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Title: The Tribune
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: October 11, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Volume: 102 No.268




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Contraband problem

blamed for death of

Corporal Bowles

IT WAS the "vexing prob-
lem" of contraband, provided
to prisoners by certain prison
staff, that caused the death of
Corporal Dion Bowles during
the fatal prison escape attempt
in January of this year.
This was one of the findings
of the report prepared by the
special court of inquiry to look
into the events of the deadly
jailbreak. ,
"There prevails within the
prison a culture of corruption
among a small percentage of
staff who! have evaded detdc-
"Considering the fact that
inmates in the, maximum secu-
rity unit seldom leave this unit it
is safe to conclude that certain

staff members contribute to this
vexing problem of contraband
which caused the death Cpl .
Bowles," the report said.
The report said that during
the investigation there surfaced
rumours of cutting devices infil-
trating the prison through pris-
oners who work as trustees in
the various cellblocks as well as
through staff members who are
inclined to be corrupt.
"None of this information
could be corroborated. It is not
startling that prisoners given the
opportunity would chance to do
illegal things," the report said.
One of the major findings of
the commission was that after a
careful examination of the exer-
cise log book it revealed a pat-
tern of non-participation by
inmates Forester Bowe, Neil
Brown, Trano Davis and Barry
Parcoi during the period Octo-
.ber, 2005, to January, 2006.
They refused their exercise
and stayed in their cells. In
hindsight the board concluded
that it was part of their plan to
prepare for the breakout.
"There is evidence that this
logbook was last seen and
examined by the director of the
Maximum Security Unit on
October 18, 2005. Had he
checked this log book on a reg-
ular basis he would have deter-
mined that there was something
sinister in the making," the
report said.
On the night of the escape
five officers were detailed to
that section of the prison. The
report noted that although this
quota of staff is normal at HMl

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Claims that
workers have
been replaced
by expats
PROTESTS by a group of
Baker's Construction workers
last week have ended with the
hole group being fired and
'expat" workers being brought
in to do their jobs, sources
Furthermore, sources allege,
disgruntlement within the com-
pany's workforce over pay is
more widespread than the size
of the group suggested.
Yesterday, however, author-
ities at the company denied the
claims, stating that last week's
coverage of the protest had
wrongly "made it sound like we
had some big huge problem"
when in fact the men were only
12 among a 246-strong work-
Baker's Construction claim
the men have not been fired,
and neither doesthe discontent
extend beyond their ranks.
SEE page 11

Inquiries into Daniel Smith death

'could be completed this week'

POLICE inquiries into
Daniel Smith's death could be
completed this week, it was
claimed yesterday.
Four Bahamian police offi-
cers have returned from Cali-
fornia, where they sought
information from Daniel's doc-
tor, according to Associated
The agency quoted Assis-
tant Commissioner Reginald
Ferguson as saying that inves-

tigations could be tied up this
week. Then a report would be
submitted to establish whether
a formal inquest is required.
"We don't have any infor-
mation to cause us to change
our statement that no crimi-
nality was involved," Mr Fer-
guson reportedly told AP.
Officers interviewed a doc-
tor for Smith and other people
SEE page 10

BEC chief defends

high fuel surcharge
* By PAUL TURNQUEST rel in 2005 for the months of
Tribune Staff Reporter September and October, the

BEC General Manager
Kevin Basden yesterday
defended the high fuel sur-
charge rate gazetted in local
newspapers, assuring the pub-
lic that the rate will decrease in
time if the international price
of oil remains low.
With oil prices lower than
those of last year, analysts
questioned the continuing
increase in the corporation's
surcharge fee.
Averaging around $65 a bar-

surcharge tee hovered around
$0.0848 to $0.0888. For the
same months of 2006, the fee
was $0.1082 to $0.1189 cents.
However the price of oil com-
paratively is lower, averaging
about $63 a barrel or less.
However Mr Basden said
that consumers should be
aware that BEC does not pur-
chase its fuel on the "day-to-
day rates," but that a five-day
average is used at the point of
SEE page 10


woman in

US reported

A BAHAMIAN woman liv-
ing in the US has been reported
Reports indicate that the
young woman had recently left
an abusive relationship with a
young man, who may have been
a US Army reservist.
Abbygail Penn, 27, was sup-
posed to report for work at
Mids Ultrasound in Cincinnati,
Ohio, on Tuesday, October 2,
but failed to do so.
She was officially reported
missing by the Ohio State Police
on Thursday, October 5.
Friends and family members
became concerned about Abby-
gail's whereabouts after she did
not turn up for several sched-
uled engagements at the end of
September, including a Sabbath
school class she would usually
Suspicions were also raised
after it became known that she
had given two different stories
SEE page 10





Man in hospital
after shooting
POLICE are'investigating
the shooting of a 40-year-old
man that occurred around
5pm yesterday.
The shooting occurred
through Burial Ground Cor-
ner during what. some
onlookers described as a
fight between two men.
As a result the 40-year-old
man, who is also a resident
of the area, was shot about
the body although police
could not confirm exactly
SHe was taken to the hos-
pital in a conscious state. Up
to press time he was listed
in serious, but stable condi-




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Police deny Urban Renewal

volunteer was promised money


THE police have rejected claims by a
volunteer that she was promised money for
faking part in the Urban Renewal Pro-
The woman claims she has yet to be
paid after working on the project for 10
months as district constable with several
This, she said, is despite the fact that
she was promised monetary compensa-
tion after she completed six months of
According to the woman, who wished to
remain anonymous, she works with several
police stations, including Nassau Street,
Paradise Island, and Arawak Cay, and is
"basically doing the same things police
officers do, including making arrests."
When asked why she along with the
other volunteers who she says are in a
similar situation does not simply ask
when they will receive payment, the

woman replied that they
are afraid of going to the
supervisors because they
do not want it to be
thought that they "are
only in it for the money."
However, Assistant
Superintendent Stephen
Dean, co-ordinator of
Urban Renewal, insisted
that all district constables
and volunteers are not
paid "and that is clear-
ly stated."
"First I'd like to
applaud all the district 0 ASSISTANT
constables," he said. "I Stephen Dea
like to call them commu- of Urba
nity workers; they are
persons in the community who have vol-
unteered their time.
"District constables are persons who
volunteer persons in their respective com-
munities, it is all on a volunteer basis," he
stressed. "The application form clearly


states the guidelines to the
individuals..And it is stat-
ed quite clearly: this is a
process, there are no
forms of pay. There is
none at all."
The project, which was
designed in an effort to
tackle some of the social
ills in the country at the
grass-roots level, is cur-
rently in its fourth year is
some areas.
According to Mr Dean,,
Since its inception many
Superintendent people have come to vol-'
co-ordinator .unteer with the project
Renewal .. because they wish to see
their communities
improved as it relates to crime.
The idea for a district constable started
in the Engleston constituency almost two
years ago under the leadership of Inspec-
tor Arnentte, ASP Dean said.
"We have a number of persons who

move in high places in this country who
start out as district constables, but they
volunteer in their community ... when
you're coming in to Urban Renewal, you
work along the law enforcement side of it
and it's all on a volunteer basis," he said.
A district constable has the power to
make arrests, he confirmed, but they have
to go through extensive training first. "You
would find that most of them go through
an eight-week training programme. At the
Engleston group, we went to the police
college where they passed the graduation
"But we want to ensure that they are
protected while they work as far as their
powers to arrest," he explained. "They
can't make arrests without a police officer
there. We don't allow them to. work on
their own, they are never in charge of any-
thing nor do they supervise anything."
Only when persons become local con-
stables are they eligible to receive any
monetary compensation, he said. "This is
clear, she knows that."

Claims that building

code violations

have contributed to

number of fire deaths

BUILDING Code viola-
tions ha\e contributed to the
number of lives lost during
fires it was claimed yester-
A senior fire officer, who
: suggested that the Bahamas
create abuitlding-eede-hoard
to tackle this problem. also
defended the fire branch yes-
Vterday,against its critics.
Inspector Bradley Knowles
Said that during an exchange
exercise in the LiS. he realized
the value of establishing a
boaf8 l('hich wouldd deal with
queries about building codes"
and regulations.
"In Rhode Island I had the
opportunity to sit on their
board as an honorary mem-
ber to really see how it:oper-
ates and I am hoping that one
day we will get something like
that here because we have a
serious fallback on how
building codes are imple-
mented in our Bahamas," he
Mr Knowles emphasised
that firefighters would be able
to save lives more efficiently
if all buildings were built
according to requirements.
He also stated that the
biggest problem facing fire-
fighters in the Bahamas is the
limited supply of water not-
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pressure are vital factors in
fighting fires.
"In the past we have been
criticised for our services but
the public needs to under-
stand that we in the Bahamas
have a serious water prob-
lem," he stated.
Inspector Knowles was
.speaking at a press confer-
ence to outline an exchange
programme between the fire
branch of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the
Rhode Island Fire Depart-
Six Bahamian officers,;fur
of whom are from New Prov-
idence and two of Grand
Bahama, travelled to Rhode
,Island to receive training in
the areas of extracting, extin-
guishing and stabilising meth-
ods, live burns and building
code regulations.
"The partnership between
Rhode Island and the
Bahamas would send our fire
fighters to Rhode Island to
display what they have to
offer and to interchange
knowledge between agen-
cies," explained Inspector
"We would have learned
from the programme to be
more 'trained to train'
we can come back and impart
the information to the vari-
ous departments of Grand
Bahama and New Provi-
dence," he added.
Inspector Knowles said that
the officers were able to
make use of Rhode Island's
burn house, where they
applied a variety of extin-
guishing methods.

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US partially
lifts arms
against Haiti

THE United States has
partially lifted a 15-year-
old arms embargo against
Haiti, the U.S. Embassy
said Tuesday, allowing the
troubled Caribbean nation
to buy weapons for police ".
battling violent and -i
often better armed -
street gangs, according to
Associated Press.
The move comes after -
President Rene Preval's
new government com-
plained that the embargo }
was hampering its ability
to restore order and con-
front gangs that flourished -
after a February 2004
revolt toppled President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
The modified embargo
approved by the U.S. State '
Department is aimed at
helping Haitian and U.N.
authorities "fight against g
rampant criminal and gang
activity," said U.S.
Embassy spokeswoman
Shaila B. Manyam.
It lets the government
buy firearms, body armor
and other items for police,
Manyam said. Private
groups, companies and
individuals are still.
restricted from buying
arms under the embargo.
The policy change is
seen as a vote of confi-
dence in Preval, a soft-spo-
ken champion of the poor
who took office in May
and has worked to reform
the corruption-riddled
police force while chal-
lenging gangsters to lay
down their guns or face
The United-States-,
imposed the embargo in
1991 when Aristide was
Soverthrown the first time, .,.
barring sales of weapons ;.
except "in a case of excep-
tional or undue hardship,
or when it is otherwise in
the interest of the United
States government."



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THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing announced
in a statement that the provi-
sion of electrical services to the
Excellence States Phase II sub-
division off Carmichael Road
has been delayed as a result of
"unexpected changes" in the
layout of the main road lead-
ing to the subdivision.
"The Bahamas Electricity
Corporation and the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Housing
Share working quickly to provide
the necessary services to those
homeowners who have taken
up residence in the subdivision,"
the statement said.
"The ministry regrets this
development and wishes to
apologise to all homeowners
and their families for any incon-
venience caused," it said.

Man is


for drug


FREEPORT A 40-year-old
male resident of Freeport was
arrested on suspicion of drug
possession on Sunday at Grand
Bahama International Airport.
According to reports, the
arrest was made at the Region-
al Air Terminal around 4pm
after police received informa-
tion about a box suspected of
containing dangerous drugs.
Superintendent Basil Rah-
ming reported that officers from
the Drug Enforcement Unit
went to the airport after receiv-
ing a tip.
They were shown an
unclaimed box that had arrived
on an earlier Regional Air flight
from Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
As a result of further infor-
mation received, DEU officers
waited at the airport and
around4.30pm,-detained a man.
On opening the box, the offi-
cers allegedly discovered around
four pouinds of marijuana.

Cuba makes
on North
Korea tests

published a brief official state-
ment Tuesday about North
Korea's nuclear test, but held
off on offering an opinion,
according to Associated Press.
The communique on the front
page of the Communist Party
daily Granma quoted from
statements by China and United
Nations Secretary General Kofi
Annan opposing the test.
"It is expected that in the
coming days that tensions will
grow ... when the U.N. Security
Council begins discussing a
package of strong international
sanctions against the Popular
.. Democratic Republic of Korea
- as a result of the nuclear test,"
the paper said.
The report was labeled "offi-
cial information," but did not
say which officials had released

Human rights group demands

'real' freedom of information

A HUMAN rights group is
pushing for a "real" freedom
of information act to end the
culture of secrecy in the
"In this day and age when
we are aspiring to first world
status we can't continue to be
governed by third world
norms," the Grand Bahama
Human Rights Association said
last night.
Politicians and civil servants
must be held accountable
under legislation guaranteeing
the free flow of information,
the group said.

The statement follows spirit-
ed debate over several issues
in which the government has
been accused of withholding
The death of Daniel Smith,
son of actress Anna Nicole
Smith, and the Cabinet Room
brawl controversy have both
been cited as instances where
the government has not been
The association said official
secrecy need not be part of
Bahamian life.
"There is no big national
security threat here," said the

statement, "We are a very sim-
ple and relatively unsophisti-
cated country and there is very
little the government should be
hiding from its own citizens."


