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‘rape’ complainant

@ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter

PUBLIC Prosecutions Direc-
tor Bernard Turner criticised a
tabloid newspaper yesterday for

revealing the identity of the

woman who accused Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
Robezts of rape.

Attorneys backed Mr Turn-
er’s view, but the editor said the

action was taken with the con- .

sent of the individual in UES
tion.

According to Mr Turner, the
decision to publish a document
on which the complainant’s
name appears was “irresponsi-
ble,” as its source was not iden-
tified. He said the decision
could discourage rape victims
from coming forward.

“That is an act of journalism
that I would not like to see
repeated very often,” he said.

_ One defence lawyer who
spoke to The Tribune said the
publication acted “in poor
taste.”

The Attorney General’s
Office announced on Tuesday
that the allegation against Mr
Robert, filed on December 4,
had been withdrawn by the
complainant.

The headline story of yester-
day’s edition of The Confiden-
tial Source, entitled “Roberts
rape accuser tells all!” stated its
intention to refer to the com-
plainant as “Susan” so as to
conceal her identity.

However, on pages 10 and 11
of the publication, a document

was printed in the format of a
handwritten and signed police

. Statement, in which a female

complainant is clearly identified
by name.

According to legal officials,
the identity of a complainant in
a.rape allegation still under
investigation or ‘before the
courts is strictly protected by
law.

This protection cannot be
revoked at any future date, even
in cases where the accused is
found innocent.

However, the allegation
against Mr Roberts was with-
drawn before a determination
was made by the Attornéy Gen-
eral as. to whether a case was
answerable.

Mr Turner said that it is
unclear whether legal action can
be brought against a publica-
tion for revealing the identity
of the complainant in such a
case.

Confidential Source editor
Christopher Lunn said yester-
day that the complainant had
given her permission for the
document to be printed.

Mr Turner said the fact that
permission was granted should
have been made clear in the
report, so as not to discourage
rape victims from coming for-
ward.

“Tt can have a chilling poten-

_ tial effect on other persons who

might come forward. It might
inhibit them from Cone for-
ward,” he said.

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Senior Staff Reporter

A FIRE in the public
dump burnt its way
through a large area of
bush and threatened new
homes on a housing devel-
opment in Jubilee Gardens
yesterday.

The fire, which raged for
several hours, highlighted
serious concerns among
home-owners about the
proximity of the dump to
the new estate.

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countries zoning laws place
housing developments
miles from a public dump
and not feet or yards. Now
it is feared that the prob-
lems experienced: by
Jubilee Gardens being so
close to the dump may be
duplicated in another hous-
ing project close to it.

. “These people already
have problems with rodents
and pests. Now they are
_ putting another develop-

ment on the old site of

Gladstone Farms which has

similar conditions to this

one,” he said.
The south-western sec-
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The blaze at the dump
started at about 10.30pm
on Wednesday and was not
contained until late yester-
day afternoon.

“There were attempts to
control the fire and due to
the high winds and the shift
in winds between today
and last night the fire has
jumped a bit and is in the
area of Jubilee Gardens
Three,” said Ron Pinder,
Parliamentary Secretary
and Director of Environ-
mental Health, who was at
the site yesterday morning.

In addition to the spo-
radic placement of debris
at the dump site, the
absence of an access road
also hindered progress of
the fire department and
three tractors had to be
called in to clear a trail
through the bush.

A fire engine was placed
at the dump, as well as in
the sub-division, to combat
the blaze.

Mr Pinder said the blaze
was caused by a spark from
one of the smoke pockets
burning underground at the
dump.

“As garbage deteriorates
it gives off the flammable
gas methane and on occa-
sion spontaneous combus-

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@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

‘FREEPORT - Unemployed
hotel workers took to the streets
of Freeport yesterday to draw
urgent attention to their plight
by marching to the Government
Complex and the Royal Oasis
Resort.

The group marched from
downtown Freeport to the Goy-
ernment Building Complex on
the Mall, where they stormed
into the lobby and demanded
to meet with government offi-
cials at the Prime Minister’s
Office.

“We want justice,” they
shouted.

Pineridge MP Ann Percentie,
parliamentary secretary in the
Prime Minister’s Office, met

with the workers outside to hear

their concerns.

The Royal Oasis Resort was
forced to close and lay off more
than 1,000 workers in Septem-
ber due to extensive hurricane

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damage at the Crowne Plaza
and Sunspree resorts and casi-
no. :

The operators had initially
announced that the resort
would re-open by February, but
later rescheduled the opening
to April.

Although some of the work-
ers were retained during the
reconstruction phase, many
remained jobless and are now

under enormous financial strain ,
to pay their mortgages, rents

and other loans.

With reconstruction work on
hold for the past three weeks,
workers have grown increas-
ingly concerned about the
uncertainty of their jobs and the
re-opening in April.

Casino worker Dennis Brit-
ton, president of the Gaming
Union, believes that the April
re-opening will not happen now
that reconstruction has stopped.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

BRENT SYMONETITE, MP for

Montagu, said yesterday that he is
taking running for the position of
leader of the Free National Move-
ment (FNM) “into serious consid-
eration” and outlined some of the
issues that need to be addressed by
a future government of the
Bahamas.
’ The leader for opposition in the
House of Assembly reiterated that
the FNM is preparing to go into
convention in the next months to
“elect or re-elect” the leader of the
party who will then run for the posi-
tion of the next prime minister of
the Bahamas.

Election

“We will see a totally energised

party, ready to kick off the election

campaign with the result of being
the next government of the
Bahamas,” he said.

Speaking as a guest on the ZNS

talk show Issues of the Day Mr
Symonette said that requests for
him to offer himself as party leader
are increasing steadily.

“Pressure is getting increasingly
stronger every day,” he said.

The MP further said that support

from Bahamians is “tremendous.”

“There is no question that there is
tremendous support out there, in
Nassau, Grand Bahama, in Abaco,
throughout the entire Bahamas. I
feel honoured that people feel that
Ican lead, ” he said.

Regarding the question if he sees
any obstacles to his becoming prime

‘minister on account of his heritage

or skin colour, Mr Symonette said
that he has broad support from
members of the white as well as the
black community. :

“T see no impediment. We in the
Bahamas have to advance to a stage
where we recognise that we are all
Bahamians, until we do, we are

‘ doing ourselves a disservice.

“That because I’m white, I am
excluded from running in a political
party or being prime minister would
be a very telling statement of the
psyche of the Bahamian nation, but

I trust we are beyond that stage,” he .

said.

All of the callers that called into
the talk show yesterday concurred
with Mr Symonette and said the

“race card” should not be played |

in the political arena.

Addressing the issues which a
future government would have to
face, the Montagu MP outlined his
stance on capital punishment, immi-
gration, the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF), the coun-
try’s economy; the Caribbean Single
Market Economy (CSME) and the
tax system.

Mr Symonette said he feels that
there are many pressing issues in
the Bahamas today which need to
be brought to the forefront.

“Part of our problem is that we
don’t deal with things up front and
the more we let things drag out, the
more they fester or become a prob-
lem,” he noted. | |

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leadership into ‘serious consideration’

Speaking out on the issue of ille-
gal immigrants, he said that the
problem has to be solved by either
“regularising or deporting them.”

“We have numbers of Haitians

-and other nationalities that have

been here for an extremely long
time, we either have to address the
problem or it will continue to grow,”
he said.

Mr Symonette further said that
the “whole role and function” of
the Defence Force has to be
reviewed, “from top to bottom,”
and that the pay scale has to be
adjusted accordingly.

Future

' Regarding the future economy
of the country, the MP said that the
Bahamas should not only look to
the United States, “who are cur-
rently experiencing a dollar crises,”

for investors, but also to other coun- .

tries.

“We do have a lot to offer in this
country, we just have to manage it
the right way. We can attract people
from all over the world, be that Chi-
na, Jamaica, it does not necessarily
have to be America,” he added.

On the subject of the proposed

CSME, Mr Symonette said that the
Bahamas, as one of the leaders in
the region, particularly in the

instances of tourism and financial’

services, has to remain cautious.

“The Bahamas’ current status
must be protected, as must be the
movement of labour within the
Caribbean.

“There cannot be any free move-
ment of labour in the Caribbean,
we still have to protect our borders,
otherwise it will become difficult to
sustain Bahamians and their
lifestyle,” he said:







migrant number

By PAUL G.

TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

IMMIGRATION officials
admitted yesterday that
although the US Coast Guard

Mand the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF) do all

they can to stop the flow of ille-
gal immigrants into the
Bahamas, they are only blocking
“a percentage,” citing that many
more could be hiding out on our
cays and the southern Family
Islands. :

Lieutenant Darren Henfield
‘from the RBDF reported yes-
terday that 34 Haitian immi-
grants, eight females and 26
males, were captured off the
coast of Inagua by the US Coast
Guard Venturous, bringing the
total number for the year so far
to 126. According to maritime
laws, US Coast Guard vessels
can patrol Bahamian waters as
long as they have a Defence
Force ‘sea rider’ onboard.

Currently these migrants are
being held at the RBDF base in
Matthew Town, Great Inagua,
while immigration officials
ascertain if they are political or
economic refugees. If it is dis-
covered that they are simply
economic refugees, they will be
deported back to Haiti. How-
ever if their claim is political,
further investigations will be
made into what can be done to
protect the rights of these indi-
viduals. ©

Assistant Director of Immi-
gration William McDonald said:
“We are processing them at this

‘aanoment. If any claim that there

s some political prosecution

then we will investigate further
into their claim but if it’s just an
economical claim then we will
return them. However we advo-
wate that we don’t send anyone
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Angry reaction to royal prince ‘Nazi’ gaffe

FORCES veterans in the
Bahamas reacted angrily yester-
day to Prince Harry’s “crazy”
decision to wear a Nazi swastika
armband to a fancy dress party.

British residents were also
appalled at the latest gaffe by a
member of the Royal family, with
one calling Harry “a silly, irre-
sponsible fool with no knowledge
of recent history.”

The prince’s blunder was
exposed by a British tabloid
newspaper, The Sun. A page one
picture showed Harry enjoying a
drink and cigarette while dressed
as a member of Rommel’s Afrika
Corps, complete with swastika
armband.

The story has caused outrage in
Britain, with anti-monarchists cit-
ing it as another good reason for
ditching the Royal Family once
and for all.

Controversies

The incident is the latest in a
series of controversies surround-
ing Prince Harry, who is third in
line to the Throne. He has previ-
ously been accused of smoking
marijuana, under-age drinking
and getting involved in a punch-
up with a photographer.

Yesterday, a British resident in
Nassau said: “This young man has
been granted the most expensive
education money can buy, yet he
is unfamiliar with the horrors of
the Second World War, in which
many thousands of his fellow
countrymen died. 7

“This awful mistake is not only
an insult to Britain’s ex-service-
men, and everyone else who
crushed Hitler’s evil regime, it is
symbolic of the insularity of the
Royals and their growing irrele-
vance to the modern age.”

It is especially embarrassing for
the Royals because Prince Harry
wants to pursue an Army career,
a course some critics believe
should now be denied him.

In an official statement, Prince
Harry apologised for any offence

@ WHILE Prince Harry’s
behaviour came in for severe
criticism yesterday, some Tri-
bune readers regarded it more
as an adolescent joke. Here is
a selection of comments:

@ Christine Humes, daughter
of the late Audley Humes, who
was a wireless operator in the
Bahamas Battalion —

“My father fought in the Sec-

ond World War and I am
quite sure if he were alive
today he would have written
an article on the recent behav-
iour of Prince Harry. My opin-
ion is that Prince Harry rep-
resents the throne, he repre-
sents the Queen of England -
how could he do something
like that?

“It shows a poor example of
leadership, and he is. who he
is. It may not be fair, but he
has to remember what he
stands for. People like my
father and Basil Johnson rep-
resented our country in a war
that defended human rights.”

@ Masio Coakley, 77, joined
the army in 1942 and rose to |
the rank of Sergeant Instructor
in various fields - weapons,
drill and physical training. He
was a member of the Bahamas
Battalion, North Caribbean
Regiment (600 Bahamian
members). His father, John
Alexander Coakley, served
with Sir Etienne Dupuch, the
late Tribune publisher, in
France during World War
One. He said:

“Prince Harry is still an ado-
lescent, only 20 years old. My
personal opinion is that the
costume was in jest, it’s not
something we should look at
as a threat of any sort. It was a
joke and I don’t think we
should get uptight about it. I
wouldn’t hold something like
that against the Queen. We
have always been loyal to Her
Majesty who has seen fit to
visit Bahamian veterans on
several occasions, and I will
continue to show that loyalty
to her. Some day he may
-ascend to the throne, but we
must remember right now he
is still a young man, and like
myself at that age, when I
liked to do mischievous
things.”

Hf Steven Hoffer

President of the Nassau Jewish
Association

“I don’t pay much attention
‘to:the paparazzi, but hearing
that Prince Harry wore a Nazi
uniform as a costume is some-
thing that is not only offen-
sive to Jews but to anyone of
colour. He represents the
head of a country that is mul-
ti-ethnic and for him to make
such a statement is just a
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caused. But he failed to dampen
down the nation’s outrage.

Tory leader Michael Howard
has suggested Prince Harry
should say sorry in person while
the Jewish Simon Westphal Cen-
tre in California has urged him
to visit Auschwitz, the death
camp set up by the Nazis as part
of their mass extermination pro-
gramme.

Meanwhile, a British ex-ser-
vicemen in Nassau said: “This is a
very unfortunate incident which
indicates that Prince Harry is not
aware of the depth of people’s
feelings about the Nazis.

“You must remember that
Hitler’s regime was the most evil
in the history of mankind. For a
Royal to be seen glorifying these
people is the height of folly and
insensitivity.” gr

The gaffe has also provided an
unwelcome reminder of Prince
Harry’s great great uncle - the
former Governor of the
Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor:

The Duke and his wife Wallis
Simpson were not only pro-Nazi,
they were good friends of many
leading fascists of the day, includ-
ing Sir Oswald Mosley.

Besotted

In 1937, only three years before
they arrived in Nassau, the Wind-
sors visited Germany to meet
Hitler and several top Nazis. The
Duchess, in particular, was known
to be besotted by the Fuhrer, and
even had an affair with his For-
eign Minister, the handsome Jao-
quim von Ribbentrop, who was
later hanged for war crimes.

The Duke’s unpopularity with
many members of the British
Establishment before his abdica-
tion in 1936 was at least partly
due to his pro-German sympa-
thies.

As grandson of Queen Victoria
and her German consort, Prince

Albert, he was once described by’

a critic as “more German than
Hindenberg” - a reference to a
former Chancellor of Germany.

Mr Howard told BBC Radio
4: “I have no doubt that his (Har-
ry’s) father and his family will
have a good deal to say to him in
private. I think it might be appro-
priate for him to tell us himself
just how contrite he now is.”

Prince Harry’s blunder came
at a country house party given by
Olympic showjumper. Richard
Meade. His brother, Prince
William, was:also.at.the part
dressed as a big cat in leopar
skin leotard. Pe

Christina Humes, daughter of
the late Audley Humes, who was
a wireless operator in the
Bahamas battalion, said her
father would have been upset by
the prince’s behaviour.

As a Second World War veter-
an, he would have seen it as a
poor example of leadership.
“People like my father and Basil
Johnson represented our country
in a war that defended human
rights,” she said.

Former British armed forces
minister Doug Henderson has
claimed the incident shows Prince
Harry is unfit to train as an army

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@ THE prince’s blunder was exposed by
a British tabloid newspaper, The Sun.

officer at Sandhurst.

He said: “If this had been a
satirical take-off, then I think peo-
ple would understand. But from
what I can gather, this was not
the case.

“Tt is a straightforward Nazi

fought in the Second World War
and relatives who lost people in
that war. I really think it disqual-
ifies Prince Harry from Sand-
hurst.”

Colonel Bob Stewart, who led
British troops in Bosnia, dis-

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Ballots and Boycotts

IN TRYING to think through whether we
should press ahead with elections in Iraq or
not, I have found it useful to go back and
dig out my basic rules for Middle East report-

_ing, which I have developed and adapted
over 25 years of writing from that region.

Rule 1: Never lead your story out of
Lebanon, Gaza or Iraq with a cease-fire; it

will always be over by the time the next _

_ morning’s paper is out.

Rule 2: Never take a concession, except
out of the mouth of the person who is sup-
posed to be doing the conceding. If I had a
dime for every time someone agreed to recog-
nise Israel on behalf of Yasser Arafat, I would
be a wealthy man today.

Rule 3: The Israelis will always win, and the
Palestinians will always make sure that they
never-enjoy it. Everything else is just com-
mentary.

Rule 4: In the Middle East, if you can’t

explain something with a conspiracy theory,

then don’t try to explain it at all — people
there won’t believe it.

Rule 5: In the Middle East, the extremists
go all the way, and the moderates tend to
just go away — unless the coast is complete-
ly clear.

Rule 6: The most oft-used phrase of
Mideast moderates is: “We were just about to
stand up to the bad guys when you stupid
Americans did that stupid thing. Had you
stupid Americans not done that stupid thing,
we would have stood up, but now it’s too
late. It’s all your fault for being so stupid.”

Rule 7: In Middle East politics there is
rarely a happy medium. When one side is
weak, it will tell you, “How can I compro-
mise?” And the minute it becomes strong, it
will tell you, “Why should I compromise?”

Rule 8: What people tell you in private in
the Middle East is irrelevant. All that matters
is what they will defend in public in Arabic, in
Hebrew or in any other local language. Any-
thing said in English doesn’t count.

It is on the basis of these rules that I total-
ly disagree with those who argue that the

January 30 Iraqi elections should be post- .

poned. Their main argument is that an Iraqi
election that ensconces the Shiite majority
in power, without any participation of the
Sunni minority, will sow the seeds of civil
war.

That is probably true — but we are already
in a civil war in-Iraq. That civil war was start-
ed by the Sunni Baathists, and their Islamist
fascist allies from around the region, the

minute the United States toppled Saddam.

And they started that war not because they

felt the Iraqi elections were going to be
rigged, but because they knew they weren’t
going to be rigged.

They started the war not to get their fair
share of Iraqi power, but in hopes of retain-
ing their unfair share. Under Saddam, Iraq’s
Sunni minority, with only 20 per cent of the

population, ruled everyone. These fascist.

insurgents have never given politics a chance
to work in Iraq because they don’t want it to

work. That’s why they have never issued a list .
of demands. They don’t want people to see ~

what they are really after, which is continued
minority rule, Saddamism without Saddam. If
that was my politics, I’d be wearing a ski
mask over my head, too.

The notion that delaying the elections for a
few months would somehow give time for

. the “Sunni moderates” to persuade the

‘extremists to come around is dead wrong —
literally. Any delay would simply embolden
the guys with the guns to kill more Iraqi
police officers and to intimidate more Sunnis.
It could only convince them that with just a
little more violence, they could scuttle the
whole project of rebuilding Iraq.

There is only one thing that will enable
the Sunni moderates in Iraq to win the
debate, and that is when the fascist insur-
gents are forced to confront the fact that
their tactics have not only failed to prevent
the elections, but have also dug the Sunnis of
Iraq into an even deeper hole. .

By boycotting the elections, not only will

they lose. their unfair share of, the old Iraq, .

they willalso have failed to claim even their

fair share of the new Iraq. The moderate:

argument among the Sunnis can prevail only
when the tactics of their extremists have
proved utterly bankrupt.

For all these reasons, the least-bad option
right now for the United States is to forge
ahead with the elections — unless the Iraqi
Shiites ask for a postponement — and focus
all of America’s energies not on appeasing
the fascist insurgents, but on moderating the
Shiites and Kurds, who are sure to dominate
the voting.

Despite my seventh rule, we have a much
greater chance of producing a decent out-
come in Iraq by appealing to the self-interest
of the Kurds and the Shiites to be magnani-
mous in victory, then we do of getting the
fascist insurgents to be magnanimous in
defeat.

(By THOMAS L FRIEDMAN
c.2005 New York Times News Service)

Criticism of
‘misguided’
lawyers

>

EDITOR, The Tribune.
OVER the years, lawyers in

’ most communities have earned

the undesirable reputation of
being some of the most ruthless
and evil persons in society. And
all too often the reputation is
most deserving of some of them.

Because of the reputation of
some of them of being heartless
and ripping off unsuspecting
members of the public, lawyers
have been the recipient of some
of the cruelest jokes. For exam-
ple, what do you call a dozen
lawyers buried up to the neck in
sand? Answer: “Not enough
sand.”

This perception that all lawyers
are crooked is unfortunate. As in

any profession, it is probably just .

a handful of misguided lawyers
who spoil the image of the whole
group.

In the Bahamas, the reputation
of lawyers takes a more exten-
sive negative version. A few
Bahamian lawyers make pirates
such as Blackbeard and gangsters
such as Jesse James look like altar
boys. Instead of a sword or gun,
the weapon of choice is the brief
case. Indeed no other profession
in the Bahamas is looked upon
with such a negative and distrust-
ing attitude.

