The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 10/24/2007
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Two feared dead

in ferry 'crash'

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO boaters are missing at
sea and feared dead after a
reported collision on Sunday
night between Bahamas Ferries'
Bo Hengy and a small fishing
vessel near the eastern end
of Nassau Harbour, the
Defence Force confirmed yes-
RBDF divers, along with
BASRA, are searching for 70-
year-old Jerome Brown of
Bamboo Town and 52-year-old
Perry Jervais Bain of Nassau
Street, who were believed to be
on board the 15-foot Lady Her-
mia and have been missing at
sea for two days up to press
The speedboat was found
partially submerged near Porgie
Rocks, close to Athol Island,
early Monday morning.
As the Bo Hengy. was
approaching the harbour en
route from Governor's Har-
bour, the 35-metre vessel
"bumped into" a 15-foot speed-

Tribune Staff Reporter

boat, Lady Hermia, reports,
"Our captain reported com-
ing in contact with an unidenti-
SEE page nine

Three in custody after

policeman found dead
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama police have three persons in custody
for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of a 28-year-old
police officer who was found dead near the Grand Lucayan Waterway
on Monday evening. |
Chief Supt Basil Rahming, press liaison officer, reported that two
men and one woman are assisting with investigations into the death of
Corporal Eddison Bain, who was reported missing since Saturday.
This latest homicide brings the murder count to nine on Grqnd
Bahama, and the country's overall count to 61 for the year.
SEE page nine

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A THRONG of jubilant supporters escorted Bish-
op Earl 'Randy' Fraser from the Magistrate's Court
yesterday after he was formally discharged of having
sexual intercourse with a dependant, bringing the 18-
month long court proceedings to a close.
Bishop Fraser, senior pastor of Pilgrim Baptist
Temple and a former member of the National Child
Protection Council, was accused of having sexual
intercourse with an underage female who was enlist-
ed under his care for counselling. He was formally
charged with these offences i4 April, 2006.
The prosecution, led by Inspector Don Bannister,
argued that between July, 2005, and February, 2006,
Bishop Fraser engaged in a sexual relationship with
his accuser, who was a 16-year-old when charges
were filed.
The prosecution called 16 witnesses to the stand,
including a forensic scientist, and submitted DNA
evidence in support of its arguments.
While reading her ruling before the packed court-
room yesterday, Magistrate Marilyn Meers stated
that the prosecution's DNA evidence did not support
the allegations.
She explained that it was mandatory for the pros-
ecution to present evidence of a sexual relationship
between the defendant and the accused.
The accuser testified that she and Bishop Fraser
had sexual relations in his office inside his church.
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
AT 10.15am today, Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen and Justice Jon
Isaacs will make their decision as
to whether or not "hearsay evi-
dence" will be allowed by John
Wallace, a private investigator
hired by Senator Allyson May-
nard-Gibson iin her Election peti-
tion of the results of the
Pinewood Constituency.
Yesterday, the entire session
was consumed by arguments from
both sides led by lead attorneys
Philip "Brave" Davis for Mrs
Maynard-Gibson, and Michael
Barnett representing the first
respondent, Minister of Youth
and Sports Byran Woodside.
Mr Davis argued that Mr
Munroe had conducted investi-
gations and could provide evi-
dence gleaned from neighbours
and persons in the Pinewood area
to corroborate that individuals

were in fact not eligible to vote in
that constituency.
However, Mr Barnett coun-
tered stating that as Mr Munroe
would be stating things he was
told, it would be "impossible" to

cross-examine him to test the
veracity of his statements.
The court was adjourned yes-
terday twice, first at 11.25am, and
then again at 12.30pm to allow
Mr Davis and Mr Barnett and
their teams of attorneys to reach
some common ground of what
could be admitted, and who was
expected to be called to testify.
When the session resumed in
the evening, Mr Davis revealed
that he intended to call Mr
Munroe and another investigator
who would give "similar infor-
Also, additional evidence will
be presented from a number of
government institutions, namely
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Corporation, Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation, the Road
Traffic Department, and the
National Insurance Board.
Additionally, Mr Davis said,
he expects to call an executive
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Election court to decide

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PI condo

Chief Reporter
WELL known local con-
tractor Edward Penn has
filed a suit against Pace
Holdings, the developers of
the multi-million dollar, mul-
ti-storied Ocean Place con-
dominiums on Paradise
Island for more than $2 mil-
The suit filed in Supreme
Court also demands that
Pace Holdings refrain from
preventing Penn from
removing his tools and
equipment, including a tow-
er crane from the premises.
Mr Penn's company
entered into a contract with
Pace in September of 2005 in
which Mr Penn agreed to
construct a 79-unit condo-
minium high-rise, including
three levels of underground
parking at a cost of $23 mil-
Under the contract Mr
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Archbishop calls for more

information on NHI plan

o In brief

Pair accused
of boat
deaths held
without bail

Anglican Church is calling on
the government to "break its
silence" on the issue of Nation-
al Health Insurance, which was
passed and voted for by mem-
bers of both parties in the last
Archbishop Drexel Gomez
made this statement on Mon-
day night at the 170th session
of the Anglican Synod.
"The quality of life for thou-
sands of Bahamians is signifi-
cantly reduced by the lack of
adequate health insurance cov-
erage," he said. "These per-
sons are denied access to the
medical facilities available in
the country because their
financial situation does not
provide sufficient funds to cov-
er the necessary medical exam-
inations and treatment."
Archbishop Gomez pointed
to the contradiction of the US
system, saying that the richest

country in the world boasts
some of the most sophisticated
medical facilities in the world,
yet many do not have access
to these services, as millions
of Americans lack medical
In that system, the archbish-
op said, "the concept of uni-
versal health coverage is resist-
ed on political and ideological
grounds fueled by powerful
interest groups."
"Here in the Bahamas, we
are caught in a strange dilemma.
After years of committees and
reports, the parliament of the
Bahamas, by unanimously con-
sent in each house of parliament
(House of Assembly and the
Senate) passed into law the
National Health Insurance Act
which purported to make pro-
vision for universal medical cov-
erage for all Bahamians.
. "Despite this statutory pro-
vision, a strange silence exists

on the future of universal med-
ical care. It is time for the gov-
ernment to break the silence
on the issue and present the
nation with its proposals for
providing hope to the thou-
sands of Bahamians who lack
adequtiate insurance coverage,"
the archbishop said.


"Most of the persons in this
category are not interested in
the politics associated with the
concept; they are primarily
concerned with the assurance
that they will have access to
appropriate medical care," he
said. "In the national interest,
let us provide a measure of
hope for those persons whose
quality of life is being nega-
tively impacted by the lack of
access to appropriate health

Campaign finance reform demanded

Chief Reporter
Gomez has renewed his call for
campaign finance reform which
he said will ensure that the
"spirit of universal adult suf-
frage might be preserved".
The comments were made at
the 170th session of the Angli-
can Synod.
The Archbishop applauded
the new government's promise
to demonstrate transparency
and accountability as priorities
in all of its endeavours.
"This is indeed a highly com-
mendable goal, and the church
and the nation should support
such lofty expectations," he
However, he pointed out
that shortly after the general

election, he issued a formal
statement in which he com-
mented on the inordinate role
that financial contributions
played in the conduct of the
"There can be no doubt that
this was the most expensive
campaign in the history of elec-
tions in this country. I remain
convinced that there is an
urgent necessity for campaign
finance reform so as to ensure
that the spirit of universal adult
suffrage might be preserved,"
Archbishop Gomez said.
He said that if the ability to
raise significant financial con-
tributions continues as the
determining factor in national
elections, such a process will
automatically exclude persons
and parties who are unable to
attract substantial funding.
"In such a situation democ-

racy is seriously challenged. I
also believe that relevant cam-
paign finance reform should
include setting of limits on indi-
vidual contributions together
with a compulsory declaration
of candidates and parties stating
the names of the donors and
the amounts contributed.


"The public is entitled to such
information and the principles
of transparency and account-
ability demand it. All political
parties should commit to sup-
port such reforms in the public
interest," he said.
Since the election, however,
the Archbishop said that politi-
cal polarisation had attained
new and undesirable heights in
the Bahamas, posing a threat

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He said that such polarisa-
tion had the potential to
intrude political allegiance
into every aspect of life,
including the various institu-
"There is ample evidence
for the damage inflicted as a
result of highly politically
polarised societies in which
allegiance to a political party
becomes the most important
element in any and every sit-

uation. It has become fa
ionable to describe such si
nations in terms of politi
"We do not need this
our Bahamaland, and I c
upon the leadership of
political parties, including
majority and minority part
in parliament, to leave
stone unturned in the urgi
quest to reduce the politi
temperature in the natio:
interest," Archbishop Gor

Gomez calls for broade

approach to education

Chief Reporter
IN THEIR approach to
education, decision makers of
the 1970s created a nation
with many consumers but very
few producers according to
Anglican Archbishop Drexel
Speaking during his charge
to the 170th session of the
Anglican Synod on Monday
evening, Archbishop Gomez
said that.around the time of
independence, planners failed
to sufficiently emphasise the
need for farmers, fishermen,
mechanics, electricians,
plumbers, tradesmen, indus-
trial pioneers and manufac-
In light of a changing world,
an ever evolving global mar-
ket and the increasing use of"
technology, the Archbishop
said that the 'Bahamas must
broaden its view on educa-
tion, to understand that a
good, well-rounded education
involves more than achieving
excellent national exam
He said in order to help stu-
dents achieve at all levels, to
be healthy, safe, and upon
graduation make a positive
contribution to the nation and
achieve economic well-being,
the Bahamas must come to a
national consensus on educa-
"A holistic consensus where

education focuses on acac
mic, technical and vocation
courses, life and person
skills which will enable st
dents to be effectively p
pared for life through the ec
cation they receive," Ari
bishop Gomez said.
The Anglican leader s,
that in the 1970s the gove
ment of the Bahamas focus
on promoting education, m;
ing it a priority for the n
Education was deemed
be a major avenue for t
development of the country
was believed that in order
provide better lives for the
selves, the people of the cou
try need to be better educ
Archbishop Gomez poi
ed out that schools were bu
the College of the Baham
was established and many p
sons were recruited to becoi
"We encouraged our you
to become lawyers, doctor
accountants, all fields need
to develop a young natic
Those who did not go on
tertiary education becar
bank tellers or worked in t
hotel and tourism industry.,E
we failed to sufficiently empty
sise the need for farmers, fi
ermen, mechanics, electrician
plumbers, tradesmen, ind
trial pioneers, manufacture
et cetera: We created a nati
of consumers and very f
producers," he said.

TWO men charged with
killing the four crew members
of a fishing boat they chartered
were denied bail yesterday,
despite defence attorneys' insis-
tence that no evidence linked
their clients to the crime,
according to Associated Press.
Prosecutors have no bodies,
no murder weapon, no witness-
es and no confession, but they
say the circumstantial evidence
tells the story.
Attorneys for Kirby Archer
and Guillermo Zarabozo said
there was no weight to prose-
cutors' highlighting of inconsis-
tencies in the defendants' state-
ments about what exactly hap-
pened aboard the 47-foot Joe
Cool last month. US Magistrate
Judge Ted Banstra, however,
said the gravity, of the' claims
made it necessary to keep the
suspects behind bars.
Among the items found in
Zarabozo's backpack were
knives,. a blowgun and darts -
"not indicative of luggage you
would take on a vacation," not-
ed Michael Gilfarb, a prosecu-
tor. Bibodstains and a handcuff
key were found on the boat.
sh- The defendants also provided
itu conflicting statements on how
cal they met, when they decided.to
charter a boat and the attire of
in the pirates they said were
all responsible for the killings. But
all their attorneys said it was
the understandable.
ties "We're talking about horren-
no dous, tragic events that hap-
ent opened on this boat," said Allan
cal Kaiser, an attorney for 35-year-
nal old Archer. "There is no wonder
nez that perceptions might differ."
Archer and Zaraboz.o ;aid
S4,000 in cash for the Joe Cooi
to take them to the Bahamas
r on September 22. The boat was
reported missing the next day.
and the two men were later
found on its life raft not far
from the abandoned and drift-
ing vessel.
de- The two men claim they were
nhal attacked at sea by pirates who
nal fatally shot the boat's captain,
tu- wife and two crew members and
re- ordered their bodies thrown in
du- the ocean. These pirates, the
ch- men said, spared then, and left
aboard another vessel after the
aid Joe Cool ran out of fuel en
rn- route to Cuba.
sed Missing and presumed dead
ak- are the captain, Jake Branam;
ew his wife, Kelley Branam: and
crew members Scott Gamble
to and Samuel Kairv. The
he Branams left behind two vo.;ng
,. It children.
to In questioning the lead fed-
m- eral investigator on the case,
un- Richard Blais Jr. defence attor-
at neys tried to show that the evi-
dence against their clients is
nt- thin.
lit, Blais acknowledged he had
nas no proof that shell casings found
er- on the boat were linked to a
me Glock 9mm magazine for which
detectives found a receipt. The
uth investigator also said he had no
rs, proof there was not another
led boat near the Joe Cool that
on. might corroborate the defen-
to dants' story. And Blais said
me forensics tests on computers
the seized in the case and on blood
But found on the boat have not
ha- been completed.
sh. "The government is grabbing
ns, at straws," said Faith Mes-
us- nekoff, an attorney for 20-year-
ers, old Zarabozo.
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2am on Sunday November 4,
S 2007 when the country will
revert to Eastern Standard
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R 'No plans to sack workers at ZNS'

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Play 4: 5-2-8-2

Midday Pick 3: 7-2-0
Midday Pick 4: 4-2-2-9
Evening Pick 3: 5-3-9
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oIn brief

Three are
with armed

young women and a man
were charged in Freeport
Magistrate's Court with
armed robbery on Monday.
Lacarra Pratt, 27, of Fro-
bisher Drive, Felicity Rolle,
26, and Nickey Greene, 25,
both of Bass Lane, along with
Geumoise Paul, 31, Kwan Yin
Club, appeared in Court Two
before Acting Deputy Chief
Magistrate Helen Jones.
It is alleged that four
defendants had committed an
armed robbery on October
13, in Freeport, Grand
The prosecution is alleging
that on the date in question
sometime after 4.30am, the
accused persons being'con-
cerned together, while armed
with an offensive instrument,
did rob Freddy Stanley Julian
of $270 cash, one gold
bracelet, one gold ring and
one Michelin watch, together
valued at $560.
Pratt, who was represented
by Brian Hanna, Rolle,
Greene and Paul were not
required to enter a plea to
armed robbery charge. They
were all remanded to Fox
Hill until December 10 for a
preliminary inquiry to deter-
mine if there is sufficient evi-
dence for the matter to be
heard in the Supreme Court.

