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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 9/19/2007
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE LEAD spokesperson
for the Rainbow Alliance is call-
ing for Cable Bahamas to dedi-
cate at least one channel on
their system to programmes for
the gay community.
Currently, no such channel
exists, but Cable Bahamas ded-

ing, flying squad officers
arrested several suspects for
questioning in relation to a
string of homicides in New
"I am pleased to confirm
that one of these suspects is
assisting the police in rela-
tion to the latest homicide,"
said Senior Assistant
Commissioner Ellison
He was referring to the
killing of Sean Evans, 32,
whose body was found on
Sunday at Pride Estates.
Mr Greenslade said he is
very pleased with the
progress detectives are mak-
ing in the case and that crim-
inal charges could be filed
as early as today.

icates nearly ten channels to
Erin Green spoke out yes-
terday on this issue, and the
proliferation of violent films
that are permitted to be shown
at local cinemas while an award-
winning drama such as Broke-
back Mountain was banned by
the Plays and Films Control
"Cable Bahamas has ten
channels dedicated to pornog-
raphy, not including pay-per-
view movies, but we can't get
Cable Bahamas to put on one
BGLT (bi-sexual. gay, lesbian
or transgendered) programming
station," she said. "Not pornog-
raphy. Just programming. Just
sitcoms, information education,
The station Ms Greene
would like to see added is
LOGO, which is a new channel
created by MTV Networks.
According to the network
website, it offers 24-hour pro-
gramming "for lesbians and
gays and just about anyone who
enjoys a gay point of view. Logo
is for us, our friends and our
family. Logo is originals. Logo is
movies. Logo is documentaries.
Logo is news. Logo is specials.
Logo is the channel for Gay
When asked why there is no
station for the gay community,
while violent films are regularly
over-represented at local cine-
mas, Ms Greene said:.
"The contradiction is just an
indicator of the misinformation
and hysteria and homophobia
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AS CRIME continues to rise in the Bahamas and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said external influences
may threaten local values, some have questioned the number of films featuring violence that appear on cinema screens
in the country.

Verdict in Jackie Moxey trial
could be delivered today
Tribune Staff Reporter
A VERDICT in the Jackie 'Lil Stunt' Moxey
murder trial could be expected as early as today
after closing arguments by both sides were pre-
sented in the Supreme Court yesterday.
Justice Jon Isaacs is set to sum up today, after
which the jury will deliberate.
The trial, which lasted three weeks, came to a
close after both sides delivered impassioned pleas
to the jury to view the case solely on the merit of
evidence presented in the trial in which lan 'Joe
Boy' Hutchinson stands accused.
Hutchinson is charged with the murder of his
girlfriend, Jackie 'Lil Stunt' Moxey, in October.
In a closing argument lasting nearly three hours,
prosecutor Cheryl Grant-Bethel began by outlin-
ing the Crown's burden of proof to the court.
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Anger over Long Island's
first female Anglican deacon
Tribune Staff Reporter
in Long Island are
furious over the
appointment of the
first female Angli-
can deacon on the
island and are ask-
ing Archbishop
Drexel Gome'z to
remove her inmmec-
P a u I c t t e
Cartwrig h t, a
native of Long
Island, was recently ordained as deacon for
the St John's parish in Buckleys.
Despite the fact that ordaining female dea-
cons is an Anglican policy which has been
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Teachers at
CI Gibson
are back
at work
Tribune Staff Reporter
TEACHERS at C I Gibson
School returned to work yes-
terday after sitting out for two
days, demanding increased
security after a brutal stabbing
on-campus captured national
President of the Bahamas
Union of Teachers Ida Poitier-
Turnquest told The Tribune
that "the required amount of
security officers were there
(yesterday)," therefore allow-
ing teachers to return.
Principal Elaine Williams
confirmed that an additional
two security officers had been
sent to the school, bringing
the total to four.
Ms Williams stressed, how-
ever, that her school is not a
violent place.
"I would say that 99.9 per
cent of my students have
bought into the self-discipline
plan in the school,"'she said.
SEE page 10

Ministry denies
woman's claims
she was beaten by
immigration officers
THE Ministry of National
Security has denied a Jamaican
woman's claims that she was
beaten by immigration officers.
The story, which appeared on
the front page of yesterday's
Tribune, quoted the woman,
Donna Whyms, as saying that
when she threatened to speak to
her attorney about an officer
who assaulted her in her own
home, a group of officers
attacked her stomping on her
and dragging her into an immi-
gration bus.
She said she was taken to a
police station and charged with
assault and disorderly behav-
According to the Ministry of
National Security, however, on
Sunday, September,16, at about
1.30am. officers attached to
Operation Quiet Storm, a joint
law-enforcement agency unit
comprised of police and immi-
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Online petition against killing

sea turtles gets global support

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT An online
petition calling for laws banning
the capture and killing of sea
turtles in the Bahamas is receiv-
ing considerable support both
locally and internationally.
Tip Burrows, co-manager of
the Grand Bahama Humane
Society, revealed that over 2,000
persons from the Bahamas,
the United States, United King-
dom, France, Israel, and else-
where have signed the peti-
tion so far.
The petition was launched at
endangered-sea-turtles, follow-
ing the recent rescue of a sea
turtle on Grand Bahama.

While the hawksbill turtle is
protected by law in the
Bahamas, there are other turtle
species which are not protected.
Ms Burrows believes there
should be an immediate mora-
torium on the capture and
killing of all sea turtles, at least
until fishery officials can con-
duct an assessment of the
-national turtle stock.
She explained that there are
seven different turtle species in
the world, five of which swim
through Bahamian waters.
According to Ms Burrows,
the Bahamas fishery laws cur-
rently allow the capture and
killing of the loggerhead and
green turtle.
She noted that green turtles
are officially listed as endan-
gered throughout the world,
and loggerheads are listed as
either endangered or threat-

A SEA turtle swims underwater in May 2006 off the Netherland
Antilles island of Bonaire

ened depending on the area.
"The hawksbill turtles are not
allowed to be killed or caught,
at least we have that however,
1 can't tell you the last time I
saw a hawksbill turtle.
"The same thing with the
green turtles; thev are very rare
and it is sad because if some-
body sees one he/she is still
allowed to catch it and kill it.
"It's been a concern of ours
and many other people for a
long time, and we just wanted to
do something mole than just
rescue the odd turtle here and
there, so we put a petition
online," she said.
"We liave signatures from
all over the world and quite a
few from within the Bahamas
as well, which is very hearten-
ing that many people here feel

the same way that we do," she
Ms Burrows said that the
Grand Bahama Humane Soci-
ety is concerned about the wel-
fare of all animals not just cats
and dogs.
She said she is extremely con-
cerned about reports of inhu-
mane treatment and cruelty to
turtles caught by fishermen.
"We take issue with the way
they are kept until they are
killed. Witnesses reported see-
ing turtles being kept upside
down in the back of trucks or on
the side of the road, and suffer-
ing terribly," she said.
Even though the government
has participated in various con-
ferences on sea turtles and has
held discussions about con-
ducting studies over the past 15

years, nothing has been done,
she said.
Mrs Burrows noted that while
there is a minimum length
required on caught turtles, there
is no restriction on the maxi-
mum length. "This means that
the older turtles that have well-
developed reproduction systems
are able to be caught and killed.
"We would like to see a ban.
We also feel the season is
wrong, too, because it coincides
with the crawfish season, and
peak nesting season for logger-
head turtles is from August -
October, so you are allowing
them to be killed at the peak
time they are laying their eggs."
Mrs Burrows said that a ban
on sea turtles would not jeop-
ardise the livelihood of Bahami-
an fishermen.
"I don't think that there is
any fisherman on this island, or
anywhere in the Bahamas that
can say that if they aren't killing
turtles their livelihood would
be gone.
"I don't know if there is any-
one that goes out fishing for tur-
tles. So it is not like we are try-
ing to take anyone's livelihood
away. If we keep indiscrimi-
nately killing everything that
we see in the ocean, there won't
be anything left and we can
already see the effects of that
with crawfish and conch."
Mrs Burrows said she hopes
that the petition will at least
make people think twice about
catching and killing sea turtles,
and encourage the government
to implement laws banning the
capture of sea turtles.

New stamps mark anniversary of

Governor General's Youth Award

THE General Post Office
has issued a set of stamps to
commemorate the 20th anniver-
sary of the Governor General's
Youth Award Scheme.
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After a 15 year absence, the
award programme was re-
launched in the Bahamas under
the name of the Bahamas Duke
of Edinburgh's Award in 1987.
The name was changed in
199( to the Governor General's
Youth Award with strict adher-
ence to the principles and struc-
ture, as set down by the Inter-
national Aw\ard Association.
The award is presently oper-
ating in 37 locations through-
out the Bahamas 24 on New
Providence and 13 on several
other islands, including Abaco,
Andros, Grand Bahama, Har-
bour Island, Exuma and San

To date, over 5,000 young
Bahamians have completed
their respective awards.
The award is a programme
for personal development for
young people aged between 14
and 25.
It has three levels bronze,
silver and gold, each of which
takes an increasing commitment
of time to achieve.
Participants set themselves
challenging personal goals in
four different sections service,
skills, physical recreation and
adventurous journey.
There is an additional require-
ment of participation in a resi-
dential project at gold level.
The award is not a competi-
tion. It is based on personal
improvement and achievement.
Once participants have set
their goals, striven to achieve
them and shown improvement,
they will achieve the award.

New computers presented

to Cleveland Eneas Primary

MINISTER OF state for youth and sports Byran Woodside presents
Cleveland Eneas students with back-to-school supply bags,

S'T'UDENTS of the Cleve-
land Eneas Primary School now
have additional resources to
assist them in improving their
computer skills thanks to the
MP for the Pinewood Byran
During a visit to the school,
Mr Woodside, who is also the
minister of state for youth and
sports, presented the school
with two new computers, and
challenged the youngsters to
study hard and to enjoy school.
Mr Woodside also presented
first graders with "hack to
school" treat bags containing
school supplies.
Located on Buttonwood
Avenue in the Pinewood Con-
stituency, the Cleveland Eneas
Primary School is considered one
of the best primary schools in
the nation.
The school's mission state-
ment declares that the institu-
tion is committed to creating an

environment that is conducive
to quality teaching and active
learning, where students can
maximise their potential and
develop values and skills to help
them in becoming responsible,
productive citizens.
The school's computer lab,
which has been operation for
several years, exposes students
from as early as the second
grade level, to the uses of the
They learn about the hard-
ware parts and usage, a variety
of computer tools, and software
programmes including Word
Processing, Excel, Print Shop,
the Internet, Zarc's Math
Adventure, and Mighty Math
Zoo Zillions.
According to Mr Woodside
"these resources assist with our
young people developing those
required skills for them to
function in this technological

OIn brief

Jamaica starts
campaign to
reverse decline
in tourism
San Juan

JAMAICAN officials said
Sunday they plan to open a
tourism training school as
part of a campaign to reverse
a downturn in visitors to the
Caribbean island, including
from the key US market,
according to Associated
"The (tourism) industry
has been on a dangerous,
downwards spiral over the
last six months," newly
appointed Tourism Minister
Ed Bartlett said in a state-
He said details on the
school, such as when and
where it will open, will be
disclosed soon.
* Jamaica has seen a 12 per
cent drop this year in visi-
tors from the United States,
which accounts for the bulk
of the island's tourism. Oth-
er Caribbean islands are
reporting similar slumps,
according to the Caribbean
Tourism Organization.
Experts have cited new
passport rules and a sluggish
US economy as possible
Bartlett said he would
soon announce other initia-
tives aimed at boosting the
key winter tourism season,
which starts December 15.


report dengue
San Juan

HEALTH officials in Mar-
tinique have declared a
dengue epidemic after more
than 1,000 suspected cases
were reported in the last
month, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Since August, about 1,300
people have been treated for
symptoms and 40 of them
have been hospitalized, some
for haemorrhaging, accord-
ing to a statement released
by Martinique's health
department on Friday. No
deaths have been reported,
according to local media.
There is no vaccination or
cure for the mosquito-borne
illness, which is also known as
break-bone fever because of
the severe joint pain it can
High fever, headaches and
nausea are common symp-
toms, and they often disap-
pear if the disease is caught in
time. Death is rare, according
to the US Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention.
Heavy rains contributed to
an increase in cases, accord-
ing to government officials,
who urged residents to prop-
erly discard of garbage
including tires, coconuts and
old refrigerators.
Fumigation efforts were
ordered in the northern and
southern parts of the island,
which have been the most
affected. Roughly 430,000
people live in Martinique, a
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OIn brief

System to
chance of rain
and storms
A TROPICAL distur-
bance in the Atlantic near the
Bahamas is expected to drift
west over South Florida with-
in the next day and increase
the chance of rain and thun-
derstorms through Thursday
for the Bahamas.
Officials at the National
Hurricane Centre did not
predict that the system would
become a more serious trop-
ical storm before it traveled
into the Gulf of Mexico.
However, there was a pos-
sibility that it could become
stronger after it entered the
The system brought bad
weather to New Providence
yesterday and was expected
to increase the chance of
The tropical disturbance is
part of the same weather sys-
tem that has produced anoth-
er disturbance near north
Yesterday the National
Hurricane Centre issued an
advisory on the system saying
that it had the potential for
subtropical or.tropical cyclone
formation over the next cou-
ple of days as it moves west-
ward over Florida and into
the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
The remnants of tropical
depression Ingrid, a trough
of low pressure, extended
from the eastern Caribbean
sea northward across the
northern Leeward Islands
into the Atlantic.
Redevelopment is not
expected during the next cou-
ple of days as this system
moves slowly northwestward.

Two more
over alleged
JFK terror plot
THE FBI and Guyana
police have questioned two
Shiite Muslim leaders they
say knew at least one of four
Caribbean nationals arrested
in an alleged plot to attack
New York's John F Kennedy
International Airport.
according to Associated Press.
The two unidentified
Guyanese men who were
not arrested also had been
in contact with a confidential
informant who is expected to
be a main' witness in the case,
Guyana Police Chief Henry
Greene said on Sunday.
The FBI and local police
interviewed the two men last
month and police say they
plan to question other peo-
ple who had contact with
those involved in the case.
In June, three men were
arrested in Trinidad and
accused of participating in a
Muslim terror cell that
planned to bomb a jet fuel
artery that runs through sev-
eral neighborhoods and feeds
the JFK airport. Abdul Kadir
and Abdel Nur of Guyana
and Kareem Ibrahim of
Trinidad are expected to
appeal an extradition order
to the United States in the
next two weeks.
A fourth suspect, US citi-
zen and Guyanese native
Russell Defreitas, had
worked as an airport cargo
handler and is in custody in
New York.

Paul Thompson presents action

olan to curb crime in schools

AN 11-point action plan to
make school premises more
secure has been submitted to
Education Minister Carl Bethel
in the wake of recent knife
attacks on students.
It seeks to cut on-campus
crime by improving infrastruc-
ture, controlling access to school
grounds and introducing
The plan was drawn up by
security consultant Paul
Thompson, a former assistant
police commissioner and one-
time security chief at Atlantis.
As general manager of Wem-
co Security, he toured all New
Providence schools to study
security arrangements and

believes his recommendations
would "vastly improve" school
Mr Thompson has now sent
copies of the plan to Mr Bethel,
Minister of Works Earl
Deveaux, Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest,
Police Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson, plus union and edu-
cation officials.
In it, he suggests improving
school environment and infra-
structure by installing proper
secure fencing and alarms,
clearing bushes to improve vis-
ibility and opening large gates
only for vehicles.
He also advocates use of
security personnel to control

campus access. Unifornms for
pupils and IDs for staff would
help this process, he says, along

with a visitors' logbook record-
ing all comings and goings.
Crime prevention patrols
must be frequent, with grounds
and perimeters under constant
surveillance. Installation of
patrol stations would ensure
checks were being made, espe-
cially on suspicious persons,
vehicles or circumstances.
Mr Thompson also stresses
in his report the importance of
developing intelligence by lias-
ing with students, teachers and
other school staff.
On the enforcement question,
Mr Thompson says: -"It is my
contention that all criminal mat-
ters, minor or major, must be
reported to the police for inves-

tigation and prosecution. No
deals are to be made merely to
protect the image of the school.
"Possession of weapons and
drugs, assaults and threats
against teachers and students
must be investigated and pros-
ecuted. The parents of the chil-
dren must be made to appear
in court. Criminal activity by
students should not be con-
doned. Any parent assaulting a
teacher on the campus should
be arrested and detained by
security personnel for the
Mr Thompson also believes
closed-ciruit cameras would be
useful, if only at the most trou-
blesome schools.

