bolle\bull).
% 's,1m,1p .l,:'Fish' b ". J- ,
(sofitballi has replaced Larry
"Doc" Davis as the secretary
general with Kathy Dillette
(swimming) as his assistant.
And Larry Wilson (basket-
ball) has replaced Vincent Wal-
lace-Whitfield as the new trea-
surer with Dianne Miller (soft-
ball) returning as the assistant
"It's a great feeling and I
appreciate this moment to be

THE NEWLY ELECTED officers of the Bahamas Olympic Association are shown following Thursday night's election at Nassau Yacht Club, From
(I-r) are vice presidents Don Cornish, Algernon Cargill, Anton Sealy, Roy Colebrooke and Mike Sands, president Wellington Miller, secretary gen-
eral Rommel Knowles, vice president David Morley, assistant treasurer Dianne Miller, treasurer Larry Wilson and immediate past president Sir
Arlington Butler...

the president of the highest
sporting body in the Bahamas,"
said Miller, who was greeted by
his pastor, Rev Dr Simeon Hall,
moments after he was elected.
"I never dreamed of this. As
a young boy growing up in
Andros, I didn't know what the
Olympic Association was until I
came to New Providence."
But after serving for more
than 30 years the majority as
president of the Amateur Box-
ing Association of the Bahamas
- Miller said he has finally ele-
vated to the top in a post that he
will cherish for the rest of his
And looking at what tran-
spired as his slate wiped out a
complete board of experienced
officers with whom he served
as a vice president up until he

SEE page 12


REV DR SIMEON HALL, senior pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church, congratulates Wellington Miller, who was
elected as the new president of the BOA...

Government funds Family Island regattas

of Youth,
Sports and Cul-
ture Desmond
Bannister says
he's excited
about the new
role and the
challenges that
lay ahead.
Yesterday, in
an exclusive
interview with
The Tribune,
he expressed delight with the
fact that he was in a position to
serve where he knows he can
serve well.
"There are a lot of things thai
this ministry can do to hell
young people and we're goinm
to try to make a difference in
what we do," he said. "That's
very important for me."
As a former athlete and thd
former president of the
Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Associations (BAAA,
Miniister Bannister said he has
sat down "with virtually all of
the sporting bodies so far."
He said he has been "getting
ideas from them and trying to
understand what their goals
"My goal, as the minister, is
to facilitate the sporting activi-
ties in the federations and then
to help enhance sporting prol
grammes so that we can find at
of those diamonds in the rouga
in our Family Islands," sai@
Minister Bannister.
The new sports minister sail
he had a long talk with Olympi
gold medallist Toniqu
Williams-Darling the IA
World Championships' 400
champion and has been i
contact with Pauline Davi
Thompson, IAAF council me
ber, and other senior athlete
with regard to the creation
sporting programmes on th
Family Islands.

Senior Sports Reporter
REGATTA lovers will have
four of the Family Island boat-
ing events to choose from dur-
ing the August Monday holi-
day weekend thanks to some
government funding.
Desmond Bannister, the
new minister of youth, sports
and culture, carried out one of
his first official duties Thurs-
day as he presented cheques
to the four Family Island
regatta committees Ack-
lins/Crooked Island, Cat
Island, Black Point and
The contributions will boost
the ecoAomies of those
islands, he said. "This also
shows the Government's com-
mitment and partnership with
the regatta committees," he
said. "I look forward to a won-
derful regatta from all of the
islands represented here this
Although the regattas will
clash during August 1-4, each
committee expressed their
gratitude to the ministry for
helping them with the funding.
Cat Island Regatta
James Gilbert, vice presi-
dent of the sailing committee,
said they will have a total of
five A Class, six B Class and
five C Class boats to compete
from August 1-3.
"What we are expecting is a
large crowd of spectators to
come because for the past two
years, Grand Bahama had
their Just Rush Junkanoo at
the same time," he said.
"We suffered for the past
two years. But because they
had it earlier, I think that we
will have a lot of people com-
ing to Cat Island."
However, Gilbert said they
are hoping to confirm the list

of boats participating early
next week.
But he said the funding
comes at the right time
because they already have a
bill that they have to take care
of today-with the barge carry-
ing the boats to Cat Island.
Rolleville Regatta
Steven Taylor said only C
Class boats will assemble in
Rolleville from August 2-4,
but he's anticipating that it
will be a busy time in that part
of Exuma..
"We just finished our new
cabana on the beach and it is a
beautiful site," Taylor said.
"We will have four of the top
boats, including Fugitive and
Sacrifice, and all of the boats
from Barraterre. So it's going
to be a very good regatta."
Taylor said the cheque from
the government will go a long
way to help them reach their
financial obligations for the
Black Point Regatta
Quincy Munroe, president
of the Black Point Regatta
committee, said from August
1-4, they have an exciting
package of C Class sailing,
volleyball, beach picnics and a
gospel concert to offer resi-
dents and visitors coming to
that part of the island.
"On August 1, we will have
the children's race and a lot of
on-shore activities and on Sat-
urday we will have the ocean
race from Staniel Cay to Black
Point, followed by the first
series race," she said.
"On Sunday, we will have
the biggest beach party in the
world. Everything on the
beach will be free, so you can
eat all you want and we will
have a $3,000 cash prize for
the best swimsuit competition
and later that night, we will
have a gospel concert."

The Lady Eunice is the
defending champion, but
Munroe said H20 has already
sent out a message that they
will be there to spoil the show.
Acklins/Crooked Island
Anita Collie-Pratt said they
expect fierce competition
from the boats competing in
the A, B and C Classes.
"We have a special Catch
Me If You Can race for Elea-
zor 'The Sailing' Barber, who
is returning this year," Collie-
Pratt said. "That will be the
main feature of this regatta.
We will also have the Cup
races for all of the classes.
"We will also have a lot of
on-shore activities, so it's full
force ahead because we have a
lot of charter flights going to
Acklins. So it's going to be

DESMOND BANNISTER (wearing red tie) is shown yesterday during cheque presentation to four Family Island
regatta committees the Acklins/Crooked Island, Cat Island, Black Point and Rolleville.







Tribune Features Editor
IN '52 Ways to Skyrocket Your
Success', Michelle Miller looks to
redirect the focus of Bahamian
women and men, stripping away
self doubt, ignorance, and the
facade of fear and helping them
move toward a level of success in
their lives yet to be experienced.
"If there is one thing that I
want people to take away from
this booklet is the reality that they
must take personal responsibility
for their success. Once they do
that the possibilities are endless,"
Ms Miller said.
As part of the launch of her
booklet, -'52 Ways to Skyrocket
Your Success', Ms Miller, who is
* a life coach, will host her first,
one-day workshop, 'Coaching: A
Leadership Skill', today at
Breezes SuperClubs, from 8am
,to 4:30pm.
"I have put all the wheels in
motion for this workshop series.
It's a fun, adult learning experi-
ence, and it's about doing, inter-
;action, it's not boring or rigid. It
will be a :monthly forum held at
Breezes and will cover matters as

varied as self esteem, conflict res
solution and creative energy
Essentially, the idea is that every
month this can be a place where
people can come to get motiva
tion, for their personal effective
ness to get enhanced, and each
of these, I think, weighs heavily in
regard to our countrywide suc-
cess," she said.
An added tool in Ms Miller's
arsenal to lift people out of the
ordinary, Skyrocketing to Suc-
cess, she hopes, will allow readers
to focus on and incorporate a tip
into their self-talk, working
through them one a week. In this
way, she said, they will be able
to get a different perspective on
their situation and gain a better
understanding of what it will take
to achieve the success that they
desire. The idea behind the tips,
which range from overcoming a
fear of failure to trust and accep-
tance of your unique self, ideas,
vision and your ability to succeed,
is for readers to see a different
perspective for themselves, and
to be able to recognize any, often
self-imposed, hindrances that may
be in disguise.
"If you stay onthe sidelines
and don't get in the game, you

