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Publication Date: October 4, 2006
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Volume: 102 No.262



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Attorney says client stood

mute to indictments

MIAMI, Florida Samuel
'Ninety' Knowles faced arraigri-
ment in US federal court yes-
terday, but once again no for-
S mal drug charges against him
were read and he did not enter
a plea in case number 0425.
Instead Knowles' new public
defender, Kenneth White, said
that his client stood mute to the
)- Knowles remained seated
throughout the proceedings,
even when the court was direct-
edtto rise as Magistrate Edwin
Torres lefi ihe room. .
Though arraignment was
scheduled for case number 1091
as well, prosecutor George Kar-
avetzos suggested deferral
again, due to the ambiguity of
Knowles' extradition by the
Bahamas with regard to this
case. Knowles was extradicted
tothe United States to face sev-
eral drug charges.
M. r Karavetzos said that they
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were seeking official clarifica-
tion to avoid discrediting the
provision of the (extradition)
Mr.White then informed the
court that Knowles would be
challenging jurisdiction of both
criminal cases 1091 and 0425.
Mr Karavetzos brought in a
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Agent as a witness, but his tes-
timony was not warranted.
The Judge ordered that
Knowles be remanded to the
Federal Detention Centre, fol-
lowing Mr Karavetzos sugges-
tion that a stipulated detention
\\as necessary on the basis of
flight risk and danger to the
Judge Torres set no date for
the next hearing. Mr White had
requested deferral with the pos-
sibility of reapplying for a future
Yesterday's hearing was the
first time that Mr White had
SEE page 10

Doctors Hospital deniesbeing

secretive over deal of Daniel Sith
IN RESPONSE to Monda 's Insight article. Doctors Hospital yes-
terday denied being secret e in its response to press inquiries during
the incident in olk ing the death of US celebrity Anna Nichole Smith's
son, Daniel.
"Firstly, the media appears to be labouring under the mistaken
S'impression that they are entitled to the information which they were
seeking. The media is not this information. In the absence
of the patient's consent there is no circumstance which could justify the
release of patient information to persons not entitled to the same." the
hospital said in a release yesterday .
"'In the Bahamas, unlike the United States, the information gathered
during a police investigation is not usually disclosed to the media,
except bh the police themselves. It would have been a breach of the
SEE page 10

US pre-clearance US cruise passengers Locals claim
'will continue in must use passports Sandyport
Grand Bahama for Bahamas travel I beach is being
FOREIGN fairs s- from June 1, 2009 permanently
ter Fred Mitchell and US By PAUL eroded
Ambassador John Rood con- TURNQUEST
firmed yesterday that the Tribune taff Reorter i ByALISONLOWE

United States Customs and
Border Control will continue
its pre-clearance operation at
Grand Bahama International
The announcement comes
after months of speculation
that the \ ital service would be
scrapped by the US govern-
Pre-clearance allows trav-
ellers bound for the United
States to clear US Customs in
Freeport. Pre-clearance cur-
rently operates at the Grand
Bahama International Airport
and the Lynden Pindling
International Airport in Nas-
SEE page nine

THE need for US citizens
to travel with their passports
to the Bahamas by cruise lin-
ers has been set for June 1,
However, the previous
deadline of January 8, 2007
for air travel still remains in
According to the US
Department of State's web-
site, the new Intelligence.
Reform and Terrorism Pre-
vention Act of 2004 requires
that by January 1, 2008, trav-
ellers to and from the
Caribbean, Bermuda, Pania-
SEE page 11

LOCALS are protesting that
the Sandyport beach and sur-
rounding areas are being per-
manently eroded after dredg-
ing has recommended in the
canal linking the Sandyport res-
idential development to the sea.
Nor only does the canal act as
a sand trap. causing erosion of
the beach, but the Sandyport
development company is tak-
ing away the sand removed
from the canal permanently
removing it from the "closed"
ecosystem and depleting natur-
al resources in contraven-
tion of government conditions,
claim sources.

SEE page nine


Gibson: I

have not

SGibson yesterday released a
statement contradicting The Tri-
bune's report that he had
resigned from his post as chair-
man of the Gaming Board.
In what seemed a hurried
release Mr Gibson had over-
looked the fact that a taping
error had misspelled his sur-
name, turning it into Gibsson,
instead of Gibson the mem-
berof parliamentsaid that The
Tribune's article was '"com-
pletely untrue".
The statement reads as fol-
"This is to advise that reports
in today's Tribune under the
caption 'Kenyatta Resigns' are
completely untrue. I have not
SEE page 11

Senior pastor on
leave over alleged
inappropriate conduct
THE TRIBUNE has confirmed
That a senior pastor and bishop
within the Church of God denom-
ination has been placed on six
months paid leave while an offi-
cial investigation, directed from
the international administrative
offices in Tennessee. continues
into his alleged inappropriate con-
duct with a female member of his
Earlier this summer, church
members were first made aware
of the accusation of sexual mis-
conduct against the pastor, in
regard to a female member of his
Speaking on condition of
anonymity, a source close to theo
situation said that the majority of
members are furious over the
allegations of misconduct.
Bishop John Humes, national
overseer of the .Church of God
Sin the Bahamas, declined to com-
ment, saving that based on church'
policy he is unable to speak on
the matter.
Bishop Humes, ho is also a
member of the Christian Council,
did, however, confirm that an
internal investigation is under-
way. He told The Tribune that
local church officials have been
placed under a "gag order"'until
Sthe investigation is concluded.
SEE page nine'



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Residents in east New Providence

still complaining about rusty water

RUSTY tap water continues
to be a chronic problem for
eastern New Providence resi-
dents despite several com-
plaints to the Water and Sew-
erage Corporation.
Lois Major, a longtime resi-
dent of Queen's Road, Nassau
East discussed the problem in

an interview with The Tribune
"Its looks like tomato juice is
coming out of my tap," she
According to this concerned
citizen, residents in Nassau East
have been complaining for
years that the pipes in their area

need to be changed.
She said that the water comes
out of the tap looking rusty at
least four days per week and
that residents in the east feel
neglected by the government.
Ms Major suggested that the
rusty water problem is caused
by old cast-iron pipes that were

installed in the area some 30 rusty tap water has caused dam-
years ago. age to her clothing.
She claimed that she would Ms Major said that she has
always contact the Water and even had to resort td using
Sewage Emergency Unit for "Aquapure" water for bathing
assistance when the water and drinking.
appeared rusty. She claimed that a ot point,
S "They would only drench the the problem got so bad tlat she
pipes, but the problem is that had to drive to the Fox Hill
the pipes need to be changed," public water-pump to get clean
Ms Major said. water.
She said that she has even "How am I supposed to wash
reported the matter directly to clothes, bath and drink water
the general manager of the that looks like this?" she asked.
Water and Sewerage Corpora- M s Major stated that the res-
'tion. B idents in Nassau East are: tired
Ms Major told The Tribune of 'tomato-juice" tap water
that she has lived in Nassau and they demand that the gov-
East for 13 years and as far as ernment look into the situa-
she knows, the area has suffered 0 A SAMPLE of water from tion.
with the problem for at least 10 Queen's Road The Tribune attempted to
of those years. .speak with officials from Water
She said that residents are laundry-mart to wash their and Sewerage, but up to press
tired of having to go to the local clothes and claimed that the time no calls were returned.

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o In brief

are planned
for elderly

A SCHEDULE of special
activities has been organised to
raise the awareness of the issues
relating to older persons this
They include a conclave for
older persons to be held Thurs-
day, October 19; a Live Remote
from the Mary Ingraham Inter-
generation Centre on Wednes-
day, October 18; a forum for
older persons and their families
scheduled for Tuesday, Octo-
ber 24; and the Nation Builder
Awards Ceremony on Monday,
October 30 at Government
Minister of Social Services
and Community Development
Melanie Griffin said the con-
clave will allow older persons
to brainstorm and make rec-
ommendations to ministry offi-
cials as to what further pro-
grammes they would like to see
established on their behalf,
and/or a critical review of exist-
ing programmes.
"Additionally, there will be
a number of media appearances
during the course of the month
where members of the general
public will be able to hear from
members of the National Coun-
cil onOlder Persons as well as
persons from other organisa-
tions who represent older per-
sons, in addition to ministry per-
sonnel," Mrs Griffin said.
Announcing the activities, the
minister praised the work of the
many senior citizens groups in
the country saying they provide
a "wonderful opportunity" for
interaction and fellowship for
the country's seniors.

Police try to
presence in
lawless slum

POLICE entered Haiti's
worst sluni fotithe first time in
nearly three years on Tuesday,
strolling past bullet-scarred
buildings and shaking hands
with onlookers in a visit aimed
at restoring order in.the gang-
controlled area, according to
A ssocated Press.
The tour of Cite Soleil was
the !. est sign of easing tension
bet .en President Rene
Pr all's new government andI
gaig members blamed for a,
wave of violence that threatens
to destabilize the impo perished
Caribbean nation.
Hundreds of people cheered
as dozens of heavily armed
police walked through the slum,
not far from the bullet-riddled
shell of the area's old police sta-
tion destroyed during a Feb-
ruary 2004 revolt that toppled
former President Jean-Bertrand
"The people of Cite Soleil
hate been waiting a long time
Sfor police to have a presence in
the community," police inspector
general Jean Saint-Fleur said.
Saint-Fleur called the visit
"the first stbps" at reopening a
'base in Cite Soleil but declined
to say whenithat would happen.
Haitian police were accused
of summary executions and
arbitrary arrests of pro-Aristide
slum dwellers during the 2004-
2006 rule of a US-backed inter-
im government.

Passengers were 'forced to

enter airport on all fours'

OUTRAGED passengers
on'a delayed Bahamasair
evening flight including an
eight-month pregnant woman -
say they were forced to enter
the Lynden Pindling airport on
all fours.
Two of the passengers spoke
to The Tribune yesterday,
explaining that after disenm-
barking, they had to enter the
terminal through the luggage
conveyor belt opening, as all
other entrances to the airport
were locked.
The packed flight arrived at
the airport at around 9pm on

Saturday, September 23, after
already being delayed for over
an hour-and-a-half in Marsh
Harbour only to find that the
main entrance to the airport
was locked.
Although there were securi-
ty guards standing inside the
c'.ors, they said they did not
have permission to open them
as they were still awaiting con-
firmation from the airport
authority, the two passengers
After standing outside in the
rain for about 10 minutes, wait-
ing for assistance and check-
ing for other entrances, pas-
sengers eventually resorted to

crawling through the entrance
usually reserved only for lug-
gage to gain access to the air-


"From what I understood
afterwards, whoever was
responsible for security had
locked the door and left their
post, so there was no one to
let us in," said one passenger.
"People were wandering
around outside, it was drizzling
too, there were older people,
pregnant women, and we were
trying to get out through the

other exit but we couldn't get
out that way."
Inside the airport, passengers
were reportedly greeted by
apologetic Bahamasair repre-
sentatives who said that they
had been calling Ci il Aviation
authorities while the dela ed
flight was in the air, to ensure
the passengers would have
access to the airport upon
arri\ al.
"Bahamasatr apologised pro-
fusely, they said it %wasn't their
fault, it was Civil AtMation's
fault," explained one of the pas-

According to sources, the
Bahamasair representative said
she had been "laughed at" and
hung up on by Civil Aviation
Yesterday, Ivan Cleare.
deputy director at Civil Avia-
tion denied that this responsi-
bility would have been within
the remit of his department.
suggesting instead that the Air-
port Authority is responsible.
No one at the Airport
Authority was available for
comment yesterday.

THE heightened media
attention that has been
placed on -the dispute
between Kennedy MP
Kenyatta Gibson and
Mount Moriah MP Keod
Sniith is an indication of
th6 'sick" direction that
Bahamian society is taking.
an Independent MP said
"This is a sick society,
because the people that are
supposed to be building this
country are playing politics,
dirty stinking politics. And
it's wrong," said Pierre
Dupuch, the representative
for St Margarets.
Speaking on the More
94.9 radio show "Real
Talk" yesterday, Mr
Dupuch was referring to
what he called the FNM's
attempts to over-publicise
the fight.
Claiming that the opposi-
tion has no moral leg to stand
on, Mr Dupuch said that con-
trary to what the FNM
believes. Mr Gibson and Mr
Smith should not be asked tO
He charged that "the same
people that are hollering right
now" for Prime Minister Per-.
ry Christie to ask for the
MPs' resignations "will be
talking a different tune
tomorrow" if they find their
party colleagues in a similar
"Make the law, it 'will apply
to everyone; a set of stan-
dards or rules or laws that
will guide MPs to make sure.
they do the right thing. If he
wants to ask them to resign
fine then that is the stan-
Before giving his opinion,
Mr Dupuch attempted to
"clear the air."'
He said that the confronta-
tion took place not in a par-
liamentary meeting, but a
PLP meeting of PLP mem-
bers of parliament, which had
nothing to do with the "peo-
ple's business".