COB affiliates with college sports association

THE College of the Bahamas
has applied to become the first
member of the National Asso-
ciation of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics and the Florida Sun Con-
ference outside the United
Membership would mean a
regular schedule of matches
against the colleges in the con-
ference but as the College of the
Bahamas has not been accredit-
ed by the NAIA, full member-
ship cannot be granted.
However, in June this year
the Council of Affiliated Con-
ferences and Independents, a
committee within the NAIA
structure, met to consider the
position of the college and
made the decision to grant a
two-year exception in what
effectively amounts to affili-

ate membership in the confer-
The ruling means games
played between COB and Flori-
da Sun Conference schools will
count on the schools' records.
According to COB's admin-
istration, this is a huge step for-
ward for the college teams and
the athletes programme.
Florida Sun schools will be
far more motivated to arrange
fixtures with COB teams know-
ing that the results mean some-
thing that will count on their
records, they said.
This, in turn, will give COB
athletes more regular exposure
to international sporting com-
petition and will mean more
competitive teams.
COB expects that this will
also be excellent preparation

before joining the conference
proper in two years.
The college intends to steadi-
ly add sports and teams to the
programme and has also estab-
lished links with colleges and
universities in the United States
that have provided competition
and international exposure for
COB sports people.
COB hopes that in this way,
their athletes are able to mea-
sure themselves in competition
against athletes from similar-
sized schools in the United
States and can set benchmarks
for future progress and devel-
The college said it is carrying
out its mandate of attracting
Bahamians to college at home
while at the same time con-
necting them to the world.

Construction of downtown

legal complex considered

THE government is now con-
sidering plans for the construc-
tion of a legal complex in down-
town Nassau.
Minister of Works Earl
Deveaux and Minister of State
for Legal Affairs Desmond
Bannister have met to discuss
the plans for the complex -
which will house the Judiciary
Services, Registrar General and

the Licensing Authority.
The government said the pro-
ject is a deliberate effort to
make the three services an
"approved public authority"
with independent public service
Architect Arthur Colebrooke
presented the ministers and
Registrar General Shane Miller
with architectural drawings for

the complex, which \\ill ha\e
three floors one for each ser-
vice along with a building
maintenance area and more
than 300 parking spaces.
It will be located between
Market Street and East Street
north. The government said the
location ensures easy access
from the courts in Bank Lane
and on Nassau Street.

Shipping company expands operation

A SOUTH Florida company
that specialises in shipping to
the Bahamas is expanding its
operation to keep up with
According to an article by
Donna Balancia in Florida
Today, G&G Shipping expects
to have a presence at Port
Canaveral soon.
"As the Dania Beach-based
company expands, it is looking
for other ports from which it
can operate its general cargo
business. And Port Canaveral
is at the top of the list," the
report said.
It said the company is aim-
ing to expand its work force by
more than 100 employees and
acquire two new vessels.
The report said: "The com-
pany specialises in shipping to
the Bahamas and other nearby
islands. It ships everything from
personal effects and groceries

to commodities and furniture.
Other items include construc-
tion materials, rebar and any-
thing necessary for the islands'
development, including school
buses and boats."
It quoted G&G chief of oper-
ations Jim Hampel as saying
that the cargo business began
with only one customer, who
said: "Hey, we have something
to get to islands."
"After that it blossomed into
a cargo-charter business that
shipped people and products -
including tires."
"There's a lot of stuff they
need in the Bahamas," Mr
Hampel reportedly said.
The company currently has a
10 vessel fleet.
"We have to keep up with
demand," Mr Hampel said.
"The market has been
Bahamas, and the Turks and
Caicos. There's tremendous

development throughout all of
those islands."
The Florida Today report
said Canaveral Port Authority
chief executive officer Stan
Payne welcomed the move.
"It's a win-win situation." Mr
Payne said. "And we like this
company because it's a local
success story. That makes it that
much better. But this is a new
kind of business for us, and it
will add variety to our cargo
He said Canaveral Port
Authority will hold a vote on
whether to approve a three-year
lease with G&G.


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Men's and women's basket-
ball teams have gone to play
against college teams in Palm
Beach and New York City
while the men's and women's
soccer teams have been to Flori-
da and Turks and Caicos
In addition, the embryo track
and field team completed in the
Northwestern Track Classic and
the Seminole Twilight meet in

Florida in the Spring of 2007.
The athletics programme at
the college has been expanded
over the past two years.
Athletics director Greg Har-
shaw was appointed in 2005
with a mandate to create a pro-
gramme of inter-collegiate
sports that would enable young
Bahamians to participate in var-
sity athletics without having to
study abroad.

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Being Bound to Swear to Tl' Dogmas of No Master

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The truth behind civil service hirings

Mitchell his party the PLP was foolish to
follow the Ingraham government's 2001 policy.
which put a moratorium on civil service hirings.
According to Mr Mitchell this is what cost the
PLP the election.
We do not agree with Mr Mitchell. At least
give Mr Christie credit when he shows some
wisdom. As prime minister, Mr Christie knew
that the Bahamas' economy could not support
enlarging an already bloated civil service. It was
just before this year's election that the hiring
moratorium was lifted, obviously in the hope
that it would influence the election.
It is also obvious that Mr Christie was aware
that the country could not afford to sustain for
any length of time the extra charge on the Trea-
sury. Hence the short term contracts given out
just before the election. It is also obvious that if
the Christie government had won the election,
the state of the Treasury was such that it would
have been forced not to renew the issued con-
tracts once they had expired. This in fact, is
what the FNM government, as prudent admin-
istrators of the people's business, has been forced
to do. The PLP government would have had to
have done the same if it were in power. And so
the PLP'gave out short term contracts. This was
its escape route from an onerous burden. The
Ingraham government took their route.'
There was someone else in the public service
who also knew that the country could not afford
what they considered reckless decisions being
made by the Christie government just before
the election more staff being added to the civ-
il service than the country could afford, and
contracts being signed that were beyond the
country's means. And so one day, not long
before the election, we received an alarming
telephone call. The caller told us what was hap-
pening and predicted the crisis Mr Ingraham
would face should he win the election. Well, Mr
Ingraham. as we all know, won the election and
it is this crisis with which he is now grappling.
The Ingraham government waited until the
PLP's short-term contracts expired. It then
declined to renew them. Yes, there are many
persons out of a government job. But, on the
long stretch there would have been many more
lost jobs if government had taken on the extra
civil service-salaries that the country could not
Even Public Service Union president John
Pinder had to admit that the 40 extra persons
employed as civil servants with the Ministry of
Education, who received letters saying their ser-
vices were no longer needed after the end of
this month, had not been laid off. How could
anyone be laid off if they were never properly
hired? Mr Pinder asked.
And several single mothers, laid off by the
Ministry of Works, told a Tribune reporter that

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their termination letter was the first letter they
had received from the Ministry. The Ministry
had told them that they would receive a letter to
confirm their employment. That letter never
came. They said that when hired they were not
told that their employment was temporary.
They were a part of a group of 47 persons
hired by the Ministry of Works between April I(
and 30 for a May 2 election.
Minister Earl Deveaux, who had the unl'fo
tunate task of breaking the bad news to the
many improperly hired workers, said that of
that number 27 of them had just been told to "go
to work." There had been no approval from the
department of public personnel and no financial
We were recefitly talking to a person w ho had
intimate knowledge about government's
"At present," he said, "there are about 32,000
persons in the civil service, approximately 15,000
of those are teachers.
"When the UBP was voted from go\ einment
in 1967 there was $33 million in the bank and the
national debt was $50 million.
"The PLP," he said, "never had any eco-
nomic policy; they were always swayed by polit-
ical considerations. The FNM has some ecc-
nomic policy, but also considers political impli-
cations. They can, therefore, be considered to be
better than the PLP.
"Of the total budget today 60 per cent goes to
pay civil servants: 28 per cent to service the for-
eign debt and pay for such cash cows as Bahama-
sair. ZNS and the Water and Sewerage ('orpo-
"This leaves just 12 per cent of the Budget to
run the rest of the country and pay for all devel-
opments schools, airports, docks, roads, etc.
Therefore, the margin for needed projects is
very limited.
"When the FNM took over the government
in 1992 it was discovered that the first PLP gov-
ernment had written $60 million worth of
cheques, which were filed away in cabinets. The\
could not be ca hed because there was no motn-
ey to back them. It was then that it was esti-
mated that the country was just 15 to 18 months
away from devaluation."
And, yet in view of this grim picture. just
three months before the May election,l the
Christie government signed a contract for $23
million to build a new straw market for 600 \ en-
Where was tl'e money to come from? No
wonder the Ingraham government cancelled the
straw market contract, and stopped all other
contracts signed by the Christie government for
closer examination.
It was fortunate that the FNM took the gov-
ernment back this year it's what one would
call being saved by the bell.

The Economic

Freedom of the

World report

EDITOR, The Tribune.
ACCORDING to the Eco-
nomic Freedom of the World:
2007 Annual Report released
last week, Hong Kong and
Singapore topped the inter-
national rankings for eco-
nomic freedom while Zim-
babwe and Myanmar (for
merely Burma) had the lowest
ratings of the 141 countries
measured. The Bahamas was
ranked 44.
Other top performers were
New Zealand, Switzerland,
Canada, the United Kingdom
and the USA, The majority
ranked near the bottom were
African nations with the
exception of Venezuela.
Economic Freedom of the
World measures the degree to
which the policies and institu-
tions of countries are sup-
portive of economic freedom.
The full report is available at
www. freetheworld.com
A news release about the
report issued by l'he Fraser
Institute in Canada noted that
the cornerstones of economic
freedom are personal choice,
voluntary exchange, freedom
to compete, and security of
property: and research shows
that individuals living in coun-
tries with high levels of eco-
nomic freedom enjoy higher
levels of prosperity greater
individual freedoms, and
longer life spans.
The annual peer-review
report uses 42 different mea-
sures to create an index rank-
ing countries around the world
based on policies that encour-
age economic freedom. The
key components measured
were size of government: legal
st ructures and"security of
property rights: access to
sound mnonc\: fi cedonl to
trade internationally: and reg-
ulation of credit, labour and
Lead author of the report
and a Professor at Florida
State University, James
Gwartnev, states "weakness
in the rule of law and proper-
ty rights is particularly pro-
nounced in sub-Saharan
Africa. in many parts of the
Middle- East. and for several
nations that were part of the
former Soviet Bloc although
some of these nations have
shown improvement". He
added that "many Latin
American and Southeast
Asian nations also score poor-



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rights....and these tend to
score poorly in the trade and
regulation categories".
It is noteworthy that, even
though in absolute terms its
scores have improved, the
Bahamas' relative standing
among countries included in
the data has progressively
declined since 1980. Although

it remains in the top third, a
long standing democracy like
the Bahamas should do even
Greater economic freedom
will benefit all its citizens. We
should all be vigilant in seek-
ing to ensure that our elected
representatives and others in
positions of influence do all
in their power to increase it.

September 11. 2007.

'We have never seen likes of

such ridiculous behaviour by

any Opposition in the past'

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ALTHOUGH the General Elections are over and a govern-
ment has been elected, we in The Bahamas, unlike other coun-
tries in the Caribbean and elsewhere, are being bombarded by
power-hungry individuals holding rallies at a place where fights
are usually staged in order to preach their divisive tactics. We in
this country have never before seen the likes of such ridiculous
behavioul by any Opposition in the past.
The problem is why does ZNS have to cover these old tired
worn out speeches which are intended to incite divisiveness
instead of covering uplifting stories by persons who have the
peace and prosperity of the Bahamas at heart? Why is it that
these people do not know their role is to co-operate with the
government of the day? It seems that it does not matter to
them that their tactics are sending the wrong signals to the
youth of the nation and other misguided persons who carry
our unlawful acts against other law-abiding persons in our
As regards the people hired just prior to the elections without
conforming to financial and establishment procedures, anyone
who does such a thing was "pulling the wool over the eyes" of
unsuspecting people who thought they were getting real jobs.
Apparently these persons were taken on under the Temporary
Item at the bottom of the Payroll Sheet which is used primari-
ly for temporary workers, eg persons engaged to substitute for
staff on vacation for a limited time only, or for a task to be com-
pleted within a specific time frame.
There is no automatic transfer to the regular established staff
complement as there are establishment and financial provi-
sions which must be complied with as well as other qualifications.
Unfortunately these people were taken advantage of and were
misled by persons who should have known better.
They are the ones now making noise for their own incompe-
It occurred to me that this was probably the topic over which
the person who wrote that publicized "nasty" website note was
relating to.
I could be wrong, but there seems to be a correlation.
The person would be someone who had some interest in or
connection with the subject matter.
In order to determine the culprit, the person would have to be
overly sensitive who usually takes matters out of all proportion.
This would effectively eliminate staff and visitors to the House
of Assembly. You will also recall that there was one person,
when dismissing such an outlandish letter, instead made refer-
ence to the fate of persons engaged in the Public Service, whose
service was ending precisely because of the temporary nature
of their employment.
The person then sought to cast aspersions on the Government
that had nothing to do with the erroneous engagements. The
public can draw its own conclusions.
May God's richest blessings be upon us in this land and shield
us from those who wish to hurt.

September 13. 2007.

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Jamaican PM
seeks review of
electoral system
FORMER Prime Minister
Portia Simpson Miller told a
group of supporters Sunday
that Jamaica's electoral sys-
tem is flawed and called for
an investigation, in her first
public address since narrow-
ly losing in general elections,
according to Associated
Simpson Miller conceded
defeat a day after the Sep-
tember 3 vote, in which new
Prime Minister Bruce Gold-
ing's Jamaica Labor Party
won a 33-27 majority in par-
In addressing the annual
conference of her People's
National Party, or PNP,
Simpson Miller said she has
asked the independent,
bipartisan Electoral Adviso-
ry Committee to review the
election process.
"No one can deny that we
have made many strides,"
she said, "but the system is
not perfect."
While reiterating that she
accepted her party's defeat,
Simpson Miller questioned
the results of several races
and said PNP supporters
were turned away from
polling stations because they
were not on voter lists, some-
thing Jamaica's electoral
office has denied.
In St Mary parish, a par-
liament seat was decided
without the counting of votes
found in two misplaced bal-
lot boxes. A judge later ruled
that the votes would not
have altered election results.
International monitors
have said the vote appeared
to be free and fair.

advocate gets
Purto Rican
citizenship ID
San Juan
pendence advocate received
the first certificate of Puerto
Rican citizenship on Friday,
in a move that activists hope
will invigorate the island's
sluggish movement for auton-
omy from the United States,
according to Associated Press.
Juan Mari Bras, 79, a retired
attorney who is the elder
statesman of Puerto Rico's
independence movement, was
handed the document by Sec-
retary of State Femando Bonil-
la during a short ceremony in
the capital of San Juan.
"For me, ours is a national
citizenship. For that reason, I
receive this certificate with
joy and pride," Mari Bras
said, adding that it should
revive debate over the
island's political relationship
with Washington.
Mari Bras, whose right to
vote in Puerto Rico was chal-
lenged because he had
renounced his US citizenship
in 1994, fought a long court
battle to gain the citizenship
Puerto Rico's State Depart-
issue Mari Bras the certificate
after reviewing a nearly
decade-old ruling by the
island's Supreme Court that
found a "local citizenship" does
exist in the US commonwealth.
The certificate will be good
for legal purposes of identifi-
cation within the island but
will not be recognized as a
travel document since
islanders are US citizens.
Roughly 600 people have
so far requested their own
certificates, Bonilla said.



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Crown land should be available

for farmers, says rights activist

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A well-known
Grand Bahama resident
expressed outrage that Crown
Land is not being made readily
available to Bahamians for
farming when hundreds of acres
are being "given away" to, for-
"It is totally unethical,
immoral, what we are allowing
to happen in our country," said
former educator Joseph
Darville, a human rights activist
on Grand Bahama.
"I look at what is happening,
and I am not blaming any gov-
ernment. But if you go down to
West End, I get sick every time
I go there.
"We got a stretch of land
stretching from Bootle Bay all

the way down to West End that
has been literally given away to
foreigners. The price that we
should have gotten from that
land, all of us should be sitting
pretty," he said.
Mr Darville was speaking at*a
town meeting held in Freeport
for farmers and fishermen.
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources Larry
Cartwright and other ministry
officials were present to take
note of concerns on Grand
Mr Darville was shocked to
learn that the average age of
Bahamian farmers is 55 to 60
years old. He said the country is
in trouble.
Minister Cartwright said that
there is a need for more farmers
in the Bahamas. He assured
those gathered that land is avail-
able for farming in Grand

Teen pageant seeks entrants

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THE Cindy Maria Thomp-
son Miss Teen Bahamas com-
petition is celebrating 15
years in existence.
Pageant organizers are
inviting all young ladies who
are intelligent, beautiful, ener-
getic, driven by pride and
inspired to represent the

Bahamas to the best of their
ability, to make an applica-
tion for the 2007/2008 pro-.
The CMT Miss Teen
Bahamas programme will
hold its first meeting on Sat-
urday, September 23 at Bally
Total Fitness at 3pm.

