The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 11/10/2007
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One dead, one

injured after

intervention of

off-duty officer

Tribune Staff Reporter
packed with witnesses yester-
'. r. day afternoon when, as the
.. result of the intervention of an
off-duty police officer, one
armed robbery suspect was
killed and another seriously
The incident occurred at
around 5.10pm and began just
in front of the Bamboo Shack
Witnesses told The Tribune
that a man had just purchased
food from the restaurant and
* was heading. towards the bus
stop, when he was accosted by
two men who had been waiting
in front of the eatery.
The two men allegedly
demanded money from the vic-
tim who was not identified by
police and he is said to have
refused and put up a struggle.
At this point, the witnesses
allege that the men pulled out
knives and began to stab and
slash the patron.
.*.. "They just kept jooking him
and slicing him up," one woman
The victim is said to have
"fought back" and pursued the
men when they ran.
A plain clothes police officer

passing by is reported to have
seen the incident in progress
and intervened.
Witnesses claim that the offi-
cer fired a warning shot in the
air, and then followed two sus-
pects down a corner next to the
restaurant, where they were
said to have entered a Toyota
Wyndam vehicle.
Chief Superintendent Hulan
Hanna, who was on the scene
with other senior officers from
the Central Detective Unit last
night, confirmed that two sus-
pects reportedly entered a vehi-
cle and began driving at a high
rate of speed, damaging three
other cars.
Mr Hanna said that the police
officer discharged his weapon
at this point, causing the sus-
pects to lose control of the car
and crash into a fence and a gas
The two suspects and the vic-
tim were taken to Prince Mar-
garet Hospital where one of the
suspects is said to have died,
while the alleged robbery vic-
tim is reported to be in stable
Up to press time, police could
not confirm the status of the
second suspect, who also was
said to have been shot during
the incident.
SEE page eight

Airport designs

delivered to ovtt
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE designs for the new Lynden
Pindling International Airport have
been delivered to government and are
expected to be presented to Cabinet 6
With the designs for the airport now
being completed, the country's main
gateway is moving one step closer to
finally becoming a world-class facility.
Speaking with The Tribune yester-
day, Minister of State for Tourism and
Aviation Branville McCartney said he
has seen some of the designs and is
"very excited" about the project.
Mr McCartney said his government
is very satisfied with the vision for the airport as proposed by Vancouver Air-
port Services.
At the presentation of the Project Design Report two months ago,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham who has responsibility for the airport
portfolio- said that his government hopes to move the schedule for the rede-
velopment of LPIA along as speedily as possible.
Mr Ingraham said that because the transformation of the airport is an
"urgent project", he hoped to have a schedule that will enable government
to give an okay for an agreed set of designs by November.
SEE page eight

STUDENTS FROM Sadie Curtis Primary School show off some dance moves yesterday at the Minister's
Cup/Schools Beautification Award Ceremony in Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. In his speech, Minister
of Youth, Sports and Culture Carl Bethel said the aim of the event is to encourage students, teachers,
parents and the community to nurture a love for a clean and beautiful environment.

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Education
has not lived up to "five per
cent of its promises" in rela-
tion to increasing security at
RM Bailey school since teach-
ers participated in a sit-out
mid-September, it was
A source with knowledge
of working conditions inside
the school has allegedthat that the
security provided at the school
is inadequate, to the extent
that recent incidents have
caused some teachers to con-
sider leaving the profession.
However, yesterday Princi-
pal Julian Anderson said he
did not want to comment on
the issue, and claimed that the
individual "does not speak for
RM Bailey school."
SEE page eight

in Speaker of the House approved

THE MOTION to hold a vote
of no confidence in the Speaker of
the House of Assembly has been
approved, The Tribune has con-
Speaker Alvin Smith is said to
have given the go-ahead to the
motion yesterday, setting the stage
for a high stakes debate between
the government and the opposi-
tion at the next sitting of the
House on Monday, with the
future of the Speaker in balance.
Leader of the opposition Perry
Christie announced last Monday

that the opposition would seek
such a vote after a raucous ses-
sion of the House.
Mr Christie attempted to speak,
objecting to certain terms used by
the prime minister at a previous
sitting, when Mr Ingraham criti-
cised the former PLP government
for leaving the Bahamian judicial
system "in the mess it is in today".
Mr Christie sought to have cer-
tain statements made by Mr
Ingraham withdrawn. However,
SEE page eight

Some Out Islands' evaluated

by magazine as suffering
'exploitation of environment'
Tribune Staff Reporter
SOME Bahamian Out Islands have been evaluated as suffering
from "exploitation of their natural environment" and a "loss of
everything Bahamian" by the renowned National Geographic Trav-
eller magazine.
However, Andros, Inagua and San Salvador have been singled out
as "special places" by the international publication.
This information was included in a survey released yesterday that
SEE page eight




gas prices

set to rise

Tribune Staff Reporter
WITHIN two weeks,
motorists can expect another
hike in gasoline and diesel
pricesiat the pumps, the Min-
istry of Consumer Affairs and
Local Government confirmed
However officials remained
reserved on speculating on a
possible price within the near
future in view of record break-
ing oil prices which are near
$100 a barrel.
Last night, crude oil for
December delivery on the New
York Mercantile Exchange fell
91 cents to $95.46 a barrel.
Brent crude for December
slid 45 cents to $92.79 a barrel
on the ICE Futures Europe
exchange in London. Brent
reached the highest level it has
been since trading began in
1988 when it hit $95.19 a barrel
on Wednesday, November 7. *.
The most recent increase
locally went into effect on
November 8, which saw an
increase of 21 cents a gallon for
gasoline at Esso stations, and -
an actual decrease of one cent
SEE page eight

BTVI staff call
for removal of

STAFF at the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) are calling for the
removal of a senior official who,
they claim, has brought employee
morale to an all-time low.
They believe a thorough exter-
nal review of the institute should
be carried out by a professional
body with a view to exposing its
many alleged defects.
The call for the removal of Ms
Verna Marshall as human
resources officer is just one aspect
of staff grievances at the institute.
They allege that a climate of
hostility exists between adminis-
tration and teachers, and that a
total revamp is long overdue.
"It is run like a plantation."
said one teacher, "It needs a com-
plete external review by a pro-
fessional body."
Ms Marshall is blamed for
allegedly failing to cultivate ai
work environment in which sta'.
are motivated and li.l''.. It is
also claimed that she has failed
to carry out annual assessment:
leading to salary increments.
The move to oust Ms Marshall
is the latest development in an
increasingly :;gln cis stance
against BTVI management.
Overall, the institute is seen ac
"running wild" with no proper
structure, no accountability and a
fast-declining student body.
SEE page eight

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Motion to hold vote of no confidence senior official


I GOVERNOR General Arthur Hanna, leh, is greeted bly Sonia Knowles, principal of St
Augustine s College. Also pilctured centre is Sir Clement Maynard, guest speaker and Arch- E
F bishop Patrick C Pinder at the flag raising ceremony at St Augustine's College on Friday.. .

THE GOVERNOR GENERAl right, raises the flag.

Royal Oasis Resort deal raises

hopes for Freeport economy

*Reports of employment boost for many Bahamians

Tribune Freeport Reporter

that the purchase deal
for Royal Oasis
Resort is finally com-
, pleted, Freeporters are
hopeful that the acquisi-
tion and investment by
Harcourt Development
Limited will indeed
augur well for the

Freeport economy.
After a long negotia-
tion process, the Ireland
based company
finalised its purchase
this week, signing a $33
million deal for the 400-
acre resort property in
Sir Albert Miller, CEO
of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, is confi-
dent that Harcourt will
do its best to restore
and reopen the proper-

ty. "We are delighted
that at long last closure
has been announced on
the acquisition of the
Royal Oasis proper-
ties," he said.
According to a press
release issued by Har-
court Development, the
Royal Oasis represents
a major expansion of
the company's interest
in Grand Bahama,
bringing its total invest-
ment including multiple

golf courses. Harcourt
is also currently finalis-
ing a deal with a major
international casino and
hotel operatorato run
the property, which will
be home to a new hotel,
casino, onvention/meet-
ing facilities, spa, fitness
centre, food and bever-
age, retail, recreation
and a host of other
amenities, including two
fully restored golf

"It is wonderful news that the
deal is closed. But again, I
think everybody is a little bit
cynical as to actually when
things are going to start mov-
ing." Della Thomas

sites in Bahamia to $400
The company plans to
make significant capital
investment to improve
the hotel facilities at
the Royal Oasis, which
includes the towers
hotel, country club,
timeshare units and two

courses. Sir Albert said
that the Harcourt
Group has a proven
track record and will do
a "tremendous job" in
restoring the Royal
"They (Harcourt) have
a very good track
record already
in Freeport since they

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took over the Bahamia
subdivision, and we
think they will do like-
wise with the hotel and
the improvement of the
"The resort is in the
centre of the city and it
has been an eyesore and
quite an imposition on
the economy. But they
have announced that a
large number of
Bahamians will be
employed and that will
augur well for
Freeport," said Sir
When the resort is
reopened, it is expected
to bring major benefits
through increased
tourism and employ-
It is estimated that up
to 1,000 people will
eventually be employed
across many varied dis-
ciplines to construct,
refurbish, manage and
operate the
Lawyer Fred Smith was
also very pleased that
the deal is finally com-
"I am absolutely
delighted that the Har-
court Group has
finally completed the
purchase. If the way
they have managed the
Bahamia subdivision
will be any reflection
of the way they intend
to develop the hotel and
casino, then Freeport
has a very bright future
in store, indeed," he
said. "Since they first
came to Freeport they
have been nothing.short
of excellent for the
community. They are
great for Freeport and I
am sure they are going
to keep their commit-

ment in developing
Royal Oasis and the
(International) Bazaar,"
he said.
It is believed that the
Harcourt is considering
purchasing the nearby
International Bazaar,
which has also fallen
into a state of disrepair.
Many storeowners
were forced to close
their businesses
in the Bazaar, and those
who have remained suf-
fered tremendous eco-
nomic loss.
Della Thomas, owner
of Island Galleria in the
Bazaar, says she is look-
ing forward to seeing -
work started at
the resort.
"It is wonderful news
that the deal is closed,"
said Ms Thomas. "But
again, I think everybody
is a little bit cynical as
to actually when things
are going to start
moving. But, as soon as
we start to see construc-
tion workers over there
I think it will give the
whole economy in
Grand Bahama a bit of
a boost because people
will realize that things
are likely to improve in
the future, and it could
give everybody a very
happy Christmas just
knowing that something
positive was happen-
ing," she said. Busi-
nessman Chris Lowe,
president of the Grand
Bahama Chamber of
Commerce, said that
Harcourt is a reputable
investor. "I believe that
they will have a high
calibre operator for the
hotel and casino. I think
they are on the right
track and I think it is
going to bode well for
Freeport, but it will be
awhile before we see
anything," he said.
Harcourt Development
Limited is one of I;e-
land's most
successful privately
owned property devel-
opment companies. The
company is involved in
a diverse range
of projects across the
globe from Latvia to
Las Vegas. Projects
include a Business Park
in Latvia, an
International Financial
Services Centre in the
Channel Islands, the
largest chain of shop-
ping centres in
Ireland, the Titanic
Quarter waterfront
development in
Belfast, Northern Ire-
land, and an entire resi-
dential village in Las
Vegas, among others.