'It never should have hap- '
opened he admitted, "and it is'
wrong, but it should never have
been blown up either.
"I think we should compare
why it was blown up. I look at
the newspaper e\ery morning
and there's mention of argu-
ment or fight in a party meeting.
It has been blown up in the
headlines and played and you
ask yourself, arethey reporting
the news or firing the news?
"The news media reported
the facts," he continued, "there
was an altercation among two
men and I'm not trying to play
down' the importance and the
seriousness of these people
fighting, they are supposed to
be showing an example as par-
"But reporters call everyone
in town, including me. And I

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talked to (one reporter) and
gave a different side of the
story, but it didn't fit, and
w hat I said was not even men-
ltoned. So the public figures
it's public outrage but who
has caused the outrage?" he
Mr Dupuch compared this
fight to several issues that
should have received the
same amount of media atten-
tion or more, but were sim-
ply reported on and then
Continuing to speak about
the journalists who covered
the issue, Mr Dupuch added:
"We've got a standard now.
The standard is that if'two
parliamentarians have a fight
completely aside from parlia-
ment business. that is the stan-
dard that they claim is a pub-
lic outcry. They made the out-
cry, they created what the
public is supposed to hear but'
they call it a public outcry."
:. Mr Dupuch concluded that;.
the media and the opposition
were "stoking the fire for their
own good."








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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Growing knowledge of Universe

TUESDAY, the Nobel Prize in Physics was
awarded to two scientists whose work has
helped clarify the story of how the universe
was born. It is an inspiring example of scientif-
ic investigation and progress.
In 1931, the idea that the universe started
with a primordial explosion was only a contro-
versial theory proposed by Georges Lemantre,
a physicist and Catholic priest who had also
argued that the universe was expanding. Doubts
about his ideas persisted. But further scientific
work fleshed out what came to be known as
the Big Bang theory.
The theory is a fascinating reconstruction of
the past. About 13.7 billion years ago, a cosmic
explosion of matter created the universe. It was
so hot that subatomic particles couldn't com-
bine. Nearly 400,000 years later, a so-called
dark ages began when there were "no sources of
light in the universe," according to NASA. But
things had cooled off enough for protons and
electrons to form atoms. Not until 200 million
years later did the first stars appear.
It is the combining and recombining of atoms
that evolved over billions of years into the world
as humans know it, a small, familiar place where
it's easy to forget the universe's subatomic lega-
In 1989, the Big Bang theory was backed up
by striking corroborative evidence. NASA's

COBE satellite (for Cosmic Background
Explorer) measured background radiation and
helped scientists calculate tiny temperature vari-
ations that theories had predicted a big bang
would produce.
These measurements "marked the inception
of cosmology as a precise science," not just a
theoretical, one, Nobel Prize officials said in a
statement announcing that this year's physics
prize goes to NASA scientist John C. Mather,
who oversaw the COBE work, and to Univer-
sity of California/Berkeley physicist George F.
Smoot, who, worked on the temperature mea-
Even more than honouring scientists, the
Nobel Prize awards science itself: the work of
forming and testing hypotheses that leads to
abandoning old ideas and settling on new con-
clusions and, inevitably, new questions. It is
often a team effort, the work of more than 1,000
people supported the COBE satellite. It is work
that relies on the seemingly outrageous ideas of
insightful individuals who frequently outrage
establishment thinking and sometimes tear it
down and rebuild it.
Fashion and politics may spin forward in
cycles of new and retro ideas.
But physics marches forward, keeping
humans in an expanding universe of knowl-

THE NORTH KOREAN regime of Kim
Jong II speaks in a language of threat, bluster;
and hyperbole. It is a language that needs to be
translated into the diplomatic discourse other
nations prefer. So the Bush administration
ought to be careful not to misconstrue the
meanuig of North Korea's announcement Tues-
day that it is planning to conduct a nuclear test
sometime in the future.
This threat comes after a long sequence of
actions 'and reactions in the circular dialogue
between Pyongyang and Washington.
The North's blunt message is that it may test
a nuclear weapon for the first time because the
Bush administration sabotaged a September
2005 agreement on principles for ending its
nuclear programme and resolving the dispute
almost immediately after it was signed.
That was done by imposing US Treasury
sanctions on banks doing business with North
In discussions with US officials, North Kore-
ans have said.they want the banking sanctions
lifted before they return to SL\-part\ talks in
Beijing and before the agreement on princi-
ples is implemented.
They have proposed a joint commission to
determine which bank accounts contain pro-
ceeds from counterfeiting or money-laundering
and which have only funds from legitimate com-
mercial activities. The North Koreans also asked

for an account in a major US bank that may be
monitored by US authorities.
The administration's refusal to work out any
such arrangement reflects a stubborn hard-lin-
ers' belief that -some way short of a
negotiated deal to be rid of the threat from
nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea.
Vice President Dick Cheney and like-mind-
ed administration figures seem to think that
refusing to explore a deal with Pyongyang can
achieve what the United States and its Asian
partners want: removing transferable nuclear
weapons from North Korea, a nation that with-
drew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty in 2003 and never signed the Test Ban
Treaty. But the hard-liners' refusal to negotiate
with a member of the "axis of evil" has only
resulted in the North's producing more pluto-
nium for use in nuclear warheads.
And now the North Koreans have said that,
if sanctions are not lifted, they may .test a
nuclear weapon. Earlier they had also threat-
ened to unload more fuel rods from their reac-
tor at Yongbyon, an action that would enable
them to extract enough plutonium for two or
three more nuclear warheads.
:Administration hard-liners have spent six
futile years trying to get what they want from
the North by thwarting a negotiated deal. Pres-
ident Bush ought to try making that deal.
S(Articles by the Associated Press)

The last three

weeks have

revealed a lot

EDITOR, The Tribune.
FORGIVE me the length of
this letter. I beg your indulgence
to publish my letter in your paper.
The last three weeks have
revealed a lot about the leader-
ship of Prime Minister Christie
and his colleagues and their apol-
ogists in Messrs Tennyson Wells
and Pierre Dupuch. I feel oblig-:
ated to comment on these impor-:
tant matters because I believe
they expose the dangerous direc-
tion in which the PLP Govern-
ment is taking our country.
A lot was revealed by the
grant of Permanent Residence to
Anna Nicole Smith. A lot more
was revealed by their responses to
the fight between Messrs Keny-
atta Gibson and Keod Smith in
the Cabinet Room.
When the PLP won the elec-
tion in 2002 many people here
and internationally warned that
"the boys were back in town".
By that they meant that deal-
makers those for whom stan-
dards and principles are always
negotiable were once again in
charge in The Bahamas. The
action by the PLP leadership .in
granting permanent resident sta-
tus to Nicole Smith and the lack,,
of a suitable reaction by the PLP
Leadership to the fight between'
two of their Parliamentarians con-
firm that standards for these fellas
are'indeed negotiable.
The Good Book says: "If you ,
are not against us, you are for
us". Clearly, when it comes to
Tennyson Wells and Pierre,
Dupuch, they are certainly not
against Perry Christie and the
PLP and so we must all acknowl-
edge what their actions have been,
suggesting throughout the past
four years: Wells and Dupuch are
for Perry Christie and for the
Let's admit it. The grant of a
Certificate of Permanent Resi-
dence to Anna Nicole Smith on
an expedited basis (or any.basis at
all) could only be justified on the
basis that it was done as a favour:
by the Government to a close
friend of Minister Gibson. No one
who has ever had dealings with
the Department of Immigration
believes that the grant of Perma-
nent Residency is now being effi-
ciently dealt with on the basis of a
three weeks turnaround. It is sim-
ply not true. .
The granting of a Certificate of
Permanent Residence to Ms.
Smith cannot be justified. Her
only apparent connection to the
Bahamas is that she has visited
this country in the past three
months and bought a home on:
the Eastern Road. The home is'
not exceptional and could have

'been purchased by any middle
class Bahamian professional or
entrepreneur. It's now off the
market and Bahamians are
deprived the opportunity of buy-
ing it.
Ms. Smith's celebrity status is
derived from the fact that she was
a Playgirl bunny who bared her
wherewithal for all to see
age 26 persuaded an 89-year-old
billionaire to marry her for love
and companionship.
SLater Ms, Smith became the
host of a reality TV show filmed
in her own home. Segments of
the show cast serious doubt that
she is a fit and proper role model
for young women.
On another occasion Ms.
Smith had to be assisted away
from the podium of a televised
awards show because of her ram-
bling, incoherent speech. How the
PLP can square this woman's rep-
utation with its Christian sup-
poiters is a mystery to me.
This woman is not seeking to
change her way of life. It is my
opinion that she is neither embar-
rassed nor sorry for her behav-
iour. She gave birth to a baby girl
in The Bahamas in circumstances
where two men publicly proclaim
themselves to be the father of the
SCertainly it is not a matter of
public policy that Ms. Smith fits
the profile of persons who should
be granted the right to live per-
manently in our beloved country.
If that is the standard. who are,
we entitled to refuse?
No it could only be justified
as simply a favour by the Cabinet
of The Bahamas to Minister
Shane Gibson, who is obviously a
close friend of Ms. Smith since
he visited her in her hospital
room andat her private residence
on Eastern Road.
Prime Minister Christie's only
defence to the questions as to the
popopriety of Mr. Gibson's con-
duct and the justification for the
special treatment obviously
afforded to her is that Mr. Gibson
should be praised for dealing with
the application in an efficient
basis. It is laughable and symbol-
ic of the contempt that he must.
have for the sensibilities of the
Bahamian people.
There is no new efficiency in
the Department of Immigration.
It still takes longer than three
weeks to have an application for a
work permit considered and there
are many applications for Per-
manent Residency made long

before that of Ms Smith that are
still outstanding; some for the
spouses of Bahamian citizens.
No. The grant of a certificate
to permanently reside in The
Bahamas should not be granted
by the Cabinet of The Bahamas
in such a cavalier manner and the
SChristie government's approach
to the matter in the circumstances
of this case tells us a lot about
the stupidity in his administra-
That brings me to the fight in
the hallowed Cabinet Room of
The Bahamas last Monday night.
That there was a fight between,
Messrs Gibson and Smith cannot ,,
be denied. It was witnessed by
more than 15 persons and was
simply too scandalous for them
to have kept it a secret. More-
over, the disarray and damage
caused by the fracas in the room
could not be swept "under the
Think about it. Two members
of Parliament, Kenyatta Gibson
who is at least 6' 3" and Keod
Smith who is about 5'8", in a fight,
in the room where profound deci-
sions are made that affect the wel-
fare of the people of The. .
Bahamas. Their colleagues had
to have been both shocked and ,'K
When the Prime Minister
learned of the incident (which
must have been late pn Monday
evening or early on Tuesday
morning), he should have called into his office, repri-
manded them for the conduct,
required of them an apology to
their colleagues and tothe
Bahamian people and requested
their resignations from the
appointed posts of Chairman of
the Gaming Commission and
Ambassador for the Environ-
ment. Then he, should have told
the nation that he had bepan
informed of the fight.and that he
was taking appropriate action as
leader of his party and of the
For Prime Minister Christie as
late as Wednesday morning to
have denied the fight and then to
have downplayed it by saying that
the reports of the matter were
being exaggerated was nc, the
kind of leadership the peo/ '.of
the'Bahaimas ought to 1 .1.
received from the Prime il:-
The statement from the PLP
read by Minister Peet aggravated
the matter further. That t\o
grown men, Members of Parlia-
ment sworn to make,laws for the
peace order and good govern-
ment of The Bahamas should
seek to resolve their "strongidis-
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Tourists are
after cocaine
American tourists were
arrested on Monday in con-
nection with the discovery
of cocaine onboard the Dis-
covery Sun cruise ship at
Lucayan Harbour.
At about 4.15pm, a K-9
Unit officer on duty con-
ducted a search on board.
The officer reportedly dis-
covered a taped package
containing one and a quar-
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A 32-year-old man and a
23-year-old woman are cur-
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Primary care
centre to
be built in
Freeport area
HEALTH Minister Dr
Bernard Nottage has
announced plans to con-
struct a new primary care
centre in the Freeport area.
He said the needs of the
Freeport community have
far out grown the present
facilities at Rand Memorial
Dr Nottage was in Grand
Bahama for the commis-
sioning of the new CT Scan
Unit at the Rand, which
became the first public
health institution to own
.- such a machine.
He said the new primary
care centre will be con-
structed on the site ear-
marked for a new hospital
in Freeport.
Dr Nottage said that wheii
he became Minister of
Health, he was struck by the
fact that a dynamic city like
Freeport did not have a stand
alone primary care centre.
"I was also struck by the
conditions in which patients
received their out-patient
care, including pregnant
mothers, the pharmacy and
so on.
"I was also not pleased
with the various options
which had been placed
before me regarding tem-
porary plans to purchase
and renovate pre-existing
buildings at great cost as
stop gap measures," he said.