Activist and
security guard
killed in clash
over seed farm
Sao Paulo
ACTIVISTS trying to
invade a Swiss-owned biotech
seed farm clashed with guards
and at least two people were
shot dead, authorities and the
company said Monday,
according to Associated Press.
One activist opposed to the
farm's work with genetically
modified seeds died and a secu-
rity guard was also killed in the
clash Sunday at the 304-acre
farm owned by Syngenta AG.
Syngenta spokesman
Medard Schoenmaeckers
said the invasion led to "a
quite dramatic and violent
confrontation where we
understand that indeed there
were some deadly injuries."
The state government of
Parana, where the farm is
located, said in a statement
that seven security guards
were taken into custody and
face accusations of homicide
and gang formation.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has no
plans to lay off 89 workers at
the Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas at this time,
according the Senator Kay
Her comments came after
president of the Bahamas
Communications and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU)
Robert Farquharson raised
concerns over the issue last
week at a lunchtime meeting
with workers at the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC)..
Senator Smith, who has gov-
errfment responsibility for the
BCB, explained to The Tribune
yesterday that reports by con-
sultants some done under the

former PLP government, with
other reports begun by the last
FNM government have indi-
cated that the BCB is over-
staffed by 89 workers.
Referring to any discussions
about the overstaffing at last
week's meeting with the chair-
man and the staff at the BCB,
Sen Smith said:
"I don't think that the men-
tion of the 89 overstaffing was
meant to say in this budget peri-
od, the FNM as a government
intends to fire 89 people from
ZNS. That's not the case at all.
And it's not going to happen.
You are not going to see it hap-
pen especially in this one-year
period. It's just not feasible to
do it."
The current focus at the
BCB, the senator explained, is
to make ZNS "more produc-
tive" and a "financially solvent"

In her budget contribution in
the upper chamber earlier this
year, Sen Smith revealed the
extent of the BCB's depen-
dence on the state for its sur-
"Currently, the operational
expenditure reveals a $9.8 mil-
lion deficit. Salary and benefits
alone exceed $10 million. If we
are to include allocations for
debt servicing, programming
and training, the deficit jumps to
$13.4 million," said the senator
at that time.
When asked yesterday if a
number of workers less than 89
will be let go in a restructuring
exercise, Sen Smith said that,
thus far, some workers who
have arrived at the retirement
age have been asked to go on
pre-retirement leave. Howev-
er, again she rejected the sug-

gestion that mass firings are to
"So I think people should
concentrate on really what the
main focus at ZNS is, and not
this mass firing, because that's
not going to happen. That's not
realistic to happen," she empha-


Tackling the claims of vic-
timisation at the BCB made by .
the opposition, Sen Smith said
that one or two employees at
the retirement age, may have
requested to "extend their
retirement" with the previous
"But because of the situation
that ZNS finds itself in today,
we have to deal with the
retirees. Those persons that are

60 and over, we would have to
suggest that they go on retire-
ment," she said. "And it has
nothing to do with victimisa-
tion. It just has something to do
with trying to run the best
organisation you can, and trying
to make it a financially stable
The chairman of the BCB -
Barry Malcolm has informed
Sen Smith that he has been in
contact with the leadership of
the BCPOU and the related
management union about the
way forward for the organisa-
"This is not a situation where
you want to review an organi-
sation's structure, and not par-
ticipate with all the stakehold-
ers," she said. "We have to let
the staff know what is going on.
It is our responsibility to let the
union know what's going on."

Increased tuition fees and public funding recommended for COB

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE College of the Bahamas
will require significant public
funding and an increase in
tuition fees if it is to become
the University of the Bahamas.
That is one of the findings
listed in the consultation docu-
ment of COB's strategic plan
to achieve university status.
Last week, COB president
Janyne Hodder announced that
the college will need around
$250 million over the next 20
years to achieve university status.
"The drive to university status
will require national consensus
to increase resources, both in
the operations budget and for
capital expenditure," the con-
sultation document reads.
The plan states that the trans-
formation of the college is predi-
cated upon five key assumptions.
One of those assumptions is
that public funding will grow to
such an extent that it will allow
for the operating and capital
expenditures required for a uni-

"The university of the
Bahamas will require significant
public investment in the con-
struction of new facilities such
as the Harry C Moore Library,
the northern Bahamas campus,
science facilities, student resi-
dences, faculty offices etc," the
plan outlines.
The new university will also

require investment for operat-
ing expenses which will be
incurred by an increase in
library holdings, upgrades in
technology, support for research
and faculty development.
In addition to the need for sig-
nificant financial support from the
public, COB said that the new
university will also need to
increase tuition fees in proportion
to the programmes that will be
offered at the institute in future.
"We assume that the
resources required to fund the
University of the Bahamas can-
not come from public funds
alone and that it will be neces-
sary to allow tuition to reflect
the actual costs of delivering
high quality programmes," the
strategic plan document states.
However, COB said it does
not wish to create a situation
where financial requirements
will become a barrier in stu-
dents' access to the university.
Those students who can pay
should pay, the plan states, but
those that cannot should have
access to loans and financial aid.
"The policy must encourage

Call for $5 visitors' surcharge to

fund climate change preparations

Tribune Staff Reporter

SCIENTISTS are calling for a
$5 surcharge for all travellers
to the Caribbean in an effort to
save the environment and pre-
pare the region for the climate
Academics and climate
researches speaking on a panel
at the 30th annual Caribbean
Tourism Conference (CTC-30)
in Puerto Rico on Monday
warned the region that it must
brace for climate change and
suggested methods to lower car-
bon emissions stemming from
air travel.
Dr Daniel Scott, chairman of
Canada research chair in global
change and tourism at the Uni-
versity of Waterloo, told the 630
delegates that when it comes to
the effects of the climate
change, the Caribbean region
is one of the most vulnerable
spots in the world.
As it concerns global carbon
emissions, Dr Scott said that
tourism is not only impacted by
the emissions, but it is also a
significant contributor.
Even if one does not believe
that there will be a climate
change, it must be taken into

account that the issue has already
become part of decision making
in the tourism industry, he said
"There is no doubt that cli-
mate change is already impact-
ing decision making in tourism
In a recent survey, more than
70 per cent of respondents
believe that air travel has a neg-
ative impact on the environ-
ment," he said.
This issue, he said, is the
greatest challenge today to
tourism and the industry "must
respond, both through mitiga-
tion and adaptation."
Also speaking at the confer-
ence yesterday, Dr Ulric Trotz,
science advisor to the CARI-
COM Climate Change Centre
in Belize, called for the sur-
charge for all air travellers.
The Caribbean, he said,
attracts more than 12 million
visitors per year.
"At five dollars per head this
can raise more than $60 million
annually which would be put in
a fund to assist islands in adap-
tation (to the climate change),"
he said.
Dr Scott added that technol-
ogy must also play a part in
solving the problem of the high
levels of carbon emissions.
The scientist predicted that
significantly increasing the high-

tech efficiency in travel can lead
to a 36 per cent reduction in
carbon levels by the year 2035.
Additionally increasing the
length of stay of a vacation, he
said, will reduce emissions from
transportation and can lead to a
43 per cent emission reduction
by 2035.
Scientists on the CTC-30 pan-
el yesterday also warned that
the Caribbean region can
expect to see rising sea levels,
more devastating hurricanes
and more frequent droughts
due to the climate change.
A Bahamian delegation
headed by Tourism Minister
Neko Grant is attending the
conference being held in Puerto
Rico until October 24.

Fetlzr Fniie

the building of national capaci-
ty and a national university
capable of delivering a level of
quality similar to what students
expect when they attend uni-
versity in other countries,"
COB's strategic plan states.
It is expected that a further
source of funding will be the
private sector.
Donor generosity, the college
said, has always been there from
the institution's inception. Now,
however, a key goal of the col-
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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China's grip on Tibet

LHASA, Tibet The Chinese have never
really understood why the West makes such a
fuss about Tibet. China has crushed Tibet,
and brought in settlers to swamp its culture.
But by their lights they have brought moder-
nity and a better life to a feudal society groan-
ing under the rule of lamas.
They call the exiled Dalai Lama a "split-
tist," which sounds comic to Western ears, but
carries all the deep Chinese fears that forces
are conspiring to split up the ancient domain of
China which, through the ages, has often dis-
integrated into warring factions, only to be
reunited again when China was strong.
Tibet has for centuries been considered a
satrapy of China, although it had virtual inde-
pendence when China was weak. Tibet is not
internationally recognized as an independent
country. Not even the Dalai Lama himself
insists on independence. Yet China trembles.
For although the Chinese physical grip on
Tibet is unyielding, in the battle of imagination
they haven't a chance. Westerners, for hun-
dreds of years, have been intrigued by Tibet as
the most remote place on earth, "the roof of
the world," a hidden and holy land where an
esoteric form of Buddhism was practised, pro-
ducing miracles such as flying monks and the
ability to sit naked in the snow and raise your
body temperature by powers of concentra-
-'Through all ages Tibet has held a para-
mount position among those regions of the
world which have been popularly invested
with a veil of mystery because they are inac-
cessible and unknown," wrote Sir Thomas
Holdrich in 1906.
But the Chinese don't get it. Jiang Zemin,
when he was in command of China, com-
plained that he could not understand why the
West, where "education in science and tech-
nology has developed to a very high level ...
enjoying modern civilization," could have any
truck with backward and superstitious Tibet.
In the old days adventurers would do any-
thing to try to sneak into Tibet, primarily
because it was forbidden. In 1904, the British
forced an army through to Lhasa. Resistance
was crushed "like a man fighting with a child,"
wrote a witness, Perceval Landon of the Times
of London. Tibetan resistance never had a
chance "under the appalling punishment of
That imbalance of firepower was repeated in
the 1950s when the Chinese came to stamp
out whatever was left of Tibetan de facto inde-



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ning Potala Palace, religious buildings, and
devoted pilgrims, Lhasa is unexceptional now.
Airplanes render it accessible. I have arrived
on the new train an engineering marvel to
be sure but nonetheless a train. If Tibet is to
be remote you shouldn't be able to take the
5:15 to Lhasa.
Yet, the power of Tibet in the imagination
lives on. As Orville Schell wrote, it was the
dream of Shangri-La itself that was at stake:
"For many Westerners who had allowed them-
selves to dream the dream of Tibet, Chinese
rule represented a paradise lost." Schell's
book, "Virtual Tibet," traces the power of the
Tibetan myth, the books, the movies, the Hol-
lywood stars that have taken up the Tibetan
Since Shangri-La was invented by novelist
James Hilton in "Lost Horizon" 70 years ago,
the name has graced an American aircraft car-
rier, a hotel chain, Franklin Roosevelt's pres-
idential retreat, but, above all, it is a generic
term for a heaven on earth.
The Tibet mystique lies at the confluence of
two powerful rivers of Western emotion a
search for spirituality that modern society
seems unable to fulfil, and the human rights
movement stimulated by Chinese brutality
and cultural imperialism. A tributary is the
assumed spirituality of mountains: Mount
Olympus, to the ancients, "I will lift up mine
eyes unto the hills" for the biblically inclined.
Tibet wouldn't have been Tibet had it existed
in the lowlands.
Although things are better now, one senses
here some of the same feeling of an occupied
people that one feels on the West Bank.
The Dalai Lama, now in his 14th reincarna-
tion, perpetuates the image of Tibet by a care-.
ful combination of essential sweetness, spiri-
tuality, and political acumen. He keeps the
dream alive. And the more the Chinese
denounce him, the more it chastises countries.
such as Germany and America, for honouring
him the more they empower him.
When he dies it is highly unlikely Beijing will
allow monks to freely find a 15th incarnation
in some humble household on the Tibetan
plateau with a young boy who fits the myster-
ies. China will want to pick the next one.

(This article was written by HDS Green-
way Globe Correspondent c.2007 The Boston

A great need for

the Domestic

Investment Board

EDITOR, The Tribune
IT was very interesting, but
not surprising, to hear the
announcement by Prime Min-
ister Ingraham in the House of
Assembly with regards to the
non-existence of the Domestic
Investment Board.
In November 2005, I1 was giv-
en the opportunity to speak at
the FNM's convention and it
was at that time that I spoke to
the need for the establishment
of a Domestic Investment
Bureau (DIB) that would cater
to the needs of small businesses
and act as a liaison between the
entrepreneur and the various
government agencies.
Shortly thereafter, in its 2006
speech from the throne, the
PLP government announced
that as a part of its agenda it
would establish a Domestic
Investment Board (DIB) that
would, "cut the red tape for
Bahamian investors." On hear-
ing this announcement I felt, as
many others did, that small
businesses would finally receive
the attention needed for their
survival and that they would no
longer be frustrated in their
efforts by the various govern-

ment agencies.
From the date of the
announcement to February
2007, I tried unsuccessfully to
obtain any information from the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments with regards
to the mandate, functions and
composition of the DIB. On
each occasion that I visited the
Ministry 1 met with junior and
senior officers and was told that
it was unclear as to how the
Board would function and that
they were still in the process of
working on the legislation that
would govern the Board.
I was also told that if I had a
project in mind that I should
just follow the normal proce-
dures or just forward it to the
Ministry. Given the fact that the
Minister had already made var-
ious pronouncements with
regards to applications submit-
ted to the Board, this seemed
very strange to me and defeated
the purpose of the DIB.
One would have thought that if

the PLP government was serious
about the plight of small busi-
nesses, and if the DIB was truly
to be a one-stop shop for centre
preneurs not only would it have
been properly constituted but
also its board would have con-
sisted of representatives from
BAIC, The Development Bank
and the Venture Capital Fund in
order to ensure a smooth process
for the Bahamian investor.
However, as a result of the
recent revelations made by the
Prime Minister it is now apparent
that the DIB existed in theory
only and may have been prema-
turely announced, in the absence
of legislation, in an effort to paci-
fy the cries of entrepreneurs.
One can only hope that the
present government will do all
in its power to ensure that a
Domestic Investment Board is
properly established and
equipped with the powers and
the mandate to ensure that
Bahamian businesses are no
only properly planned but that
they are also properly funded
from conception to reality.
October 2007

Does greed drive the PLP engine?

EDITOR, The Tribune
This letter has been influ-
enced by a single mother who
was shafted by a PLP over a
land deal. It was the last funds
she had from her savings.
According to her, she tried on
many occasions to have an audi-
ence with the developer, but to
no avail.
I watched this lady tell her
story while the tears flowed
uncontrollably. How many
Bahamians have been taken
advantage of. especially because
they cannot afford a lawyer to
fight against the giants? I would
not give any further details but
1 am encouraged to point out
some of my own observations.
The quest for power causes
some of us to be blind toward
truth, decency, integrity and all
that good stuff. The illusion by
the PLP since they suffered the
kind of let down from an elec-
tion that they lost miserably,
has now taken root throughout
their entire party. No one in
the PLP party seems strong
enough to say to the leadership,
especially Perry Gladstone

Christie. Bernard Nottage,
Alfred Sears, Allyson May-
nard-Gibson and Fred Mitchell,
that enough is enough, stop the
The destruction course the
PLP is now on will have many
casualties. There will be tremen-
dous fallout from the volatile
game plan that could only bear
rotten fruit. The negative
behaviour recently displayed by
some PLP men and women that
has great influence over others,
especially the grassroots that
need no help in destroying.
must be categorically con-
demned by all PLP. especially
the ones professing to be Chris-
Where are the PLP who pre-
tended to be nation builders?
Where are the PLP who mas-
querade as Christians? Where
are the PLP who wanted to con-
tinue creating a level playing
field for all Bahamians to have
an equal opportunity to suc-
ceed? In my opinion they do
not exist anymore because, as
far as I can see, the PLP made a
few selective PLP wealthy and
to hell with the rest.