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Kelly's fully Animated Christmas Forest!l

In Loving Memory
of our
Mother & Friend

Margaret Letetia

June 20th. 1955 November 7th, 2006

One year has passed, but it seems only like yesterday.
Your spirit and strength remains strong in our hearts, we still cry
from time to time. but thank God for the memories.
You were and always will be the greatest mother, wife,
sister, friend, nurse.

Cherished memories remains in the hearts of her
beloved children, family and friends.



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ulation, help parents cope with
the demands of raising special-
needs children, and advocate
for services needed by this
They programme hopes to
achieve this goal by providing
resources, information, sup-
port, and education (RISE).


Child rights activist calls for focus

on rehabilitation for troubled youth

called for a Bahamas boycott of
the Beijing Olympics earlier this
week after China reportedly
decided to ban the Bible from
the Olympic village, wishes to
make it clear that he was
expressing a personal opinion.
His views were not meant to
represent BAIC, where he
works, or the government in any
The Tribune is happy to con-
firm that Mr Carey's views were
expressed in his capacity as a pri-
vate citizen, and were never
intended to be those of BAIC or
anyone else.
China has now denied the
Bible ban, saying religious free-
dom would be guaranteed at the
Games, which open next August.

0 In brief

Guilty plea to

drug charge
A MAN was fined $1,500 on
Thursday after pleading guilty
in Magistrate's Court to a
cocaine possession charge.
According to court dockets,
it was alleged that Levern
Edwards, 52, was found on
Wednesday, October 31, in
possession of a quantity of
marijuana which authorities
believed he intended to supply
to another.
According to the prosecu-
tion, Edwards was found in
possession of five grams of
After pleading guilty to the
charge, Edwards, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel at court eight
in Bank Lane, was sentenced
to a fine of $1,500 or a year in
He was also bound over to
keep the peace for two years.
Two men were arraigned
in Magistrate's Court yester-
day, charged with possession
of marijuana with the intent to
Baldwin Rolle, 32, and
Alfred Rolle, 26, were
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, November 8 the two men
were found in possession of 32
foil wraps containing 32 grams
of marijuana which authorities
believed that they intended to
supply "
The accused pleaded not
guilty to the charge and was
each granted bail in the sum
of $7,500 with two sureties.
The matter was adjourned
to April 21, 2008.
A 34-year-old man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
on Thursday on a marijuana
possession charge.
According to court dockets,
it was alleged that Rufus Saun-
ders was found on Wednesday,
October 31, in possession of a
quantity of marijuana.
The prosecution alleged that
Saunders was found in posses-
sion of seven grams of mari-
Saunders, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel, pleaded guilty to the
charge and was sentenced to
pay a fine of $1,000 or spend
six months in prison.



Fest 2007

junction with Burns House Ltd
is presenting "Heineken Music
Fest 2007"- an all Bahamian
entertainment event.
The event will be in aid of
The Beacon School's "RISE"
programme, and will be held
on November 17 at 9pm.
It will feature Bahamian
entertainers Ja Hem, Raquel
Oliver, Dolly Boy, Mid Black
Boy, and Stars of David.
Club Amnesia's new gener-
al manager, Nat Cambridge,
said he is endeavoring to take
the establishment in a new
direction and has some new
things in store one of which
is to give back to the commu-
nity that has supported the
club since its inception.
Mr Cambridge heard about
RI.SE, the parent support
group organised by the guid-
ance department at The Bea-
con School.
The aim of the group is to
heighten public awareness
about the special-needs pop-

"We need to focus a little more on
reforming children. Somebody
needs to help because man, more
children out there are experiencing
socio-economic challenges."

Clevet Duncombe

Tribune Staff Reporter

THERE is an urgent need to reform
troubled youth'with a targeted effort
of rehabilitation rather than traditional
incarceration, a local child rights activist
said yesterday.
Clever Duncombe, of Bahamian
Fathers for Children Everywhere, told
The Tribune that all too often many
emotionally troubled youngsters in the
country 'fall through the cracks" of the
system and are ignored by the very insti-
tutions put in place to rehabilitate them.
This is a prime reason why so many
juveniles end up committing heinous
crimes and become repeat adult offend-
ers, Mr Duncombe said.
"We need to focus a little more on
reforming children. Somebody needs
to help because man, more children out
there are experiencing socio-economic
Mr Duncombe challenged the
Department of Social Services to put
forth a more "proactive" approach to
dealing with juvenile offenders and to
discontinue "outdated" policies. In addi-
tion to "outdated" techniques the
Department of Social Services is seri-
ously under-funded by the government,
Mr Duncombe claimed. He blamed suc-
cessive governments for being more
concerned with enlarging the economy
than with investing in Social Services.

er young child who is dead, because he
fell through the cracks and nobody
On the day of the incident, Assistant
Superintendent Walter Evans declined
to speculate whether any charges would
be filed against the employee or the
company because police were in the
early stages of investigations.
Chief Superintendent Hulan Hanna
told The Tribune yesterday that police
investigations are continuing into the
Mr Duncombe said that while he
respected a person's rights to protect
themselves against potential thieves, he
wished the incident had been handled
differently without the death of a child.
"I don't like the way it was handled. I
believe there are people out there who
(would have) handle things different-
ly," he said.

Banker claims legal battle with his former

employers has brought him to brink of ruin

and investment adviser claims he
has been brought to the brink of
financial and emotional ruin by
a five-year legal battle with his
former employers.
"I am in a state of despera-
tion," Mr Leslie Moss told The
Tribune, "I am almost down to
my last ccni."
Mr Moss. 42. a divorcee who
has care and control of his sev-
en-year-old son, claims his
allegedly unfair termination by
the Royal Bank of Canada in
2003 has sent his life into a tail-
spin from which there appears to
be no escape.
Now he claims to be the vic-
tim not only of an allegedly
unconcerned international
employer, but also the Bahamas
legal profession, the judicial sys-
tem, and the government itself.
He claims he has been left
"high and dry" in his long fight
for justice from the Royal Bank,
being denied his constitutional
rights by the government, and
proper representation by Nas-
sau's legal fraternity.
He also claims to have been
discriminated against in favour of
expatriate bank employees.
Mr Moss's troubles began
when what seemed to be a
promising banking career nose-
dived after he was terminated by
the Royal Bank in February,
He claims to have been target-
ed for "unfair dismissal" because
he is a self-confessed rebel who
"rocked the boat" to get things
Since then he has been seek-
ing redress through the courts,
claiming he and his young son
have been reduced to penury by
the bank's alleged stalling tactics,
and the failure of several Nassau
attorneys to offer proper repre-
Now he is appealing to Attor-
ney General Claire Hep'burn,
telling her in a letter that he is
"desperate for justice" and urging
her to investigate his complaints.
He said he had retained six
attorneys and officially consult-

Leslie Moss in 'a

state of desperation'

ed "with well over two dozen oth-
ers." He said he has "even
attempted to sue two of them to
recover my retainer."
"Those attorneys who are not
already on the bank's 'payroll'
are desirous of being there and
hence are reluctant to represent
me," he claimed.
Mr Moss told Ms Hepburn
that, ever since he took a stance
against the Royal Bank, he had
been blacklisted in the offshore
financial services community.
"Despite my academic back-
ground, work experience and oth-
er skills, well over a dozen jobs I
have applied for have gone to
expatriates on work permits. I
have even attempted to switch
careers and industries to no

S Fight

Mr Moss said his long fight was
now taking its toll, causing him
to suffer "degradation and dehu-
manising conditions" with the
prospect of being homeless before
the end of the year, and no longer
able to support his son.
"I have watched as the Anna
Nicole circus was given speedy
access to and relief from the legal
and judicial community in the
"I have watched as the former
Registrar General, whose case of
unfair dismissal is no different
from mine, was supported by the
legal community and had her case
resolved in a matter of months
while, again, mine was unherald-
ed and unheard."
Mr Moss wants the attorney
general to investigate what he
alleges is the bank's tactics to
deny him access to legal repre-
sentation and the courts.