He noted that the govern-
ment plans to establish an agri-
cultural demonstration unit on
Andros to train potential farm-
ers. The unit will provide train-
ing in crop and livestock farm-
Mr Cartwright explained that
the island of Andros is the ide-
al location for such a unit
because of the abundance of
land and the fact that it is rarely
hit by hurricanes.
Persons interested in farm-
ing, he said, will be sent to
Andros to learn about green
house farming, and sheep, pig,
and goat farming.
However, Mr Darville said
he feels that a unit should be
created on Grand Bahama.
"Grand Bahama has the sec-
ond largest population in the
Bahamas. We have a significant

amount of land available in GB,
why couldn't consideration be
given to Grand Bahama for
such a unit?" He asked.
Mr Darville has been agitat-
ing and writing letters to the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
and government for many years
expressing concern about the
need for land in Grand Bahama
to be put aside for future gen-
erations to farm.
"If you talking about 55 to 60
years being the average age of
farmers in this country, we are
not going to survive.
"We could be cut off and our
people don't know how to sur-
vive. They don't know how to
plant a seed and our education-
al system is producing people
who are illiterates.
"You and I have been in the
(education) system and know
what is happening. What is the

reason we are not giving them
the tools with which to produce
something from the land?
"God gave us this earth to
produce from it. We are ignor-
ing that, and that is why we are
suffering to the extent that we
are, and will continue to suffer
in that regard.
"We cannot continue to give
our land away to foreigners. I
mean, I see (Bahamian) people
struggling all the time to get a
few acres of Crown Land.
"They got their plans laid
out and yet they cannot get a
piece of land to farm on. And
we could give away hundreds
of acres to foreigners who
come here and make millions
on it.
"We cannot go that route any
more. That is immoral, that is
wrong, and it is against God's
gift to us," he said.

Student arrested in Rhode Island over stabbing

A Bahamian college student
has been arrested in connection
with a stabbing incident at a
Rhode Island night club.
Antinori D Buttertield, 2)0,
has been charged with disor-
derly conduct and simple assault
along with Troy D Whorms-
Chotan, 22.
Whorms-Chotan, originally
from the Cayman Islands, has
been in the United States since
May. Butterfield is said to have
arrived earlier this month from
the Bahamas.
It is alleged that Whorms-
Chotan and Butterfield. stu-
dents at the New England Insti-
tute of Technology, attended a
dance hosted by the Cape

Verdean Students Association
and were involved in a fight.
Rhode Island Police are
reportedly still searching for the
person responsible for the stab-
bing but they believe the fight
prompted other attendees to
commit violent acts.
Police arrested the two men
on Thursday in conjunction
with the stabbing at the Memo-
rial Union dance.
University of Rhode Island
sophomore, Charles Yinusa,
who was stabbed in the
abdomen, has reportedly iden-
tified some of his alleged attack-
ers through photographs.
Police have not released the
cause of the altercation.

Later that night, around lam,
police say Yinusa told an officer
at the dance he had been
stabbed and was then taken to
South County Hospital.
The object with which the vic-
tim was stabbed has not been
Yinusa has since been
released from hospital.
Both men, who were arrested
by the URI and Warwick
police, appeared in District
Court on Friday and plead not
Judge Rafael A Ovalles
granted Whorms-Chotan and
Butterfield on $5,000 personal

Eight Mile Rock home destroyed by fire

Tribune Freeport Reporter
AN early morning blaze has
left a 35-year-old Eight Mile
Rock man homeless.
Samuel Smith, a resident of
the Sea Grape area, lost all of
his belongings yesterday when
his single-story wooden home
was consumed by fire some
time after 2am.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said the Police Dis-
patch Centre in Freeport
received a report of a fire at
Eight Mile Rock around
Two fire units were dispatch
to the scene. On arrival, fire-
men reportedly observed a five-
room structure completely
engulfed in flames.
The blaze was quickly extin-
guished. However the entire
building and its contents were
already destroyed.
The house, which was owned
and occupied by Mr Smith, was
uninsured. It had been badly
damaged by the hurricanes of

2004 and 2005 and had no elec-
trical supply.
Mr Smith told firemen that
he was not at home when the
fire started and had no idea
what may have caused it.

He explained that he did his
cooking in the yard and only
slept in the house.
Mr Rahming said that an
investigation is underway to
determine the cause of the fire.

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
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of Highland Park,
Nassau, The Bahamas
will be held on Friday,
21st September, 2007
at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Sam Mikhael will _
officiate and interment
will follow in Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, East
Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mr. Sweeting was pre-deceased by his parents,
Captain Howard Sweeting and Mrs. Flora
Sweeting and his brothers, Kenneth and Patrick.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, daughter,
Deborah, son Christopher and granddaughter,
Brittany; his brother, Dr. Sidney Sweeting; his
sister, Clio Sweeting; sisters-in-law, Patricia, Thiry,
Ruby, Valeria. Myrtle, Dot, Beryl and Violet;
brothers-in-law, Alec and Albert; his aunts and
uncles, Aunt Louise, Aunt Venie, Aunt Mary and
her daughter, Julia, Aunt Irene, Aunt Josie, Uncle
Jack and Aunt Thelma and their daughter, Beth,
her husband,Burnice and son Briandon and other
daughter, Marilou and their families; neices,
Jennifer, Karen, Diane, Esther, Brenda, Sharon,
Colleen, Marlene, Connie, Tonya, Lisa, Dot,
Tammy, Ruthie, Tricia and their families; nephews.
Patrick, his wife, Cynthia and son Ryan. Andrew
and his wife, Carla and daughter, Christie, Hector,
Craig, Robert, Cliff, Timmy, Michael and their

His special and faithful dog and friend-Brandy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O.Box S.S.
6539, Nassau in Memory of Mr. Jack R. Sweeting.

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



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The history of Bahamas bootlegging

and the Nassau life that it created

Here's to the bootleggers of
the Bahamas,
Who sit on r\'e kegs, resting
feet on beer kegs,
Singing 'yes, we want no
--bootlegger's toast

Ever heard of the
Bahama Queen?
Not a mailboat, but a flesh
and blood woman who, for a
few years during the "Roaring
Twenties", became an interna-
tional celebrity as a bootlegger
in Nassau.
Gertrude Lythgoe was the
only woman to hold a whole-
sale liquor licence here at a
time when women were to be
seen and not heard. Her auto-
biography has just been repub-
lished along with the mem-
oirs of several other rum-run-
ners by Flat Hammock Press,
which says its mission is "to sal-
vage many of the maritime clas-
sics of the past and introduce
them and the authors to today's
Most of these accounts have
long been out of print. But now
they have been updated for
modern readers with added
insight, information and pho-
tographs. For example, Lyth-
goe's brief memoir (available
in local bookstores or from
Media Enterprises -
includes the full series of
newspaper articles that made
her famous.

n those days, the Bahamas
was considered a "land of
rascals, rogues and peddlers"
(no comments from the peanut
gallery please). And according
Sto the London Daily News, Bay
Street was little more than a
row of "crazy old liquor stores,
unpainted and dilapidated,
(that) have given it the nick-
name of booze avenue."
As you might imagine, liquor
smuggling was big business back
then and it attracted a variety
of adventurers, renegades and

entrepreneurs to little old Nas-
sau. Gertrude Lythgoe, the
newspapers wrote, "stands
alone and fearless a woman
who would grace any London
drawing room...she has com-
manded the, respect and
homage of this motley and dubi-
ous throng, (and) is known in
the trade as 'the queen of the
Buying and selling liquor was
never a crime in the British
Empire, but the temperance
movement in America managed

Perhaps an even
better measure of
the demand for
alcohol was the
fact that American
doctors earned
$40 million
in 1928 by
writing whiskey

to pass legislation in 1919, over
a presidential veto, banning the
sale and consumption of alco-
hol. So for 13 long years the
FBI and the US Coast Guard
fought a rough and tumble war
to'stem the flow of illegal liquor
from Canada. Mexico, Cuba
and the Bahamas.
According to an official Coast
Guard history, "Enormous
profits were to be made, with
stories of 700 per cent or more
for the more popular Scotch or
Cognac. Probably the only reli-
able clue to the extent of the
trade were the statistics on
liquor passing through Nassau
en route to the US: 50,000
quarts in 1917 to 10,000,000 in

perhaps an even better
measure of the demand
for alcohol was the fact that
American doctors earned $40

million in 1928 by writing
whiskey prescriptions. And the
legal exception for sacramental
wine was equally abused.
Publisher Robert McKenna
says the Prohibition period was
"so unbelievable that most
Americans do not understand
what happened. It was brought
about by a well-organized
movement and led to a polar-
ized political and social climate.
The first heroes of this era were
the rum-runners, lawbreakers
who were viewed as Robin
Hood-like figures."
One was a Florida boat-
builder named Bill McCoy,
whose liquor could always
be relied upon to be the best,
or "the real McCoy." A non-
drinker himself, McCoy start-
ed out by hauling rum from
Bimini to Miami. And Tough
Call's grandfather a strict
Methodist teetotaller was on
Bimini at the time as an
agent for 'Pop' Symonette's
liquor business. He tasted the
liquid that arrived in barrels to
make sure it was rum and
then spat it out.
But as the Coast Guard
became more effective, the rum
runners changed their tactics -
stationing their British-regis-
tered ships just outside the US
three-mile limit, waiting for the
well-informed to come to them.
McCoy was the popularly
accepted "founder" of Rum
Row, which was a regular sight
all along the eastern seaboard
until the US extended its terri-
torial waters to 12 miles in the

McCoy's bootlegging
exploits were
immortalised by Robert Ripley,
in his hugely popular newspaper

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column 'Believe It Or Not', dur-
ing the 1940s. And from her
autobiography it is clear that
Gertrude Lythgoe carried a big
torch for him.
She was the daughter of
British immigrants to the US
and began her career as a sec-
retary in California. Later she
landed a job with a London
import-export firm and when
Prohibition was declared -
went to Nassau to represent
whiskey suppliers. From a rent-
ed warehouse on Market Street
and a room at the old Lucerne
Hotel on Frederick Street she
built a thriving business.
The Lucerne was opened in
1913 by Ron Lightbourn's
grandfather, Roger Moore
Lightbourn. And during the
1920s, it was known as the boot-

A government
inquiry found that,
juvenile vagrancy
and crime
were rampant,
accompanied by
drinking, bad
language and
vandalism, leading
to the establishment
of the Boy's
Industrial School
in 1928.

leggers HQ: "All types and
nationalities conversed on the
front verandah waiting for the
ringing of the. dinner bell,"
Gertrude recalled in her mem-
oir. "Many newspaper reporters
and feature writers sat by the
hour gathering rich material to
be woven into fiction."
The characters she knew
included champion beer
drinker Big Dutch; a represen-
tative of an English tobacco
firm "who passes directly to his
room with a very important and
upstage attitude"; Tony, the
scion of a wealthy Philadelphia

family who spoke seven lan-
guages but was rarely sober; a
Palm Beach society parasite
known as the count; a pompous
British army major; and a cow-
boy called Tex with a weakness
for wine, women and song.

t the time and per-
haps appropriately -
the Lucerne was run by an
American nurse named
Dorothy Donnelle, whose pre-
vious engagement had been at
an insane asylum in Indiana.
Her affectionate nickname was
In her book, Gertrude
describes a typical car trip
around New Providence shortly
after her arrival: "We started
from Bay Street, with its row of
little shops, on past the site for
the 300-room (Old Colonial)
hotel, by the esplanade, Fort
Charlotte, past beautiful white
beaches until we came to the
caves...we then passed a stretch
of scrub palm trees, sisal and a
few houses...We returned by way
of the Queen's Staircase...and
passed a prison constructed of
native stone containing 101
cells...then we passed the quite
modern Bahama General Hos-
pital... (arriving) back at the
hotel ready for more daiquiri
cocktails and dinner."
Perhaps Gertrude's biggest
claim to fame was the journey
she undertook with the real
McCoy to Rum Row, supervising
her own whiskey consignment. It
was on the Arethusa, a Glouces-
ter-built schooner that McCoy
had bought for $21,000 but which
took in $100,000 per voyage. Off
the New Jersey coast, as many
as 60 ships could be seen at one
time on Rum Row.

This floating communi-
ty was completely law-
less, and many crews armed
themselves against both gov-
ernment enforcers and fellow
smugglers, who would some-
times sink a ship and hijack its
cargo rather than make the run
for fresh supplies. But according
to Gertrude, McCoy was ever
the perfect gentleman a man
"of the superior business type,
he had not time for dissipating
or for celebrating when in port,"
she wrote approvingly.
McCoy retired in the mid-
1920s to live on his fortune fol-
lowing a brief prison term, and
died in 1948. Gertrude moved


to Miami and also lived in New
York and Detroit, where she
became a pioneer in the car
rental business. The Wall Street
Journal estimated her worth at
millions, but no-one really
knew. She died in 1974 at the
age of 86.
Meanwhile, the decrepit
Lucerne Hotel site of many a
drinking party and "orgy" (as
Sir Etienne Dupuch described
the goings on there) was
pulled down soon after its own-
er, Roger Lightbourn, died in
1956. It was replaced by a bor-
ing building called Norfolk

Nassau as we know it
today is largely a cre-
ation of the revenue earned
from bootlegging. The harbour
was dredged in 1923, with the
spoil used to create Clifford
Park; water was piped from the
western well fields to a new
tower on Fort Fincastle hill;
electricity supply was expand-
ed; roads were tarred and the
first sewerage system was
installed in 1930.
A nine-hole golf course
opened near Fort Charlotte and
the new Hotel Colonial was the
centre of Nassau's social life.
Nearby Paradise Island beach
became a major attraction
for tourists, many of whom
arrived on the first air passenger
services from Miami.
But just as we are experi-
encing today there was a
seamier side to the prosperity.
A government inquiry found
that juvenile vagrancy and
crime were rampant, accompa-
nied by drinking, bad language
and vandalism, leading to the
establishment of the Boy's
Industrial School in 1928.
When Prohibition ended in
1933, most of the vagabonds
and entrepreneurs vanished.
But some, like Pop Symonette
and George Murphy, parlayed
their profits into huge business
and political empires. And my
grandfather? Well, he stayed on
to become a district commis-
sioner at Bimini, and despite
meeting a lot of hard drinkers
along the way (including Ernest
Hemingway), he never touched
a drop until the day he died in
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marks 34th
of joining UN
\ 'STl RDAY marked the
34th anniversary of the
Bahamas being admitted to
the I lunted Naitions.
h'e Bahamas became a
member of the international
organisation on September
18. 1973 just two months
after gaining Independence
from the United Kingdom on
July 10.
At the UN, the Bahamas is
a member of a series of inter-
locking and complementary
political groupings, through
which it pursues its objectives,
including the Caribbean Com-
munity. the Group of Latin
American and Caribbean
States, the Alliance of Small
Island States, -the Forum of
Small States, the Group of 77
and China, and the Non-
Aligned Movement.
Last year the Bahamas was
sharply criticised by certain
factions ftor voting in support
of Cuba's ascension to the new
UN Human Rights Council.

Police officer
accused of
killing chief
is jailed

San Juan
A POLICE sergeant in
southern Puerto Rico who
allegedly gunned down his
supervisor over a dispute
about work scheduling was
jailed Friday after he could
not post $200,000 bail, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
A judge on Thursday
issued an arrest warrant for
Sgt Carmelo Ramos Soto in
the killing of Lt Jesus Fer-
nandez Hernandez in a Yabu-
coa police precinct. Police say
Ramos shot Fernandez sev-
eral times with his police-
issued pistol after they argued
in a weekly meeting.
Ramos told reporters he act-.
ed in self-defence, but prose-
cutor Luis Rios called the
killing premeditated and said
more than five witnesses dis-
pute the accused officer's story.