Almost everyone would readi-
ly relate a personal situation
involving some dealing with a
lawyer they felt had ripped them
off. Or, at the end of the day, no
justice was done on their behalf
even though the client had
entered into the legal relation-
ship in good faith. How many
times have we heard the story
that someone had paid a lawyer
for a service or had given them
important papers that they had
to fight to get back. To make mat-
ters worse, sometimes after not
receiving the service they were

.-expecting, they then have to

spend more money and effort to

“irecover their:entitlement: But all

too often, out of frustration and
the fear of throwing good money
after bad, people often give up
and cut their loses as to fight an
attorney may mean hiring anoth-
er attorney. “Once bitten, twice
shy.”

The concern here is not the
question of legal fees as whenev-
er the question of fees arise any
lawyer will pull out the Bar man-
ual and explain to you that their
fees are consistent with the Bar.
There is no breach of contract if
the service is performed for the
agreed price. The problem comes
when monies are paid, but no, or
limited, service is rendered.

Furthermore, far too many
lawyers have an ego problem with
some egos being bigger than the
island of Andros. They will not
entertain any reasonable com-
plaint as they believe that they



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are the smartest persons in the
world.

Nor will they return your
phone calls or answer your let-
ters. Feeble excuses ranging from
being in a meeting or tied up in
court are the most common. This
rude and ill-mannered behaviour
is characteristic of far too many
lawyers. It only leads to a break-
down of communications and a
further mistrust of the legal pro-
fession.

What is so amazing is that in a
number of cases where lawyers
were accused or convicted of
stealing by reason of employ-

‘ment, even when millions of dol-

lars were involved, none ever do
any jail time. Thus proving the
theory that most criminals in the
Bahamas are on the wrong side of
Fox Hill prison gate. To make
matters worse, the Bahamian land

laws are most ancient and inade- —

quate with many personal inter-
ests not registered or recorded.
Regrettably in the legal profes-
sion there are few advocates to
change bad or defective laws even
though changing or updating such
laws may serve to protect or ben-

‘efit the public. Many lawyers will

exploit these legal shortcomings
by refusing to change the law
because it is their bread and but-
ter. Crooked, clever, unethical,
and unscrupulous lawyers all too
often take advantage of the legal
loopholes, exploiting the attor-
ney-client privilege of confiden-
tiality. Anything can happen and
quite often does behind the
closed doors of the “honourable”
chambers. When no law and legal
proceedings exist to support a
particular document, too many
Bahamian lawyers will fill in the
blanks-even if it means, commit-

ting a fraudulent act.

Without any shame or guilt,
some of these legal mercenaries
pass themselves off as decent peo-
ple in Bahamian society. Some of
them are on a church or school
board or a member of a service
club. Some even involve them-
selves in the sporting world. But
don’t be fooled by these social
gestures, in my opinion that’s only
a cover. With a professional
“buddy-buddy” system in place,
the Bahamian legal profession
operate like a syndicate. Individ-
ual lawyers. are afraid to speak
out against other lawyers when
they are wrong because of the

possibility of an economic back-
lash or more evil still, plain old
victimisation.

It is not very often that I con-
gratulate the PLP government for
a job well done, but this is one

-time I give Attorney General

Alfred Sears much credit for hav-
ing the foresight and wisdom for
making a sincere attempt to rein
in these wayward lawyers who
are giving the legal profession
such a bad image.

A subcommittee of the
Bahamas Bar Council/Associa-
tion has been appointed to enter-
tain complaints concerning uneth-
ical or legal complaints against
lawyers who may feel that they
are or can operate above the law.
Under the presidency of lawyer
Wayne Munroe, a zero tolerance
and no-nonsense approach to this
kind of foolishness has been
established. A panel of five per-
sons, which includes three lawyers
and two non-legal persons from
the community, has recently been
appointed. Even though it is up to
the lawyers to regulate their pro-
fession, the interest of the public
who are often the victims must
be taken into account as well.
This disciplinary tribunal takes a
look at the evidence to determine
the degree of culpable behaviour
and make recommendations for
further disciplinary or legal action
which could result in disbarment
and/or criminal prosecution. With
the number of lawyers in the
Bahamas now increasing expo-
nentially, it is absolutely critical
that proper rules and regulations
be the policy rather than the
exception. In 100 years the
Bahamas has gone from five
lawyers to now approaching 1,000
lawyers.

In a country with only 300,000
population, there will be one
lawyer for every 300 people. This
is probably one of the highest

lawyer/people ratio in the world.
The few bad apples must be.sus3°)
pended.if not eliminated to. main-..

tain the integrity of the Bahamas
legal profession.

Because of the way he was
treated by lawyers, at least one
foreign investor from Germany
is now waging an all out econom-
ic war against the Bahamas and is
attempting to discourage others
from investing in a land without
law and order and where lawyers
are not accountable.

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‘Agoressive investigating’ plays part in
decline of police corruption complaints

Supt Ferguson
on statistics

@ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE decline in corruption
complaints against police offi-
cers over the last few years is
due to the “proactive approach”
adopted by investigators, Police
Superintendent John Ferguson
said yesterday.

Only seven complaints of cor-
ruption were made against offi-
cers in 2004.

This is down from 20 reports
of corruption in 2003 and 31 in
2002.

Mr Ferguson, who is the offi-
cer in charge of the police com-
plaints and corruption branch,
attributed the decrease to
“ageressive investigating,” as
well as the creation of officer
training programmes on cor-
ruption and the vigorous appli-
cation of Police Commissioner
Paul Farquharson’s policy on
corrupt behaviour.

“The decrease can be attrib-
uted to a proactive approach,
not only in informing officers
of consequences, but also
through the commissioner’s pol-
icy on the prevention, detection
and treatment of corruption,
dishonesty and unethical behav-
iour,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said that pro-
grammes for the “re-education”
of officers on the consequences
of corruption had also con-
tributed significantly to the
decline in reported cases.

He said he hoped to be able
to announce a further decrease



in the number of corruption
charges at the end of 2005.

In all, 73 police officers
appeared before the police tri-
bunal in connection with vari-
ous allegations last year.

Mr Ferguson.said that this
probably represented a slight
increase over the previous year.

Two police officers were
imprisoned and three dismissed
from the force, and four
charged in Magistrate’s Court :
as a result of complaints
brought against them by mem-
bers of the public in 2004.

In total, police received 330
complaints against officers from

the public last year. These

ranged from unethical behav-
iour to unlawful arrest and
threats of harm, he said.

. In his address at the annual
police press conference on
Tuesday, Mr Ferguson said that
165 of these matters were still
under active investigation, 98
have been completed and 67 are
subjudice.

The police policy for the pre-
vention, detection and treat-
ment of corruption, dishonesty
and unethical behaviour was
launched in 2000 by Commis-
sioner Farquharson.

It remains the guideline for
the complaints and corruption
branch.

According to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force website,
corruption can be defined as
“the abuse, for personal gain or
gain for others, of the role or
of the position held within the
Royal Bahamas Police Force or
of any special relationship not
professionally associated with
that role or position.”

Duty

Dishonesty is described as
“behaviour lacking in personal
honesty, which includes such
matters as theft, lying and cheat-
ing; together with other such
examples as deliberately over

_ or under-making annual assess-

ments and intentionally neglect-
ing duty responsibilities.”
Unethical behaviour is
defined as “behaviour, which
does not conform with our code
of conduct, our statement of
common purpose and values,
our policy for equality of oppor-

tunity or any other similar:

policy or code, which may

be published from time to’

time”.

Man appears on multiple charges

i By TIFFANY GRANT |

A 26-YEAR-OLD resident of Bozine Town
was not required to enter a plea in Magistrate's
Court yesterday to the charges of assault with
intent to rape, causing harm, burglary, stealing

and receiving. 3

According to court records, it was alleged
that: Kendall Capron,.a resident of Bozine ©
Town, committed the offences on January 9,

2005.

Magistrate Marilyn Meers advised the defen-
dant that he had the right to apply to Supreme
Court for bail. Capron was remanded: to Her
Majesty's Prison and will return to court on
March 21 for a preliminary inquiry.

Employee

In other court news, an employee of Ringo
and Son General Maintenance Company plead-
ed not guilty to stealing. It was allege that Jamal
Armbrister, 22, of Williams Lane, stole $1,700

from of Ringo and Son. Bail at $2,000 with one

surety.

The case was adjourned to March 17.

A resident of Meadow Street pleaded guilty
to unlawfully carrying of arms. Willie Masena
was accused of carrying a knife on January 11 at

Thompson Boulevard. He faced a fine of $100

or a month imprisonment.
«Two men were charged ‘with possession’ of
dangerous drugs.

Kendrick Curry, of Marlbor-

ough Street, pleaded guilty to possession of

cocaine.

Court records stated that on January 12, he
was found in possession of the drugs while in the
area of Blue Hill Road and Martin Street. Cur-
ry was remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation

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THE department of Immigra-
tion faces a problem detecting
people entering the country who
have been deported from the
United States but arrive in the
Bahamas to continue their crim-
inal behaviour, Immigration offi-
cials said yesterday.

At the annual press conference
given by police on Monday,
Superintendent Raymond Gib-
son said that Haitian drug syndi-
cates have significantly increased
their activities in the Bahamas
posing a new challenge and threat
to the country’s interdiction strat-
egy.
He noted that the majority of

these people were in the country
after being deported from the
United States for criminal
offences and had some ties to
Bahamians or residents in the
country.

Yesterday, Director of Immi-
gration. .Vernon Burrows
explained that after the US ter-
rorist attacks on September 11,
2001, the United States govern-
ment took a stronger stance
against residents who may have
committed criminal activities and
deported a number of persons
who had been arrested and con-
victed of crimes. He said a signif-
icant amount of them were sent
back to the Caribbean.

He said that the problem
occurs because these same people
who have been deported from
the US arrive in the Bahamas
with the proper documentation
including passports, sufficient
funds and paperwork. As a result,
they are granted entry into the
country.

He said unless they are arrest-
ed or suspected of wrongdoing,
then the Bahamian government
would have no way of knowing
that that individual had been
deported from the United States



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-he said that considering the coun-

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“ Tf we know that there may
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person in advance than it easy to
police and we can get the infor-
mation from US officials,

He noted that are a large num-
ber of Jamaican nationals who
have been deported and want to
get back to the United States
use the Bahamas as a stepping
stone.

The fact the Bahamas is a part
of CARICOM and the countries
share agreements concerning
travel around the region also
affects the issue.

Mr Burrows said that migra-
tion issues will continue to be a
global challenge as a recent Unit-
ed Nations population report
placed the worldwide migration
population at 175 million.

Attract

“How do you stop that,” and
try’s proximity to the US, the

persons trying to enter America.

He added that while having a
relative who has been found to
be involved in drugs would not
automatically cause a revocation
of residency status, it would cer-
tainly cause officials to monitor
that person more closely.

“Individuals are entitled to due
process, but we may look at your
permit more closely and when it
comes up for renewal then we
may not renew it.”

He said that as the year pro-
gresses, the department will con-
tinue its efforts for illegal immi-
grants and persons who may try
to smuggle drugs along with
them.

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the United States embassy told
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CROOKED Island - An
appeal was launched last week
for more private sector fund-
ing to complement govern-
ment’s spending on post-hur-
ricane reconstruction in the
Family Islands.

Luther Smith, national co-
ordinator of the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA), on Saturday
(January 8) publicly thanked
private donors who had helped
to fund the reconstruction
effort in the aftermath of hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne.

Private donors gave nearly $5
million in hurricane relief aid.”

“Private donations are at the
point of exhaustion,” Mr Smith
said at Crooked Island, where
he headed a team to inspect
the hurricane relief effort on
Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay. He was accompa-
nied by Mr Kirk Lopez, co-
ordinator for the Central and
Southeast Bahamas, Mr Jeffrey
Cooper, chief building inspec-
tor in the Ministry of Housing;
and Mr Wayde Russell, assis-_

‘tant architect, Ministry of

Housing.
Receipt

“We are left with half-a mil-
lion dollars out of a total receipt
of $4.5 million,” Mr Smith

added. “Donations are contin- ~

uing to come in, and we are.
encouraging donations.”

Mr Smith indicated that the
government is grateful for the
private donations, but recog-
nised that the government had
to take the lead in rebuilding
efforts.

“As far as public funding is
concerned we knew when this



“Private donations are at the
point of exhaustion. We are |
left with half-a million dollars
out of a total receipt of $4.5
million. Donations are.
continuing to come in, and we
are encouraging donations.”



donated funds alone. The gov-
ernment is in the process of
reviewing a recommendation
for additional funding to have it
(reconstruction work) com-
pleted by June, 2005,” Mr
Smith said.

The NEMA and Housing
team visited several homes at
Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay on Friday January
7, and Saturday January 8. The
bulk of the work consisted of
repairs to roofs and, in some
cases, rebuilding of homes
damaged beyond repair by the
storms.

Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay were not as hard hit
as Grand Bahama or San Sal-
vador, but getting building sup-
plies to those remote islands
was the biggest challenge.
There is one port of entry at
Acklins (Spring Point), and one

at Crooked Island (Landrail —

Point).

“Given the scale of damage
nationally, these areas were not
badly hit so there was not the
same urgency to do here then
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Giants star donates
$20,000 to Bahamas
hurricane reliet efforts

BARRY Bonds of the San
Francisco Giants recently took
time out while vacationing in
the Bahamas to donate $20,000
to the Bahamas Red Cross hur-
ricane relief efforts following

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firm. '

Max Sweeting Vice
President of BORCO said
that it was good to see the
number of entries
received. ‘ :

“The entries all reflect

‘comed me and my family with »
open arms. I feel very honoured.

-people, Minister Smith said:

the devastation caused by Hur-
ricane Frances and Hurricane
Jeanne. On hand to receive the
check from Bonds were Marina
Glinton, Director General of
the Bahamas Red Cross and the
Bahamas’ Minister of Finance
James Smith, Co-Chairman of
the Bahamas Disaster Relief

Fund.
Duty

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home at Ocean Club Estates in
the Bahamas and is a regular
visitor to the country said:
“With the devastation caused
by the hurricanes, I thought it
was my duty to do something
for this country that has wel-



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Workers go on the march

FROM page one

centie, Mr Britton, with the sup-
port of Bahamas Union of
Teachers area vice-president
Frances Friend, and National
Congress of Trade Unions
(NCTU) area vice-president
Sean Bowe, led workers on a
march to the resort.

Ms Percentie also joined in the
march.

“J do trust that there is a reso-
lution to this nonsense very soon.
I feel the hurt of you women and
men when you cannot feed your
children and pay your bills.

“You need your jobs and I am
with you 100 per cent,” she said,
noting that their concerns have
been forwarded to the Prime
Minister.

Many of the workers were
very upset that none of their
union representatives at the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and
Allied Workers Union were

present.

The march went south along
the Mall around Ranfurly Cir-
cus to the resort.

Grand Bahama MPs Kenneth
Russell, Lindy Russell and Pleas-
ant Bridgewater were also pre-
sent at the resort in support of
the workers.

Mr Britton said the sponta-
neous demonstration by work-
ers shows the solidarity of both
resort and casino workers com-
ing together for one cause.

“We want to.find out the true
status of what is going on here at
the property,” he said. “We are
tired of being overlooked and
not getting answers to our plight
here in Grand Bahama.

“We want answers and by
marching to the government
complex today it means that we
want answers from our elected
officials. And we have a right to
have them come and address us
in person.

LOCAL NEWS

“We have been through the
fire, the two hurricanes and then
being without a job. Everyone is
hurting,” Mr Britton said.

Now that reconstruction work
has stopped, he said that workers
want to know what is happen-
ing.

When management made a
statement regarding the closure
of the resort in September last
year, he said they promised that
the resort would re-open in Feb-
ruary, but then later moved it to
April.

“All we are hearing are
rumours and nothing is being
done on the property.

And so there is no guarantee
that the place will re-open in
April. So we want answers and
we feel that our government
should have those answers forth-
coming to us,” he said.

Mr Britton said another
demonstration is planned for Fri-
day morning.

FROM page three

agreed that he should be denied Sandhurst train-
ing, but said Prince Harry must be “an enormous
idiot with minimum commonsense.”

Former Royal press spokesman Dickie Arbiter
said he felt sorry for the Prince of Wales. “Once
again, he has been let down by his wayward son.
Every time there is some good, there is lots of
bad, and it can’t go on.’

The incident is particularly embarrassing for
the Queen and Prince Philip, who later this month
attend a Holocaust Memorial Day commemora-
tion at Westminster Hall in London.

The Queen is also inviting survivors of the death
camps to a St James Palace reception to mark the
60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Prince Harry’s error of judgment is seen by crit-

Anger over

ics as not only an extra burden for his long-suf- .

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005, PAGE 9


















‘Nazi’ gaffe

fering father and grandmother, but also an indi-
cation of the Royal Family’s detachment from
reality. ,

“They live on a different planet at our expense,”
said one disgruntled British taxpayer, “It’s hard to
believe that anyone could be so out-of-touch with
the real world that they could do something so
crass and stupid.” ‘

For amateur historians, the incident was also a
reminder of the Royal Family’s German origins.
Until Britain went to war with Germany in 1914,
the family name was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, inher-
ited from Prince Albert. King George V changed
it to Windsor to fall in line with anti-German sen-
timent.

However, Queen Victoria herself remained a
member of the House of Hanover after her mar-
riage to Albert in 1840, keeping faith with her
own German heritage.

















FROM page one

tion occurs where the smoke pockets gain access
to oxygen and the debris around it assists in
fuelling the fire and that is the situation here,”
Mr Pinder explained.

Chief Fire Officer Walter Evans said that fire
fighters were attempting to cut ahead of the
blaze to prevent it from spreading.

“We are cognizant that the smoke and all of
the elements would definitely be a nuisance to
the community. Every effort is being made to
bring this thing under full control,” he said.

Mr Evans said the fire spread from the dump
fuelled by the wind and the dry bush and dry
leaves on the floor of the pine forest.

No fire hydrants exist at the dump site but a
well has been dug to supply the fire services

Concerns after dump fire

.was disappointed at the fire department’s



Keith Albury, site manager for the construc-
tion underway at Jubilee Gardens Three, said he

response time because a call was made from
6.30am yesterday.

“Now at 10am we’re just getting it sorted out
and it’s already spread around. This is the first
time this has ever happened but in the end you
want to ensure home-owners that something
like this will never happen again. We’re going to
have home-owners out here in the next two or
three months,” he said.

However, Mr Evans said that because the
fire occurred in the heart of the dump, officers
were uncertain as to what was burning.

“We could not take the chance of risking the
lives of persons because there may have been
propane tanks and there could have been an

Newspaper under fire

FROM page one

Mr Turner explained that in
the absence of other informa-
tion, a potential complainant
who reads the Confidential
Source report may become con-

vinced they run the risk of hav-

@ A SECURITY guard
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a pharmacy in Wulff Road

| West last night.

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Police were unable to give
more details at press time,
but a passer-by told The
Tribune: “I believe the
guard was shot in the head.”

There were no further

ing their own police report pub-
lished if they come forward. _

He said the report should
have explicitly stated the source
of the document to prevent the
public from speculating that a
police officer or legal official
might have leaked the state-
ment.’



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Grand Bahama -. Four shipments comprising food, water,
hygiene kits, tarpaulin, blankets, .
clothing and mattresses for 1000 families.

Exuma - One shipment of food supplies in
addition to individually ae iressed
parcels to 40 families.

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hygiene kits, tarpaulin, blankets, : Inagua One shipment of supplies for 40 families
clothing and mattresses for 800 families. i Long Cay - | Two Shipments of food supplies as well
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Crooked Island - Two shipments of food supplies as well ! peer Cay : ae oF toed supplies for 20
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Eleuthera - 3 One shipment of individually addressed | ! Byes Male aie Water tor 200 tamntlies:

food parcels for 95 families.

Food parcels consisted of rice, grits, flour, sugar,, cooking oil, salt, spaghetti & meat balls, tuna fish, corned beef, sardines,
soup, cream, water, baby supplies and hygiene Kits. Tarpaulins, blankets and mattresses were sent where appropriate as well
as donations of toys and children’s clothing.

Distribution of these supplies in the family islands is facilitated by Red Cross members and volunteers.

The Bahamas Red Cross wishes to thank all those individuals and corporate citizens for their overwhelming support of cash
and in-kind donations. Their names are too numerous to mention here. However, letters of vaclnowledscment have been sent
where possible.

The Society has received tremendous support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies by

way of funds, supplies and International Delegates, the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid office (ECHO) for supplies
and funds, the Canadian Red Cross, The Japanese Red Cross, The Spanish Red Cross, The American Red Cross wid The United
States Government/ OFDA.

The Society wishes to inform the affected Islands that relief supplies will continue until the end of J anuary.

The Society wishes to thank its many volunteers who provided many hours of service throughout the affected Islands.

“Thank you” to all of you.