It added: "The association
urges the government to stop
terrorising its citizens with
secrecy. Secrecy is the last
refuge of a dictatorship."
Attorney Fred Smith, the
association president, cited the
Baker's Bay controversy at

Guana Cay as an instance
where people were not kept
properly informed.
He said the developers had
claimed they had all the per-
mits required to proceed with
their scheme.
"*Yet to date we have not
seen one permit for building,
dredging, roadworks or any
other aspect of the project," he
"This is a case in which
Bahamian citizens living in
their own community in Guana
Cay have not seen any permits
allegedly issued for an $800

million mega-resort develop-
Not only did this create an
opportunity for abuse, it also
made the citizenry suspicious,
he said.
Last week, The Tribune's
INSIGHT section cited the
Daniel Smith case and the Cab-
inet Room fist-fight between
Keod Smith and Kenyatta Gib-
son as issues in which informa-
tion was apparently withheld.
The feature said official
secrecy was a sadlegacy of the
British colonial era and ought
to be discarded.


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* SANDY Sands answers questions from the press

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Tel: 323-6145 Fax: 326-9953
P.O. Box N-121

Resort and Radisson Cable
Beach Resort held a press tour
yesterday to highlight that the
transformation of the Cable
Beach strip is going as planned.
Both hotels are a part of
Baha Mar Development Com-
pany's $110 million capital
investment programme which,
developers say, will result in
the Cable Beach Resort
becoming one of the most
sought out vacation destina-
tions in the world.
The $80 million Radisson
refurbishment project began
in August of this year with
works that will include the
transformation of all guest
bedrooms and interior and
external public areas- includ-
ing lobby and reception, food
and beverage outlets (includ-
ing the modernisation of all
kitchens) beach and pool
"The west guest wing of the
hotel and public areas have
been demolished and the
rebuilding works have started
in the guest rooms and lobby.
In anticipation of the future
growth of the Baha Mar pro-

ject we are continuing to sup-
port the employment of over
300 persons who will have
been displaced by this reno-
vation," said the company in a
Renovations and upgrades
to 224 standard guest rooms
at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort's C tower are near
completion and the remaining
33 suites, along with 301 rooms
at the hotel's H and M Towers
are due for completion at the
end of this year, it said. The
repainting of building exteri-
ors, upgrading of convention
and meeting facilities and total
Refurbishment of pool and
beach areas are also expected
to be completed by year's end.
The hotel's 35,000 square
foot Crystal Palace Casino has
already been upgraded to the
tune of some $6.75 million,
according to the company.
Work is also finishing on the
Asian-themed Moso Restau-
rant slated to open early
November. Renovations on
the Twenty-two and Above
Club and the Black Apgus
Restaurant were completed
earlier this year.

"Making sure that the
Bahamian flavour stays in the
hotels, Baha Mar is highlight-
ing Bahamian art in guest
rooms and also local Androsia
fabric will have a big role to
play in the resorts' decor. The
Bahamian art was acquired
through the development's
'Call to Artists' competition
held 'earlier in the year" the
statement said.
Baha Mar said it has already
hired a number of qualified
Bahamian professionals who
presently fill key positions and
are instrumental in the major
transformation that is taking
The statement continued:
"Baha Mar will continue to
raise the standards of resorts in
the Caribbean. The multi-bil-
lion dollar project will feature
prestigious hotel brands that
are internationally renowned,
including St Regis, Sheraton,
Westin, W Hotel and Caesar's
Hotel. The project also fea-
tures a Jack Nicklaus designed
golf course and of course Baha
Mar partners with Hda rah's
Entertainment for its casino

Preliminary report into toxic leak

claim completed but not public

* By ALISON LOWE inary report and we are going narrowing of the bronchi (air-
down now to speak with some ways into the lungs) caused by
A PRELIMINARY report more of the residents and try contraction of the muscles in

into alleged cases of toxic
chemical exposure on Long
Island has been completed -
but the government said it is
too soon to make any findings
According to director of
environmental health Ron
Pinder, the investigation is
ongoing and two officers from
the Ministry of Energy and
the Environment are still in
Long Island.
Mr Pinder was quoted in
earlier reports as saying that
he expected the officers to dis-
close their findings at the
beginning of.this week. ,
However, no more insight
into the matter was available
yesterday, except that Mr Pin-
der said that he now expects
that he will have to travel to
the island on Thursday.
"Further investigations are
needed," he said.
"We did complete a prelim-

to get a better sense ot what
the actual conditions are."
The Tribune received
reports that a town meeting
was held over the weekend,
attended by residents, mem-
bers of local government and
the licensing board. Howev-
er, Mr Pinder said he had no
information on the outcome
of this meeting.
The issue first came to pub-
lic attention after The Tribune
reported on a series of letters
sent by a local pulmonologist
to Mr Pinder requesting an
investigation after he had
treated several persons report-
edly suffering breathing com-
plications caused by fumes
from a boat building opera-"
tion on the island( :
Two patients including a
child were found by a local
pulmonologist to be exhibit-
ing signs of severe bron-
chospasm, defined as being a

the lung walls, mnammaton oi
the lung lining, or by a combi-
nation of both.
Their symptoms included
"wheezing" and "shortness of
On September 22, Mr Pinder
told The Tribune that it was too
early to say definitively what
had caused the problems, or
how many people were affect-
ed, but that his officers were
"trying to get to the bottom (of
the matter)".
Despite questions of causali-
ty being inconclusive at this
stage, concerns have been
raised regarding licensing crite-
ria for boat construction busi-

Baha Mar developers

highlight progress


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Not every misfortune can be prevented

AMID ALL the agonizing and political
post-9/11 posturing over whether we are safer
than we were five years ago I found myself
thinking of the fifth-century monk, Pelagius,
and the heresy that bears his name.
Pelagius got into trouble with Rome
because he denied the existence of original
sin and believed that men and women could,
by their own choice, live a life of moral good-
ness deserving of salvation without God's
The church was horrified at the suggestion,
that any salvation could occur without God's
grace and, by extension, its own, and no less a
figure than St. Augustine was brought in on
the case. Pelagius was excommunicated and
banished from Rome.
It took Richard Posner, the prolific judge of
the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Cir-
cuit in Chicago, to introduce me to a modern
version of Pelagius's heresy. In his book, "Pre-
venting Surprise Attacks," a treatise on the
9/11 Commission and the reorganization of
government to combat terrorism, Posner
posits that Americans have a "cultural pecu-
.liarity" that holds that "human will can con-
quer all adversities." Thus "every non-suc-
cess is deemed a culpable failure."'
There are in life "acts of God" in which
bad things happen but for which h no one is to
blame. The modern Pelagian heroes ho\c\ er.
holds that there are no acts of God, that for
every misfortune in life somebody is at fault.
This leads to the proclivity of Americans to
sue each other for ridiculous happenings for
which no one is to blame, except maybe the
person who is doing the suing. The famous
case of the woman who spilled coffee on her
lap and sued the coffee brewer for making
the coffee too hot comes to mind.
:According to Posner, the payment of enor-
mous sums of money to the families of the
victims of 9/11 attacks as if they were victims
of wrongful conduct, "rather than casualties of
war," is an example. "Yet how callous it would
sound to say to the families of the victims, it
was just one of those things," he writes.
Posner says this heresy infected the 9/11
Commission's thinking. "To conclude after
protracted and much ballyhpoed investiga-
tion that there is really rather little that can be
done to reduce the likelihood of future ter-
rorist attacks beyond what is being done
already at least if the focus is on the sort of
terrorist attacks that have occurred in the past

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rather than on the new threats of bioterrorism,
nuclear terrorism, and cyberterrorism, about
which we may indeed be doing too little -
would bespeak a fatalism that goes against
the American grain. When an American dies
at the age of 95, his family is apt to ascribe his
death to a medical failure."
This proclivity resulted in the 9/11 Com-
mission, after doing brilliant work describing
What happened, then making recommenda-
tions that might have been less than brilliant,
not necessary, or even counterproductive,
simply because recommendations were
The creation of an "intelligence czar," for
example, may have made us less secure
because 'it just added another layer of bureau-
cracy. And any government reorganization
on the scale of Homeland Security is so time
and energy --consuming, as well as con-
fusing, that it may have made this country
even more vulnerable than before.
"One unfortunate consequence" of the new
Pelagian heresy, according to Posner, can be
that "the people who get blamed for an unde-
sired outcome are the people who were doing
their best and the best may have been very
good to prevent it from happening."
In intelligence matters it is not always pos-
sible to predict, especially in matters of timing.
The CIA was blamed for not foreseeing the
fall ofthe Shah of Iran in 1979, but then even
the followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini were
taken by surprise at the suddenness of the
regime's collapse.
In that same year, when the great mosque at
Mecca was taken over by religious fanatics,
many predicted the end of the Saudi monar-
chy. The Saudi monarchy has exactly the same
weaknesses today, but it is still with us.
So unless we are determined heretics, we
should show a little more humility and remem-
ber that it is not always possible to predict
and prevent all misfortunes. Posner says:
"Some injuries occur without culpability, sim-
ply because the costs of preventing the injury
would have exceeded the expected benefits."
The Bush administration can be faulted for
its preparation for, and response to, Hurri-
cane Katrina, but not for failing to prevent
the hurricane itself. There will never be 100
p er cent security.
(This article was written byH.D.S. Green-
way of the Boston Globe c. 2006).

EDITOR, The Tribune
I HAVE been complaining
for the past year about an aban-
doned duplex next to my prop-
erty that is covered in graffiti
and unfinished. Vagrants and
other criminal deviants occupy
this duplex at night and earlier
this year our house was broken
into from the criminals access-
ing our boundary wall from that
side of the abandoned duplex.
They cut the property wall and
gained access into our yard and
then they proceeded to break
into our property and ransacked
our house.
Everyone that came to our,
house after the break-in said
the source of our problem is the
abandoned duplex since the
criminals were able to hide
there and take out one by one
what they had stolen from us.
One of our neigbours said that
he had seen a woman a couple
of days before the break-in hide
a bag in the abandoned duplex
just before our house was bro-
ken into.
It seems that someone in the
area might have been involved
in this since things like the com-
puter, CPU, the DVD and oth-
er items were placed in our lug-
gage and carted off from the
abandoned property with rela-
tive ease.
Our house was left in such a
ransacked state. All our clothes
were shrewn all over the'rooms
and all the drawers pulled out
and searched. They even raid-
ed our kitchen and ate our
KFC dinner and drank our
juice left in the fridge. They
stole the car keys and were
smart enough to leave the oth-
er bunch of keys so that you
would not suspect that they
,had not removed the car kevs.
,Thb' opened e\ery sugar and
rice b\\ I and \\e had to throw,\
out all the food and drinks in
the kitchen since they had been
through everything. They stole
all our valuable jewellery that
they could find and they picked
out pieces of women's clothing
as if to say they were clothes
I later complained to the
Minister of Works about the
abandoned duplex and how this
duplex had been a criminal haz-
ard for us since 1996 when all
sorts of vagrants were in and
out of it and the property.
I told the Minister of Works
that the owner was uncon-
cerned about his property and
that we were paying a heavy
price for his negligent care of
his property that is we had suf-
fered a break in from that side
of the property.
The Minister of Works
assured me by e-mail each time

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the owner and Ministry of
Works claims has been done.
Nothing substantial has been
done to remove this abandoned
duplex which has been in such a
state for over ten years with
that if the owner of the duplex undesirables through the neigh-
did not take the opportunity to bourhopd knowing full well if
secure his duplex and property they want to access our prop- *,
according to the law that he erty from there they can do so
would take the necessary action since nothing is being done by -
to have the duplex knocked the Ministry of Works or the
down according to the Building owner.
Act which provides for the Min- I write to inform you of this
ister to remove a building which state of affairs since I think that
because of its state causes harm our neighbourhood deserves
and danger to persons in the better and the government
neighbourhood. needs to ensure that once you
The owner was notified by lodge a complaint that you do
the Ministry of Works appar- not constantly live in fear
ently and he cleared the prop- because your unconcerned own-
erty down once earlier this year. er, who has never even been to
The property has since been 'the property, doesnothing to
overgrown with bushes again secure his property and duplex
and the duplex has open doors from criminals who have
and window ways that anyone robbed you, the adjoining
may access. neighbour.
Also the owner hired a seem- I think the Minister of Works
ingly unconcerned person to put needs to exercise his powers
up a fence who not only did a under the Building Act and
shoddy job but left an opening knock down this duplex since
in the front of the fence so that the owner clearly does not
anyone can enter the property: intend to finish it or ensure that
Graffiti still covers the duplex criminals not be its only ten-
and I noticed a young man who ants.
lives through the neighbour- Imagine if you or your family
hood writing graffiti on the are made to live next to a place
adjoining wall between our like this which is unkempt,
properties, It is such a jungle of unfinished, covered in graffiti
unsightliness and every night and which vagrants use day and
our dog barks because of night with open boldness telling
vagrant people who occupy the you to stop them if you dare by
premises. I, have seen young their actions as they walk in and
men and women exiting the out of the premises. All sorts of
premises after spending the people go through there and
night there, nothing positive has been done
I am tired writing the Minis- to stop them.
ter of Works and receiving no It seems like my complaint
justice in this matter. It seems has fallen on deaf ears of per-
that every opportunity is given sons who do not respect or
to this man to keep this place in regard the right of a neighbour
such a state b\ being told that to lihe in one s neighbourhood
something has been done to free from the fear ocf~i i als
secure the said property. %hen ho harbour in that abaidcned
no proper barbed \\ire or thick 'building.
locks have been placed on the Ask your readers to suggest
partially finished fence in the what should be done if it were
front. them and their neigbourhood.
Also in regard to the fence in
the back of the property I have CONCERNED IN MY
observed the young men jump- NEIGHBOURHOOD
ing that with such ease and Nassau
grace and it is a joke to what October 8 2006

