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gay campaign stepped


plan to mobolise

ANTI-GAY campaigners are
planning to mobilise in a hid to
reinstate legislation outlaw ing the
homosexual litestilc in the
A fathers' rights group. Rasta-
farians and other anri-ga s believe
the time has come to hair the
"pernicious influence" of gas. at
every level of socieI
Mr Clever Duncomhc. of the
Bahamian Fathers for Children
Everywhere group, wants the
government and church to take
stock of the situation and act.
"We-have influential people
who live this lifestyle in secret,"
he told The Tribune yesterday,
"Some of them are politicians,
others are in the judiciary and yet
more are heads of corporations.
"These are people who are in a
position to change our country. I
am not going to stand by and let
these small groups influence mat-
Mr Duncombe's call for the gay

lifestyle to be outlawed reported
in yesterday's Tribune sparked
off a fierce national radio debate,
with most callers backing the anti-
gay position.
Mr Duncombe welcomed the
feedback, saying his group and
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Christopher Esfakis death inquest
Tribune Staff Reporter
JURORS in the inquest into the death of Christopher Esfakis at Doc-
tors Hospital in 2002 heard yesterday how his condition deteriorated
rapidly overnight while he was receiving treatment at the facility.
The court previously heard how Mr Esfakis had been admitted to the
hospital on Friday evening, April 19,2002, having suffered burns, pri-
marily to his upper body, after his shirt caught fire at a party.
Nurse Margaret Elaine Kemp and Nurse Verice Knowles Ingraham
testified about their recollection of their experience treating Mr
Mrs Ingraham treated Mr Esfakis in the Intermediate Care Unit
while Ms Kemp later tended to him in the Intensive Care Unit once his
condition had become "critical".
Mrs Ingraham testified that she took over care of Mr Esfakis in
the IMCU at around 10.30pm on Saturday, April 20.
At that time, she said, the patient was "conscious and alert" and that
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THE Bahamas Christian
Council has strongly criti-
cised The Tribune for pro-
moting what it described as
the "gay agenda" in the
Bahamas, thus opening
another front in the 'Cul-
ture War' over this explo-
sive issue.
Pastor Lyall Bethel,
accompanied by BCC pres-
ident John Humes and oth-
er members of the group,
primarily questioned the
behaviour of this newspa-
per while also admonishing
other media outlets at a
press conference at the
Church of God Auditori-
um intended to discuss the
addition of a gay TV chan-
nel on local cable.
"But the real story here
is that once again the ele-
ments in the media have
exposed their own agenda
to promote the homosexual
cause above all others,"
Rev Bethel said.
The senior pastor at the
Grace Community Church
said that he had spoken to
staff reporter Alison Lowe
and news .editor Paco
Nufiez previously, along
with writing to the editor,
SEE page 12

Tribune News Editor
THE Tribune subscribes to the
democratic ideal of allowing all
voices to be heard and does not.
choose sides as Pastor Bethel
His accusations display an
unfortunate ignorance of the
manner in which stories are cho-
sen for prominence in a well-run
Like politicians and other

members of society who view all
issues from a sectarian perspec-
tive, he assumes that everyone
operates in the same way. Pastor
Bethel seems to think that promi-
nent coverage of a point of view is
equivalent to promotion of that
point of view.
He also appears to share the
politician's fascination with social
hierarchy, and thinks it should be
applied to what is "newsworthy".
Thus he asks if a spokesperson
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Sir Jack Hayward files

a new legal action
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT After losing his claim to 75 per cent ownership in
the Grand Bahama Port Authority in the:Bahamas Supreme Court,
Sir Jack Hayward has now filed a new legal action in the Cayman
Islands seeking 100 per cent of the estate of the late Edward St
In the action, Sir Jack, through the Cayman Island Company, is
asking the court to order the St Georges' to repay all dividends
received from the Port Authority since 1984.
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Teenagers in
custody for
over murder
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO teenagers are in
police custody for question-
ing in relation to the murder
of a security officer at a pop-
ular Nassau shopping cen-
Police believe the motive
for the country's 58th mur-
der of the year centred on
an "issue" involving a
Two juveniles were cap-
tur ed shortly after the inci-
dent, one by other security
guards at the centre and the
other a short time later by
police in Lyons Road.
Police say that the coun-
try's most recent murder
occurred around 8.30 pm
They received a call about
the stabbing of 36-year-old
Isaac Sweeting, a security
officer at Harbour Bay
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Straw vendors
speak out against
any temporary
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN straw ven-
dors were up in arms again
yesterday over the proposed
relocation of the straw mar-
ket from its present spot on
Bay Street to a temporary
site at Prince George Wharf.
At a press conference held
at the current straw market
site, representatives from the
Straw Vendors' Coalition
briefed the media on ven-
dors' aversion to any tempo-
rary relocation of the straw
"The Coalition (wants) to
remain where we are now,
we want a new tent put over
(the existing) frame so that
we don't get wet, and so that
we can do our business prop-
erly until the new straw mar-
ket is rebuilt on the old site,"
president of the Coalition,
Ms Telator Strachan,

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Government asked for increased

benefits by retired police officers

Tribune Staff Reporter
EXECUTIVE members of
the Retired Police Officers
Association are asking the gov-
ernment for increased benefits
for retired officers.
They want what the former
officers to receive benefits
which coincide with the current
high cost of living.
According to president of the
association Errington Rahming,
since the creation of the associ-
ation in October 2003 by Com-
missioner of Police Paul Far-
quharson, executive members
have lobbied for and received a
number of benefits including
the restoration of free medical
care at the Police Sick Bay on
Thompson Boulevard, revised
the National Insurance pension
payments for retired police offi-
cers, and honours for a number
of deceased officers.
The association will now shift
its focus to lobbying for a sig-
nificant pension increase, pro-
vision of ongoing benefits for
widows of retired officers and a
revised group insurance plan to

extend coverage for older
retirees by raising the age of
limit from 70 to 80 years old,
executive members told The
Tribune during an interview at
RBPF headquarters.
Cardinal Hutchinson, a
retired chief inspector who
presently serves as a consultant
for the association, highlighted
the pension gap that exists for
many retired police officers.
"You have nowadays, some
(retired) assistant commission-
ers who are literally getting
under a thousand dollars a
month pension, and some con-
stables who are (up for retire-
ment now) getting $1300 a
month," he said. "One of our
pensioners died getting $250 a
month...that is ridiculous."
The reasoning behind this,
association officials said, is that
police pension plans were not
reviewed on a regular basis to
coincide with the rising cost of
Mr Hutchinson argued that
due to the "precarious" nature
of police work, officers were
more prone to developing dis-
eases like hypertension and
adult onset diabetes. This, he

said, highlights the need for
extensive retirement benefits.
"This is what we are looking
for every time the civil ser-
vants get an increase then they
should look at the pensioners,"
Mr Rahming said, He added
that an increase in RBPF

salaries and pension would
attract highly qualified persons
to the field,
Members of the executive
board feel that retired officers
have been overlooked in the
past, despite the valued service
they provided to the Bahamas

when they were active officers,
"If Paul Farquharson didn't
achieve anything in the police
force, he has achieved plenty by
forming this association," Mr
Rahming told The Tribune. "1
have served under 11 commis-
sioners, and he is the only one to

show this kind of interest in his
fellow men, especially retirees."
While the association receives
assistance from the RBPF it
depends mainly on donations,
Mr Rahming said. He noted
that Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest pre-
sented the organisation with a
nine-seater bus in August which
is used to visit sick and shut-in
members of the association.
However, response from the
business community has been
"One of (the association's)
main objectives is to continue
the camaraderie between
(retired police officers) and to
assist those retirees," said Mr
The association's next gener-
al meeting is scheduled for
December 7 and a number of
fundraisers are slated for next
Presently there 151 members
in the association, with 27 of
those living in Grand Bahama,
Former police officers who
served in the force for three
years or more and left in good
standing are eligible for mem-

Pastor calls for introspection on violent, crime

A PASTOR claimed last
night that the Bahamas need-
ed "a national confessional" in
its efforts to reverse the alarm-
ing surge in violent crime.
With three homicides in four
days all involving under-25s
as victims or culprits the coun-
try had reached a new crisis,
said Rev C B Moss, one of the
main forces behind the new
Bahamas Against Crime cam-
"We need to bring people to
the realisation that we must
take responsibility for the prob-
lem ourselves," he said.
Everyone involved in cor-
ruption, or in the facilitation,
condoning or covering up of

crime in all its forms is part of
the problem, he said.
"We need a national confes-
sional, a long period of intro-
spection, to face up to the fact
that we, the people, are fuelling
this crisis," he added.
He said employees who stole
time or supplies from their
workplaces, employers who
underpaid workers, and anyone
who facilitated or condoned
crimes in their own families
were contributing to the
nation's moral decline.
"At the end of our campaign,
I hope we will have moved the
national mindset," said Rev
Moss, "I hope we will prompt
people to look at their own hon-

esty and integrity. If it is done
right, we will realise that we are
talking about ourselves."
The six-month Bahamas
Against Crime campaign will
include a national church ser-
vice on November 4 when peo-
ple will be encouraged to focus
on themselves.
"Are we contributing to
crime in our homes, in our
churches and in the workplace?
That is the question people
should be asking," he said.
Bahamas Against Crime
badges $5 for adults, $3 for
children will be distributed to
show criminals that the people
are against them.
"We want people to become

involved, taking an individual
and collective stand," Rev Moss
There will also be song, essay
and art competitions "to pro-
mote the positive" and a cul-
tural festival in February with
an emphasis on love.
"We must approach this
problem with firmness and con-
fidence, but most of all love,"
said the pastor.
He hoped that about 50,000
people would interact at a free
event, possibly at Clifford Park,
with a prominent guest artist
providing the entertainment.
In April, the campaign will
culminate with a holding of
hands across the Bahamas,

marking the 20th anniversary
of a similar event staged to
counter the drug culture.
"We have a chance of slowing
this runaway train," said Rev
Moss, "We want an open dia-
logue in which everything will
be discussed frankly, including
corruption in various govern-
ment agencies, and white col-
lar crime, morality and ethics."
One of his suggestions is that
parents should be made
accountable for their children's
unruly behaviour. And he also
believes too many influential
people are themselves labouring
under serious allegations.
"These things must be dis-
cussed," he said.

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oIn brief

Man faces
charge of

DONALD Nairn leaving court

A 43-YEAR-OLD man
was charged yesterday in
Magistrate's Court in con-
nection with killing of Andy
Williams, the 56th murder
victim of the year.
He was further charged
with the attempted murder
of Floyd Bodie.
Donald Nairn showed no
expression when Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez read
the charges, as relatives of
the victim sat quietly in the
front row of the court room.
Nairn was not required to
enter a plea.
He responded in the affir-
mative when Magistrate
Gomez asked if he under-
stood the charges that were
being read to him.
According to the court
dockets, it is alleged that
Nairn, on September 28 at
New Providence, intention-
ally and unlawfully caused
the death of 26-year-old
Andy Williams.
The second charge of
attempted murder, alleges
that Nairn sought to unlaw-
fully cause the death of Floyd
Bodie also on the Septem-
ber 28.
The incidents which led to
the charges were reported to
have happened in the area of
the Golden Gates Shopping
Centre on Baillou Hill Road
A preliminary inquiry will
be set in the matter to deter-
mine if there is enough evi-
dence for the case the pro-
Nairn has been remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison until
October 9, when the matter
is expected to be heard again
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Christian Council: gay lifestyle

should not receive support

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Christian
Council has declared that the
homosexual lifestyle should
"never receive public endorse-
This came as part of their
ongoing and aggressive fight
against the call for a gay TV
channel on local cable.
"First, it should be under-
stood that the Rainbow
Alliance does not represent the
views of all homosexuals in this
country, the vast majority of
whom are not calling for spe-
cial rights and recognition, and
certainly are not interested in
same-sex marriage," Pastor
Lyall Bethel said, reading a
statement from the BCC yes-
terday at a press conference at
the Church of God Auditori-
Rev Bethel rejected the sug-
gestion by spokesperson for
Rainbow Alliance Bahamas
(RAB) Erin Greene, that a
broadcast station will allow gay
people to access a more diverse
body of information relevant to
their lives.
The Internet is filled with
information in support and
opposed to homosexuality, Rev
Bethel said, adding that "as a
c h u r c h b a s e d
community/nation, we do not
believe that more information
about homosexuality is needed,
but rather that the truth about
the lifestyle be revealed and
repented of."
The BCC argued'that homo-
sexuals are already allowed to
participate in many areas of
national development including
politics, arts, entertainment, the
media, education and business.
"Rather than feeling disen-
franchised, the truth of the mat-
ter is that the average homo-
sexual does not share Ms
Greene's agenda of trying to
make homosexuality appear
normal," Rev Bethel said.
Citing the Old Testament

book of Leviticus, the BCC
maintained that homosexuality
is "an abomination" and argued
that the Rainbow Alliance
(RAB) is following an interna-
tional agenda which is now
intent on imposing their
demands on this nation.
Rev Bethel also rejected the
suggestion that homosexuals are
under physical threat by the
church or its members though
no such claim has been publicly
made. Rather, "the homosexu-
al is in greater danger of physi-
cal abuse from his/her control-
ling gay lover," he said.
"But the fact of the matter is
that homosexuality is a deviant
lifestyle and many of its partic-
ipants (are) prone to injury and
life-threatening disease," Rev
Bethel later said.
When contacted by The Tri-
bune, Ms Greene said that the
remarks by the BCC yesterday
were "filled with misstatements
whether unintentional or inten-
tional," and some of what was
said "borders on being slander-
"The RAB has never made
a call or launched a programme
to lobby for same sex marriages.
That issue was raised by a mem-
ber of the local clergy first and
foremost. And the RAB is sad-

dened that this is what the
Christian Council has focused
its energy and time on when
certainly there are far more
pressing issues in the nation for
this,self appointed organisation
to lend its attention to," she
Further indicating the hard-
line stance the BCC has taken
on homosexuality, Rev Bethel
said: "The Bahamian family,
already struggling under the
confusion of single parent
homes, absentee fathers and
lack of parental guidance and
supervision, does not need to
be further confused by spin doc-
tors of the LOGO network, try-
ing to glorify and sanitise the
homosexual lifestyle. It is not a
'gay' or happy life. Far from it.
It is a life fraught with betrayal,
abuse, jealousy, violence, pain
and shame. As church leaders,
we are called and mandated to
help all sinners find soul peace
and a relationship with God."
President of the BCC John
Humes maintained that the
church will continue to voice its
strong opposition to the inclu-
sion of a gay TV channel, and
that the voice of the church
must strongly be heard on this
Cable Bahamas has only said

that they are considering new
channels for their line-up and

that they have received a
request for a gay TV channel.

Minister told delegates of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association in India that in a
parliamentary democracy, gen-
uine efforts must be made to
accommodate the opinions of
the minority.
Phenton Neymour, minister
of state for works and utilities,
led a four-member Bahamas
delegation to the CPA confer-
ence, which opened on Sep-
tember 22 and continued
through September 29.
Other members in the dele-
gation were opposition MP
Picewell Forbes, government
senator Katherine Forbes-
Smith, and David Forbes, clerk
to the House of Assembly.
Addressing delegates on the
role of the opposition in a par-
liamentary democracy, Mr Ney-
mour emphasised that "at all
times the opposition must be
free to voice their opinions and
to have them exposed before
the nation with the same facili-
ty as the government's views
are projected."
The minister noted three
common descriptions of the dif-
fering roles of the majority and

the minority in a parliamentary
democracy. They are:
The opposition must have
its say but the government must
have its way
All opposition are to their
opponents factious and irre-
The government tends to
regard the opposition as the
brake on a car going uphill;
whereas the opposition thinks
that the car is going downhill
"There is some truth in these,
of course," Mr Neymour said,
"but there is a great deal more
to it than that. The role of the
opposition is an indispensable
component of the parliamen-
tary system of democracy that
we practice.
"The opposition does indeed
have a responsibility to fulfill
its special function as a leading
participant, in and out of par-
liament, in the national debate
that is on-going in a democra-
He told the 800 delegates at
the CPA conference that while
the government of the day has
the mandate to get on with the
business of governing and to
navigate its legislative pro-

gramme through parliament; it
must also ensure that adequate
time is provided for the opposi-
tion to voice its views fully.
"The opposition has the
responsibility to make sure that
the views of the minority are
given full exposure," Mr Ney-
mour said, "and a wise govern-
ment will pay attention to those
views and take them into con-
sideration, especially when the
matter at hand is of great
national importance.
"Indeed, the mere anticipa-
tion of what the opposition is
likely to say on a particular issue
can have an impact on the
deliberations of the govern-
"While the government will
have its way, the opposition can
sometimes influence the course
of legislation by proposing
amendments to legislation and
making persuasive arguments
in favour of them," he said.