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He also wants an inquiry into
the alleged corruption of certain
lawyers and several government
departments, and violation of his
constitutional rights.
Mr Moss has also written to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham,
offering his services to the public
sector in foreign affairs, tourism
and financial services.
"I need a job, sir," his letter
says, "I need dignity."
In his Supreme Court action
against the Royal Bank, Mr Moss
alleges discrimination between
Canadian and Bahamian employ-
ees, and says he was "bullied and
cannibalised" by certain senior
investment advisers while work-
ing for the bank in Canada.
He also claims to have lost

landed immigration status in
Canada and corresponding bene-
"Had the bank terminated me
there, I would have been collect-
ing unemployment, health, dental,
medical and other benefits up to
the time I gained employment
"With my skills adexgerience,
I would have found a job lost
"The same applies to my wife,"
says his court writ.
Instead, Mr Moss told The Tri-
bune, his marriage had collapsed
under pressure resulting from his
predicament and he was left to
sell off everything he owned just
to survive.
Now, however, he says he is
almost at rock bottom, with no
income, no job prospects and an
ongoing legal fight which appears
to have no end.
Richard Johnson, president of
the Public Service Drivers Union,
who is supporting Mr Moss's fight
for justice, said: "The Royal Bank
has been in the Bahamas for

almost a century, but it has not
been a friend of this country.
"It has been here through two
world wars, the depression,
through prohibition, the Burma
Road strike and the general
strike. This colossus of a finan-
cial institution has been able to
permeate the system and use its,
financial clout to keep a strangle-e
hold on our development, ecod:'
nomic and social.
"Mr Moss is a victim of this sit-
uation, in which the bank has
used its position in our country
to strengthen its financial hold
not only here, but in other parts
of the region."
Jan Knowles, public relations
officer for the Royal Bank of
Canada, said she is not in a posi-
tion to comment on the matter.
"We are not in a position to
issue any comment in regard to a
former or current employee's sit-
uation or status with us," she said.
Messages left for Attorney
General Claire Hepburn were not
returned up to press time yester-



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Mr Duncombe also expressed his dis-
belief and regret over recent headlines
involving a would-be teenage thief who
was fatally shot in the head during a
break-in at a popular discount store.
As reported by The Tribune previously,
last Sunday a fifteen-year-old was shot
by an employee of Buy-4-Less on Blue
Hill Road while reportedly descending
into the store from its attic. The incident
occurred shortly after lam, police said,
and the teenage burglar died at the
Mr Duncombe told The Tribune he
was outraged to hear members of the
public express elation over the boy's
death on local radio talk shows saying
he got what was coming to him.
"Some people are rejoicing saying he
got what he deserved, would they say
the same thing if things were on the
other foot?" he asked. "We have anoth-


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Pakistan's calculus for stability is squashed

WHEN Pakistan's military ruler, Gen.
Pervez Musharraf, declared a state of
emergency in his country last weekend,
observers were quick to label the move
a major setback for the "Freedom Agen-
da" that President Bush advanced in his
second inaugural address.
That it surely is, although that agenda
was already in serious doubt well before
Musharraf's crackdown the conse-
quence, in part, of giving billions of dol-
lars in aid to Pakistan's dictatorship
since the start of the war on terrorism.
The alarming events in Pakistan don't'
represent a failure of a principle that
was never clear to begin with, but
instead represent a failure to forestall
a danger that has been clear ever since
Musharraf transformed Pakistan,
overnight, from the Taliban's No. 1 ally
into the U.S.'s partner in fighting
Afghanistan's onetime ruling party and
The danger was and is one of
the U.S. investing so much in the solitary
ruler of a nation with such strong al-
Qaida and Taliban sympathies, not only
in its tribal, border regions, but also in
its security and intelligence services.
It is a danger compounded exponen-
tially by the fact that Pakistan possesses
nuclear weapons and sophisticated mis-
sile technology, by Pakistan's history of
coups (such as the one that brought
Musharraf to power in 1999), and by the
reality that, despite several assassina-
tion attempts against Musharraf, the
nation has no clear line of succession
after the general.
In short, the menace has been that
hard-line Islamic militants, allied with
al-Qaida, could assassinate Musharraf
and gain control of a modern nuclear
arsenal. Until recently, the risk of this
worst-case scenario coming to pass was
considered a manageable one, in large
part because Pakistan's armed forces,
where political sentiment is generally
moderate in the ranks, were considered
a massive stabilizing force in a poten-
tially volatile nation.
The same could be said of Pakistan's
large and influential professional class,

one that would have no desire to be
ruled by Islamic extremists.
Musharraf's declaration of emergency
rule threatens to make this calculus
The means, by which the general is
enforcing his state of emergency -
police beatings of peaceful protesters
coupled with roundups of academics,
lawyers and political enemies can't
help but make one wonder if he is, in the
process, radicalizing the vaunted civil
society and military establishment that
have given Pakistan its stability.
At the very least, one has to question
if he is stirring up anger sufficient to
make Pakistanis less inclined to ask who
might be behind any prospective coup,
so long as it removes him from power.
And whether or not a worst-case sce-
nario comes to pass, enforcing emer-
gency rule is, also draining manpower
and focus from Pakistan's fight against
al-Qaida and the Taliban.
The Bush administration had hoped
to push Musharraf back on the road to
democratic reform by brokering former
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's return
to Pakistan last month.
But the hoped-for power-sharing
agreement between Bhutto and Mushar-
raf has not materialized. Now Bhutto
has upped the ante by calling for sup-
porters to resist emergency rule.
Such a move could be decisive in forc-
ing Musharraf to relinquish at least some
power and reinstate Pakistan's consti-
tution, or it could deepen the country's
sense of crisis and chaos.
It is natural for Americans to cheer
the forces of democracy wherever they
are to be found, though history shows
that this has not always been a foremost
consideration when crafting U.S. strate-
gic policy. Now, in Pakistan, strategic
concerns and the drive for democracy
are coming together in an absolutely
critical way, with a principle and so
much more riding on a peaceful out-
(This article was written by Dan Rather
of the Hearst Newspapers c.2007).


leaders must

inspire change

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT IS a shame that we live in
a society today where people
who we hold in high regard,
and the people whom we have
appointed or allocated the
jobs that make this great coun-
try run, cannot see past their
own ignorance. Our society is
collapsing all around us. From
the simplest things like fixing
the roads or getting Batelco
to come to your home to pro-
vide a service, all things are
stalled and seemingly put on
pause. The speed that this
wonderful country runs at is
a crawl, and that is not right.
The problem is those who
are in charge of inspiring the
nation. And I am not refer-
ring to those whom we have
elected to run it. Instead I am
talking about those in our
communities who have the
power to lead and stimulate
the people. Our teachers, pas-
tors, police officers, judges,
mothers and fathers. Not the
politicians. See that's where
people get it wrong, we as a
people elect those to serve our
country and to run our coun-
try, not to rouse it.
The workforce in this coun-
try is appalling; there is no
competition hands down. In
order to make things better
we need competition, we need
a reason to be afraid of losing
our jobs to others if we do not
perform. Things are just not
like that, instead we have a
workforce dictated by those
who do the smallest jobs, not
the boss who is in charge of
running the company, and that
does seem a bit backwards. In
order to do a job or to pro-
vide a service to someone you
need to have workers who are
willing to do it, and by that I
mean not half-assed lazy jobs
that we as Bahamians are so
used to receiving. And for
those of us who work hard day
in and day out to provide for
our families, I am not refer-
ring to you, rather, I am refer-
ring to those who have no care
in the world to do the job at
hand. Those who have no fear
in the world of being fired
because chances are if that
were to happen, a new half-
assed job would be waiting for
them elsewhere. Why is this?
Because we need them, and
they know that.
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all Bahamians need to start
by asking themselves what is
important in life. If buying 22-
inch rims with spinners and
the newest Jordan's is what is
most important to this soci-
ety, I really want to hang my
head in shame. Maybe I am
only referring to the young
Bahamians, but that's where
change happens. Change starts
from the bottom up not vice
versa. It is lovely to have nice
things, don't get me wrong,
but if it is those things that we
young Bahamians only work
hard enough for the funds to
buy, then it needs to change.
We live in At pride-filled, brag-
gadocios culture where it is
cool to show off and to boast
about what we have, even
down to the amount of money
or the number of women one
has. The problem with that is
it creates more want, more

longing to acquire these
things, we have seen it mani-
fest in increased robberies and
more violent crimes, the types
of crimes that always seem to
be over money or women. In a
Christian society where we are
suppose to be taught to never
covet thy neighbour's belong-
ings, it really is a shame.
I would like to call on, no,
to challenge all the leaders in
our communities to inspire
change in our society. I want
to challenge them to instil
what is good about people and
what it takes to live a better
life, not just preach about it.
Bahamians need to know that
the fruit is always sweeter
when the labour is harder.
Work hard to get what you
want in life, don't take short
cuts, and live your life to the
fullest and the Bahamas will
prosper again.
November 9, 2007.

New homeowners are

angry over the long wait

EDITOR, The Tribune.
WE, THE people of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas:
The new homeowners are very angry withThe Bahamas Mort-
gage Corporation and The Department of Housing for the
long wait we are going through, which is from last year 2006 and
April of this year 2007.
We did some test for an insurance company to insure the
houses from April 2007, and can't get any good answers on
what is going on, and it is a very long time. We are very tired
waiting on them. We feel like the persons in charge need to talk
to the people and let us know what is going on. We called, but
they could not give us any answers.We were told what house we
are in, but cannot move in because no light and no water, also
we have not been given any keys for the houses.
From last year April to this year April, we are very angry
because they have us waiting so long. We think that they can do
better than this. I hope we could get some answers from Mort-
gage and Housing soon. It seems they have been telling us a lot
of lies.
Thank you for listening to the people's cry.
October 2007.

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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 10th day of November, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,.
Nassau, Bahamas.,

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Murder accused 'receiving

bail as early as one

year after being charged'

der are now receiving bail as ear-
ly as one year after being
charged, The Tribune has
learned, and a prominent attor-
ney has said that more of this


should be expected due to the
backlog in the judicial system.
In October a person accused
of a daylight killing in front of
numerous witnesses was released
on bail by the Supreme Court.
The murder he is accused of
committing occurred in August
last year.
It was assumed that those
accused of murder were only
granted bail if their matter had
not been brought before the
courts within two years. How-
ever, this recent incident reveals
that the crisis of the judicial
backlog is now lessening the
time that murder accused are
being held in prison.
-The relatives of the murder
victim are now in a constant
state of "fear."
"I scared, and so are the chil-
dren," a family member said.
"When my nephew told me
that he was out, I hardly could of
come to. I became weak, weak,
weak," the relative said, declar-
ing that no one in the family
expected.that this would have
Several other family members
told The Tribune that they are
"I think about what happened
everyday," a younger relative
declared. While another added
that some in the family do not
like to talk about the horrible
event, and the pain and suffering
endured by their relative.
"We ought to be in a position
to have trials within a year," said
Damian Gomez, who has brand-
ed the backlog as a crisis. He
explained that the two year stan-
dard for bringing serious crime
cases to trial before bail is grant-

ed is really a standard for "back-
ward third world countries."
Mr Gomez said that in seeking
hearings for cases before the
Supreme Court now, some attor-
neys are receiving dates for trial
in 2009.
During the budget debate in
the Senate Attorney General
Claire Hepburn revealed that
there are more than 500 cases
waiting to be heard before the
Supreme Court.