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Kerzner

growth



Bear Stearns
lowers rating;
gives 2005,
2006 and 2007
EPS forecasts of
$2.64, $2.82
and $3.85

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Wall - Street
investment
bank has low-
ered its rating
on Kerzner
fitemational from ‘Outper-
form’ to ‘Peer Perform’ on the
grounds that much of the com-
pany’s expansion potential,
including the expected returns
from its Phase III expansion on
Paradise Island, have been
“priced in” to the company’s
current $56.90 share price.
Bear Stearns analyst Joseph
Greff said that while he
remained positive on the com-
pany and its growth prospects,
Kerzner International’s stock



was trading at 14.6x and 14.2x .

the investment bank’s respec-
tive. 2005 and 2006 operating
income estimates. :

He said these multiples were

See RATE, Page 2B

Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort

Engineers to



present policy

to Government
by January-end

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Society of
Engineers has pledged to pre-
sent’ eight policies designed to
ensure better collaboration
between its members and
investors to the Government by
the end of January 2005, with
its president believing there are
enough projects set to come on
stream over the next three years
to-create “100-plus” jobs for the
sector.

Cyprian Gibson told the Soci-
ety’ s luncheon: “The economy
is preparing for a boom [but]
there are a lot of opportunities
out there we are not taking
advantage of.”

He added that while Bahami-
an engineers had spent much of
2004 putting in proposals, ten-
ders and bids, this had not trans-
lated into “a lot of jobs”. Mr
Gibson said he hoped more jobs
would be created in 2005, and
over the next three years there
‘were enough investment pro-
jects set to come on stream to
“translate into 100-plus jobs for
Bahamian engineers”.

He added: “There is no rea-
son why every Bahamas-based
engineer cannot be fully
engaged and occupied over the
next three years.’
~The eight policies that the
Bahamas Society of Engineers
is. preparing to present to the
Government touch on areas

such as joint venture opportu-
nities; collaboration between
foreign and Bahamian engi-
neers; facilitating the transfer
of knowledge between Bahami-
an and foreign engineers;
Bahamian technical input into
projects; the promotion of
excellence in engineering and
technical education; strong gov-
ernment support for engineer-
ing; and transparency.

Mr Gibson committed the
Bahamas Society of Engineers
to providing the policies to the
Government by the end of Jan-
uary. The final proposals had
been approved by the Society’s
Board and committee formed
to assess them, and would be
sent to the full membership this
week.

Allyson Maynard-Gibson,

minister of financial services "

and investments, urged the
Bahamas Society of Engineers
to present the eight proposals
to the Government “as early as
possible”, as they would pro-
vide the basis for “formalising
the means” by which Bahamian
engineers would be involved in
investment projects and
analysing investment proposals
before the Heads of Agreement
were signed.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson, in her
address to the Society’s lun-
cheon, acknowledged that
Bahamian professionals were

See PLAN, Page 6B

otential ©



LOM ees
new Canada
inquiry Over

KYC details

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A CANADIAN securities regulator has dis-
missed an application for a cease trade order to
be imposed'on LOM Securities (Bahamas) and
other entities within the Lines Overseas Man-
agement (LOM) Holdings group, but the com-

- pany is not free from regulatory focus yet. '-

This is because the British Columbia Securi-
ties Commission panel called for-a new hearing
involving LOM Securities (Bahamas), the com-
pany’s Cayman and Bermuda subsidiaries, and
members of the company’s senior management
team on the grounds that “they may be trading
on behalf of undisclosed clients, contrary. to
‘Know Your Customer’ rules”.

The Canadian regulatory probe is the latest
headache for LOM, which earlier: this month
was ordered by a US court to comply with four
subpoenas issued against it and Scott Lines by
the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC), which is investigating “possible fraud,
market manipulation and reporting violations”
involving LOM accounts in the Bahamas and
Cayman Islands.



Although dismissing the initial application,
the British Columbia Securities Commission’s

panel said its attention was drawn to account
opening forms for LOM accounts at.Canadian |

broker-dealers, as all LOM trades in the Cana-
dian market have to,be piace rirouek invest-



The panel cited six account opening forins,
including several where the box asking whether.
any person other than the owner had a financial
interest in the account had-been ticked ‘yes’.
However, no further details about the beneficial

- owners had allegedly been provided by LOM.

The regulatory panel described LOM as an
active player in the Canadian securities market,

executing more than 10,000 trades in the past e

year involving 800 million shares, with amarket
value of $1.2 billion,

The panel said: “The more significant i issue
surrounding LOM#it seems to us, arises from
the account opening forms described above,
which appear to show that at least some of this
trading is being done by LOM on behalf of
undisclosed beneficial owners.

See HEARING, Page 3B

RoyalStar mulls over
capital-raising options





© 2004 ADWORKS

SALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RoyalStar Assurance, the
Bahamian general insurance
carrier, is looking to strengthen
its capital base in the wake of
the hurricanes that tore through
the Caribbean, sources have
told The Tribune, with an. $8
million preference share issue
one of the options under con-

sideration.

Steve Watson, RoyalStar’s
managing director, declined to
comment when contacted by
The Tribune yesterday.

However, it is understood
that the company is consider-
ing following the lead of rival
general insurance carrier
Bahamas First, which has called

_ an extraordinary general meet-

ing for January 20 to gain share-
holder approval for its own $5
million preference share issue



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Insurance sources said it was
not unexpected that RoyalStar
and other carriers would seek
to bolster their capital base and

balance sheet following the 2004 ©

hurricane season. There is no
suggestion that RoyalStar or
any insurer is in financial diffi-
culties or having trouble pay-

‘See INSURE, Page 2B













PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005

THE TRIBUNE



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the news, read Insight
on Mondays

NOTICE

RIMBAUD LID.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named’
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 3rd
- day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Ingrid Davis
and Cordelia Fernander of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)

Cordelia Fernander
_ (Liquidator)



Rate (From page 1B)

high relative to the historic
range Kerzner International
had remained in, hitting a pre-
vious high of 12.3x, and reflect-
ed the company’s growth
prospects beyond 2006.

“While we realise that
investors are looking ahead to
2007 and beyond to assess
Kerzner’s fair value, we feel that
valuations are not low at these
levels. That said, on a 2007
basis, Kerzner International
trades at a 10.6x multiple - more
in line with historical valuation
levels - reaffirming our belief
that expected returns from the
Phase III development have
been priced in,” Mr Greff
wrote.

The ‘Peer Perform’ rating is -

lower than the ‘Outperform’
rating that Bear Stearns placed
on Kerzner on October 18,

2004.

Mr Greff described the Phase
III expansion, in which Kerzner
International was investing $650
million ($530 million net, given
the $120 million in investment
incentives) as “an attractive

opportunity for the company to.

expand the earnings base while
reinvesting in a high-return
asset within a low-tax, competi-
tion-insulated environment.
“Given the property’s excel-
lent track record and high his-
torical valuation, incremental

earnings from the Phase III

expansion justify a premium
multiple from investors.” The
joint venture deal with Turn-
berry Associates to develop a
400-room luxury condominium

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STORAGE
FACILITY AT THE SOUTH ANDROS POWER STATION,
ANDROS ISLAND, BAHAMAS

TENDER NO. 577/05

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders
for the construction of 31’ x 15’ wooden. structure with concrete floor and
shed roof storage facility at the South Andros Power Station compound on

_ the Corporation: § premises on the island of Andros.

Bidders are required to collect: packages from: the Administration Office,

Blue Hill & Tucker Roads, by contacting:-

‘Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Phone No. 302-1158.

Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to i hand-delivered on or before 27 January, 2005 by 4:00 pm

and. addressed as s follows:

. The General Manager

Bahamas Electricity Corporation

Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
‘Nassau, Bahamas

"Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 577105

“CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTH ANDROS STORAGE FACILITY” .

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject .

any or all respondees.



Pricing Information As Of:

Symbol Previous Close
Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
British American Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonvwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

* Kerzner International BDRs

10 Premier Real Estat
amin Mle

2wk-Low
13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
bir 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

aS. 00 Bahamas Supermarkets
wee 2 RND Holdings

T.0787
1.8154
10.0000
2.0012

Fund Name
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond.Fund

T. 166395"
2.1191"
10.2648"""""
2.156379"
1.063110****

2.0536
10.2148
2.1564

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-HI - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for dally volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Dally Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share pald In the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

** - AS AT SEP. 30, 2004/ **** - AS AT OCT. 31, 2004

L - cnn AT eat 2004/ *** - AS AT DEC. 31, 2004/ ***** "AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
WIE es

Today's Close

was described as an off-balance
sheet venture.

Mr Greff said he was pre-
dicting full-year earnings per
share (EPS) for Kerzner Inter-

national of $2.64, $2.82 and

. $3.85 respectively for 2005, 2006

and 2007. These were below the.

Wall Street consensus for 2005
and 2006 of $2.68 and $2.85
respectively.

In 2005, Mr Greff said the
estimate reflected an anticipat-
ed 13 per cent increase in
Kerzner International’s operat-
ing income, driven by. strong
revenue per available room
(RevPAR) gains on: Paradise
Island due to the increased ser-
vice to the Bahamas-from low-
cost carriers. ©

He added that this operating
income increase would be offset
to some extent by increased
depreciation and amortisation,
plus a rise in corporate expens-
es as Kerzner International

7 | ns UFC (From page 1B)

ing claims.

Apart. from Hurricanes
Jeanne and Frances, which
resulted in about $350 million
total gross claims on the

ee
Weekly Vol.

Last 12 Months

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $'- Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100



Aaa

Ponte.



Butch Kerzner, Kerzner International’s
president and chief executive

‘moves on its international

expansion plans.

For 2006, Mr Greff said the
$2.86 EPS estimate reflected
“modest” 3 per cent operating

‘income growth, which would be

offset by an 11 per cent rise in
corporate expenses and 8 per
cent increase in depreciation
and amortisation “as the com-
pany begins depreciating Mari-
na Village assets”.

Bear Stearns’ 2007 EPS esti- :

mate of $3.85 reflected an antic-
ipated 44 per cent increase in
operating income, with Phase

III adding $88 million in addi--

tional operating income.
Mr Greff wrote: “The EBIT-

DA increase is offset by a $23 ©

million increase in depreciation
and amortisation as remaining
elements of the Phase III
expansion become part’ of the
depreciable base and a $25 mil-
lion increase in intérest expense
as the company stops capitalis-

Bahamian general insurance
industry alone, RoyalStar,
which also has operations in the
Cayman Islands and Turks &
Caicos, was exposed to Hurri-
cane Ivan in the former desti-
nation.

‘Any funds that RoyalStar
raises are likely to be used to
bolster the company’s capital
base and also fund the extra
premium income it is likely to



ing interest on Phase III.”

Apart from Phase IIT devel-
opments, among the positives
for Kerzner International going
forward were the proven track
record of its management team
and use of strategic partnerships
to minimise its investment expo-
sure and risk.

Risks for the comp any,
though, included the relative
illiquidity in Kerzner Interna-
tional shares due to the fact that
47 per cent of the stock is held
by insiders, meaning there is a
lack of float and could limit the

“upside potential” for the com-

_ pany’s New York share price.

Other potential problems
included the fact that 75 per
cent of the company’s cash
flows came from Atlantis, while
the reduction in the number of
UK gaming licences meant it:
was less likely that all of Kerzn-
er International’s three planned
projects would go ahead.



earn as a result of post-hurri-
cane rate increases this year. |

RoyalStar Assurance is the .
former Royal & Sun Alliance; .
which was acquired for $7 mil-
lion in late. 2002 by a consor-
tium including Franklyn
Wilson’s Sunshine Insurance,
Star General Insurance Agents
and Trinidadian insurer;

Nemwit. i
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IndiGO

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
A eo SEG

Indigo Networks is looking for applicants to join
our Field Operations Team. This entry level position

offers a successful applicant exposure to emerging
telecommunication technologies. Installation and
configuration of some equipment is physically
demanding and a knowledge of computers and
basic electrical layout is required. Salary will be
commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and references to

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Nassau, Bahamas
Reference #FOAP







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Hearing

(From page 1B)

“If so, trading is being car-

ried on without the dealers
involved requiring or possess-
ing the appropriate ‘Know Your
‘Customer’ information.”
' It added: “This issue was not
‘before us, but we cannot turn
a blind eye to the evidence. We
believe LOM should show
cause why it would not be in
the public interest for the Com-
mission, under section 161, to
order that LOM cease trading
securities in British Columbia
‘until it provides all dealers in
British Columbia having
accounts for LOM the appro-
priate KYC information about
those having. a financial inter-
est in those accounts.”

Both LOM and the Commis-
sion were ordered to file written
submissions for the new hearing
by January 31, 2005.

. Meanwhile, the failed appli-
cation for a cease trade order
against the LOM subsidiaries
involved an investigation into
trades involving shares in San
Telmo Energy, a company list-
ed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange’s Venture Exchange.

The trades were made
through LOM accounts, and the
Commission demanded that
LOM reveal the identities of
the beneficial owners and other
details related to the trade. ©
.. Invoking the same argument
used in the SEC case, LOM said
confidentiality laws in the
Bahamas, Cayman and Bermu-
da meant it could not comply
Without breaking those laws.
Instead, it said it had pursued
other ways to obtain informa-
tion the Canadian regulator was
seeking without contravening
Bahamian law.

. LOM’s co-operation with the
tegulator was cited as one factor
behind the panel rejecting the
demand for a cease trade order.
+ On July 27, 2004, LOM had
Suggested to the British Colum-
bia regulator that it ought to
provide all the Bahamas-based
information that was demanded
to the Securities Commission
of the Bahamas “in accordance
with” Bahamian law, then allow
both supervisory bodies to work
together on the information
exchange.

| Subsequently, the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas
sent information to British
Columbia on November 11.

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

DARVEL, S.A.






Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of DARVEL, S.A. has been completed, a .
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.

The Date of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of
December, 2004.

Mr. Geoffrey Hooper
Liquidator

bee











LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)



SELETAR S.A.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of SELETAR, S.A. has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.

The Date of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of
December, 2004. i



Mr. Geoffrey Hooper
Liquidator




LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

CLARENCE PROPERTIES LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of CLARENCE PROPERTIES LIMITED
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

The Date of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of
December, 2004.

Mr. Geoffrey Hooper
Liquidator

Sir William Allen, the for-
mer Minister of Finance, has
accepted an invitation to join
the Board of Directors at
Waterfields Company Ltd, the
Bahamian subsidiary of Nas-
daq-listed Consolidated
Water.

Waterfields operate a sea-
water reverse osmosis plant
that supplies 2.64 million gal-
lons of desalinated water per
day to the Water & Sewerage
Corporation on New Provi-

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005, PAGE 3B

“We are pleased to extend
an invitation to. Sir William to
join our Board of Directors,”
said Jeffrey Parker, Consoli-
dated Water’s chairman.

“His extensive and broad-
based management experi-
ence will strengthen the inde-
pendence and financial exper-
tise of our Board.”

Sir William served as a gov-
ernment minister from 1992
to 2002. His career in the pub-
lic and private sectors includes



Sir William on Waterfields Board

Bank, where he served as gov-
ernor for.7 years until 1987.
Sir William today serves as a
director of several Bahamian
based financial institutions,
including his post as. chairman
at British American Bank.
Consolidated Water is one
of five bidders on the contract
to build and operate another

_ reverse Osmosis plant in New

Providence at Blue Hills, a
project seen as critical to end-
ing the island’s water short-

dence, Bahamasair and the Central age. ie







January 5",2005.

Dear Shareholders,



We are pleased to present our audited financial statements for the 12 months ended August 31"
2004 and are delighted that we have recorded a net income of $117,345 for the year. This is an_
improvement in net income of $ 1,284,995 compared to the 12 month period ended August 31°
2003.





Our 12-month sales in 2004 were $22 million compared to $16.6 million for the same period in
2003. This represents a 32% increase and is. primarily due to sales increases at the Home Centre
in Freeport. This has resulted in an EBITDA (earnings:before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortisation) of $542,926 or 2.5% (vs. last year’s loss of $ 660,815 or -3.96%): Additionally our
gross profit margin has increased marginally to 26.05% from 25.65% in 2003...






Our general and administrative expenses as a percentage of our sales revenues were 25.06%
versus 31.92% for the same period last year and our:payroll related costs were 13.49% of our



sales revenues versus 16.03% for the same period in 2003:





Accounts receivables have increased substantially over year-end 2003 primarily as a result of the
“increases in.sales and Robin Hood offering in-house financing for purchases of major appliances
and air conditioning installations. We are.closely monitoring these receivables and we remain .
focused :on past due receivables to ensure our cash flow position remains unaffected...






"After our fiscal year ended on August 31, 2004 the Bahamas experienced the onslaught of 2.
‘hurricanes namely Hurricane Frances and Jeanne. These hurricanes caused significant damage to
Grand Bahama and specifically the facilities at the Home Centre with minimal-damage to our
concrete operations as well as our RobinHood division in.Nassau. The total cost of the loss of -

» inventory, office equipment, furniture.and fixtures, was in excess of $1.3 million. Nevertheless .
the company was fully insured. The Home Centre in Freeport has ‘recovered quickly from the
“storms despite a large portion of our leased facilities remaining in disrepair. Meanwhile to
augment salés of building supplies with our other merchandise, primarily appliances, televisions,
electrical, plumbing, and paint, we have leased an additional 10,000 square foot facility in a~
prime location in Freeport. We should commence business from this location in early February -
2005. The Home Centre anticipates resuming full operations at our current location or a new
location later this year. The concrete plant in Freeport was not in operation during the month of
“September due toa lack of power at the facility, however it commenced operations during the -
month. of October. RobinHood in Nassau has been ‘able to continue operations without.
interruption since the hurricanes. , 3















We look forward to-a prosperous and exciting year in 2005 and thank you for your continued





support. ;
Ray Simpson Darvin Russell
Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer



Freeport Concrete Company Limited fates
Consolidated Statement of Operations ‘ eA ‘



-Year ended August 31, 2004

ns
: 2004 2003























Sales, net of discounts B$ 22,083,350 16,686,612
Cost of sales (note 5) "16,330,084 12,404,851 P
Gross profit 5,753,266 4,281,761
Operating expenses/(income):
Payroll related costs, including employee “Rage
benefits and commissions (note 6) 2 2,979,462 2,675,463
Rent (notes 6 and 10) 484,592 502,317
Advertising 340,291 .- 355,355
Depreciation and amortisation 324,156 385,055
Utilities, postage and delivery 311,077. 314,380
Bank charges and exchange 207,802 165,866
Vehicle, maintenance and repairs 154,970 110,423
: Bad debt expense » 139,896 - 909,395
Licence fees and permits 118,608 104,506
Computer and office supplies 115,400 100,134
“Legal and professional 102,382. 142,274 |
Other operating costs (note 6) . - 102,192 172,935.
Travel, trade-shows and entertainment 55,668 59,207
Business insurance 53,317 70,676
Donations 25,777 42,637
Security ~ 45,906 37,003
Loss/(gain) on disposal of fixed assets - 15,004 (3,020)
Other income mets 12,004 16,995)
; : 5,534,496 §,327,631
Net income/(loss) from operations ‘ 218,770 (7,045,670)
Net financing expense (note 12) _ (101,425) (121,780)
Net Income/(loss) a BS 117,345. (1,167,650
Earnings/(loss) per share (note 13) - aie nicer *
Basic earnings/(loss) per share BS 0.025 (0.248)
: Diluted earnings/(loss) per share BS 0.025 — (0.248) ~
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
Freeport Concrete Company Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheet ; :
~~ August 31, 2004 5
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; Note é 2004 2003



Assets






Current assets:










Cash a BS 58,895: 103,303
Time deposits 3 79,740 50,869
Accounts receivable, net 4 1,718,031 668,853
Inventories 5 3,431,533 3,626,079
Inventory of spare parts and supplies 93,246 88,569
Deposits and prepaid expenses 94,980 © 84,578

airy 5,476,425 4,622,251

Due from shareholder 6 - 170,871
Goodwill, net - 65,816
Property, plant and equipment 8 3,197,387 3,015,893
Oe nner
BS 8,673,812 7,874,831






Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity





Current liabilities:






Bank overdraft 9 BS 750,341 783,512
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 3,050,784 2,419,875
Warranty provision 35,267 90,645
Due to shareholder 6 440,272 537,218
Current portion of long term debt 6 39,810 -
4,316,474 . 3,831,250
Long-term debt 6 196,412 -







Shareholders’ equity:



Share capital 11 47,083 47,083
Contributed surplus 5,774,868 5,774,868
1,433,867 1,433,867




Appraisal excess 8
Accumulated deficit (3,094,892) . - (3,212,237)
4,160,926 4,043,581
Commitments and contingencies 5&10

B$ 8,673,812 7,874,831
nNOS aa






See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.



