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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 12/8/2007
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THE year 2007 will stand as
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for PLP


Tribune Staff Reporter
WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe has
publicly endorsed Glenys
Hanna-Martin's candidacy for
the chairmanship of the PLP.
He predicts that she will win
the race for the post.
Mr Wilchcombe, who
many assume to be a future
contender for the leadership
of the PLP, spoke with The
Tribune yesterday, declaring
that Mrs Hanna-Martin has
"the experience", "the foun-
dation" and "the organisa-
tional skills", along with the
passion, to succeed as chair-
"And for her, it is not a self-
ish approach or a selfish ambi-
tion, it is actually more for
party for this country and
that's where her dedication
is," he said. "And I think she
is going to win the support of
the wide majority of our dele-
gates because people can see
in her eyes, feel her spirit,
know from her soul and from
her heart, that she truly
believes in the Progressive
Liberal Party and believes in
the Bahamian people and
what it all stands for."
Mrs Hanna Martin, was the
first member of the PLP to
openly declare interest in the
party chairmanship. This was
at a time when current Chair-
man Raynard Rigby had not
SEE page 11

of the modem Bahamas when a
22-year-old male became the
country's 75th murder victim
Shattering the previous
record of 74 in the year 2000,
the murder count stands at 75
today after Julian Nicholls, a
resident of West End, Grand
Bahama, died at the Rand
Memorial Hospital of a single
bullet to the head.
According to police officials
in Grand Bahama last night, Mr
Nicholls was pronounced dead
around 12.05pm after attempts
to sustain his life in the Inten-
sive Care Unit failed.
Nicholls, it is alleged, might
have been the victim of a "stray
bullet" around 3.42am while at
a local nightclub in the Friend-
ship Shopping Centre in Eight
Mile Rock.
According to a press state-
ment from Assistant Supt of
Police Loretta Mackey, Nicholls
was found lying in the parking
lot "bleeding from the head
"He was transported to the
Accident and Emergency Sec-
tion of the Rand Memorial
Hospital where he was treated
by a medical team for his
injury," the release read.
At the time, Nicholls was list-
ed in "critical condition", suf-
fering from an "apparent" gun-
shot wound to the head.
Officers in Grand Bahama
report last night that they are
investigating the matter.
However, at this time they
have no one in custody for this
latest homicide.
Local activists, church lead-
ers, and government agencies
have all banded together in
recent months at various semi-
nars and gatherings to discuss
ways of tackling the escalating
Candlelight vigils, church ser-
vices, talk shows, and press con-
ferences have all been used as
mediums to voice the notion
that the Bahamas is gripped in
the most violent crime wave
that shows little sign of abating.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham has announced recently
that as the courts see fit, hang-
ings will once again take place
in the Bahamas.
This call for a return to capi-
tal punishment is growing more
deafening with each passing day
as recent crime statistics show
that a number of murders this
year were believed to have been
committed by persons out on
bail on murder charges.

shot by



Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAGISTRATE ruled yes-
terday that a Haitian man, shot
in the leg by a Defence Force
officer in May, had no case to
answer in relation to charges
brought against him of resist-
ing arrest and causing harm to
that officer.
A female RBDF officer had
maintained that it was because
Jean Renold Renard attacked
her during a raid carried out by
that force on May 4 of this year
that she was compelled to shoot
him, hitting him in the thigh.
However, yesterday after-
noon Magistrate William
Campbell discharged Mr
Renard of these two charges in
Court number nine.
Mr Renard's attorney,
Bahama Human Rights Net-
work president Elsworth John-
son, yesterday announced that
he has now filed a civil suit in
the Supreme court on behalf of
his client against the officer
involved, the commander of the
defence force and the attorney
general seeking damages for
false arrest, false imprisonment,
assault and battery and mali-
cious prosecution.
Mr Johnson had made his no
SEE page 9

Two men




POLICE are searching for
two men who have not beer
seen or heard from sincee hcavie l
foot boat on \\ cdnIsday.
The men were reported miss
ing on Thursday. The two mei
left Cat Cay in a 16-'oot bliu,
and white boat called "Shol
Time'" aotunnld 4 pm o
Wednesd:. 'I lihe men wxx
reportedly from a ishing iL-
sel moorednear Ci t 1
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were headed to Ihe mia;inl\ \
of Iliinii lto ollct supplies 1'o\
the crew. Police investi!,alions,
into the matter continue.

Adrian Edgecombe (left) and Dashino Wilson (right) yesterday outside of court.
(Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)

Two charged over

'Mouche' shooting

ANOTHER two men who police have
charged in connection with the shooting death
of Samuel 'Mouche' McKenzie were arraigned
in Magistrate's Court yesterday afternoon.
Dozens of heavily armed police officers
assembled at Bank Lane yesterday afternoon
as murder accused Dashino Wilson, 27, and
Adrian Edgecombe, 31, were brought to court
to be formally charged. Relatives of the
accused men also assembled near Bank Lane
yesterday, declaring the innocence of the two.
The two men, with Stephen Stubbs, 32, of
Ridgeland Park West, have been charged with
the shooting death of Samuel 'Mooshae'
Mckenzie. Stubbs was charged with the death
earlier this week
McKenzie, 35, who was out on bail for mur-

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE department of labour is carrying out an
investigation to determine the extent to which
complaints made against the Lyford Cay Club's
managing director can be substantiated, Labour
and Maritime Affairs Minister Dion Foulkes said
Mr Foulkes said that the investigation is a "mut-
ter of urgency" for the department of labour,
which is set to interview employees.
"We are trying to ascertain the veracity of the
complaints against the managing director (I)idi-
er Picquot)," he said.

der, was gunned down in broad daylight on
November 22 on Wilson Street, off Hay Street,
according to reports.
Police have also charged Wilson,
Edgecombe and Stubbs with conspiring with
others to attempt to murder McKenzie, as well
as attempting to murder and conspiring to
attempt to murder Keith Woodside. Wood-
side was also wounded during the shooting.
The men, who were arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in court eight, Bank
Lane, yesterday were not required to plead to
the charges. The men were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison without bail. The case has
been adjourned to January 21,2008. Prosecu-
tors intend to proceed with the matters by way
of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment, which means
that the matters will go directly to the Supreme

The ministry of labour would then be able to
"make a recommendation" of action to be taken
based on what is revealed by that investigation.
The minister said that he could not speculate as to
how this would end.
A ministry of labour source informed The Tri-
bune that possible outcomes would be either that
Mr Picquot maintains his work permit and posi-
tion at the gated-community's Club, or that his
permit is revoked and he is therefore obliged to
The labour minister said that the investigation
was launched in response to the filing of an offi-
cial complaint by the union.
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Bishop Ellis's church

launches record label

BISHOP Neil Ellis' Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church is launching a record
label-- and a former member
of the Bahamen is leading the
Church officials say Nehemi-
ah Hield will head Kingdom
Glory Records, the latest ven-
ture by Mt Tabor. They said the
new record label was launched
to advance the Gospel music
recording industry in the
Bahamas and will tap into Mt
Tabor's "international relation-
ships and connections" to pro-
vide expertise and technology
to ensure world class produc-
"We believe that Nehemiah's
insight, experience and expo-
sure both locally and interna-
tionally, makes him a perfect fit
and an incredible asset to the
record label," said Bishop Neil
Ellis, senior pastor, at Mt Tabor.
Nehemiah said that in retro-
spect, he believes much of his
life was a "divine set up" for
this particular assignment.
Born into a musical family in
Cooper's Town, Abaco,
Nehemiah shot to international
acclaim as a member of the
highly successful band


(FILE photo)

During his stint with the
group he toured Japan and the
United States and appeared
with the band in the movie My

Father, The Hero.
Mr Hield recorded a total of
five gold albums with Bahamen
and as a solo artist, and in 1991

he won the Bahamian Grammy
for Best Male Vocalist.
"But after over a decade of
incredible success in the secular
music industry; Nehemiah
longed for the peace that he
says only God can give," said a
Mt Tabor press release. "While
he had accepted Christ as a
youth 'to escape hell' and had
tried to live a good life by never
drinking, smoking or using
drugs, he says he realized that
he needed a deep commitment
to knowing God and living in
accordance with His Word.
Subsequent to that epiphany,
Nehemiah rededicated his life
to Christ and shortly thereafter
became a member of Mt
The statement said Bishop
Ellis is convinced that Nehemi-
ah's passion for the Gospel and
his wealth of knowledge and
exposure to the music industry
will be invaluable both to Mt
Tabor's music ministry and the
record label.
"Kingdom Glory Records has
set an ambitious and aggressive
agenda for itself and is set to
release its first project before
year's end and another two in
2008," the statement said.

at en F a m ng m ei n I

TWO representatives from
the Bahamas National Trust
attended the Caribbean
Flamingo Network meeting at
Rio Lagartos Field Station in
Yucatan, Mexico.
The attendance of the BNT
was made possible by a dona-
tion from Majestic Travel Ltd.
The purpose of the meet-
ing was to gather biologists
from all the range countries
of the Caribbean Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus rubber) in
order to set priorities for "in
situ" research, or research
conducted in the bird's natur-
al setting. ,
"Attendance at the meet-
ing was crucial as in such a
nomadic species, complete
understanding and manage-
ment cannot be achieved with-
out sharing information' and
co-ordinating activities across
borders," said the BNT in a
Tamica Rahming, director
of parks and Rivean Riley,
Andros warden, gave a 20

minute presentation on the
history of the flamingo in the
Bahamas, and the research
activities that are being con-
ducted on the bird.
Their presentation high-
lighted the work done in the
Inagua National Park, which
is credited with saving the
regional flamingo, which near-
ly disappeared from much of
its range.
"It was wonderful to have
the opportunity to attend this
meeting and meet other peo-
ple working on flamingos in
our region. We are looking
forward to moving forward on
joint initiatives which will fur-
ther contribute to our knowl-
edge of our national bird,"
said Tamica Rahming.
The Inagua National Park is
one of 25 parks and protected
areas managed by the
Bahamas National Trust. The
park protects Lake Rosa
which is essential habitat for
over 40,000 flamingos in the

End of Year

CARLOS Bain of Sandy Point, Abaco (second right), is off to sea
on a Dockendale Shipping vessel. Pictured from left are Carlos'
father Jesse Bain, Dockendale's office administrator Jamal Smith,
Carlos, and Bahamas Maritime Authority director Dudley Mart-
Photo: Raymond Bethel/BIS

Bahamians head for

career on the ocean

Service Representative on hand,

Free Car Wash (1st come basis),


Drives and More!

