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Hubert Ingraham: massive

improvements need —
to take place at airport

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

A NEW terminal for the
Lynden Pindling Internation-
al Airport and further road
works are desperately needed
to accommodate the tourism
numbers that will be generat-
ed by Atlantis’ Phase III and
further construction phases,
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday.

Speaking with members of
the media during a tour of
the resort’s Phase III yester-
day. morning, Mr Ingraham
said that should his party
regain the government, sig-
nificant
improvements will immedi-
ately take place.

“Massive improvements
need to take place at NIA,

. including the construction of a
brand new terminal, at
arrivals and departures that

- take account of new security
requirements nowadays,” he
said. aA

The present state of the air-
port was the subject of major

‘concern that Sol Kerzner,
chairman of Kerzner Interna-
tional, brought to the atten-
tion of Prime Minister Perry
Christie during the opening
ceremony of the 65,000
square foot Marina Village on

Paradise Island last July.

Mr Kerzner at that time
said that as the resort

rest easy knowing.

infrastructural |

expands, the country and its
visitors should be able to
enjoy a different kind of air-
port structure than the one
that exists.

Mr Christie, in response,
assured Mr Kerzner that gov-
ernment intends to soon offer
a first-class airport that. will
match the class and comfort
that Atlantis offers its guests.

The latest information from
the Airport Authority indi-
cated that government was in

the final stages of negotiating —

a contract with the Canadian
company YVRAS (Vancou-
ver Airport Services), which
will be charged with trans-
forming the airport into a
high-end 21st century facili-
ty.
1 Mr Ingraham said yester-
day that major work needs to
be done on New Providence’s
road programme, “some of
which had been planned
before IJ left office and start-
ed.”
. “J will start them up as soon
as I get back in,” he said.
Should his party win the
next general election, Mr
Ingraham said, he also expects
the Bahamas to have an “ade-
quate supply of electricity.”
The FNM wauld also con-

tinue the programmes for
increased water supply.as well —
as for sewerage disposal. for:

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Reporter



FOLLOWING. . the
completion! of the $730
million Phase III, the
‘Atlantis resort will receive
a fourth and possibly even
a fifth phase, it was
revealed yesterday.

This information came
as opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham, along
with FNM parliamentari-
ans, party candidate hope-
fuls and members of the
media were inyited to tour
the construction sites of
Atlantis’ Phase III yester-
day morning. |

Addressing the question
of possible further devel-
opment at Atlantis, Sol
Kerzner, chairman of
Kerzner International, said
that with construction of
Phase III expected to be
completed in March of
next year, he expects a fur-
ther phase of building to
commence soon after.

SEE page 10
























FNM ‘would

reduce public

service jobs
if elected’

@-By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

A SIGNIFICANT reduc-
tion of public service jobs will
be on government’s agenda
should the FNM win the next
general eleetion, leader of the
opposition Hubert Ingraham
said yesterday.

“Td like to shrink the public
sector and create more jobs in

‘ the private sector so that we

can have the monies to do all
those public services that the

SEE page 10












_ Squatters
_ block bid to
clear land

By REUBEN SHEARER _

THERE was truly strength
in numbers at yesterday’s alter-

dents and the Ministry of Hous-
ing.

Pidevordine to Sidney Collie,
FNM hopetul for the Blue Hills
constituency, which is adjacent
to the Fire Trail area, some 60
squatters showed up to stop.the
Ministry of Housing clearing
Crown land, where they have
built homes.

The clearing was ordered by
Youth, Sports and Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom to pro-

SEE page 10







cation between Fire Trail resi-







Super Value

store closed

by health
officials

FORBES-DARVILLE,
Tribune Staff Reporter

HEALTH officials yesterday
ordered one of Super Value’s

~ chain-stores closed, ending a two-

day. sale they say should never
have been held after Saturday’s

fire; which destroyed-several-busi-

nesses in. the Mackey Street
Plaza.

Ron Pinder, Ministry of Health
Parliamentary Secretary, told The
Tribune that officials are con-
cerned that consumers might
have bought goods damaged by.
the fire. Rites ;

Given the conditions that were
created as a result of the massive
fire — intense heat, smoke and.
water damage — he said the store
on top of the hill on Mackey
Street was ordered closed.

“The public itself needs to
emphasise more vigilance and
avoid being so gullible when inci-_ .
dents: like this occur, because
clearly given the heat, given the
smoke and given the water that

SEE page 10
~ Human rights
campaigners hit
out over ‘deferred’
work permit

HUMAN rights campaigners
yesterday lashed out at govern-
ment’s decision to “defer” the
work permit of The, Tribune’s
managing editor, John Marquis.

One said it was a “pernicious
act” by the PLP’s “victimisation
machine” and called for the per-
mit to be granted immediately.

Another said:a government call
for The Tribune to explain its
journalistic. training programme
was “nothing more than an
excuse to put pressure on the
paper for daring to criticise those
in power.”

Attorney Fred Smith of the
Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association said he was “furious”
at the government’s blatant
attempt to gag the press.

And he warned Bahamians of
the important constitutional
issues at stake, adding: “This is
no longer just about John Mar-
quis, it is about every Bahami-
an’s right to express themselves in
a free society.”

The row erupted after the gov-
ernment informed The Tribune

SEE page 10







PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006

THE TRIBUNE





PUBLIC response to
two ‘Opinion’ pieces by
young Bahamian
Tribune journalists
over the last few days -
indicates that “the
frightened society”, or
the age of deference,
could be nearing an
end in the Bahamas.

Both news editor
Paco Nunez and chief
reporter Rupert
Missick Jr explored the
theme that election to
office does not confer
on politicians the right
to browbeat the
populace and expect.
immunity from
criticism.

They also said
elected politicians from
the prime minister
down are public
servants who ought to
be held to account, not
superior beings whose
office makes them
unassailable.

Readers have agreed
wholeheartedly with
their views — and
condemned anti-press
critics like Foreign
Minister Fred Mitchell,
PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby and
Senator Philip Galanis
as relics of a dark era —
in which the people
were subjugated by a
self-styled elite.

The Tribune is
publishing a series of
articles under the
heading Turning Point
challenging young
Bahamians, in
particular, to carry the
country forward
into a new age of
enlightenment in which
freedom of expression
takes precedence over
the inhibitions of the
past.

In this second item,
reporter CHESTER
ROBARDS looks at
ZNS and its capability
to be objective...



What ZNS must do to’
develop credibility



= By CHESTER ROBARDS

ONE of the main objectives
of an impartial media is to have
a critical eye on any govern-
ment elected to serve the inter-
est of its people; therefore, any
media entity should be unbi-
ased and fair when informing
its public.

An opinion piece written by
Tribune news editor Paco
Nufiez questioned the ability
of the Broadcasting Corpora-
tion of the Bahamas (BCB) to
be truly objective in its dis-
semination of information.

The media is supposed to be
a crucial counterweight to pow-
er, Mr Nufiez’s article read, yet
the entity, which is the most
visible example of the disci-
pline for most Bahamians is lit-
tle more than a deferential pro-
paganda tool; a lapdog of those
in power.

According to the statute laws

of the Bahamas that regulates _

broadcasting, “it shall be the

duty: of the corporation.

(Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas) to maintain
broadcasting and television ser-
vices as a.means of informa-
tion; education and entertain-
ment and to develop the ser-
vices to the best advantage and
interest of the Bahamas sub-

ject'to such directions as the:

Minister may from time to time
lay down.”

The section of the statute
law that outlines the powers of
the minister to prohibit broad-
casting of particular matter
says:
“The Minister may if he con-

siders it to be inthe public :

interest to do so from time to
time by notice in writing
require the corporation to
refrain at any specified time or
at all times from broadcasting





li FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham being
interviewed on n ZNS i in 2002

or televising any matter or mat-

ter of any class specified in

such notice; and the Minister.

may at any time or times

: revoke. any such notice.”

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Jerome Sawyer, for-

mer broadcast journalist with
the Broadcasting Corporation :
(BCB).suggested that the best»

thing for the government to do |
would be to liberate itself from
the corporation.

. “The best thing that any gov-

-ernment.can do is to free itself
.of ZNS: Not only is it a bur- °

den in terms of money the gov-
ernment has to pay out in

terms of salaries, but it is also a. .

burden. on the people ‘of the
Bahamas who are asking for
better programming,” he said.

The demise of the station,
he said, came about: with the
introduction of cable television.

“When so many people have
access to. news and program-

ming of an international level ©
and when you compare that to-
what is shown locally, the sta-

tion really fails to. measure up
and-I think it has unearthed a
lot of the inadequacies that the
station has.
“If the government were to
really privatise the station it
would then be mandated-to

raise the level of production, -

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it would be mandated to give
‘the people what they want.
“It’s also unfortunately been
used as a political prostitute;
_ past governments have used it
for their own benefit. and to

. send out their own messages

which go out veiled as govern-

ment information, which in |
most instances is political pre’

- paganda.”

According Mr Sawyer, many
budding journalists who have
worked at the BCB have not
béen able to reach their full
potential or talent because of
the political influence and fear
of political retribution.

\

He said during his time he |
- had been punished severely for

using the term "walking in the

- wilderness" to describe his

ostracism by persons within the

corporation. "There are peo-

ple within the business who

take attacks on the government
personally," he said.

Within the corporation, he

- continued, there is an unwrit-

ten policy. condemning criti-

cism of the Bahamas’ govern- -

ment and its ministers. It is
enforced: constantly, ‘he said.
“Reporters are constantly
reminded.”

“Most journalists who leave
there and continue in the. busi-

ness will tell you:that the first”

‘thing they are faced with is a
credibility issues,” he said.

“The press in any democrat-
ic society has a role to play, it is
a watchdog of the government.
It’s. almost criminal to have a
station with such incredible
reach to continue to censor
information.

“It’s almost ludicrous to
think that the public will listen
to what you’re saying and take
it to be the truth when all
around there is so much con-
tradictory information — it
pains me sometimes to see
what they are doing or what
they are not doing.”

Opposition parties have not
been immune to what then
PLP Senator Fred Mitchell

called “political inleniere pee in

ZNS.”

In 1997 Mr Mitchell was con-
sidering his options to sue ZNS
over the censorship of a
remark he had made during a

‘convention, but according to

the'laws governing broadcast-

‘ing, the Minister in charge of

the BCB may “control the

character of any and all pro-

grammes broadcast or televised
by the Corporation or any oth-
er person.’

“As a parliamentary democ-
racy, the Bahamas is also part
of a tradition of liberalism
founded on an inherent dis-
trust of those who seek power
and influence and which views
public ‘servants as just that,”
said Mr Nunez’s article.

Ina September 2005 Tribune
article Deputy Manager. for
news at the BCB'suggested that
ZNS cannot act in the best
interest of the public as long as
it is operated by government.

Mr Sawyer was not certain
of a Turning Point in the
BCB’s future. “What you are
forced to do,” he said, “is put
aside what you have learned
about balance and the funda-
mentals of news gathering and
sometimes are even asked to
compromise your integrity —

those who go against the a 4

are punished.”

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In brief

| Rastasfarians’
_ petition given
to Governor

| General

‘THE Ethiopia Africa Black

International Congress paid a
courtesy call on the Governor
General Arthur Hanna yester-
day to presenting him with a
petition seeking their “funda-
mental rights”.
_ Dressed in Africans clothes,
three rastafarians representing
the congress presented Mr Han-
na with a petition asking for the
government to help them return
to the “Mother Land”.

Every Emancipation Day --
August 1 — the congress and the
Rastafarian community it rep-
resents celebrate and reflect
upon on the days when the black
man was enslaved. The congress
uses the opportunity to press the
government, for what they say is’
their fundamental right to be
repatriated back to Africa where
their ancestors were illegally tak-
en away.

Rithmond McKinney, who is
a priest, said, Emancipation
Day should be a period for
sober reflection.

Mr Hanna said: “I don't:
know what’s in the petition but

you certainly have the right to’
petition and of course we’ll be
sure the government gets it.”

The priest told the Governor
General that the petition is for
the British Monarchy to
remember that Queen Victoria
set aside 20 million pounds of
sterling silver to allow slave chil-
dren to return home if they
wanted to. However, they said
the money never reached the
black people.

Mr Hanna said, "In our coun-
try we wrote in the constitution
that there is absolute freedom

: of religion so you have a right -

i

there's no doubt about it.
The congress represents

about 5,000 persons of the ©

Rastafarian faith in. the
Bahamas and seeks the govern-
ments help every year in their’
efforts to reach Ethiopia.

Mr McKinney said that
Bahamians needs to learn more

about the slave trade and'the _;

roles of our ancestors pee in-
the repatriation of. the trade.







THE TRIBUNE









Tropical
Storm Chris
nears east
Caribbean

B ANTIGUA
St John’s



TROPICAL Storm Chris
formed early Tuesday and
approached the eastern edge of
the Caribbean as the third
named storm of the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season,
according to Associated Press.

The storm had top sustained
winds near 40 miles per hour,
just above the threshold for a
tropical storm. It was not
expected to form into a hurri-
cane though it could gather
strength, forecasters said.

A tropical storm warning was
posted for Antigua, Anguilla,
St Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St.
Eustatius, St Barthelemy and
St Martin. A tropical storm
watch was issued for Puerto
Rico and the US and British
Virgin Islands, according to the
US National Hurricane Center
in Miami.

At 11am EDT, the skies were
still clear and sunny in the Lee-
wards with the storm centered
about 100 miles east of Antigua
and moving west-northwest at
near 10 mph.

The Leeward Islands could
receive up to eight inchesof rain
and could seé flash floods and
mudslides, the hurricane centre
said.

An aircraft was expected to
fly into the region Tuesday and"
get a better estimate on the
storm.

Long-range forecasts put the
storm anywhere from south of
Cuba to Florida by late i in the
weekend.

Attorneys
locked in
Farrington
murder trial

PROSECUTORS and the
defence-attorney in the, Cordell
Farrington trial into the death of
22-year-old Jamaal Robbins were
yesterday locked in deliberation
over a reported technicality.

_ Jurors were escorted from the
courtroom for a short time
while the issue was discussed.

On Monday several police
officers were called to the wit-
ness stand to identify various
exhibits. A leg bone, as well as
several articles of clothing which
reportedly belonged to murder
victim Jamaal Robbins, were
among the items exhibited i in
the Supreme Court.

The officers, Corporal 2202
Jennifer Rolle, Officer Willie
Ferguson and woman Corporal’
1777 Phyliss Smith were called
to testify.

Detective Corporal Rolle was
the first to take the stand Mon-
day morning. The officer told
the court that in October 2003
she was attached to the crimi-
nals records office in Freeport.

She testified that on October
28 she went to the morgue at
the Rand Memorial Hospital
where she met Dr Raju and sev-
eral other police officers. She

“told the court that she was

instructed to take swabbings

from the hip and ulna bones.
Officer Willie Ferguson then
took the stand, where he gave
his account of the his involve-
ment in the matter which is
before the court.
Trial resumes today at 10am.














WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 3



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future uncertain as

Castro relinquishes power —

@ By KAHMILE REID

THE decision of Fidel Cas-
tro to step aside could signal
the start of big changes in Cuba
—and could eventually threaten
the Bahamas’ position at the
top of tourism.

As Raul Castro —-the man
who led a Cuban invasion of
Bahamas territory almost 51
years ago — takes power in
Cuba, many Bahamians are
expressing concern about what
lies ahead for their island
neighbour.

However, independent
Member of Parliament for
Bamboo Town Tennyson
Wells warned that what
Bahamians should really be

worried about is making sure

the tourism economy is pre-
pared for whatever happens.

“We are the king of tourism
—and that is simply because of
the system they had in Cuba
for the last 50 years or there
about,” he said.

Mr Wells, who was a minis-
ter of Tourism under the FNM,
added that if Cuba was left to
develop the way the Bahamas
did, the local industry would
not have been what it is now.

He also added that he does
not believe that Cuba will



i CUBAN workers attend a political gathering in support 0

f Cuban President Fidel Castro in

Havana, Cuba on Tuesday. Fidel Castro, who has defied the United States for nearly half a

century while wielding absolute power over this
of sight Tuesday after undergoing intestinal surgery

brother Raul.

descend into the chaotic state
that everyone is predicting.

“The Cubans are very intel-
‘ligent people and they know



Woman awaits injunction
to stop building on land

‘





@ THE land which is under dispute

@ By KRISTINA MCNEIL

CAUGHT in the tangle of
red tape for almost a week, a
woman is still waiting for an -
injunction to halt develop-
ment on the property where
she lives by a man who claims
he is the rightful owner.

According to Bonnie Davis,
representative of Mrs Debora
Tomlinson, who lives on the
land and says she is the legiti- -
mate owner, the procedure of
applying for an-injunction is
being held up.

Five days after the problem
first started,’she is still waiting
for the police to assist in iden-
tifying the man who attempt-
ed to have a road cleared
through her Sanford Drive
property.

The man, who would only
identify himself as “Mr Mor-
ris,” refused to give his first



name to Ms Davis. She said
he claimed that he had inher-
ited the 30 acres of land.

Reportedly, Mr Morris con-
tracted A and D Construction
to clear the land for the devel-
opment of a subdivision.

Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Mrs Tomlinson said
the property belongs to the
estate of her mother-in-law,
Mrs Elodie: Tomlinson, who
left it to her children.

While bulldozing on the
property is temporarily sus-
pended due to the ownership

‘dispute, a security firm has

been hired by Ms Davis to
watch over the property until
the injunction has been
processed.. .

According to Ms Davis, the
man and his bulldozer have
not been seen at the property
since Friday.

Ms Davis said she attempt-

ed get an injunction yesterday
but the process was delayed
when police were unable to get
Mr Morris’ proper name.

Police told’Ms Davis that she
would have to wait until 8am
today, when officers with the
information would be on duty. .

“I’m reluctant to go ahead
until I get the proper name of
the gentleman because he was
very adamant about not giving
his name,” Ms Davis said.

According to Ms Tomlinson,
the property in dispute was
bought by her father-in-law in
the 1960s. This is the second
time the ownership has been
challenged.






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that it will not be in them best
in such a





state,” Mr Wells said.

Cuba, he predicts, will con-
tinue under the present regime
and will gradually move toward
an open economy.

After Raul Castro is gone,
he said, Cuba will undergo
gradual process and eventually
become a democracy.

On Monday night, Castro’s
secretary Carlos Valenciaga,
made a surprise announcement
that the leader had undergone
an operation to repair “sharp
intestinal bleeding” and that he
was temporarily handing over

_ leadership of the Communist

Party to his younger brother.

Raul Castro, Cuba’s minis-
ter of defence, is 75 years-old.

More than 51 years ago,
Raul and a group of Cuban sol-
diers invaded Bahamian ter-
ritory and raised their national
flag on Cay Sal, a small island
40 miles off the coast of Cuba.

Following the Cuban revo-
lution, the cay was used by
refugees making their way to
Florida by boat.

Cay Sal, was however
reclaimed when a task force of
11 Bahamian policemen led by
a Colonial Commissioner
Colchester-Wemyss.

They were sent to Cay Sal to
reassert the nee s authority.

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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master




LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt .

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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The story of Mr Marquis’ deferment

IN THIS column yesterday we confirmed -

what some Bahamians believed was impossible
— Tribune Managing Editor John Marquis’
work permit has been “deferred” by the Immi-
gration Department.

“Government would not be so foolish as to
do such a thing” was the gist of the comments
by the doubting Thomases. But after eight
months of dithering government dared to do
that very thing.

From the very early stages — even before all
the forms needed to go with the application for

Immigration were ready — Minister Shane
Gibson was a shadowy figure in the back-
ground.

As most business people who deal with
Immigration know, one of the forms required
to be attached to an immigration application is
a Notification of Vacancy form from the

Labour Department. An application for this is

made to the department to discover if it has on
its employment register any Bahamian with
the qualifications the business requires.

For us it is a useless procedure because we
know our business well enough to know that if
such a person did exist, he or she would
already be on our staff. Also whenever we
advertise for editors and state the qualifications
required, no one has ever applied for the posi-
tion. :

In the past a reply from the Labour Depart-
ment has come within a week. Staff knew that
no Bahamians were “registered for this posi-
tion at this time” and wasted no time in letting
the applicant know so, that the work permit
application could be forwarded without delay
to the Immigration Board for its decision.

When we submitted. an earlier application to
the Labour Department in November last year
we were told that-in-future the. processing of all

applications would take six weeks,

Mr Marquis’ application — and that of a
second editor — were submitted to Labour
on January 24. We dutifully waited six weeks,
then called the department to find out when
we could send for the two forms. We were
told that they just had to be typed up. This con-
sists of typing the date and name of the appli-
cant onto a pre-printed form and stamping it.
We were told to send for the two forms in an

hour. A couple of hours passed before The

Tribune’s messenger was free to go to the
Clarence A Bain building.
However, when he got there he was told

- that the forms were not ready. He should

return the next day: This was so unlike the
usually efficient Labour Department that we
instinctively knew that no good was afoot. But
we waited patiently until the next day for two
pieces of paper that would have taken a typist
no more than two minutes to type and stamp.

The next day we got a call from the Labour
Department. It was our messenger. By this
time he also knew there was a problem.

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but she could not say what that problem was.
She transferred our call to. a more senior mem-
ber of staff. This person said that the director
was out, but she would telephone him, dis-
cover the problem and call us back.

When she eventually called back she said
that the Minister had a problem with the appli-
cations. He wanted an officer from the Labour
Department to interview our two editors and
the Bahamians who were in training for their
positions. She said that an inspector would
come to our offices to do this.

Our application had been submitted to the
Labour Department on January 24. It was
now March 8 and it was still languishing in its
first stages at that department, which meant
both applications, were ‘now long overdue at
Immigration.

_ We had no objection to an inspector coming
to our offices, but we had a very serious objec-
tion to the principle. Here we were the owners
of a business, who knew better than anyone
else outside of our own staff, the needs of that
business, and a government civil servant who
had probably never been in a newspaper office
in his life was to be sent in to tell-us who was or
wasn't qualified to hold.a senior position on
our staff.

“T have,no problem with them coming to
our offices,” we wrote, “they might learn some-
thing aboat the newspaper profession. How-
ever, I want to. make it very clear that if they
come, they do so just as a courtesy extended by
me, but not as a right authorised by the Min-
ister.”

To that we received a reply quoting chapter
and verse as to the right of inspection. How-
ever, we still maintain that it is outside the
department’s jurisdiction. We have invited the
inspector to come. So far no one has called for
an appointment.

However, on March 13, we eventually
received the two-forms from the Labour
Department. They were immediately deliv-
ered to the Immigration Department. On May
1 we received the permit for one of the editors.
As for Mr Marquis’ permit there was total
silence. And then on Monday the Immigration
Board notified us that Mr Marquis’ permit
had been “deferred to ensure what efforts
have been made to Bahamianise the position.”

It would appear that it is only Mr Marquis’
position they are interested in — a hard-hit-

. ting editor that they would like to silence.

This issue is far bigger than Mr Marquis.
Minister Obie Wilchcombe reminded Sena-
tor Philip Galanis, who criticised an appoint-
ment made by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, that the Port is a private company
with a right to appoint whomever it deems fit
to represent its interests.-

The Tribune is also a private company. Is it
being discriminated against because it is
Bahamian?







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ing. ‘
In a nutshell, the Minister of

Immigration and Labour, Mr.
Shane Gibson has decided to
“defer” the work permit renew-
al application of Mr. John Mar-
quis, managing editor of The
Tribune.

- It is obvious that this is in
response to calls from Mr Philip
Galanis, a PLP Senator,
Bahamas Uncensored, (a web
site that could be written by Mr
Fred Mitchell, Minister of For-
eign Affairs), and Mr Bradley
Roberts, Minister of Works,
that Mr Marquis’ work permit
should be revoked because he
dares to publish articles critical
of the government and some of
its policies.

The Guardian states they
have been “reliably informed”
that the decision to “defer” Mr.
Marquis work permit is directly

Some advice on honours:

EDITOR, The Tribune

I AM sure many are thrilled
with the proposal, long over-
due, that we will replace the
inherited British Honours with
a Honours/Awards of our own.
However I suspect the process
might be nothing more than a
circus as irrational, uneducated
thinking might prevail.

We saw such with the inter-
vention of Mt Moriah MP;
Keod Smith, all praise and a
must to retain any aspect of our
connection with Africa, howev-
er nothing to be said or remem-
bered about anything else..

‘I am not totally sold that we
should have a level of award
that should be titled - National
Hero - J. understand the
rhetoric, however we only once.

went through the process of -

those who came to these islands,
The Eleutheran Adventurers
etc, through Emancipation and

S Majority Rule, so what can be

equal to those events of our past
in the future except for the next
step in the development of our
sovereignty - the declaration of
The Republic of The Common-
wealth of The Bahamas recog-
nizing Her Majesty Queen Eliz-
abeth II as the head of The
Commonwealth of Countries
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linked to “the question of train-
ing Bahamians in certain sec-
tors, including journalism.” |

Of course this is a ruse to
exert political power in my not
so humble opinion and I would
be willing to bet that a random
poll of journalists would sug-
gest that most of them received’
training at The Tribune.

This is reminiscent of the
intimidation tactics of the old
PLP that so many Bahamians
rejected in 1992 and is certainly
not what was promised by the
“New PLP”.

Mr Obie Wilchcombe, Minis-
ter of Tourism is the only leader
among the PLP who seems to
understand what freedom of the
press means.

It should be understood that
Mr. Marquis can write for The
Tribune wherever he might be
in the world and these imma-

Order of Merit - I believe one
of the highest British Awards
that ONLY the Sovereign of
United Kingdom may grant is
their Order of Merit - this is giv-
en for personal service to the
Sovereign and it has a very lim-
ited membership. We need to
find another name for our
equivalent, Prime Minister.

We certainly need an award
that would cover those in the
Civil:-Service, exclusively
retained for persons giving

. above usual service.

The Committee-Commission
that would be responsible to
hear nominations should be
partisan and all embracing -
really what today gives any rea-
son to‘institutionalise that a
member of the religious com-
munity must be on this or that
committee-commission? Every
kind of person is today a rev-
erend. I certainly argue strong-
ly that their once respected
position in society is lost and
very much eroded.

» The governing rule for a sen-

sible and rational Honours sys- —

tem will be a cool-head, critical
criteria for the award and a
secure system where “political
flavour and favour” will not be
rewarded through these Nation-
al awards - these awards are of
no political party, so let’s ensure

we keep that cancer out of the



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‘happen of its own accord with-

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leaders in the PLP should be 7!
dismissed out of hand. 3

Ludwig von Mises, the great? :
Libertarian economist wrote in â„¢!
his book Liberalism that “there '
is an inherent tendency in all i

‘government power to recog-’

nise no restraints on its opera-
tion and to extend the sphere 2%
of its dominion as much as pos-
sible. To control everything, to?
leave no room for anything to U =
out the interference of the’?
authorities — this is the goal for‘4
which every ruler secretly
strives.” 4
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ister Gibson will allow cooler '®.*-

heads to prevail in this exercise a

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differing opinions, even by a
“foreigner”.