An appealfor better

driving on our roads

EDITOR, The Tribune
I AM writing about the bad
driving that has been occur-
ring on the road. I think that
more police or road traffic
personnel needs to be placed
on East Street South during
the hours of 8am to 9am to
monitor the drivers, especial-
ly the bus drivers who over-
take you and hit you without
even looking back. It is a sad
state that Bahamians feel that
in order to get to work or
their destination on time that
they do not care if they have
to hit or kill you in the process
of doing so. The Road Traffic
Department has to intervene
and do something to stop this
escalation in accidents and
deaths on the road. There is a
loss of the sanctity of life as
Bahamians do not exercise
care on the road and punish
those who do by hitting them

out of their way.
I suggest that the traffic
police return to stop these bad
road users and the laws be
amended to increase the Road
Traffic offences to one thou-
sand dollars for each offence
with the revocation of ones
licence for a third or fourth
offence where it is shown that
the road users intentionally
continued such behaviour, eg
the bus drivers who hit you
without stopping in order to
make their fares and just pay
the fines if they are caught.
I urge the powers that be
to examine what is happen-
ing on our roads and try to
remedy it by the presence of
more traffic police who are
committed to their work with-
out fear or favour.
October 9 2006

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Pratt: terrorism is less of a

concern than drug-trafficking

Terrorism is not the most our internal security regime hemisphere to exercise greater In her address at the confer- tunity to share views on
immediate security threat to and to develop new measures control on the manufacture and ence, which ended October 5, defence and security challenges
small countries like the and take new initiatives to sale of firearms in their juris- she also pointed out how ter- that confront states and the
Bahamas according to Deputy address the problem of terror- dictions." rorism had undermined global region.
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt. ism as a global threat. This we Mrs Pratt- called on her security. It also gave Mrs Pratt and
She told a meeting of region- must continue to do. defence colleagues to ensure "The world remains a dan- her team the opportunity to
al defence chiefs, including US "Though we fully appreciate that "our levels of assistance gerous place and for us the participate in workshops on
Secretary of Defence Donald the larger and global threat of and deployment of assets to threat to security is real and new security and defence con-
Rumsfeld, that international terrorism in all of its implica- address these transborder issues present," she said. "Terrorism, cepts, defence management,
crime in the form of drug tions, we suffer on a daily basis are not relegated to the back the threat of terrorism, war and institutional strengthening of
trafficking, firearms smuggling from a higher level of crime burner as our attention becomes regional instability has com- ministries of defence, and the
and illegal migration is a than what we had grown accus- occupied in mounting our col- bined to make the world an, role of armed forces in disaster
more pressing threat to the sta- tomed to and increasingly, a lective resources to deal with unsafe place." relief.
ability of her country, level of violent crime that con- the global threat of terrorism." The conference brings Royal Bahamas Defence
"In all our countries," said cerns us greatly," she said. She was speaking at the sev- together all defence ministers Force.commodore Davy Rolle
Mrs Pratt, "we have had to "Firearms, in particular, are a enth Conference of the in the Americas whose gov- and Ministry of National Secu-
allocate, and continue to allo- concern of ours because of Defence Ministers of the ernments are democratically rity Undersecretary Peter
cate a significant proportion of their increasing use in crime. Americas in Mana'gua, elected Deveaux-Isaacs accompanied
our public funds to improve We call again on states in the Nicaragua. It provides them the oppor- Mrs Pratt.

.Inter..tinal pageant coming to the Bahamas
International pageant coming to the Bahamas

Tribune Feature Writer
FOR those who follow the
pageant scene in the Bahamas,
it seems that every few months
there's news of a Bahamian
beauty being sent off to an
international pageant. But now
an international pageant is
coming to our shores.
The 35th Annual Miss Inter-
continental Pageant, which
began on Friday and will con-
tinue until October 17, will be
hosted by Gaynell Rolle and
her Miss Bahamas Universe
Committee, with assistance
from the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing, the Min-
istry of Tourism, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the
Department of Culture.
The third largest pageant,
behind Miss Universe and
Miss World, the Miss Inter-
continental pageant will bring
more than 50 contestants from
different countries and their
entourages to the Bahamas.
The pageant is expected to
serve as a boost to the coun-
try's tourism industry, as well
as an opportunity for Bahami-
an females to see how a world
class pageant is organized. The

* CATALINA Valencia of Columbia, left, the 33th Miss
Intercontinental, crowns the 34th Miss Intercontinental
Emmarys Pinto from Venezuela in Huangshan, east China's
Anhui Province last year

pageant is expected to be a
tremendous advantage to the
Bahamian public.
This week, Emmarys Dil-
iana Pinto Peralta of
Venezuela, the reigningMiss
Intercontinental, viill'fiake her
first official appearance in the
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(AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Lei)

Bahamas and will film a docu-
mentary about the Bahamas.
The contestants in this year's
pageant will also be featured in
a promotional video for the
island, which will be aired dur-
ing the pageant's broadcast on
Sunday; October 15. "

Following an island-wide float
parade on Saturday, October
14, which ends at the Kendal
GL Isaacs Gymnasium, inter-
ested persons will be able to
meet the delegates and have
autographs signed.
That night, Bahamian design-
ers will have their gowns show-
cased on an international level,
as tire delegates model their
According to Miss Rolle,
president of the Miss Bahamas
Universe committee, last year's
televised pageant was viewed
by 390 million people. If the
Bahamas can get even half of
that viewership her job would
have been successful, she said.
While a gymnasium might not
appear to be an attractive loca-
tion for an international
pageant, Ms Rolle said that
Bahamians and international
guests will be amazed at how
radically the space will be
changed. "People won't believe
their eyes," she said.
After a decade of being held
in Aruba, the Miss Interconti-
nental pageant moved from
exotic place to exotic place and
Made history in 2004 as one of
Sthe first international beauty
competitions to. be held in China.

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Y some accounts,
Japan tested a small
atomic bomb in North Korea
during the final days of World
War Two. And now North
Korea has tested its own bomb
- making it the eighth coun-
try to have confirmed nuclear
weapons and creating a big new
problem for the world.
The background to North
Korea's -atomic test can be
traced to the discovery of
nuclear fission in Europe in the
1930s, when two competing
alliances began vying to build
a super bomb. Britain and the
United States were locked in a
life and death struggle with Ger-
many and Japan.
Japanese research began in
1940 under the direction of-
physicist Yoshio Nishina. And
to escape Allied attacks the pro-
ject was moved to a remote
Japanese naval base in Korea,
where some intelligence sources
say prototype bombs were actu-
ally built. One was tested, they
German efforts were led by
physicist Werner Heisenberg
and produced a nuclear reactor
that never worked. Although a
number of revolutionary
weapons were produced -
including the world's first jet
fighter, stealth bomber and bal-
listic missile analysts doubt
that the Nazis ever came close
to making a bomb.
But the British and Ameri-
cans were convinced they had to
develop these decisive weapons
to survive. So the Manhattan
Project was launched in Decem-
ber, 1941 to research an atomic
bomb. Fearing a Nazi victory,
many leading scientists encour-
aged this research. They
famously included Albert Ein-
stein, who wrote to US Presi-
dent Franklin Roosevelt in
"It may become possible to
set up a nuclear chain reaction
in a large mass of,uranium, by
which vast amounts of power
and large quantities of new radi-
um-like elements would be gen-
erated. Now it appears almost
certain that this -could be..
achieved in the immediate
future:..This'lew phenomenon
would also lead to the con-

struction of bombs, and it is
conceivable though much
less certain that extremely
powerful bombs of a new type
may thus be constructed."
Ironically, America's initial
nuclear research programme
was reorganised the day before
the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbour. And the Manhattan
Project was to produce three
atomic warheads the first was
tested in July, 1945 in the New
Mexico desert; the others were
dropped on Japan a month lat-
er to bring the most destructive
war in human history to a close.

A t that point, the US
was the world's only
nuclear power. Not even the
British who had been full
collaborators in the Manhattan
Project research were
allowed access to US atomic
technology. But the. Soviet
Union had launched its own
research in 1942, with the help
of spies, and became the world's
second nuclear power in 1949.
Britain then decided that the
atomic bomb was needed to
maintain its position in world
politics. In the words of Foreign
Secretary Ernest Bevin -
"We've got to have it and it's
got to have [a] bloody Union
Jack on it." The first British
nuclear device was detonated
off the west coast of Australia in
The Americans and Russians

went on to develop even more
powerful hydrogen bombs in
the mid-1950s. France exploded
its first bomb in the
Algerian desert, and the Chi-
nese aided at first by the
Russians tested theirs in
1966. Japan and Germany

maintained strict non-nuclear
policies as a result of their
wartime experiences.
These five nuclear powers
had played significant roles in
the Second World War, and
were all permanent members
of the United Nations Security
Council. Despite the tensions
of the Cold War that lasted until
1989, no nuclear exchange
occurred. In fact, the closest we
ever came was the Cuban Mis-
sile Crisis in 1963, when Fidel
Castro wanted to launch Soviet-
installed missiles at the United
The British, French and Chi-
nese built up small stockpiles
of a few hundred warheads
apiece. But experts say the
threat of mutually assured
destruction enforced by the
thousands of warheads and
ICBMs developed by the
Americans and Soviets kept the
Cold War from getting hot.

T his status quo changed
in 1974, when India
(the home of non-violence) det-
onated what it described as "a
peaceful nuclear explosion".
International pressure kept the
lid on India's ambitions until
1998 when a nationalist gov-
ernment tested a.hydrogen
bomb, climaxing a programme
that had begun almost as soon
as the country achieved Inde-
pendence in 1947. It is believed
that India now has a few dozen

The Indian tests prompted
Pakistan which had been
developing bomb technology
since the early 1970s with the
help of China to conductits
own nuclear tests. Muslim Pak-
istan and Hindu India are


neighbours that have fought
several wars since Indepen-
dence. And Pakistan's top sci-
entists have been involved in
the illicit spread of nuclear tech-
nology to states like Libya, Iran
and North Korea.
Iran, which is governed by a
radical Islamic theocracy, is said
to be five to 10 years away from
acquiring the bomb. And North,
Korea has now confirmed that it
already has the bomb despite
years of alternating bribes and
pressure from Japan, China,

South Korea and the United
States. More to the point, ana-
lysts say it is very likely that at
some time in the future terror-
ists will obtain a nuclear device
from poorly secured stockpiles
in the former Soviet Union, or
from Pakistan or North Korea.

after the Cuban Mis-
sile Crisis, the world
negotiated the Nuclear Non-
proliferation Treaty to limit the
spread of nuclear weapons.
India, Pakistan and Israel did
not sign (although Israel is
widely believed to have a
nuclear arsenal, it has never
acknowledged one or conduct-
ed tests), and North Korea
recently withdrew from the
The Bahamas is a party to
this ticat.'dlonL' iuh nmotr oth-
er c,,u nl c- It prIohIbit-
nuclealc -.e.Aporin states from
transferring weapons or tech-
nology, and non-nuclear states
undertake not to make or

treaty in 1991 after destroying
its small nuclear arsenal. Libya
has also renounced nuclear
weapons technology and sever-
al former Soviet republics.
destroyed or transferred to Rus-
sia the bombs they inherited
from the Soviet Union.
It is noteworthy that many of
the scientists who worked on
the Manhattan Project during,
World War Two later disasso-
ciated themselves from nuclear
weapons research including
Albert Einstein who had started
the ball rolling with his 1941 let-
ter to President Roosevelt.
In.1955 just days before
his death Einstein signed a
famous manifesto stressing the
dangers posed to the survival
of humanity by weapons of
mass destruction. The manifesto
pointed out the special respon-
sibilities of .- icnrl,. to awak-
enI the public to the technologi-
cal threats, particularly nuclear
threats, that confront humanity:
"There lies before us, if we
choose, continual progress in


acquire such weapons. The
treaty also calls for internation-
al safeguards on nuclear mate-
rials and promotes negotiations
on nuclear disarmament.

ome countries have
actually given up nuclear
weapons. South Africa had a
weapons programme aided by
Israel in the 1970s, and may
have conducted a nuclear test
over the Atlantic in 1979, but
signed the non-proliferation


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Iran, which is governed by a
radical Islamic theocracy, is said,
to be five to 10 years away from
acquiring the bomb. And North
Korea has now confirmed that it
already has the bomb

It is noteworthy that many of the
scientists who worked on the Man-
hattan Project during World War
Two later disassociated themselves
from nuclear weapons research
including Albert Einstein



happiness, knowledge, and wis-
dom. Shall we, instead, choose
death, because we cannot forget
our quarrels? We appeal as
human beings to human beings:
Remember your humanity, and
forget the rest."
Nuclear weapons have
drained global resources. A
1998 study by the Brookings
Institution found that the US
alone had spent more than $5.5
trillion on nuclear weapons
between 1940 and 1996, and
continues to spend some $25-
$35 billion annually on research,
development and maintenance
of its nuclear arsenal. All of
these misspent resources rep-
resent lost opportunities for
improving the health, education
and welfare of the people of the

North Korea is a
remarkable example
of this misplaced priority. Its
economy is a shambles; its peo-
ple locked down by a militaris-
tic regime that tolerates no dis-
sent. Economic mismanage-
ment has led to famine that has
killed millions of citizens while
the regime supports a massive
army and fires potentially
nuclear-tipped missiles into the
Sea of Japan, which will only
encourage further arms races.
As American foreign policy
analyst Michael Mandelbaum
points out, the great danger of
nuclear proliferation is that it
makes otherwise weak states
equal to strong ones by giving
them what they never had
before: the power to inflict
grave damage. The overwhelm-
ing conclusion is that where
nuclear weapons are concerned,
"the fewer there are, and above
all the fewer the number of
countries that have them-that
is, the fewer independent cen-
tres of nuclear control there
are-the safer the world will be."
And as the German nuclear
scientist Otto Hahn confessed
at the end of World War Two:
"I thank God on my bended
knees that we did not make a
uranium bomb."

