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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 28, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume: 103 No.7

Numbertf signatures
On petition seeking .
NHI 'slow down' is
Set to be revealed
Tribune Staff Reporter
lS SOON as today, the
National Coalition for Health-
ca Rtebfoem isne xmpecte Mio
lus 5 ta ge ect a lot
down' ts c
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, past president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce d consultant to the
Coaliti ) Winston Rolle said
that h "ext ely I d,,
with the umb f Baph us
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER a little over a year of service, the
Ministry of Tourism announced that Virgin
Atlantic Airways will be disconnecting its direct
airlift from London to the Bahamas in March
of 2007. .
The airline said that its decision to suspend its
service was prunarily due to a drop, particularly
in all-inclusive rate room availability, attrib-
uted primarily to the property closures associ-
ated with the multi-million dollar Bahamar
Cable Beach redevelopment.
"The all-inclusive accommodation option is
typically better suited to the budgets of long-

5 THE St George family
is seen on Monday at a
Press conference at the Port
Authority. From left are
la 'eir Fo fS Aled
Gar eH n idG org

"", to s th r,
Caroline and Sarah St
George. the daughters of
the late Edward St George,
and lawyer Damien
Tribune Staff

1 AFTER mont 5 of call
ng odr Balrama Port
A h t h
H oriB bak, airman
anneGal enador
Philip ams jester ay
expressed satisfaction that
a court order prevented
B takhjmmpaantiHi t
he management of the

Autehno ity.Philip Galanis
said this heralds in a new
beginning for Freeport.
"I think that this is a
wonderful day for Grand
Bahama, for Grand
Bahamians for
Free porters, he said'
orae raasdio aTssthon
"Real Talk".
Following this order, Mr
Galanis said it would now
be interesting to deter-
mine if the government of
the Bahamas indeed owns
SEE page five

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THE family of 27-year-old
Dexter Wilson, who was savagely
beaten by Defence Force officers
in Inagua over the weekend, is to
take legal action against the men
involved, it was revealed last
The victim's cousin, Shane Wil-
son, who accompanied Dexter on
an emergency flight to Nassau on
Sunday morning, told The Tri-
bune: "I am briefing a lawyer to
get a civil action underway."
He said his family waydeter-
mined to ensure justice for Dex-
ter, who underwent a brain scan,
X-rays and other tests at Princess
Margaret Hospital after a local
physician in Inagua expressed
Yesterday, doctors were
preparing to discharge him after
yi hat his injuries, hough
first thought.

Dexter, his head wounds ban-
daged, was complaining about
back pains, but said he didn't
want to talk about the brawl
which led to his injuries.
Mr Shane Wilson said the scan,
X-rays and other tests had reas-
sured doctors that Dexter was no
longer in danger. He was expect-
ed to be discharged, he said.
"He is still suffering aches and
pains, and says he has cramps in
his legs, but fortunately all the
On Sunday, locals claimed a
group of officers had beaten Mr
Wilson "almost to death' and
that he had been in a semi-con-
scious state aixd suffering flash-
backs when they had finished
with him.
When he was airlifted to Nas.
sau on Sunday morning, fellow
SEE page eight


Kenyatta Gibson,
woman making
child support
end to dispute
and the woman who claims he rs
the father of her child and has
failed to pay child support met
in closed court yesterday arid
apparently br ught an end to
t eAat cl court ses-
sion, which began around noon'
The Tribune caught up with
attorney Wayne Munroe.who
represented Mr Gibson m the
patermty-dispute. Mr Munroe
did not disclose.what was in fact
discussed in court hoWever he
said the matter is now finished.
SEE page eight

stay visitors, to whom Virgin's service is most
appealing, with once weekly flights obliging
stays of at least seven nights," a release from
the ministry read.
Ministry said it is confident that ongoing
talks with the Virgin group will yield plans that
will ensure a long-standing and mutually ben-
eficial relationship, and is comnutted to work-
ing very closely with the group towards those
"The Bahamas' Ministry of Tourism is
pleased to carry on its work with Virgin
Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays which
continues to provide valuable airlift between
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Family 'determined to ensure

justice' for man 'beaten by
Defence Force officers'

Voting registration
'behind schedule'
Tribune Staff Reporter
JUST over 96,000 people are
currently registered to \ote.leav-
- ing registration "behind sched-
ule for the forthcoming election,
and possibly bolding up the debb-
erations of the Boundaries Cbm-
reg td e
am ipa ddnoth r
the time the election takes place,
however he encouraged people
to come forward "as soonas pos-
*"Even'the Boundaries Com-
mission can't do the best job with-
out more people being registered
becatise you go and you make
SEE page eight

Police investigation into beating
'expected to wrap up by end of week
Tribune Staff Reporter
BEFORE the end of the week, police expect to wrap up their
investigation into the brutal beating of an Inagua resident, said assis-
tant police commissioner Mr Reginald Ferguson.
Dexter Wilson, a 27-year-old Morton Salt marine worker, had to
be airlifted to Nassau after allegedly being beaten up by a group of
somheel efen pFpoercedoaf rs.row over a woman Defence Force
officer in the Supers nightclub in Mathew Town, Inaguans report_
ed. Mr Wilson was said to have two gaping head wounds and to
have been left in a semi-conscious state by the attack.
Wasting no time, the newly-appointed Commodore of the Roy-
al Bahamas Defence Force, Mr Clifford Scavella, sent a team of offi_
cers with the police to investigate the matter.
Commodore Scavella has taken a hard-nosed approach to clean-
ing up the image of the Defence Force and has stated that he
SEE page nine

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each other?
What Mr Miller as a Cabinet Minister should
have been able to tell the Bahamian people was
that the Cabinet was not only aware of the prob-
lem, but had discussed it and decided what to do
about it. That is what people expect to hear from
their government.

n ad ttion rod i the ne ssary evpesr
ment should engage neighboring countries at
the diplomatic level. The whole idea of having
friendly relations with our neighbours is so that
we can discuss-and settle with them matters of
mutual interest
z'he government of the Dominican Republic
should be asked to discourage their fishing fleet
from poaching in Bahamian waters and to or r
their own law enforcement agencies to co-operate
tI ae spueecs f bm d in still
outstanding between us and any of our neighbours

What 191r Miller as a Cabinet
MiniSter Should have been
able to tell the Bahamian
people was that the Cabinet
TVRS HOt ORITf aWare of the
problem, but had discussed
it and decided what to dO
about it. That is what people
expect to hear from their
gOVerBAC .

then it is obviously in our best interest and theirs to
negotiate a settlement as quickly as possible,
De eres a tragi ceonfrCtat all h coo
the lives of four brave Bahamian marines and the
loss of1HMBS FlaminT, and it wta a ut fiu n
have been making an effort to avoid encroaching
on our territorial waters. At least Minister Miller
dm mention them in his comments about the
shThIsli at ther reason wl o ec re
es ecially small and vulnerable ones, which sup-
port the consolidation of the rule of law in mter-
n tn analysis that will be our best pro-



Does ixot Mr Miller every Tuesday sit down
ue ma u 1 ae st
Minister of National Security?
Does he not know how to get Mrs Pratt on the
telephone between one Tuesday and the next to
discuss a matter of national security
coDta t nt nkdeM a k(n Forwet
areD Maw w a n
have nearly enough enforcement capabilities in
the air and on the sea?
And does he not know it has been for many
yea sa funda ental rin e abin gov

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section. If Cuban and American fishing fleets out
of Florida should decide to join the Dominicans
in their fisheries invasion we would be unable to
stop them even with a maximum commitment of
enforcement resources,
Collaboration and co-ordination in the con-
servation of marine resources should also be an
objective of diplomacy. If we make strenuous
and even painful efforts to conserve our fish,
a c n elrbaonudse atno tdhepsea e ui
efforts will not bear the best results.
The creatures of the sea do not recognize
national boundaries and so move freely across
them. If our neighbours in the region do not join
us in co-ordinated conservation efforts we may be
making all the sacrifice but, as the old saying
goes, be simply fattening frog for snake,

( (
o there is a hell of a lot of strain oil
the sea of The Bahamas," says Miix-
ister Miller. He talks about the poaching and also
the enormous amount of fish being taken out of
our waters by sports fishermen.
in stn da s t eoc na soln
eries from poachers and his well-known enthusiasm
for digging u eabed tto i c cGt eo drror
stories about sick and dying coral reefs are enough
t fr ghtt n Mr Mililer B k in MartcehdS th
researchers from around the world are trying to
figI hU Vie e 1 eh ound an unprece-
dented die-off, according to one of the scientists.
"The mortality that we're seeing now is of the
extremely slow-growing reef-building corals. These
are corals that are the foundation of the reef."
The die-off is attributed mainly to global warm-
ing which weakens the corals and makes them sus-
ceptible to disease. But while t1heecorallreefs are
nm nTaar nt Id ng bMut all win sLgovd
projects that will amount to a major assault on our
ma i nnvironment.reefs die, says ariother
researcher, it will not be the same eco-system.
"The fish will go away. 'I'he smaller predators
wiHhgo awaa sThe in rtebratesa snoaaway.but
.hSaond b os whs% fr wno ah
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WO weeks ago Minister of Agriculture
T and Fisheries Leslie Miller alerted the
nation to what he described as the rape of our
waters by fishing boats from the Dominican
Republic. Mr Miller said reports from Bahamian
fishermen suggest the Dominicans are exploit-
ing all our fishing grounds and becoming more
brTMMf ddeo t e tr h highest order to
our national security. The vast marine resources
of The Bahamas are a national treasure of mes-
tunable value, and in terms of money are worth
billions of dollars to Bahamians of today and
succeeding generations.
It is hard to exaggerate the value of what we
have in the waters that together with our islands
and cays constitute the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. This wealth must be measured first in
terms of national food security and then in terms
of export potential, and its value is increasing
every day as over-fishmg and environmental
abuse threaten the fish stocks of the planet.
Like Rip Van Winkle, many Bahamians tend to
sleep through the battle for our heritage our his-
torical, cultural, artistic and natural heritage.
Enoi h of mw ke uprcus tin th it sa teasoem of
restoration of Villa Doyle being perhaps the best
ex pl voe me conscious of the need to con-
serve our lobster and, lately, grouper, and there is
ab t con1 foWhbosutBg u err an o ncbhe
greatly diminished.
tec a eed th get re2 s rio is talbo ra
there are two ways to do this. The first is the vig-
orous defence of our boundaries and the enforce-
ment of our laws, and it is clear that at the
moment we are falling down badly on the job.

I aide ha ebneae r in h he e
C mmodore of the Rhoe 1 Bahamas Defence
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dire need of strengthening our enforcement capa-
bilities and, he declared, both ministries pre-
sumably his Ministry of Agnculture and Marme
R olurces andmthe mM N tonal Security
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A 44-YEAR-OLD man of
Sears Road, Nassau, was
arraigned in magistrate's court
yesterday on charges of forcible
detention and indecent assault.
On the first charge it is
alleged that Nehemiah Bowleg,
on Tuesday, November 21, by
force took away an 18-year-old
woman against her will with
intent to have sexual inter-
course with her.
It is also alleged that on that
day Bowleg indecently assault-
ed the woman. Bowleg, who
appeared before magistrate
Susan Sylvester, was not
required to plead to the charge
and was remanded until today,
when he will return to court for
a bail hearing.