‘If this wasn't so pathetic one*
could pity these so called lead-’

ers.
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system. — 1
There MUST be and we must
ensure that all of our Awards-2
Honours may be awarded to,
non-Bahamians with some spe-3'
cific designation as we cannot g,
refuse to acknowledge so much
good and powerful benefits that
we have over the years achieved @|
and retained from the presence
of non-Bahamians in our midst.
The 'stupidity-of trying to
rewrite history -has no placejin si
history or this process —.qj
Columbus, for better or worse, 15
saw the land sighting of Cat.q
Island or San Salvador that can- .g

-not be. dismissed. These fair 4;
_ islands lay empty for over 300i

years, fact not fiction - through 4;
the arrival of immigrants from
the US of European stock with q
or without the future slaves andig
slavery, these islands. became 54
populated by European and3}
African persons. - a
Harmoniously in thes;
Bahamas 2006 we have nation- 5;
als of over 80 different coun-V
tries interacting with Bahami-
ans and likewise - an example to 4;
the world, except when stupid}
politicians raise the ugliness of,
racism and try to rewrite estab- 5]

lished history. iB

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Embassy's
advice on
applying for
US visas

THE American Embassy. is
reminding travellers to plan in
advance when applying for non-
immigrant US visas.

In February, the Embassy
introduced the Visa Informa-
tion Service, a new system for
processing non-immigrant visas
which requires applicants to
make an appointment before
coming to the Embassy to apply.

Designed to be more cus-
tomer efficient, the new system
gives the applicant a guaran-
teed date and time for a visa
interview, and eliminates lines —
the applicant simply arrives at
the Embassy 10 to 15 minutes
before the appointment time.

The Embassy reminded per-
sons that non-essential requests

’ may be delayed to give priority

to Bahamians travelling to the
US to study.
‘. Traditionally, August has

~peen the busiest month for visa

processing.
“It is for this reason that
Embassy officials are appealing

_ to the public to plan their trav-

-.el in advance. Embassy offi-

sos

- ‘cials urge applicants not only to

apply during the peak season,
but to make application during
the less busy months as well,”
said a statement issued yester-
day.

- Bahamians were also remind-
ed that they may travel to the

’ United States without a visa if

they have a clean police certifi-
cate and leave the Bahamas via
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport in Nassau, and
Freeport International Airport
in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

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‘A GROUP of Puerto Rican
leaders: and business owners ‘is

_ hoping to sell the US territory

as a distribution center for Chi-
nese products in the Caribbean
and Central America during
their visit to the Asian country,
an Official said Tuesday, accord-
ing to Associated Press. .
The group has met with Chi-
na’s vice-minister of external
affairs and the US Ambassador
to China, as well as represen-

‘tatives from the insurance
industry, during their visit, Puer-

‘to Rico’s Secretary of State Fer-
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WKAQ from Béijing.

_ The group also aims to
increase Chinese investments
in manufacturing, trade, tourism
and insurance, and to promote
local products for export. They
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was not clear how long their vis-
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DIRECTOR of Environ-
mental Health Ron Pinder has
announced the creation of a
department to deal specifically
with environmental protection
and planning.

Mr Pinder explained that the
Ministry of Health and Envi-
ronment is currently ironing
out the details and that within
a few months, the legislation
for the new department will be
presented to parliament for
debate.

He was speaking yesterday
at the Bahamas National Trust,
where a small ceremony was
held in the Retreat Gardens
to announce a $40,000 dona-
tion from the Lyford Cay
Foundation and the Moore
Charitable Foundation.

The donation will help pro-
tect the threatened coral reefs
and sea bed at the Exuma
Land and Sea Park, by partial-
ly funding the installation of
100 moorings.

The entire mooring project

in the Exuma Cays will cost.

$180,000 and the Trust has run
a year-long fundraising effort.
The two organisations
expressed interest after learn-
ing about the Trust’s project,
and donated the balance.

The campaign was described
as “very successful’ by Glenn
Bannister, president of the
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The donation, he said, will
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Mr Bannister said the Trust
is aiming to complete the
entire installation process by
the end of the year.

He addéd that eventually,
they hope that the total num-
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Park will be 144.

Mr Bannister informed
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structures on the planet and
that they are “among the
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year 2050 if immediate action
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coral reefs and sea beds” at the
park.

Mr Bannister also said that
the moorings will provide rev-
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visiting yachts will be charged
to use them.

The revenue generated from
these fees will be used by the
Trust to further its conserva-

tion efforts in the Exuma Cays. |

This includes educating visi-
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conserving coral reefs.and sea
beds and the importance of
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THE University of the West
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the Bahamas has been accred-
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The Nassau campus was
one of four programme cen-
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other Health Professions

-(CAAM-HP) for having “out-
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The other centres are in
Mona, Jamaica; St Augustine,
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“Accreditation of the UWI
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process that began in July
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internal review of the UWI
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four sites,” the statement ,

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The internal review was
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administration, student ser-
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The situation in the Middle East

“They (the Jews) try to kill the
principle of religions with the
same mentality that they betrayed
Jesus Christ and the same way
they tried to betray and kill the
Prophet Mohammed.”

— Syrian President Bashar
Assad at 2001 welcoming cere-
mony for the Pope.

“They (the Arabs) are prod-
ucts of a culture in which to tell a
lie creates no dissonance. They
don’t suffer from the problem of
telling lies that exists in Judaeo-
Christian culture.”

— Ehud Barak, former prime
minister of Israel in a 2002 news-
Paper interview.

Acre? Judaism,
Christianity and Islam

share the same historical roots
and spiritual values, religion is at
the heart of the interminable
Arab-Israeli conflict. It all boils
down to the conviction that my
imaginary friend is better than
your imaginary friend.

Israel was founded by the
leaders of a self-determination
movement called Zionism.This
ideology has been described as
the “politicization of Judaism”
and it took many forms, but all
favoured the creation of a Jew-
ish homeland in Palestine — a
territory which Muslims from
Arabia had occupied since the
7th century.

The Zionist enterprise was
resisted from the very begin-
ning. One reason is because
many Arabs shared a religious
conviction that their territory
should encompass all the land

. that had ever been under Mus-

lim control.

In fact, the charter of Hamas
(the extremist group that cur-
rently runs the Palestinian
Authority) fully embraces this
view: “The land of Palestine is an
Islamic Waqf (holy possession)
consecrated for future Moslem
generations until Judgment Day.”

This is eerily reminiscent of
the fervour expressed by many
Zionists. According to the
American Jewish Committee,
“The Jewish people’s link to the.
land of Israel is incontrovertible
and unbroken. It spans nearly
four thousand years. Exhibit A
for this connection is the

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believe that the establishment
of the State of Israel in 1948 was
a necessary prerequisite for the
return of Jesus to reign on Earth.

This is no idle jest. A 2003
Pew Research Survey poll found
that 44 per cent of Americans
believed God gave the land that
is now Israel to the Jewish peo-
ple, and more than a third of
US adults believed that creation
of the state of Israel was a step
toward the second coming of
Jesus.

That survey also found that
evangelicals are more pro-Israel
than Americans in general —
with more than half saying they
sympathize more with Israel in
its dispute with the Palestinians,
compared with 40 per cent of

‘Americans overall who held this
‘view.

| his conservative reli-
‘gious support, com-
bined with the effective lobbying
of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (formerly
known as the American Zionist
Committee) has played a major
role in shaping. United States
policy towards the Middle East.

In fact, US aid to Israel since
1948 is estimated at over $90
billion, and America is seen
around the world as unre-
servedly pro-Israel. In the 2003
Pew Global Attitudes survey,
pluralities or majorities in.20
countries believed that Ameri-

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the Palestinians too much.

The roots of the Arab-Israeli
conflict go back to 1897, when
the first Zionist congress was
held in Switzerland. : Palestine
was then a territory of the
Ottoman Empire populated by
half a million Arabs and some
50,000 Jews. But the Turks pro-
hibited large-scale Jewish immi-
gration and there was little inter-
national support for the Zionist
enterprise until the First World
War.

Zionist leaders in Europe took
advantage of this period of insta-
bility to seek support for a Jew-
ish national home in. Palestine.
They succeeded in 1917 when
British Foreign Secretary Arthur

‘ Balfour issued a declaration that

tried to accommodate:the Jews

without prejudicing the rights of
Arabs living there.

David Lloyd George, prime
minister at the time, commented
that although he personally
agreed with its objectives, the
declaration was determined
mainly by considerations of war
policy: “It was part of our pro-
pagandist strategy for mobilizing
every Opinion and force
throughout the world which
would weaken the enemy and
improve the Allied chances.”

The Balfour Declaration was
approved by the victorious allies
and became part of the terms
of the League of Nations man-
date for the area, under British
administration. Unfortunately,
the British had also promised
to support Arab independence
in return for their help during
the war. The Arab territories of
the Ottoman Empire stretched
from Egypt to Iraq and from
Lebanon to Yemen.

Bicneee from. this ~
promise was a vaguely

defined coastal area where
Israel exists today. The British
felt they could persuade the

. Arab nationalists to accept the

Balfour Declaration in exchangé
for the vast benefits they were to
get outside Palestine. And some

Arab leaders did go along with

this. It was the geopolitical real-
ity of the day.

But in 1937 the Palestinian
Arabs revolted against British
tule and a royal commission was
appointed which saw that the
mandate was unworkable with-
out a massive use of force. By
then the idea of a Jewish nation-
al home could no longer simply
be set aside. A point of no
return had been reached.

At the time, according to the
late Israeli academic Nadav
Safran, the Jews in Palestine had
made “important strides in orga-
nizing themselves for commu-
nity self-government, creating a
labour movement, pioneering

new forms of settlement, estab-

lishing a Hebrew. education sys-
tem, creating a national. press
and so on.”

But Arab resistance only
intensified. As the Saudi king
told a British official: “We and
our subjects are deeply troubled

» over:this Palestine question, and

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the cause of our disquiet and
anxiety is the strange attitude
of your British government, and
the still more strange hypnotic

influence which the Jews, a race -

accursed by God .according to
His Holy Book, and destined to
final destruction and eternal
damnation hereafter, appear to
wield over them and the Eng-
lish people generally.” _

Still, the British did not with-
draw from the obligation they
had made to the Jews when
Arab resistence to it was incon-
sequential. And the rise of fas-
cism in Europe was to produce
even more immigration so that
by 1937 there were 400,000 Jews
living amongst a million non-
Jews in Palestine.

“From that moment on the
Palestine problem ceased to be
primarily a matter of adjudica-

‘tion between rival moral-legal

This struggle is
prolonged by
American reluc-
tance to inter-
vene decisively _
to bring about —
peace onthe —
only acceptable
basis - the two- _
state solution |
first recom- |
mended almost



-acentury ago.



claims and became instead a
political issue,” Safran wrote,
“in which two nationalist move-

ments capable of strong armed .

resistance were bent on pursu-
ing conflicting objectives.”

So the British.royal commis-
sion recommended partition of
the territory, which the Zionists
accepted in principle but the
Arabs rejected. An all-party
conference in London in‘ 1939
got nowhere, and negotiations
were put on hold as the Second
World War loomed.

B ritish policy after 1939
sought to reverse the
Balfour Declaration to build
Arab support for the war effort.

Jewish settlement was frozen _

and British leaders began envis-
aging the creation of an inde-

pendent Palestine with an Arab.”
. Majority that would guarantee



LARRY SMITH

Jewish rights.

But a universal wave of sym-
pathy for the Jews after the war
created enormous pressure to
allow mass immigration of
Holocaust victims to Palestine,
which the Arabs strongly resist-
ed. The British were caught in
the middle, and after two years
of terror attacks from both sides,
they gave up and turned the
issue over to the newly-formed
United Nations,

In‘1947 the UN recommend-
ed‘ a three-way partition into
Jewish and Arab states and an
international. zone for
Jerusalem, but the! Arabs again
refused to. accept. And in the
ensuing ‘six-month civil war-the
Jewish settlers brought most of

. the territory assigned to them

by the partition plan under their

control, and went on to proclaim |

the state of Israel in 1948.

» Egypt then led an Arab coali-
tion in a war to destroy Israel -
but-after eight months was
forced to sue for peace. When
the ‘armistice was signed a de

_’' facto’ partition of Palestine took

place, divided between Israel,
Jordan and Egypt, with
Jerusalem split. between Israel
and Jordan. ;

After the war, some 800,000
Palestinian Arabs ended up as
refugees in neighbouring coun-
tries. And.a roughly similar

‘number of Jews fled Arab lands,

most going to Israel. This was

_akin to the population exchanges

that took place between Greece
and Turkey in the 1920s or Pak-
istan and India in 1947.

LD) crite tn fact that
. Arab. leaders had

rejected every plan involving
partition and refused to officially
negotiate with the Jews, the
state of Israel had become a fact
on the ground with widespread
international legitimacy. Even

the officially anti-Zionist Soviets |

asserted the right of “the Jews of
the whole world:to the creation
of a state of their own,” declar-
ing “It would be unjust not to
take account of this fact and to
deny the Jewish people the right
to realize such aspirations.”

’ Israel was admitted to the UN
in 1949 and the more recent his-
tory of the region is well-known.
So the big question for us today
is: Why has ‘the conflict between
the Jews and the Arabs persist-

ed for so long?’

One answer is that it became
part of the wider political con-
flict of the Cold War when Egypt

* forged a strategic military alliance
“with ‘the Soviet bloc in 1955. It

was no coincidence that after the
dissolution of the USSR the Oslo



Peace accord produced the
famous 1993 handshake between
Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin
at the White House.

According to Safran and oth-
ers, “the conflict has persisted
because key Arab countries had
no desire for peace for reasons
which have varied over the
years, and could not be com-
pelled to make peace in view of
peculiar circumstances -
refugees and boundaries are
symptoms rather than causes of
the conflict.”

In fact, Israel and Jordan
negotiated a secret peace treaty
in 1949 that settled all issues,
but the general Arab militancy
prevented its implementation.
King Abdullah was assassinated
in 1951 for pursuing it; and
Anwar Sadat of Egypt met a
similar fate in 1981 after con-
cluding his peace treaty with
Israel - just.as Yitzhak Rabin
was murdered in 1995 by a Jew-
ish fundamentalist opposed to

the peace process.

S: the region remains. ,
locked in a struggle
between militant Islamists seek-
ing to re-establish a pan-Arab
Muslim nation and equally hard-
line Zionists trying to restore
the Biblical land of Israel. This
struggle is prolonged by Amer-

’-ican reluctance to intervene

decisively to bring about peace
on the only acceptable basis -
the two-state solution first rec-
ommended almost a century
ago.

And that reluctance has a lot

‘to do. with the alliance of Amer-

ican Zionists and the Christian

‘right, which has staunchly

opposed any attempt to broker
a settlement by power-sharing.
Their version of Christianity
believes that biblical prophecy
leads to Armageddon, when
non-believers will perish and the
Jews will finally receive Christ as
the Messiah.

Although these three religious
groups profess the deepest. of
mutual hatreds, they actually
have a.lot in common. As one
Arab commentator wrote: ‘The
propagandists of secularism,
who leave out of account the
religious factor in the Palestine
problem, ignore the fact that this
is the only bone. of contention in
the world which has persisted
for 30 centuries.”

And according to a funda-
mentalist Christian web site:
“What we see today in the Mid-
dle East ultimately results from
a hatred for what became the
Jewish people, rooted in the sins
of the Old Testament Patriarchs.
This conflict began at the birth
of God’s covenant with Abram.
I believe it fitting that it won’t
end until God is finished with
Israel on earth:” mie

What do you think?

Send comments to Jarry@tri-
bunemedia.net

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m@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

FIRE officials have yet to confirm
the cause of the fire over the past
weekend which destroyed several busi-
nesses within the top of the hill Mack-
ey Street complex. em

Firemen faced stern criticism on
Monday after a store owner claimed

that the fire department’s decision to
ignore calls from the public contributed
to the extensive damage to businesses
at the complex over the weekend.
The damage, estimated to be hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars, has
affected the entire complex as most
business premises have been destroyed.
Initially, the blaze was thought to be
under control as only white smoke

could be seen billowing from the roof
of Sun Manufacturing in the elbow of
the complex around 2pm Saturday.

However, as the day wore on the
fire had spread to other businesses
within the complex.

Destroyed in the blaze were Sun
Manufacturing, Ad Works, Discount
Mart, Fashion Hall, the Paint Place,
and the delicatessen of Super Value.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 7

THE TRIBUNE
No afiswets on what caused massive

blaze at Mackey Street complex

According to Rupert Roberts, owner
of Discount Mart and Super Value food
stores, about 10 phone calls were made by
five witnesses to the Fire Department.

However, Walter Evans, RBPF press
liaison officer, denied these accusa-
tions and claimed that he had no
knowledge of the alleged breakdown in
communication between the Fire
Department headquarters, the firemen

-on site, and the witnesses.

According to him, the fire fighters on
the scene did a "tremendous job."

It has been alleged that the fire was
caused by someone welding at the back
of Sun Manufacturing; however, as of
yesterday this could not be confirmed.

According to Mr Evans, no new
information could be released as “the
fire is still under investigation.”

Should the police and fire
departments be separate?

The Royal Bahamas Police
Force fire division came under
extensive criticism after Satur-
days’ destructive blaze.

The Mackey Street fire
destroyed six businesses and left
thousands of dollars of damage
in its trail. One neighbouring
resident described the efforts of
the firemen were described as
“upsetting” and “a total lack of
control". :

Frefighters at Saturdays infer-
no admitted that they were
“extremely challenged” in trying
to contain the blaze and one
went as far as to say that it was a
“perfect fire".

The Tribune took to the
streets yesterday to pose a ques-
tion to the local public —”
Should the fire department be
separated from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force?”

“Although it may improve the
overall focus on the type of
training they receive, I’d never
criticise the fire department”
said Michelle Palomino “They
put their lives on the line for us
every day.” She continued
“Looking at past and recent
fires, I’d say that the blame

doesn’t fall on the fire fighters..

What can they do if they can’t
get any water?” ;
Palomino went on to suggest
that the government should
ensure that highly dense busi-
“néss areas’ have “proper fire





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hydrants and enough water
pressure", to improve the fire-
fighter’s chances of tackling a
blaze.

Desma Clarke said: “They
should be separated from the
Police Force..Then maybe per-
sons would be better trained to
handle large fires.”.She added
“from what I’ve seen their
response time is very poor. It.
may be because most of the fire
stations are so far from the cen-
tral areas.”

Police press liaison officer
Walter Evans listed several fac-
tors which some members of the
local public felt may have “con-
tributed” to the lengthy blaze.
Mr. Evans stated that the offi-
cers encountered “live wires,
insufficient water pressure and

additional risk from propane

tanks.”

“In the past years they have
been criticised only twice as far
as I know” said Laketha S.
“That means that the over
record is‘pretty' good. -I would
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KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED

WV oak

DONALD K. DELAHEY
1925-2006 :

Loree by his side..

Donaid De.acy frst came to The Bahamas from Canada at the age of 17 in
1943 with the Royal Air Force Transport Command, having lied about his age
to get into the Service. During World War II the Transport Command based in
Canada and known as the Ferry Command, he flew planes from. Nassau to the
European war theatre, via South America and Azores for use by the Allies.

After the war he returned to Nassau in 1946 and worked briefly as a desk clerk
at the Royal Victoria Hotel. In 1946 he married Loree Kelly and they started
Playtours, Bahamas Tourist Company, the First Travel and Sightseeing Company
in The Bahamas. His involvement in the Tourist industry follows: Owner and
manager Playtours, Bahamas Tourist Company Ltd. 1946-1972, The American
Express Company's Representative in the Bahamas from 1948-1972. Owned
and operated the Tropic Bird, a catamaran offering daily sightseeing excursions
and the Tropic Rover, the world's largest catamaran, which offered 10-day
cruises through The Bahama Islands. The Tropic Rover was featured in Life
Magazine and was used in the movie "Thunderball".

Founder of The Bahamas Tour Operators and Sightseeing Association in 1952,
Founder of The Bahamas Air Dispatch Limited, Founding member of The
Bahamas Hotel Association, Founder member of the Skal Club in The Bahamas.
From 1960-1964 Operated United Tours in Miami, Florida, which was one of
the largest wholesalers in the United States of tours to The Bahamas. He was
instrumental in starting group travel to The Bahamas.

Along with his late father, Murray Delahey, who followed him to The Bahamas
1n1949, was involved in operating the Prince George Hotel and Coral Harbour
Hotel. Promoting sports in The Bahamas, was a founder member of The Bahamas
Angling Club and along with Red Crise promoted Speed weeks, providing tour

cars as ambulances. Also served on the committee of the Miami-Nassau Yacht
Race for many years. In 1975-1999 he h

late son-in-law Morton A. Turtle.




A Celebration of "Grumps's Life will be held August 8. 2006 at Royal Nas

= i as
Sailing Club at 5:30 p.m. Instead of flowers, those Fie wish may make donations
to BASRA, P. O. Box SS-6247, Nassau, in memory of Donald K.. Delahey.

Donald Delahey passed away on Monday July 31,
= 2006 quietly at home with his wife of 60 years

-Del or "Grumps" as he is affectionately known by
| family and friends is survived by his wife Loree,
sons Don and Richard Delahey, daughters Linda
Turtle Simms and Sheila Pritchard: One grandson
Wade Delahey. Two granddaughters Courtney Turtle .
~ anid Sydney Delahey. One son-in-law Terry Simms.
Our memories f his wit end dry sense of humour will never leave us.

elped run Sunpower Marine with his



suggest though that more fire
stations be built to decrease
the response time. Also they
should have their own emer-
gency phone numbers, this may
help with the. wait time as

_well.” She added: “Overall I

think that it’s fine just the way
it is, just one or two change
will fix things.”
Bus Driver T Larrimore said:
“Why is it every time fire trucks

show up there.is a problem with —

the water pressure? I think a
private group needs to come in
and run a fire company.. That

way the sole purpose of train- -

ing would.be about fighting fires
of any magnitude,” ' ;
Mr Larrimore went on to sug-
gest that the government should
test the water pressures in high-
ly populated or business areas to
ensure the pressure if there is
need. “If we were to have a
huge fire, I don’t even want to

‘think about what would happen

— we need to be properly pre-

pared for disasters." ..:: :
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@ T LARRIMORE said
“Why is it every time fire
trucks show up there is a
problem with the water
pressure?”

@ LAKETHA S. said: “I
would suggest though that

more fire stations be built to
decrease the response time.”



@ MICHELLE Palomino
said: “I'd never criticise the
fire department, they put their
lives on the line for us every’
day.”



| Hispano



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MONDAY



@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: New Providence
Community Centre: Mondays - fr

6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays - 7:30pm to
8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sug-
ar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is avail-
able. For more info call 702.4646 or 327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital
‘ conference room.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Monday’s at 7pm © Club 612315 meets
Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable
Beach ° Club 3596 meets

at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at

7pm.

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month in
the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St. :

TUESDAY



@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAURANTS

10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at Club
Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been dubbed
10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron is allowed
into the club absolutely free and is given a compli-
mentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday nights also
include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body Competition.
Hosted by Daddi Renzi and music provided by DJ

-Aifrom100;Jamz::Master Chef Devito Bodie pro-
vides scrumptious appetizers. ;

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta Street: Tuesday - 6pm to 7pm/8:30pm to
9:30pm. i

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323.4482 for more info.

Pre & Past Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes

location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is

required. Call 364.8423 to register for more info.
mi CIVIC CLUBS - ;

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @
C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, Col-
lege Avenue off Moss Road ¢ Club Cousteau 7343
meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the Chickcharney
Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros ¢ Club 7178
meets each Tuesday at 6pm at the Cancer Society
of the Bahamas, 3rd Terrace, Centreville.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chap-
ter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the
Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau. Resort,
Cable Beach.

- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

‘Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tues-
day, 6:30pm at the British Colonial Hilton. Please
call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

@ THE ARTS

WEDNESDAY



@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday Spm-8pm. Free appetizers and
numerous drink specials.

ENTERTAINMENT

The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tournament,
sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism begins
August 6 and runs through August 11. On Wednes-
day, August 9, come enjoy fishing, dominoes, volleyball,
the Softly Basketball Camp, Miss and Little Miss Bimi-



‘Bimini Big Game. Call





"The brewery of The Bahamas"

MAIN EVENT

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ni Native pageant anda
special cocktail party at

242.347.3529 for more
information

The first Inagua Salty
Festival -will take place
@ Matthew Town,
Inagua, August 3-7.:'
Sponsored by the
Inagua Development
Association, there will
be a variety of enter-
tainment and activities
as well as an exhibit by
the Morton Salt Com-
pany, a Junkanoo rush
out, arts and crafts, rake
and scrape, Donkey der-
by, gospel concert tea
party, children’s corner,
cooking contest, and live
entertainment featuring
Avvy and other Bahami-
an entertainers.

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anony-

mous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting
times and places: New Providence Community Cen-
tre: Wednesday - 7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group:
Rosetta Street, Wednesday - 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm
to 9:30pm.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30pm
every third Wednesday at the Bahamas National
Pride Building.

TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
in the Solomon’s Building, East-West Highway.

TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of -

each month at C C Sweeting Senior High School,
Oakes Field.

International Training in Communication, Essence

Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meetings on the Ist .

and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Doctor's Hos-
pital Conference : :
Room. .

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets
the second and fourth Wednesday of the month,

8pm @ St Augustine’s Monestary.

THURSDAY

@ ENTERTAINMENT

The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tournament
continues, Thursday, August 10. Activities include 39th
Annual Glenda’s Road Race, Julian Brown
Fun/Run/Walk, fishing and Softly Basketball Camp.
Call 242.347.3529 for more information.

@ THEATRE -

The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play: Writ-
ten and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweetheart’s
Club will be performed at Worker’s House, August
10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available from the Kennedy
Medical Center (by Galleria Cinemas, JFK Plaza)
and Woodside Photoshop and Gallery (Soldier Road,
East of Abundant Life Road).



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physicians are held at Doctors Hospital every third
Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Doctors Hos-
pital Conference Room. Free screenings between
5pm & 6pm. For more information call 302-4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public

of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to
9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays .- 7:30pm to-8:30pm '
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held

6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes :

location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is
required. Call 364.8423 to register or for more info.

REACH — Resources & Education for Autism and

related Challenges meets from 7pm — 9pm the sec-
ond Thursday of each month inthe

cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill,

Road.

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Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, second
and third Thursday at the Ministry of Health &
Environment building on. Meeting Street commenc-
ing at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes. !

International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday
of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable
Beach, 6pm.

The recently established National Insurance Baord
Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets every fourth
Thursday in the month, in the National Insurance
Board’s (NIB) training room, Wulf Road office
complex, at 6pm. All retirees are welcome.

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Club will be performed at Worker’s House, August
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Medical Center (by Galleria Cinemas, JFK Plaza)
and Woodside Photoshop and Gallery (Soldier Road,
East of Abundant Life Road). j

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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The. Nassau Group,

= Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm & 8:30pm to
- 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church - Fridays @ 6pm to

7pm New Providence Community Centre: Fridays @
7pm to 8pm.

