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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 7, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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M DEFENCE Force and police officers search a Haitian sloop yesterday where they allegedly found 200 pounds ofmargue-
' na. Press Liaison officer Sub-lieutenant Sonia Miller said oZcers on routine patrol in Nassau Harbour found 36 packages of
marguana, reportedly with a street value $200,000, on the 50-foot Haitian sloop. Two suspects were taken into custody with the
assistance of DEU oRicers.
(Photo: Fellpi Major/Tribune staff)

Snuth seeks legal
dedRfatiOn of
home ownership
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE lawyers of Anna Nicole
Sn ti a rd f rit ndt
the Eastern Road property
known as *Idorizons' is owned
by Ben Thompson, and not the
fo r Playboeg t aken
by Ms Sm@to have a clear title
declared on the luxury home,
South Carolina developer Beh
Thompson is now also applying
to the Bahamian courts.
1'he Tribune was informed
yesterday that the law firm,
Alexion Knowlefi and Compa-
ny, on behalf of Mr Thompson,
filed a writ with the Supreme
Court bn Friday, asking for a
declaration stating that the
$950,000 home is owned by
their client.
The filed writ also requests
SEE page 12


Voluriie: -102 No.289

As Speczl a'Zrewell~

TION" within the Ministry of
Housing is ripping off poor
Bahamian home-buyers by as
much M $5,000 per house, it was
claimed yesterday.
A few officials are taking regu-
lar rake-offs from contractors,
leaving poor buyers many of
them single mothers to pay over
the odds for sub-standard work, it
was alleged.
The allegations came from one
of seven builders who are furious
at a kick-back system which, they
say, is robbing poor Bahamians
And they are threatening to
blow the lid off what they call a
disgraceful racket" taking advan-
tage of working-class Bahamians.
The allegations follow nionths
of trying by Tribune reporters to
get their hands on housing con-
tracts from the nunistry.
Yesterday, reporter Mark
Humes revealed that information
tabled by Housing Minister
Neville Wisdom in the House of
Assembly last week was "contra-
dicted" by records which have
come into this newspaper's hands
He o ntial discrep-
"iteb twen sn ractp ims
Contractors acknowledge that
Minister Wisdom himself is prob-
ably unaware of what is going on,
especially as he is relatively new
to the housing ministry.
iso'"2%"2ntg o cvoonu

a fairly small group is creaming
off tens of thousands.of dollars
at the public's expense.
If true, the disclosures will
come as another major blow for
Prime Minister Perry Christie s
government, which is now reel-
ing from a string of calamities in
recent monIhs.
With the Cabinet Room brawl,
the Anna Nicole Smith furore
and the Neville Wisdom voice-
mail scandal hitting the PLP in
quick succession, political
observers see the Christie admin-
istration disintegrating before
their eyes.
But the contractors' allegations
will be seen as particularly haid-
hitting for a government that
banks heavily on grassroots sup-
port. For it is grassroots Bahann-
ans hard-working people on low
incomes who ate being tricked
by this wide-ranging scam, the
contractors claim.
"We are not saying everyone
at the ministry is involved," said
the source, "In fact, we know
they're not. But there is a ring of
corruption which is not only forc-
ing builders themselves to cut
margins, but also forcing poor
householders to pay far more for
their property than they should."
bu e con a torsdalso daim
loa i abac sr danmthoursient
to make a profit. -
Hence, buyers not only pay
way oler the odds, they also get a
low-class product, with basic
tiling, poor flooring, and in
some instances cracking walls
SEE page 12



n claims



Allegations that some

Sir Jack Hayward:
We won't be a
part of 'public
relations theatrics
Tribune Pre ort R orter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama
Port Authority rinc' al Sir Jack
Hayward says hpe re ses to be a
1 1 o
him in the Supreme Court.
In a statement released by Sir
deae d
d r upa a
Mr Hannes Babak have been
ued b th t f the lat
Edward St Ge one of
St G 's da t Catelin
St George ugh ers, e
"Wer .ve retained eminent
counsel to act on behalf of the
Port Authority and Port Group
Limited to attend to these matter
and are confident that the law of
the land shall prevail," he said.
"We shall not, however, par-
ticipate in the public relations the-
atrics and exaggerated melodra-
SEE page 12

FNM member
quits narty
and hits out
at Ingraham
A LONGTIME member of the
Free National Movement has quit
the party and announced his
ie y In e
I rn it sy
leadership was the reason
for his switch primary
c d at xec 1 o 1
member of the FNM, said yester-
day that his decision to leave the
party which he had been loyal to
since its inception was not made
lightly but took an "enormous
amount of time and soul search-
ing." Mr Cargill made the
announcement of his decision yes-
terda5morning, accompanied by
hi ve and mother.
em Nosu b ammen f d
render Unconditional service to
smdd nta7eahadd te moan
to do this through seice and
SEE page 12

Alvin Smith: if I'nt
silenced Eleuthera
will have no voice
in parliament
NORTH Eleuthera MP Alvin
Smith said yesterday that if he is
not permitted to speak in the
House of Assembly when it meets
on November 1 Eleuthera will

Mr am I
remarks made about Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson in connec-
s t
also known as Mrs Vickie Lynn
Mr Smith said if he is silenced,
Eleathera, the fourth largest pop-
ulated island of the Bahamas, will
have no representation. House
Speaker am, h asspeaker
as no Vo t oor, repre-
Se t ut Ele ea w r
ern constituency. Mr Smith said
there have been occasions when
he has had to s eak on the floor of
the House onpbehalf of the resi-
dents of South Eleuthera.
Mr Smith was as adamant yes-
SEE page eight


. .
aPCOple wrho are accompUshed in the
CS the 017BIRg
OAfH the appellatIOR Of celebrity, and

they often behave badly. But at
CRSt dey are Men Ms. Smith is
regarded as a celebrity by some,
Including the PLP Government,
but any talent she might.have is
not immediately apparent."




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'on way to

UN goals
THE Bahamas is well ori its
way to achieving some of the
United Nations millennium
development goals agreed to by
world leaders at the start of the
21st century, Mimster of For-
onnela erscommittedthem-
selves to achieving universal
access to education, improving
health care, the elimination of
HIV/AIDS and infant rnortali-
ty, and cutting poverty in half by
the year 2015.
Mr Mitchell was speaking at a
flag raising ceremony celebrat-
ing United Nations Day on the
grounds of the Ministry of For-
its? HA adneheadquarters on
theMyNao dtthh oerld k
"fitso yhnemeint Irmd tshte
",od, s orrote an ma"
i "'. ch 18 saidatha venrst
gives expression to and defends
the right of Bahamians to exist
within defined borders, and to
choose fa way of life with their
and day care
centres urged
(O reg(Ster
- ALLpreschools and day-care
centres in the Bahamas have
been urged to register with the
Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology.
Education Minister Alfred
tion is a requirement for
preschools that hope to qualify
Mr Sears said that inrequir-
ingregistrationthe government
also wants to "ensure that they
meet requisite standards of
excellence,"andtaprovidte the
toep or sni ek f ec eer de 1

Sears launches
h I
preSC OO
and daycare
MINISTER of Education
the new Pre-school and Day-
care Council last week Thurs-
day at a ceremony at the Min-
istry's Thompson Boulevard
The government aims to
increase its monitoring of day-
care centres and preschools
throughout the country to
Early Childhood C'are Act,
2004, and the regulations made
pursuant to that act.
It is also intended to ensure
that all preschools and day-care
centres meet certain minimum
Mandards280 rah nols are
already registered with the Min-
istry .
The ministry had also formed
a partnership with the Inter
American Development Bank
in its preschool initiative. The
jomt effort is worth $18 million.

allowed one of his unruly minis-
ters to lead him and the country
- down the wrong path.
It is crystal clear that the main
reason Ms. Smith's application was
processed with such indecent haste
was her friendship with Minister
To tell the public that this was
due to improved efficiency at the

than buy a house or have some-
one buy her a house so she can
qualify for permanent residence.
Bahamians will readily under-
stand if a foreigner who comes
with millions to invest in the
on the fast track for permanent
residence. But Anna Nicole Smith
is most certainly not in that cate-

IT SEEMS we simply cannot
escape Anna Nicole Smith
now that she has sashayed onto
our national stage with her bizarre
behaviour and the swirl of contro-
versy which seems to follow her
wherever she goes.
There are a lot of issues facing
us at the moment and ordinarily
Ms. Smith would have been
exempt from serious commentary.
But she has thrust herself onto our
agenda, enthusiastically facilitated
by a Minister and a Government
who seem to think that she is a
positive addition to the Bahamian
. ant cls iklsc ntin he oog sh
(paper ble essand tha hr dt al-
in our courts.
But however these should
develop, the immediate concern
f Bah th d t of
their Gaom n nt aen theuGov-
eri1ment has made three funda-
mental errors in this affair.
The first mistake made by Min-
ister for Immigration and Labour
Shane Gibson and his colleagues
in the PLP Cabinet was when they
decided that Ms. Smith was a fit
and proper person to be granted
the privilege of permanent rest-
dence in The Bahamas.
The second mistake was when
the Minister, obviously aided and
abetted by his colleagues, decided
that this was a case deserving to be
ptit on the fast track for approval.
When what they had done
became public knowledge, they
made their third mistake. Instead
of admitting they had done the
wrong thing, they threw up a
smokescreen of obfuscation and
For all of this Mr. Gibson and
his colleagues should be held
immediately accountable regard-
less of the incidentals.
The Bahamian people look to
their government and no olie else
to decide for them who'should get
permits to reside in.'Ihe Bahamas,
however conditional. Permanent
residence, with or without the
right to work, is the highest sta-
tus we can give an expatriate short
of citizenship. .
It is the responsibility of the
Government to do its due dili-
getice exercise but in the case of
Anna Nicole Smith, the Govern-
employ common sense.
Even if Ms. Smith had put down
$5 million of her own money to
buy a house in The Bahamas, she
should not have been considered
for permanent residence. The pur-
chase of property does riot entitle
any foreigner to permanent resi-
dence in this country. There:are
other considerations.
The men and women all 17 of
them who sit around the Cabi-
net table in the Chitrchill Build-

Department of Immigration and gody, and even if she were, a judg-
that she was a celebrity and an ment would have to be made as to
investor is all quite laughable. whether she is the kind of investor
But that is what the Prime Min- we want.
ister of The Bahamas and his Min- It is quite apparent that Minis-
ister tried to sell to the Bahamian ter Gibson was intimately involved
People; and, in the face of mas- in.the processing of Ms. Smith's
stve incredulity,: Mr. Christle application for permanent resi-
responded: "If you don't.1ike it, dence from beginning to end and
lump it!" that he was anxious to have it
It is a good thing in party poli- done as quickly as possible.
tics for a prime minister and other As a matter of fact, his very
colleagues to rally to the defence own words bear out that conclu-
of one of their own who is under sion. When he was challenged
attack, especially if that attack is about the haste, he blurted out:
unjustified or exaggerated. It can "If it could have been done in a
be.a good thing even in a case day, then I would have done it in a
where a genuine mistake has been day!"
made. Clearly, the Minister could not
But it is wrong for a prime inin- have done it in a day but he set
ister to try to defend what is about getting it done as quickly as
patently indefensible and iti the he could. That is the.principal ele..
process to put partisan loyalty ment at the heart of this affair and
above the best interests of the the answer to all the incidental
nation and to abuse-our system of questions.,
government. -- - That is why the Minister's vehe-
If there wasi rideed such ment denial that he personally
improved efficiency at.Immigra- received the cheque for payment
tron under Mr. Gibson's leader- of the permit fee falls on deaf ears.
ship,.then the best way to have It is merely evidence of something
demonstrated that would have he.had already pleaded guilty to:
been to deal with the many his desire to get the residence per-
deserving cases lying around for mit for his friend issued as quick-
many long months. ly as possible.
Some apphcations for perma- Reasonable people can also
nent residence and citizenship come to the conclusion that that is
deserve to be put on the fast track why a copy of the conveyance for
forcompassionateandhumanitar- the house found its way into the
tan reasons as well as natural jus- files of the Department of Immi~
tice. It is an affront to fill those gration even though the lawyers
decent people who have been handling the application say they
waiting for so long to see Ms. did not send it; and why Ms. Smith
Smith jump the queue because of was able to inform the lawyers
her friendship with the Minister. that her .residence permit
Strictly speaking, anybody who was granted, not the other way
buys a piece of Bahamian proper- round.
ty or starts a little business here It is no use trying to blame the
can be described as an investor. Lawyers nor a former minister nor
But it is also true that when anyone else for this atrocious
Bahamians use the term they usu- affair; the Prime Minister and his
ally. have in mind someone who colleagues, especially Minister
comes to the country to do more Gibson, are the ones responsible.

ing live right here ori planet Earth;
they are not from Mars. Every
One of them must have heard of
Anna Nicole Smith and must have
been aware of her notoriety, and
yet they concluded that she was a
fit and proper person to have per-
manent residence in our country.
People who are accomplished
in the arts, especially the per-
forming arts, earn the appellation
of celebrity, and they often behave
badly. But at least they are talent-
ed. Ms. Smith is regarded as a
celebrity by some, including the
PLP Government, but any talent
she might have is not immediately .
Being a drame queen and being
able to cry withorit'shedding tears
does not mean thit one is a thes-
pian, and publicly indulging in out-
landish behaviour does not -
should not earn one the status
of celebrity.
There is little we can do to pro-
tect our yoting people from the
avalanche of crude behaviour that
is so readily available on televi-
sion and the internet but our Gov-
ernment should not be a party to
importing it live.
Furthermore, in the case of a
country and a people, it is not true
that any publicity is good publici-
ty. The kind of publicity that Anna
Nicole Smith was bound to bring
to The Bahamas we can well do
Prime Minister Perry Christie,
Minister Gibson and their col-
leagues did a grave disservice to
the country when they gave Anna
Nicole Smith permanent resi-
dence. Mr. Christie aware
of all this but once again he has

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NTMHE hp eno at imas n
Minister Shane Gibson to resign.
The fringe party believes Mr Gibson
ignored an important prmciple in fast-
tracking the residency of Anna Nicole
Smith before stamp tax was paid on a
property she was supposed to be buying
as a basis for her application.
The party claims Mr Gibson's min-
istry failed to do due diligence in Ms
Smith's residency.claim and denied
alsuu be g0 if 0 0
Eastern Road property before her appli-
cation was approved.
Ms Smith and her former lover Mr
Ben Thompson, a South Carolina
businessman, are locked in litigation
over ownership of the house, Hori
zons, the former home of hotelier Ron
moM Thoorn oSnn ebad anc d tshee
but only on the understanding that a
mortgage would ne executed for its
repatT s conference last week, Mr
Thompson said Ms Smith "double-
crossed" him by reneging on the loan
arrangement after she had moved into
the house. He said he had possibly been
'set up'.
Now he is trying to evict her and
establish his ownership of the property
through the courts.
In a letter to FNM leader Hubert
Ingraham, Workers Party leader Rod-
ney Moncur claims Mr Gibson failed

Nicole Smith, the minister failed to pro-
tect the people's interest. Shane Gib-
son must therefore be forced to resign.