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Anna Nicole Smith ordered to

return for California testing

ANNA Nicole Smith has
been served with court papers
demanding she return to Cali-
fornia to have her baby daugh-
ter DNA and drug-tested, it was
reported yesterday.
Photographer Larry Birkhead
has filed a lawsuit claiming he is
the father of baby Dannie Lynn
Hope, who was born at Doc-
tors Hospital in Nassau three
weeks ago.
Anna Nicole's lawyer friend
Howard K Stern has alsoo
claimed paternity. The couple
underwent an unofficial
exchange of vows last week dur-
ing a ceremony on a catamaran
off Rose Island.
Yesterday, Associated Press
reported that Ms Smith had
been served with court papers
here in Nassau. Mr Birkhead
wants the baby DNA and drug-
tested, according to his attor-
ney, Debra Opri.
AP quotes Ms Smith's Nas-
sau attorney, Michael Scott, as
saying People Magazine intends
to use pictures of her vows cer-
emony in the Bahamas.
But Ms Smith, 38, still report-
edly lying low at her Eastern

Road home, could not be
reached for comment. Mr
Stern's cellphone mailbox was
said to be full.
The "Who's the dad?" con-
troversy erupted after Ms Smith
gave birth on September 7 -
three days before 20-year-old
son Daniel was found dead by
her hospital bedside.
Mr Birkhead said he had a
relationship with Ms Smith until
earlier this year and that the
baby was conceived then.


Mr Stern has countered Mr
Birkhead's claims, adding that
he and Ms Smith are in love and
intend to marry. He told CNN's
Larry King Live last week that
he would be prepared to under-
go DNA tests if needbe to
prove his case.
AP writer Erin Carlson point-
ed out that clashes to claim
paternity are rare. Men are usu-
ally more likely to deny pater-
nity than admit it.
But California-based divorce
attorney Connolly Oyler said if

Mr Birkhead were the biologi-
cal father, he could possibly
secure visitation rights and joint.
He could also get "a huge
amount of child support" based
on a formula that compares
But Ms Opri said her client's
interest had nothing to do with
money. He "truly wants to be
involved in that child's life. This
is his first child and he does not
want to lose that child. And
that's why we're doing all this,"
she said.
Ms Smith has been married
twice. In 1985 she wed Bill
Smith, her co-worker at a Texas
restaurant, and gave birth to
Daniel before divorcing two
years later.
In 1994, she married Texas oil
tycoon J Howard Marshall when
she was 26 and he was 89. He
died the following year. Since
then she has been embroiled in
a legal dispute over his multi-
million dollar estate.
Since flying into Nassau a few
weeks ago, Ms Smith has been
in the news almost non-stop -
firstly, as a result of her son's

N STUDENTS of the RM Bailey Senior High School attended a church service at Annex Baptist
Church yesterday under the theme "Helping all students to succeed". The service was held after a
march from the school grounds to the church. MP for Marathon Ron Pinder was also present, and
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Filmmaker produces

Eleuthera documentary

SAN experienced local fil-
maker has directed a new doc-
umentary about Eleuthera that
hd feels marks a highpoinint
hil diverse career.
Mercury Rising Media have
announced the completion of
the film The Eleutheran Adven-
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duced by George Wyckoff of
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The Eleutheran Adventure is
a documentary that involves
Mr Mortimer and cameraman
Kevin Taylor hitchhiking
from Spanish Wells in the north
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the island with only $150 in
Along the way they meet a
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He said his new film is well-

death, then because her resi-
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tracked by Immigration Minis-
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backlash in Nassau.
Daniel, who was reportedly
"like a brother" to the former
Playboy centrefold model, was

said by private pathologist Dr
Cyril Wecht to have died from a
lethal drugs cocktail which
included methadone and two,
possibly three, anti-depressants.
Bahamas authorities have yet
to confirm whether an inquest
will be held into Daniel's death.




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Learning to deal with Islam and

the danger of all fundamentalism

"IF YOU have suffered a
defeat, so did the enemy. We
alternate these vicissitudes
among mankind so that God
may know the true believers and
choose martyrs from among
you; and that God may test the
faithful and annihilate the infi-
dels. The Koran (3:140).
"Most of what we currently
hold sacred is not sacred for any
reason other than that it was
thought sacred yesterday. Surely,
if we create the world anew, the
practice of organising our lives
around untestable propositions
found in ancient literature-to
say nothing of killing and dying
for them- would be impossi-

ble to justify." Sam Harris,
The End of Faith.

A according to the pope,
since Islam has
attacked the West, Christians
,should destroy Muslims as the
enemies of God.
Of course,.it was not the
recently anointed Pope Bene-
dict XVI who made this call. It
was Pope Urban II about a
thousand years ago when he
launched the first crusade
against the Turks and Arabs
who had conquered the for-
merly Christian Middle East.
But Aynian al-Zawahiri, the

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A F 0"T L A

Mr. Roscoe
Thompson Sr.,
M.B.E., 87

of Brace Ridge: Road,
Nassau, The Bahamas will
be held at Ebenezer
Methodist Church, East
Shirley Street, Nassau, on
Wednesday, 4th October,
2006 at 4:00 p.m.

Pastor Martin Loyley, Reverend Charles A. Sweeting
and Reverend W. R. (Bill) Higgs will officiate and
interment will be in Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, East
Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Dorothea
Christine Thompson; son, Roscoe W. Thompson Jr.
(Ross); daughter, Bonnie Hazlewood; grandsons, Rick
Hazlewood, Roscoe W. Thompson III, Jason Thompson
and Jeffrey Thompson; granddaughter, ?Marnie Reid;
brothers, Leonard Thompson and Chester Thompson;
great grandchildren, Kimberly Rivet, Olivia Hazlewood,
Alex Thompson, Britney Thompson, Whit Hazlewood,
Roscoe W. Thompson IV, Dillon Thompson, Alyse
Thompson and Matthew Reid; aunt, Annie Wade Albury;
son-in-law, Frederick Asa Hazlewood; daughter-in-law,
Jane Thompson; grandson-in-law, Ryan Reid;
granddaughters-in-law, Catherine Hazlewood, Lori
Thompson, Sofia Thompson and Sheena Thompson;
brothers-in-law, Roy Newbold and Gladston Newbold;
sisters-in-law, Leona Pyfrom, Lavania Thompson, Joan
Thompson and Joanna Newbold; nieces, nephews,
cousins and many other relatives and friends including,
Ricky Thompson, Bruce Thompson, Stevie Thompson,
Lenny Thompson, Gail Thompson, Kathy Thompson,
Terry Curry, Chris Thompson, Janet Shrill, Billy
Thompson, Phillip Thompson, Ray Pyfrom, Maureen
Pyfrom, Richard Pyfrom, Janie Pyfrom, Sharon Johnston,
Jim Marsh, Loree Sawyer, Roy Newbold Jr., Sharon
Roberts, Cliff Newbold, Lance Newbold, Julinia Boyd
and Christina Cox.

Instead of flowers the family request that donations be
sent to Wyannie Malone Museum, Hope Town, Abaco,
The Bahamas in the memory of Mr. Roscoe W.

top deputy to Osama bin
Laden, was quick to compare
the two: "This charlatan Bene-
dict brings back to our memo-
ries the speech of his predeces-
sor charlatan Urban II in the
llth century... in which he insti-
gated Europeans to fight Mus-
The al Qaeda leader was
referring to a recent lecture by
Pope Benedict on the subject
of faith and reason. In it, the
pope referred to a 14th century
religious debate between Greek
and Persian scholars. This con-
versation took place about 50
years before the Turks captured
Constantinople putting an
end to Christian civilisation in
the East.
In his talk, the pope; called
for a "genuine dialogue of cul-
tures and religions" based on
reason. As a starting point he
quoted a verse in the Koran
that says "there is no compul-
sion in religion", and argued
that violence is incompatible
with the nature of God, who is
"not pleased by blood."
According to Pope Benedict,
theology meaning inquiry
into the rationality of faith -
should be an important subject

for modern scholarship, since
"not to act reasonably is con-
trary to the nature of God."
SThat short speech in Septem-
ber and the worldwide Mus-
lim reaction to it in the form of,
protests, demonstrations and
killings points to one of the
gravest issues of our age. In
reality, the issue goes back to
the earliest days of civilisation
when our ancestors began form-
ing the beliefs most of us take
for granted today. But for the
sake of brevity we will begin
the narrative a little later.

n 1492, just a few months
before Columbus sailed
the ocean blue, the Spanish
monarchs who sent him on his
way to the Bahamas had finally
succeeded in expelling Muslim
armies from the Iberian penin-
sula after a 700-year occupa-
A couple of decades later the
Turks at the height of their
power were stopped at the
gates of Vienna in Austria. And
these two events set the limits of
Islamic power at opposite ends
of the European continent..
What followed was a long
military and cultural decfine-for
the Muslims, which culminated
in the dissolution of the
Ottoman Empire and its
replacement by a secular Turk-


ish state at the end of the First
World War. Most Muslim lands
were divided amongst the Euro-
pean empires at that time.
In fact, it was this final defeat
of the Islamic caliphate in 1918
that Osama bin Laden alluded
to in an October, 2001 state-
ment. Referring to the 9/11
attacks, he said: "Our nation has
been tasting this humiliation and
contempt for more than 80
years...neither the United States
nor he who lives in the United
States will enjoy security
before...all the infidel armies
leave the land of Mohammed."
The followers of Mohammed
had burst out of the Arabian
desert some six centuries after
the death of Jesus. They cap-
tured the original Christian
homelands of the mid-east,
destroyed the remnants of the
Roman Empire in Greece and
occupied Spain, Portugal, parts

religion that opposes US poli-
cies, including "America's abil-
ity to keep Arab oil prices
acceptable to the West; unqual-
ified support for Israel; military
presence in the Arabian penin-
sula; and protection for Muslim
But Stanford University
philosopher Sam Harris (in his
2005 bestseller 'The End of
Faith') shows us how we all sus-
pend reason in favour of reli-
gious beliefs, even when those
,beliefs inspire the worst human
"Nothing explains the actions
of Muslim extremists, and the
widespread tolerance of them
in the Muslim world, better than
the tenets of Islam," he writes.
"Any systematic approach to
ethics, or to understanding the
necessary underpinnings of a
civil society, will find many
Muslims standing eye deep in
the red barbarity of the 14th
And more to the point, he
argues that in a world full of
weapons of mass destruction,
we can no longer afford well-
armed, malevolent regimes like
Iran: "We are at war with
Islam... It is hot merely that we
are at war with an otherwise
peaceful religion that has been
'hijacked' by extremists. We are
at war with precisely the vision
of life that is prescribed to all
Muslims in the Koran. "
In this\ ietw there is no such
thing as Muslim extremism or
fundamentalism: "Islam is unde-
niably a religion of conquest..
The only future devout Mus-
lims can envisage as Muslims
- is one in which all infidels

of southern Italy and the Balka-
ns in a seemingly inexorable
Islamic jihad to conquer the
It ats this Muslim expansion
that spurred Pope Urban II to
-launch his crusade in 1095 to
recapture the Holy Land. The
first of nine expeditions that
attempted to turn back.or
defend against Muslim con-
quests of Christian lands, it was
a short-term success, but a
strategic failure that demon-
strated Europe's fear of being
overrun by Islamic armies.