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Playing the name game with nations

subsequent crackdown by the authorities,
have brought Burma barging back into West-
ern consciousness. But what to call it?
In 1989 the Burmese military junta
renamed the country Myanmar. The New
York Times and the Washington Post duti-
fully call it Myanmar, but often have a refer-
ence somewhere in the story saying "for-
merly Burma." The former capital and
biggest city will be often referred to as "Yan-
gon, formerly Rangoon," but sometimes just
The Globe, owned by the New York Times
Co., calls the city "Rangoon" and the country
"Burma," with maybe a reference in the sto-
ry saying the junta renamed the country
The Wall Street Journal recently referred
to "Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city," without
bothering readers with the former names.
But they allowed their sources leeway. "They
want to see Burma remain stable," a source
was quoted as saying in the same story with-
out any newspaper guidance to the reader
that Burma and Myanmar are one and the
The Economist barreled ahead with Myan-
mar in its leader last week, without refer-
ences to past names, but used the word Bur-
ma on its cover. The Financial Times recent-
ly succumbed to the same schizophrenia. Last
week, it resolutely referred to Burma and
Rangoon throughout a story, but the photo
caption referred to "Yangon, Burma."
Everyone seems to use "Burmese" as an
adjective, even when they are.referring to
Myanmar. "Myanmarian" hasn't made it.
Jim Lehrer of public television s News
Hour gives you a choice. "Myanmar or Bur-
ma," but he recently took the trouble to
explain that these names have become
freighted with political meaning. Myanmar is
associated with the military dictatorship,
while Burma is preferred by the democratic
President Bush used Burma in his United
Nations speech correctly in my view -
but I am sure the Burmese junta thought it
was the equivalent of his referring to the
"Democrat Party."
The New York Times style can be traced to
Joseph Lelyveld, foreign editor in 1989, and
later executive editor, who was "the only
person on the premises who had ever lived in
Burma," he .says, having been a Fulbright
student there.
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"it is not our business what a country wants to
call itself." Also, he didn't want to repeat
the muddle in many newsrooms that followed
China's change from Peking to Beijing. He
had talked to a respected Burmese friend
who told him that Myanmar was an older
name for Burma, and had legitimacy.
"Now Myanmar is associated with those
dreadful people," Lelyveld says today. "Basi-
cally, I was too fast off the mark." He thinks
that, in hindsight, it would have been better to
wait a while to see how things settled down.
Some newspapers were quick to accept the
Khmer Rouge change of Cambodia to "Kam-
puchea." Others held back, thinking that the
regime could not last, and that the name
Cambodia would be reinstated. It was.
There is nothing new about name changes.
European towns have regularly changed
names when borders changed. Upper Volta
changed its name to Burkina Faso in 1984,
wags say to move higher up the alphabet. St.
Petersburg became Petrograd in World War
I, then Leningrad under the Communists.
Now it is St. Petersburg again.
India changed Bombay to Mumbai, even
though Bombay came from the Portuguese
and never was Mumbai. Venerable old
Madras is. now called Chennai, and Calcutta
has been renamed Kolkata. The last time I
was there, however, the Royal Calcutta Golf
Club was resisting a name change
The yacht club in Hong Kong found a com-
promise when the British colon reverted
back to China 10 years ago. In English it is
still the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. but in
Chinese it is the Hong Kong Yacht Club.
I respect a country's decision to rename
things, but my curmudgeonly view is that it
needn't be imposed on the English language.
We never had to write CCCP instead of USSR
when the Soviet Union still existed. Germany
calls itself Deutschland. but doesn't insist that
English speakers follow suit. The Italians aren't
irritated because we say Florence instead of
Firenze. The Belgians-don't bridle when we
write Brussels instead of Bruxelles.
As for Myanmar, I have no doubt that both
it and the name Yangon will one day fit in the
same trash can alongside Leningrad and
Speaking of Belgians, I erroneously wrote
of a Protestant north last week. Catholics
outnumber Protestants in Flanders.
(This article is by H.D.S. Greenway Globe
Correspondent c. 2007 The Boston

Bumped off at

my flight on


EDITOR, The Tribune
FIRSTLY, I would like to
thank you for your generosity in
allowing me space in your valu-
able paper to express my dis-
content with an incident involv-
ing myself.
On Saturday, September 15,
2007 I was scheduled and con-
firmed to travel on Bahamas air
6.30am flight from Nassau to
Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera, where I had a sched-
uled business appointment. Due
to my late arrival I missed my
flight (in which I accept respon-
sibility). As a last resort I
noticed that there was an
8.30am Bahamasair flight to
Rock Sound on which I tried to
secure a seat. However, the
agent at the desk informed me
that the flight was booked full
and he would only be able to
put me on standby. It was at
this point that I started to feel
uneasy as I saw my hopes of
making my business engage-
ment fade away. Kindly the
agent told me not to be too sad-
dened because my chances
looked favourable in making
the flight.
After the agent had changed
my ticket for the Rock Sound
flight, he directed me to the rear
seating area to await the call-
ing of the flight. After waiting
for approximately forty minutes
the flight was called. Intention-
ally I waited for most of the
confirmed passengers to be
processed before approaching
the boarding desk. Nervously,
I handed my ticket to the
boarding agent as I approached
the desk, to my delight I was
issued a boarding pass with the
seat #lld. Sighing with relief I
boarded the aircraft, secured
my carry-on and sat in my des-
ignated seat. While waiting for
the aircraft to completely board,
I noticed a few acquaintances,
dignitaries (inclusive of the
Governor General) were board-
ing the aircraft. I soon under-
stood from one of the passen-
gers that most of the passengers
were attending a funeral of a
popular Eleuthera resident,
which I suspected due to the
dark fashionable attire that
most of them were wearing.

Also travelling on the flight was
a very popular and charismatic
staff member of Bahamasair
whom by her attire was appar-
ently going to the funeral.
The staff member cheerfully
greeted and exchanged pleas-
antries with most of the pas-
sengers on the aircraft who hap-
pen to know her (including
myself) as she proceeded
towards her designated "seat".
Shortly afterwards the flight
attendant beckoned to the staff
member as she was secured in
hei seat and as a result she got
up and walked to the front of
the aircraft where they engaged
in a discreet conversation. Con-
sequently a lady embarked the
aircraft and was directed to the
seat that the staff member had
previously occupied.
At this time it was vividly
clear to almost everyone on the
aircraft that this lady passenger.
who had arrived late was con-
firmed for that same seat that
the staff member had occupied.
At this point the staff member
had disembarked the aircraft
and the flight attendant had
started to perform her flight
duties in preparation for take-
off. Soon afterwards a ground
agent came on to the aircraft,
spoke to the flight attendant
and she in turn called my name
for identification on the air-
craft's intercom. I identified
myself by raising my hand; it
was at this point I knew my luck
had turned. The ground agent
walked towards me and told me
that a confirmed passenger was
in need of my seat and asked
me if 1 had any baggage in th
storage hole.
I replied in the negative,
politely stood up and removed
the carry-on and proceeded to
walk off the aircraft. As I was
disembarking the aircraft I saw
the same staff member stand-
ing outside. As I was stepping-
off the aircraft, the staff mem-
ber stepped-on the aircraft and
tooe my seat. At this point I
became shocked and confused

and I asked the ground agents
who were nonchalantly escort-
ing me back to the terminal,
"Why was I being 'bumped-off'
by one of your colleagues?" His
reply was: "She was a confirm
passenger." At this point my
confusion grew to irritation as I
stopped and asked him "if she
was a 'confirm' passenger, why
was she asked to give up her
seat and be replaced by another
confirmed passenger?" To this
question I got the same reply,
"she was confirmed."
In all fairness to Bahamasair I
cannot absolutely verify whether
or not the staff member was a
"confirmed" passenger. How
ever if,she was, it is my opinion
that they "collectively" not only
acted in poor taste but also m
breach of procedure in their
administration of their duties,
which by the way left a nega
tive impression in my mind.
Ironically, it has been a custom
of mine to only fly Bahamasair
where available regardless of
the economic benefit that I've
seen others enjoy from the com-
petition, regardless of the delays
and all the other inefficiencies
that has been associated with
Walking back to my vehicle, 1
felt discouraged and as I was
driving I started to question
myself as to the level of sincer-
ity, allegiance and patriotism
that I have for my national air
line and whether my commit-
ment to Bahamasair is deserv-
ing of this poor treatment. I
have heard in the past of similar
experiences by others but it has
a resonating effect when it "hits
home". In the future I definite-
ly plan on exercising my options
because I find this treatment to
be completely unacceptable,
Thank you.- .
Rock Sound
September 24, 2007.
(It would be interesting to
know if this Bahamasair staff
member/passenger paid full fare
or whether she either flew gratis
or at a special staff rate. It is
our understanding that airline
staff always step aside for pay-
ing passengers. Ed).

Fixing problems of Bay Street are

more complex than first thought

EDITOR, The Tribune
I REFER to the editorial


NOTICE is hereby given that ROSEVERL JEAN PIERRE
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 26TH day of SEPTEMBER
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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"The Problem of Bay Street"
in today's Tribune. I agree with
the problems you outline but
wish to note that the problems
of Bay Street are actually much
deeper than what you state.
The problems of Bay Street
start at Arawak Cay and extend
east to Montagu. I don't know if
you have looked at Arawak Cay
recently but it is a national dis-
grace to have something like
that at the entrance to the har-
bour. I am not talking about the
Fish Fry area, but the main
Arawak Cay. The old customs
building is falling down, and
there are wrecked boats and
other garbage piled high on the
eastern end of the island. The
old lighthouse on Paradise
Island is dilapidated. Perhaps
you should drive out on
Arawak C'ay and see for your-
Skip downtown Bay Street
because you covered that in
your editorial and go to Potter's
Cay. What another disgrace.
Even before one gets on the
Cay, the area from old sand
depot to the foot of the old
bridge is littered with wrecks
and other junk. There is usually
a mountain of garbage and
conch shells in front of the Pro-
duce Exchange and piles of rub-
ble in the area of Bahamas Fast

Ferries which is another con-
gested mess. Surely the owners
of the company can do some-
thing to improve the environs
of its operation. The stalls that
line both entrance and exit to
Potters Cay look like a shanty
town. There are more wrecks
to the east of the old bridge.
Why don't you drive out there
Go east to Montagu. The
Fort, which should be an import
tant tourist attraction, is anoth
er pile of garbage.
You mentioned the emissions
from buses. Buses spew out
clouds of fumes but so do many
other vehicles. Many countries
in the world have emissions
controls on vehicles, why not
the Bahamas? I believe that
emissions are a major compo
nent of green house gases
affecting climate change, not to
mention poisoning those of us
who inhale these noxious fumes
Is this what we want guests
in our country to see? Moie
importantly, do we, who live in
the country, want to look at this
mess everyday? As a Bahamian
I am embarrassed.
September 13 2007


NOTICE is hereby given that DULAISSE GERVE OF
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 '26TH day of September,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.





In brief

health fair
held at Town
Centre Mall
THE second annual health
fair for men has been held in
New Providence.
According to organizers, it
was a day of health checks,
health talks, and giveaways.
Us Too and the Bahamas
Male Health Initiative pre-
sented the fair under the
theme: "Men in crisis: our
time to respond" at the Town
Centre Mall's Centre Court
on Saturday, September 22.
The event officially started
at 12pm, however partici-
pants made their presence
felt as early as 10.15am as
concerned men and women
came to have their health
assessed by professionals
including staff from the Min-
istry of Health and Doctor's
There were free blood sug-
ar checks, blood pressure
readings, cholesterol tests, as
well as height, weight and
body mass index checks.
Participants also heard
talks on a number of issues,
the profile of a healthy
the role of the father in
cancer in men
crime and its impact on
men at risk
'AIDS and men

Chavez to take
clocks back
30 minutes
Chavez is taking Venezuela
back in time by 30 minutes,
to be exact, according to
Associated Press.
His government's plan to
turn back clocks by a half-hour
has some Venezuelans pleased
at the prospect of sleeping in.
Others seem vexed that
Chavez is making the entire
nation change its daily rhythm:
Some bloggers suggest Chavez
wants to get out of Washing-
ton's "imperialist" time zone,
but it will also mean that
Venezuela will be a half-hour
apart froIp his Cuban allies.
Chavez has assured
Venezuelans the time change
isn't arbitrary government
officials have been studying it
since 1999, seeking a compro-
mise for a country wide
enough for two time zones
along South America's north
coast. The change will be year-
round there's little need for
daylight savings time along the
equator, where daylight hours
vary little by season.
The main benefit, Chavez
says, is that most school-
children should no longer
have to rise before dawn.
"You're going to see the
impact, especially children in
school," Chavez said recently
on national television. "Why?
So that our bodies, and above
all our children take better
advantage of sunlight and
adapt the biological clock."
Chavez initially said clocks
would roll back on Septemer
24, no matter what. "It does-
n't matter to me that they call
me crazy. The new time is
going ahead," he said.

Bahamas appeals to UN to

maintain its mission in Haiti

THE Bahamas has made an
appeal to the international com-
munity for the UN's mission in
Haiti to be maintained, so the
gains that have made to date
could be consolidated and the
nation put on a "firm and last-
ing path to sustainable devel-
opment peace security and
The request was made yes-
terday by Deputy Prime Min-
ister Brent Symonette, who
spoke at the United Nations
General Assembly meeting.

"We urge the international
community to support the peo-
ple of Haiti in this quest. Each
year, the Bahamas is challenged
by the arrival of thousands of
illegal migrants from Haiti who
by perilous means journey to
our shores in search of a better
way of life," he said.
The deputy prime minister
said that ensuring that justice
and democracy prevail in Haiti
therefore rebounds positively
not only for the people of Haiti
but also for the Bahamas and

indeed for the entire region.
He added that at a time when
the international community is
engaged in serious reflections
regarding the history and con-
sequences of slavery and the
slave trade, the Bahamas wish-
es to recognize Haiti as the only
country to liberate itself from
slavery and for the inspiration
this provided o the internation-
al campaign against slavery.
"Since modern forms of slav-
ery still exist and many people
continue to be held in servitude

we must not relent in our
resolve until everyone is able
to enjoy and exercise the free-
doms which this organisation
has worked so diligently to
recognize, uphold and defend,"
Mr Symonette said.
He commended the UN Gen-
eral Assembly on behalf of the
Bahamas for the adoption of
the historic resolution 61/91 on
the 200th anniversary of the
trans-Atlantic slave trade and
the commemoration of the
achievement held on March 26,

"The Bahamas, where the
majority of our people are
proud descendants of freed
slaves, is participating at both
the national and regional lev-
els in a number of commemo-
rative activities.
"We fully support the project
aimed at erecting a permanent
memorial at the United Nations
in commemoration of this
shameful period in the history
of our world." Mr Symonette

Haitian exile calls for' Baby Doc' to return as possible president

MANY Haitian exiles in Nas-
sau favour a return of Jean-
Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier
to Haiti as a possible future
president, it was claimed yes-
They see the man who was
ousted from the National Palace
in Port-au-Prince 21 years ago
as a "stabilising force" with the
country's interests at heart.
Haitian sources in Nassau
said Baby Doc who succeeded
his infamous father, Francois
"Papa Doc" Duvalier as presi-
dent in 1971 is now a mature
man rather than the "boy" he
was when last in power.
"Haitians here in Nassau feel
very strongly that Baby Doc could
be good for Haiti," said a Tribune
source. "They feel he has a con-
tribution to make and in time
could become president again."
Baby Doc, who was' groomed
by his father for the presidency
and served 15 years at the

National Palace before being
forced out in 1986, has spent
more than two decades in exile
in France.
But for some time now he has
expressed a desire to return to
his homeland, claiming every-
thing had gone downhill since
his day.
However, his return is being
stoutly resisted by current Pres-
ident Rene Preval, who said last
week that he would prosecute
tjie ex-president for alleged cor-
ruption if he set foot in Haiti
Recently Duvalier, now 56,
broadcast in French to Haiti
apologising for "wrongs" com-
mitted under his rule.
It was part of a quiet cam-
paign by Duvalierists to secure
Baby Doc's return.
But President Preval has
accused Duvalier of killing
thousands of people and steal-
ing millions of dollars.

"There is also the clamour of
the people," said Preval, "I
think justice has to have its say."
He said Haiti was preparing a
case to recover $6.5 million in
Duvalier-linked Swiss bank
accounts. Baby Doc has denied
illegally taking money.
In his broadcast, Duvalier
asked for the "impartial judg-
ment of history" and admitted
he had been broken by 20 years
of exile.
However, he said he had
been reinvigorated by growing
support among young support-
Last night, a Haitian exile in
Nassau said Baby Doc had
wrongly been blamed for the
sins of his father.
"He is very mature and ready to
help," said the source, "It is felt
that President Preval is a bit con-
cerned that Duvalier will return
to Haiti and become involved in
the presidential race again."

JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER, known as "Baby Doc", pictured at his ranch
outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti in 1980.