The Workers Party has also written to
mste ry d ea manMr
It claims that the only money collect-
ed by the treasury so far m this trans-
action is the $10,000 for the residency
Had Mr Gibson hot become per-
YNiny v itnh'tsh ppp) cc ssing
would not have been in this mess," the
paA b estion-mark now hangs over
Mr Gibson's ministerial position
because of the Anna Nicole controver-
He is at loggerheads with Callenders,
a prominent local law firm, after deny-
ing a young attorney's claim that he
personally received the $10,000 cheque
from her at Ms Smith's home.
Mr Gibson categorically and publicly
demed this clann, but the attorney Ms
Tracy Ferguson and her employers
are standing firmly by her story.


the Bahamas a minimum of $500,000
and for the government to derive any
economic benefits therefrom, meludmg
the collection.of all stamp taxes before
the permit is granted."
Mr Moncur alleges that "because of
the friendship of Mr Gibson and Anna

to "ensure the protection of the public
purse" by granting Ms Smith residency
without stamp tax being paid on the
property conveyance.
"The whole purpose behind this pol-
icy of granting economic residency was
to ensure that a foreigner invested in

rM onor

ex oie'd t skelet i
closet" during the conversa-
tion with his permanent sec-
retary left on The Tribune's
answering machine, according
to the FNM.
In response, the party said,
the government is trymg to
brush over the indiscretion
rather than explain or remedy
"Instead of explaining the
skeleton in the closet, their
habit has been to demand to
know who opened the closet
door. This time though, they
were the ones who opened the
closet door and left it open,"
asid tdhe party in a statement
In the wake of Mr Wisdom's
comment that a Tribune
reporter seeking information
about the expenditure of pub-
li9 funds "ain't gonna get what
he trying to get" the opposi-
tiozi said the government is
suffering because of Prime
Minister Perry Christie's lack
of control.
"After nearly five years, it is
obvious that Mr Christie has
been able to teach his way-
ward ministerssnothing arid he
has failed dismally to impose
any kind of discipline on
them," said the statement.
The FNM also pointed to
the example of Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson, say-
ing he has become "an alba-
tross around the governing
party's neck and a big embar-
rassment to the government
and the country," following
the Anna Nicole Smith resi-
dency debacle.
Meanwhile, in his role as
minister of culture, "Mr Wis-
dom's mismanagement and
disastrous attempts at innova-
tion cost the country a million
dollars wasted in the bleachers
fiasco," the party said.
However, it is the phone
conversation left on the Tri-
bune's answering machine two
weeks ago described by the


party as "a gift to the press" -
that is the worst mark against
Mr Wisdom, it said.
"The gist of it is simple but
devastating," said the party,
quoting selections from the
conversation. "The minister
and his PS were only string-
ing the press along. 'Give them
a little play,' said the minister,
but give them the information
they want? 'That's the last
thing ori my mind!'".
"Furthermore, the minister
agrees with his PS that the
reporter in question is too
junior to be talking with them
- too jimior!
"Some very clever politi-
cians have ended up with the
wrong end of the stick trying
to manipulate the press, and
Mr Wisdom is not all that
clever.,Plus he's inept," said
the statement.
Nevertheless, the party said,
it does not anticipate "a public
lecture by Prime Minister
Christie about how important
the press is to democracy,
about how the servants of the
people should give informa-

tion to the press, about how the
press is there to be the eyes and
ears of the public, and about
how no minister or civil servant
is too big to talk to reporters."
Instead, the PLP can be
expected to defend its col-
leagues and seek to plant the
blame elsewhere for him being
"caught out," said the state-
ment. .

WOrkers Party asks FNM for help

* *

18 FOfC1Hg FOS1gnation of Gibson

e In brief

Two men

shot over

weekend in


TWO men are in hospital
after being shot in separate inci-
dents over the weekend.
One is believed to have been
shot by police officers, who
reported that the man pointed a
gun at them.
According to Inspector Wal-
ter Evans, the first incident
occur around 10pm on1Stune
Mobile Division were patrolling
in the area of Fifth Street in
Coconut Grove
Approaching three men they
believed were "acting suspi-
ciously," Mr Evans said the offi-
cers o ened fire when one of
th mo te tdo d t onn

suspected of being involved in
the incident was taken to hos-
pi is reportedly suffering
from a gunshot injury to the
The second incident took
place shortly after midnight on
Sunday, when a 51-year-old
man was outside his home in
the Burial Ground area.
The victim told police that
two dark men suddenly ran
towards him
"He ran into his home as
shots were fired," Inspector
Evans said.

. kman osr o tde
His condition is not said to
be life threatemng.are investi-

gating both matters.

.Ra tpeer t tar na e

adjourned --
not ready

FREEPORT The trial of
Bahamian entertainer Stevie S
in connection with a rape alle
nation was adjourned in the
Supreme Court on Monday.
Justice John Lyons stated that
the case was not ready for a fair
and impartial trial.
The matter is expected to be
set for a later date.
Lawyer Carlson Shurland is
representing Mr Rolle.

CO f t90t l on

over Lions

d on at ion

fOr su rg a ry

IN Saturday's Tribune, it was
incorrectly stated that the Lion's
surgery for Anton Rolle.
A club member has clarified
the matter, explaining that the
Lion's Club has contributed
$35,000, leaving a balance of
$200,000 still to be paid.

Pa SSe ng 6 F

missing on


cru ise trip

STAFF of a cruise ship spent
Sunday morning searching for a
42-year-old passenger who
reportedly went overboard,
according to Associated Press.
The Carnival Conquest was
finishing a seven-day trip
through the Caribbean when
the man was reported missing.
Another passenger reported

seeing the man go overboard
from a cabin balcony around
11pm Saturday, the Houston
Chronicle reported Sunday in
its online edition.
"The ship's command imme-
diately initiated search-and-res-
cue procedures and notified
(the) US Coast Guard," Carni-
val Cruise Lines officials said
in a statement.
Coast Guard officials released
the ship to return to port later
on Sunday. It was scheduled to
dock in Galveston.

FNM accuses government

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abuse all of their lives. How-
ever, we seem to have lost
sight of the suffering of the
victims, the trauma, the
ehapicalp jlyt te mi and
many of whom are plagued
by these effects all their
hves. What of the relatives
of the.murder victims? Can
anybody who has not suf-
fered such a sorrow have
any idea of the recurring
nightmares these people
must have? It would appear
that the murder victims are
"gone and forgotten" and
the Lawmakers, Jurors and
Judges are only concerned
with getting as light a sen-
t ible fo th
ence as poss r e per-
petrators. Allen's article
(paragraph 4) he says,
Whereas in Britain the
population can be expected

Res ondi

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I HAVE read articles and
letters in your newspaper
regarding the "cat" and now
feel compelled to comment
on them.
First there was Mr. Fred
Smith, the Human.Rights
activist, who denounced the
;"'";: b rC aitTohlen
son who was very disturbed
that any normal human
being could condone such a
practice. Now this morning,
Mr Andrew Allen is
demanding that we "scrap
that deplorable cat."
Before going any further,
I wish to point out that I
have never been able to tol-
erate violence in any shape
or form.
Even as a small child, the
sound of eo le ar um
9 9 E E
with raised voices sent me
into a panic, and I am the
same today.
I am an octogenarian,
born in London, have sur-
vived the nightmare of the
London Blitz and served
three years in the RAF, so I
am no stranger to violence.
However, the law was
observed in those days and
punishment for transgres-
sions was meted out accord-
ingly. The "cat" was used if
considered necessary, and it
was a well known fact that
any man thus punished ney-
er came before the Courts
So where did Mr. Smith
and Mr. Allen get the idea
that the "cat" was a punish-
mentaipatittited colonialists to terrorise
nativerpopulations into
maintaining the peculiar
order that makes colonial
domination possible ... (Mr.
Allen, The Tribune, Oct.
30th). Mr. Smith made such
an assumption though not in
the same words. The "pecu-
liar order" was not peculiar
at all, unless you consider
its counterpart in Britain at
the time "peculiar" also.
Mr. Allen makes the
point that the "cat" has very
little to do with criminal fus-
tice as it is understood in the
modern world. So what is
the understanding of crimi-
nal justice today? I am a
firm believer in rehabilita-
tion for criminals, many of
whom have never known
a1iything but kicks and

to respond to the complex
economic, rehabilitative and
punitive notions that char-
acterise current ideas of
criminal justice, we here just
need a good public whipping
to keep us in order." As far
as I remember, the com-
inents made from Britain
were in favour of reintro-
au& luxe at" thseur a
the low and ridiculous.
I am against capital pun-
ishment because mistakes
have been made and inno-
ceht people executed for
this, there is no redress. At
least a person who receives
the cat is alive and can'
protest innocence. My only
reservation is: Who would
administer the punishment?
Maybe, it should be left to
the victim (if alive) or rela-
tives of same.

. November, 2006

ter confirming her conversation with Mr
Stern, never said that she was aware of a
meeting she was being asked to recommend.
As a matter of fact she said just the opposite.
In reference to Mr Stern's question as to
whether Ms Smith should meet with the Min-
ister, Ms Ferguson wrote: "I am unaware of
this ..." The word used, Mr Gibson was
unaware, not aware there's an ocean of dif~
ference in meaning between them.
However, there is a letter that does
intrigue us and we certainly would like it
On September 11 a letter from the Direc-
tor of Immigration, addressed to Ms Ferguson
at Callenders, advised her that the permit
for Mrs Vickie Lynn Marshall (Ms Smith)
for residence had been approved without the
right to work. It said that the permanent res-
idence certificate remains "in force during
the lifetime of a person to whom it is granted
unless otherwise revoked."
Now comes the unusual section of the let-
ter. Remember all documentation is sup-
posed to have been submitted to Immigration
for them to do background checks, including
a police certificate, before a decision can be
made on the application for status. But,
according to this letter, Ms Smith was grant-
ed her residence permit, but the department
is yet to receive the essential police certificate!
What kind of due diligence is this?
This is the first time that we have ever
seen an Immigration letter that makes such a
request after having granted a permit. Usually
the delivery of a permit is subject only to the
payment of a specified fee all the. Other
required documents having already been con-
sidered and processed.
and received many explanations. However,
the most persistent one was that Immigra-
tron was made believe that the Los Angeles
,Police Department has such a backlog of
applicants that it would take six months to get
such information. It is alleged that Ms Smith
was allowed to swear an affidavit as to her
squeaky clean character and Imnugration
accepted the explanation and the affidavit.
Our officials obviously forget that we live in
a computer age and that such information is
available with the click of a mouse'
We would like to know if the account we
have been given is accurate. Has Immigration
received the required police character cer-
tificate as yet?
If they are still having difficulty procuring
this information maybe we can be of some
help. We suggest they go to the web, call up select the letter S, scroll down
voilh! Tell the nation what you find!

IN THE House of Assembly last week
Immigration Minister Shane Gibson seemed
to be backing off from his own words claim-
ing Anna Nicole Smith as his "personal
friend" -his wprds, not ours.
It was Mr Gibson himself who put his
friendship with Ms Smith into the public are-
na. However, he did say to those who criti-
cised the delivery of a residence permit in
21 working days that credit for the speed was
due to his ministry's new found efficiency.
He said if he could have moved Ms Smith's
pernut througli the bureaucratic hoops even
faster he would have done so. "If it could
have been done in a day then I would have
done it in a day," he boasted arrogantly as he
verbally cocked a snook at his critics.
However, in the House last Wednesday he
took a few steps back. He now wanted to
portray the friendship of Ms Smith as of
recent vintage, and, if the truth be known, it
was thrust upon him by the suggestion of a
young lawyer in the law firm of Callenders
and Co.
"Now bear in mind," he told parliamen-
tarians on the evening of November 11 when
he laid immigration documents in connec-
tion with Ms Smith's residence application
on the table of the House, "I never met Ms
Anna Nicole Smith up until the third week in
August --- that's the first time I met her in my
life this year."
He said that "they" we assume he was
referring to Ms Smith and her current com-
panion, lawyer Howard Stern- had a con-
versation with Miss Tracy Ferguson, a junior
partner at Callender and Co when they asked
her if she advised them to meet with the min-
ister. "That's me," said Mr Gibson,
Readingfroma leIter [ha1 Ms Ferpuson
wrote to Mr Stern on August 23 to confirm a
conversation they had had that morning, Mr
Gibson said the following was Ms Ferguson's
response to their question.
"This is the response, Mr Speaker," said
Mr Gibson: "I am aware of this. I am aware
of the meeting this is Tracy Ferguson
speaking -'if a meeting has been requested,
Anna should endeavour to meet with the
Minister as sodn as possible'. They advise
her to meet with the Minister that's me -
'he ultimately is the person who can expedite
the process of her application.'
"You see," continued Mr Gibson, "she
hadn't known ine up to that point, so when
they say I process it quickly because she is my
friend you see, you see, I had not known her
- the lawyers advise her that she should
meet with me..."
We do not know if Mr Gibson needs glass-
es or ifit were an accidental or deliberate
slip of the tongue, but Ms Ferguson in her let-



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disobedient and rebellions society. Everybody is going their
own way and taking what does not belong to them from others
at will.
This is not ht and it could b$ corrected. First\ve iteed to fear
and love our parents, family and fellowman or woman. This is
the only way this world would be a better place and we were
there once before, so let's go back to our old landmark and love
our neighbours as ourselves.
. Money is needed first, but not everything, and there is more
to life, so we must preserve life for the betterment of everyo1et
The youths of our nation do not have to die continuously
a young age, but they can surely live to be grandmothers aQd
grandfathers. Honour your mothers and fathers that your days
may be long upon the earth that the Lord your God hath giveth
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Part of the proceeds of the
upcoming play The Assistant
Thief will be donated to the
Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, organizers have
The play stars the
Caribbean king of comedy,
Oliver Samuels and the multi-
talented Glenn Campbell as a
pair of thieves who encounter
each other while they are
both attempting to rob the
same house.
For the full story, see "Nas-
sau Scenes" the new feature
in the extra section (page 17)
of Thursday's Tribune.