- ,

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will never know what you could
have achieved. But if people can
walk away, after having read my
52 tips, knowing that they have
a chance to succeed then this
book would have been worth it."
According to Ms Miller, the
idea for her booklet blossomed
as she was doing research on
background materials for an arti-
cle (Ms Miller is a columnist for
The Tribune read her articles
twice a month in Tribune
Woman) that would help people
navigate their own course to suc-

As part of her research, she
stumbled across a website by
Paulette Ensign that instructs
businesses on how to market and
promote themselves by giving
people tips. On her website Ms
'Ensign provides a step by step
process for persons to develop a
booklet that gives tips to their
With the idea firmly in hand,
Ms Miller decided to use the
information to create a booklet
Over the next two months sl4e
would work steadily, moving from
idea to form as she compiled the
information that she hopes will
resonate with readers and free
them to access their potential and

realise their true success.
An unexpected roadblock that
she ran into during the process,
however, was finding a company
that was capable of printing the
slim, rectangular-shaped booklet.
And as for the number of tips -
52 to be exact Ms Miller said
that every person who offers tips
has their own number, but the
idea, according to Ensign' web-
site, is to make the book small so
that it is easy to read.
"I chose that number because
there are 52 weeks in a year, also,
that was the year of my mother's
birth. The tips all tie into the dif-
ferent articles I have done, from
-how to overcome the fear of fail-
ure, to transformational leader-
ship and becoming an effective
leader," she said.
For Ms Miller, the tips that
most impact her own sense of self
are those that speak to a 'Fear of
Failure'. In the early days, as she
began to plant the seeds that
would bring to fruition her desire
to be a life coach, she found, like
so many others, that while she
had a great idea and the passion
to see the work through, there
were moments of uncertainty,
moments when she was afraid of
being rejected. "I've gone through
those feelings of wanting to suc-
ceed, but not being quite sure of
how to. go about accomplishing

For others who are burdened
with what can often be a paralyz-
ing emotion, Ms Miller said the
important thing is to recognize
that it is there. "It's real, and you
should kind of expect it. Give
yourself time to win because suc-
cess is a process. You may not
feel motivation or excitement at
times, but give yourself time to
experience the journey and come
to grips with it."

Another important topic in the
booklet that sticks out for Ms
Miller is the section on 'Trust and
Acceptance'. Filled with brief
notes of encouragement and
truths, Ms Miller encourages the
reader to trust themselves, trust
their preparation and their
instinct, and accept that they are
moving toward their destiny.
Knowing you are on path of
greatness, in spite of what comes
up, you have to be prepared to
step even when you are not sure
your foot will land on solid.
ground. 52 Ways to Skyrocket
Your Success
With the release of her -book,
Ms Miller is looking toward her
next move. She plans on taking
the success she has achieved in
multiple areas from personal
coaching sessions to newspaper
articles, and a weekly appearance
on The Whole Woman television
show and making herself even
more available through her
monthly workshops.
She hopes that these sessions
will standout as places where
Bahamians can go to fuel their
passion and incubate ideas.
"There is a need for a place for
people to go to fuel their goals,
find motivation and stimulation.
As people travel along the road to
success it can be lonely, intimi-
dating, with no resources, no
specific plan, no one to guide you
or offer insight, and I hope to be
that beacon of light based on
my own experience," she said.
Acknowledging that this is not

Michelle Miller


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" I believe in possibilities. In the Bahamas we
have so much more to give to the world- the
world is waiting on us to tap into our
scientists, philosophers, inventors, creators,
etc, it's time to shift from becoming
consumers to becoming creative.

a cure all or end all, Ms Miller
said the workshops will be an
opportunity however, for people
to put success in their own hands.
"We take our resources and
invest in what we think is impor-
tant a car, a home so there is a
need to recognize that Bahami-
ans must invest in their own per-
sonal growth. We are growth
seeking beings and we must find a
way to continue to reach for more
it's what we are here to do we
want to become the greatness that
God put inside of us.
Already building something of
a following, Ms Miller said that
the response she has gotten from
the public has been the fuel for
her motivation to continue.
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$100m medical school Bristorls sales

project is 'a done

iKCely to grow

by 6-7% in "08

Tribune Business Editor
he $75-$100 mil-
lion medical
school project pro-
posed for Grand
Bahama is "a
done deal", Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham told Tribune
Business, with the development
set to be formally announced
later this month.
"The deal is done," the Prime
Minister said, in reference to
the project by Ross University
and its parent, DeVry, to estab-

lish a campus for their world-
renowned School of Medicine
on Grand Bahama.
"We're aiming for the 28th
of this month for the big
announcement or finalising it."
The development is likely to
provide a major economic boost
for Grand Bahama, and place it
on the world map when it
comes to tertiary education,
with Ross University planning
to start operations in January
Sources close to the project
told Tribune Business that it was
likely to involve investment

spending of between $75-$100
million, with the campus alone
costing $40-$50 million to con-
struct. That will be located on
120 acres at the Britannia prop-
Ross University will initially
open the school, which will be a
branch university of its existing
Dominica campus, from tem-
porary premises with 300 stu-
dents, this newspaper has been
told, and is looking to expand
those numbers to 1,000 students
within a year.
"Within three to five years
they expect to have 300

Bahamian jobs, and 200 faculty
and administration staff," one
source said. "It's going to be
quite something else. They
expect to grow to 3,000 stu-
dents, most of them Americans.
"In Dominica, Ross Univer-
sity accounts for 28 per cent of
GDP. In Grand Bahama, it'll
be at least that here."
Apart from giving Freeport
and its construction industries
a boost, all the 3,000 students
will need to be housed, aiding

SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor

Company has no
TDPI O nln ift"r

THE BRISTOL Group of 'J L- w^ ,
Companies is expecting its sales growillng 'very
to "level off" slightly this year to
6-7 per cent growth, its presi- quickly' over
dent telling Tribune Business
yesterday that the drinks dis- past five years
tributor/retailer would remain
privately-owned after growing
"very quickly" over the past five years.
Juan Bacardi said he himself had not realized how large the
company, with 174 total employees, had become until he "stepped
back and saw what had hap-
pened here". SEE 2B
"In the last five years the corn- SEE page 2B

'Barking up the wrong 'No rationale' for Film Studios to

tree' on performance

bond demand

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian Contractors
Association's (BCA) president
and others are "barking up the
wrong tree" by insisting that
major foreign investors post
performance bonds to compen-
sate local professionals should
their developments fail and they
pull-out, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham told Tribune Busi-
- ness.
In an exclusive interview, Mr
Ingraham said Stephen Wrin-
kle, the BCA's president, and
others who had argued that
such bonds be used to compen-
sate Bahamian companies owed
money by failed development
projects, would end up placing
the Bahamas at a competitive
disadvantage in terms of attract-
ing foreign investment if their
demands were met.
"I find it very strange that Mr
Wrinkle and people like that
are seeking to fetter the invest-
ment requirements in the
Bahamas by seeking to impose
conditions on investors that put
the Bahamas in the position of