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comments to larry@tribuneme-
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In the latest of our in-depth

features, we take a look at

Baker's Bay an important

test case or environmental


Ruthie Bass
or Lovely
Reckley are
with Bakers,
but seem to
the project

Crying out for development?

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie's plan to place an
"anchor project" on each major
'-island in the Bahamas has
sparked a variety of reactions
from enthusiastic support, to
disbelief, to outright opposition.
On the one hand, it is seen
an attempt to tackle the age-
old problem of lack of oppor-
tunity in the Family Islands,
which has lead to increased con-
gestion in the capital as
islanders gravitate to New Prov-
idence in search of jobs.
On the other, it is viewed as a
government complicity in the
designs of foreigners whose
plans threaten to compromise
some of the most valuable
aspects of Bahamian heritage.
This view is nowhere more
strongly expressed than on the
question of the environment.
Environmentalists and ordi-
nary residents in Bimini, Abaco
and New Providence have come
out strongly against developers
who, they say, are out to make
money at the expense of the
country's natural legacy. In
many of the communities where
the proposed developments are
to be located, distrust seems to
be an almost knee-jerk reaction.
This trend was broken on
Monday, when a protest was
held on Guana Cay in which
Bahamians actually demon-
strated in favour of a develop-
ment going forward.
Over 150 Abaconians came
out to stage a rally in support of
the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean
Club project. The small crowd,
which mainly consisted of Bak-
ers Bay employee and several
local ru.' -. n. r .' . 1 .l a.
they mer., ircd I- being -Ii.ItL
and that they wanted the pro-
ject to continue.
Those in attendance at the
rally held up picket signs that
read Positive development for
Bahamians" and We want
jobs". They claimed that Bak-
er's Bay is an environmentally
sound development and that for
them the real issue is the need
for sustainable jobs in Abaco.
The Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club is a proposed resi-
dential and sailing community
to be constructed on the North-
ern End of Great Guana Cay.
According to the official
spokesman for the project, Dr
Livingston Marshall, within the
proposed marina village there
is to be a hotel with 75 to 100.
There will be a beach club-
house'with restaurants, and an
18 hole golf course with a club
house. And, in an effort to inte-
grate the local community into
their plans, Dr Marshall said
that Baker's Bay proposes to
build a five acre beach park,
that will include restrooms and
shower facilities.

When questioned about the
environmental concerns that
were being raised in respect to
the project, the former profes-
sor of marine and ecology pro-
claimed at the rally that the
Bakers Bay Resort had done
"above and beyond what was
required of them" to ensure the
environment was preserved and
The developers are also
promising that the project will
not only continue to provide
jobs for those in the construc-
tion industry, but also in areas
ranging from conch diving to
offshore, fishing.
The issue of jobs seemed to
be on the minds of all of the
protesters at the rally. Mr Zel-
don Simmons, a local small
businessman, told The Tribune
that: "The environment is only
an issue. The problem is that
people need to work."


Dr Marshall's favourable
comments about the project and
the issue of the environment
seem to be acceded to by all
participants of the rally, includ-
ing a young Gino Pinder, who
had formerly been employed by
Bakers Bay. According to Mr
Pinder, the developers were so
concerned about the environ-
ment that they had started a
project to clean up Guana Cay
itself. "We've been cleaning up
the beaches all over the place. I
mean, we can't even drop a
piece of paper on the ground.'"
joked Mr Pinder.
However, the'opponents ofg
.the Baker's Bay Developmeinlnt
are singing a completely differ-'
ent tune to that of Monday's
The Save the Guana Cay
Reef Association, which is rep-
resented by attorney Fred
Smith, claims that the develop-
ment "threatens to destroy the
land and marine environment
and the very essence of the inti-
mate residential nature of the
Family Island."
The association, which is
believed to made up of mostly
residents from the southern end
of Guana Cay, were successful
in obtaining an injunction from
the courts to halt working on
the Baker's Bay project.
In August of this year the
Privy Council upheld the injunc-
The work stoppage will last
until either Supreme Court Jus-
tice Norris Carroll delivers his
verdict on the merits of the sub-
stantive issues raised by the.
association's legal action against
the development or until the
Privy Council hears the latter's
application for special leave to
appeal the Court of Appeal

* a..


* JEREMY Sweeting, Chief Councillor for Hope Town District,
and native of Man--War, works in Marsh Harbour and has no
connection to Bakers

decision this month.
The Tribune was not able to
speak with other Abaconians
to get a general feel for the sup-
port of the project. However,
what is clear is that this contin-
uing debate about the environ-
ment is also a debate about
the revision of the age-old
debate,about the, relationship

between "native and foreigner."
All patties involved in the dis-
pute seem to agree that the
Family Islands desperately
crave the capital of foreign
investors but the issue now
seems to be: who defines the
terms of these agreements'- the
people, the goN ernmnnt or the

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2. To assist in the development and implementation of a RIO (Reference
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4. To co-ordinate review and resolve interconnection agreement related
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In their latest effort to pro-
vide valuable community ser-
vice, members of Phi Beta Sig-
ma fraternity paid a special vis-
it to the Grand Bahama Chil-
dren's Home on Saturday, Sep-
tember 23.
This trip marked the second
time for the year that the mem-
bers of Phi Beta Sigma, along-
side their sisters from Zeta Phi
Beta sorority travelled from
Nassau to spend quality time
with children.
"The kids played soccer, vol-
leyball, they swung, they
danced, they ran, they sang, and
ate food prepared hot of 'the
grill to their hearts content,"
said Phi Beta Sigma in a state-
ment. "A few hours was spent
with the kids, and they had a
great time; but the pleasure all
belonged to the men and ladies
of Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi
Beta as they emptied their
hearts to the kids of the Grand
Bahama Children's Home."
The fraternity said similar
community service events are
being planned for different
islands as the organisation
intends to "spread its arms
/throughout islands of the
President of the Alumni
chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fra-
ternity Damario "Mo" Minus
said, "It's the duty of these great
organizations to give back to
the community in which were
all are apart of. We look for-
ward to assisting with the
growth and development of this
country through our social
action efforts with our time, tal-
ents and treasures.

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sorority visit

children's home






Books given to after-school programme

TimeWorks kicked off its
2006/07 charitable season with a
project that left children at an
after school programme with
more than just the memory of
being read to.
The volunteer outreach pro-
gramme of the Lyford Cay
Foundation presented the chil-
dren with a donation of 2,400
books collected by students at
the Lyford Cay International
The programme, called Kid-
sUp!, provides after school care,
educational, cultural and coun-
seling support for six to 13 year-
old youngsters from Bain and
Grant's Town.
With 30 children filling its
classrooms now and numbers
. often swelling to twice that, Kid-
S sUp! is housed in the historic
St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk
on Shirley Street.
Formerly known as SCUBA,
it has been supported by the
Lyford Cay Foundation since
its inception three years ago.
"KidsUp! has been a great
partner, both in administering
grants they have received from
the Foundation, and in embrac-
ing TimeWorks," said Alessan-
dra Holowesko, chairman of the
Foundation's gifts and grants
committee, which organises
TimeWorks. "On the heels of
two successful grants used to
fund renovations of classrooms
and purchase computer equip-
ment, we wanted to give Kid-
sUp! and our TimeWorks vol-
unteers the opportunity to
spend quality time together. We
invited the Lyford Cay Inter-
national School community to
partner with us in a book drive
and we are very impressedwith
the outcome 2,400 books for

Sponsors of this year's volun- do so.
teer effort include Pictet Bank "Our sponsors agree that
and Trust, RBC Royal Bank of time is as valuable a donation as
Canada and Templeton Capi- money," said Tania Martin-
tal Advisors. Companies pro- Achard, a foundation board and
vided financial assistance and gifts and grants committee
encouraged employees to vol- member. "Their actions demon-
unteer in some instances giv- state this and we are so grate-
ing them time' off from work to ful."

Families homeless after fire

* READING is fun, especially
when it's with friends like Kylie
Nottage from TimeWorks. Mathilda
(left) and Laurie Destin, students
at the after school programme
KidsUp!, spent quality time with
TimeWorks volunteers on October 6
at St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk

TIMEWORKS, the volunteer
outreach programme of the Lyford Cay
Foundation, launched its 2006/07 season
of caring and sharing Friday with a visit
to KidsUp!, an after school programme
for children of Bain and Grant's Town
(Photos: T S Maycock)

Assistant Managers

Qualified applicants Should:

* Have suitable experience

Have a great attitude toward cListomer service

Be willing to work weekends & flexible hours

: Ability to assist w ith supervising team members.

Interested persons should submit resume to
Wendy's Head Office, P.O. Box N-4351
or t
Deadline for application is October 27, 2006.
No phone calls please.

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Three wood-
en structures in Eight Mile
Rock were destroyed by fire on
Monday, leaving about two
families homeless.
Tie'blaze, which occurred
aroind'12.30prn, consumed a
four-room single-story wooden
barracks, and two nearby sin-
gle story wooden structures at
Three fire units were dis-
patched to the scene to extin-
guish the flames. No one was
Fire officials are investigat-
ing the cause of the fire.
Although the barracks were
unoccupied at the time, persons
who had occupied to the two
nearby homes lost all their
Charles King, administrator
for West Grand Bahama, said
that Social Services and Urban

* THE devastation after Monday's tire

(Photos: Derek Carrol)

Renewal officers are assisting
the families displaced by the fire.
He added that members of
the community have also come
forward to give assistance to the
Mr King explained that the

homes destroyed by the fire
were in very close proximity of
each other.
He noted that the homes
were built several years ago
before proper town planning
came into effect in the area.

Manager III (Human Resources


Princess Margaret Hospital

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager III,
Human Resources Princess Margaret Hospital,'Public Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-

Bachelors Degree in Busness Administration, Management or equivalent or related field and
three (3) years relevant experience in Human Resources Management with excellent computer

The Manager III as a part of the Human Resources team at Princess Margaret Hospital will
report to the Senior Manager Human Resources Department and will be responsible for all
Himan Resources matters for area (s) assigned.

Responsibilities and Duties

1. Processes recommendations for:

Probationary appointments
Confirmations in substantive posts
Promotions and reclassification
Benefits under the Authority's policies
Benefits under the law, e.g Employment Act, Pensions Act and National Insurance
Employee transfers and secondment
Employee grievances
Disciplinary actions and penalties
Involuntary and voluntary terminations

2. Liaises with and assists Administrative Officers and Area Supervisors to ensure
all personnel/human resources matters are handled in keeping with the rules and
regulations of the organization, ensuring that matters are processed as expeditiously
as possible

3. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit on issues relating to staff salary and financial
clearance to ensure that they are processed in a timely manner.

4. Assist with the coordination of Human Resources routine and special projects.

5. Managers the Performance Appraisal process for staff within assigned areas of
responsibility, ensuring that they are prepared, distributed reviewed and corrected
as needed.

6. Keeps an up to date detailed records, of all applicant for positions within assigned
area and ensures that all applications are acknowledge in a timely manner.

7. Participates in the interview process, completes background check and processing of

8. Completes staff orientation process.

9. Participates as a member of Human Resources Department Internal
Executive Committee and Human Resources Management Committee.

-Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three
(3) references should be submitted, no later than 20th October, 2006 to the Director
Human Resources, Public Hospitals P.O. Box N-8200, or 1st Floor Corporate Office,
Dockendale House, West Bay Street.(Empoyees of the Public Hospitals Authority must
apply through their Head of Department).

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Claims that protesting construction

workers have been replaced by expats

FROM page one

The group went on strike
1!,o Thursday from the Phase
III construction site on Par-
adise Island, protesting alleged
discrimination and "inhu-
mane" treatment.
They claimed that foreign
"expat" workers are getting
higher pay for doing the same
jobs evidence of racism
within the company, they sug-
Further allegations were
made that "expats" were work-
ing without permits.
At that time, Henry Bethel
- a manager at the company
- denied these claims, stating
that they were primarily new
workers who did not under-
stand the company's system.
However, since the protest
came to public attention, The
Tribune has received a num-
ber of calls from current and
former employees at the com-
pany expressing their agree-
ment with the striking work-

ers' complaints.
One former employee -
who claims he quit for the
same reasons the men say they
went on strike said that
until the action was publicised
he had felt that his complaints
would simply go unheard, due
to government's alleged com-
He supported the men's
claims that there is a "racial
attitude" within the company.
Another called to counter
Mr Bethel's claims that the for-
eign workers were primarily
supervisors, who had extra
skills which their Bahamian
workers did not have.
Last week, Mr Bethel
claimed that it would make
poor financial sense for them
to bring in a large number of
foreign workers because of the
cost of permits and housing.
Yesterday, Mr J R McDon-
ald, another manager at the
firm, played down the signifi-
cance of the strike last Thurs-
day by stating that the men

Inquiries into Daniel Smith death

'could be completed this week'

FROM page one

Mr Ferguson declined to identify, said the agency.
The trip to California was an attempt to piece together infor-
mation about Daniel's final days.
The 20-year-old son of actress Anna Nicole Smith was found
dead at his mother's bedside at Doctors Hospital, Nassau, on
September 10.
Daniel had flown into the Bahamas the day before to see his
mother and her newborn daughter, Dannie Lynn Hope.
Private pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht later revealed that Daniel
had methadone and two anti-depressants in his body.
He said the "acute toxicity" of this cocktail of prescribed
drugs could have led to his death.
Daniel reportedly had a prescription for the anti-depressant
Lexapro, but his family did not know the source of the other
drugs, the doctor told police.
SMr Ferguson said the officers travelled to California to make
inquiries "relevant to the case."
"You're looking for anything you can find that can be eval-
uated as part of the evidence," he added.