Audition call
made for
new movie

gone out for actors and
Rain Films Ltd has
announced that it will be
shooting Rain, a feature
length dramatic movie right
here in the Bahamas starting
in mid-January 2007.
The filmmakers said they
have financial backing, "some
wtre::ro td u
"and a true true Bahamian
stoA editions will be held on
Saturday, November 11 from
12pm to 5pm and Saturday
November 18 from 12pm t<
Spm at the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas at the
top of West Hill Street.
The filmmakers said they
are casting 30 speaking parts.
"The cast is mostly black
all sizes and types, ages 14 to
74 with the exception of one
Greek couple about 50 years
old, one white Bahamian
woman in her early 40s and a
young Haitian boy aged
nine," they said in a statement
issued yesterday and posted
sary and everyone cast will be
paid for their work, it said.
Vice- resident
of Ind ia to
Open new
GUYANA'S new cricket
stadium for next year's World
Cup will be officially opened
by India vice president Bha-
iron Singh Shekhawat on
Wednesday, according to
Associated Press.
India provided a US$6 mil-
lion grant and US$19 million
in loans for the 15,000-seat
Providence Stadium, which
will host Super 8 matches dur-
ing the World Cup next
March and April.
Gityana and India histori-
cally have had close ties, and
nearly half the 750,000 peo-
ple in Guyana, a former
Dutdh and British colony, are
descendants of immigrants
from the Indian subcontinent.
Shekhawat is making a
weeklong visit to the South
American country and
Trinidad and Tobago.

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THE majority of rape victims
in the Bahamas are girls under
the age of 17 it was revealed
According to Dr Sandra
Dean Patterson, about 196
young persons ghostlyy girls) are
sexually assaulted a year and
about 120 adults. ;
. She said that although a num-
ber of children as young as four-
years-old are sexually assault-
ed each year, such cases are
comparatively few.
"What's very worrying to us
is that we have more young
people being assaulted that
adult women," said Dr Patter-
son, director of the Crisis Cen-
She believes the actual num-
ber of women being sexually
assaulted is much higher, but
that many victims are afraid to
come forward and report the
The fear of reliving the event,
being stigmatizedd" or "treat-
ed as a criminal" are some of
the reasons she gave for this
decision on the part of victuns.
"In the Bahamas we treat vic-

tims like criminals. But we have
to keep pushing the message
that rape victims are crime vic-
tims and the only way to stop
this is if we convict perpetra-
tors," she said.
"About 300 persons are
assaulted a year and that's only
reported cases. That's absolute-
ly horrendous because each one
of those victims has been psy-
chologically and emotionally
traumatized and without inter-
vention they will have problems
later on.
"Sexual assault and violence
is taking a very heavy toll on
our people. Basically women
and children are the victims of
this horrendous problem," she


In an effort to bring sexual
offenders to justice, the Lyford
Cay Foundation donated 250
sexual assault collection kits to
the Women's Crisis Centre yes-
"These rape kits which we are
presenting today represents a
major weapon in the battle

against sexual violence because
what it does, it enables the doc-
tors or nurses to collect objec-
tive evidence. And its cuts down
the length of trials and the hor-
rendous experience that victims
go through. We are truly grate-
ful to the Lyford Cay founda-
tion for enabling us to purchase
250 kits," said Dr Patterson.
The Crisis Centre is currently
working with the police to pros-
ecute rape suspects, and chief
superintendent Quinn McCart-
ney, director of Forensic Sci-
ence Section, officially accepted
the kits.
He said they will go a long
way in assisting the police to
convict criminals.
"The reality is, due to the cir-
cumstances in our community,

these kits are very important to
us as we try to assist and pro-
vide the best evidence possible
to ensure that those persons
who are victims of crime receive
the best possible assistance in
ensuring that offenders are put
behind bars.
"We are in a stage of devel-
opment where we are tying to
ensure that we assist the attor-
ney general with her 'Swift Jus-
tice' initiative in ensuring that
the best evidence is put forward
as quickly as possible."
To do this, the police have
partnered with a lab in south
.Florida to assist with DNA pro-
filing for the short term, but
according to Mr McCartney,
sometime within the next year
. the Bahamas will have its own

DNA facility.
"That's been our mission and
we're working hard to develop
DNA unit," he said.
Lynn Holowesko of the
Lyford Cay Foundation said,
"We are all about helping to
improve the lives of all Bahami-
ans. If we are able to help one
woman, one child, whether a
young boy or young girl, get
comfort that their assault was
not in vain and that they are
going to be able to get some
assistance to ensure that it's not
going to happen to them or any-
body else again, then we are
definitely doing our job.
The donation, worth about
$5,000, is expected to be
exhausted in about year to a
year and a half.

Tribune Staff Reporter
RELATIONS between for-
eign Lyford Cay Club managers
and Bahamian workers have
deteriorated to the point that a
strike may be -imnunent, cur-
rent and former employees
have claimed.
The Department of Labour
has reportedly been informed
about the situanon, and is set
to begin looking into the matter
today. .
In a letter to The Tribune on
Friday, a group of employees
wrote that the management
now runs the exclusive club as if
it were "a plantation".
to be a joy" working at the club
- some for over 30 years now
claim to be in fear of losing their
jobs, and say they are deeply
upset by the "discriminatory
attitude" of some managers.
The workers claim to be sub- .
ject to increasingly rude treat-
ment, and are angered by pay
discrepancies.between Bahami-
an and ex-patriate staff.
It was also claimed that there
appears to be a.plan afoot to
rid the club of certain staff
members some of whom were
praised for their good work
under former managers.
The employees say they db
not know whether race is the
issue, or merely a preference
on the part of the new managers
for employees who used to
work with them at other estab-
One former employee com-
plained that senior management
told' her her job had become
superfluous, and in that way
forced her into resignation.
The letter said that after

being moved from a job they
enjoyed, management offered
some employees a lower posi-
tion, "knowing full well that
they would rather resign than
take.a demotion".
These positions were often
less well paid, or required that
the employee would not be a
union member or receive other
benefits previouslyenjoyedpthem.
letter claimed .0 : m a.,
It*wasualso instances where staff have lost
positions reportedly because of
"downsizing" other staff have
been brought in to fill their place.
This, it was claimed, was the
fate of one woman who worked
on the front desk for 35 years.
She was told that she was
. "unqualified" only to be
replaced with a younger woman
with only two years of hotel
experience, the letter alleged.
Other new workers have
been brought in and trained by
long-serving staff members,
only to i-eplace them, it added.
Chefs in particular have had a
hard time, according to a letter.
Representatives front the
Labour Department are sched-
uled to hold a meeting today,
in which the staff members can
voice their grievances.
The staff say they have spo-
ken to Minister of Labour
Shane Gibson, but are not cer-
tain if he will be attend the
It is expected that the depart-
ment will then consult with
management. On the basis of
these consultations, staff will
then decide whether to take
strike action, the letter said.
Calls requesting a response
from the Lyford Cay Club were
not returned up to press time

Rape victims in Bahamas

are mostly girls under


Strike 'imminent'

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Ministry in dire need of reform before

M By Tribune Staff Writer
THE National Accreditation
and Equivalency Council of the
Bahamas Bill will place the
Ministry of Education in a vul-
nerable position, Senator Tom-
my Turnquest said.

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"However, the government
must take the lead; something
that this administration has
failed to do. Believe that there
is nothing easy about raising
the standard of our education-
al institutions but it is possible
only if the government that is
directly responsible possesses
the will," he said.
Mr Turnquest said the
Department and Ministry of
Education have both been pre-
occupied for years with trying
to develop an objective and
independent system of stan-
dards for accreditation and
evaluation of educational insti-
The Ministry of Education,
he said, has made considerable
progress toward filling this void
through its licensing of educa-
tional institutions and through
its internal quality and evalua-
tion unit under the authority
granted by the Education Act.
However, the senator said,
the Education Act does not
give the ministry the authority
to specifically accredit or com-
ment on the standard of edu-
cation in any educational insti-
tution be it a primary, sec-
ondary or tertiary.
"This lack of authority has
produced many troublesome
results, especially with regard to
tertiary levelmstitutions oper-
ating in the country where
efforts by the ministry to estab-
lish certain minimum standards
have not only been challenged,
but sometimes ignored," he
Mr Turnquest said that the
Bill fails to address the ele-
ments of school accreditation
that will be placed under the
microscope and fails to convey
the fundamental purpose of
accreditation ensuring that
the goals of education are being
met and continuous school
improvement is realized. .
"The Bill, in setting up the
council, appears to be too sim-
plistic and parades as another
bureaucratic.nuisance," he said
Ap an independent

He was speaking last week
during the Senate debate on
proposed legislation that would
create the council.
"You cannot send anyone out
to assess other institutions if the
institution responsible for the
assessment is itself in need of

some reform. The ministry
should not be accused of being
a stone-thrower who lives in a
glass house," Mr Turnquest
pointed out.
The job of reforming schools
is a complex one, he said,
adding that there are no quick


5 FNM Senate leader Tommy Turnquest

autonomous body, the coun- mulgated," said 191r Turnquest.
cil would be in a better post- The council, he said, must
tion to objectively evaluate, pay close attention to the rele-
comment on standards and vance and rigour of each
accredit both public and pri- school's curriculum; consider
vate educational institutions parental involvement; pay
in the country, Mr Turnquest attention to the qualifications
said. of the teachers and the quality
"We must remember that it of their teaching; scrutinize the
is the government that oper- accountability of teachers and
ates the largest number of edu- administrators and consider the
national institutions in the effectiveness of the supervision
country. In order to achieve present in each school.
school reform or ensure that "The quality of eabh school's
Our schools offer quality edu- leadership should also be con-
cation, this Bill must clearly sidered under the continued
detail the parameters of the accreditation process. Most
accreditation process. Presum- importantly, the degree of stu-
ably this will be clearly detailed dent learning m.ust also be
once the regulations are pro- assessed," Mr Txtrnquest said.

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THE Bahamas Development
Bank launched its first Business
shop focusing on small and
medium enterprise develop-
The event, organized in con-
junction with the Organisation
of American States and the
Mmistry of Youth, Sports and
Housing, began yesterday.
It will continue until Friday
and is being held at the Mm-
istry of Youth on Thompson
* The workshop aims to train a
select group of 30 participants
from the Bahamas as lead tram-
ers in developing medium
enterprises and a "learning by
doing" entrepreneurial skills
methodology that later will be
adapted and replicated.
It will then be used to train
not only young entrepreneurs
but also more trainers, the bank
said in a statement.

Pa iradm it

r ig gingb id s
fOr work at

air port

WOpeo epladeddguily
defrauding the government of
Trinidad and Tobago in a scheme

Raul J Gutierrez, alorig with
his Miami-based company, Cal-
maquip Engineering Corp., and
Eduardo Hillman-Wallex, co-
owner of Birk Hillman Consul-
tants, were convicted after
pleading guilty as part of a plea
Gutierrez was convicted of
conspiracy to commit wire fraud
and bank fraud. Hillman-Waller
was convicted of conspiracy to
commit wire fraud and to trans-
port money obtained by fraud.
Calmaquip also pleaded
guilty to conspiracy to commit
jvire fraud and bank fraud and
Agreed to forfeit $22.5 million to
the US government,
Both men had previously
pleaded not guilty.
Gutierrez had to forfeit about
$22 million in property and
assets, including thousands of
dollars in jewelry and artwork.
pe must also pay restitution to
hot exceed $4 million. He will
illso pay restitution to several
banks including $3.6 million to
Colonial Bank, $3.2 million to
Wachovia Bank and $2.9 mil-
lion to the International Bank

IStoria na Ily
Of former
dies at 86
Santo Domingo
RAMON Font Bernard, a
historian who was a close ally to
former Dominican dictator
Rafael Trujillo, glied on Mon-
Alay, his family said. He was 86,
acco)rdinhatobAes ca P;
since suffering a brain hemor-
rhage three weeks earlier,
according to his wife, journalist
eOlga Nunez.
The historian held several posi-
jillo, who ruled the Caribbean
country from 1930 until 1961, and
the dictator's longtime collabo-
rator Joaquin Balaguer, who held
power from 1966 to 1978, and
The author of several books
-including "Balaguer and I",

c sdp e iwerf
"He was a man who lived to
serve his country, and he was a
friendly husband and father and
kind to everybody," Nunez said.





hart-Bain. "This happened
around 10-11am on Sunday.
"There are quite a few
women and children, but
they're mostly young men
between 19 and 30. We've
heard that one person has died,
but that has yet to be con-
Officer Miller was also unable
to confirm the rumored death.
Police, Defence Force and
arrived on the island quickly to
round up the Haitians.
"They are at the police sta-
tion at the.moment," said Mr
Lockhart-Bain. "They are all
very quiet. It seems that their
boat was driven.on to rocks in
"It was blowing 30-plus mph
out there. You need a real boat
to combat that kind of weather.
They were all on the same ves-
sel, so it was very overcrowd-
ed. '
A reconnaissance helicopter
Hewdu the e land ands uS
her Haitians had scrambled
"\Ve are in the process of
assisting immigration with
bringing those persons to New
Providence," officer Miller said.