Don't MISS this EVENT


By Gladstone Thurston

TWO more young Bahami-
ans have gonF tc sea on hoard
Dockendaie Shipp;ing Compa-
ny's ocean-going bulkers to
become qualified for their rat-
ings licence.
Carlos Bain and Rashad
Dorsett leave for New Orleans
this weekend to join the Dock-
endale ships Falcon and Mer-
"It has been great," said Mr
Bain, of Sandy Point, Abaco.
"I am familiar with boating and
so everything just comes natur-
al to me. I am enjoying it."
Mr Bain and Mr Dorsett
were among 10 Bahamians who
recently received their bridge
watchman certification after
successfully completing their
studies at the Marine Training
Centre of Holland College in
Eight of the students were
sponsored by Dockendale Ship-
ping, as part of the company's
thrust to make more Bahami-
ans aware of the careers avail-
able in the industry.
The bridge watchman certifi-
cate is the initial qualification
necessary for anyone to be
employed on international ves-
Forty-three Bahamians have
been successful at Holland Col-
lege as part of the Bahamas
Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC)
programme created by the
Bahamas Maritime Authority.
The BMCC prepares high
school students in grades 10
through 12 for employment in
the maritime industry.
BMA director Dudley Mart-
inborough is co-ordinator of the

programme. 'aui'Millei is the
head trainer.
"Carlos and Rashad are very
determined and enterprising
\ oung men. .,oio .,areal Smith;
Dockendale's office adminis-
trator. "This is a field that is
unexplored, as far as Bahamians
are concerned; but once they
are exposed to it they generally
show a lot of interest in it. We
send them all over the world."
Mr smith said he looks for-
ward to the maritime industry
rivalling the financial services
Having received bridge
watchman certification, Mr
Martinborough explained, the
students are required by Inter-
national Maritime Organisaton
conventions to go to sea for at
least two months. Dockendale
has agreed to give them this sea
time on board their ships.
When they return they can
apply to the Bahamas Maritime
Authority for a ratings licence.
They are required to work for
another two to three years
before returning to school for
seven months to become sec-
ond mates.
"We want to give the students
as much quality experience as
we possibly can on board ships,"
said Mr Martinborough. "That
bodes well for them in the
"The shipping industry has
always been somewhat invisi-
ble. We don't see it but it is
there. Many jobs and opportu-
nities are available for young
Bahamians in the shipping
industry. I have no doubt that
our industry has lots of room
to expand and improve," he

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Union seeks jobs for

terminated BTVI staff


Tribune Staff Reporter

Gray is not ruling out
entering the race for the
chairmanship of the PLP
in the party's convention
in February 2008.
Reports suggest that Mr
Gray is being lined up by
party Leader Perry
Christie to contest the
chairmanship in opposition
to Glenys Hanna-Martin -
the highest profile candi-
date so far to declare inter-
est in the post.
However, Mr Gray told
The Tribune yesterday that
he is "not actively" seeking
the office. However, he
had not ruled out his entry
into the race.
"Whatever I can do to
make my party stronger, I
am pearpared to do it," said
Mr Gray.
"I feel that I have a con-
tribution to make. And at
the moment I am more
observing to see whether I
would in fact need to put
my hat in the ring," he
Sources have indicated
to The Tribune that Mrs
Hanna-Martin is not the
first choice of Mr Christie
for the PLP chairmanship,
as she is not a "blind fol-
lower" of his lead, and
because she is an MP. The
PLP leader reportedly
prefers non-MPs to hold
the post.
In addition to Mrs Han-
na-Martin, Paulette Zoni-
cle and Omar Archer have
also announced that they
will seek the chairmanship.
of the PLP.
Indicating that no hos-
tilities exist between him
and Mrs Hanna-Martin,
Mr Gray said yesterday:
"If I do not run I will sup-
port Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin if I do not run."
A party source told The
Tribune that it is assumed
that Mr Gray will enter the
race, but he is not a proxy
candidate for Mr Christie,
as some assume.
The source also
explained that the PLP
newcomer Omar Archer
has "no chance" in attain-
ing such a high party post
so soon; while Mrs Zoni-
cle, he said, will have to
accept that Mrs Hanna-
Martin will receive that
nomination, and the for-
mer broadcast journalist
may drop out of the race
before the convention as a
Of Mr Gray's chances if
he enters, the source said
he too would be defeated.
Mrs Hanna-Martin "has
really built a strong stal-
wart base," the source con-
tinued, indicating that PLP
Leader aspirant Obie
Wilchcombe is also a
strong supporter of her
Though he has not
announced his candidacy,
another source told The
Tribune that lawyer Fayne
Thompson may also vie for
the chairmanship, adding
another high profile name
to the increasingly crowd-
ed race.

Tribune Staff Reporter
UNION officials
are attempting
to get public
service jobs for
the six employ-
ees who were terminated from
the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute last week,
The Tribune has learned.
Since the six clerical staff
members, who were reportedly
contract workers, were relieved
of their duties last week, there
have been conflicting reports
about the circumstances sur-
rounding their terminations.
During an interview yester-
day, president of the Bahamas
Public Service Union John Pin-
der told The Tribune that on
November 21, he, with Public
Service Permanent Secretary
Elma Garaway, held a meeting
with BTVI officials at which it

LOCAL child rights activist
Clever Duncombe made a
"final plea" to the government
yesterday to enact the proposed
Family and Child Protection
Mr Duncombe, president of
Bahamian Fathers for Children
Everywhere, told the Tribune
that his organisation is in the
final stages of preparing to take
legal action against the govern-
ment over its failure to create
laws based on the Act, which
parliament passed last year.
"I'm trying to establish exact-
ly what it will take for the gov-

was agreed that the six employ-
ees would not be dismissed.
"The whole matter was not
handled according to the agree-
ment we made in the meeting"
Mr Pinder claimed yesterday.
He added that in that meet-
ing, BTVI officials argued that
the employees in question were
not "permanent" staff members
and could therefore be let go.
However, Mr Pinder said the
union made an agreement with
the prime minister which states
that any person who has five or
more years in the public service
must be considered an "estab-
lished" worker.
Mr Pinder said he is in talks
to have the fired employees dis-
persed around the Ministry of
Education as security guards,
cleaners and clerical workers.
Several calls placed to the
permanent secretary were not
returned up to press time.
When contacted for com-
ment, a BTVI spokesperson

"I feel very disappointed that
this new government would dis-
count and downplay all of our
efforts in terms of. our advocacy
to bring this legislation to where
it's at. We would like the min-
ister of Social Services to
address this matter or treat it
as a priority issue," he said.
The Family and Child Pro-
tection Act, 2006, seeks to
address the issues of child rights.
maintenance, custody.
The Act also calls for stiffer
punishment for those found
guilty of child abuse orchild
The Tribune was unable to

Union in talks to have them

re-hired by Ministry of

Education, claiming

agreement not adhered to

said: "I can say that the workers
that were let go were all con-
tract workers with a stipulation
that either side could terminate
the contract with one month's
notice. In the case of the
employees (in question) they
were terminated with one mon-
th's salary in lieu of notice," the
spokesperson said yesterday.
The spokesperson claimed
the employees were terminat-
ed in response to the quality of
their performance during stu-
dent registration for the 2007
fall semester. The spokesper-
son also sought to dispel claims
of low employee morale fol-

lowing the terminations.
"There is an attempt at BTVI
to move this institution forward
in a very positive direction.
There is an effort to clean this
place up, to remove the nega-
tive stigma that has been
attached to BTVI. Work is
being done feverishly to help to
cause it to be placed in a posi-
tive light from now on; BTVI
has great potential."
However, disgruntled
employees contacted The Tri-
bune claiming that the termi-
nations came after the employ-
ees disobedientlyy" met with
Ministry of Education officials.