Only certain families were
allow to ride on the "Gravy
train". Only certain families
were allowed to get close to
potential investors. Only cer
tain PLP, who were inextricably
joined to other selfish senior
PLP, were allowed to be
hooked to the billion dollar
deals. How coincidental that the
same people who were com-
missioned to railroad the poten-
tial gated community by anoth-
er company at Clifton are now
the front men for the same kind
of gated community by some-
one else. This is the highest
form of hypocrites.
In my opinion greed is the
fuel that drives the PLP engine.
It seems to me that many PLP
will stop at nothing to have "all
for me baby", and none for any-
one else. They want their share
of the cookie jar and could care
less who gets hurt in the
process. As I see it, that is what
the PLP is all about. GREED!
October 2007

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@In brief

reforms of
THOUSANDS of univer-
sity students scuffled with
police and government sup;-
porters during a protest Tues-
day demanding that civil lib-
erties be respected under con-
stitutional reforms being
drafted by allies of President
Hugo Chavez, according to
Associated Press.
Police tossed tear gas can-
isters into the crowd of oppo-
sition students after clashes
broke out with a smaller
group of pro-Chavez demon-
strators near the National
Assembly. Journalists esti-
mated the crowd at about
20,000 protesters, but pro-
Chavez lawmakers said there
were far fewer.
There were no reports of
arrests or serious injuries,
though student leader Stalin
Gonzalez said at least five
demonstrators suffered minor
injuries during the bottle and
rock-throwing melee.
The students said they fear
civil liberties would be severe-
ly weakened under the con-
stitutional changes under con-
sideration. Critics are partic-
ularly concerned by an
amendment that would allow
authorities to detain citizens
without charges during a state
of emergency.
The National Assembly,
dominated by Chavez sup-
porters, is poised to approve
67 constitutional amendments
in the coming days that would
give the government control
over the Central Bank, cre-
ate new types of co-operative
property and extend presi-
dential terms from six to sev-
en years while allowing
Chavez to run again in 2012.
To take effect, the reforms
must be approved by voters
in a December 2 referendum.
Protesters complained that
police blocked their march
before it reached the Nation-
al Assembly while authorities
frequently allow Chavez
,backers to stage street
demonstrations without
"It's clear proof of politi-
cal discrimination," Gonza-
lez said.
National Guard troops later
escorted a group of students
into the National Assembly,
where they presented law-
makers with a document out-
lining their concerns.
Pro-Chavez congressman
Calixto Ortega told state tele-
vision the concerns raised by
students would be taken into
consideration before final
approval of the sweeping

RBDF unable to receive VHF calls in areas

THE Defence Force has no
means of picking up VHF calls
made from beyond a certain
point in the Southern Bahamas,
an officer admitted yesterday.
This admission came as pho-
tographs of three boats, said to
be Dominican vessels spotted
off of the coast of Ragged Island
around two weeks ago 7- around
the time that Bahamian fisher-
men reported being "fired on"
by a Dominican fishing captain -
were received by The Tribune.
One boat is said to have been
between 90 and 100 feet in
length and another around 80
feet long.
Echoing sentiments
expressed by other fishermen,
the source the wife of a fish-
erman said attempts were
made to contact the Defence
Force at the time the vessels
were seen but no answer was
"He'll call over radio and
nobody picks up. If they want to
give every fishing captain a
satellite phone to call in-to that

I ~ .'-'. A'
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number, great, but not every-
one can afford a $3,000 phone
when they go out there."
While the source suggested it
may be a lack of manpower at
the operations centre that has
caused the communication
breakdown, RBDF Sub Lieu-
tenant Sonia Miller emphasised
that the operations centre is

manned "24/7".
However, queried as to why
the fishermen' calls may not
have been received, Sub Lt'
Miller admitted that "way down
South" around Ragged Island,
calls may not come through.
"They have to be within a
certain range," she said.
The officer said that the

of south Bahamas

. - -. -

Defence Force is "always look-
ing at how we could upgrade
our radio equipment."
Meanwhile, the fishing boat
captain's wife said that she is
becoming increasingly nervous
about her husband's fishing
expeditions in light of the
Dominicans' "bold" encroach-
ment on Bahamian territory.

"I'm praying, I'm worried
that he's going to get shot at,"
she said. "Truly I think there's
going to be a war on that
Sub Lt Miller said that while
the Defence Force remains
"vigilant" they have not appre-
hended any Dominican vessels
' in recent weeks.

Teachers due to protest over BTVI conditions

Tribune staff reporter
A TEACHERS' protest is set
to take place on the grounds of
the Bahamas Vocational and
Technical Institute this morn-
ing to express dissatisfaction
with what have been termed
long-term unresolved labour
"There are too many out-
standing HR (human resources)
issues," said maths teacher
Lavardo Pratt yesterday. "They
have a lot of instructors who

have yet to be regularised who
have been working for years,"
he claimed.
Mr Pratt claims to have been
personally waiting for 14 years
to be re-classified as a teacher
rather than a teaching assistant,
and to be paid accordingly a
differential of around $2,000 a
year, he estimates.
"Some have been in predica-
ment longer than that (and)
nothing is being done. Some
have died waiting to be reclas-
sified," he said.
According to the teacher,
between 40 to 50 staff members

are impacted by the shortcoming.
In Mr Pratt's case, he start-
ed teaching in 1991, going on
to achieve a teaching qualifica-
tion in Florida in 1993. Howev-
er, he claims BTVI said they
refused to recognize his addi-
tional qualification as he was
not provided with a certificate.
"In order for them (Florida
Department of Education) to
'give you a certificate you would
have to have experience teach-
ing in their schools," he pointed
out, adding: "I even had Florida
Department of Education write
to say that, but (BTVI) were

still of opinion they'd have to
see certificate."
Later, in 2003, Mr Pratt took
a teaching course at COB sim-
ply in order to obtain the cer-
tificate that BTVI said would
be required in order for him to
be re-classified, however this
too failed to cause the institute
to pay him accordingly.
While many teaching staff are
member of the Bahamas Union
of Teachers (BUT), Mr Pratt
noted that union leaders are
"not doing as much as they
could do to solve situation."
"From what I heard they are

gong through their own little
scuffles, they aren't showing any
concern," he said.
Additionally, representation
made by teachers to the Min-
istry of Education has not
helped matters. "It's the same
old rhetoric," he said.
Messages left for Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of
Education, Elma Garraway,
were not returned yesterday as
she was said to be in a meeting.
Attempts to reach BUT offi-
cials Ida Poitier Turnquest and
Belinda Wilson were also

Conviction of coral smuggler welcomed by environmentalists

Tribune Staff Reporter
A LOCAL environmental
foundation has expressed satis-
faction with reports that a
Floridian man, found to have
illegally harvested coral from
the Bahamas, has pleaded guilty
in a US court.
Lawrence W Beckman, of
Lake Park, Florida, appeared
in a federal district court in
West Palm Beach to face
charges of illegal importation
of around 500 pounds of live
rock, coral and sea fans illegal-
ly harvested from around Sandy
Cay, off New Providence.
He was further charged with
failing to obtain written per-
mission from authorities in this
country to proceed with the har-
vesting of the corals, as required
by Bahamian conservation laws,
and could face up to five years
in prison in addition to a possi-
ble fine of up to $250,000.
Charlene Carey, an environ-

mental educator with Bahamas
Reef Environmental Education
Foundation (BREEF), said: "It's
good to see that (environmental
laws are) being enforced on that
side," describing the impending
sentence for Mr Beckman as "a
thing we like to see."
However, while admitting
that it is hard to "police our
waters", Ms Carey said that the
organisation would like to see
local authorities doing more to
ensure that Bahamian resources
are not exploited.
According to the indictment,
Mr Beckman carried out the
commercial harvesting expedi-
tion the specimens, he admit-
ted, were intended to be sold
in his aquarium supply business
- in October 2002.
After having obtained 500
specimens of Gorgonia sea fans
- and 500 pounds of live rock
and coral, Mr Beckman set off to
return to Florida, being appre-
hended only when a Coast
Guard vessel noticed that his
boat was travelling without lights.

Under Bahamian law no one
is allowed to collect coral with-
out permission from the Min-
istry of Fisheries. Furthermore,
said Mrs Carey, this is usually
only given in cases where it is
justified for scientific research,
or other similar purposes.
In the US, the Lacey Act pro-
hibits the possession, importa-
tion or transport of wildlife.
According to Ms Carey, while
it is possible to harvest coral
"using certain techniques" that
would ensure surrounding
corals would not be damaged,
illegal removals can cause seri-
ous damage to surrounding
"Coral is very, very sensitive
and very slow growing per-
haps an inch a month that's
why (harvesting) it is prohibited
on the whole," said Ms Carey.
Speaking of the significance
of such attacks on the integrity
of the reef system, BREEF
director, Casuarina McKinney,
said that Mr Beckman's activi-
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to the Bahamas.
"They support our fishing
industry, benefit our tourism
industry and protect our islands
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Ms McKinney noted however
that the Lacey Act is a "power-
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this kind of environmental vio-
lation as it provides for US
prosecution for offences that
break the conservation laws of
countries outside the US."
According to Ms Carey, reefs

have been "diminishing"
around the Bahamas in general,
and in some areas more than
others, not only as a result of
activities such as those which
Mr Beckman admitted to.
"Sometimes (harm is done)
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0 In brief

Castro: Bush

could spark

World War III

Tuesday that President Bush is
threatening the world with
nuclear war and famine an
attack on Washington a day
before the White House plans
to. announce new plans to draw
Cuba away from communism,
according to Associated Press.
"The danger of a massive
world famine is aggravated by
Mr. Bush's recent initiative to
transform foods into fuel," Cas-
tro wrote in Cuban news media,
referring to U.S. support for
using corn and other food crops
to produce gasoline substitutes.
The brief essay titled "Bush,
Hunger and Death" also alleged
that Bush "threatens humanity
with World War III, this time
using atomic weapons."
Bush is expected to announce
new strategies toward Cuba on
Wednesday. White House
spokesman Tony Fratto said last
week that Bush would "empha-
size the importance of democ-
racy for the Cuban people and
the role the international com-
munity can play in Cuba's tran-
sition by insisting on free speech,
free assembly, free and compet-
itive elections and the release of
all political prisoners."
In his essay, Castro predicted
that Bush "will adopt new mea-
sures to accelerate the 'transi-
tion period' in our country,
equivalent to a new conquest of
Cuba by force." Cuban officials
have long denounced U.S.
efforts to produce a "transition"
from Castro's government to a
Western-style representative
Ailing and 81, Castro has not
been seen in public since under-
going emergency intestinal
surgery and ceding power to a
provisional government headed
by his younger brother Raul in
July 2006.
While he has looked upbeat
and lucid in official videos, he
also seems too frail to resume
Life on the island has changed
little under Raul Castro, the 76-
year-old defense minister who
was his elder brother's-hland- .?
picked successor for decades ..,

Laywer hits out over fire fighting

services on Grand Bahama

Tribune Freepo't

Fred Smith claims that the
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity and the government have
both failed in their obligation
to provide modern and suffi-
cient fire fighting facilities on
Grand Bahama.
He stressed that the hun-
dreds of millions of dollars in
taxes and service charges are
collected every year in Grand
Bahama by the government
and the Port Authority,
"As a member of this com-
munity, as a tax payer, and
as a licensee I continue to be
shocked at the negligence of
the government and the Port
Authority in providing mod-
ern and capable fire fighting
services for the island of
Grand. Bahama," said Mr
The old fire station on Set-
tler's Way was destroyed in
2004 during Hurricane
Frances, and firemen have
since been relocated to inad-
equate facilities at the police
mobile compound on Ship-
ton Drive.
The former PLP govern-
ment had promised to pro-
vide a new fire station, but
did nothing during the
remaining two years while it
was office.
The current FNM adminis-
tration has assured residents
that a new fire station in
Freeport is Off their list
of priorities in Grand
Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy 'Turnquest has
said that the government is
in the process of identifying
suitable land in Freeport for
the construction of a state-of-
art fire station.
However, Mi Smith

Fred Smith claims govt,

Port Authority have failed to

provide modern facilities

believes that there is need for
several fire stations in differ-
ent residential areas in Grand
"We are the industrial cap-
ital of the Bahamas.
"We promote ourselves as
a maritime centre, touristic
destination, and a second
home investment destination
,-we need sufficient fire fight-
ing equipment and facilities
on this island," he said.
There are also concerns
about to whether the fire
department is sufficiently
equipped to tackle fires at
high-rise buildings in
Freeport, as the only ladder
fire truck that was donated
two years ago is still not on
active service in Grand
Mr Smith said the govern-
ment and the Port Authority
have a responsibility to see
to the needs of the Freeport
"How can we live in this
community without proper
fire fighting facilities? I want
to know where does the $150
million in taxes that we pay in
Grand Bahama go?
Where are the millions of
dollars in license fees and ser-
vice charges going?
"We need our government
and the Port Authority to pay
attention to the needs of this
community," he said.
Mr Smith noted that the
Port Authority under Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement is
responsible for the adminis-
tration and.control of the
Port Area, including provid-

ing the basic facilities for fire
"In addition, the govern-
ment has obligations to pro-
vide that for its citizenry. So it
is a dual obligation of the
Port and the government.
And unfortunately, perhaps
they are each pointing the fin-
ger at each other. But in the
meantime, as usual citizens
of Grand Bahama are getting
the short end of the stick,"
he said.
The Tribune contacted Port
Authority CEO Sir Albert
Miller for comment. He
explained that fire fighting is
not the responsibility of the

Grand Bahama Port Author-
Mr Smith said he feels that
insurance companies should
also be demanding the estab-
lishment of proper fire fight-

ing facilities.
"What are the insurance
companies doing about the
lack of such a facility? Does it
mean in Grand Bahama that
everybody's premiums are 50
per cent or 100 per cent more
because insurance companies
have factored in that there is
no fire fighting facilities?
"This is an absolute and
unbelievable disgrace for the
city of Freeport. 1 feel it is
negligent of the Port to be
giving building permits or to
be approving renovation per-
mits for any three or four sto-
ry building, or for industries
when there are no fire-fight-
ing facilities," he said
"When are our members of
parliament going to wake up?
When are those in the Port
Authority going to deal with
this issue? It is pure and sim-
ple negligence on the part of
the government and the Port
Authority, and I call on them
to remedy this immediately,"
said Mr Smith.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR of the College of the Bahamas' School of Social Science and chair of the Confer-
ence Planning Committee Jessica Minnis, (second right) speaks, on October 22 during a press conference to
announce COB s hosting the international conference on slavery. Also pictured, from left. are committee
member Patricia Giinton-Meicholas. COB vice-president Dr Linda Davis and committee member Assistant
Professor Stephen Alanha

COB to host international

slavery conference

THE College of the Bahamas has announced that
it will host an international slavery conference next
The conference will be held from February 21 to
23. 2008 under the theme. "Abolition of the transat-
lantic slave trade: telling the story"
COB vice president of research and internation-
al relations Dr Linda Davis said the event will com-
memorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of
the transatlantic slave trade.
"We were first introduced to the notion of hosting
such a conference several months ago, when we
were visited by a UNESCO (United Nations Edu-
cational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) del-
egation," Dr Davis said.
"We embrace that opportunity with open arms
because one of the things that we are desirous of
doing more and more of as we transition to univer-
sity status is provide the kind of academic forum that
allows not only our faculty, but also visiting scholars
to present within an arena of sharing research data
that may open some channels for further collabo-
rations on various kinds of topics."
According to a COB press statement, an impor-
tant segment of the conference's programme will
be a student panel. The conference itself will present
opportunities for educators and members of the
public to "reflect on the impact of the slave trade and
its abolition in the shaping of the Atlantic world
and Europe."
Presenters will examine the struggles of the past,




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the progress made so far and the challenges that
remain to be confronted, the statement said.
Plenary speakers will include Howard University
Distinguished Professor of History (emeritus) Dr
Joseph E Harris, Professor of History at Tulane
University and Bahamian Dr Rosanne Adderley
and president of the Africa Institute of Journalism
and Communications (Accra, Ghana) Kojo
Chair of the Conference Planning Committee
and Associate Professor of COB's School of Social
Science Jessica Minnis said there would also be a
movie presentation, an art exhibition and a cultural
show on the theme and various other events leading
up to and running during the conference.
COB is also seeking assistance from private sector
stakeholders. who wish to aid in sponsoring the
"The conference itself is open to the public,"
. Minnis said. "We are hoping that individuals will see
this as a good learning experience and come and dia-
logue with academics from the Bahamas, as well as
the United States, Canada ... we are having indi-
viduals coming from as far away as Africa to present
"It is definitely an international conference and we
are very, very excited to be able to host this event on
such an important occasion, and also to put the
Bahamas within the perspective of the abolition
because we are also affected by the slave trade and
so we also have something to share," she said




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Turnquest: there are reasons for

optimism in fight against crime

MINISTER of National
Security and Immigration Tom-
my Turnquest claims there are
more reasons for optimism than
pessimism in the fight against
crime and criminality.
Mr Turnquest laid out sever-
al steps of a plan he said can
help lead to a reduction in the
level of crime, which is current-
ly surging throughout the coun-
The plan includes, among
other measures, adopting "com-
prehensive, coherent, holistic
and multi-disciplinary strate-
gies" in addition to developing
rational and effective counter-
measures in a number of areas,
he said.
Addressing the opening ses-
sion of the second annual Inter-
national Police
Auxiliary/Reserve Officers'
Conference, Mr Turnquest
explained that the strategy will
move the focus "firmly on the
solution to problems so as to
take us forward in initiatives for
crime prevention and criminal
"We can fight crime by estab-
lishing partnerships among the
full range of stakeholders
including government, the
churches, the community, non-

DELEGATES STAND at the opening fc the Bahamas Police Reserve

governmental and private vol-
untary organizations, civil soci-
ety, the business community
and neighbourhood associa-
tions," Mr Turnquest said.
"We can fight crime by reach-
ing out to those people most at
risk including young people,
and particularly young men, and
seek to inculcate in those who
need it, the values and tradi-
tions on which their societies
and countries are built."