Pair have to

apply to .
Supre me
Court for bail

TWO men who were
arraigned in court last week on
charges of attempted murder
and conspiracy to commit mur-
der stemming from a shooting
over a week ago will have to
apply to the Supreme Court for
Ian Hanna and Matthew
Smith appeared before magis-
trate Susan Sylvester at Court
11 Nassau Street yesterday.
Lawyer Ian Cargill appeared
for Hanna and Michael Kemp
for Smith.
Magistrate Sylvester did not
allow the lawyers to make sub-
missions for bail and they were
told that bail applications would
have o e made to the
It is alleged that Matthew
Smith, alias "Curly", 21, and Ian
Hanna, 25, agreed to cause the
?sea hoo NunP a hoonmSpson h
November 19, both men
t mned cause the death of
Earher this momb, Thomp-
son suffered p gunshot wound
during an lontell
Hei hts During that incident
. rDi k son, f or Id
He hts, was killed
Several persons have already
been brought before court in
connection with that particular

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cha rg es

of f ra ud
A.19-YEAR-OLD woman
pleaded guilty in magistrate's
court yesterday to 26 charges
s tria Knowles, of Blue Hill Road,

equesl$n9amounts between
Knowles, who appeared

Failure to pay the fine would
result ma 12-month prison sen-

8 have to settle the record
before you have the appeal
heard anyway," Mr Munroe
said, adding that it was in the
interest of no-one to prolong
the matter.
Justice Lyons ruled earlier
this month that the judiciary
of the Bahamas was not inde-
pendent because the govern-
ment had failed to cause the
appointment of a Judicial
Review Commission on two
occasions to review the
salaries of judges.
He has also taken offence
to a scathing attack levelled
at him by Attorney General
Allyson Maynard-Gibson in
the House of Assembly,
where she asserted that he
had misled the Bahamian
Justice Lyons has stated
that that if the Court of
Appeal proved that he had,
in fact, misled the public he
would resign from his post.
Similarly, he said that if the rul-
ing showed that he did not mis-
lead the pubhc, then the attor-
ney general should resign. Jus-
tice Lyons has reportedly not
been hearing matters since his

WHILE public debate on
the controversial rulings of
Supreme Court Justice John
Lyons rages on, it appears
that the Court of Appeal
may not even be able to
hear the matter anytime
President of the Bahamas
Bar Association, attorney
Wayne Munroe, said that to
his knowledge no date has
been set as yet for the Court
of Appeal to hear the issue.
The Tribune placed sev-
eral calls to the Court of
Appeal Registrar's office
yesterday for an indication
as to whether any date or
timeline had been set for the
appellate court to hear the
matter as the attorney gen-
eral has reportedly
appealed the justice's rul-
ings. These calls were not
returned up to press time,
"As far as I know, th
judges are basically vacation
their chambers in order to
accommodate the Priv
Council's coming," M
Munroe said. "The Priv
Council is actually coming to
sit. They will actually b
working so they would nee
chambers.Iunderstand tha
this was necessary because
for some reason the govern
ment failed to provide alter

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e native accommodation for
g the Privy Council," Mr
Munroe said.
y According to Mr Munroe,
r it appears that court might
y not hear the issue at all this
e "Usually the court of
d appeal would sit for the first
t two weeks in December.
e However, the Privy Council
- is coming and in any event it is
- a civil appeal so you would

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Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE have confirmed
that three officers suspended
last week for unauthorised
"moonlighting" were bQing
employed at the Eastern
Road residence of contro-
versial US celebrity Anna
Nicole Smith,
The officers were being
paid up to $600 a day,
according to unconfirmed
Meanwhile, Ms Smith was
in Freeport yesterday in
search of a new home,
according to unconfirmed
Ms Smith's lawyer Wayne
Munroe would not elaborate
on claims that she was in
Freeport, explaining that he
does not keep up with Ms
Smith's "social schedule."
However, he said that it
m weHabe he
a "second investment oppor-

hug tmMa
fom of a nearr anan
ort of thing to go down to
on the weekend.

the heels of claims fr6m her
lawyer-partner Howard K
Stern that he has had a court
order upheld in the Supreme
Court blocking efforts by her
former boyfriend and self-
procliiimed owner of the
Eastern Road house where
she has been living since the
death of her son Mr Ben
Thompson, to hisve utilities
cut off at thist house.
These attempts were
apparently part of a last-

ditch effort to hate Ms Smith
evicted from the home, nonn
as."Horizops .
Mr Thompson's claim to own
the house based primarily on
the fact that, while he purchased
it as-a favour to Ms Smith, she
has allegedly refused to pay him
back has caused widespread
debate about the basis upon
which Ms Smith's permanent
residency was granted, only
weeks after her application was
Numerous groups, including
the opposition, members of the
Workers Party, and the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Asso-
ciation, have called for Minister
of Immigration Shane Gibson
to resign over the matter.
However, he has denied hav-
ing acted improperly with
regards to the celebrity's appli-



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EDITOR, The Tribune,
IS THE Christie Govern-
ment simply looking at every-
thing on the political scene
through the wrong set of glass-
1) The Nicole Smith issue -
didn't her application for 'eco-
nomic' permanent residency
contain inaccuracies?
.Action: Rescind the
2) 'Swift Justice' unfortu-
nately, something which is so
common these days when one
follows blindly what the US
does, one creates a slick slogan
but when you do that be very
careful as ii can have serious
repercussions and a misun-
derstanding. There is absolute-
ly no way that the AG was
su estin that the Constitu-
tional Rights of anyone were
to be limited what she sug
gested with the use of the slo-
gan 'swift justice' was that the
system would be accelerated
(speeded-up) without limiting
the individual rights.
Attorneys when bringing
. .
pnvate m]unctions can choose
which justice they present to
in the first stance and we all
know it is all part of the attor-
ney's job to put hurdles in the
process that's just why we
have the inoperable system we
have. It is unacceptable that
we can find a person guilty o
a charge send them to Fox
Hill, they appeal, eventually
their appeal is heard and 8-10
years later the Court of
Appeal finds the person not
guilty...incredibly the person
may have served alLor the
majority of their sentence -
that's our system and all 650+
attorneys serving at the Bai
needs to accept that that is
immoral, unethical and uncon-
titut al
la ot an attorney, but in
a slick way attorneys have
already made a certain court
mute and impotent.
3) National Health Insur-
th al is b al-
ance e propose asic
ly 'over-kill' when a simple
programme to cover the real
problem which is Catastroph-
ic Cover is all that is needed
which possibly will cost one-
two percent.
How can Minister BJ Not-
tage and the Government
approach this proposal realis-
ing thist this will displace hun-
dreds of persons well founded
misecure employment in the
existing Health Insurance

ten and agreed without the lia-
bility to substantial cash com-
pensation. Is Government
going to pick up this tab?
Isn't health care 'free' today
but go PMH much of theil
services one has to pay heavi-
ly for services Doctors
Alliance established under the
FNM is a perfect example. We
cannot respectfully control
PMH and even the private
facilities imagine the proposed
system that is on the table?
Walk carefully Governmen1
and our people:..we might
need National Economic
Insurance to counter the eco-
nomic damage that NHI will

November 22, 2006.

ance because the owners know that to provide
adequate health care for their employees,
National Insurance is not sufficient.
Neither is this true of the medical profes-
sion. For example has government studied the
'partnered care" programme developed at the
Bahamas Heart Centre by Dr Conville Brown-
, a plan that makes it possible for all categories of
patients to receive the best possible cardiac care
through shared participation? This is a plan that
could be developed by the private medical sec-
tor in partnership with insured patients, private
self-paying patients and government or public
"Partnered care" is a novel, cost-effective
means of making costly and advanced, state-of-
the-art medical services available to the general
population, irrespective of their ability to pay.
Already more than 50 per cent of the working
population has private insurance.
Government's scheme would cripple this,
throwing an even heavier burden on its pro-
posed insurance plan.
On the other hand, with partnered care, using
the Bahamas Interventional Cardiology Centre
(BICC) as an example of a discounted service
system that is already working, insured patients
would pay 100 per cent of the fee schedule of the
Medical Association of the Bahamas for the
procedure performed. Patients without insur-
ance, who pay their own bills, would get a 35 per
cent discount, while government patients get a 50
per cent discount.
Of the 1542 patients who received services at
BICC in the 8.5 year period of its operation'
762 or 50 per cent were insured; 268 or 17 per
cent were pnvate, self-paying patients, and 512,
or 33 per cent, were government or public
pa t d result is that public patients receive
the same access and care as the insured or pri-
vate patients, but at significantly reduced rates-
''This study," said Dr Brown, "reviews the
first 8.5 years of implementing partnered care in
the delivery of cardiovascular services in the
Bahamas. Our findings suggest that the concept
can be extended to provide advancetechnologies
in the management of other prevalent patholo-
gies, such as cancer, and can serve as a model for
other Caribbean countries."
The conclusion is that partnered care reduces
the otherwise overwhelming burden of health-
care.cost to governments, particularly in devel-
oping countries, by sharing the burden of care
between the prit ale.user, and government sec-
Has government studied thi plan to see how
it can be developed as an ad ition to private
health care already in place?

RECENTLY THERE have been many com-
low morale and mismanagement at this country's
main health care facility.
"The problem is that you ask for this and
you ask for that, but you can't get it, and you
know the patients need it," said one staff mem-
ber in listing the lack of medical necessities as
one of many problems at PMH. However, a
senior clerk, believed that care provided at the
hospital was generally good, but.could be made
better if the institution was "properly organized
by the leadership."
"For example," he said, "a simple issue of not
being able to find a patient's notes could some-
times end up being a big problem. Patients end
up having to wait hours, because their notes
can't be found, and they have to be reprinted
Most of the criticism was levelled at what
was called a "serious problem in the radiology
department." Government's reply was that
$400,000 renovations were then underway to
upgrade that department.
"Radiplogy needs the most work when it
comes to fixing the problems that contribute to
the hospital's unsuccessful results. Some patients
have to wait as long as six months to be exam-
ined or receive an ultra-sound," said a staff
member. It was pointed out that this could be life
threatening for patients with such conditions as
breast cancer, a fast-spreading illness.
After listening to all of the complaints a Tri-
'buithYe 6tter ask&d :0 hospital staff member
what be thought of :government's proposed
National Health Insurance.scheme and the
impact it would have on the Princess Margaret
and oTha n edirtdundetr ath urdrung
think that you need to be putting down a new
rug," he said. .
His comment said it all. The system cannot
and will never be able to handle the "cradle to
the grave" health care that the Bahamas gow-
ernment has promised Bahamians. Canada, and
Great Britain, with far greater wealth and
resources than the tiny Bahamas, have proven
that it can't be done. What is incredible is that
our government is not willing to learn from their
mistakes, but seems intent on lock stepping
down the same path of failure.
Government's slogan is in the words of
Fred Mitchell "anyone against National
Health is against helping the poor people and the
middle class."
This obviously is not true. If it were there
wogd not be so many firms n Irb prit ate insur-
ance for their staff These firms hate that insur-

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tr rue co our s
EDITOR, The Tribune .
READ in this morning er that the PLP are seeking to
equate the expeditious processing of permanent resident status
for a foreign born husband of a Bahamian citizen under the FNM
with the disgraceful behaviour of the PLP with regard to the grant
of permanent resident status to Anna Nicole Smith's (Vicky Lynn
Marshall) in three weeks.
The PLP are showing their true colours. They have no shame.
They believe that an individual like Anna Nicole Smith should
be treated the same or if anything more advantageously than the
foreign born spouse of a Bahamian citizen. That has always been
their position. They believe that the foreign born family of Bahanu-
an citizens especially of Bahamian women should be excluded
from this country.
And so, the PLP believe that the expeditious process of perma-
nent residence for a foreign born spouse of a Bahamian citizen, in
this case the son-in-law of the former prime minister, was equiva-
lent to the rushed processing of Anna Nicole's application. Give me
a break.
The former prime minister's son-in-law is married to a Bahami-
an citizen, was the holder of a Bahamian spousal permit for five
years, had lived and worked m The Bahamas for five years and
therefore had fmancial and character references to The Bava m:as,
is the father of two Bahamian citizens, find had purchased a cofig
together with his Bahamian wife in which they are raising their li *ro-
The application for permanent resident status by a holder of a
Spousal Permit should be.a formality. If it is not processed expe-
ditiously it means that the foreign spouse must obtain a work per-
mit to remain in the country with his family.
I have heard that since May 2002 many foreign spouses of
Bahamian citizens both male and female have in fact been
forced to obtain work permits to cover their continued employment
in The Bahamas after the expiration of their Spousal Permit. This
ought not happen but under the PLP it's par for the course.
No, Mr. Rigby, the former prime minister is not a hypocrite. He
speaks the truth and you know it.
Everyday the words and utterances of PLP Parliamentarians
and party officers show them to be not only hypocritical but venge-
ful, vindictive and corrupt.
November, 2006.