A although Islam was a
great,. civilisation
when Europe was still in the
Dark Ages, the Europeans
eventually forged ahead by the
use of science, technology and
new forms of economic pro-
duction. Today, experts say the
performance of most Muslim
countries is so poor despite
their oil wealth that it has
generated the kind of extrem-
Sism we see expressed in suicide
bombings and the 9/11 attacks.
As historian Bernard Lewis
put it: "The revolutionary wave
in Islam has several components.
One of them is a sense of humil-
iation: the feeling of a communi-
ty of people accustomed to
regard themselves as the.sole cus-
todians of God's truth, com-
manded by Him to bring it to
the infidels, who suddenly find
themselves dominated and
exploited by those same infidels."
Others, like former CIA ana-
lyst Michael Scheuer, believe
we are facing a war based on

have been converted to.Islam,
subjugated or killed," Harris
Or, put another way by Pro-
fessor Lewis, "From the lifetime
of its founder, and therefore in
its sacred scriptures, Islam is
associated in the minds of Mus-
lims with the exercise ollpoliti-
cal and military power... For
Muslims no piece of land once
added to the realm of Islam can
ever be finally renounced."
All this is not to let Christians
off thehook, however. In fact,
Harris would likely view Pope
Benedict's discourse on faith
and reason as irrational: "We
live in an age in which mere
words-" Jesus", "Allah",
"Ram"-can mean the differ-
ence between eternal torment
and bliss everlasting. Consider-
ing the stakes here it is not sur-
prising that many of us occa-
sionally find it necessary to mur-
der other human beings for

fundamentalists condemned the
movie Brokeback Mountain,r
and want to legislate their con-
ception of right and wrong,
Powerful preachers are trying
to insert themselves into the
political process, while liberals
stand aside in the belief that itjs
much ado about nothing.
In point of fact, belief is not a
private matter, and never has
been. Beliefs can be intrinsical-
ly dangerous, according to Har-
ris: "As a man believes so he
will act-believe that you are
the member of a chosen peo-
ple...believe that you will te
rewarded with an eternity of
unimaginable delights by deal-
ing death to (the) infidels-and
flying a plane into a building is
scarcely more than a matter of
being asked to do it."
What do you think?
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"Our nation has been tasting this
humiliation and contempt for more
than 80 years... neither the United
States nor he who lives in the United
States will enjoy security before...
all the infidel armies leave the land
of Mohammed."

Osama bin Laden

"It is not merely that were at'war
with an otherwise peaceful religion
that has been 'hijacked' by extremists
We are at war with precisely the
vision of life that is prescribed to all'
Muslims in the Koran."

Sam Harris

Death Announcement

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'Alannah (Earmer) 'Martin
of Cheshire, England, formerly of Nassau, died on Ist October 2006
Alannah is predeceased by her father John Farmer and her brother Christopher Farmer. She
is survived by her husband Michael Martin, son David, and daughter Natasha, all in England.
She is survived in Nassau by her mother Eileen Farmer; sister Frances Farmer; brothers John,
Damien, Michael and Patrick Farmer; brother-in-law John Martin (England); sisters-in-law
Pia, Denise, Kathy, and Laura Farmer; nieces and nephews Daniel, Meghan and Timothy
Kelly; and Sonia, Liam, Danielle, Dominique and Ethan Farmer; and special family friend
Agusta Hepburn.

Her Funeral will take place in England. Details of her Nassau memorial service will be
announced later.


using the wrong magic words,
or the right ones for the wrong
As Karen Armstrong notes
in her seminal book, 'The Battle
for God', the fundamentalism
that has developed in Chris-
tianity, Judaism and Islam are
deeply similar. They are
"engaged in a conflict with ene-
mies whose secularist policies
and beliefs seem inimical to reli-
gion itself. They regard this coii-
flict as a cosmic war bel\%een
good and evil."
In fact, she says, the Amefi-
can Christian fundamentalists
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robeift
son proclaimed the 9/11 tragedy
to be "a judgment of God for
the sins of the secular humanists
in the United States a view i
not far removed from that of
the Muslim hijackers,' '"
You would expect reasonable.
people to believe today that
religious war should be as
unthinkable for us as slavery
and cannibalism are, but as Har-
ris points out, this will be ".a
matter of our having dispensed
with the dogma of faith." And
that unfortunately appears to
be far from the case.
For example, a news segment
on Iranian television recently
reported that the movie 'Pirates
of the Caribbean Dead
Man's Chest', which was partly
filmed in the Bahamas, isr'
Zionist conspiracy. T-
"Zionist ideology uses tll
means to impose its cultural
control. Cinema, as an attract
tive and popular form of art;
has always interested the Zion-
ist circles-..The example of;- ,
Pirates of the Caribbean _-
Hollywood's latest effort to gain
control is all the more strike
ing if we bear in mind (that)
Disney and its productions have
been associated, more than any-
thing, with the Zionist lobby in
We can see echoes of this in
our own society, where local

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Men charged
with intent
to supply
illegal drugs

ABACO Ferino Gardiner,
31, and Jermaine Mills, 25, of
Fox Town were charged with
possession of illegal drugs with
intent to supply in Marsh Har-
bour Magistrate's Court on
Gardiner and Mills appeared
before Magistrate Crawford
McGee and pleaded not guilty
S to the charge.
It is alleged that on Septem-
ber 30, the accused men were
found in possession of two
pounds of marijuana at Crown
Haven, Abaco.
Magistrate McGee granted
the men $5,000 cash bail on the
condition that they surrender
their travel documents to the
court and report to Fox Town
S Police Station every Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday
between 4 and 5pm.
Gardiner was represented by
Attorney Kara Butler and Mills
was represented by Mario Grey.

lowers fuel
prices as
Costs drop

BARBADOS'will lower fuel
costs due to the recent fall in
crude prices, officials said Mon-
n day, according to Associated
i Press.
S The cost of gasoline on this
Caribbean island will decrease
from US$9.31 to US$8.36 per
gallon and diesel will go from
US$6.32 to US$5.98 per gal-
." Ion, government officials
S announced after a Cabinet
meeting. The increase took
effect Monday.
World oil prices have
dropped to six-month lows demand slackens
with the end of summer travel
in major oil consuming regions.

S11 are hurt in
gas leak
explosion at

San Juan
S AN explosion caused by a gas
Sleak at a McDonald's restau-
rant Tuesday injured 11 people,
''l police said, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Three customers and eight
employees from the outlet in
Bayamon, west of the capital
San Juan, were taken to a local
S hospital for treatment. One
worker suffered burns to both
arms and the others were
injured by debris and sickened
by the gas, police said.
The small blast in the restau-
rant's main gas line caused dam-
ages totaling an estimated
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College of the Bahamas to have

policy research fellowship

THE College of the Bahamas is
proposing a national policy
research fellowship as it moves
towards university status, college
president Janyne Hodder told an
agricultural conference.
Addressing the sixth-annual
Caribbean Week of Agriculture at
the Radisson Cable Beach Resort
on Monday, Mrs Hodder said such
a move would allow faculty to sup-
port the work of government agen-
cies in pubic policy development.
S"The college plays an important
part in assisting the country to
ensure this sustainability through
education and, increasingly, through
research," she said. "We have
begun our transformation from col-
lege and in doing so,
we have also been consolidating
existing partnerships and seeking
Snew ones which will support our
quest to be both small and great."
She said working with partners in
the Bahamas and the region is a
key goal of COB.
Mrs Hodder noted that with the
new developments coming on
stream in the Family Islands, it falls
to COB to support these transitions

0 JANYNYE Hodder

'Staff observer' to take

place on COB board

THE College of the
Bahamas has scheduled elec-
tions for the first-ever staff
observer seat on the college's
governing council.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, the college explained
that as it is in the process of
proposing a new Act to found
the University of the
Bahamas, it was agreed that
all such structural changes,
including staff voting rights
on the council, would be giv-
en priority in the develop-
ment of the new legislation.
"In the meantime, eager to
support a more democratic
governance procedure, the.
council of the college, in con-
sultation with the president of
the institution, has passed a
resolution giving staff stake-
holders a voice at the level of
governance by creating the
post of staff observer on coun-
cil," a college statement said.
It was further resolved that
the staff observer post would
be filled by democratic elec-
tion. All full-time, permanent
members of staff of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, except-
ing members of the senior
team and faculty, are eligible
to vote. Voting will be by
secret ballot.
The election will be held
on Friday at the Portia Smith
Student Services Centre at
the Oakes Field Campus and
at the main building of the
northern campus in Freeport,-
Grand Bahama.
On Wednesday the various
candidates will present their
platform to staff members.
The candidates are:
Rodman Forbes,
Libraries and Instructional
Media Department
Jeannie Gibson, Institu-

tional Planning Department
Mary Russell, Financial Aid
and Housing
Sharlene Smith, Main
Jerome Wallace, Physical
Plant, Northern Campus
The statement continued:
"The advance of the College of
the Bahamas towards universi-
ty status will demand and occa-
sion refitting and changing to
permit the institution to achieve
sustainable progress.
"One such evolution will give

rise to changes in the gover-
nance structure. It has long
been a matter of concern that,'
while the College of the
Bahamas Act guarantees facul-
ty and student voting represen-
tation on the Council, it did not
provide a vehicle for direct staff
input. The governing and
administrative bodies of COB
are aware, however, that a long-
term solution to this situation
would require no less than an
amendment to the College

with science and the knowledge
that can bring healthy sustain-
able developments and protect
marine resources for the future.
"These challenges can only
be met through research and the
development of public policies
which can reconcile protection
and development," she said.
The College of the Bahamas,
she added, has set a number of
goals for itself, which are intend-
ed to increase its capacity to be
a critical partner in the creation
of research teams, both in sci-
ences and in the social sciences,
and a strong source of expertise
for public policy makers.
The University of the
Bahamas is establishing
research as a priority," Mrs

Hodder said. "We have lots to
do in this area."
She also noted that COB is
already contributing a great deal
to environmental research
through its two research centres
- Gerace Research Centre on
San Salvador and Bahamas Envi-
ronmental Research on Andros.
"It is our intention to refurbish
and enhance both of the centres
and increase research intensity
and student stays," she said.
Additionally, the college has
created a new portfolio -
research graduate programmes
and international relations to
build international links while
facilitating the increased par-
ticipation of faculty members
in research.

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FROM page one

In response, Garth Buckner,
President of the Sandyport Devel-
opment Company, has described
the claims as "pure and total rub-
Dredging has been carried out
intermittently in the canal since its
construction, however, the latest
activities commenced on Sep-
tember 27th.
Concerns about the activity
were reportedly first raised in
2004 when Delaporte residents
noticed the beach area in front
of Delaporte had significantly
diminished, according to sources.
It is claimed that the natural
flow of sand up and down the
beach has been impeded by the
mouth of the canal, causing a
build up as sand becomes unnat-
urally trapped.
Despite these claims, Mr
Buckner denies that there is any
"possible antagonism" that could
result from his company's dredg-
ing activities.
Describing the reports blaming
the canal and consequent dredg-
ing for the erosion of local beach-
es as being without "a single point
of truth", Mr Buckner told The
Tribune that Delaporte residents
should instead blame a wall that
has been built out into the sea on


the boundary of that develop-
ment for the problem.
Turning around the criticisms,
Mr Buckner responded that there
is a "great looking beach", and if
there is any erosion, Delaporte's
wall is the "environmental haz-
ard" which should be held solely
"The literal drift is out of the
East going West and that pre-
vents sand from building up on
their side of the beach. That is
why there is sand on our side of
the wall and no sand on their side
if the wall", he said.
Mr Buckner stated that, con-
trary to critic's appraisals, he
believes the canal has in fact
caused the amount of sand on the
beach to increase and claims
he has aerial photographs taken
before and after the canal's con-
struction to prove it.
Meanwhile, sources objecting
to the dredging of the canal have
also pointed to aerial photographs
to back up claims that the beach
has eroded and that sand tak-
en from the canal has been used
to create artificial beaches within
Truck loads of sand estimated
to number in the hundreds, and

Senior pastor on leave over

alleged inappropriate conduct

FROM page one
It is understood that the church's
bylaws stipulate that whenever an
accusation of sexual misconduct is
made against a minister, then church
officials are obligated to investigate
the matter.
It has been confirmed that the
bishop, for the duration of the inves-
tigation, will not be allowed to con-
duct services. He will not preach,
nor minister in anyway, at any
church. Sources close to the situa-
tion say that the bishop has denied
the allegation.
The church is also said to be in an
uproar over what some claim is the
bishop's failure to act as a good stew-
ard of the church's funds and prop-.
erty. A number of the church's pas-
toral council men, "disillusioned and
disappointed," have resigned in
The woman at the centre of the
scandal is said to have left the church
as a result.
- It is alleged that the bishop is also
accused of mismanagement of the
church's find' Membe rs had c\pect-
ed work to begin alreadN on a ne%\

sanctuary, but to date no such work
his commenced, nor have any
approved plans been presented to
the body..
"The congregation's understand-
ing was that they were moving to
temporary facilities while the church
was demolished and construction
begun on a new sanctuary. After
they moved months went by and
nothing happened then rie day
:when all of this sexual assault infor-
- nation leaked out and went to Ten-
nessee, the church was demolished.
The congregation was not informed
prior to the action of demolition.
They also understand that no
approval has been given for new
plans to be executed, and that the
new plans included property not yet
acquired by the church. To date, no
approval has been given, nor has
there been any indication that
approval is imminent.
"People are leaving. They are con-
cerned that the pastor is not seek-
ing consultation with the members
and elders. But the sad thing is that
they are more upset over the church
building than the accusation of sex-
ual misconduct."