Mr Turnquest stressed that
in dealing with youth, whenev-
er discipline, values and tradi-
tions fall away, permissiveness
takes their place.
"We can further fight crime
by providing positive and pro-
ductive alternatives to crime
and criminality and incentives
for all of our citizens to con-
tribute to the essential task of
nation building."
Mr Turnquest pointed out

MINISTER OF National Security and Immigration Tommy Turnquest
brings the keynote address at the official opening

that crime cannot be solved by
sending more people, usually
young men, to prison or by
installing burglar bars and secu-
rity screens while increasing
the number of gated commu-
He said that while the gov-
ernment will take decisive
action in the war on crime, the
government cannot act in iso-
There are many self-evident

ways in which to effectively
counter crime and criminality,"
Mr Turnquest said. "We can-
not use yesterday's strategies,
policies, or mechanisms to con-
front today's myriad manifes-
tation of crime and criminali-
Hosted by the Royal
Bahamas Police Reserve Force
and the Reserve Officers Asso-
ciation, the five-day conference
will explore and take decisions

on effective approaches to
policing that may be applied to
mutual advantage.


Topics to be discussed include
school violence, causes and
solutions, ethical behaviour, the
police in society, leadership and
decision-making, generation
dynamics, social changes and
human trafficking.
Mr Turnquest commended
the Auxiliary/Reserve Officers
for their contribution to safe-
guarding the region. He said the
conference affords them the
opportunity to resolve common
problems in a world "that is
rapidly becoming the prover-
bial global village."
"You are a diverse force
coming from different coun-
tries and different professions,
but bonded by dedication to
duty, friendship, mutual inter-
est and respect," Mr Turnquest
"Your patriotism is a source
of inspiration for all and we
thank you, as volunteers, for
bringing your skills, talents and
insights to policing," Mr Turn-
quest added.

Dion Foulkes to meet Minister makes pldges to

with unio b preserve industrial harmony

with union boses over Gladstone Thurston

power company

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Minister of
State for Labour Dion Foulkes
hopes to bring some sort of res-
olution to ongoing issues at the
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny when he meets Thursday
with union officials and man-
agement in Freeport.
After six weeks of continu-
ing demonstrations, the Minis-
ter has finally agreed to come to
Freeport to hold a conciliation
meeting with all parties con-
cerned with a view to finding
the "best way" forward.
On Friday, union officials and
workers at the Grand Bahama
Power Company continued
their weekly demonstration in
which represent a total of about
120 workers, have taken a
stance to demonstrate until the
issues are resolved. They are
seeking settlement and retroac-
tivity compensation for-work-
Minister Foulkes said that a
meeting has been tentatively set
for 9.30am on Thursday.
"I was informed that the
union and management had
met two weeks ago. Since that
meeting I am told that man-
agement did submit an indus-
trial contract proposal to the,
union, but the union has not
yet agreed to come to the
table," he said.
BIEMSU is seeking some $50
million in settlement for its
members alone, Grand Power
Company officials disclosed in a
paid advertisement in the
Freeport News.

In the ad the company stated
that the compensation package
enjoyed by workers is among
the best in the Bahamas, and
that its employees' salaries are
above market.
The company also outlined
the many benefits it provides,
including Christmas bonuses,
performance bonuses, pension
plan (100 per cent contributed
by the GBPC), medical insur-
ance, four weeks paid vacation
after five years of service, a sav-
ing plan (company matches 75
per cent of employee contribu-
tion), tuition contribution for
children of employees between
the ages of four to 18 years (55
per cent uniform and book
allowance of $200 per child),
and a 25 per cent residential
power discount.


The union leaders said the
publishing of employees' ben-
efits in the newspapers is a tac-
tic and an attempt by the com-
pany to dodge the real issues at
Mr Edwards said the compa-
ny is trying to give the public
the impression that the union
is uncooperative and stalling
"In the company's press
release, they indicated that they
have been courting BEIMSU
to negotiate and they published
a number of dates that they
have been asking for.
"But, I have letters from 2005
in which Mr Dave Dunbar (for-
mer CEO) has stated emphati-
cally that they will not negotiate
with BIEMSU until they have
finished negotiations with


C WtU, he said.
Management and CEWU
ha\ e not been able to conclude
negotiations on a new industri-
al agreement since April 2(X)5
whi n the former owners had
proposed a 12 per cent lump
sum agreement on signing, a
five per cent salary increase,
and a 14 per cent increase over
the next four years.
Mirant, the former owner,
recently sold its shares in the
power company to Marubeni.
a Japanese company.
Union officials claim that
R' kets are entitled to settle-
ment due to the change in
ownership, and have refused
to continue negotiations on a
new industrial agreement until
the issue of settlement is
"BIEMUS has put forth a $50
million offer of settlement
which we were able to access
for some 27 members based on
our financial information.
The union is saying that it
is ready with its legal team to
negotiate a settlement we offer
$50 million for 27 people. What
are they offering?"
CEWU president Keith
Knowles said the benefits listed
by the Power Company were
gifts to employees by the late
Edward St George, the former
c? :>irman of the Grand Bahama
Po rt Authority.
Mr Knowles said the union
will remain steadfast in seeking
settlement for the workers.
He said the union is support-
ed by several union leaders in
Freeport, including Lionel Mor-
ley of the Hotel Workers
Union, McKinley Jones of
Freeport Flight Service and
Sean Bowe of the BCPOU.

LABOUR and Maritime
Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes
pledged "an open door policy"
with trade unions and employer
associations in an effort to
maintain industrial harmony..
"While we may categorise
ourselves as labour or manage-
ment, in actuality we aro united
in the common goals of
Bahamian progress and the
maintenance and improvement
of our quality of life." Mr
Foulkes said.
Scores of delegates from
trade unions, workers organi-
sations, and employer associa-
tions gathered at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday for a
resumption of TriFor, where
Minister Foulkes delivered the
keynote address.
Linder the theme. "The
importance of social dialogue
in achieving and maintaining
-industrial harmony', the TriFor
approach is used as a platform
for reducing or eliminating the
need for spontaneous outbreak
of industrial actions, Mr Foulkes
Director of Labour Harcourt
Brown praised the "impressive
level of dialogue and the spirit
with which discussions have tak-
en place, pointing out that the
social partners are united in
their resolve to,see (TriFor)
develop into a mainstay of
Bahamian industrial relations.
"The concept of reasoning
together is what TriFor is all
about. As social partners we will
have differences. However, 1
am convinced 'that we are all
concerned about what is the
best for our country," Mr
Brown said.
Mr Foulkes pointed out that
this tripartite forum allows for
the examination of issues rele-
vant to the continued growth of
the Bahamas.
"Here, differences between
workers and employers can be
discussed fully and resolved
amicably," said Mr Foulkes.



LABOUR AND Maritime Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes (left) and Dr Ana
Teresa Romero, Director, ILO Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean

BCPOU PRESIDENT Robert Farquharson (left) and TUC president Obie
Ferguson confer at Monday's TriFor

"To ensure that this process
continues., I will maintain an
open door policy with unions
and employer associations."
Important and recently
passed legislation, he noted,
mandates that the government
consult with trade unions and
employer organizations before
regulations are implemented.
"If the Bahamas is to remain
competitive, it must have a
cohesive workforce committed
to nation-building while at the
same time minimizing industri-

al unrest," said Mr Foulkes. "It
is imperative that we unite in
strong purpose to achieve and
maintain industrial harmony."
Dr Ana Teresa Romero,
director of the International
Labour Organisation's Sub-
regional Office for the
Caribbean was among delega-
tion heads at the forum. A two-
day national tripartite consulta-
tion to develop the decent work
country programme for the
Bahamas begins on Tuesday at
the College of the Bahamas.

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The difficulty of implementing

real traffic solutions in Nassau

TODAY I'd like to
TL indulge in a little road
Over the past eight years I've
been riding a bicycle for both
exercise and enjoyment. Not
competitive cycling, I hasten to
confirm, just casual bike rid-
For a long time I was able to
ride from Fox Hill Road to my
office near St Matthew's
Church. I was able to do this a
couple of times a week, just
outside the peak traffic hours,
without much risk. I was also
able to ride downtown on Sun-
days and holidays with no has-
sle at all.
But lately the traffic situa-
tion has become so chaotic that
it is too dangerous (for me any-
way). And that applies to most
routes, most times of the day,
and all week long. I truly sym-
pathise with those who are
forced to ride to work through
all kinds of traffic conditions.
Besides the crowded inter-
sections, there are two principal
road hazards today: speeders
and idiots (you know, the kind
who think nothing of passing
within inches of you -
whether by design or stupidity
as if you simply didn't exist).
And even during non-peak
times in relatively quiet resi-
dential districts, the number of
speeders has increased notice-
ably, along with the rate at
which they travel. My guess is
that this is a function of the
frustration most drivers are
faced with today. Whenever a
relatively open road appears,
we take advantage of the luxu-
ry by putting the pedal to the

The rising number of
idiot drivers is proba-
bly due to the fact that there
are more young people driving
today, coupled with less
enforcement of traffic rules.
The risks and inconveniences
they cause are not exclusive to
cyclists; they are multiplying
and intensifying for all road
users on New Providence.
Consider the afternoon shift
changes at Atlantis, when
streams of vehicles exit PI over
a single bridge, producing long-
term stalls for west-east drivers
on Bay Street as police over-
ride signals to prevent gridlock
on the island. Then there are
the jitneys that jockey to get
ahead of everyone else by any
means possible. You never
know which direction "they are
coming from behind you,
toward you or sideways.

In the heavily populated
Eastern district, the afternoon
rush hour now extends from 3-
7pm, as thousands of parents
forsake work and trek to the
various schools to pick up their
little darlings.. School traffic
then merges with going home
traffic. There's hardly any point
in returning to worJ anyway.
Meanwhile, heavily loaded
trucks barrel down our narrow
city roadways at breakneck
speeds, secure in the knowl-
edge that no-one will challenge
their right of way.
And the slightest out-of-the-
ordinary circumstance a pot
hole, a stalled car or just a pud-
dle of water can have dev-
astating ramifications. Only last
week traffic into and out of
town from the east (where per-
haps a quarter of the island's
population lives) was backed
up for hours on consecutive
days because fender benders
had closed off one lane of a
two-lane artery.

A simple matter to
remedy, one would
think. But not in the Bahamas,
where simple matters are mag-
nified into colossal problems
because no-one gives a damn...
since there are no conse-
quences for irrational behav-
iour anyway. And don't even
think about retaliating either
in word, gesture or deed you
may find yourself on the wrong
end of a fatal dispute.
A case in point occurred last
week, when someone (for no
reason) smashed my daughter's
rear windshield with a rock
while she was driving in broad
daylight on West Bay Street.

Road rage is not something to
take lightly in this town even
if you are entirely in the right.
As one middle-aged friend put
it: "Our abandonment of core
social values respect for oth-
ers and personal integrity is
glaringly evident on the roads
of New Providence.
"Traffic lights and speed
signs are ignored; drivers barge

.. -

in from side roads onto main
thoroughfares with indiffer-
ence; and litter is discharged
from vehicles with impunity.
Then there are the tinted wind-
shields, derelict vehicles, unin-
sured drivers, noxious fumes,
jitney terror the list is over-
whelming. If we don't fix the
leaks soon, the dam will col-
To help employees cope, my
company Media Enterprises
- recently adjusted working
hours to. run from 8.30 am to
4.30 pm. But it provides little
relief, since the so-called rush
hour now extends for most of
the day and into the night, par-
ticularly if you have to pass
through one of several traffic
choke points at the edge of
town (such as the notorious
Montagu junction). And it will
only get worse because traffic
volume is growing by 3 per cent
a year, and it's unlikely that
serious action will be taken to
fix things.

As for the Montagu
junction itself, that is
the most glaring example of
stupidity one could possibly
imagine. A complex arterial
intersection in the middle of a
commercial boat ramp, street
market and public park. Suc-
cessive governments have

ignored'the problem -- which
is the cause of endless traffic
delays and frequent accidents.
A parliamentary committee
recommended solutions more
than a year ago, but nothing
has been done to implement
In some American cities
experts say frustration over
growing road congestion is


leading more people to use
public transit, move closer to
their jobs, telecommute or
make other lifestyle changes.
In other words, people are
making rational choices about
what's best for them and
being stuck in traffic for hours
each day is not one of them.
In the Bahamas, our choices
are limited. More often than
not we can't move closer to our


H however, the key to
our salvation
involves a radical overhaul of
our public transport system to
make it a "viable and attrac-
tive option". And I think that
key has already broken off in
the lock, since we are nowhere
nearer to setting up an
improved and unified bus sys-
tem in Nassau than we were
when the idea was first mooted
by former transport minister
Glenys Hanna-Martin four
years ago.
The congestion reduction
plan's short-term measures call
for renewal of the bus fleet,

In the heavily populated Eastern
district, the afternoon rush hour
now extends from 3-7pm, as
thousands of parents forsake work
and trek to the various schools to
pick up their little darlings.

jobs because there is no resi-
dential space near commercial
areas. Telecommuting requires
a certain type of work as well
as a certain type of mindset and
a level of education. And pub-
lic transit in Nassau is so
unsafe, uncomfortable and
unreliable that no-one with
access to a car will use it regu-
These issues, and others,
were addressed last year in a
Congestion Reduction Study
undertaken by a Barcelona-
based firm called Advanced
Logistics Group. These con-
sultants produced a strategic
plan which offers a series of
.,hort- middl-.,and long-term
policy measures "targeted at
achieving, changes in travel
behaviour and travel patterns"
on New Providence.
They say that implementa-
tion of this plan could reduce
peak-hour traffic congestion by
more than half, realising a year-
ly cost savings of more than
$1.3 million from the morning
commute alone. The cost of
delays due to traffic congestion
was calculated by assigning a
dollar value to the time wasted
based on household income
statistics. But it doesn't include
the immediate and indirect
costs of fuel and wear and tear
on vehicles, not to mention lost
serenity, family time and civic

building park and ride sites at
the edge of town as well as
parking garages in strategic
areas, optimising the island's
68 signalised intersections, cre-
ating reversible road lanes and
bus-only lanes, enforcing paid
orf-street parking, turning Bay
Street into a pedestrian zone,
promoting carpooling and a
setting up a more stringent and
expensive vehicle licensing and
inspection regime.
I note with interest that the
plan does call for investment
in bicycle/pedestrian lanes and
paths, along with bike lockers
at major public transit stops
(they would have to feature
military security measures).
Park and ride stops are sug-
gested for JFK Drive, Soldier
Road, Arawak Cay, Montagu
and Prince Charles Drive. Per-
manent and exclusive bus lanes
are recommended for Blue Hill
Road and Market Street from
Robinson to Bay.

O other measures
include more bike
and pedestrian facilities, get-
ting workplaces to introduce
flex-time, requiring traffic
impact studies for new devel-
opments, excluding freight
transport from designated
zones and phasing in a system
of road fees meaning charg-


Globalisation: an alternative focus for

developing countries in the new century

* By Dr Kevin Alcena

TWO or three decades
ago the concept of
globalisation was rarely
thought of and hardly in our'
daily use in contrast to today,
where it is used everywhere,
evoking strong intellectual and
emotional debate and reac-
tions. ,
The concept of globalisation
has come to mean different
things for different people,
nations, and continents, and it
became a household word dur-
ing the end of the 20th century,

century and the heydays of
Globalisation may not, after
all, be far removed from neo-
colonialism if the terms of
agreements are not carefully
scrutinised. Many suspect that
it will destroy nations not able
to compete, particularly devel-
oping countries.
With the recent level of
international contention in
which liberalisation, democra-
tisation, increasing interna-
tional trade and investment
flow have increased dramati-
cally, globalisation has thus
sunk in as an inevitability.