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Mr St George always boasted
of the wonderful relationship
that was based on a handshake
between them, and they didn't
even need a shareholders agree-
ment because they trusted each
"Well, the family of Mr St
George wants to bring trust
back in Port Authority and Port
Group of Companies and they
intend to continue their com-
mitment to maintaining stability
for the Port Authority," he said.
Mr Gomez said the family
cares deeply about the commu-
nity of Freeport and Grand
Bahama and will not do any-
thing to deliberately harm the
community. Everything that
was being done was intended to
preserve and stimulate the
growth of the economy and
commerce in Freeport.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
George family has obtained a
Supreme Court injunction
restraining Grand Bahama
Port Authority chairman
Hannes Babak from partici-
pating in the management of
the affairs of the company and
the Port Group Limited.
Adc(itionally, Supreme
Court Justice Jeanne Thomp-
son granted an ex parte order
appointing accountant Clifford
Culmer and his son Myles as
joint receivers and managers
of the GBPA and PGL.
The family's attorneys say
these new developments are
"a significant milestone" in the
litigation filed by the St George
family against Sir Jack Hay-
ward over his claim of 75 per
cent ownership of GBPA and
PGL, and the reinoval of Mr
Babak as chairman.
At a press conference held
at the Port Authority on Mon-
day, attorneys Fred Smith and
Damien Gomez were "very
pleased" with the appointment

Mr Smith believes that "it is
a very important step to ensur-
ing that some civility is brought
back to the determination of
the issue, and to calm things
down so we don't have any
more incidents like on Friday
regarding the office."
Last Friday, attempts were
made to have Lady Henrietta
removed from the third floor
south-eastern office of her late
husband. Police.were brought
into the Port Authority.
Mr Smith said: "The
appointment of a receiver and
manager is for the purpose of
stabilizing the companies, and
ensuring they continue to func-
tion, that they continue to do
business, and that business is
going to continue at the Port
Authority as usual." .
He noted that the officers
and directors of the Port
Authority will remain in place
and will continue to perform
their functions throughout the
Port Group of Companies.
"Mr Culmer and his son
from Nassau have been pro-
fessionally managing and main-
taining value for many decades.

"He is a very well-respected
professional and the court have
trust in appointing Mr Culmer
in this position because the PA
plays a pivotal role in not only
Freeport, but the entire
While the St George family
is very distressed that this situ-
ation has come to pass, Mr
Smith said they are all united
and intent on pursuing their
right to 50 per cent of the com-
"As you know, Mr Edward
St George worked for many
years and dedicated 30 or 40
years towards creating
Freeport. He had a passionate
"And Lady Henrietta has,
with her charitable involvement
in Freeport, and supporting her
husband all these years, also a
very great love and dedication
for Freeport. The decision to
bring action, and the decision to
seek the appointment of receiv-
er and manager, was done to
preserve what the St George
family had helped to create all
of these years.
He noted that Sir Jack and


of an independent third party
to ensure the continued func-
tioning and management of the
The judge has set a hearing
on the matter for December
11 for all the parties to deter-
mine whether or not the
receivership should continue,
and whether Mr Babak shall
continue to be restrained from
acting in any managerial capac-
ity at the Port Authority.

Mr Galanis alleged that in
the past Mr Babak has "not
acted in the best interest of
The PLP senator said he
does not think that Mr Babak
and his supporters have suffi-
cient grounds on which to try
to counter this order by Jus-
tice Thompson.
Looking towards the imme-
diate future of the Port
Authority, Mr Galanis said he
would like to see a separation
of the regulatory function of
the GBPA from the business
and profit-making activities of
the company.
He pointed out that, due to
the current structure of the
Port Authority, conflicts of
interest) "almost automatically
cle t elcEp.

an injunction, restraining him
from acting as chairman or par-
ticipating in the management
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and Port Group Ltd.
Justice Thompson granted
an order appointing joint
receivers and managers of the
Port Group Ltd and the GBPA
in the persons of Clifford Cul-
mer and Miles Culmer of the
chartered accountant firm
BDO Mann Judd.
Attorney and former sena-
tor Damian Gomez told The
Tribune yesterday that the
emergency hearing was called
for a number of reasons.
"Over the weekend Lady
Henrietta St .George was
impeded from accessing her
office in the building;& addi-
tion to that we weren't able to

get before a judge in Freeport.
Also, an agreement was being
effected whereby $6.3 million
of the Port Group Ltd's money
was going to be spent on the
purchase of some land, so that
dividends would not be payable
at the end of the financial year.
"We saw this as a direct
threat to the estate of the late
Edward St George," Mrs
Gomez said.
Mr Galanis said yesterday
that he does not view this rul-
ing by Justice Thompson as an
end of the GBPA. "I think it's
a beginning," he said.
He reiterated that, in his
view, from the onset of Mr
Babak's appointment as Port
Authority chairman, it
appeared that "this man has
blatant conflicts of interests."

InjUnCtOn obtained to keep

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SEVENTEEN illegal immi-
grants were apprehended en
route to Nassau after being
picked up off Cay Verde early
yesterday morgmgz
After receiving formation
from immigration officials on
Sunday morning, HMBS Yel-
low Elder was dispatched to the
area, located south of Ragged
A search of the cay uncov-
ered one Argentinian and 16
Brazilians, 14 males and two
The immigrants, who all
appeared to be in reasonably
good condition, are expected to
arrive early today, where they
will be turned over to immigra-
tion officials for processing.

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is na med

THE victim of Friday night's
deadly motorbike smash-up on
P scpeemtaRidge R dtwats1 a
mobile division of the Police
Force, it was confirmed by traf-
fic police yesterday.
The dead officer's name is
Corporal 1946 Maurice
McPherson Ferguson, 34,
according to Corporal 1308
Stubbs of the Traffic Division,
The motor-cycle accident
took place around 10pm.
Corporal Ferguson was
reportedly riding his 2005 Hon-
da 1000cc street bike when he
lost control and hit a casuarina
"He was travelling south on
Prospect Ridge Road when he
lost control of the bike and col-
lided with a casuarina tree on
the eastern side of the road,
near the golf course...that was
his private bike, liot a police
force bike," Corporal Stubbs
told The Tribune.

Senator Galanis hails court order blocking chairman

FROMpage one
7.5 per cent of the. Port
Public records, he said, have
been filed by the Port Authori-
ty's attorneys stating that it owns
92.2 per cent of the company.
"Where is the other 7.5 per
cent? If, in fact, the govern-
ment owns that, the question
is has the government received
dividends over the course the
last 30 years?
"In fact, if that is; the case,
what exactly has been going
on? The successive govern-
ments have not audited the
(GBPA)," he said.
Supreme Court Justice
Thompson on Sunday night, in
an emergency hearing, ordered
that Mr Babak be placed under

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VETERAN trade unionist Pat
Bain will be laid to rest on Friday.
The service will begin at 11am at
Christ Church Cathedral.
The former president of the
National Congress of Trade
Unions was remembered as "a
great and beautiful person".
In addition to the funeral, two
memorial services will be held
in remembrance of Mr Bain, one.
on Wednesday in Grand
Bahama at the Workers House
in West Settlers Way, the sec-
ond will take place on Thursday
at Workers House in the capital.
Both services will start at 7pm.
The National Congress of
TradeUnions expresseditssad-
ness on the death of its presi-
dent, who was described as their
"leader, brother and friend."
"Mr Bain's death marks the
end of an era and signifies a
new day in the life of the Con-
gress," a statement said.
Pat Bain lost his battle with
colon cancer last Monday. He
was 62.

faces armed
cha rg e
A MAN was arraigned in
magistrate's court yesterday on
an armed robbery charge.
It is alleged that Rosemond
Louis, 29, of Desmond Court,
cash. Louis, who appeared
before magistrate Susan
ps":: recto qaui
remanded to prison. A prelimi-
nd onrq as6,b2e0e0n sched-

RESIDENTS in West End,
Grand Bahama, fear that devel-
opments in the area could cause
environmental damage if not
stopped and are calling on
Prime Minister Perry Christie
for help.
Kenneth Russell, MP for
High Rock, who was asked by

5 KENNETH Russell, MP for
High Rock

several "anxious" residents to
visit the construction site of
the Ginn Resort in that area,
said he was "horrified" at what
he saw.
According to him, scrap
metal and debris that are being
buried underground could
have toxic agents that could
reach the water table and con-
taminate the water.
After visiting the site for a
second time, he said in a letter
to The Tribune: "To my sur-
prise and horror those
Olympic-size water-filled quar-
ries first seen during my pre-
vious visit are now being filled
with scrap metals and other
debris presumably from the
old building at the site that
had been torn down. The pits
are being covered up with
Mr Russelll reportedly
spoke to an employee who
also expressed his concerns
about possible long-term
health risks.
"I am especially concerned
about the long-term health
risk to the residents of West
End if the materials being
buried contain hazardous sub-
stances, as these could conta-
minate the ground water. The
potential for contamination is
a terrible threat for us and for
our children.
"If toxic substances enter
the water table, it can adverse-
ly impact the health and
indeed the lives of future gen-
erations living in the area

three, five or 10 years down
the road," Mr Russell said in
his letter.
On behalf of West End res-
idents, Mr Russell is "calling
on the prime minister to act
with haste."
"I call upon the Christie
administration to put a halt to
this dangerous activity at the
Ginn Site and to cause the
developers and their agents to
respect the laws and itgula-
tions of our country.
"Most importantly, I call
upon the Christie administra-
tion to ensure that in its haste
to approve investment projects
it does not jeopardize the
future health and welfare of
our people." -
The potential for serious
damage to the health of chil-
dren is a far greater threat
than most of the problems of
the Christie administration, Mr
Russell said.
"(It's) far more serious than
the Cabinet room fight, the
fishing boat scandal, the waste-
ful Junkanoo bleacher scan-
dal; indeed, potentially more
serious than the incompetent
handling of the economy of
Freeport in recent years.
"Again, I call upon the
prime; minister to put a stop
to the continued disposal of
such dangerous materials in
the backyard of our unsus-
pecting citizens," Mr Russell
said. "He cannot allow this
indiscriminate, unsupervised




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22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
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Rev Bill Higgs
will officiate and
interment will follow in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mr. Roberts was the second son of the late
Sir George W. K. Roberts and Lady Freda

He was predeceased by his wife, Mrs Yolanda
M. Roberts and his brother, Mr Noel S.
Roberts. .