The Tribune was informed
that in cases where individuals
are granted bail before the two
year requirement, it is possible
that justices look at their sched-
ules, acknowledge that the mat-
ter will not be heard before the
two year time, and subsequently
grant bail as a result.
"We are in a crisis mode," Mr
Gomez said, again calling for the
hiring of additional judges for-
eign if necessary to combat the
crisis. Mr Gomez said he expects
the granting of bail to serious
offenders in the current envi-
ronment to "be the norm."
Minister Tommy Turnquest
recently revealed that 114 people
are on bail accused of murder
and more than 200 for rape and
armed robbery.
The Tribune was unable to
contact the attorney general for
comment, but in a recent inter-
view with the Bahama Journal
she was quoted as stating that
the election court cases will fur-
ther exacerbate the problem as
two justices are occupied with
the matter.




Tribune Staff Reporter
"I vex because too much
killers getting out on bail.
No wonder all these sense-
less murders getting' commit-
ted. These men think they
could kill and ain' nothing
ga' happen to them. They
know they ga' get bail and
be out on the streets to do
more fool. I really ain' know
what happening to our
Vexed Bahamian.
"I vex because gas prices
and cost of living keep going
up again and again. Basic
necessities like bread, milk,
flour, cereal, and orange
juice cost so much. I just
been to the store and I swear
a loaf of bread was almost
seven dollars. How poor
people supposed to live?"
Vexed consumer
"I vex about motorists and
crazy jitney drivers blocking
intersections, running red
lights, cutting through gas
stations, making three lanes
on a two lane road, and
overtaking without signals.
I tired of reckless drivers try-
ing to kill people on the
"And why when Bahami-
ans hear the police or fire
engine siren they don't pull
on the side of the road like
they supposed to? And they
wonder why patients don't
have a timely response when
they need to get to the hos-
Vexed motorist
"I'm vex because there is
nothing entertaining to do
in Nassau anymore. Every
weekend you only get a
handful of the bottom of the
barrel movies, and unfortu-
nately that is your only
option for entertainment
nowadays. Anything else
puts your life at risk now, so
you might as well stay home
and get drunk watching
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Turnquest a

success story

in the
While most 12th graders ar
trying to make the most of the
final year in school by studying
for BGCSE's, Nicolette Turn
quest, a student at C C Sweetin
Senior High School is looking
much further ahead.
Nicholette is deciding o
what college she will attend c
what career she will pursue
This is because she successful
passed eight BGCSE's including
English, mathematics, account
and economics all with grade
A to C while still in the lit
When asked what con
tribute to this tremendous
achievement, Nicolette summer
it up in one word "sacrifice'
"I missed out on lots of active
ities with my friends, and I spei
many Saturdays at home study
ing and I even missed church
sometimes," Nicolette said.
She also credits her success,

the morning, afternoon an
after school for her and othe
students that were taking the:
BGCSEs in the 11th grade
rather than a year later as mo,
students do.
A few other students at C C
Sweeting achieved six BGCSE
while she obtained eight.
Nicolette also has the sup
port of her family. Her fathe:
Donathan Turnquest, is the vic
principal at C C Sweetin
Senior School and plays an

re integral part in her education.
ir The outstanding student has
ig many words of praise for the
n- teachers at C C Sweeting, who
1g she credits for much of her suc-
1g cess in the BGCSE exams.
She is grateful to them for the
n extra classes and the numerous
3r handouts that they provided to
e. enhance her knowledge of the
ly various subjects that she took.
1g Nicolette also had the benefit
ts of being home-schooled for two
th years and attending South
Haven Academy on Gladstone
. Road, which she says have
Is impacted her a in positive way.
d Young Nicolette says she is
. not impacted by the perceived
v- violent reputation of her school;
nt she knows that there are dedi-
y- cated teachers who are doing
h their best to impart their knowl-
edge to students.
ss Overall,. she feels that C C
g, Sweeting is a good school where
n students can learn a lot.
d With her BGCSE's under her
_r belt, Nicolette has decided to
ir add some very diverse skills to
e, her resume. She is pursuing
chemistry, hospitality, studies
C and motor mechanics in addi-
's tion to the continuing her stud-
ies in English, math and the sci-
. ence.
r, As for her future plans, Nio-
e clette is trying to decide
g whether she wants to be a den-
d tist or an accountant.

11:30 a.m.. Speaker

Pastor Perry Wallace
of Blue Hill ospel Chapel
No Evening Service

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
e P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
S11:00AM Rev. Mark Carey
Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
Bernard Road
11:00AM Pastor Charles Moss
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Pastor Edol Cash/HC
7:00PM No Service
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Rev. Gerald Richardson
7:00PM Rev. Gerald Richardson
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs
11:00AM Rev. William Higgs
7:00PM Rev. William Higgs
RENEWAL on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. L. Carla R. Culmer
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Rev. L. Carla R. Culmer
St. Michael's Methodist Church 19th Annual Conference
Friday, Novemeber 9 Sunday, November 11, 2007
The Crystal Palace Resort, Cable Beach
"Let The Glory Of The Lord Rise Upon Us"
Isaiah 6:13, Exodus 33:18
Central Council Meeting-November 14-16,2007
Ascension Methodist Church

The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
7:00 a.m. Bro. Ernest Miller/Rev. Carla Culmer
11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis NathalieThompson
7:00 p.m. Memorial Service/Rev. Caria Culmer/ Lay Preachers

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Kelly's Toyland's

official opening today
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FACE PAINTING was popular and free at last year's opening. Here Tamara Donaldson paints the face of five-year-old Joseph

All the wonders of
Christmas will
start to unfold at noon on
today at Kelly's Toyland's
official opening at the Mall
at Marathon, said store man-
ager Shirley Paul.
She said the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Band
will set the mood for Santa
and Snowbear to arrive at
the nation's largest retail
store, now celebrating its
80th year in business.
The celebration continues
until 5pm with photos with
Santa and Snowbear in the
Fantasy Forest, a free boun-
cy castle, face painting, pop-
corn, balloons and candy.
Photos with Santa and
Snowbear will continue each
Saturday until Christmas,
Ms Paul said.



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APPROPRIATELY NAMED for the season, two-year-old Holly Richer was first in line to see Santa and
Snowbear in Kelly's Fantasy Forrest last year. Holding his daughter is Darren Richer with mother
Christine looking on.

Sunday School: 10am FUNDAMENTAL0,-
Preaching 11am & 7:30pm EVANGELISTIC
Radio Bible Hour: Pastor:. Mills
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm

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

Worship Time: 11a.m. & 7p.m.
S Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m. -

Church School during Worship Service
Place: 7wynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive

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


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be pho-
with Snow-
bear and San-
ta in Kelly's
Fantasy For-
est, with the
fee going to

Grounded In The Past & Geared To the Future

Worship Time: 11am & 7pmr

Sunday School: 9:45am

Prayer Time: 6:30pin

Place: The Madeira Shopping

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

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

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available to meet with parents THE BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
and discuss whatever problems OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN THE
Ji 4 i and concerns they might have. CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS
.. B ............. 2 ET LES AMERIQUES 1 ,
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P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@batelnetbs
nnual midterm checkup METHODISM: RAISED UP IN THE
LAND (Father John Wesley)

"Celebrating 224 years of continuous Methodist
and parents day at OW Davis RHODES MEMAnnMETHODIST
witness for Christ in The Bahamas"
THE guidance and counselling depart- --. COLLECT: God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ
ment of the D W Davis Junior High School proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness
hosted its annual mid-term check-up and of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
parent's day last month at the school's and by your healing power make whole both people and
grounds. nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The department includes Kim Rahming, WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
Shantel Smith and Nancy Bowe. -," 7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
S They said the purpose of the event was to 11:00 a.m. Bro. Andrew Hunter
.increase parental involvement in. the edu- RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (108
national and social development of the stu- Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd
*., Stati. rn tMontrose Ave. near Wulff Rd
dents. w eiY 7:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.
Parents were invited to come in, have (Holy Communion)
breakfast with and meet all teachers and 10:00 a.m. Bro. Con Newton
administration members as well as social. 11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
partners including the school's nurse, S & 4.M 16:30 p.m. Choirs
social worker and psychologist to discuss C MEm CoiA
any concerns they might have had. COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose
On hand was the Kiwanis Club of Nassau Street, Fox Hill)
AM which recently introduced the Builders 11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.
Club to the School. PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
The guidance department along with 9:00 a.m. Sis. Katie Carter
prison officers and the Wulff Road Police .HERITAGE OF REDEEMING LOVE METHODIST
Station ran two group sessions one foi CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
parents and one for students. 9:00 a.m. : evtEdwqrdJ. Sykes
This event was broadcast live on More. 94 -. -. METHODIST CHU R 4AI THE GOOD SHEPHERD
with DJ Fat Back. 5:15 p.m. Women -
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Scotiabah nk bo5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
, 9:00 a.m. Sunday Circuit Children's Commission
-4e 1.,maMETHODIST MISSION CENTRE (Quackoo St) -Thrift
b oadensShop and other Ministries
t hoCrawford St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
Methodists of the Conference are urged to pray and to
Sa Hopedalt e n fast for Justice to prevail in the Methodist Cases. The
forHope dafast begins weekly after the evening meal on Thursday
stude s and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim
t de t ,4'unswervingly: "My God and My Right."
tated the purchase of vol- "Vision" On the Lord's Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns
umes of special software of Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.;
and a touch screen that .- -"Family Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.;."To God be the
has made learning more -Glory" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.
accessible and easier for '-
students of the Hopedale PICTURED STANDING, (I to r), are Mrs Davis, Mrs Wood, and manager Grace Campbell and assistant manag-
Centre. er Keva Ryan both of Scotiabank's East Street and Soldier Road branch. _
ager for marketing and
public relations Debra
Wood reiterated the
bank's position on com-
munity involvement, say-
ing: "Corporate giving is
no longer a question of
whether businesses
address the needs of the
communities in which
they do business,
but rather the extent to .
which they should .
and do' consider these -. ;
needs. .