Globalisation may not, after
all, be far removed from
neo-colonialism if the terms of
agreements are not carefully

and the beginning of the new
Many have great suspicion
of developed countries'
motives for pushing globalisa-
tion, often suggesting that it is
being used to access remote
markets for further exploita-
tion, which was the order of
the day during the early 20th

Hence, nations not having
the capacity must start getting
prepared to face it squarely,
and/or devise alternative strate-
gies to counteract the poten-
tial outcome of globalisation
based on the suspicion that
developed countries will leave
the developing countries 'high
and dry'.



T owards this end,'
developing countries
must understand that they do
not have the socio-economic
conditions, governance sys-
tems, and infrastructure, which
drive and galvanise globalisa-
Hence, they will certainly be
limited or hindered in their
ability to effectively reap the
benefits, particularly in the
context where they have to
compete with multi-national
companies from developed
countries who have great
access to the best financial
markets in the world, the best
political environment that cre-
ates economic and social sta-
Consequently, most of the
developing countries in sub-
Saharan Africa, Asia, and
the Caribbean must start
looking inward with a view
to developing a common
market for developing, which
will facilitate a level playing

Unfortunately, most devel-
oping countries and transition
economies do not have the nec-
essary and sufficient resources,
capacities and competencies to
manage globalisation in order
to maximise their potential
benefits and minimize their
inevitable unintended adverse
In order to build and sustain
these capacities, these coun-
tries need to establish public-
private partnerships, both
domestically and internation-
ally within its bloc of develop-
ing nations, so as to be able to
manage the various dimensions
of globalisation and their inter-
relationships to mutual advan-
This effort will help devel-
oping countries to develop ade-
quate research and develop-
ment perspectives, sustainable
technological innovation that
will make them less reliant on
the developed countries, and
advanced medical technology
to support the lifespan of its
human resources.

So far, some developing
countries, such as India,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,
and Brazil have done remark-
ably well and must be emulated
by other developing countries.
Based on data for the last
few years of the 1990s and up
to the end of 2002, it is clear
that Asian developing coun-
tries mainly traded among

ments of these developing
countries must then start dis-
cussions on adapting strate-
gic and structural changes in
governance, policies, and
technology that support the
level of globalisation among
developing countries as first
toward the larger globalisa-
tion with the developed coun-
Furthermore, the develop-

Most of the developing countries
in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and
the Caribbean must start looking
inward with a view to developing a
common market for developing,
which will facilitate a level playing

themselves and with Japan, and
a growing share of their invest-
ments also came from within
the region.
Consequently, developing
countries must focus on insti-
tuting effective and stable
democratic governments that
can play significant roles in cre-
ating the enabling environment
for the effective management
of globalisation as a first step.
Subsequently, the govern-

ing countries' governments
must lead and reorient the soci-
ety in general to undertake to
equip themselves with the val-
ues, institutions and capacities
for managing globalisation to
an advantage.
This will help to link what-
ever necessary public sector
reforms that developing coun-
tries are undertaking to devel-
op institutional capacities and
competencies for globalisation.

Successive hard-mouth
governments have not had the
spunk to deal with relatively
minor and contained issues like
controlling the vendors, mail boats
and ferry boats at Potters Cay.


ing motorists to drive in cer-
tain areas.
Longer term recommenda-
tions include privatization of
the unified bus system (which
doesn't yet exist), water taxi
services from downtown to PI
and Cable Beach, a new bridge
to Paradise Island from
Arawak Cay, and building the
fabled container port at Clifton.
The plan also calls for strict
regulation of freight transport
to reduce its impact on road
congestion. These proposals
include tougher licensing for
drivers and vehicles, designated
freight routes and times, and
introduction of a road wear tax.
In the short term, freight trans-
port would be heavily restrict-
ed downtown and on Paradise
Island. In the longer term,
warehousing would be con-
fined to outlying areas along
Harrold Road, Prince Charles
and Cowpen Road, with goods
arriving at Clifton and travel-
. ling along the newly diverted
Adelaide Road to Cowpen.
Now this all sounds perfectly
sane and straightforward on
paper but what happens
when you consider the reality
on the ground. For example,
successive hard-mouth govern-
ments have not had the spunk
to deal with relatively minor
and contained issues like con-
trolling the vendors, mail boats
and ferry boats at Potters Cay;
rationalising Montagu; moving
the jitneys off Bay Street; regu-
lating freight haulage and
enforcing traffic rules generally.

T he official track record
so far doesn't give
much hope for the future. We
certainly couldn't imagine the
indecisive Christie administra-
tion implementing anything on
this scale. And for the new
Ingraham administration, the
plan suffers from its origins
during the Christie govern-
ment. It's a vicious circle.
Perhaps the best course
would be to pick a demonstra-
tion project and implement it
fully. Now, should that be Bay
Street, Potters Cay, Arawak
Cay or perhaps Montagu?
Well, we know there are some
8,000 workers concentrated on
Paradise Island, and we know
where they are coming from
every day and where they are
going every day. And we have
a single large entity to deal
with. Why don't we start there?

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comments to larry@tribune-
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fied object that did not reg-
ister on our radar and did
not register in our line of
sight as (the Bo Hengy) was
approaching the Nassau
Harbour area. We made
reports to the relevant
departments and we con-
ducted a search and we did-
n't come up with anything,"
Khaalis Rolle, chief market-
ing officer of Bahamas Fer-
ries, told The Tribune during
a telephone interview yes-
The collision reportedly
occurred at about 9.15pm.
A rescue boat was deployed,
Mr Rolle added, but the
search on Sunday night
proved fruitless.
According to an RBDF
statement, during an addi-
tional search on Monday
morning divers discovered a
15-foot Wahoo class vessel
partially submerged in the
Divers found no survivors
near the vessel and the skiff,
believed to be "discarded",
was towed to the Defence
Force Harbour Unit.
Not until family members
of Jerome Brown contacted
BASRA officials on Mon-
day afternoon to report him
missing did the RBDF and
Bahamas Ferries officials
realise the extent of the inci-
dent, prompting them to
intensify their search, Chief
Petty Officer Ralph McKin-
ney told The Tribune.
Family members of Mr
Brown, a taxi-driver and
experienced fisherman, were
convened in the parking lot
of the Defence Force Har-
bour Unit facility yesterday
afternoon, awaiting news of
their missing relative.
According to Vashti
Brown, one of Mr Brown's
daughters, family members
have kept a vigil in the park-
ing lot since Monday after-
noon after they reported
him missing.
She told The Tribune that
her father went on a short
fishing trip on Sunday
evening and was expected
to return Monday morning.
When there was no sign
of him by Monday afternoon
sh'edonthcted BASRA offi-
As the RBDF searches for
the fishermen, family mem-
bers hold on to the hope
they will be found alive.
"Right now I'm just hope-
ful (but) it's rough, really
rough," Hermia Brown told
The Tribune at the RBDF
Harbour Unit yesterday
while tearfully eyeing the
boat her husband named
after her. "It seems unreal
but, seeing the boat, I know
something happened."
No passengers aboard the
Bo Hengy were injured dur-
ing the incident but the
smaller vessel showed dam-
age from the right side of
the engine extending
towards the left side of the
sea craft.
Boaters who frequent
Nassau Harbour claim big-
ger vessels consistently put
small craft at risk.
"The law states that you
should travel at a safe dis-
tance to avoid a collision
(but) that's a common prac-
tice (for) those big boats,"
Brian Lynden Smith, a small
boater and B-master cap-
tain, complained yesterday.
He claimed he was put at
risk a few years ago when
his small boat was nearly
capsized by the wake of a
bigger vessel while in Nassau
He said Nassau Harbour
should be a safe, calm envi-
ronment for small boaters
and called on officials to
enforce the rules to reduce
the possibility of collisions
in the future.
Officials at Bahamas Fer-
ries declined to speculate
whether any infractions
were committed by the Bo
Hengy's captain.
"Right now we cannot
conclusively say exactly what
happened (because) all of
this is still under active
investigation," said a source.
Bahamas Ferries is

involved in the search for
the missing boaters, he
Last night, one of Mr
Brown's fellow cab-drivers
paid tribute to "a friendly,
decent guy" who often plied
for trade outside the British
Colonial Hilton.
"He was from a genera-
tion of respectable, courte-
ous and disciplined drivers,"
he added, describing the
incident as a "horrible"

Demolition crews move into Haitian slum

DEMOLITION crews have n
into a Haitian slum settlement in A
in a determined attempt to clear oi
gal immigrants.
)Doz.ens of shanty homes have a]
been knocked down in a co-ordi
campaign against the settlers.
Island administrator Cephas C'
has told residents that he is deterin
to clean up the Haitian commuu
once and for all.
Workers wielding sledge hamme
chainsaws entered The Mud settle
in Marsh Harbour following a I
meeting last week at which disquiet
expressed about the expanding
Mr. Cooper staged another mi
for Haitian immigrants to let them
his intentions.

FROM page one

Magistrate Meers rationalised
that even if the semen collected in
April, 2006, (the crux of the pros-
ecution's case) matched the DNA
pf Bishop Fraser, it was irrele-
vant because the time-frame of
the alleged relationship did not
co-incide with the period when
the semen was deposited.
In September, Det Corporal
Sheria King, a forensic scientist,
testified that the semen samples
were collected from Bishop
Fraser's church office on April
She further testified that the
semen was deposited on the car-
pet of the office within a time
span of three days.
Magistrate Meers told the court
that the defendant had "no case
to answer" and, due to lack of
evidence, he was formally "dis-
Apparent conflicts between the
testimony and statements made
by the accuser and other prose-
cution witnesses weakened the
prosecution's case and led to the
magistrate's ruling.
Neither the accuser iof aliy of
her family members appeared to
be present in the courtroom yes-
terday morning.
However, a group of Fraser's
supporters clamoured around him
as he descended the stairs of
Court Five, some embracing him
as they praised the Lord for his
release. When asked how he felt
about the magistrate's ruling,

Then Ministry of Works employees
set about demolishing new, unoccupied
homes on the site, clearing 11 on the
first day, and taking the number to
around 40 by last night.


The demolition crews were amazed
to find that two guesthouses, one with 17
rooms, the other with 16, had been built
in the community, with each room gen-
erating $75 a week for the landlords.
This meant revenue of around $5,000
a month from each property, which had
only one toilet for tenants.
Deputy chief councillor Yvonne Key
said a Haitian church, strip-joint, bar,
barber's shop, provision store and other
facilities were also discovered on the

Bishop Fraser would only reply:
"No comment."
As his supporters escorted him
from the court towards Zion Bap-
tist Church, where his vehicle was
parked, they chanted: "The battle
is over, the battle is over."
"I thank God...the case is
over," Faye Major, a member of
Pilgrim Baptist Temple and a sup-
porter of Bishop Fraser, said yes-
She told The Tribune that
prayers and support from the
1,000-member congregation got
the defendant through the 18-
month ordeal.
While elated supporters
reportedly continued celebra-
tions at the Pilgrim Baptist Tem-
ple on St James Road, the prose-
cution announced a possible
Stating that he was "not happy
with the court's ruling" yester-
day,. Inspector Bannister
announced that, after a review of
the ruling, he would confer with
the attorney general in the hope
of filing an appeal.
"I feel like we did produce suf-
ficient evidence for the court to
call upon the defendant to answer
the charge," he told the media
during an interview in his office
after the magistrate's ruling.
The prosecution has seven days
to file a notice for an appeal.
Fraser was represented by
attorney Wayne Munroe.

Election court to decide

on 'hearsay evidence'

FROM page one

and developer of the Pinewood constituency. Throughout these pro-
ceedings. Mr Davis said, these persons are expected to give direct
and "hearsay" evidence.
However, Mr Davis said that he is challenged as some witnesses are
afraid to come forward and in fact one witness has since been deport-
Mr Barnett conceded that "hearsay evidence" is admissible under
section 58 of the Evidence Act. However, he advised that the court
should then give direction that the evidence Mr Munroe gives, should
only be submitted if the persons he refer to are allowed to give evidence
as well. Otherwise, his statements should not be used, he said.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson, who lost her seat by 64 votes, is contending the
votes of 159 persons who voted in the Pinewood constituency in the
May 2 general election were not eligible to vote in that constituency.
Mr Woodside is also challenging the votes of some 41 persons.

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congested site.
"If you lived in The Mud, you need
never have to come out," she said,
"Everything was there." .
Among those spearheading the clear-
ance was Pastor Stephen Knowles of
Strong Tower Church in Murphy Town
and Cubel Davis, chief councilloi of Cen-
tral Abaco.
Police and Defence Force ofticeis
were on hand to handle any trouble, but
the demolition exercise went oil peace-
fully, according to locals.
One source said: "The workers con-
centrated only on those new homes that
were unoccupied.
"They started on Friday after going
in over the last couple of weeks to numi
ber homes that have been built since the
big fire at The Mud two years ago.

"They were surprised at what they
found. Locals have applauded the exer-
cise, and even some Haitians like what is
happening because they don't want any-
thing to upset the status quo."
Mr Cooper has told locals that the
clearance.is going to be a "continual
exercise" aimed at controlling the spread
of slum properties.
One resident who watched the demoli-
ton work said: "It was like a pig pen in
there. The stink was terrible."
The Mud, once a pond site that was
filled with slurry during dredging of
Marsh Harbour many years ago, is one
of two shanty settlements in the town.
Nearby Pigeon Pea is so congested
that it's possible to walk from roof-to-
roof across the entire settlement, locals

FROM page one Officer found dead

Supt Rahming said that the
police's worst fears became
reality around 10.20pm on
Monday when officers went to
a remote area east of Casuar-
inas Bridge, where Bain's
body was discovered in a
The officer was found lying
face up at the water's edge
with traumatic injuries to his
head and neck.
A large rock was resting on
the victim's face, his hands
were tied behind his back and
his feet were also tightly
bound together.
According to reports, the
body was clothed in blue
jeans, a white pullover shirt
and a pair of white tennis
shoes, and was partially cov-
ered by some broken shrub-
"The body was in the early
stages of decomposition and
had sustained traumatic
injuries...apparently the result
of brute force being applied,"
Mr Rahming said.
When The Tribune first
arrived at the scene around
11.15pm, several police vehi-
cles were parked at the east-
ern end of the Casuarinas
Bridge. The entrance to a dirt
road, leading into a heavily
wooded area, was blocked off.
Several off-duty police offi-
cers had also arrived at the
scene after learning of the
tragic news. A few curious
onlookers attracted by the
flashing blue and red police
lights in the area had also

gathcied near
At about I
from Restvicwe
tuary and sevi
cles emerged
wooded area
body to the r
Memorial Ho
During a bi
the scene, SulI
that Corporal
on the Royal
Force lor five
been attached
police station
He said tha
reported for
for the 4pm ti
He was sched
for duty at 4p:
but did not sh
Supt Rahmi
sons became
when Bain fai
work again on
"He was al
very response
did not shirk
so the Centra
was bought
what happenci
he explained
Mr Rahmin
green Hondai
3.15pm in the
of Imperial (
Atlantic Driv
Following I
officers ai rest<
he said.
"With the
car further in
evyideence bc
the p6rice"...a'i

FROM page one

Penn was also obligated to purchase a tower
crane at the cost of $81,500 and to procure four
engineered column forms, 15,000 square feet ofl
suspended deck forming system and 27,(XX) square
feet of reshoring at a cost of $253,000.
It was also agreed in the contract that the tow-
er crane and forming system would remain on
the property until the completion of the contract
and the issuance of an Occupancy Certificate by
the Ministry of Works.
The contract further required Mr Penn to pro-
vide Pace Holdings with a performance bond in
the amount of $22 million to secure his comple-
tion of the work set out in the contract, including
a material and workmanship warranty bond for a
period of one year past the occupancy of the

'by 10pm tonight (Monday) those
.45p|in, a hearse inquiries led us to the Grand
v Memorial Mor- Lucayan Waterway, where
oral police vehi- tragically the officer's body
froni the dark was discovered," he added.
to transport the "We never imagined in our
noigue at Rand wildest dreams that the 61st
spinal. person to be murdered would
riel interview at be a law enforcement officer,"
pt Rahming said he said.
I Bain had been Mr Rahming, who com-
Bahamas Police mended officers for their
c years,, and had excellent detective work, said
d to the airport the death of Officer Bain had
for the past year. dealt a "serious blow" to
it Bain had last the morale of his fellow offi-
duty on Friday cers.
o midnight shift. "They are deeply affected
duled to report by this. Officer Bain has a rep-
,m on Saturday, utation of being a tine, decent
ow up. person not just as an offi-
ng said that per- cer, but a decent human being.
very concerned "We do not know of any
led to report for connection to anything that
n Sunday at 4pm. could have led to him suffer-
ways known as a ing this tragic fate," he said.
ble person who Supt Rahming said that
his duties. And police are expected to con-
I Detective Unit elude their investigations with-
in to find out in another day or two.
d1 to the officer." Although Grand Bahama's
murder count is down on the
g said detectives same period last year, the
Officer Bain's country's murder count has
Accord around now surpassed last year's fig-
rcai parking lot ures.
gardens on East Mr Rahming said the job of
e. policing in the Bahamas is a
urthei inquiries tremendous challenge in the
CdI three persons. 21st century.
"These are serious times
discol, ei \ ot the that we are seeing in the coun-
nioination and try when law enforcement offi-
mne available to cers are becoming (murder)
nd iinallv'-r und victims he said

building and covering all items required to com-
pete the contract.
In compliance with the contract Mr Penn
entered into numerous contracts for the supply of
labour and material for the purpose of executing
thile contract totaling $2,045,992.74.
According to the lawsuit Mr Penn has repeat-
edly demanded payment of $2,045,992.74 owed to
him by Pace, but the company has failed and/or
refused to pay its debt to Mr Penn.
'The document claims that Al Ballard. one of
Pace's directors admitted to Mr Penn that Pace
owed Mr Penn $1,224,261. but, in breach of the
contract, has failed and/or refused to meet its
financial obligation.