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TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Bap-
tist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Fri-
day of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine’s Monestary. For more info call 325.1947
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The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play: Writ-
ten and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweetheart’s
Club will be performed at Worker’s House, August
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’ Medical Center (by Galleria Cinemas, JFK Plaza)

and Woodside Photoshop and Gallery (Soldier Road, ~
East of Abundant Life Road). - :

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta. Street: Saturday mornings - 10am to 11am.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Street. ; s ;

Doctors Hospital - CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from
9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community

- Training Representative at 302.4732 for more infor-
mation and learn to save a life today.

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JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are
pleased to offer.a cycling clinic for juniors between
10 and 17. The free clinic will be held eyery Satur-
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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to

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that Mr Marquis’s permit had
been deferred pending a full
explanation of training measures
being undertaken to replace him.

Political observers believe the
government’s actions have been
prompted by a series of hard-hit-
ting INSIGHT articles by Mr
Marquis and, in particular, his
savage dismantling of Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.

Tn one item, Mr Marquis dis-
mussed Mr Mitchell as an inef-
fectval “joker” and described
au-press critic Raynard Rigby
uo “a pacposterous figure who
has neither the gumption nor
gravitas to be chairman of a
major political party.”

When Senator Philip Galanis
weighed in with anti-press criti-
cism, Mr Marquis ridiculed him
by saying: “He is incapable of

“ROM page one Work permit

jumping from one thought to
another without falling flat on
his face.”

Attempts to silence a man Mr
Smith described as “a renowned
journalist with long experience”
are likely to have a resounding
impact beyond Bahamian shores.

Mr Smith said he was alerting
international human rights
groups to the situation while the
respected journalists’ website
‘Holdthefrontpage’ has already
carried a story on the issue.

Mr Smith said the govern-
ment’s action, had sent “a
depressing and chilling message
to all journalists and anyone else
who wishes to express them-
selves in the Bahamas.”

He said the government was
blatantly trying to put pressure
on The Tribune to stop. it sub-





jecting politicians to public scruti-
ny and accountability.

It was, he added, an “absolute
disgrace” and “an act of extreme
political victimisation” by the
PLP against a writer with a long
background in the Bahamas.

A Tribune reader e-mailed the
paper to say: “This PLP govern-
ment intends to victimise you as
it has others, both Bahamian and
foreign. Rest assured, if they try
this tactic the protests will
begin.”

And businessman Rick Lowe
joined the debate by describing
the government’s action as
“shocking”, saying it was in
response to calls from Galanis,
Mitchell and others for the edi-
tor’s permit to be revoked.

“This is reminiscent of the
intimidation tactics of the old
PLP that so many Bahamians
rejected in 1992 and is certainly
not what was promised by the

LOCAL NEWS

‘New PLP’.”

Mr Lowe added: “Mr Obie
Wilchcombe, Minister of
Tourism, is the only leader
among the PLP who seems to
understand what freedom of the
press means.

“It should be understood that
Mr Marquis can write for The
Tribune wherever he might be
in the world and these immature
rantings of some of the leaders in
the PLP should be dismissed out
of hand.”

Mr Lowe said it was to be
hoped that Immigration Minister
Shane Gibson would allow cool-
er heads to prevail in this exer-
cise “and show the. maturity to
allow differing opinions, even by
a foreigner.”

He added: “If this wasn’t so
pathetic, one could pity these so-
called leaders.”

Yesterday, Mr Marquis him-.
self said: “The government ought



to be well enough informed to
know that The Tribune offers the
best training for journalists in
the Bahamas. |

“In my eight years here I have
brought on a nucleus of extreme-
ly fine young journalist who will

guide The
come.

“Flowever, Mr. Mitchell must
recognise that while attorneys
like him are a dime-a-dozen,
good journalists ‘are extremely
hard to come by. ‘Training them
to become senior editorial exec-
utives is a long pirocess, taking
many years.” |

He added: “For me, personal-
ly, this issue is no big deal, but it
has enormous ramifications for
the Bahamian people.’

“What they need to under-
stand is that, if a person can be
victimised for expressing opin-
ions, their so-called constitutional
rights are meaningless.”

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FROM page one

vide for the construction of the second
phase of a new Fire Trail housing sub-
division.

According to Mr Collie, a tractor
was sent to the site yesterday morn-
ing by Minister Wisdom to demolish
some of the property occupied by
illegal squatters.

Mr Collie said he asked the dri-
ver if he had a court order to
destroy any of the properties. Mr

Collie said the driver replied: “No,

I am waiting on Mr Farrington for
instructions.”

Mr Collie said he told the driver
that “if you attempt to demolish any
of the property, me and all of these
persons will stand in front of the
premises, so you will have to come
through us.”

At this point. the driver turned
around and left the scene.

Mr Collie found the Ministry’s

efforts contrary to what he had pre-.

viously. arranged with Mr Wisdom.
Mr Collie said that when he met
with the Minister on Saturday, the
Minister confirmed that he would
stop his public servants from putting
some of these people off their land.

“Mr Wisdom promised that if
they needed the land to develop,
they would work with Fire Trail res-

and that in the event residents
absolutely have to leave, the gov-
ernment would assist them in relo-
cating,” he said.

Mr Collie said that the residents,
who have been squatting on the
land for about 30 years, never
applied to the Supreme Court to
acquire the land and were given no
legal advice on to what to do.

He said that by law they do have
a right to property as they have
been living there for more. than 12
years.

have the option of buying the prop-
erty if the government will work
with them.

Mr Collie thinks that the finan-

cial situation of the residents is not
a reason for ‘their refusal to pur-
chase the Crown land. He said “spe-
cial arrangements” were négotiat-
ed last week Friday with the resi-
dents and Housing officials.

“Tt was said that a sum of $18,000
is needed to upgrade the property,
which includes the cost to convey
the land, as well as to-upgrade the
electricity, water, and infrastructure
of the houses,” Mr Collie explained.

He told The Tribune that if this is
the figure for residents to comply
with the. building code, the govern-

> ment. needs to work.with these

Super Val

According to Mr Collie, they still

FROM page one

was used to fight this fire, there is natural
damage to food items — given the close
proximity to the fire,” Mr Pinder said.

He said the Ministry of Health is simply
following standard operating procedures.

The fire, destroyed only the Delicatessen
section of Super Value. According to Rupert
Roberts, owner of Super Value stores and
Discount Mart, there was minimal damage
to merchandise.

He also told The Tribune that he is hop-
ing officials give permission for the store
to be opened by today.

“The Ministry of Health asked us to sus-
pend the sale for a complete inspection of
the building and I think the building wasn’t
compromise by the fire and. the products.
There was nowhere in the store that got
above 80 degrees. They were not there, I
was,” Mr Roberts said. “The air-condition
was on during the fire so the products didn’t
get any heat.

“The liquid perishables we poured down

the drain and threw the containers in the
compactor, which is a 20 to,25 seal drum,
disposing them. But we don’t really know
when they will let us resume selling. I am
hoping it is this afternoon.”

But before the store is given permission to
reopen, it will have to supply a detailed list
of all items sold to persons over the two-day
period.

Mr Pinder said: “Given the fact that the

ing Super Value to do is to ails us in writing
a list. of food items that they’ would. have
acid prior to our inspection,” Mr Pinder
said. |

“We should have conducteid the inspec-
tion, but the store was reopened to the pub-’
lic before we had gotten a cliance to get
into the store and inspect the perishable
food items in particular.” |

However, Mr Roberts said that his store
has taken the necessary steps to ensure
spoiled items were not'sold durifig tlie 25 per
cent storewide sale.

“The liquid perishable items,, we poured

down the drain and threw the ciontainers in
the compactor,” Mr Roberts said. “I think
the building wasn’t compromise: by the fire

and the products. There was riowhere in:

the store that got above 80 degrees.”

Yesterday chaos erupted outside the
store, and Police were eventuall'y called to
quiet the rowdy crowd. It was then that the
store was forced to cease operations.

Mr Roberts said: “There were: too many
people. This morning (Tuesday)! was disor-
derly on the outside, and they were very
discontented because we were riot letting
them in. They wanted to come in} and enjoy

- the bargains.

“Police were called in. They assisted us in:
evacuating the store and closing the store
down.”

Mr Roberts told The Tribune that ini-
tially the intention was to sell out’ all of the

items, but since yesterday’s closure:, “we re-.

evaluated that thought and we d'iscarded

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Bahamian people require,
rather than just providing jobs
in the private sector,” he told
the media during a tour of
Atlantis’ Phase III yesterday.

Speaking on Bahamian
employment at the Paradise
Island resort, Mr Ingraham
pointed out that even though
Atlantis will soon be employ-
ing some 10,000 Bahamians —
five per cent of the country’s
total work force — the public
service still employs more than
double than that.

Mr Ingraham said that cur-
rently there are “some 20,000
plus” civil servants — a number
he is seeking to reduce should
he regain the office of prime
minister.

As it concerns Atlantis, Mr
Ingraham ‘said that he is not
concerned in the least that the

“employment of such a high per-

centage of the Bahamian popu-
lation will depend on one entity.

He also emphasised that he
has confidence in Kerzner’s

SHIFT_the future



all of the perishables and anything: that'was

in the store.” ‘

\

. ability to train Baharnians and
reduce the need oijf foreign
labour and expertise.

Mr Ingraham said that in
addition to Kerzner Interna-
tional offering its employees
good incomes, the corapany has
also been successful in training
Bahamian workers ti. eventu-

ally take over positiions now

held by foreigners. |

“We’ve had tretnendous
transfer of skills to Biahamians
as a result of. this project and
other projects such as: the (Our
Lucaya in Grand Bahiama).

“When this project its finished
next year, there will) be more
trained and skilled Bal kamuans:
and the next time another phase
comes along there will be need
for fewer (foreigners),’’ he said.

The FNM leader said that
Atlantis’ current staff tis 75 per
cent Bahamian. }

He pointed out thait when
government built a fiotel 20
years ago, Indian construction
workers had to be braiught in,
and when the new tertninal at
the airport was built, Nfexican
labour had‘to be solicite:d. -

Today, Mr Ingraham ‘said, he
is confident that the Biihamas
has sufficient skilled woi'kers to
construct not only Phas III of
Atlantis, but also any {‘urther
phases that should follovw.

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Atlantis

FROM page one

_ Prime Minister Perry Christie
first hinted at the possibility of a
Phase IV during a similar tour by
government officials two weeks
ago.

Speaking with the Bahamian
media during yesterday’s tour,
Mr Ingraham said that he expects
Atlantis to ultimately also pur-
sue a fifth phase. .

Mr Ingraham said that when
the company initially presented
its resort proposal to the Bahami-
an government in 1992, Mr
Kerzner said that he would be
able to create some 5000 new’
hotel rooms for the country over
a 20-year period.

“Few people believed him, but
we (the FNM), did,” he said. \

Mr Ingraham said that he is
confident that Kerzner Interna-
tional will be able to. fulfil the
13 years ago. Bile: NOME! 0D

“We expect that‘over time Mr
Kerzner will undertake five phas-
és on Parz.dise Island, over time.
And he’ll get up tothe 5000 new
and additional hotel rooms that
we expect. a se

“Whether that’s.10.years from
now, five years from now, I have
no idea, but if he has delivered
on all the commitments he has
made to the Bahamas, then I

; promises that Mr Kerzner made

have great confidence that he will :

continue to deliver,” Mr-Ingra-
ham said.

Mr Kerzner told the press yes-
terday that he is looking forward
to getting Phase III off the ground
and is confident that it will be a
“sreat success.”

“We are confident that it will
be another significant impetus to
tourism here in.the Bahamas,”
he said.

Mr Kerzner said he is also con-
fident that as. Phase I leads to
Phase II, and that in turn spurned
the current Phase III, this latest
addition to Atlantis will result in
afourthphase. 9

“I do believe that Phase III
with all the attractions that we

will provide is probably going to.

lead in itself to the requirement to
build a’‘Phase IV,” he said.

Mr Kerzner said: that with the
current scope of resort projects
happening throughout the entire
Bahamas, he is very encouraged
by the country’s future potential
in the tourism industry.

service jobs’

“We have the manpower to
man this job and the manpower
to-man additional jobs. What
we must do is to accelerate the
technical and vocational train-

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ing for Bahamians in this coun- _ 2

try so that we can have a
reduced number of expatriates
come in for these kind of jobs,”
he said.

However, one of the con-
struction workers on Atlantis’
Phase III, said that he was not
satisfied with the kind of wages
the resort offers Bahamians
compared to foreigners.

During yesterday’s tour of the
resort’s new 600-room suite
hotel, Mario Pinto — a Bahami-
an worker at the site — told Mr
Ingraham that locals earn far
less than foreigners with the
same skills.

He said that a Bahamian con-
struction worker at Atlantis
makes: between $10 to.$12 an
hour, while a non-Bahamian in
the same job can earn between
$18 and $25.

Mr Ingraham promised that
he would look into Mr Pinto’s
concerns, but pointed that the
construction worker seemed to
being “doing quite well,” as he
had just purchased a condo-
minium in the neighbourhood
of the FNM leader on Sanford
Drive.

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andating that

employers pay

50 per cent of

their workers’

proposed

National Health Insurance (NHI)

contributions will result in lower

wages and benefits for staff, and

impose restrictions on the labour
market, a study has warned.

A report on the Government’s

planned NHI scheme, prepared

for the Nassau Institute econom- -

ic think-tank by Nadeem Esmail,
director of health system perfor-
mance studies for the Canada-
based Fraser Institute, warned
that the Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion’s 2004 report would not
improve the quality of health ser-
vices “without. increasing cost or
adversely affecting income

@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
‘Reporter



THE Bahamas could exploit
China’s agriculture and solar
energy industries for its own
benefit, the Chamber of Com-
merce president told The Tri-
| bune yesterday, after this nation
was one. of only two countries
out of 16 invited to send private
sector representatives to a Bei-
jing workshop.

Tanya Wright said the
Bahamas.-had to continue. its
|| public and private partnerships
as it opened the door to more
trade and economic opportuni-
ties with China.



| Wells-Simms from the Ministry

merce.

tunities available, and to find
ways to identify and capitalise
on linkages,” Mrs Wright

She, together with Ordette,

of Foreign Affairs, travelled to China for a 15-day,economic and |
administrative seminar hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Com-

“The whole pupae of the trip was to take a look at the oppor-

lan

Study concludes government’s plan will not improve the quality of health
services ‘without increasing cost or adversely enecuns income growth’

growth”.

Mr Esmail concluded that if
the Government implemented
the NHI scheme proposed by that
report, it would “create a sub-
standard health care programme
whose costs far exceeded what

. was necessary to deliver the level

of quality/access that. would be
provided to residents of the
Bahamas”. |

In the study, a copy of which
has been seen by The Tribune,
Mr Esmail said the NHI plan was
effectively an income tax in dis-
guise.

He added that although the
NHI proposed that contributions,

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SEE page » 4B



Fiscal deficit down 50%

By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Government’s fiscal
deficit fell by almost 50 per cent
during the first 11 months of the
2005-2006 fiscal year to $78.4 mil-
lion, the Central Bank of the
Bahamas attributing this to a
boost in government revenue that
outpaced spending rises.

The Central Bank said the
Treasury had benefited from
improved economic conditions,
with revenue and grants up by
about $177.2 million or 19.5 per
cent to $1.087.6 billion.

Tax receipts increased by 17.5
per cent or $146.7 million to
$986.9 million; as customs duties
and stamp levies on imports rose
by 16.7 per cent and 17.3 per cent
respectively.

Increased receipts from fines,
forfeitures and administration
fees extended the gains in non-
tax revenue by $37.5 million to
$97.5 million.

The Central Bank reported
that total government spending
rose by 10.6 per to $1.166 billion
in the 11 months to May 2006.

Recurrent expenditure rose by
9.3 per to $1.020.5 billion, which
the Central Bank said reflected
increased outlays for goods and
services, plus wages as well as
transfers and subsidies.

Capital spending rose by 74.4
per cent to $100.6 million, due to

\

Central Bank

warns on oil prices

inflationary impact

higher spending.on infrastructure

projects and the acquisition of

land for housing developments.
In addition, the Central Bank

reported that during June, domes-_

tic economic developments were
underscored by continued expan-
sion in foreign investment activi-
ty and heightened growth in

.domestic demand. This was

fuelled primarily by robust
growth in private sector credit.
However, the Central Bank
again warned that oil price rises,
coupled with events in the Middle
East, were likely to increase the
Bahamas’ current account deficit,
and might fuel cost-push infla-

. tion.

For the 12 months ending in
May, domestic retail price infla-
tion rose to 1.9 per cent compared
to 1.4 per cent from the prior
year, as the pass- through impact

=e higher energy costs persist-
e

The Central Bank said the
most significant price increases
were noted for food and bever-
ages at 4 per cent, other goods

SEE page 4B

supposed to be set at 5.3 per cent
of a salaried worker’s monthly
income, were to be split evenly.
between employer and employ-
ee, this would not lessen the bur-
den on employees.

“The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion’s’ proposal that employers
share in the cost of employee
health premiums results in an
unnecessary restriction on the
marketplace, and the cost will still
ultimately be paid by employees
through lower wages and/or ben-
efits,’ Mr Esmail said.

Adding that the Blue Ribbon
Commission was mistaken if it
believed that sharing NHI pay-

ments with employers: would
relieve the burden on workers,
Mr Esmail said: “From the firm’s
perspective, the wage of an
employee is their total income

, including all benefits and taxes

that must be paid (or total pay-
ments to/for the employee).

“This total value is determined

by the firm according to the value

of the employee’s output. Unless

the value of an employee rises
post NHI implementation, the
NHI premium must ultimately be
factored. into total income
through a reduction in other
forms of income.

“In the short term, until

employers can adjust their wage
structure to accoynt for the new

costs, the effect of the tax will be 5

an increase in employer costs.”

Although this would be a tem- —

porary event, Mr Esmail said that
until employee wages were
adjusted over the long-term, NHI

contributions “will squeeze per-

sonal income”, meaning that the
scheme’s implementation will
impose a cost on individual
Bahamians and the economy.

“A premium cost levied on the
employer will ultimately be paid
by the employees through lower
take-home wages,” Mr Esmail
said. “Thus, it makes most sense

Guana Cay opponents
promise ‘long battle’

@ By NEIL HARTNELE
Tribune Business Editor

OPPONENTS of the $175 mil-
lion investment project on Guana
Cay yesterday reiterated that they
“are not going away” and will
take their legal fight to stop the
development all the way to the
Privy Council, despite being
served with a statutory demand to
pay $10,000 worth of costs.

Discovery Land Company, the
San Francisco-based company

behind the development, through |

its two subsidiaries, Passerine at
Abaco and Passerine at Abaco
Holdings, has served a demand
on the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association for $10,000 in costs

Criticise statutory détitand for $.. 000°

costs served on them by developers

that the Court of Appeal ordered
the latter to pay on June 28, 2006.

The document, signed by Joey
Arenson, a director of the two
Passerine companies and partner
in Discovery Land Company, said
they “jointly demand that’ Save
Guana Cay Reef Association pay
the debt or secure or compound it
to the creditors’ satisfaction”.

In a statement issued through
its attorney, Fred Smith, the

Association said it viewed the |
| attempt

statutory demand a





‘to effectively shutit down.

It pointed out that if the
$10,000 was not paid, the devel-
opers could petition the Supreme
Court to liquidate :and wind-up
the Association.

The Companies Act allows

creditors to present a winding-up
petition to the Supreme Court if a
debt is not paid within 21 days of
a statutory demand for payment

SEE page 2B



to simply require that individu-
als fund the entire premium

-themselves.

“This will also have the added
benefit of greater cost recogni-
tion by the insured population,
who would be responsible for the
full cost of the NHI premium, and
not just a share of it.”

’ He added that having employ-

‘ers share the burden of NHI pay-

ments would cause “unnecessary
restrictions on the labour mar-
ketplace”, as it would tie Bahami-
an workers to jobs or create dif-

SEE page 2B





i By. NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

GREATER regulation of pri-
vate health insurance in the
Bahamas as proposed by the
report on National Health Insur-
ance (NHI) will reduce innova-
tion and consumer choice, and
raise the costs of health services,
a study. has warned.

A report on the Government’s
planned NHI scheme, prepared
for the Nassau Institute econom-
ic think-tank by Nadeem Esmail, |
director of health system perfor-
mance studies for the Canada-

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being served.-
Mr Smith described the move
by Discovery Land Company as
“unusual”, given the ongoing

legal battle being fought between:

the two sides. He pointed out that
they were all still waiting for the
Supreme Court to rule on the
merits of the Association’ S case.

Mr Smith said: “Usually, par-
ties wait until all the legal buitles
are over.and the dust has settled’
to claim costs that have been
awarded, and to set off awards of
costs that have been made
throughout the different stages
and levels of the fight.

“The attempt by Bakers Bay
to collect this $10,000 is simply
an attempt to bring pressure to
bear on the people of Guana Cay
to stop their fight for justice.”

The statutory demand comes
after the Association last week
obtained a Privy Council injunc-
tion that stayed the Court of
Appeal’s May 8, 2006, ruling that
allowed the developers to resume
work on their Baker’s Bay Golf &
Ocean Club project.

This means that Discovery
Land Company is unable to do
any new work’ on Guana Cay
until the Supreme Court gives its

_ verdict, or the association’s Peti-

tion for Special Leave is heard
by the Privy Council, whichever is
earlier.
Discovery.Land Company and
their attorney, Michael Barnett

at Graham, Thompson & Co,
have applied to discharge the
injunction, although it is uncer-

tain when the Privy Council will -

hear their application.

Dr Livingstone Marshall, Bak-
er’s Bay’s senior vice-president
of environmental and community
affairs, said of the injunction: “We
view this latest tactic.by the Asso-
ciation as a stalling tactic. Impor-
tantly, we believe that this latest

- legal manoeuvre by Mr Smith.and

Association will be quickly
addressed, and hopefully disposed
of, once our case and the Gov-
ernment's case is presented to the
Privy Council."

In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Smith indicated that the
Guana Cay project was likely to
be ensnared. by legal action by
the Association for at least a year.

The Association, he hinted, was
fully prepared to take its attempts
to stop the development all the
way to the Privy Council.

He said: “We have yet to bite
into the meat of the case. We are
waiting for a judgment from the
Supreme Court, then the Court
of Appeal will deal with the mer-
its of it on appeal, and then the
Privy Council will deal with it.

“The people of Guana Cay are
not going away. I want.the Gov-
ernment and the (developers) to

‘know the people of Guana Cay

are serious about protecting their
rights. This is a war we will fight
on many fronts. The Heads of
mereementl is s just one part of our
initiative......

Mr Smith’s comments indicate
that the Guana Cay project could
be tangled in ‘legal guerrilla war-
fare’ for some\months, with the
Association attempting to thwart
the developers’ every efforts to
restart work. _

Mr Smith added that the Asso-

‘ciation believed the injunction to

stop work was necessary because
the dispute could be rendered
“nugatory”, meaning there was
nothing left to litigate, if the
developers were allowed to pro-
ceed. “This is a matter of great
public importance and it is the

first of its kind in the Bahamas, °

dealing with issues that affect so

_many developments,” Mr Smith

said.

“It cuts a swathe through social
and economic issues that Bahami-
ans and foreigners, rich'and poor,
black and white, must grapple
with.”

In submissions supporting the
Association’s application for spe-
cial leave to appeal to the Privy
Council, Mr Smith said: “The out-
come of this matter ultimately
affects how dozens of foreign
developments in the Bahamas

‘ (representing billions of dollars

of investments), where the Goy-
ernment of the Bahamas has
entered into what have come to
be known as Heads. of Agree-
ments, will be conducted.”

He added that the case also
raised the issue of whether Fam-
ily Island communities would,
through the Local Government
Act, be allowed to decide them-

selves whether to grant the rele-

vant licences and permits for
developments in their area.

Mr Smith said: “It concerns the '
attempt by such communities to |
preserve their culture, heritage
and traditional way of life in the
face of foreign land speculation,

which involves the creation of \.
exclusive mega yacht, residential ~

and golfing hotels.and communi-
ties from which the locals are
effectively excluded.”

The use of Crown and Trea-
sury land, which Mr Smith alleged
are supposed to be “held in trust
for the benefit of Bahamian citi-
zens”, was another issue raised
by the Baker’s Bay case.

Mr Smith told The Tribune: “It
is not every bit of ptistine land in
the Bahamas that we should per-
mit real estate companies to seize
and benef:t from at the expense
of the patrimony of Bahamians.”

In response to the statutory
demand, the Association’s presi-"
dent, Troy Albury, said in a state-
ment: “The people of Guana Cay
are fighting to. protect their cul-
ture, tradition and environment.

“Instead of recognising the
legitimacy of our position, and

‘recognising that we do speak for -

the people of Guana Cay, Bakers
Bay are trying to use this demand.
for the payment of costs to muz- .
zle and suffocate us to death.

“Our Association speaks for ©

the hundreds of Bahamians in
Guana Cay who are desperately
fighting to preserve our way of

life.”

National Health plan to cause lower wages

FROM page 1B

ficulties when they changed
employment, reducing freedom
of movement.

Mr Esmail said the Blue Rib-
bon Commission was incorrect to
focus on just a few sectors of the
Bahamian economy in analysing
the potential impace that NHI

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cost of NHI contributions, but he
argued that it should have
focused on the whole economy.
Given that the NHI scheme’s
contributions would act as an
income tax, Mr Esmail warned:
“Increases in taxes affect the
incentives for investment, risk-
taking, entrepreneurial activities
and working by reducing the val-
ue of any gains that might accrue

_ fram these activities.”
““" He pointed out that a $1

increase in income taxes imposed
upon an individual costs $1.60,
meaning that there was a net
$0.60 loss to the economy before
the bill was paid.

And studies had shown that in
the US, it costs between $1.26 and
$2.02 to raise an extra dollar in
income tax, including the actual
dollar raised.

‘Mr Esmail said the affordabil-
ity of NHI in future years “should
loom large” in. discussions over





M&E Limited

the Government’s proposed
plans, given that the number of
Bahamians aged over 65 would
increase.

An ageing and elderly popula-
tion would increase the cost of

providing health care services,

and Mr Esmail said “significant
subsidies” would be required
from younger, healthier Bahami-
ans to finance the care required
by their older counterparts. This
problem was particularly acute in
NHI plans promising compre-
hensive benefits, such as the one
proposed by the Government.
An examination of developed
economies, Mr Esmail said,
showed that health spending was
rising faster than their rate of eco-
nomic growth, and there was no
need to think the Bahamas’ NHI
scheme would be any different.
This had important implica-
tions for the sustainability of the
Government’s NHI plans, given

Having both academic and practical background
in mechanical/electrical concepts is an asset
but not mandatory. The successful candidate
will be afforded the opportunity to be trained
by Certified Caterpillar Technicians/Engineers.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to M&E Limited, PO. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas, Attention President & COO,

or email me@me-ltd.com.

Only persons being interviewed for this
positions will be contacted. |

HN

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian
Company and the authorized Caterpillar dealer
in the Bahamas, we are seeking candidates with
a newly acquired degree in Engineering. The
candidate should be a graduate with a Bachelors

Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
- and should be a professional who thrives on

the challenge of developing outstanding
customer relations and service excellence.

that the Bahamian economy was —

vulnerable to external shocks, and.
heavily reliant on tourism and
financial services.
Mr Esmail pointed out that the
Bahamian economy was growing
at a slower rate than the more
diversified ones in Organisation
for Economic Co-Operation and
Development (OECD) countries.