* "At Scotiabank, we are ('
continuously identifying
the needs within the
conlmunity and
helping in very tangible
Situated on Petersfield
Road, the Hopedale Cen-
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Preparing them to live SUZUKI HYnI1Tl011iN Li U CI
and work as independent- I N S U R A N C E
ly as possible.
The Centre's founder
and director Arlene Davis
said, "The software is
really excellent.
"Without Scotiabank's
help, we would have
never been able to afford
"It helps students build
skills sequentially, and
rewards progress in a way
that keeps them going and
also reports and charts
their progress."


Robbery drama:

BTVI staff call for the

suspect Wiled < ***1
9 rem oval of senior official

FROM page one
"This is a very bold occur-
rence this evening," Mr Han-
na said. "Because at 5.10pm
this eatery would have been
attracting quite a number of
It was uncertain at press
time whether the suspect who
died succumbed because of
injuries from the car crash,
the gunshot wounds, or a
combination of the two.
When The Tribune arrived
on the scene, Baillou Road
was taped off from just after
the Subway restaurant.
A blood trail was visible in
front of the Bamboo Shack,
and a silver car that had sus-
tained significant damage
could be seen.
Fire officials also made a
check of the area to ensure
that there was no leak from
the gas tank, before giving the
all clear and reopening the
adjacent street.

Gas prices
FROM page one
for FOCOL in Grand
However, as that increase
was based on the "old" prices
of crude oil, an additional
increase is expected shortly,
possibly of another 20 odd
cents on still a price that
would not reflect today's cur-
rent highs.
"There is going to be
another increase for sure,'
Sidney Collie, the Minister of
Consumer Affairs and Local
Government, said.
"But I don't anticipate that
the increase would be more
than 20 to 25 cents a gallon,"
he said.
Currently the price at the
stations is hovering around
$4.87 a gallon. With another
25 cent increase, the price per
gallon of gasoline would
almost reach the boggling fig-
ure of $5 a gallon that the for-
mer Minister of Consumer
Affairs, Leslie Miller, warned
motorists was imminent.
Mr Miller again restated his
call for the price margins to
be revisited by the -govern-
ment to protect local con-.
"Many, many times I did
not give them (local oil com-
panies) any increases, on
many occasions to the tune
of over some $2 to $3 million,
according to them that they
lost during my tenure.
"Because Minister (of State
for Finance) James Smith and
I decided there was no justi-
fication for some of those
increases so we refused to
give it. When times are diffi-
cult everybody has to take a
hit. The oil companies have
to take a hit too," Mr Miller
* *. said yesterday.

FROM page one

Staff allege that BTVI is shaftingg the taxpayer" and letting stu-
dents down because of its many alleged inefficiencies, including lack
of an audit to control its $5 million a year budget.
Mathematics instructor Levardo Pratt said yesterday that BTVI
has fewer students now than it did, its roll falling from a high of
1,200-1,500 to around 300-400 today.
A colleague, who didn't wish to be named, claimed that people
had been brought into the administration "who flaunt their papers
but who lack management experience and exposure."
"There are no checks and balances, no accountability and no
transparency," the teacher claimed.
BTVI's troubles have been apparent for years, according to staff,
but successive governments had viewed it as "out of sight, out of
Now the fall-off of students is so bad, they claim, that "on any giv-
en day there are probably more staff and faculty than students."
One source suggested BTVI had "at least 100 staff and faculty"
with many classes consisting of between one and four students.
"It is absurd," said the source, "everyone is toting big titles, but
morale is at rock bottom. Administrators lord it over teachers and
the students are the victims."
Mr Pratt said he was speaking out against what he sees as an unac-
ceptable situation at BTVI "because evil is allowed to flourish
when good men do nothing."
He said after 16 years at BTVI he had only just discovered that he
was not listed as "permanent and pensionable", a predicament
shared by others.
He claimed he was also owed between $40,000 and $50,000
because the institute had failed to carry out annual assessments lead-
ing to improved status and better salary.
In the drive for improvements, staff claim:
Employee morale is at an all-time low because of job insecuri-
Long-term employees are leaving at an alarming rate;
Student enrolment is at its lowest-ever level because materials
needed for hands-on training are lacking;
Workshops and classrooms are in a "deplorable state" because
administrators generally receive new equipment and furniture.
One teacher said: "An ombudsman is needed because the system
as it stands is designed to keep you down.
"It is a plantation where, if you go through the proper channels,
you are complaining to the people you are complaining about."
The source said the PLP government had begun to address
BTVI's problems by raising an International Development Bank
loan in 2005.
But this now needed to be carried through if the institute were to
fulfil its functions to society.
It is claimed that corruption flourishes in some areas of the cam-
pus because of lack of oversight.
In addition, pilferage had led to lack of materials vital to the
proper functioning of an institute where students are taught practical
skills, employees claim.
The Tribune contacted Ms Marshall for a response yesterday but
she said she would be unable to do so as BTVI manager Dr Iva Dahl
was the only person authorised to make a statement to the media.
Messages left for Dr Dahl and Minister of Education Carl Bethel
were not returned up to press time.

FROM page one

awarded points to 111 islands
and archipelagoes according to
the extent to which their tourism
is sustainable or. evidences
"overkill" to the detriment of
19cal populaons and the envi-
The survey was carried out by
the magazine in conjunction with
the National Geographic Cen-
tre for Sustainable Destinations.
The Bahamian Out Islands,
awarded 66 points, fell into a
similar range as Tobago, Bermu-
da, Barbados, and Hawaii (Big
Island). Islands with the highest
point score were the Faroe
Islands (Denmark), with 87, the
Azores (Portugal) with 84,
Lbfoten (Norway), and the Shet-
land islands (Scotland), with 82.
Lowest scoring is St. Thomas
in the Virgin Islands and Ibiza,
Spain, with 37. Jamaica was

Out Islands
awarded 44, Key West Florida
and Grand Cayman, 47, and
Mauritius, 55.
According to the magazine,
countries scoring 26 49 areiti
"serious trouble" in termsof the
sustainability of their tourism,
those with 50 65 are "in mod-
erate trouble (all criteria medi-
um-negative or a mix of nega-
tives and positives)", islands in
the 66 85 point range are expe-
riencing "minor difficulties",
while those awarded 86 95
points are "authentic, unspoiled
and likely to remain so."
Judges said that amongst the
Out Islands are "some of the
most beautiful islands in the
world" but they "vary a great
"For every island that has
local involvement and ecologi-

Motion for vote
FROM page one
his attempts were ultimately thwarted, as the
Speaker ruled that nothing unparliamentary was
said by the prime minister.
The amendment of the Juries Act was then
passed and House proceedings suspended to
November 12, despite the objection of the PLP.
"It is a sad day in the history of this country
when someone who sits in a position to guarantee
that democracy is played out in the House of
Assembly on an issue of this kind, he has default-
ed so greatly and so badly. It is a grievous error on
his part," said Mr Christie last Monday.
"And I trust that we will be able to demon-
strate that by moving the necessary resolution," he
said. "Clearly this means we have no confidence in
the Speaker by what has happened today. Clearly
this can only be followed by presenting to the
House of Assembly a resolution of no confidence
in the Speaker."
With the government holding a 23 to 18 major-
ity in the House, the PLP would have to benefit
from the votes of several FNM members for the
motion to succeed.

FROM page one

As an example of the alleged inadequate
protection provided, the source questioned
how an attack on teachers' cars this week could
have occurred. A small group of students
allegedly took penknives to several vehicles
on the school grounds, "scorching" the cars.
Yesterday, police said that they did not have
any information on such an attack, but in a
brief conversation Bahamas Union of Teachers
President Ida Poitier Turnquest said she was
aware of the incident and the security con-
cerns in general at RM Bailey.
The source suggested that the incident
proves that metal-detectors which are supposed
to be used at the entrance to the school to
ensure that students or other persons are not
bringing weapons into school are not being
"On a daily basis these teachers are in fear
that if they say certain things they will have
issues with the students," said the source.
Additionally, both staff and students are put
at risk by the lack of protective perimeter fenc-
ing and the fact that sufficient checks on those
entering the campus are not being carried out
as persons enter and exit.
"They are supposed to be stopping every
vehicle taking down the name, asking them
'why are you going on campus?'
then escorting that vehicle to their desig-
nated area and making certain that they escort
those persons off campus again. That is not
happening," the source alleged.
A recent break-in at the school saw comput-

call conscious development,
there is another dominated by
outside investment, where
exploitation of the natural envi-
ronment is the rule."
While some of the island's
appeal is being "threatened by
big development; second homes,
and a loss if. everything Bahami-
an" the panelists pointed to
"special places like Andros, San
Salvador, and Inagua" as exam-
ples of islands holding their own.
The panelists singled out
Eleuthera and Harbour Island
as particularly popular island
In a comment which was not
clear in terms of whether it is
directed at those islands or at
the Out Islands as a whole, pan-
elists said the islands are "aes-
thetically pleasant for those who
only care about a beach and a
BBQ (but) rather appalling in
terms of diffusing wealth or edu-
cating tourists about the

Airport designs
FROM page one
He said if that schedule is followed, government will
be able to make arrangements for funding of the project
by July 2008, which would mean that the first of the new
terminal facilities will be available for use by October,
Yesterday Mr McCartney said, that the.
process is moving ahead at a steady and satisfactoy'
In redeveloping LPIA, designers envision that of the
current physical structure only the US terminal buildirig
will be re-used. All other buildings will be progressiv%-
ly demolished.
The design company Stantec, contracted by the man-
agement firm Vancouver Airport Services (YVRASV,
said its plans for the airport include some 33 positions f
aircraft, total separation of the arrival and departure
areas and only one US check-point in the US terminal.
Visually, LPIA is expected to offer a look that incor-'
porates the Bahamas' rich history and different cultur'- .
al influences.
The design is expected to include dramatic architeZ- '
tural features such as wave-like roofs and tropical gar-
dens throughout all the terminals.