"We are
doing this for
the thousands
of children
.who have
already been

In an e-mail sent to The Tri-
bune earlier in the week, an
employee claimed these termi-
nations came not as a result of
the series of demonstrations
held at the Old Trail Road cam-
pus over human resources con-
cerns as had been claimed by
some but came after the
employees in question all went
to ministry officials in an
attempt to become permanent
The employee, who wished
to remain anonymous, further
claimed: "On several occasions
(the employees) were called
into meetings by management,
and reprimanded about their
attempts to seek full-time
"Management even went as
far as to tell them that under
no circumstances will they be
considered for full time employ-
ment, as this does not go well
with the new plans for the insti-

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Clever Duncombe

ernment to address this issue,"
he said.
"We are in our final stages of
preparing a motion to take the
government to court because of
its failure to enact the appro-
priate laws which would be in
line with our UN convention to
protect children," Mr Dun-
combe said.
He said that the motion could
be filed by the end of the year
and that he is optimistic that it
will force the government to
take action.
"We are doing this for the
thousands of children who have
already been affected and those
who are still unborn," he said.
"We need this thing to move
forward because this year has
been indicative of many other
years in terms of the high num-
ber of child abuse cases and we
know that it has a lot to do with
the imbalance they are chal-
lenged with, being raised by a
single parent," Mr Duncombe


contact Minister of State for
Social Services Loretta Butler-
Turner for comment up to press
time yesterday.




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Activist makes 'final

plea" over Child Act





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Saudi rape case may help women's rights

THE case of the "Qatif woman," as she
is known around the world, is appalling
both for its perversity and its familiarity.
The Saudi Arabian woman was gang-
raped by seven men in 2006. She had been
"caught" in a car meeting with a man who
was not her husband or a relative, although
she was married to another man at the
Her story: She was meeting the man to
retrieve a photo of herself she'd given him
months before. At that meeting, two men
forced themselves into the vehicle, drove
the pair to a secluded area where five oth-
ers waited, and the seven raped both the
woman and her male companion.
Her punishment for the illicit meeting -
by Islamic legal standards was 90 lash-
es. The rapists received prison time for
their crime. The plot is bad enough to that
point. But it got much worse after the
woman and her lawyer spoke to the media
about the case.
Her sentence was increased to six
months' prison time and 200 lashes. Her
lawyer, Abdul Rahman al-Lahim, had his
license revoked and is prohibited from
representing the woman.
The case is currently being reviewed by
the Saudi high court, but the deck, shuffled
by the nation's restrictive cleric class, seems
stacked against the victim.
It rings, unfortunately, all too familiar.
In many countries where strict Islamic
sharia law rules, "honour" rapes, killings,
acid burnings and other forms of violence
against women are routinely sanctioned,
covered up or dismissed altogether.
Some movement has been made to
address the inequities. In Pakistan, for
example, passed the Women's Protection
Bill last year that reversed some portions
of the restrictive 1979 Hudood Ordinances.
The laws required, among other things, a
rape victim to produce four male witness-
es to the act.
The new bill would allow a rape victim
to introduce medical evidence of an attack,
something not allowed before.
But turning the Titanic of cultural tradi-
tion and religious fervor around is hard

NOTICE is hereby given that TRISTAN LEONARDO
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST.day of
DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147', Freeport, Bahamas.



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"Unfortunately there is still a long way
to go before there can be a palatable
decrease in violence against women in
Pakistan," researcher Syed Mohammed
Ali wrote recently in the Daily Times, a
Pakistani newspaper.
Earlier this week, President Bush missed
an opportunity to stand firm on the issue of
human rights in Saudi Arabia, one of the
United States' closest allies.
At a White House press conference,
Bush was asked if he had raised the matter
with King Abdullah in recent weeks, in
the course of Middle East peace talks. He
didn't remember if the subject came up.
He also launched into a somewhat irrel-
evant discourse about how he'd be emo-
tional if it happened to his daughter. The
closest he got to an admonition was saying
that he'd "be angry at a state that didn't
support the victim" and that the Saudi
king "knows our position loud and clear."
Not quite a rousing rebuke, but then
again, a short distance connects Riyadh.
to Washington. In any case, fundamental
change in the application of Islamic law
isn't going to come about as a result of a
* U.S. president's disapproval. It will have to
come from within.
Even the woman's husband came forth
a brave move in a culture where honour
is often defined by persecuting women
and remaining silent about that persecu-
"I'm not lacking in manhood or an Arab
man's honour that I would defend a cheat-
ing wife," he told a Lebanese television
station last month. "I feel that in this cat-
astrophe she exercised bad judgment by
meeting this man, but how can you or any-
one say she committed adultery?"
In a perverse way, the Saudi justice sys-
tem's zeal for unjustly punishing the Qatif
woman may be the best thing to happen to
women's rights. It has shed yet more light
on a problem too many women have suf-
fered for too long.

(This article was written by Rebeca Cha-
pa of the
San Antonio Express-News c.2007).



the crime

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please allow space in your
editorial columns to share on
the issue of crime in our coun-
It was possibly a reverend's
words out of Philadelphia in
1904 where the words of a song
that became an anthem of the
movement in the United States
that brought winds of change.
However like yesterday those
words stood- prophetic as it
beckoned a call that awakened
the people of that time. The
song brought winds of change in
a nation that echoed a call for
unity against an evil in society.
Today I pen'a sad reality-
that is we have all failed.
When we look at the state of
crime and murder in our coun-
try, as a young Bahamian, I am
too often reminded of the sad
reality that another soul is shot
down in cold blood that runs
deep into the soil of the
Bahamas. For whatever rea-
son(s), we now find ourselves
in a paralyzed state as a country.
Bleeding into the earth from
wounds of murder and violence
that's broken out across the skin
of the Bahamas. We have all
now lost a life too many and
cannot see from our physical
eyes any remedy in sight.
However, last evening whilst
listening to one of the greatest

gospel artists of all time as she
sang this holy anthem, I began
to see that the song, "We shall
overcome" is just as relevant
now as it was then.
However this time this 'grave
evil' of crime and violence
attacks us all. It is blind to any
colour or race. And it is driven
by our failure to allow, truth to
rein in the body of our beloved
Last week 'an arm of crime'
reached out and ripped live cop-
per from the tower that feeds
station 1240AM, the gospel sta-
tion within the ZNS networks,
silencing once again a voice of
truth across the country. Some
years ago, that same ZNS TV
removed its daily meditation
when signing off the station.
Slowly in this country we have
seen Christ excommunicated
from His Church (the people)
and thus the love for one anoth-
er has diminished. A cruel face
of murder has now arisen in our
country where far too many
young children as last
evening stood in witnesses to
the double murder of two men
on the St. Vincent Road area
of southern New Providence.

Let us all make loud our call
for the return to our ZNS net-
works daily meditations how-
ever let it be positioned just
after the 7 o'clock nightly news.
As Mahalia Jackson con-
cluded her solo, she added these
words to her prayer, which
again is so revealing that when
looked at closely, we can possi-
bly see a solution to our prob-
She said; "When we come to
the end of a perfect day that
God has given us, and we take
inventory of ourselves and we
think of all the wonderful good
things that God has done for
us. We thank God for a portion
of good health, and you thank
God for the remaining of a lov-
ing family. You thank God for
the food that he has provided
you. You thank him for the
shelter. And when you think of
all the good things that God has
given to you, do you stop to
think, what have I done for
somebody else? Have I helped
someone today that was hun-
gry? Did I pat someone on the
back and say you can make it?
Did I help a young girl or young
boy from going astray? And,
Oh Lord, if I didn't please for-
give, I'll try again tomorrow."
November 28, 2007.

Cost of living

under pressure

EDITOR, The Tribune.
POSSIBLY the second most
talked about subject is the rising
cost of living and the lack of
matching rise of wages can I
bring some insight to this glob-
al problem.
The global grocery bill has
climbed 21 per cent in 2007
alone, according to recent UK
press reports in the UK an
average family spends a little
more over.$1,500 US more than
12-months ago. I can believe
that as it seems every visit you
witness an increase on the

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essentials. Witnessing the store
employees changing the prices
on priced items is certainly a
good indication that is a valid
point. Thought this was illegal?
With the cost of a barrel of
'black gold' hitting $100 US it is
not going to be too long before
fuel surcharges are everywhere
where delivery is involved -
pizza lovers beware!
US core inflation is as low as
2.1 per cent however the US
figure does not reflect food and
energy food inflation is up at
least 5.5 per cent whilst energy
as we know from our BEC bills
is up 14.5 per cent.
The dark picture globally is
more of the world is improving
their respective lifestyles and
seek now to improve their once
primitive eating habits so in eco-
nomic terms there is a market
which cannot meet the demands
- therefore an inflationary
market which will inevitably
bring further rising prices.
Grains are under considerable
demand simply because Biofu-
els are the vogue so the farmer
charges a higher price and the
cattle farmer, the chicken, pork
or what have you farmer pro-
ducets have to pay the higher
price for the same grain.
Global food output is increas-
ing by a paltry 1.3 per cent

whilst demand is increasing by
over 3 per cent. Less to go
around, so higher prices.
Check around your super-
market prices this is real as you
will see in the smaller amount of
groceries you can purchase for
the same dollar you spent six-
months ago.
Recently in CARICOM,
especially Barbados, their gov-
ernment led by the Prime Min-
ister and Economist has
charged that some of he whole-
salers and retailers are hiding
There have been letters in
our newspapers asking the same
- why are food items at Publix
100 pr cent cheaper than the
chain supermarkets in The


(Maybe you should also take
into consideration the import
taxes that the merchant has to
pay and the mark-up he
includes to cover the pilferage
that goes on in his foodstores,
not only by some of the inside
jobbers, but also by the general
public. Ed).
December 4,2007.

