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Title: The Tribune.
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Volume: 103 No.263 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2007 PRICE 750

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Father faces

charge of sleeping

with 11-year-old


A FATHER accused of hav-
ing sex with his 11-year-old
daughter was arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday,
charged with incest.
The mother of the young girl
was also arraigned, accused of
failing to report the offence. .
Court dockets allege that
sometime between September
2006 and August 2007, the 35-
year-old Toote Shop Corner
man, had sexual intercourse
with his daughter.
The accused, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel, in court eight
Bank Lane yesterday afternoon,
was not required to enter a plea
to the charge. He was informed
that the matter could not be
heard in Magistrate's Court, but
had to be transferred to the
Supreme Court.
The accused was also told
that a preliminary inquiry %% would
be held to determine whether
there was sufficient evidence to
have him stand trial in the
Supreme Court.
The man was remanded in
custody. His case was adjourned

to October 15 for a bail hearing
and trial date.
The mother of the child, who
was charged with failing to
report the abuse of a minor, was
also arraigned before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel yesterday.
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that the 30-year-old
Toote Shop Corner resident,
knowing or reasonably suspect-
ing that her daughter was the
object of a sexual offence, failed
to report it to a police officer.
The woman pleaded not
guilty to the charge. The matter
was adjourned to October 11
for a bail hearing and date fix-
ture. She was remanded in
police custody.
In other court news, a 33-
year-old man was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday,
accused of having sex with his
10-year-old niece.
Court dockets allege that the
Hospital Lane resident, some-
time between January 2005 and
July 2007, knowing that the 10-
year-old girl was a blood rela-
tion, had sexual intercourse with
SEE page 12

Warm welcome for sports stars

Youngsters get fire safety tips

PRE-SCHOOLERS AT Gleniston Early Learning Centre get a hands-on feeling of what it's like to be a
firefighter yesterday as members of the fire department gave the students some fire saftey tips

No competitive bidding for recent

school repairs, claims Roberts

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER public works min-
ister Bradley Roberts has fired
back at government's criticisms
of the contracting process under
the PLP, declaring that there
was no competitive bidding for
government's recent school
summer repair programme.
This programme totalled
some $17.45 million, spread
over some 196 contracts. While
a further $5.76 million was spent
on classroom construction by

the government over eight con-
tracts, bringing the total expen-
diture on this initiative to $23.2,
Mr Roberts defended his
record and challenged the pric-
tices of the current government
yesterday in a interview with
The Tribune,. after Earl
Deveaux, the current public
works minister, read a damn-
ing auditor's report on the con-
tracting practices of the Min-
istry of Works on Wednesday
in the House of Assembly.
Excerpts from the report to
which Mr Deveaux referred are

a part of the executive'summa-
ry of an independent audit done
by the British Crown Agents in
October 2006. -
"In many cases, contractors
appear to be being selected
according to considerations oth-
er than competitiveness and
merit and staff and senior man-
agement's recommendations for
the competition and selection
of bidders are being overruled,"
the report read. The report was
commissioned by the Auditor
SEE page 12

Plays and Films Control Board chair

seeks to explain censorship process

Tribune Staff Reporter
NEW chairman of the Plays
and Films-Control Board,
Cheryl Cartwright, sought to
demystify the work of the
Board at a public meeting on
Under the title "Studying
Censorship in the Bahamas:

WORLD HIGH jump champion Donald Thomas, 110m hurdler
Shamar Sands and quarter-miler Andrae Williams are swamped
by students at Charles W Saunders High School yesterday during
Team Bahamas celebrations

Examining the Bahamas Plays
and Films Control Board" a
variety of viewpoints on cen-
sorship and the work of the
board were presented by pan-
elists, including Pastor Lyall
Bethel now head of the
Christian council's "anti-gay
agenda committee" formed
by the Galleria Cinemas'
CEO Chris Mortimer, attor-
ney Lester Mortimer, and

COB professor Michael
Ms Cartwright told the
packed conference room at the
College of the Bahamas that
she wishes for the public to
know "who the board is, what it
does, and why it does it" in
order to provide a greater sense
of transparency to the process.
SEE page 12

Concerns on Harbour Island over possible
disruption to Road Traffic Department

Tribune Staff Reporter
RESIDENTS of Harbour
Island are worried about pos-
sible disruptions in the opera-
tion of the Dunmore Town
branch of the Road Traffic
Department as results of an

investigation into a senior
employee are soon to be
A source on the three and a
half mile long island complained
to The Tribune that up until a
few weeks ago, the branch was
at a '.nusiull'" after the depart-
ment's sole employee was
placed on "administrative

leave" pending the results of a
police investigation.
"There were no persons get-
ting their vehicles (licensed or)
inspected, sometimes the police
would have assisted us if we
asked them, but other than that,
it was at a standstill.
SEE page 12



Bobby Ginn

of tricking

them into


THE developer of the mul-
ti-billion Ginn Development
is facing several law suits
stemming from the dealings
of its expansive real-estate =.
Approximately 100 Michi-
gan investors have accused
Bobby Ginn and his Celebra-
tion-based company of tricking
them into buying overpriced
home sites in a number of his
developments, including'Bella
Collina on the shores of Lake
Apopka west of Orlando -- an
accusation Ginn strongly
The nine-count lawsuit,
The Orlando Sentinal said
yesterday, filed May 29 in US
District Court in Michigan, is
one of several potholes that
have appeared lately in Ginn
's expansive real-estate
The .41-page class action suit
has been brought by a group
of disgruntled property owners
who had bought some of Gin-
n's home sites in 2005.
It claims that Ginn's "sales
representatives, agents and
affiliates" misled the investors
by convincing them that they
could "immediately resell the
units and realize substantial
As part of the scheme, the
suit contends, false stories
about red-hot demand for the
properties were circulated, and
"fake buyers" were brought in
to "run up" the prices.
According to the Sentinal
Ginn said Thursday that he
had no intention of settling the
lawsuit, and he loses no sleep
over it.
"We sold them land. They
own it," Ginn told The Senti-
nal. "I always give more than I
promise. So as far as I'm con-
cerned, that's the end of that."
In addition to the Colorado
case a New Jersey couple,
Albertino and Fabiana Jorge,
recently filed a lawsuit alleging
deceptive and unfair trade
practices in a Ginn property-
selling scheme.
Since the Jorges filed their
lawsuit in a Florida court,
about 10 other people have
come forward indicating their
intention to file more.
Over a period of 20 years
Ginn is expected to build 870
residential units, a casino, two
marinas, two golf courses, a
hotel or condo hotel complex
of 4,400 units in Grand
Phase one is on the western
side of the project next to the
old Bahama Bay resort and
this will have 4-500 single fam-
ily residential lots, a golf
course and club house and 300


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Shirlea residents plan protests over warehouse

IRATE residents of Shirlea
have called a town meeting for
Monday night to mobilise
protests against a "humungous"
warehouse being built in their
Organisers expect a large
turnout at Assemblies of God
administrative offices on Shirlea

Road and Warwick Street when
the meeting gets underway at
The Coalition to Save the
Neighborhood has been
formed to oppose the ware-
house, which is being built by
Mr Dennis Pinder. Members
claim it is a "humungous steel

eyesore" that will ruin what
they regard as a quiet and
quaint community.
A spokesman for the protest
group told The Tribune last
night: "Feelings are running
high. We have now raised a sec-
ond petition against this devel-
opment and there are already

90 names on it.
"Mr Pinder says there is only
a small number of protesters,
but that's not so. Everyone in
this neighbourhood is against
Protesters claim the ware-
house, on the corner of Shirlea
Road and Lancaster Street, will

generate traffic, noise and park-
ing in an area once noted for its
calm, and also block light and
air from surrounding homes.
"We want everyone affected
by this monstrosity to attend
the meeting," said the source.
"We intend to have our voices

Play and Films Control Board

slammed for 'irrationality'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE work of the Plays and
Films Control Board has tradi-
tionally demoralised dramatists
to the point that it has had a
detrimental effect on Bahamian
theatre as a whole, it has been
Theatre director Phillip Bur-
rows spoke out in frustration
about his 26 years of having to
deal with the board, which is
mandated to approve and rate,
or refuse a play or film for pub-

lic viewing according to whether
it is deemed to be contrary to
"public order, decency or the
public interest".
"I have experienced the
greatest deal of frustration as a
theatre artist," said Mr Bur-
rows. "This board has stopped
plays taking plage because peo-
ple don't want to waste their
time and money when someone
can willy-nilly come along and
tell us it can't happen."
Mr Burrows said that in the
past, productions requiring
months of preparation, time,
money and effort on the part

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Theatre director claims former

members traded favours for perks

of all involved, have had to wait
until the night before the play is
scheduled to open to the public
to receive the board's decision,
as members claimed they need
to see the play rather than sim-
ply read the script in order to
rate it.
However,- Mr Burrows
alleged that in the case of some
members of former boards, it
was all part of an effort to use
their position to get perks such
as free admission to produc-
"We just got a sense that it
became all about tickets," said
Mr Burrows, adding that he
would be willing to set aside
tickets so long as he could get a
rating at an earlier stage.
The fact that the board wait-
ed until the night before open-
ing to rate certain plays meant
that no advertising could be
done or tickets sold, as it would
be impossible to know to whom
to market the production or
who could legally purchase a
Illustrating what he said was

the subjectivity and irrational-
ity of the board, Mr Burrows
recalled a production of
Shakespeare's "Macbeth",
which was produced to corre-
spond with the inclusion of the
famous play on the BGCSE


He explained that the Plays
and Films Control Board gave
the play "C" rating, which
barred high school students -
the very group the production
was aimed at from attending.
Several years later, another
production of the same play was
rated "B", meaning everybody
could come.
"You don't know what to
expect, it changes each time
there's a new group of people,"
he said.
Mr Burrows said that because
of such experiences, he has
found himself "picking up,a
script and thinking that I'm not
even going to bother with this"

because he feels it's likely the
board will give a harsh rating
or not approve of the produc-
tion at all.
New board chairperson attor-
ney Cheryl Cartwright
expressed sympathy with Mr
Burrows' views.
She stated emphatically that
the need for the board's inde-
pendence is crucial and said that
to seek free admission "smacks
of influence (and) interference."
Ms Cartwright had earlier
affirmed that she believes it is
necessary for board members
to see a play rather than sim-
ply read the script, as a "differ-
ent sense" could be gained from
a final production than might
come across in text form.
However, after being
queried by Ms Cartwright as
to how the traditional difficul-
ties encountered could be
avoided, Mr Burrows suggested
that if the board could read the
scripts in advance and give an
indication of what rating will
be given, the situation would
be improved.