Government House undergoes $1.5m renovation

MAJOR renovations are
underway at the 206-year-old
Government House at an esti-
mated cost of $1.5 million,
The work includes the instal-
lation,ot a ,residential elevator
for the comfort of aging gover-
nors general, improved air-con-
ditioning system, in the ball-
room, the construction of toi-
let facilities on the upper
ground and a storage building.
The renovation and restora-
tion of Government House,
which is being led by Alicia
Oxley, projects officer in the
Antiquities, Museums and
Monuments Corporation, is
expected to last a year.
In the meantime, the Office
of the Governor General has
been relocated to the ground
floor of Charlotte House on
Shirley and Charlotte Streets.
Ms Oxley, a restoration archi-
tect, said, "We are, trying to
bring Government House back,
as much as possible to its origi-
nal state."
Government House Mount
Fitzwilliam is divided into
three areas: the mansion, the
ballroom and office, and the
Windsor Wing which houses
Ministry of Works personnel
and Royal Bahamas Defence
Force marines.
A great deal of the work is
being done by the Ministry of
Works, but there are also pri-
vate contractors involved in the
project. Mel Doty is responsible
or the interior design, while
Miller Light Electrical is work-
ing on the upgrade to the elec-
trical system.
The upgrade includes the cre-
ation of a master bedroom suite,
which is intended to increase
Restoration work will be car-
ried out on balconies and veran-
dahs and the noisy air-condi-
tioning unit in the ballroom will

HISTORIC GOVERNMENT House is undergoing major renovations to
areas that have fallen into a state of dilapidation. Above is a portion of
the upper floor near the Ballroom where the boards have rotted, leaving
the floor unsafe to walk on.

be replaced by two smaller chill
water systems at each end.
The architects say units will
be smaller and unlike in the
past, the run-off will not drip
on persons attending functions
in the ballroom.
Courtesy calls at Government
House have not been suspend-
ed, but are being conducted in
the middle room.
Corrections will also be made
to cracks in the tiling system
between the office and the res-
"Ultimately, I would like to
bring that back to what it was
originally," Ms Oxley said.
During the governorship of
Sir Orville Turnquest (1995-
2001), major renovations were
carried out.
The ballroom was refurbished
and transformed. The porch
leading from the master bed-
room was enclosed to facilitate
the remodelling of the bedroom
and bathroom.
The Windsor Wing, which
consists of five bedrooms, was
also refurbished and the porch
converted into a family room.
A portion of the porch of the
office block was converted into

FOR THE first tithe in its 206-year
history, Government House will
have an elevator. The photo
shows the area, just off the main
bed-room suite, where the lift will
be installed.

an office to house the registry.
Central air-conditioning was
installed throughout Govern-
ment House in 1997.

is looking for a

* Must be between the ages of 20 30 years old. (Female preferred)
* Must possess a high school diploma with BGCSE examinations
of grade "C" or above in Math and English.
* Must possess good oral and written communication skills.
* Must be computer literate.

Interested persons should send their resume to e-mail address
Deadline is Friday, October 5, 2007.

m l'

GN 590


Paradise Apartment Complex
Bell Channel Road
Lucay, FreportGrand Bahama

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is inviting Tedes from
interested Bahamians fo purchase of the renovated Government owned Pradise
Parents, a two story apartment complex often (10) residential uits, a washouse, a
swimmingpool and atn (10)vehicleparinglt isavailableforpurchas is

ntersted parties who wish to inspect the complex and to obtain ilding des uld

Ministry of Works and Utilties Engineer
Freepo.rt rand BaI as
Telephone 352-247812118
Monday to Friday bedWeew the bun of
9;f0 a.and500 p.m.

Sealed tcdes, mukrd oposalfor P ae of the Pradise Apartment Comlx, Bell
Channel, Luc=ay, Feport, Grand Bahama" should be addressed and deliveud to:

Financial Seretary

Cecil Wallace.Whitfield Centre
West BayStreet
P.O.Box N 3017
Nassau, Bahamas

No later thn .pM on Friday, Ocober 2007

The Govanmant serves the right to
reject any and all tenders




Homosexuality and those who condemn it

Man is a Religious Animal. He
is the only Religious Animal. He
is the only animal that has the
True Religion several of them.
th is the onl, animal that loves
his neighbowt as himself and itlts
ht. throat if his theology isn't
atitight. Mark I w'ain

This past summer thou-
sands of people fled
their homes amid severe flood-
lig across England and Wales.
ihe British prime minister said it
cas an "extraordinary and very
r .IOUS event".
So extraordinary, in fact, that
soon- afterward one Anglican
1,irelate was seriously calling the
tloods "God's judgment on the
immorality and greed of mod-
ciii society." The Bishop of
t. dlisle claimed that laws that
ha' e undermined marriage,
including the introduction of
pio-gay legislation, provoked
God to act by sending the
unprecedented storms.
'his drew laughter even from
fellow clergymen. As one rev-
erend wrote tongue-in-cheek to
Sne Anglican Church Times: "Is
there no end to the talents of
c hurch of England bishops
(who) have suddenly acquired
expertise in meteorology (and)
declared that the rains are a pun-
ishnent from God?"
According to Christopher
Hlichens, an ex-communist
British expat who is now a
columnist for Vanity Fair and
hi<, been described as "the qua-
si omniscient Johnny Rotten of
political journo-intellectualism",
tins leaves open the question of
why heaven should have decided
to punish the County of York-
shire (where much of the flood-
ing occurred) rather than the
fleshpots of London.
'It seems utterly fantastic," he
:!id. 'that an ordained bishop
o tt state-finalced church, a man
no has the right to sit and vote
in the British House of Lords,
should entertain the speculation
nai meteorology and morality
aic in ihe slightest way connect-
ed But he not only thinks they
,re connected; he claims to dis-
cern tne connection between
particular policies and individ-
'ai storms "
We have a similar (though dif-
( ent) situation here, where
Inglic-ai Archbishop Drexel

Gomez vehemently opposes
homosexuality in the church as
being against biblical teachings.
Some conservative congrega-
tions in Virginia and a few
African bishops have already
seceded from the worldwide
Anglican Communion over the
ordination of a gay bishop in
New England foui years ago.

T o their credit
although they have
agreed not to consecrate more
gays or to sanction same-sex
unions the American Episco-
palians say they retain a "com-
mitment to establish and protect
the civil rights of gay and lesbian
persons, and to name and
oppose at every turn any action

or policy that does violence to
them. or encourages violence
toward them."
And when Christopher
Hitchens accidentally met
Rowan Williams, the Archbish-
op of Canterbury, at a restaurant
in Washington, DC, recently, he
asked him about the controversy.
Lowering his voice carefully, the
Primate of all England replied:
"Well, I'm rather trying to keep
my head down."
In contrast, some church lead-
ers in Nassau have been seeking
to up the ante on this issue. At a
meeting earlier this year, Pastor
Lyall Bethel said the approval
of a gay bishop "behooves Chris-
tian leaders to give some straight
answers on this matter." And he
has led several attempts to start
an auti-gay crusade.
As we have noted before. Pas-
tor Bethel's remarks on politics
and religion are not as silly as
they seem. They are drawn from
the views of powerful religious
and social groups in the United

Slia es. led by )consC'rIvl ve
preachers like the lati Itlr v I .li
well (of Moral Majority fame)
and Pat Robertson (of the Chris-
tian Broadcasting Network).

A supporter of racial
segregation in the
1960s, Falwell had an obsession
with homosexuality that was on
a par with his "lip-smacking c-o
cations of hellfire ", according to

Chris llitcliens. "The evil hiat
he did will live aIti l hinm i not
just ibeCtauiS o the ic \\ k'k tld 'ss
thal l hi :lic t aI l l I(' l 1 I,1
bet' !'.t of( Ie oltl, il; -. ,' ii.
in tile wvll ol sepiiatllioll Ih1,i
ought to divide religion tI uiltol-
The Reverend Meh \\illnte. ;i
Falwell colleagano l-' ore I' nm
out of the closet, had some equal-
ly strong views on the death of
his former mentor I;st May v "
have buried so iinaii\ >tiLOIr gaO
people who ln ha killed thllin-
selves ironi Chrisiuan l ilmlitties
who have been influenced Lirecit-
ly and indirectly by this rhetoric.
And I have burlietda lot ot voune
gays \\ io hlixt bCt' l' b i'l'd i'o
death by anli ga\ ptcoplt' \l >1
quote tlhes guys. \\ho qiotlc ithe
scriptures, to give then a iciasol,.
an excuse for killing ius So I
think their rhetoric condcr'nI it
caricatures, it kills us. \Am I lhink
we have hav ol 1o ito .R! \ aii 'hx ,
rlieto ric.' .. .- .
According to W l ite. Falhcll

raised more money off the gay
threat than any other single
cause:' 'He used these incredible
pictures of gays as promiscuous,
as child abusers, as a threat to
the nation, to the family. He
went on and on. He created us as
a scapegoat And then he said,'
,ow send me money.'

As co-founder of the
conservative religious-
political movement called Moral
Majority, Falwell repeatedly
denounced secular education in
the US and led a long-running
campaign against gays and les-
bians. OnI of his most famous
declarations was that AIDS was
God's punishment for a country
Mh;l lolerates homosexuals.
He also blamed gays, feminists
and others for the 9/ 1 terror
,iilm ks on New York and Wash-
tigion. I really believe that the
i'agais and the abortionists and
the feminists and the gays and
the lesbians who are actually try-
nig to make that an alternative
IIlestyle, the ACLU, People for

the American Wal, all of them
who have tried to secularize
America, I point the finger in
their face and say, you helped
this happen."
-lichens had this to say on a
C'NN documentary following
FIalwell's death: "How dare they
talk to children like this...how
dare they raise money from cred-
ulous people on their huckster-
,. kc'LElmer Gantrv.radio stations
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apart from this initial statement,
our constitution guarantees free-
dom of thought and religion.
including the right to refuse reli-
gious instruction or to take part
in religious ceremonies. Howev-
er, as with other basic rights, it is
subject to qualifications in the
interest of defence, public safety,
Public order, public morality and
p, public Lealth.,
The United States constitution.
however, does not contain' any

he did giggling and sniggering
all the time at what he was get-
ting away with. The empty life
of this ugly little charlatan proves
only one thing. that you can get
away with the most extraordi-
nary offences to morality and to
truth if you will just get yourself
called reverend."

Meanwhile, back in the
Bahamas, the Christ-
ian Council that famously
mute group of self-appointed
prelates has joined with the
Brethren pastors who are trying
to stir up a storm against the so-
called "gay agenda". As Bishop
John Humes recently said: "We
will not sit down idly and let
them promote their
agenda...which is not in accor-
dance with God's law."
In what amounts to an attempt
to create a Bahamian religious-
political movement like Moral
Majority, local fundamentalists
have opposed cruise ships bring-
ing gays to the Bahamas, insti-
gated the banning of movies and
programmes that don't fit with
their beliefs, and tried to set lit-
mus tests for politicians on issues
like same-sex marriage, capital
punishment, abortion and reli-
gious education.
The words "Christian values"
appear in the preamble to the
Bahamian constitution. But





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Religious bullying has led to the
spread of Muslim fanaticism to the
West, attempts to replace science in
our schools with the teaching of reli-
gious nonsense, bans on condoms to
fight AIDS, and on stem cell research
to fight other diseases

The Christian Council that
famously mute group of self-appointed
prelates has joined with the
Brethren pastors who are trying to
stir up a storm against the so-called
"gay agenda".

religious references at all. In fact,
it is the only constitution in the
history of the world that affirms
the separation of church and
state. This achievement was
described by Thomas Jefferson
in 1802 in his reply to the Baptists
of Connecticut who were quite
rightly worried about persecution
by their neighbours, the Congre-
gationalists of Connecticut:
"Believing with you that reli-
gion is a matter which lies solely
between man and his God," Jef-
ferson wrote, "that he owes
account to none other for his
faith or his worship, that the
legitimate powers of government
reach actions only, and not opin-
ions, I contemplate with sover-
eign reverence that act of the
whole American people which
declared that their legislature
should 'make no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting tne free exercise
thereof,' thus building a wall of
separation between church and

he sad truth is that reli-
gious leaders of all
kinds throughout history and
around the world have made the
claim of divine appointment and
guidance which has, in the words
of Sir Arthur Foulkes, "more
often than not brought injustice,
persecution and misery to count-
less millions. The most impor-
tant point to be made is that it is
utterly wrong for any one group
majority or minority to use
the state to force its views or
beliefs on others or in any way to
penalize or discriminate against
Such religious bullying has led
to the spread of Muslim fanati-
cism to the West, attempts to
replace science in our schools
with the teaching of religious
nonsense, bans on condoms to
fight AIDS, and on stem cell
research to fight other diseases
not to mention the meteoro-
logical pontifications of the Bish-
op of Carlisle.
It also leads inexorably to the
vilification and persecution of
people with differing views -
including unpopular minorities
like gays and lesbians.
What do you think? Send
connments to larry@tribuneme-
-dia.net. Or visit WwW.bhahama-




SIn brief

Wines and
Spirits joins
USA Today
BRISTOL Wines and Spir-
its is the second major cor-
porate client to sign an adver-
tising contract with USA
Michael Bethell, sales
executive for USA TODAY,
welcomed Bristol Wines and
Spirits to the partnership.
He said that corporate
Bahamas is beginning to see
the power of the relationship
between The Tribune, Nas-
sau's leading newspaper, and
USA TODAY, America's
Mr Bethell says that busi-
nesses catering to the tourist
market are looking forward
to "a merry and bright holi-
day season, and they are see-
ing the wisdom of partnering
with us to convey their mes-
sage to potential customers.
"With Bristol coming on
board as a sports partner we
now have a winning team.
An unbeatable team. Miller
Beers, The Tribune and USA
Byron Ferguson, Bristol's
beer division manager said:
"This relationship will
enhance the football cam-
paign. We are confident that
the partnership will enhance
its visibility."
Mr Bethell said he wanted
to reiterate that the most
effective way to reach hotel
guests on New Providence
and Paradise Island is to
advertise in USA TODAY.
"We are the only tourist
paper that is distributed door-
to-door at all occupied hotel
rooms and that gives us a very
huge competitive advantage.
"Every morning, Monday
to Saturday, guests will wake
up to a USA TODAY -
which they are accustomed
to receiving back at home."
Every retailer in the tourist
market is trying to lure the
Atlantis guests into their
store, said Mr Bethell.
"They know the power of
that target market and that, cou-
pled with the power of adver-
tising in the USA TODAY,
cannot be fathomed."
Mr Ferguson said that he is
happy to have forged the
relationship and looks for-
ward to positive results.

Castro told
Milosevic to
resist 1999
NATO attack

CUBAN President Fidel
Castro said Tuesday he had
advised then-Yugoslav Pres-
ident Slobodan Milosevic to
"resist" the NATO bombing
of 1999, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Castro, 81, quoted from the
messages he said he sent to
Milosevic in an article titled
"The illegal wars of empire"
that was published Tuesday.
"Our point of view is that a
great crime is being commit-
ted against the Serbian people
and, at the same time, a huge
mistake by the aggressors,
who will not be able to sus-
tain, if the Serbian people are
able to resist like they did in
their heroic fight against the
Nazi hordes," Castro quoted
from a message to Milosevic
dated March 25, 1999.
Castro admitted that he
had no "personal relation-
ship" with Milosevic and said
he based his recommenda-
tions on his own experience
of the "fight of a small coun-
try against a superpower."

Community group plans ways to

improve west Grand Bahama

FREEPORT- Eight Mile
Rock "is in need of a serious
facelift," members of the local
Kiwanis Club were told at their
weekly meeting.
They were also told that, with
hundreds of millions of dollars
in foreign investment ear-
marked for west Grand
Bahama, "a number of social
programmes ought to be intro-
duced aimed at improving the
Outgoing president of the
Kiwanis Club of Eight Mile
Rock, Sherell Storr, led a round
table talk on some of the serious
matters facing that community.
Among them were how
members of the business-com-

munity, along with government
agencies, can work together to
improve the community's
Among areas discussed were
the unsanitary conditions in
most of the community, untime-
ly collection of garbage, as well
as the state of most buildings
and private homes.
Members said the community
ought to take pride in the
upkeep of their private proper-
Emphasis was also placed on
the need for residents to ensure
that garbage is properly dis-
possed in bins.
"I understand that visitors
and, most recently, a foreign
investor has expressed surprise
at the way

Eight Mile Rock looks when
compared to Freeport," said
Cedrick Beckles, a local resident.


"We must introduce social
programmes, along with assis-
tance from other members of
the private sector and govern-
ment, in order to improve our
"I am confident that the
Kiwanis Club of Eight Mile
Rock, along with members of
the wider community, can make
a difference in the appearance
of west Grand Bahama."
Incoming president Roscoe
Jones, who will lead the club
through a membership drive

and community building excer-
cise for the next 12 months, also
expressed serious concern about
the poor state in which the area
had fallen.
He said while people may
seek to blame government for
what is going on in Eight Mile
Rock, he questioned why the
side of Queen's Highway is not
kept in immaculate condition.
West Grand Bahama Local
Government Council East is
responsible for Eight Mile
Rock, members were told.
"What we as a club should be
doing in light of these concerns,
is to introduce a number of pro-
grammes to help residents
improve their living conditions,"
he said.
"This is something that is

close to my heart," he said. "I
will be working over my tenure
in office to improve our area so
that pride can be restored."
Thanking members for their
support, president Storr said
while members had embarked
on a number of social pro-
grammes, more can be done.
She singled out the Healthy
Lifestyle programme involving
staff of the Grand Bahama
Health Services and nurses at
Rand Memorial Hospital.
During the run of the initia-
tive, more than 300 persons
have been screened for various
health risks.
Eight Mile Rock claims to
have one of the highest illegal
Haitian and Jamaican popula-
tions in the northern Bahamas.


would in the future.
"We want to take over the
city of Toronto for one week
and make the Caribbean come
alive," he said. "And when we
work together, we can do that."
Mr Chastanet said the
Caribbean is already seeing
more air charters than at any
other time from Canada. In
addition, airlines are seeking to
expand their scheduled services
from Canada into the
Caribbean, he said.