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RENEWAL JET SKI NEW PROVIDENCE

Nassau Bahamas

BOATNAME CLASS PASS

RENEWAL BOAT LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE

Nassau Bahamas

Notice Of Sitting For New Providence Port Authority Board NP:508SAN Sands Rodino No Name D 2 Rental
Be To Consider Applications For Licences Under The Boat Registration John Street Oft Jet Ski
a Act Chapter (277) - Nassau Bahamas
: NP:509SAN Sands Rodino No Name D 2 Rental
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board for John Street Oft Jet Ski
New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port administration Building Nassau Bahamas :
Prince George Wharf on the 27" January 2005 at 3:00pm for the purpose of granting
Licences under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277).
Any person entitled to and wishing to object to any application should do so at least six NP:507SAN Sands Rodino No Name D 20: Rental
(6) days before the date of the hearing by submitting his/her objections in writing to the John Street Oft Jet Ski :
Board and to the applicant. : Nassau Bahamas
Persons attending the meeting on behalf of an applicant, must produce written ' NP:513SAN _ Rodino Sands No Name D 2 Rental
Authorization at the meeting. John Street Oft Jet Ski
: : é Nassau Bahamas
Applicants for renewals are not required to attend, unless they have received written
Notification from the New Providence Port Authority. NP:512SAN Sands Rodino No Name D 2 Rental -
: f : : ‘ John Street Oft jet Ski A
The under—mentioned persons have applied for grant of licences as specified below Nassau Bahamas

REG NO APPLICANT USE
, ASS USE
NP:132ATE Collie Dudley ~ ‘No Name D Rental REG NO APPLICANT HORM E CLASS . PASS
Fire Trail Road Oft Jet Ski. :
Sees 'NP:4949. Burrows Bemard “Pick Me” Aa Ion Charice
NP:131ATE — Collie Dudley No Name D Rental BO Box CB 12000) | action :
Fire Trail Road Oft Jet Ski : Nassau Bahamas =
Nassau Bah se :
eae NP:1953 Cox Godfrey “Read My Lips” B 10 Charter
NP:665ATE — Collie Dudley No Name D Rental Colony Village 23ft White Hull e
Fire TrailRoad __-9ft Jet Ski Nassau Dahamas
Nassau Bahamas (ales :
; NP:6319. DelaneyJoseph “Porpoise I B - 68 Ferry
NP:664ATW Collie Dudley No Name D Rental ; Nassau Bahamas 40ft Fiberglass :
Fire Trail Road Of Jet Ski ; : ni Re ayy Di
‘Nassau Bahamas NP:4636. Dive Dive Dive Sea Wind’ B 35 ive
: 29 Leo Ltd : 42ft Defender
NP:648ATW Collie Dudley No Name D Rental P.O. Box N-8050
Fire Trail Road Oft Jet Ski Nassau Bahamas
Nassau Bahamas ;
: NP:2112 Duncombe Erma “Snapper II” B 48 Ferry
NP:141ATE — Forbes Robert No Name D Rental South Beach Estates 40ft Fiberglass i
P.O. Box SS-6687 - 9ft Jet Ski Nassau Bahamas
Nassau Bahamas ing
: NP:1814 Henfield Calvin “Our Jay” A 6 Landingcraft
NP:103ATE = Jacden Jonber No Name D Rental Nassau Bahamas 134 Ft
ue eae 55350 ee NP:6373 . Johnson Cedric No Name B ~ 10 Rental
Neca Raha P.O. Box N-3426 32 Parasail
asa aes Nassau Bahamas
347 Johnson Cedri No Name B 10. Rental
NP:102ATE Jacden Jonber No Name D Rental NP ei 6 Ba Ras é 3 Sn Paaail
Watersports Oft Jet Ski 4 Nassaw Dakagnas :
P.O. Box CR-55350
Nassau Balvaries NP:4839 Johnson Cedric 17f Parasail B 10 Rental
s P.O.Box N-3426
NP:104ATE Johnson Cedric No Name D Rental Nassau Bahamas
: P.O. Box N-3426 Oft Jet Ski
Nassau Bahamas NP:494 Johnson Cedric No Name B 10 Rental
; : P.O. Box N-3426 32ft parasail
NP:155ATE | Johnson Cedric No Name D Rental Nassau Bahamas
P.O. Box N-3426 Oft Jet Ski
Nassau Bahamas NP:211 Johnson Michael “My Own II” B 42 Ferry
; 2%4 Street 35ft Fiberglass
NP:156ATE Johnson Cedric No Name D Rental Nassau Bahamas
P.O. Box N-3426 9ft Jet Ski
Nassau Bahariis NP:3023 Kerr Marvin “Marvia’s Magic” B 40 Ferry
4 Ideal Estate 40ft Fiberglass
NP:109ATE Johnson Cedric No Name D Rental - Nassau Bahamas
P.O. Box N-3426 Oft Jet Ski eke ‘
Nassau Bahamas NP:2846 Dolphin Encounters “Reef I” A. 115 — Charter
: : Nassau Bahamas 53ft Catamaran
NP:110ATE Johnson Cedric No Name D Rental :
P.O. Box N-3426 9ft Jet Ski NP:2822: Dolphin Encounters. “Islander IT” A 180 Charter
Nassau Bahamas : Nassau Bahamas 55ft Catamaran
NP:635ATW Minnis Zeke i No Name D Rental
P.O. Box EE-17255 10ft Jet Ski N°:6733 DolphinEncounters = “Islander I” A 200 Charter
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas 60ft Catamaran
NP:637ATW Minnis Zeke No Name D Rental NP:2847 Dolphin Encounters “Reef II” A 115 Charter
P.O. Box EE-17255. 10ft Jet Ski : Nassau Bahamas 53ft Catamaran
Nassau Bahamas
eal NP:2497 | DolphinEncounters “Sky Rider” A 30 Charter
NP:636ATW Minnis Zeke No Name D Rental Nassau Bahamas of Aluminum
P.O. Box EE-17255 = 10ft Jet Ski
Nassau Baas NP:1069 Newton Dion “Lil Nikita” B 42 Ferry
i Rupert Dean Lan 32ft Fibergl: 4
NP:638ATW MinnisZeke | NoName D Rental Nosuan Bananas ieee
P.O. Box EE-17255 - 10ft Jet Ski
Neseen Dates NP:1668 Powerboat Adventure “Bong Dengue” AU 13 Barge
NP:639ATW Minnis Zeke No Name D Rental: Noe 408 Candin g cratt
P.O. Box EE-17255 — 10ft Jet Ski
Reba NP:2900 Powerboat Adventure “Legitmate A 22. Charter
- NP:640ATW Minnis Zeke No Name D Rental eae Gg aaa
P.O. Box EE-17255 = 10ft Jet Ski Oncinshercan
Nassau Bahamas : Pp:
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‘Pinewood Gardens ft Jet Ski Nassau Bahanike 40ft
Nassau Bahamas Openfisherman
. NP:1073 Powerboat Adventure “Legitimate A 2
_ NP:137ATE Munroe Jervin No Name Rental iO MCh: ane \ Beara 8 Charter
Pinewood Gardens _9ft Jet Ski Nassau Bahamas 40ft
Nassau Bahamas Openfisherman
NP:606ATW Rolle Cephas No Name Rental NP:6360 Rolle Michael “Time Out” B 18 Charter :
Joe Farrington Road 9ft Jet Ski Pastel Gardens 21ft Formula
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:662ATW Rolle Cephas No Name Rental NP:6375 Rolle Anthony “Bluff & Honey B 5 Ferry
Joe Farrington Road 9ft Jet Ski Yellow Elder Gardens II”
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas 40ft Fiberglass
NP:607ATW Rolle Cephas No Name Rental NP:6334 Sea Sailing ’ “Seahorse IIT” A 136 Charter
: Joe Farrington Road 9ft Jet Ski Adventures 65ft Catamaran
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:127ATE Sweeting Shamane No Name Rental NP:6259 — Sea Sailing “Seahorse II” A 125 Charter
South Beach 9ft Jet Ski Adventures 63ft Catamaran
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:116ATE Mark Edwin No Name Rental NP:6230 Sea Sailing “Seahorsel” A 72 Charter
Kemp Road oft Jet Ski Adventures 53ft Sailing cat
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:S06SAN Sands Rodino No Name Rental NP:6213 Small Daniel rev M/V “Lady Small” B 85 Ferry
John Street 9ft Jet Ski South Beach 47ft Fiberglass

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NP:2807

NP:41

Sunshine Cruises Ltd ‘Lady Savannah”

P.Q. Box CB-11932
Nassau Bahamas |

Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932

Nassau Bahamas

70ft Catamaran

“Caribbean
Queen”

72f Catamaran

“Sunshine” B

70ft Defender

“Fiesta Mail” A

225ft Cargo

“Thriller #1”
50ft Powerboat

“PHC 1”
30ft Fiberglass

“Yellow Bird”
65ft Catamaran

300 Charter
200 Charter
202 Charter
600: Ferry .
50 Charter
26 Rental .
306 Charter

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE

NP:6117 Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932
Nassau Bahamas
NP:6397 The Mailboat
Company
P.O. Box SS-6411
Nassau Bahamas
NP:6287 — Thriller Powerboat
Tours
P.O. box SS-19343
Nassau Bahamas
NP:357 . Vacation In Paradise
Nassau Bahamas
NP:1732 United Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box N-8296
Nassau Bahamas
LICENCE NO
6284
. 6370
TIS5T
6723
1297
TISS
6040
6520
7103
6677
6123
8021
6344
6157
6763
7815
7173
6146
8026
6011
584
55
7902
1397
6631
7923
2010
6890
7608
6834

APPLICANT

Armbrister Lee
P.O. Box N-10840
Nassau Bahamas

Bastian Tyrone
Palmetto Avenue
Nassau Bahamas

Beneby Lester
P.O. Box CR-55026
Nassau Bahamas

_Bower Nigel
P.O. Box CB-13315
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Wilton
Yellow Elder Gardens
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Leslie
P.O. Box N-7266
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Michael
P.O. Box N-31
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Stuart
P.O. Box N-31
Nassau Bahamas

Bowe Harry
P.O Box CB-11113
Nassau Bahamas °

Burrows Bernard
P.O. Box CB-12662
Nassau Bahamas

Cartwright Jason
P.O. Box N-813
Nassau Bahamas

Cartwright Robert
P.O. Box N-9967
Nassau Bahamas

Chisholm Austin
P.O. Box SB-50040
Nassau Bahamas

Clare Alfred
Claridge Road
Nassau Bahamas

Curtis Courtney
P.O. Box N-4167
Nassau Bahamas

Dames Ethan
P.O. Box EE-17380

Nassau Bahamas

Davis Elvis
Knowles Drive
Nassau Bahamas

Dean Jonathan
P.O. Box SS-6140
Nassau Bahamas

Decosta Alfred
P.O. Box N-898
Nassau Bahamas

Delaney Joseph
Nassau Bahamas

Deveaux Harrison
Nassau Bahamas

Dobbins Frederick
P.O. Box SS-5693
Nassau Bahamas

Durham Dominique
P.O. Box N-4550
Nassau Bahamas

Ferguson Bertram
Kennedy Subdivision
Nassau Bahamas

Flowers Wayne
P.O. Box N-5004
Nassau Bahamas

Fox Lucious
P.O. Box CR-55597
Nassau Bahamas

Gaitor Claudius
P.O. Box CB-11863
Nassau Bahamas

Griffith Bradley
P.O. Box SB-50111
Nassau Bahamas

Hall John
P.O. Box FH-14623
Nassau Bahamas

Hanna Bronson
P.O. box Cr-54078
Nassau Bahamas

CLASS

7526

7521

1559

1141

6755

1594

7881

7036

7111

7053

6189

6685

6021

7494

6491

1142

7824

6581

6457

7922

7193

6320

7006

1144.

6509

7490

6726

6353

6082

_ 7605

7600

7606

6912

7399

7969

7964

6770

7840

. 6573

6901

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‘GOVERNMENT NOTICES /MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND AVIATION / PORT DEPARTMENT

Henfield Judson
P.O. Box CB-11697
Nassau Bahamas

Hodgkins Kent
P.O. Box SS-19343
Nassau Bahamas

Joffre Cyril
P.O. Box N-8486
Nassau Bahamas

Johnson Michael
Pigeon Plum St
Nassau Bahamas .

Kerr Marvin
P.O. Box SB-50466
Nassau Bahamas

Kemp Ronald
P.O. Box SS- 5338
Nassau Bahamas

Kemp Randolph
Thompson Street
Nassau Bahamas

Knowles James
P.O. Box SS-19448
Nassau Bahamas.

Knowles Thomas
P.O. Box SS-6554
Nassau Bahamas

Knowles Mark
P.O. Box N-8322
Nassau Bahamas

Knowles Willie
P.O. Box CR-55310
Nassau Bahamas

Major Charles
Robinson Road
Nassau Bahamas

’Maycock Henricus
Nassau Bahamas

McKenzie Rodney
Nassau Village
Nassau Bahamas

Miller Craig
P.O. Box SS-50192
Nassau Bahamas

Miller Martin
P.O. Box EE-15579
Nassau Bahamas

' Miller Bernard
P.O. Box CR-54804
Nassau Bahamas

Moncur Calvin
P.O. Box N-4341
Nassau Bahamas

-Moss George
Nassau Bahamas: >

Moxey Andy
P.O. Box N-10236
Nassau Bahamas

Moxey J oseph
P.O. Box N-4319
Nassau Bahamas

Munroe Wilmore
P.O. Box GT-2804
Nassau Bahamas

Munroe Robert
P.O. Box G T-2898
Nassau Bahamas

Newton Dion
Rupert Dean Lane
Nassau Bahamas

Pinder Phillip
Nassau Bahamas

Pratt Reckwell
Pinewood
Nassau Bahamas

Ritchie Linton
P.O. Box EE-16794
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Wesley
P.O. Box N-10642
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Anthony
P.O. Box SS-19404
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Kennedy
P.O. Box CB-11863
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Philip
P.O. Box CR-54283
Nassau Bahamas

Roxbury Leroy
Tucker Road
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Michael
P.O.Box SB-50762
Nassau Bahamas

Rodriquez
P.O. Box N-61
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Clifton
P.O. Box CR155314
Nassau Bahamas

Smith Darren
Pinewood Gardens
Nassau Bahamas

Smith Philip
P.O. Box N-10839
Nassau Bahamas

Smith Paul
P.O. Box N-1641
Nassau Bahamas

Stuart jack
P.O. Box N-433
Nassau Bahamas

Strachan Garth
Blue Hill Road
Nassau Bahamas

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7227

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE FAMILY ISLAND

LICENCE NO

6758

7163
1080

7853

7155

7380

6404
7502
7239

6265

7365

6570

1977
7368
1297
6560

7810°

7299

7292

Stubbs Mark ~
P. O. Box EE-17715
Nassau Bahamas

Taylor Jeriad
Johnson Terrace
Nassau Bahamas

Taylor Lincoln
P.O. Box CB-12596
Nassau Bahamas

Tozer Derek
P.O. Box CB-11863
Nassau Bahamas

Wardle Alan
P.O. Box SS-19343
Nassau Bahamas

Williams Patrick
Nassau Bahamas

Woodside Wellington

West Bay Street
Nassau Bahamas

Walkine Dion

' P.O. Box CB-11697

Nassau Bahamas

Watson Nikeo
P.O. Box CB-13126
Nassau Bahamas

Williams Avilu
Nassau Bahamas

Wells Anthony
Nassau Bahamas

Wilson Dallas
St Michael Road
Nassau Bahamas

Williams Lewison .
P.O Box CB-13083
Nassau Bahamas

Wilson Godfrey
P.O. Box SS-19433
Nassau Bahamas

APPLICANT

Albury Sterling
Freeport
Bahamas

Bain Dereck
Freeport
Bahamas

Bennett John
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

~Daley Omar

P.O. Box 30001
Stella Maris
Long Island
Bahamas

Ferguson Luther
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport
Bahamas

Gunn Stephen
P.O. Box F-40110
Nassau Bahamas

Higgs Harvey
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Jones Branford
Eight Mile Rock

- Bahamas

King Brainard
Mangrove cay
Andros

Major Leo

P.O, Box 30336
Clarence Town
Long Island
Bahamas

Maxis Luna

P.O. Box H-45087
Freeport

Bahamas

Phillpot George
Man O War Cay
Abaco

Bahamas

Pinder Gumey
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Pinder William
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Pinder Charles
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Roberts Kirtland
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Smith Perry
Freeport
Bahamas

Smith Kenneth
Freeport
Bahamas

Zaritzky Barry
Gregory Town
Eleuthera
Bahamas

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feeling left out of several investment projects and
the country’s overall economic growth.

She said: “We were concerned [in the Ministry
of Financial Services and Investments] that over
the past two years we have not been able, in our
view, to effectively cause Bahamian professionals
to feel they are very much a part OF the growth
process in our-country.”

Bahamian contractors, engineers and other
professional groups, she added, were telling the
Government they wanted to “be involved in the
planning process” and participate from the start.

Praising the Bahamas “intellectual capital” as
one of the factors that been key to developing its
financial services industry, Mrs Maynard- Gibson
said the Government wanted to “make it very
clear” to the outside world that there was “a very
deep intellectual bench on the professional side”.

“It is my belief that highly trained people are

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key to the future of our economy and our intel-
lectual capital is our most valuable resource.”

With $3 billion in investment proposals before
her ministry, Mrs Maynard-Gibson said the
Bahamas was a “hot spot” for investment. She
described these as “real opportunities” for
Bahamian engineers, where “you can roll up your
sleeves, see, touch and feel it”.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson cited Peter de Savary’s
Abaco Club at. Winding Bay as a model of involv-
ing Bahamians throughout the construction
process from start to finish. Saying it showed
there “can be almost total Bahamian involve-
ment in a project”, the minister said there was
about 95 per cent Bahamian involvement “from
beginning to end, across the board in all areas”.

The Government, she added, was focused on
the ‘four Es’: employment, education, entrepre-

_ neurship, and environment.

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

PRE- QUALIFICATION FOR THE CONDUCT OF AN
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY RISK
ASSESSMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS
ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites eligible firms/persons to pre-
qualify for the undertaking of an Information Technology Security Risk

Assessment project.

Interested persons are required to collect a pre-qualification questionnaire
form from the Administration Office, Blue aed & Tucker Roads, by

contacting:-

Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads

Nassau, Bahamas

Phone No. 302-1158

“Fax:N6.323-6852 480

Completed questionnaires are to be hand-delivered on or before 14 January,
2005 by 4: op pm and addressed as follows:

The Genera? Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads

Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked:

“RISK ASSESSMENT PRE-QUALIFICATION”



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join fun run

THE Baptist Sports Coun-
cil is inviting the general
public to come out and join
in their annual Family Fun
Run/Walk race on Saturday,
January 29.

The run will cover a 4 mile
course, leaving the Charles
W. Saunders High School,
Jean Street and travel south
to Prince Charles Drive, east
to Fox Hill Road, north to
Bernard Road and west back
to Jean Street.

A shorter 1.5 mile walk
race will start at the same
point, travel north to
Bernard Road, west to Sol-
dier Road, south to Prince
Charles Drive and north
back to the finish line.

The categories will include
15-and-under, 19-and-under,
30-and-under, 40-and-under,
50-and-under and 50-and-
over for men and women in
both the run and walk.

Trophies will be present-
ed to the first three finishers
in each division. There will
also be an overall trophy pre-

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sented to the winners of both
events in all four categories.

Additionally, there is a
race for pastors and minis-
ters. The first three finishers
will receive a trophy.

Trophy

There will also be a trophy
presented to the church that
has the most participants.

The race has been sanc-
tioned by the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Associa-
tions and the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Certified Officials
are expected to officiate.

While the emphasis will be
on encouraging as many per-
sons within the Baptist

Churches to participate, the
BSC is inviting all local track
clubs, distance runners and
walkers, schools’ track teams
and social walkers to come
out and take part.

The entry fee is $5 per per-
son.

T-shirts, commemorating
the event, will also be
presented to the partici-
pants.

Entry forms can be col-
lected from the Bahamas
Baptist Missionary and Edu-
cational Convention’s office,
Baillou Hill Road.

Participants can also
register on the morning
before the race, starting at
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Junior Sports.
Reporter

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GSSSA enforces rule for transferred athletes



LETTERS have been’
pouring into the Govern-
ment Secondary School
Sporting Association (GSS-
SA) after the announce-

ment on Monday that they
. will only permit transferred
student-athletes to partici-
pate with their new team if








@ By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

AFTER extending their volleyball
season the Government Secondary
School Sporting Association (GSS-
SA) has also been forced to wrap-up
their basketball season after the end
of the Hugh Campbell Invitational.

The association, which had to
push back the volleyball season
because of the two devastating hur-
ricanes that hit the Bahamas last
year, will be faced with several deci-
sions about the other sporting disci-
plines.

The association’s basketball sea-
son, which usually kicks off during
the last two weeks in the month of
November, got underway on Mon-
day, January 10th:

Beginning

January is customarily the begin-
ning of the second season for the
sport, which climaxes in February.
The Hugh Campbell Invitational
starts the last week in the same
month.

If the season climaxes before the
Hugh Campbell invitational, schools
will only play each other-once,
instead of facing off twice during the
season.

_ Thé season usually ends at the
same time as the Bahamas Indepen-
dent Sporting Association (BIAS)
league.

The late start will affect the other
sporting disciplines, cr ‘ting into the
track and field, socce: nd softball
seasons. ;

Immediately following the basket-
ball season the GSSSA moves into
track and field, followed by softball
and soccer.

The track and field season which
will start in early March ends with

the national championships.

Softball and soccer will be affect-
ed the most, having their season cut
down to a month during regular
scheduling.



a letter seeking permission
is submitted.

There are six sporting
disciplines under the GSS-

Hurricane legacy
continues to affect
schedules

SA’s belt — track and field,
soccer, volleyball, basket-
ball, softball and baseball
— all of which will require a



















































letter for the new student-
athlete to compete. |

‘More than four senior
high schools have been
affected by the rule which
the association is enforc-
ing.