NOTICE is hereby given that HEERIA RAMLALL of
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LOLITA THOMPSON of
8586, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
1ST day of December, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,




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Tribune Staff Reporter

"I vex at the Road Traffic
Department. Could you
please fix the huge potholes
on Church
Street at the
corner of
S h i r le y
Street? That
is a very
highly trav-
elled area
leading to
Island. I got
my axle and
tyre dam-
aged due to
that pot-
angry "

"Why is .i.
the street
light on Bay
Street on all
day long for
junkanoo? I
ain't paying no BEC bill
because they ain't paying
their bills.
I also vex because the Nas-
sau Harbour Club got a big
truck in the road blocking up
the traffic. They don't need
to be blocking up the traffic,
especially this time of year..
. and why these foreigners
able to do things that
Bahamians can't do?"
Anr citizen Eastern

I Vex cuz Water and
Sewage dig up my road musse
a month ago no joke an
een fix the trench back yet.
I mean, I understand they
replacing pipes, cuz people
dem complain cuz they get
water, but
you gatte
do more
den leave
two fellas,
wit one
S shovel, to
fill up the
They is fill
about 10
feet a day.
This time
my water
still brown
and the

tr street
in High

"I vex
because Bahamian women so
hell bent on what they could
get from a man instead of
trying' to get their own tings.
All that energy dey put into
golddiggin' they could go out
there and get an education.
I mean a pretty face and a
nice shape could only get ya
so far.
I is the kinda man who
want more substance."
Taylor, Centreville

Minister of Health and Social Development
Dr Hubert Minnis visited several ~tards at the
Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday as .
part of the annual official visit of the governor "
general. Together. they visited with patients
and gaoe special gifts to the children.
Patrick Hanna/BIS ;

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Cancer Registry plan

for Princess Margaret

Bahamian receives

two Emmy awards

BAHAMIAN Mark Thomp-
son has won two Emmy Awards
for his work as a journalist.
He was named as a co-win-
ner of one award in category
six, Investigative Report, and
co-winner of another in catego-
ry nine, Business/Consumer
News, at Otie 2007. Sicoast
Emmy Awdrds.
The Sunnast Chapter of ie
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences held its
2007 Emmy Awards on Satur-
day, December 1 at the Gay-
lord Palms Resort in Kissim-
mee, Florida.
Mr Thompson, a photojour-
nalist with NBC-6 in Florida,
was the cameraman for the win-
ning investigative report series
entitled, "Citizenship For Sale,"
and the winning business/con-
sumer news, item entitled,
"Green is Green."
When asked what it felt like
to win such a prestigious award,
his response was, "It is exciting
to know that with a little talent
and a lot of hard work you can
excel anywhere in the world. It
feels great!"
He said he loves his profes-
sion and encourages more peo-
ple to pursue their professional

Mr Thompson began his
career as a cameraman for ZNS.
After working there for 11
years, he chose to go to Florida
to pursue a degree in television
He then accepted a job with
WAMI television station to gain
Work experience before return-
4.ng home.
He then moved to NBC-6
where he has been working as a
photojournalist for the last four
and a half years. Mr Thompson
said he hopes to return to the
Bahamas one day to pass on
what he has learned to other
aspiring photojournalists. He
lives in Ft Lauderdale with his
wife and two children.
The Suncoast Chapter of the
National Academy of Televi-
sion Arts and Sciences is a non-
profit Florida corporation ded-
icated to excellence in televi-
They offer annual Emmy
Awards called the Suncoast
Regional Emmy Awards to
television markets in the entire
State of Florida, Alexandria,
Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake
Charles and New Orleans,
Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama,
Thomasville, Georgia and Puer-
to Rico.

By Matt Maura

THE establishment of a Can-
cer Registry on the grounds of
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, along with a "truly func-
tional and certified Tumor
Board with all of the ancillary
services," are among the many
upgrades that are expected to
not only transform PMH into
the leading healthcare and
teaching facility in the region,
but also enhance the delivery
of services to patients.
Minister of Health and Social
Development Dr Hubert Min-
nis said the launch of the reg-
istry and the establishment of
the Tumour Board will also "go
a long way" in helping to reduce
the prevalence of cancer in the
"We should all be aware of
the high prevalence of cancer
in our country (which) is now
the leading cause of death
among women," Dr Minnis
said. "I am advised that the
work on the former Bahai
Building is near completion. I,
therefore, look forward to the
establishment of the Cancer
Registry and a truly certified
Tumour Board."

The commissioning of the
registry is part of the overall
process of "re-strengthening
and restructuring" the services
and facilities at the state-owned
and managed healthcare facility,
he said.
Another step will be the
strengthening of the Patient
Relations Department, which
Dr Minnis said will help hospi-
tal officials and administrators
to "systematically analyse" all
relevant complaints, target
those areas from which the
majority of the complaints
emerge, and respond in a "time-
ly fashion" to those affected.
He added that a University
of the West Indies Library will
also be established, and will be
housed on the upper level of
the former Bahai Building.
"As a teaching institution, the
Princess Margaret Hospital
must provide an adequately
equipped library, especially for
our medical students, as we con-
tinue the development to a first-
class teaching facility," Dr Min-
nis said.
"Our goal, in conjunction
with the University of the West
Indies, is to ensure that the
quality of doctors that train at

our institution is second to none
anywhere in the Caribbean and
rival those found anywhere else
in the world."
Dr Minnis said he was "excit-
ed" about the launch of the
Telemedicine Pilot Project on
Monday and the "tremendous
potential" it has for enhanced
service delivery in the Family
"After reviewing and watch-
ing the performance of the
telemedicine just the other day
and listening to a patient's
heartbeat in Abaco, via Princess
Margaret Hospital, and being
able to examine the patient's
ear, I am convinced that in the
near future, Princess Margaret
Hospital will be able to host a
cardiac clinic from Nassau for
those patients in Abaco," Dr
Minnis said.
"I am also convinced that in
the near future, PMH will also
be able to host a specialist ENT
(ear, nose and throat) clinic
using the same process that was
demonstrated on Monday," he
Dr Minnis said the further
strengthening and restructuring
of the Patient Relations Depart-
ment will assist officials and

administrators at PMH to "bet-
ter address" some of the feed-
back the facility receives with
regards to the delivery of some
services to clientele.
"Communication is crucial in
allaying fears and reducing the
anger and frustration that wait-
ing for services often bring," he
said. "We continue to receive
complaints from a number of
sources regarding the delivery
of services at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital and while these
may seem negative, they pro-
vide us with a real opportunity
to assess ourselves and make
improvements where necessary.
"I am sure that this will
improve the institution's image,
as well as our services to clients
who must be assured that their
complaints have been acted
upon and that corrective action
has been taken where neces-
"We cannot emphasise
enough, our appreciation for
the dedication and commitment
of the entire staff of this great
institution and I look forward
to your continued teamwork as
we, together, seek to improve
the health of our nation," Dr
Minnis added.

US states, cities urged

to make difference in

climate change fight

AP Special Correspondent

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -
Despite Bush administration
reluctance, U.S. states and cities
could make an American
"national commitment" to a
new global agreement to cut
greenhouse gases, the chief
U.N. climate scientist said Fri-
In an interview with The
Associated Press, Rajendra
Pachauri said the U.S. approach
to climate change might be
altered by the upcoming presi-
dential election or by the
actions of states and cities.
Pachauri, whose Intergov-
ernmental Panel on Climate
Change shared this year's Nobel
Peace Prize with former Vice
President Al Gore, spoke with
AP during the U.N. climate
conference on this resort island.
More than 180 nations are
assembled to try to launch
negotiations on an agreement
for future reductions in carbon
dioxide and other industrial,
transportation and agricultural
gases blamed for global warm-
The Indian climatologist,
chairman of the IPCC, is head-
ing to Norway to accept the
Peace Prize on Monday on
behalf of his panel, which is a
network of 2,000 climate and

other scientists.
Later in the two-week con-
ference, Pachauri and Gore will
make separate appeals for deci-
sive steps toward a new regime
of deeper emissions cutbacks to
succeed the Kyoto Protocol
when it expires in 2012.
The 1997 Kyoto accord
required 36 industrial nations
to reduce emissions by an aver-
age 5 percent below 1990 levels
by 2012. The United States is
the only industrial nation to
reject Kyoto; President Bush
says the required cuts would
damage the U.S. economy.
The U.S. delegation in Bali
has indicated no change in that
position. However, "there's
much that's happened in the
U.S." at congressional, state and
local levels, Pachauri said.
California last year adopted a
sweeping law requiring reduc-
tions of about 25 percent in
greenhouse gases by 2020. New
York and nine other North-
eastern states are putting caps
on power-plant emissions and
developing a system to trade
emissions allowances. And just
last month, five Midwestern
states announced a joint pro-
gram to reduce emissions.
At the local level across the
United States, city governments
have introduced significant
measures to rein in carbon

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Nurses learn

techniques for

badly-ill babies

Registered Nurses Rachel Rose .(left) and Dianna Adderley
make a presentation on developmental care. Both were among the
specialised nurses who have received advanced training in neona-
tal care at the Mt Sinai Hospital and the George Brown Universi-
ty, Toronto, Canada.
Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

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

Pastor:H, Mills

NURSES from the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit and the
Special Care Baby Unit of the
Princess Margaret Hospital met
with nurses employed in other
baby care areas to share expe-
riences on some of the new
techniques related to the care
and management of premature
and critically ill infants.
The discussions centred on
key areas such as prematurity,
neonatal parental nutrition,
developmental care for prema-
ture babies, code management
and conflict management.
Event co-ordinator nurse
Leah Patton said the sympo-
sium provided the nurses with
an opportunity to highlight and
discuss some new measures and
procedures in managing spe-
cialised care for babies some
of which could be of critical
Most of the presenters were
specialised nurses who have
received advanced training in
neonatal care at Mt Sinai Hos-
pital in New York and George
Brown University in Toronto,
"Our purpose here today is
to showcase some of the refined
care that is provided for the
type of babies that are admitted
to our unit," Nurse Patton said.
"We have the most advanced
unit in the region and as many
as 15 of our nurses have been
trained in neonatal care through
the George Brown University
and at the Mt Sinai Hospital
and so the symposium provided
us with an opportunity to trans-
pose some of that knowledge
to our healthcare population,
especially those nurses from the
Private Surgical Ward, the
Maternity Ward and the
Department of Public Health,
who work with babies."