W By Tribune Staff Writer
A LARGE group of
Haitians, many of them
women and children, were
under guard at Ragged Island
yesterday after their sloop
broke up on nearby rocks.
Local boatmen launched a
rescue operation after the
small sailing craft was driven
ashore in heavy weather.
Defence Force officials
report that 143 Haitians were
Press Liaison officer Sub-
lieutenant Sonia Miller told
The Tribune yesterday that
according to preliminary
reports, the Haitian sloop
ran aground at around
The craft was reportedly dri-
ven onto some rocks by the
weather system that blew
through the Bahamas bringing
strong winds over the week-
Alc ord t ub-Heut nt
gore andnt drlo als about
anoir??iaires can ni dip
had not been communicated
to officials at Defence Force


and, children were in the

rocks just outside Little Ragged -

press liaison office. Sub-lieu-

revealed that French and Italian

areas pf the capital, Port-au-
While poor countries are gen-
erally the most corrupt, firms

A -

from countries like China and

United States, it said,
"While the industrialized
countries score relatively
high, we continue to see
major corruption scandals in
many of these countries," TI
Haiti's corruption rating
adds another negative mark
against the western world's
poorest nation.
Although it has the difffke-
tion of being the world'Hirst
black republic, Haiti has
known little or no political
peace in its 202 years of inde-
Decades of poverty, envi-
ronmental degradation, vio-
lence, instability and dictator-
ship have made it the pariah
state of the Caribbean.
In the 1950s, during the six-
year regime of President Paul
Magloire, HAiti flickered
briefly as a celebrity holiday
hotspot, with the likes of Tru-
man Capote and Graham
Greene among its regular vis-
But the reign of the Duva-
liers from 1957 to 1986
plunged Haiti into a parlous
state from which it has never
beeh able to recover.
President Jean-Bertrand Aris-
tide in 2004 brought the
bedraggled republic to a new
Now it has become a drugs
clearing house for the
region, w th gangs of anar-
chic gunmen roaming some

fleeing to the Bahamas are not
only trying to get away from
poverty and violence, but cor-
ruption, too.
Flaiti has just been voted
the most corrupt country in
the world, with Burma and
IraqTollowing closely behind.
Transparency Internation-
al, whose survey commits the
Bahamas' nearest neighbour
to bottom slot in the world
rankings, says not only does
corruption flourish in poor
countries, it helps to keep
them poor. And it adds that
corruption often has a direct
negative impact on economic
The latest TI survey shows
Haiti displacing Bangladesh
as the world's most corrupt
country for the first time in
five years.
Htigette Labelle, chair of
TI, said there was a strong
correlation between corrup-
tion and poverty.
"Corruption traps millions
in poverty," she told the
BBC, "Despite a decade of
progress in.establishing anti-
corruption laws and regula-
txons, today's results mdicate
that much remains to be
done before we see mean-
ingful improvements in the
lives of the world's poorest
According to TI, corruption
is "rampant" in 71 of the
countries studied. It had wors-
ened in Brazil, Tunisia and the


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Mr Smith: "I don't need you to .
lecture me. Mr Speaker, there are
some serious problems in those
houses in Excellence Estates..."
Speaker, rising: "You will noE
speak until you withdraw those
remarks. I am sure that's cleat
enough, please continue Blue
The Speaker attempted to cut
Mr Smith off and open the flodr
to Agriculture Minister Leslie
Mr Smith: "Mr Speaker, I
thought I was quite clear when I
said I would not withdraw the
remarks. Mr Speaker, maybe the
Minister will tell me what's his Min-
istry's plans to accommodate these
As the Speaker stood once
more to cut off Mr Smith, Mon-
tagu MP Brent Symonette, pointed
out that already .the allotted two
members .had spoken on the
motion for adjournment, now the
Speaker was allowing a third ment-
ber Mr Miller to speak. He
wondered whether the House rules
had been amended or were being
The Speaker assured Mr
Symonette that the rules had not
changed. Mr Smith pointed out
that rules are enforced against the,
not against the government.
A short argument followed-
about double standards and the
fact that two members had already,
spoken on adjournment and,
according to the rules, a third mem-
ber could not speak.
However, Mr Mitchell pointed
out that a Minister could make s
statement at anytime, which would
accommodate Mr Miller to make
his statement about the outdated
baby products being sold m food-
stores and the extension of the ban
on fortheaNassauhGrouop r
that Mr Miller would be the last
speaker for the night.
However, Mr Gibson rose on a
point of information. "You liave
a ea re t r ri her
Speaker, "to withdraw his remarks
which he has refused to do. I just
want to make it clear that the cam
era is not allowed to pick him up
"Then, secondly, I would ask the
ruling that those remarks b
expunged from the record. .
Speaker: "Yes."
Gibson: "On both of these
not allowing the camera to go, n
allowing the sound system to go
and also to expunge.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson added
from her seat that in fact Mr Smith
"does not exist until he apologises 1
and withdraws those remarks."
Mr Gibson left the chamber
when Mr Miller started to speak<
The Tribune has not published
Mr Smith's short remarks, which
started the argument. The Speaker
\ made it clear that the remarks
directed at Mr Gibson by Mr Smith
had been expunged from t(e

not only expunged from the record,
but to forbid the cameras and
.sound system from recording Mr
Smith until he withdrew.
The argument between the two
parliamentarians arose at the open-
ing of Mr Smith's remarks when
he made a reference to informal
tion that was "alleged in the news-
Mr Gibson objected.
"I am going to say this for the
last time," he told the House. "I
never ever was in the house with
anybody in any bedroom with any
cheque. Never. I was not at the
house at the time that cheque was
delivered. I was not at that house.
And like the lawyer said yester-
day, only Jesus can be in two places
a the same time. I was not in the
house when the cheque was deliv-
ered. And the member must with-
draw those remarks because that
was not the case unless he can
prove it."
Mrs Allyson Maynard-Gibson
called for the Speaker to rule on
Mr Shane Gibson's request. There
were calls from government's side
of the House for Mr Smith to with-
Mr Smith: "Mr Speaker, with-
draw? I am not going to withdraw.
('Withdraw!' several seated parlia-
mentarians shouted). You heard
me. I am not going to withdraw.
across the floor. "I am not going to
withdraw so you, so you are wast-
ing your time no, you're wastmg
your time. You're wasting your
tune. No, no you're wastmg your
time, sit down you're wasting your
time," he angrily shouted, point-
ing his finger at Mrs Maynard-Gib~
son, who was ,calling for him to
withdraw. "Sit down!" bellowed
Mr Smith. "Sit down, sit down, sit
oNRismg SCaker In aham icl
the absence of proof to support the
statement you made until you brmg
the proof you must withdraw it, sir.
Mr Smith: "Mr Speaker Im not
w w e .qda w tehda
ing it,1VIr Speaker. I'll say it again,
I am not withdrawing it."
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell told Mr Smith that when
he quoted from a newspaper he
had said. Mr Smith demed quot-
ing from any newspaper. He main-
tained that he only said that a
newspaper "alleged."
A short exchange then followed
on whether Mr Smith had quoted
from a newspaper and as a result
whether he was adopting what the
newspaper had said.
Ignormg the call for him to with"
draw, Mr Smith changed the sub~
ject. Addressing the Speaker, he
turned his attention to Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom.
Mr Smith: "Mr Speaker, to the
Mmister responsible for hous-
Speaker, again rising: "North
Eleuthera, either you follow the
Chair's directions or you will not be
able to speak."
Mr Smith: "Mr Speaker, the
Minister of Housing and Mr Stew-

Eastern Road residence, "Hori-
zons," for $950,000, which was one
of the qualifications required for
residence. The law firm maintains it
does not know how Immigration
got a copy of the conveyance, as
the transaction had not been com-
pleted. Therefore, its firm had not
sent a copy to Immigration, Cal-
lenders and Co. said.
Mr Gibson demanded that Mr
Smith withdraw his remarks in con-
nection with the matter. When Mr
Smith refused, Mr Gibson request-
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30 from the.House rules.
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relative to the Hon. Member for
Golden Gates (Shane Gibson).
The quest on arose Wednesday
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to the Immigration Department by
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terday as he was in the House last
Wednesday November 1 -
when he defiantly told the Speaker:
"I am not going to withdraw that."
Speaker Ingraham ruled that
Mr Smith "would not be acknowl-
edged by the Chair to speak until
he withdraws the remarks that he
was asked to withdraw."
Added the Speaker: "I also
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CUBA'S foreign minister
backed away Monday from his
prediction that Fidel Castro will
return to power by early
December,1eaving open ques-
tions about the pace of the
communist leader's recovery
frpm intestinal surgery, accord-
Ing to Associated Press.
Felipe Perez Roque told The
Associated Press that Castro's
recovery was "advancing," but
declined to guarantee that Cas-
tro would be well enough to
attend the postponed celebra-
tion of his 80th birthday on
December 2. Castro turned 80
on August 13 but announced
delayed festivities when he told
Cubans of his surgery in late
Perez Roque had told the
AP in September that he
expected Castro to be fully
back at the helm by early
December. When asked about
the birthday celebrations he
had said: "I have no questions
in my mind that we willbe able
to celebrate his birthday in
December as he deserves."

4 In brief

Burial ground
could shed
light on lives
Of .SlaVOS
Charlotte Amalie
A PAPER trail documents
theirlives as human property,
from.their passage across the
Atlantic to their sale as slaves
.for sugar plantations. Now a
newly discovered burial ground

according to Associated Press.
Researchers from Denmark
and the US Virgin Islands want

i:-a: -a
death, and thus broaden knowl-
edge- of slave life in the one-
. timel)anish colony.
\Descendants of slaves could
discover ancestors through
DNA tests. At public meetings,
islanders have also embraced
the excavatioils as a way for
Europeatis to recognize their
historic role in the slave trade.
l iost slaves in the Americas
ivere buried in unmarked
graves, and studies of slave
graveyards "are rarer than hen's
teeth. The science that will
come out of it will just be extra-
ordinary," said David Brewer,
an archaeologist with the US
Virgin Islands government and
one of the scientists planning to
unearth some tombs in Novem-
The slaves are buried in shal-

1 k d ydslme emouenkn
stoniss. They were found this

d isa approve of
r miner's acts
after scandal
Kingston .
MORE Jamaicans disap-
prove than approve of Jamaican
Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller's response fo the ruling
party's acceptance of a dona-
tion from a Dutch-based com
modities firm, a poll found,
according to Associated Press.
The US$470,000 .donation
from trafigura Beheer BV led
to a t'ensure vote against Simp-
sonlkiller's party in Parliament.
Thirty-seven per cent disap-
proved of the way Simpson
Miller, chief of the ruling Peo-
ple's*}Iational Party, respond-
ed t he scandal, which led to
allegdtlons that her administra
tiontad lost the moral author-
ity tp govern. About 17 percent
said they approved, while the
majority had no opinion.
Officials with the People's
Nat al Party maintained that
the afigura money, which
Sim on Miller ordered to be
retu d, was being donated for
use it its general election cam-
paign, but the Dutch company.
said it believed it was contribut-
ing (oa fund related to its oil
co wll cto d me .e
independent Stone organisation
arid*published Sunday in The.
Jamplea Observer newspaper,
interviewed 1,473 voters
throughout the island October
21-26 and had a margin qf error
of tlifee percentage points.

woman dies
after fall from
h6tel room
JAMAICAN police are
investigating the death of a 31-
yeaf-old Canadian woman who
died.after falling from a hotel
balcony .in the Caribbean
nation, according to Associated
tifiefthe woman as Kimberly
Fairbairn, an accountant from

Vanhouver who was attending a
wedding in St. Mary's parish,
about 65 miles east of the capi-
tal, Angston.
death was accidental. Fairbairn
washaving drinks with friends
when she fell from the third-
story balcony, investigators said.
Officials at the Canadian
Embassy in Kingston could not
be reached for comment.
E urgency workers at the
scene'said the woman was dead
when they arrived at the hotel
shou ly after 3 am on Saturday.

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speculate about what he (Mr
Lloyd), YEAST or the
Catholic archdiocese were
doing, he said.
"As the Catholic church has
done for the past 121'years, and
YEAST for the past ten years,
we do today continue to effect
the transformation of human
lives into the pristine realisa-
tion of their natural inheritance
- the divine imprint."

to PLP

He added: "Lest Mr Rolle
or anybody else be confused,
the Catholic church in* the
Bahamas neither observes nor
respects demarcations of any
kind political or otherwise in
service to.our people."
In pursuit of that "inviolable
objective" they would continue
to work with governments and
all sub-divisions of civil soci-

a letter in The Tribune by Whit-
ney Rolle under the caption:
'Has the YEAST programme
for boys been sold to the PLP?'
Describing Mr Rolle as "mis-
informed", Mr Lloyd said
YEAST a Catholic outreach
ministry continues work
begun in 1997 to "rescue the
punctured dignitary value of
our Bahamian teenage male."
He said the institute works

with the Bahamas government
to effect its objectives.
"We did it with the Free
National Movement under the
leadership of the Rt Hon
Hubert In graham. We are
doing it today with the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party govern-
mernt under the leadership of
the Rt Hon Perry Christie," he
Mr Rolle did not need to

THE YEAST empowerment
programme for boys has hit
back strongly at a suggestion
that it has been "sold" to the
Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd, exec-
utive director, said: "The insti-
tute has never been sold, nor is
there any intention by the
church to sell it to anybody,
government or otherwise."
Mr Lloyd was responding to

Fred D'Aguiar gave a talk enti-
tied "The Caribbean Diaspo-,
ra: What Survives of Caribbean
Identity in Our Minds and
Bodies when We Leave the
The talk included an articu-
late and colorful illumination
of issues such as the role and
value of literature in society -
with artists, Mr
D'Aguiar, being "the con-
science of society" and the
question of how a Caribbean
author abroad is influenced by,
and in turn can influence his
Caribbean origins.
The author left Nassau yes-

terday, at the end of his four-
day trip during which he also
appeared on a number of tele-
vision and radioprogrammes,
and conducted two creative
writing workshops one in
poetry, and one on short story
As the college noted, Mr
D'Aguiar has an impressive
He won Britain's prestigious
Whitbread Prize for First Nov-
el award in 1994 for his novel
"The Longest Memory", which
told the story of a slave on an
eighteentli-century Virginia
plantation. The novel went pn

to be adapted and televised on
British television.
In 1985, his first collection of
poems secured him the Guyana
cal acclaim, while another nov-
el, "Bill of Rights", a story
about the Jonestown Massacre
the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize.
The author has held a num-
ber of eminent academic posi-
tions, and is currently the Pro-
fessor of English and Co-Direc-
tor of the Master of Fine Arts
in Creative Writing at 1;he Vir-
ginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University.