He is survived by one brother, Mr Richard
C. Roberts; two sisters-in-law, Mrs Susan K
Roberts and Mrs Hazel V. Pinder; four nieces,
Clare L Sands, Lucy K Ward, Shevaun F
Davies and Noelle K Roberts; two nephews,
Jack D Pinder and L Ross Pinder; numerous
great and great/great nieces and nephews,
other relatives and many dear friends.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O.
Box SS-6539, Nassau, in memory of Mr Gary
W. K. Roberts.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.R,
The Bahamas.


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A SENIOR official of the
Bahamas Maritime Authority
has said security training should
be made mandatory.
It should be included under
requirements of the Standards
of Traxmng, Certification and
Watchkeeping Convention, due
for review next year'
According to'
since the coming into force of
the International Ship and Port
Facility Security (ISPS) Code'
on July 1, 2004, there has been
contmual debate regarding the
need for increased security
awareness training for all sea-
farers, because of the perceived
threat of mternational terror-
ism and piracy against shipping.
The deputy'director of BMA
was speakmg at the 7th Asia
Pacific Manning and Training
Conference, held m Mamla.
He was endorsing proposals
for an STCW amendment which
includes minimum requirements
ships to which ISPS applies.
Mr Chowdhury suggested
that this could be included in
the revised "basic training" syl-
labus as the fifth new compo-
nent proposed for inclusion in
the convention.
He also said it was being pro-
posed to the IMO that SSO train-
ing should be included iix a
revised Chapter VI, as a newreg-
ulation VI/5. This chapter already
covers safety, medical and sur-
vival training requirements.
Currently, under the require-
ments of the ISPS Code for sea-
farers, it is mandatory only for
the ship's security officer to
have completed formal security
training, in parallel with simi-
lar requirements for the com-
pany security officer and the
port facility security officer.
However, several contracting
governments are known to have
said that the ISPS code has not
gone far enough in its require-
merits for the security training.
Furthermore, the US has also
put forward proposals for ordi-
i1ary sailors to receive such
security tragmng Indicating
that it may be necessary ill
future for vessels calling at US
ports to demonstrate such train-
ing has been carried out.

The labour force is described
as that segment of the popula-
tion, 15 years of age and over,
engaged in or willing and able
to be engaged in the produc-
tion of goods and services. It
is composed of those with Jobs
- the employed, and those
without jobs but who were
engaged m some job seeking
activity the unemployed.
The unemployed population
incorporates persons 15 years
of age and over who did not
work or have a job from which
they were temporarily absent
during the reference week, but
were actively lookmg for work
in the four weeks prior to the
survey week, and were actively
lookmg for work because they
were on lay off or waiting to
start a new job within the fol-
lowing 30 days.

discussed the findings of the
recent survey.
Preliminary results show that
3,185 persons were added to
the Labour Force in 2006, an
increase of 1.8 per cent over
the previous year, according to
the survey. Men were the mam
contributors to this growth
(1,790 compared to women,
who numbered 1,425). The
data also indicated that of the
additional 7,530 new employ-
ees, males outnumbered the
females 3,775 to 3,755.
"The statistics indicate that
although the labour force grew
by 1.8 per cent, the number of
persons hired during 2006 was
even greater at 4.5 per cent
over the previous year, thereby
ensui ing a decrease in the
unemployment rate," Mr Stu
art said,

The unemphiment rate fell
from 10.2 pes cent in 2005 to
7.6 per cent in 2006. A parallel
experience was evident in New
Providence (6.6 per cent) and
Grand Bahama (8.4 per cent),
he said.
in 2006, the number of pri-
vate house holds in The
Bahamas was estimated to be
103,612, an increase of 2.1 per
cent over the 101,475 recorded
in 2005, Mr Stuar1 said. He
added that 62 per cent of these
households were headed by
males and 38 per cent by
it was estimated that the
average household income was
$43,420, some $4,526 higher
than the 2005 figure of $38,894.
"These results represent pre-
liminary findings of the 2006
survey and may vary from the

final estimates," Mr Stuart said.
"The final report, which will
provide more detailed infor-
mation, will be available in Jan-
uary, 2007."
The unemployment rate in
Grand Bahama decreased by
2.6 per cent. This rate increased
from 24 per cent to 28 per cent
over the previous year.
"Discouraged workers are
persons who may or may not
have worked before, are able
and willing to work, but are not
actively seeking work because
they believe they would not
find work," Mr Stuart said.
"Because they are not seek-
ing work during the four weeks
proceeding the date of enu-
meration they were not count-
ed among the unemployed, and
therefore, not a part of the
labour force."

M By Bahamas
Information Services
MEN were the main con-
tributors to the growth in the
country's labour force that led
to a decrease in the unemploy-
ment rate, the Department of
Statistics revealed in its annual
Labour Force and Household
The labour survey conducted
in May, 2006, sought to obtain
information on the labour
force, households and house-
hold income,
At a press conference on
November 15, director of sta-
tistics Charles Stuart and his
team, Kelsie Dorsette, senior
deputy director of the Social
Statistics Division, and Cypre-
anna Winters, superintendent
of household survey statistics,


Baptist Minister Troy Sey-
mour was on Sunday
interred at Harbour West
Cemetery following an emo-
tional funeral service at
Mount Zion Baptist Church
in his native Eight Mile
Rock Township.
. Hundreds of mourners
sang hymns, read text from
the Holy Bible, prayed to
Almighty God, as they paid
tribute to a man whom many
described as a practicing
Christian gentleman.
Rev Terrance Morrison,
senior pastor of Zion Baptist
Church in New Providence,
delivered the homily.
Rev Seymour, 36, an
employee of Kentucky Fried
Chicken Restaurants on
Grand Bahama, died on the
morning of Monday,
November 13, 2006.
Rev Seymour, 36, was
driving one of the compa-
ny's delivery trucks on
Bayshore Road at Hanna
Hill shortly before 10am

when he was forced off that
street by the driver of another
Upon leaving his truck, he
was allegedly shot and stabbed
by two men.
The husband and father of
three, died at the scene on his
At least one suspect was
arraigned before a Magistrate's
Court on charges of conspira-
cy to commit armed robbery.
Police are actively seekmg the
where about of a second sus-
pect, who is considered armed
and dangerous.

Crying most of the time dur-
ing Sunday's funeral service,
Rev Seymour's mother
Patronella was supported by her
remaining sons and one of her
- daughters, Patrice.
In his homily, Rev Morrison
spoke of his colleague as a man
who loved his wife and family,
adding that it is very important
to live for Jesus Christ.
He told faniily members and
friends, that Rev Seymour's
death did not go unnoticed and
that those who are responsible
"will be punished in this life and
the life to come.

A POLICE Constable Wendell Seymour, seen third from left,
brother of alleged murder victim Rev Troy Seymouris
comforted by his sister Patrice at right and wife Hortense on
Sunday during a funeral service held at Mount Zion Baptist
Church in Eight Mile Rock
(Photo: Calvin Forbes)

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Nassau, The
Bahamas, will be
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Methodist Church,
Frederick Street
and Trinity Place,
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Thursday, 30th
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five-year-old son, Brandon

place," Mr Munroe said.
"AA allegation of such a thing
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this private matter is now out
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the potential economic
impact on their business
could be catastrophic," he
said in a public state-
According to a report writ-
ten by the World Travel and
Tourism Council on behalf
of the Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation, the region could lose
$2.6 billion in visitor exports
and more than 188,300 travel
and tourism jobs as travellers
without passports cancel or
postpone trips due to the new

ALARMED that new US
passport requirements could
cost the Caribbean region
billions of dollars in lost vis-
itors and tourism jobs,
resorts and tourism bureaus
are offering a variety of dis-
counts to keep travellers
coming to their shores.
One destination is Club
Peace and Plenty on Exuma
which will cover the cost of
up to four new passports for
people booking trips by
December 31 for trips
planned through January 2.
In the past, US travellers
often needed only a driver's
lipence and a birth certificate.
However, under the West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Ini-
tiative, by.January 23, 2007,
all air travellers to or from
Canada, Mexico, Central and
South America, the
Caribbean and Bermuda will
be required to have a pass-

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Caribbean destinations
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atively impacted.
In fact, Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, secretary gen-
eral for the 32-member
Caribbean Tourism Organi-
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the action to "a category six
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Inaguans said they felt his life was under threat.
Last night, Inaguans warned that the
Defence Force was trying to make excuses for
the attack by claiming that one of their officers
was stabbed by Dexter Wilson.
"However, that is not true," an islander told
The Tribune. "During the brawl, an unknown
man did jook an officer with a broken beer
bottle, but that man was not Dexter Wilson.
"The man in question was passing by as the
brawl was happening. He broke a bottle, looked
an officer and ran off.
"The officer injured was a crewman off the
Defence Force vessel Yellow Elder, which was
in Inagua at the time of the attack. The local
doctor inserted two stitches in the wound and
the officer was on the ship when it left on Sun-
day night."

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never know how at the end of the day the con-
stituency's make up will look like because you know
you only have so many people registered so far," he
The Boundaries Commission must present the
results of their deliberations on the make-up of con-
stituencies to parliament before an election can be
called, added Mr Bethel. However, he said that he had
"no idea" when they could be expected to do so.
In line with previous communications from the
members of that commission, Works Minister Bradley
Roberts remained largely tight-lipped, giving no fur-
ther details on the status of the group's decision-
making process. Mr Roberts ventured only to say
that the commission had been meeting until recently,
but had now adjourned until January.


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dealt with. National Coalition Iof
Commenting on the need for HMBS Yellow Healthcare Reform a
Elder to leave Inagua on Sunday night, Mr Fer- group made up. of members
guson said that his understanding of the situa- of the business commumty,
tion was that they were instructed to do so as it heads of unions, and health-
might have beeli "the best course of action at care professionals has
the time declared that insufficient
"They left because that was the instructions information has been proud-
given because they thought that was the best ed to the Bahamian public
thing to do to get them off the island. That is about the proposed scheme,
not anyone forcing them to leave, but that was the and is requesting that the
decision that was taken. That was the best deci- government release all facts
sion at the time," he said. nd allow for meaningful con-

mail there are new ones, and
I check my e-mail every five
minutes," he said.

people, but also comments
.'Not only are the people
putting their signature to the
petition, they are also com-
nienting," he said.
Mr Rolle said that the
Coalition will share these-
comments with the govern-
ment arid the pubhe at.the
appropriate time.
It's been almost two weeks
since Priine Minister Perry
Christie tabled t he Bill to cre-
atea NH1 scheme in parlia-
ment, leading to lively debate
about the merits and down-
falls of such an initiative
lbroughout the country
Despite ongoing arguments
b members of the medical
and business communities
against te current y pro-
Posed-scherne:The Prime
AUnister announced that got-
ernment plans to pass the Bill
by December 6, with debate
beginning in the Senate on
December 13.