Chief administrator at the Princess Margaret Hospital Coralee Adderley speaks at the symposium
Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

Nurse Patton said PHM nurs-
es have "made a number of
advancements" in the area of
neonatal nursing since 1997.
She said staff at the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

and the Special Care Baby Unit
(SCBU) are among the most
highly trained in the region as a
result of having participated in
the training courses in Toronto
and elsewhere.
"The facility in Toronto is an

excellent one and the experi-
ence was an eye-opener for us
because we were able to mea-
sure where we are at as NICU
and SCBU nurses and it was
good to know that our nurses

equipment are a bit more
advanced; but that is expected
because those things are funded
by private organizations and the
hospital receives a lot of dona-
tions (and so) I would like to

Neonatal Nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) of the Princess Margaret
Hospital, along with nurses employed in othei baby care areas
and the Public Hospitals Authority, attend a Neonatal Nurses
Symposium, on Wednesday
Photo: Eric Rose/BIS

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

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
*MOW P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
SPhone: 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 24th Anniversary Service/HC
Dr. reginald Eldon/ Rev. Charles Sweeting
7:00PM Nassau Region's United Service St. Michael's
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Rev. Gerald Richardson
7:00PM Nassau Region's United Service-St. Michael's
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
,fll 9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs
11:00AM Rev. William Higgs
7:00PM Nassau Region's United Service-St. Michael's

'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. Christopher Neely
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host:
In celebration of the 24th Anniversary, the youth of"
Curry Memorial present A Gala Event, "It-Came Upon
A Midnight Clear" on Wednesday, December 12, 2007
at 7:00 p.m. at the Church on Zion Boulevard

rant's ; otun IW OIlep 1letjtbitt Church

The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
7:00 a.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Bro. Ernest Miller
11:00 a.m. Sis. Tezel Anderson/Sis. Lily Benson
7:00 p.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Board of Christian
Education & Church School
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11:30 amn. Speaker
Pastor George Berry
of East Street Gospel Chapel
6:00 p.m.. Speaker Annual Christmas Extravaganza
@ Emmanuel Gospel Chapel
Bible Class: ,4 am. Breaking of Broad Service: 10:45 a. m
Community Outreach 11:30 ai. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
Midweek Service 7-30 p.m. (Wednesdays)
Sisters' Prayer Meeng 10-00 an. (2nd Thursday of each month)

s" Grounded In The Past & Geared To the Future

Worship Time: ]lam & 7pm

Sunday School: 9:45am

Prayer Tine: 6:30pmr

Place: The Madeira Shopping

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

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

Church School during Worship Service
DEC. 15, 3-5PM

Place: Twynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive
Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587*

have comparable skills and
knowledge base as those in the
countries who hold first-world
status, considering the fact that
we are a developing nation,"
Nurse Patton said.
"Some of the machinery and

take this opportunity to encour-
age corporate Bahamas to buy
into what we are doing in both
units because private support is
critical to achieving an even
higher success rate than we are
accomplishing now."

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Royal Rangers (Boys Club) 4-16 yrs.
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FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
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Two COB security supervisors

attend student safety summit

TWO veteran members of the College of the
Bahamas Security Department attended the first
National Student Safety and Security Confer-
ence held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Senior supervisor Talmadge Bethel and assis-
tant director Alexander Darville joined 400 oth-
er delegates who came from all over the US and
as far away as Hawaii and Honduras to experi-
ence real-world simulations of community
responses to school and college violence and
related tragedies.
It was the first national event in the United
States to invite leaders representing every sector
of society to model a community process to help
stamp out all forms of school violence, includ-
ing: shootings, bullying, dating violence, vandal-
ism, gang activity, catastrophic events such as
school massacres and other crises such as hurri-
canes and bomb alerts.
In addition, special workshops examined the

latest community methods of fighting teenage
suicide, alcohol and drug abuse and aggressive dri-
ving among high school and college students.
Mr Darville and Mr Bethel found plenty to
engage with at the conference and were espe-
cially impressed with the way teamwork was
emphasised throughout the proceedings.
"It is very important for the nurses and coun-
sellors to work hand in hand with the security
officers," said Mr Darville, "as very often a violent
act follows a series of changes in behaviour that
suggest a decline in mental health."
Mr Bethel added, "They really focused on secu-
rity being everyone's concern right from the jan-
itresses to the president. Everyone must be sea-
sitised and alert and work together."
The College of the'Bahamas said it has a large
contingent of security officers -- more than much
larger institutions in the United States, and has
recently beefed up its numbers with 14 addition,

al personnel.
"I was talking to a person from a college there
that had 36,000 students, but only 31 security
officers," said Mr Darville, "but they have an
elaborate signage system, campus maps and direc-
tion boards, emergency telephones and separate
parking attendants. They also have a different
culture when it comes to certain things."
COB is in the process of installing new signs but
both men agreed that campus security is affected
by long-standing feuds that students bring to
Oakes Field from their secondary school rivalries.
Both are in favour of stronger liaisons being cre-
ated between the college and high schools involv-
ing counsellors and teachers so that they can be
forewarned of potential trouble areas.
"More than 90 per cent of our problems arise
from disputes that have been festering from high
school," Mr Bethel said, "and we could deal more
effectively with some of these if there were clear-

er channels that allowed us to work more closely
with the schools."
Said COB in a statement: "Thankfully, the
Bahamas has been spared atrocities such as
Columbine and Virginia Tech that have occurred
in the US, but with the current wave of crime
and the increasing number of schoolyard inci-
dents, some people are predicting that it is only a
matter of time before something awful happens at
the College of the Bahamas. Incidents of vio-
lence on campus have been growing but the Secu-
rity Department feels that it is managing to stay
on top of things."
Mr Bethel and Mr Darville have returned from
the conference with a hatful of ideas they are
ready to implement. They will involve training for
the whole department and, in many cases, a new
approach, but both men said they are confident
they can maintain the high level of campus secu-
rity they are proud to have achieved.

In the front row at the presentation, from left, are: Gary Russell, Music Makers leader; Jerome
Gomez, representing New South Ocean; Frederick Calendar, Music Makers treasurer. Back row
from left: Troy Evans, back line leader, Music Makers; William Brown, co-leader. Music Makers.
Wendell Clearefl'CL

The New South Ocean devel- Music Makers and its new spon- an culture.
opment is the new sponsor of sors, the New South Ocean He described the Music Mak-
the Music Makers Junkanoo development," said the group ers as "most deserving" of the
Group. in a statement. donation.
After a decade without spon- A spokesperson for New The Music Makers was first
sorship, the leadership of the South Ocean said that its deci- established in 1953. The group
group received a cheque for sion to seek out and establish a claims the distinction of having
$35,000 on Thursday night. relationship with the group is introduced both the brass sec-
"It is hoped that there will a part of the development's com- tion and choreographed dancing
lasting relationship between the mitment to supporting Bahami- to junkanoo.

Centre providing a

Christmas Adventure

In a decidedly tropical twist on the Christmas
story, the Adventure Learning Centre is hold-
ing its first ever Christmas Extravaganza.
The event began last night, and is being held
again tonight between 6pm and 10pm.
It will take the form of a drive-through
Christmas lights display at the centre, featuring
tens of thousands of lights and over 1,000 glow-
ing candles.
"As visitors drive through the property, they
will be greeted by Christmas carol singers and
further, as cars drive through the dark regions
of the property, live characters that retell the
Christmas story heralding the birth of Jesus -
and focusing on the promise and hope for
mankind that his birth represents," said a
spokesperson for the centre.
"A live Jazz ensemble will also be on hand to
greet each car load as they enter, and a Chris-

tian group will serenade them before they exit
with free hot chocolate and candy canes for
the children."
According to the Adventure Learning Cen-
tre, the purpose of the Christmas Extravagan-
za is to share the Gospel in a unique and
impacting way.
"As a non-profit organisation, we also hope
to raise money to run the ministry, as typically
only one-third of our annual budget is derived
from modest fees for our school progranunes,"
said the spokesperson.
The two-night event is open to the general
public at a cost of $5 per car.
The Adventure Learning Centre describes
itself as an outdoor educational facility that
teaches science and nature to Bahamian school
children with the ultimate purpose of "sharing
the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ".