Its inflation-adjusted, per capi-
ta GDP growth between 1995 and
2002 averaged just 1.1 per cent,
compared to a 2.1 per cent aver-
age for OECD countries. ~

“If the future growth rates of
NHI spending are similar to those
in developed nations, and there is
little reason to suspect they
wouldn’t be given the generosity

and universal nature of the pro- _

posed programme, their sustain-
ability is an even greater issue in
a slower growth - or possibly neg-
ative growth - economy: ” Mr
Esmail said.
























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’- been hired to design the Marina Village
phase of Montana Holdings’ $700 million

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 3B

Bahamian company

joins Rum Cay project

Rum Cay Resort Marina.

_ Bruce LaFleur and Associates, a firm
- fhat employs 11 staff in Nassau and two in
‘Freeport, has thus become the latest addi-
‘tion to the team developing the resort pro-

ject.

Marathon Mall.

Recently completed projects include the
St Francis Cathedral and the new Library
and IT Facilities at St Andrews School.

Montana Holdings said its Rum Cay
project, situated on 900 acres, would be
built in three phases, the first of those

Among the recent projects by the com-
._- pany, which was founded in 1982 by prin-
’.* cipal Bruce LaFleur, are the Bahamas

-. Fourism Training Centre, Caves Point
Condominiums and the extension to the



Montana Holdings -
plans an expansion
_ ofthe marina up —
i to 200 total slips,
additions to the —
“marina service
facilities,a
restaurant _

tennis.

starting this month.

The first phase will feature an 80-slip
Blue Flag marina, marina village, a condo-
hotel and a variety of residential offer-
ings from ocean estates to ridge villas.

Montana Holdings plans an expansion
of the marina up to 200 total slips, addi-
tions to the marina service facilities, a
restaurant and a bar.

The marina village will contain exclusive
shops, restaurants and other facilities. The
hotel will have up to 100 units plus an
additional 80 multi-room cottages.

Hotel facilities will feature a free form
swimming pool, a luxury spa and a variety
of activities including hiking/eco-tours,
horseback riding, golf training facility and

Development of the marina began last
month by Heavy Marine and Foundation,
a Bahamian company.

Bahamas interests see Hayward



‘step down from the Wolves

SIR Jack Hayward’s son, :

Rick, has stepped down from
his position as chairman of a
leading English soccer team to
concentrate on the family’s
business interests in Grand
Bahama.

Mr Hayward has stepped

down from his position at
. Coca-Cola Championship club,
‘Wolverhampton Wanderers,
because of increased business
commitments, according to
UK press reports.

“The family business inter-
ests in the Bahamas are
expanding," Mr Hayward told
the club's website. ;

“I'm finding it more difficult









































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tudents AND

to spend time in Wolverhamp-
ton, which isn't good for the
club."

Chairman

Mr Hayward added: "I think
it is right I step down as chair-
man, but this doesn't mean
that my involvement with the
club is over. I will still attend
games and support my father,
Jez Moxey and the new board
whenever possible."

Fellow director Paul Mand-
uca has also decided to relin-
quish his role at Wolves:

Mr Hayward’s father, Sir
Jack, is a major shareholder in

GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED ADVANCED
EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME

In collaboration with the Educational Guaranteed Fund Loan Programme of the
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Department, Bank of The Baha-
mas International Limited is pleased to advise that the cheque disbursement for
ALL students in the Loan Programme will take place at the Holy Trinity Activities
Centre, Stapledon Gardens from Monday July 31 through Friday, August, 11 2006
| beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as follows:

NEW STUDENTS (First time recipients)

Surnames beginning with



TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: HOLY TRINITY ACTIVITIES CENTRE
STAPLEDON GARDENS

& Cheques will not be released until all necessary documentation have been
completed and ALL loan accounts are current!

NO DISBURSEMENTS WILL BE MADE AT THE BANK!

ERNATION

Day

Monday, July 31st, 2006
Tuesday, August Ist, 2006
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
. Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
Friday, August 4th, 2006

Friday, August 4th 2006
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
Friday, August 11th, 2006

: lents: Jarantors should be present and MUST
bring relevant identification, (valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

® New Students: Students AND Guarantors should be present and MUST bring

relevant identification (valid Passort, National Insurance Card, Current job
letter and copy of Utility Bill).

the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA), the entity
charge with promoting and
regulating commercial and
economic development in
Freeport.

As revealed previously by
The Tribune, Sir Jack and the:
family of his former partner in
the GBPA, Edward St George,
have separated ownership of
its main ‘assets - the Grand
Bahama Development Com-

pany (Devco), Grand Bahama .

Airport Company, Sea Air.

Business Centre and Freeport ~

Harbour Company - into their
own private investment vehi-
cle, Port Group Ltd.





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RETURNING STUDENTS

Surnames beginning with




Mr Hayward is likely to be
first in line to take over, from
his father, the family’s inter-
ests in Grand Bahama.

He and Mr Manduca will be

replaced on the Wolves Board ~

by local businessmen and life-
long fans Kevin Threlfall and
John Gough. —









































OVERVIEW OF ROLE

not limited to) the following;

applications.

ROLE DESCRIPTION
Client Management

Risk Management

Resource Management

- Expense Control.

Administration

applications),








Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a leading financial institution with a
presence in over 100 countries and over 100 million customers worldwide, is seeking candidates
for the position of Area Manager GWS Technology.

FUNCTIONAL/DEPARTMENTAL DESCRIPT ION

Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore trust companies servic-

ing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel - -
Islands, New Jersey and Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.
The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications of the business.

The requirements and responsibilities for all aspects of the Area Manager Role include (but are

- Lead or facilitate decisions affecting long-range organizational goals.and strategic planning.
- Manage large-scale strategic/critical projects or applications, or global projects or

- Manage multiple project managers or projects leaders.

- Develop strategies to reduce costs, manage risk, and enhance revenues or services.

- Follow Citigroup Private Bank “people practices”, including long and short-term career
development for employees, mobility process, and diversity.

Build relationships: manage/partner with multiple senior level clients.
> Set strategic technology direction (6-24 month horizon)
- Participate in initial meetings with clients; delegate projects to Projects Managers.

- Manage audit reviews; execute corrective actions plans,
- Implement and monitor compensating controls for risks.
-- Execute crisis management action plan.
- >. Responsible for application of corporate information security policies,

-. Financial budget management.
- Staffing Plan (employee. consultant, temp).

- Human Capital Development.
- Training, mobility, diversity, communication.
- Manage the technology infrastructure (hardware and software)

- Routine Audit/Citigroup Technology Standard policies.
| - Support Legal and Compliance initiatives. _

- Ensure all dedicated resources meet legal and compliance standards:
- Monitor overall project management tracking, using the firm’s standard tools.
- | Communicate, monitor and enforce all technology policies and procedures.

KNOWLEDGESSKILLS REQUIRED

- Strong management skills.

- Strong oral and written communication skills.

- Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendors.

- Influencing and leadership skills.

- MS Office Oracle, SQL, VB (historic programming experience with language and web

Crystal Reports; Imaging technologies, financial systems, 4Series application.

- Project Management and Reporting.

- Minimum Bachelor’s degree required with at least. 4 years experience as a Senior
Technology Manager in a similar role

Interested candidates shouid forward a copy of their resume to:

Deadline for application is August 5, 2006.








NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GAIL RENATTA BUDHU OF
CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O. Box CR-56170, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.















Camperdown Riding Club



SUMMER CAMP!

Weekly camps running June 26th- Auguet 25th.
: 9am - Spm, Mon - Fri
Cost: $170.00/Week
Ages: 6+ 3

Please contact Judy Finder at 324-2065 between

the hours of Gam - liam & 2pm - Gpm to reserve

your spot. The camp only has ZO spots per week

and it is on a first come, first serve basis. There
is. a deposit of $50.00 non-refundable to reserve
aspot. a

Activities:
@ Learn to ride English style.
© Swim with the horses. :
* Grooming & tacking up.
© Basic care of horses. ©
e and lots more

Technology Unit Head
GWS/Bahamas Technology
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P. O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR



PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006

THE TRIBUNE



Potential Bahamas, Chinese _
links over farming and energy

FROM page 1B

explained.

A nexecutive with Bank of the
Bahamas International, Mrs
Wright said that at present, China
is experiencing a major construc-
tion boom as the country pre-
pares to host the 2008 summer
Olympics in Beijing.

“The construction in the coun-
try is tremendous. They seem to
have a depth of skill in architec-
tural design that is the envy of
the world,” she added

Mrs Wright said there was a
great opportunity for the trans-




NOTICE is hereby given that VALERIE KNOWLES OF #198 SCOTT
AVENUE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying

to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the. 2ND day of AUGUST, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O:Box

fer of skills and labour in the con-
struction industry between the
Bahamas and China.

She added that China also had
very strong solar energy and agri-
culture industries, both of which
can provide excellent opportuni-
ties for partnerships between the
two countries.

“The Bahamas is in a great
position to work towards the
transfer of skills and other
resources to capitalise on the
freer export of Chinese abilities in
the short term,” Mrs Wright said.

“This, rather than the import
of cheap - and sometimes unau-
thenticated - goods for resale






should be our private sector ben-
efit from our deepening relation-
ship with China.”

Mrs Wright said the Chamber
wanted assurance that the pre-
sent government, as well as suc-
cessive administrations, will
engage the private sector in rela-
tions with other countries.

In the past, Mrs Wright noted
that Chinese businessmen had to
deal with a lot of internal bureau-
cracy before they could travel,
meaning that visas could often
take up to a month to be issued.

With the opening of the
Bahamian mission in Beijing, Mrs
Wright said she hoped that the
red tape associated with Chinese

businessmen travelling to this
nation can be reduced or elimi-
nated.

Michael Scott, Callenders &
Co’s head of litigation, previous-
ly told The Tribune that visas
allowing Chinese citizens to trav-
el to the Bahamas were still being
issued through the British
embassy, and taking up to four
weeks to come through. This
compared with three to four days
for UK and US visas, and was in
danger of making the Bahamas
uncompetitive.

“If the timelines are still the
same, I would certainly ask the
Ministry of Foreign: Affairs to

take a close look at why that is

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CARLINE JOSEPH, PRINCE

CHARLES DR.,

AASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the

happening,” Mrs Wright said.

She added that there was a
tremendous opportunity to pro-
mote the Bahamas to Chinese
tourists, saying it would be a great
thing if this nation could tap into
even a fraction of the Chinese
market.

The Bahamas was one of 16
countries from Latin America
the Caribbean and south Pacific

regions invited by the Chinese to °

attend the workshop, which
focused on Chinese economic
development, strategy, interna-
tional cooperation and exchange,
the Chinese financial system and
reformation, and foreign invest-
mient..

The Bahamian delegation not-
ed that despite the significant dif-

ference in size between China and
the Bahamas, there were still sim-
ilarities in the challenges they
faced, notably the threat of nat--.

ural disasters and providing’ .’.’

opportunities for sustainable

‘ development.

_ The Chinese government and
its growing private sector, Mrs .
Wright said, will seek opportuni-~ , ’
ties for business partnerships or’ - ’
cooperation. throughout the.’
world.

During the trip, the China
Council for the promotion of

International Trade offered a © | +’
memorandum of co-operation to | -’.

Mrs Wright for the purpose of
strengthening trade and econom-
ic cooperation between Shandong
Providence and the Bahamas.

Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and

that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should senda written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 29th day of JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,





F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

Grant Thornton,
Chartered Accountants,
would like to advise our
valued clients that our
‘office will be closed on.
Friday, 4th August, 2006
to observe our firm’s
Annual Fun Day
Regular office hours will
resume on Tuesday, 8th
August, 2006.



WE REGRET ANY
INCONVENIENCE
CAUSED.





Fin ancial



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Pricing Information As Of:
Tuesday, 1 Aug

Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas —
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Kerzner International BDRs

12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

28.00 ABDAB
13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets

52wk-Low
1.2414
2.4169
2.2487
1.1246

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

1.298262"
2.9038***
2.391480*"
1.182038****

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

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earings





Colina

Advisors Ltd.

Bahamas.




EPS $'

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NAV - Net Asset Value

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Counsel and Attorneys-at-law
Notaries Public

_ Is seeking an ambitious

COMMERCIAL/CORPORATE

ATTORNEY
For its Nassau Office

Candidates with a minimum of five (5) years
experience must possess the skills and the
ability to-work independently on various
-- ».» commercial/corporate. transactions,:\.:.»,

ANDA

COMMERCIAL/LITIGATION
ATTORNEY

For its Exuma Office

Candidates must have at least five (5) years
experience and must have the skills and the
ability to work independently on varied
commercial/litigation matters.

Attractive salary and benefits are available to
the applicants with the right aptitude and skills.

Applicants should send resumes to:

THE MANAGING PARTNER
P. O. Box N-979, Nassau, Bahamas or
By facsimile (242) 393-4558 or
Email: info@halsburylawchambers.com

































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**. 31 May 2006

*** - 30 June 2006



“1 NOTICE iS héréby given that STEPHEN DALLAS BUDHU
| OF CARMICHAEL ROAD, P.O. Box CR-56170, NASSAU,




Fiscal deficit down aI

more moderate price increases
aoe ru Cece Caritas melo
and health - 1.7 per cent - and
‘education at 1.6 per cent, while
average costs decelerated for
transport and communication,
clothing and footwear and
recreation and entertainment
services.




FROM page 1B |

PUG ago Pee Io wees tL ee CO
ing 2.7 per cent, and furniture

and household operations, 2 per
aie
The Central Bank noted that

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Established Pharmacy seeks a qualified Pharmacist.)
Must have a valid licensed from the Pharmacy Board
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. At least three
years experience in a dispensary role. Interested

persons may send resumes to:
P. O. BOX N-3207 DA 11514 c/o
The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas or
Fax resumes to 325-8051.

NOTICE






BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and-Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as |.
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
‘granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

















ion No. 0501 08152, Enticknap v.
-HMS Financial Inc. et al. A copy of the |.
Amended Statement of Claim may be obtained |

at www.mcnallycuming.com.









The Embassy of the United States in Nassau, The Bahamas
has launched via the internet. a solicitation to require op-
eration and management of Local Guard Services for the
U.S. Embassy Nassau, and the Frederal Inspection Station
(FIS) Pre-Clearance Unit, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas. The contractor shall furnish mangerial, admin- |
istrative and direct labor personal to accomplish all work
as required in this contact. The estimated number of hours
for guards is 153,833 per year. Performance is for a one
(1) year base period and four (4) one-year periods. Major
duties and responsibilities are to perform accesss control
to limit entry only to authorized personnel or visitors, the
operation of walk-through metal detectors, hand-held de-
tectors and-special monitoring devices.

All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall
be considered. The government has issued the solicitation
on the FEDBIZOPPS site at www.fedbizopps.gov This
requirement will be issued only via the internet. No hard
(paper) copies will be mailed. Once on the FEDBIZOPPS
website, Click on “Vendors” button under browse
agencies, choose “STATE”, scroll down to “Western
Hemisphere Posts”, double click on “Jocations”. You
will locate all documents related to this solicitation under |
American Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas. Questions can
be addressed to Karen Wiebelhaus, Contracting Officer by
phone: (242) 322-1181 ext. 4415, or by FAX (242)
328-7838 or at wiebelhauskk @state.gov





WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 5B

THE TRIBUNE |

No.000673 2006

National Health plan to
amage private insurers

FROM page 1B

based Fraser Institute, criticised
the Blue Ribbon Commission’s
2004 report on the planned NHI
scheme for adopting “a negative
tone” towards the growth of pri-
vate health insurance in the
Bahamas.

The Commission’s report
called for greater regulation of
private health insurance in the
Bahamas, claiming there was “a
over-reliance” on this type of
insurance without, according to
Mr Esmail, providing any evi-
dence to back this assertion up.

Arguing that the evidence did
not support the Commission’s call
for regulation and oversight of
private health insurers, Mr Esmail
said: “Regulation of services and

prices can dampen the incentives "

for innovation and the introduc-
tion of greater choice through dif-
ferentiated product offerings.
“Such regulation can also drive
up the costs of health care ser-
vices as competition stagnates,
and the incentive to decrease
prices as a result of efficiency and
innovation is virtually eliminat-
ed by a government determined
rate.” : :
Mr Esmail said private health
insurers provided Bahamians with
quick access to healthcare in
' return for a regular premium pay-
ment, allowing people to tailor
spending to their healthcare pref-
erences and giving lower income
groups access to services.

The Government’s proposed
NHI scheme plans to shift the
burden of healthcare insurance
from the private sector to the
public sector, and Mr Esmail
warned that in the Bahamian con-
text, this could leave many with-
out choice in the services they
received. fea

“Without effective choice,
health care delivery becomes a
common, uncontested standard,
leaving patients in a situation
where they cannot protest for bet-
ter quality by choosing to pur-
chase health services from a dif-
ferent provider,” Mr Esmail said.

“Monopoly insurance also
abolishes the need for hospitals to
be efficient and innovative due
to a lack of competition.”

Mr Esmail recommended that
NHI “should be provided by both
public and private insurance com-
panies in a competitive market-

place”, rather than switched.

largely to the public sector as the
Government is currently propos-
ing.
He added: “Bahamians should
be required to purchase insurance
by law, while those who cannot
afford insurance should be given
vouchers to purchase insurance
from the provider of their choice.

“NHI insurance providers
should also be permitted to offer
a multitude of insurance options
and not be regulated to the extent
that consumer sovereignty or
insurance plan flexibility is need-
lessly restricted.”

Mr Esmail also argued that the
Government should not hand the

LEGAL NOTICE ©

NOTICE
M’LORD LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

sae . :Notice-is-hereby given that in accordance with
Séction 138(8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of M’LORD LIMITED has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given th. .' accordance with Section 138

(4) of the Internati snai B
of 2000), ALU TRADE IN



ess Companies Act,(No. 45
RN ATICNAL LIMITED, is

task of administering NHI to the:

National Insurance Board (NIB) |

even though it was convenient to
do so, given that organisation’s
already high operating and
administrative costs.

With there being “no econom-
ic rationale” for handing such a
task to the NIB, Mr Esmail said
the administration function
should be outsourced to a private

Mr Esmail said: “Put simply,
the Bahamas’ current healthcare
programme is expensive and
delivers relatively good access to
treatment, but the quality of that
treatment does require some
attention as its is below what
might reasonably be expected for
that level of income, health
expenditure and relative access
to care.”,

_he added.

in dissolution. CON” INENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is

the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market Square,
P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons having
claims against the above-named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or.claims to. the Liquidator before August 31; 2006.

For: Continental Liquidators, Inc;
Liquidator



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45
of 2000), ENERGY OVERSEAS TRADING
LIMITED, is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL
LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named
comeny ae required to ah their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims t iqui

eect tia o the Liquidator before



For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator







contractor or competitive mar-
ketplace.

Giving the job to NIB would
result “in a less efficient system”,

Mr Esmail said data showed
the Bahamas had a healthcare
programme that was more expen-
sive than any developed country
bar the US.

This had ensured: good access
to healthcare, but “the quality of
care in the Bahamas is below that
available in most developed
nations despite the relatively high
expenditure on health and avail-
ability of care”.

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Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that RODNEL SALNAVE, HANSTER

to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 2nd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister.
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation :

(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45°
of 2000), CHROME TRADE INTERNATIONAL
LTD..,is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS
INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market
Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons
having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of

| their debts or claims to the Liquidator before August 31,
2006.

For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
. Liquidator

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
: No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45
of 2000), ORE TRADE INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED,is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL
LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named

| company are required to send their names, addresses and

particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before
August 31, 2006. n ne Pg

Jahh B, Foster :
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45
of 2000), HILLFIELD INTERNATIONAL LTD.,is in
dissolution. CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the
Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market Square, P.O.
Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send
their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before August 31, 2006.



For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator

RD., CARMICHAL RD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying |.

COMMONWEALTH OF
THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

Equity Side

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or
tract of land containing One Hundred and Sixty-six
(166) Acres more or less and being the
Southeastern portion of the property known as
“Townhead Tract” SITUATE partly on the north
and partly on the south side of Queens Highway,
approximately 315 ft. North of the Old Airport
Road and approximately 1.5 miles Southwest of the
Settlement of George Town
on the island of Great Exuma one of the islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of George
Leroy Cumberbatch

IOTICE OF PETITI

The Petition of George Leroy Cumberbatch, of the
City of Freeport in the island of Grand Bahama, in
respect of:-

ALL THAT picce parcel or tract of land containing
by Admeasurements One Hundred and Sixty Six
(166) Acres, more or less being the Southeastern

portion of that larger tract of land said to contain by
admeasurements Two Hundred and Seventy-eight
(278) Acres and known as “Townhead Tract” and
situate approximately about One and a half (1.5)

Miles to the Southeast of the Settlement of George

; Town in the Island of Great Exuma
aforesaid through which there runs to the North-
eastern boundary The Queen’s Highway formerly
The Great Exuma Main Highway being (30) Feet
wide separating the said tract of land from the other
portion of the said tract of land which is bounded
by a mangrove pond creek or lake which pond

. 1 «|-. »ereek or lake finally empties itself into Elizabeth
Notice:is hereby given: that:in-accordance with Section 138} * J" :

+" Harbour’on the Northeastern coast of the ~

Settlement of George Town aforesaid and°*bounded ‘

on the Southeast by land now or formerly the prop-
erty of the Estate of Ernest Smith on the Southwest
by land now or formerly the property of Flamingo
Bay (1975) Limited and on the Northwest by land
now or formerly the property of the said Flamingo
Bay (1975) Limited which said piece parcel or tract
of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and
dimensions as are shown on the diagram or.plan
hereto filed herein and being the land which is the
subject of the Petition filed herein.

George Leroy Cumberbatch claims to be equitable
and beneficial and owner in fee simple possession
of the parcel of land hereinbefore described and
such ownership as aforesaid arises by virtue of a
possessory and.documentary title to the said land.
The Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
to have his title to the said land investigated.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-

1) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

2) The Chambers of Harry B. Sands, Lobosky &
Company, Shirley House, Fifty Shirley Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.

3) The Office of the Island Administrator, George
Town, Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Notice is given that any person having dower
_ or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim
not recognized in the petition shall on or before
the 21st day of September A.D., 2006 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a statement of such claim in the
prescribed form, verified by an affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any such person to file and
serve a statement of such claim on or before the
21st day of September, A.D., 2006 will operate as a
bar to such claim.

¢
HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY & COMPANY
CHAMBERS
SHIRLEY HOUSE
FIFTY SHIRLEY STREET
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
ATTORNEYS FOR THE PETITIONER





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Boxing successes inspire —
Drexelle to return to ring

@ BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

THE recent success on the
boxing scene has motivated sev-
eral boxers to return to the ring.

er a two year absence in
the sport, Drexelle McIntosh
has agreed to take another
swing at boxing, this time at the
professional level.

McIntosh, who is currently
still fighting under an amateur
status, left the sport with a 14-7
win-loss record. His return is
solely based on two facts — one:
he would like to take full advan-

,, tage of the hype that currently

surrounds the sport and two:
fulfilling a lifelong dream.

In his return speech yester-
day with The Tribune, MclIn-

‘tosh explained that the sport

has taking on added exposure in
the Bahamas and throughout

the Caribbean, thanks to the

successes of Jermaine ‘Choo-

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“When I left boxing, not too

much was hap

pening in the

sport, but now the sport has
really taken off. I am not one
who will just jump back into

the thin:

gs because of the hype

that surrounds it, but I truly
believe now is a much better

time than any.”



Choo’ Mackey and Meacher
‘Pain’ Major. a
According to him, these two
fighters, along with their coach
Ray Minus and the First Class
Promotion club, should be

| Drexelle McIntosh

applauded for their efforts in
taking the sport of boxing to
the next level.

He believes now is an excel-
lent time for him to reap the
rewards that the sport can offer.

‘He said: “I would really like
to get back into the ring while I
have the time, time is something
that is on my side and I think
now I have a better chance to
do so.

“When I left boxing, not too
much was happening in the
sport, but now the sport has
really taken off. I am not one
who will just jump back into the
things because of the hype that
surrounds it, but I truly believe
now is a much better time than
any.”

McIntosh left the sport to join

the Royal Bahamas Defense

Force.

-Even though he left to follow
one of his other dreams, he said
that to achieve professional sta-
tus in boxing was his number
one goal.

The boxer explained that he
is not one who doesn’t follow
his dreams, saying that the “life
map”, which he has sketched
out for himself, will be incom-

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plete if he doesn’t take up the
challenge.

“Even though I haven’t
stepped into the ring for two
years, I still believe that I am
ready,” he added.

“The training I undergo on
my job has given me the stami-
na, so I have an advantage over
some persons who will be hop-
ing to make their return as well.
T have been training, don’t get
me wrong, I am still in some
sort of shape. All I have to do
now is get the assistance of Ray
Minus. I’ve already spoken to
him on the matter and he has

‘agreed to assist me.
“Now that I have secured his °

assistance, or spoken to-him
about it, all I will need to do is
free up some more of my time

to get the best training ever.” —

McIntosh, who competes in
the welterweight division, is
dedicating his return to his fans,
who he claims has been pushing

- him back into the sport.

——



Dockendale overpower

Scotiabank on cricket return

@ CRICKET
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter



THE Haynes Oval Pitch is once

again bustling with action as play
-resumed in the Bahamas Cricket Asso-
ciation League.

Saturday July 29th, the BCA con-
tinued its season after a brief suspen-
sion due to preparations for the Stan-
ford 20/20 Cricket tournament.

Dockendale House took on young
cricket sensation Jonathan Barry and
Scotia Bank in the initial match of this
-sector of the season.

Dockendale picked up the win by
75 runs.

Batting first, they scored a total of
321 runs for a loss of eight wickets in
45 overs. ;

Dockendale overpowered Scotia
Bank offensively throughout the
match, en route to the 75 run win.

Top scorers included Narendra
Ekanayake with 77 runs and Jan Suru-
jlal with 73.

Bowling for Scotia Bank, Gary Arm-
strong took three wickets, while Sean
Brathwaite and Ryan Tappin took two
wickets each.

Scotia Bank was unable to ade-
quately respond to the offensive out-
burst, mustering only 246 runs all out
in 40.2 overs.

Bowling for Dockendale, Ian Suru-

jlal took two wickets, while Narendra
Ekanayake and Dr. Naganathan Mani
took two wickets each.

In Sunday's match, the Police took
on St. Agnes, in a match pitting expe-
rience against a youthful exuberant
squad.

The Police won a closely contested
match by seven wickets.

St. Agnes batted first and scored 83
runs in 16.1 overs.

Hesketh Dean scored 13 runs and
was the team's top scorer.

Bowling for the police, Greg Tay-
lor Jr. took five, wickets for 13 runs,
while Greg Irvin took three wickets

for 17 runs.
The police scored 86 runs for a loss

of three wickets in 14.1 overs.
Top scorers for the Police included
Randolph Coakley with 21 runs.
Mark Taylor and Greg Taylor Jr.
each chipped in with 18 runs each.
Bowling for St. Agnes, Derek Gitens
Jr. was the top bowler taking two wick-
ets.
Play continues next weekend at the

“Haynes Oval Pitch with T-Bird vs. Ris-

ing Star on Saturday August 5th and
the Police vs. Scotia Bank, Saturday
August 6th.