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11-A East Coral Road, P.O. Box F-42312
Freeport, Grand Bahama; Bahamas
Tel: (242) 373-1471 Fax(242)3733005
Page 340-8043

Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-043/ (242) 394-8047
Pagers: 340-8043 / 340-4424 / 3408034 Fax (242) 340-8034



OCTOBER 12, 2006 AT 7:00

Left to mourn his precious memories are his children:
Douglas, Tracy, Charles, Simon and Marlena Armbrister;
Daughter-in-law: Maria Armbrister; Grandchildren:
Brandon and Daniella Armbrister; Siblings & Spouses:
Elmore Hermis Pinder, Whitlean & Dudley Gilbert, Elvita
Lewis, Feasel & Andrea Armbrister, Basil & Charlene
Armbrister, Bradley & Dolly Armbrister; Adopted
Brother: Duncan Russell; Uncle-in-law: Richard Russell;
Nieces & Nephews: Oscar, Sammy. Ruby, Kim, Jeff &
Maureen Pinder, Karen Johnson, Barry, Timothy,
Christopher & Mark Lewis, Trevor Watson, Pamela
Douglas, Joyanne Martin, Tyree, Elijah "Wongy" and
Tanya Bowe, Felicia, Catherine, Feasel Jr., Basil Jr.,
Enrique, Stephen, Koa, Kyri, Bradley, Wayne, Bianca
Armbrister and Ava Armbrister Stapleton; Family &
Friends: Patricia Baugh-Armbrister, Geralda and Pat
Armbrister, Doris Smith, Corrine Rollins, Yvonne Scott,
Audey, Treason, Mary and Honourable Obie
Wilchombe, Violet Wildgoose, Cynthia Russell
-Saunders, Joanna Newton-Russell, Patricia and
Marcia Smith, Ellis, Evison, Levi, Kerry, Audley, Kevin
& Marvin Russell, Norman, Kirk, Harvey, Ann, Jennie
Bevans, Virgil Hunt, Sylvia, Velma, Beverly Culmer,
Petrona Russell, Edith Ferguson, Evelyn Pratt, Starlene
& Judy Williams, Rena Smith, Irene Parker, Rev'd Fr.
Stephen Grant, Rev'd Fr. Donald Kerr, hank and Anne
Dorsett & Family, Dennis & Elon "Sonny" Martin,
Lewellyn Lou Parker, Eardley Saunders, Alicia
Thompson, Talbot Green, James Sears, Artis Neely,
Hilton Bowleg, Shervin Pinder and A Host Of Others
too Numerous to Mention.

FROM 10:00 A.M TO 5:00 RM

involved were primarily
"helpers", or unskilled labour-
ers, and not "finishers".
SAt the same time, two more
men, including Mr Patrick
Hanna, the former concrete
foreman who had acted as
spokesperson for the group,
and another -currently
employed by the company who
wished to remain anonymous,
claimed that Mr McDonald
was incorrect about the make-
up of the group and the gener-
al level of disgruntlement.
"This is a widespread prob-
lem. You have a lot of guys
here who are upset at the pay
rate," said the current employ-
"I'm unhappy and all, but
what can I do, to not let some-
body pull with me I can't
do nothing because I have a
family to feed."
Both the current worker,
and Mr Hanna who
resigned last week before the
strike claimed that the men
were primarily concrete fin-
ishers, who are considered
skilled workers.
According to both men, the
strike was also intended tor
include all the steel workers at

the company. However,,when
the time came, they stepped
Suggestions were made that
this was because the men
"freaked out at the last
minute," being worried about
losing their jobs and not being
able to "feed their families."
Furthermore, claims were
made that.not only had the
men been fired, but that Bak-
ers has since brought in
"expats" to do the work the
men were doing.
The current employee ques-
tioned the speed with which
these men were allegedly put
to work: "How long does it
take for them to get their per-
mit straight? Well, after these
guys got fired, they've brought
in guys to work and they're
working already.
"They bring them in and
they didn't even put them
through the process of going
through orientation or any-
thing, they're on the job two
days later."
Yesterday, Mr McDonald
said there was no need for the
men to have gone on strike.
"(The strike) was totally
'unnecessary because we have

BEC chief defends

high fuel surcharge
FROM page one

purchase. Therefore, international oil prices, which to date are less
than $60 a barrel, do not reflect the price at which BEC purchased
its fuel.
Mr Basden said that BEC is using the oil, stored in its tanks, that
was purchased at higher rates, possibly from two months prior,
which are now reflected by the jump in October's surcharge rate.
"We do not control the cost of oil on the international market.
Customers will see the benefit of these lower prices in the future
--not now," he said.
BEC customers complained last year of the high increases
they saw in their electricity bills due to the ever-increasing sur-
charge rate. Now with those rates in the "double digits", customers
are seeing hundreds of dollars difference iitheir electricity bills.
However, Mr Basden said that the corporation is not profiting
from the high cost of fuel. In fact, he said, the corporation is
adversely affected by the high cost of fuel. He hopes the day
will come n hen the surcharge rates could go lower "than those of
last year."

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Mr. Harold,
Nelson (Yaka)
Eldon, 76

... of Rock Sound,
Eleuthera, The.
S Baharmas and
formerly of Nassau,
will be held at New
P r o v id ed nce r
Co6m m u n ity
Church, Blake
Road, Nassau on
Thursday, 12th October, 2006 at 4:00p.m.

Pastor Clint Kemp will Officiate.

Mr. Eldon is predeceased by his wife
Barbara, Eldon and his brother, Theodore
(Sleepy) Eldon and is survived by his wife,
Susan Anne 'Eldon; sons, Rick, Chris,
Roger, Gregory and David; daughters,
Nancy, Cheryl, Susan and Shelly;
grandsons, Christopher, Matthew, William,
Tyler, Dylan, Michael, Tristan and Cameron;
granddaughters, Jennifer, Kristin, Megan,
Lindsay, Karen, Kelly, Raquel, Amanda,
Laura and Christy; brother, Robert (Bobby)
Eldon; sister, Ann Parotti; sons-in-law,
Johnny, Billy, Richard and B.J. Saunders;
daughters-in-law, Linda, Janice, Catriona
and Germaine; brother-in-law, Fred Parotti;
sister-in-law, Joan E. Eldon and numerous
uncles, aunts, cousins and many other
relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to Bahamas Air Sea
Rescue (BASRA) P. O. BOX S.S. 6247,
Nassau or to the Cancer Society of The
Bahamas, RO. Box S.S. 6539, Nassau, in
memory of Mr. .Harold N. Eldon.

Attire- Dress as you wish.

systems in place," he said.
"If a gentleman is not happy
with his money, or hours, or
position they go talk to their
supervisor and talk to Mr
Bethel and we'll see if we can
come to an agreement."
"Nobody can employ peo-
ple and everyone be happy.
Let's face it, everyone wants a
raise that doesn't mean we're
going to get one. It doesn't
mean we're qualified for one,
doesn't mean we're due one,"
he said.
The men alleged that while
they 'are paid, on average,
between $8 $13 an hour,
"expat" workers have told
them they are getting $25 $35
an hour for the same work.
Last.week, Mr Bethel said
that any pay discrepancies
between workers only indicat-
ed a difference in levels of skill
and responsibility.
Mr McDonald stated that
the issue had been dealt with
through the department of
labour with a Mr Burrows. Mr
Burrows was unavailable for
comment today..


woman in

US reported


FROM page one

to two friends one in
Atlanta and one in Tennessee
that she was going to see
According to reports, the
last person to-talk to Ms Penn
was a friend in Nassau on
September 30. Another friend
received a text message from
the 27-year-old the next day
saying she was ""on (her) way
home" to Ohio;
Anyone with information
regarding Ms Penn's where-
abouts has been asked to con-
tact either police officer Hay-
wood on (513) 488-4521, case
detective Sumner on (513)
458-4507, or the girl's uncle
on (242) 436-0689.
The Ministry of Tourism
has urged anyone in the
Bahamas with information to
please get in contact with


FROM page one

Prisons it is unrealistic for five
officers to effectively supervise
a cell block of 195 inmates,
including 27 death row inmates,
87 persons awaiting trial for
murder and 16 high-profile per-
sons awaiting extradition.
It has also been established
That most of the surveillance
cameras were not functioning
at the time of escape.
The report also noted the
unfortunate fact that the sur-
veillance department did not
have any staff on duty during
the night shift. If there were
staff monitoring the west, the
report continued, the suspicious
activities of inmates in cells C16-
25 after 10pm would have trig-
gered a response from staff in
time to foil any escape attempt.
In addition, a review of the
bolts and bars log reflects that
checks were made on a consis-
tent basis but there appeared
to be no systematic method
deployed in these checks.
The report said that the fact
that no officer detected that
these bars were cut over a peri-
od of time is evidence of the
ineffectiveness of these checks
being made.
"Officers are known to just
knock on the upper section of
the door hence the prisoners
have noted this irregularity so
they cut the lower bars of the
cell door. Officers need to be
taught the effective method for
checking bolts and bars. The
time has come for the prison to
purchase equipment that would
determine the density of the
steel bars when checks are
made," the report read.
In recent times, the report
pointed out, there has been a
proliferation of cellular phones,
drugs and money found in the
possession of prison inmates.
During 2005 a total of 85 cel-
lular phones were found on
prison inmates. They were all
"A cellular phone is consid-
ered a most dangerous contra-
band in the hands of prison
inmates. There is no telling
what he can plot with accom-
plices in the free world. The cri-
sis at the prison is real fright-
ening," the report read" '
Subsequent to the deadly
escape and death of'Cpl 'Bdwci s
officers were able during spe-
cial searches to find an addi-
tional 25 cellphones in prison
In addition, one of the recap-
tured escapees' was recently
found with a shank,in his cell
and a search of the front dor-
mitory in the maximum securi-
ty unit conducted three weeks
after the escape revealed $900
cash, a number of cellular.
phones and more shanks.


NOTICE is hereby given that LUDORS PIERRE LEWIS, OF
GRAND BAHAMA 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 11th day of OCTOBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas. :


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, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that PETIT-BEAU HEROLD OF
VICTOR ST. #15, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 11TH day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that PETIT-BEAU FREGGY OF
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 11TH day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.






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Resort staff take

part in coastal

clean-up effort

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour
participated in a coastal clean-
up project at West End in an
effort to demonstrate its com-
mitment to the betterment of
the environment.
Resort staff members joined
35 children from West End Pri-
mary School in collecting hun-
dreds of pounds of refuse along
coast of that community.
The group collected 660
pounds of trash along Bayshore
Road from the entrance of
West End to the BTC road near
the West End Clinic.
The annual event was a part
of the Ministry of Tourism's
International Coastal Clean-up
Robert Kramm, general man-
ager and chief operating officer
at the resort, lauded the efforts
of his employees and the young-
"The theme of 'My
Bahamas' as designated by the
Ministry of Tourism, conveys
that we should all take person-
al responsibility for our envi-
ronment and communities,"
Kramm said.
"Therefore, those of us in
leadership roles within our
industry and the community
should set the example in hopes
others will follow. It is crucial

* FOURTEEN staff members of the Old Bahama Bay Resort
and Yacht Harbour joined efforts with 35 West End
schoolchildren in a one-day coastal cleanup of the community.
Pictured is Norman Smith, beach attendant, as he retrieved a
portion of the 660 pounds of refuse collected.
(PhotobOld Bahama Bay)

for the children and other resi-
dents to be involved and con-
cerned about where and how
we live," he added.
Phil Smith, chairman of the
West End Township, organised
the pick-up ard efforts of the
students, while guest services
supervisor Anneka Ferguson
and vice president Donald
Glass led the Old Bahama Bay
"At the resort we are man-
dated by our own policies to
ensure that we champion the

cause of environmental purity
in the community of which we
are a part," stated Glass.
Old Bahama Bay has been
awarded the international "BlueI
Flag" distinction for its envi-
ronmental practices and quality
Kramm stressed that the des-
ignation "is one we must con-
tinue to earn."
The resort in West End is a
member of the Small Luxury
Hotels of the World, and is the
first in the Bahamas to qualify
for the internationally-
renowned award, which is given
by the Foundation of Environ-
mental Education (FEE).
Blue Flag is a voluntary and
exclusive-eco-label awarded to
beaches and marinas that have
met FEE's strict criteria deal-
ing with water quality, envi-
ronmental education and infor-
mation. environmental man-
agement and safety aif ser-
vice. '
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Shock at killing of

Russian journalist

Amnesty International
in this article focuses on
the killing of a Russian
journalist and the pres-
sures faced by the media
in totalitarian societies.

is shocked, saddened and deeply angered by the
murder of Anna Politkovskaia, Russian human
rights defender and journalist.
The human rights organisation believes that
Anna Politkovskaia was targeted because of
her work as a journalist, reporting on human
rights abuses in Chechnya and other regions of
the Russian Federation.
"Amnesty International is appalled by the
murder of Anna Politkovskaia," said Nicola
Duckworth, director of the organisation's
Europe and Central Asia Programme.
"Russia has lost a brave and dedicated
human rights defender, who spoke out fear-
lessly against violence and injustice, and cam-
paigned tirelessly to see justice done."
Amnesty calls on the Russian authorities to
investigate her murder thoroughly and impar-
tially, to make the findings of the investigation
public and for suspected perpetrators to be
brought to justice in accordance with interna-
tional law.
Amnesty International also urges the gov-
ernment of the Russian Federation to take
urgent steps to ensure that all human rights
defenders and independent journalists in Rus-
sia, including those working in the North Cau-
casus region, are able to carry out their activi-
ties in safety and without fear of harassment or
Amnesty International extends its deepest
sympathy to Anna Politkovskaia's family.