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Ministry claims solicitation has

decreased at Prince George Dock

THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force Marching Band pictured performing at the opening ceremony

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PERMANENT SECRETARY in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Alchie Nairn speaking at the opening
ceremony for Port Week on Monday at the Prince George Wharf

THERE as been a reduction
in the level of solicitation and
harassment in the Port area,
Archie Nairn, Permanent Sec-
retary in the Ministry of
'Tourism and Aviation said.
Mr Nairn also pointed to

improvements in the level of
service by all service providers
in the port area.
His comments came on Mon-
day as he officially opened Port
Week during brief ceremonies
at Prince George Dock.

"The expansion of additional
and convenient services for
cruise passengers and more
diverse product offerings has no
doubt contributed to improved
ratings in surveys of this area by
our visitors," Mr Nairn said.

"However I wish to caution
that we still have a lot of work
to do. While there has been
some improvement, cruise visi-
tors remain concerned about
'pushy sales people,' 'feeling
hassled' and 'unhelpful' and

'unfriendly people'."
Visitors, he said, are opting
for onshore excursions of shoit-
er duration.
"We are no longer a destina-
tion of first choice in our
region," he said. "We face fierce

competition from the neigh-
hbouring Caribbean region. Giv-
en the rising cost of fuel and
labour, cruise lines now seek
destinations which yield the best
onshore experience at the low-
est cost possible."

FirstCaribbean bank marks

anniversary with $300k

of community donations

FirstCaribbean International
Bank marked the fifth anniver-
sary of its establishment by
donating $300,000 to new com-

munity investments.
The bank said the gift was its
way of expressing thanks to the
many communities that are the

bedrock of its business activi-
ties across 17 countries in the
During the first year of its

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founding, FirstCaribbean com-
mitted one per cent of its prior
year post tax profits solely for
community activities.
In 2005, FirstCaribbean
changed the policy, and now
provides one per cent of prior
year pre-tax profits for commu-
nity work.
To ensure that the commu-
nities will directly benefit from
its benevolence, the bank estab-
, lished the FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Comtrust Foundation.
The Comtrust is currently
chaired by Sharon Brown, man-
aging director of the bank's
operations in the Bahamas.
She is among a nine-member
board of trustees constituting
representatives of the bank's
board of directors and the
bank's senior membership.
In observance of the bank's
fifth anniversary, and in the
wake of the passage of hurri-
canes in Jamaica and Belize,
Comtrust has set aside $80,000
and $50,000 respectively to sup-
port rebuilding efforts in these
two countries.
As a further demonstration
of its commitment to giving
back to the communities which
have made it successful, the
Comtrust has earmarked
$170,000 which will be evenly
distributed across the bank's
network and will go to causes
identified by the bank.
The activity that has become
recognized as the bank's flag-
ship community initiative is the
Unsung Heroes programme,
which honours selfless persons
in society who give of them-
selves for the good of others,
working behind the scenes to
uplift their communities.
The fifth anniversary cele-

Sharon .rw

brations will coincide Nwith the
announcement of the winners
of this programme. All coun-
tries have already submit ted
their nominees and a panel
chaired by regional luminary.
Sir Shridath Ramphal, willI
deliberate towards the end of
October to name the Regional
Unsung Hero along with t\wo
The bank will also le \\oiking
closely with its communities on
a number of special projects
during the month of (ctobelr as
part of its Adopt-a-C('ause ini-
This programme designed
to create an environment of \ l-
unteerisni and tcm\\woi k
among staff who spend thcir
personal time to \work wxitht
those persons, 'institutions and
causes who request financial 01

61, 9

To The World's
Greatest Mom

Mom we love you and
want you to know that
you are truly the wind
beneath our wings:You
have done an exceptional
job and we commend you
and honor you this day;
May God continue to
rain His blessings upon

From: Children Especially Rudy, Don, Lisa.
Nicky, Shawn, Kelly & Tammy i.
Grands Christian, Carlette, Maranique, Jere-,',
miah, M.J. & S.J.
Also: Carlton, Mario, Joy & Yvette

other assistance has also res-
onated well throughout the
region, bank representatives
\ )er the years, schools, col-
leges and other institutions
throughout the region have
benefitted from enhanced infra-
structure through donations and
help from staff at First-
C 'aribbean.
('hiel Ixecutive Officer,
C(harles Pink noted, "As we
mark our fifth vear, we extend
sincere appreciation to our conm-
munities because our success is
their success. \VWe commit to
contliiing to) work with them
in Ihe true spirit ol partnership,
pro\ idiing them wilh the excep-
tional h :kingkm experience that
ihey hali\ collie to expect of us
,ud the care that goes with it,
nowx and in the yvers ahead."




Ihic i ribnl e wx\ants to hear
lfrioi people who are
making news in their
neighlbourhoods. Perhaps
ou aie raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
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Checkers Cafe n *

praised as a true

success story

Your look at what's going on in your community

* By Lindsay Thompson
THE hard work of Gus
Cartwright, chief executive offi-
cer of Checkers Cafe, was
praised by Deputy Prime Min-
ister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette, as he
officially opened the newest in
that chain of restaurants on
Carmichael Road on Thursday,
October 18.
Mr Symonette said that the
opening of the popular eatery
symbolises a Bahamian busi-
ness success and growth as a
result of the right mix of great
food, value for money and hard
work by its proprietors.
The estimated $2 million,
10,000 square foot restaurant
nestled in the heart of the fast
growing business district of
southwest New Providence. is
the third of its establishments
and replaces an older one on
leased property on Carmichael
Mr Symonette congratulated
Mr Cartwright, his wife, San-
dra, and other family members
for their hard twork, long hours
and foresight in opening the
restaurant famously marked by
its red, white and black checker
"I am advised that Mrs,
Cartwright has been a driving
force in the success of Checkers
Cafe as a result of her 19 ears
in the kitchen with her baked
goods such as banana cake.
coconut tarts. cheese cakes, rum
cakes and so fonh," Mr Symon-
ette said.
Checkers Cafe opened its first
restaurant on Mackey Street in
1989. Another opened on
Robinson Road with the third
opening on Carmichael Road.
"The Cartwrights deserve
every success and should be

THE EXTERIOR of Checker's Cafe on Carmichael Road. which was
opened last Thursday

FROM LEFT: George Cartwright, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette,
Janet Bostwick and Checker's Cafe CEO Gus Cartwright at the Checker's Cafe official grand opening on
Thursday October 18

THE INTERIOR of the third Checker's Cafe situated on Carmichael

very proud of their hard work
and great achic\ emcni." i i
Symonette said.
Mr Cartwright said that he
was inspired by his uncle from
the tender age of 13 that hard
work pays off. He also told his
audience of Government offi-
cials and close friends that his
wife was the driving force behind

the succ -., of the business.
(Ilose I nd t' ru 't i a ornier Ci ab-
inct Ministci and MP Janet
Bostwick told the story of the
family from humble beginnings
and recalled Mr Cartwright's
upbringing on Long Island
"Long Island people can
cook, and they are also known
for family and a deep consider-

ation for their neighbours," she
Mrs Bostwick told of how Mr
Cartwright evolved from con-
struction worker, an expert in
martial arts and clothing store
merchant all a testament to
his hard work and discipline in
The Bahamian flair was com-
plemented with entertainment
by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band and the Erin H
Gilmour School for the Blind
Band, to which Mr Cartwright
made a donation.
The new Checkers restaurant.
famed for its tasty Bahamian
cuisine, will open from 7am to
7.30pm Monday through Satur-
day, with its drive-through
remaining open until 9pm.

FROM LEFT: Mr J Henry Bostwick, Minister of State for Culture
Charles Maynard, Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs-
Desmond Bannister, Checker's Cafe CEO Gus Cartwright, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, George
Cartwright, Speaker of the House Alvin Smith, and Minister of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright

Baha Mar sponsors COB President's Scholar

"BAHA MAR sponsored scholar Crystal McCoy and Robert "Sandy"
Sands, senior vice president, Baha Mar/Cable Beach Resorts.

Baha Mar Resorts is spon-
soring Crystal McCoy, one of
the six College of the Bahamas
students inducted into this
year's President's Scholars Pro-
Now in its second year, the
President's Scholars Pro-
gramme is geared towards
inspiring the named scholars in
their quest for academic excel-
"We are pleased and excited
to be among the corporate
sponsors of the President's
Scholars Programme," said
Robert "Sandy" Sands, senior
vice president of Baha
Mar/Cable Beach Resorts.
"Baha Mar regards it a privi-
lege to have contributed to the
$250,000 collected for the pro-
gramme which will no doubt
help to enhance the education
of the six students chosen."
Baha Mar also sponsored the
programme in 2006 its initial
year. Ms McCoy joins LaToya
Moncur, LaKeisha Moncur,

Kenneth Kerr, Matthew Stra-
chan and Justin McFall as stu-
dents inducted in the prestigious
The induction ceremony took
place at the home of COB's
president, Janyne Hodder ear-
lier this month.
Students inducted in the pro-
gramme must have a grade
point average of 3.5 or above.
They will benefit financially
from the programme for the
duration of their four years of
study in the fields of tourism
management, biology with
chemistry, computer informa-
tion systems and education.
It is a programme based on
merit and distinguishing new
students with good academic
"Recognising that there is a
serious need in this country at
this time to set a new standard
in education, Baha Mar finds it
only fitting to contribute to the
educational growth of young
Bahamiians. We know that the

Civil Society pays visit to PM

paid a courtesy call on
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham at the Office of
the Prime Minister on
Cable Beach on Monday.
The prime minister was
briefed on the objectives
of the society, their work
on illegal immigration and
their presentation to the
Ministry of National Secu-
rity's recent symposium
on crime. Pictured (1-r):
Rev CB Moss, Attorney
Nerissa A Greene, Rev
William Cleare, Fred
Munnings, president Civil
Society Bahamas; Prime
Minister Ingraham, Patri-
cia Morley, Terry Miller
and Richard Johnson.

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Crystal, will make us proud,"
Mr Sands said.

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RBDF officers lend

a helping hand

to community

u life

Your look at what's going on in your community

SOME OF the Marines at the home of Portia McDonald, where they
presented her with a donation to assist with her medical expenses.
At centre is Chief Petty Officer Paul Bain presenting the cheque to
Ms McDonald, with her son standing to her left.

IN an effort to assist the less
fortunate, members of the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force are
taking part in a number of char-
itable tasks, in local communi-
Officers and marines assigned
to the Commando Squadron
came to the aid of a family
member of one its marines.
They donation was made to
Portia McDonald, mother of
Marine Seaman Anthony Bain,
to help with her medical
expenses. Ms McDonald is
.presently undergoing
chemotherapy, and is at home

resting and recuperating.
The engineering section of
the force is also busy helping a
local community. The men and
women visited Adelaide, where
they removed trash and debris
from the beaches and roadways.
"These are just some of the
projects that the officers and
marines of the Defence Force
are involved with, as a small
gesture of lending a helping
hand wherever possible, as they
continue to protect the territor-
ial sovereignty of the
Bahamas," said the force in a

A MEMBER of the engineering section placing a garbage bag on a truck
in the Adelaide community. The officers and marines were lending a
helping hand in keeping the area clean.


THE ENGINEERING section of the Defence Force cleaning the beaches
and roadway in the Adelaide community.
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Government officials and

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School on Thursday evening. Organisers of the event encouraged parents to work to steer their children
away from the social ills plaguing society. From left: Shanna McKenzie, Keithera Kemp, Ross Smith, Ella
Lewis, co-ordinator of Urban Renewal; Pastor Dale Moss, Elaine Williams, Carolyn Roberts, Kolamae
Pedican and Sgt 2017 Munroe.

