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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 12/22/2007
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* By KARIN HERIG and
BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporters
kherig@tribunemedia.net;
bdean@tribunemedia.net
GUNSHOTS rang out yester-
day morning at the Royal Bank of
Canada on Prince Charles Drive,
as a shoot-out between suspected
armed robbers, police and an
employee of an armoured truck
company left one suspected robber
shot and another female bystander
grazed in the head with a bullet.
The Prince Charles Shopping
Centre was on lock down when
The Tribune arrived on the scene,
with dozens of armed police cor-
doning off the entire plaza with
crime scene tape.
According to reports, two men
emerged from a stolen silver Hon-
da Accord just before 10am, as
another man was entering the
bank. One of the armed men fired
shots in the air and in the direction
of the man going into the bank.
Security at the door of the bank
are said to have saved the man's
life by quickly letting him in
before he was hit by bullets.
In the midst of the shots by the
suspected robber, an employee of


* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
A REPORTED scuffle
"over a woman" Thursday
night escalated into a violent
double stabbing incident in
Exuma leaving one man
dead, another in hospital, and
four men in police custody,
The Tribune has learned.
The deceased has been
identified as 25-year-old
Muller Michel of George
Town, Exuma. The other vic-
tim, whose identity police
have not yet released, was
airlifted to New Providence
early yesterday where he is
listed in "serious condition,"
police said.
Police confirmed Friday
that they are questioning four
men in connection with this
latest incident.
The death of Muller
Michel brings the country's
murder toll to 76 for the year.
It is the first murder in Exu-
ma this year.
SEE page nine


suspects
an armoured truck company, who
was leaving the area, responded
by opening fire on the suspect,
The Tribune was told.
"We were in the car, and all we
could hear were shots firing, and
so I just put my head out of the
window, and she was pulling me,
saying 'sit down, sit down, sit
down'," said an eyewitness who
was in the middle of the crossfire
with a relative.
"But I just put my head out the
window and all I saw was the fir-
ing. Then I saw the little short man
who was driving the armoured
truck jump out. He just start shoot-
ing at them."
Police reports indicate that an
off duty officer in the area
responded to the incident and start-
ed chasing the men, although
Assistant Supt Walter Evans could
not confirm the involvement of
the armoured truck driver.
One of the armed men is said to
have dropped his gun as he retreat-
ed to his vehicle. Many rounds
were on the ground in front of
RBC after the incident, though it
was unclear if these were spent
cartridges or live rounds that dis-
bursed when the gun fell.
SEE page nine


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unama: Folice (anove) Inspect a car following yesterday's shootout.
An armed officer stands guard at the Prince Charles Shopping Centre after
n a early morning shoot-out yesterday b e


and an armoured truck driver.
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Three 'web shop'
workers wounded


during separate
armed robberies.
THREE employees of local
"web shops" are in hospital fol-
lowing two separate armed rob-
beries at the popular gaming
establishments, police said.
The first incident occurred
Thursday afternoon at the Web
Shop on East and Plantol
Streets around 3pm.
According to a statement
released by Asst Supt Walter
Evans, a 31-year-old male
employee was outside when he
was forced inside by two "dark
males" who held him at gun-
point. The robbers demanded
cash and escaped with an unde-
termined amount of money
from the web shop, ASP Evans
said.
The employee was shot in
his left leg by one of the men
during the robbery. He was tak-
en to hospital where his condi-
tion is not life-threatening.
Early Friday morning, the
FML Web Shop on Market
Street and Lily of the Valley
Corner was the target of two
armed men.
Shortly before 7am Friday
two employees a 26-year-
old woman and a 24-year-old
SEE page nine


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
DESPITE reports that the
Acting Commissioner of Police
confirmed his force has a report
of PLP MP Alfred Gray being
found in a car with a woman in
the parking lot of a Methodist
Church, the MICAL MP contin-
ues to maintain his innocence.
ZNS Radio reported yester-
day that Acting Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson was quoted
as saying that he had seen a
report related to the incident, but
SEE page 10


US man jailed for importing live coral Missionaries

harvested from New Providence reefs survive plane


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A FLORIDIAN man was
sentenced in a US court on
Thursday for illegally importing
500 pounds of live rock, coral


and sea fans which he harvested
from reefs around New Provi-
dence.
However, acquarium business
owner Lawrence Beckman's
sentence of three months in
prison and a $2,000 fine is but a
small fraction of what could have
been handed down: a potential


prison sentence of five years and
up to a $250,000 fine.
Yesterday, Bahamas Reef
Environment and Educational
SFoundation (BREEF) executive
director Casuarina McKinney
SEE page 10


Lawyers for Sir Jack Hayward's family

trusts move to block dividends payment


LAWYERS for Sir Jack Hayward's family
trusts are moving to block a court-ordered pay-
ment of $12.1 million in Grand Bahama Port
Authority dividends to themselves and the late
Edward St George's estate, with Sir Jack himself
describing the payment as "suicidal" given the
company's potential liabilities.
Sir Jack was said to be "incredulous" that the


Port Authority's court-appointed receivers,
accountants Clifford and Myles Culmer of BDO
Mann Judd, had applied to the Supreme Court
for approval of the dividend payment, which was
duly granted on December 19, 2007, by Justice


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crash in sea
TWO missionaries were lucky
to escape alive on Thursday
afternoon when their Cessna
plane suffered engine failure
and crashed into the ocean off
the coast of Andros.
The two men's good fortune
did not end there, however, as
they were lucky enough to be
picked up out of the water by a
passerby in a sailboat named
Impetuous, the Sun-Sentinel
reported Friday.
The plane's two pilots, and
sole occupants, Rocky Miller, a
pastor, and Paolo Costa, both
work for Agape Flights Inc. of
Venice, Florida, a missionary
organisation that delivers sup-
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of pastor and another man


* BY NATARIO McKENZIE
TWO men were arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
charged with the murder of a local
pastor and another man.
Rony Jean, 24 alias Rodney
Jean, alias G G of Lazeretto
Road, along with Angelo Saintel,
33, of Sea Beach Estates, were
arraigned before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at court one in
Bank Lane yesterday. They were
charged with the murders of Rev-
erend Nabal Louis and Ilnopha
Pascal.
Rev Louis, of Unison Street off
Bacardi Road and pastor of
Mountain Top Bible Church of
God on Carmichael Road, was
killed in late February in an
armed robbery.
According to court dockets, it is
alleged that Jean, Saintel and
Charlie Monestine, who was
arraigned on charges earlier this
week, intentionally caused Rev
Louis' death on Sunday, Febru-
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ary 25. The three men have also
been charged with murdering Pas-
cal, who was shot in the groin in
the area of Cowpen Road and
Faith Avenue.
The three men have also been
charged with the attempted mur-
der of Remilite Alcindor and
Lifrancoeur Estimable.
Jean was also arraigned sepa-
rately on several armed robbery
charges to which he was not
required to enter a plea.
One of the armed robbery
charges against Jean alleges that
on Saturday, December 8, while
concerned with others and armed
with a shotgun, he robbed
Alexandria Farrington of her 1999
Cadillac Catera, her $600 Motoro-
la cell-phone as well as two gold
bracelets together valued at $900.
Jean was also arraigned on
three armed robbery charges in
which court dockets state that he
is charged along with Charlie
Monestine. It is alleged that the
two men, while armed with a shot-


gun, robbed Olrick Russell of a
blue 2000 Chrysler van and $30
cash.
They are also charged with rob-
bing Christopher Knowles of $100
cash on Tuesday, December 4.
Court dockets also allege that the
two men on Monday, December
10, robbed Donathon Cox.of
$250.
Jean also appeared on charges
of stealing by reason of employ-
ment, to which he plead guilty.