National Literacy

Service gives gift

of reading


matter what age

* By Bahamas Information
AFI' R leaving school in Cal
Island in grade one Jacob Stra-
chan never thought he would
be a student again.
Now in his 50s, he has been
given a chance to learn lhow to
read thanks to the National Lit
eracy Services.
And with the chance to
become literate came from a
job offer from educator Di Olga
"At the time she offered me
the job, I was not able to man-
age the job," Mr Strachan said,
"so, I told her that my reading
level was 'out of it' and my
spelling level was 'out of it' Ior
that type of joh, which was a
secretary for a prison fellow
"She asked me if I would like
to enroll in a literacy pro-
gramme to further learn how to
read and help myself, and I told
her yes."
Mr Strachan says Dr Clarke
did the groundwork for him and
told him to go to the National
Literacy Services (NLS). where
he took an evaluation lest of
competency in reading and writ-
After NLS staff worked out
the best path to his goal. Mr
Strachan bought books and was
assigned to a tutor.
That was 2005.
"I started on Book One and
now I am halfway through
Book Four," Mr Strachan said.
"Hopefully. when 1 finish that. 1
will do the BJC (Bahamas
Junior Certificate exams)."
Mr Strachan said his reading
is already better than it was two
years ago, adding that this
.makes him feel good about hinm


A man in his 50s a

self-proclaimed 'bad boy'

- has proved that it's

never too late to learn

self and helps greatly in his dai-
lv life.
"When someone used to send
me to the food store, for a cer-
tain item, if the item didn't have
a picture on it. I was not able to
pick it up." Mlr Strachan said.
"I had to ask somebody, would d
vou show me where this is or
what this is?' after 1 give them
the name of the item.
"Now. all I have to do is ask
which aisle the item is in and I
could just go and pick it up. I
think that's a great achievement
for me."
In the past. MIr Strachan said.
his reading competency affected
his ability to even get into the
door for most jobs.
"There were a lot of times I
went to fill out forms to enquire
on a job and the form was put in
front of me. I would say that I
would have to bring the form
back tonmoiio\v and I would
novel o back." he said.
Mi Stiachan currently is
employed in the post Dr lakeie
offered him..
He s:id that he would tell
anoine interested in leaIcning
how to read that it is ne\ ci too
You would just have to look
at the mnnhber of senior citli/ens

who are going to college these
days, in the United States, he
"I don't thank age matters. If
vou wanted to, all you have to
do is put into your mind that '1
want this' and set your mind to
it. I think that anything you set
vour mind to. you can do it."
Mr Strachan says that he was
a "bad boy" during the years
he should have been in school
and that this kept him from get-
ting back into the education sys-
However, he said he would
not encourage any other young
men to do the same, because of
the pitfalls they will encounter
in their future.
"When you are at a certain
level of education, you can only
see so far." he says. "The more
vou get. the further you calln see
on the inside.
"I would e ncoum age anyl
young person who is in school.
who is 'traveling the road' like
I used to travel in my young
days to give that up. .In the
end, it will not pay off. The only
thing that would let you do is
have you hanging out on the
blocks, smoking dope. getting
locked up. going to prison.
because anyone could come and

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., -- +--- .,- -..,- '-... - . .. -... ./ ,
ADULT LITERACY student Jacob Strachan and his tutor Mary

say to yon. 'Man. let's go do
that.' You aren't thinking
because you wouldn't have that
strong ability to say. "No..I am
not going that way'."
"If you have that solid foun-
dation in education, your mind
is on a different level." Mr Stra-
chan said.
Established on September 9,
1 9))) the Ministry of Education,
Youth. Sports and Culture's
NLS provides adult and family
liter ac sen cices, empowering
;idult and their families with
the literacy skills and practices
thev Imaxy need to become funC-
tionally literate.
Its Adult Literacy Pro-
giamme provides confidential
tutoring in basic reading and
writing skills. emphasising per-
sonlal. orn-oll--one attention in a
non -colpetitive emn\ironnient.
The programmne, which is now\
t'lc'lde'd to the Fain ly I islands.

assists adults in the workplace,
who lack fundamental literacy
skills, as well as students who
left school without acquiring
basic reading skills.



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Data set to be collected on

jobs and wages next month

oln brief

makes its
debut in the

THIE government is moving
to collect information on the
labour force that will be "cru-
cial" for future policy making.
It was announced yesterday
that Department of Statistics
will conduct an occupational
and wage survey beginning on
October 1 and ending in Janu-
ary. 2008.
"The objective of the survey
is to generate and disseminate
statistics on remuneration by
occupational category and type
of economic activity," said the
government in a statement.
"The data from this survey are

SHE'S soothed the shoulders
of celebrities and CEOs before
managing floating spas on some
of the world's finest cruise ships.
Now, Spain's Virginia Lara
'Vicky' Perez is joining the exclu-
sive award-winning Mandara
Spa at Atlantis, voted one of the
world's top 10 "Best for Casino
Hotel" in the 2007 Spa Finder's
Readers' Choice Awards.
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intended to improve the avail-
ability and quality of timely
labour market information for
crucial policy formulation for
the government, trade unions
and employers."
Interviewers from the depart-
ment will visit businesses in
New Providence and Grand
Bahama to obtain the data.
According to the department,
the survey will collect informa-
tion on the pay period ending
September 30, 2007.
In New Providence. 578 busi-
nesses will be covered along
with 175 in Grand Bahama.

Perez join the team of profes-
sionals at NMlandara Spa." said
Youlanda I)eveaux, regional
vice president of Bahamas and
Caribbean Mandara Spa. "Ms
Perez brings a wealth of inter-
national experience and a new
dimension coming from Europe.
"I'm certain her personality,
charm and bilingual skills in
addition to her international
management skills and high-end
guest services experience will
be tremendous assets to Man-
dara Spa."
Perez began her career as a
massage therapist to royals and
celebrities at London's presti-
gious Mandarin Oriental Hotel
overlooking England's famous
Hyde Park.
Two years later, she was invit-
ed to join Elizabeth Arden's Red
Door Spa in London, specialis-
ing in a variety of treatments.
During her time at the Red
Door, Perez's style and tech-
niques were so popular she was

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Together, the two islands con-
lain 85 per cent of the total pop-
ulation and businesses, the gov-
ernment said.
The following information
will be collected:
Total number of employ-
Employment by occupation
Sex of employees
Normal hours worked
Actual hours worked
Full and part-time employ-
Vacancies by occupation
Employment by nationality

Entry level educational
Short term occupational
needs of business
The industries to be covered
Mining and quarrying
Electricity, gas and water
Wholesale and retail trade,
repair of motor vehicle, motor-
cycles and personal household
T'ransporl. storage and com-

Financial mediation
Real estate, renting and
business activities
Education (private)
Health and social work (pri-
The government is encourag-
ing the business community to
work with the department in its
effort to produce timely, reli-
able and accurate data.
"The department takes this
opportunity to thank the busi-
ness establishments for their co-
operation in the upcoming sur-
vey and all other surveys," said
a spokesperson.

featured in local print and
broadcast media.
In 2000, she joined Steiner
Transoccan Ltd, the largest spa
operator in the world with spas
on over 90 cruise ships.
She was promoted to manag-
er, overseeing spa operations
on various ships throughout the ..
Western Hemisphere and later
in the East.
While most of her training
was in London, Perez received
her Advanced Thai Massage
Certification in Bangkok.
The exclusive Mandara Spa
with its famous glass bridge,
grand spiral staircase and high
streaming waterfalls is sprawled
over 30,000 square feet near the
Cove. Atlantis.
Inspired by European and
Asian cultures. Mandara Spa is
known for merging ancient
Balinese healing techniques .
with traditional therapies and .
elements natural to the

Public demands action on fire hydrant

the public who use
Eastern Road say
they are very
annoyed that the
recurring problem
of a burst fire
hydrant has still not
been addressed.
They noted that
not only is it a waste
of a vital national
resource, but the
water also floods
the road causing
traffic jams at peak
they say, the prob-
lem causes residents
of the area to have
poor to non-existent
water pressure.

NISSAN Motor Company
along with Sanpin Motors has
announced the launching of
the Nissan Murano in the
This is the first time the
Murano has been on sale in
the country, and Sanpin
Motors said it will be provid-
ing sales and after sales sup-
port for the Murano.
Sanpin on Thompson Blvd
is the Nissan dealer for the
Bahamas, and on Saturday
September 22 will officially
launch the vehicle.
"The Murano is a crossover
vehicle designed to have the
luxuries of a car with the
toughness of a SUV," said the
company in a statement.
"The Murano is a proven
vehicle that is synonymous
with style, safety and comfort
with the conveniences of both
car and SUV bundled togeth-
er in one dynamite perfor-
mance vehicle."
Sanpin said the Nissan
open house and Murano
launching event will include
test drives, product viewing,
financing options and insur-
ance quotes.

president to
throw first at
Yankee Stadium
Santo Domingo
ANOTHER well-known
Dominican will soon take the
mound at Yankee Stadium -
President Leonel Fernandez,
who will throw the ceremo-
nial first pitch at a game this
month, his office said Friday,
according to Associated Press.
Fernandez has accepted an
invitation from Yankees star
Alex Rodriguez, who was
born in New York to Domini-
can parents, to open the Sep-
tember 23 game against the
Toronto Blue Jays, a spokes-
woman for the president said:
The Dominican leader sets
out on a US tour Monday
that will include visits to the
United Nations, Dominican
Week events in New York
and the US Chamber of
Commerce in Washington.
Official dates for the itiner-
ary have not been
In his 2004 election victory,
the two-term president
received key support from
the overseas Dominican vote
especially from influential
expatriate communities in
New York and Boston. Fer-
nandez is seeking re-election
jn May 16 elections.
The baseball-crazed
Dominican Republic has pro-
duced hundreds of Major
League players, including
Yankees pitcher Luis Viz-
During a.visit to Los Ange-
les last year, Fernandez threw
out the first pitch for a game
at Dodger Stadium.


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U_ _

S Public Utilities Commission

ACT, 1999


The public is notified that it is an offence under the Telecommunica-
tions Act, 1999 for any person to establish, operate or use any radio-
communications station or Install, operate or use any
radiocommunications apparatus unless he Is authorized to do so by
a licence granted by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) under
section 30 of the Telecommunications Act.

All other types of cordless telephone devices, including "Long
Range Cordless Telephones", are not authorized for use in The
Bahamas. Additional information and technical details on authorized
cordless telephone devices may be found on the PUC's web site at
www.PUlCBahamas.gov.bs or collected from the PUC's office in
Nassau at 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue.

Cordless telephone devices are radiocommunications apparatus, The use of inautlhorl7ed cordless telephone devices causes
but certain units that restrict service to a single set of premises. harmful Interference to essential national services thal use radio
which are also Part 15 Certified by the Federal Communications spectrum. The use ol such devices constitutes an ollrnce against
Commission (FCC) of the United States, are authorized for use Ih, lhe Act
the PUC undei a Class Licence.

Operators and installers of unlicensed radiocommunica-
lions apparatus, as well as the landlord of buildings where
such devices are installed, may each be fined ten thousand
dollars ($10,000) in accordance with section 36 of the Act.
Violators can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent
of the law.
The public is therefore invited, in the strictest confidence, to
provide the PUC with Information concerning all such
Illegal activities by contacting the PUC at tel 322-4437, fax
323-7288, e-mall puc@?pucbahamas.gov.bs or visiting the
PUC's office at 4th Terrace East. Collins Avenue.

New director is appointed

for Atlantis' Mandara Spa

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Prospective Judges

Applicant must be 2 lyrs or over



Please PRINT LEGIBLY all information in the spaces provided below and answer all questions and provide documentation including a
passport photo as requested or application may be subject to outright rejection

All information given by applicants will be subject to follow up background investigations and checks.

Full Name (Ms./Mr./Mrs.)

Maiden name aliases nick names

Date of Birth _Country of Birth Age
P. O. Box Sex Nationality
Telephohe (W) (H) (C)
Employer Profession
Employer's Address

Have you resided in the Bahamas for more than five years? (If NO please state previous residence)
Have you ever judged a Junkanoo Parade? (If YES please give years) of parade)
a. Do you currently participate/rush with any Junkanoo group? If yes, name Group
b. Have you participated/rushed with any Junkanoo Group before If yes, name group
c. Are you an avid supporter of any Junkanoo Group? If yes, name group
d. Do you have any relatives and/or close friends who participate with any Junkanoo Group?
If yes name persons and groups)
e. Do you presently have any personal affiliation wi th ANY Junkanoo Group? (If YES please name the Group
f. Do you have any religious reason that may prevent you from judging a parade? (If YES please explain)
g. Do you work on Boxing Day and/or New Years? (If YES please state which)
h. Why do you wish to be a judge?____

Have you ever participated in any Junkanoo parade(s) before? (If YES please give the year and name of the group)
Explain how integrityy" relates to a iudge and the parade

C. Given the above, are you confident that you're able to Judge a parade fairly and in an unbiased manner, based solely on your training and the presentation and performance of the groups during
the parades? Yes or No
Do you see Judging of Junkanoo Parades as a National contribution and civic duty? Yes or No
Do you know of any reason that would disqualify you for being allowed to Judge any parade? Yes or No

Please note this section is for insurance and medical emergency purpose ONLY
Do you have any medical conditions) that might prevent you from judging? (EG: asthma, heart condition, diabetes, hypertension, optical, hearing, etc.) If YES please explain and list any medication
that you take for that condition.

Are you allergic to any specific medicine? (If yes please list)
I understand that I may be liable to take a medical examination to determine my abilities in areas related to my ability to judge the parade and agree to the same.
1. Name Relationship __ ___
Telephone (W) _(H) __C)
2. Name Relationship
Telephone (W) _(H) (C)

I, declare that the information I have provided in this application is true and correct. I further agree that I am of sound mind and body and pledge to be sober during the parade and to abide by all of
the rules, regulations and assignments set forth by JCNP or its assigns. I further understand and accept the full responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of the information that I have herein
provided, and accept full and complete responsibility for the same. If any of the information is found to be false and or misleading, either prior during or after a parade that I have Judged. I
render my self incapable of judging again in the future, and agree to stand liable for any such act, and that any and all scores tendered by me will be discarded.


Completed applications should be submitted to the
Ministry of Culture, Morro Castle, Attention Mrs. Joan Henderson on
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Verdict in Jackie Moxey trial

could be delivered today

FROM page one

Ms Bethel argued that, because
of Hutchinson's obsession with the
deceased, noted in witness testimo-
ny that he visited her place of
employment every day for nine
months, he was unable to accept
what he felt was her alleged infi-
The prosecution told the jury that
the accused had a week to formu-
late and execute a "cold-blooded",
"premeditated" plan to murder Ms
Moxey, incensed by his alleged jeal-
ous and obsessive nature.
"He has told us nothing but a tis-
sue of lies," Ms Grant-Bethel stated
emphatically to the court. "He took
Jackie through that track road (off
Clifton Pier) and beat her to death."
She also told the court that

Hutchinson chose the area because
it was remote and that he intended
to cause Ms Moxey's death by
repeatedly striking her head. She
added that any remorse shown by
Hutchinson was "simulated" and
"too little, too late."
Ms Grant-Bethel argued that the
forensic evidence submitted to the
court did not lie, and that the evi-
dence was not challenged by the
defence. She advised the jury of 11
women and one man that they
could rely on the testimonies of the
witnesses called, stating they were
sworn in under oath and had "no
axe to grind" with the accused.
However, the prosecution told
the jury not to believe the unsworn
statement of the accused, in which
he provided his account of the
events of October 25. Ms Grant-
Bethel informed the court that

Hutchinson's account was inconsis-
tent with the evidence and that his
"lies run straight through the case."
She stated that, per Hutchinson's
account of the day in question, if
both parties were involved in a scuf-
fle as he alleged, one party does not
"walk out clean" and devoid of vis-
ible injuries.
She submitted that the deceased
was defencelesss" to the "battering
ram" of Hutchinson, which left her
with injuries so severe that "bloody
secretions" were "sucked out of
her" and she needed assistance
from respiratory machines.
She added that Ms Moxey was
left with wounds to the side of her
face, rumpled clothing, ripped out
hair, and a torn fingernail, while
the accused emerged "unscathed."
Ms Grant-Bethel asked if the cou-
ple were in a scuffle, as Hutchin-

son alleged, why wasn't any of the"
accused's blood found under the
torn fingernail of the deceased?
Lead defence attorney Murrio
Ducille told the jury to return a true
verdict based on the evidence, dis-
regarding any rumours they may
have heard.
"I implore you...to (look at) this
evidence...or lack thereof...at the
end of the day there is only one
inescapable verdict that you can
return...not guilty."
He said a police detention record
indicated Hutchinson's request to
seek medical attention for injuries
sustained on October 25, but the
request was not carried out until
the next day.
Mr Ducille said that a doctor not-
ed "blunt trauma" to the right eye
and the back of the accused, con-
sistent with the statement Hutchin-

son gave from the prisoner's dock.
He argued that Hutchinson had
no "murder in his heart" during the
altercation with the deceased, as
evident by his attempt to revive her
with water as well as seek assistance
from a passer-by.
He said that "from day one" his
client has been remorseful over Ms
Moxey's death, which did not coin-
cide with murderous intent.
Mr Ducille slammed his hands on
the bars of the prisoner's dock
telling the jury that anyone could
find themselves seated in there,
therefore they must deliberate fair-
During the proceedings, the
accused appeared emotionless,
occasionally bowing his head during
the closing arguments.
The trial was adjourned until
10am today.