Plans considered

to cut cost of

social housing

THE government is consid-
ering using simpler construction
techniques and materials in an
effort to reduce the price of low
cost housing.
Housing Minister Kenneth
Russell revealed that the FNM
administration is currently
researching techniques that will
reduce construction times, cut
utility costs through the use of
energy-efficient equipment, and
most importantly, make housing
more affordable.
He explained that the sav-
ings accrued at the various
stages of construction will be
passed on to the consumer, who
will see a reduction in down
payment costs.
The minister added that the
simpler but adequate building
materials the government is
thinking of using, would reduce
the cost of home ownership by
at least 25 per cent.
However, he did not reveal
what these materials would con-
sist of.
After reducing the cost of
housing, the ministry's second
priority, he noted, is the cre-
ation of more energy efficient
solutions to keep the cost of
utilities down.
He said the ministry also
plans to launch a rent-to-own
programme in which a portion
of monthly dues goes towards a

This, Mr Russell pointed out,
always existed as a government
housing policy but has been left
to the discretion of the minister
in charge to execute it as he saw
In the government's Mani-
festo 2007, it pledged to intro-
duce a lease to buy option for
low cost and medium income
home buyers and to promote
the use of energy efficient con-
struction practices so as to
reduce ongoing and long-term
maintenance costs on residential
Mr Russell affirmed that
Bahamians looking to own a
government home can expect
the administration to construct
3,000 service lots and houses
nationwide over the next five
Currently, Housing is eyeing
the purchase of 370 acres in the
western part of the Albany
development to use for its next
The ministry also has several
scattered lots throughout New
In the Out Islands, the min-
istry plans to build numerous
subdivisions, he said. Eight are
planned for Abaco, seven in
Grand Bahama, one in Bimini,
four in Eleuthera, and two in

0 In brief

to take place
on West
Bay Street
THE Ministry of Works has
advised that the east-bound
lane on West Bay Street next
to the new Sheraton Hotel
site will be closed for main-
tenance work until Monday.
East-bound traffic will be
diverted at the intersection
west of the Sheraton Hotel to
the intersection in front of the
Crystal Palace Casino, con-
verting the west-bound traf-
fic lane on the south side of
the street into a two-way traf-
fic lane for the duration of the
The ministry apologised for
the inconvenience the road
closure will cause to the public.

Papa John's
robbed of
cash by two
A LOCAL pizza eatery
was robbed at gunpoint on
Thursday night of an unde-
termined amount of cash,
police said.
According to a statement
released by Chief Superin-
tendent Hulan Hanna, at
around 8.30pm, two gunmen
entered Papa John's Pizza on
Collins Avenue and robbed
the restaurant of an unknown
amount of cash.
The culprits fled the restau-
rant in a dark coloured Hon-
da Accord, witnesses told
A short time later, at 8.44
pm Thursday, Lucky's
Restaurant on Market and
King Streets was robbed by
two men.
Mr Hanna told The Tri-
bune that these men pro-
duced a weapon and relieved
the employees of cash before
fleeing the scene on foot.
One of the assailants was
reportedly wearing a green
shirt and dark trousers while
his accomplice wore a pair of
orange shorts, Mr Hanna said.
Investigations are continu-
ing and authorities have rot'
ruled out a possible c6iihi'c '
tion between the two inci-

in stable
after stabbing
A YOUNG man was
stabbed on Thursday evening
while walking in the area of
Windsor Place off Solider
The victim, 20 year-old
Prince Young of Nassau Vil-
lage, was reportedly walking
through the area when three
men attacked him. As a result
of the attack, he received mul-
tiple stab wounds to the upper
back, police said.
He was taken to the
Princess Margaret Hospital
for treatment where his con-
dition is listed as stable, police
One man is currently in
custody and helping police
with their investigation.
Officers are following sig-
nificant leads into the matter,
Mr Hanna said.

US Embassy
to close for
Day holiday
The United States Embassy
in Nassau has announced that
it will be closed on Monday,
October 8.
The closure is observance
of the US Columbus Day
The embassy will resume
normal business operations
on Tuesday, October 9, at
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*In brief

New officials
praised for
to Abaco
THREE newly-appointed
government officials in Aba-
co have given the island a
major boost, it was claimed
last night.
Cephus Cooper, new
administrator for Central
Abaco, is already in the
process of reviving local gov-
ernment in the area, said an
island source.
"The town committee
here, which is supposed to
meet monthly, had not met
in a year and a half," said the
"Now they have had elec-
tions and the whole thing is
moving again."
Mr Cooper, son of Bishop
Archilus Cooper of Cooper's
Town, is a born and bred
Abaconian.with a reputation
for high integrity.
Also welcomed is Mrs
Lenora Black, the new
schools superintendent, who
hails from Dundas Town.
She was described as a
"hands on lady" who is get-
ting around meeting staff and
students in a bid to keep
island education on track.
The third official, Ben-
jamin Pinder of Sandy Point,
has been appointed adminis-
trator for South Abaco and
Moores Island.
"It is all very encouraging,"
said the source, "We feel
local government is in good

company in
factory bid
A BAHAMIAN company
is among the firms short-list-
ed in a bid to take over
Jamaica's state-owned sugar
It was announced on
Thursday that Infinity Bio-
Energy of Brazil, Flo-Sun Inc
of the United States and Stir-
ling Partners of the Bahamas
are on trie list of eight com-
panies in the running to take
over the five state-owned
Jamaica's agriculture min-
ister released the names of
the other five contenders on
They are: Coimex of
Brazil, Dhampur Sugar Mills
of India, Trinidad and
Tobago's Angostura Ltd and
Jamaican companies Ener-
gen Development and Wray
and Nephew.
A negotiating team of
Jamaican business leaders is
evaluating tender proposals
from the short-listed compa-
nies and is expected to rec-
ommend the most qualified
bidder by March 31 next
Jamaica's five state-owned
factories have accumulated
losses of $227 million over
the last 25 years and the gov-
ernment said that it cannot
continue to subsidise them.
Jamaica produced 162,000
tonnes of sugar by the end of
the 2006-2007 harvest last
month, falling 5,000 tonnes
short of its production tar-
Diver is
from Grand
can diver suffering from 'the
bends' was airlifted from
Grand Bahama to a Florida
hospital by US Coast Guard
officials on Thursday.
Eric Schrivner, an employ-
ee of Resolve Marine Group
of Fort Lauderdale, was
working in 62-foot deep
water when he experienced
a problem around 10.20am.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
reported that Mr Schrivner,
36, went underwater around

10am and was carrying out
repairs to the hurricane dam-
aged BORCO jetty when the
incident occurred.
Mr .Rahming said he was
assisted from the water after
surfacing and placed into a
decompression chamber at
Lucayan Harbour, where he
remained until being airlifted
by a US Coast Guard heli-
copter around 5.20pm.
His condition is not known
at this time.
Mr Rahming said officers
at the Central Detective Unit
is conducting an investigation
into the incident.

Support grows among Abaco

residents for suffering prisoner

CONCERNED residents of
Abaco are rallying behind a 33-
year-old man who has threat-
ened suicide because of the
appalling conditions he is
forced to endure in Fox Hill
Family and friends said the
island was "on fire" yesterday
with talk about the desperate
plight of bachelor Trent Albury,
who has been held without bail
for nearly a year awaiting an
extradition hearing.
A report in yesterday's Tri-
bune highlighting Mr Albury's
suicide threats has prompted a
huge "groundswell of support"
for him on his home island, they
"People are incensed by it,"
said family friend Jeanne Kemp,
"They are determined to bring
Trent's problems to the gov-
ernment's attention in an effort
to get something done."
Mr Albury, a mechanic from
Marsh Harbour, is said to have
lost 20 pounds in two weeks
because of conditions at Fox
Hill, where he is kept in a small
cell with two other men.
Relatives and friends say he
lives in sweltering, congested
conditions with no toilet paper,
no running water and poor

They also claim he is being
victimised because of a politi-
cal conspiracy involving certain
elements in Marsh Harbour.
Last night, Ms Kemp said The
Tribune's exposure of his plight
had mobilised Abaconians in
an attempt to have him freed.
Mr Albury, described as a
quiet, loving man, was found
guilty of manslaughter in Flori-
da after being involved in a fatal
road crash seven years ago.
A woman died in the two-
vehicle collision and Mr Albury
was held under house arrest
awaiting sentence.
However, he subsequently
escaped and fled to Abaco,
where he worked until being
picked up by police 11 months
ago. Relatives claim he was tar-
geted by a bounty hunter.
Since then, Mr Albury has
been held without charge in

appalling conditions while his
attorney, Murrio Ducille, has
argued for his release, claiming.
that the US conviction was for a
charge that was not extra-
Mr Ducille has also expressed
outrage in court because prison
authorities have repeatedly
withheld important medication
needed for Mr Albury's high
blood pressure and heart con-
And he has told the magis-
trate that the US's extradition
bid must fail because of Mr
Albury's flawed trial and defec-
tive documents sent to the
Bahamas by Florida officials.
"There is no doubt that my
client is a suicide risk," Mr
Ducille told The Tribune earlier
this week.
for a full description of Mr
Albury's jail ordeal.