Claim that ministry
er and other equipment stolen from a clas'-
room, but was not brought to media attention,,
said the source, who claimed that such breacl k
es prove that teachers and students themselves
are open to attack on the campus.
"There is no intercom system on campus and
it's one of the biggest," noted the source. "A
teacher could be getting beaten up somewhere
and no one would know.".
"It's gotten to the to point where a number
of teachers are contemplating getting out of
teaching. It's no wonder they are scrambling
around looking for teachers abroad," added
the source, who said that security concerns are
just some among many that contribute to ah
"oppressive" working environment for teach-
ers. .
In September 70 teachers at the school
staged a sit-out over security issues with
some calling for a return of police to the school
- after an altercation between a male biology.
teacher and two male students.
The staunchest protesters, a cadre of 18,
returned after a full week when the ministry of
education threatened them with termination,,
At that time, Principal Anderson stresses' -
that RM Bailey is not a violent institution"'.,
stating: "We here at RM Bailey are in pursuit
of excellence...the matter has been resolved
and we have put that behind us."
A message left for Minister-of Education"
Carl Bethel was not returned up to press tim'.

It singled out the "biggest
threat" to the Bahamas as
"selective development by Euro-
, pean-style resorts that come in
and exceed the labour supply of
the islands, resulting in th'e
importation of oft-island labbdt
and the accompanying change
in social character."
The magazine claims that it is
a fact that islands are "worlds
unto themselves (with) their own
traditions, ecosystems, cultures,
landscapes" that attract tourists
to them, but it is also that which
makes islands "more vulnerable
to population pressure, climate
change, storm damage, invasive
species, and now, tourism
It claims that the survey is a
measure of which islands have
"avoided the danger, which ones
are succumbing to it, and which
hang in the balance" as far as
such overkill is concerned.

522 expert panelists in th.
fields of sustainable develop-
ment and destination steward-
ship voted in the survey, tlfe
majority with PhDs in related'
fields.. A'
"The results shpw that beacli-
blessed islazds.dgaw sun-an y
sand resort tourismr development
that can gef out of hand quickly;
although there are exceptions;'.
it said. '- '
It advised that even the lowest ,-.
scoring of all the islands in th.
survey has "great experiences to
discover", but cautioned that $f
the islands are to be protectede
and restored, we must value
them as much as resort devet
opers and cruise companies do
(or) even more." y
. The Tribune was unable t-p
obtain a comment from the Min-
istry of Tourism up to press time
as tourism officials were out do
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To the gay, lesbian, bisexual

and transgender community:

Our biggest enemy is silence and acceptance of invisibility


i am here. Listening to the
warmongers at it again. I
am here, feeling the hot
blasts of air from what
f eels like hatred, that might be
something else. Fear? Pain?
Confusion? I can't say for sure.
What I do know is that you don't
qave to be close to "the fray" to
feel the hatred. The fear. The
pain. These intense energies
have no boundaries. They are in
some sense the effects we are
'seeing now all over this earth, a
kind of "global warming" that is
sapping the lifeforce of our plan-
,t. They are capable of sapping
our individual lifeforce too,
-draining from us our power for
Ithe good, so that we feel less
"than who we are. So that we
Believe we are hateful people.
Just like they say.
But, no. Far from the fray,
(though, in truth, there is
nowheree that is far from the
'fay... the "fray" is here, now), I
see the hatred, the-fear, the pain
for what it is. Not mine. And not
'Last week I read the letter in
which Lyall Bethel chastised
-' Human Rights campaigner Fred
Smith for standing up for us, for
our human right to live free from
fear of discrimination and vio-
S ence. The letter in which Bethel
claimed that what "the homosex-
ual is asking for is special rights
and special protections" and that
contrary to what some of us are
saying, been saying, gays and
lesbians and bisexuals in particu-
lfor are not oppressed at all. Well,
ou and I know this is not truth.
'You and I know that what Lyall
Bethel is saying, (and using a lot
of other people's words with
Which to say it), is dated right
A ing fundamentalist propaganda
-and is in fact the very persecu-
tion he claims we don't experi-
-After reading that letter I asked
hyself, who exactly is this
"homosexual asking for special
rights" here in the Bahamas, and
why does Lyall Bethel only.refer
to that homosexual as "he"?
The main voice I have heard
& peaking as an openly gay per-
. son inthe Bahamas in this his-
*. torical moment happens to be a
lesbian's: that of RAB
.spokesperson, Erin Greene. I
thought to myself, Lyall Bethel
Just really believe that all
homosexuals are male and make
tig bucks, and lesbians and
'isexuals don't exist. I thought to
niyself, the one homosexual
S yall Bethel does know must be
well to do, politically powerful
dividual who is walking the
streets with his hand stuck out,
alm open, crying "Please, sir,
.ean I have some more?"
,No doubt, there are some very
i rivileged gay men in our coun-
try, and I imagine Lyall Bethel
Jhay even know a few. But the
4ason their voices are NOT the
ines on talk shows advocating
Zor the rights of GLBT people is
because the minute they were to
4o so, they would lose their priv-
9 eged positions; they would lose
Se power they gained passing as
'straight men. And this truth
peaks to that reality which Pas-
tor Bethel tried unsuccessfully to
deny: gay and lesbian and bisex-
ijal oppression does indeed exist.
nd of course we are a minority
rn a sexist, heterosexist, patriar-
chal and theocratic society.
.To be an out gay person, or les-
bian or transgender person in
this society means to sacrifice
privilege. It means you don't get
hired by radio stations or schools
,. churches, for example, and,
ou certainly can think again
bout running for political
office. It means you will not
make as much money as you
: night if you kept your mouth
q1ut. The realities of being that
)ay in this country are not glam-
erous, and, neither are they
glamorous for the majority of
;LBT people in the US, to
'whom Bethel refers. Not to men-
t)on our brethren and sistren to
the east and south of us, in
"amaica, and in other Caribbean
countries. Lesbians and trans-


"When we don't speak, the
haters can say anything they
want and it will sound true
because our stories haven't

found a way to

gender people in particular are
on the low end of the economic
scale, and suffer tremendous
political, cultural, religious and
economic discrimination as well
as physical violence. In the US,
whatever political power GLBT
communities do have, they
earned, through believing,
speaking out, writing back,
standing up, and marching for
their human rights, often at great
personal risk and risk to their -
immediate and extended fami-
lies. The picture Bethel is trying
to depict is simply not one that is
true, and we know it.
And the real picture of what we
do look like is mostly hidden
because of the very same oppres-
sion Bethel imagines does not
exist. And this picture of who we
are, what we are, what we know
and think and feel and do is hid-
den because most of us are afraid
of being seen and heard. Why?
Because we live in a society
dominated by a religious elite
that won't claim us as their own,
and tells our families and our
government.they should not
claim us either.
In our own country we have
been afraid of being disowned,
cast out, cut off by the people
who are our families;we have
been afraid of being harassed,
.hit, raped, beaten and possibly
murdered by the people who are
our neighbours, our fellow citi-
zens, our police force; we have
been afraid of losing jobs, losing
our churches, losing our friends,
losing God, losing our country,
our people. And still, somehow,
in spite of fear, we have sur-
vived, often damaged, wounded,
but still here. Because in spite of
so much religious and cultural
and economic abuse, something
in us knows we are right; our
names are not wrong, to quote
African American poet, June
Jordan. Somewhere in the cells
of our blood and in the flesh of
our fingers and in the soles of
our feet, we know we were
meant to be here, in our particu-
lar bodies, knowing what we
Listen, beloved community, I
don't know "the homosexual"
Lyall Bethel was referring to, but
I do know of a young transgen-
der Bahamian who as a fourteen-
year-old was thrown out of her
home because her mother
refused to accept her as she was.-
And how that young person, cut
off from family, from loved
ones, struggling to survive on
her own, learned to prostitute to
eek out a living. I do know of a
lesbian whose family was so
abusive she sought escape in the
form of liquor and drugs. The
street took her in when no one
else would. She contracted HIV
there and still, because of the
warrior she is, survives, healing
one day at a time. I do know of a
lesbian who was raped in a park-
ing lot by straight men who
wanted to "teach her a lesson." I
do know of a gay Bahamian man
who after coming out on national
radio was terminated from his
job. I do know of countless gay
and lesbian and transgender
Bahamians who left the
Bahamas rather than try to live
their lives in a place that has not
been able to treat them as equals,
and as valuable members of their
own country. And I know too of
countless gay and lesbian and
bisexual and transgender
Bahamians who are not privi-
leged enough to leave. Who are
living invisibly in their own


country, passing for who Lyall
Bethel and others expect them to
be, or trying to. Oh, but let me
tell you something. The times
they are a changing. And, con-
trary to what Lyall Bethel says
and believes, so are definitions.
Because change is the nature of
being alive and being human.
And it is our job as human
beings to define ourselves, and
keep on redefining ourselves
- when the old definitions no
longer say what we need them to
say. Or when we realize that
what we have been calling our-
selves has been a death dealing
lie. Lyall Bethel cannot define
us, nor can the so-called
"experts" he has quoted in his
own defence. No.