In the CR Walker
Knights and CI Gibson
Rattlers game, which was
played on Monday past,
the Knights were not
allowed to play their start-

‘ing point guard because

their head coach Kent

Lightbourne wasn’t aware
of the procedure.
However, Lightbourne -

filed a complaint to the
GSSSA president Edna
Forbes, claiming that the
Rattlers’ team also had an
ineligible player who was-
n’t supposed to play.

The student-athlete in
question was transferred
into ‘CI Gibson from
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
before the beginning of the
school year.

Coaches

“T honestly believe that
all Bahamians have the
right to participate in the
after school programmes.
But according to the con-
stitution, that governs the
way we should conduct
ourselves as coaches and
players, it states that they

‘have to send a transfer let-

ter to the association for
that particular player to be
eligible.

“In my personal opinion
they should allow the stu-
dent-athletes to play, but
unfortunately the constitu-
tion does not permit that. I
had to learn the hard way,
I had to let my point guard
sit out the game against Cl
Gibson.

“My real concern about
the incident with CI Gib-
son was that they were able
to play their player but we
weren’t.

‘Coaches claimed that
they were informed about
the enforcement of the rule
on Monday, January 10th,
just before the tip off of
the first game.

However, Forbes
revealed that all coaches
are aware of the rules that
governs the GSSSA, and
that copies of the constitu-
tion and directives are
available at each game.

She said: “The constitu-
tion has been in play for a
very long time, and one

‘thing this executive board

will see to is the enforce-
ment of each rule and reg-
ulation that is placed in the
constitution.

“We are going to follow

tthe constitution, the con-

stitution will be our guide.
It is clearly stated in the
constitution, our job is to
make sure that each school
is treated fairly. That is
why I don’t affiliate my job
as a coach and as presi-
dent.”
e@ og.
Eligible

According to the GSS-
SA’s constitution, letters
written on the school’s let-
terhead have to be submit-
ted to the association in
order for the student-ath-
lete to be eligible for
play. eee

In article V, section C, of
the constitution under the
eligibility headline it states
that the “student-athlete
who transfers from one
school’ to another shall be
ineligible to compete until -
the executive committee
reviews for transfer.

“Inter-island transfers
will also fall in this catego-
ry.” - :
Forbes said: “We are try-
ing to make sure that we
have a level playing field,
so the thought of schools
just bringing in student-
athletes will not be
allowed.” iS

This process was also put
in place to prevent recruit-
ment by any coach or
school. :

However, Forbes said
that it is out of the GSS-
SA’s control if a student
favours a particular school.

Excel

“We really can’t do any-
thing. if a student favours a
particular school. Every
school has a certain sport
they excel in, and if that
student-athlete feels as
though they could benefit
more under a particular
coach there is nothing the
GSSSA can do.

“But the same process
will apply for them, they
too will have to submit let-
ters into the GSSSA, this
is the rule that governs the
association.”

Before the student-ath-
lete can compete a full
investigation by the asso-
ciation has to be done.

If the student-athlete and
school is found guilty of
any wrong doing a punish-
ment will be handed down,
these penalties will be
decided by the associa-
tion’s executive board.

The board comprises of
coaches from the various
schools.







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Prosecutor slams
paper for naming —
‘rape’ complainant

@ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter

PUBLIC Prosecutions Direc-
tor Bernard Turner criticised a
tabloid newspaper yesterday for

revealing the identity of the

woman who accused Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
Robezts of rape.

Attorneys backed Mr Turn-
er’s view, but the editor said the

action was taken with the con- .

sent of the individual in UES
tion.

According to Mr Turner, the
decision to publish a document
on which the complainant’s
name appears was “irresponsi-
ble,” as its source was not iden-
tified. He said the decision
could discourage rape victims
from coming forward.

“That is an act of journalism
that I would not like to see
repeated very often,” he said.

_ One defence lawyer who
spoke to The Tribune said the
publication acted “in poor
taste.”

The Attorney General’s
Office announced on Tuesday
that the allegation against Mr
Robert, filed on December 4,
had been withdrawn by the
complainant.

The headline story of yester-
day’s edition of The Confiden-
tial Source, entitled “Roberts
rape accuser tells all!” stated its
intention to refer to the com-
plainant as “Susan” so as to
conceal her identity.

However, on pages 10 and 11
of the publication, a document

was printed in the format of a
handwritten and signed police

. Statement, in which a female

complainant is clearly identified
by name.

According to legal officials,
the identity of a complainant in
a.rape allegation still under
investigation or ‘before the
courts is strictly protected by
law.

This protection cannot be
revoked at any future date, even
in cases where the accused is
found innocent.

However, the allegation
against Mr Roberts was with-
drawn before a determination
was made by the Attornéy Gen-
eral as. to whether a case was
answerable.

Mr Turner said that it is
unclear whether legal action can
be brought against a publica-
tion for revealing the identity
of the complainant in such a
case.

Confidential Source editor
Christopher Lunn said yester-
day that the complainant had
given her permission for the
document to be printed.

Mr Turner said the fact that
permission was granted should
have been made clear in the
report, so as not to discourage
rape victims from coming for-
ward.

“Tt can have a chilling poten-

_ tial effect on other persons who

might come forward. It might
inhibit them from Cone for-
ward,” he said.

SEE page nine
























The Hliami:





BAHAMAS EDITION

|| @ By RUPERT
ts MISSICK Jr
Senior Staff Reporter

A FIRE in the public
dump burnt its way
through a large area of
bush and threatened new
homes on a housing devel-
opment in Jubilee Gardens
yesterday.

The fire, which raged for
several hours, highlighted
serious concerns among
home-owners about the
proximity of the dump to
the new estate.

One government official











countries zoning laws place
housing developments
miles from a public dump
and not feet or yards. Now
it is feared that the prob-
lems experienced: by
Jubilee Gardens being so
close to the dump may be
duplicated in another hous-
ing project close to it.

. “These people already
have problems with rodents
and pests. Now they are
_ putting another develop-

ment on the old site of

Gladstone Farms which has

similar conditions to this

one,” he said.
The south-western sec-
_ tion of Jubilee Gardens has
a buffer of 700 yards from
the dump.

















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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005

pointed out that in most’



The blaze at the dump
started at about 10.30pm
on Wednesday and was not
contained until late yester-
day afternoon.

“There were attempts to
control the fire and due to
the high winds and the shift
in winds between today
and last night the fire has
jumped a bit and is in the
area of Jubilee Gardens
Three,” said Ron Pinder,
Parliamentary Secretary
and Director of Environ-
mental Health, who was at
the site yesterday morning.

In addition to the spo-
radic placement of debris
at the dump site, the
absence of an access road
also hindered progress of
the fire department and
three tractors had to be
called in to clear a trail
through the bush.

A fire engine was placed
at the dump, as well as in
the sub-division, to combat
the blaze.

Mr Pinder said the blaze
was caused by a spark from
one of the smoke pockets
burning underground at the
dump.

“As garbage deteriorates
it gives off the flammable
gas methane and on occa-
sion spontaneous combus-

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@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

‘FREEPORT - Unemployed
hotel workers took to the streets
of Freeport yesterday to draw
urgent attention to their plight
by marching to the Government
Complex and the Royal Oasis
Resort.

The group marched from
downtown Freeport to the Goy-
ernment Building Complex on
the Mall, where they stormed
into the lobby and demanded
to meet with government offi-
cials at the Prime Minister’s
Office.

“We want justice,” they
shouted.

Pineridge MP Ann Percentie,
parliamentary secretary in the
Prime Minister’s Office, met

with the workers outside to hear

their concerns.

The Royal Oasis Resort was
forced to close and lay off more
than 1,000 workers in Septem-
ber due to extensive hurricane

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no. :

The operators had initially
announced that the resort
would re-open by February, but
later rescheduled the opening
to April.

Although some of the work-
ers were retained during the
reconstruction phase, many
remained jobless and are now

under enormous financial strain ,
to pay their mortgages, rents

and other loans.

With reconstruction work on
hold for the past three weeks,
workers have grown increas-
ingly concerned about the
uncertainty of their jobs and the
re-opening in April.

Casino worker Dennis Brit-
ton, president of the Gaming
Union, believes that the April
re-opening will not happen now
that reconstruction has stopped.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

BRENT SYMONETITE, MP for

Montagu, said yesterday that he is
taking running for the position of
leader of the Free National Move-
ment (FNM) “into serious consid-
eration” and outlined some of the
issues that need to be addressed by
a future government of the
Bahamas.
’ The leader for opposition in the
House of Assembly reiterated that
the FNM is preparing to go into
convention in the next months to
“elect or re-elect” the leader of the
party who will then run for the posi-
tion of the next prime minister of
the Bahamas.

Election

“We will see a totally energised

party, ready to kick off the election

campaign with the result of being
the next government of the
Bahamas,” he said.

Speaking as a guest on the ZNS

talk show Issues of the Day Mr
Symonette said that requests for
him to offer himself as party leader
are increasing steadily.

“Pressure is getting increasingly
stronger every day,” he said.

The MP further said that support

from Bahamians is “tremendous.”

“There is no question that there is
tremendous support out there, in
Nassau, Grand Bahama, in Abaco,
throughout the entire Bahamas. I
feel honoured that people feel that
Ican lead, ” he said.

Regarding the question if he sees
any obstacles to his becoming prime

‘minister on account of his heritage

or skin colour, Mr Symonette said
that he has broad support from
members of the white as well as the
black community. :

“T see no impediment. We in the
Bahamas have to advance to a stage
where we recognise that we are all
Bahamians, until we do, we are

‘ doing ourselves a disservice.

“That because I’m white, I am
excluded from running in a political
party or being prime minister would
be a very telling statement of the
psyche of the Bahamian nation, but

I trust we are beyond that stage,” he .

said.

All of the callers that called into
the talk show yesterday concurred
with Mr Symonette and said the

“race card” should not be played |

in the political arena.

Addressing the issues which a
future government would have to
face, the Montagu MP outlined his
stance on capital punishment, immi-
gration, the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF), the coun-
try’s economy; the Caribbean Single
Market Economy (CSME) and the
tax system.

Mr Symonette said he feels that
there are many pressing issues in
the Bahamas today which need to
be brought to the forefront.

“Part of our problem is that we
don’t deal with things up front and
the more we let things drag out, the
more they fester or become a prob-
lem,” he noted. | |

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leadership into ‘serious consideration’

Speaking out on the issue of ille-
gal immigrants, he said that the
problem has to be solved by either
“regularising or deporting them.”

“We have numbers of Haitians

-and other nationalities that have

been here for an extremely long
time, we either have to address the
problem or it will continue to grow,”
he said.

Mr Symonette further said that
the “whole role and function” of
the Defence Force has to be
reviewed, “from top to bottom,”
and that the pay scale has to be
adjusted accordingly.

Future

' Regarding the future economy
of the country, the MP said that the
Bahamas should not only look to
the United States, “who are cur-
rently experiencing a dollar crises,”

for investors, but also to other coun- .

tries.

“We do have a lot to offer in this
country, we just have to manage it
the right way. We can attract people
from all over the world, be that Chi-
na, Jamaica, it does not necessarily
have to be America,” he added.

On the subject of the proposed

CSME, Mr Symonette said that the
Bahamas, as one of the leaders in
the region, particularly in the

instances of tourism and financial’

services, has to remain cautious.

“The Bahamas’ current status
must be protected, as must be the
movement of labour within the
Caribbean.

“There cannot be any free move-
ment of labour in the Caribbean,
we still have to protect our borders,
otherwise it will become difficult to
sustain Bahamians and their
lifestyle,” he said:







migrant number

By PAUL G.

TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

IMMIGRATION officials
admitted yesterday that
although the US Coast Guard

Mand the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF) do all

they can to stop the flow of ille-
gal immigrants into the
Bahamas, they are only blocking
“a percentage,” citing that many
more could be hiding out on our
cays and the southern Family
Islands. :

Lieutenant Darren Henfield
‘from the RBDF reported yes-
terday that 34 Haitian immi-
grants, eight females and 26
males, were captured off the
coast of Inagua by the US Coast
Guard Venturous, bringing the
total number for the year so far
to 126. According to maritime
laws, US Coast Guard vessels
can patrol Bahamian waters as
long as they have a Defence
Force ‘sea rider’ onboard.

Currently these migrants are
being held at the RBDF base in
Matthew Town, Great Inagua,
while immigration officials
ascertain if they are political or
economic refugees. If it is dis-
covered that they are simply
economic refugees, they will be
deported back to Haiti. How-
ever if their claim is political,
further investigations will be
made into what can be done to
protect the rights of these indi-
viduals. ©

Assistant Director of Immi-
gration William McDonald said:
“We are processing them at this

‘aanoment. If any claim that there

s some political prosecution

then we will investigate further
into their claim but if it’s just an
economical claim then we will
return them. However we advo-
wate that we don’t send anyone
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LOCAL NEWS



Angry reaction to royal prince ‘Nazi’ gaffe

FORCES veterans in the
Bahamas reacted angrily yester-
day to Prince Harry’s “crazy”
decision to wear a Nazi swastika
armband to a fancy dress party.

British residents were also
appalled at the latest gaffe by a
member of the Royal family, with
one calling Harry “a silly, irre-
sponsible fool with no knowledge
of recent history.”

The prince’s blunder was
exposed by a British tabloid
newspaper, The Sun. A page one
picture showed Harry enjoying a
drink and cigarette while dressed
as a member of Rommel’s Afrika
Corps, complete with swastika
armband.

The story has caused outrage in
Britain, with anti-monarchists cit-
ing it as another good reason for
ditching the Royal Family once
and for all.

Controversies

The incident is the latest in a
series of controversies surround-
ing Prince Harry, who is third in
line to the Throne. He has previ-
ously been accused of smoking
marijuana, under-age drinking
and getting involved in a punch-
up with a photographer.

Yesterday, a British resident in
Nassau said: “This young man has
been granted the most expensive
education money can buy, yet he
is unfamiliar with the horrors of
the Second World War, in which
many thousands of his fellow
countrymen died. 7

“This awful mistake is not only
an insult to Britain’s ex-service-
men, and everyone else who
crushed Hitler’s evil regime, it is
symbolic of the insularity of the
Royals and their growing irrele-
vance to the modern age.”

It is especially embarrassing for
the Royals because Prince Harry
wants to pursue an Army career,
a course some critics believe
should now be denied him.

In an official statement, Prince
Harry apologised for any offence

@ WHILE Prince Harry’s
behaviour came in for severe
criticism yesterday, some Tri-
bune readers regarded it more
as an adolescent joke. Here is
a selection of comments:

@ Christine Humes, daughter
of the late Audley Humes, who
was a wireless operator in the
Bahamas Battalion —

“My father fought in the Sec-

ond World War and I am
quite sure if he were alive
today he would have written
an article on the recent behav-
iour of Prince Harry. My opin-
ion is that Prince Harry rep-
resents the throne, he repre-
sents the Queen of England -
how could he do something
like that?

“It shows a poor example of
leadership, and he is. who he
is. It may not be fair, but he
has to remember what he
stands for. People like my
father and Basil Johnson rep-
resented our country in a war
that defended human rights.”

@ Masio Coakley, 77, joined
the army in 1942 and rose to |
the rank of Sergeant Instructor
in various fields - weapons,
drill and physical training. He
was a member of the Bahamas
Battalion, North Caribbean
Regiment (600 Bahamian
members). His father, John
Alexander Coakley, served
with Sir Etienne Dupuch, the
late Tribune publisher, in
France during World War
One. He said:

“Prince Harry is still an ado-
lescent, only 20 years old. My
personal opinion is that the
costume was in jest, it’s not
something we should look at
as a threat of any sort. It was a
joke and I don’t think we
should get uptight about it. I
wouldn’t hold something like
that against the Queen. We
have always been loyal to Her
Majesty who has seen fit to
visit Bahamian veterans on
several occasions, and I will
continue to show that loyalty
to her. Some day he may
-ascend to the throne, but we
must remember right now he
is still a young man, and like
myself at that age, when I
liked to do mischievous
things.”

Hf Steven Hoffer

President of the Nassau Jewish
Association

“I don’t pay much attention
‘to:the paparazzi, but hearing
that Prince Harry wore a Nazi
uniform as a costume is some-
thing that is not only offen-
sive to Jews but to anyone of
colour. He represents the
head of a country that is mul-
ti-ethnic and for him to make
such a statement is just a
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caused. But he failed to dampen
down the nation’s outrage.

Tory leader Michael Howard
has suggested Prince Harry
should say sorry in person while
the Jewish Simon Westphal Cen-
tre in California has urged him
to visit Auschwitz, the death
camp set up by the Nazis as part
of their mass extermination pro-
gramme.

Meanwhile, a British ex-ser-
vicemen in Nassau said: “This is a
very unfortunate incident which
indicates that Prince Harry is not
aware of the depth of people’s
feelings about the Nazis.

“You must remember that
Hitler’s regime was the most evil
in the history of mankind. For a
Royal to be seen glorifying these
people is the height of folly and
insensitivity.” gr

The gaffe has also provided an
unwelcome reminder of Prince
Harry’s great great uncle - the
former Governor of the
Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor:

The Duke and his wife Wallis
Simpson were not only pro-Nazi,
they were good friends of many
leading fascists of the day, includ-
ing Sir Oswald Mosley.

Besotted

In 1937, only three years before
they arrived in Nassau, the Wind-
sors visited Germany to meet
Hitler and several top Nazis. The
Duchess, in particular, was known
to be besotted by the Fuhrer, and
even had an affair with his For-
eign Minister, the handsome Jao-
quim von Ribbentrop, who was
later hanged for war crimes.

The Duke’s unpopularity with
many members of the British
Establishment before his abdica-
tion in 1936 was at least partly
due to his pro-German sympa-
thies.

As grandson of Queen Victoria
and her German consort, Prince

Albert, he was once described by’

a critic as “more German than
Hindenberg” - a reference to a
former Chancellor of Germany.

Mr Howard told BBC Radio
4: “I have no doubt that his (Har-
ry’s) father and his family will
have a good deal to say to him in
private. I think it might be appro-
priate for him to tell us himself
just how contrite he now is.”

Prince Harry’s blunder came
at a country house party given by
Olympic showjumper. Richard
Meade. His brother, Prince
William, was:also.at.the part
dressed as a big cat in leopar
skin leotard. Pe

Christina Humes, daughter of
the late Audley Humes, who was
a wireless operator in the
Bahamas battalion, said her
father would have been upset by
the prince’s behaviour.

As a Second World War veter-
an, he would have seen it as a
poor example of leadership.
“People like my father and Basil
Johnson represented our country
in a war that defended human
rights,” she said.

Former British armed forces
minister Doug Henderson has
claimed the incident shows Prince
Harry is unfit to train as an army

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@ THE prince’s blunder was exposed by
a British tabloid newspaper, The Sun.

officer at Sandhurst.

He said: “If this had been a
satirical take-off, then I think peo-
ple would understand. But from
what I can gather, this was not
the case.

“Tt is a straightforward Nazi

fought in the Second World War
and relatives who lost people in
that war. I really think it disqual-
ifies Prince Harry from Sand-
hurst.”

Colonel Bob Stewart, who led
British troops in Bosnia, dis-

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Ballots and Boycotts

IN TRYING to think through whether we
should press ahead with elections in Iraq or
not, I have found it useful to go back and
dig out my basic rules for Middle East report-

_ing, which I have developed and adapted
over 25 years of writing from that region.

Rule 1: Never lead your story out of
Lebanon, Gaza or Iraq with a cease-fire; it

will always be over by the time the next _

_ morning’s paper is out.

Rule 2: Never take a concession, except
out of the mouth of the person who is sup-
posed to be doing the conceding. If I had a
dime for every time someone agreed to recog-
nise Israel on behalf of Yasser Arafat, I would
be a wealthy man today.

Rule 3: The Israelis will always win, and the
Palestinians will always make sure that they
never-enjoy it. Everything else is just com-
mentary.

Rule 4: In the Middle East, if you can’t

explain something with a conspiracy theory,

then don’t try to explain it at all — people
there won’t believe it.

Rule 5: In the Middle East, the extremists
go all the way, and the moderates tend to
just go away — unless the coast is complete-
ly clear.

Rule 6: The most oft-used phrase of
Mideast moderates is: “We were just about to
stand up to the bad guys when you stupid
Americans did that stupid thing. Had you
stupid Americans not done that stupid thing,
we would have stood up, but now it’s too
late. It’s all your fault for being so stupid.”

Rule 7: In Middle East politics there is
rarely a happy medium. When one side is
weak, it will tell you, “How can I compro-
mise?” And the minute it becomes strong, it
will tell you, “Why should I compromise?”

Rule 8: What people tell you in private in
the Middle East is irrelevant. All that matters
is what they will defend in public in Arabic, in
Hebrew or in any other local language. Any-
thing said in English doesn’t count.

It is on the basis of these rules that I total-
ly disagree with those who argue that the

January 30 Iraqi elections should be post- .

poned. Their main argument is that an Iraqi
election that ensconces the Shiite majority
in power, without any participation of the
Sunni minority, will sow the seeds of civil
war.