Teachers at

CI Gibson are

back at work

FROM page one

The plan, Ms Williams explained; teaches students to
take responsibility for their actions, rather than deferring
responsibility to others, such as parents or religious lead-
Along with being taught the difference between right
and wrong, the students are shown that, through making
good choices, they can avoid the-fates of many young peo-
ple such as ending up in prison, contracting HIV, becom-
ing pregnant, or falling prey to substance abuse.
There have been numerous calls from the opposition
PLP for police to be returned to schools.
Asked what the union position is, Mrs Poitier-Turnquest
said that officially the union does not support the rein-
statement of police into public schools.
"No, the official union policy is that we do not have the
police in the school," she said. "Our administrators and
our staff, along with the security staff, we feel are in posi-
tion to handle the security and the discipline in the
This statement is contrary to public pronouncements by
secretary-general of the Teachers Union Belinda Wilson,
who personally called for the reinstatement of police in
public schools last week.
In a statement after the stabbing at C I Gibson, Ms Wil-
son said: "We need more vigilance, we need the police,
but we also need our children to know that they're coming
to school to learn, that is the number one objective," she
Sources have indicated that there is rivalry between the
outspoken Ms Wilson and union president Mrs Poitier-
This latest discrepancy between the official policy of the
union, as articulated by the president, and Ms Wilson's
public pronouncements, appear to validate this assump-
Ms Wilson could not be reached for comment.

In loving Memory of

Cable Bahamas receives

request from Rainbow Alliance

FROM page one

in the country."
Dr Keith Wisdom, director
of public affairs for Cable
Bahamas, after speaking with
the company's programming
department, said that the com-
pany has received one request
for LOGO.
Cable Bahamas is currently
in the process of preparing its
programming for next year, Dr
Wisdom said, and the program-
ming department had informed
him that they have "no prob-
lem taking a look at the chan-
Currently, Galleria Cinemas
are showing at least six films
that can be described as violent,
with the film Shoot 'Em Up
being especially dedicated to
killing and the glorification of
gun violence.
Saturday night at the closing
ceremony of the National

Assembly on Crime, minister
Tommy Turnquest questioned
the role of the media and enter-
tainment industries in the coun-
try in the wake of the sharp rise
in violence around the country
this vear.
"It was considered that the
media could and should be used
for better socialisation of our
children and young people, and
that greater care and attention
should be given to what comes
into our country as entertain-
ment," he said.
"Television and the Internet.
in particular, bring into our
homes round-the-clock enter-
tainment and communication.
some of which seriously counter
the Christian and other values
and standards we have set for
ourselves," said the minister.
A manager at Galleria Cine-
mas explained that large films.
some of which are violent, have
much wider international dis-
tribution than some other less

violent films.
Some films described as
quality or wholesome films may
have as few as 35 international
print offers, while other big bud-
get films that may be violent,
may have as many as 800 inter-
national prints making it much
easier for cinemas to attain a
Additionally, the manager
explained that, when working
with an international distribu-
tor, the company can put itself
in a difficult position if it begins
denying films being offered -
possibly jeopardising the rela-
tionship and making it more dif-
ficult to get films.
"With the increase in vio-
lence in the country, that is
something that we are looking
at," he said, acknowledging that
the company may need to sit
down and specifically discuss
this issue.
Ms Greene. though not sup-
porting censorship, argues that

Anger over Long Island's first female Anglican deacon

FROM page one

followed in the Bahamas for several years, some
Long Islanders are threatening to leave the St
John's parish in protest over the appointment of
a woman.
"It's a travesty," said one man who claimed
that his entire family will cease worshipping in St
John's parish if Archbishop Gomez does not
remove Deacon Cartwright.
The Archbishop told The Tribune yesterday
that he was aware of the discontent of some
parish members, but that this cannot influence the
church's decision.
"In the Anglican Communion we do ordain
women and this diocese took a decision to do
that and all the prerequisites were met, there was
no reason to make an exception in this case," he
Archbishop Gomez explained that he held a
special meeting in Long Island a few weeks prior
to Deacon Cartwright's ordination to explain the

church's decision and hear the concerns of parish
members there.
The Archbishop said he is aware that some
persons have announced they will leave the
parish, but said that such threats will not, and
have not, influenced the appointment of Deacon
"The diocese has a policy and the policy has to
be adhered to," he said.
He also stressed that there is no question Ms
Cartwright is the right person for the job.
"She is a native of Long Island and has been
active in the community and the church for a
long time," he said.
The Archbishop said the people of Long Island
are judging Deacon Cartwright only by her gen-
der and not her abilities.
However, he said he is hopeful that Long
Islanders will change their minds once they get
used to a woman deacon.
"I'm hoping it will have a good outcome and
the situation will be monitored very carefully," he

more pressure needs to be
placed on cinemas regarding
what they display.
She told The Tribune that
other films are available that
have more responsible repre-
sentations of women and less
violence and it is the responsi-
bility of civil society to ensure
that more of these are shown.


FROM page one

gration officers, observed
Mrs Whyms walking alone
in the Bernard Road area
near Success Training Col-
"Mrs Whyms was unable
to provide proof of her
immigration status and was
given a ride to her residence
where she indicated her per-
mit was located. When she
arrived at her residence and
eventually produced a work
permit, the officers observed
a young female child. They
inquired whether there were
other occupants in the apart-
ment," said National Securi-
ty in a statement.
The statement said the
officers reported that they
saw cause to arrest Mrs
It added that officers on
the case are in touch with
the Department of Social
Services in respect of the 10-
year-old daughter of Mrs
Whyms who, the statement
claims, was found alone in
the apartment.
The statement said that,
on arriving at the station,
Mrs Whyms indicated that
she had been beaten by the
police, and as is customary
with these complaints, she
was taken to the hospital
and examined by a medical
"The medical report
shows no clear symptoms of
Mrs Whyms' being beaten,"
the statement said.
"The Ministry of National
Security wishes to assure the
public that all allegations of
brutality are thoroughly
investigated and, should the
findings warrant, officers are
dealt with according to the
However, in this case,
there ate indications that the
officers assigned to Opera-
tion Quiet Storm acted pro-
fessionally and within their
authority," the statement
The ministry also com-
mented on a report that
appeared on August 27 in
The Nassau Guardian in
which a Jamaican national,
Millicent Brown, alleged
that she was coerced by an
immigration officer into pay-
ing $300 to facilitate her
admittance into the
Bahamas on August 10.
"The ministry wishes to
assure the public that this
matter is being investigated
thoroughly by the Corrup-
tion Unit of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and
a report is due shortly."

Beatrice Grant
"Mama Bea"
Two years have pass since we last talk mama...

...but I understand that the King of Love have taken
you. He is your shepherd whose goodness faileth never.
Mama I know you lack nothing for you are Jesus' own

Shall always remember you mama, memories continue
with your husband, Clinton Grant; sons, Kerrington,
Wellington, Kendall and Ethric; grandchildren & great
grandchildren, family and friends.


If you see this beiitifuliwomanitoday; say.i

"Hap y birthdayy Celly!"
antellher she's looking' good!

With love from Lily, Chloe, Roy and all your family and friends.


...., 1 I'9, 2007. PAGE 11



first of seven

new cars won

by KFC customer

THE KFC restaurant at Har-
bour Bay was the place to be when
10 finalists, each one representing
a KFC in New Providence, gath-
ered in anticipation of being the
lucky one to drive away in the
brand new Nissan Almera.
The car was the first of seven to
Pe given away as part of the
Colonel's Great Giveaway pro-
Upon realising that his key was
the lucky one that unlocked the
'car, Emerson Storr literally jumped
for joy.
"I win! I win!" exclaimed Mr
Storr as his name was announced
confirming him as the big winner.
"This is a special way for KFC to
thank our customers for their loy-
al patronage," said Tracey Cash,
KFC marketing director.
Mr Storr entered the Colonel's
Great, Giveaway when he bought
his favourite KFC meal a leg and
thigh bucket with family fries -
from KFC in Oakes Field.
The restaurant staff cheered him
on as they listened to the live
broadcast on Wednesday evening.
The winner said he received
'explicit orders from his wife when
he found out he was that restau-
rant's finalist. Mrs Storr told him:
"Bring home the car!"
Mr and Mrs Storr are regular
customers at KFC Oakes Field.
"All the girls there know us and we
know them too," said Mr Storr.
"The service is great every time.
My wife prefers to drive through
but I like to go inside".
On the day he made the win-
ning purchase, Mr Storr said he
went into the restaurant so he
could be sure to enter to win the
"I didn't see it as a risk at all,"
Mr Storr explained. "What's for
:me is for me, so I knew that no
;matter what I am a winner."
Over the next 12 weeks, KFC
has six more cars to give away to
;lucky customers, one winner every
.two weeks.
The company said it is easy to
"Just purchase any combo or
more at KFC. Make sure you get
the receipt so you can write your
name, telephone contacts and the
answer to a trivia question and
drop it into the box provided," said
KFC in a statement. "Then, all you
have to do is wait for a KFC rep-
resentative, to call you with the
good news that you are a finalist."

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Thrnquest reviews findings of

National Assembly on Crime

ANGER, alienation and
frustration are key factors dri-
ving young men in particular
to commit violent crimes -
sometimes in broad daylight in
front of witnesses who could
easily identify them.
This, according to Minister
of National Security Tommy
Turnquest, was one of the key
findings of last week's Nation-
al Assembly on Crime.
"Regrettably," Mr Turnquest
said, "some of these persons
might have deliberately chosen
a life of crime, limiting the
effectiveness of crime preven-
tion and criminal justice inter-
ventions in respect to their
"Crime and criminality could
also be unyielding, where par-
ents and other family members
accept money and items from a
child or relative whom they
know is unemployed and has
no legitimate means of liveli-
hood, turning a blind eye to
where the money and items
might be coming from."
In his address, Mr Turnquest
reviewed and provided prelim-
inary.comment on the findings
and conclusions of the Sep-
tember 14 to 15 assembly.
The assembly included mem-
bers of the church, judiciary,
specialists and professionals
from the media, civil society
and law enforcement agencies.
Mr Turnquest said the
assembly also discussed crimi-
nal matters and the courts.
He said one point made was
that the Bahamas judiciary is
challenged in its efforts to
effect speedy trials of defen-
dants, but that efforts are being
made to address these chal-
It was also said that the law
must be applied properly in
respect of matters such as the
granting of bail and capital
punishment, and participants
emphasised the importance of
the public understanding of the
"It was pointed out, howev-
er, that no society is able to

prosecute all criminal matters
and that the rate of prosecu-
tions in many developed and
developing countries (ranges)
from 10 per cent to 30 per
cent," Mr Turnquest said.
He said incarceration was
also discussed.

"With a prison population of
some 1.4)00 persons, the
Bahamas has the fourth highest
incarceration rate in the
Caribbean and is the Ilth of
204 countries and territories in
the world, according to the
2006 World Prison Population

List Published by the Centre
for Prison Studies at the Uni-
versity of London," he said.
Mr Turnquest said that some
inmates in the Bahamas
have committed minor crimes,
which in some other societies
would not warrant a prison sen-
He added: "Few will disagree
that our society can be quite
unforgiving to a former prison
inmate, no matter the crime he
or she committed.
"This makes the reintegra-
tion of offenders into Bahami-
an society particularly chal-
lenging, and underscores the
need for re-integration strate-

gies to be a part of a strategy
to fight crime in the Bahamas."
Mr Turnquest said that
prison must, through rehabili-
tation and training, prepare ex-
offenders to rejoin society.
He also noted that the
assembly heard an impassioned
plea on behalf of the families of
murder victims, and calls for
the protection of witnesses to
crime, particularly violent
"These serious matters are
being given consideration in
strategies to counter crime and
criminality, and especially
fear of crime," Mr Turnquest

Scotiabank sponsors Cancer Society's 'Stride For Life'

announced that it will sponsor all
of all the prizes to be awarded to
winners of the Cancer Society of
the Bahamas' third annual Stride
for Life fun walk.
Debra Wood, Scotiabank's
senior manager for marketing and
public relations said, "Scotia-
bank's support of this worthy
cause is in keeping with our man-
date to help better the lives of
persons in the communities in
which we live and work.
"We are proud to be able to
help get the message out to cancer
survivors and the public, that
there is hope, healing and life after
being diagnosed with cancer."
As an additional show of sup-
port-for the cause, a Scotiabank
team is also set to participate in
the fun walk.
Upon receiving the donation,
Sherrylyn Bastian, vice-president
of the Cancer Society said, "We
are always grateful when compa-
nies like Scotiabank assist us in
sending the message that early
detection saves lives, so we thank
you for caring and sharing."
Earlier this year, Scotiabank
made a cash donation to the soci-
ety and supported the annual
Gala Ball by purchasing a table
for 10.

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PICTURED (L TO R) ARE: Naomi Taylor, manager of employee relations /human resources;
Sherrylyn Bastian, vice-president, Cancer Society; Debra Wood, senior manager, marketing and
public relations: Earle Bethell, director, Cancer Society.


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SEATED (L-R) ARE: Delia Ferguson; Akema Clarke; Tanya Johnson; Vernicia Sturrup (no longer with First-
Caribbean); Karis Edgecombe; Christa Lowe. Standing are: Darrel Beneby; Vonetta Johnson; Oliver Culmer;
SPaulette Arthur (trainer); Sesley Holness; Edith Francis (trainer); Inmanica Dean; Dwight Cartwright (HR busi-
ness partner); Keva Carey (trainer), Kerry Higgs (no longer with. FirstCaribbean) Nguyen Payne (trainer);
Pauline Lightbourne (AGM retail); Charlisa Delancy; Lanadia Davis; Ramon Meadows; Dominic Stubbs;
Sherrill Poitier (trainer).

First Caribbean

develops a new

training initiative

FIRSTCARIBBEAN has developed a new
and initiative in an effort to improve customer
Called the FirstStart Training Programme,
the initiative focuses on both entry-level
recruitment and the training of new employees.
The aim, according to the bank, is "to pro-
vide our customers with a supreme customer
"In line FirstCaribbean's commitment to be
the Caribbean's number one financial services
institution providing exceptional customer ser-
vice, FirstCaribbean has launched this new ini-
tiative to address customer service training
and building capability and knowledge for its
new recruits," said the company in a state-
The FirstStart Training Programme offers
all new recruits of the bank a comprehensive

training programme prior to their entry into a
branch or unit as a permanent employee.
At the end of this training period, the new
employee must be certified.
Additionally, new recruits will he evaluated
throughout the training to confirm their eligi-
bility for employment with the bank.
FirstCaribbean said key elements of this
training programme include: customer service,
processes and systems, and policies and pro-
Two groups of trainees have already gradu-
ated from the programme.
There is also a mentoring segment included
in the initiative.
All new recruits will be assigned to a First-
Start mentor who will have responsibility for
supporting the new employee during the first
three months of employment.





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Thanksgiving service for Minister Sidney Collie

FROM LEFT are Bricemae Gibson, Mavis Collie, Mr Collie and Pastor
Rev Dr Ranford Patterson

FROM LEFT are Anthony McKinney, deputy permanent secretary;
Mr Collie, Mavis Collie and their daughter Asha Collie.

NEMA and USAID hold Initial

Damage Assessment Workshop



THE NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in collab-
oration with the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) conducted a two day Initial Damage Assessment Workshop
on Grand Bahama. Beryl Armbrister, disaster risk management spe-
cialist for USAID is pictured as she addressed the opening session.

RBC is pleased to announce the opening of our new branch on Carmichael
Road. This new temporary location will house both RBC Royal Bank of
Canada and RBC FINCO under one roof, pending the construction of
RBC's new flagship location one block west of the temporary location on
Carmichael Road.

Royal Bank will offer a full range of banking products and services, while
RBC FINCO will offer a full suite of mortgage products and services.

Services include:

Business and Consumer Loans

Personal and Business-Deposit Account Services

Single and Multi-family Residential Mortgages


Foreign Exchange Services

Night Deposits

Card Services

Royal Online" Internet Banking

and more!