Court dockets alleged that on
Saturday, August 18, Jean stole
$13,037 from Esso Bargain City
Service Station on Carmichael
Road and $13,946 from the same
establishment on Sunday August
19. Jean was also arraigned on
damage and attempted armed
robbery charges. Jean and Saintel
have been remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison and their case
has been adjourned to January 22
at court six in Parliament Street.


ARRAIGNED: Rony Jean, 24 (pictured left) and (right) Angelo Sain-
tel, 33 yesterday at court.


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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Grand
Bahama police are appealing to
the public to assist them in the
capture of two Bahamian men
of Haitian descent. They are
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with the murder of Ryan
Wood on December 5.
A third man, Marc Ferdinand,
37, of Freeport, was taken into
custody for questioning by police
in connection with the matter.
Asst Supt I oretta Mackey, press
liaison officer, said David St
Remy, 32, and Marvin Fredrick,
27, are considered armed and
extremely dangerous and should
be approached with caution.
David St Remy has a dark
brown complexion and dark
brown eyes. He is six feet four
inches tall of medium build and
weighs about 185 pounds. He is
of Haitian descent and has an
American accent.
According to police, he has no
fixed address.
Marvin Fredrick is of light
brown complexion with dark
brown eyes. He is about five feet,
ten inches tall, of medium build,
and weighs about 175 pounds.
He is of Haitian descent and
has a Haitian accent. He also has
a scar under his right eye. His
last known address was Bass
Lane, Freeport.
Anyone with information con-
cerning this person is asked to
contact the Police in Grand
Bahama at 350-3106, 352-9774
or 5, 911 or Crime Tipsters at
352-1919.


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'Please help us with medical expenses'


Family of

child with

rare disorder

send plea to

the public

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

An anxious family is appeal-
ing to the Bahamian public to
help fund their infant's surgical
expenses which are estimated
at over $200,000.
Suzette Parker, wife of local
journalist Quincy Parker, told
The Tribune the emotional sto-
ry of her six-month-old son, who
was diagnosed with the rare
genetic disorder Apert Syn-
drome.
Khyle Parker was born in
June 2007 and doctors quickly
realized he was different from
other newborns, but were not
able to diagnose him right away,
she said.
Khyle was not officially diag-
nosed with the syndrome until
October 22 by Dr Mutaz Habal
in Tampa, Florida.
According to the website
www.apert.org, persons born
with Apert Syndrome suffer
from prematurely fused cranial
sutures, a sunken mid-face and
fused fingers and toes.
The website also says the syn-
drome "can be inherited from
a parent who has Apert or may
be a fresh mutation. It occurs in
approximately one per 160,000
to 200,000 live births. Apert syn-
drome is primarily characterized
by specific malformations of the
skull, mid-face, hands, and feet.
The skull is prematurely fused
and unable to grow normally;
the mid-face (that area of the
face from the middle of the eye
socket to the upper jaw) appears
retruded or sunken; and the fin-
gers and toes are fused together
in varying degrees."
The Tribune first got wind of
Khyle's story by way a.pa .
from a relative whicll.satiit
while attempting to "cop'j '


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IN NEED OF HELP: (left) Suzette Parker with baby Khyle (also above), who
was born with a rare genetic disorder. Below: Khyle and his family.


the emotional ordeal, the fami-
ly is also facing rising hospital
fees and impending surgical
costs all without health insur-
ance.
"Of course it was a big sur-
prise, we were trying to take it
all in," said Mrs Parker, describ-
ing how her family first took the
news of baby Khyle's condition.
"Without medical insurance our
primary concern is that he is
going to be well.
"From the beginning there
was trouble bonding for me
because I didn't have my child
with me. Going up to the
(Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
for twice a day to see him I was
only allowed a few hours.
You're not the primary care giv-
er for your child. There's this
feeling that I don't know him
or he doesn't know me."
His mother said Khyle must
undergo his most "crucial"
surgery, a "skull release proce-
dure", before his first birthday
to defuse the plates in his crani-
um. This surgery is estimated to
cost $60,000.
.. As he gets older he will
require two surgeries on the
middle of his face, and opera-


tions to separate his fingers and
toes. Doctors have also quoted
each of these procedures at
around $60,000.
Family members said inter-
ested persons can make a dona-
tion to the Khyle Parker Med-
ical Account at any of the major
commercial banks.
They said donations can be
made by cheque to Khyle Park-
er at the following locations: the
Counsellor's Ltd, Jones Com-
munication, the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas and the
Shoe Village.
Khyle has undergone a num-
ber of cognitive, sleep, hearing,
and eyesight tests since being
diagnosed, Mrs Parker said.
While his eyesight is intact,
doctors suspect his hearing may
be impaired, but the family is
seeking a second opinion.
Khyle was kept in the Neona-
tal Intensive Care Unit at
Princess Margaret Hospital for
nine weeks after his birth
because he could not breathe
on his own. Mrs Parker said the
family remained in "constant
fear" that he would die as a
result.
They made frequent frenzied


trips to the emergency room
after his release to ensure.his
breathing tubes were open, Mrs
Parker said.
She said that Khyle is now at
home bonding with his family.
"(His father's) voice, Kyle
seems to respond to that. He
lights up like a Christmas tree
when Quincy is around, he just
gives him this huge smile and
huge grin. And of course I'm
jealous. I think he looks at me as
a nurturer and a caregiver," his
mother told The Tribune.
"I'm doing my best and God
is good and family helps, I have
a great boss and co-workers, and
of course my husband, and my
daughter. So all that helps," she
said.
She also extended gratitude
to the helpful staff at PMH's
Neonatal Unit.
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They took such good care of
him. It's unbelievable the level
of care they gave him."