Tribune Staff Reporter
acclaimed Caribbean author
Fred D'Aguiar addressed a
packed audience at the College
of the Bahamas last Thursday.
Students, staff, members of
the public and some formerly
prominent political figures
attended the first lecture in
what the college hopes will
become an annual feature on
the academic calendar the
Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lec-
ture series.
The author was born in 1972


in London to Guyanese par-
ents, but spent a part of his
childhood years, from age two
to 12, in the country of his par-
It is this Bahamian.educa-
tor and scholar's "outstanding
personal scholarship and con-
tributions to the development
of education ih The Bahamas
from 1933 to 1975" that the col-
lege said they hoped to memo-
rialise in initiating the lectures..
Speaking exuberantly, and
as the literature department's
chairman Dr Ian Strachan not-
ed, without saying "um" once
throughout the entire address,

as.their leader, albeit tem-
The foreign minister is
among half a dozen officials
granted special responsibilities
by Castro when he transferred
power. This collective leader-
ship, led by Raul Castro, has
been functioning well, Perez
Rollue said.
--For us young ones, it's not
. only, been a pnvilege but also
more schooling," said the 41-
year-old, who was put in charge
of momtormg the budgets for
Cuba's health, education and
energy programmes along with
Central Bank President Fran-
cisco Soberon and Vice Presi-
dent Carlos Lage, who is 55.
Though Fidel Castro has
been a larger-than-life person-
ality in Cuba for more than
fottr decades, Perez, Roque
insisted the leader has always
listened to others and encour-
aged collective governing.
Up until his illness, Castro
was known for micromanaging
projects, leading massive
marches along the Malecon
coastal highway and giving
hours-long speeches.

ber on state-run television
showed the Cuban leader defi-
aritly denying rumors that he
was on his deathbed. Yet some
Cubans said they were surprised
to see how frail he still was.
Perez Roque said he meets
with the elder Castro fre-
quently and has seen him since
the latest video.
"He logs good." the minis-
ter said. "I see that his recovery
is advancing, that his convales-
cence is satisfactory."
He said Castro is in constant
contact with his doctors and
will return to power "at the
right moment."
"We are optimistic, and hap-
py," he said. "The only ones
who are sad are our enemies,
who were all prepared to cele-
brate (his death)."
Those who thought the
Cuban revolution would col-
lapse without Fidel Castro at
the helm were proven wrong,
Perez Roque said. "They have
learned a-good lesson," he said.
While many Cubans grum-
ble about economic struggles
on the island, they have seemed
to accept the younger Castro

But in an interview Monday,
Perez Roque said he couldn't
return to power so quickly.
"It's a subject on which I
don't want to speculate," he
said, adding: "The. important
thing is his recovery, which he's
doing in a serious and persis-
tent manner."
Castro has not madd any

public appearances since July
26, a few days before he was
sidelined by the surgery and
announced a temporary trans-
ferof power to his 75-year-old
brother Raul. The Cuban gov-
ernment has treated his ailment
as a state secret, releasing spo-
radic videos and photographs
to prove he's.recovering.
A video released inmate Octo-



YEAST denies being

Carl Cean aUt Of a freSSCS

foreign minister backs off any

prediction of speedy return by Castro

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ceived rise in serious crime, the
death penalty was dealt a blow
earlier this year by a Privy
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Talk asked Bahamians what
n i'dheou ht a ut afounel
tenced to death over the week-
e .n Sunday Saddam Hussein
was found guilty of crimes
against humanity and sentenced
to hang by an Iraqi court for his
partly t Dkilling fl 8 Shia
co ico-defendants wer ha
received death sentences, while
another four received jail terms,
and a seventh was acquitted
, because of a lack of evidence.
Saddam is also being tried
separately for-genocide and
, crimes against humanity over
* the killing of tens of thousands
' of Kurds during Operation
Anfal in 1988.
Under Iraqilaw, guilty ver-
dicts on murder charges are
automatically sent within 10
days to a nine-judge appellate
If a death sentence is upheld,
it must be carried out within 30
days, and Iraq's tripartite pres-
i)daepncy must sign the execution
The Tribune walked the beat
this morning to speak with
members of the public to get
their opinion on what US pres-
ident George Bush described
as a "major achievement" for
Iraq's young democracy.
Brook Evans, 22, a legal cJerk
ta law firm in the downtown
area, said she is "happy" with
the verdict. "Like tile Bible
says: so you live, so shall you
Ms Evans said that the for-
mer Iraqi leader killed a great
many people, and that the court
shoirld use the full extent of the
law "to get rid of him."
While acknowledging that
there are other dictators in the
world that need to be brought
to justice, Ms Evans said she
believes that Saddam Hussein
must be made an example of.
"Everyone has their day, and
this was his judgment day," she
Mr Ortland Bodie Jr, a busi-
ness consultant, also said he was
totally in favour of the verdict -
and that he looks forward to
the timely execution of Saddam.
"Saddam is a deliberate,
heinous murderer, and he
should be executed," said Mr
. Bodie.
* He said that other dictators
: around the world should be
. worried because "my great
* friend, President George W
. Bush said that they too will be
' hunted down and brought to
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employed at an accounting firm,
said that she believes that Sad-
dam Hussein's trial was unfair.
"They didn't catch him fairly
. from the very beginning," said
* the young woman. "If they
caught him unfairly, then the
trial itself was unfair."
. Mr Mark Pratt, a peanut ven-
dor, also said he believes the

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the United States was only "There are other world lead-
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Bahamian Muslim, stated that Saddam Hussein so different
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tions of establishing a reward in
"We have not gotten a response from
the government yet in that regard, bitt
our letter to them was by way of inform-
ing them of our intentions.
"As Bahamian citizens, arid a matter
that concerns two sovereign countries,
we did not want to act without first
informing our government of our
actions. This would not prevent us from
acting, but we wanted to make sure our
government knew of the actions that we
are about to take," he explained.
According to Mr Burrows, the one-
half million Jamaican dollars would be
around $8,000 US dollars. He noted that
in Jamaica $65 Jamaican dollars is equiv-
alent to $1 US dollar.
Mr Burrows expects to go to Jamai a
before the end of this year to meet with
Jamaican authorities regarding the prop-
er establishment of a reward. !

"We have already established the
instruments for the reward with our
bank in the Bahamas. Essentially, it
would be a letter from our bank that
reward is available to anyone who can
lead us to individuals, have them arrest-
ed, tried, and convicted for the crime,
he said.
According to police reports by
Jamaican authorities, sometime around
11pm on November 6, JD left his home
in Mandeville in his black Honda
Integra to purchase food for his daugh-
. He never returned frome that
During their investigations, authori- -
ties discovered that Burrows' Scotia-
bank ATM card had been stolen.
Police retrieved video surveillance
of a suspect withdrawing money using
the ATM card in Mandeville and

Bahamian student, was found shot to
death near Manchester, four days fol-
lowing his initial disappearance on
November 6, 2004. He was a student at
the Northern Caribbean University in
Mandeville, Jamaica.
Following the murder, JD's wife,
Altemarae, and their daughter, Tajana,
now five, have moved to Freeport to be
with his family.
The senseless and brutal murder of
Mr Burrows drew national attention and
sparked concerns for Bahamians study-
ing abroad in Jamaica. Prime Minister
Perry Christie and Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Fred Mitchell paid their respects to
his family by attending the funeral in
Grand Bahama.
Mr Burrows, proprietor of Grand
Bahama Quality Builders Ltd, has writ-
ten to Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell and Prime Minister
Christie informing them of his inten-

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The family of Joseph
Darius Burrows, who was murdered in
Jamaica two years ago, plans to offer a
substantial reward of one-half million
Jamaican dollars for information leading
to the arrest and conviction of his killers.
Grand Bahama businessman Stephen
Burrows, and his wife, Maureen, hope
that the reward would provide a break
in their son's case and bring those
responsible to justice.
"It will be two years today since his
murder and the Jamaican police have
no leads as to who may have done this
terrible thing to our son, who was taken
away by men, robbed, shot, and left for
dead in a field," said Mr Burrows, who is
still deeply upset over the loss of his
only son
Joseph "JD" Burrows, a 22-year-old

THE Fa of
Joseph Darius Burrows

opening today is a part of his -
vision, his vision to empower o*,
Bahamians," Mr Cargill said. Mr
Cargill said that he does not
know what role he will play n
e Le rt a Po rue
in a particular constituency he
would definitely do so.
As an FNM, Mr Cargill ran in
the Kennedy constituency m the *
last; general election losIng
to Kenyatta Gibson of the
L hen contact by Th Tri-

desem t c kendo r
CargilPs letter tendering his res-
ignati Bannister said, h w-
pared to comment on the mat-

oenr unwoul doso n
PL cha ants yes P"mWe
those who have a genuine inter-
est in joining the party are wel-
comed to do so."
Mr Rigby said that he did not
wish to comment on the matter
. any further and noted that when
it is confirmed that Mr Cargill
has joined the PLP, if necessary,
the party would make a state-

ownership of 75 per cent of the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd, dis
spelling 50-50 partnership between
himself and Mr St George. They
are also seeking the removal of
Hannes Babitk as the Port's chair-
In a statement, Sir Jack assured
the staff and licensees of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority of his
unwavering commitment to the
future of the Port Authority and to
Freeport and, by extension Grand
a t horiti ss illen
adv cinghtahe qual2d e ai
confident and committed to
thie future of Grand Bahama," he

MilUStry of Housmg
realized that not only were these people taking mon-
ey from the contractors, they were taking money
from the people, too."
- Herman reckoned that a minimum of $10,000
was being "stolen" from many low-cost homes, but
that the figure was often higher from $15,000 to
$25,000 per unit.
Corrupt employees, he said, were sometimes using
ill-gotteft gains to build apartment blocks of their
own, or add extensions to their own homes.
He also alleged that unauthorized builders were
being engaged for some contracts, meaning that
certain homes were being constructed by unqualified
"As a result, you get shabby houses," he said, "I
think these revelations will open people's eyes to
what's going on. I am a self-motivated contractor. I .
don't need the government.
"And I know I doli't want to be involved in any-
thing where ordinary people are being robbed right,
left and centre. I have nothing to be afraid of. The
tuth needs to be told."
The Tiibune would like to hear from anyone
who might have evidence of corruption in the hous-
ing industry. Please ball 322-1986 or e-mail tri-



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community orgahisations, direct- leader of the F
ly to the community and more
im rtantly, I believe through said Hubert (I
"I believe that ensuring that va daon1new
democracy prevails to its highest withthat. I ca
order is imperative, unfortunate- style," he said
ly democracy in the Free Nation- the FNM becau
at Movement began to erode in the FNM from
1990 and eroded to a poisit in that I was some
0 e r s it nbmeeanrnab b ha

dm e t jdm o oe weH eedthn
their opinion were afraid to do for the arty. M
ebeca e of ena of rle isal or ed h
response from the leader," Mr 9

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Itehe d a sta argill s
ters. He had an genda that was pially joined th
known only to him and did not to do so very s
share his vision (if he had one) the opportunity
with FNM's," Mk Cargm said yes- occasions wit
terday. Mr Cargill claimed that Christie and he
he could no longer endure Mr his vision for
Ingraham's style of leadership. me and it is s
"Because of my desire to pre- believe this cou
serve democracy at all levels, I that a plan is so
am unable to support the present try needs and

FROM jiage one

and other structural defects.
One builder who wanted to be known only as
Herman said he had been asked to put extra fotm-
damn courses on houses, andtokLtomake:-exper-
imental" alterations which added thousands to.the
cost. .
But he knew he and his colleagues were getting
only about halfof the extra contracted cost, with the
rest ofthe morie Imding its was into other people's
He said $1,000 unofficial pay-offs in cash to cert
ministry employees were also cutting contractors
margitis to the bone and "pihng on the agony for
cash-strapped buyers.
"If you don't fall in with these demands, yoit wiU
never get another job," he said, "but for me it just
wasn't right. Ordinary Bahamians are being ripped
"It means that a home selling for $110,000 might
easily have beeti sold for $85,000, a big sat ing for
peo]Me who ofteit can't afford the prices they pa\. '
Frequently, hd said, ordinary families get saddled
with higher mortgages than they can service and
all because of a few corrupt housing employees
whose greed knows no bounds.
"It took me a While to see exactly what was going
on." said Hermitn, ut when it became clear, I


NM," Mr Cargill
ngraham) has a
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. "I remained in
se I was a part of
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view is different

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id he has not offs-
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FROM page one

matic antics currently taking
1 Rath we shall await
rd ly progr ion of this matter
lu c e utpCm tm
the Port Authority and the devel-
opment of the business opportu-
nities in Freeport."
On Friday, an outraged Fred
Smith claims he was barred from

I te r
d umentsi co e on legal
On Smith's arrival at the Port
just before 4pm Friday, he claims

FROM page one

of the Supreme Court to order Ms Smith to vacate
the Eastern Road premises.
The American businessman, of Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina, last week told the Bahamian
public that he was "double-crossed" by the former
reality-TV star.
Mr Thompson said he was possibly "set up" by
Ms Smith, and used by her as banker for the pur-
chase of the waterfront home which was the basis
for her obtaining permanent residency status.
In an earlier interview with The Tribune, Mr
Thompson said that conveyancing documents for
'Horizons' were signed and sealed in Ms Smith
real name, Vicki Lynn Marshall, but were nevey
He said that this was because delivery and the
subsequent processing of the documents was sub-
ject to her executing a mortgage in Mr Thomp-
son's name. .
However, when Ms Smith failed to pay him,

191001e Smith
going as far as to claim that the luxury home was
a gift, the document was rescinded and cancelled.
Delivery of the conveyance document therefore
never took place, Mr Thompson claimed.
The developer whcVadmitted to having had a
"short-termrelationship with the Trimspa spokes-
ivoman in the past -said that he had no intention
to harm Ms Smith in any way, but was nierely try-
ing to protect his investment.
Last week, Wayne Munroe president of the
Bahamas Bar Association and Ms Smith's new
legal representative, filed a writ in the Supreme
Court seeking a declaration that his celebrity
client is the owner of Horizons.
Mr Munroe claimed that as it concerns the pur-
chase of the property, "monies, as admitted, were
advanced, the conveyance was executed, the title
vested." ,
Under 13ahamian law, he said, those criteria
define ownership of a property.