A according to media reports, a
official stated that a neighbor,
found Anna Politkovskaia shot dead in a Int .
the block of flats where she lived in Moscow at
5.10pm on October 7, 2006. According to the
reports, the office of the procurator has opened
a criminal investigation into "premeditated
Russian journalist and human rightSdefend-
er Anna Politkovskaia had reported iout the
human rights situation in Chechnya since 1999
for the newspaper Novaia Gazeta (New News-
paper). Her fearless and dedicated coverage
of the conflict had been acknowledged'through

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numerous awards, including the Global Award
for Human Rights Journalism from Amnesty
International UK in 2001. She had also written
extensively about abuses in other parts of Rus-
sia such as violence in the army, corruption in
state structures, and police brutality.
Anna Politkovskaia faced intimidation and
harassment from the Russian and Chechen
authorities due to her outspoken criticism of
government policy and action. She had bee"
'deta" an:, threatened \ ith riouus iepri.
for het -:poirting on several occasions, inch
ing being detained in June, 2004, for several
hours in Tsenteroi, Chechnya, ai the house of
Ramzan Kadyrov, now Prime Minister of
Chechnya, where she says she was verbally
abused and threatened.
SShe was also reportedly prevented from trav-
elling to Beslan. North Ossetia, in September,
2004, during the hostage crisis there. She
belie\ ed she had been deliberately poisoned on
a plane from Moscow to Rostov-on-Don when
she lost consciousness after drinking a cup of
tea on the flight.

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PM is urged to lobby

Bush over passports

Tribune Business Editor
PRIME Minister Perry.
Christie and other Caribbean
leaders are being urged by the
region's hoteliers to personally
mount a joint lobbying effort in
Washington as the last chance
to amend the new US passport
regulations, with the Bahamas
among the nations likely to be
impacted "most severely".
Jeremy MacVean, general
manager of Paradise Island's
Comfort Suites resort, told The
Tribune that the consensus at
the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion's (CHA) weekend execu-
tive committee meeting was that
the region's hotel industry and
land-based tourism would suffer
"badly" in 2007 as a result of
amendments to the. US West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Initia-

Joint effort by regional leaders seen as

only way to aid hotel industry, with

Bahamas likely to be 'severely impacted'

tive (WHTI).
Mr MacVean, who is the
CHA's second vice-president,
said the Bahamas and other
nations in the northern
Caribbean were among those
set to be "severely" impacted,
due to the two-year advantage
given to the cruise lines.
He added that the CHA
meeting felt the only remaining
way to achieve parity between
the hotel and cruise industries
on the deadline for their US

.customers to possess a valid
passport was for Caribbean
leaders, to lobby Washington
"Probably the pnly avenue
left to explore is for a delegation,
of Heads of Government from
the Caribbean. Prime hMnisters
and Presidents, to go to Wash-
ington to lobby the US presi
dent or Congress on behalf of
their countries," Mr MacVean
. "It needs to be the very top

people, We feel that only then
will we get any change made.
Otherwise, the clock is licking."
The US Congress has placed
the Bahamian resort industry
at ai competitive disadvantage,
asit has approved amendments
to the WHTI that extend the
deadlines for US citizens
returning home via cruise ship
or land to possess a \alid pass-
SEE page 6B i

Three-yearly actuary

review leaves open

NHI rate rises

Tribune Business Editor
APPOINTED actuary will
assess the proposed National
Health Insurance (NHI) plan
every three years to assess
whether contribution rates
paid by employees and
employers require increases to
meet rising healthcare costs, it
. has been revealed.
Dr Bernard Nottage, min-
ister of health and national
insurance, disclosed the
planned actuarial reviews
during a Monday night
meeting with the Bahamas
S* ., Dental Association (BDA)

Dentists upset dental services
excluded from NHI benefits;
feel move done because services
too expensive to provide

to discuss the proposed NHI
His comments leave open
the possibility that contribu-
tion rates to fund the NHI plan
could be subject to regular
increases, a development that
would further reduce employ -

ee take-home pay and increase
business costs, and contradicts
the Government's previous
optimism that the proposed
rates would remain for a
lengthy period.
SEE page 5B

Francis call for Port to

devolve regulatory role

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Port Authoiity's for-
mer co-chairman and chief
executive yesterday added-his
\oice to ihe-sgiTing chorus tirg-
ing the organisation to split its
licensing, regullatry and quasi-
go\ernmental functions from its
business activities and asset
Julian Francis, who resigned
four months ago. said his com-
ments regarding the Port
Authority and the need for it
to be restructured was nothing
He added that its present
structure, which was imple-
mented some 50 years ago. was
outdated and "no longer serves
the community well".
Mr Francis said there needed
to be separatiq.n.between the

Port Authority's administrative,
and regulatory functions on one
hand, and its business activities
on the other.
W\\hle speaking at the Rotary
Club of Lucaya, Mr Francis
said- "Freeport, frankly,. does
: not workfrom a business point
ofr \ew.
"Freeport and Grand
Bahama is critical for the
Bahamas...but, by and large, as
a growing, developing enmiron-
ment for business, it is not work-
ing for a number of reasons. Not
all of them have to do with the
Port Authority; some have to
do with the relationship with the
Government, which is another
issue that needs to be worked
out and addressed."
Mr Francis said the Freeport
economy has gone through
boom and bust penods over the
past years, and is today proba-
bly at its worst ever. point.

"I sincerely hope we will see
an effort to embrace the oppor-
tunity, and that there will be a
kind of evolution, because I
believe that it is one of the
things that will make it possi-
ble for the city of Freeport to
realise its true potential within a
reasonable period of time," he
Mr Francis said the existing
Port Authority structure, which
was implemented 52 years ago.
was the only alternative at the
time that could have been sup-
ported for development pur-
"But, whereas that was true, I
believe and I support the view
which believes that that struc-
ture has become outmoded. It
has become defunct; it no
longer serves this community
very well," Mr Francis said.
SEE page 5B

Chamber: tourism

diversification may

ease passport effect

Tribune Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce yesterday vowed to.
use its contacts and alliances
throughout the US to minimise
any potential fall-out from
requirements for all US visitors
to have passports by January 8,
2007, to return home by air.
Cruise passengers will not
require a passport for re-entry
to the US until June 1, 2009,

and the decision is expected to
have a major negative impact
on the economy, with tourism
experts likening the possible
efFects to a "category six hurri-
cane" for the Caribbean.
The Chamber's president,
Tanya Wright, said that over
the next few months her team
will be using the contacts and
alliances it maintains with
Chambers of Commerce and
SEE page 4B

Panama mission

develops linkage

for Bahamasair

Tribune Business Reporter
TYRONE Sawyer, the Min-
. istry of Tourism's director of
airlift, told The Tribune yester-
day that recent meetings held
between Panama's Copa Air-
lines, the ministry and Bahama-
sair accomplished much than
they had hoped in providing air
services to this nation from
Latin America.
Mr Sawyer explained that ini-
tial research indicated there was
not yet a significant market for
scheduled services between the
Bahamas and Panama.

But he said that as a result of
the meetings, two important
decisions were made to facili-
tate travel between the two
Mr Sawyer explained that the
Ministry of Tourism was work-
ing with the Chambers of Com-
merce in both countries to
establish charter services for the
business community in Pana-
He said this would, to a lesser
extent, facilitate some addi-
tional tourism and freight traf-
SEE page 4B

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PM is keynote speaker

for tourism conference

PRIME Minister Perry
Christie will be the opening
speaker at the annual
Caribbean Tourism Conference
(CTC), due to be held on Octo-
ber 22-25 at Grand Bahama's
Westin and Sheraton Our
Lucaya resort,
The Prime Minister will
address the Sunday opening
ceremony at the 29th annual
CTC conference, which is being
organised by the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation (CTO)
under the theme Cooperation,
Innovation, Rejuvenation: Cre-
ating a Brand New Caribbean.
The.conference's first Mas-
terClass, Delivering the Brand
Promise, will be moderated by
Gary Sain, chief marketing offi-
cer and a partner of Yesawich,
Pepperdine. Brok\n and Rus-

sell, a marketing, advertising
and public relations agency,
The other presenters are
Gregg Anderson, vice-president
of Southwest Intrawest; Leon
Corbett, advertising and direct
marketing officer at VISIT
FLORIDA; Susanna Mander,
director of brand management
of Paradisus Resorts; and Fred
Laundsberry, chief executive of
the Paradise Island Promotion
SConference delegates will
also be exposed to The Chang-
ing Channels of Travel Distrib-
ution, a NlasterClass to be mod-
erated by Joel Chusid, chair-
man of the Association of Trav-
el Marketing Executives, with,
Jamie McNair, president of
Sabre, Canada; Douglas Kost-
woski, a travel agent and presi-

dent of the CTO South Florida
Chapter; Michael Hering, pres-
ident of SkyAuction and Laura
Veglia, Expedia's regional
director for the Caribbean serv-
ing as presenters.
The final MasterClass of the
conference will deal with Cri-
sis Preparedness, Communica-
tions, Recovery, and will be led
by Richard Kahn, president of
Kahn Travel Communications.
The other presenters are Lin-
coin Marshall; Professor Jill
Wykes, vice-president of cus-
tomer service at;
and Esther Buschbaum, princi-
pal at Mecca Communications.
Delegates attending the con-
ference will also have a num-
Sber of workshops, including one
on the challenges faced by the
airline industry and the techno-
logical changes being intro-
duced to simplify the airline
It will be led by Humberto
Rivero, IATA's regional direc-
tor for the Americas, A work-
shop entitled Creating Tomor-
row's Leaders Todaty will be
conducted by Gregg Anderson

and Rodcliffe Robertson, the
regional group manager for
Gerry McGovern, president
of Gerry McGovern CO, will
deal with Is Your Website Deliv-
ering Real Value? and Manag-
ing Your Internet Responsibili-
The motivational speaker,
Marc Mancini, will address trav-
el agents on Sellfor Tomorrow:
The Secrets of Non-Manipula-
tive Sales,
Other speakers scheduled to
address CTC-29 include Dr
Myles Munroe, president of
Bahamas Faith Ministries Inter-
national; Joachim de Posada, a
motivational speaker; Patrick
Cozier, secretary general of the
Caribbean Bioadca.sting Union;
and Peter Davies, chief execu-
tive of BWIA West Indies Air-
ways Ltd,
'Year after year, our goal is
to present an information-rich
programme with expert speak-
ers delving into the many topics
that are vital to the travel agent
and the travel industry commu-
nity as a whole," said Hugh

I By Bahamas
Information s.rvIces
NASSAU, the Bahamas -
The Caribbean Organisation of
Supreme Audit Institution
(CAROSAI) will meet in the
Bahamas on October 16-9,.
The theme is Towards Greater
Accountability, it was
announced yesterday,
About 36 auditors-general
from the region, representatives
from the UK and the US will
,meet at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort on Cable Beach to dis-
cuss operations of the Public

Accounts Committee, and the
a udiior general's role in the effi-
cient management of public'
Auditor General Terrance
Bastian said the Department
of the Auditor General, a
founding member of CARO-
SAI, is pleased to welcome the
conference back to the
Bahamas after 17 years, The
first CAROSAI event was held
in March 1989, when the
department hosted a two-week
rralning.workshOp.' -
CA-ROS AIis-d.esigagd" to--
promote unJersin-liIding and
cooperation among member
institutions in the region
through the exchange of audit
ideas, experiences, methods and
techniques, and training in pub-
lic sector auditing.
The role of the auditor gen-
eral is to ensure that govern-
ments are transparent and
accountable; that government
expenditures are properly
accounted for; and controls are
in place to guarantee that hap-
"There always seems to be
some concern in our respective
countries about accountability,
transparency and the efficient

I PERRY Christie ,

Riley, CTO's director of mar- distinguish the CTC and make it
keting for the Americas, a must-attond event among
"Our speakers, as well as the travel profe sionals looking to
content of each MasterClass, increase rthir knowledge and
session and workshop, are what impact their bottom line,"

* AUDITOR General Terrance Bastian tells of plains for the
Caribbean Organisltion of Supreme Audit Institutlio
(CAROSAI) conference to be held from October 1619 in Nag.
san,(Ph S/Pa kla

use of public funds,' Mi Basiian
'"As Supreme Audit Institu-
tions, we play an important role
in enhancing good goe rnance,
transparency and ,ccounlubili-
It is hoped that at end of the
conference, auditors would be
in a better position to mniitor
and encouraged good go\er-
nance, he added,

Special presental6ons will be
made by Sir John Bqurn, comp-.
troller and auditor general of
Ireln.d and England of the
National Audit i Office
(NAO-UK): David Walker,
accountant-general, General
Accountablllty Office (GAO-
USA); and Patricia Gordodn
Pamplin, vice-presldenl, chief
accountant and chairperson of
PAC and Bermuda,
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Bank unveils judges for

headquarters competition

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national yesterday unveiled the
five leaders in Caribbean design
and architecture who will serve
as judges of its competition to
produce concepts for its new
headquarters on West Bay
The competition closed on
September 29, with 13 designs
submitted by Bahamian archi-
tects for the multi-million dollar
project that will rise on a hilltop
site with harbour %ie\\ just 'esi
S of Nassau Street.
Bordered on the east by the
Nassau Palm Resort and on the
west by Dockendale House, the
complex is being constructed
on the last major piece ot a\ ad-
able waterfront tootage near
the historic downtown n area.
"We are extremely pleased
at the calibre and professional
quality of the panel of judges.
SEachof the external judge is of
' Caribbean heritage. ind 'ech
has p~,[J' S led himi! _elt
th.r design or,

N MARK Raymond

other major contributions," said
Paul Worrell of DHP Associ-
ates, Nassau, project managers.
"In addition, respected
Bahamian engineer Harold
Munnings \ ill serve as a judge."
The entries remain sealed
until judges begin their work
October 16.
"The panel will face a week
of arduousstudy and decision-
making," Mr Worrell said, "but
ne kno\i they have the skills
necessary to judge a competi-
tion of this magnitude."
The results will be announced
at a reception on November 6.
Entries will be on public dis-
play for five days.
In addition to Mr Munnings,
the judges are architects Gus-
tavo More of the Dominican
Republic. Mark Raymond of
Trinidad & Tobago, Robert-
Woodstock of Jamaica and
Ronnx Lobo of Curdcao
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lor of Science in Engineering
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years of work with government,
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Works and held top posts at a
number of other government
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Town Planning Committee as
well as chairman of the Public
Service Commission. He is a
career member of the Char-

tered Institute of Engineers and
the Bahamas Society of Engi-
Mr Munnings served on pan-
els as an assessor for architec-
tural competitions for the Min-
istry of Education building and
the Meeting Street Complex,
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section 137 (8) of the International Business
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therefore has struck off the Register of Companies.