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What Eastern star hung over Bethlehem?
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) It's long been Mathews found two possible supernovas in
a puzzle for Christian astronomers, and now a the right period, but said one was probably
professor from the University of Notre Dame too low on the horizon to be seen. The other
thinks he has it figured out almost, anyway, supernova is known as Kes 75. But it was
His quest: discovering just what "the star in 60,000 light years away and may not have been
the East" was that led wise men to travel to particularly spectacular.
Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. "There's no real convincing evidence this
As a theoretical astrophysicist, Grant Math- happened right at 2000 years ago, but it could
ews had hoped the answer would be spectacu- be in the range of being right because it's in the
lar something like a supernova. But two right location," he said.
years of research have led him to a more ordi- He also found a number of nova that also
nary conclusion. The heavenly sign around the could have been the Christmas star. The one he
time of the birth of Jesus Christ was likely an thinks is the most likely candidate is known as
unusual alignment of planets, the sun and the Nova Aquilae V603. The problem with novas
moon. and comets, though, is that they were believed
Not a lot was written about the star in the in ancient times to be a sign of disaster, not a
Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew it says: portent of good things to come.
"Where is he who has been born king of the For that reason, Mathews believes the
Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and Christmas star is most likely an alignment of
have come to worship him." planets. He said there are three likely times for
The star, though, has long been immortalized this:
in Christmas songs, plays and movies. Feb. 20, 6 B.C., when Mars, Jupiter and
Astronomers, theologians and historians for Saturn aligned in the constellation Pisces.
hundreds of years have been trying to deter- April 17, 6 B.C., when the sun, Jupiter,
mine exactly which star might have inspired the the moon and Saturn aligned in the constella-
biblical writing. German astronomer Johannes tion Aries while Venus and Mars were in
Kepler proposed in 1604 that the star was a neighboring constellations.
conjunction of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in 7 June 17, 2 B.C., when Jupiter and Venus
B.C. The advantage Mathews has over Kepler were closely aligned in Leo.
and others who have pondered the question is Mathews believes the April 17,6 B.C., align-
that he had access to NASA's databases. ment is the most likely candidate. It makes
"In principle, we can see any star that was sense because he believes the wise men were
ever made from the beginning of time if we Zoroastrian astrologers who would have rec-
knew where to look. So the question is, could ognized the planetary alignment in Aries as a
we find a star that could be a good candidate sign a powerful leader was born.
for what showed up then?" he said. "In fact it would have even meant that (the
': Mathews found several possibilities- He---leader was) destined to die at an appointed
began by posing three questions he would ask time, which of course would have been signif-
when trying to find the answer to any astro- icant for the Christ child, and may have been
nomical event: When did it occur? What were why they brought myrrh, which was an
its characteristics? Did anyone else see it? embalming fluid," Mathews said. "Saturn there
The Gospel of Matthew indicates Jesus was would have made whoever was born as a leader
born in Bethlehem when Herod was king. a most powerful leader because Saturn had
Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that the strength to do it, in their view."
Herod died after an eclipse of the moon before Mathews has been sharing his findings in
the Passover. Mathews said among the possi- public lectures at Notre Dame and plans to
abilities are 6 B.C., 5 B.C., 1 B.C. or 1 A.D. write a paper to submit to the Quarterly Jour-
The star could have appeared up to two years nal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He's
before the wise men arrived in Jerusalem, he also considering writing a book.
said. Mathews concedes, though, that any of the
Mathews believes that means the Christmas other events could have been the famed star.
star could have appeared anywhere from 8 to Unless a document is discovered that allows
4 B.C. historians to more accurately estimate exactly
Among the characteristics written about the when Jesus was born, it will be impossible to
star was that it appeared before sunrise and say what caused the light with absolute cer-
that it appeared to "rest in thesky." Mathews tainty, Mathews said.
also found writings from Korean and Chinese "I think it would take more of an historical
astronomers of an event about 4 B.C. which reference more than an astrophysics," he said.
described a comet with no tail that didn't move. "There are plenty of strong opinions out there.
Using that set of facts, Mathews found sev- I think this is as good as you can do for now."
eral possibilities, including supernovas, novas (This article was written by Tom Coyne of the
and planetary alignments. Associated Press).







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EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN Bimini, locals are getting
excited about all the good
things we see happening as
Bimini Bay Resort builds
toward completion.
It has been a long time since
we've experienced tourism
opportunities of this caliber.
For years, Biminites were
misled by a small group of
outsiders who claimed Bimini
Bay Resort would bring noth-
ing but harm to beautiful
Bimini.
The truth is quite the oppo-
site.
While construction has
brought changes to the island,
the environmental conditions
remain very good.
The mangroves that were
removed were stunted and
would have never flourished.
The seagrass has returned.
Many conch can be
observed in the central bay
area and so can corals,
sponges and other habitants
of the bay.
Bonefish and lobsters are
teeming in the bay.
What this group of outsiders
won't tell you is that the bay
looks and is operating today
nearly equal to the days


before the resort began con-
struction.
People should not allow
themselves to be continually
misled by people who want to
keep the island for themselves
and their own personal
research projects.
Even though the resort is
not yet complete, the people
of Bimini are already seeing
the economic rewards.
Visitors are coming in larg-
er numbers, bringing tourism
dollars and creating more jobs
for locals.
When was-the last time that
this small group of outside
opposition ever offered an
equal economic boost?
These people have only tak-
en things out of the island, like
fish and sharks for scientific
purposes, but don't contribute
to our well-being.
In the past, our kids have
had to leave Bimini to find
jobs and better opportunities.
Bimini Bay Resort is creating
good jobs for our people and
keeping more of our kids right
here.


The resort has also been
generous to our community
and schools.
The resort has helped us to
build a new track and field
and basketball courts for the
kids.
They've also donated com-
puters and musical instru-
ments.
We should not fear change.
This resort is bringing people
back to Bimini, giving them a
chance to enjoy our beautiful
island.
A major draw is the envi-
ronment in and around the
island.
The people at the resort
know this, and would be fool-
ish to destroy one of their
biggest attractions.
It's time for outsiders to quit
using scare tactics on the peo-
ple of Bimini.
We understand what Bimini
Bay Resort means for our
island, and it means only good
things.

JOEL ROLLE
Principal
Bimini All
Age School
Bimini,
November 30,2007


EDITOR, The Tribune.

WHETHER we agree or
disagree, the facts are that the
Native Straw Market was
designed to sell craft that is
indigenous to the Bahamas.
I remember ladies in Cat
Island accumulating sisal to
be sent to Nassau.
I remember ladies plaiting
straw to be sold to make bas-
kets and bags that would have
been sold to tourists.
That is how many families
fed their families and educat-
ed their children.
Today, the market has
strayed far from straw.
Tee shirts and "fake design-
er bags" litter the market,
making it everything but a
native market.
We have stood idly by and
agreed by our silence that this
process continue.
The prostitution of the
Straw Market must stop or
change the name to the
Bahamas Flea Market.
Too many Bahamians bla-
tantly lie about their love for


the Bahamas. They condone
this despicable act and do not
have the testicular fortitude
to say it is not right neither do
they do anything about it.
Too much politicking is pre-
venting someone from gath-
ering up enough guts to nip
this almost sacrilegious act in
the bud.
Where else in the world can
you go and see that particu-
lar country, where a merchant
can do what they wish, con-
trary to the laws of the land?
Only in the Bahamas, the
people dictate what the law
should be, in most cases to suit
them.
The lawlessness that has
swallowed up our once peace-
ful country must be addressed.
The blatant behaviour of ven-
dors in the market must be
put in check now.
If everyone does what he
wants to do, and there is no
consequences for their actions,
then anarchy will set in and
we all will be in trouble.
Sometimes things do not hap-
pen how we wish, but if it is


for the betterment of the
Bahamas, then why would
anyone object?
So the police, customs and
other relevant authorities
must do their jobs and pre-
vent the continued selling of
illegal, less than authentic
items in the straw market.
This has nothing to do with
"taking bread out of people's
mouth".
It is everything to do with
maintaining our dignity as a
country when selling a native
experience to tourists.
Many tourists have
expressed their disgust when
visiting the market.
Their comments were less
than complimentary.
We all must move with
haste to eradicate this mess.
All of us would benefit more if
it is done sooner than later.