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Raising tourism

from the depths

This week, In Days Gone By, looks back at
the life of Bronson Hartley, who died in Florida
on December 3 at age 87.
Born in 1920 in New York, Bronson was the
son of a doctor who served in World War 1.
Age the of 10, Bronson moved with his moth-
er and brother Bob to Bermuda. He graduated
from the American School of Paris, 1939.
As a young man, Bronson worked five years
with Dr William Beebe, the famous ichthyologist
and underwater explorer, who was known for his
half-mile dive in the Bathysphere in the 1930s.
In 1942, Bronson enlisted in the US military in
Bermuda, running air sea rescue boats. He
received the Soldier's Metal for heroism not
involving actual conflict, by direction of Presi-
dent Truman. The metal was given for swimming
late at night in high seas, at the end of an airstrip
to rescue bomber crash victims.
In 1948, in Bermuda, Bronson, with the help of
his wife Martica, started the first helmet diving
tourist operation and made one of the first 35mm
colour undersea movies, called 'Main Street
It was Bronson's invention of the underwater
casing that made the movie possible to film. Bron-
son and Martica had two sons, Christopher and
In 1958, they converted a US military Liberty
launch to an ocean going motor sailor and arrived
in Nassau, Bahamas.

This was a perfect time, as Bahamian tourism
had been affected by the bad publicity of the
General Strike and therefore needed a boost.
Hartley's Undersea Walk was a star attraction
and numerous articles were written in the local
and international publications, one being Life
The Hartleys opened the country's first aquar-
ium, which was located on East Street in Nas-
Operating helmet diving in Bermuda and Nas-
sau, Bronson continued the businesses in 1960s
with his second wife. Harriet.
Bronson now had two step daughters, Bonnie
and Connie, who he loved dearly.
Over the years Bronson, had personally taken
more than 125,000 tourists for a helmet walk
Guests not only enjoyed a marine biology
course but were able to watch Bronson interact
with is trained fish: Harry the grouper, Helen
the angelfish, Theodore the hogfish, and George
the grunt.
Bronson Hartley was a man of many talents
being an undersea photographer, movie maker
and an accomplished water colour artist.
He was proud that both his sons, Christopher
and Gregory, followed in his footsteps operat-
ing the Undersea Walk in Bermuda and Nassau.
"Bronson's big smile and wonderful spirit will
be missed and always," said his family.

Bronson's 80th birthday party with Rickey the poodle and Harry, the grouper in 2000.

Bronson and Harriet (2nd wife) at Nassau Yacht Haven 1962. Standing in front the Tropic
Rover, largest catamaran which was in the movie "Thunderball"

The Carioca Nassau bound from Bermuda 1958 Christmas card.

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Sons Christopher and Gregory in 1960

Man shot by Defence

Force officer acquitted

Bronson with George the Grunt

,-Department conducting

Lyford Cay investigation

FROM page one
This came after the depart-
ment of labour, represented by
Director Harcourt Brown,
"mediated" a meeting between
the hotel catering and allied
workers union executives, the
management of,the Lyford Cay
Club and representatives from
the Bahamas Hotel Employers
Association last week follow-
ing an incident in which two
union executives complained
Jhat they were mistreated by
ILyford Cay security when they
attempted to attend a sched-
'-uled meeting at the club.
On Wednesday union presi-
dent Roy Colebrooke and oth-
-er officers blamed this contro-
,ersial incident -- in which
security allegedly "set dogs" on
them on Mr Picquot. They
accusedd him of repeatedly try-
pFing to hamper the union in its
efforts to represent its members
of which, the union claims, there
.Jre about 180 on the Lyford
ir However in a letter seen by
*he Tribune from the chairman
Spf Lyford Cay's Property Own-
ers Association, Christopher
PIampton Davis, the association
- "following discussions with Mr
'Picquot" said that the move
by security to have the men
leave the property was a result
of union executives breaching
security by failing to identify
themselves at the gate. Officers
deny this version of events.
Executives claimed on
Wednesday that Mr Picquot has
been the subject of complaints
by employees to the ministry of
labour for years before, but
without any action being taken
by either the former or current
I minister.
Yesterday Mr Foulkes said
that he had received two anony-
mous letters about Mr Picquot
purporting to be from employ-
ees at the Lyford Cay Club
since being sworn into office in
May, and was aware of a num-
ber of other unsigned letters
delivered to the department of
labour on the matter.
However, he said, that due to
the anonymous nature of this

Feiize Fn icie

information "there was never a
particular employee we could
interview" up until now.
The Tribune was unable to
reach Mr Picquot for comment
yesterday, but Mr Picquot's per-

sonal assistant, who declined to
be named, said that she has
been advised that Mr Picquot
has no comment to make in
relation to these claims at this

FROM page one
case submission in relation to the cha, ges brought
against Mi Renard on the basis that the Defence
Force had no authority to go on the raid in the
Cowpen Road area that day in Mav
Under Section foui of the Defence Force Act it
is laid out that the Defence Force has authority to
carry out raids if ihey are acting in conjunction
with either the police or immigration. However,
Magistrate Campbell yesterday ruled that the
prosecution had not provided evidence tb show
that the RBD'F wP working in conjunction with
either of 'hes- forces when it carried out hie raid.
When reports s of Mr Renard having been shot
by an RBDI -lffic,-r first came to public attention
in May. poiiLe and the defence force said that
they were "investigating" the incident, with the
police checking to determine if "any criminal
activity occui cd .and the defence fore to focus
on whether pirl ei priocduc ( cas followed by
its officers during ,a i.icident Chief Supt Huian
Hanna told The rmbi) Iiihai the officers were on
"official duties
Reiati the ,ji.-nd min said. however.
that tic cpiso oi ,\t az .11 ,ntiiit .11 n ow Haitians
aie otttin fasiciiedo i\ 5 aiiauiai ti authorities,

being subjected to heavy-handed tactics with tra
ditionally little recourse.
The RBDF said little about the incident at the
time, releasing a short statement that confirmed
only that a man had been shot in the thigh by a
female officer.
While it was not initially brought to media
attention, the investigations ultimately culminat-
ed in three charges being brought against Mr
Yesterday Mr Johnson confirmed that one
charge does still stand against his client that of
illegal landing. Magistrate Campbell set that mat-
ter down for trial for January 25. Mr Johnson
said that he sincerely hopes he does not see "the
mistake" of Mr Renard being subject to depor-
tation before he has a chance to stand trial.
Mr Johnson has previously expressed grave
concern about the treatment of Haitian nationals
and Haitian-Bahamians by local security forces.
"Everybody in the Bahamas, whether they be
Haitian, Jamaican or Chinese, is entitled to certain
basic fundamental human rights," he said.
Shortly before press time yesterday afternoon
Sub. Lt Sonia Miller, a public relation spokesper-
son fvr the RBDF said .sh would be unable to
ommnient ou he :uling as she had no yet buee.
briefed. .-





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What we can do



crime plaguing country

By the Rev Dr J Emmette Weir

A dark cloud
hangs over our
beloved d
Bahamaland! It
is none other
than the rising tide of crime and
violence which threatens to dis-
rupt the very fabric of our soci-
ety, shake the moral founda-
tions of our country, which
claims to be a Christian nation.
Especially disturbing is the fact
that more than 70 murders have
been committed this year thus
far, and with a month more to
gotheififilseri niay prove to'
be the highest in the history of
our nation.
How has this situation of
increasing crime and violence
come about? Or, in the .words
of Cardinal Helder Camara of
Brazil: "What are the root caus-
es of this spiral of violence?"
What practical steps can and
must we take to turn it around
and restore peace and harmony
to our community?
These are the burning ques-
tions which are on the minds of
many citizens of the Bahamas
today. In answering them, there
can be no doubt that all institu-
tions, and all concerned citizens,
have a very important part to
carry out. Concisely, this is not
the time "to point fingers", but
for us all to ask what we can do
to make ours a better place in
which to live.
Soon after learning that Mr
Vincent Pedican was missing
and that foul play was suspect-
ed, I had occasion to speak to
the Rev Christopher Neely, Pas-
tor of New Hope Methodist
Church. Visibly shaken by this
report, the young clergyman
replied: "The Church must do
something to improve this situ-
ation!" Let us, then, begin by
looking at the responsibility of
the Church, and then proceed
by examining that of the state,
concluding with the part that
we all as citizens must take in
dealing with the challenge to
drastically reduce this "spiral of


1. Call for a National Day of
Prayer for the healing of the

In times of national crisis,
when things are getting out of
hand at the human level, it is
most appropriate for those who
are the moral and spiritual lead-
ers to call for prayer for its wel-
fare. At such a time, in ancient
Israel, the prophet Joel instruct-
ed the religious leaders: "Blow
-the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a.
fast, call a solemn assembly:
Gather the people, sanctify the
congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and
those that suck the breast: Let
the bridegroom go forth of his
chamber, and the bride out of
her closet." Joel 2:15 16 (AV.)
A step in the right direction,
then, would be for the Church

to lead the way in calling for a
National Day of Prayer for the
healing of the nation. This can
be spearheaded by the
Bahamas Christian Council, the
Grand Bahama Christian Coun-
cil, and the Councils in other
Family Islands, working in co-
operation with all the spiritual
elders in our nation. It would
be a truly holy day (the original
meaning of holiday) when all
in the nation would join in
prayer. The churches should be
open for prayer and the radio
and TV stations can be encour-
aged to play sacred songs, along
with inspirational messages
from the clergy. This should
prove effective, for it is assured
in holy scripture.
"If my people, which are
called by my name, shall hum-
ble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then will I
hear from heaven, and forgive
their sin, and will heal their
land." 11 Chron 7:14 (AV.)