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tive economic impact is
inevitable," she added.
Mrs Wright said that consid-
ering the possible impact, "it is
up to us in the Bahamas to do
what we can to keep the impact
at a minimum, and the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce is mindful of its part".
Mrs Wright said the Cham-
ber was now in the process of
writing and sending letters seek-
ing support of their communi-
cation and information cam-
paign to chambers of commerce
across the US.
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Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissolution, commencing the 4th day of October, 2006.
Creditors having debts or claims against the Company are
required to send particulars to Craig A. (Tony) Gomez,
Liquidator of the said Company at the offices of Gomez
Partners & Co., The Deanery, 28 Cumberland Hill Street, P.O.
Box N-1991, Nassau, Bahamas. In default thereof they will be
excluded from the benefit of any distributor made by the

Dated the 5th day of October, 2006

Craig A. (Tony) Gomez.


International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies. Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
Dissolution of STANTON BUSINESS LTD. has
been completed, a Certificate' of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off Register. The date of completion of the
dissolution was the 19th day of September,. 2006.

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International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off Register. The date of completion of the
dissolution was the 19th day of September, 2006.

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FROM page one
other organizations throughout
the US to help make Americans
aware of the need for a passport.
Mrs Wright said she hoped
this will mitigate some of the
fallout this development is
expected to have on the
Bahamian tourism industry.
"Much has been said about
the potentially damaging effect
this change could have on our
tourism economy. US ambas-
sador John Rood admitted that
until everyone gets used to the
new requirements, some nega-

a wake-up' call that the
Bahamas must do more to
diversify its tourism product and
its tourism markets, ensuring
that this country is not so reliant
on leisure tourists from the US.
She added that about 7 per
cent of the more than five mil-
lion visitors to the Bahamas
each year are classified as busi-
ness travellers.
"Certainly, what we need to
do long-term is step up our ini-
tiatives to get more business trav-

elers to come to the Bahamas.
I'm sure that we would find that
very few people travelling here
for business purposes would be
included in that segment that
does not already have a passport.
So, while there may be an initial
challenge with the leisure tourism
base, business tourism can still
flourish," Mrs Wright said.
She pointed to the efforts
being made to attract visitors
from other markets to supple-
ment the solid base of Ameri-
can visitors as a move in the
right direction.
Mrs Wright noted that
according to Ambassador John
Rood, embassy statistics reveal
that although only about 25 per

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Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 9th day of October 2006.
The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidaion)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 9th day of October 2006.
The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



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BIBX AUL SF1ARE INDEi: CbLOSE 1.630.7 / CHG 00.00 %CHG 00 00 / YTD 280 26 / YTD % 20.75
52.k--Hi. 52Sk-LoA Securl Previous Close Toaa,'s Close Cnriar..;_- .:. EPS E. 1 F l'i'.ld
1.65 0.59 Atbacuo .l1arkes 1.74 .1.7-4 0.', .0 i:. ,. 0010 rt..1 'i
12.05 9.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.25 .11.25 0.00 1.627 0.380 6.9 3.38%
7.56 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 7.56 7.56 0.00 0.802 0.330 9.7 4.37%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.208 0.020 3.8 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.60 1.60 0.00 0.168 0.000 9.5 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.44 1.44 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.7 3.47%
9.60 9.05 Cable Bahamas. 9.55 9.55 0.00 4.035 0.659 0.240 14.5 2.51%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.80 1.80 0.00 490 0.046 0.000 23.1 0.00%
11.91 900 Commonwealth Bank 11.91 11.91 0.00 289 0.943 0.660 12.6 5.54%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.21 5.35 0.14 0.130 0.045 39.7 0.87%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.70 2.70 0.00 10,850 0.348 0.000 7.8 0.00%
6.21 4.20 Famguard 6.15 6.15 0.00 0.428 0.240 14.4 3.90%
11.51 10.60 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.763 0.560 15.1 4.87%
14.00 9.50 FirstCaribbean 13.82 13.82 0.00 0.927 0.550 14.9 3.98%
11.21 0.25 Focol 11.21 11.21 0.00 465 '0.885 0.500 12.7 4.46%
1.15 0.95 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.49 ICD Utilities 8.49 8.49 0.00 0.532 0.270 16.0 3.18%
9.10 8.65 J. S. Johnson 8.70 8.70 0.00 0.527 0.560 16.5 6.44%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.291 0.195 7.7 1.95%
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10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0 54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.00 -0.002 0.000 "'M 0.00%
tr" ia Over-The-Counier Seciuriles
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 1y.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 31 August 2006
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FROM page one
In addition, Bahamasair will
soon be partnering with Copa to
provide a special pro rate agree-
ment that will enable the
Bahamian flag carrier to provide
connecting service for persons
travelling to Florida to continue
on toi the Bahamas, eliminating
the heavy lifting requirements.
Mr Sawyer said another goal
will be the addition of ad hoc
charter flights to the Bahamas.
The addition of direct flights to
the Bahamas from Panama will
be a major boast to the tourism
industry, as currently there are
no direct flights between the
Bahamas and South America,
with passengers having to travel

to this ration via Miami and oth-
er US destinations.
Another factor that will be
addressed is the fact 'that cur-
rently, South Americans require
a US multiple entry visa. Many
persons, Mr Sawyer said,do not
have the multiple entry visa,
which impedes travel for South
Americans connecting:to the
Bahamas through the US.
SMr Sawyer saidthat because
Copa uses Panama as a hub, it
will eliminate the need for the
multiple entry visa in many cas-
He added that this in turn will
have the potential of growing
the market to accommodate
scheduled service in the near


NOTICE is hereby given that KINSLEY GEORGE OF
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 11TH day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice



(In Voluntaiy Liquidaion)

''Notice'is hereby given that the aB6Ve--iamed
Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 5th day of October 2006.
The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the' International
Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000, the
Dissolution of BORMAN GROUP LTD. has
'been completed, a. Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off Register. The date of completion of the
dissolution was the 13th day of September, 2006.



International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act,
Nb. 45 of 2000, the Dissolution of GREENLEAF
INVESTMENTS INC. has been completed,
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck
off Register. The date of completion of the
dissolution was the 1st day of September, 2006.

ber of Commerce is also call-
ing upon its members to spread
the word to their affiliates and
business partners in the US, say-
ing: "This is something that
could potentially affect all of us
regardless of the type of busi-
ness we're in. We all have a
responsibility to do what we can
to help protect our economy."
In addition to senstising US
citizens to the change well in
advance of their visits, Mrs
Wright says this should serve as

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2.4766 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
2.2560 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1 1348 Colina Bond Fund




cent of all US citizens currently
have passports, 60 per cent of
those travelling to the Bahamas''
use a passport as identification,
even though the Bahamas
requires only a birth certificate
or driver's license.
Frank Comito, of the Nassaul
Tourism and Development-'
Board and the Bahamas Hotel'
Association, said both bodies
welcomed the efforts of the
He said its involvement was,
proof that tourism is everyone's.
business and affects everyone.
What some may consider a
small initiative with a small
impact may have broader ram-

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FROM page one
Both Dr Andre Rollins, the
BDA's head, and Dr Sidney
Sweeting, both of whom were
present at the meeting, yester-
day confirmed to The Tribune
what the minister had said at
the meeting.
Dr Rollins said that when he
asked Dr Nottage whether the
Blue Ribbon Commission's
$235 million estimate for the
S' total cost of NHI's benefits
S package was accurate, the min-
ister said an independent eval-
uation, conducted in August
2006 by an International
Labour Organisation (ILO)
actuary, had supported that fig-
Dr Nottage said the Govern-
ment had "every confidence"
that the $235 million estimate
was accurate.
Yet Dr Rollins said the min-
ister revealed that "an actuarial
evaluation will be done every
three years, with the potential
for adjustment in contribution
Dr Nottage, though, had
expressed hope that if the econ-
omy kept growing, wages would
also rise, enabling contribution
rates to be held constant and
for NHI to collect more money.
Dr Sweeting said yesterday
that the $235 million figure was
a "severe underestimate" of
what the proposed NHI scheme
would actually cost, given the
increasing costs of medical tech-
nology and the likely increase in
usage such a scheme would pro-
The Government itself is
planning for a 20 per cent
increase in use of the health-
care system in the first three
years after NHI is introduced,

FROM page one
"And as a Bahamian, and I
don't say that in a nationalistic
way, and I think those of you
who know me would know
that's not really my impulse, I
believe that structure needs to
be change and it needs to
Mr Francis stressed that
Freeport today was a far larger
community than obviously
existed when the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement came into
being in.1955,.
"Ii needs to take into account
a diversified business commu-
nity. It needs to take into
account that there have been
developing over that period of
time, stakeholders, who I would

Review leaves open NHI rate rises

Dr Nottage told the Monday
Meanwhile, Dr Rollins told
The Tribune that the BDA was
surprised to learn at Monday's
meeting that dentistry and den-
tal treatments were not cur-
rently included in the proposed
NHI benefits package, in con-
trast to the Blue Ribbon Com-
mission's 2004 report. This
meant that they were not
included among the medical
care that would be insured
under NHI.
"We as a body are concerned
that given that we provide a
health service that is important,
and too often neglected, judging
by what they presented to us,
dentistry is not important
enough to be included in the
NHI plan," Dr Rollins said.
He questioned how the Gov-
ernment could call it a 'Nation-
al Health' plan when dental ser-
vices appeared to be excluded,
describing their apparent exclu-
sion as "unfortunate".
Dr Rollins added: "What is
to be covered underneath the
umbrella of NHI and what is to
be excluded? We are concerned'
there might be a paring down of
the benefits unbeknownst to the
general public for fear the ser-
vices might be too expensive to
provide under a $235 million
He added that Dr Nottage
had reassured them that NHI's
benefits package was still under
review, and the BDA could
nominate a representative to
the committee studying, this
issue to see whether they could
be included.

The Government presenta-
tion to the BDA showed that
dental, vision, long-term geri-
atric care and overseas care
available in the Bahamas were
excluded from the NHI plan.
Benefits partly covered
included private care, in-patient
and out-patient co-payments;
prescription drugs; diagnostic
care; and specialist care with-
out referral.
Dr Rollins said Dr Nottage
was seeking to present recom-
mendations for implementing
the NHI plan to the Prime
Minister by December 31, with
the drafting of a Bill to imple-
ment the scheme and the enact-
ment of legislation to follow
shortly afterwards.,
The Government's NHI plan
is proposing that contributions
be set at 5.3 per cent of a
salaried worker's income. This
would be split 50/50 between
the employer and employee,
meaning that each would con-
tribute the equivalent of 2.65
per cent of the employee's
income to NHI.
In a previous position paper
on the NHI, the BDA said NHI
could either raise costs, reduce
wages or force employers to
shed workers, none of which
"would have a favourable
impact on the Bahamian econ-
It said the proposed contri-
bution rates would leave
employers facing "the prospects
of absorbing additional labour
costs", something that would
force them to react in one of
three ways to maintain the com-
petitiveness of their business

and the wider economy.
The response of Bahamian
businesses, the BDA said,
would either result in a reduc-
tion in real wages; an increase in
the cost of goods and services
without wages rising by the
same amount, thus increasing
the cost of living; or employers
cutting costs arid jobs to remain

argue have earned a part in.
determining what this commu-
nity looks like as we go forward,
and how it is governed, and
operates," Mr Francis said.
"One thing we need to do,
and I believe the opportunity
has presented itself to do so, is
to do some restructuring within
the administration of Freeport.
This opportunityshould not be
Mr Francis said that both the
Government and Port Author-
ity licensees are not really part
of the day-to-day: administra-
tion of Freeport.
He added: "I would
agree that you need various
constituents there as a part of
this policy making body the
Board, if you like, that would

really have responsibility and
authority which the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement today vests
in the Port Authority, and the
management of the Port would
answer to that."
Mr Francis believes that
licensees have not been accom-
modated. "They just haven't
been able to come to the table
at all despite sometimes voic-
ing a desire to do so," he said.
He points out that while gov-
ernment has certain adminis-
trative roles, such as approving
investment proposals-by foreign
investors, and residency and
work permit issues, it is not
involved in the day-to-day
issues of Freeport.
That, he said, is reserved
today to the Port Authority.