IVOINE W INGRAHAM
Nassau,
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Convicted murderer's lawyer



says client has a right to live


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
THE attorney representing
convicted murderer Ian
Hutchinson submitted to the
Supreme Court yesterday that
his client has a right to live and
that there is nothing in the cir-
cumstances of his case to
demonstrate that he should be
deprived of that right.
Hutchinson was convicted on
September 19 of the brutalmurder
of softball star Jackie 'Lil Stunt'
Moxey, 44.
Prosecutors claimed that on
October 25, 2005, Hutchinson
lured his late girlfriend from her
job at Bahamas Information Ser-
vices (BIS) and took her on a dri-


By MATT MAURA
THE National Advisory.
Council on Crime will be an
important bridge in the area of
crime prevention and criminal
justice in the Bahamas, Minister
of National Security Tommy
Turnquest said.
Mr Turnquest also said that
halting and reversing crime and
criminality in the Bahamas is
the personal responsibility of
each and every Bahamian.
Addressing members of the
media ahead of the first meeting
of crime council on Wednesday,
Mr Turnquest said it will take
collaboration between the gov-
ernment, civil society and indi-
vidual citizens to effectively
reduce crime in the Bahamas.
"If we tackle it together and
comprehensively, we can halt
and reverse the current crime
trends that are presently facing


the Bahamas," Mr Turnquest
said.
Mr Turnquest said the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas will
take the lead in the fight against
crime and criminality. He said
the appointment of the Nation-


ve that ended in the Clifton Pier
area. There, it was argued,
Hutchinson brutally beat the vic-
tim, as a result of which she later
died.
During the continuation of his
sentencing hearing before
Supreme Court justice Jon Isaacs
yesterday, Hutchinson's attorney
Murrio Ducille made submissions
on three points.
Mr Ducille argued first that the
death penalty should only be con-
sidered in the most heinous of cas-
es.
He argued that Hutchinson's
right to live was not rebutted by his
murder conviction.
Mr Ducille submitted that the
Crown had not given any indica-


al Advisory Council on Crime
(NACC) is one of a number of
measures the government will
roll out as part of this fight.
The council, which is chaired
by Bishop Simeon Hall of the
New Covenant Baptist Church,
has been asked to advise on the
implementation of the recom-
mendations of the National
Assembly on Crime, and to sus-
tain the nation-wide public dia-
logue on strategies for a more
peaceful and stable Bahamas.
The council will also be
responsible for providing input
for national policies and pro-
grammes to reduce crime and
criminality, and spearhead the
development of a national strat-
egy to tackle crime.
Mr Turnquest said this
national strategy will address
all crimes even though the
council will initially tackle the
most violent offences.


tion that Hutchinson's case was a
heinous case of murder. He point-
ed out that his client's defence was
that Moxey's death was accidental.
The attorney argued that the
fact that his client sought medical
help for his former girlfriend
should not be overlooked.
Mr Ducille submitted to the
court that the crime was not a
heinous case of murder.
He also argued that the death
penalty can be considered in cases
where there is no hope of reform
for the convict.
Mr Ducille argued that in this
case there is evidence to suggest
that after Hutchinson was released
from prison, he immediately
engaged in gainful employment


"When you look at the crime
statistics, they are categorised
as crime against the person and
crime against property and
quite naturally, while all need to
be tackled and addressed, when
you talk about crime against
property, you can replace prop-
erty, but you cannot replace
human beings," Mr Turnquest
said.
Minister Turnquest said the
council will be able to draw on
all of the resources of the Min-
istry of National Security and
the government.


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"That speaks volumes," Mr
Ducille told the court.
He further argued that in order
for the death penalty to be con-
sidered, the court must be satis-
fied that the death penalty is the


only way the ends of justice can
be met.
Mr Ducille submitted that in
Hutchinson's case, the punishment
may be met by other means.
Hutchinson's sentencing hear-
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'Exciting things planned




for Freeport in 2008'


WHY YOU VEX?


0 By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net )f

"I am vexed that in this hol- j o
iday season, when there is all
this talk about peace on earth '
and goodwill to men, Bahami-
an people just being mean and
nasty on the streets. I was on
Bay Street yesterday morning
and I stopped to let this tourist
couple cross the street, a whole
line of cars behind me started
cursing and blowing their
horns.
"I was in the mall and this
woman literally grabbed a
handbag out of my hand in
John Bull saying, 'I was looking at that give me that'.
Another person rushed passed this old lady and almost
knocked her over. I am disgusted by all of this at a time
when people should be in a festive and happy holiday
period."
C Bethel

"Man I vex about the horrible nasty state of public toilets
in Nassau. I been to the movies last week and after I drink
my $2 soda you know I had to use to the bathroom bad.
Tell me why all the toilets were backed up, none of them
flushed, and there was no running water to wash my hands.
As much money as they making off poor Bahamians, the
least they could do is keep the bathrooms clean."
Megan, Winton Estates.

"I am vex over the selection of Christmas gifts in Nassau
man, it's poor at best. Next year I am planning my shopping
trip to Orlando to pick up some decent gifts thatain' over
priced. People want you to buy Bahamian and shop at
home, but these places killing my wallet."
Frustrated shopper, San Souci.

"I wex 'cos of the totally inadequate parking downtown.
At this time of year in particular it could really cause me to
burst a blood vessel. You need to stop at a store, but
there's no where to stop, so you have to keep going down
the one way street and coming back round again until you
end up driving in circles around Bay street in back-to-
back traffic 10 times and still haven't got done what you
originally set out to!! I gave up and went home, totally frus-
trated, 40 minutes wasted. I hope my relatives appreciate
the effort I expended in NOT GETTING THEM ANY-
THING!"
Screaming obscenities behind the wheel, Yamacraw


Foulkes says light at end

of tunnel for economy


THE government has
promised that "exciting things"
are planned for Freeport in 2008.
Minister of Maritime Affairs
and Labour Senator Dion
Foulkes said in the Senate on
Thursday that "there is light at
the end of the tunnel" for the
depressed Freeport economy.
He did not, however, elaborate.
The city of Freeport and the
island of Grand Bahama were
severely affected by three hurri-
canes which struck in the last
five years. A number of busi-
nesses closed, as did the Royal
Oasis Hotel, which employed
more than a thousand workers.
On Thursday senators com-
pleted the debate on an Appro-
priations Bill, which, among oth-
er things, allows former employ-
ees of the Royal Oasis to be paid
a total of $4 million in severance
pay.
Payments were made to hun-
dreds of the hotel's former work-
ers the same day.
Mr Foulkes moved the bill for
its second reading and commit-
tal.
He reminded senators that
before the Royal Oasis closed,
there were more than 1.500 per-
sons employed at the hotel,
which for decades was the
anchor property in Grand
Bahama. "It was in fact, other