TORONTO Caribbean
Tourism Organisation chairman
Allen Chastanet predicted a
future that includes higher end
vacations to the Caribbean for
more Canadian visitors.
The prediction was based on
Canada's 'soaring dollar value.
At the end of last week, the
strength of the Canadian dol-
lar marginally surpassed that of
the US dollar for the first time
in 31 years.
"The Canadian dollar is going
to go much further," Mr Chas-
tanet said. "So instead of some
of the cheaper vacations that
people have been accustomed

to taking in the past, you are
going to find that you can get
five-star, golf resort (stays) in
the Caribbean."
Mr Chastanet, who is also
Minister of Tourism for St
Lucia, made the prediction near
the end of the first Caribbean
Week held by CTO in Toronto.
The Media Marketplace,
which was held at the Suites at
One King West, featured
booths from the Bahamas and
Caribbean destinations.
Members of the media were
able to collect information
brochures and press releases on
the various destinations, and

ask questions of country repre-
Caribbean chefs, including
Bahamians Wayne Moncur and
Alpheus Ramsey, also prepared
delicacies for media represen-
Mr Chastanet said the event
was a good way to show off
some of what the Caribbean has
to offer. He said no other region
has the type of diversity that
the Caribbean has.
Meanwhile, he said,
Caribbean leaders have already
agreed to put mechanisms in
place that will make tourism
promotions more effective.

"We have a group of minis-
ters of tourism today who have
agreed to restructure CTO,
restructure how we look at this
Caribbean, and I promise you
that we are going to give you a
world-class product," he said.
"And 1 think you are going to
see many more people working
together to take advantage of
the uniqueness that we have."
Mr Chastanet said the first
Caribbean Week in Toronto
was only a last of what CTO

Social Services cadet programme welcomes new inductees

THE Department of Social
Services and Community
Development's cadet pro-
gramme held its third annual
recognition ceremony at the
Department of Rehabilitative
and Welfare Services Building
on Thompson Boulevard.
The ceremony was held in an
effort to boost the number of
professionals delivering services
to individuals and families in
distress and increase the num-
ber of future trained and dedi-
cated social workers.
Minister of State for Social
Development Loretta Butler
Turner congratulated the new
inductees and welcomed them
into the "noble profession" in
which she said they will receive
intense training over the next
two years.

She advised them to recog-
nise social work as a "backbone
necessity" in a country where
so much violence is being expe-
rienced in homes, neighbour-
hoods and society in general.
The minister went on to
describe the profession as an
activity which helps individuals,
groups and communities to
enhance or restore their capac-
ity to function socially and to
create conditions favourable to
their goals.
The students will be entering
the College of the Bahamas to
complete courses in this field,
and will receive a stipend from
the ministry and a secure gov-
ernment job at the end of the
course two years from now.
Proud parents were also pre-
sent to support the new

NEW INDUCTEES of the Department of Social Service's cadet
programme pose for a photo with Minister of State for Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turner

inductees as they begin the pro-
The minister reminded the
parents that the course will also
require a commitment on their
part to provide moral support.
She encouraged them to see
the programme in a positive
light as the benefits of the pro-
gramme will effect everyone
The minister thanked the
committee and staff for putting
together the programme in a
timely fashion and extended her
best wishes to the new cadets.

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Bahamians make waves in maritime industry

TEN Bahamians received
their bridge watchman certifi-
Scation following studies at the
marine training centre of Hol-
land College in Canada.
In total, 43 Bahamians have
now had success at the college
as part of the Bahamas Mar-
itime Cadet Corps (BMCC)
Sprogramme of the Bahamas
Maritime Authority.
"The Bahamas registry has in
excess of 1,600 vessels with crew
sizes over 2,000 in some cases,"
noted BMCC co-ordinator
Dudley Martinborough.
"Therefore a programme like
this sensitises students to this
vast potential job market."
The bridge watchman certifi-
cate is the initial qualification
necessary for anyone to be
employed on international ves-

"They can get a job anywhere
- on any type of vessel any-
where in the world." he said.
The graduates are: Carlis
Bain, Rashad Dorsett, Jaharad
Greene, Candia Knowles, Ray-
naldo Miller, Shadya Miller,
Juliana Rolle, Ashley Strachan,
Tyrol Strachan and Adassia
The BMCC prepares high
school students in grades 10
through 12 for employment in
the maritime industry. Paul
Miller is the head trainer.
Though falling under the
Ministry of Maritime Affairs
and Labour, the programme is
conducted in conjunction with
the Ministry of National Secu-
rity, the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force and the Ministry
of Education.
The training facilities are

located at C R Walker Sec-
ondary School on Baillou Hill
Road, and are designed to intro-
duce students to the industry at
the entry or basic rating level.
Tenth graders are taught the
basics of first aid, coastal navi-
gation, discipline, and vessel
With the addition of basic fire
fighting and practical exposure
to life at sea, eleventh graders
continue to develop their
Twelfth graders are further
exposed to life at sea in addition
to becoming internationally cer-
tified by undertaking the stan-
dards of training certification
and watchkeeping (STCW)
course conducted by the
Bahamas Maritime Training
Institute and held at the
Defence Force base.
Presently there are almost
200 students enrolled in the
Maritime Cadet Corps pro-

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TEN STUDENTS graduated with their bridge watchman certificate from
Holland College, Canada. Pictured, from right, on their arrival home
Sunday are Carlis Bain, Juliana Rolle, Ashley Strachan, Tyrol Strachan,
Rashad Dorsett, Adassia Woodside, Raynaldo Miller, Shadya Miller,
Jaharad Greene. Not pictured is Candia Knowles.

"Over the last four years we
have been sending our students
to Holland College because
there they can get an interna-

tional certification to start them
on their way to becoming mas-
ter mariners and chief engi-
neers," said Mr Martinborough.

Holland College allows stu-
dents to get their initial ratings
for work on international ships.
For domestic shipping, like the
mail boats, STCW would suf-
Due to the interest generated,
it is anticipated that another 15
Bahamians will attend Holland
College next year, Mr Martin-
borough said. Five are being
groomed for university.
Eight scholarships are offered
through the Indian Embassy
and Dockendale Shipping Com-
pany. Of the 10 latest graduates
from Holland, eight received
half scholarships from Dock-
"We made a conscious effort
to go to the schools and recruit
tenth, eleventh and twelfth
graders to make them aware
that there is a vast industry out
there that may be invisible to
some, but it is there. Up to 90
per cent of the cargo in the
world is moved by ships."

Hundreds turn out for United

Church of God annual festival

FREEPORT More than
400 people have already turned
out for United Church of God's
annual festival in Grand


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Organisers say many of these
are visitors who hail from vari-
ous parts of the globe.
Attendees traditionally make
a positive financial impact on
the local economy during this
event according to Carmeta
Miller, senior manager of faith
based /religious tourism in Min-
istry of Tourism.
The festival is being held at
the Westin and Sheraton Beach
and Golf Resort at Our Lucaya
from September 27 to October
"Following the example set
in the first century by the early
apostles, the United Church of
God, an international associa-
tion, is observing its annual bib-
lical assembly here-called the
Feast of Tabernacles in the
Bible," said a statement from
the church.
It said that in accordance with
the example of Christ, thou-

sands of families in the US and
across the world observe bibli-
cal festivals each year, which
include the Feast of Taberna-
"As recorded in the book of
John in the New Testament,
Jesus himself kept the Feast of
Tabernacles and other holy
days as they are taught from the
Old Testament book of Leviti-
cus," explained Kingsley Math-
er, pastor of the United Church
of God.
The attendees are part of a
group of more than 21,000
meeting simultaneously in loca-
tions around the world, includ-
ing Australia, Barbados, Cana-
da, Cameroon, Chile, France,
Germany, Guatemala, Guyana,
Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico,
New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, the
Philippines, South Africa, St
SLucia, Tonga, the United King-
dom, the United States and

The statement said the Feast
of Tabernacles represents an
important annual reminder to
church members of the
promise of Christ's prophesied
return to earth, when Jesus will
formally establish the Kingdom
of God.
The United Church of God
also celebrates the Passover,
Days of Unleavened Bread,
Pentecost and the fall festival
season that culminates in the
Feast of Tabernacles.
United Church of God
members will be in town for
eight days, participating in
services, seminars and family
activities, and enjoying the
many recreational opportuni-
ties that Grand Bahama
Island provides, the church
Church services will be take
place daily in the Royal Palm
room at the Our Lucaya Con-
vention Centre in Lucaya.

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rails at US


A DAY after holding rare
talks with a top US envoy,
Venezuela's foreign minister
railed against the United States
Tuesday for the "death and
destruction" in Iraq and warned
the world not to allow a similar
war with Iran, according to
Associated Press.
Nicolas Maduro's fiery
speech before the UN General
Assembly contrasted with the
Venezuelan government's
description of his "cordial meet-
ing" with Thomas Shannon, the
top US envoy for the Americas.
The two discussed a possible
visit by Shannon to Venezuela.
Relations between the two
countries have been tense for
years. The United States accus-
es President Hugo Chavez of
being a threat to stability in
Latin America and the
Venezuelan leader is constantly
criticizing US "imperialism"
under President Bush.
Monday's private meeting
was the first between Maduro
and a high-ranking US diplo-
mat, and the Venezuelan For-
eign Ministry said the two dis-
cussed improving ties. In a brief
statement on the encounter, the
State Department said the two
also discussed efforts by Chavez
to broker a deal for the release
of rebel-held hostages in
Colombia, including three
The State Department said
Washington "remains commit-
ted to engaging positively with
Venezuela and throughout
Latin American and the
Maduro's speech, however,
showed Venezuela had no
intention of softening its criti-
cism of the US
"Madness and ambition for
the world's natural resources
led the US government to
launch a ludicrous war," he said.
"This war has led to more death
and destruction and has created
more pockets of terrorism."
He warned of an intensifying
"media, campaign to demonize
the people and government of
Iran" and urged world leaders
not to allow the nuclear dispute
with Tehran to escalate into
"Have the governments of
the world asked themselves
what would happen if the
relentless madness of US lead-
ers culminates in an attack
against Iran?" Maduro said.
"But we still have time to stop
this demonizing campaign. We
have time to build walls of
restraint to stop the ... elites that
run the United States of Amer-

COB to teach Mandarin Chinese

THE College of the
Bahamas has announced that
it will begin offering classes in
Mandarin Chinese next month
under Professor Xu Xianwen
from the University of Nan-
jing in China.
The classes a collaborative
effort between the college, the
Chinese Embassy and the Chi-
nese' Ministry of Education

will be held at COB's Inter-
national Languages and Cul-
tures Institute (ILCI).
The college said that the
ILCI was launched in 2006 as a
response to the need for
Bahamians to equip them-
selves for global trade and to
avail themselves of interna-
tional opportunities of all
kinds, particularly in educa-

tion and professional develop-
As more and more Bahami-
ans are doing business in Chi-
na, now the world's fastest
growing economy, it was
decided that ILCI could make
a contribution by offering
Mandarin, the most widely.
spoken branch of Chinese, a
statement from COB said.

Oktoberfest planned at college


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AUSTRIAN HONORARY Consul Ernst Rumer, and Dr Irene Moss, director of the institute, at Oktoberfest

THE InteriiAoifnal Lan-
guages and Cultures Institute
of the College of the
Bahamas will hold its second
annual "Oktoberfest" on Sat-
The festival will feature live
German music, German food
and beer and German cos-
There will also be a series
of foreign films, informative

lectures and discussion pan-
The International Lan-
guages and Cultures Institute
is headed by Dr Rhonda
Chipman-Johnson, executive
vice president of academic
affairs and managed day-to-
day by Dr Irene Moss.
Both women speak more
than one language.

NOTICE is hereby given that TISHKA DUPERA of 3325,
11372, NEW YORK, 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
qf the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationdity
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that EVEN ELYSEE of EAST
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 2ND day of OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Last semester, the institute
offered a course in Mandarin
Chinese as part of a joint pro--
ject with the Ministry of
"The Mandarin programme
is especially timely as our
tourism industry is wooing
tourists from China, which has a

population of over one billion,"
the statement said.
Since its launch last Septem-
ber, ILCI has offered a range
of foreign language courses and
English as a second language
aimed at the business commu-
nity and the general public.

NOTICE is hereby given that JOHN PIERRE of HILLCREST
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of OCTOBER, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JUAN CARLOS DELGADO
#2, P.O. BOX GT-2014, 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
26TH day of September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


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Inquest into death of Christopher Esfakis

FROM page one

"everything was OK...no abnor-
malities were noted." She said
that he was receiving intravenous
(IV) fluids.
Mrs Ingraham testified her
notes from that evening said
that Dr James Iferenta had
asked to be paged to be updat-
ed with results of some labo-
ratory tests on samples from
Mr Esfakis but when she tried
to page him there was "no
response". She said she could
not recall if she ever received a
response while on duty.
She said that at 12am and
2am checks the patient was
found to be resting comfort-
ably and voiced no concerns.
At 3am Mr Esfakis began
complaining of breathing dif-
ficulties, according to the nurse.
Doctor Antonio was contact-
ed but she said that ER was
busy and she would come up

The nurse added that, hav-
ing reported the patient's oxy-
gen saturation levels to the
doctor,, she told her that, based
on those measurements, every-
thing "should be okay".
At around 3.45am Mr
Esfakis, called the nurse and
said he "could not breathe."
Dr Antonio was contacted and
she and Dr Curtis attended
"within minutes," said Mrs
At this point Mr Esfakis was
suffering from bluish discol-
oration of his face and fingers,
said the nurse. Mrs Ingraham
testified later that this would
have been symptomatic of a
lack of oxygen.
She testified that a tra-
cheotomy was performed on
Mr Esfakis by Dr Charles
Johnson after attempts to intu-
bate him by Dr James Iferenta
and another doctor were
Mrs Ingraham was asked if
Mr Esfakis was suffering from

an inhalation injury. She said
she did not remember. She was
asked if with burns patients this
would usually be a "primary
concern". She said yes it would
She was asked if anyone else
had indicated it as a concern
to her in Mr Esfakis' case, and
replied 'no'. Asked whether in
her experience intubation
would be carried out on some-
one with an inhalation injury,
she said "no".
Later, Magistrate Campbell
asked Mrs Ingraham to explain
what dangers an inhalation
injury might cause. She said
that breathing difficulties could
be onset by such an injury.
She was asked if she could
hear Mr Esfakis having breath-
ing difficulties. She said that
due to his bandages around the
chest area she could not hear
his breathing using a stetho-
scope as per normal.
The nurse was asked about
the amount of IV fluid being

pumped into Mr Esfakis and
the amount of fluid that was
being excreted.
She said that when she first
came on duty Mr Esfakis was
receiving over 1000 ml of fluid
an hour. Around 12am she said
a doctor, who she could not
name, ordered the fluid to be
decreased to a total of around
800 ml an hour.
SNurse Kemp testified that
she treated Mr Esfakis after
7.30am on Sunday following
his admission to the ICU.
She said at the time she was
treating Mr Esfakis she had
only recently joined the hospi-
tal from Princess Margaret
She said her hospital notes
indicated that when she first
assessed him early Sunday
morning he was "very, very
sick", with his face swollen, and
an elevated heart rate.
She said that when Dr Ney-
mour came on duty at 9am she
received an order to "increase"

Mr Esfakis' fluid intake to
1000ml an hour.
This was later questioned
under cross-examination as it
was revealed that doctor's
notes recorded an order to
"decrease" to 1000ml an hour.
She recalled that Mr Esfakis'
IV fluid intake was, however,
increased to meet Dr Ney-
mour's recommendation as it
had been flowing at a rate of
less than 1000ml an hour at the
time she came on duty.
Mr Esfakis also required
"suctioning" at numerous
points while he was in, Nurse
Kemp's care. The nurse report-
ed that "blood stained secre-
tions" were removed from his
body at these times.
At 3.15pm she testified that
Dr Neymour called for the
amount of fluid Mr Esfakis'
was receiving to be reduced to
500ml an hour.
She recalled that she would
monitor Mr Esfakis from his
bedside as well as from the

nurses' station. A central mon-
itoring system would allow her
to monitor his 'stats' from
throughout the area and an
alarm could have sounded if
anything was "too high or low"
she said.
Throughout the day several
conversations were held
between staff at Jackson
Memorial Hospital -where the
patient's relatives wanted him
to be airlifted and Doctors
Hospital staff. Ultimately the
nurse said the air ambulance
staff refused to take Mr Esfakis
as he was deemed unfit to fly
by the time they reached the
hospital from Florida.
On Monday, forensic
pathologist Dr Govinda Raju,
who performed Mr Esfakis'
autopsy, told the court his
cause of death was listed as
"cardio respiratory arrest,
acute pulmonary congestion
due to an aerial obstruction as
a result of an inhalation injury"
and secondarily as burns.