Government to
select EIA firms,
not developers

being a place that is not very
attractive of investor friendly,"
Mr Ingraham said.
Pointing to Million Air as an
example, Mr Ingraham said the
company was founded by for-
eign investors who leased land
from the Government. Ulti-
mately, they went bankrupt and
exited the Bahamas owing
monies to Bahamian compa-
Those Bahamian creditors
then took over the Million Air
project and developed the com-
pany into what it is today.
Mr Ingraham added that for-
eign investors would also have
legitimate complaints of dis-
crimination should performance
bond requirements be imposed
upon them as a condition of
their Heads of Agreement, giv-

SEE page 3B

need 3,500 acres of Crown Land

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government wants to
re-negotiate the Heads of
Agreement for the Grand
Bahama-based Bahamas Film
Studios, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham told Tribune Busi-
ness, as it believes "there is
absolutely no rationale" for any
ownership group to need 3,500
acres of Crown Land.
The Prime Minister indicat-
ed such a position had been
conveyed to Ross Fuller, cur-
rent chairman of the Bahamas
Film Studios and its two key
holding companies, Gold Rock
Creek Enterprises and Ashby
Corporation, with the Govern-
ment wanting to conclude the
Heads of Agreement renegoti-
ations before the development
was sold to another investor
"They are in default in terms.
of their agreement with the
Government," Mr Ingraham
said of the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios. When asked whether he
was referring to the terms and
timelines in the Heads of
Agreement, or payments on the

Government wants Heads of Agreement
renegotiation and return of public land

Crown Land lease, he replied:
"Both of them."
"We are able to cancel the
deal, and so he [Mr Fuller]
would therefore have nothing
to.sell to Owen [Bethel] and
those;" the Prime Minister said.
"We have been reluctant to do
so, because the Studio is a good
"The [former] Government
agreed to make available to
them 3,500 acres of land.
There's absolutely no rationale
for them to have 3,500 acres of
public land. We have told Mr
Fuller that we are willing to
renegotiate his deal, get back
the 3,500 acres of land......."
Once that happened, Mr
Ingraham said the existing
Bahamas Film Studios owner-
ship would be free to work out
what they wanted to do with
the development's future.
"No one is holding them up
at all," the Prime Minister said.
"We would prefer not to cancel
the arrangement, so that he [Mr

Fuller], does not lose every-
thing, but we do require re-
negotiation of the deal and
return of the public land."
The Bahamas Film Studios
development currently sits on
3,500 acres of Crown Land, the
former US Air Force Missile
Base in Grand Bahama. The
former PLP administration
signed the Heads of Agreement
with the project's three found-
ing partners Hans Schutte-
Paul Quigley and Michael Col-
lyer in 2003, leasing the land to
All three founders have since
passed away, and the Bahamas
Film Studios was taken over by
Mr Fuller., Despite receiving a
major kickstart from the Pirates
of the Caribbean II and III
sequels being filmed at its
Grand Bahama water tank, the
development quickly ran into
financial difficulties.
Mr Fuller has since signed an
agreement t6 sell the Bahamas
Film Studios to Bahamas

FilmInvest International, a con-
sortium put together by Nas-
sau-based Bahamian banker
Owen Bethel, president and
chief executive of the Montaque
However, consummating the
sale has not proven easy. Apart
from concerns over whether the
Government will terminate the
lease, a Bahamian company,

SEE page 5B

Arawak Cay shipping port

'defies every sense of logic'

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government's prefer-
ence for Arawak Cay to be the
site of New Providence's new
commercial shipping facilities
"defies every sense of logic",
the Bahamas Real Estate Asso-
ciation's (BREA) president said
yesterday, arguing that the area
was "the past prime real estate
in New Providence".
William Wong, of William
Wong & Associates, told the
Rotary Club of West Nassau
yesterday: "We're concerned
the present government has not

Realtors chief speaks
out against container
relocation proposal

acted in accordance with sound
planning principles when it
came to the decision to relocate
container shipping to Arawak
Cay. This, in my mind, is in defi-
ance of every sense of logic."
Mr Wong said New Provi-
dence was being "handicapped
by an absence of prime real
estate" now left available, with
Paradise Island already largely,
built-up; Cable Beach likely to
ultimately be developed by
Baha Mar's currently-stalled
$2.4 billion project; and the $1.3
billion Albany project set to
cover 565 acres in the island's
"Arawak Cay remains the
last remaining prime real estate
in New Providence," Mr Wong
said, adding that its location on
the waterfront at the Nassau
Harbour entrance with sea
views all round making it "an
attractive place for real estate
[development][, not shipping".
Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of
the environment, previously
told Tribune Business that the
Government was "'minded" to
support the $175 million pro-
posal submitted by Tropical
Shipping and other Nassau-
based shipping companies for
the container port facilities to
be relocated from downtown
Bay Street to Arawak Cay.
Various engineering and
environmental studies on the
Arawak Cay proposal are now
being conducted to see whether

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Government exploring best way

forward over renewable energy

Business Reporter

THE Government is in talks with a
variety of renewable energy experts
to discuss the best way of reducing this
country's dependence on oil-related'
fuels. Phlenton Neymour, minister of
state for the environment, said during
the final day of the Caribbean Region-
al Sustainable Energy High level sem-
"We have had a number of talks
with individuals who are very active in
the renewable energy industry," he
said. "I spoke at length with Mr Dan
Arvizu, director of the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory last
night (Wednesday night), and we
spoke about a number of possibilities

which could be done in the Bahamas
with regard to wind, solar and ocean
thermal energy conversion [OTEC-
which is heating cooler, deeper ocean
water with the hotter surface water to
produce energy]."
Mr Neymour said there were great
opportunities for the implementation
of renewable energy, given the geog-
raphy of the Bahamas.
Most important, he added, was to
determine the opportunities best suit-
ed for particular islands.
"For instance, there are some islands
which would be more suited for wind
than solar, based upon their geogra-
phy, and also based upon the equip-
ment and assets that we have there in
regards to the provision of energy,"
the minister said.

Additionally, Mr Neymour said gov-
ernment officials have also had dis-
cussions over the regulations, laws and
building requirements that would need
to be changed to improve the efficient
use of energy.
"One of the items mentioned today
was how we construct our homes. In
some areas we can look at certainly
putting in place insulation in our roofs,
glazing our windows. These are things
which can be readily addressed," Mr
Neymour said.
Other measures could include plac-
ing solar water heaters in low cost
homes. In cases where those home-
owners may not be able to afford to
purchase these items, Mr Neymour
said perhaps financing can be arranged
through including it in their mortgage.

He pointed out that while the Gov-
ernment has been promoting such
cost-cutting measures, the move to
energy efficiency and renewable pow-
er sources had to come from the
Bahamian people.
Bahamians, Mr Neymour said, have
to be aware of the options which are
open to them such as tax concessions
on energy-saving items- something he
said to date they have not taken full
advantage of.
"I think that if they are informed
enough about the options which are
there, and how much savings they can
get from these investments for
instance, just changing your lights can
be sufficient- then they would be more
willing to embrace the changes," Mr
Neymour said.