Spate of armed robberies

leaves residents of

Cable Beach concerned

RESIDENTS of Cable Beach
were on alert yesterday after
robbers struck three times in
one afternoon on Thursday.
A gunman escaped with a
woman's purse after approach-
ing her as she was parking in
her driveway in Hampshire
The victim was shaken but
not hurt in the incident, which
happened at about 2.30pm.
Around the same time, a
woman's purse was snatched at
gunpoint in the SuperValue
parking lot on Cable Beach.
The crook escaped in a red
Then, a few hours later, at
about 7pm, a gunman struck in
Yorkshire Street. No other
details were available.
Also, a week earlier, a home
along the main Cable Beach
strip, west of City Market, was
burglarized in broad daylight.
The crooks, according to police,
broke the locks of the front
door and escaped with a num-
ber of electronic goods and
some jewellery.
The getaway car used in this
incident was a White Nissan
A resident warned neigh-
bours yesterday that they
should remain guarded "at all
Police spokesman Assistant
Superintendent Hulan Hanna
admitted that the police are
aware of the spike in crime
along the Cable Beach strip.
However, he assured resi-
dents that the police are doing
their utmost to bring those per-
sons responsible before the

courts in the "quickest possible
"We have had incidents in the
past several days where persons
were held up. Yesterday, for
example, there was an armed
robbery at the parking lot of
the foodstore (Cable Beach) -
in fact there were two robberies.
"We don't want to speak too
much about it publicly, that is
because we have several opera-
tions going and we don't want
to scare the assailants from the
area. We want to nab these per-
sons," he said.
Despite their best efforts, Mr
Hanna said, the police force has
yet to apprehend the individuals
who are terrorising the Cable
Beach area.
However, he stressed that no
effort or resource is being
spared to ensure that the people
of Cable Beach are safe.
"It is unfortunate that despite
our best efforts we haven't been
able to put our hands on these
persons. But the public is
assured that there are opera-
tions that we can not speak to
publicly that are in place to deal
with some of the things we are
seeing. Definitely, definitely,
things are not out of control in
Cable Beach. We are on top of
"From lime to time we have
these occasions in that area
where persons would create
problems. We have been able
to successfully put these per-
sons before the court, and this
appears to be one of those
times. So we are very confident
that we are on top of this and
we should be able to eliminate

Larry Birkhead

set to become

reality TV star

Larry Birkhead, father of
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter
Dannielynn, is on track to
become a reality show star just
like his former lover.
The freelance photographer
is in talks to star in a TV show
documenting his life as Dan-
nielynn's dad.
He has an agreement in prin-
ciple with a US network after
receiving offers from several
Birkhead told the New York
Daily News: "I don't want to
give something away yet. It's
basically the 'day in the life of
daddy duties.'
"The truth is, people came
to me with pitches, and I
haven't accepted anything. It's
something they continue to talk
to me about. It's multiple net-

works. I'm listening to what
they have to say."
Birkhead, who won custody
of Dannielynn after proving his
paternity in a Nassau court, is
still planning to sue TV jour-
nalist Rita Cosby over her best-
selling book about Anna Nicole.
The starlet's lawyer-com-
panion Howard K Stern has
already filed suit for $60 mil-
lion in damages, claiming he
was seriously libelled by the for-
mer MSNBC reporter.
The book, Blonde Ambition,
published last month, hit both
the New York Times and Ama-
zon bestseller lists.
Ms Cosby has brushed off
libel claims; and says she and
her publisher stand firmly
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Ahmadinejad, seen through Nazi photo albums

THE New York Times recently carried a
disturbing story about a photo album that a
U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, a member of
the Counter Intelligence Corps, discovered in
a Frankfurt apartment more than 60 years
In 2006, the aging intelligence officer
anonymously donated the album to the Unit-
ed States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The photos were from the Auschwitz death
camp in Poland and belonged to Karl Hoeck-
er, the adjutant to the camp commandant.
Not of bodies stacked like cordwood. Not
of the gas chambers or crematoria. Not of
emaciated survivors peering out at their lib-
erators during the winter of 1945.
No, these photos were taken in the sum-
mer and fall of 1944. They depict the lives of
the SS officers and support staff, who ran
the death camp.
There is only one other known source of
photos that document conditions at
Auschwitz before liberation, an album,.
believed to have belonged to Richard Baer,
the camp commandant: of men, women and
children pulled from trains and selected for
forced labour or sent directly to the gas
chambers; of piles of clothing and shoes of
those selected for immediate death.
And in some ways, the photos of the per-
petrators in the Hoecker album are more
perverse than those of their victims in the
Baer album.
Finely dressed young men and women frol-
ic at an SS resort near the camp" They relax
in the sun, sit for drinks, eat blueberries and
engage in sing-alongs. A short distance away,
this happy clan starved, tortured, performed
gruesome medical experiments on and mur-
dered more than a million people.
What's so troubling about the Hoecker
photos especially when viewed in juxta-
position with the photos in the Baer album -
is the way they illustrate how good and evil,
normality and atrocity, can coexist in close
It's comforting to believe that mass mur-
derers and war criminals are obviously dif-
ferent, that they don't laugh, cherish pets or
light Christmas trees like decent human
beings. The Hoecker photos disagreeably
capture the banality of evil.
You had a sense of that incongruity and
banality last month at Columbia University.

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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 6TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
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There was Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, who disputes the veracity of
the Holocaust while at the same time seeking
to complete the Final Solution. He dressed
well. He smiled for his American audience.
He spoke about truth and science and shed-
ding light in order to remove darkness.
Behind the suit, however, are paramilitary
squads of religious goons who beat and arrest
women for exercising their rights. Behind
the smile are imprisoned student activists,
labour leaders and human rights advocates.
And behind the platitudes are lies about sci-
entific research to develop weapons to
impose darkness.
In New York, Ahmadinejad is eating blue-
berries. At Tehran's dreaded Evin prison.
his victims are rotting away.
Ahmadinejad was speaking at one of this
nation's most prestigious institutions of high-
er learning. Yet despite his claim of being
an academic by opening his mouth, he
demonstrated his profound ignorance of his-
tory. In response to a question about the
execution of homosexuals in Iran,
Ahmadinejad replied, "Can a physician allow
microbes, symbolically speaking, to spread
across a nation?"
The Nazis used the same symbolism to
dehumanize, then murder millions of homo.-
sexuals, Jews, Gypsies and other national
"Anyone who wants to free the German
blood from the manifestations and vices of
Todayy' which were originally alien to its
nature," Hitler wrote in "Mein Kanmpf," "will
first have to redeem it from the foreign virus
of these manifestations."
It's a curious double standard that makes
a human rights pariah welcome at Columbia
University while ROTC is forbidden on
account of the congressionally mandated
"don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Yet university President Lee Bollinger and
some members of the audience deserve cred-
it. In Iran or at the United Nations,
Ahmadinejad uncontested shows the
world the Hoecker album. At Columbia, his
antagonists at least forced him to reveal a
glimpse of the Baer album.
(This article was written by Jonathan Gur-
witz of the San Antonio Express-News c

An Islamic

perspective on


EDITOR, The Tribune

Dear Mr Larry Smith,
I've just finished reading
your article "Tough Call" on
page 6 of the October 3rd edi-
tion of The Tribune under the
heading, "Homosexuality and
those who condemn it", and I
must say I am disappointed.
Disappointed not only in you,
Mr Smith, but in every
Bahamian who shares your
views because quite frankly it
is you people who have
brought our country to this
point in time; you and all your
People like you are the ones
who promote the "Democra-
cy" agenda trying to brainwash
the people into thinking they
are totally free to do as they
like as long as it does not dis-
obey the man-made laws of
the country. Well I have some-
thing to say to you, Mr Smith,
"What about God's.law!" It's
you, and your kind, who sup-
port Bush's invasion of the
Middle East and label inno-
cent people as terrorists when
they are only trying to defend
their lives and the lives of their
families; just as I would if we
had some oil and Bush come
roun' here freakin' out.
It's you and your kind who
believe that homosexuals
should be able to do as they
please as long as it's in the pri-
vacy of their home. Moreover,
it is you and your kind who
wish our children's minds be
filled with utter garbage in
schools, including false tales
of a compassionate explorer
who was the "first" to find the
New World when in fact
Columbus and the colonialists
were imperialists, invaders,
murderers, and rapists who
ahnost exterminated the entire
Indian race then brainwashed
and raped the remainder.
It is you Who would rather
our children are taught the sci-
entific "Big Bang" theory of
creation rather than the true
creation story about our Dad-
dy Adam and Mama Eve. It
is even you and yours who
would wish to see me as a
young man with a bottle in my
hand on the verge of intoxica-
tion instead of with a draw of
marijuana in efforts of self-
reflection and mental and spir-
itual revelation. Yes, you and
yours who continually put
man's law before the Wisest
Eternal Law of our Almighty
Lord God Creator and I, for