Sir Jack Hayward

FROM page one

According to Fred Sniith, an attorney for the St George Estate,
the action was served on Lady Henrietta, in London.
He said Sir Jack has hired two new English Queen's Counsel from
London to represent him in the new action against the St Georges.
Mr Smith, and members of the St George family, including Hen-
ry St George, son of Lady Henrietta, and! the late Edward St
George, Caroline St George, and her son, Alex Clavel, held a
press conference yesterday at the Port Authority.
Speaking on behalf the family, Henry St George said the break-
up between the St George and Hayward families had been "dev-
astating" on his family, especially his mother.
"We want to make it clear to the Bahamian public, especially to
Grand Bahamians that we are seeking a swift end to this turmoil,"
he said,
SIn August, the St Georges were confirmed as.50 per cent equal
partners in the Port Authority following an exhaustive two-year
ownership dispute in the Supreme Court.
Sir Jack, who failed to prove his ellaias:; of 75 per cent shares in
company, has been prohibited by the court from selling his shares
in the Port Authority until the court decides;whether he should be
ordered to sell his shares to the St Geoige estate.
Mr Smith said the St Georges are again now. being forced to fight
a new claim brought against the estate by Sir Jack in the Cayman
"It is important to appreciate that this is.a new claim to 100 per
cent of the estate and repayment of everything Mr St George
earned for the last 27 years.
"Sir Jack is suing the family in the Cayman Islands claiming he is
entitled to control," he said.
Mr Smith stressed that, while the St Georges do not want to con-
tinue to fight, they are only defending themselves against Sir Jack
and Mr Hannes Babak', whom he claims; want "to continue their
control of the 'Cayman companies that hold! the Port Authority
"Sir Jack has applied to The Bahamas.Court of Appeal against
Justice Anita Allen's decision allowing payment of dividends
equally between the St George family and the Hayward family."
According to Mr Smith, Sir Jack and Mr Babak have now hired
a new legal team in the Bahamas to continue the court battle.
He said they are attempting to dismiss the St Georges' oppression
action, remove the receivers from the Port Authority and fire
some of the top managers at the Port Authority.
Mr Smith said the pair are also asking the Court of Appeal to
strike out the St George action, including the claim that Mr Babak
is not to be chairman of the Port Group.
"Mr Babak is refusing to withdraw aschairman and wants to be
paid $15 million," said the Freeport attorney.
Mr Smith said the St George family blad reached out many times
to the Haywards to try to settle and together pay Mr Babak to go
The St Georges, he said, feel that since they own 50 per cent of
the company they are entitled to an option to buy Sir Jack's shares
before he sells to a stranger or to Mr Babak.
"The St George family take this opportunity to reach out in
peace to the Haywards and to Hannesi Babak and invites them to
settle the disputes," he said.

FROM page one

"We have every right...every
right by law, to remain where
we are until..,the other mar-
ket is built," she added while
cheered on by supportive
straw vendors.
Since the original straw mar-
ket was destroyed by fire in
2001, straw vendors have been
selling their goods under a tent
next to the Pompey Museum
on Bay Street,
There haye been many dis-
cussions by the former and
current administration to
address the relocation issue
since the fire six years ago,
including a $23 million plan
by the PLP for a new straw
market which was scrapped by
the FNM.
The most recent proposal
entails temporarily relocating
the vendors until a new mar-
ket is built at a significantly
reduced cost.
It has been estimated that
repairs to the tent would cost
the government upwards of $1
million due to the extensive
repairs needed.
Last month, Minister of
Works Earl Deveaux said the
temporary relocation
would be a considerably
cheaper option for the gov-
However, coalition mem-
bers are opposed to this move,
describing the warehouse as
an "unacceptable" location
with no ventilation.
"I wouldn't put my animals
in there, that building is only
good to do what it is doing
now, house the cars. What I
also hasten to say, what is it

Straw vendors
going, to, cost them to repair
that place: and make it habit-
able? It looks permanent to
us, plus: it would be less to put
a tent over this and let us stay
here white (the government)
rebuilds, the old market."
Vendors claimed the gov-
ernment never gave them an
option! to choose between tem-
porarily relocating or remain-
ing at the current site until a
new' market is constructed on
the old market grounds. Nor
were they, aware of any plans
to relocate to Arawak Cay
until the matter was publicised
on ZNS.
MW. Strachan also criticised
meia, outlets for highlighting
coverage of government offi-
cials on: the proposed reloca-
tion, accusing the government-
owned, ZNS of "conveniently"
blocking out important aspects
of the Coalition's message
while "glorifying" the respons-
es of' Minister of Works Earl
Deveaux on the matter.
She challenged the Bahami-
an public to "walk in straw
vendors' shoes" before cast-
ing aspersions on them regard-
ing their wishes.
"Straw vendors desire no
more than any other Bahami-
an, that is to be able to earn a
decent living for themselves in
a comfortable environment,
that would also benefit our vis-
itors," Ms Strachan conclud-
Minister Deveaux was in
Cabinet yesterday, and up to
press time could not be
reached for comment.

Mother and daughter .. .

receive BAIC training

AFTER years of struggle
to make a living doing what
they love, a mother and
daughter team is set to dis-
play their talent at year's
BahamArts Festival for the
first time.
Winifred Munnings and her
daughter Gale will be first-
time participants in the festi-
val, hosted by the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation (BAIC).
The festival will be held
from Friday, October 26 to
Sunday, October 28. The cor-
poration said craftsmen and
artisans will be showcasing
their work to a public "eager
for products made in the
Although this is the first
time the Munnings women
will be displaying their crafts,
they have been creating shell
and straw works since the
In 1986, they formed a
company called Island Hand-
icraft and worked full-time
on their crafts before Gale
went to work in the hotel
industry to help pay off a loan
they used to start the busi-
However, what was to only
be a four year stint turned out
to be an 18 year ordeal for
"We stopped doing craft
for a while because I was
working full-time and it was
very hectic for me," Gale
said. "I had a very demanding
job, sometimes seven days a
week, from morning until
night. I started not being able
to do my work as I should.
So we kind of stopped.
"But in August, we regis-
tered our company, and we
started again. I stopped work
and started to do this full-
It was only when Gale

Your look at what's going on in your community

ONE OF the detailed shell crafted
candle holder creations by Gale
and Winifred Munnings at their

become ill as a result of her
job that she returned to cre-
ating the things that she
Both Gale and Winifred
create Christmas shell orna-
ments, shell jewellery, lamp
holders, floral arrangements
from shells and driftwood,
conch shell lamps, straw bags
among other creations.
While they have always had
a passion for creating shell
and straw work, and are nat-
urally gifted in their craft,
both have also taken classes.
Gale completed a two year
course at the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute
from 1987 to 1989, graduat-
ing with an arts and crafts
degree with business.
After being impressed with
the work of the mother and
daughter team, Donnalee

FROMpage one

other anti-gay factions were planning to stage
town meetings to give the issue a full airing.
He said he expected to get "overwhelming"
public support.
"As a heterosexual, I have been adversely sub-
jected to laws and attitudes influenced by homo-
sexuals," he said.
"Society's attitudes towards heterosexual men
have been affected by feminists women who
don't like men who have created social discord
in this country."
He said feminists and lesbians were, in his view,
one and the same. "I, frankly, don't know the dif-
ference between them," he said. "Lesbians will
have nothing to do with men, and nor will femi-
He said the Sexual Offences and Domestic Vio-
lence Act of 1991 "did the unthinkable" by legal-
ising the gay lifestyle and setting the course for
what is happening now.
"The gay lifestyle has infiltrated our schools,
influencing children on campus. Children are
forced to live with lesbian and homosexual couples,
who jump to the head of the line in adoption mat-
"Yet heterosexual fathers of children born out of
wedlock are consistently denied their constitu-
tional rights."
Mr Duncombe is urging pastors and "all
Bahamians who want to see change" to join his
movement. "Any Bahamian should be proud to be
part of this historical landmark campaign," he
Under pre-1991 legislation, homosexual behav-
iour even in private was against the law.
Mr Duncombe firmly believes the 1991 act
should be rescinded so that traditional attitudes

SBowe, BAIC's handicraft
development and marketing
manager encouraged them to
attend a 10-week shell course
and then another 10-week
course in straw work put on
by BAIC.
Gale said they learned a lot
from the programme. "I
would encourage anyone to
take BAIC courses because
in 10 days you will be doing
straw work and shell
She said BAIC also informs
its members well in advance
of upcoming craft shows so
that they can exhibit their
works and get them sold.
It is from these craft shows.
that many artisans and crafts
persons get their clients. Gale
said many of her friends tell
her their products are sold
out during the fairs and that
they can hardly keep up with
the demand.
However, Gale said creat-
ing crafts is not an easy busi-
ness. One of the small shell
ornaments that she and her
mother produce can take up
to 45 minutes to one hour to
,"You cannot work with
dirty shells," she added. "If
you find shells on the beach,
they still have to be cleaned,
because they may have
worms, algae and other things
on them."
She explained that shells
which must be cleaned have

Anti-gay campaign

"They have had 16 years of this lifestyle and
the time has now. come for it to be addressed," he
"Privacy is not the issue. There are all kinds of
things that people do in private that are against the
He cited bomb-making and weapons posses-
sion as "private" activities that would be subject to
police action.
"Since the 1991 law came into being, there has
been a proliferation of the homosexual lifestyle in
our schools and elsewhere. Schools have become
a breeding ground for it.
"I am sick and tired, as a heterosexual in this
country, of taking blows because of the influence
of these people. This should be a no-brainer for the
FNM, but it remains to be seen whether anything
will be done."
Mr Duncombe dismissed Rainbow Alliance
spokesperson Erin Greene's contention that con-
senting couples should be able to follow whatever
lifestyle they liked.
"If they want to do it, they should go and do it in
the ocean," he said, "This is a 20th century argu-
ment that opens the way for all kinds of deviancy.
What if consenting adults want to take animals
into their homes and use them, too? It's time for
the government to state their position on this mat-
In Britain, anti-gay laws existed into the 1960s.
One argument against them was that police
engaged in "snooping" on homosexuals.
But Mr Duncombe said he saw nothing wrong
with that. It was the police's job to "snoop" on
unlawful activity of all kinds, he added.

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to sit for 14 days before they
can be used.
Gale noted that a large can-
dle holder encrusted with
shells can take two days to
make, while shell candle
holders take about a day.
"Even the conch shell lamp
can take up to a day, because
it has to be properly cleaned,
sunned and scraped. Then it
has to be sanded down,
dipped in a type of acid fol-
lowed by clear water and then
at the end blasted to get that
shine before inserting the
Straw work also takes time
to create. Gale said one bag
can take two to three days.
Another dilemma for per-
sons like Gale is finding raw

DAUGHTER AND mother team. Gale and Winifred Munnings talk about
looking forward to showing iofftheir shell craft and straw work at the
ninth annual BahamArts Festival being held from friday October 26 to
Sunday October 28.

materials when at a good
Gale said she is sometimes
forced to get shells from
She said she believes
expensive materials is one of
the main reasons why more
vendors do not sell Bahamian
made goods in the straw mar-
Yet, the mother and daugh-
ter pair is optimistic about the
future of the business.
Family and friends are their
biggest clients for now, but
they want to sell their goods
to downtown stores like they

used to when they started in
the mid-1980s.
They both also believe that
craft shows like the
BahamArts Festival will give
them the exposure they seek.
"I think the festival will
give us great exposure local-
ly and internationally,
because there were a lot of
foreigners and locals at the
fair," Gale said.
"I think BAIC is doing a
tremendous job in promoting
Bahamian artists.
"I think we are really going
to get the right exposure from
that fair."

FROM page one
for the Rainbow Alliance carries more weight than
an Anglican Archbishop.
Pastor Bethel will be happy to hear that The Tri-
bune does, in fact, have a policy when it comes to
choosing the prominence of stories which, while it
does not inmol\ e promoting the agenda of the Chris-
tian Counail. i also not a reflecuoi, of any agenda
held by the news staff. That policy is quite simple: to
defend the public's right to know not about what
journalists or politicians or church leaders want
them to know but what they themselves want to
It is, in fact, the opposite of giving prominence to
a story simply because of how 'important' the speak-
er is, or how large a group he represents.
In this vein, I would challenge Pastor Bethel to
deny that the front page stories he so laments were
the talking point of the day on radio shows, e-mail
exchanges and street corner conversations That is
what journalists call a good news story.
And while it is not the proper concern of a jour-
nalist, I would add in passing that the community's

FROM page one

and as a result he suggested that
"things died down" for a while.
However, after a series of arti-
cles in The Tribune over the last
few weeks, Rev Bethel and. the
BCC launched a public assault
on this newspaper for giving what
they described as excessive
prominence to a gay spokesper-
"Then came last week. What
was that all about? Come on,
three to four front page headline
pieces on a call for a gay chan-
nel," Rev Bethel said.
"Over the past few years, we
have observed The Tribune's
inexplicable bias in putting any-
thing pro homosexual rights on
the front, while relegating any-
thing considered anti-homosexu-
al to the back of the newspaper."
To bolster his claim, Rev
Bethel provided several examples
of what he perceived as bias in
the newspaper.
One such example, he claimed,
was of a story where the com-
ments of Archbishop Drexel
Gomez, coming out of an Angli-
can Church meeting in Tanzania
on the controversy on gay priests
in the church, were carried in the
middle of the paper, while Ms
Greene's response to this was car-
ried on the front page.
In another example, Rev
Bethel criticised the lack of cov-
erage of a Help Save the Family
rally sponsored by Rex Major and
"Why no coverage we ask? We
know all the media were
informed but not one story came
out of The Tribune. The pictures
that finally did appear from the
event were acquired from a pho-
tographer who was there.
"It seems clear to us that The
Tribune determined beforehand
that the event was not newswor-
thy and did not meet their criteria
for news and so no reporter was
sent," he said. "Yet any time Ms
Greene opens her mouth she is
guaranteed the front page."
Though Rev Bethel criticised
The Tribune for the prominence it
gives Ms Greene, he maintained
that her perspective should not

response to the stories says something about the
level of interest in the issue that the pastor and his
cohorts seem to be missing.
Indeed., some commentators have told The Tri-
bune they believe the near obsession with gay rights
and "covert gay agenda" conspiracy theories is a
symptom of the Christian Council running scared
because they are afraid to confront the fact that
homosexuals occupy an increasing number of the
most .prominent positions in every sector of Bahami-
an society, including the church.
This seems to be reinforced by the fact that, while
they are always quick to become militant on this
particular issue, they fail to say anything of sub-
stance with regard to the rampant incest, paedeophil-
ia. sexual crime and adultery which plague this soci-
Having said all this, if Pastor Bethel and his col-
leagues would really like to know how Tribune
reporters actually feel about the issue, our senti-
ments ,told best be summarised thus: we are a bit
disappointed that the Bahamas is not yet a mature
enough country to have dispensed with this kind of

be censored. Rather he argued,
she should not always be ,on the
front page.
Spokesperson for the Rainbow
Alliance Erin Greeae branded
Rev Bethel's assertion that The
Tribune is biased as "ridiculous".
*"We live in a democr.ay. The
idea that 'moral right' should
have the sole ear ,of the media,
the idea thai everything in the
country should be outlined by
fundamentalist Christian dictates.
is just laughable. And I can't
believe that in 2007 we are still '
having this discussion," she said.
Ms Greene remarked that it is
not mandatory for the media to
carry any particular perspective.
"But in democratic societies, we-
hope that our newspapers and
our media houses will have a
moral obligation to make sure
that e' erybody present has an
equal opportunity to raise ,their
voice or raise the issue."
"The Tribune has always been
open to hearing the issues of the'
RAB," Ms Greene continued.
"They have always been open to
addressing those issues that the
RAB has brought to them as
issues of concern in the ame way
that The Tribune has created a
relationship with all communities
in the country that have an issue
that wants to be heard."
Contrary to the views of the
BCC, Ms Greene said that "The
Tribune represents all voices. In
particular, you know, opposing
voices. There are stories about
Rastafarians; there are stories
about the Christian church;' there
are stories about Muslims. The
Tribune does a vern good job with
representing the pluraistic society
in the Bahamas. It is just ridicu-
lous to think that the RAB has
developed a special nefarious
relationship with The Tribune."
The renewed debate over gay
rights in the Bahamas began on
September 19 when The Tribune
ran a lead story in which Ms
Greene called for Cable Bahamas
to.add a gay channel (LOGO) to
its line-up. The BCC has subse-
quently voiced strong opposition
to such a suggestion, even dub-
bing homosexuality as a "death-
The international media has

,again picked up the issue of gay
rights, which at times has brought
negative publicity to the
The Rosie O'Donnell docu-
mentary on a gay family cruise
also displayed the inhospitable
reception numerous families
endured while visiting the
Bahamas, while the banning of
the film Brokeback Mountain by
the Film Control Board was car-
ried around the world as an act of
homophobic censorship by local
(See the response from The
Tribune's News Editor to this
issue, also on page one)

Teens in


FROM page one

Shopping Centre, and rushed
to the scene.
Mr Sweeting had stab wounds
to the upper left chest and back.
He was taken to hospital but
died shortly afterwards.
Reports are that Mr Sweet-
ing was approached shortly
after 8pm while on duty by two
A violent confrontation
occurred and, in the immediate
aftermath, as they tried to
escape, other security officers
were able to detain one young
man for the police.
Later police went to the Lyon
Road area where they captured
another suspect.
Mr Sweeting was a resident
of Yellow Elder and employed
by Top Class Security.
Police have in custody two
persons, a 16 and 17-year-old,
for questioning.
"Robbery has been ruled out
(as a motive) we have reason
to believe that there was a third
person, a female, who may have
been at the centre of the issue,"
Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told
The Tribune yesterday.