There will be an additional match
during the Emancipation Day Holi-
day weekend in celebration of the
Jamaican Independence, pitting
Jamaica against the Bahamas. —

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@ VOLLEYBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Volleyball Fed-
eration (BVF) got another
thumbs up yesterday, this time
from the president of the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (CAZOVA), Mush-
taque Mohammed.

Mohammed, who is town to
ensure that the facilities are
ready and technical measures are
being taken care of, give his
stamp of approval to the prepa-
rations, made so far, by the BVF
and president Don Cornish.

Hosted

The Caribbean Volleyball
Championships (CVC) will be
hosted by the BVF at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gym, August 20th-
27th. More than 16 teams,
including the Bahamas men’s
and women’s national volleyball
teams, are expected to partici-
pate. Final confirmation from

teams was set for midnight, yes- ©

terday.
Yesterday, both Mohammed
and ‘Cornish were working fever-

ishly to ensure that majority of.

the work was taken care of
before Mohammed departs
today — to return on August 18th.

Mohammed said: “The prepa-
rations are going pretty good so
far. We have done a lot of
inspections and made several
courtesy calls on the Governor
General, Prime Minister and oth-
er government officials.

volleyball

“All the persons I’ve met up
with today were all supportive
of the event and we hope that
everything will be smooth and
that the government’s commit-
ment will help to boost the sup-
port from both the sporting and
sponsoring communities.” '

Mohammed was also given an
opportunity to visit the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gym and the
games village.

After visiting The Tribune,
Mohammed will see first hand

the training facilities, DW Davis

gym.
“From what I’ve seen all seems

. to be on an 80-90 per cent com-

pletion,” said Mohammed.

“My only concern is seating.
Knowing what we have achieved
when the tournament was here in
1994, I do believe we will have a
problem with holding all the per-
sons who'are interested in watch-
ing the tournament live.

“Bahamians love to support
their national teams, so we are
expecting a sold out gym every
night.

. Also the type of teams that
have expressed interest, being
able to hold all these people.

“But we will have a very excit-
ing tournament and we are
expecting the full support of the
public.”

Mohammed admitted that the
Sir Kendal Isaacs gym, which
seats approximately 3,300 is not
an ideal international facility, but
that they were quite comfortable
with the upkeep. He also added
that the CAZOVA was willing

to work with what they had.



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From the BVF’s end, Cornish
revealed that the preparations
being conducted at th> gym are
minor ones, with majority of the
work being done to the bath-
rooms, changing rooms vod the
gym’s floor.

Facility

As far as the training facility,

Cornish said that the DW Davis
gym will only need to be cleaned
days before.

“We are at a satisfactory stage
in the game now,” said Cornish,
who also confirmed that the net
ordered by the federation will
be in town days before the tour-
nament so a test run can be con-
ducted.

“We are hoping that with the
successful hosting of the tourna-
ment we will be able to boost the
sport. We will. have to take
advantage of this tournament.”

Cornish encourages persons to
seize the opportunity to get
involve in this mammoth event,
pleading to the public to assist
with sponsorship.

@ BAHAMAS Volleyball
Federation president Don Cor-
nish gives a tour of various
parts of the Kendal G L Isaacs
Gymnasium to Mushtaque
Mohammed, President of the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Federation and Vice-President
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Practice makes perfect for
women’s basketball team

THE Bahamas’ Women’s Junior
National.team preparing to represent
the country at the FIBA Americas
Under 20 Championship for Women.

The tournament will be held in Mexi-
co City, Mexico August 8-12.

The top three teams from the tourna-
ment will. qualify for the 2007 FIBA
under 21 World Championships for
Women.

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Hubert Ingraham: massive

improvements need —
to take place at airport

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

A NEW terminal for the
Lynden Pindling Internation-
al Airport and further road
works are desperately needed
to accommodate the tourism
numbers that will be generat-
ed by Atlantis’ Phase III and
further construction phases,
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday.

Speaking with members of
the media during a tour of
the resort’s Phase III yester-
day. morning, Mr Ingraham
said that should his party
regain the government, sig-
nificant
improvements will immedi-
ately take place.

“Massive improvements
need to take place at NIA,

. including the construction of a
brand new terminal, at
arrivals and departures that

- take account of new security
requirements nowadays,” he
said. aA

The present state of the air-
port was the subject of major

‘concern that Sol Kerzner,
chairman of Kerzner Interna-
tional, brought to the atten-
tion of Prime Minister Perry
Christie during the opening
ceremony of the 65,000
square foot Marina Village on

Paradise Island last July.

Mr Kerzner at that time
said that as the resort

rest easy knowing.

infrastructural |

expands, the country and its
visitors should be able to
enjoy a different kind of air-
port structure than the one
that exists.

Mr Christie, in response,
assured Mr Kerzner that gov-
ernment intends to soon offer
a first-class airport that. will
match the class and comfort
that Atlantis offers its guests.

The latest information from
the Airport Authority indi-
cated that government was in

the final stages of negotiating —

a contract with the Canadian
company YVRAS (Vancou-
ver Airport Services), which
will be charged with trans-
forming the airport into a
high-end 21st century facili-
ty.
1 Mr Ingraham said yester-
day that major work needs to
be done on New Providence’s
road programme, “some of
which had been planned
before IJ left office and start-
ed.”
. “J will start them up as soon
as I get back in,” he said.
Should his party win the
next general election, Mr
Ingraham said, he also expects
the Bahamas to have an “ade-
quate supply of electricity.”
The FNM wauld also con-

tinue the programmes for
increased water supply.as well —
as for sewerage disposal. for:

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@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff
Reporter



FOLLOWING. . the
completion! of the $730
million Phase III, the
‘Atlantis resort will receive
a fourth and possibly even
a fifth phase, it was
revealed yesterday.

This information came
as opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham, along
with FNM parliamentari-
ans, party candidate hope-
fuls and members of the
media were inyited to tour
the construction sites of
Atlantis’ Phase III yester-
day morning. |

Addressing the question
of possible further devel-
opment at Atlantis, Sol
Kerzner, chairman of
Kerzner International, said
that with construction of
Phase III expected to be
completed in March of
next year, he expects a fur-
ther phase of building to
commence soon after.

SEE page 10
























FNM ‘would

reduce public

service jobs
if elected’

@-By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

A SIGNIFICANT reduc-
tion of public service jobs will
be on government’s agenda
should the FNM win the next
general eleetion, leader of the
opposition Hubert Ingraham
said yesterday.

“Td like to shrink the public
sector and create more jobs in

‘ the private sector so that we

can have the monies to do all
those public services that the

SEE page 10












_ Squatters
_ block bid to
clear land

By REUBEN SHEARER _

THERE was truly strength
in numbers at yesterday’s alter-

dents and the Ministry of Hous-
ing.

Pidevordine to Sidney Collie,
FNM hopetul for the Blue Hills
constituency, which is adjacent
to the Fire Trail area, some 60
squatters showed up to stop.the
Ministry of Housing clearing
Crown land, where they have
built homes.

The clearing was ordered by
Youth, Sports and Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom to pro-

SEE page 10







cation between Fire Trail resi-







Super Value

store closed

by health
officials

FORBES-DARVILLE,
Tribune Staff Reporter

HEALTH officials yesterday
ordered one of Super Value’s

~ chain-stores closed, ending a two-

day. sale they say should never
have been held after Saturday’s

fire; which destroyed-several-busi-

nesses in. the Mackey Street
Plaza.

Ron Pinder, Ministry of Health
Parliamentary Secretary, told The
Tribune that officials are con-
cerned that consumers might
have bought goods damaged by.
the fire. Rites ;

Given the conditions that were
created as a result of the massive
fire — intense heat, smoke and.
water damage — he said the store
on top of the hill on Mackey
Street was ordered closed.

“The public itself needs to
emphasise more vigilance and
avoid being so gullible when inci-_ .
dents: like this occur, because
clearly given the heat, given the
smoke and given the water that

SEE page 10
~ Human rights
campaigners hit
out over ‘deferred’
work permit

HUMAN rights campaigners
yesterday lashed out at govern-
ment’s decision to “defer” the
work permit of The, Tribune’s
managing editor, John Marquis.

One said it was a “pernicious
act” by the PLP’s “victimisation
machine” and called for the per-
mit to be granted immediately.

Another said:a government call
for The Tribune to explain its
journalistic. training programme
was “nothing more than an
excuse to put pressure on the
paper for daring to criticise those
in power.”

Attorney Fred Smith of the
Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association said he was “furious”
at the government’s blatant
attempt to gag the press.

And he warned Bahamians of
the important constitutional
issues at stake, adding: “This is
no longer just about John Mar-
quis, it is about every Bahami-
an’s right to express themselves in
a free society.”

The row erupted after the gov-
ernment informed The Tribune

SEE page 10




PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006

THE TRIBUNE





PUBLIC response to
two ‘Opinion’ pieces by
young Bahamian
Tribune journalists
over the last few days -
indicates that “the
frightened society”, or
the age of deference,
could be nearing an
end in the Bahamas.

Both news editor
Paco Nunez and chief
reporter Rupert
Missick Jr explored the
theme that election to
office does not confer
on politicians the right
to browbeat the
populace and expect.
immunity from
criticism.

They also said
elected politicians from
the prime minister
down are public
servants who ought to
be held to account, not
superior beings whose
office makes them
unassailable.

Readers have agreed
wholeheartedly with
their views — and
condemned anti-press
critics like Foreign
Minister Fred Mitchell,
PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby and
Senator Philip Galanis
as relics of a dark era —
in which the people
were subjugated by a
self-styled elite.

The Tribune is
publishing a series of
articles under the
heading Turning Point
challenging young
Bahamians, in
particular, to carry the
country forward
into a new age of
enlightenment in which
freedom of expression
takes precedence over
the inhibitions of the
past.

In this second item,
reporter CHESTER
ROBARDS looks at
ZNS and its capability
to be objective...



What ZNS must do to’
develop credibility



= By CHESTER ROBARDS

ONE of the main objectives
of an impartial media is to have
a critical eye on any govern-
ment elected to serve the inter-
est of its people; therefore, any
media entity should be unbi-
ased and fair when informing
its public.

An opinion piece written by
Tribune news editor Paco
Nufiez questioned the ability
of the Broadcasting Corpora-
tion of the Bahamas (BCB) to
be truly objective in its dis-
semination of information.

The media is supposed to be
a crucial counterweight to pow-
er, Mr Nufiez’s article read, yet
the entity, which is the most
visible example of the disci-
pline for most Bahamians is lit-
tle more than a deferential pro-
paganda tool; a lapdog of those
in power.

According to the statute laws

of the Bahamas that regulates _

broadcasting, “it shall be the

duty: of the corporation.

(Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas) to maintain
broadcasting and television ser-
vices as a.means of informa-
tion; education and entertain-
ment and to develop the ser-
vices to the best advantage and
interest of the Bahamas sub-

ject'to such directions as the:

Minister may from time to time
lay down.”

The section of the statute
law that outlines the powers of
the minister to prohibit broad-
casting of particular matter
says:
“The Minister may if he con-

siders it to be inthe public :

interest to do so from time to
time by notice in writing
require the corporation to
refrain at any specified time or
at all times from broadcasting





li FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham being
interviewed on n ZNS i in 2002

or televising any matter or mat-

ter of any class specified in

such notice; and the Minister.

may at any time or times

: revoke. any such notice.”

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Jerome Sawyer, for-

mer broadcast journalist with
the Broadcasting Corporation :
(BCB).suggested that the best»

thing for the government to do |
would be to liberate itself from
the corporation.

. “The best thing that any gov-

-ernment.can do is to free itself
.of ZNS: Not only is it a bur- °

den in terms of money the gov-
ernment has to pay out in

terms of salaries, but it is also a. .

burden. on the people ‘of the
Bahamas who are asking for
better programming,” he said.

The demise of the station,
he said, came about: with the
introduction of cable television.

“When so many people have
access to. news and program-

ming of an international level ©
and when you compare that to-
what is shown locally, the sta-

tion really fails to. measure up
and-I think it has unearthed a
lot of the inadequacies that the
station has.
“If the government were to
really privatise the station it
would then be mandated-to

raise the level of production, -

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Mackey Street

P.O.Box 88-6255
Nassau, The B

it would be mandated to give
‘the people what they want.
“It’s also unfortunately been
used as a political prostitute;
_ past governments have used it
for their own benefit. and to

. send out their own messages

which go out veiled as govern-

ment information, which in |
most instances is political pre’

- paganda.”

According Mr Sawyer, many
budding journalists who have
worked at the BCB have not
béen able to reach their full
potential or talent because of
the political influence and fear
of political retribution.

\

He said during his time he |
- had been punished severely for

using the term "walking in the

- wilderness" to describe his

ostracism by persons within the

corporation. "There are peo-

ple within the business who

take attacks on the government
personally," he said.

Within the corporation, he

- continued, there is an unwrit-

ten policy. condemning criti-

cism of the Bahamas’ govern- -

ment and its ministers. It is
enforced: constantly, ‘he said.
“Reporters are constantly
reminded.”

“Most journalists who leave
there and continue in the. busi-

ness will tell you:that the first”

‘thing they are faced with is a
credibility issues,” he said.

“The press in any democrat-
ic society has a role to play, it is
a watchdog of the government.
It’s. almost criminal to have a
station with such incredible
reach to continue to censor
information.

“It’s almost ludicrous to
think that the public will listen
to what you’re saying and take
it to be the truth when all
around there is so much con-
tradictory information — it
pains me sometimes to see
what they are doing or what
they are not doing.”

Opposition parties have not
been immune to what then
PLP Senator Fred Mitchell

called “political inleniere pee in

ZNS.”

In 1997 Mr Mitchell was con-
sidering his options to sue ZNS
over the censorship of a
remark he had made during a

‘convention, but according to

the'laws governing broadcast-

‘ing, the Minister in charge of

the BCB may “control the

character of any and all pro-

grammes broadcast or televised
by the Corporation or any oth-
er person.’

“As a parliamentary democ-
racy, the Bahamas is also part
of a tradition of liberalism
founded on an inherent dis-
trust of those who seek power
and influence and which views
public ‘servants as just that,”
said Mr Nunez’s article.

Ina September 2005 Tribune
article Deputy Manager. for
news at the BCB'suggested that
ZNS cannot act in the best
interest of the public as long as
it is operated by government.

Mr Sawyer was not certain
of a Turning Point in the
BCB’s future. “What you are
forced to do,” he said, “is put
aside what you have learned
about balance and the funda-
mentals of news gathering and
sometimes are even asked to
compromise your integrity —

those who go against the a 4

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| Rastasfarians’
_ petition given
to Governor

| General

‘THE Ethiopia Africa Black

International Congress paid a
courtesy call on the Governor
General Arthur Hanna yester-
day to presenting him with a
petition seeking their “funda-
mental rights”.
_ Dressed in Africans clothes,
three rastafarians representing
the congress presented Mr Han-
na with a petition asking for the
government to help them return
to the “Mother Land”.

Every Emancipation Day --
August 1 — the congress and the
Rastafarian community it rep-
resents celebrate and reflect
upon on the days when the black
man was enslaved. The congress
uses the opportunity to press the
government, for what they say is’
their fundamental right to be
repatriated back to Africa where
their ancestors were illegally tak-
en away.

Rithmond McKinney, who is
a priest, said, Emancipation
Day should be a period for
sober reflection.

Mr Hanna said: “I don't:
know what’s in the petition but

you certainly have the right to’
petition and of course we’ll be
sure the government gets it.”

The priest told the Governor
General that the petition is for
the British Monarchy to
remember that Queen Victoria
set aside 20 million pounds of
sterling silver to allow slave chil-
dren to return home if they
wanted to. However, they said
the money never reached the
black people.

Mr Hanna said, "In our coun-
try we wrote in the constitution
that there is absolute freedom

: of religion so you have a right -

i

there's no doubt about it.
The congress represents

about 5,000 persons of the ©

Rastafarian faith in. the
Bahamas and seeks the govern-
ments help every year in their’
efforts to reach Ethiopia.

Mr McKinney said that
Bahamians needs to learn more

about the slave trade and'the _;

roles of our ancestors pee in-
the repatriation of. the trade.




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Tropical
Storm Chris
nears east
Caribbean

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TROPICAL Storm Chris
formed early Tuesday and
approached the eastern edge of
the Caribbean as the third
named storm of the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season,
according to Associated Press.

The storm had top sustained
winds near 40 miles per hour,
just above the threshold for a
tropical storm. It was not
expected to form into a hurri-
cane though it could gather
strength, forecasters said.

A tropical storm warning was
posted for Antigua, Anguilla,
St Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St.
Eustatius, St Barthelemy and
St Martin. A tropical storm
watch was issued for Puerto
Rico and the US and British
Virgin Islands, according to the
US National Hurricane Center
in Miami.

At 11am EDT, the skies were
still clear and sunny in the Lee-
wards with the storm centered
about 100 miles east of Antigua
and moving west-northwest at
near 10 mph.

The Leeward Islands could
receive up to eight inchesof rain
and could seé flash floods and
mudslides, the hurricane centre
said.

An aircraft was expected to
fly into the region Tuesday and"
get a better estimate on the
storm.

Long-range forecasts put the
storm anywhere from south of
Cuba to Florida by late i in the
weekend.

Attorneys
locked in
Farrington
murder trial

PROSECUTORS and the
defence-attorney in the, Cordell
Farrington trial into the death of
22-year-old Jamaal Robbins were
yesterday locked in deliberation
over a reported technicality.

_ Jurors were escorted from the
courtroom for a short time
while the issue was discussed.

On Monday several police
officers were called to the wit-
ness stand to identify various
exhibits. A leg bone, as well as
several articles of clothing which
reportedly belonged to murder
victim Jamaal Robbins, were
among the items exhibited i in
the Supreme Court.

The officers, Corporal 2202
Jennifer Rolle, Officer Willie
Ferguson and woman Corporal’
1777 Phyliss Smith were called
to testify.

Detective Corporal Rolle was
the first to take the stand Mon-
day morning. The officer told
the court that in October 2003
she was attached to the crimi-
nals records office in Freeport.

She testified that on October
28 she went to the morgue at
the Rand Memorial Hospital
where she met Dr Raju and sev-
eral other police officers. She

“told the court that she was

instructed to take swabbings

from the hip and ulna bones.
Officer Willie Ferguson then
took the stand, where he gave
his account of the his involve-
ment in the matter which is
before the court.
Trial resumes today at 10am.














WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 3



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future uncertain as

Castro relinquishes power —

@ By KAHMILE REID

THE decision of Fidel Cas-
tro to step aside could signal
the start of big changes in Cuba
—and could eventually threaten
the Bahamas’ position at the
top of tourism.

As Raul Castro —-the man
who led a Cuban invasion of
Bahamas territory almost 51
years ago — takes power in
Cuba, many Bahamians are
expressing concern about what
lies ahead for their island
neighbour.

However, independent
Member of Parliament for
Bamboo Town Tennyson
Wells warned that what
Bahamians should really be

worried about is making sure

the tourism economy is pre-
pared for whatever happens.

“We are the king of tourism
—and that is simply because of
the system they had in Cuba
for the last 50 years or there
about,” he said.

Mr Wells, who was a minis-
ter of Tourism under the FNM,
added that if Cuba was left to
develop the way the Bahamas
did, the local industry would
not have been what it is now.

He also added that he does
not believe that Cuba will



i CUBAN workers attend a political gathering in support 0

f Cuban President Fidel Castro in

Havana, Cuba on Tuesday. Fidel Castro, who has defied the United States for nearly half a

century while wielding absolute power over this
of sight Tuesday after undergoing intestinal surgery

brother Raul.

descend into the chaotic state
that everyone is predicting.

“The Cubans are very intel-
‘ligent people and they know



Woman awaits injunction
to stop building on land

‘





@ THE land which is under dispute

@ By KRISTINA MCNEIL

CAUGHT in the tangle of
red tape for almost a week, a
woman is still waiting for an -
injunction to halt develop-
ment on the property where
she lives by a man who claims
he is the rightful owner.

According to Bonnie Davis,
representative of Mrs Debora
Tomlinson, who lives on the
land and says she is the legiti- -
mate owner, the procedure of
applying for an-injunction is
being held up.

Five days after the problem
first started,’she is still waiting
for the police to assist in iden-
tifying the man who attempt-
ed to have a road cleared
through her Sanford Drive
property.

The man, who would only
identify himself as “Mr Mor-
ris,” refused to give his first



name to Ms Davis. She said
he claimed that he had inher-
ited the 30 acres of land.

Reportedly, Mr Morris con-
tracted A and D Construction
to clear the land for the devel-
opment of a subdivision.

Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Mrs Tomlinson said
the property belongs to the
estate of her mother-in-law,
Mrs Elodie: Tomlinson, who
left it to her children.

While bulldozing on the
property is temporarily sus-
pended due to the ownership

‘dispute, a security firm has

been hired by Ms Davis to
watch over the property until
the injunction has been
processed.. .

According to Ms Davis, the
man and his bulldozer have
not been seen at the property
since Friday.

Ms Davis said she attempt-

ed get an injunction yesterday
but the process was delayed
when police were unable to get
Mr Morris’ proper name.

Police told’Ms Davis that she
would have to wait until 8am
today, when officers with the
information would be on duty. .

“I’m reluctant to go ahead
until I get the proper name of
the gentleman because he was
very adamant about not giving
his name,” Ms Davis said.

According to Ms Tomlinson,
the property in dispute was
bought by her father-in-law in
the 1960s. This is the second
time the ownership has been
challenged.






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state,” Mr Wells said.

Cuba, he predicts, will con-
tinue under the present regime
and will gradually move toward
an open economy.

After Raul Castro is gone,
he said, Cuba will undergo
gradual process and eventually
become a democracy.

On Monday night, Castro’s
secretary Carlos Valenciaga,
made a surprise announcement
that the leader had undergone
an operation to repair “sharp
intestinal bleeding” and that he
was temporarily handing over

_ leadership of the Communist

Party to his younger brother.

Raul Castro, Cuba’s minis-
ter of defence, is 75 years-old.

More than 51 years ago,
Raul and a group of Cuban sol-
diers invaded Bahamian ter-
ritory and raised their national
flag on Cay Sal, a small island
40 miles off the coast of Cuba.

Following the Cuban revo-
lution, the cay was used by
refugees making their way to
Florida by boat.

Cay Sal, was however
reclaimed when a task force of
11 Bahamian policemen led by
a Colonial Commissioner
Colchester-Wemyss.

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reassert the nee s authority.

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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master




LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt .

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama



The story of Mr Marquis’ deferment

IN THIS column yesterday we confirmed -

what some Bahamians believed was impossible
— Tribune Managing Editor John Marquis’
work permit has been “deferred” by the Immi-
gration Department.

“Government would not be so foolish as to
do such a thing” was the gist of the comments
by the doubting Thomases. But after eight
months of dithering government dared to do
that very thing.

From the very early stages — even before all
the forms needed to go with the application for

Immigration were ready — Minister Shane
Gibson was a shadowy figure in the back-
ground.

As most business people who deal with
Immigration know, one of the forms required
to be attached to an immigration application is
a Notification of Vacancy form from the

Labour Department. An application for this is

made to the department to discover if it has on
its employment register any Bahamian with
the qualifications the business requires.

For us it is a useless procedure because we
know our business well enough to know that if
such a person did exist, he or she would
already be on our staff. Also whenever we
advertise for editors and state the qualifications
required, no one has ever applied for the posi-
tion. :

In the past a reply from the Labour Depart-
ment has come within a week. Staff knew that
no Bahamians were “registered for this posi-
tion at this time” and wasted no time in letting
the applicant know so, that the work permit
application could be forwarded without delay
to the Immigration Board for its decision.

When we submitted. an earlier application to
the Labour Department in November last year
we were told that-in-future the. processing of all

applications would take six weeks,

Mr Marquis’ application — and that of a
second editor — were submitted to Labour
on January 24. We dutifully waited six weeks,
then called the department to find out when
we could send for the two forms. We were
told that they just had to be typed up. This con-
sists of typing the date and name of the appli-
cant onto a pre-printed form and stamping it.
We were told to send for the two forms in an

hour. A couple of hours passed before The

Tribune’s messenger was free to go to the
Clarence A Bain building.
However, when he got there he was told

- that the forms were not ready. He should

return the next day: This was so unlike the
usually efficient Labour Department that we
instinctively knew that no good was afoot. But
we waited patiently until the next day for two
pieces of paper that would have taken a typist
no more than two minutes to type and stamp.

The next day we got a call from the Labour
Department. It was our messenger. By this
time he also knew there was a problem.

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the phone. She confirmed there was a problem,
but she could not say what that problem was.
She transferred our call to. a more senior mem-
ber of staff. This person said that the director
was out, but she would telephone him, dis-
cover the problem and call us back.

When she eventually called back she said
that the Minister had a problem with the appli-
cations. He wanted an officer from the Labour
Department to interview our two editors and
the Bahamians who were in training for their
positions. She said that an inspector would
come to our offices to do this.

Our application had been submitted to the
Labour Department on January 24. It was
now March 8 and it was still languishing in its
first stages at that department, which meant
both applications, were ‘now long overdue at
Immigration.

_ We had no objection to an inspector coming
to our offices, but we had a very serious objec-
tion to the principle. Here we were the owners
of a business, who knew better than anyone
else outside of our own staff, the needs of that
business, and a government civil servant who
had probably never been in a newspaper office
in his life was to be sent in to tell-us who was or
wasn't qualified to hold.a senior position on
our staff.

“T have,no problem with them coming to
our offices,” we wrote, “they might learn some-
thing aboat the newspaper profession. How-
ever, I want to. make it very clear that if they
come, they do so just as a courtesy extended by
me, but not as a right authorised by the Min-
ister.”

To that we received a reply quoting chapter
and verse as to the right of inspection. How-
ever, we still maintain that it is outside the
department’s jurisdiction. We have invited the
inspector to come. So far no one has called for
an appointment.

However, on March 13, we eventually
received the two-forms from the Labour
Department. They were immediately deliv-
ered to the Immigration Department. On May
1 we received the permit for one of the editors.
As for Mr Marquis’ permit there was total
silence. And then on Monday the Immigration
Board notified us that Mr Marquis’ permit
had been “deferred to ensure what efforts
have been made to Bahamianise the position.”

It would appear that it is only Mr Marquis’
position they are interested in — a hard-hit-

. ting editor that they would like to silence.

This issue is far bigger than Mr Marquis.
Minister Obie Wilchcombe reminded Sena-
tor Philip Galanis, who criticised an appoint-
ment made by the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, that the Port is a private company
with a right to appoint whomever it deems fit
to represent its interests.-

The Tribune is also a private company. Is it
being discriminated against because it is
Bahamian?







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THE headline in this morn-
ing’s Nassau Guardian, “Work
permit dilemma” and the
accompanying story was shock-
ing. ‘
In a nutshell, the Minister of

Immigration and Labour, Mr.
Shane Gibson has decided to
“defer” the work permit renew-
al application of Mr. John Mar-
quis, managing editor of The
Tribune.