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renovation and upgrading of the
property, and this was to be
completed within 30 months.
The Driftwood Group under-
took to operate as a growing
concern and keep all employee;
employed, and if there were to
be any lay-offs that the lay-offs
comply with the industrial agree-
ment with the Bahamas Hotel
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Union and the provisions of the
Employment Act," Mr Foulkes
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and Jeanne in 2004 and hurri-
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Foulkes said that as a result of
significant damage, the hotel was
forced to close.
"After Wilma in 2005, it
became clear to the then Pro-
gressive Liberal Party adminis-
tration that the hotel would not
re-open under the current own-
ers," he stated.
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a search for new owners. The
PLP government announced a
few days prior to the 2007 gen-
eral election that the govern-
ment had entered into an agree-
ment with the Harcourt Group
for the sale of the hotel. At the
time, the government paid $4.7
million in partial severance pay-
ments. I think the formula that
was used at the time was that all
persons owed under $8,000 were
paid in total. All employees
owed severance payments over
$8,000, half of that money was
paid. So, pursuant to the agree-
ment that was made by the for-
mer government, the FNM gov-
ernment is now fulfilling pay-
ment to all of those employees
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than the government, the single
largest private employer on
Grand Bahama," said Mr
Foulkes. "Shortly after the 1992
elections, the first Free National
Movement (FNM) government
approved the purchase of this
property by the Driftwood
Group. As part of this agree-
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Telemedicine Pilot



Programme set for



major expansion


THE Ministry of Health is in
discussions with three of the
country's leading physicians
about expanding the Telemedi-
cine Pilot Programme to include
their areas of specialised care.
This announcement comes
two weeks after the programme
which allows doctors to consult
about cases via video link, tele-
phone and satellite was
launched at the Accident and
Emergency Department of the
Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH).
The Telemedicine Pilot Pro-
gramme is now operating
between PMH and the Marsh
Harbour Clinic.
Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said health officials are in
discussions with consultant car-
diologist Dr Patrick Cargill, con-
sultant pediatrician Dr Percival
McNeil and consultant derma-
tologist Dr Herbert Orlander
with a view to establishing "with-
in the next few months" special-
ty clinics in those areas using the
Telemedicine Programme.
"What that would mean is that
all of those persons who need to
be seen and treated by a doctor
for conditions relating to cardi-
ology, dermatology and pedi-
atric care, rather than travelling
to Nassau, will be able to remain
in Abaco and be seen by the
consultant cardiologist, pedia-
trician and dermatologist, there-
by reducing their costs insofar
as travelling to New Providence
for treatment is concerned and
finding accommodations, et
cetera," Dr Minnis said.
He said the expansion of the
programme. to include the
monthly cardiology, pediatric
and dermatology clinics is sig-
nificant.

"What this will
basically do is to
ensure that per-
sons will be able
to receive the
exact care and
have access to the
same types of
treatment and
facilities in Nassau
which I believe
will improve case
management at all
levels."
Dr. Hubert Minnis


Health Ministry in talks with
country's leading physicians


"For example, if a patient had
a heart attack and was treated
here in Nassau in terms of
attending the Heart Clinic, then
there would have to be a follow-
up and the patient would have to
travel here to been seen by the
cardiologist for all the necessary
ECGs, monitors and whatever
else," Dr Minnis said. .
"Once the specialty clinics
begin, they will be able to remain
in Abaco and the doctor can
examine them from here, pro-
viding them with the same fol-
low-up care and facilities that
are available in Nassau.
"If there is a child who may
have suffered an asthmatic
attack or from severe bronchitis
and was treated in New Provi-
dence, rather than returning for
follow-up care, Dr McNeil -
within our Telemedicine Centre
here -- will be able to examine
those patients, listen to their
chests, ensure that they are not
having any recurrences of bron-
chitis or asthmatic attacks and
also prescribe any medications
if necessary, without them ever


leaving home. What this will
basically do is to ensure that per-
sons will be able to receive the
exact care and have access to the
same types of treatment and
facilities in Nassau which I
believe will improve case man-
agement at all levels," Dr Minnis
added. He said that once those
systems are in place, health offi-
cials "will look at expanding into
the other islands and, hopefully
with time, we can expand to the
entire Bahamas and, therefore,
bring the whole Bahamas as
'One Bahamas."
Dr Minnis said telemedicine
technology, in time, will also
allow persons seeking second
c )inions abroad to obtain those
opinions without setting foot
outside the Bahamas.
"With this technology, if they
wanted to get a second opinion
from a doctor, at let's say Johns
Hopkins Hospital, and we have
a link with that facility, they can
do so without travelling to that
facility. So, our intent is truly to
make this a global issue," he
said.


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ANTONIA AND GERARD KOSICZKY (centre) of New York were the first owners of The Reef Atlantis on Wednesday December 19. The couple was welcomed by Alex Kim (far left), vice
president of operations for The Reef Atlantis, and John Conway (far right), senior vice president and general manager for The Reef Atlantis and The Cove Atlantis.


The Reef Atlantis

welcomes its

first owners


JUST two ours before Sol
Kerzner officially unveiled
The Reef Atlantis to the
world, Antonia and Gerard
Kosiczky of New York were
quietly celebrating the pur-
chase of their piece of par-
adise.
The Kosiczkys' checked
into The Reef Atlantis at
exactly 8:42 am on December
19. making them the first own-
ers to experience the condo-
hotel. At welcoming party,
John, Conway, senior vice
president and general manag-
er for The Reef and The Cove
and Alex Kim, vice president


of operations for The Reef,
were on hand to officially
greet the happy couple.
"We really did not antici-
pate anything like this... And
the fact that we are the first, I
think makes us very special,"
said Mrs Kosiczky.
Describing The Reef as
magnificent, the Kosiczkys'
said they are very happy to be
owners on Paradise Island.
"We have already spent many
visits down to the island, and
now that we own a piece of
the building, we will be here
more often," Mr Kosiczky
said.


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Senators
support bill
allowing
Bahamas
to become
International
Development
Association
member

SENATE members of the
governing Free National Move-
ment and the opposition Pro-
gressive Liberal Party yester-
day supported a bill for an act to
allow the Bahamas to become a
member of the International
Development Association.
The International Develop-
ment Association is a branch of
the World Bank that helps the
world's poorest countries.
Senator and Attorney Gen-
eral Claire Hepburn called the
bill a good thing.
"We have our problems here
in the Bahamas and we have
children who need our assis-
tance here in the Bahamas but
while charity begins at home we
must look to extend that chari-
ty to the wider world," she said.
"We should always seek to help
others in need."
Leader of the opposition in
the Senate Allyson Maynard-
Gibson said that she was proud
to support the bill. Mrs May-
nard-Gibson however also
urged the government to
address more local concerns.
"The FNM is now the gov-
ernment govern, get on with
the people's business," she said.
Mrs Mayniard-Gibson called
on both sides not to focus on
tearing each other down with
allegations, but rather to help
build up the country.
PLP Senator Hope Strachan
also rose to support the bill.
"Considering that we are 'a
small nation in terms numbers
and in terms of wealth, I find
that this is an admirable thing
for us to be doing," she said.
FNM Senator Jacintha Higgs
and PLP Senator Michael
Halkitis also rose in support of
the bill yesterday .......