one, have had enough of this
fabrication and fantasy and
have written this to clear up a
few things for you and yours.
Firstly, Mr Smith, let me
take you on a history lesson.
When the "Christian Cru-
saders" were on their rampage
through the Middle East and
Africa they were killing off the
true believers in the One True
God (Muslims apd Early
Christians who saw Jesus not
as the "son of God" but as he
was, a Great Prophet (PBUH)
calling for the worship of One
God) and spreading their trin-
ity blasphemy. When they
eventually arrived in
Jerusalem and massacred all
Muslims and Early Christians
there and desecrated and
destroyed the Temple of the
Almighty Everliving God
which was built and occupied
.by the believers in the One
Almighty Lord God, what
were they trying to achieve?
When the same set of peo-
ple, the crusaders and colo-
nialists, arrived in the Western
Hemisphere and totally anni-
hilated the nations upon
nations of Indians who occu-
pied this entire side of the
world, from the constant cold
of the Arctic straight down to
the tropical tip of Chile; what
were they trying to achieve?
Please tell me, Mr Smith, sir,
when these exact same people,
the creators of your "trinity"
religion, came to our home-
land, Mama Africa, and killed
and captured our fathers and
mothers and shipped them here
for lives of slavery and humili-
ation where they took away
even our names; do you know
yet what they were trying to
achieve, Mr Smith? If not let
me break it down for you.
They were planning you, sir.
They were planning to develop
a way of life, a way of thinking,
a "system" of ideologies in
which they could freely coop-
erate with our eternal serpen-
tine enemy in exchange for
worldly pleasures and in which
they could keep our Blessed
Races (African and Indian)
down out of spite and jealousy;
lowering us to their standard
of ignorance and violence. See,
we must not forget people,
when the ancestors of the
white race (barbarians, con-
querors, etc) were in their part
of the world (Europe) alone,
they were in the dark ages and
such, and constantly fought
trying to conquer one another
in a primitive fashion. Com-
pared to our ancestors, who at
the same time were working
together to build universities,
pyramids, cities and countries.
This is why they had to come
to our ancestors to rape and
pillage our lands and cultures
so that their vile lifestyle of
self-gratification and daily
blasphemy would be carried
on through the millennia;, and
what do you know, "Voila!"
they did it. Thus the modern
day System and current emer-
gency state of the Black race
and Brown race was created.'
The System which has peo-
ple like you giving all thanks
and praise to men when the
Almighty Father Creator is
here to be worshipped and
praised. The System, which
has people like you condemn-
ing Islam and devoted Mus-
lims as "fanatics" when it only
takes common sense to see
that there is not a Christian
Africa or even a Rastafarian
Africa, yet there is an Islamic
Africa. The same System
which has people like you pro-
moting and supporting homo-
sexual lifestyles when it was
clearly forbidden by our
Almighty Father Creator a
long time ago. Yes, Mr Smith,
it is this same System that has
descendants of African and
Indian slaves, like yourself,
supporting and promoting the
invasion of the Middle East
and Africa when more than
half of America's own popu-
lation do not support the war

because they realise that the
American government is the
aggressor. It is the same sys-
tem that created you and your
kind, Mr Smith, the uppity
house slave kind who thinks
he is better than the other
slaves because he is given a
few extra amenities, but in
actuality is a worse slave, a
sellout because you support
the slave master and put down
your own people. It is the Sys-
tem that has you thinking that
you are better than Arabs,
Africans, Latinos, and even
other "West Indians"(eg.
Haitians) because you are
"Bahamian"; when indeed
you are not but children of
slaves because the real
Bahamians (Arawaks) were
massacred and are extinct. It is
this same System that has you
supporting the illegalisation
and classification of the mari-
juana tree as a drug. This
same tree that has been a sup-
plement to the physical, men-
tal, and spiritual diet of
mankind since it was created
by the Lord God Almighty
and placed in the Garden of
Eden at the beginning of time;
this same tree that grows just
as parsley and peppers do and
does not need any sort of
manufacturing. Yet, you pro-
mote alcohol consumption,
which is classified as use of a
manufactured drug as written
in their psychology and biolo-
gy books.
So, Mr Smith, you see,
before you ridicule and con-
demn followers of the
Almighty God who know our
True roots and follow the
True path; you must ridicule
yourself and those of your
kind who have forgotten
where you came from and
thus have forgotten where you
are going, ending up as just
another lost soul contributing
to further destruction of the
spiritual integrity of our peo-
ple. Furthermore, you contin-
ually put blame on "religion"
and "religious leaders" but
you must also realise that the
only true religion is that which
acknowledges and worships
one and only one God
because there is arid forever
will be only One God, and
that religion is Islam (Sub-
mission to the Almighty).
Thus, of course, you will have
the corruption, scandal, utter
sinfulness and disrespect for
God being manifested because
these religions are not of our
Father God, thus they can
only be against Him. This, Mr
Smith, and all my fellow
Bahamians, is why we must
constantly ask for guidance
and strength from our
Almighty Father by His Mer-
cy and none else, and we must
follow the religion that He has
placed here for us, not one
that man has created.
It only takes a watchful eye
to see that in the book of Rev-
elations it is said that in the
end times the world will be
divided by two main religions;
in these times we see that they
are Islam and Christianity.
One that is the True religion
worshipping the Almighty
Everliving God and the other
that is the false religion which
disobeys and disrespects God
Almighty and spreads lies and
wages war against the last
remaining Believers in the
One True God. Now, Mr
Smith, who went down to
Jerusalem, back in the day,
and destroyed the Temple of
God? Who went to the New
World and Africa in the past
and is currently in the Middle
East on an invade and con-
quer quest? Who has the most
violent, bloodstained, hate-
filled track record and is
always on the offence? Mr
Smith, which do you think is
the true religion and which do
think is the false?
In the name of our Almighty
Father God Creator Yahweh
Jehovah Allah do I pray guid-
ance and strength for us all.

Proud Member of the Sons
of Zion Islamic Alliance
October 4, 2007.

NOTICE is hereby given that FORESTALE WILKINSON of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 6TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister' responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.





* In brief

Man in
after firearm
OFFICERS from the
Mobile Unit made an arrest
in .connection with the dis-
covery of a firearm late
Thursday night while on
patrol in Mason Street.
At 11.30 pm, officers
reported that they
approached an individual,
who pulled an object from
his waist and threw it on the
The officers confiscated a
.38 revolver with five live
A 33 year-old male resi-
dent of Toote Shop Corner
was taken into police custody
for questioning.

Man faces
charge of
FREEPORT A 43-year-
old male resident of Hunters
was charged with armed rob-
bery in the Freeport Magis-
trate's Court on Thursday.
Elias Lewis appeared
before Acting Deputy Chief
Magistrate Helen Jones.
It is alleged that on Sep-
tember 29, the accused, while
armed with an offensive
weapon, robbed Cyprian
Patrick of $5 cash.
Lewis was not required to
enter a plea to the charge.
He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill
until November 19 for a pre-
liminary inquiry.

Police believe
air-con unit
was stolen
OFFICERS of the Crime
Management Unit of the
Central Division have in their
custody a five-ton Rudd cen-
tral air'cgpgitiongng uirtu
which they suspect was
Supt Basil Rahming
reported that around 9am on
Wednesday officers seized
the unit in a Freeport neigh-
A 30-year-old man was
taken into custody and is
helping police with their
Mr Rahming said officers
are appealing to any mem-
ber of the public who has
knowledge of a missing unit
fitting that description, to
come to the Central Police
Station in Freeport.
World marks
of death of
Che Guevara
Santa Cruz
FIDEL Castro insists
Ernesto "Che" Guevara could
never have been taken pris-
oner 40 years ago if his gun
hadn't malfunctioned. But the
retired Bolivian general who
led the mission to capture him
says the Argentine revolu-
tionary was hardly a heroic
figure in his final moments,
according to Associated Press.
The man that Gen. Gary
Prado remembers sad, sick,
hungry, dressed in rags and
alone in the jungle simply
dropped his gun and surren-
dered, saying, "Don't shoot,
I'm Che."
Decades after he gave up a
comfortable middle class life
in Argentina to foment
armed rebellion, Guevara
still inspires and infuriates
people around the world.
Prado is bitter that Gue-
vara still gets so much global
attention four decades later.
He's angry that Bolivia's left-
ist President Evo Morales
plans to honour Guevara but
not the 55 soldiers who died

putting down his attempted
revolution in Bolivia.
Castro has put a noble spin
on the death of his fellow
revolutionary and close
friend, calling Guevara "not a
man who could have beqn
taken prisoner" with a work-
ing gun.

Pottery Classes
New Providence Community Centre
Blake Road
Ph#:525-7857, 327-1660
Starting Saturday, 13 October
Wednesday, 17 October

Why you

* Compiled By TANEKA
Tribune Staff Reporter
"They go in the House of
Assembly for five years and
come out with almost $100,000
in pension. We work in govern-
ment for 37 years and getting'
six hundred and something for
pension and the light bill is $655
a month now you tell me what
justice in this country? You put
up the light bill on poor people
and three, four times a week we
have blackout in this area and
all the air condition wires burn
up because BEC can't get their
act together. I am mad, I am
mad, I am awfully mad to see
how our people is treat us. It
ain no white man now, this
black on black treating' ya bad."
Edna, an angry senior citi-

"(I vex because) every time
the wind blow the price go up
on tings. One tin of cream fa' 87
cents. Now you tell me how a
woman with three or four chil-
dren, how she ga' make it?"
Shopper on a budget
This past Monday I had the
unfortunate experience of tak-
ing my sister to PMH to
deliver a baby. On what
should have been a beautiful
and special occasion, we were
greeted by unfriendly staff,
the rooms were all filled and
there were NO beds in the
maternity ward. I met ladies
that were due to give birth on
the first, but were told there
were no beds but if they
would like to they could wait.
What is the Bahamas coming
to? You now have to pick a
number for a bed? We were
told by a nurse that it has


been like this for the past two
Bahamas we have outgrown
the present facility and we need
a bigger hospital. Someone
please help!"
"(I vex because) USA Today
Dr Knowles
"I beyond vex, these staff
don't know how to treat peo-
ple. I always buy yogurt instead
of ice-cream, easier on the
stomach, but the two gals in
the place on Village Road,
(owner please take note)
always mixing up my order and
carry on like I was the mixed
up one. I left embarrassed,
bewildered and with no
yogurt. They forget we is pay
their salary."
Vex and disgusted

The Sisters of Saint Martin's Convent celebrate

seventy years. with service of thanksgiving

WEDNESDAY NIGHT at Saint Joseph's Church there was a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrat-
ing the 70th anniversary of Saint Martin's Monastery.