* WORK taking place
at Sandyport

carrying volumes of sand up to
thousands of tonnes, have been
taken inside Sandyport from the
canal build up to add to artificial
beaches and "beach front lots"
that are now being marketed in
the development, claim sources.
Mr Buckner, however, stated
that Sandyport "never does.any-

US pre-clearance will continue

FROM page one

The Ambassador and Foreign Affairs Minister also.
toured the Free-brt Container Port, viewing operations of
the recently eih. -ted Megaports Programme and the Con-
tainer Security Agreement (CSI).
The Megaports Programme uses specialized equipment
to scan seagoing cargo containers for suspicious radioactive
Under CSI, United States Customs officials review con-
tainer manifests and screen suspicious containers for
weapons of mass destruction.
Both of these programmes provide incentives for ship-
pers to use the Freeport Container Port, since containers
clearing this port will quickly enter the United States with-
out requiring additional screening.
"Preclearance, Megaports, and CSI reflect the close
and ongoing security cooperation between the United
States and The Bahamas. Freeport will be the fiftieth port
to join CSI when it becomes operational in the next few
weeks," a release from the embassy said.
Freeport is one of six ports where Megaports is opera-

More than 20 other ports are in the process of imple-
menting Megaports, including Jamaica, which had repre-
sentatives from its Customs Agency in Freeport this morn-
ing to see the Megaports operation in The Bahamas.
The cutting-edge equipment being used makes
Freeport A mokv1 ili hr ohlicl ports are already seeking to
emulate. "
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port company has had "various
approvals at various times which
have allowed us to do different
"When approvals have allowed

us to do something we have done
it," he added.
S Reports indicated that dredg-
ing was continuing at the site yes-

thing without a.permit".
Sources claim that dredging
began this year in the Sandyport
canal on May 1, 2006. Yet a letter
seen by The Tribune sent six
weeks later by Melanie Roach,
Director of Public Works, stated
that no permit had been issued
up to that point.
Later in 2006, according to Mr
Audley Greaves under-secretary
at the Prime Minister's office, a
below high water mark dredging
permit was obtained from the
government by Sandyport on the
basis that all sand removed from
the canal was to be returned to
the adjacent beach.
However, sources claim that
these conditions were violated,
and although some sand was
returned, a majority was taken
into Sandyport itself, with the last
remaining sand being taken away
on September 15th, according to
Mr Buckner however denied
the claims that the conditions of
the permit had been violated:
"The only sand that has been
moved from there has been put
back upon his beach and to sug-
gest otherwise is nothing short of
misconstruing the facts," he said.
With regard to whether sand
from the canal had ever been
used to create artificial beaches,
Mr Buckner said that the Sandy-

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also apply. Her rights as a
patient (and those of her son)
should not be cast aside due to
her 'celebrity' status," the hos-
pital said.
The Insight article further
read: "If Mr Barry Rassin
thought he could keep the full
financial-might of the US
tabloid fraternity at bay by hid-
ing under the table at Doctors
Hospital, then he is extremely
naive or very badly informed.
"When certain newspapers
fail to break down primary
sources, they fall back on sec-
ondary sources, hearsay and
sometimes plain old-fashioned
gossip. Hence, when the Nas-
sau Guardian began referring
to blood and vomit on the floor
of Anna Nicole's hospital room
and raising doubts about the
oxygen supply they were the
victims of the almost manic lust
for secrecy on the part of the
hospital authorities."
However, the hospital said
that newspapers that value their
integrity and credibility should
attempt to confirm the infor-

mation obtained from sec-
ondary sources, "hearsay and
old-fashioned gossip".
"'To refer to the Nassau
Guardian as a 'victim of the
almost manic lust for secrecy
on the part of the hospital
authorities' seeks to absolve the
journalist and by extension
the newspaper from the
responsibility of proper inves-
tigative journalism," the hospi-
tal said.
The institution pointed out
that the Nassau Guardian
recognized its error, retracted
the statements and apologised
for printing the same.
"Relying on 'patient confi-
dentiality' may not 'hack it in
the harsh dynamic and highly
competitive world of the inter-
national media,' however Doc-
tors Hospital owes no duty to
the international media and
every duty to the patients who
seek treatment at its facility. As
such we do not concern our-
selves with what may or may
not 'hack it' with the interna-
tional media," the hospital said.

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patient's right to confidentiality
and out of line for Doctors Hos-
pital to provide the media with
the information they were seek-
ing; knowing that they were not
(and still are not) entitled to the
same," the hospital said.
"Mr Rassin responded in the
manner appropriate for investi-
gations conducted in the
Bahamas. To suggest that Mr
Rassin should have treated this
case differently from any other
unexplained sudden death that
might occur at Doctors Hospital
simply because the US tabloid
fraternity is interested in it is to
encourage a different standard
being employed because of Mrs
Smith's 'celebrity' status.
"If Ms Smith ought not to
have been given preferential
treatment to obtain her perma-
nent residency status due to her
'celebrity' the converse must

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met Knowles since being named
his public defender two weeks
ago. After speaking with him
briefly, he talked with Knowles'
family who were in the court-
The hearing, which was
scheduled to begin at 9am in
the new North Courtroom
of the United States District
Court, started late because
of Mr White's lateness, as
well as his reviewing details
of the cases with Knowles
and his family.
Mr White appeared to be
ill prepared, having to ask
Mr Karavetzos to supply
him with the particulars of
the case.
According to Knowles'
Bahamas attorney, Roger
Minnis, Knowles' family is
still trying to find a private
US attorney.
Knowles wore the same
beige prison uniform, which
resembled doctors' scrubs,
that he had worn to previ-
ous hearings. He sat in hand
and leg restraints with his
hands together in front of
his mouth, until the
restraints were removed for
the start of the arraignment.
His was the only case
heard by Judge Torres dur-
ing the 9am proceedings. He
sat alone in the jury box
with two court marshals at
either side watching over
Yesterday was his third
arraignment and pre-trial
detention hearing since his
extradition to the US to face
drug charges.
The judge ruled during
the,first pre-trial detention
'hearing that Knowles had to
pay a $10 million court
maturity bond which would
be honoured once the mon-
ey was found to have come
from legitimate sources.
However, the still disputed
case 1091 would not permit
Knowles to be released .
under any circumstances.
Knowles was joined once
again by his family members
for yesterday's hearing, this
time members included his
mother. ~ ife. son. t o sis-
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have not resigned

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resigned as Chairman of the Gaming Board of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas."
However, Mr Gibson made no reference to the brawl between
himself and Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith in the cabinet room on
the evening of September 25.
The Tribune has learned, through reliable sources that Prime
Minister Perry Christie is keeping his own counsel and having pri-
vate deliberations over what to do about the matter.

US cruise passengers must
use passports for Bahamas
travel from June 1, 2009

FROM page one


ia, Mexico and Canada have
a passport or other secure,
accepted document to enter or
re-enter the United States.
However, a recent extension
to this Act by Congress,
includes cruise passengers sail-.
ing from US ports on.
Caribbean cruise itineraries,
allowing them to avoid this
requirement until June 1,2009.
This change covers cruises
that call at ports in Mexico, the
Caribbean, Central America
and Canada. However, people
travelling to more distant ports
of call, which have long
required that US citizens have
passports, are not affected by
this extension.
SA spokesman for the US
Embassy said yesterday, how-
ever, that what is most impor-
tant for travellers to remember
is what has not changed the
requirements for air travel.
SBahamian hoteliers and
:tourism officials yesterday
described the developments as
"a disaster for land-based
tourism", fearing that it would
further place them at a disad-'
vantage against the cruise ship
S Frank Comito, the Bahamas-
Hotel Association's BHA exec-
utive vice-president, said: "If
indeed the extension has been
given to the cruise ship industry,
it puts the hotel industry in the
SBahamas at a competitive dis-
He added that the BHA and
regional hotel bodies had lob-
bied for the implementation
deadlines to be the. same for all
Countries and tourismindustries
hotel and cruise lines to

prevent any one sector gaining a
competitive advantage.
"From day one, all we've
asked for is parity. This is an
issuance of fairness... This is a
further nail in the coffin," Mr
Comito said.
In a previous letter sent to
the US Bureau of Customs and
Border. Protection, the BHA
had backed calls by the cruise
industry for the implementation
date to be the same for both air
and sea travellers.
"Thecruise lines enjoy a price
competitive advantage, with
labour and operating costs
which are well below that of
hotels in the region," the BHA
"They use our destinations to
support and market their offer-
ing. This gives them a competi-
tive advantage. Adding to this
by not creating parity on the
implementation date would be
detrimental to our economy.
"Similarly. Mexico draws a
large share of US visitors to the
region and, like the cruise lines,
would be given an advantage of
time should there be a stag-
gered implementation date."
The BHA had previously
expressed concern that the
existing US ruils could affect
its "impulse" traveller business
from Florida, as many in this
category travelled without a
, Also among the categories
that could be especially hard hit
were travellers attending con-
ferences and meetings, as they
made their travel plans months
in ad% ance.
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agreement" by a fist fight and wrestling with each other deserved the
strong unambiguous and unequivocal condemnation of the Prime
Minister and of the PLP hierarchy.
The statement should have stated that the behaviour was unac-
ceptable and would not be tolerated.
SInstead we got from both the Prime Minister and Minister Peet a fee-
ble attempt to downplay the gravity of the matter.
SThe reaction of Mr. Tennyson Wells and Mr. Pierre Dupuch to both
these matters is equally revealing about them. Rather, than condemn the
behaviour of their colleagues in Parliament and question the propriety
of the grant of the Certificate of Permanent Residency to Ms. Smith
they adopt the position that the Opposition should ignore both matters
as minor and deal with other issues in The Bahamas.
It is the position of both these independent MPs that. a fight among
Members of Parliament to settle "a strong disagreement": and the
grant of Permanent Residency in three weeks to a personal friend of the
Minister responsible for Immigration are both matters that should be
ignored by the Opposition.
SYet these men would have the Bahamian electorate believe that they
represent a standard of integrity and responsibility worthy of their hold-
ing public office.
Mr. Wells and Mr. Dupuch have displayed that their hostility to Mr.
Hubert Ingraham and the FNM is such that they have lost objectivity
in dealing with matters of public importance. Clearly honour, honesty,
responsibility, integrity and accountability are not values that either Mr.
Wells or Mr. Dupuch believe are required from those who hold high
Their behaviour and that of their friends in the PLP leadership is not
the behaviour that the people of The Bahamas are entitled to expect
from their leaders in Parliament or otherwise in public life.
Yes. The last few weeks have told us a lot about Prime Minister
Christie and his government and a lot about Mr. Wells and Mr. Dupuch
and their role in the political life of the Bahamas.
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US passport changes a