Acknowledging that the Govern-
ment must take the lead, Mr Neymour i
said it was to soon conduct an energy
audit, which will enable it to assess
how it conserves energy in its buildings
and operations.
"We recognize that this is very 1
important," he said.
Mr Neymour added that the Gov-
ernment was open to hearing from the
private sector on how renewable ener-
gy products can be funded.
"In regard to BEC and their request
for proposal (RFP) for renewable
energy, we are open to funding from
the private sector.
"We recognize that for us to address
our energy concerns we have to have
private sector participation," said Mr

BEC surcharge up 20% in first half

Business Reporter

RISING energy "costs have
made the climate in which
Bahamian firms operate
extremely volatile, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's presi-
dent said, the fuel surcharge
having increased by 20 per cent
in the 2008 first half.
Dioniso D' Aguilar, who
owns the Superwash chain of
laundromats, said BEC's fuel
surcharge has risen from 33
cents per kilowatt hour to 40
cents, a 20 per cent increase that
made it very difficult for firms
to operate and budget. He said
it created a volatile environ-
"Volatility is not sustainable
in a business.... (we) have to get
some stability,." Mr D'Aguilar
He added that many Bahami-
an business persons had asked

him about renewable energy
options as a means of reducing
costs. If renewable energy
source were implemented,
after the initial cost of installa-
tion, it would allow Bahamian
business persons a greater
degree of certainty in their bud-
Mr D'Aguilar was speaking
at a press conference during the
Caribbean Regional Sustainable
Energy seminar. He said the
energy conference would "open
our eyes to what is out there".
Earl Deveaux, minister of the
environment, said it was vital
that there be a complete mind
shift and public education in the
area of alternative energy, as
the Bahamas had become too
dependent on fossil fuels.
He added that there were
many small things that can
reduce energy conservation. For
example, Mr D'Aguilar said
that at least 5-12 per cent of the
energy consumed in Bahamians

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households was from appliances
that have been left plugged in,
but were not being used.
He added that the Bahamas
as a whole had not fully
embraced recycling, as the
mounds of garbage at the city
dump had shown.
Mr D'Aguilar said discarded
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The assistant secretary-gen-
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MEDICAL, from 1B

the city's property and rental
markets. Many of Ross Univer-
sity's students are married,
meaning they will be looking
for large properties.
The project will also place the
Bahamas on the globe's educa-
tional and higher-learning map,
possibly attracting other tertiary
education institutions, and could

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BRISTOL, from 1B

pany has grown very quickly, particularly through acquiring mar-
ket share, but also with the growth of the Bahamas itself. We're very
optimistic about the future of the Bahamas," Mr Bacardi said in an
"Sales are going very well. We'll probably start to level-off this
year, and will probably grow sales by 6-7 per cent. In prior years
we've grown a lot more than that through acquiring agency brands
and market share."
The Bristol Group's distribution business is larger than its 21-store
retail business, Mr Bacardi said, the company preferring "to encour-
age independent retailers to grow and manage their markets".
These retailers knew their communities better than the compa-
ny, and had the personal contacts to keep consumers coming back
for more, Mr Bacardi said.
"Most of our time, our philosophy is to rely on independent
retailers, use them as if they were part of ourselves, and supply
them," he added.
Describing the Bristol Group's employees as "one of our biggest
assets", Mr Bacardi said there were no plans to take the company
public via an initial public offering (IPO).
He added: "We've been at this for 15 years. We started in a
small garage at the back of Farrington Road. It's a pride things for
us we grew from nothing.
"It's a family business with the employees. We'd like to keep it
that way, focusing on the development of the brands and the
employees that way."
The Bristol Group has 21 stores it owns and manages itself,
trading as Bristol Wines and Cellars. They are located in Nassau,
Freeport, Harbour Island, Abaco, Governor's Harbour, and just
outside Georgetown, Exuma.
"At this point, we've got another store in Bimini coming on-line.
We're hoping to open up in October," Mr Bacardi told Tribune
"We've had a lot of requests up there asking for our product and
the brands we represent. We have to satisfy the demand we have
From a distribution perspective, the Bristol Group has expand-
ed into non-alcoholic brands, including Fiji Water and Red Bull, and
tobacco. Its spirits line remains,;itng, led by BacadiLt-handi
and the likes of Brown Foreman from the Jack Daniels stable.
As for wine, the company has some 700 different SKUs (stock-
keeping units) "from all over the world". While wine provides the
Bristol Group with its greatest challenge in terms of inventory
management, Mr Bacardi said the company's strength and specialist
brands gave it a point of differentiation and a competitive advan-
tage, as it was "what pulls a lot of people into our retail stores".
Mr Bacardi acknowledged that the US$'s weakness against the
euro had created challenges in terms of the company's price nego-
tiations with European suppliers, as the Bristol Group's purchase
costs had increased due to the deteriorating exchange rate.
This made European wine imports more expensive, and Mr
Bacardi said the challenge was to obtain prices from suppliers that
would not make products cost prohibitive when they went on
retail sale in the Bahamas.
"It's not going to affect us from a profit perspective, but we
have to pass those costs on to the consumer," he explained. "That's
the same as with any product coming in from Europe."
Mr Bacardi added that the Bristol Group was assessing the
impact soaring oil costs wdre having on its electricity and trans-
portation costs, because while there had been some effect, the
company had not yet quantified it.


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Bahamians may not afford

basics if energy costs soar

Business Reporter

HAWAII'S electricity fuel surcharges
are the highest in the US and just about on
par with the Bahamas, its governor, Linda
Lingle, saying yesterday that like her home
state, this country must reduce its energy
costs or risk Bahamians being unable to
afford basic needs.
Governor Lingle said that Hawaii, which
is the most isolated island chain in the
world, some 2,300 miles from its nearest
neighbour, depends on oil for 90 per cent of
its energy needs. Some 99 per cent of that
comes from a foreign country in the shape
of oil.
Annually, she said that translates into $7
billion a year in fuel imports money which
is automatically spent and does nothing to

promote the development of Hawaii. "It
does not create one job or one new com-
pany; it does nothing," the governor said.
Ms Lingle, who was speaking at the
Caribbean Regional Sustainable Energy
High Level Seminar, said elected officials
and civil servants must take the lead in
enforcing change by implementing and
passing polices that will encourage energy
conservation and renewable energy pro-
She said there were baby steps which
can be taken that, if effected, can make a
tremendous difference. In Hawaii, she said
laws have been passed that will require all
new homes to be built with solar water
heaters, which will make that state the first
in the US with such a requirement.
Other Hawaii measures, which are
designed to improve energy conservation,

are to allow biofuel producers to lease gov-
ernment land. State officials passed a law
that will allow loans of up to $1.5 million for
farms and aquculturists to develop renew-
able energy policies at their facilities.
The Hawaii governor noted that the tech-
nology and the resources were there, par-
ticularly in the private sector, which is why
it was important for there to be
private/public partnerships.
The important thing, she said is that there
needed to be reliability and security in
alternative energy sources supplies. In
Hawaii, while the utilities company showed
some resistance to alternative energies,
having passed all fuel increases on to con-
sumers, Governor Lingle said that if prices
continued to spiral out of control, there
may come a time when consumers simply
cannot afford to purchase electricity.