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Tribune Business Editor
he draft contract
offered to Grand
Bahama Port
(GBPA) chair-
man, Hannes Babak, planned
to give him 25 per cent of all
profits that were generated by
the company and its affiliates
above a certain benchmark,
The Tribune has learnt.
The draft agreement, which
has allegedly never been con-
cluded, pledged to pay Mr
BaWak annually 25 per cent of
the total profits generated by
GBPA, Port Group Ltd and
their subsidiaries above $7>nil-
lion, or any "higher amount"
to be agreed between him and
lan Barry, GBPA's chief finan-

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN businesses must be careful
not to import inferior-quality goods when
dealing with Chma and other relatliel)
unknown markets, the Bahamas Clgamber
of Commerce's president warned yester-
Addressing the Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants (BICA) on the
potential opportunities from doing busi-
ness with China and Panama, Tanya Wright
pointed out that unlike more.established
markets such as the US, supply chains in
those nations were less well-known, making
it harder to trace a product's origins and
manufacturing process.
This made it harder to trace suppliers
and seek redress for faulty or damaged
goods, while health and safety standards,
regulations and their enforcement were dif-

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ject known as the 'Raven
Group deal', to be situated on
250 acres.
The profit-incentive clauses
in the contract are being seen
by some as one reason why Mr
Babak is clinging on to his post
as Port Authority chairman,
despite the campaign being .
mounted by the late Edward
St George's estate and others.
However, the profit-incen-
tives are seen by some sources
as troubling, because they
believe it Will encourage .1Vir
Babak and the Port Authority
to increasingly focus ori its pri-
vate, for-profit making side,
reducing its interest in its gov-
ernance and developmental
functions, such as infrastruc-

SEE page 3B

cial officer. .
The agreement, which would
give Mr Babak a 10-year stay
in office at GBPA until
December 31, 2016, said the
profit-sharing incentive would
have kicked-in regardless of
whether any dividends were
paid to its main shareholder,
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (ICD), the com-
pany owned by the Hayward
and St George families.
. The draft, drawn up on June
1, 2006, this year, sets out a
hypothetical example for com-
pensating Mr Babak. If GBPA,
Port Group Ltd and their sub-
sidiaries generated a $14 mil-
lion profit in one year, this was
$7 million above the bench-
As a result, Mr Babak would
be entitled to 25 per cent of $7

million, or $1.25 million.
The profit-incentive clause
said the profits upon which the
25 per cent would be based
were those realized "in the
ordinarycourse of business",
as well as those realized from
any asset sales by GBPA, Port
Group Ltd and their affiliates.
However, excluded from the
'profits' definition in the draft
agreement are those derived
from the potential 1,000 acre
investment by Morgan Stanley
at Barbary Beach, or the sale
of Port Lucaya Marketplace,
its marina and the Port Lucaya
Hotel, if they take place with-
in three years of Mr Babak's
employment agreement taking
Also included in this, arid
with the three-year timeframe
attached, is an investment pro

Tr bune Business Editor
TWO new sets of regulations
one dealing with the registra-
tion of Bahamian public
accounting firms practising with
limited liability, the other with
reviews of accountants by their
peers, are likely to be proposed
by the Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants
(BICA), the chair of its legisla-
tive reform committee said yes-
Lambert Longley, a partner
in KPMG (Bahamas), said the
proposed regulations, and plan
to allow Bahamian accountants
were "to ensure we demon-
strate to clients, the business
community and all stakehold-
ers out there that we are behav-
ing responsibly and effectively
regulating our profession".
be v p
what is required, we will not be
governing our profession for
ep t 'MrLmo Cy aludpto
Other accountants present at
the BICA seminar pointed out
that recent trends showed that
regulators such as the Central
Bank of the Bahamas were
more than prepared to take
over regulating professions, the
regulator having "cranked it
up" with various sets of guide-
lines that.some thought were
akin to the US Sarbanes-Oxley
Bahamian public accountants,
under the Public Accountants
(Rules of Professional Conduct)
Regulations 1993, are currently
only permitted to practice as
partnerships or sole proprietor-
ships, without limited liability.
Urging that the time has
come" for a change, Mr Long-
ley said: "Most countries
around the world have seen the
wisdom of allowing accountants
to practice with some form of

fe rent in Ch ina
compared to mar-
businesses were
more familiar w ith.
Mrs Wright said it
could be "very dif-
ficult to verify the
source of goods lou
import and I he it
"You run the risk,
in dealing withpeo- .
ple you don't know, M WRIGHT
of importing inferior
quality goods, not
across the board, but with people you don't
know," she added.
"We all have to be respectful of our econ-
omy, and not use it as a place to import
low quality, low cost godds."
While China held vast potential for

Bahamian businesses and this nation's econ-
oms...4ten simpl\ because of its sheer pop-
ulation size and expertise in particular
industIis, Mrs Wright cautioned entrepre-
neurs in being too hasty to cut out whole-
salas and middlemen who the\ purchased
Chinese goods from.
Bunny direct frdin China has often been
LItcJ .na way for Bahamian businesses to
reduce their costs by cutting out a wholesale
or importer link in the supply chain, but
Mrs Wright warned: "Rushing to cut out
the benefits of the middle man without
building the foundation is something you
have to be very careful'about."
The Chamber president said the Bahamas
needed to find its place in an increasingly
integrated world economy, looking at issues
such as whether to join the World Trade

SEE page 4B

Tribune Business
Reporter ,
THE Bahamas needs to cre-
ate a stronger brand for its
financial services sector, the
minister responsible for told
accountants yesterday.
Minister.of Financial Services
and Investments, Vincent Peet,

told members of the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accoun-
tants (BICA) that while the
country is viewed as a strong
jurisdiction, it has not adopted
the right kind of branding for
the industry.
He said thist just as the Min-

SEE page 4B

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eyeS peer reviews an d
regiStration ofliInited
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limited liability, and I believe
that it is time for us in the
Bahamas to do the same."
However, he warned that lim-
ited liability would not shield
Bahamian public accountants
from all liability, meaning they
would still be exposed to their
own deliberate, or negligent,
acts of malpractice.
Instead, limited liability
would insulate partners and/or
shareholders in Bahamianpub-
lic accounting firms from liabil-
ity for their company's general
debts, and from vicarious lia-
bility resulting from the delib-
rn o
To demonstrate that Bahami-
MCp I ntani e ni
effectively self-govern the pro-
fession if allowed to practice
with limited liability, Mr Long-
ley proposed that all firmsprac-
ticing with limited liability be
To do so, he said new regula-
tions, The Public Accountants
(Registration of Limited Lia-
bility Practices) Regulations,
should be drafted to impose
requirements on limited liabili-
ty firms and monitor their prac-
tices via peer review.
"The Act, nor any of the var-
ious regulations, currently
address the issue of requiring
accounting firms to register with
the Institute," Mr Longley said.
"For some time, we've
received calls from various pai--
ties, particularly outside the


Chamber president warns on

Bahamas needs` stronger


\rl D~amJianos

Bahamas ab stander

a COllna Impena *

Insurance Ltd.
invites tenders for the purchase of:-

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Unit C-46 in the Town
Court Condominium situate on Nassau the city of Nassau in the
said Island of New Providence. The Unit is a one bedroom condominium
a artment containing 552 s ft

Colina Imperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will
sell as mortgagee under power of sale contained in a Mortgage dated
20th November, 2000 and recorded in Volume 8122 at pages 124 to 136.

Colinal Imperial Insurance Ltd. reserves the right to reject any and all

Interested persons may submit written addressed offers to
to be received no later than the close of business of November 24th, 2006.

COlma Tropena
-e' *
Insurance Ltd.
invites tenders for the purchase of:-

All that piece, parcel or lot of land known as Unit 26F in the Tivoli
Gardens Condominium situate on Lot 71 East Section Four (4) Freeport
City Subdivision in the city of Freeport its the saild Island of Grand Bahama.
The Unit is a three bedroom two bathrooms condominium apartment
containing 1,494 sq ft.--- ------ ---- ---- ---- -----
vi .- . e.. ? **** -.s .- ..- -- n... n -- - - or
olina Imperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly Imperial Life Financial) will
sell as mortgagee under power of. sale contained in a Mortgage dated
15th August, 1991 and recorded in Volume 6085 at pages 361 to 375.

Colinal Imperial Insurance Ltd. reserves the right to reject any and all

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed to
to be received no later than the close of business of November 24th, 2006.



Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-

Reporting to the Trust Accountant, this new position has been created
to assist in the duties related to the preparation of financial statements
for trusts and related companies.


At least five (5) years experience ideally in the client
accounting department of a private bank or trust company.
-Bachelors Degi-ee in Accounting, Finance or related area.
-Strong organizational skills.
-Significant experience in the preparation of trust and company
-Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
-Knowledge of French would be an asset.

Please send Resume and two (2) references to:

The Human Resources Manager .
Bayside Executive Park
P. O. Box N-4837
Nassau, BahamaS


Offices in
Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid,
Milan, Montreal, Nassau, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Tokyo, Turin, Zurich

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading international wealth mariager, is seeking to employ a suitable candidate as:
Head of Wealth Management Credit Risk Control

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Maintaining credit facilities
Analysis of counter party nsks eluding settlement, tradmg and cross border nsk
= CoHateral assessment & monitoring
Transaction investigation

We are searching for an individual with broad experience in credit risk management who meets the
following requirements:
= Proven track record and familiarity with service orientated Offshore bank
Credit Services to High Net Worth Clients
Analytic approach to Credit Risk management Transaction Control

Prods al eTt dg collateralized loan products and documentation requirements
Ability to assess new credit-linked products and processes Strong Legal and Compliance background
Knowledge of Operations and IT-Systems
In-depth understanding of OTC and Exchange Traded derivative instruments

Professional behavior
= Ability to bring together and assess information from a range of sources
Effective workload prioritization and meeting of deadlines
Capacity to work under own initiative with little supervision
Methdtcalnan1dimt epesn Int approach to forming opinions and arguments
General risk awareness with expertise/focus on credit risk and analysis
Education and Certification:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or Ecottomics from a recognized and accredited educational
Minimum of 5 years Credit Risk experience essential
Local regidatory certificates an advantage
Interested persons should reply on or before November 16, 2006 to:
S (Bahamas)Ltd.
Human Resources
P.o. Box N-77s7
Nassau, Bahamas



Fi*agg a

AS the United States
approaches its crucial mid-term
elections, the issue of job loss-
s e-*-- i--
to centre stage. Already a
touchy political issue, it is pre-
dicted that the outsourcing of
domestic jobs could mushroom
in the next decade as compa-
nies shift hundreds of thou-
sands more professional white-
collar jobs offshore.
gic advisory firm, in a recent
CNN Money article estimated
that Fortune 500 companies
could potentially save $58 bil-
lion annually, or some $116
inn pg eroam di
trative jobs. The study esti-
mate 5at sncarselasbeoduruseu
affect up to 1.47 millioil back-
office jobs over the next
decade, or nearly 3,000 at a
typical Fortune 500 company.
Wider scope of
outsourced jobs
Offshoring is happening at
companies ranging from large
multinationals to entrepre-
neurial start-ups, whose
investors are pushing them to
seek out lower-cost labour
sources in order to get prod-
uct to market more quickly,
and with less capital invest-
ment. Some industries and pro.
fessional functions are being
affected niore than others.
According to the McKinsey
Global Institute, engineering,
finance and accounting pro-
fessionals, and generalists
(those with a college degree
but no specialized training) will
be the groups most likely
affected by the movement of
work offshore. The IT services,
- packgggd software, and retail
banking industriesare facing
competitive pressures that
mak offtshoring attractive in
This is in contrast to experi-
has been limited mainly to
manufacturing jobs and the
erradiiont of cal trroeus1

becorhe rapidly better educat-
ed and more experienced, how
many years will it be until
there's one of them and one
is all it takes who can do what
you do for a fraction of your
salary plus bonus plus pension
plus medical and dental bene-
fits cost? "
Profound changes are on the
way as a result of globalisation.
Alvah Parker, Career Advice
Consultant and publisher of
Road to Success .magazine,
offers the following ten tips for
career protection in this new
1. Find ways to learn contin-
uous1 ind ways to ixtiprove
whatever you do. Be willing to
ncu orati nebw i as that
3. Do your work completely
4. Be true to your own val-
5. Clear up those irritations
(energy drains) so that you can
devote your energy to your
6. Practice self-care so you
feel good about yourself.
7. Keep work in perspective
so that you have time for other
parts of your life (family,
friends, hobbies, volunteer
8. Listen carefully to every-
one. Managers theed to walk
around and talk to employees
and customers.
9. Network within your com-
pany and outside.
10. Delegate tasks when
appropriate and empower
those doing the work to do it
their own way.
While these tips may not
prevent your firm from sending
jobs offshore, they will assist
you in assuring your skill sets
remain rele\a at in a very
demanding workplace.
Until next week...
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
vice-president pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services
bas tr faC lh I
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of$ecu-
rity & Generallnsurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-