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weeks since Prime Minister
Perry Christie (above) tabled
the Bill to create a NHI
scheme in parliament.
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Mr Rolle said yesterday
that signatures are "con-
stantly coming in."
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could not predict what repercussions would follow
if all reports of the altercation proved true.
Mr Wilson, who received lead m3uries m the
mcident, has now been treated and released from
Princess Margaret Hospital. Inaguans expressed
relief that what they earlier described as "life
threatening injuries" proved to be less serious
than they thought.
A Defence Force officer was also seen an
treated by a local physician m Inagua for "minor
stab wounds to the lower back. -
Angry residents flooded newspapers with calls
on Sunday night complaining that the situation
had reached such a boiling point that they feared
a riot might erupt.
Speaking about this concern, Mr Ferguson said
that his officers had informed him that the mood
in Inagua is now quite calm. He said there was no
further hostility or growing aggression, as previ-
ously reported.
"I was talkmg to my officers on the ground'
and we have DEU people up there, and we have
regular uniformed officers and they are working
together and what I was hearing down here was

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Hugo Chavez is a believer in
big government, and it shows
in a state work force that has .
nearly doubled in the eight
years since he took office
promising to do away with
patronage, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Critics of the leftist leader
say the swelling government
payrolls feed a system that is
propelling the Chavez re-elec-
tion campaign ahead of a Dec.
3 vote. There are now about 2
million government employ-
ees in the oil-endowed country
of 26 million people.
"I'm committed to Presi-
dent Chavez in body and
soul," said Lina Torres, a state
oil company worker at a
recent Chavez rally as she
held a sign reading Chavez is
The president's campaign
stops are heavily attended by
bureaucrats swathed in the
ruling party's color red. At a
gathering that amassed hun-
dreds of thousands in Caracas
Sunday, many sported crimson
T-shirts identifying them as
employees of the state-run air-
line, ministries and other
government agencies.
Opposition politicians say
some public employees appear
to be under pressure to sup-
port Chavez. They point to a
scandal that erupted earlier
this month when Oil Minister
Rafael Ramirez was caught on
videotape telling state oil com-
pany workers they must back
Chavez or give up their jobs.
After the video was released
by the opposition, Chavez
stood behind Ramirez, saying
there's no question oil work-
ers must be solidly "with this
revolution" and that any who
aren't should pack up and go
to Miami.
Chavez, who is seeking
another six-year term, says his
administration is focused on
the needs of Venezuelans and
. has reasserted national
authority in areas from the oil
industry to tax collection.
He accuses past govern-
ments of bowing to the cost-
cutting dictates of the World
Bank and International Mone-
tary Fund while practically
giving away the country's oil
and shortchanging the poor.
Chavez's supporters say the
government become much
more responsive to the needs
of the poor.
Chavez opponents, who are
backing veteran politician
Manuel Rosales as their presi-
dential candidate, accuse the
government of making sup-
port for Chavez a litmus test
in hiring as payrolls are
expanded in an oil-funded
spending spree.
"The government isn't will-
ing to reduce the number of
bureaucrats because it's
afraid of losing political sup-
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the next 38 years. Last week, Bet-
ty Davis, Commonwealth Bank's
longest-serving employee, retired
amidst accolades and apprecia-
tion. .
"Mrs Davis is a true profes-
sional whose dedication and loy-
alty over nearly four decades is
worthy of commendation,"
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Kelly's celebrates 1st

birthday in Freeport

team of more than 100 Bahami-
an employees. We are going
strong, we are makmg it hap-
pen and we are proud. Most of
all we are grateful to the Grand
Bahama community for our suc-
cess and that is why we are cel-
ebrating this weekend," said
Christopher Lowe, operations
manager at Kelly's.'"We share
our success with all Bahami-

adoption programme and the
Grand Bahama Cancer Society
collected donations for its can-
cer tree.
A highlight of the charity day
was the book fair co-ordinated
by Bishop Michael Eldon
School. The Anglican school
showcased hundreds of books
for children and adults.
Lynne Fraino, marketing
coordinator at Kelly's, said:
"The charity fair gives our cus-
tomers a chance to support the
local charities who work hard
year-round. Christmas is all
about giving and I think these
great groups have achieved
amazing donations today. We
are happy they joined in on our
celebrations and we thank our
customers for being so gener-
Minister of Tourism Obie

Witchombe made a special vis-
it to Kelly's and speixt his time
donating to the charities, greet-
ing customers and touring the
new store,
Over the last 41 years the
retail store has grown from
8,000 square feet to 30,000
square feet. For the last year
Kelly's has been working on
additional improvements and
renovations, including expand-
ed departments and new prod-
ucts, additional parking, more
cashier stations, extended hours,
an automatic banking machine
and training staff in customer
"Kelly's was the first Bahami-
an-owned licensee in the hard-
ware and lumber business in
Grand Bahama and 41 years
later we are still 100 per cent
Bahamian-owned and have a

KELLY'S Freeport rolled
out the red carpet for shoppers,
local charities and special guests
to celebrate their 41st.anniver-
sary at the weekend.
Eager shoppers lined up out-
side on Saturday before the
doors opened, and hundreds
took advantage of the storewide
25 per cent off sale, with shop-
ping hours extended to7pm
Civic organizations and char-
ities benefitted from a charity
fair. The Rotary Club of
Freeport and the local Lions
Club served food to shoppers
while the Grand Bahama Chil-
dren's Home and Santa's
Helpers Toy Drive collected
toys for the island's less fortu-
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Tribune Business Editor
THE St George family's push.for the
Supreme Court to appoint a receiver for
the Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) was prompted by the alleged
decision of its affiliate, Port Group Ltd, to
purchase land using $6.3 million of its own
money, denying the estate-their normal
annual dividend distribution.
An affidavit sworn by Christopher Caf-
ferata, one of the St George estate's three
executors, alleged that Port Group Ltd's
Board of Directors rejected borrowing
$6.3 million from Scotiabank (Bahamas) to
finance the acquisition of Sharp Rock Cay,
a 500 acre area of land, after the bank
became nervous ove.r the legal action
begun by the estate that involved the com-
Instead, Mr Cafferata alleged that he

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Estate 'does not -want to destabilise any investment opportunities',

Tribune Business Editor
he late Edward St
George's family
is "prepared to
give a letter of
comfort to Mor-
gan Stanley" to ensure the
New York bank's proposed
investment project in Freeport
is not damaged or held up by
their dispute with Sir Jack
Hayward, one of their attor.
neys told The Tribune yester-
Fred Smith, a partner with
Callender's & Co, said the St
George estate did not
disrupt or destabilize any nego-
tiations between the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and potential
investors while their owner-
ship dispute with Sir Jack
played out, instead wanting to

Stanley .deal, and the S't
George family does not want
to destabilize any of the large
investment opportunities such
as that.
"We are prepared to give a
letter of comfort to Morgan
Stanley that the St George
family is happy to encourage
that deal to happen."
"It's good for the island,
good for the economy, good
for job opportunities. It's just
the kind of shot in the arm
Freeport needs."
The St George estate is also
represented by attorneys Har-
vey Tynes QC and Damien
Gomez, who on Sunday mght
succeeded in their application

to Justice Jeannie Thompson
for a receiver to be appomted
to administer the affairs of the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd.
The receivers are Clifford
Culmer and Miles Ctilmer, of
the BDO Mann Judd account-
ing firm.
In addition, the Supreme
Court Judge also ordered that
Hannes Babak, the chairman
of both entities and their sub-
sidiaries, be restrained from
participating in the manage-
ment of both companies and
their affiliates.
This means that Mr Babak


blue chip New York invest-
ment banks, has been in talks
with the GBPA and Grand
Bahama Development Com-
pany (Devco) over a 1,000-acre
development in the Barbary
Beach area.
Although few details on the
project have been released, it is
understood to involve a major
resort, commercial and second
home development, tying up a
multi-million dollar sum in cap-
The project has been tout-
ed as impacting Freeport in the
same way that Atlantis and
Paradise Island have boosted
New Providence.
Sources spoken to by The

Tribune suggested that the deal
might involve Hutchison
' Whampoa, which holds a 50
per cent stake in Devco, selling
its interest in the 1,000 acres
earmarked for the Morgan
Stanley project.
That would leave Port
Group Ltd, which holds the
remaining 50 per cent Devco
stake and is the company that
holds all the productive assets
spun-off from GBPA by the
Haywards aird St Georges, as a
partner with Morgan Stanley
in the project. .
Mr Smith told The Tribune:
"We have assured Devco that
the estate does not want to
stand in the way of the Morgan


act in the best interests of

eventually learnt the $6.3 million asking
price would be met from either Port
Group Ltd's or GBPA's own financial
He claimed that this was prejudicial and
"oppressive" to the St George estate's
interests, as the Sharp Rock Cay deal
would use up funds normally distributed to
it at year-end as dividends.
In addition, Mr Cafferata alleged that
this was another example of how the estate
was being excluded from the operational
affairs and management of GBPA and
Port Group Ltd.
Mr Cafferata alleged: "In the circum-
stances, this is further evidence that the
plaintiffs have been excluded from
involvement in the operation and man-

agement of Port Group Ltd and GBPA.
. "Further, this evidences the fact that
meetings of the directors are being con-
di1cted and resolutions being passed with-
out reference to the interests of the plain-
sion of the plaintiffs m all decision making.
"Further, as can be seen from the Octo-
ber 20, 2006, minutes, even though in
August 2006 Port Group Ltd was autho-
rised to negotiate to acquire Sharp Rock
Cay, it was only so authorized -up to the
amount of $6 million. It is to be noted
that Port Group Ltd was attempting to
borrow $6.3 million, which was in excess of

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its tourism industry in terms


Tribune Business Editor
AIRLIFT capacity to the
Bahamas will have to be
increased to meet a projected
37 per cent rise in hotel room
inventory on New Providence
once all resort expansion pro-
jects have been completed, the
Ministry of Tourism's head of
airlift, Tyrone Sawyer, told The
Tribune yesterday.
While Virgm Atlantic's deci-
siori to suspend its weekly
direct London to Nassau flight

SEE pae 6B

'Core group' of licensees
need to chart Freeport's
future, RS Association
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help resolve the current
impasse at the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA).
Christopher Lowe, opera-

SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
THE more than 100 mem-
bers of a fledgling Licensees
Association in Freeport will on
Thursday be presented with
the draft Articles of Associa-
tion for the organisation, with
a candidate for the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce presidency telling The
Tribune yesterday that "a core
group" of licensees needed to

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potential, it requires a domes-
tic financial system that goes
beyond 'collateralised lendmg .
US Notwithstanding the chal-
lenges inherent in owning a
small business, success can be
extremely rewarding and sat-
isfying, so it is absolutely
any. imperative that we find ways to
provide funding for new busi-
continue Satisfaction of owning a
nding a small business
d effi- In a presentation to the
cessary Small Business Development
nesses. Trust of Guyana in June 2005,
istence Anthony J. Interlandi, Charge
as the d'Affaires of the US Embassy,
t Bank cited the following responses
cultural to a survey asking why people
ration, start their own business:
s begin 80 per cent of owners said
tallied, they wanted to be their own
ss plan, boss.
70 per cent said they wanted
S Small to earn their own income.
n, over 90 per cent replied they
messes wanted the freedom to make
95 per their own decisions.
rst five 75 per cent said it allowed
seasons them to contribute to the local
ll busi- community.
According to Mr Interlandi:
e "Americans want to be free
l (mon- and they are willing to risk fail-
ure and loss to achieve that
goal." He also noted: "Small
anage- business is the way up the
socio-economic ladder for
n fixed many, especially women,
minorities and recent immi-
ements grants."
The more things change, the
th more they remain the same
As many of the traditional
professions become saturated,
I predict that in the coming
ove pit- years, more trained Bahami-
r to say ans will once again return to
s have establishing and operating
uppoxt- small businesses. What is inter-
s. It is testing this time around is that
to bor- this new breed is, in many cas-
a new es, well-educated, exposed,
as than experienced, brings a strong
to start network of contacts, and has
savings or access to financing.
ged by In theory, with these attributes,
e other the road to success should be
stake in somewhat easier than that
t. Does experienced by their forebears.
expan- The emergence of a true
ning of 'entrepreneurial class' com-
tivities' plete with support mechanisms
n most will go a long way in creating
t is not sustainable job opportunities
ake pri- as the Bahamian economy