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Christian Council

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Title woes hit one-third of

Bahamas real estate deals

Tribune Business Editor
ALMOST one-third of
Bahamas-based real estate
transactions either collapse or
take as long as one year to con-
clude due to problems in estab-
lishing clear title to the subject
property or land, a senior
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion (BREA) executive told
The Tribune yesterday.
William Wong, BREA's vice-.
president, said that problems
and delays associated with title
searches caused problems "30
per cent of the time" with real
estate transactions, especially
where foreign investors and
purchasers were involved.
These persons, he explained,
were used to title searches and

Senior BREA executive says '30% of the time'

problems in establishing clear title cause transactions

to collapse or take up to one year to complete

real estate purchases being com-
pleted in a much shorter time-
frame, and frustration over rel-
atively slow progression in the
Bahamas often led them to look
"One of the problems we
have with these titles is that they
just seem to take for ever and
ever to get clear," Mr Wong

"It takes that much longer for
a transaction to close [as a
result]. It doesn't help us bto-
kers to speed up a sale."
When asked how long typi-
cal Bahamas-based real estate
transactions took to close, Mr
Wong added: "You're looking
at anywhere from three months

to a year, and that's a bloody
"That's almost unbearable for
us in this business, and there's
no reason why these things can-
not be closed in 30 days. But
now, you're talking 90 days, 120
days and up to a year. That
causes a tremendous amount of
hardship for us brokers. It's like

feast and famine."
Bahamian real estate brokers
are paid by commission, typi-
cally a percentage of the pur-
chase price, the figure usually
being around 6 per cent.
Yet the fact that many real
estate transactions take so long
to close can cause cash flow
problems for realtor, as they are

only paid upon completion,
while those deals that collapse
leave them with nothing to
show for their time and effort.
"We put so much work into
putting these transactions
together," Mr Wong said, "and
all the hours we put into a sale
can just go down the tubes. "
He added that such episodes
acted as a disincentive for new
companies and brokers to enter
the profession, as "it takes us
an age to get paid".
"It just means the buyer or
seller can't complete the prop-
erty sale because of'problems
with title," Mr Wong added.
"And the vendor and buyer get
frustrated, and the buyer walks
SEE page 2B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas may have
"lost forever" the stopover
impulse traveller market in
Florida as a result of the US
government's Western Hemi-
sphere Travel Initiative
(WHTI), the Caribbean Hotel
Association's (CHA) director-
general and chief executive said
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Alec Sanguinetti said the
WHTI's requirements that all
US travellers returning home
possess a passport had cost
countries such as the Bahamas
and Jamaica significant busi-

ness in the impulse and incen-
tive travelinarkets.
He said: "We've totally lost
the incentive market that does
not have a passport. That's the
market sitting in Florida that
says on Wednesday: 'Let's go
to the Bahamas on the week-
end. oops, we can't go because
we don't have a passport'.
"That's now lost for ever,
and for Jamaica and the
Bahamas, that's a majorpart
of your market."
Mr Sanguinetti was in the
Bahamas for the launch of the
Total Service: The Bahamas is
Quality training initiative,
which this week aims to
enhance the customer service

skills of more than 350 Bahami-
an travel and tourism profes-
The WHTI waiver, which
allowed all US citizens who had
applied for passports to travel
to the Bahamas and the
Caribbean with their drivers
licences or other forms of pho-
to identification, expired at the
end of September 2007 and the
passport regulations are no,&
back in force.
The economic impact upon
the Bahamas and its tourism
and hotel industries from the
WHTI initiative will have come
as little surprise to many.
SEE page 3B

Hotel industry needs 1,000

managers by year 2012

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian hote indus-
try will need 1,000 new super\ i-
sors and managers alone b\ 2012
to fill posts created by a rmxture
of new resort developments .ind
departures of existing person netl.
it was revealed yesterday. with
improved customer service :ind
productivity key to the industrN '
future sustainable growth.
Speaking at the launch ot the
Quantify the Quality of Ser, ice
(Q2) training programme, part of
the Total Service: The Bahamas is
Quality initiative, Michael Hoop-
er, the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion's senior vice-president, said:
"We want to develop all the-.e new
hotels and resorts in the Bahamas.
and we have to have the people
who can fill these jobs."
SEE page 8B

THE BAHAMAS Hotel Association has warned that hotels across the
Bahamas will face a shortage of supervisors and managers as more
resorts develop

70% of hotel cash

flows eaten up in

taxes and costs

Tribune Business Editor
ABOUT 70 per cent of
hotel operating revenues in
the Bahamas and the
Caribbean are being "eaten
up" by high operating costs
and taxes, the Caribbean
Hotel Association's (CHA)
chief executive warning yes-
terday that these factors were
making the region "uncom-
petitive" when it came to

attracting visitors and new
resort investment.
Alec Sanguinetti, who is also
the CHA's director-general,
said the Bahamian and
Caribbean hotel industries were
being tied up in too much red
tape and bureaucracy, which
was making new resort con-
struction and the market
entrance of new investors far
too costly.
SEE page 3B

Quieting Titles

map needed for

research ease

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN attorneys and
title searchers urgently need a
/ parcel-based land map to show
I. which real estate is subject to
S Quieting Titles actions, a lawyer
told The Tribune yesterday.
Andrew O'Brien, a partner
in the Glinton, Sweeting &
O'Brien law firm, who attend-
ed a seminar on options for
reforming the Bahamas land
deeds recording system, told

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The Tribune: "The Quieting
Titles is certainly a problem. It
needs to be consolidated. We
need a map of what has been
quieted so we can see what
land is caught up in these
The Quieting Titles Act
allows persons to apply to the
Supreme Court to 'quiet' or
remove any existing title to a
certain parcel of land in the
SEE page 2B


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get the problem sorted out, the
better for all of us."
Mr Wong's voice is the latest
to call for reform of the land
deeds recording system as a way
to eliminate problems associat-
ed with title searches, govern-
ment consultants last week sug-
gesting that inefficiencies with
this process were costing the
private sector $230 million per
They recommended that the
Bahamas move to comprehen-
sively reform the Registry by
either introducing a Parcel-
based Index system or Title
Registration system.
International Land Systems
(ILS) said the current title
searching process was "time
consuming and expensive",
with many attorneys and other
conveyancing professionals
reluctant to give an unquali-
fied opinion as to whether a
purchaser had clear title to a
piece of Bahamian property
due to the state of Registry

Even if the Bahamas kept the
present deeds recording system,
ILS suggested it should at least
move away from a process that,
in the first instance, used name
indexing and the names of per-
sons involved in real estate
transactions to find the relevant
documents. The existing
process also uses dates, and the
chronological order in which
deeds were filed, to help title
searchers and attorneys find
Mr Holl said that instead, one
option open to the Bahamas
was to move to a land parcels
indexing system, a move that
would complement another
aspect of the ILS/Department
of Land and Surveys project,
which was to introduce a Parcel
Information Management Sys-
tem (PIMS) as a comprehen-
sive land management tool to
map land parcels on most
Bahamian islands.
The third and final option,
ILS added, was for the
Bahamas to adopt wholesale

reform by scrapping the deeds
recording system and switching
to a Title Registration System.
This would ultimately involve
bona fide Bahamian property
and title owners being issued
with a Certificate of Title that
disclosed and contained all
information on their property,
including encumbrances such as
mortgages and easements.
ILS explained that the advan-
tage of such a system was that it
provided more certainty for
property owners and title hold-
ers than the present system,
increasing security of tenure.
The downside, though, was
that it would require changes
in Bahamian statutory law and
be far more expensive for the
Government to operate and
maintain. The costs and admin-
istrative burden, Mr Holl
explained, would have to be
borne by the Government,
which would in turn have to
hire highly-trained attorneys
and conveyancing specialists to
run it.

Quieting Titles map needed for

research ease, says lawyer

FROM page one
In theory, they have to inform
all interested parties includ-
ing landowners of properties
that border the parcel being
'quieted' of their interest. This
is usually done through a news-
paper advertisement, an often
imperfect mechanism, and in
practice not all impacted par-
ties learn of a Quieting Titles
action until it is too late.
Among the most controver-
sial Quieting Titles actions to
come to the forefront in recent
years was the episode involving
Bozine Town residents, whose
land was 'quieted' and title giv-
en instead to the LANDCO
investment consortium.
There have also been separate
instances where the courts have
found that the Quieting Titles
Act was obtained through fraud,
with applicants not informing
potentially relevant parties of
their interest and actions.
Mr O'Brien last week told the
land reform seminar that said
further problems relating to the
Quieting of Titles had been cre-
ated by a change at the
Supreme Court.
Previously, there had been
a separate index containing
all live Quieting Titles actions
at the Supreme Court that
attorneys could check to see if
any land involved in transac-
tions they were working on.
was affected by such a dis-
Yet under the PLP adminis-
tration, all Quieting Titles
actions had been consolidated
with all other Supreme Court
actions, making such researches
extremely difficult.
"We desperately need a con-
solidated Quieting index," Mr
O'Brien said.
He told The Tribune yester-

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0.85 0.70 Benchmark
3.74 1.55 Bahamas Waste
2.35 1.20 Fidelity Bank
11.02 9.55 Cable Bahamas
3.15 1.80 Colina Holdings
16.25 11.91 Commonwealth Bank
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital
B.40 5.54 Famguard
12.80 11.51 Flnco
14.75 13.82 FlrstCaribbean
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1.2698 1.1923 Colina Bond Fund 1.269803**"
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day that the options for reform-
ing the land.deeds recording
system suggested by the semi-
nar, a Parcel-based Index sys-
tem or Title Registration sys-
tem, both had their merits.
"I think the Title Registra-
tion system would be prefer-
able, but [is it] possible to do?
It's a much more comprehen-
sive endeavour," Mr O'Brien
"I think that whatever we do
will have to be phased in, so
we're not going to throw out
the old system. It will take
many, many years to bring in.
"The Parcel-based Indexing
system makes a lot of sense,
and perhaps that's the first step
to getting to the next system.
If we go to the Title Registra-
tion system, that will be much
Mr O'Brien added: "The
name recording system is very
cumbersome. We rely on title
search companies to do that
work, so the practical problem
for attorneys is the reliability of
those reports.

"You do get a wide range of
assessments with different title
companies, and part of that is
the difficulty they encounter in
reviewing records."
Mr O'Brien added that he
also supported ending the prac-
tice of unregistered land, where
conveyancing documents were
not filed with the Public Reg-
istry, and instead relying solely
on the latter's records to con-
struct a chain and provide proof
of title as this would create
more "certainty".
However, Mr O'Brien said
he had concerns about real
estate transactions involving
foreign investors and pur-
Often, these deals were com-
pleted before the foreign pur-
chaser received his/her Certifi-
cate of Registration from the
Investments Board (Cabinet),
and he questioned whether a
conveyancing could be treated
as "null and void" without this
certificate even though the for-
eign buyer had equity owner-
ship of the property.









The Ministry of Works & Transport and Knowles Construction &

Development Company Ltd. wish to inform the public that the road

improvement works on Milo Butler Highway from Tonique Williams -

Darling Highway to Carmichael Road will commence on 1st October, 2007.

The Public is advised to observe the construction signs pointing out the

temporary traffic management,

Please drive with care and caution in the construction zones.

We apologise for any inconvenience whilst we endeavor to improve the

road network in New Providence.

FROM page one
"It's just a long delay in get-
ting these things sorted, espe-
cially when you're dealing with
foreign investors who don't
understand why it takes six
months for a sale to go through.
They get frustrated, and say
they're going to get their money
back and go some place else."
Mr Wong said problems with
title searches and establishing
clear title to Bahamian land and
properties had been occurring
for "donkeys years, a long
time", adding: "The sooner we



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, commencing the 6th day of November,
2006. Creditors having debts or claims against the
Company are required to send particulars to Craig A.
(Tony) Gomez, Liquidator of the said Company at the
offices of Baker Tilly Gomez, The Deanery, No. 28
Cumberland Street, P.O. Box N-1991, Nassau, Bahamas.
In default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated this 3rd day October, 2007




(No.45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of 2000,
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The
date of completion of the dissolution was the 20TH day of
September, 2007.


Pricing Information As Of:


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70% of hotel
cash flows
eaten up in
taxes and

FROM page one
"Why does it take two years
to get permits in the
Caribbean?" Mr Sanguinetti
asked when it came to new
resort construction.
He added that he had recent-
ly spoken to a Spanish hotel
chain that had undertaken two
projects, one in the Caribbean,
the other in Cancun.
"The project in Cancun was
finished and opened before he
got all the permits to start build-
ing in the Caribbean," Mr San-
guinetti said. "That really is a
"There is a lot of investment
out there to get, a lot of interest
in the hotel industry, a lot of
hotel building, but we're not
getting our fair share because
of challenges investors have in
getting their approvals."
Describing the tax and rela-
tively high operating cost base
faced by many Bahamian and
Caribbean resorts as a "major,
major issue", Mr Sanguinetti
said a CHA study had shown
that "based on the huge tax bur-
den placed on hotels, it is not
anticipated that they will be
able to maintain this burden,
which is placing tourism in an
uncompetitive situation regard-
ing investment and future visi-
tors for continued revenues."
Mr Sanguinetti said that when
it came to cash flow for Bahami-
an and Caribbean hotels, "at
least 70 per cent is eaten up by
costs and operations".
"Where is the money for the
tourism operator to invest back
into the plant, not only to keep
the product up to date but make
it better?" Mr Sanguinetti asked.
He suggested that the
Bahamas and Caribbean need-
ed to treat tourism as an export
industry to achieve the right tax
structure for the sector.
"If that is done, everything is
going to fall into place," Mr San-
guinetti said, saying Jamaica's
new government had promised
to adopt such an approach.
"I hope they do follow
through on that, because it could
be a model for others in the
Caribbean to follow," he added.
Another issue making
Bahamian and Caribbean
tourism uncompetitive, Mr San-
guinetti, was the cost of airlift
and airline seats into the region.
He added that it cost $800 to
fly from New York to Barba-
dos, the same price as a transat-
lantic flight from New.York to

Gold, agriculture prices tumble

as US dollar.bounces back

AP Business Writer
modities prices slumped
Tuesday as the U.S. dollar
muscled its way higher
against the euro and other
currencies, making every-
thing from oil to wheat more
costly to foreign buyers.
Gold prices fell sharply,
snapping a monthlong streak
higher, while oil prices
receded. Agriculture futures
plummeted as wheat and
corn prices fell to the daily
limit permitted by the Chica-
go Board of Trade.
Two inflationary trends of
the past six weeks oil's
rise and the decline of the
U.S. dollar reversed
course Tuesday, kicking
away major supports for pre-
cious metals. Investors will
often turn to gold and silver
to hedge against fears of
inflation. As oil prices
slipped below $80 a barrel
and the dollar gained back
some ground against the
euro, precious metals prices
December gold fell $17.80
to settle at $736.30 an ounce
on the New York Mercan-
tile Exchange, its biggest
drop in more than a month.
December silver lost 40.5
cents to close at $13.45
Scott Meyers, senior trad-
ing analyst with MF Glob-
al's Pioneer Futures, attrib-
uted the drop to "a major


round of profit-taking" follow-
ing gold's climb of nearly $100
an ounce since mid-August.
"It's something that wasn't
that unexpected," he said. "At
some point it was going to do
The U.S. dollar on Tuesday
appeared to have stemmed its
slide versus the euro at least
for the time being after
descending to an all-time low a
day earlier. The greenback has
carved fresh lows against the
euro seven of the past eight
trading days, as the fallout from
the Federal Reserve's interest
rate cuts and weak economic
data took its toll on the U.S.