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bank shootout

FROM page one
The men then reportedly attempted a getaway, however, their car
crashed into a Toyota Tercel in the parking lo just a few yards away from
RBC, in front of the Subway restaurant.
Police chased the two men east in the parking lot towards the Kentucky
Fried Chicken restaurant, where an exchange of gunfire followed, with
a woman being grazed in the head in the crossfire.
Both men were subsequently arrested in the eastern area of the plaza.
However, Mr Evans was unable to confirm if the men were caught in the
nearby bushes, as sources indicated, in a nearby store, or in the parking
lot.
One suspected robber was hit in the right leg during the shoot-out,
either by the armoured truck driver, or police.
A woman who was in the bank when the shooting began said that
everyone got on the ground when they heard the gunfire.
"I was so scared, I didn't even see what happened," she said.
Manager of public relations Jan Knowles told The Tribune that
although no employee was injured, one of the bank's customers unfor-
tunately received minor injuries during the scramble. One person fell in
the rush to escape the shooting and suffered a knee injury.
The woman who was grazed received only a minor head injury. She
was taken to hospital to be treated, but is said to be in good condition. The
suspected robber is being treated in hospital under police guard. He is in
stable condition.
Ms Knowles explained that leading up to the busy Christmas season,
the bank had reinforced security measures at the Prince Charles Drive
branch. In spite of the incident, customers can be assured, she added, that
RBC is able to ensure their safety. At the time of the foiled robbery, secu-
rity guards and police officers were on duty at the bank.- "
Ms Knowles said that she feels that the heightened security at the bank
made all the difference yesterday, as the robbery was stopped and the sus-
pects apprehended. "Kudos to the police," she said.
The RBC public relations manager said she is thankful for the secu-
rity and police officers' quick thinking. At a time when the bank is being
frequented by hundreds of Christmas shoppers, yesterday's incident
could have had a worse outcome had they not been at hand, she said

'Web shop' employees hurt
FROM page one
man were surprised by two armed men.
One of the men, who had a handgun, demanded cash from the
employees. They were unsuccessful in this attempt, but.took the
female employee's handbag, which contained cash and other per-
sonal items. Before leaving, the gunman shot the woman in both
legs, and the man in his left leg, police said.
They were taken to hospital where their conditions are listed as
not life-threatening. Investigations continue into both incidents.
A 20-year-old male resident of Kemp Road was taken into
police custody Thursday night for alleged firearm possession,
police said.
According to a statement released by Asst Supt Walter Evans,
police were on routine patrol in the Kemp Road area around
10pm Thursday near the Kemp Road Union Baptist Church when
they saw three men acting suspiciously.
Officers approached the men and searched them. One of them,
a 20-year-old resident from that area, had in his possession three live
rounds of ammunition for a .380 handgun. He was arrested and is
in police custody.


FROM page one


Locals on the island contend the com-
munity is typically a peaceful and tranquil
one and are disturbed at this new level of
violence.
''he incident oc 'urred 'Thursday night
at the popular hangout Fish Fry in George
Town. According to a source on the island,
who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
the fight erupted "over a woman" and then
took a deadly turn. However this could not
be confirmed by public up to press time
yesterday.


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gr;up of men were at the Fish Fry located
on Queens highway in George Town, Exu-
ma. A fight erupted resulting in a 22-year-
old from 'he seidement of Forbes Hill being
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FROM page one

would not speak further on the mat-
ter.
Yesterday, Mr Gray issued a state-
ment claiming the reports against him
are "simply not true" and are only
being perpetrated by his "enemies".
"As a politician, I know and I ful-
ly accept that I am always open to
public scrutiny and ridicule and that
I am a target for lies, half-truths and
innuendoes and that only God alone
can protect me from such. However,
the recent fallacious reports in the
media of allegedly being found in a
compromising position in the back
seat of my vehicle are simply not true.
"My enemies have done this since,
as to date, I have never been spoken
to nor was I ever warned by the
police about my dress or of any inap-
propriate action on my part as alleged
or at all. I shall therefore take imme-
diate legal action which I deem nec-
essary against those who seek by
these recent media reports to scan-
dalise my name," he said.
After reading his prepared text,
Mr Gray was asked about the Acting
Commissioner's confirmation on the
report.
"Well, I can't speak for the com-
missioner," Mr Gray answered, "but
I speak for myself. And I will be will-
ing to stand by the statement that I
made, and the legal action which I
will take."
Mr Gray was also asked about his


Alfred Gray
family's response to this latest scan-
dal. He responded that he has
enjoyed the "special support" of his
family, and he expects that they will
continue to support him as they
always have. Reports have also arisen
that this latest scandal in the PLP
was actually leaked by other PLPs
who are seeking to embarrass the
party and bring attention to the inac-
tion of party leader Perry Christie in
reining in his party colleagues.
When asked about this, Mr Gray
refrained from commenting direct-
ly, stating only that he would prefer to
refrain from speculating and wanted
to stick to his statement "for the time
being".
.On Thursday, The Tribune broke
an exclusive story revealing that the
MP was caught by police officers in
the back seat of a car with a woman
- who The Tribune has confirmed is
not his wife in the parking lot of a
Methodist Church in Yamacraw.
According to sources, the alleged
incident was discovered on Novem-
ber 20 at 10pm by police officers who
were on routine patrol in the area.
Reportedly the officers discovered
two cars parked in the parking lot of
the Methodist Church. Upon inspec-
tion, they discovered that the MP
and a female companion were found.
in the back seat of one of the vehicles.
Mr Gray was issued a harsh warn-
ing for his actions.


FROM page one Coral case

described the "light" sentence, stating: "This kind of blatant
abuse of our marine resources cannot be tolerated."
Noting that 2008 is set to be the International Year of
the Reef- recognizing the importance of coral reefs to the
health and well-being of people around the world Ms
McKinney said that "the theft of some of our most valuable
resources that are the birthright of the Bahamian
people...should be punished more severely."
Mr Beckman 57, pleaded guilty in October to charges of
illegal importation of the corals and with failing to obtain writ-
ten permission from Bahamian authorities to go ahead with
the harvesting, as required by Bahamian law.
No one is allowed to collect coral in this country without
the written permission of the Ministry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources. Futhermore, such permission is usually
only given when the collection of specimens can be justified
for scientific or similar purposes.
According to the indictment against him, Mr Beckman car-
ried out the commercial harvesting expedition in October
2002 with the intention of selling the coral specimens in his
West Palm Beach acquarium supply business.
After harvesting 500 specimens of Gorgonia sea fans -
and 500 pounds of live rock and coral Mr Beckman set off to
return to Florida but was apprehended by the US Coast
Guard for travelling without lights. It was then that his illicit
cargo was uncovered.
Under the provisions of the Lacey Act in the US the pos-
session, importation or transport of wildlife is prohibited.
On hearing of the charges brought against Mr Beckman in
October, Ms McKinney, said the American's activities were
"very worrying" in light of the "critical importance" of reefs
to the Bahamas.
"They support our fishing industry, benefit our tourism
industry and protect our islands from storm damage," she said.
Charlene Carey, an environmental educationist with the
organisation, welcomed news of Mr Beckman's prosecution
at that time, expressing satisfaction that environmental laws
were being upheld.