University personnel visit parliamentary
secretary in Office of the Prime Minister

DEVRY UNIVERSITY paid a courtesy call on Senator Katherine Smith, parliamentary secretary in the
Office of the Prime Minister, in Freeport last week. Pictured (1-r) pre Barry Malcolm, Global Fulfilment
president/CEO; Senator Frederick McAlpine; Katherine Smith, parliamentary secretary; Sandi Cutler,
vice president of Ross University (division of DeVry University); Senator David Thompson; attorney
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Developer to close

'over $200m in

real estate sales'

Tribune Business Editor
The developers
behind the Bak-
er's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club on
Great Guana
Cay are preparing "to close
over $200 million" in real
estate sales, The Tribune was
told yesterday, indicating that
the global credit squeeze has
not negatively impacted all
Bahamas-based mixed-use
resort projects.
Steve Adelson, a partner in
Arizona-based Discovery
Land Company, said "real

Baker's Bay developer bucks credit squeeze trend, with
$60 million marina set to be completed in two months
after $200m invested in Bahamas to date

estate sales have been very
strong", a factor he con-
tributed to the company's
track record in developing
environmentally sustainable,
high-end private members'
clubs, and its marketing data-
base of potential clients.
"A lot of that business
comes from the Discovery
network, and our credibility

and strength from having 14
successful projects through-
out North America that we
can show," he added. "Peo-
ple come to beautiful Baker's
Bay and believe in what we
are doing. We are living up to
and exceeding the promises
we made when we came here.
We have not only met, but
exceeded, every environmen-

tal standard imposed on us.
"One of the things that has
concerned people is that
development has been spot-
ty, and not all developers have
met their commitments. I
know Discovery has not only
fulfilled them, but exceeded
every one of them."
Mr Adelson said Discovery
Land and its financial back-
ers had "invested $200 mil-
lion in the Bahamas to date"
on the Baker's Bay project,
with the company directly
employing 140 people, of
whom 95 per cent were
The developers had already
spent some $250,000 on staff
training, flying Bahamian
employees to its other US
projects so they could become
familiar with the company's
culture, ethos and way of
working, with existing staff
also learning from the
Together with contractors
and sub-contractors, Mr Adel-
son said some 400 persons
were currently employed in
various aspects of the con-
struction work on Great Gua-
na Cay. Among the main
Bahamian contractors hired
by the developers to date have
been Mosko, Bahamas

SEE page 4

Tribune Business Editor
A SLEW of different appeals have been
filed by companies at the heart of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) owner-
ship dispute, indicating that the battle that
is increasingly damaging for that island's
economy has the potential to drag on for
some time yet.
Both Fiduciary Management Services
(FMS) and Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC) filed separate appeals
with the Court of Appeal, on October 11
and October 10 respectively, appealing
against Justice Anita Allen's verdict that

the GBPA and its Port Group Ltd affiliate
are owned 50/50 by Sir Jack Hayward's fam-
ily trust and the late Edward St George's
FMS, which is the key corporate entity in
the dispute, and is now represented by for-
mer attorney-general Alfred Sears, is
appealing on the grounds that the judge
was wrong to find that 1,735,143 shares in
IDC representing 50 per cent of that enti-
ty's share capital had been transferred to
FMS for Mr St George's benefit.
It is alleging that Justice Allen's conclu-



.$15m bond

issue fully


Tribune Business Editor
B a n k
saw its $15
million bond
issue fully
subscribed, its
chief execu-
tive told The
Tribune yes-
adding that
the bank was likely to go back
to the market for more capi-
tal "early in the New Year"
following a likely 30 per cent
asset growth for full-year 2007.
Anwer Sunderji confirmed
that the $15 million paper
issue, the first tranche of up to
$50 million in bonds that
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) has
received approval to issue, had
been fully subscribed and
placed with institutional
investors and high net worth
"We completed it success-
fully," Mr Sunderji said.
"We're very pleased with the
successful placement. We are
well set on our way to grow
the bank by 30 per cent this
year, which is phenomenal.
"This is part of a $50 million
note issue. The $15 million was
the first tranche of the issue,
and as the business grows we
will be going back to the mar-
ket, I'm sure we will be going
back to the market early next
year to fuel the growth of the
bank. We will be back in the
market in 2008."
Mr Sunderji said of the
issue's impact: "It just gives us

Retail bank likely
to go back to
market for more
capital in early
2008, with 30 per
cent asset growth
likely for 2007

scale and we're going along the
right way."
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
issued the $15 million in paper
in two trenches, $5 million in
redeemable Series A bonds
that carry a fixed 7 per cent
interest rate and will mature
in 2017, and $10 million in
Series B bonds that consist of
redeemable floating rate notes
priced at Bahamian Prime +
1.75 per cent and mature in
The proceeds will be used to
fund the growth in the bank's
loan book, as the launch of the -
MoneyBack Mortgage, cou- -
pled with Visa debit cards and
credit cards, a zero per cent
down lot loan and estate plan-
ning, had fuelled demand for
Fidelity'Bank (Bahamas) prod-
Capitalising on the Visa deb-
it card, Mr Sunderji said Fideli-
ty Bank (Bahamas) would
launch a family of five Visa
credit cards, including Visa
Gold, Classic and a special cat-
egory called 'Series', which
give back a portion of the

SEE page 4

Bahamas setting

'our businesses

up for failure'

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIANS are "setting
ourselves up for failure" in
business by not creating the
right structure and providing
resources to help entrepre-
neurs succeed, a business exec-
utive told The Tribune, with
the onset of free trade agree-
ments set to place them at a
further competitive disadvan-
Khaalis Rolle, Bahamas Fer-
ries' chief marketing officer,
who himself has been trying to
set up his own separate busi-
ness venture, Nassau Water
Ferries, said the approvals
process and assistance provid-
ed to Bahamian investors had
to be different to that given to
foreign investors, who held a
distinct advantage over them.
"I listened to the Prime Min-
ister saying he doesn't see why
the Domestic Investment
Board is necessary, Mr Rolle
said. "[But] the system has to
be different for the domestic
investor, because their sources
of funding are a little bit dif-
ferent, and the way they go
through the process is different
from foreign investors.
"In the tourism sector, a lot
of those projects are financed
by land speculation, and the
developers have significant
financial resources or access to

those resources."
International investors com-
ing into the Bahamas are able
to borrow on the international
capital and debt markets at sig-
nificantly lower rates com-
pared to their Bahamian coun-
terparts, who are restricted to
domestic sources such as com-
mercial banks, where the cost
of capital and borrowing is
much higher.
Mr Rolle added that small
and medium-sized Bahamian
businesses often found it diffi-
cult to obtain loans from com-
mercial banks, as these insti-
tutions would seek large
amounts of collateral, such as
real estate and cash, upon
which to secure the loan. Many
Bahamian entrepreneurs do
not have the collateral
Mr Rolle said: "Commercial
banks require a lot of collat-
eral. By the time you put
enough collateral down to get
a business started, you're
already at a major disadvan-
"You end up in a hole, high-
ly leveraged before your busi-
ness starts. Because you are
highly leveraged, the proba-
bility of failure is extremely
high. The requirements are
extremely exorbitant for com-

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Ministry and

pilots move

to mitigate US

laws impact

Tribune Business
THE Ministry of Tourism
and the private sector are
working proactively to stem
any potential fallout that
could arise if the US Customs
and Border Control agency
goes ahead with proposed
amendments of aviation laws
for private pilots.
The proposals, if imple-
mented, would require all
general aviation aircraft fly-

ing internationally to elec-
tronically submit a passenger
list and arrival-departure
notification at least 60 min-
utes before leaving or enter-
ing the US, impacting the
lucrative private pilot market
that has become increasingly
important for Family Island
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Don Cornish at
the Abaco Ministry of
Tourism office, and Faron
Sawyer, the chief pilot at
Cherokee Air, which also
operates a Fixed Based
Operation, both agreed that
while the amendments were
not ideal and would be incon-
venient, particularly in
remote Family Islands such
as Andros, Cat Island or
Long Island, who generally
call the information in, it is
really a matter of simply find-
ing ways of doing what has to
be done.
Mr Cornish said the Min-
istry's aviation department
was working with public and
private partners to ensure a
solution was reached, with
US security concerns satisfied
and pilots having a viable sys-

tem to allow them to send
their information in.
Mr Sawyer explained this
measure was required from
commercial pilots. He said
that some outcry was origi-
nally made, people now
realise they have to do it and
"It will have an impact and
be an inconvenience, don't
get me wrong, but there are
ways to get around it," he
Mr Sawyer said they were
looking at alternatives such
as having pilots in islands
without Internet access to call
or tax their information to
other islands, letting them
send the information on.
Alternatively, there is a
Florida-based company
which will do the same thing
for a fee he added.
The Department of Home-
land Security believes passen-
gers should be checked
against terrorist watch lists
before international travel to
or from the US.
Some of the proposed new
rules are also required by the
recently enacted commission
law on homeland security.











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is urged on

child labour

Tribune Business
THERE needs to be
greater enforcement of the
laws regarding the employ-
ment of young packing boys
and girls, a leading Bahami-
an supermarket executive
said yesterday, as he urged
parents to do their part.
Peter Goudie, human
resources manager at
Bahamas Supermarkets,
operator of the 12 Cigty
Markets stores, said that
while store managers do
have to ensure laws are
enforced, equally important
was that parents pick their
children up on time.
He explained that under
the Employment Act, chil-
dren can be employed as
packing attendants,
although he said his compa-
ny does not hire any one
that young. Any children
who are of school age may
not work during school
hours and can only work
three hours on a school
night, not past 8 pm.
They are not permitted to
work more than 24 hours a
week when school is in ses-
sion, or 30 hours a week

Parents warned

to do their part

during school vacations. On
non- school days, Mr
Goudie said school-age
children are permitted to
w6rk a total of eight hours a
The problem, he said, was
that often when 8pm and
store closing arrives, the
parents have not come to
collect the children.
"So what are we to do,
stop them working and
push them out of the store,
or leave them in the store,
where sometimes they are a
nuisance and we are, in fact,
left baby sitting," Mr
Goudie said.
"I am very sympathetic to
the issue, because they
make a lot of money, and
for some of them that is the
only money that they have
to get their school clothes
or the other things they
need. So we want them at
work. But the laws need
enforcing and the parents

need to do their part."
Mr Goudie added that
school-age students were
only paid by tips, and
should under no circum-
stances be required to
stock shelves, mop floors or
any other such thing.
"You and I both know
that that is exploitation, I
think some managers were
made to do that when they
were packing boys and so
that is what they expect
these packing boys to do,
but that needs to be
stopped," he added..
Mr Goudie said he has
been uncompromising in
this regard with his store
managers, and said he has
no problem reprimanding
or dismissing employees
who violate the labour laws.
"I would invite anyone
who sees this happening at
the store to call me and let
me know what is going on,"
Mr Goudie said.

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FROM page 1

Marine, Bahamas Hot Mix,
Woslee Dominion and Guana
The $60 million Baker's Bay
marina, featuring about 165

slips, was due to be completed
"in a couple of months", Mr
Adelson said, with dredging of
the basin now finished and the
marina flushing and entrance
channels also finished.
Apart from the marina, the
developers are currently also

NOTICE is hereby given that NIXO ULYSSE 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 17TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that FOMRARME PIERRE of
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 17TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.
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focusing on construction of the
golf course and putting in the
development's infrastructure.
The latter includes 11 miles of
roads, a waste water treatment
plant, sewerage treatment
plant and reverse osmosis
plant, plus electricity and

Mr Adelson said Discovery
Land Company had also begun
vertical construction of Bak-
er's Bay's Marina Village, and
possessed all the necessary
construction permits and
approvals to do this. Con-

NOTICE is hereby given that ERMANISE LUBIN of
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 24TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that RAOUL A.F. PARLOO 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 24TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

struction of the Marina Vil-
lage, he estimated, would be
completed by late 2008-early
"The Village will be open to
the public," he pledged.
"There will be Bahamian-run
shops, artisans, a general store.
There will be some great things
open to the public, Bahamians
as well as visitors alike."
Mr Adelson said Discovery
Land Company was currently
spending $7-$8 million per
month on the.Baker's Bay pro-
ject, a figure that could well
increase when some of its real
estate buyers began to design
and construct their homes.
"We'll probably see some of
our real estate buyers go verti-
cal on their lots in about six
months," Mr Adelson said.
"Six or seven of them are very
aggressive in design, and want
to be in their homes in about
12 to 18 months."
He added that the project
was having "a huge impact" on
the Abaco and Marsh Harbour
economy, creating quality jobs
both directly and indirectly.
Among the jobs being created
were architects, engineers and
builders posts, carpenters and
material suppliers. The Marsh
Harbour ferry was now making
daily trips to the Baker's Bay
site to transport employees
The Tribune was told earlier

NOTICE is hereby given that ALLY .DANIEL 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 24TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


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Interested? Written applications should be sent to:
hrbahamas@ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
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Nassau, Bahamas

this year that some 350
Bahamian firms and individu-
als have benefited economi-
cally since 2005 from the Bak-
er's Bay Golf & Ocean Club
development, those companies
submitting $25 million worth
of invoices.
The total investment in con-
struction of the project's Mari-
na Village facilities, including
the marina, a retail shopping
centre and condo-style homes
that would be put back into a
hotel rental pool, was likely to
be in the range of $300-$400
million, given Discovery Land
Company's track record and
emphasis on creating luxury,
upscale communities.





FROM page 1

interest paid.
In a presentation to investors
at the bank's September annu-
al general meeting (AGM),
Gregory Bethel, Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) president, said its
total assets had reached close
to $180 million in September
2007, some 20 per cent higher
than at year-end 2006, with
loans having increased by 14
per cent since that time.
For the year to end-August
2007, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
saw new loan commitments
made total $40 million, com-
pared to $24 million for the
2006 comparative period, an
increase of 67 per cent.
That bank's loan mix was 83
per cent real estate and .17 per
cent personal loans, and Mr
Bethel said Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) wanted to change
this mix to 75 per cent real
estate/25 per cent personal
loans over the next two to
three years. The bank is tar-
geting this because personal
loans are higher yielding,
attracting higher interest rates
and margins for Fidelity
because they are higher risk.
Mr Bethel said Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) planned to offer
passbook savings accounts and
debit cards under its Money-
Centre brand, while its Visa
credit cards would be ready for
launch before the end of 2007.
Mr Sunderji yesterday said
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Tier
1 capital at the end of 2006 was
40 per cent, five times more
than regulatory requirements.

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Bahamas. Systems Resource Group (SRG) (IndiGO's parent company) has a 17-year
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* The individual will be responsible for managing established territories and
channels and creating new retail and wholesale channels throughout Nassau,
Abaco, and Freeport
* The successful candidate will be accountable for growing the business and
achieving annual sales goals
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ability to understand the telecommunication market and its related technologies
* This person must also be independent and desirous of achieving aggressive sales
* Develop marketing strategies
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P.O. Box N-3920;
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-677-1050
E-mail: hr@indigonetworks.com




named to


regional Board

COLINAImperial Insur-
ance Company's vice-presi-
dent of sales has been
appointed to serve a three-
year term as a member of
LIMRA International's'
Caribbean Executive Board.


The Board for the group, a
worldwide association of
insurance and financial ser-
vices companies, comprises a
total of 10 representatives
from the Bahamas, Jamaica,
Trinidad, Barbados, Bermu-
da, Guyana. St. Kitts and
When Dashwell E. Flowers

was invited to join LIMRA's
Caribbean executive board,
Bolivar Arosemena, manag-
ing director of the Latin
America/Caribbean Region
for LIMRA International,
described him as one of LIM-
RA's biggest supporters in
the region.
"Whether in the area of
consulting, training or
research, Mr Flowers is
always there, willing and able
to lend a helping hand," Mr
Arosemena said.
The Board's responsibili-
ties are to:

Examine the services that
LIMRA International ren-


(In Compulsory Liquidation)
COMPANIES ACT Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas. 2000

NOTICE is hereby given that by an Order of the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the above
matter, dated the 16th day of December 2004 on the petition
of the above-named Company it was ordered that the
Company be wound up by the Court under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000 and that
MARIA M. FERERE, Chartered Accountant, of One
Montague Place, City of Nassau, New Providbnce, The
Bahamas be appointed Official Liquidator of the Company.

Deltec House
Lyford Cay
New, Providence, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator


ders to member companies
within the Caribbean region.


Recommend to LIMRA .
International methods by
which it can more effectively
serve these companies and
expand membership through
increasing the usefulness of
existing services and develop-
ments of new services.
Study methods whereby
LIMRA International can
better contribute to coopera-
tion in life insurance and
retirement plan operations
within the Caribbean
Contribute to communi-

cation and visits with mem-
ber companies within the
Caribbean, where appropri-
Through advice and
counsel, contribute to the
direction and development of
LIMRA International.

Mr Flowers has more than
22 years of sales and manage-
ment experience. He holds
the LOMA Certificate in
Principles of Life andHealth
Insurance, the Designated
Chartered Leadership Fellow
(CLF) and numerous certifi-
cates in Professional Agency
Management including the


(In Compulsory Liquidation)
COMPANIES ACT Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000

NOTICE is hereby given that by an Order of the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the above
matter, dated the 16th day of December 2004 on the petition
of the above-named Company it was ordered that the
Company be wound up by the Court under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000 and that
MARIA M. FERERE, Chartered Accountant, of One
Montague Place, City of Nassau, New Providence, Th'e
Bahamas be appointed Official Liquidator of the Company.