'Barking up the wrong tree' on performance bond demand

FROM page 1B

en that there were no such
obligations imposed on Bahami-
an investors.
"It is not appropriate for the
Government of the Bahamas to
impose such a condition on for-
eigners, because Bahamians
would tell us to go to hell if they
had to have a bond," the Prime
Minister told Tribune Business.
"Mr Wrinkle and those are
barking up the wrong tree."
The Prime Minister's com-
ments are unlikely to please
many in the construction, real
estate, architect and engineering
professions, some of whom
have been placed in the posi-
tion of having substantial sums
owed to them by foreign devel-
Tribune Business, for exam-
ple, knows of one Bahamian
engineer who is owed six-figure
sums by two foreign develop-
ers, one of whom was ultimate-
ly unsuccessful in its attempt to
buy a Bahamian resort destina-
tion and withdrew its deposit
from this nation without pay-
ing creditors.
And Mr Ingraham told Tri-

bune Business that the devel-
opers of the $250 million Chub
Cay project had submitted to
the Government a list of the
sums it owed to various
Bahamian companies and cred-
Meanwhile, Mr Ingraham
said the Government would
also in future itself select the
companies to carry out Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessments
(EIAs) on major development
projects, with the developers
paying for it.
In the past, investors have
selected their own EIA firms,
something the Government is
looking to change. Mr Ingra-
ham said: "We will select them.
We have identified three of
them, and had a meeting with
them here a couple of weeks
ago. The developers will be
charged a fee.
"We will monitor these pro-
jects. We do accept some pro-
jects have caused damage." The
Prime Minister said it was
"unbelievable what's been
allowed to happen" on one
island, and also singled out
another development for being
a "disaster, great environmental
damage was done there".

Mr Ingraham added that one
major problem under the for-
mer Christie government was
that the Bahamas Environment,
Science and Technology Com-
mission (BEST) was used as
"an approval agency", rather
than an advisory body, despite
not having any basis in statute.
The Government was now
planning to bring in an Act to
"underpin" the existence of the
Ministry of Environment and
its associated agencies, including
the BEST Commission, and
give them statutory basis.
As an example of how
investors had been misled, Mr
Ingraham pointed to the exam-
ple of Bock Cay, a private
island in the Exumas chain. He
said the developer, who he
described as an upstanding per-
son and man of great integrity,
had not been told that an EIA
needed to be done or customs
duties paid. The developer had
undertaken to deal with both
The Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club on Great Guana
Cay, Mr Ingraham said, was the
model for the environmental
standards the Government
wanted all developers to follow.

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150'xl50' in the
settlement of
Pinders, Mangrove
Cay South Andros
(Appraised Value
Grand Bahama
12. Vacant Lot #8 Blk #12
Unit #3 (11,250sq.

Cable Beach, West Bay Street,
P.O.Box N-3034
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:(242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax:(242) 327-5047,327-1258

Hills #3. (Appraised
Value $35,000.00)
2. Lot #338 (60'x97.24')
w/hse (l,735sq. ft.)-
t.)-Henny Ave Derby
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
13. Vacant l1,250sq. ft.lot
#19, Blk #22, Unit 5-
Lincoln Green Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
14. Lot #15, Blk #15 Unit
#3 (90'xl25')-Derby
Sub Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
15. Vacant lot #25, BIk
#15 (17,866sq. ft.)-
Cutwater Ln Shannon
Country Club Sub
Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
16. Vacant lot #110
Section #I (12,500sq.
ft.)-Bonefish St &
Polaris Dr, Carvel
Beach Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
17. Lot #59 (17,276sq. ft.)
Section #1 with an
incomplete fourplex-
Amberjack St &
Polaris Dr Carvel
Beach Grand Bahama
(Appraised Value
18. Lot #2 (20,000sq. ft.)
w/build ing complex &
coin Laundromat-
Queens Highway
Holmes Rock
Commonage Grand
Bahama (Appraised
Value $178,600.00)
19. Vacant lot #5, Blk #31,
Section B-Royal
Bahamian Estate Sub
Value $31,000.00)
20. Lot #54 E (6,500sq.
ft.) W/triplex
foundation (2,788sq.
ft.)-Murphy Town
Abaco (Appraised
Value $24,896.00)
21. Lot 46 Vacant 2 acres-
Fox Town Abaco

Arawak Ave Pyfrom's
Addition (Appraised
Value $132,000.00)

(Appraised Value
22. Lot#51 (15,000sq.ft.)
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
23. Lot #55 (6,900sq. ft.)
Town Abaco
(Appraised Value
24. Lot#45 (60'xl160')
w/building (3,900sq.
t.)-Sandy Point Abaco
(Appraised Value
25. Property 31'xll 1'
w/house Lord Street in
the settlement of
Taprum Bay Eleuthera.
(Appraised Value
26. Portion of lot #90
w/building (2,611 sq.
ft.)-Parliament St,
Cupids Cay Governors
Harbour Eleuthera
(Appraised Value
27. Vacant portion of lot
#7 (50'xl 10')-West
James Cistern
Eleuthera (Appraised
Value $20,000.00)
Cat Island
28. Property w/twelve
(12) room motel 1.39
acres-In the settlement
of Arthur's Town Cat
Island (Appraised
Value $630,000.00)
29. Lot #43 (90'xl 00')
St, Matthew Town
Ingaua (Appraised
Value $120,000.00)
30.Lot #8 vacant
(I 0,000sq. fl.)-Moss
Town Exuma
(Appraised Value

Vessels Vehicles
a 34' Offshore Vessel (1990) Der Berry's (1) 03 Dodge Caravan
29' (1983) Vessel (Lady Rece) (1) 96 Ford Explorer
45'(1992) Defender Vessel (Liminos) (1) 97 Dodge Stratus
a 48' North Carolina Hull (1989) (1) 01 Hyundai H-100 Bus
52' Halters Fiber Glass Vessel (1979) MV Buddy (1) 01 Kia Bus 12 Seater
39' (1985) Defender Vessel (Future C) (1) 00 Ford Ranger Truck
51' Defender Vessel (1981) Equility (1) 03 Toyota Coaster Bus
80' Custom Steel Hull Vessel (Lady Kristy) (1) 89 Chevy Caprice Hearse
120' Twin Screw Steel Hull Vessel (1978) with (1) 00 Toyota Coaster Bus
(2) Detroit Diesel V16-92 engine, fully loaded (1) 03 Toyota Coaster Bus
122' Single Screw Steel Hull (1960) MV Lisa J I11, (1) 02 Kitchen Van Trailer
vessel has a new engine requiring installation. And
can be view at Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama

The public is invited to submit Sealed bids marked "Tender" to Bahamas Development Bank, P.O. Box N-
3034, Nassau, Bahamas attention Financial Controller, faxed bids will not be accepted or telephone 327-
5780 for additional information. Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets
should be received by or on August 2, 2008. The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to reject
any or all offers. All assets are sold as is.-

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Is presently considering applications for a

Registered Pharmacist
Interested person please forward Resume to:
Private & Confidential
Email: paspharmaceutical@yahoo.com

Fax: 1-242-367-6751
RO.Box CR-54263
Nassau, Bahamas

PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008


Port 'defies every sense of logic

from Arawak Cay currently, the
location was "congested, noisy
and not an attractive sight" for
the several million cruise pas-
sengers who visited Nassau
every year.
Adding that he did not have
"a vested interest" in what hap-
pened at Arawak Cay either
way, the BREA president said:

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), SEALY HOLDINGS LIMITED has been dissolved
and struck off the Register according to the Certificate of Dis-
solution issued by the Registrar General on the 12th day of
June, 2008.