THE late Archdeacon
William E. Thompson would
often lament: "There was a
point and time in the Bahamas
when you could count the
number of individuals with a
university degree on. One
hand...then on two. Soon we
reached the point where large
numbers were achieving
degrees from all over the
world, but economic empow-
erment was not being
While the path to economic
empowerment for some has
been based upon privilege and
social connections, for the
overwhelming majority, it has
resulted from hard-work, mea-
sured risk taking, learning from
failures and having an innate
drive to succeed.
Many Bahamians achieve
financial success through
excelling in the various pro-
fessions such as law, account
ing, medicine, engineering and
the like. However, there is per
haps an even greater number
who succeeded through small
business ownership. If you
were to go back to say, the
1950s, just about all of the
'well-off' blacks were predom-
inately small business owners
such as store owners, or trades
men such as plumbers, electri-
cians and contractors. These
were the persons who had the
financial ability to send their
child off to university chil
dren who would eventually
become a part of our 'profes-
ssonat este.
The big picture
In the US, small businesses
employ the majority of private-
sector workers. Currently,
businesses with fewer than 10
employs account for 70 per
cent of the private sector
employers in the US.
small business, defined in
the US as companies with less
than 500 employees, create 75
per cent of the net new jobs in
the US economy. Further,
small business provides 55 per
cent of all innovations, and
about 14 times the number of
patents per employee than
large patenting companies,
Small businesses keep the
US economy from stagnating.
Big companies have to stay on
their toes and be ever more
efficient. A start-up enterprise
can enter and stand a market
oh its head. Small businesses
disrupt the cushy way of doing

n com-

things by a large comp
Challenges facing
Bahamian small busi
In the Bahamas we c
to be challenged with fi
way to effectively an
ciently provide the ne
support to small busi
Notwithstanding the ex
of institutions such
Bahamas Developmen
and the Bahamas Agric
and Industrial Corpo
many small businesses
life severely undercapi
without a sound busine
and lacking core skills.
According to the U
Business Administratio
50 per cent of small bus
fail in the first year and
cent fail within the fi
years. The following r
are often cited for sma
ness failure:
1. Lack of experience
2. Insufficient capital
3. Poor location
4. Poor inventory m
5. Over-investment i
6. Poor credit arrairg
7. Personal use of b
8. Unexpected grow
9. Competition
10. Low sales
In addition to the ab
falls, it is probably fai
that commercial bank
not been enthusiastic s
ers of small businesses
simply so much easier
row $100,000 to buy
Mercedes in the Baham
it is to borrow $50,000
a new business.
I was very encoura
Royal Bank's action th
day in taking an equity
the Cotton Bay project
this action herald the
sion and further deepe
'merchant bankmg ac
in the Bahamas? I
developed countries, i
unusual for banks to t
vate equity positions i
pansies or projects. In o
an economy to fully ach

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The Central Bank of the
Bahamas yesterday issued a
warning that the entity posing as
Colina Financial Trust Services
was not licensed under the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulation Act 2000, and there-
fore was operating in breach of
In a separate warning, the
ation called Century Financial
Trust Services, purporting to
operate from Centreville
House; was also ivas not
licensed under the Banks and
Trust Companies Regulation
Act 2000.

Tribune Business Editor
COLINA yesterday told The
Tribune it informed the police
and regulatory authorities that
an unknown entity had misap-
propriated its name to pose as a
legitimate Bahamas-based
financial services provider, sell-
ing products and services to
unsuspecting clients.
Anthony Ferguson, head of
Colina Financial Advisors
(CFAL) and a shareholder in
its parent, A.F. Holdings, said
the Colina group of companies
had informed the authorities

immediatelyuponlearning that
an entity using the name, Colina
Financial Trust Services, was
alleging it operated from the
Goodman's Bay Corporate
No Colina company or affili-
ate uses suph a name, and
CFAL and its fellow sub-
sidiaries had moved from the
Goodman's Bay Corporate
Centre to their new heime, 308
EastBayStreetby August this
year. Mr Ferguson said. We
referred the matter to the Cen-
tral Bank, police force and
Securities Commission. We
don't know who it is."

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Shareholders that the Bank's actual net profit,
based on unaudited results for the arter ended
31st October, 2006 was. $5,266,899. As a result,
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deliverables for small to medium size projects.
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Deadline: December 1st, 2006
All applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Only applicants who are
short lifted will be contacted.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDY ANDRE OF MACKEY
STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twerity-eight days from the 2tST day 'of
NOVEMBER, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
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is applying to the Minister responsible for National'ty and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
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registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should 9 v.d
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-@ b
days from the 21ST day of NOVEMBER, 2006 to the Minish
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BISKALL.. SHA(RE INDEX- CLOSE 1,668.87 / CHG 00 16 L.CHG 00.01 / YTD 318.16 / YTD % 23.66
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7.88 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 7.88 7.88 0.00 0.796 0.330 9.9 4.19%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.0 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.65 1.65 0.00 0.168 0.060 9.8 3.64%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.21 1.21 0.00 0.188 0.050 6.4 4.13%
9.95 9.05 Cable Bahamas 9.85 9.81 -0.04 2,000 0.659 0.240 14.9 2.45%
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during if anyone is on the right
side," Mr Lowe said of the dis-
pute."We are wondering who
the good guy is, if any.
"Obviously, everyone is kind
of waiting in the wings to find
out what the outcome is going
He added that the situation
had been building for some 35-
40 years, given the inherent
conflict between the GBPA's
. profit-making and regulatory
Mr Lowe sitid: "As the
licensees have been relegated
to a back seat position for so
many years, it's going to take a
core group of licensees to
come to the forefront and
assist in reconciling this situa-
tion for the benefit of all. It's
going to take some work, some
Clause 4 in the 1960 amend-
ments to the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement has been cited as
"the only way out" of the cur-
rent turmoil engulfing the
GBPA and enabling Freeport
to thrive. .
Mr Lowe said this provided
"an exit strategy for an
investor" such as the Hayward
and St George families, as it
allows the Port Authority
through a written agreement
to transfer all its "rights, pow-
ers and obligations" to a 'Local
It effectively paves the way
for the Port Authority to trans-
and quasi-governmental pow-
ers to another entity while
maintaining its private, profit-

making interests.
This is viewed by many as a
route out of the GBPA
impasse, ensuring that its reg-
ulatory, governance and devel-
opmental functions are not
paralysed while the legal dis-
pute between its two main
shareholder's plays out.
The Clause 4 catch, though,
is that such an agreement
between the Port Authority
and a 'Local Authority' must
be approved by at least 80 per
cent of the former's licensees,
This effectively gives a major
say over the Port Authority
and Freeport's future to its
licensees, and there have been
signs that they are stirring,
almost 100 licensees having
attended a total of three meet-
ings about forming art associa-
Mr Lowe said that for the
licensees to make an effective
contribution, they all had to be
given full access to the neces-
sary information,
"I believe that there will be
no going back to how things
were," he added. We have to
look forward. Fundamentally
restructuring the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement probably is
a mistake.
"But moving forward by
mutual convention is the best
way, as recommended by the
1970 Royal Commission of
Enquiry into Freeport."
Yet the three parties the
Government, GBPA and
licensees had to be operating
with the same knowledge and

could yet be pivotal in charting
Freeport's future and that of
the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment, and a way out of the cur-
rent shareholder dispute
embroiling the GBPA, as there
are three parties to the agree-
ment the GBPA, the Gov-
ernment, and the Port Author-
ity's licensees.
Mr Lowe yesterday said he
hoped the court-ordered
appointments of BDO Mann
Judd accounting duo, Clifford
and Miles Culmer, and Hannes
Babak's involvement in the

management of the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd, would pro-
vide a breathing space for all
parties in the dispute between
the Hayward and St George
"As this situation develops,
and obviously it's-still devel-
oping, more and more infor-
mation is coming to light, and
this may be beneficialif it caus-
es all parties to step back and
realize the damage they're
doing," Mr Lowe said,
While the positions and dis-
agreements the two families
were having "may be valid in
an internal affair, it's having
an enormous impact within the
commumty of Freeport".
Apart from the private prof-
it-making activities, largely
derived from the assets within
Port Group Ltd, the GBPA is
vested with quasi-governmen-

tal and governance responsi-
bilities for Freeport, levying
service and maintenance
charges, and being responsible
for the city's development,
licensing and regulatory func-
Therefore, it is responsible
for setting the business and
investment climate in Freeport,
and there are fears that both
foreign and Bahamian
investors, both existing ones
and new ones, are now reluc-
tant to proceed with projects
due to the uncertainties creat-
ed by the legal disputes.
The battle has also come at a
time when the Grand Bahama
economy is moribund, and in
desperate need of a boost, and
could yet paralyse the GBPA's
licensing and regulatory func-
"At this point, we are won-


ng b

on Port set-up


FROM page 1B

tions manager at Kelly's
Freeport, said the Licensees
Association's steering com-
mittee ratified the Articles of
Association at a meeting last
He added: "It will be pre-
sented to the larger body of
licensees, which numbers 110-
120, on Thursday, November
30, at Workers House."
The moves towards forming
the Licensees Association

37 per cent Nassau hotel room

expansion to aid airlift demand


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FROM page 1B

of having sufficient airlift
capacity to get higher spending
stopover passengers to this
nation's hotels.
Mr Sawyer told The Tribune
that currently, the Bahamas
was ahead of its optimum air-
lift threshold, which was the
level of airlift needed to fill all
the hotel rooms available in
this nation, based upon the
average amount of persons
occupying each room.
"We're in pretty good shape.
We're ahead of it, and feel
comfortable that we've got the
airlift we need to keep us
going," Mr Sawyer said.
"Virgin going; we hate to see
it, but it doesn't present a cri-
Virgin Atlantic, since it
made is inaugural flight to the
Bahamas on June 28, 2005, has
operated weekly Monday
flights between the UK's
Gatwick Airport and Sir Lyn-
denPindling International Air-
port, bringing in some 12,366
passengers during its first year
alone in a 430-seat Boeing 747.
Mr Sawyer explained that

Virgin Atlantic's decision to
suspend its direct Nassau ser-
vice followed a drop in Nas-
sau's hotel room capacity,
largely as a result of inventory
being taken out of action for
upgrades as part of resort
expansion projects.
A key hotel undergoing such
upgrades is the Radissoh Cable
Beach Resort, which is due to
be rebranded as a Sheraton as
part of Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company's $2 billion
Cable Beach expansion,
That resort was geared
towards all-inclusive holidays,
which the Ministry of Tourism
believes is best suited to the
budgets of long-stay visitors,
to whom Virgin's service is
most attractive,1vith once
weekly flights requiring stays
of at least seven mghts.
Mr Sawyer said the Ministry
was trying to gain the best pos-
sible result from Virgin's sus-
pension, pointing out that the
carrier's pro-rate agreement
with Bahamasair and strong
presence in Florida hubs such
as Miami and Orlando held
out the possibility of main-
taining strong service from the