That is probably true — but we are already
in a civil war in-Iraq. That civil war was start-
ed by the Sunni Baathists, and their Islamist
fascist allies from around the region, the

minute the United States toppled Saddam.

And they started that war not because they

felt the Iraqi elections were going to be
rigged, but because they knew they weren’t
going to be rigged.

They started the war not to get their fair
share of Iraqi power, but in hopes of retain-
ing their unfair share. Under Saddam, Iraq’s
Sunni minority, with only 20 per cent of the

population, ruled everyone. These fascist.

insurgents have never given politics a chance
to work in Iraq because they don’t want it to

work. That’s why they have never issued a list .
of demands. They don’t want people to see ~

what they are really after, which is continued
minority rule, Saddamism without Saddam. If
that was my politics, I’d be wearing a ski
mask over my head, too.

The notion that delaying the elections for a
few months would somehow give time for

. the “Sunni moderates” to persuade the

‘extremists to come around is dead wrong —
literally. Any delay would simply embolden
the guys with the guns to kill more Iraqi
police officers and to intimidate more Sunnis.
It could only convince them that with just a
little more violence, they could scuttle the
whole project of rebuilding Iraq.

There is only one thing that will enable
the Sunni moderates in Iraq to win the
debate, and that is when the fascist insur-
gents are forced to confront the fact that
their tactics have not only failed to prevent
the elections, but have also dug the Sunnis of
Iraq into an even deeper hole. .

By boycotting the elections, not only will

they lose. their unfair share of, the old Iraq, .

they willalso have failed to claim even their

fair share of the new Iraq. The moderate:

argument among the Sunnis can prevail only
when the tactics of their extremists have
proved utterly bankrupt.

For all these reasons, the least-bad option
right now for the United States is to forge
ahead with the elections — unless the Iraqi
Shiites ask for a postponement — and focus
all of America’s energies not on appeasing
the fascist insurgents, but on moderating the
Shiites and Kurds, who are sure to dominate
the voting.

Despite my seventh rule, we have a much
greater chance of producing a decent out-
come in Iraq by appealing to the self-interest
of the Kurds and the Shiites to be magnani-
mous in victory, then we do of getting the
fascist insurgents to be magnanimous in
defeat.

(By THOMAS L FRIEDMAN
c.2005 New York Times News Service)

Criticism of
‘misguided’
lawyers

>

EDITOR, The Tribune.
OVER the years, lawyers in

’ most communities have earned

the undesirable reputation of
being some of the most ruthless
and evil persons in society. And
all too often the reputation is
most deserving of some of them.

Because of the reputation of
some of them of being heartless
and ripping off unsuspecting
members of the public, lawyers
have been the recipient of some
of the cruelest jokes. For exam-
ple, what do you call a dozen
lawyers buried up to the neck in
sand? Answer: “Not enough
sand.”

This perception that all lawyers
are crooked is unfortunate. As in

any profession, it is probably just .

a handful of misguided lawyers
who spoil the image of the whole
group.

In the Bahamas, the reputation
of lawyers takes a more exten-
sive negative version. A few
Bahamian lawyers make pirates
such as Blackbeard and gangsters
such as Jesse James look like altar
boys. Instead of a sword or gun,
the weapon of choice is the brief
case. Indeed no other profession
in the Bahamas is looked upon
with such a negative and distrust-
ing attitude.

Almost everyone would readi-
ly relate a personal situation
involving some dealing with a
lawyer they felt had ripped them
off. Or, at the end of the day, no
justice was done on their behalf
even though the client had
entered into the legal relation-
ship in good faith. How many
times have we heard the story
that someone had paid a lawyer
for a service or had given them
important papers that they had
to fight to get back. To make mat-
ters worse, sometimes after not
receiving the service they were

.-expecting, they then have to

spend more money and effort to

“irecover their:entitlement: But all

too often, out of frustration and
the fear of throwing good money
after bad, people often give up
and cut their loses as to fight an
attorney may mean hiring anoth-
er attorney. “Once bitten, twice
shy.”

The concern here is not the
question of legal fees as whenev-
er the question of fees arise any
lawyer will pull out the Bar man-
ual and explain to you that their
fees are consistent with the Bar.
There is no breach of contract if
the service is performed for the
agreed price. The problem comes
when monies are paid, but no, or
limited, service is rendered.

Furthermore, far too many
lawyers have an ego problem with
some egos being bigger than the
island of Andros. They will not
entertain any reasonable com-
plaint as they believe that they



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are the smartest persons in the
world.

Nor will they return your
phone calls or answer your let-
ters. Feeble excuses ranging from
being in a meeting or tied up in
court are the most common. This
rude and ill-mannered behaviour
is characteristic of far too many
lawyers. It only leads to a break-
down of communications and a
further mistrust of the legal pro-
fession.

What is so amazing is that in a
number of cases where lawyers
were accused or convicted of
stealing by reason of employ-

‘ment, even when millions of dol-

lars were involved, none ever do
any jail time. Thus proving the
theory that most criminals in the
Bahamas are on the wrong side of
Fox Hill prison gate. To make
matters worse, the Bahamian land

laws are most ancient and inade- —

quate with many personal inter-
ests not registered or recorded.
Regrettably in the legal profes-
sion there are few advocates to
change bad or defective laws even
though changing or updating such
laws may serve to protect or ben-

‘efit the public. Many lawyers will

exploit these legal shortcomings
by refusing to change the law
because it is their bread and but-
ter. Crooked, clever, unethical,
and unscrupulous lawyers all too
often take advantage of the legal
loopholes, exploiting the attor-
ney-client privilege of confiden-
tiality. Anything can happen and
quite often does behind the
closed doors of the “honourable”
chambers. When no law and legal
proceedings exist to support a
particular document, too many
Bahamian lawyers will fill in the
blanks-even if it means, commit-

ting a fraudulent act.

Without any shame or guilt,
some of these legal mercenaries
pass themselves off as decent peo-
ple in Bahamian society. Some of
them are on a church or school
board or a member of a service
club. Some even involve them-
selves in the sporting world. But
don’t be fooled by these social
gestures, in my opinion that’s only
a cover. With a professional
“buddy-buddy” system in place,
the Bahamian legal profession
operate like a syndicate. Individ-
ual lawyers. are afraid to speak
out against other lawyers when
they are wrong because of the

possibility of an economic back-
lash or more evil still, plain old
victimisation.

It is not very often that I con-
gratulate the PLP government for
a job well done, but this is one

-time I give Attorney General

Alfred Sears much credit for hav-
ing the foresight and wisdom for
making a sincere attempt to rein
in these wayward lawyers who
are giving the legal profession
such a bad image.

A subcommittee of the
Bahamas Bar Council/Associa-
tion has been appointed to enter-
tain complaints concerning uneth-
ical or legal complaints against
lawyers who may feel that they
are or can operate above the law.
Under the presidency of lawyer
Wayne Munroe, a zero tolerance
and no-nonsense approach to this
kind of foolishness has been
established. A panel of five per-
sons, which includes three lawyers
and two non-legal persons from
the community, has recently been
appointed. Even though it is up to
the lawyers to regulate their pro-
fession, the interest of the public
who are often the victims must
be taken into account as well.
This disciplinary tribunal takes a
look at the evidence to determine
the degree of culpable behaviour
and make recommendations for
further disciplinary or legal action
which could result in disbarment
and/or criminal prosecution. With
the number of lawyers in the
Bahamas now increasing expo-
nentially, it is absolutely critical
that proper rules and regulations
be the policy rather than the
exception. In 100 years the
Bahamas has gone from five
lawyers to now approaching 1,000
lawyers.

In a country with only 300,000
population, there will be one
lawyer for every 300 people. This
is probably one of the highest

lawyer/people ratio in the world.
The few bad apples must be.sus3°)
pended.if not eliminated to. main-..

tain the integrity of the Bahamas
legal profession.

Because of the way he was
treated by lawyers, at least one
foreign investor from Germany
is now waging an all out econom-
ic war against the Bahamas and is
attempting to discourage others
from investing in a land without
law and order and where lawyers
are not accountable.

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‘Agoressive investigating’ plays part in
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Supt Ferguson
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@ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE decline in corruption
complaints against police offi-
cers over the last few years is
due to the “proactive approach”
adopted by investigators, Police
Superintendent John Ferguson
said yesterday.

Only seven complaints of cor-
ruption were made against offi-
cers in 2004.

This is down from 20 reports
of corruption in 2003 and 31 in
2002.

Mr Ferguson, who is the offi-
cer in charge of the police com-
plaints and corruption branch,
attributed the decrease to
“ageressive investigating,” as
well as the creation of officer
training programmes on cor-
ruption and the vigorous appli-
cation of Police Commissioner
Paul Farquharson’s policy on
corrupt behaviour.

“The decrease can be attrib-
uted to a proactive approach,
not only in informing officers
of consequences, but also
through the commissioner’s pol-
icy on the prevention, detection
and treatment of corruption,
dishonesty and unethical behav-
iour,” he said.

Mr Ferguson said that pro-
grammes for the “re-education”
of officers on the consequences
of corruption had also con-
tributed significantly to the
decline in reported cases.

He said he hoped to be able
to announce a further decrease



in the number of corruption
charges at the end of 2005.

In all, 73 police officers
appeared before the police tri-
bunal in connection with vari-
ous allegations last year.

Mr Ferguson.said that this
probably represented a slight
increase over the previous year.

Two police officers were
imprisoned and three dismissed
from the force, and four
charged in Magistrate’s Court :
as a result of complaints
brought against them by mem-
bers of the public in 2004.

In total, police received 330
complaints against officers from

the public last year. These

ranged from unethical behav-
iour to unlawful arrest and
threats of harm, he said.

. In his address at the annual
police press conference on
Tuesday, Mr Ferguson said that
165 of these matters were still
under active investigation, 98
have been completed and 67 are
subjudice.

The police policy for the pre-
vention, detection and treat-
ment of corruption, dishonesty
and unethical behaviour was
launched in 2000 by Commis-
sioner Farquharson.

It remains the guideline for
the complaints and corruption
branch.

According to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force website,
corruption can be defined as
“the abuse, for personal gain or
gain for others, of the role or
of the position held within the
Royal Bahamas Police Force or
of any special relationship not
professionally associated with
that role or position.”

Duty

Dishonesty is described as
“behaviour lacking in personal
honesty, which includes such
matters as theft, lying and cheat-
ing; together with other such
examples as deliberately over

_ or under-making annual assess-

ments and intentionally neglect-
ing duty responsibilities.”
Unethical behaviour is
defined as “behaviour, which
does not conform with our code
of conduct, our statement of
common purpose and values,
our policy for equality of oppor-

tunity or any other similar:

policy or code, which may

be published from time to’

time”.

Man appears on multiple charges

i By TIFFANY GRANT |

A 26-YEAR-OLD resident of Bozine Town
was not required to enter a plea in Magistrate's
Court yesterday to the charges of assault with
intent to rape, causing harm, burglary, stealing

and receiving. 3

According to court records, it was alleged
that: Kendall Capron,.a resident of Bozine ©
Town, committed the offences on January 9,

2005.

Magistrate Marilyn Meers advised the defen-
dant that he had the right to apply to Supreme
Court for bail. Capron was remanded: to Her
Majesty's Prison and will return to court on
March 21 for a preliminary inquiry.

Employee

In other court news, an employee of Ringo
and Son General Maintenance Company plead-
ed not guilty to stealing. It was allege that Jamal
Armbrister, 22, of Williams Lane, stole $1,700

from of Ringo and Son. Bail at $2,000 with one

surety.

The case was adjourned to March 17.

A resident of Meadow Street pleaded guilty
to unlawfully carrying of arms. Willie Masena
was accused of carrying a knife on January 11 at

Thompson Boulevard. He faced a fine of $100

or a month imprisonment.
«Two men were charged ‘with possession’ of
dangerous drugs.

Kendrick Curry, of Marlbor-

ough Street, pleaded guilty to possession of

cocaine.

Court records stated that on January 12, he
was found in possession of the drugs while in the
area of Blue Hill Road and Martin Street. Cur-
ry was remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation

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THE department of Immigra-
tion faces a problem detecting
people entering the country who
have been deported from the
United States but arrive in the
Bahamas to continue their crim-
inal behaviour, Immigration offi-
cials said yesterday.

At the annual press conference
given by police on Monday,
Superintendent Raymond Gib-
son said that Haitian drug syndi-
cates have significantly increased
their activities in the Bahamas
posing a new challenge and threat
to the country’s interdiction strat-
egy.
He noted that the majority of

these people were in the country
after being deported from the
United States for criminal
offences and had some ties to
Bahamians or residents in the
country.

Yesterday, Director of Immi-
gration. .Vernon Burrows
explained that after the US ter-
rorist attacks on September 11,
2001, the United States govern-
ment took a stronger stance
against residents who may have
committed criminal activities and
deported a number of persons
who had been arrested and con-
victed of crimes. He said a signif-
icant amount of them were sent
back to the Caribbean.

He said that the problem
occurs because these same people
who have been deported from
the US arrive in the Bahamas
with the proper documentation
including passports, sufficient
funds and paperwork. As a result,
they are granted entry into the
country.

He said unless they are arrest-
ed or suspected of wrongdoing,
then the Bahamian government
would have no way of knowing
that that individual had been
deported from the United States



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mation from US officials,

He noted that are a large num-
ber of Jamaican nationals who
have been deported and want to
get back to the United States
use the Bahamas as a stepping
stone.

The fact the Bahamas is a part
of CARICOM and the countries
share agreements concerning
travel around the region also
affects the issue.

Mr Burrows said that migra-
tion issues will continue to be a
global challenge as a recent Unit-
ed Nations population report
placed the worldwide migration
population at 175 million.

Attract

“How do you stop that,” and
try’s proximity to the US, the

persons trying to enter America.

He added that while having a
relative who has been found to
be involved in drugs would not
automatically cause a revocation
of residency status, it would cer-
tainly cause officials to monitor
that person more closely.

“Individuals are entitled to due
process, but we may look at your
permit more closely and when it
comes up for renewal then we
may not renew it.”

He said that as the year pro-
gresses, the department will con-
tinue its efforts for illegal immi-
grants and persons who may try
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appeal was launched last week
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ing to complement govern-
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ricane reconstruction in the
Family Islands.

Luther Smith, national co-
ordinator of the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA), on Saturday
(January 8) publicly thanked
private donors who had helped
to fund the reconstruction
effort in the aftermath of hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne.

Private donors gave nearly $5
million in hurricane relief aid.”

“Private donations are at the
point of exhaustion,” Mr Smith
said at Crooked Island, where
he headed a team to inspect
the hurricane relief effort on
Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay. He was accompa-
nied by Mr Kirk Lopez, co-
ordinator for the Central and
Southeast Bahamas, Mr Jeffrey
Cooper, chief building inspec-
tor in the Ministry of Housing;
and Mr Wayde Russell, assis-_

‘tant architect, Ministry of

Housing.
Receipt

“We are left with half-a mil-
lion dollars out of a total receipt
of $4.5 million,” Mr Smith

added. “Donations are contin- ~

uing to come in, and we are.
encouraging donations.”

Mr Smith indicated that the
government is grateful for the
private donations, but recog-
nised that the government had
to take the lead in rebuilding
efforts.

“As far as public funding is
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donated funds alone. The gov-
ernment is in the process of
reviewing a recommendation
for additional funding to have it
(reconstruction work) com-
pleted by June, 2005,” Mr
Smith said.

The NEMA and Housing
team visited several homes at
Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay on Friday January
7, and Saturday January 8. The
bulk of the work consisted of
repairs to roofs and, in some
cases, rebuilding of homes
damaged beyond repair by the
storms.

Acklins, Crooked Island and
Long Cay were not as hard hit
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Cay Foundation announces
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BEFORE his death in 2003,
Lyford Cay Foundation Chairman
and fundraising dynamo Harry C
Moore dedicated more than two
decades of his life to assisting
deserving young Bahamians obtain
an education and skills they need-
ed to succeed in life and create a
better world around them.

Daily and diligently he forged
ahead, determined to make the
Lyford Cay Foundation this
region’s largest educational and
non-governmental charitable
organisation. He did that and so
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Screening Committee put in place
to review and process applications
each year. The Foundation plans to
award its first $10,000 scholarship
for the 2005/2006 academic year.

Prestigious

The Canadian Lyford Cay Foun-
dation also received donations in
Harry Moore’s memory and has
awarded a special scholarship in
his name to Tavares Strachan, a
glass sculptor and 2003 graduate
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studying toward his Master of Fine
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programme. “Harry so loved the
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more fitting tribute to him and io
the years he devoted to making
education possible than to create
an opportunity for promising stu-
dents to enhance their artistic skills.
The young men and women who
will benefit from the Harry Moore
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PAGE 8, FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005

The Minister of
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(Jamaican)

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Kincaid (Antiguan)

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Giants star donates
$20,000 to Bahamas
hurricane reliet efforts

BARRY Bonds of the San
Francisco Giants recently took
time out while vacationing in
the Bahamas to donate $20,000
to the Bahamas Red Cross hur-
ricane relief efforts following

Anthony
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Safety Today’, submitted
by Anthony Gilbert of the
Land Operations Depart-
ment was the winning
entry in the 2005 BORCO
Slogan Contest. Gilbert’s
entry was selected from -
among 77 entries submit-
ted by employees of the
firm. '

Max Sweeting Vice
President of BORCO said
that it was good to see the
number of entries
received. ‘ :

“The entries all reflect

‘comed me and my family with »
open arms. I feel very honoured.

-people, Minister Smith said:

the devastation caused by Hur-
ricane Frances and Hurricane
Jeanne. On hand to receive the
check from Bonds were Marina
Glinton, Director General of
the Bahamas Red Cross and the
Bahamas’ Minister of Finance
James Smith, Co-Chairman of
the Bahamas Disaster Relief

Fund.
Duty

Bonds who has a vacation
home at Ocean Club Estates in
the Bahamas and is a regular
visitor to the country said:
“With the devastation caused
by the hurricanes, I thought it
was my duty to do something
for this country that has wel-



to do it.”
While speaking on behalf of |
the government and Bahamian

“Barry Bonds is a frequent vis-
itor to the Bahamas and also
home owner, this generous
donation to the Red Cross is
symbolic in many ways of the
importance of tourism and sec-
ond home ownership.”



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Mrs Glinton said: “We would
not have been able to provide
all the relief had it not been for

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and our sister countries that

provided funds.

“This donation will help
to purchase more _ food
which is the main concern right
now.”

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‘Work with Care, Promote
Safety this Year’. There
was a three way tie for
third place with the entry, .
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2005. Tied were Paul Arm-
brister and Tameko Ban-
nister of Land Operations,
and Elisah Miller of the
Maintenance Department.

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Workers go on the march

FROM page one

centie, Mr Britton, with the sup-
port of Bahamas Union of
Teachers area vice-president
Frances Friend, and National
Congress of Trade Unions
(NCTU) area vice-president
Sean Bowe, led workers on a
march to the resort.

Ms Percentie also joined in the
march.

“J do trust that there is a reso-
lution to this nonsense very soon.
I feel the hurt of you women and
men when you cannot feed your
children and pay your bills.

“You need your jobs and I am
with you 100 per cent,” she said,
noting that their concerns have
been forwarded to the Prime
Minister.

Many of the workers were
very upset that none of their
union representatives at the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and
Allied Workers Union were

present.

The march went south along
the Mall around Ranfurly Cir-
cus to the resort.

Grand Bahama MPs Kenneth
Russell, Lindy Russell and Pleas-
ant Bridgewater were also pre-
sent at the resort in support of
the workers.

Mr Britton said the sponta-
neous demonstration by work-
ers shows the solidarity of both
resort and casino workers com-
ing together for one cause.

“We want to.find out the true
status of what is going on here at
the property,” he said. “We are
tired of being overlooked and
not getting answers to our plight
here in Grand Bahama.

“We want answers and by
marching to the government
complex today it means that we
want answers from our elected
officials. And we have a right to
have them come and address us
in person.

LOCAL NEWS

“We have been through the
fire, the two hurricanes and then
being without a job. Everyone is
hurting,” Mr Britton said.

Now that reconstruction work
has stopped, he said that workers
want to know what is happen-
ing.

When management made a
statement regarding the closure
of the resort in September last
year, he said they promised that
the resort would re-open in Feb-
ruary, but then later moved it to
April.

“All we are hearing are
rumours and nothing is being
done on the property.

And so there is no guarantee
that the place will re-open in
April. So we want answers and
we feel that our government
should have those answers forth-
coming to us,” he said.

Mr Britton said another
demonstration is planned for Fri-
day morning.

FROM page three

agreed that he should be denied Sandhurst train-
ing, but said Prince Harry must be “an enormous
idiot with minimum commonsense.”

Former Royal press spokesman Dickie Arbiter
said he felt sorry for the Prince of Wales. “Once
again, he has been let down by his wayward son.
Every time there is some good, there is lots of
bad, and it can’t go on.’

The incident is particularly embarrassing for
the Queen and Prince Philip, who later this month
attend a Holocaust Memorial Day commemora-
tion at Westminster Hall in London.