- It is obvious that this is in
response to calls from Mr Philip
Galanis, a PLP Senator,
Bahamas Uncensored, (a web
site that could be written by Mr
Fred Mitchell, Minister of For-
eign Affairs), and Mr Bradley
Roberts, Minister of Works,
that Mr Marquis’ work permit
should be revoked because he
dares to publish articles critical
of the government and some of
its policies.

The Guardian states they
have been “reliably informed”
that the decision to “defer” Mr.
Marquis work permit is directly

Some advice on honours:

EDITOR, The Tribune

I AM sure many are thrilled
with the proposal, long over-
due, that we will replace the
inherited British Honours with
a Honours/Awards of our own.
However I suspect the process
might be nothing more than a
circus as irrational, uneducated
thinking might prevail.

We saw such with the inter-
vention of Mt Moriah MP;
Keod Smith, all praise and a
must to retain any aspect of our
connection with Africa, howev-
er nothing to be said or remem-
bered about anything else..

‘I am not totally sold that we
should have a level of award
that should be titled - National
Hero - J. understand the
rhetoric, however we only once.

went through the process of -

those who came to these islands,
The Eleutheran Adventurers
etc, through Emancipation and

S Majority Rule, so what can be

equal to those events of our past
in the future except for the next
step in the development of our
sovereignty - the declaration of
The Republic of The Common-
wealth of The Bahamas recog-
nizing Her Majesty Queen Eliz-
abeth II as the head of The
Commonwealth of Countries
alike the majority of that mem-
. bership?

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LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



linked to “the question of train-
ing Bahamians in certain sec-
tors, including journalism.” |

Of course this is a ruse to
exert political power in my not
so humble opinion and I would
be willing to bet that a random
poll of journalists would sug-
gest that most of them received’
training at The Tribune.

This is reminiscent of the
intimidation tactics of the old
PLP that so many Bahamians
rejected in 1992 and is certainly
not what was promised by the
“New PLP”.

Mr Obie Wilchcombe, Minis-
ter of Tourism is the only leader
among the PLP who seems to
understand what freedom of the
press means.

It should be understood that
Mr. Marquis can write for The
Tribune wherever he might be
in the world and these imma-

Order of Merit - I believe one
of the highest British Awards
that ONLY the Sovereign of
United Kingdom may grant is
their Order of Merit - this is giv-
en for personal service to the
Sovereign and it has a very lim-
ited membership. We need to
find another name for our
equivalent, Prime Minister.

We certainly need an award
that would cover those in the
Civil:-Service, exclusively
retained for persons giving

. above usual service.

The Committee-Commission
that would be responsible to
hear nominations should be
partisan and all embracing -
really what today gives any rea-
son to‘institutionalise that a
member of the religious com-
munity must be on this or that
committee-commission? Every
kind of person is today a rev-
erend. I certainly argue strong-
ly that their once respected
position in society is lost and
very much eroded.

» The governing rule for a sen-

sible and rational Honours sys- —

tem will be a cool-head, critical
criteria for the award and a
secure system where “political
flavour and favour” will not be
rewarded through these Nation-
al awards - these awards are of
no political party, so let’s ensure

we keep that cancer out of the



fester

Plugging you i

‘ture rantings of some of the

‘happen of its own accord with-

‘and show the maturity to allow:

nto the

THE TRIBUNE

bel: |

Sam Us

leaders in the PLP should be 7!
dismissed out of hand. 3

Ludwig von Mises, the great? :
Libertarian economist wrote in â„¢!
his book Liberalism that “there '
is an inherent tendency in all i

‘government power to recog-’

nise no restraints on its opera-
tion and to extend the sphere 2%
of its dominion as much as pos-
sible. To control everything, to?
leave no room for anything to U =
out the interference of the’?
authorities — this is the goal for‘4
which every ruler secretly
strives.” 4
We can only hope that Min- 7

ister Gibson will allow cooler '®.*-

heads to prevail in this exercise a

J
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differing opinions, even by a
“foreigner”.

‘If this wasn't so pathetic one*
could pity these so called lead-’

ers.
)?

RICK LOWE ss
Nassau i i !
July 312006 e

u

system. — 1
There MUST be and we must
ensure that all of our Awards-2
Honours may be awarded to,
non-Bahamians with some spe-3'
cific designation as we cannot g,
refuse to acknowledge so much
good and powerful benefits that
we have over the years achieved @|
and retained from the presence
of non-Bahamians in our midst.
The 'stupidity-of trying to
rewrite history -has no placejin si
history or this process —.qj
Columbus, for better or worse, 15
saw the land sighting of Cat.q
Island or San Salvador that can- .g

-not be. dismissed. These fair 4;
_ islands lay empty for over 300i

years, fact not fiction - through 4;
the arrival of immigrants from
the US of European stock with q
or without the future slaves andig
slavery, these islands. became 54
populated by European and3}
African persons. - a
Harmoniously in thes;
Bahamas 2006 we have nation- 5;
als of over 80 different coun-V
tries interacting with Bahami-
ans and likewise - an example to 4;
the world, except when stupid}
politicians raise the ugliness of,
racism and try to rewrite estab- 5]

lished history. iB

w

_ J MURPHY ti
Nassau i

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In February, the Embassy
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coming to the Embassy to apply.

Designed to be more cus-
tomer efficient, the new system
gives the applicant a guaran-
teed date and time for a visa
interview, and eliminates lines —
the applicant simply arrives at
the Embassy 10 to 15 minutes
before the appointment time.

The Embassy reminded per-
sons that non-essential requests

’ may be delayed to give priority

to Bahamians travelling to the
US to study.
‘. Traditionally, August has

~peen the busiest month for visa

processing.
“It is for this reason that
Embassy officials are appealing

_ to the public to plan their trav-

-.el in advance. Embassy offi-

sos

- ‘cials urge applicants not only to

apply during the peak season,
but to make application during
the less busy months as well,”
said a statement issued yester-
day.

- Bahamians were also remind-
ed that they may travel to the

’ United States without a visa if

they have a clean police certifi-
cate and leave the Bahamas via
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport in Nassau, and
Freeport International Airport
in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Puerto Rico
selling itself

as centre for

the Chinese

@ PUERTO RICO
San Juan

‘A GROUP of Puerto Rican
leaders: and business owners ‘is

_ hoping to sell the US territory

as a distribution center for Chi-
nese products in the Caribbean
and Central America during
their visit to the Asian country,
an Official said Tuesday, accord-
ing to Associated Press. .
The group has met with Chi-
na’s vice-minister of external
affairs and the US Ambassador
to China, as well as represen-

‘tatives from the insurance
industry, during their visit, Puer-

‘to Rico’s Secretary of State Fer-
nando Bonilla told radio station
WKAQ from Béijing.

_ The group also aims to
increase Chinese investments
in manufacturing, trade, tourism
and insurance, and to promote
local products for export. They
arrived over the weekend, and it
was not clear how long their vis-
it would be.

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eal with environmental protection

m By GABRIELLE
MISIEWICZ

DIRECTOR of Environ-
mental Health Ron Pinder has
announced the creation of a
department to deal specifically
with environmental protection
and planning.

Mr Pinder explained that the
Ministry of Health and Envi-
ronment is currently ironing
out the details and that within
a few months, the legislation
for the new department will be
presented to parliament for
debate.

He was speaking yesterday
at the Bahamas National Trust,
where a small ceremony was
held in the Retreat Gardens
to announce a $40,000 dona-
tion from the Lyford Cay
Foundation and the Moore
Charitable Foundation.

The donation will help pro-
tect the threatened coral reefs
and sea bed at the Exuma
Land and Sea Park, by partial-
ly funding the installation of
100 moorings.

The entire mooring project

in the Exuma Cays will cost.

$180,000 and the Trust has run
a year-long fundraising effort.
The two organisations
expressed interest after learn-
ing about the Trust’s project,
and donated the balance.

The campaign was described
as “very successful’ by Glenn
Bannister, president of the
Bahamas National Trust.

He said that they have
already purchased half the
moorings and have begun

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parliamentary secretary, Ministry of Finance

installing them in the park.

The donation, he said, will
allow the Trust to fund the rest
of the project.

Mr Bannister said the Trust
is aiming to complete the
entire installation process by
the end of the year.

He addéd that eventually,
they hope that the total num-
ber of moorings at the Exuma
Park will be 144.

Mr Bannister informed
those in attendance that coral
reefs are the largest living
structures on the planet and
that they are “among the
greatest storehouses of biodi-
versity on Earth.”

They are also one of the
most threatened marine sys-
tems. Scientists: estimate that
70 per cent of the world’s coral

seeceseceseneesescsecocneenes

reefs will be destroyed by the
year 2050 if immediate action
is not taken to conserve them.

The moorings are important
because they are the safe alter-
native to visitors dropping

- anchor and “damaging pristine

coral reefs and sea beds” at the
park.

Mr Bannister also said that
the moorings will provide rev-
enue for park operations since
visiting yachts will be charged
to use them.

The revenue generated from
these fees will be used by the
Trust to further its conserva-

tion efforts in the Exuma Cays. |

This includes educating visi-
tors and the community about
conserving coral reefs.and sea
beds and the importance of
using moorings.

UWI medical programme is
approved by regional body

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WRITER

THE University of the West
Indies medical programme in
the Bahamas has been accred-
ited by a regional body.

The Nassau campus was
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Accreditation Authority for
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The other centres are in
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In a letter to the vice chan-
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Harris; the CAAM-HP board
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“Accreditation of the UWI
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The situation in the Middle East

“They (the Jews) try to kill the
principle of religions with the
same mentality that they betrayed
Jesus Christ and the same way
they tried to betray and kill the
Prophet Mohammed.”

— Syrian President Bashar
Assad at 2001 welcoming cere-
mony for the Pope.

“They (the Arabs) are prod-
ucts of a culture in which to tell a
lie creates no dissonance. They
don’t suffer from the problem of
telling lies that exists in Judaeo-
Christian culture.”

— Ehud Barak, former prime
minister of Israel in a 2002 news-
Paper interview.

Acre? Judaism,
Christianity and Islam

share the same historical roots
and spiritual values, religion is at
the heart of the interminable
Arab-Israeli conflict. It all boils
down to the conviction that my
imaginary friend is better than
your imaginary friend.

Israel was founded by the
leaders of a self-determination
movement called Zionism.This
ideology has been described as
the “politicization of Judaism”
and it took many forms, but all
favoured the creation of a Jew-
ish homeland in Palestine — a
territory which Muslims from
Arabia had occupied since the
7th century.

The Zionist enterprise was
resisted from the very begin-
ning. One reason is because
many Arabs shared a religious
conviction that their territory
should encompass all the land

. that had ever been under Mus-

lim control.

In fact, the charter of Hamas
(the extremist group that cur-
rently runs the Palestinian
Authority) fully embraces this
view: “The land of Palestine is an
Islamic Waqf (holy possession)
consecrated for future Moslem
generations until Judgment Day.”

This is eerily reminiscent of
the fervour expressed by many
Zionists. According to the
American Jewish Committee,
“The Jewish people’s link to the.
land of Israel is incontrovertible
and unbroken. It spans nearly
four thousand years. Exhibit A
for this connection is the

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fundamentalist Christians
believe that the establishment
of the State of Israel in 1948 was
a necessary prerequisite for the
return of Jesus to reign on Earth.

This is no idle jest. A 2003
Pew Research Survey poll found
that 44 per cent of Americans
believed God gave the land that
is now Israel to the Jewish peo-
ple, and more than a third of
US adults believed that creation
of the state of Israel was a step
toward the second coming of
Jesus.

That survey also found that
evangelicals are more pro-Israel
than Americans in general —
with more than half saying they
sympathize more with Israel in
its dispute with the Palestinians,
compared with 40 per cent of

‘Americans overall who held this
‘view.

| his conservative reli-
‘gious support, com-
bined with the effective lobbying
of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (formerly
known as the American Zionist
Committee) has played a major
role in shaping. United States
policy towards the Middle East.

In fact, US aid to Israel since
1948 is estimated at over $90
billion, and America is seen
around the world as unre-
servedly pro-Israel. In the 2003
Pew Global Attitudes survey,
pluralities or majorities in.20
countries believed that Ameri-

can policies favoured Israel over |

the Palestinians too much.

The roots of the Arab-Israeli
conflict go back to 1897, when
the first Zionist congress was
held in Switzerland. : Palestine
was then a territory of the
Ottoman Empire populated by
half a million Arabs and some
50,000 Jews. But the Turks pro-
hibited large-scale Jewish immi-
gration and there was little inter-
national support for the Zionist
enterprise until the First World
War.

Zionist leaders in Europe took
advantage of this period of insta-
bility to seek support for a Jew-
ish national home in. Palestine.
They succeeded in 1917 when
British Foreign Secretary Arthur

‘ Balfour issued a declaration that

tried to accommodate:the Jews

without prejudicing the rights of
Arabs living there.

David Lloyd George, prime
minister at the time, commented
that although he personally
agreed with its objectives, the
declaration was determined
mainly by considerations of war
policy: “It was part of our pro-
pagandist strategy for mobilizing
every Opinion and force
throughout the world which
would weaken the enemy and
improve the Allied chances.”

The Balfour Declaration was
approved by the victorious allies
and became part of the terms
of the League of Nations man-
date for the area, under British
administration. Unfortunately,
the British had also promised
to support Arab independence
in return for their help during
the war. The Arab territories of
the Ottoman Empire stretched
from Egypt to Iraq and from
Lebanon to Yemen.

Bicneee from. this ~
promise was a vaguely

defined coastal area where
Israel exists today. The British
felt they could persuade the

. Arab nationalists to accept the

Balfour Declaration in exchangé
for the vast benefits they were to
get outside Palestine. And some

Arab leaders did go along with

this. It was the geopolitical real-
ity of the day.

But in 1937 the Palestinian
Arabs revolted against British
tule and a royal commission was
appointed which saw that the
mandate was unworkable with-
out a massive use of force. By
then the idea of a Jewish nation-
al home could no longer simply
be set aside. A point of no
return had been reached.

At the time, according to the
late Israeli academic Nadav
Safran, the Jews in Palestine had
made “important strides in orga-
nizing themselves for commu-
nity self-government, creating a
labour movement, pioneering

new forms of settlement, estab-

lishing a Hebrew. education sys-
tem, creating a national. press
and so on.”

But Arab resistance only
intensified. As the Saudi king
told a British official: “We and
our subjects are deeply troubled

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the cause of our disquiet and
anxiety is the strange attitude
of your British government, and
the still more strange hypnotic

influence which the Jews, a race -

accursed by God .according to
His Holy Book, and destined to
final destruction and eternal
damnation hereafter, appear to
wield over them and the Eng-
lish people generally.” _

Still, the British did not with-
draw from the obligation they
had made to the Jews when
Arab resistence to it was incon-
sequential. And the rise of fas-
cism in Europe was to produce
even more immigration so that
by 1937 there were 400,000 Jews
living amongst a million non-
Jews in Palestine.

“From that moment on the
Palestine problem ceased to be
primarily a matter of adjudica-

‘tion between rival moral-legal

This struggle is
prolonged by
American reluc-
tance to inter-
vene decisively _
to bring about —
peace onthe —
only acceptable
basis - the two- _
state solution |
first recom- |
mended almost



-acentury ago.



claims and became instead a
political issue,” Safran wrote,
“in which two nationalist move-

ments capable of strong armed .

resistance were bent on pursu-
ing conflicting objectives.”

So the British.royal commis-
sion recommended partition of
the territory, which the Zionists
accepted in principle but the
Arabs rejected. An all-party
conference in London in‘ 1939
got nowhere, and negotiations
were put on hold as the Second
World War loomed.

B ritish policy after 1939
sought to reverse the
Balfour Declaration to build
Arab support for the war effort.

Jewish settlement was frozen _

and British leaders began envis-
aging the creation of an inde-

pendent Palestine with an Arab.”
. Majority that would guarantee



LARRY SMITH

Jewish rights.

But a universal wave of sym-
pathy for the Jews after the war
created enormous pressure to
allow mass immigration of
Holocaust victims to Palestine,
which the Arabs strongly resist-
ed. The British were caught in
the middle, and after two years
of terror attacks from both sides,
they gave up and turned the
issue over to the newly-formed
United Nations,

In‘1947 the UN recommend-
ed‘ a three-way partition into
Jewish and Arab states and an
international. zone for
Jerusalem, but the! Arabs again
refused to. accept. And in the
ensuing ‘six-month civil war-the
Jewish settlers brought most of

. the territory assigned to them

by the partition plan under their

control, and went on to proclaim |

the state of Israel in 1948.

» Egypt then led an Arab coali-
tion in a war to destroy Israel -
but-after eight months was
forced to sue for peace. When
the ‘armistice was signed a de

_’' facto’ partition of Palestine took

place, divided between Israel,
Jordan and Egypt, with
Jerusalem split. between Israel
and Jordan. ;

After the war, some 800,000
Palestinian Arabs ended up as
refugees in neighbouring coun-
tries. And.a roughly similar

‘number of Jews fled Arab lands,

most going to Israel. This was

_akin to the population exchanges

that took place between Greece
and Turkey in the 1920s or Pak-
istan and India in 1947.

LD) crite tn fact that
. Arab. leaders had

rejected every plan involving
partition and refused to officially
negotiate with the Jews, the
state of Israel had become a fact
on the ground with widespread
international legitimacy. Even

the officially anti-Zionist Soviets |

asserted the right of “the Jews of
the whole world:to the creation
of a state of their own,” declar-
ing “It would be unjust not to
take account of this fact and to
deny the Jewish people the right
to realize such aspirations.”

’ Israel was admitted to the UN
in 1949 and the more recent his-
tory of the region is well-known.
So the big question for us today
is: Why has ‘the conflict between
the Jews and the Arabs persist-

ed for so long?’

One answer is that it became
part of the wider political con-
flict of the Cold War when Egypt

* forged a strategic military alliance
“with ‘the Soviet bloc in 1955. It

was no coincidence that after the
dissolution of the USSR the Oslo



Peace accord produced the
famous 1993 handshake between
Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin
at the White House.

According to Safran and oth-
ers, “the conflict has persisted
because key Arab countries had
no desire for peace for reasons
which have varied over the
years, and could not be com-
pelled to make peace in view of
peculiar circumstances -
refugees and boundaries are
symptoms rather than causes of
the conflict.”

In fact, Israel and Jordan
negotiated a secret peace treaty
in 1949 that settled all issues,
but the general Arab militancy
prevented its implementation.
King Abdullah was assassinated
in 1951 for pursuing it; and
Anwar Sadat of Egypt met a
similar fate in 1981 after con-
cluding his peace treaty with
Israel - just.as Yitzhak Rabin
was murdered in 1995 by a Jew-
ish fundamentalist opposed to

the peace process.

S: the region remains. ,
locked in a struggle
between militant Islamists seek-
ing to re-establish a pan-Arab
Muslim nation and equally hard-
line Zionists trying to restore
the Biblical land of Israel. This
struggle is prolonged by Amer-

’-ican reluctance to intervene

decisively to bring about peace
on the only acceptable basis -
the two-state solution first rec-
ommended almost a century
ago.

And that reluctance has a lot

‘to do. with the alliance of Amer-

ican Zionists and the Christian

‘right, which has staunchly

opposed any attempt to broker
a settlement by power-sharing.
Their version of Christianity
believes that biblical prophecy
leads to Armageddon, when
non-believers will perish and the
Jews will finally receive Christ as
the Messiah.

Although these three religious
groups profess the deepest. of
mutual hatreds, they actually
have a.lot in common. As one
Arab commentator wrote: ‘The
propagandists of secularism,
who leave out of account the
religious factor in the Palestine
problem, ignore the fact that this
is the only bone. of contention in
the world which has persisted
for 30 centuries.”

And according to a funda-
mentalist Christian web site:
“What we see today in the Mid-
dle East ultimately results from
a hatred for what became the
Jewish people, rooted in the sins
of the Old Testament Patriarchs.
This conflict began at the birth
of God’s covenant with Abram.
I believe it fitting that it won’t
end until God is finished with
Israel on earth:” mie

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FIRE officials have yet to confirm
the cause of the fire over the past
weekend which destroyed several busi-
nesses within the top of the hill Mack-
ey Street complex. em

Firemen faced stern criticism on
Monday after a store owner claimed

that the fire department’s decision to
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fire had spread to other businesses
within the complex.

Destroyed in the blaze were Sun
Manufacturing, Ad Works, Discount
Mart, Fashion Hall, the Paint Place,
and the delicatessen of Super Value.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 7

THE TRIBUNE
No afiswets on what caused massive

blaze at Mackey Street complex

According to Rupert Roberts, owner
of Discount Mart and Super Value food
stores, about 10 phone calls were made by
five witnesses to the Fire Department.

However, Walter Evans, RBPF press
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According to Mr Evans, no new
information could be released as “the
fire is still under investigation.”

Should the police and fire
departments be separate?

The Royal Bahamas Police
Force fire division came under
extensive criticism after Satur-
days’ destructive blaze.

The Mackey Street fire
destroyed six businesses and left
thousands of dollars of damage
in its trail. One neighbouring
resident described the efforts of
the firemen were described as
“upsetting” and “a total lack of
control". :

Frefighters at Saturdays infer-
no admitted that they were
“extremely challenged” in trying
to contain the blaze and one
went as far as to say that it was a
“perfect fire".

The Tribune took to the
streets yesterday to pose a ques-
tion to the local public —”
Should the fire department be
separated from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force?”

“Although it may improve the
overall focus on the type of
training they receive, I’d never
criticise the fire department”
said Michelle Palomino “They
put their lives on the line for us
every day.” She continued
“Looking at past and recent
fires, I’d say that the blame

doesn’t fall on the fire fighters..

What can they do if they can’t
get any water?” ;
Palomino went on to suggest
that the government should
ensure that highly dense busi-
“néss areas’ have “proper fire





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hydrants and enough water
pressure", to improve the fire-
fighter’s chances of tackling a
blaze.

Desma Clarke said: “They
should be separated from the
Police Force..Then maybe per-
sons would be better trained to
handle large fires.”.She added
“from what I’ve seen their
response time is very poor. It.
may be because most of the fire
stations are so far from the cen-
tral areas.”

Police press liaison officer
Walter Evans listed several fac-
tors which some members of the
local public felt may have “con-
tributed” to the lengthy blaze.
Mr. Evans stated that the offi-
cers encountered “live wires,
insufficient water pressure and

additional risk from propane

tanks.”

“In the past years they have
been criticised only twice as far
as I know” said Laketha S.
“That means that the over
record is‘pretty' good. -I would
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KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED

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DONALD K. DELAHEY
1925-2006 :

Loree by his side..

Donaid De.acy frst came to The Bahamas from Canada at the age of 17 in
1943 with the Royal Air Force Transport Command, having lied about his age
to get into the Service. During World War II the Transport Command based in
Canada and known as the Ferry Command, he flew planes from. Nassau to the
European war theatre, via South America and Azores for use by the Allies.

After the war he returned to Nassau in 1946 and worked briefly as a desk clerk
at the Royal Victoria Hotel. In 1946 he married Loree Kelly and they started
Playtours, Bahamas Tourist Company, the First Travel and Sightseeing Company
in The Bahamas. His involvement in the Tourist industry follows: Owner and
manager Playtours, Bahamas Tourist Company Ltd. 1946-1972, The American
Express Company's Representative in the Bahamas from 1948-1972. Owned
and operated the Tropic Bird, a catamaran offering daily sightseeing excursions
and the Tropic Rover, the world's largest catamaran, which offered 10-day
cruises through The Bahama Islands. The Tropic Rover was featured in Life
Magazine and was used in the movie "Thunderball".

Founder of The Bahamas Tour Operators and Sightseeing Association in 1952,
Founder of The Bahamas Air Dispatch Limited, Founding member of The
Bahamas Hotel Association, Founder member of the Skal Club in The Bahamas.
From 1960-1964 Operated United Tours in Miami, Florida, which was one of
the largest wholesalers in the United States of tours to The Bahamas. He was
instrumental in starting group travel to The Bahamas.

Along with his late father, Murray Delahey, who followed him to The Bahamas
1n1949, was involved in operating the Prince George Hotel and Coral Harbour
Hotel. Promoting sports in The Bahamas, was a founder member of The Bahamas
Angling Club and along with Red Crise promoted Speed weeks, providing tour

cars as ambulances. Also served on the committee of the Miami-Nassau Yacht
Race for many years. In 1975-1999 he h

late son-in-law Morton A. Turtle.




A Celebration of "Grumps's Life will be held August 8. 2006 at Royal Nas

= i as
Sailing Club at 5:30 p.m. Instead of flowers, those Fie wish may make donations
to BASRA, P. O. Box SS-6247, Nassau, in memory of Donald K.. Delahey.

Donald Delahey passed away on Monday July 31,
= 2006 quietly at home with his wife of 60 years

-Del or "Grumps" as he is affectionately known by
| family and friends is survived by his wife Loree,
sons Don and Richard Delahey, daughters Linda
Turtle Simms and Sheila Pritchard: One grandson
Wade Delahey. Two granddaughters Courtney Turtle .
~ anid Sydney Delahey. One son-in-law Terry Simms.
Our memories f his wit end dry sense of humour will never leave us.

elped run Sunpower Marine with his



suggest though that more fire
stations be built to decrease
the response time. Also they
should have their own emer-
gency phone numbers, this may
help with the. wait time as

_well.” She added: “Overall I

think that it’s fine just the way
it is, just one or two change
will fix things.”
Bus Driver T Larrimore said:
“Why is it every time fire trucks

show up there.is a problem with —

the water pressure? I think a
private group needs to come in
and run a fire company.. That

way the sole purpose of train- -

ing would.be about fighting fires
of any magnitude,” ' ;
Mr Larrimore went on to sug-
gest that the government should
test the water pressures in high-
ly populated or business areas to
ensure the pressure if there is
need. “If we were to have a
huge fire, I don’t even want to

‘think about what would happen

— we need to be properly pre-

pared for disasters." ..:: :
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“Why is it every time fire
trucks show up there is a
problem with the water
pressure?”

@ LAKETHA S. said: “I
would suggest though that

more fire stations be built to
decrease the response time.”



@ MICHELLE Palomino
said: “I'd never criticise the
fire department, they put their
lives on the line for us every’
day.”



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MONDAY



@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: New Providence
Community Centre: Mondays - fr

6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays - 7:30pm to
8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sug-
ar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is avail-
able. For more info call 702.4646 or 327.2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital
‘ conference room.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Monday’s at 7pm © Club 612315 meets
Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable
Beach ° Club 3596 meets

at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at

7pm.

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month in
the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St. :

TUESDAY



@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAURANTS

10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at Club
Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been dubbed
10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron is allowed
into the club absolutely free and is given a compli-
mentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday nights also
include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body Competition.
Hosted by Daddi Renzi and music provided by DJ

-Aifrom100;Jamz::Master Chef Devito Bodie pro-
vides scrumptious appetizers. ;

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta Street: Tuesday - 6pm to 7pm/8:30pm to
9:30pm. i

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323.4482 for more info.