'disaster' for Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian hotel
owners and
tourism officials
reacted with fury
yesterday to
amendments to the US Western
*.. Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
(WHTI) thatfavour the cruise
ship industry over them, with one
describing it as "a disaster for
land-based tourism" and another
likening the situation to "a cate-
gory si hurricane".
The US Congress, at the week-
.end, approved amendments to
-the WHTI that extend the dead-
lines for US citizens returning
home via cruise ship or land to
' possess a valid passport, placing
S. the Bahamian resort industry at a
-- competitive disadvantage.
The amendments delay the
implementation of the passport
.requirements until June 1, 2009,
for US citizens returning home
Svia the Canadian and Mexican
borders, and for cruise ship pas-
,. sengers returning from the
Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Yet air travellers, who stay at
SBahamian and Caribbean hotels,
.- -. will'still require a passport at the
Original date of January 8, 2007,
placing this nation's hotel industry
Sat a competition e disadvantage
against the cruise ship industry.
Cruise ships already have much

Congressional amendments to travel initiative to have

'category six hurricane' impact, placing resorts at further

disadvantage in competing against cruise industry


lower operating costs than
Bahamian hotels, and owners of
Bahamas-based hotels believe the
Congressional amendments will
further enhance the attraction of
cruises as opposed to land-based
John Issa, owner of the Super-
Clubs chain, which includes
SuperClubs Breezes on Cable
Beach, said yesterday: "This
would be a disaster for land -
based tourism if it is not given
the same exemptions as the cruise
"This could have a serious
employment effect in the
Caribbean during the coming
"We should lobby for our
islands also to be exempt until

2009. Failing that, our govern-
ments should require that cruise
passengers have passports so that
land-based tourism will be on the
same footing as the cruise indus-
try." .
Stopover visitors have a much
higher per capital spending rate
in the Bahamas than cruise pas-
sengers, Spending on average over
$1,000 per stay, while cruise pas-
senger per capital spending on
Bay Street is around $73.
Therefore, the WHTI amend-
ments will impact the sector.that
contributes most to the Bahamian
tourism industry and economy in
terms of spending.
S The impact on the Bahamas
could be disastrous. A 2005 study
prepared for the Caribbean Hotel
Association by the World Travel
and Tourism Council (WTTC)
found that in a worst-case sce-
nario, the Bahamas could lose
13,134 tourism jobs and $446 mil-
lion in per annum earnings some
21.7 per cent of its current
tourism earnings total if the US
had introduced the initiative at.
its previous deadline December

31, 2005.
The Bahamas would be the
third most affected nation in the
Caribbean in terms of lost
tourism earnings, the survey
The WTTC survey found the
Bahamas had the region's most
US-reliant tourism industry, with
86.6 per cent of visitors coming
from that nation. About 25 per
cent of all US visitors to the
Bahamas currently did not have a
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
the Bahamian secretary-general
of the Caribbean Tourisi Organ-
isation (CTO), said yesterday that
the potential economic impact on
nations in this region could be
He added: "It is incomprehen-
sible that the United States gov-
ernment would approve an
amendment that excludes air
arrivals from the Caribbean, and
thereby grant an additional
advantage to cruise lines in the
Caribbean who already enjoy a
significant competitive advantage,
especially in light of the fact that

the cruise lines supported the
inclusion of air arrivals also.
"We know that all of the affect-.
ed Governments made their own
representation through several
diplomatic channels as recently
as last Wednesday; prior to the
final 'ote of this Bill.
"Because of the potential tar-
ranging effect of this action, there
'is nothing potentially more de\ -
astating. This is a category. six
Fred Mitchell. minister of for-
eign affairs, is understood to have
raised the \HITI issues in his
meeting last week with the US
secretary of state, Condoleeza
In a statement, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA) said
lobbying efforts by the cruise
industry, and US, Canadian and
Mexican tourism interests, had'
'succeeded, leaving this nation:
even more disadvantaged when
competing against the cruise ship.
Earle Bethell, the BHA's pres-
ident, said he was disappointed
at the 'last minute manoeuvring'
by the cruise ship industry.
He added: "This is an issue of
fair play. We have communicated
to US Government officials all
along our support for the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and
our concern that all sectors and
nations be on the same playing
field by sharing one implementa-
tion date.
'"This action demonstrates an
incredible insensitivity to our
economies and the supporting
information which has been
shared with officials demonstrat-
ing the potential impact.
"The cruise industry already
enjoys a huge competili e advan-

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Tribune Business Reporter

ORLANDO, Florida A shortage of
timeshare product in the Bahamas has
resulted in many potential visitors being
lured to other Caribbean destinations.
costing this country thousands of dollars
in potential income.
David Callaghan, eastern region vice-
president for timeshare giant Interval

International, told The Tribune at the
start of the eighth annual Vacation Own-
ership Investment Conference that there
is an untapped market that potential
investors in the Bahamas could develop for.
Mr Callaghan said that increasingly,
his company cannot accommodate the
demand for timeshare units in the US,
and has to suggest alternative destina-
tions such as Aruba to its clients.

He said that.when you take into
account that most timeshare owners
spend more than their hotel-based coun-
terparts during vacation stays, the poten-
tial income can be large.
"Often, when their week or time is up
on their unit, they will spend additional
nights in the country at a hotel,"'Mr

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Tribune Business
Atlantis, the joint venture time-
share between Starwood Vaca-
tion Ownership and Kerzner
International, said yesterday it
had seen a steady increase in new
memberships over the past year
since it opened its latest phase on
Paradise Island.
David Matheson, spokesman
for Starwood's timeshare division,
Starwood Vacation Ownership,
told The Tribmu at the eighth
annual Vacation Ownership
Investment Conference in Orlan-
do that its affiliation with the
Kerzner name, and the Atlantis
property had been the driving
force behind their success.
Without them, Mr Matheson
said Harborside, could not have
been what it is. Although he did
not have the latest figure` with
him, he added that the timeshare
complex had seen a continuing
increase in membership, particu-
larly after its expansion.
The expansion,included 116
new luxury villas, including a new
three-bedroom layout for larger
parties, bringing the total num-
ber of units to 198.
While Mr Matheson would not
hint it jani\ lure expans-ions for
Harborside. he s~id the
Caribhean and the Bahamas
remain an "undc rr ried market"
with the potential for more
Mr Matheson said Starwood
was continuing to reach its target
audience of "high-end customers
with a great affinity for Atlantis
and the Bahamas".
"These are well-educated con-
sumers who appreciate the infra-
structure of Atlantis and want to
visit the Bahamas each year," he
SIn addition to the features at
Atlantis, Harborside has its own
amenities, including a zero- entry
free-form.,pool, a whirlpool spa,
children's pool, restaurant and
bar, tropical courtyard and fitness
From an economic standpoint,
Mr Matheson said timeshare cus-'
tomers spend more than hotel
, customers, which makes the facil-
ities an excellent revenue base
for.the Bahamas..

Bahamas firm's affiliate

in US insurance deal

A BAHAMIAN financial
services consultancy's affiliate
has signed an agreement with a
US doctors group that will see
it provide the required capital
and surplus for a captive insur-
.er dealing with medical mal-
practice risks and oiier forms
'of insurance..
Atlas Insurance Manage-
ment, an independent manag-
er of captive insurance com-
panies, has finalised a deal with
Physicians Healthcare Man-
agement Group, to secure the
required capital and surplus
for Physhield Insurance
Exchange, a risk retention
Atlas, an affiliate of
Bahamas-based Britannia
- Consulting Group, will provide
-the capital and surplus
required to meet Florida insur-
.ance regulations, in return for
-an equal ownership stake in
Phyhealth Underwriters.
Martin Eveleigh, Atlas
SInsurance Management's
S- chairman, said in a statement:
"We are convinced that Phy-
health, with its emphasis on
physician ownership and man-
agement, is an excellent strate-
gic partner for us as we seek to
S provide solutions enabling
physicians to take control of
their medical liability risk,
while protecting their practice
Sand personal assets.
," "We have worked with Phy-
"- health for over a year, and are
very excited about this invest-
ment and the opportunities
that holding a solid stake in
the US healthcare industry
gives to our organisation."
Obtaining medical liability
insurance coverage, also

known as medical malpractice
insurance, is becoming an
increasingly problem for doc-
tors in a number of US states,
including Florida and Texas.
Conventional insurance
companies have either pulled
out of the market or are reluc-
tant to provide coverage
because of the exposure to
huge potential payouts
involved if medical malprac-
tice cases are proven.
This has paved the way for
Sthe captive insurance solutions
provided by the likes of Atlas
and Britannia, especially giv-
en that 80 per cent of medical
liability claims resultfrom juts
13 per cent of doctors.
The agreement between
Atlas, and Physicians Health-
care Management Group will
see doctors themselves
involved in the underwriting
and risk management process,
with risks segregated from
each other by segregated
accounts companies.
Phyhealth's chief executive,
Robert Trinka, said: "We are
absolutely delighted with our
relationship with Atlas and the
confidence in our business
model its significant cash
investment in Physhield
"Additionally, Atlas's man-
agement team contributes their
knowledge of international
insurance and reinsurance
markets, valuable relationships
within the physician and finan-
cial management communities,
unique asset protection tools
for our member physicians,

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Timeshare shortage costing the Bahamas

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 21st day of September
2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 28th day of September
2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



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Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 19th day of September
2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



(In Voluntary Liquidation).

Notice is hereby given that in above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 29th day of September
2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



(n Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is'hereby given that in above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 28th day of September
2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Visa 'restrictions'


Bahamians must end

AS countries around* the
world seek to reduce bud-
getary expenditure, many
attempt to do so by cutting the
number of their overseas mis-
sions. This trend has resulted in
Britain, which formally had a
High Commissioner resident
in the Bahamas, now accredit-
ing their High Commissioner
in Jamaica to the Bahamas.
The fact that even Britain
has joined nations such as
France, Germany and Canada
who didn't have resident
Ambassadors or High Com-
missioners, demonstrates how
deep these budget cuts go. The
Bahamas is not only a mem-'
ber of the Commonwealth but

from Afar

once had a former monarch as
This move by Britain could
also be looked at as a compli-
ment to the stability of the
Bahamas, and a confirmation
that the Bahamas goes about
its business without being a
threat to its neighbours or any

one else for that matter.
That being said, the prob-
lem of logistics still arises when
a Bahamian citizen needs a
visa to travel to Canada,
Britain or Europe.
The question we must then
ask is whether these visa
requirements serve any useful
purpose. I would respectfully
suggest that they do not. The
standard of living and quality
of life in the Bahamas is such
as to suggest that there would
be no flood of Bahamians
seeking to settle in these coun-
tries if there were no visa need-
ed. Even if I am wrong, the
population of the Bahamas is
so small that these nations

wouldn't notice even if half the
Bahamian people emigrated.
It is also well known that
visa requirements have never
stopped criminals crossing bor-
This column therefore rec-
ommends that negotiations
take place with the objective
of eliminating visa require-
ments for Bahamians to enter
the UK, Canada and the Euro-
pean Union (EU).
Industrialised nations are
always seeking to have unre-
stricted entry for their goods
and services to our countries.
Shouldn't we at least have
unrestricted access for our peo-

Bahamas firm's affiliate

in US insurance deal

Equity Side

NO. 16

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Mervin Deveaux and Mavis

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land Situate on
the Northern side of Joe Farrington Road and South of Pine Yard
Road and west of Fox Hill Road in the Eastern District of the
Island of New Providence and being positions of Sandilands
Allotments numbers 33 and 34 respectively and Bounded as
follows:- On the North by other portions of Sandilands Allotment
number 34 and running Thereon riinety-nine and thirty-four
hundredths feet (99.34) on the East by a thirty (30) foot wide Road
Reservation and running thereon one hundred and ninety-nine and
ninety-seven hundredths (199.97) feet on the South by Joe Farrington
Road and running thereon one hundred and forty-five hundredths
(.100,45) feet and on the West by other portion of Sandilands
Allotment number .34 and running thereon two hundred and two
and three hundredths (202.03) feet.

Mervin Deveaux and Mavis Deveaux, the Petitioners in this matter
Claim to be the owner of the unencumbered fee simple Estate in
possession of the said land have made Application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have the Title to the said tract of
land investigated and the Nature and extent thereof determined
and declared In a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court In
accordance with the Provisions of the Act.