Archbishop Patrick Pinder gives the Homily Wednesday night at Saint Joseph's
Church for the Mass of Thanksgiving

Government working on fund

for non-communicable diseases

FREEPORT The govern-
ment is creating a National
Health Fund to help treat the
urgent problem of chronic non-
communicable diseases, such as
diabetes and hypertension.
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis noted that the Ministry
of Health's statistics on leading
causes of death reveal that in
2005, 50 per cent of visits at pri-
mary health care clinics in the
country were for services that
included treatment of chronic
non-communicable diseases
According to Dr Minnis, the
National Health Fund will
enable a patient who has been
diagnosed with a CNCD to
obtain the relevant prescription
medication from any partici-
pating pharmacy at minimal to
no cost
Dr Minnis said the Bahamas'
CNDC problerp must be tack-
led by balancing early detection
with disease prevention through
health promotion.
The minister noted that this is
why the Healthy Lifestyle Sec-
retariat was created by the Min-
istry of Health.
"It is our hope that more
Bahamians will becomeaware
of the value of prevention, and
its benefits to the individual and
the nation as a whole," he said.
In that regard, Dr Minnis

said, every effort is being made
to convey throughout the
Bahamas the importance of tak-
ing action to combat pre-
ventable diseases by adopting
healthier lifestyles that include
physical exercise, healthy eat-
ing habits, regular medical
examinations and use of diag-
nostic screening services that
could facilitate early detection.
While continuing efforts to
strengthen chronic disease pre-
vention exist, the treatment of
persons diagnosed with chronic
non-communicable diseases is
still a priority, Dr Minnis added.


His comments came as he
addressed a large gathering of
health professionals attending
the Grand Bahama Medical and
Dental Association's Scientific
and Educational Conference
which got underway at the Our
Lucaya Resort on Thursday.
The three day conference,
aims to touch on a number of
topics, including:
Impact of psychosocial and
substance abuse
Obesity related disorders
Gynecology related disor-
Impact of cancer in the

NOTICE is hereby given that SHIREEN SMITH of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 6TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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

Health and Social Development Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is pictured
right along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of The Prime
Minister, Senator Katherine Forbes-Smith as they attended the opening
of the Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association's Scientific and
Education Conference

Dermatology updates

* Cardiovascular updates
Pointing out that chronic non-


Ceramic '





communicable diseases
(CNCDs) are not only a nation-
al but a regional problem, Dr
Minnis advised that in
Caribbean and Latin American
countries, chronic diseases are
also the leading cause of pre-
mature mortality.
He said he was pleased to
note that the programmes
offered through his Ministry
have been complemented to a
significant extent by community
events such as health fairs,
health lectures and health walks
that are sponsored by non-gov-
ernmental organizations, church-
es and the private sector.
"We recognize the important
role of these partnerships
between the government and the
wider community in promoting
good health. It is our intention
therefore to continue to strength-
en these relationships that have
been developed," he said.



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Poets and artists give voice to their work

PERFORMANCE ARTIST and poet Ms Dawn Hanna shares her poetry during the latest session of "Express UP-AND-COMING POET Mrs Patrice Johnson reads one of her poems
Yourself," on September 27. The event, held at "Da Island Club" in the Nassau Beach Hotel, is an open mic
forum for poets, musicians and performance artists to share their work.

VETERAN AWARD-WINNING photographer Derek Smith captures the

fSunday School: 10am
Preaching 11am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour:
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm

Pastor:H. Mills

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
___ RP.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
llll Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
S11:00AM Rev. Mark Carey/HC
Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart/HC
Bernard Road
11:00AM Pastor Charles Moss/HC
Zion Boulevard
10:OOAM Minerva Knowles
7:00PM Rev. Charles Sweeting
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Rev. Gerald Richardson/HC
7:00PM Rev. Gerald Richardson
Queen's College Campus a
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly/HC
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs/HC
11:00AM Rev. William Higgs/HC
7:00PM No Service

'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. Marie Nelly
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Rev. Marie Nelly

Division of Ministry Retreat will be held on Friday,
October 19, 2007 from 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. 3:00
p.m. at Queen's College.


7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Rosemary Williams
11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Ernest Miller
7:00 p.m. Sis. Tezel Anderson-(T.S.)
"atn oucaeu n i

PERFORMANCE ARTIST and poet Mr Dickson Wasake entertains the
audience during the test session of 'Express Yourself'

DEPUTY PRIME Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette, right, receives letters of credence from
Dominique Struye, Ambassador Designate of the Kingdom of
Belgium, during a courtesy call at Ministry of Foreign Affairs on

October Is Mission Month
11:30 am. Speaker:
Pastor Cranson Knowles
No Evening Service
Coming Soon!
Our 129th Anniversary Service
Special Guest Speaker: Pastor Allan R. Lee
( bible Claus: 9:45 n.m. Bmkltng f Bread Servmice 10.45 am.
Community Outmach 11:0 an. Eveang Servie7:o00 p.m.
Midweek Servlo 7:30 p.m. n(W days)
Ste' Prayer MutngI.- 00 a.M (2nd Thurday of mash man-ui

Prayer Time: 10:15am. to 10:45a.m.

Church School during Worship Service
Place: Twynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587


Grounded In The Past & Geared To the Future

Worship Time: 11am & 7pm

Sunday School: 9:45am n "

Prayer Time: 6:30pmr

Place: The Madeira Shopping

Pastor Knowles can be heard
each Sunday morning on
Joy 101.9 at 8:30a.m Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
P.O. Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712

Ambassador -Designate

of Belgium meets DPM

Morning 'Norsnip Service 8.30 a m
Sunday School for all ages.. 9 45 a m
Adull Education 945 o m
Woishrp Service .. I1 00 a rrn
Spanish Service .. 2 00 p m
Evering Worship Service 6 30 pm

WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.
SeIli-ive Bible leaching
Royal roangeri Boys Clul 16 vis
Missionetle; Girls ClujI] 4 16 I ,

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
'vouth Ministry Meeting
Sunda~ys a01 8 -0 a m ZJS I TEMPLE lIME

Assembly Of God





Government gives $30,000 grant to

North Eleuthera Regatta Association

THE North Eleuthera Regat-
ta Association has received a
$30,000 grant from the govern-.
ment to assist the committee
with hosting its 18th annual
regatta this year.
During the NERA grant pre-
sentation ceremony, Minister
of State for Youth and Sports
Byran Woodside assured the
North Eleuthera Regatta Com-
mittee and committees all over

the Bahamas that the Ministry
recognizes and appreciates the
time-consuming and enduring
effort poured into planning and
implementing a regatta.
He comriended them for
investing their dedication, time
and energy into staging the
important sporting and cultural
events which have proven to be
a blessing to the various Family

Mr Woodside also expressed
his gratitude to boat owners for
their investment made to travel
to regattas and to participate in
the cultural festivities.
The sacrifice, he said, ensures
the sport of sloop sailing is sus-
tained as it attracts domestic
tourism and a flow of capital to
the Family Islands.
Mr Woodside acknowledged
the many challenges North

Eleuthera faced this past year
which hindered their commit-
tee's efforts to raise funds.
The minister concluded by
wishing them a successful regat-
The week of activities begins
on Monday, October 8, with a
church service at Wesley
Methodist Church on Market
Street at 7.30pm.
On Tuesday, food stalls open

and Bahamian cultural events
will be held at the Harbour
Island All-Age School.
Wednesday will bring rake 'n
scrape at 7.30pm sponsored by
By Thursday, October 11,
there will be an official open-
ing of the regatta site at 7.45pm
followed by a "Briland Idol"
competition at 9pm.
On Friday, there will be morn-

ing sailing, domino tournaments,
ping-pong, softball with Van
Johnson and a Defence Force
pop band in concert.
Saturday will begin with
morning sailing, the 'Briland
Beach Bash from 12 to 6pm,
domino tournaments, ping-
pong, a road race, a perfor-
mance by the Defence Force
Marching Band, a local concert,
and an awards ceremony.

Jazz event pulls in the crowds at COB

THE College of the
Bahamas' second "Jazz Under
the Stars" concert wowed its
audience at the Rainforest The-
atre in the Wyndham Nassau
A mix of smooth jazz, funky
R&B and a fusion of African
and Latin rhythms, the concert
was once again produced by the
College's office of communica-
Vice president of communi-
cation, Patricia Glinton-Mei-
cholas was executive producer
and the Bahamas' very own
"Mr Jazz", Roscoe Dames was
the show producer.
Billed as one of the college's
contributions to the commem-
oration of the 200th anniver-
sary of the abolition of the
trans-Atlantic slave trade, the
concert was described by Ms
Meicholas as a celebration of
the continual victory of the
human spirit over degradations
such as slavery.
She also recognized the jazz
festival as one of the many ways
in which the College of the
Bahamas builds it relationships
with its alumni, its donors and
the community at large and con-
tributes to cultural develop-
Mr Dames, who produces
international concerts and jazz
festivals infithe US and thie
Caribbean, assembled a highly
talented group of musicians and

MUSICIANS PERFORM at the second College ot the Bahamas Jazz Under The Stars concert held at the
Rainforest Theatre

vocalists who provided a rich
and vibrant variety of music for
the appreciative audience.
Headliner Marcus Johnson
no stranger to the Bahamas as
V"he pla.yd at tbhefirst "Jazz
Under the Stars",in 2006, gave
his trademark energetic perform

mance highlighted by .: i-.'tive
displays of keyboard dexterity
and a heady numix of jazzy beats
with R&B and Latin funk.
In addition to backing Mar.
cus and contributing to a num-
ber of improvisational jams. the
supporting musicians also

backed the two female vocal-
ists, Nikki Gonzalez and Temi-
ka Moore. In their contrasting
styles both women gave full
vent to theii vocal talents Ms
Gonzalez with a fusion of jazz
and funky Latin beats, and Ms
Moore in a blend of cool jazz

RBDF officers donate to hostel

IN an effort to give
back to the community,
Defence Force person- i.
nel assigned to the i' .
Carmichael Road
Detention Centre made i
a donation to the Chil-
dren's Emergency Hos- .
Officers stationed at
the centre made a spe- '
cial visit to the home on.
Carmichael Road. They (
presented the staff with
an assortment of ''
canned and dry goods. i -.
Delores Murphy said

"generous donation", 0
and thanked the offi-
cers and marines.
"This is just one of 5
the projects which the
Defence Force is
involved with, as a 8090 "
small gesture of lending
a helping hand wherev- 80900
er possible, as they con-
tinue to protect the ter- .
ritorial sovereignty of .
the Bahamas," said the
force in a press state- DEFENCE FORCE officers and marines making a presentation to the staff of the Children's Emergency Hostel. At
meant. centre is Mrs Delores Murphy, and at her right is Lieutenant Kenneth Forbes, RBDF.

with soul.
Bahamian virtuoso, Tino
Richardson, featured in the
backing band and impressed the
audience with his solos, while
saxophonist prodigy, Marcus
Anderson, provided perhaps
the most memorable sequence
of musicianship of the evening
when he came down among the
tables and electrified the audi-,
ence as his saxophone swooped
and wailed by turns in a stu-
pendous solo performance.