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prices and lowering wages.
The BDA said: "None of
these would have a favourable
impact on the Bahamian econ-
omy. The concern is that gov-
ernment insists on not charac-
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actuality it will either decrease
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when there is grave concern
within the private sector about
the dearth of qualified skilled
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demands of an expanding econ-
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businesses to invest scarce
financial resources, resulting in
an increase in the cost of labour,
at a time when many potential

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FROM page one
The amendments delay the
implementation of the passport
requirements until June 1, 2009,
for US citizens returning home
via the Canadian and Mexican
borders, and for cruise ship pas-
sengers returning from the
Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Yet air travellers, who stay at
Bahamian and Caribbean
hotels, will still require a pass-
port at the original date of Jan-
uary 8, 2007, placing this
nation's hotel industry at a com-
petitive disadvantage against
the cruise ship industry.
Cruise ships already have
much lower operating costs
than Bahamian hotels, and
owners of Bahamas-based

PM urged to lobby Bush over passports

hotels believe the Congression-
al amendments will further
enhance the attraction of cruis-
es as opposed to land-based
Mr MacVean said yesterday:
"The consensus of the execu-
tive committee was, that going
into 2007, the hotel industry in
the Caribbean could be hurt
very badly by the US passport
regulations. '
"It's not because it's new, as
we've known it's been coming
for a long time, but the change
in the cruise ships' deadline.
The same potential customer

will be able to go on a cruise
without needing and having to
invest in a passport."
Mr MacVean added: "The
impact could be exceedingly
severe for countries in the
northern Caribbean the
Bahamas, Jamaica and the
Dominican Republic."
While the US Virgin Islands'
representative "certainly felt
our pain", both they and Puerto
Rico are exempt from the ini-
tiative as dependent territories
of the US. Barbados, too, will
not suffer any impact as it has
required all visitors to possess a

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valid passport for years.
Adding that the CHA felt the
US passport regulations would
have "a major impact" in 2007,
Mr MacVean said it would be
most felt by impulse travellers,
US tourists who decide on the
spur of the moment to visit the
Bahamas for a short break.
"The impact will not be on
our peak months February,
March and April but when
people plan things on impulse,
such as let's go the Bahamas for
a weekend, in May and June"
Mr MacVean said.
"They'll make inquiries, find
they need a passport and say:
'Let's go on a cruise instead'."
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
million in per annum earnings -
some 21.7 per cent of its cur-
rent tourism earnings total,- if,
the US had introduced the ini-
tiative 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. It
added 25 per cent of all US vis-
itors to the Bahamas currently
did not have a passport.
However, Tanya Wright, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-

merce's president, said in a
statement yesterday that the US
Ambassador to the Bahamas,
John Rood, had reported that
about 60 per cent of US
stopover visitors possessed a
This indicates that between
30-40 per cent of US visitors to
the Bahamas may not use or
possess a passport, meaning that
the WHTI's impact on the hotel
industry and wider economy
could be large.
If the hotel industry is not
earning as much in profits and
revenues, then its employees
will also likely see a reduction in
wages and gratuities, causing a
drop in incomes, the circulation
of money and consumer
demand. These effects would
be felt throughout the entire
Bahamian economy.
Frank Comito, the BHA's
executive vice-president, said
yesterday that the WHTI
amendments could be the dif-
ference between. Bahamian
hotels made a profit or loss.
He said that even if just 5 per
cent of US stopover visitors did
not possess a passport by the
January 2007 deadline and
could not visit the Bahamas, this
still made "the potential dollar
impact very considerable".
"That's the difference
between an operation making
a net profit and possibly going
into a net loss," Mr Comito said.
"We make our gravy on the
additional occupancy we get,
and if occupancy is reduced by a
couple of percentage points,
then there's impact."
The Bahamas received just

over 1.5 million air traveller vis-
itors in 2005, and a 5 per cent
reduction would cause this
number to fall to 1.44 million a
loss of 56,000 visitors.
Given that stopover visitors
spend an average of $1,100 per
capital during their visit to the
Bahamas, this would result in a
loss of $61.6 million in visitor
spending alone.
And apart from the impact
on hotels and visitor spending,
there is also the effect on gov-
ernment revenues to consider.
The Public Treasury is estimat-
ing that it will earn $34 million
in departure taxes in the 2006-
2007 fiscal year, a rise of $2 mil-
lion on the previous year, and a
further $27.11 million in hotel
occupancy tax an $1.11 mil-
lion improvement.
Just a 5 per cent reduction in
the number of US air travellers
to the Bahamas could cause a
loss of $1.245 million in pro-
jected hotel occupancy tax,
which is levied at a rate of 6 per
cent of room revenue for non-
inclusive hotels.
And it could also result in a
$1.7 million decline on depar-
ture tax estimates, this tax com-
ing from the $15 per ticket
levied on all passengers depart-
ing the Bahamas. Combined, a
5 per cent reduction in US
stopover arrivals could cost the
Government almost $3 million
in tourism revenues at a time
when the Treasury is seeking
every cent it can get.
Mr MacVean yesterday said
the cruise industry had been
very supportive of Caribbean
hotels on the WHTI issue, with
Carnival's chairman, Mickey
Arison, having expressed his
willingness to assist in whatever
way he could.

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Senior Sports Reporter
CONTRARY to reports
circulating in the media,
Bahamas Softball Federation's
first vice president Burkett
Dorsett said the men's nation-
al team performed well under
the circumstances at the Pan
American Softball Champi-
onship in Hermosillo, Mexi-
The team, managed by
Godfrey 'Gully' Burnside,
returned home Monday night
with a 3-6 win-loss record,
having lost their last game 8-2
to Ecuador in the Pan Amer-
ican Softball Championship in
Hermosillo, Mexico.
After coming off a stomach
virus that kept him out of
action for at least three days,
ace Edney 'the Heat' Bethel
started the game, but only
pitched through the third
before 20-year-old Alcott
Forbes came in and finished
the game.
Dorsett, who traveled as the
head of delegation at the tour-
nament, said the team just
simply struggled offensively,
but he added that if they had
tightened up on the defence
and the pitching held up, they
could have done better.
Venezuela pulled off the
gold medal as they came from
behind to nip Canada 3-2 in
the championship game.
While the Bahamas failed
to finish in the top five to qual-
ify for the World Champi-
onships in Saskatoon, Cana-
da in 2009, the team did earn a
berth in the Pan American
Games next year in Brazil.
"In the event that they don't
have softball in the Pan Am
Games next year in Brazil, the
ISF has approved for the
men's softball to be placed in

BETHEL suffered a stomach
virus that kept him out of
action for at least three days.

Guatemala or Saskatoon next
The Bahamas ended up in
eighth spot after coming in
fourth at the Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Games
that was held in Cartagena,
Colombia in July.
"We're fourth in the
Caribbean and eighth in the
Pan Am region," Dorsett said.
"We won three games in
Colombia and we won three
games in Mexico.
"The team performed
exceptionally well. The
offence wasn't there and it was
a bit humid down there. I
think the Bahamas only made
about four errors in the entire
tournament. So I think we did
Dorsett said contrary to the
reports circulating that the
team went down to Mexico to
party and have a good time,
he said from his point of view,

that was not the case.
"These men went down
there and they performed
exceptionally well under the
circumstances," he said. "We
had to take Brian Neely to the
hospital and he spent the
entire night there on drips.
"Edney Bethel couldn't play
for about two and half days,
suffering from weaknesses and
diarrhea, but he still managed
to come back and try to pitch
in the final game."
Sixty per cent of the team
was a part of the team that
played in Colombia.
While Burnside said they
would have preferred to make
the cut for the World Cham-
pionships, they will have to
settle for the Pan Am Games.
"I'm a little disappointed,
but I'm satisfied with the
team's performance,".he
stressed. "Defensively we
played pretty good, but offen-
sively we struggled."
Burnside, who was assisted
by coaches Perry Seymour
and Martin 'Pork' Burrows,
said he felt the inactivity on
the various island associations
hurt the members of the team.
"I don't think the guys put
their best foot forward and
conditioned themselves for the
tournament because of that
lack of play and league com-
petition," Burnside reflected.
"Until we are prepared to
take a personal challenge to
condition ourselves for the
national team, we are still at
square one."
Based on their perfor-
mances in Colombia, Burn-
side said there was high expec-
tations for the team in Mexico.
But he was disappointed that
the team didn't beat teams
like Mexico and Ecuador,
whom they defeated in
"We won a very big game

in our first game against
Argentina," Burnside point-
ed out.
"That was a team when
we left here, who we had
written down in the loss col-
"So after the three wins, I
personally wanted us to get
the next two victories against
Guatemala and Cuba, but we
just didn't get the production
out of the pitching .that, we
Although there were some

of the younger players who
played in Colombia, who
couldn't travel to Mexico for
one reason or the other, Bum-
side said he's still of the opin-
ion that more emphasis should
be placed on getting more
young players on the team.
Burnside said more concen-
tration must be placed on
going back into the Family
Islands and looking at all of
the talent that is available and
then making the final decision
on the team selection.

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Hopes that swim marathon

will take off in the Bahamas
Junior Sports Reporter
NOW that the swim marathon has been included in the Olympic
Games, swimming executives are hoping this. section of the disci-
pline becomes a huge splash in the Bahamas.
Although they will have to usethe annual'Abaco Swim
Marathon, the only open ocean race scheduled on the Bahamas
Swimming Federation (BSF) calendar, as an introductory course to
propel the sport, the executives and race officials are certain sched-
uling other activities will be a breeze.
An optimistic Andy Knowles, head coach for the Swift Swim
Club, believes that the Abaco Swim Marathon has peaked the
interest level of swimmers in the Bahamas. These calculations
done by Knowles were based on the participation numbers of the
past Abaco Swim Marathons.
The annual Abaco Swim Marathon will be held this Saturday, in
He said: "We are expecting about 60 competitors, but you can
never really tell how many persons will participate because so
many of them sign-up on the last day.
"Some of the other clubs will not be able to participate because
they are preparing for a meet in November which they have already
committed to, but we (Swift Club) is going up and we have some
confirmation from teams coming out of Freeport and Abaco."
Even though only three islands will be represented, Knowles is
expecting a good race.
The triangular course is mapped out at 5k, approximately three
A relay segment will be added for swimmers not wanting to
complete the course by themselves.



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Junior Sports Reporter
THE New Providence Basket-
ball Association (NPBA) has
gone ahead and scheduled a tip-
off date, despite the rumours of a
new basketball league forming in
the capital.
According to public relations
officer for the NPBA, Mario Bow-
leg, the date selected by the
NPBA to commence play was
confirmed by the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation, the governing
body of basketball in the coun-
Even though NPBA executives
have chosen November, 4th as the
tip-off date for play in the league,
their biggest problem will be
securing a place to play.
In the past years the AF Adder-
ley gymnasium was known as the
home of basketball in the country,
but the junior high school gym-
nasium is undergoing much need-
ec renovation.
As a result, the NPBA are
looking into Using the CI Gibson
high school gymnasium, so the
league will be on schedule,
Bowleg said: "We can't worry
too much about the rumours.of a
new league, we have to get our
league New Providence Baiket-
ball Association up and running.
"And I really don't want to go
into details about the information
surrounding a new league in New
Providence because what I've
heard so far is that no one has
approached the federation about
it, nor have they made themselves
known about their intentions.
Everything we are hearing is just
rumours, and you can't go on
rumours all the time.
"So as far as the New Provi-
dence Basketball Associdtion is
concerned, if nothing is brought to
the federation our league will
remain the only league on New
Providence. So if we want to
remain as the only league we will
have to provide players and
coaches with a conducive playing
field and high level competitions,
"The New Providence Basket-
ball Association will be moving
forward, hoping to get things start-
ed on November 4th. Even
though this is only an jli :rnatiiC
date, the ball is rolling with teams
bringing confirmation by Satur-
A team.meeting is scheduled
for this Saturday at the Naomi
Blatch Primary School. One of
the topics to be discussed will be
the improvements to the NPBA.
The meeting will also be used as
an opportunity to collect a com-
mitment fee from teams.
Bowleg added: "This meeting
this Saturday will confirm the
teams participation. We are asking
the team representatives to bring
along with them their fee, which
we are referring to as a commit-
ment fee that will confirm their
"We know about the few teams
that have intentions of coming
back along with four other teams
that have expressed interest. But
with all that going on we don't
know if they have been discour-
aged so we are hoping to clear the
air by answering all questions this
Although Bowleg wants to
remain optimistic about the 'new
league rumours,' he did voice
great concern about the wedges
certain persons are trying to cre-
ate in basketball.
According to him the country
should have the same goal: to see
basketball excel.

* 1MARK KNOW LES and Daniel Nestor were surprised in the opening round of the Stockholm Open .(AP FILE Photo)

spot witl'710.
p en From Spain, Knowles and
Nestor are trav-
el to Spain next week to com-
pete in the ATP Masters
restor went Series Madrid. From there
lent as the will go to Basel, Switzerland
ed team on on October 23 and the ATP
P Doubles Masters Series Paris, France
ints. on October 30.
n brothers On November 13, Knowles
ran lead the and Nestor will close out their
ints. Sitting season by participating in the
am of Jonas Tennis Masters Cup Doubles
lax Mirnyl in Shanghai, China, They
Hanley and have never won the title at
py the third this prestigious tournament.

Senior Sports Reporter

IT WASN'T the type of
return to the ATP tour that
Mark Knowles and his Cana-
dian partner Daniel Nestor
In their first tournament
since losing in the third round
of the US Open in Flushing
Meadows, New York in Sep-
tember, Knowles and Nestor
played in the If Stockholm
Knowles and Nestor were

Shock defeat in Stockholm 0

stunned in their first round
match yesterday as they were
eliminated by the German
team of Chrislopher Kas and
Philipp Peizschner.
Yesterday, Kas and Pet-
zschner teamed up to win 64,
4-6, 10-5 to send Knowles and
Nestor to the sidelines. It was
the last match played on the
Knowles and Nestor were
seeded number one and were

looking forward to going
after their fifth title of the
They have not been in the
winner's circle since they
claimed the crown at the
ATP Masters Series in Rome
on August 5,
Their other three titles
came in Barcelona, Spain on
April 4, at the ATP Masters
Series in Indian Wells on
March 6 and in De ray Beach

on January 30,
Knowles and N
into the tournarm
number four rank
the Stanford AT
Race with 661 poi
American twii
Bob and Mike Bry
race with 1082 poi
in second is the tea
Bjorkman and M
with 969 and Paul
Kevin Ullett occupy

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