Family, this past summer 1
sat outside a gay club
watching and listening to the
voices of young gay and lesbian
and trannie Bahamians. They
were there. Carrying themselves
with a courage and pride I had
not witnessed before, not on the
streets of Nassau, with cars full
of straight folk driving by, them
in full view. As I sat on the wall
opposite the club, a white car
slowed down on the road
between us, stopped in front of
the young people and another
young Bahamian climbed out,
slammed the hood of the car
with his fist and verbally accost-
ed the club goers. This young
man used a word that made ref-
erence to the womanishness of
the gay men and trannies, and it
was clearly not a compliment.
Yet the club goers were not
fazed. In fact, I could feel their
spirits expand and strengthen.
They were not going to run and
hide, they were holding their
ground. They knew their names
were not wrong: the names they
.had chosen to call themselves.
And as I write these words, I am
reminded that in 2005, seven-
teen-year-old Gari McDonald
was stripped of her crown and
title as Miss Teen Bahamas
when the committee discovered
that she was a lesbian. And
instead of cowering in silence
and fear, that young woman held
a press conference and told the
world who she was, regardless. I
watched that press conference
too with pride, knowing that a
.change in the cultural landscape
was taking place before my eyes
that lesbian and gay and bisex-
ual and transgender Bahamians
were answering to a deep yearn-
ing to define ourselves outside of
and beyond the definitions sex-
/^J^ ^^e^ alftjfl~a

I lI i l iww~ t^


ist, homophobic and patriarchal
societies have imposed on us for
thousands of years.
And yet, perhaps I need to cut
Lyall Bethel some slack. After
all, he is not a gay man, or a les-
bian, or bi or transgender or
transsexual. At least, not that we
know, and therefore, has not
lived the excruciating pain of
knowing that what you are is
hardly possible in the society
that grew you. He does not have
to live inside closets, afraid to i
speak his own name. He does
not dream of God dispossessing
him, waking in the dark of an
ordinary night to his own beauti-
ful and dreaded existence. No.
He is lucky. He has God on his
side. And hundreds of years of
the patriarchal church and a
patriarchal legal system to back
him up. And so, it is not really
his fault that he is not aware of
the extent to which patriarchal
religious institutions, and the
governments that are tied to
them, have suppressed informa-
tion. He hasn't had to know. He
hasn't needed to go digging
through the charred and soiled
ruins for what got burned and
buried and left behind.
And therefore, he doesn't have
to know that the "issue of homo-
sexuality" is not a moral one at
all, rather the oppression of les-
bians, gays, bisexuals and trans-
gender human beings is
absolutely political. This argu-
ment is not about "morality": it
is about the right to power.
Listen: the reason people don't
know gay and transgender folk
exist and always have is because
our histories have been hidden
from us on purpose. Why? ,
Because our existence threatens
the foundations upon which
patriarchal religion's right to
power rests: very generally, the
idea of God as masculine exclu-
sively has been used by men with
power to grant men the right to
power over the female sex and
the feminine gender in all social
arenas and processes. Heterosex-
uality is the fundamental unit in
which male power exists, not
only in relation to, but in opposi-
tion to the female and the femi-
nine. (Or, whatever is perceived
as feminine: e.g. gay men,
queens, transgender women,
By suppressing the truth of the
existence of more than one
sociosexual unit, (intimate rela-
tionships other than the hetero-
sexual one, which the Church
has done for some two thousand
years now), patriarchal religions
and the governments that work
hand in hand with them, main-
tain the illusion that power has
been ordained to exist within the
identity of the male/masculine,
while the female/feminine exists
to be in subordination to the
male/masculine. This illusion is
justified when we are made to
believe that there has only ever
been one sociosexual relation-
ship, ordained by God: a
male/man-female/woman pair-
ing, and anything other than this
pairing must be a "deviation,"
not only from "the norm" but
from God "Himself."
The fact that societies existed

globally in which the divine was
worshipped as feminine and as
masculine, and sometimes within
the same being, has been sup-
pressed (Leslie Feinberg, Trans-
gender Warriors, p 21-37). This
is why an all male priesthood
can "decide" that women should
not be permitted ordination,
(because Jesus was a man...)
and why in 2007, in Long Island,
Bahamas, a 30-year-old man can
protest the placement of a 55-
year-old Anglican priest who is a
woman; he can say without fear
of reproach, speaking of an all
male religious system, "If it ain't
broke, don't fix it." Oh, but it is
broke,.my brother, in so many
senses of the word.

What has also been sup-
pressed is the fact that
in these indigenous societies,
from Asia to Africa to Turtle
Island (now North America...),
the existence of more than het-
erosexuality as forms of human
identity and relationship was a
given (L. Feinberg, p 21-37), and
so was the understanding that
there were more than two gen-
ders: homosexual and bisexual
and transgender people existed
as part of a continuum of human
identity and had culturally sanc-
tioned places within these older
cultures, most often honorary.
The suppression of this knowl-
edge has nothing to do with
"morality." Knowledge of who
we were has been suppressed
because the existence of more
than the heterosexual model of
relationship puts male privilege
and power at risk: at risk'of
being exposed and thoroughly
under ined. ... ,, . ,. ,
So when' we ask otiselvesp, .
"Why are they so'Mious abo ute
us? Why do they spend so much
time scheming about how to

attack us, put us down, break us
apart...?" We should know that
the answer is complicated and it
is important. Whether or not
people like Lyall Bethel know
consciously that we are a threat
to their power, they do know it
instinctively, that's why their
responses to us are so illogical
and frankly, terrified.
And in the face of their collec-
tive fears, what I understand
only too well is that people like
Lyall Bethel are not our enemy.
Our biggest enemy is our
silence, beloveds; our biggest
enemy is our acceptance of our
own invisibility; our biggest ene-
my is the lack of information
about who we are. When we
don't speak, the haters can say
anything they want and it will
sound true because our stories
haven't found a way to the sur-
face. Our stories are still waiting
to be told. And we can't make
the lies go away unless we tell
the truths about our lives.
Beloved community, this is
what I know: it is my desire and
love for other women that tells
me what is right and just; it is
my desire and love for other
women that moves me to speak
on behalf of justice; it is my
desire and love for other women
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storm In

Europe kicks

up surging


unleashed tidal surges an,
ferocious winds that prompted
hundreds to evacuate in
Britain, but left countries
along the North Sea coas
largely unscathed, according
to Associated Press.
Early Friday, waves up ti
20 feet high rolled up against
sea defenses in Lowestoft, the
most easterly point in Britain
about 120 miles northeast o
London on the North Sea
coast. But the peak of the pre
dicted surge passed without
causing any major damage.
"It didn't turn out as bad as
we thought," said Jill Bird, 47
a hotel cook from Great
Yarmouth, about 135 miles
northeast of London. "We
were very worried because this
was the biggest surge since
1953, when several hundred
people died. So we feel very,
very lucky this morning."
By midmorning, police were
allowing people to return to
homes in Britain's low-lying
"It was a pretty close
shave," British Environment
Agency spokesman Jo Gia-
comelli said. "It was still very,
very high tides indeed."
Britain closed the Thames
River barrier, downstream
from London, as a precaution.
In France, wind gusts of up
to 66 mph whipped northern
towns during overnight storms,
blowing off rooftops and
uprooting trees, according to
regional emergency services.
The storm did not hit Ger-
many as hard as expected
Thursday night. But the port
of Hamburg was closed, and
its main fish market and river-
front thoroughfare were under
In the Netherlands, Rotter-
dam Port halted all ship traffic
Until Friday evening. The'
Maeslant Barrier protecting
Europe's largest port was
closed Thursday for the first
time under storm conditions
since its construction in 1997.
The national weather
S bureau said the north of the
country was buffeted by wind
gusts of up to 50 mph in the
late afternoon. By late Friday,
however, the high state of
alarm along the entire Dutch
North Sea coast had been
Amsterdam's Schiphol Air-
port reported numerous delays
due to high winds, but few
flights were canceled.
Switzerland warned of
avalanche danger in the east,
particularly on steep north-fac-
ing slopes above 8,200 feet.
Fresh, loose snow has raised
the risk of "slab avalanches,"
which lone individuals can pro-
voke, said the Swiss Federal
Institute for Snow and
Avalanche Research.
The storm also hit the
Faeroe Islands, a Danish ter-
ritory between Scotland and
Iceland, forcing the main inter-
national airport at Vagar to
close and ferry and bus .com-
panies to suspend their ser-

VENEZUELA'S PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez, left, and Peru's President Alan Garcia wave during the official photo of the XVII Iberoamerican Summit in Santiago, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.





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Venezuela's Chavez condemns 'fascist

violence' amid anti-reform protests

CARACAS, Venezuela

condemned Venezuela's
opposition on- Friday for
resorting to "fascist violence"
in protesting constitutional
changes that would greatly
expand his power, but he did
not respond to accusations
that his government is respon-
"' '"'TiBle for the'ipheaval, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Portraying his political foes
as anti-democratic right-
wingers, Chavez accused
opponents of seeking help
from Washington and
Venezuela's military.
"I urge the people of the
right not to go down the fas-
cist path," Chavez told state
television from Santiago,
Chile, where he was attend-
ing a summit of Latin Ameri-
can leaders. "They generally
take the path of fascist vio-
lence and confront the laws
and the people, and they are
always looking to the Penta-
gon, high-ranking generals."
At issue are 69 constitu-
tional amendments, approved
for the Dec. 2 referendum by
the overwhelmingly pro-
Chavez National Assembly,
that would let him run for re-
election indefinitely, suspend
civil liberties during states of
emergency, censor the news
media and take control of the
national bank.

"I urge the
people of the right
not to go down the
fascist path. They
generally take the
path of fascist
violence and
confront the laws
and the people,
and they are
always looking to
the Pentagon,

Hugo Chavez

One former high-ranking
general is a particular concern:
Former military chief and
longtime friend Raul Baduel
broke with Chavez this week,
urging voters to reject the pro-
posed constitutional changes
as a virtual "coup." Baduel
also said he wouldn't rule out
his own run for office, reveal-
ing divisions within the mili-
tary that analysts say Chavez
worries about constantly.
University leaders have
accused Chavez' government
of arming the groups who
opened fire on students

returning from a peaceful
march on Wednesday. At
least eight people were injured
during the violence, including
two students by gunfire, offi-
cials said. Associated Press
photographers saw at least
four gunmen their faces
covered by.ski masks or T-
shirts firing handguns at the
government opponents on the
Central 'riiversity of
Venezuela campus.
Higher Education Minister
Luis Acuna offered to send in
troops to quell the violence,
but university authorities
quickly rejected the offer as
an attempted power grab.
"We won't fall into the
trap," Eleazar Narvaez, the
university's rector, said Thurs-
Chavez opponents say the.
president has long wanted to
end the autonomy of
Venezuela's public universi-
ties, most of which are run by
opposition rectors who defeat-
ed Chavista candidates in
campus elections.
Street protests led by uni-
versity students have spread
from Caracas to several other
major cities.
Justice Minister Pedro Car-
reno blamed students, oppo-
sition leaders and the media
for "filling a part of the popu-
lation with hate."
But faculty president Vic-
tor Marquez accused Chavez's.

government of provoking the McCormack said it was
violence by sending in armed unclear who was responsible,
militias: "These are the ones for the violence "but it's just-'
responsible, the governmen- an appalling act and just-
t's paramilitary groups." another indication of the kind.
In Washington, State of atmosphere that you see in
Department spokesman Sean Venezuela."