Pre & Past Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes

location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is

required. Call 364.8423 to register for more info.
mi CIVIC CLUBS - ;

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @
C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, Col-
lege Avenue off Moss Road ¢ Club Cousteau 7343
meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the Chickcharney
Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros ¢ Club 7178
meets each Tuesday at 6pm at the Cancer Society
of the Bahamas, 3rd Terrace, Centreville.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chap-
ter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the
Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau. Resort,
Cable Beach.

- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.

‘Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tues-
day, 6:30pm at the British Colonial Hilton. Please
call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.

@ THE ARTS

WEDNESDAY



@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday Spm-8pm. Free appetizers and
numerous drink specials.

ENTERTAINMENT

The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tournament,
sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism begins
August 6 and runs through August 11. On Wednes-
day, August 9, come enjoy fishing, dominoes, volleyball,
the Softly Basketball Camp, Miss and Little Miss Bimi-



‘Bimini Big Game. Call





"The brewery of The Bahamas"

MAIN EVENT

i



ni Native pageant anda
special cocktail party at

242.347.3529 for more
information

The first Inagua Salty
Festival -will take place
@ Matthew Town,
Inagua, August 3-7.:'
Sponsored by the
Inagua Development
Association, there will
be a variety of enter-
tainment and activities
as well as an exhibit by
the Morton Salt Com-
pany, a Junkanoo rush
out, arts and crafts, rake
and scrape, Donkey der-
by, gospel concert tea
party, children’s corner,
cooking contest, and live
entertainment featuring
Avvy and other Bahami-
an entertainers.

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anony-

mous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting
times and places: New Providence Community Cen-
tre: Wednesday - 7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group:
Rosetta Street, Wednesday - 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm
to 9:30pm.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30pm
every third Wednesday at the Bahamas National
Pride Building.

TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm
in the Solomon’s Building, East-West Highway.

TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of -

each month at C C Sweeting Senior High School,
Oakes Field.

International Training in Communication, Essence

Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meetings on the Ist .

and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Doctor's Hos-
pital Conference : :
Room. .

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets
the second and fourth Wednesday of the month,

8pm @ St Augustine’s Monestary.

THURSDAY

@ ENTERTAINMENT

The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tournament
continues, Thursday, August 10. Activities include 39th
Annual Glenda’s Road Race, Julian Brown
Fun/Run/Walk, fishing and Softly Basketball Camp.
Call 242.347.3529 for more information.

@ THEATRE -

The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play: Writ-
ten and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweetheart’s
Club will be performed at Worker’s House, August
10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available from the Kennedy
Medical Center (by Galleria Cinemas, JFK Plaza)
and Woodside Photoshop and Gallery (Soldier Road,
East of Abundant Life Road).



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“OUT THERE”

- B HEALTH

Free. public health lectures featuring distinguished
physicians are held at Doctors Hospital every third
Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Doctors Hos-
pital Conference Room. Free screenings between
5pm & 6pm. For more information call 302-4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public

of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to
9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays .- 7:30pm to-8:30pm '
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held

6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes :

location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is
required. Call 364.8423 to register or for more info.

REACH — Resources & Education for Autism and

related Challenges meets from 7pm — 9pm the sec-
ond Thursday of each month inthe

cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill,

Road.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, second
and third Thursday at the Ministry of Health &
Environment building on. Meeting Street commenc-
ing at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes. !

International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday
of every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable
Beach, 6pm.

The recently established National Insurance Baord
Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets every fourth
Thursday in the month, in the National Insurance
Board’s (NIB) training room, Wulf Road office
complex, at 6pm. All retirees are welcome.

FRIDAY"



@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAURANTS

Cafe Europa on Charlotte. Street North, kicks off



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every Friday night with Happy Hour... special
drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and Nas-
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@ ENTERTAINMENT

The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tourna-
ment, FINAL DAY - Friday, August, 11. Activities
include fishing, Softly Basketball Camp, Gala Ball at the
Bimini Breeze, under the patronage of Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. Call 242.347.3529 for more
information. © ‘

Mt THEATRE |

The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play: Writ-
ten'and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweetheart’s
Club will be performed at Worker’s House, August
10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available from the Kennedy
Medical Center (by Galleria Cinemas, JFK Plaza)
and Woodside Photoshop and Gallery (Soldier Road,
East of Abundant Life Road). j

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The. Nassau Group,

= Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm & 8:30pm to
- 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church - Fridays @ 6pm to

7pm New Providence Community Centre: Fridays @
7pm to 8pm.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Bap-
tist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Fri-
day of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine’s Monestary. For more info call 325.1947
after 4pm.



SATURDAY



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The Sweetheart’s Club - a new Bahamian play: Writ-
ten and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweetheart’s
Club will be performed at Worker’s House, August
10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available from the Kennedy

’ Medical Center (by Galleria Cinemas, JFK Plaza)

and Woodside Photoshop and Gallery (Soldier Road, ~
East of Abundant Life Road). - :

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta. Street: Saturday mornings - 10am to 11am.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Street. ; s ;

Doctors Hospital - CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from
9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community

- Training Representative at 302.4732 for more infor-
mation and learn to save a life today.

@ CIVIC CLUBS

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are
pleased to offer.a cycling clinic for juniors between
10 and 17. The free clinic will be held eyery Satur-
day in an effort to encourage kids to cycle, Parents
interested in registering their children should con-
tact organisers at jarcycling@gmail.com



SUNDAY

@ PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS

» & RESTAURANTS

Traveller’s Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street, fea-
tures special entertainment - Gernie, Tabitha and
the Caribbean Express - every Sunday from 6:30pm
to 9:30pm.

@ HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public
of its meeting times and places: The Nassau Group,
Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to

9:30pm.

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that Mr Marquis’s permit had
been deferred pending a full
explanation of training measures
being undertaken to replace him.

Political observers believe the
government’s actions have been
prompted by a series of hard-hit-
ting INSIGHT articles by Mr
Marquis and, in particular, his
savage dismantling of Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.

Tn one item, Mr Marquis dis-
mussed Mr Mitchell as an inef-
fectval “joker” and described
au-press critic Raynard Rigby
uo “a pacposterous figure who
has neither the gumption nor
gravitas to be chairman of a
major political party.”

When Senator Philip Galanis
weighed in with anti-press criti-
cism, Mr Marquis ridiculed him
by saying: “He is incapable of

“ROM page one Work permit

jumping from one thought to
another without falling flat on
his face.”

Attempts to silence a man Mr
Smith described as “a renowned
journalist with long experience”
are likely to have a resounding
impact beyond Bahamian shores.

Mr Smith said he was alerting
international human rights
groups to the situation while the
respected journalists’ website
‘Holdthefrontpage’ has already
carried a story on the issue.

Mr Smith said the govern-
ment’s action, had sent “a
depressing and chilling message
to all journalists and anyone else
who wishes to express them-
selves in the Bahamas.”

He said the government was
blatantly trying to put pressure
on The Tribune to stop. it sub-





jecting politicians to public scruti-
ny and accountability.

It was, he added, an “absolute
disgrace” and “an act of extreme
political victimisation” by the
PLP against a writer with a long
background in the Bahamas.

A Tribune reader e-mailed the
paper to say: “This PLP govern-
ment intends to victimise you as
it has others, both Bahamian and
foreign. Rest assured, if they try
this tactic the protests will
begin.”

And businessman Rick Lowe
joined the debate by describing
the government’s action as
“shocking”, saying it was in
response to calls from Galanis,
Mitchell and others for the edi-
tor’s permit to be revoked.

“This is reminiscent of the
intimidation tactics of the old
PLP that so many Bahamians
rejected in 1992 and is certainly
not what was promised by the

LOCAL NEWS

‘New PLP’.”

Mr Lowe added: “Mr Obie
Wilchcombe, Minister of
Tourism, is the only leader
among the PLP who seems to
understand what freedom of the
press means.

“It should be understood that
Mr Marquis can write for The
Tribune wherever he might be
in the world and these immature
rantings of some of the leaders in
the PLP should be dismissed out
of hand.”

Mr Lowe said it was to be
hoped that Immigration Minister
Shane Gibson would allow cool-
er heads to prevail in this exer-
cise “and show the. maturity to
allow differing opinions, even by
a foreigner.”

He added: “If this wasn’t so
pathetic, one could pity these so-
called leaders.”

Yesterday, Mr Marquis him-.
self said: “The government ought



to be well enough informed to
know that The Tribune offers the
best training for journalists in
the Bahamas. |

“In my eight years here I have
brought on a nucleus of extreme-
ly fine young journalist who will

guide The
come.

“Flowever, Mr. Mitchell must
recognise that while attorneys
like him are a dime-a-dozen,
good journalists ‘are extremely
hard to come by. ‘Training them
to become senior editorial exec-
utives is a long pirocess, taking
many years.” |

He added: “For me, personal-
ly, this issue is no big deal, but it
has enormous ramifications for
the Bahamian people.’

“What they need to under-
stand is that, if a person can be
victimised for expressing opin-
ions, their so-called constitutional
rights are meaningless.”

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Squatters block bid to clear land

ue store closed

FROM page one

vide for the construction of the second
phase of a new Fire Trail housing sub-
division.

According to Mr Collie, a tractor
was sent to the site yesterday morn-
ing by Minister Wisdom to demolish
some of the property occupied by
illegal squatters.

Mr Collie said he asked the dri-
ver if he had a court order to
destroy any of the properties. Mr

Collie said the driver replied: “No,

I am waiting on Mr Farrington for
instructions.”

Mr Collie said he told the driver
that “if you attempt to demolish any
of the property, me and all of these
persons will stand in front of the
premises, so you will have to come
through us.”

At this point. the driver turned
around and left the scene.

Mr Collie found the Ministry’s

efforts contrary to what he had pre-.

viously. arranged with Mr Wisdom.
Mr Collie said that when he met
with the Minister on Saturday, the
Minister confirmed that he would
stop his public servants from putting
some of these people off their land.

“Mr Wisdom promised that if
they needed the land to develop,
they would work with Fire Trail res-

and that in the event residents
absolutely have to leave, the gov-
ernment would assist them in relo-
cating,” he said.

Mr Collie said that the residents,
who have been squatting on the
land for about 30 years, never
applied to the Supreme Court to
acquire the land and were given no
legal advice on to what to do.

He said that by law they do have
a right to property as they have
been living there for more. than 12
years.

have the option of buying the prop-
erty if the government will work
with them.

Mr Collie thinks that the finan-

cial situation of the residents is not
a reason for ‘their refusal to pur-
chase the Crown land. He said “spe-
cial arrangements” were négotiat-
ed last week Friday with the resi-
dents and Housing officials.

“Tt was said that a sum of $18,000
is needed to upgrade the property,
which includes the cost to convey
the land, as well as to-upgrade the
electricity, water, and infrastructure
of the houses,” Mr Collie explained.

He told The Tribune that if this is
the figure for residents to comply
with the. building code, the govern-

> ment. needs to work.with these

Super Val

According to Mr Collie, they still

FROM page one

was used to fight this fire, there is natural
damage to food items — given the close
proximity to the fire,” Mr Pinder said.

He said the Ministry of Health is simply
following standard operating procedures.

The fire, destroyed only the Delicatessen
section of Super Value. According to Rupert
Roberts, owner of Super Value stores and
Discount Mart, there was minimal damage
to merchandise.

He also told The Tribune that he is hop-
ing officials give permission for the store
to be opened by today.

“The Ministry of Health asked us to sus-
pend the sale for a complete inspection of
the building and I think the building wasn’t
compromise by the fire and. the products.
There was nowhere in the store that got
above 80 degrees. They were not there, I
was,” Mr Roberts said. “The air-condition
was on during the fire so the products didn’t
get any heat.

“The liquid perishables we poured down

the drain and threw the containers in the
compactor, which is a 20 to,25 seal drum,
disposing them. But we don’t really know
when they will let us resume selling. I am
hoping it is this afternoon.”

But before the store is given permission to
reopen, it will have to supply a detailed list
of all items sold to persons over the two-day
period.

Mr Pinder said: “Given the fact that the

ing Super Value to do is to ails us in writing
a list. of food items that they’ would. have
acid prior to our inspection,” Mr Pinder
said. |

“We should have conducteid the inspec-
tion, but the store was reopened to the pub-’
lic before we had gotten a cliance to get
into the store and inspect the perishable
food items in particular.” |

However, Mr Roberts said that his store
has taken the necessary steps to ensure
spoiled items were not'sold durifig tlie 25 per
cent storewide sale.

“The liquid perishable items,, we poured

down the drain and threw the ciontainers in
the compactor,” Mr Roberts said. “I think
the building wasn’t compromise: by the fire

and the products. There was riowhere in:

the store that got above 80 degrees.”

Yesterday chaos erupted outside the
store, and Police were eventuall'y called to
quiet the rowdy crowd. It was then that the
store was forced to cease operations.

Mr Roberts said: “There were: too many
people. This morning (Tuesday)! was disor-
derly on the outside, and they were very
discontented because we were riot letting
them in. They wanted to come in} and enjoy

- the bargains.

“Police were called in. They assisted us in:
evacuating the store and closing the store
down.”

Mr Roberts told The Tribune that ini-
tially the intention was to sell out’ all of the

items, but since yesterday’s closure:, “we re-.

evaluated that thought and we d'iscarded

idents to upgrade their property,





“poor people” so that they can pay
the money over a period of time.

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Bahamian people require,
rather than just providing jobs
in the private sector,” he told
the media during a tour of
Atlantis’ Phase III yesterday.

Speaking on Bahamian
employment at the Paradise
Island resort, Mr Ingraham
pointed out that even though
Atlantis will soon be employ-
ing some 10,000 Bahamians —
five per cent of the country’s
total work force — the public
service still employs more than
double than that.

Mr Ingraham said that cur-
rently there are “some 20,000
plus” civil servants — a number
he is seeking to reduce should
he regain the office of prime
minister.

As it concerns Atlantis, Mr
Ingraham ‘said that he is not
concerned in the least that the

“employment of such a high per-

centage of the Bahamian popu-
lation will depend on one entity.

He also emphasised that he
has confidence in Kerzner’s

SHIFT_the future



all of the perishables and anything: that'was

in the store.” ‘

\

. ability to train Baharnians and
reduce the need oijf foreign
labour and expertise.

Mr Ingraham said that in
addition to Kerzner Interna-
tional offering its employees
good incomes, the corapany has
also been successful in training
Bahamian workers ti. eventu-

ally take over positiions now

held by foreigners. |

“We’ve had tretnendous
transfer of skills to Biahamians
as a result of. this project and
other projects such as: the (Our
Lucaya in Grand Bahiama).

“When this project its finished
next year, there will) be more
trained and skilled Bal kamuans:
and the next time another phase
comes along there will be need
for fewer (foreigners),’’ he said.

The FNM leader said that
Atlantis’ current staff tis 75 per
cent Bahamian. }

He pointed out thait when
government built a fiotel 20
years ago, Indian construction
workers had to be braiught in,
and when the new tertninal at
the airport was built, Nfexican
labour had‘to be solicite:d. -

Today, Mr Ingraham ‘said, he
is confident that the Biihamas
has sufficient skilled woi'kers to
construct not only Phas III of
Atlantis, but also any {‘urther
phases that should follovw.

THE TRIBUNE



Atlantis

FROM page one

_ Prime Minister Perry Christie
first hinted at the possibility of a
Phase IV during a similar tour by
government officials two weeks
ago.

Speaking with the Bahamian
media during yesterday’s tour,
Mr Ingraham said that he expects
Atlantis to ultimately also pur-
sue a fifth phase. .

Mr Ingraham said that when
the company initially presented
its resort proposal to the Bahami-
an government in 1992, Mr
Kerzner said that he would be
able to create some 5000 new’
hotel rooms for the country over
a 20-year period.

“Few people believed him, but
we (the FNM), did,” he said. \

Mr Ingraham said that he is
confident that Kerzner Interna-
tional will be able to. fulfil the
13 years ago. Bile: NOME! 0D

“We expect that‘over time Mr
Kerzner will undertake five phas-
és on Parz.dise Island, over time.
And he’ll get up tothe 5000 new
and additional hotel rooms that
we expect. a se

“Whether that’s.10.years from
now, five years from now, I have
no idea, but if he has delivered
on all the commitments he has
made to the Bahamas, then I

; promises that Mr Kerzner made

have great confidence that he will :

continue to deliver,” Mr-Ingra-
ham said.

Mr Kerzner told the press yes-
terday that he is looking forward
to getting Phase III off the ground
and is confident that it will be a
“sreat success.”

“We are confident that it will
be another significant impetus to
tourism here in.the Bahamas,”
he said.

Mr Kerzner said he is also con-
fident that as. Phase I leads to
Phase II, and that in turn spurned
the current Phase III, this latest
addition to Atlantis will result in
afourthphase. 9

“I do believe that Phase III
with all the attractions that we

will provide is probably going to.

lead in itself to the requirement to
build a’‘Phase IV,” he said.

Mr Kerzner said: that with the
current scope of resort projects
happening throughout the entire
Bahamas, he is very encouraged
by the country’s future potential
in the tourism industry.

service jobs’

“We have the manpower to
man this job and the manpower
to-man additional jobs. What
we must do is to accelerate the
technical and vocational train-

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ing for Bahamians in this coun- _ 2

try so that we can have a
reduced number of expatriates
come in for these kind of jobs,”
he said.

However, one of the con-
struction workers on Atlantis’
Phase III, said that he was not
satisfied with the kind of wages
the resort offers Bahamians
compared to foreigners.

During yesterday’s tour of the
resort’s new 600-room suite
hotel, Mario Pinto — a Bahami-
an worker at the site — told Mr
Ingraham that locals earn far
less than foreigners with the
same skills.

He said that a Bahamian con-
struction worker at Atlantis
makes: between $10 to.$12 an
hour, while a non-Bahamian in
the same job can earn between
$18 and $25.

Mr Ingraham promised that
he would look into Mr Pinto’s
concerns, but pointed that the
construction worker seemed to
being “doing quite well,” as he
had just purchased a condo-
minium in the neighbourhood
of the FNM leader on Sanford
Drive.

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proposed

National Health Insurance (NHI)

contributions will result in lower

wages and benefits for staff, and

impose restrictions on the labour
market, a study has warned.

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ic think-tank by Nadeem Esmail,
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@ By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
‘Reporter



THE Bahamas could exploit
China’s agriculture and solar
energy industries for its own
benefit, the Chamber of Com-
merce president told The Tri-
| bune yesterday, after this nation
was one. of only two countries
out of 16 invited to send private
sector representatives to a Bei-
jing workshop.

Tanya Wright said the
Bahamas.-had to continue. its
|| public and private partnerships
as it opened the door to more
trade and economic opportuni-
ties with China.



| Wells-Simms from the Ministry

merce.

tunities available, and to find
ways to identify and capitalise
on linkages,” Mrs Wright

She, together with Ordette,

of Foreign Affairs, travelled to China for a 15-day,economic and |
administrative seminar hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Com-

“The whole pupae of the trip was to take a look at the oppor-

lan

Study concludes government’s plan will not improve the quality of health
services ‘without increasing cost or adversely enecuns income growth’

growth”.

Mr Esmail concluded that if
the Government implemented
the NHI scheme proposed by that
report, it would “create a sub-
standard health care programme
whose costs far exceeded what

. was necessary to deliver the level

of quality/access that. would be
provided to residents of the
Bahamas”. |

In the study, a copy of which
has been seen by The Tribune,
Mr Esmail said the NHI plan was
effectively an income tax in dis-
guise.

He added that although the
NHI proposed that contributions,

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Fiscal deficit down 50%

By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Government’s fiscal
deficit fell by almost 50 per cent
during the first 11 months of the
2005-2006 fiscal year to $78.4 mil-
lion, the Central Bank of the
Bahamas attributing this to a
boost in government revenue that
outpaced spending rises.

The Central Bank said the
Treasury had benefited from
improved economic conditions,
with revenue and grants up by
about $177.2 million or 19.5 per
cent to $1.087.6 billion.

Tax receipts increased by 17.5
per cent or $146.7 million to
$986.9 million; as customs duties
and stamp levies on imports rose
by 16.7 per cent and 17.3 per cent
respectively.

Increased receipts from fines,
forfeitures and administration
fees extended the gains in non-
tax revenue by $37.5 million to
$97.5 million.

The Central Bank reported
that total government spending
rose by 10.6 per to $1.166 billion
in the 11 months to May 2006.

Recurrent expenditure rose by
9.3 per to $1.020.5 billion, which
the Central Bank said reflected
increased outlays for goods and
services, plus wages as well as
transfers and subsidies.

Capital spending rose by 74.4
per cent to $100.6 million, due to

\

Central Bank

warns on oil prices

inflationary impact

higher spending.on infrastructure

projects and the acquisition of

land for housing developments.
In addition, the Central Bank

reported that during June, domes-_

tic economic developments were
underscored by continued expan-
sion in foreign investment activi-
ty and heightened growth in

.domestic demand. This was

fuelled primarily by robust
growth in private sector credit.
However, the Central Bank
again warned that oil price rises,
coupled with events in the Middle
East, were likely to increase the
Bahamas’ current account deficit,
and might fuel cost-push infla-

. tion.

For the 12 months ending in
May, domestic retail price infla-
tion rose to 1.9 per cent compared
to 1.4 per cent from the prior
year, as the pass- through impact

=e higher energy costs persist-
e

The Central Bank said the
most significant price increases
were noted for food and bever-
ages at 4 per cent, other goods

SEE page 4B

supposed to be set at 5.3 per cent
of a salaried worker’s monthly
income, were to be split evenly.
between employer and employ-
ee, this would not lessen the bur-
den on employees.

“The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion’s’ proposal that employers
share in the cost of employee
health premiums results in an
unnecessary restriction on the
marketplace, and the cost will still
ultimately be paid by employees
through lower wages and/or ben-
efits,’ Mr Esmail said.

Adding that the Blue Ribbon
Commission was mistaken if it
believed that sharing NHI pay-

ments with employers: would
relieve the burden on workers,
Mr Esmail said: “From the firm’s
perspective, the wage of an
employee is their total income

, including all benefits and taxes

that must be paid (or total pay-
ments to/for the employee).

“This total value is determined

by the firm according to the value

of the employee’s output. Unless

the value of an employee rises
post NHI implementation, the
NHI premium must ultimately be
factored. into total income
through a reduction in other
forms of income.

“In the short term, until

employers can adjust their wage
structure to accoynt for the new

costs, the effect of the tax will be 5

an increase in employer costs.”

Although this would be a tem- —

porary event, Mr Esmail said that
until employee wages were
adjusted over the long-term, NHI

contributions “will squeeze per-

sonal income”, meaning that the
scheme’s implementation will
impose a cost on individual
Bahamians and the economy.

“A premium cost levied on the
employer will ultimately be paid
by the employees through lower
take-home wages,” Mr Esmail
said. “Thus, it makes most sense

Guana Cay opponents
promise ‘long battle’

@ By NEIL HARTNELE
Tribune Business Editor

OPPONENTS of the $175 mil-
lion investment project on Guana
Cay yesterday reiterated that they
“are not going away” and will
take their legal fight to stop the
development all the way to the
Privy Council, despite being
served with a statutory demand to
pay $10,000 worth of costs.

Discovery Land Company, the
San Francisco-based company

behind the development, through |

its two subsidiaries, Passerine at
Abaco and Passerine at Abaco
Holdings, has served a demand
on the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association for $10,000 in costs

Criticise statutory détitand for $.. 000°

costs served on them by developers

that the Court of Appeal ordered
the latter to pay on June 28, 2006.

The document, signed by Joey
Arenson, a director of the two
Passerine companies and partner
in Discovery Land Company, said
they “jointly demand that’ Save
Guana Cay Reef Association pay
the debt or secure or compound it
to the creditors’ satisfaction”.

In a statement issued through
its attorney, Fred Smith, the

Association said it viewed the |
| attempt

statutory demand a





‘to effectively shutit down.

It pointed out that if the
$10,000 was not paid, the devel-
opers could petition the Supreme
Court to liquidate :and wind-up
the Association.

The Companies Act allows

creditors to present a winding-up
petition to the Supreme Court if a
debt is not paid within 21 days of
a statutory demand for payment

SEE page 2B



to simply require that individu-
als fund the entire premium

-themselves.

“This will also have the added
benefit of greater cost recogni-
tion by the insured population,
who would be responsible for the
full cost of the NHI premium, and
not just a share of it.”

’ He added that having employ-

‘ers share the burden of NHI pay-

ments would cause “unnecessary
restrictions on the labour mar-
ketplace”, as it would tie Bahami-
an workers to jobs or create dif-

SEE page 2B





i By. NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

GREATER regulation of pri-
vate health insurance in the
Bahamas as proposed by the
report on National Health Insur-
ance (NHI) will reduce innova-
tion and consumer choice, and
raise the costs of health services,
a study. has warned.

A report on the Government’s
planned NHI scheme, prepared
for the Nassau Institute econom-
ic think-tank by Nadeem Esmail, |
director of health system perfor-
mance studies for the Canada-

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FROM page 1B

being served.-
Mr Smith described the move
by Discovery Land Company as
“unusual”, given the ongoing

legal battle being fought between:

the two sides. He pointed out that
they were all still waiting for the
Supreme Court to rule on the
merits of the Association’ S case.

Mr Smith said: “Usually, par-
ties wait until all the legal buitles
are over.and the dust has settled’
to claim costs that have been
awarded, and to set off awards of
costs that have been made
throughout the different stages
and levels of the fight.

“The attempt by Bakers Bay
to collect this $10,000 is simply
an attempt to bring pressure to
bear on the people of Guana Cay
to stop their fight for justice.”

The statutory demand comes
after the Association last week
obtained a Privy Council injunc-
tion that stayed the Court of
Appeal’s May 8, 2006, ruling that
allowed the developers to resume
work on their Baker’s Bay Golf &
Ocean Club project.

This means that Discovery
Land Company is unable to do
any new work’ on Guana Cay
until the Supreme Court gives its

_ verdict, or the association’s Peti-

tion for Special Leave is heard
by the Privy Council, whichever is
earlier.
Discovery.Land Company and
their attorney, Michael Barnett

at Graham, Thompson & Co,
have applied to discharge the
injunction, although it is uncer-

tain when the Privy Council will -

hear their application.

Dr Livingstone Marshall, Bak-
er’s Bay’s senior vice-president
of environmental and community
affairs, said of the injunction: “We
view this latest tactic.by the Asso-
ciation as a stalling tactic. Impor-
tantly, we believe that this latest

- legal manoeuvre by Mr Smith.and

Association will be quickly
addressed, and hopefully disposed
of, once our case and the Gov-
ernment's case is presented to the
Privy Council."

In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Smith indicated that the
Guana Cay project was likely to
be ensnared. by legal action by
the Association for at least a year.

The Association, he hinted, was
fully prepared to take its attempts
to stop the development all the
way to the Privy Council.

He said: “We have yet to bite
into the meat of the case. We are
waiting for a judgment from the
Supreme Court, then the Court
of Appeal will deal with the mer-
its of it on appeal, and then the
Privy Council will deal with it.

“The people of Guana Cay are
not going away. I want.the Gov-
ernment and the (developers) to

‘know the people of Guana Cay

are serious about protecting their
rights. This is a war we will fight
on many fronts. The Heads of
mereementl is s just one part of our
initiative......