2. Enabling youth to resolve
conflict without resorting to vio-
While leading in prayer for
the healing of the nation is a
primary responsibility, it can-
not stop there. Rather the
Church must be involved in
practical efforts to realise the
goals and requests of prayer.
As one Bahamian layman put it:
"We must give legs to our
prayer". More profoundly,
prayer should strengthen us so
that we are used of God to
bring about the changes we
desire. As it is put in the Epistle
of James, "Faith without works
is dead!"
In this regard, it is essential to
note that one of the major rea-
sons for the high incidence of
crime and violence is the inabil-
ity of many of our young people
to resolve conflicts without
resorting to violence. Instead of
seeking to resolve differences
peacefully, it is too often the
case that our young (and not so
young!) people quickly resort
to using a knife, machete or
even a gun!
Bishop the Rev Simeon Hall,
in his brilliant well-known ser-
mon, "Why Stagerlee Shot Bil-
ly", has demonstrated this point
very vividly. These men got into
a quarrel as a result of gambling
and, in a rage, Staggarlee shot
Billy. This is just an illustration
of what happens every day in
our society. Thus, if we are to
.reduce the tide of crime and
violence, then we must teach
our people that there are always
means of resolving differences
without running to get a gun.
Here the Church can certain-
ly play a leading role. Pastors
and social workers can hold
workshops and seminars
designed to enable our young
people to settle their problems
without violence.
By the same token, pastors
can certainly go into schools in
the community, and with the

co-operation of the staff, give
addresses to the students on
how to conduct themselves in
a manner which keeps them in
harmony with their peers. As I
have stated elsewhere, there is
such a thing as "positive peer
pressure", and those students
who have received lessons in
conflict resolution without
resorting to violence, can influ-
ence their friends to act in a
positive way.
I recall a Christian gentleman,
who had a very successful mar-
riage. When I asked him the
secret of his success, he replied:
"My wife and I take seriously
the warning of St Paul, 'Let not
the sun go down upon thy
wrath'. Concisely, when differ-
ences ,arise, when conflicts come
in relationships, it is essential
to seek to solve them candidly,
while maintaining peace and

3. "Beefed Up" Programmes
in Christian Education

As indicated, many of the
crimes committed today are
done by young people.
Looking at the responsibility
of the Church, then, "from a
long term perspective", its
major responsibility must be
placing greater emphasis upon
the moral and spiritual educa-
tion of young people. This can
be achieved by means of devot-
ing more of the human and
material resources of the
Church to the operation of Sun-
day Schools and youth organi-
On Sunday, I worshipped at
Calvary Bible Church here in
Freeport, which is "walking dis-
tance" from my home. What
impressed me was the fact that
there was both a Sunday School
and Junior Church in operation.
It is extremely important to
impart Christian values to
young people.
Growing up in Nassau at
Grant's Town Wesley
Methodist Church, I recall that
the late Captain Simpson C.
Penn led the Boys' Brigade.
Many of our leading citizens
today "got their start" under his
leadership. I recall speaking to
one of them who confessed that
he could not think of a single
boy who had been through the
Boys' Brigade who had gone to
prison. It is not enough for con-
gregations to erect large edi-
fices dedicated to worship.
Along with these sanctuaries
must be buildings dedicated to
the Christian education of
young people. For, it has been
truly proven over many cen-
"Train up a child in the way
he should go; when'he is old,
he will not depart from it."
(Prov 22:6).


Having looked at the respon-
sibility of the Church in reduc-
ing crime and violence, we can
examine that of the state i.e
the Judiciary, the police, prison
officers and other correctional




1.Costly bail to persons
accused of serious crimes.

Now, one of the most dis-
turbing aspects of the high inci-
dence of crime and violence, is
the great number of them being
committed by persons who are
"on bail". It is appreciated that
this is a very sensitive matter,
and certainly the discretion of
the courts must be respected.
Moreover, the constitutional
right of every citizen of the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas to apply for the grant-
ing of bail is recognized.
However, the fact that some
who are on bail engage in crim-
inal activity does cause much
concern on the part of many of
our citizens. For every "right"
must be exercised with a corre-
sponding sense of responsibility.
It has always been my under-
standing that the purpose of bail
is to spare those who have com-
mitted relatively minor infrac-
tions of the law the indignity
and inconvenience of incarcer-
ation. Such being the case, it is
submitted that extreme caution
should be exercised in granting
bail to persons who have com-
mitted serious crimes. In the
case of rape, for instance, or
rather a person charged with
rape, bail granted should prove
quite costly. Here we can take a
"page" out of the American jus-
tice system where persons who
commit this crime are granted
bail on the basis of bail in the
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars cash bond.
In the case of persons
charged with that most serious
of crimes, and most heinous of
sin (condemned both in the law
of the land and in the ten Com-
mandments), extreme caution
must be exercised in granting
bail. In any event, taking into
consideration the inestimable
value of human life, God's cre-
ation, the cost required for
granting bail in the case of mur-
der must be extremely high, cer-
tainly not less than $100,000. It
is submitted that were this pol-
icy adopted, then the rate of
violent crime would be reduced

2. Urgent need for more

That there is an urgent need
for more judges to carry out the
administration of "swift justice"
(to borrow a favourite expres-
sion of former Attorney Gen-
eral Senator the Hon Allyson
Maynard-Gibson) is very well-
known and has been discussed
at length. And while, evidently,
efforts are being made to
appoint more, it is evident that,
with the huge backlog of cases,

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8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
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1.3663 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.366332*
3.5388 2.9728 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5388"**
2.9902 2.4723 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.990218*
1.2794 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.279370**
11.8192 11.3075 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"*
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PE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 100
(8) 4-for-, Stock Spilt Effective Dale 8/8/2007
81) 3-for-1 Stock Spilt Effective Date 7/11/2007

it is not being done with the
sense of urgency required. For,
one of the main arguments for
granting bail is the fact that per-
sons have to wait for long peri-
ods before their cases are heard.
More judges would certainly
help in this situation.
Here in Freeport, the need
for judges to carry out the
administration of justice, both in
the civil and criminal depart-
ments, is great indeed. This
writer fully supports well-known
Freeport attorney Stephen
Wilchcombe in calling for the
appointment of at least two
senior judges to serve here "in
the second city".
It is not good enough to have
circuit judges who come from
Nassau for short periods to
administer justice.
In this regard, one wonders
whether consideration has been
given to calling Sir Cyril Foun-
tain "out of retirement" to
serve as a judge on a "year to
year" basis until such time as
another judge may be appoint-
ed who would be prepared to
serve on a long-term basis.
Should he be willing to serve,
there would be no problem of
accommodation as he now
resides here. With his many
years of service and knowledge
of the law, he should be able to
serve very well in this capacity.
After all, the President of the
USA recently recommended a
retired judge to serve after the
former Attorney General Gon-
salves failed to serve as expect-
ed. Already, this judge, "called
out ofretirement", has proved
to be a very capable person,
with the legal skills and courage
required to "whip the depart-
ment of justice into shape".
Well, if the USA with its huge
store of legal talent finds it nec-
essary to call a judge "out of
retirement" to rescue its
Department of Justice from.a
state of ineffectiveness, surely
we can call upon a retired Chief
Justice to assist us in coping
with the challenges of the judi-
ciary here in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas.
Concisely, a judge serving on
a long contract and a retired
judge should prove most helpful
in dealing with the legal chal-
lenges facing us here in "The
Second City".

3. Make efficient use of up-to-
date technology
Considering the many
advances in technology, it is
essential that we take full
advantage of same. This, how-
ever, does not seem always to
be the case!
For instance, Mr Stephen
Plakaris has pointed out that
for several years now the appeal
has been made to install sur-
veillance cameras at all our
schools. This should apply to all
public buildings and business
places in Nassau and Freeport.
There are other concerns
when it comes to technology.
For instance, several persons
charged recently, claimed that
.they made confessions to com-
mitting crime as a result of
"police brutality". What was
utterly amazing to me was the
fact that video tape evidence
had not been utilised. Surely,
in every case where a person
confesses to any crime, it should
be video-taped, using the most
modern equipment, so that the
jury would have the data to
decide whether there was evi-
dence of police brutality or not.
Finally, on this matter, it is
beyond reckoning that, in the
year 2007, more than 20 years
after the discovery of DNA,
"the building blocks of life",
there is not a single DNA
expert amongst us. So, every
time when DNA evidence is

crucial, we either have to send
for an "expert" from abroad or
we have to send sample abroad
to be examined. Neither of
these alternatives is satisfactory;
for, whereas the former is
expensive, the latter is subject to
the suspicion of "contamination
in shipment". (Incidentally, one
of my American professors used
to describe an "expert" as "an
ordinary fellow away from
The use of surveillance cam-
eras on a wide range, video-tap-
ing of all confessions, the con-
tribution of a Bahamian DNA
expert, these are all things that
should be in place by now. As
Sherlock Holmes would put it:
"Elementary, my dear Watson,