Closing the concert was
'Bujo' Kevin Jones, a percus-
sionist, and his band, Tenth
World, whose fascinating mix-
ture of African, Caribbean
and Latin rhythms set to a
pounding, incessant beat
brought the proceedings to a
fitting climax.
Jones' drumming entertained
and uplifted the audience and
his band answered the rhythms
with drive and cohesion. Key-
boardist Kelvin Sholar demon-
strated a virtuosity that surely
must be informed by an
inunensc natural talent and clas-
sical piano training. 'Bujo' and
Tenth World's aim is broaden
the realm of jazz b- integrating

it with the many different evo-
lutions of African rhythm and
sound by blending the familiar
with the unfamiliar and crossing
multicultural and musical
There was an inspiring feeling
of togetherness about the
artistes and their performances,
exemplified not only by the way
they interacted with each other
off stage but also when they
came together to display their
talents as an ensemble for the
finale and at other moments
during the proceedings.
The organizers recognized the
sponsors and the debt that was
owed to them.
Royal Sponsors Extraordi-
naire were: American Air-
lines/American Eagle, Bristol
Cellars, Guanima Press Ltd and
Wyndham Nassau Resort.
Royal Sponsors were Bank
of the Bahamas International
and RBC Royal Bank of Cana-
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration was a Platinum Sponsor.
Gold Sponsors were J S John-
son and Company Ltd and Sco-
Silver Sponsors were Atlantic
Medical Insurance, BTC
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited and The
Counsellors Ltd.

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The Home Store

To all of our loyal customers
We have closed our Sandyport
location and have relocated to

Caves Village.
We will open 1st October, 2007
Our one day

Blowout Opening Sale!

6th October, 2007

50-75% off selected items
our numbers have
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In Days Gone By

This week, In Days Gone By looks back at the

two-day state visit of General Yakubu 'Jack'

Dan-Yumma Gowon in May of 1975.

GENERAL Gowon was the
third president of Nigeria from
1966 to 1975. He took power
after one military coup d'etat
and was overthrown in anoth-
Yakubu Gowon joined the
ranks of the Nigerian army in
1954. He had advanced to bat-
talion commander rank by 1966,
at which time he was still a lieu-
tenant colonel.
Up until that year Gowon
remained strictly a career sol-
dier with no involvement what-
soever in politics, but his unusu-
al background as a genuine
northerner who was neitherof
Hausa or Fulani ancestry nor a
muslim made him seem like a
safe choice for leader in a
nation fraught with ethnic ten-
In January 1966, a military
coup by a group of mostly Igbo

junior officers under the Major
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu,
led to the overthrow of Nigeri-
a's civilian government.
In the course of this coup,
many northern and western
leaders were killed. Only a sin-
gle Igbo officer lost his life,
which raised the suspicions of
Igbo officer Major General
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi proposed
the abolition of the federal sys-
tem of government in favor of a
unitary state. This was seen as
an attempt to take full power
in the country.
On July 29, 1966, northern
troops stormed Government
House in Ibadan, and killed
Major General Ironsi.
The young officers who plot.-
ted the coup then decided to
name Lieutenant Colonel
Gowon, who had not been

actively involved in events until
that point, as Nigerian head of
After several years of war
while Gowon was in power,
Nigeria experienced relative
peace and an economic upturn
fueled by oil.
On October 1, 1974, contra-
dicting earlier statements,
Gowon announced that the
country could not be prepared
for civilian rule by 1976, and
postponed handing over pow-
er indefinitely.
On July 25, 1975, while
Gowon was at an OAU sum-
mit in Kampala, a group of offi
cers orchestrated his overthrow.
Gowon went inio exile in
Britain, earning a PhD in polit-
ical science at Warwick Uni-
He eventually returned to

GENERAL GOWON poses for photographers at Government House during his two say state visit. From left
Prime Minsiter Pindling, Mrs Gowon, Lady Butler, General Gowon, Mrs Pindling, Sir Milo Butler and Mr and
Mrs Milo Butler Jr.

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IN Days Gone By looks back
a 1941 international swim meet
in Toronto where the Bahamas
came first, tying with the team
from Canada.
August 9, 1941 The Nassau
swimming team and the Domin-
ion team each scored 28 points.
The United States finished in
third place with 14 points.

Toronto newspapers devot-
ed columns for articles and pic-
tures about the Bahamian team
and their prospects for the
Canadian National Champi-
Marjorie Boucher and Cecil
Cook travelled 2,000 miles to
swim and discovered they had
forgotten to being heir bathing

A letter received in Nassau
with a sheaf of newspaper clip-
pings read: "Donald Butler,
Jimmie Robertson, John Cash
and Cecil Cooke made every-
one here sit up and take notice
when they sliced 32 seconds off
the Dominion of Canada Junior
Men's fee style relay record".

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Local group launches campaign to

educate public on invasive species

HUNDREDS of plant
species in the Bahamas are
under attack by a group of
aggressive plants that are dis-
rupting the country's ecology
by displacing native plants and
animals, a group of experts says.
Invasive species such as mon-
key tamarind and casuarinas
have grown in abundance over
the years, threatening native
species and posing one of the
greatest threats to the Bahami-
an ecosystem.
Now, the National Biodiver-
sity Committee, which is made
up of both the private and pub-
lic sectors in the Bahamas has
launched an aggressive "No
invasive species week" cam-
paign, from October 8t to 12,
in an attempt to create aware-
ness and begin a plan to rid the
country of destructive plants
and animals.
On Monday, October 8, com-
mittee members will take a
group of students to Orange
Hill Beach in western New
Providence from 10am to 12pm
to remove invasive species
growing on the beach in the
area of the beach previously
restored by the National
Coastal Awareness Committee
in April 2006.
Orange Hill Beach recently

Native ecosystem threatened by foreign

plant and animal species says committee

had iis iand dunes restored and
native, coastal zone safe plants,
such as sea grape, buttonwood
and sea oats were planted.
Most invasive species were
removed earlier but others were
left until the new plants took
Student participants from C
V Bethel s Marine Science
Magnat Programme. St John's
College and Mount C armej
Preparatory School will receive
a brief talk /beach walk on the
importance of and threats to the
dune, plant identification (both
native and invasive) and the
impact of the invasivcs.
The Biodiversity (. .i.: ieC
will also begin rtnmuig a 1ieies
of public service aiuiounce-
ments on local radio and televi-
sion to educate the public on
this national threat.
'he group will also have a
tree planting to launch the
"One Million Tree Campaign"
on Monday and Minister oi
Agriculture and Maiine

Resources larry Cartwright'is
expected to plant the first tree
at the Doiis Johnson High
Officials want Bahamians to
. understand just how great a
threat these non-native plants
pose to oaive plant life. In
some pa-is or the United States,
hundreds of acres of public
lands have already been ovei-
taken bty invasive, non-native
"What a lot :jf people don't
know is thai these species also
pose a major threat. to the
Bahamas coasiii environment.
They threaten bodiversity by
dominating landscapes and
habitats, they tnieaten to intro-
duce new diseases into the envi-
ronment and threaten to alter
the state of the country's native
ecosystems saia chairman of
the Nationai Biodiversityv Com-
mittee. Dr Maurice Isaacs.
"It s not just plants, it's ani-
mals as well. lake lionfish for
example -, recently we've been

seeing a lirge amount of them
around New Providence and
several other Family Islands,"
"These fish feed on baby
groupers so that's bad news for
the fishermen who depend on
them to nuake a living, so there's
definilclv an economic impact."
Th'lic Fiisian collared dove,
corn siake, shiny cow bird, ship
l I'Cct.on andILi the lionfish are
all linasive animals.
A., 'ding to Dr Isaacs,
islaiids ale especially vulnera-
ble to invasive alien species
because they are isolated from
picdatois There are six major
invasive plant species that can
be seen throughout the
'Blahamas: Braviliain pepper,
lielaletIca. castlarilta, scaevola
(non-niitive), wedelia, and
mucluna colnnonly known as
IlOllke tillal tiln d.
"So we live to be careful
about these plants. Many
Bahamniains aie not aware of
how uiamlIfagiiig these plants are.
Casual itas have been a part of

Bahamian life for decades. A
lot of people still don't know
that they're not native species,"
said Dr Isaacs.
Over 70 species are listed as
invasive in the Bahamas. Inva-
sive plants aggressively attack
native plants by out-competing
them for water and nutrients.
Because native species are
unable to adapt quickly enough
to respond to aggressive
invaders, they are eventually
destroyed by the invasive


Some of the organizations
participating in this year's event
include: the BEST Commission,
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and
Conservation Centre; BREEF,
the Department of Marine
Resources, the Department of
Agriculture, Dolphin Encoun-
ters, the Nature Conservancy,
the Bahamas National Trust,
Atlantis and the Ministry of
In order to combat invasive
species, Bahamians are encour-
aged to plant native plants in
their yards and communities,
remove any invasive plant
species and replace them with

native species, landscape only
with native species, instead of
exotics or invasives, avoid
importing invasive species as
pets and breeding or feeding
invasive species.
The United Nations Conven-
tion on Biological Diversity was
adopted in 1992 as part of the
Rio Summit to promote sus-
tainable development globally.
The Bahamas has been party to
this convention since 1993.
As stated in the convention
text, the objectives are the "con-
servation of biological diversity,
the sustainable use of its com-
ponents and the fair and equi-
table sharing of the benefits
arising out of the utilisation of
genetic resources, including by
appropriate access to genetic
resources and by appropriate
transfer of relevant technolo-
gies, taking into account all
rights over those resources and
to technologies, and by appro-
priate funding."
The Biodiversity committee
was formed in an effort to
enable the Bahamas to meet its
commitments to the convention.
Its responsibilities include
organising the country to meet
with CBD's target of reducing
the current rate of biodiversity
loss significantly by 2010.