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Sir Jack Hayward

FROM page one

Anita Allen.
Sir Jack argued that the $12.1 million, due to be paid on January
2, 2008, to the Hayward family trusts and the St George estate -
who are fighting a tortuous legal battle over the former's claim to
75 per cent ownership of the GBPA should instead be reinvested
in Freeport's infrastructure, rather than paid out to shareholders.
"I am completely and utterly opposed to the declaration of any
dividend from the Port companies at this time," Sir Jack said in a
statement released yesterday.
"I do not think the Port Authority's cash resources are sufficient
now to satisfy the demands that are being made on it by Hutchison
Whampoa and others. The paying of a dividend at this moment with
all the pending litigation hanging over the Port Authority would, in
my opinion, be suicidal and create momentous political and public
criticism."
If the $12.1 million dividend payment goes ahead, Sir Jack's
side said it would be the second dividend payment declared by the
Port Authority's receivers within six months.
The first payment was for some $6 million on August 8, meaning
that the total extracted from Freeport's quasi-governmental and reg-
ulatory body will amount to some $18 million. The Hayward fam-
ily trusts are also appealing the first dividend's payment to the
Court of Appeal.
They are also understood to feel the declaration of a second
dividend is unusual, as in the past only one Port Authority dividend
was declared per year in March after the companies' financial
performance had been reviewed.
Attorneys for Sir Jack's family trusts are now readying to file
court papers and go before Justice Allen to block the dividend pay-
ment, the trusts pledging not to accept their $6 million share (based
on, presumably, a 50/50 ownership structure with the St George
estate) and instead hold it in escrow.for Grand Bahama's benefit.
Not surprisingly, any move to block the dividend payment will
meet with resistance from the St George estate.
The estate's principal, and possibly only, source of income are
Port Authority dividends. Their attorney last night told The Tribune
that any attempt by the Hayward family trusts to block the payment
was really intended to starve the St George family of funds to
continue their legal fight, and force them to the negotiating table,
rather than for Freeport's benefit.
Fred Smith, a partner with Callender's & Co, said: "This is
another attempt to strangle the estate and starve it of funding.
The estate is reliant on dividends. It certainly requires them for a
number of legal battles it is facing in different jurisdictions. It
requires them for minors, Mr St George's widow and his four
daughters and one son.
"The estate will obviously oppose any attempt by Sir Jack to pre-
vent the distribution of dividends," Mr Smith added, describing the
Hayward family trusts' opposition as "perverse".
He said the estate's understanding was that funds were available
to the Port Authority receivers even if the dividend payment was
made, and the Culmers were looking."at a number of matters
'relating to infrastructure".
Sir Jack described himself as surprised at the timing of the
receivers' dividend application to the Supreme Court, as it was filed
on December 18,2007, a day when he was in Freeport for meetings
over the Port Authority's future.
"I cannot understand why the receivers said absolutely nothing
to me about the payment of a dividend while we met, whilst almost
at the very same time it appears they were applying to the Court for
its approval," Sir Jack said.
"One would think that as a director and chairman, I for one
would want to know that the application is being filed and just
where this money is going and for what purpose."
"If there is at any time spare cash in these companies it should be
reinvested in the community to improve this island's amenities
and infrastructure," he wrote in an inter-office memo. "I wish this
opposition on my part to any dilution of the cash resources of the
companies to be registered and recorded."
The Hayward family trusts' company, Seashells Investments,
sent a letter opposing the dividend declaration to the receivers. They
signed-off on the payment on December 20,2007, one day after Jus-
tice Allen approved it.
In an inter-office memo, signed by Myles Culmer, the receivers
declared the $12.1 million dividend in accordance with the court
order of the day before after "consultation with Ian Barry, chief
financial officer of the Port Group of companies" and said it would
be paid on January 2, 2008.

Missionaries in lucky escape

FROM page one
plies to the Dominican Republic.
According to John Niesen, a spokesman for the organisation, the
two were returning to Venice from a cargo drop-off in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic, for victims of tropical storm Noel
when the Cessna 208's turbo-prop engine failed just off Andros.
When air traffic controllers at Miami Centre saw that the plane
had dropped off the radar, the US Coast Guard was notified.
Unaware of the actions of the sailboat captain, a Coast Guard
Falcon jet and helicopter were dispatched to find the plane and its
occupants.
The search was called off when the Coast Guard was informed
the two had been taken by the sailboat to Chub Cay, Coast Guard
Petty Office Jennifer Johnson told the newspaper.
The men were reported to be making arrangements to return
home yesterday.

NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JULIE CHARLES of HANNAH
ROAD, P.O. BOX N-8889, 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 22ND day of December, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
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I LOCAL NEWS k


MERCHANTS HAIL 2,400 PASSENGER CRUISE LINER AS WELCOME 'BONUS SHIP'



Businessmen keen for Norwegian Gem to arrive


DOWNTOWN merchants
are looking forward to the
arrival of the 2,400 passenger
Norwegian Gem cruise liner,
which begins its seven-day
Bahamas and Florida cruise
today.
Businessmen say that the
Gem is a welcome "bonus ship"
and that passengers on cruises
leaving from New York are
particularly good customers.
On its inaugural Atlantic
voyage on December 13, the
ship left Boston for a two night
cruise to New York City.
The ship will continue to
travel to the Bahamas through
April, 2008, and in January and
early February, will also visit a
number of islands in the south-
ern Caribbean.
After April, the Norwegian
Gem will return to Europe and
begin a series of 28 seven-day
cruises from Barcelona through
the Mediterranean.
She will finish out the year
with a return to the Bahamas.
The ship entered service on
October 1 this year in Europe
and arrived in the US on
December 12.
"Norwegian Gem is the
newest and final vessel in Nor-
wegian Cruise Line's NCL's
series of Jewel-class ships,
which have led the industry in
innovation and brought NCL's


signature Freestyle Cruising to
the next level," said Colin
Veitch, president and CEO of
NCL Corporation.
"We're excited to bring our
new 'It' Girl to the Big Apple
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where she'll feel right at home
in the city that never sleeps."
The Norwegian Gem fea-
tures a number of top-of-the-
line amenities, including a four-
lane 10-pin bowling alley and


a rock climbing wall, as well as
a variety of high-end accom-
modations, including garden
villas, courtyard villas and two
top-of-the-ship deluxe owner's
suites.