Mr Smith’s comments indicate
that the Guana Cay project could
be tangled in ‘legal guerrilla war-
fare’ for some\months, with the
Association attempting to thwart
the developers’ every efforts to
restart work. _

Mr Smith added that the Asso-

‘ciation believed the injunction to

stop work was necessary because
the dispute could be rendered
“nugatory”, meaning there was
nothing left to litigate, if the
developers were allowed to pro-
ceed. “This is a matter of great
public importance and it is the

first of its kind in the Bahamas, °

dealing with issues that affect so

_many developments,” Mr Smith

said.

“It cuts a swathe through social
and economic issues that Bahami-
ans and foreigners, rich'and poor,
black and white, must grapple
with.”

In submissions supporting the
Association’s application for spe-
cial leave to appeal to the Privy
Council, Mr Smith said: “The out-
come of this matter ultimately
affects how dozens of foreign
developments in the Bahamas

‘ (representing billions of dollars

of investments), where the Goy-
ernment of the Bahamas has
entered into what have come to
be known as Heads. of Agree-
ments, will be conducted.”

He added that the case also
raised the issue of whether Fam-
ily Island communities would,
through the Local Government
Act, be allowed to decide them-

selves whether to grant the rele-

vant licences and permits for
developments in their area.

Mr Smith said: “It concerns the '
attempt by such communities to |
preserve their culture, heritage
and traditional way of life in the
face of foreign land speculation,

which involves the creation of \.
exclusive mega yacht, residential ~

and golfing hotels.and communi-
ties from which the locals are
effectively excluded.”

The use of Crown and Trea-
sury land, which Mr Smith alleged
are supposed to be “held in trust
for the benefit of Bahamian citi-
zens”, was another issue raised
by the Baker’s Bay case.

Mr Smith told The Tribune: “It
is not every bit of ptistine land in
the Bahamas that we should per-
mit real estate companies to seize
and benef:t from at the expense
of the patrimony of Bahamians.”

In response to the statutory
demand, the Association’s presi-"
dent, Troy Albury, said in a state-
ment: “The people of Guana Cay
are fighting to. protect their cul-
ture, tradition and environment.

“Instead of recognising the
legitimacy of our position, and

‘recognising that we do speak for -

the people of Guana Cay, Bakers
Bay are trying to use this demand.
for the payment of costs to muz- .
zle and suffocate us to death.

“Our Association speaks for ©

the hundreds of Bahamians in
Guana Cay who are desperately
fighting to preserve our way of

life.”

National Health plan to cause lower wages

FROM page 1B

ficulties when they changed
employment, reducing freedom
of movement.

Mr Esmail said the Blue Rib-
bon Commission was incorrect to
focus on just a few sectors of the
Bahamian economy in analysing
the potential impace that NHI

: s:would:have..

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cost of NHI contributions, but he
argued that it should have
focused on the whole economy.
Given that the NHI scheme’s
contributions would act as an
income tax, Mr Esmail warned:
“Increases in taxes affect the
incentives for investment, risk-
taking, entrepreneurial activities
and working by reducing the val-
ue of any gains that might accrue

_ fram these activities.”
““" He pointed out that a $1

increase in income taxes imposed
upon an individual costs $1.60,
meaning that there was a net
$0.60 loss to the economy before
the bill was paid.

And studies had shown that in
the US, it costs between $1.26 and
$2.02 to raise an extra dollar in
income tax, including the actual
dollar raised.

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An ageing and elderly popula-
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subsidies” would be required
from younger, healthier Bahami-
ans to finance the care required
by their older counterparts. This
problem was particularly acute in
NHI plans promising compre-
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proposed by the Government.
An examination of developed
economies, Mr Esmail said,
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need to think the Bahamas’ NHI
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that the Bahamian economy was —

vulnerable to external shocks, and.
heavily reliant on tourism and
financial services.
Mr Esmail pointed out that the
Bahamian economy was growing
at a slower rate than the more
diversified ones in Organisation
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Its inflation-adjusted, per capi-
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Bahamian company

joins Rum Cay project

Rum Cay Resort Marina.

_ Bruce LaFleur and Associates, a firm
- fhat employs 11 staff in Nassau and two in
‘Freeport, has thus become the latest addi-
‘tion to the team developing the resort pro-

ject.

Marathon Mall.

Recently completed projects include the
St Francis Cathedral and the new Library
and IT Facilities at St Andrews School.

Montana Holdings said its Rum Cay
project, situated on 900 acres, would be
built in three phases, the first of those

Among the recent projects by the com-
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’.* cipal Bruce LaFleur, are the Bahamas

-. Fourism Training Centre, Caves Point
Condominiums and the extension to the



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_ ofthe marina up —
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additions to the —
“marina service
facilities,a
restaurant _

tennis.

starting this month.

The first phase will feature an 80-slip
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ings from ocean estates to ridge villas.

Montana Holdings plans an expansion
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The marina village will contain exclusive
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SIR Jack Hayward’s son, :

Rick, has stepped down from
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concentrate on the family’s
business interests in Grand
Bahama.

Mr Hayward has stepped

down from his position at
. Coca-Cola Championship club,
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man, but this doesn't mean
that my involvement with the
club is over. I will still attend
games and support my father,
Jez Moxey and the new board
whenever possible."

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quish his role at Wolves:

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Potential Bahamas, Chinese _
links over farming and energy

FROM page 1B

explained.

A nexecutive with Bank of the
Bahamas International, Mrs
Wright said that at present, China
is experiencing a major construc-
tion boom as the country pre-
pares to host the 2008 summer
Olympics in Beijing.

“The construction in the coun-
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have a depth of skill in architec-
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Mrs Wright said there was a
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struction industry between the
Bahamas and China.

She added that China also had
very strong solar energy and agri-
culture industries, both of which
can provide excellent opportuni-
ties for partnerships between the
two countries.

“The Bahamas is in a great
position to work towards the
transfer of skills and other
resources to capitalise on the
freer export of Chinese abilities in
the short term,” Mrs Wright said.

“This, rather than the import
of cheap - and sometimes unau-
thenticated - goods for resale






should be our private sector ben-
efit from our deepening relation-
ship with China.”

Mrs Wright said the Chamber
wanted assurance that the pre-
sent government, as well as suc-
cessive administrations, will
engage the private sector in rela-
tions with other countries.

In the past, Mrs Wright noted
that Chinese businessmen had to
deal with a lot of internal bureau-
cracy before they could travel,
meaning that visas could often
take up to a month to be issued.

With the opening of the
Bahamian mission in Beijing, Mrs
Wright said she hoped that the
red tape associated with Chinese

businessmen travelling to this
nation can be reduced or elimi-
nated.

Michael Scott, Callenders &
Co’s head of litigation, previous-
ly told The Tribune that visas
allowing Chinese citizens to trav-
el to the Bahamas were still being
issued through the British
embassy, and taking up to four
weeks to come through. This
compared with three to four days
for UK and US visas, and was in
danger of making the Bahamas
uncompetitive.

“If the timelines are still the
same, I would certainly ask the
Ministry of Foreign: Affairs to

take a close look at why that is

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CARLINE JOSEPH, PRINCE

CHARLES DR.,

AASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the

happening,” Mrs Wright said.

She added that there was a
tremendous opportunity to pro-
mote the Bahamas to Chinese
tourists, saying it would be a great
thing if this nation could tap into
even a fraction of the Chinese
market.

The Bahamas was one of 16
countries from Latin America
the Caribbean and south Pacific

regions invited by the Chinese to °

attend the workshop, which
focused on Chinese economic
development, strategy, interna-
tional cooperation and exchange,
the Chinese financial system and
reformation, and foreign invest-
mient..

The Bahamian delegation not-
ed that despite the significant dif-

ference in size between China and
the Bahamas, there were still sim-
ilarities in the challenges they
faced, notably the threat of nat--.

ural disasters and providing’ .’.’

opportunities for sustainable

‘ development.

_ The Chinese government and
its growing private sector, Mrs .
Wright said, will seek opportuni-~ , ’
ties for business partnerships or’ - ’
cooperation. throughout the.’
world.

During the trip, the China
Council for the promotion of

International Trade offered a © | +’
memorandum of co-operation to | -’.

Mrs Wright for the purpose of
strengthening trade and econom-
ic cooperation between Shandong
Providence and the Bahamas.

Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and

that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should senda written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 29th day of JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,





F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

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Chartered Accountants,
would like to advise our
valued clients that our
‘office will be closed on.
Friday, 4th August, 2006
to observe our firm’s
Annual Fun Day
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August, 2006.



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Counsel and Attorneys-at-law
Notaries Public

_ Is seeking an ambitious

COMMERCIAL/CORPORATE

ATTORNEY
For its Nassau Office

Candidates with a minimum of five (5) years
experience must possess the skills and the
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experience and must have the skills and the
ability to work independently on varied
commercial/litigation matters.

Attractive salary and benefits are available to
the applicants with the right aptitude and skills.

Applicants should send resumes to:

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Fiscal deficit down aI

more moderate price increases
aoe ru Cece Caritas melo
and health - 1.7 per cent - and
‘education at 1.6 per cent, while
average costs decelerated for
transport and communication,
clothing and footwear and
recreation and entertainment
services.




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PUG ago Pee Io wees tL ee CO
ing 2.7 per cent, and furniture

and household operations, 2 per
aie
The Central Bank noted that

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Established Pharmacy seeks a qualified Pharmacist.)
Must have a valid licensed from the Pharmacy Board
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. At least three
years experience in a dispensary role. Interested

persons may send resumes to:
P. O. BOX N-3207 DA 11514 c/o
The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas or
Fax resumes to 325-8051.

NOTICE






BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and-Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as |.
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
‘granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

















ion No. 0501 08152, Enticknap v.
-HMS Financial Inc. et al. A copy of the |.
Amended Statement of Claim may be obtained |

at www.mcnallycuming.com.









The Embassy of the United States in Nassau, The Bahamas
has launched via the internet. a solicitation to require op-
eration and management of Local Guard Services for the
U.S. Embassy Nassau, and the Frederal Inspection Station
(FIS) Pre-Clearance Unit, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas. The contractor shall furnish mangerial, admin- |
istrative and direct labor personal to accomplish all work
as required in this contact. The estimated number of hours
for guards is 153,833 per year. Performance is for a one
(1) year base period and four (4) one-year periods. Major
duties and responsibilities are to perform accesss control
to limit entry only to authorized personnel or visitors, the
operation of walk-through metal detectors, hand-held de-
tectors and-special monitoring devices.

All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall
be considered. The government has issued the solicitation
on the FEDBIZOPPS site at www.fedbizopps.gov This
requirement will be issued only via the internet. No hard
(paper) copies will be mailed. Once on the FEDBIZOPPS
website, Click on “Vendors” button under browse
agencies, choose “STATE”, scroll down to “Western
Hemisphere Posts”, double click on “Jocations”. You
will locate all documents related to this solicitation under |
American Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas. Questions can
be addressed to Karen Wiebelhaus, Contracting Officer by
phone: (242) 322-1181 ext. 4415, or by FAX (242)
328-7838 or at wiebelhauskk @state.gov


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2006, PAGE 5B

THE TRIBUNE |

No.000673 2006

National Health plan to
amage private insurers

FROM page 1B

based Fraser Institute, criticised
the Blue Ribbon Commission’s
2004 report on the planned NHI
scheme for adopting “a negative
tone” towards the growth of pri-
vate health insurance in the
Bahamas.

The Commission’s report
called for greater regulation of
private health insurance in the
Bahamas, claiming there was “a
over-reliance” on this type of
insurance without, according to
Mr Esmail, providing any evi-
dence to back this assertion up.

Arguing that the evidence did
not support the Commission’s call
for regulation and oversight of
private health insurers, Mr Esmail
said: “Regulation of services and

prices can dampen the incentives "

for innovation and the introduc-
tion of greater choice through dif-
ferentiated product offerings.
“Such regulation can also drive
up the costs of health care ser-
vices as competition stagnates,
and the incentive to decrease
prices as a result of efficiency and
innovation is virtually eliminat-
ed by a government determined
rate.” : :
Mr Esmail said private health
insurers provided Bahamians with
quick access to healthcare in
' return for a regular premium pay-
ment, allowing people to tailor
spending to their healthcare pref-
erences and giving lower income
groups access to services.

The Government’s proposed
NHI scheme plans to shift the
burden of healthcare insurance
from the private sector to the
public sector, and Mr Esmail
warned that in the Bahamian con-
text, this could leave many with-
out choice in the services they
received. fea

“Without effective choice,
health care delivery becomes a
common, uncontested standard,
leaving patients in a situation
where they cannot protest for bet-
ter quality by choosing to pur-
chase health services from a dif-
ferent provider,” Mr Esmail said.

“Monopoly insurance also
abolishes the need for hospitals to
be efficient and innovative due
to a lack of competition.”

Mr Esmail recommended that
NHI “should be provided by both
public and private insurance com-
panies in a competitive market-

place”, rather than switched.

largely to the public sector as the
Government is currently propos-
ing.
He added: “Bahamians should
be required to purchase insurance
by law, while those who cannot
afford insurance should be given
vouchers to purchase insurance
from the provider of their choice.

“NHI insurance providers
should also be permitted to offer
a multitude of insurance options
and not be regulated to the extent
that consumer sovereignty or
insurance plan flexibility is need-
lessly restricted.”

Mr Esmail also argued that the
Government should not hand the

LEGAL NOTICE ©

NOTICE
M’LORD LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

sae . :Notice-is-hereby given that in accordance with
Séction 138(8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of M’LORD LIMITED has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given th. .' accordance with Section 138

(4) of the Internati snai B
of 2000), ALU TRADE IN



ess Companies Act,(No. 45
RN ATICNAL LIMITED, is

task of administering NHI to the:

National Insurance Board (NIB) |

even though it was convenient to
do so, given that organisation’s
already high operating and
administrative costs.

With there being “no econom-
ic rationale” for handing such a
task to the NIB, Mr Esmail said
the administration function
should be outsourced to a private

Mr Esmail said: “Put simply,
the Bahamas’ current healthcare
programme is expensive and
delivers relatively good access to
treatment, but the quality of that
treatment does require some
attention as its is below what
might reasonably be expected for
that level of income, health
expenditure and relative access
to care.”,

_he added.

in dissolution. CON” INENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is

the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market Square,
P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons having
claims against the above-named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or.claims to. the Liquidator before August 31; 2006.

For: Continental Liquidators, Inc;
Liquidator



NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45
of 2000), ENERGY OVERSEAS TRADING
LIMITED, is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL
LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named
comeny ae required to ah their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims t iqui

eect tia o the Liquidator before



For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator







contractor or competitive mar-
ketplace.

Giving the job to NIB would
result “in a less efficient system”,

Mr Esmail said data showed
the Bahamas had a healthcare
programme that was more expen-
sive than any developed country
bar the US.

This had ensured: good access
to healthcare, but “the quality of
care in the Bahamas is below that
available in most developed
nations despite the relatively high
expenditure on health and avail-
ability of care”.

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Notice

NOTICE is hereby given that RODNEL SALNAVE, HANSTER

to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 2nd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister.
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation :

(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45°
of 2000), CHROME TRADE INTERNATIONAL
LTD..,is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS
INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market
Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons
having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of

| their debts or claims to the Liquidator before August 31,
2006.

For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
. Liquidator

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
: No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45
of 2000), ORE TRADE INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED,is in dissolution. CONTINENTAL
LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator and can be contacted
at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906, Belize City, Belize.
All persons having claims against the above-named

| company are required to send their names, addresses and

particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before
August 31, 2006. n ne Pg

Jahh B, Foster :
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,(No. 45
of 2000), HILLFIELD INTERNATIONAL LTD.,is in
dissolution. CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the
Liquidator and can be contacted at 60 Market Square, P.O.
Box 1906, Belize City, Belize. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send
their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before August 31, 2006.



For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator

RD., CARMICHAL RD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying |.

COMMONWEALTH OF
THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT

Equity Side

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or
tract of land containing One Hundred and Sixty-six
(166) Acres more or less and being the
Southeastern portion of the property known as
“Townhead Tract” SITUATE partly on the north
and partly on the south side of Queens Highway,
approximately 315 ft. North of the Old Airport
Road and approximately 1.5 miles Southwest of the
Settlement of George Town
on the island of Great Exuma one of the islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959.

AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of George
Leroy Cumberbatch

IOTICE OF PETITI

The Petition of George Leroy Cumberbatch, of the
City of Freeport in the island of Grand Bahama, in
respect of:-

ALL THAT picce parcel or tract of land containing
by Admeasurements One Hundred and Sixty Six
(166) Acres, more or less being the Southeastern

portion of that larger tract of land said to contain by
admeasurements Two Hundred and Seventy-eight
(278) Acres and known as “Townhead Tract” and
situate approximately about One and a half (1.5)

Miles to the Southeast of the Settlement of George

; Town in the Island of Great Exuma
aforesaid through which there runs to the North-
eastern boundary The Queen’s Highway formerly
The Great Exuma Main Highway being (30) Feet
wide separating the said tract of land from the other
portion of the said tract of land which is bounded
by a mangrove pond creek or lake which pond

. 1 «|-. »ereek or lake finally empties itself into Elizabeth
Notice:is hereby given: that:in-accordance with Section 138} * J" :

+" Harbour’on the Northeastern coast of the ~

Settlement of George Town aforesaid and°*bounded ‘

on the Southeast by land now or formerly the prop-
erty of the Estate of Ernest Smith on the Southwest
by land now or formerly the property of Flamingo
Bay (1975) Limited and on the Northwest by land
now or formerly the property of the said Flamingo
Bay (1975) Limited which said piece parcel or tract
of land has such position shape boundaries marks
and
dimensions as are shown on the diagram or.plan
hereto filed herein and being the land which is the
subject of the Petition filed herein.

George Leroy Cumberbatch claims to be equitable
and beneficial and owner in fee simple possession
of the parcel of land hereinbefore described and
such ownership as aforesaid arises by virtue of a
possessory and.documentary title to the said land.
The Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
to have his title to the said land investigated.

Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-

1) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

2) The Chambers of Harry B. Sands, Lobosky &
Company, Shirley House, Fifty Shirley Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.

3) The Office of the Island Administrator, George
Town, Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Notice is given that any person having dower
_ or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim
not recognized in the petition shall on or before
the 21st day of September A.D., 2006 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a statement of such claim in the
prescribed form, verified by an affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure by any such person to file and
serve a statement of such claim on or before the
21st day of September, A.D., 2006 will operate as a
bar to such claim.

¢
HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY & COMPANY
CHAMBERS
SHIRLEY HOUSE
FIFTY SHIRLEY STREET
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
ATTORNEYS FOR THE PETITIONER


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Boxing successes inspire —
Drexelle to return to ring

@ BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

THE recent success on the
boxing scene has motivated sev-
eral boxers to return to the ring.

er a two year absence in
the sport, Drexelle McIntosh
has agreed to take another
swing at boxing, this time at the
professional level.

McIntosh, who is currently
still fighting under an amateur
status, left the sport with a 14-7
win-loss record. His return is
solely based on two facts — one:
he would like to take full advan-

,, tage of the hype that currently

surrounds the sport and two:
fulfilling a lifelong dream.

In his return speech yester-
day with The Tribune, MclIn-

‘tosh explained that the sport

has taking on added exposure in
the Bahamas and throughout

the Caribbean, thanks to the

successes of Jermaine ‘Choo-

Pte)



“When I left boxing, not too

much was hap

pening in the

sport, but now the sport has
really taken off. I am not one
who will just jump back into

the thin:

gs because of the hype

that surrounds it, but I truly
believe now is a much better

time than any.”



Choo’ Mackey and Meacher
‘Pain’ Major. a
According to him, these two
fighters, along with their coach
Ray Minus and the First Class
Promotion club, should be

| Drexelle McIntosh

applauded for their efforts in
taking the sport of boxing to
the next level.

He believes now is an excel-
lent time for him to reap the
rewards that the sport can offer.

‘He said: “I would really like
to get back into the ring while I
have the time, time is something
that is on my side and I think
now I have a better chance to
do so.

“When I left boxing, not too
much was happening in the
sport, but now the sport has
really taken off. I am not one
who will just jump back into the
things because of the hype that
surrounds it, but I truly believe
now is a much better time than
any.”

McIntosh left the sport to join

the Royal Bahamas Defense

Force.

-Even though he left to follow
one of his other dreams, he said
that to achieve professional sta-
tus in boxing was his number
one goal.

The boxer explained that he
is not one who doesn’t follow
his dreams, saying that the “life
map”, which he has sketched
out for himself, will be incom-

TRIBUNE SPORTS

plete if he doesn’t take up the
challenge.

“Even though I haven’t
stepped into the ring for two
years, I still believe that I am
ready,” he added.

“The training I undergo on
my job has given me the stami-
na, so I have an advantage over
some persons who will be hop-
ing to make their return as well.
T have been training, don’t get
me wrong, I am still in some
sort of shape. All I have to do
now is get the assistance of Ray
Minus. I’ve already spoken to
him on the matter and he has

‘agreed to assist me.
“Now that I have secured his °

assistance, or spoken to-him
about it, all I will need to do is
free up some more of my time

to get the best training ever.” —

McIntosh, who competes in
the welterweight division, is
dedicating his return to his fans,
who he claims has been pushing

- him back into the sport.

——



Dockendale overpower

Scotiabank on cricket return

@ CRICKET
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter



THE Haynes Oval Pitch is once

again bustling with action as play
-resumed in the Bahamas Cricket Asso-
ciation League.

Saturday July 29th, the BCA con-
tinued its season after a brief suspen-
sion due to preparations for the Stan-
ford 20/20 Cricket tournament.

Dockendale House took on young
cricket sensation Jonathan Barry and
Scotia Bank in the initial match of this
-sector of the season.

Dockendale picked up the win by
75 runs.

Batting first, they scored a total of
321 runs for a loss of eight wickets in
45 overs. ;

Dockendale overpowered Scotia
Bank offensively throughout the
match, en route to the 75 run win.

Top scorers included Narendra
Ekanayake with 77 runs and Jan Suru-
jlal with 73.

Bowling for Scotia Bank, Gary Arm-
strong took three wickets, while Sean
Brathwaite and Ryan Tappin took two
wickets each.

Scotia Bank was unable to ade-
quately respond to the offensive out-
burst, mustering only 246 runs all out
in 40.2 overs.

Bowling for Dockendale, Ian Suru-

jlal took two wickets, while Narendra
Ekanayake and Dr. Naganathan Mani
took two wickets each.

In Sunday's match, the Police took
on St. Agnes, in a match pitting expe-
rience against a youthful exuberant
squad.

The Police won a closely contested
match by seven wickets.

St. Agnes batted first and scored 83
runs in 16.1 overs.

Hesketh Dean scored 13 runs and
was the team's top scorer.

Bowling for the police, Greg Tay-
lor Jr. took five, wickets for 13 runs,
while Greg Irvin took three wickets

for 17 runs.
The police scored 86 runs for a loss

of three wickets in 14.1 overs.
Top scorers for the Police included
Randolph Coakley with 21 runs.
Mark Taylor and Greg Taylor Jr.
each chipped in with 18 runs each.
Bowling for St. Agnes, Derek Gitens
Jr. was the top bowler taking two wick-
ets.
Play continues next weekend at the

“Haynes Oval Pitch with T-Bird vs. Ris-

ing Star on Saturday August 5th and
the Police vs. Scotia Bank, Saturday
August 6th.

There will be an additional match
during the Emancipation Day Holi-
day weekend in celebration of the
Jamaican Independence, pitting
Jamaica against the Bahamas. —

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@ VOLLEYBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Volleyball Fed-
eration (BVF) got another
thumbs up yesterday, this time
from the president of the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Association (CAZOVA), Mush-
taque Mohammed.

Mohammed, who is town to
ensure that the facilities are
ready and technical measures are
being taken care of, give his
stamp of approval to the prepa-
rations, made so far, by the BVF
and president Don Cornish.

Hosted

The Caribbean Volleyball
Championships (CVC) will be
hosted by the BVF at the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gym, August 20th-
27th. More than 16 teams,
including the Bahamas men’s
and women’s national volleyball
teams, are expected to partici-
pate. Final confirmation from

teams was set for midnight, yes- ©

terday.
Yesterday, both Mohammed
and ‘Cornish were working fever-

ishly to ensure that majority of.

the work was taken care of
before Mohammed departs
today — to return on August 18th.

Mohammed said: “The prepa-
rations are going pretty good so
far. We have done a lot of
inspections and made several
courtesy calls on the Governor
General, Prime Minister and oth-
er government officials.

volleyball

“All the persons I’ve met up
with today were all supportive
of the event and we hope that
everything will be smooth and
that the government’s commit-
ment will help to boost the sup-
port from both the sporting and
sponsoring communities.” '

Mohammed was also given an
opportunity to visit the Sir
Kendal Isaacs gym and the
games village.

After visiting The Tribune,
Mohammed will see first hand

the training facilities, DW Davis

gym.
“From what I’ve seen all seems

. to be on an 80-90 per cent com-

pletion,” said Mohammed.

“My only concern is seating.
Knowing what we have achieved
when the tournament was here in
1994, I do believe we will have a
problem with holding all the per-
sons who'are interested in watch-
ing the tournament live.

“Bahamians love to support
their national teams, so we are
expecting a sold out gym every
night.

. Also the type of teams that
have expressed interest, being
able to hold all these people.

“But we will have a very excit-
ing tournament and we are
expecting the full support of the
public.”

Mohammed admitted that the
Sir Kendal Isaacs gym, which
seats approximately 3,300 is not
an ideal international facility, but
that they were quite comfortable
with the upkeep. He also added
that the CAZOVA was willing

to work with what they had.



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From the BVF’s end, Cornish
revealed that the preparations
being conducted at th> gym are
minor ones, with majority of the
work being done to the bath-
rooms, changing rooms vod the
gym’s floor.

Facility

As far as the training facility,

Cornish said that the DW Davis
gym will only need to be cleaned
days before.

“We are at a satisfactory stage
in the game now,” said Cornish,
who also confirmed that the net
ordered by the federation will
be in town days before the tour-
nament so a test run can be con-
ducted.

“We are hoping that with the
successful hosting of the tourna-
ment we will be able to boost the
sport. We will. have to take
advantage of this tournament.”

Cornish encourages persons to
seize the opportunity to get
involve in this mammoth event,
pleading to the public to assist
with sponsorship.

@ BAHAMAS Volleyball
Federation president Don Cor-
nish gives a tour of various
parts of the Kendal G L Isaacs
Gymnasium to Mushtaque
Mohammed, President of the
Caribbean Zonal Volleyball
Federation and Vice-President
: of NORCECA.
(Photo by Amiel Ingraham,
Capital City. Maas)



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Practice makes perfect for
women’s basketball team

THE Bahamas’ Women’s Junior
National.team preparing to represent
the country at the FIBA Americas
Under 20 Championship for Women.

The tournament will be held in Mexi-
co City, Mexico August 8-12.

The top three teams from the tourna-
ment will. qualify for the 2007 FIBA
under 21 World Championships for
Women.

: (Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)