Come see us at the corner of Carmichael Road and Turtle Drive. We look
forward to welcoming you to our new location soon!

LUKE BETHEL, chiet petty otticer witn tne Hoyal tanamas uetence
Force as he addressed the gathering.

UN's Ban says science clear but political

will lacking in confronting global warming,

TI1F. science is clear and the
time short, but the political will is
lacking to confront global warm-
ing. the II.N. secretary-general
said Tuesday accordingg to Asso-
ciated Press.
Ban Ki-moon said he hoped
next Monday's "climate summit"
here will help galvanize leaders
to take action "before it is too
Asked at a news conference
about President Bush's planned
separate meeting to discuss glob-
al-warming measures among a
handful of countries later next
week, the Il.N. chief said Bush
assured him it would be coordi-
nated with the established U.N.
process of negotiating climate
Irealv commitments among all
l tiolls.
The Bush aldminist ration
rejects treaty obligations, such as
Ilie Kyoto Protocol, to reduce
emissions of caMhlbo dioxide and
othllt glrclenhous, gases Cblaiimed
for global warmingg.
Bush favors voluntary rcduc-
tions instead.

"All the measures and initia-
tives should fit into the (U.N.)
process," Ban told reporters.
He said about 80 heads of state
and government, including Bush.
would attend Monday's all-day
climate discussion. It is not
designed as a negotiation, but
rather to produce some political
momentum for negotiations to
take place in December in Bali,
Indonesia, at the annual U.N. cli-
mate treaty conference.
In a series of major reports this
year, a U.N.-sponsored scientific
network said unabated ghl1.l1
warming, potentially raising aver-
age temperatures by several
degrees Fahrenheit, would pro-
duce a far different planet by 2100
S- from rising seas, drought and
other factors. The scientists said
animal and plant life was already
being disrupted.
"The science has made it quite
clear, and we ha\e been feeling
tlie impacts of global warming
already clearly." Ban said. "We
have resources. We have tech-
nology. The only (thing) lacking is
political will. Before it is too late,
we must take action."

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Government set

to tackle China

tourism visa snags

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government is
planning to address "in a
reasonable period of
time" the difficulties
Chinese nationals have
in obtaining visas to trav-
el to the Bahamis for
tourism and commerce,
the minister of state for
finance telling The Tri-
bune that the "Chinese
business community is
eager" to explore oppor-
tunities in this nation.
Zhivargo Laing, having returned from the
second China Caribbean Trade and Economic
Cooperation Forum earlier this month, said
the Government would likely move swiftly
to address the travel difficulties Chinese
nationals had been experiencing by installing
consular facilities at this nation's Beijing

Chamber planning trade
mission next year, as talks focus
on tourism and financial services,
including Chinese lh:llks coming
to Bahamas

"We believe we will address, in a reason-
able period of time, some consular facilities in
the Bahamas Embassy in Beijing to facilitate
that," Mr Laing told The Tribune.
"Chinese nationals who are interested in
coming to the Bahamas will not have to apply
and then have a two-month time lag before
they can travel."
Bahamian tourism and business executives
have repeatedly complained that their
attempts to attract business and trade from
China have been hampered by the extremely

SEE page 7

French firm to

acquire Freeport


Tribune Business Editor

ny that pro-
vides support
services to the
life sciences
industry yesterday said it was
"a question of weeks" before it
closed its acquisition of
Freeport-based PharmaChem
Technologies (Grand Bahama)
Ltd, a move designed to open
new markets and customer
relationships for the Bahami-
an firm.
Nancy-based Groupe
Novasep said its customers in
the pharmaceutical, food, cos-
metics and agrochemicals
industry would benefit from
the marriage of its research and
development (R&D) capabili-
ties and technologies with the
manufacturing capacity of
PharmaChem's Freeport plant.

* Purchase of PharmaChem to close in 'a matter
of weeks', pending regulatory approval
* Freeport plant's capacity now at 100 metric
tonnes per annum, with almost 100 jobs
dependent on it
* Deal seeks to expand PharmaChem customer
base and sales through buyer's sales network,

R&D and technology

Randy Thompson, Pharma-
Chem's administration and
business services manager, yes-
terday told The Tribune that
the Freeport plant now had the
capacity to produce 100 met-
ric tonnes of active pharma-
ceutical ingredients per annum.
The acquisition, which will
see PharmaChem and its
almost-100 full-time and con-
tract Bahamian employees

become an effective subsidiary
of Groups Novasep, will
attempt to exploit and lever-
age the synergies expected to
be created through the
enlarged group.
Jean-Marc Le Rudulier,
Groupe Novasep's marketing
and communications director,

SEE page 6

Bank's Village Road branch first home for Clearing House

Tribune Business Editor
BANK of the
Bahamas Inter-A
national's Village 'AP
Road branch will
be the initial
home for the
banking system's
Clearing House
(ACH), The Tri-
bune was told
yesterday, with
that institution
and Commonwealth Bank set to be
the first to use it in 'live' testing.

* Bank of the Bahamas and Commonwealth Bank set to be first to use new system
* Bahamas has 'waited a long time' for initiative to 'elevate infrastructure to world-class standard'
* ACH to come on stream 'in as short a time as possible', with government,
NIB and co-operativesicredit unions likely future users

Paul McWeeney, Bank of the
Bahamas International's managing
director and head of the Clearing
Banks Association's (CBA) ACH
working group, acknowledged that
Bahamian consumers, businesses and
the banking community had waited
"a long time" for this sort of progress
to be made on the initiative.
Mr MrWeeney said it was "vitally
important" the ACH initiative suc-

ceeded in modernising the Bahamian
financial services sector's payments
system and improving its efficiency,
adding that "non-banks" could ulti-
mately be b,,IiuLlIht into the "clearing
Among those 'non-bank' institu-
tions likely to be major users of the
ACH, Mr McWeeney said, were all
government ministries, agencies and
departments, the National Insurance

Board (NIB), Bahamas-based co-
operatives and credit unions.
There would also be opportunities
for Bahamian small business groups to
provide services that the ACH would
"For the first time, the plant is mov-
ing ahead." Mr McWeeney said of the
ACH initiative. "We've waited a long
time for this kind of progress to be
made, and I'm pleased we're moving


in the right direction.
"We're working towards making
this a reality in as short a timeframe as
possible, but effective as well.
"It's fundamental to the elevation of
the financial infrastructure to first-
world standards. With this. we can
now say we have all the elements to

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on Investment

Board future

- Leave home without it...

Tribune Business
ALL applications submitted
to the Domestic Investment
Board prior to the May 2 gen-
eral election are befig
processed, the Government's
director of investments told
The Tribune, although it is
uncertain whether the Board
itself will continue to exist.
David Davis, who is in the
Office of the Prime Minister,
said that whether an actual
Board will still exist and have
members appointed is a policy
matter that would have to be
addressed by Cabinet.
He said he could confirm
that the Office of the Prime
Minister has been actively
working on all Bahamian-relat-
ed investment applications that
were still pending, most relat-
ing to Crown Land leases or
Mr Davis pointed out that
while a Domestic Investment
Board was created by the for-
mer PLP government, only
two persons were ever offi-
cially appointed to serve on it -
former Water & Sewerage
Corporation chair, Don
Demeritte, and ex-Bahamasair
managing director, Paul Major,
who were appointed co-chairs.
"So I don't know if a Board
will be appointed, or if mem-
bers will either, under this gov-

ernment" Mr Davis said.
The Domestic Investment
Board was implemented by the
PLP government and came
under the umbrella of the now
defunct Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments.
It was created to establish a
"one-stop shop" for Bahamian
entrepreneurs, and to develop
and encourage the growth of
Bahamian businesses under
the former government
Vincent Peet, former minis-
ter of financial services and
'investments, said of the Board:
"The plan is to have, under
one roof, access to the Devel-
opment Bank, BAIC
(Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation), the
Venture Capital Fund and the
Government Guaranteed
Loan Facilities all in one
area. "That way, we can facili-
tate Bahamian business per-
sons who want to get into busi-
ness to have access to the
expertise and advice from this
office, to assist them in prepar-
ing the plans they need to get
into business and reduce the
red tape that now exists and
provide for them incentives
and concessions we now give
to the foreign investor."
However, private sector crit-
ics suggested the Board had
only added another layer of
bureaucracy to the investment
approvals process for Bahami-
an entrepreneurs, rather than
reducing red tape.

take this instead.


Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010


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(a) MARONI INVESTMENTS LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on September
18, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Shakira Burrows of 2nd
Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 29th day of October, 2007 to send
their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they
may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
before such debts are proved.
September 19th, 2007

What we must do

to combat crime

Last Friday, the Min-
istry of National Secu-
rity hosted a National
Crime Assembly, which
brought together stake holders
from the various sectors of soci-
ety. This event was well attend-
ed and there was no lack of
contributions and opinions for
persons to digest. Crime is a
national problem and there
must be a multi-disciplinary
approach to solving the prob-
First, I would like to con-
gratulate the Minister and his
Ministry for putting on a suc-
cessful event, and I encourage
their efforts to collaborate with
various stakeholders on solu-
tions to the current crime wave.
With this in mind I put for-
ward the following recommen-
dations for your consideration
when it comes to crime reduc-
tion in the Bahamas.
A key point was the Minis-
ter's pledge to form a National
Crime Council, an entity that
will be the spearhead in this
latest attempt to manage crime.
A National Crime Council
must have some teeth. It must
be more than just a meeting
forum. The council must be
able to review, audit and hold
accountable the various gov-
ernment and non-government
groups. It should be action-ori-
ented, not a mare gathering for
deliberation. This council will
be the vehicle through which
we monitor the success/failure
of our crime reduction efforts.
Community Policing
It has become painfully obvi-
ous that our approach to com-
munity policing has failed. We
can play with this as much as
we want. The last five years of
Urban Renewal, despite the

'awards', have left us with
increased crime and a fear that
has seriously damaged our
quality of life. As we move for-
ward, an adjustment and
change is necessary for the
delivery of quality police ser-
The Community Policing
concept has its contemporary
roots in the New York City
Police Department in 1994, and
it is from this management con-
cept that many policing strate-
gies, including COMPSTAT,
came from.
It is unfortunate, however,
that the apparent true mean-
ing of this concept has been
lost in translation and applica-
tion. Community Policing real-
ly means the community polic-
ing themselves, not simply the
police in the community.
It was never intended for
the police to 'baby-sit' and
'counsel' the community, as
that's what the church, schools
and civic groups are for. If cit-
izens are not prepared to cor-
rect/ report incidents in their
own areas, then the police, who
will always be seen as outsiders,
are up against insurmountable
I say this from experience,
because in 1994, 1, along with
13 other police officers, was
selected to research and head
the first Community Police
Pilot Project based out of the
Quakoo Street Police Station.
Our conclusions were:
The initiative could not be
sustained if the community did
not buy into the concept.
The Royal Bahamas Police
Force, with all the best inten-
tions, was not the best sales-
person for this concept.
An NGO or other govern-.
ment. agency (Social Servicew)
should spearhead the commu-
nity policing programme.
1. Let the police do policing.
This is what they are trained
to do. Community policing,

Safe &

S Secure

even though it carries the word
'policing', is really
a task in my opinion to be
left to the churches, schools
and civic groups. These units
must sell the need for policing.
They must convince the gen-
eral populace that the police
are their friends and, more.
importantly, that they, the pub-
lic, have a part to play in keep-
ing their streets and communi-
ties safe.
2. The police must be seen
as service providers who deliv-
er the timely, consistent and
impartial maintenance of law
and order, tackling offenders
ranging from the person who
litters to the murderer.
3. The police must be held
accountable for their failure to
adopt Zero Tolerance Policing.
As stated earlier, the mod-
em Community Policing Con-
cept was born in New York in
the mid-1990s. Rudolph Giu-
liani, the newly-elected May-
or, and William Bratton, then
Commissioner of Police, never
intended for the police to not
In fact, it was just the oppo-
site. The police were to police
vigorously, consistently and
impartially. This meant that the
police success depended on
addressing, with professional-
ism, minor infractions consis-
tently and impartially.
Generally, members of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
are more concerned about the

New Investment

SEE page 7


big drug arrest or murder inves-
tigation than improving the
quality of life and reducing the
number of such future crimi-
nals. Further, there is lack of
appreciation and understand-
ing that enforcement of a bro-
ken tail light usually leads to a
reduction/reluctance to com-
mit more serious crimes.
Every police officer (partic-
ularly marked patrol units)
should be equipped to handle
traffic infractions by issuing
tickets (fixed penalties). Why
do we buckle-up in the US?
Because the law will be
enforced. Zero tolerance
should immediately be made
policy, not some new scheme.
2. All street side vendors
should have the proper licence
and credentials to sell their
items, be it the peanut vendors
to fruit and fresh vegetable
3. All night clubs/bars must
check the ID of patrons. If
minors are found in the estab-
lishment, fines must be
4. Parents must be held
accountable in some form for
the actions of their minor chil-
National Crime Reporting
There needs to be a real
demonstration of a united front
against criminality, not just lip
service. My experience in law
enforcement, especially in
tightly-knit communities such
as Fox Hil Nassau Village and
Bimini, has shown the commu-
nication network that existd.
When we, the police, came
into those communities, within
a few seconds the entire com-
munity was made aware of our
presence. A positive example
of this is Little Blair off Vil-
lage Road. Their crime watch
operation is one that the entire
island of New Providence
should adopt as a model.
1. The accessibility of cell
phones should be taken advan-
tage. If a crime is committed
(especially stolen vehicles), a
text message -should be sent
free of charge to all persons
who have a phone, advising
them to be on the look out for
suspects and report it to the
2. BTC, Cable Bahamas,
BEC and the taxi drivers. All
of these agencies have radio
communications. Similarly,
when an incident occurs they
can be advised/alerted and
communicate their observa-
tions to the police.
3. Harness the numerous
security companies and depart-
ments that exist in the country.
These groups outnumber the
police and can be additional
eyes and ears for the reporting
of crime.
National Youth Service
In my opinion, the infra-
structure for this already exists
via the Boys/Girls Brigades and
Scouts, the Pathfinders and
numerous church and civic
groups. We see this demon-
stration of youth power only
during the Remembrance Day
Service, yet year-long these
organizations are doing their
part to save and direct Bahami-
an youth.
Statistics will show that the
traditional criminal offender is
male, and aged between 15-30
years-oldL What statistics do
not show, however, are the cau-
sation factors. The young
Bahamian male is not lacking
in role models. In my opinion,

Indigo Investment opportunity
A unique opportunity to own 5 adjacent lots in this quaint goled
community Each lot measures 60 ft x 130 ft zoned for 15 units.
Amentiies include double tennis court and swimming pool. Was
$650,000. now reduced to $550,000 for quick sale.

Lot '70 Hope Town, Abaco Land for Sale
Large lot located less than 300 ft from the beach with partial ocean
views. Priced b sell at $285,000

Orange Hill West Bay Street- Land for Sale
17.2 acres of superb oceanfront in the most desirable location on
the island. Ideal for a high-end condo development or a cldos 'A
office/financial centre Offered at $7.500,000

Gilingam House, Montague Clau "A" ffice Space Aialb.
Top floor comprises of 2,562 sq t of leasable area and 1,108 sq
ft of common leasable area tolling 3,670 gross sq ft. Lease is $32
per sq ft with CAM charges being $12 per sq ft. This floor is being
leased with partial office furnishings.

Contact Kingsley Edgecombe for more information.
Ph: 242 394 4397 / kingsleyokingsrealty.com

Gilingom House, Montague, East By Street
P.O.Box N 10414, Nassau, The Bahomas'


Cable Beach

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Director of Catering

The qualified candidate will be responsible to train, supervise and
work with all catering and convention services staff, in order to
solicit and book banquet and catering functions that ensure customer
satisfaction and maximize hotel revenue and profitability.

Essential Functions:

Solicit new and existing accounts to meet/exceed revenue
Prepare, implement and compile data for strategic sales
plan, monthly reports, annual goals, and forecasts;
Develop banquet menus pricing;
Actively participate in catering sales presentations, property
tours and customer meetings;
Recruiting, directing, managing, training and counseling
catering sales staff

Skills & Abilities

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
Extensive knowledge of food and beverage products,
proper preparation and presentation of food and beverage
Computer skills, computer accounting programs, math
skills as well as budgetary analysis capabilities.