The 13-nation euro bought
$1.415 late Tuesday, off its peak
of $1.482 on Monday.
With the dollar trading high-
er and little other news to go
on, energy prices retreated.
Because commodities priced in
dollars become more attractive
to foreign buyers as the dollar
falls, the U.S. currency's
advance on Tuesday effectively
acted as a price markup, damp-
ing demand.
Oil traded as low as $78.90
before paring its losses as
traders squared positions ahead
of Wednesday's report on U.S.
energy inventories. Light, sweet

crude for November delivery
closed down 19 cents at $80.05 a
barrel on the Nymex, while
November gasoline futures end-
ed down 0.15 cent at $1.9828 a
Analysts expect the Energy
Information Administration to
report increases in stockpiles of
gasoline and distillates. Ana-
lysts polled by Dow Jones
Newswires expect gasoline
inventories to rise by 400,000
barrels and distillates, which
include diesel fuel and heating
oil, to rise by 700,000 barrels.
Crude oil supplies are expected
to fall by 400,000 barrels.
Elsewhere, industrial metals

ended the session in a mixed
range on the London Metal
Exchange. Most advanced, with
lead, nickel and tin leading the
gains,.while zinc prices dipped.
Copper prices rose in London and
New York. The Nymex Decem-
ber copper contract rose 1.95
cents to end at $3.711 a pound.
In Chicago, agriculture
futures plunged as investors
questioned whether the dollar's
rise would hurt foreign demand
'for U.S. products. Strong export
sales have bolstered prices for
weeks, sending wheat and soy-
beans to multiyear highs.
"These markets are very
much reliant on exports, which
are in turn reliant on a weak
dollar," said DTN analyst Gary
With wheat prices at record
levels and world supplies dwin-
dling fast, farmers have begun
winter wheat plantings in
earnest in the U.S. The Agri-
culture Department reported
late Monday that 49 percent of
the U.S. crop has been planted,
on pace with the historical aver-
age. At the same time, the
country's corn harvest is cur-
rently under way and expecta-
tions are for a robust crop.
December corn declined 20
cents, the maximum price swing
allowed, to close at $3.4875 a
bushel on the CBOT. Decem-
ber wheat dropped the maxi-
mum 30 cents permitted to
$9.225 a bushel. Soybeans for
November delivery tumbled
47.75 cents to settle at $9.4375 a
bushel, near its daily limit of 50

se travellers are 'lost

forever' to Bahamas tourism

FROM page one
A 2005 study prepared for
the Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation by the World Travel
and Tourism Council
(WTTC) found that in a
worst-case scenario, the
Bahamas could lose 13,134
tourism jobs and $446 mil-
lion in per annum earnings -
some 21.7 per cent of its cur-

rent tourism earnings total if
the US had introduced the ini-
tiative at its previous deadline -
December 31, 2005.
And in urging the US to
extend the WHTI implementa-
tion date until June 2009, the
Bahamas Hotel Association
(BHA) said earlier this year
that US tourist arrivals were
down by 14 per cent for the four
months to April 2007, the peak
of the tourism season.
The BHA said the Bahamas
also saw 10,000 fewer Spring
Break student visitors in March
However, Mr Sanguinetti said
the Bahamas was better placed

than many other tourism desti-
nations to withstand the chal-
lenges the Caribbean was now
He added of the Bahamas
positioning and performance:
"I would say [you are doing]
very well, but you are going to
be challenged.
"I think you are addressing
these challenges more progres-
sively and aggressively than oth-
er areas in the Caribbean."
Mr Sanguinetti pointed out
that with 9,000 employees now
working at Atlantis, the One &
Only Ocean Club and other
Paradise Island properties as a
result of the Cove opening and

Phase III-expansion's comple-
tion, Kerzner International's
workforce was "a huge num-
ber" that was almost 50 per cent
the size of the public sector "in
one tourism plant".
"Think of the number of fam-
ilies and businesses dependent
on that, and the trickle down
effect into the wider economy,"
Mr Sanguinetti said.
"I think the Bahamas has
always been proactive and
aggressive in the tourism indus-
try. The Caribbean is under
pressure right now on visitor
arrivals because of the WHTI
He added that in 2006, land-

based arrivals to the Caribbean
had been up marginally, while
cruise arrivals were off slightly.
Since the WHTI initiative
took effect, this position had
been reversed, as for the first
four months in 2007 cruise
arrivals had increased 6 per cent
and US land arrivals to the
Caribbean were down 3 per
cent region-wide.

Pottery Classes
New Providence Community Centre
Blake Road
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Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Advertisements 2008

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Assistant Professor in Music (New Providence Campus)
The successful candidate must be able to teach traditional; theory and harmony, piano skills, music history and analysis
up to the bachelor level and must possess skills in choral work. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the
subject area and tertiary level teaching experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject area,
a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and choral work experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communication (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach courses in all or most of the following areas: reporting, photojournalism, video production,
communication and business writing and should have experience with curriculum and programme development. The ideal
candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience.
However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at
the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Laguaes (Spanish) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Spanish at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or a related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the
ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least
a Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will
be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (French) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach French at the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability
to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a
Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will
be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.

Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (Haitian Creole) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Haitian Creole at the beginners and intermediate levels. The ideal candidate must have
at least a Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level,
native speaker competence and should be able to develop courses in Haitian culture. A teaching certificate or equivalent
and the ability to teach French language and literature courses are desirable.

School of Enlish Studies
Assistant Professor College Composition and Literature (New Providence Campus)
The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in English, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability to teach college
composition and literature courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a Master of Arts
degree in English, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and the ability to teach college
composition and literature up to the bachelor degree level will be considered. The ideal candidate will have a background
in Composition and Rhetoric as well as in Post-colonial literature and/or literary theory. A background in creative writing
or experience in a writing lab setting would be an asset. Teacher training is preferred.
School of Social Sciences
Assistant Professor in History (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should display competence m the field of African and African Diaspora History and should also expect to teach
courses in Caribbean History, United States History generally, African American and Atlantic History. Familiarity with
the historical experience of persons of African descent in Latin American Societies would be an asset. The successful
candidate should anticipate working as a team player with colleagues who are committed to expanding the consciousness
of students with particular, although not exclusive, reference to the historical experience of peoples of African descent.
Applicants should possess an earned Doctoral Degree in History. A relevant Master's Degree candidate will be considered,
provided the applicant is committed to pursuing a Doctoral degree.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
* Student advisement
* Programme and course development
* Providing services to the College/University of the Bahamas and the wider Bahamian society; and
* On-going research and a commitment to publication.

Assistant Professor in Psychology (New Providence Cnmpus)
Candidate should demonstrate a commitment to promoting cultural diversity and international education; the ability to
teach a broad range of psychology courses; expertise in socialand industrial/organizational psychology; statistics and
research methods (qualitative and quantitative methods), and/or biological (physiological) psychology is preferred;
demonstrated strength and/or potential for excellence in teaching; strong evidence of professional psychology engagement;
capacity to contribute to the development of a nationally relevant line of scholarship; ability to create and enhance
partnerships with community agencies and organizations.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
S Teaching courses across the curriculum, along with specialty courses in the applicant's area of expertise
S Student advising, supervision of service-learning experiences and coordinating senior capstone practicum
d Assisting with programme administration, curricular development and evaluation
* Providing services to the programme, the university and wider communities
S Scholarship that is consistent with the programme and institution's focus
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Psychology however strong Master's Degree candidates will be considered.

Lecturers in Law (New Providence Campus)
Candidates should have at a least a first degree in Law, with no less than an Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent.
Possession of a postgraduate degree and some experience as a legal practitioner is desirable. The curriculum includes all
branches of Common Law and courses pay special attention to the place of Law in Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions.
The ideal candidates should be competent in at least three of the basic or core Common Law subjects including, but not
limited to, Law and Legal Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Criminal Law; Legal Writing and Research; Law
of Torts; Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law; and Law of Contract. Experience in teaching in a semester system
would be an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to pursue individual and departmental research interests
and to publish in reputable law journals.

School of Business
Associate/Assistant Professors Accounting (Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost, Fund and Tax Accounting up to the bachelor's degree level. Knowledge of
computerised accounting would be an asset. Professional certification or experience is desirable. The successful candidates
should have an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred).

Assistant Professor in Management (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach a full range of Management courses both at the introductory and Masters Degree level.
A minor concentration in Marketing would be an advantage and knowledge of the Bahamian economy is desirable. Teaching
Experience in College / University. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject
area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

Assistant Professor in Computer Information Science (Newi Providence Campus)
Candidates must be specialize in Networking, Programming and have a strong Programming background ( VB.Net, C#,
C++, ASP, PHP, Java) MS certification background, teaching experience in College / University. Background as Consultant
or System Analyst would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject
area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor Accounting (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost and Fund Accounting, Individual and Corporate Taxation, at the Bachelors and
Masters Levels: Knowledge of computerized accounting would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral
degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with
at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some
professional experience will be considered.
School of Sciences & Technology
School of Sciences and Technology
Mathematics (New Providence Campus & Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach Mathematics at introductory through final year levels. The ideal candidate will have a
doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates
with at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and
some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor Biology (New Providence & Northern Bahamas Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD. in Biology with specialization in Marine Science or Zoology or Botany and
must be able to teach biology at introductory through final yeati levels.However, candidates with at least a Master's degree
in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience
will be considered.
Assistant Professor Chemistry (New Providence & Northern Bahamas Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD in Chemistry with a specialization in Organic Chemistry. He/she must also be
able to teach Chemistry at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in
the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will
be considered.
Assistant Professor Physics (New Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have a PhD in Physics. He/she must be able to teach Physics at introductory through final year levels.
However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in.the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience
at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences (New Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD in Pharmacy and professional experience, as a pharmacist. The candidate will
be expected to coordinate a new pharmacy programme and to teach content area as well as professional courses at the
Bachelor's Degree level.
School of Education


Assistant Professor Science Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Science Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching; however, consideration
will also be given for persons with a Master's Degree in Science Education or Biology or Chemistry or Physics plus 5
years of teaching experience along with a Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education. Candidates will be expected
to teach elementary science methodology to prospective teachers, assist with teaching General Science courses, assist with
supervision of student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of science education courses/programmes.
Assistant Professor Art Education (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should have a Ph.D. in Art Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching; however, consideration
will also be given for persons with a Master's Degree in Art Education plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a
Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education. Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Art courses, assist
with supervision of student-teachers and assist with curriculum development of art education courses/programmes.

School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Assistant Professors Nursing (New Providence Campus)
The successful candidates will be required to teach in the bachelor degree programme. Responsibilities will include
classroom as well as clinical supervision of students. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and a commitment
to excellence in integrating teaching, clinical practice and research. Applicants should have a well-rounded clinical nursing
experience and should be able to teach at least three of the following areas: Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical
Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Management/Leadership,
Health Assessment, Nursing Theories, Transcultural Nursing and Nursing Research. The successful candidates must be
registered with the Nursing Council of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. A doctoral degree in the subject area is
preferred, however, candidates with at least a Master's degree in Nursing and teaching experience at the tertiary level will
be considered.

In ALL cases, preference will be given to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, teaching and research

Salary Scale For Assistant Professors

Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute

$39,460x $900 $ 61,960
$42,160 x $900 $ 69,160

Chet (New Frovidence campus)
Applicants should be able to teach a variety of cooking and culinary courses to future Chefs and should master the culinary
fundamental, and possess a passion for cooking and teaching as well as a love to share their knowledge and experience.

The minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor's degree in culinary or hospitality management. Additionally,
the successful applicant should have at least three of the following designations: C.C.E., C.C.A., C.E.C. or C.M.C.; and
National Restaurant Association (NRA) Sanitation Certification (ServSafe). Individuals with a minimum often (10)
years experience in progressive responsibilities and teaching experience will be considered.
Salary Scale: Instructor $27,110 x $650 $40,110

Library and Instructional Media Services

Librarians (New Providence Campus)

The positions are in the areas of Public Services and the Law. The incumbents should be dynamic, innovative individuals
with a strong commitment to service within a diverse community. The Librarians will demonstrate successful administrative
experience in a library, sound understanding of emerging technologies and the ability to use them within the library setting
and commitment to developing a strong integrated library service within the academic environment.

The duties of each Librarian will include: management of his / her Unit / Branch, leadership in short and long-range
planning to expand and diversify library services, development and promotion of library resources and services, budget
and personnel management, initiation and management of appropriate emerging technologies, and liaison with relevant
internal and external groups.

The Librarians must possess Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science from accredited institutions, and a
minimum of two years post-Masters professional library experience. The position of Law Librarian also requires that the
Librarian be the holder of a law degree. All incumbents will demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills
that engender an excellent customer- friendly environment and professionalism. Evening and weekend reference service
(on rotation), library research, service to the community and library instruction will also be required.

Salary Scale: Master's Degree $32,710 x $750 $ 47,710

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2007. A complete application packet
consists of:
* An application letter
* College of The Bahamas' Application Form
* A detailed curriculum vita
* Copies of all transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
* The names and contact information for three references

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poincianna Drive
P. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

The College of The Bahamas is the national institution of tertiary general education of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The institution grants certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and a growing number of Bachelor's degrees
to nearly 4,000 students located around the Bahamian archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary institutions in
the Caribbean and North America and its credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those
regions and in Great Britain. It is poised to embark aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme offerings,
its research activities, and its physicalfacilities, and to incorporate distance teaching methodologies into its repertoire
of strategies for delivering instruction, all with a view to seeking a charter as a university.

Please visit the College's website at www.cob.edu.bs for more information about the institution andto access the College's
Employment Application Form.

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Massage Therapy Essentials I
This introductory course gives you
the opportunity to learn basic tech-
niques of massage therapy. Major
topic areas will include Massage
Theory, Manipulations and
Techniques, Wellness Education
(Psychological and Physiological
Benefits), Indications and
Contraindications, Serving Special
Populations and Complementary
Bodywork Systems to include
Aromatherapy Essentials.

Begins: Thursday, 27 September, 2007
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $465.00
Venue: Munnings Building*,
The College of The Bahamas

Massage Therapy Essentials II
This is an advanced course for
learning techniques of massage
therapy and its many benefits.
Major topics include introduction
to hydrotherapy, spa and body
treatments, the basic facial,
aromatherapy-fundamentals or
essential oils, relaxation and med-
itative methods, and hot stone

Begins: Monday, 24 September, 2007
Time: 6:00-9 00pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $620.00
Venue: Munnings Building*,
The College of The Bahamas

Group Fitness Instructor
This is an introductory course
for learning how to teach group
fitness and exercise classes.
Major topics of discussion wil
include: Basic anatomy and
physiology, choreography and
cueing, the five components of
fitness, nutrition, basic exer-
cise testing and how to teach
group exercise.

Begins: esday,26Sepember,2007
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $400.00
Venue: Munnings Building*,
The College of the Bahamas

*NOTE: The Munnings Building is situated next to KFC

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ACCA900 01 ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERSI 6:00pm --8:00pm Tues/Thurs 2-Oct 10 wks
ACCA901 01 ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERS II 6:00pm -8:00pm Tues/Thurs 2-Oct 10 wks
ACCA902 01 ACCOUNTING FOR BEGINNERS III 6:00pm -8:00pm MoiVWed 1-Oct 10 wks
PROCEDURES I 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 2-Oct 8 wks
BUS1904 01 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thuis 4-Oct 10 wks
COMP901 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 11:00am-2:00pm Wed 19-Sep 12 wks
COMP901 02 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 17-Sep 12 wks
COMP901 03 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 10:00am-1:00pm Sat 22-Sep 12 wks
COMP902 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II 6:00pm-9:00pm Thuis 20-Sep 12 wks
COMP903 01 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY I 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 19-Sep 12 wks
COMP 941 01 QUICKBOOKS 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 2-Oct 6 wks
COMP907 01 MICROSOFT EXCEL 2:00pm-5:00pni Sat 6-Oct 8 wks
COMP905 01 MICROSOFT WORD 11:00am-2:00pm Tues 2-Oct 8 wks
COMP953 01 PC UPGRADE AND REPAIR 6:00pm-7:30pm MoiVWed 24-Sep 12wks
FLOR800 01 FLORAL DESIGN I 6:00pm-9:00pm Tue 2-Oct 10wks
FLOR801 01 FLORAL DESIGN II 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 1-Oct 10 wks
FLOR802 01 FLORAL DESIGN III 6:00pm-9:OOpm Thurs 4-Oct 10wks
MGMT900 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thuis 27-Sep 12wks
MGMT901 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT II 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 24-Sep 12wks
SEW 800 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thuis 4-Oct 10 wks
SEW 800 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING II 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 1-Sep 10 wks
,SEW 804 01 BEDROOM DECORATING 10am- 1:00pm Sat 6-Oct 10wks
!;EW 805 01 DRAPERY MAKING I 6:00pm-9:00pm lues 2-Oct 10 wks
'.EW811 01 UPHOLSTERY I 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 3-Oct 10wks
ME[DT900 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 3-Ocl 10 wks
MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 4-Oct 10 wks
MASG901 01 MASSAGETHERAPY ESSENIIAILSII 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 1-Oct 10wks
IHI TH800 01 GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR I 6:001pm 9:00pm Wed 3 Oct 10 wks

The Alumni Association of The College of The Bahamas
2007 Hall of Fame Induction and Luncheon
Friday, November 23, 2007 at 12:30 p m.
British Colonial Hilton, No. 1 Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

Tickets available for a donation of $50

Contact the Alumni Relations & Development Office
Tel (242) 302-4359



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Communication: The Key to Global Understanding
COURSE OFFERING: FALL 2007 Beginning September 24th
Thursday: 1 2 PM

These are directed conversation and practice "brown bag" sessions
bring your own lunch!
10 consecutive sessions: $100 ($50 for COB Students)
Registration: Sept 3 Oct. 12
LOCATION: Munnings Building (next to KFC at COB Roundabout):
Room 16
DURATION: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks, total course hours: 30 hours
PRICE: $ 250.00 per course (except for Advanced French and Spanish Conversation
TELEPHONE: 302-4584 or 302-4587 E-MAIL: il qicob.edu.bs


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September 14 GERMAN FILM Slide show b) Dr. Irene Moss. Director. ILCI Munnings Room 2
Friday 6:30 PM
September 28 CHINESE FILM Presented b) Professor Xian Xianuen Munnings Room 2
October 26 SPANISH FILM Presentation- Foreign Lang. Dept.: Assistant Munnings Rom 2
Friday Professor Guadalupe del Hierro Higueas
October 6 OKTOBERFEST Organized b) I. Moss with all relevant COB Band Shell
Saturday) _______Departments. Communications, Security, etc. 6 11
November 8 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar. J. Munnings Room 2
Thursday Mereus on vocals and other musical friends 7 PM
November 14 THE HOLOCAUST a nou ie prcscntalion Mr Absil holocaust survivor UWI Dining Room
Wednesday and lecture 7 PM
December 4 JUNKANOO ART designing and pasting Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.; Munnings Room 2
Tuesday cosrumes WORKSHOP slide show b, 1 Moss 6-8
December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTLIIRA.L Organization & musical direction I. Moss Munnings Room 2
Thursday CIRIS1 MAS ILCI. Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COD 7 PM
January 9 Wed CHINESE NEW YEAR Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen Munnings Room 2, 7PM
January 19 DRUMFEST A drum summit regroupmg Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I Moss Band shell
Saturday members from all the Junkanoo teams Director: TBA 2 PM
February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION- Tourism and Panel nienhers front Tourism, Immigration, COB Munnings Room 2 or BTC
Thursday Languages and private tourism businesses Lecture Hall? 7 PM
February 19 FRFNCH FIIM ASTF.RIX Presentation on Roman history background by Munnings Room 2
T uesda) Ilrot'esor Stephen B. Aranha 7 Pm
March 1-15 IRISII PUB NI lL to be announced Width Montreal Band SWIFT YEARS UWI Dining Room
March 21 Fri VICTOR HUGO Beinnd LES MIZ Lecture and slide show by I. Moss Munning Room 2
April 10 HAITIAN FILM Slide presentation: Assistant Professor Frenand Munnings Room 2
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April 16 AN EVENING OF BAH'\MIAN MUSIC Slide show on Bahamian Musicians and TBA
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May 6 MIFF.ST Slide Show by I Moss, participation of German- Munnings Room 2
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In collaboration with

The Bahamas Plays and Films

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This workshop is designed to provide participants with an
overview of the fundamentals of superior customer service.
It focuses on customer value, retention and relationship
building and employee motivation.