COPIES of the said Plan may be inspected during Normal Office
hours at the following places:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court In the City of Nassau
in the Island of New Providence

(b) Collie & Collie Law Chambers
Saffrey Square,
Suite 104B, First Floor
Bank Lane Nassau, in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower or a right
to Dower or any Adverse Claim Or a Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 3rd Day of November, 2006 of file
in the Supreme Court in the city of Nassau aforesaid and serve on
the Petitioner a Statement of Claim in the Prescribed form verified
by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person
to file and serve a statement of Claim on or before the 3rd Day of
November, 2006 will Operate as a bar to such claim.

Mervin Deveaux and Mavis Deveaux Petitioners

FROM page 1B

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physician partners, their
patients, and the US health-
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Atlas provides company for-

nation and management ser-
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Islands, British Virgin Islands,
Anguilla and Nevis, and man-
ages more than 110 captive
insurers in five jurisdictions.
Apart from providing med-
ical liability insurance protec-
tion, Phyhealth provides a pre-
paid health plan solution to
doctors for Medicare and indi-
vidual patients, who want to
choose their own doctor and
healthcare insurance.

NOTICE is hereby given that JANINE GIBSON OF WEST
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for, registration/naturalization as a citizen of-The.
,Bahamas; -and -that-any .pernsn 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 4TH day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

The newest and fastest growing building
supplies and hardware store is seeking

Must have clean driving record.

Applicants must be able to operate 30ft long delivery
trucks and forklifts. Knowledge of lumber and other
building materials and a plus.

Please fax resume to 242-322-3937



Construction Manager-Building

* Minimum 5 yrs experience in construction or related
field such as Architecture or Engineering
* Working knowledge of timber and masonry construction
* Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
* Proficient in performing material take-offs and placing
material orders
* Working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
* Good communication skills

Construction Manager-Utilities

* Minimum 5yrs experience in construction or related field
such as Engineering
* Working knowledge of methods of installation of water,
sewer, communication and electrical infrastructure
* Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
* Proficient in performing materials take-offs placing material
* working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
* Good communication skills

Resumes should be mailed to Nick Sims, Development
Department, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
P.O.Box AB20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
or Faxed to 242-367-2930.


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Fop the stoIpiesbeh 1in the new


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 21st day of September
2006, The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

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litigation 'couldn't have happened at a worse time'

St George

Tribune Business Editor
THE legal actions launched by the
.late Edward St George's daughter,
Caroline, against assets that her
father had built up "couldn't have
happened at a worse time" for
Freeport and its economy, The Tri-
bune was told yesterday, as another
action was filed, this time against the
Grand Bahama Development Com-
pany (Devco).
In the latest writ and statement of
claim, filed with the Supreme Court
yesterday by her attorney, Damien
Gomez, Ms St George is seeking a
declaration that Devco is holding 100
per cent of Leedej Ltd, a company
she alleges that she beneficially owns,
making it a constructive trustee or,
alternatively, a resulting trust.
She is seeking an accounting to
determine the funds and other assets
derived from Leedej, which alleged-
ly owned real property assets on
Grand Bahama, by Devco.
And, following that, Ms St George
is seeking a court order that Devco
pay to her the sums that the account-
ing process determined are owed to
The writ and statement of claim
are similar to the one filed by Ms St
George and her attorneys on Mon-
day against Port Group Ltd, the hold-
ing company for assets such as
Freeport Harbour Company, Devco,
Grand Bahama Airport Company
and the Sea Air Business Centre.
The litigation filed by Ms St
George is in relation to the dispute
over her late father's estate. She is
alleging that her assets have been co-
mingled with her father's, but hgr
claim is competing with that of Mr
St George's second wife, Mary.
S. She has launched a legal action in
the New York Supreme Court seek-
ing confirmation that she is entitled to
50 per cent ownership of the late Mr

St George's estate, including a 25 per
cent share in the Port Authority.
The Tribune understands that
there are ongoing efforts behind the
scenes to resolve the dispute over Mr
St George's estate without resorting
to court action.
Many view litigation as a disturb-
ing development that can only dam-
age the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA), its associated assets, out-
side investor confidence and the
interests of Freeport's licensees and
residents, not to mention the interests
of the St George family.
Both the Port Authority and Port
Group are held separately under the
umbrella of Intercontinental Diver-
sified Corporation, a firm owned
50/50 by the late Mr St George and
his business partner, Sir Jack Hay-
One source said of Ms St George's
move to legal action: "Things are get-
ting hot, and it couldn't have hap-
pened at a worse time. The Morgan
Stanley deal is close to signing."
That is a reference to the talks cur-
rently being held between the Grand
Bahama Port Authority and Morgan
Stanley, the New York investment
bank, over a major resort and com-
mercial development at Barbary
Few details on the proposed pro-
ject have been released, but it is antic-
ipated to impact Freeport in the same
way that Atlantis and Paradise Island
have boosted New Providence.
The Barbary Beach project is
understood to involve resort hotels
and the full range of amenities,
including retail and golf courses..
Independently, The Tribune has
confirmed that the two parties are
still in negotiations over the proposed
development, but may not be as close
to signing as some think.
SInvestors value stability, continuity
and uncertainty above all, and the
legal actions launched by Ms St

George and the overall dispute over
the estate could make investors such
as Morgan Stanley nervous over the
security of the projects, making them
back away to Freeport's detriment.
Ultimately, the dispute could harm
the value of the Port Authority, the
Port Group and their related assets,
companies in which Ms St George
and Mary St George are claiming an
ownership interest.
SThe Tribune previously reported
that there appeared to be an alliance,
or at least a convergence of interest,
developing between Ms St George's
camp and the bid previously mount-
ed to acquire the Port Authority and
Port Group, which was led by PLP
Senator Philip Galanis and attorney
SHarvey Tynes.
However, Mr Galanis said he
wo 'd not characterisee" it as an
Mr Galanis and Mr Tynes repre-
sented an investor group, thought to
include Captain Jackson Ritchie,
Global United's owner, who made
an offer for the Port Authority that
was rejected earlier this year by Sir
Jack Hayward.
Mr Galanis said the bid he repre-
sented was 100 per cent Bahamian,
backed by $400 million in financing.
He added that Sir Jack had left the
door open to revisit their offer.
In her statement of claim in the
Devco action, Ms St George is alleg-
ing that her father acted as her attor-
ney and agent.
She alleged that in October 1999,
Mr St George and Sir Jack Hayward,
his partner in the Port Group and
Port Authority, transferred the share
capital of Leedej Ltd, of which she
owns 100 per cent, to Devco without
her receiving any financial sum as
Ms St George is alleging that the
transfer of Leedej's shares was car-
ried out without her knowledge and
to her disadvantage, yet to her

US passport changes a 'disaster' for Bahamas

FROM page 1B

tage over the hotel sector, not
incurring the same costs of oper-
ations and taxation levels that we
do. This latest move has widened
that competitive advantage which
S the cruise industry enjoys."
"We will be expressing our,
Deep disappointment through the
appropriate channels. Meanwhile,
as we have been doing all year,
we urge members to use every
Possible venue to communicate
the implementation date to trav-
ellers," Mr Bethell said.
In a previous letter, revealed
by Tie Ti'ibune, Mr Bethell and
S'the BIA had urged the US gov-
ernment to extend the deadline
for implementing the WHTI to
June 1, 2009, warning that the
Current deadline "will have a seri-
ous bottom line impact" on
employment and profitability in
This nation's resort industry.
And that was before the advan-
tages handed to Mexico and
Ganada by the US Congress.
S-In its feedback on the initia-
Stive to the US Bureau of Customs
and Border Protection, the BHA
said it felt not enough had been
- done to inform US travellers
' about the changes the initiative
will mean for them, even though

it is set to be implemented in less.
than four months time on Janu-
ary 8, 2007.
The letter, signed by Mr
Bethell, said: "US visitors to the
Bahamas represent nearly 85 per
cent of our total visitor arrivals,
which exceeded'five million in
"A significant number of these
visitors do not have a US pass-
port, hence our deep concern
about the impact which the
WHTI will have on our economy
our employment levels, as well
as business and government rev-
-The BHA said that while it
welcomed a pre% ious extension
'to the WVHT deadline, it felt"not
enough" had been done to suffi-
ciently inform US travellers about
the pending changes.
It backed the views advanced
by the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion (CHA), Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO) and Bahami-
an government, warning of "the
considerable negative economic
impact which an earlier imple-
mentation schedule will have on
our nations and our lifeblood
industry, tourism",
The BHA had also urged that
the WHTI deadline be extended
to June 1, 2009, and that this date'

be adopted for all countries and
both and air and sea travellers.
The Bahamian organisation
also backed calls by the cruise
industry for the implementation
date to be the same for both air
and sea travellers.
"The cruise lines enjoy a price
competitive advantage, with
labour and operating costs which
are well below that of hotels in
the region," the BHA said.
"They use our destinations to
support and market their offer-
ing. This gives them a competi-
tive advantage. Adding to this by
not creating parity on the imple-
mentation date would be detri-
mental to our economy.
S"Similarly, Mexico draws a
large share of US visitors to the
region and, like the cruise lines,
would be given an advantage of
time should there be a staggered
implementation date."
SThe BHA had previously
expressed concern that the exist-
ing US rules could affect its
'impulse' traveller business from
Florida, as many in this category
travelled without a passport.
Also among the categories that
could be especially hard hit were
travellers attending conferences
and meetings, as they made their
travel plans months in advance.

father's benefit.
She is claiming that her father
breached his fiduciary duties to her.
In the writ and statement of claim
filed against the Port Group, Ms St
George is again alleging that it is act-
ing as a constructive trustee, or
trustee of a resulting trust, of her 50
per cent interest in Carrick Ltd, a
Bahamian incorporated entity.

She is alleging that her father, in
his capacity as her agent and attorney,
and Sir Jack Hayward, transferred
the entire share capital of Carrick
Ltd to the Port Group on October
19,2000, without any sum being paid.
Ms St George is claiming that the
transfer was done without any of the
necessary Central Bank or National
Economic Council (NEC) approvals

being obtained, and without her
The Port Authority last night con-
firmed that Ms St George had filed
two separate writs, but said they did
not effect its daily operations.
It added that the matter had been
referred to its attorneys, who had
been "instructed to respond accord-


NOTICE is hereby given that JANINE GIBSON OF WEST
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 4TH day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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Bahamas has in providing reli-
able airlift to its more remote
But Mr Callaghan added
that increasing timeshare units
in the Family Islands can;also
tap into greater profit margins,
because rather than trading
their time for resorts on other
Caribbean islands, the owners
can instead trade between
islands, which would provide
economic benefits for multiple
Bahamian islands.

Hundreds of industry offi-'
cials are attending the time-
share conference from Octo-
ber 2 to 5 at the Peabody
Hotel, discussing emerging .
trends in timeshare, condotels'
and mixed-use resorts.
Amoung the scheduled
speakers is the Caribbean.
Tourism Organisation's secre-
tary-general, Bahamian Vin-
"'een't Vanderpool -Wallace.'
*'-ho is expected to speak:this
morning. ..

Legal Notice



(a) EMPORIO LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 3rd October, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
S(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. Pasca Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 4th day of October, A.D. 2006

Verduro Associated Ltd.



Notice is hereby given that Bearer share certificates
Nos. 1 and 2, representing a total of 6,001 shares of
the par value of USD 1.00 each in the capital of
Kerzner Hotels International Management N.V.,
a limited liability company, organized and existing
under the laws of the Netherlands Antilles, having
its statutory seat in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
and its principal place of business at De Ruyterkade
62, Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and
registered with the Curacao Chamber of Commerce
& Industry with file number .54001 (hereinafter
referred to as the "Company"), were reported lost in
Nassau, Bahamas on or about September 1995.

Anyone with any knowledge of the present
whereabouts of the Certificates is requested to contact
the Company's Managing Director at the address
below as soon as possible but no later than October
16, 2006.

If no information is received by October 16, 2006,
the Company's Managing Board proposes to cancel
the Certificates.