Six invasive species of plant to watch for in the Bahamas

Casuarina (casuarina equi-
Common names: Aus-
tralian pine, beefwood, iron-
wood, casuarina
Well known to all Bahami-
ans is the casuarina tree,
which is found virtually
These trees have been
found to destroy beaches:
they do not stop erosion and
loss of sand, and can pre-
vent turtle nesting. Chemi-
cals in the leaves of casuar-
inas inhibit the growth of oth-

Brazilian Pepper (schinus
Common names: Bahami-
an holly, Florida holly, Christ-
mas berry tree, false pepper
An evergreen shrub or
small tree found on many
islands in the Bahamas. It is
native to South -America. It
has tiny white flowers when
in bloom and is known as the
Christmas berry because of
the bunches of small red fruit
found on the tree in Decem-
ber and January.
Brazilian Pepper is related
to the poison ivy and con-

Wedelia (wedelia trilobat-
Common Names: creeping
oxeye, water zinnia, Singa-
pore daisy; carpet daisy; yel-
low dots.
Named after George Wolf-
gang Wendel, a German
botanist. It is very attractive
and is a member of the sun-
flower family. It has small yel-
low flowers and fleshy
toothed leaves.
Wedelia is a low mainte-
nance, salt tolerant plant that
blooms almost throughout
the year. It grows very well,

Mucuna mucunaa pruriens)
Common name: velvet
bean; cowitch; monkey
tamarind; mule bean,
Mucuna is a climbing
woody vine from the rainfor-
est of Surinam. It is used in
medicine in the treatment of
Parkinson's Disease.
It has purple, butterfly
shaped flowers that produce
large bean-like pods that
grow in clusters, and is well
known for its hairs which
cause excessive irritation.

Melaleuca melaleucaa quin-
Common names: melaleu-
ca, paper bark tree, punk
tree, cajeput tree
Native to Australia, the
melaleuca has crept into our
landscape, but has not
wreaked the environmental
havoc that it has in the Unit-
ed States and other coun-
The tree can reach a height
of 80-feet and its off-white
bark peels away and some-
what resembles paper. They
are able to flourish mainly in

er plants
Casuarinas need to be
removed at all costs s

tact with the sap can produce
an allergic reaction, as can
inhaling the pollen, and even
brushing against the leaves.

but if not managed proper-
ly, it will invade lawns, road-
sides or gardens forming a
dense ground cover.

It is invasive and can be
found along roadsides, espe-
cially in New Providence

wet or marshy areas and are
therefore a threat to valuable
wetland systems

A NATIVE, or indigenous
species- is one that occurs in a
par icujai Flace without the
heip of humans
An oiganisai s home, or
native range, is determined by a
host of influences such as cli-
mate. geology, soils, hydrology,
biological interaction and nat-
umai dispersal.
Beginning with Columbus'
discovery of Amerika in thi
15th ccaturvi popi. ni, l
played an l rl i' l\ ,.iL';ig ii
canr ;olre :1 ,nt .*-n .. ,,i., : t ii ;

alOluild thl w, ' ;I. ,- \I
beyond then lK- i .n; u.-
persal ranges
An otgamisin 's IINI SI
>AO u s. l .t,
lildigeiutl, Aoi-ic tii I i
it has b ci] l.iLiiouuck.u Mx
humans to a tocaiiohi ouisidi. i.:,

Scaevola (scaevola tacca-
Common names: fan
flower; half flower; beach
naupka; white-fruited inkber-
ry; scaevola
Scaevola has glossy (waxy)
broad leaves, small white
flowers and white berries.
Unlike its native counter-
part, scaevola plumieri, which
has blue berries, and which is
able to coexist harmoniously
with other native plants,
white-fruited inkberry grows
very quickly and spreads out
forming thick stands, com-
peting with the native species.
On parts of the east coast
of Andros, for example, the
tree is becoming very domi-

native or natural range.
European settlers brought
hundred ds of plants from their
homelands for use as food,
medicine, and for ornamental,
sentimental and other purpos-
The introduction of exotic
plants continues today and is
greatly. increasing due to a
large and ever expanding
hu.1ian population, growing
iiii. o liti ,nal ti.tdc and other

|lim s >, 1 S e inal d-eli'lsed
t i T l ikil\;< i1\1L. oabw l-
.it , ti L 'Ili iu.tion high seed
,-1 iiitiiin ilk tie iand lonigevi-

i S- l, iin i,. .1i ii at Ican be
'.cini t iuglhui t the Bahamas.

nant along the beaches,
threatening to render the
native species extinct.
The eastern end of Good-
man's Bay has an extensive
stretch of white-fruited inkber-
ry that is already displacing
native coastal dune plant

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Miss Teen Bahamas

contestants turn

out for pageant ll-

IN an interesting twist of fate,
two young ladies, Ashley John-
son and Candace Diah, walked
away with the Cindy Maria
Thompson Miss Teen Bahamas
2007 Spokesmodel title last Sun-
day night during the prelimi-

nary round of the competition
held at SuperClubs Breezes.
Joining Ms Johnson and Ms
Diah as winners for the evening
were Tykara Chriswell, who
won the hearts of the judges
and captured the Talent seg-

ment, and Jessica Knott, who
was the Evening Gown winner.
The finale for the CMT Miss
Teen Bahamas 2007 pageant
willbc held Sunday, October 7,
at 5pm at the Rainforest The-
atre, Cable Beach.

AND THE winners are: Ashley Johnson and Candace Diah tied to capture the title of the Cindy Maria Thomp-
son Miss Teen Bahamas 2007 Spokesmodel. Pictured from left are Ashley Johnson and Candace Diah.


THE CONTESTANTS of the Cindy Maria Thompson Miss Teen Bahamas 2007/2008: From left are Candace
Diah, Tykara Chriswell, Angelica Chriswell, Victoria Cargill, Jessica Knott, Mia Petit-Homme, Latonya Fergu-
son, Shanta Sands, Ashley Johnson

PICTURED FROM left are Ashley Johnson, Jr Miss Caribbean Tianna Lambert, and Candace Diah

THE BEAUTIFUL Jessica Knott captures the Best Evening Gown segment of the
Jessica Knott and Junior Miss Caribbean Tianna Lambert.

TYKARA CHRISWELL won the hearts of the judges and captured the CMT Miss Teen Bahamas 2007 Talent
segment. Standing from left are Tykara Chriswell and Jr Miss Caribbean Tianna Lambert


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Baillou Hills students turn out in

force for back-to-school event

THE students of the Baillou
Hills constituency may have
received their back-to-school
gift packs a little later than usu-
al, but organizers said the advice
and tips for a safe and successful
school year were right on time.
Baillou Hills MP Sidney Col-
lie, Pastor Deanza Cunningham
and members of the Christ
Community Church along with
the executives of the Baillou
Hills Association say they
"pulled out all the stops" to
send hundreds of youngsters
back to school excited, moti-
vated and better able to protect
Popular sessions during the
"Back-to-school jamboree"
held earlier this month, includ-
ed a no-nonsense talk on
"Dumping the violence" by
Sergeant Seldon Adderley and
Chief Superintendent of Police,
Hulan Hanna.
The officers told students that
members of the police force are
committed to working with the
schools and the community to
ensure that students are safe
and protected.
The students were encour-
aged to get to know the officers
that are stationed in their com-
munities. They were also
advised to stay away from
gangs, drugs and weapons and
to report all suspicious activi-
ties to their teachers or the
Nurse Alkethia Colebrooke
explained to the children how
they should clean from head
to toe. She was speaking on
the topic "Good hygiene,
hood nutrition, keeping our
children healthy, wealthy and
She emphasised the impor-
tance of ensuring that children
receive a healthy breakfast and
lunch, stating that the type of
food students eat during the day
influence how well they func-
tion at school.
The speakers' forum con-
cluded with a motivational "get
involved" talk by Ricardo
Deveaux, the president and
chief executive officer of the
Primary School Student of the
Year Foundation.
Mr Deveaux, who is also a
senior youth officer in the
Department of Youth, shared
his story of climbing from the
bottom of the academic heap
to attain the success he enjoys
He told the students never to
let others tell them that they
cannot achieve their goals.
The event was officially
opened by Mr Collie with the
simple message, "listen to your
parents, teachers and pastors
and do your best while in school
and you will be better prepared
to function when you graduate".
Also on hand to entertain the
students were members of two
marching bands from the com-
munity, the Golden Gates Com-
munity and the Crusaders
Marching Band.
Parents were also able to
have identification cards made
up for their children free of
charge courtesy of the Boss and
Fat Back Kids Club.
Pre-schoolers, primary stu-
dents and high school students
all received special kits which
included geometry sets, a dic-
tionary, thesaurus, pens, pen-
cils, .erasers, crayons, rulers,
sharpeners and in some cases
The event was a collabora-
tive effort between the church
family of the Christ Communi-
ty Church on Bellot Road, the
residents of the community and
their MP, Mr Collie.