Date: Thursday, 11 October, 2007
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: Grovenor Close Nursing School
Tuition: $170.00

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an
overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint. It
focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint

Date: Thursday, 4 October, 2007
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
Tuiion: $160.00
This course will cover Web Page Creation, Website
Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiddling with
computers and would like to create 'their own web pages are
encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include Formatting,
Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web

Date: Thursday & Friday, 18th & 19th October, 2007
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
Tuition: $550.00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 1 (242) 328-00931 328.1936 or e-mail
perdev@cob.edu.bs. All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When (ri
submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport CEES reserves the right to
change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials. "

Mr Lester J. Mortimer, Jr,
Mr Lyall Bethel, Pastor

Mr Christopher Mortimer, CEO,

SGalleria Cinemas
W Michael Stevenson, Associate Professor,
School of Social Sciences
Mr Valentine Maura, Radio Show Host

Boardroom, Third Floor
Michael Eldon Complex, Thompson Blvd.


October 4, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The College of The Bahamas
Counselling and Health Services

is coming your way

Employers, bright young students and
other interested persons have the
opportunity to meet for mutual benefit.

Individual Booths Available for
Organization Displays

Benefits to employers/organizations:

> Exposure to hundreds of the best-trained college
students in The Bahamas/Access to prospective

> A direct opportunity in becoming a stakeholder in
preparing COB students for their future endeavours

> Exposure to high school students seeking career

> A complete 8' x 10' booth for display purposes

> Signage on all print advertisements

Ms. Norma Turnquest, Advisory Committee
Executive Secretary
Career & Placement Counsellor, COB
at Tel: 242-302-4445
Fax: 242-302-4448, nturquest@cob.edu.bs


Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs

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Spring (January) 2008

October 5, 2007 4:00pm

Application fee $50.00

For further information contact the
Office of Admissions at
1-242-302-4499 or 1-242-302-4394

International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave

Trade: Telling the Story
The College of The Bahamas
February 21-23, 2008
Nassau, The Bahamas

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Call -or Papers

The College of The Bahamas will host the Conference: "Abolition of The Trans-
Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story, February 21-23, 2008 at the Oakes Field
Campus, Nassau.

Abstracts of approximately 200 words are invited on the following topics:
Language and Oppression
Religion in Slavery: Agent Provocateur or Opiate?
Slavery and Human Sensibility
Power and Enslavement
Kinship across the Diaspora
Identity: Culture, the Arts, Race and Gender
The African Diaspora's Gifts to the World
Enslavement and Liberation: Telling the Story through Teaching, Song,
Story and Preservation
Liberation: Ideologies, Contexts and Dynamics
Liberation: Simple Past or Present Continuous?

Please send abstracts as an attached Word file to Jessica Minnis, Chair of the
Conference Committee at abolitionconference@cob.edu.bs Deadline extended to
Monday, October 1, 2007.
Conference Structure

The conference will feature 20-minute papers from all disciplines, followed by 10-
minute discussions, presented in concurrent and plenary sessions. Panel and
poster proposals will also be considered. Such proposals should be as complete
as possible.

Submissions (an electronic copy) should be directed to:
Jessica Minnis
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas
P O Box N4912
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs

Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 31, 2007.

Three Days:
Day Rate:
Late Registration Fee:
Student Rate:
Student Day Rate:


For information on the availability of student subsidies, please contact:
Vice President Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations
Tel: (242) 302 4455

Registration is open and online at http://www.cob.edu.bs/abolitionconf.php.




available on The College's website or from the Records
Department. ALL prospective graduates for FALL 2007
must submit completed Graduation Forms to the Records
Department of The College on or before September 28,

Graduation Forms will not be accepted without:
V ALL SIGNATURES, (i.e. student's, advisor's and
chairperson's), &

OFFICE. (i.e. stamp, receipt)
V ADVISEMENT FORM (Course Outline)

Imus: Forms submitted after September 28 will be considered
late and will be forwarded to the next graduation period,
Spring 2008.

The College of The Bahamas


A Contemporary Approach to Administration for Productivity and
Etfective Management in Public and Private Entities
The School of Social Sciences of The College of The B.ahamas in-
vites members of the public and private sectors to loin our College/
University community as change agents o ttie Twentvy first Century.
working in partnership for national deeeil'pment
Individuals: This is your chance to read,,' your thinking and skills to
;ei-e 21st century opportunities and be Eoreone ':nv who is proactive
and rnmaks Ihings happen
Employers: Discover ways oil creating lirst class resouri'ce to in-
crease your organization's ability to compete in a rapidly changing
global economy.
Prospective students and participants have these options:
* Pursue the BA Degree in Public Administration
* Participate in seminars/workshops and short courses [with cer-
tificate of attendance]
Programmes are conducted in a progressive environment which
take':, ric' Lconsideraion
* Needs of Individuals through srimall gruup initr.acrilr,
* Bottom line of organizations through e ,pn.ure to planning
s.rrated ic and long-ranqe and loria qu.jtli r nanaLgemeri
* Maior conlernporry is5u,.ue of orq rii.j iiir -, ; : traiinin needs
occaL-ioried by the challengesq : of glob.atizatli ..n
* Issues relating to bu:3ianable developrrien,
* Public/Private Sector Partnerships [PFP:-.





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One-Day Symposium for Library Personnel

October 11, 2007 8:30am 4:30 pm
The Michael Eldon Complex,
Oakes Field Campus, Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, Bahamas

Come and hear from Cheryl Peltier-Davis of Nova Southeastern University library; Nicholas
Cop of Nicholas Cop Consulting, Gainesville, Florida, and Juan Felipe Longas of ProQuest.

Topics/Issues: The current state of Caribbean and Bahamian libraries and much more. Participants
will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills:
Find out what is the latest in technological development that you can initiate that will enhance
the services you provide for your patrons,
Develop the necessary skills and knowledge to make your services relevant for today's
generation and the next.

Register today! Family Island Library Workers are especially invited to attend

Registration Cost: $50.00 per person (includes lunch and coffee break).

Kindly complete the attached Registration Form and fax it to 302 4531 or deliver the form along with
payment to the Libraries and Instructional Media Services at The College's Oakes Field Campus.
For further information, contact:

Tel: 302 4552 and 302 4550
E-mail: bwalker@cob.edu.bs or wiohnson@cob.edu.bs


9. Poinciana Drive

Wall Street mixed

as investors sell

large-cap stocks

and buy small caps

AP Business Writer

NEW YORK Wall Street
ended mixed Tuesday, selling
off large companies' stocks but
buying up those of smaller com-
panies as investors cashed in
gains from Monday's big rally
and poked around for new bar-
It was a somewhat unusual
day of trading normally, the
major stock indexes closely
track one another, but Tuesday,
the Dow Jones industrials
closed with a moderate loss
while the Nasdaq composite
index had a moderate gain. Giv-
en the market's quick, sharp
rebound from August's credit
market squeeze and stock sell-
off, it was to be expected that
investors would pause to adjust
their portfolios as the fourth
quarter gets under way.
Wall Street was only slightly
fazed by the National Associa-
tion of Realtors' report Tues-
day that its seasonally adjusted
index of pending sales for exist-
ing homes fell 6.5 percent in
August from July and 21.5 per-
cent from a year ago. The data
suggest sales of existing homes
will probably keep declining in
the coming months bad news
for the economy, but good news
for those hoping for another
interest rate cut.
After the Federal Reserve
lowered rates on Sept. 18, the
stock market is hoping for a
similar move again at the Fed's
Oct. 30-31 meeting. That opti-
mism drove the Dow up nearly
192 points Monday to close at
14,087.55 a new high and its
first foray above the 14,000 lev-
el since mid-July, right before
stocks plunged on worries relat-
ed to subprime mortgages and
overly leveraged debt.
"The economy is soft, you
have this big run-up, and the
fact is people are just taking
some profit," said Scott Full-
man, director of investment
strategy for I. A. Englander &
Co. "There's not a ton of news
to trade on, and investors are
also looking ahead to the unem-
ployment report on Friday."
The Dow fell as investors sold

some of their large-cap stock
holdings, which have recently
performed well. Also, with com-
modities prices retreating and
the dollar rebounding, big min-
ing and oil companies such as
Dow component Exxon Mobil
Corp. may see dampened
profits. Small-cap stocks rose,
along with homebuilders, air-
lines and brokerages, as
investors returned to compa-
nies that were unattractive dur-
ing the summer's tight credit
environment and now appear
"Larger-cap companies don't
need to do borrowing. After the
rate cut, those who believe
there will be another rate cut
would want own smaller-cap
stocks," said Matt Kelmon,
portfolio manager of the Kel-
moore Strategy Funds.
The Dow fell 40.24, or 0.29
percent, to 14,047.31.
The broader Standard &
Poor's 500 index fell 0.41, or
0.03 percent, to 1,546:63, while
the tech-dominated Nasdaq
rose 6.12, or 0.22 percent, to
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies rose 7.23, or
0.88 percent, to 831.97.
Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 9 to 7
on the New York Stock
Exchange. Consolidated vol-
ume came to 3.11 billion shares,
down from 3.26 billion shares
Trading is expected to. be a
bit choppy ahead of the Labor
Department's September jobs
report on Friday, which
investors are hoping will show a
recovery after August's sur-
prising payrolls decline. In addi-
tion to economic data, Wall
Street is awaiting third-quarter
corporate earnings reports,
most of which will arrive in mid-
Government bond prices rose
as the Dow fell. The 10-year
Treasury note yield, which
moves inversely to its price, fell
to 4.53 percent from-4.56 per-
cent late Monday.
The dollar rebounded from
record lows versus the euro, and
recovered some ground against
the pound and Canadian dol-

lar. Gold, which has recently hit
multi-decade highs, tumbled
under pressure from the rising
dollar; an ounce of gold fell
$17.80 to $736.30 on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
Crude oil on the Nymex also
declined, slipping 19 cents to
$80.05 a barrel. Many analysts
say oil's September rally to
record levels above $83 was due
to speculative buying, because a
weak dollar makes dollar-
denominated commodities
cheaper for foreigners.
SExpectations that oil and gold
will slide further hurt energy
and mining company stocks.
Exxon Mobil fell $1.71 to
$92.24; ConocoPhillips fell
$1.77, or 2 percent, to $85.62;
and Chevron Corp. fell $1.88,
or 2 percent, to $92.56.
Barrick Gold Corp. dropped
$1.98, or 4.8 percent, to $39.25,
and Harmony Gold Mining Ltd.
fell 83 cents, or 7 percent, to
Meanwhile, top automakers'
September sales came in mixed.
General Motors Corp. was
the biggest gainer among the 30
Dow components, rising $1, or
2.8 percent, to $37.05 after
reporting that its U.S. sales rose
slightly on stronger demand for
its light trucks and crossover
vehicles. Ford Motor Co., how-
ever, said its U.S. sales fell 21
In other corporate news, an
investor group reduced its cash
offer for SLM Corp., known as
Sallie Mae, by 17 percent. SLM
insisted that the buyers honor
their original $25 billion deal.
SLM rose 19 cents to $50.09.
Acquisitions are still happen-
ing, though, despite a tighter-
than-normal credit market.
Canada-based TD Bank Finan-
Scial Group agreed to buy Com-
merce Bancorp Inc. in a deal
valued at $8.5 billion, while Cit-
igroup Inc. said it is buying what
it doesn't already own of Nikko
Cordial Corp. for shares valued
at about $4.6 billion.
Overseas, Britain's FTSE 100
fell 0.09 percent, Germany's
DAX index rose 0.31 percent,
and France's CAC-40 rose 0.45
percent. Japan's Nikkei stock
average closed up 1.19 percent.

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assessment had shown that there
were more than 1,000 different
job classifications in the Bahami-
an hotel industry, but the sector
was still challenged in attracting
the best students and college
graduates to see it as first place
of employment.
Describing customer service
as "critical" to the Bahamian
tourism industry's ability to
attract repeat visitors and
achieve sustainable growth, Mr
Hooper said: "We have to get
people interested in the business.
We want people to make
tourism and hospitality their first
choice, rather than the fallback
choice after they have tried law,
accounting and medicine. In the
Bahamas, we have not got that
Tourism went far beyond pro-
viding jobs for maids and wait-
ers, Mr Hooper and other hotel
industry executives said yester-
day, providing jobs in areas such
as public relations, marketing,
accounting, engineering, human
resources and marine sciences.
"We want to make sure peo-
ple in the Bahamas know this
should be a first choice," Mr
Hooper, a senior executive with
Baha Mar, said. "That they have
a lot of career opportunities. It is
a far easier industry to get pro-
moted in if you do certain
Some 3,000 Bahamian hotel
and tourism industry employees
had been trained by the BHA
over the past two years, and it is
hoping that some 600 people will
attend the five Q2 seminars this
Mr Hooper added: "What
makes the difference in people's
wants and desires to come back
to a destination is the people
there. People only believe it
when they experience it first

"It's customers who judge us.
How do they spend their mon-
ey? Are they coming back here.
We want to make sure they do
Every interaction with
Bahamians between the time a
tourist arrived at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport and
departed, Mr Hooper said, espe-
cially with industry workers such
as straw vendors, taxi drivers,
hair braiders, retailers and tour
operators, influenced their expe-
rience of the Bahamas and
whether they would return.
When it came to encourag-
ing students to view the tourism
industry as a first career choice,
Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
executive vice-president, said:
"We're moving in the right
direction and doing good
things, but all of us have to col-
lectively ratchet things up and
do more."
Alec Sanguinetti, the
Caribbean Hotel Association's
(CHA) director-general and
chief executive, said that when
meeting with Spanish hotel
chains and resort investors inter-
ested in the Caribbean two
weeks ago, newspaper headlines
in Spain had touted the fact that
Majorca's hotels were at 94 per
cent average occupancy in
Mr Sanguinetti pointed out
that unless the Bahamas and
wider Caribbean had a highly-
trained cadre of hotel industry
personnel to cope with such
occupancy rates, the industry
would likely "collapse".
"We in the Caribbean are
challenged with this," Mr San-
guinetti said, "because many
times we lose focus on what we
have to do in the hospitality
industry. Hospitality is about
hospitality. It's about service.
"If we do not provide the
resources and training to sustain
it, our industry will be in jeop-

Mr Sanguinetti added that
when it came to labour issues for
the hotel industry, it was "not
just about service" but provid-
ing employees with a clearly
defined career path on how they
could advance and progress
through the sector.
He added that the Caribbean
hotel sector wanted "to reverse"
the trend that saw many of the
region's best qualified workers
look for employment in other
sectors first, with tourism seen
as an option of 'last resort'.
Mr Sanguinetti said that com-
pared to Majorca's 94 per cent
average occupancy, year-round
occupancies in the Caribbean
averaged just 62 per cent.
He said the region needed to
imagine what kind of economic
boost it would receive if that fig-
ure could be increased by just
10 per cent.
Mr Sanguinetti added: "Right
now, I don't think the Caribbean
is competitive. We're not com-
petitive in many areas. The tax
burden is making us uncompeti-
tive on rates. We're challenged
in product and service.
"The challenge is to move our
occupancies up and maintain our
competitiveness. We've lost
some ground."
Beverly Saunders, Kerzner
International's vice-president of
human resources, said of cus-
tomer service: "We need to have
consistency. We don't want to
create pockets of excellence.
"There is a need to consis-
tently deliver on our promise.
We're creating the unique
Bahamian experience."
She added: "Our industrvhba
changed dramatically over the
last few years, and the types of
career path in hospitality now
are probably the best they have
ever been in this country.
"We're going to be embrac-
ing tremendous opportunities. I
cannot think of a degree you
cannot use in hospitality right