Deltec House
Lyford Cay
New, Providence, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator


(In Compulsory Liquidation)
COMPANIES ACT Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000

NOTICE is hereby given that by an Order of the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the above
matter, dated the 16th day of December 2004 on the petition
of the above-named Company it was ordered that the
Company be wound up by the Court under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000 and that
MARIA M. FERERE, Chartered Accountant, of One
Montague Place, City of Nassau, New Providence, The
Bahamas be appointed Official Liquidator of the Company.,

Deltec House
Lyford Cay
New, Providence, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator


(Formerly, RS Fund Investment Ltd.)
(In Compulsory Liquidation)
COMPANIES ACT Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000

NOTICE is hereby given that by an Order of the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the above
matter, dated the 16th day of December 2004 on the petition
of the above-named Company it was ordered that the
Company be wound up by the Court under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000 and that
MARIA M. FERERE, Chartered Accountant, of One
Montague Place. City of Nassau, New Providence, The
Bahamas be appointed Official Liquidator of the Company.

Deltec House
Lyford Cay
New, Pr6vidence. The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Official Liquidator


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading global wealth
manager, is seeking to employ an experienced
professional to join their team as:

Special Solutions Advisor

The main tasks of this position are:

Global investments advisory role for WM

Execute trades and control procedures for
client base across fixed-income, equity
and FX markets;

Develop product and trade ideas in the
global markets;

In order to meet our.requirements all
applicants must possess:

3 or more years experience in portfolio
management or product specialist function
in a wealth management context;

Degree in finance or economics, further
education is a plus (e.g. Series 7 or CFA);

Foreign Language skills (Spanish and/or
Portuguese) mandatory;

Strong analytical skills;

Team player

Written applications should be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

Pricing Information As Of: C. F.A "
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 C A
B1IX ALL. SHARE INDEX- CLOSE 1,916.60 / CHG06.77%G 00 30 / YTD 239.41 / YTD'% 14.28
52..I-I- 52i..Lo.', Secu.:rJ Pr-e .:.us C.:.,se Toa-, Cic.e Cr.ange Da.i, o EPS 1 Div S PE y.elj
i ff. r.A o Ui~i.'rr.cs 1 F.. ) 5 0 0 094 0 0uO 169
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9,55 7.65 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 2,000 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.60 Bahamas Waste 3.70 3.70 0.00 500 0.275 0.060 13.5 1.62%
2.62 1.20 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 0.051 0.040 51.2 1.53%
11.05 9.61 Cable Bahamas 11.05 ... 11.00 -0.05 1,000 0.996 0.240 11.1 2.17%
3.15 1.83 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 3,000 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
16.55 11.91 Commonwealth Bank 16.55 16.55 0.00 64 1.190 0.680 12.9 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.59 6.68 0.09 0.112 0.050 58.8 0,76%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.25 2.25 0.00 0.284 0.020 7.9 0.89%
6.40 5.54 Famguard 6.32 G.32 0.00 0.804 0.240 7.9 3.80%
12.80 11.51 Finco 12.75 12.75 0.00 1,000 0.768 0.570 16.6 4.47%
14.75 13.85 FirstCaribboan 14.55 14.65 0.10 2,625 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.09 6.09 0.00 0.364 0.133 16.7 2.18%
1 00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0 70 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.49 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991 0.590 10.1 5.87%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Fidelity Over-Tho-Cjunter Securities
5,2'-.HI 52i*. -Lc-.. rM .0iS 8'1 Last Price Weemly \c, l EPS S On 5 P-E ..-I.
1.1 1,, 14 25 Bar..rra-.s S -permer.ar ir. I1 15 16 'J0 1 160 1 125 13.4 7.7 ,
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/IM 0 00%
Conlna Over-The-Counter Secur irll
41 i."'1. 1 l LBDAB -lIl fI I "1 .1 0J0 4450 2 750 .C0 r: 70
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13.9 10.50%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0 00%
BISX Llftd Mulual FunY
c,.5l2'AHI '3,k-Lo.s Fun.j Nana NN' V YTOD Last 12 Months Div S Yield
1 3599 1 3098 Coln6 a I1M.,rr.n, .Mark.. I FunJ 1 359:.'Y"
3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3829***
2.9215 2.4687 Colina MSI Proferred Fund 2.921539"**
1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052"**
11.6581 11.2129 Fidelilly Prime Income Fund 11.7653"*
BISA ALL SHARE INUEX 1i Dec 02 U = 1,U0,00 U MAE I fElJ_.Fl YIELD Inst 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV J._Y
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bd $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing pricn In last 52 wooks Ask $ Soiling price of Colina and fidelity 12 Octool 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2001
Today's Close Current day's weighted rice for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "** 30 September 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported eamlings per share for the last 12 mthe "" 31 July 2007
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahlamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007



Bahamas setting 'our

businesses up

for failure'

FROM page 1

mercial banks, and even with
the Bahamas Development
Mr Rolle praised the gov-
ernment-sponsored venture
capital fund, the Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture
Fund, as "a good idea that has
supported a lot of businesses,
including my own" when it

came to assisting Bahamian
entrepreneurs and start-ups,
yet the $lm million per annum
allocated to it was "very limit-
ed" and not enough in an
economy the size of the
I "You look at an economy as
huge as ours, and a small busi-
ness sector as large as ours is,
and we're only allocating $1
million a year for small busi-
ness development" with the
venture capital fund, Mr Rolle

"The only thing you're
encouraging is chicken shacks
and car washes. We talk about
developing agriculture, but
$250,000 will not get you in the'
game at a high level."
He added: "We're just not
making the right resources
available, and not making
those resources available at the
right level, in the right quanti-
ty. We're setting ourselves up
for failure.

VolP Network Engineer
IndiGO Networks is the registered business name of Systems Resource
Group Limited (SRG), A Bahamian company with a 17-year history in offering
innovative technology and telecommunications solutions to businesses
and residential consumers. The company is currently in search of a highly
qualified individual to fill the position of VolP Network Engineer.
Job Description
Successful candidates should be highly energized and willing to take on
the challenges of a fast-paced network rollout. The Network Services team
is tasked with the 24/7/365 OA&M of an international telecommunications
network. The successful candidate will be challenged with a collection of
objectives in the next year.
* Administration and maintenance of all network hardware/software,
NMS, and an underlying Cisco telephony infrastructure
* Monitoring and troubleshooting inter-carrier switch-to-switch
* Creation and support of network management and maintenance scripts
* Creation and maintenance of Tier 1-3 support documentation
* Creation and maintenance of network diagrams
* Network and subscriber capacity planning
* Proficient in all aspects of network engineering: design, implementation,
monitoring and troubleshooting
* Willing to follow assigned projects through to successful completion
* Willing to work hands-on 24/7/365 and participate in on-call schedule
to resolve network problems
* Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant technical experience
* University degree
* Cisco certifications CCNRP, CCVP certifications preferred
* Previous telecom experience in a similar capacity maintaining a service
provider's network preferred
* Experience with Cisco routers, switches (LAN and WAN) required.
Additional expertise with VolP softswitches preferred
* Comprehensive knowledge of TCP/IP
* Broad Knowledge of IP telephony, softswitches, SS7, and SIP
* Fluent with data packet analyzers and IP packet analysis
* Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Experience writing
OA&M documentation
* Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
IndiGO Networks offers a highly competitive package of benefits. Salary
is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Interested candidates should submit their resumes in writing by
October 26, 2007 to:
Attn.: Human Resources Manager; IndiGO Networks;
P.O. Box N-3920; Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail: hr@indigonetworks.com

"We need the leaders to
ensure the resources are avail-
able to us to really develop and
get on with it."
With the Bahamas becom-
ing increasingly involved in
negotiations over free trade
agreements such as the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) with the European
Union (EU), and looking to
accede to full membership in
the World Trade Organisation
(WTO), Mr Rolle said this
nation needed to make its
small and medium-sized busi-
ness sector a "priority" if it was
to become competitive on a
regional and global level.
"The Bahamas has one of
the lowest investment rates
outside its own borders, but
one of the highest foreign
direct investment rates in the
Caribbean," Mr Rolle said,
pointing out how, on external
investment, the Bahamas
ranked far behind countries
of comparable size in the
region, such as Jamaica,
Trinidad & Tobago and Bar-
The exchange control
regime was one barrier to
external investment by
Bahamian firms and individu-
als, Mr Rolle said, and the
Government needed to move
quickly on promises to further
liberalise and possibly even-
tually eradicate exchange
"We need to do it quickly.
We don't have a lot of time,"
Mr Rolle said. The Govern-
ment had said it was looking
to liberalise exchange controls
over the next five years, but if
we're part of the WTO before
then, we're already at a disad-


The Department of Labour

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The Business Community


The Resource Center

Hooper's Bay

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International Safety Expert

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Occupational Health & Safety N.L.B

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GUIDANCE counsellors
from Bahamian public and pri-
vate schools will participate in a
day-long workshop tomorrow
to help them better understand
career and scholarship oppor-
tunities, with the overall goal
of guiding more young people
into colleges to prepare for
careers in tourism.
The workshop, entitled
Opening Doors to Top Tourism
Talent Through Scholarships,
is being sponsored by the
Bahamas Hotel Association
with assistance from its partners
in the Ministry of Tourism and
Ministry of Education. It will
be held tomorrow at Sandals
Royal Bahamian.
"The supervisory, manage-
ment and ownership opportu-
nities in the tourism industry
today are tremendous. Unfor-
tunately, not enough young
Bahamians or their parents are
aware of this, nor do the Gov-
ernment's and many of the pri-
vate scholarship programmes
place enough emphasis on this,"
said BHA president Russell
"That is why the Bahamas
Hotel Association has stepped
up its education and training
efforts in recent years, and
expanded our scholarship offer-
ings considerably. The work-
shop for guidance counsellors
is part of our overall efforts to
help raise awareness and cre-
ate opportunities for Bahami-
ans in our dynamic industry."
An industry and educator
planning gro uhas organized
the workshop.Tt will focus on
the critical role counsellors play
in directing and advising stu-
dents on career choices. This is
the second year BHA is con-
ducting a workshop geared
specifically towards guidance
Organisers hope it will help to
promote the industry as a viable
career, preferably of first choice.
A recent BHA study revealed
that the industry will need more
than 1,000 supervisors and man-
agers by the year 2012. Most
of those positions require some
level of higher education.
"This alignment is viewed as
critical as we partner to create
more opportunities to ensure
that our students are prepared
to become the next generation
of entrepreneurs, workers, lead-
ers and citizens of this great
country" said BHA workforce
development manager, Bridget
"The role of guidance coun-
sellors in career counselling is
critical, as students consider
their future careers. The guid-
ance and direction they receive
early in their school lives great-
ly impact their choices."

Ministry urged to match

contractor categories

with those in draft Bill

Tribune Business
THE. Bahamian Contrac-
tors Association's (BCA)
president yesterday urged the
Ministry of Works to place
contractors in its database
into the same categories as
would be created when the
Contractors Bill is passed to
avoid confusion.
Stephen Wrinkle, the
BCA's president, urged the
Government and minister of
works and transport, Earl
Deveaux, to pass the Con-
tractbrs Bill to "solve the
problems for the entire
Bahamas" rather than just
focus on sorting out trans-
parency issues related to bid-
ding on government works
and construction contracts.
Responding to Mr
Deveaux's plans to establish a
database of competent con-
tractors that could be hired
by the Ministry of Works for
public works contracts, Mr
Wrinkle said: -"Ve have been
in discussions with the Minis-
ter regarding the legislation,
and regarding the problems
in the industry.
"While what the Ministry
is doing may solve the prob-
lems for the Ministry of

Works, the legislation would
solve the problems for the
entire Bahamas. It is a step
in the right direction, but we
would like to see them table
the Bill and put it all in place
at once.
"What the BCA would like
to see is that everyone who
goes into that database goes
into the same categories that
the legislation will require
shortly down the road."
Mr Wrinkle explained that
the BCA wanted the Ministry
of Works to adopt for its
database the same contrac-
tor categories that the Bill
would bring in.
He added that the BCA
had already taken the initia-
tive on contractor categori-
sation by placing its members
into their respective cate-
gories according to the legis-
"While the categorisation
of contractors within the Min-
istry of Works may be suffi-
cient for their work, it doesn't
do anything for consumer
protection," Mr Wrinkle said.
"When the Bill is passed into
law, it will offer some mea-
sure of consumer protection
that is not in place at this
time. There is recourse for
The proposed Contractors

Bill is currently with the
Attorney General's Office,
and aims for the first time to
licence, regulate and control
the construction industry in
the Bahamas, protecting the
consumer against unscrupu-
lous contractors, and con-
tractors against unscrupulous
The Bill would require all
contractors to be licensed
according to their capabili-
ties, specialisations and
expertise. All Bahamian con-
tractors seeking and con-
tracting for work with the
public would need to be
licensed and possess a valid
Consumers would be pro-
vided with an avenue of
recourse against disreputable,
unqualified companies who
may perform shoddy work-
manship, and the Bill pro-
poses to create three tiers for
licensing small, medium and
large contractors.
There will also be spe-
cialised licences for the likes
of electricians and plumbers,
and the system in the Bill's
existing draft is designed to
give contractors leverage
based on the size, scale and
complexity of buildings and
structures they previously

Slew of appeals filed over

Port ownership battle

APPEALS, from page 1

family guardian conaratulates

sion "w-as not supportedd by the
minutes of the Board of Direc-

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Christine Russell
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S' Antonio Lockhart
Home Service Agent
of the Year



tors of either IDC" or FMS,
and "there was no contempo-
raneous deed of trust executed
by [FMS] to serve as a bare
trustee or nominee for Mr
Edward St George with
respect to the shares".
In her decision, Justice Allen
found that the 1,735,143 ICD
shares had been beneficially
owned by Mr St George from
November 22, 1984, until his
death, with FMS holding these
shares as a nominee/trustee.
Justice Allen also found that
upon his death, those shares
devolved to Mr St George's
estate, with FMS still acting as
the trustee/nominee.
She ruled that FMS must
transfer those shares into the
names of the St George estate
executors Lady Henrietta St
George, her brother, the Earl
of Euston, and Chris Cafferata;
that all dividends received by
Mr St George from those
shares until his death had been
properly paid; and any undis-
tributed profits or dividends
were held by FMS for the
FMS and IDC, which are
domiciled in the Cayman
Islands, are key corporate enti-
ties in the ownership dispute.
IDC acts as the immediate
holding vehicle for the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd, holding
100 per cent of their share cap-
ital (in the case of the GBPA,
some would say it is 92.5 per
In turn, IDC is owned 50
per cent by Seashells Invest-
ment, a trust for Sir Jack Hay-
ward, with the other 50 per
cent held by FMS. FMS in turn
has a share capital of 999
shares, 499 each held by Sir
Jack and the late Mr St
George, with one held by a
The ownership dispute has,
its genesis in FMS. Sir Jack, as
50 per cent owier, claims he
owns 50 per cent of the IDC

shares it holds, thus giving him
75 per cent of IDC, the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd.
Yet the St George estate is
arguing that FMS acted as a
segregated accounts company,
holding a variety of investment
portfolios for members of the
Hayward and St George fami-
lies, one of which happened to
be Mr St George's 50 per cent
IDC stake. Beneficial owner-
ship of FMS thus did not trans-
late into proportional owner-
ship of its assets.
FMS is also appealing on the
grounds that the judge's refusal
to adjourn the ownership trial
caused an "injustice" to Sir
Jack by allowing the trial to
proceed without him being
able to give evidence or cross-
examine witnesses, despite
there being medical evidence
to show he was unable to trav-
el to the Bahamas.
IDC, though, is appealing on
different grounds, namely that
the judge was incorrect to
make the declarations regard-
ing the payment of dividends
and profits to Mr St George's
FMS shares.
IDC has also filed two other
appeals with the Court of
Appeal, both of which have
yet to be heard. Its attorneys,
Sir Orville Turnquest and
Caryl Lashley of Dupuch &
Turnquest, filed the first
appeal on July 3, 2007, seek-
ing the overturning or modifi-
cation of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd receivership that
was initiated by ex-Justice
Jeanne Thompson's Novem-
ber 26, 2006, order.
Then, on September 18.
2007, IDC filed an appeal
against Justice Allen's August
8 ruling that the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd receivers, Clif-
ford and Myles Culmer, pay a
dividend directly to the St
George estate and Seashells
Investments, rather than go
through itself.

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