Simon J Harman
Equity Trust House
28-30 Parade
St. Helier, Jersey

0 55


1 1.6581

"What the Government is
proposing is not in the long-
term interests of our city, Nas-
sau and New Providence."
If the commercial shipping
facilities were moved to
Arawak Cay, Mr Wong said: "It
will increase the traffic and con-
gestion on Bay Street, and ulti-
mately destroy much of the res-
idential life in areas such as
Chippingham, Boyd Road, Per-
pall Tract and the West Bay
Street Grove."
The Arawak Cay 'Fish Fry's'
attraction would also be dimin-
* ished by the nearby commer-
cial shipping facilities, due to
the increased traffic congestion
and large number of heavy-duty
trailer vehicles on the nearby

Mr Wong's voice will thus
add to the cracks that have
recently appeared in the uni-
fied facade presented by all
stakeholders in the shipping
facilities' relocation, which is
seen. as crucial to kickstarting
downtown Nassau's revitalisa-
One alternative proposal,
submitted by Bethell Estates, a
major downtown landlord, pre-
sented two options for consoli-
dating commercial shipping
within Nassau Harbour in the
The two options presented
involved using the fill created
by the dredging of Nassau Har-
bour to accommodate the larg-
er Liberty Class cruise ships.
The first was to create an

Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas Government
Certificate Number: 61160
Year: 2020
Interest Rate: 0.5% APR
Stock Amount: $6,000.00
I intend to request the Registrar to issue a replacement certificate.
If this certificate is found, please mail to:
P.O.Box SP-63927
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that ERROL PAUL of
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 25TH day of JULY 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LUCITE JOSEPH OF LEWIS
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 offi'eilacts within twenty-eight days from the
25th dayof-JULY, 2008 to-the Minister responsible for NWtibhality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, ",Bahamas,

No. 45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
Continental Liquidators Inc. is the Liquidator and can be con-
tacted at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their
debts or claims to the liquidator before 23rd day ofAugust, 2008.

B. P

L or: conta' Liquidator, Inc.


C F A L"
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,822.03 | CHG 0.15 I % CHG 0.01 I YTD -244.72 | YTD% -11.84
FINDEX: Aj CLOSE 870.39 | YTD% -8 57% | 2007 28.29%
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11.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.086 0.200 10.9 1.69%
9.68 9.30 Bank of Bahamas 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.643 0.160 14.5 1.72%
D.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.030 N/M 3.37%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.48 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.055 0.040 42.7 1.70%
14.10 10.75 Cable Bahamas 14.04 14.04 0.00 1.224 0.240 11.5" 1.71%
3.15 2.35 Colina Holdings 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.046 0.040 62.6 1.39%
B.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.449 0.300 15.6 4.29%
7.22 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.63 3.77 0.14 0.131 0.052 28.8 1.38%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.85 2.85 0.00 0.308 0.040 9.3 1.40%
B.00 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.728 0.280 11.0 3.50%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.65 FirstCaribbean Bank 11.65 11.65 0.00 7,870 0.550 0.450 21.2 3.86%
5.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.53 5.53 0.00 0.386 0.140 14.3 2.53%
1 .00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
B.OO 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.50 5.50 0.00 0.407 0.300 13.5 5.45%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.620 11.7 5.17%
.1. ',, ,., ,.eh ,,er eal Eslale 1l u', iJ ,*,. ,, l t u ,3j u ,j 5 0 6 0 0:
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52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bd Buying price of Col11a and Fidelity o 31 December 2007
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks A S SellIng price of Colna ad fidelity *" 30 June 2008
Preovous Cso Previous day's lighted price for dady volume Last Poe Last traded ovor-it Todays Close Current day's eightd price for daily volume Weekly Vol Traddig volume of the pnor ek ... 31 May 2008
Change Ch in closing price from day, to day EPS S A compays rpood earnisc per share for t, Ilast 12 mths 27 June 2008
Daily V.l Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Va[e
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FROM page 1B

the location is feasible, with the
next step set to involve the pro-
duction of a business plan for
the development.
Yet Mr Wong said that even
with just two or three marine
freight companies operating

expanded 'bulkhead' on the
existing harbourfront, between
Victoria Avenue and Arm-
strong Street, with the alterna-
tive involving the creation of an
'offshore island' in the middle of
Nassau harbour to accommo-
date the commercial shipping
facilities. The 'offshore island'
would again lie between Victo-
ria Avenue and Armstrong
Bethell Estates' the Living
Waterfront Business Improve-
ment District (BID) plan, devel-
oped by Design Workshop, said
the existing commercial facili-
ties handled about 66,000 twen-
ty-foot equipment units (TEUs)
per year on 18 acres of land,
with 4,500 feet of landside area.
The plan added that if the.
warehouses and distribution


Fo 0 r th stres

NOTICE is hereby given that SULTANE NALCOURT
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
25TH day of JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that JOSIANE GUILLAUNE 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
25TH day of JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for-
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas. .

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN MARC JOSEPH
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
25TH day of JULY 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


This is to inform the General Public that
all that private thoroughfare or roadway
situate between Lots 7 and 8 in the
Subdivision known as "Fox Hill Creek"
on the Island of New Providence will be
closed to the public from 6:00 a.m. on
Sunday, 3rd August, 2008 to 6:00 a.m.
on Monday, 4th August 2008.

Don S Wrinkle and Jean Wrinkle

centres were relocated to the
two options it was proposing,
some 198,000 TEUs could be
accommodated on 19 acres,
with 2,400 feet of landside area.
This would accommodate the
projected growth in Nassau's
shipping until 2035.
Meanwhile, Mr Wong yester-
day urged that the Government
attempt to relocate "a major
part of the population" of New
Providence to other Bahamian
islands, in a bid to relieve over-
Suggesting that Andros
would be a prime candidate for
the relocation of some govern-
ment ministries, due to its large
fresh water resources, land, har-
bours and modern infrastruc-
ture, the BREA president said
this would help to alleviate con-
gestion in Nassau.
"There is little or no real
estate available for young fam-
ilies, and that which is being
made available is now being
priced way beyond the means
of the average Bahamian," Mr
Wong said.
"It is never too late to begin,
but I am convinced that the
time has come for such a major
transformation to take place in
our nation."

Q GrantThornton


Chartered Accountants,


FRIDAY 25 JULY, 2008





MONDAY 28 JULY, 2008.

Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings
Bahamas Supermarkets
RNC, -....ior....
Fund Name
Colina Bond Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment
FG Financial Preferred Income'F
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

6.00 6.25 6.00
0.35 0.40 0.35
Colina Over. -The-Counier Scurttlea
J 1. : ac, :3 *"11* J'1 u.j
14.60 15.60 14.00
.:, 3 ..5 .:
BISX Lisled Murtual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 r-.-.r.
1.323145""" 2.41% 5.21%
2.990639** -0.34% 9.15%
1.401975 ..... 1.96% 4.23%
3.6007"** -5-17% 9.38%
12.2702""" 2.82% 5.73%
99.956603" -0.04% -0.04%
Fund 9.5611"." -8.94% -8.94%
tund 1.0077"". 0.77% 0.77%
1.0119.... 1.19% 1.19%
1.0086..... 0.86% 0.86%



This is to inform the General Public that all that
private thoroughfare or roadway known as Gun
Point situate northeastwards of the Settlement
of Spanish Wells at the northwestern end of the
Island of North Eleuthera will be closed to the
public from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, 3rd August,
2008 to 6:00 a.m on Monday, 4th August, 2008
to protect the right of ownership.