The Queen is also inviting survivors of the death
camps to a St James Palace reception to mark the
60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Prince Harry’s error of judgment is seen by crit-

Anger over

ics as not only an extra burden for his long-suf- .

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005, PAGE 9


















‘Nazi’ gaffe

fering father and grandmother, but also an indi-
cation of the Royal Family’s detachment from
reality. ,

“They live on a different planet at our expense,”
said one disgruntled British taxpayer, “It’s hard to
believe that anyone could be so out-of-touch with
the real world that they could do something so
crass and stupid.” ‘

For amateur historians, the incident was also a
reminder of the Royal Family’s German origins.
Until Britain went to war with Germany in 1914,
the family name was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, inher-
ited from Prince Albert. King George V changed
it to Windsor to fall in line with anti-German sen-
timent.

However, Queen Victoria herself remained a
member of the House of Hanover after her mar-
riage to Albert in 1840, keeping faith with her
own German heritage.

















FROM page one

tion occurs where the smoke pockets gain access
to oxygen and the debris around it assists in
fuelling the fire and that is the situation here,”
Mr Pinder explained.

Chief Fire Officer Walter Evans said that fire
fighters were attempting to cut ahead of the
blaze to prevent it from spreading.

“We are cognizant that the smoke and all of
the elements would definitely be a nuisance to
the community. Every effort is being made to
bring this thing under full control,” he said.

Mr Evans said the fire spread from the dump
fuelled by the wind and the dry bush and dry
leaves on the floor of the pine forest.

No fire hydrants exist at the dump site but a
well has been dug to supply the fire services

Concerns after dump fire

.was disappointed at the fire department’s



Keith Albury, site manager for the construc-
tion underway at Jubilee Gardens Three, said he

response time because a call was made from
6.30am yesterday.

“Now at 10am we’re just getting it sorted out
and it’s already spread around. This is the first
time this has ever happened but in the end you
want to ensure home-owners that something
like this will never happen again. We’re going to
have home-owners out here in the next two or
three months,” he said.

However, Mr Evans said that because the
fire occurred in the heart of the dump, officers
were uncertain as to what was burning.

“We could not take the chance of risking the
lives of persons because there may have been
propane tanks and there could have been an

Newspaper under fire

FROM page one

Mr Turner explained that in
the absence of other informa-
tion, a potential complainant
who reads the Confidential
Source report may become con-

vinced they run the risk of hav-

@ A SECURITY guard
was reportedly shot outside
a pharmacy in Wulff Road

| West last night.

The incident happened
near Poinciana Drive, near
the BaTelCo offices.

Police were unable to give
more details at press time,
but a passer-by told The
Tribune: “I believe the
guard was shot in the head.”

There were no further

ing their own police report pub-
lished if they come forward. _

He said the report should
have explicitly stated the source
of the document to prevent the
public from speculating that a
police officer or legal official
might have leaked the state-
ment.’



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The Bahamas Red Cross Society report on hurricane relief assistance to affected Islands. _ : \

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Shipments of food and other supplics were sent to 14 (fourteen) affected Islands between September - October - Noveniber
- December 2004 as follows:





Grand Bahama -. Four shipments comprising food, water,
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addition to individually ae iressed
parcels to 40 families.

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hygiene kits, tarpaulin, blankets, : Inagua One shipment of supplies for 40 families
clothing and mattresses for 800 families. i Long Cay - | Two Shipments of food supplies as well
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ee at ig shipment of food suplies atid Ragged Island- . oe et of food supplies for 30
individual food parcels for 150 families. | | Te ,
Crooked Island - Two shipments of food supplies as well ! peer Cay : ae oF toed supplies for 20
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for 100 families. | San Salvador - Two shipments of food supplies, _
Eleuthera - 3 One shipment of individually addressed | ! Byes Male aie Water tor 200 tamntlies:

food parcels for 95 families.

Food parcels consisted of rice, grits, flour, sugar,, cooking oil, salt, spaghetti & meat balls, tuna fish, corned beef, sardines,
soup, cream, water, baby supplies and hygiene Kits. Tarpaulins, blankets and mattresses were sent where appropriate as well
as donations of toys and children’s clothing.

Distribution of these supplies in the family islands is facilitated by Red Cross members and volunteers.

The Bahamas Red Cross wishes to thank all those individuals and corporate citizens for their overwhelming support of cash
and in-kind donations. Their names are too numerous to mention here. However, letters of vaclnowledscment have been sent
where possible.

The Society has received tremendous support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies by

way of funds, supplies and International Delegates, the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid office (ECHO) for supplies
and funds, the Canadian Red Cross, The Japanese Red Cross, The Spanish Red Cross, The American Red Cross wid The United
States Government/ OFDA.

The Society wishes to inform the affected Islands that relief supplies will continue until the end of J anuary.

The Society wishes to thank its many volunteers who provided many hours of service throughout the affected Islands.

“Thank you” to all of you.
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Tribune Business Editor

Wall - Street
investment
bank has low-
ered its rating
on Kerzner
fitemational from ‘Outper-
form’ to ‘Peer Perform’ on the
grounds that much of the com-
pany’s expansion potential,
including the expected returns
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Paradise Island, have been
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pany and its growth prospects,
Kerzner International’s stock



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He said these multiples were

See RATE, Page 2B

Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort

Engineers to



present policy

to Government
by January-end

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Society of
Engineers has pledged to pre-
sent’ eight policies designed to
ensure better collaboration
between its members and
investors to the Government by
the end of January 2005, with
its president believing there are
enough projects set to come on
stream over the next three years
to-create “100-plus” jobs for the
sector.

Cyprian Gibson told the Soci-
ety’ s luncheon: “The economy
is preparing for a boom [but]
there are a lot of opportunities
out there we are not taking
advantage of.”

He added that while Bahami-
an engineers had spent much of
2004 putting in proposals, ten-
ders and bids, this had not trans-
lated into “a lot of jobs”. Mr
Gibson said he hoped more jobs
would be created in 2005, and
over the next three years there
‘were enough investment pro-
jects set to come on stream to
“translate into 100-plus jobs for
Bahamian engineers”.

He added: “There is no rea-
son why every Bahamas-based
engineer cannot be fully
engaged and occupied over the
next three years.’
~The eight policies that the
Bahamas Society of Engineers
is. preparing to present to the
Government touch on areas

such as joint venture opportu-
nities; collaboration between
foreign and Bahamian engi-
neers; facilitating the transfer
of knowledge between Bahami-
an and foreign engineers;
Bahamian technical input into
projects; the promotion of
excellence in engineering and
technical education; strong gov-
ernment support for engineer-
ing; and transparency.

Mr Gibson committed the
Bahamas Society of Engineers
to providing the policies to the
Government by the end of Jan-
uary. The final proposals had
been approved by the Society’s
Board and committee formed
to assess them, and would be
sent to the full membership this
week.

Allyson Maynard-Gibson,

minister of financial services "

and investments, urged the
Bahamas Society of Engineers
to present the eight proposals
to the Government “as early as
possible”, as they would pro-
vide the basis for “formalising
the means” by which Bahamian
engineers would be involved in
investment projects and
analysing investment proposals
before the Heads of Agreement
were signed.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson, in her
address to the Society’s lun-
cheon, acknowledged that
Bahamian professionals were

See PLAN, Page 6B

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KYC details

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

A CANADIAN securities regulator has dis-
missed an application for a cease trade order to
be imposed'on LOM Securities (Bahamas) and
other entities within the Lines Overseas Man-
agement (LOM) Holdings group, but the com-

- pany is not free from regulatory focus yet. '-

This is because the British Columbia Securi-
ties Commission panel called for-a new hearing
involving LOM Securities (Bahamas), the com-
pany’s Cayman and Bermuda subsidiaries, and
members of the company’s senior management
team on the grounds that “they may be trading
on behalf of undisclosed clients, contrary. to
‘Know Your Customer’ rules”.

The Canadian regulatory probe is the latest
headache for LOM, which earlier: this month
was ordered by a US court to comply with four
subpoenas issued against it and Scott Lines by
the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC), which is investigating “possible fraud,
market manipulation and reporting violations”
involving LOM accounts in the Bahamas and
Cayman Islands.



Although dismissing the initial application,
the British Columbia Securities Commission’s

panel said its attention was drawn to account
opening forms for LOM accounts at.Canadian |

broker-dealers, as all LOM trades in the Cana-
dian market have to,be piace rirouek invest-



The panel cited six account opening forins,
including several where the box asking whether.
any person other than the owner had a financial
interest in the account had-been ticked ‘yes’.
However, no further details about the beneficial

- owners had allegedly been provided by LOM.

The regulatory panel described LOM as an
active player in the Canadian securities market,

executing more than 10,000 trades in the past e

year involving 800 million shares, with amarket
value of $1.2 billion,

The panel said: “The more significant i issue
surrounding LOM#it seems to us, arises from
the account opening forms described above,
which appear to show that at least some of this
trading is being done by LOM on behalf of
undisclosed beneficial owners.

See HEARING, Page 3B

RoyalStar mulls over
capital-raising options





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SALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

RoyalStar Assurance, the
Bahamian general insurance
carrier, is looking to strengthen
its capital base in the wake of
the hurricanes that tore through
the Caribbean, sources have
told The Tribune, with an. $8
million preference share issue
one of the options under con-

sideration.

Steve Watson, RoyalStar’s
managing director, declined to
comment when contacted by
The Tribune yesterday.

However, it is understood
that the company is consider-
ing following the lead of rival
general insurance carrier
Bahamas First, which has called

_ an extraordinary general meet-

ing for January 20 to gain share-
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Insurance sources said it was
not unexpected that RoyalStar
and other carriers would seek
to bolster their capital base and

balance sheet following the 2004 ©

hurricane season. There is no
suggestion that RoyalStar or
any insurer is in financial diffi-
culties or having trouble pay-

‘See INSURE, Page 2B










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NOTICE

RIMBAUD LID.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named’
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 3rd
- day of December, 2004. The Liquidators are Ingrid Davis
and Cordelia Fernander of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator)

Cordelia Fernander
_ (Liquidator)



Rate (From page 1B)

high relative to the historic
range Kerzner International
had remained in, hitting a pre-
vious high of 12.3x, and reflect-
ed the company’s growth
prospects beyond 2006.

“While we realise that
investors are looking ahead to
2007 and beyond to assess
Kerzner’s fair value, we feel that
valuations are not low at these
levels. That said, on a 2007
basis, Kerzner International
trades at a 10.6x multiple - more
in line with historical valuation
levels - reaffirming our belief
that expected returns from the
Phase III development have
been priced in,” Mr Greff
wrote.

The ‘Peer Perform’ rating is -

lower than the ‘Outperform’
rating that Bear Stearns placed
on Kerzner on October 18,

2004.

Mr Greff described the Phase
III expansion, in which Kerzner
International was investing $650
million ($530 million net, given
the $120 million in investment
incentives) as “an attractive

opportunity for the company to.

expand the earnings base while
reinvesting in a high-return
asset within a low-tax, competi-
tion-insulated environment.
“Given the property’s excel-
lent track record and high his-
torical valuation, incremental

earnings from the Phase III

expansion justify a premium
multiple from investors.” The
joint venture deal with Turn-
berry Associates to develop a
400-room luxury condominium

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STORAGE
FACILITY AT THE SOUTH ANDROS POWER STATION,
ANDROS ISLAND, BAHAMAS

TENDER NO. 577/05

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders
for the construction of 31’ x 15’ wooden. structure with concrete floor and
shed roof storage facility at the South Andros Power Station compound on

_ the Corporation: § premises on the island of Andros.

Bidders are required to collect: packages from: the Administration Office,

Blue Hill & Tucker Roads, by contacting:-

‘Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Phone No. 302-1158.

Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to i hand-delivered on or before 27 January, 2005 by 4:00 pm

and. addressed as s follows:

. The General Manager

Bahamas Electricity Corporation

Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
‘Nassau, Bahamas

"Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 577105

“CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTH ANDROS STORAGE FACILITY” .

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject .

any or all respondees.



Pricing Information As Of:

Symbol Previous Close
Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
British American Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonvwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson

* Kerzner International BDRs

10 Premier Real Estat
amin Mle

2wk-Low
13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
bir 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

aS. 00 Bahamas Supermarkets
wee 2 RND Holdings

T.0787
1.8154
10.0000
2.0012

Fund Name
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond.Fund

T. 166395"
2.1191"
10.2648"""""
2.156379"
1.063110****

2.0536
10.2148
2.1564

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-HI - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for dally volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Dally Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share pald In the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

** - AS AT SEP. 30, 2004/ **** - AS AT OCT. 31, 2004

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was described as an off-balance
sheet venture.

Mr Greff said he was pre-
dicting full-year earnings per
share (EPS) for Kerzner Inter-

national of $2.64, $2.82 and

. $3.85 respectively for 2005, 2006

and 2007. These were below the.

Wall Street consensus for 2005
and 2006 of $2.68 and $2.85
respectively.

In 2005, Mr Greff said the
estimate reflected an anticipat-
ed 13 per cent increase in
Kerzner International’s operat-
ing income, driven by. strong
revenue per available room
(RevPAR) gains on: Paradise
Island due to the increased ser-
vice to the Bahamas-from low-
cost carriers. ©

He added that this operating
income increase would be offset
to some extent by increased
depreciation and amortisation,
plus a rise in corporate expens-
es as Kerzner International

7 | ns UFC (From page 1B)

ing claims.

Apart. from Hurricanes
Jeanne and Frances, which
resulted in about $350 million
total gross claims on the

ee
Weekly Vol.

Last 12 Months

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $'- Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths

NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100



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Butch Kerzner, Kerzner International’s
president and chief executive

‘moves on its international

expansion plans.

For 2006, Mr Greff said the
$2.86 EPS estimate reflected
“modest” 3 per cent operating

‘income growth, which would be

offset by an 11 per cent rise in
corporate expenses and 8 per
cent increase in depreciation
and amortisation “as the com-
pany begins depreciating Mari-
na Village assets”.

Bear Stearns’ 2007 EPS esti- :

mate of $3.85 reflected an antic-
ipated 44 per cent increase in
operating income, with Phase

III adding $88 million in addi--

tional operating income.
Mr Greff wrote: “The EBIT-

DA increase is offset by a $23 ©

million increase in depreciation
and amortisation as remaining
elements of the Phase III
expansion become part’ of the
depreciable base and a $25 mil-
lion increase in intérest expense
as the company stops capitalis-

Bahamian general insurance
industry alone, RoyalStar,
which also has operations in the
Cayman Islands and Turks &
Caicos, was exposed to Hurri-
cane Ivan in the former desti-
nation.

‘Any funds that RoyalStar
raises are likely to be used to
bolster the company’s capital
base and also fund the extra
premium income it is likely to



ing interest on Phase III.”

Apart from Phase IIT devel-
opments, among the positives
for Kerzner International going
forward were the proven track
record of its management team
and use of strategic partnerships
to minimise its investment expo-
sure and risk.

Risks for the comp any,
though, included the relative
illiquidity in Kerzner Interna-
tional shares due to the fact that
47 per cent of the stock is held
by insiders, meaning there is a
lack of float and could limit the

“upside potential” for the com-

_ pany’s New York share price.

Other potential problems
included the fact that 75 per
cent of the company’s cash
flows came from Atlantis, while
the reduction in the number of
UK gaming licences meant it:
was less likely that all of Kerzn-
er International’s three planned
projects would go ahead.



earn as a result of post-hurri-
cane rate increases this year. |

RoyalStar Assurance is the .
former Royal & Sun Alliance; .
which was acquired for $7 mil-
lion in late. 2002 by a consor-
tium including Franklyn
Wilson’s Sunshine Insurance,
Star General Insurance Agents
and Trinidadian insurer;

Nemwit. i
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IndiGO

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
A eo SEG

Indigo Networks is looking for applicants to join
our Field Operations Team. This entry level position

offers a successful applicant exposure to emerging
telecommunication technologies. Installation and
configuration of some equipment is physically
demanding and a knowledge of computers and
basic electrical layout is required. Salary will be
commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and references to

P.O. Box N-3920
Nassau, Bahamas
Reference #FOAP




_ THE TRIBUNE

Hearing

(From page 1B)

“If so, trading is being car-

ried on without the dealers
involved requiring or possess-
ing the appropriate ‘Know Your
‘Customer’ information.”
' It added: “This issue was not
‘before us, but we cannot turn
a blind eye to the evidence. We
believe LOM should show
cause why it would not be in
the public interest for the Com-
mission, under section 161, to
order that LOM cease trading
securities in British Columbia
‘until it provides all dealers in
British Columbia having
accounts for LOM the appro-
priate KYC information about
those having. a financial inter-
est in those accounts.”

Both LOM and the Commis-
sion were ordered to file written
submissions for the new hearing
by January 31, 2005.

. Meanwhile, the failed appli-
cation for a cease trade order
against the LOM subsidiaries
involved an investigation into
trades involving shares in San
Telmo Energy, a company list-
ed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange’s Venture Exchange.

The trades were made
through LOM accounts, and the
Commission demanded that
LOM reveal the identities of
the beneficial owners and other
details related to the trade. ©
.. Invoking the same argument
used in the SEC case, LOM said
confidentiality laws in the
Bahamas, Cayman and Bermu-
da meant it could not comply
Without breaking those laws.
Instead, it said it had pursued
other ways to obtain informa-
tion the Canadian regulator was
seeking without contravening
Bahamian law.

. LOM’s co-operation with the
tegulator was cited as one factor
behind the panel rejecting the
demand for a cease trade order.
+ On July 27, 2004, LOM had
Suggested to the British Colum-
bia regulator that it ought to
provide all the Bahamas-based
information that was demanded
to the Securities Commission
of the Bahamas “in accordance
with” Bahamian law, then allow
both supervisory bodies to work
together on the information
exchange.

| Subsequently, the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas
sent information to British
Columbia on November 11.

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

DARVEL, S.A.






Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of DARVEL, S.A. has been completed, a .
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.

The Date of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of
December, 2004.

Mr. Geoffrey Hooper
Liquidator

bee











LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)



SELETAR S.A.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of SELETAR, S.A. has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.

The Date of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of
December, 2004. i



Mr. Geoffrey Hooper
Liquidator




LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

CLARENCE PROPERTIES LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of CLARENCE PROPERTIES LIMITED
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

The Date of completion of the dissolution was the 28th day of
December, 2004.

Mr. Geoffrey Hooper
Liquidator

Sir William Allen, the for-
mer Minister of Finance, has
accepted an invitation to join
the Board of Directors at
Waterfields Company Ltd, the
Bahamian subsidiary of Nas-
daq-listed Consolidated
Water.

Waterfields operate a sea-
water reverse osmosis plant
that supplies 2.64 million gal-
lons of desalinated water per
day to the Water & Sewerage
Corporation on New Provi-

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2005, PAGE 3B

“We are pleased to extend
an invitation to. Sir William to
join our Board of Directors,”
said Jeffrey Parker, Consoli-
dated Water’s chairman.

“His extensive and broad-
based management experi-
ence will strengthen the inde-
pendence and financial exper-
tise of our Board.”

Sir William served as a gov-
ernment minister from 1992
to 2002. His career in the pub-
lic and private sectors includes



Sir William on Waterfields Board

Bank, where he served as gov-
ernor for.7 years until 1987.
Sir William today serves as a
director of several Bahamian
based financial institutions,
including his post as. chairman
at British American Bank.
Consolidated Water is one
of five bidders on the contract
to build and operate another

_ reverse Osmosis plant in New

Providence at Blue Hills, a
project seen as critical to end-
ing the island’s water short-

dence, Bahamasair and the Central age. ie







January 5",2005.

Dear Shareholders,



We are pleased to present our audited financial statements for the 12 months ended August 31"
2004 and are delighted that we have recorded a net income of $117,345 for the year. This is an_
improvement in net income of $ 1,284,995 compared to the 12 month period ended August 31°
2003.





Our 12-month sales in 2004 were $22 million compared to $16.6 million for the same period in
2003. This represents a 32% increase and is. primarily due to sales increases at the Home Centre
in Freeport. This has resulted in an EBITDA (earnings:before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortisation) of $542,926 or 2.5% (vs. last year’s loss of $ 660,815 or -3.96%): Additionally our
gross profit margin has increased marginally to 26.05% from 25.65% in 2003...






Our general and administrative expenses as a percentage of our sales revenues were 25.06%
versus 31.92% for the same period last year and our:payroll related costs were 13.49% of our



sales revenues versus 16.03% for the same period in 2003:





Accounts receivables have increased substantially over year-end 2003 primarily as a result of the
“increases in.sales and Robin Hood offering in-house financing for purchases of major appliances
and air conditioning installations. We are.closely monitoring these receivables and we remain .
focused :on past due receivables to ensure our cash flow position remains unaffected...