Qualifications & Experience

High School or equivalent education required, Bachelor's
Degree preferred.
At least 3 years catering sales experience;

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
All resumes will be held in strictest of confidence



The Cancer Society

of the Bahamas

Will be holding

a huge renovation sale

Saturday September 22nd

From 8:00 am 12:00 pm


At Headquarters

(2 doors down from ZNS)

Come shop with us, and

contribute worthy cause at

the same time!






to re-assess



Tribune Business
The Bahamian econo-
my is in "fairly good
shape", with its future
prospects significant, Zhivar-
go Laing, the minister of state
for finance, told the Bahamas
Association of Securities Deal-
ers (BASD) yesterday.
The minister stressed, how-
ever, that the Government will
be watching closely to see what
impact the current US hous-
ing 'subprime' mortgage crisis
has on other sectors of the US
economy and consumer confi-
dence in that nation, given the
possibility that spin-off impacts
from this might impact the
Bahamas and its tourism indus-
Bahamians can no longer sit
back and be passive observers
of events in the rest of the
world, Mr Laing said, but need
to actively search for and
embrace all opportunities as
they come.
The Government would
have to re- examine and devel-
op its policies on international
investment, Mr Laing said, as
more Bahamians are now
seeking to become significant
owners of this nation's assets.
This includes examining the
tax incentives and Crown and
Treasury land given to inter-
national investors, the minis-

ter explained
Mr Laing further challenged
the BASD to play an active
role in educating the public on
the importance of saving and
investing money.
"Looking at the domestic
spending patterns. It is clear
that we are not doing what
needs to bh done in that
regard," Mr Laing said.
Ivylyn Cassar. the BASD
president, said that "certainly,
asset management, investment
fund administration and devel-
opment of our domestic capital
markets are vital to the pros-
perity of our securities indus-
try, and we must focus our
efforts and work together to
grow the securities industry in
a competitive environment".
She added that the Associa-
tion's main thrust last year was
to build on its relationship with
the Securities Commission and
the Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board.
This year, she said their goal
is training and education,
which they will do through
hosting quarterly luncheons,
writing a monthly news article
and participating in the BFSB
career fest.
"We look forward to pro-
viding our input on the newly
drafted securities legislation,
when available to industry par-
ticipants, and will plan to host

a seminar on the new laws and
regulations." Mrs Cassar said.
Yesterday's luncheon, held
at the British Colonial Hilton,
was the first in a series that
HASD intends to have on a
quarterly basis.

To meet the challenge of operating our growing business, we wish to recruit a:

Compliance Officer
The successful applicant must: Hold a compliance certification.
Have several years of experience as compliance officer in private banking.
Have knowledge of Bahamian and international compliance requirements.
Be computer literate with communication skills.
We require knowledge and experience with: Planning, organizing the compliance function for a bank.
Developing and maintaining adequate policies and procedures.
Reviewing and managing the documentation of client files.
Liaising with regulators and compliance officer of the Group.
Motivated team player with pleasant personality.
Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to conduct the monitoring of clients credit risk
and/or law degree is an asset.
We offer A salary which is commensurate with the job,
a pension plan and medical insurance.
We will only reply to candidates that fully match our requirements listed above, if so we will be pleased to receive your resume
and one (1) letter of reference to: SYZ & CO Bank & Trust LTD. I Attention Betsy Morris (betsy.morris@syzbank.com)
P.O. Box N -1089 1 Bayside Executive Park I West Bay Street & Blake Road I Nassau, Bahamas I Fax: (+1 242) 327 66 29

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BYouth Empowerment & Skills Training Institute

The YEA S T Institute in vites

applications for admission to




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October 20, 2007

- June 30th

Applicants mfst he males, 12-19 years of age, who can benefit lin an
Intense program of'discipline, leadership, vocational skills, and academics.

The Restorative Program is a 9-month residential leadership and character
development curriculum, that benefits the whole male chil to l coIm a leader
in his community.

Please contact: YEAST
40 Deveaux Street (Next to Our Lady's Catholic Church); '
Nassau, Bahamas ..
242-322-8335 242-326-5781
Office hours: 8a 4p, M-F Application Deadline: October 1, 2007

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A position has arisen for a chartered accountant with 20-25 years
experience in the profession, or private sector, to assist in the
further development of a branch office in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

The applicant must have good inter-personal skills and be able to
relate to a wide variety of clients in diverse business environments,
have a history of large scale development projects and experience
of international clients looking to set up business in the family
islands. He/she must be computer literate with a good working
knowledge of Excel and Word.

Applicants should apply in writing to:
ECA Application
P. O. Box CB-11651
Nassau, Bahamas

The Boardwalk at Harrold &
Wilson Ponds National Park is

Saturday & Sundays
from 8am to 6pm.

All are welcome!
Come out and enjoy our wondrous Bahamian wetlands!
Guided tours can be arranged for groups upon request.
For further information, please contact our head office
at 393-1317 to schedule a tour.



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Is No longer cn employee of PARADISE
BLUE WATER LTD or affliliated with
authorized to conduct business on behalf of
the company or project.


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Cable Beaclh
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The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is lookingfor


The qualified candidate must be able to direct and coordinate
the activities of employees engaged in conducting credit
investigations, billing guests and collecting delinquent

Essential Functions:

Supervise Accounting Assistants regarding accurate
and timely billing of group master accounts;
Review and approve credit data on incoming groups;
set up individual direct billing requests.

Skills / Abilities

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and
Prepare and analyze data, figures and transcriptions
prepared on and generated by computer;

Qualifications & Experience

A minimum qualification is a High school graduate
or equivalent education is required. A Bachelor's
Degree is preferred.
At least 3 years accounting experience, plus two
years supervisory experience.

Qualified applications are invited to forward their resume

The Human Resources Director
at barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
All resumes will be held in the strictest of confidence






Village Road

branch first home

for Clearing House

FROM page 1

make us a world-class finan-
cial centre."
The ACH software provider,
Montran, had made several
visits to Nassau, meeting two
or three times with the differ-
ent working groups established
by the clearing banks to handle
various aspects of the initia-
Both Montran and the work-.
ing groups were working close-
ly with the ACH's Bahamian
project manager, Providence
"The facility has been set up
to handle the ACH in the ini-
tial stages," Mr McWeeney
said. "We've dedicated space
at our Village Road Shopping
Centre branch for the ACH to
be established in the first
"I volunteered the space in
an effort to support this nation-
al initiative. We feel it is vital-
ly important that this initiative
Mr McWeeney said the com-
mercial banks and Montran
were "fine-tuning the equip-
ment to be acquired" for the
ACH, having realized some of
this would have to be "recon-
figured" to fit the banks' tech-
"All the banks have been
made aware of what the
requirements are to create an

interface with the ACH infra-
structure," Mr McWeeney
"Everybody is committed to
connecting with the ACH.
They'll make sure they have
the infrastructure for it to
become a reality."
Mr McWeeney confirmed
that it would be his bank and
Commonwealth Bank would
be the two "involved in the ini-
tial stages to see if it is func-
tioning" in a live test, before
the other institutions came ful-
ly on board.
Among the functions that
the ACH's first phase would
bring in were automated
cheque clearing, plus direct
debits and direct credits.
The ACH will help to
improve the integrity of the
banking system, with persons
able to know the full value of
goods involved in a transac-
tion almost immediately.
And it is also set to improve
the cash flow of Bahamian
society, with money turned
over much quicker.
The ACH is intended to
replace the current manual sys-
tem for settling cheque trans-
actions, where cheques drawn
on one bank but due to be
deposited at another have to
be taken by armoured car to
a central location where they
are settled by representatives
of the various institutions.
Apart from allowing inter-

bank cheques to be processed
electronically rather than man-
ually at a cheque clearing facil-
ity, the ACH system will allow
direct debits and credits from
accounts, debit cards and a
shared Automatic Teller
Machine (ATM) network.
The latter would allow
Bahamians to use their cash
cards at any bank branch. It
would also reduce the time
persons spent in line waiting
to cash and deposit pay
cheques, as they could be
deposited to their account.
Bahamian consumers would
also be able to use direct deb-
its from their bank accounts to
pay bills such as cable televi-
sion and electricity.
The ACH could ultimately
lead to the creation of just one
back office system for the
entire Bahamas. It may also
help develop SWITCH prod-
ucts, where Bahamians could
use their cash cards at any
bank's ATM machine.
A further potential bonus
from the ACH will be the
opening up a whole range of
electronic banking services in
the Bahamas, including its use
in the online purchase of gov-
ernment goods and services.
Ultimately, through mod-
ernising the Bahamian pay-
ments system through elec-
tronic means, the ACH will
provide buyers and sellers with
more certainty and confidence,

especially when it comes to set-
tling their transactions.
It will also enhance eco-
nomic and business efficiency
by settling transactions quick-
er, boosting business cash


WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is located
along the busiest arc of the North Atlantic Network of international
communication and marine and airborne travel;

AND WHEREAS, the inhabitants of our Family of Islands, as a
consequence of geography, are closely associated with the
surrounding seas which provide a means of transportation and
contribute to their livelihood;

AND WHEREAS, residents, tourists and Bahamian citizens enjoy
cruising the waters of our archipelago which are otherwise used for
fishing, transportation of goods and services and inter-island travel;

AND WHEREAS, as a member of the International Maritime
Organization, The Bahamas, with other member states, wishes to
set aside a day in support of the Organization's efforts to rid the
industry of double standards in the implementation of safety and
anti-pollution measures;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Labour
agrees that ultimately, safety rests very largely with the crews of
ships rather than with the ships themselves and that the reduction
of human error is of crucial importance to promoting safety and
preventing pollution;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Labour has
prepared aweekof activities dedicated to thetheme:"IMO's Response
to Current Environmental Challenges", to engage public attention and

NOW THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas do hereby proclaim Friday 28th
September, 2007 as "WORLD MARITIME DAY".


have hereunto set my Hand and

Seal this 13th day of September, 2007.

jt\ t /I '1 ') ~

Hubert A. Ingraham


t 242.328.3500 If 242.328.8008 I 1 w.gsolcgal.com

Temporary Vacancy

Law practice seeks energetic individual to perform basic accounting,
invoicing and receipting activities through a computerized time and billing
system. Applicants should have at least two years of general bookkeeping
experience. Also, an Associates Degree from an accredited academic institution is
preferred although not required.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary based on his or
her qualifications and on the job training. The engagement is expected to
last four to five months only, but may materialize into a permanent position.

Interested applicants may forward their curriculum vitas together with
copies of all degrees and certificates earned to our offices by either facsimile
at 328-8008 or e-mail at dglinton( gsoleganl.com addressed to the attention of
Mrs. Dominique Glinton. All applications will be treated as confidential.


Cable Beach

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

Director of Security
The selected candidate must develop and maintain a pro-active loss
prevention program designed to ensure a safe and secure environment
for hotel guests and employees.

Interview, select, review, and counsel security officers to maintain
order throughout the hotel. Train new employees according to all
corporate specifications, including documentation.

Promote safe work practices. Ensure compliance with Government
standards and preventative measures. Develop and administer
safety incentive programs. Chair Safety Committee and enforce
safety programs. Develop, revise, and advise key personnel of
emergency procedures.

Investigate accidents, thefts, property loss, and unlawful activities.
Document details and advise management.

Coordinate and monitor for efficiency safety and security related
programs for overall hotel, including lost and found process,
auditing of issuance of hotel keys, chemical, CPR, and Hurricane
and Fire Preparedness training, evacuation drills, etc.

Skills & Abilities
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Basic computer skills, including knowledge of computer accounting
programs. Math skills and budgetary analysis capabilities are
Thorough knowledge of the Bahamas Government Laws including
Labour Laws.

Qualification & Experience
High School or equivalent education required.
Thorough knowledge of The Bahamas Government Laws;
Heavy law enforcement or security related background
A minimum of 15 years management in security loss prevention,
related hotel or lodging preferred.

Qualified applicants are invited to forward their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
All resumes will be held in strictest of confidence




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French firm to ac


Freeport manufacturer

FROM page 1

told The Tribune yesterday:
"There are some points that
need to be closed before we
complete [the purchase], but
it's a question of weeks."
He added that he could not

discuss what remained to be
completed, "but there are
some regulatory points that
need to be done and some
paperwork that needs to be
done before we close the deal.
"There's no big issues. We
don't expect any big issues pre-
venting this deal from being
The PharmaChem purchase
will require the Grand Bahama
Port Authority's (GBPA)
approval and, although tech-
nically not required under the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
probably the Government and
its National Economic Council
The GBPA or one of its
affiliates, likely to be Port
Group Ltd, is understood to
hold about a 10 per cent stake
in PharmaChem, which was set
up as a joint venture between it
and Italian investor, Pietro Ste-
Mr Stefanutti, Pharma-
Chem's founder and president,
who brought the initial man-
agement team and expertise,
will remain in place and
become chairman of the com-
bined PharmaChem-Group
Novasep entity.
Mr Le Rudulier said the
PharmaChem purchase fitted
in with his company's global
expansion strategy, particular-

ly given Grand Bahama's prox-
imity to the US, giving it the
chance to make inroads into
that market.
His company's research and
development expertise will also
be available to the Bahamian
company, which manufactures
the active pharmaceutical
ingredient (API), known as
Tenofovir Disoproxil
Fumarate (TDF) for the Nas-
daq-100 listed firm, Gilead.
In turn, this is used in
Gilead's antiretroviral drugs,
Viread and Truvada, which are
distributed in markets across
the globe. PharmaChem sup-
plies the bulk active ingredi-
ent to Gilead, whose formula-
tors then convert it into the
final active tablet distributed
to patients across the world.
Viread is offered in some 98
c o u n t r i e s
"We will have more technolo-
gy that we can make available
to the group in the Bahamas,"
Mr Le Rudulier said. "We
have a global sales network
and intend to grow the busi-
ness of PharmaChem. and
bring more customers to the
"It's a very important deal.
That is why we're acquiring it.
It's beneficial for both Groupe
Novasep and PharmaChem."
PharmaChem's Freeport site

is located on the former Syntex
Pharmaceuticals property,
which was acquired by Mr Ste-
fanutti and his fellow investors
in September 2003.
Only 22 acres of the 62-acre
facility have been developed,
but Mr Le Rudulier said there
were "no immediate plans to
expand the site as such", indi-
cating this was more of a long-
term goal as I'ha rma('hemn's
customer base expanded.
For PharmaChem, Mr
Thompson said: "One of the
significant benefits is to be able
to diversify ourselves substan-
tially here at the plant. We
have one customer and one
"What we are trying to do
now is to provide ourselves
with some opportunities over
and above what we have with
"At some point in time that
contract will terminate, and we
have got to be able to see our
future and create alliances
beyond the one customer, one
product scenario we are cur-
rently in."
The Groupe Novasep tie-up
will, Mr Thompson added, "try
to marry" PharmaChem's
manufacturing facilities and
capacity with the French fir-
m's research and development

"We've got the manufactur-
ing capacity here, and they've
got the research and develop-
ment and technology, and we
need to bring them together
and create an alliance for the
future." Mr Thompson added.
He said PharmaChem
employed 73 full-time staff,
some 93 per cent of whom
were Bahamian, plus 23 con-
tract staff who were responsi-
ble for janitorial, security and
some maintenance systems.
Mr Thompson said the eco-
nomic impact from Pharma-
Chem's arrival in Grand
Bahama had been "signifi-
cant", especially after Honey-
well closed and 'mothballed'
the former Syntex plant in
2001, putting some 200 people
out of work.
Since 20903, PharmaChem
had created some 100 direct
jobs, "a tremendous impact in
such a short space of time, cre-
ating jobs for so many individ-
"We've increased the capac-
ity to 100 metric tonnes per
annum now," Mr Thompson
said. "One of the things we
talked about one or two years
ago was shipping product
directly to South Africa. That
has happened.
"It has been done with
Gilead's authorisation. We're

not just shipping to Gilead's
customers. They've given us-
authorisation to directly deal
with South Africa. We're ship-
ping direct to South Africa,
once we accept an order from
a customer."
PharmaChem had created
spin-off economic activity for
transportation, shipping, cus-
toms brokerage and machin-
ery companies, Mr Thompson
He explained that a key
attraction for PharmaChem to
locate in Grand Bahama, apart
from its US proximity, had
been the tax and investment
incentives provided by the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
The company imported
about 100 per cen t of its raw
materials from the US,
Europe, Japan and China, and
was able to bring them into
Freeport duty-free, paying just
for the cost of freight. The fin-
ished product was then export- ,i
ed duty-free, too.-"
Mr Thompson said the exist- "
ing PharmaChem 22-acre facil-
ity had significant expansion 'J
potential in its own right. Of '"'
the three plants there, only one 1;1
was producing product for; ';
Gilead. One was a pilot plant,
while another had been 'moth- :
balled' since Honeywell left in

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE JOASIL of PINEDALE
(off Wulff Road), NASSAU, 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 12TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to,.the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DYROGENE JOSEPH of
MACKEY ST., CB-11935, NASSAU, 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 12TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LAVANETTE LIBRUN of
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 19TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that HENRY METELLUS of
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 19TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SAMUEL GUSTAVE of EAST
STREET, P.O. BOX N-720, NASSAU, 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 19TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, PANDORA
DORSETT of Miller's Heights, High Street, P.O. Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas intend to change my name
to Pandora King. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed, Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that CHRISTIANNA NOEL-
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 12TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 19TH day of
September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Information Technology
Headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in Tile Bahamas, Barbados, the
Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Butterfield
Bank offers a wide range of services to local and international clients.
An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Information
technology team.