Everette Sands


FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008, PAGE 5B


'No rationale' for Film Studios

FROM page 1B

Phoenix Engineering, obtained
a Supreme. Court injunction
blocking the sale to Mr Bethel
until a $300,000 debt it claimed
the Bahamas Film Studios owed
it was paid.
Mr Fuller and Phoenix Engi-
neering eventually settled the
matter, but the agreement pro-
vides for the debt to be paid
within 120 days. That means Mr
Bethel's group must close the
acquisition by the end of next
month, August, or otherwise
the court action and injunction
are likely to be reinstated.
The initial vision for the
Bahamas Film Studios ulti-
mately envisaged the develop-
ment including a hotel, movie
theme park and residential real
estate options. Mr Bethel's
group, had planned to invest

between $80-$90 million to
complete that build-out.
Yet the Prime Minister's
insistence that a substantial
amount of the 3.500 acres of
Crown Land be returned to the
Government means that the ini-
tial vision is likely to be unful-
filled, with the project becoming
almost entirely focused on
catering to movie and TV pro-
As for other Freeport-based
investment projects, many
Grand Bahama residents have
become concerned about Har-
court Developments' plans for
the Royal Oasis, with little
seemingly having been done
since the Irish property devel-
oper closed its $33 million pur-
chase of the property.
However, sources have told
Tribune Business that Harcourt
was due to pick up the master
plans for the Royal Oasis rede-
velopment, from its engi-

neers/architects in Florida as
early as this week.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, said Harcourt
had "a number of planners in
town", while other sources con-
firmed to this newspaper that
things appeared to be happen-
ing at the Royal Oasis in terms
of gearing up for a construction
Harcourt recently held a sale
to dispose of any furniture, fix-
tures and other items still left
inside the resort, which some
have interpreted as a sign that
Harcourt is gearing up to 'gut'
the existing property and begin
The Prime Minister said Har-
court representatives had been
due to meet with the Ministry of
Tourism in Freeport on Tues-
day night, and added: "As far as
I'm aware, they're moving.
They've given some indication
as to when" they will start.


GRAND.AH..A.SL.ND -en.to

OUR -U-YA -6nad Baham Islan
S -.... S S -OUR S -- -



Congratulations to our

weekly winners of trips for two.

Week 1 Bradley Smith will be off to Peru
having purchased gasoline at Esso Palmdale.

Week 2 Steven Turnquest has won a trip to Brazil
after purchasing gasoline at Esso's Faith & Carmichael station.

Week 3 Vernita Johnson filled up at Esso East & Balfour
and won a trip to Italy.

Week 4 Barbara Moss will enjoy the Pyramid at Chichen Itz6,
Mexico. She made her gasoline purchase at Esso Baillou Hill.

Week 5 Kenria Dorsett, an Esso Winton customer,
will visit the Great Wall, China.

We're drivers too.

The President of India, .
1. We. the undersigned Auditors of State Bank of
India, appointed under Section 41(1) of the State
Bank of India Act, 1955, do hereby report to the
Central Government upon the Balance Sheet,
Profit & Loss Account and the Cash Flow
Statement of the Bank..
2. We have audited the attached Balance Sheet of
State Bank of India as at 31" March 2008. the Profit
& Loss Account and the Cash Flow Statement of
the Bank for the year ended on that date annexed
thereto. Incorporated in the said financial
statements are the accounts of:
1) The Central Office, fourteen Local Head
Offices. Corporate Accounts Group (Central).
Mid-Corporati. Group (Central), Stressed
Assets Management Group (Central) and forty.
gtwo branches audited by us;
Ii) 8171 Indian Branches audited by other
III) 35 Foreign Branches audited by the local
auditors; and
iv) 2306 other Indian Branches, the unaudited
returns of which are certified by the Branch
Managers. These unaudited branches account
for 0.81% of advances, 2.16% of deposits.
0.53% of interest Income and 1.35% of
interest expenses.
These financial statements are the responsibility
of the Bank's Management. Our responsibility is
to express an opinion on these financial
statements based on our audit.
3. We conducted our audit in accordance with the
auditing standards generally accepted in India.
Those standards require that we plan and
perform the audit to obtain reasonable
assurance about whether the financial
statements are free of material misstatement. An
audit includes examining, on a test basis.
evidence supporting the amounts and
disclosures in the financial statements. An
audit also, Includes assessing the accounting
principles used and significant estimates.made
by Management, as well as evaluating the
overall financial statement presentation. We
believe that our audit provides a reasonable
basis for our opinion.

4. The Balance Sheet and the Profit & Loss Account
have been draw in Forms 'A' and 'B'
rmepectively of the Third Schedule to the Banking
Regulation Act, 194.9 and these give information
as required to be given by virtue of the provisions
of the State Bank of India Act. 1955, and
Regulations there under.
5. Without qualifying our opinion, we draw
attention to note 18.14 of schedule 18 to the
financial statement. The bank has made
additional contribution ofRs. 546 crores during
the year towards'pension fund to comply with
the provisions of AS 15 (revised) which Is not in
accordance with the directions issued by
Government of India. to the extent that no
amendments have been made to the SBI Pension
Rules, 1955 before making such contribution.
6. In our opiniofrrd to the best of our information
and according to the explanations givrn to us and
as shown by the books of the Bank, read with
paragraph 2 above, we report that
(a) (i) the Balance Sheet, read with the
Principal Accountinig Policies and the
Notes to Accounts. is a full and fair
Balance Sheet containing all the
necessary particulars and is properly
drawn up so as to exhibit a true and fair
view of the affairs of the Bank as at 31"
March 2008;
(U) the Profit and Loss Account, read with
the Principal Accounting Policies and
the Notes to Accounts. shows a true
balance of Profit for the year ended on
that date; and
(111) the Cash Flow Statement gives a true and
fair view of the cash flows for the year
ended on that date.
and ore in conformity with the Accounting
Principles generally accepted In India.
(b) where we have called for any information
and explanations, such information and
explanations have been given to us and we
have found them to be satisfactory,
(c). the transactions ofthe Bank which have come
to our notice have been within the powers of
the Bank; and
(d) the returns received from the offices and
branches of the Bank have been found
adequate for the purpose of our audit '


(000s omitted)
Capital and Liabilities As on 31.03.2008 As on 31.03.2007
(Current Year) (Previous Year)
US $ US$

Capital 157,395 121,072
Reserves & Surplus 12,064,106 7,078,964
Deposits 133,949,138 100,188,886
Borrowings, 12,893,173 9,133,503
Other Liabilities and Provisions 20,778,240 13,812,344

Total 179,842,052 130,334,769

Assets As on 31.03.2008 As on31.03.2007
.....(Current Year) (Previous Year)

Cash and Balances with Reserve Bank of India 12,845,118 6,688,848
Balances with banks and money at call & short notice 3,971,017 5,266,222
Investments 47,233,617 34,310,762
Advances 103,880,408 77,602,138 *
Fixed Assets 840,848 648,463
Other Assets 11,071,044 5,818,336

Total 179,842,052 130,334,769

Contingent Liabilities 202,092,842 121,222,603
Bills for Collection 4,722,532 5,375,549

(000s omitted)
Year ended Year ended
31.03.2008 31.03.2007
(Current Year) (Previous Year)
us $ us $
L Income
Interest earned 12,200,974 8,567,363
Other Income 2,167,230 1,556,306