"After our fiscal year ended on August 31, 2004 the Bahamas experienced the onslaught of 2.
‘hurricanes namely Hurricane Frances and Jeanne. These hurricanes caused significant damage to
Grand Bahama and specifically the facilities at the Home Centre with minimal-damage to our
concrete operations as well as our RobinHood division in.Nassau. The total cost of the loss of -

» inventory, office equipment, furniture.and fixtures, was in excess of $1.3 million. Nevertheless .
the company was fully insured. The Home Centre in Freeport has ‘recovered quickly from the
“storms despite a large portion of our leased facilities remaining in disrepair. Meanwhile to
augment salés of building supplies with our other merchandise, primarily appliances, televisions,
electrical, plumbing, and paint, we have leased an additional 10,000 square foot facility in a~
prime location in Freeport. We should commence business from this location in early February -
2005. The Home Centre anticipates resuming full operations at our current location or a new
location later this year. The concrete plant in Freeport was not in operation during the month of
“September due toa lack of power at the facility, however it commenced operations during the -
month. of October. RobinHood in Nassau has been ‘able to continue operations without.
interruption since the hurricanes. , 3















We look forward to-a prosperous and exciting year in 2005 and thank you for your continued





support. ;
Ray Simpson Darvin Russell
Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer



Freeport Concrete Company Limited fates
Consolidated Statement of Operations ‘ eA ‘



-Year ended August 31, 2004

ns
: 2004 2003























Sales, net of discounts B$ 22,083,350 16,686,612
Cost of sales (note 5) "16,330,084 12,404,851 P
Gross profit 5,753,266 4,281,761
Operating expenses/(income):
Payroll related costs, including employee “Rage
benefits and commissions (note 6) 2 2,979,462 2,675,463
Rent (notes 6 and 10) 484,592 502,317
Advertising 340,291 .- 355,355
Depreciation and amortisation 324,156 385,055
Utilities, postage and delivery 311,077. 314,380
Bank charges and exchange 207,802 165,866
Vehicle, maintenance and repairs 154,970 110,423
: Bad debt expense » 139,896 - 909,395
Licence fees and permits 118,608 104,506
Computer and office supplies 115,400 100,134
“Legal and professional 102,382. 142,274 |
Other operating costs (note 6) . - 102,192 172,935.
Travel, trade-shows and entertainment 55,668 59,207
Business insurance 53,317 70,676
Donations 25,777 42,637
Security ~ 45,906 37,003
Loss/(gain) on disposal of fixed assets - 15,004 (3,020)
Other income mets 12,004 16,995)
; : 5,534,496 §,327,631
Net income/(loss) from operations ‘ 218,770 (7,045,670)
Net financing expense (note 12) _ (101,425) (121,780)
Net Income/(loss) a BS 117,345. (1,167,650
Earnings/(loss) per share (note 13) - aie nicer *
Basic earnings/(loss) per share BS 0.025 (0.248)
: Diluted earnings/(loss) per share BS 0.025 — (0.248) ~
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
Freeport Concrete Company Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheet ; :
~~ August 31, 2004 5
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; Note é 2004 2003



Assets






Current assets:










Cash a BS 58,895: 103,303
Time deposits 3 79,740 50,869
Accounts receivable, net 4 1,718,031 668,853
Inventories 5 3,431,533 3,626,079
Inventory of spare parts and supplies 93,246 88,569
Deposits and prepaid expenses 94,980 © 84,578

airy 5,476,425 4,622,251

Due from shareholder 6 - 170,871
Goodwill, net - 65,816
Property, plant and equipment 8 3,197,387 3,015,893
Oe nner
BS 8,673,812 7,874,831






Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity





Current liabilities:






Bank overdraft 9 BS 750,341 783,512
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 3,050,784 2,419,875
Warranty provision 35,267 90,645
Due to shareholder 6 440,272 537,218
Current portion of long term debt 6 39,810 -
4,316,474 . 3,831,250
Long-term debt 6 196,412 -







Shareholders’ equity:



Share capital 11 47,083 47,083
Contributed surplus 5,774,868 5,774,868
1,433,867 1,433,867




Appraisal excess 8
Accumulated deficit (3,094,892) . - (3,212,237)
4,160,926 4,043,581
Commitments and contingencies 5&10

B$ 8,673,812 7,874,831
nNOS aa






See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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NP:606ATW Rolle Cephas No Name Rental NP:6360 Rolle Michael “Time Out” B 18 Charter :
Joe Farrington Road 9ft Jet Ski Pastel Gardens 21ft Formula
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:662ATW Rolle Cephas No Name Rental NP:6375 Rolle Anthony “Bluff & Honey B 5 Ferry
Joe Farrington Road 9ft Jet Ski Yellow Elder Gardens II”
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas 40ft Fiberglass
NP:607ATW Rolle Cephas No Name Rental NP:6334 Sea Sailing ’ “Seahorse IIT” A 136 Charter
: Joe Farrington Road 9ft Jet Ski Adventures 65ft Catamaran
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:127ATE Sweeting Shamane No Name Rental NP:6259 — Sea Sailing “Seahorse II” A 125 Charter
South Beach 9ft Jet Ski Adventures 63ft Catamaran
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
NP:116ATE Mark Edwin No Name Rental NP:6230 Sea Sailing “Seahorsel” A 72 Charter
Kemp Road oft Jet Ski Adventures 53ft Sailing cat
Nassau Bahamas Nassau Bahamas
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Sunshine Cruises Ltd ‘Lady Savannah”

P.Q. Box CB-11932
Nassau Bahamas |

Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932

Nassau Bahamas

70ft Catamaran

“Caribbean
Queen”

72f Catamaran

“Sunshine” B

70ft Defender

“Fiesta Mail” A

225ft Cargo

“Thriller #1”
50ft Powerboat

“PHC 1”
30ft Fiberglass

“Yellow Bird”
65ft Catamaran

300 Charter
200 Charter
202 Charter
600: Ferry .
50 Charter
26 Rental .
306 Charter

RENEWAL MASTER’S LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE

NP:6117 Sunshine Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box CB-11932
Nassau Bahamas
NP:6397 The Mailboat
Company
P.O. Box SS-6411
Nassau Bahamas
NP:6287 — Thriller Powerboat
Tours
P.O. box SS-19343
Nassau Bahamas
NP:357 . Vacation In Paradise
Nassau Bahamas
NP:1732 United Cruises Ltd
P.O. Box N-8296
Nassau Bahamas
LICENCE NO
6284
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1297
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6520
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1397
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7923
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6890
7608
6834

APPLICANT

Armbrister Lee
P.O. Box N-10840
Nassau Bahamas

Bastian Tyrone
Palmetto Avenue
Nassau Bahamas

Beneby Lester
P.O. Box CR-55026
Nassau Bahamas

_Bower Nigel
P.O. Box CB-13315
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Wilton
Yellow Elder Gardens
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Leslie
P.O. Box N-7266
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Michael
P.O. Box N-31
Nassau Bahamas

Brown Stuart
P.O. Box N-31
Nassau Bahamas

Bowe Harry
P.O Box CB-11113
Nassau Bahamas °

Burrows Bernard
P.O. Box CB-12662
Nassau Bahamas

Cartwright Jason
P.O. Box N-813
Nassau Bahamas

Cartwright Robert
P.O. Box N-9967
Nassau Bahamas

Chisholm Austin
P.O. Box SB-50040
Nassau Bahamas

Clare Alfred
Claridge Road
Nassau Bahamas

Curtis Courtney
P.O. Box N-4167
Nassau Bahamas

Dames Ethan
P.O. Box EE-17380

Nassau Bahamas

Davis Elvis
Knowles Drive
Nassau Bahamas

Dean Jonathan
P.O. Box SS-6140
Nassau Bahamas

Decosta Alfred
P.O. Box N-898
Nassau Bahamas

Delaney Joseph
Nassau Bahamas

Deveaux Harrison
Nassau Bahamas

Dobbins Frederick
P.O. Box SS-5693
Nassau Bahamas

Durham Dominique
P.O. Box N-4550
Nassau Bahamas

Ferguson Bertram
Kennedy Subdivision
Nassau Bahamas

Flowers Wayne
P.O. Box N-5004
Nassau Bahamas

Fox Lucious
P.O. Box CR-55597
Nassau Bahamas

Gaitor Claudius
P.O. Box CB-11863
Nassau Bahamas

Griffith Bradley
P.O. Box SB-50111
Nassau Bahamas

Hall John
P.O. Box FH-14623
Nassau Bahamas

Hanna Bronson
P.O. box Cr-54078
Nassau Bahamas

CLASS

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7036

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7494

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‘GOVERNMENT NOTICES /MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND AVIATION / PORT DEPARTMENT

Henfield Judson
P.O. Box CB-11697
Nassau Bahamas

Hodgkins Kent
P.O. Box SS-19343
Nassau Bahamas

Joffre Cyril
P.O. Box N-8486
Nassau Bahamas

Johnson Michael
Pigeon Plum St
Nassau Bahamas .

Kerr Marvin
P.O. Box SB-50466
Nassau Bahamas

Kemp Ronald
P.O. Box SS- 5338
Nassau Bahamas

Kemp Randolph
Thompson Street
Nassau Bahamas

Knowles James
P.O. Box SS-19448
Nassau Bahamas.

Knowles Thomas
P.O. Box SS-6554
Nassau Bahamas

Knowles Mark
P.O. Box N-8322
Nassau Bahamas

Knowles Willie
P.O. Box CR-55310
Nassau Bahamas

Major Charles
Robinson Road
Nassau Bahamas

’Maycock Henricus
Nassau Bahamas

McKenzie Rodney
Nassau Village
Nassau Bahamas

Miller Craig
P.O. Box SS-50192
Nassau Bahamas

Miller Martin
P.O. Box EE-15579
Nassau Bahamas

' Miller Bernard
P.O. Box CR-54804
Nassau Bahamas

Moncur Calvin
P.O. Box N-4341
Nassau Bahamas

-Moss George
Nassau Bahamas: >

Moxey Andy
P.O. Box N-10236
Nassau Bahamas

Moxey J oseph
P.O. Box N-4319
Nassau Bahamas

Munroe Wilmore
P.O. Box GT-2804
Nassau Bahamas

Munroe Robert
P.O. Box G T-2898
Nassau Bahamas

Newton Dion
Rupert Dean Lane
Nassau Bahamas

Pinder Phillip
Nassau Bahamas

Pratt Reckwell
Pinewood
Nassau Bahamas

Ritchie Linton
P.O. Box EE-16794
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Wesley
P.O. Box N-10642
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Anthony
P.O. Box SS-19404
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Kennedy
P.O. Box CB-11863
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Philip
P.O. Box CR-54283
Nassau Bahamas

Roxbury Leroy
Tucker Road
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Michael
P.O.Box SB-50762
Nassau Bahamas

Rodriquez
P.O. Box N-61
Nassau Bahamas

Rolle Clifton
P.O. Box CR155314
Nassau Bahamas

Smith Darren
Pinewood Gardens
Nassau Bahamas

Smith Philip
P.O. Box N-10839
Nassau Bahamas

Smith Paul
P.O. Box N-1641
Nassau Bahamas

Stuart jack
P.O. Box N-433
Nassau Bahamas

Strachan Garth
Blue Hill Road
Nassau Bahamas

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P. O. Box EE-17715
Nassau Bahamas

Taylor Jeriad
Johnson Terrace
Nassau Bahamas

Taylor Lincoln
P.O. Box CB-12596
Nassau Bahamas

Tozer Derek
P.O. Box CB-11863
Nassau Bahamas

Wardle Alan
P.O. Box SS-19343
Nassau Bahamas

Williams Patrick
Nassau Bahamas

Woodside Wellington

West Bay Street
Nassau Bahamas

Walkine Dion

' P.O. Box CB-11697

Nassau Bahamas

Watson Nikeo
P.O. Box CB-13126
Nassau Bahamas

Williams Avilu
Nassau Bahamas

Wells Anthony
Nassau Bahamas

Wilson Dallas
St Michael Road
Nassau Bahamas

Williams Lewison .
P.O Box CB-13083
Nassau Bahamas

Wilson Godfrey
P.O. Box SS-19433
Nassau Bahamas

APPLICANT

Albury Sterling
Freeport
Bahamas

Bain Dereck
Freeport
Bahamas

Bennett John
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

~Daley Omar

P.O. Box 30001
Stella Maris
Long Island
Bahamas

Ferguson Luther
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport
Bahamas

Gunn Stephen
P.O. Box F-40110
Nassau Bahamas

Higgs Harvey
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Jones Branford
Eight Mile Rock

- Bahamas

King Brainard
Mangrove cay
Andros

Major Leo

P.O, Box 30336
Clarence Town
Long Island
Bahamas

Maxis Luna

P.O. Box H-45087
Freeport

Bahamas

Phillpot George
Man O War Cay
Abaco

Bahamas

Pinder Gumey
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Pinder William
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Pinder Charles
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Roberts Kirtland
Spanish Wells
Bahamas

Smith Perry
Freeport
Bahamas

Smith Kenneth
Freeport
Bahamas

Zaritzky Barry
Gregory Town
Eleuthera
Bahamas

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feeling left out of several investment projects and
the country’s overall economic growth.

She said: “We were concerned [in the Ministry
of Financial Services and Investments] that over
the past two years we have not been able, in our
view, to effectively cause Bahamian professionals
to feel they are very much a part OF the growth
process in our-country.”

Bahamian contractors, engineers and other
professional groups, she added, were telling the
Government they wanted to “be involved in the
planning process” and participate from the start.

Praising the Bahamas “intellectual capital” as
one of the factors that been key to developing its
financial services industry, Mrs Maynard- Gibson
said the Government wanted to “make it very
clear” to the outside world that there was “a very
deep intellectual bench on the professional side”.

“It is my belief that highly trained people are

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key to the future of our economy and our intel-
lectual capital is our most valuable resource.”

With $3 billion in investment proposals before
her ministry, Mrs Maynard-Gibson said the
Bahamas was a “hot spot” for investment. She
described these as “real opportunities” for
Bahamian engineers, where “you can roll up your
sleeves, see, touch and feel it”.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson cited Peter de Savary’s
Abaco Club at. Winding Bay as a model of involv-
ing Bahamians throughout the construction
process from start to finish. Saying it showed
there “can be almost total Bahamian involve-
ment in a project”, the minister said there was
about 95 per cent Bahamian involvement “from
beginning to end, across the board in all areas”.

The Government, she added, was focused on
the ‘four Es’: employment, education, entrepre-

_ neurship, and environment.

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

PRE- QUALIFICATION FOR THE CONDUCT OF AN
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY RISK
ASSESSMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS
ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites eligible firms/persons to pre-
qualify for the undertaking of an Information Technology Security Risk

Assessment project.

Interested persons are required to collect a pre-qualification questionnaire
form from the Administration Office, Blue aed & Tucker Roads, by

contacting:-

Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads

Nassau, Bahamas

Phone No. 302-1158

“Fax:N6.323-6852 480

Completed questionnaires are to be hand-delivered on or before 14 January,
2005 by 4: op pm and addressed as follows:

The Genera? Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads

Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked:

“RISK ASSESSMENT PRE-QUALIFICATION”



eek Babee ts en oe | The Corporation reserves the right to pre-qualify or reject
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cil is inviting the general
public to come out and join
in their annual Family Fun
Run/Walk race on Saturday,
January 29.

The run will cover a 4 mile
course, leaving the Charles
W. Saunders High School,
Jean Street and travel south
to Prince Charles Drive, east
to Fox Hill Road, north to
Bernard Road and west back
to Jean Street.

A shorter 1.5 mile walk
race will start at the same
point, travel north to
Bernard Road, west to Sol-
dier Road, south to Prince
Charles Drive and north
back to the finish line.

The categories will include
15-and-under, 19-and-under,
30-and-under, 40-and-under,
50-and-under and 50-and-
over for men and women in
both the run and walk.

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ed to the first three finishers
in each division. There will
also be an overall trophy pre-

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sented to the winners of both
events in all four categories.

Additionally, there is a
race for pastors and minis-
ters. The first three finishers
will receive a trophy.

Trophy

There will also be a trophy
presented to the church that
has the most participants.

The race has been sanc-
tioned by the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Athletic Associa-
tions and the Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Certified Officials
are expected to officiate.

While the emphasis will be
on encouraging as many per-
sons within the Baptist

Churches to participate, the
BSC is inviting all local track
clubs, distance runners and
walkers, schools’ track teams
and social walkers to come
out and take part.

The entry fee is $5 per per-
son.

T-shirts, commemorating
the event, will also be
presented to the partici-
pants.

Entry forms can be col-
lected from the Bahamas
Baptist Missionary and Edu-
cational Convention’s office,
Baillou Hill Road.

Participants can also
register on the morning
before the race, starting at
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Junior Sports.
Reporter

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GSSSA enforces rule for transferred athletes



LETTERS have been’
pouring into the Govern-
ment Secondary School
Sporting Association (GSS-
SA) after the announce-

ment on Monday that they
. will only permit transferred
student-athletes to partici-
pate with their new team if








@ By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

AFTER extending their volleyball
season the Government Secondary
School Sporting Association (GSS-
SA) has also been forced to wrap-up
their basketball season after the end
of the Hugh Campbell Invitational.

The association, which had to
push back the volleyball season
because of the two devastating hur-
ricanes that hit the Bahamas last
year, will be faced with several deci-
sions about the other sporting disci-
plines.

The association’s basketball sea-
son, which usually kicks off during
the last two weeks in the month of
November, got underway on Mon-
day, January 10th:

Beginning

January is customarily the begin-
ning of the second season for the
sport, which climaxes in February.
The Hugh Campbell Invitational
starts the last week in the same
month.

If the season climaxes before the
Hugh Campbell invitational, schools
will only play each other-once,
instead of facing off twice during the
season.

_ Thé season usually ends at the
same time as the Bahamas Indepen-
dent Sporting Association (BIAS)
league.

The late start will affect the other
sporting disciplines, cr ‘ting into the
track and field, socce: nd softball
seasons. ;

Immediately following the basket-
ball season the GSSSA moves into
track and field, followed by softball
and soccer.

The track and field season which
will start in early March ends with

the national championships.

Softball and soccer will be affect-
ed the most, having their season cut
down to a month during regular
scheduling.



a letter seeking permission
is submitted.

There are six sporting
disciplines under the GSS-

Hurricane legacy
continues to affect
schedules

SA’s belt — track and field,
soccer, volleyball, basket-
ball, softball and baseball
— all of which will require a



















































letter for the new student-
athlete to compete. |

‘More than four senior
high schools have been
affected by the rule which
the association is enforc-
ing.

In the CR Walker
Knights and CI Gibson
Rattlers game, which was
played on Monday past,
the Knights were not
allowed to play their start-

‘ing point guard because

their head coach Kent

Lightbourne wasn’t aware
of the procedure.
However, Lightbourne -

filed a complaint to the
GSSSA president Edna
Forbes, claiming that the
Rattlers’ team also had an
ineligible player who was-
n’t supposed to play.

The student-athlete in
question was transferred
into ‘CI Gibson from
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
before the beginning of the
school year.

Coaches

“T honestly believe that
all Bahamians have the
right to participate in the
after school programmes.
But according to the con-
stitution, that governs the
way we should conduct
ourselves as coaches and
players, it states that they

‘have to send a transfer let-

ter to the association for
that particular player to be
eligible.

“In my personal opinion
they should allow the stu-
dent-athletes to play, but
unfortunately the constitu-
tion does not permit that. I
had to learn the hard way,
I had to let my point guard
sit out the game against Cl
Gibson.

“My real concern about
the incident with CI Gib-
son was that they were able
to play their player but we
weren’t.

‘Coaches claimed that
they were informed about
the enforcement of the rule
on Monday, January 10th,
just before the tip off of
the first game.

However, Forbes
revealed that all coaches
are aware of the rules that
governs the GSSSA, and
that copies of the constitu-
tion and directives are
available at each game.

She said: “The constitu-
tion has been in play for a
very long time, and one

‘thing this executive board

will see to is the enforce-
ment of each rule and reg-
ulation that is placed in the
constitution.

“We are going to follow

tthe constitution, the con-

stitution will be our guide.
It is clearly stated in the
constitution, our job is to
make sure that each school
is treated fairly. That is
why I don’t affiliate my job
as a coach and as presi-
dent.”
e@ og.
Eligible

According to the GSS-
SA’s constitution, letters
written on the school’s let-
terhead have to be submit-
ted to the association in
order for the student-ath-
lete to be eligible for
play. eee

In article V, section C, of
the constitution under the
eligibility headline it states
that the “student-athlete
who transfers from one
school’ to another shall be
ineligible to compete until -
the executive committee
reviews for transfer.

“Inter-island transfers
will also fall in this catego-
ry.” - :
Forbes said: “We are try-
ing to make sure that we
have a level playing field,
so the thought of schools
just bringing in student-
athletes will not be
allowed.” iS

This process was also put
in place to prevent recruit-
ment by any coach or
school. :

However, Forbes said
that it is out of the GSS-
SA’s control if a student
favours a particular school.

Excel

“We really can’t do any-
thing. if a student favours a
particular school. Every
school has a certain sport
they excel in, and if that
student-athlete feels as
though they could benefit
more under a particular
coach there is nothing the
GSSSA can do.

“But the same process
will apply for them, they
too will have to submit let-
ters into the GSSSA, this
is the rule that governs the
association.”

Before the student-ath-
lete can compete a full
investigation by the asso-
ciation has to be done.

If the student-athlete and
school is found guilty of
any wrong doing a punish-
ment will be handed down,
these penalties will be
decided by the associa-
tion’s executive board.

The board comprises of
coaches from the various
schools.