Core Responsibilities
* Provide tier-1 end user support in support of business operations via the
internal Help Desk function,
* Assist with the pilparation and maintenance of technical specifications
and related documentation
* Proactively ensure all identified applications, hardware and general
equipment are monirltoiled via operational tasks lists
= Assist with technology piolects aind initiatives with use of analytical and
piloblemi-solvig skills to help identify, communicate and resolve issues to
Illaximizle tiheo benefit of 11 systems ilnvestenllits,

Desired Qualifications
" A degree in Comptterl Science or related discipline from a well
'cogllizoel iluniveisity
" A minimntlm of two yeai s professilnlll II experience: preferably inl the
Financial Services Induistry.
"11 based tiainiiig or qualifications (A+, MCP. or CCNA) flom accredited
institutions will be advailltageoLIS
" Proficient in computer systems anid netwoIk niillnagemnInt, Web-based
applications, client-servei applications, and PC-based software
* Working knowledge of Miciosoft Windows Seivers, Microsoft Windows
XP, Miclosoft S(lI Silver, and Miciosoft Office.
" Strong interpeilso;inatl, roriliuniciationl problem solving, and customer
service skills

Closing Date: September 20, 2007

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Pricing Information As Of: C FA I"
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,891.75 I CHG 00.08 %CHG 00.00 / YTD 215.56 I YTD % 12.86
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ DIv $ PIE YIeld
178 0.54 Abaco Markets 1 60 160 000 0 094 0 000 170 000%
11.74 11 l) Bahamas Property Fund 1170 1170 000 1527 0400 77 342%
955 7.50 Bank of Bahamas 955 955 000 0733 0260 130 272%
0.85 070 Benchmark 0 85 05 000 0048 0020 177 2 35%
374 152 Bahamas Waste 373 373 000 0279 0 060 134 1 i1%
1.62 1 20 Fidelity Bank 1 62 1 62 O00 0064 0040 3 2 47%
1100 940 Cable Bahamas 1102 1102 000 0996 0240 11 1 2 18%
3.15 1.80 Colina Holdings 3 15 315 000 0208 080 15 1 2 54%
15.83 11.50 Commonwealth Bank 1583 1583 000 1 190 0 680 13 4 .0%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 562 570 O 08 0 112 0050 50 O 09%
2.76 2 20 Doctor's Hospital 2 35 2 35 000 10,500 0 284 O 000 0 1 010011
6.40 554 Famguard 618 618 000 0804 0240 77 38%
1279 11 51 Finco 1279 12 79 000 0 768 0!70 1G7 4 46"
14.70 1376 FirstCaribbean 1470 14 70 000 0977 0 170 14 1I 3 20"
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 610 610 0.00 0364 0 133 167 2 17%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 070 000 -0415 O 000 N/M 0 00%
849 7.10 ICD Utilities 725 725 000 0411 0200 176 2' 6%
10.05 8.52 J S Johnson 1005 1005 000 0946 0'~80 106 5 i7%
10.00 1000 Premier Real Estate 10.00 1000 000 1 167 0600 86 600%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14 60 14 25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14 60 15.60 16 00 1 125 1 485 13 9 10 17%
800 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 600 6 25 6 00 0000 0480 NM 7 80%
054 0 20 RND Holdinas 0 35 0 40 0 20 -0 030 0000 N/M O 00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securitias
41 00 41.00 ABDAB 41 00 1, ..1 r .... : I 1-,, 50 90 670%
1460 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 1460 1550 1400 1 125 1 438 1.;'; 10 17%
055 O 40 RND Holdings 0 45 O 55 0 45 0 030 O 000 N/M O00%
BIlX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %'o
1 3566 1 2828 Colina Money Market Fund 1 356630*
3 3402 2 9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3 3402-**
2.8869 2.4606 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.886936-
1 2698 1 1923 Colina Bond Fund 1 269803-
11 6581 11 1622 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11 6581.**
FINDBEr CLOSE 855.71 / YTD 15 31% I 200 34.47%
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set to tackle

China tourism

visa snags

FROM page 1

long time it takes for Chinese
persons to obtain entry visas
for this nation.
Currently, such visas have
to be applied for and issued
through the UK diplomatic
mission in Beijing, a process
that adds a huge amount of
delay and red tape to the situ-
And although the Bahamas
was named as a preferred trav-
el destination for Chinese
tourists by Beijing in 2005, this
nation and other Caribbean
countries have not yet been
able to exploit this.
"What has happened in our
country as well as many other
Caribbean countries affected
by that," Mr Laing said, "is
that the appropriate travel.
agencies and those in China
have not been brought togeth-
er to create the kinds of oppor-

tunity that will make that des-
ignation meaningful."

Mr Laing said his talks with
Chinese government and busi-
ness officials "were dominated
by discussion of tourism
opportunities", both in terms
of attracting greater numbers
of Chinese visitors to the
Bahamas and enticing Chinese
businesspersons to invest in
the Bahamian resort industry -
especially niche, boutique
resort properties in the Fami-
ly Islands.
Talks also focused on alter-
native technology, energy and
agriculture, and Mr Laing
added: "Given the rising pros-
perity in China, there could be
financial services opportuni-
ties from the wealth manage-
ment point of view, as well as
setting up C(llinese financial
institutions in the Bahamas as
they seek investment oppor-
tunities in the West."
The minister added: "I can
tell you that the Chinese busi-
ness community.is eager to do
great exploration in the
Bahamas to determine what
they can take advantage of"

What we

must do to



FROM page 1

he just has the wrong role
models. He is being educated
on the street by peers who
themselves- have not been
directed properly, a classic
example of the blind leading
the blind.
He is also being exposed to
cultures and behaviour that is
not his own. The music and
lyrics of the Jamaican and
American artist speak of the
Jamaican and American expe-
rience. The Bahamian male
hears this reality and attempts
to make it the Bahamian expe-
Finally, what the stats do not
tell us that the Bahamian
woman has a tremendous
influence on how the Bahami-
an male behaves. She, through
her naivety and negative role
models, glorifies and exalts the
'Bad Boy' and 'Ruff Neck'
images that her Jamaican and
American counterparts do.

These youth groups should
be invested in by government
and private entities, so that
their work can be given more
teeth to bite into social ills.
Efforts should be directed
towards both young men and
women, who need to be direct-
ed and guided along clear
Crime is bad. I say this
because I know. As you are

aware, I am a police reserve
and formerly full-time officer
with the Royal Bahamas Police
Force. I am actively involved
with the Crime Prevention
Committee of the Chamber of
Commerce. I think that I have
a,pretty good feel, for the pulse
of criminality in the country. It
will be a tragedy if this effort
put forward by National Secu-
rity is not capitalised upon.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, specialis-
ing in policy and procedure
development, business securi-
ty reviews and audits, and
emergency and crisis manage-
ment. Comments can be sent
to PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas, or e-mail;
sures.net* or visit us at
* www. prevenltativemen ea-



The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, Mr Laing said, was
planning a trade mission to
China next year, while "an
agency of the Chinese govern-
ment had indicated to me that
they are planning to come to
the Bahamas, if I am not mis-
taken, before the end of the
year, to do some further explo-
China's government
announced it was committed
over the next three years to
provide $530 million in pref-
erential loans to promote Chi-
nese business investment with-
in the Caribbean region, and
Mr Laing said it was possible
the Bahamas could attract its
share of that if it created struc-
tures that focused on areas
where the Chinese were inter-
ested in investing here.

Describing the opportuni-
ties for the Bahamas as "sig-
nificant". Mr Laing said:
"There has to be a readiness
on the part of the business
community here to engage the
Chinese in terms of what they
have to offer.
"I believe that on the part
tl the Bahamas there have to
be some structured missions
to China. We have to engage
the Chinese business commu-
nit\ to determine how one can
bhst invest in the Bahamas."


Cable Beach

The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is lookingfor

Purchasing Manager

The qualified candidate will be responsible for the day to day management
of the purchasing activities and the supervision of the purchasing personnel.
To provide purchasing support to hotel operations staff as needed.

Essential Functions:

Plan, prioritize, and execute purchasing strategy to maximize the
leveraging opportunities presented by the resort.
Confer with vendors/suppliers to obtain products or services
Identify opportunities to standardize and consolidate products and
services for the resort, and to ensure implementation of standardized
Review bid proposals and negotiate contracts within budgetary
Compile records of items purchased or transferred between
departments, price deliveries and inventories.
Select products for purchase, prepare purchase orders or bid requests
and inspect deliveries. Compute total cost spread sheets of items
Oversee the administration and control of national commitment

Skills & Abilities

Excellent communicating skills, both verbal and written;
Manage, lead and train staff
Ability to prepare and analyze data figures and transcriptions prepared
on and generated by computer.
Ability to negotiate and write contracts, agreements, performance

Education & Experience:

A Bachelor's Degree is required. MBA or CPM preferred
Must possess at least 10 years purchasing experience, with emphasis on
consolidated purchasing, including five years food and beverage

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a copy of their resume to:

The Human Resources Director
at barbara.barnes@sheraton.com
All resumes will be held in the strictest of confidence
II I I I I I I I I--- --- ---.

June 30, 2007
June 30, 2007
Bahamas Waste Limited ("BWL") was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas on August 18, 1987 under the name of Bahamas Waste Systems Limited. On December
2M-7 --be- 7, 1999, the Company changed its name to Bahamas Waste Limited. The latest audited accounts of
ASSETS the BWL were prepared on December 31, 2006.
Current A.ets
c Ir;i.dI..na s.. u-ns M3 s 19.379 The quarter ends of BWL fall on Match 31, June 30 and September 30, with the year end of the
A-iun-l civnbkl. ne 1,499$ IJ91..3 o1
Innto a .ohr 505s4 wI.oZi Company being December 31.
Lan I102 22.491
',pts 19 I12.900* 1. The condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended June 30.2007 were authorized
Trnl .rru.nt u-tss 2,2a3,414 2. 00.069 for issue by the directors on September 12, 2006.
Plr rty, plant a lnd tuipme1t. n 6,430.134 6.0.6,616
rol.I .. s ,'13,4 s. 8,.066K.6
I Jblllll$
Acclit\ p.i'blc .ial .icrnied liabhl s 5 342,937 $ 326.650
Scuac dc~s_ _3615,5M2 331,423 Basis ofpreparlfon
0t.i liabllilmn 704,519 658,028
s ,Ah.rder'ti, ) These condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 3006 have been
Shbre cipal. 42.000 42.000 prepared in accordance with Intemational Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting.
brllbllnl .I rpl.s 2,752,113 2.752.113
e'6rh quity1'- u.119,I029 7,40,657 The condensed interim financial statements do not include all of the information and disclosures
Iota11ibilll. nndih-rrhoklrs'nullr S a,71X,4 s sX.O,6 required in the annual financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the December
31.2006 audited financial statements.
s,. ,, ,,, ,i,,,,., ,, ,,a ..,...... ,v ih/,ri,, ,,. lThe accounting policies adopted in the preparation of the interim condensed financial statements are
consistent with those followed in the preparation of the Company's annual financial statements for
I IAMA "AS I I.IMID the year ended December 31, 2006, except for the adoption of new Standards and Interpretations,
cOND)NSE SITAT.MENrOF noted below. Adoption of.these Standlard and Interparations did not have any effect on the
IN('COME AND RE rAINEI) EARNIN(; (unsudlted) financial position or performance df the Company.

SIx month menied undno IFRIC 9 Reases.sment ofEmbaike Derivatives
2007 2o06 The Company adopted IFRIC Interpretation 9 as of January 1, 2007, which states that the
Sal nd scr.,-c rderd 3..s5,o s 3,3,'x.0 date to assess the existence of an embedded derivative is the date that an entiy first becomes
1 Id.lc dl,-rerlc xrnrec 2,443.,2107 2,01,0 77 party to the contract, with reassess nt nly if there is a changeto the contract that
-(;i 'r'."t Iqs,.3 I3,0,3173 significantly modifies the cash nows.
)tlil 946I99 32, nI257 IFRIC 10 Interim Fiancmal Reporting amd Impaivmtw
"Ici1.,1 ,3,IIIH2 8I Tj,,L The Company adopted IFRIC Interpretati 10 ofJnuary I, 2007, which requires that an
,I '., 'ln tLb0 ." 9]-o, s entity must not revenue an impairment loss recognized in a previous interim period in respect
Ne. fin(i.llr fr .,,m onIIn.l 60712 4M.t ol goodwill or an investment in either an equity instrument or a financial aset carried at
a H.nealrl1 pnrol mllll njpero 4,614,544 .94<,9,4.l)
Eanlngcper hSre 5 0.14 S 0.11 BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
s ...'... ... ",'.. /.. . ...r.a ar,,,,,.entim i.,.ah,,i ,,., NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2007
Sit monthly ended June 30
2007 2006
(rh al c.i rlquialcnt. prnoided hy (ued for):20 Eamings per share were calculated based on the shares outstanding at the end of the period, which
approximated average shares outstanding during the period.
'cl ,,,I .$,,, S 600,172 S 4I66.312 200
PI' ..I...i.iO 55.294 524,172 Shares outstanding at June 30 4,200000 4.200,000
I tllifd blerp le 2_'. . Oll 2_ 1 .."
1,211.697 *
II n.(, , ,l 0.16.1) .(.o4.. 4. RELATED I'ARTY TRANSACTIONS
n l c llllll lr (IOJ.3a3) (140.205)
..l..... ........."I l. n1 3a,15(,1M5 3 During the quarter BWL entered into transactions with related parties. All transactions were
N.nI ow ,,. lpn lci yoper.ilngci iInl 1,014,442 271_ conducted at ams length and significant obligations to the related parties at June 30, 2007, related
to the purchase of two collections vehicles, and approximated $435.000.
IN VISIIN o c cl. 12) 17241.041
NEl_,'_udr.,_.nci us- 1s 5i3 s. cCOMMITMENTS AND CONTIGENCIES
Ni, ,hgeIl. nI.h udI cah nlulivlernl 72,619 103,8)i The Compaily gulramnlcs its conopactors for a 60-day period from the date of purchase. The
S , i I . 13. IJ79 (14.402) Complany is reimbursed by the manufacturer for any claims paid under such gunmntees.
0II 11, I', ) s,| 1 ,| ,99 $ 89,459

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Tribune Business

Estate Association
(BREA) yesterday
warned Bahamians
to only conduct real estate
transactions with licensed
BREA companies and brokers
in the aftermath of reports that
a woman allegedly lost a
$15,500 deposit to a property
Larry Roberts, BREA's
president, said that incidents
such as this were not a fre-
quent occurrence. However,
he added that there was noth-
ing BREA can do to sanction
or fine any developer or realtor
who is not a member.
".Anyone interested in pur-
chasing or building a home
should only do business with
an authorisied and licensed
BREA member," Mr Roberts
He explained that this can
easily be verified by locating
BREA membership docu-
ments, which should be dis-
played inside the realtor's
office or by contacting the
organisation itself to confirm
if the company is a member.
Mr Roberts said BREA
itself tries to be a watchdog,
as in the recent case where
they made an announcement
warning the public about a par-
ticular business which was con-
ducting business outside of
He added that work is still

being done on potential
amendments to the Real
Estate Brokers and Salesmen
Earlier this week, Sidney
Collie, the minister with
responsibility for consumer
protection, told Tribune Busi-
ness he was very concerned
about reports of "renegade
land dealers" doing business
in the country.
As reported by The Tribune,
a single mother of two said she
was the victim of an alleged
real estate fraud after she gave
the deposit to a real estate
company she claimed has shut

down operations and "run off4
with her money.
After performing a back;
ground check on the sale
agent, she told The Tribunq
she discovered the down pay;
mentfor the property in ques. -
tion was refunded to the devel
opment company by another
real estate firm eight months
ago. However, she never
received a refund for thi
$15,500 she deposited with the
She now believes the real
estate agent has fled the coun-
try in an effort to escape
refunding her down payment,

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