While the Church and sta e
must bear responsibility.in.cur -
ing crime, it has to be stated
that we all, 'as concerned citi-
zens, must do what we can hele.
It is not enough for anyone o
state: "It's not my problem "
For, we are all involved7 A d
we are all affected in some w y
by crime. It is not 'enough f r
us who have the means to bui d
large homes and protect o0 r-
selves with burgla bars ai d
guard dogs. Rather, at all leve s,
we must seek to mike Ours a
better nation. The prophet Is -
iah felt deeply the sin of tl e
nation at his call: "I dpll in t e
midst of a people of ~,ncle n
lips," he cried. So, thdse wl o
profess to be Christians mi t
do all they can to makeAur a
better place.
In this regard the family h s
to be restored to a place: )f
prime importance in oqi soi-
ety. The church and state ca -
not do much for the younger
^generation withqut thewtfh'-
potrkof theipi'arents. Let us e
assured, crime can be reduce .
The city of New York h s
reduced homicides from,'2,0(0
to 500 in the past decade. I
Concisely, in order to de i
with crime, we must wo0 k
together to make ours a bett r
society. Let us all bear in d
the immortal challenge of Pre -
ident Kentedy:
"Ask not what your count y
can do for you bdt what you n
do for your country."
We began this\d11l to de 1
with crime by calling for pray r,
prayer led by the religious leal -
ers of our young nation "for tlhe
healing of the land". In mly
devotions this morning, I turned
to the prayer for the day in my
prayer book. I cannot but
believe that it is Providential
that I am led to share with you a
prayer most relevant to us at
this time:
"0 God our refuge and
strength, who are the author of
all godliness: be ready, we
beseech thee, to hear the devout
prayers of thy church: and grant.
that those things which we ask
faithfully we may obtain effec-
tually: Through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.



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If so, call us on 322-1986
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Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahl.mi.s Goverunet
Registered Stock Certificate as follows:
Interest Certificate Maturity
Stock Rate No. Date Amount
2024-2026 0.28125%APR 77-365 05/04/1025 $3,i000.0
I intend to request The Registrar to issue a replacement
certificate If this certificate is found, please write to P.O.Box
N 1881, Nassau, Bahamas. (D HS)


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Ginn visit

right tonic

for the PM

br ON THE MOVE: Bobby Ginn (left) takes Prime Minister
'oHubert Ingraham (second left) and his delegation including, from
bright, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest and Minis-
10ter of Tourism and Aviation Neko Grant on a familiarisation tour
;Yof the Ginn Hammock Beach Resort
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Bobby Ginn guides Prime Minister Ingraham on the tour

SHanna-Martin backed

for PLP chairmanship

"when the motion came for vote in
- the House of Assembly not one
member of the PLP government,
including the Prime Minister (Pin-
dling) voted for the women to
vote. Instead every (PLP) mem-
ber walked out. Therefore how
can Women's Week be celebrated
by this (PLP) government?"
(Women voted for the first time
in 1962 under a UBP government.
The PLP did not become the gov-
ernment until 1967).
Mr Wilchcombe said yesterday
that the new chairman will have to
get their "hands dirty" and travel
the country doing the necessary
work to put the party in order.
He also emphasized that this
individual needs to be someone
not associated with scandal, who is
willing to reach out to all Bahami-
ans, both black and white: "No
political party has been able to do
that at this point in this country,"
he argued.
The West End and Bimini MP
also spoke of some changes he

wishes to see in the operation of
the PLP.
"We have to be more techno-
I logically savvy. The Progressive
Liberal Party must turn its head-
quarters into a business-oriented
establishment where there is activ-
ity going on at all times," he said.
"We should be at all times
ensuring that data is being col-
lected; we should know the grad-
uates of this country wherever
they are in the world; we should
know the new voters; we should
know the issues of this country;
we should be ruling polls on reg-
ular basis. All these things must be
happening at tlhe party's head-
quarters," he added, emphasizing
that the PLP needs a strong edu-
cational arm to inform citizens
about the party.'
Another issue, he said, is that
there are no young liberals the
youth arm of the party in the
House of Assembly, while mem-
bers from the FNM's youth arm
are current MP's and cabinet min-

NOTICE is hereby given that KETLER DAREUS of AMOS
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 8TH day of December, 2007 to the Ministei
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

FROM page one
publiclyy announced that he was
stepping down from the post.
mince then, Mr Rigby announced
n a press release last week that
ie will not seek re-election after
holding the chairmanship for five
Former Senator Paulette Zonicle
and party newcomer Omar Archer
lave alto declared their interest
n the position, with MICAL MP
klfred Gray and lawyer Fayne
ompson, both possible additions
o the race come February.
Assessing the strengths of Mrs
Ranna-Martin, Mr Wilchcombe
aid that her pedigree is an asset in
he coming race.
The message of social justice
reached by her father, current
jovemor-general Arthur Hanna,
ives Mrs Hanna-Martin a strong
foundation and awareness of the
oncems pf Bahamians. This back-
pound "connects her to the PLP in
way that many are not connect-
[d," Mr Wilchcombe said.
"So I think'Glenys Hanna-Mar-
in will become the next chairman
of the PLP, and become the first
woman chairman of the PLP," he
said. "And I think that's going to
be important to the party that
caused women of this country the
right to vote in 1962."
(In a letter to The Tribune, pub-
lished in November, 1975, Mrs
Mary Ingraham, the first chair-
man, and moving spirit behind the
Suffrage Movement, wrote that

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Some days you may wish to have
the opportunity to be the pair of
hands around his neck,

however if you happen
to see this great guy
aka "White Bo. Archer"
aka "Steve"

Today wish him a

Happy Birthday
Best wishes from your
family and friend.
everywhere. especially
those in media, trave4.
accounting and spirits.






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Bahamian achievers


in total compliance

THE Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO)
held its annual Gala Awards Evening on December 2 at Sandals '
Royal Bahamian Hotel. Jackie HiIunt 6Y'Pic:tdrBliktandrst..
won the Compliance Officer of The Year Award..
Others recognized included Kim Bodie of BIFS; Nathaniel
Beneby, managing director of Royal Bank of Canada; Yves Lour
din of Pictet Bank and Trust; Charles Carter, CEO of Carter Mar-
keting and Island FM; and Chief Superintendent Hulan Hanna of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
A special award was given to O'Neil Bain in recognition of his
academic achievements. The ceremony also awarded 18 persons
who successfully completed the ICA (International Compliance
Association) London, UK compliance and anti-money laundering
course, which culminates in a three-hour written examination.
These persons have now joined the ranks of other CCPs (Cer-
tified Compliance Professionals) in the Bahamas who now number
Special recognition was also conferred on Pauline Creary-Light-
bourne, general manag-
er at Banque SCS
Alliance (Nassau) Ltd
and Dave Shannon
Smith, managing direc-
tor of BAC Bank &
Trust (Bahamas) Ltd,
for their elevation
beyond the ranks of
senior compliance pro-
fessionals to head their
respctive organizations.

4 :-ICA raduates-
...t to rig-t t7 (pion.t
Row), Jennifer Rah-
ming, Kim Bodie,
Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services,
director; Renee Kemp;
Valarie Edgecombe;
Oneil Bail, deserving
student; Edward Coop-
er, BACO president;
Heather Fowler; ..
Jeunesse Osadebay;
Nicole Thompson;
Tanya Thurston; Lakesha Miller. (Top Row) Samantha Ellis; Jas-
mine Cartwright; Tara Perigordi Kendrick Stubbs; Anthony Cooke;
Nicole Armstrong; Crystal Ward
2. Jacqueline Hunt, compliance officer of the year 2007
3. (Left to right) Nathaniel Beneby Jr, VP and country head for
Royal Bank of Canada, who was honoured for his contribution to
the Bahamas Association of compliance Officers; Tanya McCart-
ney, newly appointed managing director RBC Finco; Oneil Bain,
most deserving student
4. (Left to right) Marsha Ferguson, ITAN Bank; Jasmin Strachan,
Citigroup; Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance; Attorney
Tanya McCartney, RBC Royal Bank of Canada, immediate past
President of BACO; Attorney and Former Magistrate Robin Scav-
ella, Citigroup
5. (Left to right) Desmond Bannister, minister of state for legal
affairs;.Jerry Butler, executive director Intr-Anmeriq -lvelop-,
ment Bank for The Bahamas, Barbados, Ouyana, Jamaica and5
Trinidad and Tobago; Edward Cooper, BACO president; Hulan
Hanna, chief superintendent RBPF; Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance
6. (Left to right) Antoinette Russell, vice president Credit Suisse
Trust Ltd: Pauline Creary-Lightbourne, general manager Banque
SCS Alliance (Nassau) Ltd; Henry Lightbourne, Harborside Resort r'
at Atlantis; Glenda Lightbourne, assistant secretary Gaming Board
7.. Fellowship ICA Recipients: (Left to right) Rochelle Lunn.
Guaranty Bank & Trust; Denora Butler, Credit Suisse: Cherise
Cox-Nottage. UBS: Jerry C Butler, Inter-American Development
Bank: Tanya McCartney, Royal Bank of Canada; Mildred Johnson,
8. Charles Carter. CEO of Carter Marketing and owner of
Island FM radio station, with his beautiful granddaughter Taylor
Carter. He was honoured for his contribution to the Bahamas
Association of compliance Officers
9 Michael Pintard, author, actor, comedian, GEMS radio talk
show host accompanied by Banker Samantha Brown, customer ser-
vice clerk at Bank of Nova Scotia

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