spokesman: "People have
become more confident in the
analytical capabilities of the
overseas .staff, and that is
expanding the profile of the
kmds of Jobs that are under
The countries most likely to
benefit from this trend include
India, China, the Philippines,
a la h sand
significant leverage due to their
la Ub te sofructeu catn
skilled workforce.
According to the study:
"Sending certain jobs offshore
results in typical savings in
salaries of about 70 per cent,
compared to savings of 10 per
cent to 20 per cent by moving
jobs to lower-cost US loca-
Could the Bahamas
be a beneficiary?
It is most unlikely that the
Bahamas would be a benefi-
ciary of this trend as our cost
structure is much too high
when compared to the coun-
tries mentioned above. Also,
with a national average of D+
in our BGCSE examinations,
we are well on our way
towards being a mere observer
(rather that a participant) in
the new global economy.
The Bahamas' economy is a
service-based economy that is
simply not producmg a replen-
ishing supply of skilled new
workers. Successive govern-
.mentshave not 'stepped up to
the plat when it comes to
com ivel overbauling
Fixing our educational system
priority sooner rat er 1; an at-
How safe is your job?
Geoffrey Colvin, a writer for
Fortune Magazine, in a 2004
article had this to say about
the outsourcing trend: "If you
aren't in a global labour mar-
ket now, you will be soon. No
matter what you do, think hard
and imaginatively about
whether someone on the other
side of the planet could do it
just as well for a lot less. No?
Why not? If you're right, how
long will it be before you're
wrong? As two billion Asians



offshore jobs



I4218- I

Tribune Business Reporter
* THE Bahamas may play hosts to persons
attending next year's NFL Superbowl XLI, as
the Ministry of Tourism ensures ben-
efits from America's largest sporting event.
The game is scheduled to be held on February
4, 2007, in Miami's Dqiphin Stadium, and
Freeport is being touted as a possible location
for persons who cannot get accommodations for
the game in Florida.
Super Bowl organisiers are estimating that the
event will draw 125,000 visitors, straining the
city's hotel room supply and allowing hoteliers to
push their limits with hotel pricing as there are
roughly 90,000 hotel rooms available between
Miami and West Palm Beach.
"The NFL's official travel agency thinks fans

BICA to tackle unhecensed issue

assy is presently considering application for the


Serves as the Consular Administrative Assistant responsible for carrying out the
administrative duties of the Consular Section and serve as the initial point of
contact for all Embassy and public inquires related to Consular issues.

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:
An Associate Degree in the area of Business Administration
or a related field.
One to two years of secretarial and customer service
experience required.
Must have a ood working knowledge of general office
procedures, Microsoft Office Suite and data base


Must have ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner and
work independently with minimum supervision


The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation
package including performance-based incentives, medical and dental
t iItsurance, life insurance, pension and opportunities for training and

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are
eligible for employment under Bahamian Laws and regulations.

Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday
through Friday at the security area of the Amencan Embassy, Queen
Street. Completed applications applications should be returned to the
Embassy: addressed to the Human Resources Office no later than
Thursday, November 16, 2006.


gqyaq so'<" "a ru ii. t a o gain, te. ","Li ifa
Luxembourg, Miami, New York, Toronto, Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas,
Bermuda, San Francisco and Sydney. The division provides full service administration to over 2,000 Hedge
Funds for 1)1ultinational banks and international investment Managers, totaling over $300 billion in not



As part of our continued expansion, in our office in Bahamas, we are looking for a number of motivated

011100 billd Accountittits

who are capable of preparing fmancial reports, in an international and dynamic environment, for our clients
who consist of international investment managers and institutional investors within those Hedge Funds.
The Fund Accountant is the main contact for the investment managers, advisors, shareholders and third
parties, as appropriate.

Your most important tasks and responsibilities are:
preparing periodical financial reporting for the Hedge Funds, including the determination of "Net
maintaining contact with Investment Managers, Investors, Banks and Brokers
monitoring of irregularities and developments through ad-hoc sports
handling payment transactions
liaising with international clients and other Citco Offices worldwide,10 ensure that client needs

The successful candidates should meet the following criteria:
a CPA or CA designation, a CFA candidate or another equivalent professional qualification
affinity with investment instruments and figures
highly accurate and excellent communication skills
working experience in the financial area or at an accounting firm is an advantage

We offer you: a challenging job in a rapidly expanding international company, with an informal company
culture. You will have the opportunity to broaden your job specific knowledge with excellent prospects for
a further international career in one of our worldwide offices.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your curriculum vitae and covering letter via e-mail at
the latest on November 15*, 2006 to: Citco Fund Services (Bahamas) Ltd., att. Managing Director

( You can find more information about our organization, on our website:

Port chairman's 25% profit-share incentive

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won't mind an even longer commute on game
day: Its website offers Super Bowl rooms m hotels
as far away as Key Largo and Freeport,
Bahamas," the Miami Herald reported.
Nalim Bethel, senior director of communica-
tions at the Ministry of Tourism's Florida office,
told The Tribune that the ministry was a part
sponsor of the Super Bowl host comnuttee, which
allows them access to media events and func-
tions where they can promote the islands.
She said the Super Bowl provides a great
opportunity to market the Bahamas' proximity to
Florida, which is one of its greatest advantages.
"This is a great way for us to get the message
out that the Bahamas in this case, Freeport is
so close and that we have so many daily flights to
and from Florida, it is actually feasible to come
and stay in the country for an event in Florida,"
she said.

Tribune Business
THE Bahamas Institute of
Charted Accountants (BICA)
will take seriously the issue of
the unauthorized signing of doc-
uments by persons who are not
licensed by the organisation,
Speaking at the opening cer-
emony of BICA's week of spe-
clal events, president Kendrick
Christie said this continues to
be an issue that needs to be
"We take this very seriously
and will take strong measures
against it," he said.
- Mr Christie added that BICA
has provided a Ifst of its licensed
members to the clearing banks
so they can know immediately
who is licensed or not. In some
cases, he said persons are simply
not aware that persons do not
have the BICA licence.

Mr Christie added that BICA
is to provide a $2,000 scholar-
ship award of excellence to
accountant students attending
the College of the Bahamas.
Also speaking during the first
day of events was Lawrence
Lewis, of Deloitte and Touche,
who gave an overview of how
to create a successful busmess
He explained that a business
plan was necessary in order to
secure financing, go to man-
agement with outlines of goals,
and go to customers, vendors
and others to secure long-term
relationships and to regulatory
authorities for approvals.
Included in the business, he
said, should be a strong market
analysis, including size of mar-
ket, growth trends ai1d charac-
teristics and customer target
Mr Lewis added that it was
important to also demonstrAte

how you will add value through
the project, and to list vendors.
Competition was also a
major factor, arid the business
plan needs to show how it may
be a barrier to entry.
The potential reaction to
competitors also needs to be
Other factors which need to
be presented include human
resources, technology, premises
and location, and the compa.
ny's proposed management.
Mr Lewis said financialinfor-
mation such as projectionsin 3-
5 years also need to be
Risk Management, which is
critical to the success ofRhe
business pliin, is of le n viot
included, said Mr Lewis.
However, he said it was vital
that identification of key areas
of the business plan, where fail-
ure could occur, must be includ-
ed as well.

allows Mr Babak to continue
with his private busmess mter~
ests, acting as a director in
companies he holds a stake in,
and administering his private
Removing Mr Babak could
also prove expensive, as would
be the case if he resigned. This
compensation is calculated via
a complicated formula, involv-
it over the previous.three
years, minus the Grand
Bahama Development Com-
pany's (Devco) average annu
al profit over.the previous
three years, and a fixed sum
of $5.2 million.
The latter figure represents
the profits realized by ICD in
2005, minus Devco's contribu-
Also involved in the calcula-
tions are a number of multi-
pliers, plus 12.5 per cent of the
ty held by Devco at the end of
Mr Babak's employment.

contents of the two proposed
Annexes, and that a number
of issues required further nego-
tiation (including in particular
the proposed conflict of inter-
est and termination provi-
"At the conclusion of Mr
Bridges' meeting with Mr
Babak, Mr Babak promised to
provide drafts.of the Annexes
and certain other essential
information, and Mr Bridges
promised to forward a further
draft to Mr Babak for further
negotiation. Mr Bridges did
subsequently forward a revised
draft to Mr Babak.
"However, despite Mr
Babak's promises at the meet-
ings and Mr Bridges' repeat-
ed requests thereafter, Mr
Babak has never provided the
additional information and
documents that he promised.
Further, Mr Bridges received
no response at all on the
revised documents."
The initial draft agreement

Freeport e es

FROM page 1B

ture upkeep and maintenance.
There are fears the budget for
such could be reduced.
The conflict over the Port's
competing obligations played a
large part in the departures of
former chairman, Julian Fran-
is, and fellow executives
Willie Moss and Barry Mal-
colm. They are understood to
have wanted to retain money
to invest in capital projects,
whereas, it is believed Sir Jack
wanted to take money out as
The draft agreement with
:Mr Babak has become a bone
.<)f contention with the St
George estate in its legal action
against him and Sir Jack Hay-
Chris Cafferata, an executor
.of the St George estate, said
that around the same time as
Mr Francis departed, the draft
agreement with Mr Babak was
negotiated by fellow executor,
LdrdkEHuast tSir Jack and
But he alleged the agree-
ment was never finalized, with
no start date settled or impor-
tant annexes to it produced.
Y et Mr Babakstarted his
tenure with the GBPA.
The draft agreement was
e eed s 'uceLdo d
attorneys, Mark Bridges at
Farrer & Co.
Mr.Cafferata alleged: "The
negotiations with Mr Babak
continued when Mr Bridges
met him in early August 2006.
I am informed by Mr Bridges
t aabtahk sme gs1henia
of revisions to the draft pro-
posed agreement. Mr Babak
recognized that the June 2006
draft contained a number-of
important omissions and
errors, that the parties could
not reach a final agreement
until they had negotiated the

Bahamas needs stronger financial services brand

FROM page 1B vey, a working group comprised of experts ically work with Bahamian investors in an
from the industry and the Government has effort to fast track their applications.
y rtsi of Tourism had branded the Bahamas been established. However, he said it will take time and a

Our tirm wishes to Employ a Hardworking, Reliable,
Young man to do Maintenance

Candidates should be Bahamian citizens
With at least three (3) years of
Experience and a clean police record

Applicants should apply in writing
No later than Friday,
November 17, 2006 to:

Human Resources Manager,
P.O. Box N-7120
N Bahassau, amaS


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 3rd day of November 2006. The Liquidator is
Argosa Corp. Inc. P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.


COURT, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen ofThe Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
notthbee grcante ou nsend ahw Rm an sihgne3d tTa rnen
OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,, Bahamas.

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(a) OKYO LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137
(4) of the Intersiational Business Cqmpanies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 3rd November, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Ltd of Geneva, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis,
1211 Geneva 70.

Dated this 07th day of November, A.D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.

mm Of ICO

NOTICE is hereby given that ACHARA MYRTLE MOSS OF
r trhee init nresul-o ble7for Nat nalitydanTd CiBi nshit
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
ds statheor ntn bhee fraac s it e tndeigh s
from the 31ST day of OCTOBER, 2006 to the Minister .
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,


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
ZRISCO INVESTMENT LIMITED 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 22nd day of September, 2006.



POssesses valid qualification as QS or Accountant

Minimuin 5 years experience in a responsible, senior
aCCOuntant or QS position

Working knowledge of the business of construction a
S1g111ficant advantage

PTOficient with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

Good communications skills

Resume should be sent to Mark Scott, Development
Department, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
P.O. Box AB-20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco or
faxed to 242-367-2930


Legal Notice


(a) NOLTAVAJ llhflTEll is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137

L to the International Busmess Companies
(b) The dissolution of the stud company conunenced
on the 3rd November, 2006 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. Pasca Estate, Road Town'
Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 07th day of Novembei, A.D. 2006

Verduro Associated Ltd.