Curacao Corporation
De Ruyterkade 62
Netherlands Antilles

Company N.V.
Phone:(599-9) 732-2555
Fax: (599-9) 732-2500

Attorneys for the above-name Company

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Also because timeshare units
were prepaid, many owners
felt they had more money to
spend on vacation for non-
essentials. The market, Mr
Callaghan said, was steadily
gro\ ing and the economic
impact is sigruficant..
He said timgaj;es that re
attached to a branded hotel or
resort can positively impact the
profit of that resort, as they
provide an almost-guaranteed
profit margin. This helps cush-
ion the resort property in times
of low hotel occupancy, and
often the staff can be shared,
which reduces human
resources costs.
Mr Callaghan added that as
far, the Bahamas was con-
cerned, the majority of time-
share facilities were located on
Nassau/Paradise Island and
However, he noted that' as
travel tastes evolve, more per-
sons may decide that they want
to completely get away, which
provides a perfect avenue for
an increase in Family Island
time share units, particularly
in smaller facilities not, neces-
sarily operated by larger
brands but by independent
One obstacle to that hap-
pening, Mr Callaghan said,
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Consoidated Interim Financial Statements of

Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited

Six Months Ended June30, 2006

Memge from the Chairman

Dear Shaeioldr

We me pleased to repon the results oflColma Holdigs Bahamas Limited Ithe Company) for the period
ended June 3*. 2006

Ona consolidated basis, net income attribuable to Ith Cotmpan'i ordinary shareholders fR the b-mronmhs
ended June 30,2006 was 27 million or $0.11 per 'hare, compared io ne income of 5 0 million or
50 per harae aor the non penod in the piioi yio Nr tinome amrlrurable to the Company's ordinary
slreholders for the second quarter oft 206 ha irciraeid s mfirantly to 11 3 million representn 5S0 05
per ihare compare to the pnor )car'3 lo of i 2 mllihi... Ob i pe. share.

Ne premium rmiues fi di e 6-month ceded June 30. i2Mt6 have increased b 4.P. m o565.9 million
Ne policyBolder benefit year-lo-dare ha e dcreanl edI 15 m3ilhoan representing b8 6% of na
premutrevenor s, compared o 74 59. ol'ia premium rescue, fior the snie period i ii00

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rom $15 I million m the pror tear w ,i ir vsul t realiang i ynerites turwnen the rfimmes legacy

The Compan conhnues to mrtaiain and muprioe il inaniiial nrea ;mt, as and asset at June 30, 2006
were in excess of 5433 mifln. an icr]snte t $17 million ji compared is December 11. 2001
Lrivested assets tlM 5345.7 million. represoanr.E 7i.7'1 o loatl isrs as a Je 30, 2006 Our solsvae)
rne auing Cai dian reservim n methodlogbve and ,oDireni mtandards a& mrtured b) the Mmmnnui
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We are pleased with Ite result as Ithe bighihgh a pNsiuii,. rnd towards reading the Compan
financial goals for 2006.

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me 9. 2005
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Al JIm 30. 2006, appaciidmaly63% of Compay' Iod ordmar)i dim a m oaad by A.F
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presentation adoped In Ke aaame period.


NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES ST. LOUIS OF #10
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 4TH day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Christopher Deveaux


IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land containing
by measurement 14,210.34 square feet more or less situate about
one thousand (1,000) feet Eastwards of Fox Hill main road and
about 400 feet Northward of Romer Street in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence And being bounded as follows:-
North by land the Property of Mervin Deveaux and running thereon
One hundred and twenty-one and sixty hundredths (121.60) feet
East by land the property of one Rahming and running thereon
one hundred and Nineteen and eight-two hundredths (119.82) Feet
South by land the property of Vera A. Butler and running thereon
one hundred and seventeen and ten hundredths (117.10) feet West
by a road Reservation called and known as Butler Lane and running
thereon one hundred and eighteen and forty hundredths (118.40)
feet more or less.

Christopher Deveaux the.Petitioner in this matter Claims to be the
owner of the unencumbered fee simple Estate in possession of the
said land has made Application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act 1959 to have the title to the said tract of land investigated
and the Nature and extent thereof determined and declared In a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court In accordance with
the Provisions of the Act.

Copies of the said Plan may be inspected during Normal Office
hours at the following places:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court
In the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence

(b) Collie & Collie Law Chambers
Saffrey Square,
Suite 104B, First Floor
Bank Lane Nassau, In the City of
Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower or a right
to Dower or any Adverse Claim or a Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 3rd Day of November, 2006 file in
the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve on
the Petitioner a Statement of Claim in the Prescribed form verified
by an affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to
file and serve a Statement of Claim on or before the 3rd Day of
November, 2006 will operate as a bar to such claim.

Christopher Deveaux

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THE Bahamas Cricket
Association's Saturday's
match at Haynes Oval
between the Rising Star and
the Police was rained out.
But on Sunday, St. Agnes
batted first against the
league leading Scotia Bank
Paradise team and was
bowled out for a mere 85
runs in 21 overs.
Their best batsmen were
Earl Thomas with 24 runs
and Donavan Jordan with
13 runs. Bowling for Scotia
Bank Paradise, Gary Arm-
strong took three wickets
and Llewelyn Armstrong
and Leathon Thomas added
two wickets each.
Scotia Bank Paradise, in
their turn at bat, scored 88
runs for the loss of one
wicket in 10 overs. Top
scorers were Howard Roye
with 39 runs and Ryan Tap-
pin with 31 runs. Scotia
Bank Paradise won the
match by nine wickets.
This weekend, T-Bird will
play Commonwealth on
Saturday and the Police will
play St. Agnes on Sunday.

RAIN washed out the
Baptist Sports Council's
entire slate of games on Sat-
S urday at the Charles W.
Saunders High School, Jean
However, the action will
continue on Saturday with
the following games on tap:
10 a.m. Golden Gates
No.1 vs New Bethlehem
11 a.m. Temple Fellow-
ship vs Calvary Deliverance
Noon Golden Gates vs
Transfiguration (Co-ed).
1 p.m. Mt. Calvary vs
Macedonia (M).
2 p.m. Golden Gates
No.II vs Transfiguration
3 p.m. Faith United vs
Transfiguration (19).


FROM page one
Wassitsch (and crew, Peter
Bruce Wassitsch).
Pedro Wassitsch said it's
going to be exciting for
him and his crew, compet-
ing in the Grand Master
category, but he feels they
will make an impression
at the end of the champi-
The Snipes Masters is
sailed every two years in
different countries from
Europe, America, the
Bahamas and the Far
East. This year's regatta
was returned to the
Bahamas through the
efforts of Dunkley, the
Commodore of the Snipe
International Class.



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Feeder system pays off

for football association

Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas Football
Association's (BFA) recent
success in Havana, Cuba, can
be accredited to their flour-
ishing feeder system.
The world leading sport is
thriving in the Bahamas, with
eager youngsters flocking to
Davis' field trying to improve
their skills.
The BFA has registered
more than 15 soccer players
as collegians, 22 being the final
count sent into The Tribune
by secretary Lionel Haven,

Soccer players

make their mark

Of the 22 collegians, 18 are
males, who have made
tremendous strides in their
respective conferences.
Leading the way are
Dwayne Whylly and Bernard
Rahming, both senior nation-
al team members.
Also on the list of athletes

are Happy Hall, Ryan Mosely,
Mackinson Altidor, Shemord
Thompson, Sean Neville and
Craig Smith Jr.
Coaches at the University
of Vermont are singing the
praises of Rahming, a sopho-
Rahming is described as a
quick and tenacious defend-

er, who has contributed to the
team's backfield.
Rahming is coming off a
successful season last year and
is now taking on a starting role,
for the Cats.
Coach Jessie Cormier said:
"This is a big year for Bernard
to show he belongs as a regu-
lar for us in the back. He has
good natural instincts and the
courage and aggressiveness to
be a solid defender. We will
need him to polish up his
touches on the ball and tackle
with more force and ferocity.'
Last year Rahming played
in 12 games, starting in four
and scored eight goals.

He was also a member of
the Bahamas National Team
which moved onto the second
round of play in the CON-
CAF Games qualifiers.
The Bahamas leading goalie
Whylly is enrolled at Yale
'University (Bulldogs). Even
though he has only started in
two games for the Bulldogs
he has made four crucial saves
in a3-1 win over Harvard.
The second game was a shut
out game for Whylly in a win
over Hartford.
As a result he was named
as the Ivy League Rookie of
the Week.

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Senior Sports
AFTER getting off to a
fantastic start at the 'Pan
Am Men's Softball Cham-
pionships in Hermosillo,
Mexico, the Bahamas
Softball Federation's 17-
member men's team suf-
fered its first loss yester-
Playing against
Guatemala in the first of a
double header, the
Bahamas lost 4-1 to drop
their win-loss record to 3-
1. With the victory,
Guatemala improved to 2-
The Bahamas was
scheduled to play Cuba in
a late game last night.
Cuba was looking for
their first victory in four
games at the tournament.
which has switched from a
two-pool to round robin
Against Guatemala, ace
Edney 'the fltit' Bethel
suffered the loss. He gave
up a solo homer in the top
of the first and three runs.
including another solo
homer, in the seventh.
The Bahamas avoided
getting shutout in the bot-
tom of the seventh when
infielder Ricardo Rolle
broke up a no-hitter with
a solo homer.
Today, the Bahamas
will play the United
States. On Thursda., they
have a double header
against Canada and Mexi-
co before they wrap up
the round robin on Friday
against Ecuador.
On Monday, the
Bahamas pulled off a dou-
ble header with 3-0 win
over the British Virgin
Islands as Anton 'Bookie'
Gibson got the win and
they knocked off Puerto
Rico 5-2 with Bethel pick-
ing up his second win of
the tournament.
Bethel led the Bahamas
to a 1-0 decision over
Argentina in their first
game played on
The Bahamas, managed
by Godfrey 'Gully' Burn-
side, will need to finish in
the top five in order to
qualify for the World
Fastpitch Tournament in
Saskatoon, Canada in
Other members of the
team are Edmiund "Binks"
Bethel, Brian 'Ninja'
Neely, Philip Culmer,
Jamaal 'Sarge' Johnson.
Winston Seymour, Alcott
Forbes, Darryl Ranger,
Ramone Storr, Charles
Rolle, Marvin 'Tougie'
Wood, Renaldo Rolle,
Delano' Cartwright and
Greg Gardiner.
Perry Seymour and
Martin 'Pork' Burrows
are assisting Burnside as
Burkett Dorsett, first
vice president of the BSF.
heads the delegation..

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* BAHAMIAN skipper Jimmy Lowe (right) checks out his
boat with one of the visiting competitors yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune wsaff)

Senior Sports Reporter
HIGH wind conditions
forced officials to cancel the
first day of sailing in the 2006
Snipe World Master Regatta
yesterday in Montagu Bay.
Competitors from the 36
boats, representing 10 coun-
tries, had milled around inside
the Royal Nassau Sailing Club
waiting patiently for organis-
ers to decide whether or not
they could sail in at least one
But Thierry Huguenin, the
chairman of the organising
committee, said the wind was.
too heavy for the boats to sail
in any of the two scheduled-
Huguenin said they will wait
until today to see whether or
not they can get the regatta
The competitors sail in,
three classes, known as the
Apprentice Masters for com-
petitors 45-54 years; masters
for those 55-64 and the Grand,
Masters for those over 65.
However, the only catch is
that the skipper and the crew
must total 80 years combined.
"We would need to have at
least three races to have a
regatta, but we would like to
have at least five or six races in
this regatta," he stressed.
Whether the wind is
favourable or not today, this
type of regatta competition is
mandated to have just two
races per day. The regatta will
wrap up on Saturday.

Competitors from the Unit-:
ed States. Norway, Finland; --
Italy, Canada, Spain, Brazil,
Argentina, Denmark.and the
Bahamas make up the field.
Two-time World champion:
Augie Diaz and his crew
member Pam Keily, compelt-
ing in the Apprentice Masters :''-
class, head the list of competi- ,
tors, but Huguenin said there -
are at least six competitors
who have a legitimate shot at
No Bahamian has ever won- -
this prestigious title, bit Jim-t
my Lowe; who clinched a
third place twice in Norway .,
and Denmark, is confident-
that he and his wife, Lori.,
have an excellent chance of
moving up the ladder.
"We're in our home waters'
and there's been a lot of
preparation for this regatta,"
he stated. "I'm not worried,
that we didn't sail today.',
have a chance to rest a little
bit. ,: ,
"But we are in our own
waters here. We are used to
Montagu Bay and I would like
to think that between Robert
(Dunkley and crew, Michelle
Hope), we could in the top:.
five overall."
Both Lowe and Dunkley
will be competing in the Mas-
ters class.
The other Bahamians par-
ticipating are Peter Christie.
(and crew, Dwayne Wallas),
Jean Peerson (ho partner list-
ed), Tony Wallas (and crew,
D,ebra Myers) and Pedro
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