UK to the Bahamas.
He explained that the pro-
rate agreement with Bahama-
sair enabled passengers coming
to the Bahamas to be ticketed
"at their point of origin" the
point at which they started
their journeys.
This meant they and their
luggage could enjoy a seam-
less journey and transfer to the
Bahamas, while technology
allowed travel agents working
with Virgin Holidays, Virgin's
tour operator, to access the air-
line's system and directly book
their clients on trips to the
Bahamas. .
Mr Sawyer said that once
the resort expansion projects
were completed, the Bahamas
was in a good strategic posi-
tion to attract airline carriers to
increase their seat capacity on
flights to this nation, filling the
expimded room inventory.
The New Providence room
inventory reduction scenario
was likely to last for the next
12 months, Mr Sawyer added,
"and then it will ratchet up
with a 37 per pent increase in
room capacity". .
Mr Sawyer said this was 'a

good problem" to have, but
until that point, the Ministry
had to "bridge" the room
inventory reduction as best it
could. '
"We have more air seat
capacity than we have avail-
able hotel room inventory," he
As a result, some carriers
had reduced the number of
available seats on Bahamas-
bound flights, but to meet the
anticipated room increase, the
Ministry was talking to carriers
to encourage them to place
175-seater jets, as opposed to
140-seaters, on routes to this
"This is the type of conver-
sation we've been having with
existing carriers to ensure we
have sufficient air seat capaci-
ty to accommodate a the
increase in room capacity," Mr
Sawyer said.
He added that Bahamasair
had last week "consummated"
its pro-rate agreement with
Copa Airlines of Panama,
potentially opening up services
to this nation from Latin
Passengers on Copa coming

to this nation could be ticketed
at their embarkation point, Mr
Sawyer said, and then come to
the Bahamas via Miami and
He added that this arrange-
ment was better than starting
immediately with direct flights

to the Bahamas, as it would
indicate what "the true mar-
ket capacity is before schedul-
ing direct flights", preventing
the implementation of a ser-
vice for which there was too
little demand and then needed
to be scaled back.

cannot act in an executive
capacity in relation to the
GBPA or Port Group Ltd until
further notice, nor act as a
However, the receivers'
appointment and Mr Babak's
removal as the GBPA's chair-
man might only be temporary.
Justice Thompson has set
down December 11, 2006, as
the date for a hearing between
the two parties, when she will
determine whether the order
will be continued.
It is a virtual 100 per cent
probability that Mr Babak and
Sir Jack, who are represented
by attorney Gregory Moss, and
Thomas Evans QC, who rep-
resents GBPA and Port Group
Ltd, will seek to overturn the
receivership and restraining
Several business sources yes-
terday expressed concern to
The Tribune that the appoint-
ment of the Culmers' as
GBPA's receivers, and the
continued downward spiral in
relations between the St
Georges and Haywards, had
further damaged business and
investor confidence in
Freeport, effectively paralyzing
an economy that desperately
needed a boost.
Onefinancialexecutive said:
"It's going from bad to worse.
No one is. going to spend a
dime until this is over."
Another bemoaned the bad
publicity likely to result from
the receivers' appointment,
while one businessman said: "I
don't think any investor will
want to participate or get
involved .until this matter is
Yet Mr Smith took an
opposing view, arguing that the
Culmers' appointment was
designed to insulate daily oper-
ations at GBPA and Port
Group Ltd from the acrimo-
nious shareholder dispute
allowing their executives to get
on with their jobs.

He emphasized that this was
not a liquidation, nor would
the receivers' appointment
lead to one. The arrival of the
Culmers' was designed to
remove Mr Babak, who has
become a lightening rod
attracting the St George
estate's fire, from the manage-
ment equation until the dis-
pute with Sir Jack was
"We hope the appointment
of the receiver will send a pos-
itive message that we are not
wanting to destabilize the com-
pany's operations," Mr Smith
"The receiver is there to
hold the balance between the
parties, not to take any value
away. It should encourage
investors that with an expert
professional receiver and man-
ager on board, business will be
conducted in a sensible way."
Mr Smith added: "The
receiver is her to add value and

maintain value, and ensure the
dispute between the share-
holders and the dispute with
Mr Babak does not affect the
running of the group codipa-
"The executive teams of the
various companies will not be
embroiled in taking sides,
being asked to take sides, and
be able to focus on getting
their jobs done."
He said the receivership, and
the restraining of Mr Babak,
would provide some breathing
space to allow the Supreme
Court action initiated by the
St George estate, challenging
Sir Jack's contention that he
owns75 per cent of GB 1and
Port Group Ltd, to be dealt
with in a civil manner,
In addition, the St George
estate had previously alleged
that Mr Babak and Sir Jack
were running the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd in a manner
that was prejudicial to their

interests, leading to a desire to
remove Mr Babak to ensure
that neither side capitalistss
on possession" of the assets
being disputed.
The Culmers and their attor-
ney, Brian Simms of Lennox
Paton, were last night in
Freeport at the Port Authority
They had met with Mr Smith
and his fellow St George estate
attorney, Mr Gomez, and with
the GBPA's in-house counsel,
Carey Leonard. The pair were
also understood to have been
meeting the GBPA's officers
and directors late yesterday

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In collaboration with the Education Guaranteed Fund Loan Program of the
Ministry of Education, Bank of The Bahamas International is pleased to advise
that the cheque disbursement for ALL students in the Loan Program will take
place at Holy Tk-inity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning December
4 to December 8, 2006, from 9:00am to 3:00pm as follows:


A F Monday, December 4, 2006
G K "Itsesday, December 5, 2006
L O Wednesday, December 6, 2006-
P U Thursday, December 7, 2006
Friday,.December 8, 2006

TIME: 9:00AM 3:00PM

PLACE: Holy Trinity Activity Centre

Stapledon GardenS

Returning Students and/or Guarantors should be present and must
bring relevant identification, (valid Passport and National Insurance
.New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
identification, (valid Passport, National Insurance Card, current
job letter and copy of a utility bill).
Cheques will not be released until all necessary documentation
has been completed.

Banca del Sempione (Overseas) Ltd.

Employment Opportunity for
Compliance and Risk Management Officer

Banca del Sempione (Overseas) Ltd. Is looking for a Comphance
and Risk Management Officer to join its select team of professionals.
The appropriate candidate will have several years experience within
a compliance and/or risk management function, and be conversant
with local and international laws and regulations.

Responsibilities will include:

Maintain a comprehensive understanding of local laws and
regulations regarding the financial services industry
Develop and maintain policies and procedures in accordance
with local laws and regulations
Establish effective monitoring and reporting programs for
policies and procedures
Ensure proper documentation is collected and accurately
Carry out regular and ad hoc reviews of activities
Develop, monitor and report on key risk indicators
Provide recommendations for improvements to risk
management process
Report to Executive Management and Board of Directors

Minimum qualification: LLB, ACIB, CPA, BACO or similar
designation is preferred.

Salary w 1 be commensurate with experience. Bahamians or persons
with Bahamian residency status only need apply. Interested
candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:

Human Resources
Banca del Sempione (Overseas) Ltd.
P.O. Box N-8159
Nassau, Bahamas

Only persons being interviewed for this position will be contacted.


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FROM page 1B

the $6 million authorized pur-
chase price."
And Mr Cafferata further
alleged: "What is even more
oppressive to the plaintiffs is
the fact that the plaintiffs now
understand from the forego-
ing that Port Group Ltd and/or
GBPA will be using cash on
hand to conclude the acquisi-
tion of Sharp Rock Cay.
"This means that funds
which would otherwise have
been normally distributed as

thing the bank had approved.
However, the bank was
becoming nervous about mak-
ing the loan due to the litiga-
tion between the St George
estate and Sir Jack over the
latter's claim to ownership of
75 per cent of GBPA and Port
Group Ltd.
Mrs Pame sent a November
9 fax to Mr Cafferata stating
that the bank might have to
look at an alternative securi-
ty, such as a first legal charge
over Sharp Rock Cay, if the
loan was to proceed.
Mr Cafferata alleged that
attached to the fax was a copy
of the minutes of the Port
Group Ltd directors meeting
on October 20, and he alleged
that no one representing the
St George estate was present
at, that meeting, had any
knowledge that it would be
held, or that the Scotiabank
loan would be discussed.
Mr Cafferata then alleged
that he spoke to Mr Leonard
on November 10, who
informed him that lan Barry,
the GBPA's chief financial
officer, had said the Sharp
Rock Cay deal would be fund-
ed from Port Group Ltd's own
He added that a letter sent
by Mrs Paine on November 14
stated that she had been
informed that Port Group Ltd
"will be self-financing" the
Sharp Rock Cay deal.

ests of the plaintiffs, and
indeed the interests of PGL
and GBPA, as there have been
no proper meetings and/or
authorizations to proceed as
Mr Cafferata alleged that he
attended two Boards of Direc-
tors meetings on November 7,
2006, one for Port Group Ltd,
the other for GBPA.
He referred to a set of draft
minutes for a Port Group Ltd
Board meeting on August 1,
2006, which allegedly stated
that Mr Babak was authorized
to proceed with negotiations
with RIM over Sharp Rock
Cay, and that if the purchase
price rose from $4 million to
$6 million, approval would still
be granted.
Mr Cafferata alleged that he
had been appointed as an
alternate to Lady Henrietta St
George for the November 7
meetings, and since he was not
present on August 1, 2006,
obtained her confirmation that
the minutes for that meeting
were accurate before approv-
ing them on November 8.
The day before the Board
meeting, Mr Cafferata alleged
that he had been given pa ers
by Carey Leonard, Port
Group's secretary, which con-
tained a resolution from. an
October 20, 2006, Board meet-
ing relating to the $6.3 million
Scotiabank loan.
Mr Cafferata alleged that

Sharp Rock Cay was never
mentioned in relation to the
He claimed: "At the Board
of Directors meetings of both
Port Group Ltd and GBPA on
November 7 and 8, there was
no discussion and no resolu-
tion moving approval for any
actions in respect of Sharp
Rock Cay. The only reference
thereto was the following
inquiry by me.
"At the beginning of the
Port Group Ltd directors
meeting on November 7, Mr
Babak asked for a motion to
adopt minutes of the meeting
of August 1, 2006. I said: 'What
about the minutes of October
20, 2006; what about the Sco-
tiabank loan?'.
"Carey Leonard said: 'It's
covered by the meeting of
August 1. I said: 'How do you
approve a set of minutes on
October 20, 2006, by reference
to a meeting held on August
1, 2006?'
"I was then ignored and Sir
Albert Millet then asked Carey
Leonard, the secretary, to read
the minutes of August 1,
Mr Cafferata alleged that he
then received a telephone call
form Erica Paine, an attorney
with Graham, Thompson &
Co, who was representing Sco-
tiabank (Bahamas) in the $6.3
million loan to Port Group Ltd
for Sharp Rock Cay, some-

erwise receive and which funds
would be needed for the pur-
pose of continuing to adminis-
ter the estate, and in particular
to provide funding to the plain-
tiffs' lawyers in conducting this
"This is further evidence of
why it is essential to appoint a
receiver and manager of Port
Group Ltd and GBPA, as oth-
erwise Sir Jack Hayward and
Mr Babak will continue to use
their positions and current con-
trol of Port Group Ltd and
GBPA to prejudice the inter-

dividends fairly soon will not
be available for such distribu-
tion if this transaction is com-
"Further, the only income
which the estate of Edward St.
George receives is by way of
dividends from Port Group
Ltd and/or GBPA. The plain-
tiffs view the decision to pro-
ceed with the acquisition of
Sharp Rock Cay by using avail-
able cash to be a deliberate act
of using all available cash, and
thereby starving the plaintiffs
of income that they would oth-

mally launched TARM Cor-
poration. TARM Corporation
is a holding company, which
in turn operates a number of
business units under its
According to its official
release, TARM Corporation
has developed as an effort to
not only assist in the diversifi-
cation of the economy, but
equally important, to create
synergies and linkages from
major investments, thereby
providing direct economic
opportunities and benefits to
a vibrant team of Bahamian
We wish Dr McKenzie and
his team of Bahamian profes-
sionals every success as TARM
moves forward.