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7.86 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 7.80 7.86 0.06 10,659 0.802 0.330 9.8 4.20%
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9.95 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.94 9.94 0.00 0.659 ().240 15.1 2.41%
2.20 1.40 Colina Holdings 1.83 1.83 0.00 0.046 0.000 39.8 0.00%
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Organisation (WTO) and
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME) from a glob-
al as opposed to local perspec-
tive, and decide whether to
embrace new markets and
Warning that staying outside
the WTO "potentially may put
us at a disadvantage in dispute
resolution" when disputes arose


fundamental shift to break the illusion the
public has that the Government grants more
investment meentives to foreign investors
than Bahamians.
"It is a known fact that in developed and
developing countries of the world, small
and medium-sized business are of vital
importance to the creation of sustained eco-
nomic activity," the minister added.
Mr Peet said it was estimated that
lty in the Caribbean are conducted by enter-
prises employing less than 25 person.
"Even through their individual levels of
activity may be comparatively small, col-
lectively their importance to the general
economic activity of the entrepreneurial
class cannot be overemphasised," he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Peet said businesses fail
for a number of reasoils, including poor
planning, incomplete and unrealistic busi-
ness plans, inaccurate information, and
inadequate funding.
He added that the Government, through
measures such as the Domestic Investment
Board, was working to ensure that investors
had everything they needed to get their
business off the ground.
Mr Peet said one of the big challenges
facing potential investors was the amount
of red tape that they faced from various
government agencies.
In an effort to alleviate this, Mr Peet said
that three works ago he met with the agen-
cies' heads, where it was agreed that each
office would appoint one person to specif-

nation's maturing economy was
being exposed to one that had
"a specific growth agenda", with
required caution.
Bahamians also had to estab-
lish "a reliable base from which
to work" in China, needing to
understand what kind of
investor protections were in
China's approach to devel-
opment and economic planning,
with a series of five-year plans
that enable it to look almost 50
years ahead, provide a model
for the Bahamas, and high-
lighted an "incredibly haphaz-
ard approach" to facilitating
development throughout this
"There are certain aspects of
our community that don't
appear to have six months plan-
Mrs Wright said.
She called for a renewed
emphasis on planning the
Ba s' economic growthhand

some objectives to aspire to,
with a view to attaining them".

in dealings with nations such as
China, Mrs Wright said: "We
need to think about it very seri-
ously, weigh the pros and cons,
and not think about it in a local
context, which I believe is being
advanced to the detriment of
this nation.
"If we do want the global
opportunities, we have to start
thinking about it." .
Even if the Bahamas
remained outside the WTO,
Mrs Wright said. this nation's
businessmen would have to

become "so well versed in what
the rules are" if they wanted to
do business with WTO mem-
bers such as China.
"It is incumbent on every
stakeholder to know how it
works and what the rules are,"
Mrs Wright added, saying all
entrepreneurs needed to under-
stand the rules-based trading
system and how it controlled
the way the Bahamas did busi-
ness with the rest of the world.
"Once we start looking at the
world as our oyster, we'll realize
"there are more opportumties
out there. It's just up to us to go
get them," Mrs Wright added,
To help Bahamian business-
men conduct business abrotid,
Mrs Wright said the Chamber
of Commerce was examining
whether to establish an acade-
my to teach basic Mandarin,
Spanish, Portuguese and Cre-
While it was "all good" for
B amian entrepreneurs to

markets, in the case of China,
Mrs Wright cautioned that this


as a leading tourism destination, so too
should financial services.
If this can be achieved, Mr Peet said it
was possible the financial services industry
could surpass tourism as the largest rev-
enue generator, given the country's expand-
mg economy and second home market.
"It is an achievable goal," he said.
Mr Peet added that the Bahamas has
not been rated "very good" in a few areas of
expertise he did not name, which would
impact on intermediaries deciding to bring
business or refer clients to the Bahamas.
This was one of the negative responses
coming out of a PricewaterhouseCoopers
2005 strategy and branding survey on the
Bahamian financial services sector. .
Mr Peet said that as a result of this sur-

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* Prior knowledge of fundraising principles, methods, techniques and practices
is a definite asset.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level
of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive
list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the Development Officer
* Master's degree preferred: bachelor's degree acceptable with relevant
* Prior development experience would be highly valued
* Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
* Basic computer skills
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experier-
To ensure full consideration, interested candidates should submit a College
of The Bahamas Application Form, a comprehensive resume and a cover
letter of interest. To expedite the appointment procedure, applicants should
request that three referees send references under confidential cover directly
to the address listed below:
Human Resources Department
The College of The Bahamas
Ground Floor, Administration Building
Thompson Blvd and Poinciana Drive
PO Box N 4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Please visit our website at for more information about the
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liability or not, to implement a
peer review programme.
All licensees providing audit,
review and other services would
have to engage in the pro-
gramme to ensure they were
meeting professional standards.
Mr Longley said that on the
peer review, questions remained
er to wa r amed ttoh
would be done locally or some-
one brought m from outside the
Bahamas and who paid for the
reviews, and at what rate.
A CCOU111R11tS
Several accountants
expressed concerns that the
peer review plan would merease
costs that would have to be
passed on to clients, something
that might discourage small and
medium-sized Bahamian busi-
nesses from using the services
provided by BICA members.

FROM page 1B

Bahamas, asking for lists of reg-
istered firms." However, BICA
had been unable to provide
these, as it was the individual
practitioners, not the firms, that
trhe required to be registered
Through registration of firms,
Mr Longley said BICA would
be able to better regulate the
industry, while the annual reg-
istration fee they would need
to pay would generate extra
revenue to improve BICA's
administration apd services to
Registration, Mr Longley
. added, would be subject to an
annual review and check of
compliance with the new regu-
lations, and BICA was review-
ing the criteria for registration
.1*, in other jurisdictions.

In addition, Mr Longley said
BICA would "be proposing
minimum capital requirements
for firms wanting to practice
with limited liability". Although
no minimum levels had been
set, it was likely to depend on
the number of partners or
shareholders in a firm.
M U111
And similar to the minimum
capital requirements, Mr Long-
ley called for minimum profes-
sional mdemmty insurance for
public accountants practicing
with hmited liability "to ensure
clients and yourselves are pro-
tected if things go wrong,
puttmg you ma position to ade-
quately deal with it".
He proposed that minimum
professional indemnity insur-
ance be set at $1 Joilhon, or a
sum equal to a total of $500,000
for each corporate practitioner

in the member firm.
Mr Longley said the mini-
mum professional indemnity
insurance requirement would
apply to all BICA member
firrns in public practice, includ-
ing small practices with hmited
liability and part-time accoun-
tants. He said this requirement

p lalso likely ev tualhly
did not practice with limited lia-
Mr Longley acknowledged
that most BICA members had
professional indemmty insur-
ance at or above the minimum
levels, and the Institute would
investigate group coverage for
those who did not have it. .
He also proposed another set
of regulations, The Public
Accountants (Peer Review)
Regulations, to enable BICA
to require public accountants
and pubhe accounting firms,
whether practicing with hmited

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Pal, the payment-service
company owned by online
auction site eBay Inc., said
Monday it will launch an
incentive programme, allow-
teo s s c h
rebates of up to $20 on sev-
eral thousand merchants'
sites in North America.
In a release, PayPal said
that the cash rebate pro-
grammes, valued at $100 mil-
lion, will be available to con-
sumers from November 23
through May 15. Free ship-
ping promotions willbe avail-
able beginning November 23.
Some of the merchants'

sites in addition to eBay that
will offer PayPal customers
cash rebate offers are cook-,, wal- and,
according to Amanda Pires, a
PaynP t r r, Pay-
Pal contributed $350 million
to eBay's top line, up 41 per
cent from a year ago, and
claimed a total of 123 million
users. The payment system
faces competition from
Google Inc.'s Google Check-
out, an online wallet and pay-
ment system that launched in
Shares of eBay rose 45
cents, or $1.39 per cent, to
$32.84 in early afternoon
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Reporting to the President, the Executive Director, Alumni Relations and
Development is responsible for overall leadership and direction of the Alumni
Relations and Development Unit that will include fundraising and building alumni
participation and engagement for The College of The Bahamas. The incumbent
will be responsible for building the foundation for major gifts, annual fund and
alumni relations programs which will serve the College now and into the future.
With a focus on identifying strategies and implementation plans for maximizing
gift revenue for the College, the incumbent will help to cultivate, solicit and steward
potential donors in supporting key areas of fundraising priority for the College
and for advancing the College's transition to university-status. Through,}@
development of targeted alumni programming and service to graduates, the
incumbent will help to reconnect graduates and strengthen their support of the
1. Provides strategic direction for the President's involvement in key fundraising
and alumni engagement activities including those involving alumni and special
events, and prospect and donor meetings.

2. Participates in the development of short and long range strategic planning
activities to realize fundraising and alumni engagement goals and objectives.

3. Develops and oversees the implementation of programs and projects to
promote alumni relations including providing strategic guidance and counsel
to the COB Alumni Association on the development and delivery of its
4. Plans and delivers high quality and strategic special events which serve to
strengthen alumni engagement and fundraising efforts.

5. Oversees the successful execution of key alumni events, receptions,
homecoming and reunion class programs which builds loyalty and promotes
the College in the lives of its graduates.

6. Directs, coordinates and ensures delivery on all COB fundraising activities
and provides guidance to the College community to ensure that individual
fundraising efforts are integrated, consistent with, and serve to advance the
College's overall mission, goals, and objectives.

7. Oversees the process of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding
major donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and
foundations, through strategy based visits and other forms of direct personal

8. Engages senior management in furthering the advancement of alumni relations
and fundraising goals and assists in educating faculty and staff in respect of
the roles they can play supporting alumni and development generally.

9. Recruits and manages volunteers and provides them with leadership and
direction in support of the cultivation and solicitation of major donors and
prospects; coordinates volunteers' activities to ensure their integration into
the College's vision and goals.

10. Provides leadership and supervision to the Director of Alumni Relations and
the Development Officer and other staff in the Unit in ensuring that institutional
alumni relations and development goals and targets are met.

11. Represents COB at various community and business meetings including
externally to funding agencies.
12. Develops and manages related unit budgets.


* Knowledge of program development; ability to plan, organize and direct
multiple programs and activities; ability to provide guidance and leadership
to staff
* Ability to plan and implement promotional programs; ability to design, write
and edit promotional material is an asset.
* Ability to plan and execute a range of events.
* Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability tol interact effectively with
academic leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide
range of roles
* Community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively
within a diverse community
* Willingness and availability to travel extensively and to work extended hourS
as necessary

or a
Early Childhood and Elementary

Special Education

Applications for the two programmes
are now available in


Two accounting regulation sets proposed

PayPal to launch

The College of the Bahamas invites applications for the following post:

Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Development
DIVISION: Office of the President
UNIT: Alumni Relations and Development




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Suns shine in

THE Temple Christian (Suns)
shone on a windy Saturday after-
doon, clinching their first cross coun-
try championships.
Although the results from the oth-
er divisions have still to be con-
lirmed, the Suns' dominance at the
14th annual CH Reeves Cross Coun-
sty Champions made it easy for field.
officials to announce the school as
the winners of the Primary School
Division. Other overall divisions are
junior and high school divisions.
The Suns took the under 10 girls
aind boys divisions, along with the
under 12 girls and boys divisions.
In etmder ge u the

either Pickstock.
ockin784 6 c
stock was second in 8:50.06 seconds
t'pilowed by Kennadia Corban of
o,.dC cNy5 06S nch
tinued in the under 10 boys, thanks
th Timothy Wilson and Julius Not-
7 0 owa cShndo
tash ofGarvin Tynes in7:47.32 sec-
Talia Thompson had to hold off
the threats being posed by other
ornpetitors in the under 12 girls divi-
sion for the Suns, the young runner
posted thewinning time of 7:39.06
seconds, leavmg Cadejah Bain of
.hable Walker Primary and Eyeies-
sa Darville, of Sadie Curtis Primary,
th battle for the second and third
But Bain would cross the line
before Darville in 7:45.01 seconds
while Darville settled for third in
7*51.26 seconds.
The under 12 boys division
belonged to Trae Carey, who com-
peted for the Suns, but Alexander
lowBowe of Albury Sayles weren't
about to go down without a fight.
The race went down to the wire
with Carey dominating in 7:18.70
Aconds and Bowe in third irit35.04
Tallying the overall results
came difficult for officials after
eunTdmaryh ed s nPhe
An and AF Adderley gave defend-
fors a run for the title, while CC
Sweating and Doris Johnson were
@n the backs of the CR Walker
Although the Raptors clidn't win
any of the divisions, they were able
a finish m the top six in each cate-
king the second and third spot
the under 13 boys for the Rap-
fors were Shavano Fox and Jamal
erguson, winning the division was
Lopez LeFluer of SC McPherson.
LeFluer posted a tune of 11:21.67
nds, Fox was second in 12:17.39
seconds and Ferguson was third m
2-22.26 seconds.
The Raptors did not finish m the
top three in the under 15 girls but
ere able to capture a second place
finishing in the under l5 boys, thanks
to Fredrick Heastie.

THE St Cecila's Primary
School basketball team hand-
ed St Bede's their first lost of
the season yesterday. .
St Cecila marched onto St
Hede's court to defeat them
33-27. The win helped St
Cecila improve their win-loss
record, now both teams are
tied with records of 2-1.

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THIS year's softball round robin
classic saw a changing of the guard this
weekend, as two Family Island teams
ad c dBh aB hna S os epd
The TC Destroyers from Eleuthera
and Joe's General from Abaco made
history in the BSF, marking the first
time two Family Island teams will com-
pete for the men's title.
Joining them in the title hunt will
be the ElectroTelecom Wildcats and
the Triple Play Pearls.
According to Romel Knowles, soft-
ball president, this year's round robin
was very successful and competitive.
Knowles noted the success and the
level of improvement by the Family
Island teams, notmg that the playing
field has been evened out.
He said: "This round robin was very
successful, competitive and, I like I
said before the start, there was no clear
cut winners out there.
"This is the first time in the history of
the round robins we have two Family
Island teams playing epich at er r
'the title and no New Providence team
m the men's division.
"Last year we had Long Island but
they played a team from New Provi-
dence, but this year it is all Family
Island.teams, which is a good indica-
tion of where softball is going in the
country "
Even though the men's action over
the weekend brought .excitement to
the park, it was the match-up between
the New Providence and Grand
Bahama teams that filled the stands.
And Grand Bahama's Latoya
Thomas made sure to give the fans
something to cheer about, leaving the
tournament with two awards. Despite
her dominance, the ElectroTelecom
Wildcats were still able to prevail as
Thomas, who plays for the Triple
Play*Pearls, won the best batter and
utility player awards. She went six-for-
eight in the tournament.
Her most memorable hit came in
the fourth inning, a triple which cleared
the bases.
But the Pearls would wind up losing
a perfect tournament to the Wildcats,
dropping the tournament 2-5.
Thomas said: "It was a good tour-
nament for us, we played hard. At first
we were intimated by the fact the
Wildcats have such a dominant team
and most of the players weren't .hit-
ting Mary's balls.
"But when we started hitting her
pitches the momentum rose. Our
defence and offence came around, we
were making some good plays but
unfortunately we weren't able to win."
Thomas is hoping to get revenge on
the Wildcats when they meet in the
national championships.
The championships, which will be a
best of five series, are set for the

The Abaco games for the men wi
be played the following week, Noveri -
beir 24th.

that same weekend, the first two games

weekend of November, 17th, in

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TC Destroyers, Joe's General,

Electro Telecom Wildcats and Triple

Play Pearls survive round robin

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