Total 14,368,204 10,123,669

II. Expenditure
Interest expended 7,958,394 5,103,321
Operating expenses 3,142,724 2,719,926
Provisions and contingencies -1,589,837 1,255,723

Total 12,690,955 9,078,970

i. Profit
Net Profit for the year 1,677,249 1,044,699
Profit brought forward 85 78
Transfers from General Reserves 23 664

Total 1,677,357 1,045,441

Transfer to Statutory Reserves 1,206,150 772,513
Transfer to Investment Reserves 15,497 9
Transfer to Capital Reserves 1,107
Transfer to Revenue and Other Reserves 74,775 74,534
Dividend 338,400 169,500
Tax on Dividend 41,343 28,807
Balance carried over to Balance Sheet 85 78

Total 1,677,357 1,045,441

Basic Earnings per Shae 3 2
Diluted Earnings per Share 3 2

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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

2 1 5
6 8 9


5 3
9 7

4 6 91

6 1 2
Difficulty Level *A 7/24

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


1 Devoid of
sentimentality (4-6)
8 Split (5)
9 In the distant past
10 Tank for
storing water (7)
11 Weeping (5)
12 Scold (6)
14 Mysterious (6)
17 Claw (5)
19 Conceited
self-assurance (7)
21 Result (7)
22 Sycophant (5)
23 State of
affluence (4,6)

1 It's not openly played (6,4)
8 One can never be sure if
one has it (5)
9 TV line between Britain
and France (7)
10 Leaps out of bed, perhaps
11 A mass withdrawal
on the Indian
border (5)
12 Cries distractedly about
fifty souvenirs (6)
14 Air force (6)
17 You'll find Arabs around
this city (5)
19 Final word of
I love (7)
21 Possibly hear out US
writer (7)
22 Units ordered to part of
North Africa (5)
23 Farmers who are also
compatriots (10)

Across: 1 Enters, 4 Tropic, 9
Crowned, 10 Aware, 11 Delhi, 12
Element, 13 King's ransom, .18
Doleful, 20 Roast, 22 Agile, 23
Shallow, 24 Delude, 25 Leased.
Down: 1 Escudo, 2 Troll, 3 Running, 5
Reade, 6 Placebo, 7 Cresta, 8 Added
relish, 14 III will, 15 Narrate, 16
Edward, 17 Stowed, 19 Fiend, 21

2 Gear for a new Renault (7)
3 Frequently decimal (5)
4 Change roles? (6)
5 Very hard worker supports
a mother (7)
6 Birds from other nests (5)
7 They fly some flag in trou-
ble (10)
8 Share out is tried but as an
alternative (10)
13 Large house where a cat
is given water in France
15 Put some notes in order?
16 Give firm backing
to a system of worship
that's mystical (6)
18 A very good bearer (5)
20 A record number of
runners in the field (5)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Badger, 4 Warsaw, 9
Deadpan, 10 Plain, 11 Aglow, 12
Execute, 13 Deerstalker, 18 Calibre,
20 Clasp, 22 Rover, 23 Upright, 24
Denote, 25 Betray.
Down: 1 Bedlam, 2 Drawl, 3
Empower, 5 Apple, 6 Statute, 7
Wonted, 8 Under the sun, 14
Enliven, 15 Lucerne, 16 Scared, 17
Apathy, 19 Burst, 21 Augur.


Artur Timofeev v Emesto Inarkiev,
Moscow Open 2008. If you solved
yesterday's puzzle, you will
remember that in the battle for a
$30,000 first prize, Timofeev blew
a simple win. Now it's fast forward
another 30-odd moves. In that time
Inarkiev has lost his remaining pawn,
but still hopes to draw or at least
make matters difficult. Black's king
and bishop are menacing White's last
pawn, and it is well known that king
and rook against king and bishop
with no pawns left is a draw except
in rare circumstances. However, it
took Timofeev (White, to play) just
two turns to force resignation and
pick up the winner's cheque. How
did White secure victory?

2 Counsellor (7)
3 Thickheaded (5)
4 Rectangular (6)
5 Insane (7)
6 Series
of exciting
events (5)
7 Upside down (5-5)
8 The lowest
level (4,6)
13 Insubstantial (7)
15 Raise in
status (7)
16 Evaluate (6)
18 Unit of
capacity (5)
20 In the
manner of (5)


Chess: 8650:1 Kf41 Bxg4 2 Rd81 and Black resigned.
If Be2 3 Rh8+ BhS 4 Rh7 and Black's king can no
longer guard his bishop. After Kh3 5 Rxh5+ White
soon checkmates with king and rook against bare








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HOW many words of four letters
or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
Good 19; very good 29; excellent
39 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
acetate acre ALTERCATE
carat care caret cart carte
a-"te cater cere cereal cerL
claret clatter clear cleat crate
create creel eclat elect erect
lace lacerate lactate race react
tacet tact talc tercel tercet
trace tract treacle

Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

A Not-So-Brilliant Defense

North dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.


* AK QJ 5-4
10 V

4AKJ 109.
V9 7 5 3


The bidding:
North East South West
1 t Pass 1 Pass
3 Pass 3+ Pass
4 4 Pass 44
Opening lead king of hearts.
Many years ago, the distinguished
expert Oswald Jacoby, playing in a
pair championship, got to four
spades with the South hand. Ordinar-
ily. Jacoby would have made the
contract, but he ran into a seemingly
inspired defense and went down as a
West led the king of hearts, then
,shifted to the queen of clubs. Jacoby
saw a possibility of making six if
East had the queen of spades, so he

won the club with the ace, led a
spade and finessed the jack which
He next crossed to dummy with a
diamond in order to repeat the spade
finesse, since East might have started
with Q-x-x-x. But when Jacoby
finessed the ten, West took the
queen, cashed three more hearts and
a club, and so defeated the contract
three tricks!
Of course, had West taken the
queen of spades at his first opportu-
nity, Jacoby would have made the
contract easily. He would have lost
only a spade, a heart and a club to
achieve a far better than average
The highly chagrined Jacoby
realized that going down three would
be a very poor score possibly a
bottom but he nonetheless went
out of his way to congratulate West
for his brilliant play in refusing to
win the first trump trick.
An embarrassed West then
explained that he had pulled the
wrong card when the first round of
trumps was led. He had expected
Jacoby to play the ace or king and
had not noticed that the jack was
actually played on the trick.
"Please," Jacoby implored him,
"won't you try to be a little more
careful in the future?"

Tomorrow: Bidding qui/.
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Name of student


Name of parents

A list of exams already taken
and the results e.g. Bahamas
Junior Certificate (B(s) exams
and Pitman exams

A list of exams expected to
be taken Bahamas General
Certificate of Secondary
Education (BG(SE) exams

The college/university they
expect to attend e.g.- College
of the Bahamas, Harvard
University, University of Miami

Name of degree expected to
be sought e.g .- 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 activi-
ties club memberships,
team sports/track and
field, church activities

A list of honours/
awards/recognition stu-
dent has received

* The Tribune will be publishing its annual
'Back to School' supplement in
August/September. In preparation for the
supplement, which will feature all graduat-
ing seniors who will be attending universi-
ty/college, whether locally or abroad, we
invite all parents, guardians and graduating
seniors to submit a profile on the graduat-
ing seniors, along with a photograph and
contact information. Deadline
Sis July 31, 2008.

SPlease forward all information to Lisa Lawlor, Tribune
Junior Reporter at email lisalawlor@gmail.com -
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