Until next week
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any pfits subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or cola-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

gyggy gg

grows. The empirical evidence
from virtually every economy
around the world clearly
demonstrates that significant
benefits are derived form suc-
cessful small businesses.
I strongly urge the political
parties to make an effort to
develop sound policies to sup-
port and encourage small busi-
nesses in their soon-to-be-
released manifestos.

Emerging entrepreneur
I wish to congratulate Dr
Tyrone McKenzie, a personal
frien( ho two weeks ago for-





The Public is hereby advised that I, ALDONET JOHNNY
JOSEPH of Pinewood Gardens, .SB-50187 Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to ACDONET
JOHNNY MACK. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 28TH day of NOVEMBER, 2006
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

IBM Bahamas Limited
This is a key role to drive IBlkI revenue in The Bahamas. This role will
work in conjunction with IBM Sales and Technical Support Teams,
covering accounts in The Bahamas. Responsibilities will include:
Driving new business in the territory outside of what the Partner;
Associate Partners and Business Development Managers are covering
Driving an aggressive annual revenue target while accurately
Performing extensive prospecting within a set geographic territory
Developing strong relationship with customers and becoming a
trusted advisor
Assisting with the development of integrated marketing
communications strategies, plans and programs
Assisting with organizations, management and coordination of all
details and aspects of specific marketing events, promotions and
University degree in Sales/Marketing, Business Administration or
equivalent experience
Business to business selling is an asset
Proven success in prospectii1g and managing a territory
A solid track record of achievinglexceeding sales targets

An eqSut o pwritutem and verbals skillsprovides competitive salaries and
benefits. Thus, compensation will be commensurate with experience and
Phase submit detailed applications or electronic resume to the attention
Human Resources Administrator
IBM Bahamas Limited
Fourth Floor
Atlantic House
Second Terrace & Collins Avenue
Deadline: December 1st, 2006
All applications will be held in the strictest confidence. Only applicants
who are short-listed will be contacted.

Legal Notice

(a) RAKITAHI LIlkilTED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 20th 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., Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, B.VI.
Dated this 28th day of November, A.D. 2006

Verdure Associated Ltd.




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COACH Bill Coen said
he's been more than
impressed with the perfor-
mance of Bahamian Bennet
Davis on his Northeastern
Huskies men's basketball
The Huskies have gotten
off to a slow start, going 1-5 in
their first five games. But the
6-foot-9, 225-pound forward,
has been performing excep-
tionally well in his senior
Davis, a native of Grand
Bahama who came out of
Milford Academy/Notre
Dame Prep, is leading North-
eastern in just about every
statistical category.
Through six games, Davis
is averaging a team-leading
15.3 points per game, scoring
a total of 92 points and aver-
aging 35.8 minutes as a
The 22-year-old has com-
pleted 33-of-84 from the field,
5-of-12 from the three-point
line and 21-of-31 from the
free throw line. He has also
pulled down 43 rebounds (17
offensive and 26 defensive for
an average of 7.2).
And in the other cate-
gories, he has dished out 10
assists, blocked 11 shots and
stole six balls. However, he
to* ed tb over 11
tunes anu has mne personal
"I'm looking forward to
having the best year of my
career," Davis projected.
"This is my last year, so I'm
just trying to do the best that
I can. I'm looking at we can
have a winning season, but
personally, I just want to put
u bi ger numbers than I
ever did at Northeastern.
"It's been goitig good per-
sonidly, but I just think we
need to step it up as a team.
It's still early, but we can't be
content. We have to play bet-
Looking at his stats, coach
Coen said Davis has lived up
to all of his expectations.
"He has the ability to hit
the ball from the perimeter,"
Coen stressed. "He can han-
dle the ball well for his size
and he can rebound the ball.
"We count on Bennet for
a lot and so far he has deliv-
ered on those expectations.
Davis said he's just glad to
make his contribution.
"It's hard, but I think I'm
living up to the challenge,"
he stated. As for the team's
poor results, Coen said they
had a very difficult schedule,
having to play so many
nationally ranked teams.
"It puts us into a tough spot
with wins and loses, but it
should only help us to
become a better basketball
team by playing that level of
competition," he pointed out.
The Huskies, who snapped
a four-game losing streak to
win their first game against
Boston University before
they lost to Rider on Satur-
day, will play their first con-
ference game on Saturday at
home against the University
of North Carolina Wilming-
"That is what all the non-
n nc ogame oa u

for the conference games,"
Coen stated. "Hopefully we
will have a good start on Sat-
Davis admitted that as a
team, they could play better.
"We're a young team.
Beside me and two other
seniors, we have a lot of rook-
ies, so it's like a 16arning
process for them and us, he
It's a rough start so far'
but we haven't started con-
ference play yet. So by the
time we start, we will be
alright. It's just a matter of
As for Davis, Coen said he
just needs to continue to
learn and gain experience.
"He has all the talent in the
world. He just needs to add
the experience of carrying the
team and being the go-to
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to do that, so I expect him to
get better domg it as the sea-
son progresses."
The Huskies will play five
more games in December,
closing out the year at Boston
College on Sunday, Decem-
ber 31. Their first game in the
new year will be at home on
Wednesday January 3
against Old Dominion.
Davis is the first Bahami-
an player that Chen has ever
coached, but he said if there
are others like him, he would
definitely come to the
As a graphic design spe-
cialist and art major, Davis
said he's done a good job so
far academically as well, hav-
ing been eligible to play every
He's hoping to graduate
next year with honours.

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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Joshua Knights picked up where
they left off last year by pulling off their
season opener in the Masters Softball
League over the weekend.
In a change of venue, the Knights man-
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urday as well, the DHL Lions roared past
the Bat Miller Panthers 13-11 and in the
lone game played on Sunday, the William
Construction Jets clobbered the Miller
Li uR es{ations officer Arthur Johnson
said it was good to get the league started,
despite the fact that they had to change
their home base.
"We normally would have started at
the Sports Centre, but because that field
is not ready, we moved over to the South-
ern Recreation Grounds.
"The response was pretty good. We
thea s te ag n e dh su -
port from them. The league looks pretty
As the season progresses with games
played on Saturdays and Sundays, John-
son said they are lookingTorward to the
league being a competitive one.
Although he plays for William Con-
struction, he said it will be interesting to
see if they can not only win another pen-
na tditl butt tuall o all the way and
Along the way, Johnson said he
expects that the Dog House Rangers and
the Joshua Knights will be back as the
teams to watch in their quest to return to
the championship round.
Here's a summary of the games
played over the weekend:
Knights 16, Rangers 15: Adlai Moss
was o 5 tehL cokh Iswa d3700- th
a RBI and three runs; Lionel Neely was
. 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run to pace
Johnny Adderley added a 3-for-5 day
with three runs and Sammy Adderley
went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs
to assist in the win.
Rudy Gardiner claimed the victory on
the mound and John Woodside was
tag ddwith th lo)sled Dog House with
a 3-for-5 day, driving in two runs and
scoring three times. Dennis Smith was 3-
for-5 with three RBIs and two runs;
Shannon Bannister was 3-for-5 with three
RBIs and two runs; Gaylord Knowles
was 2-for-3 with two runs and John
McPhee went 2-for-4 with three RBIs
and a run scored.
Jets 16, Royals 6: Roger Demeritte had
a Crfe tn4-f -4 day with)three RBIs and
with an RBI and two runs; Clifford Jones
was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run;
Mike Dillette was 3-for-4 with two RBIs
and three runs and Mike Major was 2-
for-4 with an RBI and two runs.
Dillette picked up the win on the
mound and Harold Firtzgerald was
tagged with the loss.
RBRanedo gvrers went -2Hvt tlh _
for-3 with three RBIs; Anthony Johnson
2-for-2 with two RBIs and Lawrence
Smith 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Lions 13, Panthers 11: Ken O'Brien
went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in,
scoring twice, while Ben Albury was 4-
for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored as
Larry Forbes went 3-for-5 with an RBI,
scoring three times; Eddison Culmer was
1-for-4 with an RBI and three runs
scored and Basil Davis was 3-for-4 with
an RBI, scoring a run.
Davis picked up the win on the mound
over Robert Gilbert.
Foster Dorsette went 3-for-4 with an
RBI, scoring three times; Alphonso
Albury was 3-for-4 with four runs; Larry
Thompson was 2-for-4 with two RBIR
and Spurgeon Johnson wax 2-for-5 with
an RBI and three runs.

Junior Sports Reporter
THE St Thomas More Sparks
have found the right connection in
Yurick Sands and Andre Stubbs,
and by the looks of it, the duo
will be the key to helping the

Sparks clinch a championship
Sands and Stubbs became the dri-
ving force behind the Sparks' victo-
ry over the St Cecilia's Strikers yes-
terday. Both teams put on a spec-
tacular performance at the Loyola
Hall, but in the end it was the
Sparks, taking the first of the best of

three series championship games
It was payback time for the
Sparks, who finished off the regular
season in fourth place, after realizing
that the road to championships was-
n't paved smoothly for their team.
The Sparks faced off with the
number one team, Xaviers', while

the Strikers were in cruise control.
The Strikers advanced to the cham-
pionships after finishing up second-
in the regular season.
The strength the Sparks gained
after facing a tough road was dis-
played in the level of commitment
and determination all the players
brought to game. The team was
11ungry for cyory fromhthe oning
ip p ng
many turnovers m the first quarter. 1-
It was the quick hands and feet of
Sands that delivered the plays on
the offensive end, while Stubbs
brought down the rebounds that
sparked several of the team's run.
But the Strikers found a cure for
Sands, double-teaming him.
With Sands out of the picture, the
Sparks' fire was starting to diminish.
But a frustrated Sands brushed off
the.hard fouls by the Strikers and
kept driving at the basket.
Sands said: "It feels great, it feels
as though it will be an even tougher
game on Wednesday. We have to
pressure Nikita and play good
defence. I know they were going to
come and double team me, but I
was ready, all I did was keep dri-
ving to the basket, I kilow they were
going to foul me."
The weight of the team became
too heavy for Sands at times, but
Stubbs, the Sparks' big man, was
able to hold his team up.
After snatching a critical rebound
in the second quarter, Stubbs went
on a shooting spree. His dominance
under the rim was now being seen
on both ends of the court.
He reeled in four offensive
rebounds, placing them back on the
glass for an easy two point conver-
Stubbs finished the game as the
top scorer with 10 points, he was
followed by Sands with eight points.
Stubbs said: "I feel great, knowing
that I was able to help my team wm.
On Wednesday we will have to play
hard and pressure the ball so they
won't get any points."
Both Sands and Stubbs-are opti-
mistic about their team's chances
of sweeping the championships, but
top scorer for the Strikers Kwasi
Dames, who fished off with eight
points, said his team will bounce
back from the loss and are willing to
play hard to force a third and deci-
sive game.
Dames said: "We lost, but we will
have to get back on track, try to
win. We will do our best on
Wednesday to win the game. I know
I will have to keep my big men in
the game so we can win and I will
do that on Wednesday."
The shorter Dames revealed that
his job on Wednesday is to.stop
Sands, especially after failing to do
so in yesterday's game.
The best of three championship
series will continue on Wednesday
at the Loyola Hall.

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