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MINISTER OF Lands and Local Government Sidney Collie officially
opens the first Baillou Hills Community Back to School Jamboree held
in collaboration with the Christ Community Church.

SERGEANT SELDON Adderley assures the community that police offi-
cers will maintain a presence during the school year at the Baillou Hills
Community Back to School Jamboree held earlier this month.

MR COLLIE thanks Mrs Cunningham, wife of Pastor Deanza
Cunningham, for her hard work and contribution towards making the
event a huge success.

EXECUTIVES AND members of the FNM Baillou Hills Constituency Association watch as hundreds of young-
sters from the area collect their kits. L to R: "Rasta", Nelson Ferguson, Sidney Collie, Conrad Knowles and
John Munnings:

Must be competent and experienced in
warehousing and deliveries.

Must be competent, experienced and able
to work without direct supervision.

Please send resume along with first 4 pages of passport,
a police character certificate, and copies of
certification(s) achieved from reputable institutions) to:

Human Resources Manager
RO. Box N7220
Nassau, Bahamas.

Deadline for receipt of applications is October 8th, 2007.

NURSE ALKETHIA.Colebrooke, with the help of this youngster, explains
proper cleaning tips, while pastor Gregory Minnis looks on.


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Triumphant Bahamian athletes welcomed back by cheering student-

_, M. .
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MIIINISTER OF State for Sports Byran Woodside addresses the students at the Charles W Saunders High
School yesterday during Team Bahamas celebrations

ATHLETES NATHANIEL McKinney, Chris Brown, Andrae Williams and Michael Mathieu listen as members
of the 09 Crew at Charles W Saunders perform a rap. See the Sports section for more pictures

No competitive bidding for recent

school repairs, claims Roberts

FROM page one
The report further stated that
this process of interference in
the procurement practice both
at the Department of Works
and Ministry of Education, for
reasons other than "competi-
tiveness or merit" is not new.
"It is something that has been
happening for more than five
years," the reports stated.
"However, the practice has
become increasingly prevalent
and thus increasingly represents
a risk."
Mr Roberts said that the joint

venture contract between
Bahamas Hot Mix and Bethel's
Trucking -totalling somewhere
near $16 million was the
largest contract awarded under
his watch without a competitive
bid, as it was the only company
that qualified under the Inter-
American Developnment rules.
This contract was for road
works on the Tonique Williams-
Darliog highway and Baillou
Hill Road.
"That was done in the full dis-
closure of the public," Mr
Roberts said.
The former minister said that

the road repairs in East Grand
Bahama, badly damaged by the
hurricane, was also negotiated
rather than put out to bid, with
the father of current FNM min-
ister Phenton Neymour.
"We had several bad hurri-
canes during our time," Mr
Roberts said, explaining that his
government had to quickly
"address the people's concerns."
Mr Roberts rejected the
assertion that only PLPs
received a contract under the
former government. There was
so much construction work
under the PLP, that large con-

tractual firms often told the gov-
ernment that they were unable
to offer bids on pliojiicl,. Mr
Roberts said.
Further criticising the current
government, Mr Roberts added
that they may soon find them-
selves with a large bill of mil-
lions of dollars for the contracts
they have cancelled or delayed
since coming to office in May.
Though there are now ques-
tions about the lack of compet-
itiveness of contracts awarded
for government's school sum-
mer repair programme, Mr
Deveaux, in an act of trans-

parency, tabled and read a com-
plete list of all contracts award-
ed on Wednesday in the House.
The list revealed to whom the
contracts were awarded, where
the work was done and the total
value of each contract.
Though there has been no
official word on what propor-
tion if any of the summer
repair contracts went out to bid,
Mr Deveaux has told The Tri-
bune that the Prime Minister is
preparing a response to the
questions raised by the opposi-
tion on this issue.
Though the government and

opposition appear set to clash
over the contracting issue, the
PLP may be forced to answer
questions regarding the $81 mil-
lion of contingency warrants for
recurrent expenses, tabled in
the supplementary appropria-
tion bills for 2006/7 budget year
on Wednesday by Prime Minis-
ter Ingraham. Such a large
amount of supplementary funds
may indicate reckless or impru-
dent spending by the last gov-
Mr Roberts is set to have a
press conference tomorrow to
further address these issues.

Plays and Films Control Board chair

seeks to explain censorship process

FROM page one
New members of the Plays
and Film Control Board -
which falls in the National Secu-
rity portfolio have held their
positions for two and a half
It is a statutory board man-
dated by the Theatre and Cine-
mas Act of 1976 to licence
premises for the purpose of any
public performance of plays or
exhibitions or films.
The Board's more con-
tentious functions include being
mandated to approve or refuse
a play or film for viewing by
the general public or agreeing
to approve the same subject to
certain scenes being cut from
the film or play as it thinks

"If we don't- approve (a film
or play) it isn't shown. We can
also require that certain scenes
are cut out," said Ms
Cartwright, an attorney by pro-
Section 6 of the Regulations
call upon the Board to ban any
film or play which, in the
board's opinion, depicts any
matter that is "against public
order or decency or the exhi-
bition or performance of which
would for any other reason be
undesirable in the public's
Notable instances in which
the board's power was exer-
cised in its more extreme form
include the banning of critical-
ly-acclaimed movie about a
gay love affair, "Brokeback
Mountain", and more recently,

the removal of a scene in
which two naked men wrestled
from the popular comedy
. Ms Cartwright suggested that
there may be valid questions to
be raised about why the board
functions as it does and the cri-
teria it uses to judge films and
."What is against public
order? what is against public
decency? what is not in the pub-
lic interest?" Ms Cartwright
She said that she could see
the strength of argument pro-
posed by various panellists,
including Pastor Bethel who,
she said, suggested that "we
need standards to survive as a
country" and attorney Lester
Mortimer, a proponent of the

view that a country "always
needs to err on the side of free-
dom of expression."
Ms Cartwright explained that
there are 40 board members
from whom panels can be
selected to rate movies and
plays. Contrary to popular
belief, said the attorney, the
panel is constituted of persons
from "varied backgrounds",
with only "one deacon and one
Mrs Cartwright explained
that there are three parties
who will vote on the viewing
or rating of every movie or.
play which comes before the
These are herself, a repre-
sentative of the permanent sec-
retary of the ministry of nation-
al security, a representative of

the commissioner of police. In
addition to these persons, there
are an additional two to four
persons selected from the 40-
strong panel members.
She emphasised that none of
the people on the.board get
paid for their work, instead she
sees it as a "form of public ser-
After viewing productions,
the board can offer ratings of
A, B, T, C or D. With A being
suitable for all ages, B for
adults, with anyone under age
18 being accompanied by a par-
ent or responsible adult, T for
anyone above 15 years of age
and C for those over 18 years
only. D designates a film that
is banned.
Ms Cartwright said that as a
"sovereign nation" with its own

social context it would be prob-
lematic for the Bahamas "to just
adopt the US ratings."
The attorney explained that
in addition to criterion consid-
ered by US censors, the Board
also considers depictions of
what it calls "hate", "homosex-
uality", "blasphemy/occult" and
"family values" when it forms
its decision.
See Monday's Tribune for
more coverage of the heated.
debate on "Censorship and the
.Plays and Films Control
Board," including the legal
arguments for the board's
unconstitutionality propound-
ed by Attorney Lester Mor-
timer and the explanation given
by Pastor Lyall Bethel for his
"unapologetic" support of the
board's functions.

Concerns on Harbour Island over possible

disruption to Road Traffic Department

FROM page one
"The good thing about it now
is that the season has closed so
we don't have too many winter
residents here, but now when
the season opens we want to
know what's going on, what is
gonna happen," the source stat-
ed yesterday.
As first reported by The Tri-
bune in July, officials in Nassau
confirmed that a senior employee
was moved "out of the way for
the time being" until a police
investigation in suspected "unusu-
al activities" was completed.

Errol McPhee, Deputy Con-
troller at the Department in New
Providence, updated The Tri-
bune yesterday saying that
authorities in Dunmore Town
had yet to release their final
report on the situation. He said a
review of the report by senior
police officers was needed before
"recommendations" could be
forwarded to the Department.
He added that any "impro-
prieties" that the police might
have found during the investi-
gation would factor in on their
Sources on the' island

claimed that the investigation
was probing accusations that
driver's licenses were allegedly
being issued to illegal immi-
grants in exchange for funds,
reportedly amounting to thou-
sands of dollars. However this
claim could not be confirmed
with authorities.
Mr McPhee was quick to dis-
pel rumours circulating on the
island that there was no one
operating the Road Traffic
offices in Dunmore Town, stat-
ing that a police officer was car-
rying on road traffic duties:
"Everything is normal ... we

have a full complement of staff
... it's just that we had to move
one person until we know
exactly what we want to do
vith him.
"Once we move any person
from any area we find a
replacement until the person
can go back to their office if
they are to go back there, but
we have to fill in the gap
because we can't leave the
island defenseless."
A police officer has taken on
the duties of road traffic per-
sonnel pending the results of
the investigation.

Man accused of incest

FROM page one
The accused, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel in Court
eight, Bank Lane, yesterday
was not required to plead to
the charge. He was informed
by the magistrate that a pre-
liminary inquiry will be held

to determine whether there
is sufficient evidence to have
him stand trial in the
Supreme Court.
The accused was remand-
ed into custody. The case was
adjourned to October 15
which is when a bail hearing
is scheduled to take place.