Harbour Island dubbed destination of choice in Caribbean


'Briland has once again been honoured
in the international press as a destination
of choice in the Caribbean.
Travel and Leisure magazine has brahd-
ed Harbour Island "Best for Shopping"
in a list of 10 Caribbean hotspots.
The December issue of the magazine
describes the island, as "One of the oldest
settlements in the Bahamas," adding:
"This 3.5-mile-long spit is a five-minute
water taxi ride from North Eleuthera.
Colourful cottages line the harbour;
beyond them are palatial houses owned by
monied locals and the fashion crowd that
'discovered' the island's pink beaches in
the 1980s."
The article does not elaborate on the
shopping opportunities offered on the tiny
island .....
Some of:the other destinations lauded
were St Johns in the US Virgin Islands,
which was described as "best for unspoilt


nature"; Virgin Gorda of the British Vir-
gin Islands, which was dubbed "best for
peace and quiet"; Nevis, which was
deemed "best for an authentic Caribbean
experience" and Bermuda said to be
best for golfing.
Also in this month's magazine, 'Bri-
land's luxurious and exclusive Rock House
accommodation is named one of three of
the most "romantic getaways" in the
Caribbean.
"The swooning setup at Harbour
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by grafting a B&B from the 1940s onto
an adjacent 'Catholic schoolhouse from
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love in a poolside bamboo cabana by the
flickering light of a tiki torch, you can't fall
in love anywhere," it reads.
The profile raising reviews will come as
welcome promotions in the wake of con-


tinuing reports to the effect that Nassau,
traditionally the tourism hub of the
Bahamas, is losing its "tourism credibili-
ty", particularly with cruise visitors.
A report by Jeffrey Beckles of RAJ
Management Services for the Ministry of
Tourism obtained by The Tribune this
month found that Nassau had the lowest
"come ashore" rate out of all the
Caribbean ports, with just 35- 40 per cent
of passengers venturing out to explore
what Nassau has to offer.
Furthermore, unlike many other ports,
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dos, whose merchants saw more and more
dollars being poured into their coffers in
the decade between 1995 and 2005, Nassau
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While cruise visitors were spending an
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SBahamas calendar


described as unique


gift 'packed with


useful information'


"THE Bahamas in Colour
2008" is an attractive gift item
now on many bookshelves
just in time for Christmas.
With photos by Roland
Rose, the informative calen-
dar is designed and produced
by Executive Printers.
This beautiful calendar is
more than a calendar. It is
filled with useful information,
including 12 Bahamian
recipes, one for each month
of the year, local websites of
interest, telephone numbers


for consular and diplomatic
representatives, and such
emergency numbers for easy
reference as the police, ambu-
lance, Med Evac, air ambu-
lance, Global Medical Res-
cue, Crime Tipsters, BASRA,
the Meteorology office, and
many more.
It's a calendar that is good
for two years as it not only
features the year 2008, but
includes 2009.
And among the recipes are
instructions for making


coconut bars, stewed conch,
guava turnovers, split pea
soup, baked stuffed crab,
apple pumpkin bread, avoca-
do cheesecake, Bahamian
bread pudding, baked
grouper, fish chowder, minced
crawfish and coffee cake.
"The Bahamas in Colour
2008" is a unique gift packed
with useful information.
It can be found at the fol-
lowing outlets:
The Plait Lady, Paradise
Island; The Christian Book


Store, 5th Terrace Centerville;
Nassau Stationers, Rosetta
Street; Sue Nan Shoppe, Bay
Street; Logo's Book Store,
Harbour Bay; Super Value
Food Store, Golden Gates,
Prince Charles, Mackey Street
(top of the hill), Cable Beach
and Winton.
After Christmas the calen-
dar also will be available at
Executive Printers, No. 10
Jerome Avenue, which is
closed from today until
Wednesday, January 2, 2008.


Chavez presides over oil summit in Cuba


n CIENFUEGOS, Cuba -
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez presided yesterday at
the opening of a regional
petroleum summit in Cuba,
pressing his efforts to counter
U.S. influence in Latin Amer-
ica and the Caribbean by
offering cheap oil, according
to the Associated Press.
Chavez, who wants to use
Venezuela's vast oil reserves
to help create a "confedera-
tion of republics" free of U.S.
interests, called on regional
leaders to ban together against
the failed "dictatorship of
world capitalism."
Opening the Petrocaribe
summit in Cienfuegos, a
southern coastal city about
155 miles from Havana,
Chavez said his plan should
go beyond mere financing
mechanisms and suggested
that some countries repay the
oil with social services.
Chavez on Thursday sug-
gested the summit could pave
the way for other countries to
repay the oil under plans mod-
eled on Venezuelan agree-
ments with Cuba. Cuba repays
by providing doctors and oth-
er health professials who offer
free services in impoverished
areas of Venezuela.
He also called for creating
an international fund to pro-
mote alternative energy
sources.
"Despite the Yankees, our
gas is at the service of
Venezuela first, and next to
our brothers in the
Caribbean," Chavez said in a
reference to the United States.
Venezuela has the largest
oil reserves outside the Middle
East and is the fourth-largest
supplier of crude to the Unit-
ed States.
Chavez spoke as leaders


studied the Petrocaribe pact
under which his country pro-
vides fuel to countries around
the region through long-term,
low-interesl financing.
Chavez blasted Washing-
ton's proposals for free trade
pacts.
"Free trade doesn't exist,"
he said. "What exists ... is a
dictatorship of world capital-
ism." He said Petrocaribe is


based on fairness and pro-
moting social equality not
profit margins.
Venezuela's president also
paid tribute to his friend and
ally, the ailing Fidel Castro,
who before failing ill had been
the central figure at such
regional events.
The 81-year-old Castro has
not been seen in public since
ceding power to his younger


brother Raul following emer-
gency intestinal surgery 17
months ago. But Chavez met
behind closed doors with him
for "an emotional" 2 1/2 hours
Thursday, official media said.
Although both Chavez and
Raul Castro gave Friday's
opening remarks, it was the
more talkative Venezuelan
who was center of attention
during the daylong summit of


Petrocaribe, which was creat-
ed in 2005 as an alternative to
Washington's unsuccessful
Free Trade Area for the
Americas and encompasses 16
Latin American and
Caribbean nations.
Raul Castro said that in the
face of soaring international
energy costs, the pact ensures
Petrocaribe members are in a
"privileged position."


Venezuela provides about
$5 billion to countries in the
region, according to Chavez,
who promotes Petrocaribe as
part of a larger effort to create
a regional confederation from
Argentina to Cuba that will
help counter U.S. influence.
Later Friday, Chavez was to
reopen an oil refinery that his
country helped Cuba renovate
after it was left idle following
the collapse of the Soviet
Union, the latest evidence of
how Venezuela has replaced
the support Cuba enjoyed
from Moscow.
With Venezuela's assis-
tance, more than $136 million
in improvements have been
made to the refinery, which
will employ 1,200 people when
fully operational.
The refinery is expected to
process 65,000 barrels of crudd
daily and then increase capac-
ity, eventually pushing Cuba's
overall daily production to
more than 100,000 barrels a
day.
Venezdela also sends near-
ly 100,000 barrels of subsi-
dized oil a day to Cuba. In
exchange, it gets social ser-
vices, including thousands of
Cuban doctors who treat poor
patients in the South Ameri-
can nation. Fidel Castro
recently wrote that overall
annual trade with Venezuela
has reached $7 billion.
Presidents Daniel Ortega of
Nicaragua, Rene Preval of
Haiti and Leonel Fernande4
of the Dominican Republic
were attending the summit as
well as the leaders of Antigua
and Barbuda, Belize, Domin,
ca, Guyana, St. Kitts and
Nevis, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, and Jamaica.


THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 12, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2007