Offshore oil discovery

could make Brazil major

petroleum exporter

* SAO PAULO, Brazil

A MONSTER offshore oil discovery could make Brazil S
bigger player among the world's major exporters, but full-scale'
extraction is unlikely before 2013 and will be very expensive, .
according to Associated Press.
The "ultra-deep" Tupi field off the southeastern Atlantic;.:.
coast of Rio de Janeiro could hold as much as 8 billion barrels'r,,
of recoverable light crude, and initial production should exceed:
100,000 barrels daily, said Guilherme Estrella, exploration andI
production director of Brazilian state oil company Petroleo:
Brasileiro SA.
Petrobras says the Tupi field holds between 5 billion and 8 bild-,
lion barrels equivalent to 40 percent of all the oil ever dis-
covered in Brazil.,
Petrobras will start pilot pumping in 2010 or 2011 but full pro-
duction would take several more years, Estrella said late Thurs-'.
day. :-
Between Petrobras and the oil is a barrier made up of 7,060'
feet of water, almost 10,000 feet of sand and rocks, and them
another 6,600-foot thick layer of salt.
Extracting the oil will be an expensive and challenging, but.
Petrobras is experienced in extremely deep offshore reserves and'
is a well-respected company.
Petrobras is also flush with cash from growing production and
high international oil prices.


Bear Stearns analyst Marc McCarthy estimated the value of:
the oil in the block at $25 billion to $60 billion, depending on'
international prices.
Tupi "is immense and marks the beginning of a new horizon;
for Brazil," he said in a note to clients.
"We are sure the question will arise will Brazil join'
OPEC?" McCarthy wrote.
"But more importantly, it has established an aura of optimism:
for massive future exploration success."
Brazil will also reserve the most promising areas around the;
Tupi field for Petrobras. announcing Thursday that 41 blocks ofi
prospective underwater oil extraction territory near the site!
were being withdrawn from an auction scheduled for later this'
Brazil's total oil reserves currently rank 17th in the'
world, with 14.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Gabrielli
Thursday's news of the discovery rocked a country that'
became a net oil exporter only last year, but must still import .
light crude oil for the refined products it needs to fuel Soath*'.
America's largest economy. Brazil produces and exports -
mostly heavy crude oil, which has to be mixed with the light oil
in refineries.
For a country that went deeply into debt buying foreign oil in,
the 1970s and 1980s, "this has changed our reality," said Dilma
Rousseff, presidential chief of staff.
Petrobras has a 65 percent operating stake in the Tupi field,.
Britain's BG Group PLC holds 25 percent, and Petroleos de:
Portugal a division of Galp Energia SA holds the remain-.
ing 10 percent.
The Brazilian company is expected to release its third-quarf-
ter earnings report Friday night.
'kfter soaring 26 percent in New York on Thursday on news:
of the find, Petrobras shares slipped 6.5 percent, or $7.59, to"
$109. IS Ftriday.

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1 66 0 54 Abaco Markels 1 59 1 59 1 ,.) t, '. '.. -: n 0 -Q u uo
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0,400 7.7 3.45%
9.55, 7.86 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.86 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%/
3.74 1.65 Bahamas. Waste 3.74 3.74 0.00 0.275 0.060 136 1.60%
2.62 1.20 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 0.051 0.040 51.2 1 53%
11.20 9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.18 11.18 0.00 1.030 0.240 10.9 2.15%
3.15 1.83 Collna Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0080 15.1 2.54%/
5.52 4.03 Commonwealth Bank (Si) 5.52 5.52 0.00 0.426 0.227 13.0 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.55 6.32 -0.23 0.112 0.050 58.5 0.76%
2.70 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.25 2.25 0.00 0.284 0.020 7.9 0.89%
6.50 5.54 Famguard 6.50 6.50 0.00 0.804 0.240 8.1 3.69%
12.80 12.00 Finco 12.79 12.79 0.00 10.880 0.768 0.570 16.7 4.46%
14.75 13.85 FirstCaribbean, 14.65 14.65 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.03 6.03 0.00 0.359 0.133 16.8 2.24%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.09 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
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panish crew
and Belgian pilot
freed in Chad
after alleged
: charity kidnap
plot, lawyer says
THREE Spaniards detained
'in a charity's alleged plot to take
103 African children to Europe
returned home on a Spanish
government jet yesterday, after
.tense diplomatic negotiations
with Chad, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The three flight crew mem-
bers and a detained Belgian
pilot also due to leave yester-
day on a Belgian military air-
craft -had been charged with
complicity in the alleged kid-
napping plot, Chadian lawyer
Jean-Bernard Padare said. A
judge later ordered their
Six workers with the French
charity Zoe's Ark remain in
custody in Chad, charged with
attempted kidnapping. A con-
viction could mean 20 years in
prison at hard labor.
The episode comes at a sen-
sitive time in Chad's relations
with Europe. The European
Union is planning to deploy a
peacekeeping force in Chad and
Central African Republic com-
posed largely of French soldiers.
The 3,000-strong force is intend-
ed to help refugees along the
two nations' borders with Dar-
fur. Seventeen Europeans in all
were arrested after Zoe's Ark
was stopped on October 25
ftom flying the children to
The group said its intentions
were strictly humanitarian:
After determining that the chil-
dren were orphans from
Sudan's Darfur region, it want-
*-d to plate the children with
-host families in Europe.
France's Foreign Ministry
and others, however, have cast
cdoubt on the claim that the chil-
dren were orphans from Dar-
fur, where fighting since 2003
has forced thousands to flee to
Chad. Aid workers who inter-
V 'iewed the children said a
majority of them reported living
with at least one adult they con-
sidered a paIedt. : -


Bringing hope to a slum


FOR the first time, Mona
Miller has a real roof, solid walls
and glass windows. Lights come
on at the flick of a switch, water
flows from the tap and she has
the dignity of a toilet, according
to Associated Press.
Miller will move into her first
proper home this weekend
thanks to a building blitz by
nearly 1,400 Irish volunteers,
who completed a mission on
Friday to construct 200 houses
in a week in the depressing,
dusty and hopelessly mis-
named -Freedom Park slum.
"It's a solid home, not some-
thing that people can drive
though," said Miller, shuddering
at the memory of the drunk dri-
ver who rammed into hershack
four years ago, injuring her two
young children in this sprawl-
ing Cape Town slum.
"I look forward to hearing
the rain on the roof because I
will no longer have to get up
and put buckets underneath the
holes. I'm going to close' my
doors and sleep for a week,"
she said.with a grin, gazing
proudly as builders put finishing
touches on the mustard-colored
In the biggest project by for-
eign volunteers in South Africa,
the Irish bricklayers, plasterers,
painters and general helpers
worked to make a dent in the
country's chronic housing cri-
The initiative, now in its fifth
year, was organized by Niall
Mellon, a millionaire Irish
entrepreneur who bought a hol-.
iday home near Cape Town but
could not accept the squalor in
the townships around the jewel
in South Africa's tourist crown.
Since the end of apartheid,
the government has built more
than 2.4 million homes for
needy families. But millions still
live in shacks, and protests
about bad living conditions and
lack of services erupt almost
"The difference here is that
the scale of the problem is such
that nobody gets the chance to
catch their breath and see


1,400 Irish volunteers succeed in

putting up 200 houses in a week

what's been achieved," Mellon
In Cape Town alone, there is
a backlog of 460,000 homes,
Mayor Helen Zille said. With
thousands flocking in from poor
rural areas, the backlog is grow-
ing by 15,000 a year. "We are
going backward," Zille said.
A much-ballyhooed plan to
build houses to replace slums
along the highway linking the
airport and the city is fraught
with problems. There seems lit-
tle chance the N2 Gateway Pro-
ject will be finished in time for
the influx of tourists for soccer's
World Cup in 2010.
Residents of completed Gate-
way apartments complain they
are poorly built. Inhabitants of
shacks that have to be demol-

ished are even more unhappy.
Protesters blocked the highway
last month to protest plans to
move them to a township they
say is too far from the city.
They say they don't believe
official assurances it is just a
temporary move. Another flag-
ship project to move black
families forced out by apartheid
back into Cape Town's vibrant
District Six also is bogged
down in legal wrangling and red
Keys to the first houses were
handed over with much fanfare
in 2003 but only a handful of
houses have been built since
Elderly people driven from
District Six after it was desig-
nated a whites-only neighbor-

hood fear they will die before
their new homes are built. So
local authorities embraced Mel-
lon's Township Trust with gus-
to. It now builds 20 percent of
the low-cost housing put up in
Cape Town and has become
South Africa's biggest provider
of charity housing.
Mellon wants to speed up
delivery by setting up a "super
housing factory" for timber
frame homes common in North
America and Europe but rare
here. He reckons it could con-
struct 5,000 houses a year.
Like her neighbors in Free-
dom Park for the past nine
years, 38-year-old Elizabeth
Vosho lives in a one-room
shack. It has no windows or run-
ning water, and thl family ille-
:t1 9 ,

gally taps electricity from a
There is no bathroom. "We
must sit on a pot," she said.
If the shack had proper walls,
her daughter Geraldine would
be bouncing off them theirs
is one of the 200 Freedom Park
families chosen to get one of
the new homes.
"Ecstatic! Fabulous! Fantas-
tic!" she whooped when asked
about her feelings. "It's a dream
come true," said the bubbly 21-
year-old cashier as she grabbed
her 'guitar to entertain the army
of volunteers.
Irish builder Gerry Nolan has
been volunteering since the pro-
ject started. This year he was
back with his wife, brother, two
sisters and three sons. ,
"It's unbelievable. People in
this day and age who are living
in such conditions," he said.
"It's enough to soften the hard-
est of people's hearts."


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